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What size sub panel can I put if Im using #3 THHN wire for 160’ run?

I have a detached garage about 55’ from the back of my house and my main panel is in my basement. So Im planning to run about 160’ #3 THHN wire in conduit (About 90’ inside the basement and 70’ ...
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leveling replacement tile

I have just complete an area of tile where 99% of tile is great, but I have a tile with a lippage that bother me. I'm willing to pull up the tile and replace it but is there a way to level it with the ...
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Replacing old V+/Vg carrier thermostat with Honeywell programmable thermostat

I have a heat-only natural gas furnace with a fan. (Bryant 315aav036070adja) The thermostat I'm trying to install is a Honeywell TH4110U2005/U. My old thermostat only has two wires (V+ and Vg), which ...
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GFCI receptacle vs GFCI breaker

In the year 2021, almost every circuit requires GFCI and/or AFCI per NEC. Let's consider bathrooms. I believe AFCI is not required (true?) but GFCI is required. I understand that GFCI protection can ...
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Steam in bathroom

My bathroom originally vented into the attic instead of outside. I didn't have too much steam with this. A 3 inch vent was put on and exhausted out through the soffit. It wasn't effective. A new fan ...
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Ideas for rigging a light switch to a double bifold door?

This has me stumped. There are lots of light switches actuated by closet doors. But I have a closet with a double bifold door (two bifolds that close towards the middle). I can't think of, or find, ...
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What do you do if you accidentally joined a tapered drywal edge with a butted drywall edge?

I had a rather complicated cut for a piece of drywall that was going in an area around some pipes I did not pay attention when I did the cutting and I ended up with a butted edge against a tapered ...
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How to identify the problem of a washing machine whose drum does not turn anymore?

My washing machine has a drum problem right now which I would like to identify the cause. When I run a cycle (even just spinning), the drum turns about ten degrees and then stops even if there is ...
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Bathroom renovation -walls are closed -what is the next correct order of operations for finishing the walls and the tiling?

I have installed my cement board (two walls of a corner shower) I have put the ceiling back (drywall) I still have to fix a couple of openings in the other two walls(drywall) I will need to paint over ...
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Rust at welded steel beam joint

My house has a 20 ft long steel beam running across the entry way with two i-beams for supports. The supports are welded to a base plate at the ground. The joints have quite a bit of rust on them. I'...
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Stove top too hot after replacing oven insulation

A mouse ruined the insulation in my stove, so I called a repair guy to replace it. I really have no idea whether he used a factory approved replacement, but the company said he would. Now the stove ...
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Our builder has tried resolving our foundation, walls & floor cracking for 7 years but it's worsening. How can we get it resolved or our $ back?

We bought a subdivision, 1 story slab home in 2011 in TX. 2014 the home started cracking badly. Under 10 yr warranty the builder cosmetically repaired the large visible cracking. Within months it ...
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How to Undercut Walls for Floating Floor Between 2 Concrete Walls

Hey so im laying down LVP floating plank floor in a room with concrete/brick walls on either side and was wondering if its even possible to slide both sides of the floor into my undercuts. I have done ...
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Patio Deck Piers Construction

I have some piers under my patio deck. What kind of pier is it? Are there concrete footings underneath these green poles? I am remaking my deck, and would like to add some more of these. I can't see ...
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Building a block wall up a steep slope

I would like to build a block wall up a steep slope, maybe 30%, and I don’t want to “stair step” the top, keeping it level, because it would render the wall nearly useless at the low points. If I have ...
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can interconnected smoke detectors be wired as spokes from an attic junction box

Suppose 3 interconnected smoke detectors on first floor. Standard wiring would run 14/2 to first, then 14/3 (with red wire for interconnecting) to second, then 14/3 to third. My question is whether ...
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Faucet flush against backsplash, how to seal?

Have two bathroom faucets that were installed completely flush. Replacing the silicone caulking. Should I leave them installed and just caulk around and on top? Or first remove the base and caulk the ...
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Dead circuit, breaker not tripped, one gfci in the circuit and it is not tripped

I have a few dead outlets in my house and also two also dead outside, all on the same circuit. Circuit breaker at the panel is not tripped. When I press the test button on that breaker at the panel ...
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Scratches in light marble vanity top

We have a vanity with a light marble top with under counter sink. Nail polish or something was spilled on it and my wife scraped it off with some sort of knife. The nail polish was removed but it left ...
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Refrigerator - power cord exposed copper wire

There are multiple parts of exposed copper wiring on the power cord of my refrigerator. There are about 3 parts where the copper is exposed. I'm not really sure how it happened. Can I wrap it in ...
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Can't get fish through cleanout in utility room to clean pipes above?

The cleanout is about three feet off the floor in the utility room with a 90 degree bend coming down from above and going through the wall to the septic system. I cannot see how to get a wire fish up ...
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Hang heavy frameless mirror with broken mount

I have a heavy second hand mirror (100cm wide, 12.5kg) but the mounting bracket screws have pulled through the thin chipboard (5mm) backing piece. It is frameless with a decorative mirror edge. Does ...
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Which plumbing adapter can be used to join 1/2" FIP (or FPT) with 1/2" Male NPSM?

My shower water supply ends with a 1/2" female NPT (FIP/FPT) fitting. The shower spray is 1/2" Male NPSM fitting. Can anyone provide a link to an adapter that would let me to connect the two?...
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Need a programmable thermostat that can run fan for few minutes if no call for heat or cool in past hour [closed]

To normalize temperatures in my house, I'd like a 5+2 or 7 day programmable thermostat that has the ability to set the fan to run 5 to 15 minutes if it hasn't been on due to a call for heat or cool in ...
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Yellow slime in water pipe

Our water heater expansion tank sprung a leak this evening. I am going to replace it but in the short term I cut the horizontal pipe that lead to the tank and capped it with a SharkBite. I was ...
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Commercial Baking On A Convection Oven and Its Effects on the HVac

I would like to ask how badly or how strongly would a double convection oven pull on a 3 ton commercial HVac, within a bakery? I am looking to open a bakery and liked the idea of using a convection ...
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How to install ceiling fan/light wall switch from a light switch

I bought a Parrot Uncle retractable ceiling fan/light #F3504A. The wall switch indicates connecting the Fan, Light, and AC120V 60HZ wires all to the hot wire(black). Problem: Now I have a white wire ...
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Can I put a switch on a light after a Mechanical Timer?

Ok, I'm running my "line" to a mechanical timer that controls 2 lights. Can I hook up a wire to the timers "line" (for a hot) and use that to be the hot for a switch, then run ...
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Powering single HVAC damper from 3 circuits

I am updating a 1993 house in Texas and now have exhaust fans going through the roof, so I am also adding a fresh exterior air intake to the HVAC return plenum for make-up air. I want to open the ...
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Sewage smell coming from washer

I've had this issue since I bought my house. The house was renovated when I bought it, with new washer/dryer unity (not a high efficiency). The smell isn't all the time. Some days there is no odor. ...
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Help identifying shower valve in older home

We've run into a shower valve we can't identify. Does anyone have any idea what this is or who made it? The house was built in the 60's and we aren't sure that this is original, but it could be. There ...
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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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