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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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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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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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449 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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396 views

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
737 views

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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152 views

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
116 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
87 views

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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2answers
72 views

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
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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
553 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
1k views

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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1answer
543 views

How can I rewire this light switch?

I have an older mobile home, 80's model. the light switch in a bedroom busted out of the wall so I went to replace it only I am confused about the wiring. Normally I am fine with this when replacing ...
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0answers
380 views

Would this buildup cause “dHE” error on an LG Tromm dryer?

Got the machine off craigslist. During the drying cycle it stops and shows the error. The user manual tells that with dHE error I should inspect the water supply, if the water supply is within spec, ...
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1answer
58 views

What are these parts described by the service manual?

The service manual for a LG WM3677HW shows a very bad diagram... and I'm not very familiar with the parts to ID them. The image above tells me to probe 3 components, and if out of spec replace ...
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0answers
156 views

How do I vent a floor drain and toilet sharing a common drain on the second floor?

Can the upper portion of a sanitary tee installed vertically in the stack be used as a vent if both a floor drain and toilet enter it at the same level through a common drain (wye) and there are no ...
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2answers
740 views

Will thinset be damaged if it gets wet after drying 18 hours?

I laid tile in the bathroom yesterday. About 18 hours later, it felt pretty solid, so I took the opportunity to do some minor plumbing work under the sink (replaced the water shutoff valves). I had ...
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3answers
1k views

Is it safe to wire regular receptacles to the end of an extension cord?

Is it safe to cut off the single-plug end of an extension cord and replace it with several regular receptacles and a metal box? Should the box itself be grounded?
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2answers
657 views

How to tell when a plumbing fitting is tightened correctly?

I replaced the supply valve on my bathroom sink with this ¼-turn angle valve. Both valves (hot and cold) are leaking about 1 drop every few seconds at the valve's input. I got them hand ...
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1answer
117 views

Does the amount of air noise generated by a portable fan depend on blade design?

Forgetting about motor noise, are all household fans such as window fans and table top fans equally noisey? Is there a type of blade or grating that is quieter than others for the same amount of ...
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2answers
2k views

What is an oven anti-tip device and how do you install one?

I'm trying to sell a home, and we're in the inspection / repair phase. The buyers asked for me to install an anti-tip device for the oven in the kitchen, and I'm not even sure what that is. Can ...
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4answers
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Is carpet installation easier before or after installation of doors?

I was wondering if carpet installation is easier if doors are not installed and how substantial the difference it makes to install doors after carpet. I would imagine it would be easier but by how ...
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1answer
1k views

How does National Electrical Code section 300.4 (D) apply in this situation?

Saw a picture of an example of code NEC 300.4 (D) where a furring strip was used and a wire was run parallel to the furring strip. Per the code, the wire was 1 1/4" away from the nearest edge of the ...
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2answers
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how long should I let latex paint dry before installing outlet covers and other fixtures?

I've recently painted a room with latex paint. To finish the room I need to reinstall outlet covers, as well as some other fixtures that screw to the wall. I was wondering how long I should let the ...
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2answers
399 views

What tools should I use for hand carving and whittling?

I have been hand-carving hunting bows (ie: simple selfbows, straight backed bows, steamed static recurve tips, etc) for a couple years. I used to do all of my carving with a set of nice drawknives and ...
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1answer
1k views

Can I replace an air exchanger with a heat pump?

In my basement I have a rather large Air Exchanger: I have heard that if I install a heat pump I may be able to replace the air exchange. This gives me two benefits that I can see: The Heat Pump ...
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3answers
145 views

How can I paint over flaky lead paint?

I have an old shed which has timber beams that have lead paint on them. The paint is flaking and I want to fix it up. The shed is going to be knocked down in about 5 years, so I don't need a permanent ...
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2answers
190 views

How can I use toggle bolts for kitchen shelves on 30 mm plasterboard?

I'm trying to use a toggle bolt, but the combined thickness of the plasterboard (~30 mm) and the shelf bracket (22 mm) means that the toggle won't push through far enough to spring out and grip the ...
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1answer
568 views

How to wire a new Honeywell RTF6580WF thermostat to replace a Chronotherm IV?

I have an old Honeywell Chronotherm IV thermostat that I am trying to replace with a Honeywell RTF6580WF wifi thermostat. I have a gas furnace and an air conditioner. Wiring for Chronotherm IV ...
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2answers
349 views

What's the best way to replace this sink supply line?

When removing a pedestal sink to put tile underneath, I busted one of the supply lines. I know I can get a flexible mesh supply line at the store, but I don't see any threaded connection on my wall ...
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2answers
121 views

Will 12" tiles crack if laid on a bowed concrete floor?

Today I laid tile in a 25sq ft bathroom with a concrete subfloor. The concrete had a slight "bow" to it, meaning if you hold a straight edge across the 5' width, there is a gap of about 1/8" in the ...
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2answers
224 views

Is this caulk not intended for use around my tub?

I am recaulking around the edge of the bathtub where the tub meets the tile on the wall. I got caulk listed as "for kitchen & bath": Loctite PL(Pro Line) 530. I haven't used the shower in weeks ...
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1answer
112 views

Can I fix a mold problem in wall-to-wall carpet myself?

Recently, an apartment-mate of mine flooded my toilet quite severely. It completely covered the bathroom floor (tiles) and seeped into the carpet. I'd say a good 6-8 feet of carpet was soaked in ...
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5answers
16k views

How do I stop my garage door from opening on its own?

My garage door has opened twice in the last 2 weeks during the night. Is someone driving by and opening it "accidentally"? How do I keep this from happening?
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3answers
388 views

How can I repair kitchen counters that are disintegrating?

We have a pretty standard 90s style laminate kitchen counter top. There are cabinets and a dishwasher underneath, and the counter overhangs them by about a half inch. The bottom of the overhang is ...
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2answers
560 views

Why does the water out of every faucet in my house feel soapy?

The water on new place looks very clean, but has a 'soapy' feel. If I wet my left hand and hold a soap bar for a while, and my right hand I just wet, the sensation if I rub my fingers on each hand ...
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3answers
468 views

How can I install a washing machine in the kitchen?

i am looking to install only a washing machine (no drier) in my condo under the counter in the kitchen. my brother tried to install it for me but some plumbers advised him not to just hook it up ...
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2answers
579 views

How can I make a door open or close depending on the door position?

Almost every door needs to be either open or closed, rarely do we need it half open. Since the doors (not the band) in my home are old, some of them tend to open or close automatically because their ...
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3answers
374 views

How do I remove multiple layers of paint from wooden entrance ledge?

Here's a picture: If I recall correctly I have already tried a chemical stripper years ago and it didn't work. What would be the easiest way to remove the layers of paint all the way down to bare ...
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2answers
2k views

How can I prevent this concrete block wall from falling over?

I have a concrete wall that separates my backyard with my neighbor’s. It has been there for decades (at the very least 30 years). I have a slope of about 30 degrees and have noticed that the wall is ...

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