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Is it okay to use silicone sealant on plexiglass?

I've installed an air conditioner in a large horizontal sliding window, and I've used plexiglass to block off the space above the unit. I'd now like to seal the edges of the plexiglass pane to prevent ...
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1answer
147 views

Is there a better way to join two corrugated pipes?

I've got two pipes from my dishwasher underneath my sink that are for the water that drains out of it. The pipe join has recently started leaking. The join is shown in the picture below and my ...
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1answer
139 views

How do I mark out gradient for tiling?

I am planning to lay a blue stone tiled terrace at the back of my house that needs to run in a slope away from 2 joining walls. The diagram might explain this better. How can I mark out this sloping ...
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1answer
548 views

How can I rewire this light switch?

I have an older mobile home, 80's model. the light switch in a bedroom busted out of the wall so I went to replace it only I am confused about the wiring. Normally I am fine with this when replacing ...
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384 views

Would this buildup cause “dHE” error on an LG Tromm dryer?

Got the machine off craigslist. During the drying cycle it stops and shows the error. The user manual tells that with dHE error I should inspect the water supply, if the water supply is within spec, ...
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1answer
58 views

What are these parts described by the service manual?

The service manual for a LG WM3677HW shows a very bad diagram... and I'm not very familiar with the parts to ID them. The image above tells me to probe 3 components, and if out of spec replace ...
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158 views

How do I vent a floor drain and toilet sharing a common drain on the second floor?

Can the upper portion of a sanitary tee installed vertically in the stack be used as a vent if both a floor drain and toilet enter it at the same level through a common drain (wye) and there are no ...
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2answers
744 views

Will thinset be damaged if it gets wet after drying 18 hours?

I laid tile in the bathroom yesterday. About 18 hours later, it felt pretty solid, so I took the opportunity to do some minor plumbing work under the sink (replaced the water shutoff valves). I had ...
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3answers
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Is it safe to wire regular receptacles to the end of an extension cord?

Is it safe to cut off the single-plug end of an extension cord and replace it with several regular receptacles and a metal box? Should the box itself be grounded?
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2answers
665 views

How to tell when a plumbing fitting is tightened correctly?

I replaced the supply valve on my bathroom sink with this ¼-turn angle valve. Both valves (hot and cold) are leaking about 1 drop every few seconds at the valve's input. I got them hand ...
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1answer
117 views

Does the amount of air noise generated by a portable fan depend on blade design?

Forgetting about motor noise, are all household fans such as window fans and table top fans equally noisey? Is there a type of blade or grating that is quieter than others for the same amount of ...
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2answers
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What is an oven anti-tip device and how do you install one?

I'm trying to sell a home, and we're in the inspection / repair phase. The buyers asked for me to install an anti-tip device for the oven in the kitchen, and I'm not even sure what that is. Can ...
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4answers
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Is carpet installation easier before or after installation of doors?

I was wondering if carpet installation is easier if doors are not installed and how substantial the difference it makes to install doors after carpet. I would imagine it would be easier but by how ...
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1answer
1k views

How does National Electrical Code section 300.4 (D) apply in this situation?

Saw a picture of an example of code NEC 300.4 (D) where a furring strip was used and a wire was run parallel to the furring strip. Per the code, the wire was 1 1/4" away from the nearest edge of the ...
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how long should I let latex paint dry before installing outlet covers and other fixtures?

I've recently painted a room with latex paint. To finish the room I need to reinstall outlet covers, as well as some other fixtures that screw to the wall. I was wondering how long I should let the ...
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2answers
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What tools should I use for hand carving and whittling?

I have been hand-carving hunting bows (ie: simple selfbows, straight backed bows, steamed static recurve tips, etc) for a couple years. I used to do all of my carving with a set of nice drawknives and ...
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1answer
1k views

Can I replace an air exchanger with a heat pump?

In my basement I have a rather large Air Exchanger: I have heard that if I install a heat pump I may be able to replace the air exchange. This gives me two benefits that I can see: The Heat Pump ...
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3answers
145 views

How can I paint over flaky lead paint?

I have an old shed which has timber beams that have lead paint on them. The paint is flaking and I want to fix it up. The shed is going to be knocked down in about 5 years, so I don't need a permanent ...
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2answers
190 views

How can I use toggle bolts for kitchen shelves on 30 mm plasterboard?

I'm trying to use a toggle bolt, but the combined thickness of the plasterboard (~30 mm) and the shelf bracket (22 mm) means that the toggle won't push through far enough to spring out and grip the ...
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1answer
573 views

How to wire a new Honeywell RTF6580WF thermostat to replace a Chronotherm IV?

I have an old Honeywell Chronotherm IV thermostat that I am trying to replace with a Honeywell RTF6580WF wifi thermostat. I have a gas furnace and an air conditioner. Wiring for Chronotherm IV ...
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2answers
351 views

What's the best way to replace this sink supply line?

When removing a pedestal sink to put tile underneath, I busted one of the supply lines. I know I can get a flexible mesh supply line at the store, but I don't see any threaded connection on my wall ...
2
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2answers
123 views

Will 12" tiles crack if laid on a bowed concrete floor?

Today I laid tile in a 25sq ft bathroom with a concrete subfloor. The concrete had a slight "bow" to it, meaning if you hold a straight edge across the 5' width, there is a gap of about 1/8" in the ...
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2answers
226 views

Is this caulk not intended for use around my tub?

I am recaulking around the edge of the bathtub where the tub meets the tile on the wall. I got caulk listed as "for kitchen & bath": Loctite PL(Pro Line) 530. I haven't used the shower in weeks ...
3
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1answer
112 views

Can I fix a mold problem in wall-to-wall carpet myself?

Recently, an apartment-mate of mine flooded my toilet quite severely. It completely covered the bathroom floor (tiles) and seeped into the carpet. I'd say a good 6-8 feet of carpet was soaked in ...
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5answers
16k views

How do I stop my garage door from opening on its own?

My garage door has opened twice in the last 2 weeks during the night. Is someone driving by and opening it "accidentally"? How do I keep this from happening?
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3answers
391 views

How can I repair kitchen counters that are disintegrating?

We have a pretty standard 90s style laminate kitchen counter top. There are cabinets and a dishwasher underneath, and the counter overhangs them by about a half inch. The bottom of the overhang is ...
2
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2answers
562 views

Why does the water out of every faucet in my house feel soapy?

The water on new place looks very clean, but has a 'soapy' feel. If I wet my left hand and hold a soap bar for a while, and my right hand I just wet, the sensation if I rub my fingers on each hand ...
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3answers
471 views

How can I install a washing machine in the kitchen?

i am looking to install only a washing machine (no drier) in my condo under the counter in the kitchen. my brother tried to install it for me but some plumbers advised him not to just hook it up ...
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2answers
583 views

How can I make a door open or close depending on the door position?

Almost every door needs to be either open or closed, rarely do we need it half open. Since the doors (not the band) in my home are old, some of them tend to open or close automatically because their ...
2
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3answers
375 views

How do I remove multiple layers of paint from wooden entrance ledge?

Here's a picture: If I recall correctly I have already tried a chemical stripper years ago and it didn't work. What would be the easiest way to remove the layers of paint all the way down to bare ...
3
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2answers
2k views

How can I prevent this concrete block wall from falling over?

I have a concrete wall that separates my backyard with my neighbor’s. It has been there for decades (at the very least 30 years). I have a slope of about 30 degrees and have noticed that the wall is ...
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0answers
137 views

I purchased a handmade tool box of unfinished wood with oil and grease stains, I can I clean it up?

I purchased a handmade toolbox, an an auction, made form an old peach crate and old velveta and American cheese boxes for drawers. It was used in a workshop and has oil and grease stains all over it ...
3
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1answer
623 views

Should I seal these areas in my roof?

Our home has some areas where the different pieces of roof meet the primary roof. These may or may not meet the criteria for "dormers." I recently had a local worker do some caulking & painting. I ...
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3answers
942 views

How to wire a relay for an evaporative cooler to a thermostat?

I have an evaporative cooler with 120VAC control that I want to switch on and off using a relay that is activated when the cool call comes from my thermostat. I plan on just using 1 relay to activate ...
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1answer
445 views

Is this a thin window air conditioning unit?

I'm trying to put air conditioning in my master bedroom. It has a loft and hence high ceiling with around 500 sq ft + 350 (loft). It is also on the third floor which is pretty high. As far as I can ...
2
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1answer
2k views

How do I install this flush mount ceiling light fixture?

I bought a new flushmount ceiling light fixture but no instructions came with it and I have never done this before, so I need some guidance please. First of all here are all the pieces that came with ...
3
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2answers
837 views

What could be causing my hot water pipe to rattle?

We have 3/4" CPVC running into our addition that when the hot water turns on it takes a long to heat up (granted it has to travel fairly far), and as it heats up the pipe rattles (sounds a little ...
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0answers
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Why is my timer tripping the breaker on my pool filters power cable?

I just bought a pop-up pool for my kids, got it up, running, and all the chemical levels correct.... now i just have one problem: When the timer I bought to regulate when the filter runs turns off, it ...
2
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2answers
217 views

What is the purpose of this pole in my garage?

Why is there a three inch pipe filled with concrete sticking out of my garage floor? We've ruled out the obvious explanations: missle launcher, coffee table, NSA listening post, and Mario shortcut. ...
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1answer
169 views

How long can I run a joist without supporting it in the middle?

I am building a tree house with a bridge from one tree to another. What is the maximum distance I could run a joist for the bridge without supporting it in the middle?
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0answers
141 views

Porcelain vs ceramic tile for the whole house

I am in the process of installing new floor in my house. I have been told by a friend that porcelain tile is a lot harder and more durable than ceramic tile and therefore better. Another friend told ...
3
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1answer
3k views

What is the difference between 'planed square edge' timber and 'planed all round'?

I am buying timber to use a curtain batten, between the rail and the wall. So I want the edges to be flat. I see wood sold as 'planed all round' and 'planed square edge'. What's the difference? Which ...
4
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4answers
455 views

How many computer chargers can I put on 1 electrical outlet?

I am trying to create a computer charging station. I have many laptops and Android Tablets that I would like to charge at once. Assuming I wire it correctly, how many adapters can I put on 1 plug? ...
3
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1answer
163 views

Is it possible to use an older GE service panel as sub panel?

I'm upgrading my electrical service from 100A to 200A and am hoping to leave the existing panel as is and feed it from the new main as a sub panel. I know for a sub panel the neutral and ground bars ...
2
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1answer
5k views

How can I replace a single switch with two switches?

I have a single pole switch on a wall that turned on a ceiling light. I want to replace this ceiling lamp with a fan/light combo. I also want to replace the single switch to double switches (so I can ...
2
votes
1answer
224 views

How do I make a fire break around our chimney?

We've purchased an older house built in the 70's, and one of the two chimney's lacks a fire break, meaning that you can see direct from the basement up into the second floor. There's a gap of ...
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3answers
746 views

What is my dryer's fourth prong for?

We just moved and had to change plugs on the dryer from 3 prongs to 4. What is the fourth prong for? I know about positive, negative and ground, but I can't think of why a fourth would be needed.
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3answers
3k views

Why does my dryer get too hot?

I've just moved houses and set up our dryer in the new house. It seems to get much hotter than it used to: hot to touch on the top surface, and my wife said it smelled like charcoal. The two things I ...
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0answers
730 views

How should the gutters be installed on a huge gable dormer?

I have a situation similar to this photo (except my "dormer" is 24 feet long), focusing on the upper gutter: I think it makes the most sense to catch rain/debris from a roof valley in the main gable ...
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2answers
166 views

How to know whether fuse is sufficient for electrical device?

How can I find out from the information about an electrical device whether fuse and wiring is sufficient for that particular device? For example, we are considering buying a septic pump; from the ...

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