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Vibration dampening solution to stop extractor fan / dishwasher vibration?

I am getting vibrations from some other flat's downstairs dish washer / extractor fan / air conditioning. We're not exactly sure what what is causing it - we can't determine it. In fact, it could be ...
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534 views

Is it safe to run a Kinect 360 cable in drywall?

Does anyone know if it's safe / compliant to run a Kinect 360 cable in drywall? No extension, just the original cable, running a vertical 5-8 ft segment.
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216 views

How should I install underfloor heating over OSB subfloor?

I need some help on my DIY project for underfloor heating system in an apartment. The question is on the screed requirements provided that I have the following (non traditional) setup. There is ...
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1k views

Options for lubricating wires for conduit?

I am trying to pull four #8 stranded wires through a flexible PVC conduit that is 25 feet long. I can get the wires just a few feet into the conduit before they bind. I know there is a commercially ...
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810 views

When there are multiple circuits in a junction box do all grounds get connected

If I have a junction box where there are splices from several circuits, do I connect all ground wires from all circuits together in one bundle or do I do that for each circuit within the junction box? ...
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How to hang a mosquito net safely over a bed?

We have one of those hoop-style mosquito net that hangs off a single hook. When we first put it up, we hung the net with a small brass hook--the kind that you just screw into the ceiling with no wall ...
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164 views

How do I wire a bath fan?

I installed a new bathroom fan. I ran a wire to the light switch, but when I opened the box, there were only two wires inside. How do I wire it so I have a switch for fan and light?
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170 views

Running air handler condensate drain into sump?

The condensate drain from our air handler now runs across the wall and into the laundry sink. This is stopping us from attaching shelving to the wall. I noticed that the sump pump pit is right next to ...
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1k views

How far apart should I space rafters for a 13ft patio?

I'm looking to build a patio roof (shed style) and need to span 13ft. I've found several span tables online, some of them with different maximum distances between the rafters. Is it ok to use 2x8s ...
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1answer
58 views

Fixing a sink with multiple problems

I am interested in fixing the sink below, which has at least two problems: (1) the hot water handle leaks when the tap is turned on, from somewhere in the circled region, (2) no water flows when the ...
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2answers
1k views

How much of this load bearing wall can I remove?

How far can I spawn a gap between posts on a load bearing wall? I have an entry way from the living room to the dining room / kitchen area that I would like to expand. How far can I span across and ...
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1answer
114 views

How do I glue moving ceramic tiles without removing them?

There was a problem with the pipes under the floor, which resulted in several ceramic tiles being removed. At the moment these tiles are back in place. The problem is that 2 tiles next to them, that ...
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1answer
93 views

Can I install T&G Bamboo floor over a sagging subfloor?

The subfloor dips about an inch on one axis across the middle of the room. Structurally, I think this is due to old and rectified foundation issues. Since the dip is just 1-dimensional, can I install ...
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2answers
204 views

Can I run 100A service from a 200A panel in a garage to a house with an existing 60A service?

I have a somewhat unique situation. I had a separate 200A service run to my garage a few years ago to run my welders and compressor. My house still has 60A service. I am now moving my wood shop from a ...
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83 views

How do I get started removing this wood frame?

This is a frame inset into this old leaded-glass window I'm going to restore. It is nailed into the original frame, and I can't get to any of the nail heads to get started. It's important that I ...
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2answers
323 views

Can you attach a post base to a brick patio?

Can you attach a lumber post base to a brick patio, just as like as to a concrete one? Is an additional concrete footer needed?
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429 views

Best way to create a simple and economic steam machine for steaming wood?

I want to build a simple steam machine for steaming wood to bend. To do this I must place the wood into a sealed PVC pipe and pump steam into it. The PVC pipe part is the easiest part. Producing ...
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1answer
209 views

Can I fill this AC line inlet with expanding foam?

I think the PVC inlet for my AC lines is a possible entryway for mice getting into my attic. Is there any reason I shouldn't fill it with expanding foam to seal it off? Or is there a better, less ...
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1k views

How to catch smart mice that avoid anything that remotely looks like a trap?

We've had mice since last year (maybe even the year before) and they seem to have smartened up after successfully using snap traps the first time we noticed them. We probably caught at most 10 and I'm ...
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2answers
2k views

Can I use glue instead of nails to install shoe molding?

I installed engineered bamboo flooring in my home office and have quarter round shoe molding to install to cover the expansion gap. Given how hard the trim is (I've bent nails installing the carpet ...
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1answer
212 views

Strange noise coming from my bathroon outlet

I turned on my bathroom light a couple nights ago & it sounded like morse code coming from the outlet. I haven't heard it since that night. My light switch is part of the double outlet. Do you ...
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1answer
157 views

Should I add a grease trap to a long drain run from the kitchen?

My 1955 house has a 25 foot drain run from my kitchen to my main stack (~7 feet of bends, then ~18 feet straight along a back wall). It has clogged several times in various places, and I have had it ...
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1answer
187 views

How can I put a drain hose through a basement wall or window?

I am putting a dehumidifier in our basement, but need to drain it to the outside.
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1answer
54 views

Change direction between trap and vent

By code, I have 8 feet distance from a 2 inches trap to vent. These 8 feet must be straight? Can I change direction sideways or horizontal (sloped) to vertical and then horizontal again?
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57 views

How should I install a tongue and groove subfloor over ceramic tiles?

I am really new and not sure what I am doing to be honest. I am laying down a t&G subfloor over ceramic tiles to protect them(I am leasing a store front, owners would like to keep the tiles ...
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1answer
82 views

How can I prepare this old exterior wall for painting?

I have an old wall in need of a paint. It's in pretty bad shape having been subject to a lot of direct sun and rain. Here are some pics: How should I prepare the wall for painting to ensure this ...
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2answers
561 views

How do I bend 8-gauge copper wire?

This question may be slightly off topic, but I'm hoping I'll find the expertise I need on this site. I'm making a bird feeder out of a wine bottle, and wrapping 8-gauge copper wire around the bottle. ...
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1answer
60 views

Can I add a booster fan to increase pressure?

How can I increase cfm in an area that is 3550 x 4288 x 2800 mm. There is already a 700 cfm air handling unit working, but this is not sufficient.
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1answer
96 views

How can I add more insulation to this roof?

We've recently leased an office in a tropical climate and I am trying to figure out the best way to increase the insulation in the building. So far I've researched: spray insulation (options are ...
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2answers
126 views

Could I simply seal over this toilet leak?

The leak is on the top-most (whitest) nut, where it meets the base of the tank as shown in the below photo (with an additional photo for context). Would I be able to just throw a ring of silicone ...
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2answers
118 views

Getting melted Tupperware and Play-Doh out of an oven

A child has managed to melt a Tupperware container full of Play-Doh to the bottom of an oven. How might I clean such a mess and get the oven back into operation? Though desirable, replacing the oven ...
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2k views

Why does my fluorescent ceiling fixture trip the GFCI sometimes?

Every so often, roughly a 1/20 chance, flipping the light switch to my laundry room's fluorescent fixture will trip the nearby GFCI outlet. Why is this? Is it more likely to be the GFCI being faulty ...
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Toaster oven makes my kitchen lights flicker

Today, I got a new toaster oven. When it's heating, my kitchen lights (plugged into an adjacent outlet) flicker/pulse. What can I do to reduce the flickering? If I get a power conditioner, can I put ...
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1answer
115 views

What is the recommended thinset when tiling over concrete?

I am about to start tiling a concrete area of my home about 220 sq feet. I was wondering if there is any specific type of thinset I should be using for a concrete surface. The tiles will be 12x12" ...
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1answer
109 views

How can I stop loud rushing water sounds when we flush?

Whenever we flush or turn on the two outdoor faucets, the sound of rushing water in the pipes is unbearable. If we open any other faucet in the house the sound of rushing water is normal, but flush ...
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3answers
244 views

Does the NEC allow a 14ga branch on a 12ga circuit?

Is it within the NEC to wire ceiling light fixtures with 14ga NM from a switch wired with 12ga NM, where the power originates at the switch and the ceiling fixture is a branch? The breaker ...
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367 views

Adding Undersized Fuse to Doorbell Circuit?

So recently my doorbell button got stuck and it burnt out both the electromagnetic coil in the chime and the transformer. As I'm replacing everything I was thinking that I could add fuse to prevent a ...
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1answer
182 views

What's the recommended drainage groove on stone counter top in kitchen? [closed]

We're having a kitchen done, with a new quartz countertop. We want to put some drainage grooves on the countertop by the sink. Our kitchen look is very modern. I wonder what the suggested length of ...
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2answers
79 views

Is there a paint sprayer suitable for both large areas (exterior) and finish work (cabinets)?

I have two large upcoming painting projects that I'm likely going to use as an excuse to invest in a decent paint sprayer. The first is repainting/restaining the exterior of our house. The second is ...
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3answers
865 views

Can I operate a 120v 60 hz sewing machine with a 220v 50hz power supply?

I was going to buy a sewing machine from someone. It's rated 120v - 60 Hz (as written in the label), but the power system here is 220v - 50 Hz. Can I operate this machine with that power if I use step ...
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3answers
99 views

What are the ramifications of using interior oil-based paint outdoors?

I accidentally spray painted some gates for my deck with interior oil-based paint. They had been previously painted and I was touching them up after about 7 years use. I put 2 coats of the oil-based ...
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1answer
119 views

How can I make my garbage disposal outlet work for other electric devices?

I want to install the charging station for a battery-powered "Dirt Devil" vacuum cleaner under the kitchen sink. There's an outlet there which the garbage disposal plugs into, so I thought I would ...
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1answer
115 views

Where is the pressure vacuum breaker typically located in a lawn irrigation system?

Where is the pressure vacuum breaker (or other backflow device) typically installed in a lawn irrigation system? Does it matter, as long as it is before the first sprinkler head? Or does it have to be ...
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1answer
282 views

What could cause the light in my garage door opener to stop working?

The light that is attached to my garage door opener no longer turns on when I open or close the garage. I have tried incandescent and CFL bulbs that work in other lamps. Any ideas of what may be wrong ...
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3answers
546 views

How can I attach a safety gate at the bottom of the stairs?

I have a wall on one side with trim molding at baseboard and opposite end is the wooden banister. What type of gate can I attach. The drywall is not holding the screws in place and we we frequently ...
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2answers
70 views

What problems could be caused by putting mains water in to the pipe from a shared water tank?

I'm having a boiler replaced and have chosen a combi boiler. One of the benefits is mains water pressure hot and cold water where previously I had low pressure coming from a tank. The boiler is in ...
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0answers
34 views

How to prevent thermal cracks between PVC panels

I have a roughly 40' by 20' roof, with the overhang that's about 2' deep. My builder suggested using PVC panels for the eaves (instead of plywood) for lower maintenance and higher longevity of the ...
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1answer
320 views

Is PebbleTec / PebbleSheen pool surface worth the extra cost? Any alternatives? [closed]

First time pool owner in the process of resurfacing a 15 year old pool. We're getting sold hard on the PebbleSheen finish, but I'm not convinced it's worth the bump in cost. In searching online, it ...
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8answers
1k views

What is the right way to clear the drilled plug out of a hole saw?

I am building a project where I am using a hole saw. After drilling through 2, 1" thick boards I have to clear the scrap out of the saw. This is a really slow process and I suspect I am doing it ...
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0answers
70 views

Live wire touching ground, sends power back through TV cable [closed]

This bizarre show happened twice at my house. The first time it happened I only realized something was at fault when I was having to call the cable company every two weeks to fix the cable internet. ...

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