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WHirlpool Super capacity 465 I hear gas at burners but will not ignite even with a match. I hear no gas in oven area

I recently went to restart the Whirlpool Super Capacity 465 gas oven. I can hear the gas and feel the gas at the burners. No clicking and it will not light with a match. I tried the oven, turned on ...
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Two wire thermostat

Can I use an add a wire on a two wire thermostat system the thermostat is a white Rodgers and I would like to run the furnace fan for ventilation
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How to clean fireplace grout?

Please see the attached photos. I'm not sure what is even in the grout but it appears stained green-brown with mildew maybe? I used an electric power drill grout brush attachment (see picture) with ...
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Excessive spa bath foam when cleaning

We've recently renovated this bathroom, and since our Spa Bath hasn't been used in quite some time we decided to give it a clean out. We used this liquid cleaner and followed the instructions ...
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Why is my Bosch drill working intermittently?

My cordless Bosch drill/driver will only work the first time the switch is pressed after attaching the battery. As soon as I release the pressure, it won’t work again until I remove the battery and ...
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How can I repair cracks at corners of tiled walls?

I recently had a bathroom renovated these cracks are appearing in the corner of shower cubicle where two walls meet . Obviously workmanship not been good but is this easily fixed with a reliable long ...
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wire is dark, not bright

If I strip an insulated wire, and the wire under the insulation is dark, not bright, and it's this way not just at the end but in the middle too, should I discard that wire for use? Has it been ...
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Securing slate decoration to a door

I have a decorative piece of slate that I'd like to stick on my front door with a piece of chalk for neighbors to leave a note when I'm not around. I'd rather not cause a lot of damage to the door, ...
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Can a new water heater cause a Aquatherm heating system to fail?

I am quite unfamiliar with central heating systems, let alone those that use hot water as the heat source, so please forgive my clumsy attempt to ask this question. I have a First Co Aquatherm "Combo ...
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Is it acceptable to use a cut edge against a tapered edge at a drywall joint?

I have one 26" wide by 39" long panel left to put up and I stupidly miscalculated my drywall amounts, and I don't have any one piece big enough to cover the whole area. This piece would hit a tapered ...
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Should I Let my PT Fence Dry Before Installing

I'm installing 300+ LF of fence in the next month or so and am getting ready to start ordering my materials. My main question is should I dry out my PT lumber before installing, posts rails and ...
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Copper pipe going up to nowhere

Here is a rough breakdown of the house in question: A one floor home built in approx. 1960s or 1970s A full basement, unfinished A full attic with blown in insulation I have been removing some ...
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Two Circuits down and no Breakers Tripped

I had one 110V circuit running four CPU (13v) devices (Laptop, Switching hub etc) and a completely separate 220v circuit running two CPU Servers (13v output 1,300W draw each). This set up had been ...
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Paint/plaster texture question

My walls and ceiling are skip trowl lath and plaster and (many layers) painted, I’m doing some cutting and patching and using DAP Patching Plaster. It goes on great but after I sand and paint it the ...
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Replacing light fixture

I have a wall light attached to a switch. There are 2 black wires and 1 white wire. The fixtures as one white white and one black wire. How do I connect
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Using brass to chrome plated

I had to use a brass threaded street 90 male and female on chrome plated male nipple on commercial facet. It's trying to seep with Teflon tape any suggestions
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Can I use a PVC ball valve for the water main at the street?

I noticed some water seeping up from the ground inline of my water main and to my surprise, under the grass was another valve that I never knew was there. It is PVC and about 3 feet after the main ...
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Furnace came on when it shouldn't have

I happened to be down in the basement a short while ago and heard the furnace turn on and off after just a few seconds. About a minute later it came on and this time it stayed on for about 15 seconds ...
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removing a circuit from a circuit breaker

I have one circuit breaker connected to three different items, a garage door opener, a water conditioner, and an alarm system. As I am not using the alarm system I want to remove it from the circuit ...
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Reducing risks of interior brick wall insulation?

I was surprised to learn that that there are risks with insulating the interior walls in older all-brick houses - particularly in cold climates. This article outlines some of the issues: http://www....
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Do I need to update the wiring in my bathroom to replace the gfci receptacle?

I upgrading each of my receptacles to tamper resistant. The house was built in 1970. In the lower level bathroom it has a 15 amp gfci circuit receptacle and a 15 amp light switch. According to Nec, ...
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What could be the source of this moisture?

I'm a little baffled here with the problem at hand -- we're seeing spots on our engineered wood flooring that appears to be moisture coming up from beneath but cant figure out the source of that ...
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The inlet on my water heater is leaking.

The pipe is corroded.If I clean it up is there a way to wrap this or something to apply to stop the leak? i don't think removing is an option.
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Pipe Size from well to house

I'm new to owning a house with a well and am looking to clean up piping and well equipment as it is all from the 70's and I'm experiencing strong sulfur smells in my water. From the specs I've ...
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Can I use self leveler over existing floor

First the floor is a mess. Is a closed in back porch that had glued down linoleum on it. Is un even. Most of linoleum was scraped up and then a garage floor paint was applied on top of that. Now the ...
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How to cover the metal showing in recessed lighting?

I have just installed new recessed lighting in my basement with exposed ceiling. That was the easy part. I happen to have a lot of traditional styled LED light-bulbs that I'd like to put in them. My ...
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How can you replicate Sand/Perlite?

Just finished patching two rather large but thin cracks that required taping and 8" on either side of joint compound/feathering. It looks rather smooth and would blend in nicely if it weren't for the ...
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Water tank anode rod replacement part

Heard that this part should be replaced and I can't find a replacement part for my model in my manual or online anywhere. Can I just buy a generic one at the hardware store and what kind should I get? ...
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Cracked heat exchanger, gas furnace, a scam?

Had gas furnace serviced (routine yearly) and was told the heat exchanger was cracked and might pose a CO problem. System shut off and tagged. Told I needed to replace exchanger or get new furnace. ...
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TRane furnace error code 3 blinks

Fan runs continuously no heat 3 blinks error code So I've learnt it seems a draft problem ..... Blew through little hose and clear disconnected exhaust and still nothing any ideas thanks dave
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Water stain in basement found during inspection in a house

We are looking to buy a house and don't have much experience yet (lived in condo most of our lives). We had an inspection in the house that we are looking to buy and some stain was found in the ...
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Electric water heater boils?

Our Kenmore electric water heater is about 5 yrs old. First it just stopped heating. I tried to play with the upper thermostat and found out that if you decrease the temperature setting to the ...
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Cord plug amperage rating for 3-phase machine

If i have 3 phase running to a machine with 35 amp breakers how many amps should my cord ends be rated for ?
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Kohler bathtub cold water stem removal

Need to remove stem from bathtub cold water faucet which turns on clockwise and off counter-clockwise. Does Lefty-Loosy apply here?
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Does this flange seem like it needs replacing?

We just purchased a house that's about 30 years old. On the first floor a water mark developed on the ceiling, so I've been debugging the upstairs plumbing. My kids' bathroom toilet had some moisture ...
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Do I need a ground for a 2-wire BX cable to a stove?

I am installing a new electric stove in a 20 year old condo. The existing BX cable has only 2 wires and both are hot legs. Do I need a ground wire or can I use the BX armor as the ground??
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What is the purpose of these removable “collars” on ceramic light fixtures

This fixture happens to be plastic, but all my ceiling juntion box mounted 600w rated light fixtures have a removable collar. I don't see the point in this extra part. Is there some sort of shade I ...
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GPO Has No Power but All Breakers Are On

Have a weird one. I have three power points at opposite ends of the house that are on the same breaker. Randomly tonight power went out to them. All breakers are turned on and all other outlets work ...
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I need to know how many stages is my air conditioning unit

i have an amana asx16036 outside ac unit. inside is a amana capf3636b6 coil. some websites say they are single stage and some say they are two stage with a scroll compressor. can someone help me out?
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Where can I find a replacement bracket for my glass counter top?

Sorry if this is obvious but I'm having a hard time contacting the manufacturer so I wanted to ask here. I'm trying to replace my mounting brackets on a bathroom sink I have and was wondering if ...
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Carrier Central Air Conditioner Model 38CKC042-340 with 35/5 instead of 40/5

I have this unit Carrier Central Air Conditioner Model 38CKC042-340 I was looking at http://www.repairclinic.com/Shop-For-Parts/a41b370d1182307/Model-38CKC042340-Carrier-Central-Air-Conditioner-...
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My home air conditioner that's inside the house, seems to be sputtering when coming on. What could this be?

My home air conditioner inside the house; when it's going thru its normal cycle of off and on, it seems to be sputtering and/or hesitating to come on. It's like or similar to a car that having a hard ...
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Correct grit and sander for sanding a cedar railing?

We have a cedar railing around a deck. The railing needs to be sanded prior to applying a water sealer. Two questions: What is the best grit of sandpaper to use? I read that using too fine of a grit ...
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How to remove carpet tape from flooring?

I used Scotch Carpet Tape for Vinyl, Ceramic, and Hardwood. I've since removed the rugs, but the tape is stuck to the floor now. How can I remove it?
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How can I soundproof a sliding bedroom door?

Does anyone could suggest a way to completely soundproof a bedroom sliding door? I am investigating on car door system, when door is almost close at the end, it will push against door frame to ensure ...
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How to install an outdoor outlet in new stucco (not retrofit) — with details done right

Previous questions pertain to adding an outdoor electrical box to old stucco (How do I install electrical through existing stucco (e.g. "old work") ). What are the ways it's done on a wall ...
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How many coats of spray paint do I need?

I am working on finish my basement. The idea is that the ceiling is going to remain unfinished but spray painted pitch black to hide all the wires and plumbing. Last weekend I did one coat of spray ...
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Replace outdoor fixture where existing fixture larger than new one

I have an outdoor light fixture for an "Outdoor Lantern" type light. This fixture is recessed into the siding and has a crossbar-style mounting unit similar to this. I'd like to replace it with an ...
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2 switches in one box in bathroom

I have 2 switches in bathroom in on box. 1 switch controls the light and the other switch controls the bathroom fan. I believe power comes in to light switch then to fan switch. How do I change out ...
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Maytag Model- La612 Series 04 fills up on it's on and then starts running by it's self

My friend has an old Maytag washer and the other night it filled up on its in and just turned on and started running scaring her half to death. I am thinking the water inlet valve, but I can't ...

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