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Water line to fridge

so I recently bought a fridge that doesn't have an ice maker or water dispenser. I turned off the water under my sink that goes to the fridge line, yet I still find a puddle of water in the morning ...
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Hanging Internal Doors - is a frame made from 2 x 2's strong enough

I have recently removed some light hollow wardrobe doors from a frame made of 2 x 2's and have just had delivered some reclaimed pine doors to put in their place. I want to know if the frame made of ...
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PVC leak under slab in outdoor waterfall feature

I've searched the internet for a solution to my problem and I can't find anything that even references a potential fix. Maybe one doesn't even exist, but I have to try, right? So, here is my problem....
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Two black wires into same terminal on light switch

I've replaced a number of switches in my house following the Lutron instructions, but the wiring below is not covered. My question is: on my new Lutron switch (one is already visible in the picture), ...
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What is an efficient way of moving home?

I have been moving so many times in the past few years, usually on my own without any help. It’s exhausting and painful. I’ve probably become more efficient over time but I’m still trying to figure ...
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Thermostat Upgrade, furnace C-wire reading low voltage

OK so here is the scenario. Upgrading thermostat from dumb to smart (Ecobee). I've done 2 others in my house that required re-wiring so I have a good sense for what should be done but I'm stuck. My ...
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Changing two switch to one switch

In our guest bath the horizontal light bar has a switch on two different walls. Since we bought the house, one switch has never worked properly, and the hubby thought slapping duct tape over the ...
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Toilet flange and PVC pipe

So I'm about to tile my bathroom floor but the toilet flange broke and can't get it out I tried with a chisel and hammer but I think I got the pipe to so how can I fix this situation I got here
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Can a buried electric line cross a buried sewer line?

What are the code requirements for crossing a buried electric line (from meter to panel) with a sewage line?
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Water pressure booster

I need to get a water preasssure booster for my two story home and would like to know what should I look for. I know a specific brand can't be named, so I'm looking in specifications I should look for ...
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Electric wall oven suddenly causing strong hot chemical odor, possible cause?

Friday solar panel company was in attic crawl space doing wiring for panels. Solar not yet energized. Sunday used electric wall oven, had very strong hot wire/chemical odor, never had this before. ...
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Black wire crossed with white in box

I was helping my dad install Alumiconn pigtails in his home when I spotted something weird in a 1-gang outlet box: a black wire shorted with a white wire. Alarm bells went off in my head, so I spent ...
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Latex paint smudged onto fake river stone fireplace and mortar

We hired a painter and I’m regretting our choice because he has slopped paint everywhere. I believe I can get it off most of the surfaces but I’m particularly concerned about our fireplace. It is made ...
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Can I wire a doorbell transformer in-wall this way?

My current under-powered doorbell transformer is in a very awkward location (old home, etc.) and in a location where several old wires are cable-nutted together and I would rather not replace it there....
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Ceiling fan gets voltage but lights do not turn on

I just connected a new ceiling fan with lights and the lights and fan won't turn on. I tried to hunt down the problem and used a non contact voltage detector and the voltage does flow to the wires on ...
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How to setup a basic irrigation system (single zone)?

Summer is coming and I am already dreading the watering of the plants, shrubs and trees behind my house. I am thinking of installing a very basic irrigation system (one zone) to water the area but I ...
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Consulting expert for remodelling plans while doing the work myself?

I'm planning a kitchen renovation that involves removing a floor to ceiling pantry that separates the kitchen and dining areas, new cabinets, new flooring, and new appliances. I'm unsure of how to ...
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How do I know what LED bulbs are safe to use in fixtures that are part of construction?

In a recent question, I asked about different power ratings for LED and traditional incandescent light bulbs. In the accepted answer, the author explained that the different ratings are due to heat ...
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What terminal to use on AC for C wire / nest dual transformer install

So i purchased a nest gen 3 and proceeded to install it. This is on a dual transformer system, separate boiler and AC system. The good news was i had a unused G wire on the Heat side that I was going ...
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Use Sonoff thermostat TH10 in one room to control a Sonoff Basic in another room

For those who are experienced with the Sonoff devices, I need to check the temperature in my living room using a Sonoff thermostat TH10, and when the temperature is above a chosen threshold, I would ...
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Wiring light switches in two rooms help

I am changing some wiring in two rooms of my house. Room 1 had two switches that controlled an outlet. We have since taken one of those switches and installed a ceiling light. The other switch ...
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Do I need conduit for the exposed portion of a sub-panel feeder?

I am trying to install a 60 amp sub panel in my house to power my wife's saltwater tanks. I know I need 6/3 to go from main panel to sub panel. My question is I have to run it along the wall to get to ...
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Solid door on top of hollow apartment door to reduce outside noise?

To reduce hallway noise I'd like to replace my hollow apartment door with a solid one, but I'm renting and can't do that (I tried mass loaded vinyl, movers blankets, etc.; it's not enough). So I'm ...
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Is it possible to reduce internal window reflection?

At night, my windows reflect the room and obscure the outside view. Is there a way to reduce the reflectiveness of the windows?
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When to use snap-off blade knife and when to use trapezoid blade knife?

I want to buy a utility knife, but I don't know what are the advantages of snap-off blade knife over trapezoid blade and vice versa.
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New float valve in header tank with very slow leak

This problem is driving me nuts! The top tank for the hot water overflows at night time but is OK during the day. My conclusion is that there is a very slow leak when it should have shut off. I have ...
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What areas of a shower are the most prone to moisture & mold?

This may sound like an obvious question but I am thinking of a specific diagram which I have seen in the past which I cannot locate. It showed a sort of diagonal division between the wettest areas ...
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Using epoxy grout instead of silicone caulk?

Is epoxy grout more flexible than traditional grout? Assuming it is, just because normal epoxy has some flexibility, could epoxy grout be used instead of silicone caulk in specific places in a ...
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How can I fix this handheld vacuum cleaner?

This is a handheld vacuum cleaner with a simple circuit inside. I’ve charged it fully for a good while and also tried decharge-recharging it but no joy. All it can manage to do is ticking the engine ...
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galvanized hot dipped vs electroplate

I'm considering using nails as an alternative to "backer" screws. The manufacturer recommends "1 1/4" hot dipped galvanized roofing nails" for this application - hardibacker underlayment for bathroom ...
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What fitting is required

I have a r410A refrigerant bottle. It seems to have a 1/4 inch male fitting on it. I have 5/16 inch hoses going to my gauges. You would think a quick trip to Home Depot or Lowes would net you one of ...
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How can I wire 7 outdoor posts correctly?

I've seen a few posts on how to wire a single post/column for lighting outdoor but I can't find anything that relates to multiple posts/columns. I have 7 posts/columns outdoor and I'd like to add ...
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What are the requirements for a header for an open passageway through two rooms?

My question is for both load and non-load bearing walls. There used to be a hinged door between the kitchen and dining room, who knows when it was removed (I've been here a couple years). The door ...
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Want to solidly fill gap between concrete and exterior door plate

I recently installed an exterior double door. On the one side, the concrete floor slopes down, so I raised that side with shims. The bottom plate is level. I can cut and replace these shims with ...
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Turning a hard to access nut?

Working on the propane conversion of my gas stove. One of the orifices to be changed is in a very hard to access location - shown in the photo. The orifice is the "nut" I'm referring to, which you can ...
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Remove broken setscrew in an already damaged hole?

Trying to remove a broken setscrew on part of my stove. Top photo is the current state, the second photo is another part showing an intact screw for comparison. I already tried to drill out the screw ...
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How to adjust 'frozen' venturi tube in stove?

We are installing a gas to propane conversion kit for a stove. We've changed the orifice (left brass part in photo) but we also need to adjust the position of the venturi tube (marked with arrow) - ...
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Electrical Outlet not working - Open Neutral

There are two outlets in our downstairs bathroom, one on each side of the sink. The one on the right side hasn't worked since we moved in. So, I decided to buy a tester and check it out. It said "Open ...
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“dead end” electrical box

I have a small closet under my stairs that doesn't have a light switch. I've been wanting to tie into a circuit from somewhere to wire up a light. While crawling around under there I found a (junction?...
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Why do all the window companies have terrible reviews?

This question isn't actually about the reviews per se (so don't close it), but I didn't know what else to call it. I need to get some basic windows (new construction) and am getting very frustrated ...
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When cutting wood do you add the width of the blade after the line mark?

Im new to using a circular saw and would like to improve my accuracy, If I have a blade that is 2mm thick do I add this on after the current line that I have marked and then cut down that? Thanks
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Controlling one FCU with two thermostats

I have a chilled water fan coil unit that will feed two areas, living and the bedroom. I want to control the FCU with two thermostats, one in the living and one in the bedroom, (preferably) in a ...
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T&P Valve dripping after connecting new lines to water heater

I put in a new bathroom right by my water heater, about 25 ft of hot and cold pex line. Ever since The day I turned on the valves to do a leak test, I've had a very slow drip from my temperature ...
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Using 12-3 with ground to wire a new light

What I would like to do is use 12-3 with ground to wire new lights in my house. I have ran 12-2 with ground to the electrical box to a 20 amp breaker. In the attic I have a junction box where I begin ...
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how to remove quarter turn tap valve with no flat parts

I am trying to remove a quarter turn tap valve from a bathroom sink mixer tap. All the guides I've found expect there to be a hexagonal part on the valve to use a spanner to unscrew it, but this one ...
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Clarifying separation of ethernet cables from cables running power (underground)

I have seen a few questions regarding how close ethernet cables can be to power cables without a significant impact on the data. For example: Can I run CAT5/6 cables parallel to electrical cables? ...
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Electrician connected new water well to house panel, but confused about wire size in generator transfer switch?

Is my new, 278 ft water well, wired in safely? Electrician ran 100 ft of #6 wire from ( transfer switch out to well house control box ) & then ( 278 ft of 3 wire #12 going down csg to 1 1/2 hp ...
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Plastic on the back of new monitors

I have a nice new wooden desk and I don't want to spoil the surface with scratches or stains. I recently bought a new monitor, too, and noticed that a thin and transparent plastic film was on the ...
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Why is a white electrical wire connected to 2 black wires?

I just opened my ceiling light to replace it with another mount. I see a white wire connected to 2 black wires, is that right? The middle switch controls this ceiling light.
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What to do about breaker that triggers main panel, and breaker that's stuck?

I've moved into an older home and am trying to figure out the wiring. There's a small addition at the back of the house where I'm trying to figure out the wiring behind a blank wall panel. Before ...

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