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Can I use conduit to ground an antenna?

I have an HD antenna mounted to a storage shed, not even as high as the house roof. It's close to where the electrical service enters the house. There's no ground rod in sight. (House built in 1971.) ...
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how critical are distances between studs?

I'm in the process of finishing my basement (east-central Minnesota, US). So far, I've put up a couple of wood stud walls... non-load bearing, simple partition walls. One one of these walls, the ...
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after sealing the chimney, fireplace still not insulated

I found a way to use a large chimney balloon and pretty much block all downdraft. Sadly, the fireplace and hearth are still very cold, and it sucks heat out of the surrounding floor too. Perhaps the ...
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578 views

How would I go about building a movable-arm keyboard & mouse tray?

Strain injuries are the blight of the programmer. I've just ordered an ergonomic desk chair. However, if I am sitting back with my keyboard/mouse on my desk, I think this is going to still cause ...
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Coast 3-way — does this conform with Code?

For those who aren't familiar, the California or Coast 3-way switching arrangement is a method of wiring a three-way switch circuit that is used when both a switched and an unswitched hot are desired ...
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Should I proactively replace old GFCI outlets?

The way I understand this page about GFCI outlets: (a) GFCI outlets can fail after about 10 years, making them unable to detect faults, (b) when outlets made after 2006 fail, they shut off power ...
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Problems with GFCI outlets recently installed

I had 3 GFCI outlets installed recently in my home in by a contractor and now have some lights that do not work at all. The contractor put one in my kitchen, one in my 2nd floor bathroom and one in ...
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switching half an outlet

gregmac's terrific, detailed replies here prompt a question for me. I have a switch mid-circuit that will control half of the next outlet downstream. There is one more outlet after that one, and it's ...
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Can a gas safety check be carried out when the boiler will not light?

My gas safety check is due and my landlord has said it has to be done on Saturday I've had issues with the boiler not lighting for a long time, but usually if it is left for a while it will ...
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Does a plumbing vent need to penetrate the roof? (Can it penetrate a wall?)

We're going to move our washer/dryer to the garage (the front loader needs to sit on concrete to keep it from shaking our house to the ground). I'll need to add a washer drain to the garage for the ...
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Which is better: UPS or Voltage stablizer in terms of power fluctuations

I am renovating my showroom and, already having a old voltage stablizer, my question is which is better: UPS or voltage stablizer, in terms of voltage fluctuations?
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How can I salvage the walls after painting over wallpaper?

So I moved into our house and the lady before me had faux finished the walls. I used latex paint and painted over everything. Ah, a fresh coat of paint.... NOPE! Well, she had painted over wallpaper ...
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Does adding a disconnect box below the meter mean that my service panel is now a subpanel?

I don't understand the bonding at my main disconnect. My problem is that my main panel in the house was wired OK with the neutral bonded to ground. The power company added a disconnect box below the ...
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How do I reduce the noise from my forced air furnace?

We recently had a new forced air furnace and return installed. The unit works great, but the return (which is in an adjacent closet to the furnace closet) is quite loud. What are some solutions I can ...
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460 views

Would it make sense to have a bathroom without a sink?

I had this idea to maximize the amount of space in my small bathroom, to redo it and the kitchen in one go, put the kitchen sink next to the bathroom, and skip the bathroom sink. A quick internet ...
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1answer
264 views

Receptacle connection with aluminum wiring?

I recently purchased a home that has some aluminum wiring. The previous owner decided to "upgrade" the receptacles to make it "safer" for me and my family; these changes were made after the general ...
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Vermont Castings propane stove flame is normal then “explodes” then goes back to normal

My Vermont Castings Propane stove was working fine yesterday. Today when it goes on, the flame is fine, then it bursts to a large flame for a second and then returns to the normal flame. Then it ...
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1answer
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can I combine electrical cords and their dimmeers?

I have three identical floor lamps grouped together. Each came with its own cord and slide dimmer on the cord. I would like to combine the three cords and have them all run on the same in cord ...
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533 views

Why do fire extinguishers lose pressure over time?

We have a lot of fire extinguishers we're using in our company, and I'm wondering why fire extinguishers become depressurized even they're not being used, just on standby. I want to know why it's ...
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Does there exist such a thing as mini-scaffold?

I'm looking to create an anti-RSI workstation. Something like: (only that particular one happens to be a scam called NEThrone) Only what I have in mind is hacking together something using maybe a ...
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190 views

Will dark gutters stay ice free better than light colored gutters?

There is a good answer at the related question What are the pros and cons of installing a roof heating cable? about ice dams and such. I have a dark colored roof and I have dark colored leaf covers ...
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Toaster and Kettle cause my green power board to trigger

I had my computer connected to a green power board. The computer itself is on the master port and the screen, speakers, etc are on the slave ports. When the master port drops below 5 W, ie. when the ...
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Should both the fans on my range hood be blowing in the same direction?

I have a TurboAir K801 Twin range hood installed in kitchen. It has two fans, right one blows in and left blows out. Is it by design? Can I make both of fans to blow out as the unit is vented to the ...
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1answer
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dripping water from the shower area

Just moved into our new rented apartment and having trouble keeping the water from dripping out the bath tub area. the side of the shower curtain that is closer to the shower head is okay as we have ...
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181 views

Why won't my outdoor patio propane heater light?

No propane is coming out and we did replace the valve from the tank. Any idea why it will not light?
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1answer
42 views

where can I send a backyard soil sample for lead testing?

Does anyone have links for a lead soil testing lab? I live in Oakland California in an old house that certainly had/has lead paint. I'm concerned about possible lead levels in the backyard soil. ...
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1answer
78 views

Second floor radiators only heat with all other radiators off

I have 2 rads on the second floor that will get hot water flow only when I stop all flow to the other rads on the system. Even then, the flow is very low. I have had this system for 10 years and ...
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3answers
605 views

Want to add outlet to bathroom

I have a bathroom with only a light switch and no outlets. The wiring is old so there are no ground wires. Can I put an outlet on that circuit and if so, should it be a GFCI?
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1answer
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Can I use a jumper from existing light switch to get power to 5 new lights?

I want to add 5 ceiling can lights. Can i use a jumper wire to jump from existing light switch to get power to new switch for can lights?
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Buying used heat pump/AC

I'm planning to buy and install a used heat pump/AC at some point in the near future (probably looking for sellers on Craigslist or similar), and want to know what I should look for to know if the ...
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2answers
185 views

Will a Toto Eco-Drake toilet with a 12“ rough-in fit my 10.75” rough-in?

My bathroom has a 10 3/4" rough-in and the currently-installed toilet needs to be replaced. Some research has let me to learn that the Toto Eco-Drake line of toilets that specify 12" rough-ins can be ...
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3answers
281 views

Ramp for a tool shed

I need to build a ramp into a shed to roll carts in and out. It has to be removable. Door opening is 50", rise is 10" and I have 48" of space in front of the shed. Max weight on the ramp at one time ...
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321 views

How to prevent concrete roof from Absorbing water

It's winter again and rainwater still collects on my flat roof due to it's bad tilt, Because of that the concrete absorbs a lot of that water into the second floors roof and it's really visible on the ...
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Will this switch work for a lamp? [closed]

I'm building a custom desk lamp and was thinking of doing something "different" or "fun" for the switch. The lamp will look something like this with a few tweaks. The lamp will be used in the US. ...
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2answers
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Difference between 36 and 42db of noise isolation?

I do want to install various soundproofing improvements in an apartment, but when equipment and materials indicate the level of isolation, I really cannot judge at all the difference between them. I ...
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0answers
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laminated flooring vs OSB

I'm considering the option of using OSB(10mm+ thick) in stead of laminated flooring, the floor is currently just concrete, on top of which there's linoleum on top of which there's a carpet. What I'm ...
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How should I secure electrical wire to a cinderblock wall in a crawl space?

I just purchased a house that was built around 1995 and has a cinderblock foundation that is exposed under the deck. There is a detached workshop that is about 100ft from the house that gets its ...
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1answer
310 views

How do I make a remote controlled fan turn on with the light switch?

I have installed the fan, the remote works perfectly but when you turn the light switch on the fan does not light up you have to find the remote and use that to turn on the light Help???
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1answer
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How do you replace existing wires behind walls

Existing wiring installed in walls. May or may not be stapled. Some of it is stapled with newer plastic staples, older runs with metal staples. I've had varied success with this by twisting and taping ...
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Ceiling fan lights flicker with fan off, but go to normal with fan on

Just bought an Allen Roth ceiling fan from Lowes the other day. The fan runs fine. When I have the just the lights on they flicker very rapidly. When I turn the fan and the lights on, the fan and ...
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1answer
103 views

Wood Stove Chiminey Clearance

How much clearance do I need between a wood stove chiminey and the living room wall? I want to install an antique pot belly stove in the corner of my living room. I'm thinking of attaching concrete ...
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3answers
2k views

How to close gaps between laminate floorboards

I have a laminate "click together" flooring and some of the board have separated. If I kick my foot on some of the boards, I can scooch some of them together. However, its not very effective. Is ...
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2answers
358 views

How to lay of underlayment for a cedar shingle roof

I am planning on re-rroofing a tool shed with cedar shingles. I always thought it would be a simple job of laying the #15 underlayment (tar paper) over the sheathing (or 1 x 3s) in overlapping layers ...
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Which type of weather stripping is best for keeping smoke out of my house?

I'm currently in process of figuring out what I can do to prevent my neighbor's cigarette smoke from entering my home (I'm open to any recommendations). One measure I am taking is weatherproofing my ...
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1answer
79 views

How do I remove mildew from walls and ceilings?

My bathroom has some mildew on the walls and ceilings, and I desperately want to get rid of it. How can I remove it?
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1answer
83 views

Should my chimney cooker hood have a flue?

I have a chimney-style cooker hood over my hob. Today I removed the cover from the chimney, expecting there to be a flue behind it going outside the building, but there wasn't. Does this mean that ...
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1answer
548 views

What is the correct procedure to turn a 10“ rough-in toilet drain into a 12” rough-in drain when the drain goes through a slab-on-grade?

I need to replace a leaking toilet, but the distance from the drain to the wall is about 10.75". The selection of toilets that I'm finding in the 10" rough-in range is pretty pathetic and overpriced, ...
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2answers
228 views

What reasons are there to rewire an ungrounded circuit instead of adding GFCI protection?

The NEC allows replacing non-grounding-type (2-prong) receptacles with grounding-type (3-prong) receptacles by adding GFCI protection at the breaker or first outlet. What reasons might there be for ...
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2answers
679 views

Is there any risk of running both the fan and furnace at the same time?

I am attempting to build my own thermostat using an arduino and a few relays and have been trying to map the appropriate wires so I don't damage my furnace/AC unit. This is a picture of my ...
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2answers
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Can I use a three wire cable to feed a whirlpool tub?

If I'm required to add 2 dedicated GFCI circuits for a whirlpool tub and inline heater, can I run 3 wire cable (red,black,white,ground) or do I need 2-2 wire cables?

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