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How do easements work with gas lines on new construction?

I have a gas line (2" polyethylene main) going down my long (1/2 mile long) driveway. Half-way down, it splits to serve the neighbor and myself, each of us being another 1/4 mile apart and the ...
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How can I diffuse the light coming out of recessed LED lamps?

I live in a US condo building which has standard recessed lights, looking somewhat like this: I find the light to be too harsh and would like to have a way to diffuse it. Is there some sort of a ...
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add pilot light parallel to switch downstream from load

UPDATE: I used incorrect nomenclature in a couple places, and I made a couple assumptions that are not wise assumptions to make. Original answer is below, corrections here. I'm thinking the question ...
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Gas dryer, spacing requirment between vent and valve?

I see a lot of Dryer Boxes for sale which have knock-outs for both the exhaust vent and the gas valve in the same plastic box. Is this OK, code/safety-wise to have the gas valve so close to the out-...
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Move a gas meter 150ft or install your own gas line?

I am DIY-ing a house in Montana where a mobile home used to exist nearby (150ft away). There is an existing NG meter (250CFH). Of course my home is much larger and needs a little over 500 CFH. This ...
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How to keep my tankless water heater safe in a cold room?

I have a room in my apartment that can sometimes get around 40°F (4°C), and that's where my new tankless water heater is installed. Should I take any special precautions to keep my pipes from freezing ...
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Does power distribution within a house need individual neutral lines from the circuit breakers?

My house has "star connections" (from the central circuit breaker panel box) for the neutral lines to power different rooms, as is normal. There is no GFCI to worry about. Would any problem ...
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Would it be Code legal to have an all-240V house in the United States?

My goal is to have a house where all loads are powered by 240V, that is fully livable in all the normal ways. And this question concerns the hard, in-house, built-in wiring; we will armwave the ...
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Can I convert a Sunbeam Radiant Control T-20C toaster from 120V to 230V?

For some reason, I now own a Sunbeam Radiant Control toaster, model T-20C. While I found it in The Netherlands, it's fitted with a US cord and plug. On the bottom, it reads: VOLTS 110-120 WATTS 1275 ...
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Best location for an electrical pedestal

What are the variables I should be considering in this situation? What i'm trying to decide is the best location for the pedestal. Pictured is my build site and house orientation with the attached ...
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Flood Plain Craziness - Do I really have to listen to the county here?

Question: Preface - I am NOT building in the flood plain. Is the burden of proof on the county to prove i'm not complying with the rules? What is the worst to happen if I simply build a 100% flood ...
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Getting a power pole moved

Anyone ever had this done? What does this kind of thing typically cost if I have to pay for it? The utility cooperative here won't tell me anything without first paying hundreds of dollars for a "tech ...
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Is it common for residential foundations from the 1960s to contain asbestos?

Is it common for residential foundations to contain asbestos (circa 1968)? We recently had a drain line extended and I don't recall seeing any protections in place other than light dust masks.
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Can I use a 2-wire NM cable staple on 3-wire cable?

I have a package of Gardner 1/2 inch staples and the package shows that they are good for 2-wire, see below: I am running some 14/3 wire (flat) wire for AC hardwired smoke detectors but these staples ...
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Should I run 240v for any supported appliances?

I am having my main circuit breaker panel replaced (by a licensed electrician) and he told me I can run new circuits for him to hook up to the new panel. Is there any benefit to running 240v circuits ...
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Why are adjacent breakers for unrelated circuits ganged?

I'm looking at electric panels in some newer residences and seeing something confusing: Circuit breakers that are adjacent to each other, but that cover unrelated circuits, are ganged, as shown below. ...
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Are “terminal block” style junction boxes allowed in the US?

In the UK it seems pretty common to see junction boxes with built-in screw terminals that are used only for splicing wires from 2 or more cables together. Typical example: (source) Sample wiring ...
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GFCI for aluminum-wired house

I recently bought a house built in the US in the 1970s. It has all-aluminum wiring. A last-second fix to pass the occupancy inspection involved replacing some malfunctioning GFCIs with, unbeknownst ...
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What else would an hot red wire be for in a split-tab outlet?

We are replacing some older outlets in our home with newer, more modern outlets. In one room, we found that two of the old outlets have two hots: a black and a red wire. The tab has been removed on ...
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First time changing switches and outlets (receptacles). Anything special I should know?

I am replacing a bunch of switches and receptacles in my house. While I understand the basics, this is pretty much my first electrical project, and I figure there must be some hidden "gotchas" or ...
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Dimmer switch not connected to ground

I know just the basics of electricity and am trying to replace an older dimmer switch that broke with a new very similar switch. The old switch is not connected to ground. The new switch has the ...
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Central Vacuuming: Is it worth it, and how does it compare to normal vacuuming?

I am in the process of buying a brand new home in the US through a builder. The home will be approximately 3,000 sq ft and I was given the option of buying a central vacuuming system for the house. ...
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How can I acquire or create a replacement latch for my service panel?

(I apologize if this seems like a shopping question - but I am out of ideas right now) The black plastic, flat handle of the door to my domestic electrical box snapped off and I stupidly threw it ...
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Are tamper resistant receptacles really safer?

Tamper-resistant receptacles (marked with TR, sometimes know as TRR) are designed to be safer than regular outlets by making it more difficult to insert foreign objects. That said, there are lots of ...
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Grounding Wire to copper pipe for cable

I'm working on renovating my basement, but first am replacing all of my existing copper pipes with modern CPVC to eliminate the constant leak headache since we are on a well. Last night I found this ...
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Toilet Seat Style

Why is it that in most home or apartment environments you find toilet seats that look pretty much like this: (Picture Source) And yet in offices and public places you will most often find toilet ...
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Operational Electrical Panel in an unfinished building — safe? Sane? Legal?

Is it realistic to have an operational and functioning load center panel (with power supplied only to temporary outlets mounted near the panel), fed by an offgrid solar system, in a half-built ...
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How to wire a USA 50amp 2 phase double pole breaker supply for a UK 240v high capacity shower pump

I have recently moved to the USA from Scotland. I brought with me a "Waterfall" 3 bar shower pump, operating on UK 240V, 50Hz A/C,rated at 4 A, 850W, IPX2. In our house we have a disused 50amp supply ...
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Can I install junction box on a basement rim joint from inside

I am pulling wire from my basement for an outside receptacle. I drilled a hole through the rim joist. To secure pvc pipe from inside, I wanted to install a junction box on inside, and use a metal box ...
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What is this sensor/device located near the master bath tub?

This thing was in my old house and the new owner is asking me what it is. I never knew, and asked a few people. It is the size of a standard electrical outlet socket, and it is located near the master ...
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How do I know which wire is which is this old switch?

I'm replacing the following: With this one: But since there's not a white, I have no idea which is neutral. I tried hooking it up as pictured, but only the red wire had any power (and the switch ...
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Sturdy privacy barrier on rooftop

My townhome has a rooftop deck. A waist-high wall about 10 feet long separates it from my neighbor's deck. The other walls are taller, maybe shoulder height (~5 feet). I would like to construct some ...
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Adapting 3/4 gas outlet to 1/2" appliance?

One of these things is not like the other. That's a 3/4 gas outlet and a gas dryer with a 1/2" fitting. What's the best approach to making them connect? The dryer is old so I'm a bit leery of trying ...