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Should I apply grease to my bathtub drain stopper

My bathtub drain is the standard plunger style. We were batting about .300 when we lift the lever, either it would seal perfectly or not at all. At first I thought it was the length of the plunger, ...
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How to git rid of a smell that has permeated the walls of a dishwasher

The other day, we ran a load of dishes in our dishwasher and one of the containers had been holding a particularly fragrant spice in it. After the load was done, we found that the dishwasher itself ...
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Buy or hack a 240v remote controlled thermostat

I'd like to buy/easily create a thermostat that remotely controls a 240v / 10A switc. At a minimum the switch should be on when it's hot, and the threshold should be configurable. Digital temperature ...
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How can we allow wind to pass through but prevents outsiders from seeing into

I lived in an apartment. The wind feels good. However, we only feel the wind when we open the door. We want to allow the wind to pass through but we do not want to allow others to see inside our ...
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How to stop Tota Aquia II dual flush dribbling?

I have a Tota Aquia II dual flush toilet: Lately it has been constantly dribbling a very small stream of water into the bowl. Clearly this is wasting water and I'm trying to figure out how to fix ...
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Convert a switched outlet to a non switched outlet

This is a code question and I live in the US. Some background. My house originally had no overhead lights except for the bathrooms, kitchen and hallways. The rest of the rooms had just one switched ...
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Water dripping from shower head

I am having the same problem as others water coming out of shower head but only when the valve is in the neutral position to fill the tub. I have removed the spout to expose the copper nipple I have ...
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order of prep for exterior painting

I have a question regarding the exterior painting prep. Should the cleaning with TSP be done before scraping and sanding? Or, should it be done after the scraping/sanding? Some articles say that the ...
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AFCI vs whole house surge protector

Is there a difference between whole house surge protector and acr fault circuit interrupter (AFCI)?
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How do I repair this friction ABS kitchen sink pipe fitting

I have an ABS pipe fitting under my kitchen sink which appears to be held on by friction (white piece just above the p-trap). After the p-trap the pipe makes a long run to the left where it's not ...
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installing a ceiling fan with no existing junction box

Im installing a ceiling fan with no existing junction box. I've already installed the box in ceiling and homeowners supplying a 3 wire romex. The light switch also controls a neutral outlet upside ...
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Remodeling House including 4 1/2 bathrooms [on hold]

I am renovating my house and will be gutting everything and take out all the copper pipes due many years of bad plumbing practices. So it would like installing plumbing in a new house. My question ...
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Broken window balance has window stuck

I need to order new balances for my window. Embossed in corner pane is MSCC. Who is the manufacturer? Dated 02-06. How do you unstick the bottom window? Thanks!
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Partial home electrical rewire

I am a new homeowner. My lady and I have lived here for almost one year now. I've lived through a near-complete home restoration throughout my youth in my parents' home, and have picked up quite a few ...
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Drill through kitchen floor tile

I recently purchased a new refrigerator and in doing so want to swap out the copper ice maker line for a stainless steel flex line. In order to do so I need to make the water line access hole to the ...
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3 Year Old Primer Paint On Walls

I purchased a condo 3 years ago, the condo was painted with white primer, and for a number of reasons I never painted the walls. If I now want to paint the walls, should I apply a new coat of primer ...
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Crawl space drainage

I have a 90 year old house that is located on a flat lot. To drain water from my crawl space I have trenched around the inside of the crawl space. Since my house lot is flat and sectioned off where ...
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Wall between House and garage is hanging over the concrete slab. Is this a major issue?

We bought our house about six months ago, and we are first time home buyers, so please forgive my ignorance. This weekend I noticed that the bottom of the wall in the garage was about 1-2 inches over ...
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replacing a light switch

I have a light switch in the laundry room that has two white wires, one black wire. It had a problem with the switch so I decided to replace it. I bought a single pole switch, with 2 screws, and ...
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Placement of romex

Inside of my house on the ceiling there is exposed romex stapled to the ceiling which is about 6 feet long. The ceiling is 10 feet high. Is this okay?
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Using Power Curtailment Terminals on a Carrier Heat Pump to Shed Heatpump

I am considering installing a Generac 22Kw whole house generator and automatic transfer switch. The transfer switch is designed to shed the Carrier Infinity heat pump if the start up load is more ...
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Is some condensation on bathroom walls safe?

I have an exhaust fan in my master bathroom and also a wall heater. I like to run the heater without the fan running during my shower so that the room is nice and warm when towel drying off. I then ...
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Condensate pump wiring

[In the UK] I need to replace the condensate pump in my basement (for pumping condensate from the boiler), and the current one is simply wired up to a standard 13A plug, but reading the instructions ...
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Hanging posters from wall

I have some posters of movies and other stuff which I like to have around. Recently shifted ctiy and rented a place for myself to stay. I can stick the posters to the walls with cellotapes as it might ...
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Ac unit possessed. Turns on and off randomly

my Ac unit tuns on and off randomly regardless of whether the thermostat is turned on or off. I've even tried removed the batteries. Anyone know why? Thanks!
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Fitting a Velux blind to a modified window

I would like to fit a standard blind to my Velux window (model GGL-7). However, it appears to have been fitted for a non-standard type of blind: there are thin wooden rails on each side, and an extra ...
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Are my basement walls sweating?

Portions of my basement wall are darker and appear to be wet, but to the touch they are just slightly cooler. I took a few pictures to show. The pattern of the darker areas is strange in some places ...
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Is this an emergency tool ie; seatbelt cutter/ glass breaker

I think this is an emergency tool. Glass punch/seatbelt cutter.
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How can I remove a toilet brush that is deeply stuck in a shower drain?

I was trying to clean my shower drain with a toilet brush and the toilet brush broke inside the pipe. Now, the head of the toilet brush is stuck about 2 feet down in the pipe. Water will not pass, the ...
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I need help wiring a double switch in the bathroom

I have a new build. I need help connecting the wires to the switches in the bathroom. Here is what I have: a double switch: one runs 2 lights and the other runs the exhaust fan I have 3 black ...
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Shelves in the wall

I had a wood stove chimney pipe going up through my house years ago. I have removed the pipe from below and wish to build a bookcase unit into the space. The studs are 27.5" apart. The problem is I ...
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How can I construct a lightweight privacy panel 3-4ft high by 8ft long or thereabout?

I have a two-story deck with the upper part on the roof, and I lay on top to sunbathe. The top was surrounded by a fence, but after installing solar panels close to the deck I removed a large part of ...
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Water heater drips from top

Our water heater suddenly started dripping very slowly from the ring on top. The water does not seem to come from any water line. Is this normal as part of condensation or should we be worried? How ...
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How can I make the underneath of an outdoor playset usable and not a mudpit?

Based on this bulletpoint from the allowed topics: Which tools, materials, and best practices for home improvement task. I'm looking for advice on dealing with our playset. Specifically the area ...
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How can I get my shower head to increase water pressure?

My mom has very thick hair and typical low flow shower heads take a very long time to rinse her hair. I decided that I would look online for some high flow shower heads and can't seem to find ...
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Is it possible to modify my new europrofile cylinder lock to work in my traditional night latch?

We have a traditional night latch. We need to change the lock to use a different key. We accidentally bought a europrofile cylinder lock. I know from videos like this one that a lock can be ...
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Limit switch failure

My XL80 trane failure! Limit switch SWT1258 fails at least twice a year now, first one lasted 10 years and then all replacements only last 3 to 10 months. Seems the switch is used too much but air ...
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trying to install stair runner with the right tools

I'm trying to install a stair runner for 5 steps on a hardwood floor. I also want to put a carpet pad underneath to act as a buffer against creaky steps. I tried using a manual staple gun with 1/2 ...
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Why are my recessed IC lights overheating?

I was sitting in my new home with dimmable recessed incandescent lights when I noticed one light fixture "click" off and then 10 minutes later click back on. Then the fixture on the other side of the ...
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Wire Ceiling Fan and Exterior Lighting

Objective 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 ...
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Bath handles hanging and small chip in enamel

We let our house for 5 years to uncaring tenants. The bath (was new) now has the grip handles hanging off both sides and there is a small chip in the white enamel. It was assumed the bath would need ...
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Question on toilet mounting; No visible bolts?

OK,In the early 80-81, My Aunt allowed her Husband to build in a dead Attic space over the Foyer that has 15-17 ft ceiling, a rather sizable Laboratory(I'm not quite sure what to call it.). the floor ...
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GFCI Kitchen Circuit(s)

I understand that all wall receptacles (including counters) must be GFCI protected in a kitchen with a combined dining area but how about a separate dining area/room receptacles (separated from ...
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Why doesn't the USA Energy Star program approve of windows that help reduce winter heating bills?

The USA Energy Star program helps people find energy efficient windows. It guides us to prefer windows with low U-Factor and low solar heat gain coefficient. This is good in two circumstances: In ...
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How do I secure an old aluminum/glass sliding door?

I am buying a house that was built in 1967 and still has the original sliding door opening onto the back deck. This door's latch is missing. It does not lock. The last owner of the house didn't ...
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How to drill steel with large bit outside the drill press

I need to drill a 12 mm hole in a steel piece 5mm thick, but the whole piece doesn't fit on my drill press. Can this be done anyhow? In my previous experience drilling holes this big with a hand ...
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Portable AC Can I duct the COLD AIR?

Commercial Cool AC Unit So, I have built a room inside my shop, a clean room for finish and airbrushing. I want to cool this room as I spend more time in it than the rest of my shop (garage) So, I ...
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Halogen swap for incandescent

I have a new pendant fixture that calls for up to 100 watt bulb. Can I use a 60 watt Halogen bulb for a brighter effect?
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Bank of wall outlets not working

I have a bank of wall outlets that are not working. I have checked the fuses and found all of them check ok at 120 v ac. I then replaced all three outlets with new ones and still have no power. I did ...
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Is there code that states there must be a sheet of plastic between vinyl siding and the house sheathing?

I'm the president of a 20-condo association and several residents have been complaining of water coming in and destroying their drywall. The water is coming in at the exact same place in all units ...

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