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Found hole with water under house

Today, while in the crawl space under the house, I found a large hole that has water in it. Now I'm trying to figure out what to do about it. I had noticed a depressed area under the house in the ...
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GE model numbers

I'm trying to order some drum slides, Upper Drum support, felt drum seal and timer for a 15-20 year old GE electric cloths dryer. Contacting GE as well as the owners manual and several sites on the ...
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New Central Air Install: choosing single-stage vs dual-stage condensers

Specifically: would a 2-stage 3-ton condenser be more efficient than a 1-stage 2-ton condenser? Let's assume the same SEER rating for both. What about reliability? - I heard that 2-stage are a lot ...
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Is it possible to use add-a-wire with my current configuration to add a C-Wire?

I only have four wires: Red, Blue, Yellow, and Green. My old thermostat jumps the R to RC and leaves C empty. I have a new thermostat that wants 5 wires, but I don't have C. I am not sure what the ...
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Can I move this drain line from the wall to the floor?

Here is my kitchen sink drain configuration: (The horizontal run after the trap is actually pitched correctly, not as drawn.) The portions inside the wall are galvanized steel pipe. Under the sink, ...
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Weather compensation, zoning or both?+ minimum output

I am renovating my 4 bed Victorian house with solid walls. We are about to replace the boiler and I am looking at a Worchester bosh 36kw cdi compact with WF100 weather compensator. I also want to ...
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How to fit 4" rigid aluminum duct vent in between walls when there is an angle brace?

I want to do what these people have done here: The problem is I have bracing going diagonally and it is not leaving enough space for the 4" aluminum duct vent. Can I saw the bracing off for the ...
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Hanging up blackboard adhesive over a rough textured wall

Following from this thread, what would be the best way to "smooth" my wall to hang some blackboard adhesive paper over it?
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3 wire service to panel… neutral and ground wires on the same bar?

I'm getting two conflicting reports and was wondering if anyone can help me. I was told that on the distribution panel, grounded conductors (neutral) and ground wires need to be separated in the ...
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Wet Exterior wall

ok so I had some water issues in my basement recently. Taking a good look at all the possible causes I noticed the landscaping around the front my house was slopping in towards the house. So to fix ...
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Softened Polyurethane Finish

I have a (bed) headboard that was refinished about 25 years ago. The original finish was a white French Provincial. The refinish consisted of white latex paint covered with a glaze. A protective top ...
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Is it ok to re-slope one of my gutters to another gutter?

Right now, on one side of my roof, I have two gutters that come together at an inside corner. Each gutter goes to the edge of the house with a downspout, which would mean that the inside corner is the ...
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Refrigerator won't cool

I have a Danby mini fridge I bought used off Craigslist about 9 months ago. It's worked great until about a week ago when it suddenly stopped cooling at all (both fridge and freezer compartments). Now ...
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Can vent plumbing be behind a double wye?

I am trying to figure out how to lay out my basement plumbing, and I wanted to use a double wye to connect my shower, toilet, and sink to the existing waste system in the house. My question is, am I ...
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Temporary patch for rotting wood door

I have a small rotting spot at the bottom of my back door and it's almost to the point where I could put my finger through it. I don't have the cash to replace the door right now, but what would you ...
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How much maintenance should I budget for a historic home?

We've been considering some historic homes as a future residence, but one of our concerns is how much to budget annually for long-term maintenance and repairs. Let's use this late 1800's Victorian ...
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Leave the water heater on?

When I lived in France and the US, we can an electric boiler for hot water. It was "always on", probably with a thermostat. Now I live in an area where most people have a power switch that they turn ...
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2 parallel drain pipes

Just opened a hole in my old house to replace some plumbing. I can see where the main drain/sewer stack comes down from the bathroom, but in parallel there's another galvanized? 2"? pipe coming down ...
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gas furnace pilot light is lit,,won't produce heat, making a clicking sound,,,

my gas furnace isn't producing heat the pilot light is on and it's making a clicking sound what can I do? I've tapped the flame rod.
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What is the proper way to install a junction box above a dropped ceiling?

I'm doing some remodeling in my basement and part of that work involves moving a switch. When I was tracing the wires for the switch I found this above my dropped ceiling: Now, I'm no electrician, ...
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Our water heater blew a leak. What should I do now?

The water heater is located in a closet with our central HVAC near the kitchen. The floor of the closet is plywood raised about foot or two to make room for the HVAC intake. The walls are drywall. The ...
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I have a hampton bay fan with an led light,

, because it is not a dimmable light i am limited to and unsuccessful at finding a single switch that will control both. Can you suggest some brands
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Are these termites?

Background: I recently purchased a house in northern New Mexico, and as part of the purchase, a termite inspection was performed and a prior termite infestation was found, as well as evidence of prior ...
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What's the point of a thin (1/4" width) piece of wood set diagonally between two studs?

What's the point of a thin (1/4" width, ~2-3" wide) piece of wood set diagonally between two studs? I just took out a piece of drywall for some other work I'm doing, and between two studs, there's ...
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Replacing a fiberglass tub

I am looking to replace a fiberglass tub, due to a crack at the drain, as part of the sale of my home. I am not interested in repairing. Does anyone have an estimate on the cost of removing current ...
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Hammer drill repair

I have been using my bosch drill to power a small wood turning lathe. Now the drill is always in hammer drill mode even though it is not switched to hammer drill. I opened the drill up but it looks ...
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Speaker veneer challenge (wood repair)

So I bought great but slightly damaged speakers and I would like to restore them, I understand they won't look like new but I would like to try my best. The damage: The wood texture detail: I was ...
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A/c runs while gas furnace is on

In the winter when gas furnace is turned on, a/c comes on preventing house from warming up. When disconnect is pulled at condenser, house is able to heat. Do not think that system is a heat pump. ...
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adapters for different masonry bit types

A re there adapters for using sds max bits in an sds plus drill or spline drive hammer drill or straight shank hammer drill?
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How can I figure out why my electric bill is so high?

I have two homes (read flat or apartment) in two different buildings a few blocks apart. The homes are both the same size but, home 1 gets a huge electricity bill while home 2 gets 1/5 the electricity ...
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How can I make a room look bigger using tile?

We built a small home in India that's only 16x30. Which type of tile should we choose to make the room appear larger? I'm looking for parameters such as tile size, material, color, and grout color.
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Checking the pressure in a Megaflo?

I have a Megaflo cylinder, that looks very much like this one: It is fed from a central boiler system in the building (I live in a new build flat, about 5 years old). The Megaflo provides hot water ...
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How do I fix a gate to the side of my house

how do I attach a fence post or gate fixings to my house which has a conservatory on the back which means fitting it to upvc
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Substation earthing [on hold]

I would like to ask you that which type of methodology is more technically preferable to carry out the earthing connection in substation particularly to joint the riser laid up from the earth grid and ...
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Identifying an unknown and intermittent source of electric power usage

I have noticed a problem with my power usage today. I'm watching the meter often and making a record of each reading for the last three days. So far, nothing to note as far as unusual usage until ...
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Sticky door when opening, sounds like sticky paint [duplicate]

I am trying to find a solution to my door sticking when I open it. It creates a loud popping sound from the wood after being stuck together. This would be my bathroom door, i work late hours and when ...
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Alternatives to adjusting strikeplate height?

Before I go forward with a fix like this one, are there any alternatives to moving the strike plate when the amount of adjustment needed is minor (the door will latch if you lift up on it). I ...
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Where to connect c wire at furnace for Honeywell Wi-FI thermostat

We are installing a new honeywell wifi thermostat have an extra blue wire in our bundle. We aren't sure where to connect the blue wire on the furnace board. Click for larger view
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why did our fridge stop working?

Why did our fridge stop working? It built up with ice (not the freezer, but the fridge) then started beeping, then just conked out. We defrosted it - took 24 hours to do, even though it's a ...
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Tall, quick growing privacy tree species [migrated]

Can someone recommend a tall, quick growing tree that's not overly invasive that would serve well to plant around a backyard to help break the line of sight of neighbors into my pool / backyard?
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Should I install insulation between the rim joist and the top of foam insulation?

I am in the beginning phases of finishing my basement, newer house with poured cement foundation and engineered I-beam floor joists. No moisture issues in the basement. Rim joist currently has a batt ...
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Should I use conduit for a less than 10' run of 6/3 THHN in my garage

My electrical panel is in a cabinet attached to my garage but accessible from the outside so the utility has access. I'm installing a 14-50R receptacle using 6/3 THHN in my garage and it will be ...
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How can I secure a shed with a skid foundation in a windy location?

I'm planning to install an 8'x8' composite storage shed in my backyard on a 4x4 skid foundation. However, my house is located in a very windy location. In the past 4 years, I've had my wooden privacy ...
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Terminating a home improvement contract early [on hold]

In the USA, what are reasonable and customary fees charged for early termination of a home improvement contract (above and beyond 'work done')?
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Is there anything that I need to look out for when buying an induction cooktop?

I'm hoping to replace my gas cook-top with an induction one. Just wondering if there is anything I need to look out for when buying a new one? I will probably end up having to get an electrician to ...
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How can I replace the seat on my wall-mounted toilet

My toilet seat is broken, so I've had to find a replacement. As it turns out, I need to get inside the bowl to fasten the screws that keep the seat steady. I also need to get inside there to get the ...
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Using a second thermostat to balance temperatures thru fan-only control

Like many others, temperatures between the two levels of my house are uneven. This is particularly noticeable as spring arrives and the upper floor (above ground) enjoys solar heating (so the heater ...
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How to wire a ceiling rose?

I have bought a new ceiling rose for a light. The wires in it are UK pre-2004. There's one black, two red, one yellow, one blue, and two green and yellow earth. Where do all these go on the ceiling ...
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Advice needed on staining 10 year old fence

I don't know what was done to it when it was brand new. I have stained it twice, once about 7 years ago and once about 5 years ago. Going by the partial cans in the garage and my own memory, the ...
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What do I need to do to have the 240v system activate an indicator light only when the pump is activated?

I have a spring run-off. I have 1 effluent pump 240v with piggy-back float switch as primary pump I have 1 effluent pump 115v with piggy-back float switch as secondary pump set to higher level to ...

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