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Can GFI breakers or GFI outlets allow grounded outlets to be used?

I have a 1963 house in Texas with Square D breakers and mostly duplex plugs. All metal outlet boxes. However, there are 8 romex style cables (12-2 with ground) tied to the breakers in the service ...
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How to accurately cut plywood with unpowered hand tools?

As a beginner in woodworking I would like to build a simple box from plywood. The edges will be simply glued butt joints which means they need to be straight and smooth. When I use a hand saw I can't ...
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Question regarding safety of water pump without a ground wire

I am using a submersible water pump whose plug has only 2 prongs. I'm assuming the third 'ground' prong is missing. I also doubt if there is any fuse or circuit breaker inside it as it is an ...
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How do I keep my house cool especially my terrace during summer?

I live in Bangalore in an apartment on the top floor and during summer, my terrace (built of concrete) absorbs a lot of heat. When I come home and switch on the fan, it ends warming my room and it is ...
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Protecting a wood bathroom floor

We recently had our house renovated and two of the bathrooms now have bare wooden floors. At some point I'll get round to putting down tiles or vinyl but for the time being what should I do to protect ...
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Is it okay to place two battery chargers on one 30 amp circuit?

I have a 30 amp 240 volt circuit out side in my garage and I want to hook up two 10 amp 240 volt circuits. The equipment I am hooking up are battery chargers. Can I install fused down disconnects on ...
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10 AWG or use existing 8 AWG

My new built in oven uses a 30 amp/10AWG wiring connection. My old oven is a 40 amp/8 AWG wiring. Is it possible to use this connection with just switching a breaker?
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Relative maintenance costs of painted vs. stained cedar siding?

I'm house shopping and I have a pretty good idea about the costs to maintain painted cedar exterior siding, but I've run into a few homes with stained cedar exteriors. How does the cost to maintain ...
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vintage lockset missing parts

I'd like to get this lockset back into working order on a vintage 1-3/8" interior door with 2-3/8" backset, but do not know which parts are missing are where to get them on the cheap (Portland ...
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frost proof sillcock install at the steel plate the possible?

frost proof sillcock install at the steel plate the possible? And frost proof sillcock price, please let us know. I want to make sure that buying a frost proof sillcock in korea.
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Adding a C/Common wire to HVAC system

So I'm looking for some help in identifying where I can attach a C/Common Wire to my HVAC system, but unfortunately my system doesn't have a control board that I can easily attach a powerkit to. For ...
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replaceing a toggle switch for EXHAUST fan for small bathroom with a rocker switch

I have a bathroom with two SEPARATELY TOGGLE switches;one for the light and one for the exhaust fan.I have updated the light switch with a dimmer/motion sensor rocker style switch. NOW my question is ...
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frost proof sillcock installation [duplicate]

I am going to use on marine vessels fixed, please let us know whether the steel plate And with the price, please let us know. I want to make sure that buying a frost proof sillcock in Korea.
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Copper Water Pipes used as Electrical Ground

I am replacing a section of copper water pipe that burst behind tiled shower wall. Since the pipe run is along an exterior wall subject to winter temperatures, I'm considering replacing this section ...
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Can I use one of the phases in a 2-phase circuit to power a 120v appliance

I am wondering if I can take one of the phases from a 220V circuit that is used to power my cooktop, to power a 120V appliance (small wine cooler) and a 60W led light transformer. The specifications ...
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Determine depth of laminate flooring

I am going to remove some, but not all, of the laminate flooring in a particular area of our home. I understand that using a circular saw set to a very shallow depth is appropriate for this, which ...
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Why is my dimmer switch buzzing?

We had 2 dimmer switches that had stopped working (lights were on 100% regardless of how turned the dimmer switch was. I checked the back and went out and bought 2 new ones, turned the electricity ...
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making and existing concrete step taller

I have a step down out the back door of my house and the first step down is way too far down, about nine and a half inches. ...
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Can I use a wood screen door to replace a sliding screen door on a french door

There was originally a sliding screen door but I have not been able to find a replacement that fits or works properly. I would like to use a regular screen door to replace rather than a slider but not ...
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Are there any penetrating sealers for concrete countertops that will darken the color?

I am in the process of grinding and polishing a pour-in-place concrete countertop. When I am done, I want to seal with a penetrating sealer. I don't want a surface epoxy or wax sealer. I like the ...
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How noticeable should the seam be on a quartz counter install?

This is my first question on the DIY stack so be gentle with me! Background We just had new quartz counters installed in our kitchen renovation. We have done everything else our selves, but we ...
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What could cause a crack in the drywall where the wall meets the ceiling?

My wife and I bought our home 3 years ago. It is roughly 50 years old, and had recently been shored prior to our purchasing it. There were a few cracks in drywall here and there, nothing that wasn't ...
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Is it OK to leave the thermostat unwired?

So I went to replace the batteries in my thermostat and when I pulled it off I noticed a black wire was unplugged. I'm not sure if it's suppose to be like that or if I accidentally pulled the black ...
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What direction should laminate flooring be placed in?

I'm thinking of installing laminate flooring and have a question: If I'm installing laminate throughout the house, should ALL of it be going in the same direction? Say for example, let's say I have ...
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Can I have a separate thermostat for a wood boiler?

I want to wire a separate thermostat for my outdoor wood boiler so that just the furnace fan will come on without the propane kicking on. This is a Coleman furnace. Is this possible and if so, how ...
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Water in dishwasher

I had a Kenmore dishwasher installed in January, in less than a month we had a repair call because the inside of the machine was always wet and was stinking. The repair man said the new machine ...
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What is an oven anti-tip device and how do you install one?

I'm trying to sell a home, and we're in the inspection / repair phase. The buyers asked for me to install an anti-tip device for the oven in the kitchen, and I'm not even sure what that is. Can ...
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Removing a vintage plastic tap head

I have plastic tap covers (kitchen sink) which need replacing as they are mouldy inside and cracked ..... but I cannot access the screw which I can see through the plastic top.... maybe they are ...
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Can I use paint stripper in my basement workshop?

I am looking to refinish a pool table that I purchased. Since it is winter and too cold to do it in my garage, I would like to do it in my basement workshop but I'm worried about the fumes. I have ...
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Electric water heater on water off 6 months will water heater be ok?

Electric water heater is on but water main is off will this damage water heater if water is off 6months ?
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Bathroom Reno started but contractor got ill, what should I do

My contractor is in hospital but he has been sending guys to finish the work but they are not as skilled as he is. How difficult would it be to find someone to take over the job? I know it will be a ...
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Repainting my lanai floor

I'm painting my lanai floor and it has been painted last year but changing the color. Did one area and let it dry 24hr. and I can scratch it off/ I used the paint Home Depot sold me for concrete. What ...
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Why is water from the dispenser slow after replacing the water filter on my refrigerator?

At one of our rental properties, we have a GE GSH25JFXN WW Refrigerator. Our tenant changed out the water filter because of the recommended time to change it. He said that before he changed the filter ...
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How should I install a bathroom Exhaust Fan on 2nd Floor?

I would like to install a bathroom exhaust fan in my 2nd floor bathroom, due to moisture issues. There is no existing fan, only a light fixture. There are two exterior walls in this room and the attic ...
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Why isn't my GFCI receptacle working?

I am installing a GFCI outlet and I am having some issues. I have identified the hot and neutral wires. They test positive with the voltmeter when I turn on the switch. I connect the receptacle to ...
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How to remove mirror stickers from a painted wall?

Can you tell me the easiest way to remove adhesive mirrors from a painted wall? The mirrors are made of a thin plastic material and the adhesive is completely covering the back, it is not double-sided ...
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Inheriting an alarm system in our first house

My wife and I just bought our first house and it came with an alarm system already installed. It looks like it's active but we didn't get any information on it when buying the house. What do I need ...
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How do I clean stains from suction cups on a shower wall (enamel)?

There are two shower stalls I've used in the recent past at different locations, and I put different suction cup based hooks, holders, dispensers etc in each them. What I believe are enamel shower ...
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built in electric double oven

I live in a condo with 208 voltage, I bought a double wall oven (kitchenAid) it is rated for 240 voltage, this oven does not bake cakes and other baked goods well, they become dried on the outside and ...
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What's the difference between “physical damage” and “severe physical damage” in the NEC?

The 2014 NEC uses "physical damage" at various points to refer to well, hard knocks, if you know what I mean. However, certain passages in the NEC, such as 358.12 point 1 on EMT: Where, during ...
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Is my water heater installed properly?

Why do all 3 pipes..the hot, the cold, and the over flow valve run hot water. I can tell by the touch. the overflow which I'm used to having a free flowing tube attached to a pan is connected to a ...
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Locating buried electrical cable/conduit in yard

Our house, which we purchased about a year ago, has a shed in the back of the yard which has electricity and is roughly 100 ft away from the main house. From what I can tell the previous owner had ...
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The reliability of inverter air conditioners in humid climates with salty sea air

I'm considering buying a new split unit air conditioner for my home. Actually, this will be for a room that is planned as a short-term rental. I'm located in Bombay, India, now referred to as Mumbai. ...
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Why are my stove's burners releasing gas and sparking but not igniting?

This seems to be an occasional problem. I turn one of the burners to light and I can smell the gas and I can see the flickering of the spark and hear the clicking, but the burner never ignites. What ...
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Does water in the water heater drip pan mean my heater is bad?

I recently noticed my drip pan had about a half-inch of water in it. I could find no water leaks around the fittings or valves. The water is slowly evaporating--very dry climate area--and the water ...
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Which wire should be capped when replacing an old 4 wire smoke alarm with a 3 wire alarm

We have to replace an old 4 wire smoke alarm, wire colours are: white, black, orange, brown, in our condo with a 3 wire smoke/co2 alarm. My question is which wire from the old system should be capped ...
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1answer
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What should I do with the extra wire when intalling a new remote for my ceiling fan?

I am replacing a ceiling fan remote. the fan has 5 wires coming from it and the new receiver has 4 wires coming from it. The old receiver had: fan out, common out, neutral in, live in and light out. ...
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What is suggested as a way to get excess water out of septic lines?

I am experiencing septic field line failure due to my wonderful water company having a water main break in 2014. I did not realize the issue was related to the water main when I had someone out here ...
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Can I block a skylight during summer without condensation?

I have a small fixed skylight and figure that during winter it's no problem to block the tunnel at ceiling level as suggested by an answer to a similar diy.stackechange question. (The only difference ...
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Should a twisted copper pipe be replaced?

While replacing a hot water tank I foolishly twisted the out pipe by losing my grip on the wrench. The copper pipe twisted, so I twisted it back gently, but it now has a kink in it. Is this likely ...

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