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how to fix damaged wall after peeling off hook?

How would I go on repairing damage caused by peeling off some "damage free" adhesive sticky hooks? Photos attached. It looks like a layer of paint came off completely. Would I need a layer of filler ...
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Upgrade from outlet/switch combo to GFCI + outlet

In a bath in my house I currently have a very old (likely original 1949) outlet/switch combo. The outlet is hot, not dependent on the switch being on. The switch controls vanity lights. I would ...
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Mount Ceiling Fan to Old Junction Box?

Is there anyway to safely mount a ceiling fan to this type of older ceiling junction box (see the photos)? I rent an old 1920's built house where an old hanging light fixture junction box was covered ...
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Circuit breakers in “ordinary” boxes

In some buildings, I've noticed circuit breakers in what appear to be ordinary electrical boxes. For example, in some musical practice rooms, the light, fan, and a receptacle are all switched by a ...
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garage door won't close sometimes

This is a followup to the thread here, since problem resurfaced: garage door usually won't close - even trolley without door won't move much Hopefully with better details and some attached ...
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Trying to add a light at the end of a 3-way switch

Let me caveat by saying that I am a new homeowner with relatively little electrical experience, so please bear with me... Our house has a standard 3-way switch with the light between the two switches....
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Protecting the bottom of the wall while painting vinyl siding

I will be painting my vinyl siding in order to change the color. Below the bottom row of siding, there's a sort of a flexible white strip tucked into place. I'm not sure, maybe this is called ...
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Can I replace an under mount sink with a drop in sink without replacing the countertop?

I have bathroom basins I wish to replace with ones that are above counter will this work for me with the holes that have been made from sunk in basins or are we talking new bench tops?
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Will this existing Outlet Box support a 23 lb ceiling fan

I live in a house that was build in 2015, this outlet currently mounts a light fixture. I want to replace the lights with a ceiling fan but I am not sure if the current outlet box will support the fan....
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how to carry 20ft lumbers to home

I need to carry one 20 ft lumber from HomeDepot to my home. I don't have a truck but have a minivan (Odyssey). The minivan does not have a roof rack though. A friend of mine suggested that I could ...
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How should I connect my humidifier to HUM terminals?

Had my system replaced last summer. When they hooked up the humidifier, they just went to the transformer output for power. Now anytime humidity is below the set point, the water runs even if the ...
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Old style Wavin push-fit removal tool

I am removing some 10 to 15 year old Wavin push fittings (15 mm water ). They have a blue threaded insert around the pipe that screws into a brass or copper collar on the outside of the plastic elbow ...
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Dishwasher malfunctions with blinking lights

My Frigidaire dishwasher (model FFBD2411NS) stopped working today in the middle of a cycle, lights blinking (heavy load light, hot water light, heat dry light, sanitize light, and one phase light (...
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What is this kind of timer called?

Years ago I worked at a farm that had an outside light on an adjustable timer. You turned a dial to set the desired period required for the light to remain on. On leaving the building the switch was ...
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Converting a ceiling recessed light to a wall outlet

So, Round two of this post, I've given up combining two wall outlets to 240v and realized that I need another 120v outlet to safely power everything with an 80% margin. we have GX24Q-1 outlets for ...
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Any thoughts on how to remove this faucet / handle

Hoping to find some help here as I am at a loss. Does anyone have any thoughts on how to remove this fixture. There are no brand marks and I don't know who installed it. The handles don't have any ...
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Why are 3-1/2 (16d) nails so hard to find?

So I'm a little confused. It seems like 21 degree fullhead framing nailers are fairly standard. According to the http://codes.iccsafe.org/app/book/content/2015-I-Codes/2015%20IRC%20HTML/Chapter%...
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How to get cold air from one room to another

This is the very rough outline of my flat: +----------+ |Bedroom | W \ +---+----------+ |Ba |Living |lc |room |on | |y | +---+----------+ There is no window on the living ...
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Two switches, two lights, one light always on.

I would like to use two switches to operate two lights, where as one light goes off the other light goes on so there is always one light on. When you flip either switch one light turns on and the ...
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Plumbing vent question

Can someone tell me if this plumbing is acceptable? Looks like some type of vent. I am plumbing newb.
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How can I replace my light fixture with a ceiling fan?

I have a new ceiling fan. I removed the old light fixture. The ceiling fan suggests connecting black wire to black, blue to blue, white to white, green to green. Makes sense. When I removed my ...
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How can I convert a 220v lighting circuit to 110v?

My electrician wired a single bulb light fixture with 220vac instead of 110vac.There are two 110 vac wires and the Ground.How can i reduce this to 110vac at the fixture?
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Connecting water tankers at different levels

I have 2 water tanks installed in my 3 story building. 1st one is on top of the 3rd floor, the other one is on top of 2nd. The pump is installed at Ground Floor. Now I made one outlet at 800 lts of ...
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Quieting cold air return vent

My gas furnace is in a dedicated "closet" inside the utility room. The closest cold air return is about 5' away (laterally) in the ceiling of the hallway right by the bedrooms. When the furnace ...
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Accessible electrical interface

When wiring a room, it is customary to provide a central hub near the door, where all the wire joints occur. Which is nice, but is still a nest of snakes to find out which is which in case of a ...
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Is this mold? Picture taken after treating with bleach

Shake and rake insulation is on the ceiling with no vapor barrier beneath it.. bats of R 19 with paper vapor barrier are inner walls. There was no air sealing done at all. I'm afraid to reuse the ...
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feeding both sides of load center from 120vac backup source

In a situation of temporary backup power (short-term grid outages), is it ok to feed both "sides" of a standard split-phase main load center from a single 120vac backup source (e.g. an inverter driven ...
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Can I replace the entire hose bib stem?

Your info on replacing hose bib washer was very helpful. Can I replace the entire stem arrangement along with the handle. My hose bibb is probably from 1981 and very corroded. I tried HD and Lowes ...
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Removing mini wideset handles without set screws or mounting nuts

I want to remove a 1960s era mini wideset faucet that does not have any set screws or mounting bolts underneath to remove the faucet components. My faucet appears to be similar to another ...
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dripping sound inside wall

I'll try to get everything in here, yet be concise. This is a 3-story building, plus basement/underground parking. I'm on the 2nd floor, studio. Same layout above and below. Exterior wall to ...
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Diagonal Bracing Requirements

I'm currently designing a deck to replace an existing deck on my home. The new deck is subject to different codes than when the original was built. The city provides a link to a design guide which I ...
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Using PEX as wire conduit

I have some 1/2" PEX-AL-PEX left over and thinking about using it as conduit for ~20' ethernet or phone cable. Pipe is appropriately orange. Will the aluminium layer provide RF shielding? (assuming I ...
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Upgrading to LED Bulbs

So I've been doing a lot of research recently regarding LED lighting, and attempting to do an overhaul of our entire house. But I've run into a few issues, and I really don't want to go back and forth ...
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What's the name of this tool?

What's the name of this tool? Is it a screw driver, or a gun that shoots nails to wood, wall, etc? How can I use it safely? Thanks.
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taking out damaged small screws

I want to replace this 1 inch hinge on a decorative cabinet. the screws are pretty small and their head is damaged as you can see in the pictures. I can't get any leverage with the screw driver. Does ...
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Door lock hole drilled too big

I drilled a bigger hole over an existing one on my door so I could put a new lock on. Unfortunately I drilled the hole too big. Now the lock is too to small to install. Any suggestions?
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What would cause my shower water to start hot and then, after a minute, settle on warm water?

I am a UK homeowner with a residence we describe as "new build" (made in the last 8 years, timber frame etc). The boiler is on the ground floor in the kitchen. It is gas heated from the main gas ...
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Electric static new problem

Bought this house last year. Winter, no static. Two, weeks ago, in summer, touching kitchen light switches, doorknobs, now kitchen faucet gives me a static shock. Never happened before, now it's ...
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Possible to salvage bowed sandstone slabs for porch steps?

Are there are any techniques to flatten out bowed sandstone slabs in a relatively short period of time (e.g. laying them out in a flat spot of the driveway and keeping them wet for a few weeks)? Or, ...
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Why does one stove top burner spark the other and vise versa?

I have a two front stove top burners, burner A and burner B. When I "ignite" A it will spark the spark plug for A & B. When I "ignite" B it will also spark the spark plug for A & B. its a ...
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Is my furnace leaking water?

I have water accumulated in my basement, that I squeezed out using towel. It was about 8 gallons of water in all. The only source I can see is the furnace whose surrounding is wet but I have never ...
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White wire when changing from 4 prong to 3 on dryer

I recently moved into a home with a 3 prong outlet for my 4 prong Kenmore dryer. I went to Home Depot to replace the 4 prong plug with a 3 to match the outlet. I was ready to install the new plug when ...
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Open electrical circuits?

Old house. Some wiring is knob-and-tube. All connections to circuit box is Romex. Here is what I can't figure out. I'd like advice on what it might be and how to fix it. I shut off the breaker to ...
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What to do about a switch without neutral, in MA, USA? [duplicate]

I'm upgrading switches in my older (1978) home, putting smart switches in. I have found many "interesting" wiring situations, some I have remedied, some I have just left as-is. Recently I opened a ...
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magic chef gas stove no clicking, gfci is tripped, won't reset

just like usual, I cleaned the magic chef gas stove Under the top. the gfci in the next room went red, no clicking, no pilot, but it's clean. What's wrong?
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LED lights not turning completely off

I own a recently built smart home. Last weekend I added LED under cabinet hard-wired lights using wires installed during the build. I changed out the regular switch with a Lutron dimming switch. The ...
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Dusk to dawn dimmable control for indoor stair lights

I have 5 LED stair lights on an indoor stairwell, and two problems I am trying to solve: The lights are too bright, so I would like to dim them. But I don't need to ever change the dimness. I'd like ...
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Can you deburr copper pipes with a fitting brush?

Probably a stupid question, but I'm trying to learn how to solder copper pipes and am gathering all the tools I might need. I currently have a fitting brush like this one, but wasn't sure if it would ...
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Plug-In Power Monitor causing washing machine drum to become electrified?

I bought this plug-in power monitor four years ago. I have used it all over my house without issue. I should note that it is designed for UK plugs (I'm in Australia), so I've had to use some plug ...
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Rain water leaking around attic furnace

I bought a house a few months ago and when I bought it I noticed what appeared to be a water spot on the ceiling of the top floor. Of course I didn't do anything about it until heavy rains over the ...

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