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How to cut threads on 2" PVC pipe?

I have some sections of 2" PVC and some Tee fittings that I need to join. On the Tee fittings, the main line is threaded and the outlets are smooth. How can I cut the threads in the straight ...
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Can a 220V US circuit have more than one 220V outlet, by code?

When I move the laundry, I'm considering switching to a gas drier -- but even so it'd be nice to have the 220V drop there for future-proofing. However, if I'm not using it for the drier, I'd like to ...
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How do I remove adhesive from outdoor concrete deck that is textured?

I have an outdoor deck that had the old green carpet truf glued down. I removed it some time ago and want to remove the adhesive from the concrete, it has the brushed finish so the adhesive is in the ...
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1answer
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Best strategy for video security, package or separate DVR? [on hold]

I am considering setting up a video monitoring system for home security. This would include cameras mounted both on the house itself and in 2-3 locations on the grounds. I had originally planned to ...
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1answer
43 views

Interior cement walls

I want my interior walls to be cement. Can insulation Foamular 150 rigid foam be added to the cement wall on the exterior side with siding on top of it.
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How do I prevent my generator from permanently tripping my GFCI breakers?

I have an old house with a new addition. The new addition has a subpanel to the od house panel. This new subpanel required GFCI breakers. When I started the generator it tripped all these GFCI ...
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1answer
33 views

What can I do if the toilet tank is leaking right where the water feed line begins [on hold]

What can I do if the toilet tank is leaking where the water feed line begins?
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Is transitioning to all electric heating smart?

I am in the process of overhauling my home heating and plumbing. I bought a 2600sq/ft 1980s Cape Cod in southern Maine on the coast. I've reinsulated the walls and roof and am continuing to make ...
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1answer
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Is there any reason to put 2 GFCI outlets in a 2-gang outlet box?

Is there a downside to using a single GFCI plus a regular receptacle in a 2-gang box? This is in a bathroom, in LA County, and the work will be inspected, if it's relevant.
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1answer
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In-fridge icemaker makes hollow ice cubes. How to fix?

My freezer's icemaker is producting ice cubes that are pretty much hollow, with a thin 'shell' of ice in the shape of the mold. Instead of solid blocks, the ice is so thin they break up into tons of ...
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Unknown armature in a kitchen

Can someone explain me the function of following armature in a kitchen? The valve is probably for the dish washer, but what is the purpose for the metal thing below? It does not seem modifiable and ...
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2answers
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Heater causing dry uncomforatable air

My bedroom is a bit cool so I started using an electric space heater (that doesn't have a fan). I noticed it makes the air very dry. What's the best way of counteracting this? I was thinking of ...
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How do I remove dried latex paint from carpet?

I dropped a brush while painting my office. We have brand new carpet and of course, I dropped the paint brush in a spot where there was no drop cloth >:( I thought since it's latex based paint I ...
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What material can I used to fill gap between slab and house so that I can place vinyl tiles on the slab without worrying about cracking?

I am replacing some very old carpet in a sun room off my basement. This sun room was built around an existing concrete slab. I'd really like to put something other than carpet back in here, but am ...
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0answers
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Toilet leaking at water line [duplicate]

What can I do if the toilet tank is leaking where the water feed line begins? At the hole that leafs out of the tank?
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0answers
8 views

Viewing security cameras on andriod devices? [on hold]

I would like to view my dvr security cameras from my andriod device, what is the process of doing so?
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0answers
14 views

Manufacturing facility [on hold]

What is the height requirements for an electrical drop. Does it have to be 7ft or higher off the ground? Also, do 480 volt outlets required to have caps on them?
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1answer
58 views

Installing short 18“- 24” threaded black pipe for lp gas line in wall

Is it ok to run short 18"-24" threaded pieces of black gas pipe in the wall horizontally done by a licensed plumber so it goes through the 2x6 studs
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1answer
155 views

Is it possible to only use one color of an RGB LED strip?

I have been given some RGB rolls of led lighting. I only want to use the red or blue on a boat... can I cut it and only solder only 2 wires say to ground and R and get red, ground and B and get blue?
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3answers
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Replacing original 1950s exterior door with new prehung: threshold question

I'm about to replace the original 1950s era back door on my house with a pre-hung. I'm planning this as a DIY job and have watch plenty of videos, but one thing that hasn't been well addressed is what ...
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1answer
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Please advise how to lubricate stiff latch bolt of mortise lockset on metal exterior security door. (NOT the pins in the keyway!)

The latch bolt of the mortise lockset in a metal security door is stiff. I worry about the long-term effect of slamming the door in order to drive the stiff latch bolt back and allow the door to ...
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1answer
43 views

How to flatten an uneven plank subfloor when the existing planks can't be removed?

The upper-floor master bedroom in my c. 1700 house has a plank floor laid across the joists which is quite old, if not original. The planks were apparently once 1/2", but in some areas of the room ...
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2answers
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Why do microwaves run 3 extra seconds after timer ends?

So I think I know the answer to this but want to confirm and ask further questions. Whenever you run most microwaves in timer mode, it stops the microwave operation at 0 seconds, but continues to ...
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0answers
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Install one dimmer switch which is one of two regular switches

We're purchasing (5) dimmable LED's for the kitchen and I'm now researching the dimmable switches. The lights are controlled by two switches on opposite sides of the room. Either one can turn off or ...
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2answers
249 views

Can I use a WiFi thermostat without a C wire?

I have a very old Honeywell programmable thermostat. I am going to replace it with a White-Rodgers UP500W Emerson Sensi WiFi Thermostat. I just want to know if the WiFi unit will work without a C ...
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0answers
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Vines / Crawling Plants that minimize damage to buildings/walls [migrated]

Years ago I was on a historical tour in Savannah, GA in which they said that they choose certain crawling plants/vines that minimize damage to buildings. What crawling plants or vines should or ...
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0answers
20 views

Notification sensor for dehumidifier? [on hold]

I've placed a dehumidifier in my crawlspace and when the bucket is full, it beeps 4 times and stops. If I'm not near the dehumidifier, I can't hear this alert, so I'd like to install a sound sensor ...
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1answer
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Above cabinet LED light placement

I am considering installing LED tape lights for under/above cabinets in my kitchen. For under cabinet lighting, placement is easy and obvious. For above cabinet lights, I wonder what to do. The ...
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0answers
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How to strengthen a giant pole made out of seven 2m long 40mm diameter plumbing waste pipes?

The problem: I have a plant growing out of my chimney. Last year I had a chimney sweep go up on the roof and remove the plant and fit a cowl/ cap onto the chimney costing over £500 including cost of ...
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1answer
60 views

Can I slide out pieces of laminate and replace?

The short edge of 10 planks is open from the family room to the kitchen. No kitchen floor yet. I want to change the curve to straight so that the kitchen tiles will have a straight edge. We Were not ...
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1answer
93 views

How can I support an already installed shower valve?

My shower valve was poorly installed. The pipes and valve were never secured or clamped to the surrounding framing. The valve rattles around in the wall and the cover plate has about a 1/2" gap ...
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1answer
57 views

light switch is apparently broke, but the light stays on

my light switch apparently broke with the light on. Now the light will not turn off. Is it safe to leave the light on overnight with the switch broken?
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2answers
314 views

Water damage in bathroom ceiling floor: how to treat and then prevent?

Water on the floor next to the bathtub in the upstairs bathroom (tile floor and tile baseboard) was allowed to sit for a half hour, then I heard drip-drip-drip in the bathroom directly below it. We ...
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0answers
7 views

How to fix the upper thread tension of Singer Signature 9340 [on hold]

I have a Singer Signature 9340 with a top loading bobbin. Even tension wheel is set to 0, upper thread tension is still too tight. Is there any tension adjustment for bobbin or bobbin casing? How ...
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2answers
154 views

Why is the bathtub water backing up into the shower?

When the bathtub water runs out, it backs up into the shower and floods the whole floor. We have cleaned the drain pipes, but it still happens. What could be the problem?
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Why does the water temperature fluctuate on this single handle fixture?

Symptoms: When using shower, cold water soon (2 minutes) will supply warm or hot water. i.e without turning the hot valve on, and only turning cold valve on, the water out of showerhead gets warm or ...
3
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1answer
104 views

Is there a wireless way to cut off the HVAC y wire from my generator transfer switch?

I recently had a Generac Synergy generator installed, which went smoothly, however there was no good way to get the Y wire from my thermostat to the transfer switch and back in order to allow the ...
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0answers
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Is there any SAE Rod Stock Size That Can Be slimmed down to an M5 Metric Rod? [on hold]

Tonight I figured out how to put threads on a stock 5/16" rod using a 5/16" die: http://campl.us/sgO2 I don't seem to be able to find any threaded M5 in my town; so is there any SAE smooth rod size ...
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1answer
86 views

What are the considerations for crawlspace encapsulation barriers / humidity control?

I live in a house that's half slab, half crawlspace. The crawl is half basement. Typical crawlspace/basement humidity readings are: 80% RH @ 67°F 85% RH @ 68°F 78% RH @ 67°F Where in the ...
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4answers
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Would this be an effective method to remove painted popcorn ceiling?

Sand off tops of "popcorn bumps" with rotary sander or multi tool (like bosch multi-x). Spray with vinegar and water. Use elbow grease and a scraper.
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4answers
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How “freely” should a central A/C condenser fan spin

Last year my home's central air condenser fan motor stopped working. When I noticed the house wasn't cooling down I went outside to investigate and found there was a humming sound coming from the ...
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3answers
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Can my generator power my deep well water pump?

I have a 120/240 volt generator with an output of 3250 watts peaking at 3750. I want to be able to power my well water pump but I'm getting conflicting answers on whether this generator packs enough ...
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1answer
43 views

Microwave Oven Outlet

Wondering if somebody could please let me know where I should put my receptacle for the microwave in my kitchen. It's an over the stove microwave/range hood type. I was going to install it in the ...
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1answer
6 views

Error F3C on Whirlpool convection microwave

My Whirlpool Microwave WMH76718AW-1 is giving me an F3C error when I try to use the convection oven feature. (All other functions OK.) I haven't located a tech sheet for this oven, and wonder if ...
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How to put up a very small barrier on concrete to stop water running past it

I have a concrete driveway that leads to the garage, with a very slight slope towards the garage. When it really rains hard, the water comes down into the garage. I don't want a very high barrier, ...
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1answer
23 views

Surface mount ceiling fan

I have a Tri-State home with a center beam extending from one gable end of the house to the other at the peak. The beam is completely exposed in the living room. I installed a ceiling fan with light ...
0
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0answers
64 views

Why might I measure less than 240 volts on a 240V circuit? [duplicate]

I recently had an electric dryer fail and I have been unable to determine the reason. All of the obvious items within it to check for (as mentioned in many youtube videos on such appliance repairs) ...
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2answers
32 views

Can I add thin brick veneer directly to interior plaster

I have an interior plaster over wood-lathe wall that I'd like to cover using thin brick veneer. The plaster wall is generally in good shape (though some patching will need to be done for some ...
1
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1answer
144 views

What type of caulk should I use for bathroom tile?

So I have a bathroom that has a tile floor, a small tile baseboard, and a tiled shower that has tile on the walls and floor. The builder used grout everywhere and so after a while, pretty much all of ...
1
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1answer
30 views

Question about this DIY light fixture and grounding

http://www.mysimplysimple.com/lighting-diy-office/ I was looking into the above light fixture project, and I noticed that it has no ground wire. Most of the videos I have looked into about replacing ...

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