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either fluorescent bulbs or ballast = bad?

I have been using these FC12 T9 Circline 32w fluorescent bulbs for many years. https://www.lowes.com/pd/GE-32-Watt-12-in-4-pin-Circline-4100-K-Cool-White-Circline-Fluorescent-Light-Bulb/3400530 The ...
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Roof loaded with shingles over ridge - should I demand they be replaced?

So I know that when a roof is loaded with architectural shingles prior to installation, you're not supposed to lay them over the ridge, but instead lay they remain flat and use toekick boards to ...
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Increasing air intake in the attic to prevent ice buildup on the roof during winter

We bought a townhouse in 2018 in a Canadian city where we have frequent snowfall during winter. Here are pictures of the back and front of the house. In the last two years, we have had ice dams on ...
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Recommendations for basement insulation where studs do not touch the concrete walls?

I'm working on our basement reno, and am looking for recommendations to insulate. We are in NE Kansas, Climate Zone 5. The basement is below ground. We currently have a reflective foil bubble ...
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Freeze protection for sump discharge without much vertical clearance

I have a sump pump where the discharge is fairly close to grade level. I can attach a hose or pipe to it, but I don't have enough vertical space to use one of those freeze guards. Is there an easy way ...
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Painting red over white oil-based primer

I stripped paint off this nonferrous metal mailbox, then applied oil based primer: I would like to paint the mailbox the same paint (color/sheen/grade) as the rest of the house, visible above it. I ...
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Raised Deck for Enclosed Sunroom

I framed a 14' x 16' deck on piers between 3-4' from grade as the base for an enclosed, heated Sunroom. I applied 4X8 sheets of 1/2" PT to the underside. Then I used 1 1/2" Styrofoam ...
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How to make a key for an old Yale padlock

I found this old padlock and plan on cleaning it up and using it for decoration. There was no key with it. Is there a way to modify the locking mechanism and fashion a key (even a useless flat edge ...
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Heat pump running on Heat and fan or Cool and fan

We just had heat pumps installed. I know that you cannot have the heat and the cool going at the same time. But can you have a head in fan mode and another head in heat or cool mode?
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What kind of concrete mixer for a 20 cubic foot project?

I have a small concrete job that requires about 15-20 cubic feet of concrete, less than a yard. It is a wall repair that is about 3 feet above grade and has an excavation in front of it. Furthermore, ...
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Can I tie into current outlet for waste pump?

I added a waste pump in our basement to transfer sewage and am needing to add an outlet. I'm wanting to know if I can tie into an the existing outlet for the sump pump? Or does it need to be on it's ...
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Should rough, rustic terracotta tiles be treated with linseed oil? Or what else?

I have seen advice (for example here - note, scroll down 1 article) to seal terracotta tiles with one or more coats of boiled linseed oil and then floor wax. The pictures I've seen attached to this ...
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Combine Plaster board and autoclaved aerated concrete (AAC)

I have get a big window replaced. The old window goes up to the slope of the roof, but now I want to close the corner part and was thinking about using wood framing with plasterboard on the inside. ...
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C16 Wood Strength

I'm looking to hang some kids bicycles up inside my car barn. I have a 2021 new build house in the UK, and a wooden car barn. If I were to buy a 3.3 meter length of C16, available at various widths (...
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Inverter switches to fault when sun emerges from cloud

My solar setup consists of 3x270 watt panels, a charge controller, a battery and an inverter. It has mostly worked fine for many years, but I've found that the inverter faults when the sun comes out ...
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How do I protect my ceiling from soot from my wood burning stove?

I have a ~1920s wood-burning farmhouse cook stove in my kitchen which we use regularly. Obviously, smoke and soot builds up on the vaulted ceiling around the stove. I'm looking some type of paint or ...
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Propane vs. Natural Gas - Indoor Air Quality?

I've seen plenty of articles about gas stoves and the impact on indoor air quality. Specifically, there are reports of much higher CO2, NOx, PM 2.5 particulates, and formaldehyde, relative to electric ...
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Any reason to not use a concentric vent for HRV/ERV air exchange?

Planning to install an ERV (Energy Recovery Unit) and have been advised that a concentric vent is easier to install and the risk of short circuiting output and input is negligible. My feeling is if I ...
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How can I add an outlet off of a conduit body?

I want to add an electrical outlet near this point. On the other side of the wall from this junction is my main breaker panel so I intend to run the wires from the panel through this junction. The ...
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Adding 200-amp subpanel to 200-amp main panel sanity check

I just bought an older house. It looks like it was upgraded at some point to 200-amp service, with a new load center, but most of the old 2-conductor (no ground) wiring remains. The 200-amp main ...
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Replacing water expansion tank, by example

I have a "potable water expansion tank" that seems to be connected to the hot water line coming out of my boiler. This line (hot water line) then goes on to all the various zone valves/...
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How do the pieces of this fiberglass tub surround attach to each other?

I have a Jacuzzi-brand tub with an integrated multi-piece surround that came with our house when we bought it. Probably installed in the 90s if not earlier, but I don't really know. This bathroom is ...
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How to determine if tethered sump pump float switch is triggering at the right height?

Yikes! It rained a ton yesterday and my basement flooded. Water soaking the floor. When I looked into the sump pump, it had lots of water in it. I pulled up on the float and it all emptied. As we ...
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Hot Wires Pigtailed Together Before Switches

I have a junction box with two switches. One switch runs a light and the other runs a light and an exhaust fan (separate fixtures). The box has 4 cables entering each with black, white, and ground ...
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How/Where do I install storm door in a 9" deep door jamb with Pilasters?

My front exterior door is inside a 9" jamb/pocket. The door installation should be pretty straight forward, however there is not currently a storm door, so I dont have an example of how the new ...
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Can I wire a ceiling fan light with 2 wall switches adding a dimmer switch for the light and control fan speed with remote that came with fan?

Can I wire a ceiling fan/light with 2 wall switches adding a dimmer switch for the light and still control the fan speed with the remote that came with fan?
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How do I remove this old Sears deadbolt with no visible screw holes?

I have a very old front door with a moderately old Sears deadbolt which I would like to replace. There are no visible screws or obvious screw holes. I am able to gently rotate the outer ring on both ...
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Hedge planting density rationale? [migrated]

I'm currently planning my first hedge, and noticed that vendors offer plants in different sizes and recommend different planting densities per size. Simply spoken, there is usually a small size to be ...
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Outdoor low-voltage transformer off of sconce? Possible?

I have a raised deck with walkway underneath. I'm in the process of resurfacing it and I'd like the switch to the sconces above and below the deck (different switches) to also light the deck (above ...
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Can I remove this metal pipe stub protruding from the ground outside my house? [closed]

We are trying to figure out what this pipe is for. It is sticking up from the ground next to my house. I would like to cut it down. It's got debris in it but I can stick a 10" of metal rod down ...
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Wiring timer switch with only two wires in the box [duplicate]

I am attempting to wire a Honeywell in wall timer switch to where an existing single pole switch is. The timer has 3 wires black, white(neutral) and blue(load) and the wall only has two black wires ...
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Fixing a slippery Sidewalk

Last year I had our crumbling front path replaced. I live in the North Eastern U.S. and the weather can be slippery. The path was sealed ( unknown type) and the path had some grit but not enough. ...
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Champion Furnace Fault Codes

I noticed my Champion furnace short cycling and was told over the summer that this might be a safety overheat condition. This evening I checked it again and saw a red light flashing 4 times when the ...
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What is this piece of hardware?

My wife wants to know. Her sister has a giant bag of them. She thought I would know, but I don’t. The outside diameter of the finely threaded side is 27mm.
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How to prevent air bubbles in spray painting cabinets

I am redoing my cabinets. My primer and first coat of paint went on flawlessly - a beautiful finish. I have done all the prep properly, like sanding between coats, but for some reason I keep getting ...
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Wire regular outlet from this installation?

These are the three wires in a cable that goes into the water heater. I understand that water heaters use 240v, but when the electrician installed mine, he said that it was only 120v. So this is a ...
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Ceiling leak on main floor [closed]

I have a ceiling leak on the main floor that I’ve been trying to locate the source for a while now. The leak is happening underneath the bay window by the front side of the house. From my observation ...
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Ok for dryer socket to be in surface box with box extension?

I'm replacing my dryer. Old one came with the house. There is a NM 10/3 plus ground cable coming out of the floor of the laundry closet with about 4 feet loose in the closet, and attached to a 4-pin ...
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How to trim ends of floor boards already installed?

To the left in this photo is a laundry closet with a (dirty, sorry) tile floor. The wood floor boards outside the closet end a few inches short of the tile inside the closet. . I want to saw off the ...
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Is this panel up to code? Even with the gaps and visible wiring?

This panel cover is not flushed to the circuit breakers and has gaps with visible wiring. Is this unsafe and a code violation?
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Coating for concrete staircase

I would like to apply some kind of coating to this concrete staircase that would involve color other than the native. I am not sure if just regular exterior primer and paint would be durable because ...
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Silicone between glass and wood frame

I have this custom made stained glass piece that I want to fit inside my transom above a room door. The picture shows wooden slats (1/2 x 1") used to hold the glass on one side, the other side ...
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removing room dividing wall?

I have a colonial which I would like to extend the kitchen into what is now a living room, the wall does run perpendicular which usually would indicate that this is load bearing, but also the joists ...
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Did my painter do a bad job making the ceiling flat after removing popcorn ceiling?

I recently found a painter and got my popcorn ceiling removed. That ceiling is 70s concrete, so painter has to fill it with plaster instead of scraping popcorn texture off. After the job done, he skim ...
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I cut a wire too short, where there needs to be 6 inches of wire coming into the box. What can I do to fix it to be up to electrical code?

I didn't have extra wire to connect a bundle of neutrals to a switch, so I cut some off of an existing neutral wire that had some extra wire. I then found out about the electrical code that requires 6 ...
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Dryer plug different from wall connection [duplicate]

I have a new out building with a laundry room. The wall plug in the new laundry room is not the same as the plug on the dryer. Do I need a new dryer or can I get a new cable for the dryer? Here is ...
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Can an ethernet cable look OK to a cheap cable tester but still have a problem?

My home office is at the end of a 15-20m ethernet cable that a friend ran 15 years ago, and it recently stopped working. I tested it with a cheap continuity tester, hoping to discover a fault near one ...
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Brittle material flaking off in toilet

just moved into my first rural property which is on well and septic. Today I noticed that the upstairs toilet had a weird flat object lying in the bowl that seemed to have come loose from flushing. I ...
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I want to insert a wifi switch into a light that is controlled by 3 switches I still want all the switches to work but need the wifi (alexa) controll

I have a central Hall light that is controlled from 3 switches I want to convert it to wifi (Alexa) control. One switch is at the front door and one is at the back door and one is in the centre of the ...
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How do I break the ground/neutral bond in this sub panel?

The previous owner put in a sub panel. 6awg plus ground is feeding it with a 50 amp breaker at the main. It is in an attached garage. I’m going to fix what he did with the bonding. What is the metal ...

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