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by Aaron
Sun Sep 22, 2019 11:55 pm
Forum: Electrical
Topic: Help with non contact voltage tester
Replies: 21
Views: 279

Re: Help with non contact voltage tester

Yeah he didn't push the button on it quite right.
by Aaron
Sat Sep 21, 2019 11:03 pm
Forum: Bathroom
Topic: Bathroom Remodel
Replies: 67
Views: 2307

Re: Bathroom Remodel

What's this black thing indicated by the arrow?

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by Aaron
Sat Sep 21, 2019 7:10 pm
Forum: Electrical
Topic: Plastic vs metal junction box?
Replies: 5
Views: 219

Re: Plastic vs metal junction box?

I prefer metal myself, they're just high quality, durable, and easier to work with in my opinion. But they do require a pigtailed ground if you're in the USA, which adds steps which is why builders often avoid them. You can also make junctions in switch/receptacle boxes, too, they need not be the sq...
by Aaron
Sat Sep 21, 2019 3:44 pm
Forum: Tools
Topic: Richard / Hyde Tools Pry/Scrape Bar
Replies: 4
Views: 125

Re: Richard / Hyde Tools Pry/Scrape Bar

Yeah, like any business that gets too big, it just starts to suck. It's just inevitable.
by Aaron
Sat Sep 21, 2019 1:19 pm
Forum: Tools
Topic: Richard / Hyde Tools Pry/Scrape Bar
Replies: 4
Views: 125

Re: Richard / Hyde Tools Pry/Scrape Bar

There are some complaints on the Amazon reviews from some buyers of the Hyde one being made in China and being of inferior quality to previously-made USA ones. All the pics I saw online of the Hyde bar had USA stamped on it. So buyer beware I guess. So this is the merchant where I ordered the Richar...
by Aaron
Sat Sep 21, 2019 12:02 pm
Forum: Kitchen
Topic: Removing a top-mount cast-iron sink
Replies: 23
Views: 1095

Re: Removing a top-mount cast-iron sink

Yeah I thought of that too. Unfortunately I just hate the damn thing. When metal pans scrape the paint finish it leaves black marks. It's just a pain in the butt to keep clean. I then foolishly used a bunch of abrasive cleansers on it which only made it worse and more prone to stains. My dad wondere...
by Aaron
Fri Sep 20, 2019 11:17 pm
Forum: Kitchen
Topic: Removing a top-mount cast-iron sink
Replies: 23
Views: 1095

Re: Removing a top-mount cast-iron sink

Yeah I kind of agree, too risky. I'm on the fence about this whole thing. The big blobs of silicone under the sink are really a dire warning to me of a potential clusterfuk.
by Aaron
Fri Sep 20, 2019 10:51 pm
Forum: Kitchen
Topic: Removing a top-mount cast-iron sink
Replies: 23
Views: 1095

Re: Removing a top-mount cast-iron sink

Another strategy could be an oscillating saw, with a flush-cut blade. I could shield the counter with a thin piece of sheet metal perhaps.
by Aaron
Fri Sep 20, 2019 10:38 pm
Forum: Kitchen
Topic: Removing a top-mount cast-iron sink
Replies: 23
Views: 1095

Re: Removing a top-mount cast-iron sink

Yep, both sinks are the same dimensions rim edge to rim edge, length and width, 33" × 22".
by Aaron
Fri Sep 20, 2019 9:54 pm
Forum: Electrical
Topic: Any good youtube videos or website for wiring junction box?
Replies: 3
Views: 108

Re: Any good youtube videos or website for wiring junction box?

Don't forget a grounding pigtail to ground the box (in Canada, any material; in the US for just steel boxes).

Also if wiring a device, use its terminal screws and not any "back-stabbing" holes; back-wire screw-tightened holes excepted.
by Aaron
Fri Sep 20, 2019 9:41 pm
Forum: Kitchen
Topic: Removing a top-mount cast-iron sink
Replies: 23
Views: 1095

Re: Removing a top-mount cast-iron sink

Oh scheisse. It's what I feared: BF7826FD-EF0F-41AC-895F-4C0FBC9B6C2B.jpeg 9CB86505-75A6-48AF-BFD8-D90659AC220E.jpeg We must have used a whole damn tube of silicone. :( This may be a fruitless project, I may have to abort it. I wouldn't mind new counters, these laminate ones are pretty crappy. But i...
by Aaron
Fri Sep 20, 2019 7:41 pm
Forum: Kitchen
Topic: Removing a top-mount cast-iron sink
Replies: 23
Views: 1095

Re: Removing a top-mount cast-iron sink

The installers were my Dad and me, about 15 years ago. Lol I have some vague recollection of my dad being a bit generous with the silicone, with the spout of the tube cut so it had a 1/2" diameter opening. I hope that my memory is wrong. :? :| So I may be a bit screwed. Pushing up on the sink may te...
by Aaron
Fri Sep 20, 2019 5:43 pm
Forum: Electrical
Topic: How Should I Reroute Electrical?
Replies: 14
Views: 360

Re: How Should I Reroute Electrical?

Yeah agreed, it looks like all those white electrical cables are tangled up in some spots. I would separate them all out from the bundle and nail a 2x4 blocking horizontally in the study cavity that is the chase for all those circuits. Space them vertically apart so you have three of them between fl...
by Aaron
Fri Sep 20, 2019 5:35 pm
Forum: Exterior
Topic: Epoxy Floor Paint
Replies: 3
Views: 81

Re: Epoxy Floor Paint

I've been underwhelmed with the long-term durability and performance of floor paint that I've seen in many peoples' garages. It just delaminates and flakes off after a period of time. I personally don't trust any paint, regardless of manufacturer. I just don't think coating concrete, especially in a...
by Aaron
Fri Sep 20, 2019 5:12 pm
Forum: Tools
Topic: Richard / Hyde Tools Pry/Scrape Bar
Replies: 4
Views: 125

Richard / Hyde Tools Pry/Scrape Bar

So I just learned a handy little tidbit. The famous red pry/scraper bar made by Richard in Canada is the exact same as a dark gray pry/scraper bar made by Hyde in the US! Each tool is made in its respective country, but they are exactly the same. The two companies are affiliated with one another. Ho...
by Aaron
Fri Sep 20, 2019 4:52 pm
Forum: Kitchen
Topic: Removing a top-mount cast-iron sink
Replies: 23
Views: 1095

Re: Removing a top-mount cast-iron sink

Yeah that is a good idea. The floor of the cabinets are just that typical particle board that factory cabinets are made from. I do happen to have a scrap piece of plywood. I may even have a scrap 2x8 or x10 or something to put under the jacks in addition to the plywood to create even more equal dist...
by Aaron
Fri Sep 20, 2019 3:13 pm
Forum: Electrical
Topic: Troubleshooting a pigtailed outlet
Replies: 5
Views: 95

Re: Troubleshooting a pigtailed outlet

Yeah I would not whine about it, the individual who helped you is just ignorant of electrical code and wiring methodologies. I'm guessing he just doesn't know what he doesn't know. Having said that, you'll just need to get an electrician in there to evaluate it and get it done for you if you don't f...
by Aaron
Fri Sep 20, 2019 2:48 pm
Forum: Kitchen
Topic: Removing a top-mount cast-iron sink
Replies: 23
Views: 1095

Removing a top-mount cast-iron sink

So I have a chipped, scuffed, stained, and otherwise crappy white porcelain-enameled cast iron twin-basin kitchen sink. (There's a mouthful.) I got a free high-end stainless steel sink in like-new condition from a buddy who is renovating his kitchen. It's made by Franke and has really nice straight ...
by Aaron
Fri Sep 20, 2019 6:43 am
Forum: Tools
Topic: Help needed in identifying some vintage tools!
Replies: 3
Views: 106

Re: Help needed in identifying some vintage tools!

They sure look cool, though. Reminds me of the Jetsons or something.
by Aaron
Thu Sep 19, 2019 5:46 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: The Official Useless Post Thread
Replies: 2944
Views: 76234

Re: The Official Useless Post Thread

(I knew Dia was due to strike eventually, even if she replied in seemingly non sequitur. Lol!)
by Aaron
Thu Sep 19, 2019 5:39 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: The Official Useless Post Thread
Replies: 2944
Views: 76234

Re: The Official Useless Post Thread

Well we had a spate of awesome Canadian cold front last week with highs around 65F/18C. Then the jet stream decided to exert itself and now we're back to highs of 80F/27C. It's the shoulder season here. But definitely premature for turning on the heat. I usually do that in late October or early Nove...
by Aaron
Thu Sep 19, 2019 5:32 pm
Forum: Electrical
Topic: Troubleshooting a pigtailed outlet
Replies: 5
Views: 95

Re: Troubleshooting a pigtailed outlet

First off, you need a dedicated circuit for your bathroom—you cannot tap from the kitchen, a room in your house which also requires dedicated circuits! Secondly, your GFCI receptacle is squished in that box next to the pipe, and the box is too small for a GFCI anyway. So please, run a new circuit fr...
by Aaron
Tue Sep 17, 2019 9:36 pm
Forum: Electrical
Topic: Ceiling Light Bracket Attachment Problems
Replies: 3
Views: 79

Re: Ceiling Light Bracket Attachment Problems

That looks like a very old ceiling box, where the bracket attaches ONLY with the center threaded hole. There is a thing inside the round box called a "hickey" that receives a small threaded rod nipple. Screw that in a ways, then screw on the bracket so it's flush with the ceiling. Modern light fixtu...
by Aaron
Mon Sep 16, 2019 8:49 pm
Forum: Electrical
Topic: Adding outlet behind wall & outside. Pictures and draft shopping list enclosed.
Replies: 3
Views: 158

Re: Adding outlet behind wall & outside. Pictures and draft shopping list enclosed.

He's mounting a patio TV. But I agree it would be better if it were lower and on a circuit just for exterior receptacles. In the US, the circuit need not be AFCI since it's outside. But it does have to be GFCI in an in-use box if it's below 6 feet height from grade.
by Aaron
Sun Sep 15, 2019 11:44 pm
Forum: Kitchen
Topic: Under sink Switched Receptacle
Replies: 3
Views: 451

Re: Under sink Switched Receptacle

Also I would replace that receptacle with a new one. When doing so, do not use the "back-stab" wire terminations that were used with the old receptacle. Instead, wrap the wire clockwise around the terminal screws.
by Aaron
Sun Sep 15, 2019 1:40 am
Forum: Kitchen
Topic: Under sink Switched Receptacle
Replies: 3
Views: 451

Re: Under sink Switched Receptacle

You can only have a constantly-powered receptacle if power is feeding that box. Use a volt meter to test all the wires in the box along with the neutral to see if you have a hot conductor, even when the switch is off. If so, then you can split the receptacle, and rewire it to make one half of it swi...
by Aaron
Sun Sep 15, 2019 12:19 am
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: The Official Useless Post Thread
Replies: 2944
Views: 76234

Re: The Official Useless Post Thread

Admin wrote:
Sat Sep 14, 2019 11:19 pm
Sadly the statistics are very much lacking with this forum software.
Yeah I'm not that surprised. You'd have to do queries in the back-end database. Unless you have access, or even know SQL queries, it would be a PITA to compile.
by Aaron
Sat Sep 14, 2019 3:34 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: Cargo Trailer
Replies: 7
Views: 398

Re: Cargo Trailer

That's a good idea. You got to think a rental/moving company would have good quality used trailers.
by Aaron
Sat Sep 14, 2019 1:15 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: The Official Useless Post Thread
Replies: 2944
Views: 76234

Re: The Official Useless Post Thread

Yeah it's sort if the shoulder season I guess. After labor day, back to school, no free time to work on house projects.

I wonder if admin can pull stats on post volume throughout the history of the forum. You could see a histogram of the busy times of the year.
by Aaron
Fri Sep 13, 2019 5:45 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: The Official Useless Post Thread
Replies: 2944
Views: 76234

Re: The Official Useless Post Thread

Nutzy's been quiet in the last four weeks or so.