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240 volt heater installation

I would like to hook up a 240 garage heater with wire I had used for a old hot tub. The wire has 4 wires ,red, black, white and ground. The hook up on the heater only has 2 hook ups for a black ...
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Washing machine drain pipe backing up

After 5 years of using the same washing machine, suddenly the drain pipe backs up and overflows onto the floor during the drain cycle. House was built in 2008. We have done the following and cannot ...
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Switch with 2 black wires and 1 white

I looked at a few answers before I wrote this, but none seemed to apply appropriately. The two I saw related to switched wiring for a plug and a light, but I am replacing a switch. I took off an ...
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Moen Shower/Tub Valve Identification / Water temp issue

I am currently redoing the shower/tub surround, and would like to know what valve I currently have. It is a Moen, and uses the 1225 cartridge (crystal pull out handle, pull for volume twist for ...
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Connect three kitchen appliances to same water line?

In the kitchen, I'm trying to connect the sink, dishwasher, and washing machine to the same hot water line. Currently, my hot water has dishwasher and sink are hooked up: https://imgur.com/zgVDJG1 I ...
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How to frame for a drywall ceiling with 8 feet between trusses?

I have a post frame building that was recently constructed where the post and joists have 8 foot on center spacing. The building is 38' x 54' and we had a 2nd floor built on the North end of it which ...
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GE PowerMark Gold + Conversion Kit

GE has their PowerMark Gold series subpanels. Some of those are main lug that are convertible to main breaker. I bought one of those panels (https://www.lowes.com/pd/GE-125-Amp-14-Spaces-24-Circuit-...
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Suspending many lightweight acoustic panels from a plaster ceiling

I have a collection of fairly lightweight acoustic panels that I want to suspend from a plaster ceiling (see mockup images below). My question: What is the best way to attach them? Here’s the shape of ...
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Over the range microwave venting

I am installing my OTR microwave. The venting looks like it will definitely not align (thanks HVAC guy). In any case, can I simply use flexible venting to connect the microwave flange to the roof ...
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Is there a purpose for reveal between window jamb and casing (other than aesthetics)?

Hopefully this question is answerable. When making up window trim, there is typically a small reveal between the jamb and the casing. Is there a reason for having this, other than aesthetics / ...
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Installing trap with new deeper sink

I am trying to install a trap but I am having issues in doing so. I can seem to get the trap arm to line up with the trap. I am off by just about half an inch. Is there any solution other than ...
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What are the pros and cons of getting a radon inspection before buying a home?

Discussion I have had with some of my partners. We understand what radon is, what causes it, how to mitigate it and the health effects it imposes. These are givens and a different question. My ...
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Tesla Mobile Connector tripping GFCI on NEMA 5-15

Many times when I plug in my Tesla, the GFCI 5-15 outlet in our garage trips, killing the whole circuit. It usually works fine after resetting the GFCI and trying again. This happens whether or not I ...
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Can Honeywell c wire adapter or Venstar add-a-wire work with dual transformer system?

I have a dual transformer system where the baseboard heat (RH-W) and AC (RC-Y-G) are wired independently and currently it's working well on my Honeywell thermostat. I would like to buy a smart ...
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3-Arm pergola corner bracket for 4x4s?

How can I reproduce the functionality of these 3-Arm pergola corner brackets for 4x4 wood posts? My concern is that it will need to securely hold the weight of the treated 4x4. They would be used for ...
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Garage Window Trim Material [closed]

I've got a garage window which is totally untrimmed. The interior of the garage is rough drywall with one coat of mud. I'd like to trim out the window, finish coat the drywall, paint, and then trim ...
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Options for a new washer/dryer hookup [closed]

I have washer/dryer stackable combo coming in for a rental at this house. I have the location set and the drywall pulled to see what's behind. The location is adjacent to 2 bathrooms so I have 2 sets ...
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Stone veneer fireplace with TV mount and mantle

I'm currently attempting to create a "stone" accent wall where I plan on installing a fireplace mantel and TV mount. I purchased and hung cement board to my frame and came across a few ...
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Hanging chandelier with wire support

We're trying to install a chandelier and the instructions are generic (not for this specific light). I have hung chandeliers before but they always utilize the center threaded piece that holds the ...
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Installing old doorbell chime (6 to 10v AC or 3-6v DC) with Ring 16v transformer

I live in a very old house and unfortunately when renovating, the construction crew broke my old doorbell chime. I managed to find a similar chime but I am not sure it will work with my Ring doorbell: ...
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Basement bathroom PEX branching to fixtures

We're plumbing our new basement bathroom. The nearest fixture from the main hot/cold water line will be the vanity sink. Can I run from the main line to the vanity sink (one faucet), and then branch ...
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What are the unused 240V breakers in my panel for? [closed]

The main service panel in my house has eight 2 pole breakers in it. It breaks down as: 2 40A breakers for the AC units 2 50A breakers for the furnaces 1 40A breaker for the stove 1 30A breaker for ...
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Necessary to tape ceiling-wall joint if installing moulding?

Just got my drywall up in a room that I will be installing crown moulding in. Is taping the joints where the ceiling meets the wall necessary if its just going to be covered up? I've heard mixed ...
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How strong should the air current from my heat pump be, and is there a way to adjust the power myself?

I've had a heatpump installed this spring. And it really feels like the air strength is not enough to circulate the hot hair around. So the temperature is unequal around the house, like floors being ...
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How do I make a bulk holding tank for fire trucks to fill, using 3 different tanks of different sizes and different elevations?

I need to make a reserve of water for a fire truck to come and suck from. I have 3 tanks on my site that I plan to pipe together, to make one location to suck from all the tanks. Problem I have is ...
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What would cause water to pulse from the faucet?

What causes both hot and cold water from kitchen tap to pulsate as if getting a breath. This happens at all times of day and is most noticeable at half to full flow.
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Are there any caveats or benefits to TPI hacksaw blades?

Is there any benefit to variable TPI hacksaw blades where there the TPI varies from one end to the other? I only see potential caveats: it might cause problems or how inconvenient it is to have only ...
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Is THWN wire appropriate for an underground vehicle charging circuit?

We recently purchased a Tesla Model 3 and are planning on adding a 240V NEMA 14-50 outlet in our detached garage to improve charging speeds. Tesla's documentation specifies 6 AWG copper wire with 4 ...
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Should I use plumbers tape on tub drain or just plumbers putty?

I am replacing the tub drain (chrome to bronze). I was wondering if I should use plumbers tape on the drain, or is the putty enough? EDIT: Thank you for your responses. I am changing the drain only. ...
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Cooktop replacement… induction or ceramic? [closed]

I currently have a St George CC355 cooktop (2 burner) paired with an electric grill. The cooktop is hardwired in and the grill plugs in to a powerpoint under the bench. The ceramic cooktop shattered ...
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Fixing a door hinge when the part of the board it was attached to is gone?

In a house built in 1950 there is a door in the basement that the top hinge is connected but the bottom hinge is not attached because the part of the board it was attached to is gone. I do not know ...
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Using spare red insulated 10 gauge wire as a ground

I had some spare 10/3 NM cable from which I repurposed the black, white, and bare wires and ran through conduit. There's a circuit junction nearby that doesn't have a ground and isn't spliced inside a ...
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How to detect minor leaks in problem area below skylight?

I've had problems with my skylight leaking into the conditioned space (roughly 1 gallon per storm), but I think it've fixed it for the short term by replacing its screws and caulking it. I don't see ...
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Is this plumber's putty?

Is this giant mess made of plumber's putty, and if so, what can I expect to find behind it if I chisel (or Dremel) it off? It has a slow leak so I'd like to fix it, but I'm not sure what it is, and I'...
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How to wire Minivector control relay for Honeywell Wifi Thermostat to control 240v baseboard heater

new here, and just a "homeowner electrician". When I bought the house there was a low voltage thermostat controlling a 240v Cadet baseboard heater. Upon investigation, there is a Minivector ...
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Cutting an area of vinyl plank flooring that is already installed

Last year I installed vinyl plank flooring in my basement (on concrete floor + underlay), including an area under the stairs. I now want to build a closet under the stairs and have the problem having ...
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Can I use an “impact driver for concrete” to drill or drive screws in wood?

I'm making a slat board fence with old weathered wood and 2x4s. My new cordless drill has 2 battery packs. I bought an impact driver for concrete but never used one before. Can I use my impact driver ...
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What is this12“x12” metal box in my basement floor?

I have a 12"x12" metal box that was under some 30+ year old tile in my basement. Does anyone know what this is here for, and should access be maintained to it? Under the metal it is ...
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What to do when spray foam has been removed and still have bad smell?

Several years ago my dad was talked into spray foaming the ceiling of the attic with spray foam. Ever since there has been a tremendous amount of dust and bad smell. Lots of health problems have ...
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Replacing garbage disposal w/ straight pipe. What to do with the wire?

I'm removing a busted garbage disposal from under the sink and replacing it with straight pipe. I think I can manage this part of the job, but I don't know what to do with the wire. I mean the wire ...
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Electric oven keeps cutting out

My electric oven keeps cutting out (completely shutting down, all lights, fan and heating element turn off). After a few minutes it starts up again. This happens repeatedly. The oven has a mechanical ...
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What type of door seal is this, and where can I find a replacement?

Below are 2 photos of kerf insulation I have on a double door. I can't seem to find a good match for it at HD or Lowes though. All of the insulation I've found seems to be the wrong shape. Does ...
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Why do my brand new LED lights work fine sometimes but sometimes are dim with dark spots?

I have 2 4ft LED light tubes in my kitchen, sometimes they turn on just fine and work all day but some days they only turn on half way, both of them are very dim and one of them has a dark spot in the ...
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Mounting screws into thin plastic decoration

I'm trying to mount a smart doorbell on a doorframe. The problem is that the latter runs a decorative "pillar" made out of thin plastic (see photo) with a gap between the plastic and the ...
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Goodman - C wire connection

I have an older unit Goodman furnace with a c-wire that isn't connected to the unit. In order to install a wifi thermostat to supply continuous power I need to connect the c wire. I see spots for the ...
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Inside panel circuit also powered by outside panel?

I am a DIYer and would like some advice (even if the advice is "call an electrician"). I have a house built in the 1950s. I have 2 independent electrical panels from the meter-1 inside, the ...
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Light with Dimmer and LED bulbs blinks when on by itself

I have a light and the switch is a Lutron LED/CFL compatible dimmer switch. If only that light is on it will blink a lot, 2-3 times every 5 seconds. However, if I turn on another light that is on the ...
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What are the 2 wires in my switch box

I have a 3 switch box. I have some high hats in the front and back of the room and a box in the center of the ceiling. 2 of the switches control each set of high hats. Both are blk & wht. ...
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Rotating a staircase and making a new landing. How do I support it

I am looking to rotate this staircase. Instead of descending in a southerly direction, I would like them to descend to the east. To do that my plan is to make the top step (step 5) into a landing and ...
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No current to GFCI outlet after installation in to junction box

I just installed a new 20 amp GFCI in an outdoor outlet. There are only three wires coming out of the junction box, the black, white and copper wire. After installation, I turned the current back on ...

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