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What is causing “bacteria” smell in home?

My parents have bought a new home and replaced the carpet. There is nothing visibly wrong with it; however, my parents and everyone else who has entered the home smell a strong odor that seems to ...
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Creaking / Clicking noise coming from wood / cardboard

Feel like I'm starting to lose my mind with this one. I'm regularly hearing a noise in at least two rooms of the house, which I can best describe as a creaking or clicking. I've listened to ...
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How should I get this paint off my stucco?

I have an exterior stucco wall that appears to have been painted. I would like to somehow remove the paint to expose the rough surface of the top coat so I can limewash it. I tried scraping at it ...
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1answer
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What's wrong with the polyurethane on this hardwood floor refinishing job?

This is basically what I've done so far: I sanded the floor down to 120 grit with a drum sander (did a pretty good, time consuming job) Put 1 coat of polyurethane down - these problem-spots soaked ...
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I rewired my two bulb ceiling light

one of the bulbs was not working. I took the wiring apart and rewired them in series Now neither one works.
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What are my options for fixing a laundry faucet?

We're replacing our washer so I had to turn off the laundry faucets, hook up the new washer, and then turn them back on. In doing so, the hot water faucet now has a slight leak where the stem of the ...
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0answers
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Need to run a “C” wire to thermostat but control board has no “C” [duplicate]

I am looking to replace a thermostat with one that needs a C wire... which my current thermostat does not. I have some extra wires in the thermostat wiring that are unused... so I went down to the ...
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2answers
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How to wire Two dimmers controlling a string of recessed light?

Refinishing my basement and have an open ceiling at the moment. I have hung 12 recessed lights and connected them in 3 groups (groups of 2, 6 and 4 lights) using 14/2. I then ran 14/2 from the start ...
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Fixing Spray Paint Texture

I am working on a project and spray painting smooth composite wood pieces with a glossy paint/primer combo (specifically this). I sprayed outside (at night) and there was a slight breeze. For the ...
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1answer
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Yellow stains on plaster wall patches

I live in an old 1910s house and it turns out my walls aren't drywall. It is constructed of rock or some type of masonry. Over it, there was really, really old wallpaper, which is, over this, covered ...
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41 views

How do I wire one switch in a circuit with two “fixtures” but only one being operated by the switch?

I am setting up low voltage 12v landscape lights in my backyard using one transformer with have to runs/branches - one for two lights and other to operate tow small pond pumps. I have no room for two ...
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Remove greasy material from wooden frame

There is a wooden frame in my kitchen and due to cooking/heating the wooden frame right above my burner is become greasy. how i remove that greasy material from wooden frame, as i tried to remove it ...
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1answer
49 views

Identifying a bulb from a 1969 built light fitting

I came across this light bulb socket in a piece of furniture built in 1969 in America. It's 2014 and I'm in Britain so frankly I have no idea. It's right down inside the thing so this is the best ...
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1answer
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Heating Coils on a metal roof section

I have a metal edging on my roof in an area about 4 wide. Can I run heating coils over this metal section of the roof,because it seems to be an area that has ice dams. Presently I have a coil above ...
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What is the best baseboard hydronic heating radiator out there for cost and longevity? [on hold]

Installing this hydronic system: https://docs.google.com/a/opensourceecology.org/presentation/d/1ZfrvXvAP8u8e7hrkF55pZuakQkJRRPKJPb4K3w-2HmA/edit#slide=id.g37364b6b6_20
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How can I install a light fixture in the ceiling of a finished room?

In my dining room, I would like to install a ceiling light in the center of the room. This room is on the ground floor of a colonial two-story, so there is no attic access into the ceiling; my work ...
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4answers
42 views

Replacing a toggle dimmer switch with a regular light switch

I am replacing a dimmer switch with a regular switch. The dimmer switch controlled a chandelier light that I just replaced with a ceiling fan. There is also another switch that controlled the light, ...
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1answer
48 views

Running conduit near knob and tube wiring

I have some new AC ducts in our new house that will soon be concealed behind new drywall, but before the drywall goes up, I wanted to run some conduit from the upper floor down to the basement for ...
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1answer
31 views

What type of paint to use when painting on a shiny veneer, to produce the least odour?

What type of paint shall I use when painting a non-removable, wooden shelf with a shiny, dark-brown veneer? I want to apply white colour. The problem is that the shelf is almost non-removable and it ...
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2answers
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How useful is double-glazed glass for sound and heat insulation in a semi-tropical climate?

I'm located in Bombay/Mumbai, and I've been trying to figure out what windows I should install for soundproofing and heat insulation. I was talking to someone who does consultation for uPVC windows. ...
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0answers
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How do I wire a GFCI with 5 wires?

How do I install a GFCI receptacle with 2 black and 3 white wires plus a ground? I have two such regular receptacles next to sinks and should replace them before the upcoming home inspection, please ...
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2answers
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How to fix a deck railing that is falling off?

I have an older deck that has a wide (approx 25 feet) unsupported span. The railing on the deck seems to be pulling outward, probably due to planters on it, and general heavy usage. The underside of ...
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1answer
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Can I wiring LED light fixtures in parallel?

I have 4 120 v 20 watt LEDs. I want to put them over my desk. They are the Lusa Lighting Model #33000 (If you want to see the PDF). They come with plugs so you can plug them in separately. I want 1 ...
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New reliable and effeicent boiler [on hold]

I have the combi boiler at home which is old model and it is too old which had got frame failure problem. I am thinking to replace the old boiler with the new boiler by changing it? Can anyone suggest ...
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1answer
34 views

Why don't I have any power in my kitchen despite a socket testing hot? [on hold]

I have a socket with 2 black wires and 2 white wires. When I test them they read hot but when I connect them to the plug I have no power. I don't have power in the kitchen at all: no plugs or lights ...
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1answer
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Glass deck above basement addition [on hold]

We're planning to expand our basement underneath our deck and would ideally like to cover this section of the deck in glass as in this photo. (Posted: Wear skirts at your own risk!) Our architect ...
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1answer
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Home security alarm system in the uk [on hold]

Can anyone suggest the best home security alarm? Most famous one is ADT in the uk which is monitored alarm system. Is it non-monitored alarm system much secure than monitored one? Can some one please ...
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3answers
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How do I connect a light before a 3way, followed by a 3way, then a light? [on hold]

I now have power to 3way A, connected to 3way B, to a light. I want to add a light before 3way A. Power comes to a junction box, then to 3way A. A is at the bottom of a stairs and B is at the top.
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3answers
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What type of joint should I use while building a plywood box?

I'm building a trophy. It will consist of two boxes...one slightly smaller than the other and stacked on top of one another. I'm looking for suggestions on how to join the corners of the boxes so ...
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0answers
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Proper size drain and venting behind new bathtub

I'm a plumbing newbie and I'm adding a bathtub where one didn't exist before and I want to make sure that I am plumbing the drain properly. I have a 2" drain available to me directly below the tub ...
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1answer
24 views

What's a good tool create a floorplan with? [on hold]

My brother just moved into a new house, and it has quite a lot of rooms that we aren't entirely sure what to do with. As a result, I thought it'd be a good idea to create a floor plan that I can print ...
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Should washing machines be placed on tile or other water-proof flooring?

I am redoing the area where my washing machine is. Currently it's placed in a closet and has a tile floor. I'd rather not use tile in the new setup, but it got me wondering if this is an important ...
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1answer
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How thick should a plate steel stringer be?

We are goind to built a stair like this one: But instead of two "floating" stringers, since ours will be against a wall, I thought about using plate steel and making it more flush with the wall. ...
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Drywall Mudding Not flush to wall

This was my first attempt at mudding drywall, and I thought it was smooth and flush to the wall; however, after painting the wall I did notice that the edges of the mudded seams were completely ...
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2answers
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Should I staple faced insulation batts to the face of the stud or the side?

I'm preparing to drywall my attached garage and have run into conflicting opinions on if I should staple the insulation flanges to the sides of the stud or the face. I live in the San Francisco bay ...
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1answer
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what is recommended ceiling height for a flat natural pine ceiling to avoid feeling closed in [on hold]

Open floor plan is 24 by 36 feet, ceiling height is 9 feet and flat- will it feel claustrophobic with a natural pine ceiling. Wood trim is natural. Natural light is considered to be on shady side 3 ...
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1answer
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Conduit Underground - Ways for tunneling under obstructions?

I'm running into a situation where it's increasingly difficult to bury this PVC underground 18" in some spots due to massive tree roots. Changing directions and/or destroying the roots isn't an ...
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2answers
29 views

How well will leather couch hold up in screened in deck [on hold]

I am looking for something comfortable to put in my screened in Deck to watch tv from. Normal fabric I am thinking will get musty. How about leather? There is a Chance it could get wet during windy ...
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5answers
115 views

Cleaning walls or painting

When white walls get kind of filthy due to smoking or dirty finger here and there, is the only solution to paint over? Or is there any product that could clean them once in a year or so to keep them ...
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1answer
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Is there an easier way to remove glued-down hardwood than hammer & pry bar?

In preparation for putting in a new hardwood floor, we've taken the existing laminate out and discovered what appears to be the original parquet hardwood floor underneath. The parquet squares are ...
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1answer
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Sewer drain cap replacement options

I have sewer cap that has lost its threads. I am wondering what options I have to replace/fix that does not involving tearing up the cement floor. Are compression fittings a good option?
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1answer
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What should I do about small cracks when painting a homes exterior?

So I'm painting my homes exterior. I was wondering if anything should be done about these tiny cracks in the paint. They aren't peeling off, and its very tough to scrape, since you have to take off ...
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1answer
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Unexpected rain less than 24 hours after staining

I painted some exposed wood surfaces (window beams) with an acrylic/oil mix stain/sealant. The can said to paint when rain is not expected in 24 hours and that drying time is 24 hours. I did not see ...
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2answers
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How can I eliminate a gap in a refrigerator door gasket?

My refrigerator door gasket was torn on the bottom, so I replaced it today. The problem is that much of the new gasket is "squished" - that is, not spread as widely as the old one, so there is a gap ...
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2answers
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Should a heavy duty transformer (used predominantly for LED lights) be on the mains ring or the lighting circuit?

I am putting RGB LED strip lights in a room, powered by a fairly heavy duty (30A) 12V transformer. The transformer will also power a Raspberry Pi (volatage will be split to give it 5V)that will be ...
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toilet not flushing properly flapper closing too soon

I installed a new flapper and it doesn't stay open long enough. the chain is short to the point not much left to shorten. it was the proper flapper but just does not stay open long enough unless I ...
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0answers
21 views

wire two lights with two 3 way switches [on hold]

power comes to a junction box with a light attached to the box. The box sends a line out to other lights controlled by pull switches. I want to control the light on the box and a light at the top of ...
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2answers
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should I stain the bottom of exterior steps?

When staining exterior steps should I also stain the bottom of the steps? I ask because I think it might better to leave the bottom unstained to let any moisture in the wood evaporate. There would be ...
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1answer
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NEC, use more extension boxes or an access panel?

What is the maximum number of extension boxes you can hang from a ceiling? This is ridiculous and I probably need one or two more to meet the new drywall ceiling. Are junction boxes permitted behind ...
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rain cover for basement steps

I'm making a plywood rain cover for basement steps. The area is 5' wide by 8 'long. The height will be 8'. I want to make concrete footings for the support posts. What size and width of hole for ...

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