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What can I do to prevent water from penetrating a poorly tiled tub surround?

I rent, and my landlord won't fix anything. I have white tiles in my shower/bath combo, which are off plane (some stick out further than others) and are cracking. I am assuming the uneven plane is ...
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How to lock black-pipe connections?

I'm having some fun playing around with a furniture project where I'm using some black pipe as the legs. Things are working out fairly well (well, I think so, even though my wife thinks it's ...
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1answer
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How do I make the connection for 2 lights with a power source between them?

I have 2 sensor activated lights with the power source in between the two lights. It is run with 14/3 romex wire from each light source to the power source. How do I make the connection?
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Is it an offence if my landlord has no GFI's in the house and outside of the house? [closed]

I live in Gloucester Ottawa and there is no GFI's in our townhouses. I have general knowledge of electrical codes. Winter is approaching and I don't feel like getting electrocuted when I plug in my ...
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What can I use to build temporary walls in an unfinished basement?

We have an unfinished basement in central Minnesota. The home was built in 2008, and the builder thought it fit to include XPS insulation covering all of the vertical concrete foundation. So far so ...
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1answer
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How can I install these pre-hung doors?

OK so I got about 20 interior prehung 6-panel doors with trim from Lowe's for $50 a piece. I was buying a lot of stuff they wanted to get rid of. Now putting up 8 news doors in a house. All of the ...
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Which is better/safer for cutting concrete slab, hammer drill or angle grinder?

I have to cut a 100x500 mm hole in a concrete slab that is about 80-100 mm thick. I think that I have two options to do that: 1) 9" angle grinder with segmented diamond disc: cut the long sides, then ...
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3answers
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What can I use for a very small access panel?

I have a gas shut-off valve for my oven that needs access in the ceiling of my basement. I currently just have the shut-off itself cut out and it is about 2 inches from the edge of the wall. The ...
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1answer
138 views

When is the best time to install solar tubes in relation to a new roof?

My roof will need to be replaced next year, perhaps a complete tear-off. I'm also considering installing one or more solar tubes. I'm thinking it would be wise to wait for a new roof before installing ...
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3answers
388 views

Any problem with installing two identical circuit breakers in series?

Suppose I want to reduce risk of a circuit breaker malfunctioning and failing to disconnect a shorted circuit. What if I install two identical breakers sequentially (one after another) so that if one ...
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2answers
308 views

Are garage door locks that cannot be opened from the outside available?

I would like to replace my garage lock with a lock face that does not permit opening it from the outside. I don't have a key to it anyway, and right now it's the weakest link of my home security. ...
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1answer
103 views

Why do I detect voltage on my ground of surge protector?

Renting an older home and upon moving in was saddened to see outlets without grounds (two prongs). So, for one of the outlets I bought a 2 to 3 prong with ground clip and ran the ground to some vent ...
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1answer
305 views

Repair water leak around gas line in foundation

I've noticed during heavy rains that I get water leaking through the wall of my foundation, about 2 feet below grade, where an old capped off gas line enters the basement. Looking around online I've ...
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1answer
68 views

is there a way to use a gas stove to supply hot water needs?

We've a 8kw gas stove which heats huge hallway very well. Wondering is there a way to use it to also heat our water needs (hot water tank very nearby). I'm not a diy type but jus trying to avoid ...
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66 views

Terrarium electric board

[hope this isn't off topic for this board] I'm doing a DIY electric board for my terrarium: in case something goes wrong at least the whole electric circuit won't switch off. My current setup is a ...
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1answer
159 views

Can you remove the garage door sensors? [duplicate]

I have tried everything to adjust and fix the sensors on my garage door. They will not close when the sun is hitting them. Can I just remove them?
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1answer
226 views

How do I detect live electrical wires with a degree of confidence?

I'm using a Zircon stud finder that can supposedly detect live electrical wires but I get inconsistent reading. Is this normal? Anyways back to the original question, how can I detect live electrical ...
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1answer
325 views

How can you attach those stair steps to cement blocks?

My wife asked me if these kind of stairs could be done in our new house: The house I'm building is made of concrete blocks (which would be left unfinished in the first floor). Now, is there a safe ...
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1answer
101 views

Is convenient/needed to relocate while asbestos is removed from external panles in my flat?

In my building there are some works happening. I asked about asbestos to contractors and they told me probably won't be a problem because asbestos was banned from UK long time ago. But now seems they ...
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Using Water Supply Pipe to Connect the Earth Wire

In the past, it was common to connect the earth wire (green/yellow wire) of an appliance to the water pipe. But now we were told to connect it to the earth pin of the power plug, instead. But, why ...
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1answer
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How can I fix a wall-mounted toilet that keeps running?

Our wall-mounted toilet keeps running. It is easy to "stop" by removing the plate with the push-buttons and pressing down the cylinder (valve?) inside, but I'd like to find an actual solution :) It's ...
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160 views

What is the part name/type for my fridge door sensor connector?

I have a three-door LG fridge. Each door has a button that gets pushed in when the door is closed, so it can turn off the light, etc. The button is connected to the wiring with a U-shaped plug ...
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2answers
136 views

How to remove flaking concrete sealer/paint

After my basement flooded and I removed the carpet I found the previous owner had sealed the floor but it's flaking up now and I want to remove it all. It's about 200 sqft so a wire brush by hand is ...
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1answer
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Hanging 73 lb frameless glass panels on drywall

I have to hang a bunch of glass panels on drywall. they have no frames. Each glass piece is 70"x33.5" and weighs 73lb. the thickness is about 1/4", 5/16". most need to get hung on drywall, a few of ...
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121 views

AC won't turn on after replacing thermostat batteries

we replaced the batteries on our thermostat after they began flashing for a few minutes. We'd been using the heater up to that point. After replacing the batteries, the heater does not turn on ...
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1answer
229 views

How can I attach an air compressor to the pictured sprinkler system

I bought a house that has a bad DIY sprinkler system. I am trying to figure out how to attach an air compressor to the system so I can blow it out. The below photo is the only external place on the ...
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1answer
633 views

One switch controlling 2 lights

I am replacing a 3-way switch that controlled two lights in a bathroom. There is only one switch, but controls two lights. The old switch worked fine. But now when I replaced it, in one switch ...
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159 views

How do I get my small portable generator started?

My portable generator has been sitting for quite awhile. I drained out the old gas and refilled. Squirted carburetor cleaner. Spray starting fluid it starts as long as starting fluid is squirted. ...
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2answers
224 views

Does NEC allow for recessed lighting to be placed in a vertical wall?

I am about to start running electrical in my bathroom remodel and I am considering options for lighting. I have a wall on one side that has 5.75" of space (this was for recessed shelving in an ...
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1answer
309 views

What do the buttons on a Comelit Okay Simplebus2 Intercom/door entry system do?

I've got a Comelit Okay Simplebus2 door entry system which yesterday wasn't able to be used to let someone into the building, however I'm not sure if the buttons next to the phone were being used ...
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3answers
855 views

What tools should I use to remove the tongue and groove from floorboards?

I have a big pile of high quality tongue and groove floorboards that I would like to reuse as decking timber for a small-ish deck. The trouble is I don't quite know what the best tools to use would ...
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Condensation on windows [duplicate]

Having lots of moisture on windows in mornings a few days after turning furnace on now that it's getting colder out this fall. But now one if the windows won't even open! What do I do? Thanks!
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1answer
151 views

What to use to funnel floor air vent in cabinent for proper air flow

I ripped the "floor" of the kitchen cabinet out to reveal that all along, my vent was funneling air like this, an open hole. The circular opening is about 6 inches across both ways. I need to funnel ...
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Should a skirt board on a stair case be installed over the treads?

I am working on a project to replace my stair treads. The current treads show an ugly gap between the end of the tread and the existing skirt board. The current skirt board was installed before the ...
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2answers
281 views

Are torch-on-roofs the best solution for a low pitched roof?

I have a low pitched metal roof and it is leaking. The roofer I spoke with says to stop the leaks they need to tear the metal off, put down plywood, and use a torch-on-roof system of roofing. He said ...
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1answer
57 views

“Recipe” for home-made SmoothOver?

Polycell sell a SmoothOver product that is a "quick and easy way to transform cracked and damaged walls to a perfectly smooth surface that's ready to paint. Fills imperfections such as cracks, gouges ...
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1answer
178 views

Why is the pilot on my GE water heater turning off when the burner turns off?

I have 2 GE 28 gallon water heaters, both of which have the same problem. The water heater is turning off after a while, and I have to light the pilot again to got hot water. What could be causing the ...
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1answer
677 views

Detecting mold with a blacklight

I've heard anecdotally that mold will glow green under a black light (UV light). Is this true? There's a room in my house with a musty odor, and I'm trying to determine the source of the smell. ...
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5answers
735 views

Can too much ridge ventilation be detrimental?

At my house in central Texas, where temperatures can persist at 86 - 110 degrees Fahrenheit, one side is always hot, no matter how long the A/C runs. That attic space is considerably hotter than other ...
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0answers
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dual GFCI circuits with multiple protected outlets, all sharing a neutral [duplicate]

I'm trying to wire two GFCI circuits sharing a neutral. The line is coming in from a 2-pole circuit breaker. I want to have two circuits at each location, each protected by a GFCI upstream. ...
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4answers
569 views

Is sanding hardwood floors really necessary?

I bought my house a couple of years ago and I was told that there are beautiful hardwood floors under the carpet. I decided to rip up the carpets and find out (actually my dog decided that for me ...
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2answers
531 views

Will having reversed hot and cold damage my faucet?

On our old kitchen tap handles, the cold is on the left side and hot on the right. The new taps are the exact opposite, cold being on the right and hot on the left side. Is it okay to just connect ...
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4answers
10k views

How to I cut glass and marble tiles when they are on a mesh backing?

How do you cut combination marble and glass tiles when they are both on the same mesh backing? When I tried this, the tiles move and the glass shatters.
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3answers
440 views

Can I add rolls of unfaced insulation to increase the R value of my attic insulation?

I live in a two story home that is approximately 150 years old. The attic floor is constructed with large beams and old wood planks laid across the complete surface area, rendering the attic useful ...
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4answers
4k views

What is causing my circuit breaker to trip instantly and trip the next breaker too? Update - Video Added

One of my circuit breaker trips instantly. I try to reset it but it trips immediately and trips the breaker under it too. I can reset the break next to it and it is fine until I try to reset the ...
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2answers
111 views

How do I remove concrete that has splattered on my brick pavers?

We installed a brick patio, and splatter from wet-cutting the bricks ended up on the installed bricks. How do I clean it?
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1answer
579 views

What is the best way to secure (2x6) wood framing to the concrete portion of the garage opening?

I live in a raised ranch. The lower half of the house is divided into a 2 car garage and a living area. Also the lower half of the house has 8 ft. ceiling (about 4 ft. concrete walls and 4 ft. wood ...
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3answers
208 views

Why can't I measure 240V on this wall heater wiring?

I am replacing a 240V wall heater. I get 120V from black to ground but 0V from black to white and 0V from ground to white. Is this correct? The old heater worked but not really well. There was a ...
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How can I dismantle this shower tap?

The shower tap in the picture is, I think, a Hudson Reed shower control, similar to this one Can anyone tell me how I can dismantle this as it is leaking and presumably needs a new washer? Also, I ...
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3answers
7k views

How do I fix a leak at a decommissioned saddle-valve?

Water is dripping, about a drop every other second, out of the end of this thing. what is it? why is it dripping? can I fix it myself?

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