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Honeywell zone panel turning on cool of instead of heat
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To figure out if your Honeywell control board is bad, I would swap the two zones' wiring and see if that makes the heat work in the master bedroom but becomes broken in the main part of the house. ...

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Did I install this roof vent correctly?
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Yes this looks correct. You're right about cutting away too much shingle, but it looks like you fixed it with sealant.

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Connecting push fit to a 3/8in supply faucet line: NPTF to compression threads?
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You will need two fittings to connect 3/8 tubing to 3/8 compression together. Use Teflon tape between the two fittings to prevent leaks, but don't use any on the compression fitting. Remove and ...

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Would drilling a small hole through joist / sole plate cause structural problems?
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You can drill through the plate anywhere you want to. Ideally don't put any notches in the top 2" or bottom 2" of the middle third of the joist span. You can put a notch on the right or left third of ...

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Installing European outlets in American kitchen for heat-based appliances
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For microwaves and other motorized appliances, your best option in the US will be heavy duty commercial products that are typically used in food service/restaurants. You can then purchase a 2100 watt ...

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Is it possible to trace a wire to a breaker if you don't have access to the inner copper
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Yes, a professional tracer tool that has either an inductive feature or an inductive clamp will work. The inductive feature is used by placing the tool in close proximity to the wire, while the ...

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Can I use existing wiring for installing an OTR Microwave?
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This might not be the best answer, but personally I'd just go ahead and do it. Newer microwaves don't take as much power as the older ones. If the breaker trips in the future, then run a dedicated ...

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sprinkler pressure issues
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Reason A sprinkler head's pop-up mechanism seals and becomes water tight when fully raised/extended. This only happens after being supplied with sufficient water. A sprinkler that is not fully ...

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My copper pipe has a leak right at the basement slab surface
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You can solder a copper repair coupler over the hole. It's basically just like a sleeve. You don't have to cut the pipe near the concrete. Sand and flux the bottom inch of the copper pipe above the ...

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Gap between wall flange and cement board
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It looks like you might have installed the valve too deep in the wall. The tile goes behind the silver escutcheon and up to the gray plastic circle that you can see from behind. Usually the face of ...

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Mesh tape between wall and concrete substrate
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Nope. Don't tape the floor to the wall anywhere. Install the floor first and then install the wall tile.

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How do I deaden the sound of water dripping on metal?
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If the drip is that noisy, it's probably hitting a flat horizontal spot on your unit. If you can add something to the top of your unit that is at a steep angle that the drip lands on, the drip shouldn'...

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Securing base of floor cabinets to concrete
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Use an L bracket. A concrete screw goes in one leg, and a wood screw goes into the other leg. L Angle Bracket

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Proper way to brace a knee wall with hold downs
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Yes, you're on the right track to improve lateral stability. Your ideas will all help. Some things to add is a layer of OSB or plywood as wall sheathing on one or both sides, if possible. Another ...

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Plastic-on-plastic lubricant that wont leave a residue?
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Polydimethylsiloxane meets almost all your requirements. PDMS is non-conductive, optically clear, inert, non toxic, non flammable, and extremely slippery. It's typically an ingredient in silicone oil, ...

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New Fan Switch Question
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Yes, run a short length of new white wire to the white terminal of the switch and add it to the wirenut (grommet) of the two white wires. One of the black wires goes to the black terminal on the ...

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Ventilating a room with no forced air without opening windows?
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Install a room to room transfer fan in the wall at the bottom of one side of your wall, and install an intake louver at the top of the other side of the wall in the same stud cavity. The reason for ...

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Running a low-voltage audio cable through a wall; with or without conduit?
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Commercial occupancy? In the US, the two main things you have to be aware of is penetrations in fire rated assemblies and cable jacket ratings for commercial low voltage. 70V speakers don't count as ...

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Choosing the correct LVL beam size
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Nope, a 2 ply 1-3/4" x 11-7/8" LVL can't span that long with this much roof on it. With a 19' span (and completely guessing on the roof span and live loading for your area) you're looking at at least ...

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Stringer separating from deck stairs
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Add metal angle connectors to connect the tread to the stringer. Use the Simpson Strong-Tie TA Stairway Tread Angle. https://www.strongtie.com/deckconnectors_decks/ta_angle/p/ta

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How can I connect to an unthreaded galvanized pipe stub for a garden hose?
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Buy a Ratcheting Pipe Threader with 1/2" steel die, or whatever size pipe that is, and thread the pipe. $35 at Harbor Freight or $80 at Northern Tool. Sand and use thread sealant as needed.

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What steps to take in painting this damaged wall?
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Here is the over kill but guaranteed way to fix this. There are steps you can skip, but the paint may crack/peel/bubble/not stick if you do. Water damaged gypsum board can be tricky. Remove any loose ...

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Where to get solid aluminum "battery" replacement cylinders?
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There are a few names for them, but I don't know if there is an official name since they're a DIY solution. Search for AA dummy battery, AA placeholder battery, or AA fake battery, and you'll come up ...

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Water heater anode rod replacement, teflon tape or no?
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Yes, teflon tape may reduce the effectiveness of the anode rode by electrically insulating the rod from the water heater chassis. The chances of it completely isolating it are nearly impossible though....

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Is there a piece of equipment that protects against vibration?
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You can try buying gloves that have gel padding on your palm to help, but excessive vibration is a sign that you're using the reciprocating saw incorrectly. To reduce vibration, push the saw's pivot ...

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Can I use any DIY hubs with Lutron Caseta?
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The Lutron Caséta Wireless product line isn't the best line for your needs. Yes, you will need a Lutron Smart Bridge or a Lutron Smart Bridge Pro to communicate with your Caséta Wireless devices. It ...

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I want to put a 4’X8’ platform in my garage to hoist stuff up
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If you have a hand framed roof with a non-structural ridge beam and you want to cut the rafter ties, then you will need to add collar ties. The rafter/collar ties are in tension, so you need one or ...

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Unwanted grounding from metal screws in metal boxes
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I think the clever solution you're looking for is covering the screw with a square of white electrical tape to prevent yourself from touching the screw. You could also purchase nylon 6-32 machine ...

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Extension cord can't plug into christmas light string?
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Thanks for the pictures! It looks like the problem is that your extension cord is polarized, but your Christmas lights aren't. The best solution is to replace the electrical receptacle at the end of ...

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Grout spacing for large format wall tiles
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I think that 33.3 cm x 100 cm (13.1 inch x 39.4 inch) large format tiles will actually look good with a 3 mm (1/8 inch) grout line. The builder is probably using clips to hold the tiles to the wall, ...

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