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How do I ground an old two wire cable for use in a structured media centre

My home was built in 1945. The wiring has been replaced in most of the house but some sections still contain cabling with only two wires in them. Black(hot) and white (neutral?). I need to install ...
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Circuit breaker for garage

Circuit breaker for garage has been fine for ten years.Lately it trips at no certain time.Not when opening garage door etc.Will not trip on a regular basis,but when it did I could reset it and it ...
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How can I determine if a light switch shorted out?

I have a light that's controlled by 2 switches. I rewired one of them recently. I tested it and it worked after I did so. Now, the light isn't turning on anymore when I flip the switch. When I use ...
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Splicing Vinyl Fence Posts Together

I want to heighten my existing 4 ft vinyl fence to 6 ft. I figured every thing out except how to splice an additional 2 ft of post on top of the existing ones. An internal vinyl coupler set with vinyl ...
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How can I repair this damaged ceiling?

I've already scored the loose pieces of the crack with a utility knife. Now, it's just as simple (?) as making both sides of the ceiling even so I can repair it. What could I do to even out both ...
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I need the top screw demensions for a GE Profile™ Series 1.7 Cu. Ft. Convection Over-the-Range Microwave Oven

I managed to fit our new GE Profile™ Series 1.7 Cu. Ft. Convection Over-the-Range Microwave Oven PVM9179SFSS into the wall mount but the holes I drilled for the top screws are in the wrong place. I ...
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Ceiling fan wiring problem

I took down my ceiling fan and there are 4 black wires together 3 white wires together and 1 white wire by itself. I want to connect and chandelier there to work by switch. The fan that was up before ...
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Where to place a radiator under a window seat?

I have a bay window in which I want to build a window seat like this: However, a radiator is currently attached to the wall underneath the windows, with a radiator cover (the typical board with ...
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Isolation valves on tankless heater: is this setup ok?

I had a tankless water heater installed with isolation valves. The setup that I got is a little different from what I normally see, and I'd like to make sure that this is a good solution and I'd like ...
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No Footing Under Existing Structure

. The entryway has started to detach from my home. On one side is the entryway and the other a small room. The floors have started to slant. One side is worse than the other and one side has ...
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Shower water pressure

My shower made a popping noise. and lost 99 percent of water pressure. I replaced the shower head. And shower valve. And it made a small difference. But still not enough pressure to take a shower. ...
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Baseboard air return install

I've decided to move an old floor air return to the baseboard. I am going to use two adjacent wall cavities and a ~30" grille. Not sure what sort of duct I should use to run through the sill plate ...
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Subfloor Thinner than the Underlayment

I ripped out the subfloor and underlayment in my bathroom. The subfloor plywood was thinner than the underlayment plywood. Should I make the subfloor thicker than the underlayment when I lay the new ...
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How can I replace this light switch?

I want to swap out a light switch with a sensor switch in my boiler room but I'm not sure how to wire it. I took out the old switch expecting to find 3 wires connects: a metal ground, a white return, ...
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Convert 2 switch to 1

How do I convert 2 independent switch to one single switch? Plan is to remove 2 switches in bathroom ( light and fan) with one lutron occupancy switch. Can someone help? I have attached little ...
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Some of our electonics are being fried

Would having the ground from a 277/480 panel hooked up to the ground of a 120/240 panel have the potential of causing problems, such as fried electronics?
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Mantel clock frame finish repair

I have a mantel clock which had mildew damage. I been working on getting mildew off. To restore it to its original color as seen in right part of frame below, would I need to sand and stain it? I know ...
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Troubleshooting Maytag Neptune TL Washer

Appliance: Maytag Neptune TL Washer Model Number 62908580 Problem So, this happened after the power cycled at my home, which means something's definitely blown in there. However I cannot figure out ...
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Running circuit and service panel ground wire adjacent to one-another

My electrical service entrance is on the opposite side of the house from the municipal water supply's copper pipe, so the panel ground wire runs about 30-40 feet through the house before it's bonded ...
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Finding the copper pipes the radiant floor heating converges

I'm trying to troubleshoot our central heating system in our residential house. Our house was built around the 90s and I've found that we use Radiant Floor Heating. The plans I've obtained from the ...
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Tankless Recirculation Loop as Hydronic Radiant Heating

While researching ways to heat a small bathroom (28sq. ft. total), I came across a post that someone put some narrow piping above a bathroom subfloor and cemented it in under the tiling. They were ...
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PVC drain pipe that the washer empties into is echoing all plumbing sounds

My father said that we could put tape around the washer hose to lessen the gap between the hose and the pipe. I've found some adapters that go from the ~1" washer hose to our 2" pipe. My father said ...
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Water Leaking From Upstairs Restroom Down to Basement Restroom

I live in a two story split entry home. It has an upstairs and a basement. My restroom upstairs is right above the basement restroom. There is water leaking from the upstairs restroom down to the ...
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Hot/Neutral reversed at receptacles after AFCI breaker was installed, can AFCI still work correctly?

Starting condition: I have 3 outlets in a room and 2 of them have Hot and Neutral reversed. Change: The electrician came in an installed AFCI breakers At my request, they also changed the outlets to ...
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how do i tell if my prefab fireplace is rated for wood?

i live in a condo building with 9 units. for all intents and purposes they're townhomes (i.e. each one is two stories tall with a fireplace on the first floor and a flue at the roof). the building ...
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Heat pump (AC Heater) start cooling once programmed temp is reached?

My AMANA (and another McQuay unit) in wall AC/heat pump unit works fine on cold days. However, I noticed when the room temperature is higher than the programmed temperature the heater starts letting ...
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Hotpoint double oven model identification

Can anyone identify this oven in the attached photo please. The stick on label seems to have gone missing.
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How to run ground, for electric supplied by generator and batteries through a inverter

I have a panel that is powered from the generator, it runs my major appliances. One of the circuits feeds my inverter/charger , which charges my batteries. A 2nd. panel receives power from the ...
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How to avoid over tighten or stripping screws with an impact driver? [duplicate]

I got an impact driver last month, but I'm still afraid to use it for some stuff because I think I might over tighten the screw to the point of damaging one or both the parts or even strip the thread ...
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How much clearance does my furnace intake need?

The furnace in our teeny tiny new house is in the most awkward corner. If there wasn't a furnace and air intake right there, we would absolutely put a coat closet in front of it. That is obviously a ...
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flush water/latex paint residue down sump pit

I know that to clean you brush from latex paint, you just clean it with water. I have a little complication in that I don't have a sink in my garage :(( I'm wondering, can I simply flush the ...
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Unscrew jammed plastic screw of sink basket assembly

I am trying to remove my old garbage disposal and replace it with a new one. I was able to take out the disposal but I am not able to unscrew the assembly that is attached to the sink. The assembly is ...
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Corners Pieces of Tub Surround bowed out

Just trying to glue up my tub surround this weekend. I have ran into a snaggle that I cannot think or find an answer to. The problem is when I put my corner piece on ( 5 piece surround), the middle ...
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Is it ok to put a bend in the gas supply to a boiler?

I am replacing the natural gas valve on my Utica MGB-100HD boiler. Currently, the gas valve goes directly into the pipe that feeds the burners, and the valve sticks out awkwardly, encroaching on the ...
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How to reinforce this concrete wall that wasn't properly drained and is starting to lean 3/4" from top?

I have a cinder block wall (CMU) that was built about 3 years ago. I purchased my home 1.5 years ago. I was told that the wall was built 3 years ago by the neighbor and it was built by a local ...
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Plumbing vent frozen

So I have a frozen vent pipe. A plumber tried to use a snake on it and said he's just getting ice chips. There is no cap on it and of course it's pointed straight up - temperatures have been down ...
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Securing heavy-load shelves onto a sandy wall

I have tried to install shelves with simple plastic wall anchors. These are Ikea wall shelves with one big metal bracket. The wall is apparently very sandy and I can feel the bracket pulling the ...
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Faucet Stem is Totally Stuck on Faucet Housing

I am having a problem with my bathroom shower faucets. I have a leak in my bathroom shower taps. I have a Jameco faucet and I found new stems for the hot and cold. replaces the hot water side with no ...
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How much space is needed in electrical box for new dimmer switch?

Background I am installing a dimmer switch in one of the rooms of my apartment (I live in a tri-plex in California). The existing light switch works (I.E this is a upgrade not a repair). This room ...
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Blown Refrigerator & Furnace fuse?

I live in the Midwest. My home was built in the early 70s. I recently blew the fuse in my living room (SL 15 amp I believe), but I was able to buy a new fuse and replace it. However, now the furnace ...
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What size wire do I need for a 100A subpanel? [duplicate]

I'm installing 200 amp service in a shop, and I am going to feed my house with a 100 amp sub panel. I want to use aluminum wire for this run. What gauge of wire I should use?
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How to vent large outdoor undercover area

I have a large (95 sq meters) undercover area behind my house: A few things to note: The house is just to the left of the picture. The roof of this area slants from the house to the far wall (as you ...
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How to clear an obstruction to run power cable through stud

I've drilled a hole through a stud and hit a very thin metal frame that appears to be a support for dry wall. I'm looking for a recommendation to cut this piece of metal so that it doesn't interfere ...
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Unable to remove single lever shower handle

I'm trying to adjust the temperature monitor to make my shower hotter. I have a stubborn 11 year old single lever shower handle made by Pioneer that I'm unable to remove, although I've taken the hex ...
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Safe to put old white paper-backed fiberglass insulation on metal ductwork?

We live in a very old house with an unfinished basement. The heat for the entire main floor is from a furnace in that basement that blows through the square style ductwork to vents placed in each room ...
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Why my thermostat is cycling on and off immediately?

I have gas 80% furnace and is controlled by Honeywell thermostat (rthl221b1008). It didn't use to do this before, but it is acting weird for the last day or two now. It would run for about 10 minutes ...
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Backer Boards Around Bathtub [duplicate]

I am remodeling a bathroom and I am wondering whether or not I am to cut the backerboard so that it runs behind the tub or just up to the edge of the tub. Whichever is the answer I'd appreciate a ...
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AFCI breakers - 30mA ground fault detection threshold - nuisance trips? [duplicate]

I'm trying to understand a bit about nuisance-tripping, and I'm wondering if anyone here has some insight. I know (or think I know) that a Class A GFCI breaker should trip when there is a 6mA ground ...
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Top loader washing machine inner drain hose coming loose during cycle

My Haier HWMP65-918 top loader leaked yesterday so I removed the back panel and discovered the internal drain hose had come loose. I reattached the hose and clamped it back into place. After 2 test ...
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Water flushes, but nothing else

What could be the problem. When flushing my toilet, the water flushes normally, it does not fill up and then drains slowly or anything funny. It flushes normally, but toilet paper and whatever else ...

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