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Pulley setup to raise a laundry drying bar levelly

As both bib and Johnny have said, the simplest way to do this is to use two separate ropes. You can either manually pull on both ropes at the same time, or the ropes can be tied together prior to each ...
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I just bought a house and I see a gas line, 110v and 220v outlet in the laundry room. Does this mean I can install either a gas or electric dryer?

You are in luck. Yes, you can install either. The electric outlet is 4-wire, 2 hots, a neutral and a ground. It's always a good idea to verify it's wired correctly. A gas dryer will also require a ...
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I need help identifying this screw

That's a Torx head, you'll need a Torx screwdriver or drill bit for that. Hard to tell what size from your photo, maybe T25 or T30 at a guess. Easy to find at your local hardware store. Sometimes you ...
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Pulley setup to raise a laundry drying bar levelly

In theory, a perfectly balanced load and frictionless pulleys would result in a level rise. But lack of balance and friction are always with us. The simplest way to ensure a level rise is to use two ...
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Can I split a single washing machine outlet for a lamp?

Just replace it with a duplex. There needs to be (current code, hasn't been that way "forever") a dedicated 20A circuit for the laundry room. But it can be a duplex receptacle, which would ...
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Dryer vent issue - not enough vent to hook up hose

I think you've got your answer right here: I could remove the vent, I suppose, and slide in a vent with a longer pipe, then hook on a hose Of course, that may take more effort, but doing it the ...
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Washer drain pipe overflow

You have a combination of a partial blockage somewhere in the drain system combined with something that causes too much water at one time to come through. Since this doesn't happen "all the time", you ...
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I just bought a house and I see a gas line, 110v and 220v outlet in the laundry room. Does this mean I can install either a gas or electric dryer?

I would say it looks like it is set up for a gas dryer. A few quick questions- where is the vent for gas fumes (some pilot free don’t need them) but they need make up air to exhaust. I would put a cap ...
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Pulley setup to raise a laundry drying bar levelly

While I don't disagree with Bib, Johnny, or Makyen, you could just terminate the ropes to the ceiling at both ends of the clothes bar, and tie a pull rope to the center of the rope like this: the ...
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Pulley setup to raise a laundry drying bar levelly

OR you can use deep notches in the bar to separate and fix the clothes hangers in their places and when the second pulley starts to work and bar levels up in the topmost position your hangers are ...
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Can I split a single washing machine outlet for a lamp?

To answer your primary question, yes, you can use a splitter. It's marginally less safe and runs the risk of working loose over time, but some common sense makes it viable. Just use one that looks ...
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No water in laundry

Judging by the position of the handles, they are simply turned off.
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Dryer vent issue - not enough vent to hook up hose

If the vent in the wall is female rigid dryer duct, poke the male (crimped) end of a rigid dryer duct or duct elbow into it. Fully stuffed in, it should friction-fit pretty well. If there's any ...
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Is GFCI a good idea for a washer in a utility room, even if not required?

NEC article 210.8(A) lists areas requiring GFCI protection and not only are garages listed, but the last item on the list is "laundry areas", with no exceptions listed (nationally, your local codes ...
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What is this item? Unknown device in old laundry closet in newer construction house

It looks to me like a drain clean-out. If your drain pipes clog deep in the system, the cap can be removed to get a fairly straight shot down to the common sewer for a roto-rooter-type machine. You ...
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Temporary (multi-hour) voltage drop that seems instigated by running an appliance?

The issue was with the breaker at the service panel. I replaced the breaker with a new one and since then we've not had any voltage drops.
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Drilling above laundry, hit something hard

If you had hit a copper or plastic pipe, you probably would have drilled further after pushing a little harder. I think it is most likely that you hit a nail plate. These are steel plates that are ...
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Proper Use of a Mud Ring?

What you have there is a cover plate. This is how the receptacle would be mounted in an exposed work type of installation. A mud ring would look like this (thanks to homedepot.com for the image): The ...
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Pros and Cons of a washer tray

Looks like you hit the pros and cons of the washer tray pretty well :-) Couple of things I'd consider: Since the room is tile and concrete, is there a drain in the floor? If so, adding a washer tray ...
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Can I install two independent gfci outlets in one double-gang box?

Take the incoming hot (black) and wirenut it to black pigtails going to the brass LINE HOT screws on each GFCI. Take the incoming neutral (white) and wirenut it to white pigtails going to the silver ...
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Should we reinforce our laundry floor to prevent our washer from walking?

this is a common problem and is most easily remedied by one of two approaches (and this is entirely assuming the unit is in good working order and the harmonic balancer is in good shape and balance) ...
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Can I add a 120v branch for a washer to a 240v dryer circuit?

You can't tap a cable like that - NEC has a whole section called the "tap rules" which describe when you can do that, and this is not one of those times. Even if you could, it would be a lost cause: ...
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Is there a problem with a media enclosure box in a laundry room?

A standard laundry room inside a home is normally classified as a dry location. Sheetrock on the walls? This is a clue it is dry as defined by code. There can be a washer or a basin directly adjacent ...
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I just bought a house and I see a gas line, 110v and 220v outlet in the laundry room. Does this mean I can install either a gas or electric dryer?

Yes. If you do not want/use the gas(check what kind) probably will want a dust cap on the valve. If not wanting the 240 volt plug, should turn off the breaker for it. I would have prefer to have a red ...
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How to diagnose cause of laundry lint

I concur with Gil above. This looks like soap or detergent residue rather than lint. try running a load without soap or use liquid soap. if you have softened water, you can get away using much ...
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How to add a 110v receptacle to my laundry room

As far as why the existing laundry room 120V receptacle does not have GFCI protection, it is quite likely that it was not required at the time. GFCI has, generally, been required longest in kitchens ...
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dryer burn residue?

1) "Is this burn residue?" It could be that the plating of the part reacted to heat or something being dried (ie. with a rubber backing) stuck to the part long enough to cause the marks. On rare ...
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Is 20 amp line needed for washer and gas powered dryer?

According to the National Electrical Code, yes it should be a 20 ampere branch circuit. This circuit should also not have any other outlets, other than the ones for "laundry equipment". So ...
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Should we reinforce our laundry floor to prevent our washer from walking?

Before attempting any sort of repairs to the house, I would first try to verify if the issue is with the house or the machine. Take the machine outside somewhere that you have a concrete pad (patio/...
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