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Is there a downside to using epoxy grout?

Other than cost and more complexity of install is there a downside to using epoxy grout?
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235 views

Corner post for flush beam deck

I'm replacing my deck. I would like to use a flush beam (same level as joists) at the edge opposite the ledger because I plan to put a roof over it and I can put the roof posts right on top of the ...
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527 views

What is the most solid way to mount floating shelves?

I want to install a series of floating shelves to hold mostly books and some other heavy items in my living room. I found this on Instructables where one use expansion bolt and 6mm thread bar for ...
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112 views

Can I stain without stripping?

I bought a headboard that I'd like to just stain darker without going through the whole stripping/sanding process. Is there a product or method that is best for this?
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Moody electrical outlet

The sink disposal came unscrewed, leaked, and shorted the unit. It died. I replace the disposal and plug it in. Nothing happens. The breaker is not tripped. The new disposal turns on when an ...
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1answer
215 views

Doubling the size of a closet with two rods

The closet currently contains one 48" rod, two flanges and two 1" wooden piece to support a shelf. I'm thinking of moving this one higher and installing a second rod lower to double the space in ...
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1answer
127 views

Connecting water to outside hose bibb

My house is missing a hose bibb at the front of the house, there are two all the way in the back of the house. To get water to the front of the house (for watering my lawn and washing my car), I have ...
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72 views

Placing fencepost close to house?

I am installing a privacy fence that will go right up against my house. I began digging a post hole that is about 6 inches away from my house, but about 20 inches down, I hit a bunch of cement which ...
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Why won't my side-by-side Whirlpool freezer freeze?

I have cleaned dust fom behind it, unplugged it, and taken the inside panel off and used a hairdryer defrost the coils. The bottom coils immediately freeze back, but not the top. What else do I need ...
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Connect open neutral in box?

I am adding an outdoor floodlight and when I opened the motion sensor box for the existing lights, I found the neutral wire feeding the light was not connected in the box. I think this neutral should ...
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Does a bad screw require changing the tap itself?

The guardian doesn't quite show the internals of a traditional tap, and the plumber I usually call, couldn't come today. The new plumber says that since the drive of the screw on the tap is ruined, ...
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124 views

Is it possible to convert a sliding drawer into a rolling drawer?

I have a beautiful, reclaimed-wood fitted wardrobe made for my house by some folks in my social circle. I love it. Except. The drawers are huge and heavy, and simply slide out wood-on-wood, ...
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Preventative maintenance: mold in window Air conditioner

I just threw out a perfectly good window air conditioner because it had black mold stinking the place up. I know it can be cleaned, but I don't want to take any chances. I bought a new one and was ...
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1answer
118 views

Measuring clearance height for dishwasher

I am purchasing an 18" dishwasher but not installing it. I have to make sure it is the right size so that there are no issues when the installer comes. I have no idea how to install appliances. My ...
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1answer
109 views

Remove white stain from countertop

I moved into an apartment with new counter tops. I'm not sure what type they are, but I think they are formica. They also said "glaze." Which I'm guessing is some sort of laminate? Anyways, someone ...
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2answers
324 views

What type of concrete foundation do you pour for sand?

I have a piece of beach front land that is sand (sometimes wet), what kind of foundation do you pour for a home constructed on sand? What kind of considerations do you take in if its water front and ...
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1answer
72 views

Chalkboard shower surround?

I have enough slate chalkboard from an old school to make a shower surround. Support is not a problem, heavily reinforced concrete floors, cast iron tub with tile lip. Need advice on adhesive and ...
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2answers
175 views

Using Fence as a retaining wall

I have a fence, nearby which around which the ground is not level. the Kick boards (pressure treated) are around 2' high. Can i fill dirt and use fence as retaining wall. there is a post every 4'. If ...
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1answer
1k views

Adding recessed lighting to room with ceiling fan/light already installed

Ok, First off I have done small electrical projects like add outlets, but never anything major. I have a loft with a ceiling fan/light that is just not bright enough to light up the entire room. The ...
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1answer
78 views

sub panel to sub panel wiring

OK, I have a main panel 200amp in the house. Then in my shop out back I have a 200amp sub panel. I want to install a 100 amp sub panel in the upstairs of the shop for a one bedroom apartment. I ...
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41 views

Extra security for a wall mounted 80" TV?

We just mounted our 80" TV on the wall with one of those adjustable & tilting wall mounts and it just doesn't feel super secure to me. The TV is about 130 lbs and the mount says it can support up ...
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49 views

Need to know the name of this toilet wall faucet (thing)

I moved to a new place and trying to install the washing machine. The wall faucet for water supply in toilet does not seem to have a handle. I cannot find the name of this type of faucet (not even ...
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1answer
44 views

A crack in my foundation wall is leaking

I have a thin crack in my basement wall that is starting to leak. Can I put a water sealant on while concrete us still wet?
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2answers
137 views

Corded vs Cordless Drill [duplicate]

I have the intension of buying a Drill, At shops, I see the corded and cordless Types, Although the cordless drill is more handy and portable, I always have a little doubt about that it's ...
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Buying a House On Underground Spring. What to do?

My fiancé and I are under contract on a new home which we are concerned it might be built on an underground spring. There are two sump pumps in the house, on opposite corners of the house. Both times ...
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1answer
797 views

Single sub-panel from 3 phase panel and the main breaker size

I have an old 3 phase panel next to a separate single phase 100 amp panel that is being used by one residence. This space has been used as a carpenter shop and an office in the past. Now it is being ...
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1answer
106 views

Can I rest cement posts directly on the bedrock to build a structure for a large shed?

So I live in Canada, where winters are cold, and where there's not much soil above the bedrock. I would like to build a sturdy structure for an existing "shed" (in fact a 100-year old former stable or ...
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How can I rewire my bathroom fan (with light and heat), light, and receptacle?

I currently have a 3-gang box that houses a ceiling light, fan (with heat and light), and an outlet. I would like to move the outlet and ceiling light switch to one wall in a 2 gang box and leave the ...
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1answer
72 views

Where new roof shingles meet old, how to fix poor seal?

So about 6 years ago we had all the shingles in our house replaced. Last year we added on a room to the house, and luckily they were able to find and use the same shingles on the addition. However, I ...
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1answer
125 views

Do I really need screw piles for a Yurt platform?

I am evaluating different options for a 24 foot diameter Yurt platform. This will be a round platform elevated between 5 and 6 feet, with 18 anchorage points. I am hesitating between options for my ...
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1answer
269 views

Split AC installation: Need for a Vacuum Pump & Nitrogen cylinder

I bought a new Split AC (1 ton, LG made) and the company sent home a technician to install the unit. The guy arrived and took measurements and I quizzed him a bit about his kit and strangely it ...
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How to future-proof a long cable run

I'm starting on a project that will involve digging a long (roughly 150-200 meter) trench from my house down to the road. The trench itself will be a considerable expense and so while the ground is ...
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2answers
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What is the function of this electric part on my unvented water heater cold water inlet?

Does anyone know what this electric part does? In the photo it's the black plastic block device attached to the pipe on the right hand side (which is the mains inlet to the heater; the left is the hot ...
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1answer
137 views

Help identifying type of texture on walls

Probably a dumb question, but I'm having trouble determining if these walls are orange peel or knockdown textures. The first two photos below are in the same room, but at the minimum seem like ...
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2answers
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why did my mower suddenly start running slower?

This mower has an odd history, but appeared to be in good shape. It was given to me by a friend, who picked it up from the curb in his neighborhood (it's a nice neighborhood). I don't know if he found ...
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1answer
538 views

Why is my kitchen ceiling light not turning on with the light switch?

My kitchen light is not turning on with light switch, I checked it with a two wire light gadget and when I stick them in a electrical plug socket I get a bright light on the gadget, when I touch the ...
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3answers
41 views

Covering hot outlet and waterline

Can I cover up a wall outlet and water line to an old icemaker with a drawer base cabinet? Or do I need to cut out the back of the cabinet to allow access?
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1answer
62 views

Are those hooks usable for hanging coats and hats?

I'm not sure whether this is the right site to ask for design of everyday things like this. I have found the following solution quite appealing and simplistic, however I have doubts whether it would ...
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0answers
91 views

Adding dual zone capability to an existing HVAC system in a house with existing 2 zone manual ducting

I have a house that has existing dual zone ductwork in place (separate ductwork for the upstairs and downstairs) that has manual dampers. I recently replaced the HVAC system with a new geothermal unit ...
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1answer
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Connecting multiple hubs to a single Z-Wave device

First off, please forgive me if this is not the right Stack Exchange site for this. I figured this was the best option. Is it possible to hook up multiple hubs/controllers to a single Z-Wave device? ...
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1answer
170 views

What to use to seal grout in shower

I have just re-newed grout (in my less than one year old shower installed by builders) that on close examination had slight cracks but never the less water got through and soaked my bedroom carpet ...
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1answer
32 views

Replace portion of slab for radiant heat

Our 1600 SF basement has a slab floor with no insulation underneath. I'm redoing the bathroom (roughly 100 SF, with 7' along the foundation wall) and would love to put in radiant floor heating, but I ...
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1answer
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My dog chewed the surface of my doors, how should I go about fixing this?

My dog was kept in the bathroom and ended up chewing the surfaces of my 2 doors. What's a good way to go about fixing this to make it look at least decent again? This is the damage:
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position of new gas range cooker

we are having a new kitchen . a designer from wren kitchens has told us that as there is a window to the side of the cooker aprox 20cm away this will not pass building regs as there may be a draft or ...
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1answer
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Brass tub overflow pipe stuck in brass tee. How can I remove it?

I am repairing a tub overflow. The screws for the cover plate were very corroded and broke off. I am trying to remove the overflow fitting and pipe but it is stuck. The pipe is brass and slides into a ...
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0answers
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Solution for A/C Condensate Drain Line when it is not possible to drain it elsewhere? [duplicate]

I have a split A/C system in a room that runs on low 24 hours a day during Summer that unfortunately cannot be connected to any drain or pipe and which therefore requires a bucket to be used to ...
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1answer
109 views

is it OK to lay an engineered wood floor that is 27' long without putting a T-joint in the middle to avoid buckling?

I am installing an engineered wood floor (bamboo). My LR/DR is 27' long. The installer said I ned to put in a T-joint transition between the LR and DR, at the 18' mark, to avoid buckling. I am ...
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1answer
459 views

How do I run an Ethernet cable through a doorway in a Mexican house built with brick and mortar?

I want to run an Ethernet cable from my DSL gateway to my room. My desk is about 10 meters away from the DSL gateway, and I need a way to run the cable through my room's doorway. But here's the ...
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1answer
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Can I thread the inside of a steel water pipe (encased in concrete) to safely make a connection to the remainder of the water system?

The main water line is buried in a perimeter foundation on my hundred year old house. The threaded part that connected to all the plumbing inside and outside of the house broke off leaving the top of ...
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1answer
177 views

Why does the Tesla PowerWall operate at 350v - 450v?

According to the Tesla website the new Powerwall operates at 350 to 450 volts? Why such a high voltage when most solar battery banks operate at 48V?

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