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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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Door lock detection system [closed]

We have some doors that already have basic open/closed electic loop built in, but these wires are not connected to anything at the moment. I would like to install a unit that detects if each door is ...
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My kitchen cabinets were mounted with drywall screws. How can I better secure it to the wall?

The kitchen cabinets in our apartment were hung with drywall screws which has been flagged to us as a safety concern because they might not bear the load when the cabinets are fully loaded with dishes:...
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Understanding the risks surrounding empty tanks & containers (propane, natural gas, septic, etc.)

In a quickly upvoted comment to this answer regarding propane tanks, community member crip659 wrote: I would change "any level" to ever contained. Empty containers can be as bad(deadly) as ...
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Install shower grab bar - 2x2 studs

I need to install some grab bars in the shower. I know where the studs are and I can access the back of two of the three walls to put blocking. The third wall is cinder block, 2x2 studs, drywall and ...
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Why is my brand new PEX clear tubing turning green near the water heater?

I just moved into my house with brand new PEX (uponor) plumbing. I used clear for the hot and cold instead of red and blue, because I bought everything myself and I thought it would prevent wasting ...
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Is this old house safe?

I bought an old house (built 1960) which had been abandoned for the last 30 years. There was no concrete used in the construction, the base is made of some kind of white stone until about a meter up, ...
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Was there lead in old wood stain? [duplicate]

Does anyone know anything about interior blue-greenish wood stain? Presumably from 1953, when my house was built. Worried because i have a little one. Would really appreciate any insight. I have been ...
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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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How to slow closure of a spring-operated chain link fence gate?

Question: Is there a way to slow down the speed a chain link fence gate opens? Context: Our preschool has a basic chain link fence with a standard entry gate (see photo). We recently installed a ...
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How should I disconnect my gas stove?

We want to replace our natural gas stove with an electric stove. I've never worked with gas lines before, and the installers who will deliver the electric stove won't disconnect the gas stove for us. ...
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Extension Cord Coming Out of Kitchen Wall Possible NEC Code Violation

In progress remodeling a basement kitchen in a home built 2003. Current NEC Code for my area is NEC 2017. When I pulled out the old base cabinet I found an live extension cord coming out of the base ...
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Where to attach extra wires in pull-cord fixture

We have a light fixture box in our stairwell that I’m trying to put a new light on. When our 60+ yo house was wired 25 years ago, the electrician took out the wall switch it was connected to and ...
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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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Stone fireplace -- how to plaster over / mount TV?

we are moving into a new home an finding ourselves in a bit of a pickle re: living room/fireplace. Based on the living room’s layout, our tv will need to be mounted above our fireplace. The problem is ...
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Would AFCI protection be required if I added another outlet to an existing branch circuit in a bathroom?

I have some confusion because on the one hand AFCI protection is not specified as needed in bathrooms by the NEC, but on the other hand the NEC does state that AFCI protection needs to be added when ...
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Bathroom smells of paint after a steamy shower, and paint is now peeling. Worried about health. Looking to fix. (Apartment)

Context: It's been 31 days from this post since I moved into this apartment. I've noticed that if I take a steamy shower, then close the door on the bathroom after I get out, then the bathroom will ...
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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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How should I clean surfaces where a mouse may have walked or touched, but not pooped?

A mouse got into my cabinet. There are a few poops in there; I cleaned those up and cleaned the affected area with bleach solution. I'm going to improve my food storage situation, catch the mice, and ...
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Can I clean up after a mouse using 70% alchohol instead of bleach solution? [duplicate]

A mouse got in my cabinet. I got rid of the poop. The CDC website recommends that I clean the affected surfaces with bleach solution or with an EPA-registered disinfectant, and links to a partial list ...
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Why didn't flooded extension cord plug trip breaker?

I had an issue recently where my cat turned on a laundry tub faucet, flooding the basement with municipal water (due to the floor drain being clogged; 1930 house in the Toronto area). There was a live ...
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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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Is it code compliant to run only a hot wire to a relay used as a 3-way switch?

I am setting up a relay to control my 120v/15a pool light. The relay control will be located in a plastic project box near the pool equipment and will be driven by a 24VAC coil. The light circuit will ...
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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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Is it risky to have soak pit of septic tank near building

I have series of soak pits connected by pipe and this soak pit takes grey water from Kitchen and bathroom only. I have to call septic tank lorry frequently to pump out the filled up septic tank. ...
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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 options are there for door stops away from a wall?

I have a number of doors in different situations where opening the door fully will hit various things, in all cases I don't have a wall behind the door to fix a normal stop to. The only solution I ...
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How does arcing in an electrical panel cause fires? [closed]

I had a sub-panel with a loose neutral wire that caused substantial arcing between the wire and bus bar. Arcing generates a staggering amount of heat (thousands of degrees in either F or C) and in ...
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How can I safely work in my attic without a floor in place?

I am not familiar about it and how do I walk on the ones you don't want to fall on the drywall? I went up to the attic entrance and took these pictures from it but I did not walk. I want to see what ...
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How to deal with the mold in kitchen

How do I deal with this in kitchen Are all these just algae or something else ? Is it really harmful to health ? like we have to make sure it's 100% not there. Here you can see light grey colour stuff ...
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What is a safe procedure for removing natural gas pipe after full service disconnect (meter removed, house intake capped)?

I had my local gas service company disconnect my house from the gas service line. They offered to remove the meter for me and cap the house intake pipe, which I accepted. So to be clear, the service ...
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Replacing old dimmer with a new one

I bought a dimmer on Amazon. The ASIN number is B002DN2PGY. It has two black wires and one green. The old dimmer only has two wires, one black and one red. It is connected to two wires, one orange ...
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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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Melted electrical outlet

I have an electrical outlet in my home that got hot and melted. My son shut main breaker off and took outlet out of wall and he separated the wires and wrapped electrical tape around the wires. Is ...
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Do I need to install a junction box before installing a LED strip light fixture?

I would like to replace 15 year old Fluorescent 4 foot strip light fixture (electric ballast, T8, two light, 32W), it looked like this. This is in a closet ceiling. I was a bit surprised that when I ...
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Is it normal for a freestanding pergola to wobble a little bit?

We built our first pergola (20'x 18' x 10' tall). We used cedar with 6 - 6x6 posts with 30-inch concrete footings attached with 1/2" J bolts to OWT/OZCO post bases. We have double 2x8 beams that span ~...
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How can NEMA electric plug be safe ?

I'm quite scared every time I have to use NEMA plugs (I live in Japan). Coming from europe, the bottom of the two connectors is insulated This ensure that even if you touch them while plugging/...
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Is this two-110-to-one-220 adaptor as fire-hazard as it looks?

I was browsing amazon and found this strange extension cord that takes two 110v circuits and combines them into one 220v circuit. I vaguely understand how two outlets can be on a different circuit/...
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Fridge on same circuit as space heater?

The owner's manual for our fridge specifies that it should be on a dedicated 15A circuit. I understand that this is considered best practice, although not strictly required by the NEC. However, our ...
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How can the slightly-warped rails of a bed frame be pulled together?

A twin-sized bed frame that I assemble on-demand for guests is made of pine. It hasn't seen that much use, and yet one of the two 75" beams has buckled just slightly. There is still plenty of ...
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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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Are Marbonite tiles good electrical insulator

I know whenever we handle Circuit breaker or Main Supply lever at home. We have to wear a footwear which is non-conductive and insulated glove. My question is , As far as I'm aware a tile which is not ...
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is electrical insulated hand glove enough for household electrical work

The circuit breaker panel cover is metal so it might shock if one of the wires inside get damaged and it might come in contact with the panel cover. The use case is when one of the tripper goes off , ...
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What is the correct name for this "door stopper"?

I would like to mount something on my doors, so they can't slam shut when the wind catches them. When I search for "door stoppers" I never get such. I have only been able to find on company ...
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Weber Genesis caught on fire [closed]

I was grilling chicken and some of the fat dripped into the cabinet and the gas line caught on fire burning through the sheathing and making a hole in the line itself, leading to a major fire inside ...
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Seal around hvac ac lines [duplicate]

I want to seal outdoor AC lines. I have a gap. Is it safe to use gap filling foams? Is it flameble with the copper tube
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Dealing with recently decarpeted room with generational urine reek

Zinsser BIN primer applied with a paint sprayer, completely covering the floor and probably the baseboards, too. Two coats at appropriate intervals. If it oversprays to the walls, I don’t really care....
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Worried about fumes from caulk

Hey there I just installed caulk due to the baseboards having room under them (the roaches are hiding in there) my question and concern is of the fume smell from this particular one https://www....
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Is it dangerous to put expanding foam in home heater ducts?

My house has a centralized gas heater, that pumps the hot air through metal ducts to vents in each room. I discovered that the past owner had previously had a greenhouse, and so there was a duct that ...
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Is this a safety or fire hazard

My apartment complex recently replaced the disposal in my kitchen that was leaking from the power cord due to a cracked seal. They left the wires of the power cord that attach to the disposal exposed ...

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