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Why does a single pole tandem breaker allow connecting the switch handles?

Specifically I am looking at a QOTO2020: You can see what seem to be holes in the handles for a connection pin. On a single pole breaker I can't think of an application where you would want both ...
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Tear out regular mesh Fiba tape in tub setting?

I recently used mesh tape on all cement board corners on a tub area I’m about to tile. I didn’t realize there was mesh tape specifically designed for cement board. I just used the regular stuff for ...
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Is it permitted to run a gas pipe through the now unused chimney to get to the attic and from there to the other side of the house?

This is about a bungalow, the width of the house is 25' My furnace and the gas pipe that feeds this is in the basement. I would like to run the gas pipe through that chimney all the way to the attic ...
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Is this drain configuration okay?

This is in our bathroom vanity, sitting behind a U shaped drawer that the P-trap tucks into. Kind of a loopy routing that looked almost like an S trap when I looked at it, but now I'm wondering if, ...
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How can I extend a concrete step without repouring?

Two rooms in my house are connected with a set of concrete steps (one tread). As built, the ledge for the first step is inline with the wall framing. This means that when I add drywall the finished ...
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How to prevent cockroaches climbing onto something?

Not much info I could find on what surfaces do cockroaches are unable to climb - nor I have read much into their precise methods of how do they climb stuff, however on this website: https://www....
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What kind of shower valve is this

I've got a lot of rust coming out when I run the shower or fill the tub. I've taken the valve apart as far as I feel comfortable taking it. Can someone help identify what type of valve this is? (See ...
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Replace rotted wooden sill of the door?

I think this wooden piece is called sill but not sure, (as seen in the picture below, in red box) I am think of replacing it with a new one, the question is, is it standardized? I measured it and the ...
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Is there a code-compliant way to label a wire where the conductors are not wired in the expected way?

This might be an X/Y problem, so if there is a better solution, I'm all ears. I have a 3-gang electrical box in my basement that is already overcrowded. It has The wire for the three-way light in the ...
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Can one of my three-way switches be configured to use a remote control?

I want to put my outside flood lights on a remote control. They are controlled by two separate switches in two different rooms. One switch on the second floor and the other on the first floor. I want ...
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What can I put over drywall on a garage firewall?

I want to add a wall covering on top of my 5/8" type-x drywall in my attached garage in Minnesota. What limitations do I have other than not to use flammable/vinyl/plastic material? What materials ...
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I installed dimmer but the wall switch does not have a ground wire; is it safe?

I installed this dimmer in my bedroom https://i.stack.imgur.com/YR6mq.jpg But when I removed the old switch I only found 2 black copper wires connected to the switch. I proceeded to connect this to ...
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How to install artificial turf on a fiberglass rooftop deck?

I want to install some artificial turf on my rooftop patio deck. I have seen this sort of installation in several other homes and it looks awesome; it also appears to be installed in place (ie, not ...
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Recessed lights still getting power when switch is off

I need help solving a mystery. A few months ago, I had an electrician install LED can lights in my son's bedroom. He completed the job with no issues, and it wasn't until a few days later that I ...
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Connecting smart switch, identifying neutal wire

Im looking to switch out an old rocker switch to a smart switch, but the wiring appears to be unconventional. Two black wires attached to the same screw, and a white wire, which I am trying to ...
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Easy way of generating a 50-150W load @12V

I need to test a battery for its remaining capacity and to do that, I need to generate a constant load to be able to measure how long it can sustain that load. I tried using a 330W load (290W shoe ...
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How should I seal a 2 inch gap between my driveway and garage slab?

First time posting. I was caulking the 2in wide x 16ft long gap between my driveway and garage yesterday and I screwed it up. I cleared most debris out then put play sand as a base. Then I put foam ...
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Should window headers be set against the top plate or at rough opening height?

I've been building load bearing walls with the header located at the top of the desired window or door opening, but have had a couple people comment on how I should be putting the header directly ...
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what NEC addresses using GFI breakers to address outlets with no ground

What NEC section addresses the use of GFI breakers to remedy ungrounded outlets
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I12 eccotemp tankless water heater

I am getting ready to install an Eco temp i12 tankless water heater. From what I have heard there is a possibility of cold air backdrafting through the direct vent and into the water heater, thus ...
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Can you “refresh” half-dried concrete just by mixing in water?

I mixed a wheelbarrow load of concrete (sand, cement, water) this morning, but before I could use most of it, I got called away and didn't get back until this evening, like 7-8 hours later. By now the ...
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How can I prevent a shower curtain from drifting into the shower's occupant?

The problem to be resolved When taking a shower, the curtain sneaks closer and closer to my body and finally, it bites my butt, which is immensely unpleasant. One person in the household lacks ...
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Water is too hot in electric water heater

My electric water heater all of a sudden started producing scalding hot water. Tried turning down the thermostats. No change. Replaced both thermostats. No change. Turned new thermostats way down to ...
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How much to grout around receptacle box?

At the tiled wall, when we grout the tiles, should we leave it out around the receptacle box?
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Fluorescent light turns off randomly?

I have a simple two bulb fluorescent shop light, and it will shut off out of nowhere. If I unplug it and plug it back in it will come back on. But it doesn't do this all the time, sometimes it qil ...
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Secondary C Terminal on Furnace Circuit Board?

I was trying to install an Ecobee thermostat, and there was no C wire installed. When I went to install the power extender kit, I saw the standard C wire terminal was broken out of the black plastic ...
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How to transfer lumber cut with odd angles

I am interested in learning this craftsmanship /technique: Look like the piece of lumber in between has perfect cut to match the angles. How did they transfer the cut dimension? Is there a tool for ...
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Alternatives to wool pile weatherstripping for an aluminum frame door

The wool pile weatherstripping in my patio door frame is disintegrating. The bristles are just falling off on contact. Parts of of it (most likely a section that deteriorated early) had previously ...
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Determining Bus-Bar Rating for PV Installation

I already have a primary PV inverter connected up through a 40A breaker. I'm looking to expand by adding a second PV inverter. To comply with the 2014 NEC 705.12(D)(2) rule I need to know the panel ...
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Is it OK to install insulation, with a vapor barrier, before a moisture barrier is applied to a home's OSB sheathing?

Is it acceptable to install insulation, with a vapor barrier, before a moisture barrier is applied to a house's OSB sheathing?
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3-prong to 4-prong conversion - EXTRA MISLABELLED WIRES - Dryer cable upgrade and installation

Samsung dryer, model DV422EWHDWR/AA My Dryer has a 3-prong cable, I need to upgrade to 4-prong. I have TWO GREEN wires here, which is something I cannot find mentioned anywhere else. I reckon that ...
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Can I use 4 x 4 to extend the space from the wall with a tv mount?

I have my 60" tv mounted on a tv mounted to the wall per the instructions. However, I do not get enough swivel before the edge of the tv hits the wall. So I want to attach two 4x4's from the ground ...
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What is this white sheet behind the insulation?

Was in a house this weekend with a little bit of insulation. Behind it was a white sheet that i haven’t seen before. Is it a vapor barrier?
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What prevents water from getting underneath these roof shingles?

I see a lot of houses In my area with roof edges where one side of shingles overlaps the other. For example: Is anything special needed to prevent water from getting underneath the overlap?
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What causes oven program to change when oven light goes on?

I have an Electrolux oven with induction burners and convection oven. Today, I cooked a roast on 'convection/roast'. When I opened the oven door, the program changed to 'keep warm'. I tried the ...
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Would increasing pipe size before a pressure reducing valve increase flow?

I've read a lot of variants of this question but I still haven't quite figured it out. I'm adding a 3rd bathroom to my house and I want to make sure I've got enough water flow to run 2-3 showers and ...
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How can I add a recepticle to this junction box full of push splices?

This is a picture of the junction box with all the wires. I've just never seen a junction box with this many wires. I'm brand new at DIYing electrical stuff but I'm fixing my attic up into a bedroom ...
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Sanding between coats of water-based finish

I built a farmhouse table with Douglas Fir, applied Saman water-based stain, and then applied the first coat of water-ased finish. The folks at the store said I should sand after the first coat, using ...
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Copper water line connection to fridge has a very tiny leak. How can I fix it?

I just bought a new refrigerator and have connected my previous copper water line to the appliance. It seemed leak-free, but about an hour after we pushed the fridge back in place we noticed a very ...
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Did I remove more caulk then I should have at shower door frame end?

I'm in the process of recaulking a shower. In removing the old caulking, I got to where the door frame meets the wall and shower pan. There was some caulk there and it was a bit damp, so I started ...
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Please help identify the finishing panels. Are they asbestos-free?

Found them in the garage of the old house I've bought. They are about 1x2 metres large, about 1 cm thick, rigid and heavy, have long white fiber strands in them (shown on the photo) and don't have any ...
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Reason for no header spanning this load bearing wall?

I'm fairly certain this is a load bearing wall as the beam in the basement is directly below this wall. My question is, shouldn't the area pointed at with the white arrows have a header if this is a ...
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Is my pressure regulator broken?

I had an Ar CO2 pressure gauge (https://www.amazon.com/dp/B06X3XWVYM/) hooked up to a valve that I was using to control the flow of 95:5 Ar:H mixture. After some overflows (i.e., the needle went to ...
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Acclimatising engineered Australian click-system hardwood flooring prior to installation: to open or not to open the boxes?

We are about to install engineered, click-system hardwood floating throughout a house in Australia. Our understanding was that packs of engineered timber flooring should always be delivered and ...
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3 Pole Motion sensor switch not working properly

I have hallway lights controlled by three separate switches; two 3-Pole and one 4-pole. One can turn on the lights with any switch and turn off the lights with any switch. I have replaced one of the ...
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Fixing a stuck Fireplace Damper

I recently bought a house with a gas fireplace. The house was built in 1997 in Texas. The fireplace damper is stuck open and I can't figure out how to fix it - I had a look and it doesn't appear to be ...
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Will keeping a GFCI tripped increase its lifespan?

[USA] I have recently replaced the receptacles in my house with tamper-resistant ones, including the GFCIs. The GFCIs are the new auto-self-test type (Pass & Seymour 1597TR and 2097TR models). ...
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Need help to understand my electric panels and subpanels

I moved into this home few months ago in California (U.S.), and want to understand how much electric load I can use in each room. The house doesn't have HVAC and I am using floor heaters. I would not ...
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Splicing wall plates at doors and windows?

2x6 construction, exterior load bearing walls. Recently started trying to splice long walls with the end stud landing half on first wall plate and half on second wall plate so the stud joining the ...
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Is it safe for my house's main carrying beam to be two separate beams?

My house is 115 years old. The floors slope towards the center in every direction. I just discovered the main carrying beam is not continuous from the front of house to the back. The first is about 15'...

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