Questions tagged [safety]

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

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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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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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Can I salvage aluminized roofing paint

Through impatience, I failed to adequately mix a 5-gallon bucket of aluminized roofing paint before I hauled it up the ladder and painted my roof. Now, I am left with a huge wad of putty like ...
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How to strip sheath off outdoor cable?

I am looking for a way to remove the protective sheath from a length of multicore mains electrical cable. It's rated for outdoor use and is VERY strong. Without butchering my fingers; trying to fine ...
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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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Does wifi have any effect on one's health? [closed]

Does wifi have any effect on health in home?
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What is the best method and tool to detect harmful non-carbon-monoixde gases?

I recently cleaned my home's air filters and discovered a significant increase in well-being. Previously, staying at home during the weekend for more than 1-2 hours resulted in fatigue and dizziness, ...
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Safety with Dremel 8050 Rotary tool [closed]

As of July 6, 2015: Dremel model 8050 cordless Lithium Ion 8 V Rotary Tool has been pulled and is no longer available for purchase at Lowes, Home Depot, or Amazon. Dremel Customer service advises "do ...
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Toxicity problems with using propane gas to pressurize water

I am working on a system to automatically maintain a safe tap water supply for a building in the case of a contaminated external water supply or in the case of loss of external water pressure, ...
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How is the elevator inspection area on top of an elevator accessed? [closed]

Does anyone know or have any experience with how one typically accesses the inspection area on top of most elevators? It's a fairly large set of elevators in a 20 story building if that makes a ...
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Is this abestos glue/ do these tiles contain abestos, if so how can I safely remove/work around it?

After taking up vinyl tiles I found this thick Brown sludgy adhesive. Is this abestos glue/does it contain abestos? Do the vinyl tiles contain abestos? If so and I vacuum the glue with a hepa ...
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How much lead abatement is necessary to reach safe levels?

I'd like to buy an older home (I live in CT), but with 2 little kids, I'm worried about lead. The confounding issue is that our real estate agent strongly discourages us from doing lead testing for ...
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DIY Desk - Trestle stability

I am trying to build my desk. I can see a lot of positive comments about the Karlby worktops from IKEA and I think the 2.46m x 0.63m walnut worktop is exactly what I need. My problem is that I ...
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220v Grid Tie Inverter

I just bought a 3000w 220v grid tie inverter and I'm wondering if it is safe to simply plug it into the 220v port in my laundry room (the one my dryer runs on) and then run it, or is there more I need ...
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Fiber glass In Attic. need knowledge [duplicate]

I have been seeing some dust of Fiberglass(?) floating in the air. Is breathing it, in unhealthy? I was unaware of the equipment in the attic, which I discover all the wrong wiring connections from ...
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Is this bedroom healthy to live in, in relation to kitchen, refrigerators and microwave oven? [closed]

Is such a bedroom healthy to live in? it is separated from a kitchen by a wall, There are two old refrigerators and one old microwave oven in the kitchen against the wall? (all are standalone with ...
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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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Is this wiring safe [duplicate]

The wall box is from the mid-1950's and my multimeter shows that it is grounded. There are a solid 120 volts when testing between live and ground. I noticed a bare copper wire coming from the cloth ...
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What is the average life expectancy of heavy duty ratchet straps before they have to be replaced? [closed]

What is the average life expectancy of heavy duty ratchet strps before they have to be replaced.
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How can I install a new bathroom GFCI receptacle? [closed]

How can I install a bathroom GFCI, by connecting it to another outlet?
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Does having metal safe increase chances of burglary at home

One of my friends brought a metal safe recently. However he is also worried that burglars somehow know about existence of such safe on house ( either through metal detectors or some other means ). ...

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