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Identify this 12 wire cable

I was looking to run cat6 between my 2 properties for security cameras. It currently has a cable line between the two buildings that was once used for dish network and probably used for cable TV a ...
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Compressor melted hole in 5+ year old defrost drain pan, is compressor overheating a possible concern

It is quite possible that my defrost drain pan melting was just normal age/wear & tear but I wanted to double check that there is not possibly a larger issue with my compressor running too hot. ...
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Identifying Window Latch

I would appreciate it if anybody could tell me what type of window latch is in the picture below? I bought a house and need to change a couple of these that are broken. Thank you!
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How big of abeam do i need to use to support a 20 foot span [closed]

How can I design a deck that is 20'×with support only on the sides.
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Cub Cadet CCT-400 bump head componenet sequence on the shaft

Lookup Parts via Diagram for a Cub Cadet CCT-400 shows a high level exploded diagram. It is the closet I can find for how to re-install my bump head. I am not sure if I have all of the needed parts ...
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The hose reel does not rewind anymore

We were using the hose to clean a patio and because we needed the whole length we pulled its full length out of the reel. It did not feel like anything clicked or broke when doing so, it was done in a ...
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Framing basement bathroom: original builder didn't account for wall wrap when laying bathroom drains?

Context: I am looking to finish my basement, mostly DIY. The original builder installed what I understand to be a "wall wrap" on all exterior cement walls. This looks like ~1.5" of ...
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Max Deck Load PSF for Hot Tub

I am looking to place a 7'-10" x 9'-2" hot tub on my deck and am trying to evaluate the load capacity of the deck. Inspecting underneath the deck it looks like the load will be evenly ...
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Pool Light Keeps Burning Out

I’m troubleshooting an in-ground pool light that burns out within 5 seconds of turning it on. The old light burned out like this the first time I turned it on this year. The old fixture was shot, so ...
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Continuous Power to Switched Outlet

Power source is supplied by 12/2 romex to switch. Feed from switch to duplex outlet is supplied by 12/2 romex. Is it possible to provide continuous power to one of the outlets while the other outlet ...
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What is this type of sink drain/plug called?

We recently moved into a condo, and the sinks have screw-in drain cover. We are trying to find a replacement drain cover that is able to close, but I can't figure out what the type of drain is called ...
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Does electrical outlet in man made quartz backsplash require box extender by code?

I have a 3/4" thick man made quartz backsplash in the kitchen. The electrical box cut outs are not quite big enough for the box extender. The electrician says I need the box extender and that ...
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Bulbs for Round Kitchen Fixture Containing a Ballast

I cannot seem to find bulbs for this fixture. It is a 6 in. round recessed fixture intended for a single HID or fluorescent bulb, which was installed by the previous owner. It contains a fluorescent ...
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What type of UV-resistant (fade-resistant) paint is best for a rain barrel made of polyethylene? It will be in a greenhouse

What type of UV-resistant (fade-resistant) paint is best as the outer coating of a rain barrel? The barrel is made of polyethylene. It will sit in a greenhouse, so other than direct sunlight and ...
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Support for flagpole bracket on vinyl siding

My house is a 1960 Cape Cod, with hollow dutch lap vinyl siding over the original wood siding. I wanted to mount a 45-degree flagpole bracket to the side of the house to hold a 2.5x4 foot flag. To ...
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Installing tiles on bare floor after removing kitchen cabinet

We had to remove a kitchen cabinet to free space for a dishwasher, and now the visible floor is bare. I have few tiles that I would like to install on that area, but I have no idea what steps I should ...
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What size knee braces should I install on my Pergola?

I have a 20'x20' pergola on a concrete patio. Construction is 8"x8" posts sandwiched with 2"x8" rafters. I notice some swaying during some thunderstorms with heavy winds and I can ...
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approximate strength of poured reinforced concrete slab

We would like to back a truck over a garage floor recently poured. The slab is 6 inches thick with 1/2 inch rebar in a 2 foot grid throughout. The concrete is a 6.5 sack mix and has cured 60 days. The ...
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Hard-wiring my Temporary power pole to my job site

Wife and I purchased an unfinished house just before covid. The majority of work remaining is unlicensed and cosmetic (doors, trim, paint, floors etc.), which I can do myself. In the last 2 months we'...
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I have an open neutral on all electrical circuits

I have an open neutral on all circuits in my house. Everything is working fine. how do I fix this situation?
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Why do I have two doorbell transformers?

I'm trying to debug why one of my doorbells isn't working, but to keep things simple, today I'm just trying to understand the reasoning and implications of what I see at the electrical box. Background:...
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Ceiling fan will not turn off

I have a ceiling fan with NO wall switch to turn it off. It works by remote, (I have an old house and they have it set up this way). I changed the battery and it still wont shut off. Its a Hunter Fan ...
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Slow water drainage, then air bubbles from shower drain

I tried loads of things that may clear a blocked shower drain (store-bought liquids, vinegar+baking soda, running hot water through) over the past months, but the water still drains very slowly. After ...
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What are some DIY ideas on waterproofing? [closed]

Do it yourself ideas for self waterproofing ideas at home
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Remove CO detector From wired alarm system

My house has a wired smoke alarm system, three smoke detectors and one CO detector. These are all old firex detectors, I am replacing them with three kiddie smoke alarms where one is combo CO + smoke ...
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Modify a wooden desk so the legs either fold or are removable-and-reattachable

I own a janky old wooden desk, and have been using it for 20 years. Before that it was someone's kitchen table, and its at least 50 years old and has had many modifications - its not an antique ...
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How to connect different wire colors

I have an outlet that’s connected to a switch. You’re supposed to plug in a lamp. But I want to remove the outlet and connect wires to run a ceiling light. When I took I off the outlet the wire colors ...
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Installing a larger pulley to a smaller motor shaft

With reference to the picture below, I am trying to attach a pulley with a hole diameter of 1/2" [item #4] to a motor shaft that is 1/4" 5/16" [item #1], but it currently does not ...
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How can I put an audible notification on a yard gate?

A friend who has become blind and wants her iron gate to squeak so she knows when she has visitors coming. The house has a locked door and doorbell, but everyone has to open the gate first. I tried ...
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How To Neatly Cover an Indoor Sewer Cleanout?

I am currently renovating my room and realized that there is a wall popping out. It was bothering me because it would be an obstruction when placing new furnitures. I removed it and planned to make ...
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Replaced burnt infinite switch still doesn't generate heat

We have a Kenmore range with a non-functioning surface element. Based on an earlier experience, I knew that the issue must be due to a burnt infinite switch. After opening the back of the stove and ...
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Replacing old tile kitchen with wall

My basement kitchen wall is adjacent to the bathroom and shower. I want to replace the old tile in the kitchen with a straight wall, which I’m planning to paint. I have removed the old tile and ...
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Cement board under cabinet with no tile

In my basement apartment, I had concrete underlayment and I decided to not install tile under the cabinets even though some people advised me to do. It turned out well especially because I ended up ...
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Can I prevent the horizontal seams from showing or allowing in excessive moisture when installing T1-11 siding?

I'm building a 4x8 henhouse with 5 foot high walls and I'm planning to use T1-11 siding. I could obviously buy 6 sheets of 4x8 T1-11 for the siding, but the total wall coverage is going to only be 30 ...
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This cinderblock outbuilding's windows and doors were covered by metal siding. How can I turn them back into windows and doors? [closed]

There's an old cinderblock outbuilding on the property I'm under contract for, probably built in the 1960s. It had many doors and Windows, but most of them were covered when the previous owner of the ...
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How far into a footing pier should rebar extend from the rock below?

Cottage is on Canadian shield (igneous rock) and unfortunately slopes off where deck footings are being installed. The deck will be secured only to a corner of the cottage and the two furthest ...
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Why don't my composite deck screws go in all the way? Why RT screws?

I'm trying to finish up a composite deck project. We had been using SplitStop screws when we needed them, but I only need about 30 more and don't want to buy another box of them because they're very ...
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Can someone identify this HVAC duct component?

Getting ready to redo duct insulation. On supply ducts off the trunk there are some sort of valve-like devices teed into the duct and oriented to point down. Same diameter as the duct. Butterfly ...
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Can pressure treated wood be buried in concrete?

I was planning a relatively simple, 6x8ft "2-post" pavilion, just a small structure to provide protection to a small bench. This design would require to bury the wood into the concrete ...
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Bathroom exhaust fan wiring

Hi all I am needing help. Wires to fan box 1 white , 1 red, 1 black and 1 ground. The new fan has Pair - white & black Pair - white & red Pair - white & blue 1 ground [see pic)
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7-8 Volts at Porch Light Switch

My wife changed three incandescent porch light bulbs with LED bulbs and it kicked the circuit breaker. I replaced the LED bulbs with incandescent bulbs. When I turn on the light switch for the ...
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110 Volt sanding machine motor [closed]

I have a 110v sanding machine motor that I'm going to use for something else it has 6 connection with white, red, black, yellow cables and iv have removed the connectors to the capacitors
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Do I need to replace this eneven stair skirts to level it?

I am starting to work on the stairs that lead to my basement, I noticed that the right side skirt board is unevenly installed. It sticks out 1.4 inches in the beginning and then slowly packed inside, ...
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Lubricating squeaky European cabinet hinges

Our kitchen cabinets are about 5 years old now and starting to squeak, some of them awfully. They have European-style hinges (KraftMaid is the cabinet brand and I guess these are Blum hinges). I'm an ...
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Do drywall cracks pose any risk for further damage?

I recently discovered a fairly long (~2 foot) crack in my drywall within my home. Aside from the aesthetics, is there any negatives associated with leaving a drywall crack alone for an extended period ...
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What's a hinge called for a two-door corner cabinet?

I have kitchen cabinet in the corner where it has a revolving holder inside, which can spin so that it will use the space deep inside as well. The door for it has 2 panels. There are 2 hinges ...
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Brick to drywall

My home was built in 1971. There is a brick fireplace that runs up the entire wall. The mortar is cracking and breaking in chunks(about 1" thickness) where the fireplace attaches to the wall. I ...
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How to ground a switch without a ground screw?

I'm rewiring my house, and keeping some circa 1920 light switches, which don't have ground screws. The switch cases are porcelain, and have a brass yoke. I originally planned to sandwich a ground ...
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What size water meter do I need to connect to county water?

I have been on a deep well for over 30 years but now need to hook up to the county water line. My house is 4,400 sq. feet. Should I use a 5/8 inch or 1 inch meter?

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