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Drain piping diagram for bathroom

This is a diagram of how I would like to do the drainage for a bathroom extension. Does it appear right? If not, why? Both the shower and the toilet are within 6 feet of the wet vent. Thanks!
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Recently fitted blocked toilet

We recently had a modern toilet fitted. It has become blocked almost monthly and using a plunger did not clear it. Would reinstalling an old fashioned design solve the problem?.....one with a larger ...
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My Canister ceiling light bulbs, LED 65, BR30 burn out too quickly

Have kitchen canister fixtures. The bulbs 65 watt BR30 Flood, burn out too quickly - one at a time in about 3 months. Ceiling (attic) heavily insulated
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Fixing metal siding that is loose on garage

The metal siding on my garage (built in 2012) is coming off, leaving exposed wood. The only thing that was holding the metal down was the caulk which came off pretty easily within a few years. I ...
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tapping power from a 3 way switch to an adjacent 2 way switch

I have a ceiling fixture that is controlled through 2 3-way switches (power comes from the fixture not to one of the switches). in the same room, there is a set of wall light fixtures that are tied ...
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Is there any advantage of one of these types of switches over the other?

Shown in the photos below are two different 2-pole breaker switches in my circuit box. In order to turn the 15 amp switch on and off it must be pushed along a longer section of the breaker than the 20 ...
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Having trouble keeping refrigerator running. After a few minutes the circuit breaker clicks off

Circuit breaker keeps tripping when I plug in refrigerator. This refrigerator is 20 years old. We just got it for our garage.
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Leaning against a window

My bed is right up against a window. I prefer to lean against something and sit in bed while working. Is it safe for me to lean against a closed glass window? Is there any way I could fashion ...
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Is there a proper amount of chainsaw tension

Is there a proper amount of tension I should keep the chain on my chainsaw? I currently like to have it more loose than tight. Thnx
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How can I screw a small threaded rod in a bigger hole?

I have a M6 x 1 hollow threaded rod, which I want to screw into a metal block (which I obtained from an old dysfunctional machine of the same type). The metal block's hole (its an un-threaded hole) in ...
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What is the name of the pump that goes in the drain between a washing machine and the sewer?

My washing machine drains to a pump that then goes to the sewer. What is the name of that type of pump?
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Is a 4 Ohm reading on a dryer heating element bad?

My electric dryer will run but wont heat. I'm not very good at electrical work, so I've spent a lot of time researching and did some testing last night. My High-Level thermostat basically fell apart ...
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Need advice on connecting 100 amp sub-panel to 200 amp main panel

I currently have a 200 amp main panel that is full. I'm planning on installing some equipment for a water well pump, water softner, etc. and it seems to make sense at this point to install a ...
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2-State Wall AC Switch

What happens to load in electrical installation which is switched by 2-State Wall AC Switch, when switch is not fully in ON or OFF state, but in middle state? Can that middle state damage load or ...
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range hood with an offset

We have an old and rusty range hood in our kitchen that needs to be replaced. It is 42" wide (over a 31" cooktop). The problem is that the vent opening is not at the center of the hood (see picture). ...
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356 views

Ground wire is hot, drop ceiling carrying current?

I am no electrician by any means but I have ran thousands of feet of wire, hooked up receptacles, lights, hot water heaters, breakers, etc... the average things with never an issue. I ran some new ...
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What is the best way to check the wires in your house?

Wires wear down eventually. This presumably can pose a fire hazard. But there are so many wires in a house and many of them are not easily accessible. In order to maintain as safe a house as ...
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100 amp main with not enough ground slots

i have a 100 amp main panel. it was put in in the 70's; i was wondering if it is ok to add a small box to put a new ground bus bar in to run all the grounds to because the box is bar very small and ...
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Lighting - Replacing incandescent bulbs

Have "reflecting cone" lighting in ceiling designed for specific wattage incandescent bulbs - Would like to replace with efficient, e.g. LED bulbs - 2 questions - What type bulb would best provide ...
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Can I use 12/2 NM-B wire for basement outlets?

Can I use 12/2 NM-B wire for basement outlets? Also can I use 15 AMP outlets and switches with 12/2 NM-B wire?
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Sofa Upholstery: What's the name of this back cushion technique and how is it done?

I'm re-upholstering my couch and trying to make synthetic-leather back cushions like this: I'm specifically referring to the horizontal line where the fabric turns-in on itself, creating some ...
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Bathroom remodel done well, not quite

I recently completed renovation of my bathroom. I expanded the space, changed plumbing and ripped out and rebuilt almost everything. One thing I did not know then but I know now is that I needed a ...
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Adding sheathing under a concrete tile roof

I have a concrete tile roof that has just the skip sheathing. Its common to get squirrels nesting up there because there is nothing there to prevent them from coming in through the eaves. Is it ...
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Fixing foundation crack with repair kits

I have a crack in the foundation visible on both sides, interior and exterior on an older home (built in 60's). In my case the foundation does not seem to be sagging. I have received some advice ...
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1answer
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How can I make a new basement window fit the opening?

I bought a basement window similar to this one. The plastic face of the window is the exact size of my opening, which is not perfectly square. How can I shave off some of the plastic to make this ...
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Does the NEC allow for smaller than 15 amp / 14 gauge circuits?

While hooking up a series of LED ceiling lights, I was wondering if there is anything in the NEC that would prohibit circuits smaller than the standard 15A lighting circuit found in homes. This 15A ...
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Sudden black fly infestation!! HELP

I woke up to over 20 black flies flying by the window in my kitchen and about 5 in my bedroom. I killed most of them and then cleaned quite a bit. I found about 7 dead maggot rolly pollie looking ...
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How do I properly wire this outdoor junction box?

I have an outdoor junction box mounted on a 4x4 wood post containing the wiring for an underwater light in a pond, an underwater light in a spa, and two GFCI outlets. Unfortunately, the box was ...
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What brand is this 3-handle tub faucet set it? [closed]

I'm looking to replace the current tub & shower faucets but need to know the right brand!
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239 views

How do I wire a three way switch with two lights?

My "power in" box has its black/white and ground and also the three wire cable( black /white /red and ground) and also the first light wires ( black/white). how do I wire this. It is going to ...
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Why are carpenters' pencils flat?

My assumption is that it's so they don't roll away. But if a carpenter spends the majority of his/her day working on a flat surface, a regular pencil wouldn't seem to have the tendency to get away ...
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frigidaire glasstop stove element turns off and on during use

Just replaced the element with a brand new one. Using the new element for the first time, it heats up and cools down constantly, is this normal or whats going on with it? Could only find one other ...
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How to install a window ac in a room with improper window provision

I have a window ac that I used it earlier. Recently shifted my premises and my bed room has a window with two wood doors that open oppositely and a lengthy wood stick in the middle. Window is ...
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How can I clean grease from a carpet?

Accidentally put a greasy material on my carpet. I tried to give it a dry clean, but no luck. What else could I do to remove that greasy stain?
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How do I insulate a crawl space?

I have approx 500 sq. ft. of crawl space (under addition to original home). 15 x 35 ft. with 2 x 10 joist & concrete flooring ( no dirt ). Ventilated to outside is provided by 3 windows. The ...
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Painting Tape Application - One Foot Sections

I have read that one should apply painter's tape in single, one-foot sections instead of a long strip. The reason given is that when it is applied in one, long strip, the tape is stretched and won’t ...
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Corner brace with countersink on opposite sides?

Is there a special name for a corner brace which has the countersink on opposite sides? That being that on one leg of the "L" the countersink is on the side pointing out of the angle, where on the ...
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non grounded outlets converted to gfi

If I have 5 old outlets that are not grounded(but installed in old plaster walls that I dont want to disturb) can I wire a gfi at lead of circuit and protect the others downstream. I have access to 1 ...
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Furnace is Sweating an Abnormal Amount

I noticed my furnace sweating a couple days ago. It's hot and humid where I live so I was only mildly concerned. It was a high of 74F today with humidity around 70% which is, relatively, nothing. ...
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Water pressure tanks

I want to buy a new pump, were as my current one is 42 yrs old. With the new pump I would like to use my current 19 gallon tank, plus I want to if possible install a new 50 gallon tank tied together. ...
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how do I fix hinges to sandstone (that is quite soft)

I have a sandstone wall that I want to fit a gate to. The sandstone crumbles with little effort. I am concerned any fixings will work loose quickly with any use
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Is this asbestos? (South korea)

School in South Korea removed asbestos over the past few weeks. Now I am all paranoid. Is this asbestos? Found these dime-sized chunks by my desk. Higher resolution images are available ...
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How can I upgrade an electrical panel if there's not enough space around the panel to meet current codes?

I have an older house (built in the 70s) with a 100A breaker panel installed in the corner of what is a converted garage. The history passed down from the previous owner is the garage was converted ...
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basement bathtub straddling a crater

we got this house recently. i was working on paint and finishing our basement bathroom.. trying to remove the baseboard trim surrounding the the bathroom shower, i noticed that it came out ...
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Upstairs/downstairs cooling- leave it on or off?

It's 100+ here in Texas. My house has separate air conditioners for upstairs and downstairs. We rarely go upstairs, but I'm told that we have to account for air flow "chimney effect" up the stairway ...
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What is this weird plug?

Trying to use a second-hand oven (bought in France) but it has this strange plug I've never seen before: The wall sockets in the kitchen are just the usual EU one: I searched the hardware store ...
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1answer
61 views

Can the water heater be damaged if the gas has been shut off?

Can the water heater be damaged if the gas has been turned off for a period of time?
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Backspalsh morter and grout vs peel and stick

Looking at creating a back splash does peel and stick tile hold up or should I just to the traditional methods?
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What sizes of DWV pipe are commonly used for (very) small residential homes?

One of the DIY projects I sometimes contemplate is replacing the ~45 year old galvanized steel drain pipe in my house with PVC DWV pipe and fittings. There is at least one slow, dipping leak I ...
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How do you refinish a concrete countertop?

I have concrete countertops in my kitchen that, unfortunately, weren't sealed properly. They quickly began picking up stains from water, so the contractor that made them took them back and somehow ...

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