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How do I disinfect a shopvac after possible contamination with hantavirus and other rodent diseases?

A family member accidentaly vacuumed up some mouse droppings, and I was wondering what I should do with the vacuum to prevent the spreading of Hanta virus and similar nasties. It's a shop vacuum with ...
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What is the proper way to wire a light switch,fan switch and receptacle in one box?

I would like to see a wiring diagram on how to wire two switches and a receptacle in one box with a single line feed, three wires.
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1answer
98 views

In the UK, what is the classification scheme for outbuildings such as sheds and garages?

As per title, I am building a large wooden shed with large enough doors to be ABLE to get a car in IF required, but not for permanent use a garage. Under UK planning laws there are slightly ...
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Where do I measure a building's height on uneven ground (for UK Planning restrictions)?

UK Planning states that an outbuilding must remain below 2.5m in height, otherwise planning permission is required. My problem is that the ground is uneven, but the roof would be flat, so where do I ...
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How do I fix badly peeling and hairline fractures on indoor concrete walls?

How do I paint and fix peeling paint and hairline fractures on my indoor concrete (cinder block) walls? The popcorn ceiling is a mess too.
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1answer
192 views

How can I reduce the amount of noise transferred through my exterior walls?

My apartment building is near a mosque and as you may already know when the Moslems pray they like to use loudspeakers. And I mean LOUD. As I live in an apartment I am not allowed to make any changes ...
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1answer
172 views

What are these bugs and how do I get rid of them?

I am currently staying with my family in Shanghai, China and they have this bug problem in one of the rooms. It is some type of small brown bug with no visible legs and they are concentrated near the ...
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113 views

How do I remedy mold/mildew that has appeared since blocking off ventilation?

I have a Ranch home with a finished rec room in the basement. It is our second year in the house. We had no mold/mildew problems last year. I put new carpet in the family room above basement and I ...
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1answer
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Kitchen sink backing up problem

I have side by side sinks in the kitchen. When one sink drains, it backs up into the other sink. I have removed the trap and it is clean, however, the problem still exists. What am I overlooking? How ...
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Priming new wall before wallpaper

Simple question: Should a new wall be primed before applying wallpaper? Or can I just do it over finished drywall.
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lennox furnace not working pilot light on but burner doesn't start

lennox furnace, model # G20Q2E-75-C1, serial #6392H32332, pilot light lights, blower motor turns on, burner doesn't burn
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Basement subfloor, how exactly should I do it?

I am finishing a basement with my father and want to put in a subfloor. I know if there was ever enough water I would probably have to replace the floor anyways but want to give myself a couple inches ...
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How do I temporarily remove section of vinyl fence?

I am repairing a shed that's next to a vinyl fence. I would like to temporarily remove a section of the vinyl fence, but I can't find a good way to remove it. Here's the picture of the fence, and a ...
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1answer
479 views

How can I remove excess commercial flooring tile adhesive?

I just covered the floor of my small indoor storage room with Armstrong commercial flooring tiles. I used the proper adhesive for the application that I got in the same department at the big box ...
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1answer
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water drainage and maybe mold problem

I recently moved into a home that has a water run off from rains etc problem that was not evident when purchasing. We have graded the rear yard and put in catch basins and tiles to keep water from ...
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1answer
388 views

How do I fix a warped kitchen cabinet?

The side wall of the cabinet is slightly warped after I used the high temperature self-clean feature on the oven. This cabinet has three large drawers in it and now they won't close. The wall of the ...
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3answers
189 views

Get rid of squirrels without poison or bb gun?

The squirrels around my house keep getting in stuff, chewing stuff up, and in general are just causing a mess. What's the best way to get rid of them? Looking for solutions online it seems I can get ...
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3answers
461 views

How can I unjam a garbage disposal that the allen wrench doesn't fix?

I have a jammed garbage disposal that makes the humming noise and trips the breaker if I leave it on too long. However, the manual unsticking method doesn't seem to help. I've done some research and ...
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0answers
113 views

What type of junction box cover do I need?

We are building a set of shelves to cover up a sewer pipe in my basement. The shelves will have a false back that covers the pipe then have usable shelves in front of it. The only problem is that ...
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0answers
358 views

How can I make an automatically closing cabinet door?

I have some kitchen cabinets with inset doors. My kids are constantly leaving them open and it drives me nuts! I'm trying to find a hinge to make them automatically close. I found some ...
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1answer
349 views

My plumber installed my hot water baseboard backward. The feed and return are hooked up backward. What problems will this cause?

I believe my hot water baseboard heater was hooked up wrong. The feed and return are opposite. The plumber said it's not a problem as we'll still get heat. Is that so, because we don't get a lot of ...
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4answers
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How to add indicator on a light switch to indicate the outdoor 3-way light is on?

Have some carriage lights outside my garage that can be turned on from inside the house. It's common that the switch will get flipped and the lights will stay on when they're not wanted. Is there ...
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0answers
247 views

4x4 to support floor joists

I want to use a 4x4 8' with two floor jacks on each side holding it up against the floor joists in the middle of the lenght.The purpose is for support.We added a lot of heavy mud weight for tiles ...
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0answers
54 views

How do I remove the vacuum behind my toilet's flapper valves?

Over the last 12 months, the toilets in my condo have becomes progressively harder and harder to flush. Once the flapper valve finally releases, they flush just fine, but it's getting them to release ...
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1answer
189 views

Can I substitute halogen bulbs for incandescent bulbs?

Instead of three 40w light bulbs, can I use only two 43w halogen light bulbs in a ceiling light fixture with 3 lamp sockets rated at 40w maximum per socket?
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1answer
463 views

What are the steps for pouring more cement around metal fence posts that are leaning?

When the wooden fence was built, they used metal posts but only filled the 2' hole with one bag of concrete. The posts are leaning at about a 25 degree angle. I want to dig out the hole again, then ...
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1answer
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Main 4 inch waste pipe broken [closed]

I'm a renter and have had a horrible egg smell under crawl space. Waste has is been going on in my house for three months all he did was fix pipe with PFC and put lye down I've been sick dog and wife ...
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2answers
388 views

Is it against NEC code to re-use pulled cable?

I'm re-wiring parts of my house and have pulled some 12/2 out. Is it against NEC code to re-use that cable? I didn't have to pull that hard to get the cable out and there doesn't appear to be any ...
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1answer
384 views

How should this circuit be properly grounded?

I am hiring an electrician to do the work so my question is more for my education and helping me ask the proper questions to the perspective contractors. Purchased a condo recently and want to put in ...
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1answer
479 views

Can 22 AWG Solid Copper carry 24 VAC?

I have this irrigation caddy unit, and it requires 24VAC. There's a location outside my house with one ethernet cable and another brown cable with four solid copper wires (black, red, yellow, green). ...
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1answer
95 views

water coming out of bathroom faucet when I turn on my kitchen faucet

When I turn on my kitchen faucet water starts coming out of my bathroom faucet. Not sure whats going. Would like to know incase of serious problem.
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How to lift a staircase frame?

I will be making a staircase frame like the one below, but just now it strikes me that it will weigh about 200 kg (around 400 lb) and one end need to be lift 3.5 m off the ground. How can I lift it ...
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Can I cover/wrap 6x6 post with plastic to protect them from rain during construction?

I built a patio cover and used 6x6 treated yellow pine posts. I'm going to build the deck in two months so the contractor left posts uncovered for now. Posts will be covered with hardi once floor is ...
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1answer
140 views

Is it possible that this GFCI receptacle is grounded without an equipment grounding conductor being connected?

I was attempting to upgrade an old outlet to a GFCI outlet. There are only two wires one black and one white. There is no ground wire. However the receptacle tester read "correct wiring". Is it ...
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1answer
773 views

Does the pump for a water tank have to be next to the tank or some distance away?

Does the pump of a water tank have to be next to the water tank or can it be further down the line?
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1answer
148 views

Joining 8 wires into one

I have the cables from 9 bulbs joined into one using a screw terminal temporarily. What is the best thing to use to do this in a way that's waterproof and suitable for outdoor use. Whatever i use ...
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2answers
179 views

PC in desk build

I'm working on modifying an existing table to hold 2 PC's under it horizontally. The PC motherboards will have to be placed on a 1,200mm X 400mm X 18mm countertop that will be connected to 2 other ...
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371 views

Do I ever NEED to remove the angle grinder guard?

As the title says. Is it ever NEEDED to be removed? I read somewhere that when sanding or using the flat wire I should remove it, elsewhere I read that wire cup brushes must be used with a guard. Is ...
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Is an electrical blank (or anything you have to screw off) an acceptable access panel?

Never installed an access panel that wasn't a lid or door. If we have to screw it off is it code for an access panel? See other question for example: What can I use for a very small access panel?
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When painting a house exterior, do you need to scrape and sand the entire house or just the peeling parts?

I'm repainting my house and everything I've read on the subject suggests scraping the old paint before applying new, but it isn't clear if you're only supposed to scrape just the peeling parts or the ...
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1answer
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Is it okay two breakers are controlling the same outlets and appliances?

To be specific, we recently had some electrical work done. The electrician added a second panel. He left without labeling anything. So today I've been testing outlets and switches trying to figure out ...
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1answer
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How can I soundproof a grille in a wall?

I have a niche as a wardrobe in my bedroom. The niche is built upon the stairs and has a wooden grille on the wall facing their side (think of it as a window-shutter, I guess it was made to give the ...
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Is it OK to drill through a jack stud/full stud pair to cut a hole for water heater drain pipe?

I just had a new water heater installed in my garage. My city building / plumbing codes require that the water heater overflow drain be drained to the outside of the house. Situation: The heater ...
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1answer
380 views

Using metal paint can as cover for non-IC rated recessed lights

Do you think using a 1 gallon metal paint bucket as a barrier in the attic over 3" non-IC rated recessed lighting will cause any heat problems? I've been looking for ways to keep the blown in ...
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1answer
2k views

How can I solve an F-28 code problem on a Kenmore HE2 clothes washer?

Our six year old Kenmore HE2Plus washer is flashing code F-28 about every third wash during its final spin. It's really irritating my wife as she has to stop the cycle and rerun the Rinse/Drain & ...
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What does wire loops on the wall for?

I bought a house recently, and there are wires in the walls under stucco. But in basement these wires are go out as a loops not far from the ceil. What are they for? Are they for lamps? If yes, then ...
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1answer
59 views

Air drying wood: whole dead limbs

I've been toying with the idea of replacing part of our stair railing and the newel post and replacing the newel post with a natural limb. I recently had to take down a limb from our Madrona tree. ...
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2answers
316 views

How to take off paper glued to concrete with elmer's school glue

How can I take off paper that was glued to concrete wall using elmer's school glue?
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2answers
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How can I remove a jammed, broken key from a lock?

I have a key to an apartment mailbox that was almost impossible to get the key in and out of to unlock, and in trying, my roommate broke the key off in it. From looking in with a light, it seems that ...
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recommended heat tape for PEX piping

living in Maine, where temps can run minus zero for days on end, i feel that I need more than insulation to keep my PEX pipe running from my pressure tank to the main line underneath my mobile home ...

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