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Why did the neutral wire burn out in my electric shower?

I've had my shower fitted for about 3 years and just yesterday it went bang and stopped working. (My wife was using it and says there was a blue flame!) When I checked inside the unit I saw that the ...
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Moen shower temperature after changing the cartridge

My shower used to go from colder to hotter all in one direction. Since changing the cartridge, it now goes either clockwise or counter clockwise to adjust the temperature to more cold or more hot. Did ...
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What's the easiest way to reframe a portion of a wall with minimal disturbance to the electrical lines?

I'm in the process of remodeling a bathroom and need to re-frame a portion of the wall that had water/termite damage. The wood work itself shouldn't be too hard but there are romex lines running ...
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How do I wire a light controlled by two switches?

The ballast in one of our oldest florescent lights finally died, so I thought it would be a good opportunity to replace it. The wiring was a bit of a jumble (I should have taken a photograph). We ...
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Is there something wrong with this trap that would cause a sewer smell?

the existing ss connection is out of floor for kitchen sink. p-trap is higher than sewer connection but the p-trap is still higher than the connection to sewer. Sometimes it smells like bad, could ...
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What's the recommended distance of a fire pit from a building?

I'd like to know if there's an argumentation-/science-based recommendation regardless of the specific laws in different countries. Boundaries/parameters of my question: fire pit for making a(n open) ...
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AC Blower Relay

I have a question? How much current does it typically take to close the blower relay on a air handler. I recently got a new thermostat which requires an external transformer and it doesn't appear to ...
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Is there a reason for an exterior vent not connected to anything?

I have an exterior vent on the side of my house not connected to any piping within. You can look inside and see wood/concrete/insulation into the cavity between the basement ceiling and main floor. ...
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How is this toilet flange attached?

I'm in the process of remodeling a bathroom and recently removed some dryrot plywood around the toilet. I was originally expecting the toilet flange to be attached to the subfloor but it looks like ...
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Sifting driveway stone.

Is there a cost effective way of sifting stone in a driveway? I have a 2,500 sq ft section of parking area next to my driveway. It is composed of 3 ft of sand covered with about 6 inches of crushed ...
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How to fix wood stain drips?

I have recently finished staining some wood 2x4s but I accidentally put too much stain on the wood. It dripped down to the other sides of the boards and it now looks sloppy and tacky. We considered ...
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How to install ceiling light where there previously was none?

I want to install ceiling lights in two upstairs bedrooms in my house. There is a light-switch on the wall that turns power on and off to one of the electrical outlets. I would be perfectly happy to ...
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How to tighten a pipe while keeping it at specific angle?

A picture is worth 1000 words. If I turn it upright, it starts leaking. There's not enough give to complete one more turn (I could turn it maybe 30 degrees more if I remove the shelf and push ...
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How to measure water pump pressure in a spa heating system?

Short version (TL;DR): how can I measure the output pressure of a water pump in a spa heating system and verify that it is within the gas heater input pressure specs? The Whole Story I'm trying to ...
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Where exactly does backer board need to reside in a bathroom?

I'm a little confused on where exactly backer board needs to reside in a bathroom. I know it needs to immediately cover the walls that the shower/bathtub face, but what about the rest of the walls in ...
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What is the proper way to leave unused nonmetallic sheathed cable inside walls or ceilings?

The question pretty much sums it up. I nailed through a live wire in my ceiling. Rather than splice it and install a jbox, I ran a new run to the outlet. However, I took a slightly different route ...
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What can we do about a section of plaster that has fallen off the wall?

We have an old style terraced house which normally has a breast wall which accounts for the chimney; either side of this are two alcoves that are set back perhaps half a foot. The dimensions of these ...
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Door open lightswitch for sliding closet doors

My closets are the kind with door doors, either of which slides to the side, overlapping the other. I'd like to have the light inside the closet come on when either of the doors is opened. This is for ...
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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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Is it normal for subfloor to extend under walls? If so, how can I replace it?

I'm trying to replace some rotted subfloor in my guest bathroom. For some reason, I was expecting there to be an extra wide rim joist on the outside wall and that the floor would end right next to the ...
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Closet doors makeover

I have old closet doors that look like this The lacquer is worn out and aged and they look really bad but there are no visible scratches or dents.. I was looking at replacing them with bifold ...
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Why is plywood with tongue and groove preferred for flooring?

I'm just curious - in reading more about subflooring I see that a lot of sources are saying to use plywood with tongue and groove. Why? What is the benefit of tongue and groove plywood as opposed to ...
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Use of combination CAFCI and GFCI breakers instead of recepticles

I am about to begin a project that will include one or two new circuit for outdoor lights and receptacles attached to the main building. I will probably installing a new home run line from the panel ...
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How water proof is concrete?

I'm looking to buy living quarters in this basement level apartment. The only doubts I have are because some ~5 years ago, there was a giant flood in the city and had this building been couple blocks ...
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When installing hardwood floor which room should I start with?

Below is the layout of my ground floor. I would like to redo the hardfloor. The old one is still in place, the house was built in 58 and I beleive that the floor was never replaced so it is about the ...
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What is the proper way to remove plywood subfloor?

I need to remove old plywood subfloor from a bathroom (the flooring above it is already gone). What's the preferred/proper way to remove it without damaging the floor joists? One of the methods ...
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How can can I get replacement wood siding to match the existing siding?

I have some wood siding on my house that is rotting and crumbling away. Here are some pictures of what I am talking about: What kind of wood is this? If I buy new boards likely it is not ...
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Can I lay laminate flooring over top of existing linoleum?

I'm interested in laying laminate flooring over the top of existing intact linoleum. First, any problems with that? Secondly, there are unfortunately also uneven spots under the linoleum that causes ...
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What's the recommended procedure for converting a single circuit light switch into two switches for controlling a bathroom fan?

I think my question might be similar to Controlling two fixtures on same circuit independently but I don't need anything as fancy. Summary: I'm remodeling a bathroom. Presently it has one switch ...
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Do subfloors in bathrooms require any special sealant or moisture barrier prior to adding standard floor covering (like tile)?

Region: Santa Cruz, California, USA Do subfloors in bathrooms require any special sealant or moisture barrier prior to adding standard floor coverings (like tile)? I know walls need a covering and ...
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What is the proper order of layers for bathroom walls?

Region: Santa Cruz, California, USA. I'm gutting a bathroom down to the studs and would like a reminder on the proper order of layers for them to ensure that it's moisture-resistant. As far as I ...
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How should I insulate a 12x24 metal shed?

I am having a 12X24 metal shed delivered today. Wood floor of course with studs to the ceiling. Am adding an air conditioner to use when in this work shop for furniture making. Was wondering how to ...
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Will Korky Universal Flush Valve Kit fit my toilet?

I have a Mansfield MPP 160 toilet. Picture and associated parts here: http://www.griggindustries.com/page277.html The fill valve is broken on it and needs replaced, but I cannot find one locally. For ...
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How to fill the joint between tiles and cabinets in a kitchen backsplash?

We have a tiled kitchen backsplash, see photo below. In between the tiles, there's grout. I wonder what choice of materials I can use (if it's different from the grout I use between the tiles) in ...
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Does it matter where is live and where is neutral when wiring an electronic ballast?

I just bought a new electronic ballast to replace the old one for my florescent lamp. However, the connection diagram on the ballast does not indicate where I should connect the live and neutral ...
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Which should I do first? replacing furnace or resurfacing concrete floor?

I'm going to get two things done in my basement soon (by hiring professionals), but I'm wondering what the right order of operations is. One task is to replace the gas furnace that sits near the ...
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Wireless Transformer no C-Wire

I'm trying to install a wireless thermostat but i ran into issue putting in an external thermostat. I have a 2 Stage Cool / 1 Stage heat system. I have the Red 24V from Air Handler connected to R. I ...
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Leaving a pool covered for a season and through another winter

So over the course of the year we've been remodeling the house and left the pool covered for the season. With winter approaching I'm curious to know if I should pump out all of the now green water ...
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1answer
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How can I fully winterize my plumbing?

I'd like to leave a vacant house in Northern Minnesota for the winter with no utilities at all (so it will get to -20F at times). I shut off the curb stop valve and confirmed that water is completely ...
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How can I straighten out a bent threaded rod?

I recently got a 1/2" acme screw for a project that has a deflection of approximately an eighth of an inch deflection. One would not think that it would be a big deal, but is is making alignment ...
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Can I replace a junction box with a piece of conduit if I rewire the circuit completely?

I have a bathroom where the fixture was moved. Can I remove an old junction box if I use conduit joiners to splice in a piece of conduit ? I plan on rewiring the fixture from the switch after.
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Tile over Plaster (bathroom)

I am remodeling a bathroom to add a shower to a previously tub only bathroom. It is an older home (Built late 40's) and I believe the two interior walls are lathe and plaster the exterior wall I ...
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How to form curved concrete seat for bench with back?

The contractor seems very unsure of procedure. He has put some very thin plastic around the front edge of the curve, holding it in place with wide black plastic tape. It is about 1.5 inches tall. ...
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Why do the evaporator and suction lines freeze when there is low refrigerant?

In an AC, why does a low refrigerant condition cause the evaporator, and/or suction line, to freeze up?
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Dig out some remaining rotted post or just pour in cement [closed]

Will concrete harden although some rotted wood is still in hole?
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1answer
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Industrial strength velcro peeling off MDF

I bought some industrial strength low profile velcro in order to make wall mounting stations for a fan. The fan (about 8 lbs) slides onto hooks screwed into 24"x7" pieces of 1/2 inch thick MDF. The ...
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1answer
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how to clean caulk between tub and tile

I am removing the caulk around the bathtub and tile. I believe the previous owner removed the grout out and filled the gap entirely with caulk. I applied silicone remover which is helping but there ...
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How to accurately judge economics of converting from oil heat to liquid propane?

I have an oil boiler in my house (boiler and burner about 27 years old) and, as part of a renovation project, I may upgrade to something more efficient. I thought I would have to stay with oil because ...
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What is wrong with my air conditioner

I have been using my air conditioner on and off all summer. The weather hasn't been really that bad this year. But now that the weather is reaching high 80s, my air conditioner decides to die on me. ...
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Can I use metal J-channel and drip caps intended for roofing as my window casing beads?

I'm going to be installing nailing fin vinyl windows using a new construction application in a stucco wall. I'd like to install them properly with gasketed and caulked casing bead around the edges to ...

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