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How to connect a 3 wire cable to a 2 wire outlet?

I have recently had a conservatory built and want to wire an internal light fixture that has a live and neutral and Earth terminals. I have removed my old security light and I am left with a cable ...
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GFCI Problem with Three-Way Switch WAS Two Switches Neutrals Only, Switched Hots Not Used

I replaced an old two-prong receptable with a three-prong GFCI (no ground) yesterday. It won't reset. I found out that "downstream" there is a light on the next level down that is controlled by two ...
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What is purpose of the slot at the base of my drill's handle?

The photo below shows a drill I own; there is a slot at the base of the handle. Is this simply to hang things from, or does it serve another purpose? Drill is a DeWalt model DWD210G.
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How to prevent rain damage from neighbouring property

We've recently moved to a two story detached house which has a neighboring bungalow very close to the border. The property next door doesn't have any guttering which causes all of their rain water to ...
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120v breaker, 240v output

I am a pool service guy and a couple times i have stumbled across this, and always told the customer to contact a licensed electrician to resolve the situation. Breaker at the box that controls the ...
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horizontal fence DIY?

seeing if yall could advise at all. I'm on the fence about building a fence vs paying a contractor. I've got quotes from $3600-$4600 or I could buy materials and do the labor myself for about $1500-$...
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Hard Water Deposits

I'm considering purchasing a water softener due to living in an area with very hard water. Should I consider having my water lines flushed out prior to installing the softener?
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remedying ceiling fan horror-show

In the course of doing some other work, I came across this poor installation of a ceiling fan. This was done when my house was originally wired by "professional" electricians, and presumably ...
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What is the easiest solution to add receptacle along an unfinished, exterior, insulated, basement wall?

I need to add a pair of receptacles along an unfinished, insulated, exterior basement wall. I want the easiest method possible. I have no plans to finish the basement. I need each receptacle to be on ...
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Repairing a broken screw hole (gap) on a metal junction ceiling box?

One of the screw holes on a junction box on my ceiling has fallen apart, leaving a hole that is too big to fix a screw into (see top of picture). As a result, I cannot hang my smoke detector from the ...
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Can I use an outside feeder tap to run power to a garage?

I have a newly built garage that I would like to add a sub panel. I have a QO load center QOB8-16L 100S which is rated for 100 amps. However, I think 60 amps would be more than adequate for my needs ...
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How to clean the emergency drain tube on a Samsung Ecobubble washing machine?

Today my Samsung Ecobubble 8.0kg washing machine came to a halt mid-wash and reported the error SE/5E. Some googling told me that this was a problem with the drain, and that the filter should be ...
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Trane HVAC in horizontal position - why does evaporator throw condensation?

I appreciate assistance from anyone who has had or understands the problem. I have a Trane HVAC system in a horizontal "left" flow configuration in the attic. Ambient temperature is about 95 ...
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how to wire GFCI and dual light switch

]My mother live in an older house and has two regular light switches in bathroom. one for light and other for exhaust for the exhaust fan I would like to add an GFCI outlet in place of one of the ...
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No Go with Faucet Puller to Remove Handles

Trying to replace double sink bathroom faucets from the 1980s and after removing setscrews tried to pull of handles after oiling them and using a Husky faucet puller. No luck with the Husky and no ...
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Extend/splice 12/2 romex along concrete finished wall

I would like to extend some wiring for a counter outlet that is running behind a refrigerator, which currently encased in a metal "cable concealer" raceway. Note: wiring is in a raceway because most ...
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Should I put a cap on this pipe?

Underneath my kitchen sink you can see the following: As you can see, the spout (is this the correct term?) has kitchen roll stuck in it. Isn't this suppose to be sealed with a cap? Doesn't it run ...
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How to install drywall on existing basement stairs?

We are finishing our basement stairs, and I'm struggling with how to drywall the side that is parallel and flush against the foundation. Should I pull down the stairs, frame the wall, hang drywall, ...
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Caulking vinyl siding inside jchannel / post?

Found I have some yellow jackets trying to get behind my siding in the j-channel/post at the end of the siding. Can I caulk up and down the entire length of the channel where the siding ends to close ...
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How to adjust tub water level with standing waste stopper?

I have an old tub with a standing waste stopper. When the drain is closed, if the water level gets too high, it automatically drains down to a fixed level. That level was 3/4 of the tub depth, until ...
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How do I connect surface wireway to a breaker box?

I am running Legrand/Wiremold 4000 series for a garage shop. The instructions for the panel connector (4086A) consist of a tiny picture that implies all I need to do is cut a large square hole in my ...
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Is there a reason the hot wire is connected to the neutral bar and the white to the breaker?

The black wire is connected to the neutral bar and the white wire is connected to the breaker. Should it be this way for any reason?
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What needs to be replaced for correct eaves / roof edge?

The last homeowner installed a patio roof - connecting support beams to the roof structure. It was a very flat roof -- that had lots of problems. I'd repaired it on multiple occasions - however, ...
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What is the best proportion mix cement, sand and aggregate to use in mosaics?

I am pouring mosaic concrete stepping stones to be placed in a city sidewalk. The mosaic will go face down into a form and the concrete poured from the back. I have been having problems with my test ...
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Another “How do I add ”c" wire to boiler for Nest

I have tried searching this forum and others, but I could not find anyone with a situation like mine. I thought it better to ask here, rather than damage something. I have a Lennox wall mounted ...
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Why is my refrigerator over-cooling to the point of freezing?

Whirlpool Mod.# GB2FHDXWQ01 Ser. # K02883627 With no change in use habits, temp dropped well below freezing in refer ruining produce in crisper drawers. Raising set temp has not raised box temp. ...
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2x2 furring strip frame

I'm going to be framing out a wall in my basement by using 2x2 furring strips, attaching them with Tapcon screws to the masonry block so that I can hang the drywall onto and also give me a little room ...
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Weird Electrical Issue In Garage

Hi I have a question and I was hoping to get some insite. First I am getting a certified electrician to come check it out on Thursday but figured let me do my homework. So I noticed the other day my ...
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Is PEX very susceptible to damage from rats/rodents?

A friend of mine wants to re-plumb his house. The neighborhood has recurring issues with rats. I heard rats like to (as in "seek out opportunities to") chew through and damage PEX plumbing, whether ...
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Washing machine using cold water only

The shut off valve/pipe for the hot water leaks and has to be replaced. I disconnected at the valve the hot water hose for the washing machine because just using cold/cold still tried to access the ...
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Can beams be up against a post base like this?

I'm building a 12x16 ground-level deck in my backyard (not attached to the house). I'll have 4x6 beams anchored to concrete footing. My question is: can I install a 4x6 ledger beam that will have its ...
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In Wall Panel for Security System and Camera Cabling

I'm in the process of overhauling my home network and installing some door and motion sensors. I'd like to drop everything down into the Master bedroom, where I will install a panel that is set in the ...
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Connect two grounding rods

I added an exterior TV antenna and a grounding rod next to it with a 6 gauge copper wire going to both the antenna mast and the ground on the coax coming from the antenna. It is about 15 feet from ...
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Filling gap between pipe and wall- creating a fire stop

I got my condo inspected and the inspector said I had a fire hazard as there’s a gap between the pipe of my kitchen sink and the wall (an open space). I need to fill that hole then use a fire barrier ...
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Thermostat wiring for ac

I recently installed a nest thermostat for our AC system. Unfortunately I was short sighted and just assumed all the wires were the color I needed. Since installing the thermostat our system won’t ...
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When running crawl space conduit, must the conduit be run through the joist via drilled holes, or can they be attached underneath?

I'm wiring my home for 110V and cat6e(48-0V). There is currently no wiring, just an air tight shell with interior studs exposed. There is a crawl space where I would like to run all of the conduit ...
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Are bends allowed in a toilet drain above the 4x3 reducer?

I am finishing my basement, which was roughed in by the builder, but I need to move the toilet, since I lost 8" of wall framing in front of the main sewer line, the vanity would be stupidly narrow, to ...
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Very strange alarm test sound that occurs every 34 minutes (video)

There's a very strange test/alarm sound that occurs every 34 minutes. I checked the smoke alarms and replaced the batteries so it's not coming from those. It almost seems to be coming from the ...
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How to repair cut joist around pipe *after* framing and drywall

I'm finishing my attic and have just realized that my rough carpenter screwed up by not addressing a cut joist. In photo 1, you can see that the joists have been sistered with LVLs, but there is a gap ...
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Iron bar set in concrete heavily corroded; how to mitigate?

I have a decorative concrete column (solid concrete with rebar) in front of a multi-storey house, about 10m hight. Said column is held by three thick steel bars (6 x 2 cm) that link it to the house, ...
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Should I insulate metal duct work in basement?

I have a balloon frame house with an unfinished basement. The air handler and furnace are in the basement too. Last fall, we had the duct work removed because it was wrapped in asbestos tape that ...
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Troubleshooting sprinkler system pressure

Just moved into a new house and am trying to figure out the sprinkler system. The house was built in the 60's and it appears (Found the manual for the pump) the irrigation system was installed then as ...
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Can I feed a sub panel off my 200A service box? Or would I need to run wire from the inside breaker box?

Can I add a sub panel feed off my 200A service box? If so what are the requirements? Or would I need to run it from the main house breaker inside the house and wire from there? I currently have a ...
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Why do I measure 12VAC on old thermostat wires?

I'm installing a nest thermostat in my house - it's the UK version with a heatlink. I have successfully wired the heat link into my combi-boiler, disconnecting two existing wires in the process. I ...
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Small Concrete Pad with (cutoff) 1/4" x 6-in vertical steel pipes, What is this?

I've been in my home for 10 years and have finally decided to get rid of this mysterious eyesore in my backyard. It's a roughly 4' x 4' concrete pad, with two 1/4-inch x 6-in steel pipes installed ...
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Rafter load capacity

I have a 1929 craftsman house with dimensional 2x4 rafters on 24" centers. They're about 13.5 ft long, spanning 11.5 ft each (measured horizontally, wall to ridge beam) at a 7:12 pitch. About 25% of ...
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Loft conversion - steel beam sticking out

Good afternoon, We have started loft conversion today. Sadly after builders uncovered the roof they discovered that unlike structural engineer's assumption (they were buried under insulation), the ...
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Moving the location of a bathroom sink

I am in the middle of a bathroom reno, and want to relocate one of the 2 sinks. Right now the sinks are on different walls 90 degrees from each other, and I like to relocate one so they are on the ...
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Corrosion due to dissimilar metals or bad ground?

I'm a 1st time home owner but experienced DIYer here. Unfortunately I have little plumbing experience. I installed a hot water recirc. pump at my hot water heater about a month ago. I did not notice ...
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hot / cold copper water pipes located above main electrical panel

The Pipes are about 7.5 feet above the basement floor. I am in Canada. . The pipes are about total 2 feet in vertical length as measured from the 90 degrees turn from the basement, popping up the ...

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