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Jun
29
comment What is “code” and what should a DIYer know about it?
And my local building department seems especially willing to answer questions and advise homeowners about what is necessary to meet code.
Jun
29
comment What is “code” and what should a DIYer know about it?
My town (the local building authority) mandates compliance with the "Uniform Code" which is a state standard that covers just about everything except electric, which is covered by the National Electric Code, but 2008 instead of the most recent version. But we have overlays that include an Energy Code and a Dark Skies code. In other words, check local.
Jun
27
revised Can you install a ceiling fan with a hickey and crossbar?
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Jun
26
revised Wall of smaller drywall sheet pieces - tape or replace?
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Jun
26
comment Wall of smaller drywall sheet pieces - tape or replace?
PS, one more reason - big pieces result in fewer butt joints (edges that are not tapered), which are harder to tape well. In a full sheet you have 16 feet of tapered joint and only 8 feet of butt. Smaller cut pieces often have butt joints on three or four sides.
Jun
26
comment Wall of smaller drywall sheet pieces - tape or replace?
Andy, there is no right answer here (and that makes this a bit off topic) but you can pick any level of redo or non-redo you wish. If the big pieces look stable, firm them up with a few screws and just replace the smaller pieces. Do be sure to get the same thickness drywall as any that you are retaining.
Jun
26
comment Wall of smaller drywall sheet pieces - tape or replace?
@Ecnerwal I respectfully disagree. I have seen nails pop 20 years later as the house/wall shift or wood shrinks and swells.
Jun
26
answered Wall of smaller drywall sheet pieces - tape or replace?
Jun
26
comment How do I replace a ceiling fan controlled by 2 wall switches with a standard wall plug outlet?
Do you want the outlet controlled by one switch, both switches, or always hot? And do you want each half of the double outlet to be wired the same or differently?
Jun
26
answered Can you install a ceiling fan with a hickey and crossbar?
Jun
26
comment How to protect wood against carpenter ants?
Colonize the wood with plumber ants. They don't get along. (Don't get me started on electrician ants.)
Jun
26
comment How effective is elevated concrete for insulating moisture?
Did he say whether he was concerned about wicking or flooding?
Jun
24
revised Does one wall socket share power between both ac plugs?
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Jun
24
comment Does one wall socket share power between both ac plugs?
@gregmac I beleive you are right and will edit accordingly
Jun
24
comment how do I turn a glass door into a removable mirror?
Search mirror film. There are adhesive plastic films that re removable.
Jun
24
comment Is this a “switched neutral” situation?
On a non-contact tester, unless the neutral has been swapped onto the hot leg, it does not beep and light, even if it is switched and even if current is flowing.
Jun
23
answered Is this a “switched neutral” situation?
Jun
22
comment How to properly attach copper pipe to steel framing?
I think the OP wants to secure the pipe to the metal stud, not just pass through it. Some rigidity may be needed.
Jun
22
comment How to install a shower curtain from wall to glass edge?
It looks like the glass wall is perpendicular to the end wall. The suggestion is to have the rod be perpendicular to the end, in line with the glass wall, hitting its edge.
Jun
22
comment Old Wiring to New Light Fixture With Switch
+1 The white wire in the switch loop should be marked with black tape to show it is being used as a hot line. I also would leave the ground folded back into the fixture body (away from live terminals) in case the location is ever rewired or the fixture is moved to a grounded location.