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New Furnace won't turn on after trying to install thermostat

I had a furnace installed about a year ago in my basement. The installer left the wires sticking out of the wall for me to install a thermostat. He said if you want to turn the furnace on, just ...
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What direction should lever-style door handles be oriented?

What direction should lever-style door handles be oriented? According to this guy on YouTube, the traditional way is "middle of the curve up, end of the curve down", which "looks better", but you can ...
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Toilet gurgling when another one is flushing: 6-way joint

I have 2 adjacent bathrooms, with toilets opposite of each other. I recently upgraded one older toiled that took a minute to flush with 3.5 gallons of water to 1.2 GPF model with "aquapiston" ...
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Is my water heater installed properly?

Why do all 3 pipes..the hot, the cold, and the over flow valve run hot water. I can tell by the touch. the overflow which I'm used to having a free flowing tube attached to a pan is connected to a ...
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What should I do if a valve won't shut off the water?

My garage spigot was attached by a thin PVC pipe, and broke off in the cold. I knew right where the inside gate to shut it off was, from when I had an issue with it before. I even had it labeled. I ...
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How can I safely have 2x 7kw/32amp electrical vehicle chargers connected to my consumer unit? (UK)

We've ordered two electric vehicles, and we're entitled to two home charge points, as shown here: https://www.britishgas.co.uk/energy-saving-products/electric-vehicles The charge points are now ...
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Easiest way for non-diy people to link a square wooden post to a wood board?

I might take 3 square wooden posts, about 1.5 meters high, and I need to link them to one or more boards on the bottom, if you propose screws, keep in mind that it has to sit level so they have to be ...
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Repair cracks in concrete block wall that's no longer moving

I'm fixing up my detached garage built in the early 1900's. At some point there was some movement in the walls (not the slab, the walls are built next to the slab). There doesn't seem to be any more ...
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how do I remove this faucet?

The faucet runs even when the handles are turned off so I wanted to pull these off and see if I could figure out what is going on... but I have no idea how to get the faucets off. No visible set ...
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Water pressure in upstairs sink lost after turning off main line to fix shower

So yesterday I had to replace the handle on the shower-- and because I couldn't access the valve to the shower, I had to shut off the main valve to the entire house. I switched out the handle and ...
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Why does my shower run out of hot water quickly?

My shower runs out of hot water quickly. Initially the water is perfectly hot, then it starts cooling after a minute or so and we need to adjust the lever to maintain the temperature. Somewhere around ...
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Wiring issue for fan, switch and light

I have a fan, switch, light, and power wires. All have White, Black and Green wires. I can't seem to get the full lights, and full fan working correctly. Currently I have: Fan disconnected. Switch ...
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What could be causing cracks in the drywall of a newly renovated home?

We bought an older home and completely renovated it about 18 months ago. Now I am starting to see small cracks in the drywall in the ceiling and walls. What could be causing this?
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My three way lamp is suddenly just one way. Is this an electrical problem or fire hazard?

my three way lamp is suddenly just one way. is this an electrical problem that could be a fire hazard? Why would a lamp just suddenly stop being three way after being plugged and unplugged?
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Blade comparison, DW4765 vs DW4701:

What's the difference between DW4765 and DW4701? Would the use cases be any different? They're both advertised for stone, granite, brick, and tile.
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How to remove dried hot glue from a closed door?

Ok so in my room someone used hot glue to close off a small passage way to the attic above. I have searched all over the internet for ways to remove the glue, but none of them seem to work. So ...
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How to find a motion sensing light switch that turns lights on AND off when motion is detected?

Location: USA. The light switch to our laundry room is in the hallway outside the door. I replaced the standard light switch with a motion sensing switch (Leviton ODS10-ID). When we enter the room, ...
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How do I verify that a 220v outlet is wired properly?

I recently had a dryer installed and it powered on, but wouldn't run. I was able to verify the voltage at 240v using a multimeter, but I'm not convinced that the outlet was wired properly. They are ...
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Trouble with solid state relay

I have a fotek SSR-25 relay I want to use to control a light (just a 120V led bulb). The wire connected to the #1 contact is 120vac. I have nothing connected to the load side (#2). The inputs are ...
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Best way to stop boiler steam from entering attic

I have a cape cod. The boiler is in the basement and vents to the outside about a foot above ground level. I get a considerable amount of snow melt and ice buildup in the attic section directly ...
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Is it okay to not have a vapor barrier in lightweight tiny house type construction?

So, I have a bit of an odd project. It is a bit outside of the box, and I'm looking for alternative approaches that stick with the theme (if the plan outlined below doesn't work, that is). ...
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What can I burn in fireplace to minimize smoke

I had my fireplace checked and was told that the flue is too small for the fireplace (historic home, botched renovation by prior owner). As a result, a normal fire sends smoke billowing into the ...
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How do I look up a contractor's license status in Pennsylvania?

I've seen this question but it's a few years old and isn't specific to a state. I am past the inspection stage on a potential new house and the seller wants to use a certain plumber to do some ...
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How do I remove wax or Mop-and-Glow from Pergo floors?

How do I remove wax or Mop-and-Glow from Pergo floors?
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What is the best way to unblock a blocked toilet?

My toilet is blocked since 2 days. I tried many DIY solutions but nothing worked. I need a best solution to unblock toilet.
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wood floor rise up

When we bought my house 6 month ago we installed floor at the same time. It was fine for the first 3 months but after that one area in the 1st floor wood start rise. Whenever i walk around it, it ...
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How to stop a screaming pellet stove?

I'm having trouble thinking of how else to describe the sound that our pellet stove is making. It is a piercingly high pitched sound that appears to come from the blower. Here's a video with ...
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metal flexing sound from 2nd floor

I bought my home 6 months ago. When we moved in last summer, we didn't hear this sound. Now when I step on particular spot on this one bedroom, I hear metal flexing sound. I am guessing the duct is ...
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Which furnace thermostats support variable swing/deadband?

My home furnace is currently controlled by a programmable Honeywell thermostat, but it regularly thrashes the furnace by turning the furnace on for just ten or twenty seconds. It seems that the ...
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Boiler stopped working, how do we unfreeze how Our frozen pipes?

Our boiler stopped working, we got it working and now have hot water but no heat in two zones. Temperatures have been -25 with the windchill and the plumber thinks frozen pipes. How do we locate where ...
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Thermal Mass Puzzle I Can't Figure Out

I live in Los Angeles and have 2 units on my property. I use the front one as my office. I had the floors done years ago and thought I would get tile and have a subfloor of cement put in so that I ...
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How can I prevent cobwebs in my house?

So we were away from our home for 6 weeks and when we came back, we had cobwebs at a number of places in the house like the shower cabinets, ceilings, corners, closets, behind toilet seats etc. Is ...
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How Do I Take This Old P Trap Off Cast Iron T?

I have a house built in 1958 and I'm replacing the bathroom vanity and sink with an IKEA unit that needs plumbing close to the wall. I have a new P trap, but cannot take this old P trap off. It ...
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Could a frozen dishwasher line have ruined something?

I had a frozen pipe under my kitchen sink and was able to get the hot water moving with a hair dryer but the dishwasher also has a frozen pipe. I was able to warm that up and get that going, but when ...
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What type of heating system would you recommend?

I am remodeling an old two-story duplex, opening it up into single dwelling. The existing heating system is oil/forced air and also a coal furnace built into the same ductwork. Unfortunately the ...
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How do I wire a Honeywell ultrastat TB7220U for second stage cooling?

Has anyone wired this commercial thermostat in before? Honeywell TB7220U ultrastat I had needed to know about the 2nd stage cool wiring set up -y2? And changing the wiring correctly for install ...
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1answer
55 views

Interference with cable and electrical in same box

I'm finishing a basement and am running cable to 2 of the rooms in the basement. I would like to run the cable into a double gang box with the cable outlet on one side and an electrical receptacle on ...
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1answer
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How can I adjust the temperature of my hot water?

I live in California and the winter has been a lot warmer than expected. I would like to decrease the water temperature in my home to try to save money and conserve energy. How do I do this?
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How can I repaint a bad paint job?

I just got a wooden sweet cart made for myself. I asked someone to paint it for me but he did a really bad job. He didn't let paint dry completely so it has smudged all over an looks uneven. How can ...
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What can I use to lubricate CAT6 cables while installing them?

I am about to run some network wires inside the wall at home. I had already done so but apparently too much pressure on them while pulling caused one of the pairs to go bad and therefore prevent ...
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Wiring Aprilaire 700 Humidifier to York TG9* Furnace

I've read the related posts, but they don't answer my questions. Please, help! We had contractors installed: * Aprilaire-700 Humidifier with Auto/Manual Humidistat-Control Knob (non-digital) * ...
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Why would a gas furnace shut down after 20-30 seconds?

I have an 18yo Lennox gas furnace (Modle 23G89). It starts and runs for 20-30 seconds then shuts off. The light blinks in a steady state- no code. Then I removed the filter to guarantee a clogged ...
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37 views

How can I attach a new drain to a drain pipe that's fallen away from the tub?

Hello everyone, Noobie here and I think I shot myself in the foot! I wanted to replace the old drain with a new one so my almost 2 year can have bubble baths. I was able to remove the old drain ...
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101 views

Cold Water Line frozen, should I leave cold water faucet open?

It has been really cold in DC lately. My thermostat is broken, so it goes to 77 degrees no matter what I set it to. I tried to get it fixed, but it ended up being a waste of $50 because they just ...
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Should I use a wire or soft sponge to clean a solder tip?

I will be buying something to clean my soldering tip. I think my choices are either bronze looking metal wire sponges or yellow soft sponges. Which one is the right tool to clean soldering iron ...
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How to hide/cover bridge of copper electrical heating pipes

I have just purchased an old farm house & in one of the bedrooms there is a bridge of copper pipes coming out of the wall to wall carpeting. Is it possible to set some type of a cover which ...
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1answer
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Why is the live wire reading live, but the neutral is not, in my lighting circuit?

A ceiling light has failed and I have removed it. The circuit that it was part of (eight other downstairs lights) is working fine. BUT the supply cable from this circuit to the failed light is 'live' ...
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1answer
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How can I repair a bump in a wooden desk?

I inserted a screw in the underside of my desk but it was a little bit too long. Result: A small bump in the top side and flaws in lacquer. Photo: Who knows how to fix this?
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Replaced a light fixture, now other outlets/lights don't work [closed]

I recently replaced a light fixture. Simple single bulb, ceramic base with only Black and white wires. The bare copper found was shoved up in the plastic box. I replaced it with a similar fixture, ...
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What could cause my main floor bathroom sink taps to stop working altogether?

I am in a townhouse (not an end unit) my bathroom is not on an outside wall but the taps stopped working no water whatsoever comes out hot or cold? The toilet does work though. Any ideas why this ...

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