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wire an underwater pool light

I need help in connecting my underwater pool light which uses 24/3 to a switch which suppies power with a 14/3 line. supply line black wire is hot. I have the white wires pigtailed together. not ...
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Densheild tile backer board users advise needed

I'm I'm the process of doing my bathtub walls,I'm thinking to use densheild boards. My total area is 55 sqft and i found 8"x4" densheild sheets.whish i will need to buy two sheets to cover my area (32'...
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Who should repair this water damage?

My garage has some water damage, which needs addressing (see photos below). I have a good attitude but no experience with this sort of repair. Does it make sense to try to do this myself? And if not, ...
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Receptacle replacement

I an trying to replace a receptacle that has 4 push-in wires and 2 more wires attached to the side screws. New receptacles won’t accept the 12ga. wire in the push holes. What’s my options?
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My indivually addressable LED strip is acting weirdly and I have no idea why [migrated]

Video of the problem I'm controlling my LEDs via the Neo_pixel Library for Arduino. My strip (SK6812, RGBW) takes 5V. I wrote very simple instructions for the strip: flash the whole strip one color, ...
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RK1 service insulator

I was told by the electrical inspector that I needed to install a RK1 insulator. I have looked everywhere and I find a myriad of devices that look similar to what he described, but nothing explicitly ...
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How to make switched outlet always hot but keep ceiling lights switched?

I have a switched outlet in new home right behind the only logical loca for my tv/ entertainment center. It’s connected to a single light switch by front door that controls the living room recessed ...
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AC don't want to start

My ac don"t want to start on its own. I found a lose wire in the furnace which I reconnected, I replaced the contactor and the run capacitor. when I turn on the ac will not start on its own. When I ...
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The (Zinsco?) bus bars have arc marks. Can you file these down to bare metal?

I have an old electrical panel. Some of the circuits were flickering. When I checked the breaker to the associated circuit I found that the bus bar had "porous" looking buildup of metal at the ...
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Magnetic impact driver bits

I am looking to buy some magnetic impact driver bits (philips head, torx head, etc), but I have not found any online. Am I searching for the wrong thing or is this not something that is made? Not ...
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Should I tape/support drywall seam next to cabinet?

I'm replacing the dry wall in our kitchen and then adding a tile backsplash. What is best practice in terms of taping the seam that is right up against the cabinet base/top? Should I add horizontal ...
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What type of wall do I have? (Mounting pull-up bar to side of house)

Before I commit to lining up at Home Depot, I'd like to know what type of wall I have. I plan on installing this pull-up bar and doing dynamic exercises (swinging muscle-ups) as well standard pull-...
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Does my light switch require a ground wire?

I'm trying to install a new light switch from a plastic one to a metal one. I don't have a ground wire nor is the back box grounded. Do I need to connect it to a ground?
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How can I seal the lids on water collection barrels?

I'm working on a rainwater collection system. Due to space limitations, I have arranged the barrels in a 2x2 configuration (as in the picture) Problem with this configuration is that I can't get a ...
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how to wrap/weatherproof corner when replacing corner trim

I am replacing some corner trim boards on my 1970s-construction house in Maine that have rotted a bit at the bottom. My house has cedar shingle siding. Main question: what should I do as far as ...
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Residential Air Conditioner Compressor Won't Start

When I turn the air conditioning on in my house, air blows out of the vents but the air is not cool. The fan inside the outdoor A/C unit spins just fine as well but it seems that the compressor won't ...
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Refinishing table, Water-Based Polyurethane Dries Fast and Leaves Blush after Sand. What to do?

Here are the facts: Pine table I applied a wood conditioner at the beginning. I stained in the garage with the garage door open. Super high humidity now. The water-based polyurethane dries super ...
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How can I brace a floor above a basement using just the inside of a concrete wall?

I couldn't think of another way to ask. Using the attached picture, I want to get rid of the studs so it is just the top plate. Basically a super heavy duty steel shelf bracket....that code allows.
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Can I use mdf primer on exterior wood?

I am repainting my front door. I have an unopened can of MDF primer, can I use this prior to painting?
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Help mounting tv above fireplace

I am trying to mount a TV above my gas fireplace. I have read about the issues with mounting TVs there, but I have a sealed gas fireplace and I use it less than once a year. I found the studs using a ...
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What is the best type of door/barrier for a 96“ H x 48” W uncased opening?

We have an uncased opening measuring 96" H x 48" W which opens to a room we would like to convert to a home office. What kind of door or other barrier would best serve this space? We're planning on ...
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Sauna heater wiring from 3 prong to 4 prong

30 amp sauna heater that I need to wire. I plan on using my dryer outlet which is 4 prong but my sauna heater is 3 prong if I'm not mistaken as it has "L1, L2, ground." My question is could I ...
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Studs 16 inches on center, but extra one between two of the studs with electrical outlet?

Is it normal for there to be "extra" studs for electrical outlets? My house is 16in spacing but on this particular stud the next stud is 4 inches. And then the next one is back to 16inches. It's as ...
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Both reusable and disposable furnace filter?

I recently discovered that my furnaces (Rheems) have reusable "permanent" filters, but they also have a disposable filter tray. Are they intended to both be used simultaneously, or are homeowners ...
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Shut off breaker but still hot?

I started replacing a light fixture with a fan + light, and ran into a weird issue. My contactless electrical tester indicated current despite having turned off the breaker. The light was off in the ...
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Smart outlet or timer to auto shut-off after 30 seconds of use

Is there a smart outlet or some special kind of timer that can detect when current starts flowing and turn off after about 30 seconds? This is intended for a custom hot water circulation system. I ...
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Conflicting instructions on refill tube with Fluidmaster universal repair kit

In the part that describes installation of the refill tube (via refill clip), the instructions say: "Warning: Placing the refill tube down the overflow pipe can cause significant waste of water". But ...
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Can I use 2 runs of 10/2 UBF for my Shed 90’ from House?

I want to run a window AC unit in Summer And an electric heater in winter. That for one 20Amp circuit. Other circuit for lighting and miscellaneous power tool operation. The 20A breakers square D ...
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Extending pvc drainage pipe that's “type c” (tele-duct)

I need to extend some 4" PVC drainage pipe. The problem I'm having is that the existing pipe is "Type C" ("tele-duct"). It has a slightly different outer diameter (4.350") than a typical PVC pipe (e....
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Exterior air conditioning pipe insulation

I live in the Southern California desert and am doing some renovations to my house. Our AC line runs on the roof from the center of the house 25' to the west side and down the wall to where the ...
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Finish plywood for closet organizer

I am building a closet organizer using plywood. I want to put a clear finish over the plywood to protect it. I am going with either Shellac or Water-based Polyurethane to avoid the nasty smell. I ...
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Bought a new (old) house and a new subpanel for the pool was installed. No clue if this is safe

I bought a house and prior to the sale a subpanel was installed at the pool area. The home inspector says it’s fine, but he really wasn’t there to make sure things are code compliant. Before I hire ...
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What should I use to frame walls inside a concrete structure?

I recently bought a house and it has an unfinished suspended garage (big concrete room with 12’ ceilings in the basement under the garage). The walls, floor, and ceiling are all concrete and there ...
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Do we need a 400A service to power a home and an in-law (ADU)?

We are thinking of building an ADU (Auxiliary Dwelling Unit, or "in-law suite") in our backyard. The planned ADU's square footage will be 852 square feet. It will be 70 ft away from the main house, ...
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Holes forming under/around garage

I've noticed two holes forming in the ground, under and around my garage (so no basement or anything under that location. The house is about 3 years old. The first is under driveway, just in front of ...
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Is TPO ( Thermoplastic Poly Olefin ) roof covering any good?

My roofing contractor just replaced my 20 year old asphalt shingle roof with a 26 gauge Metal ( R-panel )roof. After the job was finished, he had me up on the roof showing me that he installed a (...
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what is the correct procedure to patch up cinder block hole with plumbing?

(followup question to Why is this Ptrap installed in this location?) Here is the hole that I want to patch up: As you can see, it is a cinder block wall with concrete foundation with a new PVC drain ...
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Filling big horizontal gaps in bathroom tile

This is one of our first DIY projects, thank you in advance for your help! We removed an old baseboard of the heating system in the bathroom and were left with a horizontal gap in the tiles. As you ...
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Install filter faucet into a larger hole in a kitchen sink

I'm installing an under-sink water filter which comes with a mini faucet (requires a 1/2" opening). My sink currently accommodates a regular faucet which also sports a side sprayer, which I don't ...
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Sourcing a spacer / rectangular washer to prevent rotation of a carriage bolt in a round hole?

While installing a Curt trailer hitch, I lost one of the provided carriage bolts and what they call a spacer inside a frame tube. After lots of time spent trying to retrieve the bolt, I've decided to ...
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Voltage detector goes off for no reason

Circuit at breaker box is 30amps. Ground is free standing not connected to neutral or ground bar. The outlet is removed presently with no wires touching each other or anything else near the outlet box....
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Trying to remove a bar sink faucet and we have nothing to unscrew to be able to remove it

We are trying to replace a bar faucet that was an expensive unit but 20 years old. All the videos we watched showed a fairly simple screw to unscrew and the faucet would come right out. With this ...
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Bathroom exhaust fan/light swtch

Bathroom fan burned out. Got a new one, installed it, motor hums, fan won't spin. Replaced the switch, now motor won't even hum. What kind of switch do I need?
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4 wire switch with 3 wires in wall

Please help. I am not sure what my electrician did when wiring my new office. Here is a picture of my problem. So, I have 4 of these switches. Each switch has 4 wires coming out of the back. Neutral,...
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Fixing shower tile, possible waterdamage

My bathroom is around 15 years old and my shower tiles are starting to show some water damage. I am a bit worried that this is leaking and may cause some water damage elsewhere. The grout doesn't ...
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Sharing a 240v 30A circuit using a dial switch

I have a situation where the previous homeowner installed a sauna using the dryer plug. You have to unplug one to plug in the other, a setup that is not only ugly with the sauna plug hanging in the ...
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What's the proper way to add spacers between deck beam and joists

I have a 20 year old deck. One of the foundation posts (4x4) has sunken about an inch. The 4x4 post goes into the ground where it is affixed in concrete. The 4x4 post is notched at the top and two ...
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Can you vent a 3“ waste stack with a 2” pipe

I am sure this has been asked many times but the IPC is confusing to me since I don't really know the terms. I am re-doing my plumbing and moving the main 3" waste stack from one side of my basement ...
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convert single wire connectors to 9 wire

I want to install a ceiling fan light into an existing ceiling fan? The new light has 2 single wire connectors wires to plug in to the ceiling fan which has a 9 wire plug in connector. how to convert ?...
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Painting Pressure Treated Wood | Outdoor Steps Application

I am needing to rebuild some stairs (3 steps), and the previous owner has a great colour scheme going on the house, and I want to maintain that. Now, my wife and I like to do builds/projects that are ...

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