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Minimum distance between electrical water supply piping in a basment

Is there a minimum distance between the electrical and supply water pipes in a basement? I have a few electrical wires crossing over water supplies to the kitchen. I will be replacing some of the ...
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How can I protect an unprotected hot tub outlet?

I just bought a house & didn't realize/notice through walk-through until today this unsafe situation/setup where receptacle (even though it is a GFCI) which the jacuzzi is plugged into is right ...
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Hanging Olympic Rings

So I read the "Advice on hanging gymnastic rings in garage rafters?" and I'm not satisfied with the responses. It's not that they weren't good it's just I still think it can be done safely ...
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What to do about this light fixture mounting?

This is a wall sconce. I discovered that it is simply hanging on a bent nail. Behind it (it simply lifts off the nail) there is what appears to be a standard lamp cord. This is wire-nutted to the ...
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Measuring Voltage in floors and walls

I am doing some electrical rewiring in a old home (1940s) as some of the wiring is looking very dodgy (most of the wires still have cotton insulation). I have a basic understanding of electrical ...
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Why is my sand foaming when wet?

I got some sand from the township. They put it out for free near the local golf course for "sand bags". I intended to use it for my children's sandbox. I soaked it with water and a foam ...
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Does disconnecting the control ceiling fan switch in the fan housing cut the power to the fan? The fan has froze

Fan has frozen because of roof leak and just want to remove the adjusting switch wiring that runs the fan so i can run the light by it self until i replace the whole unit No! you have a switch for the ...
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Ok for electrical wires to be touching gas lines?

We just had our gas lines above our kitchen re-piped. The pictures show the gas lines are touching electrical wires. Anyone know if this is safe and up to code standards (please provide code number ...
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Is it possible to use this light socket for a projector? (EU)

I've moved into a home in Sweden and there's a light socket installed high on a wall, pictured here. The socket takes small plug designed especially for light fixtures, like this. I want to use this ...
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Strange street construction / could there be asbestos in the cement and shall I inform the city services? [closed]

My question is not about house improvement, but still a matter of public safety. I was walking home through an unfamiliar neighbourhood earlier today and I ran into the following construction that is ...
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How to minimize soil contamination when repainting and repairing old wooden outdoor features?

Wooden features like decks, fence posts and rails, and other outdoor features where I live are old and the paint is peeling off. Experts tell me it looks like latex paint to them - peeling in long ...
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1.5" galvanized vent pipe as a fall arresting anchor [closed]

I am working on a roof design requirements. I would like to have a safety anchor other than (or in addition to) the brick chimney. If a regular drain plumbing vent pipe used would be PVC, could that ...
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Is it likely that an acoustical ceiling from the late 1980s contained asbestos? [closed]

We just bought a new house, built in 1988/89. We contracted to remove the popcorn ceiling. I didn’t even think about asbestos because I thought we were out of the window where it was possible. Dust ...
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Is conduit needed for extension of wall oven wiring?

I recently bought a GE in-wall oven (JRP20WJWW), but the whip power cable is too short (it was 45 inches, not 49 inches like the last oven). Since the power is on the left side of the oven and my ...
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What options do I have for latex-free interior house paint?

I'm wanting to repaint some rooms in my house but I have a pretty severe latex allergy. If the paint had latex I'd have to move out while someone else painted and couldn't return until it was ...
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Understanding the risks surrounding empty tanks & containers (propane, natural gas, septic, etc.)

In a quickly upvoted comment to this answer regarding propane tanks, community member crip659 wrote: I would change "any level" to ever contained. Empty containers can be as bad(deadly) as ...
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Install shower grab bar - 2x2 studs

I need to install some grab bars in the shower. I know where the studs are and I can access the back of two of the three walls to put blocking. The third wall is cinder block, 2x2 studs, drywall and ...
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Is this old house safe?

I bought an old house (built 1960) which had been abandoned for the last 30 years. There was no concrete used in the construction, the base is made of some kind of white stone until about a meter up, ...
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Was there lead in old wood stain? [duplicate]

Does anyone know anything about interior blue-greenish wood stain? Presumably from 1953, when my house was built. Worried because i have a little one. Would really appreciate any insight. I have been ...
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How to slow closure of a spring-operated chain link fence gate?

Question: Is there a way to slow down the speed a chain link fence gate opens? Context: Our preschool has a basic chain link fence with a standard entry gate (see photo). We recently installed a ...
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Extension Cord Coming Out of Kitchen Wall Possible NEC Code Violation

In progress remodeling a basement kitchen in a home built 2003. Current NEC Code for my area is NEC 2017. When I pulled out the old base cabinet I found an live extension cord coming out of the base ...
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Where to attach extra wires in pull-cord fixture

We have a light fixture box in our stairwell that I’m trying to put a new light on. When our 60+ yo house was wired 25 years ago, the electrician took out the wall switch it was connected to and ...
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Stone fireplace -- how to plaster over / mount TV?

we are moving into a new home an finding ourselves in a bit of a pickle re: living room/fireplace. Based on the living room’s layout, our tv will need to be mounted above our fireplace. The problem is ...
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Would AFCI protection be required if I added another outlet to an existing branch circuit in a bathroom?

I have some confusion because on the one hand AFCI protection is not specified as needed in bathrooms by the NEC, but on the other hand the NEC does state that AFCI protection needs to be added when ...
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Bathroom smells of paint after a steamy shower, and paint is now peeling. Worried about health. Looking to fix. (Apartment)

Context: It's been 31 days from this post since I moved into this apartment. I've noticed that if I take a steamy shower, then close the door on the bathroom after I get out, then the bathroom will ...
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Can I clean up after a mouse using 70% alchohol instead of bleach solution? [duplicate]

A mouse got in my cabinet. I got rid of the poop. The CDC website recommends that I clean the affected surfaces with bleach solution or with an EPA-registered disinfectant, and links to a partial list ...
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How should I clean surfaces where a mouse may have walked or touched, but not pooped?

A mouse got into my cabinet. There are a few poops in there; I cleaned those up and cleaned the affected area with bleach solution. I'm going to improve my food storage situation, catch the mice, and ...
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Why didn't flooded extension cord plug trip breaker?

I had an issue recently where my cat turned on a laundry tub faucet, flooding the basement with municipal water (due to the floor drain being clogged; 1930 house in the Toronto area). There was a live ...
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How does arcing in an electrical panel cause fires? [closed]

I had a sub-panel with a loose neutral wire that caused substantial arcing between the wire and bus bar. Arcing generates a staggering amount of heat (thousands of degrees in either F or C) and in ...
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How to deal with the mold in kitchen

How do I deal with this in kitchen Are all these just algae or something else ? Is it really harmful to health ? like we have to make sure it's 100% not there. Here you can see light grey colour stuff ...
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Replacing old dimmer with a new one

I bought a dimmer on Amazon. The ASIN number is B002DN2PGY. It has two black wires and one green. The old dimmer only has two wires, one black and one red. It is connected to two wires, one orange ...
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Melted electrical outlet

I have an electrical outlet in my home that got hot and melted. My son shut main breaker off and took outlet out of wall and he separated the wires and wrapped electrical tape around the wires. Is ...
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Do I need to install a junction box before installing a LED strip light fixture?

I would like to replace 15 year old Fluorescent 4 foot strip light fixture (electric ballast, T8, two light, 32W), it looked like this. This is in a closet ceiling. I was a bit surprised that when I ...
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Is this two-110-to-one-220 adaptor as fire-hazard as it looks?

I was browsing amazon and found this strange extension cord that takes two 110v circuits and combines them into one 220v circuit. I vaguely understand how two outlets can be on a different circuit/...
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Fridge on same circuit as space heater?

The owner's manual for our fridge specifies that it should be on a dedicated 15A circuit. I understand that this is considered best practice, although not strictly required by the NEC. However, our ...
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How can the slightly-warped rails of a bed frame be pulled together?

A twin-sized bed frame that I assemble on-demand for guests is made of pine. It hasn't seen that much use, and yet one of the two 75" beams has buckled just slightly. There is still plenty of ...
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is electrical insulated hand glove enough for household electrical work

The circuit breaker panel cover is metal so it might shock if one of the wires inside get damaged and it might come in contact with the panel cover. The use case is when one of the tripper goes off , ...
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What is the correct name for this "door stopper"?

I would like to mount something on my doors, so they can't slam shut when the wind catches them. When I search for "door stoppers" I never get such. I have only been able to find on company ...
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Are Marbonite tiles good electrical insulator

I know whenever we handle Circuit breaker or Main Supply lever at home. We have to wear a footwear which is non-conductive and insulated glove. My question is , As far as I'm aware a tile which is not ...
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Seal around hvac ac lines [duplicate]

I want to seal outdoor AC lines. I have a gap. Is it safe to use gap filling foams? Is it flameble with the copper tube
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Dealing with recently decarpeted room with generational urine reek

Zinsser BIN primer applied with a paint sprayer, completely covering the floor and probably the baseboards, too. Two coats at appropriate intervals. If it oversprays to the walls, I don’t really care....
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Worried about fumes from caulk

Hey there I just installed caulk due to the baseboards having room under them (the roaches are hiding in there) my question and concern is of the fume smell from this particular one https://www....
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Is it dangerous to put expanding foam in home heater ducts?

My house has a centralized gas heater, that pumps the hot air through metal ducts to vents in each room. I discovered that the past owner had previously had a greenhouse, and so there was a duct that ...
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Is this a safety or fire hazard

My apartment complex recently replaced the disposal in my kitchen that was leaking from the power cord due to a cracked seal. They left the wires of the power cord that attach to the disposal exposed ...
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Are Polybutylene pipes safe & reliable for potable water systems (UK)?

We are having extension work done and noticed the builder has used Polybutylene pipe for all the cold and hot water systems. I noticed on the label it says "Not for sale in America", and ...
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CAFCI+GFCI protection for 30/40A double pole required?

I have the following double pole breakers in my new PoN Siemens panel: Heat Pump Water Heater (30A) Clothes Dryer (30A) EV charger (40A) 2x Sub Panel feeds (40A) Heat Pump (40A) Electrical Stove (40A)...
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In safety guidelines for construction work and/or welding what is "RPE"?

In North America, when you are dealing with safety guidelines, what does the abbreviation "RPE" represent in simple English words? I was watching a video which explained that RPE is ...
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How to make the septic tank safe for human entry

My septic tank is hard sealed with concrete slab. My mason and plumber wants to install two Effluent filter inside the septic tank. So I'll call up the septic tank trucks ,they will suck the septic ...
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Is it risky to have soak pit of septic tank near building

I have series of soak pits connected by pipe and this soak pit takes grey water from Kitchen and bathroom only. I have to call septic tank lorry frequently to pump out the filled up septic tank. ...
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Covering screws used to mount receptacle boxes

Should screws that are used inside a receptacle box to mount it to a stud be covered by tape or some non conductive material?
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