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Size of LVL?

We are removing a 12' section of a load-bearing wall on the second floor of our house and would like to replace that with a dropped beam. The wall is exactly in the middle of the floorplan (between...
05-02-20, 03:20 PM
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It is two different thermostats (one on each...

It is two different thermostats (one on each floor), and each of the two installations has its own set of issues, as described in the two posts..
05-02-20, 02:08 PM
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E/Aux wires and Ecobee4

I am replacing our old thermostat with Ecobee4. The wires for the old thermostat are shown in the picture. I was trying to install the Ecobee following the user manual, but am running into the...
05-02-20, 01:42 PM
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Ecobee4 no power

I replaced our current thermostat with Ecobee4. The wires for the old and new thermostats are as shown. However, the Ecobee is not powering up at all. Any ideas what could be happening?
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Smart dimmer not working

I am trying to install a new smart dimmer switch. The old switch had two black wires, each connected to a black wire in the electrical box and was working fine. The new (smart) switch has a white...
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Tub drain gasket

I am trying to replace a tub drain. When I removed the old drain, I noticed that there is no rubber gasket between the tub and the pipe underneath. Instead, what appeared to be silicone was used...
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Getting rid of old cable into the crawl space

I have cable that I want to get rid of (see picture - both the coax and the white cable, whatever that is). It is running from the crawl space through the floor.

Can I just push it down the hole...
01-23-18, 03:00 PM
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Outdoor pipe leaking

I just noticed that an outdoor pipe is leaking (from the rusty "Vent" part at the bottom of the picture). Any suggestions how to fix this would be greatly appreciated. Thank you!
07-26-17, 06:05 PM
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A/C not cooling

Our A/C unit upstairs has been having issues with cooling over the past couple of months. The unit is 2.5 tons. We have had techs come over twice (through a home warranty company), one time they...
06-29-17, 10:35 PM
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3-way switch not working

I have a light controlled by two switches. It was working fine (could turn on/off from either switch), but just now the following happened: I turned the one of the switches on and the light started...
01-17-17, 10:31 AM
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Refinishing kitchen cabinets

Hello, I am interested in refinishing our kitchen cabinets (picture of one set of cabinets attached) - either staining them a darker color, or painting them white. What can be done here that:

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The gap is ~1/4 inches at its widest (top left...

The gap is ~1/4 inches at its widest (top left corner, picture attached). All of the other three corners are flush. Is it necessary to caulk around the fixture (or any other solution) to avoid...
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Thank you! This is very helpful, and I was able...

Thank you! This is very helpful, and I was able to install the fixture.

Two additional questions:

- The ground wire is exposed (picture 3 in the original post), so it will be in contact with...
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New light fixture installation - ground wire question

Hello, I am trying to install a new light fixture and have a question about the ground wire. The old mounting bracket (picture 1) is the same as the new one (picture 2), so no need to replace that....
08-11-15, 10:13 PM
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Posted By jsnow

Yes, I went outside and waited for the drain pipe...

Yes, I went outside and waited for the drain pipe to start draining - and it did; a lot of liquid came out of it in a spur. He checked the drain line - blew in the white PVC pipe and said it was...
08-11-15, 09:35 PM
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Hi, a followup: I contacted an HVAC company, who...

Hi, a followup: I contacted an HVAC company, who came and filled up with freon (~3 lbs) but said that may not be the issue since there might be a hole in (I forget which part he mentioned). So that...
07-19-15, 07:36 AM
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Posted By jsnow

Moisture on ceiling drywall

Hi, I have hired professional roofers to replace our roof. Soon after they started work and part of the old shingles were already gone, it started raining. They covered the roof with tarp as quickly...
07-13-15, 01:16 PM
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GFCI receptacle without ground wire

I have a receptacle in a bathroom (less than 6 ft from water source) that I believe needs to be replaced with a GFCI receptacle. However, since the house is older construction, there is no ground...
07-05-15, 08:22 AM
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Posted By jsnow

Thank you! I was trying to figure out where the...

Thank you! I was trying to figure out where the drain pipe is on the outside - and I think it is the small white one in the picture here, but all of the videos I have seen, the drain pipe seems to be...
07-04-15, 01:17 PM
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Posted By jsnow

Leak from AC

I have a recurring issue with the AC unit: there seems to be a bit of a leak (clear liquid, possibly water), and it seems to originate in the space between the beige and grey parts, right underneath...
06-21-15, 09:43 AM
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Posted By jsnow

I am not sure which one it is here? The black...

I am not sure which one it is here? The black pipe looks wet in a couple of places, but it also rained a lot last night, so I am not sure? 5226452265
06-21-15, 08:59 AM
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Posted By jsnow

Yes, I could hear something running yesterday -...

Yes, I could hear something running yesterday - not sure if it was the indoor fan.

I did not notice any ice (I don't think there was any indoors, but I did not check the outdoor unit).

The air...
06-21-15, 08:33 AM
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Posted By jsnow

No air coming from AC/leaking AC

My AC unit (I believe a ~1990's RUUD) was working fine until yesterday, when absolutely no air started going out the vents. The fan set to ON was also not working. So I left the AC/fan off overnight....
03-08-15, 10:20 AM
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Posted By jsnow

Yes, the handle still turns very freely. It...

Yes, the handle still turns very freely.

It looks like there are still some threads visible after tightening (attached picture) - so the nut does not look to be overtightened?

Thanks again!
03-08-15, 09:58 AM
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Posted By jsnow

I just tightened the nut that's right behind the...

I just tightened the nut that's right behind the valve and the leak stopped.

Could this be a permanent solution, or should I be worried about the valve breaking or something at some point?
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