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  1. Electrical
    While adding a sub-panel I found I have no remaining space on the neutral bar for a 3/0 neutral connector. Is it acceptable to "split bolt connect" my 3/0 sub-panel neutral directly to the SE neutral in the main panel? (to the yellow highlighted spot in picture) -Main Service Feed is 2/0 SE...
  2. Building & Construction
    I want to install a new exterior door in my house, and my house has aluminum siding. Does anyone have a good process to do this or any tips. Does the siding have to be removed? Can you cut a hole through the siding and not remove it? Any advice dealing with the aluminum siding would be great.
  3. Electrical
    Hello. I’m hoping for some expert advice. We have found al/cu arc-faults in the panel box and in a bathroom receptacle. About 1/3 of our branch circuits are aluminum wire. For now I have replaced the rec and a circuit breaker using spliced copper wire on the aluminum branch circuit hot and...
  4. General DIY Discussions
    I need to mount this very light, aluminum sign onto Hardy Board Plank siding. I have two questions regarding the correct way to fasten: 1 - What kind of fastener should I use? Do they make aluminum screws? I don't want to use a metal that will rust, nor one that will cause galvanic...
  5. Electrical
    I am installing a new cooktop where my old range used to be. Using and existing 50a circuit, I had to remove the plug receptacle leaving me with copper red, black, and white wiring, and the new cooktop has flex with 3 aluminum wires (red, green, black). Was told by inspector that I had to use a...
  6. Building & Construction
    I suspect this might be a very silly or obvious question, but what would be the best method to attach a very thin piece of aluminum sheeting to say a bracket or another piece of aluminum? Would you just use a short bolt and nut or is there some specialized fastener that works better. I'm sure my...
  7. Electrical
    Hello, I have read a few threads similar to mine but I just want to post photos of my situation before I rewire my replacement wall oven. Just making sure that I can't reuse what is in the wall. I am replacing a wall oven with a 2013 Kenmore 780.4878. This is a 1969 home, previous oven was...
  8. Kitchen & Bath Remodeling
    Hi everyone! I purchased a home that wasn't kept very clean and during our process of getting it back into livable condition, I took apart nearly everything in the standup shower to rid it of mold and whatever other grossness the last owner had in there. The U channel that holds the shower...
  9. General DIY Discussions
    Hi All, I'm just curious if anyone has used aluminum framing system to build a DIY table/shelve or something similar for home use. If anyone has, was it for indoor, outdoor, or garage use? Why did you not buy off the shelf furniture? Why didn't you build something with metal piping instead...
  10. Painting
    Hi everyone, In the middle of residing a house, decided to pull down the gutters to repaint them so final product looks finished. Went down to the depot and picked up aluminum primer spray paint, cleaned the gutters and sprayed on the primer (2 coats). Then I I sprayed on white enamel spray...
  11. Painting
    I have been trying to research this for a while and can't seem to come up with consistent answers. We have black cast aluminum patio furniture that originally was done in a powder coated paint and it needs a new paint job. Want to use a HLVP sprayer to do this but have questions on what type...
  12. Building & Construction
    After trying to research to find the better quality between having aluminum or vinyl soffit, I have read a lot of information and opinions, but sadly most were based on which was easier to install. I don't care about the ease of install, what I care about is what is going to last the longest...
  13. Building & Construction
    We will be getting all new siding, soffit, fascia and gutters soon. Trying to learn about different products, to help us choose the best options. We live in OHIO, incase climate matters for soffit venting info. When it comes to the soffit, we want Aluminum, but have a few questions.Our current...
  14. Electrical
    Was at HD today looking at the terminal lugs because I needed some. I was looking at the silver colored metal lugs that look like the lugs used everywhere else. But I found that they are made of aluminum. Because they are made of aluminum, how can they be attached to a bus bar and have copper...
  15. Electrical
    Good day. I just have a few questions. I live in Ontario Canada. And want to know if I pigtail aluminum to copper with brown 63 aluminum to copper marette and anti oxidant compound if it will pass an inspection? Thank you for your time.
  16. Building & Construction
    We are building a new patio and covering it with an aluminum arbor. The arbor will cover the patio in 2 sections: -- A-frame section 20' long by 14' wide -- Flat section 20' long by 38' wide, with a caveat: there is a Sago palm in the corner of the area that we don’t want to cover, about...
  17. Electrical
    Please help. I have no electrical knowledge. I have gotten a bid for an electrician to burying the line that drapes into my small backyard. The bid says he will use "4/0 aluminum wires. For a 200 amp service." Help. What is 4/0? Do I want aluminum wires? Do I want copper wires? If this is...
  18. Electrical
    Hi, I just purchased a new Leviton whole-house surge suppressor (model 51110-001): http://tinyurl.com/6rza9xk It requires a 2-pole 20 amp breaker. I have a Square D 200 amp service panel (house is new -- about 3 years old) and I have installed a new QO 20 amp breaker (model QO220CP) to be...
  19. Painting
    These gutters were apparently painted with an ammonia-containing latex that formed blisters which later ruptured and formed scabs (tubercules). I had to sand to bare metal and use JB Weld putty inside the gutters in some areas that were pitted completely through. The BM technical...
  20. Electrical
    Hi, I am in the process of remodeling my kitchen. The current kitchen has the typical oven/stove combination powered by a 3-prong plug on the floor. It is connected to #6 Aluminum wire (2-wire, Black, White and Bare). It is governed by a 50-AMP 220V breaker. I have no free slots in the...
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