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Can I replace an electric smoke detector with a combo smoke and carbon monoxide detector?

My house has electric smoke detectors wired into an ADT alarm system. I'm not using the alarm system but the smoke detectors seem to work anyway. I'd like to have carbon monoxide detectors too. Can ...
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Thermostat and thermostat system for small business with several units and tenants

Am the facilities guy in a small church and pre-school. There are 8 heat pump units through out the church/schoool. Each has a stand-alone thermostat and they are all different. I would like to get ...
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Router bit depth keeps decreasing/slipping down, where is the problem?

I inherited a black and decker plunge router from my grandfather. From when I first tried it the bit has always slowly receded back decreasing the amount the bit protrudes from the router base. This ...
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Preventing Water Leak on Outlet

I recently moved into a new house rental and am setting up my washer & dryer. I am uncomfortable with the proximity of our hot/cold water valves to our washer's power outlet and was wondering if ...
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1answer
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Connect 1/2“ supply line to 3/8” outer diameter faucet line

I bought from Home Depot a Glacier faucet that comes with 3/8 inch O.D. supply tubes. The supply lines from the wall have an outer diameter of 1/2 inches though. How do I connect the two? This ...
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What is the right way to run ethernet wiring and electrical wiring in a house? [duplicate]

Im currently planning to build a 2nd floor in my home, I already know how to do the electrical wiring design according to the norm, however im wondering if its possible to run the ethernet cables ...
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Which parts are missing from this vintage lockset?

I'd like to get this lockset back into working order on a vintage 1-3/8" interior door with 2-3/8" backset, but do not know which parts are missing. Here is what I do have: Also, either the door ...
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No waterproofing between the rim joist and ledger on new construction?

My new house is being built with a deck and I noticed that the framer has fastened the ledger directly to the rim joist without any sort of waterproofing between. The sheathing which is Zip system ...
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small rack system for my yard [on hold]

I would like to know about putting a solar rack system in my yard between four to five thousand watts. I have room for it to face south and it should not be to mutch of an eyesore for my neighbors the ...
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1answer
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What could cause the garage door overhead light to not stay on while the door is opening?

We replaced one wall switch with a door bell button and now the overhead light flashes on when I hit the button, goes off and then the light comes back on when the door is fully open. Before ...
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Are these drywall screws properly driven/countersunk?

Related to this question. Even though I might be cluttering up SE with questions about driving drywall screws, I feel they will ultimately be helpful since I have been unsuccessful in finding images ...
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What could be wrong with auto-defrost system in the fridge?

Defrost system in my Whirpool french door fridge is not working. Cold area compartment gets warm a week after full defrost with the help of hair dryer while freezer keeps working normally. I checked ...
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What is the cause and fix to water slowly coming out of an outdoor faucet when its turned off?

Regardless of how tightly I turn the faucet off, there is water that flows out. When I attach a hose with a spray nozzle, the water finds a way to leak out either at the faucet where the hose is ...
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Can I drain a 15'x35' concrete brick patio using a floor drain connected to a 4" PVC pipe?

I am looking for a solution to drain my patio which is sloped toward one of its corners. The size of the patio is 15'x 35'and the area is Toronto (for rain volume estimation) I would like to drain my ...
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1answer
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Home: Using Exhaust & Circulating Fans to Improve Air Quality While Staying Cool

In the hopes of ventilating nasty odors and airborne contaminants, I recently installed the Bionaire BW2300 in one of my kitchen windows. This is the only one I have installed in my home at the ...
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1answer
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Just installed central 4 ton fau condenser and evaporator but don't know how to install thermostat from condenser to fau to the thermostat

I installed a furnace evaporator and condenser brand goodman 4 ton unit but need to know how to connect thermostat from condenser to the furnace to the thermostat if any suggestion.
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1answer
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Occupancy (motion) switch wiring question

I have a single-pole light switch that I want to replace with a motion-detecting occupancy light. It is a Leviton Motion Sensor, # IPS02. When I removed the old switch, I noticed that the switch only ...
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0answers
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Asbestos in concrete foundation

Clear and simple: is it possible that there is asbestos in the poured concrete foundation of a US home built in 1951? I am worried about this, because I want to drill holes in the basement concrete ...
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2answers
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Using PEX for baseboard run

I had a copper (baseboard heat) pipe freeze and burst, and need to replace a run of pipe that's exposed to that kind of cold when it gets below 0F outside. The pipe is below the floor on an exterior ...
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2answers
338 views

What is causing a ticking noise in my electrical outlets?

Several electrical outlets in two rooms started making a ticking sound last fall. I checked the receptacles and tightened the wires on two of them and replaced two of the receptacles. The circuit ...
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1answer
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How do I prevent interior doors from sticking in the winter?

We have several interior doors that only stick or won't completely close in the winter. We also get cracks in the drywall mud above the doors so I think something else is going on besides just ...
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What should I do about a stubborn screw on the middle of a dryer cord connection?

I am attaching a 3 prong dryer cord to a dryer. The middle connection is being stubborn. The screw gets to a certain point and is stuck. It will not tighten and the connection is very loose. Can I ...
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3answers
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Why is my Central Heating taking so long to heat up?

I'm in the UK with a small modern, well insulated, double glazed home heated by a traditional gas boiler. My heating had been achieving room stat temperature within 30 minutes but is now taking at ...
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2answers
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How long should water come out of a radiator whilst I bleed it, if the radiator is isolated?

Trying to isolate a leaking radiator. I've closed the locksheild valve by turning it clockwise until it tightened and set the thermostatic valve to 0. I've just tried bleeding the radiator to check ...
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1answer
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Replace cartridge of valve for shower

I have some problem with my shower, the control of cold and hot water doesnt work. My guess is that the cartridge of the valve needs to be replaced. The problem is that I dont know the brand for the ...
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1answer
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Ceiling fan TURNS OFF when I TURN ON the lights

I just installed a new ceiling fan in my kids room earlier today. There are two switches on the wall. I started the day with a dimmer switch and a regular switch. Once everything was installed I ...
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1answer
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Gas Strut Placement on Murphy Bunkbed

hoping for some assistance on mounting the gas struts I purchased on a Murphy Style Bunk bed - The Gas Springs I have are 90 lbs. with 20" fully extended and a 8" stroke?
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Ideas for simple light with switch for a small aquarium [on hold]

This is a project that I would like to do with my kid. Something simple that I could pick up at Frys or similar. I need a light that goes inside my son's aquarium and is turned on by a switch and ...
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1answer
131 views

Stool sounds like foghorn!

Our toilet suddenly started sounding like a foghorn, periodically. Does this mean air in the waterline? If not, what is going on? What can we do about it (it is really loud!)?
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Can I replace a toilet tank, only? what do I need to know regarding tank size to match to existing bowl?

I have to replace a toilet tank that has cracked down the entire side. What dimensions, and capacities to I need to know when finding a tank to fit the existing bowl?
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120 v to 12 v puck light conversion

I have 7 hardwired under cabinet puck lights which are 10 year old halogen type . All 7 or powered as 120 from one wall switch . Limited access to each light other than removing old puck and pulling ...
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1answer
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How can I add a 3-way switch to my light? (confused about existing wiring)

I'm trying to install a 3-way switch for a specific light but I'm not sure how to do the wiring. The existing switch box has quite wires inside: 3x 12-2 1x 12-3 The hots (black) are all tied ...
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1answer
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Where to add C wire on this air handler?

Thanks for helping me here. I am adding a new wifi thermostat to my system but need to add a C wire directly to the air handler (system is a First Co air handler with hot water boiler for heat and ...
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1answer
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I ran into two hot lines when replacing a three way switch

I've read up on three way switches, and have replaced a few over the years. I recently installed a bathroom fan, and so had to replace two three way switches. Very simple setup - two switches, one ...
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4answers
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How do I wire an old furnace motor so I can use it as a garage exhaust fan?

Since last I posted, I moved WAY south (lil warm down here) and the house I moved into was a foreclosure so a few things needed done, namely the AC and furnace. When the guy did the job he said he ...
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1answer
389 views

Why is my new high efficiency furnace blowing cold air sometimes?

Why does my new furnace high efficient Payne furnace blow cold air,not constantly but at least 3 different times in a day, my thermastat is set on auto but when the weather is cold outside it will ...
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1answer
670 views

Where is my common wire on the unit?

I have 2 systems in my house, my heat is gas hot water radiator heating and A/C is a separate newer system. I'm trying to figure out if I can run a C wire off air handler from the A/C system to run ...
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459 views

How can I fit a pipe inside another pipe?

Does anyone here with experience in plumbing or piping know if a 3/4" pipe can fit inside a 1" pipe to the point where you can slide it in and out like a telescope to make an adjustable stand post? ...
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9answers
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Do any ultra quiet ceiling fans that have no motor hum exist?

I am in the market to buy two large ceiling fans to cycle air within and potentially cool my master bedroom. The room is about 16x27 feet, and it gets pretty hot during spring, summer, and early fall. ...
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0answers
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programmable alarm clock [on hold]

I'm trying to buy/build a programmable alarm clock. it has to play a programmable sound at a programmable time, be small and last over a month on batteries (it will be idle 99.99% of the time). no ...
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3answers
297 views

Just bought first impact driver, do I still need to pre-drill holes?

I just bought my first impact driver and I was wondering am I suppose to still pre-drill holes with a bit with my regular drill before using the impact driver when going through woods? I use to ...
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1answer
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What rivets should be used for gutter work?

I'm looking to buy pop rivets to do some gutter replacements, but the smallest "advertised for gutter work" pack available was a 100pk. I'd probably only need 20 at the most (short span). There ...
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1answer
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What can I do about minimizing small shards of ice shooting out the ice dispenser on LG refrigerator?

Ever since we bought this fridge it's been doing this with the ice dispenser. It's only 3-4 months old and I've tried cleaning out the tray where the ice is made but to no avail.
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2answers
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How should I apply ambient air temperature ampacity correction factors when exact temperature is unknown?

Is there a good method or rule of thumb for determining ambient air temperature for wire runs through non-climate controlled areas in residential applications (e.g. attics -- I've read literature from ...
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2answers
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How can I secure NM cable to a metal stud?

I use NM staples to secure NM cable to wood studs but I am unfamiliar with the options to secure NM cable directly to metal studs despite trying a number of different search terms. Would it be okay to ...
2
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1answer
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Lack of Hot water

I have a 40 Gallon electric hot water heater that goes to a shower by the swimming pool of the fitness center. I get complaints of the hot water running out. the previous Facilities Director said it ...
2
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2answers
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Why do my bedroom and kitchen lights switch off or on without operating them from the switch?

I connected a ceiling Fan to my En-Suit, and ever since that night, my Bedroom and kitchen lights are switching on and off at irregular intervals. But the fan is getting power from a circuit breaker ...
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1answer
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putting concrete footer with slab

I am going to install a pavilion on a concrete slab. I was wondering, if I install 4 ft concrete footers, should the top of the column be flush with the top of the slab to be poured, or the column be ...
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1answer
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Installing ceiling fan

Wiring questions. Ceiling has three wires one white one black one bare fan has four one white one black one blue one green how do I connect wires?
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Sub-floor trouble in bathroom

I have to rip out a rotted section of sub-floor in a handicapped bathroom. It's 3/4 in. osb with 1/4 in. plywood on top. The contractors that had built this apartment just 4 years ago put no cement ...

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