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why is my led bulb running dim?

I have five LED bulbs outdoors near the Twin Cities in Minnesota, all of the same brand (Feit 800 lumens, if that matters), which have been installed somewhere around mid-summer 2013. We don't have ...
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180 views

Can I insulate PEX pipe in a crawlspace with fiberglass insulation?

I have PEX pipe hung under the floor joists in my crawl space. I am inclined to cut fiberglass wall insulation R-14 into strips and run it under the pipe.That will encase it as the floors are well ...
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2answers
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Kohler One Piece Toilet plumbing

I have a Kohler one piece, low-profile toilet - not sure of model (came with house which we have owned for 18 yrs). While investigating why there is always a faint urine smell coming from the bowl, I ...
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198 views

Can new grout be layered on top of old grout?

I had a shower updated by a professional contractor. He removed all the old tile and floor pan. There are several areas I'm concerned about. There are gaps all across the tiles. There are spots ...
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led bulb strobing without power [duplicate]

Why do led light bulbs act like strobes in line of six lights, without power from switch. Unless there is one incandescent light in circuit. Take that one out of circuit and they strobe even with ...
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1answer
198 views

Why would two regular outlets stop working after I replaced GFCI outlets?

I replaced to gfci outlets and they are working fine, but two outlets on the same wall that are regular stopped working and are not receiving electricity. I checked and checked to see if I did the ...
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170 views

What can I do about this deteriorating staircase?

The side entrance stairs to my home are deteriorating. They appear to be several different patches, coats and possibly capped concrete. I have a temporary fix lined up to make it safe for travel. My ...
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93 views

Why does my 2 bulb fixture have 40 volts going to it when a bulb is removed?

When second bulb is removed in the fixture in the off position, the remaining bulb lights dim (fixture switch still off) and the socket that is bulb less reads 40 volts, when replacing the bulb both ...
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178 views

hanging closet bypass doors

I want to hang bypass doors in the closets. The finished opening is 48". Do I use 2 24" doors and leave gap on each end or do I use a 24 and a 26 for the overlap so they look even, or 2 26ers
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How to replace a line voltage thermostat with a low voltage one? [duplicate]

I have one of those round mechanical knob thermostats (line voltage). I would like to replace it with a wireless thermostat which is controllable from an Android phone. It seems those thermostats are ...
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362 views

Delay when powering LED light strip

I made a "shop lamp" out of an LED strip and power supply. When I plug it in there is a 1-2 second delay before the lights are powered up. Do some transformers have a shorter delay than others?
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What should I realistically expect after having my floors professionally refinished?

We recently bought a house that has white oak hardwood floors. The floors looked decent in some places, while others were REALLY scratched. I don't even know how someone would scratch them that bad. ...
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How to cut aluminium chequer plate (with a jigsaw)?

I have a nice sheet aly I bought for my project. It is 2.5~mm chequer plate that needs to be cut into 7 pieces (straight across the sheet, no curves needed), and I tried to cut it with a metal blade ...
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Leaking Humidifier

We have a Honeywell whole-house humidifier attached to the duct directly above the heating element/electronics of our furnace. A few possible pertinent facts: The water intake is attached via a ...
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294 views

Need a new roof but have2 gable ends and no overhang for soffit vents

I have about a 1400 square foot roof with a 6/12 pitch. The house was built in the 50's and there are no soffit vents, but there are 2 Gable ends. I need to have a new roof installed and am adding a ...
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1answer
104 views

How to fix hole in yard with/from burst irrigation pipe?

I had the end cap crack on a 2" irrigation line buried 1-2' underground. It sprayed downwards, clearing away 2' of dirt vertically (3-4' total downward now). I found an area about 3-4' away from this ...
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Connecting LED strips, Which plugs?

I want to make a LEDstrip(RGB, 300 LED, 3528, 5 meter) At the back of my 40 inch television. But I have some struggles finding out what I need for that. I have found this strip: LED Strip And I ...
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1answer
41 views

How to prevent DIY Activated carbon from throwing a layer of scum on top of water?

I cook regularly on a wood stove. Lately it occurred to me that I could also dump a sealed container into the flames to make activated carbon ... which I did. To test the carbon I dumped some iodine ...
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1answer
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how do i replace a fence post that was also used as a deck footing?

So I removed the old broken 4x4 post that was for the fence and deck. I have the deck sitting on stone slab after I held it up with a jack. It had two bolts that I had to cut out that are still in ...
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688 views

How should I store my new Torx screwdriver set?

I recently bought a 12-piece Wifa Torx screwdriver set, but am not sure how to store it. At first I thought of making a case, but that could be a lot of work and it would have to be deep, like 16 ...
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1answer
383 views

What is best caulk for a 3/8“ wide X 1” deep gap between a shower floor and wall?

I planned to use Loctite Polyseamseal with a backer rod. I called Loctite tech support and they advised against it in that Polyseamseal won't hold up in a standing water situation. That surprised ...
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58 views

Recirculation pump seems to be working, yet no detectable heat on return pipe

Our two-story-on-a-slab house has uninsulated copper pipes, including a recirculation return pipe to a tee on the water heater drain. In past years, the recirculation seemed to give us hot water ...
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lost voltage to outdoor light fixture

have an out door motion decter light suddenly w/o voltage to fixture. I traced romex from mdl to an in ceiling down light in laundry room. down light works fine, switches on and off. am I shooting the ...
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682 views

Do I have to GFCI protect a range plug if it's within 6 feet of a sink?

I am installing a range plug within 6 feet of a sink, do I need a GFCI? I do not have a 2014 NEC code book so I don't know if the code has changed. It has not been required in the past but things can ...
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1answer
64 views

Thermocouple with a built in safety overtemp disc verses a standard universal T/C?

My water heater has a thermocouple with an in line overtemp disc stamped 190. The pilot will not stay on after holding the gas valve's pilot start button. So, i assumed like every other water heater i ...
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1answer
919 views

How to turn off all power to the electric panel?

What if I want to run all new wiring in my house and also replace a panel. Is there a way to disconnect main line somehow before it comes to the panel?
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2answers
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Combining Air Conditioner with Air Purifier

I have a small 5th floor flat, with high ceilings. The sash windows, which are tall, face south. There is a very busy road underneath the windows. Two rooms have these windows. It's noticeable that I ...
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2answers
66 views

What is the right type of contractor to fix slightly damaged house siding corner

Sorry if I'm using incorrect terminology. A car slightly damaged a corner of the house siding and I'm not sure what type of contractor should take a look into that. I need to make sure that it's ...
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1answer
219 views

How to get fresh air to flat without letting noise in

My flat is at 4th floor just next to very noisy street (cars/trams); above my flat there's only roof (no other floors or attic). I have problems with fresh air inside because I try to keep my windows ...
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70 views

How to fight with mold on wall and ceiling connection on last floor

I live in a 4 store old (from about 1930's) building. Occasionally (in autumn, winter or spring) all gable walls have mold/mould/fungus in the wall and ceiling connection. Under my flat there's only ...
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1answer
122 views

Projector mounting location to reduce noise

With my desired screen size, the placement of my desired projector (Optome HD141X) is right above my head (approx. 1m far as the seating is elevated in the room). I am a projector novice and thus I ...
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1answer
78 views

What is a good adjustable ring hook for attaching resistance bands?

I would like to have an adjustable ring on the wall for attaching ropes and other things. My gym has such a thing, but I can't find it online and could really use some help. Below is an image of the ...
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1answer
506 views

Should the oven heating coil stay on the whol time you are baking?

We have a Frigidaire electric stove. Should the oven heating coil stay on the whole time we are cooking? For example, turn the oven to 350 for 30 minutes. Coil turns red, then goes to black, theb back ...
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69 views

Replacing vertical picture windows

My rancher has several large single pane picture windows oriented vertically along the south and east sides of our house. All have storm windows that do a great job insulating from noise but the whole ...
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183 views

Connecting dryer vent in new window

We just had some old windows replaced with glass block in the basement. The installers added a window with an attachment to vent the clothes dryer but, of course, it's different to the one in the old ...
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0answers
282 views

Vaillant ecotec 28 boiler pressure problem

I have a Vaillant ecotec pro 28 boiler and the pressure is too high when the heating or hot water is on. It flashes at between 3.2 and 4 bar. After searching online the suggestions were to vent any ...
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1k views

Ceiling lights running dim

I have a persistent problem with the upstairs ceiling lights in my house where they often run dim for a while and then return to full brightness a few seconds later (at most 1 minute). Sometimes ...
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1answer
218 views

Is it okay for wires at the C terminal to touch?

I just purchased the Honeywell wifi thermostat but my existing thermostat does not have a C wire. So the instructions given suggest using the G wire as the C wire and at the furnace to move the G ...
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1answer
57 views

What could be causing this strange behavior of a branch circuit?

My uncle lives in an older house with crazy wiring. The kitchen lights, microwave, most receptacles and fridge stopped working yesterday for 4 hours. Then they came back on with us doing nothing. Well ...
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2answers
649 views

deck railing height with built-in benches?

If a deck (more than 30" off the ground) has a row of benches built-in to the perimeter, do the guard rails need to be measured from the height of the bench? I've been reading building codes they all ...
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2answers
2k views

Fast *safe* way to add an outdoor light

I want to add an outdoor light or two on an exterior wall that has no lights. (I'm about to get a puppy and have a door out from my bedroom that has no lights. Since I live in the mountains and have ...
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0answers
30 views

Water heater inlet leak

I just installed a new water heater and something I noticed has bugging me so I thought I would ask. When I installed the heater I obviously closed the inlet gate valve but when I disconnected the ...
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4answers
138 views

What is this kind bracket called?

I am looking for a bracket that will attach a 2x2 support to the underside of a bed. The support needs to be attached to the headboard and footboard with this bracket at each end. What is this called ...
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2answers
3k views

How to tighten a door handle with no visible screws or holes

I'm trying to figure out how to tighten the handle on the front door of a new condo unit. I've done a bunch of googling and watched some YouTube videos, but they all either have 1) visible screws, 2) ...
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1answer
510 views

How can I convert 4 ft fluorescent tube fixture to be used as a plug in fixtures?

So I purchased four overhead 4 foot fluorescent tube fixtures and my plan is to re-wire so that I can plug them into a wall. Would it make sense to run them in (Series)? (I believe that is the ...
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2answers
4k views

If our Panasonic microwave shuts off after 2 seconds, is it likely a door latch or magnetron issue?

Need some help with our Panasonic Inverter NN-SD681S. Very light use and in perfect condition except that it suddenly started shutting off after 2 seconds. All other functions are fine (lights/power ...
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245 views

Low-slope roofing

I bought a house a year ago and the section above the mudroom started leaking, so I had to tarp it. I am looking to reroof / roof-over the entire thing later this year, and I've done some research and ...
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1answer
226 views

How should I run electrical wire perpendicular to exposed joists in my basement?

I have some questions in regards to running electrical in an exposed, unfinished basement environment. I understand that wire running parallel to floor joists should be at least 1.25" above the bottom ...
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1answer
68 views

Grounding a sub panel in separate building

There are many posts everywhere about this, but I'm still not clear on one thing. I have a separate building about 90 feet from the house where a buried 10-2 UF cable (2 conductors and a ground wire) ...
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0answers
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Should vented soffits be used under a second floor room?

My 2nd floor bedroom and bathroom is over our garage and extends 1 foot out in front. The soffit used there is all ventilated. To prevent the bathroom pipes from freezing, the previous owner cut ...

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