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1answer
191 views

When to turn on the water for my washing machine?

I recently moved into an apartment which has, separate from the sink, a faucet that looks like this: . (The water flow begins when the handle is turned counter clockwise) I'm a beginner in home ...
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1answer
56 views

What happens when my incomer main and generators are operated together without an interlock ?

Suppose consider my incomer main is live and is feeding my MCC and now if i operate my standby diesel generator connected to the MCC what will happen in the system ?? will there be dead shorts or any ...
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31 views

Is it a problem that I have two of each color wires on my Honeywell thermostat?

I am thinking about upgrading my Honeywell thermostat. Every thing I have seen describes / shows a single wire for each color. My current thermostat has two wires connected to each terminal (two green ...
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1answer
32 views

How to deal with ants in wall

I have a pretty bad ant infestation. I think the little critters are Argentine ants. I've used a couple of bottles of Terro (I usually put down about a quarter bottle at a time). It does slow them ...
0
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1answer
26 views

Circuit rewired to accept 5th recepticle

I rewired a simple circuit to accept a 5th receptacle. All five receptacles worked fine until I used an appliance and had difficulty removing the plug. Now two of the receptacles do not work, but ...
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1answer
21 views

What's the best way to insulate an outdoor sauna?

I am designing a 4'x4' sauna. Most information online is for indoor saunas. From what I've gleaned, the layers should be (for example): Outside ––> cedar exterior ––> tyvex ––> strand board --> 2x4 ...
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1answer
56 views

Why does my GFCI receptacle trip when anything is plugged in?

My house was built in 1994. The garage is fed from one 20amp circuit wired to the lights first, then a GFCI, then a couple regular outlets. This has worked fine for me for 19+ years. We had a ...
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2answers
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Can I put gypsum and paint finish on top of a concrete fast set repair mortar?

I have a finished concert pillar in my living room that I need to be patched and pained. The pillar has final gypsum and paint on top of concrete. Since the concrete is chipped off I need to use a ...
2
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1answer
32 views

How can I separate the fan and the light in my bathrooms?

We've got four bathrooms, all wired so that the light and the (extremely loud) fan are on the same switch. Each one appears to have two blacks wires (both connected to the switch, different screws on ...
2
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1answer
63 views

How do I keep runoff rain from flooding my carport?

Once the drain and ditches fill up in front of my property, water comes all the way down carport and leaves approx.a 2 inch water line around foundation and steps. City tells me it's a county ...
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1answer
14 views

Can an existing exhaust fan with a light and night light be replaced with just an exhaust fan and a seperate can light in the shower?

We are remodeling our bathroom and in our shower we have an exhaust fan with a light and night light combo which are connected to three different switches. We are replacing our exhaust fan with a ...
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2answers
34 views

How to mix concrete cement

How do i make sure i have the right air in concrete cement if i'm mixing at home.So that the concrete is stronger and won't crack in cold winters. I'm pouring a small walk way about a meter of ...
2
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1answer
72 views

Did I do the right thing putting small stones under my deck?

I bought a foreclosure house last year (built in 1987), there is a tall deck at the back, and backyard is slightly sloped away from the house. The deck was rebuilt from scratch before put on market ...
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1answer
32 views

Possible causes for sound of water running through house pipes when water is off?

We recently moved back into our beach house after hurricane Sandy. During the storm repair the lower level was rebuilt including moving a bathroom and moving the house valve (only a few feet). We ...
2
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1answer
12 views

Do I need to use a waterproof sealant in my entryway?

Do I need to use a waterproof sealant in my entryway, over the backerboard and under the porcelain tile or is the thinset adequate? Sub floor is above grade, 3/4" plywood. thanks!
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4answers
57 views

How can I set up a timer for my motorized blinds?

My room has a window with motorized shades, which can be brought up or down using a switch that's in the same enclosure as the light switches in the room. I want to set it up so I could program the ...
0
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1answer
25 views

Lighting problem

I install new 12/2 wire from breaker box to a gfi outlet pig tail to another gfi outlet then to seven regular outlets then jumped to a light switch controlly six can light(6 inch).light switch is a ...
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1answer
52 views

How to flash a roof valley on parallel roofs

I'm redoing my entire roof (roof deck included). The previous owner built a carport parallel to the house. The carport is a permanent structure with a normal roof - trusses and whatnot of equal ...
0
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1answer
18 views

Deal with stripped washing machine inlet

I have a washing machine with a stripped water inlet. Is there an easy solution to fix this?
0
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2answers
28 views

How do I stain/paint Ikea birch Wardrobe pieces ebony?

I don't like the Birch color much but I got a couple of those to use but would rather have the darker color. How do I go about making this change without ruining the wardrobe or the pieces please?
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1answer
31 views

Why would an MR16 LED light only work when power is cut?

I had just gotten a package of LED coloured light and all of them work except one. strangely as soon as I unplug it ,it flashes for a second. what does this mean and how can I fix it?
2
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2answers
32 views

Footings for free-standing structure

We moved into a house that backs up to some trees and a small creek. There aren't any good trees for a tree house back there, but I would like to build a raised fort for the kids instead. It will be ...
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2answers
58 views

How do i know if my service panel will accommodate a 240v circuit breaker

We are looking to install a hot tub and trying to find out if our service panel will accommodate a 240v circuit breaker. This is what our panel says but I do not know what all of this means: ...
2
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1answer
45 views

How can I fix a large gap between wall and countertop caused by bowed walls?

We live in an old house with plaster walls. We recently installed a new counter top and discovered that our walls are bowed and curvy. There is approximately a 3/4 inch gap on either side of the bow. ...
1
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2answers
71 views

How can I finish a hole in the wall?

Considering a home theater "upgrade" for the house. When I was thinking about placement for the projector, I realized that the back wall of my living room is actually the wall to the Kitchen Pantry. ...
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1answer
21 views

What could cause a heat pumps line sets to be the same temperature when running?

The symptom I'm dealing with is that the heat pump system isn't cooling as much as it should. Tested it today, was about 79°F inside and outside; system was blowing air at about 73°F. ...
0
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1answer
31 views

Replacing window

I am replacing a window in a garage. I measured the rough openings but the current window in the garage is quite old and I am not even sure what kind of window it is (or the proper terminology for ...
0
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2answers
52 views

How can I get my Particle-Board Cabinet re-staining project looking more professional please?

So, I am working on changing the stain on my particle-board cabinet(disassembled). I sanded, and then pre-stained the various pieces. I have also applied the first coat of stain(ebony) to the wood ...
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1answer
57 views

How can I fix paint with orange peel texture? [closed]

I'm working on a new site that is a large penthouse flat. Some amateur painter just put bad quality white emulsion on the walls instead of applying a mist coat. I sanded it down, but the next layer ...
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0answers
21 views

How can I wire a WeMo into this circuit?

Ok so I have figured out (I think) how to make my three way switch act like a single by solving red and black in the middle box and red in one box. Now those two switches are dead. My question would ...
0
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1answer
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Is 40-amp breaker enough for my new range?

My new range says it needs a 40-amp circuit breaker minimum. But it also says maximum draw is 13,200 watts on 120/240, so doesn't that mean a 40-amp breaker would be inadequate? By my math, max ...
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2answers
51 views

Am I required to have a doorknob lock on my exterior door?

I have both a deadbolt and a doorknob lock on my door (actually, all three of my doors). I've noticed that this is a consistent pattern at most houses and apartments that I've visited in my area (I ...
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0answers
27 views

water valve outside (hose front/back work but not inside) [closed]

ok, so the spigot has a main valve for the house... it seems stripped... won't close just turns and turns... there is water pressure for the hose on that spigot and also in the back of the house hose ...
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3answers
101 views

How many dimmer switches do I need?

I have an electrical situation, 3 switches controlling one light and I want to put in a dimmer. What type of dimmer do I need, 3-way, 4-way,or what?
0
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1answer
37 views

What prevents the water from flowing in a 13mm garden hose?

I'm harvesting rainwater with this kind of device: The same shop was also selling a rather expensive, clear, wide (maybe a diameter of 4cm) (like 200€+ for 25m) hose designed to work with it. So ...
0
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1answer
25 views

What's the maximum span for a regular kitchen worktop?

I'm looking at using a regular laminated worktop as a desk in my office room. The room is just under 3m long - would I need to add a leg support in the middle if I attach it to the wall with a simple ...
1
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1answer
27 views

Wiring from Oven to Switch

At the moment under the oven switch the cable is plastered over (without capping) till it reaches under the counter; there it pops out of the raw plaster and is draped across the back of the units ...
1
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2answers
59 views

How should clothes and books be stored in an unconditioned space?

We are having our first child, and to prepare for that we have to move a lot of stuff to storage. The storage we have is not heated or otherwise temperature/humidity regulated. This means that ...
3
votes
1answer
133 views

How can I tap an unused well for outdoor watering?

I own the lot next to our house. We had a well drilled, thinking we would build there. Plans changed and now it just sits. The plan now is to plant about 100 trees. Is there a way to tap that well for ...
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1answer
35 views

Air Conditioner woes: water pooling in basement, condensation on ducts, frost on outdoor copper pipe

Can someone help diagnose what's wrong with my air conditioner? The symptoms are: the air that it is blowing is not very cold It's colder than the ambient air, but not cold enough to cool the ...
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0answers
34 views

Converting garage into living room?

We want to convert the garage into the living room. Our house has a crawl space under it. But the garage is a slab with cinder blocks around it. Water comes in through the garage door when it rains ...
0
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2answers
43 views

Possible To Put an Epoxy Coating on Particle Board?

Is is possible/recommended to put an epoxy such as Rust-Oleum Epoxy Garage Floor Coating on particle board? Any help would be appreciated! ...
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1answer
34 views

How do I prevent interior doors from sticking in the winter?

We have several interior doors that only stick or won't completely close in the winter. We also get cracks in the drywall mud above the doors so I think something else is going on besides just ...
0
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1answer
35 views

Is this pipe layout acceptable?

We recently had our heater and air conditioner replaced, and now the drainage pipe is installed on the floor of the basement. It's quite annoying and it wasn't like that before (it was on the walls ...
2
votes
1answer
38 views

Proper backfill for a trench dug below foundation level (within the 45 degree cone of support)

Given a trench dug below foundation level, what's the proper way to backfill? Here I'm talking about a trench below the bottom edge of an unreinforced concrete foundation built in 1950, supporting a ...
0
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1answer
24 views

Will a water heater use more or less power overall if equipped with larger or smaller heating elements?

For electric water heaters that can be obtained with various different options for the size and power draw of their heating elements, will larger elements use more power overall? For example, let's ...
0
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2answers
60 views

osb - Do I start the first sheet 5/8" out from edge?

I am putting on a flat roof on a building that is 24 x 44 block. The roof consists of : top and bottom sill plate, face plate, 9 - 4x4 treated posts for support, 2x10x12 joist every 16" on center with ...
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0answers
25 views

Span Load for 6x6 PT

Re-doing the deck of an existing bridge that spans 16' for two horses to walk across. The (6) joists are 6x6 pressure treated at 16" on center. Putting 6/4 oak boards on with carriage bolts. Seems ...
0
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0answers
33 views

increasing power to detached garage

the house i bought has a detached garage about 20 feet from main structure. It currently has 1/2 rigid metal conduit with a single 20A circuit (3x12ga). I need about 13A for a table saw or router (two ...
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4answers
79 views

Moving a light switch without moving it

I live in a rented house, and there is a lightswitch which is unconventionally not next to the door in one of the rooms. Is there a way to move the lightswitch so it's next to the door. I am currently ...

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