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How do I find gas leak behind the wall or the cabinet?

I know that you can buy a gas leak detector wand about $30 and you can scan to the pipe. However, if it's behind the wall or under the tile (You can't see the pipe). Is there anyway to check it before ...
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How can I safely install an outlet in my fireplace?

I want to install an LED lighting display in my otherwise unused wood-burning fireplace but do not want to run an extension cord through the doors and into the firebox. Is there such a thing as a ...
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Basement under counter sump pump

The majority of my basement is finished and I am finally getting around to finishing the small kitchen area. When the original work was completed, the plumber set it up for an under counter sump pump....
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Why is my florescent transformer buzzing? Is it due to being the wrong voltage?

I am using 230v to 240v fluorescent light transformers for T8 36W 120 cm fluorescent tubes, but I found that the transformers are buzzing. The buzzing should not be happening, even though it is new ...
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How should I wire this ceiling fan?

I need to install a ceiling fan. I uninstalled the old one. there are 5 wires. and I was expecting just 3. there are 2 white, 1 green, 1 blue and 1 gray wire. the green wire and one of the white ...
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Bathroom caulking question

Just curious if anything in the posted picture should give alarm before recaulking (further prep is underway). Is there supposed to be a deep crevice between the molding and the adjacent tile? Can ...
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Should I replace the entire garage door or just the 2 panels?

I idiotically backed my car into the garage door. The door is still functional and closes and opens normally via the opener. I also tried manual opening and closing and does not feel any different. ...
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Inlet filter on washing machine clogging

I have a whirlpool front loading washing machine. Model WFW9150ww00 Each inlet valve has an inserted filter with a very fine mesh. The first couple of years were fine. In the last 6 months I ...
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Cut cross-break duct?

I bought a piece of rectangular duct from my local home supply store but it is slightly larger than what I need. The ducts they sell are cross-broken instead of beaded. Is it ok to cut down a duct ...
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Inverter power for my power tools

So I was looking into (and might, might not) installing a small solar panel setup. I was reading on DC to AC converters and there is modified and pure sine wave. I was reading how modified can over ...
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Using 12-3 to wire lights/fan, sharing neutral

I feel like I am being super paranoid here but I want to make sure I am going to wire these lights correctly... I am going to have two recessed lights and a fan/light combo. The plan is to run 12-3 NM-...
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How to Insulate Drop Ceiling Above Tiled Shower?

First post so bear with me... I am working on air sealing for my 1965 ranch style home in NJ, and noticed that the insulation in the attic above the tiled shower is black and brittle (kraft paper) ...
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Should I connect the white wire to the aux connection on my new thermostat?

I changed my old thermostat to a honeywell rth3100c. I was instructed to attach the white wire to the aux. connection. I do not have a heat pump. all electric system. Is this correct and if so for ...
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Fire hazard, Need to turn off power to one out of two electric baseboard heaters

I have a difficult situation, there is a need to turn the heater permanently off without my father/home owner 'knowing' I did this. On a daily basis he tosses paper products in front of an electric ...
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Wiring Humidifier using W and C Terminals vs using Humidifier Terminals

I found info at this thread, and would have placed this question there, but I can't comment since I'm too new. I have HUM terminals on my control board, but they're line voltage (120VAC). I don't ...
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Using Terminal Bars to Splice Service Entry Wires

Based on the second diagram in this question on feeding two subpanels from a single main breaker panel, I would like to know the best way to split the single feeder cable to two feeder cables for each ...
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Ventilation for Garage below house

We have built a garage into our new build 4 story town house (garage and upper floor plans attached) which sits below the main house in its foot print. The floor above the garage is beam and block ...
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What's the best way to mount a shelf below existing cabinets?

We've raised all the cabinets in our kitchen all the way to the ceiling, and the plan is to build an open shelf to hang beneath it. Like so: I'm trying to decide what the best way to approach ...
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Nailing tongue and groove cedar trim in a 4 inch space

We have a tongue and groove cedar ceiling to install; however, the problem is we have a lower coffer two feet inside the upper ceiling to be covered in the cedar. The space we have to nail into is 4....
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How do I remove the septic effluent pump

I have an aerobic septic system. I need to remove the effluent pump that drives the sprinklers. It seems connected to the floor of the tank. After disconnecting the pipe union, I can rotate the stack ...
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Dimmer switches + outlet stopped working after vacuum caused a problem, breaker not tripped

I have a new tenant in my new home and one of the first things he did was plug in a vacuum that caused the lights in his room to go out. I was able to restore power to half his room by flipping the ...
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Resistor/Synthetic Load for Caseta Lamp Dimmer

I have a Lutron Caseta Plug-In Lamp Dimmer with a cheap LED light strip plugged into it. It strobes every 10 seconds or so when the dimmer is off. I believe this is due to the "minimum load" problem. ...
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Low Water Pressure When Kitchen Faucet is Opened Quickly

I don't know how to search for this, because my searches don't turn up proper results. This applies only to my kitchen sink and water dispenser from fridge. The downstairs bathroom and all upstairs ...
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Gas oven with glow bar ignition - how should it work?

I have a Maytag Magic Chef 34JN-2CKX-ON gas stove. The oven stopped heating. There is a bottom burner and a top burner bar. When I turn the oven knob to temperature the bottom glow bar comes on and ...
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Issues with LED Recessed lighting with dimmer

I have installed recessed lighting in my home. This is a 3 month old home and I got the light/ fan prewire from the builder Below are the items I used: Topaz RH6/R/IC/AT 6" remodel housing for 75W ...
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How do I fix the issue with TV tuner?

I have an old CRT TV (Samsung) that has been running for several years with just a couple of repairs and with no major issues. Now, there is a problem with channel changing (when you change a channel ...
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How can I find bath faucet handles that will connect to these stems?

I repaired a section of the tile around my shower putting in new hardiebacker and resetting the tiles. I had to remove the old shower faucet and handles to do this project. Now that I've finished ...
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We have a 30in wide single door closet that we want to convert to sliding 60in closet, there is plenty of space to do this but how?

We have a closet that has a single 30in hinged door that we want to open up and install a 60in wide sliding 2 panel door. We have plenty of width and depth to remove the old door and open the wall to ...
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How long can I make my rafter tails?

I'm reworking a shed to make a cold room for storing seedlings in spring. Part of this is wraping the building with strawbales. I want to increase the overhang to 3 feet beyond the bales. For ...
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Furnace ignition intermittent?

Well, here is another question related to my OLD carrier furnace. Again, it is a 58DXA060-101GG (or 100GG.) The issue is that during the day it seems to do pretty ok as far is starting a heating cycle....
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Fixing up a 1920 Rowhouse - second floor ceiling insulation

So - I thinking of pulling the whole plaster and lath ceiling down in a second floor bedroom and putting up drywall and thought might be a good opportunity to insulate between the roof and the ceiling....
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Adjustment for Bathroom Faucet Handles?

I just installed a new bathroom faucet and I'm having difficulty in regard to having good control of the water flow/pressure with the handles: The faucet has a hot and a cold handle. The handles ...
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How do I open this radiator TRV valve?

The radiator is cold at the bottom and I suspect that the pin is stuck. I bled the radiator and there was no sludge.
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Can I disconnect the sensor on my overhead door and still have the door work with an opener?

Can I disconnect the floor sensor on my overhead door and still have it work with a remote and wall opener?
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When to change water tank?

My parents have an electric water heater in the basement of a townhouse. It's been 13 years+ and still works well, no leak or rust. I've seen public service ads on TV that suggests an replacement ...
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Aerater Breaker keeps tripping

The aerator for the septic system keeps tripping the breaker. As far as I can tell that is the only thing on that circuit. Is this an indication that the motor is going bad?
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How do I make my floating shelf stronger/less susceptible to vibrations?

I'm building an entertainment center. I plan to put a turntable on the middle shelf in the picture below. There will be a floor standing speaker directly below the shelf. I expect the bass from the ...
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Burning smell on new miter saw - pre-installed blade

I bought a new Dewalt miter saw and every time I use it, there is a burning smell. I saw this question about a similar issue, but I don't think my problem is the speed at which I'm cutting or the ...
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How do I ground an old two wire cable for use in a structured media centre

My home was built in 1945. The wiring has been replaced in most of the house but some sections still contain cabling with only two wires in them. Black(hot) and white (neutral?). I need to install ...
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How can I determine if a light switch shorted out?

I have a light that's controlled by 2 switches. I rewired one of them recently. I tested it and it worked after I did so. Now, the light isn't turning on anymore when I flip the switch. When I use ...
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Splicing Vinyl Fence Posts Together

I want to heighten my existing 4 ft vinyl fence to 6 ft. I figured every thing out except how to splice an additional 2 ft of post on top of the existing ones. An internal vinyl coupler set with vinyl ...
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How can I repair this damaged ceiling?

I've already scored the loose pieces of the crack with a utility knife. Now, it's just as simple (?) as making both sides of the ceiling even so I can repair it. What could I do to even out both ...
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I need the top screw demensions for a GE Profile™ Series 1.7 Cu. Ft. Convection Over-the-Range Microwave Oven

I managed to fit our new GE Profile™ Series 1.7 Cu. Ft. Convection Over-the-Range Microwave Oven PVM9179SFSS into the wall mount but the holes I drilled for the top screws are in the wrong place. I ...
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Regency gas Fireplace main burner is auto igniting and won't shut off until i turn off gas valve

I have regency C34 gas fireplace probably made around 2000. Unit has worked well but recently started itself and would not shut off until I shut the gas off. This has happen every time since when I ...
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Ceiling fan wiring problem

I took down my ceiling fan and there are 4 black wires together 3 white wires together and 1 white wire by itself. I want to connect and chandelier there to work by switch. The fan that was up before ...
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No Footing Under Existing Structure

. The entryway has started to detach from my home. On one side is the entryway and the other a small room. The floors have started to slant. One side is worse than the other and one side has ...
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Shower water pressure

My shower made a popping noise. and lost 99 percent of water pressure. I replaced the shower head. And shower valve. And it made a small difference. But still not enough pressure to take a shower. ...
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Convert 2 switch to 1

How do I convert 2 independent switch to one single switch? Plan is to remove 2 switches in bathroom ( light and fan) with one lutron occupancy switch. Can someone help? I have attached little ...
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Some of our electonics are being fried

Would having the ground from a 277/480 panel hooked up to the ground of a 120/240 panel have the potential of causing problems, such as fried electronics?
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Mantel clock frame finish repair

I have a mantel clock which had mildew damage. I been working on getting mildew off. To restore it to its original color as seen in right part of frame below, would I need to sand and stain it? I know ...

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