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Tips for keeping a ladder steady when it is leaning against a sloped roof

My jerry-rigged solution was to clamp an "outside corner" length of wood to the roof and then to clamp the ladder to that piece of wood. You could make one of these pieces by sawing out a ...
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Tips for keeping a ladder steady when it is leaning against a sloped roof

Looks like you won't be able to reach the middle of the wall above the extension anyway, so get some boards that will straddle the 'joists' on the roof, and use those, getting there up the ladder ...
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Tips for keeping a ladder steady when it is leaning against a sloped roof

I learned what a "headstrap" is while recovering from a fall off an extension ladder leaning on a pole. The normal process is to chain or rope the top of the ladder to the thing you're ...
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Tips for keeping a ladder steady when it is leaning against a sloped roof

A ladder standoff is fairly normal for this sort of issue. Put the feet on the wall.
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Tips for keeping a ladder steady when it is leaning against a sloped roof

Rotate the bottom of the ladder toward the downslope a bit, and shift it the same way. Let's not overcomplicate things. That's all it takes. It would be counter-clockwise in your diagram. It may seem ...
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Tips for keeping a ladder steady when it is leaning against a sloped roof

I would place the top of the ladder against the wall under the overhang. You need to paint the soffit, so this works well for that. You need to paint the fascia. It doesn't work quite so well for ...
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Non-dimmable LED on dimmer. Fire hazard?

You must make sure that you have a dimmer that is certified for dimmable LED bulbs. If you have the old fashioned turn the knob dimmers aka a rheastat it will cause the bulbs to malfunction. You have ...
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Safe to cut vine wrapped around electric mains?

Probably not. I trimmed black cherry tree branches that were rubbing the powerline. I used a steel bowsaw while standing on an aluminum ladder. I stopped when I felt an electric "tickle" ; ...
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Is my garage subpanel safe for 100 amps?

Your panel was wired improperly in the first place. But we can save it. What they did was combine two cables to get enough wires to do the job. That's not allowed. I would call it "cheap" ...
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Is my garage subpanel safe for 100 amps?

No, it is not safe for 100A. Your 6Ga wire is rated for 55A maximum (if the cables are NM-B or UF-B, 65A in the unlikely even that they're SE or USE). It would be a code violation to attempt to ...
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Is it safe to use extension cords whose wires are not double-insulated?

Yes it is safe to use them, they're UL listed and approved. Extension cords are not meant to be installed permanently in most cases. They are not supposed to be installed so they are trip hazards. ...
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Storing Paint in a Hot Garage

Store the paint at/near floor level - unlikely it is that hot down there. Likely want to put it on plastic or wood rather than directly on concrete for corrosion reasons, if metal cans. If it's latex (...
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How to prevent live/neutral/ground cables being swapped?

The individual wires within an appliance cable are often color coded or (with lamp cord, for example) have a pattern molded into the cable housing on one side. Before you disassemble: Look at the ...
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How to prevent live/neutral/ground cables being swapped?

First, school up and follow Code. A lot of people try to "stretch" their skills when doing electrical work. Don't do that - take your time to learn how to do good work. Don't guess or ...
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How to prevent live/neutral/ground cables being swapped?

Most wires for where it matters, hot, neutral, and ground are colour coded. Neutral can only be white or sometimes grey, ground is bare or green, and hot can be most other colours(for North America). #...
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Extending 20AWG of Ikea VAXMYRA, What to look out for

The lights are low voltage 24V with a separate ANSLUTA driver. You should not make any modifications to the ANSLUTA. But extending the VAXMYRA is a very safe thing to do because the voltage (24V) and ...
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What could be causing the voltage drop in light sockets of my bedroom

Whoever wired your lights did a no-no Basically, whoever wired your lights decided to "bootleg" neutral (the 0 point in 120-0-120 split phase power) off of the grounding system (or connect ...
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Can I add an extension to an air intake for apartment central A/C? Is this a health or code violation?

If the air conditioning is not properly drained, the condensation will drip down into that section underneath which can cause mold. I also notice a hot water tank in the area. Another source of ...
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