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Can I clean up and tape old unfinished drywall in the garage?

Purchased a house with a partially finished garage. The ceiling and walls have drywall, but no taping. The previous owners have nailed numerous things into the wall over the years and of course since ...
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What could prevent a motorised CD player drawer from opening after not being used for an extended period of time? [on hold]

Many years ago, I used to use a CD player that had an opening drawer - you'd press a button, the drawer would open, you'd insert the CD and then either push the drawer closed or use the same button. ...
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Is a porch temporarily roofed with just tar paper likely to be damaged by rain?

General Contractor has been hired to build a wrap around porch onto our house. He has most of the construction completed (decking, columns, soffits, etc) but still has not shingled the roof. It’s ...
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installing prehung doors ez-hang kits

I'm going to be replacing many hollow core interior doors with solid core doors and I want to replace the jambs with VGDF (vertical grain doug fir) to match the doors, so I'm going with pre-hung doors ...
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Can an illuminated switch be made to work with LED bulbs?

I have an illuminated switch (made by Viko, a Panasonic brand). The switch controls a fan with a LED bulb. The bulb flickers when it is off and the switch is off: video To avoid this, I have to ...
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Wiring help needed

Went to look at a ceiling box to install a fan, and I'm a little confused as to the wiring for the light now. Currently, the light tends to flicker depending on how tightly the globe is screwed in (...
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What is this wall covering type?

Can anyone identify what this wall is made of? It looks like some kind of plaster to me, but I'm not sure. Thank you!
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Can I use a clamp meter to identify wires running to overhead fan?

I have this mess of wires in a junction box of a stucco house (built 30 years ago). Couple of these are going to the overhead fan in the room. Will a simple clamp meter help me identify the relevant ...
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Bracket specification for wall-mounted desk

I've ordered a new desktop which will be made of solid oak. Its dimensions are 2300mm (L) x 820mm (W) (approx. 90.5" x 32"). I doubt it's relevant except for estimating its weight but it's 27mm (1") ...
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Wand or 2 foot long stick between my master bath fan and outdoor flood lights connecting to share wiring for power?

I'm divorced. My ex husband had a guy install a junction box on corner of house to spotlight the swing set years ago. Recently I was in the attic and discoved a 2 ft "stick' or "wand' that was quite ...
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Wiring Confusion - 3 Phase Line to a Water Level Controller?

I have a borewell with a 3-phase submersible pump that I want to control with a water level controller (when the overhead tank is empty, it should start the motor and when the tank is full it should ...
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Newly put together wooden bed and the one screw bolt on the headboard decides to thread?

I just recently bought a new wooden framed bed, flat pack basically. Everything is fine, all except this one long screw/bolt that decided to thread inside the headboard. I applied the same pressure as ...
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Recirculator pump hot water

I currently have the Watts Recirculating system, pump Model 500803, on my water heater with the bypass sensors located under two areas in the house. We have enjoyed it. The con on this is that the ...
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Venting basement bathroom rough in

I'm a DIY-er with a lot of experience in some phases of construction but not much in plumbing (so please be nice to my dumb questions!). I'm finishing a basement with a full bathroom, and thought I'd ...
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Install level on cordless drill

I would like to add a level to my cordless drill. I saw this and thought it would work if I added it to the back of my drill. I thought I would position the drill in the right position and then ...
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What type of exterior coating will allow water vapor to pass through cinder block?

I was asked to paint an exterior of a cinder block chimney and need to find out what type of exterior coating will allow water vapor pass through the block so that it doesn't ruin it from the inside ...
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Can I use 220 V outlets on a 15 ampere breaker and wire it up as 110 V?

I purchased a 220 V outlet and didn't realize it. My circuit is 15 amperes. I wanted to hook up a series of normal 15 ampere 110 V outlets. When I look at the outlet it looks exactly like a regular 15 ...
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when sealing grout and granite tiles do i i seal just the grout lines or the whole tiled surface area?

i have just installed granite tiles in my entryway and was reading the sealer instructions . Do i just seal grout lines or the entire surface area?
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What happened to my outlets?

I just had two outlets go. They were working fine and when I plugged the pressure washer in, both stopped working. My Klein voltage tester indicates red (hot). No breakers are flipped. Is this an ...
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Electrical breaker panel

I have a new compressor. It is 15 amp 240 volt. I have an old Sylvania panel. What are make and model options?
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What size wire needed for 100a subpanel 120ft away from house sub panel? Biggest amp draw will be a window A/C unit, and a pool pump

What size SER wire needed for 100a subpanel 120ft away from house sub panel? Biggest amp draw will be a window A/C unit, and a pool pump. Other than that, just a few LED lights and outlets...detached ...
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ok to run PVC pipe behind gas meter?

I am considering installing a radon mitigation pipe system in my home, but the only area where I could reasonably have the pipe exit my home is crammed with all my other utilities. The best spot I've ...
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humidity vs cooling

Which is more efficient? The house is hot, but closed to keep humidity out. Should we open the doors to let cool air and humidity in or keep closed to keep humidity low, but temperature rises?
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How do I solve the allergic reaction (red burning eyes) from the mitsubishi unit in my bedroom?

I have a twelve year old Mitsubishi unit in my bedroom. I also have allergic reactions to pollen, mold, etc. This year, for the first time, I wake up in the morning with red, burning eyes. My ...
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Why is fuel leaking from the carburetor on my generator?

i have Honda clone gx 160 Chinese generator, fuel is leaking from side which is attached to intake of head, i have cleaned carb checked the float. float is working properly. i have sucked air turning ...
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Protect plug from damages

The plug from my pressure washer was damaged while moving it, because at some point it was not tied correctly to the body of the washer, and I believe it was caught between the wheels and the washer ...
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Slightly extending an opening in plywood

I'm trying to fit a slightly larger trash can into an opening in thick (about 1") plywood (see photo). Basically, I need to shave off some material in the corners to make the new can fit. Question is,...
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faucet handle broke off

faucet handle broke off the black thing that connects the faucet handle and faucet broke how could I fix this?
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Connect Faucet to Laundry Hose

I have a pulldown faucet that I want to connect to a portable washing machine. The wand of the faucet can be removed, revealing a female 5/8-16 UN 2B connector. The laundry machine uses a hose that ...
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gate pillars have shifted

Our 2 gate pillars are made of blocks of concrete. They have shifted and now I can't close the gate. The top 2 blocks on both pillars have a big gap now. Is there a quick fix for this? Do the ...
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Strange outlet behavior

I am going to be updating electrical outlets in my house, so today I checked them all with the 3 lamp tester. Only a few are properly grounded and others not. One outlet is showing strange behavior. ...
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What is this thing that holds in a storm window called?

I would like to replace these things that hold in storm windows on a 80 year old house but I do not know what they are called, so I am having difficulty looking them up to buy more. What is the piece ...
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Do these 60s kitchen drawers have narrower boxes than the faces?

Many modern kitchen drawers will have drawer faces that are slightly larger than the drawer boxes so that the faces appear flush with each other, while the drawer boxes are narrow enough for a divider ...
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I locked myself out of garage, how can I get back in?

I locked myself out of the garage (Craftsman/Liftmaster 315). I used the wall control to put the door down, but I had accidentally activated "vacation mode." The remote control will not let me in ...
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My AC blows warm air

I am renting, and my previous AC unit sounded like a diesel generator so the maintenance team replaced it with a new one. It is the Garrison Air Conditioner, Through the Wall, 14,000 BTU, 230/208 ...
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Lennox Furnace Blower not working on AC In On or Auto

Please Help! I have a Lennox Furnace Model G60uhv(X) after years of working fine I switched the thermostat to AC and it failed to start the cooling cycle. I suspect some sort of problem with the ...
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Tile layout on the diagonal to minimize cutting

I am tiling a bedroom floor with 20" tile on the diagonal. Is there a way to layout the tile so as to minimize cutting? I am fine with trying the layout in reality and making adjustments to it as ...
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changing fluorescent multi ballast lights with 7 wires and wall switch to simple led 3 wire lamp

i have situation where one end of old multi ballast lights have on one end a green (grond} a hot all the time red then a black and white wire. on other end there are black,white, and ground, that have ...
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B Phase Power Outage

What is the corrective measure when B Phase of load center is not providing power. Does the entire circuit breaker panel have to be replaced? Thanks!
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Ceiling drywall nail rusted (new construction)

What would cause a nail to be rusted like this in the drywall ceiling of a new home (built 2019)? Is there anything specific I should request our builder to repair other than just painting over the ...
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Dishwasher squeals right during start up?

Not much to it. I can provide model and all that stuff but don't think it is pertinate. Dishwasher squeals/whistles high-pitched right when it is starting up. The rest of the one hour cycle no ...
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What product should I use to reseal an aggregate patio?

The surface was never really "smooth", but metal patio furniture with plastic gliders on its feet used to move easily across it. Now, the surface is rougher and pebbles are loose and get washed or ...
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Wiring a sub-panel with an equal sized breaker on each end of the feed, which will trip first?

I'm wiring up a small backyard tiny house for use as a rental.  Main power will be supplied by a 30A breaker and 10/2 wire coming from the main house, to an RV box, then to an RV plug, then into the ...
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how do I change the lightbulb in a pendulum lamp?

how do I change the lightbulb in a pendulum lamp like this shown in the image?
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Dishwasher wires twice

I removed my old dishwasher and found that it was wired to the wall and another wire ran behind a plug box under the sink. Why would there be two wires? And do I need to hook the new dishwasher up to ...
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How do I wire three smart Wifi switches to toggle one another?

I have three Wifi switches that will be wired into the mains. Is it possible to have them act as a toggle for a set of lights? Ie, one switch turns on, they other two switches also turn on. Similarly, ...
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Hoping to understand practical-differences amongst a few types of top-handled chainsaws for cutting in-tree :) [closed]

I'm looking at 3 'types' or classes of chainsaws right now, I'm looking for something cheap and small because my intent is to get a high-end unit (new) once I know just what I do/do not value most in ...
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If a receptacle is added from a switch box, will the receptacle only work when the switch is off?

When I was a new electrician, one day I discovered I could read 120v across the terminals of an open switch. I was bothered by this thinking someone had wired it wrong, but I couldn't understand why ...
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how do you remove a swamp cooler pillow block bearing that's stuck/seized on?

One side of my swamp cooler isn't spinning right, it's like it's spinning the "whole thing" instead of just the shaft inside. I presume that it's a "seized bearing" on that side. But in trying to ...
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Arc fault circuit with voltage bleed to neutral

I have 83 volts hot to neutral 120 volts hot to ground and 26 volts neutral to ground on an existing arc fault breaker circuit.

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