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Air conditioning fan not turning, motor very hot

The air conditioning in one zone of my house isn't turning. I have a Goodman air conditioning unit in that zone. I noticed that the fan motor was very hot (estimate 150 degrees F). It was much ...
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Suggestions on where to start hardwood flooring

I will soon be ready to start laying hardwood in a bedroom - outlined below. The boards will run parallel to the walls with the doors (joists run perpendicular to those walls). The hallway outside ...
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Switch wiring general question

I replaced a ceiling fan with a regular light a while back that originally had 2 switches that worked it. When I was done only one switch worked, I was okay with this because I didn't use the other ...
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is this the right way to ground fault protect both sides of an mwbc?

is this the correct way to ground fault-protect both sides of an mwbc? pigtail the (line) neutral to two separate gfci outlets, and pigtail the (load) neutrals to the neutral that's going outside.
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Should I put a surge protector on a washer or dryer?

I think the question title says it all, but is there a reason that I should or should not put a surge protector on my washer or dryer? Growing up, I don't recall ever seeing them in my parents' house ...
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Custom HVAC control

I currently have a Nest controlling my LP furnace. I'm getting an evaporative cooler installed and I'd like to also control it with my Nest. This post gave me a good starting point, but I'd like to ...
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Help!. Wiring an IKEA light fixture into old fixture

Wiring dilemma: I am installing a simple IKEA ceiling light fixture. The new light fixture has a neutral wire, a live wire, and a ground wire. My current old light fixture has 4 wires: white, red, ...
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Regrading under deck to protect footings from water

I had an above ground pool installed and a deck built around it early last fall. The way the builder built the deck footings was to pour 4' of concrete 12" in diameter, then attach metal post brackets ...
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Why does a system boiler with hot water cylinder not use a diverter valve?

I understand that it doesn't need a diverter valve... But I was thinking, couldn't the system be more efficient with one? For example, the central heating could run at a low temperature (35°-40°) and ...
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How often should alkaline batteries be checked when they are in a device?

I have the problem of leaving alkaline batteries in various devices, and have lost some I could not clean with vinegar. If I don't use the device, I take the batteries out. But a lot of devices are ...
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A/C intermittently won't cool

I have a 2 zone system that intermittently shows temp 2 degrees or so above set point; on one or the other thermostat, day or night. At some point, the condenser kicks back on and everything works ...
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Should the main circuit breaker be AFCI, CAFCI or just standard?

Let's say all the other breakers in the panel are standard (i.e. not ACFI). Would it help to have the main breaker AFCI or CAFCI? Conversely, let's say the other breakers are all CAFCI. Can I use a ...
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Can my remote-controlled ceiling fan be connected to a wall switch?

My Casablanca fan remote control no longer works and I have to turn the breaker on and off every time. They no longer have a remote control replacement. Can I have an electrician connect it to a ...
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Why does my water leave this pink film?

I have noticed that my water will leave a slimy pink film on certain surfaces like a sink drain, bath toys, or dog water bowl. What would cause this and how can I fix it?
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Can I use a 16 gauge nail gun for framing lumber?

Can I safely use a Bostich 16 gauge nail gun to toenail stud grade 2x4s? The nail head is stationary at 90 degrees. The project: bay window seating. Issue: front rail & plate supported by ...
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How to get rid of cooking smell in small apartment?

I live in a small studio apartment. It doesn't have Air conditioner, and apartment window have really small opening. I keep that open always. Recently I have starting cooking at home ( its been ...
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Adding a spacer block between king stud and switch box

I'm framing a small wall to create some closet space. If I mount the light switch box directly to the king stud of the doorway, the door trim will interfere with the switch plate, so I wanted to bump ...
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Can I pull a common wire off an evaporative cooler transformer relay?

I have a Nest thermostat currently controlling a LP furnace. The old thermostat didn't have a common wire connected, but there was a an extra wire in the bundle and a common terminal on the furnace ...
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Why does my thermostat show code 'PF' after running the fan or A/C?

After running either just the central HVAC fan, or the central HVAC AC for just a few minutes, the Bryant thermostat (Model TSTATBBPB101, C Wire attached) screen momentarily shows "PF", and then goes ...
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Wiring through attic

I want to run a new 240V eletrical line to the garage as in the picture below. The dark blue one is the panel and the light blue is the garage. The problem is the roof is very sloped so it is almost ...
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Does anyone know what this pipe is in an HVAC system?

In a new rental (one story, approx 1400 sq ft), one of the bedrooms was not as cool as the other two. I noticed air flowing from the attic door in the ceiling, so went to investigate. The pipe (thin ...
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How to fill large window gap for temporary air conditioner?

I have an air conditioner that looks similar to this... ...except mine doesn't have the flaps on the sides, leaving a large open gap between the air conditioner and the window frame. What's the best ...
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How long should I wait before turning on a window AC after moving it?

So my downstairs AC went, of course during this insane heat wave. Checked out Lowes and found a small room AC for 150$ so came up with a plan. My room AC is rated for a much bigger space so I bought ...
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Easy way to tell 12awg from 14awg metal clad?

My house was built in 1940 and all original wiring is metal clad / BX cable. With Romex, yellow vs white can tell me wire gauge. Is there any similar tell for MC? I suspect it's all 12 awg but I'd ...
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Prevent deadbolt from turning?

I am a renter, so I cannot change the locks or drill an additional deadbolt. I came across August Smart Lock today (https://www.amazon.com/August-Smart-Lock-Pro-generation/dp/B0765LFNM7), which sits ...
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how to reach eaves and facia board

I want to paint exterior of house myself but not comfortable on 20' ext ladder. Anybody have scaffold recommendation or experience with renting it? Can it be taken down and moved rather easy? Does it ...
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Does unblocking power bar outlets through short extension cords increase fire risk?

Power supply units are often large relative to the outlet and block access to adjacent outlets in a power bar. A simple solution is to use 1/2 ft or 1 ft (15cm, 30cm) power extension cords to keep ...
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Need a common wire

So, I recently moved. In my old place, I used my Nest without a common wire and never had an issue. However, in my new place, my Nest thermostat was working fine for about 20 days and started losing ...
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Custom lamp project for a non-engineer - Help needed

I'm trying to build custom 3 bulb lamp. About me: Biochemistry major so very far from electrical but I've built RC plane models before so I know soldering and stuff. Nothing really about electrical ...
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What fasteners to sister LVL to 2x6 joist?

We live in an antique cape and have 2x6 joists. My builder is making extra headroom for a staircase in our living room which involves reinforcing a couple joists with 2x6 LVL. Which is the best option ...
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Ecobee Smart Thermostat- Using Room Sensor as primary control

This is ultimately a fairly simple question about the Ecobee3 thermostat and the wireless room sensor functionality, but I'll explain my situation first. Twin home, 2 stories + finished below grade ...
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Try to rewire Nest and Furnace but Y is not used on Furnace

I installed a Nest at home and it worked OK. Recently, I noticed there was a power issue. Google and others suggested adding a power supply by using the existing G wire because there are only 4 wires. ...
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Nest thermostat installation to furnace and heat pump

We have T874G1196 thermostat by york (can only find honeywell documentation) MB7BM-1200K-B air handler H8HK015H-21 electric heater Thermopump (heating and cooling) We want to connect it to a nest ...
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Proper Trap Diameter

My kitchen sink drains slowly even after I snaked it 20ft without hitting any consequential clogs. I'm thinking there could be a couple of issues: The trap diameter (2.5") is too wide for the inlet ...
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Turn brick fireplace to inset fireplace

My brick fireplace is ugly and I want to make it inset contemporary I know I could remove the hearth but can I remove the front area of the fireplace? Basically remove 1-2 bricks to make it flush ...
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how to wire GFCI and dual light switch

]My mother live in an older house and has two regular light switches in bathroom. one for light and other for exhaust for the exhaust fan I would like to add an GFCI outlet in place of one of the ...
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Protection from an asbestos wall

This is the wall that my neighbor built between his backyard and mine: Apparently, it is made from asbestos, which might be unhealthy. In order to protect my family from potential health issues, I ...
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Weathertron Xl1200 to Nest Thermostat

We have a Trane Weathertron Xl1200 heating pump with the thermostat pictured below and are trying to replace it with our new Nest thermostat. Our old system has a variable speed air handler and we ...
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How to clean a domestic air conditioner

How do I clean the inside of a domestic air conditioner? Can I spray water to the coil (after the filters are off) or water will make coil to get rust?
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Free Standing Ice Maker Drain

The free standing ice maker's cold water that drains into the P-trap drain is causing condensation that drips all along the drain about 10 feet causing mold.
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Is it okay to not varnish wooden furniture before use?

I recently bought a bedframe, but due to budget constraints, I didn't choose the varnished option, just 'unstained raw timber' - which is smooth, but not varnished or stained, as described. I'm just ...
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How can I remove studs and screws from the inside of drywall when installing a pocket door without needing to do paint and patch work on both sides?

I'm planning on taking a few weeks off to do some DIY in the fall, and one of those things is replacing the standard-hinged door in my walk-in closet with a pocket door. This is a non-load bearing ...
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AC set at 73, but temperture goes down to 59

I set the temperature at 73 on the AC, but it keeps getting colder; it went down to 59 overnight. Thank you!
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Can the wire from the y terminal on thermostat be connected to the c terminal on heater board as pictures show?

My nest was installed with no c wire and it lost power. At this point the tech looked at the wiring diagram in a/c unit outside but I do not know what he did. A/c worked but later nest had no power. I ...
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off grid solar connecting mixed panels best options

Recently I bought a 35 watt 12v solar panel, I have a small pond 5 watt panel that supposedly is 12v as well. I wanted to combine and use both of these panels for an off grid application. I want to ...
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Can I use an outside feeder tap to run power to a garage?

I have a newly built garage that I would like to add a sub panel. I have a QO load center QOB8-16L 100S which is rated for 100 amps. However, I think 60 amps would be more than adequate for my needs ...
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How to level two floors?

I have two rooms with different floor level The wall is removed so now I need the floors to be all level. The higher floor has plywood Should I try to put 2x4 and nail into concrete foundation and ...
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Is it correct to put plywood outside front door?

The plywood on my front door is rotten as you can see here (there are few stair steps) There is a roof on top of it covering the front door area I suspect water still can get in and sit on top Is ...
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Connecting water tankers at different levels

I have 2 water tanks installed in my 3 story building. 1st one is on top of the 3rd floor, the other one is on top of 2nd. The pump is installed at Ground Floor. Now I made one outlet at 800 lts of ...
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How does cold water pressure get used by a hot water heater to produce hot water pressure?

Recently I had to change a washer in the shower for my hot water tap. I couldn't find the pressure tap for the hot water on my hot water boiler. I asked a friend how to switch off the hot water ...

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