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Fluorescent light shuts off

I am having a problem with a tube fluorescent light that turns on and works fine for a while then shuts off. Sometimes if I turn off the switch and wait a few minutes, it will come back on when ...
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What's better for outside trim- treated pine 1x4 or painted/primed yellow pine in Houston?

Which is best choice? Contractor says pressure treated pine does not hold paint because it might still be wet. He prefers primed and painted yellow pine. This is for a rental. On my home I live in, ...
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Can I mix latex paint into concrete

would like to color concrete mix can I use outdoor latex paint to mix in with the concrete?
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water heater repair

Ihave an on demand water heater i have 3 40 amp breakers in sub pannel as that is what it calls for ,but only a 100 amp in main panel feeding sub panel.would this cause no hot water the lights are on ...
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How to fix falling out electric socket?

I've a Type C electric socket that not holds solidly in a wall slot. It uses metallic lateral ears and a pair of screws which controls their angle to hold itself into a wall socket. Wall socket is ...
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Can GFI breakers or GFI outlets allow grounded outlets to be used?

I have a 1963 house in Texas with Square D breakers and mostly duplex plugs. All metal outlet boxes. However, there are 8 romex style cables (12-2 with ground) tied to the breakers in the service ...
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Protecting a wood bathroom floor

We recently had our house renovated and two of the bathrooms now have bare wooden floors. At some point I'll get round to putting down tiles or vinyl but for the time being what should I do to protect ...
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10 AWG or use existing 8 AWG

My new built in oven uses a 30 amp/10AWG wiring connection. My old oven is a 40 amp/8 AWG wiring. Is it possible to use this connection with just switching a breaker?
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frost proof sillcock install at the steel plate the possible?

frost proof sillcock install at the steel plate the possible? And frost proof sillcock price, please let us know. I want to make sure that buying a frost proof sillcock in korea.
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frost proof sillcock installation [duplicate]

I am going to use on marine vessels fixed, please let us know whether the steel plate And with the price, please let us know. I want to make sure that buying a frost proof sillcock in Korea.
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making and existing concrete step taller

I have a step down out the back door of my house and the first step down is way too far down, about nine and a half inches. ...
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Adding a C/Common wire to HVAC system

So I'm looking for some help in identifying where I can attach a C/Common Wire to my HVAC system, but unfortunately my system doesn't have a control board that I can easily attach a powerkit to. For ...
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How noticeable should the seam be on a quartz counter install?

This is my first question on the DIY stack so be gentle with me! Background We just had new quartz counters installed in our kitchen renovation. We have done everything else our selves, but we ...
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vintage lockset missing parts

I'd like to get this lockset back into working order on a vintage 1-3/8" interior door with 2-3/8" backset, but do not know which parts are missing are where to get them on the cheap (Portland ...
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replaceing a toggle switch for EXHAUST fan for small bathroom with a rocker switch

I have a bathroom with two SEPARATELY TOGGLE switches;one for the light and one for the exhaust fan.I have updated the light switch with a dimmer/motion sensor rocker style switch. NOW my question is ...
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Bathroom Reno started but contractor got ill, what should I do

My contractor is in hospital but he has been sending guys to finish the work but they are not as skilled as he is. How difficult would it be to find someone to take over the job? I know it will be a ...
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Electric water heater on water off 6 months will water heater be ok?

Electric water heater is on but water main is off will this damage water heater if water is off 6months ?
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Determine depth of laminate flooring

I am going to remove some, but not all, of the laminate flooring in a particular area of our home. I understand that using a circular saw set to a very shallow depth is appropriate for this, which ...
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How do I clean stains from suction cups on a shower wall (enamel)?

There are two shower stalls I've used in the recent past at different locations, and I put different suction cup based hooks, holders, dispensers etc in each them. What I believe are enamel shower ...
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Are there any penetrating sealers for concrete countertops that will darken the color?

I am in the process of grinding and polishing a pour-in-place concrete countertop. When I am done, I want to seal with a penetrating sealer. I don't want a surface epoxy or wax sealer. I like the ...
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Inheriting an alarm system in our first house

My wife and I just bought our first house and it came with an alarm system already installed. It looks like it's active but we didn't get any information on it when buying the house. What do I need ...
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Removing a vintage plastic tap head

I have plastic tap covers (kitchen sink) which need replacing as they are mouldy inside and cracked ..... but I cannot access the screw which I can see through the plastic top.... maybe they are ...
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Which wire should be capped when replacing an old 4 wire smoke alarm with a 3 wire alarm

We have to replace an old 4 wire smoke alarm, wire colours are: white, black, orange, brown, in our condo with a 3 wire smoke/co2 alarm. My question is which wire from the old system should be capped ...
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How to accurately cut plywood with unpowered hand tools?

As a beginner in woodworking I would like to build a simple box from plywood. The edges will be simply glued butt joints which means they need to be straight and smooth. When I use a hand saw I can't ...
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built in electric double oven

I live in a condo with 208 voltage, I bought a double wall oven (kitchenAid) it is rated for 240 voltage, this oven does not bake cakes and other baked goods well, they become dried on the outside and ...
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Question regarding safety of water pump without a ground wire

I am using a submersible water pump whose plug has only 2 prongs. I'm assuming the third 'ground' prong is missing. I also doubt if there is any fuse or circuit breaker inside it as it is an ...
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Does water in the water heater drip pan mean my heater is bad?

I recently noticed my drip pan had about a half-inch of water in it. I could find no water leaks around the fittings or valves. The water is slowly evaporating--very dry climate area--and the water ...
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Need guidance for venting a new rough-in for basement bathroom

I'm currently finishing my basement, and I wanted to rough-in plumbing fixtures for a future basement. I've already got the layout, but I just need to figure out the venting for the drawing for my ...
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What's the difference between “physical damage” and “severe physical damage” in the NEC?

The 2014 NEC uses "physical damage" at various points to refer to well, hard knocks, if you know what I mean. However, certain passages in the NEC, such as 358.12 point 1 on EMT: Where, during ...
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outlet works for washer but not light fixture

Light fixture works in one room but when I plug it into the outlet in the laundry room it doesn't. The washer works when you plug it in to the same outlet.
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Why are my stove's burners releasing gas and sparking but not igniting?

This seems to be an occasional problem. I turn one of the burners to light and I can smell the gas and I can see the flickering of the spark and hear the clicking, but the burner never ignites. What ...
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How to stop my washing machine from squeaking?

I own a GE WHDSR316G2WW washing machine. It was whisper-silent when new, but after a few years and several off-balance loads, it developed a persistent squeak that seemed to happen mostly when the ...
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How high can I adjust water pressure?

I have a well with a pressure tank that supplies household water. I'm replacing the pressure switch because it's old and faulty. I see that pressure switches come in 20/40, 30/50 and 40/60 psi ...
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How to cut angled pipe for a segmented/lobster back bend?

I'm trying to create a segmented/lobster back bend out of some straight sections of 200mm diameter acrylic pipe, like so: As you can see the bend is made from two types of parts: Part 1, which is a ...
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can I replace a gas wall furnace with a gas pot belly stove?

Wall furnace on interior wall with hotwater heater behind the wall. Burns open to air. Stoves I am seeing online require exhaust or be placed on exterior side wall. Am confused about my options. ...
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The reliability of inverter air conditioners in humid climates with salty sea air

I'm considering buying a new split unit air conditioner for my home. Actually, this will be for a room that is planned as a short-term rental. I'm located in Bombay, India, now referred to as Mumbai. ...
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Repainting my lanai floor

I'm painting my lanai floor and it has been painted last year but changing the color. Did one area and let it dry 24hr. and I can scratch it off/ I used the paint Home Depot sold me for concrete. What ...
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2 15 amp breakers to 1 30 amp

I have a wired garage that has 3 wire 10 gauge going in to it. In the panel this wire is hooked up to 2 individual 15 amp breakers. I want to know if i can put in a 30 amp breaker in that spot. The ...
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How do I replace a 3-way switch on 2-wire cable with a programmable timer switch?

I'm using the same Honeywell Programmable Timer from my last question, but under different conditions. In particular, I'm replacing a 3-way switch on 2-wire cable. Here is a schematic showing the ...
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Replace glass table top with a metal grid one to convert it to outdoor

I have an Ikea Granas table like this one: I don't need it anymore inside, but I was wondering if there's a way to convert it to an outdoor one. Theoretically, the table itself is glass and metal, ...
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Playhouse Structural Question

I have created a playhouse deck that is 8'x 8' and 5' off the ground. It is supported by 10' 4x4s on all four corners. I want to place a 12' beam across the top of two of 4x4s in order to place a ...
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Can I use a 1/8 water supply line for a dryer with steam refresh option?

I have a whirlpool steam refresh dryer that is not next to the washer or a water pipe. Can I use a 1/8" flexible pipe tapped into a pipe and then increase to fit on the dryer?
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Would it be entirely crazy to cover my lawn with solar panels?

I was just wondering how viable this would be and if this seemed too crazy. I have a fairly large lawn that just so happens be sloped and facing east. Assuming the city ordinances don't bar me from ...
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Can I use one of the phases in a 2-phase circuit to power a 120v appliance

I am wondering if I can take one of the phases from a 220V circuit that is used to power my cooktop, to power a 120V appliance (small wine cooler) and a 60W led light transformer. The specifications ...
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Should I be calling a plumber or someone from my water supply company to test for contaminents in my water?

I have one bathroom where the hot shower water has a sulfur-like odor to it on most days and I'd like to have someone come and check it out but I'm not positive on who to call.
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When does a sleeve become a conduit, and how much can I fit in a sleeve?

According to National Electrical Code, the conduit percentage fill table does not apply to sections of conduit used to provide protection from physical damage (sleeve). National Electrical Code ...
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Adding work shop to garage

I am planning on building a wood workshop attached to my garage. I have a 220 line already on the outside wall of my garage with two 20 amp breakers. Can I install a 60amp sub box in place of the ...
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Weight rating for 2x4 shelving

What is the weight rating for a shelf made of 2x4 (2x4 are laying vertical not flat) that are 7'Length x 2' Deep
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Any specific Transformer for Honeywell Rpls540a

Bought Honeywell Rpls740b recently. Works fine initially for a week and it went blank. Understand that it works on 110v but my house works on 220v. Probably because of this. Now would like to ...
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How can I remove bubbles in a newly laid linoleum floor?

We laid linoleum using glue but did not use a roller. It is bubbled all over. Can a roller be used after 8 hours and glue has dried? Will bubbles stay??

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