Questions tagged [safety]

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Help me understand this power strip installation

I moved into a flat which has the following electrical setup in the kitchen: Regular looking 4-socket power strip Combi boiler plugged into power strip Washing machine plugged into power strip Front ...
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Is it a concern that 120v cables hang down from the ceiling in my crawl space?

Recently went in my crawlspace to fix some plumbing issues and noticed that all the electrical seems to be just hanging, with some on the ground. I'm fairly certain that this is nowhere close to code, ...
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Why is my fire extinguisher emptied after one use?

I'm planning to make a small DIY gas tank and I saw people using old or used fire extinguishers but I don't understand why my fire extinguisher can't hold pressure after one use. I have this fire ...
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How to safely unplug an outdoor extension cord that got wet?

I plugged a indoor floor lamp outside using an indoor extension cord not realizing it was going to rain (i know - stupid!). Now I am afraid to unplug it, as everything is wet. What can I do to ...
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Is it safe to remove the bottom chords of a series of garage roof trusses?

See attached picture. Looks like an 8x10 cut-out. He wants to lift cars up so he can walk under them. Is this safe? Doesn't removing the joists affect structural integrity?
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Electrical wiring capped with wire connectors exposed to weather: bad idea?

I noticed what appears to be electrical wiring exposed at the peak of the gable end of our office. I don't have any way to know if there's current flowing to those wires. Is that a problem? I ...
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How much lead abatement is necessary to reach safe levels?

I'd like to buy an older home (I live in CT), but with 2 little kids, I'm worried about lead. The confounding issue is that our real estate agent strongly discourages us from doing lead testing for ...
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Can I safely install outlets in my basement?

My house has an unfinished basement, and I want to set up a workbench in one area. Unfortunately, there is only one usable outlet in the whole basement, and it's not conveniently located, so I want to ...
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Is it safe to touch wire testing at low to medium voltage on a 14 or 12 gauge wire, 15 or 20 amp (current) circuit?

Title is the question. I'm using a Klein NCVT- 3 Voltage tester with a bar graph indicating voltage, and don't see anything in the instructions, and haven't ran across anything in a textbook or ...
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Safest way to mount Bench Grinder

I have very little room to work with and have decided some things I am going to end up sticking where there is room, but would it be any less safe, if suppose I wanted it on a stand alone platform ...
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Why is the non-contact voltage detector beeping over large area of a wall?

Before drilling a wall (drywall at the surface; not sure what's beneath) separating the bathroom from the corridor, I took a multimeter with a non-contact voltage (NCV) detector to check that the ...
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Weber Genesis caught on fire

I was grilling chicken and some of the fat dripped into the cabinet and the gas line caught on fire burning through the sheathing and making a hole in the line itself, leading to a major fire inside ...
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DIY Desk - Trestle stability

I am trying to build my desk. I can see a lot of positive comments about the Karlby worktops from IKEA and I think the 2.46m x 0.63m walnut worktop is exactly what I need. My problem is that I ...
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Why did my leaking pool light trip the circuit breaker, but not the GFCI?

This is, I am sure, an extremely naive question. I hope that's okay (and I hope it can be answered at a level I'll understand). The background: My swimming pool has underwater light fixtures, on ...
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Should I use Fire Bricks in Wood Stove

I recently bought a new place with a wood stove which needs the Fire Bricks replaced. I have read they reduce heat generation in the room and might not be needed. (More efficient without but possibly ...
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At what height should support handrails be mounted in a home?

Mom broke her hip, and I am trying to make her home more elder-friendly while she is in rehab. While I have found lots of hardware that is available, I have not yet been able to find specs, such as ...
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Is it OK to drink water from newly-cemented PVC pipes?

It has been my habit to use Christy's Red Hot Blue Glue to mend PVC pipe. I am happy with the performance and the repairs turn out very well. I also note, with great interest, that it is rated for ...
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How can I safely bury unused speaker wires in my wall?

Just bought a new place, and I've got a speaker wall plate with 2 binding posts sitting chest high in the room that are driving me nuts aesthetically. (two actually, one on either side of the room). ...
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Why isn’t there a solution to detect loose neutral

Loose neutrals in a house can easily cause house fires and are not always detected until it is too late. Why isn’t there main “smart” breakers that not only detect loose neutrals / phase imbalance and ...
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Could I move a piano ALONE this way?

To move a piano from a first floor to another first floor, using a pickup truck, it seems like a ramp, a strong rope and some pulleys, and a furniture dolly would suffice. Plus a basketball and pump (...
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Safety when modifying old electrical work

I have a relatively old house, built in the 1950s. I am slowly updating it to have smart switches etc., but the existing electrical wiring is fairly haphazard. Just yesterday I replaced a dimmer ...
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What is the name of the part used to fasten a pendant light cable to the ceiling circuitry case

I'm looking to purchase this part (see image below) but cannot find the name. The part is located on the case mounted to the ceiling from which the cable to the pendant light comes down. One half is ...
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36-70V stray voltage from switch box?

Today I wired in a new LED utility light in my work room. The light I replaced (wired by a former home owner) was a typical bulb hung from an electrical junction box light bulb cover. The box from ...
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Why are U.S. residential circuit breaker service panels so poorly designed?

I find as a knowledgeable home DIYer, that my Siemens 200 amp circuit breaker panel to be a pain in the butt to use. It is less than 25 years old, and yet it seems to have been intentionally designed ...
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Is it safe/allowed to adapt a shaver socket (BS4573) to a standard BS1363 plug (UK)?

Bathrooms in the UK may have a shaver socket that is (to my understanding) limited to supplying 200mA, is protected by an isolation transformer and uses a two pronged plug similiar but not identical ...
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Proof butt connectors are up to code

I'm about to add butt connectors to the plan for wiring my power circuit. How can I prove, with documentation, that these are safe and up to code? My location is Ontario, Canada. My application is ...
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Is it safe to harvest rainwater that fell on solar panels?

I am working on creating blueprints for my new home. My plan is to have both solar panels on the roof and a rainwater catchment system that directs water from the roof into some tanks in the basement. ...
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Why is TV size relevant for wall-mounting?

Looking at specifications of TV wall mounts, in addition to maximum weight they are also rated for maximum size (screen diagonal). Why is that? Assuming the mounting holes match and the TV doesn't ...
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Is storing hot water over 140F a regional requirement?

It seems to be "common knowledge" that to help prevent Legionella, hot water tanks/heaters should be set at 140F. This temperature is enough to cause terrible burns and scalding so devices like ...
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Need handrail for drop off of 600mm?

Need handrail for level difference (600 mm) in a walkway area? this question has to do with safety, please also tell me what is the maximum acceptable step without hand rail. I live in Qatar
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How do I know what LED bulbs are safe to use in fixtures that are part of construction?

In a recent question, I asked about different power ratings for LED and traditional incandescent light bulbs. In the accepted answer, the author explained that the different ratings are due to heat ...
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How to install a safety barrier-post in garage, between house and vehicle

On the other side of the wall, in front of where my vehicle is parked, is my bedroom. Would like to install something similar to what you would see at store fronts that have parking spaces near the ...
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Will live power plug dropped into swimming pool kill the swimmer? [closed]

Dropping a live power plug on extension cord into a swimming pool is certainly not a great idea. However I wonder if doing so would kill the swimmer in the pool? I've been searching the internet for ...
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Fiber glass In Attic. need knowledge [duplicate]

I have been seeing some dust of Fiberglass(?) floating in the air. Is breathing it, in unhealthy? I was unaware of the equipment in the attic, which I discover all the wrong wiring connections from ...
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Outdoor extension cord that can be left unplugged?

My wife needs to plug her truck in every night (she's a vet, and the drugs need to be refrigerated). Right now she just leaves the extension cord she uses on the ground during the day, which is ...
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Why do some lamps have different power ratings for different kinds of bulbs?

I had a lamp that broke recently after getting smashed against a wall by accident (there are now numerous exposed conductors, making it unsafe to use), so I went to the store to get a new one. I ...
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Broken wire inside Rangehood, advice needed

My range hood was damaged, which caused it to flare up and spark. I immediately powered off the main to the house (as in the pictures). I can see that the connection has been damaged. I have no idea ...
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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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Is it safe to stain some small wood pieces with Danish oil in my basement?

Is it safe to stain some small wood pieces with Danish oil in my basement? Nobody uses the basement but I am concerned about fumes leaking up into the main house. It is Watco Danish oil.
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Regarding wall anchor specifications

Wall anchors say that they are rated for x number of pounds. My questions are: Is that “per anchor”? And, if so, how accurate is it? And up to what point? For example: if I had 100 wall anchors ...
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Discoloration on load center bus bar

I recently replaced our main load center with a larger one. I was planning to use the old, smaller panel as a sub panel in an addition we are building. After removing the breakers from the old panel,...
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Galvanized Water Heater Straps be reused?

I've got a plumber telling me that galvanized water heater straps are one-time-use-only because they form fit to the water heater. He's saying because the new water heater isn't exactly the same ...
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Considerations for hardwiring electronics project in wall

What things will I need to consider for hardwiring a planned electronics project into the wall? The plan is a DIY smart thermostat. An LCD touchscreen panel will be flush with the wall. Attached to ...
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Mystery current on neutral wires coming into outlet box

In reworking outlets and switches in our 1960's California home to use AlumiConn connectors + copper pigtails where needed (instead of older wire nuts + Noalox), I came across a duplex wall box in the ...
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How to switch off/on a Hot Water System

I believe I have what is called a gas-boosted, solar HWS (although there is only one solar panel on the roof). On the outside of my system, apart for the valves/pipes/wires leading into and out of it, ...
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What is the cause of the common impression that European electrical wiring is safer than (North) American?

In this video, at time 11:35, (and in other places), there is a very vague claim about a common impression that European wiring is safer than (North) American, with an equally vague refutation of that ...
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Are loose teeth in a saw blade a safety concern?

When I watch videos on using a table saw safely, it almost always is about kickback. I realize, that kickback is the most dangerous hazard, but are loose teeth, that could become projectiles, when ...
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How much clearance do I need above a floor vent?

I am building a custom shelving unit that will sit over an inconveniently located floor vent/diffuser. My thought is to raise the bottom shelf up on stubby legs so that it does not block the vent. The ...
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Washing greasy/contaminated construction textiles [closed]

I'm collecting greasy/contaminated construction textiles (shirts, rags etc) in a dedicated bucket and not with general laundry. Is there a recommended general (meaning it works with most types of ...
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Indoor vs outdoor lighting

I have a 1.5 foot tall plastic christmas character. The cord has a UL tag rated for indoor and outdoor. The manufacturer tag says indoor only, though. Am I safe putting outdoors?