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Exhaust fan hook up. I only have black and white from source. Please help

I am trying to hook up a ceiling exhaust fan. I am going to run 2 switches, light and fan separate. The line in power from box is just 14 ga blk and white. My house was built in 60s. I don't know how ...
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When is a variable-speed compressor HVAC unit worth the cost?

Surprise, its summer and our AC broke down. We were quoted prices for installation of the current standard (SEER 14) AC units (about $6500 unit cost and installation) vs Trane's SEER 18 AC units ...
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Choosing the Right Rotary Laser

I currently own a Dewalt D077 rotary laser that is rated for 1/8" in 100ft. It has a detector that has a 1/8" tolerance meaning that if one spot is on the high end and the other on the low end there ...
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Cracked bathroom tile - runs almost entire length of the wall

Have lived in this house 8 years. Finally redoing (full gut) bathroom this July. Just recently we have noticed horizontal cracks in the bathroom tile. Runs almost the entire width of the ...
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G to C trick not working for cooling. Honeywell RTH9080WF

My electric furnace has no c terminal. Furnace is heat & cool both. (Lennox Electric Fan coil Model CBS18-21-3P). I installed Honeywell RTH9080WF. I switched G to C on my thermostat and got the ...
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Condenser, (heat pump) covered in pollen - does it need to be vacuumed - pic attached

So my Condenser, (heat pump) is covered in pollen - does it need to be vacuumed or will the wind/rain take this away naturally? Here is what it looks like:
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A line T-ing off my water heater drain line. What might it be for?

There is a line T-ing off of the DRAIN line at the bottom of my water heater and I don't know what it is for. It is UPSTREAM of the valve that I need to open annually to remove sediment from the ...
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electrical issues

I have a light that is operated by two switches. One is upstairs, and the other is down stairs. How can I make the light work by either switch? Currently if I turn the light on down stairs, I cannot ...
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DIY Floating Desk in New Build Home

Evening all, It's my first time posting so be gentle, I've been reading a fair few of your posts and hope you can answer my question. I've attached a picture of where I would like to build a ...
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washing machine stops during cycle

My whirlpool ultimate care ii washer stops with water in the tub. It WILL drain if I can get the timer to start again. I can usually get it to start again by moving the dial back around, and sometimes ...
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question on the roof structure of my garage

This is a follow-up question on how to carry 20ft lumbers to home. Thanks for the advices and comments. I learned a lot. :) Because the question is now diviated from the original question, I made a ...
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What size air conditioner for a ~230 square foot room with 10 foot ceilings?

This will be my first time purchasing a window unit, and I'm a little confused. Most charts indicate that a 7,000 BTU unit is appropriate for a ~250 square foot room, however from what I can tell, ...
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What wattage I need when buying a portable generator? [duplicate]

how many watt generator should i buy for powering my fuel furnace,1/2 hp water pump,small chest freezer, small refrigerator and TV with satellite? all is 110 volt except water pump is 220 v that uses ...
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Intermediate switch wiring

I'm replacing light switches through the house - so far with ease. This however has me puzzled & I'd rather get confirmation than guess [of course] Both these switches are MK, but they've ...
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Patio wall: Footing necessary?

In the next 12-18 months, I am looking to get a patio put in, the thinking now is stamped concrete. I was thinking about adding a small wall around the perimeter like this ...
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painting rotted sashes

I am trying to fix discolored and rotting lower sashes on my natural pine windows. The wood has turned green. I am using a wood petrifier to firm up the wood. How do I paint/varnish that lower sash ...
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How do I properly size a 120v inline power relay to control a small air conditioner with my home automation system?

I have a 5,000 BTU, 115 volt, 4.8 amp, window-unit air conditioner I'd like to control from my home automation system. I think easiest thing to do would be to plug the unit into an inline rely module ...
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Water in my central vacuuming system?

We have a central vacuum system that was installed in our 4 year old new build. It works perfectly but about 6 months ago we found water in the canister. We assumed our cleaners had accidentally ...
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how do i mount this old Toyo Toki (Toto) sink?

I'd like to use this small sink in a powder room, but can't figure out how it mounts to the wall. There are large holes for lugs at the bottom, but if that's it the sink will tip and crack. Does ...
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Sizing electrical wire from Solar Panels

Our home has a 200 AMP main service disconnect and a 200 AMP sub-panel inside the house. The barn is about 200 feet away with a small sub-panel and is currently fed by a an overhead 8/3 wire. I plan ...
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Building my own garage door - are my plans going to work?

I am building my own three section wood garage door. I can save a few grand this way and get exactly what I want. But, I also want to make sure I do it right. I have a local overhead door company that ...
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What can be done about a vanity top not flush against the base?

I am installing a new vanity / top combo in a bathroom I am in the process of remodeling. I leveled and roughed the base and placed the vanity top (provided with the base) on to check the fit and ...
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how to carry 20ft lumbers to home

I need to carry one 20 ft lumber from HomeDepot to my home. I don't have a truck but have a minivan (Odyssey). The minivan does not have a roof rack though. A friend of mine suggested that I could ...
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Troubleshoot AC issue, no inside blower

I need help troubleshooting Rheem RAHE-036JAS, Armstrong G1N80AU125D20C-1, Honeywell ST9160B 1068 Board, Honeywell SV9520H 8034 Gas Valve. About a week ago, AC and Heat were working fine. After ...
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deck post design

I am DIY building a deck and have a question about how to create the deck posts. I have dug holes 4 feet deep to compensate for the local frostline and plan to place a few inches of gravel at the ...
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Best way to cover external XPS insulation

My house has a basement, and on the outside, there's a layer of XPS foam insulation on the outside of the basement wall, up to the grade. For most of the house, the sod goes right up to the house, ...
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Wood Choice for Strength in Shear and Tension Along Grain

I have a heavy gate (shown below) mounted to a concrete pillar using a 2x8 board and a piano hinge. The board cupped and finally split, so I must replace it. The mounting board has a piano hinge ...
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Do I need gypsum with orange peel to do a reasonable color test?

We expect to close on a house on Friday and my father-in-law will be in town that weekend only to help us paint a couple of bedrooms (currently brightly colored) and an accent wall. So we need to ...
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Painting over bright color with Kilz and single-coat of one-coat paint: overkill? Underkill?

We are expecting to close on a new house Friday, and my out-of-state father-in-law will be there for the weekend only to help us paint a couple of bedrooms. The rooms are bright colors now, and we ...
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Plumbing problems - bath and dishwasher

In shower, hot water doesn't work (no water at all comes out when handle turned to hot side) yet cold water works well - this is in guest bath. Hot and cold works at sink in same bath. Master bath - ...
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Ceiling fan & light installation - can't get wiring right

I recently purchased and installed a Quorum 70443-14 fan with light. This model has no pull chains, and is operated by an in-wall "remote" that is hard-wired and not removable. The wall switch (that ...
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Turning water pump power switch on and off, is it problematic?

The issue: My expensive Grundfos water pump (used in kitchen sink) is broken. Basic troubleshooting seems to indicate that the switch (XGC2-88) which is triggered by a floating device is broken. ...
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What kind of repair do I need for water damage from second floor?

Last night, my second floor shower wouldn't turn off because the handle cartridge broke and water leaked from the shower handle opening to behind the shower walls and all the way down to the garage. ...
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What hinge is this and where can I buy them in the UK?

I need to replace 4 hinges on the doors on our summerhouse. I have checked in a local hardware store and also I checked in B&Q on the weekend but I couldn't see them in either. Does anyone know ...
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Ideas for bathroom vanity (made of melamine) [on hold]

I have a plain white bathroom vanity - top , cupboards and drawers are white melamine. Looking to improve the look a bit, and keen on some opinions. Painting on top of melamine. Looking for a think ...
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Mechanised TV stand

I would like to create a Media Unit which has a TV that slides up and down within. I don't necessarily want it to be motorised as they seem quite expensive. I want to build it out of laminated wood ...
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Grounding requirements for main panel and subpanel

I recently had my main service professionally upgraded to 200A and had a 60A subpanel installed in my master suite to support future additions. All work passed city inspection, for whatever that's ...
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Difference in total pressure when HVAC system is on or off

This is a follow up question to one that I asked here. I am measuring the total pressure at the registers (all registers are open) with the BMP180 pressure sensor and somehow they don't change very ...
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What kind of blow torch to use for a stuck bolt

I'm trying to remove a tire from a lawn tractor and the bolt is stuck. I've tried all kinds of penetrating oils and an impact driver with no luck. A lot of websites recommend heating the bolt. What ...
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Photovoltaic installation: does it make sense (or is possible at all) to get a bigger inverter than the power output of the installed panels?

We are going to install a PV in our offices. Our actual needs would be satisfied by an installation of about 4kW, so that ~16 panels of 250W. It's going to be a central-inverter, grid-connected ...
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Dishwasher not getting power, found a burned connection. What now?

I have a countertop switch for my dishwasher that feeds into a terminal block in a lower cabinet. Finding a d/w that wouldn't turn on, I opened that box and found the appliance side of the block had a ...
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I need help removing a support beam

Hi my question is I have a support beam I want to replace the 8 support posts. And just put 2 at each end of the beam .so that I can open up the space . My question is can I use steel post or do I ...
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What will happen to the concrete I tint with latex paint?

Considering following the advice on pinterest to replace 1/4 of the water in some concrete with latex house paint to tint it. Wondering if anyone has done this and knows if this will actually affect ...
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Why does my outdoor AC unit make a screeching sound when it shuts off?

MY AC cools just fine. But when it cuts off, the loud screeching sound outside can be heard from far away. This only happens when the AC goes off. There are no other weird sounds, any other time. ...
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garage door button on the wall does not work but remote control does open and close garage door

My remote control opens & closes the garage door but the button on the wall does not work.
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Electrical wiring too short

Running three #4 wires 150' underground to a new barn. I ended up 12' short of the disconnect switch. is it okay to mount a weather proof junction box on the exterior wall of the barn and then ...
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Raising an existing concrete floor

I have a sunroom with ceramic floor tile over a concrete slab. I have two steps down which are not to code. One is 9 inches deep and the second is 10 inches deep to the floor. I would need to raise ...
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replaced recessed light w/ceiling fan, it seems I have to turn on at least one light to complete circuit

I replaced recessed can light w/ceiling fan, works great, if I want a recessed light on while ceiling fan is on. I do not. I need at least one working bulb in a socket it appears to complete circuit. ...
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Internal walls supported by rotten wood

We've an old house from 1890 and are replacing rotten and wood worm eaten beams and floors. But, whilst doing this we've found that the internal walls have been built on top of planks of wood placed ...
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Does an outdoor AC condenser unit (Heat Pump) require lubrication? Pic included

I have been in my house for 11 years now and every 3 or 4 years I have been taking the lid off my condenser unit and lubricating it. I just don’t know if I am even supposed to do this, but it make ...

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