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Is my water heater connected to GFCI and is it affected after short circuit?

I am an absolute n00b when it comes to home electrical systems. Please do forgive me if this is a repeat question since I wouldn't know what to search for. I am in France and I have 230V supply at ...
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Do I need to ground Ethernet cable run beneath a pier & beam house?

I'm fairly amateur when it comes to home networking, though I get the basic concepts. I bought a 1000' spool of this Cat6 Ethernet cable, simply because it was the only outdoor-rated cable sold by ...
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1answer
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What could cause my house to smell musty after coming back from vacation?

I just returned to my house (northern New Mexico, ranch-style, built in 1972) after a ten day vacation and found an unpleasant musty smell to greet me. The smell is primarily in the living area and ...
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How can I reduce outside noise inside my apartment?

I would like to reduce the outside noise from inside my apartment. Outside, of my apartment is the hallway, and it can get noisy. I was thinking about placing felt pads on my door to reduce the ...
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131 views

Fixing minor tape blemishes/bubbling after a fresh paint job

Unfortunately 1 week after a new paint job was done with a decent job of skimming and all, there was a small flood in a laundry room above. Some water came down, but we averted disaster. It's very ...
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Can tile be removed and placed again before it sets?

20 x 20 tiles were started today in my living room. The tile has been laid straight without any kind of staggering. They are in complete rows which is not what I had wanted. The room has not been ...
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Can I feed a 30 amp plasma cutter from this 50 amp subpanel?

The subpanel is fed from a 50 ampere 240 volt two pole breaker. Currently there are 3 20 ampere 120 volt breakers, running on it (two freezers and an air compressor). Would like to add a 30 ampere ...
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123 views

Is plywood or dimensional lumber better for repairing notched joist?

During a recent remodel, I came across a 3 inch deep by 5 inch wide bottom notch in a 3x10 (the beams are that old!). I must say, i'm just a diy'er and even I was beside myself that someone would do ...
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409 views

Why would the lights on a ceiling fan not work after a power outage even though the fan does?

Why does the ceiling fan work but the lights on it will not turn on after a power outage?
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205 views

How to buy a land and build a cottage in the United States?

I plan to buy a small residential land (<1 acre) to build a vacation cottage there. Since I want to explore possibilities across different states, I am searching for possible options over the ...
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2answers
105 views

What prevents mortar from being compressed with the weight of courses of brick?

What prevents Mortar from being compressed when courses of masonry are stacked.
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73 views

Why would 2 different sprinkler zones cause pressure at the pump to drop to 0?

Why would 2 out of 3 sprinkler zones cause the pressure reading at the pump to drop to 0? This is a well irrigation system and it is separate from the home's well. The pump is a 3/4 HP, has a flow ...
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1answer
200 views

Possible Electrical Short After Drywall Installation

I just finished tearing my office down to the studs, insulating, and then having drywall installed. The crew did the drywall install today. I have a light switch which is a dimmer that powers 4 "cans" ...
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1answer
122 views

How do I smooth a concrete pool surface after an acid wash?

After an acid wash, the surface of the pool is very rough. What should I do to smooth it out?
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1answer
129 views

Should I replace my roof myself?

I have just bought a house from the 40s. It is an Art Deco style place that used to have a flat roof but has had a pitched iron roof added some time in the 60s. One of the conditions of sale from the ...
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134 views

How can I hang drywall from a ceiling made out of aluminium insulated panels?

I am closing in my Florida room. I want to drywall the ceiling. It is made out of aluminum insulated panels. I can't get any drywall screws to grab. No studs to drill into. I can leave it as is, but ...
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Load bearing capacity of 2x6's for diy lifting cage

I want to build a custom power rack to safely perform heavy barbell exercises in my home. Commercial racks are too tall for my basement. Others have done this before: ...
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1answer
185 views

how to design and buy materials for breakfast bar/standing desk?

My girlfriend has given me an assignment: build a breakfast bar for the corner of the kitchen, with a tabletop that is 55" by 13". We would buy two stools to go with it. She wants me to build it ...
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2answers
632 views

Will this light fixture wiring pass inspection?

I helped my grandpa install a light fixture in his kitchen(he's in the process of remodeling) and noticed the wiring was a little weird. The wiring is going from the fixture to the switch which I ...
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1answer
131 views

What do as-built drawings need to look like?

For a permit for an office addition to our house in California we need to provide as-built drawings to the city. Among other things, they will use these plans to do title-24 energy calculations. Are ...
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1answer
134 views

What type of switch is this?

I am trying to replace the switch in my space heater, but am unsure what type it is to do a search for it. It has three terminals one one side and 2 on the other. This part is from a Duraflame heater ...
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0answers
84 views

How can I pressurize stain into wood?

I'm thinking about how to stain the railing on my deck. What I have is the same design as the last three pictures on this page. I'm going to take the glass out before I stain, so there is some ...
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1answer
466 views

Connect Unistrut/Superstrut to the garage ceiling

I'm planning on building storage above my garage door using an 8' x 4' platform from plywood and 2x4s. One 8' side would attach to the garage wall with lag screws. The other 8' side would be attached ...
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What could be causing the foul smell in my bathroom sink?

We bought a 1967 year old ranch 2 years ago and have been experiencing a foul smell coming from our bathroom sink. We have been putting bleach, vinegar and soda down the sink and overflow over and ...
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1answer
84 views

Why would a lawn irrigation pipe slope down to nothing and just end?

In my lawn sprinkler system, one of the PVC lines starts off at a normal depth around 6 inches but slopes down and ends up 2 feet down and leads to nothing. The pipe just ends, not even capped off. It ...
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1answer
132 views

Is it beneficial to point a fan at the intake of a portable air conditioner?

Unfortunately for the time being, my whole first floor is cooled by a single portable air conditioner and "cleverly" (if that word can even be used here...) placed fans to help move the cool air ...
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1answer
123 views

Contractor vented bathroom vents in attic, now I have mold. Is he accountable? [closed]

A few years ago I bought a home. The inspector found mold in the attic and pointed out that the upstairs bathrooms did not have vents. I remediated the mold and had an electrician install vents that ...
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1answer
328 views

Wiring LED undercabinet lights to switch (US based)

The people that lived in the house before me did something odd. They evidently intended on putting in under cabinet lighting in the kitchen, so when they tiled the back wall all around the area, they ...
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0answers
24 views

Why do some 240 V appliances require a neutral wire? [duplicate]

My only guess would be that they have separate loads with some that need 240 V and some that need 120 V. Thanks for any insight.
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3answers
471 views

Vibration dampening solution to stop extractor fan / dishwasher vibration?

I am getting vibrations from some other flat's downstairs dish washer / extractor fan / air conditioning. We're not exactly sure what what is causing it - we can't determine it. In fact, it could be ...
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1answer
534 views

Is it safe to run a Kinect 360 cable in drywall?

Does anyone know if it's safe / compliant to run a Kinect 360 cable in drywall? No extension, just the original cable, running a vertical 5-8 ft segment.
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1answer
215 views

How should I install underfloor heating over OSB subfloor?

I need some help on my DIY project for underfloor heating system in an apartment. The question is on the screed requirements provided that I have the following (non traditional) setup. There is ...
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2answers
1k views

Options for lubricating wires for conduit?

I am trying to pull four #8 stranded wires through a flexible PVC conduit that is 25 feet long. I can get the wires just a few feet into the conduit before they bind. I know there is a commercially ...
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2answers
806 views

When there are multiple circuits in a junction box do all grounds get connected

If I have a junction box where there are splices from several circuits, do I connect all ground wires from all circuits together in one bundle or do I do that for each circuit within the junction box? ...
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2answers
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How to hang a mosquito net safely over a bed?

We have one of those hoop-style mosquito net that hangs off a single hook. When we first put it up, we hung the net with a small brass hook--the kind that you just screw into the ceiling with no wall ...
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2answers
164 views

How do I wire a bath fan?

I installed a new bathroom fan. I ran a wire to the light switch, but when I opened the box, there were only two wires inside. How do I wire it so I have a switch for fan and light?
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170 views

Running air handler condensate drain into sump?

The condensate drain from our air handler now runs across the wall and into the laundry sink. This is stopping us from attaching shelving to the wall. I noticed that the sump pump pit is right next to ...
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1answer
1k views

How far apart should I space rafters for a 13ft patio?

I'm looking to build a patio roof (shed style) and need to span 13ft. I've found several span tables online, some of them with different maximum distances between the rafters. Is it ok to use 2x8s ...
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1answer
58 views

Fixing a sink with multiple problems

I am interested in fixing the sink below, which has at least two problems: (1) the hot water handle leaks when the tap is turned on, from somewhere in the circled region, (2) no water flows when the ...
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2answers
1k views

How much of this load bearing wall can I remove?

How far can I spawn a gap between posts on a load bearing wall? I have an entry way from the living room to the dining room / kitchen area that I would like to expand. How far can I span across and ...
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1answer
114 views

How do I glue moving ceramic tiles without removing them?

There was a problem with the pipes under the floor, which resulted in several ceramic tiles being removed. At the moment these tiles are back in place. The problem is that 2 tiles next to them, that ...
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1answer
93 views

Can I install T&G Bamboo floor over a sagging subfloor?

The subfloor dips about an inch on one axis across the middle of the room. Structurally, I think this is due to old and rectified foundation issues. Since the dip is just 1-dimensional, can I install ...
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2answers
204 views

Can I run 100A service from a 200A panel in a garage to a house with an existing 60A service?

I have a somewhat unique situation. I had a separate 200A service run to my garage a few years ago to run my welders and compressor. My house still has 60A service. I am now moving my wood shop from a ...
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3answers
83 views

How do I get started removing this wood frame?

This is a frame inset into this old leaded-glass window I'm going to restore. It is nailed into the original frame, and I can't get to any of the nail heads to get started. It's important that I ...
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2answers
323 views

Can you attach a post base to a brick patio?

Can you attach a lumber post base to a brick patio, just as like as to a concrete one? Is an additional concrete footer needed?
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2answers
427 views

Best way to create a simple and economic steam machine for steaming wood?

I want to build a simple steam machine for steaming wood to bend. To do this I must place the wood into a sealed PVC pipe and pump steam into it. The PVC pipe part is the easiest part. Producing ...
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1answer
208 views

Can I fill this AC line inlet with expanding foam?

I think the PVC inlet for my AC lines is a possible entryway for mice getting into my attic. Is there any reason I shouldn't fill it with expanding foam to seal it off? Or is there a better, less ...
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4answers
1k views

How to catch smart mice that avoid anything that remotely looks like a trap?

We've had mice since last year (maybe even the year before) and they seem to have smartened up after successfully using snap traps the first time we noticed them. We probably caught at most 10 and I'm ...
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2answers
2k views

Can I use glue instead of nails to install shoe molding?

I installed engineered bamboo flooring in my home office and have quarter round shoe molding to install to cover the expansion gap. Given how hard the trim is (I've bent nails installing the carpet ...
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1answer
212 views

Strange noise coming from my bathroon outlet

I turned on my bathroom light a couple nights ago & it sounded like morse code coming from the outlet. I haven't heard it since that night. My light switch is part of the double outlet. Do you ...

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