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Gas fireplace comes on by itself--not good

My natural gas fireplace has a mind of it's own. It has been working properly until today--it decided to come on by itself It has been cold (15 degrees) here in SC--could this be the problem?? The ...
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Can I use a split tab switch for mains voltage and low voltage?

LeGrand (Pass & Seymour) make a multi-control single pole switch with a split tab TM8113WCC, which allows for the control of two independent circuits on a single yoke (one box). Code question: is ...
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Does an adapter exist that can convert a rotary tool in a oscillating multi-tool one?

I saw in the Internet a power tool with a proprietary attachment system that can transform the power base in a drill, in a cutter, in a jig saw, in a multi-too and so on... more than 10 different ...
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How do I tell if a pipe running through a cinder block wall is leaking?

I ran a cpvc pipe through a cinder block exterior wall to put a spigot in. I don't really have access to the inside of that painted cinder block wall where the pipe enters the cinder block. It just ...
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2answers
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HVAC Duct options in floor joists

I will explain what I would "Ideally" want. I would like the HVAC in the basement ceiling to Not require a soffit. Plumbing seems possible because the holes for the most part will be small enough to ...
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How can I locate the water main entry point to my house?

I live in a single story all side brick ranch home in Austin, TX built in 1997. I am planning to put a whole house water filter to the the main water supply line coming into the house from the water ...
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alternative to packaged unit downstairs

House built in 1922. Never had central air. Heated with hot water boiler and rads. 2 stories, 1569 sq ft. Salesman recommended split sys upstairs and packaged sys down. Only appx 22 inch clearance in ...
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Is this a bleeder? Why won't it close?

In trying to repair a pipe I went to empty my baseboard heating system, and so I tried to open what I thought was a bleeder. It didn't seem to make any difference, and now after unbolting it it will ...
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What can you tell me about old red primer on wood?

Recently stripped some paint off of old wood furniture and noticed the first layer directly on the wood was red. Looked like a red primer. Was likely painted some time in the 50's or 60's. Color looks ...
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Can a GFCI receptacle share the neutral wire of another circuit?

When I connect my GFCI receptacle on one circuit that shares the neutral wire with another circuit, it immediately faults out. If I remove the second circuit from the neutral there is no problem.
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The joists above the knee wall section of our basement groan and crack continuously, what can be done?

Our basement is concrete right up to the first floor joists for 80% of the house, but there's a small run that's framed 3 feet high with some windows along the back wall where the land is sloping ...
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When does one get a new extinguisher or recharge?

Do you have to recharge a fire extinguisher every year even if if still shows some charge? Is the year the standard or does it depend on whether the extinguisher is showing no charge? What if it ...
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1answer
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How can I install a new lighting circuit in my kitchen?

I would like to install 2 new light fixtures and a switch in my kitchen. Currently the kitchen has three lights each controlled by their own switch. I want the new lights to have their own switch ...
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Why can't we have reliable smoke detectors? [on hold]

Can anyone please explain why in this advanced state of human technological advancement we are capable of making search engines, smart phones, and vehicles that roam Mars but we are unable to ...
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2answers
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How does this power outlet configuration in my new home work?

I just moved in to a new home I'm renting to find this, near where a TV would usually be installed. This is near TV height, under a TV mount that was installed by the homeowners. And this is on the ...
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What's this black handle on my fireplace? It moves up and goes left

My fireplace is manufactured by arrowhead brass. Its a gas fireplace. There's a part to the left outside of the fireplace curtain and it's this iron black handle thing as seen in the picture. It moves ...
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how to setup bathtub spout and shower head in separate locations

I am installing a new bathtub that is big enough for two people. with one person leaning against each end of the tub. So I want to have the shower head in the usual position at the end of the tub, ...
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Is it OK to leave the thermostat unwired?

So I went to replace the batteries in my thermostat and when I pulled it off I noticed a black wire was unplugged. I'm not sure if it's suppose to be like that or if I accidentally pulled the black ...
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How do I fix my humidity problem in my home?

I have an older home. Last year I didn't have this problem but this winter, to save money I keep my temperature a lot lower. I'm seeing a lot of condensation on the windows and now on my livingroom ...
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1answer
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Is my outbuilding wired correctly?

I have a 3-wire source power wire (red/hot, black/hot, white/neutral and bare copper/ground) leading into an outbuilding to a light switch and GFCI outlet 4x4 metal box. This 3 wire provides power to ...
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1answer
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How can I remove a potent smell from leather?

We just bought two used leather chairs. They are in great condition, but they have a very distinct (rather unpleasant) smell to them.... Is there any safe way to remove this smell without damaging ...
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1answer
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How to measure toilet flush valve?

I plan to replace my toilet flush tank with hydroflush. The requirement says that I need to have a 2" toilet flush valve. What does this part look like and how do I go about measuring it?
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Shower Frame is leaking (at the corner)

Our framed corner shower is leaking at the "seam." At the corner where the two sides meet, the panels seems to be loose. Whenever I spray water on the glass and framed walls, some water will leak at ...
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Why would one of the zones of my Slant Fin gas fired hot water baseboard heating system not be heating?

Thus far I have: replaced with new batteries. turned down temp and switched the breakers turned heat back up, no response Can a pilot be out for one zone? The other two are warm and cozy. Did ...
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Why would a motion sensor cause the light to flicker?

I recently installed a motion sensor light and was called back because the light was "flickering" at half brightness rather than staying on brightly. I tested the power and found good voltage, but ...
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How can I stop a porch crack from causing internal cracking?

My front porch slab has cracked and part is at least an inch lower. It is supporting the roof. Now there is a crack going up the inside of my drywall at the same place. Suggestions on how to solve ...
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How can I clean water stains off my shower stall?

It is all glass (transparent) but has become translucent because of salt stains (slightly hard water). What is the best way to clean without using harsh chemicals? My toddler is allergic to harsh ...
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Is it ok to let something hang from its plug in a receptacle? (electric car charger)

When I charge my car away from home, sometimes I use the portable 120 volt charge cable that plugs into a normal outlet. At work, we have receptacles mounted a few feet above ground. The charge ...
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My house has electric heat, built in 1969. How can I save $. Are solar panels the way to go, or is there something better out there?

I'm not sure which way to go . My electric bill is nuts. I have a fireplace and it helps, but it only heats one room. Are there any good solar panels on the market? I thought about geothermal but I ...
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1answer
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Should backer board be installed all the way to the ceiling around a shower?

I had a shower head that sprayed water for awhile and it deteriorated the drywall. I'm cutting out drywall and replacing with hardiboard. Should I take the hardiboard to the ceiling or could I stop it ...
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Is my HVAC system unbalanced?

I bought a home back in August and the previous owner had a new 3-ton HVAC system installed. Basically right now the HVAC is located in the upstairs hallway, and the way the duct is set up is there ...
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2answers
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Why would a gas water heater discharge water in the winter?

Bradford White gas water heater discharges about an inch of water into a five gallon bucket over 3 to 4 days. It is less than a year old. Is it working properly, or does it need repair already?
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How does a boiler pump circulate water?

I read this article (link) but I'm having trouble seeing how a tiny impeller like this (link) can actually move water up my seven-story building. I understand it's connected to an electric motor, ...
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How to wire multi-control rocker switch

What's the correct way to wire a multi-control rocker switch (e.g. Leviton 1755) that has three switches on one yoke with a common supply? What wire(s) do I run from the switches to each of the ...
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Any suggestions for 3 1/4 base moulding when installing laminate? Should I remove and replace or install quarter round?

I want to install laminate over my existing tile floor. The problem is that I have small 3 1/4 baseboards. If I don't remove the base moldings and install quarter rounds I think it will look ...
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How to seal interior aquaponic system?

I'm working on a aquaponic aquarium system that is part of the home improvement and I can't find proper part that would help me instal the drainage from the plant pot. I'm looking for some pvc pipe ...
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Why does it take so long for my water to run hot and why does it not last in the shower?

I have a State electric compact water heater model 6-120. When I run the faucet it seems to take a long time for the water to run hot. About a minute or two. When I take a shower I can run the hot ...
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How can I install ceiling mounted recessed occupancy sensors?

I am looking to replace my current lighting circuit with a motion detector and wondering what is the best way to do this? I currently have 6 spot lights, controlled by 2 switches on either side of ...
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cold damp corner with a dry sump

The corner of my living room (on split level) has drafts coming in via the bottom of the wall and a sump pump well (specifically, a plastic pipe that drains into it). The carpet is always damp to the ...
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How can I heat up my apartment to kill bedbugs in Southeast Asia?

I have a bedbug problem in my apartment and I want to fix it myself with heat. (I do not want chemicals sprayed around.) Apparently, getting a room to 140 degrees for two hours is sufficient to kill ...
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Does a skylight shaft produce more light than a solatube or sun tunnel in a living room area approx 4mx7m?

We are getting different opinions as to how to create more natural light in our living areas. Some say a skylight shaft and others say solatubes or sun tunnels.
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Desk Material that doesn't get sun bleached [duplicate]

im looking into buying a new desk, I'd like it made from a material that doesn't get bleached by the sun. Does graphite bleach?
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How can I prevent a desk from being bleached by the sun?

I have a computer desk that's situated close to a window, and over the years the sun has stained the top of the desk, I'm looking for a type of desk/type of wood that won't get stained by the sun? I'd ...
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What is this crud in my shower valve, and how can I prevent it?

I just replaced the pressure balancing valve and valve mixer cap in a shower that had lost its hot water. Replacing the parts fixed the problem, but when I pulled the old valve out, it was covered ...
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backer board mystery [duplicate]

There seems to be a split between those who say the backer board should go over the tub flange and those who say it should go above. Those who say over say so for drainage. Those who say above seem to ...
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4answers
371 views

How to fix a damaged door frame?

We have damaged the interior side of our master bedroom door. The door got jammed and when we forced it open, it got damaged; the molding of the door is damaged. I have attached the photo. Need some ...
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How much weight will a 4“x8”x20ft oak beam support?

I am building a tree house. I will cut two support beams from oak to support the building. How much weight will a 4"x8"x20ft oak beam support? I will be working between two trees.
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Do I need a 24V or 120-240V thermostat?

My Honeywell thermostat just broke. I want to get a new one and install it myself but I don't know whether to get a 24V model or a 120-240v model. There is no indication of this on the one I have. How ...
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Converting 4 wire supply to 3 wire outlet

I have a 4 wire supply wire. It has a black, white, red and ground wire. I want to supply a 3 wire outlet. Do I combine the white and ground wire?
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why is the hot water coming into the washing machine coming in so slowly?

The hot water that is coming into the washing machine is coming in very slowly. I checked the screen in the hose connection and it was cleared. What could the problem be?

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