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Ceiling paint peels while rolling new coat

We are repainting ceiling in the kitchen of a summer house. First, we scraped a lot of old paint (yellow) and laid joint compound on top of the patches without yellow paint (looks gray in picture) ...
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Leaky shower arm

At the “V” in this connection, is a tightening toggle. It’s as tight as possible, but continues to leak. What to do? Thanks
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Supporting a glass floor panel as a part of a floating deck

We have built a floating deck attached to the rear of a brick house with a below-grade basement. Now, we have some rear basement well windows that the deck framing is built around. In order to still ...
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Q couple questions on the CA Plumbing, Electrical Code RE: keep-out distances between gas, electric

General: Southern California area Residential Experience with HV and high pressure N2/CDA systems from my work, but not flammable high pressure gasses. Question 1: Is there a minimum distance ...
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Do I need to paint exterior fiberglass porch columns?

The vendor said I needed to prime and paint them. If I like the bare colour of them as they are now, I'm hoping I can just keep it as-is. Is there a reason that I would need to prime and paint them? ...
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Can you use aluminum foil around gap at floor of hot water tank then seal?

Fairly big gap at floor around pipes of hot water tank. For mice prevention I read some where you could fill gap with aluminum foil then seal. Is this correct. If so what kind of sealant should be ...
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how to rewire 3 way switch

I just moved into this house. There's a 3 way switch that I can't figure out how to rewire it.When I turn it on at the bottom of the stairs, I can turn it off at the top of the stairs. But after doing ...
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condenser capacitor question

My outside condenser fan quit running, so I tested the capacitor, and got nothing on the meter. The cap that was in there was a 35/7.5. The closest one I could find at the time was a 50/7.5. Now ...
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How to make cold lay asphalt less porous?

Yesterday I finished off a job replacing a gully to add channel drainage on the driveway. The area we dug up (around 2m²) was topped off with 5cm (2") of cold lay asphalt laid in 2x 2.5cm (1") stages. ...
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Quiet window AC unit [closed]

I am having a difficult time finding a window ac unit with a maximum width of 17 inches. I don't want it too noisy. Any suggestions?
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Can i run power to my workshop using an open existing 30amp breaker?

I have a detached workshop 100 feet from my house that I want to run power to. I need help determining if an existing 30a circuit will work, and what gauge wiring to use for the 100 foot run. Details ...
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How to identify the wires on the dimmer to convert it to Conventional on/off switch

I have a dimmer switch that I need to convert to a conventional on/off switch. I have checked this link for guidance already: How do I replace this dimmer switch to a conventional switch? It seems ...
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Chimney flue repair before installing liner for wood burning insert

Planning on installing a wood burning insert in exsisting fireplace, the top of the flue at the chimney is spalling and was wondering if/options of repairing? the wood burning insert will use a ...
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My swamp cooler is leaving everything in the house black, why?

It's a brand new swamp cooler. I've called the landlord twice to fix it he said the belt fell off the first time then the second time he said there's nothing is wrong. It's the same problem from ...
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What is this insect and how to kill it?

What is the name of insect in linked photo and how we can kill it in easy way
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Code exception for not installing AFCI's in kitchen's?

I'm having an electrician replace my old Zinsco panel with a new Eaton panel. My understanding is that all the 120V 15A and 20A circuits for the house (no basements, garages etc) need to have AFCI or ...
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How can I prevent water from running behind my gutters and under shingles near a wall?

I've been troubleshooting some issues have been having with water getting into my basement. Today I took a hose out to try and find out how water is getting behind my gutters and believe I found some ...
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Is this a proper way to drain water from flat area under deck so it does not penetrate basement wall?

I have a flat area under a 6 by 30 ft deck in front of my split level house. I am currently replacing the deck boards on this (Pictures are below). The soil underneath this deck is relatively flat and ...
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How to measure power usage on a 120V circuit that can go up to 20 Amps?

I want to measure the power coming out of a 120V outlet that can go up to 20 Amps. A standard household circuit is limited to 15 amps but this is a special situation where we're running our own ...
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detect nails under sheetrock

I lost my stud finder. I read where you can detect nails using a magnet suspended from a piece of string. It does not work. It does detect the metal strips where the walls intersect. Is there another ...
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Wiring an old dryer without a white ground wire?

I purchased an old electric dryer to hold me over until I can have a gas line installed in my laundry room and am in the process of converting it from a 3-prong to a 4-prong plug. According to the ...
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Transfer switch worked but only to half the house, used to work fine. Any ideas? Thanks

We have a generac 20k generator and auto transfer switch. It has worked well for 3 years, but now when the power goes out it only switches over half the house. Any suggestions on troubleshooting would ...
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Rim joist moisture behind chimney

Doing basement remodel, above fireplace (behind chimney) i noticed moisture at rim joist, on the exterior where the chimney butts up against the house there is aging and absent caulk/sealant. Should i ...
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Why is my circulator pump heating my house?

Our house had always had some latent heat coming through the vents even when they were turned off, which was causing the temperature to be pretty unbearable during the summer. One day, we heard ...
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Blomberg refrigerator making intermittent loud knocking sounds coming from the ice maker

Sounds and vibration coming from the sealed ice maker assembly in top left side of freezer. 50 seconds knocking, 10 second pause, knocking resumes. When we unplug refrigerator and plug back in, the ...
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fiberglass: faced or not?

My house (in New Orleans, where it is hot and humid most of the year) is raised more than 5 feet off the ground and there is old fiberglass insulation installed between the beams under the house, ...
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Pine sap removal from my patio pavers

The white spots are caused by pine sap is there a way I can remove all of them in one shot instead of on my hands and knees
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Hvac fuse blowing on furnace board

A 5 amp fuse keeps popping at startup on my tempstar furnace,had a problem a couple weeks ago and put fuse in and worked fine.Now it blows instantly.
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Electrical plug at bathroom sink, can it be located in a cabinet next to bathroom sink?

To fulfill code requirements - can an electrical plug at bathroom sink be located in a cabinet next to sink
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Adding ventilation to an older outbuilding

I have a large to me storage building that I am trying to convert into a garage/workshop. I don't have the time/money/inclination to tear the whole thing down and start anew so I am trying to make ...
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Carrier model furnace inducer motor turns on and off briefly

I have a carrier model furnace where the inducer motor will turn on for approximately 10 seconds then shut off for a minute or so. It only recently started doing this and it only does it my ...
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Waterproofing Brick foundation

I live in a brick house built circa 1975 in northern Alabama. It has a huge brick/cinder block/concrete front porch. The brick is a veneer that goes around the bottom. When it rains, some of the ...
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Are the outlets grounded?

I was checking out the outlets in my house, that's when I discovered 1 outlet didn't have an ground wire attached to it. I looked inside the plastic junction box, I could see 2 ground wires twisted ...
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Does my wiring plan sound OK?

I bought a house built in '69 in northern VA a few months ago. Having mapped out the upstairs circuits, I've discovered that the whole place is a wiring mess. I am remodeling each room and bathroom ...
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Can I repair light scratches on a laminate countertop?

I was foolish and scratched my laminate countertop, which I would like to repair. Everything I have found online shows solutions for filling in chips (or deeper cuts), mainly in laminate that has a ...
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What to do with small space at the edge of the step when tiling floor?

I am tiling an entryway/hallway floor, which has a somewhat irregular shape. While I've dealt with all the corners and funny shapes, there's one place where I can't think of a solution. At one point, ...
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Placement of a package unit heat pump for my shop

I was wondering if I would benefit by locating my 3 ton package unit heat pump closer to the load center. The ducting would be my only interference with it closer to the load center. The unit would ...
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Water shut off to bathroom sink: valve not working and I do not have ready access to main water supply

I did something dumb today and I'm panicking. I tried to replace the bathroomfaucet to surprise my husband (mission accomplished on the surprised part) because it was one of his tasks before we (and ...
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How many LED lights on this 15 amp breaker?

How many LED recessed lights per 15 amp breaker with 14 gauge 12/3 12/2 wire with 8 3 way dimmer switches and 1 single pole dimmer attached picture of 6” recessed led lights Also not sure what the ...
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Why do my bathroom sinks smell like death?

Whenever I turn on my bathroom sinks for more than 5 seconds, I can hear gurgling in the walls, and shortly after, a terrible smell fills the bathroom. Is this a problem with my vent lines?
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Why are the inside diameters of some pipe larger than the stated size?

I'm looking over some specifications for black pipe. I understand why dimensional lumber is smaller than the stated dimensions, but why would the pipe manufacturers give you more volume than what is ...
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Can I install Kerdi board just on the walls of my shower and use a PVC membrane on the floor?

I have poured the preslope on the cement floor, and installed the Oatey PVC membrane and 3 piece drain. I would like to use Kerdi board on the walls, but not the floor. Can I install Kerdi board ...
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Converting dryer from 3 to 4 prong cord but it doesn't have a grounding screw / wire

I'm trying to convert a recently purchased dryer from a three prong cord to a four prong cord to match my outlet. However, it doesn't have a green screw for the ground line. Where do I connect the ...
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Help finding a saw blade to cut clay bricks

I need a saw blade (either for my circular saw or miter saw) that can cut clay bricks but am confused by the terminology surrounding them. I know I can buy a diamond blade, but those are expensive, ...
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120v breaker, 240v output

I am a pool service guy and a couple times i have stumbled across this, and always told the customer to contact a licensed electrician to resolve the situation. Breaker at the box that controls the ...
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Adding hot receptacle from current light switch power?

My current situation is power comes into light switch and then to receptacle controlled by light switch. I need to add a hot receptacle. I assume I can pig tail the incoming power wires inside the ...
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Hanging a TV mount on a old wall with metal studs

I am hanging a TV in my condo. The condo was built in 1967. The wallboard is very thick, around 3/4" with less then 2 inches behind the wallboard. I was going to use GripIt anchors but they only go ...
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Asbestos insulation?

I recently found this insulation up in my attic. Can anyone tell me if this could possibly contain asbestos?
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Can I connect 14 gauge wire to 12 gauge wire

I have an existing ceiling fan with no light that has 12/2 wire in box which is ran to a single switch that is also wired with 12/2. Want to change out fan with newer model that includes a light kit. ...
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horizontal fence DIY?

seeing if yall could advise at all. I'm on the fence about building a fence vs paying a contractor. I've got quotes from $3600-$4600 or I could buy materials and do the labor myself for about $1500-$...

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