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Shut off valve turned on - no water flow

My faucet drain stop needed fixing, I went below the sink, shut off the valves. After turning the shut off valves back on, no water flows through the faucet. Both hot and cold worked fine before ...
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How to build a concrete patio

I am trying to build (extend maybe a better word) the back patio like this where the red box is where I want to add a new slab of cement. Like shown in the picture, the dimension is 18ft by 5ft-5in. ...
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RV pad with 125amp sub-panel

i built a RV pad for my brother. I also built a small laundry/storage room next to pad. I wanted him to pay for his own electricity so I ran 4 wires (2 hots, neutral, ground) from a 200 amp outside ...
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Why is water leaking behind my new rain gutter?

We had gutters installed by a contractor and we noticed water leaking from the back. The water appears to be rolling from the roof, over the roof apron, over the fascia, and then down the back of the ...
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Garbage Disposal / Plumbing Dilemma

I just purchased a new garbage disposal. The current plumbing will not allow the new disposal to fit in place. The main sewage line with a wye is in the way and I need to replace it. This is a single ...
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How to achieve a straight line when not flush to required wall?

Currently preparing an area in our garden to lay a paved patio area and pergola (the latter being provided by a professional). My wife and I need to build a supporting wall around the sides and at ...
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Correct circuit breakers for 4-wire connected Maytag dryer?

The panel in the house we just bought has the 30-amp dryer is connected by 4 wires (#10) to the panel where the black wire is on a 30-amp circuit breaker and the red wire is on another 30-amp circuit ...
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Attach railing to aluminum post

I am putting in a handrail down the few steps into our garage. The floor is concrete, so I've ordered a couple of 3x3 aluminum posts. The railing has a single attachment point per post, and the ...
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Heil furnace going from winter to summer

I will be ready to switch furnace from winter to summer tomorrow. It's a dual system/oil switches over at 32. What should it read on my honeywell thermostat when i switch it over. Help appreciated.
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T&P valve line for hot water heater

What size Fitting do I need to attach to the T&P valve for my PVC pipe
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Nest thermostat E74 error - no power to Rh Wire

It was working with no issues for last 3 years. Today it suddenly showing this error. Any help appreciated.
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Rigid foam board between flat roof rafters

I have a bedroom I am renovating with no insulation. So I took down the ceiling and towards the back of the house the roof rafters actually almost line up with the ceiling itself. I thought that ...
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Running wire through sole plate and joist at an angle

I am cutting a new outlet in the wall between my living room and dining room. Below is an unfinished garage with completely accessible joists where I can run wire. There are double joists directly ...
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Trane Furnace Fan Works, But Heater Won't Run

As stated, my heat isn't coming on. When this started: Everything has been all fine and dandy all winter. The other day I ran the fan only for a few hours without the heat. After this, my heat ...
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How can I dehumidify the bathroom while I shower, without using the ceiling fan?

My grandparents live in a condo in Toronto. Whenever they shower, they open the bathroom door fully, but this still fails to remove most of the steam. They must turn on their ceiling vent fan. If ...
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Furnace control board wiring - swapped on adaptor?

I am trying to replace my Goodman control panel (see this question), and have a wiring question. The new control panel (50M56U-843) that I acquired came with a large variety of wire adaptors. I ...
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Are an outlet and a light bulb at the main electrical panel required?

I've heard that the main electrical panel needs a GFCI outlet right next to it, and it also needs a switch to an overhead light. But I can't find anything on the net to confirm.
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Don't bore/notch in middle third of a joist… span or member?

Suppose I have a continuous joist supported somewhere in the middle. For ease let's say it's a 24 foot continuous joist, and there's a bearer right in the middle at the 12 foot mark. Here's a picture ...
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Macadam driveway losing rocks

My 3 year macadam driveway is losing rocks in spots (forming little potholes, little because they are the shallow depth of lost single layer of gravel, see picture). The problem is that other rocks ...
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Do you need to use concrete for permanent garden fences?

I was at the hardware store today, and saw they suggest using concrete for footing the posts. Is this step really necessary as the mycelium in the soil will hold the posts in place, and there won't be ...
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Confusing ceiling fan wiring

Long story short, moved into this house 2 years ago, 2 gang switches in bedroom, one for ceiling fan and light, one supposedly for switched outlet. Finally got around to finding which outlet was ...
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Split the ceiling fan and light to separate power. Need the power to be controlled by each switch

Have a ceiling fan with single wiring for both fan and light. I would like to split one switch into 2 so the fan and light can be controlled separately.
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When were arc fault breakers first required in California?

When were Arc Fault breakers actually required to be installed in new housing in California? Specifically Riverside County / Coachella Valley.
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Would mylar provide adequate insulation for an infrared sauna located outdoors?

I'm planning to purchase a portable indoor infrared sauna to be located outdoors under my deck. Although ambient temperatures in the SF Bay Area are fairly mild, I am concerned that it might take ...
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Will the concrete slab in a partially heated shed conduct a lot of heat to the unconditioned area?

I have a barn-garage type outbuilding (I believe it was a small barn originally; it has that kind of tall, roomy upper loft). It's about 40 by 20 feet. It's got a concrete foundation and the lower ...
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Eye Lag Screws in TJI type joist for suspended ceiling

So I want to install a drop ceiling in my basement, but I have these TJI/ I-beam type engineered wood floor joists and I know that you should almost never nail or screw into them on their bottom ...
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lights do not go on but i can verify that power is delivered from the switch to the light

My basement lights do not go on. I have tested the breaker and there is continuity. I tested with a sniffer that power to the light from the switch is good and that the switch will cut power in the ...
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Multi wire circuit or 2 separate 120V 20A dedicated circuits?

I'm planning to purchase a portable indoor infrared sauna and locate it outdoors under my deck. The sauna will require a dedicated 120V 20A outlet. I'm wondering if it makes sense to install a multi-...
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Pulsating (cold) tap water

When not running any warm water, and having my tap about half open, the cold water pulsates a bit. The stream moves forwards and backwards about half a centimeter. I'm assuming the pressure fluctuates....
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Can I frame a new window without adding jack studs?

I'd like to add a small window to a blank wall above a tub/shower, without removing all of the tile (interior) or stucco (exterior) below the new opening to add jack studs. Is that possible, using ...
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Installing 2 shower heads

I'm about to finish the rough plumbing in my shower, wife wants 2 shower heads. I'm fine with it, but what are the specs for the pipe size? Can I buy 2 shower valves with 1/2" inlets or do I need 3/4"?...
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can wood deck boards be installed over Hardiboard on balcony?

I am replacing my tile upstairs outdoor balcony with wood decking. The tile deck has a Hardiboard underlay for waterproofing. Will the contractor need to remove the tile and Hardiboard before ...
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Pictures Covering Home Theater Speakers [on hold]

So I have some in wall speakers that I've installed. I would like to put pictures in front of them. I was thinking that a silk screen or similar should have essentially no sound distortion. I reason ...
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How can I remove paint splatters from sealed decorative concrete deck?

I have a custom concrete pation & pool deck that is textured / painted to look like wood. It is also sealed. Recently I had the coping on my pool fixed and the guy did a great job but left quite a ...
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What amperage panel do I need for a hair salon?

What amperage panel do I need for a hair salon with 14 stations all of them drawing 16 amps each at any given time? (1800 watts / 110v = 16.36 amps ?) By my logic we will need a minimum 16 * 14 = ...
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Running Wire to an Outside Load Center

I have a manufactured building that is built like a mobile home. It is already wired with an A/C, outlets, lights, etc. through a 125 amp panel. The panel is very small and has no room for additional ...
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How to take care of a butcher block countertop

I have a kitchen countertop which is wood. It is not polished. After 3 years of using, I have many scratches,small black points (I guess mold) and it is getting worse. I have tried to clean it with ...
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Furnace can’t keep up when set to ON but keeps up fine on AUTO. Is this normal?

I’m in a pretty cold state. It’s been below zero F quite often this winter. My furnace has not been keeping up and my house has gotten pretty cold. I got some space heaters to supplement. Furnace is ...
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A running toilet that stops itself

I have a toilet that will start running as if the flapper is bad. (I’m confident it is not. I’ve replaced it twice.) It doesn’t drain much, just enough to trigger a fill every 20 - 30 minutes. The ...
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Basement Rough-in Identification

Trying to identify what is what. I originally thought the 3.5" by the wall was Toilet, but i don't think 5" away from "unfinished" wall is enough space. So the other 3.5" (2) must be the toilet? ...
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How can I non-destructively remove hardwood transition strips?

I'm trying to replace some tiles, but the transition between the hardwood floor and tiles has caused me some trouble. The hardwood floor was installed sometime after the tiles, so the transition ...
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Dropped item in furnace duct

While trying to stop the ticking noise coning from my furnace ducts, I accidentally dropped a small piece of fire retardant foam (as you can see in the below photos) in one of the vertical furnace ...
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How do you bend stair rails?

How would you go about bending stair rails in order to get something like what is pictured below? I'm asking out of curiosity, not because I plan to try this myself. My house, built circa 1900, has ...
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How to restore/replace an old wood window without losing daylight opening

I have an old house with many double-hung wood windows in various states of repair, many with sashes that are painted shut or sash cords that are painted over and stuck to the pulleys. It would be ...
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29 volts too much for a 24 volt thermostat?

I replaced a digital non-programmable thermostat with a programmable thermostat and the new thermostat keeps the house around 60-62 no matter what temperature I set. When I contacted the manufacturer,...
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Hydrogen peroxide to clean water heater

As I pour in the peroxide, in a few moments it bubbles back out, even doing just an ounce at a time, I removed 6 gallons of water before starting. Why is it coming back out of the heater?
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Is there a custom electrical outlet available with the connecting holes offset from the middle? [on hold]

We just had our bathroom strip lights replaced with vanity lights. However, over one mirror, the cutout hole is partially blocked by a plumbing vent pipe, causing the light to be off center when ...
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shelf with only 1 bracket [on hold]

I want to mount a piece of wood on 1 wrought iron bracket at the side of a framed window with the shelf running about 3 feet across the window and no bracket on the other side. How can I determine ...
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Where would I install a bonding screw in this panel?

Im trying to help my grand father and believe I need a bonding screw installed. (he has neutrals and grounds on the same bar) Can anyone please indicate where it goes on the main panel? If you could ...
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Are the gray wires in my switch boxes neutrals?

I’m trying to install new smart switches (box and switch oics included) where some old timer switches are currently installed. The new switches require a neutral wire and ground. Is the bundle of gray ...

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