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Proper replacement for dying Honeywell Thermostat

I have a Honeywell TH800 Series thermostat controlling a heat-pump and furnace for forced air and aux heat. Last week the touchscreen stopped responding. After playing around with it I took it off its ...
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New light fixture won't turn off

I tried installing a light fixture in a previously unused light box (so cannot use how previous light was wired as a baseline). My light fixture has a black live wire, a white neutral wire and a green ...
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USB outlet in narrow wall box

I have a 1950s house that has narrow wall boxes, they are about 1-7/8" wide inside, not 2". The boxes are metal, with a metal conduit, in this case there's no ground wire but the conduit is ...
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Fence post footings

I am looking to build about 60' of wooden fence, with 6x6 posts. I will hire a company to come and dig the holes, but I first wanted to find out the best way to fasten the posts. I know that many ...
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Can a circuit with three-ways be split in two branches?

I have a circuit like this: panel ======= three-way (1) ============ three-way (2) ===== ceiling-mounted fixture I would like to have another fixture a bit further, with its own new three-way, but ...
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Can you wire a 120 volt receptacle off a 240 volt plug?

I want an over-the-range microwave, but my circuit panel is maxed out, so it can't be on its own circuit, and it would be a headache to run a new wire there anyways. My stove has two 120 volt plugs on ...
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Water heater on 30A breaker with 12/2

The water heater that came with my home when I purchased it is on a double pole 30A breaker and wired with 12/2 romex. The breaker seems to be sized correctly for the wattage (4500W) but should it be ...
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15A receptacle in kitchen in Canada

We have a 15A circuit in the kitchen. Right now there it runs to to a single gang box where it connects to wires that go to the fume hood. I think the the box was put there to accommodate a switch ...
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Can I replace a portion of a furnace exhaust pipe by using two couplings?

I live in York Region (Vaughan Ontario). The gas company came by and performed a visual inspection. They identified my furnace exhaust pipe (black APS 2") is starting to crack at the coupling (...
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How often should ducts / furnaces be cleaned?

Asking for a house with a dog located in Canada but any general answers would be welcomed.
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Running a neutral wire to a switch box

I live in Ontario, Canada. My place was wired pre 2011 code, so it doesn't have a neutral in (most of?) the switch boxes. I would think that the easiest way to fix this is to run a neutral line from ...
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Wire nut use safety/legality with dangling cord?

Im getting a new light fixture installed and the electrician has decided to use wire nuts from the fixture box on the roof, to the ground (with the cord dangling in the center of the room)to power ...
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Electrical wiring to indoor light switch — two black hot wires or one line/load wire?

I'm replacing a light switch that controls outdoor house lights with a hardwired timer switch. I tried attaching one of the top black wires in the pictures below to the timer's line wire and I ...
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Installing 6-20R receptacle in the kitchen (Ontario)

Was thinking of installing one in order to take advantage of 240V countertop appliances (i.e. a heavy-duty induction cooktop) Are there any specific Canadian electrical code requirements for ...
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Canexel warping - How to evaluate the risk, cost of maintenance and cost of replacement?

Here's the situation, we are interested into buying this home for our new family but there seems to be an issue with the siding. It's hard for me to evaluate the risk of it. I mean, should I negotiate ...
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Botched grounding in receptacle junction boxes

Background: I recently moved into an apartment building in Canada (built in 1969). I don't know much about the electrical code, how grand-fathering works within it, etc., but I have an intermediate ...
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Electrician strangely cut and capped hot wire of receptacle

Background: I recently moved into an apartment building in Canada (built in 1969). I don't know much about the electrical code, how grand-fathering works within it, etc., but I have an intermediate ...
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How should I decide between an HRV and ERV for a northern climate home?

I have a 33 years old house in Bedford, Nova Scotia, Canada. The existing air exchanger is out of order and need to replace with something newer. Question is should I get a HRV or ERV system. As I ...
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Multiple holes in exterior wall studs for electrical wiring

Our home in Toronto was built in the early 70s with aluminum wiring. Since we are doing a bunch of renovations we took the decision.to replace the existing aluminum wiring with copper wiring. The ...
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Wired to Wireless Doorbell

I am looking at replacing my doorbell (original to the house, circa 1978) with something more modern looking. Now, the problem I have is that most of the modern doorbells are wireless. Mine is wired......
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How do I replace and insert what kind of missing pin - bolt in a home fused disconnect box?

Power from Hydro (the electric company) runs into this disconnect box then continues to the meter. I'm looking for help as to what I should use to replace the missing bolt or pin that connects the on/...
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Hardwood Floor Layout Question

Background: I am installing prefinished 3/4" solid oak hardwood floors throughout the main level of my house. I have never installed hardwood before. I have a 3/4" plywood subfloor nailed (and now ...
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How to wire multiple 240V, 20A electrical baseboard heaters

I have two baseboard heaters to install on a 240V, 20A circuit. One heater is 1500w and the other is 2000w. From my panel, I leave the 20A breaker with 12/2 wire to reach the first baseboard. ...
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Can you add another stove to an existing circuit?

Suppose you wanted to put a second oven next to the existing oven in your kitchen. Could you simply add a second receptacle to the circuit? Hypothetically speaking, suppose your stoves were a ...
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Required protection for copper gas line passing through metal opening in fireplace casing (Alberta, Canada)

Background context: As executor, I'm in the process of selling my late father's house. I have an offer pending; following the home inspection, the prospective buyers have submitted a list of ...
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House build in late 1960s- Western gypsum drywall-asbestos

Wondering if Western Gypsum dryall products contained asbestos. Am planning to take for testing, just looking for a quick answer or link to a list of Canadian products that contained asbestos.
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What is this open pipe below the basement floor?

We are doing our basement floor, and when we removed the old carpet I found the box depicted in the picture. The main pipe is clearly the main drain going to the sewer, so no worries there. But there ...
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Where in the Canadian building or plumbing code is the 15" toilet clearance rule?

I've heard numerous stories occurring throughout British Columbia where, apparently, inspectors enforced a rule that requires 15" of clearance from the centerline of a toilet to an adjacent finished ...
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In Canada, can I run Ethernet cables through air ducts?

I am planning to wire my new condo for Ethernet, but unfortunately I don't have the usual basement/attic access that homeowners enjoy. Barring that, the easiest way to route cables where I need them ...
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Can I run wires from two separate circuits through the same box?

Can I run wires from two separate circuits through the same box, if one of those circuits is just passing through (no connections)? I have a switch in the basement which is currently wired to outlets ...