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What is this small hollow metal cylinder?

I've bought a flat-pack bed second hand, and it has one part missing. There are two boards I need to join, and according to the instructions I should hammer a short (about 4 cm) hollow metal cylinder ...
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dripping sound in ceiling when central heating gets warm

I am a complete novice about plumbing so apologies in advance. Basically I have noticed that, when my central heating warms up I hear what sounds like a dripping noise in the ceiling. This seems to ...
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Should I be worried if my A/C ran with the cover on?

My wife accidentally switched on the "cool " mode and the a/c was activated, however the cover was still on the unit outside. Ran like this for about 2 hours. I noticed it and turned it off and went ...
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septic tank problem

We have a septic tank that had been pumped 3 months ago. the sewage backed up in to the bathrooms bathtubs 3 months later. the ABS pipe at the entrance of the septic tank was found bent (?) and ...
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What is the best type of insulation to use on a hinged metal attic door?

What is the best type of insulation to use on a hinged metal attic door (no integrated ladder)? Primarily concerned about heat entry through the door when closed. Also concerned about heat entry ...
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Rewiring bathroom

I added a Fan/Light and put in 3 Rocker Switch. I used 14/2 wiring, the line hot went to the Common screw and leg 1 to the light for the fan, leg 2 went to the fan and I wired leg 3 to a 5 bulb ...
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Long straight cracks in the ceiling

In several places in the ceiling of my 1986-built bungalow, there are long straight cracks running along the ceiling. What's causing them? Should I be concerned? How can I stop it from ...
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Extra unattached copper line under bathroom sink

So the bathroom sink has three lines underneath, all with shutoffs. Hot, cold, and another cold line. The second cold line is unused and older (it's copper, appears to be 3/8). If this was the ...
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What is the code for a refrigerator water line?

Appliance store says I need a shutoff valve behind the refrigerator. They want a valve box in the wall to attach their flexible water line. The plumber put in flexible copper tubing with the shutoff ...
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bubbeling toiletI run my hot water in the bathroom sink and the toilet next to it starts bubbleing

I run my hot water in the bathroom sink and the toilet next to it starts bubbleing
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Garbage disposal wiring

I've installed a new disposal on it's own 20A circuit with a wall switch, everything works fine... no problems. I was told it needs to be a GFCI receptacle. What say you?
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Wiring Combination Switch GFCI Outlet

I read some related questions, but can't find an answer given my wiring. I'm trying to wire a combination switch/GFCI outlet Pass & Seymour 1595SWTTRWCC4. I also checked the wiring diagrams, and ...
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I need a wiring solution for an unusual situation

I have two 20amp circuits in the kitchen. One is controlling receptacles to the left of the sink AND the dishwasher. The other is controlling receptacles to the right of the sink AND the fridge. The ...
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Electrical conversion from European to USA

I am currently living in the US and have bought a house in Italy. I would like to take the many electrical devices i have so i do not have to re-buy them there. I have flat screen TV's, DVD's and ...
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refinishing dining chairs [migrated]

removed the seats to some chairs I just purchased but have never seen this type of construction. What is it called?
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C terminal / Wifi thermostat

I'm using a blue wire as a c-wire, however when I went to connect the blue wire at the furnace, it already had a white wire ( not from a thermostat) corrected to the c-terminal. Can / wires be ...
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can I charge VRLA battery directly from car's cigarette lighter outlet? [on hold]

I heard that a VRLA battery must be charged using special chargers. Can I charge a 12 volt VRLA battery directly from my car's cigarette lighter outlet?
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Cut the skirting in around my new fireplace, scribing, fixing etc

I have just had a new fireplace installed. When the skirting was put in I had my carpenter cut me 2 pieces in preparation for the fireplace. I would love to improve my wood skills so a small project ...
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Can I paint the cement under the fireplace hearth?

I recently had a fireplace installed. The floor wasn't level so there is a wedge of cement exposed below. Click for larger view The installer says I should conceal it with wooden beading but ...
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An underwater mechanism [on hold]

I want to create a container that would stay underwater unless you pull a string. I've come up with the following: a rock placed underwater a measuring tape (the one that is rolled and rolls back ...
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1answer
50 views

Bad ceiling fan wiring?

I want to update my ceiling fan. I uninstalled the old fan. It was controlled by 2 switches. One controlled the light, the other the fan. There are only 3 wires coming out of the ceiling. Black, ...
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electrical switch and outlet issue

I have a room in my house with both a dimmer switch and a flip switch. The flip switch controls the ceiling light and fan, and the dimmer controls the outlet by the entrance. It seems now we cannot ...
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Six wires in outlet box, from 3 different circuits; 4 are hot?

I have been trying to install a new outlet in a room in my 1950s house, but I am really confused. When I opened it up, there were two black wires in under one screw and one under another. Ditto for ...
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Tire Swing Frame

I want to build a multi-use frame. Our plan is to take two 6x6x12 posts, sink them vertically 4 feet down with concrete and put a horizontal 6x6 post on top of the two. Question is, would that hold ...
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1answer
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Deck Footing capacity with BigFoot base

I'm planning a new deck (completely replacing and enlarging an existing deck). The deck will be 25'x15' w/25 ft being attached to the house. I'm trying to determine what footings are required. ...
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Should I build a deck over my existing concrete patio or other?

I have a very challenging, small, north facing, graded back yard. The lowest portion of the yard is totally unusable. Attached to the house is a small concrete patio slab that at the highest point is ...
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well had collapsed and have no water but have a water tank. How do I connect to reservoir to pump water the the house [on hold]

Nec to get water from water tank poured up top house in reservoir tank
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Stains on paneling

I have runs on my tongue and groove paneling. They were caused by an extremely high humidity level combined with the stain on the wood itself. The runs have been dry approx. 2 months. Any ideas about ...
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Reasons a 13W LED won't work in a 75W max light fixture?

I have a wall fixture in my Brooklyn apartment's bathroom that is my only source of light. A sticker on the fixture says that it is Max 75W. The other day, the 14W / 60W equivalent CFL that was in it ...
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Building an inverted climbing wall onto a tree?

We have a cottonwood tree in our back yard with a treehouse in it, I have one vertical climbing wall on one side, but we're thinking of putting an inverted wall on the other. The tree is one large ...
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Can you support a 20ft 2x6 only at the ends?

Can you support a 20ft 2x6 only at the ends for a pergola?
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Will returning two 1/2“ lines to 3/4” get a volume return?

I am converting a seperate shower and tub to a large walk-in spa shower. The cold water at the existing shower is 3/4" (and branched off to the tub,shower & toilet in 1/2"). The new shower valve ...
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1answer
28 views

Is there a way to add an additional thermostat in an office building?

We work in an office building with individual offices and an outer office. Our office windows face East (catching ALL the morning sun) causing the offices to become extremely warm. The problem is ...
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1answer
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When I use Drano, the whole house smells like sulfer, lingers for a couple hours

I used it in the bathtub, & another time in the basement suds tub, the whole house would smell. Last year I checked the vent pipe on the roof & removed a lot of old paper wasp nests, but am ...
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Refrigerator Ice Maker

I have an Frigidaire side by side refrigerator with a built in ice maker. I was in the midst of moving and unable to hook up the water line for over a week. My wife says it used to make a sound ...
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Can a receptacle before a light or light switch use a pigtail?

Can a receptacle before a light or light switch use a pigtail or does it have to have the black and white wires on each side of the receptacle?
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How can I prevent light from coming in around the edges of black out blinds?

My experience is that black out blinds always let a little bit of light in round the sides. What do other people recommend as a solution to this?
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Why would the light switch control the fan and the fan switch control the light?

We replaced 8 ceiling fans in our house and they all worked great until the last one. It was wired correctly according to the directions, but now the switch that controlled the previous fan, ...
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How to find source of dripping drain pipe?

I have an older house (1920s) it's two stories, although the second story was probably the attic originally. I used to live in it, but now I rent it and live nearby. There is a pipe that sticks out ...
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What size electrical breaker and wire do I need for a 230 volt, 40amp. cutterhead motor?

I need to know what size wire and breaker I need to wire in a 230 volt 40 amp. cutterhead motor
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Can I get some tips or criticisms of this couch plan? [migrated]

I drafted this myself in Blender. Dado joints are depicted, mortise/tenon joints and bolted joints are not. This is to-scale, planned with douglas fir 2x4s and jute webbing/coil spring/4 way tie ...
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Dishwasher slowly fills with water after use

My Electrolux dishwasher seems to work fine, but a few hours after running it I notice water slowly accumulating in the base of the dishwasher. There is a small amount of water leaking into the tub ...
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1answer
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Kerdi Board at edge of shower

The shower I am building is 36x42 on the inside of the curb. On one wall the 4ft wide kerdi will go exactly to the point where the tile will end. On the other will can I hang the entire 4ft wide ...
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2answers
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why does my ceiling fan change direction 2or3times before it finally stays in one direction?

When I turn my ceiling fan on it will reverse direction several times until it settles into the correct direction.
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Bathroom remodel electric questions

I am remodeling my bathroom, and as i began to tackle the electric work, I discovered a couple things that were concerning: - the cicuit that the bathroom (as well as adjecent bedroom and hallway) are ...
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Get “stuck” mounting bolt out of TV?

I am trying to remove an HDTV wall mount from the TV, but: a handyman tightened one of the bolts overzealously, and now it's stuck. Specifically: The bolt turns freely, but does not reverse out of ...
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Will installing closed cell spray foam over ventilation for basement French drain significantly affect performance?

Question: Will installing closed cell spray foam over the ventilation for a basement French drain significantly affect the sump pump system's ability to remove water from the basement? Background: I ...
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1answer
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What products will make installation of subway tile over laminate backsplash successful?

I am updating my parents 1946 home (it has been remodeled & updated before but not kitchen counters) and want to change the look of original worn laminate counter & backsplash (bright yellow ...
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Replacing new tile incorrectly laid

My installer is having to go behind himself and relay the porcelain tiles in my kitchen and dining room. He used Ditra and says that he can reuse what's down there. Some places have been torn thru ...
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Question about GFI in a house

My rental house was built in 1985 and there is some kind of master GFI (for lack of a better term) in the garage that controls all the GFI outlets in the house. I'm told all the houses are built like ...

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