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How to wire in an alternate light controller?

My townhouse complex has external lights on timed controller. The controller only supports a single on and off time which means we need to keep adjusting the lights through out the year to avoid ...
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Will removing subtreads and risers that are attached with construction adhesive and nails damage the stringer?

I am extending the width of my stairs, and need to remove the existing sub treads and risers. They appear to be glued (construction adhesive I'm guessing because it is brown) and nailed. Is this ...
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186 views

How can I level a sagging concrete floor in a condo building?

I am purchasing a second floor condo that has a huge sag in a corner of one of the bedrooms. There is approximately a 1 foot drop in the corner. The issue has been resolved in the basement footings ...
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69 views

What is causing this water on the drywall and how concerned should I be?

I noticed some light lines on the dry wall of one my internally facing walls. Here is a picture of the water lines: It's tough to tell from the picture (make sure to view in high resolution), but ...
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Should my Trane dual zone XB14 be short cycling?

I have a 2 yr old Trane zone dual system and it is short cycling whenever I run the ac side, I called the HVAC installer and he said that is noraml due to the fact that the temperatur is 72 degrees ...
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What's the strongest way to tie drywall into Rock-Lath/plaster with an embedded mesh?

I'm replacing our utility door that goes out to garage, and want to know the best way to tie the new drywall in with the old Rock-Lath/plaster. Usually I just put a backer board in, but with this ...
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963 views

How can I safely get rid of the odor caused by EasyOff oven cleaner?

I recently cleaned my oven with something called EasyOff Fume Free. It worked great at getting the crud off my oven, but now, for the life of me, I can't get rid of the smell. The "fume free" part of ...
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607 views

How to make drawers soft close?

I've bought a MALM drawer system that comes without any soft close-mechanism on the drawers. Is it possible to make or buy external silencers that i can attach to the drawers so they don't make so ...
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108 views

Can I hang a mirror by anchoring into furring strips?

So I'm remodeling my half bath and I want to install this mirror. Unfortunately, Moen's site doesn't tell me how heavy the mirror is so I weighed it using my weight scale (I know, not very ...
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48 views

Why do I have a cat urine smell in the bedroom when we don't have cats?

I have a smell of cat urine in the bedroom without any having cats in the house. What could this be caused by?
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How to wire and hang chandelier over table

I removed the electrical cap from ceiling, expecting to find capped, exposed wires like my other lights. However, I found 3 wires, 2 of them (white and orange) are not exposed and basically just run ...
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Is there any way to stop the air leak through my furnace without compromising its operation?

My house has an 80% efficiency gas furnace in an interior mechanical closet with the return air path below the furnace and through a grille under the closet. However, since the furnace is not a sealed ...
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243 views

How can I add a ceiling light fixture to my apartment?

My apartments (in the San Francisco Bay Area, California) are so depressingly dark because I have no ceiling-mounted light fixtures. I just have standing lamps (with 5 ultra-bright bulbs). Where I ...
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Best way to stop cold air coming in from fireplace

My house was built in 1967 and has a real working fireplace. The problem is, it allows a ton of cold air into the house. There is a chimney cap (and I climbed up on the roof to verify it still works), ...
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63 views

Why would a dimmer start buzzing when some lights are broken?

I have a dimmer that controls a 3-light fixture (filled with 35W halogen incandescents). When the second light went dark (I procrastinated with replacing the first) the last one starts flickering, ...
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83 views

Where should I install the water softener?

We are planning on installing a water softener. The main water source is located outside, about 20 feet from the backyard. The water heater is located in the garage. We are wondering if we have to ...
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How can I calculate the pressure at my house faucets in this situation?

Just installed a 3,000 gallon water tank, gravity fed from our spring. I plan to install a shallow well pump at the tanks and lift about 90 feet vertical to the house. The horizontal run will be 250 ...
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1answer
293 views

How can I close off crawl space vents for the winter?

My exterior air vents are still letting air into the crawl space, even after being closed for the winter. I've seen the suggestions for wedging plywood over the air vents to further block the air, but ...
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228 views

Can I connect a whole house humidifier so that it's always on when the furnace is running?

I installed the model 500 Aprilaire. It seems to work properly, but I noticed that it only seems to maintain a max 45% humidity. So basically it's not always running when my furnace is on unless it's ...
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How can I switch underfloor heating pump after boiler?

my heating system has a boiler which is switched on by a thermostat, it works like this: L/N -> thermostat -> zone valve -> boiler The zone valve has 4 wires, L, N, call for heat and common; once ...
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Could vibrations from a nearby printing press cause damage to my three story RCC foundation concrete building?

My three story RCC foundation concrete building is vibrating. About 30 meters distance industrial printing press machines are continuously working, and I find out when machines start working my ...
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How to replace recessed halogen light from an eyeball fixture?

I have a fused halogen bulb in this eyeball fixture. It's fairly resistant to twisting and pulling. The previous tenants managed to damage a similar fixture in another room, and I don't want to end up ...
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What does a novice DIY'er need to know before building a wall higher than 8' (14.5' feet to be exact)?

I came upon this question, but it is regarding industrial space: How do you frame a wall more than 8-10 feet tall? Therefore, I am asking a new question that pertains to my residential situation. ...
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Tile over brick…with a problem

We have this giant brick fireplace in a home we just purchased. As part of our renovations, we plan on covering the brick with tile and putting a simpler mantel on top. The hearth and surround was ...
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Is it really such a terrible idea to have original pine floorboards in a bathroom?

we have just pulled up some awful old carpet in our bathroom and found that, underneath a layer of particle board, there are lovely old (original?) pitch pine floorboards in lovely condition - I'm so ...
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streamlined snow shoveling

In my snow removal history, I've used a total of 2 different methods. The first and current method, involves using a normal cheap snow shovel which isn't very effective, strains your back, but makes ...
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1answer
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What is causing the clothes washer GFCI to trip?

I have a clothes washer which came with a gfci adapter. The cord didn't quite reach the nearest outlet, so we had the washer plugged into a (grounded) 3-outlet interior extension cord, then to the ...
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585 views

Convert pair of 3-way switches to a one single-pole with neutral

I have a circuit controlled by a pair of 3-way switches wired like this: where there is 12/3 from the panel to the first switch box with the white not connected. I'd like to replace the switch in ...
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Why do utility companies sometimes offer incentives for having equipment that uses less of their product? [closed]

Originally asked as a follow up question, and lost in the controversy of Why would it matter whether a front-loading washer is upstairs? (They will only give me a free FRONT-loader if it's on the ...
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202 views

How can I stop the smell from my kitchen drain?

Our home is 15 years old. We rented our house for a year. When we moved back it smelt like burning smell. We started getting sick. The smell seemed to come form the kitchen drain. It smelt kind of ...
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603 views

Will enclosing my porch keep my house warmer?

Will enclosing my porches during the winter help keep my house warmer? There is a lot of wind hitting the house, and I'm afraid that is causing a drop in temperature.
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597 views

Is it possible to install backer-board on a curved surface?

We are replacing the carpet around our Heart Shaped tub with tile. For better waterproofing we are using cement board on the top surface. The tub is sunk in the concrete floor with a 7" step up to ...
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1answer
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Can I use the existing rigid copper plumbing when replacing a water heater?

We have a 40 gal RUDD water heater installed in 1997. We are thinking of replacing it before it starts leaking. The existing plumbing is with rigid copper, with an expansion tank connected on the ...
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1answer
254 views

Do I need to shut off the gas to my water heater, when I shut off the cold water intake to fix a leaking hot water faucet in my basement sink?

I need to replace a leaking hot water faucet in my basement laundry sink. To do this I need to shut of the hot water going into that faucet. The only option I see is to turn off the cold water intake ...
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444 views

Is there a sure way to know a PVC joint is glued right?

I made some PVC joints that will be buried, since they won't be easily accessible I would like to make sure they are perfect. When I glued them I used primer and glue, but I had to "twist" the pipe a ...
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222 views

When is it appropriate to use a wood rule rather than a tape measure?

Wood rules and tape measures are similar tools, and I've realized I almost always default to the tape measure. When should I be using a wood rule instead?
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Why are the contractors leaving lambs wool fibers in my floor finish?

Contractors continue to leave wool fibers in the finish. They rebuff the floor and add another poly finish but still leave wool fibers. What are they doing wrong? They seem to think this is ok and ...
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348 views

Door lock and unlock based on authorized user proximity

I want to install an electronic lock on my office/workshop that only a specific individual(s) can unlock. I want it to lock every time the door is closed and the room is empty but I do not want to ...
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Will the highlighted legs bow?

I don't really know much about building anything so I was trying to keep this as simple as possible (2x4s and OSB, wood glue and screws). I'm worried about the highlighted legs bowing. This is for a ...
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Why would it matter whether a front-loading washer is upstairs?

We have an old front-loading Maytag Neptune washing machine. The bearings are going bad. I'm looking into having someone swap the bearings out for me, but also considering getting a new machine. I ...
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What can I do if my wood boiler keeps tripping the high limit switch?

I just installed a outdoor wood boiler and added 2nd thermostat in house. When I start wood boiler the high limit switch gets hot and trips. The only way I can keep it going is to put a jumper wire in ...
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79 views

How should I demolish the brick wainscoting on my house's exterior wall?

The front of my house has brick veneer wainscoting on the bottom 1/3 of it. It's ugly brick, and it's in the way of my continuous insulation retrofit project due to how it projects 4" beyond the ...
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1answer
71 views

Can I use a fireplace that is setup for gas to burn wood?

So I have a traditional brick and mortar fireplace w/ chimney. It has a gas pipe (black steel) feeding a gas burner with fake logs on it. This is not an insert. I want to use this fireplace as a wood ...
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1answer
500 views

How can I connect a humidifier to a Goodman dual fuel heating system?

Purchased a dual fuel goodman system with CTK04 comfortnet thermostat. The thermostat installtion guide shows wiring of a humidifier to the (2) Hum terminals on the furnace IFC. My furnace model is ...
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380 views

How can I fix these cracks in my concrete/plaster wall apartment in Paris?

I'm used to working on sheetrock in the U.S. but I now live in France. In my old apartment in Paris, the walls seem to be plaster but could be concrete. It is soft enough to make divots if I dig in my ...
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554 views

Where to add C wire on this air handler?

Thanks for helping me here. I am adding a new wifi thermostat to my system but need to add a C wire directly to the air handler (system is a First Co air handler with hot water boiler for heat and ...
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126 views

How can I frame a mirror with trim?

I want to hang a 4ftx3ft mirror (drywall) and frame it with some trim I found (not mdf). I was thinking I would just route the trim, attach the bottom piece to the wall with some finishing nails, ...
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286 views

What type of room divider should I use to convert a dining room into a bed room?

My dining room has 2 openings: 96H x 64W (do not need a door/opening) 96H x 41W (sliding door) What are my best options to install something which is sturdy (not removable). None of them should be ...
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How often do sewer lines collapse?

I have the opportunity to add some coverage to my insurance that would cover a sewer line collapse (amongst other issues with underground services). Is there any rule of thumb as to how long they ...
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Can an outdoor receptacle be supplied through a GFCI in a bathroom?

My parents just bought a house that is still under the original warranty. There is a standard GFCI outlet in one of the bathrooms with outlets in the other two bathrooms connected to the load side of ...

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