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Jan
21
comment Can I put an outlet inside of a wall?
This is a good option. I didn't mention it because the OP seemed to want the outlet behind the drywall with no charger showing.
Jan
21
answered Can I put an outlet inside of a wall?
Jan
21
comment Can I put an outlet inside of a wall?
What do you mean by inside the wall? Recessed? Cover over with some sort of panel?
Jan
21
revised Removing switch from gang box. What is the appropriate way to cap the circuit?
clarified wire colors
Jan
21
answered Removing switch from gang box. What is the appropriate way to cap the circuit?
Jan
20
answered How do you varnish a laminate kitchen worktop?
Jan
18
comment Why is a steel security door safe if they can break the glass, slide their hand in, and unlock the door?
@Tester101 And I no longer use them myself. I figure if thieves want to get in, they will.
Jan
18
comment Why is a steel security door safe if they can break the glass, slide their hand in, and unlock the door?
@Tester101 There is a serious risk and some inspectors might object. But most such locks are installed long after an inspection is done. Having a key in the lock (good) or very handy (much riskier) when folks are home is essential.
Jan
18
comment Why is a steel security door safe if they can break the glass, slide their hand in, and unlock the door?
@Comintern A few years ago, I lived in good residential neighborhood and had sidelight panels next to my front door. At midday, a thief broke the side panel, reached in to open the lock and entered. He fled when my alarm went off. The police said this was very common and recommended a double cylinder lock.
Jan
18
answered What screw/fitting to use on this wall?
Jan
18
revised Why is a steel security door safe if they can break the glass, slide their hand in, and unlock the door?
added product disclaimer
Jan
18
comment Why is a steel security door safe if they can break the glass, slide their hand in, and unlock the door?
@gregmac True, but much crime is opportunistic. Once it becomes hard, the thief often moves on to the next house hoping it will be easier. Further, any delay or impediment to the intruder gives the home owner or attentive neighbors more time to notice the intrusion and seek police help.
Jan
18
answered Why is a steel security door safe if they can break the glass, slide their hand in, and unlock the door?
Jan
13
comment Why is it said that a typical 120V household circuit “reverses” polarity?
AC means alternating current. There is a reversal of polarity 60 times a second (or 50 if you are in a 50 Hz country). That means current is flowing back and forth all the time between the hot and the neutral (120), or the hot and the other hot (240). On 120, it is as if the hot is pushing toward the neutral and then pulling back. On 240, it is as if line 1 is pushing/line 2 is pulling, and then line 2 is pushing/line 1 is pulling back (analogy only, not literally).
Jan
13
comment How to attach a wood moulding trim around a backsplash
+1 And as to the OP's last question, finishing nails in drywall would definitely not hold, and tacking at the few stud points (if they lined up) would allow too many gaps. In any event, it needs a sealer as you said.
Jan
12
answered Should I leave outlet covers on or off for electrical inspector?
Jan
12
answered Tempered Glass Tabletop - Safe dimensions for a given base?
Jan
12
comment How many coats of spray paint do I need?
You may have a slight issue with exact color (all blacks are not the same) and sheen (all flat is not the same). Why not just touch up with the original paint?
Jan
11
comment Combination “Tamper Proof”, “GFCI”, and “AFCI” receptacle locations?
+1 Three cheers for the dual function breakers! I installed them in a reno project for an added bathroom, laundry room and mudroom (3 circuits) and have had no problems for 6 months. They cost more (about $50 apiece) but simplify the rest of the wiring and are cheaper in the long run than several specialty receptacles.
Jan
9
answered How to fix a stripped hole in a plaster wall?