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    Does this light need to be grounded?

    The LED shop light I bought to hang in my mother-in-law's garage has a three-prong plug but receptacles in her house are not grounded. If this was an incandescent fixture I would think nothing of using an adapter to connect it without ground. Is that OK for an LED light?
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    Filling holes in siding

    Replacing rusted nails is a big part of my project rehabilitating the 70 y.o. redwood siding on my house. In some instances, the new fastener is a decking screw in a countersunk hole. I always sink the screw head deeper than flush with the surface but generally not not than 1/8 inch, so I need...
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    Products for filling holes in siding.

    A big part of my project rehabilitating the 70 y.o. redwood siding on my house is replacing nails that have rusted. In some instances, the new fastener is a decking screw in a countersunk hole. I always use sink the screw head deeper than flush with the surface but generally not deeper than 1/8...
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    Dripless Caulk Gun - wish I had known years ago!

    I had never heard of a dripless caulk gun until I started hunting for a high thrust-ratio gun (recommended by Total Boat for use with their Thixo epoxy adhesive). This thing is GREAT! It really does stop extruding product the moment I take pressure off the trigger*. I have used it with Dap Alex...
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    How to remove caulk from siding

    My 70yo house has redwood siding; shiplap below board and batten. The battens are are T-shaped with the leg of the T fitting between adjacent boards. The bottom end of many battens moved out from the boards leaving a gap (typically 1/16 - 1/8 inch; worst case 1/4 inch). In the past, I just...
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    Duct cleaning

    Replacing my 29 year old HVAC system. Should I ask contractors to include cost to clean the existing ducts? I don't know why cleaning is needed - whatever dust has built up certainly would not have any effect on air flow - but I see lots of ads for that service.
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    70 y.o. Redwood Shiplap Siding

    Some of the 1" V Shiplap redwood siding on my house is in pretty bad shape but this pattern is not available from any supplier (similar but different dimensions is available). I plan to use my table saw to mill new pieces from marine plywood because redwood is more than double the cost per foot...
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    Milling replacement for 70 y.o. redwood shiplap siding.

    Some of the 1" V Shiplap redwood siding on my house is in pretty bad shape but this pattern is not available from any supplier (similar but different dimensions is available). I plan to use my table saw to mill new pieces from marine plywood because redwood is more than double the cost per...
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    Prime under exterior caulk?

    Doing maintenance on my 70-yo v-groove shiplap siding. The boards are horizontal and have horizontal cracks at the board ends. Moisture has degraded the wood adjacent to the cracks. Where this is minor (say, 1/16 inch), I wire brush out the worst, then stabilize the sides with PC-petrifier, and...
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    Wiring Garage - Good News Bad News

    Good news: Rewiring my garage is complete! Went from one light and one receptacle to 5 LED fixtures and 7 receptacles (2 on exterior walls). Bad news: When I snapped the LED unit into the base unit of one fixture I pinched a wire between them. It worked fine for two days but shorted out this...
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    Push-in wire connectors

    Bought a package of Ideal In-Sure push-in wire connectors for use installing LED lights in garage. The package says they can be used on #12 - #20 gauge wire. I am using 12 gauge FMC on a 15-amp circuit - because I already have some. My problem is that the #12 gauge wire will not insert into the...
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    Painting old redwood

    My 70 y.o. exterior siding is redwood shiplap. The original primer was lead-based so I won't be using that. I live in CA so oil-based primers are not available. Recommendations for a primer that won't bleed through will be appreciated. Thanks.
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    Self-centering bit size for exterior door hinge

    Replacing a 70 yo 1-1/4" exterior door (two 3-1/2" hinges) with a 1-3/4" door (three 4" Everbilt hinges). First time doing something like this but mortising door went well. However, for the hinge screws, the retracting barrel on largest self-centering bit in the set I bought (11/64 - same...
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