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Can Tongue and Groove plywood be used if interior walls already in place

can Tongue and Groove plywood be used for installing a new sub-floor when there are walls already in place? (i.e. an existing home in use, not a new construction) In other words: I've been told that ...
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Can I bury RG6 in the same conduit as electric?

I am burying electric wire in a PVC conduit from my house to my shed, I want to run RG6 cable for cable TV also, can I run the RG6 in the same conduit as the electric wire? without any trouble or ...
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Where to attach clamps when using a mitre saw?

I am thinking about buying my first mitre saw/compound saw. Maybe not this model, but something similar to this: I note that some models come with a built-in material clamp that presses the work ...
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Installing a sump pump to reduce relative air humidity

I have a damp basement. There are really no big water issues because the house sits on sloped terrain, it's just damp and musty. I've been running a de-humidifier, but that doesn't seem to be taking ...
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How can I install a faucet bidet if my faucet doesn't have a removable aerator?

I really want to install Aquaus Handheld Bidet for Faucet in my bathroom, but I have one of those faucets that have inner temper-free aerators. It is not like ordinary screwing type aerators. I have ...
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How do I cut lengths of wooden beading lengthwise?

I wish to replace some missing beading in a stairwell. I've only a limited amount of equipment and experience, but I figured I could get a mitre saw and some matching wooden edging and the right ...
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What are these 3 thin lines draining into my sump well?

There are 3 thin lines draining constantly into my sump well. The lines are coming through the concrete to the best of my knowledge because i can't trace them on the walls or ceiling. I am having a ...
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Allergies and an economizer

I had an economizer added to my HVAC system last fall, which is fantastic for cooling my second floor down in the evenings during the shoulder seasons where the weather is cool in the late afternoon ...
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How can I remove a plastic flange from a 4 inch PVC pipe?

Having an issue trying to remove a plastic flange from a 4 inch PVC pipe. I tried cutting and chiseling it away. It must have been cemented with a primer and cement. Are there any other (simple) ...
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Can I attach a noticeboard to a plasterboard wall using superglue?

I would like to put up a cork noticeboard (with wooden frame) in my kitchen, but the location I want it has several wires and pipes behind it and I am very wary of drilling into it. So I'm looking for ...
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How can I protect my slate floor from essential oils?

I set slate tiles in my bathroom floor and counter top. I notice that where essential oils (aroma therapy types) have dropped on the surface, the shine is gone and the sealer appears to have been ...
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How to install sink drain pipe correctly

I'm trying to connect this drain assembly on my bathroom sink. But when I connect to the sink it drips. I tighten the top nut(arrow) with a channel lock, but it still drips. Steps I took: I put ...
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What can I do about electric code violations in a rental unit?

My fiance and I are currently renting an apartment in Baltimore, MD and recently we have become alarmed by much of the house's wiring. Things we have seen included: countless wires that are spliced ...
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2answers
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Where does the blue wire in my fan go to?

I took my fan down because it was not working..... I cleaned it thoroughly, and recut all the wires. I checked everything and it worked fine. Next, I went to fully assemble it, (knowing that the ...
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Should a roof drip edge be placed above or below roofing felt?

I'm confused... I've seen two conflicting sources of information describing how a roof drip edge should be installed. One source (Ask This Old House), states that a drip edge should be placed above ...
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How can I support an already installed shower valve?

My shower valve was poorly installed. The pipes and valve were never secured or clamped to the surrounding framing. The valve rattles around in the wall and the cover plate has about a 1/2" gap ...
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Is 1/2“ OSB over old hardwood flooring a good base for 1/2” engineered solid bamboo?

I have a house built in the 40's the hardwood is disgusting. We like a more contemporary/modern look. So we bought a 5 1/4" wide solid bamboo stranded. I don't want to pull up all of the old flooring ...
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Trane XV80 missing “C” wire at thermostat

I have a Trane XV80 with a 2 stage motor. I'm replacing a Trane TCONT803AS32DAA thermostat with a Honeywell wifi thermostat thinking it would be an easy switch out. However, the older thermostat had ...
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Why does my new showerhead leak when you turn on the faucet in the basement or outside?

I installed this new shower on the second floor that didn't exist before and it only leaks when you open the faucets in the basement or outside and it leaks the entire time one of those other faucets ...
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1answer
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Preventing mold with minor carpet water damage

We had an issue with the hot water heater in our basement that resulted in some minor flooding. Fortunately most of the water went straight out the nearby garage thats across the hallway, but some ...
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1answer
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What options do I have for replacing this sillcock?

The handle on my outside faucet falls off almost every time I use the faucet, which is mildly annoying. As far as I know, there are no leaks or any problems with the sillcock itself. My basement has ...
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outdoor light post rusted out at the ground. How to I prevent it the next time?

I have an outdoor free standing light in my subdivision yard. It is on a 5" diameter metal pole. This pole was driven into the ground and has rusted at the ground level and broken. I need to fix ...
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1answer
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How to Change Chinese HVAC Thermostat

I am looking to put Nest thermostats in the house, I have now found out my entire house (one in each room, 6 of them) has been wired with HVAC Chinese U12A UNIVERSAL A/C CONTROL SYSTEM urrgh – they ...
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Water management and shed base for two sheds built against the houses on adjacent properties

This is a follow up for this question where I was asking for help on cutting in half and relocating a shed. The job is done and the result looks like this I have take the shed out of there in order ...
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Sill cock misalignment

My sill cock faucet continued to drip and my tightening with a wrench now has my faucet misaligned with the top and bottom reversed. How do I fix this?
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Distribution of circuits for two bathrooms

I currently have two bathrooms serviced by one circuit. Each bathroom has lights, a single GFCI counter-top receptacle, and one bathroom has in-floor resistance heating. I will be adding in-floor ...
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1answer
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Electrical: Can 20 amp breaker with AWG 14 gauge wire cause tools in garage to not run?

The wiring to my garage is a single 20 amp breaker wired with AWG 14 gauge wire. When I turn on my table saw, it starts up but the reset button pops and the lights flicker. I have attached the saw to ...
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What type of blinds are these? [closed]

We are living in a rentl property and there are some blinds in the windows that I would like to replace for the time we are here. They are roman blinds that have a bar along the top and are just ...
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Repairing dimmer switch

I have an IKEA lamp with dimmer switch which took a knock and immediately started outputting full brightness. I've read a little about how dimmer switches work and that this is likely caused by the ...
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2answers
556 views

Best way to cover bedroom doorway that has no door?

I have recently moved to a new 'two room' apartment which I guess was formerly a one room apartment that was that was split in two by a wall whose stability I cannot really vouch for. The main ...
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Why do I have saw out the bar the electric box hangs on to replace it with a fan rated bar and box?

I had a ceiling light and it had a metal bar and a electrical box. The home is not that old but The electrical box was not ceiling fan compatible so I removed the box. Now the bar is solid I could ...
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Clarification on sharing a neutral for 2 circuits

This is a followup question to this answer I plan to do something quite similar to the diagram Tester101 posted. I will pull 3-wire (10/3+g) into a junction box and then pull 2 separate 2 wires ...
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How should I insulate a cantilevered bay with plumbing, ducting, and electrical?

If you were faced with the following cantilevered bay, how would you go about insulating it? I can seal most of the wood air dams between joists with Great Stuff, but as you can see, there are two ...
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1answer
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Swamp cooler “feet” on roof

My swamp cooler has both of it's front "legs" inside the pictured boxes, partially filled with tar. The tar is nowhere near the top, and water seems to just sit in them after any rainfall. Is this ...
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How to seal swamp cooler ducting into house siding?

My swamp cooler enters the house horizontally through an exterior wall. What is the correct way to seal this interface to the wood siding? Should I just use an exterior caulking around the edges?
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Does mouse poison attract mice?

This may seem like a silly question, but... The scenario is that I'm adding a bit of storage underneath the bottom half of our stairs. Up until now it was just a closed in space that was being ...
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2answers
448 views

Should I convert from a rooftop to a split HVAC system?

We have a packaged HVAC on the roof and the AC needs to be replaced. It's 23 years old and dying/dead. We were considering buying just an AC and keeping the package unit running for heat. We feel ...
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2answers
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Can't remove Schlage knob

I live in a 60 year old house with several old Schlage door knobs as in this photo: There is a small hole in the collar and two smaller holes on each knob. Pushing small sharp objects in the hole ...
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How to connect my electric Ikea cooking plate?

My old cooktop broke so I am currently trying to install a new electric ceramic hob (Ikea Barmhartig). How can I make the proper connections? The back panel looks like this: How do I open the ...
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1answer
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Advice for Removing Raceway Wiremolds

I'm trying to remove several Raceway Wiremolds. A few of the Wiremolds seems to be firmly stuck to the drywall. I'm worried if I pull too hard it will rip out chunks of paint/drywall. Any advice on ...
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Sill Plate not Lining up with Foundation Wall [duplicate]

I am in the process of building a one level home in PA. After the formed concrete walls were poured and the framing began, I noticed that on one side of the house that the sill plate was flush with ...
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1answer
711 views

What effect does the number of coil turns on an electric stove heating element have?

I'm in the US. I have an electric stove with three 6" burners, and one 8". The 8" burner doesn't perform like I think it used to, so I'm considering replacing it, to see if it improves. (It's slow to ...
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Converting 120V undercabinet lighting to 12V strip lighting

We redid our kitchen cabinets and want to change from the previous hardwired 120V fluorescent under cabinet lighting and above cabinet cove lighting to 12V flexible LED strip lighting. The cove ...
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2answers
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Is having a branch off the end of main heating HVAC duct bad and if so, why?

Question: Is having a branch off the end of main heating HVAC duct bad and if so, why? Background: A heating and cooling contractor sales representative came to my home today. He saw the situation ...
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1answer
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What is the Best Practice for finishing the walls of a Bathroom?

I am currently stripping back the layers of wallpaper in a bathroom and I am a relatively amateur DIY-er. As I have removed the paper, patches of the plaster have become exposed as small bits of the ...
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1answer
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Conflict with roofer [closed]

I hired a local roofer to redo my roof. One of the items in the contract is to "INSTALL 7/16” OSB SHEATHING OVER EXISTING ROOF BOARDS." The roof boards are rough sawn 3/4 inch thick pine, with a 1/2 - ...
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bathroom sink drain line

My bathroom sink drain was clogged. Since drain stop had been out, figured something fell down hole into p trap. Anyway, when I went under sink, learned P Trap piece was connected to pipe with ...
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Air testing for new plumbing in addition?

I have inspection in a few days for my new plumbing (3" SCH 40), 1 1/2" Drain lines. Inspector told me I am responsible for the test plugs, air guage and the whole set up. Im looking to set this up ...
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534 views

Should I be concerned that the sill plate is not lined up with the foundation?

I am in the process of building a one level home in PA. After the formed concrete walls were poured and the framing began, I noticed that on one side of the house that the sill plate was flush with ...
1
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0answers
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Hose Bib still leaks even after replacing washer

I have fixed many leaky hose bib faucets over the years by removing the stem & replacing the bad washer. I just finished replacing the worn out washer for a leaky hose bib, but when I put the ...

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