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Are wall air vents a potential problem?

A house I'm looking at has A/C vents in the walls, rather than in the ceiling or floor. I've never lived in a house with air ducts in the walls. Can I expect to have problems? The house was built in ...
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1answer
97 views

220v Grid Tie Inverter

I just bought a 3000w 220v grid tie inverter and I'm wondering if it is safe to simply plug it into the 220v port in my laundry room (the one my dryer runs on) and then run it, or is there more I need ...
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1answer
487 views

What do I need to do if the neutral bar is live in the panel box?

In my panel box I have just discovered that the neutral bar is hot;it actually shot sparks. I was putting in a breaker for a new ceiling fan and light attached and went to put the neutral on the ...
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2answers
83 views

Vent below window

I have a waste vent terminal that will be 2 m below a window (2 storey house). Can I leave this terminal there, or should I extend it above the windows (adding 3.5 m to it and having an ugly pipe on ...
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2answers
77 views

How would I replace this wall?

I have a house that was built in 1950, when it was built, the garage was built 10 feet away from it. At some point in the last 60 years, someone closed the space (side walk area) between the house and ...
1
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1answer
98 views

What is this implement called and where can I get one?

In my shower there are two bumps meant to receive a square rod. I drew a picture as I don't know what they would be called. I want to put a rod in there, but I don't know if there is a special name ...
3
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1answer
60 views

How can we measure the air quality index of our room?

My house is situated near a construction site and dust, particulates, etc gather in really quickly. My room is currently set up such that there are two different air filters running continuously ...
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1answer
186 views

How to prevent pressure from dropping from my water heater?

Until two weeks ago, my parents house used one water heater ( noted "1" on the picture) to provide two bathrooms and the kitchen with hot water. The bathroom on the first floor consists of a bathtub ...
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0answers
20 views

Correct adhesive to use over plywood and tile?

Putting a bathroom tile back-splash over a combination of plywood bordered by ceramic tile - Should I use Mastic or Thinset or some other adhesive material?
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4answers
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How do I patch a large hole in plaster and lath?

I am having some plumbing repaired in my 1913 house that will result in a large access hole (2' x 16") on the first floor. The wall is currently plaster and lath and I'm trying to get a handle on the ...
2
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4answers
449 views

Can armored bx cable come into contact with other metal objects?

I am running armored 12/2 bx to wire 4 high hats, the armored cable is grounded. There is a heating duct which I must go over, but the AC will come in contact with it... Is this ok or do I need to ...
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1answer
104 views

How can I wire this ceiling light correctly?

I have a ceiling light that decided to not to work. On inspection I found bare wires were sticking out under cover. I immediately turned off the light circuits at the switch board. What I found was ...
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2answers
227 views

How do I fix bare spots on my table after applying polyurethane?

I polyurethaned my table and when it dried, it had spots. That is the best way to explain it. It looks like the eraser-sized spots are bare wood, almost like something made the polyurethane push away ...
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1answer
332 views

How can I remove a dead bolt?

I'm trying to remove a 16 yr. old Titan Dead Bolt. I have it disassembled but cannot get it out of the door. There is no strike plate on the door that I can remove. There is only a brass ring that the ...
1
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1answer
241 views

What whole-house water filter can I install to remove atrazine from my water?

I recently tested the water in my new(ly purchased) house for a variety of things and was (unpleasantly) surprised to find a positive result for atrazine (or perhaps simazine, apparently a more ...
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2answers
124 views

Heat pump vs gas efficiency and comfort [closed]

I'm looking for a house to buy in the South Carolina low country, where average lows in January get down to just under 40 deg F and highs in the summer get to just over 90 deg F. The houses in that ...
1
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2answers
696 views

Can white pine be stained to match yellow pine that has been sanded and sealed?

We live in a log home that has yellow pine on the interior which has been sanded and sealed. After many years, it is now a beautiful warm honey color. We just replaced all the windows. They are ...
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0answers
260 views

Using 1" black iron pipe as a hydronic radiator, how many feet of pipe would I need to heat a 500ft^3 room?

I guess industrial is hip these days. Or maybe it's just me. But I'm thinking of making a snaking heater/towel warmer for my bathroom remodel. How many feet would I need, and how is this calculated? ...
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3answers
51 views

Can forced central air be retrofitted with central humdifier?

Several homes I'm considering have central air conditioners, but radiators or baseboard heaters. Is it possible to use the A/C ductwork to provide humidity to the home? I assume most central ...
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2answers
120 views

IKEA table problem [closed]

I got this table and legs from IKEA, and I have no idea how to assemble them. The legs are like this: The table has screws on one side
1
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1answer
93 views

Can this sheetrock be repaired or does it need to be replaced?

Removed formica backsplash made a huge mess. Can it be repaired, and if so, how?
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2answers
473 views

Must NM cables around panels in unfinished basements be protected?

I'm thinking about installing a new circuit. The panel is on the wall in an unfinished basement. Three questions: Is the new NM cable going down to and around the panel considered to be "subject to ...
1
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2answers
7k views

How do I fix a leaking connector between my garden hose and faucet?

I am trying to connect a garden hose with the faucet. After connecting and turning on the faucet, the water still squirted out. Please see the attached picture. I am not sure whether I need a wrench ...
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1answer
108 views

Where do I run neutral from/to when replacing a SPST switch with one that requires neutral?

I have a basic/good understanding of electrical wiring and I'm taking all necessary precautions. My research indicates that the old setup does not have a neutral going to the box, and that since the ...
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2answers
908 views

What should I use to repair plaster in a bathroom?

Our house was built in 1941, so all original walls are plaster (I'm assuming lath and plaster?). This is true for the bathroom in question. The walls in this bathroom are plaster, and are painted with ...
1
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1answer
91 views

Preserving cracked concrete

I have a garage built with concrete blocks and the walls are surrounded on the outside by a layer of concrete rendering. The problem is that large cracks have built up in the rendering over time, ...
1
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2answers
148 views

2-part door for raised patio (horizontal and vertical) with tiles possible?

I have a patio that is raised on meter off the ground. On a side of it there are stairs that lead to a storage room. I would like to build a door for this opening from two parts a 1-meter high ...
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1answer
151 views

Toilet started wobbling

My brother-in-law (need I say more?) installed a new toilet over a ceramic floor. After a year, perhaps, the toilet wobbles a bit when you sit on it and, occasionally, you can hear porcerlain on ...
1
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1answer
161 views

Can I replace a floor joist cross-brace with two horizontal pieces of blocking in the same spot?

I am doing some remodeling and want to run a 6-inch HVAC (kitchen exhaust hood) duct through the floor joists. There is one section where the path is impeded by a standard floor joist cross-brace. Can ...
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4answers
415 views

Is it stupid to replace redwood siding with Hardi board or LP SmartSide?

Our house was built in 1922, and due to some ongoing exterior water damage due (I think) to poor gutters and some ice dam damage after this past horrible Minnesota winter, we have been getting some ...
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0answers
28 views

How can I construct an exterior rock facade?

I want to cement 1/2 cut river rock to cement board or Durock outside as facade around my porch. I'm concerned about harsh weather contributing to early deterioration. What technique will hold up the ...
3
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1answer
477 views

Is it common to caulk around the edges of vinyl tile instead of going underneath wood paneling?

I have a guy going into a rental unit of mine to put in vinyl tile. I told him specifically that I wanted it under the base of the wall's wood molding (similiar to this stuff). He was put off by ...
3
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2answers
634 views

How do I properly frame an opening to angle a through-wall air conditioner?

I'm going to install a through-wall air conditioner using a purpose-built sleeve. The instructions from the manufacturer say to install it such that it angles slightly downwards to the outside (about ...
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1answer
501 views

What kind of screws are used for the door knob of an interior door?

When my painter took off the door knob of an interior door, he lost the two screws that held the door knob in place. Does anyone happen to know what kind of screws they are? They look like some type ...
0
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1answer
124 views

How can I fix my window frame so that the window doesn't drop down?

I'm working on a fixer-upper, and I needed to repair the screens. In order to remove the screens, I of course needed to lift the window all the way up. However, there was a bracket blocking the ...
0
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0answers
50 views

Deeper Wall Plates…Do they exist? [duplicate]

So I took out the wood paneling from my basement recently. The outlet boxes (metal) are screwed directly to the cinder block that is behind the sheet rock. The screws are so rusted that they just ...
0
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1answer
278 views

5 ampere to 15 ampere

I want to ask two questions done go on title. I'm from India. Can I connect 15 ampere switch in 5 ampere socket. If I want to replace a 5 ampere socket to 15 ampere will the 15 ampere socket work ...
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1answer
61 views

Do I really need garage door tune ups?

A friend of mine sent me a link to a "garage door tune up service". I've never heard of getting a garage door tuned up... but I've never owned a house before either. A couple weeks ago I had trouble ...
0
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2answers
5k views

Why are my fluorescent lights not working sometimes?

I have a fluorescent light fixture in my kitchen, which uses u-shaped tubes. A few weeks ago they just stopped working. I could turn the switch on and there'd just be no light. Not flickering which ...
0
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1answer
268 views

Is there a quick cure for refrigerator drip tray stink?

My fridge has a bad stink that has been getting worse lately. I can clean it out and temporarily fix it with vinegar ,bleach, and/or baking powder, but these are not long term fixes. When the water ...
0
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2answers
668 views

Bath tub spout rough in

I am surprised it is so hard to find a diagram or description of the proper way to rough in a bathtub spout. In case it makes any difference, the specific spout will be a Toto TS210EV with diverter. ...
2
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2answers
620 views

Can I paint a deck when wet weather is forecasted?

I am planning on painting my mothers deck and I have a limited amount of time. I am planning on painting it on Saturday, but I saw there is forecast for rain. I am wondering if it would be better to ...
0
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0answers
558 views

Repair tub liner with water trapped beneath

The previous owners of my home installed a tub liner rather poorly. The first time we used it, water was trapped between the liner an the tub. The top portion is tile, the bottom is a tub with a ...
3
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6answers
19k views

What is the best way to fill finishing nail holes on door and floor trim?

There have been a couple of similar questions but none for my exact usage or that provides a good answer. I consider myself average to weak on finishing wood work so would like to hear some good ...
1
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3answers
602 views

How can I check for drywall behind wood panelling?

What's the best way for me to know whether there is drywall behind wood panelling walls? The wood panelling looks inexpensive, and it's in a big room (a converted garage).
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1answer
72 views

Enermax Pro87+ Gold 500W adapter? [closed]

I'm looking for an adapter for my fridge to my power supply. Is this even possible? My fridge is just an ordinary one? Could that save a few euros?
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1answer
356 views

Can I build an anti-fatigue standing mat myself?

I thought about buying a anti-fatigue mat for healthier prolonged standing but unfortunately the price tag is quite high and they are not available in my country, so I would have to pay for additional ...
1
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1answer
70 views

propane torch question [closed]

Perhaps you can help me with an unusual request. For a Jew, to make a sink "kosher for passover" (after being used during the year for non-passover). One way is to pour boiling water into it. I ...
6
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1answer
554 views

Can I put my deep freezer on a hardwood floor?

I am wanting to get a small deep freezer for my kitchen upstairs. I have hardwood floors and I am concerned about potential water damage from a power outage and the freezer defrosting and getting ...
0
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0answers
25 views

cottage and bedroom shares one wall [duplicate]

Morning, i have a cottage that i rent out at my house, it shares one wall with my bedroom, when ever there is activity it is very audible, i'm looking for something affordable to sound proof the wall ...

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