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Bit slipping on pocket hole screw

I have kreg #2 screws and i’m using the #2 square bit that it comes with. So I know the bit is not the problem. But when I drill and get less than half way in the bit starts slipping off the screw ...
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Part number for Rheem water heater anode

Rheem 50 gallon electric heater, XE50M09EL55U1. How do I find the replacement anode rod part number for this heater? Couldn't find it in the paper docs I have, or through a google search on the part ...
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Sprinkler system 1st zone just started to recycle when turned on all others work fine

1st zone just started to recycle ... pressure gauge is up and down quickly system is set to 50/30 cutoff. Yes all heads in zone 1 are working and putting out proper sprinkler spray however pump keeps ...
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Is this the likely cause of my dishwasher refusing to drain?

My Smeg (DFD6132X-1) dishwasher wasn't draining (the display shows ER01) so I disconnected it from the mains electric and water, tipped it over and ferreted around with the undercarriage and found ...
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Is it normal to have visible lines below a second story room?

Are these lines normal? Looks like frame from second story?
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Detached house chimney removal uk [closed]

Hi I am having a house renovation and we have removed the central chimney stack from the house. The house is detached and the Stack removed from the roof, bedroom and ground level rooms. What’s left ...
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Switch loop with continuing power to supply an outlet

Attached is a diagram of what I’m trying to make sure I wire correctly. I have 12/2 wire coming from panel to light fixture, 12/3 wire with red going from light fixture to a double toggle switch, 12/...
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How to maintain carbide tips?

I used a carbide tip to drill a hole to my ceramic tile to install a grab bar in the shower stall (finally!). Left the carbide drill bit to cool for for a few hours before I used an old toothbrush to ...
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Current in all earth pins

We started feeling a very light electrical shock when touching certain devices connected to the house’s electrical circuit. I tested it and noticed there was some voltage in all earth pins, which ...
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Gap size around electric panel for patching stucco?

Just had a new electric panel installed in my house. There’s about 2” of gap between each side of the panel and the stucco. My question is… should I make the gaps on each side bigger to fit in ...
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Internal & External Insulation onto CWI Cavity Wall?

Summary: Can I internally insulate a CWI-filled cavity wall? If I can, and I've done that, can I externally insulate it as well? I have a 1920s-1930s brick built house, with render on the 1st floor (...
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Hot Tub PH and Alklinity Problems [closed]

We have 500 gal hot tub and have had it for about a year now. I have yet to be able to get PH and alkalinity into spec at the same time - as a result I have focused on PH. I have yet to find anyone ...
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600amp service and Electrical Panels - Help me shop

We are getting going building our house/shop/workspace building. Its large so we are going with a 600amp main panel and a few sub panels - one for the business end and a few in the residence and a ...
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2 wire from box - 4 wire smart dimmer

In my box, I have two wires ONLY and NO neutral, NO ground. After testing, I've identified the wires in my box: hot black (common-IN) from breaker box and assume white is to fixture. My smart ...
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Sink drain popped off when sink was full

While draining a full sink, this pipe came out. What is the proper name of the white rotating nut-like part? I reattached the pipe and hand-tightened the nut. Should I do anything else? Is there ...
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Is this crack just drywall problem or foundation?

I bought my house about 9 months ago. I'm just now noticing what looks like a horizontal crack patched up. This is next to my window. Am I looking at that correctly... Was there a crack and the ...
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Lean to wood shed

building a 10×24 lean to wood shed / maybe chicken run, I misjudged the slope of hill, wanted to gain another 1 1/2 inches of height to get a little more pitch, right now my beams are 2 2×6 s giving ...
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Why do my clothes dryer's roller wheels keep wearing out? [closed]

I bought a Samsung dryer in 2017. I have replaced the roller wheels 4 times. Why do they keep wearing out?
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How can I tell if I hit a wire in the studs when hanging plywood sheathing in my building?

I have a new building and ran cable through the studs. I've started hanging 7/16" sheathing on one wall and a part of another. I used 2-3/8 inch framing nails and I tried to stay about 6 inches ...
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Metal box shows ground on plug tester even though there is no metallic sheathing or grounding wire

Two rooms in our house have older electrical wiring: two-wire 12 gauge insulated wire (no ground wire) that looks like an older version of romex (no metallic sheathing). These wires terminate outside ...
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Can rigid foam insulation board be installed on wet walls?

In the middle of a room addition; block foundation crawl space just built. I was planning on installing rigid foam board to the interior walls before the framing begins by using a powder activated ...
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Using a frameless hinge on a framed cabinet

Accidentally bought hinge intended for frameless (I thought "full overlay" meant that it would work for my 1 7/16" overlay cabinet based on what some web site said about those being ...
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Cam lock with no grips? [closed]

How do I remove my camlock from my desk? It doesn't have anything to grip with, just the arrow pointing at the other bolt, I am confused and sleepy lpl
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How do I clean evaporator/drip pan in a Jennair column refrigerator

I have a Jennair column fridge and freezer. Unfortunately, some meat that was defrosting in the meat drawer leaked into the fridge and made its way into and through the two bottom/veggie drawer all ...
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3 way switch replacememt using two feit electric smart dimmer [closed]

I have replaced two 3 way switches with feit electric smart switch. One switch with load wire works whereas other switch with hot line comes up with light in switch but switch is not working. Any ...
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How to secure bonding lug to inside of 4x4 steel junction box?

I'm running some 6 ga armored bare copper wire through the attic spaces as a "grounding bus" for retrofitting grounds to various 1960s-era 2-prong receptacles. This will involve wire ...
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Can I rebuild my deck on the existing posts if they're solid?

About the 4x4s holding up my porch deck which is 27 years old. The small deck in front of my front door is 9-10 feet high, with stairs up to it. The deck is 6x11, and made of cedar. The decking ...
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What is the 40° C rating on a circuit breaker?

When selecting breakers I sometimes see 40° C stamped on the face. What does that mean? Is it related to 60 or 75° ratings for conductors and other components?
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Breaker temperature rating [duplicate]

I am using a 100amp Stab Lok breaker in my main panel to power a subpanel in same area. The breaker I have says 40c. Is this ok or should it have a rating of 75c? This is for 36” runs of 3 gauge to ...
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Ceiling fan + light combo, add a 3-way switch + dedicated fan switch?

I'm in the US. My kitchen currently has a ceiling fan + light combo that is controlled by a single switch. The switch is at the far end of the kitchen (next to the outside door) and I'd like to add a ...
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What are these PVC pipes in my basement? [closed]

I’m trying to determine if our basement is plumbed for a bathroom. Can anyone help identify what these pipes are?
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What hardware should I use to connect a 4x6 beam to the top of a 4x4 post for a swing set?

What hardware should I use to connect a 4x6 to the top of a 4x4? Edit: To assuage some confusion, I already have a bracket for the a-frame end, the aptly-named swing set bracket. What I need is a ...
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How to fix window A/C Unit tripping Kitchen GFCI outlet?

I have a Midea U-shaped window air conditioning unit in the kitchen, plugged into a common USA 120v GFCI-protected outlet in the kitchen. When installed last year the unit worked fine all summer. This ...
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How to install grab bar in aluminum siding

A grab bar is needed in the exterior wall, which is made of aluminum siding. How? Ideally the grab bar would go at chest height on the narrow section above the steps (to the left of the garage door)....
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Is "head range" critical when selecting a hot water recirc pump?

I've been looking at hot water recirculation pumps for some time now. In looking at an on-line review page (I know, take them all with a grain of salt) I saw one that lists the "Head Range" ...
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How best to set-up temporary power to easily convert to permanent power for new single family home?

I'm building all-electric >2,000 sq ft single family home on a vacant 2 acre parcel in Northern California. My plan, which my local utility (PG&E) has approved, is to install a permanent ...
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Bay window removal

We are considering removing our bay windows to create a larger kitchen in the adjacent sunroom (we do plan to add insulation throughout the floor, walls, and roof). Through some online research, we ...
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Wago (221 or 222) vs Lever Nuts (generic/various Chinese brands)

I have used Wago splice connectors especially 3 and 5 wire 221’s for lighting, like converting fixtures from fluorescent to LED. They are much quicker and easier than screw-on wirenuts, and seem to ...
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Power cord burn [closed]

I have Samsung electric range burn at power cord and range itself. Everything look normal at I remove power cord, but at appliance itself scorch and burn little bit at a black wire. It is OK to ...
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Connecting Barns/Houses To mains power

I'm in the process of converting three barns into houses. Two of the barns are located 50 meters away from the main power pole. I'm considering two options for getting electricity to the barns. Option ...
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How can I finish the frame of a hidden door without using trim?

We are renovating our house and we have a door in my office that is going to conceal a small bar. It's supposed to be hidden so we are planning on wallpapering over the door and using a push-to-open ...
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Stucco Cracks at Roof Line Causing Leaks

The stucco at the roof line is disintegrating causing leaks into the wall. We requested a quote from a roofing company thinking they could install a metal trim to cover the edge of the stucco. The ...
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How can I repair an attic ladder that doesn't operate smoothly?

I have an attic ladder that is warped somewhere and is really hard to fold and unfold. Eventually that warp caused too much pressure on one side of the ladder and the bolt holding the elbow of the arm ...
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Control panel breaker not tripping before main panel breaker [closed]

We have a geoflow tank on our septic tank with a pump. There is a control panel at the tank with a breaker that is NOT tripping, the breaker at the main panel at the house is tripping. We have changed ...
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Bonding wire on copper pipe

The previous owner of my house (built in 1999) started replacing the copper water lines with PEX. There’s a bonding wire connected to a section of copper pipe that runs from my kitchen sink, but that ...
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Do I have to replace one broken spring on a dual spring garage door?

I have garage door with two springs. One of them has snapped and the door has been operating on only one spring for past month or so. Do I need to replace the broken one or just carry one since it’s ...
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Can I run just the Freezer portion of a Hotpoint HFF31014UK?

I have a built in Hotpoint HFF31014UK fridge freezer. This has two plugs, a plug on the fridge and another for the freezer. They have been off for a while as the fridge was not working properly. Can I ...
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Mystery drain coming out from under my house

Living in a mystery for close to a year now. My house is a split level home built in the mid to late 60s. Land is on a slight grade. Front door is ground level and is in middle of the house (when you ...
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Have I missed anything in my plan for a new 240v circuit?

I'm a beginner adding a 220V 40A circuit via exposed conduit for my new induction cooktop. Does this plan look reasonable? Under counter metal junction box grounded and mounted to back of cabinet. ...
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Need Help Troubleshooting Potentially Faulty Neutral Wiring in Circuit

I think my issue may be similar to this post but I'll explain my situation. I have an older home and the living room is on a circuit that contains 2 non-grounded outlets and a wall switch. The wall ...
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