Questions tagged [safety]

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

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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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How long does screw have to be to anchor bookcase?

I'm trying to anchor an IKEA Billy bookcase to the wall it doesn't contain screws for the wall (I don't think any IKEA furniture does). And their instructions don't explain how long the screws need to ...
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Any trick to removing GU10 lightbulbs?

I'm trying to remove some halogen GU10 lightbulbs. They are in a space where simply gripping them around the edges is nearly impossible. Is there any trick to removing these bulbs?
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How far does bookcase have to be next to baseboard heater?

How far does furniture have to be from the side of a baseboard heater? My bookcase will be 2 inches from the side of the baseboard heater, I would like it to be closer so I can use the outlet on the ...
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Applying flammable coating at temperature below its flash point

I want to apply a xylene-based urethane coating with a flash point of 81 degrees (F) to an epoxy floor in a windowless 8' x 8' room equipped with near-new 100-CFM exhaust fan. I hope to be able to ...
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Are some power cables too old to be safe?

Found some really old extension cables (+20 years). Is it safe to use them? I was worried that the plastic could deteriorate with time, but I have never seen a power cable with a best-by date.
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adding a guard rail to a flat roof [closed]

So I have a flat roof that is was at some point a nice sun porch off of what is now an office. When we bought this house this summer we had the door to it replaced and in working in my office I cant ...
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Why should we replace smoke alarms every 10 years?

I'm having a hard time understanding a requirement to replace smoke detectors every 10 years (or whatever the manufacturer suggests). With previous generations of ionization based detectors, I ...
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Are there good reasons to install 120V 20 AMP receptacles “upside-down” instead of in conventional upside-up position? [duplicate]

In the US, most 15 and 20 AMP receptacles are installed with the hot and neutral on the top and the ground below. However, sometimes they are installed the other way around, with the ground above. I ...
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How to separate the outlets in garage from other outlets in the house

The wiring for one of the 15A circuits for my house includes 7 outlets in the family room, several recessed lights, a 3-speed hanging fan, a chandelier in dining room and 3 outlets in the garage. ...
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Will a fully collapsed extension ladder safely support twice its duty rating?

My grandfather has a Werner 24' aluminum 200-lb type III extension ladder. I want to know if, in its fully collapsed state, it will safely support ~300 lbs. By my reasoning, if it will safely support ...
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Ways to mitigate safety risks with double cylinder deadbolts on enterance/exit doors?

While double cylinder deadbolts (those deadbolts on house doors that require a key from both sides) can be good for security, it could be a trade-off with safety if needing to get out of the house in ...
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How should I improve the wiring in this light fixture junction box?

Is it legal for blind people to wire a ceiling rose? I mean, it's the only reason I can imagine this happened Jokes aside, the light is actually functioning as is. I only discovered this when I was ...
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Improving Heat dissipation in freezer

I have a small apartment and a large freezer; I'm concerned about heat build up in and around the freezer. I have a similar problem with an old PC tower, to which my solution was to create and ...
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Disposal of hydrochloric acid

I used hydrochloric acid and water to remove concrete from my tools (in a plastic bucket) but did not know how dangerous it was and how complicated the disposal process can be--first time using it ...
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If I can smell my trash in my garage from the room above it, should I be concerned about other vapors?

We just bought a new construction home. We have some trash in our garage bin that does have a potent smell, but I assumed it'd stay confined to the garage. This evening while putting my daughters to ...
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Is using a non-GFCI circuit more risky now than before GFCI entered the electrical code? [closed]

When using a non-GFCI grounded receptacle with a modern device (e.g. manufactured date 21st century) are the risks the same as they were in pre-GFCI era? I can imagine some situations in which risk ...
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How to lock this kind of window?

I have this window at home. I feel unsafe as I do not know the latch mechanism. Can someone explain how to shut this window?
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Safely felling elevated wooden structure?

How would you go about safely and quickly removing a wooden structure on four legs with a chainsaw, such as an elevated hunting blind? Here you can see a few examples of such structures. My idea was ...
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Microwave sparking

Someone put a metal thing in microwave and it began sparking. I cleaned it and was OK. After a while I put something in the highest degree for 5 minutes and apparently it was too much for the food it ...
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Is it safe for baseboard water heater power supply to run insulated wiring over heating element?

I have recently moved in to a new apartment and found a transformer (which takes 120V @60Hz and outputs 24V 20VA) into a wall outlet with two wires coming from it and leading directly into one of my ...
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Hoisting and securing 5 gallon bucket vegetable planter 25 feet up

I have a light availability issue in my garden. To compound that it is in a very small area so diseases and pests tend to hit everything at once. I want to try lifting a couple self watering 5 ...
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Ground material for toddlers swing set

I am going to build or install an A-frame swing/play set for my kids. I've read rubber mulch can be a potential carcinogen. I want to: find a safe ground cover for under and around the swing set ...
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Nuisance Trip GFCI by Electric Motor

I have an old 1950s bandsaw (Beaver 2300) that has been refitted, by the previous owner, with a new motor. It runs fine. But now that I am using a power bar with a built in GFCI, the GFCI trips after ...
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Ladder fall protection options

Are there any good fall protection options when working on an extension ladder? I need to fix some siding near the top of my 2 story house. I have thought about using something like a roof anchor, ...
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How do I protect people walking around my deck from banging their head on this overhanging platform?

Below is the picture showing the platform that I am talking about The plan is to have the barbeque under that so that aspect is taken care of. Probably a plant toward the house end of that underneath ...
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20 amp circuit and GFCI outlets everywhere

Except for money saving is there any reason why you would not put 20 amp wiring and 20 amp GFCI receptacle (=1 per circuit) everywhere?
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Do HEPA or P-100 filtered respirators sufficiently protect against asbestos?

Are respirators fitted with HEPA or P-100 filtered cartridges safe for DIY work, possibly in the presence of asbestos in the attic and roof? I'm in California, USA, but this Minnesota (USA) Department ...
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Direct Wire LED: T12 Replacement

CONTEXT An older office's 4-foot T12's are to be replaced with direct wire LEDs because the ballast cost + labor can be avoided. The instructions indicate that the hot is wired to one end and the ...
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Running a generator on the back of a flatbed - Safety Concerns

Fourth of July is coming up, and we're doing music for the parade off a 1990's Dodge flat-bed truck. Equipment Electric drum kit... the brain is the only electronic (see below) PA system (2000 watts)...
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Are there any serious dangers to using manual tools?

Recently, I had to fix some things around the house, without access to my usual electric tools. I found that the manual tools, such as a crank drill and a handsaw, are quite efficient, and I can no ...
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How can you determine if an air compressor tank is safe?

I've recently learned that old air compressor tanks can catastrophically fail. I can't find anything about the average service life of a tank, but it appears the ones that do explode are typically ...
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How to measure the nut size that goes on screw?

I recently bought a toilet seat and the seat holder on one side loses over time making it loose from one side while another side is tight. I realised I was missing one these and hex Nut to fight it. ...
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Nail gun leaking air

What can I do if my nail gun leaks air through the chamber directly opposite from where it shoots nails? The gray part in the picture. Can it be dangerous?
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What's my health situation like living in an exposed fiberglass insulation for 2 weeks

My attic floor is covered with fiberglass insulation. I go to the attic very often. Sorting out winter/summer clothes. Or I go up to search for stuff as my attic is a short term storage. 2 weeks ago,...
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Check if metal junction box is “charged” from bad wiring

I was painting a joist in my basement and my roller bumped a junction box and sparks flew out. I suspect that a hot wire is touching the box. I was going to take apart the box and replace it with a ...
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Maximum Angle for a Chimney

Our building has a fireplace, and we are planning on moving it a meter or two, however, we are strongly against making another hole in the roof of the building. Would it be possible/safe to run the ...
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Shock when Installing Fluorescent Bulb 50VAC between frame and GLASS of Lamp - New Ballast Installed

I have a ballast that we are replacing in a church. There are approximately 12 dual lamp T12 Fixtures in parallel drops. The fixtures are all in line -- but L1, Neutral and Ground are parallel drops. ...
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How can I fix railings that lack newel posts?

In my new house these two rails: are wobbly and feel unsafe. It seems to me that whatever I do to the existing pieces, they're always going to be rather unsafe—they're low (less than 3 feet high) and ...
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Safety when drilling walls in the house? [duplicate]

I'm currently fitting CCTV around my house which requires lots of drilling with a rather large bit (25mm). My question is regarding safety when drilling as i don't want to hit any wiring and or water ...
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Test Existing Natural Gas Barbecue Line Without a Hose

I have a natural gas hookup on my back deck and want to purchase a natural gas barbecue. There is a quick connect at the hookup and a valve to turn it on, but when I turn it on I don't feel any ...
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Polystyrene scent in bedroom

I want to store boardgames on the top of the wardrobe in my bedroom. Unfortunately, there are a few screw and wooden lists on the top of it, which makes it impossible to store anything on the ...
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Why am I getting shocked when my breaker and switch is off?

I've recently added power to an outbuilding and wired in a light circuit. While adding another light fixture, the wire broke at the fixture so I was rewiring it. With the switch and breaker off, as I ...
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Is wiring with melted insulation and exposed copper dangerous?

A plumber has melted the grey sleeve on a two core electrical cable in our kitchen whilst soldering a joint on an adjacent copper pipe. I can see exposed copper through a small hole the cable sleeve. ...
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Are leather safety gloves washable?

Are these gloves washable? If not how do I clean them?
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Ground wire giving shock

All metal appliances in my house give shock. Following is experiment I conducted: I stuck my electrical tester in each hole of my mains wall socket (one by one) and it does not glow on neutral, glows ...
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line locator indicates voltage over the whole wall, I need to drill some holes

I am living in a 1950s apartment house in Germany, with a TN-C installation (that is, a combined earth / neutral in every socket). Now I need to drill some holes. Usually it's quite obvious where the ...
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Is it safe to use a fan control with any ceiling fan as long as you wire it properly?

A lot of modern ceiling fans seem to come with remote control units. Several of the new units even come with plastic plugs on the wiring to make it easier for the installer. These fans all say "Do ...
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Damaged wire while drilling wall caused power to go out. How to fix it properly?

I managed to damage two wires/cables: tv/internet and a power wire. There were three of power wires: a blue, a black and a green/yellow. I've damaged the black one, but just a little bit. When the ...