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Fence and automatic gate solution

The houses on our block have their garage access in a back alley parallel to our street. We have a driveway in the alley that is ~35' wide and about 18' deep. (The garage is only about 17' wide and ...
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Old bathroom gas heater - how to cap it off?

Our bathroom has a very old gas heater...it has a cast iron grill and I believe a ceramic element. Here is a picture from Pinterest of a similar one...this is not my bathroom. You can see the gas ...
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Powerboard overload switch melted

We came home last night to find one of our powerboards had melted/caught fire: https://imgur.com/a/OzuAN/all. Pretty scary! Now I'm not 100% sure on what happened but I believe that there was an oil ...
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Ground rod for detached sub panel

My contractor sunk a length of rebar in the footing of my shop to be used as ground rod for the sub panel. I'm not sure but I suspect its just a 10 ft. length of rebar, and isn't tied into the rest ...
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Moisture damage in bathroom ? How to fix this?

DIY newbie here. Please look at the first picture. I have this all over the bathroom, possibly because I did not use the exhaust fan while taking showers over the years. How do I fix it ? I am ...
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LG TROMM washing machine says door is open but it is closed

I suspect it is some kind of mechanical or electric connection that is not working but am at a loss on how to find out how to fix it. It is a few years old but works fine. I sometimes get it to ...
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Filling a chain link fence end post with concrete

I have a 6 foot chain link fence. The end posts that come up to my house are set in concrete and do not move at the base but they still tend to wobble a bit near the top because of the height. I would ...
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Electrical wiring question for instant water heater

I am installing a point of use Chronomite SR-20L/240 HTR 240-Volt 20-Amp SR Series Instant-Flow Low Flow Tankless Water Heater. https://www.amazon.com/Chronomite-SR-20L-240-HTR-Instant-Flow/dp/...
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Black paper layer in attic…what is it's function and how do I patch it?

I just went up into my attic (house was built in 1939) and found that there is black paper on the 'walls'. Part of the reason for going up is to find out the back of holes that my electrician made ...
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Wiring second breaker panel

I have a 100 amp service running from meter base to new garage, that's completely wired. Now, I'm going to run from garage to new house under construction. I want to use another one hundred amp ...
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Garage door opener won't stop opening due to lack of mesh, why?

A piece in the gear set of my garage door broke, so I installed a replacement drive train. However, after putting everything back together and trying it, the chain ran into the limit at the top (open)...
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Home receptacles measure from 24 to 96 volts

I have a home that is about 14 years old so it is better than the knob-and-tube wiring in my last home. However, there are no less than three receptacles in the house that couldn't be used as the ...
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Two 3-way dimmers on 6 LED lights - lights blink when on

I wired 6 LED ceiling lights, and I want to control it from two sides, so I used 3-way dimmers on both sides. Everything works, I can dim the lights from both sides, but they blink. I wired a 3-way ...
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Cheap & Effective Way to Soundproof Windows

I am looking to soundproof my home from the busy road that is in front of it. The roads are concrete not asphalt so the tires make a substantial amount of noise since the speed limit is 40mph. I ...
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Adhering something to a porous surface

I have been thinking about adhesion recently and, more specifically, have been thinking about adhesion to porous surfaces. I am a big fan of being able to adhere things together, on flat surfaces, ...
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Product & technique recommendation to trim this door

So I had a new retaining wall built for the walkout from my basement, and there is a small gap (about an inch) between between the door frame and the wall. Currently it is filled with spray foam that'...
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How to correct a twist in a 2x4?

I making a work bench surface and after putting the boards together in a rectangle I noticed a twist in one of the 2x4s. The result is that it will not lay flat anymore. Will adding joists help ...
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How to wire this dimmer switch

My metal wall box has line, load, and neutral wires, which I've identified. My understanding: Line goes to black on the switch. Load goes to red on the switch. Where do I attach the green (...
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How to isolate a baseboard heater circuit, drain, purge?

I am renovating a kitchen and in the process have a need to remove a baseboard heater from a wall that will now occupy cabinets. The removal is straightforward and will take 10 minutes tops. However I ...
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moving electric water heater to old shower cove

doing extensive remodeling of a small (1400 sq ft) house. I want to move the electric water heater to an old shower cove. Getting the wiring there will be easy (its about 5 feet away and all the walls ...
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Is it necessary to discharge the capacitors on an AC condensor?

I intend to replace the capacitors on my house air conditioner condenser. This video claims that discharging the capacitors is not necessary, because the circuitry will discharge through the fan ...
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Does a French drain need to terminate above ground?

I'm in central Florida (lots of rain and sandy soil), and have had drainage issues around my house. I'm putting in french drains to resolve this. As shown in the image below, the drain (red) will be ...
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Am I required to use footings when building a deck or can I just have the posts resting on the ground? (Wisconsin)

I want to build a deck for my house but I don't really want to dig holes and pour concrete for the footings. Can I just build the deck on ground level using something like this to support the posts? ...
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Using aluminum to mold drywall mud

I need to do an unusual molding of an outer corner which has plaster on one side and exposed brick on the other. I need to make the plaster side flush with the brick along the edge where it's now ...
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Can I install a sprinkler system timer underground?

I have a 4-zone sprinkler system. I had a construction crew at my house, and it appears they cut 1 of the 5 wires before pouring new concrete on top. Therefore, only 3 of the 4 sprinkler zones work. ...
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Why do I get hot water from the cold side of the faucets

I get steaming hot water downstream of any faucet being used. How can this happen?
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How far to rough in sink

When roughing in a sink, how far should I extend the 1.5" PVC into the room (i.e. through the drywall). Seems like if it goes past the framing, the drywallers are going to have to cut the hole before ...
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Is there any reason not to tile right over a freshly-laid block-and-beam subfloor?

The block-and-beam method of building subfloors is very popular in the UK: Once the blocks are laid, typically a thin bed of mortar or concrete is troweled or poured on top to secure everything. I ...
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Dryer Cord will not go in all the way

I just moved to a new construction house. I brought my four-prong dryer cord along from my previous house and it matches up perfectly. But when I try to plug it in, it goes in about half way and will ...
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Breaker lets more Amps then its max

The last few day's I had the main breaker triped a few times, I checked the amps with a multimeter and when the central air conditioner turns on it draws 150! amps for 1 second and then goes down to ...
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Can some wet/dry vacs indeed continuously pump water?

I understood recently that a wet/dry pump (a "shop vac", that is, though not necessarily from that brand) functions by creating a vacuum in an air-tight chamber. The vacuum sucks in anything near the ...
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Fan motor wires [on hold]

I have a new fan motor with brown, brown and white, white, and black wires. I want to splice these to the old cord and plug, but the old cord wires are green, red, brown and black. Can anyone please ...
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How can I replicate a ceiling texture with parallel lines surrounding irregular areas?

Could someone tell me what type brush or instrument was used for this knockdown texture?
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What size wiring and what type breaker should I use for wiring an above ground pool?

I'm installing an 18'X33'X52" above ground pool. I need to run two circuits from my panel to the pool. The run will be approximately 300' with about 75' buried. What size wiring and what type ...
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Gas stove/oven.. Not heating up correctly

Doesn't seem to be getting enough gas. You can only use one burner at a time. Oven glows but does not hear up..
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Unused red fan wire

We replaced a fan that required the three wires, white, black and red with one that is controlled by a remote and only uses the white and black wires. My question…since there’s a light switch that ...
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How often should I clean the drains in my house?

we moved into our house three years ago. The drains were new, and now three years after I'm interested if we should cleen them.
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New GFCI plug but no power?

Installed new 15A GFCI wall plug. Green light is on but no power is available. What do I do?
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Foul smell in bathroom, ONLY when air conditioning is NOT blowing/running

There is a smell in an interior bathroom with no windows. The tub is rarely used. When I noticed the smell, I got on my hands and knees to sniff everywhere, stuck my head in the toilet tank, shoved ...
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Can cold bond be connected to ground rod?

I am updating the main breaker box and want to sure everything is done properly according to the NEC. Can I run one ground wire (4) from the panel to the grounding rod and then another wire (4) from ...
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Laminate across multiple rooms, help!

I have to install laminate (actually it's click luxury vinyl planks) across multiple rooms in the basement (and some steps) without transition. I have laid laminate in single rooms before, but this ...
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How can I make the Garage Door Butler Automatic door closer work with my “newer” opener

Trying to add the Garage Door Butler automatic door closer (with a second wired button) to an Overhead Door brand Odyssey 1000 with codeblocker technology. I understand that most newer garage door ...
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How NOT to use a power drill [on hold]

While I know how to operate a power drill in general, I am wondering which things I should avoid of doing to it, in order to get the best out of the drill. I am thinking of avoiding the drive to get ...
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How to sound-proof a room with minimal budget

In my house, I have a room upstairs in which I frequently do videocalls. The problem is that when I talk my family can hear everything downstairs, which is very annoying for them. So I would like to ...
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Is there an approximate substitute for a Torx T40 bit?

I needed a Torx T40 bit for a job, but that bit was missing from my toolbox. I didn't want to strip the bolts (they were fastened tightly over a decade ago), so I had to wait until I could get the ...
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Can you lay hardwood on concrete floor using mortar and grout?

Is it possible to lay wood planks on tile mortar and grout in between with 1/8" gaps, like you would tile. I have a concrete slab sub floor that is all above ground level. I live in North Central ...
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google street view for inside [on hold]

I'll like to present my apartment to my parents which live at a great distance from my place and ask for their advice in the process of restoration and making the place more friendly and accessible ...
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Is this a load bearing wall? Please help

I have a commercial space I am working on and would like to open up the wall between two rooms its a single story building, flat roof, concrete flooring. one room is 400 sq ft and the other is 600sq ...
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3 way dimmer on 4 way circuit

I have a 4 way circuit with 6 total switches light switches. One is a dimmer switch. The other 5 switches only work properly when the dimmer switch is on. If the dimmer switch is off the other toggle ...

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