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What type cable and size should I use for my shop?

My existing overhead wire is triplex 1/0, 2 insulated and one bare. The power company is out of the picture because they do not provide service to a customer supplied pole. My existing wire is at ...
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humming or buzzing noise

I have a buzzing or humming noise that is driving my wife and me crazy. It seems to be coming from the exhaust fans in my 3 bathrooms which exhaust into the ceilings. The noise can be very ...
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Do tile floors have transition joints at the entry to each room?

Hello I have a question regarding setting down some tiles. I tried researching the topic but I was unsuccessful. I posted a picture of the rooms that i will be setting down tiles. Which consist of 4 ...
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Table saw blade stops on contact with wood whilst motor keeps running

Table saw blades spins fast, but stops on contact with wood whilst motor keeps running so cant saw wood Its Rexon Model RM130, 1.6kW, RPM 4800 had not been used for some years I have sharpened the ...
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What is the difference between alkyd and enamel paint?

I have read that when professionals build houses, they usually use "enamel" paint for thinks like cabinets and builtins that will be subjected to wear. What are the differences between enamel and ...
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Skinny pipe entering toilet siphon flush

The flapper came off on our siphon flush, so I bought a new one. I fitted it but it was leaking badly. When I looked properly, I noticed the inner pipe delivering the water to the toilet from the ...
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2 circuits in single Box for kitchen receptacle how to properly wire

I have an issue with 2 independent circuits in a single box. Is it possible to put a Gfci switch at this location one circuit is connected to my basement bathroom via the kitchen circuit the other ...
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Is my 4-way switch replacement job safe and up to code?

I recently replaced a 4-way light switch setup with a smart dimmer setup (GE Enbrighten 14294 and GE Add-On 12723) and wanted to check wanted to check that everything I did was safe and up to code (...
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Rewire switched bathroom receptacle to always be hot

I currently have a light switch in my bathroom that controls the light and also the only outlet. Can I remove the bypass the switch so the outlet stays hot or do I need to run a new line for the ...
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14/4 cable use in switches for vent fan and light combination

This post is similar (but different) to one I posted previously, and I got great answers at that time. This is a different bathroom: I currently have an overhead bathroom light with a single pole ...
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Cut Bathroom Supply Tube

I cut my hot water supply tube while replacing a damaged piece of flooring in my bathroom - pretty much cut it in half and now can't get it to stop leaking. How can I fix it to prevent future leaks?
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Plug too hot to touch after using toaster

I've used a toaster in the same outlet for a few years, today when unplugging it immediately after use I noticed the metal prongs on the plug were uncomfortably hot. The outlet was hot too, but ...
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Circuit Load - With addittion of LED recessed and cabiniets lighting

I’m renovating my 1984 kitchen and I’m worried about exceeding the maximum load on the circuit. I’d like to add Recess Lighting and Upper/Below Cabinet Lighting as well. I know that 12 devices are ...
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Draft coming out of water heater vent intake

I have a power vented water heater. The PVC exhaust pipe runs up in to the ceiling then horizontally outside my house. This was installed by professionals, not DIY. The outlet at the back is ...
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How to fix old BX wires

I have a house that was built in 1923 which has the original BX armored cable throughout. At the switches, fixtures, and outlets, some of the cloth-over-rubber sheathing has become brittle, cracked, ...
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Can I upgrade my 40amps breaker to 50amps or do I need rewiring?

I have a 40amps range breaker. I want to upgrade it to 50amps. I know that the wires need to support 50amps if I want to upgrade it to 50amps. However, I am not able to figure out whether the wires ...
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How can I reuse lumber from the basement walls of my 1938 home?

I'm capable and ambitious but inexperienced. If the solution to my question is obvious, I probably didn't find the answer because I didn't know the right terminology to Google the question! In my ...
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What to ask an Electrician when upgrading a service and adding circuits for a kitchen remodel

I have a Federal Pacific Panel and I read that I need to replace ASAP. I’m getting some bids from several electricians. Can you please help me learn what I need to ask? In addition to replacing the ...
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Kitchen cabinet door doesn't stay open

The door to our kitchen cabinet doesn't stay open at a right angle. Instead, it swings closed right away. How can I have it stay open until I want to close it?
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Screw Sizes for Electrical Connection box lids

Am having to install covers to several different types of electrical connections boxes in my house. Some are round, blue ones and some are a grayish tan with corners rounded. None of them have cover ...
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Can I tighten unused terminal screws on my outlets?

I bought some receptacle extenders in 1/4 and 3/8 to bring outlets more flush to drywall. The outlets have push-in connectors on the back. Is there any harm in screwing down the terminals screws on ...
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How to prepare these bushes for healthy grow in Spring and Summer? [migrated]

I have a few of those hydrangeas and some others like below I left them alone during winter. Now do I cut them down to the root? Or do I leave them alone like that? What to do? I am in Pacific ...
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Header beam nailing code requirement

I asked a version of this question yesterday, but now I would like to know exactly what the code says when it comes to nailing. So I am placing this 13ft (12.8ft) Versa-Lam LVL beam as header for a ...
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Is it safe to use this dimmer on LED bulbs?

I have a question about dimmer switches for LED flood lights. My kitchen has six floodlights on a Lutron toggler dimmer switch, model AY-603P. http://www.lutron.com/en-US/pages/SupportCenter/support....
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Can I add insulation to exterior home walls without redoing all the drywall?

I recently bought a house and Ive found out the insulation is not good enough in the exterior walls. Is there a way that I can just cut a small hole and maybe blow in insulation into the walls ...
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What is the difference between 1x4 blueboard purlin and 1x4 whiteboard purlin?

What is the difference between 1x4 blueboard purlin and 1x4 whiteboard purlin? I had a guy come in and tell us that he always uses blueboard, that it was better then the whiteboard. I can't find ...
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I want to add a few outlets in my spare room

Okay, so here is what I got. I have done a fair amount of replacing switches and outlets but this is my first time adding outlets. I have a 15 amp breaker in the box running a couple of lights and ...
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Can a C wire be added to an old Teledyne Laars JVT-100C boiler?

Good morning. I have an old Teledyne Laars JVT-100C Boiler, that only has R,W,A terminals. is there a way to add a C wire to this boiler in order to power my thermostats? Thanks in advance...
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Is there a dimmer light switch with secondary constant 120V output?

I have a vent fan and an overhead light in my bathroom. They are currently tied to one standard light switch. When that light switch is in the "on" position, the vent fan and light are both powered on....
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Found mismatched breaker and wiring while replacing kitchen outlet in older house

I have a few experiences wiring outlets and lighting but still am a novice. We have a 1941 2BR house in the US. A duplex outlet had chipped plastic on one of the outlets where the ground prong ...
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Will coefficient of performance rise in the future for heat pumps?

I can see there are heat pumps with x > 4.1 SCOP, which is great! Q: But will this get better in the future? Ex. in 10 years? New type of heat-pumps? Or are there any psyhical limitations, that ...
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LED not working on some sockets

So I've gotten one of those wifibulbs that you can change the color through an app and all that. My problem was that it works with table lamps and standing lamps but it doesn't with the hanging ...
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New construction window remove nail flange

I received free metal new construction windows to use as replacement windows. Is this possible? It will save on expenses for my project. If yes how do I remove the nail fin.
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Do I need green board behind all tile?

I’m flipping a kitchen with 12 foot ceilings. Walls were recently redone with dlrywall but no outlets were installed. Originally I planned to tile up to 5’ and replace the wall behind it with green ...
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Replacing 2 split receptacles with 2 GFCIs

I have a similar situation to How do I install a GFCI receptacle with two hot wires and common neutral? in my kitchen. The solution looks good and I'm ready to go ahead, but with one reservation... ...
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Stainless steel nails for roof?

Stainless steel nails for roofing is ~$1K premium. Assume that the commercial roof (self-storage building, with sloping roof) is on a Florida island, but not on the beach. What questions do I need ...
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How to Make extension for transformer Busbar [on hold]

I'm trying to make extension for transformer busbar to install CT's as attached picture but i have some concerns about if The ext. busbar will accept the wight of cables without any damage ? Check ...
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Do new Air conditioning units require new pads?

Is a new pad required when an entire new central AC unit (inside, outside, ductwork, everything) is installed? Does the outside unit require anything around it when it’s in the backyard?
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Bathroom… Fan, Light, and Heat blower

I have an old existing bathroom exhaust fan, light and heater. I want to replace this with just a new exhaust fan and light without the heater. Please advise how I should do the wiring since I will ...
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Nails versus staples for OSB sheathing on walls

What is the best fastener for applying osb sheathing to an exterior wall? Nails or staples? Some areas have building codes in place that require nails, but in my experience in pulling off fastened osb ...
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Appropriate heatgun for removing cellphone screens/backs

From watching a number of Youtube videos it appears that many cellphones require a heatgun (or equivalent) to remove the screens or backs. Similary, Looking at a Huawei 10 lite phone backing, it ...
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Is it worth it to DIY kitchen cabinets?

Has anybody tried to build their own kitchen cabinets ? I have to replace only about 12 feet of base and top cabinets. They are costing me almost $6000 (installed) for medium grade cabinets. These ...
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Exposing Beams in existing ceiling

I am planning to remove drywall ceiling and expose the beams. The area is above kitchen and family room. There are quite a few recessed lights and fans. What considerations I have to bear in mind ...
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Why are these receptacles so difficult to plug into?

I just moved into a new apartment with these weird receptacles that make it very difficult to plug anything in. Is there a trick to these? Or is it normal for it to be extremely difficult to plug into ...
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What's wrong with my heater?

My heater only turns on if the temperature inside the home is 68 degrees or above. If the temperature inside the home is below 68 degrees, I can hear the thermostat click when I turn on the heater but ...
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Running wire in basement with drop ceiling

I’m continuing on updating my basement and have a few questions I hope someone can answer since I’ve had luck here before. The basement has a drop ceiling too. The lighting used to be tracking ...
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Can this valve be removed?

Where would wrenches go? Does it need to be cut?
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Can I use #8 copper to replace a #6 ground wire?

I need to replace the ground wire that runs from the panel to the rod embedded in earth. it looks like the existing wire is 6 g. i'm having trouble finding that gauge and wonder if I can use 8 gauge ...
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Gap between ceiling and woodvrafters

There is a gap between my ceiling and wood rafters. The house was built in the late 90s. My painter is talking about installing 1/4 roll to seal the gap. Is that the best way?
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Is it safe to screw #14 screws into the bottom of Center Support Beam?

Making an 8' clothing rack in the basement. I don't want to weaken the center support beam which is made up of 3 2x10". Would it be safe to secure the pipe flange with 2 1/2" #14 screws into the ...

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