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How tight is too tight for wire staples?

For all things electrical I'd been taught that you want to make sure things are tight, and that problems generally come from something be loose - a loose opening into a box, a loose connection to a ...
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Appears i have 2 200amp service panels where should i add connection for garage subpanel

Here my meter Which feeds into this panel inside Then into these two Meter also feeds into this panel outside Which appears to feed into this panel inside Somewhere in that mix there's also ...
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Could this have been the cause of power issues I was having?

Based on comments/answer to my previous question, I cleaned the box up some, tightened all screws (no torque specs to be found) so I tightened to satisfaction. I also noticed the wire on lower left ...
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Is this ceiling fan wiring code legal?

When I installed ceiling fans many years ago, I wired separate switches for the fan and lights. Instead of using one run of 14/3, I used two runs of 14/2 NM-B cable. At the switch, a single supply ...
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45-degree Side Load to Basement-level Garage

My site plan is very tight between houses, so I cannot build on the sides of my house. I would like to put a side load garage behind/below my house - on the same level as my basement (will require ...
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How to cut angled holes in PVC pipe?

I need to join different sized pipes together at a 45 degree angle, but am struggling when it comes to what methods are available. The main pipe is 75mm radius, the smaller is ~40mm. I've opted to 3D ...
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Issue adding separate single pole dimmer switch next to existing 3 way connection

As the title suggests, I’m having an issue when attempting to add a single pole dimmer switch (one of these guys: https://www.lutron.com/TechnicalDocumentLibrary/0301882.pdf) next to an existing 3-way ...
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Toilet Flange Help Needed

The hole around the current pipe is larger than the damaged flange, so the replacement cannot be screwed to the floorboard. Replacing that section of the floorboard would normally require attaching ...
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Help identifying shower valve type/brand

I purchased a home with an outside shower that was winterized and this is all I have to help identify the brand for replacement parts. Any help would be greatly appreciated!
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Replacing tub caulk

I have a question about replacing caulk. People always state that when you replace caulk, that you should remove all of it. My tub has caulking in red found in the image above. Do I really have to ...
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How to measure current draw of AC condenser fan motor, single phase?

This question is a follow-up from a related question about an AC tech recommending a likely unnecessary fan motor replacement. See Rust on outdoor ac fan motor? Tech recommends replacement? I'm trying ...
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Getting a cable below the foundation slab

I don't think I will be able to explain this well so I hope an image will do some heavy lifting. My problem is, I cannot go get a cable directly into the basement via attic->outside wall. The only ...
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breaker box in old camper

I have an old tin can camper, we use an extension cord to plug it in to a 120V outlet for power. We just realized that most of the wiring was just two wires with no ground (probably why it would pop ...
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Do we need to put cement on all sides of bricks when building house walls?

I have started building walls on my house and I have noticed that the builder in the third row just put the bricks next to each other without any cement in between at all? just to note the first three ...
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How can I cut a rectangle out of a piece of plywood?

I have a bookshelf with a plywood back, the plywood is 3mm thick. The bookshelf is against a power point so I want to out a rectangle to allow the power cords to get access to the power point when ...
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How to repair door hinge in frame?

Yesterday I was removing some interior doors for a tiling project that was about to happen, and for one hinge on one door I couldn't knock the pin out. But I did notice that for that hinge, that the ...
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Ethernet bus topology for home automation?

Typically, ethernet uses a star topology. Which means that if you were to use a protocol based on TCP/IP —like MQTT— for wired devices, you would end up with a central node and one cable for each ...
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2 Sinks, one Drain Arm. Slow drain and gurgling

My original basement plumbing had a single arm coming off of the toilet drain/vent to service the bathroom sink. This year, while remodeling, I wanted to add a deep utility sink/wet bar in my laundry ...
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Are the battens on mobile home/modular homes necessary?

We're buying a piece of property that has a mobile/modular home on it that's going to need quite a lot of work. The walls in the home still have the batts/battens, which we plan to remove. Do they ...
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3 way switch tripping [closed]

I installed a three way switch into a old home, and it was working for a day and now it’s causing an arc and tripping the breaker where I brought my feeder into. But my switch leg side is working ...
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Ceiling lights flash bright when switched on, but then become very dim almost immediately

There are two ceiling lights in my lounge, each with three separate LED bulbs. A little while ago, I noticed that all three bulbs in one of the lights were much dimmer than usual, so tried replacing ...
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Is 3/4" limestone without fines sufficiently compactible for this patio base?

I plan on laying a patio, and I would like it to be permeable. After some book and internet research, I think I have a plan that will work, but I would like to have someone with more experience ...
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tips for keeping a ladder steady when it is leaning against a sloped roof

I cannot come up with a reliable way to keep the ladder steady when it's leaning against the shed roof. I need to paint the trim two storeys up. When the right side of the ladder touches the roof ...
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Difference between these two breakers

I'm still learning about all these stuff and I can't find an answer to my question, probably because I'm not sure of the correct terminology, and that's why I'm trying to ask to all the experienced ...
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Electrical main disconnect problems

I will apologize now for my lack of grammar and terrible writing style I never learned in school so you will have to please bear with me I will try my best to explain it so maybe you can understand ...
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Why do they use a spray gun to apply stain to decks but not to hardwood floors?

I am seeing that a spray gun+ air compressor can be used to spray stain on decks. Why can't this be done the same way on hardwood floors?
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How do I fix this failed attempt to refinish the floor? [closed]

I have old parquet and I am trying to give it a more modern look by moving away from the traditional colors and apply a light washed out like grey stain. Is there a way to control the consistency of ...
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Can you /should you use a roller to apply stain to hardwood floor (parquet in my case)

Can you /should you use a roller to apply a finish to hardwood floor (parquet in my case)? I am seeing lots of videos with guys using a rag to apply the stain, that looks very tedious and time ...
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Attaching shiplap to the back of an IKEA wardrobe

I've been asked to shiplap an area where one "wall" is the back side of an 8' tall Ikea wardrobe (technically it's one wardrobe and a portion of another). The back panel is flimsy 1/8" ...
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How to make exposed wire safe

I live in Canada, and recently removed an old dishwasher. There was a power cord that I snipped, and was wondering how I could make it safe? Could this be a potential fire hazard if left as is?
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Is it possible to correct [flip] this P-Trap?

So I've realized this bathroom sink p-trap was installed incorrectly, but based on the geometry, I cannot flip it to the way it's supposed to flow... I even hacksawed the vertical pipe [grey] ...
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Can I vent my gas dryer through my gas water heater closet to the outside?

I have a gas dryer that has the vent duct going into the gas water heater closet to the outside. Is this safe ?
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Is this an insect nest?

I have found this little formation of ca. 5 cm (2 inches) near my bedroom window. I have seen no insects crawling or flying around it. I'm in southern Europe (Italy / coastal Tuscany), and it is late ...
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Can I lime wash a slate tile floor?

Is it possible to use lime wash on slate tile floors? We are renovating a home and we’re wanting to try this but I’m uncertain if it can be done on slate.
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(Up to) 35 Amp Load on 10 Gauge Wire?

I'm looking to connect an electric pottery kiln to an existing subpanel that is serviced by a 10/4 copper line and want to understand if the wire can acceptably tolerate the load. The wire (installed ...
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How badly have I undermined my foundation footing?

I am a first home owner based in Sydney. I have water pooling in my crawlspace so I was advised by a structural professional to lay a french drain around the perimetre of my home. I watched hours of ...
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Identify this wall texture please. Thanks!

I need to match this wall texture to fix some damage and also to cover some larger areas of new remodeling construction. The house was built in 1963 in Texas. Any help identifying and/or techniques to ...
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Blinds inside mount on double windows

Moved into a new house and have to install blinds on all windows. Some of the windows were single, and I was able to mount the blinds on inside to the wooden frame. However, we have a few of these ...
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How Many Days After Skim Coat Can I Paint?

We are skim coating our walls with joint compound. After that, Around how many days or hours, should I wait before applying real paint? Is there any best practice? I hear many drywall say its 3 days ...
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Can I splice hard PVC with soft PVC?

I am splicing a PVC pipe identical to the pipe on the left of the image. I will insert 3 inches and use a pair of joints like the one that appears on the right of the image. Hence I'm guessing it's ...
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2 gang 2 way switch button on and off are reverse

I have a 2 gang 2 way switch for 2 lights (corridor light and bathroom light). COM1, LA1 and LA2 is for switch 1 (Bulb 1). COM2, LB1 and LB2 is for switch 2 (Bulb 2). Remark: Those yellow cable are ...
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Is this sink faucet removable?

We are trying to replace this sink faucet because the hot water has very little flow. We traced that problem to the faucet itself but now we are unsure if the faucet and handles are removable from the ...
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Is this water damage on my drywall ceiling? [closed]

Recently noticed 2 blotchy spots on my ceiling in my basement. Used a moisture reader and it showed dry but just wanted some other opinions also You can’t really see it with the lights on.
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My light in bedroom isn’t working

So my light recently went out so obviously checked bulbs and then Bought a new led fixture which worked fine but then it stopped working as well so wiring it I notice the light will light up but only ...
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What type of motor is this, and how could the power be limited?

I've got a aircondition unit (Wood's Cortina Silent 12K Wifi) that is way to powerful for the intended room. I'm hoping to limit the effect to 75-50% to reduce noise, but I have no idea how this ...
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Looking for a particular type of smart light switch

I have 4 regular white light switches in a 4-gang box. I want to replace one switch with a Google Nest compatible smart light switch with the following goals: Be able to turn the front and back ...
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Breaker Identification

I am looking to replace a breaker in my panel; however, it looks like many of the breakers are from manufacturers that no longer offer products. I have a Bryant panel with many Bryant breakers ...
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Screw type for hard to get at place?

Full disclosure: I am a newbie so I know little to nothing about carpentry. :-) I am going to be attaching a piece of wood to a thin window sash in order to attach a rather heavy window fan to it. I ...
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Leaking stand-up fiberglass shower

I have a small stand-up fiberglass shower that is leaking water into my closet which is right next to it. I have pulled back the carpet and dried the water up, but it keeps leaking water. Even after ...
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Skim Coat walls, is joint compound visibly thick between wall sections?

We want to skim coat our walls and repaint to get rid of the Orangle peel uneven texture , when house was made in the 1970s. We only want to do this for the living room, but not the continuous kitchen ...
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