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Cabinet Latch like a Door Knob

I am trying to build a custom cabinet with a trash drawer that is dog proof. I don't like the two-handed operation of the baby latches, so I was thinking something like a door knob. I would want ...
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No ground bus in panel

Correct me if I’m wrong but there is no bus panel here. Working on a bath remodel and running new wires to two new breakers for new GFCI receptacle and one for heated floor. As this is main panel ...
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Attaching OSB sheathing to 2x4 purlins over 12" OC rafters

I'm building a small (65 sq ft. over-engineered) shed using metal roofing. I've designed it using 2x8 rafters spaced 12" OC, then I plan to put 2x4 purlins on top spaced 16", 7/16" ...
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What is this pipe and why is it leaking?

I noticed a leak inside our master bedroom closet. The kitchen sink is on the other side of this wall. I pulled up the floorboard and cut out some wet drywall to find an open pipe and found that ...
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Can i use my old electric water heater electrical supply wire to power new outlets?

I removed an electric hot water heater and replaced it with a gas unit. Can I use the 10 gauge 30 amp line to install 3 outside outlets and how to do it.
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How to reach outside light high above sloped cellar door?

I'm looking for suggestions on how to reach this outside light. I have a pole to change the bulb but I need to get up there to repair the socket. I have a 14 foot stepladder. To use it over the ...
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Condo Heating Question

I'm a new condo owner and I have realized my hot water baseboard heaters won't turn off. It's getting hotter where I'm living and when I put my thermostat (old mercury Honeywell) to the lowest setting,...
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Can I move a joist a few inches left without the ceiling falling on my head?

The ceiling above the stairs in my house (1950s, Minnesota) is too low. I want to remove the offending joist (the one that's vertical in the picture), cut back the adjacent joists (horizontal) a few ...
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Dishwasher - 3/8 inch 90° elbow leaks. How do I tighten it without overtighting it and it is pointing down?

I've installed a new dishwasher, but the 3/8 inch 90° elbow leaks. How do I tighten it without overtightening it and it is pointing down? I put two wraps of teflon tape and hand tightened it, and ...
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Lavatory bubbling

My house has 3 bathrooms: basement, main floor, second floor. After someone takes a shower/bath or flushes in the basement bathroom, the main floor lavatory starts to bubble. Should I call a ...
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Evaporative cooler, motor issues

My swamp cooler fan won't turn on. I measured voltage to the motor and if connected it just clicks in the small electrical panel and only sends voltage for a brief second, the thermostat indicator ...
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Can someone explain this Tandem Breaker Setup to me?

Question I'm scratching my head trying to understand why my Sub Panel was set up using the tandem breaker configuration described (with picture) below. There are 3 tandem breakers, with the top two on ...
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Can I use epoxy to stabilize/restore 18th century giant pottery [migrated]

I got this giant ancient oil jar (18th century) outside of my house, and it has been an outside decoration since ~1960 and it probably has suffered from the winter temperatures. That's a pretty big ...
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What would I use to fill a hole in a brick, so that I can re-drill a new hole that overlaps it?

I'm replacing a sillcock in the backyard, which is mounted onto brick, and unfortunately the holes to anchor it are just slightly off and overlap. I'd need to fill the old hole with something that can ...
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Is it ok to wire load on the line side of GFCI?

I am installing a GFCI that will be feeding additional outlets in another room. There are at least 5 more outlets and I suspect this new outlet is the very first in the run. Some of these load outlets ...
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Smell from laundry drain, possibly no vent?

Just purchased a home that was renovated. Appears to have not been by a professional, nothing major but small things. Not sure what to do on this one. There is a smell coming from the in wall drain....
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Replacing receptacle wallplate with nightlight, but terminals are not exposed

I went to change the existing wall plate with a wall plate that has a built-in night light when I went to do this I noticed the wiring on the outlet itself is covered by what looks to be a plastic box ...
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Hanging a 45lbs mirror to drywall

What is the best way to hang a 45lbs mirror (Ikea Hovet) to the wall? I'm new to this and attempted to use a flip toggle but I had the wrong size screw. I've since figured out that I need a #8 screw ...
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What is the most efficient way to install my new outlets?

An electrician is installing a brand new 200amp panel (upgrading electric company service) right next to my existing panel in the basement. My current panel is in the wall flush with the drywall. The ...
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Can this garbage disposal be saved ? Black gunk doesnt drip down to cabinet floor but my skin crawled when i saw this?

Garbage disposal is about 3 years old. It got jammed , so i tried to find the reset button on bottom. It wouldnt budge so i got a flashlight and got on the floor to make sure i was pressing right ...
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How to repair blind bracket screw coming out of top surface of window frame

I moved into a house with some pretty nice blinds installed already, Hunter Douglas Duette (I think). The blind I'm looking at has 4 plastic brackets (these ones specifically) which are screwed ...
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Two switches have to be ON for light to work

I recently purchased a house from the 1970's and I have noticed a wiring issue. There are two switches to turn the garage lights on. Both use wiring that includes one red wire, one black wire, and ...
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Do I need to leave space between insulation and the roof deck with a cathedral ceiling?

I'm finishing a 14x14 shed that has 2x6 rafters in Austin TX, and I want a cathedral ceiling. The shed builder says they usually recommend filling the cavity with R-19 fiberglass insulation, leaving ...
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Is it better to replace this flange or install a “repair kit”?

I have noticed that sitting on my toilet feels a little crooked, and today we have removed the toilet to inspect the flange. It’s an older flange with a metal ring and PVC insert which I imagine is ...
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Changing a 240v outlet for a 120v

There's an unused 240v outlet on a double 30 amp breaker in my house. I believe it was one used for a stove.bI'm hoping to use it for my AC that's a typical 120v, as it's decent location and would ...
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Connecting detached shop to home network via fiber

i'm looking to connect my detached shop to the network in the house. goal is to have a fast (1 Gb+) and reliable connection in the shop, that can be connected to in the shop by wifi and ethernet. ...
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How can I decommission a copper pipe through a concrete wall?

A previous owner of my house installed a 1/2" copper tube gas line through the basement wall beneath ground level to install a grill, which an owner after him removed, leaving the line buried. I ...
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3 way switch bathroom wiring to code

I am remodeling my basement and have a bedroom connected to a bathroom. Between them is a walk-in closet. A door leads from the bedroom to the closet, and another door from the bathroom to the closet. ...
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Multitool attachment sets for quick release reciprocating saws

I just purchased this cordless reciprocating saw: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B089QGR718/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_asin_title_o05_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1 It has a quick-release blade holder for quick-...
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Leaking sink drain. Possible defective drain assembly?

I replaced the drain on my bathroom sink, but I'm getting a slow leak when draining water. I've checked and re-checked the P-trap, the rubber gasket at the bottom of the sink, and the wall drainpipe. ...
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orange indicator light is on for my outdoor GFI receptacle

why is my GFI showing an orange indicator light..I have tried the reset a few times..I hae tried to unplug and [lig back in..nothing seems to work..it remains orange
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drain hose for chest freezer

I'm trying to build a DIY ice bath (Wim Hof style ice baths) using a chest freezer. I have a Magic Chef small size chest freezer (pic below). I need to drain the water in it every couple of months or ...
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will teak oil protect outdoor furniture from cracking?

I have some old adirondack chairs that I got at yard sales. I oiled them all with teak oil last summer. Now I'm reading that I didn't need to save that teak oil just preserves color, not integrity. I ...
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How do I stop water from getting into floor vent?

We have a heating vent located on the floor close to a shower. Occasionally when the floor gets wet it can act like a drain and it causes issues on the ceiling of the floor below. I could use caulk to ...
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Laser detector not compatible with Laser unit?

I have a self-leveling laser that produces a red beam in the range 635-650nm (Magnusson HL360) - it works great, I've not purchased a laser detector unit (DeWalt DE0892) that should detect red laser ...
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Should I repair this very small area of minor water damage on my bathroom floor?

I’m getting ready to install LVT over existing VCT in my bathroom, and when I pulled up the shoe molding I discovered that the corner of the floor next to the shower has a slight soft spot at the very ...
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Holding plywood between bars for shelves?

I have a small balcony that has wrought iron bars on either side. The width between the bars is about 5ft. I wanted to place several 1"x6" plywood pieces between the bars for some small ...
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Why are there tiny air bubbles in the water of my toilet tank?

Why there are there tiny air bubbles in my toilet water tank? Is it a sign of leaking? What causes these bubbles and how can it be fixed?
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Can I use a Miele washing machine for US (2 x 110V) with 220V plug

Suppose that I have a low end Miele washing machine (say, WWH860WCS) designed for the US market, with 2 x 110V plugs. Very naively, I am guessing that the machines being made in Germany would be ...
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Ceiling Fan wiring - odd voltage measurements

I replaced a ceiling fan because the fan motor was not working, but the lights were. I ​would have assumed I would wire the Red (R) wire to the black and blue ceiling fan wires and the White (W) wire ...
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Transfer grills as a return to the basement vs ducted cold air return

So I have an open return in my central air/heater in the basement mechanical room with no cold air return. I've had zone balancing problems and a bypass that's always on because of the pressure. I'm ...
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Repairing/salvaging fan forced heater

I have fan forced heater (Pelonis HF-1030TB) that recently starting giving off burning smells whenever I turned on the heat. I opened it and saw that one of the contacts was burnt. Can someone please ...
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Interference or feedback on intercom

Periodically, the speaker on my intercom system in my apartment emits a sound similar to a 1 kHz tone like so The Intercom unit is a “Jeron” pictured here (front) And back It seems another savvy ...
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Install a ceiling fan

I am taking down a light fixture that has 2 wires, a black wire hot and a white wire neutral. The ceiling fan I am installing has a Black wire a white wire and ground wire. Do I just take the ...
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Electric front load dryer making room extremely humid and wet

My front loader electric dryer makes the room extremely humid and hot and it also forms condensation inside its display. The vents are not blocked and they are not leaking. It's a brand new dryer. ...
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setting post in quikrete in a plastic planter

I would like to set a 4x4 post (10 ft) in a tall, heavy plastic planter. I am using 2 50 lb bags of Quikrete. It says to just pour the concrete in, set the post, and then pour about a gallon of water ...
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Supporting this old 2x4 hip roof rafter to the beam

I'm renovating an old house which had a hip roof. One of the roof rafters (2x4) comes down on an angle and isn't supported on the beam. I thought a strong tie lssj would work but the rafter is a bit ...
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Fix water pooling on porch connected to driveway

The steps to my back porch are connected directly to my driveway. However, the paved section of the driveway leading to the steps is improperly sloped. This leads to pooling at the bottom of the steps....
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Stacking drywall sheets in the bed of a smaller pickup

I will be installing drywall in an out of state property and will be picking up from HomeDepot. I am planning out the trip and wondering how many sheets of drywall will be carried per load. The truck ...
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Measuring AC Voltage Behind Light Switch

This is more of a theoretical question and not something I'm needing to do. I understand the following, please correct me if I'm wrong; Multimeter only measures the potential difference so To measure ...

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