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How accurate does a door rough-in need to be?

Having never installed a pre-hung door before, I am wondering how accurate does the door rough-in need to be? I am planning on installing a 28" bathroom door, which has a 30" rough in. After framing ...
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If i use 1 ground wire for 2 outlets, will my equipment get damaged?

If i use 1 ground wire for 2 outlets, will my equipment get damaged? Here is what i want to do: http://imgur.com/uCWO10D Can i do that?
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How can NEMA electric plug be safe ?

I'm quite scared every time I have to use NEMA plugs (I live in Japan). Coming from europe, the bottom of the two connectors is insulated This ensure that even if you touch them while plugging/...
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how can i make a garage door opener run in one direction only

I am using an old garage door opener for a school project but the motor must only run in one direction. How do I get the motor to run in one direction only?
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AC tripping power breaker

My central AC is dripping power breaker What I have checked Filters are clean I cleaned outside unit with water I put in a new capacitor It cools fine it just trips middle of night like 4am
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Ledger boad attachment

where ledger is supposed to attach to the rim joist... if you look at the pic theres a gap right under the door way... about 5 inches deep and high... the rim joist of the house is halfway behind the ...
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My master bedroom is hot! Should I install a return in my master bedroom?

Thanks for taking the time to read my question. I have a house where the master bedroom was added in during an expansion. The master sits half above unfinished basement and half above crawlspace and ...
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Can i use 1 ground wire to ground 2 outlets?

(Before I start, I am not worried about the NEC.) I have 2 outlets in my room. 1 of them has a ground wire that is run along the baseboard through the wall and down the side of my house to the ...
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How big a footer do we need for 4x4 posts on a raised 90 sq. ft. porch with roof?

We are repairing a 6'x 16' raised porch, about 5' high. We want to add a roof. How wide and deep should we make the footers for the 4"x4" posts? Should we cement them in the hole or should we use ...
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Using Both Sonoff Wi-Fi Switch and Existing Wall Switch to Control Light

EDIT: Oops, I meant to say hot/neutral for (+)/(-). I'm not completely educated in this as you can tell. ^_^;; I live in the U.S. I'm attempting to figure out if it's possible to hook up a Sonoff Wi-...
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Surge protection(Kinda) with a power bar

Apologies in advance if this is the wrong SE to post this in, but Electrical Enginnering Stack Exchange didn't look like the proper place, based on what was 'on topic' over there. Anyway, I have a ...
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Starting problem

I used my saw last week and it ran fine. Today it started and ran fine but after I shut it off it won't restart. Has new non-eth.gas,proper mix. Saw is about 20 years old but not used much
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Removing leftover laminate tile adhesive

I've got an older house that had laminate tile put down in the kitchen. I've peeled up the tile using a heat gun to reveal beautiful fir flooring underneath, but there's a sticky residue left. I'm ...
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Any tricks to extend laminate floor without having to re-lay the whole floor?

Problem: I had some old french doors removed and some new upvc bifold doors fitted. The french doors had a brick stub wall either side of the doors. My laminate floor was fitted up to the brick walls. ...
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Drywall over irregularly spaced studs - how do I secure edges?

I'm diy-ing on an 80-year old+ house, putting drywall over damaged lath and plaster (can't save the plaster because reasons). The wood lath is too weak/damaged to serve as effective backing, so I'm ...
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Repainting Exterior Doors - Grill Paint vs Appliance Paint

The exterior doors are hurricane rated and aluminum frame. I prepped the doors and repainted the first set with grill paint. I was not happy with the finish and decided to repaint the remaining ...
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door-front drain backing up

My home has a walk-out basement on the downhill side, which is two-steps down from the patio/backyard. There is also a drain covered by a wood rack. Last night, it rained very heavily for a few ...
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Applicability of cellular shades in a sunroom

I'm trying to keep my sunroom/solarium with a sloping ceiling cooler in the summer and warmer in the winter. Cellular shades seem like a good approach, but hard data is tough to find on the web - I've ...
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Foundation drain leaking?

The eavestroughs (rain gutters) on this house drain into a 4" PVC pipe system, I suspected there was a leak somewhere because of mold inside at that corner of the house. I dug down a couple of feet ...
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Wire in parallel thermostat and timer to an air extractor

as the title: i have a room with with a heat generation that i need to keep under a certain temperature. Anyhow, i want to grant a minimum of air circulation even if the temperature is not reached (...
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Drywall Under Tongue and Groove?

We've removed damaged drywall on our bathroom walls, and would like the walls to be thin tongue-and-groove planks. Is anything material except the tongue and groove required on the studs?
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Poor water Pressure in newly fitted shower mixer

We have recently had a replacement mixer installed and the pressure is unacceptably low compared to previously
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Can I connect a battery reserve to my solar attic fan?

I have recently purchased a solar powered gable fan for my attic. This fan will only work when the sun is up, but I would like a little more out of it during the early evening hours (no sun). Is ...
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Digging 4-foot drainage trench

I am contemplating digging a drainage trench to drain my gutters instead of just having them empty onto my lawn. My plan is to go down 4 feet which is the frost line here and then install perforated ...
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Fixing a toilet deceptively complicated, where did I go wrong?

I have a toilet which was both running and leaking and I tried to fix it myself. I replaced the fill valve, the flush valve and the main gasket, all with items from Home Depot. Home Depot had one ...
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High Power Bills Related to Air Conditioner

So I seem to be having trouble with my power bills (they've often been near $400 while other people in my area with a similar sized house usually get around $140), and I've isolated the issue to my ...
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How to Cover Small Window but allow Light?

I want to prevent my neighbors to see through my window but allow maximum light. Blinds are not possible there in the small one. The small window Some transparent layer/membrane could work, not any ...
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Having issues connection motion sensor

I bought an in-wall PIR switch (http://amzn.to/293hYyJ) and I'm trying to install it. The switch has 4 wires: red, black, white and green In my wall, I had 2 black wires and a green one that were ...
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Wire switch outlet combo in middle of circuit [on hold]

how do I wire a switch outlet combo, the switch is for a new light install but I want the power to continue to the next duplex outlet. Thanks. Located in Oh Switch outlet combo is Leviton. Romex is ...
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Can wallpaper be coated with a protective finish?

I want to use wallpaper as the decorative top to some nightstands I plan on making. The wallpaper by itself would probably not last too long especially with cups/glasses being set on them frequently. ...
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Where can I find the trip curve for this circuit breaker?

I have a Westinghouse Cat. No. B10 2020C Type 1 Indoor Enclosure, and I'd like to find the trip curve for the breakers. Any idea where I can find this graph?
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Power 12V air mattress pump from 5V powerbank

I would like to power 12V 32W air mattress pump from power bank. Power bank output is 5V and this is not enough (correct me if I'm wrong) I see two ways: Using DC-DC converter. I found one XL6009E1 ...
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Input voltage drop to 190v after switching over load

We have an Online-UPS connected as per the diagram. The output is given to a change-over switch. So If we want to feed the computers direct AC we switch it to Source O (Top) for bypass and if we ...
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What can cause a sink's pivot rod connector to leak water?

Background: When running water in my bathroom sink, I'm seeing a small water leak (about a drop per minute). I traced the source to the bottom of the pivot rod connector - see the red circle in the ...
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Wiring new basement lights

I'm replacing an old light with an LED. Old light is pull string so I'm adding a switch. The light is connected directly to the power box/breaker. Wiring is in conduit. So I take the old light out,...
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Toilet occasionally runs shortly after flushing

I have a Kohler canister valve toilet that is 3-4 years old. I used it this morning shortly before leaving for work. A few minutes after it finished flushing, I was back in the bathroom to finish ...
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Can I use liquid nails to attach toe plate/sill plate to concrete floor?

Sorry for my choice of words yesterday. Hope this is better explained: ground water flooded two finished rooms in my basement. Took out rotting, mildewed drywall, studs, sill plate, insulation. ...
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Can a single ground wire ground 2 outlets?

Can a single ground wire ground 2 outlets? Because i don't want to run another wire through the wall, instead i can run a wire to that other ground wire and have 2 outlets being grounded by one wire?
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Window leaks from hole in bottom of frame

See the video. I have a bad window leak. The water comes in during rainy days and makes its way from the 2nd story window to the first floor window and wall just below it. After much painful ...
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Washer & dryer lost power after the main breaker tripped

Some background. I am in a mobile home trailer type thing (not RV, this is stationary) in a mobile home park. Yesterday the main breaker tripped. This house has one on the inside in the electrical ...
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My Liftmaster (1999) garage door opener just hums won't open door

My Liftmaster Model 976 LMC Security (1999) garage door opener just hums will not open the door. The chain is okay and on the top gear as it should be. The door is wide door for a two car garage and ...
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Electrical problem with GFCI

I just bought this house, and the circuit in the garage was functioning fine. I have a GFCI and one downstream receptacle on a certain branch. There are other GFCIs on this circuit, but not in line ...
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Grout removal suggestions?

How can I remove a dried cream grout from slate tile work. My contractor wants to demo it and use something else. Not what I want to do !! It is cement grout.
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Drill hole through rock wall?

I have boulder stone foundation and would like to drill a hole through it for a gas line. How can I do this? The rocks in the foundation tend to be about 12 to 20 inches and diameter and they are ...
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How to buy the right AC for an existing wall mount sleeve?

I have a non-working GE wall mounted AC. I am looking to remove the chasis and purchase an AC that will fit this sleeve. I looked up the GE AC model to see if there were similar models I can buy to ...
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GE Profile Refrigerator creating Ice and Water slowly

I have a GE Profile TPX24PRBP Side by Side refrigerator. Recently the ice maker stopped making ice. I noticed the ice-maker itself was not cycling and it was making a 1-sec whirring noise (like a gear ...
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How to seal a leak in a plastic tubing connection?

I am trying to repair a leak in the plastic tubing pictured. This tubing is connected to an air conditioner's condensate pump (water runs through it whenever the pump turns on). The leak is ...

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