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Capped off outlets and light switch wiring, now no power to half the house

I am in the process of removing a wall from my home separating the kitchen and dining room. To do this, I needed to remove the wiring from the wall. Steps I took: Shut breakers off to kitchen lights, ...
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Paint color with same codes do not match

I ran out of paint after the first coat. I had the paint custom made to match a specific color. I still had the numbers/code so I thought it would be easy to match. The sample the store put on top ...
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How to safely cap a wire coming from a wall

I'm in the UK. I have taken two electric radiators off the wall, one behind where my fridge goes, and one behind a set of shelves. Each radiator has a standard (live/neutral/earth) wire coming out of ...
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Can you break a black iron fitting by overtightening?

I recently did some plumbing work in my house which involved using threaded (NPT) black iron fittings in the 1" and 2" sizes. At the outset I was concerned that I could overtighten them and crack the ...
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Main Breaker - Miswired connection Question

I am little confused and will be hiring a licensed electrical person to look at it, but wanted to get an idea of what maybe going on or if anyone has any experience seeing this type of issue. In 2006 ...
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Why does this load bearing stud not extend all the way to the floor?

In the center of the below picture, I recently had a cable installer come out and they drilled a 1" hole (effectively cutting the stud) right through the middle of the stud with the electrical box on ...
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Tile on the side of shower base

I saw this at a hotel where they tile on the side of the shower base which is fiberglass: My question is: Do I just tile directly on the side of the pan? How do I make the thinset to stick? Thanks.
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Intermittent Flickering LED Strips

I have 10 separate LED strips behind a dropped ceiling feature. Each seems to have its own driver and none appear to be connected to each other except via the same power source and switch. Two that ...
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powerwash cedar shake roof

I have a 13 year old cedar shake roof. I send someone from a roofing company twice a year to do maintenance and cleaning of the roof.That person has told me that some of the shakes have started to ...
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excessive moisture in crawl space with spray foam insulation

Have new construction in NW florida. Off grade about 2' with wood frame construction. Have water running down the driveway and under the house. It pools up then slow drains in. I have spray foam ...
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Installing over stove microwave

Can I just hardwire microwave and leave the connected 2 wires with nuts and the gound connected in the cabinet resessed space under bottom of cabinet? And because the electrician who the owner of ...
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Installing a Honeywell Wifi thermostat and need a C wire connection

My current thermostat is wired as follows and the wires are from my Separate heater and separate AC air handler: W - From my heat R - From my heat Rc - From my AC Handler Y - From the compressor G -...
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Galvanized Water Heater Straps be reused?

I've got a plumber telling me that galvanized water heater straps are one-time-use-only because they form fit to the water heater. He's saying because the new water heater isn't exactly the same ...
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Trying to change a lightbulb out of a ceiling fixture

I am trying to change the light-bulbs in my kitchen ceiling light, I'm just unsure how to do it with this one without accidentally tearing it out of the ceiling. Does anyone know how to unfasten this ...
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Simplest way to carbonate a kitchen faucet

I'm hoping my plan to carbonate my kitchen drinking faucet is as easy as it seems, but would like some confirmation I'm not missing something: In short, I want to hook my main water line up to a ...
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LED flashing on Hot start

I have kitchen lights using 12v 5w leds (GU 5.3). There is a 30w 12v led power supply. When switching off, then back on, the lights flash. Any ideas please. There are 2 sets in the room, they both do ...
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Master shower head

The showerhead in my master shower just suddenly stopped "spraying". Now the water just comes out, but not in a spray. I know thats not very clear, but I don't know how to describe it. Its pretty old, ...
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Glue Down Engineered wood over underlayment over wood subfloor

I have 1000 sf of subfloor over finished basement in a 1970s two story residence. We want to achieve maximum sound proofing on this floor with open den/living room /foyer. Unfortunately I did not add ...
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Minimum Size of First 90 Degree Fitting Downstream of a Sink

The Building code for Wisconsin states this: The minimum radius for the first 90° fitting downstream from a trap serving a lavatory or sink shall be 1-3/4" for drain piping 1-1/2" in diameter. ...
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Furnace only blows 55 degree air! Pipes freezing, please help

My brother's cabin has a heil horizontal mount attic furnace model # NTC 5100 BFE2 that runs on propane. It's about 14 years old. Only 3 of the 4 burners work, but the heat only comes out at 55 ...
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How to redirect rainwater on level driveway toward drain

My driveway is covered by a carport and is also the walk to the front door. Heavy rain flows straight against the entire front of the shed and foot of steps up to house. Resurfacing entire driveway ...
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Turning fireplace from gas to wood burning

We have a those that was originally built in 1977 and its built with brick with brick chimney and all. We believe it was originally built as a wood burning fireplace. How hard would it be to convert ...
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wiring diagram for a hanging lamp with two bulbs and a single switch

I have a hanging lamp with 2 lamps, which the wires inside twisted off. The switch inside has a ground wire connection,a brass connection and 2 aluminum connections. There are 2 wires coming from the ...
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Why are some of my trusses nailed to interior wall top plate?

I am hoping someone can answer why I have multiple trusses nailed into the top plate of a small interior wall in my home. In the first image, I have highlighted in red where the trusses actually touch,...
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How much greater soundproofing is owens corning 703 2“ fiberglass vs standard 5/8” drywall?

For soundproofing a wall, how much greater soundproofing is 2" owens corning 703 fiberglass compared to standard 5/8" drywall? Is the difference significant?
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Why would a light fixture be incompatible with dimmer switches?

I'm considering buying the Aero Pure AP80-RVL, which is a recessed bathroom light/exhaust fan combo. It's important to me to be able to use a dimmer switch for the light, but the installation ...
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How do you keep bugs/dust out of electrical conduit which terminates in the open?

Though it isn't specifically stated in the code, I try to protect cable that is installed less than 8 feet from the ground with conduit. This tends to be accepted by inspectors as "protection from ...
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Need help on wiring on these kind of outlet

I live in the philippines, and i'm no electrician. but I have some ideas about wiring. I want to know how these 2 separate outlets should be wired correctly on one power source(only 2 wires). They ...
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Using T-Terminal for C-Terminal on Lennox Furnace — Thermostat will not power

Furnace: Lennox Pulse Thermostat: Honeywell RTH6500WF I have the similar setup as the person in the below link Can I use the T terminal in my furnace as the C for a Wifi Thermostat? When I ...
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How should I treat and store an unused water heater to protect it?

We have turned off one of our gas water heaters because we simply have low demand. What we wonder about is how to treat the mothballed heater? Should we leave the water in it? switch between water ...
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External TV antenna grounded inside attic?

I want to install an OTA external antenna to an existing satellite dish mast, I have removed the dish and plan on just attaching the antenna. The existing dish mast was never grounded, there are also ...
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Why did my Scotsman ice maker stop producing?

My Scotsman DCE33 ice machine stop making ice , So I change the inlet valve and I thought I resolve the problem, but the ice wasn't to strong. What do I need to check to maker work? Thank you.
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When the apparent Upstairs uses their central heating

Upstairs uses their central heatingWhen the neighbors upstairs and use their central heating it affects my apartment blowing air into my apartment is this supposed to happen
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shower not shutting off after replacing stem

the handle(basically stem) came out in the middle of use. we shut off the water at the main valve and took apart the faucet. tried new washers and putting back together that didn't work. called a ...
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Does using an existing attic exhaust pipe to also serve air flow from a range hood cause smells/micro particles of oil/soot/etc to get into attic?

Our kitchen renovation contractor decided to change plans on us and vent the range hood out via the same pipe as was pre-existing to passively control the temperature in our attic, instead of vent out ...
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New boiler causing issues with steam heat system

I'm in MA and was part of the Columbia Gas debacle this fall. My plumber installed a new Slant/Fin boiler, and I've had the same issue for months, despite tons of attempts to fix it. PROBLEM: If I ...
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Kitchen sink - loose tap

Moved to a new apartment, got a "furnished" kitchen. How do I fix this kitchen sink and tap connection?
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How can I square up slots cut with a circular saw?

I used a drop-saw to create these slots: Due to the circular blade, it's obviously left a bit of the wood in place, more easily seen here: My question is how can I clean up these slots? I've ...
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How do I exchange a non polarized Christmas light plug with a polarized plug?

One of the two wires on my small white Christmas lights broke off at the male plug (which has a fuse and is non-polarized). It broke right against the plug so I can't strip each side of the broken ...
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Can these be support columns with these brackets

Is there any way these columns with the top and bottom brackets can be supporting columns. If I can't tell by the brackets, I will need to break into their drywall at places to see if it or another ...
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How to convert deck-mount tub faucet to shower [closed]

The house we just bought has a jacuzzi tub with a deck mount faucet and a knob on each side (so, 3 holes total.) The faucet does not have a wall behind it, but to the left of it. Every shower ...
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Must a flush-mount panel actually be flush?

I'm in California. I have a flush mount electrical panel. I'm looking to install a second layer of drywall over the existing for acoustic reasons. This will result in the panel being inset by 5/8-...
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How to wire humidifier to furnace

I have a Goodman high efficient furnace with a carrier humidifier attached to the back. The humidifier wasn't working because the solenoid coil was burned, so I replaced it with a new solenoid. The ...
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Calculate rainfall intensity

To help size drainage, I'd like to calculate the maximum rainfall intensity for my particular location. How do I do that? I've found data sources that will give me the average number of inches of ...
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Estimating plex tubing purchase

I am in the planning stages of building a new 4300 sqft home for my family. I am working to build out how much it will cost to run all the supply lines for my plumbing (contracting out the drains). ...
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Gypsum and … Equals drywall mud?

What can I add to gypsum to make drywall "mud"? I have a whole bag of gypsum for my garden, is that the same type to make "mud"? Also, is tape need to use mud? And what is the dry time on something ...
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Oil furnace cmf280-pg convertible problems

Cmf2 80-po convertible with a auto limit switch and a manual aux limit switch. Furnace will run a heat cycle to desired temp but then blower fan runs to cool furnace in 4 very short 3 second spurts. ...
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Is this a threaded tap? If so, what is the best way to unscrew it without damaging it?

So this is the tap I have and I’d like to attach an accessory to it. I believe it is threaded and I should be able to unscrew the existing head to be able to use the threads, but I don’t know how to ...
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Where should my furnace filter go in a Lennox G40UH24A045 series furnace (Merit)?

I cannot find the filter and my furnace is not providing any heat. The limit switch is working fine as is the flame sensor. Diagnostic lights are: 1 slow bling 2 on Any clues? Thanks
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Does one large 1/4" acrylic sheet have better soundproofing than 2 or 4 pieces made airtight together with caulking?

I wan thinking of sealing off my window with a large 1/4" or even 1/2" sheet of acrylic (plexiglass) to block some noise by covering the window with it and making it airtight, essentially adding ...

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