Questions tagged [installation]

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Laying the floor tiles for the first time

I have 1 inch plywood subfloor that I am removing tiles, mortar, and lath (metal mesh) from at the moment. I would also like to install tiles myself, however, few people told me it might be harder and ...
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How can double swinging closet doors be installed?

I have a coat closet that long ago had double sliding doors and now has no doors at all. I would like it to have double swinging doors, like french doors but without glass. I found a couple of ...
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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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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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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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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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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 150 CFM ventilation fan right choice for bathroom in my older condo?

My bathroom ventilation fan broke up and I am shopping for a new better one. I noticed the newer fans are higher CFM through-put and are quieter, I have narrowed down my choice to this one. My ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Is it frequent to use two Ethernet cables for one phone line?

I'm experiencing some noise on my phone when it is connected in the wall. There's no noise when connected right in the modem. So I decided to check things out and I noticed something that seems odd ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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What material should I use for a platform that holds 300-500 lbs?

I am making a flat platform with 4 leveling feet that can hold a 150 lb Corrosion-Resistant Heavy Duty Blower plus another 150-350 lb (so in total 300 - 500 lbs of mass). It is around 24" x 24". Do ...
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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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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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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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Removing knockouts in composite granite sink

The sink has one existing hole, and 3 knockouts which are cut about half way through the material. What are the best tools, and techniques for removing fixture knockouts on a composite granite sink?...
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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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How do I wire up a 4-wire light switch when I only have 3 wires from the wall?

I am upgrading my light switches in a couple of places in my house. I opened up one wall and there are the typical 2 hot (black) wires and 1 ground (green) wire coming from the wall. My light switch ...
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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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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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How do I cut a brick fireplace hearth to allow for a laminate flooring expansion gap?

I am attempting to cut a small piece out of the brick fireplace (already in place) to allow for the expansion of the floating laminate flooring that I am installing. I don’t want to just leave the ...
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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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Do I need an outlet box to install an outdoor light fixture?

We're getting a sliding door and deck installed this week and the town inspector said I need to have an outside light by the door. I'm ready to tackle this part myself. Most of the howto stuff I ...
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Any issues drilling into the exterior surface of a slate covered chimney

I have just bought a nest security camera and the perfect vantage point for mounting happens to be the front facing surface of the chimney which provides a good view of the entire front of the house, ...
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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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Installing a Bath Fan Roof Vent Without Attic Access?

I'm interested in installing a bathroom extractor fan where there was a previously small regular fan, but there isn't an attic above the bathroom. The switch is already wired from the previous fan ...
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How to setup an audio system for TV and other audio sources?

I'm finally breaking out of the attic that served me as a room for many years at my parents for a fresh appartment I'm about to finish renovating. First furniture I buy, well already bought actually, ...
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How to wall-mount this whiteboard

Trying to mount a 1/2" thick white board (2' tall, 8' wide) on this brick wall. The challenge is doing so with these electrical tubes in the way (they come about 1.5" off the wall). Any suggestions? ...
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What to do with ground wire when installing ceiling fan on ungrounded branch circuit

I removed an old ceiling fan and I am replacing it with a new one. My home was built in the 60s and I'm installing so it works off one switch. After the removing the old fan the ceiling revealed ...
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What are expansion joint requirements for magnesium oxide wallboards?

I was asked to get some information concerning installing magnesium oxide wallboards. It's a material I just got to know and never worked with, so I want to learn what are requirements for installing ...