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What are my options to replace a sliding glass door screen?

I have a sliding glass door off my kitchen which used to have a screen on it (the screen slid on a track just outside of the glass doors). When I moved into my house the screen that was there was a ...
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When is it time to replace the roof?

I've read several some of the guides out there (examples here and here) on this topic. I've found a shingle in the yard a couple times (after heavy wind/rain), and at times I've seen a few granules ...
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Selecting a sliding patio door

I live in the Boulder Colorado area where we have hot intense sunny summer days, and below zero freezing winter nights. We are planning to install a sliding patio door in a south facing full sun area. ...
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How should I frame in a large window opening to install a smaller window?

I'm replacing some windows in my house. The original window openings were outsized for the rooms, so the replacement windows I've chosen are smaller, which means framing in the part of the opening ...
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How do I replace a non-standard (oversize) closet doors?

It's a 70s home and the master bedroom has a wonderfully large closet with a very heavy double-panel sliding door. Beside the obvious drawback that we can't both use it at the same time (opening one ...
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How to replace facia boards?

What are the essential steps to replacing facia boards without destroying the existing shingle roofing?
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How to repair fallen tile near kitchen floor?

One of the tiles adjacent to my kitchen floor fell down. The tile itself is still in good condition but I'm not sure how to properly reattach it. I'm guessing it would be something like: ...
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Advice for replacement/repair of an HVAC with a cracked heat exchanger?

My townhouse has a downflow 1994 Rheem 2.5 ton HVAC unit on its roof (combines both A/C and heat). We have had two issues with the unit and have been in the townhouse for a little under two years. In ...
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How often should the air filter in the furnace be changed?

Does the period of change of this air filter have an affect on the longevity of the heating and a/c system? What is a good rule of thumb to require replacement?
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Where can I find a replacement green colored porcelain toilet? [closed]

Do any of the manufacturers still make green colored porcelain toilets? The existing one is an American Standard model probably from the 60's and it is green porcelain. Most of the bathroom is green ...
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How can I repair/replace tires on a hand cart?

I have a few small hand-carts. One of them is the two wheel hand-truck/dolly, and one is a larger one on four wheels with an upright handle. Both have leaky tires. Some of the tires have a slow ...
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How can I repair a section of carpet that a cat scratched up?

Much to my displeasure, my (wife's) cat has torn up a large section (2'x6') of carpet. Eventually we would like to sell the house and this would definitely be noticed. Is there any way to repair the ...
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Window Replacement (Inserts or Gut Out)

When replacing wood windows of a brick house do you just insert them into the old frame or do you gut the frame out and replace the whole thing? What are the pros and cons of each method? Edit: I ...
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How do I build a square window frame in an off-square opening?

The original windows in the bedrooms in my old house were huge, far too big for the size of the rooms. At some point a previous owner replaced them with much smaller windows, building a frame to hold ...
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How do I replace this bathtub handle that has a plastic piece?

I have followed a number of videos, but they all seem to have a copper (?) stem. At this point I'm up to some plastic piece that has no notches (namely around the metal piece) to use a wrench on. ...
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Can I mix brands of chainsaw chains?

I have a Stihl 260 chainsaw, with a 3/8" chain and a 20" bar. What criteria do I need to apply when picking a second chainsaw chain?
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How do I replace a broken bathtub drain?

I am trying to replace my bathtub drain however the cross bars have broken off so I am unable to unscrew it from the tub. How can I unscrew it? EDIT: This is approximately the product I am trying ...
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How do I replace a bulb in this bathroom light/fan?

Can figure out how to open it. Maybe somebody has a similar one.
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How do I replace missing drywall strips after an asbestos abatement?

I'm getting ready for my first major DIY project (about a week away). Here's a summary: We confirmed the presence of Asbestos in our house heating vent insulation and acoustic ceilings. We're ...
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How should I safely replace Central Vacuum faceplates?

The covers for the faceplates of my central vacuum system have started to break off from age. How do I safely replace these? These are technically wired for electricity right? Is this a job for an ...
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How difficult would it be to replace these fuses with circuit breakers?

I had a fuse blow last night. While the short-term plan is just to replace the fuse wire, in the longer term I'd like to switch them out for circuit breakers for the added safety but mostly for the ...
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Suggestions for a replacement garage door opener

My garage door opener has finally failed and I need to buy a replacement. I'm looking for suggestions on the pros and cons of different types of openers. Here are the details of the current setup: ...
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How can I fabricate a custom one-off plastic part?

Here's some background: I just moved into a house and am in the process of fixing up the bathroom. I want to keep the two florescent lights that frame the medicine cabinet but the plastic covers are ...
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What should I consider when replacing an outlet serving two kitchen circuits?

I have an outlet underneath my kitchen sink that serves my dishwasher and my garbage disposal. The latter's circuit is toggled by a switch above the countertop. I need to replace the outlet, and was ...
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My washing machine stopped working. Should I replace, repair or call a technician? [closed]

I have a Whirlpool front-loading washing machine (not sure about the model at this moment - I'm slacking off at work right now ;P). A month ago the torque transmitting belt went off. I put it back on ...
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How to replace a bath tub

Our 30-year-old home as a 30-year-old yellow cast-iron tub that's gross. What's the best way to go about swapping it out for a modern plastic or acryllic one? It's currently set into the wall by ...
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Is it a good idea to repair a squeaky floor from above?

I have a second floor that squeaks, a lot. Attempts at using scored screws haven't helped much, and the carpet is due for replacement, so there is little concern about pulling it up. A contractor ...
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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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Replace 7“ metal duct with 6” flexible or 8" flexible?

I am replacing the flexible ductwork in my attic, which is a mix of ancient 6" and 7" metal ducting. I'm having a hard time finding 7" flexible ductwork for sale locally, but no problem with 6" and ...
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How do I replace mortise locks with bored cylindrical locks?

I purchased an older home that has mortise locks in all of the doors. They're all very difficult to use and some of them don't work at all, making the doors difficult to impossible to close. Since I'm ...
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Is there a danger of back flow from water heater while replacing a saddle valve?

We have a leaky saddle valve feeding our humidifier. We eventually want to get a real valve installed, but for now are looking for a cheap near-term solution. Here is my concern: the original ...
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Practical limits of how many LEDs can you use to replace halogen 12V?

I'm gradually replacing halogen lights at home with LEDs. We have a couple of 12V rails with a 5x35W rating when using halogens. When using the same transformer with LED's, can I use the theoretical ...
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What type of window is this and how can I remove it with minimal damage to the wall?

I want to replace some old metal windows in my house but I'm confused on how they're attached/installed. I'm more accustomed to vinyl windows that have "fins" extending out the edges with trim. These ...
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How long does it take to make money back on a new air conditioner?

I have a townhouse built in 1975 with an air conditioner on the roof. I have no idea how old it is but I can imagine it is on it's last legs. What's more, this last month's energy bill was one of our ...
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Options for replacing a broken kitchen faucet head?

My kitchen faucet broke, the head piece where the water comes out fell apart, other than that the unit works. I went to Home Depot and they sell the entire faucet instead of just the head. I wonder ...
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About how much would replacing a septic tank cost me?

We recently had our septic system inspected and were informed that the tanks themselves were shot and would need to be replaced. I'm in the process of getting estimates but in the meantime, I was ...
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What type of shelving should I use in my basement?

We currently have single track brackets on a set of shelves 14 feet long & about ~7 feet high, with 6 upright posts. These need to be replaced with something much stronger. The options I know ...
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How can I replace a single bulb light with a fluorescent fixture?

I would like to replace a single light bulb light in the closet with a fluorescent fixture. The bulb is wired with two black hots to the light bulb fixture and the white neutrals are wired together. ...
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How can I repair water damage under the kitchen sink?

I found out that our kitchen water connection had somehow loosened up and was leaking water on the floor underneath the sink. Now the particle board cabinet floor is warped quite a bit. I was thinking ...
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how to change furnace filter (bottom return) for Lennox G43UF

I have a Lennox G43UF furnace and I am not sure if I need to have both a filter for a side return and bottom return. If I do (which sounds logical), where would the location of the bottom return ...
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How can I get the drain apparatus out of a pedestal wash basin?

I have successfully replaced two out of the three wash basin faucets in my house so far, but this one has me stumped: As you can see from the picture, it's a pretty run-of-the-mill pedestal wash ...
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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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What are my options when replacing all house trim / molding / baseboards?

When we bought our house in 2008, we opted for the cheapest oak trim. Around doors, windows, baseboards, cabinets, behind the clothes dryer, fireplace surround and mantel, absolutely everywhere. ...
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Do I need a permit to renovate a porch in NYC?

I want to renovate my 2nd floor porch, but I don't know if NYC requires a permit. My house was built in 1901, and I believe a CO is not needed because of the grandfather clause. But if I make any ...
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Hampton Bay fan missing remote, replace with pull chain?

Moved into a new place and my master bedroom has a fairly nice Hampton Bay fan. However, the previous tenants "lost" the remote for it. The walls are plaster so the landlord opted against running a ...
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Should double glazing sit evenly in brick to brick window space?

I've just had double glazing installed and I'm not entirely happy, but it could be my expectations are set too high. The picture below shows my new sash window for the front room bay window. This is ...
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How can I replace an Armstrong Astro 20B pump?

Can I replace an existing Armstrong Astro 20B Pump with a new one by just replacing what bolts on to the body without changing the base? The pump has not worked for quite a while. I've been told it ...
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Cabinet hinge broke, what are my options?

One of my kitchen cabinet's hinges broke. Luckily I found a replacement part on the original manufacturer's website (#50 90-degree hinge). However it's $33 and not the exact same dimensions, so ...
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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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Using replacement windows in new construction

A few years ago I replaced my old drafty windows with high-quality replacement windows. Now I am doing some renovations, which will require some windows to be relocated to a different position. The ...