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Which type of solid wood flooring would be most scratch resistant?

My research so far indicates that lacquered floors are most maintenance free. Meanwhile simple brushed finish will need occasional 'top-up' with oils. I'm not aware of what other finishes are ...
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Hello how much it cost to replace this piece of wood

hello I just recently moved out of my old place and the owner say that to replace this piece of wood it’s going to cost 350.00 dollars
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Updating a valve assembly: can a PVB have multiple downstream valves?

So I have this hose bib setup in my backyard that the pool company setup. It consists of a hose bib and then an ABV teeing off from that and feeding into two quarter-turn valves. One valve feeds an ...
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Two HVAC units on one condensate drain line

I am renting a house with two HVAC units - one upstairs and one downstairs. There were two condensate drain lines (one per unit). The units were older so when they quit working efficiently the ...
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Fans in Two Bathrooms Share Power?

I have a bathroom on my main floor with three switches: lights, fan and heat lamp. I am replacing the fan and do not need the heat lamp, however when I wired the two switches I want to use, the white ...
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Basement Floor and Water

My house is old. Built in 1922. I have installed a sump pump. When we get heavy rains like right now it leaks pretty good. I am in Kansas City and my soil is very clay like. The lowest point in the ...
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hellp, I accidentally arched the two positives on a switch with a light up tester, it sparked, now no power

I replaced the garbage disposal at my in-laws' place that has been leaking for years. It's an old house, and nothing in the panel is labeled. So I flipped what I assumed to be the right breaker and ...
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Code update 2017

From what i get 2008 table 310.15{b}(6) is no longer code. I hear 310.15(b)(7) has replaced it. Trying to find out what is the smallest size aluminum wire for 100 amp sup panel 10 feet away? That is ...
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fuse panel and sub panel replacement with no ground to be found

Replacing an old fuse panel with a new breaker panel, and a remote fuse sub-panel (on the other side of the basement) with a new breaker sub-panel. There is no water pipe anywhere near the incoming ...
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Shower Flange Threading

I had to replace my valve stem on my shower, it was an older style with the 3 knobs (hot, diverter, cold). I have the valve stem out and replaced but trying to re-attach the Flange is for some reason ...
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protect drywall from self-leveling cement pour?

I'm finishing my home basement, and I made the mistake of installing the drywall before deciding to level the concrete floor. So I'm trying to determine whether or not I really need to protect the ...
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Heat not kicking on

I live in an apartment with radiator baseboard heating and an old Honeywell round dial thermostat (no external switch). Heat has been working fine all winter. Weather has warmed up past few days- it'...
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3 prong range outlet

I wired a 3 prong range outlet using 8/2 wire. I had a black insulated, white insulated, and a bare single strand copper wire. In the outlet I wired the black wire to one hot side and the white wire ...
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I am looking for a (Toilet} tank, Width 17, 10 1/2 or more, Depth Less Than 7 1/2

They put in a deflextor to get 12in But the tank lid did not seat, and the seat never would stay up.
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What to try next when pipe joints leak with both thread sealant and with teflon tape?

I am plumbing a couple fixtures (a water heater and a shower) with pex and a few threaded fittings (at the heater and shower fixtures only). At first I used teflon tape (3-5 turns in direction of ...
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Dim only certain lightbulbs on a circuit?

The builder built my house with multiple outdoor lights on a single circuit. Most of the lights are non-dimmable LED wall fixtures, but 2 of them are dimmable 6" LED baffles under an overhang. He ...
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What should you look for when buying a 100 year old home that has been renovated to look brand new?

I am looking to buy a 1900 house with detached garage that has been completely renovated and additions have been added to the house. However, what would be the things to look out for in such an old ...
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Replace fluorescent lights with LED lights

Can I replace fluorescent lights (30W, 36" long - F30T12 H998) with LED lights?
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Gas hot water tank leaking - water turned off, what about gas? Repair or replace?

My water heating tank has sprung a leak - out of the top (fortunately?) Whoever installed this thing didn't do a proper job of preventing galvanic corrosion, so the tank input is corroded (irreparably,...
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Blower Motor Heat and Cool Control Board

I’m an electrician by trade but i have a friend who needed his blower motor replaced. The parts store sold him a motor but it only has one hot leg. The control board has a hot for cooling and a hot ...
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Replacing a light switch that has 2 red wires and 1 black- one red was on the screw the other red was back stabbing the same portion

I am replacing a light switch that had 2 red wires(one connected to screw and one backstabbing) and the one black was backstabbing the upper part of the switch. I understand I should use the screw to ...
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Do I need to prepare old pipe to install a compression fitting?

I bought a new multi-turn valve to replace a really old one. The new one has a compression fitting where the old one is soldered. My plan is to use a pipe cutter just below the soldered joint. I'm ...
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How can I tell if a breaker uses both phases/legs

Good day. I hooked up Sense monitor by adding a 240v breaker to my panel (bottom 2 slots on one leg). Problem is Sense has detected that my breaker is sitting on two slots that occupy the same phase/...
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Suction hose in my watering system getting air. What can be the problem?

I have a water deposit, with a pressure booster pump, very similar to this one: Recently the pump stopped working properly. I don't get any water in the tap and, after inspection, I see that the ...
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Airstone installation over a curved wall

I am applying airstone around my fireplace. I have an area of wall that is slightly bowed. I really don't want to repair drywall. Can I scribe the back of the stone and grind it off (just about a 1/4")...
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Do chips in a stained floor reveal differently-colored, unstained wood?

I'm replacing floor in my house and I have made up mind about going with solid wood flooring. I also want it stained in dark shades, but since this is not a natural colour of the wood, I was ...
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Wiring from basement main panel to garage

I have a couple questions concerning a garage wiring project I have coming up. Here is the situation, I have a 200-amp main panel in my basement. I am building a detached garage behind my house and ...
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Different Pressure in Parts of the House

We are in the middle of remodeling our house. The water pressure in the bathroom is low but at the outside back faucet it is very high. The shower head doesn't have enough pressure to run it correctly....
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Why is the street “weeping”?

There is a section of street outside my home that is always wet, even when hot and dry outside. The neighborhood is under construction (all new homes). I have not experienced any plumbing issues. Why ...
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Putting a breaker panel in detached home office half bath

I'm building a home office and have a question about placement of the main breaker panel. Ideally it will go in a half bath (toilet and sink only) in the corner of the structure. Reading elsewhere I ...
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Replace skylight and casing only? [on hold]

I am the handiest person in the house, and I'm not that handy. I try, though. That said, with windows, I don't even know all of the correct terms. We have a skylight (Anderson, I think) that is ...
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Amana Humidity settings

I have a very old Amana dehumidifier. The setting is a range - Humid - Dry with 5 settings in between. Can anyone explain would the lowest humidity be "humid" or "dry"
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How do I connect two pieces of flexible dryer hose

I need about 10 to 12 feet of flexible dryer hose but it seems to come in 8 foot lengths . Is it possible to connect a 4 foot section to an 8 foot length. And how would I proceed.
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Repairing exterior wall with concrete footer

I don't have pictures at this moment. I'm living in a different city than the house I'm working on at the moment. So this house was a 2 story red brick house with a porch. The porch was walled in and ...
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seal hole in sewer

In the yard adjacent to my (new) home is a sewage pit. It appears that when the plumbing to the upper stories needed to be replaced (many years ago), rather than repairing properly, a hole was made ...
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Clothes dryer causing humidity problems in garage - would extraction fan help?

We have a double garage with a high ceiling which is also where our laundry is. We have a problem with humidity in there due to the clothes dryer being in there which is used very regularly. This is ...
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What is the name for fixed metal venetian blinds?

I am about to build a canopy/enclosure for heat pump outdoor unit to protect it from strong wind and angle rain. It needs to cover the unit all around but still allow free air flow. Ideally the walls ...
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Troubleshooting sprinkler system pressure

Just moved into a new house and am trying to figure out the sprinkler system. The house was built in the 60's and it appears (Found the manual for the pump) the irrigation system was installed then as ...
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How should I connect replacement switches in this four-gang box?

I’m trying to change the light switch in my house which was built in the 70’s. It’s a 4 switch panel, with a flip switch on each end and 2 dimmer turn knobs in the middle. The old switches had: - 2 ...
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Why are 3-way center-off wall switched so rare / expensive?

I'm looking for a switch to mount in an upstairs hallway that will control an attic/roof ventilation fan. The switch will select whether I want the attic thermostat to control the fan, vs manual-on, ...
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Part 2 - What sort of ceiling fan support do I need where I can't find framing?

I am return and resume to work on my ceiling fan in the dining room. Last August of 2018, I tried to put it up but the support bar is different than others. I did not know what to do until I saw a ...
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+24VDC to 5v converter - does the positive make a difference?

I have a fairly general question, but cannot seem to find an answer to confirm my thoughts. I have a garage motor door, and on the top has 4 terminals - 1 and 2 for a switch button to open and close, ...
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What is this shower handle mount called? Is it replaceable?

I’ve got a jet tub with deck mount controls. One of the items is a shower handle thing on a hose. It’s supposed to set in this chrome collar but the collar is broken. Well it was broken but it glued ...
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What is the proper way to bring a water line in through skirting on concrete runners?

Hello, I have a new manufactured home in the greater Seattle area. Our frost line is at 12” and the home sits on concrete runners. My contractor ran a common trench for our utilities, power and ...
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I have a jcb corded drill that seems to have suddenly stopped working

The drill is in pretty good condition and worked when used last a few months ago. It is now not working when pressing the trigger. It will randomly have a bust of power and start then when the trigger ...
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Wifi light switch needs neutral wire. Why? AND Can that wire be a skinny one?

What does the neutral wire do on a light switch that responds to wifi? My suspicion is that when the switch is in the off position, the electronics in the switch need to still be powered, so the ...
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Polymeric sand issue

I dropped Goo gone on pavers. My husband had put the poly sand between pavers only 7 hours earlier. I thought they were dry and scrubbed the pavers that I stained then hosed the are off, washing out ...
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Identifying C wire

thank you in advance. I have been struggling to find a proper way to install my ecobee. It is again 'C wire' issue. My old thermostat uses 4 wires (red, yellow, green, white) and does not use c wire. ...
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How many wires should be in a new thermostat cable?

When roughing in thermostat wire, how many pair wire would you use to cover most thermostats? I'm asking because keep seeing questions about C wire and wifi.
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How should I repair the cracks in my ceiling before painting?

I want to repaint my ceiling, but I can’t quite tell what’s going on. Is there a layer of drywall? Plaster? What should I do if I just want to repaint?

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