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Why do my fluorescent lights turn on slowly or not at all in the summer?

We live in Florida, and the fluorescent lights in the kitchen turn on very slowly (if at all) in the summer. Other clues are: They work fine in the early morning Later in the day (hot day) they ...
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What solutions exist for opening and closing a window very high up?

We have a room with a high ceiling and a set of four windows. The windows start at about 7 feet. The person who lives in the room is not tall and currently has to use a ladder to open and close ...
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3answers
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Is there a tool to pinpoint an exact location through wood?

I have a wooden roof. I need to drill though it from above, and hit the beams exactly in order to attach something. The edges of the roof are not straight, and it is impossible to find out where ...
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2answers
112 views

Whatzit? Name this dryer or washer thing-a-ma-bob

I am victorious! I have my new LG washer and gas dryer installed. After a weekend of pain and suffering. Well, at least a few trips to Home Depot. All's done except...I'm left with this one part. I ...
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318 views

how do I level the floor in a sunk in living room

My home has a step down living room. It has carpet on it, but i want to make the floor level with the rest of the house it is about 2.5 inches step down. People keep tripping. I then either want to ...
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1answer
118 views

Adding circuits in a sub panel

I have a 50 amp sub panel in my basement with 6 circuits in it, which is not enough. How many circuits can I run with a 50 amp service?
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145 views

How to fix double-tapped 14-3 cable to boiler

I have an oil boiler for heat. 14-3 cable runs from the panel to a thermal cutoff above the boiler, then into the boiler's control box, and from there to a Taco controller that manages three zone ...
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906 views

Table saw blade width

I need to make a straight slot cut with my 10" table saw, the cut needs to be 3/16" wide. what saw blade width would come close to this size.
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79 views

Do I need to remove all the old paint prior to repainting!

I am restoring a window sill, scraping paint and using epoxy sealer & woodsculpt to fill so areas eaten by rot. Right now I'm scraping. My question is how hard should I work to remove all the ...
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160 views

Frame wall with steel post at corner

How do I frame this corner? There are already two walls up (the one on the left that will become a closet), but that the corner where they meet is a steel post. Obviously I can't move that, and I ...
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1answer
182 views

How to connect a DIY thermostat to the HVAC System

I am building a DIY thermostat similar to this blog. I want to connect it to the HVAC system of my home. How do I do that? I found this post which is very informative but doesn't completely answer my ...
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frame soffit against foundation wall

I'm framing my basement and I have a duct that runs along the foundation wall. There's a little over a 1" gap between the duct and the wall, so I was planning on putting up XPS along the wall and then ...
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Water stays in my stackable washer/dryer after the load?

I have a stackable washer and dryer that drains into a regular washing machine drain, but for the last month there seems to be water sitting below the drum and it is foul smelling. Any thoughts??
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Home Theater projector re-searches for input when power surges (light/ac/fridge turning on or off)

I live in the US and have an interesting problem with my home theater system that Google couldn't quite solve for me. My home theater setup is as follows (I can provide model numbers upon request, if ...
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1answer
58 views

How can I tell what kind of paint is on my stucco?

I have a stucco house that has been painted. I would like to somehow figure out what kind of paint it is. The reason being that I would like to re-color the house with a high-quality mineral paint, ...
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1answer
152 views

In the UK, what type of flexible conduit should I use for electrics in shed that run underground and emerge through the concrete base?

In the UK, what type of flexible conduit should I use for electrics in shed that run underground and emerge through the concrete base? I see various standards quoted such as IP66. Would this be ...
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1answer
302 views

Should I reinforce my lap-joint?

I have a garden entrance gate that has rotted and I am planning to replace it. Because it matches my neighbour's gate I want to make one that looks the same rather than buy a ready-made gate. Also, ...
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1answer
42 views

Help on Vinyl floors

I had a new vinyl floor put around 8 months ago. There is a square in the middle where it has damaged the floor. It is in the middle of the kitchen floor. Is there anything I can do to make this look ...
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2answers
213 views

How can I calculate the minimum allowable cross sectional area of a table leg?

I plan to DIY a 6 legged table with the following dimensions: 140 cm long 70 cm wide 100 cm high I know the breaking strength of the wood, but not sure how to calculate how thickness of the table ...
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2answers
311 views

Do unswitched neutral and ground wires need to pass through a transfer switch?

I'm installing a manual transfer switch to feed a 240V subpanel from either generator or the main panel. No devices other than the main panel are bonded. Since the neutral is not switched, can I ...
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3answers
650 views

Cold water entering hot water circuit?

I'm having a bizarre problem. At least it's bizarre to me. I'm repacking a HW faucet connected to our washing machine. To do so, I turned off the HW heater, and then the valve on top of the HW ...
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1answer
160 views

What type of tool do I need to remove this screw?

As the title says. I need to remove this type of screw, but don't know what tool to use. Does anyone know where can I get the screwdriver for this?
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1answer
150 views

How to fix a small ceiling corner?

I have a ceiling corner above the stairs that needs to be repaired. It was previously drywall on the vertical, and finished ceiling on the horizontal. We caused some damage early on that I covered ...
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1answer
139 views

How to prevent an exterior automatic watering system from freezing

I'm looking for solutions on preventing automatic watering systems for horses from freezing. The faucet is 150-200 feet away from where I'm building my horse's pasture. I live in New Jersey so I'm ...
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3answers
156 views

Need to replace lock on car top carrier

I have a Packasport fiberglass car top carrier with a cylinder lock (outside view above). The key has been lost. I ordered a new lock/key set from Packasport but am unable to remove the old one - ...
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What amp breaker for 20 Amp electrical oven and 40 Amp electrical range on same circuit

What amp breaker should I use for a 20 Amp electrical oven and a 40 Amp range? Currently, I have a 6 gauge wire and a 50 Amp breaker, and my current electrical cooktop and electrical oven are both ...
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2answers
178 views

Best method of repairing plastic door frame

I dropped a canister going through the outside patio doorway and the corner chipped away the plastic door frame. I see that these frames are all one piece and expensive and time consuming to replace. ...
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1answer
182 views

Do sandstone patio pavers/grout need to be sealed?

I had an "expert" look at my patio (only 6m old) and recommend that I should have sealant applied to it to make it last. I'd not heard of this before and googling is giving me mixed messages. Since ...
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Countersink and Screw Size

I have been googling this for a few hours now and I really can't find a direct answer. This is a stupid question to validate my logic, however I like firm answers instead of assuming. I need a ...
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2answers
212 views

Washing machine hot water leaking. Is it ok to use with the hot water shut off?

My washer leaks when I use the hot water. I use cold water for both the wash and rinse cycles. I turned the hot water off at the faucet. This prevents the water from leaking out the water hose in the ...
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1answer
149 views

GFCI circuit for hot tub tripping after move

Good day, We had a fully functional hot tub in our garage (don't ask). We moved it outside on to a patio of cement patio blocks. I tapped off the sub panel in the garage that the tube used to be ...
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1answer
103 views

new railings - should I use cedar or treated pine?

I'm replacing the railings on a balcony and have a choice between using cedar or a pressure treated pine. The railings will be painted, so will end up looking the same in either case. I'm looking for ...
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2k views

Creaking / Clicking noise coming from wood / cardboard

Feel like I'm starting to lose my mind with this one. I'm regularly hearing a noise in at least two rooms of the house, which I can best describe as a creaking or clicking. I've listened to ...
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2answers
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How should I get this paint off my stucco?

I have an exterior stucco wall that appears to have been painted. I would like to somehow remove the paint to expose the rough surface of the top coat so I can limewash it. I tried scraping at it ...
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2answers
550 views

What's wrong with the polyurethane on this hardwood floor refinishing job?

This is basically what I've done so far: I sanded the floor down to 120 grit with a drum sander (did a pretty good, time consuming job) Put 1 coat of polyurethane down - these problem-spots soaked ...
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1answer
67 views

I rewired my two bulb ceiling light

one of the bulbs was not working. I took the wiring apart and rewired them in series Now neither one works.
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192 views

What are my options for fixing a laundry faucet?

We're replacing our washer so I had to turn off the laundry faucets, hook up the new washer, and then turn them back on. In doing so, the hot water faucet now has a slight leak where the stem of the ...
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0answers
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Need to run a “C” wire to thermostat but control board has no “C” [duplicate]

I am looking to replace a thermostat with one that needs a C wire... which my current thermostat does not. I have some extra wires in the thermostat wiring that are unused... so I went down to the ...
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2answers
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How to wire Two dimmers controlling a string of recessed light?

Refinishing my basement and have an open ceiling at the moment. I have hung 12 recessed lights and connected them in 3 groups (groups of 2, 6 and 4 lights) using 14/2. I then ran 14/2 from the start ...
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1answer
58 views

Fixing Spray Paint Texture

I am working on a project and spray painting smooth composite wood pieces with a glossy paint/primer combo (specifically this). I sprayed outside (at night) and there was a slight breeze. For the ...
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1answer
885 views

Yellow stains on plaster wall patches

I live in an old 1910s house and it turns out my walls aren't drywall. It is constructed of rock or some type of masonry. Over it, there was really, really old wallpaper, which is, over this, covered ...
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1answer
198 views

How do I wire one switch in a circuit with two “fixtures” but only one being operated by the switch?

I am setting up low voltage 12v landscape lights in my backyard using one transformer with have to runs/branches - one for two lights and other to operate tow small pond pumps. I have no room for two ...
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1answer
40 views

Remove greasy material from wooden frame

There is a wooden frame in my kitchen and due to cooking/heating the wooden frame right above my burner is become greasy. how i remove that greasy material from wooden frame, as i tried to remove it ...
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1answer
69 views

Identifying a bulb from a 1969 built light fitting

I came across this light bulb socket in a piece of furniture built in 1969 in America. It's 2014 and I'm in Britain so frankly I have no idea. It's right down inside the thing so this is the best ...
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1answer
68 views

Heating Coils on a metal roof section

I have a metal edging on my roof in an area about 4 wide. Can I run heating coils over this metal section of the roof,because it seems to be an area that has ice dams. Presently I have a coil above ...
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3answers
18k views

How can I install a light fixture in the ceiling of a finished room?

In my dining room, I would like to install a ceiling light in the center of the room. This room is on the ground floor of a colonial two-story, so there is no attic access into the ceiling; my work ...
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4answers
271 views

Replacing a toggle dimmer switch with a regular light switch

I am replacing a dimmer switch with a regular switch. The dimmer switch controlled a chandelier light that I just replaced with a ceiling fan. There is also another switch that controlled the light, ...
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1answer
100 views

Running conduit near knob and tube wiring

I have some new AC ducts in our new house that will soon be concealed behind new drywall, but before the drywall goes up, I wanted to run some conduit from the upper floor down to the basement for ...
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1answer
65 views

What type of paint to use when painting on a shiny veneer, to produce the least odour?

What type of paint shall I use when painting a non-removable, wooden shelf with a shiny, dark-brown veneer? I want to apply white colour. The problem is that the shelf is almost non-removable and it ...
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2answers
1k views

How useful is double-glazed glass for sound and heat insulation in a semi-tropical climate?

I'm located in Bombay/Mumbai, and I've been trying to figure out what windows I should install for soundproofing and heat insulation. I was talking to someone who does consultation for uPVC windows. ...

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