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Can you increase the speed of an ECM AC blower?

I have a Trane XV95_060 for furnace and Trane XR15-018 for AC I would like to know if the speed of the blower can be adjusted (increased) Before I had a 1ton AC and that was all right for the house ...
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Can mold growth be removed and cleaned up in a two-story apartment building successfully?

I live in an apartment building that has 24 units which all the bathrooms vent into the hollow walls or their neighbors bathrooms upstairs. (so in their ceiling, the smell and moisture comes out ...
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Is it necessary to ground a metal Knock Out Box used solely for POE Ethernet wire?

I'm running electrical conduit to metal knock out boxes throughout a new construction residential home. The knock out boxes are soley used for POE ethernet. Do the metal knock out boxes need grounded ...
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How can I install a light fixture when the junction box is partially blocked by a mirror?

I wanted to replace light fixture in my bathroom. When I removed the light fixture I noticed that electrical box was being slightly blocked by the wall mirror which is 10ft x 5ft. (see picture) Now ...
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What breaker configuration should I use for a 240v shed circuit?

A friend wants 240 and 120 in his shed. The beaker panel is in the garage about 40 feet away. It was suggested to run 4 individual wires--two for the 240 and one for ground and one for neutral. What ...
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Will a fan motor run in reverse if the receptacles polarity is reversed?

Recently installed a range hood and it's not sucking up smoke very well. It's been uninstalled and checked for obstructions and none have been found. The dampers are opening and closing properly. One ...
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Identifying a metal item buried in my backyard

I was digging up a bush stump so we can pour a concrete pad for a condensing unit. As I dug I uncovered the top of a metal object approximately 3-4ft long and 1.5 feet wide. It's made of some kind ...
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Why would a door be installed without all the hinge screws?

Our contractor installed this door without using all the screws (or perhaps the door came without enough screws). Every hinge on each side of these double doors is missing one screw on the frame side. ...
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Code on sub-panels

I am helping a customer finish a basement he started then couldn't finish. Him and a friend installed a sub panel on a two pole 40 amp breaker using 8 awg wire. There are 4 15 amp breakers and three ...
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A thermostat for cooling [closed]

I want to buy a thermostat that clicks 'on' when a certain temp is reached (rather than off) so it can activate a fan in my attic room. What product should I buy?
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Is 20 amp line needed for washer and gas powered dryer?

I pulled some really old and rigged-up shady wiring out of my laundry room and replaced it. It was a two-wire 15 amp line to a 15-amp breaker. On it were two GFI (possibly GFCI) outlets. One was ...
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Does a split neutral conform to the NEC?

I am a Building Inspector and recently have came across a question about splitting the neutral wire between the garbage disposal and the dishwasher. I am unable to locate this in the 2011 NEC. Does ...
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leaky kitchen faucet

I have a single handle kitchen faucet which I have repaired before. Now, however, I can't get the set screw out to access the washers, springs, etc. (I know I am using the right "star" shaped ...
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Radon abatement complete, but contractor used weird wiring?

We had a contractor do radon abatement, which involved adding a fan to pump air out from under the slab. They decided to power this fan by hard-wiring an extension cord. There is a disconnect switch ...
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How to avoid hidden weak mortar when drilling into plastered wall?

I'm drilling into the inside of an external wall on a Victorian mansion block. I'm trying to hang a heavy bike rack on the wall. My problem is sometimes I drill into a brick which is bomber and ...
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Ceiling Fan with Light Install - Pre 1950's House

I'm trying to install a ceiling fan (with a separate light attachment) into a room in our house. The current wiring coming out of the house has two separate wires that have been twisted together and ...
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Garage switch and remotes will not work

My garage switch on the wall and my remotes will not open the garage.I unplugged the opener and then everything started back working. An hour later it all stopped again. I unpluged it again and they ...
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Cat5e signal when coiled up

I have a CCTV camera which is PoE, and an NVR. I already have two cameras connected fine, and have been trying to add a third today. All the cameras are the same. The cable is Cat5e outdoor. I've ...
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Should I get rid of a small wasp nest?

My girlfriend has been offered an insect hotel and we decided to hang it on our balcony (we live in an apartment close to the forest in Denmark). It has attracted wasps and they have started building ...
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Mount pegboard to wall

I am attempting to mount a pegboard(the type you climbed up in gym class http://www.roguefitness.com/rogue-pine-maple-peg-board) to a drywall covered wall. Originally I thought lag bolts into the ...
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three prong adaptor caught on fire

I have been using a three prong adaptor on my microwave. The adaptor caught on fire when the microwave was not being used, though I had used it approx. 5 minutes earlier. There's no sign of damage ...
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What are the proper steps needed to install a grounding rod?

We had an electrician friend upgrade our service panel and install grounding rods. I've read that you have to drive the rod flush to or below ground. Please see these pictures. Is this okay? Do I need ...
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Window air conditioner fan slows to a stop in about 2 minutes

I just bought a window A/C unit and turned it to "low fan" setting. Within I think a few seconds after it started, I could hear it slowing down, which it continued to do until it came to stop, which ...
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Drilling into a bathtub

I am trying to install a bath shower door . I need to drill holes into my tub and I am using a Milwaukee Drill with Dewalt titanium drill bit set. I am not sure what sort of bath tub mine is (fiber ...
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Service conductors between meter box and 100 panel. Can I still use #2 Aluminum? Manitoba

Can I still use #2 Alum between meter box and 100 amp panel? Meter box is on the side of the house and panel is at the back.
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Vapor resistant ceiling fixture installation

I am installing vapor barrier on a ceiling using poly, acoustic sealant, and a vapor-tight ceiling fixture (FN-426-C-V - pictured below). Note the ring of soft foam around the circumference of the ...
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Repairing Leak in Refrigerant Lines

We recently found and pinpointed a leak in my copper refrigerant line (the non-insulated line) and was wondering if there was anyway to repair and replace that one spot on the line (like if there were ...
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Outside Frost Proof Spigot sprays water

I have a frost proof outside spigot. When I hook the hose to it, as much water comes out near the front of the spigot (not the top) as comes out of the end of the hose. What is wrong with it? Do I ...
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What's the proper way for an awning roof to sit on the rafters(?)?

We have some roof covering our patio. There is about a half-inch gap between the OSB that makes up the roof, and I guess they're called rafters? Whatever they are that form the edge of the roof line. ...
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How can I project a clear light shape on the wall with an LED lamp?

I'd like to build an installation which projects a star sky on the ceiling. The picture will explain the concept and the problem I've encountered: As you can see, there is plenty factors that I ...
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When there is no room to stabilize a nut, what then?

I have an electric chair that someone cut the power cord and power pack from and are no longer accessible. I'm removing the motor and one of the bolts in the frame to it spins relentlessly along with ...
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Three sets of wires and no clear way to ground

We're changing the extremely old fixtures in our hallway with some sleek modern LED lighting. Upon removing the fixture I discovered three sets of twisted wires - double white, black-red (the fixture ...
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Mysterious drain going into sewer cleanup

I have a sewer-cleanout near the back porch of my house, which is below ground level so it's in a round box, and also within this box I have found a smaller piece of pvc pipe. The square 'handle' ...
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How do you determine the date a house was built?

I was told our house was 18 years old when we bought it. The date it was "built" was listed as 1998. However, the building permit was issued in 1996. What determines the date a house was built, when ...
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Suggestions for gate latch issue

Let me preface by saying that I'm not really looking for "shopping advice". I just need some direction on how to tackle this issue. We recently purchased a house and it has a block fence around the ...
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Trane Air Handler GAT2A0C48S41SAA Create “C” Wire

Can someone please Tell me the Best way to Create a "C" Wire for a WiFi thermostat Honeywell Wi-Fi Smart Thermostat (RTH9580WF). I currently have a Trane thermostat TCONT602AF22MA. Please... Thanks ...
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Will this 10-foot wide gate design be rigid enough?

We've been working at putting a fence around our property and are almost finished. The last part that we have to do is we're adding gates to the end of our driveway. The fence that we put up is a ...
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can a Shower valve screw shut off stop be replaced on Devonshire Kohler single handle

I have a Kohler, Devonshire, single handle shower. The screw shut off valve appears to be malfunctioning, stuck in the off position so I am not getting hot water in the tub or shower head. Can the ...
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PVC solar 2" pipe joints degrading from ultraviolet…something I should anticipate more of?

I've had leaks develop from the pipe joints on my 2" main PVC lines that feed solar network for pool heating. Tech pages say pipe should be painted white but will that do anything for the couplers? ...
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How do I put a recessed light in a wet location, where the can itself will get wet?

I have an underdeck porch that has a ceiling made of metal roofing panels, that diverts deck drainage into a gutter. I would like to install recessed lighting in the ceiling. However, the cans will ...
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American cockroach. Can it climb on the water pipes to the apartment(flat) at fourth floor?

We have recently this ugly and very disgusting thing at home - american cockroach, and I have no idea where they may come from. I don't have any holes at walls of my apartment, and all our windows are ...
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What could be the cause of Water running in Condo?

One night about a month ago I was watching TV when I heard a loud metal sound followed by the sound of surging water. It was so loud and unsettling my dog started barking. I went next door to ask my ...
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wired ceiling fan but lights are not working right

Need help with my install Fellas. I have red, white, black, bare wires coming out of the ceiling and blue, white, black, and green from the fan. I wire them up just how the old one was wired and the ...
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What causes roller marks in painting?

Does the quality of paint or lack of skill cause roller marks? The painter is blaming the quality of paint not his skills.
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When does it makes sense to remove the existing paint (lead or no lead) before putting on new paint?

I want to repaint the interior of a 1930's house we just bought. When does it make sense to strip the paint before we put on new coats of paint? What if there is no lead underneath? I know that the ...
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Replace Track Lighting To Recessed Lights Utilizing 3-Way Switch

I had a Switch on one end of the kitchen and a Switch on the other end of the kitchen that would turn on/off the Track Light I had (3-Way Switch). I want to add 6 Recessed Lights, so I removed the ...
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Forced air heater filter. Pros and Cons of reusable/washable filter?

When the gas service person came by to turn on the gas after termite tenting they saw that our air intake filter for the forced air system was dirty. He offered some advice and said that there are ...
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TV mount is 16.5“ wide but stud centers are 17” apart. Is it still safe to mount?

I am not able to install the mount by positioning it on the exact center of the studs. Is it alright if the holes are slightly off-center on the studs? The mount I am installing is this one, and my TV ...
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Sprinkler valve solenoids won't activate at manifold

For years, the automatic sprinklers in my house worked fine (they were there when I bought the house). A few months ago, I noticed that the station which controls drip irrigation for shrubs would not ...

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