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What should I do . Hole close to a plug-in too

I used spacking fill hole that is like really wide but that not lengthy. I painted it put more spacking on the hole .hole still noticeable so like if I just painting putting more spacking will it ...
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How do I fill in the holes in wooden window frames?

I drilled a few holes to window frames in my rented house hoping to setup a steel mosquite mesh with screws rather than small nailes to remove easily in the future. I hurriedly used a 3 mm drill bit ...
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What are our options to update this brick facade?

I'm interested in updating the look of the brick facade on our house. The first image shows the wall and planter below the window and the two planters by the entry way. http://imgur.com/a/DYN7I The ...
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Will this solar panel setup work?

Fairly new to using solar. I have been reading up on volts vs. amps in terms of what makes the most efficient system. I am considering a 24v battery bank with 4 12v batteries connected together. These ...
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How can I help pantry cabinets stay cool?

My pantry doesn't have air conditioning, and recently I noticed (using a cheap wall-mounted liquid thermostat) that the pantry itself got up to 85°f degrees (it was >100°f outdoors). I don't know what ...
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Level a linoleum or vinyl floor for bamboo flooring

I plan to float a bamboo floor over top of our kitchen's existing linoleum (or vinyl, not really sure which). The problem is that the floor has a couple of high joists that make it pretty uneven along ...
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No-collar-stretch clothes hangers that are NOT non-slip [on hold]

About 10 years ago, I bought some clothes hangers that featured a brilliantly simple design to avoid stretching collars: I believe they were made by Merrick and called "no-collar-stretch". However, ...
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How to locate hornet nest?

I live in semi-detached house and since some time I have encountered some wasps in my bedroom. It is placed on 1st floor (house has 2.5 floors) and I have encountered them only at night/late evening. ...
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2 Circuits in 4 gang light switch

Been replacing all the light switches throughout the house with Insteon wifi connected models. Has gone very smoothly but running into an issue with a gang box that has 4 light switches in it. When I ...
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using two light switches to control only a GFI (No light involved)

I have a 3 way light switch on the deck of my swimming pool and another under my deck. I want to control only the GFI (No lights, fans or or anything else involved). In power has 3 wires: a Black, ...
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How can I clean and smooth the finish on an old table?

I recently bought a second-hand coffee table and I'd would like to clean and smooth the existing finish. It's exactly same table as this, so I guess it's a copy of a common model. Unfortunately I ...
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Is it the house wiring or problem with electric stove?

Replaced daughters gas stove with Whirlpool glass cooktop with double oven. The electric outlet has not been used for 25 yrs. House was converted from fuses to circuit breakers since stove outlet was ...
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Does this wiring meet the NEC standards?

An inspector took the following photograph of a residential home’s circuit breaker panel. White wires are connected to the neutral bar. Black wires are connected to the circuit breakers in the ...
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What type of weather stripping for this door?

Steel basement door. Original vinyl weatherstripping fit in a slotted metal track deteriorated after 40 years and no longer works. As you can see daylight shines through which I'm guess means cold &...
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Prevent water from overshooting gutter at corner roof valley?

I have a large, steep roof section (~400sqft) connected by a long ~20' valley. During heavy rainstorms, the majority of the draining water completely overshoots the gutter, landing near the ...
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Frigidaire Refrigerator water dispenser water flow too strong

Frigidaire Refrigerator model FRS6LR5EM8 water dispenser water flow too strong! most online items refer to low or no water pleasure. I am not sure if replacing the water inlet valve will correct this ...
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removing and capping a wall plug that works in series with other plugs

I need to remove a wall plug. There are 4 wires connected to the plug. Two are black (actually one is black and white and one is all black) which are connected to one side. Two are white connected ...
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Humidity levels in a basement

I have a damp 28' by 60' basement with 2 concrete walls and 2 walls with paneling. What humidity level should I set my dehumidifier at?
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Should I upgrade to 3/4" pipe all the way to my new pex manifold?

I have a water meter with a 3/4" supply line that is fitted to an adaptor which then runs 1/2" to all the pipes in my house. I'm in the process of installing a PEX manifold system for some new ...
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How can I vent a portable AC unit in a basement with no windows?

I'm thinking of putting a portable AC unit in my basement without any vents or windows; just a long stairs into it. It's a great underground storm shelter; and it's normally pretty cool. But, this ...
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What can be done about a vanity top that doesn't sit tight to cabinet base?

We purchased a new vanity top to replace our 12 year old builder grade piece, however, it does not appear to sit tight on the base. It doesn't really sit "in" the cabinet, and only the back sides seem ...
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Is it more efficient to only run a dehumidifier when I'm at home?

imagine that the reduction of energy consumption is the main goal. Is it more efficient to leave the dehumidifier to work over a longer period of time to keep the specific set point or it is more ...
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Amount of drop before vent stack

Redoing an old bathroom with cast pipe. As is fairly common in old houses the floor joist was cut when the toilet was installed. If the soil pipe had dropped another 6" to clear the joist would it ...
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Switching from Gas to Electric?

We currently have a 4 burner gas hob, but we want to switch to the electric one to make cleaning easier. Bearing in mind that our oven is already electric, what should be considered to make this ...
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Refrigerator fiberglass exposure

The plastic piece that covers the door of the refrigerator broke off and is exposing the fiberglass underneath. Is this a health hazard??? How can this be fixed or should I just get a new one???
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Is it OK to paint bedroom plain yellow? [on hold]

I have a 4 by 3 m room which I painted yellow. However it's only the first layer of paint, but when I'm in the room (in the daylight) my skin and my clothes reflects that yellow like there's a yellow ...
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Is it better to remove existing floor before placing new one

I have an existing marble floor in my kitchen in my house that is 40 years old. I am planning to put tiles there. Is it better to remove the marble floor and then place the tiles, or should I put the ...
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Refrigerator water line leaking even though not hooked up

I recently moved into a home and decided not to hook up the water line to my refrigerator. It was fine for a few weeks, but there appears to be a leak. Now the tube that flows from the water valve is ...
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toilet bowl fills and will overflow while my tank wont fill up , what is the problem? Itried the pluger but water still stays in the bowl

toilet bowl fills and will overflow while my tank wont fill up , what is the problem? is this a plugged up toilet? I tried the plugger it but not doing anything .. a couple of hrs later the bowl ...
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How to assess deal with termite damage

I am under contract on a house in AZ. There is obvious termite damage. The termite inspector found half a dozen spots (in rooms that hadn't been painted recently) near ceiling and top of walls where ...
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Warranty claim on thermal cracking of asphalt shingles?

Two questions really: How bad is this thermal cracking? Is the roof shot / need replacing based on this issue? and... Given that this roof is fairly new - 3 years (located in Arizona), is it ...
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Should pergola posts be set into concrete, or elevated with chemical anchors & footings?

So I have researched this extensively online, but the results are contradictory. Some will say 'set in concrete', others 'set in gravel' and them some will advice 'compact the surrounding dirt'. All ...
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Is my ceramic hob wired correctly?

My 5.8kw ceramic hob has been wired into a 30 amp junction box with the electric ignition cable of the old gas hob and then wired into the cooker switch with .6 mm cooker cable. Is this correct wiring?...
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Can I install two thermostats on one furnace/act unit? I will be using one in living room, the other in a hallway

The reason is that there is a gas fireplace(stove) in the living room that has the pilot on all year. Currently the thermostat is in the hall keeping the back of the house cool. The heat from the ...
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A/C unit blower motor not working all the time

Blower motor will start and stop any time it wants. Replaced motor, cleaned connections, it still gives me problems. Outside unit will stay on and shut off when it is supposed to.
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air conditioner pipe pvc glue

I recently bought a new air condition. The guy who came to install it in my bedroom used PVC glue to joint two pipes the one of the air condition with the outside one(instead he could use something ...
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Options for replacing mortise lock with keyless lock

The main door to my apartment has a Baldwin interlocked mortise deadbolt/lockset combination... basically one of these: I would like to replace this with some kind of electronic, keyless system, ...
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Applying polyurethane to a vertical surface?

I have built a set of free standing pantries. Each is about 3' wide, 2 feet deep and 6' tall made out of a combination of 3/4" maple plywood and maple hardwood. I have them all stained and they look ...
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How can I trim out the gap along a new exterior door with a smaller rough opening?

I received a new prehung front entry door with right and left sidelights as a gift to replace my extremely aged and poorly installed current front door. The problem is that the new door width is ...
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Is 1/2" plywood standard and appropriate for a roof replacement?

A local roofer submitted a proposal to me for a roof placement that included replacing rotten plywood with 1/2" CDX. The existing plywood on my roof is only 3/8". I thought perhaps he made a ...
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Protecting child from wall heater

I moved into an apartment that has a wall-mounted heater that gets rather hot when turned on (see below). I have an inquisitive 1-year-old who already likes to climb up on the unit (luckily not while ...
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What tool can I use to cut wall studs straight?

Is there a hand tool (not power) that can be used to facilitate straight (or angled) cutting of wall studs? Something similar to this Miter Box, but for larger/heavier woods, such as 2x4 or 2x6 wall ...
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Removing Outdoor Faucet

I'm trying to replace my entire outdoor faucet, but the old one just continues to spin as I try I am using a pipe wrench to remove it. Could the threads be stripped deep inside? If so, how do I ...
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What smart device options do I have for poor lighting in living room?

My living room does not have great electrical lighting. The room is about 18'x12' with a fireplace on the far, short wall. Above the fireplace there are two angled recessed lights (can aim them in a ...
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Turn one light bulb ON and another OFF at the same time with one switch

I am trying to operate two AC current light bulbs with one switch so that while the switch is in the OFF position, bulb B1 is OFF and bulb B2 is ON, and while the switch is in the ON position, bulb B1 ...
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Blower shut off but the AC unit ran for 20-30 minutes afterward

Last night I turned my AC down a couple degrees before going to bed. The AC was running at the time, so when I set the temp below the current temp, the blower turned off. After getting in bed, however,...
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Ground Fault in Underground Wiring?

We've had loads of rain the past weekend, and now my garage has no power. I've traced the issue to a GFCI outlet that protects the rest of the circuits in the garage - It keeps tripping. The Power ...
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Best setup for 5.1 speakers in room

I've got a 5.1 speaker system and I need guidance to place the speakers(5 sub-woofer/speaker and 1 main-woofer). I heard that, for best experience there are specific guidelines for placement. Like, ...
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reuse padding when installing new carpet

A new carpet has to be installed instead of the old one. Is it possible to reuse padding and/or tack strips, or this is not recommended?
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Toilet valve black rubber seal disintegrating

I have an older Gerber brand toilet. The black rubber seal that looks like a Mason jar lid is crumbling and turning into black goo when touched. Is it easy to replace this? What is the purpose of this ...

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