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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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What could cause a false positive report from a line tester?

I'm in India where the domestic supply is 250v @ 50Hz. I've been working - gradually replacing the solid-core wire/s with stranded wires purchased recently. To my surprise the line tester showed a ...
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How to safely put mirror tiles on the ceiling?

I'm looking to put some mirror square tiles of 30x30cm and the weight of 700gr on the ceiling. How can I safely do that? I want to avoid mirrors falling due to plaster removing.
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Is LP gas trapped between the shutoff valve and the pipe end cap potentially dangerous?

I am renovating my fireplace that was original to the home built in 2007. It was not to our liking, so I am doing a resizing to make it fit better in the room. In doing this I needed to change the ...
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Symptom of bad breaker?

I was changing some old light switches at a friend's house. The breaker panel wasn't labeled, so I did the bad thing, I tripped the breaker by shorting a hot line to ground. The lights went out, and I ...
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How to secure barbed 1/8" fitting?

What would be a good way to make sure a 1/8" plastic tube doesn't come off a barbed fitting? (It's under pressure from a water tank.) I was thinking of a clamp with a tightening screw, but they don't ...
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How often should I wash my hands when cleaning the bathroom? [closed]

As someone with a little touch of OCD, I find that I feel stressed when cleaning my bathroom because I worry about cross contamination. When I finish cleaning one part of the bathroom floor, and then ...
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Replacing H-style track lighting lamps with a different H-style brand

The installation instructions for my new track lighting heads (lamps) say: "This fixture can only be used with Lithonia (brand) track". But I was hoping to use them on my currently installed track of ...
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Are service loops allowed by US electrical code in residential wiring?

I'm about to rough-in my electrical wiring for a remodel of our bedroom and have seen several videos where people leave an extra 6-8 inches of wire looped outside of an outlet box which will allow for ...
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Goodman Furnace igniter glows but doesn't ignite

Specs: Goodman Model GDS80703, over 10 years old, Control board replaced 2 years ago 2 months ago, it just started glowing and not igniting, and after doing some basic troubleshooting (Reboot, clean ...
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Is it safe to “cap” a disconnected doorbell wire using electrical tape?

I recently decided to disconnect my doorbell to stop it from waking up the family. I removed the doorbell from the outside of the house and disconnected one of the two pairs of wires that were ...
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Installing electrical box in 2x4 [duplicate]

I'm designing a custom headboard for our bed and I want to install electrical into the cubbies I am making in the headboard (primarily for cell phone charging). In my current design, the electrical ...
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Chinese Breaker Box (240v split-phase?) Lacks Neutral Wires and Grounding Bus

I recently spent Chinese New Year at my girlfriend's apartment (in China) and woke up one morning to find we'd lost power. I opened the breaker box in the apartment to find the main breaker (2P 40A) ...
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Moved into house with only 2 prong outlets. What to do with fridge and other outlets?

First let me start by saying I know this question has been answered with various nuances, but when it comes to safety I want to make sure I have the most appropriate information for my situation. We'...
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How should I cover this drainage garden pit in my front yard?

We just bought a newly constructed house. In front of it is a rectangular concrete pit, maybe 2–3 feet deep and roughly 8 feet long by 5 feet wide, with dirt at the bottom and several shrubs planted ...
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What sorts of appliances will malfunction on a reversed AC outlet?

The house I recently acquired had some wiring done in the basement by the previous owner. I've identified 3 outlets (all on the same circuit) where the live and neutral wires are reversed. I've ...
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Is it safe to store paint in a furnace room?

I currently store my paint cans, mostly latex but a few oil-based stains, in my furnace room. I'm not certain if latex paints are dangerous to keep near flame sources, but I'm fairly certain that oil-...
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Conflicting Information Between Electrician and Home Inspector?

I purchased a recently renovated home about six months ago (in Illinois). Prior to the sale, I had a home inspection done. I'll admit, I did not actually crawl around the tiny attic space with the ...
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Is this mystery cable safe?

Found this while tearing down some old shelves in the basement. It was wedged behind the shelf in the air. This is coming from the opposite side of the basement where the electric box lives. Any ideas ...
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What's the safest type of power saw? [closed]

I would like to purchase a power saw for general use (i.e., for various DIY and home improvement projects). I currently exclusively use a handsaw to cut wood. Even though it is a pull saw (which ...
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If it is important to humidify the air in winter for one's health, how then do you prevent condensation from forming on the inside of windows?

The optimum zone of the relative humidity of one's home at any given time is between 40% and 60%. This is the range to ensure that the humidity does not damage one's health or one's furnishings, in ...
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Why would my fuse box trip if I've already tripped isolation circuit I'm working on?

I've got a fuse box that is half for RCD and other half not. One of my downlights got too hot and melted (touching insulation - I've just moved into the house) so I needed to replace it. I ...
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Water on surge protector

Sorry if this is in the wrong place. A couple of days ago I spilled a cup of water on the ground, and some of the water landed on a surge protector I quickly unplugged it and dried it off. I have ...
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Is it safer to buy a circular saw with the blade on the left or the right? I'm right-handed

I'm in the market for a circular saw and am right-handed. I was about to purchase one with a blade on the right b/c I've seen lots of pictures of right-handers (b/c their right hand is on the trigger) ...
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Safe to put old white paper-backed fiberglass insulation on metal ductwork?

We live in a very old house with an unfinished basement. The heat for the entire main floor is from a furnace in that basement that blows through the square style ductwork to vents placed in each room ...
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Effectively clearing out solvent fumes from a workshop

I am looking for safe ways to purge solvent fumes from a basement workshop. First let me say that I am not spraying solvent based finishes. I'm only trying to deal with the fumes given off by slow ...
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Light fitting had water in it - bulb has been removed, and the switch is off, but breakers for the downstairs light circuit won't turn on

I've checked that my problem is not a duplicate of this Electricity passes through a bulb holder, even when the switch is off because I don't have a backlit light switch. The kitchen light fitting, ...
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Does the height of a water heater safety valve matter?

I just replaced the safety valve on my water heater. The only immediately available replacement was an inch taller than the original. It is still in contact with the water. Is it safe? This is the ...
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Is it safe to use portable electric stove as space heater?

TLDR: I have an unused portable electric stove. Can I use it for heating air around without putting anything on top? Long explanation: I am cleaning up, repairing and adding insulation to a basement ...
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Add grounding to a 9th floor apartment in country with no electric code at all

I live in a 9th floor 1940s-era apartment in a country with no electrical code and no professional licensing for electricians. My 'electrician,' such as he is, is a security guard who does wiring on ...
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Is a plug with a repaired ground prong safe?

my grounded cord lost the ground prong, I drilled it out and replaced it with a prong which is the same size and length and epoxied it. It fits precisely in the outlets. Is it safe?
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Does VOC-free paint require VOC-free undercoat?

I have been asked to paint a room with a paint that has no or low VOCs (volatile organic compounds) such as the Dulux Ecosure paints. I was originally planning to use a plain white paint as the first ...
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Checking walls before drilling

So recently I purchased some Flexson wall brackets for my SONOS Play:1 speakers. In order to fit them I also purchased a drill as I didn't have one yet, and being the responsible person I am I also ...
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What's the appropriate range for the angle of a slide?

I'm building a slide, but I can't find any information on what angles are safe yet fun. What's the appropriate range of angles for a slide?
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Is this lighting fixture safe?

I just got a second hand fluorescent light ceiling fixture. Very pristine condition externally, both the fixture and the external electronics. Certification marks are in place, and it's manufactured ...
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How can I install/remove ceiling lights from the attic?

I have a home with vaulted ceilings (20 ft high) and recessed lighting. I have access to the fixtures and wiring from a stand-up attic. I have needed to rent a very high ladder or scaffolding to ...
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Does this look alright??? Does this meet code??? Electrical surrounded by water pipes

I'm under contract for a house that needs some updating. A previous owner framed a full bath w/ shower around the electrical panel in the basement. The seller agreed to moving the panel & ...
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How to safely route a wide groove in 2x2?

I would like to create a groove 3/4" wide and 1" deep in a piece of red oak 2x2, approximately 5" long (it is being sized to slip over a 1x2). I have a 1/2" router bit, and have successfully created a ...
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Protect electrical cords from damage in storage

I'm essentially asking about power cords on electrical tools. I know how to store higher gauge wires (e.g. USB) to prevent damage and sometimes something like a vacuum cleaner will have hooks to ...
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Is my rental house safe even if the electrical is not grounded at all?

Just found out when the electrician came today that the entire house I am renting is not grounded. I really like this place and real estate here is a nightmare. But, we have some iridescent lights ...
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Where to install a carbon monoxide detector when the boiler is in a closet?

I have a boiler in my kitchen closet. The installation instructions for my carbon monoxide detector say the detector should be: at a horizontal distance of between 1m and 3m from the potential ...
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Can I mount 3 blades on a 5 blade ceiling fan?

In my son's bedroom I currently have a standard five-blade ceiling fan. We are currently changing the decorating motif in his room to "airplanes". I thought it would be really cool to change the ...
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Roof Safety: how to clean gutters on high steep roof?

I recently bought a house and now it's fall so I have to clean gutters. I bought a fiberglass ladder and cleaned gutters one time already, but I did not feel safe/stable at all, that was quite a scary ...
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Can a 2x6 beam span 11ft?

I need to span a beam 11' between two 6x6 posts to support the rafters for a covered pergola. I was thinking of fastening 3 pieces of 2x6 together to create a stronger piece. Is it possible? Is there ...
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is it safe to drill into this wall?

I'm going to install a small loft platform above the stairs in this picture. The most secure way would be to drill into the studs behind the paneling here, but i'm not sure about the wiring thats ...
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Why would steps on a staircase not span the full width of the staircase?

I was looking at some new houses in this new subdivision in my area. The model home we looked at looked nice, had carpeting, lighting, etc. However, we noticed on this model (as well as a 2nd model ...
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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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What kind of gloves should I wear during electrical work?

What kind of gloves should I wear during electrical work? I need to know which glove material is most suitable for this kind of work, as I wish to purchase the proper gloves.
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Is my NEMA 14-30R to NEMA L6-30R adapter safe?

At our studio we have a NEMA 14-30R outlet used for our kiln. When not in use, we want to use another piece of equipment that has an L6-30P plug. I believe the equipment is rated at 8AMP 240V. I ...
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Is it safe to wire a light junction box to a plug (which could then be plugged into a switch-controlled outlet)?

EDIT: I'm rephrasing the question, as it seems the original was unsafe. If I install a light box in the ceiling (both to mount the fixture to, and to make the connections between fixture wires and ...