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How do I know if I will drill into a hole in a wall that was already made?

I drilled 2 large holes for mounting a flat screen in the bedroom. One hole is in a wood stud and the other is a metal stud. I will be renting out our apartment and will be taking the TV down and ...
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insulation below fireplace

I was removing wood paneling in the basement to fix some seepage cracks and I noticed a huge space that was un-insulated. This spot had some pipes running through it and it runs right underneath the ...
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How to fix a pinhole leak in water main inside my house?

I came home last night to find water on my basement floor. After looking around, I located a pinhole leak on the short segment of pipe coming into the house from the street. This is the one foot of ...
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2answers
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Could power fluctuations have killed my refrigerator?

Bought a house (built in 1937) recently. When the clothes washer runs (particularly, when it agitates), lights in the house flicker. I've read in numerous places online that this is possibly due to ...
2
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1answer
50 views

Wiring multiple switches off 1 load wire

How do I wire a three way switch and a single pole switch off of 1 load wire?
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What size wire do I need for a 100amp underground 300 ft run?

I want to put in a 100amp subpanel in my garage. The run will be underground and 300ft long. I have a Siemens panel with breakers rated at 60/75 deg C. What is the proper wire size I need? I was ...
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1answer
39 views

What to do about hot neutral in switch?

The light switch only controls a ceiling fixture. But, the cable powering the switch also powers 2 grounded outlets. The neutral wire on the switch is live/hot. The black wire is not. Right now all ...
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Water Problems please help! [on hold]

So my water is dripping from both my shower and my kitchen sink even though it's off and I'm wondering how much will the water bill be? Will they still charge me even though its off? Help!
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1answer
23 views

Tracing TV cable path in wall

I have a weak signal at the TV cable that the cable company thinks is the source cable for the condo, but they are not sure. I would like to trace the path of this cable in the wall to see if there is ...
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1answer
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What could be causing water to back up into my bathroom basin?

out of the blue, water just started pumping out of my bathroom basin drain flowing over the counter top onto the floor - nothing had been turned - this is a highrise condo I'm on the 3rd floor - ...
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2answers
258 views

How do I change which half of a receptacle is controlled by a wall switch?

I have a switched outlet in a bedroom. The top receptacle is controlled by a wall switch while the bottom is always hot. Can I make it so the top is always hot and the bottom is switched by just ...
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1answer
32 views

Can I install a Honeywell WIFI Thermostat?

I have done quite a bit of research and have not been able to find an answer I am looking for. I currently have a manual digital thermostat that is not programmable made by Braeburn. My system is a ...
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0answers
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Can two ground rods be bonded via a PVC conduit above ground?

According to my understanding, if a supplementary ground rod is installed, it must be bonded to the existing rod via a buried 6 AWG cable (NFPA 70). However, because virtually every side of my house ...
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0answers
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Connect Taco Radiator system to a new Honeywell wireless thermostat

I have a Taco model 572 valve connected to an existing wired Honeywell TH8110 thermostat for my oil fueled radiator system. I'm getting a new Honeywell TH6320 wireless thermostat for a new A/C ...
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2answers
56 views

Extremely long dryer vent line, non efficient dryer

my house is older, and my Dryer vent line runs the length of my house, which is approximately 30 feet. I am constantly sucking water out of my vent line. My new dryer still takes forever to dry ...
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1answer
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Insulated radiator foil

I'm concerned that the insulation/ cardboard foil that's behind my recessed radiator is asbestos. My house was built in 1960. Does anyone know if they made that stuff with asbestos? Before purchasing ...
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0answers
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What periodically stops the hot water from coming on in bath sink?

I noticed that the hot water in bath faucet sometimes doesn't come on in the evening. This also effects the tub. If the hot is not working in the bath sink, no water in the tub unless the valve is ...
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1answer
33 views

Merge 2 water line to increase pressure

We have 2 water meters on our property; one for the main house and another for the guest house. We sometimes experience a drop in pressure if we use both showers plus any other fixtures at the same ...
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1answer
40 views

Unplugging Alarm System

The house I am had an alarm system put in when the house was being built. The previous owners of our house used it but we haven't and all its been is a pain in the butt. Before it would beep when ...
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2answers
47 views

Is it okay to drill a ground rod through pavement?

All the sides of my house are paved, and I need to drive a new ground rod for an antenna. Would it be against code (NEC) to drill a hole in the concrete to pound in a ground rod? Bonus question: How ...
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2answers
34 views

How far does a ground rod need to be from the foundataion?

I need to ground an antenna strapped to my chimney, which requires hammering in a new ground rod. However, the entire side of my house is paved, meaning I can't dig it up to find the foundation ...
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1answer
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How do I stop the second floor of my house from being so hot in the summer and so cold in the winter

I have a window AC upstairs in the summer but it is not enough I can fell the heat coming off of the ceiling in the summer and in the winter it is way to cold that my kids have to sleep downstairs ...
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0answers
47 views

How to know that new appliance won't trip the circuit?

I'm buying new appliances and want to make sure I won't trip the circuit. MW/convection is 950 W, 1750 W and 900W for three different functions. There is 20 Amp circuit for that. the new stove ...
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1answer
29 views

Create opening in existing wall [on hold]

I have a wall that is over the stairs and on the one side is a family room and on the wall where I want to cut out a large section is a dining room. Due to the configuration when I create the ...
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2answers
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Are dishwasher overfill protection floats adjustable?

Dishwasher leaks. It is practically level but slopes 1 degree toward the door. Owner's manual labels overfill protection float in the diagram but does not mention how to use it. Are these floats ...
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2answers
43 views

Why use AFCI receptacles rather than AFCI breakers?

Is there any reason to use an AFCI receptacle rather than replacing the breaker with an AFCI type? It seems that providing protection on the whole circuit makes much more sense than to just one ...
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2answers
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Post-less combination window & door system

We are planning a remodel and are considering a post-less combination folding window & door system similar to what is shown at: http://www.nanawall.com/applications/belvedere-kitchen ...
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2answers
19 views

Addressing irregular water pressure

Some time ago I posted about issues with my tankless water heater, concerned about the water going cold mid shower. Recently I found the issue isn't in the water heater - there are times when all ...
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4answers
48 views

Installed Ceiling Fan, Now Light Switch Not Working Properly

Last night I switched a ceiling light fixture with a Ceiling Fan. Before it was just a light fixture and it was controlled from a switch on the wall; one of two switches on the same switch plate/panel ...
3
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2answers
130 views

What is the best way to repair a large crumbling block on a corner of the house wall?

Today I have removed a dead vine root that has caused some damage to the brick work on one corner of my house. As you can see from the picture below, along with the root a fair depth of stone has come ...
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1answer
328 views

Why does my toilet not leave enough water in the bowl after flushing?

A little while ago I started having trouble with my toilet when flushing. It's flushing too much water, leaving little left in the bowl. It also makes loud noises at the end of the flush. There's ...
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1answer
19 views

aluminum or vinyl for replacement glass sliding door?

I'm replacing an aluminum glass sliding door. Should I replace it with another aluminum door or go with vinyl?
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1answer
19 views

two shower faucets in one water supply line

If I add a second shower faucet ( his & her) in the same shower will reduce the water pressure in both faucet, How do I maintain the same water pressure in both faucets when they both operate the ...
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1answer
38 views

Beeping light fixture

I have been renting a house for a week. The light/fan woke me up beeping every 30 seconds. It continues if the light/fan is switched off. Its the middle of the night, and I am not handy. What should I ...
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2answers
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How can I secure a post to a conversion ball for a shower faucet?

I have a Delta single-handle faucet. I installed a conversion kit about half a year ago to update its trim from a knob to a lever. It's been great until yesterday when my wife complained that no ...
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2answers
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Nail through ceiling

We live in Northern Illinois. Five or six years ago we had the roof replaced on our detached, single family house. The job seemed to be well done and we had no complaints. This afternoon, however, as ...
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1answer
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Tile cracks on a convex edge

I am a DIY newbie, and I need help with some damage that starts to appear in tiles along a convex edge. The corner of my bathroom looks like this (walls, floors and that "cube" are all tiled): The ...
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2answers
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How much concrete is required to hold 125 lbs/sqft permanently?

I have an garage with asphalt floor and concrete footings. I plan to put a 500 lb safe in the corner, partially on the footing. That's about 125 lbs per square foot including contents, permanently. ...
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1answer
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What tools and techniques do I need to recreate this piece of furniture? (pic in description)

I don't plan on making a chest of drawers but am interested in the techniques involved so I could apply them to other furniture. EDIT: close up picture
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1answer
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Putting PT Piers in Ground

I'm building an attached deck and have already buried precast piers in the ground. Unfortunately, I had to dig so deep that the tops of the piers are below finished ground level. I'd rather not bury ...
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3answers
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Running a new kitchen light circuit from a receptacle with a “traveller.”

I'd like to power a set of three ceiling-mounted down-lights from an existing receptacle in a kitchen reno. A picture of the existing receptacle is attached. My confusion is it has a fourth wire ...
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2answers
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Is ceiling fan missing grounding wire from the ceiling box, and is this safe?

I recently had a contractor/handyman install a Hunter ceiling fan for me. It worked great, but my wife came home and thought it was too big. I ordered a different Hunter fan, and figured I could ...
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2answers
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Home Light Automation - Emulate 4 way switch with relay

I've been thinking of ways to do home automation that is somewhat future proof (hardwired); and the best idea I have is to use relays for lights on a 3 way switch circuit. Put in a dual pole dual ...
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1answer
44 views

Is there a tool that will crimp close the end the ribs on a metal roofing panels?

I saw a building that had the exposed bottom edge of the ribs in the metal roofing panels crimped closed so bugs couldn't craw or fly up them. It was very neat/professional looking as if it had been ...
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3answers
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How can I improve the stability of this DIY pull-up bar?

I built this pullup rig: as part of my calisthenics workout. The problem is that it there's too much swing. The first version also suffered from instability issues, even with more pipes: A ...
0
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3answers
52 views

How do I remove a brick patio embedded in concrete?

How can I remove a brick patio set in concrete and on a concrete slab? Is it possible for a woman to do this herself?
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1answer
55 views

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 ...
2
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4answers
85 views

How can I convert a closed stringer staircase to an open stringer staircase?

Currently I have a closed stringer staircase against a wall in my home, and my plan is to convert it into an open stringer staircase. I have looked underneath the staircase and there is no central ...
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1answer
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Should there be an air outlet in an attic with a whole house fan?

There has been a whole house fan between the second floor and attic of my house for some time. We usually have it on with the downstairs windows open. I just had a thought: Should there be an open ...
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0answers
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Is there a better material than treated pine, for building tree houses?

Is there a better material (stronger, more flexible, lighter in weight, etc.) than treated pine(?) which I usually use for building tree houses? These are some things that I find very useful in tree ...

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