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Digital Shower Mixer with diverter(s)

I'm trying to supply 3 outlets in a shower from ONE output of a digital mixer. I want to be able to control the flow to each of the outputs individually and balance them as I need. I've spoken to a ...
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Shower periodically loses hot water, and then the bath faucet will be scalding

I am in a 3 story apartment building with roughly 20 units. Periodically while taking a shower the water will suddenly lose heat and become ice cold. I chalked this up to lack of hot water coming ...
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Is sealing via tape necessary for knee wall foam board insulation.?

I have dramatically improved the ventilation and insulation situation in my house's knee wall attic space, but I have one concern. I nailed up foam board over the studs and fiberglass batts. Do the ...
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Remove tile, or not when changing from range vent to a microhood?

I have a tiled wall behind my electric range. Ceramic tile extends up to, but not behind, the existing Whirlpool non-vented range hood. I want to remove the range hood and replace it with a microhood. ...
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Can a laptop cause an AFCI to trip?

just stumbled onto this site and crossing my fingers that someone will be able to help. My problem is the tripping of an AFCI every 3/5 weeks when a 2nd TV is turned on. Sometimes soon afterwards, ...
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Running power from existing junction box on house for replacement shed which is a steel shipping container

Grey pvc already 18" underground. I have three #6 ready to pull. The junction box contains romex 2 blacks and 1 uninsulated all #6. The breaker from the main is 60 amps. Will have washer and dryer and ...
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What is the best method for short-term repair of composite wood siding?

My vertical composite siding is starting to pillow outwards on the bottoms. See LP siding. How can I seal it for a few years until I replace it with vinyl siding? Here is a photo from the web.
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What is causing the vibrations through my water pipes after flushing the toilet?

I am getting vibration through my pipes after flushing, it is also very slow & I am finding cement pellets at the bottom of the pan
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How much heat loss through bathroom fan vent?

My master bathroom did not previously have bathroom fan, but I installed one and have had wonderful results with keeping the steam from building up and exhausting the moist air. I am using both a fan ...
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Can rigid foam board have an air space between it and rim joist?

I am insulating my rim joists with 2" rigid foam board. Most of the rim joist is bare, and the foam fits along it nicely. Some sill boxes have some small irregularities (vent pipes, plumbing, etc) ...
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which layer of rigid foam should i caulk when insulating rim joist?

I am insulating my rim joists with rigid foam board in a manner similar to that described on the familyhandyman's website. I am considering adding a second layer of foam board to get closer to the ...
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Can I move second-floor duct-work from the floor to the attic

I have a two story home that sits on a slab. There is some duct work that runs through the slab. I have some duct work that runs through the ceilings of the first-floor and points towards the floor of ...
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How to fix a pedal bin into a kitchen cupboard as a swing-out bin?

I want to fix our pedal bin into the kitchen cupboard such that when the cupboard is opened, the bin will pivot out (preferably with lid open) - i.e. imitating a commercial product (just as a random ...
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Can I install wood stair treads over old Linoleum

Installing maple tread and riser kits into my bi-level home. The stairs currently have linoleum on them. The lino peals up easy leaving a the paper glue layer on the stairs. Can I install the solid ...
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How to fix a small ceiling corner?

I have a ceiling corner above the stairs that needs to be repaired. It was previously drywall on the vertical, and finished ceiling on the horizontal. We caused some damage early on that I covered ...
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Voltage issues in household circuit

I have a series of three household receptacles through which i am getting maybe 20 volts. All other receptacle in the room on other circuits have normal voltage. I replaced the breaker and tightened ...
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Tub hot water is fluxuating between hot and cold

Our bathtub just started behaving odd. It has worked fine until today. We have two handles, one hot the other cold. Even when we only turn the hot on without turning the cold on the water will ...
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No electricity going to thermostat

Our old thermostat is working but I want to change to a new one (nest thermostat). I have two exact HVAC unit at home. I change one it works but when I change the second one it doesn't work because ...
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I have a number of sagging drawers due to broken rear brackets on sliding drawers. Can anyone help me find replacement brackets (pictured below)?

I have reversed some that have broken on the bottom to the other side, which is a temporary fix. These brackets are not flush with the back wood panel but fit over a 1" x 1/2" strip. Any help with ...
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Hot Water Circulating System Problems

My hot water circulating system was installed in 2006. It has a dedicated return line from all faucets. I've been having trouble lately with the hot water, it turns cold at the faucet when the pump ...
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Is a PTHP an HVAC option for a super or well insulated structure?

Is a Packaged Terminal Heat Pump a good HVAC system for a structure that is super insulated or passively insulated assuming the unit is sized and fitted to meet the needs of the structure. There is ...
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How do I wire a pull cord ceiling switch?

I'm replacing the bathroom extractor fan switch with a new one (the pull cord no longer works) The new switch only has place for 4 wires - Neutral and Live (Supply and Feed) and the earth. I have 7 ...
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Hanging a shelf on a difficult wall

My mother's very small bathroom has one wall she could use to put a small, 3 shelf unit (weight 10 pounds). But when we went to install it, we discovered that there is a sheet metal vent approximately ...
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Is it safe to use a GU10 adapter in a E27 recessed fixture?

I've got some downlights in my kitchen that have an E27 socket and had E27 fluorescent bulbs in them: I generally dislike the light these put out and was looking to replace them with halogen spots. ...
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How can I support a desk without legs or brackets

I plan to build a floating desk with the following dimensions: 75"-79" long and 22"-24" deep. I plan to mount it to concrete wall(see Image). My Preferred material is MDF. The desk intended for use ...
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Combining two fan ducts into one vent

I have a bathroom vent. I just installed another similar vent in my closet and when I was in the attic I noticed the ducts from both are quite close next to each other. Both of them use 4" ducts and ...
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How can I get the supply line brass valve seat on Pfister tub/shower mixer valve to stop leaking?

The hot water supply line brass seat fitting leaks where it enters into the concave section of the Pfister mixer valve for a tub/shower faucet. I have cleaned both surfaces with emery cloth and wire ...
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Zones and setback thermostats

I've got a two-floor house, forced-hot-water and traditional radiators, with a thermostat and zone for each floor. I'm working from home at the moment, so the ground floor is set up to be "office ...
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Moving hot from cathedral ceiling to colder bedroom

My main living room has a 25 foot cathedral ceiling with a ceiling fan including a staircase going to the second story bedrooms. The thermostat is situated in this space. There is space to install a ...
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What type of chimney liner and vent pipe are required for a wood stove?

I am working to rehabilitate an old chimney for use by a wood stove. There will be approximately 18 ft from the wall chimney socket (this is probably not the correct name for it) to the chimney top ...
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How would I connect several speakers to an amplifier for multi room sound?

I would be happy if anyone can help me with the following project I wish to build : I have an old amplifier 4ohm impedance with A and B zones, support for mono and stereo and playing A and\or B. I ...
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How can I replace failing ballasts in recessed CFL housings if I don't have access to the attic?

I have a set of recessed CFL (4-pin) lights and a few of the ballasts are failing (CFLs fail to start randomly, even after replacing them with new sets). They are NHPSIC-626ELAT, CFL (4-pin) ...
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How can I secure wire fished between two plastic switch boxes?

I have two light switches in two separate plastic switch boxes. The upper box controls the motor of a fan, and the bottom switch controls some outlets. I want to change the wiring so that the bottom ...
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Why won't my deadbolt unlock and how can I fix it?

We've got a deadbolt that decided to stop working today. When we turn with either the key (outside) or the lever (inside), the deadbolt moves about 1/2", but no more. It does not retract all the way ...
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Why do my Christmas lights have a white polyester filament inside the thin rubber wire?

I have a pre-lit incandescent Christmas tree that was attacked by my cat. I'm trying to splice the wires back together. My string of lights has a "thick" rubber wire (16 gauge) and a "thin" rubber ...
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Are there any ductless mini split systems that offer standard HVAC wiring controls?

Have been looking for in the US a ductless mini split heat pump system something like the Mitsubishi Electric Mr. Slim that uses a non proprietary wiring scheme for its wall mounted thermostats. ...
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Is Roof De-Icing Cable good for the roof?

Is heat tape or Roof De-Icing Cable good for the roof?
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Why is my hot water baseboard heater not heating?

I have classic cast iron radiators in my house and then one "modern" one pictured below. It was installed in the 80s from what I know. It doesn't seem to produce much heat at all. It is properly ...
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Sump pump & ejector pump: can I (and should I) change single dedicated non-GFCI receptacle to a dual receptacle GFCI?

Moved into a new home about 6 months ago which had been gut rehabbed. Our mechanical room has 2 pits, one for the sump pump and another for the ejector pump. I was planning on installing a ...
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Is it possible to move a front door?

My family just moved into a new house and it's awkwardly laid out. We are planning on moving in another year or two and we want to fix up the house enough to profit from it, but to also make it as ...
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With no load on a circuit, I measure approx 15volts [duplicate]

I picked off 120v from an outlet (parallel) to power a dual switch that inturn will switch on a light and the other to switch on a bathrom fan using a 3/12 with grnd. The circuit is connected through ...
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Is there anything special needed to cut out a section of carpet?

I am cutting out a section of carpet as I expand my entryway, and I want to ensure it's held down properly. I am putting a 4' high wall up where the double red line is, and cutting out that section ...
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Should I be worried about tears in my foundation wrap?

I recently moved into a newly built house in an area still in construction. My house was completed before my immediate neighbours. While they were excavating, they took large chunks of our foundation ...
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Wiring light switch with neutral (Z-wave)

I am trying to see whether or not I satisfy conditions to buy Linear WD500Z-1 Z-Wave 500-watt Wall Mount Dimmer Switch. Here is the picture of wiring I currently have: Just to provide more ...
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why does my house have a 4 inch vent stack going out the front?

I have a vent pipe that goes out the front of the house(just above the foundation)it goes down into the drain under the flooring in the basement.I have my plumbing vented already. I do have one toilet ...
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How do I safely install a mirror on an Ikea Besta door?

I have a Besta unit for shoe storage. It makes sense for us to put a mirror in that room, and the door seems a good spot. The door itself is about 25" x 50". Standard Ikea Tofta pressboard door with ...
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Why does my whirlpool ice maker make ice, quit for several weeks, then start again?

I have a Whirpool side-by-side with an in door ice dispensing system. I have been having an issue with the ice maker for some time now. I thought the ice maker was defective because it would make ...
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Bathroom fan/light switch with outlet

I have a switch in my bathroom that controls both the fan and the light, and also has an outlet. Can I get anything that has two switches (one for the light and fan) and also not lose the outlet ...
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Toaster oven makes my kitchen lights flicker

Today, I got a new toaster oven. When it's heating, my kitchen lights (plugged into an adjacent outlet) flicker/pulse. What can I do to reduce the flickering? If I get a power conditioner, can I put ...

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