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Is this a proper way to connect main vent?

I'm researching the way to properly re-plumb my 2 bathrooms, and trying to figure out the best way. Specific question relates to this section of the code (Illinois 890.1450 e): All main vents or ...
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Is there an etched marble fix?

It seems my polished marble flooring was damaged by sulfamic acid, which was used to clean a Bostic polymer reinforced grout that was allowed to remain on the marble too long. The surface seems to be ...
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can a 2x4 withstand 200lbs out pressure on the 1.5" side? [closed]

I need to know if I cut a 2x4 at 42", which will be down the side of a 2x8 by 7 inches, carriage bolted at 2" and 5" below the surface of the deck, bolted through a 2x8 (1.5" thick), that will extend ...
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Can a 110v 3-wire thermostat be hooked up to a 110v 2-wire condo setup?

My condo that was built in 1968 has an old thermostat(rheostat type) which supplies 2 thick gauge black wires of which one is live and the other isn't. This regulator is hooked up to a blower ...
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Water leak below the foundation and into the garage

I have water puddle that has been appearing just below the foundation threshold from my laundry room in to garage floor just below the entry door. There is an 9" step up into the house (the ...
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8 channel camera system - can i put more than 8 cameras?

I purchased a lorex 8 channel camera security system http://m.costco.com/Lorex-8-Channel-IP-NVR-with-2TB-HDD,-8-1080p-Cameras-with-130-Night-Vision.product.100217003.html. Everything works fine ...
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Why does my one-way switch have 4 wires?

My bedroom light is controlled by only one switch (as far as I'm aware of...), so I assumed my switch would only have 3 wires (current in, current out, ground). However I opened my switch and I saw 4 ...
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House sheating is not plywood. What's this material?

My house sheating is not a plywood - but some dark brown material. Click for larger view Does anyone know what that is? P.S. here's more higher quality images: pic1 pic2 pic3
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Thermocouple keep burning out, is it our gas valve?

Thermocouple keeps burning out. Looking at 1 or 2 within 2 week period ! Tried different brands, the pilot will only stay lit for 3 minutes then automatically shuts down.
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How to hang a dryer vent in a basement ceiling?

I have an old house and had to rerun the dryer vent line from the first floor through the basement and then to the outside of the house. I basically replaced everything the previous owner did with ...
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Should I immediately clean my paint sprayer after use?

I just purchased a Wagner ProCoat sprayer. Used it for the 1st time with Valspar Ultra Zero VOC paint from Lowe's. Do I need to clean it immediately? I'm gonna use it again next weekend. Is 1-week ...
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Should I try to repair an A/C condensate pump that has suddenly started getting real noisy?

So my Little Giant Condensate pump suddenly started getting real noisy when it kicked on. I pulled the cap off the unit and the water sure is dirty in there. I have done nothing with the unit in the ...
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Can I connect copper wire to aluminum wire?

I'm installing additional light bulbs in my basement. I have an older house with aluminum wiring. Can I do this: [new light bulbs]<--copper-->[old light bulb junction box]<--aluminum-->[main ...
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Replaced fluorescent tubes and starters - now lights are getting triggered by other light switches. How to identify the cause?

I have two fluorescent tubes in the kitchen. Having been buzzing, flickering and turning themselves off for a while I replaced both the tubes and the respective starters, assuming this would eliminate ...
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Keep losing power and after some time it comes back on?

Keep losing power to 1 living room and all kitchen outlets, light above sink, clothes dryer and porch light. The circuit breakers are not tripped, and after a random amount of time the power comes ...
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Why do I have low pressure when faucet is on hot but regular pressure otherwise?

I just bought a brand new Facto single handle ( hose assembly ) faucet installed it and everything was working fine but now the pressure has decreased to a dribble from the hot side but the pressure ...
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Identifying unspliced pass-through wires in a receptacle box

I have existing 1/2" emt conduit servicing 20 amp receptacles connected to a single pole 20 amp breaker. So there are 3 12G wires, 1 black, 1 white and 1 green in the existing conduit. I'd like ...
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light switch will not move

My kitchen light switch suddenly will not move up or down and I cannot turn the kitchen light on. Is there anything I can do to fix it (I'm a duct tape/WD40 kind of fixer) or do I need to call ...
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Can I use single walled stove pipe for my wood stove?

I have a wood stove that I'm going to use in my work room that is on the first floor of my house. I was planning on running it out the side of my house and then the chimney go up next to my house. I ...
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Making sense of an existing sump system

I just bought my first house, but I can't seem to understand how the sump worked. I'd like to make sure it's hooked up and ready to go should the basement ever flood. When I first walked in, the ...
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How do I connect two table slides to make a longer one?

My question originated in this thread I need to obtain a super long heavy duty table slide like this one http://www.wei-hua.net/en_showprod.asp?id=303 Probably connecting two of these ...
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How do I repair a small nick in motor windings?

I accidentally put a nick in a washing machine motor's windings when I was removing it. The nick is shallow, with mostly just the varnish scraped off, and isn't as big as the picture makes it look. ...
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How should I contain dust during a remodel?

I am about to start on a remodel project that involves framing in part of the attic for a bonus room. More importantly this will also involve knocking down a few walls near the living room and kitchen ...
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Kichen water supply [closed]

I bought a new American Standerd Xavier kitchen Faucet. I have it all in except for hooking up. This faucet has the braded hoses. My water supply is plastic with hoses on it. How do I make this work? ...
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I was told to replace the breaker for my dryer, but I don't really know what breaker to buy? It's very old and worn and I can't visibly see what it is

Like it says in the title, I was told to replace the circuit breaker for the dryer I have because it is not giving out enough power. Only problem is, I don't know what to replace it with. It looks ...
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Where to connect thermostat C wire to Weil-McLain HE2 series 1 boiler

I have a Weil-McLain HE2 series 1 boiler and am attempting to attach a Honeywell RTH6500 wifi thermostat to the main floor. The house has 4 zones and therefor 4 separate thermostats. The main floor ...
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Do ceiling joists need to rest on cross beams?

I am having a new home built by a national builder. They are framing now I see that ceiling joists in one area are not resting on a beam that divides two open rooms. See the photo. The beam that runs ...
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16' Tall Load Bearing Wall

I am planning to build a 12'x12' cabin. I cannot go bigger than 12x12, but there are no height restrictions so I'd like to incorporate a loft. I'm thinking front wall at 16' tall and rear wall at 12' ...
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How to fix concrete cracks with weed growing out?

I have cracks on my concrete stairs that have weeds growing out of. I was wondering what the (caulking-like?) product is to fill the cracks. Should I spray some sort of herbicide to supress growth ...
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Big crack in door , how can I fix this?

I have a big crack in door and I need to fix it, it's about 10cm long and a little deep but not to the point where it's to the other side of door.
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How to remove old A/C piping in my house?

When I had my new A/C installed I moved it to the other side of my house (right next to the furnace), so now I have a bunch of old copper piping running about 30 feet from one corner of my house to ...
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installing new meter base and rerouting path of electrical to house

is it legal to split an electrical connection in a Hoffman box one set of wires coming from meter to the garage where I would "T" in the box first set to a breaker box in the garage and second set ...
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242 views

Back-to-back toilet problem in old house: replumbing to code

I have a 50 year old house, with some outdated plumbing that is causing me problems. (See this for specific problems) And here's the existing connection: I will be doing some bathroom work, and one ...
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Small pergola — 4x4 posts okay? 8“ or 12” footings? etc

We are planning a small narrow "pergola". Actually it is a weird combination structure. My husband wants a pull-up bar, I want it to be a landscape feature that looks nice, and it will be ...
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Is an HVAC license required for DIY home owner AC installation in the State of Georgia?

Does anybody know for certain if in the State of Georgia, an HVAC ("conditioned air") license is required in order for a homeowner to install their own HVAC system?
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Reinforcing a boulder/concrete wall

Our fixer-upper has a freestanding wall outside, that is built of melon-sized boulders cemented together. The back side was left rough, and we're starting to get cracks (I patched with cement-all). So ...
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Bosch Dishwaser Drainage

I read about Bosch leaving water in the bottom of their dw, how to install the drainage hose with the high loop, etc, however there is the right amount of water being left in the filter area, but the ...
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Water softener brine tank into floor/ground?

Can the brine tank from a water softener be installed into the slab of my basement floor? Are there tanks designed for this, so that only the lid is exposed above the slab?
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What kind of wax to use on birch/pine wood?

So I am completely new to any kind of woodworking (as in this is the first thing I have attempted), and overall I am very newbie to doing stuff. So right now I have a birch wood panel, with 2 pine ...
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What is this door hardware called?

Can someone help me out and let me know what these are called? I'm looking on a DIY site to order one but can't work out what these are called to be able to find them. As you can see in the ...
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74 views

How high off the ground can you place LED lighting?

Our ceiling is about 15 feet tall. We'd like to place LED lights on it to light our seating area and room. We're wondering if the lights are too far if the light may be too diffuse by the time it ...
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What is the name of the hardware used to build this dinner console table?

What is the name of the hardware used to build this dinner console table? If you are aware of a similar design I would really appreciate some links. I am looking for a dinner table that has to be ...
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Mower dies when cutting grass

I have a Troy built mower with Briggs & Stratton engine mower starts and runs until I start mowing dies when I start cutting grass
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Is there a specific distance from the front door that you are allowed to put a water spigot?

Is there a specific distance from the front door that you are allowed to put a water spigot?
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80 views

Can styrofoam be used between plywood to bring up floor height

I have a new room built but floor is lower than adjoining hall by 1 1/2 inch. Can I put rigid foam down over the plywood floor and top with plywood to match heights?
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Proper Refrigerator Diagnosis

What is the way to diagnose a refrigerator that is not cooling? Symptoms: Freezer temperature started rising up gradually Later the refrigerator section did the same Diagnosis: 1. Compressor was ...
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1answer
295 views

Is this wiring suitable suitable for 3-way Z-Wave switches?

I'd like to install a Jasco Z-Wave switch (45709) and its add-on switch (45710) in this newish (2004) house, but the wiring instructions do not correspond to what I have behind the current ...
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50 Amp tankless water heater and 30 amp double pole switch

I just moved into a house. I have a 50 amp max tankless water heater. The circuit breaker is 50 amps. The water heater is connected to a NEMA 10-50 power receptacle. There a switch to turn on and off ...
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Whats purpose of four pole breaker?

Was working on a friends house today. Mostly running a new branch circuit for an upgraded kitchen. That all went fine. The panel in the basement has a four pole breaker as the main. I've never ...
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1answer
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Best joint for pine storm windows? Mostly why not miters?

I'm going to make storm windows. 1x3 select pine. Every online discussion I've seen refers to mortise and tenons, lap joint, or a doweled butt joint. I haven't seen any do a 45 joint like a picture ...

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