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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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Should I set wooden porch pillars into, or on to concrete footings?

I'm building a wooden porch on the front of my house. I have six 4" wooden pillars supporting the structure. It's light, doesn't contain concrete, roof tiles, etc, and is made entirely of wood. I'm ...
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What is the proper personal protective equipment and procedures for removing mouse nesting that may contain Hantavirus?

Me and my uncle are working on cleaning stuff (various auto parts and tools built up over the last 60 or so years) out a garage on my parents' property prior to demolishing it. There are multiple ...
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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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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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Are there masks that will reduce polyurethane's VOCs?

Cans of polyurethane state a number (250, 350, etc) of Volatile Organic Compound (VOC). When sanding wood, a NIOSH N95 is required to safely avoid inhaling the small particles, but.. Does a NIOSH ...
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How to protect my home from high voltage?

My household circuit has an effective voltage of about 220 volts most of the time (98% of the time). There are cases when the voltage is to high: 250,300,350 and burns most electronic devices. How can ...
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What are the best practices for taping a window for hurricane protection?

When working with glass windows that have no hurricane protection, I understand it is advisable to tape windows to prevent them from blowing into too many pieces. What are the best practices for ...
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How can I protect items stored outdoors?

Because of space limitations in our apartment, we need to store some items in the terrace. It is basically suitcases, baby stroller and box of books. There is a ceiling, so it wouldn't rain on it, but ...
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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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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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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 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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Proper way to protect wires into top of 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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Treatment of outdoor wood statue

A while back our live oak needed some surgery and the arborist ended up having to cut out a pretty sizeable limb. He was going to haul it off so I asked him what would become of it. "Firewood", was ...
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Replacing a sill, on a factory built Marvin window?

The following windowsill, and the ones like on the same building, have failed. Patching with Smith's Flexible Epoxy kept the sills alive for a few years, but now the entire sill feels like balsa wood ...
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Pouring foundations in cold weather, builder didn't protect them - how to tell if it is set right?

Our builders have just poured the foundations for our house this past Friday, but did not cover them to protect them from the cold. We experienced temperatures ranging from -2 to -7 overnight during ...
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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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How can I protect my rug from being dented by table stands?

I have one rug (rug on top of carpet in my apartment) in the living room where a center table rests, and one rug under the dining table. Each of the rugs have developed dents at the point of contact ...
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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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Is it possible to have a room protected from outside GSM microwave radiation?

How can I reduce the GSM signal coming from outside into my bedroom, knowing that it's impossible to create a perfect Faraday cage because of the windows & door.
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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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How can I prevent my refrigerator door from hitting the wall?

I have a stainless steel counter-depth refrigerator door (LG LFXC24726S). The right wall sticks out a bit further than the frame, and if the right door swings too far, it hits the wall and will ...
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How can I protect a vending machine wire from being cut again? [closed]

A friend of mine operates a vending machine in a school. Oftentimes, there are issues when a snack gets stuck in the machine, the students will rock the machine. Rocking the machine is an issue, ...
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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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How can I extend a surge protector's cable?

I want to buy surge protected socket however these products generally has 1.5-2 meters long cable but it isn't enough for me. On socket there is a warning: "Plug in this product directly to.wall plug ...
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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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Do I need to finish or top coat oil-based stain so that it doesn't rub off on a bed?

I built a headboard out of 1x4 common boards and stained them with Minwax Wood Finish Honey Oil-Based Interior Stain. Since the finished product will be in close contact to bed sheets, pillows, etc. -...
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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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how do I protect a new engineered wood floor from sofa wheels

I'm getting a new engineered wood floor fitted next week and have an existing sofa with castor wheels at each corner. What's the best protection from damaging the floor? I don't want to put a mat ...
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automatic water stop valve?

I am looking for a simple mechanical device that I can install in the supply line for the fridge-water-filter and that will turn of the water if it ever runs for more than a minute. (Most fridges turn ...
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What is the best way to protect a burnished concrete floor during construction?

I am doing a new build. The floor is burnished concrete done by High Trowel finish during concrete pour. I need to protect the floor afterwards. What is the best way to protect a burnished concrete ...
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How can I repair leaks in metal wrapped wood gutters?

I've noticed a good bit of rain water leaking through what first appeared to be my gutters on my roof. When I got on the ladder and took a few pictures ( attached ), I noticed I've got wooden gutters ...
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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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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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Submersible well pump randomly tripping thermal protection

I have a 2 year old 4" submersible well pump which sometimes triggers the thermal protection. If I turn it back on, it continues to run properly and at some point (could be hours, could be days, could ...
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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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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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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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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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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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Recommended floor protection when assembling Ikea furniture?

I'm completely new to DIY home assembly, but I'm planning to buy some Ikea furniture to furnish an apartment I just rented. I've read online that I should protect the floor (hardwood) when assembling ...
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Why two breakers (one for the line, one for the neutral) on a single-phase line?

I'm wondering why in my house I have a tied-together pair of breakers (one breaker for the hot line, the other for the neutral) for one geyser, while my other geyser only has its hot line with a ...
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Can deterioration of chipboard damaged by steam be arrested?

I have a built-in dishwasher, just below a kitchen worksurface made of Melamine Faced Chipboard. Steam released when opening the dishwasher at the end of a cycle has started to cause the chipboard ...
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Protecting tiles from damage caused by child

I have a one year old at home who takes great pleasure in pulling utensils from kitchen cabinets (which are just a little higher than him) and banging and dragging them on the floor. This has made ...
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Using the existing neutral as a PE grounding conductor on a NEMA 10-30 outlet

I was redirected here from the electric engineering exchange with a more specific question out of this earlier post: https://electronics.stackexchange.com/questions/340136/is-it-possible-to-run-an-...
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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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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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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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Roof Safety: how to clean gutters on high steep roof?

I recently bought a house and now it's fall so I have to clean gutters. I bought a fiberglass ladder and cleaned gutters one time already, but I did not feel safe/stable at all, that was quite a scary ...