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C16 Wood Strength

I'm looking to hang some kids bicycles up inside my car barn. I have a 2021 new build house in the UK, and a wooden car barn. If I were to buy a 3.3 meter length of C16, available at various widths (...
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Inverter switches to fault when sun emerges from cloud

My solar setup consists of 3x270 watt panels, a charge controller, a battery and an inverter. It has mostly worked fine for many years, but I've found that the inverter faults when the sun comes out ...
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How do I protect my ceiling from soot from my wood burning stove?

I have a ~1920s wood-burning farmhouse cook stove in my kitchen which we use regularly. Obviously, smoke and soot builds up on the vaulted ceiling around the stove. I'm looking some type of paint or ...
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Propane vs. Natural Gas - Indoor Air Quality?

I've seen plenty of articles about gas stoves and the impact on indoor air quality. Specifically, there are reports of much higher CO2, NOx, PM 2.5 particulates, and formaldehyde, relative to electric ...
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Any reason to not use a concentric vent for HRV/ERV air exchange?

Planning to install an ERV (Energy Recovery Unit) and have been advised that a concentric vent is easier to install and the risk of short circuiting output and input is negligible. My feeling is if I ...
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How can I add an outlet off of a conduit body?

I want to add an electrical outlet near this point. On the other side of the wall from this junction is my main breaker panel so I intend to run the wires from the panel through this junction. The ...
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Adding 200-amp subpanel to 200-amp main panel sanity check

I just bought an older house. It looks like it was upgraded at some point to 200-amp service, with a new load center, but most of the old 2-conductor (no ground) wiring remains. The 200-amp main ...
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Replacing water expansion tank, by example

I have a "potable water expansion tank" that seems to be connected to the hot water line coming out of my boiler. This line (hot water line) then goes on to all the various zone valves/...
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How do the pieces of this fiberglass tub surround attach to each other?

I have a Jacuzzi-brand tub with an integrated multi-piece surround that came with our house when we bought it. Probably installed in the 90s if not earlier, but I don't really know. This bathroom is ...
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How to determine if tethered sump pump float switch is triggering at the right height?

Yikes! It rained a ton yesterday and my basement flooded. Water soaking the floor. When I looked into the sump pump, it had lots of water in it. I pulled up on the float and it all emptied. As we ...
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Hot Wires Pigtailed Together Before Switches

I have a junction box with two switches. One switch runs a light and the other runs a light and an exhaust fan (separate fixtures). The box has 4 cables entering each with black, white, and ground ...
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How/Where do I install storm door in a 9" deep door jamb with Pilasters?

My front exterior door is inside a 9" jamb/pocket. The door installation should be pretty straight forward, however there is not currently a storm door, so I dont have an example of how the new ...
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Can I wire a ceiling fan light with 2 wall switches adding a dimmer switch for the light and control fan speed with remote that came with fan?

Can I wire a ceiling fan/light with 2 wall switches adding a dimmer switch for the light and still control the fan speed with the remote that came with fan?
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How do I remove this old Sears deadbolt with no visible screw holes?

I have a very old front door with a moderately old Sears deadbolt which I would like to replace. There are no visible screws or obvious screw holes. I am able to gently rotate the outer ring on both ...
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Hedge planting density rationale? [migrated]

I'm currently planning my first hedge, and noticed that vendors offer plants in different sizes and recommend different planting densities per size. Simply spoken, there is usually a small size to be ...
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Outdoor low-voltage transformer off of sconce? Possible?

I have a raised deck with walkway underneath. I'm in the process of resurfacing it and I'd like the switch to the sconces above and below the deck (different switches) to also light the deck (above ...
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Can I remove this metal pipe stub protruding from the ground outside my house? [closed]

We are trying to figure out what this pipe is for. It is sticking up from the ground next to my house. I would like to cut it down. It's got debris in it but I can stick a 10" metal rod down it. ...
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Wiring timer switch with only two wires in the box [duplicate]

I am attempting to wire a Honeywell in wall timer switch to where an existing single pole switch is. The timer has 3 wires black, white(neutral) and blue(load) and the wall only has two black wires ...
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Fixing a slippery Sidewalk

Last year I had our crumbling front path replaced. I live in the North Eastern U.S. and the weather can be slippery. The path was sealed ( unknown type) and the path had some grit but not enough. ...
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Champion Furnace Fault Codes

I noticed my Champion furnace short cycling and was told over the summer that this might be a safety overheat condition. This evening I checked it again and saw a red light flashing 4 times when the ...
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What is this piece of hardware?

My wife wants to know. Her sister has a giant bag of them. She thought I would know, but I don’t. The outside diameter of the finely threaded side is 27mm.
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How to prevent air bubbles in spray painting cabinets

I am redoing my cabinets. My primer and first coat of paint went on flawlessly - a beautiful finish. I have done all the prep properly, like sanding between coats, but for some reason I keep getting ...
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Ceiling leak on main floor [closed]

I have a ceiling leak on the main floor that I’ve been trying to locate the source for a while now. The leak is happening underneath the bay window by the front side of the house. From my observation ...
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Ok for dryer socket to be in surface box with box extension?

I'm replacing my dryer. Old one came with the house. There is a NM 10/3 plus ground cable coming out of the floor of the laundry closet with about 4 feet loose in the closet, and attached to a 4-pin ...
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How to trim ends of floor boards already installed?

To the left in this photo is a laundry closet with a (dirty, sorry) tile floor. The wood floor boards outside the closet end a few inches short of the tile inside the closet. . I want to saw off the ...
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Is this panel up to code? Even with the gaps and visible wiring?

This panel cover is not flushed to the circuit breakers and has gaps with visible wiring. Is this unsafe and a code violation?
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Coating for concrete staircase

I would like to apply some kind of coating to this concrete staircase that would involve color other than the native. I am not sure if just regular exterior primer and paint would be durable because ...
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Silicone between glass and wood frame

I have this custom made stained glass piece that I want to fit inside my transom above a room door. The picture shows wooden slats (1/2 x 1") used to hold the glass on one side, the other side ...
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removing room dividing wall?

I have a colonial which I would like to extend the kitchen into what is now a living room, the wall does run perpendicular which usually would indicate that this is load bearing, but also the joists ...
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Did my painter do a bad job making the ceiling flat after removing popcorn ceiling?

I recently found a painter and got my popcorn ceiling removed. That ceiling is 70s concrete, so painter has to fill it with plaster instead of scraping popcorn texture off. After the job done, he skim ...
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I cut a wire too short, where there needs to be 6 inches of wire coming into the box. What can I do to fix it to be up to electrical code?

I didn't have extra wire to connect a bundle of neutrals to a switch, so I cut some off of an existing neutral wire that had some extra wire. I then found out about the electrical code that requires 6 ...
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Dryer plug different from wall connection [duplicate]

I have a new out building with a laundry room. The wall plug in the new laundry room is not the same as the plug on the dryer. Do I need a new dryer or can I get a new cable for the dryer? Here is ...
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Can an ethernet cable look OK to a cheap cable tester but still have a problem?

My home office is at the end of a 15-20m ethernet cable that a friend ran 15 years ago, and it recently stopped working. I tested it with a cheap continuity tester, hoping to discover a fault near one ...
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Brittle material flaking off in toilet

just moved into my first rural property which is on well and septic. Today I noticed that the upstairs toilet had a weird flat object lying in the bowl that seemed to have come loose from flushing. I ...
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I want to insert a wifi switch into a light that is controlled by 3 switches I still want all the switches to work but need the wifi (alexa) controll

I have a central Hall light that is controlled from 3 switches I want to convert it to wifi (Alexa) control. One switch is at the front door and one is at the back door and one is in the centre of the ...
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How do I break the ground/neutral bond in this sub panel?

The previous owner put in a sub panel. 6awg plus ground is feeding it with a 50 amp breaker at the main. It is in an attached garage. I’m going to fix what he did with the bonding. What is the metal ...
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Shelf Bracket Identification?

Can anyone please help me identify the name of this bracket so that I can order more for my metal cupboard? Thanks!
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Is this the stopcock for my entire house?

Been trying to find the stopcock in my house and came across this tap in the downstairs toilet, does it look like the stopcock? If it is it doesn't work (i.e. it turns but doesn't stop the flow of ...
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What size adapter do I need to fit a Danco hose on my older Glacier Bay kitchen faucet?

The pull-out (well, technically a pull-down) hose was leaking on our kitchen sink. It is a Glacier Bay–branded model but Home Depot did not show any hoses for it on their site so I bought a generic &...
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Casement Windows: Install Thru Wall A/C Indoors & Exhaust with Ducting

A family member has a business in a century-old building that only has industrial casement, awning, and pivot windows. There's no central A/C & a mini-split can't be hung outside the building. The ...
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How long should mortar/stucco cure before painting?

I need to tuckpoint mortar on some old bricks before I prime and paint them. I heard that cement products (concrete, mortar etc) need to "cure" for several weeks before coating. How long ...
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Converting closet to sliding closet doors

We have two hall closets side by side with regular outswing doors. We are converting it to one large single closet (knocking wall down that separates them) with two sliding doors. My problem, the new ...
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How should we complete this laminate installation?

Problem I purchased some pergo gold underlayment and pergo waterproof laminate flooring and installed it in the kitchen with my brother. This was our first time ever installing any type of flooring, ...
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How do I re-route this wall register to exit a cabinet base?

I am redoing our kitchen, and adding more cabinets. This register ended up behind 2 cabinets. How should I route the duct to 1 or 2 toe kick vents? Do I need duct work under the cabinet, or can I just ...
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How do I get over my fear of using power tools?

Circular saw, jointer and table saw scare the living $#1+ out of me. How do I get rid of the fear? I've watched tons of safety videos and read all manuals cover to cover and still feel wary of using ...
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Proper way to connect two 8 gauge wires in junction box?

I need to connect two 8/3 wires together in a junction box. What is the correct type of connector to do this? The two hardware stores I went to had nothing for 8 gauge wires.
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Electric Furnace Hot Despite Not Running

I bought my house with an electric furnace, brand is Nortron. The following is the exact situation: Thermostat is set to 18 Celsius. Air temp (from thermostat) is 21 Celsius. So furnace should not be ...
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Questions regarding replacement Trane AC condenser motor

A few weeks ago the condenser motor on our Trane XB 10 heatpump was making a screeching sound. I banged it with my fist and the sound stopped but I think it is not long for this world. This unit is ...
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What's the use of 15 amp standard (a non AFCI and non GFCI) circuit breaker?

I have one 15 amp (model : square D QO, non AFCI/GFCI) which was originally installed for unfinished basement. now I have replaced it with 15 amp AFCI for a finished basement. Now I have a 30' 14 ...
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How do I fix a hose bib that's leaking under the handle?

Could you advise? Part in orange box leaking. I feel I should try to unscrew the orange part and try to replace the washer. But I feeling it can be stoked and can't unscrew it (orange part). I would ...

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