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Can I use a *ground wire only* conduit for copper data cables?

Hypothetical question. I won't self-answer. The purpose is to inform potential answers on another person's question. Suppose I have a shed with a 200A subpanel, with 3-wire feed that was installed ...
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How should I repair this floor joist that is too short?

My son recently bought a 100 year old house. We have been working on some framing repairs in the basement, and have some questions about the best way to sister some joists. This is a balloon framed ...
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Question about bleeding baseboard heating

I have a house built in 1949 with baseboard heating (5 loops), and I don't seem to be able to find any bleeder valves at the baseboards themselves. One of the loops in particular is making an awful ...
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Do I really need a 1/0 conductor to bond my copper water pipes?

I will be replacing my electrical service soon. I have copper water piping in my house, and my understanding is that it will need to be bonded to the service enclosure. My service is supplied with ...
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What should I do about these broken beams and broken floor joists?

My house was built in 65 and we bought it a few years ago. I've been slowly fixing things as I can, like the giant rats nest of electrical wiring strewn about the attic :). Now I want to get to these ...
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Plumbing toilet fill tube runs into copper pipe picture attached

Any idea about whats going on here with the copper pipe?
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Shower drain leaking from the ground

So my grandpa ran into a plumbing issue today and I'm suspicious it's pretty bad. He's the kind of guy that just want to ghetto rig everything. I'm a plumbers apprentice so I said all this crap isn't ...
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1 answer
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How to connect pvc to cast iron pipe that broke off right beneath concrete slab?

I was planning on adding a donut to the cast iron hub, but when I was removing the lead seal, the hub broke off entirely. Now I have a broken off 2 inch cast iron pipe right beneath the slab. How do I ...
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What is the purpose of this steel pipe lagged to the stud in this dividing wall?

We’re looking to open up a wall that separates the kitchen and living room. The wall doesn’t reach the ceiling, currently has a 3ft doorway. The house is a single story slab on grade located in SoCal. ...
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blum 170 degree face frame hinge

My parents have some cabinets in their kitchen and the door suddenly stopped closing. It seems the bottom hinge is the issue. I tried adjusting it followingthis PDF but it still just won’t close. I’ve ...
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Is it possible to replace Mortise Door Lock With Sash Lock with a thumbturn deadbolt?

As a novice, I was wondering how I should find the correct replacement for a mortise lock. I wish to change it to one with a thumbturn deadbolt. This is what it currently looks like and measures: ...
4 votes
1 answer
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How do I add a socket to a fused alarm spur?

I am in the UK. I wish to install a socket (possibly a double) in the under stair area of my house. The main consumer unit is based here and also the alarm box. One option would be to get an ...
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Is this basement footer going to cause issues?

I'm having an addition put on my house with a full basement. The contractor poured the footer and is getting ready to do the foundation walls. He marked the lines for the walls, and I couldn't help ...
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What kind of wiring is this?

Single conductor in a very rigid rubbery or tar like jacket. Almost like a knob and tube with an outer jacket that is like a continuous tube. This stuff is long-ago decommissioned but I'm just ...
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Do I need to add Mapei Mapelastic AquaDefence over the plywood or over the hardiebacker?

Do I need to add Mapei Mapelastic AquaDefence over the plywood or over the hardiebacker or none? I’m installing the flooring tiles in the laundry room. I am going to have hardiebacker screwed to ...

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