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How do I safely transport a heavy item downstairs?

I want to put a freezer in our basement. The models I'm interested in weigh around 60-75kg. The shops will happily deliver the item to our front door, but from there, I'm on my own. I'm a 75kg middle-...
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Voltage detector beeps on the sides of smart dimmer switch after installation

Possibly similar to Should a smart switch (that requires a neutral wire) cause my non-contact voltage tester to beep? but slightly different symptoms, and only on one switch. After installing Leviton ...
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How to handle carpet offgassing?

I moved into a new apartment and the carpet is offgassing VOCs. I'm quite sensitive to chemical smells and it irritates my nose and throat constantly. The carpet is around 1 year old, so it will ...
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Yellowish residue from within water pipe

I was changing a valve today and used tissue to wipe water off the threads. While doing that, I also wiped the inside of the old pipe a bit through the opening, and I got yellow residue on the tissue (...
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Can I safely use a straight (Type 1) metal cutoff wheel in angle grinder?

I have a Ridgid angle grinder and a metal cutoff wheel. On page 7 of the manual it states: Use ONLY Type 27 depressed center grinding wheels (such as the one provided with this product). NEVER ...
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Using air humidifier wick cleaned with home detergent - Any health concerns?

I have been using humidifier with rotating wick, and used to clean it with domestos detergent. This detergent as said by manufacturer contains: Non-ionic surfactants <5% - particular type not ...
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Dead end in pipes and legionella risk

Today a plumber removed a sink from my house and sealed the two corresponding pipes at the location where they branch from the rest of the system. I expressly asked him to do this because I wanted to ...
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How can I safely remove a large fallen tree?

I have a large tree that has fallen on my property, and it is currently supported on opposite ends, like this: The bulk of the tree that was beyond the fence, off to the right, was already ...
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Is it safe to use a drill bit with a half broken tip?

I broke the tip of the masonry drill bit. The tip looks like this now. Half of it is missing, and it seems that the tip itself moved slightly towards the center (since at the bottom, it is parallel to ...
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Fridge has a weird smell coming from where the compressor is

I have a fridge that has some kind of weird smell coming from where the compressor is. Ive checked the wires and any connections to see if theres any burnt wires, theres nothing. Its not really a ...
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What is an oven anti-tip device and how do you install one?

I'm trying to sell a home, and we're in the inspection / repair phase. The buyers asked for me to install an anti-tip device for the oven in the kitchen, and I'm not even sure what that is. Can ...
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One outlet in house is hot while turning all breakers off

One outlet does not appear to be attached to a breaker in the breaker panel. Only in shutting the main breaker off does that outlet lose electricity. Is this dangerous? Is there a remedy?
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Can I connect Ground from UPS outlet to another outlet which has no Ground?

Simplified situation: I live in a rented room. My room has two two outlets, namely Outlet A and Outlet B. Outlet A has connections only from main supply. It has no connection to UPS. And, it has two ...
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Me and my mom and dad moved to a older house since we have moved in we have had health problems

Me and my mom and dad have been having health problems since we have moved in our house in October , have brain fog and anxiety and my alleges and ashms and rashes and my mom and dad have been having ...
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Can I move a joist a few inches left without the ceiling falling on my head?

The ceiling above the stairs in my house (1950s, Minnesota) is too low. I want to remove the offending joist (the one that's vertical in the picture), cut back the adjacent joists (horizontal) a few ...
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Rim joists sitting on top of notched post

My older deck doesn’t have a beam. Instead, the rim joist is attached to the 4x4 posts, most of which are notched and serve as both support for the rim joist and continue up as railing posts. I ...
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How can I safely replace a light fixture above a stairwell?

In my 1911 home, there is a stairwell that has a 180 degree turn with a landing, and there is a light fixture directly overhead (centered over the railing) that I would like to replace with a pendant ...
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Electrician connected LED dimmer to halogen bulbs, worried about safety

An electrician replaced a rotary dimmer with another one that is rated for LED GU10 bulbs. The six existing halogen bulbs connected to the dimmer weren't replaced however. The electrician said that ...
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What are the safety concerns in running low voltage wire to LEDs behind a wall?

I've been using some fairly cheap 22AWG wire for running between flexible LED strips and their transformers. Some 24V some 12V, but all well below the amperage rating for this gauge. The wire says it'...
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What is the best method and tool to detect harmful non-carbon-monoixde gases?

I recently cleaned my home's air filters and discovered a significant increase in well-being. Previously, staying at home during the weekend for more than 1-2 hours resulted in fatigue and dizziness, ...
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Is it normal for GFI test button to trip GFI when the circuit is dead?

My welder has been tripping the GFI on the circuit in the garage after I have been using it a while. I finally took the cover off and discovered the electrician saved himself, what? $2 and used a ...
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Fence post hole near utility lines, digging advice

I am looking for advice on how to go about digging fence post holes 42 inches down (to exceed 40 inch frost line) safely.and properly. I was told that I must manually dig the hole within 18 inches ...
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Shelving units anchored to drywall and metal studs - Load Bearing and Safety Concerns

We are interested in purchasing a residence that has a workshop attached to it. The owner has erected metal shelving units like those shown in the attached photos. The shelving units are anchored to ...
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Why does NEC require circuit breaker locks only on hard-wired appliance circuits?

The National Electric Code (NEC) Section 422.30 requires "permanently connected appliances" to have "lockable" disconnects, so that power can be reliably cut to the appliance when it is serviced. ...
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Why don't bookshelves come with wall mounting screws included?

I was assembling an IKEA bookshelf, and one of the most important steps to ensure safety is the installation of the L-bracket to secure the bookshelf to the wall. All the parts, including the bracket ...
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What kind of glove offers the best protection when using an angle grinder?

I wanted to start doing metalworking for a long time and I finally got an angle grinder of 4 1\2". I also bought the appropriate safety equipment face shield, some safety glasses and I'm planning ...
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Propane and septic pipes

Is it safe to have a propane line (within a PVC conduit) cross a septic pipe (house to septic tank) underground?
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Should twisted wire joints to 5 kW water heater be soldered?

Say I'm connecting a water heater (~5kW) to the mains and I need to make a joint, not just replace the cable with a longer one. Considering the high power consumption, would soldering the joint help ...
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Does converting a non-polarized plug to a polarized one actually make the appliance safer?

I bought an amazing vintage clock, but have some anxiety about using it, since it's quite old. Some pictures for reference: I would like to re-wire the clock with a newer cord, as the old one has ...
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Gas Fireplace: Is mesh screen panel in front of the glass necessary?

Our 10 year old gas fireplace looks so much nicer without the wire mesh screen, just the glass front. The glass seals to the face with 4 spring loaded clamps on the corners, and rope 'caulk'. Is the ...
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Is it safe to use dishes that have had turpentine on them?

A rag that had turpentine on it was rinsed off in my kitchen sink that had dishes in it. If I wash the dishes with soap and water will they be safe to use? Should I just throw out the dishes? I don’t ...
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How to demolish old stone walls safely?

We are renovating an old property in France where three walls of an old stone schoolhouse (10ish meters high I'm guessing, maybe more in some places) sit adjacent to the more recent house (1950s). We ...
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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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How do I safely paint the walls and ceiling in this high ceiling staircase?

I need to paint the walls and ceiling in this staircase. The ceiling is flat, and does not slope down with the stairs. That means that the ceiling at the bottom of the stairs is very high. The walls ...
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How is the elevator inspection area on top of an elevator accessed? [closed]

Does anyone know or have any experience with how one typically accesses the inspection area on top of most elevators? It's a fairly large set of elevators in a 20 story building if that makes a ...
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Mask for Cutting Hardie Board

Is there a standard mask to protect the lungs when cutting Hardie board? While specifics masks suggestions are appreciated, I am trying to understand how to avoid sub-standard masks and avoiding ...
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Does build up in lead pipes make them less dangerous?

Maybe this would be more likely in warm water pipes. A place I saw had a super slow warm water tap, which someone with a plumbing background said was from the passageway in the lead pipe decreasing. ...
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How to test that GFCI works?

I hired an electrician to install a GFCI outlet outdoors. I need this to power some pumps in an aquaponics system, so I need to guarantee it works, so kids don't get hurt while playing in the water. ...
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What is the risk of using tandem breakers in a panel that doesn't allow them?

I have a PoN Square D QO 200A rated panel with a 100A main breaker. Model QO154M200P This panel allows 10 tandem breakers, but as some of you know the older QO double breakers (without the hook) fit ...
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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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Could a Cadet heater release metallic nanoparticles?

I have a few Cadet wall units in my house. (These are about 12x8 in units mounted in the walls.) One of the units has a built-in thermostat and a knob to adjust the temperature. I don't know how old ...
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Killing Cockroaches Safely

I am renting an Airbnb in South America. To kill cockroaches, the owner put a fine layer of white powder (from internet searches, I believe this is either borax or diatomaceous earth) on the floor ...
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Is the advice “don't operate light switches barefoot” outdated?

I was taught in my young age (1980s-1990s) not to operate light switches (or anything electrical) barefoot. Is this advice still relevant in 2021 (in a modern house in Western Europe with grounding, ...
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TV mount in plaster wall with no studs

Is it possible to mount a 65in tv on a 1.5in thick plaster wall over a fireplace? there are no studs, and about a 3in air space before its solid again. probably insde brick chimney wall. i never use ...
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How can I stabilize the footing of a ladder?

Whenever I saw a professional on a ladder, there was someone else at the foot of the ladder holding the sides of the ladder. Now that my rain gutters are frozen solid, they are creaking, and I'm ...
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1960s light switch issue wiring

If the top bracket in the image here came out and didn’t go back in, would it be a safety issue to turn the circuit back on? There was no wire connected to the screw/bracket — it seemed to just be ...
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What are the dangers of operating a mini excavator?

I plan to rent an excavator like this: I am aware that it is quite dangerous if someone walks by and is hit by the bucket, but assuming I can clear the area of passers-by, what are some common ...
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Grounding nightmare

Please don't laugh (too much), but maybe someone can tell if this is safe or not? It looks at best a total bodge job to me, and at worst downright dangerous, but I don't know what I'm on about to be ...
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Small shop fire safety for liquids/wood dust

I am setting up a very basic wood shop. Basically a car garage. But I am away for it often for a few days at a time. It does have a fire alarm which of course depends on someone hearing it but I've ...
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Why I am having eye irritation problem with oil radiator in my home (in India/Asia) when I never had such problem in Europe

I used to live in Europe, and I loved electronic oil radiators as well as central heating. This year, I decided to buy an electronic oil radiator for my home in Delhi, India. But whenever I use it, my ...

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