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How do I add a quiet blower or fan to a gas fireplace?

I have beautiful fireplace in my family room, although it is gas rather than wood burning, and it vents strait outside. Due to the nature of how it is vented, I don't really get much heat from it, and ...
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Metal doors, Mortise locks, and … mobile liner?

Spent last night retrofitting a fancy electronic combination lock on a metal door for the first time, and encountered something I don't understand. The door has previously had another mortise lock, ...
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How do I anchor an acrylic claw foot tub?

I have been working on remodeling my bathroom. As part of the renovations we have decided to replace our old tub with an acrylic claw foot tub. The tub is extremely light weight. I am assuming that ...
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Can hurricane shutters be installed horizontally?

Looking at the photos at this site, it appears that they are able to be installed horizontally. Do you have to use a track or can you drill into the shutters and then Tapcon them to the masonry? I ...
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What are the pros and cons of vinyl gutters?

I need to add some gutters to part of our house and I'm seriously considering vinyl gutters because they seem REALLY easy to setup (with minimal tools required too). That being said, I've heard some ...
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What is the most efficient way to dig a hole in a slope?

I need to dig a rectangular box hole for a rainwater cistern. The dimensions are 4m x 3m x 2m (13ft x 10ft x 6ft). There is a slope of about 10 degrees, and the dirt will be used at a point of lower ...
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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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How high I should install a 52 inch TV on the wall?

I'm going to hang my TV to the wall and I want to know how much from ground is standard for 52 inch TV?
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How do I widen a hole in wood for flex tube?

I bought some 1" smurf tube so that I could run coax, ethernet, and speaker cable to various low voltage outlets in my house. I used a 1-1/4" speedbor bit to make a hole in the floor from my crawl ...
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How do I install kitchen cabinets?

I am thinking of replacing all the cabinets in our kitchen. What is the process for installing kitchen cabinets? (Ie. best to start in corner, and work out? Top cabinets first?) Edit: We have two ...
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Do I need to ground Ethernet cable run beneath a pier & beam house?

I'm fairly amateur when it comes to home networking, though I get the basic concepts. I bought a 1000' spool of this Cat6 Ethernet cable, simply because it was the only outdoor-rated cable sold by ...
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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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What's the best way to attach a hook to the back of my metal gutters?

What's the best way to attach a hook to the back of my metal gutters? The hooks will be holding some Christmas lights.
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Tips for measuring a front door opening?

I'm getting ready to replace my front door with a brand new pre-hung door and have some questions regarding collecting measurements. Where exactly should I measure? I've heard people use the phrase "...
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Kitchen Cabinets And Dry Wall Screws

I've got some kitchen cabinets that were hung using 4", course threaded, dry wall screwed. At every stud there is a screw at the top and bottom of the cabinet. Additionally, each cabinet is joined ...
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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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Tips and advice for installing a chimney cap?

I have an older wood-burning fireplace that is missing a chimney cap. I'd like to install one prior to rain season here in California but would still like the ability to use the fireplace now and ...
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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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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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Should a ceiling fan on a long rod move when using the pull chain?

I installed a 52" ceiling fan in our family room on a 2 foot long downrod. It has a very slight wobble, but nothing of concern since I assumed there would be some wobble due to the length of the rod. ...
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Where should a TV aerial be positioned?

I was thinking that if we do need a better aerial for receiving Freeview TV broadcasts, is there an ideal position where we can put it? I was thinking of putting it at the rear of the property like in ...
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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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What is the correct way to secure a gas standalone range?

Can somebody tell me the best way to secure a gas standalone range. If there is an earthquake, I would prefer that the range not slide around. It's on engineered flooring over 1-1/8" plywood.
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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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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 ...
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How to add a drain pipe to a concrete block wall covered in insulation?

I want to run a 1.5" drain pipe along the wall about 2 feet from the floor to a microbrewery setup in the corner of my basement. I have sheets of fiberglass insulation against the walls though, and I ...
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How do I install a fire extinguisher on the side of a cabinet?

I want to hang my fire extinguisher on the cabinet next to my sink. Below are pictures of the fire extinguisher bracket and the location where I want to put it. Should I use a bolt with a nut - or ...
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What are expansion joint requirements for magnesium oxide wallboards?

I was asked to get some information concerning installing magnesium oxide wallboards. It's a material I just got to know and never worked with, so I want to learn what are requirements for installing ...
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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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Is a special circular saw blade needed to cut plastic?

We purchased two portable air conditioners for our bedrooms. It include a plastic window kit that can be fitted for the window. I.e., this: I need to trim off about 6 inches, which requires a ...
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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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How do I hang a prehung door?

I want to put up a door in a spare room that is already 82" in height. If I want to put the door to one side of the wall are studs necessary on that side of the wall or can I nail the prehung door ...
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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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Should I secure a free-standing vanity sink to prevent drain pipe damage?

I recently installed a free-standing vanity sink in my laundry room, similar to the one pictured below. Due to the configuration of the drain and supply pipes in the room, the sink could not be ...
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TV antenna moves a bit - problem?

I'm partway through installing my own outdoor TV antenna. I've gone with a "through the roof and screwed into a beam" method rather than the "sit on top of roof and stabilise using 3-4 wires screwed ...
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Are these doors installed correctly, and are they secure as they are?

I hired a contractor to install 2 prehung fiberglass exterior doors in my home and I'm not sure if he measured incorrectly, but both doors have at least 1-1.25" of gap space on the sides between the ...
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How should I caulk clapboard?

I have been installing new clapboard siding on my house. It is primed finger jointed cedar. The one time I had a friend help me he questioned my method of caulking. What I have been doing is ...
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How to install crown molding to ceiling only

I live near a bog. Our house heaves in the winter - BAD. We get large horizontal cracks along ceiling. We thought of ceiling molding to cover it but continue to read "nail to wall studs". Well that ...
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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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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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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 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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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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Should I remove and replace base trim or install quarter round when installing laminate flooring?

I want to install laminate over my existing tile floor. The problem is that I have small 3¼" baseboards. If I don't remove the base moldings and install quarter rounds I think it will look ...
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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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What can I use to tunnel under a walkway or driveway?

I have seen Walkway Tunnel Kits being sold in the US, unfortunately I can't find a similar product in the UK. Are there alternative products or methods, that can be used when a product like this is ...
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Potterton EP3000 -> Horstmann C27 boiler programmer wiring

I'm in the UK, using an ancient tempermental Potterton EP3000 boiler programmer, but I have a brand new Horstmann C27 which I'd like to replace it with. Apart from the mains supply, there are three ...
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Removing knockouts in composite granite sink

The sink has one existing hole, and 3 knockouts which are cut about half way through the material. What are the best tools, and techniques for removing fixture knockouts on a composite granite sink?...
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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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is it OK to lay an engineered wood floor that is 27' long without putting a T-joint in the middle to avoid buckling?

I am installing an engineered wood floor (bamboo). My LR/DR is 27' long. The installer said I ned to put in a T-joint transition between the LR and DR, at the 18' mark, to avoid buckling. I am ...