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How can I fix a large gap between wall and countertop caused by bowed walls?

We live in an old house with plaster walls. We recently installed a new counter top and discovered that our walls are bowed and curvy. There is approximately a 3/4 inch gap on either side of the bow. ...
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How can I finish a hole in the wall?

Considering a home theater "upgrade" for the house. When I was thinking about placement for the projector, I realized that the back wall of my living room is actually the wall to the Kitchen Pantry. ...
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What could cause a heat pumps line sets to be the same temperature when running?

The symptom I'm dealing with is that the heat pump system isn't cooling as much as it should. Tested it today, was about 79°F inside and outside; system was blowing air at about 73°F. ...
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Replacing window

I am replacing a window in a garage. I measured the rough openings but the current window in the garage is quite old and I am not even sure what kind of window it is (or the proper terminology for ...
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How can I get my Particle-Board Cabinet re-staining project looking more professional please?

So, I am working on changing the stain on my particle-board cabinet(disassembled). I sanded, and then pre-stained the various pieces. I have also applied the first coat of stain(ebony) to the wood ...
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How can I fix paint with orange peel texture?

I'm working on a new site that is a large penthouse flat. Some amateur painter just put bad quality white emulsion on the walls instead of applying a mist coat. I sanded it down, but the next layer ...
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How can I wire a WeMo into this circuit?

Ok so I have figured out (I think) how to make my three way switch act like a single by solving red and black in the middle box and red in one box. Now those two switches are dead. My question would ...
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1answer
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Is 40-amp breaker enough for my new range?

My new range says it needs a 40-amp circuit breaker minimum. But it also says maximum draw is 13,200 watts on 120/240, so doesn't that mean a 40-amp breaker would be inadequate? By my math, max ...
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Am I required to have a doorknob lock on my exterior door?

I have both a deadbolt and a doorknob lock on my door (actually, all three of my doors). I've noticed that this is a consistent pattern at most houses and apartments that I've visited in my area (I ...
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water valve outside (hose front/back work but not inside)

ok, so the spigot has a main valve for the house... it seems stripped... won't close just turns and turns... there is water pressure for the hose on that spigot and also in the back of the house hose ...
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How many dimmer switches do I need?

I have an electrical situation, 3 switches controlling one light and I want to put in a dimmer. What type of dimmer do I need, 3-way, 4-way,or what?
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What prevents the water from flowing in a 13mm garden hose?

I'm harvesting rainwater with this kind of device: The same shop was also selling a rather expensive, clear, wide (maybe a diameter of 4cm) (like 200€+ for 25m) hose designed to work with it. So ...
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What's the maximum span for a regular kitchen worktop?

I'm looking at using a regular laminated worktop as a desk in my office room. The room is just under 3m long - would I need to add a leg support in the middle if I attach it to the wall with a simple ...
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1answer
22 views

Wiring from Oven to Switch

At the moment under the oven switch the cable is plastered over (without capping) till it reaches under the counter; there it pops out of the raw plaster and is draped across the back of the units ...
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How should clothes and books be stored in an unconditioned space?

We are having our first child, and to prepare for that we have to move a lot of stuff to storage. The storage we have is not heated or otherwise temperature/humidity regulated. This means that ...
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How can I tap an unused well for outdoor watering?

I own the lot next to our house. We had a well drilled, thinking we would build there. Plans changed and now it just sits. The plan now is to plant about 100 trees. Is there a way to tap that well for ...
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Air Conditioner woes: water pooling in basement, condensation on ducts, frost on outdoor copper pipe

Can someone help diagnose what's wrong with my air conditioner? The symptoms are: the air that it is blowing is not very cold It's colder than the ambient air, but not cold enough to cool the ...
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Converting garage into living room?

We want to convert the garage into the living room. Our house has a crawl space under it. But the garage is a slab with cinder blocks around it. Water comes in through the garage door when it rains ...
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Possible To Put an Epoxy Coating on Particle Board?

Is is possible/recommended to put an epoxy such as Rust-Oleum Epoxy Garage Floor Coating on particle board? Any help would be appreciated! ...
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1answer
28 views

How do I prevent interior doors from sticking in the winter?

We have several interior doors that only stick or won't completely close in the winter. We also get cracks in the drywall mud above the doors so I think something else is going on besides just ...
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1answer
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Is this pipe layout acceptable?

We recently had our heater and air conditioner replaced, and now the drainage pipe is installed on the floor of the basement. It's quite annoying and it wasn't like that before (it was on the walls ...
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1answer
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Proper backfill for a trench dug below foundation level (within the 45 degree cone of support)

Given a trench dug below foundation level, what's the proper way to backfill? Here I'm talking about a trench below the bottom edge of an unreinforced concrete foundation built in 1950, supporting a ...
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1answer
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Will a water heater use more or less power overall if equipped with larger or smaller heating elements?

For electric water heaters that can be obtained with various different options for the size and power draw of their heating elements, will larger elements use more power overall? For example, let's ...
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osb - Do I start the first sheet 5/8" out from edge?

I am putting on a flat roof on a building that is 24 x 44 block. The roof consists of : top and bottom sill plate, face plate, 9 - 4x4 treated posts for support, 2x10x12 joist every 16" on center with ...
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Span Load for 6x6 PT

Re-doing the deck of an existing bridge that spans 16' for two horses to walk across. The (6) joists are 6x6 pressure treated at 16" on center. Putting 6/4 oak boards on with carriage bolts. Seems ...
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increasing power to detached garage

the house i bought has a detached garage about 20 feet from main structure. It currently has 1/2 rigid metal conduit with a single 20A circuit (3x12ga). I need about 13A for a table saw or router (two ...
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Moving a light switch without moving it

I live in a rented house, and there is a lightswitch which is unconventionally not next to the door in one of the rooms. Is there a way to move the lightswitch so it's next to the door. I am currently ...
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1answer
293 views

hoses instead of pipes

Quick question that came to my mind earlier today: When installing a water system (concealed installation), why does one use pipes. It seems to me that hoses would be easier to install, more flexible ...
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1answer
37 views

How can I repair heavy hardwood scraping?

We're moving out of our apartment and we need to repair the hardwood floor of our apartment for the next tenant that lives here. Apologies as I cannot take a picture of the floor at the moment. I ...
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What should we do about stained hardwood floors that are still wet after three days?

My husband and I made the mistake of applying too much stain to our freshly sanded hardwood floors. After learning this mistake we wiped them with extra stain and wiped them off immediately. This ...
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1answer
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Are old work electrical boxes acceptable for roughing in?

My landlord is repairing a room in our home. He ripped out all the plaster and left just the lath boards. HE has "roughed in" using old-work drywall boxes. I don't know if he plans on screwing them ...
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2answers
174 views

Why are only half of my receptacles working after an electrical arc in one of them?

I live in an apartment above an older building that I help care for. I was unplugging my phone charger (I may have pulled it out too fast) and there was a huge arc and flame color and it smoked. This ...
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How do I reuse a fluorescent light fixture?

I am reusing a fluorescent fixture with two black wires and one white. Do both black wires go to the black (hot) wire?
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Where can I buy elbow grease? [on hold]

Whenever I'm in the process of fixing something or building something, people keep telling me all it needs is some elbow grease to fix a problem I am having. Although I'm not sure where to buy this ...
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1answer
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Importance of Following Procedure

I'm an amateur at woodworking/masonry/anything home-improvement related. I'm building a bench, and the following (parts 7c and 7d) forms part of the bench's building procedure. I can't visualize nor ...
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How can I level my concrete slab for patio door instalation

How do I use that self leveling stuff on a slab of concrete? I've seen floor companies use it for floor tiles. Maybe there is something else I need to buy? I have one area of concrete slab that I need ...
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1answer
41 views

How to get limestone out of water?

I moved into a new place, the tap water here is good except for massive amounts of limestone. Within a week every pot i have has formed a layer that takes half an hour of scrubbing to get off. It's ...
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Why does dirt kill saw blades?

What is it about dirt getting into a saw blade (as opposed to, say, sawdust, rock chips, etc (presuming the right blade is being used, of course)) that will kill a saw blade? I've seen it happen to ...
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how can I fix my office chair that will go up, but not down? [on hold]

My office chair will go up, but not down. I have taken it apart, there is a thin rod within the metal tube that holds the seat, that should be the part to move it up and down, but the lever has no ...
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FPE panels replaced [on hold]

Does any of you who is electrician know if my home insurance can refund me for having the Federal Pacific E panel and wiring replaced? I got it replaced with new one because I was warned that the ...
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1answer
27 views

Trimming timber support to remove suspected mold

I am doing some plumbing work on a shower that has not been used for several years. It previously had a slow leak that caused a damp spot on the ceiling below. I noticed a small patch of black mold ...
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2answers
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How deep do I need to sink a 6 x 6 post to support a 150 lb fire hydrant that will sit on top of it?

How deep do I need to sink a 6 x 6 post to support a 150 lb fire hydrant that will sit on top of it? Hi. I live Arlington VA and the frost line is 2 feet. I was able to obtain and old (no longer ...
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41 views

Should I use a Ridge/Soffit vent or Attic Fan?

I am getting ready to redo the roof on our house (shingles and some sheathing) and I am wondering what kind of venting I should add to the roof. The roof currently is not vented at all and as a result ...
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38 views

Is my LL lying to me about my central air conditiong? [on hold]

I rented a house mainly because it had central air.After moving in of course I realized their is barely any air going upstairs.Its a very light flow that doesnt even bring the room temp down. It is an ...
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2answers
27 views

How can I remove polyurethane while it is still wet?

I applied a coat of Polyshades on top of a cabinet I am refinishing. It looks HORRIBLE! I'm trying to be patient but I have other things to do and don't want to wait a day or two to remove the ...
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3answers
31 views

What are the possible solutions for an uphill septic system in rocky area around lake

I'm looking to purchase a bank owned bungalow that had some really sketchy things going on with the septic system. I know that I will have to completely re-work the septic system if I purchase it and ...
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1answer
324 views

Rule of thumb for prefilling drywall vs. recutting a piece of new drywall

I had a leak in the roof of my garage in the corner. I called a professional to come and fix it, so the leak is now fixed. I was left with a hole in my ceiling inside the garage. I proceeded to ...
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1answer
26 views

How should I wire a ceiling fan remote where two switches are used to control the fixture?

I have 2 wall switches. 4 wires coming out of ceiling (black-hot, red-hot, white-common, bare- ground), a ceiling fan and a remote. How do I wire them and still be able to use wall switches? I can ...
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1answer
25 views

New pre hung interior door is 28" and the old area was 29 11/26 is this too big of an area to use this door? [duplicate]

My old door was 29. 11/16" and the new pre hung interior door is 28". Is this gap too big if an area to use this door. The other threads all have smaller gaps. Also should I butt up to one side or ...
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2answers
32 views

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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