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comment I rewired my two bulb ceiling light
A/C bulbs in most systems are wired in parallel, not series. And, if the filament in one bulb was out, neither will work in series.
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comment Replacing a toggle dimmer switch with a regular light switch
It is likely that two of the black and/or red wires are bundled together in one cable (along with a white and bare/green), going toward the other switch. The remaining black or red wire is in a cable with a white and bare/green. If so, that single wire is the common (the paired black/red are the travelers).
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comment How thick should a plate steel stringer be?
Will both stringers be against a wall?
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comment Should washing machines be placed on tile or other water-proof flooring?
Is this in abasement or above grade? What is the current flooring material in the area where it will be situated?
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comment How can I eliminate a gap in a refrigerator door gasket?
It often takes a day or more for a compressed vinyl based seal to return to full shape. Try covering the gaps on the outside by taping paper over the opening (but not compressing the gasket. See if it has improved by tomorrow. I assume this is not a magnetic gasket?
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comment NEC, use more extension boxes or an access panel?
From ELU - chagrinning. (Unless something overheats in there; then it would be chargrinning.)
Aug
13
comment How to wire a light fixture with 3 white wires in box?
@diceless. All good points. Review by an electrician would be a very good idea.
Aug
12
comment Quick and cheap insulation for skylight
@JimmyFix-it I didn't see your comment until after I posted an answer. If you move this to an answer (easier for viewers to find) I will delete mine.
Aug
12
comment Patching drywall between two corners
+1 Or he could run a 3 1/2" 2x4 stud vertical and parallel to each of the existing corner studs. Screw them straight into the existing studs. Top them with a horizontal 11" 2x4
Aug
7
comment Replacing a PIR light switch with a timer switch
From the Lutron site, it looks like the switch does not require a neutral. If that is the case, you would just use the black and red. Note that the switch you link to is a dimmer switch, not a timer.
Aug
4
comment Should data ground wires be attached to plumbing?
Why not ground alongside of the location the electrical panel is grounded to?
Aug
4
comment Custom skylights with irregular shapes?
+1 A custom unit with a lower edge in the valley between the roof angles would also be in a heavy flow of draining water, increasing the chance of leaks.
Aug
4
comment Outside flood light problem
Is there current at the switch?
Aug
3
comment How much clearance should I allow for a coat of poly?
One side? Two sides? Two coats each? Four each? There is likely to be a fair amount of variability depending on the project.
Aug
2
comment How can I get a brick out of my drain pipe?
What do you mean outside drain? Can you post a picture?
Aug
2
comment How can I shade my garage door opener keypad?
Can you post a picture?
Aug
1
comment There are bare copper wires in the light box?
NM wires and the plastic box were installed long after the house was built. I now have them in my 150 year old house. Good luck with it.
Aug
1
comment Staining already stained wood
If the alcohol softened the finish, this would make it worse. You would have gummy material immediately clogging the sandpaper. Listen to @HenryJackson.
Aug
1
comment Is it possible that my GFCI receptacle is bad?
You are not supposed to have multiple GFCIs in series. If the outside one is a GFCI typw, it should not be connectd to the bathroom GFCI.
Aug
1
comment Staining already stained wood
If you want a fast cut, you can use 80, but you will definitely need to smooth it down after that.