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weird one: how do i modify a light switch wiring so it stays on regardless on if it's flipped up or down?

I know it's weird. But I want the light ON regardless if the switch is flipped up or down. How can I do this? which wires do I cross? Thank You
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Is my HVAC compressor siezed?

My R22 HVAC system stopped working. Trying to see if there is anything else I can do When the compressor kicks on I hear a buzzing sound (presumably when the capacitor is in start mode) and a hen goes ...
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Leaking around flange on inlet of water heater

I am having a problem with a leaky water heater. It is leaking on top around the cold water inlet. I replace the nipple, but this did not fix the issue. It appears the leak is not right around the ...
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Using superglue to stick command hook again to the wall

I tried to stick my curtain hanger rods to the wall using command hooks and it keeps falling down. I was wondering if I could just use superglue on the command hooks to stick to the wall? If there is ...
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Increasing the depth of existing brickmoulding

I want to install a storm door and the minimum require brick moulding is 1" whereas mine is just 1/2". Is there any way to securely tack on another piece of 1x3 (dimensions of my my existing ...
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When do I use 0.3" and 0.5" w.c. drop MDPE Natural Gas pipe sizing tables?

As a disclaimer, I'm working closely with my inspector and I'm going to subcontract my gas plumbing work to a professional - I just like to do my homework first so I know what's going on, what to ...
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Broken 5/16 x 2 1/2 lag screw in beam

I was trying to hang a weight storage unit in my garage and the lag screw snapped, leaving 1/8 of an inch of the screw exposed from the wall. I'm not sure if I should use an extractor tool or another ...
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hooking up a bathroom light

I have a three switch wall plate, left is overhead light, middle is the bathroom fan, and third is the vanity light on the wall. I removed the vanity light, and I find 4 wires, two white, and two ...
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Air in hot water lines after new water heater installation

Replaced 20 year-old water heater (professional install) a month ago. Ever since it was replaced I get air in hot water lines first thing in the morning. I get less air throughout the day since I use ...
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Brick support angle iron too tight to shingles to replace shingles

We have a front garage with bedroom over half of the garage, with brick facing. The brick support angle is right on top of the shingles and does not allow shingle replacement. Can the old shingles be ...
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Why are water softeners a domestic installation?

I live in a south England region with very hard water, and some years ago I bought a water softener, which has made a big difference by eliminating scale buildup around plugholes etc. However, these ...
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Average R-Value for a house without knowing the materials?

I know enough to be dangerous, in that it makes me think there should be a way to do this. I was reading a paper This Thermal House. And one thing kind of stuck in my mind when I read about the ...
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Is my shallow well pump broken?

Single-line 1 HP shallow well pump with preinstalled 5 gal pressure tank. Not attached to a well, but drawing water from a tank level with the pump. After a year of disuse, I started it up today. The ...
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How do I repair or fix crumbling plaster behind a light fixture?

Around the ceiling rose I spotted some crumbling plaster. I would like to make it good again once I remove the old light fitting. I am not sure what order to do things in. Ideally I want to put up a ...
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Can I put an electrical panel in a closet in a closet?

That's not a typo in the subject line. I am finishing part of my basement to put in a new master bedroom, bathroom, and closet. I was planning on putting the panel in the walk-in closet but enclosing ...
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Are these black marks on the wall from sanding?

I was told these markings on the wall are from "sanding". I believe the walls are plaster. I wasn't sure if I should believe it since it's in a strange pattern. However, it might be ...
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How to reattach a cast iron drainpipe

The cast iron drain pipe fell off my wall this morning. It’s the entire length from guttering to drain. It looks like it was attached with very old nails which have worked their way out, taking some ...
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Required safe distance from wood fireplace? [duplicate]

What is the minimum safe distance to install permanent fixtures (cabinets) next to a fireplace? Fireplace is open on 2 sides: front and right side, facing the future fixture. Unit is in multi family ...
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Sub panel neutral and ground

Our building (built in 1960) has 5 sub panels everything being run in rigid or emt conduit. The neutrals are isolated. If I need to add some 15A receptacles can I add a ground bar to panel cabinet ...
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Is it okay to use multi-cable staples/hangers on a running board for NM wiring?

As part of a basement project, I am trying to tidy up the previous homeowner's electrical work. One thing I have encountered is a number of NM cables run perpendicular to joists and stapled directly ...
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How can I put a new screw where an EZ dry wall anchor holding up wide curtain rod was pulled out?

I had put a few EZ dry wall anchors for a curtain rod fixture. It was holding up great. Someone pulled on the curtain and one of the fixtures was pulled out with the dry wall anchors. If it was up to ...
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How to remove curtain rod holder

I have curtain rod holder which I am not able to remove from wall. Netiher it rotates nor i can pull it out. I don't want to use any pressure too much because I don't want to damage the tiles. Any ...
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Basement septic plumbing

Could someone tell me what these pipes are? I think they are the old main septic pipe and clean out. If that is correct shouldn't these be cut off,filled with dirt and cemented over? Thanks Pat
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Blackish Stains on bedframe slats

I was in the process of disassembling my bed for an impending move, when I noticed some blackish stains on the bed slats. Wondering what they are. Is it salvageable or should I throw it out ...
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Installing a patio door on top of a concrete border

I'm installing a 6' patio door in my garage that leads out to our back yard. Around the floor of the garage is a 6" poured concrete ledge/border that the walls are built on. My current plan is to ...
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Having Two 100 amp main panels?

House has 100amp service. 100amp main panel inside home. 50amp sub panel in detached carport/laundry room coming from main panel. Can I run from the main outside at the meter to a new 100 amp panel in ...
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How to replace an outdated wall mounted air gap

I'm currently working on adding a ceramic tile backsplash to our wall behind the kitchen sink. One of the items mounted on the wall is this old air gap. Ideally the face plate and air gap cover would ...
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What's the "right" level for the surface of a concrete pad? At, above or below grade?

Lots of information about how to lay a concrete pad, but nobody seems to address this overtly. We're building a wheelchair ramp, the bottom is to be a concrete landing slab. We are in the northeast ...
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How to prepare this uneven concrete floor for tiles?

We are planning to lay a tile hearth in our fireplace but unfortunately, the concrete subfloor is quite uneven, see pictures. We have had this fire opening widened, so the black damp proof course is ...
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is there a true 400 amp panel rated as 400 continous amp

It seems common to use 400amp (320 amp class) panels. Are there any 400amp panel rated as continuous 400amp on the market? If yes, why not use these panels? For the 400amp (320 amp class) panel, are ...
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Should I ground outdoor speaker wire? If so, how?

[I’m not sure if this is the right place to ask or if I should ask over in the electrical SE but…] I have outdoor speakers in my backyard that are all connected via the same copper run (speaker wire ...
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Moving a condo kitchen: is connecting to bathroom plumbing stack an option?

Considering a pretty drastic change in our ground floor "townhome" but looking at it, it could solve many challenges we have with our place and allow us to not move. Here is the question: ...
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older wiring, neutral wire voltage spike (and lamp flickering) when turning on/off white-noise machine

I'm debugging an issue with flickering lights in a house with older wiring (1950s, braided sheath, two wire, no grounding). I have a lamp with a solid state switch (touch lamp) and LED bulb inserted. ...
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Sistering a joist with no space on any side

I am doing some work to the area underneath my master bath. While opening up the walls we found some large holes drilled into the joists for the plumbing running through it. In one case I have two ...
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Home hot-water radiator, high-heat paint vs not, water-based primer for oil paint

Two-part question: I have a home radiator that I have cleaned up to repaint. I was unsure if I can use regular enamel paints or is High-Heat required? I have seen answers both ways on this. The ...
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A 240V heater is wired w/ 2 hots and no neutral. What should the voltage between two hots read?

How come I am reading 120 between each hot and ground and 0 between 2 hots. What is this an indication of? Thanks! (i'm in USA)
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How do a fix this solid, leaning, solid concrete retaining wall

I have a solid concrete retaining wall that’s leaning against my neighbor’s property. In turn, he has let his yard foliage grow to hedge against it collapsing, which is why it’s hard to get clear ...
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If I use gussets and hurricane ties can I skip the collar and rafter ties for a 16x24 shed build?

I want to have high ceilings for storage so I'd prefer to have no rafter ties and I figured if I have the gussets I can skip the collar ties too. The ties are cheap enough to install which I think ...
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How do I make a round hole in overlapping cement board wall with limited access?

I am having a hard time planning a hole for a one room in wall ventilator. I have already a 160mm hole in my exterior wall. However, on the outside the wall is covered in 3-mm square cement board ...
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How can I add a sub-panel to a garage fed by existing 1" RMC conduit?

I want to add a sub panel to my garage to run a plasma cutter, welder, 220v air compressor and a CNC table. Not at the same time, but the plasma and air compressor probably will at times. I currently ...
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Need generator for 1.5 HP pool motor [closed]

I have a 1.5 H.P pool motor. I need portable generator for the motor for backup.What size generator do I need?
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CAT6 Cable crossover with Electric cable

My CAT6 cable is running parallel to Electric cable in the floor. Although it has a gap of 1 feet, but due to my room setup/requirement there are few places where both need to cross over (refer the ...
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Stringer - Running 2x4s on top of the dry wall connected to the wall studs behind

I need to mount two vertical strips (blue color in the picture below ) which will hold shelves that can support roughly 400lbs of weight in total. I want to mount this in the center position of the ...
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Hot line impulse >50V and lights flickering off - thoughts on solution?

I have an issue where ceiling LED lights (recessed or ceiling fan) will either momentarily shut off or go bright and then shut off before recovering shortly thereafter - it also impacts the ceiling ...
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How to find a drain line for water softener installation?

I'm looking to replace "Nuvo Home" with a Aquasure salt-based water softener (Harmony Series 48,000 Grains). Installation process seems to be straightforward, but I'm not sure where the ...
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What are the actual dimensions of a 4x8' subfloor plywood panel

If the joists are 16"oc and our plywood is exactly 4x8' and we have to allow 1/8" gap between our plywood panels wouldn't it shift the next panel by 1/8" and then the next by 2/8" ...
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What brand of doorbell chime is this?

My doorbell doesn't work, and because of the previous owner stuccoing over it, I had to damage it to the point of looking not very good anymore to remove it. Turns out it's battery powered, as is my ...
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Why do the mounting screws for my new device not fit the threads in the box?

The screws supplied with my new Leviton outlets do not fit into 55 yr. old outlet boxes. I have to use old outlet screws to attach new outlets otherwise the new screws get stripped. Why?
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Do setbacks generally apply to basements?

Question is as in the title: do property setbacks apply to basements? I'm leaning towards "probably not" because all the setbacks I can find specify things like "construction more than ...
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Getting WiFI to outbuilding using ethernet [migrated]

I have an internet provider in my main house (Century Link). This provider installed a new router and modem. I have a new auxiliary dwelling on my property and the electrician installed an ethernet ...

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