Questions tagged [installation]

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Should I install a floating engineered wood floor over my particle underlayment floor

I currently going to install a floating engineered wood flooring. The existing flooring consists of 3/4" plywood and a 1/2" particle board on top of the plywood. There's currently carpet on ...
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3-way GE Smart Switch installation

Above, brightened I have a ceiling fan/light that I am trying to convert to a smart switch. The light and fan are on separate switches in a 2 gang box with, what appears to be, 4 drops coming into ...
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Light Frame Structure Ceramic Floor Installation

I hired a contractor who made a big mistake. He installed a ceramic floor onto 1"inch cement board (that is screw into welded beam constructed subfloor). He did not use thin set or tape over the ...
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Raising Level Of Concrete Floor to Equal Existing Tile In The Same Room

We would like to install vinyl luxury planks in our dining room. We have removed the 20 year old carpet, padding and tacking strips so that the concrete slab is exposed. The room was laid out with a ...
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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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replacing a CFL dimmer with an LED dimmer for recessed lighting

I want to replace my old recessed lighting with new integrated LED recessed lighting. My old dimmer switch specifically says for CFL. The old dimmer has 2 black wires coming out of the back of it ...
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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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How should I reconnect two switches to these six wires?

I did not take a photo prior removing old light switches. So, now I am basically stuck. Our home is from ‘53 and wanted to upgrade the original light switches. From what I remember is that the left 4 ...
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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 should I run power to a powered bidet toilet seat?

Does anyone have a good solution for running a power cord for the Toto 2034#01 bidet toilet seat? I don't have an electric outlet behind my toilet and don't really want to install one. I am planning ...
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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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What is the name of the metal base plate wher you can install a vise (or any other tool)?

How is this 'base plate' called? I have a new workbench, and I want to install my main tool on the corner. I want to be able to use different tool on this corner (a vise, table grinder, a drill press.....
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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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How would you fix this cabinet not opening all the way?

I’d like to see what I can do to fix this very annoying problem I have with one of the cabinets in my kitchen. Whoever installed it didn’t take into account the pillar behind the hinge, so it’s only ...
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Installing OTR microwave with 15" deep cabinets

We installed IKEA cabinets that are 15" deep (15.5" with the doors) and we have a GE OTR microwave that is 16" deep. So we need to bump out the microwave in order to open it. We see GE sells a kit, ...
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When installing new natural gas plumbing system, can I include multiple capped tees for future branches?

I'm getting natural gas service installed and am plumbing in the system. Initially, the only appliance will be a gas water heater. I want to run the mainline and future-proof for new appliance ...
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Can I mix galvanized and black (iron) pipe when plumbing for new gas service?

I'm getting new gas service (Nat. Gas, M425, 1-1/4") installed. Big Box Store doesn't sell 1-1/4" black pipe (only 1"), but they do sell 1-1/4" galvanized. Can I run galvanized for ...
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Installing a smart dimmer switch into 3 gang box

I have installed dimmers in a single box and a gang box with 2 switches but never a box with 3 switches. And there's some confusion, so hopefully someone can help. I am installing a new smart dimmer ...
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How can I install an overhead water tank and refill it for individual usage?

I live in a group apartment where there is severe water supply problem. We have a common sump in basement which can be filled with water from external supply sources like water tanker trucks on ...
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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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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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GFCI wiring same as before, but no power

I've watched a handful of videos on installing a GFCI outlet and it seems like a nearly identical process to installing a normal outlet, which I have done a handful of times before without issue. I ...
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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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Installing a larger pulley to a smaller motor shaft

With reference to the picture below, I am trying to attach a pulley with a hole diameter of 1/2" [item #4] to a motor shaft that is 1/4" 5/16" [item #1], but it currently does not ...
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How to mount an antique cast iron sink

I have a vintage Kohler cast iron sink that I want to mount outside to use as a beverage station. It has legs and bolting points on the back (see picture). I am hoping to bolt it directly to the brick ...
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Bad Asphalt Driveway Install?

I had a new asphalt driveway installed in March of 2020. We didn't drive on it for 14 days. Right away I started noticing "indentations" when we parked on it over night. Now it's July 1st (...
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Can I use a different type of bolt for awning?

I got a light plastic awning from amazon. It only has 3.4 pounds. The size are 30"x40". Now I want to install it over the front door. The package comes out a set of bolts(The size is marked ...
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What is this plastic strip inside my laminate flooring?

I'm installing this laminate flooring and noticed a plastic stirp in the groove of each plank. What is it for and should it stay where it is or be removed during the installation? Laminate brand: ...
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Does live turf need insulation from roof heat?

I'm installing grass turf on a rooftop in Jersey City. It's a flat roof with a lot of sun exposure and occasional strong, swirling winds. I really feel like I need to pad beneath the turf to protect ...
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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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Making your own B Vent Attic Insulation Shield?

I'm installing a 45k BTU gas heater in my garage. It will be a vertical vent installation with 3" b vent pipe and I'm going to insulation the attic with about 18" of cellulose insulation. No one ...
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How can I reduce the depth of the cutout for my kitchen sink?

I have a composite "Silgranit" drop-in sink that has developed cracks, and I want to replace it with a stainless steel sink. The original has an outer size of 20½x31 and I want to install ...
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Was my exterior door installed backwards

We moved into a house recently and have discovered some less than good work that was done on the home. I am assuming this was done incorrectly as well but am not an expert and am looking for some ...
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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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Replacing an older Jacuzzi jetted tub waterfall side spout

I have a jacuzzi tub, put in the home in 2002. However, my gold waterfall spout is broken and needs replacement. Do they make it in a chrome finish? If so, do they also make the controls that are ...
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Is a special circular saw blade needed to cut plastic?

We purchased two portable air conditioners for our bedrooms. It include a plastic window kit that can be fitted for the window. I.e., this: I need to trim off about 6 inches, which requires a ...
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Fitting a Fireplace Surround

I want to replace an old fire place surround with a new fire place surround with a back plate and a hearth. Having removed the old fire surround it appears that it has an old fire behind it, which ...
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Installing a Sewer Cleanout

Recently I've been experiencing some backup with my toilet and tub due to some roots in our line. I've had Roto Rooter come out a couple times to do their thing and cut out some of the roots to ...
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How to address the issue of a vertical window that was installed horizontally

I assigned a contractor to install a new window at basement. I bought the window 33x40 and material with the contractor in Home Depot. The contractor cut the wall and installed well. Two days later I ...
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Storm Door install on narrow 3/8 inch brick mold

I am considering a storm door for the 36" left hand opening entry door. It is a steel door circa 2000 with a single sidelight. I know I can build out the brick molding next to the side light to ...
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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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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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Which to install first…closet doors or carpet?

We are redecorating my son's bedroom. This includes converting the large bi-fold closet doors to sliding doors. We have also pulled up the carpet and are installing new carpet and padding. My question ...
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Do I need to “fill in” concrete control joints before floating floor installation?

I am preparing to install a laminate floating floor over a concrete slab in my basement. The concrete slab is installed in what appear to be 18' x 18' squares, broken up across the dimensions of my ...
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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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Can I install cellulose insulation without a blower machine?

I've purchased a few bags of loose fill cellulose insulation from the local hardware store (GreenFiber brand). How will the insulation work if I don't put it through the machine to fluff it and force ...
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Who can I ask to install a 30 amp rated range on a 30 amp circuit (not as easy as it sounds)

I realize there are lots of similar questions, and I've read most of them. Thanks in advance for advice on this particular flavor. In my home I have a (broken) dual fuel range. It's installed on a 30 ...
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Sill Pan for Exterior Door - Importance VS. Requirement

I am installing a new secondary entrance door and deciding whether to use a plastic sill pan from HD or Lowes. Neither store, nor any lumber yards around me, carry these in stock. That leads me to ...
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How to install wood board & batten shutters on wood siding?

Do I leave a gap between shutter and window trim? I know I predrill the holes, but not sure if it should be in the batten or each vertical board.
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How should I connect nipples to a hot water heater?

I recently installed my new hot water heater. I know nothing about plumbing and my installation procedure was informed only by sketchy home depot employees and youtube. One of the issues I'm having ...

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