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Can I safely use a 9w LED bulb in place of a 40w incandescent?

Yes. The fixture is concerned with heat. Your LED light bulb makes about 9 watts of heat. Your fixture is rated for a bulb that makes 40 watts of heat. With an incandescent bulb, 98-99% of its ...
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How do I remove this bolt from my bedframe?

Looks like an IKEA bed to me - something like the MALM or the HEREFOSS. You first remove the metal rail, then undo the nut. The manual depicts a wrench (ikea part 113453) but a regular metric 13mm ...
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Can I safely use a 9w LED bulb in place of a 40w incandescent?

SHORT ANSWER: NO PROBLEM LONG ANSWER: The maximum wattage limits are largely a function of heat. For incandescent lights, more wattage means more heat. And too much of a heat buildup could result in ...
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How do I remove this bolt from my bedframe?

Remove the metal rail. In the opening, you now have enough room to insert an open-end wrench. The wrench has a slight angular offset. Push down on the wrench as far as it goes, remove it, flip it ...
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Circuit breaker adjustment

Conventional residential circuit breakers are safety devices that are not subject to adjustment. They are sized based on what the wires to the outlets can safely handle. As you surmised, if you want ...
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Is too many rooms on one breaker a bad thing when selling a house?

It is the old Pushmatic panel which is said to cause fires and needs to be changed but he said it looked good That's the exact opposite of true. Pushmatic is immune to the "bus fire" ...
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Help, can I still fix this?

Yes, this can be remedied by using a "goof plate" pictured below. If the outer diameter of the lockset is 2" or larger this plate will work. I do believe they make smaller ones if the lockset is ...
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Replacing a bedroom light

The decorative nut has been removed but there is still a small little nut that is holding the little escutcheon up against the glass. Use one hand to hold the glass and try to loosen the nut with your ...
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Fibrous, crumbling papery material falling off old mattress — what is it? Asbestos?

Hell no. It's just harmless nonwoven fabric. What you have there is ordinary nonwoven textile (plastic fibers that were pressed together and partially melted to fuse). It has just weathered (oxidized) ...
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Can I safely use a 9w LED bulb in place of a 40w incandescent?

When a lamp lists a maximum wattage, its doing that based on the heat an incandescent bulb of that wattage will put off. The 9W=75W on the LED bulb is telling you that "even though this bulb only ...
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Are there any reasons to not remove air vents through an exterior bedroom wall?

If the vents are, as you say holes with a plastic grill on both ends, they are for air circulation from room to room, or what is sometimes called a "jump vent" that allows air to be ...
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Can I safely use a 9w LED bulb in place of a 40w incandescent?

The bulb will not pose a safety or fire hazard. Those fixture ratings are primarily concerned with: How much current the fixture is designed to safely supply to the bulb. How much heat the fixture ...
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How to whiten a white Ikea mattress cover?

Try Clorox2, or Hydrogen Peroxide, or Sodium Percarbonate or Oxyclean, (it's all the same stuff) instead of chlorine bleach. Chlorine bleach reacts with some brighteners to turn them yellow or ...
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How to whiten a white Ikea mattress cover?

We used a 'white repair' type laundry product, bought from the local supermarket. It is specifically for whitening rather than colour runs. It worked very well. It contains sodium carbonate ...
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What is this fibrous panel on my ceiling?

From the close up look at the edge and the texture of the surface, it is highly likely that this is simply pressed fiber board. It's sturdy enough to hold up over time, but soft enough to hold a pin ...
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Concrete legs for sound-proofing bed

You are on the right track to decouple the bed from the floor in terms of low frequency vibrations, by combining weight with absorption. Heavy machines and sensitive audio turntables also use the ...
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Bed frame legs don't touch floor

Centre rail feet are not supposed to touch the floor. If they do, they interfere with the flex of the slats. They’re only there to prevent the slats breaking when folks initially get into bed - or ...
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is my murphy bed doable and safe?

I'd say you have two options. Attach the top of the murphy bed to studs; or build the bed with a substantial base which juts out from the wall quite a bit, like a sofa. How to make the latter non-...
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How can I tightly join two perpendicular pieces of wood in a loft bed from the inside corner without access to the outer side?

I'd be cautious with anything holding up the top level that's not a bolt going all the way through the wood. The Ikea stuff tends not be overbuilt at all, so the wouldn't be a lot of extra wood to ...
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Circuit breaker adjustment

This is inconvenient as we use room heaters at night in the bedrooms we use to save on electric bill. Electric resistive heat is the most expensive way to heat a home. If your central heating method ...
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Can I run a #12 outlet branch and a #14 light branch off a 30A breaker?

If you really want that, you can use an MWBC It sounds like you want to throw more than 20A into a room. That can be done. But you really, really need to bone up on the particulars of Code, because ...
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DIY Murphy Bunk Bed

Since you are cantilevering off the wall, the verticals must be exemplary. This is a very significant structural side load. I would consider Unistrut, and it must be tied to studs proper, never to ...
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Is this bedroom healthy to live in, in relation to kitchen, refrigerators and microwave oven?

The only danger I could think of from having these appliances in the room next door, or any room in a house for that matter, is that they may pose a fire hazard. Appliances (any appliance, not just ...
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Should additional bed slats fit over or around the existing spacer blocks?

Option 1 looks good - you could screw them into position or fit spacers between. Consider spacing the slats so they match the pocket springs... Another possibility is to put a board over the slats ...
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Should additional bed slats fit over or around the existing spacer blocks?

Answer = Neither Best long term approach: You buy a quality box spring and leave slats as is. In the US they are practically giving these things away not sure how it is in other countries. Box ...
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Connecting 2 VESA adapters together to support 1 monitor arm

I think your design could stand without breaking, but weight is less the concern than leverage from having it extended; my concern would be stability and likelihood to tip over. Based on your comments,...
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Connecting 2 VESA adapters together to support 1 monitor arm

Can you mount to VESA monitor mounts together? Yes! All you need is a set of 4 short bolts with matching nuts. I'd suggest some sort of lock washer or lock nut to prevent them from coming lose and ...
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Why will my basement room be one temperature all day but then will be different overnight?

You're not taking into effect the heat generated by the human body. Normal surface temperature of a body runs about 95 degrees and there are two of you and breathing for two adults adds about 3.5 to 4 ...
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How do I disassemble this old bed frame?

Hold the wood frame down. Hit the steel frame up. If like pain use your hand/fist. I prefer a hammer or heavy object/tool. Pull the wood away from the steel hooks. The steel hooks lay on top of ...
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