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Receptacle not working

I have a receptacle that notoriously trips a breaker. However this time the receptacle stopped working as in nothing plugged in will work but will work everywhere else, and it did not trip the ...
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2answers
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Connecting Washing Machine Outlet Box to copper

I've done a search and nothing particularly relevant came up so... I'm in the process of moving the washer and dryer in our new house and trying to figure out how to mate the valves in the ...
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GFCI receptacle

I just installed a GFCI outlet in my bathroom thats directly connected to the light fixture switch. when i turn power back on the light fixture isn't getting power and the outlet wont test. But The ...
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1answer
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Can I raise the floor of a culvert with concrete?

I have a concrete culvert under my driveway. The first pipe section on the input side has dropped about 2 inches causing water to back up into my yard. Digging up the pipe section would be ...
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how much weight can this square stock hold [on hold]

I have a 2" square stock 1/4 thick hollow. It's 210" long. It's being supported on each end by 4". How much weight can it hold in the center
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Ground preparation for deck pier block

I am planning to extend my deck, which uses pier blocks as below photo I cannot tell what's underneath this pier block because it was just dirt. There was no pour concrete for certain. So my ...
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1answer
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How to patch wood subfloor surrounded by gypsum/gypcrete?

I have a 1'x 2' of wood subfloor in a bathroom corner that is rotted as seen in the picture. It's 3/4" thick. Below it is around 22" of space and the neighbor downstair. I know that much, but I don't ...
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Supplier of metric-sized PEX in US or Canada [on hold]

Note and Update: This is not a "Google that for me question" this is a nearly impossible sizing to find in North America. I know how to Google, I know how to shop, even my plumber took weeks to find ...
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1answer
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What is the proper way to bring power to this pump?

I purchased this pump to transfer water from a holding tank in a self remodeled travel trailer up to the sink. The pump is an "on demand" style where it will pump pressure in the water line up against ...
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Does a receptacle have to supply the max current that it is rated for?

Suppose you come across a L5-30R (120V, 30A receptacle) somewhere. By spec, can you assume that there will be 30 amps at it? Follow up: if you come across a L6-30R (250v, 30A), does it have to ...
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4answers
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How to level out or grind down concrete basement floor?

I had a french drain installed in my basement and the top of its cement sits around 1/8" to 1/4" of an inch higher then the rest of my basement floor. I need to somehow level this out so I can put ...
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1answer
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Which approach is more efficient and fast for warming up the room with a fan heater?

Let's imagine we would like to design a fan heater to warm a room as fast as possible and efficient of course. Two possible approaches are: if the heater starts to work with the maximum power, and ...
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1answer
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Can I install an air gap faucet instead of a basic air gap with my dishwasher?

We are installing a new dishwasher and trying to figure out the air gap situation. I know we need one, but I'd love to find a more functional alternative to a basic air gap. I don't think we would ...
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1answer
29 views

All-around header dimensions for external wall

Putting in two small windows as part of our kitchen remodel (21" x 31"). They are going in an exterior gable wall, framed with 2x6's. I can't get a straight answer from anyone about what "size" ...
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2answers
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How do RH/RC/R and Y/W relate for HVAC?

I have the following notes for HVAC (that I've compiled from reading through here): Thermostat wiring: C low voltage power wire that brings power from heating/cooling equipment to thermostat ...
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Inside of shower water valve [on hold]

Is the inside of the valve body smooth or does it have ridges. Mine has two ridges instead of being smooth. Should I grind it smooth or leave it?
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1answer
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How to hook up thermostat C wire?

I would appreciate a sanity check/advice from this community. I plan to install a Wifi thermostat (likely a Honeywell) that requires a C wire in a house built in 2005. It's propane forced air plus ...
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2answers
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Should cement be placed under concrete slabs for driveways or is sand enough?

I am about to get my driveway full slabbed using normal concrete slabs like below (i will be using rectangle slabs as opposed to square). The builders that came to give me an estimate said it would ...
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1answer
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Is there any problem using brass screws to fit zinc hinges?

I have a set of brass screws that fit the zinc hinges and in the interests of not wasting money and resources, I thought I could just use them together. I realise that they may look a bit odd, but ...
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1answer
33 views

Best way to run 40 lan cables in loft style office [on hold]

I have a project to run around 40 lan cables in loft style office. The office don't have any conduit attached to ceiling at all. The location of RJ45 Jacks is multiple. I wonder what is the best nice ...
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1answer
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Air conditioning with exhaust fans between two rooms

I'm renovating a space where there will be a partition of 2 rooms (3m height, dimensions are approximates, high humidity location, 23-34degC avg outside temp) Room 1: 5x7m Room 2: 2x7m Room 1 will ...
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1answer
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Ceiling fan noise is it normal or abnormal?

I recently installed a new ceiling fan in my bedroom . A Case Endeavor fan. It wobbles a little bit, really a 'little' (maybe it is me) so I've been attempting to balance it . However the larger ...
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1answer
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Does it take long time to turn AC unit around?

I am wondering if it can take a full day of work to turn around AC unit like in this post . Must my new air conditioning unit be 3 feet from the wall (or positioned backward)?
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What's the best way to cut through this wall?

I am adding insulation+drywall between open rafters. What's the best way (tool, blade/bit, technique, other advice) to get through these wall layers for ventilation? (I'll put mesh and grilles over ...
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Can plexi glass be used as a railing for a residential building?

Can someone cite safety regulations or building code specifications (for decking) that exclude the use of plexiglass, specifically for use as a railing material? Thank you in advance!
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2answers
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How do I find a break in my ground wire?

My last bedroom has three outlets, and are all showing "OPEN GROUND" from my tester. The third one is adjacent to the other bedroom, and that outlet is also showing "OPEN GROUND". The others in that ...
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1answer
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3-way switch AND sgl pole dimmer in one gang [on hold]

I have a problem...I only have room for a single gang box. Currently a 3-way switch resides there. We need to add a single pole, dimmer switch to the box. Isn't there a fan switch that would house ...
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1answer
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Sealing Ceiling holes

I am renting a very small townhouse that has termite issues. At certain times of the year (termite season) I get dropping coming into my bathroom, laundry room and now kitchen. I have told the ...
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0answers
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Range hood exterior vent close to window?

I'm looking to install a vented range hood for the electric range in my kitchen. The kitchen has only one outside wall, which is mostly window, with a cast-iron radiator and a chimney for my ...
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6answers
54 views

Temporarily filling a hole with a shim

I have two 3" x 3" square holes on a sports court. They are around 2' deep. They take two long poles that support a net. When the poles are not in the holes they fill with water when it rains ...
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44 views

Asbestos? What do you think?

I originally thought so, but now I'm not so sure. Thoughts? It was located around HVAC vents.
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0answers
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Drainage problem

I built a room to my existing house which created a pitch on the roofline. When it pours rain, the water pools under my window and seeps into my house. I have put up gutters and also a rain ...
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Skip pre-soak cycle of Whirlpool bloom 360 8kg [on hold]

Whirlpool would not provide support for my location when I enquired about this, so I hope someone here could help me out (I understand this may be abit off topic, was my last resort). All the ...
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How much extra decking to order to allow for offcuts

I'm ordering decking for my deck and I'm wondering how much extra I should order to allow for the variation in length of the supplied decking? For example my deck is 4100 x 4500 and the decking timber ...
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3answers
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Are these blue spots on stove coil cups poisonous Verdigris?

I live in the USA and have one of these stoves: For me who comes from Europe, the design of these stove tops always baffles me compared to flat (metal or glass) stove tops seen across Europe (it ...
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0answers
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Garden light connected to main lounge light stopped working

I have recently moved into a new property and all light fittings came with no shaders/were pretty basic. I have then proceeded to (safely) remove the light fitting of the living room, replaced it with ...
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3answers
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removing tree roots without stump grinder

I am installing a sprinkler system in my backyard but a thick tree root is crossing a pipe path. This tree was actually removed last year (cut & stump grinding) and the tree roots are the ...
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can I use AC top cover for Trane XR16

My contractor installed this system yesterday, at my property: "Trane T4TTR6060C1000A RX16 5 TON XR16 A/C 16 SEER rating R410A". ...
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2answers
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Spot light LED bulbs (MR16) flash once when turned on. If I put 1 normal halogen in then it solves the problem. Why?

I have 5 spot light bulbs in my bathroom. All use MR16 connection. I replaced them all with 5w LEDs and when I turn on the switch they flash once then go off. If I remove one so there's only 4 then ...
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Must my new air conditioning unit be 3 feet from the wall (or positioned backward)?

My contractor installed this system yesterday, at my property: "Trane T4TTR6060C1000A RX16 5 TON XR16 A/C 16 SEER rating R410A". Everything is working fine. I just do not like aesthetically how he ...
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1answer
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Why is my 3 way switch suddenly not working?

I just replaced the switches on a 3 way light fixture and wired them exactly how they were from the wall before. When I turned the power back on everything worked fine and the 2 switches activated ...
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1answer
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Dead circuits with breakers across from each other

I have 4 dead circuits which were intermittent off/on at first- now dead. The 20 amp dual tandem breakers are across from each other in the breaker box. The breakers/circuits above and below the ...
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2answers
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Shower Light connected to bathroom ventilation fan. Does it need GFCI?

I am going to attempt to make this as clear as possible. In my bathroom, there is a switch that directly controls only the bathroom ventilation fan. I would like to add a recessed light over the ...
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How can I fix the issues I'm having with large double gates?

I have a privacy fence in my backyard that includes a large double gate. It was built maybe a year and half ago. The whole span is about a 11' 4" opening. The gates to meet in the middle with double ...
2
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2answers
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Is is possible to have “bad” electricity in your home?

I live in a small 5-unit condominium building in a city and have noticed that light bulbs are constantly popping well ahead of their anticipated shelf life and other electronic equipment (most of it ...
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1answer
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Vented soffit under bay window

Background: A bay window has been having ice dam issues for the past couple of years. I think the water is coming in through the space between the gutter and the fascia. That space is just on the ...
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1answer
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Join two furniture panel - T joint

I have a built-in wardrobe without internal panels. I am planning to add some panels in it. I bought 18 mm furniture panels with melamine coated. How can I attach a horizontal panel to a vertical ...
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Patio wall ideas

I live in a townhouse that is near a park. There are some days that the park is much louder than usual and once in a blue moon they play some music which has loud bass noise. I am trying to put mass ...
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1answer
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Cracks in deck supports

I have a deck supported by 6x6s. Two of which seem to be developing some sizable cracks. Should I be concerned? Can I repair / reinforce the posts?
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What could be causing my Thermostat “R” wire to only be 8 VAC?

I am trying to install a Nest thermostat. It says Rh not powered. I checked with a meter and I get approx 8 VAC reading. What could be causing this? The furnace itself ain't pretty. Update: ...

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