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  1. Electrical
    How to I properly ground this? This gfci is on its own breaker directly from the panel. Can I cut the ground after the green screw in the box and tie all three grounds together with a wire nut? I am a beginner for sure! Thanks!
  2. Building & Construction
    Hello, could someone please verify for me that this is not a load bearing wall: Here are the details. Please let me know if you need more: There is a beam directly under the wall in the basement The joists in the kitchen (room where photo was taken) run perpendicular to and end at the wall...
  3. Building & Construction
    I’ve got a small porch roof overhanging my front steps and the two pillars are rotting out. I pulled a bit apart with my fingers to find out they are hollow inside (I was expecting solid, or a metal pole, or something sturdy). The pillars are 1x8s. Could I just replace them with an actual...
  4. Electrical
    I am building a carriage house and have all my drawings into the city, but they want to see a panelboard schedule with demand load calculations. This is a little over my head and I'd totally be willing to pay someone, but it seems like all the electricians I talk to are too busy to do it or even...
  5. Electrical
    Hi Everyone, I'm changing out a kitchen 20A GFCI receptacle and I wanted to confirm whether the current wiring conforms to code. The GFCI has two BX cables attached to the line screws and then a single ROMEX wire attached to the load screws. The house is old, and I suspect during a kitchen...
  6. General DIY Discussions
    My garage is 19' by 25', stick build. It is unfinished all around, without drywall or attic. The rafters going to the peak are 2 x 6, 24" on center. Then the joists/rafter ties going across the 19' span, parallel with the ground are 2 x 6, spaced 48" on center (connected @ every other...
  7. Building & Construction
    Hi there, new member here, not new to the construction game. I have a 20 ft high wall that has two layers of fire rated drywall on each side. Framing is metal. (I am a commercial metal framer) I'd like to replace the bottom with cinderblock as a means of waterproofing within the room (Ie water...
  8. Electrical
    I want to replace my old wall timer switch. When I opened the old timer switch from the housing of the wall, there were 2 black wires only. I assumed one of the wire is for hot and the other wire for neutral. But the new wall timer that I purchased from Home depot has 4 wires connectors . There...
  9. HVAC
    A contractor wants to install a 5 ton furnace to roughly match our large central gas furnace (80,000 BTU or 6.6ton). However, our historical average gas use in the coldest month for the last 3 years has been only 8887 BTU/hour. That comes from Therms used in the month * furnace efficiency / 30...
  10. Building & Construction
    I am trying to replace a load bearing beam. It is currently 3 2x10's (doug fir) and it runs over a 10 foot span. I would like to install a tee beam (flange down) that measures: web 8.5", .300" thick and the flange is 6" and .425" thick. I'm pretty sure this new beam has more strength but I...
  11. Electrical
    Hello all, I have what may be just a simple question but I'm having trouble finding the answer at my locale home improvement store. I am building a new workshop behind my house and I am trying to see what gauge wire I can get away with safely as wire is costly. My situation is this, My building...
  12. Building & Construction
    Hello All- In the midst of a kitchen and bath reno... Opened up some walls connecting kitchen to family room to allow kitchen to "flow" better into that room. Family room is an addition added to back corner of original house structure by prev owner. In a perfect world, I would choose to remove...
  13. Electrical
    I replaced an existing light switch with a switch/outlet combo. The outlet works and switch operates light only, all appears to be working. I plugged in a 660W device into the outlet and the light starts to flicker when the device is on, when the device is off, light stops flickering. If I...
  14. Kitchen & Bath Remodeling
    I have uploaded a gallery here to help show what I am asking about: http://imgur.com/a/G1DCb We are renovating our kitchen and want to widen a door way to put an island in. We do not believe this is load bearing and had a few friends tell us that it is not either. Just wanted a second...
  15. Electrical
    Hello all, I am wiring an addition (8 recessed, 1 fan/light). I want to add a switch by the door for an exterior porch light. Should be no problem with that, right? No need for GFI since there will be no switch outside, right? Also, I'm getting conflicting answers from a local electrician...
  16. Electrical
    Hi, I want to know that a house cct can continuously deliver 15 amps (or, say, some derated amount like 12 amps) without tripping the breaker. Is there some kind of loading device made where I can control the the number of amps that it will load the outlet with? Failing that, what household...
  17. Building & Construction
    so my wife and i are about to re-do our kitchen and would like to open up the space a lot. we want to knock down a wall dividing the kitchen from the dining room. we live in a ranch style house with no basement and just a crawl space in the attic on a concrete slab. we would like to remove the...
  18. Building & Construction
    Thanks for taking some time to read my post as I am new around here but not new to forums in general. I feel right now I need to gather as much info as possible for my situation as I have been blown off by 3 separate GC's in my area who pulled a no show on me. I bought a house recently which...
  19. Building & Construction
    Hello Everyone! I have a large 150gal saltwater tank that I want to put in my living room. Unfortunatley it will be running parallel to the floor joists. Questions: - What do I need todo properly support this wieght. I want to TRY not to put a post underneth as my basement is semi finished...
  20. Electrical
    I noticed that my old copy of the Sunset Basic Home Wiring book has a front cover picture that appears to show an incorrect wiring. I have posted three pictures in a DIY album at http://www.diychatroom.com/album.php?albumid=85: the original cover, the instructions for a GFCI, and a...
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