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How can I add a C-wire to a Venstar T5800 thermostat?

I am trying to replace my existing thermostat. My old thermostat has: Rh, W (coming from the heating unit). Rc, Y, G (coming from the AC unit). On the Venstar T5800, I can map as follows: Rh+Rc -...
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How do I flush and pressure-test a PEX system?

I have all the information on how to install the PEX plumbing system, but nothing on how to flush it or how to pressure test the PEX system. Can someone help?
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How can I install an overhead water tank and refill it for individual usage?

I live in a group apartment where there is severe water supply problem. We have a common sump in basement which can be filled with water from external supply sources like water tanker trucks on ...
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Why would a sump pump cycle when pumping large amounts of water?

In my septic system, I have a sump pump that pumps the liquid into the drainage field. We have a tank alarm in this tank with the pump, but someone (not sure if it was me or someone else) forgot to ...
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Fix a bad dry wall patch [duplicate]

I patched a hole in my dry wall by putting a metal plate on it and pasting some spackling on it. As you can imagine, the wall is not flat enough to fool my landlord. How can I fix that? The hole is ...
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Should I use thinset or silicone to reattach shower tiles? [duplicate]

My tiled shower needs to be repaired only where the walls meet the floor. While preparing for this by taking out the old grout, two small pieces of floor tile came out. Each piece that came loose is a ...
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Can I use a T5 HO lamp in a non-HO luminaire?

Does anyone know what would happen? Does the ballast limit the power? If the T5 HO lamps were less expensive than T5 non-HO lamps, would it be ok to just use them in a non-HO luminaire?
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How do I connect up a ceiling rose in a 2-way switch circuit?

I removed a ceiling rose and forgot to at least take an image or draw the wiring before replacing it. It is part of a 2 way switch (the other switch is upstairs). However, the wiring colours are ...
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Suction Side vs. Pressure Side Pool Cleaner

What is the difference/advantages/disadvantage of pressure side vs. suction side pool cleaners, and which one to get for a concrete pool?
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How do I get the glass cover off of a shower light?

I have a recessed shower light in my shower with a burned out light bulb that needs to be changed. The glass cover screws into the metal flashing and is sealed with a cork gasket. However, I cannot ...
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How does this axial-flow propeller pump work?

I am trying to repair my aquarium pump. It is an axial-flow (rotary) propeller pump. It accidentally drew air when I was refilling the aquarium after moving it. After that it didn't pump anymore, but ...
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Why did my ceiling light fixture stop working after adding an outlet on the same circuit?

I recently added a receptacle for hanging my TV on the wall. To do it I fished a wire through the wall and attached wires to an existing receptacle that's at a lower level on the same wall. This is ...
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Will Polyurethane bond to a surface that was sanded with 320 grit?

I have some MDF that was sanded with a random orbital sander with 320grit Will polyurethane make a decent bond to this?
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Why does the water pressure in my boiler go up so high?

The problem I have is with the pressure dial on the tank in bathroom. I was told that both needles should be at about 1.5, but the red needle rises up and then we have madly banging pipes, and ...
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Why isn't my thermostat working?

I have an old Lennox (gas heat only) thermostat. There are 3 wires coming from the wall. Black, yellow and a light blue color (could be a faded green or an old dirty white). The thermostat wouldn't ...
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maxipod heat store problem

I have a heating system using a 300litre heat store tank. It is connected to solar as well as oil and a solid fuel stove. A coil provides mains pressure hot water. Oil & solid fuel flow pipes go ...
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How do you wash brushes? [duplicate]

I know this sounds like a dumb question, but I am interested in any brush washing tips that help prolong the lifetime of my brushes. Water-based paints are easy, but with paints that require thinners ...
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Why isn't water running through our radiators?

We had a plumber in today to bleed our rads. He also changed the batteries on the thermostat and fiddled around with the boiler. Since he left the temperature has dropped dramatically and he's refused ...
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How can I provide my furnace with outside combustion makeup air?

I cut a 6" opening in an insulated door into the utility room then installed a 6" metal duct with a plastic exterior vent cover. I put 6" insulated flexible duct on the interior stub and let it hang ...
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What could cause a drumming noise in my house?

What would cause a drumming/xylophone noise heard all throughout the house? It will last for about 1 minute and sounds like a fast drumming with the same pattern of 4 distinct low xylophone notes ...
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Rewiring House (Coax and Ethernet) [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How do I run ethernet, speaker wire, and coax through a wall into a crawlspace? When my family moved into our house, there were holes in the floors where the coax cables meet ...
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How can I insulate an area without an attic above it?

My laundry room and a walk-in closet are freezing cold. They're on the ground floor in part of the house that is single-story. So, there is no attic above them. How do I insulate these areas when ...
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Why would my lights take 10-20 seconds to turn on after installing a dimmer?

I have double-checked the connections. I am guessing next step is to replace the switch in case that was the problem. It is only running two wall sconces, each with one low wattage bulb. Anyone ...
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wiring a single bathroom fan servicing 2 rooms in the master bathroom suite with 2 separate switches on the same circuit as well as lighting [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How can I wire an exhaust fan to turn on from multiple locations? I am having trouble trying to wire a single in-line bathroom fan servicing a master bathroom suite. There is ...
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Is there any way to make a sink connected to a garborator drain faster?

In the kitchen there are two sinks side by side which share a common drain. One sink has a garborator. It drains ridiculously slowly. The other sink drains faster but I've been told it doesn't ...
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How do I use a vaporizer/humidifier? [closed]

An attic has been converted into a bedroom and it's very uncomfortable to sleep in, the air is very dry. I bought a humidifier but it didn't come with instructions. This may be a silly question but I ...
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Strange beeping in house [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: what is beeping in my house? I've tried ALL the suggestions on this site and the beeping continues, every 20 minutes, day and night. Been going on for two months. Have ...
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Can I lay new ceramic tile over old linoleum tile? [duplicate]

I want to re-tile my laundry room. The existing linoleum tile is glued directly to the concrete slab with some sort of black adhesive. I don't want to pull up the old tile. If I put down backerboard ...
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How can I winterize an old solid concrete factory with a cargo elevator?

Looking to find the best methods using economical (low budget) materials. Note: "Green-friendly" is a plus. Also, I'm interested in hearing & learning about materials & methods that promote ...
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How can I get my ceiling fan lights working again?

After my light kit on my hunter type 2 fan stopped working I determined there is power entering this device (white wire) but none exiting it (pink wire). The pink wire runs to the pull chain for the ...
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Can I get a smaller toilet installed? (picture included)

At the bottom is a picture of my toilet, where you can see the toilet pipe that enters the floor and that there is ~7 cm of space between the water container and the wall. Question Does there exist ...
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Adjusting a Mixer Tap Hot/Cold Mix

I have a Twyford mixer tap on my bathroom washbasin (Exact model here). As it stands the Hot/Cold mix I can get out of it is either very hot or very cold, with a tiny area in the middle giving a ...
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Should I use glue even if I've prepped floor by sanding & cleaning with amonia & water to put down vinyl tiles over old ones?

I have already sanded and washed the old vinyl tile flooring twice. I will be fixing the areas needed with patch. But, should I still use glue to put down the new tiles? Some people say I shouldn't ...
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Should I spread lime in my crawlspace before laying moisture barrier?

The crawlspace is currently just earth. I'm going to be raking it, laying moisture barrier and then taping to seal. Should I spread lime onto the earth before laying the barrier?
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I have no furnace, only electric blowing heaters. How do I get ventilation?

I have a 100 years old building with a store on the main floor. Since the building was built over 100 years old there is no ducting whatsoever. There is also no furnace. In the summer we just hook ...
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Is glow in the dark paint suitable for creative usage?

I came across the notion of a Light/UV -sensitive background, to perform temporary creative photographic effects. This seems to be a paper/cloth impregnated with a Light/UV sensitive coating, that ...
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Is it possible to get wiring for charging USB devices? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Do USB sockets draw power when not in use? We're about to re-wire our house (in the UK). It occurred to me that having the ability to plug USB devices directly into wall ...
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Options for adding ā€œCā€ wire to thermostat [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Options for adding “C” wire to thermostat I am upgrading to a newer thermostat that requires a constant 24 volt feed, I have an extra (unsused) wire in the cable ...
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A/C system reports Limit Switch Stuck Open

Unit is a York GM9S080B12UP11G. When switching thermostat to cool, the system activates the compressor fan. Also, I can hear gases moving through the pipes running to the compressor. However, the ...
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How to deliver hot water from bathroom to kitchen

My appartment (and all my neighbours as well) doesn't have hot water. So I recently purchased electric boiler (80L) and placed it in the bathroom. Now I'm planing to deliver the hot water from the ...
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is there a solar passive water condenser (from humid air) design anywhere? [closed]

i've looked around and i found only two related designs: active electric water condenser. solar passive water still (that distill dirty water) not quite what i was looking for...
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How to calibrate continuous water Gas Heater?

i have installed a gas continuous water gas heater, it is around 30 mts of pipe away. my shower has a mixer valve (one unique lever for both the hot and cold water). The problem is, whenever I am ...
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Can I replace a shower door that has one edge joining with another glass pane?

I had a shower door that wouldn't close anymore and the hinges were generally rotting and it was falling apart. The original construction was shoddy. The shower consists of a door with one edge of ...
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Fixing Whirlpool Oven Fans and Doors

I have an older Whirlpool oven that has recently started to make noise when I turn it on. I am pretty sure it has something to do with the oven fan. In addition, the door does not seal too well so if ...
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Why is getting a chimney sleeved such a hassle … and expensive [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Installing a Chimney Liner a DIY project? This seems to be an ongoing theme, and quite annoying I might add. When I first went looking for this to be done, I found some ...
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Changing the input voltage of oscillating fan

I have a pedestal fan which is rotating too fast. It's on the lowest setting yet it's stronger than the highest setting of any other fans I've seen. It's noisy as a drone, unnecessarily fast and i ...
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Crack in concrete floor slab

I recently pulled up carpet/padding and discovered a foundation crack. It looks to be larger on one end. It appears to be slightly horizontal, about less than 1/2 inch at it's largest end. The ...
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How do I repair this stair rail hole and screw back in?

As you can see the screw on the right side is hanging in the air right now . What should I use to fill the hole and screw them back in? Thanks!
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Extending internet signal to all outlets

My house is wired with two Cat5e cables: one terminated downstairs, one upstairs. Currently, only the downstairs outlet is receiving signal, with the modem being hooked up to it. I'd like to move the ...
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What is the name of this plumbing U wedge + connection

The two black pipes pictured below are connected, and a U-shaped wedge is placed between them, apparently to close the connection. What is the name of this connection or this wedge? I will ...

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