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What could be wrong with auto-defrost system in the fridge?

Defrost system in my Whirpool french door fridge is not working. Cold area compartment gets warm a week after full defrost with the help of hair dryer while freezer keeps working normally. I checked ...
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Super-Insulating a Crawlspace

I am getting ready to have a contractor insulate my crawlspace. The exterior facing walls of my crawlspace are about 2" above grade, with the remaining 2 ft 6 in - 2 ft 10 in below grade. One of the ...
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How to remove a sliding screen door wheel

I'm trying to remove one of the sliding screen door wheels. It seems to one of those that is U shaped. I've looked at various videos and usually you can use a needle nose pliers and it'll come out. ...
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How do I safely put casement window back in from inside on top floor

We removed double-glazed wooden casement window (2 windows with a central bar) from top floor of house yesterday to paint and the frame a different colour. We thought we would do a better job this way ...
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AC Compressor outside is not running with new thermostat

my old thermostat stopped working, so I purchased a new one to replace that. The old one was powered by two AA batteries. A green wire connected to G, a white wire connected to W, a blue wire ...
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Deck diagonal bracing alternatives

The IRC prescriptive deck guide calls for decks taller than 6' to have diagonal bracing placed parallel (planar) to the beam from post to beam. My deck, which is built with a beam on one side and a ...
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Repair A/C Evaporator Coil

The repair man says that leaks are most common in a place that is not repairable without using leak sealant, which would void a warranty and his company doesn't offer that service. My system is using ...
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Changing Trane Baystat240a to another thermostat

I want to change my current thermostat to a programmable electric one (no batteries). Could someone verify if it does have a common wire and if all wiring could fit modern thermostats? Looking at the ...
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Neutral wire of 3 phase system

I have a three phase system with 3 wires coming from the pole. All are green color #6 and one of them has a white tape on it. My question is if this wire acts as hot and neutral wire of a Delta system?...
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How can I replace this roof deck

So my friend has a 20 x 20 roof deck that is laid on top of a concrete roof. The rood is pitched an there is drainage at the corner. The current deck is about 8 years old and is curling, splitting and ...
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Do you think this tempered glass desk will hold my 50.6lbs computer?

I purchased this Techni Mobili L-shaped tempered glass desk up. The manual says each glass piece can hold 80lbs. My computer weighs in at 50.6lbs and is currently resting on the corner edge of the ...
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Wood Choice for Strength in Shear and Tension Along Grain

I have a heavy gate (shown below) mounted to a concrete pillar using a 2x8 board and a piano hinge. The board cupped and finally split, so I must replace it. The mounting board has a piano hinge ...
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Is it OK to use a hair dryer on underground lawn sprinkler pipe?

Repairing black sprinkler pipe when it is chilly outside, i have used a hair dryer to make the plastic pipe more supple. Makes it much easier to fit the pipe over the repair couplers. Does the heat ...
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How to fill / seal in-slab hvac ductwork?

My house is built on a slab. Within the slab are "channels" which act as ducts for the HVAC system. I assume it is partially lined with metal but based on photos from an HVAC-cleaner, it's hard to ...
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How to hang curtains drywall with no gap

How can I hang curtains on an exterior wall that only has 1/2" between the interior(painted) drywall surface and the beginning of the exterior wall? I tried to use a hollow wall anchor #6-32 x 1-1/4",...
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How to fix uneven central heating and air?

My central heating and air conditioning system does not heat my home evenly. Half of the house gets significantly warmer / cooler than the other half. I have tried adjusting the registers, but to no ...
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Moody electrical outlet

The sink disposal came unscrewed, leaked, and shorted the unit. It died. I replace the disposal and plug it in. Nothing happens. The breaker is not tripped. The new disposal turns on when an ...
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Need to know the name of this toilet wall faucet (thing)

I moved to a new place and trying to install the washing machine. The wall faucet for water supply in toilet does not seem to have a handle. I cannot find the name of this type of faucet (not even ...
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Is adding a paver patio or flower garden near a home foundation a bad idea?

More specifically, should I be concerned about creating drainage issues? We already have some leaks in our basement. I'd like to avoid creating additional problems.
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What material to put between in-corner closet and walls

I have a wardrobe closet in the corner of my bedroom with a half inch space on the left, rear and top sides (almost reaches ceiling too). Does it make sense to put a kind of dense foam in these ...
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Front door shuts/locks but still gives about a quarter inch when pushed

The front door to our house shuts completely and the locks work correctly. There is weather stripping between the outside surface of the door and the door jamb. If I push on the closed door from the ...
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Should I use Ditra for my slate floor with radiant heat and 2 layers of plywood?

We are putting slate on our main floor, and have radiant heat. We used a second layer of plywood as guides/spacers between the pex loops, rather than concrete over the whole thing to help cut down on ...
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new washer installed in my condo, and water is backing up and overflowing on the floor through the hose

I have a plumber came in last wednesday to replace my faucet in the bathroom shower, because the water coming from the shower, both hot and cold was not mixing properly, he replaced the faucet with a ...
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How to install bathtub

I want to install a tub on basement bath where drain pipes are already installed and sticking out from concrete floor. I need to know how to raise the level of the tub from the floor in order to have ...
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Trane XV80 missing “C” wire at thermostat

I have a Trane XV80 with a 2 stage motor. I'm replacing a Trane TCONT803AS32DAA thermostat with a Honeywell wifi thermostat thinking it would be an easy switch out. However, the older thermostat had ...
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Air testing for new plumbing in addition?

I have inspection in a few days for my new plumbing (3" SCH 40), 1 1/2" Drain lines. Inspector told me I am responsible for the test plugs, air guage and the whole set up. Im looking to set this up ...
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Thin plastic floor covering

I have laminate flooring coming right up to the base of an external door. This door gets a lot of footfall, and has started to wear the top surface of the laminate where it meets the base of the door. ...
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Building an inverted climbing wall onto a tree?

We have a cottonwood tree in our back yard with a treehouse in it, I have one vertical climbing wall on one side, but we're thinking of putting an inverted wall on the other. The tree is one large ...
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How do I trace a broken wire outside?

Recently, something happened to the wire running from my house to a lamp by the driveway. Unfortunately, the person who originally ran the wiring was not exactly the best at writing how these things ...
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How to properly hire contractor(s) to fix deck and railing deterioration?

During home inspection while buying our place the inspector underestimated the cost of the job to fix rot that got inside the railing on a tiny (~3'x3') balcony/deck. He said it would cost ~$1000 to ...
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What type of hardware do I need for a heavy fence gate?

I am fencing in my back yard ('dog-ear' wooden picket fence) and am planning to make a large gate, say 10 ft wide, so that vehicles will be able to access the back yard if need be. Specifically the ...
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Can I install a 150A breaker if the the outdoor MCCB is 100 A?

I have a villa, which is 375m2. On the boundary wall of the villa I have a molded case circuit breaker (MCCB) rated for 100A. I need to install a main distribution panel (MDP) inside the villa. The ...
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How to get rid of a smell that has permeated the walls of a dishwasher

The other day, we ran a load of dishes in our dishwasher and one of the containers had been holding a particularly fragrant spice in it. After the load was done, we found that the dishwasher itself ...
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I need help wiring a double switch in the bathroom

I have a new build. I need help connecting the wires to the switches in the bathroom. Here is what I have: a double switch: one runs 2 lights and the other runs the exhaust fan I have 3 black wires,...
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How to locate In-wall speaker cables (behind dry wall)

I moved into my new house about a year ago and discovered a wall plate that has 4 pairs of speaker wires stuffed in there. According to the labels on the ends of the wires, there are speakers for our ...
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Can I use braces to fix squeaky floors?

I have quite a few squeaky floors in my 6-month-old house. The main floor plywood (glued and nailed) got rained on as it was being assembled. My basement is unfinished. I would like to do some repairs ...
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Does a drain pipe have to be in the floor/wall or can it run on top of floor underneath cabinets?

I'm renovating my kitchen on the second floor of my duplex, so there is a finished ceiling directly below it. The kitchen sink will be moved about 7 feet horizontally from where it is now. In the ...
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Replacing vertical picture windows

My rancher has several large single pane picture windows oriented vertically along the south and east sides of our house. All have storm windows that do a great job insulating from noise but the whole ...
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Connecting dryer vent in new window

We just had some old windows replaced with glass block in the basement. The installers added a window with an attachment to vent the clothes dryer but, of course, it's different to the one in the old ...
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What to look for in central air installation?

I'm having an HVAC company install a York central air unit in my house today, and I'm wondering what things I should be looking for in the quality of the installation? Existing York central heating ...
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Adding a bathroom in a 2 car garage

I would like to add a rest room and a shower in the garage the area where I want to install this two items are very right next to my existing bathroom wall and wash room. How far would I have to ...
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Caulking around tub

I've got a tub that kind of looks like this: http://inspectapedia.com/plumbing/Spa_Jacuzzi_137_DJFs.jpg I am replacing the caulk, and noticed that on the far side, the gap is about 1/4" in height (...
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Why would a shower pump turn on when not required?

In my long loft I have two shower pumps and two hot water cylinders. The pump/tank on the far end of the loft is for 1 bathroom and the pump/tank on the near end is for another bathroom. After ...
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vapor barrier between sub floor?

A friend and myself are building a cabin in southern california. It doesn't snow often where it is located. The cabin itself is setup on a post foundation and we are almost finished with the subfloor....
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Can a GFCI receptacle share the neutral wire of another circuit?

When I connect my GFCI receptacle on one circuit that shares the neutral wire with another circuit, it immediately faults out. If I remove the second circuit from the neutral there is no problem.
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What does it mean when an AFCI breaker indicator is 1/4 white?

My renters are complaing that the breaker for the master bather and bedroom keeps tripping. They say the trip is random. I tested all the plugs and GFCI plug in the bathroom. Everything passed with ...
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Running board dimensions

I need to install a running board on which to attached some cables going perpendicular to joists. Is there a minimum size that one should use? I'm planning on installing some 6x1"s.
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metal flexing sound from 2nd floor

I bought my home 6 months ago. When we moved in last summer, we didn't hear this sound. Now when I step on particular spot on this one bedroom, I hear metal flexing sound. I am guessing the duct is ...
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How do you match depth of already installed trim?

One of the harder things I have come across when buying houses is making some of the poor craftsmanship, look at least OK. One of the things that keep popping up is when floor trim (and actually this ...
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How can I fit a head rest to an ordinary office high back chair?

I find I get a sore back when I lean back, so I need a head rest. However I don't want to buy a new chair and bring it to the office. How can I fit a head rest to an ordinary office high back chair?

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