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Proper Trap Diameter

My kitchen sink drains slowly even after I snaked it 20ft without hitting any consequential clogs. I'm thinking there could be a couple of issues: The trap diameter (2.5") is too wide for the inlet ...
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Splice to repair damaged 100A aluminum feeder

I recently drilled through the floor to run a CAT6 cable and hit the main feed to our panel. I'm in a duplex with a meter main panel with 2 meters and 2 100A breakers, one for each unit. The cable ...
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Tile underlayment, Ditra vs wire mesh lath

My previous kitchen tiles were laid on top on wire mesh and mortar. Except for a few smaller grout cracks they were relatively okay and flat. After removing the tiles, mortar, and mesh I have ...
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3 black wires into switch

I have a simple light switch in a closet and I wanted to change it out for one with a switch and an outlet. The back of the switch had 3 black wires - 2 going into push in connectors on the top left ...
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Bad deck post crack

This looks rather serious - should we replace or brace it ASAP?
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Easy way to tell 12awg from 14awg metal clad?

My house was built in 1940 and all original wiring is metal clad / BX cable. With Romex, yellow vs white can tell me wire gauge. Is there any similar tell for MC? I suspect it's all 12 awg but I'd ...
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How to wire a portable generator to a irrigation pump

I have a portable gas generator that I want to connect to a 1hp, 240 volt irrigation pump. The pump is out in a field and not connected in any way to power at the house. I want to use a twist lock ...
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Thermostat settings two hvac units older house

So I purchased a historic house built in 1920. The house has two HVAC units, one for the upper floor, one for the lower. Total sq ft 3300. I had been setting the upstairs thermostat at about 83 ...
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Identifying and sharpening carbide tipped planer blade

Below are photos of an electric (hand) planer blade that came with a used Makita power planer, model 1900B. I believe the blades are carbide tipped, but am not certain. I could not search the model ...
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How long should I wait before turning on a window AC after moving it?

So my downstairs AC went, of course during this insane heat wave. Checked out Lowes and found a small room AC for 150$ so came up with a plan. My room AC is rated for a much bigger space so I bought ...
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Converting outlets in 3 3/4 boxes to GFCI

Have 4 outlets in one box and 2 outlet box with a light switch that measure about 3 3/4". Have to convert to GFCI. Are there any other options for faceplates to fit the existing boxes or will I have ...
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Extra water line under sink?

My house’s basement has a small kitchen area with a sink. I can’t figure out how to turn the water on to the sink. When I turn the valve on the left, I can run the sink but the third water line (which ...
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Identify shower diverter valve marked P-P C.W. 18

Replacing the diverter valve in a 1963 residence and wondering if anyone knows the make and model from the maker's marks on this hardware? I see imprinted: P-P, C.W., and 18. The hardware appears to ...
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How to apply drain cleaner to A/C drain

A while back I asked a question in a thread (The top A/C drain in my attic is leaking. Why?), and I wanted to know how to apply drain cleaner to the bottom drain on my A/C system. Could someone answer ...
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mold into dishwasher

I come home from a week away to find that I left a few dishes in the sink, oops, and one of them has signs of life. Would it be unwise to put the moldy mug in the dishwasher? Should I first soak it ...
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Recommendations for fixing 1/2 inch difference in retaining wall height under pavers

I'm working on installing a patio that is held up by a retaining wall on one side and has blocks around most of the rest where it is adjacent to a deck. For the most part, the blocks are level and ...
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Strange plumbing issue, no water flow to 1 faucet after shutting main off

I have had this happen a few times but was always able to get it flowing again. What happens, after shutting off the main water supply to the house 1 bathroom faucet fails to "prime" for lack of a ...
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Multiple breakers controlling the same lights - how can this be?

We have started having trouble with our outside package unit A/C stopping on its own, before it reaches the correct temp. I can identify 3 issues: There are multiple lights (bath, just one light over ...
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Replacing a washing machine: can I disconnect wasting hose from inside the machine?

My setup is an absolute joke, I have no access to where the drain hose enters the wall. I can only disconnect this hose from the machine, and use the same hose on the new machine. Can I somehow open ...
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Should I open my AC register in the basement to help with condensation?

Really hot in NJ this week, excessive heat warnings, and the like. Daytime Temp: 96 degrees Daytime Humidity: 55% Feels Like: 105 degrees Nighttime Temp: 79 degrees Nighttime Humidity: 87% ...
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Can I use an outside feeder tap to run power to a garage?

I have a newly built garage that I would like to add a sub panel. I have a QO load center QOB8-16L 100S which is rated for 100 amps. However, I think 60 amps would be more than adequate for my needs ...
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Can you paint frosted glass with mirrored paint?

I need a full length mirror in my dressing room! My closet doors are frosted can I paint over them with mirror paint?
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How to install a MWF water filter for GE refrigerator

I am not able to install MWF water filter cartridge in my GE refrigerator. Instructions say to align arrows. I don't see 2 arrows to align. Align where?
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What's causing my gas oven ignitor to become dirty?

For months, my gas oven has been having issues igniting. The issue is somewhat intermittent but every time I run into this, I take a piece of sandpaper and rub it against the ignitor. This seems to ...
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Bathroom exhaust fan issue after new switch install

I just installed a new Leviton Switch for my bathroom exaust fan/light. After turning the power back on the fan is now on all the time and the switch only controls the light, all available wires are ...
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How to clean the emergency drain tube on a Samsung Ecobubble washing machine?

Today my Samsung Ecobubble 8.0kg washing machine came to a halt mid-wash and reported the error SE/5E. Some googling told me that this was a problem with the drain, and that the filter should be ...
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Replacing light switches and outlets without electrical boxes

I have a '96 manufactured home I'm getting ready to sell and most of the outlets and switches are a tan color that doesn't work with the color scheme I'm changing it too, plus they just look dirty. I ...
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What size wire and breaker should I use for a small one bedroom cottage?

Have a small one bedroom cottage. I need to install a subpanel in it. I have a two hundred amp panel 30 feet away. The only things I will power in the cottage are two can lights, six outlets, small ...
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Is it safe to daisy-chain power bars (power strips)?

So, is it safe to plug a power bar in to another power bar that is connected to a power source? I don't really want to try it, as if it is unsafe, then I don't really want to try it.
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What is this material between our concrete and bricks (lining our pool)?

The material lines our pool between the brick (edge) and the concrete. This material is only near our pool. It feels rubbery and bendable. And The material is over 30 years old is has been breaking ...
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Only one side of Tandem Circuit lost power at outlets

Replaced all outlets in a room that was part of a 15amp tandem circuit breaker. One circuit had a room that has dual outlets with a switch controlling the top outlet on each. Turned both breakers off ...
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Toilet Tank Replacement

My Lamosa Toilet tank SAHARA 411, 17"X8" needs to be replaced. Can't find another Sahara 411 tank. Can I replace this tank with a Lamosa 16"x8" SASA Vortens Glacier Bay 412 Tank? If not, what other ...
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Where do I put the C wire in this setup

Got me a wefe thermostat. Old thermostat used 4 wires but the blue C was stuffed in the wall. I have read many forums and nobodys setup really matches mine. This what I see at the furnace and what I ...
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Cold water not flowing to certain areas in the house

The water main busted and after it was repaired we no longer have cold water in the front bathroom, the back bathrooms toilet or shower but still have cold water through out the rest of the house. No ...
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Can I replace a single watt (100 max) socket with a 3-way socket on a table lamp?

I just bought a table lamp which I assumed used a 3-way bulb since it has the knob that you typically have on a 3-way lamp. However when I went to put the bulb in I saw that it says 100 watt maximum. ...
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How do I seal the bottom of this door to be waterproof?

I'm going to be replacing this front door with a new prehung exterior steel frame door (pic available upon request). This door leads to a concrete porch and water tends to flow towards the door. The ...
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Trying to identify a shower mixer valve

Can anyone identify this shower valve as I need to change the cartridge??
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I want light controlled by one switch, not two

I have two switches that control one light. I would like to close one of the switches, so that the light is only turned on and off by one of them. I removed the light switch from one of them (pictured)...
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Improve existing roof insulation from the inside

We have a pitched roof (1971 house, The Netherlands) which consists of (outside to inside): Tiles 2cm PUR insulation 2cm wood We asked a few companies for quotations to improve the insulation (...
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Ceiling lights powered, but not from main panel

My contractor seems to be creating energy from thin air. He uncovered some old wiring while replacing the ceiling plaster in my living room. I had him use this wiring to install low voltage can lights ...
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Installing an acrylic glass pane as a one-sided shower cabinet - feasibility & tools

I'm moving into a new place at the end of month. It's in the attic of a tenement building, and all the wall (and ceilings) are drywall. My first project is the bathroom: The bathtub doubles as a ...
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Toilet constantly draining

I've got a problem that I think has only started occurring in the last week or so, my toilet seems to keep draining for up to hours after it was last flushed, and weirdly so it seems to be affecting ...
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Trane HVAC in horizontal position - why does evaporator throw condensation?

I appreciate assistance from anyone who has had or understands the problem. I have a Trane HVAC system in a horizontal "left" flow configuration in the attic. Ambient temperature is about 95 ...
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Installing Nest Thermostat. C Wire not hooked up inside furnace

Good morning. I am looking to hook up a Nest 3rd Gen thermostat that I purchased. I noticed I had a C wire upon pulling the old thermostat. Problem is it is not connected inside of the furnace. I have ...
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Thinnest screed over the water heating floor

I installed a water heating floor system with 17 mm pipes and studded panels. This is how a studded panel with a pipe looks like: It has 52 mm height (the polystyrene has 30 mm). Now I want to add ...
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Rock Pit Drain, pumping up to neighbor

My neighbour built a new home, and a laneway home, 4 years ago. I believe he has a rock pit under the back house, and drain tile leading forward to the road (city) for the front. I have been ...
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Grounding dilemma

I'm replacing a standard 3-way toggle w/ a wifi-based 3-way switch and need a good ground connection to complete the wiring. There is a ground w/in the plastic junction box but it is a bundle that ...
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Low air flow from the 2nd floor bathroom register and I can't find where it connects to the main air supply duct

My air supply system is very straightforward, with an extended plenum in the basement ceiling with 13 branch ducts. But, the house has 14 registers. There are 5 registers on the second floor but only ...
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Water pressure loss every 30 seconds

My water pressure almost stops every 30 seconds (I timed it while showering). This happens throughout the house. I have a well. We just bought the house, and we're new to wells. This morning it ...
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Condo fan coil thermostat fan never turns off, cooling is humid

My thermostat in my condo is a honeywell thermostat and it the only options it has are System and Fan. Fan is set to auto (other option is Lo Med Hi) and the System is set to Cool (or Auto or Off). ...

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