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How to calculate steel beam and posts size to replace existing wood beam in terrace

I have a covered terrace that extends 10' out (West) from the house towards the yard/pool and has a width/span of 32'. The current beam is made up of (2) 2x6 in wood placed side-by-side functioning ...
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Second toilet runs after first one flushed?

When our one toilet is flushed, the other toilet will run for a short time? II have drained the tank and cleaned around the flap.
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Is it legal to wire a bath fan using load from top of GFI outlet?

Purchased a place and we are re-wiring the bathroom and putting in a standing shower. The bathroom is quite small so there is just enough room for this. There is a dedicated circuit, a round box above ...
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Does a drain pipe have to be in the floor/wall or can it run on top of floor underneath cabinets?

I'm renovating my kitchen on the second floor of my duplex, so there is a finished ceiling directly below it. The kitchen sink will be moved about 7 feet horizontally from where it is now. In the ...
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Good Intro Book for Home Improvement Projects [closed]

Buying our first house and we know there is some remodeling we would like to do to make the place "ours". Bathroom and kitchen mainly, and suggested book(s) that would be a good place for a beginner ...
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Is there any way to reduce UV fading on a hardwood floor?

I've seen a lot of old hardwood floors where the owner moved a rug that had been there for years, and the wood under the rug was noticeably brighter, having been shielded from UV degradation. Is there ...
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Coincidence? Basement flooded while replacing sump pump

The Setup Last June, we bought a 16 year old townhouse with a finished basement; the sump pump was broken at least since March, when we first saw the house, but I suspect it was broken for a much ...
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“Island” kitchen sink vent

I was told that I needed a 3" drain pipe to self vent the sink. I have searched all over to see how to plumb 1 1/2" drain pipe into a 3" pipe with no luck. a picture is worth a thousand words. ...
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Is there an easy way to convert a regular railing to a banister one?

There's a pretty small hallway and I would like to make it a bit more visually spacious by trying to convert the regular solid railing into a banister one. I'm looking into reusing as much material as ...
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Should all Federal Pacific panels be replaced?

I understand that Federal Panel Stab Lok breakers have the potential for becoming stuck, overheating, and starting fires. My home has a Federal Pacific panel but no outward markings of being a Stab ...
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Can stranded wire be used for pigtails in a junction box?

I replaced a fixture today that had a piece of 12Ga stranded (probably THHN) wire used as a pigtail. The building has some wiring in conduit (other wires in this box were solid), so I'm guessing ...
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Duct ends behind jacuzzi tub -verify and close or move?

I've wondered for years why our 1st floor bathroom is so hot. I got a temperature gun yesterday and checked, after the heat being on for 30 minutes the inside of the tub read 120. I had to figure it ...
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Fix sagging beam situation

We've got a beam that we replaced two years ago due to some damage. The beam is out front and is above all the other beams it supports, which makes the whole thing a bit strange. We made our own ...
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How can I use a WeMo controller on a non-standard outlet?

I have an older A/C unit that uses a 6-15p plug. I want to be able to remotely control the unit with a WeMo, but it uses a 5-15r receptacle and plug. The A/C unit says its rated for 208V, and I ...
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my furnace fan stays on even when at temperature

I recently installed a 2nd generation NEST thermostat. I'm not home very often, but I was paying particularly close attention to the furnace after installing this thermostat and I noticed that the ...
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What PVC pipe can withstand hot water, sunlight and be used for drinking water?

What type of PVC pipe would be able to do that?
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Automatic sprinkler valve will not shut off

I have a 3/4 inch inline automatic sprinkler valve that will not shut off, whether it is turned on electrically or by unscrewing the solenoid. It drives a drip line with about 15 heads, so the flow ...
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Fix Kitchen Faucet handle

The little handle came off. There is a loose piece inside the dome piece. Without it the handel doesn't stay in place. I don't know how to take it off and reattach it. The faucet doesn't leak. It ...
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Is there a way to convert regular sliding closet doors to mirror ones?

I have a regular sliding closet door, which I would like to replace with a mirror one. But I'm wondering whether there's a way to buy 'add-on' mirrors for the existing doors and just mount them. (And ...
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What are my options on location of a bathroom fan vent in Wisconsin?

I just put in a new bathroom fan and notice the previous one was vented into the attic. I understand this can cause mold after awhile. I live in WI where we see a lot of snow. I was told the roof ...
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Can I fully load multiple breakers (rooms) in my apartment?

I've got some very high-amperage devices (Bitcoin miners. ugh.) coming into my apartment; and although I'm going to pains to make sure I don't over-load any single room's breaker on the wall sockets … ...
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Permanent USB Power Off Mains [closed]

I'm having my house (in the UK) rewired and want to install some PIR sensors (link) in a few rooms. Instead of using batteries there's an option to have them permanently powered via USB cable. Is ...
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1answer
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Plumbing - Leak or no leak?

The faucet in the kitchen with cold water starts up somewhat warm and then turns cold. The hot water is hot right away. I used to wait a little bit before it turns hot. A spot in my tiled floor is a ...
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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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1answer
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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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1answer
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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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