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Can 2 - 6“ flex ducts be combined into a single 8” rigid duct

I'm trying to clean up some sloppy HVAC work in my home prior to finishing my basement. I have 2 VERY long 6" flex duct runs coming off the supply master that feeds the great room in my house. Both ...
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710 views

What are my vapor-barrier options under Hardie siding?

I'm currently in the process of replacing all the siding on my 1940s home. It was originally wood dutch-lap and that was covered with felt paper and asbestos siding. I'm taking all the siding off, ...
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How do I level a concrete basement floor with a 1" dip?

I want to level my concrete basement floor, but on one end it slants down over 1" (over a 3'x15' run). Can I fill this area before using self-leveling compound, to save money, or what else could I ...
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How do I add a P-Trap to a copper drain?

I started to get a smell in the downstairs bathroom and after ruling out the wax seal on the toilet it is coming from the sink drain. We are in a split level so technically its in the basement. ...
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1answer
38 views

Problems with oil furnace

Why does my oil furnace keep triping reset after 10 sec of running i have to have thermostat all way up for it to run i changed primary control box, nozzel, electrodes and thermostat any ideas
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698 views

Does my vented septic tank even require traps and vents near the actual fixture connections?

My home has a septic system with a vented lid to let the sewer gasses escape from the tank itself. As a result, it seems like far less gas (if any) would travel up the waste plumbing and exit through ...
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How do I get all these wires up from the basement to the attic?

I'd like to run new cabling for data, voice and tv but I'm having a hard time figuring out how to get some of the wires up to the attic for the 2nd floor and would like some advice. I've run cables, ...
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Renovating Crawlspace with Poured Concrete Floor

My newly-purchased 1950s home has a below-grade crawlspace with a poorly-poured concrete floor. Specifically, it is very coarse and looks like it was poured and spread with a garden rake. In some ...
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what could happen if a 240 stove cord was improperly installed and then stove was plugged in to the receptacle?

I think my new stove cord was installed wrong and after being plugged in we heard a ((whooooaamp)) sound and all the lights in the house flickered, now none of my 220 appliances will work correctly. ...
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Who pays for hooking up electricity to a new house? [closed]

I recently saw someone say that the utility company will pay to bring electricity into a newly constructed home. Can anyone confirm this? Does the electric company pay, or the homeowner, or is it ...
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Noise reduction for roof air condensers

I have built a 38"x81" pressure treated platform to host an air condenser and a heat pump (two unit house) on the roof of my house. It is positioned right above the master bedroom so I am a little ...
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1answer
81 views

Do TRIAC dimmers “wear out”?

I have a 3-bulb fixture on a 3yo dimmer. It seems -- and this is really impossible to prove -- that the buzzing/singing of the dimmed bulbs has gotten worse over time. It doesn't really make sense ...
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Is the Zinsser BIN Shellac primer sandable?

We are preparing to prime kitchen cabinets that had past nicotine stains, and want to completely block any future bleed-through of those stains. We hesitate using the Shellac because we aren't sure ...
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1answer
72 views

Repairing area in exterior siding

I have an area in the front of my house, here when I purchased, that I've been told used to serve as something for firewood. I'm interested in fixing the area by removing the 'indent' and making it ...
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1answer
45 views

How to clean tv plasma screen

What should I use for cleaning a TV plasma screen? My three-year-old daughter has put her hands many times on the screen and there is a big spot on it. I don't live in America, so maybe I'm not able ...
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1answer
276 views

How do I repair this laminate bubble?

I set a boiling hot pot on top of the laminate countertop & this happened: Is there a way to repair that, or do I have to replace the countertop?
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1answer
123 views

How can I repair a ground-fault?

I'm hooking up a new GFCI in a remodeled bathroom, replacing an older one. There are two outlets following on the circuit. The GFCI works fine, but as soon as I would plug a light into the next ...
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2answers
810 views

Wifi Thermostat wiring

Replacing 2 Hunter thermostats with a Honeywell RTH9580 Wifi. Neither unit has a C wire - I'm comfortable with the upstairs high efficiency unit, but the downstairs older unit has thrown me for a ...
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2answers
530 views

why doesn't my washing machine spin when it's full of water?

I bought a brand-new washing machine, a 3.4 cubic foot Whirlpool top-loader (model # WTW4800XQ), and it's not working properly. When I put in even a very small quantity of dirty clothes and set it on ...
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1answer
62 views

Which kind of roof coating to use to treat low pitch mod bit roof?

My city row house is 100+ years old and has a low pitch modified bitumen roof. It looks like a one piece asphalt or tar sheet covering of the roof. I bought the house 7 years ago and never had it ...
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2answers
171 views

What does the panel release button do on this hinge?

I've just spent some time fighting with the hinge in the image below and finally worked out how it works. There is one part of it that's still a mystery and in the documentation it's called the Panel ...
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0answers
40 views

Can solar tubes be installed in an existing south Florida barrel style roof?

I believe the roof is cement barrel. I am thinking of purchasing a house with this style roof and want to add more natural light. Is it possible?
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1answer
57 views

Why is there no hot water in the kitchen after flushing our water heater?

My husband and I recently moved into a new house that has two water heaters. One is gas and supplies the main portion of the house, the second is electric and (as far as we can tell) only supplies the ...
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2answers
103 views

How do I season wood on my own?

Just what the title asks. Earlier today a tree on our premises split in two in heavy winds. The tree is of a variety referenced 'सागवन' in the vernacular, and Central Provinces Teak else-wise - that ...
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67 views

Want to purchase electric range unassembled

We have put in storm doors at front and rear entrances that have finished frames that narrow the doorway to under 26 inches. A 30 inch free electric range is our pick for a new range. Also we have ...
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253 views

Who should I contact to remove an old boiler from my basement?

I had a boiler fire. When I replaced the boiler, I kept the old one around for insurance purposes. Now it's time to get rid of it. It's got a good bit of steel in it, and still has a couple of steel ...
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1answer
130 views

Is it better to use two nuts, rather than a single long nut on the bolt?

Working on the roof, several J-bolts appeared to have been fastened with more than a single nut. Without exception each such bolt was almost flush to the cement sheet. I saw this done on a car wheel ...
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232 views

Am I going to die of Cancer from Asbestos if not handled correct? What more should I do? [closed]

So I have scrapped down old pop corn ceiling and removed staple on tile on drywall attached to plaster, that can be only lord knows how old. I didn't hang any barriers up as we are planning to do ...
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1answer
70 views

Can I put a switch in after a GFCI and still have proper protection?

I am about to install a fan in the shower stall. It is code to do so as long as the fan is GFCI protected. However, I don't want the switch that controls the fan to turn the receptacles on and off. ...
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3answers
494 views

Does my crawl space need venting

I have a crawl space under my main entrance of the house. It's about 3' tall. I added a heat duct because the floor at the entrance was always cold. So my question is do I need to vent the crawl space ...
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When Laying Tongue and Groove plywood over 1x6 subfloor, do I lay it with the grain perpendicular to the floor joists or to the 1x6 boards underneath?

I am redoing a bedroom and I am in the process of installing a new sub floor. I currently have 1x6 running perpendicular to the floor joists. Some do have a bit of give to them. I am laying over that ...
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0answers
65 views

Replacing drywall above boiler… to Code? Inspection?

I own a mid-1800's house in New England, with a fieldstone foundation and dirt floor basement. I now have a mold problem in the basement. There is lone sheet of drywall above the boiler & water ...
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2answers
484 views

Energy efficient bulb takes a long time to get bright

Ive recently moved into a newly built house (im in the UK). When I turn my bedroom light on it takes a long time to get up to full brightness which is quite annoying. Ive unscrewed the lightbulb to ...
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2answers
72 views

Should I use oil primer underneath oil paint?

Is it necessary to use oil primer underneath oil paint (for trim) or can I use latex primer? Do all primers work interchangeably with oil and latex paints?
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2k views

Drywall over plaster with furring strips

So I just removed staple on ceiling tiles from my curling to find they were done on top of plaster, my questions are: 1) is there any fear in any case of the drywall adding to much weight to the ...
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1answer
161 views

Do I need to sand oil-based lacquer before painting?

Getting ready to paint fireplace surround, which currently has oil-based lacquer that turned yellow. Do I need to sand it before applying latex paint, or can I use a brand name cleaning product to ...
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1answer
73 views

How to wire telephones together as a intercom/party-line

I'd like to wire a few phones together to use a intercom. Any body have any ideas as to a good starting point.
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2answers
830 views

Do I have to remove the thinset before re-installing new cermic tiles

I have just pulled up my old ceramic tiles from my bathroom an there is the thinset on the subfloor an some grout left on it. Do I need to clean that before putting new thinset on it?
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1answer
84 views

should i remove trim before caulking window

For weatherization purposes, is it worth removing the trim around windows (and sliding doors, etc) and filling the gaps behind the trim with spray foam (or perhaps caulk?), or is it acceptable simply ...
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How do I seal a basement cinder block wall behind a shower?

My wife and I have a basement bathroom that I gutted: back in 1980 someone decided to put tile directly on drywall and not properly seal anything, with the obvious moldy result. So I ripped it down to ...
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1answer
43 views

Should a timer switch 'reduce' load?

I bought a Leviton Decora Present Electronic Timer Switch...the kind with several button each set to different minutes for a bath fan. The fan is just a cheapo whatever-the-builder-got-in-bulk fan. ...
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1answer
48 views

Circuit split within panel

In my main panel I have a circuit where the hot wire is split within the panel. I was investigating this circuit because I am getting a hum from any speaker plugged into an outlet on the circuit. I ...
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1answer
146 views

Why did my newly applied paint run and not adhere to the wall?

I painted my bathroom woke up the next morning and half the paint from the top of the window wall has dripped back of again leaving really big tear marks down the wall. I have really limited money ...
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1answer
101 views

Can I install a floodlight with 18AWG conductors on a 20A (12AWG) circuit?

I am running a new 20A circuit with 12 AWG wire to the exterior of my home and will be adding a flood light to the circuit. All of the flood lights I have seen have 18AWG conductors in them. Is it OK ...
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1answer
545 views

What should I do about old cables that have been damaged?

I was replacing some drywall and noticed the wiring underneath has a couple of surface tears. House is from the sixties, but has been rewired with new Romex, except this circuit. Wire seems to be old ...
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1answer
437 views

What could be causing a Bosch dishwasher to not heat the water?

I have a Bosch SHX46a05UC/43 that is not heating the water inside. My first clue something was wrong was that the cycle time was very long (3-4 hours). I'm not sure that it can't heat the water, but ...
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2answers
3k views

Questions about shower wall tile install

I'm getting ready to install 12x12 ceramic tile on our tub walls. What type of thinset should I use? Ancillary to that is the type of grout to use? Sanded or unsanded? While researching the ...
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3answers
2k views

How can I thaw a frozen exterior drain quickly?

I have a driveway that is angled down slightly towards my house. About two feet before the garage there are two long drains that cover most of the drive way. Right now one is 100% frozen and the other ...
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2answers
292 views

Will I have to install new cables when converting from a SD CCTV system to HD?

After a breakin soon after moving into our house, we used our cash reserve to improve security. One of these updates was an 8-channel DVR with four external CCTV cameras. The DVR exposes the cameras ...
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3answers
157 views

Can I cool 540 sq. ft. with a single A/C unit?

I have a small apartment - about 540sq ft. The layout: Click for larger view The red square would be the internal unit, and to the left and right I have 2 rooms. I also have a 6 month old ...

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