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Installing a Wifi Honeywell Thermostat with a C wire [duplicate]

can someone please help me out here. I'm installing a Honeywell Wi-Fi Thermostat and this Thermostat requires a "C" Wire. Can someone please tell me by looking at the pictures attached if I have a "C" ...
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Is a plug adapter considered an “extension cord” under the NEC?

Is an adapter from a plug (say a NEMA 14-50) to a different socket (say a NEMA 6-20 or L14-20, or even a NEMA 6-50 for that matter) considered an extension cord by the 2014 NEC? If it isn't, then what ...
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What leveling precautions should one take with plywood subfloor for engineered hardwood nail down installation?

I installed the nail down engineered hardwood downstairs and did an OK job as far as leveling the subfloor is concerned. I sanded a few high spots down and even used a planer on an especially stubborn ...
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cutting sheet metal on K3 board

I have about 16 school chalkboards 4 ft. by 8 ft. made of sheet metal laminated to 1/2" K3 board with a green paint for chalk. Want to use them to line my new workshop on the inside. Looking for a ...
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Two 3 way switches, only one works

I have 3 way switches at the top and bottom of the stairs operating two cans in the ceiling. For 20 years, they've never worked right. Either switch would turn the lights on or off, like a single ...
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How can I remove odor of spilled sewage under the sink?

My plumber did a really poor job when he replaced a pipe under my kitchen sink because he spilled the remaining sewage in the pipe all over the place. As a result it smells really bad under the sink (...
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Need Help with border for pavers, fence is too high!

I'm having to reset the pavers along the side yard of our house after putting in a french drain and sump pump. The issue I have is that after I dig out all of the dirt to allow for the 4" of gravel, 1"...
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How to troubleshoot “refrigerator power goes off occasionally but comes back on when I cycle power switch off and back on”?

Refrigerator power occasionally goes off (lightbulbs are off, and apparently everything else though I haven't tested with a multimeter or anything) but comes back on when I cycle power switch off and ...
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Ideas for 1" of ceiling/crown trim?

I'm drywalling around a window. The window has a 12" deep "frame", which I plan to drywall on the sides and the top, and then make a wooden sill on the bottom. The problem is that the top of the ...
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Clogged toilet(s)

Plumbing question and issue here that has me baffled. We have two toilets in our house and it seems that the guest bathroom seems to get clogged more often than not. This issue is normally resolved ...
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Had a leak behind a new tub do I need to do anything else to prevent mold or other issues?

About four weeks ago I had an old tub/shower enclosure removed and a new acrylic tub and three wall enclosure put in, including a new valve and moving the shower head up, this was all installed by a ...
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What's the best way to touch up spray paint?

Complete DIY newbie here! What's the best way to touch up something that's been spray painted? I have some MDF/wooden furniture (the type that comes flat packed) that seems to have been spray ...
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Can I use end terminal connectors instead of twist type connectors?

I am wiring a relay into a pump and right now they are using twist type connectors. Can I use end terminal connectors instead of twist type connectors? In which situation are end terminal connectors ...
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Can I use the old and not used anymore furnace chimney to vent out my basement?

My chimney is not used anymore. Would it be possible or recommended to use it to vent the basement ? I would clean it and install a fan at the basement end. thanks
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How can house corner be supported when there's a deep cellar next to it?

There's this layout (view from above). There's a log house supported by very weak foundation raised from ground level and there's a cellar right next to the house. The cellar is about 1,8 meters ...
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I want to monitor my radon mitigation system via my security system [closed]

How can I monitor my radon mitigation system via my security system (Honeywell Vista 20P)? Specifically I want to be notified via my security system if the system is not sucking as expected. I do not ...
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West facing master bedroom getting hot from afternoon sun

I am renting a townhouse where the master bedroom is always getting way hotter than the rest of the house. It's the only room on the top floor on the west side of the house and only has one window on ...
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How do I install EMT conduit for an outdoor 6/4 power run?

I need to run NEMA 14-50 50A outlet from the breaker show to the garage (approximately 30') . From the red line, I plan to run 1" EMT conduit as show in the picture, four #6 wiring inside, 50A breaker ...
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Removing Wallpaper Glue - All of it or can I leave faint bits behind?

I'm removing wallpaper right now. Removing the paper itself was easy. The problem now is there is a ton of glue left over. I'm removing the glue using water+vinegar and then scraping it off. Most of ...
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White grout turns dark when wet

My clean white grout in the shower stall turns a darker shade when it gets wet. I had someone come and re-seal the grout, but that didn't help. Can someone recommend a method to prevent my grout from ...
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how to drain a single loop in one of my heating zones?

I have baseboard hot water heat. In one of my heating zones, there are three "loops". (i.e. shortly after the supply leaves the zone valve, the pipes split in three directions. These pipes then ...
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Should it take a while to get supplies to rewire a 1100sq ft house?

I'm dealing with some contractor problems and I'm trying to get some information to figure out if the contractor is lying to me or just incompetent (or if I'm unreasonable). We had a long delay of no ...
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Window exterior trim finishing

I'm looking to finish this window by adding a PVC trim. When putting the trim on, is it better to assemble ahead of time and put in as one, or assemble around the window in pieces? Is it better to ...
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Stem wall forming questions

I'm getting ready to build a new detached garage - excavator coming this weekend! After getting a few bids, I've decided I'm going to pour the footer & stem wall myself, and contract the flatwork....
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destroy a wall that is useless

I'm new to building or destroying things in that occasion. I have a wall that is not supporting the roof or any other part of the house. Removing that wall will help me build an extension of a room ...
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Plumbing in new shower

I'm trying to connect my new electric shower unit up. Unfortunately both the connections have threaded connections. I bought a straighter coupler but this seems to be the opposite of what I want. ...
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2 Bulb Chandelier not lighting up anymore

I have a 2 light bulb chandelier that recently stopped working. I thought it may be the bulbs so I put in new bulbs. Still not working. I then tried resetting the electrical breaker. Still not ...
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Window Replacement

I'm remodeling a home. The kitchen has a garden window I wish to replace. The walls are open from the inside, but we are "out of time" (for various reasons) to remove the exterior siding and install a ...
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Spray Painting Wood Plantation Blinds

I’m painting interior wood plantation blinds with a Graco TrueCoat Pro Fine Finish airless sprayer. The blinds were previously stained. I cleaned and spray primed them with BIN shellac based primer. ...
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Sealing inside of external brick wall

We've solid brick, external walls, about 10" thick, and have moisture seeping through. We have plaster on the walls which we'd like to take off to seal the walls inside, then replaster. So far our ...
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Building new shower, how can I control the flow of water to two different shower heads?

Similar to how you can control the flow of water between a tub faucet and a shower head, I'd like my new shower to control water between a rain-head shower from the ceiling and a handheld shower on ...
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Would my fridge be causing the 20amp gfci to trip

I recently bought a house and when I went to plug the fridge in it worked fine however the next morning. I wen to check on it and found that the circuit had been popped as well the ice machine was on ...
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Fixing Old Leaky Faucet - Handles won't budge

I've been tolerating a small leak for a while in our bathroom, but it's started to get bad enough that it needs fixing. While I was hoping I could just pop out the handles and replace an old O-ring ...
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How do I wire a modern wall sconce to a power source with 6 wires?

I bought a house that was built in the early 70's. I replaced a wall sconce which had the usual white, black and ground wire. The power source for the wall box has several wires; two white, two ...
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How do I attach compression fitting to copper pipe that is bent?

I need to replace a compression union on some copper pipe that runs to my water heater. I cut the pipe as close to the old union as I could, then tried to slide the compression fittings onto the pipe ...
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I need help identifying hot and neutral feed wires for sub panel installation

I am installing a sub panel in my garage this weekend. The previous owner had a subpanel in the same location, but when they moved they took the panel with them. The wires from the mains panel in ...
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Home cinema: Convert HDMI to HDMI + Audio

I have the following devices: Projector [HDMI] Sub Woofer [Stereo Audio] Media Center [HDMI] I need to split the output of the Media Center into HDMI for the Projector and Stereo Audio for the Sub ...
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Insulation and Vapor/Moisture concerns with a wood ceiling.

I have already removed the drywall in the ceiling so the rafters and bat insulation is currently visible. I plan to be adding plywood to the ceiling and then installing 1x6 boards on top of the ...
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Using indoor-only Xmas lights — in the outdoors, where they'll get wet

Imagine that you bought a few strings of incandescent Xmas lights. They are rated for indoor use only. The tag says not to use them outdoors. They aren't any cheaper than the outdoor-rated lights ...
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Structural Brackets instead of posts

Is there a calculation that is needed to figure the size of a structural bracket when replacing support post for brackets on a porch?
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Painting on old lime plaster

I have recently stripped the wallpaper off the hall internal walls. The house is old (Edwardian) so has lime plaster underneath which is in good condition. I would like to paint directly on to the ...
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Installing an air gap in a concrete countertop

I am remodeling my kitchen; pretty much all of the work except for installing a granite countertop. I am putting in a dishwasher (kitchen previously did not have one) and I would prefer to install an ...
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Is it safe for a CFL bulb in a ceiling fixture to touch the glass of the fixture itself?

My fixture is an old style one with a 2 1/2" clearance from the top edge of the fixture to the ceiling. Any advice? Concerned homeowner 47
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Can I use a zero-waste reverse osmosis filter with a water softener?

I have a zero-waste reverse osmosis system under my kitchen sink (a Watts ZRO-4 specifically, though there are other systems to which this applies) and my house is also pre-plumbed for a softener in ...
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Chimney crown repair - cover holes in bricks?

Getting ready to repair the chimney crown, using this Family Handyman article as a guide. On our chimney, there is a line of bricks around the crown that have exposed holes in them. The holes are ...
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What kind of expertise is required to install a gas fireplace log?

I already have a gas igniter for my fireplace and want to replace it with a gas log. While we do that, I'd like to also upgrade to whatever the latest safety features are for gas fireplaces. First, ...
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How to check if cabinets are wood or laminate

When i move in to my new home i will more than likely need to do touching up in the kitchen. How can i find if the cupboard doors are made from wood or laminated MDF?
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Kitchen sink leaks bad

I had to turn off the main water in the rental because the hot water in the tub would not turn off the plumber came out and fixed it but after he left i found that when i turned the water main back on ...
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Microwave door switch comparison

I have a built in Viking microwave that works but does not heat. I took it apart and tested the door switches and sure enough one of them is no good. My question is the following: the part listed ...
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How to make the doorframe not hideous

The frame of my front door looks, for lack of a better word, hideous: The holes in the frame itself aren't what concerns me--there was a security screen door there before, and I will probably ...

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