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New Installed LED Fixture and Lamp Dims Sporadically

I recently had an electrician install new LED fixtures, trim and dimmable lamps. There are a total of 6. Three of them are controlled by one dimmer switch. One of those three occasionally goes dim ...
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pump running little water going into tank

My well pump is running but water sounds like it is trickling into the tank. I have primed the pump and that appears to be fine. In fact,after running the pump for a little bit, when I go to remove ...
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What is the use the plugs over this deadbolt's bolt holes?

When re-keying our house, I came upon these unexpected bolt hole plugs in the deadbolt assembly. Is there a graceful way to remove them? I'd prefer not to take a small prying tool and force them out, ...
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How long should a blower and dehumidifier run in order to dry out ceiling boards and drywall?

I recently had a leak in a pipe in my ceiling. It was caught immediately and only soaked the floor below my bathroom, the floor boards and ceiling drywall in a small area. I had two air blowers and a ...
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Hints for handling rust in shower drain

I need advice or additional hints on how to handle rust in a shower drain. Our landlord installed a shower with a shallow drain. The drain is fixed with 3 screws and a big seal that fits the rim of ...
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Why does my hvac minisplit freeze up?

What would cause a mini split to freeze up? The Freon level is correct and the air flow is good. This is a multi head system (2) one is working properly the other is freezing up.
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Replacing a Novoferm garage door lock

We've lost the key to our Novoferm garage door lock and as the company that installed it quoted over a hundred pounds to fit a replacement I thought I would get the lock and fit it myself. I took ...
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Power Outlets - DFCI vs GFCI vs AFCI vs CAFCI vs USB [closed]

Given an unlimited budget, what would you buy for power outlets throughout your home? I was looking at Leviton DFCI outlets, they appear to provide a combination of GFCI and AFCI, but they do not ...
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Removing the concrete from the top off a concrete column

I have a number of 12" square concrete piers reinforced with 10 * 16mm rebars. The rebar extends to around 4m tall, while the concrete has been poured to a height of 3.3 metres. This an error because ...
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Bathtub stopper is rusted - how do I get it out?

I want to replace this, but I can't get it out. The screw is beyond rusty, it's soft. Trying to remove the screw seems hopeless, it's feels like I'm sticking my screwdriver in playdoh. How can I get ...
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Electric water heater overheating

My electric hot water tank is putting out very hot water. Can I find out which thermostat is bad without an amp meter? The top one clicks off at a high temp, and the lower at a lower temp.
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Can I increase the “constant on” speed of my air handler?

I have an American Standard TWE049E13CB air handler with a variable speed blower. The manual has a chart to adjust the dip switches for fan speeds for cooling, heating, fan off delay, and auxilary ...
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Is there an electric tankless water heater that takes multiple electric lines as input?

I currently have a 50 gallon water tank in my house and I want to replace it with a tankless system. The primary reason to replace it is space. I recently installed 2 HeatWorks Model 1 units to test ...
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Outside 4 ton AC unit bad [closed]

I purchased an outside AC unit, 4 ton, from a person on Craigslist a couple of months ago. I was given a written one year warranty by the seller. When I had it installed yesterday we found that the ...
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what happened to plastics [closed]

I have read that back as far as the 60' there were companies that offered whole homes made entirely out of plastics, as of now I cannot seem to find such products or offerinds despite the relative ...
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Does a roof with 3 layers of asphalt shingles somehow last longer?

I have a building with 3 roofs on it, the top layer is starting to curl, etc, due to its age. My question is if having 3 layers of shingles will extend the useful life of the roof? I know this is ...
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Can I unplug attic fan over garage

I recently moved into a new house and during the inspection, the inspector noted that there was a fan in the attic space above the garage. He also mentioned that I could probably just unplug it ...
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Wiring a fan and recessed lighting to a double switch

I currently have a single switch operating a ceiling fan. I'd like to add some recessed lighting to the room. Can I replace the single switch with a double switch to operate the ceiling fan and (4) ...
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How to repair small area of damaged/loose plywood sheathe on roof?

I have a small section at a corner of my roof where the plywood has come lose and a gap has appeared. It is on a part of the roof that is not easy to see, and unfortunately some birds have started ...
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Cutting Wall Tile with Oscillating tool?

Installing a bathroom vanity cabinet. It fits fine, but I need to cut a half inch of the base board tile (tile along the wall, where it meets floor tile) to have the cabinet flush to the wall. I ...
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How to deal with soil erosion under slab floor of garage?

There is a small crack extending 10 feet down the center of the slab floor of my garage. The floor sounds hollow when I hit it with a 2x4. Also, there is a 4" water drain and I can feel air when I ...
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Why does my range breaker deliver 120 volts instead of 240?

I'm in Calgary Alberta and I added 2 afci breakers and 1 15amp breaker to my circuit as we are developing our basement. I moved 1 40amp range breaker and now I'm not getting 240v across the black and ...
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How to properly ventilate a finished basement?

I am trying to understand what is the proper way to ventilate a basement. I have a finished basement which if not ventilated starts to smell ..like a basement :-) and I don't like it. If I run the ...
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is it legal to cut of factory stab in plugs and replace with wire nuts

Electric code on wiring lights with factory stab in plugs can stab in plugs be removed and replaced with wire nuts
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Can I frame over an existing deck with a new deck to raise the level?

I was looking at below photo and realized they basically put the trim joists of the platform on top of the bottom joists / beam. Is that allowed? I thought you have to actually put footings for the ...
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Does the granite countertop on my deck require separate footings?

If I want to have a granite countertop as a table on top of my deck, do I need to support the 4 corners with actual footing, like 4x4 with concrete? Or it is possible to just bold the 4 legs on the ...
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What kind of stains/treatment/varnish do I need to make to my wooden door frame

I have an interior door frame, which has been sawn locally in Sumatra, Indonesia from what is referred to as 'damar'. This I suspect is Agathis borneensis, or possibly Agathis dammara. I looked up ...
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Do I need ledger board when expand deck?

I have a deck like below and I want to expand the direction where the arrow shows (sorry for an ugly photo). Do I need to put a ledger board right on the trim joist, or can I just hang the new ...
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What type of connector, adapter or tubing do I need to connect the fridge to the water line?

I need to know what type of connector, adapter or tubing I need to connect the fridge to the water line with this type of valve: white plastic with a blue shut off valve: (Source: ...
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Can a slab under load be concrete jacked or otherwise supported without taking down the wall?

I have an issue with soil erosion below the front corner of my garage floor which has caused a crack to form and a piece of the slab (~4sq.ft) to sink. This in turn is affecting the portion of the ...
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Run full load in washing machine, find water on floor by drain

It's a house new to us but 18 years old. We ran the washing machine for the first time with a full load and came back to find water around the drain pipe and on the floor. Makes sense that the drain ...
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Five Year Mystery - Unable to find source of burning smell from HVAC system

There is a burning smell that wafts out of the vents of my 15-year old, 3-level townhouse (top level is a full unfinished attic with no HVAC). The bottom level of the townhouse is the main level ...
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How to fix the slant of bathroom floor

This is a follow up question to How long does caulk need to dry in a 1" gap? Some additional background information is that this is in China and bathrooms are not designed for contained ...
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Why does my water pressure fluctuate?

When I run the shower, mostly hot water, the pressure will run normal for a minute, then raise for a minute, then repeat. My home is supplied by a well. What is causing this?
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4-Wire smoke detectors with home runs

Our house has 10 wired smoke detectors. They are currently 2-wire sensors - but each is on a separate home run back to the panel...each has an EOL resistor at the detector. The old panel (a DMP I ...
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Is there a moisture barrier I can apply between drywall and paint?

We are going to paint a small bathroom. Over the years the Sheetrock looks as if water has been exposed to the walls. Is there a moisture barrier that you can put on Sheetrock before painting?
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How to fix toilet

When handle pushed to flushToilet bowl does not overflow but almost completely fill. Stays that way for long time but eventually drains to a very low level. I think it may have started with s ...
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Is it legit to use this disconnect this way

This is more an expert question for the senior users here, i.e., licensed or former electrician, and/or engineer. I want to replace a rusted out sub panel that feeds 3 circuits at a residential dock ...
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Should I use an additive to my septic system?

I recently bought a house with a septic system. In researching maintenance for a septic system I am getting mixed messages about if I should be putting an additive (Rid-X or bakers yeast) down the ...
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Ceiling fan broken blue wire [closed]

I recently purchased a ceiling fan light kit and when i tried to install per instructions. White to white and black to blue nothing happened. I uninstalled cleaned wires and reinstalled as I had ...
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Run HVAC fan throughout the day for comfort

At my old house, we replaced the HVAC with a high efficiency unit that came with a thermostat that would blow, say, 50% to 70% of the time for air movement to increase comfort level. I'm not sure but ...
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replace Leviton outlet

Trying to replace an old outlet wired 12 gauge. I have encountered problems keeping the wire on the Leviton screws particularly when putting new outlet in the box. I read one posting suggesting a ...
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Loose Blade, Tight Arbor Bolt

I have a circular saw with an overly tightened arbor bolt and a blade that spins freely> How can I get that repaired? This saw was one that I inherited from my dad and I need to use it for some up ...
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Is there a trick to opening a tube of caulk?

Is there a tool especially designed for opening a tube of caulk, silicone, or construction adhesive?
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What's the best way to prevent water from collecting underneath a soap bar? [migrated]

I've used regular soap dishes for most of my life, but the water would always collect underneath the dish, which is annoying. So I started putting a washrag underneath the dish to collect the ...
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How do I fix the compression fitting connection on my refrigerator water line?

in replacing a broken water line from the water valve to the filter the old damaged line got stuck inside the compression fitting. After I dug it out, the compression fitting will no long hold the ...
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What Cement Based Product Is Used for Smoothly Finished Floors?

I recently replaced a floor drain in my basement around which I had dug out the concrete, gravel and clay soil. When I sealed it back in, I laid down a bed of gravel and sand, and then used a ...
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Foundation for structure on bedrock

We have the mixed blessing of a giant swath of exposed Canadian Shield on our property in Ontario. Literally a big flat area of exposed rock, no soil whatsoever. Scale is hard to see, but a ...
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What product can I use to level an uneven garage floor?

I have an uneven garage floor that goes up to 1 inch deep from high to low level spots. I want to make the garage even. I was thinking of a self-leveling compound (watery). Which brand or type should ...
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Warming drawer sliding open during use

Thermidor warming drawer keeps sliding out I have tried leveling,really difficult. Is there another solution

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