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Noise from AC unit in basement

New homeowner here, I am starting to discover all the issues with my house, starting with the A/C which is very noisy! I decided to check where the noise came from and opened a couple panels on the A/...
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I bought a 1960s home with interior walls of fiberboard

My home has fiberboard as the interior walls which were then wall papered. Can I drywall over top the fiberboard? What preparation would be needed? I worry about moisture buildup as the house has a ...
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Is a cover door required on a service panel?

I have a 200 amp electrical panel. It's all sealed, but the breaker switches are visible. My question is, do I need a cover or a door to hide the breakers from view? Reason I'm asking, the insurance ...
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How come if one's building has individual metering cause, then she/he is limited to installing solar panels on the house panel (common space power)?

I found this link talking about installing solar panels on a condo. One commenter says if one's building has individual metering, then she/he is limited to installing solar panels on the house panel (...
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240 volt EV charger worked then stopped working

My EV charger works for about 6 months then stopped. I checked voltage going to the charger and got 120 and 114. On the two hots. The company sent me a second charger. Also no power lights come on. So ...
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Paint on cupboards that has gloss underneath

I have cupboards that where painted but the person who painted them didn’t sand them at all so the paint is pealing and we started pealing the paint and like the natural wood underneath is there a way ...
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Best way to install a ceiling fan with a surface-mounted junction box

I am buying an apartment where a previous owner added a chandelier using a surface-mounted ceiling junction box and surface-mounted conduit (in other words, nothing is inside the ceiling.) I'd like ...
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Wiring to install new pendant light

Trying to install a new pendant light but 1 of the outlet has 2 white, 2 black and 2 ground wires in it. How do i connect those with the new light fixture wiring?
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Will having reversed hot and cold damage my faucet?

On our old kitchen tap handles, the cold is on the left side and hot on the right. The new taps are the exact opposite, cold being on the right and hot on the left side. Is it okay to just connect ...
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Moving Breakers in Electrical Panel to Make Room for Generator Interlock

I am installing a large portable generator and will be adding a 50amp inlet and corresponding breaker in my 125A electrical panel to backfeed during power outages. I purchased this house recently, ...
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Shower is leaking water from frame

It has already been sealed using Silicone but there is water coming out from the metal/aluminium join near the corner. The mastic guy tried to apply clear silicone but it did not stick well and has ...
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Powering an Outdoor Security Camera via USB - Need a Waterproof Solution [closed]

I'm setting up a Wi-Fi security camera that will be installed outdoors and powered via a USB-type A pigtail. I'm looking for advice or solutions that address these specific requirements and challenges ...
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How can I remove rust from a washing machine cabinet and protect against future corrosion?

The edges of body of the washing machine near the detergent dispenser & just above the front door is getting rusted. I have tried cleaning it with rough & smooth emery paper. Also applied ...
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Adapter from garden hose to shower head

I'm trying to build a outdoor solar shower to rinse off from garden work. I'm looking to feed low-cost shower head from a 4gal plastic water tank. I'm assuming I'm going to want to attach a garden ...
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Can any one tell me what this tool is?

What is this? What is this tool used for? it seems to be a stainless tool steel and has a round shaft with a triangle tip.
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Shower screen is not vertical, but is it within tolerance?

We have had our bathroom renovated. The frameless glass shower screen was installed yesterday and is not vertical. I made an improvised plumb bob with cotton thread and a ball bearing. The shower ...
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Does a service panel need a metal cover?

A previous question asks if a service panel is up to code without a door. The answer was that it can be without a door (breaker handles exposed) but it cannot be without a cover for the wires. ...
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Can i replace a diode with a peice of wire in my doorbell?

My doorbell chime came with a diode, used to bridge the leads on the doorbell proper, as per the below image. This is used to allow the doorbell to chime when the button is released, and without it ...
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Insulating an outside water purification system against heat in Arizona

I have a tall stainless steel water purification system tank that is located outside of my home in Tucson,AZ. I used pipe insulation tubes on the copper piping. I plan to also put up a solar UV ...
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How can I kill mold and seal up this door?

https://photos.app.goo.gl/ejRfZhvfrbzd8um9A I moved in with a friend who rents basement unit. After 5 or so years, babysitter moved out so I'm moving in the bedroom. While cleaning I found This door ...
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Is my dryer's exhaust pipe why it keeps leaking?

My dryer's exhaust has been leaking. I noticed that the dryer's exhaust pipe is pretty deformed in back (photos). I'm wondering if that could be (part of?) why it won't seal back there, if this is the ...
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Is a roof made out of glass viable?

I have thought about that if I am ever going to build a single floor house this is what I would do. I would make the whole roof out of glass (like a greenhouse). This glass roof would be made out of ...
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Maytag Dishwasher MDB4949SHZ0 food particles clogging wash arms almost every cycle

Despite pre-rinsing all of my dishes, the spray arms are constantly clogging with food particles. Often it's pieces of cabbage, a grain of rice, or similar. The top arm clogs more often but the lower ...
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Possible Asbestos Contamination? Pls help

We bought a condo built in 1971 recently. We decided to remodel the place and did not like the ceilings as they resembled a popcorn ceiling. My dad is doing the renovations and didn’t think asbestos ...
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Do GE LED tube lights need to be oriented in a certain direction?

When inserting a LED tube light into the fixture, do I need to orient the tube in a particular direction? Or would it output light in all directions? I am about to replace my existing fluorescent T8 ...
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Screw through electrical wire. Explosive result

I replaced the section of 12-2 cable, but the outlets still don't work. What else could be wrong? Could I have Damaged more than the wires?
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Why is polyurethane with mixed-in stain not drying?

I sprayed polyurethane with a stain mixed in to use as a faux finish on maple wood. The first coat dried hard but the second coat is drying slowly and is easily scratched off. The temperature and ...
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The front of my home has a rough-cut brick exterior. How would I seal the gaps around light to prevent bugs/water intrusion?

I don't like the look and obvious gaps between the (shallow) light base and the house. I get spider intrusions and am concerned with water intrusion due to sideways rain and/or power washing. Other ...
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Why is water running into my water heater when cold water inlet is turned off?

I'm installing a new water heater. The cold water inlet is turned off and no water is running in the house. After attaching the hot water outlet to the water heater I can hear water flowing/dribbling ...
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How to repair a hole in a plaster (veneer) wall with possible gypsum?

There’s a hole in our wall. I thought it was plaster with lath originally, but when looking inside it seems to be a different material. It looks like drywall material with cardboard. The house is old ...
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Two three-way switches and one single pole switch (in a 3-gang box), powering a second (2 gang) switch box?

Disclaimer: I am not an electrician (that's obvious). I have tried my best to figure out what I'm doing. I do plan to hire someone more skilled than myself and cover all legal/inspection requirements ...
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Why are my new bifold doors not closing entirely?

I have recently purchased a replacement bifold door to replace one of two doors that fold together for a jacket closet. I installed the new hardware exactly where the old ones were (track, etc). ...
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How to cover 2" gap between drywall and floor

I'm renovating a bathroom in an old house. The drywall is new but the drywallers left a gap of 2 inches between the drywall and floor. I'd appreciate help on the best way to fill this gap What height ...
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What type of disconnect should I use for a four-wire water heater?

I have this tankless electric water heater. It’s 18kW; at 240V, I am running two 8/2 Romex cables which connect to two 40 amp double pole breakers in the panel. Since the breaker is out of sight, I ...
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How can I connect my thick wires into an ikea wire connector

I have thick wires that can not be twisted into one hole of the wire connector, so can I split the wire into two section and feed them into the connector?
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Moisture or heat damaged luxury vinyl planks

So yeah these cali longboards were wrapped in plastic to protect them and clearly moisture got in because half of them have like a white washed stain on them. I'm assuming they can't be fixed but was ...
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Hanging chair from roof truss causing flex [duplicate]

I located a joist to mount my daughter’s hammock chair from. The install went as planned and I hit joist. The issue is there doesn’t seem to be a support preventing the cross beam from flexing. This ...
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How can I replace a two-way switch with a three-way switch?

Old 1960s light switch controls ceiling light with just 2 screws, 1 red wire to 1 screw, 2 black wires wrapped around 1 screw. I want to change to new switch that has 3 screws. I tried separating the ...
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Add floating floor above garage doors

I have about 3.5 feet from the top of my garage door openers to the ceiling and I'd like to add a floor, perhaps across the entire garage with attic stairs for access. My thought is to frame the floor ...
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What are the electrical requirements for fitting (low-power) immersion heaters in the UK?

I've got solar panels, which can generate 7kW peak (in practice, measured on the output of the inverter) but I'm capped at 5kW export to the grid*. So if I'm not using (much) power in the late ...
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Running electrical cables with a dropped ceiling

I have a hanging/dropped ceiling in my house in the entrance. There is one electrical cable hanging by the side, waiting to be connected to a lamp. This ceiling extends to the above of the stairs, and ...
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How to disconnect the supply line from these older bathroom faucets?

Typically removing/replacing the supply lines is done by simply loosening a bolt attached to the intakes as shown here: However in my original seventies bathroom faucets they do not have a separable ...
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What is the best quick repair for a drain pipe?

In particular, a cast iron drain pipe. It doesn't have to be pretty, but needs to be effective and should last until it can be fixed properly.
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Butyl tape for roof shield?

I am roofing my shed, and using felt underlayment. We don’t get a ton of snow, but sometimes we get some. I don’t feel like buying a giant roll of expensive ice and water shield for the eaves, And I ...
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How to reattach a hinge with very little clearance

I have a window hinge that needs to be reattached, but the side of the building is giving me only about 1 or 1.5” of clearance for the two innermost screws. I can open the window enough to get the two ...
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Persistent Thudding/Rattling Noise After Bathroom Remodel

I recently had a bathroom remodeling project done in my home, which was built in the 60s. The project involved converting tubs into standing showers and replacing old toilets and vanities in multiple ...
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Q: how to best connect a rigid duct to a heating duct boot register without its round neck?

We have the original 2.25x10(rectangle)x4(round) inch and 2.25x12x6 inch heating duct register boots remaining in our 1960 house, after the ducts with asbestos insulation have been removed. But these ...
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Installing plywood underlayment over bathroom subfloor for tiling

I want to install plywood underlayment to a bathroom subfloor before I do the tiling. I could not find answers to some questions and hope this group can help: Can I use Deck screws for this? I found ...
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Finding neutral wire in wall boxes

I'm trying to replace four switches in a 4-gang box. All four are on different circuits. From left to right: This is a 3 way switch and I want to replace it with another 3-way switch. I think I know ...
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Disagreement with our roofer over vents

We're trying to assess our attic ventilation and would love any feedback or advice. Our attic is 1600 sqft, our roof slope is 2.28:12, and the prevailing winds in our area are southwest. We have ...

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