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Red wire spliced into a bundle of blacks?

This switch currently provides power to the top half of an outlet, through a junction box. I installed some pot lights and want to tie into the circuit, at the junction box. I attach the black ...
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Dryer timer fix gone wrong

I have a Whirpool dryer that had some timer issues, I went ahead and opened the timer and found some copper plates were not making contact when necessary. I then cleaned them up and made sure they ...
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Are lightbulbs in a wooden range hood safe?

I'm building a wooden range hood and I'd like to know if my lighting setup is safe. I have two recessed fixtures with 5 watt LED bulbs. I know that LED bulbs don't really get too hot, but is it a ...
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Is it possible to use a milling machine *bit* in a drill press?

Reverse of "Is it possible to use a drill press as a milling machine with the proper bit?". I'd think it would, but I imagine a CNC mill might be taking off less "material per unit time" than a drill ...
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Philadelphia Code for Distance of Switch from sink for garbage disposal?

How far from the garbage disposal should the switch be to meet code?
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How much water for mixing with concrete?

I bought a bag of quikrete mason mix for creating some planters from molds. The wood panel molds look something like this, but the spacing is a bit narrower and they're smaller: Since I'll be pouring ...
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Practical differences of two types of tile levelling system

I'm looking to tile a relatively small area floor (about 4 sq m) with ceramic tiles 300x100 mm, 10mm thick. There are two main types of tile levelling systems that I've seen: clip and wedge and the ...
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Other Window replacement brands being used in Colorado [on hold]

We've been using Amerimax windows in our replacement jobs but I am wondering what other popular choices some of you are using?
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How do I build a fence with zero experience?

I've never built a fence or have never done any outdoor construction. I'm pretty handy and do most of my interior maintenance. I have a total of 780 feet where I need to put up a fence. I'm still ...
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Is a WiFi Gas Water Heater worth it?

First a little background, two things. I'm married to a Russian wife, which means hot water for showers are mandatory to keep the wife happy (only mostly kidding, we've been through tough times ...
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Which peninsula sink vent strategy is best for this situation?

I am doing a remodel where I am removing a wall behind my sink to create a peninsula. This wall has my drain waste vent. So as far as code I do know that I cannot go less than 45 degrees (horizontal) ...
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Stripped hole in furnace fan housing assembly

In the furnace blower housing, where the blower motor sits, the holes have gotten may be a little bigger. This is a thin piece of metal where the screw sits. But now my screw keeps rotating. On two ...
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AC service disconnect keeps blowing fuses

About 1-3 times per summer the same fuse blows in my AC service disconnect. Always the one on the left. The fuses are 30A and on the panel there are two 30A breakers. The fuse blows typically on a ...
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What's the 1 inch size square knob sticking out of wall?

I noticed there is a square knob sticking out of my basement wall. Does anyone know what this is?
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Help adding a 3 way switch

I have a 4 season room with some lights but the switch is in the kitchen. I installed a 2-gang box in the room and ran a 3-wire romex wire from the new box to the existing box (they are on the ...
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How do I reinstall the glass dome on my light fixture?

Can't figure out how to get glass cover back into clips. All three have springs but due to positioning, I can't hold all three fully back and get glass positioned in clips at the same time. I keep ...
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Two light switches and three black wires

I've never seen this setup before and was wondering if others had. One of the switches powers a ceiling light in the foyer and the other powers two outside lights on the front porch. Right now neither ...
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Air conditioning fan not turning, motor very hot

The air conditioning in one zone of my house isn't turning. I have a Goodman air conditioning unit in that zone. I noticed that the fan motor was very hot (estimate 150 degrees F). It was much ...
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Switch wiring general question

I replaced a ceiling fan with a regular light a while back that originally had 2 switches that worked it. When I was done only one switch worked, I was okay with this because I didn't use the other ...
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is this the right way to ground fault protect both sides of an mwbc?

is this the correct way to ground fault-protect both sides of an mwbc? pigtail the (line) neutral to two separate gfci outlets, and pigtail the (load) neutrals to the neutral that's going outside.
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Custom HVAC control

I currently have a Nest controlling my LP furnace. I'm getting an evaporative cooler installed and I'd like to also control it with my Nest. This post gave me a good starting point, but I'd like to ...
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Should I put a surge protector on a washer or dryer?

I think the question title says it all, but is there a reason that I should or should not put a surge protector on my washer or dryer? Growing up, I don't recall ever seeing them in my parents' house ...
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Wiring IKEA light fixture into old fixture

I am installing a simple IKEA ceiling light fixture. The new light fixture has a neutral wire, a live wire, and a ground wire. My current old light fixture has 4 wires: white, red, dark blue or ...
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Can my remote-controlled ceiling fan be connected to a wall switch?

My Casablanca fan remote control no longer works and I have to turn the breaker on and off every time. They no longer have a remote control replacement. Can I have an electrician connect it to a ...
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Why does a system boiler with hot water cylinder not use a diverter valve?

I understand that it doesn't need a diverter valve... But I was thinking, couldn't the system be more efficient with one? For example, the central heating could run at a low temperature (35°-40°) and ...
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How often should alkaline batteries be checked when they are in a device?

I have the problem of leaving alkaline batteries in various devices, and have lost some I could not clean with vinegar. If I don't use the device, I take the batteries out. But a lot of devices are ...
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A/C intermittently won't cool

I have a 2 zone system that intermittently shows temp 2 degrees or so above set point; on one or the other thermostat, day or night. At some point, the condenser kicks back on and everything works ...
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Does anyone know what this pipe is in an HVAC system?

In a new rental (one story, approx 1400 sq ft), one of the bedrooms was not as cool as the other two. I noticed air flowing from the attic door in the ceiling, so went to investigate. The pipe (thin ...
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How to fill large window gap for temporary air conditioner?

I have an air conditioner that looks similar to this... ...except mine doesn't have the flaps on the sides, leaving a large open gap between the air conditioner and the window frame. What's the best ...
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Prevent deadbolt from turning?

I am a renter, so I cannot change the locks or drill an additional deadbolt. I came across August Smart Lock today (https://www.amazon.com/August-Smart-Lock-Pro-generation/dp/B0765LFNM7), which sits ...
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Can I use a 16 gauge nail gun for framing lumber?

Can I safely use a Bostich 16 gauge nail gun to toenail stud grade 2x4s? The nail head is stationary at 90 degrees. The project: bay window seating. Issue: front rail & plate supported by ...
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Suggestions on where to start hardwood flooring

I will soon be ready to start laying hardwood in a bedroom - outlined below. The boards will run parallel to the walls with the doors (joists run perpendicular to those walls). The hallway outside ...
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how to reach eaves and facia board

I want to paint exterior of house myself but not comfortable on 20' ext ladder. Anybody have scaffold recommendation or experience with renting it? Can it be taken down and moved rather easy? Does it ...
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Wiring through attic

I want to run a new 240V eletrical line to the garage as in the picture below. The dark blue one is the panel and the light blue is the garage. The problem is the roof is very sloped so it is almost ...
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Adding a spacer block between king stud and switch box

I'm framing a small wall to create some closet space. If I mount the light switch box directly to the king stud of the doorway, the door trim will interfere with the switch plate, so I wanted to bump ...
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Custom lamp project for a non-engineer - Help needed

I'm trying to build custom 3 bulb lamp. About me: Biochemistry major so very far from electrical but I've built RC plane models before so I know soldering and stuff. Nothing really about electrical ...
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AC set at 73, but temperture goes down to 59

I set the temperature at 73 on the AC, but it keeps getting colder; it went down to 59 overnight. Thank you!
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Protection from an asbestos wall

The trapezoid-shaped wall in the back of the picture is a wall that my neighbor built between his backyard and mine: Apparently, it is made from asbestos, which might be unhealthy. In order to ...
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How can I remove studs and screws from the inside of drywall when installing a pocket door without needing to do paint and patch work on both sides?

I'm planning on taking a few weeks off to do some DIY in the fall, and one of those things is replacing the standard-hinged door in my walk-in closet with a pocket door. This is a non-load bearing ...
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Turn brick fireplace to inset fireplace

My brick fireplace is ugly and I want to make it inset contemporary I know I could remove the hearth but can I remove the front area of the fireplace? Basically remove 1-2 bricks to make it flush ...
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How to level two floors?

I have two rooms with different floor level The wall is removed so now I need the floors to be all level. The higher floor has plywood Should I try to put 2x4 and nail into concrete foundation and ...
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Is it correct to put plywood outside front door?

The plywood on my front door is rotten as you can see here (there are few stair steps) There is a roof on top of it covering the front door area I suspect water still can get in and sit on top Is ...
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Why does my thermostat show code 'PF' after running the fan or A/C?

After running either just the central HVAC fan, or the central HVAC AC for just a few minutes, the Bryant thermostat (Model TSTATBBPB101, C Wire attached) screen momentarily shows "PF", and then goes ...
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Connecting water tankers at different levels

I have 2 water tanks installed in my 3 story building. 1st one is on top of the 3rd floor, the other one is on top of 2nd. The pump is installed at Ground Floor. Now I made one outlet at 800 lts of ...
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Should the main circuit breaker be AFCI, CAFCI or just standard?

Let's say all the other breakers in the panel are standard (i.e. not ACFI). Would it help to have the main breaker AFCI or CAFCI? Conversely, let's say the other breakers are all CAFCI. Can I use a ...
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Do Stepless WiFi Dimmer exist? [on hold]

I’m currently in the process of installing WiFi switches throughout my house, but I’m not very happy with what I’ve seen so far. I noticed that both of the brands I bought are step dimmers, meaning ...
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Is it okay to not varnish wooden furniture before use?

I recently bought a bedframe, but due to budget constraints, I didn't choose the varnished option, just 'unstained raw timber' - which is smooth, but not varnished or stained, as described. I'm just ...
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What Cause Hum from Electric Oven after Replacing Wire and Ring Connector to Broil Element?

What Cause Hum from Electric Oven after Replacing Wire and Ring Connector to Broil Element? After the wire melted at the connector to the broil element, I replaced the 16 gauge wire and 22-18 high-...
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How does cold water pressure get used by a hot water heater to produce hot water pressure?

Recently I had to change a washer in the shower for my hot water tap. I couldn't find the pressure tap for the hot water on my hot water boiler. I asked a friend how to switch off the hot water ...
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We now have two cars that are plug in, and we can't charge both at same time!!! Can we “split” a circuit? [on hold]

The entire garage and one outdoor outlet are on the same 15amp breaker (110v) and it cannot handle that kind of load as each charger pulls about 11 amps. I am trying to guestimate the cost of adding ...

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