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Need help identifying security wiring

I'm in a new construction home, and the builder is basically blowing us off on questions about the wiring (what's that switch/wire/plate for sorts of things). My focus for this Q is the security ...
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Bar sink drain/vent

I am in midst of finishing the roughed in full bath and want to put a bar sink on the wall behind the tub. I will add pictures later- once I am able to get some good shots.... The way it was roughed ...
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Is there any difference in home electrical outlets?

Residential duplex outlets come in a variety of styles. The two most common seem to be: and Does it matter? Is the difference purely aesthetics, or is there any technical difference?
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Replacing cast iron pipe and adding new toilet

I'm planning to add new toilet/shower/sink downstairs. I have one existing on the 2nd floor and right under I'd like to add the new one. The new one is on the concrete slab, so no basement underneath ...
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Small Leak In PVC pipe

I installed a new sink this weekend, and as a result I had to redo the drain pipes. At the joint to a 90 degree elbow and the Y there is a small leak. The pipes are 2" diameter, and I fear that I ...
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Is it dangerous if the ground pin of a 3 prong plug breaks off in the outlet?

The grounding prong of a 3 prong plug broke off in an outlet. Could this be an electrical hazard should a child touch it?
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What could be causing me to occasionally hear an arcing sound when toggling a switch?

Several light switches in my house occasionally (<2% of the time) make an arcing sound when being switched on or off. Occurrence is totally random and as far as I can tell, uncorrelated with ...
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Cost effectiveness of replacing brass door knobs and hinges

We have a home built in the 70's with antique brass hinges and door knobs. We are thinking of possibly downsizing in the next few years and I'm wondering if it would be beneficial not only for ...
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1answer
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Are there optimal positions for A/C and heat register grills to be facing?

I noticed a while ago that some of my A/C and heat register grills are facing the walls and not the room (the insides of the curves on the grills face the walls) in some rooms but not in others. My ...
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What size feeder do I need for a basement electrical panel?

I would like to know what size and type of feeder wire and feeder breaker do I need for my basement subpanel where I am planning to ad 6 15 Amp circuits, and 3 20 Amp circuits. This will be 2' away ...
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How can I check my hot water heater temperature? Isn't 120 degrees cold?

I'm trying to test the temperature of the hot water coming out of my hot water heater but I'm very confused. Can I use a meat thermometer or what should I be using? Also, just to make sure my ...
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1answer
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Stove and broiler work, but oven does not

I have a little 20" wide Holiday Propane Oven (Don't know the model number). Right now the oven is the only thing that is not working. The stove top, and broiler work, but the oven doesn't heat up. ...
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When replacing carpet, can you re-use the tackless strips?

I need to replace some carpet. Thee carpet was installed over a concrete slab, so the tackless strips were fastened down with concrete nails. The tackless strips seem to be in decent enough condition. ...
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repair drywall in the shower

How do I repair a moisture damaged drywall in my shower? This is a painted wall, and the paint is gone in some areas and the spots that have no paint get soaked when I use the shower. In these areas ...
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3answers
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Nailing down hardibacker on walls

I'm in the middle of a bathroom renovation, which will be tiled with large format porcelain tiles on both the floor and walls. I put 1/4" HardiBacker on the floor, laid on top of a bed of thinset as ...
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How to fix belt buckle [on hold]

I am not sure if I can put my question under Home Improvement but will try... How to fix a belt buckle, see the photo. A bolt in the middle of the photo should have something like a small ball that ...
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Little bumps appearing where the staple went in for the 1/2" manufactured hardwood floor

I have little bumps appearing where the staple went in for the 1/2" manufactured hardwood floor. Can't even tell they are there from the picture... Maybe I'm looking at it too closely. These are my ...
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0answers
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Connected C-Wire to new Smart Thermostat and Furnace board and still no power

I need help. I've been surfing the internet and have had no luck finding answers to my situation so am hoping for some guidance. I've seen other questions here answered but none that suit my issue so ...
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1answer
31 views

Identify fuse that is off/bad but not tripped

I have a set of outlets and an overhead light in the garage that are not powered. I believe I know the fuse they are under via simple labels and from some process of elimination. The fuse is not ...
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1answer
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Randomly Opening and Closing Garage Door Opener

A few mornings ago, my wife and I noticed that our garage door started opening and closing with no discernible pattern. It would stay closed for some period of time, open suddenly, and sometimes ...
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1answer
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Concrete caulk vs expanding polyurethane crack sealant

I'm starting to finish my basement. First step is sealing up some various places water has come in over the years. I've already fixed grading outside, but also want to seal inside. I have one crack ...
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1answer
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Have to start furnace manually every morning

The oil furnace works fine all day and evening, then overnight I have the programmable thermostat lower the temperature at 11pm. But every morning at 5am when the thermostat tries to turn the ...
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1answer
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What type of lubricant should be used on PVC windows, and how often should it be applied?

As far as I know, the lifespan of PVC windows is highly dependent on periodic lubrication. What kind of oil should I use to lubricate the moving metal parts of my PVC windows? Additionally, what ...
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How can I calculate the effects a floor coverings thermal conductivity will have on my heating costs?

We are choosing between laminate and plastic flooring over water based underfloor heating. Laminate floorings have a thermal resistance of app. 0.06 m^2K/W, plastics (for example Classen NEO) have ...
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0answers
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Water getting cold quickly - Diverter valve

I recently finished a bathroom renovation. Went to take my first shower in the new surround and hot water only lasted about 15 mins. For the remainder the water was lukewarm. The new shower has a ...
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1answer
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Can I install a new hob, or will I need a larger circuit?

I want to swap a ceramic hob for another model. My current set is: oven and a hob rated at 2075+6000=8075W in total ,they go through a 32Amp Circuit breaker, the oven is plugged to the wall, the hob ...
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2answers
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How can I patch the ceiling and rehang a shower curtain rod?

I have glass tiled walls in my bathroom, so opted to hang the shower curtain rod from the ceiling to protect the tiles. It looked great, until a house guest recently slipped, and grabbed the curtain ...
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0answers
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Can I use a snake to clean out a shower head extension?

I have a basic 25 to 50ft long 1\4 to 3\8 snake, with a 1\2 drill. Can I use that to clean out a shower head extension? I noticed sediment when taking the old shower head off. With the extension ...
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1answer
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Odor proofing floor

I have a problem with the downstairs flat and cigarette smoke faintly coming up through the floor. Its pretty nasty, we have had a word and its got better but there is still a faint smell. We have ...
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2answers
64 views

Will I pass inspection/code if I install walls over carpet in a finished basement for a couple bedrooms?

Will I pass inspection/code if I install walls over carpet in a finished basement for a couple bedrooms?
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1answer
108 views

How do I mount a flat object on a rounded roof tile?

My objective is to mount the plastic (Home Depot) owl in the 1st image below (flat underneath) at the end of the roof in the 2nd image. Although you can't see the roof in the image where it will mount ...
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0answers
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Need help wiring a ceiling fan and exterior lighting at fan 3 wire and 4 wire 1 switch fan 1 switch ext lighting [on hold]

I took down my old ceiling fan and tried to put in the new one but can't follow directions because I have two wire sets coming out of ceiling. I'm trying to get one switch to turn on fan and other ...
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Help! enclosed porch/sunroom foundation

We just purchased a home and now that the snow level is not 4 feet high ( we live in central NY ) we see that the concrete patio/foundation has horizontal cracks, and crumbling along the side, corner ...
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2answers
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How to measure and cut square tiles to make a herringbone pattern?

I have 18x18 inch square travertine tiles. I would like to know if it is feasible to cut each tile in half and make a herringbone pattern for our bathroom floor. I was planning on using 1/8" grout ...
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104 views

How can I run USB to every room in the house?

I want to run USB to every room in the house. I saw USB wall sockets on the internet. Is it possible (using multiple Raspberry PI or some sort of extenders) to have USB in every room? I'm thinking I ...
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Is it possible to use plastic sheeting rather than tiles in a temporary bathrooom?

Is it possible to use plastic sheeting (somewhat like opaque perspex laminate) rather than tiles in a temporary (house will be demolished in two years time) bathrooom? I'm thinking the kind of product ...
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0answers
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Accidentally dug up toad in spring while landscaping [on hold]

It still freezes at night... I am landscaping this part of the garden so he cannot stay here. I dug a hole in a safe spot and fluffed up the soil and covered him up loosely. He did move but was ...
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2answers
33 views

running a gas line to a gas heater hide do I hide the gas line

I need to run a gas line to a floor mounted gas heater but I cannot run it behind the wall. How do I hide the gas line?
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1answer
28 views

Wiring an outside outlet

I have Cedar Siding and would like to tap into a inside outlet and put a outside outlet on the siding.. Can I use a plastic old box and but in siding or do I need to use a metal box and have it on the ...
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1answer
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replacing tub spout

I am also having trouble with water still coming out the spout when the shower is on. When I replace the spout should I use Teflon tape (it has a set screw) and plumbers putty between the spout and ...
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1answer
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weight bearing ability of home made truss

How much weight would a Pine truss support if it were made of two pieces 2 inch by 12 inch lumber with 3/4 ply board in the center?
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1answer
136 views

Replace single pole light switch with 12 gauge backstab

I would like to replace a single pole light switch in my family room, but the configuration is not one that I am familiar with. Other than the ground wire, there are 3 12 gauge wires in the following ...
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1answer
33 views

How can I make mortar adhere to smooth flagstones?

I just started making a raised bed with flagstones that are relatively smooth. After using nearly 160 lbs. of mortar, I find that more flagstones are not adhered together than are. I paid attention ...
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0answers
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How to connect Nikken counter-top water filter beneath the counter

I have Nikken counter-top water filter system. Exactly like this one: http://www.ebay.com/itm/Nikken-PiMag-Water-Filtration-System-/161652322514 I am moving to a newly build house and need to ...
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2answers
11 views

removing glue from felt pads on chair legs

I am trying to remove old glue from chair felt pads. I have tried GooGone, sanding and paint thinner. Does anyone have a remedy for this problem?
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Washing machine

Stand pipe for washing machine is 7 feet above bottom of washer. Wondering about solutions for problem, can't raise washer or lower stand pipe. Is there a better discharge pump? Or possibly put a loop ...
2
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0answers
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How can I make 3 wire sub-panels compliant with current codes?

The sub-panels in my house are all split-phase 3 conductor with neutral and grounds mixed. Is there any way to make this compliant without running new 4 conductor feeders? (Some of the feeder cables ...
2
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1answer
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How to prevent squirrels from damaging pipe boots?

I have a few pipe boots on my roof that squirrels like to munch on. I'm not sure why but it creates a lot of work for me. How can I prevent this from happening again once I fix the boot? This is ...
2
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0answers
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negative pressure/backdraft with boiler

Summary For heating in my house, I've got a Burnham Series 2 (model B) gas boiler, and with all the snow this past winter (I live in Boston) I've had problems with backdraft causing the boiler to ...
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1answer
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I need to paint stained wood trim

The wood is newly stained, no varnish or shellac. Do I need to do anything before I paint, or can I just go with primer? I am spraying the wood white.

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