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Installing new panels in concrete fence posts with overhanging tree branches

I need to install some new fence panels into concrete posts, the kind with a slot intended to allow you to drop panels in from above, however there are overhanging trees that will render this ...
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How do I wire a new ceiling light from an existing fixture? [closed]

How do I extend electrical service to a new basement ceiling light fixture? I want to extend from a standard ceiling light that is wired as follows: two 14/3 gauge wires enter the box. Both black ...
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How do you attach a wooden gate to fence with metal posts?

I'm building a wood fence with metal posts. I'm using those clips that let you attach 2x4s horizontally to the metal posts. And then the boards go on top of that. My question is how do you attach a ...
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191 views

Why is there a white powdery deposit in my swamp cooler?

I popped open one of my swamp coolers and in it there is a crusty white "dust" deposit everywhere, covering everything inside it. It also happens to be the unit where I haven't changed the filters in ...
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1answer
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Dimmer not turning bulb on or off

I'm connecting a dimmer. There are four wires coming from the wall. 2 black (one is HOT). 1 White. and 1 ground. There are four wires on the dimmer switch I bought. 1 black. 1 red. 1 green ...
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159 views

Why do adjacent kitchen outlets need to be on separate circuits?

I believe that's what the code calls for (I'm in Alberta, Canada) but maybe I'm making it up. I'm just wondering what the reason behind that is. Is it to spread the load out more in the event that ...
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Diswasher drains completely after cycle, but after sometime there is a little bit of water at the bottom

Diswasher drains completely after cycle, but after sometime there is a little bit of water at the bottom. What can cause this? Thanks for your help.
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Something in my home is making my family sick. How do I determine what it is?

My wife and I moved into a new rental house two months ago. Our small dog, my wife, and myself have all started experiencing symptoms such as headaches, runny nose, constant congestion, cold-like ...
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Manufactured home bathtub/shower wall installation

We purchased a 15 yr old mfd. home. Master bath has an ABS(?) bathtub with separate shower walls. It's serviceable, but will eventually need to be replaced(ugly). A: I would like an all in one insert ...
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How can I minimise damage to a moldy patch of plywood?

I removed a waterproof camping bag in my student appartment today that's been filled with stuff to find that it has left a moldy spot on the untreated plywood it stood on. It's been parked up right ...
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288 views

8 way splitter degrades internet signal over time

I have a cable TV plus Internet coming into the house and into an 8-way splitter (CE Tech Home Command Center). From this splitter I have coax going to the cable modem plus 3 TV's. When I have my ...
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How do I repair a water heater plastic drip pan and what supplies do I need?

How do I repair a hot water heater plastic drip pan, and what supplies do I need? Suggestions on who to call for repair if I can't do it myself?
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Drywall Type for Conditioned Basement

In my conditioned basement, should mold and moisture resistant drywall be used? I've read varying accounts, including use it everywhere, use it on the walls (but not ceiling), use it on the bottom row ...
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Dust reduction and removal?

I have a room with west facing windows (I dont think the direction bears any importance to this question), but for some reason this room seems to accumulate dust on surfaces a lot faster than other ...
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Can I do anything to make my gas oven better?

I am trying to bake bread, and the recipe calls for heating the oven at 500 degrees, but my oven can only reached 450- 460, can i do anything to make it reach higher temperatures ?
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What are the advantages and disadvantages of elastomeric coatings versus shingles?

I'm ready to reroof my house and want to consider an elastomeric coating rather than replacing the existing shingles. I'd use a local contractor either way
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Will high efficiency furnace plumbing lead to cold air entering the house?

At the outside wall of my house I can see two white PVC round tubes/pipes, I understand one is for sucking air from outside, and one is for furnace blowing warm air to outside - correct? We are ...
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854 views

how to fix blade wobble in circular saw

The blade on my Skilsaw model 5150 wobbles quite a bit. I can tell the wobble is coming from the shaft itself. (I can grab the shaft and wiggle it around quite a bit --- the result of the ...
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1answer
132 views

How can I remove the stench from a p-trap?

In my shower room, there's a hole that's always filled with disgusting, slimy water. What I've tried I've sponged it out a few times to clean, but that didn't really help. I've poured ...
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Should I replace carpet over ancient linoleum that might contain asbestos?

One of my smaller hallways is carpeted, for no highly obvious reason. That carpet is on its last legs, and I'd prefer a wood floor anyway. Taking a peek under the carpet, it looks like the surface ...
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1answer
2k views

How To Level Uneven Fireplace Hearth Concrete?

I am remodeling my fireplace. The hearth and mantle were granite/marble slabs (huge ones cut around the firebox). I removed them from the mantle and hearth with a sledge and chisel, expecting thinset ...
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124 views

how do I keep leaves and foreign objects out of the top of my a/c unit?

Is it possible to make a lid that is light enough for the air coming off the fan to raise it attached with hinges so it drops back down when not in use. This would keep debris from getting inside, yet ...
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105 views

Front House Posts Not Resting on Anything

I have 5 roof support posts that are supposed to be resting on concrete blocks but one of them is not even touching the concrete block and the other 4 have some separation from the concrete block. ...
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In kitchen reno, can I make the kitchen ceiling same height as rest of dining room?

Check out the picture below -- that bar / pony wall area and the rest of the wall where the thermostat is are being knocked down to open up the kitchen. Question is, can I make the kitchen ceiling ...
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135 views

In IKEA kitchen marketing, what does 'kvm' mean?

This page advertises an IKEA demo kitchen. In the panel just below the main image, it quotes the following: £3,060 without appliances 12 kvm What does 'kvm' mean? Is this a Swedish name for ...
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Are “1/4 turn” water supply valves more reliable than “multi-turn” valves? Or vice-versa?

Aside from personal preference, is there any reason why I would want to buy a "1/4 turn" water supply valve instead of "multi-turn valves"? Is one technology/design clearly superior than the other in ...
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How should I prepare this compression fit copper tube for use again?

(Apologies in advance folks - I'm new to compression fit connections so I suspect this is an obvious question). I'm preparing to reconnect an old copper tube to my water supply line and refrigerator ...
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Installing Honeywell WiFi Thermostat

I am trying to upgrade to a programmable thermostat. I bought the Honeywell RTH9580 with WiFi. I can get power to the new thermostat and get the fan running. However, it will not work when the fan ...
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How do I remove surface rust from a metal roof?

I am buying a house that requires some minor modifications. One of them is a recommendation to remove a small area of surface rust on a metal roof. I'm interested in the best way to achieve this.
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318 views

Master-Slave type Thermostat?

I have 4 thermostats located in four different zones and a separate AC thermostat. I want to get some programmable thermostats for each location. I could buy 4 individual programmable thermostats ...
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0answers
110 views

Insulation of Basement Block Wall and Framing

In finishing part of my basement, we've gone ahead and installed 3/4" rigid insulation (R-3.8 IIRC), and then 2x4 framing against the rigid insulation. Then, the small gaps with between the 2x4 ...
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5answers
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Using a 30-amp tandem circuit breaker for a 120/240v circuit?

I inherited a main panel box from a homeowner that wasn't always fond of meeting the required NEC codes. As such, there are some oddities in the panel. One such oddity is the fact that he installed ...
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1answer
675 views

What specific fitting do I need to connect a 1/4“ copper refrigerator water tube to a 3/4” steel water line that's already in use?

I recently bought a new refrigerator (Samsung RF263BEAESR) and am trying to connect it to my house's water supply line (under the kitchen sink). The prior owner of the house ran a copper line from ...
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103 views

Why does my outdoor tap have a diameter of 1-1/4“ inches, not the standard 1”?

The outdoor tap for the front yard of our house has an outer diameter of 1-1/4" inches, so it is useless for attaching a garden hose. A standard tap is more like 1" in diameter. My question is: Why? ...
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1answer
404 views

Convert Rectangular Electrical Box in Ceiling to Octagon?

I need to do the opposite of what is talked about in this post: Can I convert ceiling mounted octagon box to electrical receptacle? Specifically, there is a rectangular electrical box in my ceiling ...
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3answers
432 views

How to fix a plug socket whose screws don't hold anymore?

I removed the screws of the socket (as shown in the image) to check something, and when I tried screwing it back in, the screw wouldn't hold anymore. It just keeps coming off. I tried sticking the ...
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90 views

Fried ground wire

What caused the ground wire in my ceiling fan to fry? When I turned on the fan it "popped" and a spark flew out. When I disconnected the fan the ground wire was blackened.
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133 views

How can I clear my toilet trap of the chlorine smell every time I flush?

Need some advice on the best and safest way to clear my toilet from chlorine gas smell. I think it must be stuck in the trap.
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466 views

Can built in bookcases be installed on carpet

My living room is carpeted. I'd like to install a built-in bookcase/media center along one wall. Should I cut out the carpet and install the bookcases directly on the slab, or is it safe to install ...
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Owens Corning Duration vs. GAF Timberline

Is anyone familiar with the Owens Corning Duration (Driftwood) and GAF Timberline HD roofs (Weathered Wood). They are similar in color but one has more variance of color (OC) and don't know how it ...
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322 views

What's the best way to run a wire from inside my garage to the outside?

I'm installing an underground fence for my dog, which requires putting the receiver inside the garage (plugged into an outlet) and running the insulated fencing wire to the outside where it will be ...
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2answers
47 views

Can I heat a radiator directly?

I understand the workings of steam and hot water radiators, however there has been a nagging question in my mind about why we first heat water (for steam or hot water) before we heat the radiator. Why ...
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1answer
96 views

The sill plate touching my foundation isn't laying flat, it's about 10 degrees tilted. How do I install a header below it?

I installed a window in my basement 2 years ago and in the time since I've realized that I fastened the header incorrectly. Oops. I have to take it apart anyways to re-do the trim and match the other ...
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3answers
382 views

Projector ceiling mounting using 2 screws instead of 4: risky?

I want to ceiling mount my projector using this projector ceiling mount. However I realize my ceiling beams are too thin to receive the 4 screws necessary to attach it. The only way would be, not to ...
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0answers
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Peeling veneer on door frames

We are looking for a new house and are interested in a certain property, except that we are concerned that the door frames throughout the upstairs have a substantial amount of peeling veneer. Does ...
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1answer
1k views

What to use to finish my desk from IKEA?

This may be an easy question, but everything I am finding on the Internet is kind of confusing (I am a computer guy not a carpenter!). Essentially, I want to know what I could use to finish my ...
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1answer
480 views

Can I hook up an ice maker with a 1/4" plastic pipe to my garden hose faucet easily?

Just got my hubby a new ice maker and it has a 1/4" water line. Thing is it is going in the garage and needs to run off of the garden hose faucet. Is there an adapter that I can use to run the hose ...
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183 views

Electrical wire a 240v sprinkler lake pump

I have a Wayne 1-1/2 HP Cast Iron Quick-Prime Lawn-Sprinkler Pump What do I have to do to wire this up? I have a free 30-amp circuit breaker in my panel. This pump has two wires - white and black. Do ...
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728 views

Leveling basement floor while keeping it sloping to the drain?

I am having similar problem with the basement slope being exceptionally steep around the floor drain (similar to this: How do I level a basement floor but not the slab underneath?). The discussion ...
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136 views

basement plumbing

I have a cottage that until recently was on piers. The plumbing lines are at the base of the cottage as there never was a basement. The cottage was built in 1905. They are in the home stretch of ...

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