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    Questions on venting bath exhaust fan

    I've used rigid duct then insulated it somehow (and supported the duct if necessary). I tape the seams. I've used that bubble wrap stuff (two sheets of metallic material with bubble wrap inbetween and also insulation wrap. Ideally, you also bring the duct high, then have a downward tilt toward...
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    Strange outdoor "box", mounting block, and cover

    As a homeowner who does a lot of stuff himself, you won't get any guff from me. I often spend days, even several to many weekends, just doing research. For instance, I have an electrical engineering degree (two of them), so the basics of electrical come easy to me, but I always have to spend...
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    Strange outdoor "box", mounting block, and cover

    I think when the old cover was on, it was likely fine. It's just that the top part of the cover is gone -- I think the plastic broke after a while. This is in a VERY sunny spot, which I'm sure does not help plastic survive over time. (It has basically destroyed our outdoor lights, which we...
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    Strange outdoor "box", mounting block, and cover

    How the heck did you find that one? Very impressive. That one might work. Let me see about getting a new mounting plate too. If I can figure out way to do this, I'll update with with new pictures.
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    Strange outdoor "box", mounting block, and cover

    Thanks for those. Of course, the easiest one to install is the hardest one to find. ;-) This is for an in-law apartment, and I could install a GFCI breaker, although I'd have to see how things are wired. I have a spreadsheet (I'm an enginerd) with all the breakers and what they control...
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    Surprise Shock

    Did you test it with a voltmeter? I would think that any residual energy would dissipate fairly quickly. If you turn the light on with one switch, what happens when you flick the other switch? Do they both have to be in the off position for it to go off?
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    Strange outdoor "box", mounting block, and cover

    I have been trying to replace the mount and cover for this Looks like the mount is 6.5 inches octagon, for vinyl siding. This is the old cover plate: The cover top is missing. If you take off the "bottom" of what was once the plastic cover, there's rubber-ish sealing material If you dig...
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    Two hots sharing the same neutral in the kitchen (+ GFCI breaker)

    Sorry. On my "vacation", I've been doing projects that have built up over time. One of which was to install some "Insteon" switches (these are programmable and can be controlled by Alexa/Echo). I've had these switches for a long time. So, for that project, I installed switches for kitchen...
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    Two hots sharing the same neutral in the kitchen (+ GFCI breaker)

    They are a bit pricey. What I did was put the GFCI outlet in and then wire the load part of it to the outlet next to it (see pic, which shows the Amazon Echo on there), then from there to the other three outlets. I checked that the GFCI works for the other outlets using a GFCI tester (you...
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    Two hots sharing the same neutral in the kitchen (+ GFCI breaker)

    No tie strap. So, I have to shut them both off independently. In fact, I'm about to expand a box in the kitchen from one gang to two, and will have to turn both off (the second leg runs through this box). This box is really the only one of the four we use, and we need 4 outlets to run phone...
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    Two hots sharing the same neutral in the kitchen (+ GFCI breaker)

    Hmmm...the two legs are (1) dishwasher; and (2) 4 outlets (including the 1 GFCI outlet that protects the other three). The dishwasher is hardwired and the wiring is not accessible without removal of the dishwasher. So, if a two pole GFCI does work, it might not be a bad thing to do.
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    Two hots sharing the same neutral in the kitchen (+ GFCI breaker)

    I have discovered in my early 2000s house that they wired two circuits in the kitchen using 12/3 wiring with two INDEPENDENT 20 amp breakers for each hot leg. In other words, you can turn off one leg via one breaker while the other one is on. According to this...
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    Replace the Entire Fixture?

    I bought my house in 2013 and replaced every bulb with LED. In that time, I've only had a few bulbs go bad. One that was on an old garage door opener Once that opener went, I replaced with rubber band type and rubber mounted everything I replaced the other two previously and also rubber...
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    Push-in wire connectors

    What I used to do also is rotate the connector while pushing down on the wire and pushing up (while rotating) on the connector. The problem is that this only works for the first wire. After that, it's possible to use this for the second wire, but tough. Forget about it for the third wire...
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    Push-in wire connectors

    They can be hard to get in. You really have to push sometimes. I've even had to hold the wire with pliers. (Don't recommend this, though, as this might damage the insulation.) Do you have any extra wire? Cut a bit and push in to see what the force required is. Another option is to...
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