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Is tape an effective way to hold on a foam elbow?

So, one of the things I want to do around these parts is insulate (lag) the hot water piping in this house's basement to the best of my ability (especially since part of it is in a crawlspace that's ...
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Stairways Hand Rail requirements

On what Building & Safety or any building' s Jurisdiction, within the United States, will this hand rail be acceptable and approved for residential usage.
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Dryer exhaust pipe

M1502.4.1 Material and size. Exhaust ducts shall have a smooth interior finish and be constructed of metal having a minimum thickness of 0.0157 inches (0.3950 mm) (No. 28gage). (a) can I use metal ...
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Ceiling fan won’t turn off from wall switch

Have a ceiling fan with a single wall switch that controls both the light fixture and the fan. If I flip the switch to turn the fan off, the fan slows down like it’s turning off, but then immediately ...
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How can I protect this exterior outlet from water and prevent smoke leakage to the interior?

I have an exterior outlet in a carport that I want to protect from water and smoke. Water: Rain cannot reach this outlet. I am only concerned about accidental water sprays from either the hose nozzle ...
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How do go from a single light/fan bathroom switch to a double paddle with no ground or hot wire?

The old switch had just 2 side wires, one for the fan and one for the light. There was no ground of hot. I'm installing a legrand radiant 2 in 1 paddle switch, and it's not working. I'm assuming that'...
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Wall exhaust fan

I'd like to install a wall exhaust fan, similar to this one. I want to wire it so I can plug it into an outlet as I dont want to tear through drywall. Which type of plug/wires would I need? The fan ...
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Refrigerator freezing on top up to 9 degrees warmer on lower shelves

Side by side Frigidaire 6 months old. Has done this before, but was working fine by the time the repairman showed up. It is NOT overloaded. It does usually run a degree or two different, but not 9 ...
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pigtailed aluminum replacing regular receptacle to GFI

Need to replace a receptacle closest to panel that has a light and another receptacle inline. All are aluminum. They have alumiconns on them (purple) pigtailed. Need to replace sink receptacle with ...
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Line to AC dripping at the furnace

My line from my exterior AC unit is dripping at the furnace. The dripping over time has caused rusting and we've had to replace the control board under it. It appears the root cause of the problem ...
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Would insulating a door between my closet and attic help keep the closet warmer?

In our new home, in the back of our closet the previous home owner had put that flimsy thin wood paneling as a wall in between the back of the closet and where the triangular part of the roof is about ...
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Is it a bad idea to tie output of hot water heater to sump pump drain?

I bought a house and I have a leaking hot water heater (appliance is from 2001). I'd say it fills up an 8 ounce cup after two hot 10-15 minute showers. I had a plumber come out and he replaced the ...
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Air Filter size for (new to me) home HVAC

My wife and I just purchased / moved into a new house and I was going through each of the systems and found the HVAC filter, it was literally destroyed (it had filled with crap and crushed itself in ...
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Two Fixtures, one Circuit. How does this work?

I have two adjacent light switches in a bedroom. One switch is intended to operate 4 recessed lights, the other is intended to operate a ceiling fan/light (via a wired remote). When I bought the ...
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how much weight can be supported by three 4x6 beams spanning 16 ft in a 7ft width?

how much weight can be supported by three 4x6 beams spanning 16 ft in a 7ft width? These beams would be set horizontally.
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Installing new light fixture with two sets of wires

I just moved into this house and there was no light fixture above the sink. Thankfully, they left the wires! So I bought a pendant to hang here. One set of wires is obviously for this light, and the ...
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Screwed up gutter install, best next steps?

First I thought it would look alright but on closer look, I see the gutters are not just behind but under the drip edge and have the exposed facia. While I paid with CC and can just charge back the ...
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Plumbing UK sink waste

We've had a new extension added to the house which has a drain under the concrete. We're left with a 110mm (I think) vertical pipe which our waste needs to go down inside the extension. This waste is ...
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Bury a Retaining Wall

We are building a gunite pool (roughly 20’x40’) on a sloped yard. It appears we will need a 70’x6’ retaining wall for our slope. One person that builds retaining walls suggested building the wall one ...
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Besides welding, are there other ways to connect this gear to its axle?

This is washing machine's agitator axle and a gear from transmission. The weld that connected them both had failed. Since I don't have welder at my disposal, I am wondering, if besides welding there ...
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1/2 pinch clamp for 3/4 PEX?

I used a 1/2 pinch clamp on a 3/4 PEX and it worked. I was in a pinch, no pun intended! Should I change it out? It's been a few weeks now, no leaks. Tom
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Bathtub faucet is not responsive

The bathtub faucet on the cold water side is doing something strange. When I turn the handle, nothing happens until I turn it a little more than half of the way around, then the water comes rushing ...
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New washing machine inlet valve (the one in the machine, not one on the wall pipe) sounds like it periodically leaks water inside, does it need a fix?

So I have bought a front loading LG washing machine and I sometimes notice a hum noise starts and it seems like water flows through the hose into the washing machine, but not always just from time to ...
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My pump is streaming water out of valve from underneath pressure gauge

I've drained the tank, refilled it & it's still a steady stream of water. Water pressure is good but pump kicks on as soon as you turn on a faucet & I know that's bad. I'm a single mom with no ...
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Wood floor Transition Strip

I’m working room-by-room in my house removing old wood flooring and installing new Cali Bamboo flooring. Because Bamboo expands and contracts so much, the manufacturer suggests using transition ...
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Can a roof A/C be installed on a concrete slab on the floor without being on a mounting?

An A/C company came out and replaced my A/C with a new unit a few years ago. I've had A LOT of problems with it freezing since then. I noticed a lot of mold on the bottom of the unit itself and it ...
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Can this joist support be replaced with plywood?

The attic above my garage has several of these horizontal support beams across the ceiling joists, I assume to keep them from bowing. I’d like to put down plywood across the whole floor without these ...
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is there maximum of live wires allowed in one conduit

I have a light switch panel that has multiple switches to control different lights for a big area. The panel is located not in the most comfortable place, therefore I am planning to move 6 switches to ...
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How can I remove material from this wood beam?

I am trying to mount a roller shade in between two wood beams on my porch. The problem is that the beams are a hair too close together to accommodate mounting the shade. I am trying to remove a small ...
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Can I replace a 4 wire ballast with a 5 wire one?

Can I replace a 4 wire ballast with a 5 wire one? The new ballast has an extra blue wire.
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1902 house. Really cold winters. Insulation question

Ive got a 1902 house in montreal where it gets down to -30C during winter. Usually its about -15C. Its also very humid here. I just bought this place and noticed there is no insulation in the walls ...
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Code requirements for adhering wall light to electrical box - does the light need to be attached to the box?

I have a wall light which I'd like to mount on a wood board for decorative purposes. Below are photos of the light from the front and the back, and then a photo of the light on the board. I don't ...
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How can I fix the electrical hookup on my new electric oven?

I just got a brand new electric oven and I'm having some trouble connecting it myself. It's a conduit installation, so the delivery service wouldn't touch it. I got everything working on the first try,...
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Maintenance Manager [closed]

I work for a machine shop and we have an indexer that we have had to send off and have capacitors replaced in. Today the tech comes back with our brain "control Box" for the indexer and it kills the ...
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Entire circuit dead after GFCI outlet

We had a storm, and a GFCI outlet breaker flipped (orange light on). I reset it by pushing the button, and the outlet started working again. But everything else on the circuit remains dead. Can a ...
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Is this awkward dryer exhaust plan manageable?

I'd like to replace my 90's era washer/dryer with a modern one, but my space constraints are very strict. I can't get a dryer that sticks out any further from the wall than my current one, which is 25....
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Hose bib manufacturer

Can anyone please identify the manufacturer of this hose bib so I can get the correct vacuum breaker. Thanks.
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Cutting laminate countertop with minimal waste

I have a 6-foot long "slab" of laminate kitchen countertop that I need to cut in half. Each half will be installed on top of a 36-inch long base cabinet. At least, that is my tentative plan. I am ...
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Security light and smart bulbs

I have been trying to use smart bulbs in my dual head motion sensor fixture. I get them paired up with my wifi but they go off line rather quickly. I realized that I was pairing them in test mode on ...
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Is it OK to use an AC power supply with output voltage lower than specified on the original power supply to recharge a cordless tool?

I need a new power supply for my Black and Decker GS500 3.6V DC cordless grass clipper. I have not been able to find a Black and Decker replacement power supply. The original power supply label shows ...
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is this Asbestos? or anything dangerous?

In my garage there are some water pipes I believe that have a wrap around them and in some places its expanded and opened. Now I am worried if its asbestos. Its yellow and looks puffy. I near a water ...
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Adding subpanel - how to run wiring

In my new addition I'll be adding a subpanel due to lack of space in existing box. The issue I've got right now is the walls that I could add a panel in, have a truss directly above the top place, ...
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Romex exiting junction box just below 8 feet

I am installing new outlets by drilling up from the garage between the wall cavity and fishing romex up. As seen in the picture: I had my first inspection and the inspector called out that the ...
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Electric oven in the same plug as a microwave

Can I have an electric oven in the same plug as a microwave, and if not how hard is it to change a single plug to a double?
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Removing Home Alarm System (UK)

I recently moved into a new home and it has a home alarm system installed. The system appears to be inactive, there's a keypad on the wall downstairs and a larger control unit upstairs - neither of ...
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Splice or taps allowed in a panel [duplicate]

Is it legal to have a polaris connector,inside 200 amp main disconnect. To tap in for a RV hook up. Or tap has to be done in a pull box?
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Preferred solution for leak on a 90 degree pvc corner

Some context: first time home owner with no idea what I’m doing outside of google. In January, this happened: It turned out there is a leak occurring near the elbow. 1) the elbow itself did not ...
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If I install a 30 amp breaker in my breaker box, can I use 15 amp outlets on the circuit, provided none of the appliances used exceed 15 amps?

I have a shed that has outlets wired with either 14 or 12 gauge wire and 15 amp receptacles. I already know that my total usage will be almost 30 amps. If I use a #10 on the first receptacle and a 30 ...
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What kind of adhesive should be used to install marble tile?

Looking to have large 24x24 Marble tiles put around and under a new cast iron pedestal tub. What adhesive should the contractor use? Is there a problem putting these under the very heavy tub?
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Changing Out a “Vintage” Dimmer Switch

First off ---- I am by no means an electrician. That said, I have a dimmer switch that needs to go..and be replaced by a new one. However, upon searching the internet and reading the instructions ...

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