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Is the gauge of a circuit a function of the draw, or a function of the distance?

Goal I'm attempting to accomplish: Create a blanket of globe lights that all hang at different heights such that the wires that the bulbs hang from are thin enough not to be too visible. 120V, 15A ...
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Keep and patch, or replace white rigid foam during basement remodel?

I'm removing old wood paneling and drywall which is glued to (what appears to be regular Styrofoam) foam board, which is glued to a cinder block basement wall. The goal is to add more insulation (2x4 ...
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Installation of Liquid Propane Gas line to new Takagi Tankless Water Heater

I'm installing a new Takagi Tankless water heater and wanting to make sure I have the line plumbed to the unit correctly. I have the Main line @ 3/4" hard Pipe, 3/4" Ball valve, 3/4" Flex Line, Tee ...
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Future proofing for 220V outlet

I currently have a 12A EVSE that takes either 110V or 220V and uses a normal three-prong (NEMA 5-15) plug. I am looking to install a 220V outlet on a 50A circuit breaker to use with this EVSE, but I'm ...
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Correct polarity of outlets from breaker

I'm putting an ice maker in my storage shed at vacation spot. Some of the convenience outlets are inverted and I can't be sure of the correct polarity?
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What is the name of this Allen-head furniture fastener?

I have a couple of boards that are parts of a table I am assembling, and I wish to know the name of the metal piece of hardware circled in red, below. I would have thought it was called a bolt, but I ...
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3-Wire 30A needs to be 4-wire 30A for new oven, can I run a ground from wall outlet?

I'm replacing an oven that was wired with 240V 3-wire 30A (Black, White, Red) and the new oven is 240V 4-wire 30A. Can I run a copper ground wire from a 15A grounded outlet two feet away?
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Downspout Clogged

I have a downspout that runs directly into the ground. My first question is where would a downspout that enters the ground like this lead to/empty out to? My next problem is that this spout is ...
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How to fix gap between carpet and wall to prevent rodent?

Our condo is located in a forest/mountain area and we have suffered some rodent issues lately. We have two stories, and bedrooms are located downstairs. As I sleep at night, I often hear sound of ...
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Bandsaw cutting at weird angle

My bandsaw follow and cut a straight line, but vertically, it almost immediately shifts the bottom part to the left and cuts a weird angle where the cut i'm making on like a 10" tall block of foam ...
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Outdoor LED lights runnng dim/flickering

These lights are Kichler hardscape step lights and mounted and installed professionally through a stone wall. They are wired to a 300 watt multitap transformer and the other two lines work fine. The ...
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Baseboard Heater ( no thermostat )

I have a baseboard heater in my bathroom. It doesn't have a thermostat on the heater itself and there isn't one on the wall either. When I want heat I have to turn on the breaker feeding that heater. ...
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Old wood painted

I have an old, probably 50+yrs, architecture drawing table that I've resized and using as kitchen island. I need it white, so I lightly sanded old top and painted with latex. I allowed drying time ...
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Sizing up a battery bank for max continuous power draw

EDIT: on hold while I check conditions @Harper pointed to the fact that my battery is rated to draw 165A continuously for an hour, which should cover the needs of my inverter when my vacuum starts up....
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How to safely clean rust and prep on a section of HVAC ductwork before insulating

So I have a small section (about 1.5 ft) of non-insulated ductwork with some rust right above my HVAC blower/furnace in the basement. The rust seems to be caused by the water that sweats on that ...
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Leaking waste pipe connector

I live in a semi-detached house in the UK (built in 1946). Until recently, one of the the upstairs bathroom's walls was the outside wall of the house (the side wall). The toilet is connected to an ...
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How can I move a 500 lb wooden table top into my basement down a flight of stairs?

I am planning to install a large wooden work table in my basement. The top is 10 x 4 x 3" which means it will weigh about 500 pounds. The problem is: how do I get it into the basement? The only ...
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How do I find flow and return of central heating spur?

I'm attempting to confirm which of the two pipes of my central heating spur is the flow and which is the return. The advice I've found so far says to look for marking: RED marking (either tape or ...
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Ceiling fan light dims up and down continuously

I have a 13 year old hunter ceiling fan with a remote that dims the lights and turns them on and off. The fan works fine but the light just started to dim up and down continuously on its own. Anyone ...
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How urgent is it to resolve two-prong problems?

I have read How do I use three-prong appliances when my outlets are mostly two-prong?. I have recently moved into a house that has some two-prong and some three-prong outlets. The place in the ...
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Why is my fire extinguisher emptied after one use?

I'm planning to make a small DIY gas tank and I saw people using old or used fire extinguishers but I don't understand why my fire extinguisher can't hold pressure after one use. I have this fire ...
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Ceiling fan trouble/question

I have been working with a ceiling fan for the last few days and I feel utterly defeated. The fan in question is the Clarkston 2 44in. LED. I went into the previous light fixture and disassembled it....
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I have an answer, but Stack Exchange won't let me post [migrated]

So I stumbled across a question that had no good answers given. As it turns out, I stumbled across it because I was searching the Internet for an answer for the question myself. Then I continued to ...
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Stored used refrigerator & dishwasher

I have a Viking counter depth refrigerator & a Fisher Paykel double dish drawer dishwasher. We have used them both since 2007, we had storm damage to our home & they both sat unplugged for ...
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How can I replicate this drywall texture?

The title and picture say it all. It's a very subtle texture.
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Complete Waterproof Service Panel AWG 1 Splice

We need to splice or extend existing AWG 1 main service panel wires and the splice would be left open to rain. What kind of connectors that would create watertight waterproof splice? I have this (...
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Problem with old light switch

The screw on my light switch somehow came loose on its own, and when I screwed it back in it made the light flicker and go out. Would it be safe to unscrew it again? What would make this happen?
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Light Switch/Dimmer Question

Looking to re-wire a room with a bit different design. Goal: I have a room which is a living room on one end and an office on the other (two zones if you will) where I am installing can lights. I ...
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Testing an uninstalled outlet

Is there some way to test an outlet to see if it's good and works without going through all the effort of installing it, like maybe with DC from a battery so that the LED lights? That may not be a ...
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Refrigerator quits cooling (lights/freezer work) & 24 hr unplugged only fixes it for < 2 weeks

Our garage refrigerator (Kenmore with the freezer on the bottom) started not cooling in late July. The lights kept working & the freezer kept working, but the top part (the refrigerator section) ...
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Does a fixture connected directly to the ground stack (vented) need to be vented separately?

I'm adding a shower in the basement (there was a half-bathroom already) and the new drain is literally right by the stack (probably few feet away, 3-4' max), so I would think the air coming from the ...
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PCM air test results, fiber count different from f/cc, why?

We recently have removed old vinyl flooring and the people that performed the abatement did a pre, during and post clearance air tests using the PCM method. The pre and post tests resulted in 0.016 ...
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Original vaulted ceiling drywall mistake repair

I have a vaulted ceiling drywall joint crack that extends across two adjacent sides of a 4'x8' sheet of drywall and runs into another 1' section, across & perpendicular to the vaulted peak. The ...
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Need Help: New TV + Stabiliser

I really need help. I bought a 65 inch LG OLED TV 2 weeks ago. Since its an expensive TV so i bought "V Guard digi 200" from amazon, but here comes the problem. When electricity goes then it switches ...
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Maytag Dishwasher

The air vent is located on top of the door (upper left corner). Hot steam comes out and has discolored the granite. I called Maytag and was told it could be the seal around the door. The service tech ...
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Can I Move Interior Load-Bearing Walls Without Changes/Additions to Beams/Piers/Foundation?

I'm trying to determine if I can make some changes to my house's interior walls without making changes or additions to the underlying beam/pier/foundation structure. I have attached a drawing of the ...
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What is the correct/conventional turning direction for double lever faucet handles in a shower?

Possibly this question depends on location. I'm most interested in the US convention. I have read here a convincing claim about sink faucet handles: when there are separate hot and cold handles, ...
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Trying to remove a single handle shower faucet with stripped out set screw

I'm trying to remove a shower faucet handle, but the set screw seems to be stripped out. Honestly, it looks to me like there isn't much if any of the screw left for an extractor bit to grab hold of, ...
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Splice or replace

Accidentally cut power cord while pruning shrub and needed to repair by splicing wires together without making contact or needing to repair again. Asked associate at local hardware store and he ...
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How to extract and then add new refrigerant oil to a home hvac system after existing oil was contaminated with humidity?

Condenser copper refrigerant lines were cut by vandals. They stayed open for several days. Before recharching with r-22, i know the repairmen will have to braze the copper lines and remove all the ...
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How to make a reverse bend in a sheet metal box

I need to bend sheet metal in a box-like shape, but with one flap in the reverse direction as shown below: Currently I only have a simple flat brake, however, I don't see how to do this, even if I ...
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Framing long walls in sections and keeping 16" OC Layout

When you frame a long exterior wall and do it in sections, say a 50' 2x6 wall in 16' sections, how do you efficiently keep 16" O.C. layout when the next wall section would throw off the 16" OC Layout? ...
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2 way 2 gang switch wiring

I am replacing a light switch that contains two modules ie two gang two way and each module is labelled “Common, L1 & L2” and works perfectly this way and with the other switch. All have one or ...
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Can I use regular pine lumber as a stair tread cover?

I'd like to use knotty pine boards as stair tread covers instead of actual tread covers. The tread covers I've seen are 1" or 2" wide pieces fit together to make a board, I'm guessing this is done to ...
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Canadian (Alberta) Residential Electrical Code

Is there a homeowners version of the current electrical code for residential wiring in Alberta available at no cost? I’m renovating my kitchen and would be helpful to know the many changes and ...
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Is it safe to trim the torsion bar on a garage door?

The torsion bar on my garage door extends ~6" past the end bearing bracket (picture below). I would like to trim it by ~3" to place a cabinet on the wall. Are there any requirements for torsion bar ...
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Flexible Nonmetallic Conduit inside wall?

I’m finishing up wiring a sub panel in an outbuilding. There is an underground run of PVC conduit with THWN, which comes up to an LB on the exterior wall. On the inside I used flexible conduit so I ...
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Basement drain backing up - weird plumbing

My basement drain started backing up and after giving it a good look things look odd and I'm wondering how exactly things are set up. Below is a link to a diagram I tried to make and I'll try to ...
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Removing wall under truss

I am wanting to turn this wall into a pony wall to open up my kitchen. It is directly under a truss. It contained a pocket door and there is no floor joist running under it or no other load bearing ...
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Removing a switch

I have a light switch that turns on an electrical outlet. I want to remove the light switch completely and leave the electrical outlet always "on". When I turned the power off to the room and ...

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