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Is it possible to create a better temperature controlling system?

I have a two story 2.5k sq ft house with a varying degree of temperature throughout the house. The main problem is that the air coming out of vents are very weak if almost nil. Only the living room ...
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Is a double 60 amp breaker really feeding 120 amps? [duplicate]

My main breaker panel is feeding a panel in my basement. The main panel feed to the basement panel is 2 60amp breakers that have the thing across them so they trip together. My question is am I ...
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What could have caused the hot and cold water to stop running in one sink, while all others are fine?

I have two knobs, and one faucet, in my bathroom sink. Both hot and cold slowed to a dribble at the same time. I was brushing my teeth, hot water running, then heard a "pop" sound and the water ...
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What can I do about a basement window well that is filling with water?

My house was built in the 1950s and I have a basement window well that was filling up with water after a hard rain. I have covers however the water would come up. After much reading online that there ...
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Can I bury a propane tank 75 feet from my house?

How long may a buried connection be for a residential set up. In other words, can I bury the tank about 75 feet from my house which will have gas stove, fireplace and grill?
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How many lights can be on one breaker?

How many lights can be run from one breaker I would like to add two two tube fluorescent lights to a string of lights I have already.
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Is it okay to install brick veneer directly to interior of a poured concrete foundation wall?

Is it ok to install brick veneer directly to interior of a poured concrete foundation wall, or is there any additional preparation required?
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How can I eliminate unneeded receptacles?

The house I just bought has three different outlets in the walk in closet!! I want to remove a couple of the plugs and just put a solid plate on them. The outlet has 2 black wires and 2 white ones. It ...
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How to remove a brass concrete anchor?

I have brass anchors like below in the concrete deck around my pool. Today, when I was raising the inner screw to install the cover, the screw was being very difficult. Trying to raise it, the inner ...
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how to calculate sub breakers from the main breaker

how do I calculate exert amount of sub breakers to match a specific rated main breaker. e.g 200A main breaker to sub breakers
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Can I replace a GFCI plug with a regular duplex?

I need to replace a gfci plug that won't reset. That is with nothing plugged into it. It has a regular duplex about 8 feet away that won't work because the gfci is bad. I had this circuit added about ...
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580 views

How can I add joists to an existing trussed ceiling?

My garage ceiling framing consists of manufactured 2x4 trusses over a 20.5' span and on 24" centers. There is currently some plywood flooring for light storage. The sheetrock that was on the ceiling ...
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Should I be worried that my ceiling light has current when turned “off”?

I am based in the UK. I was replacing a ceiling light when I noticed an issue. When I used a voltage screwdriver the live wire in the ceiling pendant was showing a voltage present even when the wall ...
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386 views

Questions about base under paver stones for a patio

I am building a patio with paver stones, roughly 20x16. I am building it on rocky clay in New England. I have dug out my soil and plan to put geotextile fabric over the clay before I lay my crushed ...
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What is the proper glue to use to bond two pieces of plywood together as a substrate for formica?

We are preparing a kitchen counter top for new formica. The original plywood is still intact but is rough, so we will glue 3/8" plywood on top of it for a smooth durable surface. What is the best ...
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403 views

Why is the pressure vacuum breaker leaking while trying to blow out my sprinkler system?

I'm trying to hook my air compressor to my sprinkler system's Pressure Vacuum Breaker valve. It's a Febco 765-1. I'm hooking it to Testcock #1 in the diagram on page 2 of above. The air goes ...
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369 views

How to get threshold screws out?

Trying to replace an external door threshold. I have tried removing the screws with a screw gun with no luck. I have tried using an impact driver and hammer with no luck. The heads of the screws are ...
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How can I fix a patio with drainage problems?

I would like to fix the problems that are show in the picture below. Basically when it rains the water pools near the corner of my house in the two areas circled in this picture. The result is that ...
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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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Outlets not grounded? Remedy?

For some months, I'm renting an apartment in the Canary Islands. It looks like the plugs are not grounded. For example, when I connect my laptop, a ThinkPad T420si, then I feel an unpleasant sensation ...
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I have CITY water. When I turn on my garden hose I have plenty of pressure, but after a few seconds the pressure drops substantially only outside

I turn on my garden hose and I have plenty of pressure for about 15 seconds, then it drops substantially. I have city water and I don't experience this in the house. Any ideas?
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ComfortMaker GUH075 series high-efficiency (93%) furnace isn't making heat

It worked a couple of days ago but today the fan blows but the burner doesn't seem to come on. The status indicator inside the access panel flashes four times but I can't find any reference to tell ...
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1answer
103 views

How should I connect my dishwasher if the wires are yellow and blue?

I am installing a dishwasher, the household connection has a yellow and blue wire, while the dishwasher has a black and white. Which one should i connect to the white and black?
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404 views

What is the difference between a main panel and a sub-panel?

I have a main breaker box that feeds a panel in my basement. This basement panel then feeds a panel in my backyard garage. The panel in the backyard has neutral and ground wires mixed on the 2 bus ...
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1answer
265 views

Can I install a humidifier on a horizontal duct?

I have a Honeywell whole-house humidifier (HE360A1075). Can this be installed on the horizontal ducting here on the left? It feels like it's an aluminum box under the tape. This is both gas heat and ...
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1answer
172 views

How to install multiple individual led strips?

I have started my final year in interior design and I really want to buy some LED strip lighting to light up my scale models to give them a much more lifelike appearance for photos. I wouldn't really ...
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1answer
159 views

3 cables in one box wiring issue

My house was built in the 50's. In my master bedroom I need to replace the fan, so I disassembled it, bought the new fan and am looking at the wiring with a serious question here. There are three ...
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Intermittent sewer odor at different times of day

I'm getting sewer odor intermittently, no set time of day, comes then gone but will sometimes linger a little longer than other days. Before calling a plumber, is there a way to know whether it ...
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basement wall insulation

just bought a house the basement is below grade and the walls are all most finished needing one more sheet of drywall all the way around. im worried about the way they finished the insulation they put ...
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1answer
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fix for tall concrete steps

I am buying a older home, the back porch steps are concrete and the top step that is just below the porch is extremely low is there a way to add a half step to avoid stepping down so long a distance?
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Installing a deadbolt on a door with a circular hole for the deadbolt location?

I recently installed two MasterCraft doors from Menards. It has two holes in the door. One for the knob and another for the deadbolt. If you look at the edge of the door both holes are circular ...
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1answer
134 views

Is it possible to only use one color of an RGB LED strip?

I have been given some RGB rolls of led lighting. I only want to use the red or blue on a boat... can I cut it and only solder only 2 wires say to ground and R and get red, ground and B and get blue?
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Vapour barrier on partial building envelope

Just bought an old house that we are renovating. I've torn down a bunch of the plaster to the lathe and an reinsulating. I'm wondering about vapour barrier. I plan on putting it up as it was none ...
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What is the easiest and most cost effective way to turn a 1 bedroom apartment into 2 bedrooms? [closed]

Obviously, I could build a full wall with insulation, etc.; however, this might not even be allowed, and even if it is, there are a variety of factors why it is not ideal like the time to build it and ...
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1answer
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Removing the cover for this light fixture

There are three prongs that hold a dome shape cover together. One of the prong is spring loaded. Normally, you would push the cover to the direction of the spring loaded prong, then the spring would ...
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1answer
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Particular wood filler suitable for oil finish?

I'm going to try doing an oil finish for the first time. I'm going to try Minwax Antique Oil Finish: http://www.minwax.com/wood-products/specialty-finishes/minwax-antique-oil-finish The wood I'm ...
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Stains in fresh plaster

I have often plastered ceilings and walls and have never previously been asked why there are some stains when I get done. However, I recently have been asked this question and I would like to give ...
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1answer
770 views

Top Loader Kenmore HE Washer with VERY LOUD whirring sound, not present at purchase

I have a Whirlpool top loading washer that sounds like an airplane engine at take off when it spins. It was not like this when I bought it less than 3 years ago. I can't even hold a conversation in ...
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1answer
189 views

How can I adapt a wall outlet to suface mount conduit?

I have a single gang in wall outlet in my basement. I would like to adapt it into surface mount EMT conduit to get an outlet at a different location. Ideally I would be able to keep a plug at the ...
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1answer
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Must bathroom linoleum be sealed and water tight?

I got new linoleum fitted in a bathroom. After only 2 weeks black marks appeared on it. I contacted the fitters who had done the work. They came out and found nothing wrong (in their eyes). I also had ...
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2answers
696 views

How can I connect my 30 amp electric dryer to a 50 amp plug?

I bought a used electric dryer and the connection that came with it says it's 30amp. I also have an old school plug in my wall that doesn't go with the connection provided. My current plug has 3 ...
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1answer
161 views

Is it okay that my bathtub is not level?

I'm in the process of remodeling a bathroom. I am down to the studs. I am a bit of a perfectionist and find the bathtub itself is not made completely level. Is this normal?
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Is this HVAC capacitor dead?

HVAC system stopped blowing cold air today. Last time it did this, we gave it a 2-3 hour break, in case it was over-heated, and it came back. Today, same deal, but no cold air after a few hours. I ...
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Where to find info for door knob selection [closed]

I recently purchased a house and my wife and I are considering replacing the door knobs. The purpose is to change the locks on the external doors and to move away from the polished brash finish. In ...
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3answers
176 views

Is it possible to control 3 light fixtures with 4 switches?

I have an idea how I would like to tackle some wiring I am about to do, but I am having trouble figuring out how to actually wire it all. I was hoping some of you could help me out. Here's what I ...
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1answer
35 views

Bed bug crawling - Prescience

Is it possible for bed bugs to crawl but not bite when they are in their younger stages? Recently, every time I lay my hands or legs on a particular piece of furniture (a wooden chair) in my house, I ...
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1answer
351 views

Is a junction box “accessible” if it is mounted behind/above a recessed light housing?

I am redoing our kitchen lighting. We currently have 1 fluorescent light fixture in the center with 2 T8 bulbs (ugly but a lot of light) and one decorative light fixture over the sink. I am going to ...
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1answer
61 views

Use less water with concrete water reducer?

Reading up on concrete water reducer additives, it says it "reduces water by 5% - 10%". I assume this actually means that it reduces the required amount of water? I.e. I would mix in less water, ...
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1answer
43 views

Why my gas stove delays in turning on?

When I turn on my gas stove, the ignitor clicks and it takes a good 15 seconds and it explodes on. What does it mean?
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My garage door won't close [duplicate]

When I try to close my garage, the light on the unit starts to flash as if there is something in the way but there isn't. If I hold the wall button down until it completely closes it works. The ...

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