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Furnace Short Cycling

-I've replaced the flame sensor -Shorted the thermostat heat demand signal -Checked the blower capacitor -Checked the air intake filter -Checked the exaust vent It seems to only works after I cut ...
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Electrical outlet acting funny

My wife and I moved into our new house today. I plugged my phone charger in tonight and the outlet sparked and my breaker tripped. I then plugged a different charger in and it didn't trip. I went to a ...
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Intelligently Controlling 5 PTAC Units

I recently purchased a new apartment which comes with GE zoneline PTAC units that control both heating and air conditioning electrically. There are a total of 5 in my apartment, 1 for each bedroom and ...
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Crafty small wood project maker

I want to connect 2 3/8” dowel rods end to end. If I use dowel screws what size do I use and do I need pilot holes on the rods?
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Installing one way light switch

I accidentally bought a one-way switch for a receptacle that is wired for a three-way switch. I found that the only way it works so far is: Connect the two black wires from the wall to the black wire ...
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Will a stair skirt on only one side look weird?

I have some roughed in stairs with 2 landings that have 1 and 2 more steps to go 180 down into the basement. On the inside I have puck lights (already rocked) so I can't put a skirt there but on the ...
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How to fix this tile job?

We had a contractor come in and tile our fireplace. The front (where the eye goes immediately) is not flush with the rest and creates a visible line that is driving us crazy. Is there anything we can ...
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Are standard UK wall sockets a 16A power supply

Hi I have bought a IPL hair remover from a British company and in the manual that the unit is configured for a 16A power supply. So it should be plugged into a 16A wall socket or a 20A kitchen ...
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Help, 120 vs 220/240

Want to install a ductless a/c in my concrete condo. It is 220 volt only draws max 1300 Watts I have a 15 amp 120 v outdoor outlet available. I know it’s not optimal, but is it doable to convert to 15 ...
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How deep should I embed a 30-foot light post?

I am installing a 30 Foot Round Straight Steel Light Pole, 5 Inch Diameter that I am purchasing from LightMart. I live in the outside of Las Vegas, NV near the mountains where sometimes its very windy,...
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Basement water table (?) weirdness

So I have a situation that's puzzling me that hopefully someone smarter than I can answer: We recently purchased a house and inherited a "5 gallon lowes bucket shoved into a hole with gravel" sump ...
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Why is my main breaker popping

So I have a 100A sub panel Box in my shop with its own 100A main breaker at the top of the box and has 5 240v 20A breakers and All together I'm only using 77A worth of equipment if all on at the same ...
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Toilet repeatedly clogs - is putting toilet bowl cleaner in the toilet's tank causing the problem?

Our apartment's toilet repeatedly clogs. My roommate puts toilet bowl cleaner in the toilet's tank, so that when we flush, the cleaning liquid runs through the toilet. I'm starting to wonder if the ...
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Can my home's power supply handle this tankless water heater?

So my home was built in 1960 and 15-20 years later another room was added on. There are panel boxes everywhere ha. I have mapped it all out and isolated almost everything. Anything that is ...
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Adding hinges to steel box tube that is going to be powder coated - advice

So, I've designed a frame built of 3mm thick 5 x 5mm steel box tube, which will have inset wooden panels. This will eventually become a unit for an aquarium. All good in practice but the front wooden ...
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Adding bedroom in walkout basement

Can 2 bedrooms share an egress window? Both bedrooms have separate entrances. They will share a door that leads to each room. Only 1 bedroom has egress window.
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roof vent flashing

Is there a flashing kit, for a 3" plumbing stack pipe, that can be installed without standing on the roof. The entire installation , of the flashing kit, can be installed while standing in the attic?
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Matching wood stain to paintable plastic

I have stained cedar siding on house. Recently installed new HVAC system with paintable plastic covers on the exterior of house. How do I match the stain on wood to paint on covers?
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stand alone gas fireplace won't come on via thermostat

system: - stand alone direct vent gas fireplace (stove) - 2 wire system - pilot light - thermostat controlled the thermostat stopped turning on the fireplace. the fireplace starts and runs fine ...
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okay to use fatter/longer extension cord than spec'd for power tools?

I want to buy an electric chainsaw, rated at 15A (125V). Manufacturer specifies max 50' extension cord (no gauge spec). There are 50' 14 gauge extension cords that are rated at 15A/125V. Could I use a ...
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Can I vent a 3 inch ABS sewer line with a 2 inch pipe?

I will be attaching one and one inch vent line from 4 different fixtures (shower, tub, 2 sinks) in the unfinished ceiling above bathroom and also if I can still use it as my main soil stack (2 inch) ...
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Is cement board a better soundproofing material than 5/8 drywall?

Cement board has a higher density than 5/8 drywall. It also probably, and this is just a guess, probably has a lower resonance as well (being cement), so less sound should get through. 5/8" drywall ...
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slow draining bathtub - is a frozen pipe a possibility?

Our bathtub has recently started draining very slowly (bathtub fills with water during a normal shower and takes a while to completely empty). This problem has coincided with winter, and I'm wondering ...
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How can I connect a smart switch lead wire to a screw eye loop from the old switch?

I have two black wires, one of them is a continuous wire with a small loop of bare wire which connects to a screw on the old switch. My new Lutron on off switch has wires, not screws. How do I ...
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Is 3/4“ OSB a better soundproofing material than 5/8” drywall?

Assuming the construction was done properly, would 3/4" OSB (oriented strand board, it's like a particle board but better) a better soundproofing material than 5/8" drywall? This OSB has an R-factor ...
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Rewiring a power switch

I am trying to fix the power button on a laptop cart but I’m not sure how to wire it up. I’ve attached pictures of the female end and male end of the connector, the female end has some symbols that ...
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Is it possible to run an HVAC duct through a floor joist?

i understand that the maximum size hole I can put through a 9" floor joist is 3". But if I add a 5" booster fan would it be possible to retain proper air flow and route this duct through the joist ...
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Circuit is broken when switch is screwed into box, but not outside of box

1954 House with original (cloth over rubber) wiring on the main floor. Replacing fan and light with simple overhead light fixture and toggle switch with a dimmer switch. Box has an incoming conduit ...
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Light switch triggers gfci outlet

Tried to add a photo...it's not working (I'll try on a PC later). My 3 way light switch is causing my upstream gfci to trigger. Inside the box there are 3 sets of wires. One set is from the string ...
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Likelihood of asbestos under newer ceiling texture?

Edit: Adding some up-front clarification because people seem to be fixating on the "asbestos" part of this question. This is what I am asking for: help determining what prior work may have been done ...
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wiring a ceiling fan that has 2 2way switches to a universal ceiling fan wall control

I want to wire my ceiling fan to a ceiling fan wall control. The problem is that the location where I am putting it is controlled by 2 2-way switches. I need to figure out the correct wiring method so ...
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What is the proper hole size in tile backer for a shower valve?

How big does the hole in the backer board need to be around the shower valve? My current hole is big enough to remove the cartridge clip. What is the purpose of the large hole pictured in the ...
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Is the gray insulance material asbestos?

This is a furnace room. Is the gray insulation material (on the wall and above the pipes) asbestos?
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Putting a microwave in an island?

We are remodeling our kitchen, and we are going to put the microwave inside of our new island, Below the counter top, Built-in with the cabinets. Our old microwave is an "over the range" microwave ...
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Recirculating Pump - Hot at first then cold

I just had to install a new water heater and put a new circulator pump on. The water is hot for about 3 minutes (125 degrees) then drops to 100 degrees then gets cold. Could the pump be upside down? ...
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Can I tap into an exterior light fixture to connect different things

I just ran mc cable to a exterior light fixture(dusk to dawn one) from an exterior gfci outlet (which is outside near ground level), I'd like to put and outlet, switch and/or lights in attic close to ...
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Shower hot water not getting hot enough

I left my house unattended for a number of months. Before leaving, I turned off the water to the house and drained the lines. This was during the winter. Anyway, now that I am home, I notice my ...
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Lutron Fan & Light dimmer switch wiring

I have a hunter Fan/Light I am installing. I purchased the pictured Lutron switch to control the fan/light. My power source comes into the switch box and is wired as follows: Power source (Black) ...
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How much material would it take to cement a 1 mile driveway

How much material would it take to cement a 1 mile driveway I would like to know, in pounds, how much material it would take to cement a driveway, exactly 1 mile in length, how many pounds of sand, ...
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Insulating conservatory skylights

How can I insulate skylights? My house has been extended and the extension has double glazed windows for roof, think of it as a very sturdy conservatory. I understand why the previous owners did it - ...
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GX23-2 Lampholder removing wires without cutting

An existing lamp holder has cracked and will not hold a lamp. How can I remove the existing broken lamp holder without cutting wires? The pictures are of one I can cannibalize.
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Can I use any shaped bulbs in a lamp if the base is the correct size?

Been using the A19 bulb shape my whole life for things like fixtures & lamps. But is it okay to use different shaped bulbs as long as the base is the correct version? I always presumed if a lamp ...
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Can I get 240 volts to a hard-wired baseboard heater by plugging into a nearby outlet?

I need some help I have a 42 inch cadet baseboard heater that needs 240 volts to run at full power. The heater is in a small water meter room I have it hard wired in but its only 120volts coming in ...
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Dryer cross-wired - loud pop and no longer works?

We were changing our dryer from a 4-prong to a 3-prong cord and my husband accidentally put the center wire on one of the other terminals. He plugged it in and ran the dryer for a few minutes, then ...
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How to attach electrical wire to messenger cable?

I have an old wire THHN going from pole to pole that lights up a sign. The wire is a 70' run (17' above the ground) with no messenger cable, thus, weighing on itself. Also, the wire is solid copper ...
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How can water be diverted away from the street curb in front of my house?

How can water be diverted away from the street curb in front of my house? Several of my neighbors are draining water from their sump pumps onto the road and it runs down the curb and collects in ...
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How many sizes larger do I need to go to fix a cross threaded screw?

Generally, how much bigger should a new screw be so that it doesn't interfere with the crossed threads that have already been made but sits as if it had been tapped freshly? People generally seem to ...
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Plank vinyl flooring , the glue will not dry

I decided to replace the entire house with a glue down plank vinyl flooring. I followed the instructions and used the recommended glue to put it in place. Two days after putting the floor down, when ...
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Laminate flooring repair

My laminate floor looks like the top layer has "bubbled" at the seam in a couple of places.Can this be repaired?
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How can I find thecapacity of an older model dryer?

How can I find out the capacity of an older Kenmore Advantage gas dryer model # 79801? I need a new dryer but want a larger capacity than my old one.

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