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mounting 60 inch TV with steel plates?

Mounting a 60 inch TV where studs are 22inches apart. Can I use 2 steel plates that are each 48 x 1 1/4 x 1/8 inch thick and then bolt them to my bracket and to the wall studs at each end and one ...
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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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Split AC installation: Need for a Vacuum Pump & Nitrogen cylinder

I bought a new Split AC (1 ton, LG made) and the company sent home a technician to install the unit. The guy arrived and took measurements and I quizzed him a bit about his kit and strangely it ...
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Hardwood flooring installation, first row question

I am about to install engineering flooring for my living room. At first, I plan to start based on wall A (the longest wall, please see image below). However, there is a projection (or indentation, ...
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Installing one piece stand alone shower

I am installing a shower, I ripped out all the previous sheet rock and cleaned up the wood then I put up hardie board my question now,is that my standalone shower is flush with the hardy board how do ...
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Electrical engineering background, can I do electrical work on my house

OK Folks, some introduction. I wasn't born in the US, I come from the underdeveloped world, where due to lack of resources it was usual to have a pair of bare wires acting as a light switch ...
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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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Tile over Luan which is glued to a cement floor

Can tile be laid over luan that is glued to a cement floor? WE are updating a second kitchen and bath. pulled up the origianl vinyl sheet lino. Luan is in excellent condition and glued tightly to ...
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How do I cut a brick fireplace hearth to allow for a laminate flooring expansion gap?

I am attempting to cut a small piece out of the brick fireplace (already in place) to allow for the expansion of the floating laminate flooring that I am installing. I don’t want to just leave the ...
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Can I reuse anchor bolt sleeves?

A bracket for mounting a TV was attached to my brick fireplace by the previous home owner. All that remains now are four little metal tubes, which I think are leftover parts of some kind of anchor ...
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Will a Mira shower from the UK work in Brazil?

I plan to send a Mira shower to Brazil, but there they use 110v and 220v. Will it work with 220v, even though it was designed to work in the UK which is 240v?
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Solid oak wood floor acclimation time?

I am currently about to install a solid wood oak floor. The wood is to be delivered tomorrow if I measure the damp readings and the solid oak floor matches the readings of the subfloor would it be ...
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is this fencing legal? [closed]

My neighbor already had a wooden privacy fence up. New neighbor's bought the home and put up a new privacy fence w/o taking down the old one. Basically a double privacy fence. Is that legal?
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Is air conditioner installation a DIY project?

We got a bargain on a brand new 6.2kw Split System Inverter Air Conditioner. The quotes we've received for installation are almost as much as the unit cost itself. Is this something I should be ...
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Dimmer switch gets very warm - almost hot

I recently had a Z-wave dimmer switch installed. It is working fine and controls the recessed lighting in my family room. The lights are six 65-watt BR40 bulbs. When the cover was off the switch (we ...
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Can I install 3/8" engineered Hickory hardwood over a painted OSB subfloor?

We bought a large badly abused foreclosed home to restore. The home exists in an area where hardwoods throughout are the norm for resale and engineered wood in the same where good product is used and ...
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Installing new toilet. Does the wax ring have to fit snug around the hole in the underside of the toilet?

I got a new toilet complete with installation kit. The illustrations on the directions appear to say to apply the wax ring around the drain opening beneath the toilet then set the toilet down on the ...
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Measuring clearance height for dishwasher

I am purchasing an 18" dishwasher but not installing it. I have to make sure it is the right size so that there are no issues when the installer comes. I have no idea how to install appliances. My ...
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What could happen if a 240 stove cord was improperly installed and then stove was plugged in to the receptacle?

I think my new stove cord was installed incorrectly — 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 ...
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How to connect my electric Ikea cooking plate?

My old cooktop broke so I am currently trying to install a new electric ceramic hob (Ikea Barmhartig). How can I make the proper connections? The back panel looks like this: How do I open the ...
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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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Placement of romex

Inside of my house on the ceiling there is exposed romex stapled to the ceiling which is about 6 feet long. The ceiling is 10 feet high. Is this okay?
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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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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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Should we use carpet tape or tack strips?

We want to install commercial carpet in a basement that currently has damaged linoleum/vinyl tiles over concrete. Can we use carpet tape around the parameter or do we need to install tack strips? We ...
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run compact dishwasher drain pipe into kitchen sink

Amazingly I could not find any information about this on the internet!!! I am renting a flat and the only option I have if I want a dishwasher is to buy a tabletop/compact dishwasher. Because of the ...
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Corner sink installation in corner lazy susan cabinets

I need some opinions on how best to proceed with a corner sink installation. Our kitchen is a G shape, so we have two corner base cabinets. (Well, have one, will pick up another one tomorrow). We are ...
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What to look for in central air installation?

I'm having an HVAC company install a York central air unit in my house today, and I'm wondering what things I should be looking for in the quality of the installation? Existing York central heating ...
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Is 150 CFM ventilation fan right choice for bathroom in my older condo?

My bathroom ventilation fan broke up and I am shopping for a new better one. I noticed the newer fans are higher CFM through-put and are quieter, I have narrowed down my choice to this one. My ...
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How should I install a digital timer?

I am attempting to replace a single pole light switch for the outside garage light with a digital timer as there no street lights. It is located in a two gang box which has another switch that ...
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What should the water main connect to first: carbon filter or water softener?

I have an Amazon Gold carbon filter and water softener. It's not clear to me if the water main should go to the carbon filter first then to the water softener or vice versa. So, which goes first?
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What should I look for in a Whole House Fan

I see a lot of variance in the prices of whole house fans in the market, and not a lot of clarity or comparison between vendors and models. We're looking to buy some to install in our newly purchased ...
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Can I use a toggle bolt if there's no space behind the drywall?

While trying to install a 14lb metal shelf to the wall, I had learned from a previous installation mishap to upgrade from plastic anchors to something stronger. I picked up a few toggle bots (3/16" w ...
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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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Is it normal for uPVC window shutters to be pre-fitted to the frame at the factory or not? [closed]

I recently had some uPVC windows installed at home in South Bombay (Mumbai), India. It was not a positive experience. The people who manufactured and installed it were Deceuninck fabricators based in ...
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Double Oven Wiring

We are replacing the old double oven with a new one. The circuit in the wall has all copper wires, however, the wires in the oven are silver. Can you attach silver wires to copper wires?
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Newly installed 4" halo can lights have a slight odor when on

I just installed 6 new 4" halo can lights. When they are on I can smell a slight odor coming from them in the attic. Is this normal? I felt the light housing in the attic and is just warm. I also felt ...
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How can I prevent a bathroom fan from vibrating?

I am replacing the ventilation fan in our master bathroom this weekend. The previous one (about 12 years old) developed such a vibration over time that it managed to undo the bolt holding the glass ...
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How do I remove my old faucet?

I purchased this faucet and it seems like an easy enough installation. The bottom of this new faucet looks like this: Seems like all I have to do is screw something in and it will attach the faucet ...
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What do I do with a 1 11/16" gap when installing a new pre-hung door?

I am replacing a door with a pre-hung door including the jamb. The old door was 29 11/16" wide. The new pre-hung door is 28". Is this too big of a gap? Should I make it plumb on one side and make up ...
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How do we fit a pedestal sink top onto a vanity base?

We want to put a rectangular pedestal sink top onto a wooden vanity (yet to be built). We won't be using a solid surface or laminate product on top, but instead want the sink to slightly overhang the ...
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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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What is the order of installation for a stair railing?

I am rebuilding a set of steps, and have decided that I need to replace the handrail at the base of the steps. This is one of the exposed handrails, with ballisters and a newel at the end. This is a ...
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Wood fence not installed properly…need a quick solution

My neighbor recently installed a wood fence around his property, unfortunately, he failed to properly install the fence, i.e., in attaching the wood slats on MY side he only used two screws on the ...
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I want to install veneerstone to a painted, dirty concrete wall. How do I properly prepare the wall?

I want to install veneerstone to the concrete porch foundation. It is dirty and has been painted with latex paint. What do I need to do to the concrete so I can apply the veneerstone?
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How do I secure a vinyl window to the wall?

When installing my vinyl windows should I put a nail into every little hole around the window? It has a flange that has many little holes around it. Also what size nails would you recommend? Finally ...
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How can I calculate the rotational force and motor HP needed to lift a 5lb sheet from a horizontal position to a vertical position from one end?

Essentially, I need to know the following: How do I calculate the rotation force along a fulcrum? Is there an equation? What is the weight of a 5 lb object at the fulcrum if the fulcrum is located ...
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How do you install the plastic/nylon toggle anchors?

I recently bought a shelf that included these types of wall anchors, and for the life of me, I could not figure out how to install them. What's the trick with them? ...
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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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Is it possible to replace my phone wires t network wires in the walls?

In my house I have telephone access point in each room. Is it possible to replace them with network cables? I have tried every option I know to get WIFI signal in my top floor but always getting poor ...