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How can I ground a fluorescent light that I'm attaching a wall outlet plug/cord to?

How can I ground a fluorescent light that I'm attaching a wall outlet plug/cord to? The light fixture has a ground cord already attached.
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How do I add a C/ Common wire to my “Specific” HVAC system? [duplicate]

I just bought a new WiFi thermostat that requires me to add a C-Wire at the furnace. I have read the questions related to my issue but would like a suggestion on my particular (incredibly OLD) ...
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How can I stop this water from entering my basement?

I have water issues in my basement - as you can see, it comes in via some cracks between my basement floor and the concrete pads that the washer/dryer sit on. I am working on fixing the problem ...
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What temperature should I set my hot water heater to?

When adjusting my hot water heater, what temperature should I set it to? Is the answer different if you have: Concerns about diseases A dishwasher Young children or elderly that can be easily burned ...
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What is the ideal distance between supports of a shelf?

I've got 122x25x1cm and 61x25x1cm plywood boards that I want to use to make shelves for books and tools. I'll use 2 supports for each size of board and I'd like to know how far apart they should be. ...
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Using Window AC as Wall AC

I just moved into a new apartment and they have a 25"x 15" pre-built wall sleeve for a wall AC unit. Not knowing the difference, I purchased the extravagantly less expensive window AC unit that has ...
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How can I trace the path of plumbing lines inside walls without cutting holes?

I am looking to install a shutoff valve for an outdoor faucet, and to do that, I need to locate the pipe leading to that faucet. I tried to trace it by listening for the hissing sound when the water ...
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How can I build garage shelving out of 2x6s, 4x4s and 1/2" OSB?

building garage shelving, already ordered lumber: 4x4 8' post 2x6 10' horizontals 1/2 OSB ply, ripped to 2'x8' lengths Should i notch the 4x4 vertical posts, then fit the 2x6's in the notches? ...
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How do I build floating shelves in a nook with a mirror behind it?

I have a bar nook area that I want to do something similar to the image below, but on the back of the shelves I want to put a large mirror. I was planning on ordering a custom cut mirror for the wall ...
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Is it enough to apply just one coat of Killz2 primer on drywall?

I have heard conflicting instructions regarding primer on drywall, some saying one and some saying two coats. The bucket of Killz2 itself says reapply after 1 hr, implying two coats are needed (I am ...
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sealing off sunroom to a/c in summer

what's the best way to seal off our sunroom so we don't pay to cool it? It's really humid AND hot in MS this time of year (avg 90+ F). We have a very "open" house, with a large dining room connected ...
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Pulsing water with PEX tubing?

Our home is plumbed with PEX tubing, from what I can tell. When summer started, the shower started running hotter, so we turned down the shower lower and lower. But when we reached a certain place ...
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Help me retrofit a closet in this room

Here is the floorplan of our master bedroom: Being a 1940s house, the closet [lower left] is woefully small at 3' x 2'. I'm thinking about a way to expand it. The obvious answer is to build it out ...
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How do I adhere vinyl sheeting to carpet?

We foster puppies on a regular basis and in order to protect the carpet I am looking to cover a section of their room with vinyl sheet flooring where their pen is located. I thought about vinyl ...
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What is the minimum distance an electrical outlet can be from an exterior door?

I have an interior wall that sits perpendicular to an exterior patio door starting about 8 inches from it. (See diagram below). I've been looking all over and haven't found any rules about how close ...
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what impact tools are needed for subfloor in the basement?

I would like to know if there are any impact tools that I need to make the subfloor permanent or stable to avoid sound later. I don't want to use DRIcore for this matter.
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How can I expand a fireplace box in a framed wall?

We're creating a bumped-out wall with an inset fireplace (ventless, bioethanol), similar to this to give you an idea. One notable difference however is that the bottom of the fireplace will be ...
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Can I remove oil-based paint from furniture with paint stripper and pressure washer?

I have an old dining table with a thick layer of oil-based paint. Since it has lots of paint chips so I decided to remove the old layer and repaint again. I started off using a palm sander for a ...
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Replace light fixture ceiling box between levels

I was attempting to replace a simple light fixture on level one of our two story home. As I went to install the new fixture, I discovered the bracket attachment point on the old electrical box was ...
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Can I reasonably build a pergola on top of an 8'x12' deck?

I've been having trouble coming to a conclusion on whether I can reasonably build/mount a pergola to my existing 8'x12' deck. The main issue is I can't attach it to my house because of the roof ...
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What kind of skylight would allow the most light and heat into my home?

I live in Canada. I want to bring in more light as well as heat into the living space. I have a standard 8' ceiling. Are there any products that will allow the heat from the sun into the house as well ...
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Good looking drywall, without mud and tape?

There are many things I like about drywall. It's easy to cut, moderately easy to hang (practice certainly helps), easy to paint, is relatively cheap, and a fire barrier to boot. I've probably missed a ...
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What is an “indoor phone system” called?

I want to install a phone system that I can "call" within my house. What I mean is that I want to call my wife from my home office to my kitchen using a phone system; then my wife can use the phone ...
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Is there a good way to hunt down AFCI receptacle nuisance tripping causes?

So a few weeks after I installed a Leviton AFCI receptacle (NOT a breaker), per this question, I am finding that the receptacle constantly trips at random, usually once or twice a week. Some ...
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Remodel Recessed Lighting in New Basement?

I am finishing my basement and will be installing a drop ceiling. Right now the ceiling is open. I purchased some recessed lighting on clearance at Home Depot for $5.00, normally $20. After doing ...
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Replacing Oil Furnace with Heat Pump

My wife and I would like to remove the older oil heat from our home and replace it with a heat pump. We currently have an Amana central air conditioning unit (3 ton), and an oil furnace in the ...
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A/C Condensation from duct getting into drywall

My A/C unit has ducts that run to the second floor, into the attic, to feed some ceiling vents. Today, after several days of brutal humidity, I noticed paint blistering, and in one spot bursting, ...
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Testing generator output

I'm having trouble getting a 6kw generator to power a sub panel that was installed by a licensed electrician. I would like to be able to test the generator's output. How do I do that?
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Can an ordinary power drill drill through steel?

It's my dad's drill and it's a Bosch. I'm not sure about the model no. etc because the box is missing together with the manual. He's been using it to drill holes in wood to install doors and also ...
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air conditioner kwh

I'm not sure if I am reading my digital electric meter correctly. It appears to say that my house uses 2.1kwh during the day when no one is home, 3.4 during the night and 16kwh during the day when the ...
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Thermostat C-wire replacement using a wall socket?

I have a Filtrete 3M WiFi thermostat. As expected, it takes a C wire, which my apartment doesn't have and the apartment maintenance folks wont' let met wire either. However, there's a wall socket ...
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436 views

Will WD-40 dissolve plastic?

I've seen cases where it has harmed certain metals. Will plastic dissolve in prolonged exposure to WD-40?
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Is there ever a reason to fuse the neutral rather then the hot line in a small appliance?

This question relates to 120V small appliance wiring in the USA. I repair small motorized appliances called microcentrifuges that are used in laboratories, and specialize in models made by a ...
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1answer
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using water based sealer with oil based stain

I read somewhere that the stain and the sealer should be of the same base. Oil based or water based. They should not be mixed. Is there truth to this? If so, what will happen? Are both combinations ...
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Using mineral spirits on wood and then staining it?

Today I learned that staining when its really hot out is a really bad idea. My stain dried almost as soon as i applied it and started to look like shit. I panicked, brought the thing i was working on ...
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Sewage? Or is my dog just farting?

Periodically, I am encountering a very sulfurous smell in my house (1945 construction, interior completely remodeled/renovated in 2012). It smells strongly of sewage. The smell is strongest in the ...
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Was my water softener hooked up correctly?

This is my third water softener post - I only intended to have one but I just started getting more questions as I was typing them up. See What is the white crystals in my water softener? and how to ...
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What is the white crystals in my water softener? and how to clean properly

I bought a Hague WaterMax 63BAQ used water softener about two years ago. It didn't work until a few days ago when I had a specialist come fix it. (see this post Any idea what parts were replaced on my ...
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Any idea what parts were replaced on my water softener?

I bought a Hague WaterMax 63BAQ used water softener about two years ago. I had a local plumber offer to install it in exchange for some computer work. Once it was installed for a day, it started ...
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Where should I tap in to the existing duct work?

Bought a 1981 repo a year ago. The house measures around 900 SQFT. I enclosed the one car garage (10'x20') @ 200 SQFT to serve as an office. The front of the garage is insulated (10') along with the ...
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How can I replace the star-shaped base of an office chair?

I've got to office chairs, one whose base (the one that is start-shaped, holds all the wheels together and join them with the bar/gas compressor) is broken, and another that is just fine. How can I ...
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What is the correct method to determine the drill bit size from the measured threaded diameter?

I'm trying to decide the correct drill bit size for a hole I have to make to fit my thread. I measure the (major) diameter of the threaded section as 0.5325 inches. The threads are not supposed to ...
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Should I repaint this dryer part?

on a combination washer/dryer, there's one metal part called the dryer duct, where water vapor right out of the drum is heated some more before going to cold water bath to condensate. That vapor ...
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What is causing this stain on my driveway?

I just finished sealing my asphalt driveway yesterday morning. Temps have been in the mid 90's and humid, and there's been no rain. As of this question, it's been about 36 hours since I sealed the ...
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1answer
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How do I apply latex paint over oil based paint?

I sure hope someone can help me. I decided to paint my kitchen which I was not aware of but had been painted by the previous owner with an oil based paint. I painted over that with 3 coats of latex ...
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1answer
414 views

What are my options to repair a broken tab on a bus bar?

My A/C went out this week. The problem was a broken tab on a bus bar with cut power to one phase of the 220v circuit. My HVAC guy was able to get me going again by swapping the A/C unit to the dryers ...
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What type and length of wiring for home security system?

I'm slowly remodeling my house one room at a time. I'm to the point where I need to wire a window for the future alarm system. This post talks about how to wire a home during new construction for a ...
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Are there motion light sensors available for multi-gang switches?

I suspect this is not available but I have rooms and bathrooms, all of which are multi-gang. 2 plus switches per plate. Are there slim line automatic switches for these configurations? Kids are ...
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What is the maximum number of load bearing studs in a row that can be notched?

I'm trying to install a new utility sink and washer hookup in my garage and am trying to plan how I'm going to run the copper supply lines. The most direct path I can think of is to notch probably 5 ...
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Realistically, could you build a useful built in closet in a space that is 77.5in x 9.4in?

I have a part of a wall in a room that is deeper than the rest of that wall and measures exactly 77.5 inches across and 9.4 inches deep (196.9 cm x 23.9 cm). I would like to make that space a built ...

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