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What is the name of a screw-nut ring used to hold up a hanging lampshade? (see photo)

I have a hanging light fixture that I'm trying to put a lampshade on. Because the light fixture hangs from the ceiling, If I don't screw something underneath it, the lampshade would fall down. The ...
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What is the type of this light bulb?

I need to replace this light-bulb. It is very slim and I have never seen it anywhere else. What is the light bulb's type?
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How can I cut a metal pipe while preserving the wires inside?

I need to install a dishwasher with a solid bottom into this space, where this solid pipe (green rectangle above) is in the way. How would I remove the pipe, or at least make it level with the floor, ...
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Did not remove break off tab on electrical outlets replaced

I changed three very old electrical outlets in my grandmother's home today, and was thinking afterward about how they were wired. After finishing they did work when tested, with a simple desk lamp, ...
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AC wire hanging out by itself in receptacle, safe?

I am replacing my smoke detector with a Nest one (battery powered) and no longer need this AC connection -- is it okay to tuck it into the wall as it is or should there be a cap or something? Not sure ...
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Adding Refrigerator to Garage Door circuit

I recently had a transfer switch installed for my generator. I'd like to add a basement refrigerator to the same breaker (in my service panel) as the garage door circuit. This would allow the ...
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water hammer from next door washing machine

I had horrendously loud water hammer from next door neighbours washing machine. I pushed foam behind the pipes to my boiler...now it is hardly hearable. Try that before going and buying an expensive ...
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Which professional should I call for leak coming down the furnace exhaust flue?

During heavy downpours, especially ones when windy, water would begin to trickle and drip from the outside surface of the exhaust flue in the basement. Not sure how long this has been going on since ...
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How to taper an irregular flat roof for a slight fall

First of all, Harper gave a great answer to a similar question here, but I'm having trouble making it work for an irregular shaped roof with an angle that is not 45 degrees. My roof contains an ...
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Why won't my oven open its gas valve?

I have an old O'keefe and Merrit Oven that is not lighting. I tried contacting a local mechanic but he refused to work on it because he called it an antique. Unfortunately they simply don't seem to ...
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Remove broken drain in manufactured home

I have a drain for a bathtub that is stuck and broken. I was able to get it to turn, which seemed like a good thing, but looking in the drain, the fitting is turning as well. I tried using the flange ...
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Standing water at back of shower need suggestions

Contractor converted bathtub to shower, finished yesterday, shower has standing water at back and middle of shower after use. What are possible solutions.
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Is it common to see building wire used for a doorbell?

I'm trying to install a new video doorbell. Found the transformer in the attic, attached to the attic outlet. There are two 2-wire bell wiring runs from the transformer - one to the chime and the ...
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Is a stack of steel plate as strong as a single plate of the sum thickness?

I'd like to put a 4'x8' steel plate across my driveway gutter, so cars don't bottom out in the dip. I've seen 1/2" plates used for this, but at 650+ lbs. (https://www.chapelsteel.com/weight-steel-...
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Connecting 240 volt generator to Main Panel

I read previous posts that explained that the Sub Panel has a separate connection for ground and separate for neutral, while the Main Panel does not separate the ground & neutral - this is exactly ...
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Fix/Move Ethernet on Side of House

The house I recently bought has the networking cables to each room (2-4 each) terminate at a junction box on the outside of the house. To hook up my Internet, the tech hooked up to one of the cables ...
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Why momentary chemical smell after Tankless Hot Water Heater install

Why is my hot water stinky for a few seconds? This is a strong but hard to describe chemical smell like CPVC glue, not rotten eggs and not sewage or gas. I put in a new propane-fired tankless water ...
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Why did my sink drain blockage clear after several weeks?

Recently I installed a new kitchen in a flat in a very old house (1830s) in a neighbourhood known for sagging pipes. The old pipes up to the soil stack were cleaned by a pro, after the kitchen was ...
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mixing wire sizes on a single circuit [duplicate]

I'm doing some simple wiring in a shed I built and will have an actual electrician connect it to the panel. I ran 12-2 for all my outlets so they can be on a 20 amp circuit and 14-2 for all my ...
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Faucet hose not retracting smoothly

We recently had our kitchen remodeled and after the installation, I noticed that the power for the garbage disposal was placed right below the faucet. This prevents the faucet hose from smoothly ...
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Ceiling fan light fixture blew

I mistakenly put in a dimmer light bulb and, when I pulled the string to turn on the lights, it blew the light fixture of my ceiling fan. I've tried changing the bulbs, but the fixture isn't working ...
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Automatically turn off power to home appliances power supply switches to backup generator

Scenario at my home: In my home, refrigerator, washing machine etc and other heavy duty appliances(16A current) and lights and fans are connected to the same power line. It was a mistake done during ...
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No power in a fluorescent tube lamp

I wanted to use an oldish fluorescent tube lamp and find there is no power, I replaced the tube, also the stater, also the fuse in the plug and still no power. I have a multimeter but don't know how ...
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two hot wires into a capacitor

I have a non-working oscillation 3-speed fan. After some detective work, I found that both wires going into the start capacitor are hot. Is this what it should be? There are three wires, maybe four (...
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Ceiling fixture faulty?

I'm not an electrician nor I claim to be. But I have had one out here recently and hoping to get more understanding and insight. My ceiling fan in the kitchen is very old, at least 40 years. It has 5 ...
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Removing sound dampening windows for cleaning

I have sound dampening windows in my new home. They follow the style of the other windows. So while most are on tracks and removable, the large picture window in the living room has a stationary ...
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Trouble understanding my heating system

Hi, just moved to this new place and I'm struggling getting the right temperature for hot water and heater. Could anyone help me understand the direction and source of each pipe? I guessed some of ...
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Convert 220v dedicated oven connection to 110v receptacle?

I removed a 220V Oven residing on a dedicated circuit using 2 pole 40A breaker. The wire from the breaker to the outlet is 8/3 with red, black, white, and ground. I would like to move my fridge to ...
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Plumbing Vent Modification Question

I'm remodeling my main floor bathroom in my 1930s house and am trying to simplify the venting as the current roof vent leaks. I also moved the toilet approximately 12" from it's previous location and ...
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Whole house surge protector - wiring ground and neutral to same bus bar?

I've bought a whole-house surge protector that I'm installing in my main panel. In the interest of keeping the leads as short as possible, I can put it directly next to the breaker, which would also ...
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Ufer grounding with multiple systems

When installing the ufer ground in a single building, with an expansion joint connected properly with bonding jumpers, and the foundation rebar is completely connected throughout the 800,000 sq ft pad....
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Apartment entrance intercom

Does anyone know how an old apartment intercom with door unlocker works? When I open it I see 2 wire connected to it. The way it works is very simple: if someone at the building entrance pushes my ...
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Does gold window film reflects more or less light and heat than silver?

I'm going to put some mirror polarized window film both for privacy and because I get a lot of sun (and thus heat) and I was wondering if a gold or copper color film would reflect more of less light/...
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What are the chances this contains asbestos and how concerned should I be about exposure?

We are in the process of having our kitchen redone. It is a 1942 colonial in West Hartford, CT. Over the years, several layers have been added to the floor. We had a handyman demo the floor down to ...
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Add an additional 1 way switch

We live a New build property our outside lights are pir and are a bit rubbish so the plan is to swap them out for non pir controlled by a switch we want to add in the kitchen Which is the other side ...
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Can I connect the ground pin of the wall socket to neutral?

I have leaking currents issues in my apartment. There are some appliances in the apartment that don't have a problem with a wall socket that doesn't have a ground; like, TV, mobile charger, laptop ...
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Gas Fireplace Pilot Won't Light

I have a 5 year old built-in natural gas fireplace. It has electronic spark ignition and a wall thermostat. I just tried to start it but noticed that there is no gas reaching the pilot so no flame, ...
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Can a Shallow Well Jet Pump be Mounted Vertically?

I have a 3/4 HP jet pump pulling water out of a shallow well. It is designed with a mount that has it sitting horizontally. Question - Is there any problem with mounting it vertically? e.g. pipe ...
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Bulge in drywall after mounting tv

I mounted my 60” inch tv over my fireplace and a bulge has appeared on both sides in the last few days. I’ve done some searches and it sounds like this is a “nail or screw pop”. My question is this ...
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How long must a refrigerator be left upright after being leaned at an angle before operation?

I moved a refrigerator. During the course of the move it was leaned over at 45 degrees several times and laid almost flat for 30 seconds or so. How long should it sit vertical (upright) to let all ...
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Powerline Adapters and non-grounded outlets

I have a powerline adapter connected to an outlet on the main floor of my house. There I have my PS4’s ethernet connected. The other adapter is upstairs where the router is. Over the last several ...
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Cause of Voltage Drop

I am trying to identify the cause of a voltage drop. When there is a high load, it seems to affect the voltage throughout the house - dropping as low as 170v (from 230v) - clearly this isnt good. I ...
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How repair a joint that should have been joined by screws

I've built a 12 by 8 platform that's 8 feet up in the air, and there's no way to get behind the outer beam now without complete disassembly (custom cut around a chimney). I should have followed my ...
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Filling gap between outside door frame and solid brick wall

I’ve had a problem where an outside door swelled in hot and wet weather so that it did not quite fit in its frame, and repeated impact has knocked out a section of the pointing around the frame. I ...
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Fireplace/brick foundation

I'm rebuilding my garage and have planned to install a footer, full brick base, and full brick wall behind a wood burning stove. I'm planning to have the "base" be mostly standard concrete block with ...
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How do I weigh a kitchen island to determine what size castors to get?

I need castors for a kitchen island. I need to know what to get. Do all the castors need to carry full weight or do I divide by 4 to get say 4 50lb to hold a 200lb cabinet for example?
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Lights running without disconnect switch

There is what looks like a disconnect before the meter for the outside lights, but it looks like it missing a switch? How are the lights running and how would we disconnect them for service?
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silicone caulking at uneven tight tile joints / gap

We have uneven joints around the tub and shower wall. How can we best caulk silicone? Is there any tricks or recommended tools? We are worried about the tight spots.
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kitchen tiled backsplash before the faucet?

Should the tiles on the kitchen backsplash be mortared and grouted before the faucet is on? Is it problematic if the faucet is on first?
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Is purchasing a valve necessary when shopping for a bathroom faucet?

A product page for a bathroom sink states a "rough in valve" must be purchased separately for the purpose of installation. I wasn't sure if I really needed that because I am just going to replace my ...

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