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Tracing individual conductors most effectively

I recently moved in to a 20 year old house, and have started to unravel some of the unfortunate short cuts the previous owner left, with regards to the electrical work. One trouble in particular I'm ...
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How to extend a concrete patio

I am trying to extend my back patio like this Eventually, I want to extend the full 18 feet, but for now I am planning to just do the 5 feet by 5.5 feet section in blue. This section will be attached ...
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Can I use the same junction box for two appliances?

Complete noob here. I'm finishing building my kitchen and the last part - the wiring of electrical oven and glass cooking plates, is presenting me with some challenges. I am located in Germany. ...
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installed remote ceiling fan; light works; fan does not

I decided to install a remote ceiling fan in place of a standard fan myself. The old fan was controlled by two wall switches (together). I have a black, red and white wire in ceiling; but only a red ...
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Moving awning support column

I'm wondering if it would be possible to move this support column 1 meter to the left, so that it lines up with the start of the sliding doors instead of being in the middle of it. Would I need to add ...
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IBT and whole house transfer switch

The inter-system bonding termination (IBT) is where other services like telephone and cable TV get their ground bonds from the house's grounding electrode system (ground rods). 2014 NEC (NJ) 250.94 ...
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Wiring new lights with 2 sets of wires

I'm installing 3 light pendants above my island. They are connected to a single pole light switch. I installed 2 of the 3 and noticed the junction boxes for both have 2 black, 2 white, and 2 ground ...
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Hanging blue board corners

When hanging blue board for veneer plaster, should the board overlap on outside corners like normal sheet rock or should they end on the edge of the studs and the corner will be filled in with veneer (...
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Can I add an additional outlet using an existing outlet that has no ground wire?

I am looking to add new receptacles (15A) behind my TV by running a 12/2 romex (20A circuit/breaker) from a nearby existing receptacles (15A). The problem is, the existing receptacle has no ground ...
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air handler not turning on

Assume an ac compressor doesn't work. Will the air handler still come on if the thermostat is set to fan "on"? Does this differ system to system? I am trying to troubleshoot a non-responsive ac ...
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House window brand

I would like to know the manufacturer of my house windows. Code; PAT (VA) SPEC: NFRC Series: BMSH MST: 3856 PAT-M-031 also have this on window sticker: 3052 2017418 7....
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Can I safely remove stringer in garage?

There are two 2"x12"x8' stringers attached to studs in the garage with 1/2"x2-1/2" lag screws in order to mount a squat rack. Is there any concern that I could compromise the integrity of the garage ...
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Mold concern after pipe leaked in ceiling

I bought a foreclosure that had been vacant and winterized for more than a year. About ten hours after I turned the water back on, water started dripping from the ceiling in the kitchen. When I ...
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Bottom 3 courses of cinder block are wet!!!! Why?

The bottom 3 courses of my cinder block are wet and deteriorating (effervescence). The basement is waterproofed and it’s still happening. Its on 2 interior walls and 1 exterior. The top layers of ...
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light and ceiling fan wiring diagram

i have a patio cover, i want to wiring 2 light and a fan with light (one light on each side of ceiling fan, so the fan will be in the center). i want two 3 ways switch to control all the lights, one ...
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Reduce vibration by bench grinder

I live on the 2nd story. I would like to reduce the vibration caused by the bench grinder. I bought the grinder at least 30 years ago. Everything is original equipment. I have some carpet padding ...
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Can I install insulation behind a shower stall that is already in place?

I am in the process of renovating my kitchen. I removed everything down to the studs. One of my bathrooms backs up to my kitchen. Once I opened up the wall behind my bathroom shower stall (a ...
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Installing an entry door with sidelights

Anyone have any experience creating a custom size door sidelight? I would like to install an entry door with one sidelight where I currently have a window. I would like to stay in the same size as ...
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LVL Span Ratings and Beam Placement

I work with LVL beams frequently and see a lot of them placed under I-Joists to carry load of the floor. This is usually no big deal in 9' deep basements but in 8' basements an 11-7/8" triple LVL beam ...
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Is this broken pipe the reason my freezer is not working? Can it be fixed?

The freezer is old, but I am a renter so I couldn't say how old. On the back there is a sticker that says “HUAYI B43CB”; It has been stopping intermittently for the last week, and in the last two ...
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What do I make of this wiring?

I am trying to replace a toilet pull cord switch. Wiring seems unusual in the sense that there are: 2x brown wires 1x brown wire that is live and by itself 1x yellow/green earth no blue wires ...
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URD Service entrance cable for tankless hot water heater

I'm planning on running 2-2-4 URD service cable to a tankless hot water heater. It's a long story, but I have to run from an outside load center underground and through the subfloor of a building ...
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How does the smart switch learns my wifi settings?

This question is not about how to do wiring or configuring a smart switch. This is basically to kill my curiosity on how that stuff works. So when you hook up a smart switch, you power it up by ...
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The structural integrity of a backyard structure

I need a shed, but I really don't want to put a standard-looking shed. I would like something that's pleasing to the eye and fits my property. In addition, I thought it would be cool to have a second ...
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Installed dimmer switch caused another switch to stop working

I installed a dimmer in my bedroom today and I just realised that the dimmer in my mom's room and in the corridor is not working anymore... Followed standard procedure : Breaker off, changed the old ...
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Stacking 'Main lug' load centers for garage

I am aware of most NEC codes and am actually asking if this is allowed, There really shouldn't be any reason..I also fully understand keeping my netural and ground seperate and how the bus bars are ...
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higher amperage rating

Ok, I live in an historical home and am required to minimize the visual imperfections {conduit} So I would like to get the highest amperage capacity possible running #6 wire so I can stick to 1" ...
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Do you paint bare dry wall without skimming with mud?

I've learned that it takes 3 coats...6" 8" and 12" skims the rest of bare dry wall. You end up skimming all bare dry wall. If you paint any bare dry wall don't it swell up and need sanding, mud and ...
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NM cable from wall box to dishwaster

I need to connect my dishwasher to an electrical box in the wall under the sink but it is recessed so the cable must come out through the front plate and not side knockouts. Out of the same box will ...
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Inlet valve to share between faucet and dishwasher

I just realized that my hot water 1/2" copper inlet in the kitchen is terminated with a regular single oulet valve but I do need to share it between the faucet and the adjacent dishwasher. Is there a ...
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Fixing Chimney leak and ceiling damage

I got a quote from contractor to fix chimney leaking water during rain to ceiling. There is drywall damage to ceiling too as result. What he is recommending is ripping off the roof 2 feet around the ...
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Chillling a bolt to remove it

Years ago I had a stuck bolt that would not budge. I applied electronic component chiller, and then some creeping penetrant, and bolt came out. I thought I was a genius, until somebody pointed out ...
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run nmb cable in conduit

I've decided to run a new 60 amp sub panel in my garage using 6/3 NMB. Can I run it 35' through 1" pvc conduit from main panel to sub panel without stripping off the outer sheathing?
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Can I connect an LED light fixture to a 240 volt oulet?

My question: I'm replacing a metal halide fixture with a LED fixture. The outlet is single phase 240V (split with no neutral). Is it ok to connect the LED fixture to this outlet? I'm asking because ...
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Can I use an air gap faucet as a standard faucet?

I recently replaced my RO filter system with a simpler water filter system. I did not get a new faucet since I figured that I could just use the existing one that was installed with my RO system. Once ...
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How hard do u think it is to re-make my queen bed into a murphy bed?

I have a tiny studio efficiency and this used to be the laundry room in a little school at one time. Buyers used the double door shallow closet that housed the machine to become the bed spot. I was ...
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How can I remove rust from a washing machine cabinet and protect against future corrosion?

The edges of body of the washing machine near the detergent dispenser & just above the front door is getting rusted. I have tried cleaning it with rough & smooth emery paper. Also applied ...
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Double glazed solid door rebate size

I have a large double glazing unit (1220mm x 610mm) that I would like to use in a new external door I'm making out of red grandis hard wood. I plan on rebating the glazing surround, leaving the "...
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How to connect two different height water tank on pump?

I have a two.different size water tanks, 1500 liter and 500 liter. Both water tank height and width is different. 1500 liter tank width- 49.5” height- 56” 500 liter tank width- 36.5” height- 36”...
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Delta Faucet: Maximum Gallons Per Minute with New Aerator

If I bought a 1.5GPM new replacement aerator, would the faucet emit 1.2GPM or would it increase to 1.5GPM ? I see a lot of delta faucets like this https://www.deltafaucet.com/bathroom/product/B2596LF
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Filling gap between wooden window frame and glass

We recently bought a house from 1973 which has been very much neglected. The windows got wood rot and now we are dealing with this big gap where the caulk (and foam insulation?) came loose. I need ...
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How to install PVC J-Channel Brickmould?

I'm looking to install this Brickmould with J-Channel when I reside my garage. I've looked at a number of manufacturer install guides and they either skip over brickmoulding or do not address this ...
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Cut Floor joists for HVAC

I own an old home, circa 1919. In the 70's, when the new furnace was installed, they cut through the floor joists to run the air ducts. Awesome. So in direct correlation to those cut joists, are ...
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Pipes vented to patio

I have gas pipes being vented into a fenced in patio area. 3 years ago , I called the fire department as the gas meter inside was reading too high as I was getting dizzy. I can no longer open the ...
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Wall in middle of tile floor: grout lines don't match

A contractor is installing tile in the first floor of my house. The floor plan is open, with the living room and kitchen separated by a wall that spans a portion of the floor. The installer laid tile ...
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How do I deaden the sound of water dripping on metal?

I live in a two story apartment complex (upstairs neighbors are REAL nice). My bedroom has an AC Box/Swamp Cooler mounted into the wall. Directly above it is a similar unit for my neighbors. The ...
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Is this asbestos plaster?

I live in a 1970s apartment block in Melbourne, Australia. It’s been fully renovated since then (I’d say around 15-20 years ago), but I know not all asbestos products were removed - we still have old ...
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DIY Bathroom Reno. How many panels to remove? How much wall to demo?

Background: Home built in 1962 Started demolition to the guest bathroom and gutted the tub, tile, and backboard. I would like to know how much of the drywall/cement board should I remove past the tub ...
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Tracking Potential Bathtub Leak Without Removing It

I've noticed that the corner of my bathtub gets wet. When a paper towel is placed there, it gets soaked in a short while. There is no large amount of water leaking out though. That spot just gets ...
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is it ok to pump water to a depression close to lake shore in Minnesota?

We have had our lake place for 50 years and our lake level was only 1/2 inch at shoreline and about 3' 1/4 mile from shore for 48 years. About three years ago the Army Core of Engineers has raised ...

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