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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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Shower single-handle faucet leaks at faucet: access from rear?

With one of these ... in fact the faucet itself is leaking, when, it is turned on. Faucet is turned off: There are no leaks or drips from the shower head. No leaks or drips anywhere. Faucet is ...
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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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Installed Honeywell R8285A 1048 control center combined with a Honeywell PRO 8000 thermostat

to operate an inline duct fan on a long run to a new addition. Thermostat in the new addition activates fan when the thermostat is set to cooling perfectly. I can use it to manually turn on the fan. ...
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Where to install C wire?

I need to run new thermostat wire since I don't have a C wire to power my smart thermostat, but need some guidance on where to hook it up. I have five wires at my thermostat, two going back to my ...
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How do I remove the pump head to expose the impeller on my water pump?

I primed the pump and the water pressure went up to 22 psi and didn't go any farther.Pump doesn't shut off.
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I have an unused C wire hooked up to thermostat and have no idea where to connect it to the furnace for power

I know this question gets asked all the time but I've spent hours staring at forums as well as my furnace and at this point I'm desperate. I just bought a nest thermostat that needs a C wire ...
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Are there any dimmable 3 way LED bulbs?

There are dimmable 3 way LED bulbs, and 3 way LED bulbs, but are there any dimmable 3 way LED bulbs?
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Installing tile on screened porch

We have screened porch that currently has outdoor carpet on the floor. We want to get rid of the carpet and maybe tile the porch. There is standard decking under the carpet. I have been told by both ...
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Hairline crack in concrete driveway

Should I do anything about this? The crack is about 1/16 inch and four or five feet long and first appeared mid-winter. The driveway was poured just over a year before the crack appeared. I've heard ...
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Wiring a ceiling fan with light and remote with 2wall switches

I am wiring a ceiling fan where there was only a light but 2 switches. I have red, black, white and copper from ceiling. I know the copper and the greens connect, so let’s take them out of the ...
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Sears Garage Door Opener - Remote

My garage door opener is a Sears Model 139-65500 & the Receiver Model 139-654020 (est late 70's) - Remotes lost - Is their a universal remote that will work for my door?? thanks Don
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How to fix warped vinyl siding with popped nails?

Our best guess is water got in there during a really bad winter but I'm not sure of that. The whole back side of the house has bulges where the nails have come out and the siding is pulling away from ...
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Brick drilling in close distance to another hole?

I am about to install a samll kids coat hanger, however it seems I will need to drill another hole about 1 cm from the existing one (brick wall). Is it at all possible or should I look for another ...
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Sockets not working but circuit breaker hadn't tripped

We came back from holiday to find that some of our mains sockets were not working. I checked the circuit breakers but none of them had tripped. Eventually I found out that by turning the switch on the ...
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Swann HD Doorbell

I want to hardwire my Swann HD doorbell, rather than using it's in built battery. Can I use an existing cable which supplies 18Vac 1.25amp from a powerplug, whereas 16-24Vac 1amp is specified in the ...
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Is there any reference (or probably web/online calculator) to figure the size for downspout pipe for a known flow rate

The total flow rate of water collected by the gutter of my roof is known (50 L/minute). I need to figure the safe size for my downspout pipe for this roof. What's the minimum diameter for the ...
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HVAC blower fan won't stop

So I had this problem with my HVAC during winter when out of blue (after working fine for many years) the blower (fan) wouldn't stop, even after the temperature reached the target and the burners shut ...
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T1-11 siding installed horizontally

This is my home for the last 10 years with T1-11 installed horizontally in the front. Is it "wrong" to have it like that? I am not having any water issue for a decade since. But now I am selling my ...
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Wiring question for detached room

Would it be possible to power the detached room from the breaker box with two 30 amp breakers to the room with UF 10-2 wiring underground from the breaker box and then landed into the junction box at ...
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Can I feed a sub panel off my 200A service box? Or would I need to run wire from the inside breaker box?

Can I add a sub panel feed off my 200A service box? If so what are the requirements? Or would I need to run it from the main house breaker inside the house and wire from there? I currently have a ...
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Well Pressure Tank from 35 PSI to 65 and back every 7 minutes

My well pressure tank (Well X Trol) kicks on, goes up to 65 PSI, then immediately starts dropping, and after about 7 minutes, hits 35 PSI and kicks back on again, pushing it back up to 65 PSI... and ...
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How to close this wall

My house has a small "porch" near the main door. In many years I've been here, I never once used this area that is on the North side of the house as a porch. It tends to collect junk that I need to ...
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Requirement for splicing neutrals in a switch

I am going to install 4 LED downlights on a 3-way switch. My plan is to do panel-switch-switch-lights... similar to this image I will be using THHN inside conduit from panel to first switch, and ...
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Wiring a Split Outlet with Two Neutrals

I’m trying to replace a very old outlet in my kitchen. The garbage disposal and the dishwasher are plugged into this outlet. The top outlet is switched, but the bottom is always hot. Everything I’ve ...
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What if i buy land? [on hold]

I'm thinking into buying land so i can build a home but my thing is, the home part would probably take some time before actually starting construction. My question is what do i have to look forward to ...
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Need to identify wires coming from external AC Unit

idiot DIY'er here :P. I recently installed a smart thermostat and long story short; I removed the two wires from my furnace's board for the external air conditioning unit in the process. I was going ...
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Should I have paid attention to polarity when installing a new light fixture?

I just installed a pull chain fixture in a closet. The light works but I paid no attention to black wire to brass screw or white wire to silver. Of course when I am tossing the box I see the ...
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What kind of screw is this?

While finishing the assembly of a basketball hoop from a kit, I ran into a case where the provided screws are too large in diameter to fit into the mating holes, let alone screw in all the way. I ...
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How do I check continuity without having a multimeter to see which white wire is my hot?

how do i check continuity without having a multimeter to find out which one of my white wires are hot and I need to hook my black and blue wires to ?
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a/c doesn't turn on when temperature is reached

I just changed my thermostat and it does the same thing [as the old thermostat did?]. I get up in a.m. thermostat is set at 77 F. When inside room temp reading on the thermostat reaches 77, a/c doesn'...
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Can a skip trowel texture finish affect the overall straightness or linearity of a wall?

We're remodeling our home. The construction crew just put up drywall on the new walls to prime. I noticed the framing around the newly installed windows are off, by 1/8" to 1/2". The foreman said the ...
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Air Conditioner question

Is it typical for 1 of the (pipe) lines from my outdoor AC unit to have condensation? The AC tech added 1Ib of freon yesterday. Don't know if this has anything to do with the condensation.
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LED's emitting high pitched noise

I have some LED lights hooked up to a trophy cabinet and for some reason it's emitting a fairly loud high pitched noise, does anyone know what this could be?
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A plumber replaced my vacuum break after it was damaged by ice. My sprinkler system still doesn't work. What to do next?

Last week, I had a plumber come to my house because the vacuum break in my sprinkler system froze and broke. This came as a surprise to me because we have always had the system properly winterise. I ...
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Lid stays for shallow box

I have a window seat with shallow storage underneath (100mm deep storage, 560mm deep lid of 18mm birch ply). I've not had any luck finding soft close lid stays. The piston ones I've tried are soft ...
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Circuit Breakers

one of my breakers in the breaker box turns red when I switch it on. Some of my bathroom outlets do not work. This breaker is currently off, but when I turn it on, it shows a red light. What does that ...
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Why multiple pipes in attic?

I have a single story house, built in the late 40s, with a small kitchen and one small bathroom. I was up in the attic checking something and noticed multiple pipes running to the roof -- all located ...
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Dishwasher drain hose getting dirty - what's wrong with my setup?

I've installed a built-in Kenmore dishwasher about 7-8 months ago after following the high drain loop method and today I found out that my drain hose looks like this, which I assume isn't normal. ...
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Moving and covering light fixtures in bathroom

I currently have 2 small light fixtures in my bathroom on either side of my mirror above the sink. My plan is to add a new fixture above the mirror and patch/cover the existing fixtures. It's first ...
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Suction base cups removal

I have sited a Gecko loc caddy wrongly. What's the best way to remove the base plate from the tiled wall without damage.
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Is it possible to drive led strips using a halogen driver?

I have a 12v halogen setup in my kitchen which I'm looking to replace with 12v led strips. I have everything working and the light strips work, until I unplug the halogen lamps at which point the leds ...
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Neutral and ground connected to one bus bar in subpanel; should I change?

At my house, there is a subpanel that serves a pool area, served by one 30 amp 240v circuit. The panel, which I think was installed about 30 years ago, has just one bus bar that the neutrals and ...
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PV inverter breaker sizing requirements

I have a PV inverter that is rated at max output of 25A, and the backfeeding breaker in the main panel is a 35A. This is appropriate considering the 25A * 1.25 and round up sizing formula. However, I'...
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Is it possible to use a scaffold ladder as access to loft?

I am looking for affordable, safe access to the 7'x 7' sleeping loft we are soon to build and came across a scaffolding ladder with handrails for under $100. Is this a crazy idea or a viable option? ...

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