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Questions tagged [installation]

For questions generally relating to the proper insertion of a particular device or feature into a home, building or other structure. As this topic is very broad in general, when using this tag please include additional tags to narrow the scope of the discussion to a particular room, subsystem (electrical, plumbing etc) and/or feature (tile, appliances, cabinetry, lighting).

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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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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 ...
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Attaching a switch to wire shelving

What's the best way to go about attaching an AV switch to the top of a wire shelf? I guess zip ties are one option, but are there any better options (e.g. metal brackets that attach to the wires)?
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Can a window A/C unit be installed without the side panels?

I really like this A/C unit and its width is exactly the width of my window panel (21.5"), but the "Window opening minimum width" in the specs is 23". From what I've seen in the Q&A for this ...
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How do I install an air conditioner on a horizontal sliding double window that has a 51/2 inch gap between the 2 windows?

I have a double horizontally sliding window (like a lot of homes in Canada). The windows are about 51/2 inches apart. I want to install a regular 10,000 BTU air conditioner in the window but I don't ...
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Want to bypass sink valve tap but what is the connector called?

I want to remove the valve of my sink so that the water flows directly into the inlet of the sink tap instead of going through an additional tap. I'm attaching the screenshot for reference purpose (...
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Better method for installing in-window air conditioner?

It's that time again, getting out the ladder and installing the in-window air conditioner. The accordion thingies that come with the unit are completely useless of course, unless you don't mind hot ...
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Should carbon monoxide detectors be installed in rooms containing gas appliances?

This might be 2 questions so I can separate it into two if needed. I want to put a CO detector in two places of my home (kitchen and garage). However, the instructions that came with the CO detector ...
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One of two IKEA roller shades (LISELOTT) I just assembled, won’t stay down. Is it broken?

Here is a video showing the problem: enter link description here Thanks
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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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How is a toilet flange attached to new flooring?

Doing a complete remodel on upstairs bathroom. New tub is set, putting down Hardi backer on the floor. Do you cut the hole in the backer board around the sewer pipe to fit right up to it, or do you ...
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Nema 6-15 to nema 5-15 (hot hot ground)

Let me preface this by saying i did my research, i got an electric car and the charger is limited to 12A draw internally, but it is designed to handle both nema 6-15 and nema 5-15 specs. If you run it ...
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Can I use cement accelerator to decrease setup time of modified thinset

I am installing larger format Porcelain Tile (18"x18") over ditra on a plywood subfloor. I do not want to use unmodified thinset like they recommend. The TCNA says modified in their installation ...
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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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Where should I start laying a nail down hardwood floor in this room?

I am planning on installing a nail-down 2 1/4" hardwood floor in our great room. Each wall of the room has an "interruption", so I'm wondering where the best place to start is. One side has a large ...
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Move a shed vs. Demolish and install a new shed [closed]

We are remodeling and our current wooden shed needs to be moved to a new spot. One option is to hire folks to relocated the shed and the alternative is to demolish the current shed, dispose it and ...
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Help with Kanto mount, 55“ tv, and 24” between studs

I want to mount my 55" tv (39.2 lbs) on a Kanto mount (https://web.archive.org/web/20170317095158/http://www.kantoliving.com/product/pdx680/) but the studs are spaced 24" apart. I've been doing some ...
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Wiring Humidifier using W and C Terminals vs using Humidifier Terminals

I found info at this thread, and would have placed this question there, but I can't comment since I'm too new. I have HUM terminals on my control board, but they're line voltage (120VAC). I don't ...
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Can I use double-sided carpet tape to stick throw rugs to a carpet pad?

I'm a software engineer pretending to be a handyman, so bear with me. I'd like to know if double-sided carpet tape will work as I expect. Here is more context. I have an unfinished attic with a ...
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Advice for swapping out my gas dryer myself

My (rather old) washer blew up on me a few weeks ago (Apparently it's been unbalanced for a while. Came with the place and I never thought too much of the vibration until it was too late.) and am ...
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Plumbing/venting outside of studs

Getting ready to start plumbing on new house. Just wondered if I could plumb/vent outside of existing wall and build another wall in front of it. It would eliminate drilling through studs and alot of ...
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Is it acceptable to combine and then split two air ducts? [closed]

I have a small older house that had wall stack ductwork running from the basement to the upper level at two different points. I have installed a beam in place of the wall and will be combining the ...
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Can I install a sink with a drain pipe that's 21" off the floor?

We are trying to install a bathroom sink. They had a step up to go into he small area where they apparently had a sink. They had replaced this tiny bathroom for a closet, but we are trying to place a ...
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Why is my ceramic tile popping out of the floor?

I have old wood floor. My contractor installs a wire to the floor and then install the ceramic tile over the top. When they dry, the tiles do not stick with the floor. What should I do with these? ...