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Questions about residential water pressure booster

We live on the top of a hill and thus have fairly low city water pressure (35psi) arriving at our house. I have a chance of saving quite a bit of money on my water bill by potentially reducing this ...
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garage door won't close sometimes

This is a followup to the thread here, since problem resurfaced: garage door usually won't close - even trolley without door won't move much Hopefully with better details and some attached ...
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Hot/Neutral reversed at receptacles after AFCI breaker was installed, can AFCI still work correctly?

Starting condition: I have 3 outlets in a room and 2 of them have Hot and Neutral reversed. Change: The electrician came in an installed AFCI breakers At my request, they also changed the outlets to ...
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How to fix deck board at edge not lined up with beam?

My near-ground level deck is quite large (20x16) at one side and its end is a one-step stair. But at the edge, one end is flush with the last deck board (Trex 5.5") but the other end is like 1" short, ...
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Optimal Breaker Configuration for Split Phase Mains Power

Originally asked here on EE SE First, let me preface this by saying this is entirely theoretical. I don't plan to install anything myself, and I'll contract a licensed electrician to do any of this ...
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How to turn the contact rings in an empty fluorescent bulb socket from closed to open?

A fluorescent bulb was improperly removed from its sockets. I am unable to turn the contact rings from the closed to the open position. I would be thankful for any advice.
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Install wire rope to several steel tubes?

We have 13 1.5" round steel tubes that go around a small area in our backyard Each tube has a small hole that crosses the tube. I'm including the basic design: I would like to use wire rope (or steel ...
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Moisture barriers when finishing a basement?

So I know this is kind of a rabbit hole question -- mostly because I've been down that hole for the last month reading articles that disagree with each other. I'm hoping the folks here can give me a ...
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How can I determine what size main water meter is required?

The main water pipe into our house is only a 1" ID pipe, but the city decided to install a 2" water meter for us, which has a significantly higher monthly service charge than a 1" meter (over $1000 ...
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Blockage in bendy pipe

I have a problematic pipe that has a blockage. Problematic for three reasons: I could not snake through it (I have a 25 feet snake with a manual spin, spent a good while spinning trying to snake ...
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What can I do about a saddle valve that won't turn on?

First winter my mother is widowed, we can't get the humidifier on. Thought maybe the water to it is turned off. I'm on the phone with her and telling her to turn this saddle valve counter clockwise to ...
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How to Use GFCI Square Cover?

I have a 4" square box which I'm going to put a GFCI outlet in. I got one of the raised covers with a rectangular cutout for GFCIs. However, the outlet itself doesn't sit flush with the cover. When ...
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Plumbing vent question

Can someone tell me if this plumbing is acceptable? Looks like some type of vent. I am plumbing newb.
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Light switch wiring

hi all, went to replace a dimmer with a conventional light switch and found this wiring, it's different to what I've seen before (I'm a bit of a novice and can do basic wiring). Anyone able to point ...
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Why are 3-1/2 (16d) nails so hard to find?

So I'm a little confused. It seems like 21 degree fullhead framing nailers are fairly standard. According to the http://codes.iccsafe.org/app/book/content/2015-I-Codes/2015%20IRC%20HTML/Chapter%...
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Replacement motion detector light only works with neutral connected to ground

I'm trying to figure out what is wrong with the wiring going to my replacement garage outdoor fixture. I'm replacing an old burned out fixture and i just moved in so I don't know if it was bad to ...
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What is causing my electric problems?

So I have power going into junction box into attic 12g/20A. It fed a light switch, the light switch was chained to microwave outlet. Also in that junction box and connected to the light switch line ...
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how to fix damaged wall after peeling off hook?

How would I go on repairing damage caused by peeling off some "damage free" adhesive sticky hooks? Photos attached. It looks like a layer of paint came off completely. Would I need a layer of filler ...
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Troubleshooting remote AC (heat pump)

BACKGROUND The system was working well in July: 6AM: AC turns on and reaches target temperature of 77 deg ISSUES Although it is a heatpump in cooling mode, I will refer to the system as an AC for ...
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What's the name of this tool?

What's the name of this tool? Is it a screw driver, or a gun that shoots nails to wood, wall, etc? How can I use it safely? Thanks.
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Yard Light has Volts but no light

Mobile Home. Yard lights are "typically" tapped off the back of an outlet and buried in the ground. I have wired the wire from the house directly to the light bulb. I will worry about putting the ...
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How to nail LVL beam to King Stud

This seems to be the best forum to get answers. I asked a question a week ago about placement of LVL beam, it was answered in a matter of minutes. So I am placing this 13ft (12.8ft) Versa-Lam LVL ...
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How to compute panel bus bar stab and breaker spring clip electrical contacts area

This is zoom of the image below showing the gaps and seeimingly insufficient electrical contacts between bus bar and breaker spring clips. Siemens seems to treat it as normal. So let's compute instead....
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gas furnace pilot light is lit,,won't produce heat, making a clicking sound,,,

my gas furnace isn't producing heat the pilot light is on and it's making a clicking sound what can I do? I've tapped the flame rod.
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Frigidaire dishwasher won't start (LED flashes instead)

I have a Frigidaire dishwasher model FDB1050REC2. It's been working mostly fine for the last year. (Occasionally it doesn't start, but opening and closing the door and moving the dial to Rinse Only ...
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Drywall over plaster with furring strips

So I just removed staple on ceiling tiles from my curling to find they were done on top of plaster, my questions are: 1) is there any fear in any case of the drywall adding to much weight to the ...
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Is there really any difference between yellow and white PTFE tape?

Yellow PTFE tape (aka Teflon) is supposed to be used for sealing gas pipe thread, and white PTFE tape, for water. But is there really any difference between them? I had always thought that yellow was ...
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Considerations for improving a cellar floor

I can think of several ways of improving a cellar floor surface. Before I outline them, here's a description of the situation: The house was built in approximately 1900. When I looked at it in May, ...
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How to connect a DIY thermostat to the HVAC System

I am building a DIY thermostat similar to this blog. I want to connect it to the HVAC system of my home. How do I do that? I found this post which is very informative but doesn't completely answer my ...
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Rubber electrical tape safe under code for attics?

I'm buying a house. The attic had a wire with frayed outer insulation. I negotiated repair of the cable. The seller has responded that the repairperson wrapped the fray with rubber electrical tape (...
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How to fix cracked roof joist?

I cut open my ceiling drywall to take a peek in my "attic" (about 20" of vertical space) before I go about having a skylight installed. I have a flat roof and I noticed one of the rafter/joists is ...
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framing for ground level deck

I'm planning to build a ground level deck, approximately 8ft x 10ft long. I'm going to use deck concrete blocks for footing, e.g. : I want to place 4 of those in the corners and probably two-three in ...
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Is my dishwasher air gap manufactured incorrectly?

I bought new Kohler dishwasher air gap. An air gap is required in California. It is used in conjunction with brand new dishwasher and garbage disposal. The problem is water keeps on spewing out of the ...
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Need to run underground wire 530 feet from main 200 amp box, not sure how to get started?

Basically i have the electrical service routed down to my main meter, then a 200A breaker box off of that. This is permanently mounted to a service-pole outdoors. I need to add power from that pole ...
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taking out damaged small screws

I want to replace this 1 inch hinge on a decorative cabinet. the screws are pretty small and their head is damaged as you can see in the pictures. I can't get any leverage with the screw driver. Does ...
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What to do about a switch without neutral, in MA, USA? [duplicate]

I'm upgrading switches in my older (1978) home, putting smart switches in. I have found many "interesting" wiring situations, some I have remedied, some I have just left as-is. Recently I opened a ...
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How do I float 3/4" plywood sheets over above grade concrete without nailing, screwing or gluing to the slab?

I have solid 3/4" oak hardwood strip that I am looking to nail into the 3/4" plywood that I bought for subflooring. I made this purchase over the pre-made systems because this is the greenest plywood ...
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How to fix this switched hot wiring with voltage on both wires?

I while ago I asked this question while trying to install a smart switch. What's going on with this switch wiring? The previous dimmer is a standard dimmer and it works fine. Lights have been ...
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Does the subpanel feeder need to match the main breaker size?

If the main breaker in the main panel is 100A. And you have a subpanel with only light load, say 20A to 30A each breaker totally at most 70A simultaneous use of all breakers. Do you need to use wire ...
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Light fixture wiring

I might be a bit paranoid but it's electricity! I removed an older light fixture from my kitchen ceiling and am ready to attach the new one (Ikea). I just want to make sure that I am doing it ...
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wiring lights and continuing the circuit to another light circuit

I have 1 switch running the 1st 3 lights then the next switch runs 1 light. I mocked this up with spare wire and it works, but is it OK to do it like this?
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NCV meter beeping over large area of a wall

I use non contact voltage tester function of Uni-t ut210e for detecting main wires under/in walls. It worked pretty well until yesterday. The wall is made of bricks/mortar and some metal profiles (as ...
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Can you get an “optionally cordless” or “hybrid” drill? [closed]

I'm looking to buy a new drill, but all of them seem to be corded or cordless. Are there drills that can either run cordless, or off the mains, depending on whether it's plugged in? It seems that ...
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How to make the doorframe not hideous

The frame of my front door looks, for lack of a better word, hideous: The holes in the frame itself aren't what concerns me--there was a security screen door there before, and I will probably just ...
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Cupric chloride on pressure relief valve of gas water heater

I found more cupric chloride on my pressure relief valve after back from a 2 weeks vacation, should I worry about it? And, what should I do before turn on the gas water heater? It used to has some ...
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What affects air quality indoors after home improvement?

We installed a new A/C in the corner room of our house a little while back, because we wanted to use it as a nursery. Installation went fine and the little one sleeps in there every night. A few ...
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How can I connect a 120V compressor to a 3 phase WYE 208 electrical system?

I have 4 cables from a power supply which are 3 phase WYE 208 volt. so if I measure between neutral and hot I get 120V. The problem is that I need to hook up a compressor for 110V single phase (just ...
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What is this kind of timer called?

Years ago I worked at a farm that had an outside light on an adjustable timer. You turned a dial to set the desired period required for the light to remain on. On leaving the building the switch was ...
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Strange beeping in house [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: what is beeping in my house? I've tried ALL the suggestions on this site and the beeping continues, every 20 minutes, day and night. Been going on for two months. Have ...
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How to fix a part of a washed out asphalt driveway?

This is what a washed out part looks like: and (same spot, from the front): from looking at fixing potholes online, it seems like filling it with a paver base and topping it with a couple inches of ...

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