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106 views

Extremely porous concrete to act as water drain?

Want to create a six to twelve inch wide porous concrete strip about thirty feet long in our backyard over a drain pipe. Normal concrete is porous but the concrete i want is extremely porous. So ...
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Why am I getting no power to the branch circuits with a new sub-panel?

My home had an ancient Zinsco sub-panel in which the breakers were grounding out and arcing to the panel. I've swapped it with a new Eaton 100 amp panel. I've re-installed all the breakers, and ...
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412 views

How can I remove self-leveling substance and glue from my floor?

I removed approx. 30 yrs old linoleum from a room that is 6 by 10 meters. Now I have a hard time removing the glue and self-leveling compound which are stuck to the floor. From what I can tell, both ...
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3answers
2k views

How can I fix flickering and continuous-clicking with a UPS on an inverter-supplied circuit?

My whole house has been backed up by an inverter for a few months now. My computer is still connected to a UPS so that it gets clean power - I don't trust the inverter alone to provide ultra-stable ...
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34 views

How to completely strip lead paint from floor?

Although the problems with lead paint are obvious, several sources say that it is not a significant health risk if you're using paint stripper. We've been having good luck with CitriStrip but are ...
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1answer
163 views

Do I need to stain or seal an outdoor structure built from spruce?

I've constructed a outdoor shower cubicle at our cabin, mainly out of untreated spruce with a little pine. This will be exposed to the elements and will obviously get wet when used. My question is do ...
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373 views

How do we install drywall on a curved ceiling that is within 4 feet high from the loft floor?

We are making the attic into a loft and the ceiling we need to add drywall to has a slight curve. How do we install the drywall without breaking it? The distance from the floor to the top is about 4 ...
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2answers
79 views

What are the external airflow requirements for portable and window AC units?

I have a window well in a basement where I'd like to setup a portable AC unit (~10000 BTUs). There is a cover that I need to keep in place to avoid water collecting in the window well, but I could ...
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3answers
119 views

How can I get concrete out of ground?

I had a huge play structure when the kids were little that I donated to a church camp. When they picked it up they just cut the brackets at the ground and left the concrete and 6 inch U brackets ...
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1answer
194 views

How do I plumb an outside line to a roof deck faucet?

I want to get water from the first floor up along the outside of the wall (with a parapet and projecting coping) to the second floor. I got this working as follows: 1st floor hose bibb -> 4:1 hose ...
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3answers
445 views

Can I extend my sump pump outlet?

I live in area without sewers, so we depend on swales and drainage ditches when it rains. My basement sump pump outlet is in the ditch in front of the house, but it's a couple of inches below grass ...
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36 views

Asbestos in close proximity of floor repair

I have a floor repair to make in a 1950's home that had the large in floor central heater installed that has long been removed. The owner wants the grate removed and flooring toothed back in, matching ...
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1answer
74 views

Interrupt whole house audio with arbitrary source, post-receiver but pre-amplifier

I want to setup my home audio so that I can inject a source of audio (which could be anything from a doorbell to computer audio) more-or-less "in-between" the receiver and the amplifier, so that audio ...
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2answers
64 views

What can I do to avoid tripping over HVAC drain line?

The drain tubes for the Furnace and AC run about 10 feet across the laundry room to the drain in the middle of the floor. Unfortunately this is a fairly high-traffic zone (seven people living in the ...
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3answers
676 views

How common is it for new homes to have gas-only dryer hookups?

I am relocating my dryer. I had the gas line relocated and a dedicated circuit put in for the washer and dryer. The original location had the option for an electric dryer. We have a gas dryer and ...
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4answers
2k views

What's best to use in a sawzall to cut steel pipe?

So our new place came with an old antiquated huge satellite dish in the yard. Getting it down wasn't much trouble, but I'm stuck trying to figure out how to get the big steel post it sat on out of the ...
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29 views

What kind of water pump do I need

I have bungalow with two bathrooms and one kitchen. Outside I have a 1000 gallon plastic tank which stores rainwater. We have no main water supply. What kind of pump do I need in order to get enough ...
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2answers
120 views

Finishing an Outdoor Table

I just completed refinishing an outdoor side table. On the metal, I sanded and cleaned it. Put a base of Rust-Oleum textured protectant followed by two coats of Rust-Oleum Hintr Green. The wood is ...
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1answer
112 views

Are molds dangerous to health if they are not in my own apartment?

I need a help to decide if I will move out from this building because of mold and health risks. Is it dangerous to live in a buliding in which the hallway is full of mold? I've been reading about ...
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1answer
79 views

Should I reinforce the cupboard back before mounting it to the wall?

I have a cupboard/shelf that is like a bookshelf with a back and sliding glass doors. It weighs 10kg without the glass and without anything in it. I want to attach it to the wall and have read about ...
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2answers
76 views

Nothing Seems To Get Enough Power…?

I just moved into a studio that someone is renting out. They just finished putting in a new kitchen, including a new fridge and stove. However, today is my first day here and I have already noticed a ...
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2answers
246 views

What is a fireplace facing and what is it used for?

I live in an old house and have a wood-burning brick fireplace with no facing or mantle. I recently had a chimney sweep and inspection. The inspector recommended that I install a fireplace facing. I ...
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2answers
163 views

Should I paint the back side of vertical shiplap cedar siding

I'm preparing to replace T-111 siding on my unheated detached garage with vertical cedar shiplap siding to match our house. I'm pretty sure the siding on the house (now 35 years old and showing it) ...
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1answer
129 views

How to attach cables to ceiling using curved nails or hooks

I wanted to use this trunking for the cables (power + hdmi) coming out of my ceiling mounted projector. But I'm renting and the ceiling is covered with... wallpaper. So I'm afraid of damaging the ...
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1answer
35 views

How can I seal a slate floor for long term protection?

I've recently purchased a house in Philadelphia which has a pretty humid basement split into a finished part, and an unfinished (workshop) part. The finished part has a slate floor that seems in ...
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2answers
102 views

How does the wiring in this light hookup?

I'm trying to install this light in my house, but I don't know how the wiring works for it. The light has a switch on the front of it that controls both bulbs and the switch has two black wires coming ...
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0answers
46 views

Sticky wood furniture especially in humidity

I've read lots of posters, and found an answer, but need more information. I have a table and chairs bought at seconds Habersham furniture store in mid 1980s. They get horribly sticky in summer ...
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1answer
131 views

How can I connect multiple lamps to a single cable?

I have 5 lamps, which I want to attach to a single power cord. If it was only 1 or 2, I'd just plug the wires into an insulating screw joint like these: But 5 cables are just too thick. How should ...
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1answer
7k views

How does low freon cause the compressor suction line to freeze up

There are many questions about air conditioner issues with the most common being that it isn't cooling properly. Among the typical answers are low Freon and the standard diagnosis for low Freon is ...
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12answers
1k views

Solution for A/C Condensate Drain Line that doesn't require emptying a bucket of water every day?

I have a split A/C system in a room that runs on low 24 hours a day during Summer that unfortunately cannot be connected to any drain or pipe and which therefore requires a bucket outside to be used ...
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0answers
71 views

Remove Caulk Residue from Brick

I'm removing and re-caulking the windows. The house has sand colored bricks and removing the old caulk left unsightly black/grey residue. Any tips on cleaning the brick? I tried isopropyl alcohol ...
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4answers
119 views

How to remove masking tape residue from linoleum?

I attached few pieces of masking tape to a linoleum floor to help a child with her exercises (long jump kid-style). Now when I removed the tape, there is residue left through the whole length of the ...
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4answers
111 views

How to fix doors not closing

I had a contractor come in and finish my basement. He done a decent job for the price but now a couple months later my doors wont shut. They worked perfectly fine before but now it seems the top ...
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1answer
474 views

Shower Pressure Decreases after thumping noise behind wall

With the shower on, I hear a thumping noise behind the wall and the water pressure immediately drops. This happens every few days, so not every time I take a shower. It happens almost immediately ...
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1answer
83 views

Encasing electrical outlet behind a panel above overhead microwave

My remodeling contractor has installed an overhead microwave. The electrical outlet is no longer in a cabinet above the microwave. He has taken the limited space above the microwave ( about 8 inches ...
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2answers
228 views

how to repair leaking water main

So here's the situation. I've got a water main that is gravity fed from a spring into a cistern in my basement (and from there pumped to a pressure tank and the house). The main, black plastic and ...
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3answers
360 views

How to install LED strip where before I had a fluorescent tube?

I want to install a LED strip where once there was a fluorescent tube. I like to think myself as google competent but this time I could not find a satisfactory answer. Right now, in my ceilling I ...
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2answers
101 views

What is the best way to store energy?

I want to store 6 months of energy with one of these applications. which type of system would be the best way to store energy for a house, which last for approximately 6 months. (heating/air ...
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0answers
96 views

Bathroom remodel - Insulation/vapor barrier behind tub surround question

I am renovating my bath and my tub surround says it should be fastened to the studs. With this in mind my 1923 building has serious insulation problems and I would like to add R value as well as some ...
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2answers
124 views

How to clean portland cement off bricks?

We moved into a brick house not too long ago. There are a few areas that were renovated at some point and the mason did a poor job. It looks like some cement was put in after the bricks were laid and ...
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0answers
25 views

How can I find the bypass that is causing my tankless water heater not to produce hot water?

I recently installed a tankless water heater. During the installation I had shut off cold water to the heater but saw that while water did not flow through the cold water source (nor in the sinks) it ...
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2answers
218 views

Is it possible to smooth over these drywall imperfections?

I'm having a contractor do renovations in my kitchen, and we are converting a wall into a half wall with countertop. He just started doing the drywall, and from my inexperienced eye it looks like he ...
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0answers
173 views

How much termite damage to load-bearing studs and sill plates warrants reinforcement or replacement?

I opened up an exterior wall and found a lot of termite damage. They did a number on two load-bearing studs and the sill plate they're resting on. To get a sense of the damage, I cleared out as much ...
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0answers
13 views

Gauges for posts

I am putting up a chain link fence for my 3 dogs and I am asking what gauge posts should I use? And am I correct the lower the gauge the thicker the post?
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2answers
1k views

How do I wire a new light fixture with a red wire?

When replacing an old chandelier with a new ceiling, there was one red wire, two white wires tied together and two black wires tied together. I had capped the red wire and tied in the remaining ...
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1answer
64 views

How do I connect original to new wiring when repairing an electrical fault in an AC unit?

The AC failed at a neighbor's house and the problem was quickly diagnosed as electrical. I saw that a few of the wires had corroded and one had actually burnt through. The unit is only 5-6 years ...
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2answers
197 views

What are the connections on this German TV socket?

I live in Germany. I have zero knowledge in TVs. I found a TV socket in the wall but I have no idea what it means. My questions is: can you please explain to me what does each port in the socket ...
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1answer
295 views

Can I add elbows to move a b-vent exhaust?

I am planning out a kitchen remodel, and would like to move the main exhaust vent for the water heater about 4-6 inches from where it currently passes through the kitchen area. The catch is that I ...
0
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1answer
78 views

AC unit (turned on year round) leaves so much ice in the blower causing no cooling (pic included)

My mother has asthma and tells me she needs the AC on almost year round. The AC unit is outside the condo we own, and it connects to the coils in the heater/ventilation system. We are experiencing ...
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7answers
13k views

When drywalling a room, should I do the ceiling before the walls?

Is there any value in installing drywall (plasterboard) on the ceiling before the walls or does it not matter?

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