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Can I clean range hood exhaust duct without reaching it?

I never clean my range hood 7 years after buying. Exhaust duct is greasy clogged, right? How can I clean it, but not access it? I don't want remove range hood or open exhaust duct. Are there safe ...
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Could this be asbestos?

I'm gonna get the material tested - already bought the kit. But I'm wonder what people think - I thought it might be old mineral wool since I've seen stuff that looks similar to it. I'd read that ...
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One Furnace, Dual Zones — Install Sensi on each?

Just bought a new (<6 years old) house and it's two stories, but only has a single furnace in the attic and a single condenser outside. However, there are two thermostats that work (semi) ...
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What are these stains on my drywall?

Originally thought it was a burn but it looks quite similar to stains from another post made here. Only reason I'm concerned is because it's not circular. It is around the same size as an index finger....
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How to retrofit an impermeabilizant asphalt layer in a roof

An owner asked me to repair a roof for a never maintained ~60 year old construction, which lost its impermeabilizing properties, and year after year leaks water from rains through the concrete over ...
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Increase 1/2'' copper water pipe to 3/4''

I have a 3/4'' main that comes into the house and then reduces to 1/2''. Then all my fixtures run off that in series. My thought is to i make it 3/4'' copper all the way and then run 1/2'' tees to ...
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Are neutrals for several circuits supposed to be connected at the panel?

I have 3 hot wires from the breaker box, 1 goes to a 3 way switch, from the 3 way 2 tracer wires go to the other 3 way switch, the lights are connected to the load terminal of the second 3 way. The ...
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Best way to do some tile floor repair

So the house I bought had a guy who wishes he was good at doing renovation work but really just sucked. And cut a lot of corners. He didn't put any cement board down under any of the tiled floors.. ie ...
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What is the significance that “no blade is involved” in threading pipe?

Lowe's (a big US chain home improvement store) offers black iron pipe cutting and threading services to customers. Basically they sell the pipe & will alter it for you. From their website in the "...
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Can I improve the water pressure by changing from 1/2“ to 3/4” pipe?

My water heater is 40' from my shower. Would replacing 1/2" pipe to 3/4" help increase my water pressure?
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Hanging a heavy edgeless mirror so that it tilts down

I have a mirror similar to this: I'd like to hang it like this: ...where the angle can be easily adjusted whenever I'd like. I'd like to figure out how to simply, cheaply, and securely (living in ...
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Is this an alternate vent connection for my clothes dryer or does it serve another purpose?

I have gas clothes dryer in my new home. Behind the dryer you can see metal conduit for exhaust and gas intake and this seems to be where things are hooked up. Above the dryer, on the wall is a 4" ...
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Should the gaps around the door casing be filled?

I've been removing the architraves and have discovered these gaps as shown in the picture. I'm just wondering if the gaps should be filled, if so with what?
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Carpet badly burned, do I need to replace the whole thing?

My carpet was badly burned by a heat lamp. Bad enough that the room started to fill with smoke. The burn is about 8 inches in diameter. The entire room is about 13'x 14'. Is it possible to just ...
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Correct way to remove a red wire from a circuit

Reference: Can I convert a 3-way switch that switches half duplex outlets into an outlet? My answer to the referenced question involves removing the red wire between two 3-way switches and converting ...
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How does an end notch in a ceiling beam affect deflection calculations?

We have a ceiling beam that is a standard 4x8 over 12 feet. Let's stipulate that is properly sized for the weight load over that span. But, what if, in order to place that beam, we need to notch it ...
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How to mount load-bearing assembly meant to be installed into joists

I recently got the below ceiling-mounted pull-up bar that installs into joists with 3" lag bolts. Unfortunately, my joists run perpendicular to the direction that I want to install this bar, so I need ...
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How to Lubricate a Hammer Drill

I own a hammer drill (DeWalt d25263). I was using it today, and everything went well. But as I removed the SDS chisel bit that I was using, I saw a good bit of grease on the shank of the bit. I've ...
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Splicing building wire cables to accommodate door

I'm adding a doorway under a stairwell and ran into wiring running through the wall. My question is specific to the wiring. I'm planning to add a junction box on each side, splice, and then extend the ...
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Basement plumbing vent [duplicate]

RE: I am installings a basement bath (toilet, shower and sink) Saniflo macerating pump system. The house has a 3" vent pipe going from the basement ceiling thru the roof to vent the pump system into. ...
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Do powerline adaptors need to be plugged into outlets that are on the same leg

I used a powerline adapter like this to connect my security camera receiver to my router. This allows me to access the cameras from my cell phone which was working but now it doesn't. There's two ...
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Outlet Relocation and wiring

I have an outlet I am going to move up the wall. The outlet has two cables running to it. My question is, if I run a new straight down from my new outlet location, do I just tie together all three ...
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Is it a problem that my bathtub drains directly into the wall?

This is the drain in the bath tub: Here is what I see inside the hole My landlord said is ok. But I think water going directly to wall can't be a good idea. My question is how bad is it? Needs ...
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Replacing existing ceiling fan, with on/off switch only to wall mount control of light/fan

My old ceiling fan switch used black, red, green (ground) no white. Built after 2004 white was in outlet box, 4 white wires but all together in single cap - not used. New wall mount switch has ...
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Can I use SONAX silicone spray to lubricate our Reebok treadmill? [closed]

I have Reebok Z10 treadmill, which had its silicone oil bottle. but after using it for around a year and lubricate each 1-2 months, I wanted to get a new lubrication oil. I found a product named ...
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Fitting dishwasher under granite

Replacing a dishwasher and noticed they had tiled underneath and the dishwasher I purchased wouldn't fit. So I used an angle grinder and grout removel tool to remove the tiles down to the backer board ...
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How clean inside range hood, over fans?

My Toronto, CA condo has Sakura R727II range hood. I screen capped page 7 in Installation Guide. I bought 7 years ago, and never cleaned inside! When I sear or pan fry some things, I smell much smoke ...
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Can I convert a 3-way switch that switches half duplex outlets into an outlet?

I have a room where all the wall outlets are half switched, bottom half always hot, top half are run by two 3-way switches. One of the 3-way switches is on a wall I am removing and turning into a pony ...
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Walls out of square, how to align base cabinet?

Hello all. In the process of remodeling a kitchen, and the corner where this standalone base cabinet is going is quite out of square, to the tune of about 1/2" gap at each end of the cabinet. Next to ...
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Can I install attic ladder perpendicular to joists?

I only have one area in old house on the 3rd floor where I can put a pull down attic ladder. That is a narrow hallway but the ladder would need to be installed perpendicular to joists. It is an old ...
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Removing Wall with 2x4 roof supports attached

I am working on a home remodeling project and would like to remove a wall. When investigating the structure. The wall runs parallel right between two rafters. On top of the wall there are 2 2x4's that ...
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Mid project finishing basement: should I rip out new framing?

I am learning that the wood framing that has just been installed (glued) in my basement really should have come after putting in continuous foam board insulation against the wall, separating the wood ...
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How do I move my sheave pulley vertical with the bottom door bracket?

I just recently purchased a house and the garage doors need some work (Replace wheels with silicon for less noise, etc..). While I'm at it I also want to change the stationary sheave pully so that the ...
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Can I Leave Ground/wires on a GFCI outlet Un-conected?

Thx for taking my question; I bought a New duplicate Outlet/Light switch/ one outlet for my bathroom. New outlet has two black ground wires; I
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question about supplying gas via multiple lines to a water heater

We moved into a new construction home a few months ago. The house has what I believe are 1/2 inch flexible gas lines running from a basement manifold to various appliances (water heater, two different ...
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How can I trust a local window manufacturer? What to research or check?

I'd like to support local and there's 3 companies nearby that offer custom made vinyl windows. They all seem to be >30 year old companies, which I respect a lot. I did a ton of research it seems ...
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Can a basement bathroom be vented through a stack servicing sinks on the floor above?

Can a basement bath (toilet, sink and shower) macerating pump system be workably (not codes) vented into a 3" PVC that vents out the roof if the 3" PVC vent pipe also has 2 vanity sinks on the floor ...
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Adding new electrical outlet; ceiling insulation is sandwiched between drywall and plywood (attic)

I'm looking for a good technique to add an outlet to a wall that currently has no electrical. My initial thought until my discovery was to: 1) Identify the stud I want to anchor the outlet to 2) ...
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Upgrading a heat pump to a larger heat strip

Our heat pump is having trouble keeping up on colder mornings. It's not just defrost kicking in, as it's blowing cold (less than the target temperature) for an hour or two some days. The heat strip ...
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Find adapter for an air hose

I bought this adapter to easier fill my car tires with air: (https://ebay.us/vtTY9x) However, the outer diameter of the left side is 1/4" and it has no inner thread. I wanted the left side to be a ...
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Is it ok to use joint compound for a thin or skim coat on new drywall?

Is it ok to use ready mix joint compound on new drywall as a thin coat or skim coat ( if that means the same thing ). I just want to paint the walls or what is best to seal drywall for just painting. ...
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What is this component wired into a bench grinder motor?

I'm refurbishing an old Black & Decker 6" bench grinder. It's got a power cord, an On/Off switch, and an A/C motor. The motor doesn't energize, even with a manual start, and I'd like to check the ...
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Changing the light switch

I am changing the light fixtures and I got stuck. The wires coming from the wall are Red (was connected at the bottom of old switch), Blue (was connected at the top) and Copper (was connected with a ...
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Trying to reset a whirlpool washing machine wwdc 6400/1 (front loading)

My washing machine start button broke and my neighbour popped in to have a look and fix it (the day after I had come back home from an emergency operation so I was very out of it) he has replaced and ...
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How can I get this asbestos sheet removed?

So I have just learned that the sheet embedded in the wall (see picture) is asbestos. We're going to get a new room made adjacent to this wall, and I need to get this sheet removed? Unfortunately, ...
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Isn't range hood with filter top fan better?

My Toronto, CA condo has Sakura R727II range hood (Installation Guide). I saw this an other Sakura range hood on Google Pictures. Please answer questions 1 and 2 in picture. Isn't range hood with ...
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Where are filters on my range hood?

My Toronto, CA condo has Sakura R727II range hood (Installation Guide) and has Twin sensor-loaded motors Twin centrifugal turbo fans Teflon-coated non-stick fan blades Rear oil ...
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Connecting two dimmers in one box

I am replacing one 3 way switch with a dimmer and an older dial dimmer with a new one way pole dimmer. After powering down and removing the old switch and dial dimmer I found a red wire and two ...
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How should I connect a new outlet cable to a box with two existing cables?

I have a outlet that supplies a garage door opener. It has two black wires and two white wires. One black is hot. I want to use this outlet as a power source to install outdoor spotlight. I ran new ...
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Gas stove no ground in outlet

House was built in the 50's and there is a 3 prong outlet but no ground wire. I've tested it best of my knowledge, the metal casing is not ground either. 2 black and white wires. Basically, am I ...

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