Questions tagged [safety]

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

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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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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 ...
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Are there any health concerns around treated wood?

Last weekend I received a pallet of freshly pressure treated (still wet) green Wolmanit feather-edge cladding. I have started to apply it to various buildings. Obviously I am handling it with bare ...
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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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Have Gas Water Heater…Wondering If It Needs to be in a Closet

I received a "gift house" from my father-in-law a few years ago. A lot of the problems have been repaired over the past few years, but I have a major one that keeps kicking my butt. The previous ...
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Is there minimum clearance from gas stove to door?

I know there is a minimum clearance to hood and cabinets above, but I can't find a side-clearance to a doorway. My concern is someone coming through the door and not seeing the hot stove around the ...
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Is it safe to put pots and pans with hard plastic handles on the bottom rack of the dishwasher? [closed]

I have a Whirlpool dishwasher I bought in 2014. It works fine. But where should I put pots and pans with hard plastic handles when I load the dishwasher? I want to put them on the bottom rack, but I ...
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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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attaching eye-bolt to roof ridgeline

I would like to attach an eyebolt to the ridgeline of my metal roof. I can then attach a rope to that when I need to work on the roof. I am a climber and have the knowledge and gear to secure ...
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How should I hang a receptacle on a rim joist?

So I am wiring my cabin, and here I have a crawlspace which I will button up with some mesh & skirting, but for all intents & purposes, I am considering it open to everything (dogs, rodents, ...
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I have a flooded basement and have an electric cord plugged into an outlet. How can I unplug the cord without getting shocked?

We recently got a lot of rain and my basement has standing water. The water is about a quarter inch deep. I have a freezer that is plugged in with an electric cord that is submerged in the water. I ...
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Is it safe for dryer vent ducts to overlap in different directions?

Hard to describe this in the title. What I'm referring to is how segments of duct overlap each other where they are connected. Ideally, as with plumbing, the tube the flow enters should be overlapped ...
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Is 12 gauge electrical wire ever wrapped in a white housing?

I am trying to add a new outlet by branching off an existing one (for my mounted tv). The cable that goes into the box contains one white cable and one black cable that has an extra red wire (as part ...
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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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What are the relationships between ground and arc protection in breakers and in outlets?

I'm wondering how combos of AFCI & GFCI protection on breakers and outlets affect overall circuit safety & performance. What I mean is, how do different combinations of GFCI and/or AFCI ...
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Halogen lights charing floor beams

I was replacing a halogen spot light bulb earlier on and I spotted fair amount of charing on one of the upstairs floor beams which was very close to the light fixture. Damage can be seen in the ...
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Rewiring part of a circuit, how to properly terminate old branches?

Context There's an overloaded partially-K&T circuit in a small 100+ yr/old home that needs to be rewired. This circuit currently goes from basement panel to attic where it serves ceiling lights ...
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On a typical US NEMA 5-15 outlet, what parts are generally safe to touch when it is live?

I'm particularly curious if the yoke on typical outlets (e.g. NEMA 5-15) are safe to touch when the outlet is energized. My understanding is the only way the yoke would be energized is if there is a ...
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How do low power draw devices not cause problems?

Recently, a home owner tied a hot wire directly to a neutral and asked about it on this site. Fortunately, his unfortunate mistake did not result in anyone being injured. As an answers point out, ...
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How does polarization and/or grounding of outlets affect time for breakers to trip?

I'm trying to understand all the differences between newer and older receptacles. Newer ones tend to be polarized and many receptacles and wires come with grounding conductors. How do these ...
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Is there a way to safely have exposed electrical wires?

We have a dumpster on our property for another home project and are hoping to take advantage of this by disposing of some bathroom lights and a ceiling fan. However, we do not currently have a ...
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Does a 2100W angle grinder need an earth pin?

I have recently purchased a Makita 2100W angle grinder. It has just the live (L) and neutral (N) connectors unlike the one I previously used, which had a third protected earth (PE) connection. Would ...
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Asbestos risk in my roof? What is this material?

I'm a homeowner in London, and have recently started losing sleep over something. Hoping somebody can shed some light! Our next door neighbours are having their roof redone, and some manner of ...
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Are smart meters really dangerous?

It has been announced that we will be getting smart meters installed in our city by our electrical utility (in the US) later this year (2018). A bank of 23 analog electrical meters now sits about ...
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Dangers of bootleg ground and GFCI?

Bootleg ground means a scenario equivalent to (deliberately) bridging the ground wire and the neutral wire. How it was physically done (e.g. bridged screws on a receptacle, deliberately bridged wires ...
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Are outdoor receptacles required to be GFCI receptacles in the US?

In the United States, are outdoor receptacles required to be GFCI receptacles? Or can they be non-GFCI receptacles but downstream from and protected by an indoor GFCI receptacle? This NEC draft says: ...
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Is it permissible to have exposed mains conductors in holiday lights?

I've just had a holiday lights company install some outside tree lights, and I found they had done it so that at several places the prongs of mains cable plugs had been left exposed, and carrying ...
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Is there a reason drill bits are stored pointy side up?

The title says it all... Is it for marketing purposes, or is there an actual reason bits are typically stored sharp side up?
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AC Plugs, different types of plugs/receptacles

(pardon if this question is a little elementary for this site...) I have done a variety of Google searches trying to get to the 'right' answer(s) here, part of the problem is I'm not even sure of the ...
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How can an electric induction cooktop be safely installed into a diy natural wood countertop?

While looking at installation documents for electric induction cooktops, I've come across the instruction: Make sure the wall coverings, countertop and cabinets around the cooktop can withstand ...
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Can I safely disconnect this television outlet?

I have what appears to be an old tv antenna outlet connection in our bedroom. This outlet has since been replaced (elsewhere in the room) by coaxial cable. I would like to disconnect this cable and ...
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How to check if painted plasterboard is fire rated?

UK answers in particular please ... The underside of the staircase and main escape route in my new house is in my kitchen, and has my fridge immediately underneath. Is there an easy way to check ...