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Why isn't my table built from lumber taking stain well?

The stain is so horribly bad that I'm concluding the wood must be treated with something preventing staining. It's Douglass Fir, so I know it's hard to stain, but it literally looks like a zebra after ...
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Is it possible to convert 3 handle shower to single handle higher on wall without trim plate?

The only access to the plumbing is through the tiled shower wall. The back side of the plumbing is not accessible. I've seen conversions where they break out the area around the old valves and then ...
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Could a saturated drain field cause a toilet to back up?

My drain field is over saturated from excessive rain, but before I figured that out, I replaced the wax ring on one toilet due to leakage from the bottom. I also had to replace the flange and build ...
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1answer
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Is this mold on my AC vent?

I went to close the AC vent in the apartment we're renting and saw this. Is this mold or just many years of dust buildup? If it is mold, can I safely just remove the vent and wash it?
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I noticed this spacing on floor behind stove, seal it?

I noticed this spacing behind the stove, on the floor between wall and floor. Is this normal? Should I seal it with something?
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1answer
208 views

How can I prevent mold on the wall/particle board behind the kitchen sink?

Behind the kitchen sink I noticed this deteriorating situation happening so I took it apart until I found no more mold and then washed with bleach (1 tbsp to 1 gallon) and let it dry good. It's all ...
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Wood Cladding Construction Technique

I am working on a tiny house idea that includes a construction technique that I've modified somewhat from something else I saw. I wanted to run it by folks, to see about the wisdom of it. The desire ...
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1answer
400 views

Why does my heat pump keep triggering the high-pressure cut-off?

Our Rheem heat-pump is on the fritz. It keeps triggering the high-pressure cut-off on the outdoor unit. We've had problems with this happening before, but only when the outside temperature got to ...
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113 views

Toxicity problems with using propane gas to pressurize water

I am working on a system to automatically maintain a safe tap water supply for a building in the case of a contaminated external water supply or in the case of loss of external water pressure, ...
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Do I NEED to remove the wood trim to sand and re-stain it?

I have 108 year old original wood trim throughout my house. Due to a roof leak last February, three rooms on my first floor need to have most of the (also 108 year old) plaster walls removed and ...
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Why doesn't the light in my ceiling fan work after changing a light bulb?

I had to change a light bulb in my ceiling fan. When I was screwing it in, it popped and the light bulb blew. Now the remote won't turn off the light, but it's still able to control the fan blades ...
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Fit an existing frame into a bigger opening

I'm in the UK and the house I'm doing up is very old, the windows are very large ( too large ), frames made of wood which is all rotten and no double glazing. I need to do a lot of replacing, but as ...
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Can I run 3 feet of water pipe in the attic for a rain shower?

I have a shower that I totally gutted out. I plan to implement a regular shower head and another rain shower head. I already have the majority of the work done and have only one thing left: to run a ...
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How can I make an expansion joint in plaster?

I have plaster walls in a home that is about 50 years old. I have tried patching the plaster with both plaster of paris and drywall mud. Hairline cracks appear almost immediately. I have probably ...
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1answer
332 views

Any recomendations for low-voltage wires through walls?

I have found a good central location to mount a router, however it does not have power nearby. Instead working with 120V wiring, I thought it might be easier to just make a small hole/tunnel/conduit ...
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1answer
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Rust in gas flame area of water heater, should be replaced?

There is rust right above the gas flame in our water heater (not outside the water heater as in this question Rust spots on water heater -- time to replace? or on the inside where the sacrificial ...
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2answers
538 views

Home heating fuel comparison (wood and heat pumps)

I'm investigating the most efficient way to heat my new 2000 sq home in New Hampshire and am having some difficulty working out the math based on the numbers I have found. I've found that wood is ...
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2answers
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Washer Drain pipe too high - suggestions?

First post on this site, long time Stack Exchange consumer for tech stuff, didn't realize there was a Home Improvement section! I've got a GE washing machine that periodically will spray water out of ...
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1answer
167 views

Should I keep downspout extenders installed during the winter?

Should downspout extenders be kept installed during winter? For some reason, I think they facilitate ice formation to creep up the spout? When I say downspout extenders, I mean these
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What are my options for my chimney? (Ventless fireplace, insulation)

When we moved into our house it had an original chimney (now about 40 years old) but the original owners had converted the once-wood-burning brick fireplace into a ventless gas insert. I immediately ...
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Low voltage undercabinet wiring termination / NEC

I am nearing the end of the construction of a new home through a developer. I am specifying low voltage undercabinet lighting (circuit only) and will install LED strip lights after ...
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Dry wall and the damp course

My plan is to dry wall my garage. I've checked and the walls have cavities, So as I understand it, damp should not be a problem, however I have noticed that the floor is below the damp course. My ...
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3answers
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How to open this smoke detector in order to change battery?

I need to change battery for my home smoke detector, but I have no idea how to open this model. I found many video tutorial on google, but have not seen any model similar to this one. Does anyone ...
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1answer
514 views

Is this ceiling rose electrical wiring diagram correct for the lighting system I am implementing

I have found a few wiring diagrams online, but none that fit my specific scenario. Please can you tell me if my wiring plan according to my diagram below is correct. Apologies for the non standard ...
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54 views

Lint when running AC

There seems to be a lot of lint when I run my AC unit. I have recently replaced the filter and made sure that the filter is put in correctly. What could be the issue?
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3answers
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Dry Wall Mud Rehydration

Can dried out drywall mud be rehydrated? I have a container of dried out drywall mud and I wondered if there is anything I can do to make it usable again.
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1answer
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Light bulb spins in recessed but won't unscrew

I had a bulb that spins in recessed light can, it won't unscrew, how do I get it out?
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4answers
176 views

Ground bar on sub-panel

I just wanted to get confirmation on this. Can I ground more than one wire per single slot/screw on a ground busbar in a sub panel? Just to be clear, this is a sub panel with separate neutral and ...
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1answer
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What is causing my AC to trip the breaker after running for about an hour?

After I turn on my ac, about an hour or two later it will make a noise and trip the breaker. Could this be a short in my fan motor? The fan does run.
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How to get rid of echo inside the apartment?

A water pipe inside the apartment burst and was repaired. Ever since, the place has acquired a nasty echo. Everything resounds and we have to talk louder to be heard. Is there any solution to get rid ...
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2answers
518 views

What gauge wire is needed to feed a 70 ampere panel 300 ft. away?

What gauge of wire do I need for direct burial for a 300 ft run for a 70 amp subpanel? I am going to install a 50 amp plug for a 5th wheel and eventually add some lights to a green house about 70 ...
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3answers
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What type of insulation is needed for exterior walls on a brick house?

I have a government grant (2,440$) to insulate all of my exterior walls. The issue is, I cannot access them from the outside because I have a brick house. My first guess was that I will need to take ...
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3answers
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Laminate flooring direction in large room

My room is 24x42 Estetically I'd like the planks to run long It's a good quality laminate that is floating I'm told that if I go long, it's too long and will require a seam. (Ugly!) So I'm advised ...
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How should I repair a new crack in the ceiling drywall?

Last night there was a huge, house-rattling windstorm. This morning, there's a new hairline crack in some ceiling drywall. What's the best way to repair it? Should I fill the crack with spackle first, ...
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1answer
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grounding wire from ceiling with no place to attach to the fixture?

I was took down my parents 45 year old kitchen light fixture to tighten a screw and when i went to put it back up i noticed that there was a grounding wire coming down from the ceiling but no place to ...
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Sump pump drainage question

I have a sump pump that runs fairly often - the drain exits to the front yard about 40 -50 feet from the pump under the front yard to a small ditch on the lawn near the street. The home sits on a good ...
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2answers
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Radon test results came back as 1.7 pCi/L, is it safe to exercise in my basement?

My Pro-Lab Analysis Report just came back and it says that my basement has 1.7 pCi/L (Picocuries), the average result of both tests. The basement is the only place I have to exercise, so I'm ...
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1answer
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Heating system won't blow warm air

Turn my heat on via the thermostat. My oil fed burner kicks on and is lit up (heat is being made). The system is sucking in air to feed the system. Only problem is hot air never makes it out the ...
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1answer
98 views

Painting walls after taking down wallpaper

What do I need to do to be able to paint walls that at one time had wallpaper on them. I want to take wallpaper down and then paint. Help
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What wire gauge is needed to replace old wires in a vintage chandelier?

I'm replacing the wiring from a vintage chandelier and need to know what gauge wire to use. There are five lights on it. This is for the fixture only!
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90% Humididty @ 23 Celsius direct from Air Conditioning Outlet

I have a mold problem in my apartment, in certain areas there is condensation. I believe I have traced this to the air conditioning, in the apartment the humidity will vary from 60% to 85% RH at a ...
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Concrete Footing or Concrete Blocks For Footings

I'm thinking of building a new deck at my new home that I just moved into. It's going to be a two level one. The highest level will be about 3 feet high. I'm not worried about code because its not ...
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I want to install veneerstone to a painted, dirty concrete wall. How do I properly prepare the wall?

I want to install veneerstone to the concrete porch foundation. It is dirty and has been painted with latex paint. What do I need to do to the concrete so I can apply the veneerstone?
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puddle through wall

I have a building made of cinder blocks on a concrete slab with a drainage pipe running from the roof into the ground to drainage pipes that run into the parking lot. We have had a plumber come in ...
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2answers
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Can I run electrical wiring through basement ceiling joists?

My main electrical circuit breaker panel is on one end of our unfinished basement. I need to run 2 circuits to the far end of the basement. Normally I would mount these wires on the center beam that ...
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3answers
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What “gravel” is composed of 50% clay, 25% sand and 25% small stones?

As a supplement to this question. I ordered gravel to gravel my driveway. My wife accepted the delivery. When I got home what they had dropped was over 50% clay and equal parts sand and small stones. ...
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3answers
320 views

How can I repair a desk with crumbled chip board where the cam bolt holes should be?

I have an old desk which must have been held together mostly by strength of will, since when we disassembled it for a move, we found that all of the cam bolts were sat in crumbled holes in the chip ...
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0answers
25 views

Refrigerator leaks

I have a refrigerator with the freezer on top, It freezes and cools just fine but there is water leaking down from the freezer to the refrigerator area. What could be the problem?
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113 views

Is it possible that a room ambient noise generator could reduce traffic sounds from outside?

There are traffic sounds ascending the hill on which I live. Might a "white noise" generator inside my small studio apartment have impact on this type of noise, or is noise impact on individuals ...
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1answer
605 views

Can I have a 20 amp breaker, 12 gauge wire, and a 15 amp switch?

Can I have a 20 amp breaker with 12 gauge wire run to a switch that is a 15 amp and use 14 gauge wire from the switch to the ceiling fan only?

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