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Is an oven heating element polarized?

I just took out an oven heating element without paying attention to which wire was hooked up to what end. Does it matter how I hook it back up?
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Open up a loadbearing wall

I need some help on sizing a header. My house is 19ft wide about 24ft long 2story with a small loft attic. House was build in 1915 so its balloon framing. The wall I want to open up is 12ft long on ...
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Low slope roof (2:12) - acceptable for metal roofing?

I'm designing a garage for my backyard and I want to obscure my view as little as possible. I've asphalt shingles aren't great on a 2:12 slope, so I'm just planning on using metal roofing. This ...
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I ran into two hot lines when replacing a three way switch

I've read up on three way switches, and have replaced a few over the years. I recently installed a bathroom fan, and so had to replace two three way switches. Very simple setup - two switches, one ...
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Increasing the capacity of an electric baseboard thermostat

The electric baseboard heat in my living room has a mechanical thermostat (bimetallic strip) that occasionally gets stuck in the "on" position. I'd like to replace it with a solid-state thermostat, ...
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Westinghouse portable generator won't start

In early fall we purchased a Westinghouse WH5500 pull-start generator. We've been pretty good about starting it up and letting it run for a while with a load on it each month just to keep it from ...
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Slope roof window rain noise, would it help if I convert it to part flat roof vertical window?

The roof window is unbearably noisy during raining, keeping me awake overnight. I used to sleep better in raining nights, but now I fear it. Under heavy rain, I had a measure exceeding 65dB. One of ...
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What to do about holes in tile grout?

In the bathroom of our new house, the grout between our tiles in the shower room seem to have occasional "bubbles" or gaps and I'm concerned that it might allow water in, especially since this is ...
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How do I attach a shelf to an existing kitchen unit?

In the kitchen of our new house, there is a slightly unusual extension to the side of one of the cupboards where the wall has been covered by a flat piece of veneered chipboard, the same finish as ...
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How should I attach the grounding conductor for a replacement switch?

I'm attempting to replace an old Leviton light switch with a new Lutron dimmer switch that connects to our house's Wink system. The old switch had 3 black wires attached to the light switch and no ...
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Repair chewed-through power cable

My puppy chewed the power plug off of my space heater, and I'd rather not buy a whole new space heater if I don't have to. I went to the hardware store and found a plug rated for 125V and 15A. The ...
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How do I remove kitchen sink sprayer hose?

The sprayer is cracked and leaks like crazy. The replacement I bought does not fit on the existing hose. I thought this would be a real easy to remove the existing hose and put a new hose and sprayer ...
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Getting rid of the old kitchen smell

I've just bough a place, renovated it a bit. The kitchen looks to be in decent condition, but I get that smell of old wood/furniture. How do I get rid of that? I mean it's only for month or two, I ...
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alternatives to >$120 replacement clock for old Magic Chef gas range

I'm looking for ideas to avoid paying over $120 to replace the clock on my old gas range where the electronics are working but the plastic attachments are broken. My Magic Chef Model #31211WAW has a ...
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What could cause a crack in the drywall where the wall meets the ceiling?

My wife and I bought our home 3 years ago. It is roughly 50 years old, and had recently been shored prior to our purchasing it. There were a few cracks in drywall here and there, nothing that wasn't ...
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Hoover Pet Cyclone Vacuum - no longer cyclonic

I have a relatively new Hoover Windtunnel Bagless Cyclone Vacuum. It worked well for several months, but now it is not collecting dirt in the cyclone area, but rather in the top half, where the ...
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Shower plumbing in exterior wall

I plan on doing a full gut/rebuild on our bathroom this spring, and one of the things I plan on is his/hers shower heads. Problem is, one of these will need to be on the exterior wall of the house to ...
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Is my electric stove receptacle wired correctly?

When I test the four prong electric stove outlet by touching one of the prongs and the ground one prong reads 120 the other 220 is this normal or is it wired wrong?
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Does polarity matter when wiring a humidifier solenoid?

The 56 was receiving 24vac whenever the furnace was on via a red wire and a white wire. 24vac was supplied to the solenoid when humidity was called for via a pair of junction terminals. The 4655 is a ...
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How do I clean a cheap blow torch?

I have one of those cheap Mapp gas + nozzle torches I'm using for sweat sodering and the tip clogged up today. How do I go about cleaning it?
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How do I tap into the PEX water supply line?

The water supply line for my ice maker was never connected. So I want to know how to tap into the PEX water supply line to allow connection to the ice maker.
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What cleaners are there in the market to use for Air duct duct cleaning?

My house is near to the mountains so I' am unable to get any help from Air duct cleaning Denver experts as they are unable to come over my house. Can any body suggest me some cleaners used for air ...
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How do I apply foam board insulation behind a new recessed shelf in an exterior wall?

I want to make a recessed shelving in a exterior wall. When i took out the drywall, I found no insulation between the studs. Before I place the shelving parts, I want to put some insulation first ( I ...
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How can I locate and solve this water hammer problem, and what are its effects on the human body?

I live in an 180 sq.ft. single room apartment with kitchen area, and is pretty much a simple box like shape. For a year, I have heard noises that sounds like a rod banging in the wall and its ...
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What should I do to increase the dimming range of LED bulbs?

We started doing most of our homes in LED last year. I am a big dimmer fan and would pretty much put a dimmer on any light switch. One thing that I haven't gotten down is the dimming range of the ...
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How to trash the trash can?

I never expected to ask my first question about trashing something, but after 4 failed attempts to trash the trash can, I have no choice but ask you. Here is the problem: I have a trash can, which ...
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gas fireplace smells

I bought a house that was vacant for a year and a half. It has a gas fireplace. The plumber that fixed the heating unit supposedly looked at the fireplace too and lit the pilot for me. I lit the ...
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does the number of links of a chainsaw chain effect thethe sproket?

How does the gauge of the chain effect the drive sprocket? I bought a new bar and chain, the pitch is .325,the sprocket is .325 and gauge is .063, but the number of links is 81 instead of 74. will it ...
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Stuck ring on vanity fixture

I broke a glass shade on my beautiful wall mounted vanity lights. I have bought the replacement glass for all (SIX! sigh) glass shades. Now, however, I can't get one of the die cast rings to budge! ...
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Low dynamic hot water pressure throughout the house

I recently bought my first home, and the first thing we noticed is that the dynamic hot water pressure is pretty low compared to the cold water pressure. I purchased a water pressure gauge and found ...
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Turning on main water supply

The hot water line from my water heater to the house just came apart recently shooting water everywhere, so I re-glue the parts and wait a few hours and turn on the water. A few minutes later it blows ...
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What would cause all my gfi recepticles to not reset in my kitchen?

All my recepticles that are gfi except one will not reset nor will the outlets that are protected by them work? My house was built in 2006 and the receptacles are levitons. It tripped the breaker ...
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2nd floor p trap for clawfoot tub

I have a 1908 home with a clawfoot tub on the 2nd floor. It had some sort of lead box between the 1st floor rafters and under the permanent flooring that leaked. (A rat had chewed into it before I ...
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How to prevent sudden changes in water temperature (shower)

I have an apartment in an older building. The boiler apparently was recently replaced by the building manager in the past few years, but every time I take a shower, the temperature changes are pretty ...
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Thermostat can't control HVAC anymore after trying to switch thermostats

I bought a new Nest thermostat which is supposed to be compatible but needs a professional installation (advice that should have been heeded by non-professional electrician me). This is to replace an ...
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Alternative to backer rod and bond breaker tape for caulking

I'm caulking a number of vertical fillet joints. I haven't used foam backer rod because (since the joint is vertical) it won't stay while I caulk. Bond breaker tape has been annoying to place evenly ...
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Is it ok to run a new a power line under the roof as opposed to the ceiling?

I am planning to run a new circuit to install ceiling lights, fan, etc. My attic is very low (approx 3 feet), and there is insulation between the joists (B in picture), so it is going to be a hassle ...
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rewire ventilation fan to use pull chain instead of wall switch

I'm converting part of an unfinished space to make a darkroom. I'm installing a bathroom ventilation fan over the sink but there is no convenient place to install a switch for the fan. I purchased a ...
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Regulations 2015 NEC regarding 12/24 volts DC, New DC wiring Light/+in my old.“ I'm Scared ”

What might regulations would there be in the 2015 national residential electrical code regarding 12/24 volts dc in residence. I want to install mostly lighting but also also all electronic devices ...
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Help understanding Window anatomy

I'm renovating my basement, which has one double-hung vinyl window (pictured). I want to add one more on the same wall and trying to get a close match. The windows in this house were replaced in 2007 ...
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Cutting a window to see your garage from within the house

I found this design concept that someone did of their house. They had cut a panel out of their house that allows them to see their garage which is a cool idea. Are there any projects out there that ...
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Water purifier auto restart and never ends

I have purchased a new water purifier of KENT grand plus. After two days of instillation when I switched it ON it work for few seconds and then auto off. After few seconds it auto restart and than ...
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shower head replacement

I have a Kohler model 10828-4-BN shower kit. It has a handshower so it has a diverter piece coming out of the wall instead of a pipe. I wanted to change out the shower head but the new one does not ...
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Acceptable “3-way” switch wiring solution?

I would like to use a raspberry PI to turn lights on remotely from a raspberry PI. In this diagram, I am proposing 2 paths for completing the AC circuit and therefore turning the lights on: 1) the ...
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Laminate flooring in basement

We are planning to lay laminate flooring in our basement and are wondering is there is anything we could lay down first for some warm< or should we put anything down? thanks Joan
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Fan speed control with timer?

I'm looking for a device that will allow me to control the fan speed as well as have it timeout. In theory this might work if I used the output from the timer to feed into the dimmer, but it doesn't ...
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How should I stop condensation on my roof that's leaking into my home?

Condensation in my attic causes frost which melts on warm days and leaks through my ceilings. I plan to add more insulation this spring. I have installed a bathroom ceiling fan to help with moisture. ...
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Insulating a stucco home

What is the best way to insulate a 1969 stucco home in the SF Bay Area? I have added a lot of insulation in the attic area but the rooms and walls are cold. Any suggestions? Steve
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Kitchen Wall Type

I own a home that was built in 1959. I am getting ready to start a full remodel on the kitchen. I plan on widening the door way..etc... I cut out a small test area of the wall,and the material was 1" ...
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why is my residential cold water in pressure reducer valve corroding like a battery terminal?

my pressure reducer valve to my appartment is corroding on the outside like the build up you get on an automobile batery? is this any indication that the water is toxic? what would cause this? ...

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