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mounting a hand held shower bracket to drywall

I need to mount a vertical rod that will hold a handheld shower head. There are two brackets. The lower one will go into the fiberglass shower stall. No sheet rock behind it, no stud. The water ...
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Can VCT Tiles be applied directly over vinyl sheet flooring?

The current bathroom floor has intact sheet vinyl, and we want to put checkerboard VCT tile down. Can the tiles be glued directly over the top of the sheet vinyl or do they need to be directly glued ...
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Can we apply formica directly to bare sheetrock?

Can Formica be applied directly to bare sheetrock? If it can, which adhesive is best to use? We want to apply it to the walls around a toilet in an unfinished basement setting.
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How can I repurpose this futon? (pictures attached) [on hold]

I have a futon that I don't want anymore. The wood looks nice enough that I would like to use it to build something else and I'm looking for ideas.
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Can I use existing telephone wire as a pull for new cables?

I am moving into a new home shortly, built in the '90's, and it has telephone jacks with POTS wiring that I do not plan on using. Ideally, I would love to run twisted pair cabling where the telephone ...
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Help wiring a 3 switch box in my bathroom

I have a 3 switch box and the bottom switch that controls the heater was broken so I replaced it and I can't remember how to wire it, tried 10-15 combinations and it still doesn't work, not sure how. ...
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How can I clean the condenser coils on my Maytag freezer

The freezer part of the refrigerator in my kitchen is warm and I've come to realize the coils are quite dusty. But Maytag (and, I guess, Whirlpool) freezers don't have flat coils that I can easily ...
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Mirra Chair creaking/noisy on recline

[NOTE: this question is already answered, mods asked that I moved it off the workplace stackexchange] I have a new Herman Miller Mirra chair. I love it and do not want to return it, but it makes ...
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How does this 1 wire to 2 fixtures & 2 switches work? Is it safe?

I am cleaning up my basement and came across an open junction in a closet between 2 adjacent rooms; I will call them "paint room" and "radio room". I know open junctions are not good so after turning ...
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How should I install a digital timer?

I am attempting to replace a single pole light switch for the outside garage light with a digital timer as there no street lights. It is located in a two gang box which has another switch that ...
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What can I do about my deteriorating basement floor with a large hole that seems to go right through to clay?

We live in 90 year old house with an unfinished basement. I've been working on removing a lot of the crap that the previous owner did, and removing a lot of concrete debris. Then I ran into this ...
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4 way switch controls two outlets and one overhead light oppositely [on hold]

In my foyer I I have one three way switch for a light fixture at the top of the steps. There is another at the top of the steps. These work fine. I have a third switch that had two neutral and two ...
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LED lights with a dimmer stay dim and won't go bright again

I have a chandelier with five lamps. I brought an LED compatible dimmer and changed out the switch for the dimmer. I brought five dimable LED bulbs. The bulbs and dimmer worked for a little while, but ...
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1answer
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How to add a C wire to an old Lennox system

I'm trying to utilize a spare wire as my C wire for my new thermostat. A lot of what I've read online assumes you have these simple, lettered terminals in your furnace. However, that's not the case in ...
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concrete moisture

We bought a house a little over a yr ago. The old carport had been converted into a den,it had musty dirty carpet so we ripped it out. Big problem we live in West Tennessee high humidity. The room ...
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Dual relay motion sensor, only one relay active?

I have a bathroom with a fan and a light in it, the light is on one switch and the fan on another. Since the fan was an add on, they were put in a single gang box with two switches. I want to make ...
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Use Gap and crack sealant on the window sill

I have a small gap (2mm) under the window sill that is causing some draft to come inside the house. I have attempted to correct this using the Ge Silicone Caulk, but the draft continues to come in. ...
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Merge two ceiling light fixtures into one with two wall switches

I have two ceiling light fixtures on two separate wall switches that I would like to merge into one light fixture controlled by the two separate wall switches. Do I just make one of the wall ...
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Recommended loads for expansion plugs using different screw diameters

Standard expansion plugs S 8 (drill hole diameter d0 = 8 mm) are suitable for wood and chipboard screws with diameters from 4.5 mm to 6 mm. Using a wood screw with a diameter of 6 mm, the highest ...
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Why is half of my house without power with no flipped breakers?

The master bedroom and middle bedroom of my 3 bedroom mobile home is without power. None of the breakers have flipped. I even changed the breaker that controls that part of the house and my ceiling ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 ...
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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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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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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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