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How to remove rivets?

I have to remove these rivets (see pics). What tool can I use for that?
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Suggest a Branded HVAC [on hold]

I would like to buy a HVAC Please suggest me a branded hvac company form Siemens, [Honeywell], nivocs controls
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Ceiling fan with pull chain, light switch and a k 4.5 270 v capacitor

How do I wire a ceiling fan with a k 4.5 270 v capacitor and a pull chain switch ? The wires going into the capacitor are red and white and there is a blue wire , which wire goes where in the pull ...
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1answer
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What chemicals and what amount is used to start up a 3300 gallon 14'x42" summer wave pool

Just bought a summer wave pool cz need to know what and how much pool chemicals to add
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How do I add new outdoor lamps where there has never been service in existing older home?

Client wants me to install outdoor sconce lamps, one on each side of her garage where there has never been service, and three electrical outlets inside the garage. I would like to do this to code ...
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How to retrofit a slab for protection from frost heave

One structure on our property is built slab on grade. Located in the US in climate zone 6. This is a heated space which we will be removing part of. The removal will expose a lot of the slab to the ...
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How can turning on or off a circuit beaker affect a ground on a different circuit?

I am addressing electrical issues in my parents house and came across this situation..Circuit breaker "A" controls the downstairs bedroom outlets. Circuit breaker "B" controls the upstairs bedroom ...
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Waterfall pump with broken off ground pin in 3 prong plug unsafe to use?

In 2007 I purchased a quality waterfall pump for my pond (Tsurumi Submersible 50PN@.4S-60). Recently when I pulled the plug, the grounding plug detached as well. A local hardware store looked at it ...
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Are rainproof fittings to connect meter box and weather head to rigid steel conduit required?

My utility company specifies 2" rigid steel conduit for my exterior-mounted, overhead service drop/service entrance. Do I need to use special rainproof fittings when coupling the rigid conduit to the ...
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Interpreting stair railing code

I am reading this document Looking at this line: (2) Stairways having less than four risers need not have handrails or stair railings. Is a fair interpretation that on stairs with more than ...
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HVAC - concern with one condenser vs dual on new home AC system

I would appreciate any advice on pro/con of my situation. I'm not sure how far I want to go contesting it with my builder. Here's the issue: I have a new home under construction and the contract ...
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1answer
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Old ceiling light connected between two red wires. Why? I'm trying to wire new fan/light

I'm trying to wire up a new ceiling fan that has built in lights where my old light fixture used to be but am a little confused with the wiring. In the electrical box (pic below) there are two black ...
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Sagging Deck rail repair

This question below that someone else asked fits my situation. One of the answers said to use double wedges. What are those? How can I raise the railing slowly so as not to break or crack the ...
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1answer
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New home build - cracks in basement concrete floor

PicturesI have a new house under constructions and recently found many many cracks have developed on the concrete slab in the basement. The worst run along straight lines where the sections were ...
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What are those numbers on the door's hinges?

In the middle of the hinges there is a square bit with a dot on an angle. At the four corners of the hinges, around the square, there are some numbers: -1,0,+1,+2. Do they mean anything?
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Can I use a flexible connector for my misaligned shower pipe? [on hold]

The water pipe is not aligned with the plastic push fit connection on my new shower. Is there some type of flexible fitting that could be used?
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1answer
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Why does a steel door frame for drywall have a double return/backend

Title pretty much says it all, but here is a picture just in case: I think it has to do with the wall achors but I can't find a definitive answer. Just to clarify: steel frames for masonry walls ...
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Control Wiring for 900 cfm kitchen exhaust fan to come on at the same time as HVAC outside air replacement?

I'm wiring a new sf home and was told that with the kitchen exhaust fan (900 cfm - vented to outside) that I have to make the outside air intake on the furnace come on at the same time the fan does. ...
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0answers
18 views

How to choose a good brand of heat pump? [on hold]

I'm going to be installing a couple of heat pumps in my house mainly for cooling in the summer (I'm in the UK, and our summers are getting hotter). As far as I can tell there are several major ...
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2answers
28 views

A-frame angle for swing

I'd like to figure out the smallest angle possible for the kid swing A-frame. I will be using 4x8 beam on top and 4x4 for the legs. I am reading two sources and each has different angles: This site ...
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2answers
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How to waterproof outdoor storage bench?

I want to build a bench like this that can open on top to storage stuffs inside Source: http://myoutdoorplans.com/bench/storage-bench-plans/ I will use composite decking boards (extra got left ...
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0answers
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Air conditioner icing up; diagnostic questions

BACKGROUND AC filter was replaced (1PM) and afternoon temperatures exceeded 83 degrees (target temp). Afternoon temperatures climbed despite the AC being on 5 hours straight (4-9PM). ...
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In an old NYC apartment building built in the 50s. Would wires catch on fire if using a high powered AC?

I live in an old NYC apartment built in the 50s. I currently use a 1500-2000 watt portable AC unit and I feel the power cables are very hot during use. I'm afraid of the wires catching on fire in ...
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1answer
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How should I finish a shower stall at an outside corner?

I'm replacing a shower stall in an alcove with a plastic modular unit. The old unit ended a few inches inside the stall, while the new unit extends right to the edge of the alcove. On one corner, the ...
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Reprogram new remote to garage door opener with dip switches

I was having a problem with my garage door remote stolen in this thread but now I think I found a replacement remote that may work. Is it possible to replace just the garage door opener console? The ...
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1answer
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How to open up the overflow drain cover of a massage bathtub?

Our massage bathtub was installed by the previous owner. I want to snake bathtub through the overflow drain to unclog the drain. But its cover is kind of unique. I couldn't find any instruction online....
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2answers
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How do I paint over unpaintable silicone?

So I stupidly used unpaintable silicone to seal my bedroom window... On the inside. How can I paint over this unpaintable silicone? (GE brand).
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Half Hot Switch Controlled Outlet to Always on and Keep Power to Switch

I have a half switch controlled outlet (other half is always on) that I would like to make always on and still keep power to the switch to power an in-wall ceiling fan/light remote(the flippers I ...
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1answer
25 views

What length header should I consider?

I have 2 bathroom remodeling we are planning on the 2nd floor of 2 storied house. I want to carve out part of the bathroom as laundry room where Washer (27") and Dryer (27") will be stacked in a ...
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How do I transition from a wood floor to tile that has a 1-1/4" height difference?

I have three of these transitions that I need to do something about. I thought I would be able to buy a reducer but them seem to top out around 3/4". After doing some more research it seems that I ...
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1answer
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Buzzing and leaking sprinkler valve

I noticed the other day that one of my sprinkler valves appears to be leaking. The valve still works, but when testing it I noticed the solenoid is also buzzing. I'm not sure if these two things are ...
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1answer
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How to tell if old ceiling light box can support ceiling fan?

I want to replace a small hanging chandelier with a ceiling fan and am trying to figure out if the existing box can support a fan. I don't see labeling on the box itself but noticed this large rod ...
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1answer
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What is required to recharge refrigerant in a built in ICE CAP Air conditioner that cannot be moved?

My apartment has a built in air conditioner unit. The brand is ICE CAP and it doesn't look like there is any way to remove it as its built into the cabinet frame that has an external exhaust outside. ...
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1answer
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Electric shock from washing machine

I got a dry tumbler and a washing machine that give off shocks when touched on the inner barrel. I'm in Europe 230AC 3 phase 50Hz but no ground(old house) ground is connect to neutral at main panel ...
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1answer
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Reparing rock lath plaster around thermostat wires in wall…need troubleshooting advice!

I have been trying to find advice on how to do something similar to patch a rock lath plaster wall around my thermostat wires. It doesn't look like the original screws were screwed into anything ...
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1answer
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How to cut in paint on a TALL wall left of a stair case

How can I cut in paint over stairs with a wall that is 12 feet? I do not belive that all the brush holders and gages will do quality work. The red rectangle is where I need to do the cut in's woth a ...
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9answers
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In wiring a doorbell, what is an alternative to using a transformer? [on hold]

We have a 1915 bungalow that I tore out all of the old knob-and-tube wiring, including the original ginormous doorbell transformer, and installed all new circuits throughout. I purchased a new, ...
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3answers
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How can I reduce the force required to operate double-hung windows?

I'm looking to create or even just buy a product that can be mounted onto any single- or double-hung window where the user doesn't need a lot of force to open/close a window. This is for an elderly ...
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0answers
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Good vinyl windows that are NOT clad

Are there any time proven vinyl windows that have NO wood core to retain ANY moisture and rot? I want wood on the inside of the house where the HVAC can take care of everyday interior moisture, but in ...
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I need to know how many stages is my air conditioning unit

i have an amana asx16036 outside ac unit. inside is a amana capf3636b6 coil. some websites say they are single stage and some say they are two stage with a scroll compressor. can someone help me out?
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How was the wood grain aligned in this set of decorative wall panels?

Can anyone tell me how the wood finish look on this wall was achieved? My guess was either by staining plywood or using vinyl sticker. I am planning to build a wall panel similar to this and was ...
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0answers
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Electric for above ground pool

I just bought an above ground 24'x52" pool like the one in the link below. Right now the area I am planning on placing it does not have electric close by so I am looking for an easy way to run ...
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1answer
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How to Hide Expansion Gap around Oven

I'm getting ready to float a bamboo floor in my kitchen. I know I need to lay the flooring underneath the appliances, and I'll need to leave an expansion gap next to the cabinets and walls. The ...
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Foundation for above-gound pool

I have to install 5K gallons (20 tons) pool that has 16 legs in a rental home backyard (that means - no ground works, like compacter and stuff). The level is a little uneven (by couple of inches) ...
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1answer
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Preventing further water damage to hardboard siding

Area is US Pacific NW (Portland, OR) My recently purchased home (built 1972) has clapboard siding made of (I've been told) Masonite, probably 10-15 years old. When it was installed the painters ...
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Reading voltage on neutral line

Ok, here goes, I'll try to be coherent: Residential house wiring. This is my girlfriends rental property and both her brother and father have done some electrical work on the house (so I have the ...
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1answer
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Easy way to find out if this wall is load bearing? (double top plate, but parallel with trusses) with pictures

It's a single story house (but this is an addition done in the 80's I think). I know a double top plate usually means it's load bearing, but parallel with trusses means it's usually not load bearing. ...
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1answer
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Could recent electrical work cause lights to dim when A/C turns on?

Last week I had an electrician in to put in some new wiring; I also had an HVAC guy come do the annual maintenance on our system. Since then, the lights in our living room flicker whenever the A/C ...
3
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1answer
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Help running ethernet between floors, with double joists in the way

I will like to redo the existing Ethernet (and maybe COAX) wiring in my home. I have looked for the most ideal path from the basement through the floors into the attic and then drop into the second ...
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2answers
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Triple 2x4 beam post bowing away from foundation wall

We have a fairly new home (2007). I noticed a strange issue that has to be fixed. The pictures below show 3 stacked 2x4's holding up a laminated beam; the 2x4's are bowing out. This is the only stack ...

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