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Compressor/fan stays off when cooling turned on

Before I begin, I would like to request "call a technician" suggestions to stay off. I do know a nice guy who can look it up for me, for a variety or reasons, one of which being my general history of ...
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Retrofit a ceiling light with RGB LED tape/lights?

I have a ceiling fixture in the kitchen that I like and can't find a replacement electronic ballast (Tospo TP120-1/26UPL 26W). A replacement fixture has been hard to find and stupid expensive. I ...
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Fire pit inner ring. Purposes and can I make my own from a barrel cut out?

I've seen metal rings for fire pits advertised for around 100 dollars on various sites, more or less, and I was wondering what the advantages of having one are? I think one is heat distribution to ...
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One line connected to two breakers

We redid our bathrooms and had an electrician come in and put in new wiring for outlets, heater/fan/lights and heated floors. He had to replace the electrical panel, because the house is older (1956) ...
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Leaking saddle valve

There is a joint of some sort leaking in one of our cold water lines running above the drop ceiling in the basement. Does anyone know what this joint is called, or why it might be leaking? It's ...
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Do I remove cornice when I'm getting rid of horse hair plasterboard walls?

I'm removing old plasterboard walls and getting someone to help by cutting along the top edge. I did this so I don't have to remove the cornices (which seem fairly good condition). However, I'm ...
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Where can I find information on making footbridges with a long span?

I have a creek I need to cross with a footbridge. While the creek is only about 3' wide, the main span of the bridge will have to be somewhere between 14-17' feet long, due to low, wet, and loose ...
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New troy built mower b&s engine surges

My son called me told me that my brand new out of the box mower's engine surges. Yes I'm going to take it back to the store,when I get back in town, and have them fix it but in the mean time I am ...
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Do garage door springs LOSE their “spring”?

On a one-piece, single-car door that's rarely opened (springs usually stretched), do they eventually stretch, thus stopping the opener from working?
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What's the difference between these two types of compression fittings?

In my piles of random hardware I have a pile of brass compression fittings for water lines. I have two different types of compression nuts. One has a sleeve inside it. The other doesn't. What's the ...
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2 sinks on one drain line

I have my bathroom sink rough plumbing coming from the 3" stack vent, running about 2 feet. My question is: can I use that same drain line for another sink? Reasoning: about 2 feet from that sink ...
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GFCI Receptacles not resetting [duplicate]

I don't know much about electricity. In my kitchen there are 3 GFCI receptacles. There was a kettle plugged into one and the microwave. The fridge was on the other. Both outlets quit last night ...
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Mounting a window air conditioner on top of a sliding horizontal window

I need to install a window air conditioner in my master bedroom. However, the only suitable window there is a horizontal sliding window. To complicate things more, I need to place it on top, since my ...
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DIY way to wash sand/clay out of driveway gravel?

I hate how the sand and fine dust blows around on our dairy farm's gravel driveway in the dry summer months. It's not reasonable to talk about blacktop due to the long driveway and the fact that it ...
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Why mate two boards instead of using one thicker board?

I need to build a footbridge across a creek and, due to soft and low land around it, will need a long span crossing the creek. I found this tutorial by Ron Hazelton where he makes a bridge with a 12' ...
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Craftsman framing nailer, does nail collation type matter?

I have a Craftsman #351.181790 Clipped Head 28 Angle Framing Nailer (2"-3 1/2" nails) which is no longer sold. Original nails are no longer available. I have read the manual, but it does not ...
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My generator won't start

I've pulled all gas, pulled and cleaned carb. Reassembled and it starts with starting fluid, but continues to shut off. What else could be the problem?
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How to properly fix these cracks in exterior window sill

The inspector suggested that these are easy fixes but most of the searches for repairing window sills brings up rotten wood and that's not what I've got here. and also this one
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Minerals when draining water heater

Per the instructions with my new water heater, I drain a gallon from the bottom every month. The previous owner of my home never did anything and that water heater started leaking, hence the ...
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Replacing a dimmer switch with normal light switch (picture)

Today, I wanted to replace a dimmer with a normal switch for my dining room lights. When I pulled the dimmer out of the wall, all 3 wires just fell right off of their connections. I'm surprised the ...
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Noise reduction hood @ exhaust vent

I live on a busy street in San Francisco and recently installed an exterior exhaust vent line for my range hood (it used to be a worthless recirculating type). Doing so has increased the street noise ...
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I need to Mount a 55" Sony TV on a Wood paneling wall w/no studs

My wife and I rent a duplex in an old neighborhood of Honolulu, HI. We have talked about mounting our 55" XBR-55X810C Sony 4K TV since we bought it, and yesterday we bought a mount on a whim. It's a ...
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steel windows diy design+construction

I would like your suggestions/experience/opinions on designing steel windows+patio doors, using hollow sections (RHS as they call them) and angle sections. The window style I have in mind (but can not ...
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Repaint masonry window sill

Our house has a Victorian bay window and what appears to be chunky masonry/concrete window sills. They look like they are painted with some form of gloss which has become flaky and green over the ...
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1answer
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hot water pressure in the shower

I have two outlets in the shower one hot and the other one cold. when I turned on the hot water tap gave a kind of bang and then the flow reduced to half the pressure.
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Which of these will strongest connect three panels?

I'd like to assemble essentially a cube made of aluminum panel walls (30 cm x 30 cm x 4 mm sheets), with an emphasis on stability/strength of the cube. Since I don't have welding knowledge, I'd ...
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1/4 turn shutoff valve doesn't completely turn water off

My 1/4 shut off valve still allows a very small amount of water through when turned off. This valve controls a line that I need to disconnect while long term repairs are in effect and it effectively ...
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2answers
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Can a round-over router bit do 50% of the thickness while resting on the cut profile?

I think I now understand just enough of how router bits work, but I'd like to confirm I got it right. I will use a router to round the edges of shelves. The thickness of the plywood is 3/4". ...
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1answer
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Electric Range Element Replacement

I've got an old Philco electric range that needs a couple of 6" elements replaced but parts are near impossible to find. The Philco elements have 3 wires while modern elements only use 2 wires. ...
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Just changed The old ceiling lights for newer ones

Everything seem to be normal until my wife later that day turned on The lights,The power on The bed rooms living room and bathroom went out,i wonder what could i have done wrong for this to happen,it ...
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1answer
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Is a NIOSH mask advised when sanding a fully dried hardwood floor?

I understand that a NIOSH mask is necessary if one is applying an oil-based polyurethane. Is a NIOSH mask needed or advised if one is sanding a hardwood floor with a polyurethane of unknown type, but ...
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Need help repairing cleanout plug of unusual size

I have a cleanout in my backyard that's been chipped one to many times by the lawnmower over the years. I need to replace the the plug however I cannot find a plug that fits. The threaded pipe ...
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1answer
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need help installing bathroom solid surface countertop that does not sit flush on vanity

I bought a new bathroom countertop that is a solid surface. It's called a "stonetek solid surface". The bottom surface of the vanity top has all sorts of groves in it. So I don't know how to attach ...
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Steel tube deflection over span

I am installing 16' desktop to a concrete block wall. The back wall and one side will sit on a 2x4 ledger. The opposite short side will be a solid plywood panel to help support weight. The top will ...
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I need to anchor a standard where there is a one-inch hole in the drywall

While I was putting in anchors to hold a shelf standard I had one that didn't install right and I was left with a one-inch hole. Some kind of anchor or support absolutely has to go there. It's too ...
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Do I need to run a ground from my main panel to the new sub panel 100' away?

Do I need to run a ground from my main panel to the new sub panel 100' away or can I establish the ground at the shop location ie. UFER?
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How can this panel pull 100A without any breakers tripping?

I have a three phase panel fed from a three phase 100A breaker on another panel. I found the 100A breaker tripped on the main panel, but none of the breakers in this panel were tripped. My ...
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How to deal with this mold on the window frame?

I just discovered what I assume is mold on my window frame in the kitchen/living room (quite high humidty, but the window has been open a lot and our fan is going 24/7). Now, I've been told that ...
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Can one pane of a double pane window be safely removed?

Recently I asked Is there a way to remove condensation and clean inside a double pane window? The answer appears to be "no", at least not without resorting to very dangerous chemicals. Two of the ...
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Will styrofoam insulation prevent condensation from dripping from metal roofing?

I live in south Georgia and am enclosing a back deck. I am using metal roofing. Will styrofoam insulation prevent condensation from dripping from roof? Would the silver side go up or down?
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Installing a dual switch from a single switch which powers two wall sconces

My living room has one wall switch that feeds two different lights/ sconces . The switch has only two black wires on the side of the switch. one on the top and one to the bottom . I would like to ...
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How to install a portable AC exhaust in a vertical window with horizontal blinds?

I have a window with a moving vertical part, so to open and close this window I need to slide the moving part left or right. And the window has horizontal blinds on it. I'd like to install a portable ...
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1answer
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How can I avoid sap seep in my woodworking projects?

I recently started getting into more DIY projects around the house and decided to make a fairly straight forward desk for my computers and monitors. This is a 3x6' desk with black metal pipes for ...
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2answers
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how deep must a range hood be to effectively clear cooking vapor?

Is it really necessary for a range hood to extend out from the wall completely over the burners? Doesn't it draw from a wider range than its footprint? There must be objective studies about this. ...
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Key stuck in door lock

My key is stuck in the door lock and won't come out. I have tried numerous ways and it just won't. Any ideas on how to get it out or what can be done?
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Can the parties who sign a building permit be liable in any way, shape or form of water damage to a building? [closed]

Suppose you have a condo building. That condo building was built 10 years ago. The statutes of limitations is only good for 6 years (for negligence purposes). There is water damage to the condo's ...
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3answers
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Rust at Bottom of Support Column

I'm just wondering how serious this is and also what are my options for fixing it? Best solution would be to replace the plates and column. How much work (cost) is that?
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1answer
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Why does my dishwasher make a singing / whistling sound

I own an LG dishwasher about 2 years old (model LDF8874ST). I have used this dishwasher regularly and have been really impressed with how quiet it runs. So it was very obvious when in the last couple ...
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Getting at water heater anode AO Smith ECT40-200

I found this spec sheet for my water heater which shows where the anode is. However I'm not so sure which of two ports is the anode. Here's a picture. In the spec sheet diagram it seems the anode ...
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1answer
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how to temporarily seal a narrow gap between baseboards and laminate floor?

there is a very narrow (<1/8 in.) gap between the baseboards and the laminate floor in my bathroom, which has been letting in ants from the storage units on the other side of the wall. is there ...

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