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Installing smart switches in 2-gang box with switch loop

We have two dimmer switches in a finished basement room. Switch 1 controls wall lights, and Switch 2 controls overhead lights. We are hoping to replace them with smart switches that require a neutral....
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LEDs flicker but Halogen works fine

Moved into an apartment that has MR16 bulbs on the ceiling. A total of 7. Replaced them with 5W Leds and it started flickering. If I use one halogen and 6 LEDs, it doesn't flicker and works fine. The ...
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Wireless replacement of 3.5mm minijack cable [closed]

I'm trying to tidy up cables in my home by replacing audio cables with wireless solutions. Searching for wireless minijack transceivers I get a lot of devices that work as wireless transmitters and ...
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Choosing a well filter for household use

I need help with selecting the appropriate equipment to filter well water in the US for rural household use. Current situation: Greensand iron and hydrogen sulfide filter that has failed. Installed ...
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Can I configure home battery power like a UPS - where it constantly self charges and auto transfers?

A simple UPS (uninterruptible power supply - like APC, cyberpower, etc.) will charge itself while simultaneously powering the loads on the other side. If utility power is cut, the batteries will ...
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Can I (should I) do anything about these open PVC exhaust pipes in regards to rain or pests

I moved into my current home recently and noticed these exhaust pipes are open. Do I have to worry about rodents or insects getting in? Can I improvise a makeshift screen with some additional PVC pipe ...
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Can someone explain if this wiring is correct

Yesterday when I was replacing the old ceiling light fixture with a new led disc light in the laundry room, I notice the old light was being wired like the above diagram (probably by previous owners). ...
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Why does my kitchen faucet cut off when turned more than halfway on?

A while back, I was running my kitchen faucet while the the dishwasher was on. While the dishwasher was filling up, there was a sudden spike in pressure in my pipes, and the faucet cut off. Ever since ...
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How to anchor floating toilet flange

I have a cast iron toilet flange that sits about .4 inch above a 3/4" plywood subfloor. It feels very solid, but it is not anchored to anything. There are two empty holes in the flange for ...
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Ballast failure replacement

NOTE: As someone gently told me, it's not neon tubes but fluorescent ones. So I let your replace it while reading it. I have a setup with two neons, in « U » shape, controlled by a ballast that has... ...
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How do I run wiring past this octagon box?

I have a 4" x 1-1/2" octagon box with 1/2" and 3/4" knockouts mounted to a 2x4" rafter in my shed located in Indiana. I'm putting a NEMA 5-20 outlet in the box and I'll have a ...
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Electric furnace issues

Before I start my question I just wanted to say that our furnace has not been being used as the weather has been fairly warm lately. It may have turned on for a minute the previous night, but I do not ...
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Refrigerator water valve from wall is not dispensing water

I had a repair man come to check my refrigerator for a repair and the cost was more than a new refrigerator, so I did just that bought a new fridge. When replacing the old one the water shutoff valve ...
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Double Outlet, Half Hot, 3-way Switch

I have a project where I need to install two boxes into the ceiling of a basement. Each box will have two outlets, one on a switch and the other always hot. Both boxes will be connected to 3-way ...
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If mold is pushing cracking through paint, does it mean its inside the wall?

Image is not real but a rough idea of whats happening. As you can see the paint is cracking because mold is growing behind it and pushing out. If the mold was coming from the room I imagine it would ...
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Identify this 12 wire cable

I was looking to run cat6 between my 2 properties for security cameras. It currently has a cable line between the two buildings that was once used for dish network and probably used for cable TV a ...
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Compressor melted hole in 5+ year old defrost drain pan, is compressor overheating a possible concern

It is quite possible that my defrost drain pan melting was just normal age/wear & tear but I wanted to double check that there is not possibly a larger issue with my compressor running too hot. ...
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Identifying Window Latch

I would appreciate it if anybody could tell me what type of window latch is in the picture below? I bought a house and need to change a couple of these that are broken. Thank you!
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How big of abeam do i need to use to support a 20 foot span [closed]

How can I design a deck that is 20'×with support only on the sides.
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Cub Cadet CCT-400 bump head componenet sequence on the shaft

Lookup Parts via Diagram for a Cub Cadet CCT-400 shows a high level exploded diagram. It is the closet I can find for how to re-install my bump head. I am not sure if I have all of the needed parts ...
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The hose reel does not rewind anymore

We were using the hose to clean a patio and because we needed the whole length we pulled its full length out of the reel. It did not feel like anything clicked or broke when doing so, it was done in a ...
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Framing basement bathroom: original builder didn't account for wall wrap when laying bathroom drains?

Context: I am looking to finish my basement, mostly DIY. The original builder installed what I understand to be a "wall wrap" on all exterior cement walls. This looks like ~1.5" of ...
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Max Deck Load PSF for Hot Tub

I am looking to place a 7'-10" x 9'-2" hot tub on my deck and am trying to evaluate the load capacity of the deck. Inspecting underneath the deck it looks like the load will be evenly ...
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Pool Light Keeps Burning Out

I’m troubleshooting an in-ground pool light that burns out within 5 seconds of turning it on. The old light burned out like this the first time I turned it on this year. The old fixture was shot, so ...
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Continuous Power to Switched Outlet

Power source is supplied by 12/2 romex to switch. Feed from switch to duplex outlet is supplied by 12/2 romex. Is it possible to provide continuous power to one of the outlets while the other outlet ...
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What is this type of sink drain/plug called?

We recently moved into a condo, and the sinks have screw-in drain cover. We are trying to find a replacement drain cover that is able to close, but I can't figure out what the type of drain is called ...
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Does electrical outlet in man made quartz backsplash require box extender by code?

I have a 3/4" thick man made quartz backsplash in the kitchen. The electrical box cut outs are not quite big enough for the box extender. The electrician says I need the box extender and that ...
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Bulbs for Round Kitchen Fixture Containing a Ballast

I cannot seem to find bulbs for this fixture. It is a 6 in. round recessed fixture intended for a single HID or fluorescent bulb, which was installed by the previous owner. It contains a fluorescent ...
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What type of UV-resistant (fade-resistant) paint is best for a rain barrel made of polyethylene? It will be in a greenhouse

What type of UV-resistant (fade-resistant) paint is best as the outer coating of a rain barrel? The barrel is made of polyethylene. It will sit in a greenhouse, so other than direct sunlight and ...
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Support for flagpole bracket on vinyl siding

My house is a 1960 Cape Cod, with hollow dutch lap vinyl siding over the original wood siding. I wanted to mount a 45-degree flagpole bracket to the side of the house to hold a 2.5x4 foot flag. To ...
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Installing tiles on bare floor after removing kitchen cabinet

We had to remove a kitchen cabinet to free space for a dishwasher, and now the visible floor is bare. I have few tiles that I would like to install on that area, but I have no idea what steps I should ...
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What size knee braces should I install on my Pergola?

I have a 20'x20' pergola on a concrete patio. Construction is 8"x8" posts sandwiched with 2"x8" rafters. I notice some swaying during some thunderstorms with heavy winds and I can ...
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approximate strength of poured reinforced concrete slab

We would like to back a truck over a garage floor recently poured. The slab is 6 inches thick with 1/2 inch rebar in a 2 foot grid throughout. The concrete is a 6.5 sack mix and has cured 60 days. The ...
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Hard-wiring my Temporary power pole to my job site

Wife and I purchased an unfinished house just before covid. The majority of work remaining is unlicensed and cosmetic (doors, trim, paint, floors etc.), which I can do myself. In the last 2 months we'...
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I have an open neutral on all electrical circuits

I have an open neutral on all circuits in my house. Everything is working fine. how do I fix this situation?
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Why do I have serial doorbell transformers?

I'm trying to debug why one of my doorbells isn't working, but to keep things simple, today I'm just trying to understand the reasoning and implications of what I see at the electrical box. Background:...
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Ceiling fan will not turn off

I have a ceiling fan with NO wall switch to turn it off. It works by remote, (I have an old house and they have it set up this way). I changed the battery and it still wont shut off. Its a Hunter Fan ...
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Slow water drainage, then air bubbles from shower drain

I tried loads of things that may clear a blocked shower drain (store-bought liquids, vinegar+baking soda, running hot water through) over the past months, but the water still drains very slowly. After ...
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What are some DIY ideas on waterproofing? [closed]

Do it yourself ideas for self waterproofing ideas at home
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Remove CO detector From wired alarm system

My house has a wired smoke alarm system, three smoke detectors and one CO detector. These are all old firex detectors, I am replacing them with three kiddie smoke alarms where one is combo CO + smoke ...
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Modify a wooden desk so the legs either fold or are removable-and-reattachable

I own a janky old wooden desk, and have been using it for 20 years. Before that it was someone's kitchen table, and its at least 50 years old and has had many modifications - its not an antique ...
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How to connect different wire colors

I have an outlet that’s connected to a switch. You’re supposed to plug in a lamp. But I want to remove the outlet and connect wires to run a ceiling light. When I took I off the outlet the wire colors ...
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Installing a larger pulley to a smaller motor shaft

With reference to the picture below, I am trying to attach a pulley with a hole diameter of 1/2" [item #4] to a motor shaft that is 1/4" 5/16" [item #1], but it currently does not ...
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How can I put an audible notification on a yard gate?

A friend who has become blind and wants her iron gate to squeak so she knows when she has visitors coming. The house has a locked door and doorbell, but everyone has to open the gate first. I tried ...
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How To Neatly Cover an Indoor Sewer Cleanout?

I am currently renovating my room and realized that there is a wall popping out. It was bothering me because it would be an obstruction when placing new furnitures. I removed it and planned to make ...
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Replaced burnt infinite switch still doesn't generate heat

We have a Kenmore range with a non-functioning surface element. Based on an earlier experience, I knew that the issue must be due to a burnt infinite switch. After opening the back of the stove and ...
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Replacing old tile kitchen with wall

My basement kitchen wall is adjacent to the bathroom and shower. I want to replace the old tile in the kitchen with a straight wall, which I’m planning to paint. I have removed the old tile and ...
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Cement board under cabinet with no tile

In my basement apartment, I had concrete underlayment and I decided to not install tile under the cabinets even though some people advised me to do. It turned out well especially because I ended up ...
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Can I prevent the horizontal seams from showing or allowing in excessive moisture when installing T1-11 siding?

I'm building a 4x8 henhouse with 5 foot high walls and I'm planning to use T1-11 siding. I could obviously buy 6 sheets of 4x8 T1-11 for the siding, but the total wall coverage is going to only be 30 ...
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This cinderblock outbuilding's windows and doors were covered by metal siding. How can I turn them back into windows and doors? [closed]

There's an old cinderblock outbuilding on the property I'm under contract for, probably built in the 1960s. It had many doors and Windows, but most of them were covered when the previous owner of the ...

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