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How Much Weight Can My 1/2" Drywall Ceiling Take?

Okay, so, I'm doing a DIY home improvement project; I do not have access to the attic as my home is on the second floor of my building. The project: Installing a beaded ballchain/shimmerscreen ...
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Staggered block matrix

Could anyone provide advice on what would be an effective way of building something similar to the staggered block matrices as shown in the two photos below: Regarding materials, solid wood would ...
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Ceramics spots after placement

I renovated my apartment this month and hired some guys to place the ceramics in the bathroom. They used points of adhesive to glue pottery on the wall. In the evening I observed that few spots ...
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Temporary fix for bad contactor?

After doing some replacement for the ac, the contactor stopped working. It won't close when I turn the ac on. when I pushed it in, the compressor was able to start. I can't go out to find a new one ...
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Hiding a sewer 'Candy Cane'

I'm in the process of buying a newly built house and today the builder had work done on the sewer. When I saw the house I couldn't believe that they placed the 3-4" high 'Candy Cane' smack dab in the ...
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Connecting TV to receiver via HDMI

I just installed a new wall-mount tv. So far so good. I have a nice Onkyo receiver with 3 HDMI inputs and one HDMI out. I know that the "right" way to do it is to hook the TV to the receiver via the ...
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HVAC tripping breaker - things to check before replacing?

HVAC system (we're in Houston, it's still hot here) stopped working Tuesday. A/C guy came out, determined it was tripping breaker. Would trip immediately after resetting, but after a couple of ...
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run data cable for outlet inside box?

I'd like to run a data communication cable through all of the outlets, light fixtures and switches in a house. (I already have the walls open for other reasons.) Think something like a hardwired X10, ...
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How vent bathtub trap when drain is routed under tub, directly away from best vent location?

I am … very slowly … thinking about replacing the probably circa 1950's galvanized steel drain pipes in my basement with PVC. In particular, I would like to replace the drain line under ...
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mounting 60 inch TV with steel plates?

Mounting a 60 inch TV where studs are 22inches apart. Can I use 2 steel plates that are each 48 x 1 1/4 x 1/8 inch thick and then bolt them to my bracket and to the wall studs at each end and one ...
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Jigsaw cuts crooked when trying to rip enginered wood

Cack handed DIY amateur here.. I need to cut engineered wood planks lengthwise - they're 4mm oak on a 10mm MDF base. I'm having trouble getting a jigsaw to cut straight. With a "clean wood" blade the ...
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How Do I Connect 00 AWG Wire to a 100A breaker?

I'm hooking a 100A service panel to my meter pan. There is the 100A disconnect panel on the right side that feeds the little house, I'm installing another panel on the left side to service my barn, an ...
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hooking a timer up to honeywell led outdoor light

how can i set up dusk to dawn outdoor lighting ? I have a Honeywell led outdoor light that I want to hook up to a timer is this possible and if so how
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Can I drill smaller holes in granite?

Can I drill smaller holes in granite? I want to install aluminum shelves on a vertical backsplash behind the stove. I will need to drill 7 holes for screws and or mollies. If I can ascertain the studs ...
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Gas range has the wrong burner try to ignite

When I try to light the front right burner, on my Amana first edition range, the front left burner sparks. The gas turns on to the correct burner but it try to spark the wrong burner. This problem ...
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Rewiring a switch controlled receptacle to a ceiling fan

I am trying to rewire our bedroom so that a switch that currently turns on/off a receptacle will instead control a ceiling fan and leave the receptacle always hot. Receptacle: Has 3 cables coming ...
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best screws for metal doors

best screws for installing latch lock to metal door
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Question regarding firewood drying time

After I cut up a live tree into firewood, what is the amount of drying time required before it is ready to be used? I heard that one year should do the trick
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Framing half-wall in basement to full wall over exterior wall

Debating on whether this is something I can do or if I need to call in an pro. I have a basement room I'm looking to use as a theater room, and I need to finish a wall to the ceiling so I can hang a ...
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Foundation sealer - Oil or Water based

I'm considering a couple of different products for dampproofing / hopefully waterproofing my foundation. One is waterbased, contains rubber and asphalt, does not have a solvent order and can be ...
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Why are ungrounded GFCIs required to be labeled?

I discovered in my new house that someone had incorrectly connected grounded outlets (without any ground connected) to the knob and tube wiring. I have read that the outlets can be made safe by ...
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how to extend electric line for LED table lamp

I have an LED table lamp that I plugged into a regular extension cord, cause the hot/cold outlet is not near enough to the lamp. it worked for a while, but then the LED lites started flickering. Is ...
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What if I can not connect the ground wire of my new light fixture to an old electrical connection?

I am replacing a bathroom medicine cabinet that has a light fixture attached. The old light fixture only had white and black wires. The new light fixture has white, black, and a copper wire. This is a ...
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Wiring multispeed PSC motor from ceiling fan

I disassembled a ceiling fan to replace seized bearings. Unfortunately the pics I took to aid re-assembly are no longer accessible and the fan is an '80s era no-brand which I can't find any info for ...
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is it ok to feed wasted water from water softener into a septic tank system, how long will it take to start noticing

i am thinking on installing a water softener in my house where i have a septic tank to handle waste water,will the septic system be affected by the water of the water softener, and what will happen to ...
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Considerations for DIY backyard landscaping

We have a good-sized backyard measuring maybe 25'x25'. It's on a gentle slope (maybe 2.5 feet down) from the back of the house to the back of the lot (the whole block slopes downhill from the street ...
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How deep in ground should I install 4x4 PT fence posts?

I'm installing some 4x4 Pressure Treated 8' Tall Fence Posts for a chicken run. I want to have at least 7' tall fence, and am wondering if the 1' sunken depth is adequate. I have read conflicting ...
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gas boiler wont relight

I have turned on the power ran hot water it got hot tried again later but wont work gas was not turned on I have turned it on but boiler still wont light we have no other gas appliances could it be ...
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How can I repair engineered hardwood flooring damaged by an office chair?

We have engineered hardwood and the area under our desk is all white and hazy. We bought rubber casters for the chair and a plastic mat to go under it but they still look terrible. I think maybe from ...
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Painted drywall with spoiled zero-VOC paint. Does Bin Shellac work to seal mold/bacteria? Some posts say no

My mother painted drywall with “spoiled” zero-VOC Banjamin Moore Paint (Natura). It was 5-year old paint, which had been opened/used years prior without a problem. The result was serious allergies and ...
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Help me find a way to get mold off my bathtub mat

How do I get the mold off my bathtub mat? I have used vinager and bleach please help! Any ideas I don't want my kids sitting on mold.
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How to remove a stuck Sharkbite connector from a PEX tube?

I have a Sharkbite stopper that I put on the end of a 1/2" PEX tube, and now I'd like to remove it. I've used both the official orange plastic removal tool and an adjustable wrench, and my fingers are ...
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Shower Drain Issues

My house is 60 years old. My shower is separate from tub. My shower drain has black water sitting in it. Is that a problem?
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Can I have a “hollow” basement bathroom floor?

I'm going to jackhammer my basement's concrete floor to install plumbing for a new bathroom. Normally, after the plumbing is done, we should pour concrete to it again. What will happen if I just ...
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Replacement hot water cylinder [on hold]

I am looking to replace a hot water cylinder in my flat that has started to leak, it has to be electric as I have no gas in the property. Any suggestions would be helpful. I have attached a picture ...
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Can my A/C unit knock out my whole trailer or is it coming from the main box outside causing the problem?

I'm confused. Do you know if my air conditioner unit would blow out the main power in my whole trailer if the box inside my house isn't tripping? It keeps making a very loud popping noise under my ...
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How best to mount an alarm contact to a uPVC door

I am trying to install a home burglar alarm and I need to fit some door/window contacts to the front/back doors and a couple of windows. All are uPVC. Is there anything special I need to door to screw ...
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Is an electric heat gun powerful enough to help aid in metalwork?

I've seen videos where metalworkers will heat up some sheet metal with a blow torch to make it more malleable. Could this be done with an electric heat gun (just working with ~1 to 2mm thick steel and ...
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Toro ready start lawn mower dead

Toro Personal Pace Recycler 22 in. Variable Speed Self-Propelled Gas Lawn Mower Briggs & Stratton Engine Model #: 104M02-0010-F1 Serial:1412305830813 Parts List: PDF Last worked one month ago. ...
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Eletrioncs , such as a laptop [on hold]

My laptop Charger is making hissing noises but when i unplugged it from my laptop it does not make that noise whats the problem
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How to install crown molding or valance board around a cabinet?

I am replacing the cabinets in my kitchen and am going to be installing some crown molding (actually a valance board and then crown molding) around the top of the cabinets, as in this picture. The ...
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ingredients used to make concrete textured walls

Ive recently built a dozen or so large boulders that are now used as landscaping around my pool. In learning how and what to mix {you tube}, I seen other how too videos about refacing a block wall ...
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Adding ground to an existing conduit

Continuing my basement shop brainstorming... As I said in another question, the good news is that I've got a 30-amp 240V circuit more or less in the right place and available, and easily accessible ...
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Sliding Glass Patio Doors

I bought an older townhouse and the sliding glass door of the sliding glass doors are mounted on the outside of the track so anyone could lift out door. Can you switch the doors from outside to in ...
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Is there any reason to put 2 GFCI outlets in a 2-gang outlet box?

Is there a downside to using a single GFCI plus a regular receptacle in a 2-gang box? This is in a bathroom, in LA County, and the work will be inspected, if it's relevant.
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Toilet leaking at water line [duplicate]

What can I do if the toilet tank is leaking where the water feed line begins? At the hole that leafs out of the tank?
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How do I prevent my generator from permanently tripping my GFCI breakers?

I have an old house with a new addition. The new addition has a subpanel to the od house panel. This new subpanel required GFCI breakers. When I started the generator it tripped all these GFCI ...
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Heater causing dry uncomforatable air

My bedroom is a bit cool so I started using an electric space heater (that doesn't have a fan). I noticed it makes the air very dry. What's the best way of counteracting this? I was thinking of ...
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Best strategy for video security, package or separate DVR? [on hold]

I am considering setting up a video monitoring system for home security. This would include cameras mounted both on the house itself and in 2-3 locations on the grounds. I had originally planned to ...
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Viewing security cameras on andriod devices? [on hold]

I would like to view my dvr security cameras from my andriod device, what is the process of doing so?

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