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Power out, but no GFCI, no breakers tripped

My wife's grandma has been in her house over 50 years. Can't find A GFCI anywhere in the house. I have two bedrooms without power from her plugging too many things in at one time. All other rooms have ...
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Sealant/joining compound for kitchen laminate worktop installation

What is the recommended sealant and joining product for use with laminate kitchen worktops? I have a butt joint within 10cm of the kitchen sink, and water has penetrated the joint and expanded the ...
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Removing old style Wavin push-fit fittings

Need a tool and to identify some older Wavin fittings that I am removing (10 to 15 year old ) Wavin push fittings (15 mm water ). They have a blue threaded insert around the pipe that screws into a ...
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Light and fan switches

I would like to have a double wall switch for the toilet where one switch (#1) turns on both the light and the fan while the second switch (#2) turns only the fan. Please note the light and the fan ...
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Mounted My Tv and I missed one Stud(Top left corner of mount )

I for sure have 3 of my screws into the stud, but one of them missed the mark and I was wondering how much damage could it do. My Tv is about 35 pounds and was wondering how big of an issue is it ...
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A.c. fan outside not coming on

It started with the thermostat not going in on only fan. That night i go to turn the AC on and the condenser fan wouldn't come on so I took a stick moved the blades and it started . i thought its the ...
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What to use as void filler behind between shower's studs & cement underlayment board?

I am in the middle of remodeling my bathtub/shower surround. For my tile underlayment I chose hardibacker, and the appropriate hardi screws. A youtube video series that I am using as my tutorial is ...
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Water pump that can shut down if no water from supplier

Presently we are suffering water supply crisis in which there is not enough water supply for the population so water supply has to be turned on or off by the supplier. What kind of water pump that ...
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Outdoor 50 amp 4-wire Outlet Install

I want to install an outlet for outdoor connection of an RV. However, the location of the service entrance box is close to a inside corner of the exterior of the house so the easiest location is on ...
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Power outlets near service entrance

I want to install a 50 amp circuit breaker in the service entrance box and put the 4 wire 220 outlet for my welder right below the service entrance. I will be using a 50 ft extension to reach my ...
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Checked voltage, ok, replaced 4 pin triple bulb twice GX24q-3 and still does not worked?

Checked voltage on kitchen 5 light fixture, one of them was burnt out, replaced bulb with same model GX24q-3 and still same fixture does not work?
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Reorient Kwikset quarter turn lock

I have some doors next to each other, all with Kwikset locks keyed the same way. The deadbolts are set so that horizontal is locked, vertical is unlocked. There is no general consensus on which is ...
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Fixing slow water damage at top of wall

I recently noticed that there was water damage at the top corner of an exterior facing wall in one of my bedrooms. Previously, I had thought it was electrical wiring in the wall due to the snake-like ...
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Old house - hanging a new light fixture

I have 1 red wire and a neutral wire attached to the fixture and the black wire do not attached to anything, how do I install a new light fixture with a black wire a white wire and the copper ground ...
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Are gas lines installed above fireplaces?

I am trying to install a TV above my fireplace (I know) and I hit something that looks like a metal pipe and I'm worried it's a gas pipe. Logically I assume no one would ever install a gas line above ...
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Can I use a terminal wire kit meant for a dryer on an electric range stove?

So one of the terminal wires on my families range melted off (one of the black wires) which was probably caused by a loose connection and they ordered a terminal kit but apparently it's meant for ...
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Can I use projecting bolt shield anchors in AAC concrete blocks?

I just bought a 60” TV, and a very heavy duty bracket to attach it to the wall. The wall itself is made of aerated autoclaved concrete blocks, and I have read you need to be careful about what kind of ...
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Please clarify wiring to and for remote pool load center

I am replacing an old remote mechanical timer power box for a swimming pool with a new "Pentair Easytouch 4 Load Center with circuit breaker sub-panel". Background: 200A Main Panel (Sylvania - ...
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How to replace UFFI insulation in walls with no access from basement or attic?

I recently bought a house, and had an energy assessment done which determined that my exterior walls have old UFFI insulation that is rotting away, leaving substantial gaps and allowing heat transfer ...
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Phantom or real voltage determination

Can a 120 V/ 0.35 A input for a phone charger help to determine if voltage is real or phantom? I don't have a multimeter with impedance function. I have a problem circuit which shows to have 120V AC ...
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Toilet drain roughed in to wrong location

New construction home plumbing issue. Architects placed toilet in front of bathroom door. What the heck- that is where the sink should be! We did not notice until slab was poured and we saw the drain ...
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Adding floor joists to an attic

I am trying to add floor joists to an attic and intend for getting decent amount of support for plywood flooring and storage. The existing truss is 13' across and 24'' span between 2x4 ceiling joists....
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Adding sub panel - detached building

This is the first one I've done and want to make sure it's correct.. 200amp in the house 110amp breaker to subpanel 2/0 aluminum wire 140' URD 4 bare copper ground less than 6' 8' aluminum ground rod ...
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Does anyone make a 3 circuit switch?

I would like to run 3 separate 120 volt items 10.2 max amp per item using 3 separate circuits, but only have a single switch box to use. I have seen single circuit in 3 switch out, but want 3 in 3 out....
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Choosing a grout color for a large brick patio

I am install a large brick patio, about 500 sq. ft. We are planning to use a sand grout but want to get a sand color rather than a grey color. Is this possible and, if so, how?
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How to mount meter base to cedar siding on old house

I'm in the process of rewiring my small 1910 home. The utility company has requested I move my meter to the front of the house. I plan on mounting my service panel on the inside of the house, directly ...
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Domed concrete floor (garage) needs leveling

I am about to replace a 14ft wide garage door. The concrete floor is domed in the centre of the doors width. The mid section of floor is roughly level for about 6 feet wide but falls away each side ...
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Mineral spirits not drying on unfinished hardwood floor (12 hours later)

I'm looking for suggestions on how to dry down or remove excess mineral spirits from our unfinished hardwood floor. We installed new, unfinished hardwood flooring (yellow birch), sanded it and then ...
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Run a 15 amp motor on a 30 amp breaker?

I have recently purchased a 220v 15 amp jointer ( 12/3 wire). The only 220v outlet that is nearby is my dryer. The dryer is on a 30amp circuit with 10/3 wire. Can I make an extension cord (say 10/3 ...
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How can I prevent the blocking between my deck joists from making noise under foot traffic?

Framing new deck 2x8x10 PT lumber. Used solid blocking bridging and just walking across mid span the blocks POP. All blocks were hand nailed with 12d common Galv. When noticed popping went back ...
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Right tool to dig six foot holes?

I would like to dig some 6-12 inch diameter dry wells (any diameter in that range will work). The holes need to be at least 6 feet deep to reach the permeable layer of the soil. However, the equipment ...
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Old style Wavin push-fit removal tool

I am removing some 10 to 15 year old Wavin push fittings (15 mm water ). They have a blue threaded insert around the pipe that screws into a brass or copper collar on the outside of the plastic elbow ...
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Foundation concerns with 40 year old home

I just purchased a home built in 1978 (I literally moved in last weekend.) This is my first home purchase, and I tried to do as much research as I could -- I had it inspected, and the inspector found ...
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Need help designing an oversized pergola

Looking to build a pergola for my back patio. I’d love to cover the whole area (30’ wide x 24’ deep) without any posts in the center. I’ve attached a picture of the space, sorry it’s dark and a mess. ...
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Bond CSST to Water Pipe - Allowed in 2017 NEC 250.104(B)?

I am looking to bond out CSST gas line which is in our crawl space of the house (dirt floor) and the copper water pipe is close by. I was wondering if CSST can be bonded to the copper water pipe in ...
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Door lock hole drilled too big

I drilled a bigger hole over an existing one on my door so I could put a new lock on. Unfortunately I drilled the hole too big. Now the lock is too to small to install. Any suggestions?
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Baseboard wiring

I'm planning to do something similar to this wiring diagram, but using only 1 thermostat : How to Wire 3 baseboard Heaters with 2 Thermostats Since there'll be too many wires for the thermostat box, ...
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remote open/close jalousie windows

In Hawaii it's very common to have jalousie windows with a turn crank to open and close the slats. I'm looking for a device that will allow me to wirelessly turn the crank to open and close the ...
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Circuit Fails when wires capped but not when light is inline

curious to hear your thoughts. It's on old 1960's house and I can't trace all the wiring. In the diagram: when the porcelain single bulb light is hooked-up the Black and dotted white wire, the light ...
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Plumbing water line and drain schedule

I want to build a detached garage. I submitted plans to the city for a permit and they came back telling me they need to see the "plumbing water line and drain schedule" because I would like to have a ...
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Running easily replaceable water line underground

I'm running a trench out to my shed for electrical. I'd like to use the same trench for a water line so I can have a spigot back there, and possibly future sprinklers. I'd also like to make it fairly ...
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How little space is possible between the stove and the hood

Most of the ranges I look at in the professional area...Wolf, Thermador, Miele etc. mention that 30" is the minimum height from cook top to hood...the space I have currently is about 27 1/2" and I ...
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Wiring a new shop advice

I am having a new shop built on Friday.The shop is located 250 feet from my power meter. For a 240 volt 100 amp service in the shop, the online calculator says I need 2/0 AWG Aluminum or 1AWG copper....
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LED Light in Ceiling Fan only works with a non-LED next to it

I have a Harbor Breeze ceiling fan with two light ports and a remote control. The lights are e12 (candelabra) base, but I need some brightness. I just bought some 12W LED bulbs (100w equivalent) and ...
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How/why is a driver better at screws than a combi drill?

The first decent power tool I bought was a DeWalt combi drill. It's good but I know contractors always have dedicated tools and it seems other than convenience switching bits, a driver is just better ...
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Minimum clearance between tree branches and overhead electrical (Indiana)

What is Indiana code for minimum clearance between power lines overhead and tree branches? I was able to find some things talking about how high cables should be off the ground, but nothing about tree ...
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range hood confusion

I am making some changes in a somewhat older kitchen. Part of this is replacing the stove with a 30" dual fuel (LP) range but keeping the existing 300 CFM fan. I was all set to buy a professional ...
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Are gutters the only way to fix this ice accumulation issue?

Whenever it rains or snow melts in the winter these rain guards drop water right in front of the walkway which freezes and causes an ice mess. I am reluctant to add a gutter section because no other ...
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Connecting a shaver socket

I would like to install a shaver socket in my bathroom and the closest power supply is the bathroom light switch. Instead of lifting all of the loft insulation to find the lighting junction box, is ...
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Water pump and inverter

I'm using a 2500 watt inverter with a regular car battery to power a vacation house with no city electricity or water, all my appliances work just fine except the water pump, the manual of the pump ...

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