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can i add decking without a frame?

i have a span of 3+m and i want to create a decking. people suggest 2x8 can span 2m? assuming they mean as vertical joists? what thickness of lumber to actually be load bearring across 2m laid flat? ...
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How do I fix a leaking kitchen faucet?

I have this kitchen sprayer faucet and it has started to leak. The leak is only from the spout and the leak stops when the main handle is in off position. I already tried changing the cartridge and it ...
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How do I protect outdoor CAT6 PoE from rain?

I'm using outdoor Ethernet cable outside to connect security cameras and I'm worried about rain exposure, especially with PoE. I've got a short (8") Ethernet line coming off of each camera with a ...
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Leaky Air Duct Sealing

I have duct work in a house that I recently bought were it looks like some ducts were removed and then just sealed over with a metal sheet. The vent seems to be leaking air and in my opinion should be ...
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Subfloor glue and rigidity

Consider a standalone, 4 post, 7' high deck, with joists 12" on center, with osb subfloor sheathing fastened with screws. Would using glue between the joists and sheathing increase rigidity of ...
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Fixing wall after pipes froze

A few weeks ago my pipes froze to my washing machine. Being inside the wall, I removed some drywall and thawed them out. Upon fixing the problem, I also noticed R-11 insulation in the walls. I am ...
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Do I need to Get an Electrician In?

I got a new dishwasher coming in, Costco does not install or touch the old one. I disconnected the old dishwasher and removed it. I was expecting to see an outlet to plug the new dishwasher in, but ...
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How do I install a ground for the transformer for my doorbell?

I installed a Ring doorbell and it says I need a different transformer than what I have. My current one is attached to the bottom of my breaker box. The old one has no ground but the new one does. Can ...
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240V outlet not working, reading 120V on each leg, 0V between legs

I have a woodworking shop with 3 - 240V outlets. I recently had some electrical work done in the house and now one of the outlets doesn't work. Testing the 2 working outlets (see below) I get 120V ...
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Why does the PoE camera connection drop intermittently?

This is a follow-up to my earlier question The camera is now detected. The cable run is 120ft; this will go up to somewhere between 145 & 150ft after I put in PVC power conduits and bury it ...
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no power in the ceiling wire

I have the opening(junction box)) with wires in the ceiling one white and orange but none have power. In another part of the ceiling there is another opening (junction box) with black and white wires ...
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Where is the 2 internal drain valve in Navien 240a tankless water heater (damaged needs replacement)

I have a 3 year old Navien 240a tankless water heater. A lot of water continuously flow through the condensation line even the heat exchanger is not operating. The leak can only be stopped when I ...
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How do I mount a pendant light with only a cord (no chain or metal tube)?

I would like to hang a glass pendant light to replace a light in my house. The box is good (I never had a problem with the old light and it looks fine on inspection) but I can't quite figure out how ...
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Beginner plumbing kitchen sink, high waste pipe, can I use reversible p trap?

I am replaced existing drop in 2 bowl sink with a single bowl undermount sink. I knew the waste pipe was high but I am running into issues fitting the dishwasher wye tail pipe. Would a reversible p ...
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Proper deck post-beam-post connection

We're getting ready to replace/expand the decks on our house. I'm having plans done and have seen a draft but wanted to educate myself a little while I wait. The draft didn't yet contain sufficient ...
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Can tile be removed and placed again before it sets?

20 x 20 tiles were started today in my living room. The tile has been laid straight without any kind of staggering. They are in complete rows which is not what I had wanted. The room has not been ...
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Radiant floor heating problem

The setup: The system is a 2-zone system. A. Zone 1 heats the garage floor B. Zone 2 heats the main living quarters upstairs The water is heated by a Takagi Tk-2 tankless water heater. The controller ...
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What is the minimum nominal dimensional lumber size to span a 76" gap?

I want to span a 76" gap. People won't walk on it, but I want to make sure it could support an adult. What is the minimum size I should use? Suggested Edit: This is to hold a decorative item. ...
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Two Gang switch wiring for two separate devices Australian standards

I am raplacing the old two gang switch with a similar new one ( simple circuitry for two devices operating independently). Kindly help me identify the correct wiring before removing old wiring which ...
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Does every Grundfos circulator pump need a bypass valve?

We recently moved into a house that was built in 2018. There's a 98420222 Grundfos comfort PM installed right over the water heater. Unfortunately, it doesn't work and we have to wait 2-3 minutes for ...
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Hardie Board Subfloor—Thinset or No?

I'm remodeling the bathroom in my house that was built in the 1930s. I stripped out the old flooring down to the 1x8 wood planks (about 1/4" between each). I have 1/4" Hardie Board to put down in ...
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Redoing drywall in kitchen for backsplash

My wife and I are tackling redoing a kitchen backsplash. We first had to redo some drywall. In hindsight I would have done a few things differently but we’re here now. We have some small gaps between ...
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Exterior column discolored need paint help

The exterior columns on my house have discolored over time but the AZEK trim around the house has had no issues. The column seems to be fiberglass material. I need to get it painted since power ...
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Mildew or Mold?

There was a roof leak in our art studio. In the past few weeks this has appeared. Does this seem like it can be cleaned (with mold killing methods seen online) and repainted or does the drywall need ...
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Fixing root cause of wet garage drywall

I have a detached, at or above grade garage with a concrete slab floor and sheetrocked, insulated walls. I noticed some moisture on the drywall during pre-purchase inspection last fall, but it's ...
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Who do I hire to install a dormer in a roof?

I want to install a dormer in my attic in order to create more headroom and open it up. This is well beyond my DIY skills, so I want to engage a trade. Should I be looking for an engineer, a draftsman,...
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Can one load be controlled with three 3-way switches?

I recently bought a house and the 3 switches controlling one light fixture aren't working properly. Here is a diagram of the three 3-way switches and wires: The first thing that comes to mind is: ...
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Sewer smells/Noxious fumes in house

We purchased a house 6 months ago in Western Oregon, a very wet climate. The old cement septic was cracked on inspection and replaced with a new poly one just prior to our arrival. The old one was ...
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Need Help with Building a Deck in Ontario - Post-beam connection issues

I’m in the process of building a deck in Ontario, Canada, and I’ve followed a design from Home Depot. However, I’m having concerns about the connection between the post and beam or rim joist as ...
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Tile on In Concrete Slab hydronic heating

Context: Bought a 25 year old house that had italian tile what appeared to be thinset directly to the concrete slab. Slab has in slab hydronic heating. We pulled the tile up earlier last year and put ...
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Dimmer wired to 2 lights and 1/2 wall outlet

Hi all… I am pretty comfortable with wiring in a DIY sense but this has me stumped. We have two ceiling fans, each with a light set. At one end of the room is a standard toggle for turning fan ...
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Why do so many of my screws break?

I wouldn’t be surprised if I had got my wood screw pack from AliExpress but it’s from Home Depot and I believe Everbilt is at least not a random brand. Yet many of the screws just break if I screw ...
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I added a 50Amp breaker to my panel in the last space available to wire a NEMA 6-50R Outlet for car charger - pot lights don't get enough power

I recently added a Square D 50Amp 2pole breaker to my panel dedicated to add a NEMA 6-50R Outlet for a Chargepoint EV Charger. Everything works fine, but when I'm charging my car there are a couple ...
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LED Recessed lighting trim stuck

I feel like an idiot. I just bought my first starter home which happens to be a renovated home. The seller told me I have LED recessed lighting but I would like to change those lights to less harsh ...
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What should I do with corroded heating pipes that were previously under concrete and which I'm about to re-concrete and board over?

I have two copper pipes that were lagged in fiberglass wool and concreted over and which I'm about to re-lag with a plastic pipe then re-concrete and lay laminate flooring on top. The pipes themselves ...
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How to replace two terminal surface radiant with a 4 terminal of a cooktop

I have a faulty surface radiant element that has two terminals as below: The cooktop is Whirlpool Easytronic which shows "H" when it is hot. The replacement for this faulty element is ...
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Why am I measuring 40 amps on a 120V 15A receptacle? [closed]

I was testing a standard 120V 15A receptacle, got 120v but 40 amps. I've never come across this. I'm looking for guidance on how to correct or if this is correct and doesn't need to be fixed. Please ...
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Undermount Sink/Garburator [closed]

Need advice: our under-mount ceramic sink fell (came unglued) from a Dekton countertop on Friday. It was originally installed in August. Today, it was repaired by the original installers. They said ...
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How do I fix a bifold closet door that keeps popping open?

Randomly, my bifold closet door keeps popping open. One side stays shut but the other just bounces back ever so slightly and I can’t get it to stay shut. My cats have caught on to this and have been ...
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Adding a GFCI to an existing circuit. 2 black, 2 white wire problem

I'm trying to add a GFCI outlet to an existing circuit and have run into an unexpected obstacle. All of the wiring literature and videos I've come across allude to either 12/2 or 14/2 cable with 1 ...
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structural connection details of the Brick wall to the concrete slab base [closed]

I need to build, 8"thick x 8'wide x 8.5'tall, non bearing brick wall on 8" reinforced monolithic reinforced concrete slab and between 4"x4"x 0.25" round galvanized steel ...
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Mold on Bathroom Ceiling

I have a popcorn ceiling in my bathroom that has a tendency to collect mold. I clean it off with bleach but it always comes back. There was no mold prior to remodeling the bathroom a few years ago, ...
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How do I fix my window that doesn't lock?

First time home owner and I'm not sure what the previous owner did to install/fix this window. It currently does not lock which seems to be because the upper window does not go all the way up. Seems ...
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Septic noise keeping you awake [closed]

I had problems with my septic humming really loud and keeping us awake at night. Come to find out all it was was the concrete block covering the pump was setting up against the pump, causing a ...
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How can I turn a side by side drop-down 2 bulb light fixture into a single hanging light fixture? [closed]

I’m trying to renovate my bathroom and would love to increase the lighting in my poorly lit bathroom by changing the light fixture that is outdated. First pic is the fixture I have now second picture ...
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Cabinet door hinge [closed]

We have been looking for a cabinet door hinge we asked the local hardware store but we had no luck with finding the right hinge but we figured out it is 30 years
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How do I install bidet T-valve here?

How do I install a bidet T-valve here? I’m trying to install a handheld bidet on the toilet. This is the one I’d like to install Unlike other toilets, there isn’t much space to install the T-valve. ...
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In desperate need of investigative plumber/house inspector [closed]

Looking for plumber/home inspector in the mid Atlantic area for new build (1yr) ongoing unsolved issue. In desperate need of competent help!
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My Commodes are flushing and filling back up as normal but I don’t have any water coming in any of my sinks ( Kitchen and Bathroom) [closed]

It started water running out of kitchen sink in a string, and bathroom 1 sink had little pressure but Bathroom 2 sink was just fine, then the next day I had no water coming out of either sink, but my ...
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How to protect Patio door from rain [closed]

Have a rental property and this house has patio on backside. There is no canopy or awing over my patio door. It been getting damaged at the bottom due to rain. How to protect this patio door from rain?...

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