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Bedroom not getting enough heat

I have a dedicated HVAC unit for the rooms on the second floor of my house. A bedroom at the opposite side to where the HVAC unit sits doesn't get enough AC or heat. Right now, in winter, that room ...
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Genie SilentMax 1000 will not move up or down

I have been having problems with my Genie SilentMax 1000 garage door opener. With the door disengaged from the opener the shuttle moves back and forth about 4" and stops. It has been doing this ...
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2 switches in one box in bathroom

I have 2 switches in bathroom in on box. 1 switch controls the light and the other switch controls the bathroom fan. I believe power comes in to light switch then to fan switch. How do I change out ...
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Maytag Model- La612 Series 04 fills up on it's on and then starts running by it's self

My friend has an old Maytag washer and the other night it filled up on its in and just turned on and started running scaring her half to death. I am thinking the water inlet valve, but I can't ...
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How can I locate a mysterious leak in a 3 story rental unit?

I have a 3 story rental unit with 4 apartments. The apartment on the middle floor reported that the closet wall was wet. When I checked it the wall had mold and a moist/wet feel to it. The ceiling and ...
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how to wire a 2 way switches with 2 pendants [duplicate]

How do I wire a 2way 2light system. On the upstairs landing I want to switch 2 lights on and off at each end of the corridor.
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How do sub-surface drains (e.g. French drains) work?

Do sub-surface drains (e.g. French drains, rubble drains, etc.) require a uniform rise in the water table in order to work? Or can they catch and convey localized sub-surface water? For instance, let'...
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NEC Breaker Selection for Motor Loads

In the case of motor loads connected to a long branch circuit, why does NEC Table 430.52 limit selection of an over current protection device (OCPD) to a smaller size than the branch conductor will ...
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Two hall lights not working with light switches

Bought older home where tenants took various lighting fixtures with them. One was one of the hall lights. Where this fixture was there are three separate 12/2 with ground coming into it. Inside the ...
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Is 12-gauge wire adequate to run into between a 7000 watt generator and circuit box?

I have a Briggs and Stratton model 040301A stand-alone generator I bought used I'm trying to figure out what gauge wire I use to feed my circuit box. When I took it apart it had a black and a red wire ...
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What size wire and conduit do I need to run to a subpanel in a garage?

I have a 100 amp sub in garage fed by a 50 amp from main house panel. What size wire guage is needed and what size conduit? can it be PVC? I'm in Sonoma county Ca.
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Can I vent room air to the outside?

The building interior gets hot during the day and stays hot during the evening when it is much cooler outside. It would be a really great option to simply vent the hot air outside instead of having to ...
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Smashed chain link fence?

People have been using my back yard as a walk way for sometime. I recently bought the house and my dog goes berserk every time they come through. The fence is smashed beyond anything I have seen on ...
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ground wire to panel box

I have two wires from the power supply to my main panel and no ground electrode wire; how do I connect the ground wire from the main panel to the ground rod? The circuits? the receptacles? Also, how ...
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How can I attach a metal soap dish to tile?

What is the best glue to use when you glue a metal soap dish to a tile in the bathroom.
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How do I wire a 4 prong plug into a an old receptacle with only red and black wires with metal conduit into metal box?

I am trying to wire for a 4 prong plug into a an old receptacle pre 1972 with only red and black wires with metal conduit into metal box. It has been used since 1964 hard wired 220B with metal ...
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How to do I calculate how much sand and cement needed for bedding mortar

I need to make some bedding mortar for laying coping stones on a brick wall Ive calculated the volume of mortar needed 12m x 0.41m x 0.03m = 0.1476 m3 I buy cement and sand in 25 kg bags and would ...
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Roof Decking: Plywood/OSB over skip sheathing (decking) or should I strip to the rafters?

I have a shake roof (looks like the original from 1952!) with skip sheathing. Then an asphalt shingle re-roof over that (that makes 2 roofs in 60 years, thanks previous owners!). I have repairs and ...
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My apartment has a bouncy floor, but it's the only one

While we're waiting for an official inspection, I wanted to get some Internet experts' opinions. I live in the 3rd-floor apartment of a building with two other units below me, all with virtually the ...
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Do I need Attic Fan in Garage?

My garage is about 20" x 24" and I have made attic in the Garage by adding plywood, insulation & sheet-rock, It is nicely done and as soon I finish this project, i realize, i do not any ...
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Washing machine - Will not agitate

I have an Electrolux (Frigidaire) stacked washer/dryer combo that is not agitating. The control circuity, lid latch, motor, and belt all seem to work. It fills, drains, spins, and with the lid open at ...
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Power connected to dishwasher isn't tied into breaker panel - now what?

I'm in the process of ripping up old tile from a house we just bought, and started to take out our old dishwasher today. During the process I noticed it's hardwired from the wall. I went and flipped ...
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Concrete porches pulling away from home and cracking

I have an 1940'sish home with old concrete porches (x3) they are cracking, chipping, and pulling away from the home. Would I be able to repair them? If not could I build a deck over them (wooden)? I ...
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GFCI trips after adding new circuit to it

Preface: I am a complete newbie when it comes to electrical circuits. I usually have electricians do all the work in our house. An electrician installed a circuit in our backyard with 8 outlets on it....
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Why would a motion sensor cause the light to flicker?

I recently installed a motion sensor light and was called back because the light was "flickering" at half brightness rather than staying on brightly. I tested the power and found good voltage, but ...
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Why does my hot cooktop indicator light stay on after the cooktop is cool? The indicator light now wont turn off

My alamna Range electric smoothtop stove, on indicator light I just noticed tonight now stays on after everything has cooled down. Is this safe? Is it okay to just leave it, it still works fine.
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How can I reduce the humidity in my home?

Moisture inside my home fills up moisture bucket within a month, and the furniture and anything on the ground has green mildew/mold growing. When the humidity is high the tile floors on the screened ...
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What can I use as a temporary noise insulation on a door that connects bedroom and bathroom?

our bathroom has 2 doors and we only use one. The other one remains shut and it connects to a bedroom. We do not intend on ever opening it (but we are renting the place so we need something that ...
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What could be causing my GFCI outlet to trip?

I have a GFCI outlet in my garage that keeps shutting off. I have unplugged all utilities from it and it still trips off. I replaced it with another GFCI outlet. When I hooked up that new outlet it ...
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Remove drilled out venturi tube from base in thermador gas range?

When this stove was serviced a few years ago, the tech had to drill out one or two venturi tubes. I just had to drill out 2 of 4 in order to remove the top of the stove. They were completely siezed ...
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Why is Green Glue used so much in the USA, but hardly used at all in the UK?

I have been looking at designed for sound proofed walls, it seems that Green Glue is part of a lot of USA design, but does not seem to be used much in the UK. Is there a reason for this?
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Can I use a vapor barrier paint instead of polyethylene sheets to encapsulate my crawlspace?

I was looking into "encapsulating" my crawlspace by some manner or other. From what I can tell the way to do this involves (primary) some thick poly (.15 or more) along the the soil and up the walls....
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Home security alarm system in the uk [closed]

Can anyone suggest the best home security alarm? Most famous one is ADT in the uk which is monitored alarm system. Is it non-monitored alarm system much secure than monitored one? Can some one please ...
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How do I wire a ceiling fan?

I recently purchased a ceiling fan - Harbor Breeze Tilghman WITHOUT a light - to replace a ceiling fan WITH a light. The wires coming from the (old)ceiling are red, black, white, green, and copper. ...
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How can I stop loud rushing water sounds when we flush?

Whenever we flush or turn on the two outdoor faucets, the sound of rushing water in the pipes is unbearable. If we open any other faucet in the house the sound of rushing water is normal, but flush ...
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Does lowering the regulator setting of fan minimize electricity usage

We have ceiling fans with "regulators" that allow us to control the speed of the fan, so does reducing speed of the fan translate into power savings rather than heat dissipation in the control element?...
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Electrical turning off on its own

I have a 1938 home which was rewired with cloth covered wires. We have changed all outlets and switches but one circuit will shut off sometimes repeatedly and sometimes will stay on for 6 hours. ...
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How do I disinfect a shopvac after possible contamination with hantavirus and other rodent diseases?

A family member accidentaly vacuumed up some mouse droppings, and I was wondering what I should do with the vacuum to prevent the spreading of Hanta virus and similar nasties. It's a shop vacuum with ...
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lennox furnace not working pilot light on but burner doesn't start

lennox furnace, model # G20Q2E-75-C1, serial #6392H32332, pilot light lights, blower motor turns on, burner doesn't burn
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What do the buttons on a Comelit Okay Simplebus2 Intercom/door entry system do?

I've got a Comelit Okay Simplebus2 door entry system which yesterday wasn't able to be used to let someone into the building, however I'm not sure if the buttons next to the phone were being used ...
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Need help leveling part of a floor

We had an 8 foot square hottub in our bedroom for 10+ years. Because of the weight, the floor has sagged in that section. The tub is gone now and we had carpeted around it, but now there is a big ...
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How should I build a base floor for a large summerhouse?

Hi my question has 2 parts about piles and creating a subfloor. I want to install a 4.8x4.8m (~16'x16') summerhouse; its existing floor is 24mm (~1") floor boards on 75x50mm (~"2x3") floor posts. I ...
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What are some easy non-expensive ways to clean a toilet?

In particular, the exterior of a toilet. My parents tell me to wipe the outside and surrounding floor of the toilet with a diaper several times (and then to wash the diaper with water in the sink ...
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Connecting 120/240 receptacles on the same circuit breaker

I want to add a branch circuit to the control panel using 12/3 wire and protected by 20 amp double pole circuit breaker. Is it safe to connect multiple duplex receptacles 120 volts and 240 volts on ...
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Running a low-voltage audio cable through a wall; with or without conduit?

I'm running wire for a 70V audio system and there is a barrier wall in the way of my run. I was wondering if it is legal as far as NFPA 70 / NEC goes if I just poke a hole in the wall (non-insulated ...
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Door not flush to door stop at the top but is at the bottom

I have recently replaced an interior door and the door now bows away from the door stop at the top (latch side) about a 1/4 inch but is about flush at the bottom . I am at a loss for how to correct ...
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Detecting concealed PVC water pipe with ultrasonic sensor

I'm planning to install some glass shelves in one corner of my washroom. The problem is, there are some plumbing pipes snaking around underneath the ceramic tiles and I risk punching holes while ...
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Washing machine cord- only green wire- other wires do not have colors?

How can I identify which is black and which is white?
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Performance lighting system? [closed]

What would a Performance Lighting system for a stage include? Please be as details as possible and if you can include the elements into basic lighting and modern stage lighting.
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make plumber's putty soft

I have some amount of putty which has dried, it isn't old though. Is it possible to make it soft as clay again? Normally how long can a putty last when open?

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