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Crack in shower stall floor

I need some advice. My shower stall in my house has a crack in the base. I'm worried about the potential water damage below the unit. I've tried sealing it with Real Seal, but it wears away after a ...
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What to look at first when when circut breaker that fridge is on is tripping?

I have a house where the circuit breaker has tripped a few time over the last several days. It flipped one evening, we flipped it back and was ok for a couple days. We went away for the weekend and ...
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How to fully close a door

I have a problem. My door, when it closes doesn't completely close. The lower part of the door manages to rest next to the door frame. But the upper part of the door leaves a lot of space between the ...
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Run a fluorescent fixture with fewer lamps?

I have some 3-lamp recessed fluorescent fixtures that are too bright. Can I remove one of the tubes and run them just with two lamps? Will that hurt the ballast or the remaining tubes? These are T8 ...
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Hanging an over-the-range microwave without top cabinet

I have an over-the-range microwave with wall bracket but no cabinets above. It is safe to hang it solely by the wall bracket or is the top cabinet to bolt it to a requirement? If it matters, this is ...
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Should I unplug the timer on the water heater when shutting off water to the house?

If I shut the water off to the house, do I need to unplug the timer on the water heater?
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How do I seal an electrical box for a ceiling fan?

We recently installed new electrical boxes and hung fans from them. We caulked around the boxes to seal off airflow into the attic. There are several small holes (and one has a medium sized hole) on ...
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Finding and installing a carbon monoxide/natural gas detector

I am looking at installing a carbon monoxide and natural gas detector on the ceiling of my house. I cannot find one device that combines both types of detection and that is supposed to be mounted in ...
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Fix single hung window glass that is cracked

My question is somewhat similar to this question - How can I fix a window with cracked glass?. The difference is that my window is single hung. The windows are double pane and the inside pane has a ...
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How to run flexible metal conduit through wall of attached garage?

The photo shows a disconnected generator transfer switch and a sub-panel in an interior room on a wall that is shared with an attached garage. The transfer switch is pre-wired with some sort of ...
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Quiet door latch

I have a bathroom door that is quite loud when operated. And when someone goes to the bathroom at night, it innevatibly wakes someone up (and baby room is just across from the bathroom!) there are 3 ...
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How to make wall anchors hold

I am putting up some shelving today. Unfortunately, the wall anchors don't seem to be taking. I used some plastic ones which didn't work as I was able to pull them out of the wall about half an inch. ...
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It is safe to insulate my uninsulated oven?

I have a Hotpoint gas range. I got it because it has no electronics and will probably last until the bombs fall and the ants and cockroaches take over. It is awesome, and cooks my food as well as any ...
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How to make dry pack mortar with a cement mixer?

I was trying to make a dry pack cement/sand with a cement/concrete mixer, but it was very hard to do it without exceding in the amount of water (for dry pack). I was using 1 part cement, 3 parts fine ...
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How can I find out which ethernet cable goes where?

I moved in to a house where I have a bunch of cables in the basement that go god knows where. Is there a way to find out the destination and purpose of all of them?
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Block view, but allow sunlight from windows

I live in a rental property where some of the rooms (living room, and bedroom) are situated right next to the street. I would like to block the view from the street so people looking in can't easily ...
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replace one tile bathroom floor

18" tile part adjacent to toilet and under the flange cracked during toilet install (plumber). first try result: replacement tile is too high, i I had to remove it. Complication: tile rocks due to ...
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How can I insulate a combo basement/crawspace?

I live in Louisville, Kentucky, so we have relatively cold winters (nighttime lows consistently below freezing) and relatively hot, humid summers (daytime highs consistently in the muggy 90s). My ...
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How should I use the ground wire for this welder?

So I want to use "ol big red", my trusty arc welder in my new home. I intend to use the electric range circuit since we have a gas range. I re-routed the range wire and was about to hook it back up ...
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What are the substitutes for kitchen wall tiles above a kitchen counter?

Can anyone let me know what are the various options that we can use in place of ceramic wall tiles in kitchen (just above the kitchen counter)?
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What's the easiest way to cut a chunk out of a buried railroad tie?

I'm in the process of digging holes for concrete piers (for a small deck - nothing fancy) and on my last hole I came across what appears to be an underground railroad tie (or some other huge piece of ...
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4 way switch with only two switches

I just bought a 3-way dimmer switch for the kitchen. There are only two switches that switch the overhead lights. I went to take off one of them to install the dimmer and the switch had 5 wires (2 ...
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How can I stop my Kenmore refrigerator water filter inlet from leaking when the filter is removed?

How do I stop the leak at refigerator in grille water filter site? My Kenmore side by side water system is leaking at the site of the water filter when I removed the filter because of whole house ...
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ceiling fan w/remote

My porch lights are wired with 12-2. I want to control the ceiling fan, i.e. light and fan independent of other porch lights. I believe this requires running a 12-3, which I wont do. Having said that ...
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Vapor barrier for room next to garage?

I'm finishing a room that was built between the house and detached garage. I know I need to put 5/8" drywall for fire protection after insulating the wall. Do I also need vapor barrier? If so, how do ...
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How do I safely paint the walls and ceiling in this high ceiling staircase?

I need to paint the walls and ceiling in this staircase. The ceiling is flat, and does not slope down with the stairs. That means that the ceiling at the bottom of the stairs is very high. The walls ...
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Smoke detector giving false alerts

At home, we have two smoke detectors: one on the ground floor and one on the first floor. The problem is that the one at the first floor gives a lot of false alerts (and the one at the ground floor ...
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Can I install a rocket stove inside my house?

After having build a this type of rocket stove(*), I was wondering if you are allowed to build a rocket stove mass heater into your house? Are there any restriction? (*) I don't think it's a rocket ...
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What are these marks on the Romex wire in the wall?

I was replacing some damaged siding and decided to replace the old dirty insulation at the same time. After pulling out the insulation I noticed that the Romex running to two outlets had some brown ...
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What is the name of extremely porous concrete for water runoff solutions?

I have seen extremely porous concrete that water drains through very well. Narrow strips of this may be put across a driveway to limit excess water runoff. What is the name of extremely porous ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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