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How do I connect this light switch?

I'm trying to replace my light switch, but I'm not sure what needs to connect to what. The first picture is the wires for from the new switch. The other pictures show the old switches and how it's ...
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What rock to use to fill behind a retain wall?

I've got a small retain wall I'm building to help fight some erosion in my backyard. I've got paver base, tamper, block, and cap to start the project but I was wondering if I needed additional rock ...
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Is having cloth touching a grounding wire ok?

In my basement, the ceiling of one of the closets is the copper grounding wire that runs from the breaker box to my water main. This wraps around the perimeter of the basement on the top of the rooms ...
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Electrical wiring does not work

Okay so I just got a new place it was built in the 80s. It is Also a mobile home. I am redoing all the light switches and outlets. I've done most of em and they have worked but with this particular ...
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How do I get my water and pressure back?

2 mobile home lots with a well house distributing water to each trailer separately with a hose connection. I turned off mine to replace the main line and to replace the frayed heat tape and now I ...
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Can outdoor receptacle go right over conduit leading to it?

Ideally, I would like to place an outdoor power outlet box right over this 1/2" PVC conduit leading to it so there is A) no conduit visible around the box and B) there isn't an extra 90° bend to make ...
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LED Strip connectors

my led RGB strip does not fit the connectors I have. The strip is waterproof and is covered in a fairly heavy plastic coating. This may sound stupid but does this plastic need removing or do I need ...
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DWV insert pipe into run

I would like to insert some short lengths of 3" copper into a DWV main line that is made of PVC. I will be wrapping soft copper around these short lengths and running the cold water feed for the ...
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How do sub-surface drains (e.g. French drains) work?

Do sub-surface drains (e.g. French drains, rubble drains, etc.) require a uniform rise in the water table in order to work? Or can they catch and convey localized sub-surface water? For instance, let'...
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Using 10 1/4 inch fiberglass insulation in a 6 inch space?

I need to insulate under a floor that has hydronic radiant heat. I am going to use fiberglass batts between the joists of the floor, with the kraft vapor barrier upward (toward the warmer area). The ...
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I want to wire in a single gang light switch for a lamp

I have a lamp with a weird switch on it so I want to attach a light switch to it and place it on the wall. I do not want to use an inline switch as they are often fiddly too. I have been trying all ...
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NEC Breaker Selection for Motor Loads

In the case of motor loads connected to a long branch circuit, why does NEC Table 430.52 limit selection of an over current protection device (OCPD) to a smaller size than the branch conductor will ...
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Is there a required spacing between waste vent line and chimney?

This question seeks answers with one of the following as supporting evidence: International standards, other standards widely recognized in multiple areas of the United States, or sound building and ...
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Carpet Patch Repair

I had a professional carpet tech come to my home to repair a stain on our carpet, which needed to be patched, and although the final results look GREAT and I am very pleased, unfortunately when we ...
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Electrical wiring question

These are the wires I found in my ceiling : I couldn't identify the color code (we live in the UAE, so there is no "natural" convention, and I'm used to EU convention). There is tension (voltage) ...
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Unscrew stuck shower head with circular section

<rant> Why are shower heads made with a circular outer section that's nigh impossible to unscrew once they get stuck with years' worth of deposits, PS: pardon my frustration and inadequate ...
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Turn off water heater as well during winter?

If I am going on vacation for an extended period during winter (it occasionally gets below freezing here), should I turn off water valve AND the gas water heater or just turn off the main water valve? ...
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Dimmers don't turn on at low setting

I just had these new dimmable LED lights installed. When I turn them on at the lowest setting, they don't turn on at all. I have to bring it up and back down again to get it to the low setting. This ...
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Threads in brass floor lamp post have been stripped. No longer twists and stays in place. How can I fix the threads?

I have a floor lamp that comes in sections that you twist to screw together. the threads on one section have become stripped and the sections no longer stay together. Is there a way I can fix these ...
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How to refinish indoor window molding wood?

The window molding in my house feels very "rough," for lack of a better word. The house is 25 years old. I assume this is from the sun beating down on the finish and wearing it down over the years, ...
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Water heater on pilot

so I moved into a new apartment last month. The water wasn't very hot so we thought it was just because the weather has been getting cold. Turns out the water heater has only been on pilot, so the ...
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How can I wire two closets from one power source?

We have two closets side by side. Ran black/white/green wires from power source to closet 1 light, then closet 1 switch, then to the closet 2 light, then closet 2 switch. Whoops. Obviously now the ...
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Placing stove in center of island or on an edge

I'm not entirely sure if this is the correct place to post this question since it does border somewhat on decorating, but I'm looking for a more inclusive answer rather then just 'does it look good'. ...
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What is suitable method for controlling lighting based on pause/play? [closed]

I am in the process of turning my basement into a Home Theater. I have seen some people with home theaters where when they pause a movie it dims the lights up and I would love to use this feature. ...
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Alternatives to cam lock screws

I'm making a battery cover for my longboard, and I've used cam lock screws to attach the cover to the wooden board. (http://tim.gremalm.se/battery-chassis-for-electronic-longboard/) The cover doesn'...
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Are compression fitting deamed water proof

Are compression fittings on 2 inch conduit for the meter socket and weather head installation deamed waterproof?
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Converting 120v wiring to low voltage

I have four 120v spot lights in front of my house, they are connected to two light sensors (2 on each sensor) I would like to convert these to low voltage LED's. What do I need to make the ...
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Do you tape kraft faced insulation?

So I am going to use 12" R-38 kraft faced insulation in my attic. I plan on face stapling the paper to the bottom chord of each truss. I imagine most of the seams sideways where stapled will overlap....
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How to remove a screw inserted from the wrong side in an IKEA ALEX drawer unit?

We just bought an IKEA Alex 9 drawer unit. I assembled most of it without difficulty, except for step step 25 from the assembly instructions. I wasn't paying enough attention, and screwed the screw in ...
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Fridge starting up turns TV on/off

I think this is simply because its old, but whenever the fridge "kicks on", it being on the same circuit as the TV makes the TV turn off/back on. Just curious if there is anything I can do other than ...
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What qualifying questions should you ask a paving company before hiring them?

I need to hire a paving company to redo my driveway, and I want to make sure I qualify the scope of work they'll be performing. I live in New England, so subject to freeze/thaw cycles. The driveway ...
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Furnace on the Fritz - Any help greatly appreciated

I have a Tran XL90 - Model #: TUX100R948W6 It does not turn on in the "Auto" position on the thermostat. The fan does come on in the "On" position. However, it doesn't blow hot air. It has 3 ...
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Seperating bathroom light and exhaust fan on single switch

I have a single switch that turns on both the bathroom light and a separate exhaust fan at the same time. I want to change this to be able to power them on independently via dual rocker or two ...
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Electric baseboard wiring

I have a 240v 1500w 6.5a electric baseboard heater with a wall mounted thermostat. What I found out is that the the thermostat and all the outlets in the room are on the same 20a breaker with this ...
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Vapor barrier problems

Update: added some additional details below based on comments. I have a basement bathroom that I am currently working on. I've framed and installed rough plumbing. I have some vapor barrier problems ...
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Should I smooth out or apply knockdown texture after popcorn ceiling removal?

I am removing non-asbestos popcorn ceilings on a 2200 sqft house. All walls in the house are knockdown texture. After the popcorn comes off, I can either smooth out the drywall or apply knockdown ...
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Whole home humidifier suspected of causing water softener problems

We moved into our house last summer. The water in our area is pretty hard, so we have a water softener for the house. The water softener has an impeller attached to it to meter the water and ...
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How to terminate a circuit

I am wiring a Sub Panel to an area near my 5th wheel approx. 100' distant. I have read that I can terminate the circuits in two ways. Sub Panel to a pedestal. Sub Panel to an electrical receptacle ...
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Wall Drain too high?

My wall drain is barely below the bottom of my strainer basket. My T for the double kitchen sink will be below the wall drain. Will this work?
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breaker size for 600' run using #4 wire

I am trying to find out what breaker size to use for a 600' run to my wellpump(2 horse)------I am using #4 wire-also do I need breakers at both ends-maybe one in the middle?? thanks
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shortening a globe light string

Shortening a globe light string. I have a 100 foot G40, E12 base, C7 socket globe light string. I want to shorten it by 6 feet. I have very little electrical experience. How can I easily do this?
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Should the contractor be able to drill holes in a quartz countertop?

Sometime in the future I'll be having quartz countertops installed in a new kitchen. They'll be silestone's eco line of countertops. Should the contractor doing the install, assuming he's a ...
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How best to cut vinyl drafting board cover?

I'm topping an office desk with Vyco (an Alvin product which has few competitors e.g. Borco). The material is a 1/16th inch thick, very tough, and flexible. They advertise that scissors work; but in ...
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What's the best way to seal an access hole in a wooden gate?

I have had to cut out a square hole in a tall wooden garden gate in order to be able to gain access to the bolt and padlock that sits on the side of my garden. I've put all weather seal on the cut ...
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Air Conditioning Drain Pump

I am going to purchase Multi-Split air conditioning unit for my apartment that I am fully renovating at the moment. So it is the right time to make wholes in the walls etc. The supplier is giving an ...
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How many amps can this breakers box provide?

I bought a house from the early 80s and I'm trying to figure out how much amps I can use safely, if it is possible to add air conditioning on the current electric system, and in general if the current ...
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Should I use 14/2 Romex or Armored Cable between plaster attic ceiling and exterior roof?

I am running wire for some recessed lights in my finished attic. It is a typical gable roof; the interior is plastered with 2x6 joists. Im curious to know if running Romex in the ceiling between the ...
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Connect 1 power source to 2 sets of 2-light switch

Based on the diagram in this thread Link: How do I wire two lights with a switch? or ascii: Power source First Light Second Light Switch | | | | | | ...
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Mounting a relay socket to a junction box?

How can I mount a relay socket (such as this one) to a junction box with a blank cover in a way that: complies with the 2014 NEC won't surprise the next electrician working on the circuit (as I ...
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2x6 SPF compression strength

The truss company specified a 23862lbs point load on my wall. What is the maximum compression strength of a 2x6 SPF and how many would it take to carry the point load? The truss company is using a 3 ...

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