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What size wire needed for 100a subpanel 120ft away from house sub panel? Biggest amp draw will be a window A/C unit, and a pool pump

What size SER wire needed for 100a subpanel 120ft away from house sub panel? Biggest amp draw will be a window A/C unit, and a pool pump. Other than that, just a few LED lights and outlets...detached ...
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ok to run PVC pipe behind gas meter?

I am considering installing a radon mitigation pipe system in my home, but the only area where I could reasonably have the pipe exit my home is crammed with all my other utilities. The best spot I've ...
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humidity vs cooling

Which is more efficient? The house is hot, but closed to keep humidity out. Should we open the doors to let cool air and humidity in or keep closed to keep humidity low, but temperature rises?
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How do I solve the allergic reaction (red burning eyes) from the mitsubishi unit in my bedroom?

I have a twelve year old Mitsubishi unit in my bedroom. I also have allergic reactions to pollen, mold, etc. This year, for the first time, I wake up in the morning with red, burning eyes. My ...
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Why is fuel leaking from the carburetor on my generator?

i have Honda clone gx 160 Chinese generator, fuel is leaking from side which is attached to intake of head, i have cleaned carb checked the float. float is working properly. i have sucked air turning ...
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Protect plug from damages

The plug from my pressure washer was damaged while moving it, because at some point it was not tied correctly to the body of the washer, and I believe it was caught between the wheels and the washer ...
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Slightly extending an opening in plywood

I'm trying to fit a slightly larger trash can into an opening in thick (about 1") plywood (see photo). Basically, I need to shave off some material in the corners to make the new can fit. Question is,...
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faucet handle broke off

faucet handle broke off the black thing that connects the faucet handle and faucet broke how could I fix this?
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Connect Faucet to Laundry Hose

I have a pulldown faucet that I want to connect to a portable washing machine. The wand of the faucet can be removed, revealing a female 5/8-16 UN 2B connector. The laundry machine uses a hose that ...
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gate pillars have shifted

Our 2 gate pillars are made of blocks of concrete. They have shifted and now I can't close the gate. The top 2 blocks on both pillars have a big gap now. Is there a quick fix for this? Do the ...
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Strange outlet behavior

I am going to be updating electrical outlets in my house, so today I checked them all with the 3 lamp tester. Only a few are properly grounded and others not. One outlet is showing strange behavior. ...
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What is this thing that holds in a storm window called?

I would like to replace these things that hold in storm windows on a 80 year old house but I do not know what they are called, so I am having difficulty looking them up to buy more. What is the piece ...
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Do these 60s kitchen drawers have narrower boxes than the faces?

Many modern kitchen drawers will have drawer faces that are slightly larger than the drawer boxes so that the faces appear flush with each other, while the drawer boxes are narrow enough for a divider ...
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I locked myself out of garage, how can I get back in?

I locked myself out of the garage (Craftsman/Liftmaster 315). I used the wall control to put the door down, but I had accidentally activated "vacation mode." The remote control will not let me in ...
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My AC blows warm air

I am renting, and my previous AC unit sounded like a diesel generator so the maintenance team replaced it with a new one. It is the Garrison Air Conditioner, Through the Wall, 14,000 BTU, 230/208 ...
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Lennox Furnace Blower not working on AC In On or Auto

Please Help! I have a Lennox Furnace Model G60uhv(X) after years of working fine I switched the thermostat to AC and it failed to start the cooling cycle. I suspect some sort of problem with the ...
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Tile layout on the diagonal to minimize cutting

I am tiling a bedroom floor with 20" tile on the diagonal. Is there a way to layout the tile so as to minimize cutting? I am fine with trying the layout in reality and making adjustments to it as ...
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changing fluorescent multi ballast lights with 7 wires and wall switch to simple led 3 wire lamp

i have situation where one end of old multi ballast lights have on one end a green (grond} a hot all the time red then a black and white wire. on other end there are black,white, and ground, that have ...
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B Phase Power Outage

What is the corrective measure when B Phase of load center is not providing power. Does the entire circuit breaker panel have to be replaced? Thanks!
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Ceiling drywall nail rusted (new construction)

What would cause a nail to be rusted like this in the drywall ceiling of a new home (built 2019)? Is there anything specific I should request our builder to repair other than just painting over the ...
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Dishwasher squeals right during start up?

Not much to it. I can provide model and all that stuff but don't think it is pertinate. Dishwasher squeals/whistles high-pitched right when it is starting up. The rest of the one hour cycle no ...
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What product should I use to reseal an aggregate patio?

The surface was never really "smooth", but metal patio furniture with plastic gliders on its feet used to move easily across it. Now, the surface is rougher and pebbles are loose and get washed or ...
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Wiring a sub-panel with an equal sized breaker on each end of the feed, which will trip first?

I'm wiring up a small backyard tiny house for use as a rental.  Main power will be supplied by a 30A breaker and 10/2 wire coming from the main house, to an RV box, then to an RV plug, then into the ...
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how do I change the lightbulb in a pendulum lamp?

how do I change the lightbulb in a pendulum lamp like this shown in the image?
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Dishwasher wires twice

I removed my old dishwasher and found that it was wired to the wall and another wire ran behind a plug box under the sink. Why would there be two wires? And do I need to hook the new dishwasher up to ...
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How do I wire three smart Wifi switches to toggle one another?

I have three Wifi switches that will be wired into the mains. Is it possible to have them act as a toggle for a set of lights? Ie, one switch turns on, they other two switches also turn on. Similarly, ...
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If a receptacle is added from a switch box, will the receptacle only work when the switch is off?

When I was a new electrician, one day I discovered I could read 120v across the terminals of an open switch. I was bothered by this thinking someone had wired it wrong, but I couldn't understand why ...
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how do you remove a swamp cooler pillow block bearing that's stuck/seized on?

One side of my swamp cooler isn't spinning right, it's like it's spinning the "whole thing" instead of just the shaft inside. I presume that it's a "seized bearing" on that side. But in trying to ...
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Arc fault circuit with voltage bleed to neutral

I have 83 volts hot to neutral 120 volts hot to ground and 26 volts neutral to ground on an existing arc fault breaker circuit.
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Is tape an effective way to hold on a foam elbow?

So, one of the things I want to do around these parts is insulate (lag) the hot water piping in this house's basement to the best of my ability (especially since part of it is in a crawlspace that's ...
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Stairways Hand Rail requirements

On what Building & Safety or any building' s Jurisdiction, within the United States, will this hand rail be acceptable and approved for residential usage.
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Dryer exhaust pipe

M1502.4.1 Material and size. Exhaust ducts shall have a smooth interior finish and be constructed of metal having a minimum thickness of 0.0157 inches (0.3950 mm) (No. 28gage). (a) can I use metal ...
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Ceiling fan won’t turn off from wall switch

Have a ceiling fan with a single wall switch that controls both the light fixture and the fan. If I flip the switch to turn the fan off, the fan slows down like it’s turning off, but then immediately ...
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How can I protect this exterior outlet from water and prevent smoke leakage to the interior?

I have an exterior outlet in a carport that I want to protect from water and smoke. Water: Rain cannot reach this outlet. I am only concerned about accidental water sprays from either the hose nozzle ...
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How do go from a single light/fan bathroom switch to a double paddle with no ground or hot wire?

The old switch had just 2 side wires, one for the fan and one for the light. There was no ground of hot. I'm installing a legrand radiant 2 in 1 paddle switch, and it's not working. I'm assuming that'...
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Wall exhaust fan

I'd like to install a wall exhaust fan, similar to this one. I want to wire it so I can plug it into an outlet as I dont want to tear through drywall. Which type of plug/wires would I need? The fan ...
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Refrigerator freezing on top up to 9 degrees warmer on lower shelves

Side by side Frigidaire 6 months old. Has done this before, but was working fine by the time the repairman showed up. It is NOT overloaded. It does usually run a degree or two different, but not 9 ...
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pigtailed aluminum replacing regular receptacle to GFI

Need to replace a receptacle closest to panel that has a light and another receptacle inline. All are aluminum. They have alumiconns on them (purple) pigtailed. Need to replace sink receptacle with ...
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Line to AC dripping at the furnace

My line from my exterior AC unit is dripping at the furnace. The dripping over time has caused rusting and we've had to replace the control board under it. It appears the root cause of the problem ...
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Would insulating a door between my closet and attic help keep the closet warmer?

In our new home, in the back of our closet the previous home owner had put that flimsy thin wood paneling as a wall in between the back of the closet and where the triangular part of the roof is about ...
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Is it a bad idea to tie output of hot water heater to sump pump drain?

I bought a house and I have a leaking hot water heater (appliance is from 2001). I'd say it fills up an 8 ounce cup after two hot 10-15 minute showers. I had a plumber come out and he replaced the ...
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Air Filter size for (new to me) home HVAC

My wife and I just purchased / moved into a new house and I was going through each of the systems and found the HVAC filter, it was literally destroyed (it had filled with crap and crushed itself in ...
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Two Fixtures, one Circuit. How does this work?

I have two adjacent light switches in a bedroom. One switch is intended to operate 4 recessed lights, the other is intended to operate a ceiling fan/light (via a wired remote). When I bought the ...
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how much weight can be supported by three 4x6 beams spanning 16 ft in a 7ft width?

how much weight can be supported by three 4x6 beams spanning 16 ft in a 7ft width? These beams would be set horizontally.
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Installing new light fixture with two sets of wires

I just moved into this house and there was no light fixture above the sink. Thankfully, they left the wires! So I bought a pendant to hang here. One set of wires is obviously for this light, and the ...
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Screwed up gutter install, best next steps?

First I thought it would look alright but on closer look, I see the gutters are not just behind but under the drip edge and have the exposed facia. While I paid with CC and can just charge back the ...
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Plumbing UK sink waste

We've had a new extension added to the house which has a drain under the concrete. We're left with a 110mm (I think) vertical pipe which our waste needs to go down inside the extension. This waste is ...
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Bury a Retaining Wall

We are building a gunite pool (roughly 20’x40’) on a sloped yard. It appears we will need a 70’x6’ retaining wall for our slope. One person that builds retaining walls suggested building the wall one ...
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Besides welding, are there other ways to connect this gear to its axle?

This is washing machine's agitator axle and a gear from transmission. The weld that connected them both had failed. Since I don't have welder at my disposal, I am wondering, if besides welding there ...
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1/2 pinch clamp for 3/4 PEX?

I used a 1/2 pinch clamp on a 3/4 PEX and it worked. I was in a pinch, no pun intended! Should I change it out? It's been a few weeks now, no leaks. Tom

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