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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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Does it matter whether a bedroom door swings in or out of the room?

There is no code that tells you that your bedroom doors need to swing in for a bedroom. But it is usually not a good idea for them to swing out. as you mentioned the doors present an obstruction in ...
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Building code requiring rooms to have internal windows?

In the cases where I've run I to something like this, the hotel originally had open walkways around the rooms -- allowing more light in, and probably cheaper to build -- which were later closed off ...
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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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How can I compute the force with a fulcrum on a Murphy bed?

It's going to take 71.5 pounds of force pulling straight out from the wall in order to begin moving the bed downwards. The required force will actually increase a bit as the door begins to rotate and ...
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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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How can I heat up my apartment to kill bedbugs in Southeast Asia?

The bigger issue is that if there are bedbugs in your apartment, the whole building is probably infested. Your best bet is probably to isolate yourself from the bedbugs and set a CO2 bedbug trap. ...
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How can I thoroughly blackout a bedroom window on a budget?

I am a graveyard shift worker. I found the best solution is a cheap sleep mask you can get at Walgreens. Total blackout for you leaves light when you want it. Not being sarcastic, just this is what I ...
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Is spruce wood a good choice to make a bunk bed?

It seems like you are actually asking several questions here, so I'll break down my answer: Is spruce appropriate? short answer: yes. A softwood like spruce will be relatively inexpensive, and ...
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Building code requiring rooms to have internal windows?

First of all, building codes covering private residences are typically not the same as larger commercial buildings. In the USA those are often the IRC and IBC, respectively (although each state has ...
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Best place to put Microwave Oven

Microwaves go in the kitchen. I would suggest that it is up in a higher spot so kids can't play with them. That is a good reason they are often over ovens along with the venting. Also from an ...
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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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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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What options are available to hide a TV in the bedroom?

This is how I solved exactly the same problem in my bedroom:
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Do I need a box-spring for my bed?

No you don't need one IF you have a foundation for the mattress to lay on, a thick sheet of plywood would do, since that is basically what a box spring us though you bed will lie 4-6 inches lower if ...
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What should I do before re-painting my skirting boards?

If you want the boards to look brand spanking new again, you will want to go with method one. I'd use a heat gun to do it, and not the harsh chemical strippers. Either method takes about as long as ...
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How can I raise my bed frame cheaply?

The best way to raise your bed is too use a product designed for the task. These bed risers from The Sleep Shop will do the trick. They're going to raise your bed about three inches but keep the ...
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Bonding a neutral and ground together to get the power to work and junction box junction box

The grounded (neutral) and grounding conductors, should only be connected together at the service equipment. Using the grounding conductors as current carrying conductors is dangerous, and could lead ...
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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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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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