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Can I fish electrical down to the basement to add a new outlet?

I want to add an outlet behind my TV, and another in a nearby coat closet for the cable box. I don't have an outlet in a stud cavity below the TV so I need to fish one from ~6 feet over. I'd like to ...
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Need to Convert GCFI to Non GFCI outlets on generator

I have a gas powered electric start dewalt 7000 watt 240AMp generator with 4 GFCI outlets, the machine I need to run off the generator trips the breakers. Even when i run it off the factory provided ...
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Weatherizing wood window frame in masonry opening

If I have a masonry (brick) house and I will need to fit a 2xX window frame in it for a new window. Assuming that I use regular SPF 2x lumber, and use aluminum flashing around any part of it that ...
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LED lights strip quickly flashes and goes off

I've just recently constructed some cut to size RGB LED strips to fit around some shelves using T & L connectors. When I finished and connected the 12v adapter to turn them on, all the LEDs ...
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1answer
463 views

Adding exhaust fan to existing single light switch

I have added an exhaust fan in bathroom to an existing single light switch that operates one light. I'd like the switch to turn the light and the fan on together. The existing switch has one feed of ...
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1answer
58 views

Slotted Brass Screw Types

I'm building shelves into an alcove. They're mounted onto wooden battens that I've screwed into place with slotted, domed brass screws to get a 'retro' feel and for decorative appearance. To finish ...
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1answer
113 views

Rough-in pex line

I have plans of building a bathroom on the second floor next year. I am currently re-modelling the first floor and I would like to get the plumbing for the new bathroom in place so that I do not have ...
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1answer
73 views

How do I wire a gcfi outlet in this situation?

While attempting to rewire a duplex receptacle under my sink to power a garbage disposal and a dishwasher (half-switched), I ran into a problem. The existing receptacle only had 12-2 romex and ...
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367 views

how to fix drawer slides scaping against drawer?

I just built and installed four drawers into a bed frame I recently built. I was careful to keep everything square and parallel and the finished sides of the drawers as well as the cabinet where they ...
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1answer
83 views

Plastic shower pan about to crack. Any preventive measures to take before it is too late?

Recently our shower pan started to make really loud, cracking sounds when we step on it. I feel that it will crack, if we don't take any action. The paint has already come off slightly in the places ...
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28 views

Proper method to seal a heated crawl space

I have a heated crawlspace with a dirt floor. There are no vents, it is fully connected to the house, and currently has a pool liner and vapour barrier stretched over it, but it is not sealed. There ...
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2answers
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Wifi Thermostat to Reznor Garage Heater. No “C” wire connection on terminal strip

I just had a 75000 btu Reznor UDAP garage heater installed. Can I run a "C" wire for a smart thermostat if I don't have a C connection on the terminal strip? There is a C connection on the circuit ...
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1answer
114 views

Disassemble spring-assisted sash window

I know how to remove the sashes from an old-style counterweighted window. But some of the windows in my house appear to have spring cylinders to assist them instead, and they travel in a plastic track ...
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1answer
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How can I best salvage my 240V GFCI spa disconnect wiring?

Based on the answer to my recent question "How to wire a 240V disconnect panel for spa that does not require neutral", I need to run another wire from my main service panel to my spa disconnect panel ...
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Putting up old crown moldings

I live in an old house with crown moldings in each room. We took them down to replace a ceiling. When it's time to put them back, are there any tips that would help us so we don't damage the ...
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where to buy a 20 amp small round receptacle like the small round 15 amp sillite receptacle 1 3/4" diameter [closed]

my electrician has looked for a 20 amp small round receptacle to set into the false front of the wood sink cabinet to meet code so I can avoid having outlet in backsplash and (do not have uppers on ...
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2answers
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Need to install wood framing in a pipe filled wall to be able to hang shelving

I've got this wall, from which I've ripped off the drywall. The wall is 5' wide, 9' high. There's 4 flimsy metal studs and I'd like to install a few big sheets of plywood over those so I can put up 6 ...
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1answer
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Why does a USA/Canada surge-protected extension lead (110V) trip my circuit breakers in the UK (220V)?

I moved from Canada to the UK and for convenience I would like to use some of my Canadian aquired extension leads (for light power items such as ethernet switches). Problem is that the surge-...
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2answers
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Mysterious Timer

We just rented a place and there is this timer on the wall in the hallway. As far as I can tell it does absolutely nothing, any ideas what it is for? The timer is fairly close to our laundry closet, ...
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1answer
114 views

How to pump water from two cisterns with one pump

I live in Mexico where we get city water two or three times a week which is stored in our small cistern. I want to add a second cistern and use the same pump for both to send water to the house. The ...
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What is this heating thermostatic head connection called?

I want to purchase and install thermostatic head for heating radiator valve in my room but can't identify connection type. The radiator itself and valve don't have manufacturer name on it. What is ...
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1answer
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How to wire a 240V disconnect panel for spa that does not require neutral?

I'm wiring a 240V/60A hot tub which requires 3 conductors; one of these conductors is ground. No neutral is run to the tub. That said, I have a red, black, and green running to the hot tub from the ...
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1answer
51 views

How to determine level of rust inside air compressor chamber(s)?

I've had my Makita MAC2400 about 8 years now, used it mostly indoors for remodeling and some in my shed for auto repairs. I've never drained condensed water from the inside until a friend showed me ...
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2answers
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Screw is turning within wall plug and not tightening

In attempting to fix a toilet roll holder to a wall in my bathroom, the screw within the wall plug fails to tighten and grip the bracket. It does screw in but doesn't tighten against the wall. There ...
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0answers
29 views

Insulating attic - vapour barrier question

My girlfriend has her parents 61-year-old home in St. John's NL and it has an attic with poor ventilation and unfastened R-12 kraft-faced (and facing up) fibreglass laying on the original drywall. I ...
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1answer
32 views

Generator and auto transfer repair

I have a 100KW diesel generator with a 400amp ATS (Cummins) feeding a 400 amp service. It exercies once a week with load transfer it starts and transfers like it should however when it is time to flop ...
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0answers
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I want my fan to able to adjust up and down in an easy way

I have a fan and a double deck bed and I sleep at the top. http://imgur.com/a/Hsnk2 I want my fan to be able to adjust up and down in an easy way like while I'm lying I could just reach the rolling ...
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0answers
25 views

How do I insulate with a large airgap between the exterion wall and interior finished wall?

Because of the way the previous owner of my house had my basement rebuilt I am having to build all my finished interior walls at least 10 inches from the exterior wall. How will this air gap effect ...
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0answers
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gap in corner where back splash meets

we are putting in a vanity and the wall is not square so the back splash does not match up correctly and leaves a gap in the corner where the 2 pieces are to meet. The contractor tried to fill with ...
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1answer
138 views

Wired new outdoor sconce, won't turn on

I have two outdoor wall sconces, which are rusting and falling apart. I replaced ONE of them so far, and left the other as-is. The old one I replaced, there were two sets of wires coming out of the ...
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2answers
779 views

Is there a maximum length requirement for 3/4" liquidtight flexible nonmetallic conduit type-B?

My application is for installing a hot tub outdoors and I'm reading varying answers online, so thought I'd ask here to confirm.
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0answers
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GFI - Five Wires Plus Ground

Installing GFI. Five wires plus Ground in box. Two black, one white, two beige, one bare. One romex has a black and white. Black is hot. Another romex has one beige which is hot (from a red, black, ...
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2answers
288 views

Reasons for fridge light to go out other than bulb

I have a GE fridge that looks 10-15 years old. Recently, the light went out and I thought it was the bulb so I tried to replace it but it wasn't it. The fridge works fine other than that. What ...
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1answer
38 views

Installing dual fluorescent tube ballast electrical

I had removed a couple years ago a double fluorescent round tube light fixture. I want to install it back but am unsure which cables connect to the wall socket. I am guessing the white neutral with ...
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1answer
92 views

Are 2x4 rafters legal in Connecticut? 13 ft runs

so I bought a REO house and about to redo the roof above the garage. I've noticed that I need to replace some rafters. However - I'm seeing that rafter are 2x4... Is that code-legal? p.s. by 13 ft ...
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2answers
32 views

I do have a lot of ice and snow on the roof should I install an ice melting cables

I don't have ice damming but do have a lot of ice and snow on the roof should I install a ice melting cables?
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1answer
220 views

New thermostat wire: maximum number of wires?

Background: I'm upgrading from a failing ecobee smart thermostat to an ecobee3. The ecobee3 requires all wires for the components it controls to be run all the way to the thermostat (including ...
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0answers
76 views

What's so bad about single stack DWV systems?

We're in a region which allows single stack DWV installations in multi-storey buildings. In other words, a single large-diameter vertical pipe that serves as both discharge stack and vent for several ...
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0answers
76 views

Flashing LED down lights

Here's one for the master electricians. I just installed two new LED down lights and noticed this morning that when I turned them on they started flashing on-off at about a 1sec cycle. When I ...
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4answers
331 views

Add an electric socket to an existing light circuit (230v AC)

I have an existing single light controlled by a single switch in understair storgae space. Now I need an additional electric socket there as its an ideal location to power my security alarm. (No heavy ...
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1answer
98 views

How to unscrew this uncommon type of screw?

The staircase light next to my flat broke down and I would like to fix it. The ceiling lamp is pictured below: I have a problem with unscrewing the screw. The screw is of rather peculiar shape with ...
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2answers
423 views

What is the Pressure Number (PN) of Shedule 40 and Schedule 80 PVC Pipe?

Does anybody know the pressure number (PN) of schedule 40 and schedule 80 PVC pipe commonly sold in the United States and Canada? The PVC in my part of the world is classified by PN number, and I'd ...
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2answers
354 views

How can I make a bluish “white” LED less blue?

I recently bought this white LED reading lamp. I like it a lot, but the "white" light produced is significantly blue; I'll guess its color temperature is about 5000K. I've noticed that, when this is ...
2
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1answer
358 views

How do I seal the cracks between my asphalt driveway and my garage concrete slab?

I am not sure if this is an aesthetic problem or not. I suspect that if I do not fix the damage properly the water will continue to infiltrate the cracks and it will create larger problems in the ...
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1answer
45 views

I installed my cedar fence 2 months ago. Can I stain it next year?

This is a knotty cedar board fence. I did not have enough time to stain it this year. On top of that I plan to redo my deck next year in April-May. I would like to give the same stain. Is it too ...
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2answers
326 views

How can I run power from an end-of-run light switch to a second switch?

I currently have a ceiling light that has the power at the light. It is switched with a single pole and both white and black wires are connected to the switch. The white is hot. I take it there is no ...
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0answers
43 views

Cutting beam corners

I have a wardrobe in the room I use as a little office. The wardrobe is built in and I'm planning to make a frame with beams to fit half of the wardrobe as shelves. If you note the pic below, the ...
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0answers
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Help name or identify tap valve without rubber.

I have a leaking shower at home and decided to try and fix it today. When I opened the tap I found a small metal valve with no rubber on it at all. Instead it had a metal ridge around the edge. The ...
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2answers
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Why won't toilet flush after replacing wax ring?

OK, so I'm not a professional plumber but I've replaced many wax rings before. Toilet worked perfectly fine before until I noticed a little leak at bottom of toilet. I replaced the worn out wax ring. ...
2
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4answers
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Utility sink close to 220v dryer outlet

We would like to put in a utility sink in between our washer and dryer and the 220v dryer outlet is about 6" to the right and 6" below the top of the sink. I know code doesn't require GFCI for this, ...

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