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240v 4-wire power issue

To start, i repair hot tubs for a living and am not a licensed electrician. But I recently am having a problem with a job that I know I have had many years ago but I just can't remember what solution ...
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My basement door is locked

So my stupid roommates not only put tape in the door but also took the knob off. I closed it while doing laundry and they dont know where the knob is or pieces to open it. Can yall help
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Grounding Requirements for same structure subpanel

I understand that unless a 250.32(B) (NEC 2014) applies, a separate ground wire should run from the main to a subpanel where the service is in a separate structure. Still confused however about NEC ...
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Can I hammer nails in this type of brick?

I want to hang some pictures on the wall. The wall is made of porotherm bricks similar to this one: I have two options: drill some holes with a masonry drill bit, insert some plastic dowels and a ...
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Light fitting won't work with more than one bulb in place

i have a light fitting very similar to this. ROMKE 4 Way LED Ceiling Light, Silver Chrome Modern GU10 Ceiling Spotlight Adjustable Ceiling Kitchen Lights, 4 x 4W 360 Lumen Warm White for Hallways ...
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How to connect backyard cover to existing roof?

This is an image I found on the internet My roof in the backyard is very similar where it sloping down toward the yard. I want to make the cover like the photo. Few questions: From the photo, look ...
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Window air condition location placement question

1800 sqft + basement On main floor 2 window air conditioners 19k btu combined Upstairs 1 5k btu air condition There is 3 bedrooms upstairs, does it make sense to jist pit all the ac units upstairs ...
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Rewire attic fan from switched to always-on

I have an attic fan wired to a thermostat that I'd like to come on whenever it's hot enough. The problem is, the fan is wired to a circuit that's operated by the light switch for the stairs into the ...
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Effects of Gas Pipe reduction from 3/4“ to 1/2”

I have a capped 3/4" pipe in a concrete slab meant to bring natural gas to an outdoor fireplace; however, I have lots of left-over 1/2" pipe & fittings from another project. Yeah, I might be "...
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Mortise lock - smart lock installation options

I have what is known as privacy mortise lock with thumbturn, this (the inside): PS: the hole in the picture is the door knob Facing outside: a keyed mortise cylinder at the top, and a door knob at ...
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Can I use wood to build my apt or do I have to use drywall?

I am building a small loft style apt for my wife and me in Illinois. The building is a rezoned factory with apartments in it. I'm going to pick a wing and build a place for us to stay 'till our house ...
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What is the correct connections for a Murray MP215AFC breaker for a Split A/C unit

I seem to be running into a never to be found answer on the wiring for this 240 2 pole combination AFC breaker. I have a Split unit wired L1 & L2 with a ground back to the sub panel not a neutral. ...
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How to insulate / finish a row house basement?

I am planning to insulate the basement of my row house. Given that I'm in Region 5, I will need proper insulation on the exterior-facing basement walls. But what about the walls facing the neighbors? ...
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Bad smell on clothes caused by plumbing?

I had a washing machine engineer out today to look over my machine and help me understand why my clothes smell bad after every wash. He said it is caused by the plumbing under the sink Can you help ...
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Removing baseboard heater and installing elec oven on that wall

We are purchasing a home that has a baseboard heater on the wall that will be ideal for an elec oven can I just remove it and use that wiring for the oven socket?
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Reducing moisture from semi-finished basement concrete floor

I'm looking for advice for a good way to reduce moisture seepage through my basement concrete floor. My research has turned up several promising approaches: Surface-only treatments Specialty paints ...
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Nest Protect Expiration Date

I just bought a set of Nest Protects and after opening the first one I noticed that its manufacture date was almost a year ago and that the expiration date was 10 years from the manufacture date, not ...
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Fence post behind retaining wall, drainage concern

I need to replace an old 2ft retaining wall(railroad ties) along my property line. There is not currently a fence there so I was going to take this project to add one. I am located in the PNW so there ...
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No hot water after teeing to outside spigot

I recently saw an outside cold and hot water spigot on This Old House. After checking out prices, I decided I'd make my own redneck warm water spigot by bringing a hot water line close to the outlet ...
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Joist hangers “droop” when installed?

Whenever I use hangers I end up with something that looks wrong. Hangers have two sets of screws. One, the "flat" screws, drive into the wood your hanging onto. The others, the "diagonals" drive into ...
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Tell the difference between mortar and grout?

I had a contractor come in and lay new tile in my home. When the job was done, there were 2 or 3 tiles that were uneven and we asked the tile setter to chip out those tiles and replace them. For ...
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footings and block wall,

For crawlspace foundation, I have seen two different configurations, 1. pour a concrete footings, then build the foundation on top of the footings with a block wall, about 18 in high 2. pour the ...
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Remove Light Switch - Bury or Move?

I have an interesting concern. I bought a house built in 1978, and since then the previous owners made some changes. One of which I can't figure out how to do safely and up to code. And I have read ...
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How remove front bearing in dremel 398 rotary tool?

My Dremel (model 398) has a jammed front bearing probably due to too much dry wall cutting and not enough cleaning. I was shocked happy when I found several of those bearings (used) in my toolbox. I'm ...
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200 Amp exterior meter and disconnect with interior main panel

Can I have an exterior 200A meter and disconnect with the 200A main panel in the interior some 20-30 ft. away? It has to meet California residential code. I'm trying to avoid the cost of an exterior ...
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Oven wiring - needing to add a ground, can I retrofit?

I'm dealing with a 1970-built home and the oven has 6-3 without ground running to the oven. 2 hots and the neutral. Got a new oven coming in and want to make sure it's wired right. I could run new ...
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How can I fix my garage's existing wiring

My non-attached garage is currently fed with a 10-2 w/ground wire from my main service panel via a single pole breaker buried in conduit. When the wire enters the garage it enters a junction box were ...
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What is this tall light green grass growing with my bermuda?

We know it's not crabgrass, but I'm not sure what else it could be. I just laid some scott's turf builder on the lawn, which caused it to grow quite a bit more than it normally does, so I'm wondering ...
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How to re-purpose an exhaust fan using a 10x3.25 duct?

I'm currently remodeling my kitchen. Instead of a cooktop hood, I plan to re-use the existing ceiling exhaust fan. It looks to be about a 8" diameter fan that is inside a 10x3.25 duct that exhausts ...
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Rust on bathtub feet. Any way to provide support to bathtub without disassembling bath unit?

I have a Bette steel enamel bath similar in shape and dimensions to the one below. The bath unit is supported by four support feet in the same configuration as the image below. It's set sideways into ...
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Can I use a tandem 20A breaker for two kitchen circuits?

I am in the process of renovating the kitchen in my 100+ year old home, including cleaning up the electrical “situation” the previously owner attempted and bringing up to code. NEC requires that ...
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Can I install Insulation board in the interior wall with House wrap on the exterior

I am insulating a shed as a wine cooler. I have house wrap on the outside. I will install unfaced batt insulation between studs. Can I then install foam insulation board under the drywall? I am ...
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Ensure that a closed door is a completely locked door?

I live with a person with lock anxiety, and I'm looking for a DIY solution. I already have an alarm system that beeps if a certain door is closed, but how can I also make sure it's completely locked? ...
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Replacing an oddly sized French Patio Door

Purchased a new home and working through the litany of issues with the place. Nothing undisclosed but just a royal pain in the ass. I have a leaky exterior door that needs to be replaced. It is a ...
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Checking garage door chain tension

The garage door manual isn't clear about exactly how to check the chain tension. The tension differs if the manual "override" is engaged or not. When it's in "manual mode" (manually open/close the ...
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Shed foundation across concrete and dirt, what approach would be good to use

I am planning on building a small shed, perhaps 8 or 10 foot by 4 foot. The place I want to build the shed will span across concrete and dirt/ground. The ground is about 2 foot, so it would be half ...
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How do I protect the front side of a wood retaining wall?

I have a wood retaining wall made of 3x12 pressure-treated boards similar to the one pictured here. The backside has MiraDrain and 3/4" drainage rock. I have an excess of earth to manage and one ...
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GFCI Circuit Breakers Wired Incorrectly

Just moved into 5yr old home, was looking to expand a garage outlet to afford more outlets. The outlet is below the panel is a GGCI outlet, however, the circuit breaker is not, so, I am going to ...
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How to cheaply fix crooked looking tile?

Is there any way of making the tiles on the back wall look straight?
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Can I use free denim insulation that got wet outdoors?

I found some denim insulation on craigslist for free. It's really inviting to me as I'm on a tight budget and would really appreciate not having to buy my own insulation for near $500. I asked the ...
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Twisted pergola post

My 4x6 middle post on my pergola has twisted at the top over the years. It is sturdy and placed in the ground in concrete. Is there a way to straighten the twisted post?
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New dryer makes concerning noise when drum spins

I bought a scratch and dent GE Dryer (model GTX42EASJWW) from AJMadison and had it professionally installed this morning. It makes a concerning noise when I spin the drum - either by hand or in a ...
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HVAC Exhaust Routing Question

Just wondering if I could get some advice on the optimal way to route the HVAC Exhaust piping. Enbridge replaced the supports underground and before they turned the gas back on they did an inspection ...
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Repair or exchange mower tire with different part number

I own the following rider: Searching for the online parts I find the following document: IPL, McCulloch, M95-66X, 96021002300, 2011-12, Ride-on Mower So in order to replace the front (right) wheel, ...
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Exact meaning of this water sign

I guess that this German sign tells me to search for the mains water supply in front of and left of this sign. But what unit do these numbers have? Does 05 mean 5cm? Or 0.5m?
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What is the R value of Kapok Fiber

I'm attempting to find a green and cheap insulation for the roof of a school bus conversion I am building. Kapok is easily sourced for me as it literally grows on trees. The dimensions of the roof ...
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Fixing propane heater pilot ignition; spark misfiring?

So... I've got a pretty old heater somewhat similar to the picture below. It wasn't coming on so I took it apart, cleaned it (it was full of soot, corrosion and clogged) qnd changed the gas regulator (...
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Odd Size Tub Drain- 1 3/8" Coarse Thread

I recently removed a drain from my fiberglass tub/shower enclosure. It didn't survive. The problem is that it the older 1 3/8 standard but coarse thread, not fine. All I can find is fine in that ...
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Can anyone ID this bathroom fan motor?

I need to replace this fan motor, I believe it's Broan, but could also be NuTone. I have tried looking up the number stamped on the side, but nothing comes up for either of those manufacturers. Does ...
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How crooked can you crimp pex rings?

I had to add a supply valve for my refrigerator in my house. It's my first time working with pex. I added some Pex B to my existing Viega cold water line and used copper crimp rings with the ...

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