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Replacing moen moentrol shower trim

I have two showers that are back to back, making accessing the valves extraordinarily difficult (no closet or access behind them). So, I don't really want to get into the business of replacing the ...
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New garage door opener, can't push door down, rail buckles up instead

I've installed a new garage door opener after my old one just stopped working. It's a Genie PowerMax 1200 I followed the instructions to a Tee. I have a solid door instead of a paneled door, so I ...
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Is there a danger of back flow from water heater while replacing a saddle valve?

We have a leaky saddle valve feeding our humidifier. We eventually want to get a real valve installed, but for now are looking for a cheap near-term solution. Here is my concern: the original ...
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Christmas lights haunting me

Every year I do Christmas lights I run into the same issue over and over...and I'm just tired of it! :(...It's probably due to the fact that I am electricity stupid - I just don't know enough about ...
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how to connect 2 led strips

I want to buy 2 of this 5 Meter led strips to make a 10M-run; what power supply do I need to have to avoid voltdrop ? what controller do I need? how to connect those 2 led strips? thanks the product: ...
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How to temporarily cover mould/damp wall(dried) from gassing toxins?

I had a dampness appear in a corner of one of my rooms. I wasn't using the room so its been months now and it has become dry. However the damage is visible and it is still gassing off toxins. ...
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What are code regulations for stairs off exterior french doors

Do the stair off my frecnh doors need to be the width of both doors or can they be just the width of the most used side?
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Am I at risk of damaging my above ground pool if I didn't drain it enough for winter?

I didn't drain my above ground metal frame pool enough. With the huge amount of rain lately and the freezing temperature, I have a tick sheet of ice right where the first hole (filter in) is. The ice ...
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Retractable Steel Swing for Elderly Father

I have a question about a swing I'm trying to make for my dad and I needed to know what type of material (metal) is optimum and the best way to go about this. Basic Layout I know I want the seat to ...
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Can you install grouted floor tile over padding?

Can you install floor tile over padding? The floor tile is standard tile that will require grouting. I'm concerned the tile and/or grouting will crack due to the padding. The purpose of the padding ...
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How should I connect a grounding wire from a device to this box?

I'm replacing this simple 2-connector light switch with a 4-wire dimmer. The 2 new wires present on the dimmer are neutral and ground, and only neutral has an obvious home. The box has no visible ...
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How wide can a sliding door be open, before it becomes a security risk?

I have a sliding door in my bedroom that I would like to put a deadbolt in and have it left open at night to let a breeze in, but I don't want anyone to be able to get in while I'm asleep. Is there a ...
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Ceiling Light Wiring Confusion

I replaced two sockets in my dated pantry pull chain ceiling light. I tried to put it all back together but blew a fuse. Each new socket has one white & one black wire, the newly installed pull ...
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My water heater pilot turns off after about an hour

I light the pilot on my water heater, turn the knob to on and the burner ignites and heats water. When the burner shuts off, the pilot light goes out. About two years ago the water line above the ...
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Water heater refuses to light after power outage

I have an AO Smith FPSH 40 252 High-Efficiency gas water heater, about 14 years old. Today we had a power outage due to high winds and when the power came back on, the heater refuses to ignite. The ...
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Mount Gas Oven Range

When we had the inspection done on the house we purchased, the inspector told us the oven range (a gas range/oven combo that sits on the ground against the wall) needed to be mounted to the wall. ...
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Why is there increased dryer motor hum while powered by a generator?

We have an off grid home, solar powered 120v. While running the home on the backup generator (also charging batteries), the drum motor on the propane dryer has an increasing noise, then gets to a ...
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Can a 61-lb speaker sit on a shelf screwed to pine wood paneling mounted directly over masonry?

I'm trying to create more room for guests. If I raise my speakers up, that's 2 more people. But they are 61-pound speakers, and would injure someone if they fell. [So, while not important for ...
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Can I put a thermostat on my wood burning furnace?

I have a wood burning furnace with its own blower. I would like to control the blower with a thermostat. Is it possible? The unit has a limit switch.
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What could cause my bathroom exhaust fan to stop working?

I've got a Vent fan with heater in the bathroom, and recently the vent fan stopped working while the heater worked fine. Thinking this might be just a bad switch issues, I took the cover plate off the ...
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Prefab fireplace combustion air inlet question

I have Majestic fireplace insert, manufactured probably about 20 years ago. I cannot identify the model, but it looks at least similar to the Biltmore one. It seems that there is an outside combustion ...
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How can I extend a circuit so I can plug in my under cabinet lighting?

I am replacing halogen under cabinet puck lighting to LED. The old system was hardwired right into a switch with a power source that was starting to make noise so I thought I would replace the whole ...
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Is it OK to Pressure Wash Brick

I have a brick house and the bricks have what looks like mortar and paint marks on the brick. I believe they call this a messy mortar look. I do not like this, but I am wondering if I can have the ...
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Should I be concerned about power leakage through a Z-wave switch?

I have wired my LED Christmas lights on my front porch through a light fixture adapter. Also, I just replaced the light switch with a remote z-wave switch. When the light switch is off, the lights ...
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Mounting a 32" LED TV to Dry Wall without Stud Support

We're looking into mounting our current TV on the wall in the bedroom, however we've hit a minor snag, it appears there's no stud in the area where the TV would be mounted. I've searched the wall ...
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Is there a reason not to connect the ground wire to a chandelier?

So, I am replacing the insides of a chandelier, but now I dont understand why the person who installed it would leave the ground wire hanging without being connected. I can see a ground wire taped ...
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Mounting Full Motion Mount on a Single Stud

I've seen this question regarding a sheet metal stud, but my plan and situation are a bit different. I am curious if ananyone thinks this sounds secure: I have a full motion flat screen wall mount ...
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Paint drying time around doors and windows that have condensation

I am currently redecorating the hallway and stairs and at the front door and landing window we get quite a heavy amount of condensation build up around them. When painting I have noticed that the ...
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Fire proofing walls with Aluminum Foil Tape

I am currently trying to fire proof my reptile room which consists of racks that are ran with heat cable. I'm worried that a rodent may chew through the heat cable and cause a fire. I'm looking to ...
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Removing a leftover oil-burner safety switch?

When I converted from oil to gas heat, the contractors left the remote "emergency off" switch in the circuit. I've since been told that these are explicitly Not Recommended for gas furnaces. Is that ...
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Gable venting a bathroom fan and kitchen range hood

I am planning on venting my bathroom fan and the range hood in my kitchen out the gable end of my house in separate runs. The gable end is above a gable roof, so I am hoping for some recommendations ...
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Can I use Eneloop batteries in my thermostat?

I have this LuxPro thermostat http://www.luxproproducts.com/pdfs/spec_pdfs/PSD010Bc_NL_ENG_Manual.pdf There's a warning in the very first section that says to use only Duracell or Energizer Alkaline ...
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How do I widen a hole in my porcelain kitchen sink?

My faucet recently broke, so I replaced it with a new faucet and sprayer. To put in the sprayer, we removed the dishwasher air gap - with predictable results. I've replaced the air gap in its hole. ...
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Is it normal for uPVC window shutters to be pre-fitted to the frame at the factory or not? [on hold]

I recently had some uPVC windows installed at home in South Bombay (Mumbai), India. It was not a positive experience. The people who manufactured and installed it were Deceuninck fabricators based in ...
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Heat radiators not all working

I am new to this place and looking for help. Just feel that I wanna try to fix my heat system by myself rather than waiting for (really sucking) pes&g guys. Repairmen came days ago and was ...
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heater won't stop heating [on hold]

I just changed my thermostat because my heater will not stop blowing past the assigned temp. if I set for 72 degrees I will come back twenty minutes later and it is 80. New thermostatplaced today. ...
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Shower periodically loses hot water, and then the bath faucet will be scalding

I am in a 3 story apartment building with roughly 20 units. Periodically while taking a shower the water will suddenly lose heat and become ice cold. I chalked this up to lack of hot water coming ...
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Mount metal letters to a wall so that they are removable

I have to mount some metal letters to a concrete wall. Until now the plan was to ad pins to the letters and glue them into the wall. This would have required making some holes in the wall. Now the ...
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How to correct possible subfloor l/360 deflection under live load, when basement below is finished

Installing porcelain planks 6"x 36" with 11mm thickness, in main floor Living room that was previously carpeted. House is 2 story town, 13yrs old. Room size across W 18' x Length joist span of ...
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Remove tile, or not when changing from range vent to a microhood?

I have a tiled wall behind my electric range. Ceramic tile extends up to, but not behind, the existing Whirlpool non-vented range hood. I want to remove the range hood and replace it with a microhood. ...
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Running power from existing junction box on house for replacement shed which is a steel shipping container

Grey pvc already 18" underground. I have three #6 ready to pull. The junction box contains romex 2 blacks and 1 uninsulated all #6. The breaker from the main is 60 amps. Will have washer and dryer and ...
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Can I install wood stair treads over old Linoleum

Installing maple tread and riser kits into my bi-level home. The stairs currently have linoleum on them. The lino peals up easy leaving a the paper glue layer on the stairs. Can I install the solid ...
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How do I replace the toilet shutoff valve?

Since the shutoff valve is leaking (the packing inside is worn), I'd like to replace it. Is the valve soldered onto the supply pipe, or is it a threaded connection?
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Can rigid foam board have an air space between it and rim joist?

I am insulating my rim joists with 2" rigid foam board. Most of the rim joist is bare, and the foam fits along it nicely. Some sill boxes have some small irregularities (vent pipes, plumbing, etc) ...
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Tape or corner bead where Hardi meets Drywall?

I need to finish the outside corner above the shower alcove. The shower ceiling is hardibacker and the wall outside the shower is drywall. Where these two meet, what is the proper way to finish it so ...
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Tub hot water is fluxuating between hot and cold

Our bathtub just started behaving odd. It has worked fine until today. We have two handles, one hot the other cold. Even when we only turn the hot on without turning the cold on the water will ...
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Can I move second-floor duct-work from the floor to the attic

I have a two story home that sits on a slab. There is some duct work that runs through the slab. I have some duct work that runs through the ceilings of the first-floor and points towards the floor of ...
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Bathtub jaccuzi needs repair

Does anyone have a recommendation for a service company to repair an Aquatics Infinity Jacuzzi Tub? The carpet in my master closet was wet, so a restoration company cut a hole into my closet wall, ...
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Voltage issues in household circuit

I have a series of three household receptacles through which i am getting maybe 20 volts. All other receptacle in the room on other circuits have normal voltage. I replaced the breaker and tightened ...
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which layer of rigid foam should i caulk when insulating rim joist?

I am insulating my rim joists with rigid foam board in a manner similar to that described on the familyhandyman's website. I am considering adding a second layer of foam board to get closer to the ...

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