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New garage door opener belt sags when opening

I recently replaced our chain driven garage door opener (which functioned fine for 9 years) with a Chamberlain MyQ opener which runs off of a belt, instead. It was nearly a direct swap and all works ...
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How do I secure a steel rod inside a blind hole of a silumin part?

A part of my hacksaw responsible for keeping the blade tensioned broke apart. One of the parts is a piece of silumin which has a blind hole 4 millimeters in diameter and about 15 millimeters deep. A ...
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How do I fix a minor scratch on a dyed aluminum anodized surface?

I have a home appliance with a green anodized aluminum case (like apple macbooks and older iPods). There is a minor scratch that is pretty easy to miss, but once I see it I can't unsee it. My main ...
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our bathroom exhaust fan flops open and shut in hot weather, thats with the power off.

Our bathroom exhaust fan flops open and shut (least that what it sounds like) in hot weather, when power is off. 30 yr old house. Please what can I do to fix.
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When connecting LED tape lights to a transformer, should I daisy chain the strips or install home runs for each strip?

I'm in the planning stage for adding under cabinet LED tape lighting. I have four seperate cabinet areas to reach. Before I drywall I'm planning to install a standard wall switch that goes to an ...
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Why did my wall-mounted garage door opener button stop working?

Yesterday, my wall-mounted garage door opener was working fine. Today, the opener is not working. There is no green light or any other sign of it working. I tried pressing it a few times but no ...
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Accepted electrical raceway material to residential detached garage

When exiting a home with an electrical raceway to serve a detached garage, is PVC a generally accepted (code-worthy) raceway material to use? My feeders are carrying one 20A dedicated circuit. My plan ...
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What type of exterior door hardware allows remote lock/unlock and timed events? [on hold]

My family has 3 small houses which we rent, and I have been looking for a away to do this: I want to replace all main locks to the houses for something more sophisticate so that I can: Remotely lock ...
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What is the proper way to prevent water infiltration between exterior stairs and wall

My house has a full flight of poured concrete stairs (covered with decorative stone) that runs parallel to (and butts up against) an exterior wall. The interior wall had water stains at the ...
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1answer
554 views

Why is there still no hot water after installing new thermostats and elements?

I have just replaced both thermostats and elements in my whirlpool hot water heater. I have checked voltage on both elements. I have voltage at all 4 points. I read that it should only be one at a ...
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Does water hardness affect the life of copper pipes?

We have just completed the renovation works of our old home in Toronto. A short while later the pipes in bathrooms began to leak. The plumber may have used lower quality materials or lower class ...
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Easiest/affordable way to monitor what's using power in your home?

My electric bill seems to be unusually high. I'm trying to figure out if there is an issue somewhere (faulty wiring, someone stealing power etc) or if one of my devices is a power hog. Does anyone ...
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4°C pond heater [on hold]

I'm planning on turning a barrel like bucket (ca 100l) into a pond where I'd put a plant and some fish. The problem is that this pond would freeze in the winter probably killing everything in it. From ...
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GFCI receptacle and 3-way switches

I have replaced a bathroom outlet with a GFCI. The first outlet from the circuit breaker is the bathroom outlet. The circuit then goes to a switched light outdoors, a switched light to a hallway, ...
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Identifying light socket in kitchen

I have 5 light sockets in the kitchen. Two of them are A19 style sockets and three of them are the following sockets: They fit a CFL type bulb in them. I would like to replace it with an A19 socket ...
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Electrical current felt when touching metal in my home

In my house we get a low voltage shock when you touch metal with wet hands. We had a electrician in who told us it was a problem outside our house. He said it had to do with the transformer that fed ...
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Is it okay to have an ungrounded light fixture?

I recently moved into an older home (built in 1968) and have been replacing some of the older light fixtures. We pulled down one of the lights and found that there is a ground running into the box but ...
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Can i use a water heater as my source for the in floor Pex tubing system?

I installed Pex tubing in concrete in 2 areas, both garage floors. I have been told 2 things.... one is that it will require a boiler, two, that a hot water tank will do the job. Cost is a huge factor ...
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What to do about gap under outside bath exhaust vent?

The exhaust vent was broken so I installed a new one. After I finished, the previous homeowner apparently cut the siding too tall, or my new vent is shorter, but I'm left with this raggedy gap at the ...
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Can I vent a portable air conditioner inside?

I recently bought a portable air conditioner and was wondering if it is absolutely necessary to vent it to the outside. I plan on using it in a room that doesn't have a window as was wondering if I ...
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How can I clean sticky and dirty hand tool's rubber?

I have a hand tool - Needle-nose plier that had a rubber that is used as the handle. Currently, I managed to clean up all the rust on the metal and would like to clean up the rubber handle as it is ...
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Both A/C air handler and outside unit won't turn on

I went to turn on my A/C for the first time this year, and nothing happened. I checked power to both the air handler and outside unit...both at getting 220v going into the boards on each. I then ...
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Do I use grout to install my travertine backsplash?

We just purchased 3x6 tumbled travertine backsplash. Do you have to have a grout line or can you install without. Will it stay up?
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Should I replace my house wrap when re-siding?

My house was built in the 60s and doesn't have normal plywood sheathing. It has that old sheet-rock-like sheathing (it's black, I think it is exterior gypsum). Basically the walls (right now) go, ...
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Drain dripping noise from Garbage disposal into P trap

after running the dishwasher or just running water into the sink, about 30 seconds later goes this nerve wrecking: POCK... POCK... POCK The dripping comes from the garbage disposal pipe and the ...
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Do I have to worry about Bimetallic corrosion corrosion in this compression fitting?

I had an old fridge in my basement with an ice maker and water dispenser. I want to hook it up to my bathroom sink. I have a bunch of spare 1/4" fittings in my toolbox. The only problem is my ...
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Replacing a Challenger breaker with an after-market breaker

I have a Challenger panel board and one of my breakers is no good. When I went to buy a new one they don't carry them anymore. They said they only carry the after-market ones. So I got that one, but ...
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What can I do about a window well that is filling up with water from below the surface?

I have 2 covered basement window wells on the side of my house. When it rains heavily, they fill up with water from beneath the surface. There are 4 downspouts from the gutters on our roof. They run ...
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1answer
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Cutting Acrylic bath panel to fit skirting

We are decorating our bathroom and the current bath panel is looking a bit yellow. We have found a lovely clean white bath panel made from Acrylic, but we have a skirting board on both walls where ...
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Where do I connect a C wire in a Rheem Furnace REAB 1415J? [duplicate]

I'm upgrading the thermostat with a Honeywell wifi one. I found all cables at the thermostat end, but can't figure out where to connect the C wire to the furnace (Rheem REAB 1415J).
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Electricity passes through a bulb holder, even when the switch is off

In my home, electricity passes through a bulb holder even when the switch is off. I heard that happens due to 3-way switches. Could anybody tell me if it is okay or worth worrying? Update Let me ...
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How best to remove and replace this gasket on swivelling spigot

has worn out and is leaking. How to install the new one without damaging it?
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Should the backer board be in front of or behind the tub flange?

I'm installing a new bath tub and shower. I've removed the old tile down to the studs. Should the backer board be in front of or behind the tub flange? I put it on the rear tub wall from floor to ...
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How do I prep my houses exterior cement walls for painting?

My house exterior walls are cement - how do I prep it before painting? Here's some photos. I'm thinking maybe a pressure washer but would prefer an easier, less messy alternative if available. I read ...
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What are the potential dangers of not removing the tabs on a split receptacle?

If I feed a duplex receptacle from two separate branch circuits, I'm supposed to remove the jumper tabs between the receptacles. But what would happen if I didn't remove the tabs?
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Does a reverse osmosis system drain constantly?

I have come across a pharmacy grade reverse osmosis filter system. I would like to install it in my kitchen but before I do, I need some questions answered. Does the system drain constantly or just ...
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What is this bathroom basin tap connection and can I replace it myself?

A few months back I had a problem with the cold tap in my upstairs bathroom — no water would come out after turning it on. I also noticed that the flexible tap hose underneath the basin was damp and ...
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How should I connect a steel I beam to the sill plate above it?

I have a late 70s house, and I want to install a wall next to the middle I beam in the basement ceiling. If I put a 2x flush to the sill plate, it will be fire blocked as well. The problem is that ...
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1answer
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How do I repaint a bathroom that was originally painted with oil (possible lead) then latex?

The home was originally constructed in 1955. Since I have no way of knowing when the original paint job was done on this bathroom, I cannot easily determine if the old oil-based paint contains lead or ...
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How to extend 5/8" window jamb?

The window I just received in special order came with a 5/8" jamb. I'm really upset at that awkward dimension because it makes it difficult to extend it with regular 1xX lumber (actual thickness ...
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Specs for reinstalling 10+ year old composite decking

Our deck: Light colored decking on left was scrubbed yesterday with a stiff natural bristle brush. We'd like to reduce the regular buildup of moss/algae and associated slipperiness of the 10+ ...
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1answer
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How can i stop heat

I live in a shop with my boyfriend, upstairs like a loft. We put up installations. We have an air conditioner running all day, but the room still gets too hot. No windows, just one huge door. What ...
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Grounding metal box joining two BX cables without ground

If I have a metal handy box used to join two legacy BX armored cables that don't have a ground wire, do I need to ground that box like I would with NM cable by connecting the box with the NM ground? ...
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How to fix a poor plumbing installation resulting in severe odor problems?

After reading this related question and check that the wax seal is ok, I assume I have a problem with the trap, but where's the trap? The outline of the plumbing in my home (a bit simplified) is like ...
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1answer
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Resurface Fireplace - Apply mortar?

I've taking an extra layer of bricks from the front of my fireplace. I want to replace the fronting with marble. The original surface is really rough. My question is should I apply a mortar to smooth ...
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Why would holes exist behind a baseboard?

After ripping out some rubber baseboard, I discovered random holes all over the place. What would be the logical reasoning that these exist (if any)? Edit: Hopefully I don't get completely flamed ...
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1answer
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Knocking well pipes

As my well pump shuts off after getting up to pressure I can here the underground pipe that goes to the well point "knocking". There is a check valve on the inlet of the pump and possibly another at ...
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Freezer is cold but not freezing at all

After throwing a thermometer in my freezer, it is around 15-20 degrees Fahrenheit. Things that have been in there and frozen are staying frozen, but anything new that needs to freeze is not. For ...
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1answer
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Tools or Techniques for Removing Grass and Moss from Brick Patio

This is what I'm dealing with - rudimentary efforts have not paid off and I feel like I must be missing something.
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1answer
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How to prep gypcrete bathroom subfloor that has wood around the toilet?

first time bath floor tiling. The subfloor is gypcrete concrete but around the toilet it is wood. The wood is rotting so I think I will take it out. But I don't know how to proceed. So a couple of ...

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