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Are drain-clearing bladders safe?

I advised a friend to use a drain bladder to clear a sink clog. Turns out there was a vent that didn't connect to the main vent stack--it just terminated inside the wall. So she put a bunch of water ...
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Where can I find drawings of a mobile home's construction?

I bought my very first trailer/mobile home last August. I've never lived in one, never spent significant time in one, know less than nothing about them. That said, I have a doublewide 90 Commodore. ...
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Connecting PSW inverter directly to service panel

I am building am off-grid solar power system for my home. In a previous home I did the same, using a transfer switch from inverter to service panel. I want to avoid the complexity of a transfer switch ...
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Risk of leakage when changing open-vented to sealed-system boiler

Apologies in advance for the long post. I currently have a gravity-fed, fully-vented central-heating (CH) and hot-water (HW) system (large cold-water tank and expansion tank in the loft, hot-water ...
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Honeywell WiFi thermostat newly installed--not working

I just replaced a 2 wire thermostat with a wifi one that required a c wire. There was an unused blue wire which I attached to the C connector on the transformer at the furnace. At the thermostat, the ...
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Tiling over rough uneven plaster wall

After pulling down some paneling in our bathroom I discovered why they had it there in the first place. At one time there was plastic tile over the walls and they damaged the surface while removing ...
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North Carolina Code question for splicing 6x6 posts

I have a 48 X 10 second floor deck with 6X6 posts. I want to add a roof above about half of it. It is not feasible to replace the 6X6's with longer ones as I would basically end up replacing the ...
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PVC Water line keeps getting pin holes

The water line that goes from my boiler, carrying warm water keeps getting pin hole leaks. The line is a standard flexible white plastic insulated pipe, covered in a red mantle. About a year ago, ...
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Up and over garage door transformation

This up and over door is working properly, but I would like to make the house more accessible. This door is a bit heavy and you have to work against gravity to open in entirely. My idea was to cut ...
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Why do windows generally open to the outside in Ireland but not in the rest of continental Europe?

See title. I see the reason for having it outside is being able to always have them open for ventilation. Since Ireland has a mild but humid climate. Opening to the inside inteferes with having ...
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Constant cold air from vents with new downdraft furnace

Replaced with newer, high efficiency furnace and cold air constantly coming out of vents (except when furnace running). It's like the downdraft is totally free flowing and when windy outside very ...
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Recessed lighting not lighting up

So I bough 6 LED recessed lights from a flea market today. $30 so why not. Each one has the log socket adapter so I tried all six on a socket and only one works. Sooooooooo. With the other five, ...
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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 50-...
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how to stop seeping ground lake water coming into our cottage basement at times of extrem runoff pressure from river

We have a lovely walk out house at Wasa Lake, B.C. We are retiring there this year and would like to use the walk out for addition living space. Had the house since 2005 and had no issues with ...
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Can I build a separate trap to drain my reverse osmosis system

I have a single sink with disposal on an island counter. The plumbing has two vent plugs and two drain connections. Can I use the second drain connection and build a second trap to install the reverse ...
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Raised floor in garage bedroom addition

Do I need to raise the floor to slab height of existing living space (garage floor is 6" lower than living space. I would probably say "yes" due some kind of code for residential flooding. Haven't got ...
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Might I have 2 vents for my gas dryer?

I have a gas (propane) dryer. We just had a huge amount of snow 5ft. plus drifts around my house. This morning I turned on the dryer and started to smell propane. I went out and cleaned out the lint ...
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Giant magnetic something behind drywall/fireplace

I'm trying to mount a flatscreen TV above our fireplace that was converted by a previous owner (from wood?) to direct vent. During the process of finding the studs, I noticed that magnets stick the ...
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25 degree by 36 degree (oval) LED light beam spread

I have some Philips PAR20 2700K LEDs in my house. Some are 36 degree, others are 25 degree beams. I was wondering if there is any way to get an oval beam LED light bulb, as in a 36 by 25 degree light ...
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Matt black vinyl fabric for upholstery, cleaning/sealing?

I have been doing some upholstery using a cloth-backed vinyl with a matt-black finish. It looks great... until the oils from your hands or hair touch it. Is there a way to clean this type of fabric ...
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Support for a 6000 lb spa, measuring 9'x 7.5', filled with water

16' x 16' treated wood deck with of 2 x 6 treated decking, supported by nine 6" x 6" vertical treated wood posts with 2 x 10 floor joist, 16" on center. Will that deck support a spa weighing 6000 lbs?...
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Tankless water heater - Electric issue

I have a AuqaPower Tankless water heater I installed myself 2 years ago. I used the old wire from old (tank) water heater and I ran a new wire for the 2nd place. It has worked great for 2 years and ...
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Loud Noise, possibly electrical, from somewhere in the house

Just today I have heard a loud buzzing noise in the house. I have lived here 16 years and never heard it before. It is loud, lasts a few seconds and sounds electrical. I cannot isolate where it is ...
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Home automation connection for gas fireplace

What, specifically, is needed to bring home automation (HomeKit) to a remote electronic ignition system with inputs for just this type of behavior but no instructions on how to do so? Whatever the ...
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Hydronic Heating: Noisy pipes in the basement/walls

My issue is i have a natural gas boiler + hydronic heating system (two zones). It seems that after I remove air from each zones, the heating system is quiet until 12 hours later. In the early morning ,...
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Return Air Vent

I am in the middle of planning a kitchen remodel. We are removing a non load bearing wall to open up the space. The wall has a big return air vent (using the studs of the wall). My initial thought is ...
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How Can I Make This Indirect Cove Lighting Look?

Just moved in to new house and would love some indirect cove lighting like this in the bedroom I'm decorating...but I'm not sure where to start. I want the box section to protrude around 1ft from the ...
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Can I move well pipe from under front steps and still satisfy Connecticut code?

I have a problem with my well pipe - it leaks in the spring (when snow melts). As you can see from image below - multiple hack repairs were attempted by previous owners. I was going to excavate the ...
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Backdraft issue w/bathroom exhaust and dryer connected to same air outlet

I live in a condo where a dryer and bathroom exhaust both connect into a Y connector that flows into the same pipe and into the building air shaft. I understand that these two appliances on the same ...
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Possible of override 2 zones with one thermostat

I have a vacation home with 2 zone heating. In the winter, it would be nice to be able to have remote access to the thermostat and 'turn on the heat'. Normally when vacant the 2 zones will be set to ...
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Heating system is heating the radiators instead of the hot water - why?

We have a heating system with a boiler, hot water cylinder and a controller to set the timers for the heating and hot water which it then switches between accordingly. Lately, it intermittently (I ...
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What kind of soil mix to use for grading the perimeter of house to keep water away from basement?

To help divert water away from my home's foundation, I am trying to improve the grade of the landscape around the perimeter of the house. I suffered a flooded basement (about 1" or so) from ...
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Jenn Air SVE47600 electric slide in range hole in oven--fire hazard?

My Jenn Air SVE47600 16 year old electric slide-in downdraft range has a hole (approx. 1.5" to 2" x 1") in the oven liner (underneath the broiler element) near a steam vent! Seems like it rusted. ...
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GFCI breaker trips when switched on

I'm buying a house. It's an old house. I had to put in a GFCI breaker for the bathroom. It trips as soon as I switch it on. If I disconnect the neutral it doesn't trip. It is three wire coming ...
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DeWalt Hammer Drill D25023 SDS Plus Rotary Hammer

The Drill does not rotate but the hammer works. Is this something a DIY'er can take apart & fix? The drill is almost new so there is very little, if any, wear on the intermal parts. The front end ...
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How to install rain screen over split face block to stop leaks?

I own a condo in Chicago and am facing water issues due to the single wythe use of split face block(SFB). My window sills were always wet so I pulled off the drywall and saw that the insulation and ...
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How do you insulate with XPS around interior basement windows?

I'm using 2" XPS to insulate my interior basement walls. How do I work around windows? Do I cut it flush with the concrete opening? Do I spray expanding foam to seal the XPS against the concrete ...
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What is the recommendation polyurethane application when refinishing hardwood floors?

There is currently no furniture in the first floor. So before filling up the first floor with furniture I am wondering if I should refinish the floors. Floor History Three of the four floors are 20+...
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Harbor Breeze Lighting Issue

The part in question is on the right side of the top picture next to the white wires. I have a Harbor Breeze ceiling fan/light combination that has been installed and working properly for over 5 ...
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decking overhang

I am building a 8x8 deck with stairs coming from landing on north side to landing on n.w. corner then along the west side. inspector said if I can show that running the 6 2x8 joist full length 12 ft. ...
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Adding a connection to a sewage ejector tank

In my basement I have a sewage ejector tank that looks like this: One connection is the vent and the other is the discharge (mine does not have the third hole you see in the foreground). What I ...
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Replace weatherstripping on old Anderson casement windows

The weatherstripping is damaged or missing on my Anderson casement windows. Not sure of the exact age but they are original and the house was built between 1969-74. Due to their age, I found ...
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time delay adjustment on Rheem elect furnace

Upon a call for heat the blower motor starts too soon resulting in cool to cold air coming out of the ceiling registers until heat strips start heating up.Wires coming from thermostat connect to ...
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How should I go about insulating a 1920's stucco house in LA?

I own a two story, 3200 Sq ft house in Los Angeles. The exterior is stucco and the walls are lathe and plaster. A year ago we had some water damage after a rain storm. When the contractor demo'd ...
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HVAC - hot air flowing on both zones when only 1 zone should be on

I have 2-zone forced air heating, with separate thermostats for each zone. Normally, if the thermostat in zone 1 triggers the system to go on, the heat will only blow through the vents in zone 1. ...
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3“ radon vent 4” roof jack

I have installed a 4" oatley vent flashing and drilled holes in roof and walls with a 4-1/8 bit. Unfortunately the radon coupler out of the concrete is only 3". This was a plumbing mistake and long ...
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Raised and Slab Foundation in Home

I am purchasing a home in Southern California. During the inspection, we discovered that the home is built on both a raised and slab foundation. The house was originally built in the late 1940s ...
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Extractor fan wiring questions

I've just been replacing the switch on the main bathroom extractor fan. When we had it fitted, the guy said that normally it should be wired to the light and would just come on when we turned the ...
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Changing switch to dimmer (UK)

Right in the middle of this job and realised I don't know what I'm doing. I'm in the UK. I currently have a Crabtree switch (which I believe is called a single gang two way switch) on a light on my ...
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sticky popping sounds coming from under my newly laid hardwood floors

i have a very annoying and frustrating problem. there are sticky popping sounds coming from under my newly laid hardwood floors. there is a underlay on cement base and the installer swears that he ...

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