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Jul
13
comment Can I attach drywall directly to a wood beam?
I did not appreciate your reference to ladders. Sounds like the right approach.
Jul
13
answered Can I attach drywall directly to a wood beam?
Jul
13
comment Can I attach drywall directly to a wood beam?
Why do you think that is an issue? Of greater concern is what other support structures you will attach the drywall to, especially as it goes around pipes and ducts.
Jul
10
comment Under Nec 2011, I need neutral to every switch box; can I just use 2 14/2's instead of paying extra for 14-2-2?
+1 The principle reason is the risk of inductive heating if the cable routes through or near any metal boxes or raceways. When all wires for a circuit are in the same cable, there is a circuit loop (bidirectional) when power flows - no inductive heating. But if there is no return wire (neutral or returning switch loop wire) in the cable, all power is in one direction risking inductive heat buildup. A two wire cable used just for travelers on three way switches is a one way path and not allowed under the code.
Jul
10
comment Wood frame door and window repair. Steps by step answers please. In Ecuador
@RedGrittyBrick Sounds like an answer.
Jul
10
comment Can I put dimmable LED bulbs in a ceiling fan fixture and wire it to a dimmer switch marked LED compatible?
This assumes that you have an unswitched hot at the junction box for the fan, and that you are just running a switch loop to the switch for the lights. Is that your current or planned setup?
Jul
9
comment Why would my lights turn on for a second then go off?
Is this a new problem?
Jul
8
comment How to safely wire fluorescent lighting with three prong plug on the ceiling?
Surface raceways are fairly easy to install, converting an existing outlet to a surface junction box and running to a switch and then a switched outlet. At the end of the lease, you can either leave or remove the raceways, leaving nothing but a few anchor holes to fill in the wall.
Jul
8
comment How can I frame and hanging large prints?
Poster shops routinely mount 100+ year old paper images on linen, and these are then framed, usually under glass that does not touch the surface. Anything in contact with the face of the image, glass or plastic, risks damaging it. It is very common to see the surface of a print transfer to its glass or plastic cover, destroying the original.
Jul
8
revised How to safely wire fluorescent lighting with three prong plug on the ceiling?
typo
Jul
8
comment How do I put a proper foundation under a sunroom that is already built?
What is the floor made of (wood boards? plywood sheets? concrete?) and what is under it? Is there a crawl space?
Jul
8
answered How to safely wire fluorescent lighting with three prong plug on the ceiling?
Jul
8
comment How to safely wire fluorescent lighting with three prong plug on the ceiling?
Is this finished living space, or a basement type area? Also, own or rent?
Jul
8
comment Why do the lights turn off when I turn off the fan portion of my newly installed ceiling fan?
Before the new installation, had there been a fan that worked as you wanted? And how many wires go from the fan box to the switch box?
Jul
8
comment what type of glue do I use
+1 With special emphasis on the wood. The glue just holds the new wood in. Toothpicks are great for screws with little strain, but for serious holding, drill, glue and insert a dowel.
Jul
7
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Jul
7
comment How can I remove a key that is stuck in a lock?
Is this a key in the knob or a separate locking cylinder?
Jul
7
comment How to apply floor patch on underlayment for sheet vinyl
When you say fill in screw heads (#2 square), do you mean the indent for the driver bit? Do the instructions even call for filling in screw heads? It seems hard to imagine that the thinnest of sheet vinyl would deflect enough to show a screw head, even heads driven below the surface.
Jul
6
comment Concrete brick patio, -how do I temporarily divert the water around a raised deck post?
Sounds like a plan. As my contractor says, the most important architectural drawings are those done on the back of an envelope by the contractor - site specific.
Jul
6
comment Concrete brick patio, -how do I temporarily divert the water around a raised deck post?
@user2059078 That should work as well. As to whether the tape will stick, try it and see. It depends on how chalky the surface is. Even plastic sheeting held in place with bricks with no adhesive may be able to keep 99% of the water out if carefully placed.