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How do I attach skirting boards to a plaster wall?

I have ten feet or so of new skirting board to put up by my front door where we have just had the walls plastered [1]. Back when I was a kid I did a carpentry course so I know how to cut and mitre the ...
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1answer
490 views

Does a swing-slide frameless glass door mechanism exist?

I would like to have glass around my square-ish shower (90cm × 100cm) in bathroom corner. It should only consist of two pieces: the fixed wall (100cm wide) door (90cm) But instead of swinging ...
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2answers
199 views

How do I fix bumps in carpet that only appear when it's warm and humid?

We put all new carpeting in our church worship area in 2007. The church is on a floating slab and in the summer when the humdity comes, we get serious bumps in the carpet. Some can be as long as ...
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83 views

What could be causing cable signal to be lost? [duplicate]

One tv stopped working while all the others in the house work. Comcast guy claims the cable in my wall behind my fireplace went bad. They told me that before and were wrong. How can I check if ...
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2answers
554 views

Why is the upstairs a lot hotter in a 2 story duplex?

I've lived in my current duplex for about 5 years now and every summer, my upstairs portion of the duplex gets noticeably hotter than downstairs. I couldn't give an exact measurement but 10 degrees ...
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2answers
177 views

What kind of water filter do I need?

I have city water and here is St Louis it's pretty good (from what I hear). I do have some white calcium on faucets, etc. Now I'm in a process of renovating bathrooms and installing new piping and ...
3
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1answer
245 views

How can I prevent the water from my neighbor's leaky gutter from entering my basement?

There is some water leakage in my stone basement on my neighbor's side (which is otherwise, very dry for a stone basement). As you can see from picture, the side of our house is loose stone (may be ...
2
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1answer
263 views

What would cause the water to stop when I turn a faucet to hot?

When I turn the faucet to hot, the water stops running. Valves have been checked and I have hot water everywhere else.
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2answers
250 views

Will internal waterproofing solve my moisture problems?

We've been working on our water problem for awhile now. Here's the deal: There is black drain tile under the home (all the way around) tied into a sump crock. Water was only coming in one side. A ...
2
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1answer
786 views

Should I install a damper above my return air duct for better upstairs cooling?

I have a finished basement, ground floor, and upstairs. The ground floor and basement cool nicely with the AC. The upstairs doesn't cool very well. The returns are really just holes in the drywall- ...
2
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2answers
318 views

Can I make an improvised heating system that uses calcium carbide and water?

Its winter in Australia at the moment and i'm cold. Today i found a few kilo's of Calcium Carbide (CaC2) which, if you react it with water, produces a sizable quantity of acetylene gas. I use it with ...
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1answer
363 views

How can I prevent the receptacle in my yard from tripping the GFCI used to power my sprinklers?

I have a GFCI in garage that protects one receptacle in the garage and one in the yard. The GFCI receptacle itself feeds the sprinkler timer. The other receptacle in the garage is hardly used. The ...
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1answer
5k views

Is it okay to have an ungrounded light fixture?

I recently moved into an older home (built in 1968) and have been replacing some of the older light fixtures. We pulled down one of the lights and found that there is a ground running into the box but ...
3
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2answers
199 views

How can I figure out why this electrical receptacle is dead?

One of the rooms in my house has a 20A circuit. I plugged an 11A device to one of the receptacles in that room for the entire day. Walked away, came back and that device was powered down. I connected ...
2
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2answers
3k views

How can I fix my leaking shower?

I have a bathroom with a wooden floor - not floorboards, but solid sheets of water-treated chipboard. It's an old house, ~90yrs or so, and we're renovating it. A lot of the work has been done by ...
4
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3answers
554 views

Why doesn't duct tape work well on cables?

In the past, I've used duct tape on cables (e.g., Power, LAN). For instance, I taped cables to a wall, I taped cables together for storing etc. The taping often failed after some time: The taping ...
3
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1answer
111 views

What are these containers called?

I'm looking for a certain type of plastic container (around 2-3 gallons) that has a spigot on the bottom and allows you to drain liquid using gravity. I used to see them a lot in the Navy used for ...
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1answer
93 views

Why isn't my sump pump kicking on?

My sump pump is not kicking on and has water standing. The water also seems to have oil in it. Don't know what that is from but I don't want it to flood my basement. What should I do?
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2answers
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Which side of a two-wire cable should be used for “hot”?

I bought a custom length of a 16/2 cable (two 16-gauge stranded wires, individually insulated). The two wires have identical colors and insulation; the only thing to tell them apart is that along ...
3
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1answer
529 views

Are there alternatives to Shutter-lok fasteners?

I have this kind of fastener on my shutters and it seems that every 3-5 years I am buying a new shutter because they break off and the shutter gets torn up in a storm or I am trying to liquid nail ...
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0answers
85 views

What is the effect of differences in flow and return rates in a traditional gas central heating system?

Would a smaller or lower differential in flow and return rates in a traditional gas boiler "Y" central heating system make the house take longer to heat up? Is there any way to adjust these flow ...
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3answers
6k views

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 ...
3
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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 ...
2
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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 ...
3
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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
29k views

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
5k views

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 ...
3
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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 ...
4
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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 ...
6
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2answers
391 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 ...
3
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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
170 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
748 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
966 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
759 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 ...
4
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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
288 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
377 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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