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sending electrical wiring underground from house to shed

If you're going to have 2 circuits in the conduit, one of them must be switched on the supply side (i.e. at the house). You can run a MultiWire Branch Circuit (MWBC) composed of two hots (on adjacent ...
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sending electrical wiring underground from house to shed

"Romex" (a brand name of a NM/B type cable) is not rated for wet locations. You cannot strip the sheath because the wires inside the sheath are not rated at all without the marking on the ...
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How can I evaluate solar panels to power night lights in areas that don't get direct light?

Maybe explore Power over Ethernet (POE) as an option. If the run is under 100 metres (328 feet) from the barn then you can get up to 15 watts per run of cable. All you need is a POE injector per ...
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How can I unstick a water connector?

Several options that might help: Soak a rag in CLR™ and wrap it around the top of the black fitting. This is one of several products designed to remove Calcium, Lime, and Rust, and just happens to ...
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How can I unstick a water connector?

A big set of tongue and groove pliers (of which Channelock® is the USA brand many folks confuse with the type. Not an endorsement, pretty much like saying Band-Aid® is what lots of folks call any ...
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How to protect outdoor low-voltage cable over concrete walkway?

Your best bet is to install a conduit under the walk. There are various ways to do this. Dig a trench on each side of the walk and hammer a piece of 3/4" pipe with caps on each end under the ...
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How to protect outdoor low-voltage cable over concrete walkway?

I would remove a 12" square of sod from either side of the walkway and dig down to force a tube from one side to the other. When we had the drive tarmaced, I put a tube under just in case. Came ...
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How should I fasten lowered stair stringers to my deck landing?

I've used two strategies here. For interior cases it's common to use doubled 3/4" plywood attached to the the rim joist with 2-1/2" screws. Here you could use pressure-treated plywood ...
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Why are my Outdoor Outlets not GFCI?

From an NEC standpoint: 406.4(D)(3) Ground-Fault Circuit-Interrupter Protection. Ground-Fault Circuit-Interrupter protected receptacles shall be provided where replacements are made at receptacle ...
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Why are my Outdoor Outlets not GFCI?

Why don't I have GFCI on my outside receptacles? You've answered your own question: the code changed since then. The code has changed since 1992. GFCI wasn't required anywhere back then and, in '92 ...
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How should I fasten lowered stair stringers to my deck landing?

A landing is required if the door swings outward, except for screen doors. The landing is to be the width of the door and 36” in the direction of travel. (See ICC R311.4.3.) The maximum rise of steps ...
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How should I fasten lowered stair stringers to my deck landing?

for the added joist connect one end to the post and support the other end with a 2x4 run vertically connected with structural screws. (or use 2x8 if you have plenty of that, but 2x4 will be fat ...
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Will this mounting plate work when it’s higher than the electrical box?

No unfortunately not. Your mounts are designed to mount a hole which sits between two panels. Because your hole is in the center of a panel, you need a mount which spans three panels such as this one: ...
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