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comment There are bare copper wires in the light box?
NM wires and the plastic box were installed long after the house was built. I now have them in my 150 year old house. Good luck with it.
Aug
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comment Staining already stained wood
If the alcohol softened the finish, this would make it worse. You would have gummy material immediately clogging the sandpaper. Listen to @HenryJackson.
Aug
1
comment Is it possible that my GFCI receptacle is bad?
You are not supposed to have multiple GFCIs in series. If the outside one is a GFCI typw, it should not be connectd to the bathroom GFCI.
Aug
1
comment Staining already stained wood
If you want a fast cut, you can use 80, but you will definitely need to smooth it down after that.
Aug
1
comment Staining already stained wood
120 to 150 to remove. If this leaves a less than snmooth surface, go over again with 180 to 220.
Aug
1
comment Staining already stained wood
There are various chemicals to remove finish. It depends on what type of finish, and how many coats. Alcohol, lacquer thinner, acetone are all possibilities, as well as commercial thinners. They all tend to be pretty harsh, and some of them leave a residue that make it hard for stain to soak in. On clear finishes, it's usually better to sand.
Aug
1
comment Can a private electromechanical meter be placed between the utility's meter and the main breaker?
You may have more of a contract dispute with the utility company rather than an electrical code or regulatory issue.
Aug
1
answered Staining already stained wood
Jul
31
comment Can I use old style individual faucets on a bathroom vanity?
The Q & A is meant to have relevance beyond the original OP. Thought it might help others.
Jul
31
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Jul
31
answered There are bare copper wires in the light box?
Jul
31
answered Can I use old style individual faucets on a bathroom vanity?
Jul
31
comment For installing a new exterior light on a brick wall, can I connect the wires in a junction box mounted on the opposite side of the wall?
Unshielded wires running through a wall thickness into a fixture attached to a structural surface, not a box?
Jul
31
answered How to salvage this ruined wall so it can hold paint?
Jul
30
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Jul
29
answered How would I go about identifying and matching this wood stain color?
Jul
29
comment How can you open the top part of a double-hung window when you are old and short?
Be careful. Many air conditioner installations lock the lower sash by screwing a brace into the upper sash. To free the upper sash, you may need to move the locking brace to the jamb (side panels) of the lower sash.
Jul
29
revised Loud noise in the pipes when I turn off my hot water
form, typo
Jul
28
comment Could power fluctuations have killed my refrigerator?
You could try, briefly, but one bad outlet or multitap is unlikely to be the source of a whole house flickering. And voltage spikes are bad for electronic equipment. That's why they invented surge protectors.
Jul
28
comment What to do about hot neutral in switch?
+1 And if the white wire is used as a switched hot, mark it as hot by putting a black stripe on it using a marker, or wrap a small black piece of tape around it, to avoid future confusion.