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How do I remove adhesive from outdoor concrete deck that is textured?

I have an outdoor deck that had the old green carpet truf glued down. I removed it some time ago and want to remove the adhesive from the concrete, it has the brushed finish so the adhesive is in the ...
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Is it normal for subfloor to extend under walls? If so, how can I replace it?

I'm trying to replace some rotted subfloor in my guest bathroom. For some reason, I was expecting there to be an extra wide rim joist on the outside wall and that the floor would end right next to the ...
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Closet doors makeover

I have old closet doors that look like this The lacquer is worn out and aged and they look really bad but there are no visible scratches or dents.. I was looking at replacing them with bifold ...
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Why is plywood with tongue and groove preferred for flooring?

I'm just curious - in reading more about subflooring I see that a lot of sources are saying to use plywood with tongue and groove. Why? What is the benefit of tongue and groove plywood as opposed to ...
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555 views

Use of combination CAFCI and GFCI breakers instead of recepticles

I am about to begin a project that will include one or two new circuit for outdoor lights and receptacles attached to the main building. I will probably installing a new home run line from the panel ...
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How water proof is concrete?

I'm looking to buy living quarters in this basement level apartment. The only doubts I have are because some ~5 years ago, there was a giant flood in the city and had this building been couple blocks ...
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647 views

When installing hardwood floor which room should I start with?

Below is the layout of my ground floor. I would like to redo the hardfloor. The old one is still in place, the house was built in 58 and I beleive that the floor was never replaced so it is about the ...
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What is the proper way to remove plywood subfloor?

I need to remove old plywood subfloor from a bathroom (the flooring above it is already gone). What's the preferred/proper way to remove it without damaging the floor joists? One of the methods ...
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189 views

How can can I get replacement wood siding to match the existing siding?

I have some wood siding on my house that is rotting and crumbling away. Here are some pictures of what I am talking about: What kind of wood is this? If I buy new boards likely it is not ...
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Can I lay laminate flooring over top of existing linoleum?

I'm interested in laying laminate flooring over the top of existing intact linoleum. First, any problems with that? Secondly, there are unfortunately also uneven spots under the linoleum that causes ...
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388 views

What's the recommended procedure for converting a single circuit light switch into two switches for controlling a bathroom fan?

I think my question might be similar to Controlling two fixtures on same circuit independently but I don't need anything as fancy. Summary: I'm remodeling a bathroom. Presently it has one switch ...
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276 views

Do subfloors in bathrooms require any special sealant or moisture barrier prior to adding standard floor covering (like tile)?

Region: Santa Cruz, California, USA Do subfloors in bathrooms require any special sealant or moisture barrier prior to adding standard floor coverings (like tile)? I know walls need a covering and ...
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What is the proper order of layers for bathroom walls?

Region: Santa Cruz, California, USA. I'm gutting a bathroom down to the studs and would like a reminder on the proper order of layers for them to ensure that it's moisture-resistant. As far as I ...
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How should I insulate a 12x24 metal shed?

I am having a 12X24 metal shed delivered today. Wood floor of course with studs to the ceiling. Am adding an air conditioner to use when in this work shop for furniture making. Was wondering how to ...
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119 views

Will Korky Universal Flush Valve Kit fit my toilet?

I have a Mansfield MPP 160 toilet. Picture and associated parts here: http://www.griggindustries.com/page277.html The fill valve is broken on it and needs replaced, but I cannot find one locally. For ...
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1answer
391 views

How to fill the joint between tiles and cabinets in a kitchen backsplash?

We have a tiled kitchen backsplash, see photo below. In between the tiles, there's grout. I wonder what choice of materials I can use (if it's different from the grout I use between the tiles) in ...
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2answers
236 views

Does it matter where is live and where is neutral when wiring an electronic ballast?

I just bought a new electronic ballast to replace the old one for my florescent lamp. However, the connection diagram on the ballast does not indicate where I should connect the live and neutral ...
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Which should I do first? replacing furnace or resurfacing concrete floor?

I'm going to get two things done in my basement soon (by hiring professionals), but I'm wondering what the right order of operations is. One task is to replace the gas furnace that sits near the ...
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276 views

Wireless Transformer no C-Wire

I'm trying to install a wireless thermostat but i ran into issue putting in an external thermostat. I have a 2 Stage Cool / 1 Stage heat system. I have the Red 24V from Air Handler connected to R. I ...
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1answer
134 views

Leaving a pool covered for a season and through another winter

So over the course of the year we've been remodeling the house and left the pool covered for the season. With winter approaching I'm curious to know if I should pump out all of the now green water ...
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1answer
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How can I fully winterize my plumbing?

I'd like to leave a vacant house in Northern Minnesota for the winter with no utilities at all (so it will get to -20F at times). I shut off the curb stop valve and confirmed that water is completely ...
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1answer
217 views

How can I straighten out a bent threaded rod?

I recently got a 1/2" acme screw for a project that has a deflection of approximately an eighth of an inch deflection. One would not think that it would be a big deal, but is is making alignment ...
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113 views

Can I replace a junction box with a piece of conduit if I rewire the circuit completely?

I have a bathroom where the fixture was moved. Can I remove an old junction box if I use conduit joiners to splice in a piece of conduit ? I plan on rewiring the fixture from the switch after.
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426 views

Tile over Plaster (bathroom)

I am remodeling a bathroom to add a shower to a previously tub only bathroom. It is an older home (Built late 40's) and I believe the two interior walls are lathe and plaster the exterior wall I ...
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How to form curved concrete seat for bench with back?

The contractor seems very unsure of procedure. He has put some very thin plastic around the front edge of the curve, holding it in place with wide black plastic tape. It is about 1.5 inches tall. ...
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Why do the evaporator and suction lines freeze when there is low refrigerant?

In an AC, why does a low refrigerant condition cause the evaporator, and/or suction line, to freeze up?
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Dig out some remaining rotted post or just pour in cement [closed]

Will concrete harden although some rotted wood is still in hole?
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1answer
134 views

Industrial strength velcro peeling off MDF

I bought some industrial strength low profile velcro in order to make wall mounting stations for a fan. The fan (about 8 lbs) slides onto hooks screwed into 24"x7" pieces of 1/2 inch thick MDF. The ...
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1answer
104 views

how to clean caulk between tub and tile

I am removing the caulk around the bathtub and tile. I believe the previous owner removed the grout out and filled the gap entirely with caulk. I applied silicone remover which is helping but there ...
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473 views

How to accurately judge economics of converting from oil heat to liquid propane?

I have an oil boiler in my house (boiler and burner about 27 years old) and, as part of a renovation project, I may upgrade to something more efficient. I thought I would have to stay with oil because ...
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What is wrong with my air conditioner

I have been using my air conditioner on and off all summer. The weather hasn't been really that bad this year. But now that the weather is reaching high 80s, my air conditioner decides to die on me. ...
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207 views

Can I use metal J-channel and drip caps intended for roofing as my window casing beads?

I'm going to be installing nailing fin vinyl windows using a new construction application in a stucco wall. I'd like to install them properly with gasketed and caulked casing bead around the edges to ...
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2answers
676 views

What grit sandpaper should I use to remove polyurethane from hardwood floors?

I wanted to re-clear my hardwood floors in my home but I didn't know what grit sandpaper I needed to do so. What is the best sandpaper grit to use in removing the polyurethane coat on a hardwood ...
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1answer
319 views

How do I wire a GFCI switch/outlet receptacle?

I'm replacing a switch with a switch/outlet (GFCI) in my bathroom. The switch will control the bathroom exhaust fan. Currently I only have two wires to work with (hot & neutral...no ground). ...
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1answer
239 views

What could be causing drainage issues in our new bathroom?

We had a bathroom reassembled in stages. The bathroom functioned when we moved in 17 years ago but fell apart over time. So we had the floor re-leveled then we had new plumbing and a stall shower ...
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1answer
287 views

What's the best practice for non-90 degree corners on drywall / plasterboard?

I am putting up some drywall in my basement which has been tanked out. I'm using metal C-Stud to keep the plasterboard away from the walls. Am just about to board round the bay window and wanted some ...
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2answers
174 views

How can I tidy up a hole in a plaster ceiling rose?

I have a pretty old plaster ceiling rose with the lighting wires coming out of a pretty ugly hole that I want to tidy up. What are my options for neatening this up? The area around the hole is ...
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1answer
110 views

How to repair broken grout in shower tile?

Just moved into this house a few months ago, and noticed the stub wall in the shower that holds the controls has cracked grout. I'm guessing that somehow water got in behind the tiles and started to ...
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2answers
536 views

How to repair the leg of a computer chair

I have an office computer chair whose leg broke, there is a huge crack along the plastic, and it bends, but its still attached. I tried using hot glue and duct tape, but it breaks apart again because ...
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1answer
64 views

What is the purpose of the crown in the middle of a router mounting plate?

I purchased a router table mounting plate to go inside a custom made table. The insert includes some crown in the middle of the plate. The height of the crown is roughly 0.030". At fist I thought ...
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1answer
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Wiring to a detached garage

I have a detached garage approximately 50' from the house supply panel. I want to wire 6 outlets & maybe 2 overhead lights. I will have no heavy use, mainly 1 outlet & overhead lights. I have ...
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0answers
56 views

Wiring with two black wire options from ceiling

Just took down an older light fixture in our dining-room to replace with a fan/light combo unit. The old light fixture had two clearish yellow wires each connected separately to two black wires coming ...
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1answer
58 views

Hitachi brad nailer - firing it empty against a hard surface

I just bought a brand new Hitachi brad nailer, and part of the "testing process" of ensuring that it operates as normal is when you get it, make sure it fires when the nose is depressed against a ...
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1answer
826 views

Replacing garage door lock barrel

Since I moved into my house, I've not had the key for my garage, so I'm looking into how I can get a new one. I've found what I think I need to replace on eBay, but there are a lot of variations on ...
2
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1answer
985 views

Is there some kind of adapter for an old ceiling box?

I was replacing a light in the entry vestibule at our new house with a cheap flush mounted light fixture. When I removed the old light I discovered that the ceiling box is an old type with a cross bar ...
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1answer
82 views

Properly insulating crawl space

Currently my crawl space has no insulation. The previous owner put gravel on the ground. I was told by my home inspector that I would save some money on energy costs. However, I'm not sure what's ...
3
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2answers
414 views

What is the preferred method for removing & replacing electrical wiring in the garage?

I just purchased a house built in the mid-1990s in Kansas, U.S. The garage is generally finished: It has sheetrock walls and ceiling. It also has outlets spaced every 6 feet or so about 4 feet above ...
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1answer
4k views

Is there a list of status codes for Maytag Bravos Quiet Series 300?

The Maytag Bravos Quiet Series 300 washing machine has a display. It displays codes sometimes. Is there a list of status codes?
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What's the best way/tool to cut a strip of drywall out of my window boxes?

I'm installing nice new vinyl windows, and in order to maximize the glass area, I've ordered new construction windows to avoid having to set them in the existing window boxes and live with the frames ...
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2answers
94 views

How can I repair leaks in metal wrapped wood gutters?

I've noticed a good bit of rain water leaking through what first appeared to be my gutters on my roof. When I got on the ladder and took a few pictures ( attached ), I noticed I've got wooden gutters ...

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