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How can I identify a neutral wire?

I'm trying to install a WeMo light switch in the place of an existing switch. I'm unsure which wire is neutral, or if I have one at all. Below is a photo of where I'm at currently. There are two ...
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What kind of caulk should I use for sealing windows to drywall?

I installed new vinyl windows and now need to caulk them to the drywall of the window boxes on the interior side. What kind of caulk should I use? I've generally been using a nice silicone caulk, but ...
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Is sealing via tape necessary for knee wall foam board insulation.?

I have dramatically improved the ventilation and insulation situation in my house's knee wall attic space, but I have one concern. I nailed up foam board over the studs and fiberglass batts. Do the ...
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How can I connect the wire that goes to the grounding rod to the grounding electrode system? [duplicate]

I'm trying to install an outdoor antenna at my parent's house and was wondering how to connect the wire that goes to the grounding rod to the grounding electrode system through the service panel when ...
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Finding the Right Replacement Screen Door Latch and Pull [closed]

I am having a hard time finding the same kind sliding screen door latch and pull to replace the original one for our sliding screen door using the existing screw holes on the inside and outside facing ...
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How do I winterize this sprinkler system

I am trying winterize my landscaping sprinklers. I just moved into my new house and find out this plumbing layout is quite different, I hooked up my 100psi air compressor and tried to blow them out ...
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Why would our kitchen faucet hot water stops working intermittently when it gets cold outside?

The cold water works great and has never stopped. But sometimes, when it gets really cold outside, the hot stops working. And then, magically, it will start working again. There is no drop in ...
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Why does my toilet make a low-pitched moaning noise when it refills?

This hasn't happened before, but now it's making a low-pitched moaning noise (like a low-pitched vuvuzela) every time we flush the toilet. This happened only very recently, and we also just recently ...
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How do I connect a ceiling fan without a light kit?

I'm trying to install a new ceiling fan that is controlled by one wall switch. The fan came with a pull-chain that controls the 3 speeds; and also comes with an optional light kit. But I am not ...
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How can I fix a floor joist that has separated from the cross beam?

I have just 1 beam that is no longer in the notch that is supposed to rest in on the crossbeam. The house is 100 years old. Would it be a safe option to install a floor jack to bring the beam back up ...
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How can I isolate grounded (neutral) conductors in a panel?

This is in reference to my question yesterday about sub panel grounding. So if my sub panel came with a ground bar on either side of the breaker mounts, are one or both of them isolated from the case ...
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I live in student housing and my shower doesn't get hot enough. What can I do?

I'm sorry if this isn't the right forum in which to discuss this, but I'm at the end of my rope and don't know where else to get advice. I'm living in a completely new building that was just finished ...
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What type of tube does this fitting take?

It is a UK 240v kitchen fitting, I know the tube needs to be about 600mm long, but I don’t know if it needs a T4, T8 or whatever type. (The old tenant removed the tube and did not replace it, so I ...
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Will JB water weld hold copper fittings together?

Will this stuff hold copper fitting 3/4" on inlet copper pipe Cold water main line? Tried all other options can't solder I'm down to 3" left and its swollen to 7/8"id so last chance before complete ...
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How can I repair the main cold line into the house?

I've repaired 13 breaks throughout the house over the weekend, now I'm down to the inlet coming from 3/4" copper to 7/8"id (I know its crazy size maybe from freeze). Either way I cannot solder, since ...
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My attic unit already has a wire connected to C, can I still connect a wifi thermostat? [duplicate]

I have an extra wire I can use for the C wire on both ends but in my attic the main unit has a wire already attached to the C spot and going away from the unit to something else. Can I attach two ...
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Should I tile or carpet first

I am getting new carpet in lounge room. I also wanted to tile a small area that leads from lounge room door to outside. Like a small entry area to stop dirty feet walking straight onto carpet. My ...
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What could be causing the sound of water dripping?

My wife always hears water drip in the kitchen above my microwave. More often after we just used it. There is a Fan in the microwave for use when cooking. Also, in the bathroom near the Fan, there has ...
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Is it possible to replace a switch with a receptacle?

I moved to this place and I don't know how the wiring works, so I did some tests and couldn't explain the results. Here's the situation: there's this switch on the wall which only has two wires in it ...
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How can I muffle a loud doorbell?

I live in an apartment, in which the doorbell emits an unreasonably loud tone (kind of square-wave-y) continuously and at constant volume for as long as someone has the button depressed. Since people ...
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How can I fix a cabinet to plasterboard with brick wall behind?

I aim to fit a (fairly heavy) kitchen wall cabinet to a plasterboard wall. Behind the plasterboard there does not appear to be any studs. So I guess the plasterboard (what I would call drywall - ...
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Is it safe to use my oven with no light bulb in it at all?

I looked in the oven before sticking a pizza in it and noticed the bulb was popped so I carefully removed it and now I don't know if it's safe to use the oven with no bulb. It's a Roper oven, and the ...
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Can I install used hardwood flooring?

I'm looking to install recycled hardwood. During the demo most of the bottom part of the grooves has been broken off. Will the effect how well it will stay down after it's installed?
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Could wiring a dryer incorrectly cause the control board to be destroyed?

I wired the black hot lead from my new 4-prong dryer cord to the neutral terminal, now the dryer will not power up. Did I destroy the control board?
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What could be causing my AFCI to trip?

I recently purchased my first home and there is are two Leviton Outlet Branch Circuit AFCI receptacles installed. The line from the breaker box is split and each new line runs to an AFCI receptacle ...
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How can I replace this corroded metal P-Trap with a new PVC trap?

I have a big problem at my apartment, the metal p-trap has a hole under my kitchen sink drain pipes due to corrosion, I was told I could temporarily fix it applying epoxy, but I would rather fix the ...
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Why would i have 20 volts a.c.running through my plumbing

I am living in a 1964 mobile home and replacing plumbing from city line up. I cut the galvanized going into trailer and got sparks placed meter between two lines and read 20 volts give or take a ...
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Why does a subpanel need separate ground and neutral?

Why does a power sub panel have to have separate neutral and ground bars other than code satisfaction? Does a sub panel need a main breaker if there is one at the main? Also, does the sub panel ...
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How can I unclog a toilet that is clogged due to non-toilet paper?

I have a 3 year old (deep sigh) who decided to flush a subscription card from a magazine down the toilet. She did this a couple weeks ago, but I think we are just now seeing the affects of this ...
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How do I manage possibly lead containing paint flakes?

House built in 70s It has been repainted 2-3 times since then There's an area of 2 square meters of flaking paint in my bedroom. Fine dust of it right below :( Concerned about lead Limited money I ...
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How can I run cables along a concrete wall?

I am living in a house with concrete walls (no attic, no basement) and I want to run Cat5e or Cat6 Cable from the router which is downstairs to my office which is upstairs. Right now running cables ...
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Is the proposed solution to this masonry project okay?

We will going to build long interior, round(little bit) shaped staircase (similar to this) from concrete, and I needed to get instructions with physics that it will possible to make it without any ...
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Why would changing ceiling fan speed cause an AFCI breaker to trip?

I recently installed 2 ceiling fans with Lutron combination light and fan dimmer switches. On both circuits, if more than a half second or so is taken when selecting the fan speed (that is, a delay ...
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Can I cap the air return in my unfinished basement?

I noticed today that there is a massive air return in my unfinished basement. The opening is about 2 meters from the blower, and as large in diameter as the return duct coming from the upstairs. This ...
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How would you grade this patio?

This is about a cement pavers patio. On the figure below the yellow arrows show how the lot is graded For grading the patio I seem to have two options: -along the blue lines -along the red line ...
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How can I remove the switches that control outlets?

In the house it seems that the original owner wanted all top outlets to be switched and the bottoms to be always on. I hate this and want to fix it. So I took all the outlets out from the one room. ...
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Why isn't this 3-way wiring working?

Below is a diagram that I drew to help me rewire a couple of switches. The left switch is a standard 3-way switch. The right switch Cooper 275W-BOX combination single pole and 3-way switch. The single ...
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Just bought a house, 70 years old, want to upgrade 2 prong outlets [duplicate]

I've done some searching on this already and I think I know the answer. But I'd like to ask just to double check. If i am not sure if the outlets are properly grounded, my best bet would be to ...
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Why would I have hot water at one faucet but not the others?

I recently installed a new electric water heater and now I only get hot water to one faucet at a time. The kitchen faucet is closest to the heater with the bathrooms being the furthest. when i turn on ...
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How do I insulate my garage ceiling?

My garage gets really cold in the winter and I'd like to insulate my ceiling and/or roof. Here is my ceiling I store quite a bit of things in the ceiling, so the idea is to insulate the inside of ...
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how to fix the dry wall inside of the outer wall ? and what is brown glossy paper in between drywall and insulation? ?

I just found a mold in the bottom corner of my house inside of outer wall. I cleaned mold with bleach and cut the corner. is there any specific way to fix the dry wall of outer wall. Also plz what ...
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How does one fix an unlevel, poorly-supported floor when you can't access it from underneath?

I recently bought a new home. Also on the property is an accessory building which I am using as an office. The building is finished on the inside and has a cheap parquet floor. I'm not sure what's ...
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Special exhaust fan combo hook up instructions, I want the night line always on

I have a Panasonic exhaust fan/ light/night light and want to use the existing one toggle. I know the fan and the light whites and blacks can be put together and the one switch will work both at the ...
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Low hot water pressure in one fixture after water heater replacement

I just had my water heater replaced (by a professional) and everything is great except the bathtub fixtures (shower head and tub faucet) in just one bathroom. The water pressure is really low, ...
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Can I use this aggregate for bedding for my patio?

The aggregate shown below was salvaged from a shed that I removed from my backyard I am planning to use it to correct the pitching of my patio (see my other questions in this forum for details) Can ...
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Can I install two p-traps into one drain

Can I put a Y fitting into the wall to accept two p-trap drain assemblies? I need one for the Reverse Osmosis system and the other for the double sink with disposal.
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Replacing Load-Bearing 2x4 wall with beam and posts - Basement

I would like replace a 64" section of a load bearing wall with a beam and 2 support posts. The current wall is 2x4 pressure treated sill plate on top of poured concrete, 5 2x4 vertical supports and ...
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Can changing the fan speed on a forced air heating system reduce the sound heard in each room?

We recently converted to gas heat. Now, when the heat turns on, there is very loud blowing in almost every room. My Carrier Infinity fan speed is set to "Auto." I was told there is nothing to do ...
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How can I tackle thermal downdraught?

Thermal downdraught on windows is a fact of life. I understand the mechanics involved, but that doesn't make it any more comfortable! Short of replacing the glass in my double-glazed units with (yet) ...
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Why did my central heat shut down?

I did maintenance and turned on the electric heater switch on thermostat to Central Unit. It came on just fine and warmed up the house and shut off automatically. But it never came on again. The a/c ...

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