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Remove fireplace leave metal chimney on roof

I removed a wood-burning stove and cut through the double-lined metal chimney flue in the attic. In the short term I jammed some insulation in the metal liner and left the rest of the chimney with the ...
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Attaching porch roof or pergola to old brick home

I just took apart a very badly made porch attached to an old brick house (built circa 1890). I do not want to go into the details but the old porch was so badly built (cement blocks as footings, ...
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Is it possible to rip thin strips of wood only using hand tools? [migrated]

Say from a standard board 1 in x3 in x6 feet cut strips of 1/8 in thickness?
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Expanding two gang box to three gang with metal conduit

I live in Chicago so everything in my walls is in metal conduit. In what is currently a two gang box, all three of the top punch out holes are connected to metal conduit. I'd like to expand this to a ...
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Is my range hood re-circulation or extraction?

Above our cooker/range/hobs there is a range hood. How can I tell whether it is extraction (I.E. it takes the air outside) Or re-circulation (I.E. It cleans it but sends it back into the kitchen)? The ...
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How to finish edge of tiled shower with metal outside drywall?

I have a newly tiled shower that was put in with a metal edging piece. However you can still see the edge of the cement board underneath it where it meets the wall. How do I finish this?
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2 switch to one - Similar but not the same

I have outside security lights on two separate switches. I am remodeling and have removed a door and now only want one switch to control the security lights. When disconnecting the one switch I ...
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Unable to turn knob on Rheem hot water heater to pilot

I have a Rheem heater (Model# PROG50-38N RH60). The pilot has gone out. This tutorial suggests I must turn the knob to pilot to start the process of relighting the heater. When I try to turn my knob ...
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Which location would be better for my this type of room to install split air conditioner?

I'm from north India. I have to install a split air conditioner (see example). So I'm wondering what location in my room would be better. My room dimensions are roughly 10 x 12 x 10 (Length x Breadth ...
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Is Zebra shades worth of it? [closed]

We recently moved to our new house, and I like the interior design of this house. I am planning to change the window curtains. We plan to replace them with zebra shades. Are Zebra shades worth of to ...
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Controlling ceiling fan and light with a single pole switch using caseta for apple home control

How can I control a ceiling fan / light which currently is controlled by a single light switch and pull chains using a caseta switch to integrate with the home app on the iphone
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Is this CSST bonding proper?

Is it okay for the 6 AWG copper bonding to come in contact with the CSST? Notes: Distances are not drawn to scale; CSST is about 60 feet with bends and turns Assume the black iron is properly ...
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I have a forced air system in my new home. The heat and air conditioning are unbalanced. How do I fix it?

I reversed damper configuration as were instructed when we bought the house now that its getting hotter out. Unfortunately the upstairs is much hotter then the downstairs. More specifically we are ...
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perimeter/barrier/dam on thinset for self leveling compound

What product or methods can I use to create a perimeter/barrier/dam on thinset for self leveling compound in a doorway? I'm pouring 300sf in sections as the SLC has limited working time. Thermostrips ...
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Electrical switch for outdoor security light(motion activated)

I would like to have the switch work to give power to outdoor lights when we are active on the patio, then hit the switch and turn off outdoor lights and send power to motion activated light. This way ...
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Finding where the C “Common” wire should be in my heating unit

I'm trying to understand where the common wire would be from my system's wiring diagram. The thermostat itself only has the R and W connected. Is my understanding correct that it would be the wire ...
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How can I fix foundation cracks near a window? [closed]

Two small cracks extend downward from windows in basement and I feel like there may be mold from previous floods. What do I need to do so it will pass an inspection for a mortgage? The house is 68 ...
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Black/brown substance from/in cold water

Noticed some dark substance which comes out from faucets. Wonder what it might be and what I should do next.
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Make a built-in desk level with uneven floor, or true level

I'm making a 13 ft-long (4 m) built-in desk along one wall of a room. Adopting the engineer's creed that anything worth thinking is worth over-thinking, I used my neighbor's tripod-mounted optical ...
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2-gang switch with 3 black wires, how to wire up smart switches?

A friend and I have been wiring up my new home (built 2012, neutrals everywhere) with Lutron Caseta smart switches (specifically in this case, PDW-5ANS-WH-A) and he was working on my guest bathroom ...
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How to fix scratch on laminate hardwood

How can I fix this deep scratch
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How can I fix the mounting of these outlets in this box that is taller than the outlet?

I have 4 outlets in my garage mounted in an exposed box where they do not seem to be centered. (This seems to be a 4-11/16" box.) Removing the cover plate reveals that each pair of outlets is ...
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Need to know if 50 amp break

Want to know 100amp breaker box Can be use
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New Home: daily, random, multiple AFCI breakers tripping

We have a brand new home in Puget Sound which we moved into 2 months ago. We are plagued with constant, random, tripping of multiple AFCI breakers on a daily basis. Some days, just two or three ...
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Which wires go where for the extra switch on a HPM doublepoint outlet with extra switch?

I am replacing a double powerpoint that has an extra switch to activate the insinkerator (under the kitchen sink). There is a red wire that comes out of the wall with the black wires and that is one ...
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How can I tell if a drill clutch has been damaged?

I have a pretty new, pretty nice Dewalt cordless drill (DCD791). I haven't used it much, but today my wife needed help drilling a giant auger into the ground to make holes for plants. There were lots ...
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Question about wood expansion for V-groove/shiplap boards

I have a lot of tongue and groove, reversible shiplap / v-groove boards from a big box store. I would like to use them for a plank ceiling that is 25x8ft. It is unclear to me how these boards allow ...
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Dimmer function does not work after replacing light fixture with 3 lights

I have replaced a light fixture and the 3 lights. Old lights worked fine and were dimmable. I had to replace the lights because of a diff size fitting, they are LED and according to the package are ...
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Water restriction when washing machine is running

I live in a townhome. Only when the washing machine is running I'm not able to use water anywhere in the house. As soon as it washing machine stops the water works immediately. I believe its a valve ...
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second window for toilet on rented apartment

I rented my apartment in the summer, now with the cold weather starting (Australia). I noticed how cold the toilet window makes the apartment, there is zero isolation, and is basically a window with ...
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Direct Burial Wire for 200 Amp Sub Panel from 200 Amp Main

I'm trying to get the right info to price out my project. I plan to install a 200 amp sub-panel in a shed with a 125 to 150 amp feeder breaker. The shed is about 180 feet away from the main panel. The ...
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Installing window AC in single hung window

I am installing windows ac in a single hung window. Problem is that bottom support of AC is about 1/4th inch wider than 2 lips of window. Also outside lip is 1/4 inch higher than inside lip.
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Wire gauge needed for outbuilding with welder

I have a standalone building that I'm going to start welding and doing other metal work out of. When looking over the current wiring I came across a wild shock that all I could do was laugh. The ...
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What to do with ground wire in a double gang dimmer switch

I am replacing 1 of the 2 dimmer switches in a double gang box. I'm replacing the right switch in the picture. The new dimmer switch (Lutron smart switch) has 3 wires, which includes the ground wire. ...
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Outdoor bench slat sizing

I'm looking to build a 36" wide outdoor bench for an outdoor changing room. My thought is to use PT pine for the slats. The span is 36" and would be supported at both ends (by the 2x4 studs ...
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Is this a bad tile work? what can we do to improve it?

Our contractors have almost finished the tile work in our half-bath. I noticed there were large gaps between the wall and the tiles. They are very noticeable. (Please see the pics.) The gap, the tile ...
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Concrete slab for a hot tub

I want to lay a 9 x 9 concrete slab for 125 psi hot tub how thick do I have to make it? And what kind of base should I use?
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Is it necessary to fill all the joints before install drywall tape on them?

Is it true that fill up the joints before taping can prevent cracking?
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Can I control a heat pump and boiler heat with one thermostat?

I want to swap out the old air handler for a new one and the old straight AC for a heat pump. I will not be putting a heat package in; I will use my boiler as the emergency heat. The boiler is in the ...
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Wiring low voltage doorbell wire through exterior wall and studs

I currently have a battery powered doorbell that I would like to replace with a hardwired doorbell. Problem is, my house is not wired for a doorbell. My solution is to replace the outlet in the ...
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Wiring a blank face afci, gfci and a regular outlets in a circuit, made a loud noise in gfci box

I've a new basement kitchen 20amp circuit (with regular 20 amp breaker) that has a blank face AFCI (near the panel), GFCI outlet (first outlet in the kitchen) and regular outlet at the end (used a 15 ...
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Pull power from hard-wired smoke detector?

I'd like to put a power outlet in a closet to power some tech. I have access to the attic above the closet so I'm looking for possible sources to tap into. I first thought about ceiling-mounted lights,...
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What brand is a kitchen sink with this logo?

I'm trying to identify a kitchen sink. We try to replace it, but want to keep the granite counters, so we need to find the same brand with the same line so that the dimension matches It has a logo on ...
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Solutions for a difficult-to-reach shut-off valve

To access the shut-off valve in my condo, I need to physically enter the crawlspace and squeeze through a knee wall, all the while avoiding ductwork, cables, and other pipes. The photo below is taken ...
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Wire guage needed for adding a 100 amp breaker box in garage

I'm running a wire buried wire from my indoor breaker box to an indoor breaker box in my detached garage. I have a 200 amp main breaker box but in the garage I am using a 100 amp breaker box. The main ...
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Ethernet routing, through-wall conduits

I'm looking to install a PoE camera system. The system comes with 8 cameras and the Ethernet cables will mostly be routed on ceilings and walls (not within them). I have some questions about making ...
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Tiling back patio over concrete, with slant towards drain

We have a small 9' x 9' concrete back patio that has a drain in the center (see pic). The cement is angled towards the drain, so when it rains there actually isn't too much water build up, which is ...
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Do lapped joists need to extend over the beam the same distance from each side?

I know you should lap joists at least 12", and the longer the lap the better. However, in order to use 8' joists, can I lap the joists like the image attached? The beam in red is a drop beam. ...
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Is it possible to install a bathroom fan, vanity power plugs, LED lights, a small towel dryer and a smart toilet on just 2 circuits?

I have this small toilet and I am surprised that it requires its own circuit https://www.ovedecors.com/en/stan-toilet.html POWER OUTLET REQUIREMENT This product must be plugged into a ...
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Replace a bathroom drop in sink with cut out of 15“ x 24”

Need to replace a bathroom drop in sink with cutout of 15" x 24". Have not found a sink that will fit those dimensions. Any suggestions. Thank you

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