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Why is there two sets of black and white wires connected together in my wall?

Don't understand what this is, I was told it was probley a splice in the wires to extend wiring but I thought white had to be with white, black with black and ground to ground.....is this something ...
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Possible Leak In Concrete

I recently noticed that our outside wall has a wet looking spot around the faucet. I tried looking in the wall at the pipe (from the unfinished basement), but I couldn’t see very far because the ...
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I need to drive a 7/16" nut but am unsure how to use the socket I bought for my screwdriver

I have this 7/16" hex nut (in front) and I tried to order in amazon an adapter that can make my 1/4 hex bit torque screwdriver drive it. When I received the package. It was all wrong. The 7/16" was ...
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How are fireplaces and inserts different?

How are fireplaces and inserts different? Is also used to convert a wood fireplace into a gas fireplace?
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Certificate of occupancy [on hold]

I'm looking to rent a commercial piece of property that has 2 separate buildings. The landlord recently renovated both buildings but I question the professionalism performed. When I asked If he had a ...
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Pressurized Container Automation [on hold]

Not quite home-improvement, however the engineering question lends itself to the expertise of the fine folks in this forum. I am interested in pressurizing a hopper of tennis balls with a device like:...
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Why are hanging icicles on my home yellow?

The icicles hanging on the front of my house are yellow on the tips. I also noticed a yellow line in the snow beneath the icicles. We moved into this home recently and I know they had the roof ...
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Cutting already installed tile?

I am planning on installing floating laminate flooring in my hallway among other places in my house. I wanted to take out the tile on the outside of this small bathroom and I wanted to wait to replace ...
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How do I add a second wired garage door opener?

I'd like to add a hardwired garage door opener inside the house. Can I simply splice the two wires from the main button to a second button (momentary switch), or do I need to run them all the way ...
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Should a bathroom sink drain outlet flow away from the trap, or back toward it?

My bathroom sink drain routinely (~5 months) becomes so ridiculously clogged with build-up that I have to remove the trap and outlet arm in order to clear it out. The build up even extends beyond the ...
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After power outages the same type of light bulbs don't work anymore

Wind knocked out electricity multiple times today and my light bulbs were very dim or not working and I replaced with a new same bulb but does not work even though the old one that's dim still works ...
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Single phase hook up to 3 phase box

I have a customer that wants to install a single phase 120/208v coffee brewer to a 3 phase panel. Can this be done safely? The unit uses 220v for heating elements and 120v for control board.
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Removing old baseboard heaters and thermostat

I read some of the other responses to similar questions. But I also need to know about the thermostat that controls the heaters I removed. Is it acceptable to cap the wires to the thermostat and ...
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Hot water shut off valve

While trying to turn off the hot water valve, the knob broke off in my hand. I have tried to grip it with channel locks but I cant grab it.
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How do I remove a tiny stripped head screw from a camera. The screw remover set are all too large to work. PS I tried liquid wrench also [on hold]

remember this is a camera, not a door hinge. The screw remover set I bought are all too big. I tried liquid wrench. Where can I purchase a tiny screw remover (jewelry size)
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What STAINABLE wood fill is best to use on a plywood floor?

I am doing a quick fix on an existing plywood, unfinished floor. I need to fill the gaps between boards before staining, then applying polyurethane. I have plenty of Minwax Stainable Wood Filler to ...
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70 amp service from 200 amp main

We need to run conductor from a 200 amp main service panel to a sub panel that is approximately 200 feet away (50 inside garage, and 150 underground.) The breaker in the main panel that will feed ...
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Can these ceiling beams be removed?

Wanting to remove the center posts that are coming down on the diagonal from these beams, is that possible? We then plan to clad them to make them more pleasing to the eye.
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When I flush the toilet it leaks between the bowl and the tank. How do I fix it?

This only happens when I flush and the leak is small.
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Want to switch to tankless, but can I use my existing wiring?

The tankless water heaters I am looking at require 8 AWG wire but the existing wiring is 12 AWG. Can I do this without having to rerun new wire?
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What would happen if I connected just an electric dryer coil to a 120v circuit?

What would happen if I connected an electric dryer coil to a 120v circuit
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ceiling fan switch on wall

I purchased an older home and the ceiling fan in the bedroom has a resistor (I think) on the wall, it is a switch with a round knob to control the light and fan speed. Can I bypass this and control ...
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Grounding a subpanel using existing wiring

I had a 60 amp breaker that was connected to an oven in the kitchen. Since this is no longer needed, I'm trying to re-purpose this #6 wire to connect to a new Electric water heater I'm putting in the ...
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Plywood subfloor won't screw down in a trailer home

I'm remodeling my mom's bathroom and I'm putting 1/4 inch plywood down on top of the floor to get a smooth surface. The existing floor is strong but there was some deflection in it and it's not as ...
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How do I calculate my monthly water usage?

In terms of water usage, how much is 10 cubic meters of water? I ask this because I live in a small apartment with another person and our monthly water bill is now over 6 times higher. When I called ...
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How do you replace a reversing valve? [on hold]

My heat pump works like a champ. It heats well and cools well. The reversing valve gets stuck occasionally during the winter months. I've contacted three separate hvac companies to get a quote on ...
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Wiring two 3-way switches with 2 light fixtures and 1 outlet [on hold]

Can someone please tell me how to wire this I searched everywhere on the web and I found nothing.
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3.5" round box for wall sconces, cannot make work with many fixtures

My electrician on a remodel installed all 3.5" circular boxes throughout. I am finding that everything I want to install wants to have a 4" box. I have seen the spider plates, universal crossbars, ...
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How do I cover up basement rough in

Can I fill in or cover up the basement rough in ? There is a rough in and I don't need a bathroom down stairs.
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Is all copper pipe pretty much the same?

Is there different levels of quality in copper plumbing pipe? I see copper pipe at Home Depot and I assume plumbing supply stores sell it too. Does pretty much everybody sell the same quality of ...
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Advisable to install a service check valve in front of a thermal expansion tank

I am installing a thermal expansion tank and the maker (Watts) recommends installing a service check valve between the tank and the pipe. While I understand the convenience factor of the SCV, my ...
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What type of Circuit Breaker is required for this slot?

I was looking at adding an extra breaker or two to my panel as I have two open slots. I opened the front of my panel to see what I was dealing with inside and was perplexed by what I found, I'm going ...
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Sink drain pipe leaking

I recently replaced my bathroom sink and the new drain pipe isn't threaded like the older one. So instead of a connection to the P trap with a threaded male/female piece and a tightening ring, the ...
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Joints between paving stones - A breeding ground for weeds. Sustainable control?

I'm looking for a solution to control weed growth on a patio out of paving stone. The weeds are growing the the joints between the stones as can be seen in the picture. Two methods have been proposed:...
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How are Clopay Intellicore garage door R-values so high?

Clopay's garage doors with their proprietary "Intellicore" polyurethane foam insulation claim R-values as high as 20.4 in a 2" thick door, or R-10.2 per inch. State-of-the-art spray polyurethane ...
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What are the minimum insulation code requirements for a steel arch building (Quonset hut) used as a residence?

I'm interested in building a steel Quonset hut home in central Texas. I've done a fair amount of research on what's involved, but I'm stuck on insulation. The IECC defines minimum insulation ...
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Kitchen drawer soft-closer - whose company logo is this?

The soft close on my pull out larder has broken and I'm struggling to identify it for obtain a replacement. Does anyone recognise this logo? The only other identifying mark on it is a number 136685 ...
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what is the speed of each level of cabin fan air (A/C)? [closed]

I need to know the speed of each level of the fan air in the car. can anyone help please.
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Want to know how hex bit shank works and the history behind it's design

I have tried to search this in google but I haven't found a complete explanation, so I ask this here. I also have read other answers related with hex bit socket, but it still not satisfied. How the ...
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Electric Fan not Working

I have a water distiller which the electric fan suddenly just stopped working (thankfully I was near by to shutdown everything, otherwise ...). Prior to the failure everything was working fine, there ...
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Remove shower faucet face plate

How do I remove the face plate on my shower faucet? There is a lip I cannot get over without damaging it. Thanks
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Hello All, I’m trying to take down the 3 walls - load bearing or not?

This is the attic - and I will post the 3 walls as well- this is 1 story.
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Reduced hot water pressure

Our home was built in 2013 with a GE gas tankless hot water heater. Over the past year the hot water pressure has dropped considerably while the cold water pressure remains fine. I don’t know where to ...
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Existing 3-way circuit trips breaker

I'm sleuthing out a mysterious short in a 3-way circuit and could use some advice. I have an ordinary 15A breaker with a feed to our kitchen pendants, and some outlets in the room. The lights are ...
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dishwasher leak from bottom front middle upon start of cycle

My dishwasher has been leaking some from the bottom of the door in the middle. There is no gasket there, so that is not the problem. My air gap was clogged, could that have exascerbated the issue? ...
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What could be causing low water pressure in cold line in only one bathroom sink?

My back bathroom sink just started having low water pressure on the cold side only,,, all tubs and other sinks are fine,,, my house is less than 20 years old and plumbed with pex only,,, I have taken ...
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What type and gauge ground wire do I need when using 1/0 hot and neutral wires

I have a 260 ft run from my main 225A panel to a 100A subpanel in a steel shop out in my yard. I have a #4 bare copper wire grounded to the rebar in the foundation of the shop. Not knowing what I ...
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Can a multi-meter be used to test home theater receiver speaker output?

I have a Sony HT-CT150 that no longer outputs sounds. Can I somehow use my mutli-meter to test the speaker output? Here's what it looks like I want to make sure that the system is actually ...
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uncontrollable heating in multi unit apt

I have a 6 unit 2 story apt bldg which has only one basement furnace controlled by one thermostat from the first floor apt #1. The duct work has dampers to each unit. the problem is that the temp in ...
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Repair Drywall after electrical work

We've had some electrical work done which has resulted in a number of holes in drywall about 8cm in length by 2cm in height similar to below: I was intending on making small cuts of plasterboard but ...

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