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Can't get into a wall without gouging it out

My house was built in 1948 and is in St. Louis County, Missouri. I don't know what its walls are made of, but nothing is on them except paint AFAICT. For many of the walls, whenever I try to hammer a ...
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1answer
390 views

Does outside air conditioning compressor fan run all the time?

Had some electrical issues with an air conditioner and after I rewired it, I noticed that the fan was stopping every 30 seconds or so. Is this fan supposed to shut off when unit is running?
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1answer
592 views

Is it OK to vent a first floor bathroom with a fan and a duct running through the basement?

I have a bathroom on the first floor of a two-floor house where the popcorn ceiling has dilated and cracked open twice within a year, and some mold is always coming back next to the ceiling, so I need ...
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How do I prevent doors on a media cabinet from sagging?

A friend and I have just built a floor to ceiling media shelf unit for DVDs. It has 9 shelves and is about 3' wide. The frame around it is made up of 2"x8" boards and the shelves (except for one in ...
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1answer
467 views

Why doesn't this LED strip work, even though the power supply seams appropriate?

I recently bought a 3528 SMD Flexible LED Strip, 300 LED for 5 M. The Power Supply I have output 12V and 3A. From what I found online, this seams okay, but it doesn't work. I managed to light them ...
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2answers
395 views

When is it time to replace the roof?

I've read several some of the guides out there (examples here and here) on this topic. I've found a shingle in the yard a couple times (after heavy wind/rain), and at times I've seen a few granules ...
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1answer
1k views

What should I do about wet insulation in my attic and walls?

We had a lot of snow this winter. In spring when it melted we got water back up from under the eaves trough in our cottage. We now have water damage in our attic along the north and south walls in the ...
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2answers
390 views

How should I connect these two yellow wires?

I don't know what this cap is... is it ok to cut it off and splice the two yellow wires together as I have been with the previous splices.
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3answers
321 views

Is it safe to install this hot water tank from ebay?

Is it safe for me to replace my electric hot water tank with this continuous electric unit that I bought on ebay? (I'm in Australia) Technical Specifications rated power 6.0KW ...
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1answer
266 views

What type of plastic is best for outdoor usage?

What type of plastic is best for outdoor usage? Like resistant to constant sunlight and water exposure and strong enough. It will be used to encolse part of (small size bird) aviary. Also please ...
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1answer
138 views

Can I use a T5 HO lamp in a non-HO luminaire?

Does anyone know what would happen? Does the ballast limit the power? If the T5 HO lamps were less expensive than T5 non-HO lamps, would it be ok to just use them in a non-HO luminaire?
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1answer
636 views

How can I block off scorching sunlight from coming through my windows?

Somehow, the window of my room faces directly at the scorching beams of the sun all year long. The local weather here is humid, and the heat from the sun coming in from the windows makes the room ...
2
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2answers
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What is causing toilet supply water leaks above the coupling nut?

In my toilet, when the shut off water valve is open: Water leaks above the coupling nut: If I close the supply water valve and the tank is full, there is no leakage. What could be causing the ...
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4answers
2k views

How do I clear a drain pipe clogged with dried soap?

I think we have a clog of dried soap in our pipes, past the U-bend and down the pipes from upstairs to the drain at ground level. How do I clear them?
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1answer
1k views

How can I create an enclosure that will protect an indoor camera outdoors?

My DropCam is an indoor camera and there's no outdoor version, so I would like to come up a way to have this camera outdoors. So far I thought about creating a casing using: an empty 2 liter soda ...
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3answers
591 views

What is involved in ripping out carpets and put in fake wood floors for an apartment floor overhaul?

I'm caught between living very frugally and hating cheapo, dirty carpets that spread wall-to-wall in every apartment I've ever leased. I'm probably handy enough to put in vinyl flooring myself, but ...
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4answers
1k views

What is the use for this different threading near the head of a large screw?

I'm inquiring about the strange threading at the base of this screw: These were used in somewhat heavy-duty outdoor construction. What is the purpose of that corkscrew, and is it safe to replace it ...
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4answers
2k views

How much will a board-on-board (shadow board) fence reduce the wind load?

I have had problems with a fence on one side of my garden because of wind in Montreal. The posts end up leaning away after a few years. Part of the problem might be how the posts were put in (perhaps ...
3
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3answers
5k views

Should I drywall and/or insulate my garage wall?

I'm in the process of a few projects in the garage, including raising the ceiling and insulating with spray foam. This has left me with a fair amount of leftover fiberglass batts. There is a room ...
3
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1answer
166 views

Is it safe to mount a medium-sized air compressor to the floor to stop or limit vibrations?

I have a 220V 6hp 33gal oil-less horizontal air compressor that aside from being noisy rattles all over the floor. Stock Image: I would like to either mount it to the floor or build a small ...
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1answer
308 views

thermostat c wire question [duplicate]

I am looking to install a new thermostat that will require a C wire. I have a single stage A/C unit and my current thermostat has Rc, G, and Y wires. There is also an unused blue wire which I traced ...
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1answer
90 views

How can I tell if something is ruptured inside my lawnmower?

My lawnmower got thrown into a rolloff container by mistake. When I went to dig it out, it was upside down and when I tipped it right-side up, all sorts of black liquid (I assume oil?) came spilling ...
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0answers
549 views

How can I get rid of frogs that have settled in an unused swimming pool?

We have an inground swimming pool that we haven't used in a few years (it's just too expensive for us to maintain at the present time). Well it's almost June and the frogs are a' plenty. Our pool ...
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1answer
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What wire and conduit is required for an attached-garage subpanel?

To make my garage more usable as a workshop, I'm planning to add a subpanel which can feed a number of additional outlets. 60 amps would be plenty for my current needs, but I'd like to go with 100 so ...
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1answer
1k views

What would be involved in moving electrical panel a few inches?

My reading on the Building Science Corporation's website has convinced me I ought to remove the shoddy fiberglass+vapor barrier that the contractors put in my basement and place XPS directly against ...
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2answers
3k views

Can I screw a ceiling fan electrical box directly to the joist?

I am putting in a ceiling fan in a bedroom. It is a smaller one approx. 18 lbs. The remodeling-type expander brace failed, so can I just screw one side of the box to the joist? (I cannot access the ...
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0answers
253 views

How do I connect up a ceiling rose in a 2-way switch circuit?

I removed a ceiling rose and forgot to at least take an image or draw the wiring before replacing it. It is part of a 2 way switch (the other switch is upstairs). However, the wiring colours are ...
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2answers
5k views

How can I join two lengths of flexible 1/4" copper pipe?

I have found a leak coming from under my refrigerator, after pulling it out to get behind it I found the 1/4" copper pipe that supplies the water for the ice maker and water in the door was severed ...
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7answers
9k views

How can I thoroughly blackout a bedroom window on a budget?

I am renting a house that has beautiful wooden venetian blinds - that I can not remove or replace - but they are not very effective at blocking the ambient night light that is abundant on my street. ...
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1answer
143 views

How much does weight affect a house?

I just demo'ed a bathroom. At 50 trashbags at 50 pounds a piece I am guesstimating that I took out 2500 pounds. The materials I am using to replace everything in the bathroom are about 800 pounds ...
3
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2answers
131 views

How can I have a light turn on when a pocket door is opened?

I'm building a new home with quite a few pocket doors and would like to know if there is a way for the pantry and utility room lights to come on when the pocket door slides open.
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2answers
329 views

How can one properly and tidily install this hardware for internet access?

This picture shows what my new home has for the wiring necessary for internet access. Some of the wiring here isn't necessary---in fact, most of it isn't, just the telephone wiring. With an idea of ...
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1answer
353 views

How do I build an “internal frame” for a reclaimed wood door?

I heard that doors like the one below are made with an internal frame, and then it receives the faces of reclaimed wood. How is the frame constructed and how are the wood boards fastened to the ...
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1answer
18k views

How do I remove a Kwikset deadbolt with no screws on the inside plate?

My exterior door deadbolt has gotten stuck - it'll open with the lever but not the key. By spraying WD-40 inside the lock, I've been able to get it to work but it's very stiff. I'd like to remove the ...
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2answers
159 views

Why doesn't the paint stick to new ingrain wallpaper?

I painted newly wallpapered walls with white color (2 times). Now I want to paint a rectangular part of the wall in a different color. To accomplish that, I used tape to get exact, well-defined ...
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2answers
11k views

How should I build the concrete footings for my deck?

I plan on making a small deck and I live in Howard County Maryland. The deck code here says that the concrete footing must be 30 in below ground level and have a thickness of at least 8 inches (i.e. ...
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1answer
689 views

What are my options for running feeder cable into an exterior main panel?

I'm trying to connect a 4/3 nm feeder cable into to my exterior mounted service entry / main panel. There is already what looks like a 1 1/2" rigid conduit from the crawlspace through the rim joist ...
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2answers
308 views

How do I open this light fitting?

These fittings don't have any obvious affordance for removing or opening them. Any ideas?
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1answer
101 views

What is this circuit board and how to I replace it?

I have two under counter lights in my kitchen which stopped working at the same time. I assumed some kind of fuse needed changing, and on opening the little box connecting them to the mains I found ...
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0answers
117 views

Should I seal bathroom ceiling and wall tiles?

The previous owner put tiles around the bathtub like ceiling and side walls. I wonder if I need to seal these tiles in order to protect them from the water? Will it increase its lifespan?
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2answers
4k views

How can I make a copy of a door key without a matching blank?

We have an old numbered key, that looks like a regular key, but it seems it is numbered, so the locksmith refuses to copy it without our landlord coming with the original. Our landlord would ...
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1answer
521 views

What should I do about my rendering & damp-proof course?

I have a house that was built around 1890 and is of brick construction with a rendered band running around the base which also forms square edged columns around the front door. Until recently the ...
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2answers
76 views

Does a door have to be hung on the edge of the jamb

My door jamb is around 140mm, does the door have to be hung on the edge of the jamb like all the other doors in the house, or can i hang it toward the center of the jamb by 70mm so it can clear a wash ...
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1answer
178 views

What thickness, size, and quality plywood is required for an aviary floor?

12'L x 5'D x8'H size aviary needs what thickness plywood to hold human weight. Aviary floor is slightly elevated from the ground. Also, please specify how many floor joists it needs to hold the weight ...
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3answers
90 views

How can I soundproof a hatch door in the floor?

Wooden hatch door, it's about 1.5" thick plywood but quite loud below when people walk over it, despite having carpet on top. It closes against a metal jam so I was thinking of putting some dense ...
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1answer
244 views

What is “workmanlike manner”?

I have to ask this because I have been doing a ton of electrical work in my house. Will get inspected soon. I am pretty neat - everything is stapled uniformly and ran at the same height- but I ...
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1answer
106 views

How do I wrap the pre-filter around the HEPA filter in this air purifier?

I bought this air purifier and was installing the pre-filter that came with it. The instructions go "Carefully wrap the pre-filter around the HEPA filter so that the ends meet. Fasten the ends ...
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5answers
805 views

Why is my bathroom floor raised up very high?

I know that it needs to be raised a little bit so that the floor can slope towards the drain. But on my floor the slant towards the drain is shallow, but the floor of the bathroom is much higher ...
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2answers
335 views

How to repair a broken patio corner?

I've got a limestone patio. The builder apparently didn't support one corner very well and somebody stepped hard on it and a triangle about 1/2 square foot in size broke off. I imagine putting some ...
4
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3answers
406 views

How can I prevent my hoop house from being uprooted by strong winds?

I am installing a 20' x 100' hoop house with 5' spacing between each of the hoops. The arch is about 10' tall. The hoops are galvanized chain link fence top rail. 3 rails inserted into one another ...

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