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Fountain maintenance / Repair

I have an outdoor in-ground concrete fountain. How can you tell if water is evaporating fast or if I have a leak? I do not see any visible cracks in the concrete basin. However, water seems to ...
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Non-Permanent Air Conditioner for Townhomes

I own my in townhome and my HOA specifies that I cannot have a through-wall or otherwise permanent air-conditioner. Additionally that window mounted units must be removed sometime in October. However ...
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question about main vs load

Is it legal to have 100 amp main and have a total of 185 amp breakers on one side and 140 on the other? My daughter had a fire in her attic and was told the main didn't match the load.
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New Toilets Not Flushing Properly

Installed two American Standard 1.6 GPF toilets this weekend. They both worked well at first but on day two they would work for one or two flushes then stop. I ran the auger through every drain in the ...
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What is this thing inline with my dryer vent?

Just bought a condo with appliances included, and the dryer is underperforming. Went to check the vent hose and saw this:
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Low Water Pressure on Sprinkler system

The issue I'm having with my system started after I hired a landscaper to redo my yard. The front yard has 4 stations, station 1 stays on constantly now, not allowing enough pressure for the others. ...
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Heating element for Kenmore dryer

I cracked the ceramic piece that connects the wires to the heating coil while replacing my heating element in my dryer. It is working, but I am wondering if it is safe? Any comment?
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Chattering contactor, what should voltage be when AC is on/off?

I have a Nest thermostat that I believe is the culprit of this issue. I've already replaced the contactor once and now the new one is chattering and not kicking the AC on. When the AC is turned off, ...
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Hardwood flooring installation, first row question

I am about to install engineering flooring for my living room. At first, I plan to start based on wall A (the longest wall, please see image below). However, there is a projection (or indentation, ...
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Do paint fumes affect electronics?

I'm planning on painting a home office but I don't want to have to move all my equipment out of the room. If I keep my equipment inside and move it all to the center of the room will the fumes affect ...
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Why does my garbage disposal have a 3 way switch?

In my house I have what seems to be a plain two wire + ground flip switch for the garbage disposal. I need to replace the switch because we added backsplash tiling and want to better match the color. ...
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How to seal sump pit with removable cover

Just moved into a new house and bought new sump pump with battery backup. The old pit liner is about 4" below floor level and the pit is 16" wide. the top is a mess as you can see from pix. I want a ...
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How do I pour concrete in an existing garage?

My garage had extremely poor flooring. I've removed it and dug down 11". I plan to use a plate compactor on the dirt, add 4" of crushed rock, compact that, add 2" of sand, wet that, wait for it to dry ...
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How do wire this 2-gang dimmer switch?

I'm trying to fit a dimmer switch in my living room. I have two pendent lights controlled by a single wall socket with two switches one for each light. My property is a new build and in the UK. So ...
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Split system system, power consumption, Australia

Can someone please explain to me how power consumption works on my split system unit? I had a read of the main unit outside and it says: "Maximum input-2.32kW/10.2A" Capacity: "Cooling- 4.40-4.40kW" ...
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Options for Kitchen Floor/Dining Room Floor Height Differences

I'm reflooring both my kitchen and the adjoining rooms. The kitchen will be tile and the Living Room/Dining Room will be engineered hardwood. I'm going down to the joists in the kitchen because the ...
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Which Product to Use for Repairing My Drywall

Can someone recommend which product I should use in this case?... I removed the backsplash tile in my kitchen and, in doing so, some of the tiles also pulled the top layer of drywall off along with ...
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Tips for nailing aluminum fascia cover

I noticed the other day while replacing some shingles that the aluminum covering my fascia board was bent a bit. I think part of the problem was I sparingly used the soffit nails to attach it, and ...
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painting process for outside wrought iron

I have just purchased new wrought iron rockers for my front porch. They will get morning sun so sun probably is not an issue. I want to add color to the rockers. What do you suggest? I'm sure ...
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How do you get rid of flies that like to hang out on the side of my house in the sun?

Each year as it gets nicer outside, I begin to find flies congregating in the sun on the side of the house just outside our patio door. It tends to be a nice sunny place for them. I do not have a ...
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Wired internet from a single router to several different rooms in an apartment

Here is what my apartment layout looks like: The router will be where the arrow points, the little jack icons are (shockingly enough) where I want ethernet jacks in each room. The apartment is ...
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Adding rebar to deck footings and piers?

I've heard a few people mention adding rebar to deck footings and piers to make them stronger, but I haven't been able to find any details on how exactly to do this. Is it sufficient to just hammer ...
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Cutting Ceramic Glass Glazed Tile

I have some glass glazed ceramic mosaic tile that I will soon install as our new kitchen backsplash. The tiles are 4" x 4", with pre-scoring into 1" x 1" mosaics with a grout line of 1/16". They are ...
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My apartment has a bouncy floor, but it's the only one

While we're waiting for an official inspection, I wanted to get some Internet experts' opinions. I live in the 3rd-floor apartment of a building with two other units below me, all with virtually the ...
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Electric range spark and house fuse blown multiple times

I have this electric kitchen range for 3 years. Yesterday, when cooking, there was a spark in the back and the home's fuse was blown. On turning things back, it worked for a few hours, and again a ...
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Is there a way to find rebar in concrete walls?

I was wondering if there is a way to find the tie rods and also plastic electrical conduit in concrete walls. In Ecuador all walls are made from poured concrete and plastic conduit is run. But it all ...
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Question on finding studs

I'm trying to find studs along my wall and have been successful except for the wall corners which have me confused. I am using a magnet to find the studs which is working well. However, along the wall ...
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Electrical box - What are all these wires?

I want to install a light fixture on a box that's in the ceiling. I opened it up and I saw WAY MORE wires than I expected. I expected just a green, black and yellow wire. Here are two photos of the ...
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moving an outlet and switching it to a GFI

I have an existing outlet that is connected and works fine but it needs to be moved because I am adding kitchen cabinets. My question is this the outlet has 3 white wires and two black wires connected ...
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Building Patio - Pavers against siding solution?

I used crushed gravel as a base for patio. I'd like the patio to get as close as possible to the house but am realizing that it may not be good to put the pavers right up against the siding. The ...
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Electrical Wire

I ordered guage 8 wire for residential electrical connection from the watt meter to the circuit breaker box. I received guage 8 wire with very fine (hair-like) strands,not solid as I expected. Can ...
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Waterproofing wood paneling in a shower

In my (cheap!) apartment there was only a bathtub. It has wood paneling (the super-thin stuff that's in every cheap place) all around. My landlord put in a shower by replacing the tub spout with a ...
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Bathroom vent installation

What kind of contractor do I call to have a bathroom vent installed? I also need a vent put in above my stove. Thanks
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Hanging DIY Shelves - Screw Selection

My wife wanted to have thse DIY shelves hung. http://7thhouseontheleft.com/2014/01/diy-restoration-hardware-inspired-shelving/#.VbqLZ_lVhBc In our haste to match everything, we purchased the ...
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Exchanging air in basement

Live in nepa, have goodman 4 ton heat pump w/propane back up. Foam insulated about 1200 square feet that I want to heat. I am at the end and ready to put up the dividing wall.I have 2 returns and 3 ...
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5 TOn Goodman packaged unit on roof turning on and off randomly

With the thermostat on cool and manual the unit (fan + compressor) will turn on sometimes right away and sometimes after hours. Then it'll run for either minutes or hours before turning off, either ...
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AC fan not turning on. It's silent

Replaced the capacitor 2 weeks ago because AC (Lennox) outside fan was not running, blowing in warm air. And the unit started working. Then again yesterday (95F outside) same thing. Replaced the ...
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How to properly remove water and debris from basement window well?

I was recently washing my house and noticed that a significant amount of water has collected in two of my basement window wells. Unfortunately I cannot simply pump this water out as it is mixed with ...
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shower in main bathroom

The water pressure is very slow only in this plumbing area of the house.The hot & cold water stems are pressure fittings.Is there a way by taking the handles off & ajusting the pressure from ...
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How will concrete fill in?

So I am pouring some footings for a deck I am building and my current plan is to dig a hole that is 18" wide and 18" deep. I'm then going to suspend a sonotube about 6 inches above the bottom (using ...
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Newly framed bathroom wall not square, how bad will the tile look?

I'm in the middle of a new bathroom install and have hit a bit of a snag with a bathroom wall being out of square. This bathroom was just framed from scratch, and as you can see from the attached ...
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About AMPs and its importance [on hold]

If I have to choose between a machine A and B operating at 13amp and 18amp respectively, which one would you advice me to pick and why?
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Replacing ceiling vent cover

I need to re[place the ceiling vent cover but the screw holes of the new cover Do Not line up. One screw goes into the existing hole but the other screw only will go into the drywall and then it hits ...
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Electrical outlet right above sink

I recently moved into a unit of a 4 plex in Ontario, Canada. This thing scares me: Is an electrical outlet allowed to be above the sink like that? Was it ever allowed? It it something that ...
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Is there a way to turn on the air conditioning only on certain days?

We're looking for a way to turn on the air conditioning at our camp, say on a Thursday night, so that it will be cool when we arrive on Friday evening, but to shut it off if we don't go to the camp ...
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Furniture calculations

I make camp furniture. I have been using pine for quite some time, but would like to shift to hardwoods. My questions is thus: How do I determine the equivalent strengths between 2 boards? For ...
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Can I split my electrical mains in two so I can have an independent meter in my outhouse?

Can I have my electricity supply split into two, so that I can have an independent meter in my outhouse, from my existing supply?
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Penetrating walls with two cables

I am planning to run both coaxial and cat5e cables from my basement to my (finished) attic, along the outside of the house. I'm trying to figure out the best practice. If it were a single cable, I ...
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Are cleats/brackets for attaching timber to brick available in different sizes

(Based in the UK) I am building a fence on top of a low wall by attaching 100mm fence posts to the brick wall and then attaching my fencing to the posts. My problem is this the fencing is quite heavy ...
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How do i get vinyl tile off of plywood flooring

I am in the process of removing vinyl tiles off of a cheap plywood looking floor in my bathroom. I am not sure how long they have been there but it's not just the adhesive I am having a problem with. ...

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