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How can I determine why my ceiling fan is noisy?

I have a 5-blade ceiling fan in a child's bedroom (Hunter Douglas). The fan came with the house, so I know nothing about it. It worked fine for a year or so, but it is quite reachable from an upper ...
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Is there a way to deal with mold built up on the washer bellow tub?

It looks like people who used to live in the house before us would keep the washer closed for extended periods of time and here's the result. I suspect it also contributes to odor issues the house ...
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Is there a way to buy a sink stopper clevis separately?

My bathroom sink stopper is broken because of a missing clevis. The rods are there, but nothing connects them. I can obviously replace the whole thing, but I would like to buy only a clevis if ...
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How can I mount a shelf above a closet door?

I would like to mount a wall shelf above a closet door in a small bedroom. I was thinking about using the Ikea Ekby shelf, which is 59" long (exactly the length of the sliding doors of the closet). I ...
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Are there any restrictions on using crimped connections to electrical devices (receptacles, switches)?

As the title states, are there any code restrictions in general on using crimped spade and ring terminal connectors when wiring household electrical circuits? I've actually been doing this for a ...
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manual transfer switch - 2 main panels

I have 2 main panels, each 150 amp, each connected to meter. I'm installing a Reliance transfer switch (model 3006HDK). All instructions show how to wire circuits from a single main panel. Can I ...
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freestanding bath spout waterproofing

My plumber has left a hole in my floor to push pipes through after waterproofing and my builder has said that the whole spout needs to be installed first and waterproofed around but that means it will ...
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Shower floods behind the wall. on pre-formed shower/bath and ONLY when the shower is turned on

No previous leaks were found, but one morning the kitchen floor (on the other side of the bathroom wall) flooded when the shower was turned on. It's a high-usage shower, used for a minimum of 2-3 ...
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Transformers Wiring To outlet cord

Can I wire a transformer to an outlet cord rather than hard wiring into hvac system. Adding a GPS to air handler and it requires its own transforme. Any suggestions??
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ground wire sizing

what is the required ground size relative to the associated hot and neutral? For example: if I am connecting a sub-panel with two #4 hot leads and one #4 common lead, what size wire is required to ...
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How do I hang flush mount ceiling fixture with odd angle for bolts

The holes in the fixture base are angled so it is not possible to just slip the fixture onto the bolts. How do I keep the bolts still and at an angle.
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Is my breaker box aluminum compatible?

I have been advise to convert old aluminum branch wiring with AlumiConn connectors and maybe also in the breaker box, unless the circuit breaker is AL & CO compatible. How do I determine this? Can ...
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air in water lines after a check valve was installed by the water pump

We have air in our water lines. This all started after a check valve was put on right before the water pump (in the cellar...(shallow well, one line in). We have no leaks in the house, plumber ...
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What's the proper way to address a moisture issue in a concrete slab?

About 4 years ago my wife & I purchased a home. It was approximately 10 years old at that time. The foundation is a concrete slab. Approximately 2-3 years before we purchased the house, the ...
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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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How can I determine what is wrong with my lighting circuit?

I have a situation where I have a circuit which includes; Front outside door lights, Hall lights Closet light 2 ceiling recessed lights They all go dead, then a few days later work again. I ...
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I want to permanently remove and fill-in below grade windows in multi-family building. What's the risk?

I have a 5 family apartment building in NJ. There are 2 below grade window wells that protrude from the building and into the asphalt driveway. I want to fill these in permanently with concrete ...
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Should I use Teflon tape or pipe dope when connecting PVC to metal?

I am in the process of repairing PVC pipe, which was broken due to freezing. I'll be connecting the PVC pipe to a metal check valve. Should I use Teflon tape or pipe dope when connecting PVC to ...
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Can I install a main water shutoff up higher?

Why is it that the main water shut off to a home, is always installed down low? Can I install it higher, like hip high? example: Water line coming in apx. 3'' through wall. Install elbow going ...
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Maximum span between leg of swing set using 6 x 6 post

What is the maximum span in a swing set between the legs using a 6" x 6" post for the horizontal. Also how far can the horizontal extend beyond each leg. We have 24 ft post for top. 20 foot posts ...
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Hanging Chandelier

I recently purchased in a house built in 1939. The electrical boxes and wiring have been replaced, but the ceiling support bar holding up the box looks original (i.e., flat steel bar attached to the ...
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How do I rewire this ceiling fan?

Hi someone was cleaning the dust off a ceiling fan in my house today and the screw broke off from the ceiling so we had to take it apart to fix it. Now we are trying to figure out the wiring the ...
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Ceiling fan with remote wiring issues

I have a Hunter ceiling fan and LED light kit that comes with the fan, I purchased the display model so I don't have any wiring diagrams. The fan has ground (green), white, black and black with a ...
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Is this Fafco valve actuator actually a Jandy?

My pool's solar panel valve actuator is not working any more. The temperature panel lights up but the valve seems broken. It doesn't move and I can't manually adjust the handle. I bought the house a ...
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What is this pipe coming up out of our driveway?

Bought a house last week, which -- Canadian winter -- had been mightily surrounded by snow, including in the driveway. Today, with the snow melting, I saw this in front of the garage door. It extends ...
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Plaster repair mistake fixing hairline cracks

I have some walls (brick and plaster) with some plaster in poor condition. Mainly hairline cracks. I dug out the hairline cracks to a V shape groove and filled them with a repair compound. However, I ...
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What's the strongest anchor for something heavy in double drywall?

I have a party-wall in my apartment-née-condo that seems to have two sheets of drywall installed against eachother. All attempts to find some sort of stud or resilient channel / furring strip have ...
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How level does a wooden sub-floor need to be to put down engineered hardwood flooring?

We did a house expansion that pushed the walls out approximately 6' on 3 sides of a room. We built the foundation wall for the new floors to be 100% level but the old floors were not level in all ...
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Lumber Storage to Prevent Issues

Previously I had access to commercial style storage racks purpose built for lumber. Now I live in a smaller home. Is there an optimum arrangement to storing lumber in a garage or basement that will ...
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Some ideas on how to block a wheel on a metallic rod?

I manage somehow to put some old inline roller wheel to some old trolleys I use in my house for shopping (and trekking). The average weight is about 20-30 kg. I am looking for a way to fix those ...
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Will I be able to remove 3M Electronics adhesive tape?

I have an Energizer battery-powered LED lamp (model LW5072) that I wanted to add to a dark area. It sticks on with tape that has "3M Electronics" printed on the backing. Am I going to be able to ...
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Garage Floor Drain Alternatives

A couple of years ago I bought a house that was built around 1960. It is a brick ranch house with a 1 car garage built in to the house. The problem is that the garage floor does not have a drain. ...
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Water is leaking from basement toilet. help

I bought this house that was without electricity for 8 months (water pipes froze too). I have a septic system. I've removed toilet in the basement and plugged septic pipe (it was filled with water)... ...
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Looking for Second Opinion on New Insulation in Attic

I had someone come take a look at the attic yesterday to do an assessment. He uses the sprayable foam insulation and said that he would spray the ceiling of the attic rather than the floor (and remove ...
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Box in knob and tube wiring between ceiling and cellulose?

I know that code says no cellulose insulation with knob and tube wiring because of possible heat build up. I also know that evidence of it causing fires because of this is scarce and a few states ...
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What's the best way to fix carbon to titanium?

I'm building (experimenting if you wish) something out of the old bike parts and I need to fix two parts together one titanium and one carbon. Basically the parts are two tubes one made of carbon of ...
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Is there any liquid to stop leakage inside pipe or fitting

i want to ask i have doubt there is a leakage in UPVC pipes or fittings but i am not able to find out this leakage is there any liquid to stop the leakage ( like i just put some kind of liquid inside ...
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Help. why is my heater gas shutting off, shutting down flame and pilot

I have a KINGSMAN gas heater, Model FV-5000N, quits working. After I relight pilot, turn switch to on, the flame lights and begins to heat, then after about 30 seconds, there is an audible click from ...
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What should I do with this broken toilet flange? Is it glued in?

I bought a house (foreclosed one) - and found a basement toilet was completely disconnected from the ground. So I picked it up and moved it away - and I'm gonna get a replacement toilet. But should I ...
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How can I vent a portable air conditioner when there's no window?

My shop does not have central air and does not have operable windows. There is a steel door in the back and cinderblock walls. My landlord is against me cutting a venting hole in either the steel ...
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Is there any benefit to upsizing to 3/4“ pipe off a 1/2” main supply?

I have a half inch main supply coming from the street (house built in 1954). Is there any benefit if I run 3/4 PEX from the water meter to the various feeds and then branch off 1/2" PEX to the ...
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What can I do about water coming in from underneath when it rains?

I live in a newer home. when it rains really hard and a lot water comes in and soaks my carpets.I can feel the walls wet. I don't have gutters or any leaks around window. I already had that checked. ...
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Running wire through built-in drywalled entertainment center

See the following picture for the entertainment center in question: It was originally designed for 4x3 Standard Definition TVs to be placed in the bottom left alcove (partially hidden by the ...
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Retaining wall: footing or no footing?

I'm looking to build a retaining wall on my sloped backyard. I'll be using cinder blocks (with mortar to join them together and rebar for added stability). (added info: at the lowest point the wall ...
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2answers
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Is there a 3-way occupancy switch with one sensor being external?

I have two lamps wired to a 3-way regular switch: one in a hallway and another one on the staircase following it. I would like to change the regular switch with motion detection occupancy one, but ...
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1answer
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Should I connect the bare ground wire from the main panel to the grounding bar in the subpanel?

I have a main panel that was converted to a sub panel when a new Main Panel was placed in a new addition to the house. So now, the subpanel appears to have two grounding wires connected along with ...
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1answer
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Can I use a power gable fan and ceiling louver vents to pull cool air into my house?

I live in L.A. We only have really hot weather 5-10 days a year and it usually cools off at night (outside). I also have a large Gable vent in my attic. (recently added with addition) I would like ...
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Calculating Tie Plate loading and double shear

I am considering the use of L strap ties from Strong Tie. I will be connecting two 4x4's in an L-configuration. The image at the very bottom-right corner of the below PDF illustrates exactly the ...
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Floor tile installation

floor tile. I will be romvoing wood floor tiles that wee instlled over old VCT tile which have black mastic on them. I can remove the wood and VCT with no issues but I do not want to have to remove ...
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attic access to the outside

If i build in my attic 2 bedrooms do I need to have a access door to the outside or some kind of ladder. The attic is the 2nd story of my home and has normal stairs going up from the main floor living ...

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