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How can I temporarily seal a gap underneath my door to stop water getting in while it's raining?

During heavy rain the water from the drains outside my apartment overflow. The doors have an almost 1 inch gap at the bottom, and the water floods the apartment. How can I seal that door gap ...
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How to cut threads on 2" PVC pipe?

I have some sections of 2" PVC and some Tee fittings that I need to join. On the Tee fittings, the main line is threaded and the outlets are smooth. How can I cut the threads in the straight ...
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Why would a bathroom emit an odor if pipes aren't clogged?

House has crawl space and the pipes aren't clogged, yet bathroom has stench that wasn't there yesterday. Only thing different today than yesterday is that it's raining today. Why would stench all of a ...
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3-way switch for light with fan controlled by switch built into fan. Odd wiring layout. Wiring assistance required

My electrician and I have parted ways. This has resulted in my having to finish off various projects. I have managed to get 2/3 lights operating the way they were intended. However, I am having ...
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How can I insulate a basement wall that has 1x1 framing installed on it?

It is freezing in my basement so I decided to re-insulate my daughter's bedroom. I removed the old paneling walls to find that it wasn't insulated! There was a water barrier and a heat shield. My ...
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How suitable is a reciprocating saw for cutting lengths of firewood (at home)?

I have a heap of untreated reject timber from a portable mill which I intend to use for firewood. It's in long pieces, often with bark on one side, and some are up to about 20cm (8") thick. It is ...
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Can I hang a hammock from basement joists?

My basement is what I assume is a typical setup, built in the 1970s. 2x8 joists run from the outer cinderblock wall to the center beam with an approximate 11 foot span. I'm thinking about hanging a ...
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What DIY tools are very critical for plumbing works and repair?

From my understanding, besides the pipes, I would need the following: Screwdrivers Pipe Cutter Pipe Wrench Piler Nut Driver So, are there other DIY Tools that are missing from my above ...
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How often should I repaint the inside of my house?

How often should I repaint just to keep it looking fresh? Should I wait until the old paint start to peel and crack or should I repaint it every 2 to 3 years regardless if the old paint is still ...
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When should I change / replace my water pipe?

I was wondering when should we change our indoor water pipe? Should we change every 5 years or every 10 years? This is because recently, I notice that the water quality is not getting that good ...
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Are there any risks in removing these steel basement window frames?

I am planning to replacement my basement windows (see this related question) and was planning to remove both the glass and frame. A window vendor advised me not do this claiming that the steel frame ...
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What could cause water to come out of the faucet when the shower is on?

I'm having a problem with my shower. The water is not all coming out of the shower head, but out of the faucet. The type of shower I have switches to the shower by pulling down on the faucet head. ...
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What tool should I use to cut metal roofing?

I'm getting ready to install metal roofing on my building project. Wee! But I'm not sure how I should cut it. The roof is a simple gable, 20ft long, with 8ft rafters. The roofing I'm using is 3ft ...
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Does my wood stove pipe have to be chrome to be safe to use?

I'm currently renting a house that has a wood stove, and figured that as it's used as a rental property, the stove would be safe to use. However a friend of mine today was telling me that if the ...
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How do I take apart a wooden retaining wall?

I have a retaining wall, sorta. It acts as a divider between homes rather than retain anything. Built the same way as one, with 6x6 boards, spikes, all that jazz. No deadmen, of course. I need to ...
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Why won't my Heil 7000 natural gas furnace ignite?

I have a Heil 7000 gas furnace Model: NUGK100DH12 Serial: L933050100 When we turn it on at the thermostat, the exhaust blower will kick on. We checked to be sure the gas is reaching the unit and ...
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Why won't my washing machine dry my clothes?

Please my washing machine washes clothes but do not dry them ? have you an idea please ? washing machine: arthur martin 500T AW 575 electrolux the program is blocked on the value 4, it passes from 3 ...
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Can a new ceiling be build directly onto an old one

I would like to build a new ceiling on to an old slightly sagging and poorly finished ceiling (peeling paint and no joint plaster used). I see this way as more convenient and less messy than ripping ...
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Is there such thing as join-compound primer? And, is there a need to prime before texturing a ceiling?

In this video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LIt3YEJjFko The guy breaks down the process of making a California Ceiling into five steps: Cover the Walls Prime the Ceiling Mix joint compound Spray ...
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How do I determine the amount of paint needed for a room?

I'm not very handy; thus I'm very new to this. Forgive my ignorance. Is there a proper method or means of determine how much paint is needed to paint an entire room? Or there isn't a way because ...
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What should I use to transition from tiles to hard wood floor?

There's currently some kind of solid filling between the tiles in my kitchen and the hard wood in my living room. During the summer when it gets hot and humid, the hard wood expand and cracks the ...
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1answer
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Should I have my old ceiling vacuumed before installing insulation?

My house (built about 1890) has no insulation in the roof and so I plan to put in insulating batts. There is a lot of old dust and a few possum droppings up there, and I have heard that the dust can ...
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Should I try to remove backer board and leave the plywood subfloor in place?

Currently I have ceramic tile in the main hallways of my house. I am looking to replace this with hardwood flooring and will potentially be performing the demolition work myself to save money. I know ...
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How do I raise light switches so my kids can't keep toggling the light?

My flat at the moment has all the switches at about 1 meter off the floor. Naturally my growing kids are starting to toggle the lighting now that they are tall enough. Is it possible to raise the ...
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Can bio fuel ethanol used as a main heating source?

I recently discovered some heaters based on "bio fuel" (ethanol). Many products seem to be decorative and often present a modern design. Some ethanol burners can be used in empty fireplaces and can ...
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1answer
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Will a board blocking my air conditioning break it?

I have a central air-conditioning system in my rented flat. There is on massive machine on my balcony which blows out hot air when the air-conditioning is in use. The hot air is so powerful that it ...
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How can I join vinyl decking to metal door frame?

Shoddy workmanship by a lousy contractor has left me with a vinyl deck that allows water to leak into the garage below. I identified the location of the leak - where the vinyl meets the metal frame ...
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2answers
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Can I drill a hole for a faucet in a porcelain sink?

Looking at this bathroom sink from below a round area is visible in the middle where the material is thinner. Is there a safe way to drill a middle hole there (to install the faucet recommended at ...
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Can I use domestic hot water from a gas combination boiler temporarily, while the pressure in the central heating circuit is low?

Due to work on the heating pipes, the central heating water pressure is low. Is there a safe way to use the gas combination boiler (Ferroli Modena 80 E, domestic hot water + central heating) for ...
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Why won't my gas water heater light?

Everything was working last night but no hot water this morning. Things I have checked: gas supply to the house is fine electricity is going to the boiler fuses are good sounds like the water pump ...
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How do I lay “click system” laminate flooring across an opening?

I want to lay laminate flooring throughout my apartment as one big continuous floor. Normally you start laying a row against a wall and then create a new row and click it into the previous row. This ...
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Can I install cellulose insulation without a blower machine?

I've purchased a few bags of loose fill cellulose insulation from the local hardware store (GreenFiber brand). How will the insulation work if I don't put it through the machine to fluff it and force ...
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How compatible are toilet repair parts?

I've got one that's doing the ol' dribble for a few minutes after flush. Ran out to the store today to get new seals with the plan of replacing the inlet seals and scraping out the gunk. However, it ...
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Is it safe to use an extension ladder in the garage?

I had a line of insulation decide it no longer wanted to stay attached to the garage rafters. Bought some fresh (and better) stuff. Went to put it up, but my standard stepladder is coming up short ...
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How should masking tape be used when multiple coats of paint are being applied?

When painting, sometimes mask-free cutting-in is impractical and masking tape must be used. The advice here is to remove masking tape before the paint has dried. That makes sense when a single coat is ...
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What is a good way to cleanly cut through steel?

What tools can I use to get a clean cut through thin steel? Specifically, I have several mini beer kegs I need to cut the bottoms out of. I don't mind it taking a while, but my cuts are jagged (easy ...
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What type of primer and paint are better used in a bathroom?

I just removed some wallpaper from a shower ceiling. I now have exposed drywall. What type of primer and paint do you suggest I use? I'm overwhelmed by the oil/water/latex bases, and when to use ...
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Appearance of damp after dpc injection - can “good enough” plaster go soft?

Approximately 1 year ago we had a wall treated with damp proof course injections (silicone I believe) and we then rendered with a mixture including a relatively strong mix of good waterproofer. ...
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How do I locate where bed bugs hide?

Location: Hong Kong Recently I have had a problem with bed bugs in my house. I've seen them and confirmed they are bed bugs. I've googled for a way to kill bed bugs. A most accepted solution is to ...
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Can you identify this timer panel?

We have these programmable timers in our home for the Underfloor heating in the bathrooms. There are no manufacturers markings on the panel, and they're not intuitive to program. Anyone able to ...
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How to fit clothing rails into plasterboard to hold adequate weight?

I am converting hallway storage into a wardrobe. The dimensions are h 234cm W 132cm D 45cm I would like to put up two rails for clothing and some shelving for loose items My question is how would ...
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Should I use PVC or ABS pipes for a swimming pool control system?

I live in Southeast Idaho, an area with all four seasons. I have an in-ground pool with PVC plumbing which was sort of hacked together by the former owner. The system includes a solar heater on the ...
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How can I remove ridges from a concrete shower pan?

I recently laid a new concrete shower pan, and went around the drain radially, which created some circular ridges. I'd like to make the pan as smooth as possible, but these ridges are currently 1/8" ...
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Are solar panel films for windows ready for the end users?

I read about a new solar-panel technology, based on a photo-sensible film, which may be applied directly on to glass. This will definitely help in the versatility and in the ease of installation.. ...
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What type of electric heating system is the most energy efficient?

I am about to buy a flat that hasn't got any central heating system. There's no way to use gas heating. The only way to produce heat is by converting Electricity. The flat at the moment has some ...
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Can a receptacle be added to a lamppost?

I'm adding a post and a post-mounted light fixture in the backyard. Some posts have an outlet at the bottom, but they appear to always have a "decorative ladder rest" (with plastic golden balls!) that ...
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What products are available to make coved ceilings?

Due to massive cracks and drooping ceilings we need to tear off our existing plaster/lath walls and replace with sheetrock. The 1948 house currently has coved ceilings that we want to duplicate when ...
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How can I repair a dining room table with folding ends?

If so, I've got a nice old dining room table that folds down quite small (seats 2) but also can be pulled out with leaves to seat ~8. The ends of the table are supported by swing-out arms that are ...
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Should a tenant be relocated while asbestos is removed from the ceiling?

I would really appreciate your advice, or if you are unable to give it can you please who can give me impartial advice. I own a property which a few weeks ago had a leak. The plumber cut one hole in ...
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Should we install an overhead tank or cistern tank?

We are building our home (a 2-storey house) and a cistern tank was suggested by our architect for aesthetics. We asked around the neighborhood and one person has a cistern and an overhead tank but ...

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