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Is it possible for the black wire to be hot but to create reverse polarity in a GFCI?

Is it possible for a black wire to be hot, but to cause reverse polarity in a GFCI when it's connected to the brass screw? A no-contact voltage tester shows that the black wire is hot. The white wire ...
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How many outlets can you have on one 15 amp circuit

In my rebuilding project i have counted 18 outlets and lights on one bedroom circuit that travels through 3 rooms. Is that ok ?
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139 views

How far in from the wall do the first brackets go when hanging closet rod?

I need to add closet rods to a very unusual shaped closet. I'm awaiting exact measurements, but what I have is: Door Width 31", Trim around each side of door inside of closet 2", Depth of closet ...
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Should there be a grounding conductor between my meter and panel?

home being rebuilt after hurricane, it is elevated on piles 13ft hight, main panel is contected by 3 conductors, L1,L2 and N, those conductors go to meter, there are 2 grounding rods installed outside ...
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107 views

How can I stop an in-the-wall air conditioner from leaking air into the home?

As far as I can tell, the air conditioner fits nearly perfectly in the hole, but there is considerable air leaking into the home through the bottom. I think it may be because of metal strips that line ...
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1answer
275 views

Can I install false LED light bulbs in a chandelier to reduce the total light output?

I have a chandelier that holds 18 lights bulbs. The bulbs I have are non-dimmable 4 watt LED bulbs. I really only need 12 bulbs working at a time. Would it cause any harm only using 12 and hollowing ...
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54 views

How should I secure cables in attic trusses?

When running NM cable across attic trusses, is it required to 'secure' the cable (with stables or straps) every 4.5 ft or is the support from trusses every two feet sufficient?
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will using a ventilation system with an heat exchanger give me the same quality air indoors as outdoors?

will using a ventilation system with an heat exchanger give me the same quality air indoors as outdoors? is using a proper ventilation system equivalent to having all your windows open without any ...
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286 views

Should I trim or bend the lip to a strike plate?

Inside my house, the strike plates are T-shaped and the protruding tongue sticks out 10-13 mm (3/8"-1/2"). Occasionally someone gets their clothing caught on the strike plate. It seems to me that ...
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What could be causing my kitchen drawers to be sliding out?

Two out of the four kitchen drawers are sliding open after about 20 seconds of staying closed. I managed to fix one by tightening the screws, but one continues to misbehave. I compared the ones that ...
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Can I plug a generator into a dryer outlet [duplicate]

I have an electric dryer with a 30 amp circuit running to it. If I had a male-male plug to run from a portable generator to this outlet, would it be safe to run essential appliances (water pump, ...
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1answer
92 views

How can I determine what size and type of filter is required in my air handler?

I just moved into a new house with a Trane Air handler (model TWE065E13FB) in the crawlsapce. I went to replace the filter as this was suggested maintenance and I found that there isn't a filter in ...
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Is it a problem that the entire element in my electric oven is not red?

I have a Maytag MER6770AAW twin ovens 4 burner stove. The bottom burner only turns red around the front, and not at the back. One end going into the back turns red and runs all the way around ...
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1answer
737 views

What gauge wire for long run from power supply to LED light strip?

I am wiring in some 5050 RGB LED strip lights in my basement. There is a small utility room adjoining and I'm keen to keep the transformers and signal amplifiers in there in order that they can be ...
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1answer
116 views

How can I fix pinewood flooring that got skewed after oiling?

I oiled my pinewood flooring a few days ago, and now after it has dried up the flooring is skewed. It bends up close to the edges, on both sides of the room. Each plank is straight lengthwise. It's ...
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466 views

How can I remove construction adhesive from finished wood flooring?

I was attaching some transition molding to a floor section yesterday using PL proline construction adhesive. Apparently I did not do as a good a job of policing the edge as I thought, and I have ...
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1answer
103 views

What could be causing the copper green smells in my house when the furnace turns on?

We just re-did the rotting siding on my t1-11 sided fireplace. We replaced siding and covered it with hardi-plank. The problem is, when my furnace turns on, air is pulled from the fire place and the ...
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1answer
143 views

How can I reinforce an entertainment stand for an aquarium?

I just moved into a new apartment, and I'd like to get an aquarium. Space is tight so I'd like to use this entertainment stand: I would like a 20 gallon aquarium (I'm told 10 gallon ones are too ...
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1answer
245 views

Which wires go where in this non-standard GET dimmer switch?

I am replacing some touch sensitive dimmers - where the touch doesn't work half the time - with another unit made my GET, I think. The manufacturer has decided on making up their own naming and ...
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1answer
655 views

What could be causing my Lennox furnace to blow cool air?

My Lennox outside furnace is blowing cool air, not hot even when the burner is lit. It takes 3 times longer to heat the house than it should. I just had the draft motor replace about a month ago and ...
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1answer
142 views

How should I remedy bowed floor joists?

My house is 24'x24', (2 story), kitchen (main floor) has approx. 5 "bowed-up" floor joists in a row in the middle. I want to change all cabinetry, so while removed, how to "safely" remedy this bowed ...
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2answers
319 views

How to Stop GFCI tripping when current drops too quickly?

I have my entire aquarium running off one GFCI. My lights are plugged into the top outlet and all of my pumps/etc are plugged into the other. If everything is running and I cut the switch (on the ...
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0answers
170 views

Does air trapped in water pipe disturb the meter reading?

I have about 7 meters of PVC pipe connected to the water meter. Some of this pipe is above the meter level so some air sure gets trapped inside. Is it possible that the air in pipes expand and ...
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1answer
511 views

Why does my new light fixture trip the circuit breaker?

I have a ceiling light fixture that trips the circuit breaker every time the single pole switch is flipped. It has three white wires and three black wires. Before installing this light fixture, which ...
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1answer
265 views

Can I somehow wire my generator to my power pole?

I have a power pole that has a 200 amp breaker before it enters my house and a 30 amp (240) breaker for my well. Again, both are outside before the electricity enters my 200 amp house box. Is there a ...
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How should I prepare a sub-floor for porcelain tile?

I am removing a laminate tile floor. There looks to be 2 layers of 3/4" Plywood as the sub-floor. Do I remove 1 layer of Plywood and install 1/2" concrete board or leave the plywood and install 1/4" ...
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62 views

Why won't GFCIs indicator light show on plug?

My handyman installed 10 new Gfci's in a 1987 home. There has never been any in the home. They all work when you plug something in and do not trip- but the the indicator lights will not come on any ...
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112 views

How do I remove huge gluey sticker tape on glass?

I'm asking for my cousin in Hong Kong, whose little children stuck this window sticker onto the glass. We read How do I remove the gluey residue left by gaffer tape on glass, ...
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1answer
115 views

Verizon FIOS battery warning beep [closed]

My Verizon FIOS system has a back-up battery to keep the phone running in the event of a power failure. This battery is approaching the end of its life and makes a "BEEP" every five minutes or so. I ...
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2answers
103 views

What should I use to cover the walls of an alcove for a water heater?

My water heater is located in an alcove on the back corner of the house. Today I found water line leaking from the heater, replaced and it is good now. I have always just assumed the walls and ...
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How do I calculate the length of a ladder I need to reach a certain height?

My roof-line is 24' from the ground. What length ladder should I purchase to ensure I can reach the this height safely? I'm guessing there is a "safe" angle (a) for a ladder, regardless of the ...
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2answers
432 views

What types of tools are required for making wood toys and models?

I am learning and doing some woodwork, and I have been using a hand saw and sanding to make very simple wood blocks. I would like to know what tools are suitable for toys like this puzzle and these ...
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2answers
159 views

How to increase the height of a wooden cabinet?

I am a complete and utter novice when it comes to woodwork (this is in fact my first ever project) so there may be an obvious solution to this, but: I'm building a TV lift cabinet. I started with the ...
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176 views

Why won't my garage door remote work unless I push the button to turn off the light first?

If I trip the sensor by driving the car outside, the light goes on. The remote won't work. If I then go in the garage and push the button to turn on the light and then leave the garage without ...
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1answer
123 views

How can I convert a shadow box fence to a solid fence?

I currently have a shadow box style fence around the backyard of the new house I purchased. As there is a pool in the backyard, I prefer more privacy than the shadow box fence provides. In addition, ...
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Any way to mount this diffuser without screws?

I needed to unmount a drywall ceiling diffuser to do a small fix. The diffuser is a "traditional" stainless still box mounted using two screws driven straight into the sheetrock. Unfortunately the ...
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2answers
71 views

Can a load on the line side ever trip a GFI?

Can a load on the line side of a GFI ever trip that GFI?
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1answer
234 views

Do wires need covering when plastering?

Many places say that you need to cover wires when plastering over them: theiet.org/forum In a zone or not I would still steel cap the cables even if they were only TV Aerial cables. and this ...
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1answer
197 views

How do I wire my dishwasher and disposal back to my house wiring?

I lost the diagram I had when I took this circuit apart and I am having trouble trying to get it back together. Disposal and dishwasher, each on a separate breaker. Have 2 hots and a neutral coming ...
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247 views

Any way to determine capacity of old washer/dryer?

My parents have a Whirlpool washer (model LA7000XS) and dryer (model LE7080XSW0) from 1987. They want to replace them, but want to make sure the capacities of the new washer and dryer are at least as ...
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Can I use this hose with my air compressor?

I have the below compressor, and would like to use it for pumping my bike. Does the below hose and gun work with it? And what is the metal button at the end of the gun for?
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1answer
168 views

What is wrong with my gas furnace?

Note: the below was solved. It was a loose wire between the controller and the gas valve (the white wire on the diagram) This is about an old UltraMax Olsen HCS2 81AD gas furnace it looks like this ...
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How can I stop my HVAC condensate drain line from freezing? [duplicate]

My heater does not overly produce condensate, but my line freezes easily. I took other recommendations posted and have it cut short, insulated and covered with now two heating tapes and I still have ...
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1answer
238 views

Are uninsulated steam pipes behind walls and touching beams a fire hazard?

We are getting our unfinished basement done. We have replaced and rerouted (to make more space) our steam pipes (house built in 1937) with new pipes (Black and I believe 4 inches in diameter). These ...
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3answers
711 views

How can I seal old Jalousie windows?

In our rented house there are old Jalousie windows (the kind with glass slats). When I was looking for ways to seal them better (it's getting cold here), I came across this: ...
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1answer
131 views

How to fix a slow draining sink?

I have a bathroom sink that has started to drain slowly. There are 2 sinks in that bathroom, and the other sink drains just fine. The pipes and joints are PVC and the construction is fairly new. We ...
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1answer
299 views

How Can I Attach a Box to an inside wall that will the hide internet router without damaging the wall?

I have a series of cables and an internet router on the floor of my apartment, like this: I would like to attach a box to the wall that will hide all of this, and tuck the wireless router inside ...
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337 views

Why does my Trane only blow cold air when the system is set to Heat?

The thermostat is set at Heat at about 69 but it doesn't warm up. Stays at 65. Just blowing cold air. I had someone come out to look at my Trane XB80, and he said it was probably a bad gas valve. It ...
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1answer
110 views

Best way to remove anchors from concrete?

The people we purchased our home from put up a wall in the 3 car garage between the 1st and 2nd space, but never finished it and I am now looking to remove the entire wall. There are several ...
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1answer
770 views

How can I repair a hole in wood laminate kitchen countertop?

Builders made a hole in the worktop, the surface is a laminated wood. What is the correct way to repair this ?

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