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Why would a motion sensor cause the light to flicker?

I recently installed a motion sensor light and was called back because the light was "flickering" at half brightness rather than staying on brightly. I tested the power and found good voltage, but ...
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How wire a 3-way motion sensor switch when replacing one of the 3-way toggle switches (with load between the switches)

I have a 3-way light circuit in a basement stairwell controlled by two 3-way toggle switches (the load is between the switches). I want to replace one of the toggle switches with a 3-way motion sensor ...
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Ceiling fan not receiving power when other devices are working and there is continuity in the wires

The wiring to my ceiling fan -- wiring and fan both installed by a licensed electrician in 2020 -- stopped powering the fan after I installed the switch, and I have not been able to diagnose and fix ...
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How to grind exposed edges of bathroom wall tile to fit a recessed medicine cabinet?

I had a tiler company who has put me through hell and back on multiple occasions with my bathroom remodel. I've had them back here multiple times to fix their screw ups. The next issue I just ...
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Recess lighting not working properly

I have 3 lights on a circuit and when I turn them off one light stays on but very dim, when I loosened that bulb the other bulb goes on
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Upgrading a subpanel

I am upgrading a sub-panel from 60A to 90A. The original feeders were #8, which I will replace with #4 copper. Can I leave the #8 neutral and ground that bond the main and sub-panel in place, or ...
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Mouse issue-- critter trapped in interior wall

Sleepless nights due to a presumably large and very noisy mouse in our bedroom wall... what are the best ways to kill/remove/pinpoint its location? Not certain, but think it may be trapped and unable ...
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Sink Drain Building Pressure

I live on the bottom floor of a 2 unit condo (neighbors above) and the bathroom sink seems to build up pressure in its drain and begin leaking at the tailpiece connection above the p-trap (which is a ...
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Contaminants in very old water pipes?

Suppose they're 100 years old and metal - unsure if iron, lead, or neither - and inflowing water before the pipes is clean. What contaminants are expected in tap water from such pipes? Heavy metals? ...
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Convert pipe wrench to crescent wrench

Has anyone seen any sort of jaw covers for a pipe wrench to be able to convert it to a crescent wrench (would also need to adjust the angle of the bottom jaw of course)? It'd be nice to have able to ...
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Hot at both ends of three-way switch - any ideas (it's not legal I know that!)

1979 house, bought in 2003. I installed three-way X10 switches with no issues in 2003. They switch a pair of spotlight cans (now upgraded to LED spots) which are in a vaulted ceiling - so I cannot see ...
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Which one is better to install Rudd Air conditioner or Airtemp system? [closed]

I am not sure how a brand of air conditioner and furnace matter. But I was thinking which one out of Rudd air conditioner or Airtemp is better. Thanks!
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Interesting electrical ceiling box with downward pass through bolts

I'm trying to mount a heavy ceiling fan but ran into a unique ceiling box I've never seen before. Two bolts come down from the metal horizontal piece and pass through the plastic box. This was the ...
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Moving a bottomless metal shed

I have this shed I want to move about 10 meters from its current location in my backyard. This shed is metal, without a floor, sitting on paving stones which appear to have been cemented together. ...
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Why would my Maytag FG6RC high efficiency furnace restart in the middle of a heating cycle?

My furnace is probably 7-8 years old, and this heating season the furnace has developed a strange problem. The furnace starts normally, but before the temperature reaches the thermostat setting the ...
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Blade guard won't lift

I own a King 10" mitre saw. The blade guard won't retract when I lower the saw blade to make a cut. The manufacturer has discontinued replacement blade guards. What I discovered is there are ...
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Where can I get a cover for a main supply?

My house (I live in the UK) failed an electrical safety inspection because of a missing main supply cover. I have tried using google to find one to buy but can't find anything at all. Does anyone ...
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Can I use a wood hardener on particle board?

I’m staying a friend’s place for a few days, and being a bit OCD I’ve been fixing the things that I can. But they have kitchen cabinet doors that lift up, and one has ripped out of the particle board ...
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What do E and COM mean in a blower motor wiring diagram?

I'm a bit confused with the wiring diagram of this blower motor. Is the COM the neutral wire or the hot wire? And then would the E be neutral if the COM was the hot wire? Or is it the ground? I ...
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What sort of tape/flashing is required to prepare for window installation in a timber frame wall?

I'm self-building a small timber-framed structure (essentially a 2x6 stud wall which will be externally sheathed and clad), which will include some UPVC double-glazed windows. I'm aware that the ...
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Repairing a ceiling hole about 4' x 5’

I have rolled insulation that I wanna put up in the ceiling. How would I make that hole? Do I have to get up there and stay but it’s a mobile home.
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Lift Master Garage Door - remote hardly works from outside the garage

Scenario When pulling up to our home the garage door opener only works sometimes - roughly 1/10 clicks. Our Lift Master was installed in 2011. Troubleshooting tried new batteries in all remotes tried ...
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Laundry drains overflows during laundry, but handles full blast hose

The drain for my laundry machine overflows fairly quickly and spills water out whenever I do laundry. If I put a hose in the drain, and turn it on full blast, it can keep running without it ever ...
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Are these studs actually structural?

First question on here so apologies if getting it wrong. I have removed old lath and plaster wall from under stairs to install cupboards but there is a lot of wood that appears to be structural ...
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How to increase part of existing internal concrete slab by 300mm

I have a property with a 150mm (6") thick concrete slab throughout. The slab has a step down of approx 300mm / 1 ft, running the width of the house. This means the front rooms are at a higher ...
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Flow sensor adjustment for Navien 240S natural gas fired tankless water heater

We installed a Navien 240S natural gas in our house, and it is working fine. Except the short range for hot water valves in the showers. So, in other words, I need to turn shower valve almost all ...
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How can I find the centroid of a trapezoid with equal angles at the ends? [closed]

Trying to find the center of a trapezoid with beveled edges and there are 153 holes to be drilled. I know the easy way would have been to find it before I made the bevel cut but I wasn't thinking ...
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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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Simple stringerless outdoor stairs, is this design feasible? [closed]

I have a large amount of reclaimed external timber from a dismantled car port and was wondering about building a simple stair down a steep slope in a corner of my garden that's not really walkable in ...
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Do I have a mold problem in my bathroom vent? [closed]

Under my bathroom sink it smells so bad. The best I can describe the smell to would be of ammonia, pee or cat urine. My whole bathroom smell like this but it smells really strong under the sink so I'm ...
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Is my plan for replacing 4x4 deck posts with 6x6s reasonable?

We're planning on resurfacing our deck this summer. As preparation I got an inspector to take a look at the substructure to make sure it is still in good shape. The good news is that for the most part ...
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Can you install a rim joist inside wall joists and does it need extra support? [closed]

I'm looking at lowering the ceilings of my first floor/floor of my second. Can I nail or bolt the new rim joist to the inside of my wall joists and expect it to be properly supported for a floor? I ...
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What is the easiest way to install multiple 5A BS546 sockets next to one another?

I intend to replace a wall light fitting with two or three 5A BS546 sockets for table-lamp-style lights: As far as I know there is no 2- or 3-gang variant for this socket, but I assume that it will ...
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Brand new dishwasher tripping GFCI breaker

I bought a house that did not have a dishwasher installed (the seller gave a good rebate because of that). I have no experience installing these things, so I was searching for a handyman to do the ...
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How can I replace water valve in Liebherr fridge-freezer?

I intend to check the water valve between the water tank that is in the refrigerator and the ice-maker that is in the freezer of my Liebherr ICN 3366. Where is this valve and how can I reach it? How ...
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How do I turn this leaf-covered area into a grassy yard? [migrated]

This yard was full of brush and trees. I have cut down most of the trees I want to remove and used a lawnmower to get rid of all the brush. The ground is now covered in years of leaves, probably an ...
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What does this (2x 30A breaker) circuit panel in my apartment mean?

I recently newly moved into an apartment in the west Bay Area, in California. Because I have an electric car & want to use L1 (120V 12A) charging, I took a look at the breaker panel to see what ...
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Could this be my water pressure reducing valve?

Can’t seem to locate it. My house was built in 1986 on a slab.
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I'm installing a nest thermostat. The wires at the base are R G Y W

On my 24v transformer there is a C POST. I have wired the nest thermostat with the 4 wires R Y W G. Nest says the termostat needs a c wire,Can I just run a wire from the C post on the transformer to ...
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What is the best way to permanently bond a driver tip to a stuck screw head?

I have been trying to close the two screwdriver-operated stop-check valves (visible on the left and on the right in the picture) of a Moen single-handle shower to cut the flow of water and allow me to ...
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Securely mounting to drywall corner with no stud

I have a child gate I am trying to mount at the base of a staircase. On the left side of the staircase is a thin wall. When facing this wall, there is only a 1.5" gap between the stair trim and ...
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Cast iron clawfoot tub diverter faucet riser stem question: what is this called?

I have a clawfoot tub faucet where the "stem" that leads to the shower part is angled at less than 90 degrees because back of the tub is angled greater than 90 degrees from the floor. Most of the ...
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Circuit breaker not accessible

My dryer stopped working and I found out that the circuit breaker (fuse) had burnt out. I measured the voltage in the socket and it's none. I live in an older house in USA and the cable is inside the ...
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Use a 24V LifePo battery in a UPS designed for lead acid batteries?

I have an existing APC 1500 UPS, designed for use with 24v lead acid batteries and want to know if it would be possible to replace my dead lead acid battery with a 24V Lithium Iron Phosphate (LFP) ...
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DAP caulking inside cabinets safe?

My apartment has some old handmade cabinets with some large seams at the edges. I started closing them with DAP latex caulking (alex Acrylic Latex Caulk Plus). I noticed that once dry if I swipe on ...
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NEMA 10-30 Ground & Neutral Bonded

Remodeling a 1970’s era condo. The current dryer receptacle has a NEMA 10-30R on a 30 amp breaker. While we are going to be using gas instead of a 240v dryer, I decided to pull the plate and make sure ...
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Temperature dial on shower has stiffened up and no longer moves

I have an electric shower in my bathroom, and noticed the other day that the temperature dial has become too stiff to move - this is the first time this has happened in the two years since I moved ...
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Can I take a generator and add a 50amp receptacle to it

I have a generator that is 9400 watts with a 50amp plug in. No problems running the panel on a food truck. Now I have a whisper generator 9500 watts but only a 30amp plug in. I'm sure it's the 30 vs ...
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New bathroom exhaust to soffit/eave? [duplicate]

I'm installing vent fans in both bathrooms on 2nd story of my two story house. Open attic access. Instead of venting to the roof or through the gable which requires risky ladder work, Wanted to vent ...
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Replacing failed smart switch with dumb switch

I have a two-switch box (2 gang?). One switch (right switch in pictures) is a 3-way switch that controls an overhead light, while the other is a smart switch (left switch in pictures) added by the ...

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