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Hot water in cold water pipe

I recently had a recirculating pump installed in the far end of my system. (The master bathroom is at the far end of the house away from the water heater.) There are two outside faucets that are ...
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1answer
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Why would I lose water pressure in my house for several months after running the outside faucets?

After using the water outside, the water pressure in my house goes way down. When we flush the toilet you can hear whistling in the pipes and sometimes bubbling like you would after the water has been ...
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How should I remove a raised concrete pad on my basement floor?

I have a raised square of concrete, about 42" by 42" by 6" in my basement. Its probably an "equipment pad" of some sort, not sure what it was originally for, but it is inconveniently placed. Its ...
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What could be tripping multiple GFCI breakers?

I have 14 ground fault circuits split 7 on each side of my panel. I have recently had 5 or six trip on the left side and 1 or 2 on the right. It happens at all hours. It appears I have some kind of ...
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How can I fill gaps in wall plates on an uneven backsplash?

We're having a new house built, and the kitchen backsplash that was just installed is a tumbled stone, which looks great, but isn't a flat surface. As a result, the wall plates for electrical outlets, ...
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290 views

Why is my bedroom light not working?

I'm after some advice please. This afternoon I was replacing a ceiling light fitting with a pendant fitting in my boys new bedroom. Put the bulb in and no power. Checked the bulb and it works, ...
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1answer
309 views

What is this material on my interior foundation walls?

I have a poured concrete foundation. A portion of my basement is unfinished. It looks like a white plaster has been sprayed onto the foundation wall inside my house: I suspect spraying as there are ...
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1answer
218 views

What type of chimney liner and vent pipe are required for a wood stove?

I am working to rehabilitate an old chimney for use by a wood stove. There will be approximately 18 ft from the wall chimney socket (this is probably not the correct name for it) to the chimney top ...
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Potbelly stove standing on hardwood floor directly

I am about to acquire a potbelly stove and was wondering if I should make a tiled platform for it to stand on or is it OK to have it stand on hardwood floor directly. The legs provide quite a bit of ...
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Why is one half of a subpanel not working?

I have 12/3 wire running out to my garage. I have a double 20 amp breaker in main box and a subpanel with two single 20 amp breakers in the garage with black to one breaker and red to the other. The ...
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1answer
162 views

My mid 50's home has ballasts on incandescent lighting fixtures. Can I remove them?

For some reason unknown to me, my house that was built in the mid 1950s has "tungsten or ballasts" wired to each of the light fixtures on the main floor of the house. All of these light fixtures house ...
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2answers
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How can I remove old paint from wooden door frames?

There is paint in almost all door frames in my home. All of them were done because of clumsy paint job years ago. The paint is normal wall color (water soluble). I really need to get rid of the ...
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OK to drive screws into bottom of vinyl window frame?

As I was cleaning the windows before winter, I noticed that a lot of the caulking outside has cracked and come away from the window sill. I also noticed that if I push down on the bottom of the frame, ...
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1answer
68 views

Trip switch goes off 50% of the time when turning off an appliance

I have my computer attached to a six plug board that has its own on/off switch. It also has a power light and an 'earth' light which both are on. When I click off the board using its own switch about ...
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1answer
2k views

Filling old cable holes in brick

My house had several cable runs left from the previous owner that were cut and redone with every TV service they tried. A handful of the runs were brought in from the outside of the house through ...
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0answers
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circuit breaker problem after removing ceiling fan

I removed a Hunter Ceiling Fan. I went to my circuit box and turned off the power from the circuit breaker it was on. I capped the wires and then went to my circuit box to reset my circuit breaker. ...
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3answers
710 views

Why would a short cause the main breaker to trip instead of the branch circuit breaker?

In our home, we have two electrical panels. One main panel (in the basement) and a sub panel on the first floor. The lights to the kitchen on the first floor run to a breaker in this sub panel. We ...
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1answer
109 views

Can you fix scratches in Little Tykes furniture?

Little Tykes has thick plastic furniture and toys. Is there a way to make them look new? Buff, fill, what?
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1answer
472 views

Hot water doesn't come out of faucet right away and makes banging noise when it does

This happens on every faucet in the house. Sometimes, when you first turn on the hot water, it comes out (just the pressure in the line) and then it runs slow and stops. Then, a banging noise happens ...
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0answers
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What is a good way to cut a plastic drum in half? [duplicate]

What is a good way to cut a 55 gal plastic drum in half?
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0answers
22 views

How do I prevent water from leaking from my bath faucet when the shower is on? [duplicate]

When the water is diverted to the shower, water leaks back from inside the faucet towards the wall. How do I fix it?
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2answers
294 views

Broken/busted main cast iron drain line

have busted cast iron drainage (services kitchen sink, dishwasher and bar sink. Have located area that is broken in wall behind bar sink but and not able to remove/replace pipe myself as the break is ...
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1answer
342 views

What could be causing my washer to make thumping sounds after the spin cycle?

I have a Kenmore model 417.94702300 washer/dryer combo. A couple days ago the washer began making a thumping sound after every spin cycle, whether as part of a wash or just a rinse. I found this ...
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1answer
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Is a2x8x10' enough support as a ridge beam for a 14'x10' shed roof?

I'm building a 14' x 10' shed with a gable roof w/ 3.5/12 pitch. I plan on a 2x8x10' ridge beam attached &supported by 2-3 2x4's. rafters will be 2x6x8' 16 or 24" oc. i was hoping for an opinion ...
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0answers
191 views

Which mini LED spotlight is best for a display case? [closed]

I am currently building a Lego Creator Sydney Opera House set. After its done I want to build a display case for it and want to put some LED floodlights to light up the landmark. My question is are ...
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1answer
440 views

Can you run a pool pump with a cover on?

Can you run pool pump with vinyl tarp style cover on the pool. This cover drops down into the pool approx. 6-8 inches by design.
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0answers
39 views

Remove gloss from wood

what is the best way to remove a layer of clear varnish from my garage doors. I need to get them ready for winter and would prefer to stain them but it will not paint over the laquer very well. Sand ...
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2answers
156 views

What types of businesses have tree roots available?

I'm looking for some tree roots to make some custom tap handles. I live in the middle of Portland, Oregon so I can't exactly go cut down a tree by myself. Do lumberyards sell them? Do tree-removal ...
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2answers
79 views

1971 D615MH Coleman Furnace,

I have a Coleman D615MH furnace. It will not kick off. I have to turn both breakers off. I just replaced the thermostat, thinking that was it. I turned the breakers on & it was still running. ...
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1answer
2k views

Hot Water Circulating System Problems

My hot water circulating system was installed in 2006. It has a dedicated return line from all faucets. I've been having trouble lately with the hot water, it turns cold at the faucet when the pump ...
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2answers
84 views

Fogged up window panes [closed]

My large window in the living room has fogged up. The contractor who flipped the house is not around. The window is 5 years old . Who will or is there a warranty? I I think he purchased them at ...
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2answers
1k views

Does the neutral wire float or go to the neutral bus on a sub panel?

Does the neutral wire float or go to the neutral bus on a sub panel?
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1answer
162 views

Can I replace the insulation in an LG oven?

Something has gotten between insulation and metal of oven. Whatever it was, it was cremated and the smell is bad when oven is turned on. Can the insulation blanket be replaced?
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3answers
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Why is my gas furnace vibrating when blowing hot air but not when blowing cold air?

I have a gas furnace. I recently replaced a bad blower motor. At that time I also cleaned out the blower housing and squirrel cage. The AC runs fine with no vibrations or any symptoms of an off ...
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1answer
203 views

Do I need a replacement attic vapour barrier after asbestos removal?

I recently had our Zonolite vermiculite asbestos professionally removed. The company used a large vacuum truck to remove it. They also ripped out the 6mm plastic vapour barrier in the attic. They ...
3
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1answer
801 views

Can I replace two light switches with a single light switch?

In my basement family room I have two sets of track lighting on either sides of the room. Each set is controlled by it's own dimmer switch, and both dimmer switches are in the same box in the wall. ...
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3answers
250 views

How can I ensure precise alignment of wooden parts assembled with bolts?

I am building a CNC machine (don't need to know what that is), and I have chosen wood to be what I make the frame out of. One problem that I am facing is joining the pieces together. It may seem like ...
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2answers
3k views

Do we need to install shoe molding?

We are removing our carpet to be replaced with locking laminate flooring. I am pulling the baseboard molding because we want to replace it with 3 1/4" MDF baseboard to be painted. Some of the reason ...
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1answer
272 views

Covering roof vents to keep out roof rats

I have around 20 vents on my roof and I currently do not have a roof rat problem but I want to cover them with something to prevent roof rats getting into the attic. I'm sure I can find something at ...
2
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1answer
90 views

Electric floor heat in basement without tile

I'm planning on putting electric floor heat in a daylight basement room which has a concrete pad. However, we don't like tile, so we'd like to use something else--preferably something that looks like ...
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1answer
317 views

How can I stain dark Sapele wood to reduce red tone?

I have installed stair treads in Sapele (dark wood with definite reddish tinge) but now realize this clashes badly with the coffee coloured bamboo floor and the oak doors of the hallway where the ...
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6answers
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Anyone have an idea about unidentified constant noise/vibration in single-family house?

I cannot find the source of a constant noise & vibration that have recently (month or so) been happening in our single-family house. I've asked 2 different people, including our handyman, who ...
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3answers
2k views

Can you run a junction inside an outlet or recessed light

I have been working on finishing my basement and am starting my rough in electrical. I am learning as I go and have gotten most of the basics down.. calc load, box size, stapling, supports etc. One ...
3
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1answer
540 views

Do I have studs on my plaster and lath wall around/above fireplace?

my home was built in 1892. The fireplace was a coal burner that has since been replaced by a propane fireplace insert. I want to mount a TV above the fireplace but am uncertain as to what is behind ...
2
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1answer
124 views

Why must I hold the start button for my dryer to work?

I moved into an apartment with an old dryer that had issues starting and getting the clothes very hot. I had to hold the start button in and the dryer would "ramp up" before it would start. Anyway, I ...
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1answer
51 views

Gas Regulator Replacement

We had our gas company come and or utility room for gas leaks and recommended that I have the gas regulator replaced. I matched up the numbers and ordered it and would like to replace it. Is there ...
2
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2answers
562 views

De-coupling fan and lighting switches?

Background on what I'm trying to do: This question appears somewhat similar in concept to Can I control a bathroom extractor fan independently from the light? however, in my case, I believe the ...
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1answer
237 views

Why do I hear intermittent speaker hum that goes away when I turn lights off or on?

I'm hearing speaker hum in a stereo system that I recently hooked up. I can't pinpoint when the hum begins, but I've identified that turning certain lights off or on in the same room eliminates the ...
3
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1answer
294 views

Temporary toilet installation

I need to install a toilet in a my house while it is being built. The floor isn't ready yet and won't be for at least a couple of months and right know it is a rough concrete slab. Since the soil ...
3
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1answer
262 views

How can I know if a self-designed structure I build will be structurally sound?

I've recently begun designing and building structural updates to my house. For example, I've built some shelving units and a cabinet space. Everything has gone well so far, but I'm about to tackle ...

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