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Questions tagged [fire-hazard]

Questions about suspected fire hazards: things that may be unacceptably likely to start a fire. If you feel a fire is imminent, turn off/disable the device before posting here.

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I have 8 of those for a hotel safe all need to be refills and teste it so please how can i do that? [duplicate]

How can I refill them? where can I refill them and teste them too? how much will cost me for refill ? how much will cost generally ?
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Is it unsafe to hide a power strip in a cardboard box?

In a attempt to find a solution to the multiple cables running wild in my room, I thought of hiding them into a box, but I am concerned about a possible fire hazard. The power strip has five sockets,...
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Weird smell from electrical disconnect box when appliance is on

I have a 240v, 48amp (60 amp breaker, 6 awg NM-B wire) car charger outside that has a disconnect inline and last night I noticed a really weird smell in the room the wires to out to the charger from. ...
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Is it normal for GFCI receptacles to explode and burn?

I noticed my tooth brush wasn't charging one morning and none of the plugs in my bathroom were getting power, I went down to the circuit box and saw a flipped breaker so I flipped it back and it ...
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How to operate gas starter fireplace?

I recently bought a house and have no idea anything about fireplaces. I would love to use my fireplace but I want to make sure I know what I am doing. I understand this is wood type fireplace and the ...
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Combining polyiso and mineral wool for class A fire rating

You aren't supposed to install Polyiso in your house without putting something like drywall in front of it in order to meet fire code, unless you're using something like Dow Thermax which meets fire ...
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SheetRock touching the heating pipe

I have recently renovated the basement. I made a mistake of going with cheapest contractor who doesn't seem to care much about safety. I have old style radiator heater on 1st and 2nd floor and pipes ...
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Can electrical cables in wall cause the wallpaint to change color?

I live in an old house and I painted my kitchen light blue. After several years I noticed that there are strange white line-like patterns on the wall. They always run in right angles and seem to align ...
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What wall material can be installed behind a standing stove?

There used to be wood paneling behind the standing stove but the old owners at some point removed it in lieu of the distaster you see in the picture. Is there something that I can put that will blend ...
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Why are my wall plates bowing outward?

The wall plates in my kitchen suddenly bowed outward like this: Additionally, there seems to be condensation present on the back of each plate, suggesting that this was a thermal event of some kind. ...
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Are louvered bedroom doors allowed by code?

I'd like to build new rail and stile type interior bedroom doors with slats installed in the panel openings. This would be for improved air flow. This story on ABC ("Closing your bedroom door at night ...
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wiring a kitchen under counter oven - is this setup correct?

Here are the oven wiring specs: POWER / RATINGS Amp Rating at 208V: 20 Amp Rating at 240V: 20 Bake Wattage: 2100W Broiler Wattage: 3600W Convection Wattage: 2500W KW Rating at 208V: ...
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Could stove element be powered through fan switch?

I have a Jenn Air C221 modular cooktop (circa 1983). EDIT: here is the wiring diagram: By design, the downdraft fan turns on whenever a grill element is installed and turned on. This is done using an ...
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Connecting dryer to dryer vent

In all the youtube videos I see, dryers are connected to dryer vents via flexible hose. One end is clamped to the dryer and the other is attached to a plug that fits into the vent I bought a vent kit ...
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How to check if painted plasterboard is fire rated?

UK answers in particular please ... The underside of the staircase and main escape route in my new house is in my kitchen, and has my fridge immediately underneath. Is there an easy way to check ...
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One outlet in house is hot while turning all breakers off

One outlet does not appear to be attached to a breaker in the breaker panel. Only in shutting the main breaker off does that outlet lose electricity. Is this dangerous? Is there a remedy?
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100W LED floodlight indoors, diffused by concrete ceiling 1 foot away

During the electrical lighting system failure at work on a grey rainy day I was stuck with 400W metal-halide reflector lamp as the only source of illumination. Thing radiates about 38.000 lumen, so I ...
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Applying flammable coating at temperature below its flash point

I want to apply a xylene-based urethane coating with a flash point of 81 degrees (F) to an epoxy floor in a windowless 8' x 8' room equipped with near-new 100-CFM exhaust fan. I hope to be able to ...
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Do i need a short-time timer for coffee maker/water boiler?

In many kitchens I have seen a short-time timer attached to the outlet where the coffee maker/percolator/water boiler is connected. I.e. to make coffee, they both need to start the coffee maker, and ...
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Do I need an enclosed wall box for a cat5e cable?

My home builder gave me cat5e outlets in the wall (near the ceiling, for cameras) with just a plain white wall plate. Behind the wall plate is an open back wall box (I think), the cat5e cable and a ...
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Is it safe to have a POE switch in an attic?

I have a walk in attic. Through a room upstairs, there is a door that opens and you can step out into the attic. There is a power outlet in the attic on the wall (on a stud) near that door. What I'...
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Ground wire giving shock

All metal appliances in my house give shock. Following is experiment I conducted: I stuck my electrical tester in each hole of my mains wall socket (one by one) and it does not glow on neutral, glows ...
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Receptacle Screw Connections

I've replaced around 20 outlets and a few switches in my house over a few months. This is similar to how most of my wiring jobs look. I've been reviewing my past work and am curious if it's safe for ...
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Will isolating a clothes dryer make it safer if fire occurs?

i have installed my electric dryer in the basement about 2 feet from cinderblock wall. It is on tile and nothing else is close by except the washer a foot away and sewer pipe about 8 inches behind. If ...
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dryer burn residue?

I have this sort of burn residue in my dryer? The question I have is: Is this burn residue? Is this a fire hazard? How do I clean this off? Also, much less important, is that I have some sort of ...
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Firewall / Hearth thickness - Building Fireplace for Gel Fuel

I am planning on building a "faux" fireplace in my basement that I can burn gel fuel canisters. I was looking at buying an electric heater, or pre-made gel fireplace, but I like the idea of a real ...
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Federal Pioneer panel safety

I just learned of safety issues with Federal Pioneer electrical panels. I have a house built in 2002/2003 (Canada) which has a Federal Pioneer panel, presumably of 2002 manufacture. Will it present ...
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Where in the fire code does it say gasoline may not be stored indoors?

Re Seattle fire code, but site this applies to most U.S. cities. I think it is forbidden to keep a fueled or formerly fueled gasoline generator indoors, esp in a commercial, multi tenant building. ...
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Does double brick chimney need liner for vented gas logs?

We have a 100-year-old house with a double brick chimney, meaning there's an inner and an outer brick wall. The inner wall is reportedly in not-great, somewhat deteriorated shape. There is no clay ...
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Horizontal fire blocking when using rigid foam in basement?

There are lots and lots of how-to's out there on how to put rigid foam against a concrete basement wall before putting up 2 X 4 framing. Seal the joints, etc...doesn't seem to complicated. On to ...
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How close can light be to exposed insulation?

I am mounting a few of those porcelain light lamp sockets in my basement between a few joists. The joists are exposed in my basement and one of places I was going to mount one has insulation batting ...
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Is wrapping Roxul around hot water tank pipe a fire hazard?

I have heard Roxul is safe and non-combustible, I need to wrap something around the vertical hot water tank piping leading up to the attic. This pipe can be seen in the basement ceiling and there is ...
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How to extend wiring for extra high current sockets/appliances in Utility room

In our basement we have a metal double socket which I believe is wired directly into the Consumer Unit. We currently have these plugged in. fridge (750W, 4A max) washing machine (2400W, 11A max) All ...
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How do I fix my melted stove top?

I was boiling water and turned the setting to highest, left it for less than five minutes and the next thing that happened our electricity fluctuated and our burner was on (a small) fire. I had to ...
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Is biofuel safe for this indoor fireplace with an open flame?

Having purchased a home without a fireplace, I've been searching for non-vented alternatives, like electric heating units that emulate the look of a wood stove. I came across this interesting looking ...
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Jenn Air SVE47600 electric slide in range hole in oven--fire hazard?

My Jenn Air SVE47600 16 year old electric slide-in downdraft range has a hole (approx. 1.5" to 2" x 1") in the oven liner (underneath the broiler element) near a steam vent! Seems like it rusted. ...
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Paint thinner can leaking

I hope this is the right place to ask. I noticed earlier tonight I had a very old can of paint thinner that is now leaking. There isn't very much paint thinner left in it but I went ahead and put it ...
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Safest electric cable to use in insulated walls and attics, fire prevention

Is there any standard out there in terms of ranking residential electrical cable options for fire safety, specifically in enclosed and/or insulated spaces? I've read that old knob & tube is ...
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Does an wall-mounted electric oven require an air gap below, and if so, how large?

I've a wall-mounted electric oven. Or rather I did have before a small, smouldering fire started and neary burnt my house down. The fire brigade informed me there was no air gap (it was fitted 5 years ...
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Can buried gas pipe conduct flame between two structures?

If my detached garage has natural gas connection to the house via a buried black pipe and if the house got caught on fire, can that pipe, say 25' in length, conduct the flame to the garage so that it ...
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Running LV conduit through attic - what do I need to know?

I want to run 1" LV conduit (Carlon Resi-gard) through the attic. Basically, I am using the attic for the "horizontal" run from one room to another. I will be sealing the hole with some caulking, ...
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Does conduit terminated in backless gang boxes defeat the purpose of fireblocking?

My understanding for an ENT conduit (other than for future flexibility) was that it was fire-rated, to reduce the spread of fire/air-flow between floors. If the conduit went through fire-blocks or ...
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Fire escape ladder cannot be used if the floor (room) below is on fire?

I heard fire escape ladders or rope ladders cannot be used to get out of your building window if the room directly below is on fire. I would imagine because the ladder then would catch fire? If that's ...
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Using fire retardant sealant for low-voltage cables through walls

I plan to wire my house with CAT6 cables, running inside the walls (drywall, wood). I would have to drill through the floor and probably through fire blocks in between the studs. Lot of guides advise ...
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Can a recessed IC-rated housing be in contact with nonmetallic sheathed cable?

I have recently installed 8 of these 5 inch insulation contact rated remodler housings in my kitchen. Two of the holes I made were close to an existing nonmetallic sheathed cable (NM) running through ...
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fire extinguisher selection & sizing for home use

With such a bewildering array of fire extinguisher technology available what are the considerations that one would use to select a model? Also, what's a rough sizing guideline? In addition to an ...
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How are thermal (fire) barriers installed over foam insulation in a crawlspace?

I will soon be sealing my crawlspace with plastic sheeting across the floor and up the concrete walls. I plan on then adding rigid foam insulation. My reading of the Residential Code is that I will ...
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Base of light bulb turning brown

One of my lightbulbs went out a few days ago and I was replacing it today. I found to my surprise that the base was yellowing for no apparent reason. I found this article online: http://www....
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Gas furnace vent clearance from parallel PVC radon vent

I have a hallow wall on my main floor which carries my gas furnace vent up thru the attic and out the roof. This picture is from the basement looking up at the vent and as you can see, the radon ...
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What can I do about electric code violations in a rental unit?

My fiance and I are currently renting an apartment in Baltimore, MD and recently we have become alarmed by much of the house's wiring. Things we have seen included: countless wires that are spliced ...