Q&A: Why is there a lock on my circuit breaker?

-  What you’re seeing in the photo above is a locking device at the circuit breaker. .  For everything else, the branch circuit switch or circuit breaker can be used as the disconnecting means for the appliance as long as the switch or circuit breaker is within site from the appliance (within 50′, unobstructed view), or there is a proper locking device present at the circuit breaker. For small appliances under 300 Volt-Amperes, such as doorbells and smoke alarms, it’s good enough to have a circuit breaker that can be turned off ..More

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My favorite tool: the Milwaukee M12 FUEL™ 1/4″ Hex Impact Driver

-  – It’s tough to go wrong with anything that Milwaukee makes. . s.  I use a Milwaukee tape measure, utility knife, voltage sniffer, drill bits, and several other products. p.  They just make great stuff ..More

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Shoe storage solution: a wall of shoes

- . Home Depot didn’t have any really cheap hooks, so I went to Menards.  Whenever I take it down, I won’t have a wall filled with holes.  Once I had all of the hooks fastened to the boards, I mounted my shoe storage wall to the wall behind my door using a few Spax screws, making sure to hit the wall studs.  They had white hooks for $1/each, which was what I wanted to spend.  My setup hold 18 pairs of shoes, but I could have definitely squeezed more shoes in there if I had been a little stingier with my spacing ..More

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New building code rules for decks in Minnesota

- . The fix for all of these situations shown above would be to have the deck be self-supporting.  In other words, it wouldn’t rely on the house for support ..More

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Two closet makeover tips

- . Here’s a before and after pic, which obviously included some de-cluttering, painting, and better lighting for the “after” part: ..More

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