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Accidentally dug up toad in spring while landscaping [on hold]

It still freezes at night... I am landscaping this part of the garden so he cannot stay here. I dug a hole in a safe spot and fluffed up the soil and covered him up loosely. He did move but was ...
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running a gas line to a gas heater hide do I hide the gas line

I need to run a gas line to a floor mounted gas heater but I cannot run it behind the wall. How do I hide the gas line?
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Wiring an outside outlet

I have Cedar Siding and would like to tap into a inside outlet and put a outside outlet on the siding.. Can I use a plastic old box and but in siding or do I need to use a metal box and have it on the ...
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replacing tub spout

I am also having trouble with water still coming out the spout when the shower is on. When I replace the spout should I use Teflon tape (it has a set screw) and plumbers putty between the spout and ...
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weight bearing ability of home made truss

How much weight would a Pine truss support if it were made of two pieces 2 inch by 12 inch lumber with 3/4 ply board in the center?
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Replace single pole light switch with 12 gauge backstab

I would like to replace a single pole light switch in my family room, but the configuration is not one that I am familiar with. Other than the ground wire, there are 3 12 gauge wires in the following ...
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How can I make mortar adhere to smooth flagstones?

I just started making a raised bed with flagstones that are relatively smooth. After using nearly 160 lbs. of mortar, I find that more flagstones are not adhered together than are. I paid attention ...
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How to connect Nikken counter-top water filter beneath the counter

I have Nikken counter-top water filter system. Exactly like this one: http://www.ebay.com/itm/Nikken-PiMag-Water-Filtration-System-/161652322514 I am moving to a newly build house and need to ...
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removing glue from felt pads on chair legs

I am trying to remove old glue from chair felt pads. I have tried GooGone, sanding and paint thinner. Does anyone have a remedy for this problem?
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Washing machine

Stand pipe for washing machine is 7 feet above bottom of washer. Wondering about solutions for problem, can't raise washer or lower stand pipe. Is there a better discharge pump? Or possibly put a loop ...
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How can I make 3 wire sub-panels compliant with current codes?

The sub-panels in my house are all 2 phase 3 conductor with neutral and grounds mixed. Is there any way to make this compliant without running new 4 conductor feeders? (Some of the feeder cables are ...
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How to prevent squirrels from damaging pipe boots?

I have a few pipe boots on my roof that squirrels like to munch on. I'm not sure why but it creates a lot of work for me. How can I prevent this from happening again once I fix the boot? This is ...
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negative pressure/backdraft with boiler

Summary For heating in my house, I've got a Burnham Series 2 (model B) gas boiler, and with all the snow this past winter (I live in Boston) I've had problems with backdraft causing the boiler to ...
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I need to paint stained wood trim

The wood is newly stained, no varnish or shellac. Do I need to do anything before I paint, or can I just go with primer? I am spraying the wood white.
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Our hot water heater is gas, and it only has low med. and high temperature settings. Which setting is the safest to use for our home?

Our hot water tank is gas, and only has high, med, and low temperature settings. Which one is the safest setting for our single home?
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What kind of joint is the best for joining wooden countertops?

I am installing a wall-to-wall desk in my office, which wraps around on one side. One side is 10'-9", and the other is 3'-8". The material is two lengths of oak butcher-block: 8'-2" x 25" x 1-1/8" ...
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Prevent Sound from Entering Mattress through Bed Legs

There is a construction site next to my bed room and especially low frequency sounds resulting from heavy machines and vehicles enter my bed through its four legs. As I am a side-sleeper the ...
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Plastic central heating pipe - cover up in built-in cupboard

I have a built in cupboard which has plastic water pipes travelling vertically up the inside (supplying a small radiator in the loft). I want to cover them up because they're ugly, awkward and also ...
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Load considerations on framing members that are only attached to concrete?

I am building out a workshop space in my basement, and want to put up framing on the walls, as shown here: Specifically the left wall and the far wall, both of which have a lip. The foundation ...
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Self leveling underlayment - should I tile first?

I need to level the base of a shower and the plan is to pour self leveling underlayment. The initial plan to shim the shower explains why I removed some tiles. I've moved on to plan B, which is the ...
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Why would my boiler expel steam when it's set at 180F

So, I have recently had some issues with my boiler system. After hiring some guys to stop by and take a look at it, they told me that the boiler pressure reducing valve, pressure relief valve (stuck ...
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Why does my gas furnace run once then wont come back on until reset when temps are below 30 outside?

THE PROBLEM: My gas furnace will run one cycle and then not come back on until the switch is reset. Once the switch is reset it will kick on immediately run once and again I will have to reset before ...
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“Stringing” conduit together

Is it OK to take a piece of string and slip the conduit pieces you are putting together onto it before you assemble them? I was thinking that doing this would be easier than trying to fish or feed a ...
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Adding sink fixture to waste stack with existing sink fixture

I'm renovating our basement and I have a waste stack with a roughed in sink fixture trap arm. We are putting a wetbar on the other side of this wall probably around 2' to the left of this waste stack ...
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How do I plug a leak in my refrigerator's water fountain casing?

We seem to have developed a slow water leak at the bottom right edge of the casing for the water dispenser in the left door of our GE refrigerator. This is causing water to drip slowly along the front ...
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Goodman gas burner not lighting

Goodman warm air gas furnace. Gas burner would not light.Status code light blinked continuously. Igniter glows red hot. I cleaned flame sensor with fine grade sand paper. Checked transformer line ...
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How to connect 6x12 AWG wires?

I'm replacing an electrical box in my bathroom that connects to both a vanity light and a fan. The idea is to put in a GFCI outlet and a duplex switch for separate light/fan switching. Right now I'm ...
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How do I make my gas oven produce less carbon monoxide?

I had someone perform a combustion safety test on my oven today and he discovered that it's producing an elevated level of carbon monoxide compared to average: 80 PPM. He said the best ovens he's seen ...
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Dual heat zones strongly connected vs setback thermostats

Similar to a question just asked, but i think it's different enough... I have a two-zone forced-hot-water heating system, where each floor is its own zone. The zones are connected by an open ...
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Suggestions/advice on vapor barrier product to use?

In the basement of my house (built in 1900) in NE Ohio...Half of the basement floor is finished, the other half is dirt floor covered by a few inches of crushed stone gravel. I had a mold issue, so ...
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Is my CL dimmer compatible with my light switch fixture?

Bought a Lutron CL dimmer after googling around and seeing how easy it is to install a dimmer, but when I got home and took a look at my light switch I'm not sure its compatible? The dimmer has 4 ...
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What size wire should I use for 60amp subpanel

I am installing a 60 amp subpanel in a workshop in my backyard and I will have 2 - 20 amp services with 4-5 outlets on each and 1 - 15 amp service for lighting. The length from the main panel to the ...
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Emerson Liebert Air Conditioner Fan Runs Abnormal

We have 2 Emerson Liebert air conditioners inside a datacenter. Issue is not a home issue but devices are all same and I supposed finding some expert here. Here is the thing: This 2 devices are ...
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What should I do with a large gap in a concrete floor

The grout in the tile has cracked or separated all the way across the house from one side to the other. I figured it was normal due to settling. In the kitchen it has become really bad, to the point ...
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Extending extension cord 16/3 with 12/2 cable?

I have an extension cord that is 15ft and it is a 16/3. I have a 20ft of 12/2 cable. Can I use it to extend the extension cord for about 5 more feet? The devices connected to the extension cord will ...
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Can I control a 1500-watt electric wall heater with a motion-sensing switch?

I want to buy a 1500-watt electric wall heater with a built-in fan to supplement heat in a basement room. I want to wire it to an occupancy-sensor wall switch that I can turn off entirely in the ...
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Lights won't stay bright with dimmer switch

I installed a 700W incandescent dimmer. Lights go dim after about 10 seconds when I turn on.
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base board transition piece

We have already laid baseboard in both rooms but when we got to where they meet, two different levels. Is there a way to put maybe a sloping piece so they meet? What should I do? The flooring has ...
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Speaker Makes Clicking Noise After ~ 1 hour (Even when disconnected)

I recently purchased a pair of Swan T-200c speakers. They sound amazing, but after roughly an hour of use they emit a clicking noise that increasing in volume. This persists after I unplug the audio ...
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Fixing a poor measurement of drywall toggle anchors

I recently installed two metal drywall toggle anchors (similar to this. My measurements for these anchors turned out to be about 1/8th of an inch off, so they do not line up with the d-rings on the ...
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Does it make sense to build a false wall at the back of a shower bay and what do I need to concern myself with if doing this?

I tore apart my master bathroom down to the drywall/subfloor (studs in some places). It had a 35 year old 1 piece blue fiberglass surround in it (had to cut it up into many pieces to get it out the ...
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Fluorescent light shuts off

I am having a problem with a tube fluorescent light that turns on and works fine for a while then shuts off. Sometimes if I turn off the switch and wait a few minutes, it will come back on when ...
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What's better for outside trim- treated pine 1x4 or painted/primed yellow pine in Houston?

Which is best choice? Contractor says pressure treated pine does not hold paint because it might still be wet. He prefers primed and painted yellow pine. This is for a rental. On my home I live in, ...
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Can I mix latex paint into concrete

would like to color concrete mix can I use outdoor latex paint to mix in with the concrete?
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water heater repair

Ihave an on demand water heater i have 3 40 amp breakers in sub pannel as that is what it calls for ,but only a 100 amp in main panel feeding sub panel.would this cause no hot water the lights are on ...
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How to fix falling out electric socket?

I've a Type C electric socket that not holds solidly in a wall slot. It uses metallic lateral ears and a pair of screws which controls their angle to hold itself into a wall socket. Wall socket is ...
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Can GFI breakers or GFI outlets allow grounded outlets to be used?

I have a 1963 house in Texas with Square D breakers and mostly duplex plugs. All metal outlet boxes. However, there are 8 romex style cables (12-2 with ground) tied to the breakers in the service ...
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Protecting a wood bathroom floor

We recently had our house renovated and two of the bathrooms now have bare wooden floors. At some point I'll get round to putting down tiles or vinyl but for the time being what should I do to protect ...
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Should I install 10 AWG or re-use the existing 8 AWG?

My new built in oven uses a 30 amp/10AWG wiring connection. My old oven has 40 amp/8 AWG wiring. Is it possible to use this connection with just switching a breaker?
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frost proof sillcock install at the steel plate the possible?

frost proof sillcock install at the steel plate the possible? And frost proof sillcock price, please let us know. I want to make sure that buying a frost proof sillcock in korea.

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