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What could cause my recessed light to not work?

I replaced a flood light lightbulb in recessed light fixture, thinking the previous bulb had burned out, but that new bulb isn't working either. I've tried a regular lamp bulb to ensure my new ...
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Could bad grounding cause sparks and fire when connecting the cable box and TV?

I just moved into a home built in 1955. During inspection, it was noted that none of the outlets were grounded even though they had three prong outlets installed. Per our agreement, the owner ...
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Is it OK to block off an unused root cellar to mitigate moisture problems?

I have a root/cold cellar underneath my front porch. The walls appear to be poured concrete as I can't see any bricks or cinder blocks. The room sweats like crazy so there is an obvious moisture ...
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1answer
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Wiring a rocker switch with pilot light so light is on when switch is off

I have a single switch with a pilot light next to a two-function switch in a double gang box. They are both used to control a three function fan/light/night light in a bathroom. Everything is working ...
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3answers
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Can blue (lightweight) drywall compound be used for all coats?

I had a guy come in to do some drywall taping today and I had a bag of 20 min hot mud and a bucket of each green (regular) and blue (lightweight) joint compound. I always though that the green should ...
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1answer
43 views

What is the correct procedure to turn a 10“ rough-in toilet drain into a 12” rough-in drain when the drain goes through a slab-on-grade?

I need to replace a leaking toilet, but the distance from the drain to the wall is about 10.75". The selection of toilets that I'm finding in the 10" rough-in range is pretty pathetic and overpriced, ...
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What causes power to enter ground?

In trouble shooting this we found that an outside outlet had 70 volts coming through its ground. We went inside and disconnected everything but what is shown. The white is to the common, the red and ...
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1answer
117 views

Should I add a grease trap to a long drain run from the kitchen?

My 1955 house has a 25 foot drain run from my kitchen to my main stack (~7 feet of bends, then ~18 feet straight along a back wall). It has clogged several times in various places, and I have had it ...
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Can I use spackling to repair this damage between wall and celing?

This is the spackling I have: http://www.acehardware.com/product/index.jsp?productId=1308097&KPID=961778&kpid=961778&pla=pla_961778
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How to make something thick out of carbon fiber? [on hold]

I apologize if this is the wrong sub-exchange but I couldnt find anything closer to a "maker" SE. :/ I am looking to make something thick out of carbon fiber (like my own version of a KeySmart or ...
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1answer
64 views

How do I rewire my existing garage lighting so that one fixture is controlled by a new switch?

I have one switch that turns on the 5 light fixtures in my garage. I would like to add a switch where only 1 light comes on to save wear and tear on all my light fixtures. My thoughts are to run a ...
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2answers
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Will a Toto Eco-Drake toilet with a 12“ rough-in fit my 10.75” rough-in?

My bathroom has a 10 3/4" rough-in and the currently-installed toilet needs to be replaced. Some research has let me to learn that the Toto Eco-Drake line of toilets that specify 12" rough-ins can be ...
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Vermont Castings propane stove flame is normal then “explodes” then goes back to normal

My Vermont Castings Propane stove was working fine yesterday. Today when it goes on, the flame is fine, then it bursts to a large flame for a second and then returns to the normal flame. Then it ...
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1answer
61 views

Is this dry well sturdy enough to walk over?

I am planning to install a dry well sold in HomeDepot in my backyard. I am wondering if this dry well would be sturdy enough to walk over. If anybody has installed this product, could you share the ...
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6answers
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How can I center a drill bit so that it drills absolutely straight down rather than perhaps a little off to the side?

In Googling "drill bit guide" came across this and other tools like it: Something like this seems perfect for being able to drill a straight hole through wood. However, I can't seem to find ...
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1answer
24 views

can I combine electrical cords and their dimmeers?

I have three identical floor lamps grouped together. Each came with its own cord and slide dimmer on the cord. I would like to combine the three cords and have them all run on the same in cord ...
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4answers
230 views

How to trash the trash can?

I never expected to ask my first question about trashing something, but after 4 failed attempts to trash the trash can, I have no choice but ask you. Here is the problem: I have a trash can, which ...
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1answer
93 views

Can I run a toilet drain on the exterior of my house?

I want to install a toilet in my upstairs bedroom. I was told that I cannot connect to the 3" vent line for the downstairs toilets. the main reason being that a vacuum will be created when we flush ...
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3answers
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Ramp for a tool shed

I need to build a ramp into a shed to roll carts in and out. It has to be removable. Door opening is 50", rise is 10" and I have 48" of space in front of the shed. Max weight on the ramp at one time ...
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1answer
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Can I install T&G Bamboo floor over a sagging subfloor?

The subfloor dips about an inch on one axis across the middle of the room. Structurally, I think this is due to old and rectified foundation issues. Since the dip is just 1-dimensional, can I install ...
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2answers
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Will dark gutters stay ice free better than light colored gutters?

There is a good answer at the related question What are the pros and cons of installing a roof heating cable? about ice dams and such. I have a dark colored roof and I have dark colored leaf covers ...
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3answers
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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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2answers
144 views

How do I wire a bath fan?

I installed a new bathroom fan. I ran a wire to the light switch, but when I opened the box, there were only two wires inside. How do I wire it so I have a switch for fan and light?
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What grit sandpaper should I use between coats of polyurethane?

I'm planning on applying polyurethane to a pine bench I've finished staining. I decided on foam brushes for application, but I wasn't sure what grit sandpaper I should use between coats. Is 400 good ...
0
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1answer
26 views

temperature pressure valve leaking

I just change my pressure relief valve due to the previous valve dripping. This was suggested by my plumber. The new one is also dripping. What could the problem be?
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1answer
52 views

Can I add a booster fan to increase pressure?

How can I increase cfm in an area that is 3550 x 4288 x 2800 mm. There is already a 700 cfm air handling unit working, but this is not sufficient.
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3answers
557 views

Creaking / Clicking noise coming from wood / cardboard

Feel like I'm starting to lose my mind with this one. I'm regularly hearing a noise in at least two rooms of the house, which I can best describe as a creaking or clicking. I've listened to ...
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2answers
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Second floor radiators only heat with all other radiators off

I have 2 rads on the second floor that will get hot water flow only when I stop all flow to the other rads on the system. Even then, the flow is very low. I have had this system for 10 years and ...
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2answers
192 views

Do under cabinet electrical outlets meet code and be passed by NEC in new construction?

I would like to have the quartz back splash be clear of outlets and have them in a strip at the back under side of my kitchen cabinets. The electrician currently is telling me that these strips will ...
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/Building a lower deck with existing footings

I have a walkout and want to build a deck. How can I incorporate the existing footings from the above deck into my design?
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0answers
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Toaster and Kettle cause my green power board to trigger

I had my computer connected to a green power board. The computer itself is on the master port and the screen, speakers, etc are on the slave ports. When the master port drops below 5 W, ie. when the ...
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0answers
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Rangehood fan direction and configuration

I have a TurboAir K801 Twin rangehood installed in kitchen. It has two fans, right one blows in and left blows out. Is it by design? Can I make both of fans to blow out as the unit is vented ...
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1answer
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where can I send a backyard soil sample for lead testing?

Does anyone have links for a lead soil testing lab? I live in Oakland California in an old house that certainly had/has lead paint. I'm concerned about possible lead levels in the backyard soil. ...
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1answer
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dripping water from the shower area

Just moved into our new rented apartment and having trouble keeping the water from dripping out the bath tub area. the side of the shower curtain that is closer to the shower head is okay as we have ...
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7answers
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Understanding Screw Sizes

I'm going to be building a workbench, so I've been 'screw shopping.' I need some explanation on the sizing of screws when they are advertised as (example) 6 x 3/4". I know that 3/4" is the length of ...
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1answer
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How to lay of underlayment for a cedar shingle roof

I am planning on re-rroofing a tool shed with cedar shingles. I always thought it would be a simple job of laying the #15 underlayment (tar paper) over the sheathing (or 1 x 3s) in overlapping layers ...
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3answers
41 views

How to close gaps between laminate floorboards

I have a laminate "click together" flooring and some of the board have separated. If I kick my foot on some of the boards, I can scooch some of them together. However, its not very effective. Is ...
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2answers
144 views

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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1answer
21 views

How to prevent concrete roof from Absorbing water

It's winter again and rainwater still collects on my flat roof due to it's bad tilt, Because of that the concrete absorbs a lot of that water into the second floors roof and it's really visible on the ...
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3answers
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What are these spongy/soft spots on my hardwood floor?

The house I recently bought has hardwood floors, but I've noticed that some spots are spongy when I walk over them. There is visible downward flex in certain spots to an observer of someone walking ...
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6answers
75k views

Why is my hot water running out quickly regardless of other household water usage?

I've noticed that my shower, which used to run hot water for what seemed like forever, now can only produce about 15 minutes of hot water. This doesn't appear to be related to other water usage in the ...
12
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4answers
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How do I fix seams that open up at the corners of walls during the winter?

Every winter, we get cracks like this where the walls meet the ceiling in certain rooms. We just got our bathroom redone, so it's most bothersome here. When springtime comes, they "seal" back up. ...
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2answers
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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 ...
1
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1answer
119 views

Why would changing ceiling fan speed cause an AFCI breaker to trip?

I recently installed 2 ceiling fans with Lutron combination light and fan dimmer switches. On both circuits, if more than a half second or so is taken when selecting the fan speed (that is, a delay ...
1
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1answer
54 views

Can fluorescent recessed lighting with four wires be converted to a two wire incandescent socket?

I have ceiling lights in the kitchen that are fluorescent recessed can lighting with four wires, can they be converted to a two wire incandescent socket?
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0answers
16 views

Why is my washing machine drain overflowing?

My washer drain pipe flows over, even though i've put a hose down the drain pipe on full blast and it flows freely. Why is it still running over?
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0answers
13 views

Is it worth it to repair a twelve year old refrigerator? [on hold]

My Whirlpool side-by-side refrigerator has stopped keeping cold on both sides. Is it worth repairing?
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0answers
8 views

Buying used heat pump/AC

I'm planning to buy and install a used heat pump/AC at some point in the near future (probably looking for sellers on Craigslist or similar), and want to know what I should look for to know if the ...
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2answers
4k views

How many outlets can you have on one 15 amp circuit

In my rebuilding project i have counted 18 outlets and lights on one bedroom circuit that travels through 3 rooms. Is that ok ?
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4answers
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Why did my refrigerator/freezer stop cooling?

The other day my combined fridge/freezer stopped cooling. I tried to turn the temperature dials inside the fridge but it didn't work. I read that this could be due to the evaporator coils being ...

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