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Why does my drill stop and start working when it feels like it?

I have a makita drill that still works but sometimes stops working then starts working again. Any ideas what it could be?
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Staining my deck

I want to stain my deck with an oil based stain it is to be hot and sunny all day today 85 for a high and has been dry for last 3 days tomorrow's forcast say 70% chance of rain should I do this or put ...
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passive air exchanger on split air conditioner line

Second Stage (Passive) Exchange on Split Air Conditioning System Return Line? I am wondering if there's any chance I can harm my LARGE split air conditioner by installing a passive (parasitic) air ...
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Can you deburr copper pipes with a fitting brush?

Probably a stupid question, but I'm trying to learn how to solder copper pipes and am gathering all the tools I might need. I currently have a fitting brush like this one, but wasn't sure if it would ...
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New switch keeps tripping breaker

I am attempting to enable a light switch in a bedroom that had the wiring but had no ceiling light fixture and no switch (just blank plate). However, I am running into an issue and I want to seek ...
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Stuck tub drain

I am having trouble removing a tub. Specifically, I cannot seem to loosen the drain. I've tried a proper tub drain wrench, but it still won't budge. Any ideas how I can get this thing to loosen?
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Ryobi 18v. Lithium says fully charged but no energy

Recently I was using a Ryobi cordless drill to work on some drainage equipment. Unfortunately it caused a spill and a little water got on me and the drill. I did not think it was a lot of water (and I ...
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Help wiring Bathroom fan

I am not 100% sure how to wire my new bathroom fan, and I am looking for a little guidance. (This is for a NuTone QTN130LE1) Here are the existing wires in the attic. I have a white wire, a black ...
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getting home heat treated for bedbugs - what could be damaged?

So I was thinking about getting my home heat treated for bed bugs. That involves bringing the temperature up to 125 degrees per https://www.abchomeandcommercial.com/austin/pest-control/bed-bugs . My ...
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Electric Shock from concrete pad

MY band recently played a gig at a friend's farm. We set up on a concrete pad behind his barn. I received my first shock when I set my arm on the top of my guitar amplifier. It was a hot sunny day and ...
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100 amp disconnect

I have a 100 amp disconnect box after my meter and prior to my main box. I run 4 wires from disconnect to main. The ground and neutral are connected in the disconnect box and isolated in the main ...
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Thermostat and thermostat system for small business with several units and tenants

Am the facilities guy in a small church and pre-school. There are 8 heat pump units through out the church/schoool. Each has a stand-alone thermostat and they are all different. I would like to get ...
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Wire identification

I've been digging into an addition to my house from the early 1970s (final permit signature dated 1973). It uses individual wires in flexible conduit from the panel through the crawl space, and NM in ...
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Should I replace a GFI in my kitchen that will not reset?

I have three wall plugs fed into a 15A wall GFI. One of the outlets has a refrigerator with a two pronged plug. When plugging in a toaster oven and countertop grill the circuit tripped and will not ...
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What is the right way to run ethernet wiring and electrical wiring in a house? [duplicate]

Im currently planning to build a 2nd floor in my home, I already know how to do the electrical wiring design according to the norm, however im wondering if its possible to run the ethernet cables ...
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No waterproofing between the rim joist and ledger on new construction?

My new house is being built with a deck and I noticed that the framer has fastened the ledger directly to the rim joist without any sort of waterproofing between. The sheathing which is Zip system ...
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Tile basement bathroom over cracks without Ditra

I am tiling a basement bathroom that is 5 feet by 6 feet. It has a crack running the entire length of the bathroom as well as a small hairline crack near the toilet. I've read that Ditra is the best ...
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small rack system for my yard [on hold]

I would like to know about putting a solar rack system in my yard between four to five thousand watts. I have room for it to face south and it should not be to mutch of an eyesore for my neighbors the ...
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What could be wrong with auto-defrost system in the fridge?

Defrost system in my Whirpool french door fridge is not working. Cold area compartment gets warm a week after full defrost with the help of hair dryer while freezer keeps working normally. I checked ...
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Preventing Water Leak on Outlet

I recently moved into a new house rental and am setting up my washer & dryer. I am uncomfortable with the proximity of our hot/cold water valves to our washer's power outlet and was wondering if ...
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Can I drain a 15'x35' concrete brick patio using a floor drain connected to a 4" PVC pipe?

I am looking for a solution to drain my patio which is sloped toward one of its corners. The size of the patio is 15'x 35'and the area is Toronto (for rain volume estimation) I would like to drain my ...
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Asbestos in concrete foundation

Clear and simple: is it possible that there is asbestos in the poured concrete foundation of a US home built in 1951? I am worried about this, because I want to drill holes in the basement concrete ...
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Just installed central 4 ton fau condenser and evaporator but don't know how to install thermostat from condenser to fau to the thermostat

I installed a furnace evaporator and condenser brand goodman 4 ton unit but need to know how to connect thermostat from condenser to the furnace to the thermostat if any suggestion.
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Ideas for simple light with switch for a small aquarium [on hold]

This is a project that I would like to do with my kid. Something simple that I could pick up at Frys or similar. I need a light that goes inside my son's aquarium and is turned on by a switch and ...
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fire extinguisher selection & sizing for home use

With such a bewildering array of fire extinguisher technology available what are the considerations that one would use to select a model? Also, what's a rough sizing guideline? In addition to an ...
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Ceiling fan TURNS OFF when I TURN ON the lights

I just installed a new ceiling fan in my kids room earlier today. There are two switches on the wall. I started the day with a dimmer switch and a regular switch. Once everything was installed I ...
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Connect 1/2“ supply line to 3/8” outer diameter faucet line

I bought from Home Depot a Glacier faucet that comes with 3/8 inch O.D. supply tubes. The supply lines from the wall have an outer diameter of 1/2 inches though. How do I connect the two? This ...
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How can I stengthen the durability of my newly installed engineered hardwood floor?

I have new engineered hardwood floors, Santamaria Hardwood Flooring. The veneer is very thin. Before I move in the furniture, I would like to apply polyurethane on my new floors. Can I simply apply a ...
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programmable alarm clock [on hold]

I'm trying to buy/build a programmable alarm clock. it has to play a programmable sound at a programmable time, be small and last over a month on batteries (it will be idle 99.99% of the time). no ...
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How can I add a 3-way switch to my light? (confused about existing wiring)

I'm trying to install a 3-way switch for a specific light but I'm not sure how to do the wiring. The existing switch box has quite wires inside: 3x 12-2 1x 12-3 The hots (black) are all tied ...
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What is the difference between “Input” and “Output” values on power adapters? Which one represents the amount of power being drawn from a circuit?

I'm trying to get a rough idea for how much electricity I consume in my home office. I understand that there are a lot of ways to measure this kind of thing: Turn everything else off in all ...
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Replace cartridge of valve for shower

I have some problem with my shower, the control of cold and hot water doesnt work. My guess is that the cartridge of the valve needs to be replaced. The problem is that I dont know the brand for the ...
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Installing ceiling fan

Wiring questions. Ceiling has three wires one white one black one bare fan has four one white one black one blue one green how do I connect wires?
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How can I secure NM cable to a metal stud?

I use NM staples to secure NM cable to wood studs but I am unfamiliar with the options to secure NM cable directly to metal studs despite trying a number of different search terms. Would it be okay to ...
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Foundation drainage: try interior first and then exterior?

My wife and I are closing on a home. During the initial walkthroughs of the basement, it was clear that there was a moisture problem there, but I don't think it was clear to either of us how severe ...
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Just bought first impact driver, do I still need to pre-drill holes?

I just bought my first impact driver and I was wondering am I suppose to still pre-drill holes with a bit with my regular drill before using the impact driver when going through woods? I use to ...
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Bathtub drain Stopped up

I dropped the plastic (H) round faucet cover of. Of my bathtub faucet down my tub drain and now the water will barely drain out what do I do.
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Stanley garage opener will not work with opener

my stanley garage door opener will not open with either remote. the wall opener works fine. I have reset it and it still will not work.
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Why do my bedroom and kitchen lights switch off or on without operating them from the switch?

I connected a ceiling Fan to my En-Suit, and ever since that night, my Bedroom and kitchen lights are switching on and off at irregular intervals. But the fan is getting power from a circuit breaker ...
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Long lasting LED strips

I am planning to install LED strip light in my parents kitchen. We have a chimney that is blocking out all the light over the stove top. The things i am worried about is 1. Longevity of the lights. I ...
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How to identify an old compression stem in order to find a replacement

I have an old (circa 1920s) bathroom faucet with a compression stem that started to leak unless tightened extremely tightly. When I took out the compression stem to replace it, I found that the screw ...
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Chips in a cement brick wall - tips on what they are and how to fix

I have found my exposed basement cement wall which is about 15 x 10 in size to have quite a few areas where there is a cracked chip ranging from approx 0.5" in diameter to 2" in diameter and a few ...
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Shallow well pump going on and off too much

Shallow well pump pressure goes up to 50, then pump shuts off, even though the tap is still on. With a small, I think 2 gallon, pressure tank, usually the pump stays on until you turn off the tap. ...
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Which side of a shelf liner faces up?

I have a shelf liner that has bumps on one side and is smooth on the other side. It is non-adhesive. Which side faces up, or what are pros/cons of each? It looks like this:
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Lights flickering/ multiple breakers tripping and won't reset

I was outside yesterday when my wife called to me saying the lights in the kitchen were flickering. Next thing I know the power to the TV went out so I went downstairs to the breaker box to find that ...
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Burning candle in gas fireplace

My wife occasionally burns a candle in our gas fireplace, which we seldom (if ever) use, as it's right next to the TV alcove. That said, would there be a fire danger from any unburned paraffin that ...
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Can I use an old 50 amp circuit that was previously used for an electric stove to feed a new sub panel in my garage?

I have a 100 amp service entry which is about 40 feet from the attached garage. Currently, I am only using 50 amps to feed the house and want to use the other 50 amps to feed my garage. I reside in ...
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Can I temporarily ground an outlet in my home to use a pressure washer outside it?

Can I temporarily ground an outlet by attaching a wire to its central screw and then to a grounding rod situated outside my house? I want to use an electrical pressure washer, but it requires a ...
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Tile grout line question

I just had a shower built using 12x12 sheets of 2x2 mosaic tiles. The edges of the tile have hard edges. I didn't notice this until a couple of days after the install. What can be done to make these ...
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Is it safe to use pressure-treated wood for a workbench in my shed?

I have some leftover PT wood from building a platform for my shed. I'd like to use it to build a frame for a worktable that I can place inside that shed. It will stay dry in the shed, but the shed ...

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