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How do I cut an angled cut with low clearance?

I need to cut a header down on an angle to match my stairs. It needs to be cut on a 51° angle, which my circular saw can handle, but there isn't enough clearance under the joists to get my saw in ...
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67 views

How to hang a TV on a drywall with no studs and no room for toggle bolts?

I am hanging a TV in a narrow wall space that has no studs behind it. I have verified there are no studs behind the drywall by using two different stud finders (a cheaper and a more expensive model). ...
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2answers
38 views

Bonding Neutral and ground in a service panel

My home has a 200amp meter box with 6 double breakers beneath the meter under a flap - 4 breakers are 60amp (stove heater, AC, unknown) - there are also 2 100amp breakers going to load centers inside -...
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How can I find out the local footing depth requirement in my area?

I live just outside Vanvouver Wa. I need to know how i can find out whst my frost line is for a footing and pier blocks? Im adding a 24'×28' attached room to my already standing home. Its gonna be on ...
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1answer
55 views

electrical problem, how to find power

I have a dead wire in ceiling box. I've looked at all boxes in walls around the area and found no problems. Breakers are good. How can I trace that wire and find where it is tied into? I don't have ...
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1answer
32 views

I have no idea what to do with the toilet water, plumbing issues?

I live in a trailor in Alaska. There is water coming out of the toilet bowls. At first it was clear, and I don't know if it because we are washing laundry at the same time as trying to unplug the ...
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1answer
19 views

Replacing Dimmable Halogen Spot light with LED dimmable or non Dimmable LED spotlights

I have old fashion dimmable halogen spotlight mounted on my ceiling, and I would like to replace them with LED spot lights. My questions are: Would I have to replace the existing transformers to ...
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2answers
31 views

What are the pros and cons of frameless and faceframe cabinet designs? [closed]

My wife and I are trying to decide on the two styles of construction...durability and cost are the major factors. What are some other pros/cons of each? One pro/con we've been struggling with... At ...
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0answers
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Tiled surfaces in kitchen and bathroom…how do I refresh it to make it look better and/or newer?

Please refer to the following photos. The kitchen counter looks a bit weathered/worn and the finish is matte. The bathroom floor also looks a bit weathered/worn and the finish is also matte. The ...
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1answer
18 views

Stackable Dryer won't stay running

My stackable dryer runs for 10 second with heat then stops. I have replaced the moisture sensors, any idea on what's wrong?
3
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1answer
64 views

How do I remove these fence post spikes?

I want to buy these: To replace my existing ones: I want to remove the old ones. What is the easiest way to pull them out?
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0answers
52 views

Dealing with a badly inserted wall anchor

I didn't drill the wall deep enough (4 cm or so) and inserted a wall anchor with maybe 4-5mm missing in depth. Then I screwed a screw in cause I though that the screw will help drive it in. It didn't ...
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1answer
37 views

Patio Roofing Question - Transparent corrugated pvc covering

I have recently built a free-standing patio covering that backs up to the back of our house. It is approx 24 x 14. I'm having trouble deciding what to put as a covering. First I thought the Ondura ...
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1answer
35 views

Refrigerator not cooling, freezer is cold, no ice obstruction

Yesterday, I noticed that the refrigerator portion of my unit was not cooling, but the freezer was like sub-zero. I've seen this problem before: typically it means that somebody didn't close the door ...
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1answer
48 views

Ceiling fan wiring switch question

Recently, I was replacing a fan switch at the ceiling fan on an older ceiling fan. While I had the power off, I decided to try to correct some wiring at the wall switches. The light switch at wall ...
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0answers
23 views

Electrical Meter?

How do I determine if my electric meter will accommodate an older 2 BR mobile home (already on the meter & I think is a 50 amp) and an additional small RV with 30 amp ?? OR what would I need to ...
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0answers
15 views

closed stair treads to open end stair treads

Question I currently have a wall on the left no wall on right but the actual stair tread are enclosed. My plan is to remove the skirt from right and have open stair treads and returns. Do i need to ...
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1answer
18 views

wiring a motion light from a switch

I have power from an outlet, to a light, then to a switch. I want to wire my motion light into the switch for constant power. I have a red/black wire on the switch and a black/white wire on the ...
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1answer
25 views

Double window has play when pushed on

My son bought a house that has a window like this one. When I push in the center from the inside, there is some play of a quarter of an inch or so at the bottom (and the top I presume). Maybe more. ...
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0answers
32 views

Electric - turn one light on dims another room

So we have a landing light at top of stairs that has a switch at bottom of the stairs and one at the top. When this light is switched on we can't turn the bedroom light on. However if we switch ...
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2answers
36 views

Can I cut the back off a china cabinet to convert it into a bookcase?

I would like to change this china cabinet into a built in bookcase. It is currently 16" deep, but I want it only 12" deep. Is it possible to cut the entire back off, and would it need to be put back ...
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2answers
28 views

Making box joists with OSB?

I'm looking for information on construction details and how to determine appropriate size for box joists sheathed with OSB (similar to this document that describes such joists sheathed with plywood, ...
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1answer
31 views

Questions about a broken vise

I pressed a log into a vise, which resulted in the vise breaking (more precisely the "fix part", i.e the jaw which is on the side with the wriggle broke down.) After some research, it seems to me ...
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1answer
33 views

how much can i have on a 20 amp breaker?

I have a 20 amp breaker, with two lights and a outlet in on it, (the outlet normally runs stereo equipment), can i add another outlet for a tv and a fan?
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3answers
80 views

Electrical wiring under deck

If I run electrical wiring under a deck, what conduit and strap material / grading do I need? It doesn't have to be the underground / metal materials, right? I like to build something similar to this ...
0
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1answer
20 views

How to find a deck sealant that is compatible with some old sealant that I can't find anymore

I am cleaning and re-sealing a wood deck. I have an old half-can of sealant that I would like to use up. I asked the manufacturer how to find the current product, and they told me this is the one: ...
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1answer
34 views

Foam board insulation over drywall

Guys I am living in a 500 sq ft apartment built in the 1950's and it has a south facing wall. I run the 10000 BTU AC almost 24/7 and in the afternoons the wall is very warm if not hot to the touch on ...
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1answer
56 views

Are there any restrictions for drilling holes in solid lumber joists regarding how close to the ends of the joist? [duplicate]

I've read to not drill a hole greater than 1/3 the depth of the board (I want to drill a 3/4" hole in a 12" board for wiring, so that won't be an issue) as well as not to do it within two inches of ...
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0answers
30 views

I have 2 lights on one switch. only one bulb at a time works

I have 2 lights on 1 switch. I appear to have it wired correctly. However if I put both bulbs in only one works. If I take a bulb out the other works. Doesn't matter which one I put in. Both lamps ...
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1answer
27 views

Does PoE cause interference with negihboring non-PoE Ethernet cables

I plan on upgrading my home Wireless Access Point in the near future and rather than running an extension cord to the location I was thinking about getting a WAP that supports Power Over Ethernet. My ...
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2answers
35 views

How can I make my white LED strip light warmer? [duplicate]

I recently bought warm white LED strips and installed them. Even though they are considered "warm" white (3000K), the light is very white and not close to incandescent light and it hurts the eyes. ...
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0answers
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Removing molding in space above mantel

There is a space above my mantel that has a molding trim that is 39 x 56. I would like to hang an art piece here. How can I remove this trim without damaging the walls. Also the space sounds hollow as ...
1
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1answer
41 views

Gurgling pipes after shower

After taking a shower and then flushing the toilet, we get gurgling sound in the kitchen sink. We have had the plumbing snaked which didn't help, kept happening. Then the plumber jetted the entire ...
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1answer
23 views

Air handler blower, motor, or something else?

My blower just stopped working. I have 240 volts to the motor but it won't spin. It will turn an inch or so but that's it and it tries repeatedly. Could it be something besides the blower or the motor?...
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2answers
48 views

How can I add a second light switch to a 3 gang box with 3 switches in it?

I want to add a switch to an existing light in the car port so it can be switched on and off at both ends of the car port. The existing switch to this light is in a 3 gang box connected to two ...
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4answers
58 views

Grounding Rod in basement?

I purchased an older house and when running some electronics i got a hum. Did some research and trial and error to figure out why What I came to realize its a ground problem in the old house. I have a ...
0
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2answers
18 views

Shape of logs of insect screen frame

I am about to create a frame for a mosquito net, and I have read in various places that the end of the logs of the frame should be cut diagonally, and the logs joined along this diagonal cut (see fig. ...
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1answer
24 views

Pilot light on switch comes on when light is off

First off I know the switch the works I plugged it into a different circuit where I have another one and the pilot light turned on when the switch was on. However when I have it installed in the ...
0
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0answers
13 views

Removing part of a railing to create an opening for a gate

I have a deck railing that I'd like to remove part of so I can create an opening in which I can install a gate. I see two ways that I could do this and would like some perspective on which is best. ...
0
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0answers
13 views

Frigidaire Gallery water dispenser delay/stuck on

I'm a new father and I am trying to be the man of the house and fix my fridge. :-) Basically, the water dispenser will stick while we're using it. The lever doesn't stick, but the water will stay ...
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1answer
19 views

The outlets power goes to ground when you plug something into it

I am having trouble with my outlets power going to ground from what my outlet tester is telling me. I have changed out all of the receipts on the circuit. And I double checked all of them again to ...
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1answer
47 views

Light wiring advice

hi all, what have i done wrong? I replaced like for like (or so i thought) and the light won't work? Thanks in advance
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1answer
20 views

HVAC thermostat current

What is the typical current (in mA) carried by the 24v thermostat HVAC wire bundle in a typical low voltage application? I'm using 18/7 wire.
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2answers
38 views

How can I soften the clicking sound of a light switch

I am renovating my house. The contractor has rewired my house and installed rocker switches for my lighting. The big button looks good. But flipping the switch produces a loud snapping sound. Short of ...
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0answers
29 views

Is kitchen sink drain water toxic?

I've had a partially blocked kitchen sink for a few days and have had a few dishes that have been laying in the water that's flowed up from the sink drain for a few days. These have developed a ...
0
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0answers
11 views

How to solder brass round to flat?

I want to solder a piece brass round stock to a piece of flat brass. I want the round to be sticking out of the flat like a goalpost. How would I go about doing this the right way? I was thinking of ...
0
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1answer
24 views

Applying caulk over new caulk

A few days ago I scraped out all of the old caulk around our bath, cleaned and dried the area then applied an anti-mould bathroom sealant (neutral silicone). I don't think I applied a thick enough ...
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0answers
12 views

Does WPC flooring need expansion gaps / transition strips for distances greater than 40 feet?

I know laminate requires expansion gaps every 40 ft, but wood plastic composite flooring is made of a different core, does it expand as much? The manufacturers instructions doesn't even mention it.
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0answers
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Well water issue!

Well is located a distance from house. It was mentioned to save on cost builder was considering running water lines and electric lines together in the same conduit to house. Is this safe?
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2answers
55 views

Using a receptacle tester

Bought a receptacle tester, most outlets are good, not sure how to read the outlets that have switches. Outlet 1: tester reads good, when I turn the switch off it reads open ground. Outlet 2: tester ...

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