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Powering battery powered tools from the power grid

I have a number of Ryobi One+ tools that have enough power and quality for me in most cases. They all share the same 18V battery form factor which means that I can invest in 2-3 batteries and use them ...
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Should I be concerned about concrete/cement sealer fumes?

Full disclaimer, I don’t know anything construction really and this is not a project I am working on. Our rental unit is having the balcony redone right now, the flooring is pebbles embedded in cement/...
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Low foghorn noise after new pressure reduction valve and expansion tank installed

A plumber recently installed a new pressure reduction valve and expansion tank in my house (which previously had neither) because the water pressure was unusually high. About a week after the install, ...
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Adding sconce lighting above window

As part of a kitchen renovation, the designer would like us to install sconce lights above the window over the sink. This is a load bearing exterior wall and there is a solid header across the top of ...
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Wire tracer issues

When we remodeled our basement, we wanted to move a switch that controls 4 lights. Here is what I think happened: The electrician spliced in a single piece of romex, so that the black wire runs to the ...
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Wiring dimmer in box were hot wires are joined

I want to replace a light switch in my home with a dimmer. Each switch has one wire going into the wall and the other pigtailed with the corresponding wire from the other switch. I am testing with the ...
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No water to toilet after the city purged hydrents

The city was opening fire hydrants around the neighborhood resulting in no water coming to the house. This happened while I was at work. When I came home I had to turn the faucets and showers on to ...
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How do I center this picture for hanging?

I have a panoramic picture I’d like to hang in a bathroom. It’s across from the stool. It’s 3’ wide and 1’ tall. Do I center it on the midline of the wall, or on the midline of the HVAC vent?
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After replacing incandescent bulbs with LED bulbs, why am I getting flickering from some of them, but not all, on dimmer switches

I've replaced a bunch of light bulbs with LED bulbs (specifically, these: https://www.homedepot.com/p/EcoSmart-75-Watt-Equivalent-BR20-Dimmable-Energy-Star-LED-Light-Bulb-Bright-White-3-Pack-...
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Are generator “bonding plugs” safe and legal?

I've been researching portable generators, and I have learned that models with a floating neutral need to be grounded. Some people say you can bypass this requirement by plugging a "bonding plug&...
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How do I attach wires to this socket

I have a lamp I want to connect to my wiring, but I can't figure out how the wires should be attached. Below you can see the only page in the instruction manual following the lamp which deals with ...
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Do I need to dielectrically insulate smart home shuttoff valve on water main?

I have a smart home automated shutoff valve that I want to install in my water main. The shutoff valve is a motorized ball valve on a stainless steel fitting. My water main is copper. I am aware of ...
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Home extension causing existing structure damage

I have a pretty standard to North America wooden carcass home - two floors above ground, and a sub-basement below, plus an attached garage, sitting on top of it's own foundation. Over the summer I had ...
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Should a 240v dryer circuit show a current differential between legs?

I have a 240 V dryer which when measured with an ammeter has 24 amps on one leg and 22.7 amps on the other. If the ammeter is kept in place, one leg drops to 13 amps, and the other leg drops to 4.5 ...
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Toilet leaking, possibly related to loose screws?

Pools of water have started to appear next to the base of my toilet. There are two screws near the base of the toilet. One of them is totally loose (see photo) - it just spins and I can waggle it ...
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Can an AAV be in a crawl space if the P trap is also in the crawl space?

I have a situation where the P trap to the washing machine is in the crawl space instead of in the wall. There is no vent. I thought about adding an Air Admittance Vent in the wall (see diagram--...
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Can PEX be installed in sections?

I have an older house with lots of pinhole leaks in the copper pipes. From what I have been told, you have to replace the pipes, copper or PEX or maybe something else. I am trying to avoid the ~$10k ...
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Do old, dry boards continue to warp?

I have a number of 2x12’s that have been exposed to Florida weather for about 8 years. Because they have not warped, I wonder if I can expect them to remain relatively straight as deck boards? I do ...
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How do I clean indoor stairs where eggs were broken?

Several raw eggs (and other assorted garbage) spilled on my townhouse indoor staircase. After carefully cleaning the surfaces, a day later there is still a smell of raw egg (not yet rotten egg smell, ...
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Floating floor over old mastic?

I recently had carpet and asbestos tile tested and removed from my basement, and now am left with concrete covered with black mastic (non-asbestos per testing). I would like to cover the floor with ...
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I can't get this Smart Dimmer to work

GE Zigbee Smart Dimmer I can't get it to turn on I have tried 2 different ones and neither will turn on The only way we can get them to turn on is by putting both wires in the same hole, but then it ...
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Why a SPDT momentary instead of a SPST momentary?

I have an HRV (heat recovery ventilator) which has a bathroom booster switch input. The HRV supplier specified a SPDT momentary switch for the bathroom booster switch. 18/2 shielded wiring is ...
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Dale - Lever screw on rosette internal door handles

We have bought 7 pairs x Dale lever handles with screw on rosette covers. I’ve fitted 2 doors with their handles with no problems but now found the remaining 5 screw on covers as supplied are too ...
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Older Delta 1400 1500 series too far recessed after changing shower walls

So, I screwed up. Big Time. I demoed my bathroom and paid someone to rebuild it. I bought new shower to go in. The old one was direct to stud. The new one was not, the best way I can describe it is ...
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i have a trane heat pump. after being idle thermostat calls for heat - the compressor and outside fan do not start

Trane 4dcy4060a in heat mode, after being idle for a while the thermostat calls for heat - the indoor fan starts but the compressor and outside fan do not. initially (a couple months ago) i could ...
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Adding two rooms in a basement

The ceiling height in the basement is 78" (under the 7' requirement for bedrooms). I asked an inspector if it would be OK to add two rooms with closets and call them storage rooms when listing ...
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Direction of tap out of water heater

Sorry for the weird question, but here goes. I am planning to install an electrical, tanked water heater. For the inlet, I will screw a pressure relief valve directly in the cold water pipe, and screw ...
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Why does my toilet still get air bubbles?

Bubbles = bad ventilation, right? I've got a 1st story toilet which has air bubbles on every flush. It does not bubble after/before and water is not siphoned out/in when other plumbing is used. I'm ...
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How do I add a level gauge for 100 lb propane tank?

I just got this 100lb propane tank, and I also got this two stage regulator. I want to add a gauge so I can check the tank level, I only find gauges that convert POL LP Tank Valve to QCC1 and that's ...
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How to wire a smart thermostat? Dual Transformer system? R , Rc, W , Y , G. No C wire

Is this system considered a Dual Transformer system? According to Nest since there is a R and RC cable it must be a dual transformer. But they were unsure and I don't know what that means! I don't ...
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Where is the filter for my furnace located?

In an addition in my house before I moved in, a second furnace was installed way up on crawl space. The furnace is a Carrier Weathermaker 9200 and it was installed sideways (really 90 degrees ...
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Porch construction: orientation of flooring boards (perpendicular or parallel to siding)

We are are planing to replace our 3rd floor porch and I have a question about the orientation of the boards. What is the purpose of the board that is parallel to the siding and perpendicular to all ...
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Is there any way to tell if these walls are load bearing from the blueprints?

We want to remove the highlighted walls. Is there any way to tell from the blueprints if these walls are load-bearing?
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How easy is it to cut down a timber external door frame for use in a small door?

I have a small, weird side door with a rotten frame that needs replacing. The rough openening is around 680 x 1830mm. The wall is brick. The door opens into a garage with a concrete floor. I was ...
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Where does Vapor Barrier go in basement floor?

Where does the vapor barrier go? I am currently using a formerly unheated basement room as home office. The room is not properly insulated and rather hard to keep warm. I am thinking about installing ...
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Connected a new faucet, the pipes drip but only a little bit, is that a problem?

I installed a new kitchen sink faucet into a kitchen with over 60 year old plumbing. I tightened the connections at the point where the rigid piping meets the flexible risers, and there was some ...
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Fluorescent lamp does not rotate in socket

I need to replace two fluorescent lamps in my bathroom and neither of them would rotate in their sockets. I can twist them maybe 10 degrees or so but after that they completely stop moving. It's the ...
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My washer is saying F51 on maytag bravo quite series 300

I need links diy video to fix it. I need a manual version also and images
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What wires do I need to connect to get Aprilaire 600 working?

I just replaced an old Aprilaire with a new 600 model. I wired up all the previous wires to the corresponding spots on the new controller, but there are still open spots and when I turned power back ...
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Brass push-fitting pipe insertion depth (standard or varies by brand?)

I have a 90-degree "elbow" 1/2 (both sides) brass push-fitting installed by previous owner. I'm replacing the PEX pipe. I don't know the brand of the fitting but it is NOT SharkBite. Do all ...
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Want to install Japanese style unit bath/bathtub. Trimming a joist a bad idea?

I am asking myself if there is any way possible to lower the bathroom floor level without causing damage to the floor. So I am researching if it is any way possible to install a Japanese unit bath ...
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Faucet Handle Setscrew Loosens

Two lavatories in our house have American Standard Cadet centerset faucets, model 8115F. Both show the same issue: the setscrews holding the handle to the cartridge loosen. The setscrew and threads ...
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Would an electric furnace prevent outside air from coming inside my house?

I have an old oil furnace that is vented to a chimney flue, with a damper. I live in Maryland in a county where burning yard waste is legal. This can cause me to have an asthma attack when my furnace ...
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How can I DIY this fireplace refurbishing project?

My fireplace box is 21" x 29", 8" deep. This is what it looks like now: The previous owners bolted a sheet of metal to it and stuck a heater in front. I pulled out the heater after ...
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Opportunity to relocated HVAC system from attic to basement

Our >10-year old HVAC system (heat pump and 3-ton air handler) need to be replaced. The heat pump is need of new parts, but we were advised given the age of the entire system that it would be more ...
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What's the current input from each leg of a portable generator into my main panel?

I am connecting a portable generator to my electric sub-panel in my garage. My generator is a 6kw running watt unit with a 30amp 220 volt output. I will be using this connection (L14-30) to a box ...
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Kitchen exhaust fan vent pipe

We had professionally installed kitchen exhaust vent, venting outside. We had 300cfm and we were having smell issue in the house even after venting outside. We replaced the fan with 900 cfm and ...
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Should I dig a hole to pump water from under basement?

My basement is leaking in an area where I just had a sewer line installed. I had dug a square into the basement floor concrete, so that the plumber could run the new sewer line under the floor. The ...
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Concern with whirlpool tub pump drainage

I am having a whirlpool tub installed by a plumber. This is the tub. We purchased it with an upgraded pump, specifically this one. It came from the factory looking like this: The pump is mounted at ...
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Removing old paint from brick wall of house

My house has peeling dated wall paint. I'd like it to be taken off and then some re-pointing as necessary. I am not the best DIY person but might attempt at least part on my own, like removing old ...

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