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Can two light sources be on a dimmer within the same 3-panel switch?

Our GC's electrician recently installed a new 3-panel switch in our California bathroom to control two light sources and a dehumidifier/fan. I had wanted both light sources to be on the dimmer, but ...
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Required, or recommended, to upgrade panel?

I'm getting an EV charger installed, as we're getting an electric vehicle, and I want to check whether it's appropriate to do this install with the service we have now, or if we'll need to upgrade the ...
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Clearance from a bath external vent to a kitchen external vent?

I know that bath and kitchen vents have to terminate outside a building, at least 3' from the operable portion of a window. What if I have two such vents? Can they come out next to each other? Here ...
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If I live in the US Southwest, would a heat pump or conventional dryer use less energy?

Suppose I live in Poway, CA (weather), where temperatures are roughly between 50 and 90 F throughout the year and relative humidity is generally between 40 and 60%. With climate change the highs have ...
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Dealing with ants coming in from walls

We just moved to California, and specifically one of the many areas that has a major problem with Argentine Ants. The house we're renting is relatively new (1980s construction), but it seems like it ...
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Is this fan control switch appropriate for this ceiling fan?

United States, California, house is built in the 90s. I have a ceiling fan that says model number CF101H-60, 1.2A 120W. https://www.homedepot.com/p/Hampton-Bay-Industrial-60-in-Indoor-Outdoor-White-...
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(CA) Code for outdoor sink drainage?

I'm planning an outdoor BBQ island with a simple sink with cold water for handwashing. My city defers most code to California's code but in both cases I'm having trouble finding the relevant section. ...
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Possible to use trim with routed out channel to hide 12/2 or 12/3 wire instead of using Wiremold?

I plan to add some lighting in positions on the ceiling that doesn't have nearby wire available. The there is no free space between the ceiling/roof in which to run a wire (there's the wood, then ...
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white termites - 2 orange oil treatments, building won't fumigate

I live in a condo in LA (3rd floor) and am seemingly the only resident with termite problems. Last summer (2020), I had 3 separate areas infested with winged drywood termites - the ones with a reddish ...
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Required permit/expansion tank/inspection

My county requires a permit to replace an electric water heater. They also require installation of an expansion tank. I looked up the purpose of an expansion tank and learned municiple sourced water ...
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Tips on how to check if this guest house in ADU was built with permits?

I am about to buy a house in Santa Clara, CA county that has an ADU. As of today ADU has guest house and an operational garage. Seller is convinced that 990 sqft guest house in the ADU was built ...
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