Questions tagged [installation]

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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? ...
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Can I use a 70 amp panel for a 30 amp service feed?

I am running a subpanel off of a 30 amp breaker, I need to run a smaller subpanel off of that. Can I use a 70 amp rated panel for my 30 amp service feed, so that I will have room in the panel to put ...
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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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Electrical Installation [closed]

Can someone help me please. I have the electrical diagram for connecting the power of an object. The main switch is 63A 4P threephase.I want to add three differencial relay 40A 4P which have the ...
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How to find what code is in my area for insulation in an unfinished basement?

I just purchased a house that was built and finished this year. My house is backed up to a hill, and the foundation walls get shorter from the front of house (8 feet) to the back (a little over 2.5 ...
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What washer dryer do I need for this space? [closed]

I am planning to rent an apartment which has this picture where washer dryer should be installed. Can I get some guidance on what kind of washer dryer do I need and how to install it. No one in my ...
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Getting electricity to the woodshed [closed]

Have 200ft from panel box to wood she'd what kind of wire am breaker for air compressor refrigerator two hanging light 4 Outlets table saw
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How do you calculate the right size furnace to maximize efficiency?

Given that sizing of the equipment is the most important issue to get right to maximize efficiency, what are the factors an installer should take into account to determine the correct size? Is it ...
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Furnace installation: What separates the good from the bad? [closed]

This page says, Poor installation can reduce [a high-performance furnace] to a mediocre furnace Conversely, asm-air writes, Remember, who installs your HVAC unit is more important than what ...
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Is it acceptable to drill a hole in the cabinet 'floor' underneath the sink to put a dishwasher hose through?

We are installing a dishwasher into an old house that has never had one, and want to know if it would be acceptable to drill a hole in the cabinet floor underneath the sink to run the hose through? ...
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Question about picking best wax gasket for toilet (specifically Toto)

I have a question about replacing wax gasket on a toilet. I hope my question is not too simple as this site is advertised as "serious DIY".My toilet is a Toto Aquia model ST464M, but I would think ...
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Where to install a carbon monoxide detector when the boiler is in a closet?

I have a boiler in my kitchen closet. The installation instructions for my carbon monoxide detector say the detector should be: at a horizontal distance of between 1m and 3m from the potential ...
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Can I mount 3 blades on a 5 blade ceiling fan?

In my son's bedroom I currently have a standard five-blade ceiling fan. We are currently changing the decorating motif in his room to "airplanes". I thought it would be really cool to change the ...
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need help with a pdu unit installation

so i recently been gift with a pdu from APC is an AP7864 this thing says that works with 120v/208v.3~ now the connector is a L21-220 wich has 5wire 4 poles, this thing is rated for 3 phase and a ...
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How can I lower wall cabinets after fitting drywall?

Before fitting a drywall, I measured 12cm from the ceiling and fitted battens (wall studs) across the length of the room to support wall cabinets. I didn't leave enough room - the wall cabinets are ...
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What are the risk of floating a solid hardwood above grade floor using a clip system?

I have been mired in this rabbit hole of picking a flooring for my new condo. I cannot glue or nail into concrete so I either I double floor it with plywood then hardood or I float. I have been ...
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Can a floating floor of click connected strand bamboo cup

I am in the market for some wood flooring and due to condo constraints I am forced to go with a floating floor. I am probably going with bamboo from Plyboo or Teragren. I am concerned about the ...
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How bad is the seam on my quartz kitchen countertops?

How bad is this seam on my quartz kitchen countertops? I am not sure if this is normal or how bad this is. I know there is usually a seam but this seems a little big to me.
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Tips and tricks to installing cabinet doors and mounting hinges

What are some tips to installing cabinet doors and hinges so that they are positioned correctly and look good? I've been to some showrooms (IKEA) where the doors look slightly crooked or they don't ...
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Standard Grade and Curb Height for ADA Compliant Shower Floor

I am managing replacement of a bathtub with a walk in shower for my mother in her condo. The HOA is demanding a shower grade of 1 inch per foot which seems far to steep for a person with disabilities. ...
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How to secure switch box flush with wall surface

Today I removed all the outlet covers in my home, and when I got to my bedroom light switch I noticed there was all this wood surrounding the switch itself. I tore that off as well, and after I did so ...
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Is installing a tankless water heater outside a good idea?

We currently have a gas water heater in our laundry room (part of a converted garage, on slab). The hot water and gas are (obviously) running to it with no problem. When I was getting a quote for a ...
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Can a toilet be properly installed without a flange?

Someone put a toilet in for me, he used different bolts than came with the toilet because he said the bolts that came with the toilet wouldn't work. He said the floor was rotting but he needed to get ...
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What type of substrate should I use to install pavers over an existing poured slab patio

I'm going to be putting pavers over an old slab patio. The current patio has settled and spalled, so I'm looking to pitch the paver patio in such a way that it drains as the original slabs did. In ...
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Is it necessary to cement down parimeter pavers when laying a paver patio [duplicate]

I'm going to be installing a paver patio over an existing poured slap patio. it is surrounded on two sides by brick wall, and a third side by pressure treat wood ( the side of a house build on ...
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Can I glue two 1“ solid oak treads to make one 2” tread?

I am licensed floor contractor in the state of California. I am installing solid oak treads in open steps in stairs 2"x12"x43", because open steps over 39" wide must be over 1 1/2" thick. But, 2" ...
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Water pipe extension to livestock corrals

I have horses and sheep that live about 100 feet from the main house/ outside water faucet. We want to install a pipe that allows access to the water down at the corrals, what sort of things should I ...
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Does this kitchen faucet fit with this sink?

I bought a kitchen sink and kitchen faucet. (Links are in a text file at this location because I'm not allowed to post more than 2 links.) https://www.dropbox.com/sh/zq4kbe5baavaodb/...
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fireplace door and stone veneer over brick fireplace

Do you install fireplace door before laying stone veneer or after the fact? Suppose you do it "BEFORE", then the installation is clear, you just screw that metal frame to the bricks from inside. Here ...
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Laminate Hardwood floor installation

I am installing a laminate hardwood floor. When I hung my drywall I left a half inch gap off the concrete to allow my flooring room to go under the drywall to cover. My question is, how do I allow ...
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How much expansion space is need for solid oak flooring?

I have purchased Bruce 3/4" solid oak flooring and I am looking for some guidance with respect to expansion space. This is standard tongue and groove flooring that will be nailed down. This is also ...
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Laundry box and water hammer arrestor

I am trying to install my new washer & dryer combo. There are a few things that I am not sure since plumbing hardware and markings are a bit different in the US compared to once I used in Russia. ...
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Can I install a hardwood floor in the kitchen?

I don't know if I can install a hardwood floor in my kitchen. What would you recommend ? Thank you so much Camille
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Advantages to quotes from Lowe's/Home Depot vs direct from contractors?

I am looking to have vinyl siding installed on my home. Are there any advantages to getting a quote from Lowe's or Home Depot instead of contacting contractors directly? It seems that this is just ...
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Faucet supposed to stick out this far?

A local plumbing company installed my tub/shower. In my uneducated opinion, this faucet doesn't look right and seems to be sticking too far out. Should it look like this? I don't want to be overly ...
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Shower surround - does it need adhesive?

I just had a plumbing company over to install a tub and shower surround. I noticed when showering that the walls all bounce against the studs if you touch them. Not sure if that's normal, I looked ...
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How to deal with a thick wire in a mounting nipples for a chandelier?

I have a chandelier that came with a very thick insulation on the wires which were intended for use as a plugged in lamp. I am installing it as a chandelier, and it came with the mounting hardware, ...
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Wood laminate floor wont snap together can I just nail it down

I bought a whole lot of this snap together wood flooring, thinking I would just snap it together and be done. The store was closing out all different styles and colors. I was going to just mix and ...
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I have a neutral wire, what do I hook that wire to?

I have 4 wires on a new switch, 2 of them going to ground. One green and one silver (bare) coming from the bracket of the switch. In the electrical wiring of the house I have a neutral wire, what do I ...
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Are these doors installed correctly, and are they secure as they are?

I hired a contractor to install 2 prehung fiberglass exterior doors in my home and I'm not sure if he measured incorrectly, but both doors have at least 1-1.25" of gap space on the sides between the ...
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How far from the wall should I put the toilet flange?

I'm installing a new toilet and I'd like to know how far from the back wall I should install the flange. I think that 12" is recommended, but I see that lot are installed closer. Sometimes as close ...
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How to install crown molding to ceiling only

I live near a bog. Our house heaves in the winter - BAD. We get large horizontal cracks along ceiling. We thought of ceiling molding to cover it but continue to read "nail to wall studs". Well that ...
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How to install timer on 3-gang switch

I am a newbie to tackling electrical projects and need some help. Thanks in advance! I am trying to install a Defiant digital timer for my garage flood light. The garage light switch is just inside ...
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How to install new outdoor motion sensing light [closed]

I have a new home which does not have any sort of outdoor lights for now. I want to install motion sensing lights on 2 of the exterior walls. I got a quote from an electrical contractor but he is ...