Questions tagged [installation]

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Is it normal to see moisture inside my solar panels?

They are installed about 10 inches above my sheet metal roof. The solar panels are Monocrystallin.
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What's wrong with the wiring in this light switch box?

In another post it was brought to my attention (thanks @Harper) that the wiring in one of my light switch boxes might be incorrect. It was something about a shared neutral, but I don't have the ...
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Do I glue luxury vinyl flooring ON or UNDER angled, metal threshold that transitions exterior to interior kitchen floor?

I’m installing LVF, gluing to wood floor (tongue & groove flooring). There is an angled piece of metal the width of the threshold, transitioning the exterior threshold into the kitchen. My ...
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How to tell if light switch box is grounded

I'm attempting to install a smart light switch in an existing light switch box. There's isn't a ground wire I can see, nor does my voltage detector light up when I touch one end to hot and the other ...
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Stopping air leaks in attic

I am attempting to take care of air leaks in the attic before new insulation is put in and I have a few questions. Along areas of the roof line there is light that comes through. I don't have soffit ...
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How can I fix a one piece fiberglass tub and surround installed improperly?

I have been dealing with this for years trying to stay ahead of any damage to the floor. The first problem is that the back side of the tub tends to allow water to flow out on the the floor when ...
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Can I install a new gas fireplace without changing cornices?

I have a room in which I am considering having a new gas fireplace installed. There is approximately 3m of wall space available (between corner and window in the picture). This will provide some ...
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StoneCraft Stone veneer

I am putting in cabinets on either side of an existing fire place. Raising the cabinets 1’ off the floor. I want to use stone veneer on the front of the raised base for the cabinets. The front ...
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Can you build a retaining wall vertically with no angle?

I am planning to redo our front steps in stone and my plan is to essentially have two stone walls on each side of the steps coming down from the entrance. For appearances it would be definitely ideal ...
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How to install a wall-safe in a concrete wall?

Our walls are made of poured concrete. If I wanted to install a wall-safe, what would be the most efficient way to do that? When I added a vent to the bathroom I simply drilled a lot of holes next ...
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Dishwasher install, no power

I just installed a GE dishwasher. When I turned the breaker on, it had no power. The wall and dishwasher both have 3 wires, black (hot), white (neutral), and green (ground). I have 120VAC from ground ...
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How to install door security guard on metal door jamb?

I bought a door security guard that looks like this The instruction coming with it says I need to drill a 1/8‘’hole first on the door jamb and put the screws in it, but I am not sure it would work ...
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Which side up on installation of Fesco Foam Insulation?

I’ve got a stack of Manville Fesco Foam insulation boards salvaged from a commercial installation that I’m repurposing for the inside of my garage roof. I’m planning on machining them to fit around ...
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Distributed expansion gaps in solid hardwood flooring

I am planning to install prefinished solid 3 1/4" wide by 3/4" thick ash hardwood in my home using 2" cleats. I live in Canada, so the average indoor humidity difference between winter and summer is ...
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Installing a transfer switch

I too have a Generac 5500 Generator. It is safely positioned on the side of my home, a double - wide on block foundation , on a concrete pad. I have a super clean (even vacuumed) crawl space. I want ...
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Dishwasher supply line leaking when attached to unit

I'm attempting to install a new dishwasher, a Bosch 500 series. The water supply line itself is fine, as in there are no leaks along the line itself. However, I can't get the connection to the ...
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How can I make my hard stone entrance staircase softer and more kid friendly?

I live on the top floor of 3 storey housing unit. When you walk into our house, you are immediately faced with a staircase that takes you up to the third floor. The stairs are made of stone slabs ...
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Neither pendant light or ceiling box has loose wires

So I'll preface with this is the first time I've ever tried to install a light. I brought several pendant lamps from Ikea, on the end of the wires is a plastic box where i should be able to connect ...
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Using existing gas connection for new gas range?

I would like to connect a regular GE gas stove like this to a connector that was used by a Vulcan residential gas range (similar to the one here) Here is some information on the existing connector: ...
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Nest Hello Has Power but Doesn't (Often) Ring Indoor Chime?

I recently installed a Nest Hello doorbell and have run into an issue where the interior chime almost never rings. I say almost because exactly once in all my testing did it ring on the interior. I ...
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Ceiling Fan Installation - Nonstandard setup for Downrod Fan

The original ceiling fan in the master bedroom broke. When it was removed, what I found appears to be a nonstandard connection. I'm assuming the absence of an electrical box means this is not the ...
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Skill level required to install new windows

Given basic abilities of home and car repair (i.e. installing new sinks, canned lights, basic wood working, oil changes, etc) what is the relative complexity level to install new windows, in a ...
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Laminate flooring direction?

I am about to pull up carpet and put down laminate in our home. The previous owners installed laminate in the kitchen and dining room. I am not removing it, they installed it before installing the ...
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Install Ultra Short-Throw Projector Mounted Onto Ceiling in Residential Home

I want to install a short-throw projector onto the ceiling of a residential home and whiteboard onto a wall to hold the projected image. How do I do this myself or are there companies out there who ...
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How to install a screen door?

I have been thinking of adding a screen door to an existing sliding glass door on my balcony. I measured my door frame and purchased a screen door, now I am not sure how to install it. Can I ...
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Ceiling fan installation light works fan won’t turn

So I got a fan/light fixture and fixed it up. When I turn on the switch(I have just 1) only the light turns on. The fan doesn’t turn on. What could I be doing wrong?
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Branching off multiple horizontal pipe/conduit runs?

I have to run electrical (EMT), network (schedule 40), and compressed air (Rapidair) lines along the walls of my shop. I'm doing this by putting up vertical sections of Unistrut, and attaching the the ...
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New HVAC installed [closed]

I just had a new HVAC system installed and the contractor installed in on a pounding raining stormy day. I am thinking that was a bad decision on his part. Now my home has a musty smell and air ...
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Can porcelain tile planks be installed in a crawl space house?

My home is a single story, about 1200 square feet, and is built on a crawl space foundation with a plywood sub-floor. The people we bought the house from had flipped the home after a foreclosure, and ...
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split system air conditioner condensate hose

I need to buy and install a split AC and I have a small issue. The AC has two copper pipes for refrigerant gas to flow through and one hose to eliminate condensation water, and normally, the hose ...
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How to install PVC J-Channel Brickmould?

I'm looking to install this Brickmould with J-Channel when I reside my garage. I've looked at a number of manufacturer install guides and they either skip over brickmoulding or do not address this ...
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Installing IKEA Lillangen high cabinet (with feet)

I need to install a Lillangen high cabinet that has feet on the floor but as it's tall it needs to be secured with four screws. There is a stud I can use but I am scared of not screwing right into the ...
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Is cutting a DIY spline channel around the openings of our wood screen porch a good plan?

The contractor that built our wood screen porch installed screen with wooden strips and nails. Unfortunately, our indoor cat has figured out that he can rip the screen out from under the wood strips ...
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Is it better to vertically or horizontally stack two TV antennas to get stations from opposite directions?

If I had two (identical) Yagi antennas, and wanted to point them in different directions to get stations from opposite sides of my location, would there be any advantages to mounting them both (...
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What is the equivalent degrees of one “turn”

Often in install or specification manuals you will see something like: Tighten X turns past finger tight Example This has always bothered me as it seems ambiguous. I've always taken this to mean ...
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Additional wire on light switch with no 3 way

I recently changed my sons' bedroom light switch with Lutron smart dimmer. The house is fairly new and has not been remodeled. I have changed out about 3 other light switches without issue. This ...
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without damaging metal, how to attach metal house numbers to metal sheathing

I am hoping to find a way to attach my metal house numbers to facia clad with metal sheathing without damaging the metal. the
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Updating old Lennox thermostat - wiring confusion

I am trying to update my old Lennox thermostat to a Sensi smart thermostat. I checked the compatibility on the Sensi website and it appears to be a match except for this cluster of wires on the left ...
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Does overmount fireclay apron sink need additional framing to support the weight?

We're replacing particleboard/laminate countertops and a metal drop in sink with butcher block and a dropin apron sink, the Sinkology Josephine. All of the articles I see about adding an apron sink ...
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Outdoor 50 amp 4-wire Outlet Install

I want to install an outlet for outdoor connection of an RV. However, the location of the service entrance box is close to a inside corner of the exterior of the house so the easiest location is on ...
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Reorient Kwikset quarter turn lock

I have some doors next to each other, all with Kwikset locks keyed the same way. The deadbolts are set so that horizontal is locked, vertical is unlocked. There is no general consensus on which is ...
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Confusion about main disconnect ampacity

I am currently reviewing and redesigning the electrical installation of my property which came with a 100A SquareD QOD6S MLO load center very badly abused and about 130' away from the service drop ...
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Bad floating vinyl plank installation.How to fix half inch strip

My mother passed away and we had a professional floor installation (supposedly). I went through most of the key points of the installation for the warranty. I did not tell him he needed to measure the ...
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how to hang 200lb chandelier?

I'm planning to buy crystal chandelier that weigh 200lb. We will be replacing existing chandelier in the two storied foyer (height 18 feet). Current chandelier is installed using electric metal box on ...
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How to install new chandelier when impossible to fish wires?

. Want to run a brown external wire to point where I can hang chandelier. I can’t cut thru beams. Any suggestions for where to find wiring, etc.
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Wiring high amps

I will be installing a Tesla wall charger in the garage and have a few questions about the codes and such. It will have a 100 amp breaker and it will be pulling 80 amps for 2-6 hours at a time so with ...
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4 wires from box, 3 wire fixture

Black, white, green and bare from box Fixture has black, white green. Which wire connects to green from fixture? Green or bare or both? If only 1, where does other one go?
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New Drywall poorly installed

I am having a basement bedroom finished for my daughter. I just found out the person installing the drywall has never done it before, and there are some obvious issues with the first few sheets he put ...
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Help With Washer Drain Pipe

I have to install a washer on the second floor of a new home we purchased. I'm comfortable with the water lines, but I'm not 100% clear on the drain line and don't want to make a mistake. There's an ...
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How to put carpet over hardwood in apartment, inexpensively, and removable without nails or screws?

My apartment has hardwood. Some people may like this, and it's fine for the kitchen and dining room. But for the bedrooms and living room I want carpet, which has both benefits of noise reduction and ...

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