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Why is my drywall mud cracking?

First of all, I'm new to all this. I recently applied mud to the corners and did some texturing in my basement. Two days later I notice there are cracks in some places. Why is this happening and what ...
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How to prevent moisture from ruining a climate-controlled wooden outbuilding

We are having a 16 x 24 x 8 wooden outbuilding built. We are making a home gym that will have a cooling/heating unit for climate control. We are worried about moisture causing damage. Looking ...
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Remove old Schlage door lever handle

I recently purchased some replacement doorknobs for my front door. The existing interior and eterior levers are keyless. I succeeded in replacing the interior knob and it looks/feels great. I went to ...
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New cooktop has aluminum wires

New cooktop has aluminum wires. Is it ok to connect those wires to the present outlet which had copper wires connecting the old cooktop? Thank you for your help
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Garage door sensor problem- (Liftmaster Formula 1 model 1280R)

Trying to fix problem for elderly neighbor. The sensors don't work if mounted where they should be. I've removed them and wired them directly to the drive unit. They work there. The wires running ...
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What are the pros and cons of building a shed on stilts on ground that is quite boggy for a month or two in the winter?

The stilts would be wooden and with concrete foundations. The shed would have a plank floor maybe 30cm above the ground, and there is sufficient wind to keep it dry. The area gets little snow.
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13-Amp lawn mower + 10-Amp cord tripping 15-Amp breaker?

To illustrate, I have the following setup: 15-Amp breaker 100ft 16-gauge extension cord rated at 10-Amp 13-Amp corded electric Lawnmower When I make the mower work extra hard by trying to mow some ...
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Is exposed doorbell wiring in the garage dangerous?

When we bought our house 12 yrs ago, we learned during the walk through that the exposed wires in the garage were from the doorbell. He said to never touch the wires because we could get ...
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Dishwasher Power Cord has Two White Wires. Isn't the wide one neutral?

A contractor hooked up our dishwasher this way (see image), but I believe it's wrong. The dishwasher's hot (black) and neutral (white) wires are the ones going into each wire nut from the left side. ...
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What's a clever way to stop old windows from rattling?

My old wooden windows rattle in their casings. One suggestion was to use vinyl flooring as shims--that material would be too thick, but I'm wondering if there's something similar that would work. Any ...
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How to wire an outdoor GFCI with two pairs, both hot?

I have an outdoor duplex outlet which was not GFCI, nor was it protected by a GFCI outlet indoors. I tried to tone the outlet to find the specific circuit, but could not, so I shut off power at the ...
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Mouse coming through gap around gas pipe

I found some mouse droppings in a cabinet yesterday, I'm not very handy but best I can tell is the following - There is a weep hole outside, which is maybe 1 centimeter wide wide, and it seems the ...
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Old claw foot bath tub

second time we painted this tub we painted it red the bottom started peeling off so we sanded it down cleaned it out and mixed the two paint and finisher together it's worse than ever what can we do ...
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4 white wires in original light fixture? Help! [on hold]

I'm replacing an original light fixture in my 50's era ranch with a celing fan. I've done this before, but there are 4 white wires! I connected two, and just left 2 and wrapped them in electrical ...
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HVAC compressor turns on when calling for fan only

I just moved into a new apartment with HVAC, and I'm looking to control the thermostat with a few Phidgets (I had already invested in that ecosystem, so I just needed a couple of relays). Anyway, ...
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What is the simplest ,most cost effective way to hook up 2 different wells to my house water system?

I would like to hook up 2 wells and 2 pumps to my house water system. I have one well already connected to my pressure tank. The other 1 inch water line was cut off when we dug the second well. It ...
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What actions should be taken after water heater supply pipe damage?

Water pipe to water heater burst after 3,5 quake. Do we turn off the water heater and the water or just turn water heater to pilot?
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Why did I need to switch several appliances in order to power my electric stove?

This is a bit more theoretical but I am confused as to how this may have happened. I own an electric stove that is plugged into one of those large 240V sockets on the wall. Yesterday when I switched ...
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Best way to join frame members in a rectangle box using bolts? [migrated]

What is the best way to join these wooden beams together, to form a rectangle box which is capable of significant weight? I'd like the ability to deconstruct it, so something involving metal bolts ...
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How to (safely) retract and lower a 40' extension ladder?

Last time I was using a 40' extension ladder, it was a major challenge to retract it back from being extended and up against a wall. There were two of us and it was seriously scary. Could have gone ...
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What type and size plywood is appropriate to reinforce a box spring for 425 lb user?

My boxspring is crumpled in pretty bad in one section and its causing back issues but i can't afford a new bed. i was told by the physical therapist to get plywood to stick between the mattress and ...
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How to assess whether tree roots are causing a problem

I'm in the process of buying a house that has large trees in the garden. I noticed on the documents for the house that some pipework, cabling and drains run fairly close to one of the trees. What kind ...
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How to size an earth continuity conductor?

For the line wires, I just check the maximum load current and select a conductor from the manufacturer datasheet that can support that maximum current. What about earth continuity conductor, how it ...
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Is it safe to make a 18 Port Extension board?

I need to accomodate 6 users with 2 LED screens and a MacMini on one board. Is it okay to use a custom extension board (made of wood) and have the following arrangement? { 5A Plug x 3 + 1 Switch } ...
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How to diagnose a broken transformer?

I have a 2000w, 240 -> 120v transformer. It's a Bronson++ AVT 2000, with a continuous max wattage of 1200w, meaning if running for over 30 minutes it should be under 1200. I ran a 1500w blender on it ...
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I need to replace the spring-loaded lighting cover for the light in the tub

Anyone know where I can get a trim kit for this basic round ceiling light? It has an outer edge/flange that seats against the ceiling and there is a plastic light cover inside the outer edge. It has ...
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Basic Light switch to an auto-on switch. [on hold]

I pulled the cover off of my bathroom light switch and there were two sets of wires going into a single switch when I separated them and tested them with a multimeter,each set of wires read fine. ...
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electric water heater wiring [duplicate]

Main panel has one 100 double breaker and two 60 amp double breakers. There are extra slots for more breakers. Can I install a 30 am double breaker in on of the extra slots to wire up a 30 amp ...
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Wiring Breaker for electric Hot Water Heater [duplicate]

I have a breaker panel with one 100 amp double breaker and two 60 amp double breakers. There are other slots for more breakers. Can I add a 30 amp double breaker to this panel with the correct wire 10 ...
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Should we sand a fence to restain it with a solid stain?

We have a fence made of pressure treated lumber and stained with a solid stain. If we want to restain it with the same stain just to freshen it, should we sand it? Or power wash it? or both? - the ...
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Is there a functional electrical difference in a wire splice vs a second line

The three wire connections as shown. A splice O-rings bolted Double slide-on I can understand why there may be connection type diferences for ease of construction. Are there any ...
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120 V between Ground and Neutral?

I had a new cooktop installed but it does not work. The unit replaced an old one and was simply plugged into the existing outlet. After checking the basics (no tripped breakers, etc), I whipped out ...
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Cinder block retaining wall repair

I inherited an old retaining wall (from the 1980s? repaired once or twice here and there): It has a few cracks and the mortar has gone bad so I'd like to repair it. So I removed the cinder caps, ...
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cutting glass tiles with a miter saw

Lowes sells 10" square mirror tiles that I need to cut down to a smaller size (about 6" across). I am struggling with a handheld glass cutting tool (about the size of a pen) getting straight ...
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I would like to view answers and answer questions [migrated]

I would like to view answers (and answer) questions. I have years of experience in construction and HVAC, but little experience with computers. How can I get a few reputation points to do above?
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wiring breaker box

My second question is, there is a main panel with a 100 amp double breaker and two 60 am double breakers. Prior owners run a line off the 60 amp double breaker to the wash room washer and dryer. Can ...
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Removing stuck “through the wall” air conditioners

I have two through wall air conditioner units that cannot be removed. These were installed within sleeves in the 1970s and have been sitting there ever since. One budges a little and the other, not at ...
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How do I check if the plastic tube that comes out of the water pump of my furnace/AC does not leak?

I have a water pump similar with this one In this question I am asking bout what is marked with #3 in the picture. In my case that pipe goes to the ceiling ..partially open in the furnace room and ...
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Wall switch no longer used, how to cover it

I have replaced a ceiling fan in my home that had a separate hot wire for a light. The new fan has a remote control for the light & fan motor. The old fan was controlled from a 5-gang wall ...
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What to do with cinder block holes made for electrical boxes?

The previous owners (flippers) left a surprise behind the drywall in my basement, and it was not just the absence of insulation. What is the best way to work with these holes? I want to replace the ...
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How can I straighten twisted studs?

I have a bunch of 2x4s that are twisted and warped. Is there a way to salvage them?
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Hole for the receptacle is too big

The holes for some of the receptacles in my house are a bit too big: So when I screw them to the box they are wobbling. Any easy way to fix it?
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How would I resurface a brick fireplace with tile?

I am looking to change the outer appearance of a fireplace (from a brick fireplace to tiled) and am looking on advice on how to go about to do this (complete newbie here). The current fireplace ...
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how to adhere a stainless steel backsplash to painted drywall surface

I have a 30" x 21" 22 ga. stainless steel backsplash with 4 (3/16") mounting holes 3/4" from edges. Since I will be using 4 screws to put it up, can I use removable (not permanent) double sided tape, ...
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Primer on drywall for one year without paint

I just bought a condo that is one year old. There's primer on the wall without paint for one year. Should I do some light sanding and then paint it? Or should I just clean and wipe down dust on the ...
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Recommend HP and capacity Air Compressor for tools [on hold]

I am planning to use MAKITA AF504Z, a nailgun and use it as well for spray paint furniture, as an air blow gun & pressure washer would this be enough 2HP 2 cylinder 1 phase 115 PSI 88 liter ...
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Wall light switch in pantry, moving to cabinet side

I have a pantry enclosed on two sides by standard partition walls faced with cabinet wood, then two short sides open to the kitchen on the outside made from cabinet wood, then the door is mounted at ...
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Plumbing two sinks on opposite sides of a wall

I had a small bathroom remodel done after flooding last month. I found out I had a contractor in over his head too late. My situation now is I have a bathroom sink on one side of the wall and the ...
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Hydronic PEX: OK to use clamps and tubing from two different brands?

I have an old 1900 house in Pittsburgh that I'm replacing the radiators with new Runtal rads. I have been replacing the old black iron feeds and returns with Zurn Performa PEX with Sharkbite brand ...
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Found Lath and Plaster wall under remodel drywall. Is it restorable?

I'm currently in the process of restoring my 1906 home's bathroom. At some point in the last 10-15 years the bathroom was given a cheap remodel. New plumbing and outlets were run and drywall was hung ...

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