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Do I need a wall thimble for thermal separation with a category III venting appliance?

I bought a tankless water heater that allows me to vent using category III. I've seen that wall thimbles are included in many category III termination kits, but am wondering if they are really ...
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What kind of sound input socket is this?

I have this surround sound system at home that is very old and have these strange sound input sockets that I have never seen before. Does anyone know what kind of input socket this is?
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Is it Code to support Class 2 (thermostat) wires using a gas line?

Related to this question. Our gas furnace, while quite functional, has some quirks in its installation. One of them is that the installers cut off the old (original to the house) thermostat wires at ...
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cement countertop polyurethane tacky in spots

We had cement countertops installed a week ago. The contractor applied a thick layer of polyurethane (not sure the brand, but he mixed 2 parts of something) within a day or so, most of the poly was ...
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Can I add USB outlets to bath/hall lighting circuit box (not GFCI)?

My bathroom, inside near door, has a 2-gang box, containing 2 light switches, powering combination ceiling light and fan. This box is fed by hallway lighting circuit, and the work box is not covered ...
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How to wall-mount to a “resilient channel” wall?

first SE post! MY QUESTION: How do I safely attach an articulating mount (tilt/pan) for a 75" LCD TV to a "sound deadening" wall that uses resilient channels? Thanks to the miracle of the ...
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LG Electric Range - Infinite switch burning up repeatedly, burner staying on high no matter what the setting

I have an LG smooth-top Electric range, LDE4413ST, that keeps burning up infinite switches on the Right Front burner, which is a "dual element" burner. This burner also operates at high power only, ...
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Sill plate pushing siding off, causing gap for mice and moisture?

Younger home owner here. I've had water get into my basement a few times last spring in the corner and in this area (directly under my little front deck). The corner was due to no downspout (water was ...
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How would you winterize this sprinkler system?

I typically have a local landscaping place blow out my sprinkler lines for winter, but they went out of business this year so I'm trying to figure out how to do it myself. I've done a lot of YouTube ...
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Thermostat White-Rodgers 1F82-261 switches to stage 2 heat for no apparent reason

I am running a central heat system that uses a heat pump as stage 1 and a gas furnace as stage 2. The thermostat used is the White-Rodgers 1F82-261 which supports 2 stages of heat. When using regular ...
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sealer on soapstone

I just had a soapstone counter installed and they sealed it before they left. From what I've read, soapstone is oiled or waxed, not sealed. Does the sealer need to be removed if I want to use ...
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HVAC: can a motorized damper be installed inside existing ductwork?

My HVAC system consists of a fan, furnace, compressor-driven AC, and evaporative cooler. The problem is that there is a large air volume used only by the evaporative cooler that is generating a lot of ...
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Tankless 240V water heater in detached garage tripping AFCI/GFCI breakers in house

We have two separate buildings, a house and a garage/workshop, about 20 feet apart, sharing the same electrical service. On the service entrance, there's a Siemens whole-house surge protector. The ...
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Why did my febco backflow preventer fail?

I'm working as a handyman for a non-profit, and they have an in-ground irrigation system that has been off for a while because "there was a geyser." I successfully determined that the geyser was ...
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What brand is this door latch bolt?

I am trying to find out what the brand of this drive-in locking door latch is. It is circa 1975. I am planning to replace four of them.
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How can I remove a Carpet from concrete stuck down with black mastic/bitumen

I'm currently on restoring a property in the UK. The house was originally a Care Home built in 1987, and was built using standard commercial techniques at the time. The issue I'm having is, at the ...
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Is there minimum clearance from gas stove to door?

I know there is a minimum clearance to hood and cabinets above, but I can't find a side-clearance to a doorway. My concern is someone coming through the door and not seeing the hot stove around the ...
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Strange Pin Pierced Pipe in Boiler

Just wondering if anyone had any ideas on this? I put the central heating on for the first time in about 6 month the other day. The radiators did not get hot and within a few minutes the boiler ...
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Will a 3rd Generation Nest thermostat correctly adjust the humidity base on outdoor conditions?

If I plug my whole house humidifier into a 3rd generation Nest, is it smart enough to track outdoor temperature and adjust indoor as needed to keep condensation off the inside of the windows?
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Estimating frost heave displacement?

I'm planning a storage shed underneath a deck. I'll assume that the deck is anchored below the frost line and won't move when the ground freezes. I'd like to build the shed on just a floating gravel ...
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Brick chimney with no smoke chamber: is there some type of metal insert that would work instead of rebuilding inside of chimney?

Recently I bought a house that had a ventless gas log insert in the hearth, but had obviously been used as a wood burning fireplace previously, showing lots of charring. A chimney inspection revealed ...
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Outdoor kitchen worktop options

I'm preparing to build a semi outdoor kitchen. It will be exposed to the elements (I'm in Thailand) but under a roof top. Frame will likely be built using metal drywall studs, with cement board ...
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Philips Hue dimmer switch detailed manual

I have bought a couple of Philips Hue white sets, including two dimmer switches, and started playing with them and various compatible apps. Normally, a dimmer indicates the command transfer by a green ...
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What type of filters should I use for a 3 stage whole house water filter?

We have city water, but it always manages to taste like metal and chlorine. I was going to add point-of-use filters, but then decided it would be better to do the whole house to cover showering, hot ...
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Do I need to remove these border stones if I want to regrade the soil next to my house?

Here is my dilemma: to remove the stones or not (line of stone at top left in the lawn). My plan would be to regrade the soil next to my wall and to add concrete slabs on top of the grade soil. I also ...
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Why does Fix-It-All sometimes dry yellow?

I've used the Fix-It-All brand patching product. Sometimes my patches dry paper white, sometimes they end up yellow. Why might this be?
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I have 2 wire going into R, how should i connect to nest?

I'm installing a Nest thermostat: How do i connect the blue and red wire? Nest tech said i have two transformer.. do i split them into RH, and Rc?
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Can Someone Help Me Identify This Switch?

I have a Swaby 5200 pump in my home, and I am hoping that someone out there might be able to suggest a replacement switch part number – or at least point me in the right direction. Pump model: 5200 ...
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Two outdoor outlets not functioning..what is the most likely cause

I have two outdoor electrical outlets that are not working. They are both GFCI and close to each other. 10 feet above one is a floodlight receptacle that is controlled by an interior switch inside the ...
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How to remove a Honeywell Braukmann 104v radiator actuator

I have a radiator with a Honeywell 104V radiator actuator that I'd like to replace, I think it's P/N T104V1422. I can't seem to figure out how the thing is connected to remove it. The rest of the ...
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What size sub-panel and wire do I need for my three-season room?

I have a 15x22 room that is roughly 50' from the main panel, that I am converting from a 3 season room, into a conditioned space (heating and cooling, enclosed with windows and doors, etc.). ...
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Can I bypass an old fuse box and connect the service directly to the breaker panel?

We have an older home with a fuse box in house and also breaker box outside. This is second time now in last couple weeks that all the main house overhead lights and outlets have gone out completely. ...
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Extremely old doorbell transformer filled with black gunk?

I need to replace my doorbell transformer in order for my Ring video doorbell to consistently have sufficient power. After searching long and hard I finally located the transformer, which appears to ...
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Outdoor patio heater stops working after use

I bought one of those 8 foot patio heaters that use a 20 gallon propane tank to replace my old one. It will run fine for a couple of hours on a full tank and then behave like it is running out of gas....
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How to handle large bluestone slabs

I'm looking for tips on how to handle large bluestone slabs. Each is 24" square, 1.5" thick, and weighs 80 lbs. They are geo-cut with thermal surface treatment. Presently I have 100 of these slabs ...
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How can I fill a narrow gap in the countertop along the back of my new glass cooktop?

I had to replace my glass cooktop. I checked the specs on a replacement, and ordered the one I thought would fit. When I dropped it in the new stove top, I had a 7/8" gap. The specs online were ...
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Kitchen / Bathroom sink are very “splashy” - How can I change this rectangular aerator?

I just moved into a new flat and I have a problem with the kitchen and bathroom faucets. They are extremely splashy (if opened suddenly the water will spill out of the sink!) and whenever I clean the ...
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Carrier infinity 25vna heat pump utility curtailment

I have a newly installed infinity greenspeed hp system and the utility is trying to figure out how to control the outdoor unit in heating mode. It's my understanding that the utility sends a signal ...
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Where should I connect my C wire on Goodman GMP075-3 Rev.B

I am trying to install an ecobee4 to replace a digital battery powered thermostat. I removed the existing thermostat and found that there was a spare blue wire that was wrapped around the others that ...
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Rigid foam board expansion

I’m installing extruded polystyrene rigid foam board over my exterior sheathing. I got a little behind schedule and now the temps have dropped to the 30s (Fahrenheit). Do I need to allow for the foam ...
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Wired fire/smoke alarms not communicating with each other

After replacing the wired fire alarms in my house with new ones, when testing any of them, that one beeps but not the others. Model is BRK First Alert 9120B6CP. Each alarm came with three cables. ...
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Router safety - what did I do wrong?

Long story short I was running my DeWalt fixed base router (8000-24000 RPM) on a piece of work when it started making a funny noise. I lifted the router up to see why it was making the noise, and ...
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3-Way Switch won't turn on lights if dimmer is set to low

I just added 5 dimmable recessed lights to my living room. I'm certain it's powered correctly. Incoming power hits the 3-way dimmer switch. Both traveler wires head to the other 3 way switch (non-...
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How can I prevent glossy areas when using chalkboard paint?

We recently tried to make a chalkboard wall with not-great results, and I was wondering if anyone has any tips. First I sanded down the existing latex paint to get rid of some of the texture, then ...
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How do you release the wires from this Slater push-in connector?

I know you are supposed to be able to push a screwdriver into a slot "under" the wire, but this old (late '70s?) Slater light switch has different slots than I see in all the examples. They are more ...
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Ceiling fan with light kit won’t power on

Having trouble Hooking up a new fan. Fan came with light kit and remote control. I have two switches on the wall. One for light, one for fan control. I have two powers and a neutral coming out of the ...
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Replacing a motherboard on a Carrier 8000VS Furnace

Hi guys, I am trying to finalize the wiring of my new carrier motherboard. I have about four more wires to connect and the new motherboard is slightly different than the old one. The pictures I’ve ...
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How can I mount a railing in concrete steps when I encounter rebar in the hole?

I need to install a handrail in concrete steps. The problem is that after drilling ~2" down into the concrete, the drill bit wouldn't go any further. I suspect I'm hitting rebar. This is about 2 & ...
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Connecting network gear directly to electrical line

I’m installing multiple PoE networking switches on a pier, but I’m not sure the best route for plugging them in. There are only a few existing plugs on the dock but they aren’t located near where ...
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Can French doors (with center mullion) swing in opposite directions?

This might be a very elementary question, but I haven't been able to find any information about it. We are planning to replace a sliding glass door between our dining room and deck with French doors. ...

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