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how to deter children from opening an internal door

I have extensive work being done in one of the rooms in the house. For their own safety, I would like to keep curious 3-to-6-year-olds out of that room. The door to the room has no lock, and opens ...
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Are tamper resistant receptacles really safer?

Tamper-resistant receptacles (marked with TR, sometimes know as TRR) are designed to be safer than regular outlets by making it more difficult to insert foreign objects. That said, there are lots of ...
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Is a Rust-Oleum painted item safe for infants? [closed]

I’m considering purchasing a custom made item for an infant that’s been painted with Rust-Oleum. Considering children like to put things in their mouth, could this paint be hazardous? I’ve read about ...
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How to childproof small table intentionally away from wall?

I have a small table next to a rocking chair in my child’s nursery. Once my child starts crawling and walking, I want everything in the nursery to be childproofed, including the table. While I could ...
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Any reason not to use Tyvek to cover exposed insulation?

I have exposed insulation in my garage and the water heater room that is fiberglass and I don't want my kids touching the stuff and playing with it. I am planning on covering it with Tyvek. Is there ...
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Are child safety covers still required on modern outlets?

I have a vague memory of either our electrician or home inspector telling us that the outlets in our recently renovated condo do not need those plastic child safety covers in order to be child-proofed ...
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Alternative for one-way sheet metal screw?

I need to choose the right screws to install a child window guard into a wooden window frame. The guard comes with one-way screws, but my 9 month old hasn't figured out the trigger on my Dewalt, so I ...
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Using pressure-treated wood to make a sandbox

I'd like to build an sandbox for my toddler children. I'd like it to be inexpensive and low-maintenance (no repeated annual sealing of wood, etc.), and it seems that pressure-treated (as opposed to ...
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Ground material for toddlers swing set

I am going to build or install an A-frame swing/play set for my kids. I've read rubber mulch can be a potential carcinogen. I want to: find a safe ground cover for under and around the swing set ...
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Is an electrical lockout a good way to protect children in a workshop?

I have a small work shop in my basement with the usual power tools: table saw, miter saw, etc. I also have a kid that is more and more curious about what is in that room every day. While she (...
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How harmful are trace amounts of the product inside large-ant capsules for miniature humans?

I guess with the gardening season in full bloom, and during the little time we keep windows and doors open to get a bit of natural air inside, it's also ant season. These come in two varieties, small ...
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Best way to child proof a house? [closed]

First child is on the way, and aside from placing locks on cabinets and fences around the pool, what are the top ways I can child proof the more dangerous parts of the house?
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How to make an internal hinged door harder to open

I have a one and half year old who often opens the internal hinged door which would give him access to the stairs and outside. The door is nonlockable and we wouldn't want to it be lockable. Its ...
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Protecting child from wall heater

I moved into an apartment that has a wall-mounted heater that gets rather hot when turned on (see below). I have an inquisitive 1-year-old who already likes to climb up on the unit (luckily not while ...
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Baby proof 240V outlet(for air conditioning) in living room

I have a 240V outlet in living room. It is used for AC unit installed just above it. This outlet is very close to floor. Around 3 inches above floor. We have small baby in house and she has started ...
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Protect from 3D Printer fumes [closed]

I'm planning to buy 3D Printer that can only print with ABS (Zortrax). I have a small child (3 months old) at my flat so I'm afraid that fumes can have negative impact on her health. What should I ...
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How can I childproof this 1957 cooktop?

Our cooktop was not designed with kids in mind. (Were kids better behaved in the 50s?) Anyways the push buttons are in the front, about 3 feet off the ground. We try to keep the kids out of the ...
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How do I make a table drawer child-proof?

I want to build a drawer into a table that is held shut by an unseen lock (probably magnetic). The drawer front would have two small holes in it. The handle for the drawer would fit into the two ...
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Are spindles strong enough on a balcony to keep a toddler safe?

How do I reinforce (or cover) the spindles on my balcony stairs) to prevent a toddler from pushing against them and possibly having them collapse? I also want to discourage swinging from top rail. ...
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Rail spacing & Child proofing a deck

For a deck to be considered child proofed, what is the recommended spacing between the rails?
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How can I block off my stairs while I repair the walls?

I have an epileptic son that I have to keep off of our stairs. We have some great childproof stair gates installed currently. I have redone all of the drywall in the house except the stairwell ...
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How to get rid of fleas in an apartment with carpeted floors?

Long story short...we came home after 5 days away with our 1.5 year old and noticed that the wherever the cat slept or lounged there was cat hair and little particles that looked like black pepper. A ...
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How do I install child-proof drawer latches on bottom drawers?

Installing child safety latches for cabinet doors is relatively easy (here's a video) Similarly for the top drawer (pull-out) (video) But is it possible to do this for the bottom drawers? The ...
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How can I attach a security gate where there are no studs?

I installed a Munchkin MK004 security gate in drywall (no studs were available at the location) using the supplied screws and plastic anchors. The gate hinges on one side of the opening and opens at ...
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What type of space heater should I use in a child's room?

I have a bi-level house in Michigan. The lower level is much cooler than the upper level, which is awesome except we're trying to move my 1-year old son to his own room down there but it's much ...
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What can I do to prevent injuries from the corners of a wooden deck?

We recently had the floor of our wooden deck replaced and in the process, the contractor changed it from having cut-off corners to having real corners. I am concerned with how the new corner sticks ...
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Outdoor kids playset - type of lumber use/look for

I'm looking at getting a wooden playset (one of those with a rock wall, swings, slide, and small clubhouse up top) and I was wondering what type of lumber I should be looking for. Not so much the type ...
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How to deal with Mice coming into the Baby's Room [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How can I get rid of a mouse in my house? Our first child is due any day now, and we've got a mouse infestation. We noticed it for the first time at my girlfriend's baby ...
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Securing furniture to prevent tipping due to earthquakes and babies

I'm a new resident in the Bay Area, and with small children in the house, I'm looking at our furniture with some unease. What's the best and easiest way to secure and fasten tall bookshelves in case ...
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What is a durable, child-safe finish for a child's cot?

I recently purchased a flat packed cot for my soon to arrive baby. The wood is plain without any paint or varnish. How best should I finish off the wood on the cot in a way that is both durable and ...
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What precautions should I take before moving my family into a pre-1978 (lead-paint-era) house?

I am about to sign a lease and move with my family, including a 3 mo old and 2 yr old, into a home that was built in 1944. The house is in good condition and has been repainted at least once in the ...
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How can I protect my kids' toes from this evil grating in the floor?

The cold air return in this house is in the floor, in the most-trafficked part of the house. It has a heavy grating over it. My kids' toes are small enough to fit in the gaps, which is very painful ...
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How could I extend a baby gate at the bottom?

Our 11 month old is starting to crawl, and it is beyond time to put a baby gate at the top of the stairs. We received a baby gate, along with instructions, which clearly state that the maximum ...
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Should I install tamper resistant receptacles

When changing out receptacles should I be installing tamper resistant receptacles? It seems that the 2008 NEC requires these devices to be installed for any new install, should I be installing them ...
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What are the best materials for non-toxic wooden blocks?

I want to make wooden blocks for my baby girl. If successful, I would like to sell wooden block sets online too. Requirements: (by order of importance) Non-toxic Cheap & readily available ...
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How do you remove the stick-on child safety locks from appliances?

I have a few stick-on child safety locks, such as this one found on Amazon. When it comes time to remove them, what should I do to avoid destroying the finish on the appliances? They are stuck on ...