0
votes
0answers
3 views

Preventing mold with minor carpet water damage

We had an issue with the hot water heater in our basement that resulted in some minor flooding. Fortunately most of the water went straight out the nearby garage thats across the hallway, but some ...
0
votes
0answers
4 views

What options do I have for replacing this sillcock?

The handle on my outside faucet falls off almost every time I use the faucet, which is mildly annoying. As far as I know, there are no leaks or any problems with the sillcock itself. My basement has ...
0
votes
2answers
14 views

outdoor light post rusted out at the ground. How to I prevent it the next time?

I have an outdoor free standing light in my subdivision yard. I is on a 5" diameter metal pole. this pole was driven into the ground and has rusted at the ground level and broken. I need to fix it ...
0
votes
0answers
7 views

How to Change Chinese HVAC Thermostat

I am looking to put Nest thermostats in the house, I have now found out my entire house (one in each room, 6 of them) has been wired with HVAC Chinese U12A UNIVERSAL A/C CONTROL SYSTEM urrgh – they ...
0
votes
1answer
11 views

Water management and shed base for two sheds built against the houses on adjacent properties

This is a follow up for this question where I was asking for help on cutting in half and relocating a shed. The job is done and the result looks like this I have take the shed out of there in order ...
0
votes
0answers
9 views

Sill cock misalignment

My sill cock faucet continued to drip and my tightening with a wrench now has my faucet misaligned with the top and bottom reversed. How do I fix this?
0
votes
0answers
8 views

Distribution of circuits for two bathrooms

I currently have two bathrooms serviced by one circuit. Each bathroom has lights, a single gfci countertop receptacle, and one bathroom has in-floor resistance heating. I will be adding in-floor ...
1
vote
1answer
56 views

Electrical: Can 20 amp breaker with AWG 14 gauge wire cause tools in garage to not run?

The wiring to my garage is a single 20 amp breaker wired with AWG 14 gauge wire. When I turn on my table saw, it starts up but the reset button pops and the lights flicker. I have attached the saw to ...
-1
votes
2answers
16 views

What type of blinds are these?

We are living in a rentl property and there are some blinds in the windows that I would like to replace for the time we are here. They are roman blinds that have a bar along the top and are just ...
0
votes
0answers
15 views

Repairing dimmer switch

I have an IKEA lamp with dimmer switch which took a knock and immediately started outputting full brightness. I've read a little about how dimmer switches work and that this is likely caused by the ...
2
votes
1answer
23 views

Best way to cover bedroom doorway that has no door?

I have recently moved to a new 'two room' apartment which I guess was formerly a one room apartment that was that was split in two by a wall whose stability I cannot really vouch for. The main ...
0
votes
2answers
30 views

Why do I have saw out the bar the electric box hangs on to replace it with a fan rated bar and box?

I had a ceiling light and it had a metal bar and a electrical box. The home is not that old but The electrical box was not ceiling fan compatible so I removed the box. Now the bar is solid I could ...
0
votes
2answers
21 views

Clarification on sharing a neutral for 2 circuits

This is a followup question to this answer I plan to do something quite similar to the diagram Tester101 posted. I will pull 3-wire (10/3+g) into a junction box and then pull 2 separate 2 wires ...
2
votes
0answers
24 views

How should I insulate a cantilevered bay with plumbing, ducting, and electrical?

If you were faced with the following cantilevered bay, how would you go about insulating it? I can seal most of the wood air dams between joists with Great Stuff, but as you can see, there are two ...
0
votes
1answer
18 views

Swamp cooler “feet” on roof

My swamp cooler has both of it's front "legs" inside the pictured boxes, partially filled with tar. The tar is nowhere near the top, and water seems to just sit in them after any rainfall. Is this ...
1
vote
1answer
8 views

How to seal swamp cooler ducting into house siding?

My swamp cooler enters the house horizontally through an exterior wall. What is the correct way to seal this interface to the wood siding? Should I just use an exterior caulking around the edges?
3
votes
0answers
26 views

Does mouse poison attract mice?

This may seem like a silly question, but... The scenario is that I'm adding a bit of storage underneath the bottom half of our stairs. Up until now it was just a closed in space that was being ...
2
votes
2answers
95 views

Should I convert from a rooftop to a split HVAC system?

We have a packaged HVAC on the roof and the AC needs to be replaced. It's 23 years old and dying/dead. We were considering buying just an AC and keeping the package unit running for heat. We feel ...
1
vote
1answer
25 views

Can't remove Schlage knob

I live in a 60 year old house with several old Schlage door knobs as in this photo: There is a small hole in the collar and two smaller holes on each knob. Pushing small sharp objects in the hole ...
0
votes
2answers
27 views

How to connect my electric Ikea cooking plate?

My old cooktop broke so I am currently trying to install a new electric ceramic hob (Ikea Barmhartig). How can I make the proper connections? The back panel looks like this: How do I open the ...
1
vote
1answer
23 views

Advice for Removing Raceway Wiremolds

I'm trying to remove several Raceway Wiremolds. A few of the Wiremolds seems to be firmly stuck to the drywall. I'm worried if I pull too hard it will rip out chunks of paint/drywall. Any advice on ...
0
votes
0answers
16 views

Sill Plate not Lining up with Foundation Wall [duplicate]

I am in the process of building a one level home in PA. After the formed concrete walls were poured and the framing began, I noticed that on one side of the house that the sill plate was flush with ...
-1
votes
0answers
14 views

Ceiling fan switch troubles

I'm installing a Casablanca ceiling fan in my living room. I have the fan all wired up, but my problem is with the wall switch. It is, in a technical sense, a remote control, but it is installed in ...
0
votes
1answer
18 views

Effect of number of coil turns on an electric stove heating element?

I'm in the US. I have an electric stove with three 6" burners, and one 8". The 8" burner doesn't perform like I think it used to, so I'm considering replacing it, to see if it improves. (It's slow to ...
0
votes
0answers
13 views

Converting 120V undercabinet lighting to 12V strip lighting

We redid our kitchen cabinets and want to change from the previous hardwired 120V fluorescent under cabinet lighting and above cabinet cove lighting to 12V flexible LED strip lighting. The cove ...
1
vote
2answers
20 views

Is having a branch off the end of main heating HVAC duct bad and if so, why?

Question: Is having a branch off the end of main heating HVAC duct bad and if so, why? Background: A heating and cooling contractor sales representative came to my home today. He saw the situation ...
2
votes
1answer
21 views

What is the Best Practice for finishing the walls of a Bathroom?

I am currently stripping back the layers of wallpaper in a bathroom and I am a relatively amateur DIY-er. As I have removed the paper, patches of the plaster have become exposed as small bits of the ...
1
vote
0answers
35 views

Conflict with roofer

I hired a local roofer to redo my roof. One of the items in the contract is to "INSTALL 7/16” OSB SHEATHING OVER EXISTING ROOF BOARDS." The roof boards are rough sawn 3/4 inch thick pine, with a 1/2 - ...
0
votes
0answers
13 views

bathroom sink drain line

My bathroom sink drain was clogged. Since drain stop had been out, figured something fell down hole into p trap. Anyway, when I went under sink, learned P Trap piece was connected to pipe with ...
0
votes
0answers
9 views

Air testing for new plumbing in addition?

I have inspection in a few days for my new plumbing (3" SCH 40), 1 1/2" Drain lines. Inspector told me I am responsible for the test plugs, air guage and the whole set up. Im looking to set this up ...
3
votes
2answers
49 views

Should I be concerned that the sill plate is not lined up with the foundation?

I am in the process of building a one level home in PA. After the formed concrete walls were poured and the framing began, I noticed that on one side of the house that the sill plate was flush with ...
0
votes
0answers
11 views

Hose Bib still leaks even after replacing washer

I have fixed many leaky hose bib faucets over the years by removing the stem & replacing the bad washer. I just finished replacing the worn out washer for a leaky hose bib, but when I put the ...
0
votes
0answers
20 views

outlet extended without outlet box?

A contractor recently extended power from an outlet that is located behind my refrigerator. He was originally going to use a large outlet box to make the connections but then we realized that an ...
-1
votes
1answer
44 views

Pipe seized to inaccessible coupling - how to attach a new pipe?

I have updated this question with additional detail - it is not a high-pressure steam environment; it only operates at 115 PSI. Apologies if this is off-topic here. It's less "home improvement", more ...
2
votes
1answer
25 views

How to safely install drywall anchors near wiring

I need to hang a rack on a pantry wall, the other side of which has a light-switch. The rack will be holding quite a bit of weight (well-distributed, and close to the wall, though), and I need to ...
1
vote
2answers
18 views

Insulation type to use on a hinged metal attic door

In this question, I asked about the best type of insulation to use on a hinged metal attic door, when one is also concerned about heat entering around the edges of the door when closed. The answer I ...
2
votes
1answer
22 views

How to use an older Sears Craftsman pad sander

I have a 1/2 sheet pad sander and I can't find the user manual online. Sears Craftsman Model p11616. I also can't figure out how to attach the sand paper. It us designed to use adhesive and ...
0
votes
0answers
6 views

Sidewall venting for natural gas appliance

My natural gas hot water tank still uses black (ABS) plastic vents. Due to a building code change, these need to be replaced with System 636 pipes. The current abs plastic pipes go to the roof. I ...
1
vote
1answer
37 views

Why do you need a Residual Current Device if you already have trip switches?

My electrician has suggested installing a RCD into the house. We already have trip switches so I am not sure what the point is (but then my knowledge of RCDs is limited to what the Wikipedia article ...
0
votes
2answers
22 views

Replacing a frost free faucet

The other day I went out to water my yard after seeding. When I was done, I turned the knob on faucet to shut the water off and felt a snap. Water started coming out of where knob goes on. I shut the ...
0
votes
0answers
7 views

Home built trailer [migrated]

I need to design a 4'x12' trailer frame. 8' of it will support weight, the balance will be the tongue. My area of concern is bending of the ends of the long supports (2). There will be a wheel ...
0
votes
0answers
29 views

Possible townhouse units shifting

I live in a 4 unit town home. The two end units are ranch homes built on a slab and have a north and south entrance. The two middle units are raised ranch units built mostly over the two end ranch ...
0
votes
0answers
35 views

Paint on wall smells rancid

I used old paint and now my place smells rancid. I've read about vinegar, and primer, and ripping out the dry wall. IS there any easy fix? I was thinking about just spraying down the walls with ...
1
vote
1answer
25 views

How do I attach a flat/gable verandah to an existing house?

I would to build a verandah similar to . It will be attached to the fascia at the back of my house. I'm building it using timber frame and zinc aluminium roof sheets. I initially wanted to do a flat ...
0
votes
2answers
33 views

How deep do I set metal post?

How deep should I set a 14' steel pole in concrete that will have a wood roof attached. I am building a carport that is 36' long by 12' wide by 14' tall. There will be 8 poles.
-1
votes
0answers
20 views

light of push button 1 is on which control light of push button 2 off and vice versa [on hold]

how can control the light of push button 1 and push button 2, so a first person who push the button of will light on while 2nd light of push button is off and stay off ,and vice versa . It's similar ...
3
votes
1answer
50 views

How to attach a monkey-bar/playground structure to the ground in my backyard?

I would like to build a monkey-bar/playground structure in my backyard. It's not your standard monkeybars, but I made a 3D visualization at staktrace.com/pub/structure.html if that helps. I'm planning ...
1
vote
2answers
32 views

How can I remove paint from a wood deck so I can stain it?

We recently purchased this house and the deck was painted. It now needs to be repainted, but we want to stain it. We are in the mountains and can not use a pressure washer since we do not have ...
1
vote
1answer
14 views

How to fix a garbage disposal pipe leak?

I have a slowly dripping joint where the disposal meets the drain pipe. I want to fix it myself and thought to just seal it with some sealant. What sealant should I use and/or should I not seal it, ...
0
votes
0answers
19 views

Can I pin 1/4" wonderboard backerboard to the whole concrete blocks wall in bathroom?

The bathroom is in the condo, high-rising concrete building. The two side walls are diamond wire mesh with applied above the cement (grey) and lime (plaster) layers , total depth 3/4". The frontal ...

15 30 50 per page