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What material to put between in-corner closet and walls

I have a wardrobe closet in the corner of my bedroom with a half inch space on the left, rear and top sides (almost reaches ceiling too). Does it make sense to put a kind of dense foam in these ...
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Replacing 60-year old light switch - which wires go where?

A light switch in my house won't go to the off position, so I need to replace it. Every direction I've read about how to do this says to keep the wires in the same configuration (top, bottom, ...
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Confused on ratios for Concrete mix to pour a 10X20X6 patio pad

I am pouring a 10X20X6 patio pad. It has been 15 years since I mixed a mass amount of concrete and the cement that I got is a little vague on the instructions. What is the ratio for ...
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How can I fix gaps at the bottom of concrete stairs?

How can I fix or skirt my concrete outdoor stairs? They are bolted on to the side of my house, and are left hanging with gaps all around at the the bottom. They are very sturdy and I don't really want ...
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Flexible LED light strips falling from cabinet

I just installed a flexible led light strip and it won't stay in place - it keeps falling down from underneath the cabinet.
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Washer floods bathtub and tub won't drain

Washer floods bathtub and tub won't drain. What is plugged up. Alll other drains work. Water is coming in from kitchen sink also. The only thing that's plugged and won't drain is bath tub. Tried ...
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Wiring- Simple for you

Ok I have 2 switches right next to each-other on the box. One does the light in the fan/light combo, and lights above my my medicine cabinets. The other, JUST does the fan. Im tired of people taking ...
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Built-in bookshelf questions

We are having a fairly large built-in bookshelf (w cabinets in bottom) made for our livingroom and the guy making it recently mentioned that he was considering mdf for the back panel (the rest of the ...
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Would it work if I glued a new closet flange to an existing closet flange?

abs closet flange is 1 and half inch lower than floor. the flange inlet is ID 4 inches. I am thinking of use some abs cement to glue a new abs flange into the existing one. (I assume 4x3 flange can go ...
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Circuit troubleshooting. Need input on discovery

Using an extension cord (like new, great condition), I checked a disconnected circuit attached to the same service. First, I checked the disconnected circuit: Hot -> Ground ~0V Hot -> Neutral ~0V ...
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Best way to add p-trap under my kitchen sink when drain goes down into slab

I just bought a 1980's condo, and there is no p-trap under the kitchen sink. The drain is down into the slab. It's a 50/50 sink with a disposal on the left. Is a p-trap still needed with this ...
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Broiler element shorted out - did it take the controls with it?

The broiler in our Maytag oven shorted out. At that time, the control panel went blank except for the top dot in the : in the clock; oven won't work but the stove will. We ordered a replacement ...
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Front door shuts/locks but still gives about a quarter inch when pushed

The front door to our house shuts completely and the locks work correctly. There is weather stripping between the outside surface of the door and the door jamb. If I push on the closed door from the ...
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Should roofing nails be visible in the attic?

I have a colonial built in 1913 and I live in NYS. My roof was just completed today and I have exposed nails across the entire roof! It was not like this before. When I asked the contractor about ...
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What is the best way to cut railway sleepers

Is it possible? Is the wood treatment of the sleepers affecting my equipment Tools in my possession: electric chainsaw, circular saw and an handsaw.
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Installing new ceiling fan. Don't think there is a white (neutral) wire

I purchased a new ceiling fan with a remote and installed it. I had three wires coming out of the plastic box in the ceiling. Black, bare and red or white. The reason I am not sure if the wire is red ...
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What are the pros and cons of sash vs. tilt and turn windows?

I've lived in both Germany and the US and one of the biggest construction differences is the style of windows used. In Germany, the most common window design is tilt and turn. In the US, a variety of ...
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Painting front deck

I put primer coat on my deck 2 days ago. Today it rained most of the day. How long is it necessary to let it dry before applying the second coat of paint?
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Recurring crack on second floor ceiling

We have a 13 year old 1 1/2 story house (colonial with vaulted ceiling and dormers on front, 4 BR, 2 BA upstairs on the back side. The foyer is 2 story, with stairs going up to the second level. At ...
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Hissing noise coming from light fixture

I have a light fixture in my bedroom with three 60 watt LEDs in it. I can hear a loud hissing noise coming from each light. I'm almost positive it's because there is just too much power flowing into ...
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Hissing noise coming from the lights in my bedroom

I have a ballast in my bedroom with three 60 watt led lights in it. The switch they are connected to is a brand new Lutron dimmer specifically made to work with led lights. The hissing is constant ...
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Will a fan cause pendant lights to move?

I know this may be a silly question, but didn't know if anyone else has run into this. I have an 11 x 11 kitchen and existing fan and some track lighting. I want to use track pendant lights and was ...
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Storm doors without glass

Do they make storm doors without glass? I need a storm door for insulation and is located on a dark side of my home. It would be added security without glass.
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Cheap solution to unscrew and screw back a refillable lighter valve (to clean a lighter) [closed]

Here is the valve that need to be unscrewed: the lighter: I have seen some expensive solution, and I'm not even sure they would fit since those valve and removal tool might not be standard. I ...
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How safe is it to just cram all the wires to a ceiling fan up in the canopy?

This is just a very general question about whether or not I should worry about how tidy my wires are in the ceiling box when replacing a fan? When I finished the installation, I basically just let the ...
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Repurposing Old Subfloor Planks [closed]

I am pulling up my old subfloor (my house was built in 1928) in the attic which consists of tongue and groove wooden planks. Any ideas for repurposing them as a wood working project?
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Birch Plywood Wood Working Bench Top Stain

I just built a workbench that I plan to primarily use for wood working and various dry jobs. Anything messy I'll be throwing on a piece of subfloor ply on top of my saw horses. The workbench top is ...
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Which type of pump is appropraite for my well?

My well is 250ft deep with a 6 inch bore. Water yield is moderate and starts from 115ft. My house is a three story building. What kind of pump would be appropriate for this application? I am confused ...
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Non-french-door options for a large opening?

Our 4th bedroom previously had it's wall removed leading to the master bedroom, to create a sort of on-suite sitting area (before we bought the house). I'd like to use this space for my office, but I ...
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Is there a way to install a fan switch for a ceiling fan that doesn't have a fan wire?

Just a general question, as I was installing our new ceiling fan last night. From the ceiling, there is a white wire and a black wire (and the bare copper). I attached the two green/white wires to the ...
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What flooring material to install in a sunroom with wide temperature and moisture variations?

Late last fall, we had a sunroom built on our nhouse, and we're trying to determine what type of flooring should be installed. We live in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada, so the climate will definitely be ...
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Water heater burner won't stay lit

I'm having trouble keeping my water heater burner lit or lighting automatically. When I press the pilot reset button (allows a small flow to generate the pilot light) and use the piezo sparker, it ...
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Suspect water heater is using too much gas

Not sure if this sounds reasonable, but I think the 8 year old gas water heater in the place I just moved into last month is using more gas than it should be. Gas meter recorded 50 therms used last ...
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Support for Tile floor

I have 2x8 (7.25x1.5) what appear to be doug fur or southern pine floor joists on 16" centers in a finished basement. I want to tile a master bath on the main floor. Joists span exactly 11' 4" from ...
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heat pump/air conditioning wiring to thermostat

We decided to change the thermostat of our heat pump/air conditionnning unit. First 3 images are the old unit. The first 3 wires(1 and 2 picture) yellow red orange were not connected to anything, just ...
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good practice for using a circular saw

I am a novice DIYer and recently purchased a Makita circular saw (7 1/4"). The manual says that I should always put my two hands over the saw and that it is not safe to hold the saw with one hand ...
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Pump control panel (electrical diagram attached). Could someone tell which ones of 1 2 3 4 5 6 are hots and which one are neutral?

Pump control panel (electrical diagram attached). Could someone tell which ones of 1 2 3 4 5 6 are hots and which one are neutral? http://www.docdroid.net/zjph/wd-s115.pdf.html
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Dry Lining Wall - Should I stagger the joints in this project?

I have 5 sheets of 8' x 4' sheet rock laminated insulation to affix inside a bedroom - the wall to which I am affixing is a cavity brick wall built in the 1990's. The internal height is just under 8'. ...
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Should I use Ditra for my slate floor with radiant heat and 2 layers of plywood?

We are putting slate on our main floor, and have radiant heat. We used a second layer of plywood as guides/spacers between the pex loops, rather than concrete over the whole thing to help cut down on ...
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Storm drain sizing for gutters and driveway runoff

I have about 1200sq feet of my roof going through two gutters on one side of my house which empty the water on the lawn. I also have a driveway and front yard that slope down towards my house (this ...
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Cleaning Porcelain tile

The original owner laid down plastic laminate wood flooring and glued it down over existing shiny porcelain tiles. The flooring has been removed and the tile is left with strips of the glue like ...
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rusty tennis net posts

The winding handles of our tennis posts are completely rusted and wont turn. Is there any way to save them and be able to actually use them and hang a new net? we tried to tie the net to the posts but ...
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How do I add an independently controlled light fixture to an exiting three way circuit?

In my garage I have a two way switch near the rolling door and another one located next to the entry door going into the house. Both switches control the garage main light that barely gives enough ...
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I have a leaky faucet

The faucet is the one from my main cold water supply to my furnace humidifier. When it is opened, it leaks very badly. Since it is sodered, it can not be replaced very easily. How do I repair in ...
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Cheap way to reinforce 1/2" Pipes

I used some 1/2" pipe (I got it at Lowe's; I think it's typically used for gas?) to build a simple frame for a heavy bag, essentially an inverted U (about 6.5' high, 5' wide), attached to wooden feet, ...
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How to make custom stringers for wooden/picket fence?

I am building a wooden picket fence for my backyard, and have decided to go with a pressure-treated dog ear fence available here. The problem is my back yard has a lot of uneven terrain, and so there ...
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Sounds like running water in pipes, nothing's on.

We live on a well, and have baseboard heat. So I'm used to hearing water running in pipes from time to time for heat, sump pump, etc. Tonight I woke up to the sound of running through a pipe with a ...
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Hot Water Recirculating pump size for residential homes

I have a recirculating pump installed with my water heater. Recently, it went bad so I had to call the home warranty company. Plumber came in and said that my recirculating pump was undersize because ...
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How to ensure that water heater is mostly on or mostly off?

My friend just rented an appartment (in the UK), and during the inventory the janitor showed her the programmable water heater, and said it was configured to turn on for a few hours during the day. ...
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Retrofit a Kitchenaid Vent Hood with a 1200cfm fan?

I have a Model KXW4336YSS0 Kitchenaid vent. The motor just died and I need more power. Is it possible to retrofit this model with an internal 1200 CFM motor? If one is not made, is it possible to ...

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