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Does lowering the regulator setting of fan minimize electricity usage

We have ceiling fans with "regulators" that allow us to control the speed of the fan, so does reducing speed of the fan translate into power savings rather than heat dissipation in the control element?...
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What do the buttons on a Comelit Okay Simplebus2 Intercom/door entry system do?

I've got a Comelit Okay Simplebus2 door entry system which yesterday wasn't able to be used to let someone into the building, however I'm not sure if the buttons next to the phone were being used ...
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Need help leveling part of a floor

We had an 8 foot square hottub in our bedroom for 10+ years. Because of the weight, the floor has sagged in that section. The tub is gone now and we had carpeted around it, but now there is a big ...
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How should I build a base floor for a large summerhouse?

Hi my question has 2 parts about piles and creating a subfloor. I want to install a 4.8x4.8m (~16'x16') summerhouse; its existing floor is 24mm (~1") floor boards on 75x50mm (~"2x3") floor posts. I ...
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Room on top of garage vibrates

My 31 year old house is close to a railroad, lived here for 19 years, I felt mild vibration each time train comes by especially at night. A few days ago I had opening of my 2 car garage door fixed, ...
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Door not flush to door stop at the top but is at the bottom

I have recently replaced an interior door and the door now bows away from the door stop at the top (latch side) about a 1/4 inch but is about flush at the bottom . I am at a loss for how to correct ...
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Detecting concealed PVC water pipe with ultrasonic sensor

I'm planning to install some glass shelves in one corner of my washroom. The problem is, there are some plumbing pipes snaking around underneath the ceramic tiles and I risk punching holes while ...
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Flushed cat litter, maybe clogged?

I stupidly flushed some cat litter a couple times yesterday( 2-3 flushes so i didnt do it all at once and clog it). I now realize i should not have done this as it causes major problems. Im in an ...
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make plumber's putty soft

I have some amount of putty which has dried, it isn't old though. Is it possible to make it soft as clay again? Normally how long can a putty last when open?
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I lost power to half my house

Last night, my kids woke me to tell me that power was out to half my house. This has happened a couple times in the past and we found that all of the neutral wires were loose in the electrical panel. ...
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How do I remove white residue on bathroom floor tiling?

There is white residue on my bathroom floor tiles in areas where water regularly leaks. It looks like limescale but will not budge when I try to remove it with vinegar. How can I remove it?
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Kitchenette vs. kitchen electrical circuits

I am living in a mother-in-law suite in the lower level of a 2003 home. I just had a 6ft. kitchenette installed. I will use a small fridge, a toaster oven, and a coffee pot. The electrician ...
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rubber seals in unheated shed over winter have broken down,

I hooked up my hose for the first time this spring, intending to water some of my garden. The first nozzle was a wand style and was leaking horrendously at trigger area. I then switched to a gun style ...
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What causes furnaces to break in 16 to 20 years?

Why do furnaces need to be replaced in this regularly-occurring amount of time?(http://www.homeenergycenter.com/8furnace_signs.html) Is there something about the physics of the high heat and ...
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Powervent Water Heater Has Cold Air coming into Vent

I have just had a new powervent water heater installed by a licensed plumber. All looks well and runs well except the fact that there is a big draft coming back into the vent while the blower is not ...
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Transfer switch vs DPDT relay for a standby generator?

I want to wire an 8 kw standby generator to power my home furnace (120 v, 20 amp) automatically in case of a power outage. The generator can be purchased with and without a transfer switch. Is ...
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Switching 3-phase power between two appliances using a 3-phase switch

In my garage I have an electrical 3-phase dryer. I want to add a new 3-phase air-conditioner. I want to be able to switch between the two of them, by using a 3-phase switch. This way, only one of ...
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How can I deep clean grout in my kitchen?

I've tried homemade recipes with baking soda and lemon juice. I've also tried store bought cleaner/repair stuff. So far, it's still dingy. Anyone know of a powerful (and somewhat safe) product that ...
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How can I fix a ceiling fan with 4 lights where only 1 light works?

I bought a used ceiling fan from Craigslist and just installed it. It's a Hampton Bay fixture that takes intermediate size light bulbs. Only one of the four lights works. The weird thing is, if I take ...
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What type of bathroom window for max airflow?

I don't have fans for ventilation at the moment and may choose not to have but I have big windows in bathroom. What type of window should i install? The common ones here are those rectangular ones ...
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Electrical problem with GFCI

I just bought this house, and the circuit in the garage was functioning fine. I have a GFCI and one downstream receptacle on a certain branch. There are other GFCIs on this circuit, but not in line ...
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I changed my thermostat, not my heat does not work… help!

I know I made a mistake, but here's the storey. When I was hooking up the new thermostat I did it with live wires, and I used metal pliers (metal touching metal). The wires may have also touched ...
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Ceiling Fan Replacement - Wiring Issue

I am replacing a ceiling fan in one room and when I took the old one down I found 2 black wires tied together(one of which is hot), one white ground wire, one hot white wire, and one red wire, and a ...
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Transformers Wiring To outlet cord

Can I wire a transformer to an outlet cord rather than hard wiring into hvac system. Adding a GPS to air handler and it requires its own transforme. Any suggestions??
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Adding electrical service to detached garage

Please let me know if this sounds correct- Sub panel fed from 80amp breaker in main building 200amp load center. Roughly 75' of 1" PVC conduit from existing load panel, under existing timber deck, ...
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Remodeling garage to include an attic storage area for gutter supplies

Garage is 22'x 22', I removed the 2x4 rafter ties that were spliced and on 4' spacing , replacing them with a 22' 2x6 every 2'adding a knee wall on each side creating a 10'W x 20'L x 5'H at the peak. ...
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Radio knob stuck help

My radio knob was broken and they don’t sell new knobs have to buy whole radio so i gorilla glued it back on now it won’t move to turn on or do volume how can I get it loose
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Tennis court lights no longer turn on

After not using a backyard tennis court for a few years, the lights no longer turn on. Any recommendations would be welcome.
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family member installed new outlet

A family member installed a new electrical outlet. The 3-light tester lit up, but the one of the lights was red. Is it safe? Will it work properly?
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How to bind pebbles in-between pavers?

I have roughly 700 square feet of pebbles and pavers in my back yard, and the issue I'm having is that when I step on the pebbles, they move all over the place. I'd like to apply some kind of binding ...
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Bathroom extractor fan and lights not working

Hello who can help me am in Florida and a storm has been through and now my bathroom lights and extraction fan are not working, I've disconnected my fan and the lights still did not work , I changed ...
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How do I hook up a murano chandelier to a three wire service

Chandelier It has a brown and blue wire coming out of it not three
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Are black marks on the wall over a radiator cause for concern?

I'm looking to purchase a home that has a hot water system. This home shows black marks above the radiators on the painted walls. What does this mean and should I be concerned? The previous owner ...
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adding a room on an existing bottom floor

Can the top-plates be the regular double 2 by 4s when a room-addition is going up or does it have to be a heavy beam in all cases? I have not tried anything yet want to know first before attempting ...
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How to clean Pool main drain

New to this; I have used vinegar overnight, baking soda, a pumice stone, still it will not budge. I tried muriatic acid via watering can direct on it, 1:10 parts water, still nothing, then 5:10 ...
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Can load wire have power?

I’m replacing a GFCI in my kitchen. I pulled out the old one without labeling the line and load wires. I flipped the appropriate breaker (I think) but still have power to one of the hot wires. Could I ...
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Exhaust fan outlet broken

Can anyone tell me if I can buy an outlet for my bathroom exhaust fan? It cracked and I want to replace. Thanks in advance
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water heater gas

I lit the pilot and the burner kicked on nicely, when I went to replace the safety/dust pilot access cover, I bumped the pilot tube and thermocouple ever so slightly and the gas valve clicke off, ...
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Algae Infestation settled on pool bottom. Just vacuum it?

My above-ground pool got infested with algae. I tried shocking it but that didn't work. I covered, the pool and went off on holiday for a week leaving the pool with no pump running - and no-one using ...
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what type service wire from transformer to meter

What type/gauge wire do I need to run 200 feet from transformer to meter for 100 amp service in an out building? Is 2 inch conduit sufficiant?
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Replace fallen gutters of a house to be knocked down in the next 6-8 months?

We in the process of finalizing a knockdown-rebuild of our house. Haven't signed up any contracts yet, but hoping to commence the rebuild within the next 6 to 8 months. This morning when we woke up, ...
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Bath tub drain/stopper assembly cross has broken off and I can’t remove assembly

The cross section has broken off when I tried to remove assembly how do I get it off now?
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LED light 1st time turn blue only

Anyone can help me with this unique situation Please Led light wired in porch operating by photocell When it turn dark it automatically turn on But here is the problem this led light has blue outer ...
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Sump pump water now high. Where’s it coming from?

We moved into a new house in June. I didn’t pay a lot of attention to the sump pump to start but the water only sat about 2-3” full in the sump pit. It’s now always at the level of the first inlet ...
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Blinking/flashing LED porch light

I have a pair of LED porch lights. One of them has started to flash/flicker. Do I need to replace it? It is not a bulb; it is built in. It is extremely cold out. Could that be a factor?
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Using voltage stabilizer AND UPS for pc?

So I'm in a bit of an odd position now. I have both an Uninterruptible Power Supply with 3 outputs (this one) as well as a voltage stabilizer for my TV with 2 outputs lying around. Now, my UPS has ...
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alternative to replacing my gas shut off valve

I am installing a new gas range and the home depot person that came to install told me that I would need to replace the gas shut off valve behind the range before they install. They need a standard 1/...
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Paint problems!

So a couple of weeks ago I was painting my daughters room with valspar primer and paint. Well we applied the primer on all the walls and then started noticing bubbles under the primer and when we went ...
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How do I correctly identify the purpose of a wire?

I have recently moved into a new home. When I tried to have internet set up, I realized there was no phone/internet socket. I eventually realized that there were four TV/aerial sockets next to each ...
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waterproofing back room of Garage

On back of garage built a tool room.Water comes in tool room due to small hill I tried to dig 3 ft around back and side water still comes in.Is there a solution?

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