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I suspect my house has asbestos since it was made in 1969 and has popcorn ceilings. This is what I have found about asbestos

As the title says, my house was built in 1969 and has popcorn ceiling, so according to many readings on my research it's very likely that the ceiling and possibly other parts of the house has asbestos....
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How to extend a power outlet from an existing outdoor light

There is an outdoor light owned by HOA, located outside of the door of my apartment unit. And I'd like to install a security camera near the light. There is no outlet there, and How can I extend an ...
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Best motor or mechanism to convert recliner chair arm to electric actuation

I have a recliner chair that has a manual arm, I was wondering if there is a way to place a motor on the shaft the arm spins to make it 'electrically actuated'. What I'd like is for it to freewheel ...
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Outdoor porch light problem

My light (LED) burned out, I think and when I replaced it the light would not work. Then, when I put in a regular light, it would go on for a second or more and then flash three times and go out ...
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Run conduit perpendicular to ceiling joists in garage

I have a sub panel on a finished wall in my garage. I want to add two 20 amp circuits and run them go outlets on two unfinished walls on the sides of the garage. Is it okay to run metal conduit ...
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Track Lighting Issue

I recently installed track lighting, and upon turning on the power switch, none of the lights turned on. I went back, checked all of my connections, tested the power, checked each lightbulb, but that ...
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Is there a way to remove the top of this barrel?

Will the top of this barrel come off in such a way as to be usable as a lid? It seems to be melted/glued on to be an integral part of the barrel, so I'm guessing the only option is to saw it off.
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Can I replace my face mount hinges with hidden ones?

I've got face mount 3/8 In (10 Mm) inset hinges on my kitchen cabinets. I'd like to replace them with hidden hinges. Is it possible?
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60 amp breaker feeding a subpanel with breakers totaling 100 amps

Can I run a 40 amp central ac unit and a 30 amp ac unit on a subpanel protected by a 60 amp breaker? There are also lower level outlets and an outside gfci outlet with two 15 amp breakers in the ...
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How enthusiastically should I strip a flaking deck before staining?

A summer vacation home I use in Maine has an open 12' x 24' wood porch with multiple layers of Cabot solid color oil deck stain, and I'm planning on re-staining it. The stain is cracking and flaking ...
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Relocating water heater to addition on block foundation

I'm doing a renovation in a small house I just bought. All the plumbing will be ripped out and redone and I'm hoping to take the opportunity to move the water heater and laundry. The problem is, the ...
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How to use hopper gun to apply drywall mud to walls in rental mobile home

I want to use a hopper gun to create a textured or splatter effect on mobile home drywalls. I have an air compressor and I need to know how to start applying the drywall mud to my walls? How many ...
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Replace thermostat wiring from my Carrier Weathermaker 8000 to my Nest thermostat

I'd like to replace the wiring from my Carrier Weathermaker 8000 to my thermostat to add a C wire. I assume I need to turn off the Carrier first, but there is no power switch that I can see on the ...
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Question about new inverter for solar power system

I am new to this community so I hope this is the right place. I am looking into buying a new inverter for my off grid cabin running from solar. I would like to purchase THIS 3000w inverter. My ...
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Does OTR Microwave need to be flush against upper cabinet?

Installing an OTR cabinet and have run into an issue. The upper cabinet has a lip that runs around the whole thing. This will cause the top of the microwave to not be flush against the bottom of the ...
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Laminate on slab

House is 1997 construction - slab foundation - original carpet. In process of updating and want to install laminate all rooms. Home Depot did the measurements and once order info I noted there ...
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Old drain clogged with alot of ceiling spackle

The man that fixed the ceiling over our tub cleaned his tools, pan, buckets in the little tiny bathroom sink. Now the drain is clogged and the area below is too small for my husband to get into. ...
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Grounding metal electrical boxes

I would like confirmation on the following: Is any metal box automatically grounded if it is supplied by an armored cable (without a ground wire) that is properly connected to the box and back to the ...
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Wire break diagnosis help

I am diagnosing my well line electrics. I have a non-contact voltage detector. At about 10" from the box, it shows live, and after that dead. Oddly, on the other side of the wire, the live signal ...
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Water under shower floor caulk

Shower walls and floor are ceramic tile and caulked around bottom. That caulk keeps getting moldy fairly fast, so I removed caulk (this is second time in a few years) and was going to replace. I ...
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What tool to use to clean refrigerator drain?

I have a nice refrigerator I like, but it has one problem. Like all modern refrigerators it has a "automatic defrosting" and a drain tube which carries the condensate away to... somewhere. I think it ...
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Repurpose telephone line to ethernet

I have a (UK) telephone socket in the same corner of each of the three floors in my house. My broadband router is connected to the socket on the bottom floor. The wiring looks like the following: ...
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Samsung dryer starts spinning after a few seconds with accompanying noise

When I turn on the dryer, I first hear a whirring noise for a few seconds, with the drum not moving, then a "bang" or a "bump" and the drum starts spinning. Clothes are still drying. Do you think ...
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What kind of cable is this? (standing desk motor to power supply)

I need an extender for the cable below. It's directly attached to a motor that powers an electric standing desk. What kind of cable is it? More images of the cable and power supply: Cable: https://...
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How to prevent rain damage from neighbouring property

We've recently moved to a two story detached house which has a neighboring bungalow very close to the border. The property next door doesn't have any guttering which causes all of their rain water to ...
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Thermostatic mixing valve that holds water temperature at 120°F / 50°C

I've recently installed solar hot water and as expected it gets extremely hot. I would like to keep the tank as hot as possible (>180°F) and simply mix down the water to 120°F / 50°C as it's used so ...
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220v, gfci and amps

i am a home brewer and have recently purchased a 200v 30amp brewing pot (NEMA 6-30p). I have a 220v 50amp rv receptacle (NEMA 14-50r) with a 50A GFCI double-pole breaker in the main house panel. I ...
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Keep or new baseboard?

Putting in engineered floors where there was carpet before. The carpet was put in before the baseboard I imagine to help hold the carpet down and avoid damaging baseboard during carpet install. My ...
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What material are Velux FSCC room darkening solar blinds made out of?

I had some new skylights installed, which included the installation of some double-pleated Velux solar blinds. I'm pretty sure the Velux website says that all of their blinds are made out of fabric, ...
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Water Heater - Discharge Pipe Goes Upward, How To Address

My tankless water heater (located in the basement) has the TPR valve discharge pipe traveling upwards, which is against code, and it terminates into the soil outside the house. What is the best way ...
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What causes burn marks on the air handler in the attic?

What caused these burn marks? Phoenix Arizona suburb. House was construction complete about 6 months ago. The tape and insulating foam around the bigger tube was cut. I assume the AC tech that ...
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what to fill surface water drainage trench with

Cabin is at bottom of steep driveway. Water runs down and into crawl space. One very large ditch about 15 feet up gets most of it. This ditch gets remainder. On hand - 1 inch round stone, tyvek, ...
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I want to make sure the basement bathroom is plumbed correctly

Going to tap into the sewer line in the basement for a new 3/4 bathroom. Can I run a 4" branch to the toilet and have two 2" wye connections for the shower and vanity? Below shows the sewer location. ...
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Is unmodified thinset ok for radiant heating under hardwood flooring?

So me and my dad are renovating and decided to add electric radiant heating in out living room/kitchen. We are following this video as a guide https://youtu.be/sXhT1fYVPps. They said to use latex ...
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Volvo XC70 Self-Maintenace to Reduce Costs [on hold]

How do I self maintenance the late 2010s Volvo XC70? Stores are far away and expensive and sometimes I want to know whether the car actually needs maintenance or whether the store is trying to rip me ...
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Can I connect 12 gauge wire to 18 gauge wire for an outdoor light post and plug?

I am replacing a front yard light post that has a GFCI outlet attatched. The old post has 12 gauge wire connected from the house thru the post and outlet to the the light. The new post is prewired ...
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Roof DWV vent: minimum distance from parapet?

I need to poke a hole in my flat roof (sloped, built-up roof of tar and felt) to accommodate a new vent. The vent will be 2" PVC. Is there a minimum distance from the exterior brick wall to place ...
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What is a good stain/finish for maple?

I have recently completed a one-step stool out if maple and am looking for a way to finish it. It will be used quite a bit so I'm looking for something durable. Preferably something that isn't too ...
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Chlorinate hot water heater

I left town for a week and now have a hot water heater that's been sitting and apparently breeding bacteria resulting in an abundance of hydrogen sulfide. It stinks really bad. I tried emptying it ...
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Replacing old plug-in 220V range with new hardwire 3-wire electric cooktop: remove outlet or add a plug?

My apartment had an electric range which plugged into NEMA 10-30P/10-50P and was served by two 50A circuits. I will be installing electric/220V induction cooktop using the same circuits. There are ...
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Thermostat “fan” function actually using air conditioning

A few months ago, my wife and I started sleeping with our bedroom doors closed to keep out our cat. We would wake up in the middle of the night to find our bedroom was very hot and it felt really hard ...
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Staircase Design Review

I am designing a staircase to be built inside a house. At the moment I am not concerned about materials or supporting structure but rather with the usability and safety. I realize I may not build a ...
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Options to refinish deck

Our wood deck is only a few years old, and has taken quite a beating from the weather. We just moved in, and I'm not sure if the previous owners have taken care of it properly. On our old house's ...
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How to paint over silicon non-paintable caulk?

I accidentally used some non-paintable silicon caulk on some trim. Does anyone have experience recovering from this? Mechanically removing it sounds slow and tedious. I'm hoping something like BIN ...
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TheDoor Release Button on our Panasonic microwave oven Model NN-H275

The door release button popped out on our microwave, can it be reinstalled?
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Layering another type of paint on cabinet/how to fix

I am redoing a cabinet for an entertainment center. I sanded, 2 coats primer (1-2-3) and 2 coats paint. I am using BM advance untinted satin finish. The cabinets are pictured below. The issue is that ...
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Temporary no reading to ground on a Delta system

This seems to be a transient problem however if I turn a disconnect switch off on any one of several other systems the problem goes away
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Plasterboard on roof rafters. Is this okay?

I am looking to convert the eves of my loft into storage space. I plan to lay chipboard floor panels over the joists below but not sure how to best cover the exposed sloping rafters above. I was ...
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how to deter children from opening an internal door

I have extensive work being done in one of the rooms in the house. For their own safety, I would like to keep curious 3-to-6-year-olds out of that room. The door to the room has no lock, and opens ...
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wiring ceiling fan

Our house was wired for ceiling fans but they were never installed. I recently pout in the fans and they work well but the preinstalled switch only turns light off and on. Fan only works on pull chain....

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