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  1. Electrical
    I have an electrical box on my kitchen wall that has only telephone wires in it from a wall-mounted phone that I'd like to get rid of Can I tape the wires up (separately), push them back in the box, and spackle over it, or is that prohibited as is the case of a conventional 110/120v electrical...
  2. Electrical
    Greetings; I am faced with having to install 7 interconnected and hardwired detectors in a duplex / raised bungalow home. For fire code regulations all 7 - four on the main level in an insulated ceiling, and 3 in the basement ceiling will be all be inter-connected. I am aware of wiring...
  3. Electrical
    I'll cut out the context to keep this brief... Can a person use a metal handybox cover with a 1/2 knock out to run MC cable out the front of a plastic box...
  4. Building & Construction
    Hi, just finished building a shadow box fence. Now trying to figure out how the gates are built for a shadowbox fence. Looking online but haven't found any good picture that depicts the anatomy of a shadow box fence gate. the sides of my fence is built this way, 4x4 post. on the outside of 4x4...
  5. Electrical
    First time posting. Please be nice! I'm currently trying to install ceiling fans around the house, but I've decided to have a contractor install them instead. There are 3 to be installed upstairs in rooms that need the required wiring/junction box/etc (can be accessed via a crawl space in the...
  6. Electrical
    Hey all, I have quite the job on my hands. I had an electrician tell me I have some knob and tube present in my house due to (2 prong receptacles in baseboard, a picture I sent him (shown below), and the presence of the ceramic knobs and tubes found in the basement (but with wiring removed?))...
  7. Electrical
    I have a receptacle that is connected to a switch. It also has a 14/2 wire going to another receptacle in the next room. I just installed a ceiling light to be controlled by the switch. I'm able to turn the ceiling light off and on, the problem is, when i turn the light switch to off there is no...
  8. Electrical
    I'm not sure which forum is best for this topic but here it is in electrical... :) I have a detached 2-1/2 car garage. The facing of the garage is ~3/4" thick deco-stone applique mortared onto mesh lath, and then grouted. The contour of the stonework is quite irregular; below you will see my...
  9. Electrical
    Hey everybody. First post here. I searched prior to posting a thread to no avail. I have a very basic understanding of electrical. Have replaced receptacles, light fixtures etc. but i'm in the middle of wiring a new bathroom added in the basement. Here's a breakdown of what it consists of. One...
  10. Electrical
    Hello all, I have what may be just a simple question but I'm having trouble finding the answer at my locale home improvement store. I am building a new workshop behind my house and I am trying to see what gauge wire I can get away with safely as wire is costly. My situation is this, My building...
  11. Carpentry
    In a basic sense, I want to build a small bench, basically a rectangular plywood box you can sit on, with storage inside. Ideally half of the storage would be a cabinet, half would be two or three drawers, but if the drawers are too complicated, the entire thing could be a cabinet and that would...
  12. Electrical
    I restored this myself. I'm not using it, but I have it just for the nostalgia. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J3V5sasXJdg
  13. Electrical
    hey im trying to replace a light fixture with a ceiling fan... there is a metal electrical box already but i want to know an i gonna need to replace that with a fan rated box? is there anything else i should know? thank you
  14. Electrical
    I've recently finished my basement and was wondering if it is possible to mount regular device boxes for wood to steel studs. Ive got about 20 of these laying around and was wondering if there was a way i could use them?
  15. Electrical
    Today I wired a single-phase 20 amp 220V 3-blade receptacle. After testing as expected, I got 220 V when both hot receptacle slots were tested. Also got 110 Volt from the ground receptacle slot to each of the hot wires slots individually. I have a metal receptacle box and happened to notice...
  16. Electrical
    I want to install a new light in my soffit at the corner of the house to help light the back yard. The one light on the porch doesn't do a good job. Is it acceptable to pull a new cable from the existing light box for the porch light up through the wall and then run it down to the other...
  17. Electrical
    Trying to test a Franklin contol for a 1/2 hp 230 volts submersible pump control box. Does anyone have the instructions. I am getting ohm readings that seem wrong. model 2801054915. No water and cannot belive the pump has failed so fast. My last pump lasted 25 yrs. Pump is getting power. but not...
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