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Replacing an old light switch with a new one. Trying to figure out correct wiring

My old light switch did not have the common labeled and just had two brass screw connectors. Coming in the bottom of the box was a black, a white, and ground wire. The ground was connected to another ...
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Need help making an exact size marble “ingot”

I'm making a marble Monopoly board. Each space on the board will be a 3" x 1.5" piece of marble, purchased as small tiles from Home Depot, then cut to size using a budget tile wet saw. I will etch the ...
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Insulating garage

Dallas, Tex. Building a new home. Builder does not insulate garage. We had a friend put in r-13 faced but he installed it paper side against sheathing on outside wall. Is this ok?
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Non-substantial remote door locking options for indoor rooms?

I need to be able to secure a couple indoor rooms with wireless locks. These don't need to be substantial locks since they're just inside a house, but unfortunately I'm not seeing any real wireless ...
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Do recirculation pumps work with water source heat pumps?

Our plumber has installed the recirculation pump but, when it is on we only have tepid water. When we unplug it we have hot water. Just wondering if recirculation pumps are meant to work with heat ...
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How to connect existing wall switch to a new remote controlled fan?

Just replaced an old fan with a new remote controlled fan but would still like to use the preexisting wall switch to either power the fan off or at least control the light. Is it possible to do this? ...
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Mounting TV on a weird wall that has some material between the drywall and stud

So I have a strange wall construction in part of my house. I'm mounting an articulating mount, up to 55", in a stud. I took out a cable outlet and box to see the construction because I wasn't ...
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My basement perimeter tile drains into my sump pump pit and floods my basement

My basement perimeter tile drains into my sump pump pit and floods my basement. I struggle to pump water out on my small property. there is a field tile on my property however it has been clogged for ...
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Replace Broan 670 with new fan/light from bathroom

I have what I think is a Broan 670 exhaust fan installed in my bathroom. I would like a fan/light combo instead. I am unable to easily access it from the attic so I am hoping to replace it from the ...
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Filling a Pond to replace with Patio! Advice?

I have a really ugly pond in my garden that was created by the previous owner. I want to remove the pond and instead extend my patio so I can have a dining area where it is. The pond is a concrete ...
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Will a french drain help the runoff ditch in front of my house?

Like most rural yards I have a shallow runoff ditch between the road and my main yard. Over the whole 40 ft span the ground seems to slope in a consistent direction towards a larger common ditch/creek....
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How can I make these tables sturdier for cheap?

I have multiple tables like this for my vegetable garden. They serve their purpose but I’d like them to be more stable. The 5 ft vertical posts are very wobbly and that’s a big part of my concern.
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vinyl plank flooring, entry way door trim question

I am installing vinyl plank flooring. I am stuck at the door. The problem is that I have a gap (for expansion) that is near to entry door. I want to hide this gap as this looks ugly (see image ...
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Wire type to outside box through wall

I'm sorting out some wiring at my Uncles house. There is a box outside that has two pvc conduits going in to it. Power in, and power out to the pool lights. This box also feeds in to the house via ...
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What is best way to wire a ceiling receptacle in this situation?

I was trying to rewire this garage door opener where in current situation it is not code compliant to where it is. The picture above shows where a porcelain light socket was wired. I had hoped to use ...
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How much wattage to choose for LED light when replacing flourescent light with LED?

Suppose I have a circular 22W flourescent light at home and I want to replace it with LED of similar brightness. How much wattage should this LED have? Any rule of thumb as guidance? The salesman at ...
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How to ID Grohe kitchen pull sprayer for replacement

I need to replace a broken Grohe pull out sprayer on a kitchen sink faucet. But I can't figure out what the replacement part number is. There's a stamp that says "Grohe 03/10 115-1A" but I can't ...
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C Wire in Air Handler

Can someone please help me find where to connect a C wire for my smart thermostat? Here are some pictures with descriptions. It is difficult to get to the 24v connection in the back. My schematic ...
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Basic electric transformer questions (ring doorbell install)

To make a long story short I am in the process of hooking up my ring door bell and I need to follow these instructions: (I want to wire directly to transformer) To my understanding I need to wire my ...
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Replacing trim on an interior bedroom door. Has metal frame?

I am replacing trying to replace trim around a bedroom door and found that the frame is completely metal to include some of the trim. I don't know how to progress now. I've removed the left trim, ...
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Gas Oven Keeps Tripping GFCI (Moisture?)

My gas oven frequently trips my GFCI outlet. The GFCI outlet is upstream of the oven. Every outlet on that wall is on a shared circuit (I understand this is suboptimal, but I imagine there isn't a ...
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Support Beam Hole

How do I repair a 10" support beam with a 6" hole cut through it short of replacing the support beam? We have not tried anything yet. What would you recommend?
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A light switch with current that has a red and black wire attached but does not control a light or receptacle

I recently purchased a used park model home, located in USA, with stick built attachment. I have a light switch ,with current, that does not control any light or receptacle,that I can find, in or ...
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What type of wall do I have and can a monitor wall mount can be mounted to it?

Hi all I have the following wall in my loft (top floor): If I knock on it is pretty solid and makes less sound than the wall on the side of my door opposite. What type of wall is this called and ...
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Efficiency of hood fan

I would like to run a 12' duct with 3 elbows from our range hood to the vertical exhaust duct. What strength of hood fan do I need for a 14'x12' x 9'h kitchen.
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LVL Floor Joist Notch / Reinforcement Question

Please see image attached. I am looking to make a notch in a 11 1/2 LVL beam spanning 17ft across my basement.
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3 wire cooktop, 4 wire stove, 4 wire supply - what to do about neutral and ground?

The supply has black, red, white and ground. So does the stove. The cooktop only has black, red and ground. What do I do with the white wire from the stove? Connect it to the white on the supply, or ...
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What is minimum height a wall junction box must be from ceiling?

i would like to raise my wall light a bit (moving box in the process). How high from the ceiling must it be?
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Lawnmower stopped working after the outlet it was plugged into bent

I was mowing the lawn with my electric corded lawnmower and went as far as I could with the cord. Unfortunately this put pressure on the outlet (which was already a little wobbly) causing it to ...
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I understand that PEX plumbing builds up a biofilm in the line. Is there a way to clean the lines to remove the biofilm?

I know that biofilm collects where water travels and sits. Is there a way to safely remove it from my plumbing?
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How can I open a stuck, overfilled kitchen drawer that doesn't have a horizontal entry point?

Slightly different to other questions I've seen. Solutions to them have you put something through the small gap (ruler, coat hanger, straw, anything). However, ours has a slight vertical dip before ...
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Can I put a wallpaper close to a light fixture?

I didn't find any information about it and I'm wondering if I can have a wallpaper close to a light fixture like the image below: The reason I'm asking is because we recently added both the wallpaper ...
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Installing propane tank to gas range with strange copper pipe

I am replacing a gas range and the gas line that was connected to the previous range doesn't fit into any of the fittings that came with the installation kit or directly into the range (which is how ...
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Fujitsu Halcyon: Custom Air-Filter (C.F.M.)

I'm trying to make airfilters to fit over my Fujitsu Halcyon Wall Mounted heating & air-conditioning split system. I'm talking about the indoor unit specifically. The wire mesh screens that come ...
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installing a trap for a basement shower

I am preparing to install a shower in my basement. I have an access hole with cast iron pipe running horizontal about 12" deep from the main stack to the access hole (about 18" in length), then ...
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Roof drains overflowing after torch-on roof

About 8 years ago we had our tar & gravel roof replaced by a torch-on system.Since then, and for a few years, after just about every rain resulted in a plugging of the drain apertures on the roof, ...
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Wiring new range hood exhaust fan motor

Now, my current range hood exhaust fan motor has 3 wires coming from the harness, a red wire, a white wire and a black wire. The NEW motor only has 2 black wires coming off of it- how do I hook it up?
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Is a ledger board required if the side of my house is wood?

I'm looking to attach three posts the the side of my house and I'm wondering if a ledger board is needed? Looks like this:
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Central Vacuuming: Is it worth it, and how does it compare to normal vacuuming?

I am in the process of buying a brand new home in the US through a builder. The home will be approximately 3,000 sq ft and I was given the option of buying a central vacuuming system for the house. ...
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Ceiling fan and light Installation

Our home was built in the mid 60's. I am trying to install a new fan/light assembly. Currently there are two brown wires and one red wire coming out of the ceiling box. At the very back of the box, I ...
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Can I use 16mm or 10mm DC cable for AC home appliances?

I am going to install wiring in my home and I am curious if I can use 16 mm or 2 core DC cable for AC small appliances like fans and TV?
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What is the best way to insulate cold water copper pipes exposed on a flat roof in California

We live in Los Angeles and have a flat roof that our hot and cold water copper pipes run across and are all exposed. The cold tap water, in the spring, summer, and fall is so hot during the day. ...
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Fixing sump pump discharge

Could someone explain exactly why this discharge system works or what I need to do to fix it? I installed a backup sump pump last month. I noticed that the discharge pipe going through the wall was ...
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Water pressure drops while any faucet turned on

My incoming pressure gauge read 85psi from meter. My outgoing pressure after pressure reducer is 55psi. When using shower it decreases to about 45 psi. But incoming from still reads steady 85psi. Is ...
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Dual kitchen sink disposal causes water to shoot up in non-disposal side, drain connection is horizontal

I have a dual bowl kitchen sink. The nondisposal side drain sits higher than the disposal side. The disposal drain connects to the nondisposal drain horizontally via a tee pipe. Sometimes when ...
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Old mobile home wiring, outlets stopped working

Yesterday 3 of my outlets stopped working. Earlier this winter 2 got burnt and I haven't replaced them yet, but they're on the other side of the house. The 3 that stopped working are all around each ...
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How to clean cement smear from concrete?

During a walkway pour some concrete residue smeared on the existing landing pad and entrance (both old concrete) causing a dirty appearance. Is there a way of cleaning a smear of concrete from old ...
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How to on this retrofit led recessed light

That's the inside of my can on my recessed lighting but the new retrofit led plug doesn't fit that. What do I have to do in order to retrofit a new led light in that old fixture to avoid me going into ...
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How to avoid mouldy properties?

I've been wondering if there is any way to recognise materials/home designs which may mean the growth of mould in a house? For normal properties, simply opening the window during a shower prevents ...
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Paving - Indian Sandstone patio - jointing

I want to mix white cement and silver sand to get the right colour jointing to replace existing mortar. I can't find silver sand locally, can I use an alternative sand?

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