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  1. Plumbing
    I live in a three-level apartment building on the bottom floor. Whenever my upstairs neighbor drains their washer, water comes out of our standpipe and soaks the area around the washer and dryer. If I don't catch it quickly with the shop-vac then the water will make it to the carpet and soak it...
  2. Electrical
    I am trying to replace the plug of a lamp and I don't know what kind of amps to choose from. A quick search on Lowes.com shows that there are 2 kind kinds of amps to choose from, 10 amp or 15 amp. How do I know which one to choose? The lamp is an older lamp.
  3. Electrical
    I'm going to replace the tiny exhaust fan in my bathroom with a larger unit that flows more air. When removing the cover of the old fan, there is a plug and a small outlet which appears to be part of the housing. See pic: When I look at it from the backside (up in the attic), all I see are...
  4. Electrical
    Hello, I am looking to make a DIY lamp from an LED tube light and would like some advise on how to wire it up. I have purchased some parts already but I am reluctant to connect it up until I have had some advise. The parts I have purchased so far, Light Bulb - FEIT Electrical T48/841/LED...
  5. Plumbing
    The teed off 1-1/2" vent (the cut one on the right side) went to a shower that is no longer there. The bathroom has sufficient venting without this. Can I make a vertical cut at the 90 and plug it using a slip pvc pipe plug (or something else)? I don't know if the vent on the left will be able...
  6. Concrete, Stone & Masonry
    So, I have this garage with probably a two-in-thick slab. Inside the slab is hydronic heating pipe, but this whole quadrant was disconnected due to leaks. However, the dead pipe inside is not the issue. The problem is that snow scooped up in the car's undercarriage and wheelwells melts into a...
  7. Electrical
    Hello. I'm fairly new on this forum, and have been looking for an answer to a question about connecting a light switch that has only a black and a white wire connected to it, to a new plug in a bathroom. I have no plug outlets in my bathroom, so decided to look into adding a plug using the...
  8. Electrical
    I have a normal 3 prong outlet and wondering if it's safe to plug a non-polarized adapter in to it? Thank you.
  9. Electrical
    I am looking for somebody who can help me with wiring of solenoids with a plug so that I can get a push/pull when the solenoids are getting electrical power. This electrical power will be supplied through a switch board that will have a plug attached with a wired solenoid. At the end of the day...
  10. Electrical
    I was looking for a way to hard wire a wall mounted hair dryer to an outlet and keep at least one of the plugs available. Is there an outlet face plate with a small hole to run a wire through maybe even in place of one of the plugs? I am the Asst. Manager at a hotel and we have to keep up with...
  11. Electrical
    Hey everybody. First post here. I searched prior to posting a thread to no avail. I have a very basic understanding of electrical. Have replaced receptacles, light fixtures etc. but i'm in the middle of wiring a new bathroom added in the basement. Here's a breakdown of what it consists of. One...
  12. Plumbing
    Instead of forking up the money for a 2" pneumatic drain plug ($20 to $30) which I'll only use once, I heard that an inflated balloon will also do the trick. Any comments out there?
  13. Electrical
    I've attached a drawing of my situation. I removed two switches and a plug from my bathroom that were all junked up, taped, etc. and wanted to replace with new. I made sure each one I switched out the wires on for the other. Then after it didn't work I began moving things according to a book I...
  14. Plumbing
    Hi there, I'm a DIY newbie, and am having trouble with a clogged American Standard sink. I've tried the vinegar/baking soda trick without much success. The main issue is, I can't figure out how to remove the drain stopper/plug to get at the main piping (e.g. to get a wire down there to...
  15. HVAC
    Furnace pressure switch line/nipple question I recently had my inducer/exhaust fan replaced and several times since have found the new inducer fan running but the unit wouldn't fire up. On investigating I find that there are three hoses to...
  16. Plumbing
    Attached are a couple of photos showing the present state of my shower valve (tap) system. I'm in Costa Rica and things get built piece meal by various different people and with whatever materials happen to be available locally. I have a solar hot water heater on my roof that feeds the whole...
  17. Electrical
    I got a cord/chain with polarized plug from a big box store to make a hanging lamp with. The wider spade looks (through the clear plug) to be attached to the wire with the printing on it. Isn't that wrong? So should I connect the printed wire to the + or the - spot in the lamp socket? One...
  18. Electrical
    a charger for a flashlight died. now i found another charger or similar output but the plug doesn't match. so, i've cut the dead charger from the wire. here is a photo of the good charger: http://imageshack.us/photo/my-images/37/img1284hr.jpg/ here is a photo of the "hot" plug and the...
  19. Electrical
    Ya know when your g/f or wife says, 'Don't you DARE talk down to me?'... well, I AIN'T your g/f or wife but what i IS is so DYI challenged that anything but the most basic explanation will cause my brain to short circuit. To prove how DYI-tarded I am, I bought a used staking washer/dryer...
  20. Electrical
    Hi guys, I'm trying to set up my new tablesaw (this one) and I have to install a new plug. The outlet looks like this: and so i bought this plug My question is: the instructions for wiring the plug, that come with the plug, ask me to plug the black wire in to one prong, the green wire into the...
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