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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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Do I need to upgrade my panel?

So I went to look at my father in law’s panel, and as far as I can see, they look like they’re trying to draw too much amperage from the panel. Does anything look amiss here?
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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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What foam is best for sealing radiator pipes in floor to prevent mice from getting in?

Is there a specific foam recommended for radiator pipes coming up through the floor?
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Need help identifying my frost free outdoor faucet

I have leaky weep holes so it is my understanding that I need to replace the washer on the valve assembly on the end of the stem assembly. The screw at the end of the valve assembly on the end of the ...
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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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Sanity check on hot water line for dishwasher installation where there wasn't one before

Here's how the sink currently is hooked up: Rear shut off valves: Front hookups to sink: The approach I was looking at - after significant confusion at home depot (I'm honestly still a bit confused)...
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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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AC Blower Motor not working during night

The blower motor in the furnace stops working at night most of the time when the AC should be on. The blower motor (in the furnace) might run for one or two cycles at the beginning of the night but ...
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Vapor barrier for foam + Roxul

I am renovating my basement in New York. I have 2" thick r10(5x2") Owen Corning rigid foam board insulation covering the wall and Roxul 3" comfort batt insulation between wood studs. My contractor ...
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Mini-split HVAC in new build?

Next few weeks I will be in the process of getting quotes for mini-split HVAC system. Curious, if anyone has gone ductless and if so, how is that working out? The house will be a a two story build(...
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Is 1/2" flexible gas pipe adequate for a 22000 BTU clothes dryer?

I have 1” black iron pipe running just shy of 40’ to a manifold. The manifold then has one run of csst coming off it to my furnace. I then have 4 more ports I can run off for new appliances as I ...
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garage vapor barrier

I am converting my garage into a wood shop and have insulated my walls with faced R13 insulation.The ceilings have faced R13 installed with R30 unfaced additional to the R13. Do I need to install ...
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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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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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Turning on any high-power device trips my RCD

Today I turned on my water boiler, and all the lights in my apartment turned off. I opened the electricity box and saw the RCD was tripped. I turned it back on, but then it would trip again whenever ...
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Dry Rot (?) in Exterior Trim, patch or replace?

There is some moderate deterioration and cracking in part of the exterior trim of my house. I believe the trim in question is cedar. Looking for repair advice. My thoughts were: 1) Get some epoxy ...
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wiring a kitchen under counter oven - is this setup correct?

Here are the oven wiring specs: POWER / RATINGS Amp Rating at 208V: 20 Amp Rating at 240V: 20 Bake Wattage: 2100W Broiler Wattage: 3600W Convection Wattage: 2500W KW Rating at 208V: ...
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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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My whole house has a humming noise 24/7

Drives me nuts, sounds like a low, bass, vibrating sound. We live in the country; the closest house is 500 ft away. The only services on the street is cable + electric which I have turned off at the ...
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Adding a pergola to an existing deck?

I have an existing deck on the back of my house, and I’d like to add a pergola. The deck is 17’ x 16’, and I’d like to build the pergola to roughly match the size and shape. The attached picture ...
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Can a clogged toilet drain cause a tank overflow?

This is less of a "how do I" question and more of a general knowledge check. Recently I've been having trouble with an overflowing toilet. Fortunately for me (in this situation), I'm a tenant and ...
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Does “inverter generator” mean I have a pure sine wave generator?

I know that inverter alone can be "modified sine wave" or "pure sine wave", the price difference is huge. Does this apply to "inverter generator"? When these companies market it as "inverter ...
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What is this black/brown chunky sludge in my sink?

I woke up this morning to a foul-smelling, black/brown gunk that had appeared in my bathroom sink overnight or the previous day. It doesn't look like a slimy mold like many questions seem to be, ...
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Lennox G23Q3/4-100-2 And Ecobee4

**Pictures attached to go along with my rambling explanation I have my Lennox G23Q3/4-100-2 natural gas furnace and my central air system that has been working since 1995 on a basic programmable ...
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Dehumidifying an unheated garage

I have a small, 40 year old garage in the backyard of the block of apartments where I live, which I've turned into a workshop. I replaced the roof, and repaired and strengthened the back wall, filled ...
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How do I ground a new outlet that only has the black/white wires?

I am adding a new outlet but want to make sure it is correctly grounded. I have outlet A that I am going to be creating a new outlet B. I tested A and it says it is grounded and want to ground ...
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I have a Janitrol Model A42-15 and I wanti to replace the outside unit, but it takes the dreaded R22

Can you use the new refrigerant with the existing inside unit? If so, what would be units that are compatible with my existing one? My outside unit is a 3.5 ton unit, but I am going to need a 4 ton ...
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12" custom flashing for roof?

We have a section of our garage that sticks out about 12" from the rest of the house and is flat on top- you can see it in the orange section in this photo. The green and blue sections are a boral ...
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Wanting to make existing 2-wire 220V outlet a 4-wire one

(Located in the USA) I've inherited a 220V (or 240V?) circuit which is just capped off inside a junction box. It's hooked up to a 30A breaker, and seems fine, except that it's only a 3-wire run--no ...
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Chemical Smell After Tankless HWH Install

I recently had a plumbing company install a tankless hot water heater in my crawlspace. Everything with the install works and looks great, but we are experiencing a very strong chemical smell (like ...
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pressure tank overcharging

I replaced my 1/2 hp well pump a month ago, after over a decade of use. All seemed well until short cycling began. I hope I am using that term correctly. Essentially what is happening is the pressure ...
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Is a 4" double wye on a toilet drain legit?

I'm moving a basement bathtub drain and would like to tap into existing lines to accommodate a 2" upstairs laundry drain and prepare for another potential drain to accommodate an outside entrance ...
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Bring portable generator in through automatic transfer switch

I currently have a portable generator, an inlet, and an interlock on the main panel to backfeed the panel. I am moving over to an automatic transfer switch with a standby generator. However, as a ...
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Boiler Combi 24 pressure indicator always point to 0

I have a Boiler Combi 24 (UK) and this morning I just noticed that the pressure indicator is pointing to 0. However everything is working fine, I have heating and hot water. Usually when the ...
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Why does my furnace turn off after a few minutes, then re-ignite?

I have a Goodman 80% furnace in my barn dated 1999 it runs for about 5-10 minutes then flame kicks off for about 2 minutes and re-lights. It does not go into lockout mode (keeps cycling this way). ...
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How to know what anchors to use on the ceiling?

I am a beginner DIY'er trying to install a ceiling fan. The instructions say to use the appropriate fixing for the type of ceiling you have. This is rather obvious but what isn't so obvious is what ...
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New kitchen sink - not draining properly - could it be the way plumber connected pipes?

A plumber just installed my kitchen sink, however, it is not draining properly - it will overflow after just a few seconds. Im thinking there isnt enough pressure forcing the water down due to the ...
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How do I grout a marble and metal linear mosaic tile backsplash

I am installing a marble and aluminum back splash in my kitchen. I have read that the marble should be sealed prior to and after grouting. I found a sealer suitable for marble, but it says to avoid ...
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How to find replacement for this Blum-type hinge

I have a broken hinge on a mirror cabinet. It is some kind of Blum-like hinge: it is connected to the bottom of the cabinet and then in the side to a door. I can not seem to find such a hinge ...
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Commercial pest control vs. DIY chemical solutions

I can see plenty of pest-specific topics on here, including an at-home solution. However, my question relates to general pest control, and when to know to call in the big guns. I maintain rental ...
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Difference Between Take Off and Starting Collar - Which One Should I Use?

I am in the process of installing a whole house humidifier. I am planning to mount it to the supply side and need to connect the bypass to the return. I'm not sure if I should be using a take-off or ...
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Correctly clean filter in draining pipe

It looks like the washing machine draining pipe is clogged. The pipe contains a component which I never saw before (see picture). Is it some kind of filter? If so, does it have a technical name and ...
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Ledger/ribbon framing load capacity

We are considering adding a deck to the top of our flat roof detached garage, if the necessary work involved is reasonable. The garage is 20' deep x 28' wide separated into 3 bays, the widest of ...
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Is an air gap required for our new Kinetico water softener?

We're having a Kinetico water softener system installed today. They're planning on running the drain tube down the wash drain. We're a little concerned because they're not establishing an air gap but ...
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Installing WeMo Wi-Fi Dimmer Switch - Lights not turning on

I have attempted to install my WeMo switch; however, it does not seem to want to work. Before I contact Belkin or my superintendent, I wanted to make sure that it is WeMo that is broken, and not my ...
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“Open Neutral” only when load applied- my tester is confusing me

I have a 20amp circuit with a 20amp GFI and 4 more 15amp outlets after it. With nothing plugged in, they all indicate (on my 3-light tester) they are wired correctly. As soon as 1 thing is plugged ...

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