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how to build a basement under house

I want to build a basement room under existing concrete deck how do I support deck while digging out beneath? It drops off vertically would dig from that side. soft dirt. How to do this safely. ...
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Install of tankless water heater

I want to install a tankless water heater. Have a 125 amp panel, with two 30 amp breakers for the current water heater. Install manual recommends having two 40 amp breakers. Max draw is 75 amps. ...
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surges in my toilet

My toilet surges at night and the water heater is fine and my pipes are fine as well.no pressure regulation problem but my toilet surges at night.before it becomes a problem what can I do?
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What is an ideal angle for a seat back piece?

I'm building an outdoor couch and want to put an angle on the back piece. What is a generally acceptable angle for the back piece? In the photos below, I've rotated the back pieced to 15°, but is just ...
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Is this switch wired correctly?

I'm trying to figure out why my hallway was wired in such as strange fashion: I have two hallway lights and three switches. Switches 1 and 2 appear to be 3-way switches; if they are both ON or OFF, ...
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Adding overhead lighting and getting rid of half switched outlets [closed]

Our ranch house was built in 77 and perhaps it is a sign of those times but none of the bed rooms (or the family and front rooms) have overhead lights. Instead all the bedrooms (and the front room) ...
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Old radiant heat ceiling not cooperating, looking for ways to fix it myself

So I came home today to find my living room at over 80f degrees. My thermostat still correctly showed my base temp at 70f, but the room temp was through the roof and the ceiling heat was still going ...
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wireless ceiling fans with low voltage

I am troubleshooting some electrical issues on three different ceiling fans in my upstairs bedrooms. All three are wireless Harbor Breeze ceiling fans. They all have the same issues but at varying ...
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miller mobile home furnace

When I press the reset button my furnace turns on and goes what seems to be a complete cycle. At this time the heat comes from the register nice and strong. When it comes on the second time it shuts ...
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Can I convert door slab from LH inswing to RH inswing

I like my current wooden front door a great deal, but it's hinged to swing inward to the right, and traffic flow (getting a bike into the mud room, for example) would be a lot easier if it swung in to ...
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Adding an outlet to a light switch, just want to make sure I have the right idea

I am in the process of replacing a dual light switch with a smaller switch and an outlet. I have the switch wired and working properly, but I am worried about the next step. The way I understand it, I ...
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Simplify the shop, reduce storage space… use hand powered tools [closed]

Sometime ago, I read something online, magazine, somewhere. It was the story of somebody who ran a chair making shop at Williamsburg (or similar venue). The shop owner went to use a hand held ...
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Low voltage fuse blowing in furnace

I have an outside A/C compressor and indoor furnace fan combo in the attic. The unit was off and the 3 amp fuse was blown. I replaced the fuse and used the thermostat to turn the fan on followed by ...
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Chamberlain Internet Gateway connected to MyQ Garage Opener, but doesn't appear in app

My Liftmaster Garage Door Motor has the MyQ logo on it. I wanted to control it from my iPhone and found that I needed to buy a Chamberlain or Liftmaster Internet Gateway to do that. I bought the ...
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How effective to use zinc strip to prevent roof moss

I live in Seattle. My 6 years old composite shingles start to grow moss this year. I read one post on YouTube that you can use a long zinc strip placed on top of your roof to prevent moss. I am ...
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Sealing the top of an appliance trap

I have a washing machine which is plumbed into the drain with a standard sort of appliance trap: http://www.screwfix.com/p/mcalpine-appliance-trap-40mm-white/81714 There's a nozzle for the appliance,...
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85 views

Insulating the concrete attic with rockwool slabs

I want to insulate the attic with rockwool slabs in an unusual way. My house is old and we may have to rebuilt a new house in next 5 years, so I do not want to spend a lot of money on this. Attic / ...
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New door in 47 inches wide corridor

I need to install a door in a corridor 47inches wide and 90 inches tall with laminated flooring.. The door we picked is 36x80... How to I feel the gap on the side and top to fit my new door? Do I keep ...
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Why isn't Floetrol (or the same chemical) just added to paint by the manufacturer

I keep hearing how adding Floetrol gives much better results when painting mouldings and doors etc. As gloss paint is almost always used for these surfaces, my question is: why does gloss not just ...
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Groutable vinyl tile in a laundry room. Is it a bad idea?

I'm going to put new vinyl tiles on top of old sheet vinyl floor, in a laundry room. My wife wants to use what's called Luxury Vinyl Tiles, which have a rounded edge and are groutable. There are ...
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What is this digging tool called?

A plumber came out to my house yesterday and had this tool on his arsenal which was basically a 3 or 4 ft long thin (1/2") fiberglass pole with a metal tip on the bottom and a handle on top which ...
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Description of Concrete Classification Numbers (e.g. C15, C25 etc.)

I was reading my plumbing code and came across mysterious concrete classification numbers like C15 and C25. I tried googling it and only came across a couple of sources describing these numbers (like ...
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setting up a generator

I run an EX Military genset MEP004A on 240V/50Hz. It has no voltage regulator and i get supply from the reconnector on L1/L3 which is 240V. all was running fine until when the mains power came back. I ...
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what connection to use for drain

I have a 3" drain running horizontal. I will have a new 2" drain running horizontal to just above the 3" drain at an angle and need to connect them together. I assume I shouldn't use a regular T here,...
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0v at DC thermostat terminal in furnace

I have an old (mid 80s) Rheem gas furnace I hope will last me through at least one more California winter. It's been known to go down into the upper fifties, so it has its work cut out for it. In any ...
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Best tool and blade to cut 8" pvc

This is my first post. I need to cut 1' pieces of pvc sewer pipe for a few projects. The pipe will range from 4" to 15" diameter high density sewage (and perhaps fire-rated industrial pipe). I've ...
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Furnace Fuse Blows Immediately

This afternoon, our Ruud furnace suddenly stopped working. After poking around a bit, I realized that the 3A fuse on the control board had blown. I ran to the hardware store and replaced it, but no ...
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Gas oven smells like charcoal lighter fluid

We recently installed hardwood floors. Could this be caused by fumes from the glue? The hardwood is also under the oven. Any help appreciated!
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entry door lock replacement

My keys might have been compromised. My options are : 1. Buy a Kwikset rekeying set and rekey all the locks (something I've never done before but there are enough Youtube videos that I can figure it ...
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1answer
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Painting old plaster walls

I have old plaster walls in my house that had been walpapered. I have removed the wallpaper and cleaned the walls. I am ready to prime and patch, but am not sure what kind of primer to use. The ...
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346 views

Is there a way to improve the appearance of a covered front porch roof that uses corrugated plastic roof panels?

We are planning to retrofit a 5'x7' corner porch cover to fit under the eaves/gutter. We will be using corrugated plastic roof panels because they are light weight and we can made a 1/4"/12" pitch. ...
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how do i wire my ceiling light so that it turns off with the light switch?

i have 4 wires coming out of my ceiling (2 hair braided wires [tan], 1 solid thick wire[black], 1 solid thick wire [darker tan]). the 2 tan wires are hot, the other 2 are not. my ceiling light has 2 ...
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Need help understanding thermostat/heater wiring

I have 1981 house in Washington state with in-wall electric heaters and mechanical single pole thermostats. I want to replace thermostats with something less crappy. I unscrewed one of the thermostats ...
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Is a P-Trap needed for dishwasher return line?

Currently my kitchen Plumbing is torn apart. I had new countertops installed and the plumber came today and said the top gas cap ((?) protecter from fumes I'm assuming) no longer fit and CUT it off. ...
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Condensation Inside Glass Pendant-Looks Cloudy

I just installed a clear glass globe pendant and the globe with a 40 watt candelabra bulb. It's been ten minutes and the "globe" is hot and cloudy (almost like condensation). The wires are cool, ...
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How do I secure this post to the structure to protect against seismic damage?

My foundation is attached to the frame of my house using seismic brackets, and I live in a earthquake-prone area. I noticed I have 3 posts that hold up my center of my house that seem to only be ...
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Prevent dead animals in basement window wells

How can I prevent animals from dying in my basement window wells? The wells are about two feet deep and have a clear plastic covers over them. The covers don't fit tightly and critters seem to ...
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166 views

Are there residential light switches that don't have a arc upon toggleing

I am looking for residential switches that don't arc when toggeled
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fan with light to just light fixture

I removed a ceiling fan with a light and would like to install a regular light fixture. The wires are red , black and white . The new light fixture just has black and white with a ground. How do I ...
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1answer
93 views

Washer trips breaker at spin?

My GE washing machine has been working for 6 months and is now tripping switch at agitate and spin cycles. It will not spin or agitate and mainly trips with lid closed? IDEAS?
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Slab on grade room construction

Older home built in 1968, southern Ontario, 4-level split, built in single car garage. Behind the garage is a bathroom that I had to gut because of a pipe burst. This room is slab on grade. The two ...
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How can I mount a speaker on the ceiling?

I want to this heavy bookshelf speaker on my ceiling as a center-channel, preferably horizontally, as it's above my projection screen. I want to angle it roughly 20 degrees downward so that it's ...
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Dehumidifier - proper drain technique/setup?

I have a dehumidifier in my crawlspace draining into the kitchen drain pipe. The hose recently became plugged, and I think it was due to gunk growing and filling the hose from the kitchen drain. Is ...
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2answers
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How can I fix a clothes washer faucet that is leaking?

I just moved the clothes washer out of the way but now I found the faucet that connects to the washer is leaking. I tried to replace the faucet but looks like it is soldered and I cannot find a way ...
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Gas stove whines/hums - is this a safety concern?

I am located in the United States and have a natural gas (not LP) range in my kitchen fed by a natural gas utility. Sometimes when I turn on my range, the appliance makes a whining or humming noise. ...
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DIY trenchless technology — what options would be suitable?

I have seen, on occasion, folks on this site whose situation would call for the use of some flavor of trenchless technology -- this guy is the most obvious example, but others have come up. However, ...
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Door latch hits casing/trim

I was starting to install casing on my doors and while positioning the board I realized the door latch is going to contact the casing (1x4 craftsman) before the strike plate. The solutions I've found ...
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1answer
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Toilet bubbles and gurgles after capping vent stack

We had a bad wax ring on the toilet so we replaced that, then we decided to replace the toilet with a newer model. Now the toilet doesn't flush right--sometimes we have to flush it a couples of times ...
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Would a second layer of housewrap cause problems?

The siding company is having to redo the installation of my siding. I know the wrap underneath the siding that will be removed will end up having lots of holes after the planks are removed. The ...
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1answer
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Isolated ground on sub panel

Is it ok to use the brass rod grounding at a subpanel as long as the ground and the neutral bars are isolated at the sub panel from each other?

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