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How do I prep and plaster a bowed wall before tiling?

I'm about to tile a shower alcove. However, I put a straight edge against the walls and the rear wall bows out very badly. The wall is 950mm wide and putting a straight edge across shows a gap about ...
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Natural stone cladding on grog/chamotte shell around fireplace insert

I would like to clad my grog/chamotte brick-built fireplace shell with natural stone. I expect to cover bricks using flexible adhesive grout. But in order to compensate for temperature differences in ...
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Casting vermiculite boards and reinforcement

I would like to insulate and fireproof the back of my fireplace insert in my living room. As precast vermiculite boards are rather expensive compared to loose vermiculite granules I would like to cast ...
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1answer
347 views

Is it code-compliant to attach a patio to the roof like this?

I want to attach a patio cover to my house. Trouble is the clearance between the window and the roof rafters is too small for a ledger. I was considering the option of attaching to the roof top like ...
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81 views

How can I add decorative lines to my boundary walls?

I want to make three horizontal 2cm deep lines in my outer wall when it plastering by cement. Please see the attached photo (same like the lines in the dark color house wall). What these lines ...
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79 views

How much do I lose on Dremel power from a flex shaft

I would like to mount my Dremel 4000 so I can use it as a stationary tool, e.g. a self-made CNC. There are several pages on the web and many videos on youtube showing the Dremel fixed in a box-like ...
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1answer
584 views

How can I wire a GFCI combo switch so that the switch controls the receptacle?

I want to install a Cooper Combination Switch/Receptacle GFCI device. Everything I've seen shows the switch controlling a light or garbage disposal and the outlet always hot. I want the switch to ...
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243 views

Why can't I get hot water quickly at my vanity sink?

Whenever I turn on the hot water, it takes 3-4 min to get hot water at the vanity. It takes 1-2 min. for the shower. I have a gas heater. Can it be fixed or does it need to be replaced?
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175 views

What type of asbestos is this?

I have a 1960's dormer-bungalow (UK). I'm currently having a back extension which requires removal of the old soffits. The soffits are boarded with asbestos. (Photo below) By looking at this, is ...
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661 views

Can I wire a Bathroom Fan to two Switches in Parallel?

I want to control a bathroom exhaust fan with a wall timer, and a 24 vac relay. Basically both switches would be wired in parallel. Is this safe to do?
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503 views

What could cause my water to taste metallic after a water filter cartridge was changed?

About 20 years ago, we remodeled our home and had two water filters installed (downstairs and upstairs). They are stainless steel enclosures with carbon block filter cartridges inside. The brand is ...
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1answer
610 views

What is the standard height of a frameless shower door handle?

I'm having a frameless shower door installed and to me the handle height seems rather low, but it could be because I'm a tall person. The handle is centered at around 35" from the bottom of the door. ...
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1answer
151 views

Altering The Depth of a Kitchen Cabinet

The cabinets in our kitchen were installed just prior to us moving into the house. The cabinet above the fridge is deeper than the other cabinets so that it protrudes over the fridge. This would be ...
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2answers
126 views

Can sheetrock be put in for fire barrier over existing ductwork and plumbing in drive under garage?

I am in the process of buying a house and the home inspection brought up some interesting issues. The house is in the Atlanta area and was built in 1979 with a drive-under garage. The garage ceiling ...
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159 views

Is there an additive for Latex paint to flatten it? (remove gloss)

I have semi-gloss latex interior paint and would like to use it but need eggshell or flat. Is there a flattening agent that I can use? I've read that talcum powder can be used but I'm not interested ...
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1k views

Hardwood floors cupping even after replacement

Let me start off by saying that I am NOT a flooring expert or installer, I am a homeowner looking for answers. About 3 years ago, my home was built in southern Louisiana with reclaimed/antique pine ...
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2answers
271 views

Do I need to caulk the walls and around tub of my shower all at the same time?

I caulked two sides of my tub surround last night and waited a day to caulk the long wall, is this ok or was i supposed to caulk all sides and corners at the same time to ensure there is no leakage?
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How to calculate what wattage transformer to use for LED light strip

I am looking to purchase some LED light strips, and I have seen these: 7.5 Watt RGB LED Tape They are 7.5w, and have 150 LED lights over a span of 5m and the website states that they are 12V. But I ...
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1answer
193 views

Can I swap the positions of the toilet and bath tub?

We do not like where the toilet and bath tub are now located in the master bathroom. Can I place the toilet where the bath tub drain is now, and install a new bath tub where the toilet currently is? ...
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1answer
1k views

What could cause my recessed light to not work?

I replaced a flood light lightbulb in recessed light fixture, thinking the previous bulb had burned out, but that new bulb isn't working either. I've tried a regular lamp bulb to ensure my new ...
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0answers
311 views

How could a power drill trigger switch be damaged when used continuously in variable speed range?

I just acquired a DeWalt DCD790 cordless brushless drill/driver, and going through the manual, on page 10 under Speed Trigger Switch, I find the following: NOTE: Continuous use in variable speed ...
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1answer
217 views

Closet dome light, is the tinfoil necessary?

In taking the cover off my closet dome light to change a lightbulb, I noticed that behind the lightbulb there is peeling tinfoil which is revealing something that looks like insulation. The lightbulbs ...
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1answer
98 views

What is the maximum depth below grade for termite activity?

I'm endlessly revising my perimeter footing insulation project and need to know: how far below grade do subterranean termites tunnel? These would be normal subterraneans, not formosans. For some ...
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103 views

How can I correct a plywood cabinet door that bowed after painting?

A 14"x69" cabinet door I made from 3/4" birch plywood bowed AFTER painting the first side with water based paint. The door had been straight after simultaneously priming both sides with Kilz water ...
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4answers
1k views

Enamel Canned Spray Paint on interior trim?

Is it going to be a good idea to spray paint (while off) interior trim? (such as quarter round ) someone mentioned it might create a smoother looking finish and be a little faster, but will it last? I ...
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2answers
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what is the brown foam and sludge in my water softener brine tank?

My water softener's brine tank has a brown foam on top of the water. the water itself has brown particles in it. My plumber said this is brown "iron" algae and it will not harm the system. but he ...
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1answer
99 views

Who do I call, roofer or plumber?

Last fall, I noticed my first floor kitchen had a leak that dripped down through the lighting fixture. This happened during a pretty strong rainfall. There is a bathroom above it but it had not been ...
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3answers
146 views

laying a brick patio in extreme temperature setting

The small town where I live gets below freezing in winter and above 100º F in summer. I need to know which mortar joint width and ratio is best for laying a brick patio myself. As far as I know, ...
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1answer
649 views

Advice on removing brick fireplace and gas fireplace

I would like to remove this fireplace in its entirety... My 'current understanding' of the best approach to this is as follows.. support the wood sleeper on either side, then chisel away ...
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112 views

How do I repair a 1” hole in the center of my 3000L Sintex water life tank?

I have a 300 ltr Sintex tank. It has developed a 1" hole approximately in the centre. How do I repair this? it is a Sintex tank and I am located at Nainital area.
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333 views

What are these droppings/dirt clods/mold clumps?

I removed a section of baseboard and found some unusual little blackish-brownish clumps on the back of it and the drywall that it was fastened to: Anyone have any idea what these might be? For ...
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1answer
4k views

What's the difference between three phase 240 V and standard household 240 V?

I don't understand the difference between household 240 and 3 phase 240. Isn't household 240 just two 120 phases, making 240V two-phase? If so, wouldn't three phase just be 360v? How, then, is there ...
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2k views

How can I power a three phase AC motor with only 2 phases?

I have some AC motors with 6 wires each. I only have 2 out of 3 phases available. I will test these motors any way. I know the motors won't work in their best condition and I risk create a short ...
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1answer
156 views

Problem Using Wall Anchors for Curtain Rod

I'm trying to hang curtains for a floor-to-ceiling window by using drywall anchors to hold up the curtain rod. However, the plastic screw gets stuck about halfway anywhere I attempt to drill. When I ...
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1answer
120 views

How many times should I cut in?

I am using a water-based paint (based on Eskaro Akrit 7) to paint interior walls. At this point I have masked the edges of my target area, and have cut in those edges once. The wall is otherwise ...
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1answer
69 views

Putty around a new kitchen sink drain

This may sound too simple, but I know nothing about it. My kitchen sink drain was replaced and a small amount of putty comes off around the diameter. I know that is normal but am I suppose to let that ...
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1answer
228 views

How do I correct free-standing deck moving away from home?

I have what is primarily a free-standing deck (18x22) in the back of my house. I say "primarily" because I did nail into the ledger board underneath my glass sliding door, but only there. The rest ...
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2answers
2k views

Is there any code for running Ethernet cable (through attics)?

We have an unfinished attic - the insulation-everywhere, step-in-the-wrong-place-and-fall-through-the-ceiling kind. I'd like to run Ethernet cable through the attic. I know for Romex, I'd have to ...
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1answer
83 views

Does lowering the regulator setting of fan minimize electricity usage

We have ceiling fans with "regulators" that allow us to control the speed of the fan, so does reducing speed of the fan translate into power savings rather than heat dissipation in the control ...
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3answers
911 views

How to flatten the sagging OSB subfloor?

I am preparing the subfloor to install engineered hardwood floor by floating installation. However, the subfloor is too much sagging. There is a big area with about 5/32 depth. See: The real ...
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2answers
349 views

What would cause the mortar to crack across a number of bricks?

Over the winter a large crack appeared, running across the mortar between a number of external bricks. The crack runs on a diagonal and includes a crack along a windowsill. It appears that this ...
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1answer
84 views

romex - drywall over plywood

I have an outlet on one side of the wall, then on the other side I was planning on putting another outlet. Problem seems to be the the room for the new outlet was an addition... For some reason ...
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2answers
600 views

daisy chain more outlets; wiring

I have an outlet in a bedroom and want to add a couple more outlets in the room adjacent... I'll be running 12/2 wire for the new outlets the problem is that the outlet in going to tap into has two ...
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2answers
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Why is cracked bath tile a problem?

I have some old baby blue wall tile in a house I purchased a couple of years ago. During the home inspection, the inspector noted the cracks as a possible area of improvement. I've been keeping an ...
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0answers
135 views

Ceiling fan wall switch issue

I installed a ceiling fan without a light in a location that previously only had a light. The fan has been working well for almost a year, but the wall switch has always had the speeds reversed (0 is ...
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2answers
79 views

What could be causing my electric hob to leak voltage?

When cleaning my ceramic hob yesterday (wet, but not excessively), I noticed some voltage going through my wet finger when touching the shaft of one of the knobs (I had removed the knobs before). I ...
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2answers
1k views

Is 20 feet too long to run bathroom fan duct for 100cfm fan?

I need to run about 20 feet of duct to reach the gable, I don't want to go through the roof unless I absolutely need to, I live in Vermont and we can get a lot of snow build up on the roof, I also ...
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2answers
140 views

Any advantages on making paver stones vs laying a cement bed and cutting the joints?

I have a patio area (about 50m^2) that I want a paved with "paver stones" 45x45cm made out of cement and sand. I have to make my own pavers because they don't seel pavers this size around here. My ...
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1answer
236 views

How to find the source of a wasp infestation?

I have found a wasp 5 times in my small one bedroom apartment this week and I have not opened any windows and the door to my apartment is located inside. How do I determine where these wasps are ...
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0answers
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Shower temp fluctuates

I have a single shower controller and the water temp fluctuates. It has a rubber bulb cartilage. What is this bulb called and where can I get one? I cant find a manufactures name on it.

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