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What type of connector is this, and how do I remove it?
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That right there is a crimp connector. Few ways to remove one, mostly you want to avoid damaging wire and losing length. It's a compressed ring. First thing I'd try is side cutters. Cut between the ...

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What is the best tool to neatly cut out a piece of drywall?
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Hmm some options... A Dremel or rotary tool can be set up as a drywall cutout tool, which is a single purpose version built for hard use. Because of the wood backing, you need cutout bits with ...

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Can I gain AC efficiency by spraying condensate water on the outdoor coils?
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See other answer for how to test for actual efficiency gain, but you're basically cooling your output coil with a swamp cooler. In commercial settings it's called a free cooler. Water is either ...

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How to remove a Screw or bolt fastened with metal epoxy
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What is the metal you're screwing into part of? Depending on that and the screw material, there's a high probability heating it up sufficiently with a torch (As little as 200F/93C may soften it) will ...

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Can't put screw back in toggle switch
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The screw is given a burr to discourage removing it completely. This can mess up the threads when it is removed. You can recover the threads with a tap and die, but for the cost of a new SPST switch ...

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Dryer vent coming up out of the ground
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If the vent is obstructed or becomes obstructed due to lack of protection, that is a problem that could cause a fire, so it is not OK. In my area it is not common, but if you look hard enough you can ...

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My apartment door unlocked by itself. Can anyone offer an explanation please?
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If this has happened more than once, motion sensing game cameras are cheap these days and the comment recommending you put up a camera deserves to be an answer. If someone has entered your place and ...

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Find other exit of empty electrical conduit
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Okie doke. It appears I'm stuck with writing this one up. I wrote a lot of comments because the remedies associated with your problem typically lack the certainty I associate with an "answer&...

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Are the rotting windows and window sill salvageable?
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The frames for the glass are the least of your worries as they are removable. You could attempt some sort of patchup job with bondo and paint, but it wouldn't remove the problems that caused the rot ...

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Need help identifying "pre-stripped" Phillips screw
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The top looks like a Pozidrive or Supadrive and the bottom looks like a Quadrex to me. If those don't work, you can always cut a flat blade slot for a protruding screw and remove it that way. If that ...

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How can I drill through small thin hardened steel wrenches?
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Another option I've gone with is to weld a loop onto the tool. That said, for extremely hard metals you can work your way through pretty much anything with a diamond bit and patience if specialized ...

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Will a combo afci/gfci breaker solve my light switch neutral issue
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The way it is drawn, a key problem you have is that you are using the line wire from the GFCI to feed the light switch and you have the lights connected not to the GFCI load neutral but to the neutral ...

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Outdoor burst pipe best practice for the winter
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If the indoor valve is higher up or lower down than the outdoor valve without a vertical u shape in the pipe, the outdoor valve, you can install a plug indoors downstream of the indoor valve. Before ...

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Masonry drill bits
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It's really important with any drill bit to know exactly what it does, preferably what it's made of, and how it works. The original method of drilling a hole with a hammer and chisel was to take a ...

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New construction, do the supports look correct in the attic?
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Those look like temporary supports judging from the lack of fasteners, and if so, there's nothing wrong with supporting something temporarily in whatever way works. I just assume because I don't ...

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Protecting PEX/UF-B/Ethernet from gophers with hardware cloth?
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I'm from the prairies! Haw! We have gophers like crazy here and I've never heard of them eating into electrical pipe. For ease of pulling and overall durability I'd consider using rigid PVC or ...

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How can I prevent the light leaks on the side of blackout motorized blinds
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Your problem is that light bounces. White looking surfaces reflect a broad spectrum of light, and even black looking surfaces can reflect substantial amounts if smooth/shiny. You can see from the ...

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What protects an installer from drilling a hole in joist and not hit anything?
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If it is at all possible, you make sure you can see the other side before you drill. In some areas fishing wires into an unopened space is considered concealed work and must be done by a master ...

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Which cable straps / staples for 12/2 BX/AC90
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If memory serves, you want CI-2 2 hole cable straps, but you should call the hardware store before you order to confirm. If you get the right size strap you can bend it around the cable and run a ...

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Rigidity (and height) of drywall around outlet hole
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Good to be proactive and catch this before the tile goes up. Obvious problems I see are that the drywall is poorly cut (can take it out and trace it to re-cut a matching piece without gaps or overcut ...

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Possible to use trim with routed out channel to hide 12/2 or 12/3 wire instead of using Wiremold?
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If your foam block is multiple layers deep sometimes it's possible to run a fish tape between layers. Take off the leader if present, use a blowtorch to heat the fishtape and fold about 3"(75mm) ...

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Is PVC lumber strong enough to act as a barn door hardware shim?
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Generally speaking, synthetic boards outperform wood on every metric at room temperature. Your door is not particularly heavy, about 25lb/foot, or more likely ~50-100lb variable load on each of 2 ...

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Gas fired Forced-air furnace has a outlet grill in the mechanical room - can I remove it?
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Based on experience it is quite likely that grill is unnecessary, however your local HVAC guy can check if there's any valid functional or code related reason to have it there. Having a large ...

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Sun joe mower: how to fix blade
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The central bolt and washers in the correct order are used to hold the blade to the mounting plate. The pins on the mounting plate, some of which may be broken in your case, fit into the off center ...

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How to run a flex duct branch through a unreachable trunk?
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Some options that come to mind are using a low profile drill to start a hole and then awkwardly cutting it with tin snips or a nibbler if you have enough space. With a little more space you may even ...

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Junction box partially behind drywall and partially exposed
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Just a note, if you're not close to your bend limit, you may not need a JB. If you have a conduit bender it is not particularly hard to offset a pipe to the surface of a wall. Just bend your offset ...

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Longevity Stamped Concrete vs. Normal Concrete?
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Some input after working a few seasons in landscaping and snow removal: You cannot salt stamped concrete, or at least should not, and if it's sealed it gets extremely slick compared to broom swept ...

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How to seal gym floor mats along the edges to protect your floors with knobbles facing downward?
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Just going to throw the relevant suggestions into an answer: Sheet plastic under the whole floor I think is the most thorough and cheap option. Well placed double sided tape will prevent a slipping ...

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What is this gutter part and how do I keep birds out
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Don't see what the confusion is here. When you see this it's almost always to drain a raised edge rooftop or patio or something. You can adjust the cover so there is no hole for the birds to get ...

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R-value for insulating a vaulted ceiling?
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The numbers I found for your area are actually R30-R60, so more than R30 would be ideal as air conditioning is expensive and the one-time cost of better insulation can easily pay for itself. How deep ...

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