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Water flushes, but nothing else

What could be the problem. When flushing my toilet, the water flushes normally, it does not fill up and then drains slowly or anything funny. It flushes normally, but toilet paper and whatever else ...
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Proceed with wiring replacement ceiling light in bathroom after finding how it's rigged?

New to switching out light fittings as of Wednesday; fitted a couple since then, isolating the supply at the consumer unit and double-checking the wires are no longer live using a contactless voltage ...
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Why is the hot water pipe from this small boiler norprene, not metal? And could it be replaced with a metal pipe?

The diagram (full pdf instructions here) is of a small boiler that fits under a kitchen sink, and keeps a small amount of water constantly near boiling which you can use for cups of tea etc. (its my ...
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How do I wire up a 4-wire light switch when I only have 3 wires from the wall?

I am upgrading my light switches in a couple of places in my house. I opened up one wall and there are the typical 2 hot (black) wires and 1 ground (green) wire coming from the wall. My light switch ...
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What is the purpose of thicker washers?

I've seen flat washers that have the same diameter, but vary in thickness. How does depth affect a washer? What is the best application for a thin washer? What is the best application for a thick ...
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How do I ensure my rafters are safe from condensation behind the insulation?

I am undertaking a loft conversion currently and am soon wanting to put insulation at rafter level. I have chosen 'Superquilt' (a aluminium, fibre composite layer) and PIR backed plasterboard (23mm ...
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Portable air conditioner question

I've picked a portable HVAC unit. It's a 2.6 KW 10,000 BTU model. The only way I will be able to vent it is by cutting a hole in one of the glass windows and and using the special fitting. I wanted to ...
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Do I have to remove flux residue after soldering?

I noticed those green stuff on a 2 weeks soldered copper joint, as I have read it comes from excess flux. So I would like to know if I have to always wipe off the joint after soldering? And if so then ...
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DIY Crawl Space Drainage and Encapsulation

Our house is in western Washington and during the winter we get a lot water in the crawl space. I'd like to tackle installing a drainage system – probably with a sump pump – and then encapsulate the ...
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Safe to Lubricate Bar Valve in Shower Mixer Tap?

In my bath/shower I've had a new mixer tap fitted that has a bar valve (when the tap is running you lift the valve to make the water come out of the shower head. When you turn the tap off, the valve ...
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kitchen light turning on and off

I have a ceiling light (boob light) in my kitchen that started going on and off. When turned on the two light bulbs in the light fixture go on then a while later one of them goes off. If left on it ...
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Hot air gas furnace

My hot air gas furnace comes on and cycles through. But sometimes the gas lights the burners and then they go out after 10 seconds and the blower is just blowing room temp air. The furnace is only 1 ...
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My breaker will not turn off the power to the outlets

I was going to replace and outlet that broke. I flipped the circuit breaker for the circuit involved. The current was not interrupted by the breaker. I turned off the power to the house, replaced the ...
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General procedure for replacing load-bearing wall with truss on top

What is a general procedure for replacement of an external load bearing wall wherin the wall is bearing the load of the upstairs floor joists, but also has roof trusts which land directly onto the ...
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Pipes vibrating - even when valve closed

I came home to a loud buzzing noise today. I realised it was the toilet. I gave it a quick look over, and nothing seemed wrong. As I investigated further, I realised the toilet has its own separate ...
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How to wire multiple switches and how to know when to use single or doubl

I have a box with three sets of #14 cable black white ground on 2 sets and black red white and ground on the other why would one turn on and the other off at the same time?I can't use both lights at ...
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How do I safely remove/deactivate these switches wall sconces and outlet?

We want to remove these wall sconces (there are two of them) and patch up the wall. We may want to still use the switched outlet. If I want to keep the switched outlet how should I re-wire? If I ...
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Brush for detailed staining

What kind of brush should I use for some detailed staining? I currently have a 1" Purdy wedge but I need smaller than that. Is regular hair brush okay or sponge, flat or angled etc.?
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Heater pilot problem

My heater pilot light goes on and then off not sure why if does that, the gas goes on and then fan but only for seconds then off including the pilot.
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Compressor running, Condenser Fan isn't after Reversing Valve de-energizes?

I installed a newer version of my existing Nest Stat about a week ago. I haven't had any known issues but I do work too much to really tell. However, today my breaker was tripped to the unit. After ...
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Putting a WiFi thermostat on a Milli volt system control of a fireplace.

I under stand that it can be done using a transformer and a relay along with a WiFi thermostat. I want to keep the present Milli volt thermostat functioning in case I loose electrical power and I ...
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I have a 3 mirror panel bathroom cabinet and the mirrors are now askew and not lining up properly and scraping each litter. Is there a fix?

all mirrors askew, scraping one another. Have another one in 2nd bathroom that is exactly the same
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Does a thermostatic water valve works when reverse connected?

I installed a regular shower thermostatic water valve to feed a washing machine (the internal heating failed and we want to extend its working life - I also think I should have done this earlier, as ...
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Run additional breaker to detached garage

I have a detached garage about 40' from my house. There is already an electrical panel out there but I run my business out there and use a decent amount of electricity. There is only one 120 breaker ...
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Oil primer covered a stain, until I painted over it

A plaster wall in an old closet has stains coming through the paint. I don't know what the stain-causing stuff is, but it seems to be under the entire wall of the closet. It is showing up in mottled ...
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Fixing insdside window sill heights to match

I have 3 windows that i'm trying to match sill heights on. This is like a bay window (not a true bay window because it's 3 separate windows). I cut all 3 window sills with returns but I wanted to ...
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Searching for replacement keys for specific window lock

I have this window lock on two of the windows in my flat: The key required for this is hexagonal, and it has a pin hole in the centre. Here is the lock in context: Does anyone recognise the lock, ...
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How do I replace the number buttons on a keyless deadbolt?

My keyless deadbolt works great, however the numbers are worn off the buttons. Can the buttons be replaced without buying a new lock?
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Minimum non-combustable mantel height then TV over fireplace

What is the minimum non-combustable mantel height over a flush mount linear fireplace. Then what is the minimum aditional height to the bottom of an off the wall momounted TV? I have a family room ...
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can i use another delta instead of lasco #0267 don't get enough hot water

I have a lasco delta #0267 scald guard cartridge can I replace it with something else don't get enough hot water no matter what I do.
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How do I hook up Honeywell wifi stat to 2 terminal boiler pump control with second transformer?

I hooked up a Honeywell RTH6500 stat to a Taco boiler pump control, a 2 wire system. It also will work for a Honeywell TH6000 series wifi stat. This only works to control the boiler pumps only - no A/...
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Circuit Breaker Finder always beeps on certain breakers

When looking for a particular circuit today, I found a couple breakers that just always beep, and at a different frequency (faster) than the Sperry transmitter does. What would cause the circuit to ...
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Wax over Shellac Wood Floor: Over waxed

I have a shellac'd** floor with a protective wax coat. The lightest traffic leaves smudges and marks. I buff it, and it looks great, until the next traffic comes up. I tried paint thinner to remove ...
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GE icemaker makes noise but does not dispense ice

My GE refrigerator's icemaker makes ice fine, but will not really dispense ice. When you set the dispenser to cubed or crushed and depress the trigger it will make noise and dispense one piece of ice ...
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Water leaking from the top of “Aqua Stop” (water inlet) during the final cycle of washing machine

Front-Loading washing machine. All washing works fine, but during the final fast spin cycle, water leaks from the top of the "Aqua Stop hose" thing which is connected to the inlet. Water looks ...
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Sparks observed when electrical outlet is turned off

I have engaged an electrician to rewire my electrical cables and outlets. I observed that when I switch off my electrical appliances, there is some sparks coming out. Is this behaviour normal? Did ...
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Trying to install ecobee3 and don't have a Y terminal on my control board.

Went to install my ecobee 3, and when I went to install the power strip, there is no Y terminal on the control board. The only terminals on the control board are W1 W2 W3 R C G. At the thermostat ...
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Have no voltage to 2 downstairs GFCI receptacles and 3 upstairs. Breakers all show voltage leaving and none tripped

First let me say I am a commercial HVACR tech and not an electrician. I pulled all the non working receptacles and checked for 120v at the wire not the receptacle lugs. None have any power. I then ...
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Recipe for a 2m x 1m concrete working plane

I'd like to create working plane from concrete to be put on a support and be used as desk. The dimension should be 1m x 2m and the thickness will depend on recommendations. It should support 150 kg. ...
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What are these thing in my fridge and how to get ride of them?

I found these bugs and i dont know how to get ride of them or what they are. First time it was near the eggs, cleaned everything. But 3 weekd after i found them again. Dont know what to do. If this ...
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What is the point of G24 CFL fixture

I have 4 recessed lights in my kitchen, all of them G24 CFL sockets. The lights currently in them are very warm colored. They came with, when we bought the home. I would like to replace them with ...
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Crescent wrench stuck on bolt

I have an adjustable wrench that is stuck on a bolt I was tightening. normally there's a thumb piece where you can adjust the length of the wrench, however, when i tightened it in order to tighten ...
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Strength, weight, cost comparison for Aluminum vs. Framing Lumber floor joists

I'm considering using Aluminum (I beams or other shapes) instead of Framing Lumber as the material for the floor joists in a residential remodeling job. The finished floor I intend to support with ...
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Fixing streaky pickling (whitewash) stain

I'm making butcher-block style counter tops from reclaimed hardwood flooring (oak, I think). I plan to finish it with Waterlox sealer, but my wife is concerned that the sealer will color the wood too ...
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Pipe thread to hose thread adapter

I have an external faucet with a 1" (male) pipe thread. If I attach a regular hose pipe to it then (as you would expect) it leaks at that point. I would have thought that it would be easy to find a 1" ...
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Whirlpool washer won't fill unless settings are manipulated repeatedly

This may be a duplicate, although I'm not sure which question it is duplicating. I have a Whirlpool washer with perfectly fine, clean, water supply and hoses. However, it often doesn't run water ...
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Bathroom Sink up to code?

My bathroom sink has no overflow drain hole, (not sure what the proper term is)is this up to code for an apartment in California, specifically LA County?
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Both my washing machine and shower have stopped working

Specifically both seem to not be taking in any water. The shower and washing machine both buzz and both sound like they are trying to take in water but nothing is happening, this happened at exactly ...
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Central heat ducts(the ends that are attached to registers) in attic not securely attached to attic floor/room ceiling. How to secure?

When I removed the registers in the ceiling of our house I noticed that the ducting in the ceiling was totally loose. They are not secured in any way. The two screws of the register was what was ...
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Checking walls before drilling

So recently I purchased some Flexson wall brackets for my SONOS Play:1 speakers. In order to fit them I also purchased a drill as I didn't have one yet, and being the responsible person I am I also ...

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