Sunday, July 15
DIY

Feedback: Get switched on to safe electrics

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A caller was changing his light switches and did not know what to do with the empty connection box.

I am really enjoying my time on Cape Talk chatting to Pippa Hudson.

The questions come thick and fast and not always on the selected topics for the week, so I must be on my toes. I can tell from the questions that many of them come from my readers.
This week, John from Darling called to offer advice about squeaky timber floors. He suggests you sprinkle French Chalk over the floor and then sweep it into all the joints. 
This has the effect of “oiling” the joints so when you walk over the floor and the boards rub against each other, the squeaking will disappear as the chalk works its way in. 
I was struggling with an electrical question about the absence of earth wires. This was confusing a caller who was changing his light switches and did not know what to do with the empty connection box. 
Neither did I. Errol, who is a “serial” contributor to Cape Talk on most subjects known to man, called to say it was not a problem as older homes are fitted with metal conduits instead of plastic, and the metal pipe acts as the earth. 

Please never take a chance by tackling your own electrics. This is an area where you always call in a professional. My next talk is scheduled for the end of next month. I will keep you posted.
*Handy Mac, aka Don MacAlister, is our expert on household DIY issues. If you have a question for him, please send it to don@macalister.co.za or SMS only to 082 446 3859. Find Don on FB: facebook.com/thehandymac

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