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How prevent water drainage from neighbor's yard?

Most of our back/side yard is 3'-5' lower than our neighbors'.During winter rainstorms water drains under the fence from their barely landscaped yard and stands in low spots AND at our house slab. A ...
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Toilet/pipe Problem?

I noticed this dried, sprayed looking, brown/yellowish stuff on my basement wall and looked up and it’s underneath one of the toilets. I then had someone flush the toilet and saw nothing leaking out ...
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How much weight can a 2x4 hold

I wanna make a shelf 16' long 24" deep. I want to be able to put on this about 500lb. The 2x4 will sit on a 4x4 so this is good I think. The question is if a 16' 2x4 will hold it.
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Wiring ceiling fan/light properly on 2 different floors

I have a room with a cathedral ceiling and a mezzanine. On the ceiling I installed a ceiling fan with a light. I want to be able to control "three-way style" the fan and the light from the 2 floors (...
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Using 2 Separate NM Cables to Make 1 4-wire conductor?

I have 2 6/2 with ground cables installed in my attic. I got a oven that requires a 4 wire (2 hots, 1 neutral, 1 ground). Is it code to utilize the 2 insulated conductors off of 1 nm cable and 1 - off ...
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Treating external shed wall in a tight space

Can anyone offer tips or tricks on how best to treat an external shed wall that is 12 inches from a boundary fence?
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diagram of a double p-trap for a double kitchen sink

have a double sink in my kitchen and the water run back and into the empty sink. can I put a double p-trap in and will it stop the back rain
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Put polyurethane on marble?

Is it ok to put polyurethane as a protective coating on a marble countertop? I want to protect the marble from scratches and staining by foods and other kitchen hazards.
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Ceiling Fan Tripping breaker

I installed a new fan. Since I will be controlling the fan and light from the unit itself, I changed the existing fan controller on the wall to a 15/20 amp on/off switch. Going to the wall controller ...
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Replacement spot light and dimmer switch

The light switch has two black neutral wires in a termination block, with two red live wires, one to c and the other to L1. When the same set up is used for the dimmer switch the light does not dim. I ...
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Question about a bathroom wiring I do not understand

I just bought an old condo and am doing a renovation. At the hallway ceiling just out of the bathroom door, there is an exposed junction box with no covering, and I try to figure out what it can be ...
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Commissioned to build a row of lights, want to make sure I'm doing it right/ no easier way

I'm building a set for a theater group and they want me to build a row of lights to go along with it. They want it to look as though a row of Edison lights, 5' high and sitting atop 1/2" black pipe, ...
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Can I mount a microwave under a top cabinet? [on hold]

Need advice to find the right type of microwave to mount under a top cabinet. Not inside a cabinet but float below the top cabinet to save counter space. Unit should function like a countertop ...
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Neutral wire going into panel has ~120 volts on it

I know there are threads about open neutrals, but wasn't sure if this is a different case with it being in my panel rather than outlet or switch. Can I assume there is an open neutral somewhere or ...
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Was my approach to repairing stripped holes in a door jamb appropriate?

Two of the screw holes on the doorframe of a bedroom in my house are completely stripped out, to fill them in I soaked small strips of paper towel in wood glue and carefully stuffed them deep until ...
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Should I frame out my foundation walls before or after I install the subfloor?

I'm about to start on finishing our basement and I'm going to put down a subfloor of DMX AG along with 5/8" T&G OSB. Should I frame out my perimeter foundation walls before the subfloor or after? ...
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Does Chicago building code allow open ceiling joists in a finished basement? [on hold]

I'm finishing the basement of a triplex condo in Chicago (townhouse style with a shared entry/common space with one unit). The developer didn't consider a future finished basement when it was it was ...
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how to bypass an HVAC unit float switch (safe-t-switch)

rats keep chewing through the safe-t-switch wires even when I taped them up heavy. before I get rid of all rats I need to just bypass the float switch. at least then I can use the heat while I'm home.
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Goodman furnace flames out after 5 mins from cold start

Problem with Goodman Furnace flaming out. After it has been off for about an hour it will flame out after it starts and runs for 5-10 min before it satisfies themo setting. Restarts and finishes cycle....
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Painting: How to recover from improper surface prep?

My wife and I have been alternating some home refurb tasks. Our normal workflow when painting: Sand the surface. Wash with TSP (trisodium phosphate). Rinse the TSP and allow to dry. Prime and allow ...
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Securing French cleats to drywall over lath and plaster with structural screws

I'd like to build a French cleat storage system on an exterior wall in my basement shop, but am concerned about whether the cleats will have sufficient support given the construction of the wall. The ...
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Can I use two 30amp breakers instead of one 60amp?

I bought a heater (ecosmart11), it needs 60amp. In the building I live I can't change the wiring from 40 to 60 (I bought the place, tho). So my 60amp breaker is useless. But, I can put two 30amp ...
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Cover deck - wiring options

I want to install fans in a covered deck. The room is timber beams and trying to hide wiring best I can. What options do I have, if I use UF-B can I cover with wiremold raceway (which would be ...
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PP 1 1/2“ tubular f409 doesn't fit 1 1/2” WYE nor 1 1/4" WYE

Beginner with Plumbing here. I'm installing a dishwasher and I believe I'm working with a non-standard drain pipe (between two sinks) where I would like to connect a WYE fitting (to connect the ...
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Why is the neutral tied to ground in my home's electrical panel? [duplicate]

What keeps the Electric from shorting to ground? On my electric panel the Neutral is tied to the ground. The ground is a bare copper wire run back to my water main. a. Electricity chooses the path ...
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Need advice on correcting a floor dip

I have an older house (1940’s) with a dip in the hallway leading to my downstairs (1st floor) bathroom. From wall to wall the hallway is 14 feet with the wood floor joists below running parallel to ...
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Can I apply full-sized brick to an interior wall if shared with a fireplace?

Similar to a previous post, I don't want to use veneer, I want to use real brick. The wall is in my living room and it includes a wood-burning fireplace. The existing wall has what seems like faux ...
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LED bulbs in my old house are dying prematurely

I installed about 20 LED bulbs in my house when I moved in two years ago. Since then at leave 5 of them have died. None of the bulbs are on dimmer switches. However, my house is more than 100 years ...
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How can I remove a 240V heater to make 110V outlet

How do I remove a 240V baseboard heater and install a 110V wall outlet. 2 heaters are on the circuit. Both are being removed. On 20 amp double pole in breaker box with 2 wires. I want to remove that ...
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Control individual bulbs in a 6-can dimmer series

This is a complicated question, and maybe there is no way to do it, BUT... I currently have a 6-can series dimmer in my basement (home theater) aligned in 3 pairs. I would like to be able to control ...
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How to run cable from attic inside an external brick wall?

My exterior walls are brick. inside it's dry wall. My house was built in 1950. I'm not sure what's between the drywall and brick but I'd like to fish a cable down from the attic to this wall where my ...
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How To Cut/Shave Existing Drop In Sink To Fit New Faucets

Old but very customized Master bathroom remodel (circa 1992)included twin drop-in sinks & exclusive use of Hardin polish brass fixtures. Hardin now long out of business. Want to replace with new ...
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Wiring a Leviton Motion Light Control

I am replacing a single pole light switch with the motion sensor. I have two black wires, one red and ground. The two black are connected to 1 hot and 1 neutral. The red wire is common hot. How do ...
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Can I use standard electrical cable from a waterproof junction box when replacing an exterior light

I am replacing a faulty exterior light with a waterproof (IP66) LED one with a PIR sensor. There is an existing conduit through the wall, but it is a thick stone wall of an outbuilding and the ...
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Align kitchen cabinets to wall, or align face frames?

First time installing kitchen cabinets. Uppers went it fine, no trouble at all. With the base cabinets, though, I have one wall that is out of square about 1.5 inches in 12 feet. Should I just be ...
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Oil Boiler - Pressure Valve leaking even after replacing Expansion tank

my oil boiler has a mawp of 30 psi and the old expansion tank was 18 psi rated, when i started noticing that pressure relief valve has started leaking 2 gallons a day, i notice the expansion tank had ...
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Why won't my furnace complete the startup sequence when powered by a portable generator?

We recently had a power outage that lasted several days and the house was down to 41 degrees and expected power restore was several days in the future. I purchased a 3500 watt (5250 starting watts) ...
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When does a splitting floor joist become a problem?

We recently moved to the US Northeast and bought a 6 year old, two level plus basement house. I've been finishing the basement and have noticed several floor joists are splitting. I come from a ...
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Radon Manometer shows negative prey when off

I had a Radon mitigation system installed last week. When I turned on the fan it was all working great. A few days later the pressure level started to drop a little each day, until day 4 it was even. ...
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Why are wool sweaters shrinking on tap cold setting? [on hold]

I've disconnected the hot water supply to my washing machine, but my wool sweaters are still shrinking on a tap cold delicate setting. I use woolite. Please advise!
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How do I insulate between bottom/top apartments?

My house is a two-apartment house, where I live on the first floor and rent the second. It's an early 1900s plaster & lathe, and currently has no insulation. I want to add rockwool in the ceiling ...
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Help with strange type of bolt

I'm hoping someone can help me identify what type of bolt(if it is even a bolt) this is, what it is used for and most importantly how to remove it. This is used to attached a boat engine to a transom,...
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I have 8 of those for a hotel safe all need to be refills and teste it so please how can i do that? [duplicate]

How can I refill them? where can I refill them and teste them too? how much will cost me for refill ? how much will cost generally ?
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Folding Square Bracket

I am doing a DIY project and looking for a folding square bracket. I've searched online and only can find folding brackets for shelves or tables and it is not exactly how I want it. Here is a crude ...
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How can I verify that the ground wires in my outlet boxes are grounded properly?

I am a non-professional with limited electrical experience. I recently bought a house built in the mid-fifties that has some two-prong receptacles (i.e., no ground hole). I planned to replace the ...
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refill of fire extinguisher [on hold]

Good morning I have 5 to 8 cylinder that need it to be refill and tested for my hotel so would you please let me know which I need to do and how can I show you the cylinders pictures and types and ...
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How can I increase deck board gap without removing the boards?

My friends just bought a new house that has a deck that has gone mossy/moldy. The sellers pressure washed the deck and replaced a few soft boards, but the real problem is that there isn’t enough gap ...
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What type of wood floor do I have and what are refinishing options

we are preparing to refinish our hardwood floor and want to make sure that we make the right choices. I believe that we have pine wood floors but I am not sure. Two questions: What type of pine is ...
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Fiber glass In Attic. need knowledge [duplicate]

I have been seeing some dust of Fiberglass(?) floating in the air. Is breathing it, in unhealthy? I was unaware of the equipment in the attic, which I discover all the wrong wiring connections from ...
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Is there a more environmentally-friendly alternative to using oil to heat a house with oil heating installed?

I currently live in a house (in the UK) which is too remote to be connected to the mains gas supply, with an oil tank which is used for central heating. This is obviously not great for the environment,...

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