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Framing around existing walk out door in basement

I am getting ready to frame out my basement and I cannot figure out what to do with this existing door. If I frame around it like a traditional door, what do I use to bridge the gap between my framing ...
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Condensate drain line freezing. Need an internal solution

I have a residential 16-SEER four-ton air handler/heat pump unit with a built-in humidifier. Both summer AC condensate and winter humidifier over-run feed into a condensate pump which is on the ...
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2 of 3 Monorail lighting system pendant lights work intermittently

Tech lighting brand 300 watt monorail lighting system installed in 2010. For the last couple years we’ve had problems with intermittent lighting with one of the pendants on suspension cables. ...
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How do I tell the difference between a small spring under a neighbor's slab and a leak from drain pipe?

I have a French drain between my neighbor and our house. Water is always seeping out of the drain into the street. Upon inspection the water seems to be coming from the corner of the neighbors ...
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Jumping AC fan to separate Gas Boiler Heat

I have 4 zone boiler/baseboard heat and a new Trane XR 5ton central A/C system. I also have a woodstove that is mainly used for heating except at night when the upstairs are closed. I just got the AC ...
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Why does my illuminated light switch glow more dimly with an LED bulb installed in the fixture?

Electrician just installed an illuminated light switch for a single bulb wall fixture. It barely illuminates. All other illuminated switches in house glow brightly. There is a single LED bulb in the ...
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Gooey build up on sandpaper when sanding

just started my first DIY project of finishing my 3 year old IKEA Gerton Beech Wooden table top. I have been using this as my computer table and it has become very dirty so I thought I'll use this ...
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Why are the lights and fans in my home flickering and varying in speed?

I have very weird electrical behavior in my house. Fans will suddenly slow them speed up. Lights flicker randomly for for random times. 2-10 seconds. Everything in my home is wired with 12-3 wiring. ...
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Adding C-Wire for Nest to Triple Aquastat Relay L8148J

Need some extra eyes and advice on how to add a common wire to our current boiler setup. We have a Triple Aquastat L8148E that has 2 wire that connect to our thermostat. Like many before me, I'm ...
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What can I place under my sofa cushions to reduce sag?

I am looking to use a piece of wood to lay under my sofa cushions because it sinks to much when you sit on it. I can't afford a new sofa so I was told I could use a piece of wood under the cushions. I ...
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Can I use WD40 to remove rust from my electric hob plate?

I used WD40 to remove some rust from my bicycle u-lock recently (locking mechanism). It worked very well (I put some bike lube on it afterwards). Now, I have plenty of rust on my electric hob plate. ...
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What is the black stain on my exterior brick, and how can I remove it?

The brick wall above my apartment is blackened, what is it and is it possible to clean it?
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Gate hinge position/location

Which side of this cabinet/gate hinge should go on the cabinet door? I believe the long-side. https://www.natman.com/detail/841-ornamental-reversible-t-hinges-n881-904 Further, should the hinge pin ...
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What tool can I use to block light from a 50W bulb?

I bought a lamp & the incandescent bulb is not fully covered by the shade. Since the shade is at eye level that hurts my eyes. What can I use safely to block the light? Any tape safe to use? Or ...
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Why install a hidden GFCI outlet controlling sink outlets, ceiling lights, vent fan, and floor heater?

In a recently remodeled bathroom, a electrician installed a GFCI outlet in a linen closet which controls two outlets near the sink, a floor heater, the ceiling lights, and the vent fan. Only the sink ...
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Sump pump running almost constantly under bedroom

I just bought a house and had it inspected before buying. The inspector was very thorough: down to the bolts on the door locks locks. He went into every nook and cranny. He took pictures all over ...
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Ground size for 100 amp sub panel 200ft away

I would like to install a 120/240 volt 100 amp sub panel on a detached garage that is about 200 ft away. I have read that one should strive for a voltage drop of less than 3% and from what I can tell ...
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Missing a strike plate in a metal/steel frame

I live in a house that was built in the 1950s. The door frame was made of metal/steel. Since I noticed that the strike plate is missing, I'd like to install a new plate. My question is -- what kind of ...
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New subpanel breaker that is defective

I bought a new subpanel, and the main breaker is already defective (brand Siemens). It can't be switched open (even isolated on piece of paper like in the picture). It returned to close position ...
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Electrical rough in

I have 2 question on electrical rough-in 1) For the outlet boxes, do I strip and wire nut the wires or just roll them up and tuck them in for the inspection? 2) For my recessed canless LED lights (...
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Trying to add an outlet on other side of wall, 3 pairs of white/black wires and ground

I have a new build house about a year old and I'm trying to add an extra outlet to the other side of the wall in the picture where I already have one outlet. I am fairly good with electrics, but this ...
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Using dry portland cement mixed with latex paint primer as a filler for weathered wood

One side of my home has been quite weathered and the wood is quite rough. I wonder if anyone has mixed primer paint with a portland cement product to produce a thick and durable product that would ...
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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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