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Acceptable “3-way” switch wiring solution?

I would like to use a raspberry PI to turn lights on remotely from a raspberry PI. In this diagram, I am proposing 2 paths for completing the AC circuit and therefore turning the lights on: 1) the ...
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Laminate flooring in basement

We are planning to lay laminate flooring in our basement and are wondering is there is anything we could lay down first for some warm< or should we put anything down? thanks Joan
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Fan speed control with timer?

I'm looking for a device that will allow me to control the fan speed as well as have it timeout. In theory this might work if I used the output from the timer to feed into the dimmer, but it doesn't ...
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How should I stop condensation on my roof that's leaking into my home?

Condensation in my attic causes frost which melts on warm days and leaks through my ceilings. I plan to add more insulation this spring. I have installed a bathroom ceiling fan to help with moisture. ...
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1answer
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Insulating a stucco home

What is the best way to insulate a 1969 stucco home in the SF Bay Area? I have added a lot of insulation in the attic area but the rooms and walls are cold. Any suggestions? Steve
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Kitchen Wall Type

I own a home that was built in 1959. I am getting ready to start a full remodel on the kitchen. I plan on widening the door way..etc... I cut out a small test area of the wall,and the material was 1" ...
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why is my residential cold water in pressure reducer valve corroding like a battery terminal?

my pressure reducer valve to my appartment is corroding on the outside like the build up you get on an automobile batery? is this any indication that the water is toxic? what would cause this? ...
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How do I fix seams that open up at the corners of walls during the winter?

Every winter, we get cracks like this where the walls meet the ceiling in certain rooms. We just got our bathroom redone, so it's most bothersome here. When springtime comes, they "seal" back up. ...
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Are router mounting holes standard?

I just bought a used table saw and a previous owner extended the table and in the extension put holes to mount a router underneath. There's a 1.5-2" center hole and several counter-sunk holes around ...
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How can I remove ductwork that is butted against a foundation wall?

I need to remove the existing ductwork in my basement to install insulation behind it. I'd like to do it without destroying the ductwork. The vertical duct is right against the foundation, so I can't ...
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Does 2“ of spray foam mean 2”, or are measurements like with finished lumber?

I just had (and paid for) 2" of spray foam on my crawl space walls. I checked the thickness today and it is rarely 2" thick, usually just under 1.5", and sometimes just 1" thick. Is this normal? Or ...
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Is it normal for this PVC pipe to be dripping from under the eaves?

I have a 2 story house, 14 yrs old. There is a PVC pipe under the eaves over a window on the 2nd story, that has been dripping more than normal the past couple of days. Our AC unit is located in the ...
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Continuous Multi-screen Desktop Monitor [on hold]

I've seen gamers actually combine two monitors and use them as a single screen for a better FoV Question: What are the requirements the same? And, is it possible to be done with LCDs instead of ...
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Basement insulation under cantilever [duplicate]

I have a currently unfinished basement in a rather new home. There are a few places that have bay windows, or cantilevers that currently have only a bit of pink insulation thrown in fro the basement. ...
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What size conductors would I need for a 10 ft. extension cord for a plasma cutter?

I would like to have a 10ft extention cord for my 220v plasma cutter. I just put a 3 prong (crow foot) connector on it to match the plug for my Lincoln arc welder and I would like to be able to move ...
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2answers
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source for shorter adjustable support columns [on hold]

I am trying to find a place in the Chicago area where I can get a 5' 8" adjustable support column. The big box stores have adjustable columns in 3" increments from 6' up to 12' but my basement is ...
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How can I prevent steel vessel water leakage? [on hold]

steel vessel works at 4 kg/cm 2 pressure, and 135 degree C, liquor leaking from wall due to leak. How can I prevent it ?
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Chimney on 100 year old home has pulled away from outside wall

I am restoring a 100 year old one story wood frame home with a metal roof. The original foundation sits on cut logs. The chimney has pulled away from the roof line which leaves an exposed area where ...
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1answer
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How do I connect my whole house humidifier to my furnace?

Connecting Desert spring Humidifier to the furnace: Do I eliminate the 24V transformer that came with it? The furnace Keeprite has the the electronic board says Humidifier W1 and C. where can I ...
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1answer
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Why does my hot cooktop indicator light stay on after the cooktop is cool? The indicator light now wont turn off

My alamna Range electric smoothtop stove, on indicator light I just noticed tonight now stays on after everything has cooled down. Is this safe? Is it okay to just leave it, it still works fine.
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Listed electric baseboard heaters that permit installation below outlets

Are there UL-listed electric baseboard heaters that do permit being installed below outlets? The FPN in 210.52: Informational Note: Listed baseboard heaters include instructions that may not ...
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Should a basement interior drain be installed above or next to footings?

I am DIYing in a perimeter drain in my basement with some hired help. I am doing it because my water problem is not severe; I get very little water and only when it rains a whole lot. I know "very ...
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Replacing dumb wall switch with smart one (wiring)

Based on the first diagram below (which is the current wiring for my wall switch), is the way I have the second diagram set up correct? My biggest point of confusion is the line/load wires. Judging by ...
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Can I add a three way switch to a light circuit when I only have access to light switch and it just cuts the power to the switch?

I have a light switch that controls 2 lights in the hall. The wire to the switch carries power to the switch with the black wire and the white wire carries the power to the light. I have access to ...
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1answer
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Is my wood stain going to match?

I have refinished the wood floors in my house with the exception of 2 bedrooms, which share a hallway with wood floors. I am redoing one of the bedrooms, and the company that is doing the floor ...
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Rock light post repair

I have a light post at the driveway. They are about 2 feet by 2 feet. The rock is separating how can i repair this quickly without taking it down? Help please
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Baseboard heater install from room to room?

I am looking to install 240v electric baseboard heaters which will be fed with 12-2 on 20 amp breakers. I did my amperage calculation 4000/240v = 16.6 amps. So with that said I can run all my heaters ...
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Replace GFCI in bathroom

When I opened up the old one, there are 3 cables with the normal 2 black, 2 white, and ground. However, there are 2 whites and black capped together to a load screw and another white on the other ...
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How can I reduce the humidity in my home?

Moisture inside my home fills up moisture bucket within a month, and the furniture and anything on the ground has green mildew/mold growing. When the humidity is high the tile floors on the screened ...
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1answer
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Options for insulating a ceiling that is already finished (former 3 season room)

Is there a way to insulate a ceiling that is already finished and has no access point? More details below: Recently purchased a home in Eastern Massachusetts; one of the features was a room off the ...
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When ordering lumber what percentage of waste should be expected?

Let's say I'm getting ready for a remodeling project, and I'm getting ready to order 2x lumber for framing. Specifically, I'll be ordering No. 2 or better 2x lumber. What percentage of my order should ...
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How can I protect items stored outdoors?

Because of space limitations in our apartment, we need to store some items in the terrace. It is basically suitcases, baby stroller and box of books. There is a ceiling, so it wouldn't rain on it, but ...
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Windows with efficiency with blue tint

My house was built in Florida in 2008. I am having a difficult time in replacing my windows as they have a blue tint. I have contacted all the local window places in the area and they do not know of ...
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1answer
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How can I determine which wire is which when putting a new plug on an extension cord?

My question has to do with identifying the hot (black) and neutral (white) wires on the plug, when both wires are unmarked twisted copper? The other end of the cord (outlet) is well marked with white ...
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1answer
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2nd floor laundry room drain spraying water up into room

2nd floor laundry room drain trap is fed from pipe going up to a shower....i have water spraying out of the laundry room drain everytime i turn on the shower...it's been working fine for 10 years and ...
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Installing some blocking in a load bearing wall

I'm doing some work on a bathroom and I'm planning on installing a floating vanity. I've seen suggestions to just use toggles + 1 stud and/or toggles altogether and cross your fingers, but just for ...
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Hunter fan/ light, lights not working [on hold]

Have hunter fan light,fan works fine lights will no longer work, is the limiter the problem? Limiter has 3 wires red , black white
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Software that can optimally determine how to cut metal sheets [on hold]

Can someone recommend me a software that will let me enter sheet cut designs and then have it spit out the sheets with their cuts ?
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How can I add a GFCI receptacle on a circuit with split receptacles?

I have a typically wired living room with all receptacles switchable on the top outlet. We are installing a large fish tank and decided to add GFCI protection. I'm trying to change a single duplex to ...
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combi boiler shuts off after a couple of hours

hi my combi boiler keeps switching itself off after a couple of hours running on the timer. You only realise when the room starts to go cold. You have to switch the boiler itself off for about 10 mins ...
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How can I resolve tripping problems with CAFCI?

Situation: I was having combination arc fault circuit interrupters (CAFCI) installed in some 20 Amp and 15A branch circuits. In several cases , the CAFCI immediately tripped after installation, or ...
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Do I need to clean away WD 40 before I add graphite powder to pram wheel bearings?

I've sprayed wheel bearing/axle with WD 40. I now feel I need to add some form of grease (I don't want to remove the bearings-just try and work some grease in there somehow). That's when I spotted ...
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What equipment could I use for digging out a basement after the house is built?

My mother and father built the home I live in many years ago. It only had a half basement. My father had started on the other side, but passed away before finishing it. I have now taken this job on. I ...
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How do I install a SensaSwitch on a 3-way circuit?

I recently purchased a SensaSwitch, Manual-ON / Timed-OFF (PDF of instructions) and I cannot install it in such a way that it performs as I desire. I have a switch at the top of my basement stairs and ...
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How can I figure out why my Sears Craftsman garage door opener will not work?

I have tried troubleshooting my Craftsman door opener (model 139.53325SRT), because it will not close. It will not close when pressing the wall switch: the opener light just blinks if I do that. ...
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1answer
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Winterizing: What to do with humidifiers if turning off the main water valve

My house will be vacant for about a month and I'm strongly considering turning off the main water valve. However, I have a couple humidifiers which I generally need to run because I have a lot of ...
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New gate remote control only works from 4 feet away

I have an old multi code gate remote control and it works perfectly. I needed one more so I went to the gate store and bought one multi code, but a new style model. The store told me that it's the ...
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wall hung toilet advice

So… i’ve decided to go with a walmount but ended up saving a lot of money by NOT having an in-wall tank. I instead went the flush-o-meter route and discovered there’s nothing wrong with having a 5 ...
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1answer
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Is there a quick, non-intrusive way to see what's under vinyl siding?

Currently house-hunting, and one of the very cheap, in-need-of-work houses I've looked at has the unusual feature of a foundation-to-ceiling limestone wall inside, on one of the outer walls of the ...
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underfloor heating with cork floor tiles

What is the appropriate subfloor for cork tiles over underfloor heating if the floor is supported by wooden joists? How thick can the floor be?

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