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At what temperature does a WiFi thermostat stop sending a signal to the router?

I recently purchased and installed a Honeywell WP6500 WiFi thermostat and thanks to Stack Exchange, got it up and running. I have a house in New Hampshire, which I use occasionally during the winter. ...
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What are reasonable expectations about grout width accuracy in a professional tile installation?

We are currently redoing our master bathroom and our contractor just got half way through laying the tile on the floor. The grout was supposed to be 1/8" wide, but there are quite a few places ...
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How should the concrete anchoring some fenceposts relate to the driveway they're puncturing?

I'm about to have some 8" cores drilled through a concrete driveway in order to run a fence across it. I'll use 4x4 posts, probably cedar, sunk several feet deep and anchored in concrete. Should the ...
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Why does the washing machine cause water hammer in the pipes in my bathroom?

We recently replaced the valve in our bathtub/shower as hot water would not go to the shower faucet. Now every time the washing machine fills (located downstairs other side of house), the pipes bang ...
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Hampton Bay ceiling fan doesn't work properly with wall dimmer switch?

I recently installed a ceiling fan in our living room. It's a Hampton Bay (68" without light kit). The fan came with a remote control. I don't like using the remote so I installed a wall dimmer ...
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How can I restore the color of my Trex deck after sanding?

We have Trex Deck on a screened in porch. I resorted to sanding a couple of spots to get rid of stains, left when the cat upchucked his food. Now those spots are darker than the rest of the flooring ...
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Clicking sound from water heater after flushing toilet?

Sorry if this question has already been asked but I have a random question about my water heater to see if this is anything I need to be worried about. To start off I live in an apartment complex and ...
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What is the maximum weight loading from a drywall screw stud? [duplicate]

what sort of weight can I hang off a drywall screw stud?
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How to adhere drywall to cinder block

I have just purchased a home which I will be renovating prior to moving in. The house was built in 1950 and has cinder block ex/interior walls. I have an area going into the hallway which attaches to ...
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How to seal new PVC to old Lead pipe “toilet bend”

I have an old toilet flange which was a brass ring on a 4" lead bend that connects to the main cast iron stack. The old brass flange ring corroded and broke. I found a nice PVC fitting that fits ...
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Water has quit running thru my humidifier.

Furnace humidifier dry as a bone. have changed the filter, duh, that is the only thing I know how to do! Bottom line, there is no water running through it.
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Add blown in insulation by hand

I have a few small areas in my attic that don't have sufficient insulation. The insulation already in place is blown-in. How practical is it to fluff up blow-in insulation and deposit it by hand in ...
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How to attach outlet box in soffit?

I'm now planning to install out outlet flush, or as flush/above as possible, to the soffit. I've read other threads, and believe I'm good on how to protect it, etc. I buy a rate outside box correct? ...
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air vent on downstairs bathroom but not upstairs

Is it true that downstairs bathroom "need ventilation" more than upstairs, to avoid mold growth? I know at my house the downstairs bathroom has a vent fan but the upstairs does not. I'm wondering if ...
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Re-seal trailer roof

I have a small metal trailer. It is 5 years old and has developed a leak. I'd appreciate advice about how to re-seal it. The trailer has a PVC coated galvanised steel body, about 6ft long and 4ft ...
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Home Water Pressure

Does house size matter when it comes to water pressure? I have a 3000sq.ft. 4 level split and the Master suite is on the top floor. I use a well and live in the country. Pump is 3/4 HP jet pump. ...
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Is it okay to protect NM Cable in an unfinished basement with ENT?

Adding a 20 amp subcircuit (120V) to furnace room to turn it into a workshop. Initially it will have one duplex and 2 fourplex receptacles, the fourplex receptacles will be on cement walls, the duplex ...
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How can I repair the damage to this wood floor?

We just moved into a new house, and the flooring in the entrance and kitchen is a little beat up. I am not sure if it is hardwood or laminate flooring. There are some spare boards in the attic ...
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How can I stop my fluidmaster pump from opening when I open the water in my bathroom sink?

My fluidmaster pump in my toilet opens up sometimes when I open the water in my bathroom sink.
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370 views

What type and thickness of glass to use for floor over stairs?

We have created a new loft room and over the already built stairs, the covering over the deepest part of the stairs is a plywood covering. I would like to replace this with glass that will be tough ...
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Can I prevent bed bugs?

I'm moving in to a new unfurnished apartment. Many apartments in my city are reported to have bed bugs. Is there anything I can do to prevent bed bugs from moving in? For example, does it help to ...
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Is it allowable to have an electrical cable going into the attic through a soffit from outside?

I'm adding ice cables to part of our roof. I drilled a 1 inch hole in the soffit and then got stuck getting power into the attic for an outlet. I called an electrician who couldn't say enough how ...
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How do I install recessed lights in a metal framed ceiling?

I live a building with metal framing used in the walls and ceiling. I am looking to add some recessed lights to parts of my home but am having difficulty figuring out what the best approach is. I ...
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78 views

Help translate terminology relating to flat roof construction

I just bought a house which had an extension done 12 years ago. I am about to do some work in this area and want to understand what has been done before. Below is a screen shot of the bits of the ...
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Help translate terminology relating to concrete floor construction

I just bought a house which had an extension done 12 years ago. I am about to do some work in this area and want to understand what has been done before. Below is a screen shot of the bits of the ...
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Will cutting PVC pipe with a miter saw dull the blade?

I want to cut some 3" PVC with my miter saw and I'm wondering if this would dull my blade. I think its a 60 or 80 tooth Diablo blade.
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1answer
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Is the furnace undersized?

I have a 2700 sq ft rambler home with cathedral ceilings over a large portion of it - over the hallway, 2 living rooms and kitchen. We replaced the furnace that was installed when the home was built ...
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481 views

Can 2 - 6“ flex ducts be combined into a single 8” rigid duct

I'm trying to clean up some sloppy HVAC work in my home prior to finishing my basement. I have 2 VERY long 6" flex duct runs coming off the supply master that feeds the great room in my house. Both ...
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697 views

What are my vapor-barrier options under Hardie siding?

I'm currently in the process of replacing all the siding on my 1940s home. It was originally wood dutch-lap and that was covered with felt paper and asbestos siding. I'm taking all the siding off, ...
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How do I level a concrete basement floor with a 1" dip?

I want to level my concrete basement floor, but on one end it slants down over 1" (over a 3'x15' run). Can I fill this area before using self-leveling compound, to save money, or what else could I ...
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How do I add a P-Trap to a copper drain?

I started to get a smell in the downstairs bathroom and after ruling out the wax seal on the toilet it is coming from the sink drain. We are in a split level so technically its in the basement. ...
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Problems with oil furnace

Why does my oil furnace keep triping reset after 10 sec of running i have to have thermostat all way up for it to run i changed primary control box, nozzel, electrodes and thermostat any ideas
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Does my vented septic tank even require traps and vents near the actual fixture connections?

My home has a septic system with a vented lid to let the sewer gasses escape from the tank itself. As a result, it seems like far less gas (if any) would travel up the waste plumbing and exit through ...
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How do I get all these wires up from the basement to the attic?

I'd like to run new cabling for data, voice and tv but I'm having a hard time figuring out how to get some of the wires up to the attic for the 2nd floor and would like some advice. I've run cables, ...
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Renovating Crawlspace with Poured Concrete Floor

My newly-purchased 1950s home has a below-grade crawlspace with a poorly-poured concrete floor. Specifically, it is very coarse and looks like it was poured and spread with a garden rake. In some ...
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what could happen if a 240 stove cord was improperly installed and then stove was plugged in to the receptacle?

I think my new stove cord was installed wrong and after being plugged in we heard a ((whooooaamp)) sound and all the lights in the house flickered, now none of my 220 appliances will work correctly. ...
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Who pays for hooking up electricity to a new house? [closed]

I recently saw someone say that the utility company will pay to bring electricity into a newly constructed home. Can anyone confirm this? Does the electric company pay, or the homeowner, or is it ...
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Noise reduction for roof air condensers

I have built a 38"x81" pressure treated platform to host an air condenser and a heat pump (two unit house) on the roof of my house. It is positioned right above the master bedroom so I am a little ...
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1answer
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Do TRIAC dimmers “wear out”?

I have a 3-bulb fixture on a 3yo dimmer. It seems -- and this is really impossible to prove -- that the buzzing/singing of the dimmed bulbs has gotten worse over time. It doesn't really make sense ...
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Is the Zinsser BIN Shellac primer sandable?

We are preparing to prime kitchen cabinets that had past nicotine stains, and want to completely block any future bleed-through of those stains. We hesitate using the Shellac because we aren't sure ...
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1answer
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Repairing area in exterior siding

I have an area in the front of my house, here when I purchased, that I've been told used to serve as something for firewood. I'm interested in fixing the area by removing the 'indent' and making it ...
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1answer
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How to clean tv plasma screen

What should I use for cleaning a TV plasma screen? My three-year-old daughter has put her hands many times on the screen and there is a big spot on it. I don't live in America, so maybe I'm not able ...
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1answer
274 views

How do I repair this laminate bubble?

I set a boiling hot pot on top of the laminate countertop & this happened: Is there a way to repair that, or do I have to replace the countertop?
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1answer
123 views

How can I repair a ground-fault?

I'm hooking up a new GFCI in a remodeled bathroom, replacing an older one. There are two outlets following on the circuit. The GFCI works fine, but as soon as I would plug a light into the next ...
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2answers
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Wifi Thermostat wiring

Replacing 2 Hunter thermostats with a Honeywell RTH9580 Wifi. Neither unit has a C wire - I'm comfortable with the upstairs high efficiency unit, but the downstairs older unit has thrown me for a ...
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2answers
521 views

why doesn't my washing machine spin when it's full of water?

I bought a brand-new washing machine, a 3.4 cubic foot Whirlpool top-loader (model # WTW4800XQ), and it's not working properly. When I put in even a very small quantity of dirty clothes and set it on ...
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1answer
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Which kind of roof coating to use to treat low pitch mod bit roof?

My city row house is 100+ years old and has a low pitch modified bitumen roof. It looks like a one piece asphalt or tar sheet covering of the roof. I bought the house 7 years ago and never had it ...
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What does the panel release button do on this hinge?

I've just spent some time fighting with the hinge in the image below and finally worked out how it works. There is one part of it that's still a mystery and in the documentation it's called the Panel ...
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Can solar tubes be installed in an existing south Florida barrel style roof?

I believe the roof is cement barrel. I am thinking of purchasing a house with this style roof and want to add more natural light. Is it possible?
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Why is there no hot water in the kitchen after flushing our water heater?

My husband and I recently moved into a new house that has two water heaters. One is gas and supplies the main portion of the house, the second is electric and (as far as we can tell) only supplies the ...

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