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Why do microwaves run 3 extra seconds after timer ends?

So I think I know the answer to this but want to confirm and ask further questions. Whenever you run most microwaves in timer mode, it stops the microwave operation at 0 seconds, but continues to ...
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Bathroom fan with no outside vent

What's the purpose of a bathroom fan with no outside venting? One of my bathrooms is set up this way. I'm about to redo the ceiling, and I'd like to replace the fan unit with something better looking, ...
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Well pump pressure loss

We have owned the house for 5 years and not had any water pressure issues. The pressure gauge on the pipe to the pressure tank has been rusted since we bought the house. The pressure tank is blue and ...
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Leaking Supply Hose

So yesterday we discovered a leak under the sink, it was coming from the supply line into the valve, (suppose the seal broke after several years of use, there was no instigating incident to cause ...
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How to deaden the noise that bounces from cinderblock wall in backyard?

I have a very large backyard surrounded by a tall cinderblock wall. Not only is it HOT in the summer (NM summers) but the noise that bounces around is bad. Someone walking on the sidewalk next to my ...
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186 views

Clear rubber hose purpose for pressure washer

I'm sorry if this is obvious to you guys but I'm really stumped. I recently purchased a Black & Decker PW1470TD It came with a short clear rubber hose and I can't figure out what it is for. I ...
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Another code question: can I take a 110V outlet off one leg of a 220V circuit?

Wiring the workshop, it'd be simplest to use the 220V circuit to also supply the shop's 110V outlets. I know some machines/appliances do that internally; can I expose it on the wall? (I'm never sure ...
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Hunter Ceiling Fan No Longer Works

I hope you can give me a few suggestions with this one. We have a hunter ceiling fan that is wall switch connected for master power. This spring it started having a few issues. This fan is remote ...
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Monolithic frost proof shallow foundation, advice on the smaller details?

I'm building a 16x24 shed/garage. I have done most of the site work and I have a concrete guy starting tomorrow on the forms in preparation for a pour on Friday. He's done insulated slabs, he has 30 ...
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DYNAMO METER FOR BAND SAW

I AM GOING TO USE DYNAMO METER FOR BAND SAW, SO WHAT WOULD BE MAXIMUM FORCE OCCUR ON BAND SAW. Sir i have tried to formulate theoretical force measurements, but could not make it. so i require Maximum ...
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How to repair subfloor softened by water damage

My kitchen floor has developed a soft spot in front of the sink. While we have no water leak at this time a few years ago the dishwasher leaked a bit of water on the floor because of a bladder crack. ...
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5F60 carrier compressor

my system worked by fully sight glass liquid but low suction pressure Hp is good ( under 0 fridge ) its worked normally until -11 but during reach to -18 started to suction line slowly frozen and ...
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Can a 220V US circuit have more than one 220V outlet, by code?

When I move the laundry, I'm considering switching to a gas drier -- but even so it'd be nice to have the 220V drop there for future-proofing. However, if I'm not using it for the drier, I'd like to ...
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1answer
63 views

How to manually control HVAC without thermostat?

I would like to create a solution (Probably with Arduino) to control my AC remotelly. Opening my thermostat and doing some tests I got these values bellow: Blue (C) - Neutral (AC) Red (R) - Phase ...
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96 views

Install one dimmer switch which is one of two regular switches

We're purchasing (5) dimmable LED's for the kitchen and I'm now researching the dimmable switches. The lights are controlled by two switches on opposite sides of the room. Either one can turn off or ...
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humidifier trouble beware

Why would a humidifier with whirlpool action be pulling air through the floorboards of the lower flat in a two flat house built in the 20's with no insulation, bring fumes into the flat from the ...
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Clickey clackey bathroom exhaust louver

I have a bathroom exhaust vent with louvers similar to the image below. It vents out the side of the house above the bathroom between two bedrooms. When it's breezy out, the flaps rattle so that it ...
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1answer
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How to fix a creaky carpeted floor?

I recently moved to a 30ish year old building. The master bedroom's carpeted floor creaks horribly when anyone walks across it - loud enough to wake my wife and daughter in the next room at night! ...
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Should I leave water in my galvanized radiator pipes when permanently removing boiler?

I have switched to using a ductless heat pump for heating and am planning on removing my gas boiler but leaving the hot water baseboard radiators and 65-year-old galvanized pipes (in the crawlspace). ...
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2answers
127 views

Excessive Water Running Alert (Left the Hose On)

We are designing a rain water collection system involving 27,500 gallons of tank storage that will serve to replace a dried up well for the whole house needs. Accidentally leaving a hose running ...
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1answer
108 views

Is it normal for the voltage tester to beep when touching the refrigerator frames?

I've bought a Klein Tools NCVT-3 non-contact voltage tester and while I was playing with it I've found the tester beeps whenever it touches the frame of the refrigerator. This won't happen with any of ...
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1answer
158 views

Is it expected for an empty house to use 14 kWh per day?

We have bought a new house but we haven't moved in yet. I've received our electric bill several days ago and it shows our electric bill on average is about 14 kWh per day but it seems the only working ...
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Sealing off open dirt areas in basement and crawlspaces

The vast majority of the basement of our 100 year old home is concrete, however there are three areas that are dirt on the bottom: The rear crawlspace, which is maybe 3ft high, 6ft deep, and the ...
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1answer
127 views

I have two roof drains, can I seal one of them?

My house has a flat roof and leaks, mostly directly underneath the drains. I've had problems with leaking around the drains since I've owned the house, mostly dripping, but over time it's turned ...
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0answers
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What material can I used to fill gap between slab and house so that I can place vinyl tiles on the slab without worrying about cracking?

I am replacing some very old carpet in a sun room off my basement. This sun room was built around an existing concrete slab. I'd really like to put something other than carpet back in here, but am ...
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2answers
502 views

how to level uneven plywood floor for tiling?

I have an old house that's built on pillars and has shifted a little over time. We are remodeling the kitchen and just ripped up many layers of creatively installed flooring. We are down to the ...
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2answers
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Drain dripping noise from Garbage disposal into P trap

after running the dishwasher or just running water into the sink, about 30 seconds later goes this nerve wrecking: POCK... POCK... POCK The dripping comes from the garbage disposal pipe and the ...
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1answer
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Water pressure needle broken?

The needle on my water pressure has moved beyond the maximum measure, and I haven't checked it in several weeks. Does this mean it is broken, or do I need to let some pressure escape? The inbound ...
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1answer
69 views

Is this a valid layout for a stairwell light?

My pair of lights and pair of switches was working in my basement stairwell. I'm redoing the wiring because I added more switches but I can't get the stairwell lights working again. The only thing I ...
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2answers
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What is the downside to installing faced fiberglass insulation in a dirt floor crawlspace vs non-faced?

I have a vapor barrier on the dirt floor already. The insulation will go in the floor joists above, paper side down.
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2answers
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How to loosen glass bulb cover from metal base?

I need to replace one of the lightbulbs in my bathroom's lightbulb fixture. The bulb itself is a halopin bulb that inserts with a metal hook, but its covered by a glass cage/receptacle that should ...
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3answers
128 views

Electrical breakers question

Does each hot wire in a double pole breaker carry the breaker's rated amperage or does each wire split the amps? For example, if a double pole breaker is rated at 50 amps, does each hot wire carry 50 ...
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119 views

Drywall over 2x2 Studs in Basement

I have a basement that is a complete product of the 70's. Faux ugly wood paneling, brass ugly sconces, old school metal work boxes, and a beautiful white drop ceiling. I know I could just drywall over ...
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1answer
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Are there testers for thermostats?

One of my A/C units was struggling to keep the temp. down to 85 three weeks ago. The pipe outside was slightly frosted so I already knew the unit was a little low of refrigerant. Called repair company ...
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0answers
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Controlling multiple banks of LED bulbs with one dimmer switch

Just had the contractor install some recessed LED lighting in some of the rooms of the house. Due to building codes we can't have one location with enough switches to control the lights as we have ...
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1answer
460 views

How hot should my hot water heater vent get?

My gas hot water heater's flue/vent is very hot to the touch. Is that normal? How hot should it get?
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How do I prevent a drop in flow in a system with a pressure tank, 40/60 pressure switch, filter and water softener?

I have a well with a 30/55 pressure switch, and I hate the shower pressure. I am redoing the main water appliances with a new pressure tank (going from 20 gallon to 35 gallon), new 40/60 pressure ...
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How much mortar between bricks?

Our Chimney was in bad repair, and we had two chimney companies come and and say basically the same thing, it needed to be partially torn down, re-bricked, new crown, new damper door. Ok, so the ...
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1answer
124 views

Why is water still above elements after draining hot water tank?

Went to change "element" AFTER draining hot water tank using hose attached to drain nozzle at bottom of tank. Drained for almost an entire day. When I went to unscrew and changed existing element ...
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Bath tub water issues

We recently moved into a ranch that was built in 1983 we are the second owner of the house. When I'm adjusting the water in the main bath to fill it up for my daughter. The water will sudden turn off. ...
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2answers
251 views

Cheap bendable material for DIY project

I'm looking into making a DIY indoor mini golf course. I want to possibly make some curved surfaces (ramp, bridge, curved walls). I'm looking for a cheap material that can bend smoothly, but is kinda ...
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2answers
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Is it possible to convert an octagonal electrical box so that it can house 2 Duplex outlets without changing the shape of the box?

I currently have 1 Duplex outlet installed in an octagonal box mounted on the ceiling. I need to add another outlet to make it a 2 gang. However, I can't find a cover that will hold a 2 gang outlet ...
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1answer
108 views

How can I determine why my circuit is broken after replacing the switch and light fixture?

A few days ago, my kitchen light was flashing (flickering) off and on occasionally. So I turned it off. Apparently, not before it messed up the circuit though. This happened previously, about a ...
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2answers
247 views

How to attach cedar boards to a removable fence frame?

So here is the fence. The purple things are J hinges which make the panel removable The frame is installed flush with the 4x4 so that when I attach the planks to the frame the planks will be flush ...
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1answer
46 views

best paint for bookshelf

I plan to make a built-in bookshelf and want to paint it a glossy white (so washable), and obviously need to be somehow wear resistant. From an online search, it seems that the best is an oil-based ...
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Why would my boiler's pilot go out after the hot water comes on?

I have a Potterton Prima 40B conventional heat-only boiler that was installed in 1999. The pilot light goes out after the hot water comes on. It will stay on if the heating is on, but about 2 minutes ...
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0answers
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Rebar Spacing in a concrete footer

I have some rotting timber retaining walls that were built between boulders. I want to replace them by pouring concrete footers and stacking CMU blocks. I also want to add some rebar to help ...
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Putting a new finish on engineered hardwood floors

Recently, I dropped a jar of pickles on my engineered hardwood floors. I cleaned it up immediately with a little Mr. Clean and water on a paper towel. It was still sticky and I used vinegar and ...
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2answers
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How to check the power capabilities of a house?

I'm planning a wedding, and the current plan is to have it at my fiancée's aunt's house, which has a large avocado orchard in the back. We love the space, but it just occurred to me: I'm not entirely ...
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1answer
517 views

Ceiling exhaust fan in kitchen

We have both a range hood and an exhaust fan in our kitchen. I'm not really sure that the range hood actually exhausts outside the house, as there's not much room (a couple inches) behind the ...

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