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12V DC LED Dimmer

I would like to fit dimmable LED lights in my new bathroom Most solutions seem to involve a dimmer switch that chops a high-voltage AC supply, and a driver per light (often integrated into the bulb) ...
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Leaking flat roof

We have a "flat roof" (actually a very slight pitch) which is made from lead with folded seams. It is rectangular, with a slight slope toward one long side where there is a gutter with a downspout at ...
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What would cause a Spur Switch light to go off when the device is turned on?

I have a fused spur switch in my kitchen with a dishwasher attached. Recently the dishwasher stopped turning on, so I removed it from the bay and noticed two things. The neon light is quite dim. ...
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Does HVAC lineset need to be grounded?

My HVAC contractor says the installation of the line set between the air handler and the condenser outside is complete but he has not grounded the lines. Do HVAC copper pipes need to be grounded?
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Can I install a receptacle outlet below a window?

I need to add a receptacle outlet to an existing line. I will run the line from an existing receptacle outlet. Is it okay to locate the new outlet below an existing window?
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1answer
144 views

How can I repair fiberglass wallpaper with holes in it?

I just bought a house that has fiberglass wallpaper in a couple of rooms. In one of the rooms the wallpaper was not properly applied and it's full of little holes. From what I read it means not ...
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What are the pros and cons of adding a vapor barrier behind shower backer board?

After much research, I have a lot of conflicting advise about the need to add a vapor barrier before installing the backer (hardy / cement) board for my bathroom shower. The "expert" at Home Depot, ...
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What is a “wet edge” and how do I maintain one?

I'm about to polyurethane my floors, and all the instructions I've come across (including the ones on the can) say to "maintain a wet edge". What is a wet edge and how can I maintain it?
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Will running out of fuel oil damage my tank?

My home heating oil is very low. I have 2 questions: 1. If I run out of heating oil can my tank/ furnace become damaged? 2. Can I use diesel fuel until I am ready to fill my tank?
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Copper pipe identification using electrical current

My HVAC contractor installed two linesets, one from my basement apartment, one from the main unit, both going to the roof where the air condensers are. The problem is, he did it over several days and ...
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348 views

How to get rid of this shed?

I have a shed in my garden, and I'd like to remove it to plant trees instead. But I am not exactly sure how I can go about it, and would appreciate advice. I've included 2 pictures of the shed below. ...
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Add floor framing using joist hangers?

I have a single story ranch where a corner of the house I believe was a car port. The roof line and walls all are framed such that it was always under the roof and considered part of the house, ...
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1answer
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How can I get my stuck sprinkler heads to go down after watering?

I have an automatic water sprinkling system in my lawn. After it runs, some of the heads are still stuck in the up position. I will attach some photos. What can I do to ensure these heads go down ...
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1answer
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What are these pins for that I keep finding in my steel cabinets?

I keep finding these pegs in the steel cabinets I just bought for my garage. During the process of assembly and every time I move them, new ones keep appearing inside the cabinets. Do they serve ...
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issues with dryer cord [duplicate]

i got a dryer that have a green netural cord but the cord couldn't fit in the outlet because it had 3 prong with a circle prong it may be 4 prong my old dryer has a three prong that fir in the outlet ...
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103 views

How much space between legs on my desk

I'm making a desk that measures 4000mm x 600mm x 32mm (width x length x thickness of desk surface) out of timber. Im wondering how much space i should be putting in between supports. The desk will be ...
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What is the proper procedure for replacing rusted toilet anchor bolts?

I have a 1.6 gallon American Standard toilet that rocks a little from side to side. Upon closer examination, it looks like at least 1 (or both) of the anchor bolts are loose (they had corroded ...
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1answer
55 views

Switching electric boiler off for months — any precautions?

I have an electril 50-litre water heater (boiler) in an appartement that's going to be abandoned probably for several months. I thought about switching off the boiler's electric fuse to switch off the ...
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599 views

What can be done about water running under my house?

When the builder excavated for my home, the hole filled in with a half foot of water. (They said I have a "perched water table".) To "Fix" this the builder put rocks under my house and put in piping ...
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1answer
106 views

how can I clean a prefinished door?

I have a prefinished bedroom door and it appears to have developed a grey patch that looks like grease. The patch isn't grease, however it just appeared by itself. Any help as to how I can get clean ...
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1answer
169 views

With self drilling screw should I use a drill or a driver?

I need to affix some sheet metal using self drilling screws like the ones below. I have drill/driver with variable torque. What should I use for drilling/driving that? At first I'm drilling, but later ...
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1answer
600 views

Widening a garage door

I have a garage and I'm planning to buy a new car. The problem is that the width of car is 5 feet and 6 inches and my garage door width is 6 feet. So I want to know that what can I do to broaden the ...
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1answer
110 views

How do I maintain a newly laid oiled floor?

I just bought an Emperor Oak Oiled Floor. The salesman of the reseller said it has been oiled 7 times with Woca oil but advises another coat once laid. Reading forums, opinion seems split: it's ...
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Ligth Switch with 4 wires

I removed an old light-switch and the following appeared: I went to Brico, showed them the old switch, and got the one below. I am wondering a bit how to connect it. I am a bit worried that I only ...
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149 views

Why is my heat not shutting off at the set temperature?

When I turn the heat on on my central heat and air unit, the heat came on then continued to run getting really hot. It would not shut off unless I turned from auto to on then back. Sometimes I had to ...
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1answer
359 views

What is causing a two brand new fluorescent light to pulse?

My old light bulbs stopped working, so I bought 2 fluorescent U shape light bulbs as a replacement: The recommended power in the light fixture is 34W per unit but they only have 32W in stock. ...
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1answer
149 views

Finding the cause of a tripping breaker

A 15 amp breaker has started tripping. It takes it a minute or two to trip after being reset. I swapped out the wires with the 15 amp breaker next to it, and the "new" breaker now trips instead, so I ...
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2answers
404 views

How do I install fire blocking while finishing a basement?

In Colorado, the building code asks for a fire block when finishing a basement. I know this goes against the out walls (foundation). I've seen 2x4 and OSB used: which is better? And how does the OSB ...
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1answer
105 views

can I extend my open loft?

I own an open loft (I have open view to the living room from the second floor), however, I feel that I'm wasting a lot of space. I want to know if is possible to close the second story completely and ...
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0answers
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Installing new thermostat [duplicate]

I am installing a new thermostat and replacing the old mercury style without a "C" wire. I'm all good until I go to my furnace terminal where there's a white wire going into the "C" slot and the black ...
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2answers
3k views

Trouble removing vinyl tile and underlayment from wood flooring

I'm in the middle of remodeling my half bathroom and have run into a sticky situation with the existing flooring. My goal is to remove it and refinish the flooring beneath, much like has been done for ...
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1answer
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Freezing problem

have a 3 in sch 40 drain line that has frozen 2 times once about 6 inches and once about 24 inches at the exit. it is about 50foot from my home and the water comes from my water softner cleaning ...
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1answer
139 views

No hot water when cold is turned on elsewhere

My main problem is that when I am taking a shower, I lose all hot water when someone turns on cold elsewhere. I have been led to believe this is because of an insufficient water supply to the water ...
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2answers
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Is it safe to use Extension Cord to Power PC/Routers on already used circuit?

Note: I have very little clue about electricity/circuits so I can only provide info on what I know. The setup: In our upstairs bedroom we have two wall sockets on either side of the room, with two ...
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1answer
149 views

Is the thickness of glass tile important in pool installations? If so, would thicker be better?

I have a gunite pool which desperately needs resurfacing. I'm seriously considering going with glass tile mosaics for the entire thing. What I'm somewhat confused about is whether I should be looking ...
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179 views

Accidentally Touching One Lead Of A Multimeter While Other Is In Electrical Outlet

If I have a multimeter, and I put one lead in the hot slot of an electrical outlet, will accidentally touching the other lead complete a circuit and electrocute me? Likewise, if instead I put one ...
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199 views

How can I fuse galvanized sheet metal with a circular bottom together so that it is water tight?

I want to make a large circular pot out of sheet metal that can hold water. How should I construct it so that it has a circular bottom and ensure it is leak-proof. Boiling water will be poured into ...
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2answers
296 views

Should I drill through the concrete garage wall to install a generator inlet switch inside?

I recently purchased a generator in the aftermath of the ice storms in the Northeast. I'm quit handy with the electrical wiring in my house and have no issue installing the proper circuit for the ...
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0answers
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Minimum covering of brick wall for insulation purposes

There is a brick wall in our condo that is part of the exterior building that was never meant to be used as an interior wall. We were hoping to insulate it and we saw recommendations for using XPS ...
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3answers
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What should I do about a gap between a quartz countertop and backsplash?

New Quartz kitchen counters installed yesterday. One side by cooktop there is no gap between counter and backslash. Other, by and behind sink was left with Gap between counter and backslash! One side ...
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1answer
153 views

Is my Heat pump and gas furnace installation incorrect?

I moved into a house about 2.5 years ago, and the previous owners had a heat pump installed, together with a gas furnace. Recently I had my furnace repaired (faulty igniter) and the HVAC technician ...
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3answers
418 views

Paint is scraping and wiping off too easily

I recently painted some of my house with Glidden Duo eggshell (primer included). Days after painting, my wife informed me that the paint was wiping off and scraping off extremely easy (just the new ...
2
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1answer
619 views

Could I safely use a dimmer switch on an air filter fan?

I bought a small HEPA air filter fan that was advertised as being a quiet model. But it's not quiet enough for me. I bought another "quiet" fan, but the new one is also too loud for my liking. Could ...
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264 views

At what temperature does a WiFi thermostat stop sending a signal to the router?

I recently purchased and installed a Honeywell WP6500 WiFi thermostat and thanks to Stack Exchange, got it up and running. I have a house in New Hampshire, which I use occasionally during the winter. ...
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4answers
4k views

What are reasonable expectations about grout width accuracy in a professional tile installation?

We are currently redoing our master bathroom and our contractor just got half way through laying the tile on the floor. The grout was supposed to be 1/8" wide, but there are quite a few places ...
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1answer
86 views

How should the concrete anchoring some fenceposts relate to the driveway they're puncturing?

I'm about to have some 8" cores drilled through a concrete driveway in order to run a fence across it. I'll use 4x4 posts, probably cedar, sunk several feet deep and anchored in concrete. Should the ...
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2answers
494 views

Why does the washing machine cause water hammer in the pipes in my bathroom?

We recently replaced the valve in our bathtub/shower as hot water would not go to the shower faucet. Now every time the washing machine fills (located downstairs other side of house), the pipes bang ...
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2answers
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Hampton Bay ceiling fan doesn't work properly with wall dimmer switch?

I recently installed a ceiling fan in our living room. It's a Hampton Bay (68" without light kit). The fan came with a remote control. I don't like using the remote so I installed a wall dimmer ...
2
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1answer
280 views

How can I restore the color of my Trex deck after sanding?

We have Trex Deck on a screened in porch. I resorted to sanding a couple of spots to get rid of stains, left when the cat upchucked his food. Now those spots are darker than the rest of the flooring ...
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0answers
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Clicking sound from water heater after flushing toilet?

Sorry if this question has already been asked but I have a random question about my water heater to see if this is anything I need to be worried about. To start off I live in an apartment complex and ...

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