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Does my toilet flange need to be replaced?

It looks remarkably well, considering the age it must be. There are no signs of leaks. You didn't indicate you had any leaks. I would add a couple of nylon shims under the ring and screw it to the ...
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Replacing 10" Kobalt sliding miter saw blade

You don't remove the arbor from the saw to change the blade. You remove the blade from the arbor. After 10 years it may be pretty well stuck, but normally it can be convinced to move by tapping around ...
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Why is there silver foil on a replacement appliance cord?

That's not foil; it's solder. The wires have been tinned to keep the stranded wire from fraying when attaching with a wire nut. It's there intentionally, leave it.
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Replacing broken double-burner element in Bosch cooktop

A 2-element burner with 3 contacts is normal and expected. One contact is common to both elements, the others are the opposite ends of the two elements. Could be done with 4 contacts, but if the ...
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Can I provide a neutral wire from another point on the same circuit?

To provide neutral at the switch box you either: replace the cable to the switch box or you use a special version of "smart switching" equpment where you make the white to the switch box ...
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Chicken plucker replacement gfci cord/plug

Plug and device rating is just how much power they can safely handle. It is the device, the chicken plucker, itself that will determine how much power it will take, under normal work. This is why ...
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Incandescent Bulb replaced by CFL

There's two reasons that fixtures will have wattage limits: Heat - this was common for older fixtures. You limited the wattage to keep it from getting too hot in the fixture or wiring. CFL and LED ...
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Replacing old light switch (not a professional)

This is a Despard What you're looking at is an early modular wiring device system in the US known as Despard. Replacement parts for this are generally only available at specialty vendors (such as ...
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Which specs matter when replacing a fan capacitor?

If you're going to attempt to test capacitance, you have to remove the capacitor from the circuit, first. In circuit, you're not testing the capacitor, you're "testing" everything it's ...
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How to Fix Cause of Rotten Subfloor?

The cause of the leak is certainly at the threshold and it looks to me that there is no silicone under the door frame; the water damage looks linear across the entire thing and appears to be only ...
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Replacement window question: are newer windows a lot better then similar serviceable older double glazed windows? Northeast US

Quoting Indow Windows' website A single-pane window will have an R-value of 1. A standard double-pane window will have an R-value of 2. Some specialty windows that are highly insulated can reach an R-...
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Measuring windows for replacement

"Replacement windows" typically go inside the frame of the window being replaced. That makes the window clear area smaller, but avoids needing to rip off the siding to redo the flashing. Not ...
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Stained Glass Sidelight Window

If you're in a larger city (or if you're lucky, a smaller town with a stained glass craftsperson), I'm sure it will be possible to find a stained glass artisan who would be able to make a custom-...
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Can I replace a 2 Pole 24V/50A contactor with a 2 Pole 24V/40A one?

You should be able to use any 24V/40A definite purpose contactor Unless the Trane contactor is pathologically weird, you should be able to find a replacement. Based on NEC table 430.248, your ...
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How can I cut a window sill bevel on a 10" table saw?

Most 10" table saws will do good to get 3" to 3-1/2" depth of cut at 90°. Once you start leaning the blade over for a bevel, you're going to get less depth of cut. You're looking for a ...
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Replacing copper water line to refrigerator water/ice

What can i replace the copper tubing with? More copper tubing, plastic tubing, braided flex, or eliminate it altogether. Most times that you see copper tubing coiled up behind a refrigerator is to ...
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how do I fix overflow on tub?

That overflow is obviously missing a cover, but they're not normally like that to begin with: I think someone lost the part and DIY some pipe in there.
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4 way switch replacement

Brass = Line 1 & Black = Line 2 (or the other way around) Your new switch, like most four-ways, uses the two screw colors to distinguish between the two "sides" of the switch. As a ...
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Suggestions of what to do during Roof Replacement

Removing the hidden roof will remove some weight. That's a good thing. Unfortunately, the old roof could be serving an important structural purpose. When the wind blows against the gable end sides of ...
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How to Identify Toilet Tank Brand for Replacement?

The 3 1 95 indicates that the toilet was manufactured in 1995. Toilets are all made to fit a standard toilet base, with the anchor bolts 12 inches from the wall. ( A few models can be found to fit ...
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How to jack and support roof to repair exterior wall?

Installing a header for a window is a very similar problem to yours. Search YouTube for "install header for window". Most videos will implement some pattern for shoring up the ceiling while ...
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Can I provide a neutral wire from another point on the same circuit?

Ecnerwal's answer is (as usual) 100% correct. But two additional things to consider: Currents must be balanced in every cable. This is why you can't use a neutral from a different part of the same ...
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Replacing a refrigerator compressor fan motor with one with different electrical values (GE side-by-side TPG21JRDAWW)

So I received the slightly different spec fan motor, and did some checking. The plug and wiring were different: the old unit had only 2 wires: a red and a black one, matching 2 coming from the fridge. ...
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Replacing a refrigerator compressor fan motor with one with different electrical values (GE side-by-side TPG21JRDAWW)

As mentioned W for Watts is the power consumption is a non-issue. The new one uses less power. And it spins faster. But what is more important is the volume of air moved. And you dont have values ...
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Repair or replace windows - 94 home

Moisture, whether droplets or "fog" inside the windows does indicate a failed seal, and the only repair for that is a new sealed pane unit. Depending on the state of the frame that can be ...
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Replacing HVAC System in Dallas

Ask for a reference from the trades, that you could phone up for a chat. Or ask neighbours who they may have used. Or go to the website of the manufacturer, They will have registered dealers/...
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Replacing HVAC System in Dallas

Consider not going furnace, get a modern heat pump that works down to deep cold. System should be all new air handler, evaporator, condenser unit, and piping between the two, plus connection to your ...
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Replacement window question: are newer windows a lot better then similar serviceable older double glazed windows? Northeast US

The major improvement .vs. 30-40 year old sealed double-pane windows is fancier internal coatings that limit solar gain and/or heat flow out. Fancier gas fill offers (purely temporary, to my ...
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Replacing old Trane relay with new Trane contactor

Per their spec sheets they should be like for like terminal wise. The old contactor was rated at 50 amps, the new one is 40 amps. I couldn't believe the difference in price. The original OEM ...
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How to remove ceramic faucet cartridge -single handle, unknown brand

Turn the ring with the 4 square castles or "bumps' counter clockwise. when it is removed the cartridge will come out.
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