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Strange light switch wiring… why would neutral and hot be connected?

I'm having trouble figuring out why my light switch box is wired the way it is. The place I'm living in is quite old (guessing built in the 80s?). Originally, I opened open the panel with the hope of ...
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My kitchen lights won't turn on, what could be the problem?

My kitchen light will not turn on, even after I replaced all 4 bulbs. What could be the problem? The breaker is working fine, all the plugs and other lights are working in the proper condition, and ...
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354 views

Hot water out of cold tap. Washing machine to blame?

Last night we noticed that only warm water was coming out of our kitchen sink when we had the lever to the cold side. Went into the bathroom and noticed the same thing. After some research I found a ...
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2answers
118 views

Cabin bed attached to wall on two sides

I want to build a 4'6" bed 6' up in the air which will be attached to the walls of my bedroom on two sides (so three corners of bed attached to wall) and have a wood 'leg' coming from the ceiling beam ...
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How to slightly enlarge a worktop hole for replacement kitchen sink

The task I am replacing my kitchen sink. The existing sink sits in a rectangular hole (with rounded corners) in the kitchen worktop. The worktop is about 1½" (40mm) thick and is made of some kind of ...
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417 views

Rotary hammers, how many joules to hammer through concrete slab?

I'm in need to buy a rotary hammer to make some holes in a slab about 12 cm thick of armed concrete. The holes will be between 5 and 10 cm in diameter, so I will have to hammer a round opening instead ...
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1answer
233 views

How can I add insulation above my finished ceiling?

What is the cheapest option for adding insulation above a finished ceiling? There has never been any in the spot that I need it. Should I take the roof off or have it sprayed in? The space is 20 feet ...
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79 views

Please help me with temperature alarm system [closed]

I have a temperature alarm system in my office store room installed approximate 10 years ago by Siemens. This system gives a phone call to my mobile phone when the temperature goes above 25 degree ...
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1answer
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Methodology to create black and white wall mural?

I recently stumbled upon a wall mural (I believe that's what it's called anyway), that I found after researching some desks. I would very much like to emulate this style of wall mural found behind the ...
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3answers
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convert a hardwired lamp to on off switch

My 3 wall lights are hard wired and have on-off switches on the units. There is no wall switch for any of them. The trouble is they are all different fixtures and all pretty ugly. I'm looking to ...
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4answers
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How to determine if a 20 amp breaker can be upgraded to 30 amp

I recently purchased my first home and the breaker the electric clothes dryer is connected to is 20 amp. I was told it should be 30 amp by a home inspector but foolishly did not have the seller ...
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Is it acceptable to put the bathroom entrance in the living room? [closed]

The bathroom (shower+toilet) and living room are located next to each other (see image bellow). One option for making an entrance to the bathroom is by putting the door on the living room’s wall (B), ...
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101 views

What annual maintenance does a dishwasher require?

The house we moved into has a dishwasher, and I am wondering if there are any annual maintenance procedures for it. In googling, all that I came up with was making sure the spinning propellers are ...
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2answers
255 views

Does it matter what kind of pipe is used for a sink drain?

The drainpipe in our sink broke (corroded right through in several places). Not having the time to find my pipe wrench (much less actually replace the pipe) we called a plumber. The plumber replaced ...
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0answers
109 views

Should a 12V DC dimmer switch produce 24V AC on the output?

I bought a 12V DC dimmer switch for LED strip lighting. The input to the dimmer switch is regulated (from a switching power supply) 12V DC and produces no AC voltage in the "INPUT" points to the ...
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2answers
105 views

Temporarily have no gutters, what do I need to worry about?

My gutter contractor has been interrupted by the rain. I will be without gutters for a few days and there is a total of 1.5" of rain predicted over those few days. I am monitoring my basement for ...
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0answers
57 views

What do I need in order to fix the sloppy work done by cable providers? [duplicate]

As some of you have surely experienced, residential telecom installers can leave a thing or two to be desired when it comes to how they get the service into our homes. A small project I've had in ...
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2answers
301 views

How can I transition between rooms when refinishing hardwood floors?

I'm planning to rent a sander and refinish the ugly floor that is the darker floor in the photo. I'm also planning to pull up the carpet which has nice hardwood under it in good shape (no refinishing ...
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1answer
56 views

Termite leaving sand on wall

We have termites problem in our house. And its getting worse day by day. We keep cleaning the wall everyday but still the problem of this sand termite exist. Please if anyone know how to keep them ...
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1answer
191 views

Should I ventilate a small waste pipe?

I am about to plumb a toilet and the condense pipe of a combi boiler into an existing internal waste pipe (the waste pipe currently comes out of the ground 2ft). I was just going to renew the waste ...
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3answers
256 views

Should I be worried about tears in my foundation wrap?

I recently moved into a newly built house in an area still in construction. My house was completed before my immediate neighbours. While they were excavating, they took large chunks of our foundation ...
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0answers
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How do you replace the insulation in a stove after mice have ruined it? [duplicate]

How do you replace the insulation in a stove after mice have nested in it ? I had to do it this way because the other thread wouldn't let me answer. The way I found is this: Wet all the old ...
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1answer
169 views

Window casing and conversion from inch thick drywall to half inch

I'm renovating the bathroom. I used to have 1" thick drywall and I'm lowering it to 1/2" thick drywall (so the window sticks out of the wall 1" now). What are my options for trimming the window? Inch ...
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1answer
213 views

Can I support a fiberglass tub with a layer of 1" thick foam board between a concrete subfloor and mortar base?

I'm trying to maximize the headroom in my basement shower. I originally planned on placing the tub on top of the subfloor and sleepers that make up the rest of the floor, but then I realized I can add ...
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1answer
73 views

Replace reusable air filter with disposable, when no size matches?

My friend's house has HVAC whose air filter is a rectangular metal frame filled with washable fiber mesh. It doesn't look like it could catch fine particles. We wanted to try an off-the-shelf ...
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1answer
354 views

How to Replace Exterior Door & Casing in Old House

My house is about 100 years old. The door jamb is about 10" wide. I've replaced a few doors before, but all of them had standard jams. I'm not sure how to go about replacing this. I'm assuming I need ...
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2answers
167 views

Is there a tool to find a the closest spot on the other side of a wall?

I need to install a water line for a new fridge, and would like to know what is on the other side prior to drilling a hole in the floor - is there any tool which would let me place a "marker" or a ...
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1answer
806 views

How can I add a fireplace to an existing non-fireplace chimney?

Our 83 year old house has a brick chimney covered up with drywall. We have no idea where the original flue was, but it must have vented a wood stove because there is no structure for a fireplace. We ...
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1answer
206 views

Do I need soffit vents and can I add them without taking the roof apart?

Last year, we re-roofed out 83-year old house. We removed the 3-layer cedar/asphalt shingles and laid plywood decking, 30# paper, ice-barrier and 26-gauge metal roofing. As far as ventilation, we just ...
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1answer
477 views

Is there an advantage to using EMT over Plastic Flexible Conduit for Low Voltage runs?

I am planning a structured wiring project. As AV wiring is always changing, I think it would be pertinent to run the low voltage wire in conduit. While discussing the idea with a friend (and hardware ...
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1answer
372 views

How do I source, remove, and prevent green mold on my aluminum windows?

I live north of the equator in a humid climate. The 2 north-facing windows pictured below only get direct light (lots of it) in the evening. We get a lot of rain. There is green mold growing from ...
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1answer
132 views

What is this switch plate cover with a pyramidal bulge across the top of the plate?

We were trying to replace old switch plate covers at our new house when we came across one that is a type I've never seen before. It's a light switch cover that looks like an ordinary cover except for ...
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2answers
230 views

Is there a keyed switch that can be used to power off a subpanel?

I'd like to be able to power off the sub-panel in my home workshop using a simple key-based switch. I envision a junction box just before the sub-panel with a key that can be turned "on" or "off", and ...
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1answer
102 views

Son accidentally painted my new cedar shake! How do I remove it?

I just spent two days prepping my natural cedar shake for the beautiful stain I purchased today only to come home and find that my son had PAINTED IT! What can I do to remove the blue Pittsburg top ...
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2answers
681 views

How do I fix bathroom fan which is not working?

I recently moved into a new home and found out one of the bathroom fans don't work but the lights are fine. I thought at first it was the motor but the motor run if i connect it directly to a power ...
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8answers
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How can I drill a big diesel tank without emptying it first?

Need to make a hole in a big steel diesel tank. I would say it has 5000 liters capacity, and it should have at least 2/3 filled or more. Metal Sheet: At least 3 mm thick. Drill hole is 1" or 2", not ...
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3answers
129 views

Routing cables under the house with raised perimeter foundation

Rather a simple question, I want to route some cables under the house with a raised perimeter foundation. The question is, how should I pass the cables I'm routing from under the house into the wall ...
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1answer
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Repairing furniture finishes

How can I tell if furniture is finished with lacquer or enamel in order to repair the finish? I'd like to paint a natural wood finish using an enamel spray paint that includes primer.
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2answers
93 views

Clogged plumbing in bathroom sink

My bathroom sink is clogged, water is slow to drain. Cannot get plug out and do not want to tear it down underneath. Pipes are PVC. What is the best "liquid" drain cleaner or anything else to pour ...
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1answer
164 views

What trim can I use on wooden stairs?

We recently added wooden flooring to our stairs. I'm looking for a trim to add between the stairs and the wall. Something that I can cut easily and glue and then caulk. I'll need to edge it (rounded?) ...
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2answers
321 views

Why not double up on PEX cinch clamps?

I'm looking to replace some copper pipe with PEX. The online debate seems heated, although local plumbers I've talked to seem indifferent about the particulars, just praising PEX in general vs. ...
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4answers
733 views

Can I thin thick PVC cement with primer?

I needed to make a repair on some PVC pipe. When I opened my can of cement, I discovered that is was thicker than when new. I purchased the cement around a year ago and kept the lid firmly closed. The ...
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2answers
116 views

Making a 15kg table to move around without drilling

I have a table weight about 15 kg (length: 250 cm, width: 60 cm, height: 80 cm). Currently, the table does not have ball bearings or wheels on the four legs. The table is currently empty with nothing ...
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0answers
74 views

big hole around drain pipe for washing machine

I can add a picture tomorrow, but here's the problem. I'm moving into a 1961 house with washer in the garage. The drywall around the drainpipe is rotted. It's in the wall. I pointed it out to the ...
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2answers
126 views

Replacing a PIR light switch with a timer switch

I thought I'd try to be all helpful around the house and replace the PIR light switch in my dad's room with a simpler timer switch. After flipping the breaker, I pulled out the PIR and found that ...
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1answer
117 views

Do I need to close the windows and doors in the entire house when doing a radon test?

I'm trying to perform a home radon test, the first step in the instructions for the Pro-Lab Radon Gas Detector Kit read that I need to close all the windows and doors for 12 hours before hand. Do I ...
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3answers
504 views

How do I install a ceiling fan remote?

I am trying to replace a busted hunter ceiling fan remote. The transmitor unit from the old remote had 5 wires - live and neutral, and then 1 that was labeled "fan out", 1 that was labeled "light ...
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votes
1answer
198 views

What is the easiest method to clean a bathroom floor that doesn't have a drain?

I recently moved to a new apartment and the bathroom does not have a floor drain. In my previous apartments, I used to pour/spray water on the bathroom floor while scrubbing with a brush and ...
3
votes
2answers
84 views

How can I go back to a gas water heater?

I recently got a condo unit (low rise condo) on the 4th (top) floor. The unit previously had a gas water heater but was replaced with an electric unit after the gas one broke down I suppose. This was ...
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3answers
210 views

How many amps does it take to power 2 AC's, a freezer, a refrigerator, 2 TV's, and a computer?

I'm making my garage into a living place and I put in a 50 amp line from my house to the garage. The garage has its own fuse box but I want to have an upstairs living area and a downstairs man-cave. I ...

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