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How to read an asbestos report

Someone help me out here. I had 3 samples taken as labeled on the results. I'm finding it difficult to decipher the report from the lap.
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Two IR switches for one cabinet light?

Wiring a led cabinet light. There's two doors and I have two IR switches. One switch works as expected. The other one you have to close the circuit , open it and close it again to get the light on. ...
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Remote Triggered Switch for a Water Heater socket

I have a Water Heater ( 3 kW; 220 V; single phase) situated in one bathroom that has plumbing to service two bathrooms. Currently it is connected to a local wall outlet (15 Amp) in Bathroom-1 with ...
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1answer
42 views

Bathtub drain issue

I have replaced the trip lever on my bathtub drain but it will not stay completely down when draining. I am able to remove the mechanism (including the weight at the bottom) but can't seem to get the ...
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0answers
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Leaking wood stove ceiling pipe

I had this installed 10 years ago & when it rains heavily with or without wind the rain runs down the pipe. They have been out twice & supposedly fixed it but it still leaks. I already spent ...
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1answer
104 views

Is it feasible to pull individual conductors out of a 20m CAT3 cable?

I am well aware that this is pushing what can be DIY-ed. I live in a student housing cooperative, and the two houses it comprises have an unused phone network running between them. The network was ...
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2answers
75 views

Wiring 3-way switch

I'm currently rewiring my basement and have done all the circuits but one. In an effort to save time/effort/money, I was wondering if it was possible to have a circuit with a 3-way switch that ...
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2answers
648 views

Using 12 ga wire to pigtail a receptacle

I have a family room with 15 amp breaker feeding a few receptacles. I replaced an old receptacle but had to use 12 ga wire as pigtails on that one receptacle. Is that ok or no?
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Cannot remove bath hardware

I have hardware in my bathroom that does not have the usual Allen Wrench screw anywhere on it to remove the trim. I have attached pictures of the hardware. I don't want to apply too much force in ...
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0answers
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Do bay windows have a model number somewhere?

How do I find the model number of the bay windows in my house? They seem fairly new, I'd like to look up measurements.
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3answers
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Why does my power keep going out to most of my house?

My power frequently goes out, mostly at night or early morning. Sometimes it goes off multiple times in a row, sometimes just once. Most of the time, I can get it to come right back on by flipping the ...
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0answers
97 views

Can I remove HVAC pipes after exposing the ceiling?

I recently removed the drywall ceiling from my basement and have two related questions about removing the HVAC ducts/pipes. Pictures attached here: http://imgur.com/a/qep4w 1. Is it OK to remove the ...
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0answers
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Can these metal ceiling drywall joists be removed?

I recently removed the drywall ceiling from my basement with the intention to leave it as an exposed ceiling. Would I be correct in understanding that the metal ceiling joists (highlighted in blue in ...
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1answer
649 views

Water seeping through stained concrete in slab foundation - during heavy rain only

I bought a house in north Dallas, about a year ago, the house was built in 2000 and it is a single story house. There were no problems reported or found during the inspection for the foundation or the ...
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3answers
191 views

Why does the outside fan stop but the blower fan continues to run?

We can have the thermostat set on 76 but wont stay 76 in house. Will come on when temperature is 79 in the house.
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0answers
24 views

Problem with Ladylux kitchen faucet sprayer

I have a 14-year old Grohe Ladylux kitchen faucet. Recently, the spray knob stopped working properly. Normally when you press and release the knob, the faucet goes to spray mode until you press the ...
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1answer
60 views

Exterior walls or floors?

I am wanting to build my own spacious house. This is on my pretend world where my family members are the first to be on the planet after scientists so there are no building codes just yet. I have ...
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1answer
256 views

Is it kosher to splice wiring in the “can” portion of recessed LED lighting?

I've recently installed some 4" recessed fixtures (IC rated if it makes any difference) that had an incompatible plug for the lights I bought. The cans came with a two-pin orange colored plastic ...
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0answers
97 views

Our walls have a rancid smell after painting twice. Going on 2 months now! Help!

2 months ago we bought an apartment in a brick building. We painted the bedroom and living room with what must have been shoddy paint. There's been a rancid smell ever since that is sour and tangy and ...
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2answers
131 views

What is this metal part around the fan's motor in my freezer and how to prevent it from rusting?

A few months ago, while cleaning, I took the plastic cover off the back (of the inside) of my freezer (covers the fan and the cooler) and things looked fine: I didn't put the cover back on and ...
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0answers
116 views

electric box has blue,black, and white wires?

Trying to install a ceiling fan. The house electric box has a blue wire, black wire, and white wire. Using a volt meter i have determined the blue wire has 80v, the black has 9v. what the heck is ...
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1answer
34 views

Cannot drill far enough to mount curtain pole

Trying to mount a curtain pole above my window, and I cannot drill far enough in to get a rawlplug plus screw into the wall. I can drill ~0.75in deep but no further. I have considered getting a ...
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1answer
252 views

How do I fix where cat scratched and tore carpet from threshold?

My cat got trapped in my home office overnight and made the mess as shown in the picture trying to dig her way out. The sharp tack strip is exposed. There is not enough carpet to stretch. Is there a ...
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0answers
114 views

Power to kitchen receptacles out after receptacle shorted

Today I plugged a blender into a kitchen outlet and the outlet appeared to short circuit and broke (I saw giant spark and lost power to my kitchen). The circuit breaker for the kitchen jumped. After ...
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1answer
130 views

Completing a prior subpanel install

I recently bought a home built in 2007. I had the chance to meet with the original homeowner who shown me some of the things that were on his list to finish before he sold the house but never got the ...
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1answer
63 views

Emergency my waste is leaking over my back patio

The toilets make a gurgling sound and waste p Spills out of an outside cleanout. Or at least thats what i think it is theres 2 beside each other. We have a septic tank and have well water system. Also ...
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1answer
58 views

Is it possible to create a 4“x4” channel through concrete using acid?

I'm trying to figure out a possible way to eat through concrete without damage pex tubing inside (its a radiant heated slab). Is there any way using some type of acid (hydrofluoric, muriatic ) to eat ...
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1answer
45 views

Using this aluminum L shape for stairs

I m doing a laminate floor(first time) from the room onto staircase. Now I m thinking about the transition from bedroom level to first stair and how much am I going to go with laminate. I can get a ...
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1answer
618 views

Can I use a same brush for primer and paint

I have a question. Should I use different brushes for primer and paint? Or, is it ok to use a same brush? I tried to find the answer on the Internet but couldn't ....
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2answers
738 views

How can I replace a recessed light with a ceiling fan?

I've installed a few ceiling fans before and found them to be pretty easy so I'm trying to add them to each room in my house, I don't have great knowledge of electrical work but I can install a ...
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2answers
633 views

How can I keep a screw from slipping off a screw bit?

I'm used to having magnetic bit holders, which will attract the screw, but sometimes the screw will still slip away sideways while screwing it in. Today I watched an episode of Adam Savage's One Day ...
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3answers
376 views

Compatibility of aluminum fittings with brass rough-in valve

I am wanting to add a permanent electronic temperature sensor to a brass rough-in shower valve. For this particular rough-in valve, I can thread a thermowell into the outlet that is normally used for ...
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5answers
601 views

How to support the subfloor around a toilet between I joists

I'm replacing some rotted subfloor around a toilet, and I want to add blocking around the flange for extra support, and to give me a place to support the new pieces of subfloor (I'm not planning on ...
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1answer
198 views

internal fuse on air handler blows every time it shuts off

air handler for air conditioner has worked fine since I moved into the house but this year both times the air conditioner has turned on it has not restarted. Both times so far the problem has been ...
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2answers
250 views

Floating wall mounted office desk

I'm currently about to embark on redeveloping my home office. We have a room with a small alcove and want to mount a desk top inside it. The approx size is 220cm x 80cm We can source the wood we ...
1
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1answer
45 views

Concrete slopes away from drain

Outside of my house the concrete slopes away from the drain causing the water to pool in a corner,any ideas to fix this ?
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2answers
119 views

Mark 2 points on parallel walls directly opposite each other

I am about to mount some steel pipe which spans from one wall of a room to the opposite wall. (Here's why: Mount Pull-up bar from wall to wall) How do I accurately mark two points on facing parallel ...
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1answer
109 views

How do I add a door to an already existing wall?

I'm trying to figure out how to do this the right way. I'm planning to put a door in an already existing wall down stairs. I have a few questions about the details: Do I need a header if it is not a ...
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1answer
388 views

How long can I leave a wood fence after power washing, before staining?

If I were to pressure wash my fence this weekend. Could I leave it and not stain it until fall? The only reason I ask is I have the time to wash the fence and my house, but I probably couldn't stain ...
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0answers
42 views

Installing Challenger Series A breaker

I'm installing a Challenger series A double pole 30A breaker in a 30 year old Crouse Hinds box. ...
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3answers
1k views

Got a used Electric oven - not sure what wire and breaker to use

We just got a used electric oven. We had propane, but no longer have access to propane. Currently there is only a standard wall outlet behind the oven. I realize I need to run a new wire, etc., but ...
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0answers
43 views

Is adding a paver patio or flower garden near a home foundation a bad idea?

More specifically, should I be concerned about creating drainage issues? We already have some leaks in our basement. I'd like to avoid creating additional problems.
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1answer
142 views

Central AC Tripping Circuit Breaker (sometimes)

When my AC first turns on, it will typically trip the circuit breaker shortly after the compressor and fan start up. If I reset the breaker, and turn the AC back on, it will usually run just fine and ...
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0answers
46 views

Circuit Location Detection

We recently got a nearly double electrical bill during the previous cycle. I, wrongly, assumed it was just a fluke and my family had left some things on longer than they were supposed to. This ...
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0answers
44 views

What material to put between in-corner closet and walls

I have a wardrobe closet in the corner of my bedroom with a half inch space on the left, rear and top sides (almost reaches ceiling too). Does it make sense to put a kind of dense foam in these ...
1
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1answer
1k views

Replacing 60-year old light switch - which wires go where?

A light switch in my house won't go to the off position, so I need to replace it. Every direction I've read about how to do this says to keep the wires in the same configuration (top, bottom, ...
0
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2answers
118 views

Confused on ratios for Concrete mix to pour a 10X20X6 patio pad

I am pouring a 10X20X6 patio pad. It has been 15 years since I mixed a mass amount of concrete and the cement that I got is a little vague on the instructions. What is the ratio for ...
0
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0answers
77 views

How can I fix gaps at the bottom of concrete stairs?

How can I fix or skirt my concrete outdoor stairs? They are bolted on to the side of my house, and are left hanging with gaps all around at the the bottom. They are very sturdy and I don't really want ...
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1answer
259 views

Flexible LED light strips falling from cabinet

I just installed a flexible led light strip and it won't stay in place - it keeps falling down from underneath the cabinet.
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0answers
97 views

Washer floods bathtub and tub won't drain

Washer floods bathtub and tub won't drain. What is plugged up. Alll other drains work. Water is coming in from kitchen sink also. The only thing that's plugged and won't drain is bath tub. Tried ...

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