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What could be the source of an intermittent, unlocatable rotten egg smell?

This has happened a few times since I moved into my current house about a year ago; every once in a while, I'll get a faint, brief whiff of rotten egg smell that I am unable to locate. Then, after a ...
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Does the NEC limit the maximum size of junction boxes?

In this question, the OP has constructed a large junction box out of several extension boxes attached to a "regular" junction box: Is there any upper limit on the size of a junction box (either ...
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1answer
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Can I drill/rivet into my Fridge?

I would like to attach a clasp/latch to the side of my fridge/freezer, so that I can tell when it is closed at a glance, and to make closing it a concious effort. The fridge is from some time in the ...
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2answers
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Grounding subpanel to box - 'tap threads'

I've installed a subpanel and need to ground the grounding bar to the actual panel box. I was instructed to run a #6 jumper to a hole on the box, attach with a screw, making sure to 'tap threads'. ...
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1answer
8 views

what would make one light of two on one switch quit working [on hold]

I have 2 ceiling lights controlled by one switch. One of them quit working. What could be the cause?
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If my regular propane tank for the house runs out, can I use a BBQ tank as a temporary fix?

If my regular propane tank for the house runs out can I use a BBQ tank as a temporary fix? What will I need to do this?
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1answer
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What is this spongy grout?

I had a contractor do some tile work on my house and I noticed the grout is sort of spongy and soft. It doesn't feel like the grout around the rest of my tiles. Anyone know what this could be? Is ...
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Connecting three wire dimmer switch (black, black, green) to four-wire cable (red, white, black, ground)

I have a cable with four wires (red, black, white and ground) coming into my switch box from the ceiling light in my dining room. I am connecting a three-wire dimmer switch (two black and a green ...
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0answers
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How can I protect my hardwood floors without sanding and refinishing?

At some point, I do plan to sand down my hardwood floors and refinish them in my 100 year old home. However, It's a 100 year old home. There is no subfloor, the hardwood is installed right on the ...
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Changing sconce from flourescent to halogen

The new sconce has two black wires and ground. Can it be used in existing location which has one black and one white wire?
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2answers
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Can I use conduit to ground an antenna?

I have an HD antenna mounted to a storage shed, not even as high as the house roof. It's close to where the electrical service enters the house. There's no ground rod in sight. (House built in 1971.) ...
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2answers
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how critical are distances between studs?

I'm in the process of finishing my basement (east-central Minnesota, US). So far, I've put up a couple of wood stud walls... non-load bearing, simple partition walls. One one of these walls, the ...
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2answers
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after sealing the chimney, fireplace still not insulated

I found a way to use a large chimney balloon and pretty much block all downdraft. Sadly, the fireplace and hearth are still very cold, and it sucks heat out of the surrounding floor too. Perhaps the ...
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0answers
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Can i replace the existing screed on concrete slab with floor insulation and electric underfloor heating?

Can i replace the existing screed on concrete slab with floor insulation and electric underfloor heating ? Standard screed thichness is something like 50 mm to 80 mm or so. My idea is to replace the ...
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looking for a flat plastic shower caddy shelf** [on hold]

Never done this before but am looking for a plastic shower shelf but cannot seem to find one anywhere only glass or baskets the one I have is a flat shelf with a rim it is 20inches long and 4inches ...
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0answers
18 views

How would I go about building a movable-arm keyboard & mouse tray?

Strain injuries are the blight of the programmer. I've just ordered an ergonomic desk chair. However, if I am sitting back with my keyboard/mouse on my desk, I think this is going to still cause ...
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0answers
36 views

Coast 3-way — does this conform with Code?

For those who aren't familiar, the California or Coast 3-way switching arrangement is a method of wiring a three-way switch circuit that is used when both a switched and an unswitched hot are desired ...
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4answers
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Should I proactively replace old GFCI outlets?

The way I understand this page about GFCI outlets: (a) GFCI outlets can fail after about 10 years, making them unable to detect faults, (b) when outlets made after 2006 fail, they shut off power ...
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0answers
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Does anyone have experience refacing/resurfacing a bathroom sink?

One of our rentals has a very surface-damaged bathroom sink (circa 1940) that is built in to a tiled countertop ~ removing the sink poses too many concerns, not the least of which is damage to the ...
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1answer
36 views

Problems with GFI outlets recently installed

I had 3 GFI outlets installed recently in my home in by a contractor and now have some lights that do not work at all. The contractor put one in my kitchen, one in my 2nd floor bathroom and one in ...
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0answers
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Decorating questions. What color for door hinges, knobs, faucets? Can I spray paint hinges? [on hold]

We're preparing to sell a 15-yr-old, middle-class home in a nice subdivision. I'm told the brass needs to go. First, what color is preferable - silver, chrome, brushed nickel, other? Most hinges are ...
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1answer
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switching half an outlet

gregmac's terrific, detailed replies here prompt a question for me. I have a switch mid-circuit that will control half of the next outlet downstream. There is one more outlet after that one, and it's ...
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0answers
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Can a gas safety check be carried out when the boiler will not light?

My gas safety check is due and my landlord has said it has to be done on Saturday I've had issues with the boiler not lighting for a long time, but usually if it is left for a while it will ...
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1answer
370 views

Does a plumbing vent need to penetrate the roof? (Can it penetrate a wall?)

We're going to move our washer/dryer to the garage (the front loader needs to sit on concrete to keep it from shaking our house to the ground). I'll need to add a washer drain to the garage for the ...
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0answers
15 views

basement washer [on hold]

I want to install a washing machine in a drainless basement using a jet pump to move the waste water into a 1 1/2" drain located above the 8' ceiling. The pump would be turned on by a pressure switch ...
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2answers
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Which is better: UPS or Voltage stablizer in terms of power fluctuations

I am renovating my showroom and, already having a old voltage stablizer, my question is which is better: UPS or voltage stablizer, in terms of voltage fluctuations?
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How can I salvage the walls after painting over wallpaper?

So I moved into our house and the lady before me had faux finished the walls. I used latex paint and painted over everything. Ah, a fresh coat of paint.... NOPE! Well, she had painted over wallpaper ...
2
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1answer
49 views

Does adding a disconnect box below the meter mean that my service panel is now a subpanel?

I don't understand the bonding at my main disconnect. My problem is that my main panel in the house was wired OK with the neutral bonded to ground. The power company added a disconnect box below the ...
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2answers
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How do I reduce the noise from my forced air furnace?

We recently had a new forced air furnace and return installed. The unit works great, but the return (which is in an adjacent closet to the furnace closet) is quite loud. What are some solutions I can ...
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5answers
125 views

Would it make sense to have a bathroom without a sink?

I had this idea to maximize the amount of space in my small bathroom, to redo it and the kitchen in one go, put the kitchen sink next to the bathroom, and skip the bathroom sink. A quick internet ...
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0answers
35 views

How to make something thick out of carbon fiber? [on hold]

I apologize if this is the wrong sub-exchange but I couldnt find anything closer to a "maker" SE. :/ I am looking to make something thick out of carbon fiber (like my own version of a KeySmart or ...
2
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1answer
64 views

Receptacle connection with aluminum wiring?

I recently purchased a home that has some aluminum wiring. The previous owner decided to "upgrade" the receptacles to make it "safer" for me and my family; these changes were made after the general ...
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0answers
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Vermont Castings propane stove flame is normal then “explodes” then goes back to normal

My Vermont Castings Propane stove was working fine yesterday. Today when it goes on, the flame is fine, then it bursts to a large flame for a second and then returns to the normal flame. Then it ...
0
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1answer
24 views

can I combine electrical cords and their dimmeers?

I have three identical floor lamps grouped together. Each came with its own cord and slide dimmer on the cord. I would like to combine the three cords and have them all run on the same in cord ...
4
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1answer
58 views

Why do fire extinguishers lose pressure over time?

We have a lot of fire extinguishers we're using in our company, and I'm wondering why fire extinguishers become depressurized even they're not being used, just on standby. I want to know why it's ...
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3answers
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Does there exist such a thing as mini-scaffold?

I'm looking to create an anti-RSI workstation. Something like: (only that particular one happens to be a scam called NEThrone) Only what I have in mind is hacking together something using maybe a ...
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2answers
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Will dark gutters stay ice free better than light colored gutters?

There is a good answer at the related question What are the pros and cons of installing a roof heating cable? about ice dams and such. I have a dark colored roof and I have dark colored leaf covers ...
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/Building a lower deck with existing footings

I have a walkout and want to build a deck. How can I incorporate the existing footings from the above deck into my design?
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Toaster and Kettle cause my green power board to trigger

I had my computer connected to a green power board. The computer itself is on the master port and the screen, speakers, etc are on the slave ports. When the master port drops below 5 W, ie. when the ...
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0answers
24 views

Rangehood fan direction and configuration

I have a TurboAir K801 Twin rangehood installed in kitchen. It has two fans, right one blows in and left blows out. Is it by design? Can I make both of fans to blow out as the unit is vented ...
2
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1answer
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dripping water from the shower area

Just moved into our new rented apartment and having trouble keeping the water from dripping out the bath tub area. the side of the shower curtain that is closer to the shower head is okay as we have ...
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0answers
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Why won't my outdoor patio propane heater light?

No propane is coming out and we did replace the valve from the tank. Any idea why it will not light?
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1answer
18 views

where can I send a backyard soil sample for lead testing?

Does anyone have links for a lead soil testing lab? I live in Oakland California in an old house that certainly had/has lead paint. I'm concerned about possible lead levels in the backyard soil. ...
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2answers
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Second floor radiators only heat with all other radiators off

I have 2 rads on the second floor that will get hot water flow only when I stop all flow to the other rads on the system. Even then, the flow is very low. I have had this system for 10 years and ...
0
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3answers
79 views

Want to add outlet to bathroom

I have a bathroom with only a light switch and no outlets. The wiring is old so there are no ground wires. Can I put an outlet on that circuit and if so, should it be a GFCI?
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1answer
61 views

Can I use a jumper from existing light switch to get power to 5 new lights?

I want to add 5 ceiling can lights. Can i use a jumper wire to jump from existing light switch to get power to new switch for can lights?
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Buying used heat pump/AC

I'm planning to buy and install a used heat pump/AC at some point in the near future (probably looking for sellers on Craigslist or similar), and want to know what I should look for to know if the ...
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0answers
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Is it worth it to repair a twelve year old refrigerator? [on hold]

My Whirlpool side-by-side refrigerator has stopped keeping cold on both sides. Is it worth repairing?
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2answers
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Will a Toto Eco-Drake toilet with a 12“ rough-in fit my 10.75” rough-in?

My bathroom has a 10 3/4" rough-in and the currently-installed toilet needs to be replaced. Some research has let me to learn that the Toto Eco-Drake line of toilets that specify 12" rough-ins can be ...
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0answers
16 views

Why is my washing machine drain overflowing?

My washer drain pipe flows over, even though i've put a hose down the drain pipe on full blast and it flows freely. Why is it still running over?

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