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electronic air cleaners 24v terminals

I have a Goodman GKS90904CX furnace and looking to install an Electro Breeze Air Cleaner. The air cleaner needs an R and C 24v terminal for power or a power outlet with the supplied transformer. I ...
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Concrete foundation repair

My home home was built in 1914 (Portland, Oregon). In 1948, the house was moved 200 feet to its current location. The 750 square foot house has a concrete basement with a concrete floor. The concrete ...
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Painting around newly hung doors

I just replaced my old doors with some new pre-hung ones. Taking out the old ones ripped some of the thick paint off. Also, in some cases, the new trim doesn't reach to where the old trim was, so ...
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Do natural gas furnaces have internal breakers?

I rent a house with a natural gas furnace. The furnace was not working at the beginning of this winter and so we called the landlord to fix it. The landlord hired a repair man who came and noticed ...
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Lego table plywood width

I'm looking to make a 40" by 28" table for a six year old. I would like to use 1/2" plywood for the top and for two shelving units attached below. Those shelving units will also serve as the front two ...
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Front Door - Sound after closing it

I just moved into a flat and the front door has been bothering me. When I close the door, around 3-5 seconds later I hear a loud clicking/popping sound. It's like a lock moving into place or ...
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Pex tubing has residue - reducing pressure

I have a pex plumbing system that has been slowly clogging / losing pressure. Our sulphur treatment system injects peroxide into the pressure tank then flows upstairs to the filter system. The ...
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Securing inadequate/leaning deck supports

I am in the process of buying a house. The home inspector noted problems with the deck, most significantly "leaning posts." What would be required to get those 4x4 supports adequately secured to ...
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wiring a 2 pole diimer switch

I have 2 black and 2 red wires from the gang box on a 220V 7 amp exhaust fan. The new switch has 2 black wires and the ground. How do I wire the new switch?
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Help needed to calculate the R value of a brick veneer wall (house built in 1958)?

I live in a house that was built in 1958. I am looking for the R value of my brick veneer walls. For that I would need to know how the wall was built (there should be the brick, some sheating, ...
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How should I hook up my generator to a manual transfer switch?

I have a couple of questions about hooking up a generator to a manual transfer switch and I'm really hoping somebody with knowledge can help guide me here. The idea is I will have an exterior ...
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I need a blue print or measurements on how to build a barn roof

I am building a 16'x 16' shed and would like to get a blue print or mesuements on how to build a barn roof on the 16' shed
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Is it okay that the earth wire is exposed when installing an outdoor security light?

I have just installed an outdoor security light with a junction box I bought (weatherproof). I wired the old red source wire to the new brown, old black source wire to the new blue in the terminal ...
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train xl 80 unit fires up then shuts right off

i have a train xl80 furnace. When it calls for heat the draft inducer fan turns on and then the burner fires up for a short time then shuts off then it starts all over again.I am thinking its the ...
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Neighbour left ladder tied to roof [on hold]

My neighbour did some roof work 4 months ago and has left a ladder section on the roof, it's tied at the top round chimney stack and the bottom of ladder is tied around guttering. We are exposed to ...
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Dripping sound behind the walls

We have the problem with the dripping sound. Whenever we turn on the hot or cold water on in bathroom on the first or second floor, we can hear the dripping sound behind the wall. Usually lasts 5 min ...
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Should there be nylon seals between a basin and taps?

I have just had a new bathroom installed and the plumber has not put any rubber or nylon seals between the basin and bath taps that are placed on ceramic fixtures. Should there be seals between ?
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Installing a ceiling light with screw holes that don't match the ceiling bracket

I want to install an IKEA Calypso ceiling light. The screw holes in my ceiling measure 7 cm across. The screw holes on the light differ - they measure 9 cm across. How would I screw in the light if ...
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What is this cylinder looking thing in the drain line?

The house is 1950. There is a round cylinder in the drain line with a cap. under the floor is where it is located. What is this called and can I get it out of the drain system?
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How should I wire an exterior light where there's a load bearing post in the way?

I'd like to put an exterior light fixture between my two garage doors. The spot where it "belongs" has a post made of six (!) sistered 2x4s in the wall (presumably supporting the headers for the ...
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Waste pipe connector identification

I've purchased a dishwasher supposedly with exact same dimensions as the previous however swapping out hasn't been as straightforward as I imagined. The issue is a waste pipe, ever so slightly in the ...
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Can I add another cable to this 3-gang electrical box?

I have a 3-gang metal (ca. 1980, three boxes with removable sides) electrical box that currently has 4 NM cables entering it; at least 3 of them are 12/3, the 4th is either 12/3 or 14/3. All four ...
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How to get rid of mold on drywall

This bedroom was converted from a garage attached to the house. There's some black mold where the bed used to be. What's the best way to get rid of it?
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Can I wire 3-way switches so that when they are both in the same orientation the light will be off?

I replaced my 3-way switches. Is it possible to have either switch shut the light off, by pulling down on the toggles Either switch does shut the light off, but then one toggle is up, and the other ...
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My water line won't disconnect from toilet

I'm trying to replace the bits inside my toilet. The water supply line in stuck where it goes into the toilet, The plastic connector seems "Glued" to the fill valve assembly. How can I get it off?
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Is it normal for there to be a small gap between toilet tank and wall?

We recently replaced the toilet in our bathroom and I'm noticing a gap between the tank and the wall. Example: Is this normal? Our last toilet tank was flush against the wall. My concern is ...
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Looking for a practical way to find the metal posts locations in finished walls

I am looking for a practical way to find metal posts location in a finished basement walls or finished ground floor walls. I am trying to understand how my house was built. I would like to remove a ...
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Installing gas logs using flex pipe

I want to install gas logs into existing fireplace. The crawl space is horrible. Years ago I ran galvanized 1.25" main piping from outside gas meter into garage where water heater, furnace, and dryer ...
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what is air permeability of silicone caulk?

What is the air permeability rating of silicone caulk? (say, GE Silicone II). I see that at building science there is a listing of various building materials and their permeability ratings, but it ...
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Fixing cracks in a cinder block wall

I have a wall that is cracking in a couple of places. Two important points: This wall is not part of a building, it's like a fence or property boundary wall, but it's made of blocks of some sort, ...
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Can i salvage this toilet flange?

Photo is below. The flange is about 7" OD. As you can see both slots where the closet bolts would go are broken. Can I salvage this flange somehow, instead of having to rip it out of concrete and ...
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Electric Range not heating bake or broiler elements

I own a Frigidaire ES510 (Model GLEFM397DQA) electric range that will not heat the bake or broiler elements. The bake and broiler elements have no visible signs of wear. The stove top operates ...
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Is circulate central heating going to keep my rooms warm or auto setting cenral heating? [on hold]

Is circulate central heating setting going to keep my rooms warm or auto setting on central heating? My kids rooms are freezing and they aren't on top of garages!!!
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USB wall outlet charger not working

By not working I mean even when installed in the simplest configuration, it does some sort of low power pulsating. It will cycle between charging and not charging a USB device every half second or so. ...
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Help wiring 1-pole switch + USB in single outlet

I have the two products below and I need them to go in a single gang box that used to be a simple 1-pole switch. Product pages: http://www.legrand.ca/adorne/select/switches/aspd1531w8.aspx ...
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WD 40 and oven screws

I had some oven screws that were holding my heating element that were rusted. I sprayed them with WD 40 and got the element replacement put in. I have wiped the area down. How long before I can use my ...
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How can I add a new light fixture off of a ceiling fan wired to two switches?

I have an existing ceiling fan rough in that is wired with 3 conductor wire to two switches, allowing the light and fan to be controlled independently. The fan that I installed however uses a ...
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How long can pressure-treated plywood be left wet?

I built a 12'x20' shed foundation on the Oregon coast last Summer. It is 3/4" pressure-treated Doug Fir plywood over P-T framing. The plywood was very wet when purchased and installed wet like most PT ...
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What shape/bends should a bathroom sink drain pipe have to generally comply with US code and avoid clogs?

Santa Cruz, CA, USA I think this question might be related to Under bathroom sink piping (exposed) but my question is more general so I decided to post it separately. I'm in the middle of a ...
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problem with hot water tank

My hot water tank has a lot of corrosion on both hot and cold water connections on the top of the tank. Also, it looks like the water is causing the top of the tank near an inlet it looks like the ...
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How to seal between sill plate and foundation wall with wide gap?

Here is a picture of the top of my uninsulated basement wall. The foundation is poured and from early 1970s. For orientation to the photo: the white in the lower left corner is the vertical face of ...
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How can I adjust a whole-house ventilation bathroom exhaust timer?

We have a home built in 2008 in west-central Minnesota. As a cost-saving (I perceive it as such, and may be mistaken) measure to fulfill air quality and venting code, the builder set up an upstairs ...
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Floor leveling layering

Leveling a floor in old house. Put down compound and is drying but there are some spots not level. Can we prime and put on another layer? Was recommended by flooring people to put the leveling ...
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Toilet Auger Failure (was: How do I remove a toilet auger?)

My toilet is suffering frequent clogs that could be cleared with a plunger, but recurs the next time we send anything down. So I went and got the fanciest toilet auger at Lowes, Cobra brand heavy ...
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Should I use a screw or anchor bolt to hold a metal box to the wall?

Which type of bolt is best for securing a metal box to a wall to prevent it being pulled away: Screw Bolt or Anchor Bolt? And by Screw Bolt I mean this: And by Anchor Bolt I mean this:
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Mitigating low frequency reverb in a bedroom

Outside my bedroom window, there is a store air conditioner which runs 24/7. It's noisy in general, but closing the window takes care of most higher frequencies. My issue is with a specific low ...
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1answer
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Why is this transformer in my garage?

I am moving into a house, and the previous owner doesn't know the answer. Up high in the corner of the garage, the drywall was cut out to install a small transformer. The input comes from a garage ...
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Need help replacing 2 switches, fan + light

I need some help. I want to replace the 2 old switches, fan + light, by 2 Leviton decora 1 way switches. I am confused by the wires (see attached pics), especially by the black one that goes from one ...
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How to make a switched outlet, half switched, half hot

In my garage I have an outlet in the ceiling that is fully controlled by a single switch due to a shop light being plugged into it. I would like to make half of that outlet always hot, so I can power ...
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Limit switch is good but no heat

I am getting a 4 blink indicator saying my limit switch is bad. I tested the switch and it is good. What else could it be?

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