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Ac running but my blower will not

My ac unit stopped feed cold air from the unit outside. The main fan on top is spinning fine and my lines are freezing but the blower in the unit is just barely turning. Can someone tell me what would ...
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Can I use a Sharkbite connector to join copper to rubber pipe?

Can I use a Sharkbite connector to connect a copper pipe to a rubber tube instead of PVC pipe? I am trying to make an outdoor drinking fountain. I have run black flexible piping up to a copper ...
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Using the oven wall outlet to plug in a dryer?

Is it possible to use the 240v outlet in your kitchen for the oven to plug a dryer into? (For those of us without washer/dryer hookups) and then vent it out through the kitchen window? Thanks so much! ...
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What could cause my Carrier furnace fan to sometimes stop running?

I have a Carrier system: FURNACE 58UVB080; AC 24APA530, CONTROLLER SYSTXCCUIDO1-B, approximately 7 years old. New filter, impeccable condition. I was initially told by the licensed installers that ...
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Is my interior door LH or RH?

Have just read your 2010 posts regarding whether an interior door is LH or RH. Using the "hand that plus the door toward you" guideline, I get the opposite of what I get when using the hinge/jamb ...
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Killing mold IN drywall using Borax solution - what now?

My family is renovating an apartment and someone thought there was mold inside some drywall that showed water stains from when there was a leak in upstairs apartment. This person prepared a Borax ...
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Is a P-trap required for a shower drain?

I take care of unwanted and abused pets, and occasionally I have to bathe them in a bathtub. Sometimes they go poop and it breaks up in the water so it cannot be scooped out. When this happens, I have ...
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Does a water heater have to be completely full for the water to heat?

We installed a new water heater and it is not hot. We think it is full. Does a water heater have to be completely full for the water to heat? We think we may possibly have a leak in the hot water ...
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Rerouting a plumbing air vent pipe

We're taking down a section of the wall between our kitchen and living room and we want to drop the 'bar height' down level with the sink. Unfortunately, the bulk of the section we're removing has ...
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why is there a concrete pole in my wall?

I broke open a section of wall I'd like to remove and there is a concrete pole inside!? Is this some kind of load bearing device? How can I know if I can remove it? Thanks
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Absorbing fridge compressor sound

I’m referring to question How to reduce noise from my refrigerator? How effecient is the sound absorption foam in reducing sound? I know it can’t block the sound, but reducing potential echo and ...
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Standard duty cycle of fridge compressor?

I have a refrigerator which has compressor duty cycle of about 50% percent. It’s set on 2 out of 5 which is the highest setting. It basically works for 12-13 minutes and then it’s of for about 16 ...
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GFCI receptacle with a light fixture with an on/off switch in between

We have a working GFCI outlet in the basement near a tub that the washing machiner empties into. We'd like to install an overhead utility light, controlled by an on/off switch, protected by the GFCI ...
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How do I disconnect (and reconnect) the tubing from this fitting?

The plastic tubing supplying filtered water to our refrigerator currently runs below a suspended ceiling. I want to reroute it above. How do I disconnect it without damage from either the union or ...
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Why is dishwasher water backing up in my sink?

water backs up into both sides of the sink when the dishwasher first starts to drain. I do not have a disposal and I do have an airgap. Sink drains were clogged but just had that issue fixed. Water ...
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How can I determine the rating of an unmarked dual-pole circuit breaker?

I would like to install a new electric cooktop. The panel has a dual-pole breaker serving the current electric cooktop but there is NO marking on the breaker to indicate the rating. The new cooktop ...
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What should I do if one of the screws for a TV mount breaks?

My wife & I spent a fair amount of time setting up a VideoSecu heavy articulating wall mount in a position & height that we liked. Problem is, the top-left lag screw (5/16" thick, 3" long) ...
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How can I determine the size of a hanging toilet mechanism?

We would like to install a hanging toilet in an area that is 65cm wide, which is fine for us. However someone told us that the mechanism of a hanging toilet (that's hidden in the back wall) needs at ...
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Corrosion of ceiling fan bodies & fan blades

How can I prevent corrosion of fan bodies & fan blades in Mumbai weather? Someone suggested we can apply coat of varnish but I fear heat generated due high speed rotation of fans can melt the ...
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kitchen sink converting an undermount sink to a drop in sink on tile counter

we have a house built in early 1970. The kitchen sink rusted through so it must be replaced. We have a ceramic tiled counter top with an undermount sink. We are having great difficulty finding a ...
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Turning light on turns power to fire alarm off

I have a ceiling fan connected to a two way switch. When I turn the ceiling fan/light on, the power to the hard wired smoke detector is cut off, whereas turning the fan/light off returns power to the ...
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Will a modern AC automatically switch between cooling and heating?

Say I set the temp to 23C on a hot day but the weather turns cold eventually. Will it detect later that autumn came and heating is needed? I'm talking about a Panasonic inverter AC.
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Older home with no AC plenum…replace our entire AC system as suggested?

We have an older home that has a large living-area/fireplace room; the AC unit sits over it in the attic. Earlier this year, in that room, we noticed a crack beginning to form in the ceiling sheet ...
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What kind of window is this (and how do I fix it)?

I have a single hung (vinyl?) window in one room that is different from all the rest of the windows. The balance mechanism just failed and I'd like to repair it. Can someone tell me a name for this ...
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Are metal face plates safe for metal gang boxes?

So if I understand household wiring correctly: The ground prong is meant to safely conduct stray current (shorts, etc) to the ground. All outlets and switches need to be grounded to the gang box. A ...
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Do big-box stores sell inferior versions of plumbing fixtures?

Do big-box stores such as the Home Depot and Lowe's carry plumbing fixtures that have the same name and appearance as at other stores, but with lower quality to keep the price low?
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HVAC leaking cold air at unit: seal with tape?

I was in my crawlspace today and noticed that there was cold air leaking from a grouping of three round openings in my unit (pictured in the middle of the photo below). The outer two holes had rubber ...
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Did I do a shoddy wiring job on a ceiling fan?

I just installed a ceiling fan at my mother's house, and in hindsight, I think I might need to go back and re-do the wiring. The ceiling fan came with a bracket that screws into the outlet box in the ...
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Cement board removal under tub edge

I have pulled up 99% of the cement board and tile from my bathroom, and am fighting with the edge that is up against the tub. Some of the board broke off a half inch under the tub, some broke off a ...
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How to seal joint between stone foundation wall and conrete cellar floor

In my 1910 vintage Baltimore row house, the concrete cellar floor was laid after the construction of the house. The joint between the irregular surface of the stone foundation wall and the concrete ...
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1910's vintage stone and motar foundation wall crumbles along its base

My Project goal: prevent crumbling of a parged and painted stone foundation, which is not an 'exterior' wall. Means to attain goal: coat the wall. My basement walls, which are parged and painted, ...
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What gauge wire for irrigation pump?

I have dug an irrigation well (40 feet), and installed this pump: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B005X53JC8 It has the following description: Red Lion RJS-75-PREM Shallow Well Jet Pump, Cast Iron, ...
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What is this electrical junction box? (re: adding 3-way switch)

I'm trying to replace an existing switch (at the top of the basement stairs) with a 3-way switch by adding an additional switch at the bottom of the basement stairs. The existing switch box has 4 ...
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Why would a replacement 3-way light switch cause the other switch to no longer work?

I just attempted to replace an existing three way switch (two switches controlling the same light), with one of these I hooked up the cables in the same way as on the old switch. The new switch ...
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I'm trying to mount a TV into a brick wall covered by 2“-2.5” of drywall… is this doable?

I'm trying to mount a 39" TV that I have previously mounted (with no issues) into typical wooden studs with an arm mount. The mount uses two vertically oriented 5/16" bolts. After stopping by my local ...
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I need to join my fence with my neighbor's; Can't use his post..how do I dig the hole for mine close to his?

As shown in the picture my neighbor's fence is already in place (the vertical fence) Mine will be horizontal and I need to set the post as close as possible to his. My post will support a gate (72" ...
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What wire size for a sub-panel and air conditioning units?

I want to wire 3 air conditioner 25 amp each one. I want to put a main breaker and 3 breaker to control each unit. What wire size I need from the main breaker to feed the 3 breakers? Distance from ...
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How can I easily use a damaged hose bibb outlet?

The threads on my hose bibb outlet are damaged and in pretty bad shape. I have not done my own plumbing work before and am wondering if there is some type of solution that would not require opening up ...
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Do I need teflon tape (or something else) for a plastic shower head?

I bought a plastic shower head from home depot for $1.97. It said hand tighten. When I got home I could not find my teflon tape. I installed the new shower head by hand tightening very tightly and it ...
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How do I add an electrical switch to a series of lights from an additional doorway? [duplicate]

My basement shop has been fully wired to operate by one power switch. I would like to add another switch to power up the shop by entering from another door.
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Hot water issues in the apartment and plumbers are stumped?

We have a unit upstairs in a 4-plex. The other units don't have any issues, but hot water recently stopped working in this apartment. Rarely water might get hot or warm but goes cold again. When the ...
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Cement board over existing drywall dilemma

Can you use cement board OVER an existing drywall for a new tile shower installation in a bathroom renovation?
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What areas of a home are required to be AFCI protected?

I've got a Crouse Hinds panel with the majority of the breakers being of the ridiculous side connecting type. The panel and breakers are old and beginning to arc due to the lose connection. I've found ...
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Building an 18' x 8 foot free standing deck with pergola

My plan is to build an 18 x 8 foot free standing deck at the front entrance to my home. Then add a pergola over the entire deck. My area is sandy soil. No underground utilities in the area I want to ...
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Replacing Tall Baseboards with Smaller Baseboard

I am installing new baseboards along my walls but the baseboard I removed was really tall (probably about 5 inches). The new base moulding is only about 3 1/4 inches tall. The walls where the ...
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Looking for a timer 20 mins on 5 mins off [closed]

I built a solar power heater for my pool. Using 500 ft of black hose and pump. The problem I have is the water that runs through the hose is cooling it down after about 20 mins. I was curious if there ...
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Does conduit terminated in backless gang boxes defeat the purpose of fireblocking?

My understanding for an ENT conduit (other than for future flexibility) was that it was fire-rated, to reduce the spread of fire/air-flow between floors. If the conduit went through fire-blocks or ...
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What is the proper term for a latch that uses a loop and lever to draw things together?

In this answer I advised the OP to use what I called a 'toggle latch' or 'draw latch'. Do these things have a proper name?
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loose leaf on dining room table

I have an old table with multiple leaves. When the leaves are in, on one end of the basic table, the leaf fits tightly. On the other end, no matter how you push it in, as soon as you let go, the end ...
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How do I calculate the living area versus total area?

Is there a rule of thumb for the ratio of lving area to total area (halls, elevator space, etc.) in a typical hi-rise apartment?

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