0
votes
0answers
6 views

Insulting Concrete Forms

Has anyone had bad experiences with using ICFs, either during construction or seeing moisture/mildew or having termite problems?
0
votes
0answers
7 views

wiring for garage lights

I would like to change the light setup in my garage. Right now there is one switch that controls 3 lights, I would like to change to 3 Switchs that controls 6 lights.... 2 lights per one switch, can ...
0
votes
0answers
7 views

Delay relay to control water level

This is my first post here so I won't take offense in any restructuring, closing, migrating... Project description I have a tank of water, and its level is always decreasing (for all intents and ...
0
votes
0answers
6 views

Water heater not heating water

Installed new electric water heater. Installed timer. Installed 60 amp double breaker at main panel. Installed sub panel 30 amp double breaker. I'm getting power to the 30 am sub panel and to the ...
0
votes
0answers
9 views

Would adding ceiling joists in combination with a ridge beam reduce the reaction force of the ridge beam supports?

so think of a normal coupled roof design, with ceiling joists acting as ties for the rafters, except the rafters aren't attached to a ridge board, but a structural ridge beam. Would this configuration ...
0
votes
1answer
18 views

Connecting Motor wiring

I'm trying to connect Live Wires (L/N/G) to this electric blind receiver and can't figure out the way to do it. Motor Has 4 Wires Blue = Neutral Black = Direction 1 (I assume UP or Down) Brown = ...
0
votes
1answer
10 views

Material for very hot and humid environment

I want to change the kitchen cabinet doors what material should I use in my very hot and humid island
2
votes
1answer
58 views

Can light fixture be installed in attic hatch?

This is a rather unusual scenario but is it compliant with the NEC to have a light fixture installed in a door that moves, e.g. an attic hatch? I have a hatch to my attic in the middle of a closet ...
0
votes
0answers
14 views

Easiest effective way to use reed fence

I bought 2 of these from home depot (except they are like 16' wide instead of 25' and incidentally only $24): I am doing a "pallet project" wherein I've built a "tiki hut" bar out of old pallets, ...
0
votes
1answer
8 views

Grohe Shower Issue

I have a Grohe shower head, diverter and faucet (for the bath). In the last week I find that when I run the shower, I also have water coming from the faucet into the bath. What do I need to do to fix ...
0
votes
1answer
11 views

Does this kitchen faucet fit with this sink?

I bought a kitchen sink and kitchen faucet. (Links are in a text file at this location because I'm not allowed to post more than 2 links.) ...
0
votes
0answers
24 views

Can NM cable be exposed in attic?

All the visible cables in my attic are old armored cables, thus protected from possible critters trying to chew them (I've had squirrels there before) and other forms of direct impact. As I'm doing ...
0
votes
0answers
8 views

Replacing a central a/c unit in northern Minnesota

I need to replace a central a/c unit in my northern Minnesota home. At most we cool a total of about 2 weeks annually. I am getting quotes from various installers and wonder, do I need to buy a name ...
1
vote
0answers
15 views

How to connect two dimmers

Have just moved to Germany, and have a room with a double-gang system, the lower is a rotary dimmer which controls the lights in the kitchen, the upper is a double rocker switch that simply turns ...
0
votes
1answer
13 views

Fill about a 2.5" gap between drywall frame and and brick

In the basement, we got done getting drywall up, but there is a gap between the frame and the brick wall. In addition, Perma-seal put there cover up the wall. Eventually, the window will completely ...
1
vote
1answer
16 views

How to fix this leaky sink drain?

New to the forum. This I am thinking is a fairly straight forward job, but I don't have any plumbing experience so a little ify on how to go about it. Essentially I have a leaky sink drain. Little ...
0
votes
0answers
5 views

Portable air conditioner collecting water

My portable air conditioner is collecting water inside instead of sending the moisture out the exhaust pipe. It runs about an hour then shuts off and I have to empty it before I can turn it back on. ...
0
votes
0answers
6 views

trouble shooting home AC

air conditioner unit outside only turns on when the thermostat is put in to the on fan position.and the heat/cool is in the off position it's a carrier It's had heat all winter long. and now won't ...
1
vote
2answers
21 views

24v from a double circuit outlet

I have a split circuit outlets, the red hot wire goes to the outlets on the left, and black hot wire goes to outlets on the right. And the red/black prob hot wires are controlled by different circuit ...
0
votes
0answers
7 views

High water pressure after water heater is turned on or water isn't used for a while

I recently noticed my bathroom sink leaking occasionally and when I turn on the water, the pressure was much stronger than normal at first and went back to normal after a short time of letting the ...
0
votes
0answers
13 views

our bathroom exhaust fan flops open and shut in hot weather, thats with the power off.

Our bathroom exhaust fan flops open and shut (least that what it sounds like) in hot weather, when power is off. 30 yr old house. Please what can I do to fix.
0
votes
3answers
18 views

How do I avoid breaking the screwhead with Impact Driver

I am a total newbie on DIY woodcraft. I am trying to drill a screw in the wood using impact driver but the screw head breaks up. Do i need to put a hole on the wood first? What I do is directly use my ...
0
votes
1answer
17 views

How do I fix a minor scratch on a dyed aluminum anodized surface?

I have a home appliance with a green anodized aluminum case (like apple macbooks and older iPods). There is a minor scratch that is pretty easy to miss, but once I see it I can't unsee it. My main ...
1
vote
1answer
25 views

Accepted electrical raceway material to residential detached garage

When exiting a home with an electrical raceway to serve a detached garage, is PVC a generally accepted (code-worthy) raceway material to use? My feeders are carrying one 20A dedicated circuit. My plan ...
0
votes
0answers
20 views

What type of exterior door hardware allows remote lock/unlock and timed events? [on hold]

My family has 3 small houses which we rent, and I have been looking for a away to do this: I want to replace all main locks to the houses for something more sophisticate so that I can: Remotely lock ...
0
votes
0answers
19 views

4°C pond heater [on hold]

I'm planning on turning a barrel like bucket (ca 100l) into a pond where I'd put a plant and some fish. The problem is that this pond would freeze in the winter probably killing everything in it. From ...
0
votes
1answer
7 views

Remove interior paint from carpet

I recently wanted to repaint an interior wall. I took many precautions to cover the carpet using tarps, tape, and newspaper. Despite all of that, I still managed to get paint onto the carpets and ...
0
votes
1answer
17 views

Are HVAC Transformers Interchangable (if their power ratings match)

I'm troubleshooting the blower not starting in a friend's HVAC system. We think the issue is either a) a blown transformer, or b) the relay that controls the blower has blown. The next step is to ...
1
vote
1answer
20 views

Easiest/affordable way to monitor what's using power in your home?

My electric bill seems to be unusually high. I'm trying to figure out if there is an issue somewhere (faulty wiring, someone stealing power etc) or if one of my devices is a power hog. Does anyone ...
0
votes
1answer
19 views

Why did my wall-mounted garage door opener button stop working?

Yesterday, my wall-mounted garage door opener was working fine. Today, the opener is not working. There is no green light or any other sign of it working. I tried pressing it a few times but no ...
0
votes
0answers
13 views

Both A/C air handler and outside unit won't turn on

I went to turn on my A/C for the first time this year, and nothing happened. I checked power to both the air handler and outside unit...both at getting 220v going into the boards on each. I then ...
0
votes
0answers
17 views

Do I use grout to install my travertine backsplash?

We just purchased 3x6 tumbled travertine backsplash. Do you have to have a grout line or can you install without. Will it stay up?
1
vote
3answers
60 views

Can I buy or make an adapter to hook 2 generators together to run a 220 volt welder?

Can I buy or make an adapter to connect 2 generators together to get more amps for my 220 Arc Welder?
1
vote
1answer
20 views

Suggestion needed to purchase toolkit for DIY purposes [on hold]

I am thinking of purchasing a drill kit just for DIY purposes which I use rarely. I've chosen Skil's drill kit and thinking about purchasing a hand tool kit. I carefully chose these two products so ...
1
vote
2answers
23 views

How to extend 5/8" window jamb?

The window I just received in special order came with a 5/8" jamb. I'm really upset at that awkward dimension because it makes it difficult to extend it with regular 1xX lumber (actual thickness ...
0
votes
2answers
18 views

Multi-circuit transients without breaker trip

I have had some transient problems with the circuits in my house. About half of my circuits to several locations have a tendency to cause lights in the affected circuits (yes multiple circuits) to go ...
0
votes
1answer
24 views

Replacing a Challenger breaker with an after-market breaker

I have a Challenger panel board and one of my breakers is no good. When I went to buy a new one they don't carry them anymore. They said they only carry the after-market ones. So I got that one, but ...
0
votes
1answer
18 views

Tools or Techniques for Removing Grass and Moss from Brick Patio

This is what I'm dealing with - rudimentary efforts have not paid off and I feel like I must be missing something.
0
votes
1answer
21 views

Knocking well pipes

As my well pump shuts off after getting up to pressure I can here the underground pipe that goes to the well point "knocking". There is a check valve on the inlet of the pump and possibly another at ...
2
votes
3answers
62 views

How can I wire two switched outlets but power is connected at the first outlet?

I'm trying to connect a new switch and two new outlets (from switch) to an existing electric line. This new switch should turn the two new outlets on and off. However, I'd like to connect it as ...
1
vote
2answers
43 views

Why would holes exist behind a baseboard?

After ripping out some rubber baseboard, I discovered random holes all over the place. What would be the logical reasoning that these exist (if any)? Edit: Hopefully I don't get completely flamed ...
0
votes
2answers
16 views

Grounding metal box joining two BX cables without ground

If I have a metal handy box used to join two legacy BX armored cables that don't have a ground wire, do I need to ground that box like I would with NM cable by connecting the box with the NM ground? ...
0
votes
1answer
47 views

How can i stop heat

I live in a shop with my boyfriend, upstairs like a loft. We put up installations. We have an air conditioner running all day, but the room still gets too hot. No windows, just one huge door. What ...
1
vote
0answers
23 views

What to do about gap under outside bath exhaust vent?

The exhaust vent was broken so I installed a new one. After I finished, the previous homeowner apparently cut the siding too tall, or my new vent is shorter, but I'm left with this raggedy gap at the ...
0
votes
1answer
10 views

Resurface Fireplace - Apply mortar?

I've taking an extra layer of bricks from the front of my fireplace. I want to replace the fronting with marble. The original surface is really rough. My question is should I apply a mortar to smooth ...
1
vote
2answers
29 views

Question on installing ski rack on on 36" wall space

I am trying to install ski rack on 36" wall space backed by 2 studs. To utilize maximum space, I think putting 2x4 wood board on wall fastened to 2 studs, and install ski rack on top of the board. ...
1
vote
1answer
22 views

New junction box, or pigtail within receptacle?

I need to add a wall receptacle in a bedroom. (There aren't enough outlets as is.) The bedroom is on the main floor of a 1-story house, with an unfinished attic and an unfinished basement. Walls are ...
0
votes
0answers
17 views

Electrical — Open Ground on One Tester, Correct on Two Other Testers

Very Simple: I have a multi-unit building that had two separate outlets in different rooms with open ground readings on an outlet tester. Grounded each separate outlet to a nearby junction box with ...
1
vote
2answers
28 views

Identifying light socket in kitchen

I have 5 light sockets in the kitchen. Two of them are A19 style sockets and three of them are the following sockets: They fit a CFL type bulb in them. I would like to replace it with an A19 socket ...
2
votes
2answers
30 views

Do I have to worry about Bimetallic corrosion corrosion in this compression fitting?

I had an old fridge in my basement with an ice maker and water dispenser. I want to hook it up to my bathroom sink. I have a bunch of spare 1/4" fittings in my toolbox. The only problem is my ...

15 30 50 per page