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Trying to remove a single handle shower faucet with stripped out set screw

I'm trying to remove a shower faucet handle, but the set screw seems to be stripped out. Honestly, it looks to me like there isn't much if any of the screw left for an extractor bit to grab hold of, ...
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Splice or replace

Accidentally cut power cord while pruning shrub and needed to repair by splicing wires together without making contact or needing to repair again. Asked associate at local hardware store and he ...
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How to extract and then add new refrigerant oil to a home hvac system after existing oil was contaminated with humidity?

Condenser copper refrigerant lines were cut by vandals. They stayed open for several days. Before recharching with r-22, i know the repairmen will have to braze the copper lines and remove all the ...
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How to make a reverse bend in a sheet metal box

I need to bend sheet metal in a box-like shape, but with one flap in the reverse direction as shown below: Currently I only have a simple flat brake, however, I don't see how to do this, even if I ...
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Framing long walls in sections and keeping 16" OC Layout

When you frame a long exterior wall and do it in sections, say a 50' 2x6 wall in 16' sections, how do you efficiently keep 16" O.C. layout when the next wall section would throw off the 16" OC Layout? ...
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2 way 2 gang switch wiring

I am replacing a light switch that contains two modules ie two gang two way and each module is labelled “Common, L1 & L2” and works perfectly this way and with the other switch. All have one or ...
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Can I use regular pine lumber as a stair tread cover?

I'd like to use knotty pine boards as stair tread covers instead of actual tread covers. The tread covers I've seen are 1" or 2" wide pieces fit together to make a board, I'm guessing this is done to ...
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Canadian (Alberta) Residential Electrical Code

Is there a homeowners version of the current electrical code for residential wiring in Alberta available at no cost? I’m renovating my kitchen and would be helpful to know the many changes and ...
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Is it safe to trim the torsion bar on a garage door?

The torsion bar on my garage door extends ~6" past the end bearing bracket (picture below). I would like to trim it by ~3" to place a cabinet on the wall. Are there any requirements for torsion bar ...
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Flexible Nonmetallic Conduit inside wall?

I’m finishing up wiring a sub panel in an outbuilding. There is an underground run of PVC conduit with THWN, which comes up to an LB on the exterior wall. On the inside I used flexible conduit so I ...
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Basement drain backing up - weird plumbing

My basement drain started backing up and after giving it a good look things look odd and I'm wondering how exactly things are set up. Below is a link to a diagram I tried to make and I'll try to ...
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Removing wall under truss

I am wanting to turn this wall into a pony wall to open up my kitchen. It is directly under a truss. It contained a pocket door and there is no floor joist running under it or no other load bearing ...
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Removing a switch

I have a light switch that turns on an electrical outlet. I want to remove the light switch completely and leave the electrical outlet always "on". When I turned the power off to the room and ...
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How can I figure out if a Combi Boiler will be adequate for my house?

We recently moved into our new home that currently has a Super Hot MG-100 Hydronic Boiler (installed in 1986, when the house was built). Clearly, it's done its job and in need of a replacement. We had ...
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Furnace/HVAC issues in new build

Just had a couple of questions. I have been in new build townhouse for a month and noticed a couple of things but have been away several weeks so just dealing with it now. Some of this I am sure I am ...
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How long should it take to drain a home's water pipes through a faucet?

Say I shutoff the water at the main of a 2-story house. I open a faucet on the first floor. How long should it take for the water to stop running from that single faucet? Will ALL the water from the ...
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Need help identifying flooring element

I am looking to install vinyl flooring on my basement (ground level). I will be removing the existing tiles. On 2 of the walls (the ones that face the exterior) I have this mini step along the walls (...
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How should I connect my solar panels to each controllers for optimal performance (series or parallel)? [duplicate]

I have 4 355w solar panels and 3 315 w solar panels. I have a 40 amp mppt and a 30 amp mppt charge controllers with 100v Max pv voltage. The distance solar panels to charge controllers is around 15 ...
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Determining if wall is non-load bearing

I am planning to renovate my kitchen and I would like to remove the wall between the kitchen and dining room. I have attached a photo of the wall (wall behind the stove) as well as the room on the ...
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When are you required to use a junction box extension to make it flush with the wall?

Say you have a junction box whose face is recessed significantly into the wall. For instance, if the face of the junction box is actually at the back of the drywall or perhaps 1/2" too deep. Is it ...
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Fixing concrete

I've never worked with concrete. Is there an easy way for a concrete newbie to repair this wall? OR- How do I fix it? EDIT: Here is another view, further back.
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How I prep a concrete garage floor for painting?

Is there any special considerations for painting a concrete garage floor as opposed to any other concrete surface? I'm thinking in terms of foot and tire traffic.
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What will happen if I perimeter bond vinyl flooring against manufacturer recommendation?

I'm installing sheet vinyl in my kitchen. I read the installation manual. I can do either full spread or loose lay. I'm planning on using adhesive tape, but the installation manual says "DO NOT ...
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Front-load washer keeps getting stinky

I have an older Whirlpool front-load washer that's stinky. I periodically clean it inside and out (including the folds in the seal) but the smell keeps coming back. Last time this happened, I took the ...
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Retaining wall on a sloped backyard won't dry

I have a sloped back yard. The ground is saturated in front of the retaining wall. I used rock landscaping material and the water is not leaking from the wall. We have had a lot of rain and I've got ...
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Orientating a pressure gauge

I am installing a whole house water filter system to an existing loop and I am going to add 2 pressure gauges, one on the input and the other on the output side. The loop pipe is 1" copper and I have ...
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Exterior Security Camera Base?

My exterior camera system uses this particular cover to hide wired on the siding. We're changing the cameras over to a more modern type (And some of the cameras are defective over their > 15 year use) ...
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Can I remove this mold by myself?

I am living in a single room-appartment that has one window, a kitchen unit with no steam outlet/exhaust hood, and a bathroom with no windows but an (albeit small) ventilated outlet above the shower. ...
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Identifying a (power?) socket

We found this socket in a house in Belgium of the 50's. There are no wires connected, and there seems to be no numbers or identification on it. Does anybody know what it is?
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Filling joint between backer board and wall in shower

I've never done home repairs before) I just moved into a place and noticed GLOBS of silicone caulk in the walls next to the shower, it looked hideous. I went to shave some down and maybe recaulk a ...
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what size should gas grill burner flames be

i have a charbroil 'red' grill. it used to get very hot. now I hold my hand over cooking surface for 5 to 10 seconds. not good. yes i tried to reset the regulator based on most internet suggestions ...
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square d q/o sub panel

I had one breaker running kitchen and garage. I used skill saw and it blew breaker. I bought 2 new 20 amp breakers and separated lines. the garage on right side and kitchen on left. everything on ...
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Should I apply Underlayment over Grace Ice and Water Shield

I am about to reroof using Grace Ice and Water Shield for the first two courses, then a synthetic underlayment above. I was considering applying the synthetic underlayment over the Ice and Water as ...
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How to open a lock without handle?(with pic)

I don't know how to open this, detail is shown in pic. Plz tell me if you have a clue, thank you in advance.
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limit detection angle of a motion sensor light switch

Is there a way to limit the horizontal angle of a motion based indoor (occupancy) light switch to it doesn't pick up movement within, say 90 degree horizontal angle only
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Is there a type of bulb other than incandescent that works from -50 to +40C?

My experience with fluorescent lights in my garage has been dismal.  They work fine above freezing, but are very slow to reach full illumination when below freezing, and never do more than glow feebly ...
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What’s best for attic insulation

I want to improve my attic insulation. What is the best option to use - Fiberglass batts or blowin insulation? The code says R-30, but will R-38 or higher be better option (New York area and also plan ...
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Home Security Camera that is easy to turn off

I live in an apartment and want to install security cameras. However, I want the cameras to be activated (ON) only when no one is at the home (or when I want it to be ON). I do not want it to monitor (...
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Is there any way to either 'break in' or live with tamper resistant outlets?

I've read of many people have trouble with TR outlets, mostly plugging into them. What mechanisms are there for either breaking them in, or otherwise living with them when you don't have Little ...
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Part identification: Thermal cutoff within baseboard heater

We had a contractor paint our baseboard heaters with white thermal paint. He gutted the radiator's electrical components, in order to prepare the chassis for painting. In doing so, he snipped what he ...
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Hanging a shelf using 3 wall-mounting brackets: How to align the drill holes?

Each bracket has 3 holes (two at the top, one at the bottom) and I'd like to align them to give me a proper horizontal (w.r.t. gravity) alignment. What's a reliable way to tell me where to drill? I ...
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Advice on supporting a sagging bay window

We have bay window that has sagged enough that that windows are out of square and no longer open or align properly to get a good seal. As such, they are drafty in the winter and we can't open them in ...
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What to use to seal gaps between slate veneer on vertical exterior walls of home

I have slate veneer on the exterior walls of some parts of my home. There are gaps between the various uneven pieces of slate which protrude off the wall to different levels (i.e. each slate piece ...
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What type of quick disconnects for 18ga to 12ga low voltage wire connections?

I'm powering an 18ga 24V DC submersible pump for a water fountain in the yard using a 110V AC to 24V DC power supply (18 ga). I'm planning to use 12ga stranded low voltage wire (max.30V) from the ...
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Do I need license to do electrical work in any residential home?

I have 4 years apprenticeship, work on my own for 7 years in Africa, and Europe. I have also attended Montgomery college, so I have a total of 32 years in the electrical field. Do I need license ...
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Crack in acrylic bath tub, but fiberglass is ok

I managed put a small crack in the corner of my acrylic bathtub. Looking underneath it looks like the crack is just to the acrylic, and the fiberglass shell is still in-tact. Is this enough to hold ...
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Identifying neutral and ground in breaker box

Short version: In this breaker box to install a 14-50R would I run both ground and neutral to the same bus bar on the right? Long version: This breaker box is directly beneath the meter outdoors in a ...
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Moving Kitchen sink to opposite side of room

The 1-1/2” drain from the sink currently runs through the back of the cabinet and down into an interior wall to the basement. The new location will be an outside wall. There is currently no visible ...
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Generator transfer switch manufacturer compatibility?

I am in the process of trying to finalize selection and installation of a standby generator for my house. A couple of years ago, while the house was under construction, the electrical contractor on ...
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Legal requirements for generator installation?

I would like to have a standby generator installed for my house. Based on my own assessment of our electrical needs, along with my desire to have a slower-running generator to reduce noise, and my ...

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