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How do I remove this wall plate with no visible screws?

It's not complicated, you just haven't used one before. I use ones like it all day long. The screws are hidden under the little rectangular plastic bits at top and bottom. Typically you push one end ...
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How can I repair/reattach loose cable covers to the wall?

The proper way to fix this is to install it the way it should have been installed in the first place, with a box eliminator, a.k.a. low-voltage bracket: There are many varieties. I usually use ...
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Safety Cover for Decommissioned (Empty) Swimming Pool

Probably the easiest method to deal with a swimming pool that is taken out of service and not deconstructed is to fill it up with dirt after opening large holes in the bottom for drainage. Leaving a ...
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Safety Cover for Decommissioned (Empty) Swimming Pool

If you are really decommissioning it, a truckload of stone (or multiple truckloads of stone) will do nicely and comparatively inexpensively. Ain't nobody going to fall into it or drown in it. If you ...
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Cover & sound-suppression for doorbell transformer in utility closet

The best way to eliminate transformer noise is to purchase a quality transformer. The noise is because the laminated core is heavily loaded or overloaded and the plates are actually vibrating because ...
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Safety Cover for Decommissioned (Empty) Swimming Pool

May not suit your needs, but if you could find a trampoline just smaller than the pool, it can be fitted and secured to the concrete. That way bouncers (trampoliners?) could get on without having to ...
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Why is the oil tank cap articulated?

The articulated part is meant to serve as something to grip so that you can actually unscrew the cap. When not in use, it also provides a "sleek", "flat", "clean" design, ...
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How to Use GFCI Square Cover?

I just had to deal with that last week. On an expensive rundown timer, no less! The rectangle shape is Decora, and those outer screws hold Decora plate covers, which use an extreme outer position. ...
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Cover & sound-suppression for doorbell transformer in utility closet

First, even though the exposed wires are low-voltage, likely 16 VAC, they should be covered for esthetics (if the transformer were accessible to children, not inside a closet, it is likely required). ...
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Help identify a ceiling mounted fluorescent light cover

You may be overall better off looking at replacing the fixtures with something different rather than stressing out trying to find an matching cover. It is fairly easy to source fixture covers that ...
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How can I repair/reattach loose cable covers to the wall?

Warning - Dirty Hacks A short term fix is to undo the metal screws holding the plastic threadded "screws" to the front plate. Then add some matches (sans heads) or toothpicks into the two ...
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Fence around electric meter

NEC 110.26 specifies working space in front of electrical equipment that may need maintenance or servicing for 120v to ground be a minimum of 30" wide and 36" deep. Normally the meter itself ...
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Can I cover up a doorbell transformer?

Sure you can. I covered this one with a replacement doorbell cover. The doorbell cover was intended to slip over an existing doorbell housing, but a leftover angle bracket from an IKEA bookcase ...
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Temporary Coverage for Sand Driveway

6'' 11 Gauge HEAVY-DUTY U-Shaped Garden Staples
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Where can I order a cover plate for two light switches and one humidity sensor?

You need a two regular/1 decorator 3-gang plate Your "dewstop" (humidstat) fits what's called a decorator (sometimes called "Decora") wallplate. So, you need a 3-gang wallplate with regular (toggle) ...
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Is this a drain cover or an electrical outlet cover?

My bet would be on it being a receptacle. Typically floor boxes like this are installed raised up a little, so as to accommodate carpet or other flooring. I would also bet on it being a single outlet....
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Glass materials for patio cover

Those overhead clear panels are assuredly not the standard single thickness window glass. If glass is used in an application like this it is going to have to be a tempered glass. Thickness required ...
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Replacing receptacle wallplate with nightlight, but terminals are not exposed

This is a cheap outlet that only uses backstabs for connections, no screw terminals. You will need to replace the outlet with one that has screws. Turn off the power and unscrew the outlet and pull it ...
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Should I worry about a permit for a Metal RV cover

Entirely dependent on the Local Area Having Jurisdiction (LAHJ.) State, county, city/town/village whatever it may be that sets your local building rules. Can be VERY expensive not to. My LAHJ will ...
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Fence around electric meter

Check with your utility company. In our region the meter must be readable, which means in terms of an enclosure that the face must be visible. The face shows the serial number and the reading and the ...
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How to properly grip a curved cartridge cover on a single-cartridge faucet?

Make sure the water is off before you do anything! The threads may have some corrosion on them. A little penetrating oil would be a good investment before you buy a new faucet. Let the oil sit for a ...
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Is this a drain cover or an electrical outlet cover?

It's hard to say, but looks like an outlet to me. It should be safe to use an appropriately sized philips driver to open the plug in the middle and look inside. (It looks large. Don't strip it with ...
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How to cover exposed attic wall insulation

Plastic isn't recommended in this situation because it would create a second vapor barrier that can trap moisture and result in condensation and mold. Craft paper would have the same problem, this is ...
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How to open bathroom light cover to replace bulb?

Answered by OP in comments: I did it! There is something like a little groove at the side - at the connection between black and white parts - wherein I slotted a screwdriver, twisted it, and the ...
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Use interior door as shed door but under cover

If it's a hollow core, then no, it won't be okay. A solid core or panel door of some kind will be okay for a while, but you'll get the longest life out of an exterior grade door.
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How can I remove exhaust pipe cover that's sealed with silicone?

For starters, you should be able to unclip the inner square (with the louvres in it) from the surround. That should get you better access to the inside. After that, I've found a knife works best.
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How should I cover this drainage garden pit in my front yard?

Those typically act as temporary rain water water storage tanks. The idea being to limit the demand on the sewer system during storms. The water is allowed to back-up in those pits and drain more ...
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How to remove a light cover

Lens' for fluorescent lights usually can be removed without disassembling the fixture. Try pressing you thumbs against the top of the lens while gently pulling down with the rest of your hand. It ...
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Mounting a 1-gang alarm panel over a 2-gang hole

Well, it seems unlikely to be easily solved with a 2-1 gang reducer, or at least I've not met one that also turns the single gang 90 degrees. With a 4 or 4-11/16 square box you just use a one-gang ...
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How do I cover exposed exposed wood under cracked stucco?

Temporary? Spray foam. For rodent proof stuff rat wire in the hole, then spray foam.
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