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Should I install my own electrical service panel or hire an electrician?

I'm getting electrical service to bare land. This is not temporary service but permanent remote service to a pressure treated 6" x 6" post instead of a building. I already have covered the work to ...
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How can I insulate my attic on a tight budget?

My attic is running 135Fahrenheit (55 Celsius) and more right now. And that's before it even gets to the hottest part of the day! The A/C guy said the A/C's are working perfectly. But he tested the ...
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Can I replace my ungrounded / two prong outlets, or should I have a professional do this type of a thing?

They're all two prong except a select few in the kitchen. Is this a project I could take on with NO electrical experience other than minor soldering, or is this something I should not attempt? ...
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What is the best way to improve counter tops without completely replacing them?

I would like to re-do our counter tops in the kitchen. We currently have the laminate on particle board type. What is the best way to refinish this type of counter top to make it look higher ...
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Why use a screwdriver when we have drill/drivers now?

I'm wondering when should we choose a screwdriver. Can it be used to put screws in wood, concrete or metal without drilling a hole? If we need to drill a pilot hole anyway, why don't we just use ...
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How often do I need to regrade the ground around my house?

I'm a first time homeowner, and when we moved in we were told we'd need to regrade our house. I am deciding whether doing it myself or hiring someone is a better decision, and the following list ...
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How can I know if a self-designed structure I build will be structurally sound?

I've recently begun designing and building structural updates to my house. For example, I've built some shelving units and a cabinet space. Everything has gone well so far, but I'm about to tackle ...
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How do I fix the cracks in my brick foundation?

I have some cracks in the foundation of the house I am about to buy. The house is 100 years old, there doesn't seem to be water leaks. The cracks don't look to be offset. Attached is the picture ...
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How can I eliminate a light circuit?

Background: We live in a co-op. Each unit has it's own electrical box to shut off electricity. We have a corner under-cabinet light that is hardwired into the box I THINK (I'd have to tear up the ...
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Can I use a single air gap for a reverse osmosis system and a dishwasher?

Is it possible to do this? Currently we have a line from the dishwasher to the air gap and from the air gap to the garbage disposal. I want to install a reverse osmosis system but we only have the one ...
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Is creating a concrete driveway a diy?

The entry of the driveway is just a rock bed with no concrete. I want to replace it, it doesn't have to be replaced with concrete so I'm open to suggestions there. If it is a diy, what are the high ...
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Should I replace my roof myself?

I have just bought a house from the 40s. It is an Art Deco style place that used to have a flat roof but has had a pitched iron roof added some time in the 60s. One of the conditions of sale from the ...
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Is installing blinds a DIY Project?

My wife and I have been in our home for a little less than a year, and the paper blinds are starting to get tired to look at. The prices on blinds.com look appealing, but I'm hoping there are no ...
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Ceiling cracks appear and worsen over weeks. Self repair or professional?

Background We recently purchased a home built in mid-50s. At the time, no structural movement or displacement was noted by the home inspector. Over the last few weeks, there have been long cracks on ...
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Paint peeling off layer of joint compound over plaster, am I in over my head?

I have no experience working with plaster walls. In the kitchen of a building I maintain, there are large sections of paint cracking off the walls. When peeled, I see several layers of paint (at ...
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Can I add cement glue and sand into my concrete mix to repair my cenent garden statue?

I have a leopard concrete garden statue that was given to me by my neighbor that has a broken foot and log. I want to repair it and paint it. It also has been weather eroded so I need to recover it as ...
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Is installing an egress window in a basement a do it yourself job?

For starters, we found wet carpet in a finished basement room. It's not a full bedroom because there is no egress window, but does have a small window approx 2' x 1' about 3 feet away from where the ...
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I need to make a swinging cat-door in a piece of furniture but I can't figure out how to hinge it

I'm trying to convert a cabinet into cat litter storage. I've cut a piece out of the side of the cabinet and want to re-attach it as a top-mounted swinging door for the cat to get in and out. ...
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Can I replace all the Qest pipe in my home by myself?

I have Qest (polybutylene) pipe in my thirty year home. We bought our home in 2007 and since then we have had two tiny pin hole leaks in the attic. Replacing those sections of pipe was pretty easy ...
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What kind of electrical projects are safe for DIY in the US? [closed]

I have a lot of ideas for electrical projects — upgrading electrical sockets to USB combo sockets, changing light fixtures, adding new sockets...ect. As a general rule of thumb, what kinds of ...
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How to install new outdoor motion sensing light [closed]

I have a new home which does not have any sort of outdoor lights for now. I want to install motion sensing lights on 2 of the exterior walls. I got a quote from an electrical contractor but he is ...
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Can I cut these wires? Apartment build phone/intercom system

This system is defunct and no longer in use by my building. Id like to get rid of the hideous phone on the wall. Can I cut these? Is there an order in which to cut them?
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Is installing a packaged HVAC unit (PTAC) a realistic DIY project?

I'm a handy guy and can do pretty much anything around the house that I put my mind to. Assuming I can handle the part of the install that is outside (the concrete pad, the hole in the crawlspace ...
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What's the best way to fix carbon to titanium?

I'm building (experimenting if you wish) something out of the old bike parts and I need to fix two parts together one titanium and one carbon. Basically the parts are two tubes one made of carbon of ...
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Mounting a 32" LED TV to Dry Wall without Stud Support

We're looking into mounting our current TV on the wall in the bedroom, however we've hit a minor snag, it appears there's no stud in the area where the TV would be mounted. I've searched the wall ...
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Can I avoid the slab and run the new PEX through walls and interstitial space?

… and many other questions. The following is the incoming water for my small 2-story townhouse. This picture was taken in my downstairs hall closet. This is what I have figured out so far: (1) is ...
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How would I go about building this bed frame myself?

I am in love with this simplistic style bed, however, it is quite expensive. I feel like if I had the right instructions or some ideas to go on I could do it myself. If anyone has any idea on how this ...
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How can I get my Particle-Board Cabinet re-staining project looking more professional please?

So, I am working on changing the stain on my particle-board cabinet(disassembled). I sanded, and then pre-stained the various pieces. I have also applied the first coat of stain(ebony) to the wood ...
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Can I setup insulation without tearing down walls?

My situation is this: I moved into a new apartment last year and my office is the only room that isn't insulated, which is annoying. My daughter's room and her playroom are both insulated as expected. ...
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Is it possible to power/turn-on LED lights through a lamp switch?

I'm trying to make a lamp from my gf's favorite beer. It's a bomber(16oz) bottle that I'm running a DIY lamp kit through. I'd like to add two little red LED lights that are connected to the switch ...
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Replace buried polybutelyne/Qest with Pex

Would it be possible to somehow replace buried polybutelyne/Qest with Pex without having to dig? It would be amazing if I could connect the old Qest to the Pex and pull it through into the house. I ...
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What can I use to rigidly hang a lot of flat/paper artwork on a wall?

I have dozens of pieces of unframed artwork. I would like to hang them on the wall, in a way that is somewhat easy to rearrange. I'd like them to line up horizontally, and to be against the wall so ...