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Aug
16
comment What's the easiest way for me to cut thin metal?
Where does the peice that needs to e cut start and end? I can't tell from the picture. That will matter for determining the best way to cut that peice out.
Aug
15
comment Can I wall-mount a TV when there is an air gap between the drywall and the wooden stud?
@jrocknyc I realized after I wrote the answer that it doesn't technically answer your original question, so I was making some assumptions about the information you actually need. I'm curious whether my answer actually hit the mark.
Aug
15
answered What's a doorway that doesn't have a door called?
Aug
14
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Aug
14
comment Can I wall-mount a TV when there is an air gap between the drywall and the wooden stud?
@bib Entire case created for drywall/strapping without building structure.
Aug
14
comment Can I wall-mount a TV when there is an air gap between the drywall and the wooden stud?
@bib Agreed. Updated answer to advise against using strapping to support overhung load.
Aug
14
revised Can I wall-mount a TV when there is an air gap between the drywall and the wooden stud?
expanded number of cases covered
Aug
14
comment Can I wall-mount a TV when there is an air gap between the drywall and the wooden stud?
@bib I should clarify here: I was assuming that whatever strapping existed wouldn't have a significant air gap with the drywall. In that case using normal wood screws into the strapping might be the least worst option. But, if there is much of an air gap between the drywall and strapping, I don't think driving a fastener through the drywall into the strapping is a good idea.
Aug
14
comment Can I wall-mount a TV when there is an air gap between the drywall and the wooden stud?
@bib While it's not ideal, strapping does a nice job spreading the load over a wide area of drywall. I wouldn't categorically rule out using the strapping/drywall composite for bearing load, particularly if it is type "X" fire grade drywall which is remarkably sturdy. I've done this successfully where it was the least bad option.
Aug
14
answered Can I wall-mount a TV when there is an air gap between the drywall and the wooden stud?
Aug
13
comment What are the pros and cons of different types of smart switches (that are on the US market) ?
I've had great success with Insteon so far. I've had about 20 modules for about 8 months. As with any complicated system, I expect components to fail. The controller I am using automatically reprograms an installation when a module is swapped. I have tested that and it works as expected. I haven't had to troubleshoot finding which module has failed, but I've read that it can be done.
Aug
13
comment What are the pros and cons of different types of smart switches (that are on the US market) ?
For Insteon, the awkward programming, laborious replacement of devices, and scene limitations are overcome by using a controller like this.
Aug
13
comment Which communication bus systems for home automation?
+1 for Insteon. My installation is almost 100% reliable. I have never been able to get X10 work well enough to be usable. For Insteon budget about $70 per circuit. You'll also want some sort of controller like this.
Aug
13
comment Alternatives to signal on power for home automation systems (such as UBP) - low-voltage circuits, wireless…?
For lighting automation I am having great success with Insteon switch modules and one of these.
Aug
13
comment How should I run speaker, HDMI and electrical wiring for my ceiling mounted projector theater room?
This topic comes up enough that somebody ought to ask "what type of cable is safe/code to put inside walls and ceilings?"
Aug
13
comment How should I run speaker, HDMI and electrical wiring for my ceiling mounted projector theater room?
No problem. I think that's how this site is supposed to work. This permalink that jumps to the answer about flame test rated wiring is probably more useful for casual readers.
Aug
12
comment How should I run speaker, HDMI and electrical wiring for my ceiling mounted projector theater room?
It is not just voltage and current ratings that are of concern -- the flame test rating of the cable is critical to prevent flame spread. This applies whether the cable is high or low voltage or even fiber optic. Flame test ratings are usually a code requirement or specified for UL rated wood-frame building assemblies (i.e. walls and ceilings). Your statement that "it is safe to run these hidden or exposed without channel or conduit" is incorrect. Installing a bare HDMI cable in ceiling without an appropriate flame test rating (as most if not all HDMI cables are) is dangerous.
Aug
9
comment Why is ENT rarely used for electrical wiring?
I doubt ENT would meet code where impact or weather resistance is required. wrt low voltage wiring, for platform framing it's usually most cost effective to use wire with the appropriate stamps to meet code when installed bare. For exotic cabling (e.g. RF) where the right rating isn't available to meet code, I've seen ENT used in preference to EMT.
Aug
6
comment How Do I Plan for an Intrusion Detection System?
Motion detectors are your primary means of intrusion detection. Window and door contacts are primarily for ensuring your home in physically secured when you arm you alarm. Any room with a window or door that could conceivably be a route for intrusion should have a motion sensor trained on the door/window.
Aug
6
comment How Do I Plan for an Intrusion Detection System?
@RyanWalkowski - your statement is confusing. Cat6 comes in both stranded and solid.