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Why is the coiled white wire on a GFCI circuit breaker smaller than the branch circuit neutral?

I just recently installed a 50A two pole GFCI circuit breaker that was part of a 240VAC spa panel. For 50A I was using 6 AWG wires. When connecting up this type breaker you connect the two poles of ...
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1answer
118 views

New bathtub isn't square

Im trying to install a tub in a new 60 x 30 inch alcove. The tub is fitting in and is flush with the existing wall but now I'm not sure how to make the transition between the wall which would be ...
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220 views

How to locate septic lid in yard

I have a septic system in my backyard, but I don't know where the lid is. Is there a way to locate it based on the pipes or other method? I think it's under the lawn somewhere. The reason I want to ...
1
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1answer
158 views

Old extractor fan hole leaking water into new kitchen

We had a new kitchen fitted last year, including a new extractor fan above the gas hob. When the previous extractor was removed it revealed the drilled hole and pipe which although lined up perfectly ...
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0answers
29 views

Extractor fan wiring questions

I've just been replacing the switch on the main bathroom extractor fan. When we had it fitted, the guy said that normally it should be wired to the light and would just come on when we turned the ...
1
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2answers
140 views

How to plumb a washing machine 30 ft from the waste stack?

I would like to install a washing machine in my basement, about 30 feet from the main waste stack. The stack is fully accessible and already has a capped 2" port about 8" above the concrete floor. ...
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1answer
91 views

How hot is too hot above fireplace

I recently bought a house with a zero clearance fireplace, and had a metal/glass door installed on the front. I suspect the metal door is touching the tiles on the wall above and transferring a lot of ...
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3answers
77 views

Low pressure in shower of tub/shower combo

I have a tub shower combo where the tub and the shower have separate taps but I believe share the same water lines. The tub part has tons of pressure but the shower has hardly any. I've recently ...
2
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4answers
80 views

Hanging pictures/mirrors to drywalls without leaving big holes

What are the best methods (screws, hooks, etc) to hang heavy objects (such as huge mirrors and framed pictures) on drywalls while doing the less possible damage? I don't mind drilling holes in the ...
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0answers
21 views

Why would lights in ceiling fan not work?

When all 4 bulbs are in ceiling fan the light goes out. But it works with 3 bulbs. What would cause this? Could this be a fire hazard?
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2answers
119 views

How to remove some unknown sticky dirt from a window?

This happens on my car, but it could happen in any home window. Therefore, I post here. My car has some unknown sticky dirt on the window. I have no clue what it is. I can remove some of the dirt by ...
3
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3answers
376 views

How to remove the handles from this faucet

My bathroom faucet is leaking around the base of my right handle. With previous faucets I've been able to use a set screw to loosen the handle and replace the washer. With these, though, I can't ...
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3answers
41 views

Primer and paint for radiators

I need to repaint a part of my radiator. I have already sanded the tarnished area with a grinder and a flapdisk but not the whole area (half of a fin) I'm getting ready to refinish, IOW most of the ...
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4answers
93 views

Rewire polarized power receptacle that is installed backwards

The extension of the house I just bought seems to have the US 120V recpeticals wired backwards. The large blade tests hot and the small blade tests neutral. This and a bunch of other issues where ...
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2answers
129 views

Why does new Ikea furniture (Kallax) make a liquid sound when moving?

Does anyone know the cause of Kallax furniture (and perhaps more Ikea pieces) making a liquid "wooshing" sound when you move/turn over the furniture? I purchased two Kallax bookshelves from Ikea (Nov ...
6
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2answers
475 views

What is this metal button on the wall?

I have an older house that has these on the wall of the two bedrooms: Does anyone know what they might be? I took one out and it is has a long metal rod, but I cannot see anything that it attaches ...
0
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1answer
43 views

How can I mount a TV to the wall so that it folds away?

I currently have a projector that I connect to my Mac or to my XBox 360, and then project onto a screen that pulls down over a window. I now want to get a PS4, but the PS4 only has an HDMI output and ...
2
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2answers
121 views

Tiling over rolled roof

I have a walk deck made of rolled roofing material. When it rains it ponds in certain areas. Couple roofing companies looked at this, some suggested sealing the low areas with roof coating material ...
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0answers
56 views

Staggered Barn Doors

I am looking to build two sets of barn doors for an open closet location that is approx 12-14 with a divider in the middle approx 4 feet, and then another open location that is approx 12-14 feet. I ...
0
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1answer
54 views

How to seal molded plastic shower when repainting

In preparing to repaint my bathroom, I noticed the paint around the molded plastic shower stall was peeling and exposing the joint compound underneath. There doesn't appear to be any caulking around ...
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1answer
47 views

Cheap solution to cease creking sound of parquet floor

I have parquet flooring in both of the rooms in my rental (block of flats). The problem is that they are laid down when these houses were built (~40 years ago), and when they did that, they didn't let ...
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0answers
25 views

Water Pressure switch keeps cutting on and off

My water pressure switch is a 30-50 psi. It won't hold the pressure. It cuts on and builds to approx. 45 psi and then cuts off. Within a few minutes the pressure has dropped to 28 psi and it turns ...
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4answers
114 views

Difficulty attaching 2x4s to poured concrete wall

We are novice DIYers attempting to finish our garage walls in a 10 year old Ryan Home with a poured concrete foundation. I had planned to lay the 2x4s flat against the wall, meaning I need a fastener ...
2
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3answers
57 views

Joining 10-2awg to 12-2awg wire

I have a 30 amp breaker with a 10/2 feeding a 220 volt dryer outlet. Currently it is powering an air compresser in the garage. I want to put in a 220 wall switch so I don't have to go to the panel and ...
0
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2answers
48 views

Is 14.2 acceptable for an electric baseboard?

I wanted to add a new electric baseboard heater, 1500 w in series with an old 2500 w baseboard. As I stared the work l noticed the wire used is a 14.2 wire. Is this a problem. Must I rewire everything?...
1
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1answer
52 views

Wiring a remote control switch?

I recently bought a Chinese remote control switch using radio frequency, it's great but has a problem (note I am a newbie), I have a light switch receiving a hot wire only and giving it to the light ...
1
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2answers
558 views

Is deck joist sistering a sloppy repair?

I have a few bad deck joists that I replaced with new PT joists. These repairs are great. Now I have a few more not too bad joists that will be rotted in a few years. I am thinking to add new PT ...
1
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1answer
70 views

Strong intermitent sewage smell in bathroom, possible broken underfloor pipe

I am experiencing a strong smell of "sewage" in my bathroom (and sometime outside the side of the bungalow next to bathroom). This smell is intermittent and NOT linked to use of toilet for #2's. To ...
0
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1answer
61 views

How do I avoid injuries working with a table saw? [closed]

What are the most common mistakes newcomers make? Is there a safer alternative to a table saw?
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2answers
31 views

New service continuity

This is a new 200 amp main breaker panel service and with no service drop yet. With main breaker off and with all circuits off I show continuity between neutral and the screw on the breaker when the ...
1
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1answer
32 views

Wifi switched Elect Hot Water Tank

For a vacation home application, I am looking for a wifi controlled/linked switch for the 220v, 30 amp hot water tank circuit. I see that Rheem makes wifi controllers compatible with some of their ...
1
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1answer
141 views

Unlock an Omnia privacy lock with sliding mechanism from the outside of the door

Our bathroom has an Omnia brand privacy knob that I can't figure out how unlock from the outside of the bathroom. Unlocked: Locked: The outside of the door has a small hole underneath. I've ...
2
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2answers
153 views

What is the proper way to prevent water infiltration between exterior stairs and wall

My house has a full flight of poured concrete stairs (covered with decorative stone) that runs parallel to (and butts up against) an exterior wall. The interior wall had water stains at the basebord,...
0
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1answer
42 views

6 Terminals Coming Off Switch?

I have a switch in a ceiling fan's wiring. It controls the direction of the fan. So it's a two position switch, but it has 6 terminals coming off of it! Is this switching the phase and the neutral ...
0
votes
1answer
116 views

What is the name for the section of vertical tiling underneath a bay window?

As per the highlighted section in this picture.
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0answers
45 views

Changing switch to dimmer (UK)

Right in the middle of this job and realised I don't know what I'm doing. I'm in the UK. I currently have a Crabtree switch (which I believe is called a single gang two way switch) on a light on my ...
1
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1answer
55 views

Will running cable near metal stair railing cause interference?

I want to increase the range of my router on the upper floor, for gaming in another room. For this, the cable will have to run alongside metal stair railing. Will this cause interference? Will the use ...
0
votes
1answer
32 views

Electric panel radiator won't turn on but it is warm where the gauge is

I have bought this house from 78 and it has nobö electric panel radiators 400V. I tried to turn them on for the first time but they won't turn on. The interesting thing is they are a bit warm where ...
4
votes
3answers
781 views

How do I read the markings printed on the outside of electric wires?

In my recessed lighting project, I finished roughing-in the Romex copper wires and I was about to connect the recessed lighting wires when I noticed the wires from the lights are of a silver-colored ...
0
votes
1answer
122 views

Running a series of LED lights I have questions on 12 v power

Hello and thanks for your help. I will be as precise as I can I have 112 feet of 8 foot flouersent bulbs (14 8 ft units) The current configurations are so that the fixtures are run in a series of ...
1
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1answer
65 views

Can I run a pressure washer without detergent in the tank?

I've read through two manuals on two different pressure washers and neither of them actually say flat out that you must not run the pressure washer with the detergent tank being empty. They both say ...
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votes
1answer
45 views

Thermostat/electrical

I have a Honeywell RTH2510 series thermostat that I want to install in a condo with baseboard heating. I took off the very old thermostat that was previously installed and there are only two very ...
0
votes
1answer
28 views

Is my chimney safe if it has ash on the walls of it?

I've read a bit about tarry, shiny creosote, and I don't have that. What I have is a thin coating of soot and some flaky pieces here and there. Is this something I should worry about, or just start ...
4
votes
1answer
307 views

Are these black marks near an electrical box signs of an electrical problem that I should be concerned about?

My garage has an electrical box with no receptacle in it, just wire-nutted wires. It came this way when I bought the house. A non-contact voltage tester shows that the black wires are hot. I was ...
0
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2answers
81 views

Rented Property: Install Nest

I have a Worcester boiler (Greenstar HE?), with a TR2 thermostat. I was looking at replacing the thermostat with a Nest (or equivalent). To complicate matters, I'm in a rented property, so I cannot ...
0
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1answer
35 views

wire sub panel about 30 feet from main panel 50amp

Can I use #8 copper with a 50amp breaker to wire my sub panel using 3/4" electrical PVC pipe running two leads one neural one ground. I have a 125amp sub panel this is for a new addition with full ...
1
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1answer
26 views

water is seeping out from under tub and soaking wood floor

Could there be enough condensation under a metal tub to make it have visible water coming from under tub and soaking into floor boards?
1
vote
1answer
46 views

Do I need to repair a slit vapor barrier on fiberglass insulation

I am cutting holes in the ceiling to install IC-rated recessed lights and I accidentally slit into the brown paper lining of the underside of the fiberglass insulation. Do I need to repair the cuts ...
5
votes
3answers
229 views

How do I rewire a switched receptacle and make it permanently hot

I have a light switch that controls the top half and bottom half of a nearby receptacle. How do I disconnect this switch and make both halves of the receptacle permanently hot? There are other ...
0
votes
1answer
76 views

What is a normal drip rate for a condensing tankless hot water heater?

I have a Tagaki T-H3-DV-N (Indoor) tankless hot water heater. It has a condensation drip spout, and drips about 1 gallon of water per day. Is this excessive or normal? Edit: I've spoken to the ...

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