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Should I add outlets inside my cabinets for LED lighting?

I'm replacing my kitchen cabinets. I'm planning on having two independent runs of LED strips: under the wall cabinets and toe kicks. I'm also considering lights inside some cabinets such as the lazy ...
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What is the proper way to convert a pair of three-way (SPDT) switches into a single two-way (SPST) switch?

I'm in the process of replacing some of the light switches in my house with smart switches, Wemo Light Switches in this case. I've had no problem with the replacement of my One-way switches (SPST I ...
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How do I remove a panel from the ceiling of my side porch?

I have an uncovered side porch attached to the my brick ranch home. I noticed that parts of my roof are sagging and it is getting worse. I also noticed that some flashing around my chimney looks bad ...
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Can my floor hold 2100 lbs of dead load?

I'll admit I don't get how to compute how much my floor can hold, and probably wouldn't trust my own math, even if I came up with the right answer. I'm looking to purchase a recording booth. I do ...
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Should I cut air space in my basement foam board insulation?

I intend to finish a part of my basement following this guideline from Fine Homebuilding and Building Science. In this configuration, the foam board completely contacts the concrete. My conern is that ...
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Steel Stud Galvanic Isolation

I am building a light-gauge steel frame workshop that is made from 0.55mm cold-formed 90mm x 45mm (2"x4") light-gauge steel studs. The structure is wrapped in 25mm (1") of extruded ...
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Difference Between Take Off and Starting Collar - Which One Should I Use?

I am in the process of installing a whole house humidifier. I am planning to mount it to the supply side and need to connect the bypass to the return. I'm not sure if I should be using a take-off or ...
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Checking ground current

Background: I had a contractor finishing my basement, and part of that was installing underfloor heating using several heating mats in parallel. It worked initially but soon after it just started ...
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How to seal between sill plate and foundation wall with wide gap?

Here is a picture of the top of my uninsulated basement wall. The foundation is poured and from early 1970s. For orientation to the photo: the white in the lower left corner is the vertical face of ...
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Can we install an aeration unit in an older septic system?

Our home was built in 1957. We have had problems for years with having a wet drain field and keep having our septic pumped. Today (of course my husband is away), I have done a couple of loads of ...
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Does Age of Home need to be considered when encapsulating crawl space?

I have had my crawl space encapsulated. It has made a big difference in the air quality inside the home (80 years old). However, I am now seeing cracks throughout my home in the walls closer to the ...
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How to make Ariston Hotpoint FMG 863 SK washing machine to use more water

Due to EU and US regulations, latest models of washing machines are really eco-friendly and use much less water thant their previous models. The problem is, this has to be countered by increasing the ...
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Is there a better method for affixing UPVC floor trim to skirting, other than the adhesive tape provided?

Can anyone recommend a better method of affixing UPVC (e.g. Homelux) floor trims to skirting other than the adhesive tape provided? Can you mechanically affix them or is it just down to adhesives?
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Replacing abnormal outdoor dryer vent

The louvers on my original (20 year old) outdoor dryer vent have practically seized up and I'm in need of a replacement. When I take to places like Lowes or Amazon, I only find the style which ...
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Does my new bathroom plumbing need a cleanout?

I am working on new plumbing for an addition we just built. Does anyone see any issues? Do I need a clean-out at the end of the run? I plan on using a 3" elbow in lieu of a combo to keep ...
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Would this be a proper way to run drain line for basement sink?

On the other side of my mechanical room's wall, we are putting in a small powder room. The sink is going to be on the wall below the boiler valves, which is represented by my awesome graphic. I was ...
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How could my Schlage SecureKey lock reprogram itself?

I have an old Schlage SecureKey installation. (Yes, I know about Schlage having lost the lawsuit almost a decade ago.) I haven't had any problems with the lock. Recently, a weird thing happened. ...
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Generator Connection

I picked up a used 10kva (45a) Generac unit and want to get it connected thru the transfer switch. Just looking for some feedback on how to get it connected. I was going to use 1" schedule 40 ...
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NM-B Romex going through conduit raceway to external breaker box. Not code compliant?

I recently noticed one connection in my breaker box where 12/2 Romex exits the house in a conduit and enters the breaker box. The breaker box is on the external wall of the house. I thought this was ...
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Basement bathtub drain is roughed in close to the wall

I am the second owner of my home. The original owner had the contractors rough in a bathroom (no copper or anything) in the basement but it was never completed. I am in the process of finishing the ...
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How is an air handler's fan controlled if its control board doesn't have a G terminal?

Background I have a 2-stage cooling heat pump unit from Bryant, installed ~2006 (central Florida): Condenser model 698BNX048-B Handler model FE4ANB006 Shortly after moving in ~5 years ago, our evap ...
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Dishwasher drainage problem

I recently got a "new" (used) dishwasher and have installed it myself. It is a Frigidaire Ultra Quiet iii. There is a problem with it draining water. Here is what the setup looks like: The ...
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3 Wire SE Feeder 4 Wire Appliance

I have a 50 amp circuit wired with 6 Gauge AA-8000 Aluminum SE wire from the panel that goes to my oven/microwave combo, and then continues on to my cooktop. Both the oven/microwave combo as well as ...
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USA: What is a code compliant method of running 12/2 through wood ledger board and into outside junction box?

I need to run one circuit of 12/2 from the basement (ranch house) up to the attic and then outside via the ledger board of the roof over my deck. Should I screw a short nipple into the back of the ...
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Does code mandate outlets when windows are above the counter?

We are renovating our century home's kitchen and would like to install windows that go to the ceiling so that our marble backsplash does not have any seams in it. The thing we later realized is, if we ...
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Order of operations for getting electrical service turned on in Philadelphia

Let me start by saying I appreciate any information. Hopefully, Philly is not all that different from anywhere else, but Ideally Philadelphia specific info would be preferred. I'm remodeling a ...
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Replace dated light fixture mounted to metal stem in ceiling medallion

I recently took down an old chandelier that I found was screwed into the metal stem. Stem is hanging about 2.5" below the hole of the medallion, and the threaded nipple at the end of it is 0.5&...
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Oven stops heating

Oven is a Whirlpool Model # WFG371LVB1 Serial # R00415666 and is about 10 years old. When cooking for less than 20 minutes, there is no issue and the oven will stay heating for the entire time. But ...
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Can someone assess my original thermostat's wiring setup?

This is a new world for me, I haven't messed with circuits since physics 101. When I watched a quick youtube tutorial on setting up my Nest E, I thought it'd be a simple "move wire in old C, to new C ...
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Kenmore: freezer working, refrigerator not due to frozen air return…replacement needed?

I have a Kenmore Coldspot (model 106.57022601) side-by-side refrigerator. About a couple of years ago, we had a problem with the freezer working great, but the refrigerator not working. We called a ...
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Sprinklers on = no pressure in both sprinklers AND house

When I turn sprinklers on, the water pressure is practically zero for sprinklers and also in house. Upon turning sprinklers off, house pressure returns to normal. Leak detection service found no leaks....
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Bending radius for NM cable through stud

From what I understand from the NEC, bending radius for an NM cable must be at least 5x the diameter of the cable bundle (“romex”). But how do you calculate this in a real life scenario. Is the ...
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Switch-controlled outlet is always hot

I did NOT change any outlets, just the single pole switch that controlled the top plug of the outlets, and a 3 way switch in the same box that had no control over the outlets. I have a single pole ...
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How do I manage grounding when installing a metal extension on a plastic box?

I've been repairing an outlet that's not supposed to be recessed, but is, so I purchased a box extension from the local hardware store. When I tried to put it in, I realized it interferes with the ...
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Dark hardwood floor stain

More of a general question regarding floor staining. We are removing the carpet to expose and use the hardwood floors. Floor boards are in good condition, and already have a finish. Some old paint ...
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Need help on error code for a solar power inverter

I have a solar array with 2 Sunpower/Sunnyboy inverters model SPR-6000m. One of the inverters has an error that from the manual (see pic) is "Inverter Interference". The indicator lights that blink ...
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How to remove a mid-run outdoor outlet

I had a fountain in the middle of my yard. The fountain is now gone but my GFCI Outdoor box is still there and is in a mid-run, as I have another outlet against my far fence. The electrical is buried ...
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Could clogged exhaust cause codes 13/33 on my furnace, and how do I check and clear?

My Carrier Performance 96 series furnace (similar to the 59TP6 currently shown on Carrier's website, but I don't have the exact model number in front of me) has been showing codes 13 ("Limit Circuit ...
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What is this noise from next door?

There’s a strange mechanical whirr coming from the building next door. It buzzes every four minutes. Listen here: https://clyp.it/3qwn1qhc We keep the windows open in our bedroom during the winter ...
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Low Voltage wiring and Rough-In Inspection

Does anyone have experience, guidance, tips on what is required for LV wiring at rough-in inspection? I have run a number of speaker wires, coax, ethernet (CL2/CL3) but they do not all terminate in a ...
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Fried switches, light fixtures, or wire?

In an attempt to fix a wiring problem from five years ago, I made a huge error. Here's the scenario: Box 1: Has switch #1 in a four-way set up (it's a 3-way switch) and is where the power comes in. ...
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Changing bulb in bathroom light fitting

I've tried looking for guides, but I haven't seen any other lights like mine It seems like there is a cover over the bulb but I haven't been able to remove it and even if I could I don't think the ...
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Finishing drywall that abuts against metal frame prone to condensation

I have a interior soffit (that encloses a structural beam running along the exterior of the building) directly above an exterior sliding door. The drywall covering this soffit abuts right up against ...
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Barrier of Plastic sheeting between wood and dirt

I'm looking for the way to make the pressure treated wood in my project last the longest possible. I want to put a piece of plastic (black) sheeting to protect the 2x12s being used for a new retainer ...
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Water Heater not getting 240v?

My water heater stopped working a few days ago and I've been trouble shooting it ever since. I found water in the connection receptacle. the leak from the the Air Conditioning unit above it has been ...
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Can I pull a c-wire from a second nearby thermostat?

I have a thermostat that controls the AC/Heat upstairs which is located on my bedroom wall. Right below that I have another Millivolt thermostat for the gas fireplace in my bedroom. If I want to ...
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How should I insulate basement walls and floor after water mitigation?

I've an unfinished 1k sq ft basement in Chicago with 10 inch cement foundation walls. I'll be creating a family room, bedrooms, bath, etc. I have water coming thru the floor--so Im adding drain tile ...
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Breaker trips when both switches on circuit are on

I've got a ceiling fan/light wired to a double switch (like this: https://www.homedepot.com/p/Leviton-15-Amp-Combination-Double-Switch-White-R62-05224-2WS/202027008) The source is at the switch and ...
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Removing sound dampening windows for cleaning

I have sound dampening windows in my new home, they follow the style of the other windows. While most are on tracks and removable, the large picture window in the living room has a stationary middle ...
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Was my home's dormer flashing installed incorrectly?

I've lived in this home for two years now. Roof is probably at least 10-15 years old, perhaps 20 years. We started noticing some water stains on the ceiling soon after moving in. On a closer look, it ...

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