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Deck the halls with bubble wrap?

In order to insulate a room, would it make sense to apply a layer of bubble wrap to my walls/ceiling? What about some other material like mylar or foylon? What major factors would affect the answer to ...
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Can we seal the bedroom door gap? Is it will affect the central air conditioning works?

Tried to do sound proofing to my baby's room. In Canada almost all interior doors has a gap at the bottom, I think this is for the air flow for the central furnace/air conditioner. Since the baby room ...
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Oven “flickers” in power every now and then

Our oven seems to "flicker" in power every now and then. By that I mean it loses power just momentarily --- or at least it loses power long enough for the clock to reset. This has happened ...
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Can I bond gas plumbing via gas water heater's electrical connection ground?

Locale: WA State, U.S. Inspector approved gas plumbing and followed up later, saying: "Please note that we will be verifying the bonding of the new gas piping at the next inspection, please ...
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Can I use two layers of window film to create a narrow, convection-reducing gap?

This is a follow-up to this question. The official answerer A.I. Breveleri writes: The ideal separation distance between film and glass is 1/2 inch. Even 1 inch is too thick as it allows the trapped ...
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Does the arrangement of breakers within a panel matter or follow any rules?

When somebody is installing breakers initially or doing a major remodel, are there rules or restrictions that must be followed in regard to which breaker goes where in the panel spaces? Obviously dual-...
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Can the kitchen sink waste pipe run from where it comes out of the concrete slab to the sink by running horizontally under the cabinet floor?

We are converting a peninsula into an island and need to move the kitchen sink. As a result the waste pipe in the concrete slab comes out in the front (see photos) instead of the back. We don't want ...
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How should I calculate post loads for a pergola?

We are considering adding a attached pergola such as the one shown. How is the load capacity figured for the 6x6 posts on top of the paver pedestals? Is it safe to mount the supporting posts on top of ...
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Is this slot on a European style lock cylinder normal?

When trying to change the cylinder of my lock (European version), I discovered that it has what seems to be an extra "slot" along the external part: It looks like it prevents standard ...
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Changing old light fitting to new - wiring problem

I am looking to change a new light fitting in cloakroom. The old wiring has a black wire with red tape around, which I think signifies a ‘live’ . I also have 3 red cables and 2 other black cables plus ...
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Can camera wires be placed under the roof tiles?

I am about to have my roof tiles removed temporarily to place new roof paper down. Can the camera wires currently running over the tiles, now be put under them?
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Horizontal distance between drain pipe and meter base

I have a 3" cast iron toilet drain pipe that runs vertically inside the wall from a second floor bath down to the main drain under the house. I am putting a two gang meter base (it's a duplex) ...
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To maximize heat in winter, should I remove my window quilt during the day?

Let's say it's -5 deg C outside and I'm inside a building with a moderately efficient window and a window quilt. Will I stay warmer if I take the window quilt down during the day and put it back up at ...
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Replacing older light switch, confused about “5a 250v 10a 125v” rating

I have an older light switch in my basement that no longer works (when lifted to the "on" position there is no "click" and it simply falls back to the "off" position). I ...
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bathroom switches into a pir/motion sensor

I have a two switch box in my bathroom that controls a ceiling fan and light. I bought a TDHOS5, Dual Technology Humidity/PIR Motion sensor with the goal of replacing both switches. I can’t seem to ...
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Energy saving box on an old whirlpool hot water heater

There is an energy saving box on an old whirlpool hot water heater in an old house we purchased. I changed both elements out yesterday and it worked fine. Had hot water in about 2 hours. Now tonight ...
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Wool batting window quilt? [duplicate]

Would it make sense to use wool batting like this as a window quilt? Why or why not? What factors would affect its suitability? For context, I propose using this on the inside of one of those shrink ...
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What is this type of clamp called?

See the figure below. Left: the red circle outlines the clamp. It is embedded in some epoxy, and the white rectangle is a blank label that can be seen through the epoxy. Please ignore the epoxy and ...
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Aerogel winter window quilt?

Would it possibly make sense for me to use aerogel as a seasonal window quilt? It may depend critically on some other factors; if so, what are they? In particular, I have heard that aerogel designed ...
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Shower niche in larger cavity

I’m redoing the tiles for a 3’x3’ shower stall. It’s in the corner of a room, with the side wall an exterior wall, and the wall with shower head is a dividing wall between condos. There is a half wall ...
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How to remove interior stone wall facade

What is the best way to remove the rock wall facade around the fireplace and on the whole wall? The floor in the room is currently old vinyl that we are going to rip out and replace.
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Installing Ecobee 3 Smart Thermostat in Apartment

I live in Scottsdale AZ and I just purchased an ecobee smart thermostat. I’ve tried multiple ways when wiring up the thermostat. I followed all instructions closely. Can anyone help. The new ...
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Dual Grounding Electrodes In Parallel versus series

Ive installed two 8' copper rods each with a beefy piece of copper tying them back to the panel ground. it is the entrance panel, so Neutral is also on that ground and the service pole is ~15' away ...
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Reusing anchor holes in plasterboard

I used molly bolts in plasterboard and had issues with spinning. I’ve now removed them, and realised that they were too short for the plasterboard, which is thicker than I thought it would be. The ...
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Two opposite phase circuits in one conduit… do i need 2 neutrals or an oversized neutral?

Im running two individual single pole 20A circuits though a single 1/2" EMT conduit and hanging a duplex outlet every 6'. They will alternate which circuit (phase) is feeding them (im running ...
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Solar array and inverter troubles

I have a solar array on my rv and have installed a power bright 6000-12 inverter which I wired the rv supply line directly into the lugs on the front panel. I am having a problem with the inverter ...
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Fixing a leak in water heater pipe joint

I had a new water heater put in and discovered a slow drip at the joint where the hot water pipe from the heater connects to the house piping. The installer claimed that he didn't touch that solder ...
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Can installing a booster pump rated lower than my faucet flow rate have a negative impact?

Does a pump no matter how weak always increase the water flow of source, or if the source has stronger flow. Can a weak pump slow it down? I plan to add a booster pump to my restroom shower. What ...
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Can I safely hang pegboard between studs, rather than across them?

I want to hang pegboard in my shed, which has exposed wooden studs (2x4). Most instructions for hanging pegboard say to screw them to the outward facing side of the studs (the 1.5" side) to span ...
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Should I remove and reinstall a Jacuzzi / whirlpool tub when replacing the paneling around it with tile?

I have a large Jacuzzi / whirlpool tub in my master bedroom suite which currently has an all wood surround. As part of a renovation I want to get rid of the wood surround (at last partially), ...
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Does my toilet drain poorly because of bad venting?

I have been in the house for about a year and the toilet has always had poor drainage. It doesn't overflow but there's hardly any suction at all when you flush it. The tub next to the toilet drains ...
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Are these beams in my bedrooms cathedral ceiling structural/load bearing? [closed]

The master bedroom suite in my house has a cathedral ceiling with these 3 "beams" running perpendicular to the slope of the ceiling. On the inside of each one are what looks like 2x6's ...
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installing a keyed-entry door handle without switching latches?

I have an internal door that currently has regular passage door handles without a lock and key, which I'd like to replace with keyed-entry door handles. It looks like the latch can't be removed easily,...
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old interior door knob can't turn

We have a closet door knob that it very hard to turn. I have tried taking it apart and using WD-40 but that is only good for about 3 weeks then it becomes hard again. Is there other way I can get this ...
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Is there a replacement mailbox lock that is more pry-resistant?

The communal curbside mailboxes at my townhouse frequently are pried open. (The unit is a Salsbury Industries, Aluminum 3504ASU Surface Mounted Vertical Mailbox with 4 Doors and USPS Access). I know ...
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Why does my ceiling light go out a few seconds after I turn it on?

Weird problem. My ceiling light will not stay on in the morning. When I flip the light switch it will go on for a few seconds and then go out. However, in the afternoon, the light seems to work ...
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Gas Log Fireplace won’t light [closed]

I have a gas log fireplace I haven’t used for 2 years. We are selling our house. When I went to light the pilot, it will not stay lit. What can I do?
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Line Tester says L& N reverse. And if I put a tester in Ground pin there is a full phase

Its a single phase 220 Volt line. I checked with multiple good quality multimeters in multiple power outlets, which showed 220Volt between the ground and neutral and 220 volts between phase & ...
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This is a model for a light bulb that I have never seen. Does somebody recognize this model?

I have purchased a lamp time ago. One of the options why I have choose it, is due to has replaceable bulbs and not integrated leds. After purchasing it, I have unmounted to discover the kind of ...
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I'm getting a fake short on my fuse tripping GFCI

I recently went to change an outlet to a GFCI (It was the first in the line) After I installed it (as I have done dozens of times) and It kept tripping. I replaced the outlet thinking it was faulty, ...
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How to identify which common terminal of the 3-way switch is connected the hot wire

The goal is identify hot and neutral wires in a 3-way switched line-array of lights, so that the array can be controlled by an Acuity SP20 Secondary Relay Pack: Said line-array of lights is the only ...
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Trying to connect 2.1 speakers to a TV

A friend of mine has a Samsung TV (Model UE40J5250) to which he would like to connect an analogue 2.1 speaker system for better sound. Unfortunately, this low-end TV has a very limited number of ...
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Would a projector lamp explode

I have a projector lamp that has been used over its life hours. Its still working though, no colour distortion, etc. But if I keep on using it, will it just won't light up when it finally stopped ...
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How to fix bathroom tiles falling off

This happened in my bathroom just now. The build got completed approx 12 months ago and now tiles are coming off this extended wall. During construction, the builders told me, that the bathtub didn't ...
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7500 Watt Manual Transfer Switch has #10 wires, but my well pump is wired with #8

Problem! I have a 1.5 hp 230 VAC deep well pump on a 30A circuit breaker wired with #8 copper that runs a couple hundred feet to the pump controller. Pump specs say it draws 9.7 amps and allows 808 ...
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What is the best way to rebuild this shower drain?

Converting a tub to a shower, and with the drain location changing I'm just getting back to the underbelly and seeing the alignment of things before hooking it all back up. You can see the new drain ...
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Placement of a plumbing cleanout

We attached a PVC pipe to our main drain in the basement. We ran it along the basement wall and outside underground and a cleanout was placed. Is there any code out that would keep us from passing a ...
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Paver Patio with Backfill Settlement Around Block Foundation

Main Question: I've been told that a concrete skirt (8" sloped pad) below the frost line and attached to the foundation via rebar is a good solution for putting pavers next to a block wall ...
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Recessed light is lighting dim and other stopped working

I have four recessed lights controlled by one switch and one recessed controlled by another switch , all of the sudden the two lights stopped working out of four and the single recessed light started ...
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Plywood Backed Drywall Equivalent to Studs for Hanging a TV?

I need to mount a TV (~35lbs) to a wall without convenient access to a stud, but the wall in question happens to have a layer of 1/4" plywood on the back of the drywall. Possibly worth noting ...

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