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comment Why does my garbage disposal have a 3 way switch?
+1 @TomG Of course! I didn't see the backstab in the first picture. Makes total sense. (I've always hated backstabs, so it didn't even occur to me.)
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comment Why does my garbage disposal have a 3 way switch?
The picture looks like three separate terminals on the switch. Were there versions with a hot tap built in?
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comment How can/should I mount this porch light?
@Tester101 Cedar clapboard, a cedar block, serious craftsman carpenters (and a builder who is a personal friend) working to match the existing 1869 (with a 1905 reno) farmhouse. They done good.
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comment How can/should I mount this porch light?
@Tester101 I had them build the platform and cut the hole. I put the box in before I wired up the fixture.
Jul
26
comment Where can I find 120 volt G4 bulbs?
I'm voting to close this question as off-topic because seeking buying advice
Jul
26
comment Where can I find 120 volt G4 bulbs?
The big box stores list dozens of them online, as do the franchise chains.
Jul
26
comment Framing a window directly through a post in post-and-beam construction?
Post and beam is so far from everyday construction techniques that use of anything but an engineer's analysis just seems wrong. The kings and jacks at the sides, and hte loads they support are totally different from conventional stick construction.
Jul
26
comment Max gap size for effective drywall joint compound
+1 Also the OP may want to try to make sure that the patch is fairly level with the surrounding wall. The edge on the left of the picture looks a little low. A thin shim behind the patch could be used to level.
Jul
26
comment What and how many appliance can share a room?
+1 But @friedo 's comment does impact the layout of the room and that might be constrained by its size.
Jul
25
comment Grounded outlet has ground wire attached to neutral post, neutral wire isolated and not connected
@AloysiusDefenestrate That sure looks like the right provision. Why not offer it as an answer?
Jul
25
comment stuck screw now stripped when trying to remove outdoor faucet handle
Is the screw head flush with the handle or is it round and sticking up from the handle?
Jul
24
comment I broke the knockouts on the blue receptacle boxes while doing electrical rough in. Now what?
@Kris Here we go with the plastic vs. metal fight again ...
Jul
24
comment I broke the knockouts on the blue receptacle boxes while doing electrical rough in. Now what?
The code (314.17) allows cables without clamps on smaller single gang boxes if the cables are stapled within 8 inches of the box. If knockouts are out only in single gang boxes, only in holes filled with cable and stapled, you should be OK.
Jul
24
comment Wood Species to replace small bed frame piece
Maple would be fine too. Poplar would work, but it is a little softer than the other two. Also, consider gluing as well as screwing. A much stronger joint.
Jul
24
comment I broke the knockouts on the blue receptacle boxes while doing electrical rough in. Now what?
Did you remove the trap doors only on the openings filled with wire or the empty ones as well? Also are these single gang boxes or multigang?
Jul
23
comment Help with pine stairs
Are you happy with the color on the clear coated steps or do you want a different color for all?
Jul
23
comment How can I put a plastic sky-light in a shed roof?
Do you have snow?
Jul
22
comment What are the small white ants in my apartment and how do I get rid of them?
Can you provide pictures? (White ants sounds like termites, but let's not jump the gun).
Jul
21
comment Can a 15 amp and 20 amp share a ground?
@mjohns Standards don't go down. It would be very strange for an inspector to be concerned that you followed code later than thay adopted by the locale.
Jul
21
comment How can I run air tubing into a PVC manifold / fitting?
Can you run an irrigation tube inside the bottom of the manifold and then just put a pierced connector under each tee? Exit the tube at one spot with a glued in rigid elbow.