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Can vent plumbing be behind a double wye?

I am trying to figure out how to lay out my basement plumbing, and I wanted to use a double wye to connect my shower, toilet, and sink to the existing waste system in the house. My question is, am I ...
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How can I patch a rotting wood door?

I have a small rotting spot at the bottom of my back door and it's almost to the point where I could put my finger through it. I don't have the cash to replace the door right now, but what would you ...
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How much maintenance should I budget for a historic home?

We've been considering some historic homes as a future residence, but one of our concerns is how much to budget annually for long-term maintenance and repairs. Let's use this late 1800's Victorian ...
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Leave the water heater on?

When I lived in France and the US, we can an electric boiler for hot water. It was "always on", probably with a thermostat. Now I live in an area where most people have a power switch that they turn ...
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2 parallel drain pipes

Just opened a hole in my old house to replace some plumbing. I can see where the main drain/sewer stack comes down from the bathroom, but in parallel there's another galvanized? 2"? pipe coming down ...
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gas furnace pilot light is lit,,won't produce heat, making a clicking sound,,,

my gas furnace isn't producing heat the pilot light is on and it's making a clicking sound what can I do? I've tapped the flame rod.
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What is the proper way to install a junction box above a dropped ceiling?

I'm doing some remodeling in my basement and part of that work involves moving a switch. When I was tracing the wires for the switch I found this above my dropped ceiling: Now, I'm no electrician, ...
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Our water heater blew a leak. What should I do now?

The water heater is located in a closet with our central HVAC near the kitchen. The floor of the closet is plywood raised about foot or two to make room for the HVAC intake. The walls are drywall. The ...
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I have a hampton bay fan with an led light, [closed]

, because it is not a dimmable light i am limited to and unsuccessful at finding a single switch that will control both. Can you suggest some brands
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Are these termites?

Background: I recently purchased a house in northern New Mexico, and as part of the purchase, a termite inspection was performed and a prior termite infestation was found, as well as evidence of prior ...
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What's the point of a thin (1/4" width) piece of wood set diagonally between two studs?

What's the point of a thin (1/4" width, ~2-3" wide) piece of wood set diagonally between two studs? I just took out a piece of drywall for some other work I'm doing, and between two studs, there's ...
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Replacing a fiberglass tub [on hold]

I am looking to replace a fiberglass tub, due to a crack at the drain, as part of the sale of my home. I am not interested in repairing. Does anyone have an estimate on the cost of removing current ...
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How can I repair my hammer drill?

I have been using my bosch drill to power a small wood turning lathe. Now the drill is always in hammer drill mode even though it is not switched to hammer drill. I opened the drill up but it looks ...
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Speaker veneer challenge (wood repair)

So I bought great but slightly damaged speakers and I would like to restore them, I understand they won't look like new but I would like to try my best. The damage: The wood texture detail: I was ...
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A/c runs while gas furnace is on

In the winter when gas furnace is turned on, a/c comes on preventing house from warming up. When disconnect is pulled at condenser, house is able to heat. Do not think that system is a heat pump. ...
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Are there adapters for different masonry bit types?

Are there adapters for using sds max bits in an sds plus drill or spline drive hammer drill or straight shank hammer drill?
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1answer
86 views

How can I figure out why my electric bill is so high? [duplicate]

I have two homes (read flat or apartment) in two different buildings a few blocks apart. The homes are both the same size but, home 1 gets a huge electricity bill while home 2 gets 1/5 the electricity ...
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How can I make a room look bigger using tile?

We built a small home in India that's only 16x30. Which type of tile should we choose to make the room appear larger? I'm looking for parameters such as tile size, material, color, and grout color.
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Checking the pressure in a Megaflo?

I have a Megaflo cylinder, that looks very much like this one: It is fed from a central boiler system in the building (I live in a new build flat, about 5 years old). The Megaflo provides hot water ...
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How do I fix a gate to the side of my house

how do I attach a fence post or gate fixings to my house which has a conservatory on the back which means fitting it to upvc
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Identifying an unknown and intermittent source of electric power usage

I have noticed a problem with my power usage today. I'm watching the meter often and making a record of each reading for the last three days. So far, nothing to note as far as unusual usage until ...
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0answers
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Sticky door when opening, sounds like sticky paint [duplicate]

I am trying to find a solution to my door sticking when I open it. It creates a loud popping sound from the wood after being stuck together. This would be my bathroom door, i work late hours and when ...
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1answer
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Alternatives to adjusting strikeplate height?

Before I go forward with a fix like this one, are there any alternatives to moving the strike plate when the amount of adjustment needed is minor (the door will latch if you lift up on it). I ...
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1answer
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Where to connect c wire at furnace for Honeywell Wi-FI thermostat

We are installing a new honeywell wifi thermostat have an extra blue wire in our bundle. We aren't sure where to connect the blue wire on the furnace board. Click for larger view
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why did our fridge stop working?

Why did our fridge stop working? It built up with ice (not the freezer, but the fridge) then started beeping, then just conked out. We defrosted it - took 24 hours to do, even though it's a ...
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Tall, quick growing privacy tree species [migrated]

Can someone recommend a tall, quick growing tree that's not overly invasive that would serve well to plant around a backyard to help break the line of sight of neighbors into my pool / backyard?
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Should I install insulation between the rim joist and the top of foam insulation?

I am in the beginning phases of finishing my basement, newer house with poured cement foundation and engineered I-beam floor joists. No moisture issues in the basement. Rim joist currently has a batt ...
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1answer
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Should I use conduit for a less than 10' run of 6/3 THHN in my garage

My electrical panel is in a cabinet attached to my garage but accessible from the outside so the utility has access. I'm installing a 14-50R receptacle using 6/3 THHN in my garage and it will be ...
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1answer
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How can I secure a shed with a skid foundation in a windy location?

I'm planning to install an 8'x8' composite storage shed in my backyard on a 4x4 skid foundation. However, my house is located in a very windy location. In the past 4 years, I've had my wooden privacy ...
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Is there anything that I need to look out for when buying an induction cooktop? [closed]

I'm hoping to replace my gas cook-top with an induction one. Just wondering if there is anything I need to look out for when buying a new one? I will probably end up having to get an electrician to ...
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How can I replace the seat on my wall-mounted toilet

My toilet seat is broken, so I've had to find a replacement. As it turns out, I need to get inside the bowl to fasten the screws that keep the seat steady. I also need to get inside there to get the ...
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Using a second thermostat to balance temperatures thru fan-only control

Like many others, temperatures between the two levels of my house are uneven. This is particularly noticeable as spring arrives and the upper floor (above ground) enjoys solar heating (so the heater ...
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1answer
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How to wire a ceiling rose?

I have bought a new ceiling rose for a light. The wires in it are UK pre-2004. There's one black, two red, one yellow, one blue, and two green and yellow earth. Where do all these go on the ceiling ...
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1answer
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Advice needed on staining 10 year old fence

I don't know what was done to it when it was brand new. I have stained it twice, once about 7 years ago and once about 5 years ago. Going by the partial cans in the garage and my own memory, the ...
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What do I need to do to have the 240v system activate an indicator light only when the pump is activated?

I have a spring run-off. I have 1 effluent pump 240v with piggy-back float switch as primary pump I have 1 effluent pump 115v with piggy-back float switch as secondary pump set to higher level to ...
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1answer
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What can I do about flooring height differences when installing laminate flooring?

We are going to be having laminate flooring installed in our kitchen, dining room, living room and down the hallway. We removed a built-in bookcase, and most of the carpet, but we noticed that there ...
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1answer
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AFCI & GFCI nuisance tripping

I just finished a new panel installation and the utility company just energized it. I completed the wiring for one circuit with a 20A AFCI breaker, when I plugged in an incandescent light the breaker ...
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1answer
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Why isn't the hot water in my shower hot enough?

I have two showers in my house, one seems to be noticeably cooler no matter what I try. Both are Symmons Temptrol model A. The house is mostly PEX except where copper is required. I cannot take ...
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1answer
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Free standing shed with single plane roof

My shed/summerhouse build will be around 3m by 4m give or take. if I build it with a single plane roof, or shed roof. Will this put considerable load on the lower wall holding up the roof. The shed ...
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How do I replace foam seal on clothes dryer?

I was doing some unrelated work on my Frigidaire clothes dryer and noticed that the foam seal that is attached to the front panel and sits against the blower housing was bent on the bottom and burned ...
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How to caulk vertical seams of concrete step risers?

I am recaulking some concrete steps, and the concrete/masonry caulk I bought says it's self leveling and for horizontal surfaces only. Are there caulks that are meant for concrete but will adhere ...
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1answer
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How to deal with Carpenter Bees boring into my front porch?

I noticed a single "bumblebee" hovering in front of my front door for days. When my handyman was out doing some repairs, he told me that it isn't a bumblebee, but a carpenter bee. Then he showed me ...
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1answer
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How do I repair this damage to my driveway?

After the brutal winter, my wife and I found several locations on our driveway where the concrete is crumbling. This is the worst of them: In the past, I have used self-leveling concrete caulk ...
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0answers
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Replacing water heater gas control valve

First let me summarize my questions, then provide detail: Summary: Can a newer gas control valve be installed on an older water heater? As an individual who has never attempted something like this ...
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1answer
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How to maintain temp for always cold office in finished Basement

I work out of my home in an office in our finished basement. The room is always cold whether it's the middle of winter or the middle of summer. I often run a cheap space heater (especially) in the ...
1
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1answer
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Is there an electrical problem if my voltage/metal detector alerts for the whole wall?

I'm about to drill some 35mm holes to support a new curtain rail and when I used a voltage/metal detector to check for cables etc. it gives an alert for the entire surface of the wall. Is this ...
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3answers
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Looking for termites when thinking about buying a house

I'm buying a house in an area where termites are a serious problem. I know most people are honest but most is not all. When I'm with a Realtor, at a showing of a house that I'm thinking of putting an ...
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1answer
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How can I repair a float valve that is blocked open?

The toilet float valve I use is of the brand Geberit. It keeps leeking water because it does not close anymore. I guess the metal pin at the front needs to move when the green elements move up. Does ...
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2answers
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How to get rid of moisture in hardwood flooring?

We have recently come to a halt with our building due to our hardwood floorboards cupping and swelling in several places.(Boards were acclimatized for several months before installation) They were ...
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1answer
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What could cause all the breakers on the left side of my panel box to trip?

I added a double pole breaker in my panel box for a dryer receptacle. When I finished, I noticed the refrigerator was out - and the microwave. Went back to the panel and noticed that ALL the breakers ...

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