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Is it worth it to pay extra for a stainless steel tank water heater?

I'm getting ready to replace my ancient water heater and wondering whether it makes sense to get to a model with a stainless steel inner tank instead of one with the standard glass-lined tank. I like ...
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Should I plug unused chimney ports in basement?

My house used to use the basement for gas heat and the water heater that were using these, 3.5" and 5" ports in the chimney stack. The whole chimney is no longer used but I want to keep the option ...
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Furnace pilot goes out after furnace runs

I have a Cozy standup wall unit furnace CF553D-H. When the thermostat calls for heat it starts and will power up the ought both fan levels ... Then as it reaches temp and starts the cool down, the ...
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What is the 2-inch layer of masonry under my bathroom tile?

My house is 1 story, but I have a basement so all the floors on the main level are "upstairs" and have a wooden subfloor. I ripped out the vanity in a bathroom I'm working on and starting taking out ...
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Failing foundation outside wall looks like it is buckling but it's not

My contractor poured a grey beam on the outside of the failing wall but it over time made it worse. I was wondering if I make a 3 plate beam out of 2 by 10 approx 20 feet long put it on the inside on ...
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Can I safely hang a 17KG TV on a drywall in the UK?

I was wondering if it's possible to hang a 50 inch TV on the wall behind my PC setup? It weighs a total of 17KG. Here's a link to the TV I'm talking about: Panasonic TX-50CS520B
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Hot water faucet handle stripped

Is there anything I can pack into my reproduction bathroom sink hot water faucet handle to stop it from slipping/spinning? The teeth are stripped and I'd really prefer to not have to replace it.
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Is it typical that smoke detectors in adjacent apartments be linked?

I rent the downstairs apt of what used to be a garage. There is one other unit located on the second floor. My smoke alarm was going off frequently without my knowing why. Landlord finally told me ...
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Can I use flex duct for a range hood exhaust?

I am replacing an old range hood with a hood/microwave/convection oven. The vent from the old hood does not line up with the vent position on the new unit. I know how to remove the old vent and patch ...
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Cabin Furnace WIFI hook up w/o AC [on hold]

I have a furnace at my cabin that doesn't have a C wire and I am trying to hook up a wifi thermostat. I do not have AC. Can I use any of the AC wires for the C wire?
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North Carolina Code question for splicing 6x6 posts

I have a 48 X 10 second floor deck with 6X6 posts. I want to add a roof above about half of it. It is not feasible to replace the 6X6's with longer ones as I would basically end up replacing the ...
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How to repair broken drywall (gypsum exposed)

I had some water damage in my laundry room. We had some water damage pros take care of any potential mold issues. But they were not very careful removing the baseboard, and the bottom 2-3 inches has ...
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We have to turn our Lennox furnace on by hand almost every time it runs

Our furnace will stay running when it runs, but the majority of the time either "misses" when trying to restart or does not even try to restart at all. We have to take turns staying awake to keep the ...
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Default setting for dimmable light bulb on a non-dimmable lamp

I have a brand new dimmable light bulb, but a floor lamp that doesn't have a dimmer. Is the light bulb going to be working on full power out of the box i.e. it's not going to be dimmed?
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Open Compute Server needs 220v to run. Can I use voltage convertor to run it?

So I bought an open compute kind of server and it runs on 220 volts and 700 watts power supply. So I decided to purchase a voltage converter(Transformer) My question is is this stable and will I ...
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What size beam do I need, and can I build one from lumber and steel?

I want to support a 20 ft. span of my roof where two roofs come together. My house is was originally 46'by 20'. A 40'by 12' addition was added, making an L shape, and when they put the beam in they ...
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How do I design a home air filtration system?

I live in a city with bad air pollution and no central HVAC system. I have two air purifiers and an air quality monitor. Both air purifiers are effective in reducing the particulate matter count. But ...
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ITE Imperial breaker box panel

When I bought my house, the cover and door on the breaker box was missing. I've searched everywhere, what can I do?
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Can I install a sub-panel with no ground to the main panel?

I have an old 3-fuse subpanel (screw in fuses) that currently has two 15 amp fuses and one 20 amp fuse. I want to replace it with a new breaker panel. There is no ground, only hot and Neutral. I ...
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How can I connect a zwave switch that requires a neutral to 3 way box?

I have a 3 way switch that looks like it's wired like the illustration below. I would like to remove the switch shown on the left and replace the switch shown on the right with a Zwave switch that ...
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Do you need skirt boards on the stairs?

My stairs are flush with the drywall right now. Will this cause me issues down the road?
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Please help with big mould/mold problem!

Before I get down to details I just wannna say that we are in UK and unable to go anywhere else as of financial issues. We've been living and renting a bottom floor flat for 4 years and it's been ...
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Are hairline cracks in a stud a problem

So related to my question Do the nails stick out at all when toe-nailing studs?, is it a problem if the studs develop hairline cracks from the nailing? It seems like almost every nail splits the ...
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Changing bulb in shower ceiling light fixture

I have a light fixture in the ceiling of my shower. (see pic) It has a cage over the glass dome, which I was able to remove so okay there. Problem now is that I cannot seem to get the glass dome to ...
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How many bolted faults can a residential circuit breaker withstand?

A friend told me I should change my 20 amp breaker after one bolted fault. Is this necessary? During testing of the tread mill that caused the breaker to trip it has successfully tripped two more ...
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How to plumb a point of use water heater overflow

I want to add a small tank-type point of use water heater under my kitchen sink. What is the best way to plumb the overflow? Obviously there is no floor drain under the sink or nearby. Is it ...
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Removing a wall to the ceiling / roof

Edit 2: I called an engineer and paid for his evaluation of the wall. It's not load bearing. Realized that I left out some basics about the house. This house is built on a raised foundation with ...
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High EMF from electric wiring

I'd recently been given an EMF meter and when I turned it on, the EMF around most of the house was around 15 head height. If I'm downstairs and raise it to the ceiling it's well above 100 and the same ...
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Do you leave the heating cables for the roof/ gutter on 24 hrs?

Do you leave electric heating cables for the roof/gutter on 24 hrs?
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Fill Count For 14/3 G NM With 'Unused' Red

I have 3 hall luminaires controlled by a 4-way switching system. The electrician elected to run 14-3/G NM too all the fixtures. The most distant one is mounted on a round 4 inch x 1/2 inch pancake ...
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Fireplace sealing to avoid “false chimney”

I'm building a new fireplace with a 2cm granite surround (around the firebox opening). This leaves (by design) a 1/2" gap between the back of the granite and the face of the firebox & smoke dome ...
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PVC Water line keeps getting pin holes

The water line that goes from my boiler, carrying warm water keeps getting pin hole leaks. The line is a standard flexible white plastic insulated pipe, covered in a red mantle. About a year ago, ...
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How to make dish drainer board from plywood shelf

I'm making a shelf above my kitchen sink with intention of putting glasses there to dry off. How can I treat plywood surface to make it into drainer board? The sink and the shelf are inside oblique ...
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Does my house just not have a plumbing cleanout?

So I've just bought my first house and before we fully move in, we've been doing some work (floors, painting, etc.). I noticed at some point that if someone is using the shower or flushing a toilet, ...
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Name for Clerestory roof with windows at ridgeline?

I know the term "clerestory" can be applied to a variety of rooflines which permit windows above the normal top of the interior walls, but was wondering if there's a specific name for the version ...
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Distributing load in electrical panel

I am in the process of rewiring my house. The house was built in 1950 and even though the service panel was upgraded in the early 70's to a Square D 200 amp service, the system is ungrounded and will ...
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Tub only leaks when filled and plug removed

my tenants called stating that water is pouring from their walls. They live on the second floor. A new tub was installed directly above on the third floor and has been used only for showering without ...
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1answer
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Fuses blow and sparks appear when using my home's wiring circuits

I have recently had issues with different electrical appliances / light bulb / bathroom wiring packing up. If you put 4 bulbs in different areas of the house, you can guarantee that 1 or 2 will blow ...
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How to attach two pieces of carpets in a reliable way?

Since carpets here are sold in custom length, but only in fixed 4m width, one must do a bit of cut & attach here and there to cover the whole floor. When it comes to attaching two pieces, what's ...
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1answer
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Can I hang a 100lb punching bag from this joist?

This board with its edge facing down. Can I hang and use a 100lb punching bag from it without breaking any part of the ceiling? How do you think I should do it? Should I put a strong metal bracket ...
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Current sensor for pc [on hold]

I would like to get power consumption of electrical devices, and be able to monitor it from a computer. I have found this: Can I plug the jack into a microphone input and get instant power ...
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2answers
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Can I replace tungsten-halogen lamps with an LED version?

I've a lamp which uses 12 bulbs of this kind, and I've very little knowledge about this kind of thing, so despite it seems feasible, I don't know what information I should look for, and what kind of ...
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Can PVC moulding be used indoors?

I recently stumbled upon this some PVC moulding, I actually hadn't known they were making trim out of PVC. Is it designed just for outside, or can it be used indoors too? How do you attach it to ...
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1answer
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Can I get bathroom permit in old house (1950s) which doesn't quite meet modern codes?

I want to add bathroom in my basement. The house was build in 1950s so its old. The basement ceiling hight is not great, max 7 ft (unfinished area). I have had couple of contractors and plumbers come ...
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Furnace turns off power to the thermostat

When my natural gas furnace is running for a while and it gets too hot, the limit switch turns off the burner. When it does this, the power also gets cut to my thermostat. This causes the thermostat ...
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1answer
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Water rising in my second sump pit but not the first

We have lived in our home for over 3 years. We have 2 sump pits, each with a pump. The second pit is operated with a battery back up in case of power failures. Recently, we have found that the back up ...
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Led strip lights

Hi I have installed a small run of LEDs but they do not work at all unless I reverse the connection that goes directly on to the stip so that it's not lining up with 12v symbol. I tested everything ...
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Wiring existing 3 Way Switch in basement stairs that was cut

Edit: So after reading more up on 3 way switches I may think I know how they originally wired it though, I just haven't seen any diagrams done this way. It looks like they passed the 2 traveler lines ...
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I have a neutral wire, what do I hook that wire to?

I have 4 wires on a new switch, 2 of them going to ground. One green and one silver (bare) coming from the bracket of the switch. In the electrical wiring of the house I have a neutral wire, what do I ...
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Keeping washing machine lines warm in a cold garage

A month or two ago I installed a washer in my uninsulated garage. Now that we're getting some very cold weather coming up I'm worried about the rubber water lines freezing. I did put some foam ...

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