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Determine severity of foundation crack

I have a crack in my foundation that previous owners had filled with epoxy. The crack has opened up slightly at some point in the last 8 years. Is there anything I can do to determine (short of ...
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How to patch standing seam metal roof after chimney removal

House has a standing seam metal roof with unexposed fasteners. 4 feet down from the peak (just one ridgeline on a rectangle house with a shallow pitch roof, roughly 30 years old) there is a chimney I ...
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Why is my voltage dropping with load and why is current flowing on my ground wire?

I am not an electrician, but I've been researching a lot recently to try and figure out why my system is behaving so strangely. Main problem: Lights flickering, sometimes quite severely, and ...
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What is the maximum voltage you can have on exposed rails?

In this question, someone has a desk lamp with power totally exposed on metal parts. You also have installed overhead lighting on open rails doing the same thing. What does NEC say about the ...
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Bathroom Exhaust Fan/Light wiring

I am replacing the exhaust fan in my bathroom, however it seems like there is an extra white wire on the fan. The wires came with “quick connectors” - do I remove these and tie the whites together? I ...
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Trying to replace a toilet's water supply line

I'm investigating replacing my toilet's water supply line/the possibility of installing a bidet. This is what my current supply line looks like From what I can tell, there's no easy way to replace ...
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How can I extend my pre-built cabinets to the ceiling?

What is the easiest and least noticeable method for extending my old IKEA upper cabinets to the ceiling? The old door-fronts are basically materials to be used up during the remodel. I have 3” crown ...
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Wiring for stairway & two lights on landing

I'm looking for how to wire an MK switch on my landing. I thought I had a straight forward two-way setup with a switch at the bottom of the stairs and one at the top. But the upstairs switch is two-...
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Bathroom ventilation system with electric fan

tl;dr Why am I prohibited from using electric fan in natural / gravitational ventilation system, if there is an additional 2,5 meter long horizontal pipe between ventilated bathroom and the wall? Two ...
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Attaching wall frame and soffit to a load supporting beam

The image shows a load supporting beam in a basement. The plan is to attach a wall frame (depicted by green colored lines) and a soffit (red colored lines) to the load supporting beam. A very basic ...
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Propane appliances throwing orange flames suddenly and generator's back firing

So here's the deal about 1.5 to 2 weeks ago our generator started backfiring like crazy and our cookstove, water heater and heater are throwing yellow orange flames intermittently as well as ...
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Technique for driving hinge screws to minimize misalignment

When fitting hinge screws I've noticed that, unless the pilot holes are centered exactly on the holes in the hinge and at a precise (within 2-3 degrees) horizontal/lateral right angle to the hinge ...
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How much weight can a 2x4 bear horizontally?

I am building an indoor climbing wall that will have 4 or 5 different sections no longer than 44". I am planning on using 2x4 to make frames for each of the sections that will be 96" by up to 44". The ...
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Sub panel grounding conductor “splicing” with main panel grounding conductor at electrode

I've looked through the sections in the Nec on grounding conductors how they can splice and placement and attachment of electrodes . I'm installing a meter socket disconnect combo making my main load ...
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What type of paint should I use to paint my kitchen cabinets? [closed]

I am looking to paint my cabinets and want to understand the products to use. Most of the contractors I've contacted plan to use a pre-catalyzed nitrocellulose lacquer and another plans on using ...
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Toilet flange concreted into floor, replacement?

I've got a toilet on the concrete floor. The old flange has rusted and disintegrated at the hold down bolt slots. But the flange is actually cemented into the floor. I think my #1 option is to cut off ...
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Trying to work out existing light switch wiring with possible loop

Have a row of ceiling lights which used to work about 10 years ago. Want to get an understanding of the wiring at the switch before I go to the effort of removing the ceiling panels which holds the ...
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Dedicated Laundry Room Circuit?

I live in Florida. According to the Florida Residential Building Codes (2017): E3703.3 Laundry circuit. A minimum of one 20-ampere-rated branch circuit shall be provided for receptacles located ...
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Plumbing for dummies [closed]

Okay so in this condo there are multi units and mine is the front one also not 2 story as are the rest. Anyhow my plumbing has gone to crap And it's pretty bad. . Water has been seeping through my ...
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Connecting whole house surge protector to breakers

I've ordered a Siemens FS140 Whole House Surge Protector that I will install myself. The instructions say to keep the leads as short as possible and straight as possible. I have an open square d ...
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Sparks from desk lamp?

I have a UL-approved lamp that I've had on my desk since about 2004; it's the kind with two metal arms rising from a heavy base that connect to a halogen bulb fixture. The other day I was working at ...
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How do you achieve this stairway 'chaser' effect with an LED light strip?

Here is a gif showing it in action, once the motion is detected, the strip slowly lights up directionally from bottom to top, how is this achieved? I can't seem to find how this is done: Looping GIF ...
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Best tool to cut 4mm thick straining wire

I need to cut several 1.5m hoops of 4mm thick galvanised steel wire. What's the best tool to do this at a decent pace?
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How can I combine lightbulbs of different types and specifications to accurately simulate medium-intensity daylight in a domestic setting?

As doctors we are trying to frame some domestic-level recommendations to simulate medium intensity daylight indoors for patients in bed without proper access to actual sunlight. This is also an ...
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Connecting a washing machine and tumble dryer to the same sink drain

I'm thinking on using one of these to install a washing machine and a condenser tumble dryer to the sink's drain pipe of my utility room. Why is one inlet pointing upwards and the other one ...
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What else should I check to troubleshoot an outdoor post light?

Bulb quit working in outdoor light post, changed bulb. Still did not work. Changed the light post eye control, nothing. Re checked all wiring. Circuit breaker also controls porch lights, works. ...
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What are common reasons afci circuits won't work?

I rewired my house and installed 8 GFCI, afci and dual function circuit breakers on my 120 volt circuits. They all trip with any type of load, however standard circuit breakers work fine.
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Subpanel breaker size and wire size

I'm looking to add a subpanel for a basement kitchenette. Here are the power requirements and intended new circuits. Appliance Voltage Amps Slot Circuit Amps Oven/Range 220 28.0 ...
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Are there tools available to facilitate stripping of oak baseboards for refinishing?

We are in the process of repainting and changing the look of my house. Everything is oak. Base boards. Kitchen cupboards. Stair railing. When the house was built the original owner went with a yellow ...
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How to fit a pvc window to a corrugated metal shed

I have a corrugated metal shed which i want to fit a pvc window. I am not so sure how should i approach to this. The shed looks like the one pictured below but there are 2 vertical perimeter channels ...
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meross Smart switch wiring

having trouble with the wiring of a meross smart switch install. Smart switch on left controls chandelier and the right is a two way switch.
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Outdoor copper water pipe

My backyard has existing copper pipes outside that I want to reroute. To keep like with like, I'll just continue using copper. Are there any considerations or special types that I need to be aware ...
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How to specify tints for white wallpaint?

I doing some rooms in white, but there is a tinting problem. The whole room cannot be white because it would look like a hospital, so the wall paint has to be lightly tinted. The problem is how to ...
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How to connect 2 hot wire to a 2 pole MCB?

how can i connect 2 hot wires to a 2 pole MCB? What is the output of 2 pole MCB ? Will it be the same as 2 hot wire output or can connect to a LIVE and NEUTRAL terminal?
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What kind of sink faucet screws are these and how do I tighten them?

I have a loose sink faucet with screws I've never seen that holds it in place. There doesn't appear to be anything for a screwdriver or wrench to latch onto for tightening. How does one tighten these ...
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Lights goes completely out and back on again and flashes for more than 20 seconds

This happens randomly. We are in Vancouver, Canada, It happens with all the lights with the same circuit, but lights are in different rooms (living room, kitchen, den and bathroom). Sometimes those ...
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Apartment entry knob issue

I have been having issues with my apartment door not opening when I turn the knob. The knob is very loose and as a result, it is able to move left and right. Although functionally, turning to the ...
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What adhesive to use when tiling the fireplace hearth?

I am tiling the wood burning fireplace hearth and it gets really hot especially in the top-middle. I am wondering what kind of adhesive should I use for this purpose? I don’t want it fail due to high ...
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Can you build a retaining wall vertically with no angle?

I am planning to redo our front steps in stone and my plan is to essentially have two stone walls on each side of the steps coming down from the entrance. For appearances it would be definitely ideal ...
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Is it common for residential foundations from the 1960s to contain asbestos?

Is it common for residential foundations to contain asbestos (circa 1968)? We recently had a drain line extended and I don't recall seeing any protections in place other than light dust masks.
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New lighting fixtures to old wiring

So I bought a house built in 1957. And all of a sudden after plugging a laptop into a bedroom on the other side of the house, all the overhead fixtures on the opposite side of the house stopped ...
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Cleaning Mould Away & Inhibition of Future Mould Growth

I am an ordinary, non chemistry minded person. Never before have I had to deal with mould growth in a damp house. Now I do. I had an idea regarding the efficacy of cleaning this mould off the walls in ...
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Three way switch with two common wires?

Im currently trying to upgrade two three-way light switches in the kitchen to some new smart three-way switches. The issue I have run into though is that there appears to be two common wires on one of ...
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Ceiling lights going out

About 3 months ago, I was carrying one 1inch pvc pipe through my mudroom to the basement when I bumped the pvc pipe into the ceiling fan in the mudroom. We didn't notice till the end of the day that ...
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What is the correct direction for hot on a vertical single handle faucet?

I'm having a hard time finding an answer to this question. On a traditional single handle faucet, one with the handle on top (such as this Delta Foundations faucet) turning to the left is hot and ...
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Should crown molding go over stone fireplace?

I understand this is somewhat (design) subjective, but I have no reference to what is common practice when it comes to this type of application. I'm going to be running (foam) crown molding with LED ...
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Wiring a counter top fryer

I have a deep double fryer I am wiring up, voltage is 208/240, power is 5400/7200 watts, it will be 45 feet from the main electric panel, what size wire and fuses should I use
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Sub Panel Conduit

I’d like some advice to connect the main panel to the conduit. It’s 2” conduit to the outside which connects to a detached garage. The problem I’m not sure of is how do I go from this LB box to the ...
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Can this junction box wiring be used for a duplex receptacle?

! Hi - this junction box was covered with a plug cover That had no openings in it, just a blank cover over the wall box. As you can see from the image we have two cables entering the box from the top ...
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Goodman furnace - intermittantly works (80% of time works, then one blink (ignition failure)

Goodman furnace - works most of the time. Then, it will give the one-blink indicator of ignition failure. We either wait for it to cycle (which can take 30m-1hr) or turn off the power to the furnace ...

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