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Armstrong S-25 Pump Motor Lubrication?

Recently replaced a leaking bearing assembly on my Armstrong S-25 pump. The previous one required oiling, the new one is the permanently lubricated MF/BF model. I look forward to not having to ...
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Help getting rid of a mice

6 days ago, I saw a mouse run down my hall and I almost had a heart attack! It was 2:30am and I just got home from work. I knew I wouldn’t sleep if I didn’t set traps, which I had none, so I drove to ...
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Can replacing LED light bulbs cause electric faults somewhere else in the house?

Yesterday I replaced a few old halogen bulbs in the kitchen and the hallway with LED bulbs - B22 and MR16. I was reading that the MR16s could be tricky has they might need an LED driver, I ordered ...
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Is this mold, mildew or just dirt?

We just removed some molding from our floor only to reveal some kind of black substance that looks like dirt. We are not sure what it is. See the following photograph.
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drywall patch replacement

I used a patch kit to fix a 1/4" hole in drywall and the patch is too raised and visible. Is there a way I can undo the patch and try a different solution? There are 2 separate holes, both are patched ...
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What should I look for in a roof dryer vent?

I'm in the process of installing an upstairs laundry room, and I'm looking to vent the dryer to the roof. The route to an outside wall is almost 25 feet, with a few turns, whereas the route to the ...
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WHirlpool Super capacity 465 I hear gas at burners but will not ignite even with a match. I hear no gas in oven area

I recently went to restart the Whirlpool Super Capacity 465 gas oven. I can hear the gas and feel the gas at the burners. No clicking and it will not light with a match. I tried the oven, turned on ...
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Two wire thermostat

Can I use an add a wire on a two wire thermostat system the thermostat is a white Rodgers and I would like to run the furnace fan for ventilation
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How to clean fireplace grout?

Please see the attached photos. I'm not sure what is even in the grout but it appears stained green-brown with mildew maybe? I used an electric power drill grout brush attachment (see picture) with ...
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Excessive spa bath foam when cleaning

We've recently renovated this bathroom, and since our Spa Bath hasn't been used in quite some time we decided to give it a clean out. We used this liquid cleaner and followed the instructions ...
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Why is my Bosch drill working intermittently?

My cordless Bosch drill/driver will only work the first time the switch is pressed after attaching the battery. As soon as I release the pressure, it won’t work again until I remove the battery and ...
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Alumium Wiring in Charlotte, NC [duplicate]

My son just bought a house in Charlotte, NC which was built in the 1960's. Is Aluminum Wiring and Pig tailing acceptable to Code in Charlotte, NC?
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How can I repair cracks at corners of tiled walls?

I recently had a bathroom renovated these cracks are appearing in the corner of shower cubicle where two walls meet . Obviously workmanship not been good but is this easily fixed with a reliable long ...
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wire is dark, not bright

If I strip an insulated wire, and the wire under the insulation is dark, not bright, and it's this way not just at the end but in the middle too, should I discard that wire for use? Has it been ...
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Securing slate decoration to a door

I have a decorative piece of slate that I'd like to stick on my front door with a piece of chalk for neighbors to leave a note when I'm not around. I'd rather not cause a lot of damage to the door, ...
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Can a new water heater cause a Aquatherm heating system to fail?

I am quite unfamiliar with central heating systems, let alone those that use hot water as the heat source, so please forgive my clumsy attempt to ask this question. I have a First Co Aquatherm "Combo ...
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Is it acceptable to use a cut edge against a tapered edge at a drywall joint?

I have one 26" wide by 39" long panel left to put up and I stupidly miscalculated my drywall amounts, and I don't have any one piece big enough to cover the whole area. This piece would hit a tapered ...
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Removing Carpet Glue

I installed outdoor carpet on my porch. The glue bled through in spots. What can I use to remove the spots from the carpet?
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Should I Let my PT Fence Dry Before Installing

I'm installing 300+ LF of fence in the next month or so and am getting ready to start ordering my materials. My main question is should I dry out my PT lumber before installing, posts rails and ...
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Copper pipe going up to nowhere

Here is a rough breakdown of the house in question: A one floor home built in approx. 1960s or 1970s A full basement, unfinished A full attic with blown in insulation I have been removing some ...
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Two Circuits down and no Breakers Tripped

I had one 110V circuit running four CPU (13v) devices (Laptop, Switching hub etc) and a completely separate 220v circuit running two CPU Servers (13v output 1,300W draw each). This set up had been ...
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Paint/plaster texture question

My walls and ceiling are skip trowl lath and plaster and (many layers) painted, I’m doing some cutting and patching and using DAP Patching Plaster. It goes on great but after I sand and paint it the ...
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Attic door panel chain pulled off

If the attic door panel has a locking machanism and the pull chain has been pulled off, is there anyway to get the door open without damaging or replacing the door? The 3 dots on the left side are ...
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Insulation for Entertainment Shed

I have a shed that was just built with the idea of being used as an entertainment shed. Although we call it a shed, it was built more like a 10x12 house. I currently am getting the electric installed ...
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load limit for a 6“x8”, 8' span?

I am putting up a second story in a small building I want to create a framework to carry the load of the addition. I'm putting in piers and posts, which I have found correct info for. I have a stock ...
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Can ceiling light mount box be used to attach ceiling fan?

As Montreal is going to welcome the humid summer, I am planning to install a ceiling fan by removing the ceiling light. I have selected the fan that I want from Amazon. Here are the photos of the ...
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Just installed a new light near an existing one but one stays on, any help?

I installed a new light fixture near another using the power that comes from the switch (spliced into) and put a box in and took the power off that to my other light which was off that switch to begin ...
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Replacing light fixture

I have a wall light attached to a switch. There are 2 black wires and 1 white wire. The fixtures as one white white and one black wire. How do I connect
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Using brass to chrome plated

I had to use a brass threaded street 90 male and female on chrome plated male nipple on commercial facet. It's trying to seep with Teflon tape any suggestions
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Can I use a PVC ball valve for the water main at the street?

I noticed some water seeping up from the ground inline of my water main and to my surprise, under the grass was another valve that I never knew was there. It is PVC and about 3 feet after the main ...
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Furnace came on when it shouldn't have

I happened to be down in the basement a short while ago and heard the furnace turn on and off after just a few seconds. About a minute later it came on and this time it stayed on for about 15 seconds ...
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removing a circuit from a circuit breaker

I have one circuit breaker connected to three different items, a garage door opener, a water conditioner, and an alarm system. As I am not using the alarm system I want to remove it from the circuit ...
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Reducing risks of interior brick wall insulation?

I was surprised to learn that that there are risks with insulating the interior walls in older all-brick houses - particularly in cold climates. This article outlines some of the issues: http://www....
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Do I need to update the wiring in my bathroom to replace the gfci receptacle?

I upgrading each of my receptacles to tamper resistant. The house was built in 1970. In the lower level bathroom it has a 15 amp gfci circuit receptacle and a 15 amp light switch. According to Nec, ...
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What could be the source of this moisture?

I'm a little baffled here with the problem at hand -- we're seeing spots on our engineered wood flooring that appears to be moisture coming up from beneath but cant figure out the source of that ...
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The inlet on my water heater is leaking.

The pipe is corroded.If I clean it up is there a way to wrap this or something to apply to stop the leak? i don't think removing is an option.
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Pipe Size from well to house

I'm new to owning a house with a well and am looking to clean up piping and well equipment as it is all from the 70's and I'm experiencing strong sulfur smells in my water. From the specs I've ...
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Can I use self leveler over existing floor

First the floor is a mess. Is a closed in back porch that had glued down linoleum on it. Is un even. Most of linoleum was scraped up and then a garage floor paint was applied on top of that. Now the ...
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How to cover the metal showing in recessed lighting?

I have just installed new recessed lighting in my basement with exposed ceiling. That was the easy part. I happen to have a lot of traditional styled LED light-bulbs that I'd like to put in them. My ...
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How can you replicate Sand/Perlite?

Just finished patching two rather large but thin cracks that required taping and 8" on either side of joint compound/feathering. It looks rather smooth and would blend in nicely if it weren't for the ...
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Heater fan causes fluorescent light to dim/flicker

While we were cleaning out a friend's garage I turned on a heater fan. I didn't take a good look at it but it has a digital display, thermostat, and I'm pretty sure it's a wire element type. It ...
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Trane humidifier control switch replacement

The control switch that came with bypass humidifier installed with my Trane heat pump started acting up - only turns humidifier water on when I turn the dial all the way to max. I'm thinking I need to ...
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Water tank anode rod replacement part

Heard that this part should be replaced and I can't find a replacement part for my model in my manual or online anywhere. Can I just buy a generic one at the hardware store and what kind should I get? ...
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Cracked heat exchanger, gas furnace, a scam?

Had gas furnace serviced (routine yearly) and was told the heat exchanger was cracked and might pose a CO problem. System shut off and tagged. Told I needed to replace exchanger or get new furnace. ...
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TRane furnace error code 3 blinks

Fan runs continuously no heat 3 blinks error code So I've learnt it seems a draft problem ..... Blew through little hose and clear disconnected exhaust and still nothing any ideas thanks dave
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Water stain in basement found during inspection in a house

We are looking to buy a house and don't have much experience yet (lived in condo most of our lives). We had an inspection in the house that we are looking to buy and some stain was found in the ...
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Electric water heater boils?

Our Kenmore electric water heater is about 5 yrs old. First it just stopped heating. I tried to play with the upper thermostat and found out that if you decrease the temperature setting to the ...
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Must I use both cables running to my bathroom fan?

I have two cables running to exhaust fan hook up, each cable with one white and one black. Do I need both black and both white from the cables with the one black and one white from the new exhaust fan?...
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Cord plug amperage rating for 3-phase machine

If i have 3 phase running to a machine with 35 amp breakers how many amps should my cord ends be rated for ?
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Kohler bathtub cold water stem removal

Need to remove stem from bathtub cold water faucet which turns on clockwise and off counter-clockwise. Does Lefty-Loosy apply here?

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