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What is this cylinder looking thing in the drain line?

The house is 1950. There is a round cylinder in the drain line with a cap. under the floor is where it is located. What is this called and can I get it out of the drain system?
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How should I wire an exterior light where there's a load bearing post in the way?

I'd like to put an exterior light fixture between my two garage doors. The spot where it "belongs" has a post made of six (!) sistered 2x4s in the wall (presumably supporting the headers for the ...
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Waste pipe connector identification

I've purchased a dishwasher supposedly with exact same dimensions as the previous however swapping out hasn't been as straightforward as I imagined. The issue is a waste pipe, ever so slightly in the ...
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Can I add another cable to this 3-gang electrical box?

I have a 3-gang metal (ca. 1980, three boxes with removable sides) electrical box that currently has 4 NM cables entering it; at least 3 of them are 12/3, the 4th is either 12/3 or 14/3. All four ...
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How to get rid of mold on drywall

This bedroom was converted from a garage attached to the house. There's some black mold where the bed used to be. What's the best way to get rid of it?
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Can I wire 3-way switches so that when they are both in the same orientation the light will be off?

I replaced my 3-way switches. Is it possible to have either switch shut the light off, by pulling down on the toggles Either switch does shut the light off, but then one toggle is up, and the other ...
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My water line won't disconnect from toilet

I'm trying to replace the bits inside my toilet. The water supply line in stuck where it goes into the toilet, The plastic connector seems "Glued" to the fill valve assembly. How can I get it off?
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Is it normal for there to be a small gap between toilet tank and wall?

We recently replaced the toilet in our bathroom and I'm noticing a gap between the tank and the wall. Example: Is this normal? Our last toilet tank was flush against the wall. My concern is ...
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Looking for a practical way to find the metal posts locations in finished walls

I am looking for a practical way to find metal posts location in a finished basement walls or finished ground floor walls. I am trying to understand how my house was built. I would like to remove a ...
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Installing gas logs using flex pipe

I want to install gas logs into existing fireplace. The crawl space is horrible. Years ago I ran galvanized 1.25" main piping from outside gas meter into garage where water heater, furnace, and dryer ...
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what is air permeability of silicone caulk?

What is the air permeability rating of silicone caulk? (say, GE Silicone II). I see that at building science there is a listing of various building materials and their permeability ratings, but it ...
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Fixing cracks in a cinder block wall

I have a wall that is cracking in a couple of places. Two important points: This wall is not part of a building, it's like a fence or property boundary wall, but it's made of blocks of some sort, ...
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Can i salvage this toilet flange?

Photo is below. The flange is about 7" OD. As you can see both slots where the closet bolts would go are broken. Can I salvage this flange somehow, instead of having to rip it out of concrete and ...
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Electric Range not heating bake or broiler elements

I own a Frigidaire ES510 (Model GLEFM397DQA) electric range that will not heat the bake or broiler elements. The bake and broiler elements have no visible signs of wear. The stove top operates ...
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Is circulate central heating going to keep my rooms warm or auto setting cenral heating? [on hold]

Is circulate central heating setting going to keep my rooms warm or auto setting on central heating? My kids rooms are freezing and they aren't on top of garages!!!
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USB wall outlet charger not working

By not working I mean even when installed in the simplest configuration, it does some sort of low power pulsating. It will cycle between charging and not charging a USB device every half second or so. ...
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Help wiring 1-pole switch + USB in single outlet

I have the two products below and I need them to go in a single gang box that used to be a simple 1-pole switch. Product pages: http://www.legrand.ca/adorne/select/switches/aspd1531w8.aspx ...
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WD 40 and oven screws

I had some oven screws that were holding my heating element that were rusted. I sprayed them with WD 40 and got the element replacement put in. I have wiped the area down. How long before I can use my ...
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How can I add a new light fixture off of a ceiling fan wired to two switches?

I have an existing ceiling fan rough in that is wired with 3 conductor wire to two switches, allowing the light and fan to be controlled independently. The fan that I installed however uses a ...
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How long can pressure-treated plywood be left wet?

I built a 12'x20' shed foundation on the Oregon coast last Summer. It is 3/4" pressure-treated Doug Fir plywood over P-T framing. The plywood was very wet when purchased and installed wet like most PT ...
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What shape/bends should a bathroom sink drain pipe have to generally comply with US code and avoid clogs?

Santa Cruz, CA, USA I think this question might be related to Under bathroom sink piping (exposed) but my question is more general so I decided to post it separately. I'm in the middle of a ...
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problem with hot water tank

My hot water tank has a lot of corrosion on both hot and cold water connections on the top of the tank. Also, it looks like the water is causing the top of the tank near an inlet it looks like the ...
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How to seal between sill plate and foundation wall with wide gap?

Here is a picture of the top of my uninsulated basement wall. The foundation is poured and from early 1970s. For orientation to the photo: the white in the lower left corner is the vertical face of ...
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How can I adjust a whole-house ventilation bathroom exhaust timer?

We have a home built in 2008 in west-central Minnesota. As a cost-saving (I perceive it as such, and may be mistaken) measure to fulfill air quality and venting code, the builder set up an upstairs ...
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Floor leveling layering

Leveling a floor in old house. Put down compound and is drying but there are some spots not level. Can we prime and put on another layer? Was recommended by flooring people to put the leveling ...
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Toilet Auger Failure (was: How do I remove a toilet auger?)

My toilet is suffering frequent clogs that could be cleared with a plunger, but recurs the next time we send anything down. So I went and got the fanciest toilet auger at Lowes, Cobra brand heavy ...
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Should I use a screw or anchor bolt to hold a metal box to the wall?

Which type of bolt is best for securing a metal box to a wall to prevent it being pulled away: Screw Bolt or Anchor Bolt? And by Screw Bolt I mean this: And by Anchor Bolt I mean this:
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Mitigating low frequency reverb in a bedroom

Outside my bedroom window, there is a store air conditioner which runs 24/7. It's noisy in general, but closing the window takes care of most higher frequencies. My issue is with a specific low ...
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Why is this transformer in my garage?

I am moving into a house, and the previous owner doesn't know the answer. Up high in the corner of the garage, the drywall was cut out to install a small transformer. The input comes from a garage ...
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Need help replacing 2 switches, fan + light

I need some help. I want to replace the 2 old switches, fan + light, by 2 Leviton decora 1 way switches. I am confused by the wires (see attached pics), especially by the black one that goes from one ...
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How to make a switched outlet, half switched, half hot

In my garage I have an outlet in the ceiling that is fully controlled by a single switch due to a shop light being plugged into it. I would like to make half of that outlet always hot, so I can power ...
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Limit switch is good but no heat

I am getting a 4 blink indicator saying my limit switch is bad. I tested the switch and it is good. What else could it be?
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Noise insulation on a door that connects bedroom and bathroom

our bathroom has 2 doors and we only use one. The other one remains shut and it connects to a bedroom. We do not intend on ever opening it (but we are renting the place so we need something that ...
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Has this light earthed itself?

After accidentally earthing the live wire going to the outside light whilst putting a faceplate back on (patched up now), the light has stopped working. I've just been out with a multimeter to see if ...
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List of home automation systems? [on hold]

As @keshlam explained me in Comparison of various home-automation systems?, it is not possible to get up-to-date NPOV comparison of various home automation systems. What about a list of ...
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Light fixture emits a high pitch sound with no bulb

I have a light fixture that hangs from the ceiling which no longer works with new bulbs. It uses Dulux D/E 18 watt compact fluorescent bulbs. I'm ok with it not working but when I turn on the light ...
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Backlight moving mirror in bathroom

Bathroom will have a medicine cabinet behind the mirror. Going to use wall mount sliding door hardware to make the mirror move. Will look similar to this: I would like to use some 12v LED lights on ...
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How to waterproof metalic electrical conduit entrance in concrete wall?

I have concrete garage inside the hill below house level. Electrical metal conduit runs underground and enters the garage at the top of concrete wall. It may 12"-15" below surface. See pictures. It's ...
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Spilt bleach on stained hardwood floor

Unfortunately upon moving into our new rented flat we have spilt a small amount of bleach (about the size of a large coin) onto hardwood floor. Here is a picture: Is there anything we can do such ...
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Plastic sheet rigid at 1mm thickness [on hold]

Hello and sorry if this is the wrong place to ask about that, but in the pile of StackExchange's websites I didn't saw a more fitting place to ask. My question is relatively simple but I've trouble ...
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How do I clean a white cement Spanish-type tile roof?

I have a white cement Spanish type tile roof that is very dirty. What is the best way to clean it? Can I power wash it?
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Proper method to wire through different surfaces

I have added a 6" deep bump out with a TV and an electric fireplace in the center of a wall. There is a recepticle behind the feature wall which the tv and fireplace plug into. I am also creating a ...
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What could cause a flame sensor to stop working so frequently?

Over a year ago after a month in our new house, we came back one evening to a cold home and after some googling, I found out that the flame sensor was dirty and the furnace was starting the flame and ...
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Washing machine standpipe overflows even after snaking/jetting every way to Sunday

I have lived in my house for 3 years now with the same washing machine..in the past month my washing machine drain pipe has started to over flow. I do live in the country and drain my kitchen sink and ...
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Running irrigation pipes under a large concrete pad

I'm planning on redoing the irrigation system in the back yard and considering extending it to cover the front yard as well. My only problem, the house is completely surrounded by a concrete patio. ...
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can I tap a high pressure propane line to install a low pressure heater?

Currently I have a high-pressure regulator on a propane line to my (indoor) stove. My question is can I tap into this line and run a connection to a room heater that uses a low-pressure regulator.
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Wires barely fit in gang box, is this okay? If not, where to get deeper boxes?

What to do when the wires barely fit in the box? We got them to fit with a lot of fusing, but I'm not sure if that's okay or not. Lots of smushing down and the outlet covers don't fit flush on some. ...
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Relay for electric oil filled heaters - does it have to be so noisy?

On a new build, (the conversion of an old stable block into a habitable annexe), our electricians installed three electric oil filled heaters which are controlled by a thermostat, which operates a ...
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How to fabricate gas line for inside a stove top?

It seems my stove has been discontinued, and this part, which I damaged when taking apart the stove, is no longer available. What are these parts called? How do I make the knurl at the end? Tips to ...
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Dremel vs Not Dremel and Rotary vs Oscillating [on hold]

I know that mods are going to flock to this as off topic and an opinion post but it's not I swear. I'm looking for people to tell me the real world difference between a dremel vs its non-hobby ...

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