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What should I check if my chainsaw fails to start?

My chainsaw stopped working and I've got a tree that fell and needs cut up. Does anybody have any idea what I can do to get my chainsaw started? I've done a bit of stuff on cars so I'm willing to try ...
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Is it safe to cut and put a compression end on a live cable TV wire?

Just moving into a new US location. The location has both Verizon and Comcast available. I am trying to use Comcast. The Verizon installer appears to have cut the Comcast cable that went to an ...
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How can I remove a stuck screw that will still turn?

I put a too short screw into the screw hole. I thought this would sort things out. It didn't. Now I cannot get the screw out even though it will turn quite freely with a Phillips screwdriver. Any ...
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1answer
460 views

How do I remove spots from my new ceramic tiles?

I just laid dark brown ceramic tile in my kitchen. After grouting and cleaning I still have spots and round circles (from the cleaning bucket's bottom) on the floor. I have tried soap and water and ...
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Why does my GFCI receptacle trip when I connect the load wires?

I was trying to install a GFCI outlet and when I install it with the five wire setup with the line on top and load on bottom, the outlet continually trips. I made sure which wire was the hot-line and ...
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394 views

What's the difference between Rust-oleum and Rust-oleum Professional?

I have been doing some painting lately and I am buying all of my supplies from Home Depot. I have noticed two dominant paints there: RustOleum Professional which comes in an aluminum can that has ...
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2answers
791 views

How should I install slab doors when the jamb has been drywalled over?

All of my bedrooms have 36" cupboards with bi-fold doors that I want to replace with two 18" double-doors. All of the door jambs are covered in 1/2" drywall. I've made a few test holes and there ...
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How can I paint both sides of a door without waiting for each side to dry first?

Problem I am spraying 6 3-panel slabs. I am quite new at using an airless sprayer. Need Advice I am using a semi-gloss from Sherwin-Williams and would like to be able to spray both sides at the ...
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123 views

How is a pre-existing condition evaluated by home warranty companies [closed]

I've been looking around for home warranty, and many of the plans say that pre-existing conditions are not covered. This makes me a little weary because I imagine that once anything breaks it could ...
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What does a Summer/Winter switch on furnace air ducts do?

On some of our furnace ducts, there is a switch/valve for Summer/Winter or S/W. What does changing this switch/lever accomplish? Can bad things happen if I forget to switch it? Bonus question: ...
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If I turn off the breaker to the Gas furnace will the pilot light go out?

I need to turn off the breaker for the furnace but am afraid this will turn off the pilot light to my gas furnace & I don't know how to relight it. Are any special steps necessary to prevent ...
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1answer
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How can I stop gurgling at discharge outlet from sump pump?

I had a sump pump installed. Approximately a year later, after the pump runs, there is a loud gurgling noise accompanied by vibration from the pipes. During high water seasons, this leads to a ...
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How do I fix bubbles under linoleum flooring?

We put down a sheet 12X9 of linoleum in our kitchen and it went under the new cabinets and baseboard. The flooring depot said no glue was needed. Well now we have bubbles, a great big one and several ...
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Is it safe to install a three pronged wire into a four pronged dryer?

I just moved into an old home that has a three pronged wall jack as shown below: I have a newer dryer that has a four pronged wire. Please see the back of the dryer, I've removed the four pronged ...
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2answers
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Whats the difference between black, blue and red PEX pipes sleeves

I'm using PEX pipes for water tubing, but I'm not sure which sleeve type should I use for hot and cold water pipes. Whats the difference between black, blue and red sleeves? and which should I be ...
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1answer
193 views

How can I bore a hole through a framing member, without causing a lot of damage to the wall covering?

I am putting in a new thermostat. I cut a 1" hole in the wall at about eye level. I have an endoscopic camera and i see that at about 3 feet off the floor there is a wooden board that runs parallel to ...
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1answer
639 views

How to remove calcium scale at waterline in swimming pool?

My swimming pool is developing a calcium buildup on the coping tile at the waterline, what is the best method to remove it? Pool chemistry is balanced regularly and has not been a problem.
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1answer
609 views

Can I steal a neutral wire from another circuit?

I have some Z-wave light switches that I want to install; below is a link to the diagram for the light switches. Basically I can have all the wiring completed minus the neutral wire for the switch at ...
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1answer
745 views

Can I use a threaded rod for a rafter tie?

Long story short: I am working on a 1960's house with no rafter ties. The rafters themselves are now attached with screws and strong-ties (previously just double nailed!) but I don't have faith in the ...
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1answer
1k views

How can I safely remove one baseboard heater out of a set of two?

I have two baseboard heaters on either side of my living room. They are both on the same breaker and connected to the same thermostat. The breaker looks like it takes up two spots and has a 20 on the ...
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1answer
2k views

What is the proper way to install a exterior door in brick/drywall wall?

A little background: in Brazil drywall is kind of novelty yet, mostly used on comercial building. Houses here are still built only using bricks, with the jambs of door being affixed to the bricks ...
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259 views

Why are some of the boards in my hardwood floors disintegrating?

Some of the boards in my hardwood floors (1949) are disintegrating. Can anyone tell me what gives? And how I might go about stopping it?
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1answer
98 views

Should I remove limbs before felling a tree?

I'm going to fell a 75' pine in my yard. Should I cut limbs before felling the tree even if they are balanced? I've seen mixed advice. On one hand removing limbs makes the fell more predictable and ...
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2k views

How can I use a separate transformer to provide a C wire to my thermostat?

I Purchased the Honeywell WiFi Prog Thermostat to replace my Round Digital Honeywell Thermostat. I have separate Heating and Cooling (Heating is a Weil McLain Boiler for Hot water baseboard and Hot ...
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1answer
131 views

How do I measure for a toilet rough-in?

Is my thinking correct - If I measure from the wall to the bolt cap of my current toilet, which is 12", that means I have a 12" rough-in.
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1k views

Why won't the pilot light on my gas fireplace stay lit?

Gas fireplace, pilot is off, push to ignite and it does but the flame comes on and it only stays lite for about 30 seconds and shuts down. I changed the batteries in the remote control. So not that.
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1answer
397 views

When sanding hardwood floors, should I buy a rotary or oscillating tool?

I plan to refinish the hardwood floors in three bedrooms using an orbital floor sander because they seem easier and safer for beginners than the drum sander. I need something to sand the edges, and ...
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1answer
160 views

How do I install vapor-retarder underlayment paper under vinyl floor planks?

Do I overlap the sheets of paper or are the seams supposed to lay flat against each other? Is it okay to use nails to hold it down, or does it have to be stapled? Can I use silicone to seal the ...
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1answer
106 views

How can I prevent my twin pocket doors from meeting too hard?

We have two pocket doors, each 36" that meet to close off a 6' entryway between our living room and our sunroom. Both doors have stops, but the stops overlap so that when one door is out and the ...
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1answer
887 views

How do I find and eliminate a sickly sweet smell in my apartment with no obvious source?

Ever since the start of winter my studio apartment has been smelling quite bad. The smell is sweet and astringent, almost like rancid ice cream or sweet vomit. The apartment is only one room and a ...
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2answers
391 views

How do I replace a door hinge with no screws?

Any ideas on how I can remove this ugly looking hinge that snapped. One end of the hinge has no screws and is soldered onto the door. Any help is much appreciated. EDIT: Ok, I followed @Chris ...
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1answer
755 views

Why do my downstairs radiators run colder than upstairs?

Our combi boiler in the loft (less than 3 years old Vaillant EcoTec) is heating the upstairs radiators nicely, but the downstairs ones are lukewarm to cold. I have opened all the radiator valves ...
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3answers
874 views

Is it possible to reduce a 1“ thick board to 1”/N boards?

I have some project plans. Most of the project calls for using 1/2" parts. I bought 1" thick wood, which actually only ends up being 7/8" when I measure it (I have heard this is normal). Anyway, ...
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2answers
802 views

How can I stop heat loss due to an uninsulated porch?

I have an enclosed porch with very little insulation, it is typically very cold in the winter. However, there is a radiator in the enclosed porch. I have a gas boiler heating system in the house. ...
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1answer
355 views

Will I cause problem/cracks with jumping exercise in upper floor?

Every day I am doing my martial art practice in upper floor. It contains jumping and power movements which cause sounds downstairs. Is there any problem for concrete by this continuous jerking ...
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2answers
3k views

What could cause a shower to give warm water for a few seconds, then only cold water?

The house has four bedrooms. The 40 gallon gas water heater is about 60 feet from this shower. The house is a one story house in flat terrain. I have already changed the mixing faucet for the shower, ...
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3answers
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How do I hang a pot rack in a plaster ceiling?

I am trying to hang a pot rack, and my house is all plaster walls. I have an electronic stud finder but the places it is telling me that studs exist don't seem to be correct - test nails have gone ...
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1answer
472 views

Will sealing off rafter spaces and unusable spaces help my attic insulation plan?

I am trying to warm an exercise floor in an unfinished attic and save on heating at the same time. I want to evaluate whether covering the rafters in my attic with various materials will be worthwhile ...
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1answer
432 views

Why do I have low hot water pressure in my kitchen?

I have very low hot water pressure in the kitchen only. I have disconnected the line and have great pressure from the valve. It is a two handled faucet and the cold water pressure is very good. ...
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3answers
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Should I use Tyvek or tar paper on basement walls?

We are going to be redoing our basement which was done in the 60's and very cold. We have been told to apply Tyvek or tar paper to the walls, stud, then vapour barrier and drywall. We plan on using ...
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1answer
373 views

How can I improve the insulation in the lower attic space?

I live in a house with a finished attic. There's a substantial upper attic (big enough to walk around) and there are also knee walls between the upstairs rooms and the lower attic. There is ...
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0answers
254 views

How can I unclog a passive bathroom air vent?

I live in a prewar apartment building. At the top of the shower, on the wall where the water comes in, is a passive vent. There is no powered fan that is installed and no nearby electrical wiring to ...
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1answer
264 views

Do attic vents or rafter baffles need to be as wide as the rafter bay?

What happens if the attic vents or rafter baffles don't cover the entire opening between the rafters and one or two inches of wood is left exposed?
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1answer
76 views

Which pH should I aim for when neutralizing restored/refinished antique surfaces?

I have recently used different chemicals to restore, refinish and treat various types of wall and millwork surfaces. E.g. I have stripped old paint using Peel Away 1 from plaster and antique ...
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3answers
606 views

Why is it OK to use a 50 A receptacle on a 40 A circuit?

NEC's Table 210.24 " Summary of Branch-Circuit Requirements" shows required condudcor and outlet requirements for different circuit ratings: Why is it permitted to put a 50 A receptacle on a 40 A ...
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0answers
350 views

How can I stop water from coming up through the floor?

I have a house that is on a high water table, and water is coming up through the floor. The property was excavated around the perimeter a couple of years ago and installed a new Big "O". Drycore was ...
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2answers
2k views

How do I cut bamboo flooring with only a hand miter saw and a circular saw available?

I am about to install some hardwood flooring, which calls for cutting a number of planks crosswise, very accurately. The best tool for this is a miter saw, but I only have a circular saw, and a hand ...
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1answer
299 views

Where should I discharge my bathroom exhaust to?

Everyone in general lean towards roof or gable end of house venting. Then of these two whichever is shortest run..Also everyone agrees down hill slope toward exterior of house..If one is to vent ...
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1answer
1k views

How can I vent my bathroom through a ground floor vertical-slider privacy window?

I live in an old style garden level unit in Chicago (roughly 80 years old). The bathroom currently has no ventilation. The window is cracked and I'll leave the bathroom door open when I shower, but ...
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1answer
414 views

What are “termination points” and why do I need them on my electrical supply?

An inspection of my electric supply service on the outside of my home in Maryland said I need 3 termination points and two grounding rods. The grounding rods I can get but I have no clue about these ...

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