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What should I use to repair plaster in a bathroom?

Our house was built in 1941, so all original walls are plaster (I'm assuming lath and plaster?). This is true for the bathroom in question. The walls in this bathroom are plaster, and are painted with ...
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1answer
91 views

Preserving cracked concrete

I have a garage built with concrete blocks and the walls are surrounded on the outside by a layer of concrete rendering. The problem is that large cracks have built up in the rendering over time, ...
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146 views

2-part door for raised patio (horizontal and vertical) with tiles possible?

I have a patio that is raised on meter off the ground. On a side of it there are stairs that lead to a storage room. I would like to build a door for this opening from two parts a 1-meter high ...
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Toilet started wobbling

My brother-in-law (need I say more?) installed a new toilet over a ceramic floor. After a year, perhaps, the toilet wobbles a bit when you sit on it and, occasionally, you can hear porcerlain on ...
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1answer
159 views

Can I replace a floor joist cross-brace with two horizontal pieces of blocking in the same spot?

I am doing some remodeling and want to run a 6-inch HVAC (kitchen exhaust hood) duct through the floor joists. There is one section where the path is impeded by a standard floor joist cross-brace. Can ...
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Is it stupid to replace redwood siding with Hardi board or LP SmartSide?

Our house was built in 1922, and due to some ongoing exterior water damage due (I think) to poor gutters and some ice dam damage after this past horrible Minnesota winter, we have been getting some ...
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How can I construct an exterior rock facade?

I want to cement 1/2 cut river rock to cement board or Durock outside as facade around my porch. I'm concerned about harsh weather contributing to early deterioration. What technique will hold up the ...
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1answer
472 views

Is it common to caulk around the edges of vinyl tile instead of going underneath wood paneling?

I have a guy going into a rental unit of mine to put in vinyl tile. I told him specifically that I wanted it under the base of the wall's wood molding (similiar to this stuff). He was put off by ...
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2answers
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How do I properly frame an opening to angle a through-wall air conditioner?

I'm going to install a through-wall air conditioner using a purpose-built sleeve. The instructions from the manufacturer say to install it such that it angles slightly downwards to the outside (about ...
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1answer
488 views

What kind of screws are used for the door knob of an interior door?

When my painter took off the door knob of an interior door, he lost the two screws that held the door knob in place. Does anyone happen to know what kind of screws they are? They look like some type ...
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1answer
122 views

How can I fix my window frame so that the window doesn't drop down?

I'm working on a fixer-upper, and I needed to repair the screens. In order to remove the screens, I of course needed to lift the window all the way up. However, there was a bracket blocking the ...
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Deeper Wall Plates…Do they exist? [duplicate]

So I took out the wood paneling from my basement recently. The outlet boxes (metal) are screwed directly to the cinder block that is behind the sheet rock. The screws are so rusted that they just ...
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1answer
269 views

5 ampere to 15 ampere

I want to ask two questions done go on title. I'm from India. Can I connect 15 ampere switch in 5 ampere socket. If I want to replace a 5 ampere socket to 15 ampere will the 15 ampere socket work ...
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61 views

Do I really need garage door tune ups?

A friend of mine sent me a link to a "garage door tune up service". I've never heard of getting a garage door tuned up... but I've never owned a house before either. A couple weeks ago I had trouble ...
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2answers
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Why are my fluorescent lights not working sometimes?

I have a fluorescent light fixture in my kitchen, which uses u-shaped tubes. A few weeks ago they just stopped working. I could turn the switch on and there'd just be no light. Not flickering which ...
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1answer
266 views

Is there a quick cure for refrigerator drip tray stink?

My fridge has a bad stink that has been getting worse lately. I can clean it out and temporarily fix it with vinegar ,bleach, and/or baking powder, but these are not long term fixes. When the water ...
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2answers
662 views

Bath tub spout rough in

I am surprised it is so hard to find a diagram or description of the proper way to rough in a bathtub spout. In case it makes any difference, the specific spout will be a Toto TS210EV with diverter. ...
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613 views

Can I paint a deck when wet weather is forecasted?

I am planning on painting my mothers deck and I have a limited amount of time. I am planning on painting it on Saturday, but I saw there is forecast for rain. I am wondering if it would be better to ...
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549 views

Repair tub liner with water trapped beneath

The previous owners of my home installed a tub liner rather poorly. The first time we used it, water was trapped between the liner an the tub. The top portion is tile, the bottom is a tub with a ...
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6answers
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What is the best way to fill finishing nail holes on door and floor trim?

There have been a couple of similar questions but none for my exact usage or that provides a good answer. I consider myself average to weak on finishing wood work so would like to hear some good ...
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3answers
596 views

How can I check for drywall behind wood panelling?

What's the best way for me to know whether there is drywall behind wood panelling walls? The wood panelling looks inexpensive, and it's in a big room (a converted garage).
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1answer
72 views

Enermax Pro87+ Gold 500W adapter? [closed]

I'm looking for an adapter for my fridge to my power supply. Is this even possible? My fridge is just an ordinary one? Could that save a few euros?
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1answer
353 views

Can I build an anti-fatigue standing mat myself?

I thought about buying a anti-fatigue mat for healthier prolonged standing but unfortunately the price tag is quite high and they are not available in my country, so I would have to pay for additional ...
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1answer
70 views

propane torch question [closed]

Perhaps you can help me with an unusual request. For a Jew, to make a sink "kosher for passover" (after being used during the year for non-passover). One way is to pour boiling water into it. I ...
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1answer
554 views

Can I put my deep freezer on a hardwood floor?

I am wanting to get a small deep freezer for my kitchen upstairs. I have hardwood floors and I am concerned about potential water damage from a power outage and the freezer defrosting and getting ...
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cottage and bedroom shares one wall [duplicate]

Morning, i have a cottage that i rent out at my house, it shares one wall with my bedroom, when ever there is activity it is very audible, i'm looking for something affordable to sound proof the wall ...
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3answers
132 views

Should I refinish hardwood floor with scratches?

I am in a process to to get my hardwood refinished. The floor have few deep scratches and is of oak type hardwood. My question is: 1) Stain or not to Stain ? Is it a good idea to stain the ...
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1answer
190 views

What can/should be done to mitigate asbestos danger after a disturbance?

I took down the ceiling from an approximately 12x10 foot room to deal with some rodents in the insulation and it turns out that the (painted) popcorn texture on the ceiling contained/contains ...
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1answer
2k views

How to remove silicone caulk from a shower wall?

I took down a shampoo dispenser and now I have several big blobs of moldy silicone caulk on the shower wall. I bought a plastic razor scraper and a bottle of Goo Gone Caulk Remover, which gets high ...
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1answer
234 views

Is there a special type of screw to hang a light fixture onto the ceiling?

I am trying to hang a light fixture on the ceiling of my kitchen. What i have noticed from other light fixtures that I have hung is that it takes a special type of screw (or at least it seems like it) ...
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2answers
126 views

Fencing yard and then cementing Area - What to do first?

I live in Midwest in a townhouse. Having problems with new neighbors dogs crapping in yard. Planning to surround yard with 5ft chainlink fence and also cementing the encased area to use as patio with ...
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2k views

What is the relative importance of cut-retardant safety gloves when using a chainsaw?

I am evaluating some cut-retardant gloves for use with a chainsaw. At first the idea of protecting my hands appealed to me, but later I couldn't really justify to myself why that purchase would make ...
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4answers
2k views

How do I run ethernet and speaker cabling in 2 story home?

My home is 1988 built and I put my modem and router upstairs. I want to have a music system around house and also want to run Ethernet cable to my tv downstairs. How can I do that? I do not want to ...
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63 views

Can I use MR16 compatible LEDs in a M62 FTD halogen lighting track?

I have halogen track lighting in my apartment. I took one of the bulbs out to see how much power it draws, as I'm considering replacing the halogen bulbs with LEDs. The bulb says it's and M62 FTD, ...
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1answer
204 views

Disable the timer on an exhaust ventilator

I have a bathroom exhaust ventilator installed that turns on when I flip the wall switch and that continues working on a timer when I cut the power in the switch. In terms of wiring, I see 3 cables ...
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1answer
193 views

Raising porch floor to accommodate plumbing and keep first floor all one level

I have a question whether or not building a floor on top of concrete is a viable option to insert plumbing underneath for a half bath. I am looking to finish a small porch off of my kitchen and turn ...
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0answers
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Noticed low-level damp issues in kitchen walls, what's my best course of action?

I live in a Victorian house (1895) and I have noticed that the walls at knee height in the kitchen are bulging. When hit with a hammer the plaster comes off quite easily. I am considering having the ...
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1answer
515 views

Raise concrete floor with carpet to same height as adjoining floor

My living room has a concrete floor and adjoins my dining room. The dining room used to be a kitchen in a pre-extension life and has a screed floor. The screed floor is about 20mm higher than the ...
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1answer
64 views

Garage Sensors Work Separately but Not Together?

Genie Intellicode IS Series, it had a previous owner. Sensors mounted in garage but not electrically connected (door closed by holding down button). Attached the sensors to the opener. The ...
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3answers
239 views

Running computers in basement storage room safely

I have kinda an odd one. I'm mostly concerned about fire safety here and am not concerned about power, I already know how to handle that properly. I have a somewhat large basement with an unfinished ...
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Lighting wiring to LED driver too bulky to fit into driver

I am removing an old halogen downlight, transformer and lamp with LED compatable ones. When I removed the fixture from the ceiling (power off)the active and neutral wires were too bulky to fit into ...
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1answer
72 views

What is wrong with my recessed light wiring?

I went to put a retrofit LED lamp in my recessed light fixture. But after completing it the light does not work. I even put it all back the way it was and still nothing. Double checked the bulb and ...
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What happens if XPS is an inch away from basement walls?

I live in Maine and am planning to insulate my basement. It has fairly smooth poured concrete walls. I've read online that spray foam is one option, and 2" of XPS directly against the wall is ...
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1answer
95 views

Washing Machine Not filling

I have a Roper (by whirlpool) washing machine. When it comes on, the water pours out of the spout, but the basin never fills. I suspect that it has something to do with the plugging mechanism. Does ...
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2answers
454 views

How does one upgrade garage electrical from an In-House main?

tl;dr Want to know the easiest way to upgrade electrical in garage from 15A to 20A. Actual Post Garage is on a 15 amp circuit, doesn't work out too well for a 15A air compressor. The main is in ...
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3answers
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Will an old oak tree close to my house cause problems?

I'm considering buying a 45 year old house. The house is in good condition, and has a big old oak tree 15 or 20 feet from the back of the house. It's a beautiful tree, clearly as old as the house, but ...
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0answers
72 views

How do I increase my water pressure to my underground sprinklers?

During the winter my valve that turns the water on and off broke so I replaced that, the valves are all going the right way, I turned the sprinklers on and everything works there is just low pressure. ...
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1answer
54 views

circuit breaker issue

I'm trying to figure out why my circuit breaker keeps tripping. This is for the garage door opener. It is the only thing that is on the breaker. I have lights in the garage but they are rarely on. ...
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3answers
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How can I create an “invisible” transition between different flooring types?

I am looking for a flooring transition for tile to hardwood, tile to laminate, and laminate to hardwood. I really do not like the transitions that are raised above the rest of the floor. All of the ...
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2answers
436 views

What do you call a widget that holds the side of a curtain against a wall?

I moved into a house and found these handy widgets screwed into a bedroom wall. These widgets each consist of a hook-shaped piece of metal with a small clip that fastens a window curtain to the hook. ...

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