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Receptacle before a light or light switch

Can a receptacle before a light or light switch use a pigtail or does it have to have the black and white wires on each side of the receptacle?
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black out blinds - what works best?

My experience is that black out blinds always let a little bit of light in round the sides. What do other people recommend as a solution to this? Thanks Fiona
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Why would the light switch control the fan and the fan switch control the light?

We replaced 8 ceiling fans in our house and they all worked great until the last one. It was wired correctly according to the directions, but now the switch that controlled the previous fan, ...
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How to find source of dripping drain pipe?

I have an older house (1920s) it's two stories, although the second story was probably the attic originally. I used to live in it, but now I rent it and live nearby. There is a pipe that sticks out ...
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What size electrical breaker and wire do I need for a 230 volt, 40amp. cutterhead motor?

I need to know what size wire and breaker I need to wire in a 230 volt 40 amp. cutterhead motor
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Can I get some tips or criticisms of this couch plan? [migrated]

I drafted this myself in Blender. Dado joints are depicted, mortise/tenon joints and bolted joints are not. This is to-scale, planned with douglas fir 2x4s and jute webbing/coil spring/4 way tie ...
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Dishwasher slowly fills with water after use

My Electrolux dishwasher seems to work fine, but a few hours after running it I notice water slowly accumulating in the base of the dishwasher. There is a small amount of water leaking into the tub ...
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Kerdi Board at edge of shower

The shower I am building is 36x42 on the inside of the curb. On one wall the 4ft wide kerdi will go exactly to the point where the tile will end. On the other will can I hang the entire 4ft wide ...
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why does my ceiling fan change direction 2or3times before it finally stays in one direction?

When I turn my ceiling fan on it will reverse direction several times until it settles into the correct direction.
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Bathroom remodel electric questions

I am remodeling my bathroom, and as i began to tackle the electric work, I discovered a couple things that were concerning: - the cicuit that the bathroom (as well as adjecent bedroom and hallway) are ...
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Get “stuck” mounting bolt out of TV?

I am trying to remove an HDTV wall mount from the TV, but: a handyman tightened one of the bolts overzealously, and now it's stuck. Specifically: The bolt turns freely, but does not reverse out of ...
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Will installing closed cell spray foam over ventilation for basement French drain significantly affect performance?

Question: Will installing closed cell spray foam over the ventilation for a basement French drain significantly affect the sump pump system's ability to remove water from the basement? Background: I ...
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What products will make installation of subway tile over laminate backsplash successful?

I am updating my parents 1946 home (it has been remodeled & updated before but not kitchen counters) and want to change the look of original worn laminate counter & backsplash (bright yellow ...
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Replacing new tile incorrectly laid

My installer is having to go behind himself and relay the porcelain tiles in my kitchen and dining room. He used Ditra and says that he can reuse what's down there. Some places have been torn thru ...
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1answer
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Question about GFI in a house

My rental house was built in 1985 and there is some kind of master GFI (for lack of a better term) in the garage that controls all the GFI outlets in the house. I'm told all the houses are built like ...
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Hearing hum near natural gas gauge, should I be concerned – Pic Attached

I have been living in my home for over 10 years and it is heated by natural gas. Over the last few weeks I have occasionally been hearing a sometimes loud hum from near our external gas gauge. I have ...
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How to estimate if an old AC is worth replacing?

Have an window AC unit that's from 2001, here are the specs: Manufacturer: Kenmore VOLTS: 115 Cooling BTU/HR: 12500 Cooling AMPS: 11.6 Cooling WATTS: 1275 Cooling EER: 9.8 The average electricity ...
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How to hide AC lines up against brick siding

I had this AC system installed, and didn't realize when asked about what location i'd prefer the compressor that it would look so ugly having it off the corner of the building instead of in the middle ...
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Can I put 42W = 105W Cfl bulbs into a fixture marked as “R20 Halogen bulbs up to 50W max”?

Both the fixture and the bulbs are E26 standard medium socket; so they definitely fit. And I'm pretty sure the wattage is fine (42w < 50w). I'm just worried about causing a safety hazard... Would ...
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Spray Foam Insulation Health Concerns

I am looking to gather facts (although I am sure there will be a fair amount of opinions) about spray foam insulation and the health concerns associated with the install and everyday living. I mainly ...
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Is it possible to convert a spare room into a bathroom with exsisiting concrete floor?

How do we get rid of old bathroom and make a bedroom into new bathroom. Our problem is that we have thick concrete floors. The rooms are separated by a laundry. Is it possible?
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Looking to add a bath fan

Ok I have a light that has power to it and then from there goes to a switch. So neutral is hot back to light so you can turn it off and on. Behind the light in the box the power is split to 3 ...
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How do I quiet noisy drain pipes?

I recently replaced cast iron drain pipes from my second story bathroom with pvc, and I've noticed the new pipes are much much louder when the bathroom is used. The pipes run down through a wall right ...
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How do I waterproof a wood door?

I'm replacing a shed door. Nothing fancy and I didn't want to spend a lot, so I didn't invest a lot on an exterior door. Instead, I have a hollow core wood door blank to which I've applied two coats ...
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How do I make ground connections at my receptacle boxes?

I searched for my question but could not find the answers. I had the inspector out for my rough in on electrical inspection. He said I did a very nice job but I need to make all my grounds at all my ...
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How can I round the edges of a piece of wood?

I need a piece of wood to place above a window, to which I'm going to attach a curtain rail. I'd like it to match an existing piece of wood above another window, which has quarter-round edges all ...
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Does getting live/neutral the right way round actually matter? [duplicate]

I was replacing an electrical socket in my (UK) house, and I noticed that the previous occupant had wired live and neutral backwards. However, I've used a variety of appliances and devices on that ...
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A-Frame for a hoist?

I need to move a heavy-ish piece of concrete, a part of a garden sculpture, weighing about 300lbs, to about chest height. I'd like a hoist, but don't know the equipment I'd need to assemble an ...
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Need replacement part for Baldwin Reserve “Columbus” handleset model COLXELL.TRR.OO3

The mechanism that opens the latch on our front door has broken. This is not as serious as it sounds because the main lock is a deadbolt (which is working fine). After some disassembly (OK, a lot of ...
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Bathtub shower leaks in wall only when turned off

Our upstairs bathtub has a small leak inside the wall that over time softened the ceiling sheetrock below. After removing the sheetrock we tested the shower, and it's weird -- it leaks about 1/4 cup ...
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Electric 220 stove wiring

I am replacing my electric slide in range with a stand alone model. The original was hard wired and the new is with a cord. There are 3 wires and a bare copper wire coming from the wall. What ...
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Smart Thermostat - No C-Wire - No Controller Board

This one seems to be a little different from previous questions on the subject. Here is the dilemma, I don't see a transformer. I have included a few pics. There are Three wire bundles. For ease ...
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please help with diagram for bathroom wiring [on hold]

I have a two plug outlet, a switch, two wires from a light, and two wires from a fan all in one box. Please help me with wiring diagram.
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How can I attach a curtain rail to a lath and plaster wall?

I need to attach a curtain pole (for a heavy curtain) above a window. To be consistent with another window in the same room, I'll need to affix a 4-inch wide strip of wood to the wall, and attach the ...
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1answer
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How can I cut a floorboard while it's still nailed down?

I have a 130 year old house with original floorboards made of 1+1/4 inch thick pitch pine (much, much tougher than today's cheap pine - it's like steel). There's a section of floorboard that's been ...
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short circuit miniature circuit breaker not tripping

i have 2 three phase consumer units in a bakery one its the latest wylex with new installation serves ovens and fridges etc , the other one its an old installation crabtree with brown fuses , from ...
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Is there a safe alternative to electrical grounding for computers in Argentina?

I came across this APC product page for Microsol Isolator Modules, which purportedly provide "safe power in places with poor or nonexistent grounding." The unit is meant for Brazil, so it won't work ...
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How to properly ventilate a Mansard Roof?

I recently purchased a home with a Mansard roof, I had some roofers come to give quotes to replace the top (it is finished) and they all recommend adding ventilation (known issue with Mansard's). ...
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Old double glaze: steam doesn't go

I'm renting, bedroom has some big old double glazed window. The steam showed in pictures below formed a few months ago. It's still there and apparently will never go! As a result the view is totally ...
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1answer
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Changing plugs on Kenmore dryers

I have a Kenmore dryer with a 3 wire slanted plug. I was given a much newer Kenmore dryer but it has a 4 wire plug, with 2 straaight, 1 90 degree, and 1 round. Can I change it and put the 3 wire plug ...
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Use in repairing wires

Can these connectors be used for a splice inside of a wall in order to fix a damaged wire? If you have a damaged wire inside a wall - not a box - will these type connectors meet code as a permanent ...
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Can i paint over self-leveling compound

I would like to know if possible to paint over self-leveling compound. I was told to use a primer first or possibly epoxy?
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Replacing receptacle, ground and neutral are connected

My house was built in 1974. I have doubts the wiring has changed since then (aluminum everywhere) and have already noticed some bad things (downstairs potlights on same breaker as upstairs living ...
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Home Front Door loud popping noise

My front door is on the side of the house that gets tremendous amounts of sunlight in the afternoon. I am in NJ where seasonal temperatures vary. Lately, any time there is sun, in the afternoons the ...
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What could this blue ring on my ceiling be and what are my options?

Today I noticed that there was this brightish blue ring emanating from a crack from my ceiling. I hadn't noticed this before. Earlier this week my cat broke a full glass of water directly above it. I ...
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What are the options to increase doorway height in load-bearing portion of foundation wall?

Question: What are the potential options for increasing doorway height in a load-bearing portion of a cinder block foundation wall? Background: I am considering finishing my basement, but there is an ...
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Electric/Plumbing/Zoning in Maine [on hold]

I am thinking about building a house in Maine. In certain towns in New Hampshire, you can do your own electrical/plumbing and all you really need is a driveway permit, proper well/septic plan and ...
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What is the Best mixture ratio of Portland cement Quartz sand and bonding agent for under water application

I'm installing a ceramic mosaic in the bottom of my concrete pool and wondering what is the best mixture of white Portland cement Quartz sand and a bonding agent to apply this mosaic. Can I just use ...
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Levelling newly opened area between rooms

We removed a wall to make a kitchen bigger - to use as an eating area. The kitchen has vinyl flooring, which we are now changing to porcelain tiles. The way it is now, there is about 1/2 inch rise ...
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kitchen sink and trap

Our kitchen sink is about 3' away from drain pipe. The drain pipe from double sink runs about 3' 2' up, then it comes down to the drain pipe with p trap. Is that configuration allowed, code?

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