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Relay for electric oil filled heaters - does it have to be so noisy?

On a new build, (the conversion of an old stable block into a habitable annexe), our electricians installed three electric oil filled heaters which are controlled by a thermostat, which operates a ...
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How to fabricate gas line for inside a stove top?

It seems my stove has been discontinued, and this part, which I damaged when taking apart the stove, is no longer available. What are these parts called? How do I make the knurl at the end? Tips to ...
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Dremel vs Not Dremel and Rotary vs Oscillating

I know that mods are going to flock to this as off topic and an opinion post but it's not I swear. I'm looking for people to tell me the real world difference between a dremel vs its non-hobby ...
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Security for Outswing Door (Patio) Not Sliding door

I live on 1st floor (Ground floor) in an apartment complex. The door opens outside into the patio not inside to the apartment. How do I secure the door while we are inside the apartment? Any security ...
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Hidden Amerock demountable hinges?

Doing a bit of updating to our kitchen and its cabinets and doors have Amerock double demountable hinges. They and the doors are in good condition, but we are trying to go to a more modern ...
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How would I go about “smoking out” rodents from attic before I patch all known entryways?

I have to seal up some holes in my house were pests are getting in. But before I do, I want to flush out the ones that I hear up in my attic and elsewhere in hard to get places. I can't reach parts ...
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Caulking a round corner stand up shower

I have to re-caulk a round corner stand up shower. I'm wondering the following: Can I re-caulk it without having to take it down? The previous guy that came over, had taken it outside to clean it ...
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Sweat 3" Copper With Mapp Gas Torch?

I need to remove a section of 3" copper, and replace it. Has anyone ever done this with a single Mapp gas torch? I'm not sure if its going to have enough heat to get it done. I probably could get it ...
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replacing tub surround: pros and cons glue-up vs direct-to-stud?

i'd like to replace my aging (PVC) tub surround with a sturdier, but inexpensive, multi-panel acrylic (or similar). Notice those are either glue-up or direct-to-studs. What are the pros and cons of ...
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Do acrylic glu-up tub surrounds require backer boards, waterproof membrane underneath?

I'd like to replace my aging PVC tub surround with an inexpensive acrylic 3-panel one. Assuming I am down to bare studs after removing the existing surround (perhaps the backing wall will be damaged), ...
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Old wires in kitchen ceiling seem wrong. Any thoughts?

Just bought a new replacement ceiling fan/light for kitchen in house we just bought, which was built in 1912 and has obviously had a wiring update, but many years ago. I switched the wall switch off ...
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Water heater on concrete--should I build a platform? how much heat loss in winter?

I don't know if that title the best way to phrase the question. It's winter(ish) now, and I swear the hot water just doesn't last as long as it does in, say, September. The water heater tank is ...
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GFCI outlet tripping

I have a GFCI outlet in my garage that keeps shutting off. I have unplugged all utilities from it and it still trips off. I replaced it with another GFCI outlet. When I hooked up that new outlet it ...
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Replacing drop-in stove with free-standing stove. How do I modify the kitchen cabinets?

I'm replacing my 42-year-old drop-in stove but can't afford to replace it with a drop-in, so I'm replacing it with a free-standing stove. I know I need to cut out the cabinet baseboard and a strip of ...
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What should be the thickness of a glass table top

I want to make my own dining table. I'm planning to buy a glass table top, but I need to know if a glass of 1/4" will be fine for that. Condition: Brand new item in box Shape: Rectangle ...
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Removing old linoleum and replacing with tiles

When replacing linoleum and you pull up the old flooring some of the wood will come up. Do you replace the wood that has come up with sheet wood or wood filler then lay the tile down or should you ...
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Concrete shows under hearth, can I paint?

My hearth has been laid on concrete which stands proud of the floor. The hearth is black and the concrete has a black cement dye in it but looks grey next to the black of the hearth. It has a fairly ...
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Remove drilled out venturi tube from base in thermador gas range?

When this stove was serviced a few years ago, the tech had to drill out one or two venturi tubes. I just had to drill out 2 of 4 in order to remove the top of the stove. They were completely siezed ...
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Can ultrasonic humidifiers be used in a bypass setup for a whole house humidifier?

My home is about 3000sqft, with lots of high ceilings. I'm having trouble keeping the relative humidity up in the winter. When it gets down to 10F outside, the RH drops down as low as 25%. This is ...
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Need help with choosing primer

What kind of primer should I use on my kitchen walls that I scraped clean of old texture? I put a number of gouges in the dry wall. Is that bad?
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Clothes Dryer will not heat up

I have a Samsung clothes dryer that stopped heating up. Here's what I've tried so far: verified that the 30 amp breaker is working fine verified 120/240v at the relay verified 9ohms across the ...
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led light strip not working

I have a 5m led light strip that does not light up. There are 2 wires at both ends of the light strip. At one end, i connected the wires to a driver and to an electrical point. As for the other end of ...
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Hot water doesn't work although heating (and the bathroom radiator) turns on

As the title really. We have a gas fired boiler (which works). There's no problem with the central heating. Both the hot water and central heating valves actuate automatically when they're selected ...
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Replace a dimmer switch with a regular light switch

I removed a dimmer switch controlling 5 canister lights in my kitchen, and saw three black wires coming out of the wall box. Two of the black wires were connected to one of two black wires on the ...
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wiring switch off a 14/3 receptacle

I would like to install a light above our kitchen sink.I can tap into close receptacle but it is wired with 14/3 wire?How do I do this with extra red wire?
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What is the best way to connect a farm fence to a vinyl fence?

I'm fencing our 11 acre property. For most of the fence we will use wooden posts and woven field fence, but in the front we plan to go with vinyl split rail. What's the best way to handle the ...
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Securing 1X12s to plywood for tabletop?

I'm building a simple, inexpensive workbench for my basement. The legs and underpinnings are in, and the plywood portion of the tabletop is on. I've got three 1X12s of whitewood that I need to secure ...
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Best way to splice together 20/22 gauge wiring?

We have some holiday lights that had wiring snipped it seems and wondering what others have done to permanently splice 22 gauge wiring (fed from 3.5V plug). Update: On one set I have soldered the ...
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Can I order one of these pre-fab houses from Ali-Baba

AliBaba has a wide array of pre-fab container houses that can be ordered, is it possible to put one of these on a lot of land in the U.S. ? What issues should I expect to run into? I expect it can't ...
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Draining washing machine into yard

Short and sweet. First, we are on a septic tank. We are in Mississippi. We called a plumber to snake our drain on our washing machine because one load pours gallons of water onto the laundry room, ...
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Constant bumping noise

We have a radon pump, a sump pump and a weeping system. There is a constant bumping like someone is hammering on the outside wall. We tracked it down to the inside corner of the house near the ...
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Lights come on only when toggling fan direction

My kitchen lights are having electrical issues that I am trying to identify probable causes for. When I bought the house, there was an overhead light in the kitchen and several plug-in light fixtures ...
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Do I need to caulk where my vinyl siding meets the edge of my windows?

To help prevent leaks, I was advised by a contractor that I need to caulk where my vinyl siding meets the edges of my windows. Some research of my own reveals quite a bit of debate over this, a few ...
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Is this plastic container in my toilet tank necessary?

We have two toilets that don't flush well. You have to hold the handle down for the entire flush, and even so they don't flush enough water. Inside the tanks are plastic baffles that seem designed ...
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Can I re-shim the strike side of my door jamb to make a 28" door fit?

My old door was 27 3/4 inches. The new doors are sold in a standard 28" size. Instead of trying to cut a 1/4 inch of the door (I don't have a saw guide) I thought it would be easier to pull the trim ...
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I am wondering can I add a new electrical connection for a gas range to this line? [duplicate]

I found the electrical line with only with one receptacle for a garbage disposal. I am wondering can I add a new electrical connection for a gas range to this line?
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Double pole to two single poles [on hold]

I have a light switch in my garage that controls an outside garage light and foyer light. I also have another switch in my foyer that when turned on controls the outside foyer light and garage light. ...
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Should be concerned with water in water table?

I had a problem with my water table last week after getting an exceptional rainstorm and caused the water table to overflow in the room. The water is down again in the table although there is still ...
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Toilets not refilling after replacing main water line outside

We had to replace a section of the main water line where a tree root had caused a leak. After turning the water back on we had air and a little bit of dirt in the lines. After a little sputtering the ...
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Does the pilot flame of a gas furnace stay on for the duration of a heating cycle?

I was looking at my furnace a couple of days ago and I notice one thing: there is something red hot there where the spark igniter and the thermocouple assembly is. I can hardly see it and I am not ...
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Comparison of various home-automation systems? [on hold]

Could anyone provide a comparison (or just link) of home-automation systems (such as FS 20, HomeEasy, RSL, ...)? (Wikipedia contains just a short list and I am unable to find something something ...
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No water pressure after new installation

We installed a new kitchen faucet and a new shower head and have no water pressure in either. All the plumbing in the house has been recently installed. We checked all the supply lines and ...
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Replacing leaking Scalemaster scale inhibitor

I've just discovered that my "Scalemaster Electrolytic Speedfit Scale Inhibitor" has a pin prick leak in it. This device is sat between a copper pipe going to the combi boiler (I have assumed) I've ...
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What should I use to seal around the perimeter of a tile floor?

I recently tiled our bathroom floor (nothing fancy - just a 7 x 5 room). In between the tiles, I've used a sanded grout and that's worked nicely but I'm confused on what to use around the perimeter ...
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Very low water pressure in house

I have a single stored house with an overhead tank and a one inch pipe running down. In bath rooms this one inch pipe is reduced to half inch as all our bath room fittings come with .5 inch gauge. I ...
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Removing a Schlage door knob with stripped screw heads

I made the mistake of trying to remove a Schlage lockset with a regular screw driver too many times. (The knob makes it impossible for an ordinary driver to seat properly on the Phillips screw head. ...
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Adding an on/off switch for my furnace fan

Here is my situation, I want to be able to run the blower on my furnace during the summer so that the cool basement air can be circulated thought the house. I live in an old house and the thermostat ...
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was in attic for an hour without mask. could this cause issue?

my bathroom fan was dropping water so i went up to the attic and applied fiberglass insulation to the bare metal vent pipt from the fan out to the roof. i was up in the attic for an hour wearing ...
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where is safe to step on in attic

please see attached picture. Is it safe to step on the angled wood support highlighted in red box?
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How do I bring a recessed wall outlet flush with newly installed paneling?

I paneled a wall with three quarter inch thick paneling and now the two wall plugs are recessed in. Do any of you know if the have specialty plugs that would plug into the wall outlet to bring it to ...

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