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Replaced door hinges and now the door won't close - hits the door stop on the hinge side

I replaced the 3.5" hinges on an interior door with hinges of the same size. The only difference that I can see between the old and new hinges is that the barrels on the old set are slightly larger. ...
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Home improvement and construction references for deep knowledge [duplicate]

Are there good books out there where one can learn the ins and outs of home construction and renovation to the level of what a contractor would know. When I watch home improvement/diy shows I often ...
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How to ground old style Romex (no ground) multi-wire circult

I have a multi-wire that is very old and doesn't have a ground. I'd like to change this to using new Romex so that AFCI breakers will work. My question is this... Can I band the red wire in my ...
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How to connect remote control switch? [closed]

I can connect the three light and fan wires but confused about neutral and phase points. Should i connect the live wire to the phase point? What does phase mean ?
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Can I raise the ceiling Without having joists visible

I would like my plaster board ceiling to be raised in my children's bedroom as we are installing a loft bed and do not have a comfortable amount of space between the bed and the ceiling. Is there any ...
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Is conduit required for running wiring in an attic?

Do I have to put the 120 volt wiring in my attic inside of conduit? I don't recall ever seeing any wiring inside of conduit in an attic but I'm not sure.
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How many ceiling fans and switches can I put on one breaker [duplicate]

I have a person that wants to wire in four light boxes and four ceiling fans with switches and I need to know if I can run all four of them safely from one breaker and if so what kind of breaker? This ...
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Can AWG 6 be used in the middle of a 20a AWG 12 circuit?

Can AWG 6 be used in the middle of a 20a AWG 12 circuit? Would this affect the performance of a 20 Amp Single-Pole CAFCI Circuit Breaker? I have an existing, never used, buried, 6-3 Romex NM-B W/G ...
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can I put 3 new light fixtures and switches on the same breaker

I have a person that wants to wire in four actually light boxes for ceiling fans with switches and I need to know if I can run all four of them safely from one breaker and if so what kind of breaker? ...
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Running ethernet under ground to another building

I'm trying to run ethernet cable about 250ft underground to the garage. It is going through a hard plastic/rubber tubing under the yard and into the garage. Is there anything I should know before ...
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Using extra plywood as stringer for window boards?

Trying to size out some window boards for a hurricane. It's actually two questions but the stringer is the main one. I have a section of windows that is roughly 14' x 4'6". Given a sheet of plywood ...
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How to remove this two-piece door hinge?

Trying to remove a door at my apartment, and it has a door hinge that looks like this and here's an image of another one They are both painted over quite a bit, so it's difficult to see how I'm ...
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Toilet bowl level drops after flushing

I just installed a new Kohler toilet. It flushes fine but after the flush the level of water in the bowl slowly drains. Why would this be and is it anything to worry about?
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How should I insulate hydronic radiant heating under floorboards

A couple weeks ago a contractor installed hydronic radiant heating at my place. The building is two floors (studio above a garage) and the heating was installed under the floorboards. When he finished ...
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Using two 30amp circuits to supply one range

My old range from the seventies has two 30a circuits coming to it. New ranges all use a single 40a circuit. Can I join the two sets of wires into a single 60a breaker. The circuits would be joined ...
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pex home run system with no crawl space

How many holes can I put in a continuous run of studs to run multiple lines to different fixtures. I basically have 20 hoses that need to run through the same 15 ft horizontal of wall. they should ...
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1answer
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What flushmate unit will fit my kohler toilets?

My Kohler toilets have tank number K-4634-AA. I think it is a discontinued model in the Cimarron family. I want to install a flushmate on one toilet to see if the bowl cleans better when flushing. I'm ...
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Reclaimed floor boards vs roof boards: what's the difference?

I'm looking for some reclaimed pine floorboards to match the floor they'll be helping fix. This place (for example) lists both reclaimed floorboards and roof boards— is this the same thing? Could I ...
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Garage door opener stops--even when I take the chain off the gear!

My garage door opener (LiftMaster 1/3 HP) stops partially through the cycle of closing the door. I have removed the chain from the gear attached to the sprocket, and tried cycling it like that. I ...
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Circuit breakers off, but meter still running

I purchased a house a few weeks ago and got the power connected about a week ago. The house has been empty and I leave all the circuit breakers off. The Meter is digital but the display doesn't seem ...
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What factors influence the security of a front door lock?

Due to misplaced keys, we are going to either rekey or replace an old lock on our front door. The manufacturer was Barrows, which seems to be somewhat rare since our local hardware doesn't carry ...
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1answer
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how to find out if wall is plaster, wood or drywall?

I want to install blinds in my kitchen. However, I can't figure out if the wall is wood or plaster. I need to know this before starting to drill because the holding mechanism for the blinds, it ...
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whirlpool washing machine stops after rinse cycle, will not spin, and knob makes a noise

I have a Whirlpool Ultimate care 2 and it stopped draining water and entering the spin cycle. I initially thought it was the water pump and replaced it. The draining lines seemed clear(no issues with ...
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Is it okay to 'sandwich' rigid foam insulation between old and new sheet siding?

I am putting new LP Smart Siding (4'x 8' and 3//8" thick) onto my house, which will overlay old T1-11 siding. I would like to put R-MAX 1/2" rigid foam insulation under the new siding. Is this okay? ...
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False roof frame in ceiling

Have never figured out what this is. There is basically a false roof frame in the attic. The peak is the opposite direction of the actual roof. As far as I know there hasn't been any major remodeling ...
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How to add insulation to a hollow core exterior door?

During some renovations to my house and I removed some wood-paneling and uncovered an exterior door. The door faces west, so it gets the late afternoon sun and in Phoenix, the door gets hot. ...
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How to attach a bolt down post support to a fast set concrete post built with

What is the procedure to attach a bolt down post support to a fast set concrete base post? WHat type of bolts and what size should I use to attach this? One of the posts will support a 39" wide gate, ...
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Outlets that seem to be on same circuit, but not behaving that way

I'm trying to install a GFCI outlet in my kitchen. My understanding is that you can install one GFCI on the circuit and this will protect all of the other outlets. This is assuming that the GFCI ...
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Rewiring Garage, building grounds

I'm rewiring my garage from in my opinion is an odd setup. In my house panel (200A split phase) there is a 20A breaker there is a junction somewhere ( I haven't traced it out yet which branches this ...
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Electrician Terminology “FAU”

I've noticed these letters several times written on the circuit breaker panel door. Does someone know what F.A.U. stands for in this context?
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Okay to install “HT” type track lighting without grounding it?

I'm hoping to install some "H" type track for track lighting in my house. I understand the H style is designed for a ground (it has three contacts), but our house doesn't have many grounded outlets or ...
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3answers
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Problem- air condition- compressor and fan outside not on

I'm new to hvac. My ac was working fine but it decided to die one day. I've been able to fix my ac, but it continues to happen(the same problem), and it is not easy to get to the ac (it's on the ...
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Fixture Pan for 3/8 drywall - do they exist?

I am installing a sconce pancake box in a bedroom. The plan was to put the sconce over a stud with one of these. All lined up and 4" hole cut, and then I realized I am working with 3/8 drywall (the ...
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Need help understanding gas water heater

I just bought a house and it have a gas water heater. I need to know what is the water shut off valve to shut down water in the entire house. Also if you can help me label any of the other knob (which ...
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Is Ground plug replacement necessary?

The ground prong on my backpack vacuum came off and stuck inside a wall outlet. Should I replace the plug or does the ground not matter much? The plug itself gets really hot now when I use the ...
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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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1answer
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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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1answer
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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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1answer
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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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1answer
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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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