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1830 farm house - installing metal vertical siding over original clapboards

The current siding consists of asbestos shingles over original clapboards. I have removed a few with just a long armed transfer shovel. I was curious to see what was under them. Yes I will dress ...
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Great Stuff Foam sealed gas pipe, fire safety

So I have a pipe penetration problem at the gas pipe. I hired a contractor and he decided to use great stuff to seal the gap. Would it be a fire safety problem? Thanks,
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Basement wall framing

I'm going to start work on a basement bathroom. I've got the drains already in. Will insulate the walls with foam boards....the framing? Wood or metal? I'm thinking with a basement and the ...
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Do LED dimmers work with non-LED bulbs?

I've been switching to LED bulbs wherever I can for the past few years but one thing I haven't done yet is switch my dimmer switches over to LED compatible dimmers. One issue I've had trouble ...
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Which electrical box to use for old-work outdoor light fixture and vinyl siding mounting block?

I have a garage which already has vinyl siding on it but the inside is unfinished and accessible. I would like to add an exterior wall lantern. The vinyl mounting block I purchased looks like this ...
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Power Pole ground to iron grill connector

This is my utility pole ground wire: My service entrance has no ground. I need to connect the ground wire from the pole directly to the service panel iron grill housing to protect it in case live ...
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Identifying wires in strange configuration

US 120v system. I’m replacing a light fixture in my living room. When i took the fixture off, the two wires broke. Therefore I can’t identify how the fixture was previously wired. There are five ...
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Is it ok to add an outlet from an Exit sign?

I'm trying to install WiFi expanders in our mostly brick building. The barrier is a lack of outlets where we need them. There are literally no outlets in locations were the WiFi expanders could also ...
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How to stop 2nd floor toilet from bubbling when 3rd floor toilet is flushed?

I have a building with 3 floors (1 unit in each floor). When I flush the 3rd floor toilet, bubbles come out of the second floor toilet. How do I stop 2nd floor floor toilet from bubbling? In general, ...
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Different light fixture in basement on pull switch

I have more than six light fixtures in the basement each has its own pull switch each fixture is getting it's power from some where from each room upstairs and I like to know how can I add a switch so ...
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HVAC AC Capacitor Replacement

I have a Carrier Infinity Series AC Unit (Model #: 24ANA748A0030020 or 24ANA748A00300); its capacitor needs replacement. I live in Chicago; so VAC is 120 x 2. Current Capacitor Specification: ...
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How long to wait between coats of polyurethane?

I applied 2/3 poly to 1/3 mineral spirits to my wooden table. It was in 80 degree direct sun from 10-4 pm and was totally dry after 2-3 hours. Is it safe to sand and apply second coat or do I need ...
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Are there any latex house paints that aren't 100% acrylic anymore?

Although I've heard of latex paints that use a mix of other binders (eg. styrene acrylic or vinyl acrylic), and therefore aren't 100% acrylic, I've never seen them in real life. Are we pretty much at ...
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Cutting strands of wire to fit plug

I am a hvac tech, but my question is I have 2awg stranded and my plug is 6awg, will it matter much if I cut some strands to fit my plug? the plug is 60amp 250vac for a piece of kitchen equipment if ...
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Cutting strands of wire

I am a hvac tech, but my question is I have 2awg stranded and my plug is 6awg, will it matter much if I cut some strands to fit my plug? the plug is 60amp 250vac for a piece of kitchen equipment if ...
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Outlets not working in bathrooms

Is it possible for a fuse from the main breaker box to go bad? I have 3 outlets not working 2 in 1 bathroom and 1 in another bathroom all on the same floor. In the bathroom with 2 outlets had 1 GFCI ...
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JQX-115F relay switch triggers when moved. Is it faulty?

My boiler is controlled by a programmer unit to turn on and off at certain times. There is a receiver unit between the programmer and the boiler, and I believe this receiver unit is at fault. The ...
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Crazy wiring issue

I have a room downstairs with two light fixtures that operate off of a pair of 3-way switches on opposite sides of the room. The breaker these lights are on has other receptacles and lights on it as ...
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Can I safely remove/reattach the back of a fitted wardrobe?

I've recently gotten a new flat, and the second room has fitted wardrobes along one wall (e.g second picture). I would like to put a TV and playstation in one of these as I don't need the storage ...
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Bubbling primer

We decided to finally paint our rental and after spackling, sanding, and applying primer, I found bubbles. We live in a high moisture and humidity area, so there were places that had cracked and ...
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Three wires in an outlet box

I have an outlet box with a 1957 two pronged outlet with three wires connected. I want to switch it to a GFCI outlet. When I connect the black 120v lead wire and the white load wire I get power to ...
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What's the best way to secure a top mount stainless steel sink, if the supplied clips don't work?

The clips under my kitchen sink are terrible. It's impossible to get them tight, and as result it's hard to keep the top caulked, and I now have water damage. The clips in question were from a ...
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DIY Murphy Bunk Bed

I know how to build it. I just need to know how to keep the top bunk stable and not fall off when carrying a 170lb person. This is what I have put together so far. If I missed something please ...
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Can a KNX smart house installation be reasonably maintained by an end user?

I am looking into transforming the light switches, curtains, and ACs in my house to a KNX based system. If I understand correctly, KNX is an open standard that allows anyone to configure their devices....
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light switch 3 amp enough for a 4 watt led light set

Can i install a 3 amp switch next to a light? The led light is 4 watts. The light is for installing under the top cabinet. I have 3 such lights to be installed under the top cabinets. There is ...
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How to loosen nut without damaging toilet shutoff

I replaced the fill valve on a toilet and the connection stem on the replacement sticks out much farther than the original. The toilet was installed 12 years ago using a solid supply line, so I need ...
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Fluorescent lights sometimes don't turn on

I have two T12 double-ended G13 2-pin 4 foot fluorescent lights in my bathroom. They often (maybe 1/3 of the time) won't turn on, with a very slight glow in one corner, then usually turn on after an ...
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Installing bathroom in basement

starting plans for a raised bathroom in my basement . I have ben looking on Google. YouTube etc. To figure out how to plumb the bathroom. Since I will not be breaking out concrete. How would I attach ...
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Screw Size for Bookcase

I have lost screws for a bookcase that looks like the IKEA Billy Bookcase? The hardware store and big box stores don't have anything like it and say the screw I have is foreign. I know it is 1.5" in ...
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Sand and refinish uneven concrete

My patio concrete shows multiple pieces put together in the past I am thinking of renting a concrete grinder 10” and make it even. Then either paint or put something on top to cover. I may fill the ...
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How to find a right screw for a hole

I want to hang some stuff on my wall so here it comes to the part where I need to get screws/anchors. Saying I have a hole in a piece that I would like to attach(a picture attached), how can I ...
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Indoor ant control: Caulk up baseboard and counter/wall junction?

Background I rent a 1-bedroom apartment on the 9th floor of a highrise. I've been trying to solve an ant problem over the past two months, including three bouts of commercial bait that is suppose to ...
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What are these razor blades called and where can I buy them?

I have this razor blade knife that I cannot find replacement blades for. I love the knife but I don't even know what to search for. What are these blades called and where can I get them? The metal ...
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Remove dirty/sweaty hand prints from painted wall

Sometimes while I am working, I inevitably end up touching recently painted walls with my hands. Though I try to keep my hands clean, the combination of the dirt and sweat on my hands leaves a very ...
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How to tell what is causing my breaker to trip

I have a 15 AMP breaker that will not stay on. Shut off lights, went to bed as usual and in the morning the lights would not come on. I inspected the breaker panel and found that circuit was tripped. ...
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Could this be asbestos? The boards are left a few meters away from my door

The landlord said that "it's plastic stock, left from renovation on windows" from another apartment. It doesn't look like plastic to me, but then again I don't know much (very little actually) about ...
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How to fish a rubber seal gasket from dryer exhaust

So I bought one of these vent hose (https://youtu.be/JwqfSEbhCwY) and yeah I should've read the reviews. Well, the rubber gasket fell into the dryer exhaust. I stuck my hand as far as it can go but I ...
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Flexible Metal Conduit length limits with grounding

Basic question - if I have a long run of flexible mc, 12/2 with a green equipment ground wire inside, am I limited in my overall length of this run as long as I meet the support requirements? I see ...
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How can I prevent my AC condensate pipe from making my soil soggy?

I live in a Townhouse in NC, in a community under a HOA management. I've been doing some improvements on my patio. One of them that I couldn't find a solution is what to do with the condensed water ...
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multiple thermostat boiler connection

I have a boiler system with thermostats and valves for three floors. before i changed the boiler what ever thermostat called for heat worked for that floor. Now all thermostats have to be on or ...
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Is my sink P-trap too low?

Just put a new sink in and was not lucky enough to have the plumbing line up. I have it roughed in and wanted some insight/opinions on whether this will work, or what I need to do to fix it. I have a ...
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Wall sound proofing - hanging rows of sound proof “curtains”

The building's structure is concrete, as is the floor/roof. The wall to my neighbor is brick; so a lot of noise comes through - TVs, crying babies etc. I've seen a number of options for constructing ...
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How to confirm coaxial wall plate is connected correctly?

I connected coaxial cable to a wall plate plug that connects a wire directly (does not use a terminator). After doing that, I did some connectivity testing from the back to the front, and I found ...
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My wall was painted over a year ago, next door has been banging and now caulking has occured. Whose fault?

I had my wall painted a year and a half ago and it has been fine. Next door has been using a lump hammer and now caulking has occured. They say it is nothing to do with them but I am worried. Can it ...
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How to join 2 telephone wires to pull through wall

I need to replace my old telephone (4 pairs) with a new one probably 10 pair cable. The path already contains some other wires too and looks like no new cable can be inserted. My question is how I can ...
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Was my home's dormer flashing installed incorrectly?

I've lived in this home for two years now. Roof is probably at least 10-15 years old, perhaps 20 years. We started noticing some water stains on the ceiling soon after moving in. On a closer look, it ...
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Urine smell in bathroom sink

I flush the toilet and when I use the sink it smells of urine. The tanks does not to be pumped. I thought it was the water but this smell is not in the kitchen sink. I have used b soda and vinegar. ...
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Single pole to three lights

I have a single pole switch that is hooked up the three lights. The lights will work just fine for about 3 minutes then will flicker. The first of 3 lights will turn off and the other two will ...
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Can't get the oven light cover off

I have a Fisher n Paykel OB60SVMX2 oven that I cannot figure out. The manual implies you screw out the cover and pull the bulb out. The problem is the top heating element does not have enough ...
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GFCI keeps tripping

I have a virtually new home, remodeled after hurricane, new outlets everywhere. After a little more than a year, the GFCI keeps tripping. No new items plugged in, not doing anything different than I ...

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