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Why did my wall-mounted garage door opener button stop working?

Yesterday, my wall-mounted garage door opener was working fine. Today, the opener is not working. There is no green light or any other sign of it working. I tried pressing it a few times but no ...
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Both A/C air handler and outside unit won't turn on

I went to turn on my A/C for the first time this year, and nothing happened. I checked power to both the air handler and outside unit...both at getting 220v going into the boards on each. I then ...
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Do I use grout to install my travertine backsplash?

We just purchased 3x6 tumbled travertine backsplash. Do you have to have a grout line or can you install without. Will it stay up?
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Can I buy or make an adapter to hook 2 generators together to run a 220 volt welder?

Can I buy or make an adapter to connect 2 generators together to get more amps for my 220 Arc Welder?
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How do I tell which drill kit will be useful and suit best for DIY requirements? [on hold]

I believe Skil's drill kit works best for electrical and masonry requirements and a smart hand tool kit from Skil for almost all plumbing related issues. These two products make a good combination ...
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How to extend 5/8" window jamb?

The window I just received in special order came with a 5/8" jamb. I'm really upset at that awkward dimension because it makes it difficult to extend it with regular 1xX lumber (actual thickness ...
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Multi-circuit transients without breaker trip

I have had some transient problems with the circuits in my house. About half of my circuits to several locations have a tendency to cause lights in the affected circuits (yes multiple circuits) to go ...
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Replacing a Challenger breaker with an after-market breaker

I have a Challenger panel board and one of my breakers is no good. When I went to buy a new one they don't carry them anymore. They said they only carry the after-market ones. So I got that one, but ...
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Tools or Techniques for Removing Grass and Moss from Brick Patio

This is what I'm dealing with - rudimentary efforts have not paid off and I feel like I must be missing something.
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Knocking well pipes

As my well pump shuts off after getting up to pressure I can here the underground pipe that goes to the well point "knocking". There is a check valve on the inlet of the pump and possibly another at ...
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How can I wire two switched outlets but power is connected at the first outlet?

I'm trying to connect a new switch and two new outlets (from switch) to an existing electric line. This new switch should turn the two new outlets on and off. However, I'd like to connect it as ...
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Why would holes exist behind a baseboard?

After ripping out some rubber baseboard, I discovered random holes all over the place. What would be the logical reasoning that these exist (if any)? Edit: Hopefully I don't get completely flamed ...
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Grounding metal box joining two BX cables without ground

If I have a metal handy box used to join two legacy BX armored cables that don't have a ground wire, do I need to ground that box like I would with NM cable by connecting the box with the NM ground? ...
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How can i stop heat

I live in a shop with my boyfriend, upstairs like a loft. We put up installations. We have an air conditioner running all day, but the room still gets too hot. No windows, just one huge door. What ...
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What to do about gap under outside bath exhaust vent?

The exhaust vent was broken so I installed a new one. After I finished, the previous homeowner apparently cut the siding too tall, or my new vent is shorter, but I'm left with this raggedy gap at the ...
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Resurface Fireplace - Apply mortar?

I've taking an extra layer of bricks from the front of my fireplace. I want to replace the fronting with marble. The original surface is really rough. My question is should I apply a mortar to smooth ...
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Question on installing ski rack on on 36" wall space

I am trying to install ski rack on 36" wall space backed by 2 studs. To utilize maximum space, I think putting 2x4 wood board on wall fastened to 2 studs, and install ski rack on top of the board. ...
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New junction box, or pigtail within receptacle?

I need to add a wall receptacle in a bedroom. (There aren't enough outlets as is.) The bedroom is on the main floor of a 1-story house, with an unfinished attic and an unfinished basement. Walls are ...
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Electrical — Open Ground on One Tester, Correct on Two Other Testers

Very Simple: I have a multi-unit building that had two separate outlets in different rooms with open ground readings on an outlet tester. Grounded each separate outlet to a nearby junction box with ...
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Identifying light socket in kitchen

I have 5 light sockets in the kitchen. Two of them are A19 style sockets and three of them are the following sockets: They fit a CFL type bulb in them. I would like to replace it with an A19 socket ...
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Do I have to worry about Bimetallic corrosion corrosion in this compression fitting?

I had an old fridge in my basement with an ice maker and water dispenser. I want to hook it up to my bathroom sink. I have a bunch of spare 1/4" fittings in my toolbox. The only problem is my ...
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What is the name of the tool used to create an initial dent for drilling?

I remember that during my DIY lessons at school, there was a tool used to help with positioning a drill bit. The tool was shaped like a large nail, and it was lightly hammered into the material at the ...
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Specs for reinstalling 10+ year old composite decking

Our deck: Light colored decking on left was scrubbed yesterday with a stiff natural bristle brush. We'd like to reduce the regular buildup of moss/algae and associated slipperiness of the 10+ ...
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Wireless Switch for Lighting [on hold]

In one of my bedrooms I have a ceiling fan that is operated via the pull chain only, no switch. I want to replace it with a flush mount or semi flush mount light. I cannot get access to the junction ...
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Should I install baseboards before or after laminate flooring?

I am planning on having laminate flooring. The baseboards are not installed yet. Should I wait until the laminate is in first? Or should I do it before it is installed?
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How should I connect a steel I beam to the sill plate above it?

I have a late 70s house, and I want to install a wall next to the middle I beam in the basement ceiling. If I put a 2x flush to the sill plate, it will be fire blocked as well. The problem is that ...
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Some suggestions for my Home Theater

I am planning to build a Cinema Home Theater at my home and here is my layout. I actually wanted some consultancy regarding the Sound Proofing and Exterior Walls Protection. The Layout, I just ...
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why is a service neutral grounded but not the subpanel-neutral?

I know it's code (refer to NEC 250.24(A)5 and 250.32), but I don't understand why you can't use a bonding jumper to connect the ground bus and neutral bus in the subpanel? I've been told it's because ...
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How to add forced water radiator?

I have a very small cast iron radiator which works great, but when really cold temperature hits outside, it is not enough to heat that particular room (and it is on the third floor so 2nd zone is not ...
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Resuming outdoor water after winter

I am about to install these valves (is this the right word?) to resume having water in the garden. Once installed, these will be brass on brass. I'm concerned that I will not obtain a watertight ...
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What are the potential dangers of not removing the tabs on a split receptacle?

If I feed a duplex receptacle from two separate branch circuits, I'm supposed to remove the jumper tabs between the receptacles. But what would happen if I didn't remove the tabs?
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what to do about squeaky floors

I tore out all the old flooring upstairs of my split foyer home and need to know how I can stop the squeaking of the subfloor before I have the new flooring put down. Obviously the squeak wasn't in ...
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Can a structural ridge beam be used in a hip roof design?

If so this would place the ridge beam somewhere in the middle of the roof, how would you provide support for the ridge beam in this instance?, could you support it by an internal wall? This is for a ...
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Is there such a thing as a backless junction box/conduit fitting?

I have a battery enclosure for a small off-grid solar installation, and I want to run the battery cables out of the enclosure to the DC breakers and inverter. I'm looking for a backless junction box ...
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convert pendant ceiling box to recessed type light

I took down the kitchen island ceiling fixture - now there is just the 2" deep (or so) electrical box. I want to have a "pot" type light there - but there is not room above it for a can fixture. Is ...
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Electricity passes through a bulb holder, even when the switch is off

In my home, electricity passes through a bulb holder even when the switch is off. I heard that happens due to 3-way switches. Could anybody tell me if it is okay or worth worrying? Update Let me ...
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Can a 290mm x 45mm lvl beam be used as a structural ridge beam?

Also are ridge beams only used for exposed ceilings, or can you install ceiling joists which are connected to the rafters, - i assume this would provide extra support. This is for a single story ...
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Well head sounds like running water at all times

We can hear a running water noise at the well head at all times even when there is no demand. The pump, air tank and switch all seem to be working properly. There are no wet spots between the well ...
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Missing Remote. How do I control this Split Type Air Conditioner?

This is a long shot, but I'm open to fun ideas (Universal Remotes? A Raspberry Pi with some shield attachments that can be programmed to speak to this thing?) I'm in a rental unit where we have an ...
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Electrical SubPanel Help

I have a subpanel to an outdoor patio 75 yards from the house main breaker box and don't think it is wired properly. There are two large hot lines from the main controlled by a 50 amp breaker that go ...
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Dremel 3000: only running on high speed

I am facing an issue with my Dremel 3000, it only runs when I switch the speed controller to 8-10. On all lower speed ranges i.e. 1-8 it even did't rotate. I have checked the brushes which looks fine ...
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How to fix a garbage disposal with rubber caught in it?

I'm missing a small piece of flexible rubber that was approx 0.8" x 0.3" x 0.17". I think it went into the garbage disposal in the kitchen sink. After turning off the breakers, and securing my cat ...
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Hot water problem in 2nd bathroom

We have a 2 story house, in the 2nd upstairs bathroom the bath hot water is cold but the basin runs hot then scalding (both are mixer taps). The shower fluctuates between OK and cold. All other hot ...
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Replace load bearing studs with 4x4 posts

I would like to open up our dining room to our living room, but don't want to install an LVL due to a limited budget. We decided to get creative. By simply removing the sheetrock, and using the ...
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When upgrading a gas meter, do you need to install/upgrade regulators for natural gas appliances?

I live in TX and have Amica as my natural gas provider. I want to replace my tank water heaters with a tankless unit. According to the Amica tech, I will need an upgraded gas meter which would ...
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Need to find control valve for damper

There is no control valve attached to this damper: so I can't turn it to open/close the duct. It's currently closed :-(. It's smooth so I haven't found anything that can even grasp onto it tightly ...
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Help identify (abandoned?) buried line

I have a pipe of some kind buried about 6" below grade in my backyard. Photos are provided below. I have no idea what this line might be, and was hoping to solicit ideas. Whatever it is, it appears to ...
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Separating wall cavity from cold air return for cable

I'm running cable for a motion sensor for our alarm system. I want to put it in the corner of the room and run the cable down inside the wall cavity, then through the right-side stud and down to a ...
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How do I know if blade fits the miter saw?

I just got my first miter saw (ryobi 15 Amp 12 in. Sliding Miter Saw with Laser). I want to buy this diablo blade ...
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Cut vs patch plaster and wire mesh

I'm replacing the ceiling of a window-seat that was damaged by water. On the wall above the window seat, I've got an area of wall where the top layer of plaster has come off. The top layer appears to ...

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