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Why does turning my kitchen light off turn on my outside light?

when I turn my fluorescent kitchen light off, my outside p.i.r security light comes on, why? the problem started when my father moved the p.i.r up above the door
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Why does my front loading clothes washer stink?

I have a front loading washing machine which smells really bad. I have also had the brown sludge problem which I've managed to clear with hot cleaning etc. I've noticed I have to empty the filter of ...
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1answer
666 views

How to efficiently circulate air to keep room cool?

I live in Indonesia and I have an apartment with a 6.7 x 5m room, which contains a dining table and a couch. In this room are two 1.5PK (13,000 BTU) AC units on the same side of room nearer to the ...
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1answer
104 views

Why does my HVAC begin vibrating and stop cooling at night?

I am calling a HVAC technician since this is probably too complex a problem for me, but wanted to hear some possible diagnosis. The symptoms are as follows: The A/C is working well during the day ...
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2answers
89 views

How do I keep a triple sat dish stable after directing towards the satellites?

I have a triple sat dish to receive tv channels broadcasted through three satellites. . It is a very convenient dish, it is small making it easier to install out of sight and allows us to watch a ...
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3answers
271 views

what is the woodworking technique used to build this piece?

I'm interested in building a side table similar to the one shown in this link. The woodwork technique looks complicated for an inexperienced builder (like me). How was this piece built?
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110 views

How do I change my closet doors?

I have an old wall closet wich has dark brown wooden doors with a little frame for decoration. Something like this. I would like to achieve this kind of doors: With gloss or dark mirror. The think ...
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0answers
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Does spray mount adhesive damage the paint on walls after the object attached to it is removed?

I would like to place posters on walls using a spray mount adhesive, such as link to 3M product on amazon. It is said that the use of the adhesive will create a delicate transparent gel on the object ...
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0answers
242 views

How to hang shelf on 2cm thin wall?

I would like to somehow saw out a wood board that fits into the corner as seen on the picture below. The problem is that both walls are only 2cm thin. The shelf needs to be able to hold a pair of ...
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1answer
91 views

New Window in Structural Brick House

I have an old house (built in the 1940s) that is structural brick. I want to add a small window on the wall to the upstairs to let in a bit more light. Is it possible to add a window to a structural ...
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2answers
84 views

Do I need special primer for red(ish) paint?

I am getting ready to paint my living room using Behr's Glowing Firelight (S-G-200): My building sidekick suggested not to use the regular Killz2 primer but some special gray primer for red(ish) ...
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1answer
241 views

Garbage disposal install - runs on off, trips breaker when switched to on

My newly installed Insinkerator Evol Plus garbage disposal runs when switch is turned to off, trips breaker when switched to on. I tried it on a shared circuit. Now it's hardwired to it's own ...
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1answer
429 views

How can i figure out which wires go where, if the colors at the furnace don't match the thermostat?

I have an old system and want to update the thermostat however, the white-rodgers thermostat has no letters such as R,G,B,Y,W,C So I checked out the furnace terminate wires and the colors of the ...
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1answer
310 views

Can an existing furnace flue be used to vent bathroom exhaust fan

I am doing a basement bathroom reno and wish to install an exhaust fan in the ceiling. Since I have had the furnace replaced and now its direct vent out the side of the house , I have an existing ...
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1answer
447 views

Concrete Mix for making small objects [closed]

I want to build desk objets out of concrete, such as the ones in the images below ( i don't own any of them, they have been taken from around the internet). ...
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4answers
1k views

Dishwasher across from the sink? Way to make the pump stronger?

Long story short, I renovated my kitchen and have two counters. I have a counter where the oven and kitchen sink reside. Across from the counter (about 5 ft), I have a dishwasher across. I have a ...
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3answers
916 views

What translucent material can I use to cover the bulbs at the top of a medicine cabinet?

I am restoring a medicine cabinet that has light bulbs on the top but no covering. Should I try to cover that area with glass (I'd like something frosted or opaque) or is there some type of plastic ...
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1answer
405 views

How do I maintain an 80% efficient natural gas furnace?

I have an 80% efficient gas furnace at my house, that is seemingly working well and is configured with an air conditioner. What preventative maintenance should be done to it, and at what interval? Is ...
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1answer
1k views

How can I remove a stuck coax cable from a conduit?

In my newly-built house, an empty conduit was added into the foundation so that an antenna cable could later be pulled through. The conduit is around 9 meters long and has three 90-degree bends with a ...
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3answers
508 views

Will the second light in this circuit light up?

When talking about neutral faults in this answer, I (incorrectly) said that a neutral fault could lead to a shock hazard. It was pointed out in the comments that I was dead wrong, and that the ...
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1answer
623 views

How can i set up a Solar Panel to charge a 12v DC car battery and power a Raspberry Pi?

I've pulled together a few spare parts that i've had laying about for ages now and I finally have a bit of time to try do something with them. I've got a solar panel which puts out ~22vDC @ ~2Amps ...
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2answers
923 views

Do dryer sheets interfere with the dryness sensors in a dryer?

I have always used dryer sheets, specifically, to remove the static from my clothes. I purchased a new High Efficiency Dryer/Washer combo from LG, and they sate that if you use Dryer sheets, you void ...
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2answers
3k views

Which type of portable generator will power my furnace during an outage?

I live in New Jersey, and in preparation for future severe-weather-related outages, I would like to have a backup plan in order to power my natural gas furnace, as well as the fridge/freezer and a few ...
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0answers
233 views

Will these blinking LED lights cause a house fire?

I recently replaced the some floodlamps with LED lights. The problem is some of the LEDs are blinking or flashing even though the switch is off. Some do not blink at all. It happens all the time. ...
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1answer
1k views

What are the benefits of purple drywall?

I am about to drywall a basement. Go purple? Can purple be used around showers? Are there any additional costs or install problems with the purple drywall? Does it require any extra steps? Why ...
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3answers
166 views

How can I tell where the other end of the conduit is?

We have a house with a lot of 2-prong outlets I'd like to replace. They're all fed by conduits. Multiple people (in real life and online) have told me that replacing them is easy: "Just fish the ...
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1answer
80 views

Trim Molding Help

I have a contractor who is installing 5/8" thick carbonized bamboo flooring upstairs. Poor planning on his part created large gaps between the base boards and the last run of flooring about an inch ...
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2answers
113 views

How do I make my house allergy proof?

Two members of our household are prone for allergies. For quite some time we are trying to make the house as allergy proof as possibile. Our cat found a new house with good friends. All carpentry was ...
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1answer
2k views

How do I fix a shower mixer so I get hot water without turning the knob all the way?

I have a single knob shower, Valley brand. Almost the entire range of the turn from off to completely hot, it is just cold water. Only in the last half inch of the turn does any hot water start mixing ...
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2answers
118 views

What is good advice for introducing kids to home improvement?

I have kids. My oldest two have done a lot of framing with me, punched holes for electric, connected electric on dead circuits... But also I am very apprehensive in letting them use some tools - ...
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2answers
988 views

Properly venting a gas water heater

Ahh, the joys of an old house. The former owners of my house did some funky stuff with venting the water heater. Let me explain: the water heater is in the basement there is a 3 in single walled ...
2
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2answers
105 views

How do I fix a twisted shower head?

I have one of those shower heads that has a twisty bendy cord that allows you to wash specific areas my easily. Also makes washing pets easier in the tub as well. The last week or so the shower head ...
4
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1answer
214 views

What type of island hood do I need?

I have a 30 inch induction cooktop and a 15*20 inch electric grill on a peninsula. The peninsula separates the kitchen from the family room - no wall on that side. We use the grill a lot for chicken, ...
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1answer
349 views

I need a new shingle roof, does the 12/2 minimum pitch still apply if I use peel-n-stick?

Does the 12/2 minimum pitch rule for shingles still apply if peel-n-stick is first applied to the roof deck? Why would I have to put down a membrane on 12/1 pitch above the porch, instead of shingles, ...
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2answers
2k views

How do you secure electrical outlets in a concrete block wall?

I have an old home that has several outlets in the exterior wall. These outlets are not secured to the block, they just dangle in the opening and are only secure (or appear to be firmly in place) due ...
6
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3answers
203 views

How to prepare & paint a porch with lead paint?

I'd like to repaint my 100-year-old wooden front porch. It almost certainly had lead paint at some point. I would very much like to avoid stripping it, or any other procedure that might mobilize the ...
1
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1answer
747 views

How do I ground my LED retrofit in a ceiling can?

I've got what appears to be a low height 5" can above the kitchen sink. There is a 60W IC bulb in there. It looks really trashy since the cover is missing. So, I picked up one of those ceiling LED ...
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1answer
205 views

How do I fix a spot on my wood desk?

Some wood seal got removed on my desk. There is a noticible spot. Is there anyway to fix it without refinishing the whole thing?
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2answers
99 views

Varnishing existing floorboards

We have just bought a 1930's house and it has already varnished floorboards but we want to darken the colour. Will we have to sand back and start from scratch or can we varnish on varnish?
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4answers
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Is ivy bad for your walls?

We have a front wall covered by ivy. We do like it very much, but keep getting remarks that ivy eventually destroys your wall. My usual response is that you often see ivy on century-old buildings and ...
1
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1answer
541 views

What's the height limit of a wood framed building?

Using conventional light framing construction techniques, what is the maximum height of a wood framed building (in floors above grade)? I'm looking for any limitations in current building code, and ...
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2answers
1k views

What is causing the vibrations through my water pipes after flushing the toilet?

I am getting vibration through my pipes after flushing, it is also very slow & I am finding cement pellets at the bottom of the pan
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2answers
332 views

Can I use metal studs for framing a shed?

We're building a shed on a pontoon so it will float. Therefore we need it to be light weight yet sturdy enough to hold up to snow in the winter. Will metal studs provide enough strength and support ...
3
votes
4answers
293 views

What is the easiest way to tear out a bathroom subfloor?

We recently did some remodeling, and in the process, managed to hook up the toilet in the bathroom to the hot-water line. The trouble is, we discovered this fact after we had already put down the ...
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4answers
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I have a 3-pronged receptacle but no ground wire connected to it. Is this ok?

I removed the plates from outlets to paint walls and noticed that some of my electric boxes have ground wires connected to outlets while others do not have a green wire at all. Is this ok? I know ...
3
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2answers
294 views

What kind of mask is required for grouting?

I finished putting up tiles for a backsplash last night and am getting ready to grout tonight. I looked at the package and saw Contains known or probable carcinogens. Yikes! What kind of mask ...
2
votes
2answers
6k views

What's causing my washer to stop running during the wash cycle?

I have an Frigidaire Affinity washer that runs perfectly fine, (all the way through wash & rinse cycles), when empty, but as soon as you put even a small load of clothes in it, it stops working ...
2
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3answers
2k views

How can I repair a crack in my fireplace hearth?

We have just purchased a house, and upon the inspection noticed the the fireplace hearth has a crack in it. It's a clean crack, but it goes from the front to the back, and pretty much right through ...
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2answers
473 views

How can I transmogrify a fixed monitor post in to a variable height monitor post?

Background I am looking to increase the versatility of a desk by allowing the monitor to raise and lower, using a manual mechanical solution (i.e., no electric motors). I am trying to make adjusting ...
3
votes
1answer
317 views

How can I replace a ceiling light and repair the surrounding plaster?

The house was probably built in about 1900 (so Edwardian) and I would guess much of the plaster work is still original. We refurbished the house 3 years ago and suffered from lots of plaster falling ...

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