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Retroffiting buried pipes that carry hot water?

I am considering to improve the efficiency of an existing installation where heat pipes between house and hot water deposit have been insulated with a thin (10mm) neoprene sleeve and directly buried? ...
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Any two-prong plug on any two-prong plug cable?

I've got a bunch of lamps from Europe that I want to use where we've just moved in North America. I cut off and replaced the plug on one lamp with a North American one and it works fine. I'll be doing ...
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Wire Size for Long Run

I am building an RV campsite at the bottom of my property to live in while our house is under construction. The RV requires a 50 amp service. I want to install a 100 amp sub-panel down there to give ...
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What is the best way to clean a 300 gallon Water tank that was storing Canola Oil?

i'm not sure if this is the best place to ask this question, if not please let me know a better place. I just purchased a very cheap 300 gallon water tank. It was cheap due to the fact that they ...
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Return jet not working in pool

I have an Inground pool and I have 7 return jets in my pool. 6 of 7 are working flawlessly with excellent pressure coming out of them with no air bubbles. EXCEPT my 7th jet that is right underneath ...
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How to properly double on ceiling joists

I'd like to double my ceiling joists to make my attic space easier to work in (for electrical/plumbing) and for lightweight storage. Status Quo: 2x4's (actual size) spaced 16" on-center running the ...
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Floors of Bathroom Very Creaky

I recently bought a new house and one of the major concerns I have is the first floor half bath. At and round the toilet, the floor is ridiculously creaky. I'm half thinking I'm going to fall through ...
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Waving hardwood floor [closed]

I have pulled up carpet in a home I recently purchased, finding white oak 2" wide hardwood. In the dining room, the sub floor and subsequently the hardwood waves over the floor joists. Between the ...
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Code requirements for lights mounted horizontally?

I have a couple of lights in the basement that are mounted "naked" and horizontally. Just would like to know if there is any restriction on doing that, e.g. height of the fixture?
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Is a home with concrete walls more likely to propagate noise between floors?

I have a house and it has three floors. All of these floors and walls are made of concrete. So my question is, whenever the third floor makes noises, e.g. noises from music, carpentry tools like ...
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Compressor hose line

Would having a 20m hose connecting my compressor shed to my workshop be ok? I was planning to have the hose outside the problem is temperature differences at day and night and rain and things like ...
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How can I make 5 lights work with 2 switches and one light common to both?

I have 5 lights and 2 switches. When I press switch 1 I want light numbers 1 and 2 and 3 to come on and when I press switch 2 I want light numbers 3 and 4 and 5 to come on. Note that the 2 switches ...
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Wiring Ceiling Fan Remote, Two Dimmers

I think this DIY wiring is a bit too much (I honestly didn't know the fan came with a remote unit when I bought it). I have a switch with separate fan and light dimmers already installed (one switches ...
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Best way to child proof a house? [closed]

First child is on the way, and aside from placing locks on cabinets and fences around the pool, what are the top ways I can child proof the more dangerous parts of the house?
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Samsung Front Load Gas Dryer, plastic connection problem [closed]

RE: Samsung Front Load Gas Dryer. DV42H5200GW. T his should have been an easy install, but plastic gas fitting seems to have cracked. I was just connecting my existing gas line to the dryer, and I may ...
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Can I remove / rework studs to access crawl space/storage underneath stairs?

I would like to use the space underneath my stairs for extra storage. When I opened the wall, I noticed the 3 studs are spaced 13 inches apart and I can't squeeze myself through. Is there a way I can (...
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How can I make table legs from planks to support a heavy table top?

I plan on building a 9' by 5' table top using solid wood. My material is limited to 4/4 lumber (1 inch thick) and 8/4 lumber (2 inches thick). The widths and lengths are random (I haven't bought the ...
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Knee wall in attic

We have a 100 year old house that has an encapsulated attic that covers not only the house but over the front porch as well. There is no insulation in the attic at all. Since we are preparing to ...
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Whirlpool ice maker making knocking noise, but still makes ice

Ice maker is making ice but has started making a clicking noise. I can see the two gears slipping and making the noise. It is still making ice, but the noise is irritating. Any suggestions how to ...
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How to fasten wooden board and batten shutters to vinyl siding

Making some decorative wooden board and batten shutters. Need suggestions for mounting/fastening to vinyl siding. For example, what type of screws, bolts, etc to use.
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Split Bus electrical panel [closed]

Looking for a single phase split bus load center No main required , and 100 amp is plenty big. about 14 to 24 circuits total is large enough (12+- on each) don't have room for a sub panel so I need ...
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Connect 5w 100k ohm resistor between neutral and hot to prevent LED light blinking when switch is off

I have touch operated light switches operating LED lights throughout my home. The switch manufacturer claims that I must add a device to circuits containing LED bulbs of 5w or less to prevent ...
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Why can I feel my seven pound cat walking across floor of my home?

The house is only 9 years old. (I am the second owner) I know they settle but in the last year I can feel all movement across the floor- year ago I could barely feel anything but did notice that ...
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New service, detached structure

I am now living in Cuenca, Ecuador. I have yet to see any electrical wiring that meets code. Zip, zilch, nada. Wires running everywhere, people scabbing onto other peoples houses to get electricity, ...
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Composite Shims & Liquid Nails

I used Timberwolf Composite Shims with Liquid Nails Heavy Duty Construction Adhesive and Liquid Nails Subfloor Adhesive. I didn't read the Liquid Nails instructions, until after I used the products (.....
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What's best way to keep shower faucet handle from dropping?

how to keep handle from falling off? Is there a type of adhesive that's best? Or is there something else recommended? Note currently the handle just falls off; when the water is running or on own. ...
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Food safe fix for broken plastic valve

I have a second hand espresso machine (this or similar - 800ESXL) and a valve in it has broken. From a bit of research, it looked like Breville knew the part was prone to failure and they quickly made ...
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Angle grinder brand (Not working)

How can I find out this angle grinder model/brand? The label has come off so I dont know the model. The grinder is not working and I believe it is the brushes, how can I know what brushes to buy if I ...
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Home Lighting Relay Characteristics

I have old electromechanical relays that were installed in a panel with a transformer as part of a remote controlled lighting circuit. It's a nifty setup except the relays are no longer manufactured. ...
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What is considered “servicing” for NEC 225.30?

I previously asked a question (Grounding subpanels located ~100ft from main breaker) where I was informed of NEC 225.30, which states that a building [...] shall be supplied by only one feeder or ...
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Installing Touch Light Switch

I'm looking to replace a light switch but the terminals are labeled differently to my existing one and i'm wondering if anyone can offer advice. My current switch looks as follows with two wires ...
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Do I need a vapor barrier for seasonal cottages

We have seasonal cottages in Parry Sound. We were wondering if there is a by-law stating that we are required to insulate and vapor barrier all exterior walls?
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What is/are this/these fittings connecting my boiler to circulator pump?

There's a leak somewhere around my circulator pump and the fittings that connect it to the Weil McLain CG-5 gas boiler have corroded and should probably be replaced. (right?) Not very familiar with ...
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Remote Garage Door Opener

I live in a condo, we have a shared garage but our own automatic garage door openers. My garage door opens and closes with the button inside the garage hard wired on the wall. But, my remote opener ...
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My dishwasher keeps jamming, it's not draining water, has sitting water in the bottom

Not sure if this is my dishwasher or my clogged drains. A few years back, my dishwasher stopped draining; I called my neighbor, I tried all home remedies, my neighbor took the Bosch dishwasher apart ...
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My breaker keeps tripping

Help ,My motorized garage door opener is tripping my breaker when I use it , can I install a higher amp breaker ?
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Can I hang things from a thick sound proofed wall?

I have a sound proofed room. It's constructed like this: Specifically, the layers of the wall are: studs 3/4" MDF 1/2" air gap (RC-8 channel) 3/4" drywall 3/4" drywall The exterior of the wall is 2"...
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Does a brick attic need ventilation?

I'm building a house and it has a non-standard roof and attic. The roof has 10x10 meters and there are brick walls on three sides, each 1.8 meters high. Between the walls I will place a roof and all ...
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Can a washing machine closet be located adjacent to an electric panel?

We want to relocate a washer/dryer into a closet that shares a wall with the house's electrical panel (which is in the kitchen). Any code violations here or considerations?
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Wiring 2-way connected switch in 2-gang configuration

I've done this a few times now, but I've come across an odd wiring setup that I need a bit of guidance with. The current setup isn't using a netural, which I need for the connected switch, but instead ...
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Is denim insulation more inviting to packrats?

I'm deciding what kind of insulation to use in a new detached home office. Packrats are a major problem in my area. It's a constant battle to keep them out of the floor insulation in my house. Is ...
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Doorbell Wiring Problem

I live in a very old house. Up until recently, my doorbell worked fine, but at some point in the last couple months it stopped working. At the transformer, I see ~18V, so that appears to be ok, but it ...
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condensation on the glass [closed]

have been noticing condensation on my window glass each morning, but when I open my heavy curtains, the condensation will disappear. Never had this problem with my old windows. Thank you.
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How could I motorize my venitian blinds?

I just moved on to an appartment which have a set of 9 venitian blinds. Each come with 2 actions : a string you pull to lift the blind, and a stick you spin to spin the blades and filter more or less ...
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AFCI breaker trips when GFCI receptable's test button is pressed

I have 2 bathrooms that have a total of 3 outlets from the same power source. When I press the test button on one of GFCI outlet, it will not only cut off its own power but it will also trip the AFCI ...
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how to know if my home is under negative pressure?

I see dust under the baseboard but not much. And also, sometime I can smell "crawlspace" like smell but I am not very sure. How to technically test the air pressure in home? Even more, how to ...
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Is there a way to split a double wall plug into two separate ones?

Sorry, I don't know much about electrical, so my terminology is off. I have this double wall plug that I want to split into two separate ones. I thought that the two pairs of wires just run current ...
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bulbs keep burning out, tripping circuit breaker

I am an American living in Hungary for six months. In our living room, we have a five-bulb chandelier whose bulbs burn out too frequently. We tend to keep only 3-4 out of 5 going at a time for that ...
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What type of window trim go on top of stucco and how?

My design drawing has a simple trim around window but my contractor did not ask me and applied stucco around the window. Now I can only add the trim on top of stucco. I want to make sure the trim is ...
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Removing wires from old breaker

I'm changing my first breaker, a GFCI. There is no main Breaker in the panel. Everything was going fine until... I couldn't remove 2 of the 3 wires from the old breaker because there was no screw to ...

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