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How can I muffle a loud doorbell?

I live in an apartment, in which the doorbell emits an unreasonably loud tone (kind of square-wave-y) continuously and at constant volume for as long as someone has the button depressed. Since people ...
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674 views

How can I fix a cabinet to plasterboard with brick wall behind?

I aim to fit a (fairly heavy) kitchen wall cabinet to a plasterboard wall. Behind the plasterboard there does not appear to be any studs. So I guess the plasterboard (what I would call drywall - ...
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Is it safe to use my oven with no light bulb in it at all?

I looked in the oven before sticking a pizza in it and noticed the bulb was popped so I carefully removed it and now I don't know if it's safe to use the oven with no bulb. It's a Roper oven, and the ...
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Can I install used hardwood flooring?

I'm looking to install recycled hardwood. During the demo most of the bottom part of the grooves has been broken off. Will the effect how well it will stay down after it's installed?
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Could wiring a dryer incorrectly cause the control board to be destroyed?

I wired the black hot lead from my new 4-prong dryer cord to the neutral terminal, now the dryer will not power up. Did I destroy the control board?
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What could be causing my AFCI to trip?

I recently purchased my first home and there is are two Leviton Outlet Branch Circuit AFCI receptacles installed. The line from the breaker box is split and each new line runs to an AFCI receptacle ...
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How can I replace this corroded metal P-Trap with a new PVC trap?

I have a big problem at my apartment, the metal p-trap has a hole under my kitchen sink drain pipes due to corrosion, I was told I could temporarily fix it applying epoxy, but I would rather fix the ...
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Why would i have 20 volts a.c.running through my plumbing

I am living in a 1964 mobile home and replacing plumbing from city line up. I cut the galvanized going into trailer and got sparks placed meter between two lines and read 20 volts give or take a ...
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Why does a subpanel need separate ground and neutral?

Why does a power sub panel have to have separate neutral and ground bars other than code satisfaction? Does a sub panel need a main breaker if there is one at the main? Also, does the sub panel ...
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How can I unclog a toilet that is clogged due to non-toilet paper?

I have a 3 year old (deep sigh) who decided to flush a subscription card from a magazine down the toilet. She did this a couple weeks ago, but I think we are just now seeing the affects of this ...
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How do I manage possibly lead containing paint flakes?

House built in 70s It has been repainted 2-3 times since then There's an area of 2 square meters of flaking paint in my bedroom. Fine dust of it right below :( Concerned about lead Limited money I ...
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How can I run cables along a concrete wall?

I am living in a house with concrete walls (no attic, no basement) and I want to run Cat5e or Cat6 Cable from the router which is downstairs to my office which is upstairs. Right now running cables ...
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Is the proposed solution to this masonry project okay?

We will going to build long interior, round(little bit) shaped staircase (similar to this) from concrete, and I needed to get instructions with physics that it will possible to make it without any ...
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478 views

Why would changing ceiling fan speed cause an AFCI breaker to trip?

I recently installed 2 ceiling fans with Lutron combination light and fan dimmer switches. On both circuits, if more than a half second or so is taken when selecting the fan speed (that is, a delay ...
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Can I cap the air return in my unfinished basement?

I noticed today that there is a massive air return in my unfinished basement. The opening is about 2 meters from the blower, and as large in diameter as the return duct coming from the upstairs. This ...
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How would you grade this patio?

This is about a cement pavers patio. On the figure below the yellow arrows show how the lot is graded For grading the patio I seem to have two options: -along the blue lines -along the red line ...
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659 views

How can I remove the switches that control outlets?

In the house it seems that the original owner wanted all top outlets to be switched and the bottoms to be always on. I hate this and want to fix it. So I took all the outlets out from the one room. ...
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Why isn't this 3-way wiring working?

Below is a diagram that I drew to help me rewire a couple of switches. The left switch is a standard 3-way switch. The right switch Cooper 275W-BOX combination single pole and 3-way switch. The single ...
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Just bought a house, 70 years old, want to upgrade 2 prong outlets [duplicate]

I've done some searching on this already and I think I know the answer. But I'd like to ask just to double check. If i am not sure if the outlets are properly grounded, my best bet would be to ...
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231 views

Why would I have hot water at one faucet but not the others?

I recently installed a new electric water heater and now I only get hot water to one faucet at a time. The kitchen faucet is closest to the heater with the bathrooms being the furthest. when i turn on ...
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1k views

How do I insulate my garage ceiling?

My garage gets really cold in the winter and I'd like to insulate my ceiling and/or roof. Here is my ceiling I store quite a bit of things in the ceiling, so the idea is to insulate the inside of ...
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how to fix the dry wall inside of the outer wall ? and what is brown glossy paper in between drywall and insulation? ?

I just found a mold in the bottom corner of my house inside of outer wall. I cleaned mold with bleach and cut the corner. is there any specific way to fix the dry wall of outer wall. Also plz what ...
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How does one fix an unlevel, poorly-supported floor when you can't access it from underneath?

I recently bought a new home. Also on the property is an accessory building which I am using as an office. The building is finished on the inside and has a cheap parquet floor. I'm not sure what's ...
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Special exhaust fan combo hook up instructions, I want the night line always on

I have a Panasonic exhaust fan/ light/night light and want to use the existing one toggle. I know the fan and the light whites and blacks can be put together and the one switch will work both at the ...
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1answer
881 views

Low hot water pressure in one fixture after water heater replacement

I just had my water heater replaced (by a professional) and everything is great except the bathtub fixtures (shower head and tub faucet) in just one bathroom. The water pressure is really low, ...
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Can I use this aggregate for bedding for my patio?

The aggregate shown below was salvaged from a shed that I removed from my backyard I am planning to use it to correct the pitching of my patio (see my other questions in this forum for details) Can ...
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585 views

Can I install two p-traps into one drain

Can I put a Y fitting into the wall to accept two p-trap drain assemblies? I need one for the Reverse Osmosis system and the other for the double sink with disposal.
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Replacing Load-Bearing 2x4 wall with beam and posts - Basement

I would like replace a 64" section of a load bearing wall with a beam and 2 support posts. The current wall is 2x4 pressure treated sill plate on top of poured concrete, 5 2x4 vertical supports and ...
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Can changing the fan speed on a forced air heating system reduce the sound heard in each room?

We recently converted to gas heat. Now, when the heat turns on, there is very loud blowing in almost every room. My Carrier Infinity fan speed is set to "Auto." I was told there is nothing to do ...
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How can I tackle thermal downdraught?

Thermal downdraught on windows is a fact of life. I understand the mechanics involved, but that doesn't make it any more comfortable! Short of replacing the glass in my double-glazed units with (yet) ...
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Why did my central heat shut down?

I did maintenance and turned on the electric heater switch on thermostat to Central Unit. It came on just fine and warmed up the house and shut off automatically. But it never came on again. The a/c ...
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Why is there no water after replacing the filter in a Samsung refrigerator?

I just replaced my refrigerator (RFG297HDBP) water filter with a genuine Samsung replacement filter. However, with the new filter in, I get a short burst of water, then no more water. I can pull out ...
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Should I include an expansion joint between steps and a foundation?

I am building this retaining wall that ends with steps. The steps will be on one side against the foundation of the house. My question is should I use expansion joints between the step units (SRW ...
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Is it ok to use a rotary hammer to make a hole in the sub dirt wall of my basement?

I am considering using a rotary hammer to make a 1" hole in my basement wall. I want the hole to route a pex line entirely underground out to a remote garden hose spigot on the far side of my lawn. I ...
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How do I replace rotten Subfloor under a supporting post

Rotten Subfloor goes under support post of my lanai Roof. Best recommendation so far is to cut 3/4 inch thick end off a 2x4 (post is a 4x4) hammer under one side, scrape/chisel out other side of ...
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How can I prepare my home to be vacant for a month?

I'm planning a trip for the month of December. I live in Ottawa, Canada where daily low temperatures range from -12°C to -6°C, falling below -21°C or exceeding 1°C only one day in ten. What are the ...
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What is “sealing compound” for attaching a sink

My directions simply say "Sealing compound", but an initial search on this isn't showing much. What specifically should I use for attaching a sink top to the wood vanity it will sit on.
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114 views

Why would I have two wires feeding one smoke detector?

I found a smoke detector in my house that appears to have two wires feeding it from two different circuits. Is this OK?
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Should I remove my air conditioner for the winter?

I have an air conditioner that sits in the window. Due to restrictions placed by my apartment managers, I was unable to install any external support. Instead there are 2 L-brackets that keep the air ...
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161 views

What gauge wire do I need to supply 15A to small building 440 ft from the main house?

I have a small building that is 440 ft from the main house, and I want to supply power to it. One 15amp circuit will be sufficient. What size wire is needed to do this?
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How should I anchor a hand railing to sandstone steps?

I've got three exterior steps made of natural sandstone. They are 6 ft wide, and 10" thick. I need to anchor a metal handrailing to them. The railing has two feet: 1/4" metal plates with 3/8" holes ...
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How do I identify the hot, neutral wires in a light fixture?

I have a hanging light fixture with a "plug-in" cord with a brown and a blue wire that is to be hard wired to house wiring black and white. Is the brown hot and the blue neutral?
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What is the smell coming through my HVAC system?

If I leave the furnace fan always running for an extended period of time (to circulate and filter the air), when the central AC turns on there is a not-so-fresh smell that is emitted through the ...
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1answer
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Why wouldn't a 130 volt BR 40 bulb work in my recessed light fixture?

Background: I noticed that light bulbs in our house burn out too frequently. We don't get even 1/4 the life-span that is advertised. This is frustrating. Some ten years ago when CFL's came, I tried ...
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1answer
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How can I install laminate flooring without removing base molding?

I am looking for a suggestion about not removing my base molding and laying laminate under it. It will be much easier than removing because of risk of damage ,etc. , and I will put 1/4'' or 1/2'' ...
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1answer
71 views

What tool do I need to remove this screw?

I'm having trouble identifying this type of screw: it has a small hexagonal hole inset 2-3mm inside the barrel. Will a small hex key suffice or do I need something more specific? (The view from ...
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59 views

How to take down a lath and plaster ceiling

I have a lath and plaster ceiling to remove, but it is quite large, and my first attempts have created masses of dust. Is there some way to take it down easily? (For example, would lifting the ...
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2answers
440 views

Can I output video single wire RCA signal out of 3 composite ports?

My projector has a single RG-6 cable with RCA terminals running to it from the console space in the front of the room. I wanted the cable to be hidden as much as possible and I didn't run an HDMI ...
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172 views

How do I slope a patio toward one of its corners?

I have a rectangular patio which I would like to drain toward one of its corners. Is there any subtlety that the installer needs to know in order to create a proper grade for this? Do you need to ...
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What type of insulation can be used near knob and tube wiring?

I have a house build in the 1920's. I recently had a HVAC system installed, and i have to insulate my actic (Unfinished). The three bedrooms and one bath on the floor below have a center ceiling ...

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