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Electric - turn one light on dims another room

So we have a landing light at top of stairs that has a switch at bottom of the stairs and one at the top. When this light is switched on we can't turn the bedroom light on. However if we switch ...
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Can I cut the back off a china cabinet to convert it into a bookcase?

I would like to change this china cabinet into a built in bookcase. It is currently 16" deep, but I want it only 12" deep. Is it possible to cut the entire back off, and would it need to be put back ...
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Making box joists with OSB?

I'm looking for information on construction details and how to determine appropriate size for box joists sheathed with OSB (similar to this document that describes such joists sheathed with plywood, ...
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Questions about a broken vise

I pressed a log into a vise, which resulted in the vise breaking (more precisely the "fix part", i.e the jaw which is on the side with the wriggle broke down.) After some research, it seems to me ...
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how much can i have on a 20 amp breaker?

I have a 20 amp breaker, with two lights and a outlet in on it, (the outlet normally runs stereo equipment), can i add another outlet for a tv and a fan?
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Electrical wiring under deck

If I run electrical wiring under a deck, what conduit and strap material / grading do I need? It doesn't have to be the underground / metal materials, right? I like to build something similar to this ...
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How to find a deck sealant that is compatible with some old sealant that I can't find anymore

I am cleaning and re-sealing a wood deck. I have an old half-can of sealant that I would like to use up. I asked the manufacturer how to find the current product, and they told me this is the one: ...
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Foam board insulation over drywall

Guys I am living in a 500 sq ft apartment built in the 1950's and it has a south facing wall. I run the 10000 BTU AC almost 24/7 and in the afternoons the wall is very warm if not hot to the touch on ...
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Are there any restrictions for drilling holes in solid lumber joists regarding how close to the ends of the joist? [duplicate]

I've read to not drill a hole greater than 1/3 the depth of the board (I want to drill a 3/4" hole in a 12" board for wiring, so that won't be an issue) as well as not to do it within two inches of ...
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I have 2 lights on one switch. only one bulb at a time works

I have 2 lights on 1 switch. I appear to have it wired correctly. However if I put both bulbs in only one works. If I take a bulb out the other works. Doesn't matter which one I put in. Both lamps ...
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How does one reclaim wood? [closed]

I want to make a dining room table. How does one "reclaim" wood? In my imagination, there are "farm foreclosure" message boards that one checks regularly. Set me straight.
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Does PoE cause interference with negihboring non-PoE Ethernet cables

I plan on upgrading my home Wireless Access Point in the near future and rather than running an extension cord to the location I was thinking about getting a WAP that supports Power Over Ethernet. My ...
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How can I make my white LED strip light warmer? [duplicate]

I recently bought warm white LED strips and installed them. Even though they are considered "warm" white (3000K), the light is very white and not close to incandescent light and it hurts the eyes. ...
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Removing molding in space above mantel

There is a space above my mantel that has a molding trim that is 39 x 56. I would like to hang an art piece here. How can I remove this trim without damaging the walls. Also the space sounds hollow as ...
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Gurgling pipes after shower

After taking a shower and then flushing the toilet, we get gurgling sound in the kitchen sink. We have had the plumbing snaked which didn't help, kept happening. Then the plumber jetted the entire ...
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Air handler blower, motor, or something else?

My blower just stopped working. I have 240 volts to the motor but it won't spin. It will turn an inch or so but that's it and it tries repeatedly. Could it be something besides the blower or the motor?...
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How can I add a second light switch to a 3 gang box with 3 switches in it?

I want to add a switch to an existing light in the car port so it can be switched on and off at both ends of the car port. The existing switch to this light is in a 3 gang box connected to two ...
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Grounding Rod in basement?

I purchased an older house and when running some electronics i got a hum. Did some research and trial and error to figure out why What I came to realize its a ground problem in the old house. I have a ...
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Looking for thicker kerf saw blade [closed]

I am looking for a 10 1/4" circular blade with diamond knockout and thicker kerf- .052". This is for Skilsaw. The thin kerf blade wobbles. Can't find a thicker kerf blade even though others have ...
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Shape of logs of insect screen frame

I am about to create a frame for a mosquito net, and I have read in various places that the end of the logs of the frame should be cut diagonally, and the logs joined along this diagonal cut (see fig. ...
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Pilot light on switch comes on when light is off

First off I know the switch the works I plugged it into a different circuit where I have another one and the pilot light turned on when the switch was on. However when I have it installed in the ...
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Removing part of a railing to create an opening for a gate

I have a deck railing that I'd like to remove part of so I can create an opening in which I can install a gate. I see two ways that I could do this and would like some perspective on which is best. ...
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Frigidaire Gallery water dispenser delay/stuck on

I'm a new father and I am trying to be the man of the house and fix my fridge. :-) Basically, the water dispenser will stick while we're using it. The lever doesn't stick, but the water will stay ...
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The outlets power goes to ground when you plug something into it

I am having trouble with my outlets power going to ground from what my outlet tester is telling me. I have changed out all of the receipts on the circuit. And I double checked all of them again to ...
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Light wiring advice

hi all, what have i done wrong? I replaced like for like (or so i thought) and the light won't work? Thanks in advance
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HVAC thermostat current

What is the typical current (in mA) carried by the 24v thermostat HVAC wire bundle in a typical low voltage application? I'm using 18/7 wire.
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How can I soften the clicking sound of a light switch

I am renovating my house. The contractor has rewired my house and installed rocker switches for my lighting. The big button looks good. But flipping the switch produces a loud snapping sound. Short of ...
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Is kitchen sink drain water toxic?

I've had a partially blocked kitchen sink for a few days and have had a few dishes that have been laying in the water that's flowed up from the sink drain for a few days. These have developed a ...
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How to solder brass round to flat?

I want to solder a piece brass round stock to a piece of flat brass. I want the round to be sticking out of the flat like a goalpost. How would I go about doing this the right way? I was thinking of ...
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Applying caulk over new caulk

A few days ago I scraped out all of the old caulk around our bath, cleaned and dried the area then applied an anti-mould bathroom sealant (neutral silicone). I don't think I applied a thick enough ...
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Does WPC flooring need expansion gaps / transition strips for distances greater than 40 feet?

I know laminate requires expansion gaps every 40 ft, but wood plastic composite flooring is made of a different core, does it expand as much? The manufacturers instructions doesn't even mention it.
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How to protect eatables from humidity and moisture? [closed]

I am living in very moisture and humid environment. The eatbles I bought like rusk(made of wheat and vegetable oil), capture moisture within a day and then become unfit to eat. What should I do so ...
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Well water issue!

Well is located a distance from house. It was mentioned to save on cost builder was considering running water lines and electric lines together in the same conduit to house. Is this safe?
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Using a receptacle tester

Bought a receptacle tester, most outlets are good, not sure how to read the outlets that have switches. Outlet 1: tester reads good, when I turn the switch off it reads open ground. Outlet 2: tester ...
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what is the right drainage system around a floating crawlspace foundation?

4 years ago I bought a house in a town on the Canadian border of MN. What I didn't realized was...the property is sloping and my neighbor filled his property up so it's half a foot higher than mine. ...
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is there a check valve in the bathtub valve that would prevent water from going reversed through the valve?

knew shower tub faucet ,single handled type knew house ,in mexico .250 gallon gravity fed tank on roof.has boiler ,,water comes our real slow ,,,,appears when in cold position no water comes out only ...
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Can I use 12/3 to wire from new sub-panel to switch/recep combo to light! [closed]

I thought I would try this so that I'd have a true neutral if I ever needed one.
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Laptop power supply is too hot, I may need a thermally conductive material [closed]

I looked for some information, I was told I needed a thermal grease, is there any recommend?
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Can I protect 3 branch circuits with a GFCI outlet?

I have 4 sets of wires coming into one outlet. 4 black 4 whites and 4 ground. 1 set is hot when power is on, all the rest are not. I need to switch the outlet to a gfi outlet. Is this even safe?
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How to move from RH/RC thermostat to C thermostat in AC only system?

I see this is a pretty common question, but the answer seems like it might be dependent on your thermostat and air handler, so I'm posting with my specific questions. I'm upgrading from a White ...
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Do I need to replace or treat moisture-damaged studs in a shower area before replacing cement board?

I bought my house in 2011 after it was built in 2009. It originally had a cheap molded plastic shower surround, but I removed it in order to install tile. I then discovered that the cement board had ...
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How to fill a 1.5 " gat on the exterior window gap to brick?

I am getting a water leak from several of my window, appears the window opening is at least one inch larger than the window. The gap was filled with mortar and caulked along the top and bottom of the ...
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Moving from R22 to R410a

Outside Unit Carrier Central Air Conditioner Model 38CKC042-340 Inside Unit Carrier Furnace M/N : 58STA090-10116 I am very newb, i have no idea if there are other parts involved besides the ...
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Carrier Central Air Conditioner Model 38CKC042-340 with 35/5 instead of 40/5

I have this unit Carrier Central Air Conditioner Model 38CKC042-340 I was looking at http://www.repairclinic.com/Shop-For-Parts/a41b370d1182307/Model-38CKC042340-Carrier-Central-Air-Conditioner-...
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Legality of hanging things outside your window?

I have been thinking of hanging something outside my window. It occurred to me though that there are building codes. I am in a private home of my own but wondered to what extent building codes apply. ...
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Door frame pulling away from wall

over time the molding around the door frame has pulled out a little and we always just use a hammer and block of wood to put it back into place, but recently my door was slammed and now it's ...
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How to recharge a window unit air conditioner?

Can I recharge my window unit air conditioner or do I have to send it to a specialist? The AC unit that I have is about 15 years old (nothing lasts forever)... and I happen to have about 20 lbs of ...
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How to stabilize half-wall below an interior portal?

BACKGROUND: Decided to extend an already existing opening in this non-load bearing wall. With all the electrical and plumbing it's just not worth removing completely. Besides, wife likes the idea of ...
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Upstairs bedrooms are too hot. Would like to put in another thermostat.

I've been searching for an answer to this question but have yet to find one that applies. I'm looking to put in a new thermostat on the 2nd floor where the bedrooms are that would take over in the ...
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How long does it take to add 1 lb. of refrigerant to an air conditioning unit?

My HVAC unit was running but not cooling properly. I called an HVAC guy who came to check. He came without a scale and told me he can fill the refrigerant and tell me how much he filled by just ...

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