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How can I find out which ethernet cable goes where?

I moved in to a house where I have a bunch of cables in the basement that go god knows where. Is there a way to find out the destination and purpose of all of them?
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Block view, but allow sunlight from windows

I live in a rental property where some of the rooms (living room, and bedroom) are situated right next to the street. I would like to block the view from the street so people looking in can't easily ...
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replace one tile bathroom floor

18" tile part adjacent to toilet and under the flange cracked during toilet install (plumber). first try result: replacement tile is too high, i I had to remove it. Complication: tile rocks due to ...
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How can I insulate a combo basement/crawspace?

I live in Louisville, Kentucky, so we have relatively cold winters (nighttime lows consistently below freezing) and relatively hot, humid summers (daytime highs consistently in the muggy 90s). My ...
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2answers
286 views

How should I use the ground wire for this welder?

So I want to use "ol big red", my trusty arc welder in my new home. I intend to use the electric range circuit since we have a gas range. I re-routed the range wire and was about to hook it back up ...
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3answers
95 views

What are the substitutes for kitchen wall tiles above a kitchen counter?

Can anyone let me know what are the various options that we can use in place of ceramic wall tiles in kitchen (just above the kitchen counter)?
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433 views

What's the easiest way to cut a chunk out of a buried railroad tie?

I'm in the process of digging holes for concrete piers (for a small deck - nothing fancy) and on my last hole I came across what appears to be an underground railroad tie (or some other huge piece of ...
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4 way switch with only two switches

I just bought a 3-way dimmer switch for the kitchen. There are only two switches that switch the overhead lights. I went to take off one of them to install the dimmer and the switch had 5 wires (2 ...
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How can I stop my Kenmore refrigerator water filter inlet from leaking when the filter is removed?

How do I stop the leak at refigerator in grille water filter site? My Kenmore side by side water system is leaking at the site of the water filter when I removed the filter because of whole house ...
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1answer
67 views

ceiling fan w/remote

My porch lights are wired with 12-2. I want to control the ceiling fan, i.e. light and fan independent of other porch lights. I believe this requires running a 12-3, which I wont do. Having said that ...
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Vapor barrier for room next to garage?

I'm finishing a room that was built between the house and detached garage. I know I need to put 5/8" drywall for fire protection after insulating the wall. Do I also need vapor barrier? If so, how do ...
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3answers
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How do I safely paint the walls and ceiling in this high ceiling staircase?

I need to paint the walls and ceiling in this staircase. The ceiling is flat, and does not slope down with the stairs. That means that the ceiling at the bottom of the stairs is very high. The walls ...
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Smoke detector giving false alerts

At home, we have two smoke detectors: one on the ground floor and one on the first floor. The problem is that the one at the first floor gives a lot of false alerts (and the one at the ground floor ...
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1answer
132 views

Can I install a rocket stove inside my house?

After having build a this type of rocket stove(*), I was wondering if you are allowed to build a rocket stove mass heater into your house? Are there any restriction? (*) I don't think it's a rocket ...
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2answers
774 views

What are these marks on the Romex wire in the wall?

I was replacing some damaged siding and decided to replace the old dirty insulation at the same time. After pulling out the insulation I noticed that the Romex running to two outlets had some brown ...
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3answers
129 views

What is the name of extremely porous concrete for water runoff solutions?

I have seen extremely porous concrete that water drains through very well. Narrow strips of this may be put across a driveway to limit excess water runoff. What is the name of extremely porous ...
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1answer
106 views

Extremely porous concrete to act as water drain?

Want to create a six to twelve inch wide porous concrete strip about thirty feet long in our backyard over a drain pipe. Normal concrete is porous but the concrete i want is extremely porous. So ...
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3answers
263 views

Why am I getting no power to the branch circuits with a new sub-panel?

My home had an ancient Zinsco sub-panel in which the breakers were grounding out and arcing to the panel. I've swapped it with a new Eaton 100 amp panel. I've re-installed all the breakers, and ...
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0answers
416 views

How can I remove self-leveling substance and glue from my floor?

I removed approx. 30 yrs old linoleum from a room that is 6 by 10 meters. Now I have a hard time removing the glue and self-leveling compound which are stuck to the floor. From what I can tell, both ...
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3answers
2k views

How can I fix flickering and continuous-clicking with a UPS on an inverter-supplied circuit?

My whole house has been backed up by an inverter for a few months now. My computer is still connected to a UPS so that it gets clean power - I don't trust the inverter alone to provide ultra-stable ...
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0answers
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How to completely strip lead paint from floor?

Although the problems with lead paint are obvious, several sources say that it is not a significant health risk if you're using paint stripper. We've been having good luck with CitriStrip but are ...
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1answer
165 views

Do I need to stain or seal an outdoor structure built from spruce?

I've constructed a outdoor shower cubicle at our cabin, mainly out of untreated spruce with a little pine. This will be exposed to the elements and will obviously get wet when used. My question is do ...
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4answers
374 views

How do we install drywall on a curved ceiling that is within 4 feet high from the loft floor?

We are making the attic into a loft and the ceiling we need to add drywall to has a slight curve. How do we install the drywall without breaking it? The distance from the floor to the top is about 4 ...
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2answers
80 views

What are the external airflow requirements for portable and window AC units?

I have a window well in a basement where I'd like to setup a portable AC unit (~10000 BTUs). There is a cover that I need to keep in place to avoid water collecting in the window well, but I could ...
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3answers
121 views

How can I get concrete out of ground?

I had a huge play structure when the kids were little that I donated to a church camp. When they picked it up they just cut the brackets at the ground and left the concrete and 6 inch U brackets ...
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1answer
196 views

How do I plumb an outside line to a roof deck faucet?

I want to get water from the first floor up along the outside of the wall (with a parapet and projecting coping) to the second floor. I got this working as follows: 1st floor hose bibb -> 4:1 hose ...
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3answers
447 views

Can I extend my sump pump outlet?

I live in area without sewers, so we depend on swales and drainage ditches when it rains. My basement sump pump outlet is in the ditch in front of the house, but it's a couple of inches below grass ...
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0answers
36 views

Asbestos in close proximity of floor repair

I have a floor repair to make in a 1950's home that had the large in floor central heater installed that has long been removed. The owner wants the grate removed and flooring toothed back in, matching ...
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1answer
75 views

Interrupt whole house audio with arbitrary source, post-receiver but pre-amplifier

I want to setup my home audio so that I can inject a source of audio (which could be anything from a doorbell to computer audio) more-or-less "in-between" the receiver and the amplifier, so that audio ...
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2answers
64 views

What can I do to avoid tripping over HVAC drain line?

The drain tubes for the Furnace and AC run about 10 feet across the laundry room to the drain in the middle of the floor. Unfortunately this is a fairly high-traffic zone (seven people living in the ...
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3answers
683 views

How common is it for new homes to have gas-only dryer hookups?

I am relocating my dryer. I had the gas line relocated and a dedicated circuit put in for the washer and dryer. The original location had the option for an electric dryer. We have a gas dryer and ...
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4answers
2k views

What's best to use in a sawzall to cut steel pipe?

So our new place came with an old antiquated huge satellite dish in the yard. Getting it down wasn't much trouble, but I'm stuck trying to figure out how to get the big steel post it sat on out of the ...
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0answers
29 views

What kind of water pump do I need

I have bungalow with two bathrooms and one kitchen. Outside I have a 1000 gallon plastic tank which stores rainwater. We have no main water supply. What kind of pump do I need in order to get enough ...
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2answers
120 views

Finishing an Outdoor Table

I just completed refinishing an outdoor side table. On the metal, I sanded and cleaned it. Put a base of Rust-Oleum textured protectant followed by two coats of Rust-Oleum Hintr Green. The wood is ...
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1answer
112 views

Are molds dangerous to health if they are not in my own apartment?

I need a help to decide if I will move out from this building because of mold and health risks. Is it dangerous to live in a buliding in which the hallway is full of mold? I've been reading about ...
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1answer
79 views

Should I reinforce the cupboard back before mounting it to the wall?

I have a cupboard/shelf that is like a bookshelf with a back and sliding glass doors. It weighs 10kg without the glass and without anything in it. I want to attach it to the wall and have read about ...
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2answers
77 views

Nothing Seems To Get Enough Power…?

I just moved into a studio that someone is renting out. They just finished putting in a new kitchen, including a new fridge and stove. However, today is my first day here and I have already noticed a ...
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2answers
246 views

What is a fireplace facing and what is it used for?

I live in an old house and have a wood-burning brick fireplace with no facing or mantle. I recently had a chimney sweep and inspection. The inspector recommended that I install a fireplace facing. I ...
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2answers
163 views

Should I paint the back side of vertical shiplap cedar siding

I'm preparing to replace T-111 siding on my unheated detached garage with vertical cedar shiplap siding to match our house. I'm pretty sure the siding on the house (now 35 years old and showing it) ...
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1answer
129 views

How to attach cables to ceiling using curved nails or hooks

I wanted to use this trunking for the cables (power + hdmi) coming out of my ceiling mounted projector. But I'm renting and the ceiling is covered with... wallpaper. So I'm afraid of damaging the ...
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1answer
35 views

How can I seal a slate floor for long term protection?

I've recently purchased a house in Philadelphia which has a pretty humid basement split into a finished part, and an unfinished (workshop) part. The finished part has a slate floor that seems in ...
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2answers
102 views

How does the wiring in this light hookup?

I'm trying to install this light in my house, but I don't know how the wiring works for it. The light has a switch on the front of it that controls both bulbs and the switch has two black wires coming ...
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0answers
46 views

Sticky wood furniture especially in humidity

I've read lots of posters, and found an answer, but need more information. I have a table and chairs bought at seconds Habersham furniture store in mid 1980s. They get horribly sticky in summer ...
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1answer
131 views

How can I connect multiple lamps to a single cable?

I have 5 lamps, which I want to attach to a single power cord. If it was only 1 or 2, I'd just plug the wires into an insulating screw joint like these: But 5 cables are just too thick. How should ...
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1answer
7k views

How does low freon cause the compressor suction line to freeze up

There are many questions about air conditioner issues with the most common being that it isn't cooling properly. Among the typical answers are low Freon and the standard diagnosis for low Freon is ...
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12answers
1k views

Solution for A/C Condensate Drain Line that doesn't require emptying a bucket of water every day?

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 outside to be used ...
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0answers
71 views

Remove Caulk Residue from Brick

I'm removing and re-caulking the windows. The house has sand colored bricks and removing the old caulk left unsightly black/grey residue. Any tips on cleaning the brick? I tried isopropyl alcohol ...
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4answers
119 views

How to remove masking tape residue from linoleum?

I attached few pieces of masking tape to a linoleum floor to help a child with her exercises (long jump kid-style). Now when I removed the tape, there is residue left through the whole length of the ...
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4answers
111 views

How to fix doors not closing

I had a contractor come in and finish my basement. He done a decent job for the price but now a couple months later my doors wont shut. They worked perfectly fine before but now it seems the top ...
3
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1answer
476 views

Shower Pressure Decreases after thumping noise behind wall

With the shower on, I hear a thumping noise behind the wall and the water pressure immediately drops. This happens every few days, so not every time I take a shower. It happens almost immediately ...

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