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What causes odors in a clean but older house?

What causes that off smell sometimes found in older homes, even after cleaning them? I am not talking about smells from plumbing, the kitchen or even pets, but the smell that you can sometimes find ...
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Recommendations for my roof beam cleaning (sanding and oil stain finish)?

I recently sold my soul to the bank, and moved into quite a nice little two story place. There is one very small unfinished storage space/room that we want to clean up. Our neighbour has exactly the ...
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Refrigerator Not Cooling As It Should

Our fridge/freezer randomly stopped cooling two nights ago. First I cleared any dust/debris from the coils on the back of the fridge. Then I emptied it out and left it unplugged for about 18 hours. ...
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How can I cut a hole in a freezer without damaging the wiring?

So I'm trying to transform a freezer and pass some wiring but I've noticed there is not a single hole going inside, which means I'll probably have to drill a hole. However, I'm not much into the ...
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What do I need to make my amplifier work without breaking it? [on hold]

My soon-to-be father-in-law gave me his unused electric guitar and amplifier. The problem is the power rate here is 220V~60Hz while the amplifier is 230V~50Hz. I know that there is something I should ...
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Why is my HVAC rattling periodically?

This is a picture of my HVAC (I live in a condominium community). I've been hearing rattling noises on and off coming from it even when I move the filter aside. Any ideas on what is going on?
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Toilet tank will not refill after flush unless water valve is closed and reopened

After flushing the toilet won't refill. However if I turn off the water supply and turn it back on the toilet will refill immediately. What is the problem and how do I correct it?
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best home security system? [on hold]

I have been searching for the best home security systems. Me and my wife is going next week for a conference meet so my parents will be alone here. It's been awhile that I am researching for it. One ...
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Frozen coil in the fridge

I bought a second-hand fridge two months ago. The fridge was not cold enough, getting more and more ice in the freezer, and started making noise last night. I unscrewed the freezer section and found ...
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Scraping paint globs off textured drywall

So I am not a pro painter and when I rolled my newly drywalled and orange peel textured ceiling I didn't go in a pattern. I just rolled straight across. There are areas where there a globs from ...
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AFCI/GFCI Combo Breaker Trips Daily Under No Load

I have a new house (about 9 months old) and recently the dishwasher circuit has started tripping. It trips while the dishwasher isn't running. I believe it's code that the dishwasher must be on its ...
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Could switching from a dimmable to a non dimmable LED bulb have caused a light fixture with dimmer switch to fail?

Recently replaced dimmable LED bulbs with non-dimmable bulbs in a light fixture/ceiling fan that uses a dimmer switch. In the last week, it started randomly turning off and on. Now it won't turn on ...
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Preventing water from entering carport

How can I prevent water from entering my carport? My entire front yard and driveway slope toward my house. Negative draining issue. I have french (or trench) drains installed across the entire width ...
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Wall air conditioner not operating with outlet

I recently bought a Haier 12000 btu wall ac unit. When plugged into the wall outlet a 15A 125V, the unit turns on for a few second then cuts off with the units display lights flashing. This unit doesn'...
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XPS polystyrene foam board insulation & Spar Urethane

Will xps polystyrene foam board insulation react with wood that is coated with spar urethane? Will the foam board melt?
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19 views

Ceiling fan with light. [duplicate]

My ceiling fan does not work. I have a ceiling fan light and the fan does not turn. It just hums but the light works. What can be the problem?
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I have one outlet that gets power, but does not work

I have an electrical outlet that stopped working. I replaced the outlet, still not working. I tested the outlet for power using my sperry meter and I have power. Why would it still not work?
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My bathroom sink won't drain!

I've taken apart the trap n cleaned it and also snaked the drain but still no water goes down! I noticed that the overflow is completely clogged..would this stop the drain from emptying? The overflow ...
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A light fixture with 2 white, 2 black wires, 1 copper. How do I connect this light fixture to a ceiling junction box? (See drawn diagram)

I have a problem with this configuration and can't figure it out on my own. Configurations I've tried: 1: Bulb1 and Bulb2 white and black wires connected to light switch black and white wires. ...
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Can I have a clothes dryer and room heater on one circuit?

I currently have a 100 amp panel (square D) with no free slots. I'm looking at adding an electric heater (1000 watts, 240V) to the washroom. I'm wondering if I can replace the 30 amp breaker for the ...
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No Cold Water in Shower

I'm not sure if this was ever asked here, but I've got a strange issue with my shower. It sounds weird, but I've been wanting to take cold showers lately to cut down on how much hot water I take up in ...
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Tub gurgles when toilet is flushed

We had the sewer line cleaned out. And my husband got up on the roof to look at the vent, but he said its too hard to see clear down in the vent. It goes too far.
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What's the best way to level this basement floor?

Goal: Level basement slab in our 1905 Seattle home so I can install laminate flooring. Existing floor: 21' x 25' unreinforced rat slab thickness varies from ~2" at rim to as little as 3/4" near ...
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Why does my Dewalt power drill only have a 2 prong plug?

Why does my Dewalt power drill only have a 2 pin plug rather than a 3 pin with a ground?
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3 way switch still showing 52 volts when turned off

On a 3 way switch with just the line wire connected why do I see 52 volts on the inactive terminal of the 3 way switch?
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Portable air-conditioning system output problem

I have just bought a potable air-conditioning system for my kitchen. However, after I bought the air-conditioner just realised I need to put the output pipe to the outside. My kitchen doesn’t have any ...
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washer stop/pauses during rinse/spin

I have a 4mo Maytag bravos top loader that works fine up until during or right after the rinse cycle. It will stop drain unlock and the orange light will blink. What are some common causes?
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How to squirrel-proof trash cans?

How do I find ways to prevent my trash cans from being tipped over by squirrels that try to chew over through the trash can lids? The bleach dries up. I'd ideally like trash cans with auto-latching/...
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How to support a hollow tabletop in the center?

I am new here, so I apologize in advance if my description is unclear or details insufficient. I recently bought an IKEA LINNMON tabletop and two FINNVARD trestles to go with it (on each side). But ...
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What are some options for a 90 degree turn in a long hallway for laminate flooring?

We are continuing down the hallway from the living room. There's a 90 degree turn to go past the four bedrooms. How do we make that turn or do we go cross wise in that part of the hallway? I was ...
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adjustable pressure relief valve on a gas water heater

Is it necessary to have to adjustable pressure relief valve and a t&p valve on a gas water heater, or can this be bypassed?
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Can you vent a portable AC's exhaust through the chimney?

The place I live doesn't have sliding windows so I thought maybe I could vent the hot air from the portable AC through the chimney? The chimney belongs to the fireplace that I don't use. (I've not ...
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What to do about noisy drain?

I live in 7 store city building in Prague. Last night I couldn't sleep not only because of the hot weather, but also thanks to drain which just wouldn't shut up. It makes gurgly noises every now and ...
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Coat interior brick work

We have an interior brick wall that we want for seal to stop brick dust. What is the best way to do this or what product do I need to use?
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What could explain a large hole above water heater vent pipe?

An inspector found the following anomaly during home inspection on a home built in 2007. When homeowner was queried about the cause, he said it came like that when it was built (homeowner is the ...
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How to run data cable in an attic with blown fiberglass insulation

I was wanting to rerun some Ethernet cable in my home. There is no Ethernet running to my living room which I want for my smart TV. For the time being, I have to run a cable from my office room to my ...
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humidity level in a basement

We have a small rec area, metal die cast tractors( about 8 bookshelves and 3 glass cases with a pool table and a concrete floor. What humidity level do I need to set my dehumidifier s on?
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Replaced blower motor, now have vibration noise

I have a trane xr80 furnace circa 2002. The blower motor died today. I purchased a new motor and replaced it. Started the A/C and it blows great but now on the first floor above the furnace I have ...
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Dimmer switch with ceiling fan instead of remote [duplicate]

Is there any reason to use a remote control with a ceiling fan (that most come with), which requires a battery and can get lost, when a simple dimmer switch can be installed to regulate the speed? Is ...
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To much attic exhaust venting? Help check my math

So I just had my roof done and wanted ridge vents. The roofer used VentSure® 4-Foot Strip Heat & Moisture Ridge Vents. I am trying however to check my math on my balance, and thing I have way to ...
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GFCI wont work correctly

i have an older, 1930ish, home with only 2 conductors on the branch circuits. im trying to install GFCI outlets in kit/baths. im running new romex to the single-pole Pushmatic (ancient, i know) ...
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Beeping Electrical Panel

There is an intermittent beeping noise coming from my electrical panel. It started yesterday. I have never heard of this problem.
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Did the cove molding that I'm removing support the drywall panels behind it?

just looking for a little reassurance really - decorating the hallway in a house we have recently moved in to, The plaster coving has been done very poorly - very uneven, very visible joins etc. I was ...
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What is this copper-looking wire on my light fixture?

I had an electrician install two hanging pendants over a kitchen island. The install went well and the pendants work fine. However, after the install I've had an opportunity to look at the fixtures ...
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1answer
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When to re-set a brick in a wall?

I have a single-family home with brick all around. The home was built in the early 80s. Some of the mortar is starting to crack here and there. I had a tuckpointer come and give me an estimate on ...
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Is rerouting the waste line really necessary

In a big home improvement projet we are planning to move the bathroom. The plumber want to run a new waste line to the basement which imply opening a wall, removing laminate flooring, breaking ...
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Will mortar or cement bond tightly to granite bedrock?

I want to build a small berm to deflect runoff from a granitic outcrop that slopes under a building and has caused rot in wood sill. This is in NH where we have large temperature swings. What kind of ...
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1answer
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Can I use the crushed remains of an old concrete slab as a base for a new slab?

I have recently broke up my old concrete shed base which was 100mm thick, I also have quite a lot of gravel. The broke up shed base is quite large chunks of concrete so could I use that a long with ...
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Do I need to paint my house siding under my deck

I have cedar siding on my Seattle home. I am repainting the house now and am wondering if I need to paint the siding that is below the deck level. My deck boards are pretty close together with about a ...
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Is replacing a natural gas cap with a quick-connect valve a task exclusively for a professional?

Is there a specialized wrench that I should use on this cap to the natural gas line? I'd like to install a quick connect valve for a barbecue hose More importantly, at the local big box store, the ...

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