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What does this double lock do?

I saw this recently and wondered: Why are there two lock cylinders? How does this work? Is this how this thing was originally designed? ...and thought someone on this site might have some insights. ...
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What do I do with a lighter that doesn't light? [closed]

This is a fairly "traditional" lighter that's about a foot long and has a guarded trigger with a thumb switch one must push forward in order to light. Even with the adjustment set all the way to "+" ...
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Half my circuit breakers are out I tryed resetting them all and reset main breakers

I used a voltage meter and test them all half show power half do not. Any ideas what the problem may be?
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434 views

Electrical receptacle inside kitchen cupboard? (California code)

Is an electrical receptacle allowed inside a kitchen cupboard by the California Electrical Code? (i.e. installed so that the receptacle face plate is on the inside back panel of the the cupboard, so ...
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How does old wood furnace work?

My mother in law has an old wood furnace in her workshop. It obviously is different than the typical wood stove you see. Does anyone have one of these? Or can anyone explain the theory behind its ...
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Home tool for making wood edge slots?

I have some planks and would like to make a wooden plate. So far I've seen this done by connecting the planks together but they've always had these prepared edges which hopefully the two images will ...
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1answer
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How to repair this couch?

I bought this leather (leatherette?) couch 1.5 years ago but recently noticed that the surface was damaged. Please see the photo below. How should I repair it? Since I bought an "extended warranty" ...
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Need to move concrete slabs to backyard

I am building a pizza oven for the backyard and part of the build instructions said to build three concrete slabs (2 that are 47" x 20" x 5.5" and another that is 47" x 29.5" x 5.5"). It asks you to ...
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Bonding a neutral and ground together to get the power to work and junction box junction box

My plugs won't work in some parts of my house. But if I go up in the attic To a junction box . The only way I can get the power to work in thoses places is to put a jumper from the neutral to the ...
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364 views

How deep should drain pipe be buried under an asphalt driveway?

I have a 4" PVC drain from a downspout that runs parallel to the garage for about 25' before joining another drain. This run is about 12" deep and with a very slight grade. While the driveway is ...
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Can I close my gable vents now that I have one solar fan?

I have an 84 yo Tudor style home in Hawaii that looked fantastic when we first bought it. Living area is 2500 sq ft. It's quite unusual to find such homes because many don't survive the termites. ...
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Portion of outlets not working

Seeking some help. Breaker is fine. Other outlets on same circuit working. Everything downstream of light switch is not working. Light switch appears fine. Back stabber outlets not working, ...
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My house has Exterior & Interior insulation. Would it be advisable to remove the internal?

A bit of background: I've bought a house built in the 1960s which has been retrofitted with "bolt-on" insulation. On the inside, which was done first, there is a layer of plasterboard with insulation ...
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Home still heating after unit is off

My wife and I just purchased our first house and we're having an issue with the house getting too warm. We usually set the thermostat to 65 while we're sleeping when the unit reaches that temp it does ...
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How do I measure for a table top inside a (slightly irregular) nook/alcove?

I have a little nook about 2' x 5'. It's surrounded by wall on three sides. I want to put a table top in there. But I know the area isn't exactly square. It's supposed to be, but it's not. How do I ...
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Uncertain about sudden changes in water pressure

Dilemma I have two showers; one upstairs and one downstairs. Tonight, both showers had low water pressure - but the sink water pressure seemed normal. I have checked around the house and no water ...
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Air handler unit stops running. Starts when motor touched with metal

How is it going? I just moved into a place I bought. It has separate AC units for both floors. We started having an issue with one of the air handler units. One night when turning the air on the ...
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Mold Growing on Top of Exterior Door

I am not that knowledgeable with mold. On my exterior front door by the head and the door stop I have mold growing. I checked the drywall and it doesn't seem to have any water damage. I was thinking ...
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43 views

a couple more light switch wiring questions

I have been replacing my light switches with zwave switches but some of them are wired a bit differently and am having trouble some difficulty understanding them. This one is a single light switch ...
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1answer
183 views

Transfer switch vs DPDT relay for a standby generator?

I want to wire an 8 kw standby generator to power my home furnace (120 v, 20 amp) automatically in case of a power outage. The generator can be purchased with and without a transfer switch. Is ...
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2answers
438 views

Do I need two separate duplex receptacles for dishwasher (GFCI) and garbage disposal?

I have seen answers to similar questions but not sure they address my situation. I recently "installed" 2 separate 20A circuit runs for a dishwasher and a garbage disposal respectively (overkill ...
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1answer
617 views

Correct Wiring for Furnace Blower Motor

After getting my furnace blower motor replaced, it now runs only in the following scenarios: 1. Mode "Cool" Fan "Auto" 2. Mode "Cool" Fan "On" 3. Mode "Heat" Fan "On" In other words it will not run ...
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Refrigerator Ice Maker Overflow

Samsung Model RB195BSSW - Ice maker fills for about 5-7 seconds then shuts off appropriately. Then about 15 seconds later it fills again for about 2-3 seconds which causes the water to overflow into ...
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Why does my bathroom Caulk change color when wet?

Applied colored caulk to bath room, let it cure as directed. Now color changes when wet. Is this normal? If not what is the cause?
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Kitchen lighting junction box has 5 wires going in, am going to be rewiring but need some power on

Can I temporarily splice a 12-3 and 12-2 romex by tying red & black of 12-3 to black of 12-2 and white to white, and ground to ground ?
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main wood floor unlevel

my house was completely remodeled about 8 yrs ago. a L beam was installed in basement with 2 house jacks as support. The main wood floor was even, but as time had the house resettle the main floor is ...
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Problem with Delata Monitor Pressure Balance Valve in Shower/Tub Fixture

I replaced a leaking pressure balance valve with a matching new one: http://www.homedepot.com/p/Delta-17-Series-Monitor-Tub-and-Shower-Cartridge-RP32104/203170087 I changed all the springs and ...
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1answer
164 views

Under Deck Ceiling Using Barn Steel Roofing Panels

I priced underdeck ceilings at $12/sq ft installed. That is just way more than I am willing to pay, and I am just not that fussy, so I am going to do my own under deck ceiling using barn steel ...
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How to stop self closing doors from slamming

Most of our doors have a mechanism to automatically close them. The mechanism looks to be a chain that is connected to a spring which pulls the door shut. Like so:         &...
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how to remove these screws without taking a huge chunk of wall with them

I'm not sure what these screws are called so I'm not sure what to search for. On mobile having trouble tagging, so feel free to edit. Below are pictures of the screw in its deployed and non ...
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Humidity Sensor Bathroom Fan (UK)

Wonder if anyone can help? I have just replaced an old timed electic fan with a new humidity / timed sensor fan. The fan location has a 1x Perminant Live, 1x swiched Live (bathroom Light) and 1x ...
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Need help with a Trane XR90 gas furnace not heating

Diagnostic blinking light is 3. Tried calling Trane with no returned call and its getting really cold tonight. 30 degrees. Help plese
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How to replace refrigerator paneling with stainless?

I have wood paneling on the refrigerator (it was there when I moved in). I'd like a stainless steel frig. There is nothing wrong with the current frig. Is it worth replacing the wood paneling ...
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Kenmore refrigerator model#363.58272891

I urgently need help figuring this out by a competent person or some one with same issue, well its an issue with my ice makeri replaced the water valve with a new one thinking that was the problem,i ...
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Can I use 12/3 type NM-B on a 15 breaker and 15amp switch and GFCI outlet

I ran this line to install two outdoor lights for my patio and to plug my radio to listen to music when I'm outside. After a week the outlet stopped working but the light switch still works with the ...
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Are patch panels essential to a home network closet?

I am completing my home remodel and have decided to wire CAT6 cables throughout the house with at least 2 sockets for the wall jacks in each room. My subcontractor has already wired all of the rooms ...
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2answers
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Hvac Fan only blows in 'fan on' mode while heating

Our HVAC Fan only blows in 'fan on' mode while heating. In other words the fan will not blow in heat mode if switched to "fan auto". Both fan on and fan auto modes work when cooling. See image below, ...
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Temporary Remove Flex Duct

I am about to replace a load bearing wall in unfinished basement. There is flexible duct attached to plenum that I need to temporarily move out in order to put the beams in. Do i just need to cut ...
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1answer
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Sealing open space behind kitchen counter in rental with shoddy rehab?

The kitchen in the rental house I live in has a counter which was installed rather poorly - there is a gap of about an inch between it and the wall, and mice are able to scurry up this to the kitchen ...
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basement subfloor - do i need sleepers for this solution

I'm going to install a basement subfloor. I want to follow option 3 from this site: http://homerenovations.about.com/od/additions/a/BasementSubfloor.htm. A nice option because the foam insulation ...
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989 views

Is there a way to make toilet porcelain dirt and stain resistant?

I'm sure this problem is present all around the world as toilet brushes are ubiquitous in every toilet I've ever been to. But this is the 21st century, there must be a better solution! Is there a ...
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Bad taste, smell (hot water) at bathroom faucet

New hot water heater installed on Monday; the following day, the hot water line to bathroom faucet began to leak (badly corroded; badly corroded brass p trap as well). Faucet was replaced but there ...
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Pivot Rod is Stuck

I have removed the pivot nut, to work on my sink, but the the rod will not come out. All the instructions I have seen just say pull it out. I have tried twisting the stopper, unscrewing the rod, to ...
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Does this j-box follow NEC electrical code?

I'm considering buying the following product for a security floodlight install: Arlington 8141-1 Vertical Siding Lamp Mounting Kit with Built-in Box for 1/2 Inch Vertical Siding LAP. It seems to get ...
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2answers
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Ceiling fan low speed (only) once on slows to a stop

Ceiling fan low speed (only) within a minute or two slows to a stop, however, you can barely hear a hum until you turn it off or go to high speed or medium speed, which operate great.
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Hot Water Baseboard is not hot, when purging out air, very little water comes out.

The Boiler is at about 20 psi on heating pressure gauge but I'm not getting heat through the base boards. I have 3 zones fed with 3 circulating pumps, one for each zone. On the return I have 3 ball ...
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outside lights dont work properly

my outside lights with sensors work for a while then stop when you reset them nothing happens, but if you reset them the next day they work for a while again then stop. sorry two stop and one stays ...
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324 views

Is there a way to extend electrical wire where the splices can be finished over? [duplicate]

I want to extend some wires to relocate some switches. Normally one might do this by splicing new wires in and covering the junction box with a cover plate. Is there a way to permanently splice wires ...
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1answer
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Why do blinds have two different close options?

This hopefully works on this site. It certainly should be DIY, though a rather paltry task. Why do blinds have two close options? There are two different angles that they can be closed and this seems ...
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Is 'bonding agent' the same as 'admixture adhesive'?

I see many tutorials regarding stucco and concrete talking about bonding agent that is applied like a primer, but there is no such thing in Brazil (I guess). What we do have is something describe as "...

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