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Is it a problem that my bathtub drains directly into the wall?

This is the drain in the bath tub: Here is what I see inside the hole My landlord said is ok. But I think water going directly to wall can't be a good idea. My question is how bad is it? Needs ...
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Out Door Fans with Lights

For the 2 lights, they are wired on one switch, the fans are wired for the other switch. Can i install a dimmer just to control the lights and use a one pole since there is only one switch.
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Treadmill Repair

I have an old NewLife treadmill (model: NEWLIFE8642). Last week, it suddenly went off while I was training on it. After restarting its power, the screens came back on, but nothing was displayed. All ...
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What is the recommended power and connection height for a “design” radiator in a bathroom?

I need to provide the builder of my new house the height from floor of the water connections for the radiator of my bathroom. Right now I have a 1800 x 3100 mm bathroom with a "design radiator" (the ...
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Overhead lights don't work but voltage meter shows sockets have power

Overhead lights don't go on but voltage tester shows voltage is reaching sockets. Even when switch is turned off, meter shows voltage still reaching sockets. Receptacles on the same circuit also ...
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Attic Fan coil short cycles in heat mode

My attic fan coil unit (MBX-HW) fan will short cycle in heat mode. On for 20sec off for 20sec. Worked fine in cool mode last Summer. Replaced the filter, thermostat replaced 2 years ago. The heat ...
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How to sand plaster corner using oscillating tool?

I'm fitting a blackout blind and the width of the opening of the window recess at the top narrows over at the the final 4 cm or so (1.6") by a maximum of perhaps 2.5 mm (1/10 th of an inch). The ...
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Subfloor patching

This is picture of door opening where my dining room (laminate) floor meets kitchen vinyl. I recently created door opening in wall and now I am planning to install new vinyl flooring on kitchen side.(...
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Shaky, noisy and hard to open bi-fold doors

I have multiple closets with bi-fold doors and they all have the same issue: shaky, noisy and hard to open. It looks like the doors were installed using cheap sliding hardware. The doors are so shaky ...
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Garage door won't open or close when the opener light is on

Garage Door Opener Model: Lift-master 1245R (by Chamberlain) Ok, so this has been quite the puzzle. Roughly a couple of months ago, one of my parents' garage door openers started having problems. The ...
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installing a backup second thermostat

I currently have a Honeywell T5 wifi thermostat in my workshop that works almost the way I need it to. The only shortcoming is that when the weather is -30C for an extended period the temps in there ...
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How can I stop my American Standard Champion toilet from ghost flushing?

90% certain it's a leaky "flapper" - I left the water turned off for a couple of days while we were out of town and the water level leaked right down to the seal of the flapper. Here's the problem. ...
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Find a Water Pump for Clothes Washer

I'm trying to run a front load He Samsung washer (13 gallons water per wash) with water from a 18gal tub sitting on top of it. This is not enough pressure to get the water to work. It needs a minimum ...
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Do powerline adaptors need to be plugged into outlets that are on the same leg

I used a powerline adapter like this to connect my security camera receiver to my router. This allows me to access the cameras from my cell phone which was working but now it doesn't. There's two ...
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Can 3/8" Titen Heavy Duty Screw Anchor or hole be reused?

So we drilled into concrete to bolt down steel bases with several Titen 3/8" x 3" Titen heavy duty Screw Anchor. I'll be replacing the base, so I will need to remove the screw, remove the base, and ...
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Furnace burners shut off an hour after running?

Older furance that wasnt holding pressure. Leak was found and gas valve replaced. Gas is on. Fired it up yesterday for the 1st time. The house has been vacant awhile. We had no problem. Came ...
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What is this “on” cap that's adjacent to my tankless water heater's service valve?

There's a "cap" next to my water heater's service valve that says "on" with an arrow. What is this "cap" and its purpose?
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GFI recp will not reset

GFI triped and would not reset. I jumped out the outlet and all power returned to normal. I assumed it was a defective gfi so i replaced it. Same problem. have power at line side but when the reset is ...
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seismic upgrade - verifying foundation integrity

We want to do a seismic retrofit on our foundation. House built in 1904. No cripple wall. Mud sill with rim joist. Foundations have a recent skim coat (that we did not do). Concrete slab. So the ...
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Max sill height for windows as an escape and rescue in a group R-3 occupancy?

Don't have a IBC code book available, assuming it's answered in there. Google is giving me some confusing answers
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How to insulate brick/plaster walls from extreme heat?

I live in Rajkot, India. Temperature goes above 40 *C (104 *F) for at least 4 months a year. I live in a single floor house with 3 sides of house and roof is exposed to sunlight. It's a house built ...
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Use a 50 amp / 240 volt outlet for car charger and snow melting system?

We have a 50 amp / 240 volt outlet in our garage for an electric car charger. We would like to use this power for snow melting our driveway in Massachusetts so as to avoid needing more power to be ...
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How to paint over silicon non-paintable caulk?

I accidentally used some non-paintable silicon caulk on some trim. Does anyone have experience recovering from this? Mechanically removing it sounds slow and tedious. I'm hoping something like BIN ...
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Shower flow rate is low after replacing cartridges

PLEASE HELP!!! My plumber replaced both GP77759 and GP500520 Kohler shower cartridges and now the water flow rate in the showers is very low. The flow rate was excellent prior to him simply replacing ...
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What should I do with the airflow in a sealed off conditioned crawlspace

First and foremost thanks ahead of time for everyone's help :) I am in the process of finishing my basement and had some questions/concerns about "what to do with the air" in my crawlspace. In my ...
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Can I drill vertically through this from the main floor to the upstairs?

I made a large hole in my wall with hopes of fishing a wires from the main floor to the upstairs. I'm wondering if I can drill vertically through this. I'm asking because it looks integral to the ...
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Basement ceiling/wall construction

finishing off my basement and need to use 2x2 furring strips to clear some plumbing and gas line runs. Do you install the furring strips first and build the walls up to the furring strips or walls ...
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How do I move my sheave pulley vertical with the bottom door bracket?

I just recently purchased a house and the garage doors need some work (Replace wheels with silicon for less noise, etc..). While I'm at it I also want to change the stationary sheave pully so that the ...
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My dryer heating element

I got a new heating element my son decided going to pull the spring and streched it out of the top holders but didn't break anything so can I just call them back up and use it or they need to be apart ...
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Push in vs Wire Nuts? [duplicate]

So I've been doing a lot of "smart switch" upgrades around the home. A lot of z-wave and lutron stuff. If anyone is familiar with installing these they take up a TON of space compared to a normal ...
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Very localized heat loss

I have a heat loss issue that is very localized to directly up from my septic vent pipe. There’s no heat loss anywhere else. What type of contractor should I be calling? Insulator (I’m thinking no ...
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How do I attach natural stone to backerboard in a shower

I am making a custom shower, planning to cut my own stone slabs from stones found in my area. They will be granite, quartz, some others, that I cut with my own saw. I'm wondering how to attach the ...
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LG Dishwasher, no power at all

So I have a relatively new dishwasher that just completely stopped working the other day. It's still under warranty but before going though all the hassle I want to check if there is nothing simple it ...
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Why are the lights on my dimmed three-way circuit dimmer than normal?

I have a 3 way switch and a 3 way dimmer switch to operate two recessed fixtures, which worked fine for years. Now, both spots are dim. Doesn't matter if I use the switch with dimmer or 3 way switch ...
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Did electrician connect this service entrance box wrong?

I recently had solar PV installed. The electrician replaced my service entrance box. Power is fed to an indoor subpanel through a 100A breaker, mounted directly above the service disconnect breakers....
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luxury vinyl flooring under gas stove

I want to install luxury vinyl floor in my kitchen. If I don't want to move my gas stove, can I install it up to first couple of inches under front side of stove? Is that OK with a floating floor (...
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Blowing in Wool Insulation

We bought a house in Northern Arctic Minnesota last summer. After outrageous propane consumption this last winter I decided to check out the insulation in the attic. This summer a leak developed and ...
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how to unscrew faucet valve stem when it's stuck?

I'm trying to replace the valve stem of a 2-handle bathroom sink faucet. All the instructions I've found online say to unscrew the nut atop the valve stem. But my nut, when it turns, also turns the ...
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Gas line in stove

This is picture of my gas stove. There are two gas lines you can see, each controlled by knob and going to burner. Where I circled, there is a small slit , I am wondering what is that for ? Why ...
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Downstairs & upstairs central heating on, water heater pilot turns off

I normall only turn on one central heating at a time upstairs or downstairs but when accidentally both are on, the minute that happens my water heater pilot goes off. This is proven fact. I can only ...
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Removing Hose Attachment on Kohler Kitchen Faucet

I'm not sure how exactly to remove this attachement, and I don't want to break anything. Anyone have any ideas. I've checked a bunch of youtube videos for similiar faucets with no luck.
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Water pressure in the shower

I have good water pressure on the cold side of my shower valve but terrible pressure on the hot side. Is the problem in the cartridge?
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What is the proper way to convert a pair of three-way (SPDT) switches into a single two-way (SPST) switch?

I'm in the process of replacing some of the light switches in my house with smart switches, Wemo Light Switches in this case. I've had no problem with the replacement of my One-way switches (SPST I ...
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Can my house support a bathroom addition?

When I bought the house, it was a 4 bedroom, 1 bath rancher with basement laundry. We have since "converted" the smallest of the 4 bedrooms to an upstairs laundry, and took the closet out to ...
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Smoothing OSB plates

Planning to build a wardrobe out of OSB plates, however, I fear clothes might get stuck on the material and tear up. What's a simple and cost-effective way to get this smooth? Coating or sanding maybe?...
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What is the significance that “no blade is involved” in threading pipe?

Lowe's (a big US chain home improvement store) offers black iron pipe cutting and threading services to customers. Basically they sell the pipe & will alter it for you. From their website in the "...
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Replace single speed to variable speed switch for ceiling fan?

The ceiling fan and ceiling fan light are on two separate wall switches: 14/3 Type-NM with black wire to fan switch in one gang wall box & red wire for the fan light in other gang wall box) I ...
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Water stain on unpainted ceiling

I had a leak in my roof and now a water stain on my ceiling. My ceiling is not painted. Can I seal the stain with a primer and then cover it with thinned joint compound so it matches the color?
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how to rewire from a light fixture to a switch outlet

I have an outlet that power comes into from breaker and the outlet wires to other outlets and goes to a switch that i would like to run a light fixture from the switch, i already ran cable to the ...
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Can I improve the water pressure by changing from 1/2“ to 3/4” pipe?

My water heater is 40' from my shower. Would replacing 1/2" pipe to 3/4" help increase my water pressure?

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