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How should I fix a sagging door?

Here’s a picture of the door. Notice that you can see light on the handle side...right-bottom side. This is because the top hinge on the left is attached to a piece of wood and that wood is ...
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How can I repair small holes in vinyl siding?

Can I caulk small holes in vinyl siding? The holes were made by the installation of an old antennae. If so, what type(s) of caulk would be suitable?
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grounding outlets and old wiring

Background: I recently moved into a house in the western US built in the late 1950's. Most of the receptacles are two prong and don't have any ground wire running to them. I would like to have three-...
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Wiring for GFCI with 3 cables

Current setup is a 20A breaker that powers: Above counter: 2 gang box with: Left side: a switch powering over-sink light Right side: a switch for the garbage disposal Under sink: A hardwired ...
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Pavement Stencils - 1/16“ (63 mil) or 1/8” (128 mil)?

We plan to ask a painter to paint parking space numbers in the parking lot (12" x 9"). There is on Amazon a kit for pavement stencils that has good reviews - is there a reason to prefer the ...
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124V neutral to ground and 65v hot to neutral when circuit is off?

I moved in to a new apartment a couple months ago and noticed one of the LED light fixtures never really turned off, there was always a faint glow from it. Today I went to install some smart dimmers ...
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Why does one set of G9 led bulbs work and others do not?

I have 2 x identical ceiling lights (each with 5 bulbs) and recently decided to change the G9 led bulbs from bright white to cool white however only 1 of the lights worked. All 5 bulbs failed to light ...
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C wire for a smart thermostat

I would like to buy a smart thermostat and I am confused about the C wire. I went to check my furnace in the attic and I saw a white wire connected to the C, I was excited as I thought that that was ...
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Bathroom pocket door warps as fall comes

I have a couple pocket doors I replaced a couple years ago in the summer. One door is between a powder room and full bath, the other is between the master bedroom and the same full bath. They're the ...
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Dryer Venting for 1984 Condo

We are in the process of buying a circa 1984 condo. The dryer is not presently vented to the outside, and I do not know if it ever was. It currently vents inside to a water-filled lint catch basin. I ...
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Basement HVAC supply location

I'm finishing my basement and I'm wondering how I should approach placement of the supply vents. I live in Minnesota so my primary consideration is to do what I can to make sure the space can be kept ...
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Will window shrink-wrap make a noticeable difference in heating bill in house with single-paned windows?

I'm curious how well the window shrink wrap really works. I moved into an older house (1927) in Lincoln, Nebraska, this summer. It's all single pane windows with a window screen and a storm window, as ...
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How to keep plastic concrete screw anchors from spinning?

I keep on getting these concrete anchoring kits in floor safes that consist of a 1/2" plastic insert and lag screw. (see photo) The instructions say to drill a 1/2" hole in the concrete, tap ...
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Can I tape rather than glue buried PVC conduit to make pulling wires easier?

I am replacing flexible conduit buried slightly below the ground and attached to a septic tank with much stronger rigid PVC pipes. This conduit houses electrical cable. I was planning on gluing all ...
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How best to capture and move the heat from oil furnace stove pipe more efficiently throughout room

In my basement the stove pipe that goes from the oil furnace to the chimney is always hot, so I feel like I should be capturing this extra heat and moving it about the basement. How do I keep this ...
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Sunbeam Radiant Control Toaster AT-W — Sourcing Broken Adjustment Screw and Clip [closed]

My first post here... so happy for any feedback to improve. I have just purchased one of the wonderful "automatic beyond belief" 2nd hand Sunbeam Radiant Control Toasters model AT-W.   The ...
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High efficiency gas furnace part name

I'm looking for the name of the plastic piece that is labeled #2 in the attached picture. The condensate goes into the plastic box and then overflows into a tube that goes to the sump. I'm having the ...
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How to convert Rancilio Classe 7 USB Espresso Machine from 3 phase to single phase system

I have a Rancilio Classe 7 USB Espresso Machine that is setup for 3-phase power and I'd like to convert it to single-phase power. Is this possible and if so, what do I need to do it? Rancilio Web Site
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Can I run an underground wire to a shed on blocks?

I have a 12'x16' shed which has been leveled using concrete blocks but otherwise sits on the grass/dirt. It's about 100' from the house. I live in Georgia. I'd love to add some lights and outlets ...
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Why does my Samsung refrigerator require frequent deicing?

I have a Samsung RF23HSESBSR "Twin Cooling" refrigerator that is about six years old now and I'm having to defrost around the fan many times a year - as often as every two weeks in the humid ...
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Receptacle island in freestanding wall

I have a freestanding half-wall in our garage. It's constructed of 2x4s and finished with drywall and is in a big L shape. It's technically mobile but heavy and doesn't move easily. I want to get ...
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Lights blink when toggling ceiling fan in another room

I have a ceiling fan with light in room A. I have recessed lights in room B. I noticed that if I have the ceiling fan set as Fan-On and Light-Off, and I switch the fan's wall switch (fan and light is ...
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Weatherproof junction/extension box with 8AWG wiring - selection and mounting problem

I am trying to install a simple surface mounted junction box, in terms of the Code it seems pretty straightforward, but have run into several practical problems. Thought I might as well ask more ...
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Can I run 275ft underground cable to pole barn?

I have a new 1500 sqft pole barn that needs electric. I expect to need 100Amp service at the barn which will have a 220V 15A compressor and 220V 25A welder. The rest of the barn will be 110V ...
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Wiring receptacle(s) controlled by a switch

OK, here is a problem that I need solved: To connect indoor (double) receptacle and a switch to an outdoor (porch) single receptacle so that the switch will control when the outdoor receptacle is on ...
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How can I run 2" sink vent stack through top plate?

I'm renovating my kitchen which used to have soffits. We've pulled out all the soffits and framing of the soffits. The vent stack for my sink goes up the wall and comes out of the wall just before the ...
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Replacing abnormal outdoor dryer vent

The louvers on my original (20 year old) outdoor dryer vent have practically seized up and I'm in need of a replacement. When I take to places like Lowes or Amazon, I only find the style which ...
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Why does my digital multimeter report small voltage between a battery and unattached metal and my fingers?

I was performing some 12 volt DC voltage drop tests and I got a reading that I did not understand. Hopefully someone here can satisfy my curiosity. I had the positive lead on a 12 volt battery ...
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AC Gearmotor 115 Nameplate RPM 4.0 RPM Max. Torque 75.0 in-lb trips breaker when switch is turned off

To whom it may concern, I recently purchased a Dayton AC Gearmotor 115 Nameplate RPM 4.0 RPM Max Model # 52JE07. Torque 75.0 in-lb. The gear motor is single phase with two wires L1 and L2 respectively ...
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How to select weight (amount of fire retardant) in Fire-Extinguisher

Reference: https://www.qrfs.com/blog/66-ultimate-guide-to-fire-extinguisher-types-servicing-and-uses/ I have an multi-use office and residential building. I am interested in not only meeting code, ...
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Bathroom fan venting to attic gable screen

I've read many of the other questions about venting thru gable, but this seems slightly different. I discovered my upstairs bathroom fan is venting to the gable vent. Not ideal, I know, but may be ok ...
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Pilot light on gas log fireplace extinguishes when turn gas control knob to “on”

When preparing my gas log fireplace (Marco model 794153B) for use in cold weather, my pilot light will ignite easily and stay on when release pushing in the control knob, but when I try to turn the ...
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add pilot light parallel to switch downstream from load

UPDATE: I used incorrect nomenclature in a couple places, and I made a couple assumptions that are not wise assumptions to make. Original answer is below, corrections here. I'm thinking the question ...
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How to adjust vent location in siding

I went to replace all of the pipe for a pellet stove insert and discovered that the installer did a poor job of following any of the manufacturer’s guidelines for rise on the pipe or the appropriate ...
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Cedar beveled siding does not seem to be overlapped and nailed properly

Until I decided to replace a couple of ~16-inch long, beveled-siding from exterior I have never given thought on the width of the exposed face. On my house, the exposed face of the cedar siding ...
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Which valves should I close when blowing out my sprinklers for the winter?

I was thinking of blowing out my own sprinklers this year because it seemed pretty straight forward and I am handy enough to do it. I get the basics: shut off main water, connect air compressor to ...
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How do I remove toggle bolt from under the sink?

I am in the process of replacing my powder room faucet and I noticed that its not attached the normal way with a mounting nut. I have what I assume is a toggle bolt holding the faucet in place, but I ...
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Can I directly add a Common wire to this point on a 24VAC transformer, or will load be too high? (70mA)

Referencing This excellent answer I have a two wire furnace controller, 24VAC, no common. I measured the current draw of the relay (when the thermostat wires are shorted), it draws 0.2A Wish to add an ...
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Will a breaker protect its circuit if there's a larger wire upstream?

I have a 15a breaker and 12g wire from the breaker. If I add a 15a outlet to this circuit with 14g wire it should be ok since the 15a breaker should protect that wire. But if the 12g wire at the ...
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Can i cover Great Stuff foam with Flex Seal tar to protect the great stuff from UV damage?

Cabin has a 'fake walls' to cover and close the gap from the ground to the actual structure, like a trailer skirt. fake wall (rock wall) is made of rubble and mortar. In several sections the wall ...
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Adding ceiling light to room

Purchased a home and several of the upstairs rooms have a single pole switch that connects to one of the outlets. I wish to dissolve that association and install a ceiling light. The final result ...
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Epoxy down shower drain (not pcv)

I had an an epoxy shower floor done and some of it went down the pipes. So now, my shower drains super super super slow. I do not have plastic pipes mine are still the hard metal (lost the name of it ...
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Can I connect a normal 12 Volt 150AH C10 battery with a solar 12 volt 150AH C20 battery in series for my 24Volt solar system

I have an Exide invamaster 1500imst short tubeler normal battery of 12 volt, 150AH, C10. Now I want to connect this battery with a solar battery of 12 volt, 150AH, C20. Can I connect this normal 12 ...
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Who makes this kitchen faucet handle (logo identification)?

Who makes this kitchen faucet handle (logo identification)? It is broken and I can't seem to remove/uninstall the faucet. Does anyone recognize this logo or know how I might go about finding the ...
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Fixing leaking Sloan Royal Flushometer

I've got a Sloan Royal Flushometer that is leaking after some flushes. The leak comes from both sides of the cover (see pictures). This happened once, years ago, and I fixed it by simply replacing the ...
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wiring a garage-located 220V outlet for tesla charging cable [closed]

Can I use an existing AGW #10 6-3 NMB 600V wire for a NEMA 14-50 receptacle along with a double pole 30 or 40Amp breaker?
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Hi, can anyone share their experience of using a home cam with no monthly cloud fee? [closed]

can anyone recommend a home cam with no monthly cloud fee? I prefer buying something as a one-off, instead of having to pay for it for years. Just seems frustrating, I’d rather pay a bit extra but as ...
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What size drain is required for a washing machine?

What is the plumbing Code for Washing Machine Drain? I want to install an extra washer and dryer in my detached two car garage. This is a picture from a house under construction. I believe the Drain ...
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Can I attach corrugated steel to cinder block for added privacy?

After looking for ways to help improve privacy between me and my nextdoor neighbors I thought about buying 8ft long panels of corrugated steel and fastening them to our six foot cinder block wall. I ...
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Will my DIY wood and PVC cat cage hold up?

I'm a total amateur, looking for feedback on my plan for a DIY wood-and-PVC cat cage before I build it. CONTEXT: My cat injured his spine and needs cage rest. However, he anxiously scratches the mesh ...

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