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Can I use metal masonry device (switch) boxes in a stud wall?

I am installing new wiring and need to place 5 lighting switches in one location (yes, I understand the problems/issues of confusion, etc.). These will all be 3-way switches, non-dimmable. I plan on ...
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What could cause lights to come on full strength then dim?

I just finished setting this up: There are actually 4 lights chained together at the end rather than just one. Once I finished I turned the circuit back on and tried out the switches. All of them ...
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Is it possible to install a whole house humidifier away from the furnace?

My building is essentially a single extremely large room. It's a 25'W x 45'L x 20' H concrete box, with an open mezzanine over the back 1/3 of the box. The HVAC system is gas-fired forced air, ...
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How to mix a resurfacer/leveler with sand and cement?

Disclaimer: No, I can't buy ready made surface leveler, because in Brazil this doesn't exist. I need to use a resurface a dry pack levelling that my previous contractor made a lousy job (porous ...
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Which home automation standards will work with Apple and/or Google's forthcoming sofware?

On one hand I'm happy that Apple and Google are getting into home automation, because the existing software and control apps seem to be uniformly atrocious. On the other hand, I've been planning a big ...
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How do I add a socket to a fused alarm spur?

I am in the UK. I wish to install a socket (possibly a double) in the under stair area of my house. The main consumer unit is based here and also the alarm box. One option would be to get an ...
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How to fake this concrete effect with paint?

I'm attempting to imitate this concrete wall (at least I think it's real concrete!), using acrylic paint. For my initial attempt I was thinking of working with two grays (one slightly lighter) - ...
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Where do I need to insulate my house to help avoid ice dams?

We have had some leaking this past winter due to ice dams. After we get everything dried out, we would like to put up some insulation to help prevent this in the future. Is insulating the ceiling ...
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Best way to stop boiler steam from entering attic

I have a cape cod. The boiler is in the basement and vents to the outside about a foot above ground level. I get a considerable amount of snow melt and ice buildup in the attic section directly ...
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How do I remove wax or Mop-and-Glow from Pergo floors?

How do I remove wax or Mop-and-Glow from Pergo floors?
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How can I prevent my furnace vent from icing up and shutting off the furnace?

How do I keep my exhaust vent from icing up in the winter. We are in a new house with a HE Furnace in a pretty cold zone. It has iced up two times now and we are only in our 1st winter. Anything I can ...
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What could have caused the burnt electronics smell in my Kenmore washer and dryer?

I have a Kenmore washer and dryer (both electric) in a separate laundry room. We came home yesterday after being out, only to find a HORRIBLE smell in the laundry room. At first I thought of ...
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Invert electric motor rotation

I got this AC motor which was from a pool pump, but now I want to use it to power a saw. For this i need to invert its rotation direction. how can i do that by just switching wires?
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Adding vents to duct?

My house has forced air HVAC. When I finished the basement, I used a closed cell foam insulation that worked very well. The basement will get only 8 degrees cooler than the first floor during a time ...
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Listed electric baseboard heaters that permit installation below outlets

Are there UL-listed electric baseboard heaters that do permit being installed below outlets? The FPN in 210.52: Informational Note: Listed baseboard heaters include instructions that may not ...
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How can I resolve tripping problems with CAFCI?

Situation: I was having combination arc fault circuit interrupters (CAFCI) installed in some 20 Amp and 15A branch circuits. In several cases , the CAFCI immediately tripped after installation, or ...
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How can I stop my windows from leaking when mild winter weather occurs?

We have an 11 year old bungalow and this problem only occurs on the middle section of a bay window. We think that frost happens inside the insulation somewhere and when the temperature outside is mild ...
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Is there a limit to the number of holes bored in a joist?

I already know that a hole bored in a sawn lumber joist cannot be within 2" of any edge or any other notch or hole, and that the hole can be a maximum of 1/3 the depth of the member (International ...
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Cost of XPS panels vs. sprayed closed cell foam

I'm starting the process of finishing my nearly full height (7'2") basement and am costing out the insulation. Based on my research of what's best below grade, I'm debating between XPS foam panels ...
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How can I protect pine from yellowing?

I have read that pine can begin to yellow very quickly. I am wanting to use pine as an office desk top and want to prevent this yellowing from occurring. Would a oil- or water-based sealant be the ...
3
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What is the best way to subdivide and heat a large room?

I live in a large room and would like to subdivide my room, such that it can be heated with a space heater/small mobile radiator. I live at the end/corner of a large L shaped room, with concrete ...
3
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How can I remove the residue that is building up in PEX tubing?

I have a pex plumbing system that has been slowly clogging / losing pressure. Our sulphur treatment system injects peroxide into the pressure tank then flows upstairs to the filter system. The ...
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How should I hook up my generator to a manual transfer switch?

I have a couple of questions about hooking up a generator to a manual transfer switch and I'm really hoping somebody with knowledge can help guide me here. The idea is I will have an exterior ...
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Can you use a hopper gun to spray finishing plaster?

I'm intrigued by spray plastering. It seems that most people use machines like this, costing thousands, to spray finish plaster: ...
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How can I install Z-Wave switches in these different situations?

I am trying to install z-wave lighting switches into my apartment. What I have discovered is that every light switch in my apartment that I have taken apart (4) is wired differently. The switches I am ...
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How do I winterize this sprinkler system

I am trying winterize my landscaping sprinklers. I just moved into my new house and find out this plumbing layout is quite different, I hooked up my 100psi air compressor and tried to blow them out ...
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Should I include an expansion joint between steps and a foundation?

I am building this retaining wall that ends with steps. The steps will be on one side against the foundation of the house. My question is should I use expansion joints between the step units (SRW ...
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What tube should I use for a kitchen rail?

I am building a kitchen rail for hanging utensils and frypans along the wall and need some help choosing the right tube size for the job. Because I'm renting the place I don't want to drill any ...
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How would I reverse yellow stains resulting from sealing a marble table top?

I sealed a new polished marble table top with a granite sealer that also works on marble. The discoloration is slight, but I'd like to remove it. What's the best way to do this? I've read about ...
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How do I install a WiFi thermostat with a Well-McLain steam boiler?

I have a Weil-Mclain 150000 BTU steam boiler, and have only 2 wires connected to my thermostat, but would like to add a new Honeywell WiFi thermostat. I have no C wire, no A/C, or any other type of ...
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Do I need to remove these border stones if I want to regrade the soil next to my house?

Here is my dilemma: to remove the stones or not (line of stone at top left in the lawn). My plan would be to regrade the soil next to my wall and to add concrete slabs on top of the grade soil. I also ...
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Can I identify window manufacture from the NAMI information?

All I could find short of removing the window to look for the manufacturer's label is the NAMI sticker information it had inside top frame. And yes I did look through the posted NAMI list here, mine ...
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How many arms should a 5.8m long awning have?

I am preparing to install two awnings with folding aluminum arms. The length of each awning is 5.80 meters or 19 ft. The house is at an elevation of 200 meters or 656ft (in the city outskirts) and ...
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Front House Posts Not Resting on Anything

I have 5 roof support posts that are supposed to be resting on concrete blocks but one of them is not even touching the concrete block and the other 4 have some separation from the concrete block. ...
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How to remove turn-style tub overflow cover?

I've tried looking all over for a solution, but I've yet to find a solution that matches my situation. The cover I have (I think) is supposed to turn so the hole is downwards so you can remove the ...
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What materials and spacing should I use for ceiling joists/strapping in this conversion?

I have an old two bay garage that's 28'x50', that I would like to convert into a home. One thing I'm trying to figure out is how to do the ceiling. The ceiling is held up by metal joists approximately ...
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What should I do about putty that fell in the toilet opening?

When I was lifting off the old toilet a large chunk of plumbers putty/clay fell in the opening. (There was a huge amount under the toilet, and no wax that I could see.) I tried using a vacuum to get ...
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Can I repair a shower without pulling everything out?

We had a new shower put in (by a contractor who was in over his head) during a remodel a few years ago. About a year ago the built-in-bench starting to collapse. When we pulled out the bench we ...
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How to protect exterior galvanized flashing?

With ships, they'll bolt zinc blocks on, can I "re-galvanize" metal? I ask as I have some flashing that was likely installed in 1938. It was galvanized and is in reasonably good shape. But replacing ...
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When my primer flakes off easily how will it help hold the paint

I'm painting an iron structure to save it from corrosion and make it look nice. I was advised to apply a layer of primer which I did, it contains iron oxide and is supposed to prevent oxidation. Now I ...
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How can I adjust the depth to which a pneumatic toilet flush button must be pressed?

We have a toilet with the cistern built into a cabinet, with a button on the front to flush it. However, it only seems to flush if you press the button right in (quite deep) and you have to do it ...
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Don't know where lever is to open top latch on steel cellar door

I recently took over my recently passed Grandmother's house and she has a furnace in the cellar. Of course, the furnace went out, so I need access to the cellar in order to fix it. I moved from out of ...
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Wire Gauge/Type for 100amp detached Shop?

I have a new woodworking shop that I built behind my house. The shop has a 100 Amp panel and I have wire the shop for 110v/20a plugs and 220v/20a plugs. My house has a 225amp service and already has a ...
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Replaced a Heat/Light/Vent with a vent only. There does not seem to be a hot wire:

The three gang box previously had a HLV combined switch plus a switch that operated a separate light. Stupidly, I removed and discarded the switches and units (light and HLV) without studying 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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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 ...
2
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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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Tub surrond caulking question

My contractor just completed replacing the tub surround. the walls are tiled from the tub to the ceiling. A few things I'm not too sure about, and would like to get some opinions. The contractor ...
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how do I remove this faucet?

The faucet runs even when the handles are turned off so I wanted to pull these off and see if I could figure out what is going on... but I have no idea how to get the faucets off. No visible set ...
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Could a frozen dishwasher line have ruined something?

I had a frozen pipe under my kitchen sink and was able to get the hot water moving with a hair dryer but the dishwasher also has a frozen pipe. I was able to warm that up and get that going, but when ...

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