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Sep
18
comment Why are the neutral wires not connected in this box?
That would probably mean that the second outlet formerly had an always live hot (black) that is now capped in that outlet box and the neutral is still connected. If that is hte case, this black is switched and will not meet your needs. Test this by turning the power on and checking with a non-contact tester (carefully!). When switch on, hot, when off, not. If that is NOT the case, then your theory is off and you probably need deeper analysis.
Sep
18
comment Why are the neutral wires not connected in this box?
This does look very strange and is not a standard configuration (although I can make up possible explanations, but that would be guessing). Can you get any more info about what the wiring is on the other end of each of these cables?
Sep
18
comment Is there a good way to store and organize try/combination squares?
You already got the +1, but yes. And to be fair, you gave him alternatives that are material neutral.
Sep
18
comment Is there a good way to store and organize try/combination squares?
Yes, but what about aluminum or plastic?
Sep
18
answered How to handle painted backsplash that now has bubbling paint
Sep
18
comment Is there a good way to store and organize try/combination squares?
Do you have a spot for pegboard over/near the bench?
Sep
18
comment Can I replace this receptacle that has four wires connected to it?
+1 The outlet has been used as the power source for downstream outlets or fixtures. While this is legal, occasionally an outlet goes bad and the downstream device may also be knocked out. The preferred approach is to attach like wires together with wire nuts and attach to each side of the outlet with short like-colored wires called pigtails. This is exactly what is being recommended in the answer. It is the better approach even if you are installing an outlet that does not have its own pigtails.
Sep
18
comment What ampacity circuit breaker would I need for an 18 amp electric heater?
Simply put, What size circuit do I need for an 18 amp device? The breaker and wire size follow.
Sep
17
answered What Material for Basement Walls?
Sep
17
comment How do I fix a door that's sticking closed?
It depends on where it sticks. Top? Bottom? only one side of top or bottom? along the latch edge? Top or bottom of that side? How tight?
Sep
17
answered Can I use LED lighting sources to illuminate my workbench and desk?
Sep
17
comment How to tell if wall got waterdamage?
If the baseboard was wet and moldy, the bottom of the drywall was wet.
Sep
16
answered How to tell if wall got waterdamage?
Sep
16
comment What should I do with insulation in basement ceiling?
Spray foam is very efficient, but it also is supposed to be covered. It may give you a slight R gain, but probably not much in those small areas.
Sep
16
answered What should I do with insulation in basement ceiling?
Sep
16
comment Why does the second light go out when the first bulb is removed?
This sounds like you have fixtures wired in series rather than parallel. Not standard in any locale that I know of. Where are you located and what sort of power system do you have?
Sep
16
comment How do I repaint old wooden doors?
+1 All sounds good except drywall mud. This stuff is pretty soft even after drying. Finish coatings don't add much durability and these could be areas that are fairly easily scratched or chipped. Spackle is much harder, but fairly brittle. Wood filler (thinned down of necessary) would be a pretty good alternative. Epoxy based is even better, but much harder to work with and probably overkill.
Sep
15
answered Why does my toilet make a high pitched whine when it refills?
Sep
15
comment Why do I have a 3 wire/double pole breaker for kitchen receptacle?
What are the colors of the three wires? Do you know if the same circuit breaker currently controls both the upper and lower outlets?
Sep
14
answered Should I be concerned? Wires look burned