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Are there simple ways to construct shelving under a kitchen worktable?

I have the following worktable in my kitchen: I'd like to have another "shelf" below the table top. Are there any simple solutions to this problem? It might be possible to purchase another shelf ...
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Confusing switch wiring… Need to repurpose the switch to power/control new light strip

I have a double gang box with two single pole switches in it. My goal is to re-purpose one of the switches to control a soon-to-be-installed strip light to be mounted on the wall. One of the existing ...
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Need to use lift it weighs about 15000.lb 2x6 joists 16 in centers 1.25 floors counting sub. Lift is 5.5 x3'11" [on hold]

This floor is over a full basement divided by two walls for support this is a large church need to use equipment for ceiling repairs that are 30ft in the air
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Basement foundation bowing inward and cracks

Foundation Walls are bowing inward in basement and big cracks and step cracks should I leave my house ? Is it safe ?
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How can I winterize a set of Polaris heating units?

We have 11 cabins that have Polaris water heaters with a copper tubing system that uses a blower to create the heat for the cabins. We live in an extreme winter climate and sometimes the water ...
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Light fixture with 3 white, 3 black, 1 red wire

I'm trying to replace an old fixture for cosmetic reasons. Unfortunately I've pulled apart the wiring to the old fixture and don't remember how it all connected. The wiring in the ceiling has the ...
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How do I know when a water heater's relief valve should be replaced?

My relief valve has been leaking lately. It looks like its not working right. How do know when its not working right? Its leaking from the end of the pipe the spring seems like its not working right
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What size wire gauge for 1000ft service run?

Want to run wire 1000 feet under ground from pole to house. Will be using 100 amp service single phase. Would like to know what size gauge of wire should I use.
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pressure tank in unheated cabin

Can I set up the pressure tank set up in an unheated cabin ? I'm ok draining it when not in use for a month or two, but I don't have an air compressor - the drain would be whats on the tank tee and ...
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Why American homes are wired TNC-S and not TNC

I wonder why American buildings are mostly grounded TNCS and not just TNC. They have virtually no RCD protection, and also an RCD could work fin on TNC system as long as PE on outlet is connected on ...
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Overhead Beam Requirement [on hold]

Does anyone have any useful resources for verifying an overhead beam is the correct size for the floor it is supporting? I am looking to take out some walls around it that I believe are not load ...
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Can I operate a well pump with no pressure tank by using the breaker as a switch?

Working on my cabin. Have a drilled well about 100 feet away (maybe a bit more, uphill). 1 inch black PVC well pipe comes into dirt crawl space, pier construction, under cabin. I brought it ...
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Can PVC Conduit be Used on an Unfinished Basement Wall?

I'm interested in installing outlets on my basement wall, and I saw that PVC conduit is available. Is this acceptable to use PVC conduit on unfinished basement walls?
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How to level this area of my garage?

I have an area of my garage that is lower and sloping towards the house. When the car is wet or covered in snow, it melts and runs down into this area in front of the stairs and makes a mess. Ripping ...
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Furnace not heating after changing thermostat

I have an ancient furnace/AC combo that came with my apartment that originally came with a very simple battery powered thermostat, which I replaced with a modern Honeywell programmable wifi thermostat....
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Fix wobbly storage shelf

I just built this storage rack for my basement out of 2x4s and plywood. It is relatively stable but does have some front to back wobble. More than I would like. Is there a way to increase the ...
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Can walls be built on top of backer board?

I am building a laundry room with a closet. I could frame the walls and then add backer board. However, it would be easier to apply backer board to the entire room and then frame the closet on top of ...
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Putting 4 wires to each breaker input

Given a 30A breaker and AWG 10 wires. What is the problem if you insert 2 pcs of AWG 10 to each terminal (hence 4 wires for each breaker)? I'm not asking about current and protection by breaker or ...
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Appliances in between studs shelving

As part of my kitchen remodel, I am planning to install cabinets between studs. Essentially these are about 14" x 3.5" shelves and can be installed between studs. ( if you google "between stud ...
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Why does the water level in floor drain fluctuate when the toilet is flushed?

Level of water rises in floor drain a bit and then goes back down when basement toilet is flushed. Would this be normal. Thanks
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Root cellar insulation

Building a root cellar in corner of full basement. No water issues. Humidity is relatively low in winter (SW Montana). Details: The root cellar will be located inside a full basement . The basement ...
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Roof gable transition

The house I currently stay in has sunlight shining through from below at this point. I would like to know the flashing detail that a professional roofer might employ.
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garage outlets stopped working

So 3 outlets, and an exterior light (bulb is fine) in my garage stopped working. These outlets (and light) have been working fine for years, this is a recent development. I already toggled the circuit ...
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30 amp GFCI neutral

I recently swapped out a 40 amp breaker (previously for an oven/range) to a 30 amp GFCI, on the other end will be a L6-30 receptacle (2 hots, 1 ground). My question is what to do with the neutral wire ...
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Meter base with main breaker

I have a few questions about this kind of meter base: My house currently has a meter base which does not contain a breaker. The wires from the meter immediately enter the wall to my house's main ...
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Replacing GFCI and found two hot wires

I was testing the GFCI in my garage and the "test" button would not work. The receptacle had power but pushing the test button would not cut power. I turned off the breaker and took the receptacle ...
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New oven to old junction box [duplicate]

I am connecting a new oven with 4 wires, black, white, red & copper to an existing junction box with 3 wires, white, black & copper. What goes where?? Any help is appreciated
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do water heaters shut of when they fail?

An example - Does an electric water heater shut its power off when (Feed) water source is shut off? I have a WAGS valve that will shut the water off when it fails, not sure about the power (Electric)
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Should I insulate a metal pipe roof vent to stop condensation?

I recently bought a home which was a renovation. I had a water leak from the ceiling in an upstairs room. Upon opening up the drywall, I noticed there was what appears to be a vent of some sort that ...
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Is this mold on my bathroom ceiling?

I've recently purchased a house and am worried there might be mold on the bathroom ceiling. Can anyone identify if that's what these dark blotches are? If it is mold, what's the best way to get rid of ...
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Silicone use to bond wood boards at high temperature? [on hold]

I'm in a composites manufacturing class, and I'm looking to make a one-off carbon fiber mountain biking handlebar from prepreg. As I don't want to invest in the metal needed to make a proper mold, ...
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Can a sub-panel have a larger main breaker than the feeder breaker in the main panel?

I have a weird setup that I'm trying to configure, but I'm only 90% certain of my logic (and with electrical items I want to be 100%). I have a new 400A meter/main combo unit with 1 built-in (...
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Does the side of Hardibacker cement board really matter?

I saw somewhere that the rough side should face out in case of thinset and smooth in case of mastic. I hung some boards randomly before knowing so some smooth sides are facing out and I'll be using ...
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Hiding cables when moving network switch down from attic

We had an installer put in security cameras a few years ago (PoE-powered), and he decided the best place to install the network switch would be in the attic, since that made wiring the cameras easier (...
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Is there a type of pump or device that will sit on a flooded floor and quietly suck up a puddle of water?

There is a slow leak in our finished basement - it should be fixed eventually but we are looking for an interim solution to a constant puddle of water in the middle of the floor. Floor is ceramic ...
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Is it ok to splice wall sheathing partway up a wall?

I am building a workshop and I have 7 vertical feet to sheathe to reach the tip of the roof. I have 4x8 sheets but they're too heavy for me to lift to the top by myself. I'm considering cutting them ...
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8 Foot T12 Flourescent ballast Requirements

I would like to understand how to evaluate a ballast and determine if it is suitable for a T12 8 foot flourescent bulb. What is the process / questions to ask? I have several known good working ...
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Antique stove conversion to electonic ignition [on hold]

I have a 1940's gas stove, Pretty cool looking and works well but has no pilots. I could just keep matches nearby but, would like to convert it to electronic ignition. nay ideas?
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How to cap this water pipe so it is flushed with the concrete?

The builder left this water pipe sticking out of the ground. How to cap it off so it is flush with the concrete? Otherwise the top off cap will stick out and create a tripping hazard or the plumber ...
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Rolled vinyl flooring … on a wall?

I'm (slowly) remodelling a bathroom, and have a shower-stall kit that includes thin plastic sheets to glue to the walls. I'm debating if I want to tear out what I have now and replace it with cement ...
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Clicking/Ticking BEHIND Gas Stove

I recently noticed a continuous clicking/ticking noise behind my gas stove. If you stand in front of the stove and focus, you can hear it. To hear it really well, you have to lean in towards the stove....
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Why is my garage door opening and closing automatically?

When I open the garage door, then get into my truck, the door closes automatically. If both garage doors are closed and I get into my truck one of the doors will open. The only way to get my truck out ...
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No neutral in metal switch box for three-way switches in an older 1930's home

This is a 1936 home in Virginia with BX wiring and metal switch and outlet boxes. We went to replace original three-way light switches located at the top and the bottom of the stairs controlling a ...
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Furnace continously shutting down due to lost or low flame sense (Rheem)

My furnace will run great for most of its cycle, but when it has almost reached the thermostat setting, I will hear it shut off, run the blower, then re-light. It will sometimes finally reach ...
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Painting acoustic drywall with large perforations

I have a wall of acoustic drywall in my studio and I'd like to paint it another colour, but it has these cut-out holes in it which aren't painted, they're just white, how should I go about painting it ...
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Can I fit a 90" dining table plus 8 chairs in an 11' ford cargo van? [on hold]

I'm trying to figure out what size van I need to move a 90" dining table plus 8 chairs, the 2 table legs can be detached from table top for transport: The van has 11 feet of cargo space Height of ...
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How do I remove the connected **plunger** of a bathtub linkage assembly that won't fit through the opening?

I have a trip lever mechanism on my old tub and want to replace it because the water stop lever is faulty and the tub drains and leaks slowly. I removed the cover plate from the overflow opening and ...
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Do i need to use Cripple Studs if Header beam is flush with Top plate?

So I am placing a 13ft LVL Header beam, in a load bearing wall, to place a Patio Door. I am using a 3-1/2 by 11-7/8 Versa-Lam LVL beam, as recommended by my Engineer. I am planning to place the ...
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Anchoring through shower tile & beyond

The attempted shower seat I recently tried to install a shower seat in my shower. It came with an aluminum wall bracket, and is anchored with 5 approximately 3'' screws inserted into typical plastic ...
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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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