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How do I remove this old bathroom exhaust fan?

My ancient 1960s bathroom fan (a NuTone 8832) stopped working. I removed the cover and fan, but the "metal box" assembly is still in the ceiling. I'm not sure how to get it out. Here's the unit, with ...
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2answers
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I want to install the tub below with surround. How can I install the surround on only two walls leaving the end open?

These are the tub surround and tub style that I want to install. Also does tub need to have its own CB?
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2answers
325 views

AFCI keeps tripping after power outage

The power in my house just went out for maybe 15-30 seconds. When the power came back on, one of my AFCI breakers was tripped. Thing is, I can't get it to stay back on. Every time I turn it back ...
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Adding a C wire to a new Honeywell WIfi Thermostat

I am trying to install a new Honeywell touchscreen WIFI thermostat and need to add a C wire to my terminal inside the furnace (using the help found at How can I add a "C" wire to my ...
0
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2answers
434 views

Why aren't my PIR security lights working through my window?

Can any one help? I purchased a solar powered PIR security light, with the intention of putting it inside my kitchen window. The PIR would be inside the window, but this does not work. When I go ...
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3answers
307 views

PVC pipe cutter not working properly

I got a PVC pipe cutter a year or two ago, and used it once. Now I need to use it again and I am finding it extremely difficult to get it to cut the pipe. This cutter is of the style where there is ...
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1answer
101 views

Which thermal circuit breaker should I buy?

I live in a small house in Argentina where we use 220 volts. I have a thermal circuit breaker that do squeak noises when the iron starts or the fridge starts. I adjusted the four screws of the breaker ...
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2answers
505 views

Is it safe to put insulation next to knob & tube wiring?

I have a room that has some really ugly cheap panelling on the walls. I want to rip it out & replace with drywall. While I'm at it, I'd like to add soundproofing insulation between rooms & ...
3
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2answers
84 views

Is it safe to store an extension cord outside under a carport?

I have a 25 foot 16/3 extension cord. The instructions say it should not be stored outside, but it doesn't say why. I would like to store it out in the open under my carport. It would not get hit ...
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0answers
206 views

What can I do if the sink tailpiece is too close to the wall?

I have a small Porcher brand, Elfe model, sink, whose tailpiece is only 4 inches [OC] from the finished wall. One solution is a non code compliant bottle trap, but is there a code compliant solution? ...
2
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3answers
207 views

How thick should should wood be to hold 160 to 180 pounds over a four-foot span?

I want to paint the walls above my living room stairwell. The stairs are four feet wide. I'd like to cover the stairwell with wood boards so I can stand my ladder on the boards to paint the walls ...
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1answer
794 views

Plumbing alteration has created vacuum in upstairs toilets

Prior to my bathroom remodel, I had a toilet flange moved in my basement to a standard 12" rough-in, since the toilet was about 5" off the wall and looked silly. The problem I have now is a vacuum in ...
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2answers
408 views

What type of bolt should I use to maintain a movable joint?

I'm making a collapsible frame for a moses basket. The design is something like a deckchair, where two lengths of timber cross each other and are fastened with a bolt but can still move in relation to ...
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0answers
284 views

What are these wires I found in my yard?

I was digging the holes for some crepe myrtle saplings and I sliced into a wire with one unlucky shovel stroke. They do not seem to be carrying any voltage, but I haven't hooked my multi-meter up to ...
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2answers
2k views

Can I have two pressure tanks on my system?

I have a 3000 gallon water storage tank that my 4 inch well pump (800 feet down) fills up and the water tank then gravity feeds about 5 feet into a shallow well pump that pumps water into a 60 gallon ...
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0answers
100 views

Why would a person get shocked by the front door handle?

Why would a person get shocked by the front door handle when the porch light is on? If the light switch is off, the door handle is fine. No shock.
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0answers
59 views

Can I rerpalace only the booster motor on a booster assembly for DGAT furnace?

This furnace did not have a problem until the service man oiled the booster motor recently. 1-2 weeks later the booster motor bearing began squealing, and I found 2 tbs. of oil below the motor. The ...
1
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0answers
91 views

How to fix a double door that has shifted during the winter

Like many regions, this was the worst winter we've had in 20+ years. Over the winter I've noticed that my double doors leading outside have shifted considerably. The top of the doors now rub together, ...
0
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2answers
587 views

How do I remove a pole that's rusted into a sleeve in the ground?

I have a square metal pole (probably 3x3 inches) that sits in the ground in a metal sleeve. It's been there for a long time and I want to pull it out. In order to prep for this I've been soaking ...
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2answers
123 views

T&P valve draining - expansion tank issues?

I am having issues with my Water Heater. It's a slantfin tankless boiler (TR-30 PT). It's running on a 4 zone setup. I typically only use one of the zones though. We've been in the home for a year and ...
0
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0answers
61 views

Honeywell wireless thermostat and central heating controler problem

We have a Honeywell wireless thermostat and central heating controller. It is set to maintain a temperature at 21c between 8 and 10, and then between 4 and 10. In the other periods, it is set to ...
2
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1answer
62 views

Is it acceptable to paint kitchen walls in alkyd?

The kitchen has very little revealed wall space, and we were wondering if it is ok to use alkyd paint on the walls (to keep it simple). It would be the same white paint as used on the cabinets.
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2answers
792 views

30amp dryer on a 50amp breaker?

After many pitfalls, I have gotten my new dryer working. It's a Kenmore 81182 electric dryer. (Manual from sears; Sears website). Very long story short, the neutral wire at the breaker box wasn't ...
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1answer
136 views

Turning a mobile home with a basement into a recording studio

I recently moved into a mobile home that has a basement. The basement was an apartment, but had multiple issues with mold and frozen/broken water pipes. The owner was prepared to demolish the entire ...
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1answer
187 views

Can these locks be rekeyed to the same key?

I have 3 external doors on my house. Each has a different key. Two are Schlage sets and one is a Norwalk. The Norwalk blank says AR1 on it, and the Schlages are the standard version. The Norwalk is ...
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1answer
65 views

Repairing a circuit when the break is unknown and inaccesible.

Background: 100+ year old house with lots of really janky, messed up stuff. Some novice before me has been monkeying around, so don't assume that the current wiring is sane, safe, legal, modern etc. ...
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1answer
56 views

Back door frame no longer square

I live on the 3rd (top) floor of a condo building. Our back door - which opens to the outside, is not square. The building was built in 2006 and the drywall around the door at the corners is cracked ...
5
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1answer
229 views

Can I replace 3-way switches with 4-way switches?

Can I replace 2-3way switches with 2-4way switches as I have a couple of new 4ways just sitting around and the 3way switches are the older style ( every other switch in the house is the new style)
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1answer
3k views

wiring a wall plug correctly with the black and white wires

With the black wire going to the breaker does the black wire got to the small or large blade plug socket?
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1answer
279 views

I have paint over unsanded drywall compound. What is the best way to fix it?

I repaired some holes in my bathroom with drywall compound, but didn't sand it. The painter I hired said he would prepare the walls before painting. He didn't, and put on two coats of paint. It ...
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2answers
3k views

How do I remove Cement Board that has been screwed in and is bonded to wood subfloor with thinset?

I am in the process of purchasing a townhome and I am looking to tear up the existing 12" ceramic tile that covers the entire main level... an area close to 600 sq. ft. to make way for laminate ...
1
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1answer
376 views

Will the shiny and scratched appearance after sanding between coats go away after applying another coat of polyurethane?

I have a table that has a veneer inlay that my grandkids put huge scratches in. I decided to sand it and coat it with polyurethane. Long story short, I even ended up adding stain. The sanding block ...
3
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1answer
120 views

Can I use my bathtub or shower during tiling project

I would like to redo my shower tiling. Demolition and then tiling may take longer than a day for me. I only have one bathroom so I was wondering what milestones I should reach each day so I can ...
3
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1answer
142 views

Do I need a special receptacle when more than the standard number of wires need to be connected?

I've got two regular wall outlets controlled by one single pole switch. I want to replace them with new ones, and thought I just needed to grab a couple duplex plugins for them. Except there's more ...
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2answers
379 views

Risks of buying vacant lot for new home construction with existing but unused septic system?

My wife and I are considering purchasing a vacant lot for a new home construction. One of the main advertised selling points of the lot is that it has an unused septic system (tank, distribution box, ...
2
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4answers
133 views

How can I contain epoxy while it sets up?

So I finally built my portable home bar but I would like to have a bottle cap bar top with epoxy coating. However, I do not want to add wooden edges to contain the epoxy when I pour it over the bottle ...
1
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1answer
268 views

Framing interior non-bearing wall with 24" on center for sound proofing

I'd like to sound proof a few interior walls in my house using the techniques for the 52 STC here (http://www.soundproofingcompany.com/soundproofing-solutions/soundproofing-walls/) which is basically ...
2
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2answers
338 views

How do I add window stools to my new windows?

I installed new Jeld-Wen windows and saved the old stools. I'm trying to figure out how they should be attached but these windows don't seem to be designed to take a stool -- they are flush with the ...
1
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1answer
95 views

What type of hose do I need to replace a pull out faucet?

The flexible line on my kitchen faucet seems to be leaking and plumbing is not my strong point! The faucet is an american standard (not sure the model). I'm wondering what type of hose to get for a ...
1
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2answers
1k views

Framing long walls - Lots of 8' sections or should I use longer top plates

For interior walls (bearing and non) I'm wondering what the preferred method for framing might be on long walls. For example a hallway. Should I just use normal ~8' long 2x4 as top plates and stagger ...
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2answers
2k views

What style notched trowel should I use to lay 6“x24” ceramic on a shower wall?

I inherited a 3/8" square notched trowel and a 3/16" v-notched trowel. Which is the correct for laying down a coat of thin-set prior to attaching 6" x 24" tile to a wall? When is the correct time ...
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6answers
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How to SLIGHTLY widen bored hole in 2x6

I'm making a stand-alone pullup bar and I bored 1 1/4" holes in 2x6's for my 1" galvanized pipe (1 1'4" outside) to slide through. Only the pipe is definitely 1 5/16" (thank you, guy at Lowes) and I ...
4
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4answers
561 views

Why is smoke entering my home through the fireplace?

I recently moved to a new home with a wood burning fireplace. I've never owned one of these before and I want to become familiar with it. With a fire extinguisher and a pot of water ready, I placed ...
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1answer
343 views

GFCI combination switch and outlet to fully switched protected outlet

Before a single screw comes out of the wall, I need to be sure I understand this fully, and rather than type out everything, I made a diagram based on what I was able to dig up on forums. This is for ...
4
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2answers
193 views

Dryer exhaust from 2nd floor through crawl space, out roof

This is my setup, 1986 built town home. I just purchased a dryer and before connecting it, I decided to inspect the 4" tube going from the dryer, up behind the wall to the crawl space / attic and out ...
2
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1answer
120 views

How can I fix a leaking expansion tank?

My expansion tank hangs vertical from a pipe. It leaks from where the tank connects to the pipe. I can see some pipe dope where it connects. What can I do?
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2answers
95 views

Replacing recessed lights with pendant lights

I bought "conversion kits" which supposedly do the job in 5 minutes, but the I discovered that the kit is designed for the current type of can, and is not suitable for the ones that are up there (22 ...
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votes
1answer
58 views

When the heating system plumbing can't be installed inside the wall?

I have recently moved to Sweden (from Brazil). My husband and I have been rebuilding some parts of the house in Sweden. We have hired a company for the work, but I'm surprised with the solution of ...
0
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1answer
128 views

what do you call a female single socket extension-style plug?

I can't for the life of me figure out what this female plug is called. I just need to buy the UK female plug, no cable, can anyone help please?
2
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1answer
149 views

How can I mount K-728 diverter valve without any clearance behind it?

I have a 2x4 wall which doesn't allow for much room (maybe 1/4") behind the diverter valve. I do not want to extend the wall outward into the shower as that would be a headache. How can I secure the ...

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