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Lights flickering/ multiple breakers tripping and won't reset

I was outside yesterday when my wife called to me saying the lights in the kitchen were flickering. Next thing I know the power to the TV went out so I went downstairs to the breaker box to find that ...
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Burning candle in gas fireplace

My wife occasionally burns a candle in our gas fireplace, which we seldom (if ever) use, as it's right next to the TV alcove. That said, would there be a fire danger from any unburned paraffin that ...
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Can I use an old 50 amp circuit that was previously used for an electric stove to feed a new sub panel in my garage?

I have a 100 amp service entry which is about 40 feet from the attached garage. Currently, I am only using 50 amps to feed the house and want to use the other 50 amps to feed my garage. I reside in ...
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Can I temporarily ground an outlet in my home to use a pressure washer outside it?

Can I temporarily ground an outlet by attaching a wire to its central screw and then to a grounding rod situated outside my house? I want to use an electrical pressure washer, but it requires a ...
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Tile grout line question

I just had a shower built using 12x12 sheets of 2x2 mosaic tiles. The edges of the tile have hard edges. I didn't notice this until a couple of days after the install. What can be done to make these ...
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Is it safe to use pressure-treated wood for a workbench in my shed?

I have some leftover PT wood from building a platform for my shed. I'd like to use it to build a frame for a worktable that I can place inside that shed. It will stay dry in the shed, but the shed ...
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Plug/fire stop holes drilled for running low voltage cable?

I am considering running a low voltage cable (probably Cat6, but maybe fiber) up inside an exterior wall, between studs, from basement to 2nd floor in an existing home in the US. I should get riser- ...
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20A circuit breker replaceing 15A

My new pool pump specs are for 20 Amp Curcuit 12 Guage wire. my old pump was on a 15 Amp circuit. I was connected to 15 AMP GFCI outlet with 12 Gauge wire. The pump was 13 yrs old and we had issues ...
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Water pump keeps running, there is low pressure

I had a water pump installed three years ago. The pump keeps running constantly and there is low pressure. It has about a 35 PSI when running. The gallon is about a ten gallon tank approximately. I ...
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Walls are shiny and dull at same time

Can anyone give me some reliable, good advise on fixing my bedroom walls. There were a lot of flaws when we bought house. Previously was painted over paper backing, mudding without sanding, and ...
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How to cover old stair risers

I recently had my 100-year old hardwood floors and stair treads refinished. No local contractors would do the risers due to the adhesives from the carpet that was removed. The risers are uneven due to ...
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What are these “GENTEX” things on my walls?

My condo has these devices installed in each bedroom and in the living room; but I have no idea what they're for.
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Choosing an appropriate general purpose HVLP gun for a 5.5 CFM @ 40 PSI Compressor

I have an 8 gallon 125 PSI compressor that produces flow rates of 4.5 CFM @ 90 PSI and 5.5 CFM @ 40 PSI. I would like to get a general purpose HVLP spray gun that will work with this compressor. I ...
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Water Softener - Smells like Iron, tastes like salt

We just moved into a three year old home. The house was empty for nine months and the water was shut off. During closing, we turned the water on and ran it for about twenty minutes before doing the ...
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Attaching a heavy item to a 'powdery' external wall

I have a house in the UK built circa 1870. The external walls are London brick in Flemish bond I think, and are in a single layer (no cavity wall construction). At some point many tens of years ago, a ...
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Installing a ceiling light fixture in USA that was purchased in HongKong?

I purchased a light fixture on a recent trip to HongKong and someone told me that it would not be compatible with USA. Is this true and if so is there an easy way to convert it so I will be able to ...
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Secondary heat source

Installed heat pumps. Love them, however, for about 2 months of the year I need an additional heat source. Have oil furnace with boiler distribution, but for two months, regular furnace maintenance, ...
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Power to light but will not light up

I have new construction, one switch with power to it. From the switch I ran the wire to the first light(4 total) from the first light I ran wire to two different lights and then from one light of the ...
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How do I turn on my Nelson Turf Water irrigation system after it has been winterized? The boxes in the ground say Carson Irrigation

Not sure how to complete this. Have a Nelson Turf Irrigation system and Carson Water Irrigation boxes in ground but how do I restart this after it has been winterized?
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Ceiling fan with two wall switches

I'm putting up a new ceiling fan. There are four cables in the ceiling and two wall switches. Black and white for one cable goes to each wall switch. The other two cables use only the black wire and ...
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Window replacement

A whole house of windows were replaced with bigger windows some were 12 foot. The jacks were cut out and studs too some were cut out one foot on each end. The window man said it would be ok. What do ...
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Metal roof for porch

I have a Concret patio with a wood frame structure over it. It is 20'by 20' with a 4" hang over. I would like to put a metal cover on it also remove the post in the middle of the room. Can it be done ...
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3 prong to 4 prong dryer cord change

My 2 year old whirlpool dryer has a 3 prong cord. My new house has a 4 prong. The dryer doesn't have a spot for 4 wires. The ground wire coming from the dryer is attached to the dryer itself. A new 4 ...
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Super-Insulating a Crawlspace

I am getting ready to have a contractor insulate my crawlspace. The exterior facing walls of my crawlspace are about 2" above grade, with the remaining 2 ft 6 in - 2 ft 10 in below grade. One of the ...
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Removing old paint from wood ( professional vs DIY)

I am trying to determine the best way to remove layers of paint from wood attachments on my wall. The layers of paint hide the details and simply look really bad. I've been using rock miracle ...
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Will I get more pests/insects if my neighbor sprays and I don't?

Had a pest control company come by today. To be honest this is about the 5th one, and I am tired of them trying to sell me their services. In all actuality we don't have that many pests/bugs. They ...
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How do I drill a hole flush (or nearly flush) against another surface?

How do I drill a hole flush (or nearly flush) against another surface? (eg. in a tight corner; a 90 degree angle.) The power drill bit is offset a little by design, and I don't want to drill at an ...
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Can't remove outdoor fixture

I have old outdoor spotlight near door that needs fixture replaced. How do I shut electricity off to the fixture? My fear is, I will be electrocuted. :) Any help appreciated.
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bathroom insulation issue

I just gutted my bathroom. I want to replace the insulation in the walls. Right now there is fiberglass insulation with a plastic vapor barrier. Behind that is a old cardboard like material that they ...
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Discharge back-up sump above ground?

With a TON of rain in my area recently (Northern Ohio), my basement flooded (around 2" of water). The sump pump came with the house, and I never gave it a second thought (I should have). Now that ...
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direction of globe and gate Valve

In our plant valves are installed at BFW and SHS lines in opposite direction as mentioned on the valve body.Do this will create problem in future?? Valves are globe and gate type sizes are ranging ...
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Above cabinet LED light placement

I am considering installing LED tape lights for under/above cabinets in my kitchen. For under cabinet lighting, placement is easy and obvious. For above cabinet lights, I wonder what to do. The ...
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If garage door circuit board is fried by power surge, wouldn't outlet also be fried?

The control/circuit board is dead in Wayne Dalton opener. Is covered by our American Home Shield warranty. However, because tech suggested to AHS work "approval dept" that it could have been fried by ...
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Life span of an average flexible water hose

What is the life span of an average flexible water hose? Thank you
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Crown Molding Transition

I just finished sheet rocking my living room and am stuck at a stand-still. My ceiling is 12' feet high at the tallest point and slopes down to 8'. That said, at the 12' wall, the sheetrock only ...
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Earthing fault in a specific socket

I have this peculiar case with a specific electrical socket in my house. when i connect a device to the plug socket, i get a current in the device body , but when i connect the device to any other ...
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Why did this wire in my dryer melt?

I have an electric Kenmore dryer, actual manufacturer appears to be Inglis - model number on the sticker says "C110-8240091", though that doesn't bring up much in my online searching. It's been ...
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How to insulate existing roof space

I have an old (1950's), victorian esque, 2-story, uninsulated, lath and plaster house that I would like to add some insulation in order to at least curb the hot/cold of the Inland Empire here in ...
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AC unit not coming on and displaying error: AC voltage insufficient

Our AC unit was new with our house and is only 7 years old. We have a split zone system controlled by a Honeywell HZ322. Today we had no AC so I started looking at possible issues. When I got to the ...
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Why are GFCI systems typically in the receptacle instead of in the breaker?

Since the breaker box contains all the other electrical safety equipment it would make sense to put GFCI systems here; and GFCI circuit breakers are available which do this. But GFCIs inside ...
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Is there any way I can guard this pipe from screws and nails?

I tried to take down a shelf yesterday and water started coming from the wall. Called a plumber and discovered this in my building's water main: The pipe is big enough and close enough to the ...
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are these mud tunnels from termites or carpenter ants?

I found some (apparently now vacant) "mud tunnels" in a wall void behind some drywall, in an area where water damage had occurred "over a winter." (This is in Utah FWIW). Any guesses? termites? ...
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electrical/connect 4 fluorescent lights inside an old oil company sign with one control

I have an old oil company sign,(plastic). I've made a wood frame, and now I want to add (4) 4' fluorescent lights in sequence around the inside. I would like one control, maybe one plug-in with a ...
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Window AC not cooling

I've GE window AC 0.75 ton it has stopped cooling I cleaned the nylon net properly with old tooth brush,it was totally blocked Then I combed the metallic horizontal fin like structures which were ...
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How to handle vanity replacement when finish materials do not continue behind existing unit?

I had a plumbing leak under my bathroom sink that soaked the vanity before it was discovered and the water shut off. The vanity is cheap crap made out of particleboard that has swelled up like a ...
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Current-sensing circuit for pool booster pump activation [on hold]

I have a Pentair IntelliFlow Variable Speed pump (wired for 230V) which has built-in timer and speed controls. I'm seeking a solution where at some current set-point a relay will send power to my ...
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How to cap or close thermostatic radiator valve

I need to remove a radiator from the wall. When I set the thermostatic radiator valve to it's zero position and disconnect the outlet of the valve I get a strong flow of water. The water is ...
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3 way switch wiring

I have a stairway with a light at the top and bottom. There is a plugin in between the switches that is not currently connected. The bottom switch has two wires that come into the box. They have red, ...
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Is a dryer vent tube being compressed like this up to code?

There's a 4" dryer pipe in my wall that is smashed slightly in order to get it to fit into the wall made with 2v4s. Is this OK?
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Different circuit breakers keep tripping, some not re-setting

Background: South Carolina house built in 2009, assume all electrical systems, main panel and circuit breakers new at that time. I moved into the house in May having transferred from the UK. I brought ...

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