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What is the best flooring for my basement?

I live in Michigan, where humidity is fairly high. I have a 70 pint dehumidifier that works great. I also have a sump pump and water powered backup sump pump. I am looking to floor my basement ...
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How best can I seal up an old coal door?

Alongside my house is an old coal door that was never properly sealed. Some caulk was added around the metal exterior door, and a piece of plywood nailed over the interior opening (more to keep out ...
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What is the most suitable material to use for baseboards in bathroom

I used particle board baseboards in our bathroom a few years ago, but found, even after prepping/painting them, they have swelled up with the moisture in the bathroom (more around the bath area). I ...
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How to fill between door frame and tile

When tiling the bathroom, I cut the door frame higher up than I needed to and now have a large gap. Please advise the best method of filling this gaps so that it looks professional. Some choices - 1. ...
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How should I connect to a short ground wire in a metal box?

I live in a 50's era house that has breakers and a ground wire in every metal box of the house. The problem is they only used 2 prong outlets. They cut the ground wire short and wrapped it around the ...
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Need help identifying 75mm threaded sash window bolt

I recently moved into a new flat with period wooden sash windows. Obviously they are not the most secure and any additional security we can add would be great. One of the sets of windows had 1 of ...
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Why will 26 1.2W 220V LED lights not work with an 800W inverter?

We live off the grid and have just installed 26 220V 1.2W LED lights. We are using 220V as the batteries are some way from the house and and thick copper wire is expensive. Everything works on the ...
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Can I connect two separate ducts systems together?

My apartment, which I own, is split upstairs by two hallways. Each hallway has its own A/C unit, to cool 6 single person rooms each. Recently the south side A/C broke. I have called the repairmen out ...
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Is PVC Schedule 40 pipe safe to use in a potable water supply?

I have not had a problem for nine years and never noticed what my plumbing pipes used. My hot and cold water feed away from heater use "Bristol 1120 Schedule 40 PVC. 480 PSI 73 deg." Is there strong ...
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Why does only the hot water have low Water Pressure from my 2 handle kitchen faucet?

My kitchen faucet is a two handle style with a single delivery spout. The water pressure for the cold water and for ALL the other water sources in the home work fine. The water pressure for the hot ...
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What does this square icon mean on my Honeywell thermostat?

I have upstairs Honeywell Thermostat showing me a square icon since yesterday. The upstairs AC is not working. It is blowing air since the fan is on but the air is not cold. I opened up the ...
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How do I build wall-mounted shelves?

I've spent the past few months getting my flat renovated, and would now like to build some bookshelves across two of the walls in my living room, and around the corner that joins these walls. The ...
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Replacing a standard 2-gang light switch with an electric dimmer switch

I'm looking for a some assistance in fitting a new electric dimmer light switch. I'm in the UK if that makes a difference. I am trying to replace my existing two-gang light switch with a LightWaveRF ...
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Dimensional treated yellow pine lumber, non-standard widths?

I ordered lumber from Lowes for building deck beams, but now I realize after putting up the beam that while they are all level, the boards are of slightly different widths. Of the 2x10 boards I had ...
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1answer
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How to add dimmer to “one switch controls another switch” configuration

In my dining room, I currently have a switch configuration that functions as follows: Switch 1: when toggled, turns light on/off Switch 2: when toggled, turns Switch 1 on/off Can I have 2 dimmers ...
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Why isn't my 3-way dimmer setup working?

My dining room light is currently controlled by 2 different light switches. However it isn't wired how I am used to seeing them. In my old house, there were 2 switches that controlled the dining ...
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Live wire running through entire apartment wall?

I'm currently renting an apartment and my spouse and I want to hang a metal fixture above the wall where our bed is (in lieu of a headboard...for now at least). Where I want to hang it is 4 feet above ...
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What are these horizontal & diagonal 'studs' in the wall called?

My single-story house was built in the 1940s in the San Francisco Bay Area (Earthquake-country). Here is a picture of the wall with the wallboard removed. This is from my neighbour’s house (Same ...
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Can I add/install overhead kitchen cabinets without a wall?

Setup In my current kitchen, I have a semi-decent (yet always inadequate) amount of cabinet space. I would like to add some overhead cabinets over the peninsula. However, being a peninsula, there is ...
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how to install a portable air conditioner on a second floor

I would like to install a portable air conditioner in my upstairs office and wondered how that might be done. I have regular windows in the office but didn't know how to run the hose and where the ...
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Why does turning my kitchen light off turn on my outside light?

when I turn my fluorescent kitchen light off, my outside p.i.r security light comes on, why? the problem started when my father moved the p.i.r up above the door
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Why does my front loading clothes washer stink?

I have a front loading washing machine which smells really bad. I have also had the brown sludge problem which I've managed to clear with hot cleaning etc. I've noticed I have to empty the filter of ...
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How to efficiently circulate air to keep room cool?

I live in Indonesia and I have an apartment with a 6.7 x 5m room, which contains a dining table and a couch. In this room are two 1.5PK (13,000 BTU) AC units on the same side of room nearer to the ...
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Why does my HVAC begin vibrating and stop cooling at night?

I am calling a HVAC technician since this is probably too complex a problem for me, but wanted to hear some possible diagnosis. The symptoms are as follows: The A/C is working well during the day ...
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How do I keep a triple sat dish stable after directing towards the satellites?

I have a triple sat dish to receive tv channels broadcasted through three satellites. . It is a very convenient dish, it is small making it easier to install out of sight and allows us to watch a ...
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what is the woodworking technique used to build this piece?

I'm interested in building a side table similar to the one shown in this link. The woodwork technique looks complicated for an inexperienced builder (like me). How was this piece built?
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How do I change my closet doors?

I have an old wall closet wich has dark brown wooden doors with a little frame for decoration. Something like this. I would like to achieve this kind of doors: With gloss or dark mirror. The think ...
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Does spray mount adhesive damage the paint on walls after the object attached to it is removed?

I would like to place posters on walls using a spray mount adhesive, such as link to 3M product on amazon. It is said that the use of the adhesive will create a delicate transparent gel on the object ...
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How to hang shelf on 2cm thin wall?

I would like to somehow saw out a wood board that fits into the corner as seen on the picture below. The problem is that both walls are only 2cm thin. The shelf needs to be able to hold a pair of ...
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New Window in Structural Brick House

I have an old house (built in the 1940s) that is structural brick. I want to add a small window on the wall to the upstairs to let in a bit more light. Is it possible to add a window to a structural ...
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Do I need special primer for red(ish) paint?

I am getting ready to paint my living room using Behr's Glowing Firelight (S-G-200): My building sidekick suggested not to use the regular Killz2 primer but some special gray primer for red(ish) ...
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Garbage disposal install - runs on off, trips breaker when switched to on

My newly installed Insinkerator Evol Plus garbage disposal runs when switch is turned to off, trips breaker when switched to on. I tried it on a shared circuit. Now it's hardwired to it's own ...
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How can i figure out which wires go where, if the colors at the furnace don't match the thermostat?

I have an old system and want to update the thermostat however, the white-rodgers thermostat has no letters such as R,G,B,Y,W,C So I checked out the furnace terminate wires and the colors of the ...
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Can an existing furnace flue be used to vent bathroom exhaust fan

I am doing a basement bathroom reno and wish to install an exhaust fan in the ceiling. Since I have had the furnace replaced and now its direct vent out the side of the house , I have an existing ...
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Concrete Mix for making small objects [closed]

I want to build desk objets out of concrete, such as the ones in the images below ( i don't own any of them, they have been taken from around the internet). ...
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Dishwasher across from the sink? Way to make the pump stronger?

Long story short, I renovated my kitchen and have two counters. I have a counter where the oven and kitchen sink reside. Across from the counter (about 5 ft), I have a dishwasher across. I have a ...
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What translucent material can I use to cover the bulbs at the top of a medicine cabinet?

I am restoring a medicine cabinet that has light bulbs on the top but no covering. Should I try to cover that area with glass (I'd like something frosted or opaque) or is there some type of plastic ...
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How do I maintain an 80% efficient natural gas furnace?

I have an 80% efficient gas furnace at my house, that is seemingly working well and is configured with an air conditioner. What preventative maintenance should be done to it, and at what interval? Is ...
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How can I remove a stuck coax cable from a conduit?

In my newly-built house, an empty conduit was added into the foundation so that an antenna cable could later be pulled through. The conduit is around 9 meters long and has three 90-degree bends with a ...
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Will the second light in this circuit light up?

When talking about neutral faults in this answer, I (incorrectly) said that a neutral fault could lead to a shock hazard. It was pointed out in the comments that I was dead wrong, and that the ...
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How can i set up a Solar Panel to charge a 12v DC car battery and power a Raspberry Pi?

I've pulled together a few spare parts that i've had laying about for ages now and I finally have a bit of time to try do something with them. I've got a solar panel which puts out ~22vDC @ ~2Amps ...
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Do dryer sheets interfere with the dryness sensors in a dryer?

I have always used dryer sheets, specifically, to remove the static from my clothes. I purchased a new High Efficiency Dryer/Washer combo from LG, and they sate that if you use Dryer sheets, you void ...
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Which type of portable generator will power my furnace during an outage?

I live in New Jersey, and in preparation for future severe-weather-related outages, I would like to have a backup plan in order to power my natural gas furnace, as well as the fridge/freezer and a few ...
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Will these blinking LED lights cause a house fire?

I recently replaced the some floodlamps with LED lights. The problem is some of the LEDs are blinking or flashing even though the switch is off. Some do not blink at all. It happens all the time. ...
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What are the benefits of purple drywall?

I am about to drywall a basement. Go purple? Can purple be used around showers? Are there any additional costs or install problems with the purple drywall? Does it require any extra steps? Why ...
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How can I tell where the other end of the conduit is?

We have a house with a lot of 2-prong outlets I'd like to replace. They're all fed by conduits. Multiple people (in real life and online) have told me that replacing them is easy: "Just fish the ...
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Trim Molding Help

I have a contractor who is installing 5/8" thick carbonized bamboo flooring upstairs. Poor planning on his part created large gaps between the base boards and the last run of flooring about an inch ...
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How do I make my house allergy proof?

Two members of our household are prone for allergies. For quite some time we are trying to make the house as allergy proof as possibile. Our cat found a new house with good friends. All carpentry was ...
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How do I fix a shower mixer so I get hot water without turning the knob all the way?

I have a single knob shower, Valley brand. Almost the entire range of the turn from off to completely hot, it is just cold water. Only in the last half inch of the turn does any hot water start mixing ...
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What is good advice for introducing kids to home improvement?

I have kids. My oldest two have done a lot of framing with me, punched holes for electric, connected electric on dead circuits... But also I am very apprehensive in letting them use some tools - ...

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