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Where could water be coming from inside the joint between bathtub and wall tiles?

I wanted to re-do the silicone seal around my bathtub recently, but after removing the old silicone on the side with the shower head, I noticed that the gap between the tub and the wall tiles was a ...
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Are Gemini Harmonie tiles and Gemini Ceramic Pool tiles safe to use for an outdoor mosaic?

Are Gemini Harmonie tiles and Gemini Ceramic Pool tiles safe to use for an outdoor mosaic? I can't find much information about them online.
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Is it safe to convert a candelabra base in my ceiling fan to a medium base for use with larger CFL's?

I have a ceiling fan with 3 candelabra sockets. The lighting from the incandescent bulbs is terrible. I have these 27 watt bulbs that fit a medium socket. I want to use this type of adapter. ...
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1answer
291 views

What causes wet/damp concrete blocks in a newly built shed?

Over three weeks ago, we had building contractors in to build a turf shed and today there was heavy rainfall all day and we noticed wet/dampness on the inside of the blocks. There are two coats of ...
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1answer
154 views

What does this (electrical) value mean on my washing machine's back?

The electrical parameters of my washing machine are printed on the back. Among them there is a value for amperage: It says 10A but I don't know if that means that I need a fuse of minimum 10A or ...
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76 views

How do I remove footprints after sealing travertine tile?

It looks like I made a pretty basic mistake and stepped into some of the sealant after sealing my travertine tiles last night.Today you can see footprints in the sealant. What is the best way to ...
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3answers
288 views

Is using CFL bulbs without a ceiling covering them bad?

. I have a ceiling with three recessed spotlights, and I just put these bulbs (11W 630 lumens) in because the others it had (2 halogen candle-type and 1 like this, 18W, don't know lumens) were 2700K, ...
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1answer
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Inline water heater temperature floor?

I have an inline water heater. Once it gets hot it will stay that way for 20+ minutes at a time easily. When the shower gets used it feels like their is a floor in how cold the water will get - if ...
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Is it OK for OSB3 boards to get wet during construction?

In the UK it rains, as you know. a lot. Is it OK for OSB3 boarding to get wet now and then during the construction of a building? or will it be completely destroyed like chip board or MDF (which ...
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1answer
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What size wire should I use to feed a subpanel in my garage?

My main panel has been upgraded to 100 amps. I would like to add a subpanel in the garage which would supply: 20 amp Mig welder running on 120 volts, but later upgrade to a larger Mig welder as i ...
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1answer
115 views

Should I hang drywall up to the ceiling (using steel studs)?

If my studs are 3 meter high, will I have any problems if I hang drywall up to 2.4 meters, leaving 0.6 meter of stud showing? Or should the drywall cover all the studs? PS: I'm using steel studs.
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How do I fix my “OLD” glass door knobs?

In my 100+ year old house, every interior door is made of solid wood. Their locksets have glass knobs connected by a square threaded rod which actuates the latch. I have found replacement parts at ...
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1answer
106 views

How to keep self cleaning oven from damaging things?

I would like to know some tips/opinions on the self cleaning function of an oven. Can it possibly hurt the oven's own circuitry? what is a good way from preventing surrounding from getting damaged ...
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2answers
344 views

How do I disinfect a shopvac after possible contamination with hantavirus and other rodent diseases?

A family member accidentaly vacuumed up some mouse droppings, and I was wondering what I should do with the vacuum to prevent the spreading of Hanta virus and similar nasties. It's a shop vacuum with ...
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1answer
1k views

What is the proper way to wire a light switch,fan switch and receptacle in one box?

I would like to see a wiring diagram on how to wire two switches and a receptacle in one box with a single line feed, three wires.
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1answer
98 views

In the UK, what is the classification scheme for outbuildings such as sheds and garages?

As per title, I am building a large wooden shed with large enough doors to be ABLE to get a car in IF required, but not for permanent use a garage. Under UK planning laws there are slightly ...
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1answer
2k views

Where do I measure a building's height on uneven ground (for UK Planning restrictions)?

UK Planning states that an outbuilding must remain below 2.5m in height, otherwise planning permission is required. My problem is that the ground is uneven, but the roof would be flat, so where do I ...
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How do I fix badly peeling and hairline fractures on indoor concrete walls?

How do I paint and fix peeling paint and hairline fractures on my indoor concrete (cinder block) walls? The popcorn ceiling is a mess too.
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1answer
193 views

How can I reduce the amount of noise transferred through my exterior walls?

My apartment building is near a mosque and as you may already know when the Moslems pray they like to use loudspeakers. And I mean LOUD. As I live in an apartment I am not allowed to make any changes ...
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1answer
172 views

What are these bugs and how do I get rid of them?

I am currently staying with my family in Shanghai, China and they have this bug problem in one of the rooms. It is some type of small brown bug with no visible legs and they are concentrated near the ...
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2answers
113 views

How do I remedy mold/mildew that has appeared since blocking off ventilation?

I have a Ranch home with a finished rec room in the basement. It is our second year in the house. We had no mold/mildew problems last year. I put new carpet in the family room above basement and I ...
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1answer
76 views

Kitchen sink backing up problem

I have side by side sinks in the kitchen. When one sink drains, it backs up into the other sink. I have removed the trap and it is clean, however, the problem still exists. What am I overlooking? How ...
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2answers
82 views

Priming new wall before wallpaper

Simple question: Should a new wall be primed before applying wallpaper? Or can I just do it over finished drywall.
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2answers
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lennox furnace not working pilot light on but burner doesn't start

lennox furnace, model # G20Q2E-75-C1, serial #6392H32332, pilot light lights, blower motor turns on, burner doesn't burn
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3answers
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Basement subfloor, how exactly should I do it?

I am finishing a basement with my father and want to put in a subfloor. I know if there was ever enough water I would probably have to replace the floor anyways but want to give myself a couple inches ...
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1answer
1k views

How do I temporarily remove section of vinyl fence?

I am repairing a shed that's next to a vinyl fence. I would like to temporarily remove a section of the vinyl fence, but I can't find a good way to remove it. Here's the picture of the fence, and a ...
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1answer
484 views

How can I remove excess commercial flooring tile adhesive?

I just covered the floor of my small indoor storage room with Armstrong commercial flooring tiles. I used the proper adhesive for the application that I got in the same department at the big box ...
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1answer
55 views

water drainage and maybe mold problem

I recently moved into a home that has a water run off from rains etc problem that was not evident when purchasing. We have graded the rear yard and put in catch basins and tiles to keep water from ...
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1answer
390 views

How do I fix a warped kitchen cabinet?

The side wall of the cabinet is slightly warped after I used the high temperature self-clean feature on the oven. This cabinet has three large drawers in it and now they won't close. The wall of the ...
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3answers
190 views

Get rid of squirrels without poison or bb gun?

The squirrels around my house keep getting in stuff, chewing stuff up, and in general are just causing a mess. What's the best way to get rid of them? Looking for solutions online it seems I can get ...
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3answers
464 views

How can I unjam a garbage disposal that the allen wrench doesn't fix?

I have a jammed garbage disposal that makes the humming noise and trips the breaker if I leave it on too long. However, the manual unsticking method doesn't seem to help. I've done some research and ...
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0answers
114 views

What type of junction box cover do I need?

We are building a set of shelves to cover up a sewer pipe in my basement. The shelves will have a false back that covers the pipe then have usable shelves in front of it. The only problem is that ...
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0answers
360 views

How can I make an automatically closing cabinet door?

I have some kitchen cabinets with inset doors. My kids are constantly leaving them open and it drives me nuts! I'm trying to find a hinge to make them automatically close. I found some ...
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1answer
349 views

My plumber installed my hot water baseboard backward. The feed and return are hooked up backward. What problems will this cause?

I believe my hot water baseboard heater was hooked up wrong. The feed and return are opposite. The plumber said it's not a problem as we'll still get heat. Is that so, because we don't get a lot of ...
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4answers
3k views

How to add indicator on a light switch to indicate the outdoor 3-way light is on?

Have some carriage lights outside my garage that can be turned on from inside the house. It's common that the switch will get flipped and the lights will stay on when they're not wanted. Is there ...
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0answers
247 views

4x4 to support floor joists

I want to use a 4x4 8' with two floor jacks on each side holding it up against the floor joists in the middle of the lenght.The purpose is for support.We added a lot of heavy mud weight for tiles ...
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0answers
54 views

How do I remove the vacuum behind my toilet's flapper valves?

Over the last 12 months, the toilets in my condo have becomes progressively harder and harder to flush. Once the flapper valve finally releases, they flush just fine, but it's getting them to release ...
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1answer
190 views

Can I substitute halogen bulbs for incandescent bulbs?

Instead of three 40w light bulbs, can I use only two 43w halogen light bulbs in a ceiling light fixture with 3 lamp sockets rated at 40w maximum per socket?
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1answer
463 views

What are the steps for pouring more cement around metal fence posts that are leaning?

When the wooden fence was built, they used metal posts but only filled the 2' hole with one bag of concrete. The posts are leaning at about a 25 degree angle. I want to dig out the hole again, then ...
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1answer
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Main 4 inch waste pipe broken [closed]

I'm a renter and have had a horrible egg smell under crawl space. Waste has is been going on in my house for three months all he did was fix pipe with PFC and put lye down I've been sick dog and wife ...
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2answers
389 views

Is it against NEC code to re-use pulled cable?

I'm re-wiring parts of my house and have pulled some 12/2 out. Is it against NEC code to re-use that cable? I didn't have to pull that hard to get the cable out and there doesn't appear to be any ...
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1answer
384 views

How should this circuit be properly grounded?

I am hiring an electrician to do the work so my question is more for my education and helping me ask the proper questions to the perspective contractors. Purchased a condo recently and want to put in ...
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1answer
482 views

Can 22 AWG Solid Copper carry 24 VAC?

I have this irrigation caddy unit, and it requires 24VAC. There's a location outside my house with one ethernet cable and another brown cable with four solid copper wires (black, red, yellow, green). ...
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1answer
95 views

water coming out of bathroom faucet when I turn on my kitchen faucet

When I turn on my kitchen faucet water starts coming out of my bathroom faucet. Not sure whats going. Would like to know incase of serious problem.
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483 views

How to lift a staircase frame?

I will be making a staircase frame like the one below, but just now it strikes me that it will weigh about 200 kg (around 400 lb) and one end need to be lift 3.5 m off the ground. How can I lift it ...
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2answers
176 views

Can I cover/wrap 6x6 post with plastic to protect them from rain during construction?

I built a patio cover and used 6x6 treated yellow pine posts. I'm going to build the deck in two months so the contractor left posts uncovered for now. Posts will be covered with hardi once floor is ...
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1answer
140 views

Is it possible that this GFCI receptacle is grounded without an equipment grounding conductor being connected?

I was attempting to upgrade an old outlet to a GFCI outlet. There are only two wires one black and one white. There is no ground wire. However the receptacle tester read "correct wiring". Is it ...
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1answer
774 views

Does the pump for a water tank have to be next to the tank or some distance away?

Does the pump of a water tank have to be next to the water tank or can it be further down the line?
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1answer
148 views

Joining 8 wires into one

I have the cables from 9 bulbs joined into one using a screw terminal temporarily. What is the best thing to use to do this in a way that's waterproof and suitable for outdoor use. Whatever i use ...
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2answers
179 views

PC in desk build

I'm working on modifying an existing table to hold 2 PC's under it horizontally. The PC motherboards will have to be placed on a 1,200mm X 400mm X 18mm countertop that will be connected to 2 other ...

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