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Can flow of gas be too strong to ignite in oven?

My Viking oven lights only intermittently. I hear the spark module sparking. It tries for 4 cycles and then turns off, to prevent explosions I assume. I have replaced spark module once; no help. ...
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How do I connect two switches with two lights?

How do I wire two switches and two lights such that the second light can only be turned on if the first light is on? The second switch has no effect on the first light.
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Is it okay to have exposed 12/2 romex?

I am outfitting a shed with an electrical system. The inside walls are currently unsheathed, and I do not plan to sheath them. I was not sure if I can install Romex directly stapled to the studs ...
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Temporary supporting rafters in the middle for beam installation

I am intending to remove a load bearing wall that lies between the old perimeter of the house and the new extension. It is holding the extremities of the old roof rafters as well as a wall holding ...
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Hot water cylinder (direct heating), loosing heat and pressure during the day

I moved into a new property a few months ago with a direct heating hot water cylinder. This is a new one for me as I have always had a gas combi boiler before. I have economy 7, so the water heats ...
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Seal bathroom sink drain to vanity/wall

I'd like to seal the hole in the wall/vanity where the drain goes to. I assume there is some sort of circle cap that I could glue there. The reason is that I feel a current of air going out of there....
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LED Light fitting has started making clicking sounds after power outage

The other day we had a power outage and apparently surge that was enough to blow out the PSU on my computer. A day or two later I've noticed the ceiling light in my office is now clicking, regularly (...
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Re-using lag bolt holes?

Can holes in wood studs that previously held lag bolts be re-used with lag bolts of the same diameter or will this not hold safely? More detail: I have a piece of fitness equipment mounted to wood ...
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Is it a concern that 120v cables hang down from the ceiling in my crawl space?

Recently went in my crawlspace to fix some plumbing issues and noticed that all the electrical seems to be just hanging, with some on the ground. I'm fairly certain that this is nowhere close to code, ...
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Two Humid rooms

We built our home two years ago. Had trouble with the air conditioner, but a new company created zones and now the temps in each room are all withing 3 degrees of each other. However, we are fighting ...
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Easy/Cheap fix to insulating 2x4 exterior wall in Maryland

I am living in an rowhouse with exterior walls built of 2x4's. When it gets really cold in the winter - I can feel the cold coming through the wall of my bedroom when I put my hand on it. The wall ...
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Is there a problem with a media enclosure box in a laundry room?

Looked at a home where the media enclosure box is in the laundry room. Is that ok? Particularly, I’m unsure if there’s an issue about moisture being near wiring.
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What type of mortar should be used for small mortar repair on a 100 year old house?

I've read that one should use a special type of mortar with old brick houses because they expand more - portland mortar vs lime. If I need to repair some small sections of mortar to prevent water and ...
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Is it safe to put a microwave in a walk-in closet?

My spouse and I like to sleep with rice bags in the winter, which we microwave to heat up. To avoid having to go back down to the kitchen, we’re considering adding an outlet in our closet and plugging ...
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Combining two water inlets into one. Does increase pressure

There are two water pipes with same diameter and same water pressure. If we combine both pipes to get single output. Does it increase water pressure on final output or the pressure will be same. What ...
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CCTV Options for the home

I am looking at installing CCTV in my parents home. It must be accessible via the internet. It should be able to record and play audio (even if bespoke microphone is needed). The GUI must be user ...
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How to install pelmet in tight spaces

I would like to install pelmet over a windows which is close to end of the wall. At the corner there is also an air conditioning unit, so I only have about 12-15 cm space and the pelmet itself is ...
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Dryer Cord ground prong removal

I have a Roper dryer and the cord that it has does not configure with the plug in on my wall. So I went to Home Depot and the guy that helped me handed me the cord he said I needed and when I got home ...
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1830 farm house - installing metal vertical siding over original clapboards

The current siding consists of asbestos shingles over original clapboards. I have removed a few with just a long armed transfer shovel. I was curious to see what was under them. Yes I will dress ...
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Great Stuff Foam sealed gas pipe, fire safety

So I have a pipe penetration problem at the gas pipe. I hired a contractor and he decided to use great stuff to seal the gap. Would it be a fire safety problem? Thanks,
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Basement wall framing

I'm going to start work on a basement bathroom. I've got the drains already in. Will insulate the walls with foam boards....the framing? Wood or metal? I'm thinking with a basement and the ...
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Do LED dimmers work with non-LED bulbs?

I've been switching to LED bulbs wherever I can for the past few years but one thing I haven't done yet is switch my dimmer switches over to LED compatible dimmers. One issue I've had trouble ...
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Which electrical box to use for old-work outdoor light fixture and vinyl siding mounting block?

I have a garage which already has vinyl siding on it but the inside is unfinished and accessible. I would like to add an exterior wall lantern. The vinyl mounting block I purchased looks like this ...
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Power Pole ground to iron grill connector

This is my utility pole ground wire: My service entrance has no ground. I need to connect the ground wire from the pole directly to the service panel iron grill housing to protect it in case live ...
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Identifying wires in strange configuration

US 120v system. I’m replacing a light fixture in my living room. When i took the fixture off, the two wires broke. Therefore I can’t identify how the fixture was previously wired. There are five ...
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Is it ok to add an outlet from an Exit sign?

I'm trying to install WiFi expanders in our mostly brick building. The barrier is a lack of outlets where we need them. There are literally no outlets in locations were the WiFi expanders could also ...
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How to stop 2nd floor toilet from bubbling when 3rd floor toilet is flushed?

I have a building with 3 floors (1 unit in each floor). When I flush the 3rd floor toilet, bubbles come out of the second floor toilet. How do I stop 2nd floor floor toilet from bubbling? In general, ...
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Different light fixture in basement on pull switch

I have more than six light fixtures in the basement each has its own pull switch each fixture is getting it's power from some where from each room upstairs and I like to know how can I add a switch so ...
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HVAC AC Capacitor Replacement

I have a Carrier Infinity Series AC Unit (Model #: 24ANA748A0030020 or 24ANA748A00300); its capacitor needs replacement. I live in Chicago; so VAC is 120 x 2. Current Capacitor Specification: ...
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How long to wait between coats of polyurethane?

I sanded down a 2 inch old Maple butcher block bowling alley and stained 48 hours ago. I then applied 2/3 poly to 1/3 mineral spirits and let sit in direct 80 degree sun from 10-4 pm. It was ...
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Are there any latex house paints that aren't 100% acrylic anymore?

Although I've heard of latex paints that use a mix of other binders (eg. styrene acrylic or vinyl acrylic), and therefore aren't 100% acrylic, I've never seen them in real life. Are we pretty much at ...
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Cutting strands of wire to fit plug

I am a hvac tech, but my question is I have 2awg stranded and my plug is 6awg, will it matter much if I cut some strands to fit my plug? the plug is 60amp 250vac for a piece of kitchen equipment if ...
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Cutting strands of wire

I am a hvac tech, but my question is I have 2awg stranded and my plug is 6awg, will it matter much if I cut some strands to fit my plug? the plug is 60amp 250vac for a piece of kitchen equipment if ...
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Outlets not working in bathrooms

Is it possible for a fuse from the main breaker box to go bad? I have 3 outlets not working 2 in 1 bathroom and 1 in another bathroom all on the same floor. In the bathroom with 2 outlets had 1 GFCI ...
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JQX-115F relay switch triggers when moved. Is it faulty?

My boiler is controlled by a programmer unit to turn on and off at certain times. There is a receiver unit between the programmer and the boiler, and I believe this receiver unit is at fault. The ...
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Crazy wiring issue

I have a room downstairs with two light fixtures that operate off of a pair of 3-way switches on opposite sides of the room. The breaker these lights are on has other receptacles and lights on it as ...
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Can I safely remove/reattach the back of a fitted wardrobe?

I've recently gotten a new flat, and the second room has fitted wardrobes along one wall (e.g second picture). I would like to put a TV and playstation in one of these as I don't need the storage ...
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Bubbling primer

We decided to finally paint our rental and after spackling, sanding, and applying primer, I found bubbles. We live in a high moisture and humidity area, so there were places that had cracked and ...
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Three wires in an outlet box

I have an outlet box with a 1957 two pronged outlet with three wires connected. I want to switch it to a GFCI outlet. When I connect the black 120v lead wire and the white load wire I get power to ...
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What's the best way to secure a top mount stainless steel sink, if the supplied clips don't work?

The clips under my kitchen sink are terrible. It's impossible to get them tight, and as result it's hard to keep the top caulked, and I now have water damage. The clips in question were from a ...
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DIY Murphy Bunk Bed

I know how to build it. I just need to know how to keep the top bunk stable and not fall off when carrying a 170lb person. This is what I have put together so far. If I missed something please ...
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Can a KNX smart house installation be reasonably maintained by an end user?

I am looking into transforming the light switches, curtains, and ACs in my house to a KNX based system. If I understand correctly, KNX is an open standard that allows anyone to configure their devices....
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light switch 3 amp enough for a 4 watt led light set

Can i install a 3 amp switch next to a light? The led light is 4 watts. The light is for installing under the top cabinet. I have 3 such lights to be installed under the top cabinets. There is ...
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How to loosen nut without damaging toilet shutoff

I replaced the fill valve on a toilet and the connection stem on the replacement sticks out much farther than the original. The toilet was installed 12 years ago using a solid supply line, so I need ...
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Fluorescent lights sometimes don't turn on

I have two T12 double-ended G13 2-pin 4 foot fluorescent lights in my bathroom. They often (maybe 1/3 of the time) won't turn on, with a very slight glow in one corner, then usually turn on after an ...
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Installing bathroom in basement

starting plans for a raised bathroom in my basement . I have ben looking on Google. YouTube etc. To figure out how to plumb the bathroom. Since I will not be breaking out concrete. How would I attach ...
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Screw Size for Bookcase

I have lost screws for a bookcase that looks like the IKEA Billy Bookcase? The hardware store and big box stores don't have anything like it and say the screw I have is foreign. I know it is 1.5" in ...
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Sand and refinish uneven concrete

My patio concrete shows multiple pieces put together in the past I am thinking of renting a concrete grinder 10” and make it even. Then either paint or put something on top to cover. I may fill the ...
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How to find a right screw for a hole

I want to hang some stuff on my wall so here it comes to the part where I need to get screws/anchors. Saying I have a hole in a piece that I would like to attach(a picture attached), how can I ...
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Indoor ant control: Caulk up baseboard and counter/wall junction?

Background I rent a 1-bedroom apartment on the 9th floor of a highrise. I've been trying to solve an ant problem over the past two months, including three bouts of commercial bait that is suppose to ...

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