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Connecting circuit with two hots to breaker(s)

I was swapping a breaker inside my panel and noticed something that struck me as odd--the garbage disposal and dishwasher are both being served by a single cable that contains a pair of red/black hots ...
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Does it matter if the power in goes into fixture before switch?

I have a basic understanding of electrical and have been trying to learn as much as I can over the past few weeks. I bought a house with a basement that a few light bulbs on pull down switches with ...
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Find the model for an unknown (non-Häger) wall thermostat?

I recently bought a house, after years in a flat. Many things are novel to me, especially the heating system. The digital thermostat is of an unknown brand, the former owner could not tell me (I ...
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226 views

Once I put in a screw with a dry wall anchor screw, can I remove the screw and replace the screw without ruining the anchor?

I want to mount plumbing pipe on dry wall as a curtain rod. I have dry wall anchor screws. The style of curtain I have will require me to remove the bracket from the wall to be able to take the ...
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1answer
91 views

How do I repaint a bathroom that was originally painted with oil (possible lead) then latex?

The home was originally constructed in 1955. Since I have no way of knowing when the original paint job was done on this bathroom, I cannot easily determine if the old oil-based paint contains lead or ...
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281 views

Best way to mount a floating L-shaped desk to a brick wall

I'm in the planning stages of building a new corner desk. I've started by measuring the corner of the room and planning the size, but I'm not sure what's the best way to mount it right now.. These ...
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240 volt biphasic to 240 volt monophasic

I want to use a monophasic 230/240 volts chainsaw coming from Europ in USA. I have biphasic 240 Volt outlet in my new US house. Can I just connect the two 125 volts phases to get a 240 volts ...
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Remodeling an old mechanic's garage into a conference space

I am currently remodeling an old garage (Lube Center) into a conference space. Right or wrong, this is what I'm doing. I have already installed insulation with paper backing on the ceiling (Open ...
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110 views

Hvac fan runs and shuts off in a cycle when in heat mode

I have a Heil hvac model. N44336336GKE100, The system works ok when in cool mode but when in heat mode the outside fan runs for 30 sec then shuts off for 20 sec and continually repeats the cycle. I ...
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Cutting out shapes inside cement board

I need to cut out a shape (rectangular opening) inside a cement board. Was wondering if it can be done with a jigsaw and a special blade once I have pilot holes drilled in each corner.
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Light switches stopped working but outlets Still work

75% of my light switches stopped working in the house but power was still going to all outlets I unplug the washing machine plugged it back in now all light switches are working again? The washing ...
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1answer
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Sliding door replacements for “non standard” sizes

I have a 1962 home with a 72 inch wide x 80 inch tall closet doors as shown in the pics. I am not sure if the sizes are standard. These doors are worn out and I was looking for replacements in IKEA ...
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Acceptable tension on copper piping?

Earlier this week I had a plumber rough in valve/piping for a shower renovation. Since then, I have decided to go back and redo the walls (long, long story) and, as a result, the final finished wall ...
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Coaxial connection seems to have switched polarity (on antenna/broadcast television)?

I get a great TV signal by touching the center wire of a coaxial cable to the threads of the wall connection. If I screw on the cable properly, there is no signal. What's happening and how do I ...
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37 views

Circuity Breaker 2 pole Amp Label

Old breaker needs replacing. Is this a 2 pole 40 amp breaker (40 each pole) or a 2 pole 20 amp breaker? (20 + 20 = 40).
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Reprogramming Garage Door Remote

I've been using a Beninca TWV remote (Shown below) to open my home garage door for the last 3/4 years without any problems, until this morning when the remote stopped working. To be clear I replaced ...
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Heating Not working but heating water kicks it in

My heating (gravity fed) is not coming in when the timer starts but the if the water needs heating it kick starts it. I thought it may be a thermostat issue because when I moved this to a point that ...
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3answers
422 views

Best way to make a hole in concrete wall

So my house has concrete walls and ceilings. There a few places i would need to remove some large holes like for vents or light fixtures. I was looking at a concrete hole saw which seems to be a good ...
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1answer
117 views

Is there such a thing as wall lights that you can plug into a power outlet?

There is a room in our house with a fluorescent bulbs from the dark ages and they've stopped working a while back. We've tried replacing the starter, it worked for a moment but stopped, maybe a loose ...
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1answer
119 views

Adding 2 lights, white wires only?

I am adding 2 additional light receptacles in my garage attic. I thought this was going to be pretty straightforward until I got to the currently working light in the attic (pic attached). I get ...
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791 views

How to fix a huge gap between tub faucet and tile

We just moved into an old house and two of the tub faucets have huge gaps from the tile as pictured below. This is something that I feel needs to be addressed right away to prevent shower water from ...
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1answer
48 views

Is there any easy way to mount multiple single gang low voltage panels in a multi-gang box?

So, a combination of AT&T, Comcast, and the previous owner of my house and made an absolute mess out of the area I'm wanting to use as the network hub of my house. There are five outlets, one for ...
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373 views

should door locks and deadlocks be keyed the same

Should door locks and deadlocks be keyed the same. Is there any advantage or disadvantage (besides having more then one key) in having them keyed different?
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removing deposits from the toilet bowl

I've had tenants that I guess used the toilet but never flushed. Anyways, I'm unable to remove the yellow/brown deposits from the bowl, they seem to be really hard rock-like formations - I've ended up ...
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1answer
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How can I avoid repainting a wall after removing pictures?

I have off-white walls and when I removed some pictures recently, I filled the holes with spackle but there are still some areas that visibly show where the holes were. I don't want to have to repaint....
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83 views

What size metric wire is required for 240 VAC 30 Amps located in house with run of 90M or <100 feet to a garage

What size metric wire is required from a 240 VAC 30 Amps breaker located in house with run of 90M or <100 feet to a garage for washer, drier, fridge and lighting on 3 X 10 amp and 1 X 5 amp ...
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Sharing waste of washing machine with sink

Is the plumbing below fine? The part in red comes from behind a brick wall and the height on the exit pipe is at 50 cm, therefore, to avoid having to break the wall and redoing part of the plumbing ...
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63 views

What's the meaning of “expansive trim package”?

When I read a house description, there is this line "Features include: expansive trim package, granite, tile, hardwoods, french doors". Can anyone help me on "expansive trim package", what is it?
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Plugging hole in hollow brick

The extension to my house is built with hollow brick elements and I have a hole on one of them that I'd like to plug and mortar over. Since it's hollow in the back of the hole inside the element, I ...
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2answers
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Drywall clips to support partition wall points and ceiling edges

I am looking at these drywall clips made for supporting drywall edges that would normally require a piece of 2x lumber (nailer) to support the edges. I have a couple ideas on using blocking but it ...
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Install new gutters and leaders

After a new roof was installed, a different crew is coming over tomorrow to install new gutters and leaders. Although they keep trying to sell me gutter guards, I said no, mostly after reading the ...
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1answer
252 views

What is the optimal duty cycle for a furnace?

A heat load calculation of my home says it requires ~36K BTU/hr of heat at a normal winter temperature (40°F), and ~52K BTU/hr at the design temperature (24°F). An HVAC contractor has proposed ...
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1/4“ male compression end on inline water filter to 3/8” male compression (fine threads)

I have 2 faucets at my kitchen sink: one for regular water stuff and the 2nd for drinking water. Lines running from the drinking water faucet are 3/8" female compression. My ecopure inline water ...
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Crossing cold air return ducts with romex

The house was built in the 50's, and am in Ontario. The house has all copper wiring, but it is older, and has no ground. I am quite competent when it comes to following code, but I have not found a ...
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Garbage disposal trips breaker when it is switched off

Our garbage disposal trips its breaker when the unit is turned off. Flip the breaker and the unit runs, turn the unit off and the breaker trips. I have replied the switch. Wiring of the switch, double ...
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1answer
139 views

How to fit waste water pipe into back inlet gully?

I'm replacing some waste pipes and drainage and need to know what is the best way to fit the waste pipes (from washing machine and sink) into the hopper / gully. The hopper I am using looks like this: ...
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1answer
120 views

Exposed Romex inside sink cabinet

Is it legal by the NEC to have exposed Romex cable inside a kitchen sink cabinet?
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new laminate flooring over existing hardwood, what underlayment should be used?

We're redoing the flooring in the whole house. We have existing hardwood which is in decent shape. a few scratches here or there that could probably be fixed. No buckling or anything. Maybe one or two ...
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2answers
125 views

How To Get Rid Of Acrobat Ants [duplicate]

Recently my house has been invaded by acrobat ants. They are everywhere. On our tables, in our plates, in our glasses. They tend to be menace and have caused us a lot of trouble.
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Law on lead Gas pipes

My daughter asked a plumbing/central heating company for a general service on their gas system/boiler. They have a 7 week old baby and wanted to make sure the boiler wasn't giving any fumes off. Just ...
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1answer
64 views

What are the legal considerations of installing a new light in my own house in the UK?

I don't have any electrical qualifications, but have rewired plugs, plug sockets and switches and seen someone qualified wire in a new light and understand the principles and safety precautions. Are ...
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How do I dehumidify a season cabin in the winter

My Aunt has a seasonal cabin in NH. At the end of the fall we shut the water off and close down the cabin. Last year we had to gut and re-do the entire cabin due to a mold problem. Part of the problem ...
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Wet looking tile [duplicate]

We installed finished marble 12x24 tiles to a wall 5 weeks ago. It is not sealed or grouted it. It still looks wet in the center, dry around the edges. What have we done wrong. A white thinset was ...
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Installing Finished soft marble tile and it isnt drying

we had a soft, finished marble tile installed on our bathroom walls--not shower. It is not sealed nor grouted yet. This was done 5 weeks ago and it still looks wet on the 12 x 24 tiles. The edges ...
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Easy way to mass map wires inside a wall

I am going to put some more wiring into some empty house (mostly CAT6 and audio) and want them to be in the walls. For that I borrowed some saw that can cut nice slits for them into the wall, but of ...
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145 views

how to wire a 220v 110v transformer at the circuit breaker

does some have a diagram that shows how to wire a 220->110v transformer at the main circuit breaker.. i have a wire ready with 220 and a another ready to receive 110v .. the 220v ready wire has has ...
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2answers
63 views

How do I remove this tap valve?

how to remove tap valve? Any suggestions?
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1answer
75 views

Options for restoring or otherwise utilizing old chimney

My home (in East Texas, built in 1885, two stories, pier and beam) has two chimneys, one of which I would like to reopen. Apart from information gleaned online, I have no experience with chimneys or ...
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Can anyone tell me what this little white box on my outlet is?

Recently bought a house that's about 40 years old. The previous owner was clearly very fond of doing the wiring himself and has left me some idiosyncrasies to work out. One is this box in one of my ...
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1answer
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How do I convert from 3-way switches to dimmers?

I'm hoping you can provide me with some guidance on where I'm going wrong with my wiring of my new dimmer switches that I'm using to replace a pair of three-way switches. I've gotten everything wired ...

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