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Why won't my first course of siding stay in the vinyl starter strip?

We need help. This is Day 5 of trying to re-side our home. We have our starter strip (vinyl) in place and it's level. However, we can't get the first course of siding to stop popping off. It was ...
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Install solar floodlight on roof

Disclaimer: I am very unfamiliar with any terms, so I apologise beforehand for using wrong ones. I'll compensate with pictures. I have a solar powered outdoor floodlight. It is very similar to this ...
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Why are so many radiators installed beneath a window (at least in Germany)?

I live in Germany and I always wondered why the radiators in most apartments are installed right beneath a window. The pictures below show an example (this is an older building, but you see similar ...
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What should I do with my wood countertop edge strips, in preparation for laminate installation

I'm planning on replacing the laminate sheet on my kitchen countertops. I plan to use Formica, and their IdealEdge edging for the sides. These laminate edges are kinda precision, with the goal being ...
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Installing 125a sub panel off 200a outside panel with 150a breaker that powers house panel

My electric meter is on a pole with a breaker panel under it. The panel is 200a with a 200a main breaker and a 150a breaker in the outside panel that feeds the 200a panel in my house. I'm planning to ...
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How to install skinny cylinder surface mount ceiling light?

I, located in Canada, bought UL-listed surface mount ceiling spotlights with diameter of about 6.5cm from Italy. My builder says it is illegal to install the cylinder body directly to the ceiling ...
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Hardwood Flooring around Floor to Ceiling Windows

we are in the mist of installing 3/4" hardwood flooring in the house. The great room has several floor to ceiling windows, including around the front door. In the bedrooms and hallway we did not ...
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Wiring question wifi thermostats (Home wired with 2 wire)

I have a home that has 6 thermostats all wired with 2 wire. The homes heat is operated by a boiler connected to Honeywell zone valves. I am trying to install wifi thermostats and was wondering if it ...
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Cabinets Installed Directly on Slab?

I just had some cabinets installed in my kitchen directly on the concrete slab foundation, and the installer didn't use any moisture barrier or anything comparable to ensure the wood products avoid ...
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Building a trackless, sliding projector mount [closed]

I have a neat little motorized projector screen that disappears into the ceiling space when I'm not using it. It's mounted 50 cm from the wall, so it drops down just in front of my 47cm deep console + ...
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How to install a wood mantel on an existing stone mantel

I have the option to put a boxed mantel (hollow) or regular mantel on top of this pre-existing stone mantel. What would be the best way to install it? Could I use glue? If not, what kind of screws, ...
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Door trim different depth on walls

Looking for a solution to trimming a door and struggling to do it the best way. Left side of door will fit normal casing size; however, the right side is 1.75" of difference in depth. Since it's ...
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Nest 3rd gen Learning Thermostat install help

I am currently looking at installing a nest 3rd gen to my current Worcester Bosch 30SI compact combo boiler. I currently do not have a thermostat and the combo boiler is controlled by a Honeywell ...
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How do I wire Honeywell RTH6500 Thermostat?

I have an old battery powered HW thermostat using 4 wires (W Y G R). I intend to replace it with a Honeywell RTH6500WF using a 24v power adapter, hook the adapter’s 2 wires directly to the baseplate ...
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Installer won't install dishwasher due to "old" stop valve

We just ordered a new Bosch dishwasher from Home Depot, including third-party installation. The installer they sent looked under the sink and said that because our stop valve is too old, that he ...
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Loose window sills indoors in a UK home

We're considering a home purchase. It's lovely, but there are problems with a number of the windows. Interior, the windows in question have loose wooden window sills. When I say loose, pushing down on ...
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Adding Mobile Home Door to Horiz Aluminum Siding wall. How to seal?

I have a Smithbilt shed which has horizontal aluminum siding for walls, with 2x4 framing inside. I have a shutter door and want to add a normal entry door (so I can close the door without being locked ...
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In a new, well built house, what is a typical amount to plan to shim cabinets?

Do you normally end up shimming 1/4" or less? Or can even a well built house end up as high as 5/8" or 3/4" over 15 feet? I just don't have a sense of what is "typical" to ...
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Can I use Type N Mortar for acrylic bathtub?

I am installing a Delta brand Acrylic bathtub in a basement on concrete. The instructions call for a mortar base but does not specify a specific kind. Would Mastercraft brand “Type N Mortar” from ...
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Type S Mortar suitable for basement bathtub install?

I’m installing a Delta acrylic tub in the basement on concrete. I have a bag of Type S mortar from a different project. Is that suitable for this installation? Delta’s instructions don’t have a ...
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How to convert wet/dry to dry mode?

I have a previously-owned wet/dry ShopVac that I have only used for its wet mode (basement floods a lot). I now want to "switch it over" to its dry mode for the first time ever: Not sure if ...
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How do we install galvanized metal roofing in bathroom as 4 ft wainscoting and prevent condensation on back side of it? [duplicate]

We are running the galvanized metal roofing horizontally as 4ft high wainscoting in main bathroom. There is a shower in this bathroom and we have no windows but will install a vent fan. We will use ...
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Connect bottleless water dispenser to this water installation?

I have a bottleless water dispenser with a thin blue tube that connects to the water source. I have an area for the dispenser, but I don't know what water connector I have to purchase to make it work. ...
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Kasa 3 way switch with 3 black wires

I'm trying to install my smart switch in my hallway and keep other one a regular switch The hallway has two lights and two switches One light switch has a red, copper and two black wires. The other ...
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How to change led light fixture back to regular light fixture

I currently have this LED light fixture. I want to change it back to regular light fixture. Power is off.
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attaching an OTR microwave mounting bracket/rail to a bumpout

I am installing an OTR microwave between cabinets which are 15 1/4" deep. The OTR needs cabinets no more than 13" deep, so I've built out from the wall 2 1/4" using a stack of three 1x6 ...
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Light box with one black, a two-black-one-red bundle, and a three-white bundle connecting to fixture with one black and one white

I swapping a fixture for cosmetic purposes. The old fixture (installed before I was here) has three indistinguishable clear-wrapped wires and a grounding wire. The wiring in the ceiling is confusing ...
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installing a P-trap for the washing machine with this layout, will it convert to S-trap or causing problem?

Because there is a badly smell from the pipe and I have just learnt that it is probably due to lacking of trap. Here is my kitchen pipe. The waste output is shared with the dish washing sink. The ...
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Can a hybrid (aka heat pump) water heater be installed outside?

Our current water heater (gas, tanked) is installed in a little enclosure on our back patio. We want to replace it with a heat pump water heater. We live in Southern CA. It never freezes. ...
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Mounting shades inside metal window frame

I was hoping you could help me out with a question I have. I would like to mount Ikea shades I bought (Trippevals, https://www.ikea.com/us/en/p/trippevals-black-out-cellular-blind-light-gray-80381487/)...
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Correct gauge wire for ev 14-50 installation. Garage is up to 50' from breaker

new here. I've decided to diy my basement bathroom, but before I close it up I wanted to upgrade the electrical. The garage is very far from the panel (very conservatively 50 ft away, more likely ...
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How to install generator inlet box with my current house setup?

Attached are the photos of my outside “main” panel and the sub-panel inside my garage.  The panel outside in backyard (main) does not have a standalone breaker “main” breaker. It is inline with the ...
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Installing Aqualisa MD 110 BSM - rubber gaskets above or below the bath?

I'm about to install Aqualisa MD 110 BSM bath/shower mixer. The installation instructions can be found on Aqualisa website here and the specific step I'm querying is at the bottom of page 25. The ...
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Engineered hardwood install has gaps at and and sides where I can see underlayment and staples respectively & floor is very squeaky

I have a high quality engineered hardwood floor with a 3-4 mm wear layer and at least 7 layers of good solid wood below. It's installed on a wooden subfloor over a basement or crawl space. My problem ...
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Can I install a shower surround over the flange?

So I've really messed up. I'm at the tail end of finishing off our basement and I realized that my flange for my shower base is outside my backer board. Flooring is laid and the walls were built up to ...
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Started putting ceramic planks in home and got as far as putting the uncoupling membrane. Question, can I pull the membrane up and reuse it elsewhere?

I got screwed. Paid someone to put ceramic tile in mobile home. He put self leveler down but he did not mix it correctly and it did not spread out and level out so the floor is not level and he ...
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Nailing Down a Floating Floor?

I am installing laminate tongue-and-groove floating floors in my kitchen with the aid of my Grandfather. I was always under the impression that a floating floor was just that - not pinned down by glue,...
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Could a pressure relief valve that drains up cause my water heater to explode?

In the case of a big pressure build up, could this "hypothetical pressure relief valve" piping installation indicated in black below cause my water heater to explode? What could be the ...
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What protects an installer from drilling a hole in joist and not hit anything?

I've found the 'where' to drill a hole in the joist span to run wire across ceiling cavity (multi-story on first floor so no attic access). What I can't find is how does someone drilling from an ...
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Is cement board that's been stored in the weather ok to use?

The previous owner of my home told me that the cement board he was going to use for a shower has been sitting outside (exposed to the weather) for about a year. The 4x8 sheets are still intact but ...
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Oven Installation - Three prong outlet

I am looking to replace my old double oven since it has stopped working. It was plugged into the wall via a three prong outlet that is located above the cutout for the ovens in the back of the cabinet ...
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macerating toilet installation with 4x90 degrees

I have a saniflo compact elite "temporary" or macerating toilet, and it was installed with 4x90 degree connectors on the way to the wall drain where a laundry machine once was used. Is this ...
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What type of register and/or installation method to use for a inside duct mounting holes?

I removed the original register cover from my vent, the screw mounts were inside the duct. I'm not sure if the fact that this is on an external wall has anything to do with it, but there was no bite ...
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Tile cutter for large format tile

I am getting ready to do a tiled shower project, and after that, a roughly 800sq ft floor. In both cases, I will use porcelain tile and the tile will be large format tile (LFT) that measures 12"...
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Problem installing rivnuts into aluminum skin and steel tubing

I have an enclosed cargo trailer. I need to install some rivnuts in the roof beams from the outside of the trailer. The aluminum skin of the trailer is attached to the steel tubing framework using ...
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How to wire a smart thermostat with dual Transformer system? R , Rc, W , Y , G. No C wire. No Jumper

Is this system considered a Dual Transformer system? According to Nest since there is a R and RC cable it must be a dual transformer. But they were unsure and I don't know what that means! I don't ...
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What goes into replacing a package unit (HVAC)?

I have an A/C, Heater package unit on the roof of my condo in Southern California. My unit works but my neighbor's unit just kicked the bucket and it is being replaced. The estimates she got varied ...
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How to install a insulation meter in panel

I want to install a fix insulation meter in a main switch board . There is lot of motors in the switch board . If there is a requirement of taking insulation we check all the motors one by one. Plz ...
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Question regarding confusing outlet smart switch install

I've been recently trying to install 2 new smart switches in place of some older light switches, but I cant for the life of me figure this out. Here is a picture I drew of the current wiring as I can ...
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What type of bracket to use between furnace and evaporator coil unit?

I have a horizontal Goodman furnace and evaporator coil installed, and I want to know what kind of bracket I can use to connect the two. The installer did a bad job and used tape and mastic to ...
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