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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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Finishing Concrete basement floors

Alright! This is a 4 part question! I live in a new build in Ottawa Ontario and would like to finish my basement. Basement is below grade, and the house has been up for 6 months. 1 )I'm planning on ...
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Identification of a fitting which will hold a small rod

I need a fitting that screws in on both sides like a pillow block, is made of plastic and will receive a rod of 1/4" diameter. In other words the rod would just snap into the fitting and be held ...
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Fuse blew, outlet didnt work, replaced outlet, still not working

I was using some power tools in my garage and the fuse blew. I replaced the fuse but the outlet still didnt work. It was an older outlet without buttons so its not GFCI. The outlet is in the garage, ...
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USA: What is a code compliant method of running 12/2 through wood ledger board and into outside junction box?

I need to run one circuit of 12/2 from the basement (ranch house) up to the attic and then outside via the ledger board of the roof over my deck. Should I screw a short nipple into the back of the ...
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Plaster board abandoned in my house

My tenants have left behind some pink/white plaster boards in my rental property. I've just noticed there might be asbestos in it as there are white strands in the plaster. I've double bagged the ...
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What size pocket hole screw for 1.5x1.5 miter?

Im making a headboard framed with 1.5x1.5" pine. The joints at the top are mitered. What size screw should I use for pocket holes?
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New concrete up to blacktop's soft edge

I want to make a concrete walkway next to a blacktop driveway. This is on private property, and the total length of the walkway will be about 20 feet. I don’t want a curb, and I want the concrete to ...
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Fridgaire fridge compartment not holding cool, freezer working perfectly

Have been puzzling through an issue with my Fridgiaire fpbs2777rfb. About two-three weeks ago my youngest left the freezer open for some time, causing a bunch of condensation that eventually caused a ...
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trying to add honeywell wifi thermostat to old furnace

I see there are lots of post asking about the "C" wire and wifi thermostats so I apologize in advance for another one. I'm trying to install a new Honeywell T5 thermostat for my not so ...
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How do I lubricate a sticky knob on an interior door?

Problem I have a door knob that does not turn as smoothly as it should. I could replace it, but I'd rather try to repair it first. The door knob in question is a basic interior door knob. There is no ...
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Looking for feedback on prep & paint plan for moldy wood siding

I'm getting ready to paint my cabin this summer and I was hoping to get a reality check on the order of sequence. I've painted houses inside and out before but they were new, and this is a bit ...
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Wall A/C unit runs partially after turning off and eventually trips breaker. Is it a stuck relay?

I have an in-wall A/C unit that has been getting a workout in this 90 degree weather. It's a Kenmore Model No. 580.74124400. 115v 11.5A on a 15A dedicated circuit. I've now had two instances of the ...
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what all requirement for pool safety to be considered for my new property? [closed]

I am constructing my new property, now it is in the final stage. so, I need clarification for Safety equipment to considered while building pools.
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When a ceiling fan is turned on I get 440v in the room circuit

I installed a new ceiling fan. When switched it on, I get 440v in the entire room circuit; I had stabiliser that showed the voltage. I was surprised. I took a multimeter and measured the voltage it ...
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Drilled too deep into a thin wall, how can I fix that?

I'm very new to this & totally didn't take into consideration how thin the wall was. Now I have a hole running from one side to the other. How can I fix this from the other side? I was mounting an ...
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How to prepare vertical brick surface so Portland cement based mixtures (concrete, mortar) will adhere properly?

I have a sub grade vertical stack of perforated brick (foundation) which I need to coat in a thick layer of mortar or concrete in order to fill gaps, creating a flat surface for subsequent painting/...
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Wood fence posts in clay

I'm installing a wooden fence around my back yard using prebuilt cedar panels and 10 ft (3+ m) 4x4 pressure treated posts buried 3 1/2 to 4ft (1+ m) deep. The posts are packed in with pea gravel to ...
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Do I have to add a ground wire that has been missing for 20 years?

I am replacing a 20 yr old dishwasher in a 20 yr old house. The wiring from breaker box connected to the old dishwasher had no ground wire. Can I just attach the old white & black wires to the ...
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Blower speed issue [closed]

Recently moved into a new home. Have my thermostat set to "fan on" and "cold" for AC as I like to circulate the air constantly. When my furnace blower receives a signal to turn ...
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Ceiling fan outlet wire codes, help with Lutron mastero fan and light switch

I have two ceiling fan outlets in different rooms with different color wired. 1 room has Yellow, brown and two white wires. Yellow and brown are shorted Two whites are shorted. 2 room has brown, ...
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Replacing 2-prong outlet - existing wiring has two neutral wires, one hot?

This is going to sound like a duplicate question but it's actually reversed. We live in a house built in the 1960's (in the US). We have metal conduit throughout and surprisingly a ground wire that is ...
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Pipe Maze: Installing Natural Gas Line to Weber Natural Gas Grill

Trying to Install my weber natural gas grill to the natural gas line that is already set up. The gas line has a 3/8 male flare connection.... and the weber grill needs a 3/8 male non-flare connection. ...
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What, if anything can you attach to a beam?

I'm flipping a row home. I had two rotting beams that had to be replaced. Because of the way they align with the existing joists, they will extend below the height of the sheetrock. The two ideas I ...
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Needing to add an outlet but confused why builder used 14-3 wire on a non-switched outlet

I am trying to add an outlet behind my tv by picking off the outlet below it. When I took off the outlet cover I noticed its in the middle of a run and the builder (house built in 2000) had used 14-3 ...
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Replaced Paddle Switch

I replaced an old paddle switch after installing backsplash. With the old switch the wires were just pressed into a grid and was rated at 15a. I thought a single pole light switch would work but ...
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Identify this ceiling fan?

I have this ceiling fan in my house. The previous owner didn't leave any documentation about it. It came with a remote, but unfortunately the remote's screen does not turn on, even with a fresh ...
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Bath exhaust fan issue

We closed on this new construction townhome in January 2014. 6 1/2 years later, cleaning the Panasonic exhaust fans in all 4 bathrooms, to my astonishment, basement bathroom fan has no ductwork. Fan ...
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Floatless (altitude valve) toilet fill valve problems

Two problems with the valve, one; valve doesn't shutoff completely, two; when I opened the valve the larger diaphragm looked stretched out. I read somewhere that water pressure (hi, low) will ...
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Running cables for a home theater: inside walls and ceilings or on the surface?

I am trying to set-up a home theater in my ill-equipped living room. After spending the last three days watching YouTube videos on routing cables, I did learn a lot, but got into a state of analysis ...
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Can I leave a wall primed, but without paint, for several sunny months?

I notice the siding and trim on my house is in urgent need of paint, as there are bare areas of wood where the paint is flaking off, but due to uncertainties with Coronavirus, I need to hold off on ...
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Can moisture travel through a microporous filler and fuel mould growth?

I would like to use this product to fill holes due to it bring good for sensitive people: https://auropaint.co.uk/product/natural-wall-filler-no-329/ However it says that it is micro poros which ...
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Toilet noise after a flush [closed]

After a flush, it whines and makes high pitched noises when filling tank up. Time for new stuff?
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How to wire new switch

I'm trying to insert a motion switch and am not positive on the connections I need to make. I'm trying to replace SWITCH A. Switch A was previously part of a simple 3-way setup, but now is just a dumb ...
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Oil clogged up my Honeywell Water Heater Gas Valve WV8840A1051

The gas company cleared oil from my natural gas lines to my house about 1.5 - 2 yrs ago. The gas meter was completely full of oil and was replaced. The water heater was also replaced. Things were ...
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How to handle gap next to sink

I have a house which was built in 1970 (so before the invention of the right-angle, I guess). Not a wall is straight. When installing a new bathroom vanity, I have it aligned to the rear wall, but the ...
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How to open the motor cover of craftsman electric lawn mower? [closed]

Problem The lawn mower suddenly stopped working during grass cutting Lawn mower details I have an old model of craftsman lawn mower (2013 model?). It says 20" corded 12 Amp electric on the top. I ...
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Which foundation type for conservatory?

I live in a new property where due to the underlying characteristics of the land, piling was required for the foundations. Due to the additional cost, I'd like to explore what options for extension or ...
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What to do with wall behind bath taps

The tiles behind the taps of my bath have come off completely and I don't know what to do. My main concern is if it could contain asbestos withing the tiles themselves, the adhesive or the plaster ...
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Boiler turning cold in middle of use

I have a valiant boiler ecotec 824 that was service about 4 months ago but has suddenly had a problem where the hot water for either the shower or the taps will run hot but flick between being luke ...
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Faced or unfaced insulation

So my house was built in 1957, I have shiplap siding and behind black boards that are fireproof. On the photo you can see the exterior wall where these boards are. Should I use unfaced insulation or ...
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Hydro isolation for foundation cut out (edge, not face)?

I live in Europe with a house constructed out of perforated bricks. I have sub grade basement windows. Our home inspector pointed out that the foundation edges exposed by the window channel need hydro ...
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how can I kill Insects that are boring holes in concrete

I have insects that are boring holes in my driveway and garage floor. Are there any remedies that would kill Them?
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what should I use to cover a table made out of a broken bookcase?

I'm working with a friend who is trying to make a kitchen table (i.e to use for eating) from a bookcase which broke. We're trying to do it as low-budget as possible (he's in a lot of debt right now). ...
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A bar broke on an out of warranty hammock, so how do I replace the bar? [closed]

We had a few people sitting in a hammock, and the spacer bar broke due to the weight. How do we replace the bar so the hammock is usable again?
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Drilling into foundation form ties

I am in the midst of waterproofing the interior side of my basement. I have many leftover form ties that I've cut off flush with the concrete. The ties originally looked like this: My waterproofing ...
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The circuit breaker does not stay on after lightning!

After lightning, one of the circuit breakers does not stay on. The breaker is connected to 4 different sets of lights in living /dining room. All receptacle are working in that area (connected to ...
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Air Condition humming noise

I recently bought a brand new house which has new AC unit. but the outdoor AC unit constantly makes the loud humming noise which also vibrates refrigerant pipe. see the attached video link. what could ...
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Can Old wiring be safe to run high currents through?

The electrical wiring in my house has two ages. Half the house has wiring from back in 1963 and the other half has wiring from 1986. Conveniently, my room runs on the older wiring. It's due for change ...

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