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What is the maximum number of average sized people that can stand in a standard upstairs bedroom of 12' x12'?

Of course there are many different types of construction, but assume average since generally buildings have standard compliance codes and construction companies will do at least the minimum required. ...
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Two GFCIs in series, which would trip?

If you have two GFCIs connected in series, which would trip first or both?
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Seeking a reliable power tool reviews web site [on hold]

I want to buy a “drill/driver” and looking for a reliable web site with power tool reviews that is not created or paid by a tool company. Thanks!
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Protecting PU furniture

I have a less then 3 year old chair, just discovered that it is made from PU, and the PU (on the seat of the chair) is peeling off into lots of shreds and messing up the carpet. (The chair is less ...
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Solid fuel stove started to make air noises when lit

We lit this stove nearly everyday in our sitting room. It started to make this constant air flow noise last night and same again today. Chimney was cleaned few months ago and we don't burn anything ...
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Transition between uneven floor; reducer is wobbly

sorry if it's a stupid question. I self-installed some laminate and the flooring manufacturer provided some reducer transitions. I have two doorways where the new floor meets vinyl plank tile I am ...
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Discoloration on load center bus bar

I recently replaced our main load center with a larger one. I was planning to use the old, smaller panel as a sub panel in an addition we are building. After removing the breakers from the old panel,...
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Sewage pump turning on without any sinks or toilet installed

In my home I have a sump pump and a pump referenced as a ‘sludge pump’. Even though there are no bathrooms or sinks in the basement, the sludge pump kicks on occasionally. Why is this happening? And ...
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What is this strange coiled wire and should everything be redone?

Problem 1 So I'm going through my house, replacing the switches and came across this switch that controls a fan in my bathroom. It looks like this may have been something the previous owner did, and ...
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Remove a 3 way switch to install fan remote

Newb so be gentle. I installed a fan that doesn't seem to be wired for a separate fan and light switch at the wall, so I capped off the red wire from the ceiling at the fan, and installed the fan ...
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Wire type for under floor heat film

I am preparing to install under floor heating film. The instructions say: Type UF single conductor or equivalent. I have THWN-2 wire, would anyone consider that equivalent, or can you think of a ...
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4 prong dryer cord connected to a new 4 prong wall outlet, the old wall outlet was a 3 prong with only 3 wires. now the dryer won't heat but works

i have a dryer that has a 4 prong cord and the wall outlet was a 3 prong. I replaced the wall outlet with a 4 prong and the dryer works but will not heat did I wire it wrong or what could be the ...
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Newly painted room - paint gets “wet” then dries each day - top of wall very cold to touch

We recently moved house and are in the process of decorating. The main bedroom had wallpaper which we stripped off back to bare plaster, which looks in good condition. We put down a couple coats of ...
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Why does my GCFI plug trip when I connect the ground?

I installed a GCFI plug at the beginning of a series in my basement. As soon as I turn the power back on, my GCFI circuit trips. I discoverd reverse polarity in several plugs. Could that be the ...
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Electrical Cable Detector Goes Off On Several Walls

I have the Bosch GMS 120 sensor detector that I have used to successfully install several wall-mounted shelves and bits of furniture. There seems to be a problem with live wire detection in my home, ...
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Adding a light to an existing switch

This may require a diagram, but as I’m doing this from my phone, that’s not doable at the moment. I have an existing ceiling fixture in a bathroom that has 3 sets of wires going into it (no ground): ...
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Metal flashing with polycarbonate deck cover

I had fiberglass deck covering for over 30 years, it got incredibly dirty & nasty so I replaced it with polycarbonate. The problem occurred the first heavy rain (I live in Oregon valley), the ...
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Installing anchors into a hollow metal panel

I'm installing a curtain rod in our studio. The windows we have are installed and framed by metal including a metal panel box atop them. It's hollow and the metal panel appears to be less than 2mm ...
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Four pin bulbs in 6 can ceiling lights

When the switch in my kitchen is turned on 2 of the 6 lights do not light all the time. I have changed bulbs but have the same result. Before I replace the entire fixture what should I try first.?
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Why would the main blower come on immediately with a call for heat from the stat?

I am trying to help out a neighbor. The initial problem was that the furnace wasn't working. The error code was a bad limit switch. The neighbor replaced all of the limit switches but the furnace ...
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backfeed generator to house

Can I backfeed my home with two suicide cords, 110 each? I do not have a 220 gen, only 110. I do not have any 220 outlets in the house. Have natural gas for furnace and dryer and water heater. House ...
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Is it possible to get gas to an island range?

First, all gas/electric will be done by a professional. I have potentially the option to put a range in an island. I'm on a concrete slab. Can I build a raised floor and have the professional run the ...
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Cut XPS and Spray Can Foam or Spray Foam Kit for Rim Joists?

I am looking into two methods of insulating my rim joist space in the basement on a house in Zone 5. I realize that spray foam kits are the cat's meow in air sealing and possibly ease of use - but ...
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In floor heating GFCI thermostat failure?

Fifteen years ago, a contractor installed Easy Floor heating system under tiles in our lower level. There are four GFCI programmable thermostats wired to 240v service. About five months ago, one of ...
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Should I be concerned about ventilation in a small room?

I have a 10'x10' room in my garage that I use as a drum set practice room. I've been sealing it up better to provide some sound proofing. The sealing is not extreme, but I have an exterior door (like ...
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Wiring up new light fitting

I am trying to fit a new light fitting. The connections on this fitting equates to a 4 pin plastic junction box with live, earth, and neutral in that order with the 4th blank. I removed the old ...
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How to fit a screw into a drilled big hole on wall?

I am fitting a window blind on a wall. The wall is made of plaster board as far as I have known. I have drilled a hole on wall bigger than the screw size. The drilled hole on the wall has a diameter ...
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Should I be concerned with the condition of the bearing end for this lintel?

Having stripped back the wallpaper in our living room in preparation for a re-skim of plaster, we have discovered a door which we didn't know existed, right next to the door into the living room from ...
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What to do with baseboard for this basement with concrete box?

This is in my basement and I plan to install wood flooring. But this is what in the bottom of the wall: It is like a box 2x2. Previously I had baseboard on top of the concrete box running along the ...
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Multiple sources to turn on furnace fan

I am using multiple heat sources and would like to monitor the furnace duct and turn on the furnace fan if it becomes warm and the fan is not on. Since the thermostat or Fan Limit Control and the ...
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If a roll is 6′ wide with a total area of 84 square yards, what is the length?

If a roll is 6′ wide with a total area of 84 square yards, what is the length? The answer says 126 ft. I keep getting 42 The explanation says: "86 sq yd x 9 sq ft/sq yd = 756 sq ft" 756 sq ft ÷ 6 ft = ...
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Leak in boiler system

Have concrete slabs heated with an HTP boiler. 4 manifolds (2 supply, 2 return w/shutoffs). Had a loss of pressure and low water pressure error on boiler. I have isolated the leaks off the manifolds. ...
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Should I bond pipes to ground in detached building subpanel?

In California. My subpanel has a dedicated ground conductor run to it (ground and neutral bonded only at the main panel). The subpanel is in a building with its own plumbing, not connected to pipes ...
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Wiring a light switch

I am trying to install a new single pole light switch in a restroom. I previously had a push button switch that has an off, light, heater, and fan button's and also a light to show when the heater is ...
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Radiant floor heating head unit turns off when turn lights on

My radiant floor heating head unit and the light switch are in the same box sharing power in lines split between the 2. Whenever I turn the lights on in the room the floor heating head unit turns ...
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Does anyone know what has caused this corrosion on hot water heater?

Just had this hot water heater installed approximately 2 years ago. I’m not sure what is causing the corrosion. Also, the tenant said the water inside is way too hot and that it started about three ...
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Vapor barrier/retarder requirements in San Jose, CA?

I am living in this old house that has attic insulation on one half of the house. I plan to insulate the remaining half of the house to get it warmer during the few winter months. We don't have Air ...
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How to clean Pool main drain

New to this; I have used vinegar overnight, baking soda, a pumice stone, still it will not budge. I tried muriatic acid via watering can direct on it, 1:10 parts water, still nothing, then 5:10 ...
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Uneven gap between two different floors

We recently had our bathroom renovated, subfloor replaced and vinyl flooring installed, but now there's a gap underneath the door. It measures 3 3/4" x 23" and I'm not sure of any products that ...
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Using 6 gallon hot water tank as recirculation device

If I pump water continuously through a small 6 gallon hot water tank recirculating from a 60-70 gallon water tank will this work to heat the water over 36-48 hours? I'm not concerned about if it's ...
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Daikin Mini Split Runs Constantly

We had a Daikin ductless system installed as a replacment for our old system that finally died. We have 4 total units inside the house, with 1 in each of the 3 upstairs bedrooms and a larger 18K BTU ...
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How to fix sticky paint

The wood in my bathroom is painted with a semi gloss white paint. I have to clean it often and after many cleanings, the paint in the areas cleaned most is sticky. I tried painting a fresh coat of ...
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table saw — install release lever

A question to those who use Mastercraft 10" Table saw, Model 055-6755-8. I just got the used one (but in good shape) from someone, and the riving knife wasn't installed (I do have it though), moreover ...
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How can I extend an electric wire without a large cross-section connector?

I want to extend a couple of electric wires coming out of a ceiling to get to a hole at the top of a lighting fixture. Let's assume for the sake of discussion the lighting fixture is fixed and will ...
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Air sealing advice between garage and conditioned space

I'm trying to air seal my conditioned, but unfinished laundry room which backs to the unconditioned garage. Unfortunately, there are several large spaces (one for the cold air return and another for ...
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Big Voltage drop

Had an instance before when I had a voltage while running on a treadmill. I flipped all the breakers and it seem to work again for a month and now it is back and now when we use a high load appliance ...
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Drilling into cinder block foundation

My house has a block foundation and water issues, I have a company coming soon to install a perimeter drainage system w/ sump pump and he said he's going to install a mill sheet vapor barrier about 4" ...
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How do I convert a 3-way circuit with two lights into two 1-way circuits that control each light separately?

How do I convert a 3-way circuit with two lights into two 3-way circuits that control each light separately?
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What can I use to repair a crack in the plastic layer of a bathtub? [duplicate]

I have a bathtub with a plastic (I think) surface layer which has a small crack in it. The crack is at the bottom, on the inside. Some sort of rusty liquid has now started to ooze out from the crack, ...
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Running Wire in Updated Kitchen and Living Room

I'm trying to plan out how to run the wire for my electrical outlets. I thought I could save wire by branching my hot wire in two different directions. Is this code? Is there a drawback? I would ...

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