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What are the consequences of incorrect positioning of air separator (and swapped return/flow) in solar heating system?

I've moved into a house that has a Vaillant Solar system for helping heat the water. We had various issues that resulted in a Vaillant engineer visiting, who pointed out various problems, including a ...
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How do I add support blocking for a floating sink (when the wall framing is metal studs)?

I'm installing a floating sink and think I need to install blocking between the studs. I would normally open the drywall at the correct height and use a 2x6 between the studs. But this is going into a ...
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How can I install an overhead water tank and refill it for individual usage?

I live in a group apartment where there is severe water supply problem. We have a common sump in basement which can be filled with water from external supply sources like water tanker trucks on ...
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IKEA table problem [closed]

I got this table and legs from IKEA, and I have no idea how to assemble them. The legs are like this: The table has screws on one side
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How do I properly frame an opening to angle a through-wall air conditioner?

I'm going to install a through-wall air conditioner using a purpose-built sleeve. The instructions from the manufacturer say to install it such that it angles slightly downwards to the outside (about ...
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Fencing yard and then cementing Area - What to do first?

I live in Midwest in a townhouse. Having problems with new neighbors dogs crapping in yard. Planning to surround yard with 5ft chainlink fence and also cementing the encased area to use as patio with ...
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How do I uninstall a receptacle when the wires are stuck?

I just installed a receptacle in my basement and I realized I need to reinstall it someplace else. The leads are inserted into the holes behind the receptacle and I can't get them out! The ...
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How do I remove and reinstall baseboards (Skirting Board) without damaging them?

I need to temporarily remove the baseboards in a couple rooms. I am interested in some suggestions for removing the baseboards without damaging them so they can later be reinstalled. Suggestions may ...
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How do I install laminate counter tops? What are some tips/tricks to it?

I'm preparing to install a new laminate counter top in my kitchen; as this is the first I have installed by myself, I would like to know if there are any tip/tricks or things to look out for while ...
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Replacing old thermostat with new wi-fi Honeywell

I'm trying to replace my old mercury thermostat with Honeywell Rth8580wf. The cable has 8 wires, only 4 were being used. The wire colors and letters on the thermostat do not match up, so I'm left with ...
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pre hung doors to fit into old frame

I have purchased some pre hung doors at 30" by 80" the jambs are 4 5/8 wide. The house is 50 years old and the existing door frame is 5 1/4 wide. Any solution as to how to fit these doors into the ...
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What direction should laminate flooring be placed in?

I'm thinking of installing laminate flooring and have a question: If I'm installing laminate throughout the house, should ALL of it be going in the same direction? Say for example, let's say I have ...
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When installing hardwood floors, should I use rosin paper, roofing felt, or nothing underneath? Why?

I've installed hardwood floors, over top of OSB subfloor with a layer of roofing felt in between. I copied this from the hardwood floor contractor who did a kitchen in my home once. He'd been in ...
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Should my toilet flange sit on top of the backer board or the tile of the floor?

The bathroom model saga continues. The old toilet flange was rusting, and the subfloor was rotting, so I pulled up the subfloor around the toilet, and replaced the drain pipe with ABS, and an elbow. ...
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what could happen if a 220 stove cord was improperly installed and then stove was plugged in to the recepticle?

I think my new stove cord was installed wrong and after being plugged in we heard a ((whooooaamp)) sound and all the lights in the house flickered, now none of my 220 appliances will work correctly. ...
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How to prep existing floor for installation of self-adhesive vinyl flooring?

Some quick background to preempt some discussion about quality, longevity, rental issues, etc.: I'm in a rental that is literally "anything goes". It's a long story, but suffice it to say if it does ...
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What consistency should drywall mud be?

I've been reviewing various drywall videos and documentation but I haven't found clear details on what kind of thickness the joint compound should be. Is there a definitive answer for this? Or does ...
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Should backsplash be tiled before or after installing kitchen cabinets?

I've been searching the Internet and all English-speaking web sites state that the backsplash should be tiled after installing the kitchen cabinets (both lower and upper) and countertops. In some ...
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Starting row of laminate flooring

Just wondering how to start the 1st row of laminate flooring. I have a door to deal with right off the bat. Wondering which is the better option (see diagram). This diagram is not to scale. The wall ...
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How do I mount a TV to cover a cubby hole above my fireplace?

I have an odd space above the mantle that my wife hates, and we tried covering it up with our TV, but I'm not very confident that the mantle is strong enough to hold the TV. I would like to do ...
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How do I wire a humidifier without a 24 VAC IN terminal?

The instructions for the humidifier I'm installing says to connect the humidistat wiring to the two terminals "marked 24 VAC IN". My furnace doesn't have terminals marked that. I have R,C,W,Y.G. Am ...
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Is caulk sufficient to seal around my new bathtub?

I installed a new tub which does not have a flange. Before I put up Duraboard what product, if any, should be used to seal the space outside of the tub's edge (garden/jacuzzi type of bathtub edge). ...
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How do I build floating shelves in a nook with a mirror behind it?

I have a bar nook area that I want to do something similar to the image below, but on the back of the shelves I want to put a large mirror. I was planning on ordering a custom cut mirror for the wall ...
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Is it okay to connect a round supply duct directly to an air handler?

I removed all of my existing duct work that was designed as a radial system with a sheet metal rectangular plenum with very long flex runs poorly attached. I am replacing my system with all round ...
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Can I install a flow through humidifier on either side of the duct?

I was about to install a Wait6000 whole home humidifier when I hit this snag in the plan. On page 3 of their manual (PDF), it says the cold air return duct must be at least 10" wide. The diagram ...
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What should go between a wood plank sub floor and a hardwood strip floor

I am about to install a hardwood floor into a room in my 1905 farmhouse. The subfloor is 8-12" wide 1" thick planks. The floor I am installing is 2-1/4" prefinished solid hickory tongue and groove. ...
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Can I install cellulose insulation without a blower machine?

I've purchased a few bags of loose fill cellulose insulation from the local hardware store (GreenFiber brand). How will the insulation work if I don't put it through the machine to fluff it and force ...
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Did the plumber hook up my water heater backwards?

I just had a plumber install a new 50 gallon water heater, but the cold water pipe is installed to the hot side (the left pipe when facing the front of the heater) and the hot water pipe is installed ...
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Was my new carpet installed correctly?

My guess is no. We had carpet installed on our stairs and our upstairs hallway and bedrooms. The carpet install was "free" though we had to pay extra for the stairs. When vacuuming the steps the ...
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What is the proper and accurate way to measure space for window screens?

One of our metal windows is missing a screen and I'd like to replace it. I don't have other windows of the same size so I can't easily copy the screen dimensions. How should I measure the window ...
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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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How should I connect nipples to a hot water heater?

I recently installed my new hot water heater. I know nothing about plumbing and my installation procedure was informed only by sketchy home depot employees and youtube. One of the issues I'm having ...
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How do I install this wall mount bathroom sink?

I'm replacing a sink that was on a vanity cabinet and hoping to do as little busting through the perfectly good tile as possible. I heard a rumor that I need to make very sure that the sink is ...
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How can I sand the underside of an enamel sink?

we need clearance to install stem valves because the faucet hole was drilled too close to the sink. We need about 1/2" extra clearance. The counter top guys drilled too close to the sink and did not ...
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What can I do if my washing machine inlet hoses are not compatible with the plumbing?

I purchased a fully automatic washing machine and little did I realize that it requires special plumbing to fit inlet hoses to water source. All I have got in my house are the taps to which it can be ...
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How do I mount this box without drilling or damaging the shelf?

I bought a network switch that I'd like to hang on the underside of a shelf immediately above my desk. The designers of the switch provides two screw holes on the underside of the box to mount it. ...
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What depth does a gate post need?

I have an entranceway between my house and a wall. There's a concrete walk in the center with small patches of dirt on each side. I want to put a wooden gate across with the posts sunk in the dirt. ...
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How to fix this window on a stud wall?

We recently bought two of these windows on a garage sale of a local window provider. We were so happy to have found two windows of the same size with the right color on sale that we quickly bought ...
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How to secure bookcase to drywall right over concrete without drilling concrete?

I got some tall bookcases and want to set them up against a wall in a condo. The wall is shared with my neighbor and as such it seems to be a half inch drywall right over a concrete wall, so I don't ...
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How do I adhere vinyl sheeting to carpet?

We foster puppies on a regular basis and in order to protect the carpet I am looking to cover a section of their room with vinyl sheet flooring where their pen is located. I thought about vinyl ...
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Installing a Sewer Cleanout

Recently I've been experiencing some backup with my toilet and tub due to some roots in our line. I've had Roto Rooter come out a couple times to do their thing and cut out some of the roots to ...
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How Is “Super Laminate” flooring installed?

I recently learned about AABSO "Super Laminate" flooring (aka Vinyl flooring planks). It seems to have some advantages over standard laminate flooring when it comes to moisture resistance so I'm ...
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When bolting down a porcelain toilet, how tight is “too tight”?

Tightening bolts on the base of a toilet is the one thing about toilet installation that has me the most nervous. They say not to over-tighten, but how tight is too tight before the porcelain is ...
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How can I install a window air conditioner in a metal window frame?

I'm trying to install a window unit air conditioner, but most of the installation instructions don't seem to work with this window configuration. A little bit about the setup: The apartment is the ...
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How do I troubleshoot a privacy lockset that doesn't lock?

I believe this is the door knob I have for my bedroom. I recently tried to install this doorknob by myself but it will not lock! I can press the lock in and hear it lock but when someone twists the ...
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How do I install a bathroom fan with its own switch?

There is an existing light fixture and switch for the light fixture. I want to add a bath fan with its own switch. What is the easiest way?
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What material should I use for a platform that holds 300-500 lbs?

I am making a flat platform with 4 leveling feet that can hold a 150 lb Corrosion-Resistant Heavy Duty Blower plus another 150-350 lb (so in total 300 - 500 lbs of mass). It is around 24" x 24". Do ...
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Should I have cavity wall insulation installed?

I have the option to get cavity wall insulation done for free in my home, but i'm not sure if its a good idea or not. I've heard people say it can cause issues with damp, its hard to get out if ...
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How do I wrap the pre-filter around the HEPA filter in this air purifier?

I bought this air purifier and was installing the pre-filter that came with it. The instructions go "Carefully wrap the pre-filter around the HEPA filter so that the ends meet. Fasten the ends ...
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What are the optimal conditions to install a hardwood floor?

I'm going to be installing a Red Oak tongue-and-groove hardwood floor to save some money, but I've heard mixed advice on what time of the year a floor should be installed. I live in the northeast of ...