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Shower works fine for 5-10 mins then water becomes scalding hot

I hop in the shower set it to the desired temp; all is fine for 10 mins or so. Next I hear a drop in water pressure followed by scalding hot water. I turn the shower head away from me to avoid ...
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Black Greasy Substance inside my Copper Tubing, is it safe

I recently opened some 3/4" copper tubing before my water softener to add in a sediment filter, and was surprised to see a black greasy substance inside all of the tubing, I notice the toilet bowls ...
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Is channel in basement standard design?

House has channel all around basement leading to sump pump. Walls are drylocked. 1st course is poorly drylocked. Is this a standard and reasonable design? Alternately, was the design reasonable as ...
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Whether my furniture will be safe with them? [on hold]

I'm hoping one or more of you can offer some advice for moving from New York City to Ontario. My partner is starting school at the University of Ontario in June and the two of us are starting to think ...
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Can primer cover up a smoke smell inside house?

House was formerly owned by a smoker. Will 1 coat of primer(Kilz in my case) cover and seal in odor inside the house?
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Mounting an electrical box to screws drilled into the ceiling

A plastic box junction box shall be mounted to a drywall industrial ceiling with two screws. The box will be filled with many low voltage wires before it is brought to the worksite (making it very ...
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A/C blower does not work after a power surge

My outside unit works but my inside unit does nit turn on, its a bryant a/c system. On the unit it says the circuit board is built into the blower motor. The transformer buzzes. Can I replace the ...
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Trouble fitting plumbing under new vanity

I am trying to install a new vanity and have run into some trouble trying to fit the plumbing needed under the sink because: The vanity is small The plumbing goes directly into the floor All the ...
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Adhesive tape: in the direction of expected stress or perpendicular to it?

I have used some pieces of double-sided adhesive tape to fix a doormat on laminate flooring. The expected stress for this mat is from and towards the door; most people scrub their shoes perpendicular ...
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Repairing Brick Patio

We've moved into a home with this brick patio that has sunken over time. The 6x6's have weathered and warped as well. I'd like to make use of the existing good bricks and essentially restore the same ...
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Shower water shuts off

I have a single lever shower lever, turn counter clockwise to turn on water and further you go hotter the water gets. My problem is when i turn lever to far counter clockwise to get the water to hot ...
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200 amp panel with 3 wire service connected to outside disconnect

If the main panel is feed with a 3 wire service and a generator transfer switch with a service disconnect was added - would it be considered a sub panel?
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How to get a flat-head nail out of a piece of wood?

I have a 1/4” (~6 mm) nail that someone put in a wooden bed frame that is 1/2” (12 mm) thick. The wood is hard (not soft) and the nail is flush with the wood in some parts, actually digging into the ...
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How to Reduce the Size of a Vinyl Floor Expansion Gap

Our new vinyl floor in our bathroom required a 3/8" gap next to all vertical surfaces for room to expand. Our happy ended up being a bit larger than that and we are trying to find out what we can do ...
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What is the best way to keep lawn alive in Texas with two big dogs? [on hold]

I'm about to move into a brand new house with a brand new lawn and I have some concerns... First of all, I want to be able to leave my dogs outside when I go to work, but they will dig. (And I know ...
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Fixing separated soffit?

We got a new roof last summer and I have recently noticed that our soffit has some gaps. The edge is a bigger gap and it extends about 10ft down the roof line until it is back to normal. I assume just ...
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positive pressure in a furnace room

I am planning to install an insulated exterior grade door on a finished furnace room in my basement. The room will have a hot air supply register but i read that I cannot put in a return because i ...
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Looking for a bathtub door

I'm looking for a stylish glass shower door. Which will be good between frameless and the framed sliding tub door?
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Wiring solution for 240V EV charging outlet in garage with long run to breaker box

I am trying to come up with a wiring solution for a NEMA 14-50 240V outlet in the garage for an EV. Specifics of my situation: Max charging current will be 32A, so I need #8 wire. Breaker box is on ...
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20/240 Outlet split to 2 16/120 PDUs

I have an L6-20R outlet that is rated at 20-amp 240volt. The circuit breaker is a 2-pole 20/120. I have 2 16-amp 120v power distribution units with L5-20P ends. Could I run an L6-20P to 2X L6-20R ...
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What is a good way to protect the low voltage wiring on a doorbell transformer?

I'm quite afraid of accidentally hitting the doorbell wiring and breaking the wire since the transformer is located in a somewhat accessible location n the garage. What's a good way of protecting the ...
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Favorite adhesive for gluing foil faced poly-iso against concrete?

In the basement, gluing FOIL FACED Poly Iso to the foundation walls (Poured concrete). I was planning for XPS and was going to use proper foamboard adhesive. However, I am now going to be installing ...
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Reverse osmosis water filter installation

I am currently attempting to install a reverse osmosis water filtration system in the cabinet underneath my kitchen sink next to a refrigerator. The system comes with a faucet which appears to get it'...
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Staining over water marks?

I’m guessing this is water damage, right? I was sanding down and this white mark appeared. After sanding I applied prestain and spot checked with a dark stain but it didn’t help at all. How can I fix ...
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What is this thing's purpose?

So for part 3 in the continuing saga of weird stuff in my house, the garage. In particular, this odd looking thing attached to the wall: I thought it might be a shelf, but all of the supports are on ...
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Does anyone make larger torsion spring clips for recessed lighting fixtures?

I've got recessed LED fixtures in the dining room. (Juno IC22 housings.) They were installed after the old plaster ceiling had been removed, so they're fastened to the joists with telescoping bar ...
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Furnace limit switch only reading 12 volts, I have 24 volts coming out of transformer

12 volts at primary limit switch, 24 volts out at transformer 24 volts at c & w terminals when stat calling for heat. furnace will not light, trouble codes call for bad primary/secondary limit ...
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Open cell spray foam off gassing 2 years later. How to fix?

My home was built in 2017 and has Accella open cell spray foam in the unvented attic. In spring & summer 2018 we noticed a mild chemical smell coming from the attic on hot and/or humid days. It ...
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Replacing an old light switch with a new one. Trying to figure out correct wiring

My old light switch did not have the common labeled and just had two brass screw connectors. Coming in the bottom of the box was a black, a white, and ground wire. The ground was connected to another ...
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Need help making an exact size marble “ingot” [on hold]

I'm making a marble Monopoly board. Each space on the board will be a 3" x 1.5" piece of marble, purchased as small tiles from Home Depot, then cut to size using a budget tile wet saw. I will etch the ...
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Insulating garage

Dallas, Tex. Building a new home. Builder does not insulate garage. We had a friend put in r-13 faced but he installed it paper side against sheathing on outside wall. Is this ok?
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Non-substantial remote door locking options for indoor rooms?

I need to be able to secure a couple indoor rooms with wireless locks. These don't need to be substantial locks since they're just inside a house, but unfortunately I'm not seeing any real wireless ...
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Do recirculation pumps work with water source heat pumps?

Our plumber has installed the recirculation pump but, when it is on we only have tepid water. When we unplug it we have hot water. Just wondering if recirculation pumps are meant to work with heat ...
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How to connect existing wall switch to a new remote controlled fan?

Just replaced an old fan with a new remote controlled fan but would still like to use the preexisting wall switch to either power the fan off or at least control the light. Is it possible to do this? ...
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Mounting TV on a weird wall that has some material between the drywall and stud

So I have a strange wall construction in part of my house. I'm mounting an articulating mount, up to 55", in a stud. I took out a cable outlet and box to see the construction because I wasn't ...
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My basement perimeter tile drains into my sump pump pit and floods my basement

My basement perimeter tile drains into my sump pump pit and floods my basement. I struggle to pump water out on my small property. there is a field tile on my property however it has been clogged for ...
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Replace Broan 670 with new fan/light from bathroom

I have what I think is a Broan 670 exhaust fan installed in my bathroom. I would like a fan/light combo instead. I am unable to easily access it from the attic so I am hoping to replace it from the ...
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Filling a Pond to replace with Patio! Advice?

I have a really ugly pond in my garden that was created by the previous owner. I want to remove the pond and instead extend my patio so I can have a dining area where it is. The pond is a concrete ...
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Will a french drain help the runoff ditch in front of my house?

Like most rural yards I have a shallow runoff ditch between the road and my main yard. Over the whole 40 ft span the ground seems to slope in a consistent direction towards a larger common ditch/creek....
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How can I make these tables sturdier for cheap?

I have multiple tables like this for my vegetable garden. They serve their purpose but I’d like them to be more stable. The 5 ft vertical posts are very wobbly and that’s a big part of my concern.
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vinyl plank flooring, entry way door trim question

I am installing vinyl plank flooring. I am stuck at the door. The problem is that I have a gap (for expansion) that is near to entry door. I want to hide this gap as this looks ugly (see image ...
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Wire type to outside box through wall

I'm sorting out some wiring at my Uncles house. There is a box outside that has two pvc conduits going in to it. Power in, and power out to the pool lights. This box also feeds in to the house (not ...
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What is best way to wire a ceiling receptacle in this situation?

I was trying to rewire this garage door opener where in current situation it is not code compliant to where it is. The picture above shows where a porcelain light socket was wired. I had hoped to use ...
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How much wattage to choose for LED light when replacing flourescent light with LED?

Suppose I have a circular 22W flourescent light at home and I want to replace it with LED of similar brightness. How much wattage should this LED have? Any rule of thumb as guidance? The salesman at ...
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How to ID Grohe kitchen pull sprayer for replacement

I need to replace a broken Grohe pull out sprayer on a kitchen sink faucet. But I can't figure out what the replacement part number is. There's a stamp that says "Grohe 03/10 115-1A" but I can't ...
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C Wire in Air Handler

Can someone please help me find where to connect a C wire for my smart thermostat? Here are some pictures with descriptions. It is difficult to get to the 24v connection in the back. My schematic ...
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Is it normal for a doorbell transformer to be warm and make noise?

To make a long story short I am in the process of hooking up my ring door bell and I need to follow these instructions: (I want to wire directly to transformer) To my understanding I need to wire my ...
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Replacing trim on an interior bedroom door. Has metal frame?

I am replacing trying to replace trim around a bedroom door and found that the frame is completely metal to include some of the trim. I don't know how to progress now. I've removed the left trim, ...
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Gas Oven Keeps Tripping GFCI (Moisture?)

My gas oven frequently trips my GFCI outlet. The GFCI outlet is upstream of the oven. Every outlet on that wall is on a shared circuit (I understand this is suboptimal, but I imagine there isn't a ...
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Support Beam Hole

How do I repair a 10" support beam with a 6" hole cut through it short of replacing the support beam? We have not tried anything yet. What would you recommend?

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