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3rd white wire in electrical outlet with different power source? [on hold]

I was replacing wall outlets and came across an outlet that had 3 white wires, 2 black and the ground. I turned the power off at the breaker box and proceeded to replace. The extra white wire still ...
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Type of wire to be used for alarm system [on hold]

I am putting new metal siding on a building that needs to be extremely secure. I am planning on running wire up and down the building before the siding goes up. This is so if someone tries to cut ...
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Can I mount a projector shelf to drywall?

I need to mount a projector shelf, however finding a stud is proving impossible. Is it a terrible idea to put this shelf up on drywall and then the projector which probably weighs at least 15lbs?:
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Fix bad drywall mudding/paint

For my first-ever drywall mudding attempt, I (predictably) messed up. Mudded the walls (three coats), then added primer (two coats) and semi-gloss Behr paint (two coats). Reinstalled my lighting and ...
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old gfci outlet manufactured with wires coming out of the back of it

I have what looks to be a bad gfci outlet in my kitchen. My house was built in 1989, and this is the original outlet. The reset button doesn't stay in the reset position. All the other outlets ...
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How to better seal and/or adjust a metal cellar door / bulkhead?

First of all, I am not exactly sure what the door is called. I have a metal outside door leading to steps into my basement. I have always just called it the basement/cellar door but it seems like ...
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What could be causing the filler tube of a toilet to be leaking/bubbling?

I'm trying to fix a leaking toilet, and I can't seem to find a guide for the problem I have. Most of them are for fixing a leaky flapper or fill valve. When I flush the toilet, the tank fills ...
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Electrolux vacuum lightbulb keeps burning out?

Asking for a relative. Older Electrolux Canister Vacuum with a light in the power head. May be model 6500. Bulbs keep burning out quickly. In a month he's gone through 4 bulbs. Any idea what could be ...
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What could be causing my Cabrio washer to leak?

I have a Cabrio Whirlpool washer, and during the drainage cycle it pours out water from the bottom of the washer. Can you tell me what's causing this?
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Wiring bathroom exhaust fan to fluro light [on hold]

which ever way I connect it up I get light to come on with switch on and fan to come on with switch off I have main feed going to light then a feed going to switch then another feed going to a light ...
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How can I build my own solar panel?

I've got a shaded area leading up to my front door that I want to illuminate with solar lights, but alas, it's so shaded I can't seem to generate enough juice to charge the batteries. I know that ...
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Raised Garden: Gotchas to Avoid? [migrated]

I am planning on constructing a 2-tier outdoor raised vegetable garden. I'd like to avoid any "gotchas". I live in the Pacific NW, so three non-summer seasons a year are moist. My plan is: ...
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Is there a simple way to convert from a pull switch to a toggle switched light fixture?

I would like to replace a bathroom vanity light fixture in 100 year old house. It currently has a pull string on/off switch. Is there a simple way to convert to a switched light fixture? The switch ...
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How can I remove carpet adhesive from hardwood floors?

We are doing some renovations to a home we just purchased. The carpet had hardwood flooring under two layers of carpet. The bottom layer of carpet was glued down by a dark amber colored adhesive. ...
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Can two 30 ampere circuits be combined in an outlet?

Cooktop and oven are running from 2 separate 30 amp circuits. I want to replace both by a free standing dual fuel range which requires a 40 amp circuit Can the 2 30 amp circuits be combined in the ...
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Weird dishwasher problem

After my house was remodeled (including significant plumbing changes), I reinstalled my previous dishwasher, and was surprised to see a puddle appear when it started filling. Upon investigation, I ...
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How can I childproof this 1957 cooktop?

Our cooktop was not designed with kids in mind. (Were kids better behaved in the 50s?) Anyways the push buttons are in the front, about 3 feet off the ground. We try to keep the kids out of the ...
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LED Light flickering on Inverter Supply [duplicate]

Recently we Have installed 900 VA Inveter in our premises. While interruption of Grid power , Inveter takes load. LED starts Flickering on inveter power supply. Is there any specific reason and what ...
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Recurring banging in water pipes, cured by draining system

When I turn off the cold taps in my house there is a loud banging noise from behind the wall in the downstairs bathroom (which is where the cold water supply enters the house). This started happening ...
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Pendant Lighting - Braided steel wire [closed]

Where can I purchase the small-guage, braided steel wire that's used in so many modern pendant light fixtures these days? I need 50' or so and can't seem to source for the life of me. I believe it's ...
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How do I find a replacement door lock for this?

I moved into a newly built home and am trying to replace the deadbolt and the lever below. But I'm not able to find a replacement lock that replaces my existing locks. All locks I've looked at have ...
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SDS, SDS MAX, SDS PLUS.. What bits can I use

I recently purchased 2 Dewalt D25501K Hammer Drills. I NEED BITS. In pest control doing termite treatments, we need to drill 1/2 inch holes thru concrete slabs. In the past I have used drills that ...
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What types of tubing can I use with Push-to-Connect fittings?

I'm running a hydrogen gas system that's below 15 psi. All of my fittings are Push-to-Connect fittings of either 3/16", 1/4", or 5/16" OD from SMC. What sort of tubing can I use with this? Would ...
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Is it feasible to store adequate thermal solar heat overnight?

I'm considering a passive solar radiant heating installation in the Chicago area and was wondering if it would be feasible to store enough water/energy to support heating for most of the night. The ...
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Moving a washer and dryer when relocating across the country

I have been contemplating accepting a job offer on the opposite side of USA. If everything works out, I was thinking about putting all my belongings to a couple of u-haul u-boxes and have them ...
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where can I buy acid magic for cleaning grout? [closed]

I am digging out my dirty old grout in my floor and it's too much work. I heard acid magic works great but I don't know where to buy it, does anyone know where I can buy it?
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Appropriate register for duct size?

So I asked a long-winded version of this question in another thread, but haven't really received any good responses yet. I'm going to condense and try again... There is an 8" duct feeding a 6x12 ...
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How do I remove countersunk baluster screws?

How do I remove countersunk screws where the head is not accessible? I'd like to find an easier way to do this than breaking drill bit after drill bit, trying to drill a large enough hole to pull the ...
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How to mitigate radon temporarily

Before people jump all over me, let me state; I am NOT trying to fool a test! We already had the tests done 2 days ago and it came back at 6.8 pCi/L, which is high enough to cause concern. The only ...
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Insulating the wall

I want to start building my house and wanted to ask for tips on how to do the insulation on the walls. I heard from people how they are doing and here is how it looks from above: My questions are: ...
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How do I shim a steel structure?

I need to affix my steel stringers to a concrete beam. Since the beam was poorly executed, it is not plumb. On this piece I will weld some 5 mm thick plate on the backing, that will have holes for ...
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How should I reseal my cobblestone patio?

Disclaimer: I’m not a native speaker and, as such, I have limited vocabulary, especially in the home improvement department. I also have limited competence, but that’s another matter entirely. I’m ...
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Is it safe to repair inside wall and ceiling after ice dam?

An ice dam at the intersection of a sloped roof and wall caused damage to the interior ceiling and wall. I cut through the surface of the ceiling and wall when it happened, to allow the collected ...
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compressor running constantly but ice not dropping

the compressor on our refrigerator freezer quit running so we replaced the relay. now the compressor has been running for over 21 hours. the ice maker has made ice but has not dropped the ice. what is ...
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Pressure problems with oil boiler

I've been having continued problems with the pressure in my home oil boiler rising to 30psi over time (and then leaking out the pressure relief valve). Technicians have examined it multiple times but ...
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What type of Drill should I go for?

I am planning to build a new Computer table and a book shelf by myself. I would require a drill machine that could drill a hole into wood and that can also drive a screw into this hole (using the ...
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How to exterminate/identify these insects?

A week ago, insect bite marks started showing up on my arms, and I couldn't sleep in my bed. I tried to find the culprit but was unsuccessful. Today I opened up my lamp cover and found these: I ...
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Best practice to install corrugated iron/colorbond wall claddings

I am building a smallish house at the moment. The wall frames are erected & the roof trusses & sheetings installed: The house is at a stage where the wall claddings are to be installed. I ...
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What size circuit breaker do I need?

I am wiring a workshop in my backyard. I ran 4 gauge wire from the main panel to a pull out fused panel then wire goes inside to a subpanel. The sub panel has 2 - 20 amp circuit breakers for the shop ...
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How can I make my garage door quieter?

My garage door is loud. I didn't realize this until I visited a friend who has a garage door that's nearly silent. He says he has a belt-driven door opener and nylon door wheels, while I have ...
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Adhesive Mirror Magnets

Correction: When the bathroom vanity was originally purchased, there were some thin metal plates attached to the inside of each mirror door and these would magnetically stick to the latch on the ...
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Are there special pocket hole screws?

I purchased a pocket hole jig and it comes with screws. Are these special pocket hole screws? Is there a type of screw I should be using with pocket holes, or would any wood screw work just as well? ...
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1/4“ to 1” gaps in corners of my newly “professionally” installed drywall

The drywall in my bathroom was put up yesterday, & has yet to be taped & miffed in. There are considerable uneven( up to an inch ) gaps in 2 of my inside corners. I don't want to let them ...
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installed new disposal and now dishwasher will not drain

We have a new dishwasher that was installed by the retailer. A month later we installed a disposal our selves. Now the dishwasher is not draining. Any suggestions?
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Ok to roof-over in the rain?

A buddy and I will be installing a second layer of composite shingles over the old ones already on my roof. Should we consider doing any of this in the rain?
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More than one circuit in a fluorescent fixture, OK?

I'm adding some more circuits to a finished garage. Most of the wiring is going in the joist cavities (or in EMT otherwise). Perpendicular to the joists, in the middle of the garage, is a steel ...
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Turning off a towel rail

My friend moved to a flat in UK a few months ago, and his electricity bill is soaring. There is no gas in the flat, only electric heating. One curious thing I noticed is that the towel rail (similar ...
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1answer
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Laminate flooring without molding?

I'm going to be installing laminate flooring in a metal enclosed patio and am wondering how to handle the moldong around the edge. I've done lamonate flooring several times so I'm familar with the ...
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Can I tap into this main gas line for my natural gas grill?

see below... This is my main gas line coming into my home(after the meter of course) My question: Can I replace the street elbow here with a T and use the extra output as the source my natural gas ...
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Intermittent low water pressure - cold water tap only

We've had the cold water in our upstairs master bath lose pressure over the last few weeks. Also noticed it in the laundry room (located next to the master bath). But if we flush the toilet in the ...

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