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How can I safely test my (optical) smoke alarm?

My landlord has recently reinstalled my smoke alarm. It is labelled on the smoke alarm as an "Optical" type. The smoke alarm appears to be working - it's powered by both mains electricity and battery ...
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171 views

How can I connect a receptacle to a two wire extension cord?

How do I hook up a wall outlet to a 2 wire extension cord? My cord broke and I want to put a regular 110 outlet on it.
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331 views

Weslock Double Locking Deadbolt Impossible to Remove from Door:

I have an old Weslock double-locking deadbolt which is dying a slow death. After removing the outer mechanism, I attempted to remove the inner mechanism simply by tugging. But I've pulled on it so ...
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41 views

possible cause for the water heater being unable to be lighted

The water heater could not be lighted. I tried several times without being successful. What could be the possible causes for the water heater to fail to be lighted. This water heater is only 1 and ...
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5k views

Wireless Thermostat C-Wire Substitute

I've read How can I add a "C" wire to my thermostat? and checked out the Venstar Add-A-Wire Accessory. I've watched Honeywell's YouTube video on "DIY Wi-Fi Thermostat Substitute G-Wire for C-Wire," ...
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2answers
119 views

How do we properly clean a tumble dryer?

There were a couple of chocolates not removed from the pockets of my trousers when I threw it into the washing machine for a spin. After the wash, I threw the trousers (among other clothes) into the ...
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1answer
46 views

Can I go from a 3-prong outlet and connect to a 2-prong outlet and switch?

I have rewired the first 2 outlet in a circuit with 14-2 wire. However, I do NOT want to rewire the rest of the circuit because it is inside non-accessible walls. The rest of the circuit is a front ...
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1answer
88 views

How Can I Reduce “Splashiness” in the Kitchen Faucet?

I'm renting a home and the kitchen faucet causes a lot of splashing. The first thing I did was un-screw the little piece on the end to check the aerator, and there wasn't one. So I went to the ...
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Why is there no water pressure after turning main off then back on?

Came home after work to a water leak, a coupling had corroded and come apart on the hot water line. Turned water main off and repaired the leak but when I turned the water back on I had no hot or ...
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1answer
216 views

Why does my house feel colder in one area after installing blown cellulose insulation?

I recently insulated my flat roof with blown cellulose insulation. I installed two vents on the roof as well. The house used to warm up well at 72°F. In order for our bedroom to be warm we have to ...
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How should I fix this drywall hole for my bathroom paper towel holder?

The bathroom paper towel holder is loose and can't be hold anymore. It was anchored on the drywall I believe. This is caused by the hole was broken. Please see the images. Do I need to buy a ...
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How can I eliminate condensation on my toilet tank?

My toilet is getting a great deal of condensation on the tank and dripping onto the floor. What can be done to address condensation on the exterior of a toilet tank?
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1answer
150 views

Can I install 1x6 T&G boards over 1/2" drywall on 2x6x14' ceiling joists

I have an 8'x14'(outside dimensions) mudroom attached to the back of my house with 2"x6"x14' ceiling joists/rafter ties @16" centers. I have 1"x6" collar ties installed and installed a center support ...
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2answers
231 views

Is there a downside to leaving cavity in wall behind mirror?

I took the bathroom mirror off the exterior wall and discovered a cavity roughly 12" wide, 16" tall. I'm guessing this used to be for a small recessed medicine cabinet. Is there a problem leaving ...
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3answers
226 views

Do modern washers heat the water if below cycle temp?

As my house is currently without hot water (heater broken), I am curious if my washer has a heating element to regulate the water temp if what comes out of the pipes is below the cycle required ...
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3answers
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Is is safe to plug a surge protector into a 2-prong outlet using a 3-to-2-prong adapter?

I live in an apartment that has essentially no 3-prong electrical outlets. I need to plug in a modest amount of computer equipment (which has a mix of 2- and 3-prong plugs), and I want to plug this ...
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2answers
472 views

Door makes loud bump upon closure

I have one interior door that is solid wood (84"x36"x1-3/4") in a metal stud wall with single layer of gypsum board on each side. When I close the door, and the door slab hits the door stop it makes ...
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1answer
56 views

Is it possible to stack dryers?

Is it possible to stack two dryers? Ideally, I would like to have two dryers for my washing machine, but space is limited.
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2answers
2k views

Can I connect a portable generator to a subpanel to backfeed my house?

I have a portable 6500 W generator. I have a main house electrical panel and a subpanel in my garage, which are on opposite sides of the house. My subpanel is on the outside wall of my garage. The ...
2
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2answers
359 views

How to calculate potential energy savings from using a tempering tank?

I have a boiler (oil) with integrated water heater (3.5 gallon). I don't have problems with running out of hot water but I do wonder if having a tempering tank before the boiler would save money on ...
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1answer
84 views

Why electrical switches are rated lower for led than incadescent lights?

I bought a dimmer that supports ic, halogen, led and cfl lights. It says 600w for incadescent and halogen and 150w for led and cfl. Why is the difference? What happens if I put it in a circuit with 8 ...
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1answer
991 views

Can I run NM-B inside EMT conduit for protection? [duplicate]

If I'm adding some new receptacles to a garage, and the wiring will be run surface-mounted to walls and ceilings, I think protecting the wiring with EMT conduit is probably a wise way to go. I'm ...
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2answers
956 views

How are equipment grounding conductors counted for determining conduit or junction box fill?

Suppose one is doing junction box fill calculations for a typical NM-B installation such as the one shown below for a switch box with one normal and one three-way switch. Which of the wires count ...
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2answers
465 views

Use baseboard to conceal wires?

I am not a carpenter (programmer actually), therefore I need to know if it is possible to conceal wires in a baseboard. Basically I want a combination of this And this But I don't want my entire ...
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1answer
456 views

How do I rebuild a large fence gate?

I have a concrete driveway that continues to the side of my house, with a double gate (a person gate, and a large vehicle gate). The gates are very old and made only with 2x4 frames and standard ...
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4answers
7k views

How to drill a hole in the wood without an electric drill?

During a travel in Laos, I need to drill some holes into a double-door's wood to install a locker. The wood is rather hard, and I don't have an electric drill (and can't find it). I only have 2 small ...
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1answer
133 views

Strange smell in my bathroom [duplicate]

I have moved into a one bedroom council bungalow a year ago. There has been a very strange smell in the bathroom, it isn't there all the time, in fact there isn't any particular pattern of time when ...
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2answers
82 views

Does amalgamating tape adhere to wet surfaces

I want to seal around an antenna cable and joint through an opening that is always damp, so, please, can I use amalgamating tape where the surface it has to adhere to is damp? I have left out all the ...
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2answers
454 views

How can I repair this washing machine that I think has had the chip wiped?

I have been having a huge problem with my washing machine and I think that it's because the chip program is wiped or a problem with the EEPROM. Here's a video showing what happens when I plug it in ...
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1answer
1k views

Why would water be coming out of my shower when I turn on the bathroom sink?

The other day we finally installed a sink faucet and down pipe connecting the sink to the drain in the floor of our bathroom. Up until now we have been using the tub to wash our hands. We have been ...
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1answer
5k views

How can I determine circuit breaker requirements for an electric range?

I recently had a new range installed and when an electrician was visiting, he pointed out that the circuit was over capacity because the range was rated at 12.2KW at 240V. He said 12,200 W / 240 V = ...
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1answer
165 views

Residential electrical installation, at what voltage is a licensed contractor required?

I'm trying to figure out regulatory requirements for residential electrical installations. Specifically, when is a licensed electrician required by code to perform an installation? Obviously you don't ...
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1answer
81 views

How do I clean stains from rice pilaf from my off-white carpet and wall?

I spilled rice pilaf on my carpet and I don't know how to clean the stains it left. I picked up most of it, but as you can see, remnants of it still persist. It has now been sitting for about a day. ...
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3answers
236 views

How do I get an exterior vent to stop frosting over in a cold Canadian winter?

We have a high-efficiency gas-fired hot water heater (in our a basement) that is vented to the outside of our house. When the weather gets below -30°C the vent has a tendency to frost-over. When ...
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1answer
280 views

How can I fix this broken cluster mailbox unit (CBU)?

Someone hit our community's mailbox and trying to get it fixed has become a major nightmare. Basically, when it was hit, the aluminum pedestal was snapped off right at the base. I have an idea on ...
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4answers
7k views

Can I modify the vent from my high efficiency furnace to prevent possible damage to the exterior of my home?

is my high efficiency furnace vent installed properly? I'm based in Toronto, Canada. In some recent cold winter weather, the exhaust is causing a lot of ice buildup on the surrounding brick. To my ...
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2answers
684 views

Why was the ground for this fluorescent fixture not connected to the ballast?

I just purchased a set of fluorescent fixtures that are fitted with a plug to connect to a standard 3-prong receptacle. My intention is to replace the plug with Romex cable, and wire the fixture ...
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2answers
3k views

What should I do with the exposed grounding wire during a conversion from hardwired to plug in light fixture?

I am working to convert a hard wire light fixture which I have purchased to a plug in light fixture. The light fixture was designed for outdoor use, but I will be using it inside. Coming out of the ...
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1answer
190 views

What material is window insulation film?

That clear, heat shrink plastic film they use to insulate windows... Does anyone know exactly what type of plastic it is? Can't find anything searching. I have a project I think it might be good for ...
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3answers
486 views

How can I stop kitchen sink caulking from peeling off after a few weeks?

We recently had a new metal kitchen sink and Formica counter-tops professionally installed, but the installer did not apply any caulking around the sink. During a follow-up call with the counter-top ...
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1answer
209 views

How do I repair damage to the plaster on my bedroom ceiling?

I have noticed that the ceiling plaster in my front bedroom seems to be crumbling off and the ceiling around where it is coming off feels spongy. My house is a mid terrace over 100 years old I guess. ...
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4answers
423 views

How do I remove plastic shelving molly clips?

I have some closet shelving clips I need to remove to paint a wall. The problem is that they are molly bolts. These are the exact clips/mollys. The question is similar to this one, but in my ...
3
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4answers
1k views

How to fix a window, keeping rain out but allowing wind in?

It's always raining heavily here at my place and I had to keep the room windows shut due to the electrical appliances near the window inside the room. However, the room quickly becomes ill-ventilated. ...
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2answers
61 views

Question about roof vent

In my roof attic I have a 2" kitchen vent just inside the attic on one side of the house, the main 3" stack which vents out through the roof is on the opposite side of the house. They are about 24 ...
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1answer
122 views

Exhaust fan leaking from elbow joint connected to the ceiling

I have a metal elbow joint that is leaking. It is connected to an exhaust fan in the bathroom and runs to the roof. What can I wrap the elbow with to stop the leak?
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1answer
254 views

Air admittance valves on waste pipe with extraction

Just move into a new apartment which is on the upper floor of three. The bathrooms of each apartment are directly above one another. I believe that the exhaust vents of the bathrooms in the apartments ...
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2answers
712 views

How do I replace this switch with a timer?

I was trying to wire in a timer switch for a vent fan. When I went to replace the switch (which I knew was a 3 pole) I was baffled by the way it was wire. 4 wires run into the box, two of the hot ...
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2answers
209 views

Should I suspend a shelf from the ceiling?

I have recently installed a new projector onto my back wall in my lounge. See attached photo. The problem I am having is weight - the main big board you can see in the picture is screwed into a ...
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3answers
490 views

How do you calculate the safe working load of chains?

Say for instance you have a chain that has a safe working load of 200 lbs. If I wanted to hang an item from 4 corners, each with its own chain would I be able to hang 800 lbs? Or is there some other ...
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3answers
3k views

How can I replace a tilt up garage door, with near zero clearance, low overhead?

I have a 'tilt up' garage door with an past-end-of-life track. I'm told by several local garage door companies that tilt up hardware is not made any more. Yet even the low clearance roll-up overhead ...

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