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Blower fan works w/ heat “auto”, not with a/c “auto” or on “on”

I've read the posts with the opposite issue, which have been helpful (you guys are amazing!) but still no solution. Problem is that the blower fan does not come on when system is on "Cool" and fan is ...
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Is there any way to heat up the space noise free?

I hate my gas furnace so much because the central heating system is so noisy. So, I bought a portable oil radiator heater, which is a temporary solution for me. It is truly noise free though. But ...
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how to fill in concrete subflooring and install laminate

I have these holes in the concrete subflooring and i want to install laminate floor. What can i do to fill in these holes and get a nice level surface. thanks http://i.imgur.com/kjGEfep.jpg
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Is the huge white metal grille on a ceiling called a “cassette AC”. Is it supposed to be noisy?

I am looking to buy a house, but i'm worried about the AC noise. It has the compressor outside the house. The evaporator coil is inside the attic on top of the furnace. This attic is above the ...
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Baffling light switch wiring situation

I have a bathroom that has two lights, both had dimmer switches. Next to the bathroom is a bedroom which is on the same circuit. So, for the sake of simplicity, let's say there are three lights: ...
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Is water pipe grounding achieved thru pipe or thru water?

I've got a 1901 house, with copper (new) piping. Some of the electrical (old knob and tube circuits) are grounded to the water pipes. The copper pipe goes out to my shutoff valve located outside. so ...
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Close Garage Door?

My wife insists the garage should be closed in the summer, because we run the AC inside. However - when leaving the garage closed, temperatures reach roasting levels better suited for cooking than ...
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Licensing Requirements [on hold]

Blockquote What is requirements for obtaining a license for locksmith in California? Blockquote
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New “Hardwood” Floor Layout

Redoing a big a portion of the first floor in our 1984 home. Need some advice on layout of floor planks. I understand the material we end up choosing will affect layout pattern, but for now we are ...
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What are my landlords required to provide me with? [on hold]

I was recently living in a 4 bedroom house in Evansville IN. The lease is up and we moved out, now the landlords have sent us a bill for 3500 in damages which I don't agree with. They said they ...
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Rockwool for my crawlspace?

Should I spend extra money and insulate my crawlspace with rockwool? I like that it is easy to install, that it stays in place and looks clean up above. It does cost more per sqft. I have a 1980's ...
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interior clear span 16' header size

Hi I am looking to clear span 16' interior load on single floor home with light storage in attic. The opening now is 12' supported by 2 2 x 10 hemlock with 3/4"cdx glued in as core. Dose this need ...
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Protect from 3D Printer fumes

I'm planning to buy 3D Printer that can only print with ABS (Zortrax). I have a small child (3 months old) at my flat so I'm afraid that fumes can have negative impact on her health. What should I ...
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Determining my house maximum safe watt drawer?

I'm trying to figure out what the maximum wattage I can use in my house is. If I look at the breaker I see 2 large switches, one with 40A and one with 50A (plus the test button etc). I'm going to ...
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The weird bathroom tub leak that went away

Something strange happened in my bathroom, for a few days the tub spout was leaking non stop. During that time the water pressure had been low and there was no hot water. I thought that the leak was ...
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How do I paint an airplane with an electrostatic paint gun? [migrated]

I have stripped planes before (2 or 3 of them) and I have done some painting with a spray can and have good hand-eye coordination. We have two planes, a 4-seater Piper Warrior, and a 2 seater Cessna ...
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What timber to use for formwork or shuttering concrete base

What type of timber would you use to construct the formwork (shuttering). There seems to be 4 different types that I could use. Planed Sawn Untreated Sawn Treated Carcassing My particular ...
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Was this a shear wall?

Could anyone be able to tell me if this is a shear wall just by looking at this picture? This is a 1940s home, renovated in 2000s near San Andres fault, Northern California. This wall is now ...
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Circuit breakers trip after power comes back on

What causes circuit breakers to trip after my power comes back on from an outage?
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Saturated insulation Under Mobile Home

I live in a mobile home on piers, in Florida.There was a broken water pipe to the outside faucet that I have fixed, but, during the leak all the insulation under my mobile got saturated. How can I ...
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Using fire retardant sealant for low-voltage cables through walls

I plan to wire my house with CAT6 cables, running inside the walls (drywall, wood). I would have to drill through the floor and probably through fire blocks in between the studs. Lot of guides advise ...
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How many sump pits should I have?

I have an older french drain system and after experiencing some foundation problems (horizontal crack), I've been told that my system should be updated to a more modern one which has weeping holes in ...
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Best way to fix excess stain on hard wood floor? Or just poly it?

I stained our hardwood floors one week ago and have let it dry but unfortunately all of it wasn't absorbed. I didn't notice the excess until a few days after I let it dry, and it's quite noticeable: ...
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Sump Pump runs several times a day every day rain or shine

I am looking to buy a house that has a French Drain and a sump pump installed. The basement is dry but the sump pump is constantly pushing what I assume is ground water out. This occurs several ...
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bed with adjustable head (manual) is broken. with images

i have bed with adjustable head borken. i dont know what i need to fix it, and how this part is called to buy it (I guess it sold in Ebay?) i have more one bed with that part that work great, So I ...
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Are these walls near a skylight, load bearing?

My master and guest bathroom are back-to-back (toilet-to-toilet). Both bathrooms have a tall skylight this size (~4' square). The skylights are about 5 feet apart from one-another. Master Bathroom: ...
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Kerdi Over Existing Shower Pan

I started out building a shower pan in the traditional method (plastic liner), but, bailed after having difficulties with the shower curb. I have built the first layer of mortar that goes under the ...
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Repairing very damaged floor boards

I've recently moved in to an apartment where the floor boards are damaged in some areas, presumably because there has been a lot of traffic in these spots. And it has been like this for years it ...
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New ceiling fan installed, lights are blinking when I turn the fan off

I just made settlment on my house on Friday and I just had a Hunter ceiling fan installed with a new controller plate as well. All of the wiring was intact to install the fan, the original owners took ...
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Replace batt insulation or leave it?

Currently, the exterior walls have batt insulation. It has the paper face on one side. A few months ago, I removed a window due to watered down drywall caused by the window. At the time, I didn't ...
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how do i get my dishwasher running after replacing my kitchen faucet

After replacing my kitchen faucet my dishwasher will not fill with water. Lights come on but no water. How can I fix it?
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Replace window with New Construction window

I am looking to replace some windows. The current ones are quite old and the wood trim/etc around the windows are decent..but a low decent. (not great). Now I do know I could just replace them with ...
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How can I route an in wall dryer vent through double top plate?

I am looking to move the washer/dryer into the 1st floor walk in closet. Part of the process is putting in a dryer vent. I have seen some in wall vents for dyers and considering that as an option. ...
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Water Softener + Whole House Carbon Filter Drain Configuratio

I'm hoping to get some confirmation (or flack) for my whole house carbon w/backwash + water softener drain plan. Details: Both Fleck 5600SXT valves No floor drain Sewer is about 4 ft up and let's ...
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Would enveloping an attic in insulation cause any problems?

My attic currently has batt insulation between the joists, and a second layer of batt insulation on top of that. In the summer, the second floor is quite a bit warmer than the first floor. I'm ...
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Painting new cedar shingles

I am in the process of shingling my house with cedar shingles, how long should I wait before priming and painting
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It is normal for glass-ceramic cooktop to be hot?

I just bought a stove with glass-ceramic cooktop and I'm frustrated because when I use one hot plate the whole cooktop is hot (even the metal corpus around it). Is this normal or the cooktop must be ...
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Attic Insulation (floor or ceiling?)

Is it better to insulate in between the slanted ceiling joist Or floor joists in the attic if you have a whole house attic fan? Or both? In long: Out of budget reasons I was thinking of leaving ...
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Installing a door threshold on concrete slab

I am trying to install the following door threshold on a concrete slab. The door leads outside and the old threshold was rotted from water penetration. The following pictures show the concrete ...
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upgrade to a 200 amp service, cable wiring sizes

The house currently has a 3/4 inch conduit to feed the main wires coming from the power company to the breaker box. This is very much inadequate. I plan to upgrade to a much bigger breaker box. My ...
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Refrigerator not cooling: told to unplug 24 hours

Our fridge hasn't been cooling for about a day. It makes no sounds at all and everything has been warming up. There is power because the internal light comes on. Our appliance guy told us to unplug ...
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Can I follow shellac with polyurethane (water-based or oil)?

I just finished building kitchen cabinets out of African mahogany. I am ready to finish the project and I would really like to not screw it up. I'm wanting to use an oil-base penetrating stain and ...
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Where can I find 120 volt G4 bulbs? [on hold]

I can't seem to find these replacement bulbs anywhere! (120 volt, G4 bi-pin). Have they stopped making them?
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Framing a window directly through a post in post-and-beam construction?

I have a single story home built on a concrete slab using post and beam construction. I have 4x4 posts spaced 5 feet apart along the exterior wall with 4x8 beams holding up a 4" tongue and groove roof ...
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sub panel in garage?

I have 200 amp service. I want a subpanel to handle my garage outlets hot tub and a small welder. besides normal power tools such as a miter saw table saw and ets. I have 3/4 inch pipe ran to my ...
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How do I wire a 1/2 switched receptacle?

I am changing receptacles and one of them is 1/2 switched. I have the red to the brass screw and the whites to the silver ones and it keeps tripping the breaker. I swapped the whites to make sure I ...
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How can I keep a door open wide enough for my cat to get through but not my big dog?

I need a 'safe room' for my cat to go in to use the litter box away from the dog, who thinks it contains treats. I need the door the stay open a few inches without my Labrador Retriever having the ...
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Max gap size for effective drywall joint compound

I am getting ready to mesh tape and apply joint compound to my drywall patch but I am wondering if my replacement piece is not snug enough. After doing a bunch of adjustments and trying to cut for my ...
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New shower pan over old lining?

We bought a house with cracked grout on a lumpy shower floor but no signs of leaking or mold. Six months later as I was removing the grout, tile came up. I removed the floor tile and thinset and ...
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What type of wooden joint to use connecting three wooden beams

I'm making a wooden frame (for a loft) and would like to make that without using any angles or fittings. /------------- / | /| ?-------------/ | | |__________|_| | / ...

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