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How can I repair this gas leak on my new range? Teflon tape isn't working

Stop, turn off the gas, ventilate the house, and hire a pro. If you applied teflon tape to a flare fitting, you are NOT the person to be installing your gas range. You fundamentally don't understand ...
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Can I Piggyback 4 15 amp outlets off a 30 amp fuse?

Since the wire is 14/2, the breaker feeding it must be 15A. Someone apparently changed that to a 20A breaker (presumably because they were sick of constant breaker trips every time they attempted to ...
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Can I safely plug a 15A 100V appliance into a 20A 250V wall outlet?

No. That is a NEMA 6-20 receptacle. Your NEMA 5-15 appliance is specifically designed to not plug into it. Because it would destroy the appliance if you did. That is why the system of plugs works ...
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Troubleshooting repeatedly clogged drier vent

Remove the screen from the exterior end of the dryer vent. It is a danger, violates building code in most areas, and should never have been installed. Dryer vents are meant to blow untrapped lint ...
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Small nick on power cord from an electric alarm clock, and copper wiring exposed but intact

That cable, as is, will tend to "bite people". It also has damage that could increase resistance there causing that spot in the cable to get hot. Continued flexing will worsen the wire damage and the ...
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Propane appliances throwing orange flames suddenly and generator's back firing

Let's learn about energy: BTUs. Put 1 pound of water (just shy of a pint) on the stove and stick a thermometer in it. Turn the stove on, and watch the water warm up on the thermometer. You're ...
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Propane appliances throwing orange flames suddenly and generator's back firing

Kris' comment is likely a good reference. Consider to perform a test by operating only one device. If the duration of normal operation increases, or normal operation continues throughout the test, it'...
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How can I repair this gas leak on my new range? Teflon tape isn't working

Repeating the comments : Do NOT use any pipe dope or tape on flare connections . They are metal to metal seals and anything on the metal sealing surface can cause a leak. Pipe threads (tapered) ...
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Propane appliances throwing orange flames suddenly and generator's back firing

Ask your propane company to check the gas pressure anywhere in the system and then fire all appliances in the system, the low pressure side (after the second stage regulator) should stay above 11 ...
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Refrigerator fail due to adjacent chest freezer

Total, utter, male-bovine-derived-organic-fertilizer. The cabinet isn't helping it cool any (and is almost certainly less ventilation space than the manufacturer requires), but the freezer really ...
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Can I use ratchet straps to lift a dolly into a truck bed?

Having had to manhandle quite a few appliances on my own I would do this. Put the truck tray down. Tip the appliance over until the top just rests on the edge of the tray. Lift the back of the ...
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Safe to use 220V electric clothes dryer when building has been bridged down to 110V?

It won't work. Your 220V (really probably 240) outlets will actually have 0V, not 110V. The reason for this is that normally the 220V outlets make their 220 by taking both 110 lines that are out ...
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Is okay to use commercial appliance inside average US home? For electricity spec: 115/60Hz/1 Ph (NEMA 5-15)

That's fine, they are nominally the same. 120v is utility supply defined by ANSI C84.1. 115v is point of use desired voltage, generally specified by NEMA. One is 120v +5/-10% tolerance, the other is ...
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Why is my stove tripping the breaker?

You probably have a heating element with deteriorated insulation. The heating element in your oven is a length of wire inside a metal tube filled with magnesium oxide. When the heating element heats ...
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Kitchen setup for US appliances in Europe/India

Yes, the most common solution is to sell your US appliances and buy new in India. The difficulties and expense of getting transformers etc and making it impossible for others to connect the wrong ...
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What is the cloth around my dishwasher and do I need it?

It's called an insulation blanket and its main purpose is to muffle the noise made during operation. Since it's usually made of fiberglass, it provides some heat insulation too. You don't need it, ...
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Can I use ratchet straps to lift a dolly into a truck bed?

I have a local delivery service and use a hand truck and the sides of my tray as ramps to load and unload large furniture on my own. It only takes a second or two to wheel modern fridges and most ...
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Best way to fit a clothes washer under a counter

I had the exact same problem and rather than removing the wood from under the counter, I totally removed the feet from the bottom of the washer and that gave me an extra 5/8". I put some thin ...
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Disable the LG washer/dryer melody at end of the cycle?

I've used the following method to make obnoxious sounds coming from home appliances and toys much quieter: Find where the sound comes from. Usually there's a little grill or perforated plastic that ...
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What would cause a microwave oven to trip the breaker when I open the door during heating?

Is the microwave door sagging a bit? This could be slightly changing the sequence of opening and closing of the microswitches in the door safety interlock, which the last time I looked are two ...
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Small nick on power cord from an electric alarm clock, and copper wiring exposed but intact

It depends. The proper procedure would of course be to replace the cord, but from a safety perspective, insulating tape will work. It may be against regulation, and if you have kids or pets around it ...
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Is this broken pipe the reason my freezer is not working? Can it be fixed?

That broken pipe has let all the refrigerant escape, so it will no longer work. Compared to the cost of a new one, the repair will likely be more expensive given the time, tools and materials ...
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Can I safely plug a 15A 100V appliance into a 20A 250V wall outlet?

At the moment NO. You have three choices: sell that device and purchase one that is rated 230V. get a 230 to 110 transformer. replace that supply and socket with one of 110V. Which of these is ...
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Can a GFCI circuit ruin a refrigerator compressor?

GFCIs don't kill refrigerators. A certain percentage of refrigerators will develop leakage currents over time whether they are plugged into a GFCI protected circuit or not. All of the refrigerators ...
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Is there a good reason NOT to reuse the power cord when replacing my electric range/oven?

A nearly 40 year old power cord is going to be nasty. Dust, grease, possibly cracked insulation internally, possibly asbestos insulation if the "original" cord was itself recycled. All are fine unless ...
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Disable the LG washer/dryer melody at end of the cycle?

Manufacture mentioned there is no way to silence sound. Inspired by Haimg's advice, I disconnected one of pins from the speaker module off of the components board.
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Troubleshooting repeatedly clogged drier vent

While the accepted answer details safety/code issues with the venting (and don't forget to have the inside of the dryer serviced as well - if you trigger a fire or make the TCOs inside activate to ...
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Why is my stove tripping the breaker?

I think DrSparks has it: the fact that one side of the breaker gets hot only supports it IMO. Though it might still be a bad breaker, and you do have work to do there. See where 2 of the breakers ...
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How can I identify the conductors in an appliance cord with only the green wire colored?

Look for another identifier besides color such as a stripe or rib on one of the two other wires. That will be the Neutral wire. Make sure it connects to the Wide blade on the plug. Is this because it ...
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Disable the LG washer/dryer melody at end of the cycle?

Strangely, page 26 of the manual mentioned in the question says the following: Does that not work, or only apply to some subset of this model? Maybe there is some trick to get it right (sometimes ...
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