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Freestanding Pantry removal walls, Load bearing?

I have no floor plans for the home. This is a single story, non-basement home. It was built with a freestanding pantry in the middle of the room. Naturally we want to open it to increase traffic flow ...
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What is the purpose of this wire in these string lights?

These lights are from a pre-lit tree. Segments of the string have an additional wire that truncates with these different sockets. I thought that these sockets provided a splice to make a connection ...
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No water in laundry

A washing machine repair person came yesterday and since then I do not seem to have water in the laundry room. Trying to contact the company but no luck so far. What I see under the laundry sink are ...
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Pumping water into two 10m3 tanks that drains separtely and using a single float switch

I have this project to pump water (from a solar pump inside a bore well) into two 10m3 (10.000Litres) water tanks. The pump maximum flow is at 5 m3/h. The tanks have individual drain pipes and one ...
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connecting a regular light switch AND a separate fan Switch, AND a separate dimmer switch in same box. having issues

I have a box in my bathroom with two regular on/off switches one controlled the main light and the other controlled the fan. Next to that, I have a dimmer switch to control the recessed lights in the ...
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Proposed Plumbing Layout Question for Utility Building - shower/sink/toilet

I have two questions regarding the plumbing layout for my utility building: I would like to run the plumbing from the inside of the utility building to a currently existing main four-inch line ...
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How to connect wifi thermostat with a boiler after cable upgrade?

I have an old battery operated thermostat right now with two wires (18/2) attached to it running to a boiler. No AC, fan, etc.-- just a boiler. I can easily replace the wire with 18/5 one, however I'm ...
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Garage door opener won't work with remotes when light sockets are on

This anomaly is occurring on both of my garage door openers, and began about the same time. One of them also stopped working at all after about a month, and I had to replace the motor start capacitor ...
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I have several 4' fluorescent lamps (F40T12) and 8' fluorescent lamps (F96T12/DX) that need LED Replacements. HELP!

I am working on a job where I have several 4' fluorescent lamps (F40T12) and 8' fluorescent lamps (F96T12/DX) all from Phillips and the owners are wanting LED replacements for them. We don't know what ...
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Laser printer on same circuit interferes with lights and LCD monitors

I have a newly built 110V 20A basement office wired with 12/2 with eight T8 bulbs overhead, 850 watt PC, three LED monitors and a big Canon MF8380Cdw laser printer on the same aforementioned 20 amp ...
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Best practice to unclog calcium deposits on the water holes of the toilet seat

So, basically I live in a region where the water has a lot of limestone content and calcium gets stuck to everything. In my house one of the toilets has this issue where water comes out only from the ...
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Can two light sources be on a dimmer within the same 3-panel switch?

Our GC's electrician recently installed a new 3-panel switch in our California bathroom to control two light sources and a dehumidifier/fan. I had wanted both light sources to be on the dimmer, but ...
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Why is my compressed air tank rated to 200psi @400°F? Why the temp rating?

The title says it all, I'm just curious why my air tank is rated for 200psi at 400°F. It's a 30 gallon steel tank. Wouldn't it still be able to hold 200psi at any other normal temperature? Like 100F ...
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Why do I have a cold draft from a return air vent?

I have a draft occurring in my 2 story home, usually on windy days. The main floor is fine, but in the master bedroom on the second floor, there is cold air entering the room from the air return vent. ...
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Replacing a 4x8 deck beam

I am replacing a wooden deck with wrought iron posts and railings. The current beams are 4x8x8, but the wrought iron rails are welded in too close to the beam top for me to remove the beams without ...
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Help: Replacing a Leviton Dimmable switch with a Regular Switch

I'm a newbie when it comes to installing light switches. My staircase light would randomly turn on in the middle of the night and it has 3 dimmable Leviton light switches that control the staircase ...
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How to flatten Pop Rivets on the back side?

Pop Rivets and similar blind rivets are great for use where only one side is accessible, but where the back-side shows, the rivet head is not flush with the surface, just bulging out a bit from the ...
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Servicing my furnace

So every year I would have a technician come out and service our furnace. I'm not sure what all it entails to service our furnace, aside from changing the filter, but last year I learned quite a bit ...
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How to legalize unpermitted half bathroom?

I live in Daly City (SF Bay Area) and I recently purchased a house with an unpermitted half bathroom that was converted in the back portion of a 2-car tandem garage. It looked like it was installed ...
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Electrical Wiring Shelly 1L Breaker Shared With Sockets

I have lighting/wall circuit which I didn't put in place so don't have definitive information on its layout so bear with me. I want to put the Shelly 1L into the circuit at the switch. What I know ...
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How Would I Remove this Mepla Hinge from the Door portion?

I don't want to damage the door by prying, so I'm hoping there's some other reasonable option. This was addressed before, but my hinge is different.
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Why is my sprinkler system backflow leaking after being winterized?

After having my sprinkler system winterized, I noticed water leaking from the spigot. I thought it would stop once all the extra water came out but it is still leaking after 1 week. I turned the ...
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How am I supposed to use double-ended driver bits in a magnetic extension?

My impact driver is probably my most used tool for home DIY tasks. I have a corresponding set of bits that are very useful. Two of them, however, are a bit confusing to me: They are double sided. If ...
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What is the name of the tool that the guy in this video is using to level up the mud on ceiling?

What is the name of the tool that the guy in this video is using to straighten up the ceiling? https://youtu.be/YuUoZZ6v6MU?t=528 He is even indicating the name but I don't understand what he is ...
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Gas range clicks but does not ignite

I have a gas range that keeps on clicking but does not ignite most of the times. I have tried to check whether the caps are aligned and they are. I have removed any debris from the burner pipe that I ...
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Is it possible to safely wire nut the hot wires and remove the extra 4 way and 3 way switch?

I am wanting to install smart lights and 1 single smart switch in my living room. However the lights in my living room currently are on a 4 way. Is it possible (and safe) to just have one wired smart ...
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Can I use primers from different paint companies in the same room?

I have two partial cans of older primer along with a full can of new primer. I'm going to paint a room. Can I use all of the primer cans for the project, or should I only use the same primer ...
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C terminal voltage on AC control panel

My smart thermostat shut itself down reportedly (as it ran some time on internal chargeable battery and I browsed through the settings) because the C terminal stopped receiving 24V power supply. That ...
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Several LEDs and LED bulbs in my house are failing at the same time and way before their estimated lifespan

I've never had this happen to me and, now, in a span of 1 month, it's already happened 4 times... The following 3 LED bulbs and 1 LED strip have become unusable: An Ikea Ledare 600lm spot LED buld (...
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How do I properly demo and renovate a bathroom? My first time

I'm planning to demo my bathroom for a renovation, and not sure of the exact steps since it's my first time on my own. Also worried about the shower since it's a large one piece, how I should go about ...
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Where do I connect the C wire in my furnace?

I am upgrading my thermostat to a Nest, and would like to add a common wire. My current furnace controller doesn't have a C terminal, but the current thermostat wire has 2 unused wires (black and blue)...
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Can I connect my thermostat's R and C wires directly to the transformer?

One day my parent's furnace and thermostat stopped working. The thermostat is a smart thermostat that depends on 24volts to the R and C wire. We measured voltage between the R and C wire and was ...
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What trade is best to fix the crack in my livingroom ceiling?

We have now noticed a crack running along the length of the living room ceiling. Looking to see who I need to come and look and fix it for me, so what trade, ie builder or joiner? Click for full size
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Toilet bolt broke free from floor...recommendations?

I was recently tightening the nut on a loose toilet (it was rocking) when the bolt surprisingly broke free and came up. There was no real "breaking free" feeling...it just seemed to floating ...
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Installing a tankless water heater next to electric service panel

I am in the process of installing an outdoor natural gas tankless water heater. The issue I'm running into is clearances around the heater. There's a small spot on the back wall of the house where I'd ...
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GE Powermark Electrical Panel - What Did the Last Guy Do?

Basically, I want to do two things - add two dedicated circuits for the garage shop and add a 50 amp 240 breaker for my welder. I've been reading for days about what is going on inside my panel (GE ...
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Joint compound asbestos/mica

My home was built in 1948 in the U.S. I have some damaged drywall that needs replacing but noticed (after the old wallpaper/paint layers started to peel) a glittery light brown material on the drywall ...
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Connecting C-wire to Nest Thermostat for Lennox HVAC

My Nest thermostat has been running fine for quite a while, but recently it started complaining about low battery and wi-fi gets shut down due to power issues. I've been looking for the answer, and I ...
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How do I add doorway under stairscase storage?

I'm looking to add storage under the staircase in our basement, but the wall looks to be load-bearing. I'm planning to use two 2x10's (or 2x12 if there's room) with 1/2" plywood sandwiched ...
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Heat pump does not seem efficient - is it because long regrigerent line?

I recently installed a multi split heat pump (air conditioner). One of the indoor units work pretty fine, the line set is about 8meters. The other unit, which is supposed to be even stronger but has a ...
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Flushing LVL up when not as thick as wall?

Can LVL beams be used with spacer blocks in the center to flush the LVL material up on each exterior side? For example when using two 1-3/4" thick LVL's with 2x6 trimmer material it only comes ...
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Noises from attic - Should I be concerned?

In one of my bathrooms on the top floor, I can loudly hear noises that sound somewhat like a bird. The sounds have been going for about a month now. What's going on? Should I be concerned? The video: ...
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HELP!! Why is my stove turning my lights and furnace back on when they go out?

For the last few days whenever I have more than one or three lights on they go out(includes the furnace) and the only thing that turns them back on is my stove. What is this?!?!
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Garage Door Opener Doesn't Work with Remote When Light Is On

I have a Lift-Master 1000SD garage door opener that has worked well for 20 years. Just recently we have been unable to close the door with any of the remotes after leaving in the morning. Even holding ...
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Switch wiring for 2 single pole switches and 2 different lights

Hi novice electrician, Question- I have 2 lights, 2 switches and 2 receptacles but I put wired them weird. 12/2 wiring used FYI. I put one switch with one receptacle and one switch with another ...
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Why is my 30/50 well presure switch not kicking on until 22psi?

We had a new well pump bladder tank and pressure switch installed in July to August. The water pressure switch is kicking on at about 22psi instead of 28psi, the off is still 50psi. Emptied the tank ...
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Furnace inducer whirrs on and off before igniting, works when I tap circuit board

My furnace gets the signal from the thermostat, then about half of the time, the inducer motor whirrs on and off over and over. Sometimes it runs continuously without ever lighting. When I open it up,...
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Is it safe to mount a 40" TV fitted to drywall using one metal stud and snaptoggles?

My son has just fitted my new 40" LED TV to drywall. He did attach a board to the drywall but when he purchased the board he had assumed the metal studs were 18" apart not 24" so only bought a 20" ...
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Are snap toggles a good way to mount a TV to metal studs? [duplicate]

We have metal studs. The mount we purchased weighs about 6kg and is a single stud mount with 20" articulating arm. TV is a thin 55" LG TV ~19kg so about 25kg/55lbs all in. Was thinking about ...
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Baseboards are covered with plaster on top—should we cut them out with reciprocating saw?

The walls in my house were heavily skim coated some time in the last 20-30 years. In many places, the skim coat plaster is covering the baseboards and other trim. I want to replace the baseboards. I ...

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