Project of The Week:

Replace a Sliding Patio Door

Learn the cost to replace a sliding patio door by doing it yourself compared with the labor and material cost of hiring a contractor. Enter your ZIP Code to adjust the cost to where you live.  
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National Average Cost
to
Replace a Sliding Patio Door

Hours

  • Pro
  • DIY
  • 5.43
  • 9.5

Money

  • Pro
  • DIY
  • $1,157
  • $765

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Today’s Tip: Testing a 220 volt appliance

When testing voltage at the outlet with a voltmeter and the meter confirms the voltage of each leg (i.e. 110 volts) is present yet the appliance doesn't operate, here's what to do. Retest the outlet with a light bulb with test leads (110 voltage only). If the bulb burns on each of the 110 legs, the problem is in your appliance. If the bulb doesn't burn on either 110 volt leg, you have an inadequate electrical ground to earth. The problem may be in the wire such as a partially broken or shorted ground wire or at the breaker box with a poor ground to earth connection. Of course, check to see the electrical system has been correctly grounded to earth by a proper grounding rod rather than to a water pipe.

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