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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 ...
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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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Expansion tank is cold

My old-style expansion tank is cold from top to bottom, but I hear boiling water in the pipes right above the gas furnace. Is that normal?
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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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Can I run a heated floor thermostat on a 30 amp sub panel with a 20 amp GFCI breaker?

Want to install a heated floor in bathroom. I would like to know if I can run it ona 30 amp subpanel wiht a 20 amp GFCI breaker.
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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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Need help replacing this super old shower handle!

Not really sure what kind of handle this is or how to replace it. It doesn't work anymore so no water comes out of the showerhead. There's some little pin in the base of the handle that broke and none ...
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Utility of new smartphone-based thermal cameras in identifying cold spots in the home

Winter is coming up, and for those of us in the Midwest, that means that winterizing needs to be done. I'm moving into a house built in 1956 that may have some cold spots around doors, windows, and ...
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Rotted Sheathing Above Fireplace

TL;DR - Is it possible to replace the rotted sheathing from the inside behind the brick fireplace and behind the header above the mantle So, my wife and I purchase a house about a month an a half ...
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Mini Split condensate pump to condensate drain

I'm working out the details of my Mini split. I know by code I have to have it connected to a 3/4" condensate line going outside. The Mini Split's air handler is located on an inside room where I'm ...
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Deck Ledger with Manufactured Wood Joists

My house came with a second story deck added by the previous owner. The ledger is attached directly over the stucco and is attached to a 1/2 in plywood band board with deck screws. The band board ...
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Ceiling light not turning on?

My ceiling light is not turning on, not sure why? I switched off the circuit breaker where it is getting power from and have re attached the wires to the light fixture. Black wire , white wire and ...
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Opened ground on a new outlet

I have an older 1981 mobile home and an outlet in my living room wasnt holding plugs so I replaced it with a new three prong, taking the wiring off the old push in styled plug and connecting them to ...
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Description of Concrete Classification Numbers (e.g. C15, C25 etc.)

I was reading my plumbing code and came across mysterious concrete classification numbers like C15 and C25. I tried googling it and only came across a couple of sources describing these numbers (like ...
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Quieten New Bathroom Fan/Reduce Vibration

I recently replaced an old bathroom exhaust fan due to how noisy it was, and the new one is quiter, but could be better. The model is this Its fitted pretty tightly to the ceiling, and is good ...
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Subpanel - still getting power with breaker disconnected

I'm in the middle of a garage/apt project and ran into an issue yesterday. Here's my layout. I have a 200Amp service meter with two 100 amp breakers just after the meter....one breaker feeding the ...
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How to insulate under hot water radiant flooring over a crawlspace?

I just built a small extension on my wood frame house. We are in the northeast (winters down to the low teens). We added three small rooms (mudroom, laundry, bath). They all now have hot water ...
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Hooking up drain in dishwasher

I have a 2 yr old Bosch dishwasher that does not drain into the sink drain but straight down into a pipe in the ceiling below. That pipe has the proper P trap etc and worked well for my previous ...
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is this the correct for wiring outlet after a wall switch is put for other purpose

We recently bought a house and then we found one of the outlet in master bedroom doesn't work. The lower outlet has power but the upper outlet doesn't. After open the cover plate, I found the copper ...
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Portion of outlets not working

Seeking some help. Breaker is fine. Other outlets on same circuit working. Everything downstream of light switch is not working. Light switch appears fine. Back stabber outlets not working, ...
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Uncertain about sudden changes in water pressure

Dilemma I have two showers; one upstairs and one downstairs. Tonight, both showers had low water pressure - but the sink water pressure seemed normal. I have checked around the house and no water ...
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Temporary Remove Flex Duct

I am about to replace a load bearing wall in unfinished basement. There is flexible duct attached to plenum that I need to temporarily move out in order to put the beams in. Do i just need to cut ...
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Hot Water Baseboard is not hot, when purging out air, very little water comes out.

The Boiler is at about 20 psi on heating pressure gauge but I'm not getting heat through the base boards. I have 3 zones fed with 3 circulating pumps, one for each zone. On the return I have 3 ball ...
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FHW oil basedboard radiators are hot even when t-stats turned off. Sediment in pipes?

I moved into a condo a few months ago. It has a forced hot water oil heating system. First floor is one heating zone; second floor is another; boiler is in basement. T-stats are manual/mercury ...
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Leveling wood floor for laminate wood floor

I am laying down some laminate wood floor this week in my house over some older wood plank flooring. I was just going to put roofing paper down and then some foam style underlayment Home Depot ...
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Safely fit new bathroom pull switch to existing wiring

We moved into a house that has a bathroom pull switch (surface mount box - is that a 'pattress'?) dangling from the ceiling by a couple of inches of wires. I think when we moved in it was flush with ...
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Install new gutters and leaders

After a new roof was installed, a different crew is coming over tomorrow to install new gutters and leaders. Although they keep trying to sell me gutter guards, I said no, mostly after reading the ...

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