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Possible electrical wiring paths are blocked *everywhere* by glulam posts. What to do?

The extension to our house is built to earthquake standards, so there are 10x10 posts and beams everywhere. We can't find a path to feed the 12AWG to the subpanel. If we go down, we just run into the ...
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Removing thinset off of durarock backer board

My husband and I have a huge issue right now. Some guy messed up our tile job completely, so we are removing it all and replacing it ourselves (should have done it ourselves in the first place). The ...
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Installing PEX pipes close to heating vents

We are renovating all the bathrooms in our house that was built in the early 70s. The plumber has replaced most of the copper pipes with PEX tubing. He has not replaced copper entirely and has ...
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Streaks after (over?) cleaning windows

I just tried to clean all the windows in my flat. In general, they now look great; should have done it ages ago! However, maybe half of the windows have very faint streak marks on them. The sort of ...
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Use a 3-gang box for 2 switches and feed to outlet - to have more space to play - ok

I have a box with one switch to a fan, one switch to a light, and one cable (ahead of the switches) to an outlet. In bathroom with GFCI breaker. Is it ok to use a 3 gang box, so I have more room for ...
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Best way to drill square tubing (Without drill press)

When drilling all the way through square tubing, I often snap my drill bits. If it’s not possible to drill from the other side, is it better to drill a slightly bigger hole first followed by a smaller ...
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What does the Bearing Plate in a Worcester boiler do?

Recently our Worcester Greenstar boiler became unable to start. The solution turned out to be that the plastic flaps on the bearing plate had degraded and fallen apart, so the plumber simply removed ...
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2 lights working off one switch

one light is by closet and one in center of room with a fan and they both work off one switch with one set of wires jumped from closest light to farthest light. How can I control one light at a time
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Covering Airing Vents in Floor

I have been asked to help fix a home up for someone, it needs work on flooring, drywall, doors, exterior etc. My question is, the central heat/AC is no good and to cool and heat the home the ...
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Diagnosing instant circuit breaker tripping, with nothing connected

I had a previous question regarding an AC, but now that I have disconnected the AC and the problem remains, I want to diagnose this problem a bit more. First step was seeing if this specific breaker ...
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Why do I have a urine smell under vanity in bathroom

I live in a condo & under my vanity it smells like urine which makes the whole bathroom smell like urine. Why & how to get rid of this!! My cabinet is wood & I’ve clean with lysol but ...
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How to electrically ground a gas furnace connected with an armoured cable

My gas furnace will not turn on. I verified 120V where the armoured cable enters the furance, so I was going to continue testing for voltage before and after the transformer (with the door safety ...
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Can I fix damaged AC line insulation with tape?

The foam insulation around the suction line on my ac has deteriorated, so I covered it completely with tape. Was this an OK thing to do. Am I harming anything? I have not run my AC since I did this.
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Water shutoff valve for refrigerator

Best Buy would not install our new refrigerator because they said that we needed to hire a plumber to install a water shut off valve. We live in California. We have a copper water line to the fridge ...
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3-way light switch mysteriously works, then stops working, then starts working again

I have a three-way light switch that is exhibiting really odd behavior. Sometimes it works and sometimes it does not. For example, just now the following happened. Lights are off. I go to switch A ...
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Is heat a practical way to kill structual mold?

So heating the whole house or affected rooms up to 45 50 degrees C for long enough to also heat and kill any mold in exterior walls as well as mold on the surface?
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2015 Samsung Refrigerator/Freezer keeps tripping circuit

I move my Samsung unit to the garage and plugged it into a receptacle. It has been there for a year with no problem. Two days ago it started tripping the circuit every couple hours. I plugged it into ...
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Safety concerns and precautions in setting up a workshop/studio in the utility room

I am considering setting up a workspace/studio in my utility room in the basement, which has a hot water tank and two furnaces. Here are the warnings on those units. Hot water tank: Furnaces: I ...
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Keep and patch, or replace white rigid foam during basement remodel?

I'm removing old wood paneling and drywall which is glued to (what appears to be regular Styrofoam) foam board, which is glued to a cinder block basement wall. The goal is to add more insulation (2x4 ...
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Fridge won't cool. Freon pressure doing crazy things

Hello all I am new to site. So if I post to the wrong spot I'm apologizing in advance. I just bought a 48" thermidor used. From all my research I've done this fridge cost about 9k new. It's about ...
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Position of dryer vent relative to gas meter and furnace intake

As part of renovations to our house (built in the early 70s) we are reconfiguring the laundry room and moving appliances to the opposite wall. The laundry appliances will now be to the left of the ...
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Do I need to turn off my Water Heater when changing my hot and cold bathroom sink flexible water pipes?

I need to change the hot and cold flexible water pipes feeding my bathroom sink as they are rusty and ready to burst. The problem is there are no shutoff valves under my sink so I'm wondering what ...
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Lightning surge protection advice

The surge from a nearby lightning strike has resulted in multiple fried electronic devices at our house. Damaged items include a cable modem, 2 cable set top boxes, a cable amplifier, a WiFi router, 2 ...
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How to anchor brick vertically to concrete slab

Here's a concrete slab porch that was finished with paving bricks on top, and then matching pavers attached to the vertical front face with what appears to be some form of Liquid Nails. The pavers ...
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Mold concern after pipe leaked in ceiling

I bought a foreclosure that had been vacant and winterized for more than a year. About ten hours after I turned the water back on, water started dripping from the ceiling in the kitchen. When I ...
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Mounting Screws in Stucco

Does anyone here have experience putting mounting screws into stucco? I want to mount a light plastic box to the exterior of my home to protect a coax junction. My house's exterior is stucco. The ...
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Too many wires coming out of ceiling fixture

Wiring in ceiling.1I'm trying to replace my kitchen ceiling light fixture but... coming out of the ceiling I have 3 black wires, 3 white wires, a red wire and a ground! I didn't take a picture of how ...
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Clear Drain from Toilet to Street

My downstairs toilet is the last fixture hooked up to the house drain line before it makes its way to the public sewer system. This line between the toilet and the public sewer gets clogged ...
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How can I identify the cause of ceiling water damage?

Just wondering if there is an easy way to tell if water damage on the celing is a result of a roof leak, or condensation build up in the house. Here are some pictures: https://photos.app.goo.gl/...
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Repair drywall and protect wires on back of electrical panel

My electrician had to cut drywall on the back side of a wall that has a new electrical panel mounted. The back side is the kitchen (the panel is facing into the living room). The feeder and a bunch of ...
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One “hot” wire be pigtailed into multiple “hot” wires. How does that affect the electricity going through them?

When wires are pigtailed together like this: ...one of the black wires carries the current "in" to the nut, and the other two wires carry it "out" to the outlet and whatever other devices are down ...
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Plaster and Wire Mesh - dating?

My home dates to the 1890s. It has clearly been through many renovations over the years before I owned it. The walls in my living room have defied all stud finders: normal ones find nothing, magnetic ...
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Contactor relay connected to circulating pump not working

I have a 120V coil contactor relay connected to a pump. The pump is connected on the control terminals of the relay. I would like to switch another circuit when the pump circuit is turned on, but ...
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Where should I connect my ceiling fan's blue wire?

I want to install a new fan and light assembly. I removed the old one, which on the wall is a hard wired 2 switch, one for the fan and one for the lights. Coming out of the ceiling is a white, black ...
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What is [Moisture Removal: 1.3] in a [Manual J or Manual S Heat load] evaluation?

In the end of the [Manual J or Manual S Heat Load] worksheet there is [Moisture Removal: 1.3]. Why would this multiplier be present? **Note: we live in a Phoenix, AZ... it's very dry. And We don't ...
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How to calculate wattage used in a solar panel set-up

I want to run an electronic that uses 300 watts @ 5-10 amps via solar panel's on my rv. I've got (2) 6 volt batteries set up in a series so it is 12 volts. Here are the stats for one battery (so I ...
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Tighten old 1960s doorknob

I have a few doorknobs in an old 1960s house we just moved into that have a loose/wiggling collar (rose?). I can remove the knob on the inside by pushing in the silver tab on the side and pulling the ...
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Baseboard Heater ( no thermostat )

I have a baseboard heater in my bathroom. It doesn't have a thermostat on the heater itself and there isn't one on the wall either. When I want heat I have to turn on the breaker feeding that heater. ...
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Is the working principle of a light bulb a “short”?

Isn't the "filament" closing the gap making a short circuit?
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Linear motion to rotary motion, design

How can I convert the linear motion to rotary motion? The linear force is from a solenoid. Below is my design: The axle goes perpendicular to the plane of paper. The axle needs to be rotated by an ...
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Washing machine installation - unsure about current setup

Just moved into a new home and ordered a washing machine from Currys (I am UK based), I have booked installation with the delivery, but just want to make sure I have everything required before ...
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nest e74 code but its just heat no air

i installed the nest thermostat as instruction say i get the e74 code i checked fuse.turned power off an on now what is happening is when i attach the thermostat tothe base my relays flash quickly ...
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Light fixture box has 3 sets of wires and I’m confused

I took out a light fixture in the basement with the intent of installing a new one which ive done before and I come across 3 sets of wires (3 black, 3 white, and 3 ground wires) i didn’t take a pic or ...
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Sharing 1 dryer outlet

I have a situation where there are two apartments and one laundry room. Room for 1 washer and 1 dryer. There are 2 circuit boxes and 2 meters. We want to have a run for each circuit panel the dryer ...
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Loose connection in Cooper night light receptacle

I have a Cooper / Eaton nightlight-receptacle TR7735W (manufactuer, amazon), which I replaced a standard receptacle with. The receptacle is not at the end of the run, so there's a line out to the next ...
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Budiling small wine cellar rising from the ground

I am not sure is it a correct place where should I ask that question, but I would like to build a small version of that rising from the ground wine cellar: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3QJn94rGJ3Y ...
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RCBO independent circuit immediately trips, connected only to an air conditioner, what should I troubleshoot and what could be the problem?

I have a RCBO circuit dedicated to an AC unit. Obviously the AC is now off due to the fault. It has tripped once before, but I flipped it back on and it seemed ok. The AC stays off until I power it ...
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Washer drain pipe flush against outside wall

I am looking for a way to fix an every winter, problem with the drain pipe from our washer. We live in Alaska and we have a 1960's built ranch with no basement but crawl space under entire house (no ...
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How to remove bulb from this Harden faucet to replace cartridge

My widespread Harden faucet has set screw that removes the handle but the white base bulb will not come off. I can turn the bulb but there is a metal rim which extends inside the bulb and prevents it ...
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What do I do with unused spackle

Of course they don't have really small containers of spackle. I haven't even used 1/8 of it - Is there anything you can do with the leftovers? How long can you store it?

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