JYelton
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Why are there so many different types of screws (phillps/flat/hex/star/etc)?
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I thought it would be useful to include an image/link to some drive types found on screws and bolts (obtained from bontool):

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What are the current and voltage limits when determining low vs. high voltage wiring?
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10 votes

National Electrical Code (Article 250.20 section A) defines "Low Voltage" as it applies to home distribution systems as less than 50 volts. (A) AC Systems of Less Than 50 V. Alternating-current ...

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How to stop a door from banging while closing
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There are a few things you can do: Check the hinges and use a level to see that the door is square. A heavy door hung incorrectly can slam heavily. Check this guide at national contractors for how to ...

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Can I use 16mm or 10mm DC cable for AC home appliances?
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If you do not know what cross-section or gauge of wire is appropriate for installation in a home or business, you should not be installing it, period. There isn't a single "correct" type of wire to ...

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What is the purpose of the "grounding" tab/wire on a 3-prong to 2-prong adapter?
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Plausible deniability. I've always regarded these adapters as a 2-to-3-prong converter, rather than a proper grounding mechanism, and here's why: In every outlet I've encountered without a third (...

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What gauge wire/cord do I need for these outdoor lamps?
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5 votes

To determine what gauge wire you need, you need to know two things: How much current is needed, and what current capacity (ampacity) corresponds to different wire gauges. Ampacity You can find ...

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How to improve the acoustics in my living room?
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The quality of speakers in your TV are quite limited because flat-screen TV's don't have enough room for proper speaker cabinets. As other answers suggest, the already reduced-quality sound is ...

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What are the pros/cons of different wire connectors on a switch/outlet? OR How can push-in wire connections fail?
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2 votes

Any wire connector can fail. Screws can loosen with vibration, stress, corrosion, temperature fluctuations, and so on. Push-in (or stab-in) connections can fail for the same reasons. Crimp and pin ...

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What is the cheapest way to brighten a basement workshop?
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Paint certainly helps reflect light into a room better than concrete, but as to the type to use, best to ask the paint department at your hardware store. I wanted to add this: One important ...

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How important is it to avoid nicking the center core of a coax cable?
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The center conductor of coax is just a copper strand and nicking it just slightly shouldn't hurt the signal quality. (Unlike fiber optic where a nick can be disastrous.) However, if the nick is ...

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How do I raise light switches so my kids can't keep toggling the light?
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This is better as a comment than an answer, but since it includes pictures, I'll post it as an "alternative" answer. A possible alternative to raising your light switches, is making something switch-...

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