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Installing a PIR Motion Detector - Not working because it requires a neutral wire

This is going to make me sound daft but I am new to DIYing and by no means an electrician! But I am trying to install a motion sensor light switch on the ceiling where a pull cord switch used to be. ...
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Structural cross joists and load-bearing walls (century home)

I have a friend that recently took possession of a century home. Its a 4 plex and He was told it was an old school house (at least at some point in time). We’re experienced weekend warriors but ...
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How do I reattach a hunter douglas clutch cable?

My hunter douglas clutch cable, for their shades, has ripped open at what appears to be a glue line. Is there a way to repair it without replacing it? (ie, some sort of glue or kit i can use)?
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are crown molding corner blocks a good idea

This will be my first time at installing crown molding. I see that I have option of installing crown molding with corner blocks which I can buy in various styles and I think look nice. It seems that ...
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Where to split existing water pipes for new pipe run?

Goal: Install a new hot and cold supplied exterior faucet for garden watering and year round animal watering. Here's the rough situation: We're on a rural property, drawing from a well, into a ...
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Is this wall load bearing? See photos

I'm looking to tear down the wall between my kitchen and dining room, and I'm wondering if it's load bearing. If so, it's a 9' section that I want to remove. Would two 2x10s with 1/2" plywood ...
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What are these cables in my walls for? [closed]

Can someone help me identify what these cables are for? I'm guessing (and hoping) the one in the bedroom is for a cat 5 wall socket -- and that these corresponds to some of the cables exiting in the ...
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Does a neutral-to-ground voltage of 0.0 indicate a bootleg ground?

As described here (for example), in a correctly-wired receptacle, there will be a small potential difference between the neutral and ground wires that increases slightly with increasing load. I'm ...
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Plumber connected shower and toilet drain weirdly, now toilet backs up into shower

My plumber attached my shower area drain and the WC (water closet, i.e. toilet) drain through a single pipe and installed a P-trap at shower drain. The level of the P-trap is such that when we flush ...
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Do kitchen undermount sinks always attach to the granite / quartz or do I have to make a precise hole in the 5/8" plywood

Do stainless steel kitchen undermount sinks always attach to the granite / quartz or do I have to make a precise (routed?) hole in the 5/8" plywood to drop the sink and, have it be supported by the ...
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Operation of two 3-way occupancy switches

Considering using occupancy switches for my basement. I have not worked with these before but they sound appealing as hands are often full with laundry baskets, etc. There is an existing conventional ...
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Anyone have experience tweaking ceiling fan controller?

I have bought a new ceiling fan controller and the medium speed is weak. The ceiling fan control kit is similar to this, I suspect there is something I can tweak to spin it faster at medium speed. ...
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GFI trips everyday

I bought a new construction home in 2005 in Calif. I have a total of 4 GFI or GFCI's. For the past couple years every morning when I get up at least one of the GFCI's is tripped. One of the GFCI's ...
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Do you need to oil the bushings in a doweling jig?

I got a second-hand doweling jig with no directions. It just seems wrong to spin a drill bit inside the bushing without some lubrication. I found several sites that don't say anything then one that ...
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Range vent hood pipe

What type of pipe is best for venting my stove hood? Does flexy hose work or should it be hard pipe only?
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How to fix wall with paint and wallpaper?

I recently bought a house and was removing the TV mount from a wall. The wall shows signs that it's paint over wallpaper and the mount was stuck to the wall so I had to use a scrapper to get the mount ...
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Portable generator

I want to connect my portable generator through my shed which is fed from a separate 50amp circuit breaker in the house.I have a spare 30amp breaker in the shed that I will connect to the generator ...
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matching part of drywall with fiberboard

In the basement, I've got little room behind a door, that would only facilitate something like fiberboard, but the rest of the room is using drywall. I also don't have the ability to add a backing ...
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To egress or not egress

In attempting to get a permit to install a basement bathroom, our township building inspector is demanding we install an egress window. She has put a stop work order in the meantime. Naturally, we ...
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Where *shouldn't* I use GFCI/AFCI?

There is a lot of information out there about the benefits of GFCI and AFCI and the places where they must or should be used. But are there any circumstances where you're better off without them? If I ...
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Water hammer or something else?

I'm having a bit of a mysterious problem. A couple of weeks ago I've replaced a dimmer switch in the upstairs bathroom. Of course while working on that I shut off the electricity for that part of the ...
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Three Way Dimmer switch not working with track light

I have a three way dimmer switch at base of stairs and a three way switch at top of stairs that controls a track light at top of stairs. The wiring on the dimmer is just one cable coming into the ...
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Staircase light , three wires not four, no red

Ours is an old house. We want to put in some nicer switches. Staircase light is wired to two switch at the top and bottom of the stairs. There is no red wire as seen on many installation diagrams. ...
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How to remove hoses that are clamped to a water manifold in a hot-tub

I have a hot tub and a hose of the water manifold cracked off (see below on the second hose from the left that is separated from the manifold, but a part of the manifold is broken off inside). Since ...
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Bathtub/showerhead leak, short water pipe

I bought a new home recently and found that the water in the bathroom tub/shower comes out of both the showerhead and tub spout (when the diverter is "off"). I removed the spout to see if there was ...
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How do I remove wet latex paint from carpet?

I have just stepped into latex paint and walked onto the carpet by accident. I haven't done anything yet it just happened. How do I remove the paint from my carpet?
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Digital brewery controller: What buck/boost configuration to get to 240VAC from 208VAC?

First of all, I live in the United States. I own a 240VAC digital control panel and am considering leasing a warehouse space that only has 208VAC. The control panel contains a digital computer, and ...
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streaks in polyurethane finish on freshly stained farm table

I applied too much polyurethane finish on newly stained wood farm table while applying third coat. I tried sanding with 220 grit and applying a 4th coat but there are still very visible streaks. ...
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Where should I dispose watered down, VOC latex paint?

I have an airless paint sprayer (Wagner Procoat) which I clean by running water through it, until all the paint is gone. The paint I used was Valspar Ultra Zero VOC. I collect the water+paint in a ...
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Is an explicit ground wire required through steel conduit?

We just bought a Chicago-area house and found that there's no ground wire in some of the recently re-wired areas. I thought that the national electrical code requires a ground wire for new ...
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How long have Decora switches and receptacles been manufactured?

I found some problematic wiring in the house we just bought, and I want to establish the earliest date at which the receptacles must have been installed. How long have Decora receptacles been widely ...
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polyurethane drips

I have a small study that has wood panels on the wall and was probably put up when the house was built in 1961 (probably pine) They have either been stained cherry, or they have just discolored over ...
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Blocking above wall in the way of new ceiling

I have a finished basement wall that has an exposed header since removing a drop ceiling. My goal is to replace the ceiling with a flush ceiling, perhaps drywall or a joist-mount grid system. The way ...
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What is the correct position of the thermostat on a hot water tank in an oil-fired heating system?

We have an oil boiler which heats our radiators and hot water tank. No matter what way I set my heating, I can't generate enough hot water for a bath. I suspect that the thermostat on my hot water ...
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How to diagnose a greywater system backup

In recent weeks I have noticed that the drain pipe from the washing machine has been overflowing into the laundry room. We stopped using the washer thinking that we needed a plumber to come to the ...
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Coving around borrowed light doorframe

Have a 70s build house with covered borrowed light above the doorframe. How would one go about fitting coving in this case to achieve a quality finish? I can either (1) attempt to route the coving to ...
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Switching to LEDs: 12v LEDs on existing transformer or remove transformer and use 240v LEDs - Which is better?

I have +/- 50 10w halogen lights running on transformers at 12v. I want to switch these to LEDs. Some quotes are coming in with keeping the 12v transformers and getting 12v LEDs and some are on ...
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How to make outbuilding remains look aesthetically pleasing

We had to knock our outbuilding down as the asbestos tiled roof had fallen in and was in a bad state of repair. We are unable to knock the wall down due to stability issues of the neighbouring ...
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how to fix exposed deck in poor weather

We hired probably the wrong contractor to reseal our deck. Part of the deck is sheltered from above, but there is a walkway (pictured) which is not. The contractor tried to apply some waterproofing ...
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What is the easiest way to cut a 2 inch groove in concrete?

I have a 5 foot wide concrete side-walk running next to my house. I want to cut a 2 inch groove from the wall to the yard in order to run a PVC irrigation pipe from the faucet on the wall to the ...
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How do I manually program the TWM4 (IMX10)

My X10 system is on its last legs. I don't have any functional programmers. I can not find the programming sheet for the TWM4 (or IMX10). There is a way of programming it using a mains switch. I ...
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Appropriate vent for 2 toilets [duplicate]

I'm researching the way to properly re-plumb my 2 bathrooms, and trying to figure out the best way. Specific question relates to this section of the code (Illinois 890.1320 l): Branch wastes and ...
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Is this a proper way to connect main vent?

I'm researching the way to properly re-plumb my 2 bathrooms, and trying to figure out the best way. Specific question relates to this section of the code (Illinois 890.1450 e): All main vents or ...
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Is there an etched marble fix?

It seems my polished marble flooring was damaged by sulfamic acid, which was used to clean a Bostic polymer reinforced grout that was allowed to remain on the marble too long. The surface seems to be ...
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can a 2x4 withstand 200lbs out pressure on the 1.5" side? [closed]

I need to know if I cut a 2x4 at 42", which will be down the side of a 2x8 by 7 inches, carriage bolted at 2" and 5" below the surface of the deck, bolted through a 2x8 (1.5" thick), that will extend ...
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Can a 110v 3-wire thermostat be hooked up to a 110v 2-wire condo setup?

My condo that was built in 1968 has an old thermostat(rheostat type) which supplies 2 thick gauge black wires of which one is live and the other isn't. This regulator is hooked up to a blower ...
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Water leak below the foundation and into the garage

I have water puddle that has been appearing just below the foundation threshold from my laundry room in to garage floor just below the entry door. There is an 9" step up into the house (the ...
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8 channel camera system - can i put more than 8 cameras?

I purchased a lorex 8 channel camera security system http://m.costco.com/Lorex-8-Channel-IP-NVR-with-2TB-HDD,-8-1080p-Cameras-with-130-Night-Vision.product.100217003.html. Everything works fine ...
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Why does my one-way switch have 4 wires?

My bedroom light is controlled by only one switch (as far as I'm aware of...), so I assumed my switch would only have 3 wires (current in, current out, ground). However I opened my switch and I saw 4 ...
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House sheating is not plywood. What's this material?

My house sheating is not a plywood - but some dark brown material. Click for larger view Does anyone know what that is? P.S. here's more higher quality images: pic1 pic2 pic3

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