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Unknown armature in a kitchen

Can someone explain me the function of following armature in a kitchen? The valve is probably for the dish washer, but what is the purpose for the metal thing below? It does not seem modifiable.
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Should I add sand or more limestone crush to raise a patio with no gravel bedding?

I need to regrade my patio and I had a quick look under the pavers to see how it was built. To my surprise I found the following layers: one thin layer off gravel -you would say it is about 1/4in ...
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How do I find the valves on a toilet with hidden pipes?

I just came back from holiday to find that water was pouring constantly through my dual-flush toilet, as though it's on permanent flush. A little tinkering revealed the shut off valve is broken - so ...
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Whether to replace oil furnace with oil furnace and heat pump or convert to propane

I am in need of replacing my oil furnace and central A/C. My residence is in SW Wisconsin. I am confused as to whether or not to replace with an oil furnace and heat pump or to convert to propane ...
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How can I repair this detached kitchen sink pipe?

I noticed one of the two kitchen sinks is leaking--that's not really the right word. It's more like pouring. When I pour something down that drain it's like I might as well have just dumped whatever ...
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How can I drain water from the area between a concrete walkway and the side of the house?

We had a walkway by the side of the house made of wood, after years of constant repairing the walkway because of decay wood we decided to do the walk way in concrete. Problem now is when it rains the ...
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Do I have to remove large rocks that were used as footings before pouring a new footing?

I am rebuilding the deck to the front porch of a 120 year old house. Upon removing the old porch and locating where the new footings will be I have come across large stones that were embedded and ...
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How can I shade my garage door opener keypad?

My genie garage door opener keypad bakes in the afternoon sun, fades, blisters and delaminates. Any visually acceptable ideas on a fix? Genie does not offer a weather or sunshield for the KEP-1 ...
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Notification sensor for humidifier? [on hold]

I've placed a humidifier in my crawlspace and when the bucket is full, it beeps 4 times and stops. If I'm not near the humidifier, I can't hear this alert, so I'd like to install a sound sensor near ...
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Why would bulbs in this DIY lamp keep burning out?

I built a light fixture out of a water pipe and some "vintage" fillament bulbs. I have a micro switch that is operated by a plumbing valve. Everything works, however, when I put 4 bulbs, 40w each, one ...
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Why would a dryer take 4 hours to dry after we cleaned out the vent?

Our place is 17 years old and apparently no one had cleaned out the dryer vent before now. It was extremely clogged up. While the vent was clogged, the dyer worked great - dried an average load in ...
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How can I upgrade an electrical panel if there's not enough space around the panel to meet current codes?

I have an older house (built in the 70s) with a 100A breaker panel installed in the corner of what is a converted garage. The history passed down from the previous owner is the garage was converted ...
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Why would an LED stop flickering when connected in parallel with an incandescent?

I recently bought some LED replacements for G4 base under cabinet light which has 3 sockets. When I put the first bulb in I noticed it was very dim with a bad flicker. Adding the next two made the ...
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Is it expected for an empty house to use 14 kWh per day?

We have bought a new house but we haven't moved in yet. I've received our electric bill several days ago and it shows our electric bill on average is about 14 kWh per day but it seems the only working ...
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Another code question: can I take a 110V outlet off one leg of a 220V circuit?

Wiring the workshop, it'd be simplest to use the 220V circuit to also supply the shop's 110V outlets. I know some machines/appliances do that internally; can I expose it on the wall? (I'm never sure ...
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Do It Yourself wiring breaker box [on hold]

I need. To no what color wires go where in the breaker box in the houe i have two red two black purple one green. Do i put the red and black together im lost DIY LITES😨
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When is a fence considered light weight and how do you chose if you need a heavy or a light fence?

I have two other related posts regarding fences (if you are curious) . I am now trying to decide what kind of base I should implement for my fence... Here is what I am trying to build I would like ...
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What type of hardware do I need for a heavy fence gate?

I am fencing in my back yard ('dog-ear' wooden picket fence) and am planning to make a large gate, say 10 ft wide, so that vehicles will be able to access the back yard if need be. Specifically the ...
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How to reconnect disconnected elbow in waste pipe?

I live in a mobile home community, the septic recently was overflown, it was pumped, however the main line connecting to the pipes in my house was "out of place" when the maintenance person "banged it ...
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Cabinets with existing dowels in the wrong place. How do I fill for new hinges?

Cabinet Photos My cabinet hinges are the sorely inadequate euro hinges that used a piece of plastic to hold the door shut. These plastic pieces have broken on nearly every cabinet which requires the ...
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How can I tell if soda blasting was really done?

We're restoring a fire-damaged house and hired a subcontractor to do smoke remediation, after we'd stripped the house down to the studs. The contractor was supposed to soda-blast all surfaces, clean, ...
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What can I use as a thread “tightener” compound for a free-running bolt?

(I'm familiar with thread "locking" compounds, purple, blue, and red, but that's not what I'm looking for here. They lock once and then upon breaking the joint, do nothing further.) I'm looking for ...
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Clear rubber hose purpose for pressure washer

I'm sorry if this is obvious to you guys but I'm really stumped. I recently purchased a Black & Decker PW1470TD It came with a short clear rubber hose and I can't figure out what it is for. I ...
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What am I doing wrong while finishing drywall inside corners?

I'll admit, I'm definitely a novice when it comes to finishing drywall. I've done loads of patching, which doesn't typically require working with corners. This time, however, I'm doing a whole room. ...
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How can I tell which wires go where in this ceiling fan

I took apart a ceiling fan to replace seized bearings. All the pictures I took of the wiring before disassembly I no longer have access to. How can I tell which wires go where? I have: -2 wire ...
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Who should I call to look at clothes washer that fills with water after it has drained?

Who do you call to fix this problem, a plumber or the Whirlpool guy? Water backs into the forum after it has trained. it takes a while after the drum is empty.
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What is the maximum load for EACH of the standard US 120V electrical outlets?

I've searched the answer which seems to be 1800W (120V x 15a) but it's not clear to me whether the rating is for each of the two outlets or the pair together. So I would like to know: what is the ...
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How to deaden the noise that bounces from cinderblock wall in backyard?

I have a very large backyard surrounded by a tall cinderblock wall. Not only is it HOT in the summer (NM summers) but the noise that bounces around is bad. Someone walking on the sidewalk next to my ...
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Is it normal for MY lights to briefly dim when my NEIGHBOR is using a power saw?

I think that when my neighbor uses a contractor-grade miter saw, my overhead light in my office dims slightly for a brief amount of time (half a second) and then returns to normal brightness. Is this ...
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Can I relocate my furnace exhaust?

When my new furnace was installed, the vent was put outside the house next to landscaping bushes. It has killed one of my bushes. It used to be vented up to my roof and out. Can I move this outside ...
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Electric service wire size

I have to put in a new service wire I was Given service wire that was told was ok. they said it was 4/0 aluminum. I looked at the jacket and it said, 3 cdr awg 2 compact al. aluminaflex. I am putting ...
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Lubricating ceiling fan bearings

I have a no-name ceiling fan that recently started making a faint but annoying grinding noise, like two dry pieces of metal rubbing together. The sound is continuous, not rhythmic. I'm assuming that ...
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What are the known problems with ozone pool sanitization systems?

For a concrete 35K pool that is traditionally setup/maintained: DE filter Chlorinator 1 Speed 1.5HP pump Shocking every week Back washing once in a while In case an ozone sanitization system is ...
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How should I install flooring over fresh concrete?

I have fresh concrete poured in my basement. Planing to use Metrofloor Engage Select vinyl plank for most of the floor. Contemplating ceramic tile for the bathroom if vinyl is not good enough for ...
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Replacing light timer using LED fixtures with slow flicker

Replacing exterior garage lights timer (connected to 2 lights) that stopped working with a new timer. When opening up the outlet with existing timer, there are three wires - one connected to white and ...
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How do I prevent a drop in flow in a system with a pressure tank, 40/60 pressure switch, filter and water softener?

I have a well with a 30/55 pressure switch, and I hate the shower pressure. I am redoing the main water appliances with a new pressure tank (going from 20 gallon to 35 gallon), new 40/60 pressure ...
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Error F3C on Whirlpool convection microwave

My Whirlpool Microwave WMH76718AW-1 is giving me an F3C error when I try to use the convection oven feature. (All other functions OK.) I haven't located a tech sheet for this oven, and wonder if ...
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standing water with no run off [duplicate]

we had a walkway by the side of the house made of wood, after years of constant repairing the walkway because of decay wood we decided to do the walk way in concrete. Problem now is when it rains the ...
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1answer
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What is the grey wire dangling from my ceiling?

We recently moved into a new apartment in Berlin. We are the first occupants and thus there are no existing lighting fixtures. In the living room there are 4 light switches (1 & 2 on the left of ...
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Is it normal for the voltage tester to beep when touching the refrigerator frames?

I've bought a Klein Tools NCVT-3 non-contact voltage tester and while I was playing with it I've found the tester beeps whenever it touches the frame of the refrigerator. This won't happen with any of ...
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Where is the Main Shutoff my Cutler-Hammer Breaker Box?

Kind of confused where my main shutoff is. When I read and looked at breaker boxes for examples, most had a big shutoff right at the top. Where is the switch on mine? I'd like to remove a breaker, but ...
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Water leak from water hose or pump - OK to tip machine on side?

My LG WM3987HW (a front loading washer dryer combo) has developed a leak -- water comes out when the machine is pumping out the waste water. I've removed the top and back panels and can see the area ...
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Can you diagnose coolant leak in a refrigerator by blowing hot air on the back?

An "engineer" has recently investigated my 10+ (that's my estimation - we bought it together with our apartment) year old Smeg FB30 refrigerator and claimed that the coolant gas is leaking from the ...
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2answers
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Can I use tile sealant in place of grout?

We placed our tile in mortar using the recommended tool and it squished up higher than intended and dried in the grooves of the tile sides because I ended up in the ER at the time it was supposed to ...
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7answers
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What is the purpose of a bathroom exhaust fan?

Okay I actually do understand the purpose of the bathroom fan; it gets the steam out of the bathroom after a super hot shower, right? Well turns out I NEVER turn it on. I suppose I don't shower in ...
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DIY machinist drilling problem

I have a metal part of a bandsaw that had a machine screw head break off. I drilled a hole and used an extraction bit and it also broke off. Due to poorly executed attempts to drill again (so I can ...
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How should I wire my pool heat pump?

I am wiring a new heat pump-- 50K btu, 208-230v ~60 hz. Plaque on side says 12a running current, minimum 20a circuit, max 30a. My breaker panel for the pump is a sub panel running off the main with ...
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How do I remove adhesive from carpet that was placed over concrete?

I have a 12x15' sun room that currently has carpet over concrete. I pulled a 3' section of carpet and the entire floor has adhesive. Can I remove this using a liquid chemical or do I need a machine? ...
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How is it possible to have 1200TVL CCTV camera with PAL / NTSC? [on hold]

I found many items on eBay etc, presenting CCTV cameras with 1200TVL. Simultaneously, these cameras have BNC output with PAL / NTSC signal in it. How is this possible if NTSC / PAL allows up to 800 ...
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Why isn't there hot water coming from my faucet after stem replacement?

I just completed the replacement of the hot and cold water stems form my bathtub faucets. The hot water was leaking so I went ahead and replaced both. They were probably original to the house circa ...

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