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How to control a dimmable LED light?

I was thinking of attaching a simple dimmable LED light strip to the ceiling of my room. Ideally the finished look is to have a 20 meter long strip fit around the ceiling nested and hidden from view, ...
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1answer
167 views

Is rigid foam on rim board in basement worth doing if walls aren't insulated?

We bought an older home that we use more as an office. The basement is totally uninsulated including the rim joists. Last winter, it got really cold down there to the point that the floors upstairs ...
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1answer
461 views

What is this velcro-like product?

Does anyone have an idea what this product might be? It was found it on some hired equipment, used as a cable tie / cable tidy. It is reversible and each side will stick to itself, unlike velcro. ...
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0answers
55 views

Boiler clanking noise

I woke up this morning to a really loud clanking noise from our boiler. It is a newer gas boiler installed in 2007. There are two Taco circulators 007-F5-71FC for first floor and second floor. I ...
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2answers
3k views

What is the maximum 12/2 wire length from a 20A breaker to a baseboard heater?

What is the maximum distance from a 220V/20amp circuit breaker to an 2000 watt electric baseboard heater using 12/2? At what distance would it require 10/2?
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2answers
550 views

Can a retaining wall follow a slope?

We've got a 50' stretch of yard that has a very gentle side to side slope that we can't easily eliminate (fences on each side built at different heights). We want to build a retaining wall along that ...
3
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2answers
94 views

Is drywall replacement necessary where a bulkhead was removed?

Is drywall necessary when bulkheads are removed and new cabinets will cover the space made by the removal? Are there safety issues if the drywall is not replaced?
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0answers
75 views

Whirlpool leaves clothes damp at end of spin cycle

Whirlpool leaves clothes damp at end of spin cycle. There is a mechanism that triggers the water on and off during the spin cycle. When the washing machine has completed its final spin and is coming ...
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1answer
152 views

What kind of thermometer do I use to check dryer temperature? Can same one be used to check stove temperature?

Is there a thermometer that can be used to check dryer temperature, and if so, what kind should be used? Should only a multimeter be used on the dryer's thermostat instead? I'm just wanting to ...
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1answer
1k views

How do I install a 1st floor bathroom fan?

My bathroom is on the first floor with a finished bedroom directly above and an unfinished basement directly below. It would appear to be easier to install a wall or floor fan and direct exhaust down ...
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3answers
3k views

GFCI outlet hot when nothing's plugged into it

Using a thermal camera (coolest thing in the world, by the way), I discovered that a GFCI outlet in my bathroom is hotter then the surrounding wall when nothing's plugged into it: It's not boiling ...
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0answers
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How can I connect an ejector pump to a 3 1/2" clean out plug?

I'm installing a new bathroom in my basement. I have the pit in with the ejector pump ready, the problem is the end of the sewer main has a 3 1/2" clean out plug in it. There are no 3 1/2" fittings ...
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1answer
89 views

The best kind of tiles for using on floor and walls

I'm in the process of doing up a room in my home for short term rental. It is a small room, and approximately square; about 12.5 ft by 12.5 ft. This room is on the edge of a building; we normally ...
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1answer
153 views

How can I find where the dryer vent is broken or clogged?

I live on the second floor of a three story condo building.We had a company come in to clean our dryer venting, and they said they could not pull a vacuum.The company said that that the venting is ...
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0answers
30 views

rotting a roof without proper venting

I'm considering buying a shed and making a small cabin out of it but i have a concern about the roof. I can have a choise of shingle or metal roof. On conventional houses air is vented from the lower ...
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1answer
820 views

What could be causing my lawn mower to surge?

My lawn mower was giving me the worst time tonight. The only way I could keep it running was to pull the choke back and the engine would start again. Finally, after 30 minutes of messing with it, the ...
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0answers
124 views

How can I put an IKEA “Expedit” shelf 75 cm above the floor?

I have a 4x4 IKEA expedit shelf (which is ~150cm x ~150cm in size) and want to put it 75cm above the floor, so that it lines up with the head-side of a bed. Its back would face the wall, like this: ...
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1answer
2k views

Is it possible to use my window A/C unit without actually installing it in the wall?

So, here's the dilemma. I want to install a window unit in my garage. I know how to do this, but my wife isn't supportive of the idea because we are trying to sell the house currently. Anyways, ...
5
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2answers
168 views

Worth it to just clear coat a marginally beat-up wood floor?

The wood floors in our new-to-us house are kind of beat up. There are very few indelible marks and scratches that will require strategic furniture placement, but most of the damage is just superficial ...
2
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1answer
2k views

How to increase height of existing concrete slab?

An existing patio has flag stones set over a concrete slab. If you were to remove the flag stones and thinset, what would be the best way to raise the level of the existing slab to make up for the ...
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0answers
190 views

Repairing cracked fiberglass pool steps

I have a roughly 6" crack on one of my top fiberglass pool steps that slowly allows the water level to drain below the optimal level for the skimmer. I've found some years old suggested techniques ...
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0answers
54 views

How do I thaw the lines to my condensing unit so that it will turn off?

The lines to the compressor are frozen, and the outside unit stays on even when the thermostat is off. How do I fix this?
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2answers
96 views

Adding a ceiling fan single switch in a box with 3 way switch in older house

Sometimes I love our house and sometimes I don't..and many times I don't when I am trying to do some electrical because it is not at all straight-forward. House was built in 1943, has older silver ...
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1answer
300 views

How close is too close, when digging below foundation level?

I'm digging a drainage trench near my foundation, and have hit the bottom edge of that foundation. In this case it's a T style foundation at the edge of a slab, but elsewhere there's no slab. From ...
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2answers
577 views

Why does my oil-furnace's on-demand water heater go tepid and then return to full heat?

We have an issue with the hot water from a 2004 Peerless oil furnace with on-demand hot water. The shower starts at full temp, but quickly goes tepid (too cool for a bath/shower, but not ice-cold) and ...
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2answers
169 views

How do I insulate a strip foundation from below?

While building a strip foundation (a concrete wall starting several feet below ground) I have to insulate it from moisture because otherwise moisture will get into the foundation and into the ...
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2answers
7k views

How long should I run my pool filter per day?

I'm trying to determine how long I actually have to run my pool filter per day, but my maths are not adding up. Most places on the internet (that I've come across), recommend 8-12 hours per day. The ...
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2answers
231 views

How can I bend wire that is too thick to manage easily?

Such a silly question but please help me! The wires leading to my pool pump are probably 10 or 12 gauge. When i bend them in a loop i cant get them around the screw because there is no give to the ...
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4answers
451 views

How to drill a minute hole on a wooden pendant without a drill?

I'm not a professional carpenter and I haven't worked much with wood before. I also lack proper tools. I made a heart-shaped wooden pendant for my girlfriend with a paper knife and smoothed it out ...
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1answer
397 views

What is causing the last two heads in a sprinkler/irrigation system to have no water pressure?

Zone 2 of my irrigation system has 6 pop-up sprinkler heads but the last two do not pop up, nor is there any water coming from them at all. They are completely dry, even in the flex lines they are ...
2
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1answer
120 views

Is there a recommended distance between fasteners on sole plates?

We've just started installing pressure treated 2x4s as sole plates in our 5 year old basement. We drove 3 nails into each 8' plate, one at each end (around 3 or 4 inches in) and one somewhere at the ...
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1answer
103 views

Is it allowed to have a small hole bored in a joist in the area where it is bearing on a beam or joist hanger

I am trying to determine if my house is up to code with respect to some holes that I found bored in the ceiling joists. The holes are about 1 inch in diameter and at least 2 inches from the top and ...
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0answers
61 views

Does this black subflooring need to be replaced?

I'm working on replacing some laminate in my bathroom with tile. I ripped up the laminated and the particle board (which was black near the bathtub) the subfloor underneath appears to be black as well ...
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0answers
45 views

Light bulb dimensions

I need to change some light bulbs and the process has become tremendous because I cannot find detailed size and type charts to compare against what I already have. Where could I find such a chart ...
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1answer
127 views

How would I go about leveling a sagging floor?

I had all my kitchen cabinets refaced last year. I than decided to replace the counters with granite. When the guy from the counter company came out he did some leveling test. I am putting counters ...
3
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1answer
6k views

How can I identify the conductors in an appliance cord with only the green wire colored?

I've bought an appliance power cord for my dishwasher, however, unlike this cable: (my car was parked) only the green (ground) cable is colored. Does this mean that when I connect the cord to the ...
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0answers
36 views

How to tell which shank type my jigsaw accepts?

I have been given jigsaw, but without any blades. How could I tell which shank type blades I should buy? I have tried to search the net for documentation, but jigsaw is a no name variant. Jigsaw seems ...
3
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2answers
166 views

Where can I find a key for my old locks?

My house was build in 1938 and the whole house has these door knobs everywhere. I believe they were made by Dexter. Is there a way to ID them properly and, if so, where can I find someone who makes a ...
2
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1answer
233 views

Do I use dirt or gravel to fill around a cement form for a fence post?

Background: I know you're not supposed to dig a really wide hole for a fence post hole. But the previous owner of my home did not know that. He or she dug a really wide hole, filled it with a bunch of ...
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1answer
129 views

How can I remove this bathtub drain?

I have this bathtub that had a trip lever drain that kept getting stuck so the water would not drain unless you have a foot on the trip lever while you're showering (not ideal). I decided to replace ...
0
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2answers
122 views

Acceptable to install whole-house evaporative cooler with only a single supply vent?

My new house has a 20+ year old evaporative cooler on top of the roof. The cooler is ancient and rusted, difficult to service due to the location, and the forced air heating ductwork it feeds into is ...
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2answers
746 views

I have a broken Rainbird APAS-100 valve, how can I fix it?

I have a Rainbird APAS-100 which has stopped consistently opening when powered. I've isolated the problem to something in the "AVA-1 Actuator & Piston Assembly" - Rainbird part 145235. However, ...
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1answer
127 views

Should I replace the neutral wire that I accidentally cut in a Romex cable when installing a new outlet?

So I'm installing a new outlet in my home. There's an existing Romex cable that goes up the wall into my attic above the new outlet. When I was stripping the wire to go in the box, I accidentally ...
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1answer
78 views

What ceiling/wall lamps fit these ports

I am looking for ceiling lamps for the first one and wall lamps for the second port. Since I have a low ceiling in my apartment in an old house, I want to the use of pendant lamps.
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5answers
1k views

Air sealing a whole house fan

I have a whole house fan installed in my house from the previous owners. I love the fan, as it lets me cool down the house quickly in the evening -- or after I fill the house with smoke from ...
1
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1answer
159 views

Mosaic installation: thinset excess spilling between the gaps

I'm currently placing mosaic on a concrete staircase. When I push the tiles into the thinset often the thinset is spilling through the gap. I'm removing the excess with a brush which is annoying ...
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1answer
495 views

Changing straight staircase to a turned stair with half landing, is this the Only solution to stairs cutting loft in half?

This terraced house has stairs rising from hallway and cutting across the middle of the house between two sitting rooms. This is repeated from first floor to attic leaving a loft cut in half with very ...
2
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3answers
846 views

How do I patch an in-ground ceramic drain pipe?

So tonight I was digging a post hole for a new fence tonight. And as I'm digging the hole I hear a hollow thump, crack. Behold: This pipe is a downspout drain pipe that runs from the front of my ...
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3answers
2k views

Why don't American homes have blinds on the outside of their windows?

Traveling through Europe, seeing many different construction methods, I try to take an objective look at why things are done a certain way. One of the most positive things that I see done in Europe ...
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2answers
335 views

How well does masonry blocks used in European home construction insulate compared to a well insulated American (wood) wall?

Are there any equivalents to the Building Science insulation reports done for the US/Canada done in Europe? I spent the last few weeks going over some properties that I will be rehabbing in France ...

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