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Lights keep tripping

Right we have three 12v spotlights that keep tripping, they each have their own transformer and junction box. There seems to be 5! Mains wires going into one junction box, then 2 into the next one, ...
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2 ceiling lights into 2 switches? Or not…?

**PS there's more images in the comments as I couldn't post them all in the post! Right so we've recently moved house and we're having a few issues in one of the living rooms.... There are 2 ceiling ...
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Why does a gas water heater use more power (kW) than an electric water heater

So I am considering instant water heater systems, in Indonesia. Here electricity is typically low amperage (household supplies start at 450W, then 1100W, then 2200W), and there's a strong incentive ...
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refresh front door locks without rekeying

My front door has a "Faultless Lexington Handleset with Ball in Polished Brass" (http://www.homedepot.com/p/Faultless-Lexington-Handleset-with-Ball-in-Polished-Brass-HY7731B-F/203187008). As you can ...
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How to remove over stain from finished woodwork on my stairs

We recently had our wood floors refinished and the floor guys carelessly got the water based stain on my wood casework. The casework is stained and finished with a glossy poly of some kind. I can't ...
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A room with no grounding

I entered into a 32-years-old apartment. I checked all sockets with a super-tester. All of them are OK, except two sockets in a single room, where the super-tester shows "no grounding". I talked ...
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What can be done about this fireplace

This looks terrible! I want a fireplace but this just looks wrong to me. It goes all the way to the ceiling which is 2 stories. Can it be removed leaving just the fireplace and mantle? Does anyone ...
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concrete grooving

I am looking to put radiant heating in my garage floor. I am looking for some sort of grinder wheel to cut 3/4inch U shaped grooves in the floor for the pex tube. Or would it be easier to cut 2-3 ...
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Moving a wall to Increase a room size— what extra support needed?

I want to increase a room from 10' to 14' currently there is a 'header' over the 10' span, with a 4 x 4 support; If I increase the span to 14' can I move the 4x4 support or do i need to keep it and ...
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PVC Pipe Venting air outside

Why does hot air vent outside when heater isn't on? I understand it venting hot air out when heater is on but I don't know why it vents air when heater isn't on.
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Electrical receptacle grounding

my name is Mike. I have installed L.E.D. Lights in my customers garden room. She called me to say she was having a problem with the lights not going all the way off. When I asked her what she meant, ...
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What is this on my ceiling?

This is my living room and above it is the bathroom and a closet. They havent changed or gotten worse. Have been there since we bought the house. Just curious if I should be worried. And if someone ...
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Is AC2 lumber ok to use with aluminum?

My "local" big-box home improvement store sells a pressure treated lumber called AC2. Apparently this is different from ACQ in that its environmentally friendly, but still can be safely used with ...
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switched outlets stopped working

All the switched outlets in my living room stopped working. The non switched outlets work fine. There is only one breaker for the living room. Where do I begin to figure out what the problem is ...
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Electrical problem garage light in ceiling

I have a light in the ceiling of my garage. I checked the wiring and it shows 120 Volts. However, when I install a light bulb in the socket the voltage drops to 44 volts and the light bulb does not ...
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How do I figure out the size of nuts and bolt in this picture?

I can't see any markings on the nut(?). I just need to find the diameter and thread pitch so I can replace my fire place log set.
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Advice for building a Brick Rocket Stove

After watching video I'm really interested in building something similar. I see that most bricks have holes in them. I'm wondering whether you can use some sort of steel rods that you taper in these ...
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Fitting a dishwasher into integrated cabinets

I want to fit a dishwasher into the kitchen of my new house. There is an ideal place for it next to the washing machine, however as the washing machine is integrated, it looks like it's attached to ...
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Is it ok to have two separate ledger boards

I'm replacing the 10' x 8' attached deck on my house with a 16' x 16' attached deck. What I'm wondering is if it would be ok if the ledger board from the old deck could be reused and then another ...
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Flooring prep for epoxy Pebblestone

I'm going to put in epoxy Pebblestone flooring in the basement. My floor has the old 8x8 tiles. They are all secure and have talked to people who say I can put the flooring over them. Problem is I ...
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Piezoelectric igniter not producing spark

I was doing some work on my residential gas lines which required turning off the gas at the main. After the work was complete, I turned on the gas at the main and initiated the process to re-light the ...
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Grade slopes toward foundation under sloping deck

I have a two-part problem. Problem #1: The grade under my deck has developed a slope towards the foundation of the house. I have begun to get water seeping onto the floor of my finished basement. ...
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Three hots and a neutral in a recessed light

I was wiring a Lightolier recessed light (model 1000AICM) and I noticed that the junction box has three black wires and one neutral. I've never encountered this before. I conjecture the following: the ...
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hot water, baseboard oil boiler - bleeding at boiler site possibility?

I may replace my current oil, baseboard boiler but would prefer bleeding the system at the boiler site (if it's possible) vs at every room separately. Is it possible to bleed air out at the boiler, ...
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how do I tighten retaining ring on lamp sconce

Need help with fixture. How do I tighten retaining ring on lamp sconce with out retaining ring wrench? Thanks
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Removing white layer which appears on floor after spilling water

I'm pretty careless and sometimes spill a bit of water on our floor. When I do, some strange white layer appears on the floor within a minute. I took some photos to demo. Usually it gets much much ...
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Faking fence post corner

I have an issue with a street light wire weaving in and out of my property line. I was able to dig one hole about as safely as I could near the front of the house. I need to bring it up a little ...
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Installing a washing machine standpipe with existing sink

I have a bathroom sink on the 2nd story, plumbed and vented in the usual manner. I want to install a washing machine on the other side of the wall. Can I install the washing machine standpipe and tie ...
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Why do GFCI's seem so finicky?

I've lived in the USA for a little over 4 years now and aside from the obvious differences in residential electrical systems compared to where I'm from (120V vs 240V, 60Hz vs 50Hz, etc.) one thing in ...
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Booster pump connect to same line

I got a water pressure booster pump for my home and don't have an accessible return line. My inlet is from a garden hose line tap. Could I return to the same line using a T fitting and check valves on ...
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Dismantling glued speaker cabinet

I own this Infinity satellite surrounding speakers and few days ago one of it rattles like its voice coil come loose and rubbing the magnetic gap. I wanted to dismantle its cabinet to change the ...
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Finger / Palm Prints on Danish oil stained wood

Question: How do you get rid of hand prints on a pine table from under a treatment of colored danish oil? Background I was varnishing a new unfinished pine table, and decided to use a fine sandpaper ...
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Stone raised garden bed on a slope

I want to build a raised garden bed with a stone wall. Height would be 1 foot. Since this will be in the front of the house I'm looking at "nice" stone, so not just concrete blocks. I will probably do ...
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Carpet directly on basement concrete?

We're planning to carpet the basement in our 100-year-old house, which presently has a painted concrete floor. The floor happens to be quite uneven and seems to have been designed to channel water ...
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Central AC sometimes doesn't cool

Occasionally, my central AC, both inside and outside units being Lennox, stops cooling and blows only fan. The outside unit's fan does run. The air blowing is not cooled and the fat pipe near the air ...
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Water pump electricity

Where I live, the water pressure from the water utility is very low (About 8 PSI average). I am considering getting a jet pump with a 33 gallon pressure tank and a 400 gallon water tank for when there ...
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What is this mold and why does it keep coming back?

This mold-like substance has been growing onto my carpet from the baseboard. I had the carpet cut out and replaced and also sprayed and scraped up the mold on the wood. I came home last night to see ...
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Double pane vinyl windows -compromised seal -can it be fixed?

While I was doing exterior washing for our windows using a pressure washer (low pressure settings) I notices that one of the windows got water in between the glass panes. The drops that got is went ...
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When is acetone not effective when cleaning up residual caulking?

I have read in several places, including here, that using acetone as part of a caulking clean step is useful/effective. I have scrapped off most of the caulk on my bath tub and am trying to clean the ...
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Switching a 240 volt 3 wire to a 250 v 2wire

I want to use my generator to power my welder. It runs off a 250v, 50 amp receptacle in my shop. The generator receptacle is not a 3 prong as the cord is to my welder. I picked up a receptacle, 250v, ...
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Type of Lumber for carport load-bearing post replacement?

So I need to replace the 5 load-bearing posts on my carport due to visible rotting. Do you recommend using the standard Southern yellow Pine Pressure treated 4x4 lumber I see in your typical big box ...
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Can I use eye bolt to mount kid swing?

I am planning to mount swing (max 100 lbs) using eye bolt like this Is there disadvantage vs. the swing hanger sold by playset manufacturer?
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Uneven door jam causing gap

There's an uneven gap from the door knob side towards the door jam. The gap increases towards the section where the door knob/lock is but on top and bottom the reveal is wider. It's almost like it ...
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HVAC Return Duct - Joist Panning alternative

Joist Panning(Lining) seems to still be popular. However, a have read in a few places that joist panning is difficult to seal and can pull air from unconditioned spaces. I am looking for an ...
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Warranty claim on thermal cracking of asphalt shingles?

Two questions really: How bad is this thermal cracking? Is the roof shot / need replacing based on this issue? and... Given that this roof is fairly new - 3 years (located in Arizona), is it worth ...
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Ceiling fan slowest speed not working

My 3 speed ceiling fan seems to have lost its slowest speed. The high & medium speeds works OK, but the slowest speed does not work now. Any ideas?
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Permanent greenhouse structure materials

I'm planning a permanent greenhouse structure that will be attached on one wall to my house. The estimated size will be about 16ft wide, 45ft long, with the lowest wall being approximately 9ft tall ...
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Nicked and exposed UF cable exits house underground

While digging a hole to plant a bush, I hit the cable supplying power to our lamp post. Due to erosion over the past 40 years, the cable was barely covered with earth, and is now partially exposed in ...
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How to retrofit a slab for protection from frost heave

One structure on our property is built slab on grade. Located in the US in climate zone 6. This is a heated space which we will be removing part of. The removal will expose a lot of the slab to the ...
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What are those numbers on the door's hinges?

In the middle of the hinges there is a square bit with a dot on an angle. At the four corners of the hinges, around the square, there are some numbers: -1,0,+1,+2. Do they mean anything?

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