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How do I wire a brand new cooktop that has no white neutral wire?

My old cooktop which is being replaced connects to a j-box with black, red, white, and bare ground wires, which goes to a 40 amp circuit breaker (US here, noticed this site is popular with Europe too)....
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1answer
159 views

Ceiling Fan Pancake Box Install

I need to replace a ceiling fan and add a round 1/2" deep pancake box. However, the clearance with the drywall is slightly off and leaves a gap in the ceiling when the ceiling fan is installed. Is it ...
2
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1answer
380 views

Stain, poly, cut… What order should I use when installing window trim?

This is my first carpentry project where 'looks matter'… I recently installed a new window in my living room, and it's now time to trim out the interior. The other windows in the house have simple ...
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Why does one of two lights stay on when they share a neutral?

I have one source of power (1 hot wire) for 2 loads (living room lights and breakfast nook lights) I am replacing the dimmers with Insteon dimmers. The previous switches didn't use the neutrals, but ...
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1answer
1k views

My roommate accidentally(?) left the stove on. Should I be concerned? [closed]

Not sure if this is the right place to ask, but it's somewhat of a safety question, so here goes... I came home from work the other day and saw there was a pot on the stove. Thinking one of my ...
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2answers
953 views

Would upgrading hot water radiator heating result in much better efficiency?

My wife and I are thinking about buying a funky old house where we live, in southern Ontario, and trying to prioritize upgrades. There's a lot of knob and tube to replace -- top priority -- and some ...
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1answer
205 views

What is the proper way to insulate a cantilevered bay?

I have two areas of my house which are cantilevered. One is a bay area which extends about 2'. The other is the bottom of a fireplace box (gas fireplace). I have placed two layers of R-13 (I think) ...
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ceiling fans problems

Flipped on the wall switch that controls the lights to 2 ceiling fans. The lights on BOTH went out but the fans still run. Tried replacing the bulbs, the bulbs were still good. (I put them in other ...
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1answer
737 views

Is hardwood flooring safe from termites?

I have plans to have hardwood flooring in my living room, but I am afraid of termites ruining my flooring.
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1answer
106 views

Kitchen receptacle sparked and now has no power

My Aunt plugged in a device and the receptacle sparked. Now she has no power. The breaker did not trip and the GFI will not reset.
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1answer
151 views

Sanding between boards for smooth finish

I was following the guide at http://www.familyhandyman.com/walls/how-to-build-a-wainscoted-wall/view-all Basically, my issue is that the vertical stiles don't match up exactly with the horizontal ...
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1answer
86 views

Strong wood coating?

I made a magnetic knife holder out of wood and coated with Arm-r-Seal oil urethane but after 3 days of curing it seems it'll get beat up too fast. What's the strongest I could use? Is this a good ...
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2answers
59 views

Where could the water leaching from the base of the drywall be coming from?

I am building a new home and have insulated the walls with 1" of foam and paper backed fiberglass insulation. After the contractor put up drywall he recommended plastering the ceilings and the walls ...
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2answers
243 views

Can having a bad grounding situation destroy a circuit breaker?

We moved into a home, built a while ago. there are wires hanging and covered in black tape on a chimney. I bought 2 sconces and put them in place. i did not hook up the ground wire on one of them, ...
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0answers
66 views

What is causing my drain to clog every 7 days?

I have a septic tank that clogs every 7 days. I snake it, but the next week I have to snake it again. Is there any way to know if it's the drain or the pump? Is there a way to check? I checked the ...
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1answer
102 views

5000W heater temperature

Garage Heater My 5000 W heater is wired to a double breaker (220V) 10 GA.black & white wires + grd.) feeding the heater (Dimplex). The heater element will generate only 140 degrees on the heater ...
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2answers
658 views

How to finish bathroom vanity junction with the floor?

Hello Internet DIYers! I'm in the process of remodelling our bathroom. The floor is done and I have installed the vanity (I screwed it to the studs in the wall). The vanity side walls arrive nicely ...
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1answer
311 views

Adding electrical service to detached garage

Please let me know if this sounds correct- Sub panel fed from 80amp breaker in main building 200amp load center. Roughly 75' of 1" PVC conduit from existing load panel, under existing timber deck, ...
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2answers
97 views

polystyrene insulation over dryloc basement walls

I am a DIY beginner. If I am installing polystyrene over drylocked basement walls, do I need a vapor barrier? Do I put the studs on top of the polystyrene? So, from exterior to interior it would be:...
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1answer
199 views

Good way to clean Stainless Steel Railing

I have a stainless steel fence in my garden. Its near the sea and constantly looks dirty and old. I think the steel is a Stainless 316 as opposed to 304. What cost effective cleaner could I use or ...
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3answers
244 views

How can I stop my windows from leaking when mild winter weather occurs?

We have an 11 year old bungalow and this problem only occurs on the middle section of a bay window. We think that frost happens inside the insulation somewhere and when the temperature outside is mild ...
2
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1answer
65 views

Non wood basement panels

What are options for non wood basement panels. I would prefer ones that could be taken down to get behind the panels if needed. I'm looking to the install myself.
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1answer
58 views

Cold showers why? [duplicate]

I saw a similar question asking why a shower gets hot/cold when toilet is flushed. My question is why does the person in the shower get cold If anyone anywhere in the house turns on the water? I ...
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0answers
94 views

PGE turned out my pilot light on my wall heater

PGE turned out pilot on wall heater, said that there was a wiring problem. I have used this heater for the past 6 years. Do I have to call a electrian in before they will turn pilot light back on ...
2
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2answers
351 views

Help to diagnose the washing machine issue

I have a Haier HLP23E washing machine. Last week it stops to spin. After draining all water, instead of start the spin cycle, it stops for a while and then start to pour in the water. I switch off the ...
2
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3answers
174 views

Can I use a 50Hz tape recorder on a 60Hz electrical system?

I have a Sony reel to reel tape player/recorder that is rated at 110V, 127V, 220V, 240V, 50Hz. Can I connect it to 110v 60Hz or do I need to purchase a 50Hz output power converter?
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2answers
132 views

Running romex around switch box that is not being terminated to said switch box

Can I run a romex cable not going to a switch box around the switch box as long as it is stapled at both sides of switch box. From a vertical perspective
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1answer
164 views

What to do with pushed in tile?

I need to fix this slightly pushed in tile and get it looking normal again. Can anybody advise on what I should do, e.g. what to buy and general instructions/technique? I'm worried that it's going to ...
2
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5answers
1k views

PEX Pipes running along Ceiling on Inside Wall

My landlord fixed a leak from the baseboard heating system using a plumber who decided to run the red [guessing PEX pipes] from the water heater/boiler to the baseboards along the ceiling. The pipes ...
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1answer
72 views

The soil over the pipe from the well is subsiding

The soil over the pipe from our well to our house has been subsiding for the last five years. I'm looking for advice about what might be causing it and what I can do to fix it. There are about 100 ...
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1answer
2k views

How do I hook up a water line to the ice-maker on my old Frigidaire fridge?

I am trying to hook up the ice maker for an old Frigidaire fridge, but there is no line running out of the back. When I opened the access panel I found the water valve but unlike newer water valves ...
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2answers
256 views

Why does only one light burn out constantly

I have recessed lights and the light on one of them only lasts around 2-3 weeks all the other lights on the same circuit works just fine
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4answers
256 views

Why are all of my appliances becoming energized when ground wire is excluded?

I live in Australia, with three-prong 240v power supply including ground prong. I own a simple plug adapter that does not include the ground connection. As far as I'm aware, using any appliance with ...
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1answer
591 views

How can a voltage screwdriver light up when I test the ground wire or chassis of my washing machine, but multimeter reads no voltage or current flow? [duplicate]

I have been receiving shocks from my washing machine. My proximity voltage detector beeps near the chassis, drum and ground wire. My voltage testing screwdriver also lights up when touched to them. ...
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1answer
413 views

Replacing my locks/door handles

I'm going to replace the locks in my home. I'm doing this because we are renting the property out and I want to get keys that are "un-duplicatable" (the kind where only the owner is allowed to make ...
0
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1answer
709 views

When to Replace UV Bulb in AC System?

We had a new AC system put in last summer. The contractor included a UV bulb between the cooling area and the supply fan. It's supposed to kill bacteria and other nasties in the air. (The bulb is ...
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2answers
219 views

What to do with old connections when moving outlet to dedicated circuit?

I would like to remove one of the outlets from a circuit, and run a dedicated wire to it from a separate breaker, placing it on it's own circuit. When I disconnect the existing circuit from the ...
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votes
0answers
96 views

How to install vinyl flooring with coping?

I am installing vinyl flooring in a food cart and the regulations require coping along all walls. Need to address the wheel covers. Any ideas?
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2answers
611 views

Can I mount a 3 gang box vertically?

I need to fit 3 switches into a narrow space. Is there any rule against mounting a 3 gang box so that it is taller than it is wide? I will be using two single pole switches and one three way switch.
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votes
1answer
1k views

What could be causing these cracks in the drywall?

I have quite a few cracks in my drywall. They run along the drywall seams. They don't seem to affect every drywall seam, just some of them. Some seams that don't have cracks have bubbling of the ...
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1answer
2k views

Need to calculate load ratings for DIY wooden storage shelving

I'm trying to figure out the max load ratings for some shelving at our shop. It is 2x4's pine that spans 4 feet across and 30" deep with 2x4's as joists and angled 2x4's for support for each section. ...
0
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1answer
951 views

Carrier 60,000 BTU 92% Furnace vs Carrier 40,000 BTU 95% AFCU Furnace

I have about 900 finished square feet in my house, and I'll eventually be adding another 200 or so finished sq/ft in my basement. I'm looking to get my furnace replaced and have been quoted two ...
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2answers
389 views

How do I get my garage door open without prying it with a hanger?

I have a lift master and I programmed the remote and left it in my vehicle. I forgot to program the key pad and defaulted to factory settings. How do I get my garage door open with out prying it with ...
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1answer
260 views

Damper close to main supply vs damper close to the register end: what is the difference between the two positions?

For the air duct that feeds a room, what is the difference between installing a damper at the register end and installing a damper close to the main supply duct?
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1answer
858 views

How can I diagnose the cause of my washing machine shocking me?

Australian 240v power supply. Worked fine without incident for 5 years. One day I plugged washing machine into a plug adapter with no ground connection between the washing machine plug and the power ...
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vote
5answers
9k views

Best shoes for walking on a standing seam metal roof?

I went up on my roof this weekend to do some work on an antenna and clean chimneys. It's the first time I've been up there since I replaced the hail damaged asphalt shingles with standing seam steel. ...
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2answers
8k views

One of my glass shower doors shattered! How can I get it replaced?

We purchased a small house that was built in the 80's, and the master bathroom has a shower equipped with sliding glass doors. All of the hardware seemed to be in fair condition at time of purchase, ...
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0answers
78 views

Should I look into getting an active or passive whole-house humidifier?

My wife and I moved into our place a few months ago. Now that is is winter, the humidity levels dropped down to 20% throughout the house. We want to install a whole-house humidifier to raise it up ...
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votes
0answers
91 views

What could cause moisture on my bonus room floor?

Last week during a cold snap with high winds. I discovered moisture along the floor on one side of my bonus room, above the attached garage. Their was enough moisture that the baseboard molding ...
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2answers
1k views

Pretty big electric shock when touching my lamp

I just received a fairly large electric shock when trying to turn on the lamp on my nightstand while I was sitting in bed. When we purchased the lamp, it was 110v however we had it changed to 220v ...

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