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How do I open a locked door?

After the plumber left, I discovered that the door to the bathroom was locked. The facts: There is no keyhole on this side while there is a hole for a screwdriver, it seems that the previous owner ...
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Do electricians often/frequently interchange the color on the grounded leg when wiring switches?

A recent comment on this question said that it was not unusual to see the grounded leg of a switched circuit being used as the switched leg, there was some agreement. This seems a terrifying problem ...
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Can it be appropriate to orient a 2x4 “wide side out”?

When we frame walls, we normally orient the 2x4 with the thin surface facing outward. What are the consequences of orienting the 2x4 so that the wide surface faces outward instead? Does the wood ...
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using hardie backer as a temporary floor?

We are planning on tiling our kitchen when we finish our remodel, but can't do it now. Floor needs to be replaced due to water damage, so has anyone ever heard of using hardie backer as a temporary ...
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How to remove this particular quick disconnect?

How to remove this sprayer disconnect?
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Does resilient channel change the orientation that drywall is mounted?

I'm contemplating installing resilient channel and in the ceiling, my understanding is that drywall is hung perpendicular to the floor joists above. When resilient channel is installed, it runs ...
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1answer
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Proper way to repaint aluminum rails

Background... We have aluminum rails that have been painted over a few times over the years. I believe that they were originally powder coated, but I'm not sure. They have now gotten to the point ...
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Hose left on outside faucet over winter with no nozzle, should I replace the faucet before turning it on?

We recently bought a house in which I think the hose was hooked up over the winter. It didn't have a nozzle on the end of it, so there wasn't any pressure in the hose. The faucet is a Woodford model ...
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Is it okay to put 3/4“ plywood over 1/2” wood subfloor?

I recently purchased a 2 level condo and took out existing hardwood floor on the 2nd floor. Some of the pieces of plywood is pretty old. I wanted to get an honest opinion on whether I should replace ...
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How to drill Stainless Steel?

I'm doing a Half-pipe / skate ramp. I have to drill holes in a stainless tube but I wasn't able to with HSS Drill tips last night (I've followed youtube video tutorials). The stainless tube is this ...
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Repainting exterior sandstone

We live in a traditional Victorian house in the North-East of England, i.e. fairly damp and wet. The windows have sandstone lintels. However due to damp and age the paint eventually bubbles (see ...
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1answer
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What's the best kind of caulk that doesn't dry out or become tacky enough to gather dirt?

I've used various caulks but have never found the magical one that neither dries out nor becomes sticky and tacky enough to attract dirt and dust. I know this stuff exists because all the caulked ...
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How to wire and electrical outlet to electrical switch [on hold]

How can I wire a receptacle to a box with a switch when there is only one cable in the box of the switch?
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Trying to replace outlet. Puzzled. [on hold]

I'm in the process of replacing all of my outlets. I'm about 15 deep with no hiccups but this one has me puzzled. I'm replacing a regular duplex outlet in the bathroom with a GFCI. Problem is the ...
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1answer
32 views

Can turning up the temperature of a water heater damage it?

I've got a 40 gallon water heater, and what I've been finding is that it provides just enough hot water to fill my sizable bathtub, but no more. Which means if I want to rinse off with the shower ...
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Broken cabinet hinge?

I noticed that one of my Mepla kitchen cabinet hinges looks like it's broken, as the swinging arm (from the door) at the lower left of the picture is no longer connected to the mounting plate (that is ...
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1answer
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Add expansion joints on garage floor - too late?

I just bought a house which was built in 2007 (Seattle area). The garage floor has no drain or expansion joints. As a result, there are some cracks in the concrete. They are small. I was wondering if ...
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2answers
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Sink drain plumbing pipes won't connect

I'm installing a new sink and as its visible from the picture the pipes are not aligned and sink pipe is not long enough as well. The pipe coming out of the wall is pretty solid so I didn't try ...
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1answer
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Need help identifying security wiring

I'm in a new construction home, and the builder is basically blowing us off on questions about the wiring (what's that switch/wire/plate for sorts of things). My focus for this Q is the security ...
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1answer
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Bar sink drain/vent

I am in midst of finishing the roughed in full bath and want to put a bar sink on the wall behind the tub. I will add pictures later- once I am able to get some good shots.... The way it was roughed ...
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What are the differences between these two receptacles?

Residential duplex outlets come in a variety of styles. The two most common seem to be: and Does it matter? Is the difference purely aesthetics, or is there any technical difference?
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1answer
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Replacing cast iron pipe and adding new toilet

I'm planning to add new toilet/shower/sink downstairs. I have one existing on the 2nd floor and right under I'd like to add the new one. The new one is on the concrete slab, so no basement underneath ...
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1answer
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Small Leak In PVC pipe

I installed a new sink this weekend, and as a result I had to redo the drain pipes. At the joint to a 90 degree elbow and the Y there is a small leak. The pipes are 2" diameter, and I fear that I ...
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3answers
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Is it dangerous if the ground pin of a 3 prong plug breaks off in the outlet?

The grounding prong of a 3 prong plug broke off in an outlet. Could this be an electrical hazard should a child touch it?
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What could be causing me to occasionally hear an arcing sound when toggling a switch?

Several light switches in my house occasionally (<2% of the time) make an arcing sound when being switched on or off. Occurrence is totally random and as far as I can tell, uncorrelated with ...
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Cost effectiveness of replacing brass door knobs and hinges

We have a home built in the 70's with antique brass hinges and door knobs. We are thinking of possibly downsizing in the next few years and I'm wondering if it would be beneficial not only for ...
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2answers
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Are there optimal positions for A/C and heat register grills to be facing?

I noticed a while ago that some of my A/C and heat register grills are facing the walls and not the room (the insides of the curves on the grills face the walls) in some rooms but not in others. My ...
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1answer
54 views

What size feeder do I need for a basement electrical subpanel?

I would like to know what size and type of feeder wire and feeder breaker do I need for my basement subpanel where I am planning to add six 15 Amp circuits, and three 20 Amp circuits. This will be 2' ...
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1answer
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How can I check my hot water heater temperature? Isn't 120 degrees cold?

I'm trying to test the temperature of the hot water coming out of my hot water heater but I'm very confused. Can I use a meat thermometer or what should I be using? Also, just to make sure my ...
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1answer
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Stove and broiler work, but oven does not

I have a little 20" wide Holiday Propane Oven (Don't know the model number). Right now the oven is the only thing that is not working. The stove top, and broiler work, but the oven doesn't heat up. ...
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2answers
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When replacing carpet, can you re-use the tackless strips?

I need to replace some carpet. Thee carpet was installed over a concrete slab, so the tackless strips were fastened down with concrete nails. The tackless strips seem to be in decent enough condition. ...
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repair drywall in the shower

How do I repair a moisture damaged drywall in my shower? This is a painted wall, and the paint is gone in some areas and the spots that have no paint get soaked when I use the shower. In these areas ...
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3answers
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Nailing down hardibacker on walls

I'm in the middle of a bathroom renovation, which will be tiled with large format porcelain tiles on both the floor and walls. I put 1/4" HardiBacker on the floor, laid on top of a bed of thinset as ...
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1answer
47 views

How to fix belt buckle [on hold]

I am not sure if I can put my question under Home Improvement but will try... How to fix a belt buckle, see the photo. A bolt in the middle of the photo should have something like a small ball that ...
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Little bumps appearing where the staple went in for the 1/2" manufactured hardwood floor

I have little bumps appearing where the staple went in for the 1/2" manufactured hardwood floor. Can't even tell they are there from the picture... Maybe I'm looking at it too closely. These are my ...
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Connected C-Wire to new Smart Thermostat and Furnace board and still no power

I need help. I've been surfing the internet and have had no luck finding answers to my situation so am hoping for some guidance. I've seen other questions here answered but none that suit my issue so ...
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1answer
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Identify fuse that is off/bad but not tripped

I have a set of outlets and an overhead light in the garage that are not powered. I believe I know the fuse they are under via simple labels and from some process of elimination. The fuse is not ...
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1answer
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Randomly Opening and Closing Garage Door Opener

A few mornings ago, my wife and I noticed that our garage door started opening and closing with no discernible pattern. It would stay closed for some period of time, open suddenly, and sometimes ...
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1answer
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Concrete caulk vs expanding polyurethane crack sealant

I'm starting to finish my basement. First step is sealing up some various places water has come in over the years. I've already fixed grading outside, but also want to seal inside. I have one crack ...
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1answer
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Why do I have to start my furnace manually every morning?

The oil furnace works fine all day and evening, then overnight I have the programmable thermostat lower the temperature at 11pm. But every morning at 5am when the thermostat tries to turn the ...
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1answer
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What type of lubricant should be used on PVC windows, and how often should it be applied?

As far as I know, the lifespan of PVC windows is highly dependent on periodic lubrication. What kind of oil should I use to lubricate the moving metal parts of my PVC windows? Additionally, what ...
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How can I calculate the effects a floor coverings thermal conductivity will have on my heating costs?

We are choosing between laminate and plastic flooring over water based underfloor heating. Laminate floorings have a thermal resistance of app. 0.06 m^2K/W, plastics (for example Classen NEO) have ...
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Water getting cold quickly - Diverter valve

I recently finished a bathroom renovation. Went to take my first shower in the new surround and hot water only lasted about 15 mins. For the remainder the water was lukewarm. The new shower has a ...
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1answer
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Can I install a new hob, or will I need a larger circuit?

I want to swap a ceramic hob for another model. My current set is: oven and a hob rated at 2075+6000=8075W in total ,they go through a 32Amp Circuit breaker, the oven is plugged to the wall, the hob ...
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2answers
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How can I patch the ceiling and rehang a shower curtain rod?

I have glass tiled walls in my bathroom, so opted to hang the shower curtain rod from the ceiling to protect the tiles. It looked great, until a house guest recently slipped, and grabbed the curtain ...
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Can I use a snake to clean out a shower head extension?

I have a basic 25 to 50ft long 1\4 to 3\8 snake, with a 1\2 drill. Can I use that to clean out a shower head extension? I noticed sediment when taking the old shower head off. With the extension ...
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1answer
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Odor proofing floor

I have a problem with the downstairs flat and cigarette smoke faintly coming up through the floor. Its pretty nasty, we have had a word and its got better but there is still a faint smell. We have ...
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2answers
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Will I pass inspection/code if I install walls over carpet in a finished basement for a couple bedrooms?

Will I pass inspection/code if I install walls over carpet in a finished basement for a couple bedrooms?
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1answer
112 views

How do I mount a flat object on a rounded roof tile?

My objective is to mount the plastic (Home Depot) owl in the 1st image below (flat underneath) at the end of the roof in the 2nd image. Although you can't see the roof in the image where it will mount ...
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Need help wiring a ceiling fan and exterior lighting at fan 3 wire and 4 wire 1 switch fan 1 switch ext lighting

I took down my old ceiling fan and tried to put in the new one but can't follow directions because I have two wire sets coming out of ceiling. I'm trying to get one switch to turn on fan and other ...

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