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comment How can I meet the height requirements for a door in a basement with a low ceiling?
I think he is looking for more actual headroom, not just a way to use a standard size door.
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comment Where do I run neutral from/to when replacing a SPST switch with one that requires neutral?
It must be from the same circuit. All nuetrals in a single circuit are supposed to be connected, so any should do.
Apr
12
comment Looking for termites when thinking about buying a house
In most locations (at least in the US) offers are routinely followed by inspections (which include at least a cursory check for termites or other wood boring insects) prior to a contract. If evidence is found, a full termite inspection usually follows, again prior to a contract.
Apr
11
comment How do I patch a large hole in plaster and lath?
If you are trying to blend drywall with plaster, you will probably have to put a skimcoat of mud (joint cmpound) over the patch, and then sand to get a surface as smooth as old plaster.
Apr
9
comment Where do I run neutral from/to when replacing a SPST switch with one that requires neutral?
At the fixture box, the neutral in the new wire is attached directly to the other neutrals (at least the source and the fixture neutral; there may be others tied in there). On the switch end, it is attached to the neutral terminal. In general, all neutrals on a given circuit are tied together, and the hot lines are separate or switched as needed.
Apr
5
comment circuit breaker issue
+1 Also if the breaker trips while the garage door opener is operating, it is likely a faulty motor or a binding track, causing the motor to draw too much current.
Apr
5
comment What do you call a widget that holds the side of a curtain against a wall?
@DA01 I thought that too initially, but since his purpose is to hold the edge of the curtain to the wall to keep light out, tiebacks won't work. He may also want tiebbacks for gathering the curtain in an open position.
Apr
4
comment What type of paint to recoat a ceramic tile hearth?
Any benefit to Porch and Deck enamel? Or epoxy? Heat issues with any of them?
Apr
3
comment How can I safely cut the cable on a broken garage door?
+1 for being smart enough to recognize a difficult situation.
Apr
3
comment Previous owner filled in fireplace shelves with incorrect brick. Can I chisel them out?
An alternative is to tile or put a thin brick facade over the entire existing brick wall. It would add about 3/4 inch or less.
Apr
3
comment I need some type of ceiling in the downstairs bathroom that will allow me access to the pipes.
There are also vinyl tin-look panels that give a similar appearance but are more water resistant.
Apr
2
comment What could cause two of my receptacles to stop working?
Occasionally breakers do not look like they have tripped when, in fact they have. Did you try to turn off the breaker and turn it on again?
Apr
1
comment How to get experience handling power outlets without electrocution?
If that was really said, IT IS VERY BAD ADVICE. Touching a hot wire can lead to serious injury and death, even for a pro. No do-it-yourselfer should handle a circuit with the power on. Period. [Please tell me this is an April 1 jest.]
Apr
1
comment Best Technique to Achieve Perfect Cut-Outs in a 2x4
A 2x4 seems not deep enough for a decent handhold. Also, if you cut more than about 30% of the width (maybe even less), you will seriously compromise the strength. The boards illustrated look to be at least 6 inches wide.
Apr
1
comment Hooks for floating shelves
There is a discussion of hanging loads on plasterboard here. Whatever you do, do NOT use stick on hooks.
Mar
31
comment how do i get power to my dual switch without being controlled by the main light swich?
It sounds like you had three way switches by the door and toilet and you have replaced one of them with a pair of single pole switches. There are a number of wiring possibilites. Can you show us a picture of each of the switch boxes as currently installed?
Mar
30
comment window sash lock broken
A picture would help.
Mar
29
comment What type of bolt should I use to maintain a movable joint?
You also want washers between the two pieces of wood that rotate against one another. Two if they will fit.Also, if exposed to weather (especially dampness) consider stainless steel.
Mar
29
comment Is it safe to put insulation next to knob & tube wiring?
The only downside is that handling K&T often leads to further deterioration of the insulation on the parts that are left.
Mar
28
comment Can I replace 3-way switches with 4-way switches?
Looks good and has addt'l helpful info. Deleted orig comments because they might confuse.