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What could cause my in-wall air conditioner to blow 3 power boards?

I've had my house for nearly two years, and suddenly my in-wall air conditioner stopped working. I replaced the main power board, and it worked again...for a week. I replaced the main power board ...
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Have an unused receptacle in the ceiling that used to have a fan. What is safe way to cap it?

I have an unused receptacle in the ceiling that used to have a fan attached. Now the wires are dangling out of the box (all are wire nutted to keep separate except the ground). If I go to and get a ...
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replacing a light switch with a dimmer

I am replacing a single 3 light track style fixture in our kitchen with an Ikea track that will better light the space. Opening the switch box up this afternoon I saw that the wiring is a little ...
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How can I cu a heart-shape out of wainscoating that has been nailed together?

I am in the process of trying to figure out how to cut out a heart shape from wainscoting that has been nailed together. I want to leave the nailed wainscoting in tact. What power tool should I use? ...
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Can I turn one set of twinkle lights into several by cutting the wire & adding new plugs?

I am working on a project for wedding reception lighting and would like to make several chandeliers using Christmas tree twinkle lights but the strands I have are way too long for one single ...
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Replacing a two prong outlet with a 3 prong/ 2 prong didnt have a grounding wire, can I replace them? [duplicate]

Can I just replace the socket with the 3 prong and not worry about grounding?
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rusty stains showing through a newly dried spackle

I noticed the wall by my balcony door was soft and sticking out, figured somehow there was moisture and possibly mold growing underneath the drywall lining. So I ripped that part out, scraped a ...
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How can I repair a Whirlpool top load washer that leaks during the spin cycles?

From bottom middle front. Continues dripping water after it stops and the tub is empty. Totally saturates 3 thick large bath towels.
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What is causing this air-conditioning unit to cool on cold days?

This is a temperature log from a reverse cycle air conditioning system that has run fine for getting on for 30 years. It has suddenly started to blast out cold air on days when it should be heating. ...
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Wall mount toilet mounting

We need to replace a wall mounted toilet. It is supported by four 1/2 inch bolts in a rectangular pattern around (presumably centered on) the outflow. The horizontal spacing is 9 inches, the ...
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Light sconces tripping circuit breaker

I recently installed two sconces in our kitchen to replace some old halogen lights with LED bulbs. The boxes had three (?!) White wires twisted together, two black wires twisted, and one red. I ...
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Do I need to suplimentary seal the joint between pavers and patio edge when that joint is used as a drain channel?

Initially I was looking for this: I was told that distributors do not sell this anymore because it is unsafe (tripping hazard). I am thinking about using the joint between my pavers and my edge to ...
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How to clarify and remove green tint to an in ground pool

I recently opened my in ground pool two weeks ago. The volume of the pool is approximately 20,000 gallons. The pool water has a greenish tint and the water appears cloudy. I have used a automatic ...
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Pergola with Corrugated roof sheet

I live in windsor, ontario Canada-- close to Detroit, MI I am trying to build the pergola with roof shown in the images... Currently all i have is the deck which is about 5 ft from the Ground up.I ...
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Replacing a few boards in a hardwood floor: sanding and refinishing?

I'm replacing a half dozen board ends in a hardwood floor due to water and carpenter ant damage. Each is about 4-6" long. I have the old boards cut and removed, and in fact I can slide the new boards ...
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What does “8(3)A” mean on a relay spec sheet?

In the specs for this heating controller (http://www.ecr-nederland.nl/files/lae_bediening_ac1-2w_en_de.pdf) the relays have a capacity of 8(3)A (top-right). What does this mean? 8A/3A?
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How can you stop dual pocket doors so they close in the center and do not come off the track

New pocket doors installed, but if you close the doors and maybe one is beyond the center, it comes off the track. What can be done to stop the doors in the center?
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Cabinet door opening on it's own, how do I adjust this type of hinge?

One of the cabinet doors in our kitchen is swinging open on it's own. You shut it and it slowly creeps back open. I've seen the hinges that allow you to adjust x/y axis angles but these only have ...
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1answer
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How are thermal (fire) barriers installed over foam insulation in a crawlspace?

I will soon be sealing my crawlspace with plastic sheeting across the floor and up the concrete walls. I plan on then adding rigid foam insulation. My reading of the Residential Code is that I will ...
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Well pipe leaking at where pipe comes to the house. (Images, Video)

so here's my problem here: Well pipe leaking - images Well pipe leaking - video ^ This was recorded march 28-th (so during spring thaw). Since it wasn't dripping since the spring - my ...
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How can I safely increase the size of a door bolt?

I live in an apartment right near the garage of the apartment. Every time someone comes in or out of the garage, the change in air pressure causes my door to slam a bit and it sounds like someone is ...
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How can I determine why my GE Monogram Wine reserve compressor is not working?

My GE Monogram Wine reserve compressor is not working. Lights and fan are working. Is there a thermal breaker on the somewhere on the compressor, or is it time to replace the compressor?
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768 views

What is “code” and what should a DIYer know about it?

I've heard people who work in construction and here on this site discuss "code", and when this happens someone sites a specific document such as the National Electrical Code or International Plumbing ...
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1answer
171 views

How can I cut cement sewer line to add cleanout?

I have a home built in 1950 with a cement sewer line. I have had to have the line cleared twice in the last two years. The last time they sent a camera down the line and the line seems root free with ...
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What is involved when replacing wood paneling with drywall?

In a forty-something year old home, I would like to freshen up a couple of rooms that still have wood paneling (and get rid of that "this room used to look fashionable in the 1970s" look). I would ...
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Fixing bike rack to breezeblock (cinderblock) wall?

I plan to attach at least 2, possibly 4 bike racks like this one to my garage wall. The wall is an exterior one, mostly breezeblock but with 2 brick pillars. I'm unsure if the breezeblocks are the ...
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Are toilets supposed to be caulked to the floor?

I've heard that in some cases toilets are supposed to be caulked to the floor. I replaced both toilets in the condo I moved into last week, and one was calked to the floor, and one was not. One ...
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How can I level a part of a concrete floor in preparation for installing a washing machine?

Whoever installed the existing washing machine in the basement was unable to extend one of the legs long enough to adjust for the slope in the concrete floor. So they took a piece of wood and stuck ...
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Treatment for a cedar picnic table to prevent water damage and color fading?

I built my first picnic table with 2x6 cedar boards and planning to put a few coats of Thomason Water Seal to protect it from water damage and turning gray. But I just saw even it does a good job to ...
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Will spray paint bleed through paint on new plaster walls?

I had kids come on the construction site and spray paint my bare plaster walls with graffiti!!! If I paint the walls now will it bleed through the paint? Do I have to take off the plaster and start ...
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Stove Knob adapter 8mm to 6mm?

My stove takes 6mm stove knobs but I bought 8mm stove knobs. Is there an adapter or something to make the 6mm shaft work with 8mm knobs?
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196 views

How should I wire my pool heat pump?

I am wiring a new heat pump 50,000 btu, 208-230v ~60 hz. Plaque says 12a running current, minimum 20a circuit, max 30a. My breaker panel for the pump is a sub panel running off the main with a 60a ...
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How do I attach a new Rain Sensor to my ancient Hydrotek sprinkler timer?

I am attaching a Toro RainSensor which has 1 red and 1 black wire to an old Hydrotek system. I am not sure where to put the wires. In the photos, the wires coming into the box from the left go to my ...
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Maxi Pad flushed down the toilet

I accidently flushed a rolled up maxi pad down the toilet 14 days ago at a friend's house while on vacation. We stayed at their house for 7 days and it was clogged with the pad the first day we stayed ...
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How do I fix a light switch timer?

I have some auto-light switches in my home. The one in the image below has nothing in the LCD display and is non-operational. How do I fix that? Manual operation does not work either. Below the ...
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106 views

Can dryer vent touch ABS pipe?

I am installing a dryer vent (using rigid aluminum vent). The vent will be running along the same path as a 1.5" ABS pipe (which is used as drain vent, so no water flows through it). Would it be a ...
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1answer
142 views

Diagnosing loud pool pump motor

The other day I noticed the pump motor for the pop-ups on our pool was louder than usual. There wasn't anything I could attribute this to such as the motor overheating, and the onset wasn't gradual - ...
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What has caused a concrete slab under a towel rail to erode?

I am in the process of replacing floor tiles with engineered wood in the kitchen of the house we're moving in to. However, lifting the tiles under where a towel rail had been installed we found a ...
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Can I put a UK 3 pin plug or use an adapter on a dishwasher I brought in South Africa?

can I put a UK 3 pin plug on a dishwasher I brought over from South Africa, or use an adapter? Thankyou for your help. Kind regards
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Dryer plug problem

I just got a new electric clothes dryer to replace a gas dryer. Unfortunately, I don't have an outlet that will fit the plug that came with the dryer. Can I just buy a adapter for it that can go from ...
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1answer
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What are these parts!

I have a generator with a briggs and stratton engine which kept dying on me. While trying to find out why, my neighbor helped me disassemble the carburetor. Finally, a week later a part arrived and I ...
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1answer
172 views

Question about electrical service for subpanel in pool house

I have a small existing pool house (built 1988) that has electrical service ran to it from the house distribution panel. Two breaker and two separate sets of wires go to the pool house, 240 single ...
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Anderson lock won't unlock

Installed a new Anderson storm door and the handle hardware was working fine until i went and put the face plate on the door jam. The door will now not unlock and i can't open the door at all. The ...
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1answer
164 views

How should I replace a 1.5 inch tread with 1 inch tread?

I plan on replacing the 2x10 treads on my basement stairs with 1 inch thick hardwood. This will make a one half inch gap at the top of the stairs where it meets the first floor landing. This seems ...
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1answer
343 views

Can I terminate my dryer vent next to my gas meter?

Background I want to move my electric dryer. This involves moving the exhaust vent. This question is about where I can safely terminate the vent duct on the exterior of my home. I already understand ...
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0answers
39 views

How to remove a sliding screen door wheel

I'm trying to remove one of the sliding screen door wheels. It seems to one of those that is U shaped. I've looked at various videos and usually you can use a needle nose pliers and it'll come out. ...
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1answer
65 views

How to test appliances for energy used

My energy bill is twice (at least) as high as the neighbors with similar sized homes. Of course the hydro co. thinks their meters are perfect. I want to find out if an appliance is consuming much ...
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1answer
125 views

How would I go about installing a prehung door in this opening?

I've got an actual opening of 35.5" in an opening between my basement and garage. I'd like to install a prehung door (first time), and am a bit confused about the width necessary for framing. My ...
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2answers
93 views

Is Armored (BX) cable considered to be protected from damage?

I want to install an outlet on my unfinished basement wall. I am assuming that it would fall under NFPA 70 300.4 as needing protection from physical damage. Is Armored (BX) cable considered to be ...
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How to map out downstream outlets for GFCI install

I live in an older home with 2 prong plugs. I want to update these with 3 prong. My plan is to put a GFCI at the first outlet in the circuit and then regular 3 prong outlets downstream from there. I ...

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