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Can metal studs support a 64" plasma TV on a swiveling mount?

Alright, I need a sanity check here. I've been tasked with mounting a 64" plasma TV with an articulating mount onto a metal stud wall in the corporate boardroom. It's the quadruple-threat with no room ...
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299 views

Wiring GU10 Sockets: Cables are of same color - which one should be “live”?

Question: How can I know which cable should be "live" and which one should be "neutral", or does it not matter? (GU10 socket).
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Which kind of board is easiest to work with?

I am building a model for a school and need a material to build it out of. I was wondering which of these three boards are easiest to work with? MDF, Chipboard, Pine or Plywood? The following are the ...
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How much ceiling fan wobble is acceptable?

I've got 3 ceiling fans. The large one (well, when it was working, the motor is seized up now and needs replacement) has always been rock solid. No noticeable vibration/wobble in use. Pushing on ...
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47 views

Cracked Fence Post

I have a 4x4 fence post that is starting to crack about 1 to 2 feet above its base. Is there a type of hardware that can fit around it, probably in two pieces that would bolt together in place around ...
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1answer
98 views

How to fix spotting caused by spray on acrylic sealer?

My wife sanded, primed, painted, put vinyl stickers on and then attempted to seal an old coffee table for use in our kid's playroom. Unfortunately, the Mod Podge Acrylic Sealer caused spotting on the ...
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184 views

24" o,c, 2x4 for load bearing wall and rafters for workshed?

I'm making a small 12x16ft workshed. I want to go 24" o.c. on the walls and rafters (rafters may be 2x6, or 2x4 with supporting members), both for cost saving, and because it will create less thermal ...
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thermostat batteries replaced, AC unit won't start

Came home from work to find no AC. I checked the thermostat and the display was blank. After replacing the batteries and resetting the program, my AC unit never started up. I checked: - The AC unit ...
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467 views

GFCI (panel) breaker trips on neutral connection

I have a circuit previously with a regular 15A breaker, powering some lights, a closet outlet, and two (tile) floor outlets. This latter is now going to power a large aquarium. Because these outlets ...
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132 views

What codes are invovled in running an overhead subpanel feeder to a detached garage?

This subfeeder will be going to a detached garage about 30ft away, and powering a 100amp subpanel. I'm not sure what codes are involved in this feat. I'd like to know the codes involved for ...
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1answer
171 views

Insulating and reducing boominess of plywood subfloor

I have a plywood subfloor in a ground floor extension that is laid directly on the joists. The current floor is half solid wood tongue-and-groove laid on top of green fibre underlay and half fake ...
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Does the rough opening for this door need to be reframed?

I bought an inexpensive 32" prehung entry door to replace an old wood door in my detached garage. After removing the old door and some really bad furring work, the rough opening is just shy of 36" ...
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1answer
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Bar-sink drain won't drain water

I have a new shallow bathroom sink that has no overflow. I put in a bar-sink drain cover (to prevent anyone from closing the drain), and the water doesn't flow down the drain. It just stands there, ...
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Stud wall bracing

I need to remove a steel brace in the wall between my bedroom and the garage. I'm building a closet in the garage for the bedroom. I'm opening the wall to install mirrored sliding doors. There is ...
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2answers
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Why have my ceiling fans started running slower?

We have had these ceiling fans for about 9 years. They worked great at first at very high speeds. But now even on high they are going as slow as on low speed. I have a wall switch for the fan beside ...
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61 views

Mixing two different primers?

Can I cut in my walls with a latex primer sealer by gliden if I already rolled walls with zinser oil base sealer
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1answer
201 views

Why would cinder blocks be used instead of concrete for a foundation wall?

Saw this video about how to properly lay bricks and dang! It takes more skill and care than I thought. Then I saw a video about how foundations are poured into wooden casts from a big concrete truck ...
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1answer
1k views

Air handler condensation draining problem

For the life of me, I cannot figure this out. My air handler and heat pump were installed in 2006 and work great. For the first summer since I've owned the home, condensation started to not drain ...
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2answers
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How can I clean an office chair?

I recently bought a new office chair. It smells strongly of whatever chemicals it was treated with in the factory it was made in. I tend to get allergic reactions to unwashed clothes, and I believe ...
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0answers
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How can I build a septic tank?

I am considering renovating my house, that will be turned into a small student housing (approx 10 - 15 people). I would like to know what is the most efficient way to build a septic tank to dispose ...
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1answer
456 views

Furnace filter inserted backwards, will this cause permanent damage?

Just found out that my wife changed the last furnace filter and inserted it backwards. This was noticed after the ac was not cooling the house very well. I went outside and noticed that the coil ...
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1answer
2k views

Can you disconnect and reconnect a gas flex pipe?

I installed a new dryer last week and, in doing so, purchases a new flex pipe as they say you should never re-use the old one. I now need to make some adjustments to the flooring so need to pull the ...
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1answer
577 views

Can I have a separate thermostat for a wood boiler?

I want to wire a separate thermostat for my outdoor wood boiler so that just the furnace fan will come on without the propane kicking on. This is a Coleman furnace. Is this possible and if so, how ...
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Cracks on stucco attached patio to house.

There are 90 degree cracks on the attached patio that was added to the existing house on both ends, what does this mean and is it serious? This has been there for like 2 years. Also today I ...
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1answer
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Will KILZ® contain black mold?

we had a leak awhile back inside the wall, from a shower valve leaking. That has been corrected and everything is dried out. Today while tearing out the sheet rock on the wall that backs up to the ...
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5answers
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How can I insulate my basement on a budget?

I have a home built in 1925, a "Chicago Bungalow" style, in Louisville, KY. I have roughed in the basement, trying to take advantage of every square inch. I am planning on using it for short-term ...
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1answer
72 views

Why would I have to continually reset my hot tubs heater?

Trying to determine if I have a heater issue or maybe a sensor problem. Heater works and heats up the 2000 Grandee hot tub, but every few days it stops working. If I turn if off at breakers for a few ...
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Why do I have a green light on my GFCI but the outlet will not come on?

While cleaning, my niece sprayed my GFCI outlet causing it to go out. I attempted to reset it but came up with negative results. I purchased another one, hooked it together (green light came on ...
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How realistic is lowering a concrete floor?

So first off, I love basements, its almost like a fetish. Ook.. so this guy is selling a basement in his building and its perfect(got good water, electricity, comms, location and cheap!) except for ...
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1answer
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soundprofing edm studio room [duplicate]

if i hang mass loaded vinyl like curtains around the room,will it soundproof the room do other neighbours will not complain when im doing music in strange hours? what other options do i have for a ...
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1answer
52 views

Can I use coaxial cable for audio over 30 feet?

Want to buy a mid range AV Reciever model, but my concern is that can I provide input audio from another room(away from 30feet) by coaxial cable (or only RCA audio cable required). 2nd, for output can ...
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1answer
277 views

Repair/replacement of overdrilled wall

After taking down one of those cantilever "invisible fixing" Ikea LACK shelves, I discovered that there were twice as many holes in the wall as required and all of them were enlarged and ruined (the ...
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1answer
247 views

Why cement under upstairs bathroom floor?

I went to tile upstairs bathroom floor and when we pulled up old linoleum and replace subfloor that was rotted we discovered 1 1/2" of concrete poured on top of old subfloor. Why would somebody do ...
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HE Front End Washer vibrations on wood floors: any tried-and-true solutions?

We recently purchased a new washer and dryer set. It's a High Efficiency front loader washer with the high speed spin cycles. It's causing us grief. It vibrates like crazy. To the point where it's ...
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How do I remove this stubborn ceiling light fixture?

Please check the photograph of the light fixture. All the bulbs have gone out and I cannot get the glass out to replace them. I unscrewed the decorative thing at the bottom. After that I unscrewed ...
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1answer
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Controlling two fixtures on same circuit independently

I currently have an existing loud bathroom and a ceiling light on he same circuit. The wiring goes from the switch to the ceiling box and then to the fan. Both of these are controlled by the same ...
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1answer
112 views

Is this gray fibrous substance above my ceiling tile made of asbestos?

This is above my ceiling tile. Is it asbestos?
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374 views

Why do my fluorescent lights turn on slowly or not at all in the summer?

We live in Florida, and the fluorescent lights in the kitchen turn on very slowly (if at all) in the summer. Other clues are: They work fine in the early morning Later in the day (hot day) they ...
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1answer
486 views

What solutions exist for opening and closing a window very high up?

We have a room with a high ceiling and a set of four windows. The windows start at about 7 feet. The person who lives in the room is not tall and currently has to use a ladder to open and close ...
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3answers
109 views

Is there a tool to pinpoint an exact location through wood?

I have a wooden roof. I need to drill though it from above, and hit the beams exactly in order to attach something. The edges of the roof are not straight, and it is impossible to find out where ...
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2answers
112 views

Whatzit? Name this dryer or washer thing-a-ma-bob

I am victorious! I have my new LG washer and gas dryer installed. After a weekend of pain and suffering. Well, at least a few trips to Home Depot. All's done except...I'm left with this one part. I ...
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how do I level the floor in a sunk in living room

My home has a step down living room. It has carpet on it, but i want to make the floor level with the rest of the house it is about 2.5 inches step down. People keep tripping. I then either want to ...
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1answer
118 views

Adding circuits in a sub panel

I have a 50 amp sub panel in my basement with 6 circuits in it, which is not enough. How many circuits can I run with a 50 amp service?
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How to fix double-tapped 14-3 cable to boiler

I have an oil boiler for heat. 14-3 cable runs from the panel to a thermal cutoff above the boiler, then into the boiler's control box, and from there to a Taco controller that manages three zone ...
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2answers
920 views

Table saw blade width

I need to make a straight slot cut with my 10" table saw, the cut needs to be 3/16" wide. what saw blade width would come close to this size.
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1answer
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Do I need to remove all the old paint prior to repainting!

I am restoring a window sill, scraping paint and using epoxy sealer & woodsculpt to fill so areas eaten by rot. Right now I'm scraping. My question is how hard should I work to remove all the ...
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2answers
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Frame wall with steel post at corner

How do I frame this corner? There are already two walls up (the one on the left that will become a closet), but that the corner where they meet is a steel post. Obviously I can't move that, and I ...
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1answer
182 views

How to connect a DIY thermostat to the HVAC System

I am building a DIY thermostat similar to this blog. I want to connect it to the HVAC system of my home. How do I do that? I found this post which is very informative but doesn't completely answer my ...
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frame soffit against foundation wall

I'm framing my basement and I have a duct that runs along the foundation wall. There's a little over a 1" gap between the duct and the wall, so I was planning on putting up XPS along the wall and then ...
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0answers
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Water stays in my stackable washer/dryer after the load?

I have a stackable washer and dryer that drains into a regular washing machine drain, but for the last month there seems to be water sitting below the drum and it is foul smelling. Any thoughts??

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