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Replacing light fixture from 2 wires and ground to 2 wires only

I want to change a chandelier with 2 wires and ground to a small 2 wire with no ground light. Is this safe and possible? It is also on a three way switch..
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Garage Light mystery

I have 4 fluorescent fixtures in my garage and one was broken, so I replaced it. But now 2 of them will not turn on even though there is 120v going to each one. So, I replaced both of those and they ...
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How to extend a 2x6 joist to accommodate a hanger board for stairs?

I live in an antique home with 2x6 ceiling joists. The stairs are being rebuilt and the current hanger board for the stringers will not work. So I have attached a picture of the current setup and one ...
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Too much water…coming into my downspout

I live in a Townhouse...I'm second in of 4 Units...I'm at the second to highest level and then the unit beside me is higher again. I'm the only unit with a downspout in the backyard...we have ...
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Stop water pooling on a shower pocket shelf?

I have just moved into a new place and the walk in shower has a great, but flat, pocket shelf cut into the back wall. However the water pools after every shower which requires me to pick up all the ...
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Using a flexible fittings for direct to sink drain commercially legal?

Came across this on a commercial sink. Is using a flexible fitting on a sink drain for commercial or residential legal? I personally like the idea of it. Since the grip is greater to hang onto the ...
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Recessed lighting 10 x 10 Bedroom

I have a lake home that has a very small bedroom we are remodeling. Because of the room size the bed actually is located in one corner of the room. Currently have purchased four 4 inch recessed lights....
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Proper shingle placement in corner

I had my roof replaced about a month ago and recently noticed that when it rains, a strong stream of water pours from the roof onto an adjacent window in the corner. In this problem area, I have one ...
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Comparison of dual function breakers brands

This is a follow up to this breaker and panel selection question. Apparently, there are gfci failures, and differences between outlet and breaker protection. In particular, gfci breakers are not ...
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Can this valve be used for water?

A water valve cracked today at my house and had to call a plumber. He replaced it with a gas valve (yellow handle). He said he uses gas valves because they are better quality. What he installed looks ...
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correct tightening torque for a noname single lever mixer tap

Some days ago, i have checked the ceramic cartridge of my sink mixer tap. I opened and cleaned it and I now have a leak from under the lever. I think I'm not tightening enough the nut, so the water ...
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Identify older breaker type. Pictures

Older house built in florida in 1950's. states it was "rewired" at some point. Looking to add a breaker. and do some shopping Wondering if someone can ID these breakers so i know what im looking ...
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Brand new stove burners won't light

I have a brand new Samsung NX58H5600 series free-standing gas range with five stovetop burners. The unique oval-shaped center burner works without issue. But none of the four "normal" burners will ...
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screw stuck in bathroom faucet

First of all I thought replacing a bathtub faucet wouldn't be hard, I took off the old faucet and commenced to fit the new on it. I got it assembled and put the screw in and now the screw is stuck, it ...
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How should I connect a ceiling fan with four 12/2 cables coming in?

I had a detached garage built. The guy who ran the electrical is not available and I am having some trouble with how he ran the wiring for two ceiling fans in the loft area. There is one switch (...
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Lower kitchen sink drain pipe

So I went to install a new kitchen sink that is 9 inches deep to replace the 6 inch double drain we had. The new sink hits the top of the drain vent. What is the best way to reroute the pipes? ...
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Can I keep my propane tank valve open?

I just bought a new Portable Fireplace and it can contain the propane tank inside it. I also bought some firestones to put in the fire area. The only problem with this is that if I want to turn on/off ...
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dripping faucets

I have a delta faucet with ceramic valve bodies in my kitchen. It was dripping and I replaced both hot and cold and it's still dripping but not as bad. My gas hot water tank(watts expansion tank at ...
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How do I stop a creek from eroding my steep embankment?

Behind my house there is a very steep bank/slope that leads down to a decent-sized, slow moving creek about 10 - 12 ft wide. Unfortunately it meanders right behind my property at the base of this ...
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Old light was working and now the new one isn’t

I just installed a new light fixture in my kitchen where an old one was I have it all
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iron stains in toilets but iron filter seems to be working well

New construction house, 3y old. Southwestern Ontario, in Canada. We are on a private well with fairly high iron (3mg/L) and hardness (612mg CaCO3 /L). We knew this when we built the house and ...
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Sump pump running continuously, float switch ok

I have a sump pump in the crawl space of my house, with a French drain system. Several years ago the pump failed and I replaced it. Yesterday I realized the pump was running continuously - it’s not ...
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How to remove the knobs from this faucet

Any suggestions for how to remove the knobs so that I can replace the cartridges (Lasco S-180-1NL 4001)? There are no screws. I am able to loosen the knob from the counter top by unscrewing from ...
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Direct TV splitter. SWIM by direct TV

IM USING analog antenna hooked to TV AC source Input is TV. NOT able to use CABLE from direct t.v. satellite dish on my manufactured HOME located in a mobile home park & surrounded by interference ...
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What might have caused these cracks on a load bearing post in the basement?

The photo is of the top of the only post in a basement room about 27'x18'. I presume it is a load bearing post. The cracks seem new (i.e., no dust or cobwebs and I have not noticed them before). How ...
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How to insulate the inside of a door

I am building a sliding door with a frame made of 2x2s covered with plywood panels on each side. I would like to make it reasonably soundproof and was planning on filling the void with some insulation ...
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Why are U.S. residential circuit breaker service panels so poorly designed?

I find as a knowledgeable home DIYer, that my Siemens 200 amp circuit breaker panel to be a pain in the butt to use. It is less than 25 years old, and yet it seems to have been intentionally designed ...
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Speed Queen washing machine stopped working mid-cycle

I have a Speed Queen washing machine model AWN432SP111TW01, serial 1110013649. It's been working fine for years and we had never had any trouble with it, but today it stopped mid-cycle, and won't ...
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Does this fill valve need replacing or should I replace cap? Its leaking

This fill valve is leaking, I have flushed it and it still leaks. Does it look okay or does the entire assembly need replacing?
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Should I reinforce these joists at the central beam? If so, how?

Vaguely similar questions have been asked, but I believe this situation is unique enough that I’m looking for some specific advice. I have a floor that is framed with 2x8s, 16 O.C., spanning roughly ...
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How to pour concrete for curved walkway to prevent cracking?

The front edge of my home slab is about 37 feet from the street. There is a 12*4 feet landing pad next to street and a 7*4 area next to front door. Originally there was a 33*4 rectangular walkway ...
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How to address minor mold problem in paint prep

A little bit of localized roof leaking occurred over the winter above the bathroom. We have addressed the roof problem, so no leaking is occurring any more, but now I'm getting ready to paint the ...
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Can I warm up “cold patch” in a microwave?

I found two asphalt patching products online that are designed to be heated in the microwave. Both are out of stock. Can I heat up ordinary "cold patch" or "trowel patch" in the microwave?
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Are backflow preventers for irrigation required to be lead-free if the upstream source is a potable water system?

In accordance with the Safe Drinking Water Act is a backflow preventer, such as this pressure vacuum breaker (that contains lead), required to be lead-free? I am confused by section 300g-6 which ...
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Ceramic disk faucet valve is stiff/sticky

I've pulled the faucet apart and in the valve housing, there are two ceramic disks that rotate to mix the hot and cold water. I thought the piece was a single piece until I realized it budged a bit. I ...
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HVAC: attic heat loss

Should a ventilated attic (w. Openings in the eaves) be warm in the middle of a cold winter that has a heat pump installed as the heating system for the living area below. If it is warm does that mean ...
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Split bolt connection. Wire direction

Should the wires being hooked up in a split bolt connector be running side by side, like in a wire nut connection, or running towards each other, in opposite directions. Or does it matter?
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Help understanding the steps needed to prepare a wall for painting after wallpaper removal

Recently moved into my first home and learning the DIY ropes and one of my first tasks was to remove the wallpaper in the living room, once I removed it (quite easily - thankfully) it seems to have ...
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Remove ceiling fan/light combination replacing with a light and remove 1 of 2 switches that controlled the ceiling fan

I am replacing a ceiling fan/light kit combination with a light fixture. The ceiling fan is controlled by 2 switches; one for light on/off and one for the fan on/off + 3 speed control. My desired end ...
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Copper to CPVC transition fittings : allowed by code to be used inside a wall?

Does the Uniform Plumbing Code (US) allow copper-to-CPVC transition fittings to be used inside a wall? Just to be clear, I'm referring to the hybrid fittings that are part brass, part CPVC.
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Geyser timer malfunction

Why would a geyser timer malfunction after only 14 months.? We had our entire DB board replaced and all new components fitted about 14 months ago. One evening about 5 days ago, I smelt burning wires ...
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What to do with post with dry rot?

We’re getting ready to paint and I was checking around my porch. There are three columns that support the roof over my porch. One of them had a decorative cross member that was dislodged because of ...
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Insulating a steel outbuilding, first major DIY project

My parents just bought a house. My dad, a disabled vet spends most of his time in his workshop. His new workshop is a 700 sq ft steel outbuilding that has no insulation. I have a local AC company ...
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4 ton air handler with 3.5 ton air conditioner

What effect will having a 3.5 ton air conditioner used with a 4 ton air handler have on the energy efficiency of the hvac system? Right now we seem to be using a lot of energy per month. The question ...
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Air return proximity to furnance

We are refinishing our basement that wasn't original conditioned. New supplies and zoning were added by a contractor. We want to add an air return in the living space by tapping into the main return ...
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Window options for shower?

The layout in our only bathroom is really cramped. We are about to redo it and if we move the tub to a different wall it would open up a lot of space. The downside is that wall has the only window. ...
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Help wiring occupancy sensor

I had a Lutron Maestro MS-OPS2 occupancy sensor wired in a small handy box and it worked fine. Here is a photo of how it was wired then: Since the box was too small and I wanted to put a finished ...
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Wall plug outlet change

I am replacing a 3 prong wall plug outlet receptacle with a new one that also has USB ports built in. The old outlet had 2 black wires and 2 white wires attached and a ground wire. The New outlet ...
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Electric breaker box not producing 220

Electrical box not producing 220. All 220 appliances are only pulling 110 happened last night still going on today never happened before.
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Derating 6 current-carrying conductors?

I'm having a hard time understanding 310.15(B)(2)(a). Here's the boat I'm in: I hooking up a tankless water heater that calls for 3 40 amp breakers (it's a 24 kw Ecosmart). So I put in a sub panel in ...

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