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In wiring a doorbell, what is an alternative to using a transformer? [closed]

We have a 1915 bungalow that I tore out all of the old knob-and-tube wiring, including the original ginormous doorbell transformer, and installed all new circuits throughout. I purchased a new, ...
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How can I reduce the force required to operate double-hung windows?

I'm looking to create or even just buy a product that can be mounted onto any single- or double-hung window where the user doesn't need a lot of force to open/close a window. This is for an elderly ...
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Good vinyl windows that are NOT clad

Are there any time proven vinyl windows that have NO wood core to retain ANY moisture and rot? I want wood on the inside of the house where the HVAC can take care of everyday interior moisture, but in ...
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0answers
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I need to know how many stages is my air conditioning unit

i have an amana asx16036 outside ac unit. inside is a amana capf3636b6 coil. some websites say they are single stage and some say they are two stage with a scroll compressor. can someone help me out?
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How was the wood grain aligned in this set of decorative wall panels?

Can anyone tell me how the wood finish look on this wall was achieved? My guess was either by staining plywood or using vinyl sticker. I am planning to build a wall panel similar to this and was ...
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0answers
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Electric for above ground pool

I just bought an above ground 24'x52" pool like the one in the link below. Right now the area I am planning on placing it does not have electric close by so I am looking for an easy way to run ...
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1answer
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How to Hide Expansion Gap around Oven

I'm getting ready to float a bamboo floor in my kitchen. I know I need to lay the flooring underneath the appliances, and I'll need to leave an expansion gap next to the cabinets and walls. The ...
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Foundation for above-gound pool

I have to install 5K gallons (20 tons) pool that has 16 legs in a rental home backyard (that means - no ground works, like compacter and stuff). The level is a little uneven (by couple of inches) ...
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1answer
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Preventing further water damage to hardboard siding

Area is US Pacific NW (Portland, OR) My recently purchased home (built 1972) has clapboard siding made of (I've been told) Masonite, probably 10-15 years old. When it was installed the painters ...
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Reading voltage on neutral line

Ok, here goes, I'll try to be coherent: Residential house wiring. This is my girlfriends rental property and both her brother and father have done some electrical work on the house (so I have the ...
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1answer
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Easy way to find out if this wall is load bearing? (double top plate, but parallel with trusses) with pictures

It's a single story house (but this is an addition done in the 80's I think). I know a double top plate usually means it's load bearing, but parallel with trusses means it's usually not load bearing. ...
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Could recent electrical work cause lights to dim when A/C turns on?

Last week I had an electrician in to put in some new wiring; I also had an HVAC guy come do the annual maintenance on our system. Since then, the lights in our living room flicker whenever the A/C ...
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Help running ethernet between floors, with double joists in the way

I will like to redo the existing Ethernet (and maybe COAX) wiring in my home. I have looked for the most ideal path from the basement through the floors into the attic and then drop into the second ...
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2answers
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Triple 2x4 beam post bowing away from foundation wall

We have a fairly new home (2007). I noticed a strange issue that has to be fixed. The pictures below show 3 stacked 2x4's holding up a laminated beam; the 2x4's are bowing out. This is the only stack ...
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Leakage in water heater expansion tank

In my case oil is leaking from threaded connection point of the water heater expansion tank.Where as i understand it should be the leakage of water only from threaded connection area of the expansion ...
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Are these 3 switches wired correctly?

I updated the switches in my master bedroom. It used to be 3 switches - one for the ceiling fan's light, one for the ceiling fan blades, and one to control a few outlets (for floor lamps). I added a ...
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0answers
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What are the clearance requirements to roof eaves for overhead service conductors?

My neighborhood is served by overhead electrical. My current service drop attaches to the side of my house; the service mast does not extend above the roof. As part of a larger remodel, the service ...
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Troubleshoot air conditioner that may have fixed itself

I've had some trouble with my air conditioner, and I'm trying to troubleshoot it. Here's what I've got: The air conditioner was not blowing cold air. The air was cooler than the outside air, but ...
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1answer
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Installing an Ecobee3 - Add C Wire with PEK

I have another post with this question (Adding a C wire) but thought I'd clear up any confusion with this new post and I'm adding a diagram also. The diagram shows my current thermostat wiring and not ...
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1answer
58 views

Should I turn the hot water tank off or turn it down on extended vacation?

I am going to FLA for winter this year. I will turn off my water to my home, and set my thermostat at 55 for my 4 month absence. Should I also turn my hot water tank off? Or should I turn to lowest ...
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Attaching Air Compressor To Junction Box

I have a 4 inch metal junction box with a 3/4" mud ring attached and recessed into the drywall in my garage. I want to connect an air compressor to this junction box directly without using a plug. ...
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1answer
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Kitchen Sink Spray Gun Inquiry

I have had a kitchen spray gun in the past and now I am trying to install one again but am having difficulty. I stopped for sometime and used a soap dispenser in its place. I also replaced the kitchen ...
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2answers
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Loose connection in Cooper night light receptacle

I have a Cooper / Eaton nightlight-receptacle TR7735W (manufactuer, amazon), which I replaced a standard receptacle with. The receptacle is not at the end of the run, so there's a line out to the next ...
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1answer
41 views

Are Federal Pacific Stab-Lok panels installed after 1986 considered safer?

All info I read about Federal Pacific Stab-Lok panels reference 1982 and older panels. Are the newer panels different and considered to be safer?
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1answer
44 views

How can I powder coat a metal door in place?

I am interested in powder coating a bulkhead door. The problem is that normally with powder coat you need a temperature controlled oven that holds the item at a certain temperature for 10 minutes. In ...
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2answers
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insect eating holes in concrete

My sister has an infestation of winged insects eating through the cinderblocks of her basement. Needless to say, this is terrifying. What are they and how do you control them? These insects bored ...
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In what order should I apply the paint to my house?

I am repainting the outside of my house. My question is In what order should i paint? i.e. Should I paint the trim then the walls or top to bottom? How about daker paint then lighter paint?
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1answer
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Run cat5e/coax parallel to power conduit

I am in the process of rewiring my basement and trying to route all my cables using J-Hooks along the rafters in my semi walk in crawlspace. This includes running the cables to my new server rack. ...
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Light won't switch off

Right this is confusing me. I have a pendant light in a bedroom which has been wired up for weeks and working perfectly right (consider this as bedroom A). I've recently put a new pendant light in ...
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1answer
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This range fan drips water

I have this model range fan from NuTone. Condensation from steam (say when boiling water) forms on the underside of the unit and retaining bar that holds motor that drips back down onto the range. ...
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0answers
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Prevent cold air from coming in through bathroom vent

I am considering building a vent with a fan in my upstairs bathroom that would exit out of the roof. Since the bathroom is in the center of the house it cannot easily be vented to the side of the ...
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1answer
74 views

How to provide power to laptop in unused ceiling access panel?

In my closet there is an access panel which formerly was used to access the attic. There is a new access hole in the hallway with steps. The old access is covered up from the top with the attic floor....
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1answer
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Why is the flow from overhead tank merely a trickle?

The height A is 6 ft and B is 2 feet
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1answer
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How do I fix a counterweighted accordion blind that is stuck?

We have accordion style blinds. These are assisted...meaning that we can raise and lower the blinds just by lifting or pulling down. No need to pull any strings directly. Now the assist mechanism ...
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searching a particular appliance [closed]

I seen this sandwich maker(see pic)enter image description here for the first time in an appliance store in Malta but didn't buy coz it don't have plug for Asia, l have searched all Asian websites(...
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l want to buy a hard to find sandwich maker [closed]

I seen this sandwich maker(see pic) for the first time in an appliance store in Malta but didn't buy coz it don't have plug for Asia, l have searched all Asian websites(like Lazada) selling sandwich ...
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3answers
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Wiring for GFCI and 3 switches in bathroom

I'm wrapping up a bathroom remodel. An electrician came a while back and ran new wiring. He installed a plastic 4-gang box which will have a GFCI receptacle and 3 switches for a light above the ...
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1answer
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cooktop burner cycling on and off

I have a Kitchenaid cooktop model KECC567 (5 burner model) with a 2 element burner that will not cycle on or off no matter what control switch setting is used. The 2 elements of the burner stay on ...
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1answer
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Adding a sub panel

I have a 200-amp main panel. I want to feed another panel, which will have two 50-amp breakers (for air conditioning and stove) and one 30-amp breaker for the clothes dryer. The sub panel will be ...
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Adding a “C” wire to an A/C unit with no circuit board [duplicate]

I have an old thermostat with only 4 wires and no "C" wire or Comm wire. I started fresh and bought 18/5 wire and wired everything up to my old thermostat still leaving out the C wire.Everything is ...
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3answers
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How to drill straight hole in 4x8 beam?

I need to drill a 0.5" hole for a big bolt going through 4x8 beam (used in swing). Now I only have the hand drill and no drill press tool (which could be nice). I only need to make 2 holes and they ...
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0answers
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What size wedge anchor for basement walls sill plate?

What size wedge anchor do I use to attach the sill plate to a poured foundation for a non-load bearing, interior basement wall? How do I know what shear load the anchor needs to be good for? For ...
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Must outdoor GFCI power outlets be covered?

I have outside the regular (i.e. non-GFCI) power outlet that you see on the left. It has a nice double-cover that will keep water out. I am about to replace it with a GFCI outlet (right of the ...
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Microtopping over plywood

To achieve a modern look in our upcoming remodel we are considering doing microtopping over plywood. This should give us the concrete look we are after without pouring concrete (which we can't do ...
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1answer
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What is the cubic feet of my washing machine?

I will be purchasing a new washer in the near future and want to know the cubic feet of the one I will be replacing. I have an old Whirlpool stock no. LXR7144E, model no. LXR7144EQ0, serial no. ...
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2answers
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Is cooking oil suitable for curing a newly sanded wooden kitchen countertop or cutting board?

After properly sanding a large wooden cutting board or a wooden countertop (aka butcher countertop?), can I use just (virgin) olive oil to seal it? Is there a risk that olive (or sunflower, etc) oil ...
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0answers
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Efficient parameters for building a Dyson-type fan [closed]

After seeing this video about making a Dyson-type fan from a 19L water bottle, a plastic flower pot and a microwave oven fan, I had to ask how much better the air flow becomes than just from the fan ...
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0answers
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Wire an outlet after a half switch outlet

I am putting some plug-ins in my garage and have 2 outlets on 1 switch. The first outlet has the power coming from the breaker box and is pigtailed to a second outlet and the switch. My question is, ...
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0answers
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Bake on enamels for finishing outdoor metal

Are there special paints which can be baked on to metal (using a heat gun) to provide an extra-tough outdoor finish? I know in the old days such finishes were called "enamels" analogously to real ...
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1answer
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How to install 3-speed switch for ceiling fan

I have a bedroom with a ceiling fan. Right now, the wall switch only controls the light (on/off, no dimmer). The only way to change the speed of the fan is by the pull chain. So if you want to ...

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