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Are breakers directional?

I am installing a breaker/overcurrent protection device and I have realised I don't know if it matters which terminal sees the incoming phase wire, and which one is for the output. The device is ABB ...
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Shower drain clogs yearly after clearing - call plumber or DIY?

My shower drain clogs infrequently but regularly - about every year or so. The first year it happened, I used one of those 18" plastic drain "hooks" (and pulled out a fairly large hairball). It ...
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Why do you double the bottom row of asphalt shingles

I've been taught that when you lay shingles, the first (bottom) row on the eave should have a double row, and that the bottom one is placed upside down. Why?
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How to remove plastic anchor from brick?

I was putting these plastic anchors into brick to mount a TV, but didn't drill the first hole deep enough! I've tried screwing in the screw a little and pulling it out that way, but it won't budge. ...
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light switch trips breakers at random, but never itself

I recently installed a monorail lighting kit in my home office; I wanted another spot-light which meant I need to swap out the included transformer to something that would allow more than 100 watts. ...
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I'm trying to find the manufacturer and age of French Patio Doors

grateful for any advise anyone can give me. I'm trying to find the manufacturer and age of French Patio Doors installed before we bought the house. Inside frame ...
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Building a retaining wall around our shed - moisture barrier needed?

I'd like to build a retaining wall/large planter around our shed to create some scenery and block the "crawspace" underneath the shed. Should we use a moisture barrier against the exterior walls of ...
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Staining teak rails on a boat with an oil based stain but having uneven absorption

Im sanding and staining the teak rails on a friends sailboat and one side of the boat is darker and the stain is absorbing unevenly. I sanded and stained it in stages, one side first and then the ...
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Transferring water from one sump to another

My house has two underground sumps that store water. I was wondering if there was an easy way to transfer water from one of the sumps to the other. Would a small manual suction pipe (like the ones ...
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What types of chemical products stick to masonite in flooring context?

I'm installing VCT tile in a new apartment, but after I ripped up the 100 year old carpet I'm finding masonite. The problem is the leveling compound and primer are picking off the masonite. The primer ...
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How to fill soil void along basement wall?

The previous homeowners did not keep up with the downspouts and some erosion occurred. All of the drains to the street are great and I have reconnected the downspouts to the drain pipes; some were ...
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Clamp for tight quarters

Is there a kind of clamp whose one pressing arm (or whatever you call it) is a simple straight bracket perpendicular to the clamping motion line (purple below) while the other is regular (black below)?...
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Ground preparation for deck pier block

I am planning to extend my deck, which uses pier blocks as below photo I cannot tell what's underneath this pier block because it was just dirt. There was no pour concrete for certain. So my ...
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Would retrofitting weep holes reduce dampness?

Our house is two story brick veneer and currently has no weep holes on the bottom level. It does have a damp course and some moss under the damp course. I'm currently getting moisture and dampness and ...
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Dehumidifer outside to dry inside

I live in a tiny place. I recently found a dehumidifier that could be placed outside. It has sensors that can be placed inside and connect to the dehumidifier. Does it make sense to put the ...
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Repaint masonry window sill

Our house has a Victorian bay window and what appears to be chunky masonry/concrete window sills. They look like they are painted with some form of gloss which has become flaky and green over the ...
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How to install a portable AC exhaust in a vertical window with horizontal blinds?

I have a window with a moving vertical part, so to open and close this window I need to slide the moving part left or right. And the window has horizontal blinds on it. I'd like to install a portable ...
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Will a Deck Get Damaged if it Rains Between Cleaning it and Sealing it?

I'm looking to clean and seal my deck as per this process, basically: Clean it Allow a week for the deck to dry Apply sealant The way I am thinking of timing it, there's a chance it may rain between ...
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Why does my heater have a weak flame after restarting?

I have a Intertherm M1M It runs great one time then gives a weak flame (after the flame goes out) after reaching temp. I changed the igniter/temp sensor (one unit). I replaced the main board also. ...
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Kenmore washer won't agitate or spin

I have a Kenmore washing machine model 110.29802890 that will not spin or agitate. It fills and drains,but on spin or wash cycle barrel does not move, and makes a kind of grinding noise. Please help....
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Service Entry Wire/Ground Location (100 amp service)

I am getting 100 amp service connected to my cabin (currently off grid). The power company wants me to install my meter base on the corner of the property, and for me to install 200' of underground ...
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Garage Door Part?

I'm having trouble finding this piece. The garage door is an old manual door for a shed that was missing the bracket when we got the home. Without this bracket, the top left corner of the door hangs ...
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how to test electric dryer without 240V outlet?

I received an electric laundry dryer that I want to test before installing. The new dryer is outdoors on the back porch, and a working electric dryer is installed in my basement, quite a distance away....
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LEDs on dimmer, left alone, eventually fade to off

I replaced some halogen bulbs in my recessed cans with some LED retrofit kits I also replaced the dimmer with a new digital LED dimmer. When I dim the lights down to a low-ish setting, I can wait ...
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How to remove glue from a CD/DVD plastic case

I need to remove some glue/adhesive residue from CD/DVD plastic cases (not from CD/DVD themselves). I tried with acetone but it ruined the plastic case (from transparent it became white). Which ...
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Is this Orbit Sprinkler Timer (Model 57894) compatible with Rainbird Valve(s)?

I recently purchased an Orbit Model # 57894, and I'm trying to use it with these Rainbird Valves. I've got it all setup and connected, however it won't turn on the sprinklers on schedule or on manual ...
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Collapsing wooden basement walkout

The issue: We bought a house, built around 1985, but it has this extremely poorly built walkout from the basement. It looks like the builder's "solution" for drainage was a bent piece of tin ...
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Temperature of water in the shower fluctuates - will a cheap thermostatic tap help?

I recently moved to an apartment where temperature of water in the shower fluctuates and we called for a plumber. He either cleaned up or replaced one part (I think it was the mixer - nothing visually ...
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What is the best method for strong timber wall inside tin shed

I have a tin shed in the yard approximately 3m x 4m. It has a concrete base. The walls are tin and the verticals/studs are very far between and not super solid. I want to build a french cleat system ...
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Can I salvage aluminized roofing paint

Through impatience, I failed to adequately mix a 5-gallon bucket of aluminized roofing paint before I hauled it up the ladder and painted my roof. Now, I am left with a huge wad of putty like ...
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Installing a light designed to be hard wired as a corded light- what happens to the ground?

I have a pendant light (single bulb) that used to be hard-wired in my previous house. I would like to install it in a closet as a plug in light (with an in-line switch). The fixture has a ground wire ...
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Standing Water on French Drain

What could be causing standing water on top of a new yard french drain? I am working on a french drain solution in my backyard. I just finished covering the last section up yesterday and it started ...
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Condensate pipe touching basement floor ok?

I recently replaced my leaking condensate pipe that was crusty and rusted. I've replaced it with a 1" copper pipe in the same position the old galvanized pipe was. Please see the picture I've attached....
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I'm needing to install a recessed medicine cabinet but studs are problematic

So I have a space determined for a recessed medicine cabinet. when I cut a peep hole in the drywall i determined that the closest stud on the left is 6" from the left edge of the recessed area. and ...
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Another flooring identification question

Whatever was used as my living room flooring has a huge range of grain patterns, and I'm wondering what it is. I've tagged this hardwood but that's a guess... Apologies for the odd perspective; pic is ...
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Decking on a Metal Roof

I can't say for sure that I've ever seen a deck on a metal roof... is it against code? If not, can anyone point me in the right direction for information about building a deck (or a crows nest) on top ...
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Subpanel run to secondary floor apartment from basement [duplicate]

What size wire would I need to run a 100 amp subpanel 28 feet away? I have 6/3 wire would that do it?
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Will I need to re-sand wood that has raised grain due to moisture?

I am refinishing a cabinet with a barn wood plank top. After sanding it down to 220 grit I applied a coat of linseed oil. Unfortunately while at work today it rained, and while it wasn't directly ...
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underfloor heating and solid wood floor

Wet system underfloor heating suppliers seem to insist on tiled floors. I want to use solid timber planks, which have a thermal resistance that stops heat passing through easily. With good ...
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Oil furnace fan won't shut off when “heat” plug is connected to control board

I was changing my thermostat and I attempted to make the swap live without turning power off. When I connected new thermostat, the fan kept running. Ruled out bad thermostat and wire short by ...
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What can I do about high pressure water noise?

I have for many years had loud noise that sounds like high pressure water rushing through the pipes. This happens whenever water is turned on in our villa and the duplex next door. The pressure ...
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Nest thermostat - combi boiler and UFH set up question

We recently had some work done, a new open plan room, a new boiler and underfloor heating (UFH) put in. We had some confusion, a lot of which comes from not having a basic understanding of how the ...
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Coating for whiteboard

I want to make a whiteboard using hardboard. I understand it works pretty well, but if you leave marker on it for a while, it could become hard to erase. I'm hoping therefore to try an experiment ...
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How to unscrew a broken washing machine filter cap?

The plastic cap on my washing machine filter was stuck so I applied a little too much force when unscrewing it and its handle broke. Any idea what tools to use to remove it? The washing machine is a ...
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Wall Anchor for shower door slider

I am going to be installing a 3/8in glass frameless shower door system in my new project. I have the opportunity to screw into a stud on one side, but not the other. I would have added a stud in the ...
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How to buy Air conditioner?

We are planning to buy AC for our small bed room for this summar. I am really confused with the specification described in the show room. What does it mean 1.5 ton AC ?? What is that rechargeable fan ...
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How to turn the contact rings in an empty fluorescent bulb socket from closed to open?

A fluorescent bulb was improperly removed from its sockets. I am unable to turn the contact rings from the closed to the open position. I would be thankful for any advice.
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Sound insulation for tile floor: Laticrete or NobleSeal SIS? Do I need backerboard

This will be the first time I do tiling myself. The bathroom subfloor is concrete I believe. I am on a condo top floor so will need some sound insulation. I am leaning toward Laticrete 125, but it ...
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Mystery Ceramic Electrical Component

This may be a bit off the beaten path, but these were recently found by a previous coworker at a jobsite from a building that was built in the 1920's in the Midwest United States. They exactly fit an ...
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Finishing nails into treated lumber indoors… a disaster waiting to happen?

We framed out our new kitchen island with some leftover lumber, some of which is treated. Our cabinets came with some extra skin, which is roughly 1/8" thick, and we already attached it to our island ...

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