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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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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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Is it possible to use this reclaimed hardwood flooring?

I am planning on reusing some old hard wood flooring reclaimed from another parts of the house. I should note I have an old house that the original portion was built in 1760 with an add on done ...
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How do I finish a ridge cap?

I've installed the ridge cap, using modified 3 tab shingles. I've installed the ridge cap all the way to the other end of the ridge, but I'm not quite sure what to do now. The next shingle will ...
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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 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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How do I install a ceiling fan remote?

I am trying to replace a busted hunter ceiling fan remote. The transmitor unit from the old remote had 5 wires - live and neutral, and then 1 that was labeled "fan out", 1 that was labeled "light ...
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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 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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How can I fix this broken connector piece on my Symmons shower Knob?

I was trying to get the knob off so I could potentially increase the amount of hot water getting mixed and it seemed to be coming off nicely but then snapped. By nicely, I mean it was a steady ...
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How do I wire a new ceiling light with power to the ceiling and 3-way switches?

I'm trying to install a new light fixture in the front hall. Currently, the light is activated by 2 switches (on each end of hall). The NEW fixture has 1 black wire and 1 white wire. The ceiling wires ...
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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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Using screws to install a set of french doors?

I am installing a set of french doors. I have installed many doors before, but I was curious as to whether or not anyone has tried using countersunk screws to install the door? If I needed to adjust ...
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How do I install hanging cabinets with a flimsy backing?

I went and watched this 1 min video clip about hanging cabinets: http://www.easy2diy.com/cm/easy/diy_ht_3d_index.asp?page_id=35750421 It seems to say to just screw my cabinets into the wall (where ...
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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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In CLAY soil, looking for best method to set wood fence posts?

I am getting ready to install a wood fence. My problem is I have soil that is mostly clay. What is the best method to install posts in poor draining clay, giving me the best longevity?
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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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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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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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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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How do I find someone to install a utility pole?

I am in need of a fairly tall utility wooden pole installed on my property, which I'm sure requires special know how and equipment to do safely. I've been doing a lot of Googling and found a few ...
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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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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 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 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 ceiling/wall lamps fit these ports

I am looking for ceiling lamps for the first one and wall lamps for the second port. Since I have a low ceiling in my apartment in an old house, I want to the use of pendant lamps.
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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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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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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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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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Which wall should I install a replacement thermostat on?

I'm replacing an old thermostat that is behind a door to our dining room, that is usually kept open, hiding the thermostat. Given that the wires come from above and I have some flexibility as to ...
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Why am I getting condensation on vapour barrier?

I installed some vapour barriers on the windows recently due to it getting a bit cold, but have been noticing that I've been getting a fair bit of condensation on the inside facing part of the ...
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Buy Fluorescent Bulb With Warranty Or Without In This Case?

I need a new E-14 fluorescent bulb of 9W for my aquarium since previous was 15W and got burned. People recommended to drill holes in aquarium's lid to allow convection but since former bulb was 15W, ...
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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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Any suggestions for 3 1/4 base moulding when installing laminate? Should I remove and replace or install quarter round?

I want to install laminate over my existing tile floor. The problem is that I have small 3 1/4 baseboards. If I don't remove the base moldings and install quarter rounds I think it will look ...
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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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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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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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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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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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Will piece of Acrylic sag?

I am in the planning stage of a table project and have a question about a piece of acrylic. I intend to use a 3' x 3' square piece of acrylic that is 0.236" thick as the center. Would a 1" lip on all ...
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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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How can I install a nest thermostat with no wires?

I have zoned heating/AC/heat pump. My original thermostat on the wall is NOT connected to any wires, in other words it is wireless. I thought it had wires so bought the new Nest thermostat. ...
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How to better isolate a floor with carpet?

I am going to put a carpet on a room. This room is on a ground floor and it's actualy cold (I can feel the cold on the ground). Is there some material that I can put between the carpet and the floor ...
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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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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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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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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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When is the “best” time to get a gunite pool installed?

Is there a time of the year where pool installers are generally "cheaper", due to lack of business? I've heard that it's best to purchase decks in the fall, since that is the slow season. Just not ...
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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 ...