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How do I connect these two pieces of dryer duct in my attic?

I am about to install a Dryer by mounting it on the wall in an inverted fashion, and then venting it through an existing dryer vent setup that has been designed with a duct joint that goes into the ...
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Fire Sealing Holes to Crawl Space?

I live in the United States in the State of Idaho. I have done a DIY project some time ago and my research then (Fall 2016) indicated that holes going from the first floor directly into the crawl ...
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Do USB and Ethernet extension cords violate typical fire codes?

It is commonplace for firecodes to tell us not to use extension cords. But for living in a rental, sometimes there is no other way to transmit datalines between rooms securely. A reasonable person ...
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Who (what trade/discipline) to contact for fire code remediation approval?

Background: My wife and I are foster parents in Texas (Austin specifically, in case it matters), and one of the requirements for that certification is that our house has to pass a fire inspection ...
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Removing fire detection panel

We recently moved into a house which used to be tenanted to five adults, and because of safety regs had to have very comprehensive fire safety. There is a fire panel, and there are fire alarm push ...
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Ash/soot test after a fire

Pardon me if this is not a correct community to ask this question. My town was affected by the recent Marshall wildfire in CO. Some streets are gone, it's surreal here. Our street is saved, but there ...
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How to install wire conduit for hiding cables in fire barrier wall?

The space and the goal: I have a townhouse, with a fire barrier between the units. This fire barrier wall is also where the TV is mounted, and I want to install a media box behind the TV, and then an ...
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Are these black marks on the wall from sanding?

I was told these markings on the wall are from "sanding". I believe the walls are plaster. I wasn't sure if I should believe it since it's in a strange pattern. However, it might be ...
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Fireplace bi-fold doors, should they be opened or closed when you have a fire?

I work for a company that makes glass for fireplaces and we often get questions from customers about whether glass bi-fold doors on a fireplace should remain open when the fire is going or should be ...
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zinsco breaker box in garage

Just got this place. This panel is in the garage. It is connected to the house main on a 50amp breaker. the panel in garage has 8 circuits going out to 20 outlets and one light fixture on ceiling. I ...
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Is it safe to run servers in a room that contains a boiler? [fire safety]

My landlord says I can use the garage in our house for an office. The garage contains a gas combi boiler. Is it safe to setup servers in this garage? If not, is there any way to make it safe? I'm ...
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Basement Bedroom Repair to Original Configuration (Does this count as a bedroom again?)

We purchased a 1978 multi-story house that stated it was 3 bedroom (BR) and 3.5 bathrooms (BA) with a partially unfinished basement. There is a room in the basement partially finished with a closet ...
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Can a foundation be reused after fire damage?

This might be slightly off topic here, but I thought I'd ask. I had a friend of a friend lose his home during these devastating fires in Oregon and California. I am trying to help out and was ...
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How do I increase flame size in my outdoor fire pit?

We have a built-in gas fire pit in our backyard and it all works but the maximum flame is doesn't provide enough warmth when I crank the valve to its max setting. I've tried pulling off the knob but I ...
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Fire Extinguisher 6 year maintenance [duplicate]

I have presented fire extinguishers to be tagged to a Florida Fire company. They indicated that the devices are old and need a 6 year maintenance inspection. What exactly is tested?
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Does varnishing floors create a fire hazard?

I am considering buying a house with new wooden floors. I am not sure yet what type of varnish/sealent is in use. I am concerned that the fire escape route is wooden, and I do not want to increase the ...
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What exactly is tested when a fire extinguisher is tagged?

I am just curious: the obvious is that the pressure mass hydrostatic test can be inspected /measured to ensure that the device has not been discharged. Is there anything else that is measured \ ...
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How to select weight (amount of fire retardant) in Fire-Extinguisher

Reference: https://www.qrfs.com/blog/66-ultimate-guide-to-fire-extinguisher-types-servicing-and-uses/ I have an multi-use office and residential building. I am interested in not only meeting code, ...
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How can I remove smoke odor after a fire?

There was a bad fire (everyone got out of the building in time, thankfully. It could have been so much worse!) in the apartment upstairs from mine. We didn't get any fire damage but there was a lot of ...
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How to put out a polystyrene fire?

I'm planning to use some polystyrene in a project. I will try to avoid all fire hazards, but in case the worst happens is there anything special I should know about how to fight polystyrene fires? ...
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lighting fire safety

Is it safe to use a soft 3 way 30/50/150 Watt incandescent bulb in a lamp that requires 23 CFL max light to prevent fire. It is the only bulb that I could find but only the 150W setting works with ...
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Fire safety for room on interior of home

I’m looking at a house that has a room on the interior (highlighted in red below) with no window/door to the outside of the area. Knowing that this isn’t fire code compliant to be considered a bedroom,...
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Is a fire collar for internal pipes required if my house was built before the (UK) regulation?

I've had a surveyor round my property tutting a lot at the fact a fire collar was not fit around an internal soil pipe that runs from the internal garage to the above floors. I understand his concerns ...
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Burnt wire in GE stove

I spilled some water on the knobs of my GE stove. 5 minutes later, I heard some buzzing and then there was a brief fire from a knob for 30 seconds. I turned off the gas and electricity, opened the ...
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What happens when you accidently connect a neutral wire with a hot wire with a screw?

So i am worried about a fire hazard. My hot and neutral wire are packed together into a metal conduit. If there was a screw that accidentally gets screwed into the conduit and connects the hot and ...
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Fire door modification beyond trim allowance

So I bought some fire doors. "The doors comprise cellulosic (flaxboard) cored, timber framed leaves". The Certifire certificate of approval is here: https://www.jeld-wen.co.uk/getmedia/...
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Electrical box caught on fire

A sub panel caught on fire just in the garage area. Do I need to rewire the whole house or can I just get a big junction box and splice all branch circuits and run it to my new electrical panel ?
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Is an aluminium radiant barrier allowed to cover insulation paper facing instead of drywall?

First some context: Geographical location: City of Sacramento, CA, USA Building: Residential detached garage. Goal: To keep it cool in the summer and warm in the winter. Approach: kraft paper faced ...
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How can I direct heat from a fire pit table?

I have a propane fire pit in the center of a table on our patio. Since the weather is still fairly chilly where we are, I was trying to think of something creative to channel the heat towards the 4 ...
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Can you run an individual wire to link smoke detector together?

In my home, I have a hard-wired smoke detector / fire alarm (https://www.lowes.com/pd/First-Alert-Wireless-Interconnect-AC-Hardwired-120-Volt-Photoelectric-Sensor-Smoke-Detector/1000456469) that is ...
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Carpet badly burned, do I need to replace the whole thing?

My carpet was badly burned by a heat lamp. Bad enough that the room started to fill with smoke. The burn is about 8 inches in diameter. The entire room is about 13'x 14'. Is it possible to just ...
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How do i replace the battery in this smoke detector? It wont stop beeping

Its been beeping for ages and im sick of it, ive tried sliding as it says to but ive had no luck...
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Drywall “box” around firewall penetration inside stud cavity

In my condo (three floor building) the interior walls are all Fireguard-grade 5/8 drywall attached to 11 gauge structural steel studs (which SUCK except for when hurricanes blow through). Each ...
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If I have a firepit on my screen porch, how high does the ceiling need to be? [duplicate]

I'm building a large screen porch. The roof is held up by wooden trusses and there is no ceiling. There will be ceiling fans attached to the joists on the trusses (but they won't be run when we have ...
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