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Flat roof on garden office

We have recently had a garden building built in our garden by a bespoke company. However the roof has no gradient at all so we have standing water when it rains. Is this ok?
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Spider-like / roots? mold?

We recently discovered our dishwasher was leaking under our flooring into the subfloor (formerly the floor - oak before the previous owner added pergo). We’re in the process of cleaning it up and see ...
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Aquadefense on top of redgard

I am current in the process of waterproofing some cement board walls (1/2 inch hardie backer) for the walls of a tub/shower enclosure. I have a tub of leftover redgard and a tub of leftover ...
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Washing machine stops - but always restarts after I open/close lid

I have a whirlpool washing machine (SM 8525079 REV). Whenever it runs, it always stops after a few minutes having filled with water. However, once you open and then close the lid, the machine starts ...
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Preparing plank subfloor for new flooring

I recently bought a house that was built in 1890. Due to the age of the house and some previous issues and general lack of upkeep, the original floors need to be replaced. I plan on laying plywood ...
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Fast flickering LED kitchen light fixture

I have a LED kitchen light fixture which has been working great for around 18 months. There's no dimmer on it and it's controlled by a standard light switch. A couple of days ago it started flickering ...
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How to repair hole in plaster ceiling

I had to remove a section of plaster and wooden lath from my living room ceiling the size of about 48x48 because of a leak.Would replacing it with drywall be the best option and what would be the best ...
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Should I install exterior door of mudroom before or after tiling?

I have a doorway leading from my newly added mudroom to the new garage. The doorway currently does not have a door in place yet. I have the door already (it is in the old doorway from the kitchen to ...
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Help with meaning of symbols on switch for electrical blinds

I have a difficulty of understanding what is the meaning of these symbols on the back of my switch for electrical blinds? I know that the symbol is for the switch but have a hard time understanding ...
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Fan with Remote issue

I just got a fan that came with a remote. I have one wall that has 2 switches 1 for the light and 1 for the fan. You can also turn that same light on from 2 other switches. I wired everything up, ...
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How to frame corner of staircase header for a stairwell opening? Do you use a hanger here?

I'm designing a staircase and was a little curious on how to frame out the stairwell opening where the header meats the existing joists. There will be a double 1.75"(x2) LVL header joined up against ...
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PVC Pipe for sprinkler system broken in multiple places

Roughly 2 years ago I posted this question: Need Sprinkler Cracked PVC Pipe Repair Suggestions There was a lot of good suggestions, but now the issue has gotten much worse. In the image below I'm ...
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pool pump wiring size

The pump is 115v 9 amp draw. The run length from breaker box to outlet is between 70 and 75'. I have a coil of 14/2 left over from my barn wiring project. I've done some online checking and think I am ...
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Appropriate conduit for several data cables underground over 300' run

I have done some searching around but have not found anything definitive, and/or my background is weak in this area and I may be understanding poorly. I will have 2-4 PoE cables that will be run ...
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Steel beams for 22' interior clear span

I am building a ceiling under an existing roof, covering an area of 22' x 28'. This rectangle will be supported at the two ends of the 22' run, as well as, optionally, one or possibly two ends of the ...
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Wiring is dead in 4 outlets

I have 4 outlets that are dead in my 2nd floor bedroom. I checked the wiring and the wiring is dead no juice. The circuit breaker is not tripped. What would cause the wiring to die?
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Proper subfloor for hardwood in a renovation

I'm doing some work on the 2nd floor of a 1955 cape. The subfloor is 3/4" tongue and groove planks and there are 3/4" (maybe 5/8") fir plywood sheets installed over that. The sheets are... odd... ...
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30 year old ceiling fan problems

I have a hunter ceiling fan that's close to 30 years old. It has 3 speeds and works fine at the highest speed but makes a loud buzzing sound while spinning in low or medium. The pitch of the buzz is ...
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Can I use an mcp44 swamp cooler purge pump as my main pump

I have a Mastercool mcp44 window evaporative cooler, which uses an ESK 5500 Model number 72402 pump. I've looked all around the internet and have found no useful specs on that pump (such as flow rate ...
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Why is the non-contact voltage detector beeping over large area of a wall?

Before drilling a wall (drywall at the surface; not sure what's beneath) separating the bathroom from the corridor, I took a multimeter with a non-contact voltage (NCV) detector to check that the ...
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Dryer (30amp) on Single Pole Breaker

My 200amp panel is pretty full so I started mapping all the circuits since I suspected that there are abandoned circuits or circuits with very small loads on them. I am used to finding dryers on 30amp ...
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High initial water pressure from faucets

I live in a multi unit condominium building (approx 8 units per building), lately water pressure coming out of our faucets has been abnormally high for about 2-5 seconds until it reduces back to ...
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Extra Wire in Light Switch Box?

I'm attempting to replace two switches in my house with smart switches (specifically, this one for the lights and this one for the fan). Upon opening my switch box and loosening the old light switches,...
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Wrap vertical wooden column with drywall

I want to wrap this vertical wooden beam with drywall so that it blends in with drywall near chilling area as you can see in picture. I have done some drywall repairs in wall but haven't done ...
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Stop Gravel from Washing Away

My problem is that we have a long area of gravel used for parking for myself and several neighbors. When it rains really hard, the gravel alongside the road washes away and becomes a real danger for ...
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What type of Aluminum Sections could handle load equivalent to a 11-12 gauge Steel Sections of 2x3 or 3x3 on such frame?

What type of Aluminum Sections could handle load equivalent to a 11-12 gauge Steel Sections of 2x3 or 3x3 on such frame? If one had to Re-engineer the Vertical Tubes/ Frame using Aluminum. What ...
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How to put up MDF wall without studs

Good morning everyone! Quick question. I want to build a room within an existing cellar in my basement. This cellar has a very low ceiling, of about 1.95m. I want to put up the walls with some ...
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Cutting out existing steel duct in bathroom vent

I'm enlarging my bathroom vent. It's a brick wall and currently has a steel duct. I've chipped away brick but the lip of the existing steel duct is still there. I need to remove around 2 inches of it. ...
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Power surge upstairs, all power out, 1 outlet sizzling

Basically my upstairs room surged while I was in it and the entire upstairs power went out, 1 outlet in my room was literally sizzling or arcing but never burst into flames. Unplugging everything from ...
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Cheap way to close wall cupboard

Currently we are staying in a rented house. It has several open cement wall cupboards with different sizes and shapes. I am providing the following image reference for cement cupboards. We placed ...
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Weber Genesis caught on fire

I was grilling chicken and some of the fat dripped into the cabinet and the gas line caught on fire burning through the sheathing and making a hole in the line itself, leading to a major fire inside ...
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Baseboard Heating Loop Determination

I recently bought a house with baseboard heating. This is my first house with such a heating system and I've gone about trying to see how it is laid out but it is challenging given I don't want to ...
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Repair a lawnmower engine that was left exposed to the elements for a year?

I have a lawnmower that I foolishly left outside through last winter. Last year it wasn't in great condition -- it took a ton of very hard of pulls on the cord to get it to start, every single time. I ...
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Is it always necessary to repaint all of a gate/railing when parts have corroded?

As part of general home maintenance, I repaint all of my gates and railings every 5 years. However, I've noticed that there are particular areas far more susceptible to corrosion such as the top ...
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Are phosphate floor screws suitable for subfloor which will be covered in thinset and cement board?

I am installing hardiebacker concrete board with thinset to a plywood subfloor. I am putting down the new subfloor and want to be sure the screws that I use to secure the plywood to the joists will ...
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Pendant light cord too long

How would you shorten a pendant lamp's electrical cable? It's a USA home from the 1920s. The question has been asked before, but wrapping an electrical cable around a metal caribeaner seems dangerous....
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Fan power/speed switch grounding

I'm making an AC unit out of a cooler, a fan, a PVC tube, and some ice. I'd like to take the fan off of the base, but its power/speed switch is screwed into it. Does this provide grounding or does the ...
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Garage gable fan through truss

I'm looking to install a ventilation fan in my garage. I want to install it in the middle (mainly for looks) rather than having it offset to one side or the other. Am I OK to cut through the middle ...
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First time changing switches and outlets (receptacles). Anything special I should know?

I am replacing a bunch of switches and receptacles in my house. While I understand the basics, this is pretty much my first electrical project, and I figure there must be some hidden "gotchas" or ...
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Removing bathroom faucet aerator

When I turn this bathroom faucet on and off, the water flow is somewhat irregular so I tried looking at the aerator to see if it needs cleaning: What kind of aerator is this and how do I remove it? ...
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Should my mirror fog up when showering with a proper exhaust fan running?

I run the exhaust fan when showering but even so, the mirror fogs up completely. Is this an indication that the fan is not sized or functioning correctly? Or is this expected behavior, as no exhaust ...
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What needs to be replaced for correct eaves / roof edge?

The last homeowner installed a patio roof - connecting support beams to the roof structure. It was a very flat roof -- that had lots of problems. I'd repaired it on multiple occasions - however, ...
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3-way switches no longer serving their purpose

I apologise if there is an answer to my question in one of the other multiple 3 way switch questions, but if there is I couldn't find it. I just bought an old house, built in 1967. I'm replacing the ...
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compression nut size for refrigerator water inlet valve

I have a Kenmore Coldspot refrigerator that has a compression male thread at the water inlet valve. The model # is 10650562991. I am trying to connect the copper flexible tubing that you buy as a ...
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Why do these LED light bulbs flicker when my remote control has turned them off?

I bought some LED lights for my candelabra in my master bedroom. They're E12 bulbs (I think, since they do fit). Incandescents worked fine before. When I put these LEDs in there, they flicker when ...
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Hot Water line Clogs only in Kitchen Sink

New Faucet installed in Kitchen sink. The cold water runs just fine but I keep getting little pieces of black stuff in the filter of the hot water line. The hot water will run fine for about 30 ...
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epoxy paint in the basement with a wood stove?

is is safe to paint my basement floor with epoxy paint with having my wood stove down there? I wanted to paint my basement floor with epoxy for the purpose of not having to repaint it each year but I ...
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ge refrigerator will not get cold

my refrigerator got unplugged for about 5 hours. I plugged it back in. It is running and freezer is getting colder but the refrigerator is staying at 65 degrees. It has b
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Replacing an old 4 way toggle by leviton 4 way switch

There are 2 white wires on one side, 1 red on top and 1 black on bottom on other side, there is no ground/green screw as it is very old. I transferred all the wires one from the old switch to their ...
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Can I use one 3-phase circuit to power 2 separate machines?

NYC. We have 208V "Wye" 3-phase. I have two devices - a dryer and a water heater. Each takes 208V single-phase. I am also considering an air conditioning unit that will also take 208V. All are 23A ...

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