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Questions tagged [safety]

For questions generally relating to preventing or avoiding injury in the home or on the job site.

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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?
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Plumbing venting into apartment

I am a renter and my house often smells overbearing of sewers gas. I guess this is a two part question. The smell cures up from all the drains and I’ve made the landlord aware of this, she has not ...
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Is it safe to install a wire nut inside a base board heater?

My baseboard heater has its junction box built into it, meaning there are wire nuts in a section of the heater. However the ground has been broken off more interior / near the heating element. I ...
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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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Reverse Osmosis from Tap Water

I want to create drinkable water from my home tap water, the water source is not quite good enough its about ~100-130ppm if I test with TDS meter, with 8.0-9.0 with pH meter, it has weird taste, bad ...
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Protect electrical wiring between drywall and brick fireplace

Following the question at Frame drywall around brick fireplace I would like to figure out how to protect the electrical wiring and other wirings (HDMI) from the top down in middle of the fireplace as ...
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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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Non-dimmable LED on dimmer. Fire hazard?

I just moved into a new home where some of the electrical appears to have been recently re-done. Nearly every light in the house has a dimmer on it, which is fine with me because I prefer to keep ...
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Safety equipment for a pressure washer

I'm planning to use a pressure washer for the first time, as a "once off" task, to clean and remove caked-on and ground-in mud, dirt and debris from rebar and concrete beams, before I pour concrete ...
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Router safety - what did I do wrong?

Long story short I was running my DeWalt fixed base router (8000-24000 RPM) on a piece of work when it started making a funny noise. I lifted the router up to see why it was making the noise, and ...
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Safe wiring on linkable shop light?

Question about  Smart Electrician® 3650 Lumens 46" LED Linkable Shop Light Model Number: 0053-0011 | Menards® SKU: 3481400 I bought several of these and am having the same glowing issue referenced in ...
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GFCI seemed to fizzle and pop, and now works as a non-GFCI outlet - what happened?

An outdoor GFCI that's under a covered porch has been working fine for a long time, but recently started failing to turn off when the 'test' button is hit. Here's what I observed. Right after ...
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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 it safe and legal to make this gas plumbing connection?

I have learned that, contrary to what they tell you, the big box stores will not connect your gas dryer when they deliver it. So I was left to do it myself. The guy told me to remove the incorrect ...
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Should I tilt my DIY self-standing bookshelf backwards to prevent it falling down?

Context I intend to build a self-standing bookshelf using 18mm-thick, CNC-router-cut plywood. The bookshelf is made of nested planks, and entirely fits a 35cm-deep recess in my wall. Following ...
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Is it safe to run multiple (four) mains electric cables in a conduit together (heat considerations)

I have four 240V mains (United Kingdom) cables I would like to run along the side of a wall in a conduit/conduit(s). Can you advise if it is safe to put all 4 cables in the same conduit or multiple ...
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Powering 7700W Surge Motor with a 3kVA./6kVA Inverter?

I have a 220VAC/50Hz motor with a nominal power consumption of 1700VA, but surges up to 7700VA when starting (~35LRA). I measured the power draw from my household outlet, but I want it to be available ...
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Is there harm in using a GFCI outlet as a switch?

I have a GFCI outlet in my garage which is about 4 feet off the ground. I have a couple work lights plugged into it which can only be turned on and off by plugging/unplugging them. I have recently ...
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Attic Fiberglass safety?

So im in my attic installing Cat6 cable in some places. It's a yellow looking insulation (Some is sort of "loose" and some are in sheets, the loose stuff is more white-ish). The House was built in ...
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Moving House Electrical Outlet

I am building a window bench seat in my home. The bench will cover 2 of my electrical receptacles. My plan is to extend the wires from each of the original blue 1 gang boxes and feed them into new 1 ...
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Does this look like asbestos insulation?

Found some spare bits of it in the attic, was curious what it is. Fibre glass?
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Got Red Tag warning from gas company for hot water tank (Canada)

Gas company technician asked me to take a look at hot water tank and there he issued me Warning B Red tag and gave me 5 weeks to fix the issue. Issue in related to clearance from combustibles (TSSA ...
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In what situation could a fish tape potentially touch live wires?

I want to invest in a high-quality fish tape and I’m doing some research on them. One of the biggest selling points of many fiberglass fish tapes is that they are non-conductive, for safety. But when ...
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What can I do if 811 shows up late? [closed]

I called 811 to ask them to mark my utility lines on a Monday and told them I'd be doing work that Friday. They didn't show up until the Monday after I planned to work. What should I do? What ...
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What anchor type should I use for mounting a pull-up bar installation into concrete?

So yesterday I got a pull up bar at a really good price. Now the only thing I got to do is to mount it to a solid concrete wall. Since a nearby shop offers only a few different anchors, I bought two ...
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Is it possible to use a router to cut a slot in aluminum?

I need to cut a 1/4 inch slot in 1/4 inch inch thick aluminum. I currently have A drill press A router in a router table Carbide bits for the router My current plant is to drill the beginning and ...
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How to identify potentially unsafe electrical connectors in use?

One can buy inexpensive wago-style connectors that have the CE Marking but I am doubtful that they are really certified: . When purchasing such items, I can ask about certifications (the ebay listing ...
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Safe to cut vine wrapped around electric mains?

We have a climbing vine that has spread from the tree to wrap itself around the electric main to the house. Is it safe to cut it off at the base? Can the vine potentially conduct electricity to the ...
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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 TV mounted safely?

I'm not worried about the connection between the mount and the wall - I do know how to do that properly. I'm worried, in this case, about the connection between the TV and the mount - specifically, in ...
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Vinyl flooring poor air quality and toxicity

We're looking to install luxury vinyl flooring in our home and recently came across some claims that vinyl flooring significantly reduces air quality in the home and can release carcinogens in to the ...
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cut protection sleeves for power tools [closed]

what is the best protective sleeve for working with power tools. My buddy's boss badly cut his forearm to the bone with a disc grinder cutting masonry and he wants to know if kevlar sleeves will be ...
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Is it okay to regularly turn off lamps (2) via a power strip rather than their individual switches?

Okay, full disclosure: I know next to nothing about electronics. Just trying out my first little amateur diy project: adding lights to my vanity. So here goes my question. I just bought 2 little ...
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Why do insulated screwdrivers have a maximum voltage that they're rated for?

I have some insulated screwdrivers and the packaging says "Protects from electric shock up to 1,000 volts". But it's not like the insulation can conduct electricity at higher voltages, right?
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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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What are insulated screwdrivers for if you’re not supposed to work on a live circuit?

It’s not just that I’ve been told by some people to never work on a live circuit as an amateur (I know that electricians often do work on live circuits)... but the package itself containing the ...
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Outlet giving off a burning smell

There is an electrical outlet in a room in my house giving off a strange smell. It smells kindof burnt? It happens almost immediately when something is plugged in/turned on and I promptly turn off/...
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Preventing formaldehyde release from particleboards

I have a few particleboards that I want to use as cabinet boards. What is the most simple way to reduce the release of formaldehyde? Quick and cheap would be great. Would it be sufficient to foil-...
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Correct placement for garage heat(fire) alarm

I've ordered an HD6135B hardwire heat alarm with battery backup. I plan to add a new electrical box and install it in my garage. I live in Minnesota. Is there any official guidance for placement of ...
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Why does the Bostich Magnesium fire one nail after the hose has been disconnected and also randomly self fires without the trigger being pulled?

I am using a Bostich Magnesium nailer at the moment. It has on occasion shot a nail without the hose being attached. As well it has started to fire on its own without the both safeties being ...
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Do water lines that contain lead need to be replaced if it doesn't flow out of a valve that I normally drink out of?

A plumber had came to my house to sweat pipes to install a water valve which controlled water going to the garden spigot. Upstream to the valve is a t-joint. The other output to the t-joint went to ...