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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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How can I keep from breaking my water hammer arrestor

My dishwasher is a serious piece of equipment. It makes water hammers like crazy. So I put one of these things inline to the supply: https://www.homedepot.com/p/Quiet-Pipes-Washing-Machine-Water-...
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Replace a blown breaker

Hey :) I have a blown breaker. I live in a townhouse and there is no main shut off in my place. I took the cover off the panel, shut off that breaker, did a voltage test on the wires and no alarm so I ...
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Wire Connector For Heated Blanket

So for Christmas I got my wife a king size heated blanket. She absolutely loved it. Unfortunately a two weeks ago we also got a new dog and it started using the cord as a chew toy. What would be ...
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What is a compliant box for a range hood in terms of a correction request by an inspector?

I’m remodeling a kitchen and the electrician wants to charge extra to fix wiring issues with the range hood and junction box. However, the inspector told me that one of the corrections the electrician ...
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Can I combine 1/2“ and 3/8” plywood for a total of 7/8" subfloor for laying a hardwood floor?

We have some old flooring that comes to a total (flooring and planks) of 1 5/8" from the top of the joists. I want to add a new section of flooring (this one) beside it, and am trying to get them to ...
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C-Wire identification

I am interested in replacing an older thermostat with a modern networked 'smart' thermostat \ humidity monitor. That being said, does the photographed thermostat have a C-wire? The thermostat ...
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turning the light off leads to circuit breaking

I am a novice when it comes to electrical work! I have a 3 way switch to a light. I am trying to replace one of the switches to be an always hot smart switch (to control something else entirely) so ...
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“Click-Lock”, “Engineered”, “Engineered Click”, and “Solid” hardwood… Is there a difference between “Engineered” and “Engineered-Click”?

I've researched this a bunch already and I'm pretty far down the decision timeline, but I was looking at samples again tonight and I've realized that I need a more definitive answer before I can make ...
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Hvac blower motor stopped running but furnace kept running, fixed now

Is there a safety device I can add to my Gibson system? The smaller copper line got real hot! The heat pump was still running too. 3 years ago they did add a pressure switch to the end of 1/4" copper ...
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Can GFCI trip by inductive kick & capacitive coupling?

Update. The GFCI can also trip when the power supply was put on the load side instead of the input. Here the input is open. So it's not current inbalance in the sense coil, please explain how can ...
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Noiseproofing Bedroom with Green Glue: Should I do exterior walls and/or ceiling?

I would like to do some experimentation with soundproofing a bedroom using Green Glue, which is a noiseproofing compound intended to be sandwiched between sheets of drywall. The bedroom currently has ...
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Rectangular steel tube bolted connection

Is there any way to make bolted connections (T-shape, L-Shape etc) for rectangular or square steel tubes to avoid welding but also achieve modularity of the structure? Threaded tube inserts can help ...
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how to connect C wire for ecobee lite to Weil-McLain EG Series-5 gas steam boiler

I want to upgrade from a battery powered Honeywell thermostat to an ecobee3 lite. This is for heat only. My current Honeywell has two wires: Red and White. Missing is the C cable. There are enough ...
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Neutral and ground wire switched

I want to change my over stove microwave single outlet to a 2 outlet plug. When pulling out the old outlet, I see that the white wire is attached to the green screw and the bare copper wire is ...
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Hunter Ceiling Fan with Remote to dual switch on wall - how to wire?

Long story short, all was working per my question below as installed by a contractor(I'm 99% sure) - until it came loose from the ceiling and i quickly undid all of the wiring (lesson learned - quick ...
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How do I remove 4 pieces of tile in my shower?

I am replacing my old 3 piece grohe faucets with a one-piece shower faucet. I need to remove 4 tiles, which will be replaced when the new faucet is installed. How can I remove the 4 tiles without ...
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Pex bend supports keep breaking

I've used PEX bend supports in the ½" size before which worked great, but trying to use them for ¾" has been difficult. Regardless of the method I've tried, the plastic ones keep snapping. Using the ...
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Hanging Drywall Against Finished Ceiling

I removed the drywall on my walls as part of a bathroom renovation project and now I am at the stage where I put up new drywall on the walls. I did not remove the ceiling drywall so I am going to butt ...
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how is a blank wallplate attached to drywall

Are blank wall plates normally attached directly to a drywall with screws, or it has to be fixed to electrical box?
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Can You run two 2, 20amp Ground fault circuits using 12/3 wire and duplex 20amp plugins

I was wondering if you can have 2 20amp breakers at the box using 12/3 wire and use a single 20 amp GFi at the first box of the circuit and by breaking the duplex tabs on the duplex recepticals ...
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Drying/draining Capability of Insulated Vinyl Siding

I'm interested in using insulated vinyl siding on a remodel project, more for the rigidity then the thermal value which is negligible. One of the major benefits of standard vinyl siding is the "built ...
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What is the safest and quietest practical lightweight electric saw to cut 2x4 to use inside an apartment?

I have a miter saw but that thing is loud. Same with the circular saw. Moreover, while the miter saw can be used on the ground with not even a table, the circular saw is too dangerous without a full ...
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My Hydro Air Heat started spraying hot water from some kind of vent or valve or nipple

My system looks exactly like this. I believe it's called Hydro Air Heat. See that thing with the green rectangle around it. It started spraying hot water from that nipple on top (indicated by the ...
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Replacing a washer in a 3 knob tub faucet

I have a leak from the hot handle of a 3 knob tub faucet when the water is running. I am able to turn off the hot water because I have access to the hot water heater but I live in a condo that does ...
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How can I remove tiles without damaging the heating mat underneath?

Removing kitchen tiles from the floor, but the trick is not to damage the in-floor heating. I’m a bit worried about the heating mat, and don’t want to puncture it. Any info would be lovely.
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What kind of saw would I use to cut a shape out of a panel?

It's is a nice even cut trying to find out what kind of saw.
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Which is a more versatile tool that can do more things other tools can't: Jigsaw or Trim (Palm) Router?

I can choose between a combo including either a jigsaw or a handheld trim router. I like to do various DIY projects at home so I enjoy using different tools. I have a few tools including drill, impact ...
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Cracks up wall in corner of room

We recently did a comprehensive remodel of our very old condominium. Its a four unit row house from the 1890's. I noticed that there is a long crack going up the corner of a back room. Is this a ...

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