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Is my chimney safe if it has ash on the walls of it?

I've read a bit about tarry, shiny creosote, and I don't have that. What I have is a thin coating of soot and some flaky pieces here and there. Is this something I should worry about, or just start ...
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Are these black marks near an electrical box signs of an electrical problem that I should be concerned about?

My garage has an electrical box with no receptacle in it, just wire-nutted wires. It came this way when I bought the house. A non-contact voltage tester shows that the black wires are hot. I was ...
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Rented Property: Install Nest

I have a Worcester boiler (Greenstar HE?), with a TR2 thermostat. I was looking at replacing the thermostat with a Nest (or equivalent). To complicate matters, I'm in a rented property, so I cannot ...
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wire sub panel about 30 feet from main panel 50amp

Can I use #8 copper with a 50amp breaker to wire my sub panel using 3/4" electrical PVC pipe running two leads one neural one ground. I have a 125amp sub panel this is for a new addition with full ...
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water is seeping out from under tub and soaking wood floor

Could there be enough condensation under a metal tub to make it have visible water coming from under tub and soaking into floor boards?
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Do I need to repair a slit vapor barrier on fiberglass insulation

I am cutting holes in the ceiling to install IC-rated recessed lights and I accidentally slit into the brown paper lining of the underside of the fiberglass insulation. Do I need to repair the cuts ...
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How do I rewire a switched receptacle and make it permanently hot

I have a light switch that controls the top half and bottom half of a nearby receptacle. How do I disconnect this switch and make both halves of the receptacle permanently hot? There are other ...
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What is a normal drip rate for a condensing tankless hot water heater?

I have a Tagaki T-H3-DV-N (Indoor) tankless hot water heater. It has a condensation drip spout, and drips about 1 gallon of water per day. Is this excessive or normal? Edit: I've spoken to the ...
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Can POP (Plaster of Paris) and Paint done without waiting

I am undergoing paint in my house and POP at same time. A guy did a POP in most of the rooms. Now after how much time i allow a painter to start doing a putty and paint on it or should they wait for ...
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how to wire a 2 way switches with 2 pendants [duplicate]

How do I wire a 2way 2light system. On the upstairs landing I want to switch 2 lights on and off at each end of the corridor.
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Solving freezing vent in refrigerator

I have a KitchenAid refrigerator model KSRS22MWMWS, a side by side model purchased in 2011. In the wall between the freezer and refrigerator is a vent in which ice builds up until it becomes ...
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power tripping but fuses not tripping

we had a bad storm a few weeks ago and my power to the house has not worked since. I have solar power with generator backup. I put the generator on and it's good from generator to power box but as ...
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Insulation over ceiling drywall nailers or scabs

So fiberglass batts 12" thickness. The goal is to not let the insulation become compacted or have gaps between unconditioned and the conditioned space. When a drywall nailer is fastened to the top ...
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Is it safe to mix LEDs and incandescents in a chandelier?

I've been having an issue for a while now where my chandelier light fixture installed with six Cree 60W LED replacement bulbs flickers when I raise my traditional dimmer to max brightness. As I ...
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I am going to install a ceiling light.

Our bedroom doesn't have an existing ceiling light. The switch controls the top plug in an outlet on the other side of the room for the lamp. I have been up in the attic already and can see the wire ...
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Can I use 12 awg ground copper for 14 awg electrical box wirings?

My electrical box has 14 awg wires and I have a 12 awg copper ground wire lying around. Can I use the 12 awg copper or do I need to get a 14 gauge?
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Traditional Recessed Lights or the New “clip” LED Panels?

I'm finishing my basement (exposed ceiling, will be putting in roxul safensound) and I have a dilemma. Home Depot just released these new 4" puck/panel lights with integrated LED driver. I'm ...
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What is this garage pipe contraption and can I use it to shut down outside water?

I'm actually asking because I was searching my garage for some way to turn off external water for the winter and this was the closest thing that I could find. Unfortunately I have no idea what it does ...
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Is turning the heater off in absence cheaper than holding a low temperature?

Winter is coming and I live in a badly insulated flat in Germany. Outside temperatures are around 0°C at the moment. When I'm absent for a weekend, should I turn the central heating off entirely and ...
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Staples in LVL beams: okay or to be avoided?

I just added LVL to both sides of the carrying beam in my basement which was overloaded due to a 2nd story added. The original built-up beam was three 2x8 nailed together. It was completely covered ...
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When sprayer is used, all water to sink (faucet and sprayer) shuts off, how to fix?

Whenever the sprayer for our kitchen sink is used, the water will suddenly cut off (to both the sprayer and the faucet) and not come back on again for several minutes. This has been going on for ...
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652 views

Drilling a hole as near as possible to a corner

I want to run a few new wires through my apartment, and for that I need to drill some holes through the walls (10-20mm diameter). Due to aesthetic considerations and cable bent radius I want them ...
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How to seal HVAC ducts running through old window to addition?

My house has a small addition that was added by the previous owners. They ran the HVAC ducts through an old window and some of the block: The rectangular section in the window should be easy ...
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what is this load center amperage total?

Yesterday I took a picture but forgot to took the info plate for amperage rating on it. My main question: Is there a way to calculate the total amperage that load center currently has? Extra ...
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Adding a switch to a light circuit

I have a workshop with a single switch that turns on and off two sets of lights. The first set is a row of spots and the second, at the other end of the room, is a fluorescent strip light. The wiring ...
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1answer
351 views

What would be the best temporary adhesive to stick a shower head holder onto a ceramic tile wall?

I recently broke the shower bracket and can't get a replacement since it's out of stock everywhere. I bought a suction cup shower head holder as a temporary fix but that won't stay on the wall so I ...
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Wallpaper identification service

I have seen a wallpaper in a photo and I would like to track down the company that manufacturers it so I can get a few rolls. It's quite detailed so I can't just find a near alternative. Are there any ...
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Fixing an inwall toilet constantly flowing

I have a Schwab inwall toilet. Water keeps flowing heavily after flushing. I took everything out of the wall and found that the reason is because the ?hammer doesn't come back up again, therefore the ...
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LED TV connected to CCTV DVR through HDMI cable is causing a problem

I have connected an LED TV to my CCTV DVR through an HDMI cable and the picture quality is very good, but it is causing a problem. Whenever any electric switch is turned on or off, the picture goes ...
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485 views

Electric wall heater keeps tripping off. What might be the causes?

Just moved into a new house that uses in-wall electric heaters. Sooner or later, we'll be switching to a heat pump, but until then, I need these as it's getting cold. Our first floor has two heaters ...
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No outlet in bathroom?

My 1950's era house doesn't have any electrical receptacles in the bathroom. Doesn't the Building Code state there should be? I reside in California N.A.
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When are copper pipes a ground?

There is an exposed copper wire attached to the cold-water pipe near the dryer plug in my house. It's not attached to anything and I'm wondering when it would be useful if at all? This wire just ...
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1answer
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Lighting from the right or left of my desk?

I heard that some place their desks (for either reading, writing, or using computers) with lighting coming from the left. Is there some scientific foundation for that? Does that affect vision? How ...
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Washer stand pipe and floor drain question

I imagine this is a common setup. My questions concern how the standpipe and the floor drain are trapped and connected to the sewer line. Can I know with any certain how these are connected under the ...
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1answer
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Can I relocate my electric water heater under a basement window?

I am currently making floor plans for my finished basement in Ohio. I had a pipe near a frost free spigot rupture two years ago but that was because of a faulty washer. Is relocating the water heater ...
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How do I put in a 10 ft metal pole for a metal driveay gate?

I have 2 metal poles 10 ft poles and a metal entrance gate that is 10 ft wide and 4 feet tall. I want to get it in the ground this weekend. I am going to rent a gas post hole digger. What kind of ...
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1answer
107 views

Replacing light switch with dimmer switch… white wire?

On a three gang switch, I'm replacing a single pole light switch with an electronic dimmer and a second single pole light switch with a WeMo switch. The third switch is getting replaced with a ...
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1answer
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Putting washer dryer hookups through nearby interior wall

I recently purchased a home and will soon be putting in a washer and dryer (both electric). The current hookups are in a small bathroom, but only a couple feet away is an interior wall, which on the ...
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remove stain from granite tile

I have a bathroom tiled with granite tile floor and walls. the granite is sealed with xypex (seems to be still well sealed) and is a salt and pepper quartzite granite. (see pic) one of the tiles ...
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How to remove this ceiling lamp [duplicate]

I don't know how to remove this glass lamp held with 3 of these clips. I tried to open a clip, but it's pretty stiff. I need to change the light bulbs.
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How to get cable staples to stick in the wall

In my family room, I've used cable staples (like the ones pictured below) to fasten speaker wire along the wall at the top of the baseboards. There are hardwood floors in this room. Not all of them ...
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241 views

Get electricity to outlet behind wall mounted TV

I want to install a recessed outlet behind my TV but I am not sure how to get electricity to the outlet. There is an outlet at the bottom of the wall, below the TV. Can I run a Romex 14/2 wire from ...
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How to fix gap at the bottom of a door after installing new door bottom

Last season I picked up these vinyl slide-on door bottoms that you slide onto the bottom of the door and screw in. They worked great on all of my doors except this one that has about a half inch of ...
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How can I stop our duct work “pinging” at night?

I'm in Canada, and our home is a bit older, ~20 years, and the duct work seems to be making a rather loud "pinging" noise at night. I assume this is due to colder weather in general, and the hot air ...
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Whirlpool washing machine won't start, need help replacing fuse

My Whirlpool washing machine died today. The control panel lights are unresponsive, so it looks like there's a problem with its electricals. The socket works, and the troubleshooting manual mentions ...
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1answer
166 views

How can I remove scratches from mat plastic?

This is the sheet of plastic that I would like to clean up. I've researched the Internet a bit, but I could only find solutions for glossy plastics that involved polishing. Is there anything that can ...
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2answers
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Sellotape caused discoloration on the wooden surface

As seen in the picture it seems that the sellotape removed some of the color on the furniture surface. There doesn't seem to be any adhesive left on the surface. What are my options to repair this? ...
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What's the wattage of the heater

I have an in-wall heater with this label attached: How come it has 4 different currents/wattages listed? Which one applies?
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What type of sealer/stain to use on untreated cedar 4x4 lumber glued together

I'm planning on making a heavy bench top by using six 4"x4"x6' posts, and gluing the faces together with Elmer brand carpenters glue and several large bar/trigger clamps. Afterwards, I'll just ...
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how to repair holes left by expanding anchor bolts in concrete

I have a large workbench which I inherited with my current home, and I'd like to replace it with one I'm currently building, mainly since the current one is pretty small, and the top of the bench has ...

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