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How do I repair my cracked shower pan?

My shower pan, made of gel-coated fiber glass, has three cracks, as shown in the photo below. The cracks radiate fairly straight from the drain in the center at twelve, four, and eight o'clock. (All ...
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1answer
2k views

How do I determine if my basement leak is a foundation problem

I have a basement leak that happens every other year on average, after either a very heavy rainfall, or melting of a lot of snow. It occurs on only one wall of the basement, and I've detected water ...
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1answer
1k views

Can I use shorter screws to mount my blinds?

I've bought a pair of blinds that came with 1 1/4 inch screws; I'm unable to drill deep enough into the frame to fit the screws, the screws are sticking about 1/8 of a inch out . I end up hitting ...
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1answer
2k views

How can I paint/stain an interior concrete floor?

I have a very lovable aging bulldog who has peed on the wall-to-wall carpet enough that I'm ripping it out. It's over twenty years old anyway. The subfloor is a concrete slab. My goal is to make the ...
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3answers
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What do I do if there are only two wires coming from my ceiling electrical box?

I'm about to install several Hunter ceiling fans. This will be the first time I've done anything electrical past changing a bulb. The instructions that came with the fan show three wires coming from ...
2
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1answer
172 views

Will cement used as mortar need to be replaced?

I had some cracked/spalling bricks on my home as a result of water getting in and freezing during the winter. I went ahead and replaced five bricks (three on top and two below) and accidentally used ...
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1answer
1k views

How can I avoid bubbles when applying an enormous sticker to plywood?

I'm working on a very important beer pong project. The top of the table will consist of two pieces of plywood that have been sealed and decorated with a massive 4X5 custom vinyl sticker. So, the ...
8
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1answer
510 views

How can I get the 2-part epoxy smell out of concrete?

Six months ago or more, my friend used a 2-part epoxy (no longer have the packaging, but it's a double-syringe with clear liquids, purchased at Home Hardware) on something, and some of it (one or both ...
3
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1answer
420 views

How can I keep the top of my dog ear fence level when the ground slopes?

I've been working on a privacy fence for our yard. I purchased individual 1x6 dog ear PT fence pickets and cut them accordingly to fit the contour of the yard. However, at one point the yard slops ...
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4answers
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Best tool & method for cutting steel tubes (table legs)?

I have a table that I want to cut the hollow steel legs down to coffee table height. These are the table legs I have: http://www.ikea.com/us/en/catalog/products/70217973/ What's the best tool and ...
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1answer
2k views

How to drill a grommet hole through a desk?

I have a wall desk that hides away 2 power outlet on the wall. How do I drill a grommet hole that is wide enough to run cables through and cover it with plastic wire cover. What sort of tool do I ...
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1answer
156 views

Are there any alarm system panels, control boxes, etc. that have a kind of API for software to access?

I am basically looking to build an advanced alarm system for my home. I have previously used FrontPoint Security which offers a service through alarm.com. This basically gives me access to arming and ...
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2answers
389 views

What type of outlet is in the picture?

I recently purchased a early 1970's home that has this interesting outlet installed in the master bedroom. It is the only outlet in the entire house like this and I'm not real sure what it is for and ...
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1answer
1k views

Can I build a retaining wall along an existing fence?

Our yard has a small slope to it, and we wanted to make it level. (Mainly so we can put a swing set in for our kids.) I was thinking I could build a small retaining wall and just fill it in, but would ...
8
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1answer
4k views

How should I drain water from a basement dehumidifier?

Our basement has had difficulty with water in the past, from intrusions through the side (fixed by gutters) and chimneys (fixed by chimney caps). Most recently, however, water has been collecting on ...
2
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1answer
112 views

How do I troubleshoot my electric oven?

I've got a Kenmore electric oven, model no. 911.94391790. The other day, the oven was on bake mode @ 350° I heard it make some funny beeping noises and the clock/display area started to flash random ...
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1answer
399 views

How do I fix a broken window in my aluminum framed sunroom?

A lower window is broken in my aluminum framed sunroom, as shown in this 33 second video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tLQfd0FPwYU Will I need to: drill out rivets take apart the whole ...
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1answer
176 views

Should we contact a professional to handle our bathroom repair?

Our upstairs bathroom is leaking to the ceiling drywall in our downstairs dining room. The toilet and the tub need to be fixed. We need to take up the tile, floor board, maybe tub and fix it all. ...
4
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1answer
169 views

Can a dedicated circuit have a junction box somewhere between the fixture and the panel?

Whoever installed the central air conditioning unit in my house correctly used a dedicated circuit, however, they cut the wire too short (there is a ~12 inch splice in the panel) and the wire was ...
1
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2answers
743 views

Are there any advantages to installing a 125A subpanel instead of a 100A panel? [closed]

I noticed that most Square D sub panels are 100 AMPS, but Siemens has one that is 125 AMPs (maybe other brands also, I haven't checked). Is there any differences I need to know about when I suggest a ...
5
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2answers
2k views

How do I properly bring in coax from the pole to the interior of my house?

As it is now, the coax comes off the pole and is anchored under the eave with a coax grounding block. From there, the local cable company stapled the coax down the siding, then horizontally around a ...
3
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1answer
964 views

Why am I measuring 16 volts on a wire that should be at 0 volts?

I am replacing a power receptacle at my apartment. It has the standard four wires, with one of the two reds going to a nearby toggle switch. I am concerned because when the toggle switch is off, I ...
3
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1answer
132 views

Can I install wiring in the space used by a sealed air duct and PVC water supply lines?

I have a space between walls that is about 14" deep and 8 foot wide, and goes from the floor to the ceiling. This space is on the second floor. Petty much in the center of the house. The space ...
4
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1answer
1k views

What is the name of this cast metal part inside my lockset?

I have a Baldwin front door lockset that doesn't completely retract the latch when using the thumb lever. The handleset is similar to this: model After dismantling the thumb latch assembly, I ...
3
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2answers
757 views

How do I secure a dishwasher under a granite counter?

I purchased some Loctite power grab yesterday in hopes to attach my dishwasher to the granite countertop that it has not adhered to very well with just caulk. I'm having second thoughts, now, since ...
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2answers
236 views

How do I get rid of these bees/wasps in my sunroom?

Found this in my sunroom this morning: It's hard to see (I didn't want too get too close) but the bees are really strange looking - very long almost like 2 bees connected in a row. I know there's ...
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1answer
287 views

Does my toilet have a manufacturing defect?

I purchased a Kohler toilet about 6 months ago for my bath remodel. I finally got the bath finished after a sequence of delays. The toilet is about 1/8" off level in the rear (see photo) and rocks ...
3
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1answer
376 views

How can I conceal a gap between a wall and newly installed vinyl flooring that I cut too short?

I cut my new vinyl flooring too short, causing a gap at one wall. How can I cover it up?
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2answers
120 views

Can a kitchen faucet be installed by someone with no experience? [closed]

I bought a pull out kitchen faucet online. Can this be installed by someone (me) with no experience?
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1answer
130 views

How do I renovate 45 year old aluminum wiring for a new outlet for a new cooktop and range?

We are currently updating our '69 era kitchen and are relocating some if not all of the receptacles. The old cooktop and range that we have now removed, were hardwired and used aluminum wire. We have ...
3
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2answers
197 views

What would be the ramifications of applying a semi-solid oil based stain on a virgin 4 yr old pressure treated pine deck?

We had our deck built of pressure-treated pine in 2009, and left it completely untreated up until a couple weeks ago. This is in south-eastern Minnesota. So far, I've power-washed (and a week later, ...
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2answers
625 views

Is it safe to wire a plug-in sconce directly to the junction box?

There is a wall sconce that I would like to buy, but it is a plug-in variety and there is no power outlet nearby (only an existing light fixture). Is it safe to cut off the plug and wire it directly ...
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2answers
145 views

What are some good web resources for designing/building bunk bed? [closed]

I am looking to make bunk beds for a new house we are moving into. Does anyone have any thoughts on a place to get some good plans? Looking online has scared me and they all look like a scam. Just ...
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1answer
878 views

What kind of wood is recommended for replacing kitchen cabinet shelving? [closed]

We have kitchen cabinets with removable plywood shelves. They are 1/2" thick and 10.25" wide. The lengths are 19.25" (short) and 31.25" (long). We want two more short, and one more long one. They ...
2
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3answers
227 views

Is it safe/compliant for one circuit to supply grounded wall outlets in both a kitchen and a living room?

On one side of my wall (in kitchen, not the refrigerator or stove plug) is a three prong grounded outlet. Would it work without overloading a circuit to put a new outlet on the other side of the wall ...
2
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1answer
1k views

How long to wait before cleaning new tuckpointed brick mortar with muriatic acid?

I am about to retuckpoint my exposed brick wall with a custom mortar mix (1x hydraulic lime, 2.5x sand). Once I am done, I plan to clean the residue and other dirt from the bricks using muriatic ...
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4answers
1k views

Do I need a corded drill to mix thinset?

I've been looking at tearing out my fiberglass shower, installing Kerdi, and re-tiling the whole thing. During my research into this project, I've come across quite a few forums that have members ...
2
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1answer
183 views

Is it common for a chimney to separate from the outside wall?

The chimney has separated from the wooden outside wall of a pier and beam wooden home. It is 7 years old. The chimney is mortared with rock and a couple have fallen from the top. The gap is about 3 ...
0
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1answer
87 views

Why are there planks above the heaters?

Just moved in a new house. All heaters have a plank (same width and depth as the heater) 10cm above them. Please see the picture below: I conjecture it's for preventing some of the heat to go ...
0
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1answer
348 views

How can I add a C-wire to a Venstar T5800 thermostat?

I am trying to replace my existing thermostat. My old thermostat has: Rh, W (coming from the heating unit). Rc, Y, G (coming from the AC unit). On the Venstar T5800, I can map as follows: Rh+Rc ...
5
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1answer
121 views

How can I measure lengths greater than 50' to a precision of less than 1/16"?

Is it possible to measure a length greater than 50' to a precision less than 1/16"? If so, what tools and/or techniques should I use to do so?
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1answer
138 views

What screws to use to attached tie-downs from shed roof rafters to top sill?

What screws should I use to attached tie-downs from shed roof rafters to top sill?
0
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1answer
97 views

Should I use 2' x 2' tiles for a galley kitchen?

I am redoing my kitchen and I'm considering using a large tile size. Are 2 foot by 2 foot tiles difficult to work with? Will I run into problems with size limitations of the tools I'm using and layout ...
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vote
2answers
117 views

Is is safe to have rainwater recycling tank near the bedroom windows?

Is it safe to sleep near a rainwater recycling tank? Is bacteria can developed and flow into the bedroom when sleeping with the window open?
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5answers
2k views

What besides smoke might trigger a hardwired smoke detector?

Sometimes my hardwired smoke alarm goes off for a few seconds for no apparent reason. For example I am not cooking or burning any substance. It is 3 years old and has a new battery. Other than ...
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1answer
301 views

What would cause a hardwired smoke alarm to give one short beep when appliances are turned on?

I have hard wired smoke detectors. I've noticed that when I plug my tablet into a power strip connected to an outlet in my living room it caused the upstairs detector to emit a quick beep. I now ...
2
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0answers
156 views

How do I troubleshoot a newly installed non-working outlet?

I recently spent several frustrating hours trying to figure out why an outlet on a new branch circuit would not power a load even though there was proper polarity at the outlet, my non-contact voltage ...
2
votes
1answer
294 views

How do I convert an A/C window unit from thermostat to humidistat control?

I've managed to get my hands on a really nice window unit AC that can cool my entire living space (about 900 sq ft), but the downside of it being so powerful is that I either have to leave it ...
3
votes
1answer
654 views

How do I install a non-load bearing wall on a carpeted concrete floor and finished drywall ceiling?

I am looking to close off a stairwell with a new drywall wall. The area it will be installed is already finished with carpet stretched over the concrete floor and a popcorn drywall ceiling. What are ...
5
votes
2answers
883 views

How to adjust when hinge mortises are cut too deep?

I cut my mortises manually with a chisel and made them a notch too deep, maybe 1/16" or even less, as a result the door closes too close to the jamb and I am concerned how it will work when there is ...

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