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Smart vapor retarder for retrofit preferrably sprayon/roll on

Does any one know if there are Smart vapor retarders for Retrofit purposes? Im needing to install from the outside of the house as the interior walls cant come down and the outside is needing to be ...
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Switchable Grey Water system for a retrofit install?

I am trying to design and install a code compliant residential grey-water system, but the person I am working for wishes to have 2 valves installed so that the system can be routed back to the ...
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How can I retrofit these GX24q lights with BR30 led lights?

I bought some Philips Hue retrofit recessed BR30 smart lights to replace my kitchen lights. My current lights are GX24Q bulbs. I know I need to bypass the ballast. Here’s picture of the light kit and ...
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Recessed retrofit light unable to fit into can with shallow depth

I am trying to replace the bulb in my outdoor recessed light with a Utilitech Retrofit Kit White 5-in or 6-in (Model #LLEDR6/5CCTCA). The diameter of the can is approximately 5.5", with a depth ...
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Measuring for retrofit windows

We are looking to replace our old aluminum windows with retrofit vinyl. I've researched a bunch on how to measure it, and one thing that I have seen different opinions on is whether you need to remove ...
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Replacing a KitchenAid Superba KDC-37 SST that is part of an Electric Sink [duplicate]

I'm removing my old Kitchenaid Superba by Hobart model KDC-37 SST. This came as one unit that consists of the cabinet, dishwasher and sink/drainboard. All new dishwashers are not really slide in ...
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Can I retrofit new radiant electric heat using existing wiring from the old baseboard wiring?

I am removing two baseboard heaters in a 12x10 room,and have two 120v quiet warmth radiant heat mats laid. I’d like to know if I can use the old wiring if I change the old thermostat to a quietwarmth ...
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Window retrofit replacement: Remove side fin of original frame

We became first-time homeowners last month and are excited to join the family! We are excited about our new home but the old aluminum windows are drifted. The glass is thin and the home is facing a ...
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Can I retrofit a ceiling fan with thick ceiling (2in) without accessing attic or cutting ceiling further?

I recently took down a ceiling fan that was clearly loose and found it was mounted with an inadequate fixture box. Although it’s adjacent to a joist, the ceiling is roughly 2in thick. The original box ...
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Can I ground a detached garage to adjacent soil instead of connecting back to the panel?

I have a 50s house that has some 10/3 without ground for 240v/30a running to the garage. It's easier to run a ground wire to the outside of the garage and to the earth than it is back to the panel. Is ...
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Attic Insulation Retrofit with XPS Foam Board

I have an attic space in my house that has been converted into part of the interior envelope and is now heated. Unfortunately, the rafters making up the ceiling are only 2x6 and contain only R-21 ...
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What approach should I take when bolting our house to the foundation? [closed]

Our house is a four-square style over a concrete foundation, built in 1918. We're in the Pacific-Northwest, so we're thinking about hiring someone to bolt the house to the foundation in case of the ...
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Need Help Using a TP-Link HS210 Kit to Replace GE/Jasco Bluetooth Switch and Add-On

My house has an old GE/Jasco Bluetooth switch setup in a 3-way configuration. That uses 2 different kinds of switches. One is referred to as the primary and one is called an add-on. They have ...
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Prevent LED Recessed Lighting Trim from getting stuck - Springs vs. Friction

This is a more specific & up-to-date version of this question: LED Recessed lighting trim stuck The goal is prevention, so this is not a duplicate. Some new-construction cans (especially it seems ...
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Can I use an existing/abandoned "pipe" to run 12/2 & 14/2 to a garage

I am adding a 20a breaker for a new saw in the garage. There is an existing 1" steel pipe through the poured concrete floor of my patio that links the basement and the garage. There is an ...
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What is the best way to drill anchor holes in a chimney?

A structural engineer who designed our earthquake retrofit instructed us to put 3/4 all-threaded-rod (ATR) through the chimney at the rafter line on either side of the chimney, back them with Simpson ...
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Recessed 6 inch can lighting retrofit sag

I currently am trying to install some retrofit led Halo lights into some existing airtight cans in my kitchen. I was able to successfully install most of them but some of the recessed light cans are ...
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Seismic Retrofit - How to decide between more L70 or less L90?

Location: San Francisco Bay Area Our house does not have a cripple wall. Plan A provides both L70 and L90 as options for floor connectors. Using L70 will require more work since we need to install ...
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How Should I Extend This Wiring For a Ceiling Light?

I’m working on replacing a wall light fixture with one in the center ceiling. There is no wiring in the ceiling. It’s an old building and there is another floor above this with no space above the ...
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Do panel sheathing clips make a shear wall stronger?

In another answer it was suggested that Panel Sheathing Clips between sheathing panels in a shear wall "will add a great deal of shear resistance at a minimal cost." Is this true? If so, ...
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Upgrade wall heater inside Cadet FWC can [closed]

The Cadet FW wall heater with 1984 manufacturing date just shorted as I was cleaning it last night, ruining the coils. Is there a product out there for which I can reuse the existing FWC wall can? ...
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What is the correct plywood/OSB orientation for building a seismic shear wall?

We are building a shear wall by adding structural-1 plywood or OSB to the existing framing and nailing according to a nailing schedule. The wall is 13'x8'. What is the best way to orient the plywood ...
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Best saw to notch a tricky floor joist

I'm running a new light switch and have to unfortunately notch out a hard to access joist to get into the wall above. Our house is a small antique cape house and this will not affect the floor's ...
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SunTouch underfloor heater without floor sensor?

I have purchased two SunTouch UnderFloor 16" x 6' long 120V 0.6A to retrofit a radiant floor on the one-level-above bathroom without having to remove the floor. The instruction manual (page 4) ...
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Can I use a *ground wire only* conduit for copper data cables?

Hypothetical question. I won't self-answer. The purpose is to inform potential answers on another person's question. Suppose I have a shed with a 200A subpanel, with 3-wire feed that was installed ...
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Two wall switches appear orphaned... What to do?

in my old house (built 1960, significantly transformed 1980, minor transformations 2010), there is a three gang of simple two way switches in the section that has been created in 1980 and transformed ...
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Retrofitting Rusted Deck Standoff

I have a very rusted 4 x 4 deck standoff: Is it possible to retrofit this post without having to move the entire post? I was hoping I could jack up the deck and cut the bolt off and then make new ...
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Bathroom ceiling light LED retrofit

These are the original lights in my 1984 house. They are in all 3 bathrooms, 11 total, in soffits above the sinks. They are 7" cans presently with BR30 45W, 65W, or 75W incandescent bulbs. The bulbs ...
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newly installed picture window bends under pressure

We have just got new retrofit windows installed yesterday, argon two pane vinyl windows, Alside brand. They have lots of smudges all over so I started cleaning them. The biggest of them, tempered ...
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How to retrofit an impermeabilizant asphalt layer in a roof

An owner asked me to repair a roof for a never maintained ~60 year old construction, which lost its impermeabilizing properties, and year after year leaks water from rains through the concrete over ...
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Adding ventilation to an older outbuilding

I have a large to me storage building that I am trying to convert into a garage/workshop. I don't have the time/money/inclination to tear the whole thing down and start anew so I am trying to make ...
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Rafter above location for light, exterior light box choice

Retrofitting from knob and tube. One location has a rafter directly above where the light should go (and currently is). The ceiling is 3/4 in beadboard. Can I use a 4 inch pan box cut in to the ...
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How to on this retrofit led recessed light

That's the inside of my can on my recessed lighting but the new retrofit led plug doesn't fit that. What do I have to do in order to retrofit a new led light in that old fixture to avoid me going into ...
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LED module retrofit into old quad fluorescent not working

I am replacing a bathroom "quad tube" fluorescent recessed ceiling fixture with a Halo recessed downlight LED "module" (RL560WH6940R). This module is the kind that comes with a male edison screw mount ...
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seismic upgrade - verifying foundation integrity

We want to do a seismic retrofit on our foundation. House built in 1904. No cripple wall. Mud sill with rim joist. Foundations have a recent skim coat (that we did not do). Concrete slab. So the ...
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Reducing threaded rod to mount fixture cross bar

I have a very antique light on a very antique ceiling that I do not want, by any means, to compromise (meaning have to open). A few weeks ago, the ceiling light that was installed started losing its ...
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Internal Metal Frames in Vinyl Windows

What is the benefit of an added internal metal frame/core on vinyl windows? We are about to replace our 1965, single pane, full metal jacket, rattle-when-a-helicopter-flies-by windows. Since we want ...
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Why do LED retrofit instructions say to leave the ballast in the fixture?

I'm looking at retrofitting fluorescent fixtures in my basement for single-ended LED tubes. The electrical and wiring concepts I have down; I could probably do it with my eyes closed (but anyone ...
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Encapsulate A/C duct inside roof deck insulation?

I just bought a house and am evaluating my options for A/C retrofit. We have a partially finished attic, and plan to fully finish it. The roof is currently uninsulated. We have 6" roof joists. One ...
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Can I use an unused red conductor as ground for a switch?

I am retrofitting a Lutron Caseta dimmer switch to an existing light fixture in an older home. The fixture has line, neutral and ground, but the wire that was run to the switch box does not have a ...
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How can I add "smart" functionality to an old thermostat?

I recently moved to an apartment, and my roommate and I were talking about how much better it would be if we had a smart thermostat. We're going to ask the landlord about an upgrade, but I thought I ...
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How to retrofit a slab for protection from frost heave

One structure on our property is built slab on grade. Located in the US in climate zone 6. This is a heated space which we will be removing part of. The removal will expose a lot of the slab to the ...
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Retrofit a ceiling light with RGB LED tape/lights?

I have a ceiling fixture in the kitchen that I like and can't find a replacement electronic ballast (Tospo TP120-1/26UPL 26W). A replacement fixture has been hard to find and stupid expensive. I ...
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How should I nail blocking?

I am struggling to efficiently add blocking to 16" stud bays when I can't end nail through the other side of the stud. I have a full-size nailer, a palm nailer, and a hammer or two--but not a lot of ...
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What information about a house is required to get a quote for a fire sprinkler retrofit?

So, I have the crazy idea to give my grandparents what could be the ultimate Christmas present -- having their house (they own it outright) retrofit with fire sprinklers. It's a single-story ranch ...
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How best to cut & tie into cast iron pipe

I have a 2" section of ductile cast iron pipe that's in the way of a framing repair job. This pipe needs to move. The cast iron dates to the original construction, 1938. As was customary at the time, ...
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How would I convert a wood burning fireplace to gas?

I have an insert that we use as a wood burning fireplace. It would be fairly easy to run a natural gas line under the house to the location of the fireplace. I would like to convert the wood burning ...
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Resources for designing new HVAC [closed]

Our house is a bungalow with full basement and is currently heated via electrical baseboard heaters in every room. I'm converting this to a central air system heated by a gas furnace, and possibly A/...
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What is the easiest way to install 4" recessed lights in 6" holes?

I purchased some nice-looking 4" recessed LED fixtures to replace my existing fixtures that use incandescent bulbs. I've now discovered that my current recessed lights are of the 6" variety. I like ...
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How do I rewire LED security light to bypass motion detector - without burning out solid state board

I purchased a deluxe motion activated light for my porch. I assumed that there would be an override feature to bypass the motion sensor for manual operation; after a few days and nights of various ...
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