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Can I reasonably build a pergola on top of an 8'x12' deck?

I've been having trouble coming to a conclusion on whether I can reasonably build/mount a pergola to my existing 8'x12' deck. The main issue is I can't attach it to my house because of the roof ...
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What kind of skylight would allow the most light and heat into my home?

I live in Canada. I want to bring in more light as well as heat into the living space. I have a standard 8' ceiling. Are there any products that will allow the heat from the sun into the house as well ...
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Good looking drywall, without mud and tape?

There are many things I like about drywall. It's easy to cut, moderately easy to hang (practice certainly helps), easy to paint, is relatively cheap, and a fire barrier to boot. I've probably missed a ...
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What is an “indoor phone system” called?

I want to install a phone system that I can "call" within my house. What I mean is that I want to call my wife from my home office to my kitchen using a phone system; then my wife can use the phone ...
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578 views

Is there a good way to hunt down AFCI receptacle nuisance tripping causes?

So a few weeks after I installed a Leviton AFCI receptacle (NOT a breaker), per this question, I am finding that the receptacle constantly trips at random, usually once or twice a week. Some ...
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Remodel Recessed Lighting in New Basement?

I am finishing my basement and will be installing a drop ceiling. Right now the ceiling is open. I purchased some recessed lighting on clearance at Home Depot for $5.00, normally $20. After doing ...
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182 views

Replacing Oil Furnace with Heat Pump

My wife and I would like to remove the older oil heat from our home and replace it with a heat pump. We currently have an Amana central air conditioning unit (3 ton), and an oil furnace in the ...
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602 views

A/C Condensation from duct getting into drywall

My A/C unit has ducts that run to the second floor, into the attic, to feed some ceiling vents. Today, after several days of brutal humidity, I noticed paint blistering, and in one spot bursting, ...
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Testing generator output

I'm having trouble getting a 6kw generator to power a sub panel that was installed by a licensed electrician. I would like to be able to test the generator's output. How do I do that?
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Can an ordinary power drill drill through steel?

It's my dad's drill and it's a Bosch. I'm not sure about the model no. etc because the box is missing together with the manual. He's been using it to drill holes in wood to install doors and also ...
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air conditioner kwh

I'm not sure if I am reading my digital electric meter correctly. It appears to say that my house uses 2.1kwh during the day when no one is home, 3.4 during the night and 16kwh during the day when the ...
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301 views

Thermostat C-wire replacement using a wall socket?

I have a Filtrete 3M WiFi thermostat. As expected, it takes a C wire, which my apartment doesn't have and the apartment maintenance folks wont' let met wire either. However, there's a wall socket ...
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430 views

Will WD-40 dissolve plastic?

I've seen cases where it has harmed certain metals. Will plastic dissolve in prolonged exposure to WD-40?
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Is there ever a reason to fuse the neutral rather then the hot line in a small appliance?

This question relates to 120V small appliance wiring in the USA. I repair small motorized appliances called microcentrifuges that are used in laboratories, and specialize in models made by a ...
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1answer
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using water based sealer with oil based stain

I read somewhere that the stain and the sealer should be of the same base. Oil based or water based. They should not be mixed. Is there truth to this? If so, what will happen? Are both combinations ...
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Using mineral spirits on wood and then staining it?

Today I learned that staining when its really hot out is a really bad idea. My stain dried almost as soon as i applied it and started to look like shit. I panicked, brought the thing i was working on ...
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Sewage? Or is my dog just farting?

Periodically, I am encountering a very sulfurous smell in my house (1945 construction, interior completely remodeled/renovated in 2012). It smells strongly of sewage. The smell is strongest in the ...
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Was my water softener hooked up correctly?

This is my third water softener post - I only intended to have one but I just started getting more questions as I was typing them up. See What is the white crystals in my water softener? and how to ...
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1answer
217 views

What is the white crystals in my water softener? and how to clean properly

I bought a Hague WaterMax 63BAQ used water softener about two years ago. It didn't work until a few days ago when I had a specialist come fix it. (see this post Any idea what parts were replaced on my ...
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Any idea what parts were replaced on my water softener?

I bought a Hague WaterMax 63BAQ used water softener about two years ago. I had a local plumber offer to install it in exchange for some computer work. Once it was installed for a day, it started ...
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1answer
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Where should I tap in to the existing duct work?

Bought a 1981 repo a year ago. The house measures around 900 SQFT. I enclosed the one car garage (10'x20') @ 200 SQFT to serve as an office. The front of the garage is insulated (10') along with the ...
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How can I replace the star-shaped base of an office chair?

I've got to office chairs, one whose base (the one that is start-shaped, holds all the wheels together and join them with the bar/gas compressor) is broken, and another that is just fine. How can I ...
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2answers
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What is the correct method to determine the drill bit size from the measured threaded diameter?

I'm trying to decide the correct drill bit size for a hole I have to make to fit my thread. I measure the (major) diameter of the threaded section as 0.5325 inches. The threads are not supposed to ...
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193 views

Should I repaint this dryer part?

on a combination washer/dryer, there's one metal part called the dryer duct, where water vapor right out of the drum is heated some more before going to cold water bath to condensate. That vapor ...
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1answer
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What is causing this stain on my driveway?

I just finished sealing my asphalt driveway yesterday morning. Temps have been in the mid 90's and humid, and there's been no rain. As of this question, it's been about 36 hours since I sealed the ...
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1answer
717 views

How do I apply latex paint over oil based paint?

I sure hope someone can help me. I decided to paint my kitchen which I was not aware of but had been painted by the previous owner with an oil based paint. I painted over that with 3 coats of latex ...
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1answer
404 views

What are my options to repair a broken tab on a bus bar?

My A/C went out this week. The problem was a broken tab on a bus bar with cut power to one phase of the 220v circuit. My HVAC guy was able to get me going again by swapping the A/C unit to the dryers ...
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2answers
218 views

What type and length of wiring for home security system?

I'm slowly remodeling my house one room at a time. I'm to the point where I need to wire a window for the future alarm system. This post talks about how to wire a home during new construction for a ...
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2answers
342 views

Are there motion light sensors available for multi-gang switches?

I suspect this is not available but I have rooms and bathrooms, all of which are multi-gang. 2 plus switches per plate. Are there slim line automatic switches for these configurations? Kids are ...
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3answers
489 views

What is the maximum number of load bearing studs in a row that can be notched?

I'm trying to install a new utility sink and washer hookup in my garage and am trying to plan how I'm going to run the copper supply lines. The most direct path I can think of is to notch probably 5 ...
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Realistically, could you build a useful built in closet in a space that is 77.5in x 9.4in?

I have a part of a wall in a room that is deeper than the rest of that wall and measures exactly 77.5 inches across and 9.4 inches deep (196.9 cm x 23.9 cm). I would like to make that space a built ...
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1answer
134 views

Can the sheath of nonmetallic cable be removed prior to entering electrical metallic tubing (EMT)?

Can 2 romex cables be stripped before entering an EMT to allow more conductors in a 1/2" EMT? How would you transition from Romex to individual conductors going in or out of the EMT? Or is that ...
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446 views

Why would my well water cut off for 30 minutes before working again?

I live in a area where I have to use well water and I have a well house that runs to my home. The water work with great pressure for a while, and then suddenly stops and takes 30 minutes to come back ...
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Should I have any readily apparent concerns about the foundation and framing of this new build?

Should I have any readily apparent concerns about the foundation and framing of this new build in the Seattle, WA area? Is there any reason to get an inspection prior to building completion? I don't ...
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Are small air bubbles on the surface while applying wood finish normal?

While finishing my door, I've noticed a lot of small air bubbles after applying the finish. I asked a painter about it and he told me it's normal, but it doesn't seem normal to me. Is this normal or ...
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1answer
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What is the difference between swage fittings and compression fittings?

I'm having problems with seeing the difference between these two types of fittings that are used to connect metal/plastic tubing. How can you spot the difference?
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How should I attach a wooden frame to legs?

Amazingly simple question that I can't seem to use google to find me the correct answer. I need to build a rectangular frame built from fence posts that is also supported by 3x3 6ft fence posts. I ...
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1answer
115 views

Is it normal for there to be tar showing from under some shingles on a roof?

I just had a new roof put on and my wife and I noticed that there are some sections of shingle that show tar like if too much tar was used. Can this be fixed?
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1answer
166 views

How can I find out if a vapor barrier is requried for finishing a basement to code?

I'm planning out a basement finishing project, and I'd like to do it correctly. I've done a lot of research but what I can't tell is if I do, or do not, require a vapor barrier. I was hoping from a ...
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Should I be concerned about asbestos removal in my building? [closed]

We are in high rise flats with 16 floors. For the next year we will be around a workforce, including an asbestos removal team who will be removing waste pipes. One flat on each floor has to be moved ...
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2answers
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Is it easier to paint straight lines with a smaller brush?

I was curious if it makes sense acquiring a 1" angled Purdy brush just for cutting lines. Currently, I use a standard 2.5" angled brush for corners and I'm not too good at cutting lines with it.
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What could cause water to leak from the top of the fridge?

It appears that once a day, there is some water streaming from the top of the fridge (on the inside). I collect about a small cup of water nearly every day that comes out from roughly the same spot ...
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2answers
898 views

Is there a way to remove the mildew smell from under tile without damaging the tile?

We live in a rental. The toilet was leaking when we arrived. Landlord paid for a plumber to do a simple repair, but before that, there was definitely water pooling underneath the tile (and seeping ...
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3answers
551 views

How can I ensure portable generator success during a long natural disaster?

I live in the SF Bay Area. My house is blocks from the Hayward Fault, where a large earthquake is likely during my lifetime. Along with the usual disaster-prep things (water, food, etc.) I'm ...
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3answers
556 views

How can I cool down a hot garage?

My North Carolina garage is extremely hot, does not have a window and a room over top. In 5 years I have lost three freezers, there is no other place to put the freezer. I have tried to find a fan w ...
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39 views

How can I drain a two tank compressor?

I have a 1.5 HP two tank compressor that I have to drain daily. What is the most efficient trap to capture the water oil mixture as I drain it?
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1answer
198 views

What type of faucet is this?

I cannot for the life of me figure out what kind of faucet this is. I need to replace the stems as they are leaking but without knowing the brand I am stumped!
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1answer
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Is it okay to use silicone sealant on plexiglass?

I've installed an air conditioner in a large horizontal sliding window, and I've used plexiglass to block off the space above the unit. I'd now like to seal the edges of the plexiglass pane to prevent ...
3
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1answer
147 views

Is there a better way to join two corrugated pipes?

I've got two pipes from my dishwasher underneath my sink that are for the water that drains out of it. The pipe join has recently started leaking. The join is shown in the picture below and my ...
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1answer
139 views

How do I mark out gradient for tiling?

I am planning to lay a blue stone tiled terrace at the back of my house that needs to run in a slope away from 2 joining walls. The diagram might explain this better. How can I mark out this sloping ...

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