Jul
6
comment Can I use two wire nuts instead of one to connect 6 wires inside a 3-gang box?
@cp.engr thanks for the note. I’ve updated the link
2017
Dec
1
comment US Building Codes - Do I need a handrail on this initial section of stairs?
I'm looking for a proper building code. I do see some references to a handrail being required if there are three or more treads in a flight but I don't know how they tie to your jurisdiction. It looks like this is a substantial project, is a permit required by your jurisdiction? If so, calling one of the inspectors would be the fastest way to get a legal answer.
Nov
16
comment Adding outlet to kitchen cabinet with a gap
@Harper I know, I couldn't find one that was done correctly but having the box protrude into the cabinet is the right "idea", or at least the idea I was trying to convey for this example.
Nov
15
comment Adding outlet to kitchen cabinet with a gap
i.ytimg.com/vi/_hVwczZ2PFM/maxresdefault.jpg something like that except obviously with the wire not coming out of the wall and into the box, but all behind/in the box
Nov
15
comment Adding outlet to kitchen cabinet with a gap
would you want to use a surface mount box for this sort of work? It would take away some interior volume from the cabinet, but it'd work.
Apr
18
comment How should I connect my new light switches?
Do you mean that both terminals of the switch have black wires on them and then there are two white wires that are connected via a wire nut?
2016
Dec
23
comment How do I change the light bulb in this fan?
The styling of that fan looks like a Casa Vieja. Can you get above it to look down at the top of the motor and see if there's a manufacturer label?
Jul
5
comment Source of periodic buzzing noise in the walls
Thermostat, when it clicked on
Mar
14
comment Can I safely use a 9w LED bulb in place of a 40w incandescent?
The problem is that lightbulbs used to be measured in popular parlance by wattage (energy), not by light output (lumens) So people went shopping for a 100W bulb not knowing how much light output they were looking for. Since nowadays we have CFL and LED lamps that produce the same amount of light on much less wattage, they helpfully tell you what the equivalence is for the light, in this case a 9W using (energy) will produce the same amount of light as a 75W conventional bulb
2015
Jul
14
comment All outlets on one 15-amp circuit, need AC unit
homedepot.com/c/… has a gauge/distance/max amperage grid chart. A word of note, a 10 gauge extension cord will be heavy (and not cheap, either)
Jul
13
comment All outlets on one 15-amp circuit, need AC unit
Why can't you use an extension cord? If the gauge is enough it will be electrically "safe" (obviously would still be a trip hazard, suspect to damage, etc)
Jun
15
comment Is this tile installed correctly?
speaking pedantically, did you want a 6" offset or a (random look)? Those are almost opposite words and I can empathize with the installer not doing what you wanted, since I'm not sure what you mean either. They should have asked you before they started and you should have been more precise (diagrams are great!).
2014
Aug
20
comment Is it acceptable to not have access to the main water shutoff valve?
I would install a shut off of your own. It may be an added expense and possibly 'should' be borne by the HOA, but I can't imagine it being more than $500 and the peace of mind it will give you is much more than that.
Jun
4
comment Will this light fixture wiring pass inspection?
Doing it the second way has the downside that the fixture is always hot - I.e. you couldn't easily remove a broken lightbulb without turning off the breaker whereas the code compliant way allows you to remove all "hotness" from the fixture by turning off the switch.
Jun
4
comment How to buy a land and build a cottage in the United States?
I think at a minimum it would need to be zoned by the appropriate zoning authority for the purpose you intend. This is probably very state specific. I'd probably give one of the state's new construction licensing/inspection departments a call and ask them - they probably will be able to point you in the right direction.
Jun
2
comment Running air handler condensate drain into sump?
The problem is that in order to get to the laundry sink it has to go across the shelves. I don't have a lot of vertical drop to play with. However, we're going to do the closet track system, and it occurs to me that we might be able to put the vertical standards against the wall, and then just put the PVC across the standards right in front of them, with possibly a couple of elbows to just make sure that we don't bend it too much.
Jun
1
comment Running air handler condensate drain into sump?
I am in Maryland
May
16
comment What could be causing my electric hob to leak voltage?
For those trying to follow along at home, a hob is a cooktop.
May
13
comment The best kind of tiles for using on floor and walls
I'm not completely sure what your question is. Are you asking what are the most durable choices for floor and walls for tiles?
May
8
comment Can using two hoses deliver more water?
Also, depending on how often you'll be doing this, note that your water bills are actually a water bill + sewage bill in one. The sewage bill is actually much higher, and if this water won't ever get to the sewage it might be possible to rent a hydrant meter. e.g. : wsscwater.com/file/CustomerCare/FHMR.pdf