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I need to hang a mirror above a vanity, with plumbing running down alongside the stud. How do I make sure I hit the stud, and not the pipe?

The mirror hangs from a single strap, and is heavy enough that whatever I use needs to go into the stud.I know that the water pipe is there, running along the side of the stud. I have tried using a ...
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50w GU-10 recessed bulb sockets not working

A little while ago I had a couple of GU-10 bulbs burn out. I went and replaced and a couple weeks later they blew out and tripped the circuit to the whole bedroom. Once the circuit was flipped back ...
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When I turn the bathroom light off it doesn't always go off

The light always comes on but I often have to switch it 2 or 3 times to get it to go off.
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Replace a single wall swich (controls light and fan) with a decora dual switch

I have 3 wires coming into a single light switch box. One is from the breaker, one goes to the fan (includes light), and I believe the other wire goes to the next switch in the circuit. The single ...
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Can I use a wood top plate on top of a steel track to build a roof-bearing steel frame?

I am building a room within my garage using double studs, double track, steel framing. The outer dimensions for this room are 23' l x 16' 6" w x 10' h, and will share no common walls or ceiling ...
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Electrical wiring methods , Acceptable or Not-Acceptable

I came across newer Residential Remodel, in Southern California, where All work is alleged to have been properly Permitted by local jurisdiction" including electrical-system wiring for garage-...
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How to frame and install new windows in balloon frame with T1-11 siding?

Remodeling the 1930s wood-framed building we live in, and ready to make new openings to install new windows. It's difficult to describe how the walls are so I made a diagram below. Basically, from ...
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4awg Al on ground bar with 6awg max holes

Im adding a subpanel, I installed a tgl2 (GE) ground bar that take 6awg max, my ser is a 2-2-2-4. Is there a way I can use this ground bar with a 4awg Al ? Also do I need to use some type of grease on ...
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Polycrylic getting sticky and peeling/wearing off

I coated a bare wood acacia table for a computer desk with Minwax polycrylic about 4 months ago and made sure it was dried the recommended 24 hours before regular use. 4 months later, I noticed the ...
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Flickering light at outlet tester

Scratching my head after trying to troubleshoot some failed outdoor lights. It is a long story. The issue was with the outdoor lights outside my garage door. There are 3 sconce lights, and one ...
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Getting 36 volts on light circuit when switch is off

I have a new addition on house and am having an electrical issue. On one light/ceiling fan circuit....I get 120v when switch is on....36 volts when switch is off. I’ve checked for bad/leaky switch. I’...
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How to determine the correct hardness setting for Water-Right Sanitizer Plus Softener

We have a Water-Right Impression Series Sanitizer Plus Softener, and our water has been "just right" for a number of years, up until about three weeks ago. Around that time the water went ...
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GFCI Breaker - Good or Bad?

I have a GFCI circuit (GFCI breaker in the breaker box). If I attempt to test this circuit by plugging in my GFI Tester into a standard outlet that is on this GFCI circuit, the GFI Tester lights ...
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Will the cold water from a faucet be warm if a re-circulation bridge valve is used?

We are building a new house. The master bath is the furthest spot from the tankless water heater. The builder is specifying the WaterQuick Premiere circulation pump with the bridge valve. It looks ...
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Adding a second shower head from 1/2" PEX

I want to add a second shower head in our shower. Ideally both heads would be controlled by their own temperature and pressure valves. I do not want to run any new lines from the manifold however. We ...
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Drywall is off, can this wall come out?

I know the most sure way to figure this out is to have an engineer look at this but am hoping to get some insight here from someone knowledgeable in this area. We live in a condo and have a truss roof ...
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12vac Landscape Lighting Transformer - 12vdc?

I have a dead outdoor lighting transformer. Not realizing it was VAC I looked on Amazon for a replacement. The bulbs are what I thought to be 12vdc. I received the new outdoor lighting transformer ...
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how to add 'bikeport' to 7x7 plastic / resin shed

I have a 7x7 resin / plastic shed. How can i add a 'bikeport' to side? Especially how to attach it to the current shed. Was thinking about getting one of those plastic fences and taking the planks ...
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New Leviton GFCI outlet not working

I just got a new GFCI outlet to replace a non-GFI one in my kitchen. It is a Leviton, product number is GFTR1-KW. For the life of me I don’t know why it’s not working. This same question has been ...
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Adapter: male pvc pipe to female metal outdoor faucet

I have an outdoor faucet that recently had a metal pipe (age caused it to crack) replaced with a pvc pipe. The faucet that is attached is metal, so it didn't leak before; it leaks now because it is a ...
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How to wire a 2 bulb ceiling light to two different circuit breakers

We live in a 2 unit townhouse that had a flush mount ceiling light in the shared hallway. Each bulb was controlled by a switch in each flat. When we turned on our light switch one bulb lit up, when ...
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Solar Battery Pack for outdoor lights

I recently bought a really old house and the light outside has not been working. I just found that there was a little solar battery charger laying on the floor of my front yard, broken to pieces. So I ...
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Hanger & Fastener Material To Use On a Dock

I have dock located on a brackish (salt/fresh water mix) body of water. It is built with appropriate (for the area) pressure treated lumber, though I am not sure of the exact type of preservative. I ...
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Can I relocate bird's nest? [migrated]

Doing a deck project and found a bird's nest. Can I safely move it in order to continue working? Think they'll fledge soon? This is in New Jersey.
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DPC around a window (UK)

I had an integrated garage in the house. I have recently had a builder come and replace the garage door with a brick wall and a large bay window as I plan to turn this garage into an office. I have ...
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Curtains to direct airflow

All the cold air from my AC flows through a stairwell and into the basement. The entrance to the basement is the through a doorless opening on the 1st floor. I am planning to put up a curtain in that ...
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Can I increase the ceiling height in my mobile home?

In the main living area of my 1990s single-wide mobile home (living room, kitchen, dining area), the ceiling is 8' with a decline from the center that brings it down to 7', which is the height of the ...
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Minimum vertical pipe height under kitchen sink drain

Is there a minimum height that the pipe directly under the kitchen sink drain needs to be, before it bends (in my case to the left)? Here is a picture of what I have (first image), and then a picture ...
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Help reroute cold air return

I am working on opening up space between my lobby (on the right side of the wall) and the dining room area (on the left side of the wall). The section of the wall that is used as cold air return ducts ...
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Basement remodeling cost [closed]

I am currently hiring for a ~550 sqft basement (semi-finished) remodeling job. We are planning on adding drywall, insulation, redoing our suspended ceiling, adding a bathroom and a designated laundry ...
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Should air be escaping from this?

I have a Rheem Criterion Gas Furnace. At the moment, my air conditioning system currently has low air pressure coming from the vents around the house. I double checked that the fan is working, ...
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My air conditioning will not turn off. The temp is set at 75 the thermostat reads 77

The thermostat is set at 75, the thermostat reads 77 degrees but the unit will not quit running. My intuition thinks bad thermostat. Our HVAC professional changed our thermostat out last year. HELP
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Adding a manual transfer switch to handle a portable generator for my house

My panel is in my garage just outside the kitchen door. The ideal place for the new transfer switch. I want to put the plug for the generator outdoors where the generator will be running. Can the plug ...
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Which kitchen appliances can be grouped on the same circuit?

I couldn't find a direct up-to-date answer. For example the comments on this answer contradict each other. So, which of the following kitchen appliances are allowed to be grouped onto the same 20A ...
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Can I add a 60 amp hot tub on a 100 amp service?

I'm adding a hot tub to our backyard. The hot tub can pull up to a max of 60 amps when all the pumps and heater are going. However, a sales rep said it's not common that you would be pulling all 60 ...
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AFCI breakers in a Main Panel installed and tripping immediately with neutral pigtail connected

Finishing my basement and had some help with our electrical install. I'm located in NJ btw, being that we installed new branched circuits (about 18 outlets and 16 LED lights), I had to use 3 breakers....
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What are the insulation requirements for a wall-mounted faucet?

I've read that wall mounted (as opposed to counter-top mounted) faucets are fine so long as the wall is insulated, but could not find any information on the necessary R value of the insulation. This ...
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What is the correct terminology for the pipe that feeds into a P-trap

Hi I have a sink which started leaking and I managed to diagnose the cause: It seems the pipe that feeds into my p-trap is not water tight: photos below What is the correct terminology for the slanted ...
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Mold in tub caulking

I have mold/mould in the caulk/grout of my tub. Before I go about re-caulking it, I want to try killing it. I've seen sources say to use vinegar or bleach but are these sources correct? I've also seen ...
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refrigertators that go into storage

just bought a new refrigerator. it will be used in our SUMMER cottage. We always winterized our old refrig, by emptying it, cleaning it, unplugging it and propping the door open. We were told we ...
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Add 240v Outlet to Apartment Subpanel

I am looking to install a washer/dryer system in my apartment and have received mixed feedback about whether a 240v outlet can be ran through my existing subpanel to power the dryer. Is there any way ...
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how do i prevent rot on a porch?

i don't understand why there have to be gaps between deck boards but not porch boards. our porch boards got rotted from rain water settling between them and needless to say there were no gaps when it ...
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Basement in detached garage required to have two means of egress?

I have been reading the IBC Code and it is very long and complicated. The point I am trying to figure out is whether a basement in a detached garage requires two means of egress. There are whole bunch ...
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Can I wire a 3-4-3 way switch circuit with power to switch and lights at the beginning and end of the run?

I made the mistake of not wiring all 3 lights together, only two above the stairwell going to the basement and then a separate light in the basement. I'm hoping there is an easy wiring path to allow ...
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Complete smarthome setup for a new / renovated house [closed]

I'm going to renovate my house and I am looking into different home automation options for making the house a true "smart home". Since it is a complete renovation, I do have the opportunity ...
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How can I hook curtains to vertical blinds?

I am seeking a way to hook Blackout Curtains with grapples like in the photo below without removing my vertical blinds or their rod. What can I hook TO? I want block sunlight. I don't want moneying ...
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Delta two-handle still leaking on hot side

So, I'm obviously doing something wrong, but I'm not sure what. I have a delta two-handle fixture in my bathtub and it was steadily dripping from the faucet, so I thought I could fix it myself. I ...
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Should I keep this surge suppressor in my main load center?

I found this curious item in my main load center (circuit breaker box), marked "SQUARE D COMPANY / SECONDARY SURGE ARRESTER / J9200-10". It has been there for at least 20 years, attached to ...
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Total Possible Amperage of Sub-Breaker Box

I've been trying to find more information on how cheaters work but could never come to a definite decision on how many total amps they might pull. Basically my question comes down to this: In the ...
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Is this wall load bearing and if so what are options to eliminate? [closed]

Trying to determine if wall between kitchen and family room can be removed.

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