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What considerations do I need when wiring a string of light bulbs in parallel?

I want to build a hollywood style mirror light for my wife (as pictured below). I'd like it to be powered by mains electricity (230v where we live in the UK), but I understand the bulbs will take ...
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What is the optimal configuration of a cross brace on a wooden gate?

I'm building a wooden gate for my deck, and I want to put in a cross brace to reduce sagging. I want to install the brace so that it transfers the load from the top unhinged corner, to the bottom ...
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2answers
120 views

What do I need to know when buying fuse for 3-pin plug?

I just learned that lots of fuse in 3-pin plug of an electrical equipment are actually are blindly fitted and rarely correspond to the correct amperage rating of the electrical equipment, for example ...
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1answer
2k views

Can I increase the length of LED RGB 5050 tape?

I see that there are a lot of experts on this forum, so I believe that someone will be able to help me with small LED lightning project (I have bought/will buy all components on eBay). Currently I ...
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2answers
55 views

Cracks in basement cement that seem to leak more when water is running?

I came home from a 2 day trip and found cracks in my basement cement with water seeping into them. I noticed that when I ran the water it leaked more, any guess what the problem is?
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1answer
107 views

Can a concrete block be split the same way you cut stone?

I just bought a house with a large retaining wall built out of stackable concrete blocks. At one intersection there's an extra block that sticks out awkwardly. If I score a line with a chisel can I ...
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3answers
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Electrical tester says its hot but nothing is working

I removed a section of wall not to long ago and did have to rewire some but everything was put back together and has been working for a couple months. The other day it seemed like the breaker popped ...
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1answer
93 views

How much clearance is needed on a gas fireplace?

I have a small gas fireplace already installed. I cut a hole in side and it looks like it has about a foot clearance (opening between the outer wall and fireplace housing). In addition, it looks ...
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Should I install a floor drain in my laundry room?

I am relocating my laundry to a room over my garage. I have an opportunity to put in a floor drain. My old laundry has a floor drain (not sure why -- it is carpet and subfloor with only crawlspace ...
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Do brass ball valves have to be oriented with the flow of water?

I bought this brass ball valve from Home Depot and installed it in the orientation of what I would consider "backwards". I'm not sure if it actually matters and before I close up the wall I would like ...
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1answer
190 views

How to replace existing ethernet wiring in the house?

My house was built in 2007 with ethernet wiring in all the rooms upstairs and downstairs connected to a central fiber optic switch. It looks like they used low grade wiring and I get constant ...
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Cheaper to use 8“ electic stovetop coil or 6” coil?

I found out that my Kenmore electric stove small 6" burner is really 120v. The larger 8" coil is 220v. Based on the wattage of replacement coils: 6" elec burner(120v) 1500w = 12.5amps 8" (220v) ...
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55 views

Facade entrance damage

The entrance to our condo was damaged in the last few moves and I am not sure how to fix it. Check out the pictures What is this material called? It seems to be some soft of plaster shell with ...
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1answer
68 views

I have 2 single slots (left & right) at bottom of panel but using 12/3 wire for two separate runs

I'm learning to wire and have done okay lately, but now I want to tackle adding a Ground Fault Breaker to my panel to power some outdoor receptacles and landscape lighting. I've already run 12/3 (in ...
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3answers
1k views

Do I install my green board before I install my shower pan?

I have had to take my old corner unit shower out and about to install a bigger shower. What I'm going back with is Cultured Marble. This will be the pan and the walls. I was told I needed to ...
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1answer
50 views

Replacement part for glass balcony door

I need to replace this part, but I do not know what it is called (see picture). It serves to limit the range of motion of an aluminum frame glass door. It is exposed when the door is open. When ...
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2answers
65 views

Is there any way to predict foundation problems?

I'm considering buying a historic home >100 years old on the Chicago north shore and am trying to quantify/budget for the most expensive risks. I assume the foundation is one of the most expensive ...
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2answers
538 views

What is the weight limit on pergo flooring?

We currently have pergo installed in our kitchen/dining room and have had it for a number of years - no complaints. We are now faced with the issue of pulling up carpet in the living room/hall as it ...
3
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2answers
265 views

How do I cut 1968 cast iron rough sewage pipe?

I have a rough in bathroom that was done in 1968 for the homeowners to finish. Cast iron pipes for shower and toilet are about 4 in. out of floor. How do I go about cutting them to install a toilet ...
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1answer
201 views

How do I wire a door bell?

Can anyone make an educated guess on how to wire so the door bell rings? The flat used to have door phone entry system, but it doesn't work anymore. So it is used as normal bell. In flat we had a ...
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1answer
360 views

Can I glue a second layer of drywall?

I want to attach a second layer of drywall to old, partly damaged and crumbling drywall, with construction adhesive. I cannot use screws only because my patch's edges do not fall on studs (the patch ...
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3answers
181 views

Do I really have to cut my wood flooring to a 1 inch width?

So my flooring in almost done, I have about 99% of it installed. The only problem is that the gap between the last board and the wall is only 1 1/2 inches. Is my only option really to cut down these ...
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2answers
405 views

What's the true longevity of exposed fastener metal roofs?

I want to replace my roof. Exposed-fastener metal roofs are popular and common where I live, but nobody nearby has owned one long enough to really comment on the longevity. I worry that over time, the ...
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1answer
82 views

Why is my toilet backing up and bubbling after replacing an ejector pump?

About two weeks ago my sewage ejector pump died and had a massive overflow in the basement. I replaced the pump but I am now noticing that the toilet backs up. I am also noticing that when I take a ...
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1answer
164 views

Power cycle needed for garage door to work

Garage door stops working, lights work fine. When opener is unplugged and plugged back in it starts working fine for a few days then stops working againg until power cycled.
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1answer
205 views

what size wood to use for garage loft

I want to build a loft above my two car spaces in the garage. It is 20 feet wide. Length is flexible depending on wood suggested. 8, 10, 12, 16 feet etc. There will be walls on three side but I ...
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2answers
982 views

How to remove Paint buildup where I removed chair rail on an orange peel wall

22 years ago we wallpapered the lower 3rd of the wall and installed a chair rail. I'm removing the wallpaper and the chair rail. When the chair rail is removed, there is an old line where paint built ...
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1answer
57 views

Rebuilding a pool pump… where does this part go?

I've successfully replaced the bearings on my Whisperflo pump, and now I'm ready to put the bells back on the ends. (It's actually an aftermarket replacement motor, not the original Pentair motor, but ...
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0answers
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How can I reduce the amount of dirt in my attic without affecting its ventilation?

Our house is a 1930's suburban build on the outskirts of London, UK. It has its original roof complete with massive gaps between the roof tiles and no felt. While this does provide great roof ...
2
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1answer
68 views

Should the cement floor adheres to the concrete slab?

If I want to use a cement floor (with broadcast color hardener) over a concrete slab (laid over compact soil), should it adheres to it, or be separated? The concrete slab is rough, the cement layer ...
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0answers
23 views

Hydraulic Calculation

How to do the hydraulic calculation for a water supply system that will serve the toilet and sinks in first floor and ground floor using a booster pump installed at ground level 50 meters away from ...
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1answer
102 views

What are the consequences of incorrect positioning of air separator (and swapped return/flow) in solar heating system?

I've moved into a house that has a Vaillant Solar system for helping heat the water. We had various issues that resulted in a Vaillant engineer visiting, who pointed out various problems, including a ...
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1answer
235 views

How can I fix this gap in my kitchen counter?

Click for larger view. These pictures show the gap between my counter and the wall, and re-caulking is only part of what I want to do. It was suggested to me that the cabinet is coming apart from ...
0
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1answer
123 views

How to make table legs from wooden planks?

I'm making a coffee table out of old pallets. The top part is finished, all it needs now is legs. I want to use only parts from old pallets and I don't want it to become very heavy, so I was thinking ...
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1answer
57 views

Can unused mortar that freezes be used?

I left a bag of opened Porcelain mortar in the garage for a week and during that time the temperature got below freezing. Can I use this mortar or does it have to be thrown out?
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1answer
524 views

Is there a more rugged finish than Polyurethane for a heavy use table?

A few years go I sanded a stained table we had. Upon doing so, we discovered that it had really nice wood underneath. So instead of restaining, I applied about 4 coats of satin polyurethane. It looked ...
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1answer
94 views

Proper order of operations for re-doing windows, stucco, and footing insulation

I have three big projects coming up: Replacing all the windows and a sliding glass door Adding 2 inches of rigid foam insulation to the exterior and re-stucco-ing Adding rigid foam insulation ...
0
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2answers
731 views

What are the differences between these types of small-dimension lumber?

I have a project that needs smaller lumber, 1x4s, 1x3s, and 2x2s. This project is rough carpentry just a garage shelf. I have built one example of this shelf already. I did it over a year ago and I ...
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2answers
192 views

How can I meet the height requirements for a door in a basement with a low ceiling?

To meet code we need a minimum 6'6" clearance through all doors. The ceiling height in most of the basement is 6'8", but the clearance through the exterior door is much less than that. On the inside ...
3
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3answers
251 views

Found hole with water under house

Today, while in the crawl space under the house, I found a large hole that has water in it. Now I'm trying to figure out what to do about it. I had noticed a depressed area under the house in the ...
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1answer
26 views

GE model numbers

I'm trying to order some drum slides, Upper Drum support, felt drum seal and timer for a 15-20 year old GE electric cloths dryer. Contacting GE as well as the owners manual and several sites on the ...
0
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1answer
463 views

New Central Air Install: choosing single-stage vs dual-stage condensers

Specifically: would a 2-stage 3-ton condenser be more efficient than a 1-stage 2-ton condenser? Let's assume the same SEER rating for both. What about reliability? - I heard that 2-stage are a lot ...
0
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1answer
1k views

Is it possible to use add-a-wire with my current configuration to add a C-Wire? [duplicate]

I only have four wires: Red, Blue, Yellow, and Green. My old thermostat jumps the R to RC and leaves C empty. I have a new thermostat that wants 5 wires, but I don't have C. I am not sure what the ...
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1answer
319 views

Can I move this drain line from the wall to the floor?

Here is my kitchen sink drain configuration: (The horizontal run after the trap is actually pitched correctly, not as drawn.) The portions inside the wall are galvanized steel pipe. Under the sink, ...
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0answers
16 views

Weather compensation, zoning or both?+ minimum output

I am renovating my 4 bed Victorian house with solid walls. We are about to replace the boiler and I am looking at a Worchester bosh 36kw cdi compact with WF100 weather compensator. I also want to ...
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4answers
2k views

How to fit 4" rigid aluminum duct vent in between walls when there is an angle brace?

I want to do what these people have done here: The problem is I have bracing going diagonally and it is not leaving enough space for the 4" aluminum duct vent. Can I saw the bracing off for the ...
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1answer
162 views

Hanging up blackboard adhesive over a rough textured wall

Following from this thread, what would be the best way to "smooth" my wall to hang some blackboard adhesive paper over it?
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2answers
3k views

3 wire service to panel… neutral and ground wires on the same bar?

I'm getting two conflicting reports and was wondering if anyone can help me. I was told that on the distribution panel, grounded conductors (neutral) and ground wires need to be separated in the ...
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0answers
108 views

Did I properly grade the ground around my house? [closed]

I had some water issues in my basement recently. Taking a good look at all the possible causes I noticed the landscaping around the front my house was slopping in towards the house. So to fix this I ...
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1answer
63 views

What can I do about softened polyurethane finish?

I have a (bed) headboard that was refinished about 25 years ago. The original finish was a white French Provincial. The refinish consisted of white latex paint covered with a glaze. A protective top ...

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