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How can I verify that the protective earth/ground is separate from the neutral wire in an electrical AC installation?

It's easy to verify which wire is the phase without relying on wire colors. But I'm not sure if I'm able to determine which wire is the ground and which is the neutral. I have heard that using a ...
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How do I run a dock circuit and what size breaker will be needed?

I am running 10 gauge wire to my dock which will be about 100 ft from the disconnect box on the house to the dock. I will be providing electricity to a 1/2 hp hoist, which runs on 110, that will only ...
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How can I protect my (engineered) hardwood floor from scratching?

I have engineered hardwood that scratches easily (be it from furniture being slid on it, a kid playing with hard toys on it, or simply from regular wear and tear). We currently mitigate the scratching ...
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How can I replace my old dimmer switch?

Replacing dimmer. Old dimmer has two black wires attached to two white wires in box. There are two black wires in box not attached to dimmer but wire-nutted together. Is it ok to wire the new dimmer ...
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Is it possible that no water running to one toilet could be from frozen pipes?

We've been in a cold snap for about a week with daily highs below -20C. The water is not running to one toilet that is near an exterior wall. To ensure it wasn't something in the tank, I detached ...
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Should I let pressure treated lumber dry before building with it?

I bought some treated 2x4's from Lowes, and it was fairly wet and heavy. I went ahead and built a firewood rack, but screwing into it releases a lot of water. It got me thinking, is it better to let ...
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What could be causing my solid stained doors to make cracking noises?

I have new solid interior stained doors and they all keep making cracking sounds when they are closed and left open, even though no one is touching them. Can you please tell me what it is? I am sound ...
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Is it normal for tap water to turn brown/blue when the pipes freeze?

In our old apartment, the pipes would freeze during the winter during the night, and in the morning sometimes the water that came out of the tap was blue at first. We spoke to a plumber, and he ...
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What can I do about this gap between the sill/exterior board and the subfloor?

I just discovered that my sill plate and joist setup is different than others I've seen (and I was a Realtor, so I've seen a lot of sills). As you can see from the picture, there's a gap between ...
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How can I transition from carpeted stairs to an engineered hardwood floor?

I want to replace the carpet in my bed rooms(actually the whole 2nd floor) with engineer hardwood floor. The stair is from 1st floor to 2nd floor which will keep carpet. But I can't imagine how/where ...
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How can I remove an inner wall of a gambrel house?

We own a Gambrel house built in 1978. I want to remove a six foot wall section that includes a doorway. This wall runs parallel to the floor joists in the basement. The main center beam is about three ...
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How to insulate my garage walls using sheathing

My garage is a pole building type with pressed wood walls and exterior siding. I want to put sheathing on the walls for some insulation. The girts that the exterior wall is attached to are 1.5" x 4" ...
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What are these electrical boxes in the closet that have no breakers in a house with buttons for the light switches?

My mother's home has these metal panels in the closet on the second floor, directly under them on the 1st floor is the breaker box. The house has push buttons for the lights instead of switches. There ...
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How can I prevent my HVAC condensate drain line from freezing?

Last night, my heat (forced air) suddenly stopped. Today, a plumber figured out that my heater is 90% efficient, produces lots of condensate, and the drain line had frozen. We went outside and saw ...
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How can I determine why there is no water coming from my hot taps?

I'm getting no water from any of the hot taps in my house. The cold water taps are working fine. The central heating is also working. I have a combi-boiler. It's been fairly cold today in London, so ...
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How should I go about installing a 12 volt DC residential circuit?

I have a couple deep cycle batteries that trickle charge from a solar panel, for emergency use. Right now the only way I get useful power from them is to use a 12VDC -> 120VAC inverter, e.g. the type ...
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How do I open a padlock after it has frozen?

I do some maintenance on the neighborhood ice-skating rink. To control the lights, there is an outside electrical panel that is locked with a padlock. This padlock always get frozen. Every time I ...
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How can I wire an HD antenna into my attic?

I have a 2 year old house 2 floors and then an attic that you have to use a pulldown to get into. The house has an ethernet cable (90% sure it is an ethernet cable) that is in the attic, I have a HD ...
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What could be causing this leaky evaporator problem?

My apologizes if I do not know the correct terminology for some of the parts. I will try my best though. We have a Trane A/C system that is causing us a headache. It is causing water damage in our ...
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2answers
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Does a single-gang double timer switch exist?

I have a single gang outlet that current has a double/split switch installed controlling an inside light and an outside light. Ideally I'd like to have the outside light on a timer. Does a single ...
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1answer
358 views

What hinges should I use for my overlay cabinet doors?

I need help understanding how to choose the right hinges for my cabinet doors. I have new 3/4" thick cabinet doors, fully overlaying/sitting on the face frame of the cabinet box. I do not want ...
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2answers
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Do 22.5 degree pipe fittings exist?

I'm trying to make a triple-monitor stand using steel plumbing pipe, as I've seen this done by others in the past. Most designs call for 45 degree pipe elbows for the side monitor arms, but this seems ...
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0answers
387 views

What could cause my radiators to go cold when the hot water is turned on?

when only heating is selected on my program timer the radiators all work fine and are hot. But when both heating and hot water are on the water gets hot but all the radiators go cold. When the hot ...
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1answer
435 views

How much sag on a roof is acceptable?

I have minor sagging of my roof plywood, 3/8" thick, placed on trusses 24" apart. Is there an amount of sag that is technically okay? I could not find anything on the APA website. I am not worried ...
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1answer
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How should I install hardwood flooring around spindles?

I have oak steps that we installed up to a living room that is carpeted. How do I install hardwood floors and deal with the spindles on the floor? My husband made adjustments when he did the stairs ...
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What kinds of dimmers do I need?

I'd like to make myself a lighting control that would schematically look like this: I don't know a lot about dimmers, but I heard they have some parameters which might prevent them from working. ...
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How can I shave about 1/8“ from a 8'x3/4”x1 1/2" strip of oak?

I attached a 8'x3/4"x1 1/2" strip of red oak to the edge of multiple layers of plywood in order to make the plywood more rigid. Altogether, the three layers of plywood are 1 3/8" thick. This means ...
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1answer
131 views

What does the low limit do, and where should it be set on an oil fired hot water furnace?

What does the low limit do, and where should it be set? My furnace has a honeywell triple aquastat relay and has a difference dial. Water temp is about 190 deg F. Also, water psi gauge is only ...
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1answer
380 views

Motion Sensor Timer

I am looking to replace the light switch for an outside light. What I would like to do is put a motion sensor on the switch due to the fact the light is too high for me to get to and replace it. Is ...
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1answer
289 views

How do you build a bookcase around an outside or convex corner?

How do you build a bookcase around an outside or convex corner?
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1answer
484 views

How can I remove this toilet shutoff valve?

This valve has a slow leak, and I am trying to replace it. Problem is I can't get the thing off. I am trying to twist the compression nut (the bronze one closest to the white pipe) clockwise while ...
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2answers
701 views

Why do I run out of hot water after 5 min?

I have a gas water heater and recently found that I do not get more than 5min of hot water. Previously I would be able to take a half hour shower. I see no leaks around water heater. It also seems ...
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1answer
293 views

How should I remove carpet in preparation for sanding and polishing floorboards?

I have a bedroom I want to convert into a nursery. The room's mostly carpeted, with a small section missing where a wardrobe was built in. From what I can see, it's just carpet over floorboards, no ...
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Why does the shower get cold when I flush, and how can I prevent it?

When the shower is running and someone flushes a toilet, why does the shower get cold (or sometimes hot) in some houses, but not others? More importantly, would fixing that require replacing the ...
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2answers
416 views

How can I fix a big crack on an old hutch?

A full wood side of an older hutch has cracked, probably along the grain. It seems gluing was attempted (there was some dried glue or silicon-like substance in the crack) unsuccessfully. Can I fix ...
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3answers
125 views

How to sand wood without flattening it

I'd like to sand some wood planks on a rustic table to remove paint stains, but keep the rough wood structure (1-2 mm height difference). How can I do that?
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1answer
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How can I replace a Delta 1400 shower valve cartridge?

I have a delta 1400 shower valve that I had to replace. The existing one was full of sediment. When I put everything back together water just comes out the tub spout as if the valve wasn't there. When ...
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How do I cut a brick fireplace hearth to allow for a laminate flooring expansion gap?

I am attempting to cut a small piece out of the brick fireplace (already in place) to allow for the expansion of the floating laminate flooring that I am installing. I don’t want to just leave the ...
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2answers
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How can double swinging closet doors be installed?

I have a coat closet that long ago had double sliding doors and now has no doors at all. I would like it to have double swinging doors, like french doors but without glass. I found a couple of ...
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1answer
594 views

How should I clean stone surfaces prior to applying sealer?

I apply impregnating sealer to all my tile and stone surfaces annually. I had been cleaning it with just soap and water, then letting the surface dry for a few minutes before applying the sealer. It ...
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1answer
137 views

How can I locate an odor emanating from the kitchen/laundry area?

I live in South Florida. My home is a one level, 2400-sq ft, u-shaped with bedrooms on one side and kitchen/laundry on the other side. I have a consistent odor but it's not constant. It comes and ...
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1answer
293 views

How can I insulate an area without an attic above it?

My laundry room and a walk-in closet are freezing cold. They're on the ground floor in part of the house that is single-story. So, there is no attic above them. How do I insulate these areas when ...
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1answer
614 views

How can I stop my house from waking my wife up every day in the winter?

I'd like to preface this post with the fact that I'm a complete diy amateur. I may say stupid things, or things that make no sense. Please feel free to correct me as I'm always open to learn. So, ...
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164 views

How do I hang a 500lb bed swing?

Could someone please tell me what kind of support is needed to hang a 500 pound porch bed swing? The 500 pounds also includes the weight of people on the swing.
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1answer
201 views

How should I insulate behind the last floor joist that runs parallel to the foundation wall?

As an aside, I can't for the life of me figure out what to call the last floor joist that runs parallel to the basement foundation. Does it have a name? In my house, there is a little cramped gap an ...
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1answer
602 views

Is this radiator too small?

We have steam heat in our 1930s-era home and one of the bedrooms is much colder than the other two. Here is a picture of the radiator in the cold room: The room is 12'x12'x8'. This radiator is ...
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391 views

How should I rewire this situation?

In my dinning room, I have this: There is a wire run going up through the floor from the basement. It then goes outside the wall, around a stud (or studs, I'm can't tell there is more than one), back ...
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1answer
349 views

Why won't my washer machine motor, gearbox, or inside basket free spin

I have a Whirlpool model# LSR8233EQ0 washing machine. Not sure which one of the components in the question title are causing the issue. I've found that it could be any of them. The machine recently ...
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Are there websites to manage home improvement projects?

Are there any websites where you can create an account to manage your home with things such as: Layout or floor planning Budgets, project logging Wiring plans I'm aware of FloorPlanner.com and ...
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1answer
567 views

Is snow piled against the outer wall likely to cause damp?

My question is basically that recently we have had a lot of snow, some of it is high enough to be over the damp-proof course (DPC). Should I be worried about this, or would damp penetration take ...

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