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Portable AC unit in basement

I'm thinking of putting a portable AC unit in my basement without any vents or windows; just a long stairs into it. It's a great underground storm shelter; and it's normally pretty cool. But, this ...
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What can be done about a vanity top that doesn't sit tight to cabinet base?

We purchased a new vanity top to replace our 12 year old builder grade piece, however, it does not appear to sit tight on the base. It doesn't really sit "in" the cabinet, and only the back sides seem ...
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Energy efficiency of the Dehumidifier

imagine that the reduction of energy consumption is the main goal. Is it more efficient to leave the dehumidifier to work over a longer period of time to keep the specific set point or it is more ...
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Amount of drop before vent stack

Redoing an old bathroom with cast pipe. As is fairly common in old houses the floor joist was cut when the toilet was installed. If the soil pipe had dropped another 6" to clear the joist would it ...
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Switching from Gas to Electric?

We currently have a 4 burner gas hob, but we want to switch to the electric one to make cleaning easier. Bearing in mind that our oven is already electric, what should be considered to make this ...
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Refrigerator fiberglass exposure

The plastic piece that covers the door of the refrigerator broke off and is exposing the fiberglass underneath. Is this a health hazard??? How can this be fixed or should I just get a new one???
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Is it OK to paint bedroom plain yellow? [on hold]

I have a 4 by 3 m room which I painted yellow. However it's only the first layer of paint, but when I'm in the room (in the daylight) my skin and my clothes reflects that yellow like there's a yellow ...
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1answer
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Is it better to remove existing floor before placing new one

I have an existing marble floor in my kitchen in my house that is 40 years old. I am planning to put tiles there. Is it better to remove the marble floor and then place the tiles, or should I put the ...
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1answer
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Refrigerator water line leaking even though not hooked up

I recently moved into a home and decided not to hook up the water line to my refrigerator. It was fine for a few weeks, but there appears to be a leak. Now the tube that flows from the water valve is ...
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toilet bowl fills and will overflow while my tank wont fill up , what is the problem? Itried the pluger but water still stays in the bowl

toilet bowl fills and will overflow while my tank wont fill up , what is the problem? is this a plugged up toilet? I tried the plugger it but not doing anything .. a couple of hrs later the bowl ...
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How to assess deal with termite damage

I am under contract on a house in AZ. There is obvious termite damage. The termite inspector found half a dozen spots (in rooms that hadn't been painted recently) near ceiling and top of walls where ...
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Warranty claim on thermal cracking of asphalt shingles?

Two questions really: How bad is this thermal cracking? Is the roof shot / need replacing based on this issue? and... Given that this roof is fairly new - 3 years (located in Arizona), is it ...
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Should pergola posts be set into concrete, or elevated with chemical anchors & footings?

So I have researched this extensively online, but the results are contradictory. Some will say 'set in concrete', others 'set in gravel' and them some will advice 'compact the surrounding dirt'. All ...
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Is my ceramic hob wired correctly?

My 5.8kw ceramic hob has been wired into a 30 amp junction box with the electric ignition cable of the old gas hob and then wired into the cooker switch with .6 mm cooker cable. Is this correct wiring?...
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Can I install two thermostats on one furnace/act unit? I will be using one in living room, the other in a hallway

The reason is that there is a gas fireplace(stove) in the living room that has the pilot on all year. Currently the thermostat is in the hall keeping the back of the house cool. The heat from the ...
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A/C unit blower motor not working all the time

Blower motor will start and stop any time it wants. Replaced motor, cleaned connections, it still gives me problems. Outside unit will stay on and shut off when it is supposed to.
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air conditioner pipe pvc glue

I recently bought a new air condition. The guy who came to install it in my bedroom used PVC glue to joint two pipes the one of the air condition with the outside one(instead he could use something ...
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1answer
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Options for replacing mortise lock with keyless lock

The main door to my apartment has a Baldwin interlocked mortise deadbolt/lockset combination... basically one of these: I would like to replace this with some kind of electronic, keyless system, ...
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2answers
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Applying polyurethane to a vertical surface?

I have built a set of free standing pantries. Each is about 3' wide, 2 feet deep and 6' tall made out of a combination of 3/4" maple plywood and maple hardwood. I have them all stained and they look ...
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1answer
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How can I trim out the gap along a new exterior door with a smaller rough opening?

I received a new prehung front entry door with right and left sidelights as a gift to replace my extremely aged and poorly installed current front door. The problem is that the new door width is ...
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Is 1/2" plywood standard and appropriate for a roof replacement?

A local roofer submitted a proposal to me for a roof placement that included replacing rotten plywood with 1/2" CDX. The existing plywood on my roof is only 3/8". I thought perhaps he made a ...
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Protecting child from wall heater

I moved into an apartment that has a wall-mounted heater that gets rather hot when turned on (see below). I have an inquisitive 1-year-old who already likes to climb up on the unit (luckily not while ...
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1answer
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What tool can I use to cut wall studs straight?

Is there a hand tool (not power) that can be used to facilitate straight (or angled) cutting of wall studs? Something similar to this Miter Box, but for larger/heavier woods, such as 2x4 or 2x6 wall ...
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Removing Outdoor Faucet

I'm trying to replace my entire outdoor faucet, but the old one just continues to spin as I try I am using a pipe wrench to remove it. Could the threads be stripped deep inside? If so, how do I ...
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What smart device options do I have for poor lighting in living room?

My living room does not have great electrical lighting. The room is about 18'x12' with a fireplace on the far, short wall. Above the fireplace there are two angled recessed lights (can aim them in a ...
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Turn ON one light bulb and OFF another at a time with one switch

I am trying to operate two AC current light bulbs with one switch in a way while switch is in OFF position bulb B1 turn OFF and bulb B2 turn ON and while switch is in ON position opposite bulb turn ON ...
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Blower shut off but the AC unit ran for 20-30 minutes afterward

Last night I turned my AC down a couple degrees before going to bed. The AC was running at the time, so when I set the temp below the current temp, the blower turned off. After getting in bed, however,...
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Ground Fault in Underground Wiring?

We've had loads of rain the past weekend, and now my garage has no power. I've traced the issue to a GFCI outlet that protects the rest of the circuits in the garage - It keeps tripping. The Power ...
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1answer
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Best setup for 5.1 speakers in room

I've got a 5.1 speaker system and I need guidance to place the speakers(5 sub-woofer/speaker and 1 main-woofer). I heard that, for best experience there are specific guidelines for placement. Like, ...
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1answer
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reuse padding when installing new carpet

A new carpet has to be installed instead of the old one. Is it possible to reuse padding and/or tack strips, or this is not recommended?
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Toilet valve black rubber seal disintegrating

I have an older Gerber brand toilet. The black rubber seal that looks like a Mason jar lid is crumbling and turning into black goo when touched. Is it easy to replace this? What is the purpose of this ...
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1answer
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How much gap is allowed between the door and striker plate

I just installed a solid wood door (first time doing it) and I got a gap of 3-4 mm on the hinge side and 6 mm on the striker plate side. Just looking at it I think the gap is a bit too much, but I ...
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Will I damage a cordless drill/screwdriver if I “over-torque” it?

I own a Bosch GSR cordless screwdriver/drill. This drill automatically locks the spindle so that it can be used as a passive screwdriver, e.g. if the battery is empty (that's what the manual says). ...
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1answer
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How should I wire a subpanel for a tiny house?

I have a subpanel almost wired in our shed, it's being converted into a tiny home for a few months, it's about 25ft from the main panel which is inside of a mobile home. The main panel I believe is ...
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Can deterioration of chipboard damaged by steam be arrested?

I have a built-in dishwasher, just below a kitchen worksurface made of Melamine Faced Chipboard. Steam released when opening the dishwasher at the end of a cycle has started to cause the chipboard ...
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1answer
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Sealing off a live wire

I bought a project house last year, and unfortunately it's turned out that one of the previous owners was a keen amateur electrician. Sadly his enthusiasm wasn't matched by competence or any sense of ...
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How does adjustable stick work? [on hold]

(I'm the OP here How does adjustable selfie stick work?... But I can't add comment because I didn't sign-in and you can see on chok's profile it is (unregistered), to moderators please delete the ...
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How does adjustable selfie stick work? [on hold]

Adjustable selfie stick are just two separate tubes that combined together... but how can they be able to lengthen and shorten... I want to know how it is made in the inside? Already googled "how ...
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0answers
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Want to add lights to existing outlets - beginning of circuit or end?

thanks in advance for help Question is this. I have romex running from the panel to a set of 6 outlets. If I want to add lights and a switch, can I simply add them FROM the first outlet? Details ...
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What could have caused the loss of power in one bedroom and one wall in the living room?

Loss of power in one room and 1 wall in living room have replaced all outlets that were affected and checked all light switches and light fixtures Using a voltage meter on the white wire and on the ...
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1answer
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Composite deck stair overhang vs. flush

I am installing composite decking stair and I found there are two ways to do it: One inch overhang: Flush and show fascia edges: What are the pros and cons of each method? I tend to go with the ...
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What are these pipes

I have 2 4 inch PVC pipes sticking up about 3 inches above ground in my flower bed, one is capped the other isn't. I ran over the capped one with the lawn mower and every time a toilet was flushed I ...
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cooling and heating

We have A RASTRA built homeuilt in 2007, we purchased two years ago. We purchased a new HVAC system, all new windows and slider, but it is still super hot in the summer and cold in the winter, ...
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1answer
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How could a hot-cold plumbing crossover spontaneously appear?

OK, this is a weird one. Follow the bouncing ball: I have a tankless water heater I've had problems the last few weeks with the water running lukewarm instead of hot. Someone suggested power-cycling ...
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1answer
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drill concrete for installing tack strips

I'll planning to replace carpet in the basement and will need to install tack strips on the concrete surface. I know they sell tack strips with presettled sturdy nails for concrete. So do people ...
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3answers
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Destroying a wasp nest

Wasps have made 2 holes beside the foundation of the house: My dad wants to wait until winter, but I rather destroy both nests before they start stinging people. How should I go around destroying ...
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1answer
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concrete slab weight

Can you please give me the weight of a concrete slab the measurement is 2.5 X 2.5 metres Thickness 8cm This is for the purpose of disposing this amount concrete to waste management (Council Tip)
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Can I leave Roxul Safe'n'Sound insulation exposed in a furnace room?

Hopefully someone has experience with this insulation. We are finishing off our basement. We have one long interior wall that will separate a family room from a furnace/storage room. The family ...
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How can a noisy bathroom exhaust fan be quieted? [on hold]

Amazingly easy, in my case. Obviously this fix won't apply in all cases, but it's something to check for. In my case, the house and fan are 45 years old. The fan in the guest bathroom sounded like a ...
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tandem 20 amp breaker keeps tripping

one of the tandem 20 amp breakers for bedroom/bath (6 duplex receptacles, 240 watt bathroom light with 60 watt bulb/bath exhaust fan) keeps tripping. i've replaced the breaker several times. the only ...

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