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LED bulbs in my old house are dying prematurely

I installed about 20 LED bulbs in my house when I moved in two years ago. Since then at leave 5 of them have died. None of the bulbs are on dimmer switches. However, my house is more than 100 years ...
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How can I remove a 240V heater to make 110V outlet

How do I remove a 240V baseboard heater and install a 110V wall outlet. 2 heaters are on the circuit. Both are being removed. On 20 amp double pole in breaker box with 2 wires. I want to remove that ...
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Control individual bulbs in a 6-can dimmer series

This is a complicated question, and maybe there is no way to do it, BUT... I currently have a 6-can series dimmer in my basement (home theater) aligned in 3 pairs. I would like to be able to control ...
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How to run cable from attic inside an external brick wall?

My exterior walls are brick. inside it's dry wall. My house was built in 1950. I'm not sure what's between the drywall and brick but I'd like to fish a cable down from the attic to this wall where my ...
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How To Cut/Shave Existing Drop In Sink To Fit New Faucets

Old but very customized Master bathroom remodel (circa 1992)included twin drop-in sinks & exclusive use of Hardin polish brass fixtures. Hardin now long out of business. Want to replace with new ...
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Wiring a Leviton Motion Light Control

I am replacing a single pole light switch with the motion sensor. I have two black wires, one red and ground. The two black are connected to 1 hot and 1 neutral. The red wire is common hot. How do ...
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Can I use standard electrical cable from a waterproof junction box when replacing an exterior light

I am replacing a faulty exterior light with a waterproof (IP66) LED one with a PIR sensor. There is an existing conduit through the wall, but it is a thick stone wall of an outbuilding and the ...
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Align kitchen cabinets to wall, or align face frames?

First time installing kitchen cabinets. Uppers went it fine, no trouble at all. With the base cabinets, though, I have one wall that is out of square about 1.5 inches in 12 feet. Should I just be ...
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Oil Boiler - Pressure Valve leaking even after replacing Expansion tank

my oil boiler has a mawp of 30 psi and the old expansion tank was 18 psi rated, when i started noticing that pressure relief valve has started leaking 2 gallons a day, i notice the expansion tank had ...
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Why won't my furnace complete the startup sequence when powered by a portable generator?

We recently had a power outage that lasted several days and the house was down to 41 degrees and expected power restore was several days in the future. I purchased a 3500 watt (5250 starting watts) ...
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When does a splitting floor joist become a problem?

We recently moved to the US Northeast and bought a 6 year old, two level plus basement house. I've been finishing the basement and have noticed several floor joists are splitting. I come from a ...
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Radon Manometer shows negative prey when off

I had a Radon mitigation system installed last week. When I turned on the fan it was all working great. A few days later the pressure level started to drop a little each day, until day 4 it was even. ...
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Why are wool sweaters shrinking on tap cold setting? [on hold]

I've disconnected the hot water supply to my washing machine, but my wool sweaters are still shrinking on a tap cold delicate setting. I use woolite. Please advise!
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How do I insulate between bottom/top apartments?

My house is a two-apartment house, where I live on the first floor and rent the second. It's an early 1900s plaster & lathe, and currently has no insulation. I want to add rockwool in the ceiling ...
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Help with strange type of bolt

I'm hoping someone can help me identify what type of bolt(if it is even a bolt) this is, what it is used for and most importantly how to remove it. This is used to attached a boat engine to a transom,...
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I have 8 of those for a hotel safe all need to be refills and teste it so please how can i do that? [duplicate]

How can I refill them? where can I refill them and teste them too? how much will cost me for refill ? how much will cost generally ?
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Folding Square Bracket

I am doing a DIY project and looking for a folding square bracket. I've searched online and only can find folding brackets for shelves or tables and it is not exactly how I want it. Here is a crude ...
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How can I verify that the ground wires in my outlet boxes are grounded properly?

I am a non-professional with limited electrical experience. I recently bought a house built in the mid-fifties that has some two-prong receptacles (i.e., no ground hole). I planned to replace the ...
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refill of fire extinguisher [closed]

Good morning I have 5 to 8 cylinder that need it to be refill and tested for my hotel so would you please let me know which I need to do and how can I show you the cylinders pictures and types and ...
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How can I increase deck board gap without removing the boards?

My friends just bought a new house that has a deck that has gone mossy/moldy. The sellers pressure washed the deck and replaced a few soft boards, but the real problem is that there isn’t enough gap ...
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What type of wood floor do I have and what are refinishing options

we are preparing to refinish our hardwood floor and want to make sure that we make the right choices. I believe that we have pine wood floors but I am not sure. Two questions: What type of pine is ...
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Fiber glass In Attic. need knowledge [duplicate]

I have been seeing some dust of Fiberglass(?) floating in the air. Is breathing it, in unhealthy? I was unaware of the equipment in the attic, which I discover all the wrong wiring connections from ...
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Is there a more environmentally-friendly alternative to using oil to heat a house with oil heating installed?

I currently live in a house (in the UK) which is too remote to be connected to the mains gas supply, with an oil tank which is used for central heating. This is obviously not great for the environment,...
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Induction cooker on wooden table [closed]

I have an induction cooker like the one in the image below. Is it safe to place it on a wooden table?
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super glue / adhesive for plastic that is resilient to extreme temperature variation [on hold]

My car’s side window broke off. The contact surfaces are both plastic. I managed to glue it back with “Loctite Super Glue Easy Squeeze Gel”. But the result is limited by season. If I glue it on in ...
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Small Wifi double switches/SSR's behind sockets ( Home automation - lights)

i'd like to create a map of my house on which i can control the lights. ( Currently there are no extra cables etc to enable domotica in the house). Meaning that behind each light switch button i'll ...
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Is wiring a motion sensor switch with 18 AWG wire on a 20 amp circuit innapprorpiate?

I bought some motion sensor switch. They don't come with screw mounts, just 18 AWG wires that pop out. The load is 2 light fixtures maybe drawing 200 watts total. It's on a 15 amp circuit though. I ...
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Fridge cools but does not whirr

My fridge started to act strangely. It stopped whirring and the light does not work either. But it does work, it is cold actually. Could this be some ventilation issue?
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Portable indoor heater for emergency [on hold]

I am looking to buy a gas based indoor heater that I can use in emergency. I have an existing gas log fireplace but it is not modern and I am worried that in an emergency it will lead to a loss of ...
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Name that mystery switch!

I've seen other similar questions (How to trace mystery switches), but I have some more details: This is in a master bedroom There is a 2 gang box right near the inside of the door - one switch (...
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Holes drilled in parallam beam: is this a structural problem?

The electrician drilled 3/4” holes on PSL parallam beams. Both beams are is 4”x12”. The first beam measures 13’ft long and the holes are about 3’ft away from the end. The second beam measures 23’ft ...
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attaching a coupling to a copper pipe

I am trying to install a standing bottleless water filter in my house and the hoses beneath my sink are incompatible with the adapters that come with my filter. My fridge does not have a water ...
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Screws breaking through drywall paper

One of the several scenarios in which a screw doesn't form a nice and tight seal on drywall paper just below the surface is if a joist/stud is not in the same level as the adjacent two and there is a ...
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Removing a light switch cuts power to my entire room. Breaker not tripped. Smart Switch Install

I have installed smart switches before, but I moved into a new apartment recently. I have never had a problem before. I removed my old light switch and installed a new smart wifi light switch, and I ...
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How to fix my door [duplicate]

I can't afford a new door so how can I repair it. How much will it cost me to install a new door
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Outlets for 2 sheds

I want to run a couple of lines from my main box, 1 for 50 amp for my RV and then I want to have 9 shop lights installed (4 to run on one switch and the other 5 on a second switch) and 5 110 outlets ...
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How to fix this broken floor

My wooden floor has a broken plank, There is a vertical supporting wedge in the upper side, I guess I can nail directly onto it, but what I should do about the lower side?
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Brick wall insulation

I moved into a 30 year old house this fall. The bedroom at the front of the house is colder then the others. Two sides of the room are brick exterior walls vs siding. I was in the attic running ...
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Could I have broken my light fixture whilst changing the light bulb?

Ok, so not proficient in changing light bulbs... I have taken out the bulb before and put it back in so I know how to do it. I wanted to put in an adaptor so I could put in a colour changing bulb. I ...
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How do I remove the head from this Giacomini TRV?

I'm unsure of how to remove the head of this old TRV. It looks like part of it has been removed already. I haven't tried removing or unscrewing anything yet.
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Electrical outlets in my bathrooms don't have power

Four bathrooms in my house three of them the plugs don't work but the lights do the only GFCI in my house is in the kitchen I already tripped that to see if that was why they weren't working did not ...
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Figuring out electrical connections for THREE electric baseboard heaters with single pole thermostats

I recently purchased a home (triplex) and in the basement unit, which is a one bedroom apartment, there are three baseboard heaters (bedroom, washroom, and living room). The issue is that the living ...
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how to drill aligned holes in steel pipe?

I need to accurately drill multiple holes in steel pipe (1.25-2" diameter, 65-100 mil wall thickness, about 10ft long). I need to drill a half-dozen or so evenly-spaced aligned pairs of holes all ...
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Where on the board do you hook up a humidifier

I have a RUUD Ultra series furnace. I also have a generalair humidifier. Where on the furnace board do you hook up the humidifier leads? I see HUM STAT and HUM OUT Let me know. Cheers, KW
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Need help wiring a 3 way switch

So my wife and I moved into a new-to-us house with almond switches/outlets and we wanted to change them to white. Everything has been going swimmingly until my wife decided to do a 3-gang light switch ...
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Can I run a 120v/15amp 120 watt Hard Wire towel rack connection to the existing GFCI within the same bathroom

Can I run a 120volt 120 watt Hard Wire towel rack connection to an existing GFCI with-in the same bathroom ?
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Does dark exterior paint hold and transfer more heat to an uninsulated house?

We are picking exterior paint colors for our stucco house. The interior walls are plaster and there isn’t insulation in the walls. I want to stay away from dark colors because I think it will make ...
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Can I run a receptacle from a GFCI in the bathroom to another room?

Can I run a receptacle from a gfci in the bathroom to another room? Is this allowed? I know it would work, just looking to see if this falls under the electrical code?
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How can I install a Y wire for a Nest thermostat?

Installed a new Nest thermostat yesterday. My setup is a 4 wire system. Green, Blue, White, and red. I have central air and gas heat. They had the Blue wire "C" into the Y for the AC. Since the Nest ...
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How can I determine whether a home with common walls has good soundproofing?

I'm looking to buy a new house in England. It's not likely to be detached. I like a quiet life and would like to choose one where neighbour noise isn't an issue. I have read that during the 1980s, ...

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