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What are these (utility?) boxes at the side of the house?

What are the four boxes in the picture below for? The fat pipe to the left goes up to the electricity meter. I've also included pictures of the two labels I could find. Also, why is there a green ...
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Building a house in sections over time

Say I someday want to have a large estate, but for right now I just want to build the living room, kitchen, one bathroom, etc. and next year add another bedroom, library, etc. either adjoining or ...
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Corralling multiple drain hoses

I'm trying to get my utility room in order, and one issue I'm finding is drain hoses. My washer has a drain hose that drains in to the utility sink. My water heater has the T&P drain that ...
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How can I prevent makeup air vents from exhausting conditioned air?

The utility room has two 8-10 inch ducts running to it from the exterior of the home. There are also three fireplaces in the home, and we have noticed that occasionally the house smells like smoke, ...
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Are these remains of electricity meter's anti-tampering seal?

This is an electricity meter on top of an old Zinsco panel. The meter does not have anything else hanging that reminds me of an anti-tamper seal. So I am wondering - has anyone tampered with this ...
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Carrier infinity 25vna heat pump utility curtailment

I have a newly installed infinity greenspeed hp system and the utility is trying to figure out how to control the outdoor unit in heating mode. It's my understanding that the utility sends a signal ...
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Can I open a bulkhead open to two unfinished spaces with a finished space between?

I have crawlspace on two sides of a finished den, with the den sandwiched between them. Can I finish a bulkhead through the den but open to the crawlspace on both sides to simplify utility passage ...
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Why is there a current in my house panel grounding strip

When I measure current in the grounding strip coming from my house electric panel to the water pipe using clamp meter I am getting slowly fluctuating value from 1.5 A all the way to 4 A. In my ...
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What should I do about an electrical service panel that is next to the gas service meter?

I have to upgrade my electrical service panel from knob & tube to current grounded code. The house is on bedrock and ground is the water pipe entry in the garage more than thirty feet away. Now it ...
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Are there pitfalls to joining utlitiy Energy Wise programs?

I'm specifically talking about Duke's EnergyWise program, but I'm fairly sure utilities everywhere are adopting similar programs. The idea is that they tie into your major appliances (i.e., heatpump ...
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Maximum toilet pipe width?

It looks like incorporating a wider toilet pipe "system" (everything from the u-shaped tube of the bathroom toilet down to the home pipe that finally connects to the greater "public" sewer system) ...
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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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Can my house's electricity supply be upgraded?

I'm trying to start a business in my house: Cryptomining. Essentially, I will be buying many big power-hungry computers which will print money out of thin air. It's a very lucrative business. Right ...
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What is this utility box found above a basement bathroom?

While investigating putting in a fan, we came across this odd utility box with spring loaded cover. What is it for, and can we remove it? House was built in 1935. An addition to another part of the ...
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When is service connection completed for water / sewer for new construction?

Is it after Final Inspection that the lines are run from the house to the street? I'd like to hire a contractor for the service connection portion and need to know at what point in the process this is ...
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How could I run a residential water line across a creek?

I'm looking at a new location for a house, and all utilities will need to cross a creek at some point - it's about 10 feet wide, 3 feet deep at the lowest spot. Due to the proximity of it to the road, ...
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Utility trenches to Accessory Dwelling

I live in Georgia and am putting a garage apartment behind my house. It is about 30 - 40 feet from the main house. I would like to know how many different trenches I will have to dig, how deep, and ...
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Fence post hole near utility lines, digging advice

I am looking for advice on how to go about digging fence post holes 42 inches down (to exceed 40 inch frost line) safely.and properly. I was told that I must manually dig the hole within 18 inches ...
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Utility panels, gas pipe and building an extension

I've found a property I want to buy, renovate and put a side extension on. The side I want to extend currently has utility boxes on the external wall eg gas meter and I think also the gas pipe entry ...
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Multi-home Utillity Alley Potholes - fix it my self or is there someone to call?

Ive recently bought a house that has a service alley in the back leading to parking. Its a no outlet alley servicing about 4-6 houses (mostly rented) which is probably why it hasn't been properly ...
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How can I identify which neighboring houses are fed from the same distribution transformer?

I (and some neighbors) want to use Ethernet-over-powerline extenders to join computer networks in adjacent houses. This is never a 'supported' use case with this gear, and I doubt the power company ...
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High Water Bill - No Leaks

Four months ago I moved into a house built about 10-11 years ago. With our first water bill, billed semi-monthly, we were billed a usage of 3750 gallons. Our next bill showed a usage of 9100 gallons. ...
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Utility sink close to 220v dryer outlet

We would like to put in a utility sink in between our washer and dryer and the 220v dryer outlet is about 6" to the right and 6" below the top of the sink. I know code doesn't require GFCI for this, ...
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Why did city utility work require me to modify my faucet aerator?

The city utilities came to my neighborhood this week to replace a few fire hydrants. They had to shut off water to my home during this work. When the work was done, one of the water fixtures in my ...
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How can I improve efficiency of my home? Geothermal not saving money

I've been getting very high electric bills since moving in last August. My winter months have averaged $350/mo and so far this spring has been the same. I live alone, work 8 hours a day, do 2 loads of ...
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What does it take (and how) to build on a 'land conservation' parcel? [closed]

I came across a post on Craigslist that was selling x acres of land. It was titled as a Land Conservation. What does that mean exactly as far as what can and cannot be built on it? If it is possible ...
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Small alcoves in exterior walls for utilities access?

I am in Oaxaca, Mexico at the moment and almost every building seems to have these – photos from Google Street View. Am I correct that they are to give the fire department access to gas and ...
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Why do utility companies sometimes offer incentives for having equipment that uses less of their product? [closed]

Originally asked as a follow up question, and lost in the controversy of Why would it matter whether a front-loading washer is upstairs? (They will only give me a free FRONT-loader if it's on the ...
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Problem with service drop

I have overhead wire providing my two phase electric service. The line from the pole appears to be relatively new and the splice connectors appear to be in good condition as well. However, there is ...
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811 just marked my utilities, can I mow my lawn?

I had 811 mark my utility lines. They were here today.They marked with both spraypaint and flags. The markings are valid per their rules for 30 days. It will be about 2 weeks before I can get the ...
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What is the correct way to read a gas meter?

I just moved into a new house, and I'm afraid my systems (furnace, hot water heater, and stove top) are using a ton of gas. I have two photos of the gas meter. I'm pretty sure how to read them, but I ...
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How to prepare for a home service call from my DSL provider?

My DSL internet connection has been very unreliable and slow recently. I called my service provider this morning and they told me that they will be sending someone to my home this weekend to fix it. ...
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How do I determine how efficient my furnace, A/C, and windows are?

I just bought an older home. The furnace, A/C, and windows are functional, but I suspect there may be some efficiency gains to be made. Is there any way to determine/estimate how efficient those are ...
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Who is responsible to relocate cable TV line?

I had my yard marked for utilities before digging for new landscaping(trees, etc). Unfortunately, the cable TV line runs diagonal across my entire back yard. I was planning on putting a 3" diameter ...
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How can I monitor my mains water use?

I'm in a debate with my water company about usage. Are there any methods to verify that the reading on my water meter outside my house is increasing at the proper rate?
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What can I use to tunnel under a walkway or driveway?

I have seen Walkway Tunnel Kits being sold in the US, unfortunately I can't find a similar product in the UK. Are there alternative products or methods, that can be used when a product like this is ...
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What are my options for hiding/removing service panels from the outside of a house?

I'm trying to improve my curb appeal and I have several utility panels on the side of my house in full view, including cables running up and down the outside wall. Those were installed before I ...
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What extra conduit should I include in a utility trench?

I'm putting in a trench with electricity + water + phone from the street to a future house site. The trench will be around 150' long. The electricity and phone will each be in their own conduit, ...
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What records should I make of underground infrastructure, before covering it up?

We're putting utility services (water, electrical, sewer, telco) in trenches to and on my land. Before we bury everything, what records should I make? Maybe I should take some photographs or draw ...