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Do I need to use a cable connector for the back of a box?

I will be mounting a 4”x4” electrical box at the back of an under the sink cabinet. A wire for a garbage disposal will be fed through a hole directly in the back of the box. Another wire will be fed ...
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What kind of screw should I use for an electrical box mounted under a sink?

What type and size of screw should I use to mount a 4”x4” metal electrical box to the back of the under the sink cabinet?
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What size screws for mounting ENT electrical box with outer ears

I am looking to mount an ENT electrical box, using the holes provided in the outer ears of the box as pictured below. What would be the appropriate type/size of screw to mount this to a wood stud?
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Vinyl Flooring: Wet glue underneath and pink and black stains on top

I had vinyl flooring professionally laid 2 years ago. Now it is covered in black stains and a faint pink discolouration. We have the same flooring in two different rooms - in the kitchen (which is ...
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how to adjust these flag hinges?

I have an aluminium double glazed door that has dropped slightly and is dragging in the lower corner opposite the hinges. I can't see how to adjust these hinges. Under the black dust caps there is ...
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Floor gap between tile and wooden floor

I'm wondering what to use to fill a gap between my conservatory floor tiles and dining room parquet flooring. I originally put a pvc threshold there to cover the gap but this through way has been ...
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Try to add more power outlets to garage! for more toys!

Just got myself a new table saw (13 amps- Delta 725T2). I'm thinking of rewiring the saw to 240V. Also need a separate line for dust collection 20 amp should suffice. And another one for another tools....
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Bathroom exhaust fan and light wiring question

I have one wire run into my bathroom ceiling and I want to replace an existing fan with a light/fan combo. I only have 2 weeks wires, one black and one white. My new light/fan combo requires 3 but it ...
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HVAC Condensate Line P Trap

I've consistently experienced issues with my AC. I won't get into all of the background, but I would like to know if the pictured condensate line is appropriately trapped. The vertical PVC pipe is not ...
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Replacing Carpet with Hardwood floor - contractor issues on base board cutting

We new to home improvements. We are getting carpet area on upperfloor hallway replaced with hardwood. The contractor cut the baseboard to fit the hardwoods in, on one part we saw 2 hardwoood atleast 3-...
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Questions about doorbell

We recently moved to a new house. The previous owner had a wireless doorbell installed and was using it for 20 years. Now, I tried to install a wired doorbell which has a camera. I did some online ...
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Where to Caulk Around Windows on Exterior of Home? Is this a Drip Edge?

It's winter time again and our windows are really drafty so I am going to start replacing some of the old cracking caulk around the windows on the exterior of the home. In the process of examining my ...
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Adding more water for longer working time for 5 minute joint compound?

Ideally one would use the joint compound with the desired setting time, together with the recommended amount of water for mixing. However, a few times I added more water when mixing products like ...
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Gas fireplace not lighting

I have a gas fireplace which worked when we bought the house, but after turning off the fireplace for just over 4 years, it does not want to turn back on (the igniter does not glow). From what ...
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Does there exist a battery-powered, programmable, millivolt thermostat?

I'd like to replace a mechanical millivolt (2-wire) thermostat for my propane space heater stove with a programmable one. I'd like to do this to ensure that the space heater doesn't heat overnight, ...
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Is this scenario a bootleg ground? Is it safe? options?

I have a shop that has been fed a 3-wire (L1 - L2 - N)service years ago. The ground wires to the outlets are bonded to the neutral wires in the shop's subpanel. There is NO earth ground / ground rod ...
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Tile a bit proud because of tile edging

I just completed my first backsplash, and overall I'm pretty happy with the result considering it's my first one 😃 One question I have is how could I've avoid that first uneven tile, which is a bit ...
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A piece of wax from a toilet ring fell into the drain, how do I address this?

When removing my toilet, a piece of wax approximately the size of a golf ball fell into the drain. I can't reach it with my arm. What would be the best way to address this? I imagine this could ...
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Load on one socket

I have one electrical socket at home on which I put a plug multiplier (with a very small cord) and I plug two machines on it : a wahsing machine and a tumbler dryer. I was about to ask a company to ...
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Adding custom secondary glazing to existing frames

I have deep windows frames like this: Rather that adding a whole secondary glazing frame on the inside. Could I add a spacer/battening to the inside of the existing frame and second pane of glass? I ...
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How best to insulate these ducts?

When my HVAC system is heating the house, the basement gets super warm and everything in the picture gets warm/hot to touch. I feel like the system is wasting a chunk of energy. Am I right? Should ...
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Is galvanized pipe safe for use as a bathroom faucet? [closed]

Since the Food and Drug Association (FDA) has approved the use of galvanized steel for food preparation and conveyance for all applications with the exception of foods that have a high acid content, ...
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240v plug, converter or transformer for EU kitchen appliance in the US

My Kenwood Major Cooking Chef (KM096) being my prized kitchen appliance, is the only one EU machine I've taken with me to the US. It would have been much more expensive to replace and letting it sit ...
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How much light is too much light? [closed]

I'd like to improve the poor lighting in my 10' x 12' home office (currently a single small overhead LED located in the center of the room; my wife and I have desks at either end of the space). The ...
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Siliconed round windows before repainting jambs - should have done it after?

I'm repainting a room. I've scraped back the loose paint (in places back to plaster), filled, sugar soaped and, to my low standards, it's ready to paint. I also scraped out the old mouldy silicone ...
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How can I store PVC pipe in the sun and prevent UV degradation?

I handle the PVC pipe storage system in the yard for my company. The yard is a totally open area and pipe is directly exposed to sun light. In the summer the sun is high and due to this lots of pipe ...
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Can I use 1 Nest Thermostat with 2 boilers?

I have 2 boilers in my house. 1 is for the main house and the other one is for the annex which is built a few feet away from the main house. My 1st boiler is connected to Nest thermostat. Can I ...
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Why does my Vaillant boiler shut itself off every day?

I'm subtenant and I have Vaillant boiler (don't know which model). Every time I use shower after few minutes boiler shuts itself down and the burner lockout indicator is flashing. I'm then without hot ...
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Light socket to outlet adapter not working

I typically use two socket to outlet adaptors with a light bulb socket to put the bulb back in to the fixture to light two holiday wreaths with a small strand of lights each. They have always worked ...
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How do I hang a 55" TV from metal ceiling joists

I am trying to mount a 55" led tv to the ceiling. I found out that the joists are metal. My fear is that they will not be strong enough to hold the tv if I go straight into the metal. Life ...
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Is PPR pipe that is twisted around its axis still reliable?

A PPR pipe is twisted (not bent) around its central axis by the weight of flexible pipes (and water in them) that is connected to its exit which is right angle to the pipe (that is the reason for the ...
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Is my thermostat keeps losing power due to a furnace fault? [closed]

I suspect my furnace of reaching a temperature limit and cutting power to my thermostat as a result. How would I determine if that is the case? First off, my situation is very similar to Furnace turns ...
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Furnace won’t kick off once the desired temp is met

I had a Honeywell thermostat (older model), I replaced it with a new Honeywell basic model. Reason for replacing is because once I set the temp, and the temp was reached the furnace won’t kick off. ...
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GFCI failure on 240v spa?

I have a 240V outdoor spa with a 30A GFCI disconnect nearby. The spa was working fine until a week ago. Totally dead. I had a spa repair come out and he diagnosed that it was due to the input power....
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Thermostatic valve install on baseboard

I’m installing a monoflow loop. How do I install a thermostatic valve on a baseboard heater? The loop will return in the baseboard.
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What is this animal in my loft?

I have some animals in my loft, I can hear them scratching around up there. A month ago it was once a day in the night-time, but now I can hear the noise a few times a day and a few times in the ...
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Adding Combo Switch to Existing Switch Loop

This is lighting diagram for a room. The existing wiring (Lamp A) is a switched loop. The switch is a combo switch (Blue Box) and I want to use the unused second switch for the new lamp. What I want ...
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If my breakers in my wall aren't covered by a panel door or anything, can they screw a thin metallic sheet to the front of my breaker?

Is it a violation of a code to place a thin metallic sheet over my breaker box?? It looks very trifling and unsafe!!
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No power to switch box and overhead fans/lights in master bed/bath. No tripped GFCI, no tripped breakers

Just moved into a 2-story home built in 2002. Upon move in, all lights and switches worked except for a pantry light downstairs and one of the outlets in an outlet box in a small bedroom upstairs. ...
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Subpanel dilemma: Supply has no neutral

I have a 30x40 shop building detached from my home. I am upgrading the shop's subpanel when I noticed that the line from the house's main breaker panel does not include a neutral. Just two hots and a ...
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How to upgrade generator socket from 20A to 30A?

I just replaced a 20A generator with a 30A one, and I need to upgrade the generator socket. The context is a 100% off-grid cabin with two solar panels, a small battery bank, and a 120VAC inverter ...
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How should I raise the subfloor in one room to match another?

I am installing some new vinyl plank, and I have an issue where my dining room (linoleum) and living room (laminate) meet. The dining room is about 3/8" higher than the living room. I want to ...
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How can I remove adhesive/glue from bricks?

My wife and I bought our home 2 years ago and we recently had water damage in our basement. After getting a sump pump and drain installed, we decided to redo the basement which includes a fireplace. ...
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What's the best way to resolve multiple circuits going to a single outlet?

I'm not sure the title is the best, but it's the best I can come up with right now. I've been replacing all the outlets and switches in my house, and for the second time found an electrical box with ...
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how to fix drafty window

Please check out attached picture of corner of my double hung window. I feel cold air there during winter time when it is too much windy. Can anyone tell me which area of window requires ...
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Toilet S pan connector to waste pipe

I've looked at a few videos about installing a new toilet and I've seen this types of connections: Toilet either inserts and bolts to a base like this: Or the S pan is inserted into another tube like ...
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Is there any code requirements determining how close a ceiling fan can be to a pendant light?

Is there any code requirement on how close to a pendant light a ceiling fan blade can be? This is Oregon, which is based on 2018 IRC and 2020 NEC code.
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Identifying Vent in Unfinished Basement & General Bathroom Layout

I am looking to finish my basement and wanted to get validation on my vent tie-in locations. I believe I have correctly identified it in the photo (top right of photo). I believe the builders have it ...
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Leaking Door Newly Installed By Pro

We just got a new door installed by a professional and there seems to be a bunch of leaks in the door. I am not sure if this is normal or not on a new door install and if they are easy to fix myself ...
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Heat/AC Unit Cover

I'm living in co-op building in northeastern part of Queens, New York and have heat/AC unit in the apartment. Two questions: Do you know what's the technical term for such unit? It's not just ...

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