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Replacing 3-way Dimmer with Smart Dimmer

I'm trying to replace a 3-way dimmer set-up (currently a Lutron MACL-153M) with a smart dimmer. I have C by GE Smart Dimmers. After a lot of tinkering yesterday, I was unable to get it to work. I've ...
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Eliminate Humidistat

I have an old Honeywell H8808 humidistat and a Pro 1 model T721 thermostat and the problem is that when the humidistat is turned down far enough to kick the system on it will come down to set ...
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Is there any study or calculation on how much money I save if I buy door/window X with a certain R value vs door/window Y with a different R value?

Is there any study or calculation on how much money I save if I buy door/window X with a certain R value vs door/windows Y with a different R value? I am afraid that this whole thing with better and ...
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Can I install a switch upstream of my service panel for regular shuttoff duty?

I lived in Europe where it is common to have on/off switches on all electrical wall outlets. I asked my electical parts store if I could replace the cicuit breakers in my home with switch rated (swd) ...
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How can i arrange my T-Shirt, Bush shirts, jeans and other accessories efficiently in a closet that only has 2 compartments , one above the other?

How can i arrange my T-Shirt, Bush shirts, jeans and other accessories efficiently in a closet that only has 2 compartments , one above the other? There is one rod and i hang may trousers, jeans ...
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electrical sub panel grounding of branch circuits

I have installed a 75amp sub panel with three #6THHN and a #8 ground from the main. I need to pull 2 branch circuits from main to sub since I do not have space in the 200amp main for the sub panel ...
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What kind of garage flooring is this?

I like the flooring here in this picture but wonder what it is Is it some paint / stain on top of concrete? Because I can see the crack. Or is it some laminate plastic thing?
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What valve should I use for water control flow after upgrading to thermostatic valve?

I had leaking valve assembly for a beauty salon's hair washing station. It had a handle that allowed to independently control temperature and pressure. It looked like this: And, to save water and for ...
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Use existing neutral wire for ground and switch neutral to ground in breaker panel?

My garage has an existing receptacle for NEMA 10-50 which has hot-hot-neutral. I plan to install a NEMA 6-50 which requires hot-hot-ground. Can I just use the existing neutral wire as ground at the ...
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Is it inadvisable to reuse PVC? (Sch-40 white stuff)

I have some salvaged PVC (Schedule 40) from a run in the irrigation system that I'm rebuilding which is now unused - I'm considering reusing it in the rebuild of the system. Is this foolish? The ...
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Homemade concrete blocks for fire pit and starfire direct DYI propane fire pit

Im Buying concrete molds for a DYI landscaping projects. I want to use some of the same bricks for a DYI starfire direct propane fire pit in the back yard. Ive heard this can be dangerous? Would this ...
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Shower arm broke are the walls between the shower and tub usually normal drywall?

So I was going to replace my shower head, but it was on there pretty good and started twisting the shower arm. I twisted the shower arm back into place maybe to tight and tested the water and didn't ...
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Lamp Project With No Ground Wires

Question 1. I am building myself a lamp and I am using a plastic 1 gang outlet box. There are no ground wires. How can I properly ground the lamp? Question 2: Can I attach a metal bar and place it ...
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Tub drain re-assembly

There was moldy caulk around the tub drain. I intended to take it out, clean the drain area, reapply any teflon tape, and re-caulk the area. When I started to turn the drain counterclockwise the top ...
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How should I repair a loose marble door sill?

My bathroom door has a marble door sill, which turns out not to be affixed to anything, so that I can move it freely. (See photos.) I imagine that I ought to fix this. What should I use?
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Garage door sticks on a bolt

My garage door sticks on the way down, apparently when the bottom roller meets a bolt in the track (see photo). A shot of garage door lube on the bolt head helps it close for the first couple of times....
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With a vapor barrier installed, how critical is slashing/destroying faced insulation underneath?

After installing a vapor barrier, forgot to slash/destroy the faced batts of insulation within some wall cavities and/or ceiling areas. Am I in "OMG deep doo-doo" for not slashing the batts, or ...
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Can you trip a breaker from a different circuit?

Background I had a wall outlet wired like the one below. I wanted to move it over about 4 feet, so I bought some electrical wire and used it to extend the existing wire. () As you can see, it was ...
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steam fresh function on my LG all in one

Is there any way to disable the steam fresh function on my LG all in one washer/dryer? It builds up steam during the dry cycle and I am constantly burning myself.
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Why have separate Long and Short Flush buttons on a toilet if they both do the same thing?

In my house, I have two buttons that I can use to flush my toilet. These buttons are labeled "Short Flush" and "Long Flush". When pressing either of these and instantly letting go, the flush time is ...
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Hot water tank won't light

I have a branford white hot water tank that is driving me crazy. I recently flushed it and it's partner (I have two tanks for underfloor heat), and now the pilot will not stay lit. I took the burner ...
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Radiators no heat

Hoping someone can advise. I had a "Tradesman ", replace a working radiator in the kitchen (purely for efficiency). I was then left with no hot water or heating (all working morning prior to his ...
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Splitting Service Equipment Across Two Enclosures

My house has a 200 amp service with a (circa mid 1980s) GE TM2020R Mod1 panel where all 20 spaces are occupied with THQP breakers. In order to provide room for expansion and to allow for GFCI and AFCI ...
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Alternatives to forced hot air in-wall units

My condo came with in-wall hot air units with a fan (one for the bedroom, one for the living room). I am very unhappy with this heating system and am looking for alternatives. It is very noisy (to ...
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Neither pendant light or ceiling box has loose wires

So I'll preface with this is the first time I've ever tried to install a light. I brought several pendant lamps from Ikea, on the end of the wires is a plastic box where i should be able to connect ...
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Why is my tablesaw whining?

I have a Craftsman 113.298031 tablesaw. Recently it has started making a whining sound and the blade is easily bogged down. Previously the blade bogged down without the noise and I had to tighten ...
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Best adhesive for reinstalling this wall tile

The grout lines still match up; I just need a good adhesive to put back on. I don’t want to scrapes old mortar or grout out if possible.
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sizing exterior door

From what to what do you measure when knowing what size pre-hung exterior door will fit? For what I think should be the standard 36"x80", the contractor through the orange store came back with entry ...
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sunlight and sensors for garage doors

I have found that the light reflecting off the garage floor also causes a problem. High noon, both sensors in the shadow and still a problem. Put some landscaping black and fixed it. Next morning, ...
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Installing HVAC return in mold-infested room

We're in the process of reducting our house for a central HVAC system. We have an insulated "cold room" in the basement that had an outbreak of green mold in the past, probably from an old fridge but ...
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Furnace transformer hot to the touch

Should the transformer be hot when the furnace isnt running? replaced the transformer and it is hot to the touch but not hot enough to burn fingers..
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How to keep Structolite from cracking as it dries

I have a house that was built in 1901 and needs a lot of plaster work. I've tried both Structolite and Gypsolite as a base coat over bare brick. Both of them crack as they dry, less than an hour after ...
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Uncapped wires in light switch box

I was trying to install a smart light switch, I don't have a neutral, so I can't do that. However, when I looked in the box, I noticed this other group of wires pushed to the back. They aren't capped ...
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Is shutting off the water supply line to replace a refrigerator water filter normal?

I'm looking into purchasing a new refrigerator. A particular Samsung model looks like a potential but I noticed an odd instruction in its manual. Regarding replacing its water filter, the first step ...
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Remove plastic bag logo

How do I remove the plastic bag a logo that was in bedded in my leather car seats. My car is brand new and I can't get it out. I tried rubbing alcohol, now Polish remover. Please help
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Removing a GFI outlet in laundry room

I had an electrician come and add an outlet so that the washer could have a dedicated outlet. They added a second outlet (GFI) that trips both outlets when I run the heavy duty washer on a big load. ...
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Can I repair a stone step?

I have a 1911 property with a stone? back door step which is worn and either crumbled or cracked. A few years back a plasterer did a repair and think skimmed it, but needs doing again. I had a ...
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In a conventional boiler setup, is hot water usually dispensed from the hot water tank quicker than it refills?

In homes that I've visited that have a conventional boiler setup (where hot water is stored in a tank usually contained within the airing cupboard), I've noticed that after the hot water has been used ...
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Hanging wood joists from bottom flange of steel H-beam

Not very experienced with wood and this is the first time I will have worked with steel at all. I intend to build a weight-bearing ceiling of about 20' x 20'. It appears to me that this will be ...
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How to remove rest of Delta Monitor 1500 shower handle?

The complete album of images is here https://imgur.com/gallery/mOgTMZ8 I have removed all of the screws and the nut shown in the picture but I can’t manage to pop off the rest of the handle to get to ...
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primer not adhering to oil based painted ceiling- help

Just primered the kitchen ceiling with 1-2-3 water based primer. The ceiling was previously painted with oil based paint. In preparation, I used TSP rinsed it well, then used liquid sander. Now the ...
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Service valve attachment for a Bosch tankless water heater

Has anyone installed a service valve for a Bosch Greentherm tankless water heater? In-line 3/4" service valves are available on the internet but this unit has built-in valves at the bottom. They ...
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How to fix sink disposal leaking problem?

Since yesterday my sink disposal has kept leaking. I took a video. Please advise how to fix it. Thanks Video
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Challenger Bus panel

I have a challenger panel with a burned bus and bad breakers. I'm looking to replace them. I called my local shops and they said they don't carry this anymore. Is there a replacement option without ...
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circuit breaker handle ties?

o.k., I get what handle ties will do, just not sure why you would use them? in the panel of my new home, there are quite a few (7-8) and I would just as soon remove the ties and treat all individual ...
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Replace MR16 Low Voltage Lights with Standard fixtures

I regret having MR16 low voltage lighting (recessed can fixtures) installed in our home remodel. It covers more than half of my house. I would like to convert to recessed fixtures that are 120V and ...
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fixing sagging insulation

I have a two story 1970s home that has basically storage rooms upstairs off the bedrooms where the roof angles down. Inside these rooms is the studs and insulation facing the exterior roof. Since ...
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Smoke detectors (wired/wireless) - how much is enough

Our house is fairly new (2013 build year). We moved in 2016. On the second floor we have 3 wireless smoke detectors and 1 wired and on the first floor we have 1 wired smoke detector and 2 wireless. ...
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Option for some light between broken fluorescent lights and new LED recessed lights

I'm working to fix our our basement - nothing top of the line / dream basement - just some nice enough upgrades relative to our 1970's wood paneled basement, to enjoy a few years before we sell the ...
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Fluorescent lights will only work when it rains

Half of my fluorescent shop lights will only work when it rains I've checked breakers, replaced all the bulbs but nothing has changed. They just started doing this recently, could the balasts cause ...

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