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Solid wood flooring - Possible sub-floor issue

I am in the process of installing solid wood flooring in the living room and I have just removed the existing laminate flooring and underlay to find the concrete subfloor is in great condition except ...
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Where can I buy roller curtain or shade fabric without the hardware? [closed]

I'd like to replace Ikea automatic roller shade fabric and want to just buy the fabric without the roller shade hardware. If I can get them cut to size, that would be even better, but I don't want to ...
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First time changing a faucet and i am stuck

I am a complete novice in terms of changing faucets (and DIY generally), but you have to start somewhere right? I need to change my kitchen faucet and of course I am already getting stuck with the ...
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Ceiling fan light powered by two 3-way switches, but also by fan's single pole switch. Is it safe to replace the 3-way switch with a smart dimmer?

I have a very weird setup for my living room, and at first I didn't actually realize what was happening until I started looking into replacing a 3-way switch with a 3-way smart dimmer (Leviton DZ6HD ...
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How do I keep a GFCI outlet with tight clearance from shorting inside a steel electrical box?

I was replacing outlets and faceplates in my kitchen, finding mostly original electrical boxes or blue old-work boxes, and everything was going fine until I tested a double-gang GFCI outlet and outlet ...
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LG refrigerator unused for 20 years

I purchased a refrigerator 20 years ago, but it will not be used right away. It came directly from the showroom. Can I use it now without having problem?
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Bar chair name help

So I’ve been looking for this bar chair (with lever that goes up and down) for more than a week now and I could not find anything on the Internet so I came here for your help. But he HAS to be the one ...
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Is 6 holes in ceramic tiles the life of a drill bit?

I have always been unwilling to drill into ceramic tiles for fear of cracking them. But tomorrow, I am having a tile wall demolished, so I figured today I would get some drilling practice in while the ...
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28V at furnace, 0V at previously working thermostat

This is a followup to an earlier question I posted where it appeared that the previously unused Common wire on my HVAC system was damaged. All of the other wires read 28V between them and R, and the ...
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Switch/outlet combo with constant power in outlet?

I want to wire this regular switch&outlet receptacle so that the outlet has constant power. This receptacle will replace the switch in the picture. The current receptacle (where the switch is ...
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Did my contractor install these windows correctly?

I had a contractor come install 4 of these windows for me. He’s an older guy who I believe just does this to keep busy post retirement. The labor costs were very cheap. When I went upstairs afterwards ...
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Finding a good smart switch 3 or 4 gang but the box is sized for 4 switches?

I have an outlet box size for 2 switches wide, the width including the plate is 5" My existing one has 3 side ways toggle and a light switch. However, I want everything to be smart. I would ...
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I am putting a 800sf mobile behind my shop can i run my 100amp 3-3-3-5 supply line through my rafters to the disconnect to the back of my shop for it

I have a sub panel in the front of my shop. I'm putting a 800sf ADU in for my motherinlaw behind my shop. I need a disconnect on my shop to the mobile because it is over 35' away from my shop. I have ...
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Can I connect a 90 degree tee to my plumbing that goes straight down?

I currently have a kitchen sink on the first floor which leads to a vertical pipe (illustrated in black). I would like to connect a bathroom sink to the same vertical pipe (illustrated in orange). Can ...
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How should I ground a shop and a house who both have 2 breaker boxes? One fed by the grid and the other a solar inverter

As the title states, I have a house and a shop both with 240 feeders coming from the grid. I have solar panels and a solar inverter in the shop. The solar inverter is powered by panels, a 48v ...
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Is this crack something that my builder should fix?

The house was built about a year ago. There is crack along the cut and some more on the slab in the garage, which is the first floor of my townhouse.
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How to remove slip and drive duct cleat when there is no room on the sides

I need to remove a 2-foot section of ductwork that got flooded so that I can rip out the internal insulation, but I don't see an easy way to remove the drive cleat since there is only about a 3/4"...
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What varnish for ceramic tile paint on floor? [closed]

I've painted my bathroom floor tiles with Maison Deco Refresh floor paint, a product newly available at Home Base (I'm in the UK). The paint is mostly durable enough but it does seem to chip slightly ...
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How can I remove these shelves without damaging the drywall?

It looks like these shelves are mounted onto the wall, but I don’t know how. There are no visible screws so I can’t figure out how to get the shelves off. I’m assuming they are hidden on the inside, ...
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How to seal concrete foundation with rising rebar?

I have a crack in my concrete foundation that I believe is caused by some exposed and rusting rebar. Do I need to do any thing about the exposed rebar or can I just seal it with the rest of the crack? ...
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ceiling light is not connect with new smart switch

this is my new smart switch. These three gangs are linked to live line. I transfer three switch line to each L1,L2 and L3 and live line to L. There is a bunch of black wire which is combined of 5. and ...
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I'm trying to install a smart switch into a two-gang box. There are three neutral wires tied together, do I just add a fourth one from the switch?

I have a two-gang box where one of the switches is a single-pole switch, and the other one is a 3-way switch. I'm trying to replace the single-pole switch with a smart dimmer, the instructions don't ...
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Can I use zbar and trim to fill a 6" gap at the bottom of siding for my shed/workshop?

So I'd prefer to use 4x8' sheets of the siding as they're available and affordable. Because I want my walls as high as possible I'd prefer to use 96' studs but with the top and bottom plates that ...
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Replacing sub floor, that is under a concrete floor

House was built in the mid 60s. It's on piers with a craw space. While having it leveled, we discovered rot under the half bath. The water leak is fixed. However discovered the sub floor that needs ...
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GFCI breaker on a MWBC (Shared common)

We are doing kitchen reno. We had to replace the main breaker panel. Local code requires we use arc fault breakers. This is not an issue for most of the project, however, the inspector is insisting ...
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Add recessed lighting to a ceiling fan/light - 2 switches

My living room has 2 switches. 1 controlling the ceiling fan the other switch controlling the ceiling fan light. From the panel, I believe it's 14/2 into the box, pigtailed to the two switches, then ...
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How can I temporarily set this porch post until after the winter?

We have this post that is now loose. I wanted to set it back in place and stabilize it (using construction adhesive), so I took it out completely to clean up the ends, and this is when I realized that ...
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Puzzled by breaker trip

Installing a Wemo (switch 1) to replace a 2-pole switch that controls a single outdoor light, which is on the same breaker as the other switch and dimmer in this box. I made connections as illustrated ...
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Can a circuit connecting to an outlet be branched as a subpanel?

Can I have something like this, or does the cable run from the panel to the subpanel need to be dedicated? Main Panel+Breaker -> 40A dryer box with Outlet -> Subpanel+Breakers -> More ...
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How do you verify a good ground connection when using EMT conduit as the ground?

When using metallic conduit as the ground wire, how do you confirm that the conduit provides a solid end-to-end connection? If using an ohm meter, how would you set it up and how many ohms are ...
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Dealing with ants coming in from walls

We just moved to California, and specifically one of the many areas that has a major problem with Argentine Ants. The house we're renting is relatively new (1980s construction), but it seems like it ...
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Specialty screws for reinforcing wooden shelf supported by pins

This is a 6 foot tall MDF + Veneer shelf unit. Adjustable shelves with pin holes. Most are supported as shown. The shelf I am remounting uses screws in the pinhole and the dovetailed inserts in the ...
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Is it weird for have a pressure regulator fail after 5 months? [closed]

We've been in our house about 5 years. 5 months ago we had knocking/whistling issues. We called someone and the plumber replaced our pressure regulator (not sure how old it was). Over the last 2 ...
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Do I have neutral wires here?

I'm trying to install a Brilliant smart switch and it requires a neutral. This particular circuit has two boxes on it, the switch in the picture, as well as a powder room light switch on the other ...
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After being away for three months, we came home to extensive mold on the ground floor addition [closed]

We live on the water and I had mold in my new ground floor addition. It was in all the dressers/closets..everywhere. My husband had the AC set at 78 while away for 3 months and there was 95% humidity. ...
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weird one: how do i modify a light switch wiring so it stays on regardless on if it's flipped up or down?

I know it's weird. But I want the light ON regardless if the switch is flipped up or down. How can I do this? which wires do I cross? Thank You
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Is my HVAC compressor siezed?

My R22 HVAC system stopped working. Trying to see if there is anything else I can do When the compressor kicks on I hear a buzzing sound (presumably when the capacitor is in start mode) and a hen goes ...
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Leaking around flange on inlet of water heater

I am having a problem with a leaky water heater. It is leaking on top around the cold water inlet. I replace the nipple, but this did not fix the issue. It appears the leak is not right around the ...
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Using superglue to stick command hook again to the wall [closed]

I tried to stick my curtain hanger rods to the wall using Command Hooks and it keeps falling down. I was wondering if I could just use superglue on the Command Hooks to stick them to the wall? If ...
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Increasing the depth of existing brickmoulding

I want to install a storm door and the minimum require brick moulding is 1" whereas mine is just 1/2". Is there any way to securely tack on another piece of 1x3 (dimensions of my my existing ...
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When do I use 0.3" and 0.5" w.c. drop MDPE Natural Gas pipe sizing tables?

As a disclaimer, I'm working closely with my inspector and I'm going to subcontract my gas plumbing work to a professional - I just like to do my homework first so I know what's going on, what to ...
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Broken 5/16 x 2 1/2 lag screw in beam

I was trying to hang a weight storage unit in my garage and the lag screw snapped, leaving 1/8 of an inch of the screw exposed from the wall. I'm not sure if I should use an extractor tool or another ...
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hooking up a bathroom light

I have a three switch wall plate, left is overhead light, middle is the bathroom fan, and third is the vanity light on the wall. I removed the vanity light, and I find 4 wires, two white, and two ...
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Air in hot water lines after new water heater installation

Replaced 20 year-old water heater (professional install) a month ago. Ever since it was replaced I get air in hot water lines first thing in the morning. I get less air throughout the day since I use ...
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Brick support angle iron too tight to shingles to replace shingles

We have a front garage with bedroom over half of the garage, with brick facing. The brick support angle is right on top of the shingles and does not allow shingle replacement. Can the old shingles be ...
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Why are water softeners a domestic installation?

I live in a south England region with very hard water, and some years ago I bought a water softener, which has made a big difference by eliminating scale buildup around plugholes etc. However, these ...
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Average R-Value for a house without knowing the materials?

I know enough to be dangerous, in that it makes me think there should be a way to do this. I was reading a paper This Thermal House. And one thing kind of stuck in my mind when I read about the ...
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Is my shallow well pump broken?

Single-line 1 HP shallow well pump with preinstalled 5 gal pressure tank (one of these). Not attached to a well, but drawing water from a tank level with the pump. After a year of disuse, I started it ...
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How do I repair or fix crumbling plaster behind a light fixture?

Around the ceiling rose I spotted some crumbling plaster. I would like to make it good again once I remove the old light fitting. I am not sure what order to do things in. Ideally I want to put up a ...
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Can I put an electrical panel in a closet in a closet?

That's not a typo in the subject line. I am finishing part of my basement to put in a new master bedroom, bathroom, and closet. I was planning on putting the panel in the walk-in closet but enclosing ...

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