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  1. General DIY Discussions
    We are buying a house with a deck with stairs coming down to the backyard. The home inspector noted that there is no graspable handrail and I want to fix this. I'm also as cheap as can be. I looked at all alternatives I could think of including ready made, galvanized pipe, oak rails etc. and...
  2. Electrical
    I have a wire leading from the pole to a bedroom, and I want to cut it because it's interfering with a backyard kid play structure. My question is: what is this wire for, and is it safe to cut? I was going to cut it from where it connects to my house, then roll it up and attach it to the side of...
  3. Electrical
    I've been doing some electrical work now and then, and yesterday I took the panel cover off to check a circuit path. Now, I've NEVER (yet) attempted to add or remove breaker switches and I've also never messed with the A/C wiring or breaker except once to turn it off last winter and back on this...
  4. Building & Construction
    i've made myself overly paranoid regarding dust, lead, asbestos, etc. i am wondering whether it makes sense to just purchase one of the smaller, more-affordable (~$500 from my research) dust containment systems from the likes of Festool or similar. reason being, i have an infant at home and...
  5. Electrical
    I have a new construction house that was just finished in February of 2020. The builder is very helpful in getting anything fixed I uncover. I’m 60, have owned six houses have a bit of an electronics background and have always installed ceiling fans in all my houses. Against proper safety...
  6. Electrical
    Hi all New here and doing my first major reno this side. I have experience in the UK on 240v system and in marine installations so been doing lots of reading on Canadian code. My question is. Code says 15a kitchen counter plugs must be connected to the panel using Nomex90 14/3 with separate...
  7. Electrical
    I purchased an air purifier printed 110V. It comes with a power adapter of 100-240V. Can I use the air purifier with a power supply of 220-240V? Is the adapter also a converter or transformer? I’m really confused.
  8. HVAC
    Hi everyone, this is my first thread on DIYChatroom Forum since I am a newly registered member. :biggrin2:The reason to why I had joined DIYChatroom Forum is because of questions like this one that made me worried lately and since I am not familiar with the laws in the USA because I am not in...
  9. Flooring
    I'm looking for hazard markers or products to secure my stairs from trips and falls. I'd rather make it a do it yourself project and as easy as possible since it will just be myself working on it. Any suggestions on brands or anything?
  10. Flooring
    Hi, I apologize for this being so long, I understand if no one reads it. Anyway, this weekend I was an idiot. I was removing ceramic tile and hardiebacker from my 30 square foot bathroom in order to put new ceramic tile down. After I got through the hardiebacker I found vinyl sheet flooring...
  11. Electrical
    I recently had to add a breaker to my home panel. While pulling in wire and making connections, I wanted to be sure I could not accidentally come into contact with the lugs / line in from the outside meter. So I pulled some ordinary electrical tape across the front of the lug connections...
  12. Building & Construction
    I'm trying to find out how much weight a stud can hold. The studs are 2x4 correctly built into my home (or so i hope...) Assuming the mounted objects are mounted to the the stud with a mount that has the height to width ration correct and equal to the weight and directional pull of the object...
  13. Building & Construction
    We are in the process of choosing windows for our new construction. We are planning on using Marvin ultimate fixed/casements - fixed 40"x 78" on the first floor and operating 40"x 72" on the second floor (in addition to other, smaller windows). Both floors will have an 8' header, so all the...
  14. Building & Construction
    Greetings all! I recently ran across this YouTube video: It got me thinking about the potential to use a similar design for my father in law who's house is sorely in need of a wheelchair lift to the second floor of his home. Some things of note - first, I'm only in the thinking phase...
  15. Insulation
    I've recently moved my workshop into a warehouse which has old, degrading insulation which is falling from the ceiling almost daily in small and large clumps. The landlord has told me its safe, but I was hoping somebody could tell me what type of insulation it is and whether it poses a health...
  16. Electrical
    Hello all! Long time reader, first time poster - I'm a 24-year-old gal who grew up helping Dad renovate a Victorian house, now I'm married to a carpenter and we're moving from the tiny cabin we built in N. WI to a c. 1915 foreclosure fixer in North Carolina. I've been doing a lot of reading...
  17. General DIY Discussions
    Hi, I have a situation where I need to do some repairs to rotten wood to several high-up areas on the side of my home, for example right near the top of the gable triangle. This is about 35 feet from the ground. The problem is that in certain areas, the house is only about 2 feet away from a...
  18. Carpentry
    Just got a new sliding miter saw, and have read that you don't want the piece of wood that you're cutting off (i.e., the part you're not holding on to) to be too small, as it can go flying and hurt something. But nowhere can I find specifics as far as how small is too small to be safe. I cut...
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