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Drill bit coming loose on a basic rotary/impact/hammer drill

I just received this 21V 350 in-lb impact drill https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B088JYH44C/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_asin_title_o09_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1 The 350 in-lb torque rating seemed kinda decent so ...
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adding fence section on 45 degree angle

I live in a condo development and our patios are next to each other...our neighbor recently removed some bushes that helped with the privacy...there exists two 8 foot sections of fence between the ...
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My Question is about adding an external power socket to lighting circuit

I'm installing some ELV garden lights and would be grateful for some advice on connecting up. I'd like to control them from a spare light switch (the 2nd switch controls the exterior wall lights) just ...
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How deep do I need to make the post footings for a residential deck in Northern Michigan. 12“ X 20” Deck is less than 2 feet off the ground

How deep do I need to make the post footings for a residential deck in Northern Michigan. 12" X 20" Deck is less than 2 feet off the ground. Thank you Jerry jerryjacques2@gmail.com
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What is this strange metal door and frame 12 feet up the outside wall?

Any ideas on what the strange metal door and frame is in the photos? It's about 12 feet up on an outside wall. I'm hoping it's the source of a leak (the door is ajar), but I have no idea what it could ...
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How to clean wood stain drippings from rough spackle wall

I just finished painting an outdoor wooden fence with Tambout Varnit. Despite my best efforts, there were some drippings onto the wall underneath, which seems to be covered with some sort of very hard ...
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Electrician connected LED dimmer to halogen bulbs, worried about safety

An electrician replaced a rotary dimmer with another one that is rated for LED GU10 bulbs. The six existing halogen bulbs connected to the dimmer weren't replaced however. The electrician said that ...
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How to fix wobbly table/improve stability?

i want to fix my table so it doesn't wobbly sideway. it's a little annoying because when i move sligthly my monitor goes shaky because of the wobbly. i try to use using this "white thing" ...
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Kwikset deadbolt rust prevention

Would rubbing a thin coat of oil or similar lubricant slow down the rusting of the deadbolt? Would a vegetable oil or olive be just as effective as motor oil / WD40? An line of reason or lessons ...
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Need help identifying “pre-stripped” Phillips screw

I am trying to remove some screws with some very annoying heads. The screws look like a regular Phillips head but have the center rounded out. This makes a normal Phillps head screwdriver slip as if ...
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P-Trap into Wall Marvel Connector Leaking

I discovered a leak under my bathroom sink. There are two sinks in the bathroom with the same plumbing set up and only the one side is leaking. The water is coming from the marvel connector on the ...
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Bathtub drain not draining at all. New remodel

I recently remodeled a bathroom in a doublewide home. The old bathtub had a drain in the center with a 90 degree pipe right under that ran to the corner of the tub where the vent pipe was then under ...
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framing nailers : low profile for blocking but also with interchangeable tips for framing and use with metal connectors

Is there such a tool as a low-profile framing nailer that can fit between studs set 16" o.c. for nailing blocking, but which also has swappable tips so it can do frame nailing of 2x members as ...
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how to install pre finished hardwood over existing softwood floor

have 200 square feet wood floors that do not appear to be hardwood, they are in pretty bad shape and need refinishing or replacing. The quotes we got for refinishing are $600. As I said the floor is ...
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Is this deck plan strong enough for a hot tub

I'd like to know if this deck plan is strong enough for a 7'x7' hot tub. The max weight with water and seven people is 4,800lb. I'd like to keep the four post design because there is an 18" Oak ...
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Should I insulate my pizza oven between the firebrick base and concrete?

I am building a pizza oven for my garden. The 'table' will be standard red brick and concrete slabs to form the work top. On top of the work top, I was intending to lay a layer of firebrick, and place ...
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Plug molding rated at 15 amps, for kitchen it should be 20 amps

All Legrand plug molding is rated at 15 amps yet kitchen circuits are 20 amp with 12 guage wire. How do I make this work. Connections inside plug mold need to be "butt type" as there is no ...
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When tub/shower is on in bathroom #1 a shower other side of house turns on in bathroom #2

When the tub/shower in #1 bathroom is running water another shower stall in #2 bathroom turns on. What is causing this to happen? How is this fixed?
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What are the safety concerns in running low voltage wire to LEDs behind a wall?

I've been using some fairly cheap 22AWG wire for running between flexible LED strips and their transformers. Some 24V some 12V, but all well below the amperage rating for this gauge. The wire says it'...
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How can I easily verify that appliance housings are grounded properly?

I'm looking for an easy way to verify that the metal casing of appliances are grounded, such as a range, without needing to disconnect and pull them out. If I use a multimeter set to continuity and ...
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How to further troubleshoot a problem with my condensate pump?

During a recent trip to be basement I noticed that the floor was wet under my condensate pump. This pump collects the water from my water heater but it's powered through my boiler. There was a lot of ...
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How to properly ground new three way switches being installed?

I am replacing two existing 3 way switches. The existing ones did not have a ground attached. The electrical box is plastic. There are ground wires in the back of box that are twisted and crimped ...
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What is the typical lifespan of exterior wooden stairs [closed]

I'm on the HOA of a small community, and we are looking at replacing the wooden stairways that lead up to our front entrances. They are only about 13 years old, but the wood is getting cracked and ...
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Is it ok to use caulking instead of tape and mud on my new drywall ceiling?

My contractor told me it's much cleaner to use caulking instead of mud/tape on my new ceiling. He's not talking about the corners. He's talking about where the seam of the drywall sheets meet. I've ...
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Does a return air cavity in a wall need to be lined?

What material do I need to place on both side of the wall to return air before I put drywall on top of it? The return register will be install close to floor level and the wall is made of 2x4 lumber. ...
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Attaching cable company service wire to side of house

Currently, the various cable company wires that are attached to the side of my house are a mess, and I'm looking to clean them up before our house is painted in the near future. One of them is ...
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How much #12 NM-B can I put in PVC conduit?

I am going to be upgrading a full, very small 6-space panel in my attached garage to a much larger (40+ space) panel soon. I will have a number of circuits to run from this panel to a planned addition,...
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Where to strip direct burial cable?

I'm using 12/2 direct burial cable to get power to my shed. When using the conduit to bring it up from the ground to the breaker box, where does one start to strip the cable? Would it be from where it ...
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Could old gate valves be causing low pressure at the faucet?

We installed a new sink/faucet last year and the first faucet we had installed had super lower water pressure which we assumed was the faucet. We replaced the faucet and the pressure improved slightly ...
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Can I connect a 1-3 adapter to a 12/3 extension cord?

Before I ask, I understand how extension cords work to a point. I understand if anything is plugged in, it needs to stay under the rated wattage and amperage. I also understand the way cords are rated ...
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How to identify a whole house water filter type?

I am trying to identify the type of filter used here, so that it can be replaced. I don't think it has been...ever.
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Why does my cold water smell like sulphur suddenly?

This is a long, detailed post about my water problem. I've included all relevant info I can think of. I bought my first house about 2 years ago, it's a ranch style with a finished basement and a pole ...
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Are there LED lamps available for ovens?

The only place I now use an incandescent bulb is in my oven. It went out the other day and I was looking for a replacement. I am using LED all over these days but realized it may not be possible to ...
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Water Meter Suggestion for someone on well water?

I am installing an underground waterline for irrigation by tapping into the home water line. Since I have well water I don't have a water meter. However, I would like to install a simple but ...
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Tips for drilling two directly opposite holes in a square steel tube with a step bit and no drill press?

First off, I apologize if this has been asked before, I searched for similar questions before posting but couldn't find one. I want to drill a 10 mm hole straight through a square steel pipe (20 mm ...
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Tiles on underfloor heating

I am newbie here but been reading a lot of your comments through this website and thought to finally ask my question. I am looking for the right type of tile to go on top of my underfloor heat pump ...
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Building out wall for electric panel

I am replacing a tiny 6 circuit subpabel in my detached garage with a larger panel and have been trying to find some info on this but haven't been able to locate anything in NEC or other threads. My ...
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How to convert eaton type BRD to type BR and is this a good idea?

There seems to be a shortage of breakers around me. No one has the Eaton type BR breaker in a 20 tandem. Electrical supply house handed me a BRD type and I had heard about removing the metal plate in ...
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Are some brands of shower valves compatible with others?

I just finished all of our shower tile work in our new basement bathroom. Upon doing so, the wife informed me she would like to change the color scheme eyeroll. We have our shower valve already ...
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What protects an installer from drilling a hole in joist and not hit anything?

I've found the 'where' to drill a hole in the joist span to run wire across ceiling cavity (multi-story on first floor so no attic access). What I can't find is how does someone drilling from an ...
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Please help me understand how to wire a circuit for this welder

I have a dual voltage tig welder I want to wire a circuit for in my garage. The welder will be the only equipment plugged into this. Attached is the spec sheet, requiring a 30a breaker (and will be ...
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What is this gutter part and how do I keep birds out

What is this part of the gutter? It looks like regular drain with some piece on top? Birds keep nesting in it and I'm trying to find a way to keep them out that is easy to do. Thank you.
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How do you properly use metal conduit as a ground?

I have read here that metal conduit can be used as the ground and you needn't then pull a separate ground wire: What are the NEC rules governing this? How do you avoid "weak ground" links ...
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Remove and re-insert female threaded insert?

I have a metal rod with these threaded female connectors on each side. I'm hoping to cut the rod down a bit to shorten it but still keep the female connector on the side i cut. Is there a way to ...
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How to choose vinyl laminate

The flooring for a rental is to be replaced. Durability can be measured: https://www.carpetcaptain.com/laminate-floor-guide/ac-rating/ What are the other features should be considered when selecting ...
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Replacing both 3-way switches I found 2 hot wires one in each box

Since the new switches were not same make\model as the old ones I had to remove both switches (6 wires) and test for the hot wire and I found 1 hot wire in each to the 2 boxes. Now what? It seems ...
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The existing power supply is a large diameter 3 wire line . My new shed has a 10/3 4 wire line coming out of the breaker box. How can i hook it up

The existing supply is made up of 3 larger wires a white , black , and a green . The wires coming out of my new breaker box is a new 10/3 4 wire line a black , white , red , and a bare ground wire. On ...
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How should I go about leveling my bathroom subfloor?

Over years, after replacing gaskets, replacing the toilet, and using shims under the toilet, I finally began the subfloor replacement in the area beneath the toilet to resolve the toilet not sitting ...
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Nest thermostat and old HVAC

Last year the Nest (used only for cooling) was working after connecting the blue C wire to the HVAC. Last year I made it work only after I put the green wire for the fan in ob. Now, when the green ...
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HELP: Supporting Vaulted Ceiling Mid-Beam

I'm working on calculating beam sizing to support one end of a mid-beam for a vaulted ceiling. The room is 16x20, with 4x10 beams spanning the 20' distance (48" O.C.). There is a mid-beam in ...

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