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Dec
22
comment Why does my house feel colder in one area after installing blown cellulose insulation?
Is this a one storey or two storey building? Where are the bedrooms?
Dec
21
answered Door makes loud bump upon closure
Dec
21
comment Can I connect a portable generator to a subpanel to backfeed my house?
@Reid It's basically an OR switch. The panel is connected to the Mains OR to the Generator, but not to both. This means that the generator cannot backfeed into the mains (and put repairfolk at risk). It cannot be on the subpanel because it must come between the mains and the main panel to work.
Dec
20
comment How do I clean stains from rice pilaf from my off-white carpet and wall?
You probably need the Rice Pilaf Forum or the Stain Mogul Database.
Dec
20
comment Residential electrical installation, at what voltage is a licensed contractor required?
Some jurisdictions (e.g, NYC) require that every line voltage installation be done by a licensed electrician. While low voltage, such as 24 volt HVAC lines, may not be strictly controlled, anything more is likely to run afoul of some regulation.
Dec
18
awarded  Notable Question
Dec
17
comment Should I suspend a shelf from the ceiling?
If you need a higher support, you might be better off putting a cable on an angle back into the corner of the ceiling and wall near the cove molding, again hitting a stud.
Dec
17
comment Should I suspend a shelf from the ceiling?
+1 (But no endorsement of the clothes dryer project). Also, no wire in the ceiling will do much good unless you hit a structural support with a good sized threaded device.
Dec
17
comment How should I widen a picture frame?
@Ecnerwal Actually not. He has a 1/8 overwidth, but the rabbet will cover the extra gap. I have no trouble cutting 1/4 inch off glass. Tapping the cutmark from underneath is one method. Snapping off with a gently held pliers is another method (yes, stained glass craftsmen use special smooth pliers, but regular ones work in a pinch).
Dec
17
comment How should I widen a picture frame?
Why not trim a quarter inch off two sides of the glass? All you need is a glass cutter and a straight edge.
Dec
16
comment How do I paint over marble chip plaster?
Do you want a textured or smooth surface?
Dec
16
comment How do I mount a TV to cover a cubby hole above my fireplace?
Anything in there you need access to? Is there an electrical box or a valve in there?
Dec
15
awarded  Electorate
Dec
15
comment How do I mount a TV to cover a cubby hole above my fireplace?
What is the purpose of the cubby hole?
Dec
14
comment How do I paint art onto a wall?
Artist colors are a bit expensive if you have to cover a large area. Stretching is adding cheaper material (medium) that lets a given amount of color go farther. Some reduction in coverage and intensity, so it depends on the effect you want.
Dec
12
answered How do I paint art onto a wall?
Dec
4
comment Do I need an egress window in a basement room not used as a bedroom?
+1 But often the local inspectors take the view that something that could be used as a bedroom must meet bedroom standards.
Dec
4
comment Where do I attach the fixture grounding wire when no supply grounding wire is provided?
What type of supply wire do you have? Armored cable (covered in spiral metal)? Plastic outer covering (Romex type)?
Dec
3
comment Best solution to protect the floor while painting the walls
@MichaelKaras Absolutely! I should have mentioned that.
Dec
3
answered Best solution to protect the floor while painting the walls