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    Every handyman has learned a trick or two while doing various repairs around the house. Lets share them in this thread.

    I'll start off with a tip on electrical outlets. Today we are surrounded by tons of electronic gadgets, each with its own charger or power supply brick. I always find myself looking for an available convenience outlet. And when there is one available I don't have the right adapter.

    To solve (or minimize the occurrence) of this problem I decided to maximize our convenience outlets and also offer the most common plug types.


    Now one problem with this DIY outlet is that the metal tabs that secures the sockets in the frame is not strong enough to hold up to normal use. I've had several outlets like this that failed after a year or so of use. The metal tab lost its grip and the socket fell through.

    The solution is to apply some two-part epoxy adhesive.


    Push the adhesive through the hole on top of the metal tab so it oozes out the back side.


    For this application you really want the adhesive to "flow", so I don't advise the use of non-sag variant of the 2-part epoxy. Make sure the ooze flows over the "ears" of the individual sockets. This will secure the socket to frame.

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    Re: Tips and Tricks Around the House

    This is a very good thread ... hopefully I can contribute and post some tips I encounte doing my own repairs and maintenance in the house.

    First and foremost I had found that doing things DIY have improved the quality of the jobs performed.
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    • #3
      Re: Tips and Tricks Around the House

      Hospital o audiophile grade sockets ba yan brader?

      click my signature and it will take you there........

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      • #4
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        cool thread..will contribute as well when i find something interesting...

        any cool idea on how to hide cables from tv to audio/video consoles? i just hate "black" wires runningfrom behind to go up the tv panel in a wall that is painted white...of course unless the these dvd players/receivers are housed in a framed wall type cabinet and the tv is just above it.
        The devil will find work for idle hands to do.-[I]Morrissey[/I]

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        • #5
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          napansin ko pala bro.."royu" brand yung sockets mo...

          i still prefer either the toshiba or the panasonic..

          250V/ 10A or 15A

          minsan pala very big yung plug ng isang appliance or tool...ginagawa ko two gang socket nalang pero tandem to make a total of four outlets para me extra space between plugs.

          d kaya dahil sa cheap extension cords kaya madalas me nasusunugan? pag me okasyon, octupus na yung cheap electrical cords..super taba ng insulation pero pag inautopsy mo yung electrical cord eh maninipis lang pla yung wires...

          kaya bawal magtipid sa mga ganitong projects!
          The devil will find work for idle hands to do.-[I]Morrissey[/I]

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          • #6
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            Originally posted by violaine View Post

            i still prefer either the toshiba or the panasonic..


            kaya bawal magtipid sa mga ganitong projects!
            ingat sa panasonic na fake...

            thanks sa tips joey...an daming plugs dito sa bahay na naglawitan na...because of those metal tabs...

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            • #7
              Re: Tips and Tricks Around the House

              Tiyempo pa naman ... I'm wiring the shop for permanent 110V outlets using Omni mounting bases ....



              I chose Panasonic ... purchased from Wilcon sometime ago.The very snug fit of these outlets was the main driving point in the purchase decision. A must for high starting current power tools.

              Millermatic 180 Autoset Mig Welder
              Miller Spoolmate 100 Spool Gun
              Victor Firepower 350 Oxy Ace Outfit
              3M Speedglas 9002X AD Helmet
              Makita LC1230 Dry Cut Saw
              Ingersoll Rand Air Tools
              Snap On Tools
              Metabo Power Tools
              Norseman Drill Cutting Tools
              Bosch Power Tools
              3M PPS

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                Re: Tips and Tricks Around the House

                @jay,

                love the 110V wiring plan!

                if you find a decent step down between 4-5KW below 5K, please let me know as i am need of one.

                thanks

                (i bet the housing is ok..Omni put some quality in their merchandise)

                V
                The devil will find work for idle hands to do.-[I]Morrissey[/I]

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                  Re: Tips and Tricks Around the House

                  The local ones look over priced to me ... thus have not purchased one yet although my new 110v wiring will require one.

                  http://www.ebay.com/itm/5000-Watt-Vo...item1e6feb6e86

                  How about this ... Made in China according to the seller.

                  http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll...:X:RTQ:US:1123
                  Millermatic 180 Autoset Mig Welder
                  Miller Spoolmate 100 Spool Gun
                  Victor Firepower 350 Oxy Ace Outfit
                  3M Speedglas 9002X AD Helmet
                  Makita LC1230 Dry Cut Saw
                  Ingersoll Rand Air Tools
                  Snap On Tools
                  Metabo Power Tools
                  Norseman Drill Cutting Tools
                  Bosch Power Tools
                  3M PPS

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                    Re: Tips and Tricks Around the House

                    Originally posted by violaine View Post
                    @jay,

                    love the 110V wiring plan!

                    if you find a decent step down between 4-5KW below 5K, please let me know as i am need of one.

                    thanks

                    (i bet the housing is ok..Omni put some quality in their merchandise)

                    V
                    You may want to ask Sonny. I got my 5kW Panther from him. Slightly banged up but good bargain.

                    On the sockets, I also use Panasonic. No problem with the tabs loosening.

                    My problem is the CO embedded in the wall. In time, those female threaded socket into which the longs screw is screwed onto gets loose. I use the Atlanta plastic boxes where a nut is embedded into the plastic. This nut gets loose so I end up with the whole outlet hanging from the wall.

                    I solved it by re-embedding that nut with epoxy (similar to Joey's) but it's not a very elegant solution. Hope someone here has a better one.

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                    • #11
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                      Panasonic is also my first choice. All my outlets and switches in the first floor are Panasonic. I tried a few units of Royu on recommendation of the merchant. They said the quality is comparable to Panasonic. After more than a year of use they're still working fine.

                      We seldom use extension cords nor octopus connections. I made sure our house is gadget friendly. All the rooms have at least four of those 3-gang sockets.

                      BTW, the sockets that fell through were Panasonic. Maybe I got fakes?

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                      • #12
                        Re: Tips and Tricks Around the House

                        Originally posted by balarila View Post
                        ... In time, those female threaded socket into which the longs screw is screwed onto gets loose. I use the Atlanta plastic boxes where a nut is embedded into the plastic. This nut gets loose so I end up with the whole outlet hanging from the wall.

                        I solved it by re-embedding that nut with epoxy (similar to Joey's) but it's not a very elegant solution. Hope someone here has a better one.
                        I had the same problem with some of the orange boxes. The masons who installed them were so careless that they got cement into the threads. When I try to thread the screws in, the plastic looses its grip on the brass inserts.

                        The best solution that I have so far is to "transplant" the whole plastic "ear". I cut the ear out from a donor using my brand spanking new DREMEL 4000, and then epoxy it into the recipient.

                        To hold the piece in place while the epoxy cures I use this hi-tech plastic crafted also with the DREMEL 4000:


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                        • #13
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                          Originally posted by joey81 View Post
                          I had the same problem with some of the orange boxes. The masons who installed them were so careless that they got cement into the threads. When I try to thread the screws in, the plastic looses its grip on the brass inserts.
                          That's the common problem with PVC Utility Box, the threaded brass insert tend to loose when tightening the screws. If this case happened we just tied the plate with few strands of copper wire.

                          Now we are using Metal Utility Box gauge 18, same price with PVC utility box.

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                            Re: Tips and Tricks Around the House

                            Hey bro joey81, this is a very nice and good thread for anybody doing DIYs at home, lots of tips and tricks can be posted here for the benefit of everyone.

                            Hope to contribute some too in the future !!!!!!!!!!
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                            • #15
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                              Ha-ha. Excellent MacGyver technique with the plastic spoon.

                              On epoxy, it does not stick to many plastics. But it does stick to metals. So what I did with those threaded inserts were to engulf completely with epoxy putty (keeping clear of the hole, of course) so, ven if it does not stick to the PVC plastic, the hardened epoxy structurally anchors itself to the whole assembly.

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