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[#] Tue Sep 02 2008 19:47:01 EDT from Magus @ Uncensored

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It's a 4BR1B apartment on the lower floor of an old two-family house, with a landlord who's...very distant. My ex-housemate painted what is now my room hideously when she lived there, and I got sick of it and decided to repaint it so it would be more pleasant to live in. (Aside from the spot I seem to have missed when applying coat #2, I'm liking the way it looks now that it's dry.)

[#] Tue Sep 02 2008 20:25:29 EDT from Ford II @ Uncensored

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maybe you can just put some furniture in front of the outlets. :-)

[#] Tue Sep 02 2008 22:24:18 EDT from wizard of aahz @ Uncensored

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I wonder how he got the paint can open.


ford - Butterknife.

oh and Ragnar - I suppose you hired an electrician for all that work??? <GRIN>

[#] Sat Sep 06 2008 00:17:00 EDT from Animal @ Uncensored

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hah... god i hate that... paint on the outlets/covers. So tacky.

[#] Wed Sep 17 2008 09:22:20 EDT from Ford II @ Uncensored

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After what apparently is a two month+ review, the nice people at con ed sent me an apologetic letter and gave me a $50 credit towards my bill.
Not worth it, I say.

[#] Sat Oct 11 2008 16:04:34 EDT from IGnatius T Foobar @ Uncensored

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Finished a project today that I've wanted to do for a long time: installed a top-closing damper on my chimney.

[ http://www.lyemance.com/lyemance_fireplace_damper.aspx ]

Pull on a cord inside the fireplace, and the damper opens or closes at the *top* of the chimney. This replaces the piece of plywood that we've been using as a damper ever since we moved into the house. It was really dirty to insert and remove, and we were probably losing a lot of heat through it.

Can't wait to have our first fire tomorrow night. The nuisance of the plywood damper discouraged us from using the fireplace much. I love this thing already.
Just pull on the cord and a satisfying THUMP lets you know that the damper opened or closed.

I also bought a new shop vac to replace the one that died a couple of months ago. I can't imagine having done this job without being able to vacuum up all of the dust that was in there. (Not all that much soot -- we'd only used the fireplace once or twice since the last time it was cleaned -- but that was probably four or five years ago.)

The funny part is that the shop vac comes with a lifetime warranty, but the store tried to sell me an extended warranty anyway.

[#] Sun Oct 12 2008 01:52:50 EDT from Harbard @ Uncensored

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Make sure you buy a "Clean Stream" filter for your vac.  If you try to clean out the fireplace with a standard filter, you will get soot everywhere.

[#] Sun Oct 12 2008 02:43:07 EDT from IGnatius T Foobar @ Uncensored

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Thanks for the tip. In this case it was mostly dust, but in the future it'll be soot. Then again, it'll probably be a chimney sweep doing the work :)

[#] Sat Oct 25 2008 14:54:36 EDT from Ford II @ Uncensored

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Does anybody have a good consice web page of how to run wiring that has pictures and I can refer to easily. I get the basic ideas, but I was looking at how to do insulation and I found some interesting tips I didn't otherwise know about.
I figure there should be a similar set of tips for electrical wiring, putting in light switches running romex through attics and stuff like that.
Thanks for any web site info.

[#] Sat Oct 25 2008 18:17:42 EDT from flynnfx @ Uncensored

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[#] Sat Oct 25 2008 21:15:42 EDT from Ford II @ Uncensored

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hmm... that has how to wire boxes, I know that stuff, I was more interested in the construction angle.

[#] Sun Oct 26 2008 21:37:48 EDT from IGnatius T Foobar @ Uncensored

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The best way to learn is to watch a pro do it.

[#] Mon Oct 27 2008 11:38:27 EDT from Ford II @ Uncensored

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Yes, but that costs money, which I'm trying to avoid spending, which is why I'm doing it myself.
Actually watching a pro is good if they do what you want.
I want to know things like, does putting insulation over a box in the ceiling count as 'making it inaccessible' and thus not up to code.
I know you can't put it behind sheetrock or plaster, but what about insulation.
How far apart should you staple the romex to the studs.
Things like that. It won't be obvious unless you ask,or escpeically the things that come up when you're doing omething that the expert didn't run into.
I have one expert friend, but I feel bad shooting 20 questions at him a day.

[#] Mon Oct 27 2008 12:32:39 EDT from Ragnar Danneskjold @ Uncensored

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Insulation goes behind electrical boxes. Never in front.

Romex needs to be stapled 4 inches from a box..... Then you use your judgement.
Personally I wouldn't go more than 36" apart, if it's being inspected.

[#] Mon Oct 27 2008 14:42:42 EDT from Ford II @ Uncensored

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Good, I can ask you. :-)

So I can run a romex wire into a box and put one of those crimp things to keep it from getting pulled out and that's good enough?
Can I take an old section of 1938 wireing (in that metal flexible casing stuff) and run it into a box just to convert it to romex for the rest of the trip?
Is there a limit to the number of boxes one can have along a length of wiring? My basement is far away from the old wiring I'm working with.

[#] Mon Oct 27 2008 14:53:19 EDT from Ragnar Danneskjold @ Uncensored

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Yes, you can convert in the box, no problem at all.

There is no limit to the number of boxes, just how many wires are in them.

[#] Mon Oct 27 2008 15:40:55 EDT from Ford II @ Uncensored

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Good to know. How many?

Oh, and to save me from badgering you (and my poor expert friend) do you happen to know of any books for good DIY reference?
I looked on amazon, so all you get is a cover and a 2 line blurb. I'm going to head over to that silly brick and mortar building and see if I can find something tangible.

[#] Mon Oct 27 2008 15:43:16 EDT from Ragnar Danneskjold @ Uncensored

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Depends on the size of the box and the gauge of the wire going in it...

See if you can find a copy of Ugly's Electrical Reference. It'll answer most of your questions.

[#] Mon Oct 27 2008 16:47:22 EDT from Ford II @ Uncensored

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Done. thanks.

[#] Mon Oct 27 2008 18:51:54 EDT from Harbard @ Uncensored

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Just make sure the flexible metal conduit is NOT part of the ground circuit.  Frquently when you have metallic conduit it was used to ground the circuit.  You could have problems if you mix NM sheathed cable and old fashioned wiring by having a break in the ground circuit, especially if you are going to a potentially wet area.

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