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How to seal straight-thread faucet shank / nipple to the faucet?

I have a faucet which requires installation of a separate threaded 'shank' or nipple which acts as both the water supply inlet and also is used to anchor the faucet to the sink deck. These are ...
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Strange Pin Pierced Pipe in Boiler

Just wondering if anyone had any ideas on this? The other day, I put the central heating on for the first time in about 6 months. The radiators did not get hot and within a few minutes the boiler ...
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What type of filters should I use for a 3 stage whole house water filter?

We have city water, but it always manages to taste like metal and chlorine. I was going to add point-of-use filters, but then decided it would be better to do the whole house to cover showering, hot ...
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Replacing a top plate underneath a fireplace, with an attached exterior deck

Amateur here. I have a house where the chimney run framing extends to the basement (rather than simply sitting on a platform attached to the main floor). The only fireplace present is on the main ...
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Can I use this White Wire for a thermostat C wire?

An AC-only machine cools a storage facility: no heat. The 30 year old thermostat is to be replaced with a wifi thermostat, which requires a C-wire to power the electronics. There are 4 wires: Red (...
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Why isn't my furnace igniting?

I noticed cold air from my Carrier 58SS furnace. The main burners were not lighting. The pilot flame was strong, but yellow. When I tapped on the gas valve, the pilot shut off. I removed the pilot ...
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LG Electric Range - Infinite switch burning up repeatedly, burner staying on high no matter what the setting

I have an LG smooth-top Electric range, LDE4413ST, that keeps burning up infinite switches on the Right Front burner, which is a "dual element" burner. This burner also operates at high power only, ...
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Can Someone Help Me Identify This Switch?

I have a Swaby 5200 pump in my home, and I am hoping that someone out there might be able to suggest a replacement switch part number – or at least point me in the right direction. Pump model: 5200 ...
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Router safety - what did I do wrong?

Long story short I was running my DeWalt fixed base router (8000-24000 RPM) on a piece of work when it started making a funny noise. I lifted the router up to see why it was making the noise, and ...
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Tankless 240V water heater in detached garage tripping AFCI/GFCI breakers in house

We have two separate buildings, a house and a garage/workshop, about 20 feet apart, sharing the same electrical service. On the service entrance, there's a Siemens whole-house surge protector. The ...
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How can I mount a railing in concrete steps when I encounter rebar in the hole?

I need to install a handrail in concrete steps. The problem is that after drilling ~2" (5 cm) down into the concrete, the drill bit wouldn't go any further. I suspect I'm hitting rebar. This is about ...
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Prevent washer from leaving brown splotchy stains on clothes

Our clothes will periodically come out of our washing machine with brown splotchy stains. I suspect it's either rust or oil/grease getting into the drum. How can I diagnose what it is exactly, and ...
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Estimating frost heave displacement?

I'm planning a storage shed underneath a deck. I'll assume that the deck is anchored below the frost line and won't move when the ground freezes. I'd like to build the shed on just a floating gravel ...
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cement countertop polyurethane tacky in spots

We had cement countertops installed a week ago. The contractor applied a thick layer of polyurethane (not sure the brand, but he mixed 2 parts of something) within a day or so, most of the poly was ...
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Mount amplified cable splitter in wall

Is mounting the PCT-MA2-P2 behind an interior wall a code violation? The power (15VDC 250mA) to the PCT-MA2-P2 is input via RG6 coax cable with F type connector. The media room on the second floor ...
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Do I need to remove these border stones if I want to regrade the soil next to my house?

Here is my dilemma: to remove the stones or not (line of stone at top left in the lawn). My plan would be to regrade the soil next to my wall and to add concrete slabs on top of the grade soil. I also ...
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Why does Fix-It-All sometimes dry yellow?

I've used the Fix-It-All brand patching product. Sometimes my patches dry paper white, sometimes they end up yellow. Why might this be?
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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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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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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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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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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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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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Purpose of adjust out screw on circuit breaker cover

What is the purpose of adjust out screw on circuit breaker cover. The reason opening was showing is I haven’t put blank back in place.There is one at top and bottom in center of cover.
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Proper shingle placement in corner

I had my roof replaced about a month ago and recently noticed that when it rains, a strong stream of water pours from the roof onto an adjacent window in the corner. In this problem area, I have one ...
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Copper to CPVC transition fittings : allowed by code to be used inside a wall?

Does the Uniform Plumbing Code (US) allow copper-to-CPVC transition fittings to be used inside a wall? Just to be clear, I'm referring to the hybrid fittings that are part brass, part CPVC.
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How should I prepare a solid wood subfloor for hardwood and ceramic tile flooring?

I have a post and beam flooring structure in my 45-year-old home. The subfloor is 2 x 8 tongue and groove installed green. In my remodel, I plan to install 3/4" hardwood flooring over part of my ...
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Bathtub pump motor - ineffective ground through water pipe?

I opened up the space underneath my bathtub for the first time in this house. The tub is a "spa" style and has a pump motor to circulate water through jets. (I'm in NY / USA). I noticed that the ...
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Junction Box Blank Cover in HVAC Duct

I am starting a bathroom remodel second story that requires a length of NM wire to be lengthened by a few feet. I realize I can't do this hidden in a wall or floor and need this done in accessible ...
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Can I split a large amp 240 circuit into two lower amp 240 circuits?

I just bought a house. It has a double oven unit installed on a 50 amp 240V circuit. I need to replace this unit with two separate units, one 30 amp, 240V and the other 20 amp, 240V. Can I split ...
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Wiring light switches in two rooms help

I am changing some wiring in two rooms of my house. Room 1 had two switches that controlled an outlet. We have since taken one of those switches and installed a ceiling light. The other switch ...
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Will the existing wiring work with the new thermostat?

I am looking to upgrade my line voltage thermostat from a Dimplex mechanical thermostat to a Honeywell digital thermostat. Both thermostat has 2 wires on its back. Would the new thermostat work if I ...
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1ft cantilever with uneven floor joist

My little powder room has been such a headache, hoping someone here can shed some lights. Little background of the house, built in 1909 on post and beam foundation with perimeter of the house sits ...
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How can I provide up to 70V AC power to a sliding glass door panel?

I'm renovating a master bath and the entire wall between the bath and the master is completely removed. The view and light that this provides is very nice so I'm considering putting in glass instead ...
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Why do I have low hot water pressure in showers only?

I have 2 showers in my house. Suddenly the hot water pressure dropped in both. The cold is fine and we haven't noticed any change in the faucets in the house. What could make my hot water pressure ...
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How to stabilize decomposed granite after installation

We had a professional landscaping company install decomposed granite in our front and back yard. They were supposed to use decomposed granite with a stabilizer but instead used a weed sprayer to ...
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Blower fan won’t come on in “auto” mode but will in “on”

I have a Honeywell model number NHGK076AF01 propane furnace. It is about 15 years old. The problem started when I noticed the breaker had tripped and I had no heat. After resetting breaker, I tried ...
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installing a light fixture on a wooden ceiling

I want to install a light fixture on a wooden, slanted ceiling. There is no current light box. How involved would this project be? Thanks
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C-wire on Weil-McLain CGA Series 2

I have an old thermostat with only 2 wires connected to my Weil-McLain CGA Series 2 boiler. I would like to replace it with a Nest thermostat. I need to add a C-Wire in order for it to work. Luckily, ...
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New bathroom double vanity. One sink runs the other backs up and drains slow

So when I run either sink for a minute the other fills and they both drain slow. Is it the trap height and/or a clog in the old line or something else. Noob here n looking for help. Thanks
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Garage Furnace Runs Only 45 seconds at a time

I have an older Janitrol Moffat furnace in my garage. It was converted sometime in the past from propane to natural gas. It takes quite awhile for it to heat up enough for the fan to kick in and once ...
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Is cement board a better soundproofing material than 5/8 drywall?

Cement board has a higher density than 5/8 drywall. It also probably, and this is just a guess, probably has a lower resonance as well (being cement), so less sound should get through. 5/8" drywall ...
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I have 2 wire going into R, how should i connect to nest?

I'm installing a Nest thermostat: How do i connect the blue and red wire? Nest tech said i have two transformer.. do i split them into RH, and Rc?
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Two outdoor outlets not functioning..what is the most likely cause

I have two outdoor electrical outlets that are not working. They are both GFCI and close to each other. 10 feet above one is a floodlight receptacle that is controlled by an interior switch inside the ...
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How to remove a Honeywell Braukmann 104v radiator actuator

I have a radiator with a Honeywell 104V radiator actuator that I'd like to replace, I think it's P/N T104V1422. I can't seem to figure out how the thing is connected to remove it. The rest of the ...
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Can I bypass an old fuse box and connect the service directly to the breaker panel?

We have an older home with a fuse box in house and also breaker box outside. This is second time now in last couple weeks that all the main house overhead lights and outlets have gone out completely. ...

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