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Where do I find 4-4-4-6 direct bury copper cable?

Installing a 100 amp subpanel approximately 160 feet from my main panel to a new garage. 4-4-4-6 copper I understand will be more than sufficient for a 240v/60 amp load at the subpanel and have less ...
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How to fix this one and is it a moisture problem?

I wonder how to fix this moisture and I am not even sure if it is moisture. Please advise.
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I have a Janitrol Model A42-15 and I wanti to replace the outside unit, but it takes the dreaded R22

Can you use the new refrigerant with the existing inside unit? If so, what would be units that are compatible with my existing one? My outside unit is a 3.5 ton unit, but I am going to need a 4 ton ...
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Need to read my home electrical Meter

I would like to know how to understand my digital Home electrical meter? This picture shows what my home meter CURRENTLY reads. I intend to unplug everything in my tiny apartment in order to get ...
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Repairing exterior wall with concrete footer

My question is more about, "how does this sound?" Shortening my post, I need to get the sill plate and bottom of the studs all out, frame for raised level of concrete, and anchor the new concrete to ...
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Blocking Arizona Termites

So, the termites in Arizona live in the ground, and they make mud tunnels up the side of the foundation of a house to get into the wood. I was thinking, if I make a plastic lip which curls down, and ...
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How to find heater wire cut?

I have an old and damage sidewalk with a heater wire inside it. The wire is cut somewhere but I don't know how to find where. Is there any electrical tool or way to find where is it cut? This is ...
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Repurposing outdoor LED security floodlights for an indoor sconce

I am trying to create a very bright wall sconce using two LED security floodlights. I have disassembled the floodlights so I could remove them from the very bulky, heavy duty outdoor metal packaging. ...
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Place, inject, or shoot pellets, sand, or gravel into space above?

I'm trying to figure out how to shoot silica gel pellets into an enclosed space in my ceiling. Is there some sort of tool, mechanism, or technique to shoot dry, pellet-like or sand material, ...
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Wire size. 125 feet underground to 100 amp sub panel

I have an outbuilding will be 125 feet from panel to panel. Sub panel in put building will be 100 amp. Main panel at 200 amp. Want to have a direct burial line 24 inches deep. Wet ground. What size ...
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Should I insulate metal duct work in basement?

I have a balloon frame house with an unfinished basement. The air handler and furnace are in the basement too. Last fall, we had the duct work removed because it was wrapped in asbestos tape that ...
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Sparks and no power after accidental short

I replaced the garbage disposal at my in-laws' place that has been leaking for years. It's an old house, and nothing in the panel is labeled. So I flipped what I assumed to be the right breaker and ...
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Fixing separated soffit?

We got a new roof last summer and I have recently noticed that our soffit has some gaps. The edge is a bigger gap and it extends about 10ft down the roof line until it is back to normal. I assume just ...
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Stair Handrail loose, but not due to screws loose

I have stair handrails held on by brackets like the one in the image. The bend in the loop piece has a larger diameter than the diameter of the post on the bracket that it loops around. Also the post ...
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How do I cap off / remove a single sprinkler head?

I have a corner in my yard that is getting too much water from the sprinkler system. The grass is drowning and moss is growing because it's constantly wet. The adjacent zone seems to throw enough ...
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Replacing A/C thermostat

I think that my mother has a bad thermostat. When the A/C is turned on, the furnace blower works but not the outside unit. However, when I press the contact switch (outside), both the compressor and ...
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Attaching cable to attic rafters

I am running approx 40' of cable thru the unfinished attic in order to install two additional receptacles in the kitchen. The easiest and least obtrusive way for me to do this is to attach 1x3 or 2x4 ...
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Replace fluorescent lights with LED lights

Can I replace fluorescent lights (30W, 36" long - F30T12 H998) with LED lights?
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6" Ducting straight to in-wall rectangular ducting

I have a vent for the microwave-range that goes from an interior kitchen wall to the outside of the house. I need to re-locate this, but I can't move the exterior vent fixture. It currently comes in ...
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fuse panel and sub panel replacement with no ground to be found

Replacing an old fuse panel with a new breaker panel, and a remote fuse sub-panel (on the other side of the basement) with a new breaker sub-panel. There is no water pipe anywhere near the incoming ...
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Do I need to install drainage medium for my sump pump to work well in an old basement?

My house is old. Built in 1922. I have installed a sump pump. When we get heavy rains like right now it leaks pretty good. I am in Kansas City and my soil is very clay like. The lowest point in the ...
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Two HVAC units on one condensate drain line

I am renting a house with two HVAC units - one upstairs and one downstairs. There were two condensate drain lines (one per unit). The units were older so when they quit working efficiently the ...
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Removing light switch permanently

I have a light switch that powers an outlet when it's turned on. I want to remove the switch, connect the wires and make the power in the outlet permanently on. In that case, what am I supposed to do ...
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How can I tell if a breaker uses both phases/legs

Good day. I hooked up Sense monitor by adding a 240v breaker to my panel (bottom 2 slots on one leg). Problem is Sense has detected that my breaker is sitting on two slots that occupy the same phase/...
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After hooking up a USB outlet, some of my outlets and switches stopped working

I have recently change my electrical outlets from the standard one to one with a USB port. That outlet is controlled by a light switch. After installing I check to see if there’s power at the outlet ...
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Why is my well pump sucking air?

My pressure pump that goes to a bladder tank has a small hose. It was off and water leaked everywhere. I put it back on. After I turned everything off and then turned water on in house. After about ...
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Why are 3-way center-off wall switched so rare / expensive?

I'm looking for a switch to mount in an upstairs hallway that will control an attic/roof ventilation fan. The switch will select whether I want the attic thermostat to control the fan, vs manual-on, ...
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Fans in Two Bathrooms Share Power?

I have a bathroom on my main floor with three switches: lights, fan and heat lamp. I am replacing the fan and do not need the heat lamp, however when I wired the two switches I want to use, the white ...
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Does the front rim joist have the strength to support this deck?

Should I just lag bolt the ledger to the rim, or should I reinforce the rim joist with say a simpson strongtie htt4, and carriage bolt, and cut some cats to attach it? It seems that if there were a ...
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Flipped off main breaker for repair, unrelated circuit will not come back on

Switched off main to attach ground wire to two outlets in garage (one normal, one GFCI), now separate circuit to attic (feeding one overhead switchable light, one receptacle, doorbell, and AIR HANDLER)...
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How to remove dishwasher drain plug that got stuck in the garbage disposal

Replacing the disposal one morning before work (1st strike), and while hastily doing this I managed to knock out the dishwasher drain plug, but what I did not manage to do was remove the plug from the ...
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3 prong range outlet

I wired a 3 prong range outlet using 8/2 wire. I had a black insulated, white insulated, and a bare single strand copper wire. In the outlet I wired the black wire to one hot side and the white wire ...
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Hardwood Filler is Popping up

We had new hardwood floors installed in our house and the installer used wood filler. Now 6 months later the wood filler is popping up in areas he filled that were existing flooring that remained. The ...
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Code update 2017

From what i get 2008 table 310.15{b}(6) is no longer code. I hear 310.15(b)(7) has replaced it. Trying to find out what is the smallest size aluminum wire for 100 amp sup panel 10 feet away? That is ...
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how operate ceiling fan with no reverse switch, without remote

Trying to install a Minka ceiling fan/light (in buddy's condo). The ceiling box has three-wire circuit (white, black, red) and there are two wall switches connected. But the fan has no reverse ...
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“C” wire on thermostat

I have an electric furnace that has power, fan, electric heat, but I do not have a "C" wire. The thermostat wiring has several unused wires that are routed to furnace. It is a matter of applying ...
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What is causing the remote not to work properly when the light is connected up to the ceiling fan?

I installed a 220v DC ceiling fan. Prior to installing the LED light, I tested to ensure the fan motor worked with the remote control and it did at all speeds. I hooked up the LED light as specified ...
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While drilling into kitchen wall, hit a wire - any advice?

While fixing the extractor hood yesterday, I accidently hit a wire when drilling and exposed the copper. The wires are too tight to get some kind of a box in there and putting an electrical tape may ...
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Compression valve

My bathroom sink and tub share the same supply line. I replaced the compression valve for the hot water and I think I over tightened it and had a bad leak under the tub, I loosen the nut and it ...
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Which type of solid wood flooring would be most scratch resistant?

My research so far indicates that lacquered floors are most maintenance free. Meanwhile simple brushed finish will need occasional 'top-up' with oils. I'm not aware of what other finishes are ...
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Hello how much it cost to replace this piece of wood [on hold]

hello I just recently moved out of my old place and the owner say that to replace this piece of wood it’s going to cost 350.00 dollars
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Reverse osmosis water filter installation

I am currently attempting to install a reverse osmosis water filtration system in the cabinet underneath my kitchen sink next to a refrigerator. The system comes with a faucet which appears to get it'...
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Water hammer for all faucets

This issue I am having is little different than " How do I fix "water hammer" problem asked a few years ago. 1 The problem I am having started a month ago after living in this house for 10 years ...
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Hot water not always hot

I moved into a flat in January and for a couple of months we've had issues with the hot water not always being hot. It's a combi boiler, no idea how old it is. Sometimes it's luke warm and then goes ...
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Do I need a wall thimble for thermal separation with a category III venting appliance?

I bought a tankless water heater that allows me to vent using category III. I've seen that wall thimbles are included in many category III termination kits, but am wondering if they are really ...
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Updating a valve assembly: can a PVB have multiple downstream valves?

So I have this hose bib setup in my backyard that the pool company setup. It consists of a hose bib and then an ABV teeing off from that and feeding into two quarter-turn valves. One valve feeds an ...
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Furnace keeps going out during cold periods, needs procedure to reset

I have had a reoccurring problem with my Rheem gas hot air furnace. Model# RGVC 07EA ER and SER #KN5D1041F47889671. This is a 28 year old furnace that is a horizontal attic mounted furnace. I have had ...
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Under-floor heating and sub-floor

I want to replace my existing carpeted living room with a wooden/laminate floor - as part of this project, I was also considering putting under-floor heating in. Currently, the floor consist of ...
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Wifi light switch needs neutral wire. Why? AND Can that wire be a skinny one?

What does the neutral wire do on a light switch that responds to wifi? My suspicion is that when the switch is in the off position, the electronics in the switch need to still be powered, so the ...
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Help with vinyl planks on damaged subfloor

It previously had sheet vinyl and still has some adhesive residue on it. How do I cover up the residue? I can't get it completely off. Thanks!

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