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Can I shorten my in floor heating cable?

Just wiring up an in floor heating thermostat. I have two separate two wires going into my flooring as well as another coming from the panel. I am wondering about the two wires going down to the ...
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Light fixture wire colour coding

I am busy installing a new light fixture however the varying colours have got me confused and google is not helping. The light fixture itself has a brown and a blue wire, however the ceiling (socket?) ...
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Is this foundation properly supported against rotation in an earthquake?

This foundation was built 1938, and seems unusually tippy even for the time. This is in an earthquake zone, the garage has a second floor above, and the given wall is shearwalled and bolted, with ...
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How to strip sheath off outdoor cable?

I am looking for a way to remove the protective sheath from a length of multicore mains electrical cable. It's rated for outdoor use and is VERY strong. Without butchering my fingers; trying to fine ...
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Installing a floor for storage above detached garage?

We have a gabled-roof single-story detached garage with horizontal 2x4 beams spaced four feet apart and a 20' span. There are two vertical 2x4 beams connecting the two horizontal center beams to the ...
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What is the best way to clean internal wood that has black marks/patches on it?

What is the best way to clean internal wood that has black marks/patches on it? I have tried scrubbing it with hot water and sugar soap, it has made some difference but not a lot. Is there ...
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Solar Panel Collector type for Caribbean

I live in the Caribbean and am looking to get a solar water heater system. I’m looking into flat panel or evacuated tube system. I got an offer for an evacuated tube system with a stainless steel tank ...
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Burnt sheathing behind outlet

I heard buzzing and popping noises behind this kitchen outlet so I opened it up and it looks like this: What might've caused this? And to repair this, do I have to cut up the drywall and replace the ...
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Is it Okay to Snake Underground Line that has a Shielded Fernco Coupling?

I need to tie-in a pvc pipe to an existing 4 in. pvc drain pipe. I plan to use a shielded fernco coupling. Is it okay to snake a pipe that has a fernco coupling? Will the snake tear up the fernco? The ...
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Can drip edge be affixed using adhesive?

I need to replace my drip edge on a low pitch modified bitumen roof. The edge is about 13' long and I had to rip the old one cause it was deformed and not working right. Under it is a sheet of what ...
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My lamp was making a noise. Now it won't turn on. How to fix?

The lamps in my bathroom was blinking and making a hissing noise. I think the noise was coming from just one of the lamps but I'm not sure. Now I don't have any light / power in the bathroom. I ...
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How can I take down an awning?

I need to take down this awning for the winter. It's 20ft x 10ft. The 20ft side (the side on the right in the picture, adjacent to the house) is wrapped around a 20ft-long steel beam. The three other ...
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Commencement of Rewiring Room with EMT conduits inside the walls

I am rewiring an old house (50s) with romex to have the flexibilitiy to run it outside conduits when necessary and to further protect the wire from creatures plus making it easier to upgrade in the ...
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Reprogramming Garage Door Remote

I've been using a Beninca TWV remote (Shown below) to open my home garage door for the last 3/4 years without any problems, until this morning when the remote stopped working. To be clear I replaced ...
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Drywall clips to support partition wall points and ceiling edges

I am looking at these drywall clips made for supporting drywall edges that would normally require a piece of 2x lumber (nailer) to support the edges. I have a couple ideas on using blocking but it ...
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Sorting out the 3-gang box for smart switches

first time question here so grateful for any help. I am trying to install some "smart" switches (GE Quirky). Switches which live by themselves in the box are really easy (just follow the ...
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“Upgrading” a mechanical defrost timer in an upright “frost free” freezer

I am a happy owner of an upright frost free freezer which, after only two years, has needed to have its mechanical defrost timer replaced. Apparently, this timer runs the heater coil for twenty ...
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Cracks on Decking

I just moved into a first-floor apartment with a small wood deck in the front, and just last week I applied two layers of teak oil coating. Before that, I cleaned and brushed it with a special wood ...
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What tools auto-populate a floorplan with measurements?

I have a home floorplan that I want to add measurements too. Assuming I have an initial scale (like X" on paper = Y' feet in real-life), are there tools (apps or websites) that can auto-populate my ...
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How can I get rid of bumps and other damage?

I have these two tables that are very hard to replace, so I want to fix them instead. The problem is that they have scratches, bumps and I don't even know what else. What is the best way to fix them, ...
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How do I prepare this cracked deck wood surface for staining? (Picture)

My deck is about 15 years old. I believe the previous owner stained it only once, when it was built. I've pressure washed it, and now am getting it ready for re-staining. However, a lot of planks have ...
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Why did I get a “pop” spark at outlet?

I plugged a laptop charger/converter into a wall receptacle and got a "pop" spark, different from the arc caused by plugging in something that is ready to draw current. It tripped the circuit breaker. ...
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Increasing Range of Night Vision Cameras

Will replacing a regular fluorescent floodlight with and infrared floodlight increase the clarity/range of my night vision cameras? If not, are there other methods to increase clarity/range of my ...
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Bathroom slate tile stain/decoloration

A few months ago we installed slate tiles around our bathtub/shower and we sealed them with 511 Seal & Enhance (by Miracle Sealants) . Since then we started to notice notice some areas of the ...
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adding an GFCI outlet off an existing outlet. 120v two wire with ground

The line is a dedicated line from breaker with 15Amp breaker...running a computer. I want to pull a line off with GFCI outler for a Rinnai Tankless water heater. I am told the WH only pulls about ...
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Need advice on how to move forward with self-build conservatory

I recently bought a self-build conservatory. It is to be built on the foundations of a previous conservatory so the sides, foundations, frontage, and drainage are all there to begin with. Myself and ...
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What products can I use to repair large holes in plaster? [duplicate]

I have a roughly 4'x 3' hole in plaster wall. I've seen few youtube videos about how to repair it, but none of them say what product/mix they use. I've read about using DAP Plaster Wall Patch, but ...
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Alternative attachment to concrete floor containing pex heat tubes

I am getting ready to finish my basement. The counties "Typical Finished Basement Details" say that bottom plate attachment to floor is with 16D concrete nails face nailed. What are USBC approved ...
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Electrical circuit

I have a storage shed that I'd like to run power to. My source is a former air conditioning circuit that I was told was 20 Amps, however when I took off the cover to the box out side, I saw 2 black ...
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Bathtub Drain Leak near Concrete

After recently moving into a home (built in the mid 90's and apparently went through a remodel at some point), the guest bathroom tub started leaking. I noticed the leak in the room on the opposite ...
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What makes a furnace pilot valve whistle?

I have a furnace that started whistling, recently. I have read that gas pressure changes can cause this. Others have remarked how seasonal gas changes can lead to a properly-adjusted furnace to ...
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Fixing Old Leaky Faucet - Handles won't budge

I've been tolerating a small leak for a while in our bathroom, but it's started to get bad enough that it needs fixing. While I was hoping I could just pop out the handles and replace an old O-ring ...
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How do I attach compression fitting to copper pipe that is bent?

I need to replace a compression union on some copper pipe that runs to my water heater. I cut the pipe as close to the old union as I could, then tried to slide the compression fittings onto the pipe ...
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Flashing LED down lights

Here's one for the master electricians. I just installed two new LED down lights and noticed this morning that when I turned them on they started flashing on-off at about a 1sec cycle. When I ...
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Cutting beam corners

I have a wardrobe in the room I use as a little office. The wardrobe is built in and I'm planning to make a frame with beams to fit half of the wardrobe as shelves. If you note the pic below, the ...
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Stove-side table material

My apartment has a small gas stove, and I'd like to build a small table next to it to act as additional counter-space (as there's currently no counter-space immediately next to the stove) and also as ...
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Pellet Stove Ventilation

I have an Englander PDVC pellet stove that came with my house when I bought it in the spring. Never used it. Currently its vented through the wall and comes straight through the exterior of the ...
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Why a fuse blow in my house?

Yesterday, I had an issue with our electricity in our house. All power points in a kitchen, bathroom, and a small room suddenly stopped working, but not other rooms. I opened a fuse box to check if ...
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Wiring for Dimmable Security (motion detector) Floods

I'd like my 2 sets of outdoor security lights to be dimmable (in all settings) from a single switch. The electrician said he ran one (always on) power line for the motion detectors and another line ...
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Can you paint water resistant MDF?

Can you paint water resistant MDF (the green stuff like this)? If so, what type of paint is required?
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What material should I use for a table tennis (ping-pong) table top

I would like to be able to convert our outside table into a table-tennis table for me and my children. The existing table is the right height (1" lower than standard table tennis table) and about the ...
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No ground wire in any recepts in my home 2 wire only [duplicate]

No ground wire for the 3 prong recept. Tester says open ground. I need to ground all the recepts in my house to pass inspection. What is the best and low cost fix? Thanks
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How should I wire this 2-way light switch?

I am replacing both of the hallway light switches in my house in the UK, and upon taking off the old switches, I am met with the following cable configuration: Downstairs is a 2-gang switch that ...
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How to fix outdoor faucet drip when indoor shut off is off

I just noticed that my outdoor faucet has a slow drip. I checked the indoor shut off and it is closed tight. What could be causing the problem and how would I fix it? I don't know how long the drip ...
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How to Hook Up 120V & 240V On AC Disconnect?

I'm attempting to wire a RV for hooking up to 50 Amp Service. Using a AC Diconnect (60-Amp 240-Volt 240-Watt Fused )connected to a (PowerMark Gold 125-Amp 4-Space 8-Circuit Indoor Main Lug Circuit ...
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How do I reattach a hunter douglas clutch cable?

My hunter douglas clutch cable, for their shades, has ripped open at what appears to be a glue line. Is there a way to repair it without replacing it? (ie, some sort of glue or kit i can use)?
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Coving around borrowed light doorframe

Have a 70s build house with covered borrowed light above the doorframe. How would one go about fitting coving in this case to achieve a quality finish? I can either (1) attempt to route the coving to ...
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How do I manually program the TWM4 (IMX10)

My X10 system is on its last legs. I don't have any functional programmers. I can not find the programming sheet for the TWM4 (or IMX10). There is a way of programming it using a mains switch. I ...
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Replaced fluorescent tubes and starters - now lights are getting triggered by other light switches. How to identify the cause?

I have two fluorescent tubes in the kitchen. Having been buzzing, flickering and turning themselves off for a while I replaced both the tubes and the respective starters, assuming this would eliminate ...
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Water softener brine tank into floor/ground?

Can the brine tank from a water softener be installed into the slab of my basement floor? Are there tanks designed for this, so that only the lid is exposed above the slab?

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