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Concealing PEX indoors with a metal hat channel

I'm replacing the galvanized incoming cold line with PEX. The incoming line runs into the exterior wall of the home about a foot from the ground, then goes down the wall, through the sill plate into ...
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How to mount sandwich of wood, cooling fan, wood, and dome camera onto interior wall?

I have expensive but overheating dome cameras that I have no choice but to use. They need to be actively cooled. I want to mount on an existing interior wall a sandwich of: a 5/8” x 6” x 6” piece of ...
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How to install a chandelier onto a pancake box?

We removed a ceiling fan that was installed on a pancake box that is mounted directly to the joists in the ceiling/attic. The bolt on the new chandelier is too long to be fit inside the pancake box ...
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NPT bushing installation on a plastic RV water tank

Considering purchase of an RV drinking water tank like this one. If I were to install female NPT bushings and an air vent on them myself, what would the procedure for that installation involve? The ...
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How can I use a standard prehung interior door on 2x6 studs?

We framed in a bathroom in our metal barn. To allow plenty of room for installation and for added strength we used 2x6s. Is it possible to adjust a standard prehing door to fit?
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How to install drywall over electrical box connected to rigid conduit?

I'm trying to figure out how drywall is supposed to be cut out to go around preexisting electrical boxes that are attached with rigid metal conduit. The conduit is the ground path. My dilemma is if I ...
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Putting up my new ceiling fan into light fixture

I have 4 ceiling fans I ordered to put these up into 4 light fixture. This one is a bit different that I did put up into replace an old ceiling fan and it was easy for me. I am not experience with ...
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How can I temporarily attach anti-bird spikes to a window air conditioner?

I'm trying to stick on anti-pigeon spikes on top of my window air conditioner and want a non-permanent solution that I can take off when I put it into storage. Is there something I can use that's ...
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What is the proper technique for starting a click laminate install diagonally that is floated?

I'm planning on floating my click laminate floor in a diagonal placement in my space. When researching, I came across an article that describes some of the challenges with installing diagonally. ...
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Can I float click laminate diagonally without transitions in my space?

I'd like to float click laminate on our floor in a continuous manner without transitions. I'd like to float diagonally, but am open to another orientation if this isn't feasible. I understand ...
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ceiling fan not getting enough power

not enough power to my new ceiling fan Connected new ceiling fan as directed and it starts to turn and then stops. Old fan worked great but did not have lights. The new one has led lights and remote. ...
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Wiring a quorum windmill fan with two wall switches no remote

I am trying to wire a quorum windmill ceiling fan it has a wall switch with six speeds. I have two outlets on the wall that makes the fan run. I have a red wire black and white wire. The switch has ...
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Closet door replacement from 36“ to 48” wide

I want to remove my old fold-in 36" door, expand the opening to fit two 24" doors (with hinges) and frame. I want to know what is the exact width of the closet opening to fit that? Paolo
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Replacing a ceiling fan with a chandelier

I am new to the forum, I am attempting to replace my ceiling fan with a chandelier. There are 4 wires from the ceiling. The copper ground, a gold neutral, red live, and black live wire. I attached my ...
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Is it safe to cut the plug off a power strip (then reattach it) in order to run it through a wall?

I'm trying to hide the cable for the power strip that my TV is plugged into by running it behind my drywall. However, I have to go through a stud. I'm thinking I can probably drill a hole through the ...
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Adding C wire to WiFi thermostat

I’m trying to add c wire to furnace to run a WiFi thermostat but don’t know where to hook up c wire to get power to turn on thermostat i have 2 extra wires just don’t know where to put one them to get ...
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Proper Install of Iron Handrail outside

I have a question installing a iron handrail for some stairs outside of my house. I don't have a wide enough walk way to surface mount the handrail to the level surface of the stairs and walk way so I ...
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How much extra carpet do installers need?

Replacing the carpet in our hallway. I measured the majority of the hallway to be 162 sq. ft. And the remaining small patches of carpet to be 10 sq. ft. and 8 sq. ft. 180 Sq ft. = 20 Sq. Yards. ...
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Why would my plumber have installed two drain stubs for a single vanity sink?

I had a plumber do some rough in work for a bathroom remodel and was planning to install the sink/vanity myself. It’s a single sink. Why would there be two pipes leading to the same drain pipe and how ...
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Are transitions strips necessary from room to room if installing luxury vinyl planks throughout house?

I would like to replace our carpet and tile with the locking/floating luxury vinyl planks throughout most of the house. Our house runs long and think it would look so much nicer without transition ...
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Quartzite counter installation progress Feedback [closed]

Just last year I had concrete counter tops that turned out bad. So not we are fully redoing the project and I got a contractor. The contractor said he does countertop I stalls all the time. He also ...
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Do I need to install the separate 24 VAC transformer on my Lennox furnace for a new Aprilaire 700 Humdifier

I'm replacing a whole house Aprilaire 760 humidifier with a new 700 model. It appears that everything is the exact same dimension so I'm intending to pull the old one out and simply install the new ...
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Electric motor for opening gate? [closed]

Our gate looks like this. It opens to the outside. So I'm looking for an electric motor that I can install to open it by remote. But I have no idea where they're sold. This gate used to have a motor ...
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How should I attach a toilet flange and toilet with this particular situation?

OK, after doing some research I believe the best way to install a toilet is on a flange that is attached on top of a finished floor, and if a flange is too low or too high there are ways to ...
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What to look out for when installing a gable attic vent?

My attic needs better ventilation. On one end of the attic it terminates to a room that has a cathedral ceiling, and the other end of the attic terminates at an exterior wall (the main gable). It is ...
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Choosing a wire gauge for a commercial dishwasher

I am hooking up a 3ph, 208/230v commercial dishwasher. There is approx. 125' from panel to washer. Is 4awg my best bet with a 60amp circuit and a disconnect 5' away from washer?
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is there a way to nail hardwood floor where ceiling meets floor at 45 degree angle

I am putting in hardwood flooring in a room that has a sloping ceiling that meets the floor at 45 degrees. It's not very useful space, and at some point I will build a knee wall and storage cabinets ...
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tankless water heater

I am looking at adding a tankless water heater but I don't have enough spaces in my breaker box for the breaker requirements of the heater. It is asking for 3 double pole 40 amp breakers and I am ...
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Correct drainage setup for a wall-mounted AC?

I have a wall-mounted AC unit. Specifically, a Fujitsu ASTG24LFCB. Recently water started leaking from the interior portion of the unit. I followed the instructions in this video to troubleshoot ...
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How can I bolt a microwave to the upper cabinet if the bolt hole is stripped?

Of course this happened on the very last step... I am trying to install an over-the-range microwave. I've got it hanging on the bracket that attached to the back wall. All I need to do now is bolt the ...
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How to insulate whole house fan opening for the winter (from the inside)?

There is a 3'x3' opening in the ceiling of my second (top) floor. The opening leads into the unheated attic. I want to both seal and insulate this opening to keep out the cold in the winter. (I live ...
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Should I float or glue locking bamboo?

I have 800 sq ft of 1/2" locking solid stranded bamboo floor on its way and I'm trying to decide between floating and glue. I'm doing every room on my 1st floor (see attached pic), except for the ...
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Will transformer operate a door bell/chime 200ft away?

I want to install a doorbell with two bells and one button so it can be heard in two places. One location is within 25ft of the button. The other is about 200ft from the button. Will the transformer ...
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Should my fan have been installed off center?

We recently had a Duralum freestanding patio cover installed. There's electrical running through the structure, and a light/52 inch fan coming down from the ceiling. The fan was installed 11 inches ...
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City water connection - can they make a connection at a hose bib?

I'm converting from well system to city water. My well pump and water inlet are in the back. I have a hose bib on the front of the house which would save money using less pipe/digging. So couldn't ...
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Are there good reasons to install 120V 20 AMP receptacles “upside-down” instead of in conventional upside-up position? [duplicate]

In the US, most 15 and 20 AMP receptacles are installed with the hot and neutral on the top and the ground below. However, sometimes they are installed the other way around, with the ground above. I ...
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What's the trick to hanging overhead light fixtures with only two hands?

Whenever I perform this task, there always comes a point where I need two hands to do something with the fixture, and don't have a free hand to hold the lamp up in the air. I don't think it's safe to ...
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Is it possible to mount a countertop microwave under a cabinet?

Is it possible to mount a countertop microwave under a cabinet similar to how an over the range microwave is installed ? There are floating shelf brackets that appear to allow this. Is there a ...
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Can I tie into a three-phase #10 circuit with #12 wire?

I'm working on an existing structure that was fitted to be a grocery store, so a majority of the junction boxes are 3 phase and above 240 volt service or higher. My problem is that there are two 120 ...
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Closed Stringer replacement sequence

VERY OLD house took off horsehair plaster because it was sloughing off walls. Removed carpet on stairs and found treads cracked and worn. Closed stringers on both sides. Have removed the trim ...
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Installing Radiant Stiff Board Insulation

I'm in the process of renovating a bedroom on the second floor and I have a few boards of silverboard (a Polyisocyanurate Foam Board Insulation) lying around and would like to use. The exterior wall ...
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Use Hampton Bay in wall ceiling fan remote with Harbor Breeze fan?

Edit I have a Harbor Breeze fan that I lost the remote to. I bought a universal remote that Hampton Bay makes (advertised to work with any fan according to an employee) that can be mounted in a wall ...
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Do I need to do anything special when drilling a hole for a deadbolt in a 2 inch door?

I'm trying to install a deadbolt on our front door that currently only has a locking handle. All of the things I've read online are for doors that are up to 1 3/4 inches thick, but my door is 2 inches ...
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Is a strain relief clamp necessary for dryer cord installation?

Just got a new dryer yesterday, and the installation instructions say I need a strain relief for the power cord. Unfortunately, the delivery guys took my old dryer for recycling and only left the cord ...
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How should I prepare the base of a small paver brick retaining wall

Am building a low retaining wall which will rise 7" above the soil line. I am using 8" x 4" extra paver bricks from a recently constructed walkway. The wall will measure 48" long with 24" sides How ...
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Installing a replacement window in new construction scenario

I am replacing a wood window that was build in the early 1900's. The original installation was really odd, it was mounted in place by the trim boards. Two nails on the outside of the trim into a ...
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Bathtub mortar base

I'm going to be installing a porcelain enamel/metal bathtub (American Standard Cambridge) and the instructions do not call for a mortar bed but I would like to do one just to be safe. Will this harm ...
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Overhead Light Fixture - Didn't Use Green Screw

I, with the help of a neighbor, installed an overhead light fixture. It was a little awkward and I'm not sure the unit came with the right bracket - it didn't match the one in the instructions. The ...
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Proper real limestone veneer installation.?

I am having a company do stone veneer on my house. I’ve never done it myself and wanted a pro job done. I’m replacing the siding myself and have a pretty good understanding of carpentry skills when it ...
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Installed LASCO MagnaFlush Toilet Tank Kit, Now Toilet Runs All the Time?

About a week ago the worn out old ballcock system broke on the toilet. My landlord picked up the LASCO 04-4059 kit: I went ahead and did the install as part of our rent-deal and the toilet now ...