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Manually turning on a sprinkler valve with bleed screw?

I am installing a new sprinkler valve system. Everything was pre-assembled with three valves, all I had to do was connect the incoming water and outgoing water. As part of the "testing" procedure it ...
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Bathroom hot water

we have a reno company doing our bathroom, and they installed a jacuzzi tub on Friday. They said we could go ahead and use the tub over the weekend as long as we tried to not get the floor really wet ...
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Can I use 2 pool heaters?

I have a heat pump which only works when its warm outside. I love it then. But I also have a propane heater sitting right here. Can I have it set up so I choose which heater to use, depending on the ...
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Switch out a Dimmer Switch with 5 Black Wires

I want to switch out a dimmer switch with a regular switch. There are 5 black wires attached to this 2 wire dimmer switch - 1 to 1 and 4 to 1. How do I install a regular switch with two screws? 4 ...
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What gauge wire do I need for my dryer?

I wand to add a washer & dryer to my garage, but breaker box is on the wrong side of house. No matter which way I run the wire, its 110 feet of wire required. Will 8-3 with ground work? Or is the ...
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Is it ok to use a brass compression sleeve on vinyl tubing?

I'm putting together a fountain feature in my yard and I'm using vinyl tubing from the pump to the bottom of the feature (which has a copper tube inside). I've got a compression union to connect the ...
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Preparing walls for plastering

Hi I'm pulling down wallpaper in front room as I want to paint it but I've found that the old plastering is coming off with the wallpaper, and on last wall I've found they painted under it as well! ...
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Fixing a water tap that only comes out with high pressure suddenly

Moved into a new apartment, and the taps in the kitchen have an issue where if you turn the tap multiple times, barely any water comes out (if any), then you get to a point where the water comes out ...
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Which fence wood and paint/stain is this?

I was looking at this example https://anchorfence.wordpress.com/2014/04/ Can cedar be prepared to look like it? Is it paint or stain? Because it looks so shiny and smooth.
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Which wood dimension to run on top of fence?

For the below picture, is it a 2x4 or 1x2 on top? Also how does it attach to the pickets? Is it nailed/screwed to the posts? I can't really tell.
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Old Skilsaw model 77 blade won't tighten

I'm on a farm, and I'm a little person learning to do big work. I was having so much trouble controlling a direct drive circular saw due to the gyroscopic twist when starting it up, my "adopted ...
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Water pump and pipe size for maximum water intake?

Each floor is 12 feet in height. I already have the pump (Centrifugal Regenerative Self Priming 1HP Peripheral Type, Self Priming - 180sec At 3m STATIC SUCTION LIFT) and would like to know which is ...
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Where are this flys coming from

I wake up one morning for work and I'm walking down my hallway and there were 10+ fly's on my light .I just stayed away from them because it creeped me. I took my son to school came back about an hour ...
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new construction wiring a mid-line receptacle to a switch

how do you wire a mid-receptacle to a switch? I have 3 receptacles running with a switch to the mid receptacle.
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Remote Halogen Light Dimmer switch

A 2-in-1 ceiling fan and halogen bulb remote switch has stopped operating the light bulb (either on/off or dimmer) but still operates the fan properly. Any ideas?
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Tile floor problem

I am remodeling a bathroom in a 39 year old house. ! will be installing 12 x 12 ceramic floor tile over plywood underlayment. Originally had old sheet vinyl. Because of the differencein height between ...
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Do I need to angle/pitch pex tubing for draining in the winter?

I've never installed any plumbing before, but I'm going to try to install an outside faucet/sillcock because it seems fairly simple. The only interesting part is that the pex tubing will be run under ...
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Remove outlet from switch

I have a double light switch that controls the porch light and outlet below but only with only one of the switches. What I want to do is remove the outlet from being controlled by the switch all ...
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How can I replace an I-T-E panelboard?

I have an old 225 Amp 30 space commercial flush mount sub-panel in my home with bolt on breakers that has worked for years. Now, there's 120v on one bus and 0 volts on the other bus. When I remove ...
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How can I completely remove all traces of mastic from old concrete?

My original aim was to end up with a, possibly stained, clear-coated cement floor. After removing old floor tiles, I rented a floor grinder which took care of most of the old mastic. There were still ...
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open kitchen - but why [closed]

Maybe because i come from Eastern Europe, where we have separate rooms for kitchens but I really don't understand why open kitchens are so popular? Are they practical in any sense? My assumptions ...
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Why does a laundry drain need to be installed at a minimum height of 30"?

My laundry machine doesn't work properly in my new flat (the wash cycle never ends), and the instructions specify that the common cause of my problem is that the drain is too low (my drain is indeed ...
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Sheathing installation in old house — how to finish bottom side?

I plan to put sheathing/wall insulation/wrap/siding on my 100 year old house. Think I got all the details of how to do this--really just nail it and seal with tape/caulk--except for what to do on the ...
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Water Has a Rotten Egg Smell At Times

I purchased a house back in April 2013 and at the time I purchased a new filter and softener system for the house as the water had a strong rotten egg smell. A year later I had the issue with the hot ...
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One thermostat with a switch to control 2 heating systems

I have a natural gas boiler and a pellet stove. I have a Honeywell programmable thermostat (2 AAA Batteries) that I have used independently with both of these systems. Switching from one system to the ...
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Can I build a car-port on the side of my garage?

I have a 2-car attached garage but three cars in the household. While I'm obviously aware I can just leave the third car in the driveway, it inconveniently blocks the cars in the garage and in the ...
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Making a fake wall to mount a tv, easy as it seems? will the fake studs be able to carry the same weight?

The fake wall is strictly aesthetics but there are 5 studs on the actual wall, then we will be attaching 5 more "studs" kinda like this. But it will be from the floor to around 3/4th of the actual ...
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Wiring Help Needed to replace Ceiling Fan w/light to light only (see pictures)

I am in the middle of replacing a kitchen fan w/light to only be a light. The current wiring configuration of the switch is as follows. The switch face, has two sliders, one for the fan, another for ...
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Kitchenaide water dispenser continues to dispense after releasing lever

My water dispenser continues to run for 1 or 2 seconds after the dispenser. It's a Kitchenaide side by side unit. Is there an adjustment that can be made to have the water stop when the lever is not ...
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5 year old Air handler fan not rotating or slow

5 year old Heil AC unit not cooling. It appears the air handler in the attic has a fan that is not turning when I turn on cooling from the stat. If I turn on the fan from the stat it turns but ...
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GFCI is popping for no reason

This morning we woke up to the bathroom lights not working. Investigation reveals that the culprit is the GFCI that serves two bathrooms and the laundry room. It still pops in 10-15 seconds with no ...
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Can I use a different size post for gate than the fence?

If I'm using a 6x6 post to attached a heavy garden gate can I use 4x4 post for the rest of fence?
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Wallpapering over suede effect paint

I would like to wallpaper over a wall that has been painted with suede effect paint, it has a sandy like texture. I sanded it down with 180 grit sand paper so that it has a much smoother texture, ...
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Pros and cons of coupling vs. threaded when transitioning from copper to PVC

I'm replacing a copper DWV pipe with PVC since it's rotting out. It looks like this: There's the cast iron on the bottom going into the foundation, followed by a brass cleanout, a brass tee above ...
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Do epoxy paints need to cure after being heated in the oven?

I am doing a project with a rattle can but it's an epoxy based paint (not oil like your off-the-shelf Krylon or whatever). I am also doing a step where I oven cure everything after I finish painting ...
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When cutting granite does a diamond blade need to be wet?

I have to make an 1/8 inch cut on a 6" strip of granite with an angle grinder and diamond blade. Is there a benefit to getting the blade wet. I am not worried about dust for such a small cut, but I do ...
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Hydrostatic mower drive belt - Troy Bilt Horse

I have a Troy Bilt horse that has 2 belts, one for the 2 blades on the deck and a drive belt that runs the hydrostatic transmission. The transmission belt broke, and I can't figure out how to get to ...
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Leaking basement caused by poorly graded sidewalk

Along our sidewalk on the side of the house we have a 5ft section of cement that slopes directly to the house. The water pools from the steps back towards the window. About 8 inches to the right of ...
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Will 1x4's and 1x6's be enough for an aquarium stand?

I'm building an aquarium stand, with only wood and screws. I'm only equipped with a miter saw, a drill, and some hand powered saws and a leveler- this will be my first woodworking project. The goal is ...
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Screw jammed in deadbolt!

So, I recently purchased a new house and went about changing the locks. The doorknob worked well, but not so much on the deadbolt. Installed everything but one screw which wouldn't budge. I ended up ...
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Replacing Flex Duct

I have few questions and need some advices. 1. can you tell me the size of my unit. It is Bryant, model 561CJX018000AEAA 2. The furnace is in crawl space and connects with 12" flex duct, 40 feet long, ...
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New furnace and new generator

We have a new 8.5 KW home standby generator. It won't start our new modulating furnace; the furnace will run on mains power but won't run on the generator. The generator runs at the same voltage as ...
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Material between the plywood floor of my camper and new vinyl sheet I want to put down

I had to replace a 2 foot by 8 foot section of plywood flooring in my camping trailer due to damage from a blow out of a radial tire. Some of the original plywood floor was covered with carpet ans ...
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running sprinkler wire over ground

I have a question about sprinkler wiring. The sprinkler timer is located on the front wall of my house (this was done by the previous owner) and I should run a wire from there to a sprinkler valve ...
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Why is an outlet box outside of the wall?

I'm considering putting an offer in on a house and am questioning this outlet prior to being able to do a home inspection. Is there any reason to be alarmed that this outlet is boxed outside of the ...
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Is air gap needed if dishwasher is connected directly to the sewer line?

My dishwasher is in an island, across from the sink. If I connect my dishwasher directly to the sewer line instead of to a garbage disposal, then does it still need an air gap?
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Installing moisture/weather barriers around home/ doors and windows

What is the proper way to installed moisture/weather barrier around doors and windows in southern Louisiana?
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What is involved in bleeding air from a multi residential hot water baseboard heating system installed in 1965?

Residents are complaining of banging in the hot water baseboard heating system in our multi-residential building built in 1965. How difficult/involved is it to bleed the pipes? Does it have to be done ...
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Best way to avoid pipe freeze in exterior wall?

We have an exterior wall framed with 2x6's. We are running PEX piping to a pot filler faucet through this wall to go above the stove top. Is there any precaution we should be taking besides standard ...
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Receptacle not working

I have a receptacle that notoriously trips a breaker. However this time the receptacle stopped working as in nothing plugged in will work but will work everywhere else, and it did not trip the ...

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