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Does the IRS crack down heavily on illegal renovation construction work

My dad has been working as a carpenter ever since he first came to America when my brother and I were very young and has worked under the table without an official company or permits for over 30 years....
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Vent pipe flashing for two 2" PVC vent pipes that are almost touching (1/4" apart)? How?

They're too close together to use any conventional flashing product. Standard shingled angled roof in Phoenix, AZ. What should I do? Thanks!
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Angle stop nut and ferrule stuck in the ferrule remover tool

I just received this ferrule remover tool. The first half of the process worked great: the ferrule [and nut] came right out. But the nut is really really locked on the thread of the removal tool. I'...
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Can I drywall over fiberboard?

I bought a 1960s home with interior walls of fiberboard which were then wall papered. Can I drywall over top the fiberboard? What preparation would be needed? I worry about moisture buildup as the ...
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Stripping paint off cupboards without damaging gloss underneath

I have cupboards that were painted but the person who painted them didn’t sand them at all, so the paint is pealing. We started pealing the paint and like the look of the natural wood underneath. Is ...
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How come if one's building has individual metering, then she/he is limited to installing solar panels on the house panel (common space power)?

I found this link talking about installing solar panels on a condo. One commenter says if one's building has individual metering, then she/he is limited to installing solar panels on the house panel (...
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240 volt EV charger worked then stopped working

My EV charger works for about 6 months then stopped. I checked voltage going to the charger and got 120 and 114. On the two hots. The company sent me a second charger. Also no power lights come on. So ...
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Shower screen is not vertical, but is it within tolerance?

We have had our bathroom renovated. The frameless glass shower screen was installed yesterday and is not vertical. I made an improvised plumb bob with cotton thread and a ball bearing. The shower ...
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Adapter from garden hose to shower head

I'm trying to build a outdoor solar shower to rinse off from garden work. I'm looking to feed low-cost shower head from a 4gal plastic water tank. I'm assuming I'm going to want to attach a garden ...
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Moving Breakers in Electrical Panel to Make Room for Generator Interlock

I am installing a large portable generator and will be adding a 50amp inlet and corresponding breaker in my 125A electrical panel to backfeed during power outages. I purchased this house recently, ...
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Is my dryer's exhaust pipe why it keeps leaking?

My dryer's exhaust has been leaking. I noticed that the dryer's exhaust pipe is pretty deformed in back (photos). I'm wondering if that could be (part of?) why it won't seal back there, if this is the ...
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Maytag Dishwasher MDB4949SHZ0 food particles clogging wash arms almost every cycle

Despite pre-rinsing all of my dishes, the spray arms are constantly clogging with food particles. Often it's pieces of cabbage, a grain of rice, or similar. The top arm clogs more often but the lower ...
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Screw through electrical wire. Explosive result

I replaced the section of 12-2 cable, but the outlets still don't work. What else could be wrong? Could I have Damaged more than the wires?
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The front of my home has a rough-cut brick exterior. How would I seal the gaps around light to prevent bugs/water intrusion?

I don't like the look and obvious gaps between the (shallow) light base and the house. I get spider intrusions and am concerned with water intrusion due to sideways rain and/or power washing. Other ...
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How can I kill mold and seal up this door?

https://photos.app.goo.gl/ejRfZhvfrbzd8um9A I moved in with a friend who rents basement unit. After 5 or so years, babysitter moved out so I'm moving in the bedroom. While cleaning I found This door ...
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Can i replace a diode with a peice of wire in my doorbell?

My doorbell chime came with a diode, used to bridge the leads on the doorbell proper, as per the below image. This is used to allow the doorbell to chime when the button is released, and without it ...
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Best way to install a ceiling fan with a surface-mounted junction box

I am buying an apartment where a previous owner added a chandelier using a surface-mounted ceiling junction box and surface-mounted conduit (in other words, nothing is inside the ceiling.) I'd like ...
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Powering an Outdoor Security Camera via USB - Need a Waterproof Solution [closed]

I'm setting up a Wi-Fi security camera that will be installed outdoors and powered via a USB-type A pigtail. I'm looking for advice or solutions that address these specific requirements and challenges ...
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Two three-way switches and one single pole switch (in a 3-gang box), powering a second (2 gang) switch box?

Disclaimer: I am not an electrician (that's obvious). I have tried my best to figure out what I'm doing. I do plan to hire someone more skilled than myself and cover all legal/inspection requirements ...
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Possible Asbestos Contamination? Pls help

We bought a condo built in 1971 recently. We decided to remodel the place and did not like the ceilings as they resembled a popcorn ceiling. My dad is doing the renovations and didn’t think asbestos ...
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How to cover 2" gap between drywall and floor

I'm renovating a bathroom in an old house. The drywall is new but the drywallers left a gap of 2 inches between the drywall and floor. I'd appreciate help on the best way to fill this gap What height ...
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Does a service panel need a metal cover?

A previous question asks if a service panel is up to code without a door. The answer was that it can be without a door (breaker handles exposed) but it cannot be without a cover for the wires. ...
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Why is polyurethane with mixed-in stain not drying?

I sprayed polyurethane with a stain mixed in to use as a faux finish on maple wood. The first coat dried hard but the second coat is drying slowly and is easily scratched off. The temperature and ...
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Add floating floor above garage doors

I have about 3.5 feet from the top of my garage door openers to the ceiling and I'd like to add a floor, perhaps across the entire garage with attic stairs for access. My thought is to frame the floor ...
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What are the electrical requirements for fitting (low-power) immersion heaters in the UK?

I've got solar panels, which can generate 7kW peak (in practice, measured on the output of the inverter) but I'm capped at 5kW export to the grid*. So if I'm not using (much) power in the late ...
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Running electrical cables with a dropped ceiling

I have a hanging/dropped ceiling in my house in the entrance. There is one electrical cable hanging by the side, waiting to be connected to a lamp. This ceiling extends to the above of the stairs, and ...
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Butyl tape for roof shield?

I am roofing my shed, and using felt underlayment. We don’t get a ton of snow, but sometimes we get some. I don’t feel like buying a giant roll of expensive ice and water shield for the eaves, And I ...
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How to reattach a hinge with very little clearance

I have a window hinge that needs to be reattached, but the side of the building is giving me only about 1 or 1.5” of clearance for the two innermost screws. I can open the window enough to get the two ...
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Do GE LED tube lights need to be oriented in a certain direction?

When inserting a LED tube light into the fixture, do I need to orient the tube in a particular direction? Or would it output light in all directions? I am about to replace my existing fluorescent T8 ...
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Noise from AC unit in basement

New homeowner here, I am starting to discover all the issues with my house, starting with the A/C which is very noisy! I decided to check where the noise came from and opened a couple panels on the A/...
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How to disconnect the supply line from these older bathroom faucets?

Typically removing/replacing the supply lines is done by simply loosening a bolt attached to the intakes as shown here: However in my original seventies bathroom faucets they do not have a separable ...
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Q: how to best connect a rigid duct to a heating duct boot register without its round neck?

We have the original 2.25x10(rectangle)x4(round) inch and 2.25x12x6 inch heating duct register boots remaining in our 1960 house, after the ducts with asbestos insulation have been removed. But these ...
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What type of disconnect should I use for a four-wire water heater?

I have this tankless electric water heater. It’s 18kW; at 240V, I am running two 8/2 Romex cables which connect to two 40 amp double pole breakers in the panel. Since the breaker is out of sight, I ...
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furnace whistling

new air ease natural gas furnace has a whistle. This did not happen with the old one. Two story house with two separate zones for heat and cool. Each level has their own thermostats. When cooling both ...
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Finding neutral wire in wall boxes

I'm trying to replace four switches in a 4-gang box. All four are on different circuits. From left to right: This is a 3 way switch and I want to replace it with another 3-way switch. I think I know ...
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Shower Cartridge Identification

Can anyone help identify this shower Cartridge? There are no visible manufacturer identifiers on the cartridge or the rest of the components. “0088 7 A450" appears to be stamped into the little ...
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Disagreement with our roofer over vents

We're trying to assess our attic ventilation and would love any feedback or advice. Our attic is 1600 sqft, our roof slope is 2.28:12, and the prevailing winds in our area are southwest. We have ...
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Barn door ideas

I want to replace the pillars in this opening and put a barn door there. The opening measures approximately 8 feet wide and 8 feet tall. I've already purchased 9-foot wide barn door hardware with the ...
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How to open an old showerhead handle without screws

My showerhead is leaking. I can not open the attached handle. There is no screw. Please let me know how to open it? Do you know what is the name or branch? Thanks.
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Can anybody help with choosing a paint gun for exterior use with latex paint? [closed]

I'm about to paint my shed and the balusters on my deck. I have a Rigid air compressor with a 6 gallon tank that will put out 3.5 SCFM at 40 PSI and 2.6 SCFM at 90 PSI. I'm looking for one that's $200 ...
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Installing plywood underlayment over bathroom subfloor for tiling

I want to install plywood underlayment to a bathroom subfloor before I do the tiling. I could not find answers to some questions and hope this group can help: Can I use Deck screws for this? I found ...
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What's this big buried block outside a Bowing foundation wall

So my basement wall is bowing so I’m have a company come out and put beams up and push the wall back to being straight. While digging the outside I found this on the outside wall right where the wall ...
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Door sidelight trim not coming out

i tried opening this trim from outside as there is nothing in interior to open sidelight . This looks like metal trim and cant see any silicone .
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Is this ceiling crack a hazard?

I just moved into my boyfriend’s house that he bought in late 2022. Noticing all kinds of cracks in the ceilings and walls, plus lots of uneven floors. This one is the most concerning to me - it’s in ...
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1” XPS 3/4” plywood basement subfloor Wisconsin

I’m making a subfloor for my basement in Wisconsin. The house was built in 2017, and would have had to pass all code requirements and inspections. The basement has no moisture issues, and is always ...
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Alternative exterior sheathing to 16"x48" rock lath

Property is in Zone 5, mid-Michigan. House was built in the 1950's. Interior is 1/2" rock lath with a 1" plaster assembly, insulated with cellulose. 2x4 walls 16" oc, Exterior is ...
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Bathroom fan air leaking air into bathroom

The bathroom fan is definitely drawing air up in the centre as seen in the video and it’s blowing air into the room on the side near where the plug outlet is. At first I thought I needed to find a fan ...
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2 opener motors failed simultaneously, due to bad neutral to house [closed]

House had bad neutral; every other 120v breaker tested about 190V. Both garage door openers are no longer working. Motors, control boards, or both?
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Proper way to replace bottom siding?

I see this question has been asked many times but I have an unusual wrinkle (I think). I recently had a deck replaced with pavers. The deck had entombed some siding in a weird place where the level of ...
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Help deciding how to run electric for new outlet off of existing circuit

I have 3 outlets on an existing circuit and would like to add one more. Outlet 1 is in the garage and loads outlets 2 and 3. New outlet could be straight down from this on the reverse side of the ...
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