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Electrocution accidents

Avoiding Electrical Code Violations

A while back, I posted about how I vented my microwave through an exterior wall. One of our readers asked whether the way I did it was “up to code”. It was, but I had forgotten to include in my post a photo of the duct work piece that showed that it was. Meeting code for duct work is important, but meeting code for electrical work may be even more important.

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Roomba

Everybody Loves to Roomba

I hate vacuuming. So, a couple years ago, I bought a Roomba vacuum cleaner from Costco as a Christmas present to myself.  This robot vacuum has been a huge upgrade for our home.

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Home improvement: keep the sewer clean out, but put it underground in a utility box

Sewer Cleanout? Underground it!

Sewer Cleanout Critical but in the Way

A sewer cleanout is a pipe that gives you access to your home's sewer line. So, it's critical for maintaining your connection to your sewer system. Should a backup occur, getting to a sewer cleanout quickly can save you money and reduce the damage from an overflow inside your house. To make sure they are easily accessible, sometimes a builder will install a sewer cleanout above grade. Sometimes that's because of a local law on how high above ground a sewer cleanout has to be. But a sewer cleanout that is above ground has its own set of problems. Luckily, I've found a pretty easy and cheap solution.

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