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Ceiling exhaust fan to extract office heat to larger atrium?

I'm trying to make my office less stiflingly hot during summer afternoons. My house is 2-story, and the corner of the office juts out into the main house, such that ~20sqft of its ceiling is under a ...
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Help wiring 2 Lutron Caseta dimmer switches

I'm attempting to wire 2 Lutron Casseta switches: Lutron Caseta Switch: Box: 4 wires feed into the box: Top two wires, one has three wires (black, white, ground) one has four wires (black, white, ...
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Water Leak, Plaster Wall

thanks in advance for your thoughts. I recently purchased a 1920s house that suffered water damage to a third floor (attic conversion) bedroom. The slate roof has been repaired--the chimney is on the ...
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How do i fix paint flashing?

So I spent the weekend patching over a paint rip and have finally gotten the wall level after a ton of sanding/mudding/priming the spot etc. I’ve finally gotten a decent color match and gone over the ...
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How to remove the "knockout" from a Carlon PVC outdoor box?

I purchased an outdoor GFI plug and box combo at Home Depot (Canada). The instructions I saw online talked about the inner box being metal and that you simply unscrewed the cap over the box hole you ...
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Stained my deck and it rained after 19 hours

I just finished staining my deck with an oil product at 730pm last night. There was rain the next day by 3pm. Will I have problems?
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How to mount blind over awkward window casing

I'm mounting a new blind. The brackets require two holes, horizontally. I want to mount them to studs. It's a pull-down blind that will be constantly handled by many people, sometimes roughly. In ...
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Where can I get a cover for a main supply?

My house (I live in the UK) failed an electrical safety inspection because of a missing main supply cover. I have tried using google to find one to buy but can't find anything at all. Does anyone ...
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Building a drawer, will it be secure? [closed]

I've built a lot of things over the years but this one I feel like I'm over engineering this and could use some help. I am remodeling the kitchen in my teardrop trailer and I need to build a drawer ...
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Connecting 2 hot and 2 neutral wires on a lamp [closed]

I want to connect a lamp in my kitchen. However, there appears to be two sets of wires coming from the hole, as shown here: I imagine there are two sets because there is another lamp in the kitchen ...
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How to safely secure AC adapter wire to a skirting and a door frame?

I purchased an adapter for my doorbell and need to secure it to skirting and a door frame before it is fed through the door frame to the doorbell outside. I thought it would make sense to use a ...
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Is it possible to convert a (US) 240V 20A outlet into a single 120V 20A outlet using an adapter cable?

The adapter shown in the picture is described by the seller as "4-Prong 220V 14-50p Outlet Plug to 120V 5-20R/15R Female Adapter Power Cord for 20V [sic] 15/20Amp Household W/Breaker". What ...
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Why does my blower motor not activate when called for fan or AC but the induction motor does spin intermittently?

I had a clogged condensation pipe which lead to water all over my unit. Once repaired I turned the fan/ac back on and the blower motor would not engage, the board was clicking from the relay and the ...
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Treadmill causes loud buzz from computer speakers [closed]

A treadmill is plugged into an outlet. A power strip is plugged into another outlet on the same circuit. A USB-powered speaker and computer are both plugged into this power strip. When the treadmill ...
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Can I mix asphalt debris with concrete?

Can I mix the broken pieces, large whole pieces of the previous asphalt driveway that we demolished into the new concrete driveway in order to save on the cost of the concrete?
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Does brick have any advantages over reconstituted limestone blocks for a retaining wall to support a slab? [closed]

I have read that brick readily draws up moisture and it uses a lot of energy to make. Also, a brick retaining wall would require a concrete footing but the limestone retaining wall does not.
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What size grounding rod(s) for 100A subpanel in Northern NJ

The house we bought has a detached garage built from cinder blocks perhaps 50+ years ago (with no copper plumbing), and had only one 20A line installed underground from the home. I'd like to install a ...
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Broken part of aerator stuck in faucet

My aerator got broken and the disconnected part is stuck in the faucet. Now if I don't unscrew the disconnected part, I can't install a new aerator. Please advise how to remove it. thank you.
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GFCI outlet goes from red to green randomly

I have GFCI outlets that I occasionally catch glowing red, and they seem to change to green almost instantly shortly afterward. I also finally caught one in the act of going from green to red to green ...
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HVAC and water heater help

I need help deciding what to do in my home. We have a small closet upstairs that contains our furnace and water heater. The air conditioner currently installed is not working and has been turned off ...
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How do I fill the space in a breaker panel, when replacing two tied breakers

I'm removing two 30 amps breakers in my panel (the pool is gone, no need for the heater). They are tied together. (location 30 and 32 in picture) In their place, I need to put a single 20 amps GFCI ...
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Garage furring over concrete, is it safe?

I thinking on making these walls flat and nicer hiding the foundation concrete. My idea is to use furring strips, let's say 2x3 attached to existing studs of the drywall creating some space over the ...
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Secure conduit within walls and through lower stud

I have an exterior wall opened up on my house and was thinking about installing a conduit to allow myself some flexibility in the future. Possibly: ethernet for security camera simple run for 120v ...
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How can I shorten the cable on an outlet bar?

I have several long outlet bars I'd like to install under a cabinet. I'm not interested in hard-wiring them, so I will plug them into some existing outlets. The problem is that I only need about 2 ...
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Unexpected extractor fan wire voltages

I've got an old Manrose XF100S extractor fan which could do with replacing, and I was thinking of upgrading to the one containing a timer. The feed appears to be standard UK three core and earth as ...
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Name for this kind of table saw?

I am finding pictures of table saws sold in England that are deeper than they are wide. Does this kind of table saw shape have a particular name in the industry or among English remodeling ...
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Which valve turns off my homes main water supply?

Trying to turn off water supply to my home. It is next to my water heater. See photo. Which valve is it?
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Klein RT210 GFCI tester not triggering AFCI breaker

My question is should a GGCI tester work on AFCI breaker? Background: I have a KLEIN RT210 tester with an Eaton AFCI breaker and when test a plug the lights tell me that it is wired correctly, however,...
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Why is the classic metal drill index arranged so strangely?

Does anybody have any idea why the traditional metal drill indexes arranges with largest drills and the labels toward the outside? The result is that you can't just flip up all the panels, search for ...
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Preventing auxiliary condenser jug overflow in a portable air conditioner

Our portable AC unit drains into a 3 gallon jug. When the jug is full, we empty it. This summer, the humidity has been bananas and the jug may be filling in as little as 2-3 hours. The fill rate is ...
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Older Home lots of 30 Amp Breakers on 12-2 Cable

I'm troubleshooting some electrical issues in an older home. There appears to be lots of circuits, all run with 12-2, that are protected by 30 Amp breakers. I understand that this should be 10-2 ...
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How much concrete for a 6x6 16 foot arbor post? Theory vs practice

I have a large arbor attached to my house, and one of the two 6x6 supports has rotted through at ground level. The posts are 12ft above ground level and the original invoice from the build says they ...
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Service 200A, 220V into a 4 apt bldg. 1 apt only has 120. Voltmeter reads 220 across 2legs into meter, but out of the meter it is 120. what's wrong? [closed]

Power to the Utility meter has two legs 120V each, but as it comes out of the meter into the panel only one leg has 120 the other one is zero. where is the problem here?
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Dryer duct length [duplicate]

A stacked washer dryer is to be retrofitted. The electric dryer is to be mounted on top. The wall behind the stack will be drilled so that a 4" dryer vent can be installed and vapor can be ...
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Selecting a Dryer exhaust site

A stacked washer dryer is to be retrofitted. The electric dryer is to be mounted on top. The wall behind the stack will be drilled so that a 4" dryer vent can be installed and vapor can be ...
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Fix window tab to hold window in the frame?

Both of the actual tabs on the window have broken off, so when opening or closing the window it tends to want to come out of the frame. No matter what I Google, the only results I get have to do with ...
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Selection of Dryer-vent exhaust height [duplicate]

A stacked washer dryer is to be retrofitted. The electric dryer is to be mounted on top. The wall behind the stack will be drilled so that a 4" dryer vent can be installed and vapor can be ...
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What kind of non-latex primer is sandable and can be used on drywall? [duplicate]

What kind of primer can be applied to drywall and lighrly sanded afterwards without peeling off the wall? What kind of primer dries hard and is not rubbery? I mudded and sanded a new wall. The wall ...
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Should I replace a bath tub that has developed rust? [closed]

My bathroom has ild bathtub from late 70s, it has developed a rust spot where water leaks down. In past I have treat the tub with new coating which seems to last for 6+ years until that spot opens up ...
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How many gloss coats on a primed and undercoated external door?

I stripped a wooden exterior door back to bare wood. It was then primed and soft-sanded. Then I applied two coats of undercoat. It's a grey colour. Since then, I've applied 5 coats of exterior Gloss - ...
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Eco-bee thermostat install problem [closed]

I have an ecobee premium thermostat that I’m trying to hook up to a 1973 carrier gas furnace. i’ve tried using the PEK to wire the thermostat and I have power to the thermostat the fan will run but AC ...
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Mystery material in bathroom ceiling in 1887 Victorian mansion of New England

I'm not sure how to treat this ceiling. Board of Health says seal those holes. I also want to seal the whole ceiling from dropping crumbs, but first, what is that ceiling material?
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How Can I Install 3 Way Smart Switches That Require Neutral

I'm trying to replace 2 sets of three way switches with smart switches. One end of each set requires neutral, and unfortunately there doesn't seem to be a straight forward way to accomplish that with ...
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How do I remove a bottle cap stuck 3 feet down a drain line

A bottle cap (I think) fell down my sink drain and down the pipe before I could retrieve it. It seems to be the perfect size to block the drain because despite no water down the drain for a month, ...
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Need help with wiring up a switch

I have a single gang box with 3 pieces of romex in it one is a homerun"hot", the other is a switch leg, and the last one is for the receptacles in the room how do i hook it all up to a ...
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How to propely wire from 320A meter/2x 200A disconnects 200 ft to panels at house?

I had posted on here before about my situation where i had already installed a single run of 3"conduit with a run of 500/500/350 in it but was having an issue with how to solit the service. Since ...
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Capping off an unused wire

I wanted to update a light switch, and when i opened it up, found it was a light/fan combo switch with no fan at the ceiling box, just a light. The image shows the old switch on the right.(left side ...
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Got this at the sale where I got the combination plane. What is it?

This antique tool is wood. It has precise measurements marked to 3 inches, an adjustable depth gauge. Short pins that stick out along the measuring area. Is it used for masonry?
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1 Volt reading between hot phase of sub panel and enclosure and frame

My grounding bus in my subpanel, which is secured to the panel frame, reads 122 VAC to hot phase which is great. I also get 122 VAC from hot phase to neutral bus. Shouldn't I also get 122 VAC +/- ...
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How do I calculate the volume of concrete needed for a particular force?

I am working on a city permit for a shade sail structure. The structure is two rectangular shade sails, 16x20, and 12x20, on six wooden 6x6x10 beams. Beams are installed in concrete slabs in the ...
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