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How to seal a foundation wall hole 7' feet deep around a 2" pipe in a cold heavy snow climate

Our foundation has a 2" hole for the water main / well pipe which is about 7' below the ground outside. During spring thaw when there is several feet of snow melting, the ground gets saturated, ...
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Single Lever Faucet runs sporadically

I have 2 Single Lever Kitchen Faucets one works fine with no problems but the other adjacent one runs sporadically. Often no water (either on hot or cold) other times low pressure and then out of the ...
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Can’t remove Schlage door handles

I’ve got a Schlage door handle that I want to remove so I can tighten it since it's loose on the wall, but I can't for the life of me figure it out. All the instructions online talk about these ...
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Does old latex and oil paint (and shellac) expire?

My dear dad was a professional painter. His garage, which I am now attempting to clean out, is filled with cans of paint -- latex, oil, shellacs, waxes. I wonder if some of these can be used today. ...
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What is the technique and required materials to connect a new PVC elbow to an existing PVC T-Pipe?

When connecting a new PVC elbow to an existing PVC T-Pipe, is there any special technique required or any materials (such as plumber's putty) required to complete this task? I'm imagining it's very ...
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When selecting a garbage disposal, generally best to select galvanized steel or stainless steel for the grind components (cutting blades)?

When selecting a garbage disposal, is it generally best to select galvanized steel or stainless steel for the grind components (cutting blades)? Obviously, it depends on the specific grades of steel ...
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How can I install ducts on a high place in a building where I can't put nails or screws and where I can't hold ducts to install them?

It's a building like that and we need to install ducts at where the red line is. There is no near balconies or windows to help me put the screws in the wall. The ladder can reach up to the blue line ...
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Can a light fixture extend into the mounting box in the US?

Most light fixtures intended to mount to a wall or ceiling box don't actually intrude into the box cavity itself, leaving the entire box space for wiring. Is there some code (in the US NEC, or in ...
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How should I fill a 3" gap between patio and home exterior

I recently had my house re-sided from stucco to a much thinner Hardie Board. There is now a 3" gap between the foundation and patio. Both for considerations of water proofing and my spotty ...
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Why my circuit breaker trips when I turn off my motor?

I have a 1/2hp single phase motor that I wired to a switch. I reused an old wall light switch for testing. I believe my wiring is correct as I am able to turn it on. But when I turn it off, it trips ...
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30' HVAC Duct Run - Booster Fan Viability?

I have a 2 story house, 4000 sq. ft, that has two furnaces in the basement. The first floor heats and cools okay. The second floors, 2/3's of the upstairs nearest to the furnace gets sufficient ...
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Is this type of ballast compatible with drop-in LED tubes?

I'm mulling over replacing the old tubes in the garage with LEDs. However, I'm learning that if I want to do that without doing some re-wiring, it might depend on what type of ballast I have. I have ...
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Disposal Circuit Update

I moved to a house built in 1995 and want to update the disposal connection, but found some conflicting rules that I don't know how best to comply with. The existing connection is a 14-2 NM cable run ...
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Found PVC sewer pipe while installing flag pole

I'm currently in the process of digging a hole in my front yard to install a flag pole. The dimensions of the hole are 16" deep and 24" in diameter. Once I reached my 16" depth, I ...
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Sprinkler valve won't turn on by automatic timer

Earlier this year, I asked a question about why my station #6 wasn't turning on by the automatic timer. The advice was to get a new solenoid. I did that and it fixed the problem immediately. My ...
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How to connect the ground wires that are bunched together in my receptacle

I'm updating my light switches in the garage to use an occupancy light, which requires a ground to function. Inside the receptacle I can see that the two previous switches were not grounded, and I see ...
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Voltage tester 220v

Will a 110v pen tester pick up or test a 220v socket? It doesn't sound or light up near the 220 socket. I want to make sure it works before I replace it.
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Drilling holes in towel hanger hardware

I'm trying to hang a towel hanger, but with my own anchors. I'm struggling to drill a hole in the steel hardware that gets bolted to the wall: I'm using a hand drill, running at about 450rpm. I've ...
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Mud tubes on outside of house:What to do?

There are 3 mud tubes on the outside of a basement window, under a deck. They are not connected to the ground. What might I do about them? See photos. enter image description here
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What to do with a 100' 6 gauge AL “Extension Cord”

My son just purchased a home with a detached garage and I was initially excited to find they had connected the buildings with 1-1/2" buried Sched 80 PVC and a 50amp circuit as the previous owner ...
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Running wire through exposed beam

Searched through existing questions and couldn't find an exact answer. My screened in porch has an exposed beam ceiling, and I'm trying to figure out a wiring issue. The ceiling is actually the roof ...
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New baseboard on old wood floors

We are getting our floors refinished and I would like to replace the baseboard + shoe moulding with baseboard only. The problem is the original wood floor installation used shoe, so right now, shoe is ...
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Flat roof with Noggins and Firring Strips

When using firring strips on top of the roof joists to provide a slight slope for a flat roof, my current assumption is that you need 2 sets of noggins, one for the roof OSB and another for the ...
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How can I make textured tiles pick up less dirt

After having them installed, I realized that the textured tiles that I chose pick up dirt off of shoes extremely easily. The dirt can be cleaned off with water and a little effort, but in order for ...
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Are mobile air conditioning systems an inherently flawed design?

I read an opinion somewhere that almost all mobile air-conditioning systems are "working against themselves". An A/C whose motor and compressor is inside the house as opposed to being ...
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3 way switches / multiple buildings / no neutral or ground in conduit

I am installing two 3 way switches to control lights in my shed. I have 3/4" conduit in the ground between the two locations. I DO NOT want to run ground or neutral through the conduit. ...
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A tale of two Victorian houses: one cracking, one sloping. Potential causes?

Did a viewing of two houses in London, revealing different problems. What could be causing these issues? Which one is potentially more serious? Mr Slopy No visible internal cracks inside; ground ...
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3 phase MWBC - 2 pole breaker with shared neutral

I’ve searched around and can’t quite find an answer to my question. I understand that you can share a neutral on a 3 phase panel if you use a 3 pole breaker. But can you still share a neutral on a 3 ...
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Building Ipe deck… How to butt joints with 45° Joists?

So, as the question states... What is the "right" way to do this? Purple are the joists. Orange are the edges of the board. Red is the butt joint. Cyan are the screws - mainly doing edge ...
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Is it safe to connect 220v and 110v neutral lines together on the same breaker bar?

Saw my electrician split the breaker box into 2 sections. He used one side for 220V with the main switch (ON/OFF) connected to 220 supply (hot), and also connected to the Neutral breaker bar. He ...
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Can a light fixture that uses three bulbs be changed out for one that uses one bulb, using the same wiring?

I have two outside light fixtures by the garage that use three 60 watt flame shaped bulbs. I am wanting to change the fixtures out for ones that use just one regular 60 watt bulb. Will the same wiring ...
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Gap on the left side of the window frame

New home owner here. Thank you for reading my post! I just purchased my house about 3 months ago. I noticed a gap on the right side of the window frame outside of the house. I'm not sure what caused ...
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How to maintain minimum distance between two trellis posts that are warping?

The posts on one side of my raspberry trellis are warping in towards the center which is causing the trellis wire to be less taut than I would like. When I built the trellis the posts were straight ...
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Electrical: Replace light switch with smart switch, odd wiring question

I have a very simple switch attached to my attic fan. Between the switch and the fan is a temperature sensor that will only trigger the fan when the attic is hot enough. I’d like to replace the ...
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Setbacks meaning

We are building/renovating our detached garage that is behind our house. I’m trying to understand the setback rules. I just excerpted what is relevant… SIDEYARD (interior): One-Story: Total of 10% of ...
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Increase flow rate from RO drinking water

My house has well water and a reverse osmosis system for drinking water. The water for the RO system is plumbed through a prefilter, an automatic shutoff valve, the RO membrane, through the other side ...
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should a glass fixed panel shower door sit directly on a tile curb?

Should a glass fixed panel shower door sit directly on a tile curb? Instructions that I have don't say anything about having a small gap. I would think a small gap, say 1/8" would allow for ...
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How to remove an old celiing box that doesn't have screws?

I need to replace this old ceiling box. I'm wondering if I have to remove it from the attic (not easily accessible). I don't know what was used to attach it to a joist (or whatever). It's not a screw. ...
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Moen Bathroom Faucet Cartridge

I need to identify the cartridge for a MOEN sink handle. I need to know which cartridge to get, so I can purchuse the correct special tool for my sink. It is leaking, and I believe replacing the ...
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Replacing Grout Around Kitchen Sink

first time poster, hope someone can help. The grout around my kitchen sink is old and broken, and I'd like to replace it. Not sure if it would be better with grout or caulk (I've never used grout, ...
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Can I seal a crack in a Zurn Wilkins 375 RP backflow preventer?

I noticed our backflow preventer was leaking, so I pulled out the assembly to see what the issue is and it looks like a decent-sized crack in the plastic above the relief valve. Is this something I ...
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Terracotta tile grout problems

I have a handyman installing terracotta tile in a kitchen remodel I'm doing. Most of it is looking pretty good, but the grout is having difficulty in some places; the grout was put down in two layers. ...
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How to add handles to glass Justis doors?

We just bought a condo - the kitchen has the Ikea Rubik horizontal pull-up glass doors (now known as the Justis glass doors). With me being on the shorter side, it's hard for me to open without using ...
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Tankless hot water smells

We bought a house with a Rinnai RUC98 tankless hot water heater already installed. We didn't notice anything about the water at first except only that when we did laundry, the dried clothes smelled ...
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How do I cover exposed exposed wood under cracked stucco?

Let me set up some context: My house is at the bottom of a hill, so when it rains, the water flows down North, into my back yard, and pools on the North and South-facing sides of my house. Over time ...
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Home fuse box: bedroom breakers causing failure in parts of the circuit

I'm a new home owner. A couple of days after moving in, the living room overhead fan/light stopped working. The outlets in one of the upstairs bathrooms have also stopped working. When I went to the ...
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How to remove older Schlage deadbolt? [duplicate]

I just bought a house and want to replace the locks. Unfortunately, on door has what appears to be an older Schlage double cylinder deadbolt that I can't figure out how to remove. I've tried prying ...
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How to fix leak in bathroom sink at rubber gasket of drain assembly

I've just installed a new drain assembly from home depot on a new cultured marble bathroom sink. I followed the steps in this fabulous video to prevent leaks, including putty plumbers putty around/on ...
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CAD software that can generate engineering plans

I am looking to have an attached garage built. I contacted a few architecture firms and they all have unreasonable wait times. I was already on the fence about shelling out a few thousand for someone ...
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What will i need to remove Nest's from home?

I just moved into a house that has Nest temperature controllers in both the upstairs and downstairs. I don't plan to have any wifi in the home and I want to replace Nest with hvac controllers that ...

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