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Connecting C wire to HVAC system where all the terminals are full?

I'm installing a new thermostat (ecobee Smart Si) and it requires "C" wire. I checked before I bought, and saw an unused blue wire behind my current thermostat. However after connecting everything the ...
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Install wood floor on adhesive left from old linoleum floor?

We are installing about 100 ft.² of interlocking hardwood on the floor where the linoleum peeled off but the glue adhesive is still stuck on the floor. The floor is very level, and we tried scraping ...
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washer will only wash about a minute then empties

Kenmore 800 fills normal washes about 1 minute no matter if you put it on normal,perm press delicate whatever. One minute only then empties and goes thru the rinse and spin cycles fine. Help I want my ...
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How to fix a spot on new Poly finish

I'm finishing a custom mahogany wood sill for an interior wall opening and have stained and finished it-- lightly sanding with 220 between four polyurethane coats. In the first two coats a couple ...
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building a desk, MDF or plywood? (or other?)

I'm looking at building a desk but have been reading a lot of conflicting info about which material to use. My main concern is having the desk sag at all. I will also be painting/coloring the desk. ...
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Suds back up in drain line

I have a 10 YO house with (probably) 2" vertical waste line inside the wall (plastic at top). Lately we've noticed suds foaming out of the drain at the end of the rinse/spin cycle. It does NOT leak ...
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Reading the measurement of the slop of a floor

I have been told the slope of a floor is 2.5 degrees. How does that translate to the dropping of the floor so many inches in four feet?
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Electrical junction boxes

Can an octagon fixture box that was also found to be a junction box, be closed and covered over in the ceiling after remodeling. Box not needed.
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Baseboard heater and thermostat trouble!

My baseboard heater in a bedroom quit working. I tried to replace it and the thermostat at the same time (both are 120v). Neither would work, so I tested my wires and this is what I got: ground to ...
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Aternatives for non-light-polluting flood light fixtures [on hold]

I am looking for ideas on how to cut down on the amount of light spill to neighbors by replacing or altering flood light fixtures. Can someone please provide aesthetically pleasing ideas?
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Updating thermostats to single system

I have a three floors in my house, each controlled by it's own thermostat (separate air handlers and mechanical valves on furnace). Baseboard heat. The three thermostats are controlled separately, ...
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What size panel and wiring do I need for an addition?

I am adding an addition to my house. I will be running two 20 amp heating circuits, and four general purpose lighting and receptacle ciruits. What size wire, and amp breaker do I need?
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Sill plates (thresholds) before floor tiles or otherwise?

The contractor wants to install the granite sill plates now and later have the tiles installed. I heard from one granite fellow that the sill plates should be last. Is there any advantage for going ...
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Can you re-shape an internal brick wall feature?

We have a horrible 70s style brick feature in our living room which eats into the room space and really dates the room. My OH is reluctant to remove it. There is a gas fire installed into the brick ...
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Do exhaust fans need to be cleaned regularly?

I just moved into a new house and my son and I have been experiencing tightness in the chest and asthma. When we leave the house and are out and about, the symptoms are gone. Our bathrooms have no ...
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How can I remove a stone fireplace that is attached to drywall?

I wish to remove a fireplace and the mantle above it. Can I just pry it off portions at a time or is there a better way?
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When was corrugated fiberglass first used?

I am trying to learn the history of corrugated fiberglass. I been to know in what year was it first used. What was corrugated fiberglass first used for?
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How to improve the drainage of a patio with 6“x6”x39" cement blocks used for edging?

The patio looks like in the picture. I have no idea if this is standard practice but it looks dumb to me. There is a very small space between blocks and that is filled with dirt. Virtually the patio ...
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How do I fix a wrapped seatbelt? [migrated]

I've got a carseat that has a looped seatbelt and I have fought with it for the last hour. I don't want to send it in, I want to fix it myself. Anyone have any advice?
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Is it safe to use barn wood indoors for furniture, trim, walls and ceilings?

I am renovating a farm house built in the late 1800's. I am planning on tearing down the barn from the same era and using some of the wood to finish trim etc. I believe the moisture content is good 7 ...
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What could be causing a dripping noise in the ceiling?

There is a dripping noise coming from the vent in the ceiling, but no drip has been detected. It comes and goes. We are still using air conditioning in Louisiana. Could it be the result of cycling ...
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What size cable should i run for my split system air con unit [on hold]

I wish to run a cable ready for my split system before I gyprock What size cable should I run from the switch board to the outdoor unit to make it ready.
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How would a professional flash this?

I could really use some professional advise here. I removed a piece of rotten trim I found while cleaning the gutters. The problem is pretty apparent in the photos with the gutter removed. Water ...
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How can I intentionally make my toilet make this noise?

For Halloween I want to haunt my toilets and have them make the noise heard here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6S0zewtkqso How can I do that? I think I would just need to cut a slit in a rubber ...
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What could cause reoccurring leaks in a hot water pipe?

I have a 12 year old house. The past couple of months a couple of hot water pipes have sprung pin-hole leaks at the solder joints. This has happened on four separate occasions. I've had three ...
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Recommended screw fastener length

Is there an industry standard for recommended screw lengths to fasten to pieces of material together? For instance, if I need to fasten a piece of 3/4" plywood to a vertical brick wall, how long ...
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What should I do about water filling the excavation for a house's foundation?

I live in Duluth, Minnesota. As stated, I am putting a new foundation on my house. When the contractor was excavating, they hit water. They are constantly pumping this water out. I now have 2 new ...
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Can I use a cantilever TV mount the other way around?

I'd like to mount my TV above my fireplace, but I think it will be too high for prolonged watching. So, I thought - could I use a cantilevered mount, but in the other orientation, so that the screen ...
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Installing cardboard deflectors (baffles) in attic

Goal I need to install 75 cardboard deflectors (baffles) in my attic. I need to do this so that the cellulose does not go into my soffits. Current Setup I brought myself up three sheets of 2x10 ...
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Deactivate thermostat [on hold]

I have a roommate that constantly turns the thermostat down to 65 during the winter months. Is there a way I can deactivate it, while maintaining a comfortable 72?
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What is a line to neutral load?

I'm looking at the electrical code and it states "Multiwire branch circuits shall supply only line-to-neutral loads." Could someone explain what line-to-neutral loads are?
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Does this washing machine drum look good?

I'm trying to find the source of a bad leak on my washing machine. i have no experience with those. I tuned it on it's side hopping that it would be a pump hose loose. as it leaks during rinsing, and ...
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How can I hang a wall mount on misaligned studs?

So my wall mount teleco rack arrived. However my studs are 15" apart, not 16" so I can't put lag screws into more than one stud. I don't want to drill into the metal so close to the opening ...
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Can I change a 240 volt 40amp outletfor an oven to two 20amp 240 volt outlets?

I am installing two wall ovens that each require 20amp 240volt outlets. I currently have wired for a single 40amp 240 outlet. To convert without pulling new wire from the panel can I put in a sub ...
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Why is my hydro kinetics system blowing out cold air?

I have a hydro kinetics system that is blowing out cool air when set to heat. Thermostat was replaced when I bought the house a year ago so I don't think that's the issue. Toggle switch is set to ...
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Is this door closer okay, maladjusted, or broken?

The entrance door just below my room used to slam hard when being closed by the door closer, branded TELESCO. Some days ago, upon my request, there have been attempts to fix the device. Indeed, at ...
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What type of bolt has a shoulder portion above and unthreaded region below threads?

I have a couple Rex folding lounge chairs: However, during my move one of the bolts connecting the base to the side came loose and was lost. I took out the one from the other side and I've never ...
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What type of refrigeration is recommend in a cabin with sub-freezing temperatures?

In the winter the indoor temperatures in our cabin often reach as low as 10° F (-12° C). We had an old refrigerator that worked just fine in these circumstances, but when we purchased a new ...
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What could I be getting stuck on when drilling into a stud?

I was trying to drill a hole for bolts for a TV mount, using a 7/32 bit. About 1" in, the drill wouldn't go any further. It as was in the middle of where my stud finder indicated a stud (but it was ...
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How to best patch cracked and hollow plaster

In our victorian terrace the plaster in many places is very old and uneven. Under one windowsill the plaster has quite a large crack which is also a patch where the plaster is loose. If I tap the wall ...
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Where's the C terminal on my boiler control?

The new thermostat I purchased doesn't run on batteries, and needs 24 volt power. I have only a red and a white wire connected between the boiler and the thermostat, but there is also a third, unused ...
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How do I stop my toilet from backing up?

My toilet clogs, I plunge it and nothing happens, I come back a couple hours later and it flushes. It makes a gurgle sound after the flush and and air bubble come up. What can I do to make the ...
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At what temperature should an unoccupied house be kept at in winter?

We are moving to a new house and unfortunately we don't have our house sold yet. I was wanting a recommendation as to what temperature to keep the furnace going @. I found a good recommendation to ...
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Is it possible to move a vent from the floor to the wall without ducts?

my contractor needs to move the floor vent to the new closet wall. His plan is to simply partially close off the floor vent, then build the closet wall over the remaining portion, allowing the air to ...
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What are these male sockets called, and what are they used for?

This has taken me an embarrassingly long time to figure out, but how the heck do male sockets work? Or, what are these different tools called? A socket wrench is usually male. A socket usually has ...
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Are there any alternative systems to framing and drywall for basement? [on hold]

I am interested in if anyone has any experience with these all in one drywall/wall systems the basement companies offer. http://www.totalbasementfinishing.com/ ...
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Does voltage play any role in choosing the appropriate wire gauge?

Online, most household wiring guides suggest 14 gauge wire for 15 amp circuits, 12 for 20 amps, and 10 for 30 amps. Do these assume the voltage is 120, or does voltage not come into play when choosing ...
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Should I use a separate system, or extend the existing system to heat a detached garage?

We're building an detached post & beam garage, 24 X 24. We have natural gas on the property, and our house is heated by a Dunkirk boiler and hot-water baseboard system that we've been told has the ...
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If flame sensor will affect Motor assembly's functionality of furnace? How does that work? [on hold]

I have two Air conditioning company. A is the self-hired for my A/C, and B is assigned by home warranty company. This summer, the technician with A came out for an annual maintenance on both A/C and ...
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Putting together a tool set for children 8-11

One of the many hats I wear is the hat of Bagheera, assistant cub scout leader. I'd like to introduce a project where we build a wooden tool box. But I'd also like to provide the cub scouts with a ...

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