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What do we call this simple ragged-end cylindrical tool for making round holes in walls? It's a hand tool, to be hit by hammer

I came across the Russian word шлямбур, describing this kind of tool for making holes in brick/concrete walls, but I can't seem to find the correct English term. The entries in the Multitran ...
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What are the devices that can be used for Pole/Phase Selector Switching?

I am currently Making Operation of my 1 HP Water motor connection into automatic such that, it senses water in main input Water line and starts running till overhead tanks fill up. And for redundancy, ...
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Skirting boards over vinyl - seal with silicone?

Thinking of sealing under the skirting boards, as the flooring is waterproof. I have laid 22 square metres of vinyl planks in an apartment; the sort that lock together as in the photo. Now I am ready ...
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Hot tub off a sub panel

I have a new 100amp rated sub panel , grounded with a new copper rod in my shed 50 feet from main breaker box, with 6/3 as the feeder to the sub panel.. my question is I’m installing a hot tub , I do ...
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Contactless integration of Z-Wave capability into blinds and SomFy-remote system

I want to control a couple of Garber blinds via my Z-Wave network. I already have a SomFy remote (looks the same/similar model as the picture in the link) to control the blinds, which a local dealer ...
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Grounding with portable using interlock

Was a similar question; but they were not using a interlock. I have a DuroStar dual fuel DS 10000eh that is hooked up to my main breaker using a 50 amp plug and using an interlock set up. My panel ...
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Is it safe for a water hookup for washer to be located directly above 240 V electrical hookup for dryer?

We are buying a newly built house. It has 2 laundry areas. In both cases the water hookup for the washer is directly above the 240 V electrical hookup for the dryer. Is this safe? The Builder refuses ...
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Recessed 6 inch can lighting retrofit sag

I currently am trying to install some retrofit led halo lights into some existing airtight cans in my kitchen. I was able to successfully install most of them but some of the recessed light cans are ...
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Connect ceiling fan romex to switch controlled outlet or directly to switch?

I’m installing a ceiling fan in the living room. I want to control the ceiling fan light and fan on separate switches—the ceiling fan is capable. However, the wiring in the switch box made me pause. ...
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Assembling a lawn mower for the first time

I assembled the lawn mower for the first time, job done.. The mower is : Troy-Bilt 3-in-1 160cc Gas Engine FWD Walk Behind Push Lawn Mower, 21-in I tried reading the manual but it is more confusing, ...
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Increasing hvac flow on return or supply

I have an office in the corner of my home that is as far from the hvac system, on the same floor, as possible. The air flow is pretty weak, but additionally the fact that I have two computers and 3 ...
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Gap Between Trim and Brick (Exterior)

I'm trying to find a solution for gap between trim and brick around my house. Specifcially the area in front of my house by the garage. When I bought the home, the house had settled and you could see ...
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When wiring multiple lights with independent switches on the same circuit [closed]

I am doing lighting in a commercial building Situation is two rooms on the same lighting circuit I need to switches on that same circuit to operate lights independently
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Permanently disable auto lock of outside handle

I have a Falcon door lock and handle. When I turn the deadbolt (part 1 in red), the switch on the door (part 2 in red) flips and locks the outside door handle. How to disable this?
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Disposal must be plugged into above counter outlet to be used

My daughter just moved into a small apartment. The tiny kitchen requires you to plug in the disposal to a GFCI outlet that is on the wall above the stove in order to run it. There is no on/off switch. ...
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Well pump reads 125v on each terminal but wont come on

When we bought the house the pump was wired directly to the breaker on a 240v circuit. I went to add an outlet and a sprinkler controller between the two. The picture shows the old vs new set up. The ...
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Difference in hvac (split unit) pipe size between installed pipes and requirements of new equipment

Looked at LG split unit AC and the specs give a required pipe size of 1/4" and 3/8". Assume this is O.D. The problem is that I have pipes O.D. 1/4" and 1/2" installed. Can I run ...
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400amp main pannel w/ 2x200amp circuits. What size/type of wire is required to run 200amps from main panel to another sub panel ~100ft away

This is the scenario: I have 400amp main service to my meter. I have a 400amp main panel that has 2x200amp circuits. The panel is grounded with bare copper wire 6ft apart with appropriate gauge wire (...
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Cast iron toilet flange

I have a home built in the late '70s with cast iron toilet flanges. It appears to have cast iron flanges with 3" stubs into 4" cast iron pipes. I haven't seen any information on this setup ...
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Gas line pressure drop after 1 month

I had a natural gas line installed to my kitchen for a gas cook top. The line was connected past the main regulator. After installing the line, the installers ran a pressure check at 10 psi. It held ...
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Replacing a sub panel

I have a existing 6 circuit 100 amp sub panel.It has the grounds running with the neutral wires. I need more circuits. I bought a 20 space main 100 amp breaker box. It doesn’t have a ground bus bar. ...
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How does a stove crack like this? What does it take to make this happen?

Is this normal? Stove makes explode-like sound and cracks. Can this be fixed or do we need to replace it?
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One circuit in house losing voltage

One circuit in our house is behaving very strangely, and isolating the issue has proven difficult. It's a house built in the late 60s and the electrician who wired this did add what I think is quite ...
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How do you connect to one of the 5 wires of a low voltage cable in the middle of the run (the cable goes farther than the connection point)

In the below picture, A is a irrigation controller. BCD are inline valves with D being the main valve installed on the water tap and B and C being the manifold valves. I have a 5 wire cable that runs ...
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Optimizing layout for a kitchen with a passage [closed]

I am looking to optimize the layout for a kitchen that also serves as a passage to the storeroom. More precisely, the kitchen is a room of about 12-by-12 feet, with one side open to the living room, ...
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Could my water heater in a 4 unit townhome be shared and explain my high power bill?

I am renting a townhome in San Antonio, TX. I have looked for a water cutoff valve for the water because my electric bill shows my water heating is my major reason for an extremely high bill. When I ...
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Can an electric motor designed for 50hz be run on a 60hz circuit? [closed]

My understanding is that a motor designed for 50hz can be run on a 60hz circuit, but the reverse is not true. Operating at a lower frequency could overheat the motor and possibly burn it out, whereas ...
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Looking for replacement part for under-drawer catch

I have a drawer which uses the following catch mounted under it. The problem is that the straight vertical-ish segment doesn't extend enough to the right to be able to click firmly into the runner. ...
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What wires to connect ceiling fan bypassing remote

I'm putting in a ceiling fan with no lights attached. My new fan has a receiver and remote but my husband pulled wires out of the receiver. The room is wired for a wall switch to control the ceiling ...
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How many LED pot lights shall i put on my sloped ceiling?

My ceiling is sloped /\ and i want to install pot lights These ones 6in, 12W, 6000K the living room where these need to be installed is 14'0" x 16'4" Any advice on how many I pot lights like ...
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Heat Pump Condensate Safety Switch Wiring Question

I recently purchased a simple condensate overflow safety switch (Rectorseal 97647) to install in my attic air handler unit. I currently have the switch installed on the red wire, but do notice the ...
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Covered patio junction box requirements

I'm in Florida and completing a covered patio project that extends my current roof over the patio. The ceiling height is 9'. I'm looking to extend the existing outdoor circuit that is GFCI protected ...
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Seam between vinyl plank and hardwood

We want to replace the flooring in our kitchen, and would like to use click-lock vinyl planks for cost and ease of installation. However, I'm unsure how to transition between these and the adjacent ...
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Remote indicator for light switch left on?

Short version: Could I hook up a remote indicator light that is lit when a simple on/off light switch is in the on position? Long version: I've got an exterior motion light on a switch which is ...
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Should I put insulation in my basement bathroom

I'm working on my basement bathroom. It's on an exterior wall that is concrete foundation. It has some existing (bad) insulation over the foundation wall. Some sort of rigid foam in between flat studs ...
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Refrigerator Cabinet Support Requirements?

I have a cabinet that I want to put above my refrigerator. It is 2' deep by 3' wide. There is a wall behind and to the left of the refrigerator that I can screw the cabinets into studs on. The cabinet ...
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Type of wire to run for mini split AC

I am installing a mini split AC 18k BTU in a bedroom which is across the house from the electrical panel. The AC requirs a 20 amp breaker (240V) and at 120' run I'm planning to use 10 awg wire. My ...
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Replace 2 home stoves with 1 commercial

We have 2 household ranges sidebyside on 2 50amp breakers. We want to replace both stoves with 1 60in commercial stove with burners/griddle and 2 ovens below. Without doing to much rewiring..is this ...
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How to adapt 12-2 ceiling light circuit to LED light fixture's smaller guage push in WAGO connectors

I am replacing an older incandescent fixture that had a box in the ceiling with wire nuts connecting to the 12-2 romex in the box. The new fixture is an LED with integrated JBox. There are "WAGO&...
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jobsite saw: can the cord be easily removed from the motor and replaced? [closed]

I don't have one to examine at the moment. Can the cord be removed easily from the switch of the Dewalt jobsite saws without removing the motor from the saw?
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Hot attic and AC unit efficiency

I have the AC blower in the attic and my attic gets extremely hot. One side of the house has regular 8 foot ceilings while the other has cathedral ceilings. Some of duct work that runs in the attic is ...
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Repaint my old cedar shingle house without seeing old paint contour

I'm interested in the best way to prep/paint my house. I have an older (1917) house with cedar shingles with many layers of paint on them. I've noticed that some of the houses in the neighborhood ...
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Need to identify the brand of this kitchen faucet

I need to replace the diverter and/or cartridge and need the brand to get instructions/parts. There are no markings/logos on faucet or beneath the sink. Can anyone help?
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Why won’t LED bulbs work in post lights?

My post lights had 3 incandescent bulbs each. I installed Feit LED bulbs and they wouldn’t come on. The lights are plugged into a timer; I removed the timer and they still wouldn’t turn on. When I ...
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Washing machine timer

I've been trouble-shooting an 18 year old Electrolux washing machine. The model is Simpson Eziset 36S550L*01. It seems the problem is most likely a faulty timer. Some websites and videos I've seen ...
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Metal attachment for built-in light switch [closed]

I was searching on the internet for a built-in light switch with a PIR-sensor. When surfing I found the sensor which I show in the picture. I was wondering what the metal attachment at the back of the ...
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Designing kitchen layout [closed]

I would like to better understand the principles for designing kitchen layout, optimizing it for better functionality. I would appreciate advice, weblinks as well as book suggestions - anything that ...
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Does limestone have any advantages to brick when building a retaining wall to support a slab?

I was considering a limestone retaining wall to support the slab but my builder recommends a cavity brick retaining wall because it is a little cheaper but just as strong. My previous house had a ...
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Is sill seal foam, caulk or similar ever used to create an air seal around termite shield flashing installed between a slab and timber baseplate?

Does the flashing need to be sealed either underneath where it is in contact with the slab or on top where it is in contact with the base plate, or does it form an air seal by itself? The helpful ...
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Discovered my bathroom exhaust fan has no ventilation, what do I do?

Asking for help or advice on how I should run the new ducting for the existing bathroom exhaust fan. Whether I should run the ducting to the soffit, siding or roof? I would also ask for "Pros&...
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