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smeg refrigerator not cooling

My smeg refrigerator (SIL 566 H) is not cooling. The lower freezer is frozen and filling with ice, and the upper part is warm. After disonnecting the refrigerator for a few hours to let the ice melt, ...
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Where are the ground rods needed?

Drawing attached showing setup.
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How to get rid of mosquitos at my front door?

I don't why but in spring and summer time outside the main door of the house, there are usually 15 to 20 mosquitos just lying around. It is so bad to the point we have to avoid using the main door and ...
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Can I mix waterbase Behr wall paint with waterbase deck stain/sealer?

I had some clear Waterguard exterior deck stain/sealer which is water-based. I got them a while ago so I cannot return them. The problem is I like to cover the deck with opaque color. Is it possible ...
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What should I fill this space with?

Hi all. Pulled appliances out of a property and seeing several areas where the wall isn't flush with the floor. Any suggestions on how I should fill these? The one with the copper pipe is behind the ...
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Mortar or tile adhesive? For 9”x9” tub surround wall tiles

Would a tile adhesive or mortar be better for mounting shower wall tiles (9” x9” porcelain)?
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18 gauge wire on 18 branches

I have 12 gauge wire to a 20amp circuit going around a bedroom. Then I have a fixture with 18 G9 LED bulbs on a chandelier. Do I just wire all hot leads to the hot 12 gauge and wire all the whites ...
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HVAC: AC Fan/blower not shutting

My AC unit is working just fine and shuts down at/below set temperature. However, the AC fan keeps running all the time even in auto mode. The only way I can shut down the AC fan is to power-down my ...
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Do I need a new circuit breaker?

I have an OLD circuit breaker. I think it's the original one for my house (1950's I think). It's a Pushmatic Electri-Center "Automatic Protection Push Button Control" from Bulldog Electric Products ...
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Garage door hard-wired wall button doesn't work after adding wireless controller dongle in parallel

I have a standard garage door controller (Chamberlain HD900D) with a wired button inside the garage, and wireless clickers that all work properly. I purchased a GoControl/Linear GD00Z-4 ZWave Garage ...
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Washer Dryer Hookup

I moved into a new house and want to make sure I don't flood the place. The spigot on the left does have water to it, I turned it on for a second only, it didn't feel hot, but maybe that wasn't ...
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What type of paint and preparations would be appropriate for painting a mural on a rooftop?

My house has a modified bitumen membrane roof, at a very low pitch/nearly flat, which was repainted with aluminum asphalt paint a couple years ago. My friend is considering painting a mural on the ...
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Electric apartment sockets catching on fire

I live in an apartment building, within the past year 4 of my sockets sparked and then caught on fire for a few seconds. The apartment manager claims there’s nothing wrong with the sockets because the ...
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Timer won't sound Kenmore Elite Dual Oven/Microwave

How do I make the timer sound? It starts and ends correctly but there is no sound.
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Legrand switch invert light

Here are two photos of the switch I need help. So basically I want to change the left light to the right one and the right to the left but I don't understand the brown cables. Which ones do I need to ...
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3-way and 4-way switches

My kitchen lights operate with 3 wall switches. Two of the switches work properly only if the third (3-way) switch is in the on position. I assumed that the third (3-way) switch was malfunctioning, ...
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Creating deck on top of single story flat roofed home

I have a rectangle home that measures 20' wide by 40' long with a giant chimney in the center that spans down through the kitchen and based in the basement. The chimney has a 3 sided fireplace on one ...
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Adding a new light fixture to existing circuit without destroying the walls/ceiling

This may be a stupid question, but is there any way to add a light fixture at the top of the staircase without directly wiring it to the existing light fixture at the bottom of the staircase? There ...
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Can I reuse the existing cement backer board when replacing tile in a shower?

I have removed the tile carefully - still working on removing all of the tile cement. Can I refloat the existing cement board and install tile on it? Also, what is the best material to float the ...
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Does a GFCI-protected bath light/fan unit need separate neutrals?

I hope there is an electrician on this forum who would know the answer to this. I am in the US and must have permits in my area and install per NEC. This is new construction. Installing a fan/light ...
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How do I get this lag bolt out?

As you can see, the (3/8") lag bolt broke off about 1.5cm beneath the surface. I have a 18V cordless drill and a corded high speed dremel at my disposal. My initial idea was to use some sort of EZ-...
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Can I use a generator with a bonded neutral with my interlock switch?

My house has a separate electrical panel w/interlock switch for my generator that was installed by an electrician. I've used my current generator fine but am looking at a new one. I'm confused by the ...
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Can I run a second cable to add another hot conductor for a range? [duplicate]

I have a range that needs 10/3 wiring w/ ground, and the wire in place is a 10/2 w/ground. My question is can I just run an additional 10/2 wire and use the black in that 2nd run for the "red" wire, ...
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Want to add fence on other side of yard in back; should we match what neighbor has? [on hold]

Our neighbor put up a lovely fence when they moved in (children). They were gracious to ask us if we minded, of course we wouldn't. Now, I like what they picked but wonder if we decide to add a fence ...
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AFCI Breaker with a two wire switch with no power to it going to a box for the ceiling light with new three wire power

I have an existing two wire switch box that is going to a ceiling junction box where there is new three wire power and another two wire connection to an outlet. I want to install a new light. I ...
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Insulating a vehicle ceiling, exterior vs interior application with cork

I have a truck with a large doka (9 seater crew) cabin. This is uninsulated at the moment. I am considering options for summer and winter insulation but do not want to sacrifice head space. I ...
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Should bottom wall plates in a basement be treated lumber?

Question for those who are well versed in framing and then maybe some code as well. I got into a discussion the other day between a couple other trades, they were suggesting I was wasting my time ...
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How can I heat a hole in my pond efficiently in the winter without using a pond heater?

I'd like to heat my pond to create a hole in the ice during the winter to help a few goldfish survive. The fish are not expensive but I'm trying to save them. The pond is about 50 gallons, about 12 ...
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Why LED bulbs doesn't work?

I bought London 3 light lamp and put 3 LED bulbs 6W. and doesn't work. Only when I switch on then flashed for second but only 3 times. Normal lamp works without problem. There is 2 cables. 1 cable to ...
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Is there such thing as automatic hot cold water mixing valve?

We have a shower that is being used multiple times throughout the day. For each use the target temperature is always ~30C. Unfortunately, the water in hot water pipe tends to cool down if someone was ...
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How can I fit a face plate to two devices in separate single-gang boxes?

I ran into an issue when changing an outlet and switch in what I thought was a double gang box. After opening it up I found it was 2 single gang boxes next to each other. The previous switch and ...
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Where can I put holes in my yard?

I bought string lights and I plan to put them in my small indoor/outdoor yard (<== I am not sure whether it is indoor or outdoor). I used a strong magnet (see picture) to detect where have metal ...
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How should I apply spray foam around a ceiling mounted bathroom exhaust vent?

I have a ceiling mounted exhaust fan that has a substantial (2-4" air gap along the sides after it was installed such that when it is running a lot of the air just gets pushed back around the sides of ...
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Can you install a steel beam in timber posts?

I'm planning to remove a load bearing wall and place a 4500 beam. Steel is stronger than timber and I should be able to use a thinner steel beam than a timber beam. Does this make sense and how do I ...
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What Type of Mortar do I need for a Glass Block Shower?

I have a glass block shower that was not installed properly. I need to know the proper way to regrout. The mortar is disintegrating. I was told I need a water-resistant mortar and to add an agent to ...
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Wiring Light with Master Switch

I am trying to replace a light fixture. It is a fluorescent lamp holder with one black, one white, and one ground wire. My ceiling has 5 wires coming out of it, and I assume it is because 2 different ...
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Any chance a studded wall is a supporting wall?

I'm taking out a wall between two bedrooms to make it into one. This is a studded wall that was the back of the closet in one of the bedrooms and the wall in the other. This is underneath a flat roof ...
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What can I do when coats of paint won’t hide/cover the shadow left on a wall by wooden shelves

I have a wall in my dining room that has had a pine wood bookcase hanging on it for 13 years. Today, I unscrewed it from the wall so that I can paint the wall. But every time the paint dries, a ‘...
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Do I need a moisture barrier outside my garage wall insulation?

I want to insulate my garage and drywall it , The outside walls are bare brick with 2by 4 studded walls on the inside do I have to put a plastic barrier up before I use batted insulation to keep ...
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How can I repair this gas leak on my new range? Teflon tape isn't working

I'm trying to install this GE gas range, so I attached everything and tightened all the nuts. Unfortunately, there's gas leaking at the base of the stove (where the flare connects to the stove). I ...
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How do I clean sealant/silicon from a glass mirror?

I did a poor job of applying silicone sealant to the seam between a glass mirror and the splash back below it. I need to clean-up the smears that I got onto the mirror and the splash-back. How do I do ...
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Contractor cut joists short (followup to earlier question)

We are removing a couple of load bearing walls as part of renos in our home. The engineer specified a W8x21steel beam to replace the load bearing wall. The floor joists are 2x10. The joists are 2x10 ...
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Converting 2 lamp ballast to a one lamp

I am repairing my parents old single lamp (lamp F30T12-CW) ballast (old ballast was a GE 6G1075) with a two lamp ballast ( Phillips Advance B134SR120M-A) but only connecting one lamp The new ballast ...
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How to mount two king-sized bed heads horizontally to a wall to use as an open closet/shelving?

I have two king-sized bed heads leftover from failed customer service experience. I've tried to give them away on Freecycle, to no avail. It seems like a waste (and hassle where I live in London) to ...
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epoxy grout in contact with regular sanded cement grout

We don't have a floor threshold between the bathroom floor and the corridor. is it a bad idea to grout the bathroom floor with epoxy grout and the rest regular grout? what happens if the epoxy grout ...
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Wood rot treatment product

A few years ago I removed all the soft wood on a windowsill & rebuilt the sill with new wood and filler. I've just found out that it's rotten again. 1) Should I have treated the old wood prior to ...
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electric coffee pot On/Off switch not working

I have a rather cheap and simple electric coffee pot, which afaik consist of a heater element and a switch. But the switch doesn't turn it off, I have to pull the cord to stop it. I have checked the ...
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Hanging things on metal studs

My house has metal studs (South Florida) and I cannot figure out how to easily get screws into the studs for hanging things such as curtains. I have tried the pilot hole approach with a titanium drill ...
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Can't Reset Craftsman Garage Door Opener

I have an old Craftsman door opener That has been opening on it's own and have looked at all the possible causes and no fixes seem to work. I removed wires from the wall mounted opener so it isn't a ...
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How to wire 4way hot at 4way

How to wire 4 way switch, Hot at 4 way and light fed from 3 way on end. I have found similar picture by searching however it also fed light from 4 way.

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