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Connect Sonoff and physical switch with a lamp

I want to connect smart Sonoff switch to lamp with physical on-off switch I want these all scenarios to work: 1- when phy. switch is off, I can turn the lamp on/off via sonoff switch 2- when phy. ...
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My furnace heat shut off due to open high limit device code

Have a Trane xv80. Recently we have issue in furnace heater. It stops after a few minutes of heat call and fails due to highr limit device failure. I replaced the high limit switch recently. It is ...
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What should I do before leaving my house for the winter?

I have a house in the northeast and will be leaving it vacant for a while. In the past I have usually just left the heat on at a reasonable temp, maybe a little higher (62F) because I’d rather spend ...
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schlage deadbolt key just spins back and forth

I have a deadbolt where you sometimes can't open it, the key turns a quarter turn but doesn't seem to "move the deadbolt" as it were. Or sometimes the key can't even turn at all. It doesn't "spin ...
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Does this basement pit drain into the soil or the sewer?

My house was built in 1940. I recently pulled up the floor and subfloor in the basement and noticed this basement pit. There was about 6 inches of water in the bottom which I drained. Below that is ...
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What's the best way to insulate an attic with 2x4 joists?

My 1938 home currently has zero insulation (aside from a few fiberglass batts haphazardly tossed about). The ceiling joists are 2x4 (spaced 16 inch OC), rather than the more modern standard of 2x6 or ...
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Baseboard heater only works sometimes?

My Baseboard heaters will be working fine for a few days and then I will wake up with no heat. My landlord has to come and switch it back on or relight it in the basement but it was happening a lot so ...
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Why won't either toilet in my mobile home flush?

We have two bathrooms on either side of our trailer. For some reason neither of the toilets want to flush. The back fills up with water, I flush and the water sits in the bowl and doesn't drain at all....
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marking & cutting odd plywood shape

I need to create a non-standard shape of thick plywood (1+") for an extension to a kitchen island. Shape is something like this: ... the size is roughly 3ft-square, and the inside and outside ...
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What paint to use to fill engraved letters on aluminium plate?

Basically I want to engrave letters and some symbols on aluminium box and fill them in using a paint, What paint should I use? As far as I know aluminium usually gets painted by anodazing process. ...
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General Electric stove top too hot

General Electric glass top front burner dual . Has worked great for years. Now, regardless of where the control knob is turned to, the burner stays on full blast. It does turn off however.
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How much clearance do I need above a floor vent?

I am building a custom shelving unit that will sit over an inconveniently located floor vent/diffuser. My thought is to raise the bottom shelf up on stubby legs so that it does not block the vent. The ...
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Lintel plate support for thick brick wall for window

I need to poke a window in a thick brick wall in a basement carrying the rest of the also brick house above it (2 floors above + roof). The basement wall is 3 bricks thick, each brick 4" wide plus ...
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Washing machine pumps out water oddly on certain cycles

Here's a photo of my washing machine cycles: https://i963.photobucket.com/albums/ae113/TravisJJ/IMG_6500rev_zpsjfv7utit.jpg For all cycles circled in pink, my washing machine is now pumping out ...
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Why would my two-pole arc-fault breaker trip when motors are used on other circuits?

I have a two-pole arc fault breaker that is on its own. It’s used for a bedroom with one circuit used for a plug in wall heater. The other circuit is for the remaining outlets and lights in the room. ...
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Installing ceiling fan but voltage is confusing.

I’m installing a ceiling fan and the wires coming out of the ceiling have 120V from hot to neutral, about 45V hot to ground, and 45V neutral to ground. How do I find out why? And is it still safe to ...
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Door Replacement: Pre-Hung doors vs Slab doors

A building needs to have its doors replaced: when does it make sense to replace with a slab and when does it make sense to replace with a pre-hung door? The doors need to be replaced because they are ...
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Side spacing inside laundry bay

I'm making a stacked laundry bay and would like it to be as narrow as possible. Are there minimum spacing requirements for the sides of the stack? I would like 2" each side between the machines and ...
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Hide fiberglass insulation in ceiling next to stone wall

I'm pretty inexperienced to say the least, so bear with me. In my basement, the previous owners stuffed a bit of the pink insulation between the wall and ceiling but left it exposed. I don't ...
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Multiple anchors and weight dispersion

I have a large entertainment center that needs to be mounted to 5/8" drywall with metal studs. The entertainment center weighs about 180lbs by itself. In addition, I'll have a tv flush mounted, ...
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my ceiling fan and light do not work

Recently I turned the light switch and my ceiling fan/ light flickered a few times and then turned on. The next time I turned it on there was nothing so I tried the ceiling fan itself and it came on ...
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Can I use a two-pole single handle breaker for mwbc?

I have a mwbc with two 20A breakers with their handles clipped for common trip. Can I replace this ensemble with a single two-pole 20A breaker with just one handle? New panel in CA. I'm unsure ...
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Cold water handle overpowers hot water

In trying to fix a leak in my shower head, I ended up replacing both the hot and cold stems for Price Pfister handles. First, I replaced the hot water stem, which seemed to reduce the leaking. But, ...
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HVAC blower often (but not always) gets stuck ON.

I have a mid 1970’s G&S furnace. The blower often (but not always) gets stuck in the on mode even when heat isn’t being called for. The only way to stop it is to unplug the unit. Re-...
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How to Turn On a Wall Heater

There is this wall heater in my new apartment. This is the inside the panel. There is a hole in the middle. The bottom has a knob that only has "off" "high" and "low" modes. I cannot find ...
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Doorbell wiring

My house was built in 1982. I moved in over a decade ago but never bothered to fix the non-functioning wired doorbell. I’m trying to diagnose it now to see if it’s worth trying to fix or if I should ...
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How to Setup iSee 8CH 8*POE NVR and Dome Camera

I purchased this nvr: https://www.canadacomputers.com/product_info.php?cPath=37_494&item_id=118292&sid=2hohf86s579pgvfmq9uj512vr4 and this ip dome camera: https://www.canadacomputers.com/...
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Can I reuse carpet underlayment pad?

I recently ripped off the old carpet in a room, along with the under-pad. The pad is in a decent condition, so I'm wondering it could be the re-used somewhere? Of course I would not use it again for ...
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What is this bug? And should I be concerned?

I live in a high-rise condo. I have noticed a few bugs flying or crawling around in the room lately. They look harmless, but I am not sure where they come from. They have a unique trapezoid shape. ...
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Why can't I see wiring routed through my top wall plate? [on hold]

I want to run electric power to my living room ceiling from a wall switch. I am trying to snake the wires and I drilled the top plate okay but also went through the attic and room in the process. I ...
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Material likely to contain asbestos?

In basement, nailed into ceiling joists. Could be old tile / ceiling material?
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If you got 120 volts of current on each leg of a 50amp breaker but only 25v on each wire going into the stove outlet ,what could be the problem?

If you got 120 volts of current on each leg of a 50amp breaker but only 25v on each wire going into the oven outlet what could be the problem?
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Dishwasher Leaks

While running the dishwasher water leaks heavily out of the bottom front. I replaced the seal to no effect. I then noted that while the dishwasher is running there is a lot of standing water in the ...
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Can I run wire along a finished wall/ceiling in a basement?

I want to add a light in the stairway to my basement: Left side is a garage, right side is the basement with the other lights I'll need to tie into. However, I don't see how I could run a wire up ...
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Adding common wires for nest thermostats

I recently installed some Nest E thermostats for heating only usage. They’ve been great so far, but my HVAC guy warned me I would likely run into issues without a common wire. In the newer part of the ...
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How do I go about fixing this window that won't pull shut, either temporarily or permanently? So much cold air is leaking in

Album link: https://imgur.com/a/I64sdOR By looking at the other windows that function properly this one white lever should cause two little arm thingies to pull the two brown tabs inward and shut the ...
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Can this mess up my thermostat

I have some people living living downstairs, running a little portable heater all the time, so my thermostat is upstairs and my home feels so much colder up then down, can their heater be affecting ...
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How do I fix a stripped hole in a vinyl casement window?

While replacing my window crank with a T-crank I noticed the screw that is holding the gear box in place didn't seem to be doing it's job. Upon further inspection it seems that it's stripped out. ...
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Can I run PEX directly into my clothes washer?

Aside from the difficulty of finding the right fitting, is there a specific reason I need to connect my clothes washer to the taps via a hose instead of directly via PEX? I ask because hoses are ...
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New Gas Double Oven:The GFI suddenly started tripping during preheat

I installed new gas double oven using the same line from prior electric oven. Installed new 20 amp breaker and new 20 GFI outlet. The GFI outlet is tripping every time i preheat oven. Is there ...
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Protect screws in joint and make it look nicer?

So this is what the joint looks like. It's solid, but as you can see, the screws are exposed so they'll be rusting pretty soon. Also, the joint looks horrible. It's PT wood. What can I buy to make ...
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What insulation can be used between electrical cabin and heater?

Good day, I work in a paper factory and we have a heater directly behind an electrical cabin. The positions of the two must remain the same. The heater heats plastic packaging to 160 degrees celcius ...
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Safe to install vinyl plank flooring under appliances?

We’re installing luxury vinyl plank flooring in our kitchen and the instructions inside the box say not to install underneath appliances which we didn’t know until we started. How hard and fast is ...
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Brand new insinkerator soaked in water and hums without turning

Last weekend I had to fix my leaking insinkerator under the kitchen sink. I bought a new badger 5 from home depot. Due to the leakage before, I put a plastic wash basin right beneath the old ...
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Does a ground need to be install in a 2' x 4' outside junction box?

i have a bunch of outdoors 2' x 4' open bottom concrete junction boxes. the question is, does each box need to have a ground rod installed and bonded to the ground wire? if so can someone please point ...
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Can you wire a T12 fluorescent Strip light and a T8 fluorescent strip light together?

I have a 2FT Strip light and a 4FT strip light wired together in the kitchen. They are both T12 . I need to replace the 4FT one and I bought a cheap T12. However, I have to go back to the store ...
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Transition piece first or baseboard first?

I installed new floor so the transition height has changed from one room to the next. I took off the baseboards first before installing the floor. The problem is I am not sure what's the cleaner, ...
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Outdoor light fixture not working

I am a newbie with anything electrical so please forgive my ignorance. All of a sudden, my front porch light fixture stopped working. Changing the light bulb didn’t work so I’m trying to figure out if ...
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washer problem at rinse cycle and doesn't start

Why does my whirlpool washer stop at the rinse, has a small noise like its going to start but doesn't? I already reset the motor and have already calibrated the computer but nothing has happened still ...
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Can you replace just the lever of this deadbolt latch?

Can you replace just the lever of this model?

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