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installed dimmer switches, and now only half box works and can't get them to turn on [closed]

Yes I know this is stupid, but I put in two dimmers (3way) to controll the same set of recessed lights, instead of a master slave setup, and it worked for a short while, but now it doesn't. I replaced ...
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How bad is the seam on my quartz kitchen countertops?

How bad is this seam on my quartz kitchen countertops? I am not sure if this is normal or how bad this is. I know there is usually a seam but this seems a little big to me.
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Tips and tricks to installing cabinet doors and mounting hinges

What are some tips to installing cabinet doors and hinges so that they are positioned correctly and look good? I've been to some showrooms (IKEA) where the doors look slightly crooked or they don't ...
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Standard Grade and Curb Height for ADA Compliant Shower Floor

I am managing replacement of a bathtub with a walk in shower for my mother in her condo. The HOA is demanding a shower grade of 1 inch per foot which seems far to steep for a person with disabilities. ...
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How to secure switch box flush with wall surface

Today I removed all the outlet covers in my home, and when I got to my bedroom light switch I noticed there was all this wood surrounding the switch itself. I tore that off as well, and after I did so ...
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Is installing a tankless water heater outside a good idea?

We currently have a gas water heater in our laundry room (part of a converted garage, on slab). The hot water and gas are (obviously) running to it with no problem. When I was getting a quote for a ...
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Well water issue!

Well is located a distance from house. It was mentioned to save on cost builder was considering running water lines and electric lines together in the same conduit to house. Is this safe?
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Can a toilet be properly installed without a flange?

Someone put a toilet in for me, he used different bolts than came with the toilet because he said the bolts that came with the toilet wouldn't work. He said the floor was rotting but he needed to get ...
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What type of substrate should I use to install pavers over an existing poured slab patio

I'm going to be putting pavers over an old slab patio. The current patio has settled and spalled, so I'm looking to pitch the paver patio in such a way that it drains as the original slabs did. In ...
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Is it necessary to cement down parimeter pavers when laying a paver patio [duplicate]

I'm going to be installing a paver patio over an existing poured slap patio. it is surrounded on two sides by brick wall, and a third side by pressure treat wood ( the side of a house build on ...
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Can I glue two 1“ solid oak treads to make one 2” tread?

I am licensed floor contractor in the state of California. I am installing solid oak treads in open steps in stairs 2"x12"x43", because open steps over 39" wide must be over 1 1/2" thick. But, 2" ...
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Water pipe extension to livestock corrals

I have horses and sheep that live about 100 feet from the main house/ outside water faucet. We want to install a pipe that allows access to the water down at the corrals, what sort of things should I ...
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Does this kitchen faucet fit with this sink?

I bought a kitchen sink and kitchen faucet. (Links are in a text file at this location because I'm not allowed to post more than 2 links.) https://www.dropbox.com/sh/zq4kbe5baavaodb/...
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Philips Ceiling LED Light 33369 6500k Flash Once When Switch Off

I have recently purchased Philips Ceiling LED light together with the fixture to replace my bathroom light. I notice when I switch off the light, the LED will turn off and on (flash once) and stay off....
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fireplace door and stone veneer over brick fireplace

Do you install fireplace door before laying stone veneer or after the fact? Suppose you do it "BEFORE", then the installation is clear, you just screw that metal frame to the bricks from inside. Here ...
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Laminate Hardwood floor installation

I am installing a laminate hardwood floor. When I hung my drywall I left a half inch gap off the concrete to allow my flooring room to go under the drywall to cover. My question is, how do I allow ...
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Mounting Cast Iron Brackets

I have a cast iron bracket to hang on a 4 x 4 wood post. The bracket weighs about 7 pounds and will extend out about 17 inches and the part that will be screwed into the post is 9" long and has 3 ...
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How much expansion space is need for solid oak flooring?

I have purchased Bruce 3/4" solid oak flooring and I am looking for some guidance with respect to expansion space. This is standard tongue and groove flooring that will be nailed down. This is also ...
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Laundry box and water hammer arrestor

I am trying to install my new washer & dryer combo. There are a few things that I am not sure since plumbing hardware and markings are a bit different in the US compared to once I used in Russia. ...
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Can I install a hardwood floor in the kitchen?

I don't know if I can install a hardwood floor in my kitchen. What would you recommend ? Thank you so much Camille
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Advantages to quotes from Lowe's/Home Depot vs direct from contractors?

I am looking to have vinyl siding installed on my home. Are there any advantages to getting a quote from Lowe's or Home Depot instead of contacting contractors directly? It seems that this is just ...
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Faucet supposed to stick out this far?

A local plumbing company installed my tub/shower. In my uneducated opinion, this faucet doesn't look right and seems to be sticking too far out. Should it look like this? I don't want to be overly ...
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Power Box Installation Code [closed]

House being built has had the power box installed on bedroom wall EXACTLY where the occupants bed will be situated. Just plaster sheet between the power unit and persons heads! Is this legal? What are ...
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Shower surround - does it need adhesive?

I just had a plumbing company over to install a tub and shower surround. I noticed when showering that the walls all bounce against the studs if you touch them. Not sure if that's normal, I looked ...
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How to deal with a thick wire in a mounting nipples for a chandelier?

I have a chandelier that came with a very thick insulation on the wires which were intended for use as a plugged in lamp. I am installing it as a chandelier, and it came with the mounting hardware, ...
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Wood laminate floor wont snap together can I just nail it down

I bought a whole lot of this snap together wood flooring, thinking I would just snap it together and be done. The store was closing out all different styles and colors. I was going to just mix and ...
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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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Are these doors installed correctly, and are they secure as they are?

I hired a contractor to install 2 prehung fiberglass exterior doors in my home and I'm not sure if he measured incorrectly, but both doors have at least 1-1.25" of gap space on the sides between the ...
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How far from the wall should I put the toilet flange?

I'm installing a new toilet and I'd like to know how far from the back wall I should install the flange. I think that 12" is recommended, but I see that lot are installed closer. Sometimes as close ...
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How to install crown molding to ceiling only

I live near a bog. Our house heaves in the winter - BAD. We get large horizontal cracks along ceiling. We thought of ceiling molding to cover it but continue to read "nail to wall studs". Well that ...
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How do I hang a plate rack?

I am making a plate shelf 79" by 19"for my wife. Instructions say to use figure 8 fasteners to mount the shelf. I have never heard of these and would like to know the best way to mount the shelf ...
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Why doesn't the wall switch function after installing a ceiling fan with remote?

I've just installed a ceiling fan and light with remote controller in place of a light. I used exactly the same roof wires to input into the fan. The fan and light work correctly but the wall switch ...
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How to install timer on 3-gang switch

I am a newbie to tackling electrical projects and need some help. Thanks in advance! I am trying to install a Defiant digital timer for my garage flood light. The garage light switch is just inside ...
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How to install new outdoor motion sensing light [closed]

I have a new home which does not have any sort of outdoor lights for now. I want to install motion sensing lights on 2 of the exterior walls. I got a quote from an electrical contractor but he is ...
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Can I use the unused brown wiring for my old thermostat for Nest Thermostat’s advantage? [duplicate]

Here are the images I figured out all the other connections as W/W1, Y/Y2, G, R & C but the brown wire is not connected to anything. What could that be for? Edit: From this answer I figured it ...
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What are expansion joint requirements for magnesium oxide wallboards?

I was asked to get some information concerning installing magnesium oxide wallboards. It's a material I just got to know and never worked with, so I want to learn what are requirements for installing ...
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3 black wires and 3 white wires

I am currently trying to install a light fixture and I'm really confused, I've never seen wiring like this before and I'm not sure what goes where. There are 6 wires in total, 3 black and 3 white. 2 ...
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What do I need in order to install under cabinet lights?

I want to install hardwired, under-cabinet lighting, but I need some guidance on what kind of devices (transformers/drivers/adapters) I need to complete the project. I know very little about ...
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Using groun wire as nuetral wire with 240v circuit

I used the grounding wire within a10/2 UF wire as the neutral wire from a 120/240v 30a outlet to a nuetral/ground bar in the circuit box. The wires are protected from corrosion since the wire is ...
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Metal doors, Mortise locks, and … mobile liner?

Spent last night retrofitting a fancy electronic combination lock on a metal door for the first time, and encountered something I don't understand. The door has previously had another mortise lock, ...
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What are reasonable expectations for LVP floor installation?

TLDR; What should a quality LVP floor installation feel like? Is it reasonable to have few barely noticeable soft spots? or should entire floor feel consistently solid through the entire area? I had ...
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PERGO Locking Hardwood Flooring in wet areas? [duplicate]

Can I install PERGO Locking Hardwood Flooring in wet areas?
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I need help identifying hot and neutral feed wires for sub panel installation

I am installing a sub panel in my garage this weekend. The previous owner had a subpanel in the same location, but when they moved they took the panel with them. The wires from the mains panel in ...
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TV Fixings - 40" LED fitted to drywall using one metal stud and snaptoggles is it safe?

My son has just fitted my new 40" LED TV to drywall. He did attach a board to the drywall but when he purchased the board he had assumed the metal studs were 18" apart not 24" so only bought a 20" ...
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Is an HVAC license required for DIY home owner AC installation in the State of Georgia?

Does anybody know for certain if in the State of Georgia, an HVAC ("conditioned air") license is required in order for a homeowner to install their own HVAC system?
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What can I do with vinyl tile where the floor edge is open, like at a descending staircase?

I'm thinking of installing vinyl tile in one floor of my house, but I have two places where the floor does not meet a wall, for example, where a staircase begins to descend. What sort of elegant ...
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mounting 60 inch TV with steel plates?

Mounting a 60 inch TV where studs are 22inches apart. Can I use 2 steel plates that are each 48 x 1 1/4 x 1/8 inch thick and then bolt them to my bracket and to the wall studs at each end and one ...
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Installing one piece stand alone shower

I am installing a shower, I ripped out all the previous sheet rock and cleaned up the wood then I put up hardie board my question now,is that my standalone shower is flush with the hardy board how do ...
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Electrical engineering background, can I do electrical work on my house

OK Folks, some introduction. I wasn't born in the US, I come from the underdeveloped world, where due to lack of resources it was usual to have a pair of bare wires acting as a light switch (seriously!...
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Tile over Luan which is glued to a cement floor

Can tile be laid over luan that is glued to a cement floor? WE are updating a second kitchen and bath. pulled up the origianl vinyl sheet lino. Luan is in excellent condition and glued tightly to ...