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Outdoor swiveling pergola slat design

I'm in the midst of putting my pergola together. I have a general sense of how it comes together, but I'm trying to figure out the best way to handle a special feature I want my pergola to have: ...
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Replaced the anode rod on my water heater!

We bought the house in 2019 and thought it would be a good time to replace the anode rod. Given that it was my first time doing this, I was somewhat surprised to find the rod had completely corroded. ...
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tee diverter / valve to my shower

I need to attach some kind of tee diverter / valve to my shower. It would look something like this: This thing will have 2 outlets. My usual shower head will go on one of the outlets, and the other ...
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When Incoming Municipal Water Shut-off Valve Has to be Replaced

Below is the incoming supply line from the municipal water. I noticed that the shut-off valve is very slowly leaking at the [???] shaft of the knob that turns (almost exactly where the point of the ...
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Does the Metric system have a concept of a Board Foot?

The US sells lumber by $/board foot. I want to create a project planning spreadsheet that uses Imperial or metric dimensions to calculate how many Board feet I will need to buy. If the planner is used ...
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What is this sealing material inside a duct collar?

Most of the duct dampers don't provide 100% seal from air flow. The below picture might be. I have collar with damper, But its just not enough to stop/bypass the air flow. what is this called in the ...
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Circuit breaker works, but no wires are connected to it in the breaker panel

On an older Pushmatic breaker box, there is a 50 amp double breaker that says main lighting. There are no wires hooked up to it in the fuse box, but when I push in to trip the breaker, all the lights ...
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Parallel loop in existing FHW zone - will this work?

I have a contractor renovating a space for my in-laws, and his plumber added two kick heaters and tied them into an existing FHW zone, but did it differently than I expected. I expected him to tap ...
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Unidentifiable worms appear on apartment floor

I found some worms on my apartment floor. I can’t find anything rotten around the apartment, but I don’t know how they got there. Are those maggots? video link
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Attic Fan for Carrier 58STX110--14122

I have a Carrier furnace in my attic (Model 58STX110--14122). Does this unit include an attic fan? There is a fan that used to turn on during the day when it's hot and turns off when temperatures ...
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Concrete ceiling in bathroom, already painted once and flaking

We removed the popcorn from the concrete ceiling in our bathroom and it got primed and painted. Paint flaked from the get go (not just in that room) but got really really bad over time. Peeling ...
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Will 3/4“ Outside faucet get more pressure than a 1/2” one?

If I put a 3/4" outside faucet on 1/2" indoor water pipe will I have more water pressure?
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wiring outside lights and adding a double socket

I've just wired up a daisy chain of GU10 LED fence lights in my garden and my plan was to run my 2.5mm cable from the house to an outdoor light switch and then carry on to the first light. My wife ...
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Is there a non-glossy silicone for granite backsplashes?

We recently had LEATHERED granite countertops installed. We are waiting for the majority of the kitchen backsplashes to be cut to height in order to fit under existing wall tile, but one piece was ...
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Inside mounted hinge for outward opening gate

I have a bit of an odd gate mounting problem. I need to install an outward opening 'side gate' but I do not want to mount the hinges on the outside of the gate (partly for security and partly because ...
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Cutting copper sheets with a Dremel

I need to cut 0.2mm thick copper sheets. I do not want to use a nibbler or snips because I need to prevent the sheet from being bent as it is cut. I want to use a Dremel 2050-N/ 11JA Pen-type Rotary ...
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Problem with AC low voltage

My AC won’t turn on and the thermostat is not functioning properly. Voltage reading at the thermostat fluctuates between 7-9 volts. No low voltage at the contacter. I am still getting 240 at the ...
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what to do if your water is taking too long to heat for Combi Boiler?

As you understand , what to do if your water is taking too long to heat for Combi Boiler? Note : Regular maintenance is done every year. thanks
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Granite kitchen island support

Looking for advice to understand who would be the right kind of surveyor or tradesman to investigate load-bearing joists / flooring. Recently I purchased a property with a converted basement above ...
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The name of those side panels on hotel beds

In most (American) hotels that I've been to, I couldn't accidentally lose something under the bed, because the space between the floor and the frame is protected by boards or panels. I'd like to get a ...
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How to blend 2 accounts together [migrated]

How can I blend two accounts together? One account has 22,000 reputation points and the other account has 1. Both have the same name: Lee Sam
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HardieBacker with Hydrodefense very difficult to drill

I'm attaching a substrate onto my new shower wall. I'm using HardieBacker with HydroDefense as the substrate (it's the red kind). I was very careful to read the instructions, and I bought the ...
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How do you get rid of very strong stale odors coming out of a sink with garbage disposal?

We redid our kitchen within the last year and our sink has a garbage disposer and a dishwasher next to the disposer. Recently, we have been smelling very stale odors that we think are coming from the ...
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Which pattern to use for 6 X 24 tile in bathroom flooring? [closed]

I am putting down 6 X 24 inch tiles for my bathroom floor, I have done some googling and I can't find out which layout pattern is the correct one. I have found some examples for planks, since these ...
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Why does a fixture with a CF bulb work on one house circuit but not another working outlet (which is a CFI)?

I plug the fixture with the CF bulb into one outlet and it lights. In the CFI outlet, which works with other fixtures, it doesn't light.
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Old house has some knob and tube in the basement. You can see the entire k&t wiring system, from the box to everything it powers. Easy remove?

I am not an electrician at all so I ask from a position of extreme ignorance. But, in my basement, there is some knob and tube wiring which serves the sole purpose of powering some lights in the ...
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discolored on cultured marble

I have tried removing this stain on my shower wall from suction cups, tried baking soda and vinegar, barkeepers powder cleanser, olive oil with baking soda nothing seem to work, any suggestion would ...
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How can I connect a garden hose to a kitchen sink?

We were gifted a baby pool so that our baby can play outside on our patio. However, we don't have an outdoor spigot that we can use to connect a hose to. The patio is right off the kitchen and near ...
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AFCI - worth installing and not just GFCI?

How worthwhile is it to install dual-function CAFCI / GFCI outlets rather than going with ones that are just GFCI? Is it a significant increase in safety factor?
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Two different recommendations given for waterproofing basement. Does the (far) more expensive method add value?

Sorry no pictures as this is not a personal project but instead a question about two different recommendations I was given by contractors when I asked them for estimates. The house is about a hundred ...
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Condensation drain routing

In a "typical" split-type system in an area like Texas, with the furnace/condenser coils in the attic and compressor outside, what is the typical way condensation is drained? Seems it ...
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Installing Trim for new Vinyl Plank Flooring

So it looks like part of my house had the door trim installed after the carpet. I'm currently in the process of ripping the carpet up and installing vinyl plank flooring, and noticed the huge gaps. ...
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Installing Trim for new Vinyl Plank Flooring [duplicate]

So it looks like part of my house had the door trim installed after the carpet. I'm currently in the process of ripping the carpet up and installing vinyl plank flooring, and noticed the huge gaps. ...
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What light bulb can be used for the Frigidaire upright freezer FFFH20F2QW?

The lightbulb on my freezer went out, the freezer is a Frigidaire FFFH20F2QW. I've tested the actual socket, and it seems to be working, so I'm pretty sure it must be the bulb. I see the the official ...
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Soundproofing external HVAC

I am looking to build a fence around my outside air conditioning unit to reduce the decibels for the neighbors. Is there any tips on how to construct such unit? Are there any ready to use commercial ...
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How long does it take for ground to become sufficiently compact to bear the weight of an above-ground pool?

The back of my property has a couple of drops down toward the final elevation, sort of a terraced effect. The first of those drops I retained with a timber retaining wall in order to make the ...
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How do I replace a shutoff valve when the valve upstream still leaks a bit, too?

My main water shutoff valve inside my house needs to be replaced. I've got access to the shutoff valve in the street, but that valve leaks a bit, too. The water doesn't flow with the street-side ...
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Will a cantilevered 4x6 support a swing?

I built a simple swing set for my toddler daughter. I just want to make sure that the beam can hold up for the two swings. I have two 6x6x12 post set 3 ft deep at 23 inch apart for a slide. Than I ...
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How can I maintain pressure when adding bends to a gas line?

We are having a professional reroute a natural gas line. The existing black iron pipe is 1" and is in a wall we are removing. To re-route, we were advised by one contractor to increase pipe size ...
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I removed my double sink's drain pipe and now I can't get it back on properly

Pipe had been clogging regularly ever since we had it installed, opening and poking around the cleanout tap stopped improving the situation.it was filled with tons of sludge and fat residues I removed ...
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Permitting a finished attic during home sale

I'm currently working on buying a house out in rural eastern North Carolina, USA. The house has a finished attic, which apparently was never permitted or inspected. Because of this, my appraisal has ...
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Eaton CHFN120A1CS breaker status LED shows 'uncommon issue' and stays lit all the time

At home I installed a CHFN120A1CS on a circuit with a single overhead LED shop lamp with a 0-10volt type dimmer switch controlling it (Leviton ip710), nothing else. Single run of 12-2 from the panel ...
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Small 1940s colonial with no soffits, no eaves, two gables and needs ventilation

I have a 1940s colonial with no eaves, no soffits, and soffits can't be added. I do have two gable vents (original) and a power fan that was added (but is broken). I have early stage mold. The diagram ...
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Does this dark line indicate water damage in drywall?

I purchased a home about eight months ago, where the seller had disclosed prior roof leakage. This leakage had occurred a few years before (around 2016). The home was a new build and the roof leak ...
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Need a special router bit — similar to a flush trim bit but inset where the cut won't reach the bearing wheel

I am looking for a router bit that I don't know if it exists and if it does what it would be called so that I can find it. Basically what I want is a flush trim bit but one where the size of the cut ...
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Installing a 100 amp sub panel in 3rd garage. Finished ceiling with no access above where main panel located. Looking for suggestions [closed]

Want to run 100 amp sub panel from my 200 amp sub panel located in main garage that has a finished ceiling with no access above. 2nd garage has access above. Any suggestions? Thanks
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How to properly terminate both ends of Cat6 patch cable (because of swapping side pairs)?

I'm using Legrand® CAT 6 RJ45 Plugs - 10 Pack (Model Number: AC3460V0) to terminate my new network cables. They have a separator-insert (visible below in one of the plugs) and an order-insert (which ...
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How to achieve 1 hour fire protection between existing wall and new ADU wall?

I am constructing an ADU in San Jose, CA, and the code says "If the accessory building or structure exceeds 120 sf and is less than 5 feet from the property line, walls parallel to the property ...
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New light fixture won't turn off

I tried installing a light fixture in a previously unused light box (so cannot use how previous light was wired as a baseline). My light fixture has a black live wire, a white neutral wire and a green ...
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Painted area white marks on the edges

A couple of days ago I decided to repaint some parts of the wall to get rid of the sweaty hand marks, coffee spills etc. I had newly painted the house so I have plenty of the exact same paint ...

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