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I have an exterior water tap for a garden hose that needs new caulking

I noticed that the caulking around my outside water tap was beginning to deteriorate and crack. I removed the old caulking to find that the builder had filled the gap where the pipe goes into the ...
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How do I clean up white dust and spots “blooming” on rubber?

I have a number of designer rubber hooks of varying colors hanging from the wall. The black and red hooks have white spots all over them. I have read that this whiteness appearing on the rubber over ...
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How to tile a “wet room” style bathroom?

I have 2 rectangular bathroom that are buing built in a wet room style (curbless open shower, drain in blue with all edges sloping towards it, see below). It was already properly sloped and now we ...
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Faced or unfaced insulation in floor above unconditioned crawlspace?

I'm insulating my floor. I live in a dry climate with cold winters and R-30 is recommended. I am insulating from below so cannot staple the facing paper. What is typical for this application? ...
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Any recommendations on joists for weight bearing?

I am building a room (14 x 25) in my barn. I intend to stack hay on the top of the ceiling of this room. The estimated weight of the hay is 24,000 pounds. The joists will run the 14' length. What ...
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Which latch would work with this screen door?

I recently bought a used condo, and it has a sliding patio door. The glass door works fine, but I noticed that the screen door is missing a latch. Here is a photo: Considering the holes in the ...
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What size posts for elevated Kids play house?

I'm building an elevated kid's play house. The raised platform will be 6' - 8' off the ground. The platform will be 8' x 10', the house will take up half of the platform and maybe less. I'm planning ...
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Starter for fluorescent light fell in water

I was fiddling around with the starter switch for the fluorescent light and it fell into water. Will it still work after it dries? What kind of damage can there be?
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How hard is it to replace a broken-off toilet seat?

This toilet seat and lid attach to the base with a couple of big plastic screws. The plastic of the seat assembly has torn away from one of the attaching screws. It looks very easy to replace, but ...
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What load rating for securing bookcases/cabinets with anchors?

I have two full-height bookcases that I want to anchor to a concrete wall. Unfortunately I think I have only 3/4" max. embedment because of pipes, etc. I can only find two anchor options, a #6-3/4" ...
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What's the proper way to fill this hole?

Recently a dip formed in our flooring inside our sports performance training facility. We discovered that the concrete job there had a good number of stones in it, and I believe that it was that ...
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Patch hole in skirting board

I've had my Victorian flat rewired and this involved moving electrical sockets from the skirting boards (baseboards) leaving rectangular holes in the wood. Is it possible to patch these and repaint or ...
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Installing door in 2x6 wall (drywall only on 1 side)

Renovating my basement and I have 3 doors to install. Planning to install 2 prehung doors in the first 2 locations (2x4 walls with drywall on both sides). Not sure what to do about the 3rd. It will ...
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Muting PC audio when doorbell rings

So the setup is as follows. I've got one of those wireless doorbells in which the button is powered by a 9V battery and is stickied to the door and the sound comes from a speaker plugged in a wall ...
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How to drill a groove to the side of a plywood board?

I want to drive a cable up a cupboard. The shelves are too long to simply put the cable behind them, so I want to create an indentation in the removable shelves. I do not own a drill press, and I do ...
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Replace circuit breakers with GFCI breakers when it is a 3 wire tandem setup

We have 2 carriage lights on our patio and 3 flood lights on our eves. The carriage lights are controlled by two 3-way switches and the yard lights are controlled by another set of two 3-way light ...
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Why does my furnace blower motor stop working after 20 minutes?

The furnace blower motor stops working after 20 minutes, but the central air unit outside continues to run. The blower motor will not start again until after it has cooled off or unless I assist the ...
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refrigerator running all the time

I bought a used refrigerator with 6 month parts and labor guarantee. It has cut off just twice in 4 days. It is at the right temperature, but won't cut off. I have called them, but repairman claims ...
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How to clean pine wood floor (kitchen)?

I bought an older apartment with wooden floor, so I have no idea what kind of wood is it, what protection was used for it and what actually is that dirt. I was trying to clean it with soap water. ...
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How do I fix a leaking garden hose connection?

I just moved to a new house last week. Today I tried connecting several garden hoses to the both spigots. Each combination of hose and spigots leaked water (more like sprayed) below the connection ...
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Squeaking fiberglass bathtub

I have a fiberglass bathtub in my mobile home that is roughly 5' x 4' in size. The mobile home is a 1978 doublewide, and the tub was in the home when we purchased it, 5 years ago, so I'm sure it's ...
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How do I stop my under cabinet light plastic covers from falling down

In our kitchen, we have under cabinet lights. The plastic covers keep falling down. The covers click into place just fine. But after a few days they fall down. Is there a way to secure them? ...
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How to find a faucet with a decent drain plug mechanism?

So I've replaced one bathroom faucet with a basic Delta model faucet. The problem is that the mechanism to raise and lower the plug sucks. They include a semi-hard plastic rod to connect to the rod ...
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What is the most energy efficient strategy for using my A/C unit?

I recently installed a 12,000 BTU Mini-Split A/C unit with an inverter - http://www.tempstar.com/products/dfac.html I was told that it uses approximately 0.6Kw/hour. What I am really curious about ...
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What is the cloth around my dishwasher and do I need it?

I have a slight bug problem in my kitchen, so today I'm doing a big cleanup. I've gotten to my dishwasher and as expected there are a ton of bugs there. I noticed it was wrapped in a large cloth, and ...
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Fixing part of interior door jamb/frame

The bottom portion of my door jamb/frame to a bedroom was rotting, so in a pinch I remove the rotting portion (because of the terrible smell, and my kids were starting to pull at it). How can I fix ...
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Diy lamp burning out

I built a light fixture out of a water pipe and some "vintage" fillament bulbs. I have a micro switch that is operated by a plumbing valve. Everything works, however, when I put 4 bulbs, 40w each, one ...
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When installing rigid dryer vent and connecting pieces

When installing rigid dryer vent and connecting pieces together do I use foil tape or those circle things you put on outside with a screw to tighten? Also is it a good idea to use duct connectors ...
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Attach piece of wood to wall, with need to be removed often

I need to attach some timber (pine) to a wall. It is for decoration. The straightforward way is to use screws and wall plugs. However, once a month, the timber will need to be removed, some ...
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Haier model #HRTS18SADW

my freezer is not getting cold enough and either is my fridge freezer on top fridge on bottom I replaced the Timer-defrost today and still same results a technician come out and told me that was the ...
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Allowed distance between service entrance and breaker box

What is the distance allowed between where the service wires enter your home and the breaker box?
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Please advise how to lubricate stiff latch bolt of mortise lockset on metal exterior security door. (NOT the pins in the keyway!)

The latch bolt of the mortise lockset in a metal security door is stiff. I worry about the long-term effect of slamming the door in order to drive the stiff latch bolt back and allow the door to ...
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Wiring a 3-way occupancy switch, says to connect a pole to ground?

I'm currently wiring up an occupancy sensor to a 3-way switch, I'm leaving one of the mechanical switches in place, and here is the wiring instructions: ...
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Convert main panel to a sub-panel (to install hot-tub)?

My wife would like to have a hot-tub. The immediate problem there is that the current service entrance is directly above where it would go. So, I am looking at undergrounding my service (added bonus ...
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Fountain maintenance / Repair

I have an outdoor in-ground concrete fountain. How can you tell if water is evaporating fast or if I have a leak? I do not see any visible cracks in the concrete basin. However, water seems to ...
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Non-Permanent Air Conditioner for Townhomes

I own my in townhome and my HOA specifies that I cannot have a through-wall or otherwise permanent air-conditioner. Additionally that window mounted units must be removed sometime in October. However ...
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question about main vs load

Is it legal to have 100 amp main and have a total of 185 amp breakers on one side and 140 on the other? My daughter had a fire in her attic and was told the main didn't match the load.
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New Toilets Not Flushing Properly

Installed two American Standard 1.6 GPF toilets this weekend. They both worked well at first but on day two they would work for one or two flushes then stop. I ran the auger through every drain in the ...
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What is this thing inline with my dryer vent?

Just bought a condo with appliances included, and the dryer is underperforming. Went to check the vent hose and saw this:
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Low Water Pressure on Sprinkler system

The issue I'm having with my system started after I hired a landscaper to redo my yard. The front yard has 4 stations, station 1 stays on constantly now, not allowing enough pressure for the others. ...
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Heating element for Kenmore dryer

I cracked the ceramic piece that connects the wires to the heating coil while replacing my heating element in my dryer. It is working, but I am wondering if it is safe? Any comment?
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Chattering contactor, what should voltage be when AC is on/off?

I have a Nest thermostat that I believe is the culprit of this issue. I've already replaced the contactor once and now the new one is chattering and not kicking the AC on. When the AC is turned off, ...
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Hardwood flooring installation, first row question

I am about to install engineering flooring for my living room. At first, I plan to start based on wall A (the longest wall, please see image below). However, there is a projection (or indentation, ...
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Do paint fumes affect electronics?

I'm planning on painting a home office but I don't want to have to move all my equipment out of the room. If I keep my equipment inside and move it all to the center of the room will the fumes affect ...
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Why does my garbage disposal have a 3 way switch?

In my house I have what seems to be a plain two wire + ground flip switch for the garbage disposal. I need to replace the switch because we added backsplash tiling and want to better match the color. ...
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How to seal sump pit with removable cover

Just moved into a new house and bought new sump pump with battery backup. The old pit liner is about 4" below floor level and the pit is 16" wide. the top is a mess as you can see from pix. I want a ...
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How do I pour concrete in an existing garage?

My garage had extremely poor flooring. I've removed it and dug down 11". I plan to use a plate compactor on the dirt, add 4" of crushed rock, compact that, add 2" of sand, wet that, wait for it to dry ...
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How do wire this 2-gang dimmer switch?

I'm trying to fit a dimmer switch in my living room. I have two pendent lights controlled by a single wall socket with two switches one for each light. My property is a new build and in the UK. So ...
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Split system system, power consumption, Australia

Can someone please explain to me how power consumption works on my split system unit? I had a read of the main unit outside and it says: "Maximum input-2.32kW/10.2A" Capacity: "Cooling- 4.40-4.40kW" ...
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Options for Kitchen Floor/Dining Room Floor Height Differences

I'm reflooring both my kitchen and the adjoining rooms. The kitchen will be tile and the Living Room/Dining Room will be engineered hardwood. I'm going down to the joists in the kitchen because the ...

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