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Sellotape caused discoloration on the wooden surface

As seen in the picture it seems that the sellotape removed some of the color on the furniture surface. There doesn't seem to be any adhesive left on the surface. What are my options to repair this? ...
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What's the wattage of the heater

I have an in-wall heater with this label attached: How come it has 4 different currents/wattages listed? Which one applies?
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What type of sealer/stain to use on untreated cedar 4x4 lumber glued together

I'm planning on making a heavy bench top by using six 4"x4"x6' posts, and gluing the faces together with Elmer brand carpenters glue and several large bar/trigger clamps. Afterwards, I'll just ...
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how to repair holes left by expanding anchor bolts in concrete

I have a large workbench which I inherited with my current home, and I'd like to replace it with one I'm currently building, mainly since the current one is pretty small, and the top of the bench has ...
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Can I shut off a second water heater?

I reviewed this question and answer and there's probably similarities to this question, but wasn't sure what kind of setup I have. So I'm hoping I don't get flagged as duplicate. We've got two gas ...
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94 views

Separating two lights on one switch [closed]

I have 1 light switch that controls a fan/light and a pair of recessed lights across the room. I want to separate them and add another switch next to the existing one. Where do I start?
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6answers
448 views

Replace existing phone jack with network cable

I'm trying to get wired network to my living room since wireless isn't ideal for streaming high quality video. My first instinct was to replace the existing phone jack, since I don't have landline ...
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3answers
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Yard Vac only runs on full choke

My Parents gave me a Craftsman Yard Vac (Model No. 247.770550) that they hadn't used in a few years. The tank had been empty, but mice had made a nest around the engine. I chased the mice away and ...
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1answer
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Are 4 toggle bolts enough to hold up a 32in TV?

My studs are 16 inches apart, but the stud is exactly centered on where I want my TV on the wall. The horizontal bars for my wall mount are 25 inches long (not long enough to reach the next studs to ...
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117 views

I have a general question about learning woodworking for a still somewhat beginner! [closed]

So I am a college student and my major is woodworking, I enjoy it but I haven't really learned the simple things, I know a lot about table saw, routers, band saw, etc, but when it comes out to simple ...
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2answers
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Hue Compatible Wall Switch? [closed]

I have a bunch of Hue bulbs throughout the house. Most are controlled via your standard wall switch. This is, of course, sub-optimal; with the wall switch off, the Hue lamp can't be remotely ...
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5answers
683 views

Need copper to ground electrical box

I need to ground my switches by connecting the grounding wires from switches onto an electrical twist nut and pig tailing it it to the box. Does Home Depot or other stores sell little pieces of ...
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2answers
367 views

Should I downsize a circuit breaker from 40amps to 30 amps?

I just fixed a hard-to-find short circuit in my home wiring. I had heavy gauge aluminum wires running from two 40 amp circuit breakers to bring 220V to my electric cooktop. My guess is that those ...
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2answers
270 views

Bare Wood Window Sill Stinks Bad

So I've been redoing my window sills. Basically I smashed out tile sills and replaced with routered wood sills. There are maybe 15 in the house. I have not had time yet to prime any of them, so for ...
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4answers
2k views

HVAC supply vent noise: how to eliminate the whistling wind tunnel?

Every time the heat turns on (rented house), we are getting choked with too much dry hot air in our small room. When I try to close the supply vent it produces a really loud whistling noise. I either ...
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3answers
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Why did they hammer nails in half way and bent them over to secure supports?

In my 1950s house they hammered nails in half way and bent them over to secure the supports to the beam. Why was this technique used?
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Polyurethane on hardwood floor dilemma

We were on our third coat of water based polyurethane on my hardwood floor and ran out. I went and grabbed a can and when I started putting it on I noticed a difference. It was oil based. The area now ...
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1answer
113 views

Furnace: are flames in between the tubes bad?

In a Carrier Weathermaker 8000 gas furnace, is it normal for some of the flames to be coming out of the spacers in between the tubes? It seems like they shouldn't be there, since they aren't going ...
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1answer
305 views

Removing old Entry Door dead bolt lock

Attached is the picture of circa 1987 dead bolt lock from the back after removing the back plate. Could not find manufacturer name but seems like Kwikset based on key types. The front of the lock ...
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1answer
296 views

Wiring a Z-Wave 3-way auxiliary with neutral from other switch? (w/ diagrams!)

I found my question difficult to phrase, so I mocked the wiring diagram up in Photoshop. I have a 3-way switch setup like so: I am going to upgrade this to a Z-Wave enabled pair of 3-way switches ...
2
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3answers
100 views

Mineral wool on top of fiberglass. Density and compression

A while back I asked about adding my 1.5" thick pieces of mineral wool insulation batts ontop of my 12" thick fiberglass I am installing in my attic. As I have began doing this, I am seeing that the ...
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1answer
64 views

LED lighting question

I have a chandelier that takes 5 25w candelabra based bulbs. It does not put out enough lumens based on using incandescent bulbs. I figured I would then purchase LEDs that use much less wattage but ...
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1answer
125 views

How do I connect this saw's motor to 220 volts?

I finally found a motor for an old DeWalt radial arm saw but I don't understand the diagrams on the motor plate. I want to run it at 220 volts but without terminals I'm not sure about which wires go ...
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4answers
7k views

What kind of paint do I need to paint rubber?

Is there any type of easy-to-apply paint (spray paint, ideally) that would work well for: rubber surface relatively rugged (Context: I need to paint hockey pucks) I know you can get Krylon and ...
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2answers
132 views

Spot prime indoors with shellac-base primer?

I need to block some wood knots that bled through the finish of the door trim. The knots have been previously painted with latex paint and acrylic primer/sealer. It took just a month for the knots to ...
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1answer
174 views

Splitting a light circuit into two

I currently have a simple circuit. Three ceiling lights, and one switch. I would like to break it into two lights on that switch and the other light on another switch. Will I have to run all the ...
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4answers
109 views

Can I use 3/4" gravel to grade land away from my basement wall?

There's a portion of concrete slab that slopes towards the basement wall of my house. It is winter already so I can't really pour concrete, but I do have several bags of 3/4" gravel (crushed stone) in ...
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1answer
108 views

Trane furnace pilot wont stay lit

I have a 1983 Trane gas furnace, Model BLU108E936B1, the pilot light went out, I could get it to relight but wont stay on> Changed the thermocouple, same results, Pilot light doesn't look right as I ...
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1answer
44 views

60 amp detached shop able to run 50 amp hot tub? [duplicate]

my house main panel is 200 amp, the shops panel is 60 amp. My new tub is closest to my shop but wasn't sure it would cause my shop to trip with the tub on its 50 amp gfci circuit? I was going to run ...
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2answers
67 views

Aprilaire 700 humidifier not working properly

The fan does not seem to be running. How can I determine what the problem is? I'm not sure if it's the fan, solenoid or the computer board.
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1answer
65 views

Actual efficiency of an old oil furnace?

We purchased a house with what appeared to be a relatively well-maintained oil furnace, about 30 years old (installed in 1984). We don't have any records of annual oil usage, or any way to find that ...
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2answers
527 views

How to install hydronic radiant heat over concrete slab

I'm trying to figure out the most ideal way to install hydronic radiant heat in my basement over the existing concrete slab. I've looked at several products for heat distribution, like Warmboard, ...
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3answers
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Should I repair floor joists that have cracks or holes?

The floor joists in my unfinished basement of a 1950s house have nails that the previous owner probably used to hang items on. Many of the nails have caused the floor joists to split. I've been ...
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3answers
1k views

Can I install a sink that drains into this floor drain?

I would like to install a sink in my basement but the only drain that is close to it is being used for the HVAC. Can I use this existing drain for the sink as well? This is roughly how the drain is ...
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2answers
78 views

Water in kitchen sink smells

Started happening about 3 weeks ago. I have run the HOT water, put it in a glass and waited a couple of minutes: NO SMELL. I ran the cold water and put it in a glass and waited...NO SMELL I have a ...
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2answers
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Wireless Security System deadbolts with door handle that locks - how to disable door locks

We installed a wireless security system to eliminate keys for entry into the home. This works well for the dead bolt, but the door handle has the lever on the inside to turn and lock. To enter, you ...
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1answer
44 views

question about a gas furnace having to light repeatedly

I am new to this forum, but I will do my best to answer any questions I can (I am a general contractor with a background in engineering and residential construction and machine design) so, here is my ...
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2answers
111 views

Handling basement water infiltration behind bulkhead

My house has two different kinds of foundation, The older part is brick-over-fieldstone. The newer part, dug a bit deeper, is poured concrete. When that extension was added, they added a cinder-block ...
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0answers
75 views

Hot water no longer coming from water tank (air lock??)

Two days ago I disconnected and capped the water supply to a set of taps for an old laundry sink in my basement. I turned off the cold water supply to the house and also to the hot water tank before ...
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1answer
101 views

Remote Switch wiring for a gas log fire place

I have a remote switch outside my gas log fireplace to turn the fireplace burner on and off. I've been having problems with the standard thermostat wiring that was supplied with my remote switch. The ...
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2answers
39 views

Do I need a wooden frame for my plexiglas shelf door?

I'm making a plexiglass shelf door (2 actually). Dimensions are 3500x7500x3. And I don't know if I need a frame for that. I wanted to attach it with 2 [that thing that lets you open doors] and one ...
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2answers
94 views

How to properly support 2-3 with ground nm-b cable from floor joists

I bought a house where the previous homeowner hung 2-3 with ground nm-b (cable) with metallic conduit hangers from wall studs below the floor joists. It looks like the hangers are cutting through ...
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1answer
37 views

What device can I purchase to monitor my electrics long-term? [closed]

I currently live in a rented property that I suspect was wired up by a cowboy, the outlets are anchored poorly in the walls and the breaker board hums when any high-energy appliances are running. It ...
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1answer
65 views

Replacing oven element

The element in my oven died. I bought a new one and removed the old one only to find out I received the wrong element. When I went to put the old element back in the wires dislodged some on the ...
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2answers
43 views

How do I move h/c water from garage to the other side of the wall.

We just bought our first home and the previous owners had the washer/dryer in the garage. We would like to move the washer/dryer into a large closet just on the other side of the wall from where they ...
0
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1answer
137 views

Brand New French Doors Installed By Contractor.. Leaks same day. Is this normal?

I am a new home owner and we had sliding doors for our patio doors that came with the home. Never had issues with water coming in until we just had a French door installed on our kitchen heading out ...
2
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1answer
172 views

How to attach short bottom plate for door frame to concrete floor?

I'm framing out my basement, which I've done once before in an old house. I use the treated wood (green board?) for the bottom plate, raise up the frames, get everything level, and use cut nails to ...
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1answer
263 views

Is a toilet drain permitted to run through I Joists?

It was suggested by a plumber, but is it common practice? The I joists are 11 7/8" but a 3.5 or 4" toilet drain line seems like a large hole to be cutting even if it's in the middle of the joist's ...
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2answers
98 views

Will foam tape stop condensation on metal windows?

I am having an issue that water is building up on the inside of my metal window. has anyone tried putting foam tape on inside or outside to stop condensation?
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2answers
84 views

my 220v circuit breakers show a voltage but dont seem to be able to drive a load. why?

im racking my brain trying to get my 220v electric cooktop to work. ALL 4 burners do not operate. i read 220v at all the proper places on the switches etc but when i turn a burner on... the voltage ...

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