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How do I fix a wrapped seatbelt?

I've got a carseat that has a looped seatbelt and I have fought with it for the last hour. I don't want to send it in, I want to fix it myself. Anyone have any advice?
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Is it safe to use barn wood indoors for furniture, trim, walls and ceilings?

I am renovating a farm house built in the late 1800's. I am planning on tearing down the barn from the same era and using some of the wood to finish trim etc. I believe the moisture content is good 7 ...
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Dripping noise from ceiling

There is a dripping noise coming from the vent in the ceiling, but no drip has been detected. It comes and goes. We are still using air conditioning in Louisiana. Could it be the result of cycling ...
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What size cable should i run for my split system air con unit

I wish to run a cable ready for my split system before I gyprock What size cable should I run from the switch board to the outdoor unit to make it ready.
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How would a professional flash this?

I could really use some professional advise here. I removed a piece of rotten trim I found while cleaning the gutters. The problem is pretty apparent in the photos with the gutter removed. Water ...
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How can I intentionally make my toilet make this noise?

For Halloween I want to haunt my toilets and have them make the noise heard here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6S0zewtkqso How can I do that? I think I would just need to cut a slit in a rubber ...
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Multiple leaks in hot water pipe

I have a 12 year old house. The past couple of months a couple of hot water pipes have sprung pin-hole leaks at the solder joints. This has happened on four separate occasions. I've had three ...
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Recommended screw fastener length

Is there an industry standard for recommended screw lengths to fasten to pieces of material together? For instance, if I need to fasten a piece of 3/4" plywood to a vertical brick wall, how long ...
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What should I do about water filling the excavation for a house's foundation?

I live in Duluth, Minnesota. As stated, I am putting a new foundation on my house. When the contractor was excavating, they hit water. They are constantly pumping this water out. I now have 2 new ...
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Can I use a cantilever TV mount the other way around?

I'd like to mount my TV above my fireplace, but I think it will be too high for prolonged watching. So, I thought - could I use a cantilevered mount, but in the other orientation, so that the screen ...
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Installing cardboard deflectors (baffles) in attic

Goal I need to install 75 cardboard deflectors (baffles) in my attic. I need to do this so that the cellulose does not go into my soffits. Current Setup I brought myself up three sheets of 2x10 ...
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Deactivate thermostat

I have a roommate that constantly turns the thermostat down to 65 during the winter months. Is there a way I can deactivate it, while maintaining a comfortable 72?
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What is a line to neutral load?

I'm looking at the electrical code and it states "Multiwire branch circuits shall supply only line-to-neutral loads." Could someone explain what line-to-neutral loads are?
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Does this washing machine drum look good?

I'm trying to find the source of a bad leak on my washing machine. i have no experience with those. I tuned it on it's side hopping that it would be a pump hose loose. as it leaks during rinsing, and ...
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Wall mounting without aligning both studs

So my wall mount teleco rack arrived. However my studs are 15" apart, not 16" so I can't put lag screws into more than one stud. I don't want to drill into the metal so close to the opening ...
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Changing a 240 volt 40amp outlet for oven to two 20amp 240 volt outlet

I am installing two wall ovens that each require 20amp 240volt outlets. I currently have wired for a single 40amp 240 outlet. To convert without pulling new wire from the panel can I put in a sub ...
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Hydro kinetics system blowing out cold air

I have a hydro kinetics system that is blowing out cool air when set to heat. Thermostat was replaced when I bought the house a year ago so I don't think that's the issue. Toggle switch is set to ...
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Doorcloser: OK? Maladjusted? Broken?

The entrance door just below my room used to slam hard when being closed by the door closer, branded TELESCO. Some days ago, upon my request, there have been attempts to fix the device. Indeed, at ...
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Bolt with shoulder portion above and unthreaded region below threads

I have a couple Rex folding lounge chairs: However, during my move one of the bolts connecting the base to the side came loose and was lost. I took out the one from the other side and I've never ...
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Refrigeration in cabin with sub-freezing temperatures?

In the winter the indoor temperatures in our cabin often reach as low as 10° F (-12° C). We had an old refrigerator that worked just fine in these circumstances, but when we purchased a new ...
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Getting stuck drilling into stud

I was trying to drill a hole for bolts for a TV mount, using a 7/32 bit. About 1" in, the drill wouldn't go any further. It as was in the middle of where my stud finder indicated a stud (but it was ...
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How to best patch cracked and hollow plaster

In our victorian terrace the plaster in many places is very old and uneven. Under one windowsill the plaster has quite a large crack which is also a patch where the plaster is loose. If I tap the wall ...
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Where's the C terminal on my boiler control?

The new thermostat I purchased doesn't run on batteries, and needs 24 volt power. I have only a red and a white wire connected between the boiler and the thermostat, but there is also a third, unused ...
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How do I stop my toilet from backing up?

My toilet clogs, I plunge it and nothing happens, I come back a couple hours later and it flushes. It makes a gurgle sound after the flush and and air bubble come up. What can I do to make the ...
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Temperature to keep unoccupied house in winter?

We are moving to a new house and unfortunately we don't have our house sold yet. I was wanting a recommendation as to what temperature to keep the furnace going @. I found a good recommendation to ...
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contractor wants to move vent from floor to wall without ducts

my contractor needs to move the floor vent to the new closet wall. His plan is to simply partially close off the floor vent, then build the closet wall over the remaining portion, allowing the air to ...
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Male vs Female Sockets? (Wrench)

This has taken me an embarrassingly long time to figure out, but how the heck do male sockets work? Or, what are these different tools called? A socket wrench is usually male. A socket usually has ...
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Alternative systems to framing and drywall for basement?

I am interested in if anyone has any experience with these all in one drywall/wall systems the basement companies offer. http://www.totalbasementfinishing.com/ ...
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Does voltage play any role in choosing the appropriate wire gauge?

Online, most household wiring guides suggest 14 gauge wire for 15 amp circuits, 12 for 20 amps, and 10 for 30 amps. Do these assume the voltage is 120, or does voltage not come into play when choosing ...
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Heating detached garage

We're building an detached post & beam garage, 24 X 24. We have natural gas on the property, and our house is heated by a Dunkirk boiler and hot-water baseboard system that we've been told has the ...
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If flame sensor will affect Motor assembly's functionality of furnace? How does that work? [on hold]

I have two Air conditioning company. A is the self-hired for my A/C, and B is assigned by home warranty company. This summer, the technician with A came out for an annual maintenance on both A/C and ...
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Putting together a tool set for children 8-11

One of the many hats I wear is the hat of Bagheera, assistant cub scout leader. I'd like to introduce a project where we build a wooden tool box. But I'd also like to provide the cub scouts with a ...
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Water puddles on shower ledge - what can I use to fill the void?

I'm about to paint/re-caulk the walls above a fiberglass shower. There's a ledge that I'd just as soon eliminate by putting in something to slope and prevent water from puddling in the corner (shown ...
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How to install an electronic door lock?

How can I install an electronic door lock ? Can an electronic door lock be installed on any door ? I am fixing to purchase an apartment in Australia and it will come with a "Solid Core door with ...
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Water tank and timer (UK)

We recently moved into a small flat in the UK. For hot water we have an electric water tank with a main switch and electric timer: I made the following experiments: Main switch on / Timer on – ...
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What can I do about an old steam baseboard heating valve that wont turn?

It is currently the fall. It is cool outside but is like a sauna inside due to the heaters in my apartment. I have complained about this issue repeatedly to the building super and office. They said ...
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Would a 20 amp 240 volt panel from the main panel be enough for a laundry room?

Would a 20 amp 240 volt panel be good enough for three circuits, of total 40 amps 120 volts in a laundry room?
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When pouring cement next to a home, how far below the mud line on a stucco home do you need to be to avoid water issues?

how far below the Mud line on a stucco home do you need to be to avoid water issues 1", 2", 3" or more
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Do all garage receptacles have to be GFCI protected, and 18 inches off the ground?

I have a couple quick questions about garage outlets. If I recall correctly, outlets in a garage must all be GFCI. Does that include ceiling outlets for garage door openers? Why? Genuinely curious ...
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Do I have to worry about condensation on plywood over rigid foam insulation in the attic?

I have a vented attic space with poor insulation in the attic floor and rafters, so I'm going to button it up. My energy auditor suggested I insulate the floor as follows: cut blocks of rigid foam ...
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What can I do if my toilet bowl fills with water, but doesn't actually flush?

Instead of actually flushing (or pushing) the water down the drain, it just fills with water and drains out over the course of a few minutes. Anything liquid will drain out but nothing else (not even ...
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How can I make an exterior door?

I have a solid wood entry door installed by the previous owner of the house. However, it doesn't match the mid-century style of the house and it doesn't have any windows; making the front entryway ...
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An asbestos panel was removed without realising, how much danger are we in?

Two years ago a builder was working on our Victorian house and removed a approx. 1 ft x 2ft6 panel, then realised it might be asbestos. He said he got rid of it safely, and didn't damage it, and that ...
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Wirelessly change which outlet is controlled by light switch [on hold]

I have a light switch which controls an outlet. The problem is I need it to control an outlet on the other side of the room and I don't want to re-wire. I'm looking to purchase a device that has two ...
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How can I get my gas fire pit to have a larger flame or better disperse heat?

I currently have a gas (run from our house gas line) fire pit in my backyard. It is approximately 18" off the ground and the fire ring (relatively new) is 36" in diameter, filled with gravel at the ...
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How can I replace a light fixture with a two way switch?

I have just replaced an old florescent fixture with a new incandescent fixture. Wired according to directions. Light comes on and does not throw the breaker so I know I have it wired correctly, ...
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Why does my Whirlpool washing machine stop after the wash cycle?

My scenario: Whirlpool washing machine, mechanical timer/dial. It will fill with water, agitate during the wash cycle and at the END of the wash cycle it (the timer) clicks and stops completely. ...
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Why would only the top outlets work in my two kitchen receptacles?

I have two outlets in our kitchen, one on either side of the sink, where only the top plugs work. I've tried to do some trouble shooting and here is what I know: There is a red, white, black, and ...
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How easy is it to change a B22 light fitting to an E27 one?

I was looking to fit some Philips Hue LED bulbs, but they only come with Edison screw fittings (E27) and every light fitting in our house is bayonet (B22). I initially looked into using adapters but I ...
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How can I fill a hole in a brick wall so that it can be redrilled

I'm trying to put up a coat hanger into a brick wall. The house is an old apartment block in Berlin and the coat hanger is quite heavy and sticks out from the wall so it will need quite a lot of ...

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