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Adding an on/off switch for my furnace fan

Here is my situation, I want to be able to run the blower on my furnace during the summer so that the cool basement air can be circulated thought the house. I live in an old house and the thermostat ...
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was in attic for an hour without mask. could this cause issue?

my bathroom fan was dropping water so i went up to the attic and applied fiberglass insulation to the bare metal vent pipt from the fan out to the roof. i was up in the attic for an hour wearing ...
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where is safe to step on in attic

please see attached picture. Is it safe to step on the angled wood support highlighted in red box?
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How do I bring a recessed wall outlet flush with newly installed paneling?

I paneled a wall with three quarter inch thick paneling and now the two wall plugs are recessed in. Do any of you know if the have specialty plugs that would plug into the wall outlet to bring it to ...
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In England: ground or air based heat pump?

Weather is not too extreme in southern England, will not need a/c. Want to install central heating for the first time in an old Victorian house. There are no radiators, no base board units, no ...
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How do I prevent water from leaking into my basement?

How do I prevent rain water from leaking directly into the basement? As you can see in the diagram below, rain water drains into small concrete cracks (near the bright red line shown below) and finds ...
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Is my attic floor over my garage strong enough to use it for storage and maybe as a small work area?

I would like to use the attic space above my 2-car garage for storage of items around the house and garage, and if possible, utilize some of the space as a small work area. The previous owners left ...
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Can I splice grounding wires together to reach an old outlet that needs a ground?

I have a two prong outlet in my house and there is a ground wire behind it, not connected. The ground wire ends in a junction box halfway to the breaker box. Only the neutral and hot wire continue ...
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Wiring to shed with two 30 amp breakers

I recently purchased a house that has two 30 amp breakers going to a shed for lights and outlets. How would I go about doing that correctly? Can I tie the two 30 amp breakers to the shed together and ...
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Is is safe to deal with wiring after only shutting off the room's fuse, but not the main switch?

I think the question title says it all: Given a distribution board in the house (220 VAC), is it enough to shut off only the room's fuses, or must one shut off the main switch for the board before ...
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Wall mounted dial thermostat

I recently bought a wall thermostat I broke the plastic front on the box to remove The thermostat as I tried to pull it out of the box the dial came off in my hand and I do not know where it ...
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Dishwasher: Can my ground wire be exposed?

I just replaced my dishwasher, and noticed that the old unit had two wire connections: black-to-black wire and white-to-white wire. The ground wire from the home was exposed and wrapped around a ...
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Any downsides to upside down shelves?

I want to put a row of bookshelves along a corridor, immediately above door frames - basically like this above the doors. Because of the gaps where the door themselves, and because I assume floating ...
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Ceiling fan replacement

I'm trying to install a new ceiling fan with a remote. The old ceiling fan had this for wiring: from the ceiling: black to green, red to white, white to black & blue. The new fan has black, white ...
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Removing rigid copper pipe to install dishwasher

I'm trying to install a new dishwasher, replacing the 20 year old one I currently have. I have a compression shutoff valve underneath the sink for the hot water water. It has two outputs, one going up ...
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trying to figure out corresponding breakers to outlets

I just purchased a Klein ET300 Digital Circuit Breaker finder. I tested it with known circuits so i can figure out how it works. One room in my house that I have always had problems with is not ...
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Converting 2 separate ceiling fan switches to 1 and then into a wall outlet

How do I convert a ceiling fan with 2 separate wall switches, 1 for the light and 1 for the fan, to a separate fan & light switch? My next question is it possible to convert the second switch from ...
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Honeywell rth6580wf thermostat [closed]

I have a Honeywell rth6580wf thermostat which does not turn on my oil burner. I only have two wires from the burner which powers up the thermostat, do I need a third 24v wire in order for the burner ...
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Is it safe to remove 2 “extra” jack studs to make a 60" wide door opening wider?

We went to install our new main entrance 60" door (replacing double-door with single door and 2 sidelights). After we received the new door and shaved out more of the sheet rock, we saw that there ...
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1answer
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Why would a 5-amp refrigerator need a 20 amp circuit?

I'm re-wiring my kitchen and I'm taking notes on the load of all the appliances and lighting, etc. I noticed the following about my refrigerator: It states a 20A circuit requirement, but why? The ...
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1answer
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Trapdoor: which first, frame or floor?

I'm installing a trapdoor to provide easier access to the basement. This is the first step in a kitchen renovation so I've also taken up the laminate flooring. The hole for the trapdoor is already ...
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Can I connect 12ga to 10ga for gas range?

I am remodeling my kitchen right now Can I use existing 10ga line which already been built and used in my house for electrical range to hook up 14 ga or 12 ga wire for my new gas range? Thanks for ...
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Hanging a Ceiling Fan from a drywall ceiling with aluminum profiles

The ceiling in my bedroom is made of 1/2" drywall suspended with 2" aluminum profiles from a concrete ceiling. I want to hang a ceiling fan in this room, but I'm wondering how to support the weight of ...
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How can I fix the guard on my mitre saw?

I've owned an Evolution Rage-3 mitre saw (http://www.evolutionpowertools.com/uk/build/rage3.php) for about fifteen months. About a week ago the guard that covers the blade started to stick, and now it ...
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Can I install laminate next to tile without using T-moulding?

I'm installing laminate flooring in a bedroom next to a tiled hallway. I'm planning to have a standard expansion gap all the way around the room, but I'm stuck on how to do the doorway. I know the ...
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Toilet tank - orange stuff

My toilet tank has orange a lot of orange stuff in the bottom. I tried flushing it over & over, but the orange stuff doesn't come out. What should I do?
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Newby Heat-Pump question - runs in the winter?

This is a super NEWB question but - I have just bought a home with a "heat pump" and it is running all day and night (in the dead of winter), some of my neighbors have their "exterior boxes/units" ...
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Whole house humidifier - can you use a steam/mist with a heat pump?

Just moved into my new house and first time with an electric furnace and forced air with a heat pump (rheem) - and immediately we noticed that our skin is super dry and cracking. I was looking into ...
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Tile veneer cabinets / fix veener damage

My wife would like me to put in a tile backsplash for the kitchen. She really didn't like the granite backer, so I had to pull it off. Problem is, the granite was glued onto the cabinet, and when I ...
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Shower head releases water every time the toilet is flushed

I installed a new bathroom with a shower (no tub). The shower head releases water every time the toilet is flushed, even though he mixing valve for the shower is off. The bathroom area was an old ...
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how to stop running leakage in water sump

I have an under ground concrete water sump in my house. But the tank water will mix with the ground water.I found this by taking an empty tank test. There is a leakage is available inside my tank and ...
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Rheem RPLB-030JAZ - is it a Heat Pump or AC unit?

I recently purchased a home that came with a "heat pump", however when I look on the box outside my house it says: Rheem Air Conditioner Model RPLB-030JAZ I cannot find anything on this when ...
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Draft from under baseboard - pull back carpet or remove baseboard to caulk?

Using an infrared thermometer/camera, I found what seems to be a draft coming from beneath a baseboard in the corner of a carpeted room. I understand that caulking can stop drafts from under ...
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How do I determine the capacity of my generator when it has a separate starting watts capacity?

I have a Briggs & Stratton Storm Responder generator that is rated at 5500 watts with a 8250 startup watts capacity. The user manual is a little confusing: it seems to state that I have to take ...
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Toilet overflowing without flushing

My toilet starting overflowing, but no one had used it for at least 30 minutes. The water overflowing was clear, so I don't think it's a sewer back up issue (this is not on a septic tank). What ...
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spotlight is always on and switch is not working

I have a spotlight outside all the wires are tracked and in working order but the light stays on constantly .even when connected to its switch. this one is a head scratcher. I replaced the light ...
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would a bathroom without a gfci outlet be a violation in a rented appartment

Would a bathroom without a GFCI outlet in a rented appartment be a violation? I have section 8 and my apartment failed inspection because of this.
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What is the difference between a lacquer polish and a varnish

I have got this bottle of wood polish (an Indian brand called sheenlac). I also later got Varnish (PU). Are both required to be applied after sanding or just the wood polish would do ?
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Motion sensor Installation

I have to fix a motion sensor (PIR) in the corner of a room. What type of adhesive will stick the plastic sensor casing to a Gyprock surface? Thanks, Richard
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Electric water heater leaks around the top, how do I fix it?

My water heater is leaking from the top around the copper fittings. It seems to be filled to capacity. Will adjusting my pressure relief valve stop my water heater from leaking? I turned the main ...
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Can I use a Directv 4 way splitter to connect to an over the air TV antenna?

I am replacing my Directv dish with an antenna for over-the-air TV. I'm optimistic that I will not need to replace the splitter, but I'm uncertain. The spects listed on the 4-way splitter are: "DC ...
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Replacing a door's glass panel with a wood panel

I basically have the following type of back door: The problem is that my girlfriend moved in with me. Well not, really, her dog did and we need to install a pet door. The problem is I need the ...
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how to hook up 2 thermostats in series?

I have a tenant on the 1st floor who controls the thermostat. It's constantly on 80 and the 2nd floor is dying from the heat. Can I install a 2nd thermostat in the basement and limit the heat output?
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Would you trust this PVC drain joint?

This is a joint for a 2" elbow underneath a unit-shower (in Japan.) The elbow is a special type which is clear, and using a blue glue shows the glue line so you can insure you have a good joint. An ...
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standalone pump options for leaky below-grade room

A friend of mine runs a martial arts studio where his concrete-floored office in the back is slightly below grade and floods every time it rains. I assume that a proper solution would presumably ...
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1answer
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Replacing a gas stove

I have an older gas stove in my kitchen. On the left of it is a wood shelf but on the right and behind it are drywall panels. The gap between back of stove and back wall is around 5 inches. The ...
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2answers
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Wooden bed sidebar to headboard screws loose, wobbly joints

What can I do to fix my bed? The screws go through the headboard and footboard into the side bars, but the whole thing is loose. When I get into bed it's all fine as I have pushed the headboard up ...
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Outdoor electrical outlet exposed to the rain

Besides tripping a circuit breaker, is there any risk created by a 120V electrical outlet getting wet from the rain? The outlet was installed on an outdoor patio by the builder, so it was intended to ...
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Device to detect where heat or cold air is escaping or entering a structure

I would like to lower my environmental impact and reduce my energy bills by reducing areas where air might be entering or exiting my home. What type of device can be used to detect where heat or cool ...
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how to insulate attic bathroom vent to prevent condensation

i bought a house in june and the bathroom fan start dripping water a few weeks ago (november). I looked at the inspection report and the picture shows that the vent duct through the roof isn't ...

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