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Turning water pump power switch on and off, is it problematic?

The issue: My expensive Grundfos water pump (used in kitchen sink) is broken. Basic troubleshooting seems to indicate that the switch (XGC2-88) which is triggered by a floating device is broken. ...
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What kind of repair do I need for water damage from second floor?

Last night, my second floor shower wouldn't turn off because the handle cartridge broke and water leaked from the shower handle opening to behind the shower walls and all the way down to the garage. ...
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What hinge is this and where can I buy them in the UK?

I need to replace 4 hinges on the doors on our summerhouse. I have checked in a local hardware store and also I checked in B&Q on the weekend but I couldn't see them in either. Does anyone know ...
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Ideas for bathroom vanity (made of melamine)

I have a plain white bathroom vanity - top , cupboards and drawers are white melamine. Looking to improve the look a bit, and keen on some opinions. Painting on top of melamine. Looking for a think ...
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Headphone works when shorted

My left headphone stopped working properly today. It works but when the cable changes it's position it stops. I opened it up and made continuity test for two poles and it seems that everything here ...
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Mechanised TV stand

I would like to create a Media Unit which has a TV that slides up and down within. I don't necessarily want it to be motorised as they seem quite expensive. I want to build it out of laminated wood ...
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Grounding requirements for main panel and subpanel

I recently had my main service professionally upgraded to 200A and had a 60A subpanel installed in my master suite to support future additions. All work passed city inspection, for whatever that's ...
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Difference in total pressure when HVAC system is on or off

This is a follow up question to one that I asked here. I am measuring the total pressure at the registers (all registers are open) with the BMP180 pressure sensor and somehow they don't change very ...
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What kind of blow torch to use for a stuck bolt

I'm trying to remove a tire from a lawn tractor and the bolt is stuck. I've tried all kinds of penetrating oils and an impact driver with no luck. A lot of websites recommend heating the bolt. What ...
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Photovoltaic installation: does it make sense (or is possible at all) to get a bigger inverter than the power output of the installed panels?

We are going to install a PV in our offices. Our actual needs would be satisfied by an installation of about 4kW, so that ~16 panels of 250W. It's going to be a central-inverter, grid-connected ...
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Dishwasher not getting power, found a burned connection. What now?

I have a countertop switch for my dishwasher that feeds into a terminal block in a lower cabinet. Finding a d/w that wouldn't turn on, I opened that box and found the appliance side of the block had a ...
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I need help removing a support beam

Hi my question is I have a support beam I want to replace the 8 support posts. And just put 2 at each end of the beam .so that I can open up the space . My question is can I use steel post or do I ...
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What will happen to the concrete I tint with latex paint?

Considering following the advice on pinterest to replace 1/4 of the water in some concrete with latex house paint to tint it. Wondering if anyone has done this and knows if this will actually affect ...
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Why does my outdoor AC unit make a screeching sound when it shuts off?

MY AC cools just fine. But when it cuts off, the loud screeching sound outside can be heard from far away. This only happens when the AC goes off. There are no other weird sounds, any other time. ...
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garage door button on the wall does not work but remote control does open and close garage door

My remote control opens & closes the garage door but the button on the wall does not work.
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Electrical wiring too short

Running three #4 wires 150' underground to a new barn. I ended up 12' short of the disconnect switch. is it okay to mount a weather proof junction box on the exterior wall of the barn and then ...
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1answer
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Raising an existing concrete floor

I have a sunroom with ceramic floor tile over a concrete slab. I have two steps down which are not to code. One is 9 inches deep and the second is 10 inches deep to the floor. I would need to raise ...
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1answer
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replaced recessed light w/ceiling fan, it seems I have to turn on at least one light to complete circuit

I replaced recessed can light w/ceiling fan, works great, if I want a recessed light on while ceiling fan is on. I do not. I need at least one working bulb in a socket it appears to complete circuit. ...
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Internal walls supported by rotten wood

We've an old house from 1890 and are replacing rotten and wood worm eaten beams and floors. But, whilst doing this we've found that the internal walls have been built on top of planks of wood placed ...
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Does an outdoor AC condenser unit (Heat Pump) require lubrication? Pic included

I have been in my house for 11 years now and every 3 or 4 years I have been taking the lid off my condenser unit and lubricating it. I just don’t know if I am even supposed to do this, but it make ...
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Adding insulation to exterior walls in wood frame house

My house is a wood frame, pier and beam, and built in 1885. It uses balloon framing (that is, bigger boards at wider spaces, mostly 4x4s at 24" spacing). Inside walls are drywall over 1/2 inch tongue ...
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How can I lift buckets of mortar to second floor?

I need to lift around 100-120 buckets of mortar to level the surface of two slabs (around 20 square meters). Besides raising each bucket pulling a rope up, is there any other (EASY) way of doing ...
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Allow downspout discharge to cross a sidewalk in a freezing climate?

I have two downspouts whose discharge I need to get past a sidewalk. Currently for each gutter, corrugated tubing is run underground, under the sidewalk, for approximately 20 feet where it discharges ...
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Strengthen repaired cable?

The other day, I accidentally cut the power cable on my lawnmower (you can guess how). I later repaired the cable by stripping off the cable coating and wrapping the relevant wires around one ...
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1answer
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Power cut out while running floor maintainer - breaker blown?

I was running a floor maintainer in my home yesterday, and after a few minutes the power to that circuit just stopped. I went and flipped the breaker a couple times, but no changes. I noticed that the ...
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1answer
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Electrical Boxes

I have one line coming from an outlet and need to branch it to two lines. Can i use a standard electrical box (blue PVC) as a junction box to branch an electrical line?
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Is laminate flooring easier to install if compared to other flooring materials?

Is laminate flooring easier to install if compared to other flooring materials?
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Deck: Connecting Band/rim joist to floor joists

I'm building a deck. Joists are sitting on top of the beam and cantelever over the end of the beam a bit. What is the appropriate way to connect the rim (end of the deck that is perpendicular to ...
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552 views

Old solder joints are failing

Working on a small cottage by the Delaware Bay. Last year I had to repair the plumbing in the two bathrooms because the solder joints pulled apart. This year some pipes fell out under the house ...
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1answer
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Polyurethane application flop

I applied polyurethane on my really nice formal table. I did not wait 24hours before resanding. I used steel wool the wipe and there are streaks, bumps, and is now looks terrible. How can I fix this?
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How to remove broken threaded water pipe

The pipe connecting my shower head to the wall has broken off. I removed the head and tried to remove the theaded pipe but the potruding metal broke off completely. Is there anyway to remove the part ...
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2answers
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Can I still use my bathrooms if my sump pump is broken?

My sump pump has gone out. We have a bathroom in the basement and our laundry room is downstairs. My question is will we be able to use the upstairs bathrooms until we can get the sump pump fixed? Or ...
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1answer
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concrete slab up over vinyl siding

I tore out my front porch slab so I can waterproof the foundation. It was also sinking and since it has a column to support an overhang, that's a problem. My question is what should I do about where ...
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1answer
136 views

Replacing 10 amp breaker for 20 amp

I'll try to keep this short but there is a bit of background info that may be needed. Couple of days I rented a floor grinder to eliminate uneven concrete floor in the basement. The grinder kept ...
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1answer
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Did I ruin my griddle by overheating it?

So turns out the thermostat control on our griddle was broken. We ran it on full blast for about thirty minutes. Started to notice the adhesive bubbling on the sides then turned it off to investigate. ...
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How to install wardrobe flushed against the wall

I am installing Ikea Pax system of wardrobes and was wondering if I should or should not remove the baseboards in order to have it flushed against the wall.Husband's concerns if of the mold and ...
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1answer
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When is a table top too heavy for just four legs?

I'm making a coffee table out of an old bowling alley lane and it's 4'x18". I wish I knew exactly what it weighed but it is heavy. It's too heavy for me to move without dragging it - although I'm ...
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Can I eliminate a switch controlled receptacle, and use the switch to control a ceiling fan instead?

I'm planning on installing a new ceiling fan and was hoping to have a few questions answered before I dive into things. First some context: The existing wall switch controls half of the outlet on the ...
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1answer
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Does running a dehumidifier with an AC unit save money?

I've done as much research as i can an every site i hit seems to have a different story on my question: "Will a dehumidifier save energy while running your AC through the summer"? The ones that say ...
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UK to Latvian shower pipe converter

I bought an UK shower while doing my refurbishment of the flat in Latvia. Unfortunately, only after the tiles and pipes were installed the plumber told us that the UK shower "doesn't fit". This is ...
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1answer
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When should I consider using Plastic Round Cap Roofing Nails?

I'm getting ready to shingle a roof for a shed/outdoor office and I'm confused on if/when I should use plastic round cap roofing nails: I haven't seen these used in any instructions (including the ...
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make staircase molding esthetically pleasing

I have a split entry ranch-style home. The staircase molding to my main floor has a gap at the top where it meets the hallway. How can I fill in the gap to create a smooth transition between the ...
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How to run Ethernet cable along a brick wall?

I want to run an Ethernet wire from the living room where my TV and router are to the basement where my office is. The problem is that when I lifted the drop ceiling in the basement, I saw that the ...
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Running power to outside workshop

I am taking power from my 200amp entrance panel to a separate building with woodworking tools. I'll start with 100amp breaker at the panel then travel 75' inside my basement before going out through 1 ...
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How to repressurise a Baxi Duo Tec Combi 24 HE boiler

I'm currently having trouble trying to repressurise my boiler. Unfortunately, the YouTube tutorials and the manual look different to mine! I've also added photos below to help. Any help would be ...
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1answer
17 views

Window upgrade questions

I decided that I want to replace my windows, and figured I'd start with a small bathroom window downstairs. I build wooden furniture as a hobby, but have very little experience doing ...
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1answer
11 views

Leaking shower tap

Recently, I had to replace a seized Moen shower cartridge. In removing the old one, the brass piece the cartridge sits in was scored by a drill. It now leaks cold water when I turn on the faucet. What ...
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1answer
134 views

Can I build an electrical pole structure to hold a power wire into my property?

The power pole to my house is at the back right corner of the property. However, it's a little outside my property line. I wanted to run a power line straight down along the pole and into the ground ...
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1answer
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Basement bottom plate has no vapour barrier, should I replace it?

I bought a new house last August and now I'm in the process of developing the basement. A few walls were already in when I bought the house, the walls under the staircase. You can clearly see they ...
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Do separate pieces of EMT conduit qualify as “pull points”?

Question: Do two separate pieces of EMT conduit joined by a connector qualify as a "pull point"? Background: I need to make six 90 degree turns in 2" EMT conduit to route wire for a new sub-panel ...

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