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Clean white puzzle mat stain

I'm using CLR with a hose and scrub brush but it's not taking much off. When it dries the stains come back much the same. How should I clean this?
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Wheezing circular saw--replace or repair?

I have a hand-me-down Craftsman circular saw that is probably from the 1970s. It mostly works fine, but makes a grinding wheezing noise when decelerating after power has been cut (finger taken off ...
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How should I end this wiring?

I am doing a minor reno in a new house. I took out a wall and in it was two strands of 12-2 that went to one outlet. That wiring will not be used anymore, I don't want to splice into them or run ...
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Can I use screws for attaching a ladder to a bunk bed?

My wife and I have built bunk beds and the final step is attaching the ladder. The ladder is constructed out of 2x4s will be attached to the 2x6 rails of the bed. (The ladder rails are oriented ...
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backwater valve: ml-fr4 vs 4693

I am getting a backwater valve installed in my basement (so the backwater valve should be easily accessible). There seems to be two models recommended by the people I got quotes from: ML-FR4 (formerly ...
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Electrical light switch

Someone please help. Changing light switch to motion sensor switch. I have 2 black wires coming from power source (only 1 is hot) 1 black wire is going to light. whites (neutral) are tied in ...
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Noisy breaker, whats the reason

One breaker started making a noise every time after i put it on, sometimes its immediately after switching it to on and sometimes it starts after a few seconds, and after a while the noise gets lower ...
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Weedy uneven lawn with tree stumps: grind, chip, till, roll and reseed? [migrated]

My sister just bought a place and she's asking for help getting her lawn back in order. I'm not sure the way we've come up with is the best way. Here's my plan of attack. I would appreciate a sanity ...
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Mounting exterior shutters on deeply recessed windows

I want to mount shutters on my 1930's house, but since we've had it insulated with polystyrene, the recess is 7 inches. That would need a huge offset hinge!! The windows are metal-cased woodframed ...
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I installed new undermount sink, now the p trap won't fit

I installed new counters with a new and deeper undermount sink. Not thinking...The picture you should see should show how I am off by about 4". Yes I tried putting the dishwasher drain to the other ...
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Is silica gel used for insulation in walls/floors/ceilings?

Silica gel has great insulating properties (video). Is it used for home insulation? If yes, which products are available?
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Thermostat for home a/c unit

I have a 3 story home with 3 different thermostats, one on each level. The first floor one says "lo batt", so I changed the batteries. That thermostat still reads "lo batt" and my system will not turn ...
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Dryer booster installation forthcoming, any tips or warnings?

Background: As the title says, I'm about to (within the next week or 2) install a dryer booster for a new (to my friend, not newly built) house. The dryer vent goes through a couple bends behind the ...
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How to restrain the arbor on a circular saw to change the blade

Been trying to change blades on my B&D circular saw But as I try to fasten it the whole thing turns,Seems like the arbor is loose,What could be the problem and can it be fixed?.....Thanks guys.
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Dowel bracket fixture

I'm not sure if this exists or not. A flat square piece of plastic or metal which has two or more permanently affixed dowel-type protuberances that allow various boards to be joined simultaneously. ...
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Toilet Plumbing

During toilet re-fill, my bowl fills faster than the tank and sometimes the bowl overflows because I have a slow-draining sewer (partially clogged septic field lines). The toilet keeps running and ...
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Borrowing power from 3 way switch circuit [on hold]

I have a 3 way light circuit that works just fine (power to light fixture). I built a mini-bathroom and planned on sourcing power from this circuit (only one light on 3 way circuit). So, I tapped into ...
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1answer
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DIY Dip Station

I want to do dips exercise at home (Source: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sM6XUdt1rm4) My budget isn't too high, I'm willing to pay up to $30. The best option I found was to create a diy dip ...
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Artificial “fossil” countertops?

Hare to ask a product ID question here, but my google-fu is failing me and I haven't found the right search terms ... At a hotel recently, I saw a very pretty countertop material which imitated ...
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How to fix eaten/rotten rafter

I need to repair the ends of some rotten 5"x3.5" (actual size) rafters (the pic is the worst one). I'm thinking about using a pair of unequal length 2x6s to create a sort of half-lap joint with the ...
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What percentage of window AC depth is outside?

My HOA has a restriction of 16 inches depth on outside for a window A/C so wanted to know if a total depth of 21 inches for an AC is going to be fine. Thanks
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What's the best way to keep insects from coming in Jalousie windows?

My house has an attached sunroom with old Jalousie windows. They're great for a breeze, but I'd like to find a way to keep insects from coming through. What are my options (other than replacing ...
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How to tile over cinder block holes?

I bought a house that has cinder block wall in the backyard. Whoever installed this wall opted to place the top blocks so that the holes are facing the side rather than the top and bottom. They then ...
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Pouring concrete patio over deck piers

I'm thinking of getting rid of our current deck and pouring a patio. Under the deck are 14 8-10"x42" deep footers. I'm wondering if I'm going to run into settling issues since the footers won't ...
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When is it OK to use stranded wires in fixed installation?

I have heard many times that fixed installation requires single core wires while the flexible stranded wires are designed for movable devices like vacuum cleaners and TVs. I know that a stranded ...
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“Professional” termination of mains wires

I am looking for a way to terminate stranded wires like this: But in the DIY shops and I only find isolated ferrules with coloured plastic tubes to be put on top of the isolated part of the wire. ...
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Can I install a LED Transformer in a junction box?

I want to put a series of LED tape lights under the bathroom medicine cabinet. My bathroom has a series of lights above the medicine cabinet that are controlled by a switch, and I'd like to tie the ...
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1answer
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Is it safe to plant shrubs or flowers in the soil above my septic tank?

I have a septic system that has a tank underneath my front lawn. This is an eye-sore as the access points are clearly visible to anyone coming down our driveway. I would like to plant some ...
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Putting a mirror above the bathtub

It would be delightful to have a mirror on the tiles above the bathtub for, eg., shaving. The straightforward choice for fastening frameless mirror tiles that I wanted to use is with those double ...
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Service box with no neutral bar

I'm trying to add a 30amp, 110V RV connection box to my house but the service box has no neutral bar, what do I do with the white neutral wire? This is a picture of the main panel by the meter. ...
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How to fill soil void along basement wall?

The previous homeowners did not keep up with the downspouts and some erosion occurred. All of the drains to the street are great and I have reconnected the downspouts to the drain pipes; some were ...
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Mount horizontal 6" metal exhaust pipe to wall economically?

I'm trying to add more ventilation to the back room of my garage. The only available outside air exit location is 25' horizontally along the front room of the garage's wall. I have 6" 30ga sheet ...
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What size junction box

I am running a long 20 amp circuit out to a stock watering tank from the barn. Given the length of the run (280 ft) I will need to use 4 awg. Midway I will place a junction box and have an outlet ...
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Water Problem on Patio

Spotted water settling on patio...removed some cement tiles and found a crack in the 16 year old slab of poured cement ....water was flowing up from beneath the slab. Have a little hill behind a ...
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Wire gauge for subpanel

We are putting a 100 amp sub panel in a building with an eye toward making it a small apartment. We will need to run 160 feet of wire from the 200 amp main. We have been told to use 12/2 gauge and ...
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What is the name of a coupling nut with a cutout?

I'm fixing a lamp and I need a coupling nut to connect the post that contains the electrical wires to a rod that holds the shade. This looks like a normal coupling nut, but with half of the middle cut ...
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Pilot hole for acrylic and polycarbonate sheets [on hold]

StackExchange doesn't seem to have forum for crafting, DYI for Arts, crafts and decorating products yet. So let me rephrase my question please. When drilling screw holes for arcylic and polycarbonate ...
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Bathroom lights and power outlet [on hold]

I recently replaced the outlet and light switches in one of my bathrooms. After completing this, the other bathrooms lights and outlet does not work. I checked the breaker obviously and nothing has ...
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How to remove dirt and stains from vinyl decking

I have a vinyl deck that hasn't been cleaned in likely 10 years, save for what little cleaning the rain routinely does. I just recently rented a Black & Decker 1700 PSI pressure washer. I ...
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1answer
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Are smaller or larger pavers better for covering a concrete patio?

I have a large ( 16' x 16' ) thick slab concrete patio that is pouted in 8 x 8 blocks. it has significant spalling and some settling. The concrete is 6" thick and situation in such a way that tearing ...
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Hvac air handler [on hold]

I have a similar problem, my fan blower, when in auto, kicks on and I put selector to fan it comes on continually, which tells me my blower fan works. Checked thermostat and that seems to work, ...
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Old mortise lock bolted from inside

I have a situation in my 90 year old house with the bathroom door. Last night my bathroom door was closed and somehow bolted locked from inside and I can't get into it or unlock it. I believe this is ...
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Is it possible to link motion-activated flood light fixtures? [duplicate]

I would like to install four motion detector lights in my backyard. I was wondering if when one light comes on or is tripped, is it possible for all the lights to come on at the same time?
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Product identification/recommendation - the goo between sliding door and wooden deck

I'm replacing the lumber of my deck, and need to plan the join between the wooden steps and the sliding door frame. The existing seal seems to be working perfectly, so I'd like to replace with the ...
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Mysterious toilet leak

We noticed water dripping down the wall below the toilet on the 2nd floor. I assumed it was a leak in the wax ring, especially because the toilet had become slightly loose and rocked slightly when sat ...
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Dead outlet in basement for a cube freezer

About two months ago, I purchased an Igloo cube freezer for my basement. I plugged it into a standard 120V grounded outlet and it turned on and ran apparently normally for a three weeks before I found ...
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Are hairline cracks in basement concrete floor a problem - no water coming in

I notice quite a few hairline crack in my basement concrete floor. I've lived here for 14 years and no water has come up through the cracks. The townhouse was built in 1999 (so it is not a new pour). ...
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Is it OK to drain sump water into a pond?

My current sump system drains into an area that has high traffic for various activities such as log splitting and brush clearing. This creates a very muddy mess. I want to relocate the sump drain pipe ...
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laying a new bathroom sub-floor on to sand bed

The floor is fully ripped out and sand exposed. New plumbing ( wastes) in place but now to pour the new sub-floor. What do we do now? Approx. 0.5m3 for 100mm thickness.
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How do I connect metal hole and material loop [on hold]

I was asked to decorate bag with tail. The trick is to do so hiding the connection point. Bag has a hole in stainless steel (6.5 mm inner diameter, about 2.5cm deep), tail has a simple material loop ...

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