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What are the equipment differences when changing from R-22 to R-410A?

What equipment will change when I convert from R-22 to R-410A? I don't want to get rid of my current heater as it's a hydro-thermal unit that uses free heated/recycled hot water. Can I get away with ...
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Water tanks and pressure

My water filter system for my well was just replaced. Once replaced, water pressure increased dramatically. I noticed the pump started running constantly which it hadn't done before. Pressure gauge is ...
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Capping a leaky outdoor faucet, good idea?

I have an old outdoor faucet that is leaking water. The switch of the water source is very old and hard to turn to stop the water supply to this faucet. I wonder if I can buy something to cap it to ...
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Would these 3 motors perform differently

I've three older, used, 1 hp, 3450 rpm, Sears/Crafstman motors to choose from to run a used 10" table saw on a 110v power. None smell burnt. If they are all in equivalent decent shape, will they ...
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What to use for deck sister joist spacer?

I have a long deck that must do sister joists on top of a beam. I was reading this thread Is deck joist sistering a sloppy repair? and look like it's better to use spacer in between. Is it OK to use ...
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Cutting joist for skewed joist hanger

Do I need to cut the joist lumber's end at an angle so that it sits flushed to the beam when installing skewed joist hanger? The below video tells me that it's not necessary. ...
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Install recessed lights and chandelier with 3-way switches

I am remodeling my entry way and dining room to give a more open feel. Existing: 15 Amp breaker 12-2 Feed directly from the box two gang box outside of the kitchen 1 standard switch and 1 three ...
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I need help finding were my water heater goes [on hold]

My house doesn't have a water heater but i don't know were it should be or if it's gas or electrical how can I find out I really need help please??
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Maple/helicopter seeds stuck in deck gaps

The gaps in my deck are routinely jammed with "helicopter" maple seeds, which lodge with the hard seed just above the gap. The "blade" of the seed anchors them so firmly that no blower or pressure ...
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Should I have a ceiling fan whose blades extend to the register?

Currently, the ceiling fan fixture and the 10x6 register are spaced by about 32" (~2 stud lengths). The room is about 350 sqft. Should we purchase a 70" ceiling fan so the blades extend out past the ...
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Basement concrete in need of repair

What would be the correct way to level a basement floor that is this much uneven, so that I could build a sublfoor consisting of delta-fl and plywood ? Thank you for any help !
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building on underground springs

building a home on the coast of Maine. thee are underground springs where It would be built. The excavator believes with th right drainage and materials it would be ok. 1. would it? 2. was going to ...
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What should I use to seal the hole where my central air enters the house?

Wood foundation house with vinyl siding. The hole that was made to allow the lines for my central air conditioner to enter the house is basically wide open - the silicone/caulking that was around the ...
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Adding recessed lights to existing ceiling fan connection

I replaced an old ceiling fan in my sons room that had a light fixture and dimmer switch. The new ceiling fan only operates with a remote that it came with. No pull strings for the light or fan. I ...
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Ok, to have a gas stove near a window?

Usually stoves are positioned against a wall. Is there any reason why I can't have a stove near a window in the center of the room? The stove is currently in the position on the left, against the ...
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Is a grounded (neutral) conductor required at a switch location that controls a switched receptacle used for lighting?

The National Electrical Code requires that all habitable rooms and bathrooms, have a switch controlled light (210.70(A)(1)). It also allows a switched receptacle to be used, instead of a lighting ...
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Is half a Euro cylinder lock practical in a patio door?

If you have a sliding patio door with a Euro cylinder lock in it, it probably opens from both sides. If you only wanted opening from the INSIDE, could you replace the cylinder with a half cylinder and ...
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Can't friction fit insulation

I have interior walls that are 24OC and I'm insulating them with 15.5 OC Denim/Cotton batts (they don't make a 23/24" version of this insulation) Because they're interior, normally a friction fit ...
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Removing bath faucet fixture

I have an older bathroom sink fixture that needs some repair. I was able to remove the allen screw and pull the handles. But I can't remove anything after that. I'm assuming the outer threads on ...
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What kind of paint do I need for baseboards?

What is the keyword to use when looking for paint for baseboards. I am assuming that regardless of the color of the wall and the floor, the baseboard is always painted a pure "snow" white. (I am not ...
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Dryer burning clothes

Dryer fills house and clothes with burnt smell even when clothes are still wet. I thought it was my old dryer so I bought a brand new one. Didn't help. Bought new vent hose, then disconnected and ran ...
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Surface Water Drain Solution Between House and Retaining Wall

My house is a old colonial cape built in the 1800s that has had additions built over the years. The original house was built into a rocky hillside with a very shallow pier and beam foundation. The ...
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what tool / technique would I use to take the fan blade off this fridge motor (and re-mount it to a new one?)

Not the best picture as it's straight on - here's another from http://www.fan-and-blower.com/axial-fan-ebmpapst-bg2012/ I believe the one in my Bosch fridge freezer is on its way out as it's ...
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Can I install storm door on the door frame?

I want to install a storm door. But my door looks a bit different: it doesn't have something called "brick module". I'm quite confused, since storm door's manual always suggests to install the storm ...
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High electric bills due to electric problem [duplicate]

We get a low voltage shock when you touch metal with wet hands. When the electrician was at our house he turned off the main that supplies power the house and went around the house with a voltage ...
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Water on basement floor and attempting to fix with mortar?

I have waterproofed my basement completely for three sides (digging and using membrane and installing weeping tile), but for the remaining side which is a sidewalk, it would be too expensive to bust ...
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Does joint compound or ceiling texture emit a harmful odor?

Preface: My grandmother knows little about Home Improvement or Repairing; please keep answers basic and explain as if she is 10. My grandmother lives in a new condominium in Canada, built in 2011 ...
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Possible to repair this retaining wall?

My wife and I are replacing the deck at the back of our house, and after we demolished the existing structure found the retaining walls near our basement door have moved significantly. These are ...
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after power cut - fuses all on and no power? (to pool filter)

We had a power cut last night due to a thunderstrom and this morning our pool filter wouldn't turn on. I checked all fuses in the fuse box, and everything appears to be switched on. I have a ...
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Water seepage in basement

I have water seeping into my basement where the mortar has eroded. Is there some sort of waterproofing I can put on before the new mortar, or is there a type of mortar that is waterproof? Any info ...
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Gap between siding and floor slab

I had a leaky bathroom sink, and tore everything out down to the studs and exterior wall. I noticed that there is a gap between the sole plate on the cement slab, and the exterior wall. Should I ...
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Can I resize a bench

I've finally found two identical bench's on an auction site that are almost perfect as I'm looking to create a breakfast nook In my kitchen that im doing up. Unfortunately just measured and one is ...
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Higher waterpressure through one 40mm pipe or two 32mm pipes?

I have a small field I need to water, it is 100m away from my water outlet. My water pressure is somewhere around 1.5bar. I have two options to connect the sprinkler on the field: A. 40mm pipe (40mm ...
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AC won't come on

We went to turn our air conditioner on in our house for the first time this summer and nothing. We can hear the thermostat "click" but no air comes out - even when set to "fan". If we switch it over ...
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Is this a workable water softener plan?

I'd like to install a water softener in my house. I have a good idea of what's required, but I'd like to know if I'm overlooking anything. I have city water coming into my basement through the floor ...
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Do new integrated kitchen faucets come with threads for adapters?

I use a Python No Spill Clean and Fill Aquarium Maintenance System with my current kitchen faucet to change out my fish tank water. I'm thinking about getting a new faucet and kitchen sink, but the ...
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How should I secure spindles on a baserail without a groove?

I would like to replace a single piece metal spindle with wooden spindles, however, the metal is just screwed into the baserail, which does not have a groove. So I cannot follow instructions like ...
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Air conditioner works in an outlet but not a timer

I have a wall unit air conditioner that works fine when I plug it into any outlet or power strip. However, when I plug it into a timer or a thermostat timer, which is then plugged into an outlet, the ...
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Is this a fire hazard?

I was going to change a light switch and repair some wall damage. When I started opening up the wall above the switch, I saw the electrical wire clamped to the stud. I noticed black marks around it. ...
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Found old, deteriorated septic tank lids in yard, do I need to keep them?

Our house was built in 1965. We purchased it about 1 1/2 years ago. While doing some yardwork this weekend, we discovered a septic tank lid about 6" below the grass. Then we remembered seeing a ...
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What happens if you sweat pipe copper pipe without flux?

I may have forgotten to use soldering flux paste when I replaced a water valve on 1/2" copper tubing. It was in a tight place and sweating pipe is not something I do often. Some of the joints I ...
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Removed Outer Brick on an Old Fireplace. Need Advice on how to re-finish

So, long story short... Wife and I were fixing some damaged walls around the fireplace and noticed the brick at the top starting to come loose, we wanted to update the fireplace anyways and decided ...
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What type of pipe is this? [on hold]

We are trying to work out whether our lead pipes have been replaced - we found 2 blue pipes under the floorboards in our hallway - is there any chance they aren't for water?
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Electrical appliances on one outlet

Firstly, this is in France so we're talking 220V power. I've got two new single/individual induction hobs. They're both 2100W at full blast. I'm replacing a double hob unit where one hob was 1900W ...
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How do I source/eliminate the sour, spicey, musty odour in our living room?

We have a bad smell in our living room that is much worse in the morning when we open the door, presumably because it has been shut in overnight. The smell never seems to travel to the adjacent hall ...
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In what circumstances would an AC produce no condensate but still cool the air?

In what circumstances would an AC produce no condensate but still cool the air?
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What kind of sub-contractor do I use for cutting out a window in a wall that the kitchen and living room share?

I'm sorry for this very basic question but I know that plumbers deal with pipes, electricians deal with wiring, etc. but what is the name of the kind of sub-contractor that can cut a make a pass ...
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Nails for deck framing

I was told (as well as read online) that I should use 16d nails for deck framing. However I have been using nails labeled "Grip-Rite 5-lb 16D 3.5-in Hot-Dipped Galvanized Smooth Box Nails" in the ...
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Cooling radiators in summer?

How efficient would it be to use radiators circulating with cold water, to cool house in summer? Wondering if anyone has tried this, and how well it works? I was thinking about H/AC in general, and ...
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Cosmetic fix for installing decking board when not parallel to house?

I am expanding the deck that goes very far (35 x 48 feet ~ 1000 sqft). So I am pretty sure the further end will not perfectly parallel to the house. It could be 1-2 inch off from one end to the other ...

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