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WD 40 and oven screws

I had some oven screws that were holding my heating element that were rusted. I sprayed them with WD 40 and got the element replacement put in. I have wiped the area down. How long before I can use my ...
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Adding a light fixture off of a ceiling fan wired to two switches

I have an existing ceiling fan rough in that is wired with 3 conductor wire to two switches, allowing the light and fan to be controlled independently. The fan that I installed however uses a ...
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How long can pressure-treated plywood be left wet?

I built a 12'x20' shed foundation on the Oregon coast last Summer. It is 3/4" pressure-treated Doug Fir plywood over P-T framing. The plywood was very wet when purchased and installed wet like most PT ...
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What shape/bends should a bathroom sink drain pipe have to generally comply with US code and avoid clogs?

Santa Cruz, CA, USA I think this question might be related to Under bathroom sink piping (exposed) but my question is more general so I decided to post it separately. I'm in the middle of a ...
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problem with hot water tank

My hot water tank has a lot of corrosion on both hot and cold water connections on the top of the tank. Also, it looks like the water is causing the top of the tank near an inlet it looks like the ...
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How to seal between sill plate and foundation wall with wide gap?

Here is a picture of the top of my uninsulated basement wall. The foundation is poured and from early 1970s. For orientation to the photo: the white in the lower left corner is the vertical face of ...
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How can I adjust a whole-house ventilation bathroom exhaust timer?

We have a home built in 2008 in west-central Minnesota. As a cost-saving (I perceive it as such, and may be mistaken) measure to fulfill air quality and venting code, the builder set up an upstairs ...
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Floor leveling layering

Leveling a floor in old house. Put down compound and is drying but there are some spots not level. Can we prime and put on another layer? Was recommended by flooring people to put the leveling ...
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Toilet Auger Failure (was: How do I remove a toilet auger?)

My toilet is suffering frequent clogs that could be cleared with a plunger, but recurs the next time we send anything down. So I went and got the fanciest toilet auger at Lowes, Cobra brand heavy ...
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Should I use a screw or anchor bolt to hold a metal box to the wall?

Which type of bolt is best for securing a metal box to a wall to prevent it being pulled away: Screw Bolt or Anchor Bolt? And by Screw Bolt I mean this: And by Anchor Bolt I mean this:
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Mitigating low frequency reverb in a bedroom

Outside my bedroom window, there is a store air conditioner which runs 24/7. It's noisy in general, but closing the window takes care of most higher frequencies. My issue is with a specific low ...
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Why is this transformer in my garage?

I am moving into a house, and the previous owner doesn't know the answer. Up high in the corner of the garage, the drywall was cut out to install a small transformer. The input comes from a garage ...
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Need help replacing 2 switches, fan + light

I need some help. I want to replace the 2 old switches, fan + light, by 2 Leviton decora 1 way switches. I am confused by the wires (see attached pics), especially by the black one that goes from one ...
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How to make a switched outlet, half switched, half hot

In my garage I have an outlet in the ceiling that is fully controlled by a single switch due to a shop light being plugged into it. I would like to make half of that outlet always hot, so I can power ...
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Limit switch is good but no heat

I am getting a 4 blink indicator saying my limit switch is bad. I tested the switch and it is good. What else could it be?
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Noise insulation on a door that connects bedroom and bathroom

our bathroom has 2 doors and we only use one. The other one remains shut and it connects to a bedroom. We do not intend on ever opening it (but we are renting the place so we need something that ...
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Has this light earthed itself?

After accidentally earthing the live wire going to the outside light whilst putting a faceplate back on (patched up now), the light has stopped working. I've just been out with a multimeter to see if ...
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List of home automation systems? [on hold]

As @keshlam explained me in Comparison of various home-automation systems?, it is not possible to get up-to-date NPOV comparison of various home automation systems. What about a list of ...
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Light fixture emits a high pitch sound with no bulb

I have a light fixture that hangs from the ceiling which no longer works with new bulbs. It uses Dulux D/E 18 watt compact fluorescent bulbs. I'm ok with it not working but when I turn on the light ...
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Backlight moving mirror in bathroom

Bathroom will have a medicine cabinet behind the mirror. Going to use wall mount sliding door hardware to make the mirror move. Will look similar to this: I would like to use some 12v LED lights on ...
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How to waterproof metalic electrical conduit entrance in concrete wall?

I have concrete garage inside the hill below house level. Electrical metal conduit runs underground and enters the garage at the top of concrete wall. It may 12"-15" below surface. See pictures. It's ...
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Spilt bleach on stained hardwood floor

Unfortunately upon moving into our new rented flat we have spilt a small amount of bleach (about the size of a large coin) onto hardwood floor. Here is a picture: Is there anything we can do such ...
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Plastic sheet rigid at 1mm thickness [on hold]

Hello and sorry if this is the wrong place to ask about that, but in the pile of StackExchange's websites I didn't saw a more fitting place to ask. My question is relatively simple but I've trouble ...
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How do I clean a white cement Spanish-type tile roof?

I have a white cement Spanish type tile roof that is very dirty. What is the best way to clean it? Can I power wash it?
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Proper method to wire through different surfaces

I have added a 6" deep bump out with a TV and an electric fireplace in the center of a wall. There is a recepticle behind the feature wall which the tv and fireplace plug into. I am also creating a ...
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What could cause a flame sensor to stop working so frequently?

Over a year ago after a month in our new house, we came back one evening to a cold home and after some googling, I found out that the flame sensor was dirty and the furnace was starting the flame and ...
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Washing machine standpipe overflows even after snaking/jetting every way to Sunday

I have lived in my house for 3 years now with the same washing machine..in the past month my washing machine drain pipe has started to over flow. I do live in the country and drain my kitchen sink and ...
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Running irrigation pipes under a large concrete pad

I'm planning on redoing the irrigation system in the back yard and considering extending it to cover the front yard as well. My only problem, the house is completely surrounded by a concrete patio. ...
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can I tap a high pressure propane line to install a low pressure heater?

Currently I have a high-pressure regulator on a propane line to my (indoor) stove. My question is can I tap into this line and run a connection to a room heater that uses a low-pressure regulator.
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Wires barely fit in gang box, is this okay? If not, where to get deeper boxes?

What to do when the wires barely fit in the box? We got them to fit with a lot of fusing, but I'm not sure if that's okay or not. Lots of smushing down and the outlet covers don't fit flush on some. ...
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Relay for electric oil filled heaters - does it have to be so noisy?

On a new build, (the conversion of an old stable block into a habitable annexe), our electricians installed three electric oil filled heaters which are controlled by a thermostat, which operates a ...
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How to fabricate gas line for inside a stove top?

It seems my stove has been discontinued, and this part, which I damaged when taking apart the stove, is no longer available. What are these parts called? How do I make the knurl at the end? Tips to ...
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Dremel vs Not Dremel and Rotary vs Oscillating [on hold]

I know that mods are going to flock to this as off topic and an opinion post but it's not I swear. I'm looking for people to tell me the real world difference between a dremel vs its non-hobby ...
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Security for Outswinging Door (Patio) Not Sliding door

I live on the 1st floor (Ground floor) in an apartment complex. The door opens outside into the patio not inside to the apartment. How do I secure the door while we are inside the apartment? Any ...
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Hidden Amerock demountable hinges?

Doing a bit of updating to our kitchen and its cabinets and doors have Amerock double demountable hinges. They and the doors are in good condition, but we are trying to go to a more modern ...
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How would I go about “smoking out” rodents from attic before I patch all known entryways?

I have to seal up some holes in my house were pests are getting in. But before I do, I want to flush out the ones that I hear up in my attic and elsewhere in hard to get places. I can't reach parts ...
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Caulking a round corner stand up shower

I have to re-caulk a round corner stand up shower. I'm wondering the following: Can I re-caulk it without having to take it down? The previous guy that came over, had taken it outside to clean it ...
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Sweat 3" Copper With Mapp Gas Torch?

I need to remove a section of 3" copper, and replace it. Has anyone ever done this with a single Mapp gas torch? I'm not sure if its going to have enough heat to get it done. I probably could get it ...
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replacing tub surround: pros and cons glue-up vs direct-to-stud?

i'd like to replace my aging (PVC) tub surround with a sturdier, but inexpensive, multi-panel acrylic (or similar). Notice those are either glue-up or direct-to-studs. What are the pros and cons of ...
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Do acrylic glu-up tub surrounds require backer boards, waterproof membrane underneath?

I'd like to replace my aging PVC tub surround with an inexpensive acrylic 3-panel one. Assuming I am down to bare studs after removing the existing surround (perhaps the backing wall will be damaged), ...
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Old wires in kitchen ceiling seem wrong. Any thoughts?

Just bought a new replacement ceiling fan/light for kitchen in house we just bought, which was built in 1912 and has obviously had a wiring update, but many years ago. I switched the wall switch off ...
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Water heater on concrete--should I build a platform? how much heat loss in winter?

I don't know if that title the best way to phrase the question. It's winter(ish) now, and I swear the hot water just doesn't last as long as it does in, say, September. The water heater tank is ...
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GFCI outlet tripping

I have a GFCI outlet in my garage that keeps shutting off. I have unplugged all utilities from it and it still trips off. I replaced it with another GFCI outlet. When I hooked up that new outlet it ...
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Replacing drop-in stove with free-standing stove. How do I modify the kitchen cabinets?

I'm replacing my 42-year-old drop-in stove but can't afford to replace it with a drop-in, so I'm replacing it with a free-standing stove. I know I need to cut out the cabinet baseboard and a strip of ...
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What should be the thickness of a glass table top

I want to make my own dining table. I'm planning to buy a glass table top, but I need to know if a glass of 1/4" will be fine for that. Condition: Brand new item in box Shape: Rectangle ...
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Removing old linoleum and replacing with tiles

When replacing linoleum and you pull up the old flooring some of the wood will come up. Do you replace the wood that has come up with sheet wood or wood filler then lay the tile down or should you ...
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Concrete shows under hearth, can I paint?

My hearth has been laid on concrete which stands proud of the floor. The hearth is black and the concrete has a black cement dye in it but looks grey next to the black of the hearth. It has a fairly ...
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Remove drilled out venturi tube from base in thermador gas range?

When this stove was serviced a few years ago, the tech had to drill out one or two venturi tubes. I just had to drill out 2 of 4 in order to remove the top of the stove. They were completely siezed ...
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Can ultrasonic humidifiers be used in a bypass setup for a whole house humidifier?

My home is about 3000sqft, with lots of high ceilings. I'm having trouble keeping the relative humidity up in the winter. When it gets down to 10F outside, the RH drops down as low as 25%. This is ...
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Need help with choosing primer

What kind of primer should I use on my kitchen walls that I scraped clean of old texture? I put a number of gouges in the dry wall. Is that bad?

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