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Saturday Morning Round Up for Week Ending 7-3

July 3, 2010

Saturday Morning Round UP for week ending 7-3 I found a lot of great articles this week which may interest you. If you have been following Charles & Hudson at all, then you know that they have assembled a great team of writers. I found an awesome article which offers some sound advice on Mistakes To Avoid for First-Time DIY’ers. I think that because I work in construction, I feel invincible when it comes to remodeling my home. However, I have gotten in over my head a couple of times due to a lack of planning. Fortunately, I have some really good friends that work in the other trades as well and were willing to step in and help me out with my projects.

I want to get started adding video to this site. I’m doing some research and hope to have something up in the next couple of months; hopefully sooner. While doing my research, I’ve learned that I need a place to record the videos. So, I’ve started cleaning and remodeling the garage. I also need another workbench in the garage which needs to be mobile. I found a cool article where Tom Silva from This Old House provides step-by-step instructions on How to Build a Tool Bench.

Somehow I missed the Handyguys video last week on Installing a sconce in 7 easy steps. Brian installed a wall sconce in his home theater room in his basement. I liked the video but I think a couple of things got overlooked. When you put your cable into the box you are required to have at least 1/2 inch of the sheathing extended into the box. It also looked like the light fixture did not have a ground wire. In this case, you should connect the ground wire in the romex to the ground screw on the fixture bar. This is especially important if you have a metallic light fixture. This is the only way you can bond to the fixture without a ground wire. If the fixture is bonded, then the circuit breaker will trip if a live wire contacts any metallic parts on the light fixture.

Have you been following One Project Closer this week? Fred is installing Brazilian Walnut flooring in his home. Lots of great tips all week long. Go check out the One Project Closer Blog.

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2 Responses to “Saturday Morning Round Up for Week Ending 7-3”

  1. Fred @ One Project Closer on July 3rd, 2010 10:20 pm

    Wayne, thanks for the shout-out! We’re looking forward to finishing up the series this week. The floor is already in and we’re really enjoying it. The Before and After pictures are quite stunning! Stay tuned next Friday for the pics and then on Monday I’m going to sum everything up in a “How to Install Hardwood Flooring” post.

  2. Handyguy Brian on July 23rd, 2010 10:59 am

    Wayne – Thanks for looking at our video so closely!

    Some details are hard to see in an online video and unfortunately time doesn’t let us mention every possible detail or situation.

    I checked the installation and the video for the things you mention.
    1) Romex sheath in box – When I pulled the romex into the box initially you are correct, I didnt pull it all the way into the box. When I was dressing the wires in the box I did pull more wire into the box and probably have just shy of 3/4″ of sheath in the box. I also don’t show this in the video but I had access from behind the box/wall and have stapled the romex as required.

    2) Grounding – Keen eye. You are correct, the fixture did not have a ground wire. I didn’t mention the ground screw or what to do with the ground wire in the romex. The fixture strap I used had a ground screw and that’s where I connected the ground wire. You can see the connection was made if you look closely at the video. I should have called it out in the video.

    I am going edit the post to include these two important pieces of information.


    Handyguy Brian