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Wiring

  • Q&A: Service-Entrance Cable Under a Garage

    Q: The proposed location for my client's new detached garage is right on top of a buried service-entrance cable. The electric meter is mounted on a pedestal about 100 feet from the house, and a conduit runs to the house through the area where the garage —

     
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    Hardware Show Roundup

    Cool tools and products from this year's event.

     
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    Toolbox

    Bosch Gravity-Rise table-saw stand; Ridgid Pro Pack vac; tile tools; levels

     
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    Tool Test: Coil Roofing Nailers

    The best guns are light, fast, and easy to load.

     
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    Moving an Electrical Box

    Q: On a current kitchen remodel, my electrician placed one of the electrical boxes for the countertop outlets too low. I need to raise it about an inch to clear a stone backsplash. There's enough stripped Type NM-B cable left in the box to do this without splicing, but because the plastic sheathing...

     
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    Toolbox

    DeWalt DW304PK recip saw; Cordpro; Ridgid R82233 right-angle impact driver; planes & rasps; painting tools

     
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    Toolbox: Metabo KGS 305 Miter Saw

    Metabo KGS 305 miter saw; extension cords; finish carpentry

     
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    Products

    Gutters; water treatment; electrical devices

     
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    Tool Test: Trim Routers

    For light routing, these laminate trimmers do more with less

     
  • Bringing Two-Wire Circuits Up to Code

    Q. What's the quickest and easiest way to bring a two-wire circuit up to code?

     
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    Letters

    Wiring for the future; painting stucco; window flashing

     
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    Toolbox

    Bosch RS20 reciprocating saw; concrete tools; knives

     
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    Tool Test: Door Planers for Door Hangers

    A good fence, versatile controls, and a long base for controlling snipe are key.

     
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    Toolbox

    Fasco round-head stick nailer; DeWalt laser plumb bob; back-savers; electrical tools

     
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    Wiring The High-Tech House

    Structured wiring is the backbone that makes home automation work.

     
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    Installing Solar Electric Power

    A photovoltaic system should be properly sized, built to code, and installed so the roof doesn't leak.

     
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    Toolbox

    Lasers and levels; saw blades; Porter-Cable high-pressure nailer; inventional wisdom

     
  • Tool Test: Tool-Activated Vacuums

    A combination of to-do lists, paper calendars, and a computer contact manager keeps multiple jobs on track.

     
  • Tool Test: Sidewinder Circ Saws

    A longtime custom framer evaluates eight 7 1/4-inch saws and chooses his favorites.

     
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    Toolbox

    Bosch 1590 EVS jigsaw; Porter-Cable 324 MAG circular saw; specialty nailers, concrete tools

     
 
 
 
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