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Attach XPS to back of stud framing?

In the basement that I'm finishing I have an irregular, rough stone foundation wall, pretty dry. I'll use 1" XPS foam insulation, then drywall. Can I build the framing on the floor, attach the XPS to ...
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Opened washing machine door when it said it had finished and water came flooding out

The washing cycle had finished and I couldn't open the door but when I finally did all of the water came flooding out. Have I broken the washing machine? And how come it said it had finished but was ...
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Attic flue vent pipe…asbestos? If so, what should I do?

Can someone help me identify whether this kind of pipe contains asbestos? I know that testing is the sure way to tell. However, maybe it's possible to rule it out from a picture...I'm not sure what ...
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What exactly do the range of numbers (1 to 7) mean on the temperature knob/dial on a basic window air conditioning unit?

I just purchased a new, very nice and basic (5,000BTU) in-window air conditioner and it does the job for my basic needs. But I have a question I probably have had for years but never had a proper ...
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Mold, Lead, Asbestos Testing Kits - recommended or seek a professional?

Professional testing of Mold or Lead or Asbestos can range from $300 - $1000 for each type. I just found some home testing kits that require you to take and submit samples. Are these a good cost ...
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Finding the other end of an ethernet cable that's punched into a 66 Block

I have a Cat 5 ethernet cable that runs from a stereo cabinet to an equipment closet. A couple dozen other identical cables run from other parts of the house to the same hole in my drywall in this ...
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Power Miter Saw, Hand Miter Saw, or Jig Saw?

Looking to build a utility/storage shelf in the unfinished area of my basement. Considered dropping the $170 to get the metal unit from Home Depot (in the U.S.), but thought that now that we have a ...
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Brand new 3-way lamps not working correctly

Ok so I'm at my wits end on this...I've bought two different 3-way lamps this week. Both are not cycling correctly through the three brightness settings. The first lamp was 'Better Homes' brand from ...
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CFL bulbs using more watts then rated

When I run my CFL bulbs off the generator they use reduced watts. But when I switch them over to my dc-ac solar converter they use many times the watts they're suppose to according to my inline watt ...
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Hot water not circulating

had to replace a copper line and turned off main water to house, opened all drains so plumber could replace pipe, but when main turned back on there's no hot water and pressure is weak. Cleaned out ...
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The walls in our living room transitions into the ceiling with a curved surface…what is this called?

Our living room has walls that transitions into the ceiling with a curved surface...the radius of the curve is a few inches I think. What is this kind of construction called?
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fixing a rug that was made crooked

we bought an area rug and it is crooked, it won't lay down straight, we tried to soak it and hang it with weights but that didn't workk, is there anything that can be done to help correct the problem?
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Need help wiring new dimmer

I'm trying to wire a new Legrand Adorne Softap dimmer without any luck. It's replacing a Legrand Adorne paddle dimmer which uses the HOT and 1-POLE connections on the back of the dimmer. The new ...
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How to waterproof inside cedar shed?

I want to build this shed like the picture below (I got from someone else) using my leftover cedar fence pickets: However I don't know if it will leak water from the side. There isn't much ...
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ledger board installation… with brick and a ledge at the top…?

so i am trying to start my deck installation but i ran into a problem ive never had before.. so figured i would ask you guys.... first my basement has a solid brick layer that extends the wall an ...
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Installation of pendant lite

In our new home the ceiling is wired for a pendant light, but the electrician did not install the light. Having some experience from helping my late electrician father, I have installed several wall ...
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Re: 240V electric furnance - what is Dual Supply Circuit Vs. Single Supply

I am having a Intertherm 012H 240v electric furnace installed. The installer asked me which wiring system would i prefer. The manual offers a choice: A.) Single @ 51.2 total amperes with a max over-...
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Can I jump the “Cool” and “Hi-Heat” terminals to run at the same fan speed?

My Goodman blower came from the factory with the black wire for Hi fan speed and the blue wire for the next lower or Med. Hi fan speed for the Hi-Heat (2 stage). I have found that I like the A/C ...
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2 sets of 3 wire cable wiring problem [on hold]

I just removed a ballast fixture to install a regular light fixture I noticed 2 sets of 3 wire cable coming out of the ceiling whe all I have with the new light fixture is a white and black cable do I ...
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What is the blower HP needed for a 12ft column of water?

In lieu of buying an actual air pump to use just once a year to close a swimming pool before freezing, I'd like to use the blower feature of a wet/dry vac. I'm trying to choose between a 5HP and a ...
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My OLD bathtub is clogged

I need some help. I have a really old tub, maybe late 1920s tub, It doesn't have a overflow trap/drain and it is clogged. Ive tried a plunger, used a snake (about 25feet of it) and finally used Drano. ...
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Intermitten (shuts off randomly) power to one leg (hot) wire in sub panel

This is an apartment complex. The service panel has two rings, or meters, and 2 Murray 2-pole 50 amp breakers. The service panel is about 25 to 35 years old. Each 2-pole 50 amp breaker services a ...
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Removing dark burn mark from white shirt [on hold]

I noticed (a bit too late) that a second hand striped white shirt I bought in a charity had a small dark burn mark - see picture. Is there any way to hide it or remove it? http://goo.gl/MTGLnK
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I am trying to find a sash lock and tilt latch

I have a broken sash lock and some missing tilt latches for a double hung window. I have pictures and am trying to find replacement parts. Thank you, Loren
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Can someone check my calculations for loads on my house's foundation for beam and footing sizing? [on hold]

My Problem My foundation piers have settled and the beams are not properly set because of attempted fixes over many years with shims, blocks, firewood, and what have you. The piers are leaning, over ...
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Bosch Dishwasher check water light flashing

I live in the UK and have a 3 year old built-in Bosch dishwasher, model number smv50c00gb/14. It finished a cycle ok but then started beeping and flashing the "check water" red light. The only way to ...
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Can I drill a hole through brick wall/lintel for A/C lines?

I'm looking to move the a/c refrigerant and return lines that are currently through the middle of a window opening to a more natural location so that a window can be installed in the opening. I ...
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How to strengthen the plastic thread for repeated attaching/detaching of a garden hose?

My garden hose rack-mount, my shop-vac, etc.. all have a plastic thread to attach a garden hose. I try hard to hit the thread just right, but sometimes I miss. This leads me to wonder if I'm not ...
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Can I apply a second coat of stain if the first coat is still damp?

I just finish staining the deck and now I want to put a second coat, but the wood looks like it's still damp. Can I put on a second coat?
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Water-resistant, easily removable “putty or glue” recommendation?

I need to erect a barrier in an aqueous environment. Basically I need to erect vertical "guards" at the side of my kitchen sink, since the water faucet is high up, water splashes onto the counters, ...
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Fence and automatic gate solution [on hold]

The houses on our block have their garage access in a back alley parallel to our street. We have a driveway in the alley that is 40' wide and about 21' deep. (The garage is only about 17' wide and ...
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Old bathroom gas heater - how to cap it off?

Our bathroom has a very old gas heater...it has a cast iron grill and I believe a ceramic element. Here is a picture from Pinterest of a similar one...this is not my bathroom. You can see the gas ...
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Powerboard overload switch melted

We came home last night to find one of our powerboards (outlet strips) had melted/caught fire. Pretty scary! Now I'm not 100% sure on what happened but I believe that there was an oil column ...
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Ground rod for detached sub panel

My contractor sunk a length of rebar in the footing of my shop to be used as ground rod for the sub panel. I'm not sure but I suspect its just a 10 ft. length of rebar, and isn't tied into the rest ...
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Moisture damage in bathroom ? How to fix this?

DIY newbie here. Please look at the first picture. I have this all over the bathroom, possibly because I did not use the exhaust fan while taking showers over the years. How do I fix it ? I am ...
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LG TROMM washing machine says door is open but it is closed

I suspect it is some kind of mechanical or electric connection that is not working but am at a loss on how to find out how to fix it. It is a few years old but works fine. I sometimes get it to ...
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Filling a chain link fence end post with concrete

I have a 6 foot chain link fence. The end posts that come up to my house are set in concrete and do not move at the base but they still tend to wobble a bit near the top because of the height. I would ...
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Electrical wiring question for instant water heater

I am installing a point of use Chronomite SR-20L/240 HTR 240-Volt 20-Amp SR Series Instant-Flow Low Flow Tankless Water Heater. https://www.amazon.com/Chronomite-SR-20L-240-HTR-Instant-Flow/dp/...
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Black paper layer in attic…what is it's function and how do I patch it?

I just went up into my attic (house was built in 1939) and found that there is black paper on the 'walls'. Part of the reason for going up is to find out the back of holes that my electrician made ...
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Wiring second breaker panel

I have a 100 amp service running from meter base to new garage, that's completely wired. Now, I'm going to run from garage to new house under construction. I want to use another one hundred amp ...
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Garage door opener won't stop opening due to lack of mesh, why?

A piece in the gear set of my garage door broke, so I installed a replacement drive train. However, after putting everything back together and trying it, the chain ran into the limit at the top (open)...
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Home receptacles measure from 24 to 96 volts

I have a home that is about 14 years old so it is better than the knob-and-tube wiring in my last home. However, there are no less than three receptacles in the house that couldn't be used as the ...
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Two 3-way dimmers on 6 LED lights - lights blink when on

I wired 6 LED ceiling lights, and I want to control it from two sides, so I used 3-way dimmers on both sides. Everything works, I can dim the lights from both sides, but they blink. I wired a 3-way ...
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Cheap & Effective Way to Soundproof Windows

I am looking to soundproof my home from the busy road that is in front of it. The roads are concrete not asphalt so the tires make a substantial amount of noise since the speed limit is 40mph. I ...
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Adhering something to a porous surface [on hold]

I have been thinking about adhesion recently and, more specifically, have been thinking about adhesion to porous surfaces. I am a big fan of being able to adhere things together, on flat surfaces, ...
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Product & technique recommendation to trim this door

So I had a new retaining wall built for the walkout from my basement, and there is a small gap (about an inch) between between the door frame and the wall. Currently it is filled with spray foam that'...
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How to correct a twist in a 2x4?

I making a work bench surface and after putting the boards together in a rectangle I noticed a twist in one of the 2x4s. The result is that it will not lay flat anymore. Will adding joists help ...
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How to wire this dimmer switch

My metal wall box has line, load, and neutral wires, which I've identified. My understanding: Line goes to black on the switch. Load goes to red on the switch. Where do I attach the green (...

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