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How do I verify that a 240v outlet is wired properly?

I recently had a dryer installed and it powered on, but wouldn't run. I was able to verify the voltage at 240v using a multimeter, but I'm not convinced that the outlet was wired properly. They are ...
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Which cable/conduit should I use to run a new 240 volt line for an oven?

I'm in the middle of a kitchen remodel and have hit a slight snag and need some advice on how to proceed. I'm moving the oven into an island, which requires moving the 240 line used for the oven. The ...
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What is this device?

It's a bit off topic, but let's see... I live in a condo, and the devices pictured below are found everywhere: in flats, in corridors, even in the car park (they are attached to ceilings) and I have ...
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Can I replace the knob and tube wiring in the ceiling but not the walls?

We are planning to replace the K&T in the attic so we can put in some insulation. Is it possible to leave the K&T in the walls by hooking them up to the new wiring at the ceiling/wall edge? ...
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How should I power 6 30W (30-36v 1.05A) LEDs from the mains?

Was reading about transformers, so basically, which transformer will be optimum, could i get a 36-30v one and not worry about resistors?
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Why am I reading zero volts phase to earth?

When i measured the voltage reading on the socket I got an unusual reading phase to neutral is 220V (expected reading ) phase to earth is 0V (unusual) ?? neutral to earth is oV (expected reading) I ...
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How many circuits are recommended for this basement game room remodel?

Ok so this paint photo is roughly what I want to do to my basement. The lights are 6 inch recessed lights. The fireplace blower was on the old 15 amp circuit so I dont see a problem there. It ...
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How is it possible to get an electric shock even with mains power off?

I was changing a socket outlet yesterday. I switched off the mains power at the consumer unit (the big red switch) so thought all was safe. I disconnected the old socket, but when I went to fit the ...
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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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How do I finish off a silicone sealant like a professional?

I have patch a couple of places at the base of my shower with silicone rubber sealant using a caulking gun and it's worked well and water no longer escapes from the shower. However, where I have done ...
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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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What could cause my boiler to provide hot water, but not heating?

My boiler kicks in when the thermostat asks it to, but when my room thermostat asks the boiler to fire up, nothing happens. My room thermostat clicks on, and lights up so I think it can tell the ...
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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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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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Why are my dimmer switches malfunctioning?

I have two dimmer switches that have started malfunctioning. They are in the same box with two other standard switches. Each controls a set of three small flood lights. There is no other way to ...
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How do we extend, stabilize, and give a finished look to an outside faucet that is attached to the house?

We have three issues we want to resolve regarding an outside faucet. We want to extend the faucet about 4" from the siding, We want to stabilize the faucet because it is bouncing around in the pipe ...
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How to remove screws with stripped heads?

I have wood screws whose heads are stripped from trying to remove them with a drill. The drill (or screwdrivers) can't grip the heads anymore. What can i use to remove these screws easily?
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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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How far in from the wall do the first brackets go when hanging closet rod?

I need to add closet rods to a very unusual shaped closet. I'm awaiting exact measurements, but what I have is: Door Width 31", Trim around each side of door inside of closet 2", Depth of closet ...
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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 multiple 2-way occupancy motion sensor switches be used together?

Can multiple 2-way occupancy (AKA motion) sensor switches be used together? For the top and bottom of a staircase, I want the lights to be on if either switch senses motion and the lights stay on ...
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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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Why does my GFI keep going off? Is it dangerous?

I have a small condo with one bathroom. There is a GFI in the kitchen and bathroom. The GFI in the bathroom trips off on a regular basis. It started slowly (like 1/week) and now it happens multiple ...
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Need help wiring a ceiling fan and exterior lighting at fan 3 wire and 4 wire 1 switch fan 1 switch ext lighting

I took down my old ceiling fan and tried to put in the new one but can't follow directions because I have two wire sets coming out of ceiling. I'm trying to get one switch to turn on fan and other ...
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Can 12/2/2 cable be used with two circuits on the same leg with the neutrals tied together?

I'm rewiring an old house. It has a mix of knob and tube and romex wire. I'm planning to remove all the knob and tube. In the basement I found 12-4 Romex (Black, Red, White, White W/Red Stripe and ...
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Do I have to provide better support when hanging a range hood from soffit framing?

I recently purchased a house and am currently renovating my kitchen. I have gutted the kitchen and changed the wall between the kitchen and living room to a half wall. The design I have now is setup ...
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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 water:cement:sand ratio gives the strongest mortar?

A typical mortar mix ratio is 1 cement : 3 sand. But what is the water ratio? Is it 0.5:1:3? Would a 0.5:1:2 ratio be a stronger mortar? Our next door neighbor has a dog that digs like a pro. The ...
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How can I install a switch to power a bathroom TV off safely and discreetly?

Firstly, I'll start by saying that I have no electrical skills apart from basic changing a socket skills... I have a small bathroom that I've decided to put a waterproof TV in. The TV is going to go ...
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When replacing carpet, can you re-use the tackless strips?

I need to replace some carpet. Thee carpet was installed over a concrete slab, so the tackless strips were fastened down with concrete nails. The tackless strips seem to be in decent enough condition. ...
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Does voltage play any role in choosing the appropriate wire gauge?

Online, most household wiring guides suggest 14 gauge wire for 15 amp circuits, 12 for 20 amps, and 10 for 30 amps. Do these assume the voltage is 120, or does voltage not come into play when choosing ...
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Good way to clean Stainless Steel Railing

I have a stainless steel fence in my garden. Its near the sea and constantly looks dirty and old. I think the steel is a Stainless 316 as opposed to 304. What cost effective cleaner could I use or ...
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GFCI breaker trips, but GFCI outlet does not?

Little background before I ask question. I pulled a lines from main panel to outside subpanel, some 130 ft away. Put double pole regular breaker in the main panel (60A). In the sub panel I placed on ...
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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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Trying to repair a leaking faucet handle, but can't determine the brand

The hot/left handle leaks when you turn on hot OR cold. I have pictures/video attached to show where the leak is coming from. Hoping someone can identify the brand, so I can tell what part to ...
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High pitched beep in house every 15 minutes [duplicate]

Can anyone help? I keep hearing a 3 second high pitched beep but can't quite tell where it is coming from n our lounge where our home theatre system is, i.e. LED TV, receiver, speakers, blu ray ...
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What would cause a kitchen sink to drain very slowly?

I snaked my kitchen sink drain to the end of my 20' snake so I know there is no clog for 20'. When I run water into the sink it starts to fill up immediately - not enough time to fill 20' of pipe. ...
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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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What could cause lights to come on full strength then dim?

I just finished setting this up: There are actually 4 lights chained together at the end rather than just one. Once I finished I turned the circuit back on and tried out the switches. All of them ...
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2-wire switch loop controlling 2 outlets - replacing with 3-wire to fix?

I am in nearly this exact situation: Can I use a switch loop to power a ceiling fan? We are trying to install a fan, but instead of having a single duplex outlet on the same wall as the switch, we ...
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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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Replace Wall Receptacle / Outlet - What's the Right Leviton Model

Does anyone know what is the difference between a Leviton 16252-WS outlet versus a 16252-W? The "WS" version sells for 4.99 at Home Depot ...
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Is there a commodity 3 or 4 way valve that can be electrically controlled?

I live out here in the San Francisco bay area where it doesn't rain in the summer. So I want to make an automated plant watering device. I already have a water pump intended for solar water heating ...
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Are push in connectors up to code?

Just came across a neat product at the local hardware store, but I wonder if they are up to code and safe to use. They are a wire nut that allows you to simply push the wires in, instead of twisting ...
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1answer
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Pendant Lighting - Braided steel wire [on hold]

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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2answers
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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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Sump with no pump!

A rainy month and water in the crawlspace: It's was an unusually wet April where I live. I went into my crawlspace last week to change the filter on the A/C and found water. The crawlspace is ...
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How do I repair a door jamb that has soft and split wood at the hinge in my 100 year old house?

We have an old house (100+ years) with original door frames. The top hinge on one door has come away from the door frame - the wood is split and soft, so the screws have no bite. I'm thinking the ...
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Are grounded receptacles with open grounds causing my electrical problems?

I have a room that has six outlets. Two of which are healthy with ground and ~120V coming through. The other four report open ground with one of the four not working at all (no juice). I've checked ...
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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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