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    Q: Why not just tie into aluminum wiring?

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    Q: What are the rules for dealing with old concealed splices?

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    Q: What are the choices for putting new switch and outlet boxes in old walls? Any hints for attaching the boxes?

  • Q&A: Tips for Snaking Wires

    Q: Any tips for wire-snaking?

  • Q&A: Causes and Cures for Bubbling Laminate

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  • Q&A: Saw Blade Depth Adjustment

    Q: We have an ongoing debate on our job site concerning the proper way to adjust the blade depth on a circular saw. One group says that the blade should be set just slightly deeper than the thickness of the material being cut. The other group says that the blade should usually be left at the...

  • Q&A: Finishing a Basement Wall

    Q: I would like to install insulation and drywall to finish off a poured-concrete basement wall. Although the basement is high and dry, with no signs of moisture problems, I’m still concerned about condensation. I’d like to know where to install the vapor barrier, if any, and whether there is any...