Questions tagged [safety]

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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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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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Protect electrical wiring between drywall and brick fireplace

Following the question at Frame drywall around brick fireplace I would like to figure out how to protect the electrical wiring and other wirings (HDMI) from the top down in middle of the fireplace as ...
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File cabinet drawer falls out

enter image description hereOne drawer falls out when roller slides are extended. I cannot see what is supposed to stop it. The hems on the sides of the drawer near the bottom (Left side of pic 1) ...
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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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At a wall socket, is using thin wires at ground pin dangerous?

I paid a hardware shop owner to modify my wall light switch to socket for my washing machine in bathroom. The power in my area right now is 3 phase 220V AC. At first it is a switch. Then we modified ...
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How do I replace insulation around knob and tube wiring

My drywall ceiling developed a large crack over the last two months (after being fine for 70 years), and investigating my attic I discovered the lower layers of insulation were soggy and the drywall ...
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Attaching a ground wire to a prong that plugs into an outlet adapter

The outlet shown in the image below doesn't have a ground wire connecting to its receptacle. A friend of mine is helping me setup a ups that requires ground wire, however what he did was run a ground ...
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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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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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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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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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Is this main box outdated and needs upgrade?

This house is 1970's built (UK) but not sure when the electrical wiring were done. The main box looks like in the attached picture. It seems it has only fuse boxes in it... and does not have any MCB, ...
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What dangers are associated with changing the pilot light assembly on a gas water heater?

My A O Smith ProMax gas water heater started going out at various intervals. I would re-light it and it might stay lit for a few minutes, few hours, or even a day or so. I figured it was the ...
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Extending a basic rectangle deck out 4’

We have a basic porch deck that is a rectangle with stairs at the front of it. We want to extend the deck out 4’. We’re only adding on to the area to the right of the steps, so we’d be building an ...
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Floating tiny droplets in the water

Lately there seem to be floating tiny droplets (oil?) on the surface of tap water. This is limited to hot water, and does not affect other tenants in the building. The water heater has just been ...
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Hydronic boiler flue ventilation

My gas hydronic boiler is designed (or just specified) to require a draft hood and a damper on its 6" flue. My question is, on a level lower that going by the dictates of the spec, how much less ...
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Ventilating utility room with gas appliances

I have a 20 sq ft utility room hosting a water heater and hydronic boiler, both gas. The door to the room is louvered, to allow for air passage. In addition to that, I was wondering if installing air ...
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Non contact voltage sensor shows voltage a foot away from live wire

I'm evaluating a situation in a home I recently moved into. A previous owner did some DIY and installed a switch in the wall of our kitchen pantry. The pantry is made of wood and the switch is housed ...
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Kitchen shelf placement

I've bought a large, wooden kitchen shelf that I wanted to build up onto a wall above the stove, but my roommate said the heat from the stove will destroy the wood, and will become a health and safety ...
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What causes a rainbow sheen on wire jacket?

I've got this wire running through my wall that has a bit of a rainbow sheen to it. I feel like that's probably an indication the wire has gotten a bit toasty in the past and should be replaced. Is ...
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Unidentifiable worms appear on apartment floor

I found some worms on my apartment floor. I can’t find anything rotten around the apartment, but I don’t know how they got there. Are those maggots? video link
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How to repair (and prevent) pool cover tear & holes

We have a safety cover for an inground pool. Over the winter, heavy snow melting and refreezing caused it to be weighed below the surface and tore up a few holes where the cover contacts the concrete ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 much weight can a drywall support on both sides if everything is hung on the 2x4s (not on the drywall sheet)?

How much weight can a drywall support on both sides if everything is hung on the 2x4s (not on the drywall sheet)? This drywall doesn't go all the way up to the ceiling. It separates the kitchen from ...
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Weber Genesis caught on fire

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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Safe wiring on linkable shop light?

Question about  Smart Electrician® 3650 Lumens 46" LED Linkable Shop Light Model Number: 0053-0011 | Menards® SKU: 3481400 I bought several of these and am having the same glowing issue referenced in ...
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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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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 ...
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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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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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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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Asbestos in my furnace closet - should I get rid of it?

I have a home built in 1958 with a closet inside the house that contains the furnace. When the house was constructed this closet was lined with asbestos as a safety measure. How dangerous is it for my ...
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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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