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comment Is it possible to fry a lamp's internal wiring if I put the wrong bulb in?
(continued from above) support electrode in the bulb and thus take out the triac.
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comment Is it possible to fry a lamp's internal wiring if I put the wrong bulb in?
You could add that the triac switching circuits used also do not like short circuits at all. Manufacturers could design dimmers with added short circuit protection but that adds to the cost of the dimmer and thus makes their product not able to compete with other cheaper products. Note that it is also common that dimmer equipped portable light fixtures will experience triac failure when an active ON light is knocked over and the mechanical shock breaks the filament. The hot filament ends fly around and can create shorts if they contact the opposite (continued)
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comment How do I secure an old aluminum/glass sliding door?
This idea would also work with one or two insertable pins that went through the first three thicknesses of the aluminum from the inside. These often come with a short piece of ball chain on the end that can be separately attached nearby to help keep the pin from disappearing. These can be seen at big box stores and are called "Hardened Steel Patio Door Pin".
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comment GFCI Kitchen Circuit(s)
There certainly is no problem if the GFCI's cover more outlets than just those at the counter.
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comment Bath handles hanging and small chip in enamel
A couple of close up pictures would help a lot here.
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comment How to fix a warped parquet floor?
Water and wood floors no mix.
Apr
16
comment How can I align 2 holes 1.5m apart?
Not true @Tester101. My best levels, even my six foot one, are made out of wood with brass inlay corner edges in them. Not cheap but nice and straight. A big part is all about the type of wood that they are made out of.
Apr
16
comment What could be causing the filler tube of a toilet to be leaking/bubbling?
I've had multiple experiences of fill valves misbehaving due to fine particulate from in the water line collecting in the seal around the pin of the bleeder valve. It is possible to take them all apart and clean this out but whenever the fill valve is more than say 5 or 6 years old I just simply replace it like @Tester101 says.
Apr
15
comment How do I find a replacement door lock for this?
Is your door a metal clad door? The corner edge of the door along the outside edge seems to indicate that the door may be metal clad. If this is indeed true you will likely want to stay with the round drive in type latch bolts. Trying to mortise in a rectangular latch plate is not a good idea on a metal clad door.
Apr
15
comment installed new disposal and now dishwasher will not drain
I would like to add that since the OP already has the disposer installed they may try to remove the knockout with the unit in place. This will cause the plug to end up inside the disposer. The OP need to take extra special care to unplug the disposer (or shut off the circuit breaker) and then reach into the disposer and remove the plug and what ever other pieces may come loose when the pounding is finished.
Apr
14
comment installed new disposal and now dishwasher will not drain
@AloysiusDefenestrate - You should make this an answer as it is a very very likely cause of the OP's issue.
Apr
14
comment Best practice to install corrugated iron/colorbond wall claddings
Contact the manufacturer. They should have all the information you need to properly deploy their products.
Apr
13
comment How do I snake this dual-sink configuration?
If the OP elects to use this approach they should evaluate the type of fittings and piping used under the sinks through the P-Traps. Most of the more modern trap setups use some types of joints that are not designed for high pressure. In particular where a slip joint fitting is sealed with a compression ring washer around the outside of the slide in part if the fitting high pressure could make fittings blow apart.
Apr
12
comment Deteriorated downspout replacement
Why are you planning to fix this on a rental. It is the landlord's responsibilty to fix things like that. They can ask you to perform the maintenance such as the gutter cleaning but not a repair like that.
Apr
2
comment Can I mount a 60" TV and mount weighing a combined 95 pounds to a drywall or plaster?
-1 Not recommended to mount any nearly 100 pound item solely from the drywall alone.
Mar
30
comment How to measure and cut square tiles to make a herringbone pattern?
(continued from above) will feel like they have sharp edges due to the square cut edges.
Mar
30
comment How to measure and cut square tiles to make a herringbone pattern?
@JoePhilllips - I think what people are talking about is the fact that many types of tiles have a slight curved down shape along the edges. They are made like this so that the grout comes up to the very corner of the tile but is still below the actual surface level of the main part of the tile. When tiles that are designed like that are cut through the middle and then such edge is used as a grout line edge the grout comes right up to the very square corner of the cut. Of course that results in very different look. It also results in tile surfaces that (continued)
Mar
28
comment Determine depth of laminate flooring
Since you are on a slab you certainly want to be very careful to not set a circular saw to be cutting too deep!! I think I would mark the line for the area that needs cutting out and then start the cut with an oscillating tool equipped with a saw blade. Work till it just cuts through. This will give you an idea of how thick the flooring material really is. You could then continue the cut with the oscillating tool or switch over to the circular saw. In any case the oscillating saw can be helpful if the cut has to come up against a wall where the other saw cannot cut.
Mar
28
comment Which parts are missing from this vintage lockset?
How much pressure does it take to push the lower corner of the door in so that it is up against the stop?
Mar
28
comment How to fix falling out electric socket?
A photo or two would be a tremendous help toward getting folks up to speed on your problem.