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Can I use extra wire from two separate cables to add a washing machine in a garage?

I have two existing 12/3 NM-B cables that are used to connect two different circuits, which are distributed from a junction box close to the location I want to add a washing machine. The washing ...
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Why is my heat pump blowing cold air?

Two days ago our heat pump start putting out cold air and it's 30 degrees outside. We changed to emergency heat, but we don't know what is wrong. On regular heat it blows cold air. On emergency heat ...
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Can I use a jigsaw to cut fence rails?

I'm looking for a saw to complete my fencing project. I was using a circular saw to cut the fence rails but it went for a walk, if you know what I mean. I'm now wondering if a jigsaw would be a ...
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Limit switch doesn't function on oil furnace

my limit switch on my oil furnace does not shut off the burner when it hits the limit.I replaced the limit twice maybe I had a bad one still no luck . While furnace was running I took the thermostat ...
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How can I figure out exactly where a bathroom leak is coming from?

There's a small amount of water at the lowest point on my bathroom floor. It looks clear and doesn't have a smell. Lately, it's been showing up every day, whether anyone's taken a shower or not. ...
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How far from the wall should I put the toilet flange?

I'm installing a new toilet and I'd like to know how far from the back wall I should install the flange. I think that 12" is recommended, but I see that lot are installed closer. Sometimes as close ...
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LEDs to illuminate underside of king bed

I purchased a king sized bed that was designed in the 1980s, and it was lit from underneath. I thought that the bed was arriving with this lighting still in place, but the lighting was evidently ...
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How do I add a switch/closet light to the existing end line light switch?

I have a wall switch to control a bedroom ceiling fixture at the end of its run (2-wire power source). I would like to install an additional switch/closet light connected to the end of the run. I ...
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Which way should air flow through this oil/water filter

So, I picked up an oil/water filter for painting with my compressor. Unfortunately, the thing had zilch for instructions, and I'm not sure which way the air should flow. Which side (male threaded side ...
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What's causing my A/V unit to shut down? [closed]

I have an Integra 10.5 A/V unit, and Integra DTS 10.5 CD/DVD player & a Sony Bravia video projector. I can play CD's, no problem. I can play a DVD (audio) with the projector off, and it plays ...
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Confused about wiring

So I'll come clean, I'm a first year electrical student at a tech school and I have a question regarding a diagram I'm supposed to draw. The line diagram is presente: 《-- light -- switch -- light -- ...
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Bathroom switch for light and fan

I replaced the old two switch with a new one. I labeled the wires and put them in the same place on the new switch but it blew the fuse. I now have it working but the black wire going to the fan is ...
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How do I divert rain water that collects between two shed structures?

I have a pvc hoop shed that sits against the rear of my main resin storage shed. The rainwater flows down the taut tarp of the hoop shed & gets into the main shed floor. What's the best method to ...
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Washing Machine drains during wash cycle

Why does my washing machine drain water during the wash cycle? It will fill up to specific level and then start to drain during the wash cycle. When it gets too low, it starts to fill again and so ...
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Balloon frame fire blocking

I've got a two-story balloon frame house that is gutted. I have to install fire blocking between studs in the wall cavity. Do I install the fire blocking wherever there is a floor, or wherever there ...
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Duct sizing impact on flow

We have a ranch with a wood fireplace in the living room. It's fantastic at heating the main living area, but the bedrooms down the hall get left in the cold. I'm going to install insulated flexible ...
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Can I add more insulation to my attic?

I currently have pink fiberglass bats in the attic. I wanted to add blown in insulation. My attic space is a bit unique. I'm used to a moderate sized attic that you can access. This attic has no ...
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How to reattach bathtub drain stopper with hinge / rocker-arm assembly?

I took out this drain stopper assembly to clear bathtub drain but cannot get it back in! I've tried angling it and folding hinge but nothing works. Please advise! Diagram would be helpful thanks! ...
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What should i put between concrete and tiles?

I am redoing my bathroom and figuring out how to do the floor. Previously it had lino on top of 26mm of tongue and groove foam-backed chipboard, which also locked into the hall floor. This chipboard ...
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Why isn't my halogen floor lamp working with new bulb and new dimmer switch?

I replaced the bulb and the dimmer switch. There is 120V between the connections when switched on. It varies between 115V on low and 122V on high. The bulb has continuity. I also measured the voltage ...
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1answer
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Ground Water in Sewage Basin hole

I am installing a sewage ejector pit and pump in basement, hole is dug and I piped the inlet pvc for the toilet and sink. I did not have time to backfill or concrete. The next morning I woke up to ...
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Should Caulk be used around vinyl windows

I purchased a new home last year and all the windows installed are vinyl. My previous home built in 1999 had wooden windows. My question is are all the exterior windows needing to be caulked? I know ...
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Filling hole after removing medicine cabinet

I have a mirror that is larger than the hole left from removing a medicine cabinet in our bathroom, and I plan to mount it so it covers the hole entirely. I don't want to just leave the empty hole ...
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fitting a door handle

I want to fir new handles to internal doors. My wife (boss) wants door handles with back plate. The problem is there is a 5cm hole in the doors where door knobs have been put in, and I cant get a ...
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Do I need to replace water damage or just let it dry out?

I had a water leak under my kitchen sink. It happened pretty slowly over the course of perhaps 8 weeks. The bottom of the cupboard was saturated and about 6 " up the sides of the same cupboard unit. ...
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What materials should be used to seal a square sump pit

I have a sump pit in my basement that I want to seal to reduce the radon levels which are around 6 The problem is that all of the sump pit covers I have found are round. It seems like they won't ...
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Correct way to attach outlet wall plate?

I have been replacing the outlets in my house with Tamper Resistant outlets. On some of the replaced receptacles, the plate does not tightly attach to the wall—it can be pried back by my fingers. (I ...
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Crackling sound and burning smell Kenmore top load washer, model 110.28002010

I started my Kenmore top load washer, model 110.28002010. The lid locked and starting the "sensing" step as normal. However, it never got out of the sensing phase. When I pressed the power button, it ...
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How to toe-nail with 4 nails

This seems like a silly question, but how does one toe-nail a stud to a plate with 4 8d nails according to this International Building Code fastener schedule? You can use either 3-16d nails or 4-8d ...
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Cork floors in humid regions?

The current relative humidity outside right now for me is 87%. I'd like to install a cork floor but the manufacturer's website says: Maintain a moderate temperature and relative humidity around ...
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Three way light switches in a tower

Talking with an electrician some time back when the house was being remodeled we were discussing the virtues of the remote control of lights. He had boasted that while the technology is neat, there ...
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How can I eliminate the need for the switch controlling living room receptacles?

I am new to home improvement, so please be patient with me. I'm sure my ignorance and lack of vocabulary are going to shine through! I'll try to answer any questions and clarify anything to the best ...
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1answer
43 views

Why are 3-1/2 (16d) nails so hard to find?

So I'm a little confused. It seems like 21 degree fullhead framing nailers are fairly standard. According to the ...
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Kitchen sink strainer stuck

I've tried every tool,wrench,chisel, hammer I've been told to use.what do I use to cut a sink strainer locknut off?
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Improving cordless phone signal

I'm trying to improve the signal on a cordless phone. The problem is the phone needs to be used at both ends of a long narrow house that has a kitchen and fireplace in the middle, which likely ...
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Why would a 240v line voltage thermostat have a blank display?

In a bathroom I have a single 500w 240v electric baseboard heater, and AUBE/Honeywell TH305 digital line voltage single pole thermostat. I noticed yesterday, that the display had gone blank. A quick ...
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Identify type of circuit breaker

My house came with a main panel that supports this type of circuit breaker. However, I am unable to find that type at the store and the breaker doesn't say what type it is. I thought it might be ...
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How can I attach pony wall to surface of platform and will it be strong enough against lateral forces?

I have a loft area to which I want to add a pony wall for safety. My plan is to drywall its inside and outside faces, all the way down across the beam. Can I built it on the surface of the platform ...
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How can I check my generator to see if its ok?

I let a friend of mine use a 6500 watt generator that ran my house great, when he brought it back he said it was getting hot and stalling but could run 110 plug. He blew up lots of appliances, how can ...
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How deep do I cement a 21' tall, schedule 40 galvanized steel pole?

I have recently installed a new basketball goal for my kids. I now need to install a net behind it as the balls tend to end up in the neighbor's yard over and over again and it drives their dogs ...
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1answer
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Wood stove and heat pump combo

I am contemplating the following design: A house has a primary electric heat pump heating setup consisting of an outside heat pump, inside air blower and all the duct work that distributes warm air ...
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Dual and single switches [duplicate]

I'm hoping someone can shed some light (Pardon the pun) on how this circuitry works. Basically, I have 2 lights, one at the bottom of the stairs and one at the top. Switch 1 is downstairs and ...
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Installing an Ice Maker into a refrigerator/freezer not equipped for one

I just bought a refrigerator (Bosch 500 Series 11-cu ft Counter-Depth Bottom-Freezer Refrigerator) that did not have an ice maker option. But, it seems like the bottom freezer drawer was designed to ...
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Light fitting with power but no 3-way switch function

I have a 3-way setup with one switch at the top of the stairs and one at the bottom for a light at the top of the stairs. It all appears to be wired fine and I have power and light but the switches ...
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What is a suitable mold material for a concrete bar top?

I would like to make an L-shaped concrete bar top (single piece). However, I want to make the corner have a large curve (12-15" radius?). How can I create a mold to accomplish this? What materials ...
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Kitchen hot water

When I turn on the kitchen hot water, it heats up, then rattles, and the pressure cuts back by at least 50%. This does not happen with the dishwasher or the cold water. Any suggestions?
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RUUD Furnace blowing air but not heat

I have a RUUD furnace that stopped blowing hot air last night. I was thinking that it was the high limit switch gone bad BUT the coil ignites and lights but then goes out again after a minute, so ...
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Can a seat wall and fire pit be built on existing pavers patio?

I have an existing circular area in my uncovered paver patio area. I would like to have two curved seat walls, either stucco or stone veneer with flag stone or cement seats and no back, and a fire pit ...
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How to turn a pump on or off from any of 12 switches

I have a water pump at my home that I want to connect to 12 switches, so that each one of them can turn the water-pump on/off. Can it be done? Thank you!
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Ladder is warped; how much is too much?

I recently bought a 28' fiberglass extension ladder (big-name brand from the blue box store), but I found that it's a bit warped. When I lean it against the house, with both feet firmly planted and ...

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