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Why do we still need protective earth with an RCCB/RCBO?

If most of your devices at home are already double-insulated, does the protective earth still serve a purpose when you have an RCCB/RCBO installed in your panel board? I'm asking this since I live in ...
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Can I add plastic moisture barrier under my conventional floors without further damaging wood floor joists?

I have a conventional 2x8 floor that is 40 inches off the ground. The crawlspace has 6"x12" vents on all sides of the house, spaced every 12-15 feet. We live in a humid area. Can I add ...
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How do I protect the ground under me while welding?

I am using STICK and MIG welding at the moment. Due to certain circumstances I am only able to do this kind of welding over natural surfaces (read grassland). While there is nothing preventing me from ...
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Should rough, rustic terracotta tiles be treated with linseed oil? Or what else?

I have seen advice (for example here - note, scroll down 1 article) to seal terracotta tiles with one or more coats of boiled linseed oil and then floor wax. The pictures I've seen attached to this ...
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Red Guard application

My bathroom was gutted to the studs. Now we are to the point of mudding drywall. I'm wondering if I need to use red guard on the sub floor and green board (around bathtub shower) before I install ...
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Installed new Siemens FS140 for surge protection but still receiving power on/off flickers from power surges [closed]

Installed a new Siemens FS140 for surge protection but still receiving power on/off flickers from power surges. What can I do to have seamless power protection alongside power delivery so there is ...
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What should I look for when buying a UV protection window film

I'm searching for a window film for UV protection but there's just so many choices online with large price variances. All films I had a look at claim to protect against 99% UV so I'm not really sure ...
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Epoxy floor and HDPE foil (Polyethylene) react under pressure?

I am planning to protect my epoxy floor from scratches with a 0.15mm HD polyethylene foil during some furniture install work. The epoxy floor has a glossy clear coat and is installed since 1+ years. ...
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Would untreated timber develop issues after being left out in rain for 2 weeks?

I ordered a log cabin that came untreated. I'm almost done building my log cabin now but it's been soaking in the rain for the past 2-3 weeks now. How bad can this turn out in the future? Is there ...
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what type of gas masks are effective against fumes of muriatic acid?

Some pool cleaning activities utilize a substantial amount of muriatic acid. The fume from this is quite dangerous. What should one look for in a mask that protects against the fume? What type of ...
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How to seal an OSB shed floor against pest, weather, and temperature?

This question follows from my previous question about leveling my OSB shed floor. I didn't realize until I received several comments and suggestions that said question actually has two focuses: How ...
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Optimum plywood configuration for home gym floor?

I wish to protect the floating laminate flooring of the room I am building a home gym in. Therefore, I will lay down plywood sheeting to spread the load and prevent scratching. I am having trouble ...
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Does a dwang/blocking qualify as "protection" for non-finished walls?

The NEC stipulates that all wire running horizontally between studs must be protected. My understanding is that wire that runs vertically down a stud can be stapled to the center of the stud and that ...
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Does MC cable need protection in an exterior wall penetration?

Does MC cable need a raceway, e.g. PVC conduit, when passing from a crawlspace through a mudsill and stucco and terminating in a surface-mount exterior receptacle box? I am going to install several ...
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How to protect PEX pipes from puncture

I'm replacing the copper pipes in my house and I'm converting the trunk and branch type to home run style using PEX A pipes. I want to protect the pipes in the wall that I'm running them up from the ...
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Is polystyrene safe to use as a wall of a grow box?

I'm building a small 40x40x40 cm grow box that will be used mainly for seeds germination. When operating, it will be completely sealed. My question is: Is it safe to use polystyrene boards as direct ...
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How to protect an outdoor electrical cable which can’t be buried?

Last week we had an electrical point installed at the bottom of the garden (about 15m from the house). The cable runs alongside the property boundary. The electrician did not bury the cable as the ...
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What are watertight storage solutions to protect objects from flood water?

Our home is prone to occasional flooding during the rainy season. There was only one time in 26 years where our home was devastated by the flood reaching up to half of the 2nd floor. This destroyed so ...
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Is my surge protector really a surge protector?

I dont know if this is the right place to ask this question or not. Ive recently bought a surge protector(those small square ones) and im gonna connect it to my Computer. Now the thing is that im not ...
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Grandpa leaves the floor wet

We have one room whose laminate flooring we need to protect. Grandpa is in there most of the time, it's his bedroom, and he often leaves the floor wet. We need protective covering that we can remove ...
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Should I be worried about radon while I live on the 9th floor?

I've recently heard of this threat to our health and I'm trying to educate myself on how to best protect myself and my family from it. I've been living for the past few years in a rented apartment in ...
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Wood treatment for summer house

How to treat wood on a new summer house, for which a natural look is desired? Oil/solvent or water based treatment? The manufacturer of the summer house recommends the former, but various online ...
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Protecting bathroom mirror from corroding around the edges

In my bathroom I have a beautiful illuminated LED mirror. It's now 10 years since I originally installed it - and over time, the edges have become de-silvered as the backing coat has corroded and ...
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Protect a 6 inch air hose from physical damage

I've got this 6 inch air duct coming out of my clothes dryer: As you can see, we use that space for storing all kinds of junk, and every time I move things around over there, I'm afraid I'll puncture ...
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How can I protect my underground sprinkler PVC pipe from tree roots?

This is a follow up to a previous problem I had here: PVC Pipe for sprinkler system broken in multiple places Does anyone have any suggestions how I can install underground PVC pipe and protect it ...
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Is this half mask suitable for spray painting?

I've recently begun spray painting and realized that I should probably buy a gas mask to protect me from harmful solvents. I read as much as I could, but since it's not my area of expertise, I would ...
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Which type of electrical protector is better for the appliances? surge or over/under voltage protection?

I decided to buy an electrical protector for the appliances in our kitchen. There are two options and I'm confused and cannot decide which one is better for me and which problems can harm devices more ...
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Protecting the bottom of the wall while painting vinyl siding

I will be painting my vinyl siding in order to change the color. Below the bottom row of siding, there's a sort of a flexible white strip tucked into place. I'm not sure, maybe this is called ...
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Put polyurethane on marble?

Is it ok to put polyurethane as a protective coating on a marble countertop? I want to protect the marble from scratches and staining by foods and other kitchen hazards.
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Protecting PU furniture

I have a less then 3 year old chair, just discovered that it is made from PU, and the PU (on the seat of the chair) is peeling off into lots of shreds and messing up the carpet. (The chair is less ...
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Fine tuning the location of an office chair on thick carpets

Rolling an office chair to one's home is problematic. You do want the comfort and flexibility, but the carpet is thick. If you don't use a carpet protector, it's only a matter of time until the carpet ...
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Appropriate level of protection for mortar at 0-4 degrees?

Its well known that mortar needs a temperature above about 4-5 degrees C to set properly. Various websites state that protection, covering, or other tricks may be used for lower temperatures, but ...
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Are neutral wires linked to the neutral bar in the fuse box safe to touch

We have a tipical fuse box, fuses and neutral wires connected to a neutral bar. Let's say we have a closed circuit with a light bulb attached to it. The bulb is working. The neutral wire is ...
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Can touching 2 live wires trip breaker?

I have two questions. I couldn't find it in google or archives. First. When you accidentally touch both line and neutral or line to line with your fingers or different parts of your body (for example,...
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Connecting a Pseudo-Neutral to Pig Tail of GFCI

In my country. Our homes mostly don't have third ground wires connecting to the neutral wires of the utility pole because contractors are all into cost cutting. Although some important facilities have ...
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Can I varnish wooden worktops that have previously been oiled?

The previous owners of our house fitted wooden worktops in the kitchen. While these look nice, they need constant maintenance (re-oiling every three months) to stop water getting in - which we don't ...
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Single Plug-In Breaker Connector or Interface

This is my panel at home. I live in the Philippines. We only use 240V. We never get inspection. I need to add a special state of the art Siemens Gfci 2-pole breaker with automatic self-test feature ...
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Protect hardwood floor from bed posts?

I have carpet in a bedroom that I am thinking of replacing with a hardwood floor, but the bed has big wooden feet and they might scuff the floor. Is there a standard way to protect the floor? Maybe a ...
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Protective clothing for circular saws?

What protective clothing (upper body, lower body, and footwear) should I wear for circular saws? Regarding lower body, I read that chainsaw Kevlar chaps stop safety-spec-conforming gas-powered (but ...
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What are rocker kneepads good for?

I recently bought a pair of knee pads that I thought would be useful for those tasks where I'm often on my knees. Imagine my surprise when I discovered that they don't offer a stable surface for ...
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How to wear eye protection if you already wear glasses?

I wear glasses with relatively large frames (due to the shape of my face, smaller frames don't really work). I'm nearsighted and can't see without them. Unfortunately many safety goggles don't fit at ...
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What kind of mask will protect me from PTFE (teflon) fumes?

I'm cutting and etching sheets of teflon in a laser cutter. The laser is well ventilated but there is still a very strong odor. I did a number of small cuts yesterday and did not develop any symptoms ...
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Is this paint lead based?

In my cellar there’s a thin layer of crumbling paint directly on brick. I am concerned that it might be lead based, and I need a better mask than a cheap dust mask. The house is old, Victorian (early ...
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Proper way to protect cables above surface-mounted electrical panel

What are the Code requirements for protecting wires going into the top of a surface mounted electrical panel? Do the wires need to be in a conduit from the top of the panel into the ceiling above? ...
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Are chainsaw helmets meant to protect you from the saw, or just falling debris?

I'm trying to get the correct protective equipment for a chainsaw. I see helmets that look like this being sold for chainsaw use, but it's not clear if they are meant to protect your face from the ...
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Do I need to use any wood protector for my deck?

I bought my house 5-6 months ago and I think they made a new deck but I don't think so they used any protector etc. Seems like they installed and didn't do anything else, during winter time water was ...
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Why does my bath fan trip the GFCI outlet protecting it?

I am attempting to protect a new bath exhaust fan (DewStop Breezeasy F22-1w) through a GFCI (Leviton SmartLocPro) The area is a new construction bathroom. Each time I attempt to switch on the fan the ...
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How do I best protect my hardwood floors from damage by moving chair legs

I have beautiful oak wood floors in my kitchen. Its looking wonderful since I finally found something great to clean it with. The problem I have though is an ongoing one. I have wood kitchen chairs ...
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Is there a piece of equipment that protects against vibration?

I'm doing a lot of work with a Sawzall reciprocating saw and the vibrations are very uncomfortable. After about 30 seconds, I have to stop because my arms are itchy from vibrating too much. In ...
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Wall scuffing protection for bicycle

I just moved into a 2 family apartment. The porch leads to two doors, one for the upstairs apartment, and one for the downstairs apartment. The upstairs entryway has a relatively thin space to the ...
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