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LED downlights working in conjunction with bathroom fan

There are 3 led downlights and an extractor fan wired with a bathroom fan isolator and separate light switch. The light switch also, when on, provides the live connection to the fan isolator switch, ...
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How to remove this bathroom faucet?

does anyone out there know the manufacturer of this faucet or how to remove the cartridge? I can remove the handle but can't seem to unscrew the base. Thanks in advance.
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Main circuit breaker keeps tripping

my main circuit breaker keeps tripping randomly. I have hired an electrical servicing company, they have rewired the Water heater system and installed separate circuit breaker (thinking it could have ...
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Pergola does not provide any protection from the weather

I have recently had a pergola built which is attached to the existing roof. when it rains there is no protection at all and the house floods as the gutters overflow and come through the door. I have ...
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Dishwasher constantly draining - 1960's Kitchenaid Superba by Hobart - solenoid? control panel?

We have a late 1960's Kitchenaid Superba (by Hobart) dishwasher. Problem: the drain operates continuously, so the dishwasher can never fill with water. (The water comes in, but it's immediately ...
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Smooth and fix cracks; how to?

My walls are uneven and have these covered cracks all over them, can I sand it down and slim coat it to make a smooth wall?
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Water Distiller: Reassembly Issues

Recently the electric motor of my water distiller just stopped working (as discussed in other pages). After some struggle, I've finally found a new electric motor and was able to make the appliance ...
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How to remove spot on top of curio cabinet

I have a curio cabinet with an area on left side that is raised up above surface in a few spots. Based on the picture, can someone give me some advice as to how to remove this spot. I had tried Goo ...
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Claw foot tub faucet riser problem

Renovating bath and bought new kingston brass faucet with hand-held shower. Room is almost finished and looks better than expected so I decided to purchase the add-on shower riser with diverter so ...
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Is there a standard symbol for an inlet on building electrical plans?

Generally, most regions have a semi-standard or standard set of symbols that is used to denote electrical wiring devices, such as switches and receptacles, on building electrical plans/blueprints. A ...
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Second coat of Quikrete High Performance Self-Leveling Resurfacer

I've just poured a first coat of Quikrete High Performance Self-Leveling Resurfacer and have irregularities due to not pouring each bucket fast enough for the area I'm resurfacing (250 sf) and, i ...
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How to measure total stair rise with uneven floor?

My house is antique and I would like the stairs rebuilt because they are too steep. I know the first thing to make the stringers is calculate the total rise. But my problem is the floor where the ...
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How should I terminate water heater drain pan?

I have a water heater drain pan installed and I'd like to terminate it as close to code as is possible. The pan/water heater is currently in a closet that barely fits the pan. So unfortunately, there ...
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Corralling multiple drain hoses

I'm trying to get my utility room in order, and one issue I'm finding is drain hoses. My washer has a drain hose that drains in to the utility sink. My water heater has the T&P drain that ...
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GFCI problem with exterior continuous operation waterfall

What is the life expectancy of a GFCI receptacle with an in-service cover? The receptacle has been replaced yearly for the past several years. The factory cord to the pump is covered by sand and flag ...
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Apartment dust mystery

In the main room of the older apartment I live in, dust is accumulating very quickly. There is no carpet (only hardwood floor), no curtain, no air vent, no pet, no bedding, no clothes. Previous ...
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Can anyone identify this material? Having a hard time cutting it using a bi-metal hole saw

My FIL gave it to me, said he found it in when he was cleanig out an old cabinet shop. It's a very hard composite material of some sort. Fine-grained and powdery when I drilled a hole in it, the "...
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Disassemble IKEA Godmorgon drawer

I put in the front panel of the cabinet upside down. The screws it uses are some kind of cam locks, but the locks are attached to the drawer face and were not put in by me. I've not really seen them ...
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What kind of four wire connector is this?

Would someone be able to identify this four wire connector (red/black/green/white)? It's behind a blank panel on a wall adjacent to a light switch. I believe there's a second one in the wall cavity. ...
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Electrical power to a detached shop, 60 amp panel, 80 feet of wire, what size wire do I need?

I am running power through a conduit to a detached shop, 80 feet of wire, a 60 amp panel. What size and type of wire do I need?
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Squeaking oven door on my gas cooker

I just purchased a new Lofra gas cooker with a gas oven and internal electric grill. The oven door is squeaking on my gas cooker.
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is this saw blade faulty?

This may be the stupidest DIY question ever, but I want to make sure before I return it: is this non-ferrous metals saw blade faulty ? In the picture, see where one of the titanium carbide teeth ...
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Help with ceiling fan wiring. Red black and white wires

Over the weekend I started a project to install a ceiling fan and hook it up to 2 switches, 1 to control the light and 1 to control the fan. There was originally one switch controlling a light fixture....
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Can Vent Flashing Nails Be Exposed On The Roof?

I am buying a home and as part of the contract we asked for a number of fixes by a certified contractor. For this fix, securing the loose flashing, the home owner said his friend was a contractor so ...
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Small Drywall Tiles for Ceiling

Im finishing my basement and I don't trust little drywall screws to hold a big and heavy sheet of drywall on the ceiling. Even when professionally installed and it's said to be conpletey safe ...
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Wiring high amps

I will be installing a Tesla wall charger in the garage and have a few questions about the codes and such. It will have a 100 amp breaker and it will be pulling 80 amps for 2-6 hours at a time so with ...
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What kind of stone makes the most porous fill? (french drain)

I need to create some drainage in the form of some dry wells and french drains. What kind of stone will maximize the porosity to get good water flow? I originally thought just ordinary gravel, but a ...
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Side edging for hexagonal stone pavers? Concrete ok?

I have an idea for a walkway or driveway that would be surface with thick hexagonal pavers. One of the challenges of this design is that the edge of the paving will be irregular, since each tile is ...
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How do I prevent my washing machine stand pipe from overflowing?

I live in a multi story apartment building on the first floor. My washer/dryer are stacked atop each other in a small closet. I've noticed puddles of water on the ground before but did not know the ...
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How should I connect my new light fixture to three bundled whites?

Old ceiling light fixture had three bulbs. There are one black and three white wires in box. Whites are twisted together. Do I wire the one white to the connected three whites?
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Flatness requirements for bamboo laminate flooring

I'm installing Lumber Liquidators' Morningstar XD bamboo laminate flooring in my basement. According to their tech support, they have the following flatness requirements for the underlayment: (1) ...
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How can I repair a leaking valve on an unused refrigerator water line?

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 when ...
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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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Dealing with a broken toilet flange on 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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Why is my electric wall oven suddenly causing strong hot chemical odor?

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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