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Mar
31
comment What is this screw called?
Avoid the self-tapping screw you referenced, it has threads designed to cut their own path, and since you mentioned "fragile" and "plastic" I wouldn't risk damaging the threading with extra cuts, unless it's a very temporary fix which when revisited will be a replacement.
Mar
31
comment What is this screw called?
I only add the last bit about physical verification instead of "just look it up" verification because I had an odd encounter with screws for a light fixture. It was similar to a metric screw, but apparently a plant in China was making semi-metric screws (the pitch of the threads were wrong), and since they controlled the entire light fixture, they made the nuts to match. Eventually I had to get another screw from another light fixture. Sometimes physical verification is best.
Mar
31
answered What is this screw called?
Mar
7
comment Are CFL bulbs safe for enclosed fixtures?
Capacitors are not the only component that can fail, but they are the easiest to explain and their heat related failures are very well documented
Mar
7
revised Are CFL bulbs safe for enclosed fixtures?
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Mar
1
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Jan
18
revised How to connect my new light fixture that has 2 (+ground) wires to the ceiling box that has many?
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Jan
18
comment Why is a steel security door safe if they can break the glass, slide their hand in, and unlock the door?
@Mr.Tea If it is true that you have no ground level windows, and this door is one of the ground level exit points, deeply consider what you would do during a fire if the key broke off in the cylinder. As long as there is a viable plan, there won't be a tragedy.
Jan
18
comment How to connect my new light fixture that has 2 (+ground) wires to the ceiling box that has many?
@MichaelKaras Sorry, too much electronics work muddling my home wiring brain. Thanks for pointing it out.
Jan
18
revised How to connect my new light fixture that has 2 (+ground) wires to the ceiling box that has many?
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Jan
18
comment How to connect my new light fixture that has 2 (+ground) wires to the ceiling box that has many?
For your situation, you can probably assume that the two connected (and capped) wires are the same, because electrically, they are.
Jan
18
answered How to connect my new light fixture that has 2 (+ground) wires to the ceiling box that has many?
Jan
18
comment Could plugging a dishwasher into an outlet cause it to not dry as well?
Just backing up Iggy on this one. If it is getting electricity, the outlet is working. Changing the outlet for a hard-wiring job isn't going to give it better / more drying capabilities. Now, if the wiring is bad / the electricity is tripping, that's a different story.
Jan
18
comment Why is a steel security door safe if they can break the glass, slide their hand in, and unlock the door?
After hitting the door, why would I bother if it didn't budge? I'd just find a window. In my mind this increment in security comes at a high cost in fire safety. Acrylic over the window is good, A keyed deadbolt is not. Even Acrylic can be popped out with enough force, but again, in most homes the windows are the weaknesses, not the doors.
Dec
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Jun
24
answered No AC. I have a few HVAC troubleshooting questions
Apr
25
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Mar
4
revised Can bio fuel ethanol used as a main heating source?
I finally adjusted the cost for 85% ethanol, and added a snippet since someone claimed all exhaust could be captured in a room
Nov
14
comment When drywalling, do the pros cover electrical boxes, or work around them?
@shirlockhomes Some hold the opinion that lazy finish and poor clean-up are signs of bad workmanship. Of course, it's hard to get everything you want, especially with "hired guns" day-workers.
Nov
14
comment How do I consistently drive drywall screws to the correct depth?
+1 The entire reason the Phillips screw head was designed was for power tools to slip off the screw instead of breaking the head. This adapter leverages the "spirit" of that design nicely.