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What flow rate should I select in a shower head for a home with low water pressure?

We live in an apartment, and we have very low water pressure. One of the shower heads I was looking at was the Speakman S-2252-E2 shower head, but I just noticed that it's available in 1.75 GPM, 2.0 ...
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Lukewarm water at tap in home with recirculation with dedicated loop and H2O Tank

My 2 story home built in 1960 has upper level Kitchen and MBR, lower level kitchenette, 2 bathrooms. There is a dedicated loop back to bottom of H2O heater. There is a Honeywell Aquastat but it has ...
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Two Breaker panels, one transfer switch?

I have two breaker "panels", one is a 200 amp panel for everything in the house, and a separate one (with a different meter) that is just for my electric cold water heater, right next to the other ...
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Load bearing capacity of Spur Steel-lok shelf standards with MDF shelves

I am building wall-mounted shelves for my electronics lab. These will basically be pieces of MDF supported by Spur Steel-Lok uprights and brackets, similar to what the picture below shows. I can ...
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No electric current going into Water Heater

We bought a brand new water heater back in November. Came home last night to no hot water. Check circuit breaker and it wasn't tripped. Turned it off an on anyway. Nothing. Hit reset button on ...
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How can I repair the damaged coating in my bathtub?

The cat peed in our tub and I poured pure white vinegar in the tub to deodorize. I left about an inch of it in the tub for a couple of days. After I drained it I noticed that the glaze was gone where ...
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Do I need a certificate of occupancy for each building on a single property?

If I have 2 buildings located on one property do I need a certificate of occupancy for each building or does 1 certificate cover all buildings?
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Matching wood stain to paintable plastic

I have stained cedar siding on house. Recently installed new HVAC system with paintable plastic covers on the exterior of house. How do I match the stain on wood to paint on covers?
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Condensate drain line freezing. Need an internal solution

I have a residential 16-SEER four-ton air handler/heat pump unit with a built-in humidifier. Both summer AC condensate and winter humidifier over-run feed into a condensate pump which is on the ...
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Remove a 3 way switch to install fan remote

Newb so be gentle. I installed a fan that doesn't seem to be wired for a separate fan and light switch at the wall, so I capped off the red wire from the ceiling at the fan, and installed the fan ...
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Detecting concealed PVC water pipe with ultrasonic sensor

I'm planning to install some glass shelves in one corner of my washroom. The problem is, there are some plumbing pipes snaking around underneath the ceramic tiles and I risk punching holes while ...
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Having issues removing old tile

I recently started a project to do new floors throughout a house I just bought. We are gonna do about 1600 sq ft in total including the kitchen 2 living rooms, dinning room, and hall. Previously the ...
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Can I add a second thermostat in my basement for more control?

I would like to install a second thermostat on the lower floor of my home. My thinking is that when we have guest staying on the lower floor I could turn the upper floor thermostat off and the lower ...
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Lowering the water pressure in my bathtub spout

I have a small tankless water heater and the flow from my bathtub spout is too strong and the water will not get hot. How can I reduce the flow in just the bathtub spout?
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Garage floor damp

Been reading on line for several hours now. I have dampness on my garage floor, note: it's about 8yrs old. If I put a box any where on the garage floor for several hours, there will be a damp foot ...
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Installing eco smart 27 with sub panel breaker box

I’m installing a eco smart 27 tankless water heater, which requires (3) 8 gauge wire with (3) 40 amp double pull breaks. I am having to install a sub panel for this, and I am wondering what gauge wire ...
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Faint sewer smell in highrise bathroom during high winds in one direction?

I rent an apartment in a highrise, and often smell a faint sewage smell when there are high north-westerly winds with gusts. Following suggestions on a past Stack Exchange posting, I did the simple ...
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Help needed identifying major structural issues

So here's the low down: Bought a home about four months ago. Inspection made no mention of any cracks anywhere, and honestly didn't even mention a single thing about the foundation (probably a big ...
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GFI kitchen plug blew up

I was running my vacuum cleaner and suddenly the kitchen GFI plug it was plugged into popped with some black smoke, a burning electrical smell and blackened the plug itself. Did my vacuum cleaner ...
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How would I install shutoff valve for fridge water line on current setup

I had a new fridge installed and the plastic water tubing from the sink cold water connection was leaking behind the fridge when they installed it. I am going to replace the plastic tubing and wanted ...
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Flushed cat litter, maybe clogged?

I stupidly flushed some cat litter a couple times yesterday( 2-3 flushes so i didnt do it all at once and clog it). I now realize i should not have done this as it causes major problems. Im in an ...
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Drilling a hole in a dry-wall backed by concrete or plaster?

I am trying to mount this TV: LG 55UK6300 https://www.lg.com/ca_en/tvs/lg-55UK6300BUB I bought the Insignia 47" - 80" Fixed TV Wall Mount: https://www.bestbuy.ca/en-ca/product/insignia-insignia-47-80-...
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amount of load bearing support

I need to build a temp. floor over my basement steps which is a 9' opening, so I can do ceiling repairs where an old chimney pipe was pulled long ago. If I fasten 6- 2x4x12 together in pairs and place ...
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Removing horizontal muntins from 1950s split pane windows

Is it possible to change to look of old exterior windows by removing the center horizontal muntin on a 1940-1950’s split 2 pane window? I would like to remove the divider, remove both pieces of glass,...
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Is heat a concern with a microwave mounted over a wall oven?

I have a microwave over the wall oven. Can’t the heat from wall oven affect the microwave oven and how much space from back of microwave to wall is needed for air flow?
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Are there long pipes that either increase speed of water or at least do not decrease it?

I need a long pipe of almost 100 m for filling water into buckets at my home from municipal tap provided outside of my home. Many people have to share that municipal tap and hence a hose would allow ...
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Does this wall have any more studs?

I have a small little alcove in my wall which is perfect for a bookshelf and started stud hunting. I followed along either side of an outlet with a strong magnet until I found a screw and then moved ...
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Bathroom light fixture above sink and ceiling fan/light combo wiring issue

Hey so I'm having an issue hooking up a bathroom light fixture above the sink with a bathroom ceiling fan/light combo. 1) for the light fixture above sink: coming out of the wall there appears to be ...
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Can i use normal extension cord for a Surge Protector

As stated in the above pic, is this OK for a connection? Now, i don't know much about electrical and stuff. I was worried that the normal extension cord in the middle might trip off, worse heats up ...
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How to slave a new light to an existing pull chain light

We recently remodeled our house and had new outdoor lights installed. Well after the fact that only one works. We realized that the one that doesn't was on a pull chain. Well I'm not the smartest ...
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How do I wire a new light from an outlet, with power to the light box?

I'm trying to run power from an outlet box to a light and then to a wall switch to control the light. The outlet box is in the attic and I want to go from the outlet to the light and then from the ...
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How can I identify the cause of ceiling water damage?

Just wondering if there is an easy way to tell if water damage on the celing is a result of a roof leak, or condensation build up in the house. Here are some pictures: https://photos.app.goo.gl/...
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Why doesn't my garage door opener close the door?

I am currently having an issue where my garage door remote does not work when attempting to close the door. I have done a fair bit of research which suggested the light bulb next to the motor/antennae ...
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Electric boiler and dryer same breaker?

I'm adding an electric boiler 240 volt. Can I use the same breaker from the dryer? I don't have room to add another breaker on my electric panel.
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Which is the better first step: rebuilding a basement closet, or insulating the basement walls?

Recently closed on a split-level. The majority of it is well done, but neither my wife or I were content with the basement. It was partially finished, with a closed off utility room, some hideous ...
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Well pressure gauge reads 0 PSI

So to begin, we have a deep submersible well pump. We noticed that our water pressure was getting weaker and weaker. At first I believe it was because of the well house not being properly insulated ...
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Steps to renovate uneven oak tiled Parquetry on cement?

I have Romanoff oak parquetry on the floors, new one shown here with 160mm tiles. The floor is uneven. The old parquetry in the pictures has become a bit dark that I want to polish besides filling the ...
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Can you change a TRV by isolating the radiator at both ends?

I've been changing the thermostatic radiator valves on my radiators. My understanding (obviously wrong) is that if the TRV is turned off and the lock shield is off, that at that stage no water is ...
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Copper to PEX connection

I am swapping out an old pedestal sink for a conventional vanity. Currently in place are some 1/4 pex lines that are run through the pedestal. I want to swap the small pex for 1/2” and am fairly ...
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Bowed Wall / Running Corners: Help Me Tackle Getting Studs in Plane

So here is my conundrum: I'm dealing with some wavy walls in a very old home and clearly the framing is all over the place. The worst offending wall has what seems to be a pretty large almost 4' span ...
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Sharing 1 dryer outlet

One of your previous questions almost answered mine, but not quite. I have a situation where there are two apartments and one laundry room. Room for 1 washer and 1 dryer. There are 2 circuit boxes ...
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Is my whole-house humidifier installed and working as expected?

I have a Honeywell whole house humidifier model HE240. Its installed on the warm air supply. I thought this would put the humid air into the warm air stream. Instead its blowing air to the cold air ...
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Watt-meter showing half wattage

Output power from the generator is showing half of the actual wattage. I checked the terminals and found out that two current wires are going from the main breaker to the switchboard, c1, and c3. ...
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Can a pilot on a furnace be on but the thermocouple still be bad?

Heat just stopped working after working 3 days ago. All circuit breakers are looking good, gas is flowing, and furnace seems to be operating fine. Pilot is on and thermocouple is holding the flame, ...
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is a refrigerator start relay supposed rattle? not cooling

is the start relay supposed to rattle at all? my old one rattled noticeably, so based on what I read decided to buy another one thinking that part was broken. i decided to buy a certified used one ...
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Installing fixture and/or receptacle in beadboard ceiling

My porch has a beadboard ceiling that I'd like to install a new fixture in along with a receptacle or two. If this were drywall, I'd just cut a hole and patch it up fairly easily. This doesn't seem so ...
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Will 3.5" polyiso keep my electrical cables from melting?

I am converting a room into a sauna that will frequently be very hot (100+C). It has some wiring -- a few outlets and a light, from its previous use. The insulation for electrical cables is rated up ...
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Concrete Pavers with Scenes

I was given some concrete pavers that have scenes molded in them. I would like to paint them so that the details in each block can be seen. One is of an eagle and another is the American Flag. How do ...
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Dual Thermostats: Which wire goes where?

I have two heating systems in my house, oil and wood. I’m currently swapping out old mercury thermostats with new ones. I’ve got the wood one replaced with a newer analog one which I think is okay, ...
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Sash window meeting rails not even

I'm in the process of refurbing our sash windows. The top and bottom sashes of most of the windows in the house are out of alignment. Photo attached. There's a 1 inch overlap of the meeting rails. ...

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