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Doorbell transformer location problem

I need to find my doorbell transformer in order to change it for a more powerfull one (ring pro doorbell). I have opened the chime and i can see the transformer wire going in my basement, i did follow ...
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Should I attempt to repair a leak in my radon mitigation system's pipework?

My radon evacuation system has been in place for about 10 years and it operating efficiently. However, the caulk that was used around the outdoor fan has deteriorated. When I cleaned up the area to ...
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New washing machine using the same valve as the sink, water smells and tastes like plastic

So I have been using the same valve for actually two washing machines and a sink, and when I got the new washing machine the problem started appearing. I am guessing this is because of the new washer ...
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Where can I find a replacement sash for my double-hung window?

I have a broken inner pane on the lower sash and would like to find a replacement sash. I am having trouble identifying the manufacturer. I am guessing it is a 26 inch square window since it ...
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Ceiling fan light went off completely and now it blinks one short blink and comes on okay

Ceiling light went out completely and I turned off at the wall and it did it again. I changed the bulbs (4) 60 watts. Now it blinks one short blink when I turn the unit on at the wall and comes on ...
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How deep should a fence post be with respect to the bottom of the concrete base?

Seems like a simple question, but I have been searching for a while. Everything I find is about the depth of the hole for the concrete, not the depth of the post. I want to know how far a post must ...
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How to repair thin concrete deck cover

I recently bought a house with a deck that has what appears to be a thin layer of concrete over wire mesh over wooden (2x6 or similar) beams. A friend mentioned that he figures the concrete was not ...
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Why is my fan continuously running when A/C is selected?

I bought a home with a honeywell TB8220U1003 thermostat that automatically turns heat on and off with no issues if I have the setting (switch) on my furnace set to heat. In order for my cool to be ...
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Would a concrete ramp added to an existing slab be less durable?

To remediate a situation my concrete company caused by changing the layout without consulting me, they propose to add a ramp partially on an existing (though new ~10 days) slab. I'm worried that it ...
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Best air conditioner for cold blasts?

The old air conditioners I had could blow out snow literally that is how cold they got, now air conditions are only moderately cold. What would be the best system to get to just blast one giant vent ...
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Hot Water Knob Drips When Cold Water Is Turned On

I have an older shower set-up the 3 knob one (from left to right - hot, Diverter, cold). I just replaced the valve-stem for all 3 due to leaking in the wall (where the valve stem connects to the "...
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Electricians left breakers unhooked

Handy homeowner here. Electricians ran wire and put in 5 new breakers on my panel as part of an addition to my house. One is hooked up and feeds an outlet, the other 4 are dead. Flipping the switches ...
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Why is my AC only blowing out Ice cold air and freezing over AC lines?

I've had a company come out and tell me the ac and furnace are ran from 2 different fans and they recharged the AC unit. However, prior to this the AC was still freezing over the lines. If I have the ...
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Antique Schlage Door Knob - Can't reassemble

From an old Schlage outside/inside door knob (I think it dates back to the 1950's). I can't find where the retaining clip goes. The front of the door is a handle with an old-fashioned lever
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Frigidaire FEX831FS4 washer dripping water after fixing agitator. How to find and fix leak?

The washer was not leaking any water before I fixed the agitator. Now agitator works fine, but some water drips on top of transmission. So I am backtracking the work I did to understand what is ...
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Is adding a GFCI outlet ahead of inverter as good as having one on the inverter?

I am shopping for a 48v DC to AC inverter. Ideally, I'd like the plugs on the inverter to be GFCI protected, but not all inverters have this feature. This inverter is on a boat, mounted in a ...
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Do lights in a circuit have to be grounded for the whole circuit to be grounded?

I have a circuit in my old house (built 1918), it’s gone through many remodels during its lifespan and multiple owners. This one circuit has no grounded outlets, so I had a look behind the outlet to ...
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Found metal while drilling into a stud

I hired someone from Amazon Home Services to install a TV wall mount. As the person was drilling holes into studs, he found metal when drilling one of the holes. He wasn't really sure what he was ...
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Convert GE Load Center to main breaker

I'm looking to add central A/C to my 1970s era home. The electric panel is a GE Load Center, 125 Amp max. It's basically "full" with no space for additional breakers. The bids for the electric panel "...
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Electrical Supply to Detached Office

I'm building a small detached office and have a few questions. More Details: The office is about 100 ft from my main dwelling. Plan is to share the current service from my main dwelling. Only 120V is ...
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How to choose a valve to use when plumbing a huge valve handle to my hose station

I am building a hose station in my backyard. For fun, I would like to use a huge vintage valve handle to operate the water coming out of a normal 3/4" hose. Obviously I can't connect anything like ...
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Why would a faucet still leak with a new cartridge installed?

I've replaced 3 faucet cartridges in my house. The 2 oldest repairs/replacements (replaced about 1.5 yrs ago) are still good. The most recent one is about 4 months old but it has started leaking ...
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i have cut my cement board too short for my shower walls

I have cut my cement board too short for my shower walls; I need another 2 inches so it lines up right. Should I cut a 2 inch piece of cement board or go ahead and tie in the drywall for the remaining ...
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Swapping High voltage breakers; change 50amp to 40amp

I have 6AWG wiring with a 50amp breaker; no device is yet connected to the circuit. I need to swap the 50amp breaker for a 40amp breaker. I have popped the breaker loose from the bus bar in the panel. ...
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Low Height Deck Joist Support Options on Concrete

I'm looking to add a wood/composite deck over an existing concrete slab that has heaved/cracked and looks unsightly. We've only owned the house for a year so I don't have the full history but we have ...
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Replaced water filter now very low water pressure

Had very strong water pressure through water dispenser. Then replaced water filter and now very, very slow water. Did all the things everyone has suggested to no effect. Found that by pulling the ...
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Can beams be up against a post base like this?

I'm building a 12x16 ground-level deck in my backyard (not attached to the house). I'll have 4x6 beams anchored to concrete footing. My question is: can I install a 4x6 ledger beam that will have its ...
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Installed new breaker to relieve load in existing circuit. Still trips new breaker

I recently moved a treadmill to workout room. Whenever the treadmill is in use, it trips the breaker shortly after starting up. I figured this is because the workout room also shares a circuit with ...
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I need a 'female' 120V AC Plug / socket for a wall plate?

I cannot find what I am looking for anywhere, I don't even know what to search. Something that would be the child of these two, if they had one. I realize you can buy a kit that includes this piece, ...
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Insulate back of high and low voltage gang boxes in attic

We just finished building a home, and I prewired an equipment closet upstairs for handling all of my networking, home theater and whole home audio equipment. It looks like this: All the single and ...
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Can I clean up and tape old unfinished drywall in the garage?

Purchased a house with a partially finished garage. The ceiling and walls have drywall, but no taping. The previous owners have nailed numerous things into the wall over the years and of course since ...
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What could prevent a motorised CD player drawer from opening after not being used for an extended period of time? [closed]

Many years ago, I used to use a CD player that had an opening drawer - you'd press a button, the drawer would open, you'd insert the CD and then either push the drawer closed or use the same button. ...
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Is a porch temporarily roofed with just tar paper likely to be damaged by rain?

General Contractor has been hired to build a wrap around porch onto our house. He has most of the construction completed (decking, columns, soffits, etc) but still has not shingled the roof. It’s ...
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installing prehung doors ez-hang kits

I'm going to be replacing many hollow core interior doors with solid core doors and I want to replace the jambs with VGDF (vertical grain doug fir) to match the doors, so I'm going with pre-hung doors ...
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Can an illuminated switch be made to work with LED bulbs?

I have an illuminated switch (made by Viko, a Panasonic brand). The switch controls a fan with a LED bulb. The bulb flickers when it is off and the switch is off: video To avoid this, I have to ...
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Wiring help needed

Went to look at a ceiling box to install a fan, and I'm a little confused as to the wiring for the light now. Currently, the light tends to flicker depending on how tightly the globe is screwed in (...
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What is this wall covering type?

Can anyone identify what this wall is made of? It looks like some kind of plaster to me, but I'm not sure. Thank you!
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Can I use a clamp meter to identify wires running to overhead fan?

I have this mess of wires in a junction box of a stucco house (built 30 years ago). Couple of these are going to the overhead fan in the room. Will a simple clamp meter help me identify the relevant ...
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Bracket specification for wall-mounted desk

I've ordered a new desktop which will be made of solid oak. Its dimensions are 2300mm (L) x 820mm (W) (approx. 90.5" x 32"). I doubt it's relevant except for estimating its weight but it's 27mm (1") ...
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Wand or 2 foot long stick between my master bath fan and outdoor flood lights connecting to share wiring for power?

I'm divorced. My ex husband had a guy install a junction box on corner of house to spotlight the swing set years ago. Recently I was in the attic and discoved a 2 ft "stick' or "wand' that was quite ...
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Wiring Confusion - 3 Phase Line to a Water Level Controller?

I have a borewell with a 3-phase submersible pump that I want to control with a water level controller (when the overhead tank is empty, it should start the motor and when the tank is full it should ...
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Newly put together wooden bed and the one screw bolt on the headboard decides to thread?

I just recently bought a new wooden framed bed, flat pack basically. Everything is fine, all except this one long screw/bolt that decided to thread inside the headboard. I applied the same pressure as ...
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Recirculator pump hot water

I currently have the Watts Recirculating system, pump Model 500803, on my water heater with the bypass sensors located under two areas in the house. We have enjoyed it. The con on this is that the ...
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Venting basement bathroom rough in

I'm a DIY-er with a lot of experience in some phases of construction but not much in plumbing (so please be nice to my dumb questions!). I'm finishing a basement with a full bathroom, and thought I'd ...
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Install level on cordless drill

I would like to add a level to my cordless drill. I saw this and thought it would work if I added it to the back of my drill. I thought I would position the drill in the right position and then ...
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What type of exterior coating will allow water vapor to pass through cinder block?

I was asked to paint an exterior of a cinder block chimney and need to find out what type of exterior coating will allow water vapor pass through the block so that it doesn't ruin it from the inside ...
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Can I use 220 V outlets on a 15 ampere breaker and wire it up as 110 V?

I purchased a 220 V outlet and didn't realize it. My circuit is 15 amperes. I wanted to hook up a series of normal 15 ampere 110 V outlets. When I look at the outlet it looks exactly like a regular 15 ...
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when sealing grout and granite tiles do i i seal just the grout lines or the whole tiled surface area?

i have just installed granite tiles in my entryway and was reading the sealer instructions . Do i just seal grout lines or the entire surface area?
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What happened to my outlets?

I just had two outlets go. They were working fine and when I plugged the pressure washer in, both stopped working. My Klein voltage tester indicates red (hot). No breakers are flipped. Is this an ...
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Electrical breaker panel

I have a new compressor. It is 15 amp 240 volt. I have an old Sylvania panel. What are make and model options?

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