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How do I run power to a treehouse if I can't bury the wire?

I think this is a missed "learning opportunity" for the kids if you have the adults try to bludgeon 120V power into the tree house. Remember, 120V is dangerous. Yes, yes, GFCI's try to ...
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How do I run power to a treehouse if I can't bury the wire?

For the distance and the little amount of power wanted, I would go with a battery and inverter. A couple of LED lights and a charger, you don't really have enough to get expensive. A 75 to 100 foot ...
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How do I run power to a treehouse if I can't bury the wire?

I'd suggest a small solar panel system. There are relatively inexpensive kits for sheds that will do 150-200 watts at 12v. This should run some LED lights, and some kits include USB outputs for mobile ...
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How do I run power to a treehouse if I can't bury the wire?

I couldn't speak for your local regulations, but the traditional way to do this is with a catenary wire (source): A steel wire is hung from one building to another under tension. An armoured ...
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How to semi-permanently cap outdoor electric for hot tub

Put the wires into a weatherproof box like this and use a cover like this. Then when you are ready to add an outlet or splice in more wire for another feature, you are ready. The protectors you saw ...
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How do I run power to a treehouse if I can't bury the wire?

I just can't resist. This is for a treehouse for the kids, after all! Given the tree house is 25 yards from the house and is down hill.. If you ask the kids to vote I'm confident they'll support both ...
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Are these wiring diagrams for a shed going to be correct?

I can see stopping at #10 wire and putting up with 5% voltage drop, because copper is ridiculously expensive. But here's a secret: aluminum isn't, and it's perfectly fine for large feeders. Try 6-6-...
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Best way to re-route the water from AC drip line

Two proposals 1- Extend the drip pipe to the grass using a pvc pipe of proper diameter 2- My preferred (I do it now), use a bucked to capture the very clean no minerals or calcium water (soft) to ...
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What's this thing by my front door?

Mechanical doorbell/chime, at a guess. Operation might rotate, might be push-pull, probably missing parts in the house by now.
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Best way to re-route the water from AC drip line

Put a "gutter splash block" (standard item) under it to route the water away from the house to the grass while keeping the pipe short (less potential of clogging the pipe and backing up .vs. ...
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How do I run power to a treehouse if I can't bury the wire?

Buy the kids flashlights, take away their iPads, and build secret EMF shielding into the walls to keep cellular reception out.
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What's this thing by my front door?

Mechanical door bell. Clean it up and polish the brass, It looks decorative even if it does not work.
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Pipe under outdoor faucet leaking. Any ideas?

If the pipe itself is cracked and leaking, you replace the pipe itself, by unscrewing the spigot from the pipe and the pipe from the Tee fitting below. Such short sections of threaded pipe are called ...
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What sort of work needs to be done on a house with rotting wood on the outside?

None of the above. You need to hire a company that specializes in siding. If you are going to replace with wood panels everything you have needs to be taken down. If you chose some sort of ...
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Are these wiring diagrams for a shed going to be correct?

Series and parallel have very specific meaning in electrical work. All the lights should be wired in parallel. You can still run a cable from one to the next, but the wiring is, electrically, in ...
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How should I handle vinyl siding when intersecting new walls?

To do the job correctly, you cut out and re-trim the vinyl siding so that the porch wall framing can be nailed or screwed directly to the house wall, with fasteners going into the framing of the house ...
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Hard-Wiring Sprinkler Controller(s) Into Junction Box

Basic concept is good. I am a big fan of hardwired equipment when practical and code-compliant. Two issues: cut the plug off of the power cord and run the cord into While it is tempting to do so, ...
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Best way to re-route the water from AC drip line

One thing that is done in some areas is the condensate drain line is run to a location under a bathroom sink and is tied into the drain line before the P-trap. All condensate goes down the houses ...
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Can't remove outdoor security light fixture

The light was EPOXIED into its housing (please don't ever do this) and took some serious prying to get out. Use caulk if you use anything!
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Does this TV cable need to be rehung in a proper manner?

Yes. You need to call the cable company to have them fix this. No. You should not attempt to fix it yourself - they may end up blaming you for the work. Whether they choose to install poles, bury the ...
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Does this TV cable need to be rehung in a proper manner?

The cable company would normally only do this to get service to a customer quickly since the job to set poles or bury the cable would take time for permitting and would follow up later. It could also ...
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Best way to re-route the water from AC drip line

In my location 95% of homes have an AC unit. The codes for most counties say the condensate line must terminate at least 12" away from a building foundation and have a Trap. (Here they are called ...
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How to wire outdoor post lamp if power comes via two black wires?

The bare wire is safety ground. Most lamps, especially LED lamps, don't care a lot about which side is connected to hot and which to neutral, which is why they're both black -- it saved the ...
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How do I transition from a Romex wire in a plastic box to a weatherproof box?

All exterior conduit is defined as a wet location, and NM/B (Romex® being one common brand) is not allowed in wet locations at all. The vast majority of exterior conduits live up to the definition. ...
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Is this dirt or the natural finish of my composite deck?

Looks like a perfectly normal faux-woodgrain brown composite deck.
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How to fasten an automatic door closer to a hollow core door

Use self-closing hinges that screw in place of one (or more) of the existing hinges. These will mount into the solid frame of the door where the manufacturer expects screws to be and designed the door ...
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How to fasten an automatic door closer to a hollow core door

Through bolts and maybe a backing plate. The simple answer is that you need to spread the load, and you need to remove the load from the exterior door skin. Sleeve bolts are common in situations like ...
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What is best way to attach deck balusters?

Unfortunately, this is a "preference" thing: both of these solutions will work if properly installed. The holes drilled for baluster install in the top and bottom rails should be deep enough ...
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Gazebo wiring - outdoor requirements

I would seriously consider using conduit the entire distance. In particular, if you use rigid metal conduit then you can put it only 6" below the surface instead of 12". That makes for a ...
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Do I need reinforcement mesh or bar in concrete slab?

Reenforcement makes concrete perform better. The primary issue with a 4" thick slab is that providing steel with 2" of concrete cover (which prevents corrosion) is difficult (must be ...
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