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What are the connections on this German TV socket?

I live in Germany. I have zero knowledge in TVs. I found a TV socket in the wall but I have no idea what it means. My questions is: can you please explain to me what does each port in the socket ...
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How do I unscrew a broken aerator?

My bathroom faucet was spewing water at odd angles. The aerator was obviously old and plagued with mineral deposits. So I attempted to remove the aerator to clean/replace it. With WD-40 and vice ...
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How can I make an exterior door?

I have a solid wood entry door installed by the previous owner of the house. However, it doesn't match the mid-century style of the house and it doesn't have any windows; making the front entryway ...
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What pump for a pond where sediment keeps restricting flow?

We have a pond with a fountain fed by a closed centrifugal pump. The fountain looks great... for 30 minutes. When its turned on, the pump sucks up sediment suspended in the water, and deposits it ...
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Does voltage play any role in choosing the appropriate wire gauge?

Online, most household wiring guides suggest 14 gauge wire for 15 amp circuits, 12 for 20 amps, and 10 for 30 amps. Do these assume the voltage is 120, or does voltage not come into play when choosing ...
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What could cause two of my receptacles to stop working?

Problem: No power in two receptacles. Note: Both receptacles on same circuit. What I have done: Checked the 15 amps circuit breakers with a volt tester. Each breaker reads 125 volts. Bought a ...
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How to best patch cracked and hollow plaster

In our victorian terrace the plaster in many places is very old and uneven. Under one windowsill the plaster has quite a large crack which is also a patch where the plaster is loose. If I tap the wall ...
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What could cause a Trane furnace to not start heating?

I have a newer (2007?) Trane XL90 (model: tdx2b080a9422aa)forced air gas furnace. The problem I am having is the burner and fan will not start. The thermostat is set at 67 degrees and shows it is ...
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How do I stop my toilet from backing up?

My toilet clogs, I plunge it and nothing happens, I come back a couple hours later and it flushes. It makes a gurgle sound after the flush and and air bubble come up. What can I do to make the ...
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What should I know before having bathroom fixtures installed?

I recently removed the old towel rack in the bathroom (which was badly installed because it left huge holes inside and the rack was hanging and I had to literally tug it out, which took me ages!) and ...
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Where to attach the “C” wire to my furnace?

I am upgrading to a new thermostat which requires a "c" wire to power it. I have an unused blue wire running from my thermostat to my furnace that I plan to use as the common wire. However, I am ...
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I need some type of ceiling in the downstairs bathroom that will allow me access to the pipes.

What would be the best way to go about this? It must be able to withstand moisture. I have seen vinyl ceiling tiles for a drop ceiling but there is not really a lot of head room (90"). The over all ...
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What could cause my washing machine to stop before the rinse cycle?

My washing machine will get stuck right before the rinse cycle. The washing machine will be full of water. The way to "fix it" is to twist the knob right after the "rinse" line, find the sweet spot, ...
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Do I need to install aerial wall outlets or is there a wireless solution?

Just bought a new house and realized that everything is great but there's only one aerial socket (rooftop antenna coax connector) and it's on the opposite side of the living room where I want the TV. ...
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What problems could occur if I plugged a 3-prong plug into a receptacle labeled “No Equipment Ground”?

I have several old, ungrounded outlets in my house which are protected with GFCI, which is allowed per code as the GFCI will protect a person in the event of a ground-fault. These outlets are ...
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Why does my hot water smell like wood smoke?

We live in MN, in a house built in 2008 (and our water heater, installed in the basement, is about that vintage). For the past few weeks, I'm detecting a smoky smell from the hot water out of a ...
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Removing old mortar

I found parge coating falling away from my fieldstone foundation(1906). I used a hammer to tap on the remaining parge of the first section I am going to repair. Some of the coating sounds very solid ...
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Why isn't the spark gap lighting the pilot on my furnace?

I've got a Carrier 58GS natural draft furnace, which has a spark gap for igniting the pilot. Unfortunately, the spark gap has not been successfully doing its job. The spark clicks away as the gas ...
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Do I need anything over the wall board around wood trimmed garage door openings?

I am replacing all the wood trim around my garage door openings. The trim butts to vinyl siding with j-channel. The siding at the top of the doors had no flashing or trim cap and that is where the ...
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Would a 20 amp 240 volt panel from the main panel be enough for a laundry room?

Would a 20 amp 240 volt panel be good enough for three circuits, of total 40 amps 120 volts in a laundry room?
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By-pass door falling off track

We have a closet door in the upstairs of our new house that is a bypass wooden door that slides on a track at the top of the door. Once we bought the house we discovered the doors were totally messed ...
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If flame sensor will affect Motor assembly's functionality of furnace? How does that work? [on hold]

I have two Air conditioning company. A is the self-hired for my A/C, and B is assigned by home warranty company. This summer, the technician with A came out for an annual maintenance on both A/C and ...
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Well pump stops working after 30 minutes

Where I live I have well water. Ever since I bought the house, 14 years ago, the pump has stopped working after approximately 30 to 45 minutes. At that time you head on down to the basement and lift ...
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How can I level a slab with floor drains?

I just had the slab in my new basement poured about 3 days ago. It turned out terrible. The entire floor is wavy and has up to 1/2 inch dips and bumps every 4 feet or so. I would like to resurface ...
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Can I convert a roll up garage door to a side-hinged door?

Can an old up and over garage door be converted to a traditional hinged swing open door, my door is an up and over but does not give enough clearance for my needs now . in order to save a bit of money ...
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Where do I attach the rails for the keyboard tray on this desk?

First off - this is the final look of the desk: The problem is that the white rails for the keyboard tray - I don't know where to attach them to the desk. I have three 727x510 milimeter planks that ...
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Water tank and timer (UK)

We recently moved into a small flat in the UK. For hot water we have an electric water tank with a main switch and electric timer: I made the following experiments: Main switch on / Timer on – ...
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Why does my basement floor paint come off when it's wet?

I painted my basement floor and now just 3 weeks later my washer leaks and the paint is peeling off. I also put some water down on a spot and when I wiped it up you can scratch the paint off. It is ...
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What could have caused a shock from cement?

I didn't feel it myself, but my son-in-law and my own son said they were shocked when they touched the cemented ground in our backyard. We bought a new metal fire pit which we had set up and both men ...
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How deep should I bury a 4x4 steel post?

I live in West Texas. I need to put up a 4x4 steel post to mount a camera. How deep do I need to bury it? There will be 15 feet above ground.
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Can I knock down this wall without the whole place collapsing?

I have a partial kitchen wall I'm trying to tear down. I took out the ceiling drywall and there are long joists running perpendicular to the wall which made me think the wall might be weight-bearing. ...
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Will using concrete anchors in wall studs cause problems?

While installing a wall mount for a 48" TV, I realized I made a mistake. I drilled a ⅜ pilot hole in the wall stud and then installed the anchors provided with the mount that the lag bolts would be ...
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Why are my LED bulbs pulsing/flashing?

We've bought a house where most of the lighting is provided 12VAC halogens. Some of these globes are starting to burn out, so we decided to replace them with 12VAC LEDs. The LEDs are non-dimmable, but ...
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How can I remove humidity from a room without a dehumidifier?

I've noticed a problem in my apartment that returns every winter - I get mold around the windows. This year the cold weather came earlier than usual and the mold appeared quickly in great amounts, so ...
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What are the grounding requirements for a panel fed from another panel?

I have a 60 amp subpanel in my garage and plan to add a second 30 amp subpanel to an out-building 130 ft away (fed from the 60 amp). I Plan to run 6 AWG 4-wire from the 60 amp to the 30 amp in 1 1/2 ...
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Can I use my wet-vac to shampoo my carpets?

I have an old Rainbow brand dry/wet vacuum that my mom got at a yard sale, similar to this model. My family grew up with this kind of vacuum at home, and it was useful not only for typical carpet ...
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What can I do about an old steam baseboard heating valve that wont turn?

It is currently the fall. It is cool outside but is like a sauna inside due to the heaters in my apartment. I have complained about this issue repeatedly to the building super and office. They said ...
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When pouring cement next to a home, how far below the mud line on a stucco home do you need to be to avoid water issues?

how far below the Mud line on a stucco home do you need to be to avoid water issues 1", 2", 3" or more
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Do all garage receptacles have to be GFCI protected, and 18 inches off the ground?

I have a couple quick questions about garage outlets. If I recall correctly, outlets in a garage must all be GFCI. Does that include ceiling outlets for garage door openers? Why? Genuinely curious ...
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Do I have to worry about condensation on plywood over rigid foam insulation in the attic?

I have a vented attic space with poor insulation in the attic floor and rafters, so I'm going to button it up. My energy auditor suggested I insulate the floor as follows: cut blocks of rigid foam ...
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What can I do if my toilet bowl fills with water, but doesn't actually flush?

Instead of actually flushing (or pushing) the water down the drain, it just fills with water and drains out over the course of a few minutes. Anything liquid will drain out but nothing else (not even ...
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How can I replace a light fixture with a two way switch?

I have just replaced an old florescent fixture with a new incandescent fixture. Wired according to directions. Light comes on and does not throw the breaker so I know I have it wired correctly, ...
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Why does my Whirlpool washing machine stop after the wash cycle?

My scenario: Whirlpool washing machine, mechanical timer/dial. It will fill with water, agitate during the wash cycle and at the END of the wash cycle it (the timer) clicks and stops completely. ...
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Why would only the top outlets work in my two kitchen receptacles?

I have two outlets in our kitchen, one on either side of the sink, where only the top plugs work. I've tried to do some trouble shooting and here is what I know: There is a red, white, black, and ...
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Would a surge suppressor at the main be a good idea?

I recently upgraded my kitchen, and now have a refrigerator, stove, microwave, and dishwasher with electronic controls. Add to these my TV's, new high efficiency washing machine, and computers, and ...
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What could cause my old gas furnace to keep cutting out?

I have a old gas furnace that keeps cutting out. It turns on and the when it hits the temp it turns off and then when it turns on it will not give it gas. It will just sound like it blowing but no air ...
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Is this a ground wire in my ceiling light canopy?

I just installed a ceiling light fixture, which has a feature I've never seen before. The fixture has the traditional white, black, and green wires. I attached the white and black fixture wires to the ...
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What could cause the heat side of our split pack heating/air unit to stop working?

Our heat side of our split pack unit (runs on propane) come on and will runs little bit but then won't come on again. We can turn it off for a while and then it will run again. What could be the ...
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How do I install a new header in an exterior load-bearing wall?

I am replacing a 36-inch exterior door with a double door, 6 feet wide. It is going into a studded ground floor wall. There is another story above it. House is 24 feet wide. Assuming I am reading the ...
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How can I repair a cinder block wall around a sewer line?

After having replaced ~30' of 4" cast iron w PVC, I'm left with two holes in the cinderblock foundation. The holes are the height of 1 block and about 1/2 the width of a block. These leaves a pretty ...

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