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What kind of 'no rusting wire' would work for a face mask?

I am looking for a a kind of wire that would be used as an 'adjuster' for a face mask. I have been used pipe cleaners but this kind of wire rust after washing the mask. And the rust is not good for ...
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How do I figure out if these walls are load-bearing?

My house is a bungalow built in 1917. There are pillars under a central beam in the basement supporting the first floor (marked in red in my little drawing.) There is nothing obvious supporting the ...
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3 Wire SE Feeder 4 Wire Appliance

I have a 50 amp circuit wired with 6 Gauge AA-8000 Aluminum SE wire from the panel that goes to my oven/microwave combo, and then continues on to my cooktop. Both the oven/microwave combo as well as ...
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My oven insulation is burning when I bake

My oven burns every time I bake. The insulation always seems to light up when I use it. Also, some rats infested it a while back and really caused damage but they all died.
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Converting electric receptical with one hot and two neutral wires to GFCI

I'm trying to replace my washing machine receptical with a GFCI one. The home was build in the early 70's and there is no ground wire. The receptical had two neutral wires and one hot wire. I found ...
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Move toilet rough-in two inches? Floor still open

I have just gutted my bathroom and had the plumber move the toilet to a new location. I just noticed that it is located only 15 inches to center of drain to where the shower glass will be installed. I ...
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install a door on stairs

I'd like to install a door at the stairs in the basement: I will most likely buy a pre-hung door that comes with a door frame. The wall construction is drywall, the left and right edges have 2"...
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New ceiling light works does not work

I have an old ceiling rose configuration and tried connecting a new chandelier 5 bulb style light but it keeps tripping the mains when I try to turn it on. The electrician I first had out said there ...
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Caulking wood panels at bottom of bay window configuration

A contractor doing some other work around the house noticed a small section of wood on the panel of the bay window in this picture was starting to soften. He recommended caulking the bottom to keep ...
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Is a noisy / humming GFCI breaker OK?

I noticed a slight humming noise coming from a subpanel in my house. Narrowed it down to a single GFCI breaker. When I press the test button on this breaker and it trips to off, the sound is gone. Its ...
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how To Silence a Loud PTAC AC Unit?

I moved into an apartment with a loud (and somewhat not so cooling) PTAC in-wall AC unit. Each room has its own, a total of 3. The land lord is super cheap and only replaced the 8+ year old unit in ...
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What to do with the neutral in a 240V 2-pole hot tub disconnect?

I'm planning a hot tub installation (nothing built yet). The current plan is: 50A 240V 2 pole GFCI breaker indoors (added to existing 100A subpanel) 4-wire from subpanel to exterior disconnect (2 ...
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Have water seepage in basement bedroom of 5 year old home, still under home warranty

I have a rental property, about 5 years new. The basement is half underground, ground is level, not sloped. Tenant has been noting that there is slow water seepage into their bedroom floor from the ...
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How to wire 4 nm into 2 separate light switches and 2 lights?

I removed a light fixture, box and octagon to install an led recessed light that doesn't require a jbox. There were 12 wires crammed in there and when removing the box the tags I had to keep track ...
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Are electrical screws a standard diameter?

I've just had to reset the thermal cutout of my immersion heater. Whilst removing the cover, I've stupidly dropped the nut somewhere behind the tank. Fishing around with a magnet has pulled up all ...
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Dehumidifying a basement apartment--protable AC Dry Mode or dedicated dehumidifier?

We just moved into a newly renovated basement apartment and the humidity level is currently at 80% based on a digital hygrometer made by Acurite, at 11.25pm EST. Portable AC is off. Is 77 degree. ...
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HVAC / Furnace Evaporator unit in attic leaking cold air

We have an A/C (and heat) unit in the attic with force air ducts going to the ceilings in the rooms. I was in the attic today when the A/C turned on. I felt cold air come on my leg when I was near the ...
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How to make the P-Trap sloped

I am remodeling my kitchen, and am completely redoing the drain system because I have to move it over. I am looking online, and it seems that the part after the P trap to the vertical part of the ...
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I can only dig 25” deep for a vinyl fence post . Is that enough with concrete? The fence is 6”

Can I get by with a 25” deep fence post for vinyl fence post ? It’s for a 6’ vinyl fence
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Mounting Electric range when stud is on the center line?

I am installing 50 amp circuit for a basic 30 " freestanding electric range, The range I settled on is 40 amp. The instructions included say they do not recommend a 50 amp power cord from the ...
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Window A/C Remote Temperature Sensor

I have an LG LW1217ERSM 12,000 BTU window A/C unit and was wondering if it is possible to connect a remote temperature sensor to the unit. For example, the unit is set to 72 degrees but the ...
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Outdoor concrete repair/resurface/sealing and painting

We have an outdoor patio at my house which was made of concrete, but I don't think it ever got the finishing coat (it was supposed to be tiled but never happened) nor sealed and it has been there for ...
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Was this installed to code and is it still to code?

In 1995 an electrician who was also a friend of the family helped me out by installing a sub panel in my garage. He tapped the feeder cable directly into the main lugs in the main box and ran them to ...
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Neutral and Live both hot when switch is turned off. How do I connect my new light?

I'm attempting to swap out a ceiling light in a 100 year old house. I have found what appears to be 3 hot (black) wires bound to one of the previously installed light's wires, and 1 hot (black) wire ...
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Running PEX line through PVC then thread into end

I installed an irrigation system for my lawn with 1/2" PEX tubing. Most of it is buried, but at the start of the run I want to run it through some PVC to make it look cleaner where it is coming ...
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Weird filter size for airconditioner

I have a weird size air-conditioner filter that is 414 x 544 mm, which is a little over 16" and a little over 21". When I go to to the hardware store here in Canada, they carry all sorts of ...
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Exterior foundation drain pipe location relative to the footer

Our house—built in 1989 in the Kansas City, MO area—has a walk-out basement with exterior foundation drain pipes daylighted. The drain pipe on the east wall had a complete blockage, so I dug it up in ...
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Running power to a sub panel for a shed

So a friend of mine wants power to his shed for a tv, a small portable ac unit and some lights. I told him a 60 amp sub panel would be best just in case of expansion. So the issue is that from the ...
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Tracing a dead thermostat wire conductor in wall

My home was rewired and remodeled in 2014 but I am finding out that the electrician did not run a new thermostat wire from my upstairs thermostat. I have a newer-looking 4-conductor wire coming out of ...
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Should I replace ELV 12V transformers with LED drivers?

I have 3 pendant lights, each with its own ELV 12v transformer stuffed into its junction box, controlled by a Lutron MA-PRO dimmer that supports ELV, MLV, LED, and incandescent lighting. I would like ...
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How to get dense smoke from alarm system? [closed]

I'd like to install a smoke machine to try and deter burglars from breaking in to my property however due to the size of it, I'd need two machines which I cannot afford. So, I thought that I'd try my ...
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Solar panel installation on a old vintage roof

We are in a 106 year old home with an old vintage roof. My wife believes that the old roof with vintage wood is precious and that the holes that are to be drilled in to the wood (especially the sturdy ...
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Changing a dishwasher from hardwired to cord-and-plug

My dishwasher flooded my kitchen, requiring the removal of the flooring and eventually the lower cabinets. I turned off the water supply to the dishwasher right after the flood, but couldn't unplug it ...
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Do these pictures suggest mold is growing behind walls?

Seeking advise on mold. This wall isn’t hard, feels kind of soft to knock. Do u know what material it is and can mold hi through it? You can see in the pics I peeled it and it just revealed more ...
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Should my pool pump be hard-wired or plugged into an oulet?

I have pool heat pump plugged to 30A outlet, with 10# my questions : following instructions on the plate, is it ok to leave this pump plugged to this 30A outlet (connected to 30A breaker) I mean is ...
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Convert MWBC to single 240V receptacle

I currently have a 20 amp double pole breaker supplying a multi-wire branch circuit for two 120v receptacles in a double gang box. I'd like to remove the 120v receptacles and install a 240v receptacle....
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can i use a 15 amp GFCI outlet in a 20 amp circuit?

I am installing two GFCI outlets in an outdoor Gazebo, can I use a 15 amp GFCI receptacle if the circuit is 20 amps?
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How much “slack” should I account for when doping a long run of electrical wire?

I'm finally getting around to updating the service in our detached garage. I've decided on 6-3 NMWU, running inside 1-1/2" Schedule 40 Conduit for the underground run. I remember seeing utility ...
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Help Identifying Tiny bugs in Kitchen! [closed]

Can anyone help identify these TINY TINY bugs? They were first found on the countertop-- they were so small we assumed they were coffee grounds! We did notice that they got into our Flour and oats, ...
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Grounding a ceiling fan with FMT conduit present

I am replacing a recessed can light with a new ceiling fan/light. The old housing is a 6" HALO 7HT like this: Inside the metal box there are 2 bare copper ground wires connected. Inside the ...
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Will a curtain tension rod support blackout curtains?

My husband is renting condo, and thanking you all, wants "install a proper rod on the soffit above". But his grouchy landlord prohibited "few screw holes" or "drywall spackle&...
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Options for a 0-10V dimmer on a 3-way, in a basement

I'm putting utility lights in a basement (3-way SW). After running all the wire and switches I picked up the only lights that my electrical supply house carried, RAB LED utility lights. Not cheap, ...
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Pros and cons of pouring detergent directly onto clothes vs. into detergent dispenser? [closed]

I'm assuming that the 4-sided blue component dispenses washer detergent. Ought laundry detergent be poured into that detergent dispenser, or directly onto clothes in the washer? What are the pros ...
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What wood to use for external steps on a metal box-section frame?

We've got some rotting wooden outside steps that I want to replace. They're just seven 1 metre-long planks screwed to a metal framework from the underside. I'd planned to use scaffold boards as once ...
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Insulation with multiple polyester layers instead of one

I am getting 3cm thickness polyester sheets for free and while it could be great not having to buy insulation myself, I wonder is it a good idea to insulate it with multiple layers of these sheets for ...
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Wait how long after applying wood stain before urethane pass?

I am wondering how long after applying the stain do I need to wait before applying urethane. The weather in my parts is a bit capricious, so I am keen to keep wood outside as little as possible.
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Motion sensor ground connection won’t work?

Bought a Leviton IPS02 motion sensor light control. When I wire it as per photo, which is as per instructions, it turns on once when I turn breaker on. Then turns off after timer runs out, the. Doesn’...
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Should I use SER or URD cable for a 100 amp sub-panel?

I am running a new line from my main panel on the pole out to a sub panel in my shop. The sub panel will be 100amp. I have a 180' run and have buried 1-1/2" sch40 conduit. I'm planning on using 1/...
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I need to hang a mirror above a vanity, with plumbing running down alongside the stud. How do I make sure I hit the stud, and not the pipe?

The mirror hangs from a single strap, and is heavy enough that whatever I use needs to go into the stud.I know that the water pipe is there, running along the side of the stud. I have tried using a ...
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50w GU-10 recessed bulb sockets not working

A little while ago I had a couple of GU-10 bulbs burn out. I went and replaced and a couple weeks later they blew out and tripped the circuit to the whole bedroom. Once the circuit was flipped back ...

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