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Replace Fuel Pump Hand Crank w Drill

I have a rotary hand drum pump, similar to the this, and I was wondering if it would be safe to replace the hand crank with an electric power drill? I intended to run the drill at a low rpm to prevent ...
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Please help with big mould/mold problem!

Before I get down to details I just wannna say that we are in UK and unable to go anywhere else as of financial issues. We've been living and renting a bottom floor flat for 4 years and it's been ...
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Are hairline cracks in a stud a problem

So related to my question Do the nails stick out at all when toe-nailing studs?, is it a problem if the studs develop hairline cracks from the nailing? It seems like almost every nail splits the ...
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Changing bulb in shower ceiling light fixture

I have a light fixture in the ceiling of my shower. (see pic) It has a cage over the glass dome, which I was able to remove so okay there. Problem now is that I cannot seem to get the glass dome to ...
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How many bolted faults can a residential circuit breaker withstand?

A friend told me I should change my 20 amp breaker after one bolted fault. Is this necessary? During testing of the tread mill that caused the breaker to trip it has successfully tripped two more ...
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How to plumb a point of use water heater overflow

I want to add a small tank-type point of use water heater under my kitchen sink. What is the best way to plumb the overflow? Obviously there is no floor drain under the sink or nearby. Is it ...
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Removing a wall to the ceiling / roof [duplicate]

Edit: I decided to punch a hole above the door frame. The header is a 4x6, but the cripple studs do not attach to the Beam(which is load bearing). I was able to get into the "attic" and look at the ...
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High EMF from electric wiring

I'd recently been given an EMF meter and when I turned it on, the EMF around most of the house was around 15 head height. If I'm downstairs and raise it to the ceiling it's well above 100 and the same ...
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Do you leave the heating cables for the roof/ gutter on 24 hrs?

Do you leave electric heating cables for the roof/gutter on 24 hrs?
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Fill Count For 14/3 G NM With 'Unused' Red

I have 3 hall luminaires controlled by a 4-way switching system. The electrician elected to run 14-3/G NM too all the fixtures. The most distant one is mounted on a round 4 inch x 1/2 inch pancake ...
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Fireplace sealing to avoid “false chimney”

I'm building a new fireplace with a 2cm granite surround (around the firebox opening). This leaves (by design) a 1/2" gap between the back of the granite and the face of the firebox & smoke dome ...
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PVC Water line keeps getting pin holes

The water line that goes from my boiler, carrying warm water keeps getting pin hole leaks. The line is a standard flexible white plastic insulated pipe, covered in a red mantle. About a year ago, ...
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How to make dish drainer board from plywood shelf

I'm making a shelf above my kitchen sink with intention of putting glasses there to dry off. How can I treat plywood surface to make it into drainer board? The sink and the shelf are inside oblique ...
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Does my house just not have a plumbing cleanout?

So I've just bought my first house and before we fully move in, we've been doing some work (floors, painting, etc.). I noticed at some point that if someone is using the shower or flushing a toilet, ...
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Name for Clerestory roof with windows at ridgeline?

I know the term "clerestory" can be applied to a variety of rooflines which permit windows above the normal top of the interior walls, but was wondering if there's a specific name for the version ...
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Distributing load in electrical panel

I am in the process of rewiring my house. The house was built in 1950 and even though the service panel was upgraded in the early 70's to a Square D 200 amp service, the system is ungrounded and will ...
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Tub only leaks when filled and plug removed

my tenants called stating that water is pouring from their walls. They live on the second floor. A new tub was installed directly above on the third floor and has been used only for showering without ...
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Fuses blow and sparks appear when using my home's wiring circuits

I have recently had issues with different electrical appliances / light bulb / bathroom wiring packing up. If you put 4 bulbs in different areas of the house, you can guarantee that 1 or 2 will blow ...
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How to attach two pieces of carpets in a reliable way?

Since carpets here are sold in custom length, but only in fixed 4m width, one must do a bit of cut & attach here and there to cover the whole floor. When it comes to attaching two pieces, what's ...
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Can I hang a 100lb punching bag from this joist?

This board with its edge facing down. Can I hang and use a 100lb punching bag from it without breaking any part of the ceiling? How do you think I should do it? Should I put a strong metal bracket ...
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Current sensor for pc [on hold]

I would like to get power consumption of electrical devices, and be able to monitor it from a computer. I have found this: Can I plug the jack into a microphone input and get instant power ...
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Can I replace tungsten-halogen lamps with an LED version?

I've a lamp which uses 12 bulbs of this kind, and I've very little knowledge about this kind of thing, so despite it seems feasible, I don't know what information I should look for, and what kind of ...
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Can PVC moulding be used indoors?

I recently stumbled upon this some PVC moulding, I actually hadn't known they were making trim out of PVC. Is it designed just for outside, or can it be used indoors too? How do you attach it to ...
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Can I get bathroom permit in old house (1950s) which doesn't quite meet modern codes?

I want to add bathroom in my basement. The house was build in 1950s so its old. The basement ceiling hight is not great, max 7 ft (unfinished area). I have had couple of contractors and plumbers come ...
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Furnace turns off power to the thermostat

When my natural gas furnace is running for a while and it gets too hot, the limit switch turns off the burner. When it does this, the power also gets cut to my thermostat. This causes the thermostat ...
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Water rising in my second sump pit but not the first

We have lived in our home for over 3 years. We have 2 sump pits, each with a pump. The second pit is operated with a battery back up in case of power failures. Recently, we have found that the back up ...
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Led strip lights

Hi I have installed a small run of LEDs but they do not work at all unless I reverse the connection that goes directly on to the stip so that it's not lining up with 12v symbol. I tested everything ...
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Wiring existing 3 Way Switch in basement stairs that was cut

Edit: So after reading more up on 3 way switches I may think I know how they originally wired it though, I just haven't seen any diagrams done this way. It looks like they passed the 2 traveler lines ...
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I have a neutral wire, what do I hook that wire to?

I have 4 wires on a new switch, 2 of them going to ground. One green and one silver (bare) coming from the bracket of the switch. In the electrical wiring of the house I have a neutral wire, what do I ...
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Keeping washing machine lines warm in a cold garage

A month or two ago I installed a washer in my uninsulated garage. Now that we're getting some very cold weather coming up I'm worried about the rubber water lines freezing. I did put some foam ...
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Ceiling fan & lights turn on automatically

I couldn't find someone with the same problem so here goes: I've replaced a ceiling fan (the old one had some parts missing), but as soon as I put the power back, the light and fan turn themselves on ...
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1answer
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Can I run 90 feet of 6/3 NM-B, carrying 220 Volts/50 Amperes, in schedule 80 PVC?

I am adding a 50amp, 220v receptacle to my garage. I am mounting 6/3 wire with ground (NM-B). The run is approximately 90 feet long and it passes through one wall. It will be out of harms way at ...
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What type of connector should I use to connect recessed light fixtures?

I am going to be stringing 5 recessed lights together in the basement. Problem is the ceiling is fixed, and I can't use a housing. So with stringing together, should I just tape and use and old ...
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Up and over garage door transformation

This up and over door is working properly, but I would like to make the house more accessible. This door is a bit heavy and you have to work against gravity to open in entirely. My idea was to cut ...
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Gravity furnace won't turn off

Why would a gravity furnace not turn off? Tried disconnecting the thermostat and it still stayed on. Had to turn the gas off for the heat to stop.
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Installing Honeywell Wifi on Ruud Furnace with G wire replacement

trying to install RTH9580. My thermostat has only 4 wires so I am trying to substitute the G wire instead of C wire. On the furnace I put a jumper between Y and G wires and moved G wire to C wire ...
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Will my roof construction allow attic flooring?

I am looking to add plywood flooring in my attic for storage page. There is a lot of space, very large areas. From what I've been reading, it looks to be ill-advised to add flooring if the roof was ...
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Given the variance in the depth of drive of a nail, how stringent are codes for length of nail when framing?

Related to Do the nails stick out any when toe-nailing studs?, given the variance in the depth of drive of the nail, how stringent are codes for framing? For example, the code for toe-nailing a stud ...
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Ist it possible to fix aluminum tubing in a freezer?

I own an upright freezer where I tried to drill a hole into the side wall. Unfortunately I hit one of the aluminium tubes that sit on the outside close to the metal frame of the freezer. Is there a ...
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my generator trips one pole /30 amp generator breaker even when the transfer switches are off

I have a problem with my newly purchased home with a generator transfer switch previously installed and the generator left by the owners, knowing that winter was on its way I started the generator to ...
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Good, affordable pathway materials for sidewalk with tree root problems

I recently moved into my first home. Unfortunately, the concrete slab pathway leading from the town sidewalk to the front door is buckling from the roots of an enormous pine tree that grows near it. ...
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Load Bearing or Not How Can I Know For Sure

We have an unusual 3 inch thick poured concrete floor in a steel mesh in the ground floor of our house, under this is a basement like area with an old riveted steel across half of it and a couple of ...
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Do the nails stick out at all when toe-nailing studs?

So I'm attempting to do the "stick framing" method of building a non-bearing wall. I've got pnumatic nailer and I'm toe-nailing nails on each side. The problem is, because of the angle the nail ...
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1answer
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Why did my cooktop trip the breaker when I cleaned it with too much water?

I have a problem with my miele built-in gas cooktop. I was cleaning it with baking soda and stabilized hydrogen peroxide, afterwards, I rinsed it with water. I was using too much water and one of the ...
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1answer
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Is my RCD Breaker faulty?

Every 2 weeks my main RCD trips and it wont reset. After an hour it will allow me to reset it and its fine for 2 weeks. The main RCD has a short spur to another mini RCD board that was installed 10 ...
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Why do windows generally open to the outside in Ireland but not in the rest of continental Europe?

See title. I see the reason for having it outside is being able to always have them open for ventilation. Since Ireland has a mild but humid climate. Opening to the inside inteferes with having ...
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Romex into Carlon 5070 phenolic resin boxes. Knockouts?

For various reasons I'd like to use the Carlon 5070 phenolic resin boxes for my switches, with romex. The knockouts look weird: rectangle holes, two on each of the four edges in back. How do they ...
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Moving a sliding door and re positioning [duplicate]

How Can I Move a sliding door to where a fixed panel is and then move the fixed panel where the sliding door was
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1answer
53 views

Rewire a ceiling fan, ceiling fan on, not controllable by switch

Friends with electrical background could use some help. The top drawing was the original of how the electrical ran in my wall. The thing I messed up and did was not take a picture of the switch before ...
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1answer
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Is there a name for right angle braces / brackets that have enlarged holes for adjustments?

I like building furniture, and at times need to use right angle brackets. The problem is that when I'm screwing them in, right at the end they'll shift the tiniest bit which throws off everything. ...

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