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Two outlets, two switches, two lights, no power [on hold]

I have a circuit for lighting and heating a reptile tank that I can't get to work. I did not create the circuit but it was in working condition when I got it. Two outlets each get power from separate ...
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What is the proper way to use a hand plane on wood?

I am installing threshold between a bamboo floor and tile, and the threshold sits too high above the tile. I would like to use a hand plane to reduce it. But I have never used a plane before, and ...
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Steps for annual maintenance on a fuel oil furnace?

We have fuel oil and this year I'd like to try and maintenance the furnace myself: By "maintenance" I mean "clean it up so that it runs well throughout the winter." Just a basic tuneup and ...
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How do I connect my new chandelier?

I would like to connect a new chandelier to the ceiling of my bedroom. The ceiling box has two cables: black, white, ground - none of these is hot black, white, red, ground - black on this cable is ...
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How to indentify if the crack on plastered brickwalls is cosmetic or structural?

First up, I understand these kind of things are best left to experts' inspection and internet forums won't help much. I have called an engineer but until he arrives in a day or two, for my solace, I ...
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Can I prevent my tub faucet from leaking by diverting the water to the shower, and shutting off the shower head?

So, my tub faucet is leaking. I live in an apt and I'm not too sure when the landlord is actually going to get this issue fixed. Right now, there is a steady, light stream of water coming out of the ...
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Furnace reset problem

I have a new Goodman high efficient furnace model number GMH950703BXAG1. And this is the problem I'm having now: Turn on the furnace power (after ~1 hour off) Turn on the thermostat with Temp ...
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Can Liquid Nails cover a small hole

I'm installing some vinyl plank flooring. In one spot where a transition piece is going to go, there is a small hole that will expand under the vinyl. The transition piece is going to be installed ...
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How can I route storm water away from my atrium?

I have an atrium in my condo that is exactly in the middle of the house. It has gutters and downspouts around it and whomever built it, just let the downspouts empty into the open courtyard of lava ...
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What could cause low hot water pressure only in the line to one shower?

In my house I have a water pressure issue: Pressure is fine everywhere except for the hot water supply to the second floor shower There is another shower in the basement that has good water pressure ...
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Do we need to replace wet insulation resulting from a a/c drain

Licensed air conditioning company replaced a part in our air conditioning unit in our attic and while doing so left a drain hose open and leaking water that we did not know about until it dripped ...
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Are licensed electricians required to perform code-compliant repairs?

A California licensed electrician replaced a circuit breaker for a friend. He removed the living room AFCI breaker and replaced it with a used non-AFCI breaker. When I heard this I was upset enough ...
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What will happen if I feed a device with two legs from the same phase?

What will happen if I feed a 208v baseboard heater with two legs from the same phase? What will happen if I feed anything that requires two legs with the same phase?
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electrical question involving earthing [on hold]

This is not strictly a home improvement question but I'm trying to learn more about household electricity. I couldn't find a better place online to pose this question. Lets say I'm bonded to a pc ...
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What is coming out of my pipe and how can I fix it?

A water spot appeared on my basement ceiling, so I cut a hole to explore what was going on. I found the following: Something is going on with the pipe, a growth of some sorts. I'm assuming it isn't ...
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Single pole circuit breaker won't close unless double pole above it is closed

I was trying to find out where a trip was in my house and turned off a double-pole breaker then a single-pole breaker. Went in reverse order to turn single-pole back on and it would trip back open ...
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Ceiling fan to can lights

I want to remove a ceiling fan that is attached to a switch for the fan and a switch for the light. Is it possible to: install can lights on one switch and a pendant light on the other switch by ...
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How to reduce maximum power rating of dishwasher for use with photovoltaics inverter?

I have a photovoltaic power system and an inverter with an overall power rating of 1500 Watts. I want to connect a dishwasher which consumes 2200 Watts when heating the water. Question: What is the ...
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How to measure a hex or jam nut? [on hold]

I need a jam/hex nut for the mic input for the below speaker. On the picture the connector have been pushed in because the nut is missing. Question It should be a 3/8-32 jam nut, but how can I ...
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How do I go about filling a hole that's all the way through wood, for a new nut?

How do I go about filling the holes up so I can reset the nuts inplace for the handle. Also my tv cabinet, has two small holes but only one lines up, the other is right next to where I want to drill a ...
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Can an IR thermometer be used to check wall insulation?

IR point thermometers have come down a lot in price. IR imaging cameras haven't. Is there a reasonable approach to using the point thermometer to determine how well or poorly insulated my walls ...
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Insulating a thin-walled dormer

When I had my roof redone, we discovered that the nails they were using to put up the plywood base for the new roofing went through the sides of my dormers. Apparently those surfaces are a single ...
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How to install shower speaker

I recently bought a shower speaker from fabfurnish.com worth Rs.3,490..Does anyone know how to install this speaker exactly?? this is how it looks:
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How to join two 1x6s to form a 23' baseboard with a seamless transition?

My upstairs hallway is 23' long and one of its sides has no doors on it, meaning the baseboard on that side covers it continuously. I am using 1x6 poplar for baseboard and the longest piece my local ...
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Timer on dryer stopped working

The timer on our Maytag dryer seems to have died/stopped working and I would like to replace it myself: What I mean by "died/stopped working" is that the timer no longer decrements and mechanically ...
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Do polyphosphates reduce scale in refrigerator ice makers?

I am considering switching to a polyphosphate-containing water filter for my refrigerator ice maker/water dispenser. Currently, I use softened water to prevent calcium build-up in the ice ...
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How to troubleshoot/diagnose an oven that won't heat past a certain point?

Our ovens (double-stacked Nutone Hotpoint circa 1960s) are old: About 2 months ago, we noticed that the bottom one - which had been running great for years - wouldn't get any hotter than just ...
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Why do my lights not work? [duplicate]

I have three small recessed lights, set into a false ceiling where a mini-central air conditioning unit is set. The lights do not turn on. The lights are small E14 base mini-spots I replaced the ...
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What could cause my electric water heater to over heat water?

About a year ago our 15 year old electric water heater heated the water nearly to the boiling point until the breaker on the tank shut off the power. When I reset the breaker the temperature went ...
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Bathroom subfloor replacement

I live in a house built in 1981 that has 16 inch spaced floor joists. In wanting to retile the bathroom I have discovered the plywood all around the toilet flange is junk, it expands about 12 inches ...
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What should I do if wire gauge is too large to fit into a screw terminal?

First time poster here. I am working on a robot controller that requires mains power. I was provided 10AWG wire (the unit recommends 14-10AWG, and this is National Electric Code FTR). I took out the ...
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New condenser fan motor burned out

AC technician replaced my condenser fan (through a home warranty service). The new fan worked for 5 min and stopped working after that. the fan motor was extremely hot (180F or more) The old fan motor ...
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How do I wire up a 4-wire dimmer switch when I only have two 2 wires from the wall?

I'm replacing (yet again) my bathroom dimmer switch. The old switch had 3 wires: 2 black and one green. The two black wires were attached to the wires coming out of the wall and the green wire was ...
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Drilled a shallow hole in concrete ceiling and some water came out. What now?

We are on a ground floor of a condo building and to put up the partitions I drilled a small hole and after about 1" depth the drill fell into a void (about 1" more) and about a quart or so of clear ...
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How can I level sistered floor joists? [on hold]

I have a 6' deep and 18' wide roof deck that has water damage. I removed the old flooring and tile. The joists by the stucco railing are rotten. The joists by the house are fine. I removed the rotten ...
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How should I relocate my shed?

The property that I bought recently had two sheds. The older one was closer the to the fence and it is already demolished and the other one which is currently blocking our view and it is too big for ...
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How to make a height adjustable shelf / desk

My application needs to have a rail like sliding system but also needs few other properties Vertical Slider Range Lock Range Lock should be adjustable I've sketched the requirements for better ...
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Installing thin slate (chalkboards) as countertops: proper method?

I'm buying some used grade school chalkboards to use as counter tops in our kitchen. I know this is done, as there are plenty of photos online, but the actual info as to how to install is scarce. Is ...
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How can I cut a tree trunk into more manageable pieces?

I live in the UK and I just had a tree surgeon round to cut down a tree. He cut the trunk up into 6" pieces and my grandad plans on using one of the cuts to make a table. However, the trunk, which is ...
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Is fan fold insulation an acceptable underlayment for hardwood?

Is fan fold insulation an acceptable underlayment for hardwood? It is being used as a leveler from one floor level to another.
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How can I paint a wooden desk with a rubberised feel?

I've acquired an old wooden desk that is just varnished wood. I would like to paint it but with the rubberised feel I have seen applied to some metals. I'm not sure if this paint exists for wood, but ...
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bath exhaust fan light combo

I have a bathroom fan light combo controlled by a rotary timer . can I get the light in the fan to operate with the switch for the vanity light in the same bathroom . both switches are side by side.
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How to remove markings from laundry sink

The laundry sink plug was blocked at one stage and did not drain properly. After the plug was unblocked there were markings which were left on the sides of the sink - see the image below: These ...
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How to prevent washing machine drain overflow

I have a washing machine upstairs. The discharge hose is placed in the top of some 2" ABS pipe. That pipe then drops about 14' to my basement floor, then runs along the floor for 5', ending in a ...
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How can I repair water damage to a hardwood floor under a washing machine?

Recently we had an overflow from our washing machine, because we washed pillows on the high speed setting. The powder room where the washing machine is located had water on the floor underneath, but ...
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How do you sister joists?

I am replacing part of a floor because of water damage. I have removed three layers of flooring. The joists were unaffected by the rot (as was the bottom floor, but I removed it anyway). I only ...
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What should I do about nonmetallic sheathed cable that was wet?

The wire running to my dryer (240V) got wet from a leaking AC window unit directly above on second floor and tripped the breaker. I saw the ground wire paper was damp after removing the outlet cover ...
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How can I wire switch to convert a regular outlet to half switch?

I have a junction box with 2 switches: - Right switch controls the ceiling fan. - Left switch does nothing, but the black(hot) wire is labeled "Fan". The white neutral wire is not attached. I'm ...
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What is wrong with this panel wiring?

I have a main breaker panel downstairs, and a subpanel upstairs. After I hired an electrician to rerun the service entry cables, nothing upstairs is right, and all the upstairs lights blew as soon as ...
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Connecting a sump pump to sewer

I'm attempting to install a new sump pump in my basement after having a few minor flooding incidents and addressing as much of the external causes as possible (gutters, etc). The pump is only used for ...

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