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Is moisture a concern with solid hardwood flooring over a crawl space?

I recently purchased around 600 sq feet of 3 1/4 inch solid hickory from Bruce, which I'm installing over a crawl space. I put down a 6 mil vapor barrier in the crawl space. I'm measuring the ...
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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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Gap where two different roof lines meet - best way to close up?

In my attic today I noted that where two different roof lines meet and overlap there is a large visible gap where light was coming in. It looks like they shingled the lower roof and then built the ...
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How can I mount a railing in concrete steps when I encounter rebar in the hole?

I need to install a handrail in concrete steps. The problem is that after drilling ~2" (5 cm) down into the concrete, the drill bit wouldn't go any further. I suspect I'm hitting rebar. This is about ...
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How can I remove a Carpet from concrete stuck down with black mastic/bitumen

I'm currently on restoring a property in the UK. The house was originally a Care Home built in 1987, and was built using standard commercial techniques at the time. The issue I'm having is, at the ...
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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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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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What distance apart should metal stud securing brackets be placed?

I have hired a contractor to line the walls of an old apartment with metal stud and drywall as the walls are very uneven. The drywall is up but the walls have quite a lot of give in them, if I push ...
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Should drop ear elbows be used with CPVC supply lines?

When running CPVC supply lines for a sink, how should they be anchored before popping out of the drywall? I know with copper you can use drop ear elbows which are mounted to a backer But with CPVC ...
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Wiring in a bath heater,vent, fan combo with power source coming from ceiling

I have 3 cables coming in from the ceiling, with one being the supply. At the switch box I have 2 cables with neither being hot. In the switch box I have a black/white and another set being black/...
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glue/nail down wood flooring installation: any disadvantages for click-lock?

I am purchasing 1300sqft of 3/8" thick engineered hardwood for my home. 600sqft will be glued down (first floor is concrete) and 700 will be nailed down (second floor is wood subfloor). I do not want ...
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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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Can a vent be started from a wye?

Is it ok to start a vent on a 45 from a wye like on this drawing? I need to clear the edge of the sink (actually a giant double compartment sink) before I can go up and start horizontal once I clear ...
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Ceiling fan light dims

I have a Harbor Breeze ceiling fan and light kit. When I turn on the light, it starts out bright, but then in a second it dims. It doesn't turn off, it just dims. What could be causing this to ...
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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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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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Widening the stone entrance into a crawlspace

I've got a 200 year old house with a crawl space under one corner of the house. The entrance to that crawl space is very tight (pictured below), and I am a large man. I want to expand the entrance to ...
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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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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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questions hooking up electric outbuilding to main power pole

I need to hook up the outbuilding to the main power pole. It was hooked up before and we moved, moving the outbuilding. I have 10/2 WG UFB wire. the photo shows main power pole. What size amp do I ...
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Thermostat settings two hvac units older house

So I purchased a historic house built in 1920. The house has two HVAC units, one for the upper floor, one for the lower. Total sq ft 3300. I had been setting the upstairs thermostat at about 83 ...
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How to install drywall on existing basement stairs?

We are finishing our basement stairs, and I'm struggling with how to drywall the side that is parallel to and tight against the foundation. Should I pull down the stairs, frame the wall, hang drywall, ...
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200Amp Panel upgrade, Flush panel to Surface mount

I'm looking to get my house panel upgraded from a 100 amp FPE firestarter panel to new Square D Panel. The panel I want to use is surface mount and the one built into the house in the 1970's is flush ...
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Furnace Connect G Wire

I have a dual energy electric/oil furnace that is wired to a thermostat with 2 wires R and W. I don't have any AC. Inside the furnace there is a switch relay to control the fan but it is not connected ...
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Replacing a top plate underneath a fireplace, with an attached exterior deck

Amateur here. I have a house where the chimney run framing extends to the basement (rather than simply sitting on a platform attached to the main floor). The only fireplace present is on the main ...
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Can I use this White Wire for a thermostat C wire?

An AC-only machine cools a storage facility: no heat. The 30 year old thermostat is to be replaced with a wifi thermostat, which requires a C-wire to power the electronics. There are 4 wires: Red (...
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Why isn't my furnace igniting?

I noticed cold air from my Carrier 58SS furnace. The main burners were not lighting. The pilot flame was strong, but yellow. When I tapped on the gas valve, the pilot shut off. I removed the pilot ...
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Adding a 100A breaker in front of a feeder

OK, in a rehab of existing outlets I came across a 30A dryer receptacle on a 50A breaker with 12/3 AWG. Needless to say I am not happy. In looking at the breaker box, the white and bare ground are ...
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How to wall-mount to a “resilient channel” wall?

first SE post! MY QUESTION: How do I safely attach an articulating mount (tilt/pan) for a 75" LCD TV to a "sound deadening" wall that uses resilient channels? Thanks to the miracle of the ...
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Sub panel and ground rod installation: “high differential potential between the ground locations”

We have a dock (fixed-pier) that is about 40 feet from the house, and +100 feet from the main panel. 4-wire (2 hots, 1 grounded neutral, and 1 ground) run to a large junction box at the start of the ...
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LG Electric Range - Infinite switch burning up repeatedly, burner staying on high no matter what the setting

I have an LG smooth-top Electric range, LDE4413ST, that keeps burning up infinite switches on the Right Front burner, which is a "dual element" burner. This burner also operates at high power only, ...
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Can Someone Help Me Identify This Switch?

I have a Swaby 5200 pump in my home, and I am hoping that someone out there might be able to suggest a replacement switch part number – or at least point me in the right direction. Pump model: 5200 ...
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York furnace not firing up correctly

I have a York TG9S080B12MP11A up-flow configured natural gas furnace. We have had the furnace since 2007. I am having an issue where the furnace is not starting correctly. When I power up the blower ...
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Sill plate pushing siding off, causing gap for mice and moisture?

Younger home owner here. I've had water get into my basement a few times last spring in the corner and in this area (directly under my little front deck). The corner was due to no downspout (water was ...
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How would you winterize this sprinkler system?

I typically have a local landscaping place blow out my sprinkler lines for winter, but they went out of business this year so I'm trying to figure out how to do it myself. I've done a lot of YouTube ...
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Thermostat White-Rodgers 1F82-261 switches to stage 2 heat for no apparent reason

I am running a central heat system that uses a heat pump as stage 1 and a gas furnace as stage 2. The thermostat used is the White-Rodgers 1F82-261 which supports 2 stages of heat. When using regular ...
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Why my baseboard heater won’t turn with new thermostat?

I have a pair of electromod basement heater. The label on each of them show them show 750/1000W. Power supply to this is 240V I am trying to replace the old manual thermostat with a progrmabale one. ...
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Is there any reason that plumbing can't be adjacent to a heating/cooling duct?

I'm installing a utility sink and the only place to put the plumbing (if it's going to be right under the sink) is either directly behind or infront of this vent... Is there any reason not to put it ...
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Irrigation backflow preventer spigot location question.

I'm not sure if this is the right category to post this so here goes. Long story short I am getting ready to install my backflow preventer, Zurn 34-720A Wilkins Pressure Vacuum, on my DIY irrigation ...
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Can a motorized damper be installed inside existing ductwork?

My HVAC system consists of a fan, furnace, compressor-driven AC, and evaporative cooler. The problem is that there is a large air volume used only by the evaporative cooler that is generating a lot of ...
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Tankless 240V water heater in detached garage tripping AFCI/GFCI breakers in house

We have two separate buildings, a house and a garage/workshop, about 20 feet apart, sharing the same electrical service. On the service entrance, there's a Siemens whole-house surge protector. The ...
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My whole house has a humming noise 24/7

Drives me nuts, sounds like a low, bass, vibrating sound. We live in the country; the closest house is 500 ft away. The only services on the street is cable + electric which I have turned off at the ...
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Spot repair hardwood floor due to Goo Gone

I just had my hardwood floors professionally sanded and finished with 3 coats of Bona Mega Water Base Satin Finish. Because we’re in the process of moving in and doing other renovations, it was just ...
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What brand is this door latch bolt?

I am trying to find out what the brand of this drive-in locking door latch is. It is circa 1975. I am planning to replace four of them.
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Should I replace my trunk-and-branch setup with a PEX manifold?

My house is plumbed using PEX trunk-and-branch, with the main 3/4 line coming in, splitting off to 3/4" to the hot water tank, and then a 1/2" trunk that all the other branch supplies tee off from. ...
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Sealing a tilt type garage door

I've got a tilt type garage door with gaps on the side. I've sealed the top and bottom, but I'm not sure what to do with the sides. I've googled a bit and it turns out that it's recommended to just ...
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How to replace a light fixture that has a 3-way light switch

Box] I have a light fixture above a stairwell. There are two live switches that control it, one at the bottom of the stairs, one at the top. The wiring is relatively new about 25 years old (all copper,...

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