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How to solve new condensation in bathroom exhaust fan ducts?

We live in New Orleans in a two story, 95 year old stucco house. When we renovated 10 years ago, we put over 30 recessed can lights in the upstairs ceiling. Those openings in an older leaky ...
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Transition strip for tiled trap door

I need some advice on attaching a stainless steel t-joint transition strip to my trap door which is in my laundry room. I want to use a strip that is wide enough to cover the cut in my tile. I want ...
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Fluorescent lights tripping GFCI

I'm not very strong with electrical, but I can do basic repairs. I plugged an extension cord in and somehow the 15 amp GFCI in my garage blew. I replaced it with a new 15 amp GFCI. I now have power to ...
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venting kitchen sink in a cabin

e have a small cabin on a lake that as mainly used for weekends. Now that we have retired we have been living here full time. Our kitchen sink goes from under the sink, out the wall and into a gray ...
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Why does my circuit breaker keep tripping for a lighting circuit?

I have 4 light poles with 70 wattage bulbs in it. What size breaker do i need to run all four of my light poles. I have a 20 breaker on it, but the breaker keeps on tripping. Please help me.
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Does a 4x8 sheet of 1/4'' pegboard need support across the middle of the board?

Simple question, I'm hanging some pegboard in my garage tonight after work, and am not sure if I can get away with just screwing the edges into 2x4 (I'm using thicker boards to accommodate a recessed ...
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Function of a phase angle adjustment in a light dimmer

I'm setting up a light dimmer an have found a adjustable part for setting the "phase angle of light bulbs". That is a literal translation from German. You can see the adjuster in the picture. My ...
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Door automatic closer - Can it be tightened?

This is used to automatically close my shelf doors. What is its exact name so that I may google better for information. More specifically, I have a similar one with a damper added on top which is ...
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Downsides to staple up radiant heat, besides cost?

I'm considering doing a radiant heat retrofit into my home and removing an older forced air system. The plumber is proposing a staple up from the basement into aluminum plates with PEX tubing with a ...
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garage door opener motor drive problem

Ihave a 1988 Stanley dlux 1/3hp door opener that cracked the gear case where the worm gear engages the rest of the mechanism. I replaced the gear case and there is nothing that is binding or seized, ...
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Remove dried adhesive remover from grout

Need some recommendations for how to remove white residue from the grout between ceramic tiles. The white residue is from adhesive remover. Adhesive remover was applied to the tile and grout to ...
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Zip line support

I installed a zip line for my 7 YO grandson and his friends. The yard had good trees to pick from on one end, but not the other. The house has a walk-out basement with deck from the main floor. I ...
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What type of wood panels could replace the glass in a storm door?

A couple of days ago I opened the inside door and the full view window in my storm door shattered and fell onto the living room floor. I have been considering replacing the window with a wood panel. I ...
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1mm² wire load capacity

I have used a 1mm² wire to power my refrigerator and my ro water purifier? My electrician had set that up and he told me that he is using a 1.5mm² wire! so is 1mm² wire ok to power up my refrigerator ...
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Toilet leaks 4-6 months after wax ring replacement

We have a toilet in a spare bathroom which was added onto the house (converted from a pantry, we suspect) by the previous owners, and not really done very well. In particular, the floor was probably ...
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Can I run a radio dog fence loop through EMT to reduce the signal?

I have an areas through which the dog wire must pass and which I need to allow the dogs to have unimpeded access, due to the structure of a dock and bulkhead in this area the wire will pass above ...
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Insulating the roof rafters

I have a heater/AC UNIT installed in my attic and in winter the heat from the unit melts the snow turning into ice and creates a nitemareso I want to put insulation in the rafter to insulate the roof ...
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How to soundproof rehearsal room in shared building with other rehearsal rooms?

I rent a small room for rehearsals of my rock band. It's 16m2 (172 sq ft). It's in a building with many other rehearsal rooms. There is no soundproofing in the entire building, so if you're unlucky ...
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using paint that has been frozen

I used some latex paint that had bee frozen. it had a granulated texture but that was no matter for the project I had. I have heard this will crack and peel faster. what if I paint over it with good ...
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How to repair a table surface?

The table is a bean shaped hollow structure made of two 4mm hardboard panels and has a convex siding. The top surface and the sidings are coated seamlessly. It's 40mm thick and about 1.5 square ...
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What are best practices to run wires from outside in?

I am installing my own security cameras. My house is pretty stretched out. So I may need about 5-6 cameras in different spots. I am still researching, identify tools I need, different security ...
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Glass table supporting 12 gallon aquarium

I just recently setup an aquarium I had on this long glass table with dimensions of 54 x 18 inches. The glass is about a half inch thick. My 12 gallon tank I would estimate filled at around 200 lbs. ...
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1answer
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Thermopride OL5-85 oil furnace no longer works

We bought this old house where the oil furnace worked for a while. Now it does not work even after adding enough oil and priming the furnace. We have already pushed the reset button..so I do not dare ...
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Furnace reaches temp, shuts off but wont come back on

I have an American Standard furnace (natural gas)with a manufacture date of 2004. The thing won't come on unless I power it off (have a switch right beside it that serves this purpose), let the fan ...
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Can cured concrete be re-colored?

The well cured concrete stamped driveway was lightly rained on one morning. I was late for work and proceeded to spin the tires. Later I saw the repercussions of my haste. The spinning tire left a ...
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New Fireplace Mantel Shelf

So My W̶i̶f̶e̶ Goddess has not liked the fireplace mantel shelf for a long time so she started to do a little demo and what she found did not make her happy. The mantel it-self is only attached to the ...
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Replacing T12 flourescent bulbs

Can I replace my T12 fluorescent bulbs using LED tubes from Eled lights.com by just removing the ballast, or do I need to change any fittings? How do I rewire the fixture if I remove the ballast?
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How can I determine if local utility work is to blame for frequent power interruptions? [closed]

The power keeps going on and off like every two or three minutes and I don't know why. Are they repairing something or some cable wires near the palm coast area?
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Is there a better way to wire this?

I'm adding hardwired [edit: and interconnected] smoke detectors and replacing some knob-and-tube wiring. I'm using 14/3 wire on a 15a circuit, and 22 cu in boxes where new boxes are needed. The middle ...
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Solid wood beam size for deck 12' span post to post.

What size solid wood beam do I need for a deck that spans less than 7' from the house to the beam. The beam would have a span less than 12' from post to post.
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Range hood ducting

Can a 90 degree duct be placed immediately at the horizontal outlet (3.25 in x 10 in ) ? If so, will it cause a certain level of "backdraft" whereby after the 90 degree elbow there is a 7 feet duct ...
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Motor for DIY Remote controlled shades

I'm currently undertaking a project to build remote controlled shades from scratch. I currently have every piece figured out except I don't know know much about the motors involved in something like ...
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1answer
97 views

How can I store Latex paint for the long term - a decade or longer?

So I have a bunch of partially used latex paint in 1 gallon and 5 gallon buckets. How could one store and keep the paint viable for years to come? Could I just vigorously shake the buckets once a year ...
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GFCI outlet red light

I came home to unusual burning smell, and I checked out the bathroom and the room next to it, and the smell origin I found out to be the GFCI outlet in the bathroom. However it was working fine when ...
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Which is more effective in a 3.5“ stud bay--”R13“ or ”R19" batt insulation?

I have extra R19 insulation batts (designed for a 2x6 bay)--should I use them in a 3.5" stud cavity, or does compressing them that much make them less effective than R13 batts in the same space?
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Why is it OK to put multiple ground wires in the same bus hole in an electrical panel?

It's not clear to me why ground wires aren't subject to the same rules as neutral wires (one per bus bar hole). What's the reasoning here?
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Attach partition wall to lath and plaster wall

I am looking to add a small closet (2×4 ft) in the corner of a room with lath and plaster walls. I would like to frame in two sides and attach it to the existing wall. Do I have to limit myself to the ...
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Which way to paste rubber sheet tape to avoid slipping

I have bookends, which are a bit slippery on the shelves, and I want to paste some strips of rubber sheet on the bottom side of them (not to cover the whole bottom side, but only a few strips). Is ...
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Exhaust fumes seeping into our 4th floor apartment at night through bathroom and shower vents/fans

This is our second fall/winter in our 4th floor apartment, and we've noticed that whenever the weather becomes cool, exhaust fumes which seem to come from the garage in the basement of the apartment ...
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how much weight a specific sized concrete slab can carry?

Say I have a portion of 10x10 feets. I need to put a concrete slab for that. The thickness of the slab will go 4 inches. Is there a way to tell, how much weight this slab can carry?
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How should I deal with a full ground bus bar in an electrical panel?

My (main) GE panel's ground bus bar is full. Is it better form to a) put multiple ground wires in the same hole b) put some of the ground wires in the neutral section My research seems to suggest ...
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Hand held Shower head Hose [closed]

I have a hand-held shower head flex hose that needs to be replaced. Unfortunately, it has fittings at each end that are dissimilar. One end has a 5/8" female thread and the other end has a 3/4" ...
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55 views

rewiring a basement light

I have a light switch in my basement that controls three lights how do I make each light come on with its own switch so do I I go from a three way switch to a two way switch on the main switch and ...
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1answer
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Gas fireplace insert won't stick to marble fireplace

I have a marble fireplace and 2 years ago my gas fire insert fell out, I tried to stick it back in with heat resistant silicone but it fell back out. It is a metal gas insert any suggestions on what ...
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Wiring Light to Wall

I have built a light that I am going to screw to the wall. The light's cord was originally a male plug at the end that I cut off. See below. I have wiring access from a junction box in the wall. ...
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1answer
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What type of product can I use to hang wall art on bare wood that won't damage the wall?

I have an "outdoor office" with bare wood interior walls. I'd like to hang some wall art but I'm concerned about damaging the wood and/or leaving a lot of holes that I would have to patch later (and ...
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Light Switch Replacement; 2 black wires, 2 attached white wires?

I'm trying to replacement my bathroom's light switch with a combo switch and outlet. It looks like this: However when I opened up my light box I had two black wires and two white wires. The two ...
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Does anyone know how to install back a Bosch Auxiliary Handle?

For some reason my Bosch Auxiliary Handle came out, I can't figure out how to attach it back. Reference http://www.bosch-pt.com/gb/en/accocs/Accessories/2477146/handles-for-impact-drills/
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Tape on one side of hob extractor fan

I've recently moved into an apartment, and I wanted to clean the extractor unit above the hob as it is quite greasy-looking. The fan unit is double-sided (Electrolux EFG500), and on one side there ...
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Will marble dust trash my router?

I'm getting ready to tile a bathroom, and got an incredible deal on a short lot of marble tile. Problem is, there isn't any matching bullnose available so I'm going to have to cut the bullnose ...

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