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Inexpensive deck upgrade with LED lighting

Inexpensive deck upgrade with LED lighting
Inexpensive deck upgrade with LED lighting

You can replace your outdoor outlet box with something called an "in-use", or "while-in-use", cover. They have soft seals that let you run the power cord through them while keeping the cover closed, and are rated for use in all weather.

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Underground Party Bunker

Underground Party Bunker

Buzz Killington here. That is a terrifying death trap and you are endangering the lives of everyone who enters that thing. That is also a massive, massive insurance liability.

Every material in that is highly flammable and I envision a lot of smoking happening in there. That box will hold heat like a blast furnace and a fire will suck the oxygen out of it in seconds. Every heard of any of the highly publicized nightclub fires? Now your partiers have to climb a fucking ladder to escape. Is that gas monitor permanent? How often will you calibrate it and replace the sensors? How about a smoke detector? Maybe some sprinklers?

If someone has a heart attack, how are you going to get them out? This is a complicated rescue by a specialized team that is probably an hour away. MAYBE your local fire department does this but they would need to train beforehand and know what tools to bring. Since there's no way this meets code, you obviously cannot call them so they can prepare themselves.

Speaking of calling, do you get cell phone service in there? As a contractor, I use these containers all the time and service inside is spotty, never mind buried underground. How will you get help if something happens while you're the only one in there?

Legally speaking, this is a permit required confined space as its not designed for human occupancy. This requires (legally) air monitoring and supply, a rescue device, and an exterior monitor with direct communication to those inside. This is due to the possible presence of hazardous atmospheres that will render you unconscious in seconds and suffocate you without warning. CO is just one gas that will do this. Is this near a septic system? Methane will find its way in and displace oxygen. Propane leak? Its heavier than air so it will settle right into your container and displace oxygen, never mind that's it's flammable. Wont show up on a CO detector.

At the very least, having impaired guests climbing a ladder is a guaranteed lawsuit. People sue for slipping on ice in your driveway, this is a lawyers wet dream. And there are criminal charges ripe for the picking here. If any of these totally possible scenarios happen and you're unfortunate enough to be outside of this container when it does, this is clear cut manslaughter (can carry life in prison, but usually only gets you a year per person, so says Google).

On the subject of litigation, every contractor involved should be brought up on charges for performing work without a permit that clearly doesn't meet code (I'll ignore the nicely documented shoring violations during construction).

Look, I get it. It's cool, looks like fun. If this was behind a secret door in the kitchen pantry, I'd think it was the balls. But as it stands, you essentially recreated the gas chambers at Auschwitz, except those had stairs to enter. Please be a decent human being and bring this thing above ground and install a door. That would solve sooo many problems and still be cool AF.

I happen to be a general contractor and a firefighter, so if you seriously would like help doing this more safety, feel free to message me. Good luck to you Peter. I'm sure this decision wont haunt you forever.

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I was sick of buying cheap expensive wallets so i made a simple wallet that holds a pen.

I was sick of buying cheap expensive wallets so i made a simple wallet that holds a pen.
I was sick of buying cheap expensive wallets so i made a simple wallet that holds a pen.

Haha I've been asked time and time again but I do it for a hobby, if I started selling them it would become work and I don't want that. Lucky for you, you now know how to make your own.

Skateboard Hanging Lamp

Skateboard Hanging Lamp
Skateboard Hanging Lamp

Dude - cool looking light - but your electrical connections should be made inside the box in the ceiling.

Or you'd need to make some sort of enclosure in your "fixture" to enclose the wire nuts - they need to not be out if you want to be up to electrical code.

And yes connect the ground.

Need decor in my house. Had an extra LED strip

Need decor in my house. Had an extra LED strip

Minnesota!! I love seeing stuff that has to do with my beautiful home state, very cool!

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