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How does low freon cause the compressor suction line to freeze up

There are many questions about air conditioner issues with the most common being that it isn't cooling properly. Among the typical answers are low Freon and the standard diagnosis for low Freon is ...
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Solution for A/C Condensate Drain Line that doesn't require emptying a bucket of water every day?

I have a split A/C system in a room that runs on low 24 hours a day during Summer that unfortunately cannot be connected to any drain or pipe and which therefore requires a bucket outside to be used ...
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Remove Caulk Residue from Brick

I'm removing and re-caulking the windows. The house has sand colored bricks and removing the old caulk left unsightly black/grey residue. Any tips on cleaning the brick? I tried isopropyl alcohol ...
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4answers
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How to remove masking tape residue from linoleum?

I attached few pieces of masking tape to a linoleum floor to help a child with her exercises (long jump kid-style). Now when I removed the tape, there is residue left through the whole length of the ...
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4answers
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How to fix doors not closing

I had a contractor come in and finish my basement. He done a decent job for the price but now a couple months later my doors wont shut. They worked perfectly fine before but now it seems the top ...
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480 views

Shower Pressure Decreases after thumping noise behind wall

With the shower on, I hear a thumping noise behind the wall and the water pressure immediately drops. This happens every few days, so not every time I take a shower. It happens almost immediately ...
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Encasing electrical outlet behind a panel above overhead microwave

My remodeling contractor has installed an overhead microwave. The electrical outlet is no longer in a cabinet above the microwave. He has taken the limited space above the microwave ( about 8 inches ...
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231 views

how to repair leaking water main

So here's the situation. I've got a water main that is gravity fed from a spring into a cistern in my basement (and from there pumped to a pressure tank and the house). The main, black plastic and ...
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How to install LED strip where before I had a fluorescent tube?

I want to install a LED strip where once there was a fluorescent tube. I like to think myself as google competent but this time I could not find a satisfactory answer. Right now, in my ceilling I ...
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What is the best way to store energy?

I want to store 6 months of energy with one of these applications. which type of system would be the best way to store energy for a house, which last for approximately 6 months. (heating/air ...
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Bathroom remodel - Insulation/vapor barrier behind tub surround question

I am renovating my bath and my tub surround says it should be fastened to the studs. With this in mind my 1923 building has serious insulation problems and I would like to add R value as well as some ...
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126 views

How to clean portland cement off bricks?

We moved into a brick house not too long ago. There are a few areas that were renovated at some point and the mason did a poor job. It looks like some cement was put in after the bricks were laid and ...
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How can I find the bypass that is causing my tankless water heater not to produce hot water?

I recently installed a tankless water heater. During the installation I had shut off cold water to the heater but saw that while water did not flow through the cold water source (nor in the sinks) it ...
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Is it possible to smooth over these drywall imperfections?

I'm having a contractor do renovations in my kitchen, and we are converting a wall into a half wall with countertop. He just started doing the drywall, and from my inexperienced eye it looks like he ...
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0answers
175 views

How much termite damage to load-bearing studs and sill plates warrants reinforcement or replacement?

I opened up an exterior wall and found a lot of termite damage. They did a number on two load-bearing studs and the sill plate they're resting on. To get a sense of the damage, I cleared out as much ...
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13 views

Gauges for posts

I am putting up a chain link fence for my 3 dogs and I am asking what gauge posts should I use? And am I correct the lower the gauge the thicker the post?
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How do I wire a new light fixture with a red wire?

When replacing an old chandelier with a new ceiling, there was one red wire, two white wires tied together and two black wires tied together. I had capped the red wire and tied in the remaining ...
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1answer
64 views

How do I connect original to new wiring when repairing an electrical fault in an AC unit?

The AC failed at a neighbor's house and the problem was quickly diagnosed as electrical. I saw that a few of the wires had corroded and one had actually burnt through. The unit is only 5-6 years ...
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2answers
198 views

What are the connections on this German TV socket?

I live in Germany. I have zero knowledge in TVs. I found a TV socket in the wall but I have no idea what it means. My questions is: can you please explain to me what does each port in the socket ...
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1answer
303 views

Can I add elbows to move a b-vent exhaust?

I am planning out a kitchen remodel, and would like to move the main exhaust vent for the water heater about 4-6 inches from where it currently passes through the kitchen area. The catch is that I ...
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1answer
78 views

AC unit (turned on year round) leaves so much ice in the blower causing no cooling (pic included)

My mother has asthma and tells me she needs the AC on almost year round. The AC unit is outside the condo we own, and it connects to the coils in the heater/ventilation system. We are experiencing ...
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When drywalling a room, should I do the ceiling before the walls?

Is there any value in installing drywall (plasterboard) on the ceiling before the walls or does it not matter?
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354 views

What Hotpoint oven model is this?

I need a new oven door for my Hotpoint electric oven. I found a supplier, but apart from the Serial Number, the company also want to know the oven model. I've searched the web but cannot find the ...
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2answers
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How do I shut off the water to my apartment?

I live in a unit in Sydney Australia, I am trying to figure out how to turn off my water so that I can replace the washers on the taps in the basin. Is this possible so that I don't disturb my ...
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1answer
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How to repair leaking blower / air exchanger in attic?

Earlier this summer I went up into my attic to retrieve something, and was surprised to feel a cool draft. I discovered that a gap had developed between two portions of the big metal box that ...
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1answer
167 views

Window unit AC installation in narrow window

My apartment has double hung windows, but they are quite narrow (~19.5 inches at the screen, 22 inches at the opening). I'm currently using a portable air conditioner, but I'd really like to use a ...
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2answers
317 views

Why is the red (common) wire giving me a shock?

I was replace a 3 way switch and noticed when I touch the red ( common ) wire while it's connected to the switch I get a little "buzz" or shock. I was curious if this is normal. Obviously while ...
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1answer
63 views

Is it possible to get a magnetic mount to attach to my aluminum tablesaw base?

I want to use a magnetic base and precision deflection meter with my tablesaw, which has aluminum instead of cast iron table, which means it is not a magnet-friendly material. I'm wondering if anyone ...
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4answers
276 views

Driving screws back into weathered deck

I have a 20+ year old deck behind my home. It's in great shape, but I want to refinish it this summer. Problem is, a number of the Phillips screws have popped up over the years. I have a basic Hitachi ...
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1answer
124 views

Installing roof truss diagonal bracing: splice plate where braces cross?

I'm looking at installing diagonal bracing to my roof trusses as described on page 77 of the document at http://www.dwbgroup.co.uk/files/8013/5284/7141/Gang_Nail_Trussed_Rafter_Manual.pdf but am ...
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207 views

Outlets On a Desk

Recently I have built a new desk in my office, made of pine and plywood. It is a build in, that is, it is permanently attached to the wall, etc. and can't be moved. I felt that it would be useful to ...
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1answer
107 views

Searching for a specific window lock

I recently moved into a new place and almost all the window locks are broken and these windows are single hung and are located on the ground level. I have looked numerous places but I cannot find a ...
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1answer
95 views

Why won't any light in my house turn on after a range hood was installed?

My contractor installed a range hood and after that no light in the house will come on. We have a breaker system, not sure of the load. What could be the possible problem?
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2answers
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Freezer is cold but not freezing at all

After throwing a thermometer in my freezer, it is around 15-20 degrees Fahrenheit. Things that have been in there and frozen are staying frozen, but anything new that needs to freeze is not. For ...
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1answer
842 views

What is 'Cellular Core ABS' pipe?

At a big home store today, all the black drain pipe was 'cellular core ABS' in 'schedule 40'. What does the 'cellular' mean? The pipe was very inexpensive.
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1answer
64 views

Can I use a wood screen door to replace a sliding screen door on a french door

There was originally a sliding screen door but I have not been able to find a replacement that fits or works properly. I would like to use a regular screen door to replace rather than a slider but not ...
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1answer
193 views

Is my thermostat transformer voltage too low?

I measured the voltage at the thermostat Rc to G and Rc to Y terminals, and they read 16.2V and 16.34V respectively. Shouldn't I be measuring 24V+/-? I purchased a Nest thermostat and it will not ...
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63 views

How I can remove this Ingersoll window bolt?

I have a small window with security bolts which have become rusted and unusable. However, I can't see how to remove them without forcing them off and damaging the wood. Anyone seen these types before ...
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0answers
124 views

What maintenance does an 1890s brick-over-fieldstone foundation need?

I know that if when it comes time to repoint, I should get the current mortar analyzed to make sure its curing strength is compatible with the old bricks. I know that brick foundations in the time ...
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0answers
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Patio cover advice

I plan to build a patio cover sometime soon. It will be my first large project with lumber. I am primarily a model maker and am looking to expand my skills and expertise. When I moved into the house, ...
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1answer
140 views

Connecting 14 AWG to 12 AWG for oven operation

I have a new wall oven to install. Both old and new oven are 30Amp units. Old wiring from local oven junction box is 14 AWG (pig tail - 6ft). New oven is 12 AWG, 3ft pig tail (will not reach ...
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2answers
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Ways to Safely Repair 45 Degree Pitched Roof without Jacks?

What methods can a person use to safely repair a roof that is slanted at a 45 degree (or greater) angle without using Roof Jacks? Is there anyway it is possible for a person to safely walk on such a ...
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0answers
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I am installing a mud sink in my basement

I have a sink which includes a sump pump to pump the waste up to a higher level where there is drain plumbing. There is a 2" plastic ptrap off a 4" branch leading a few feet to the main house drain. ...
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1answer
72 views

Wall furnace material - could it be asbestos?

Found it on a shelf in my wall furnace, hence the burnt look... looking for input on its origin. Thanks
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1answer
214 views

Is this ladder bookcase design strong enough to hold printers?

I have been looking for a shelf system to store my printers and other misc. items next to my desk. After looking around at various hardware stores, office supply stores, Ikea, Amazon, and even second ...
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2answers
711 views

Undersized AC - Options?

Background: Our two-story house is about 3,000 square feet. When we bought it last year, it had two separate AC units, a 2.5 ton and a 4 ton. They were both old and died last month. We had them ...
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2answers
204 views

4 Vertical Prong Plug Adapter

I just moved into a very old apartment. There is only one plug in the dining room and it is very strange. It takes four same-sized vertical prongs, similar to a 50 amp outlet except the bottom is ...
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0answers
138 views

How can I install a floor register in bathroom

I need to install a floor register in my bathroom (which I am currently remodeling). I plan to put one into the floor under the window where it used to be. The old register came up through the floor ...
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1answer
93 views

Which wire is the C wire?

Model: Goodman AWB30-08C Electric AC/Heat I'm hoping someone can help me identify the 24V C wire. Fortunately the thermostat line has a spare wire already run, so I just need to find the C wire in ...
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1answer
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hardwiring lights to a 20 amp circuit

I have a 20 amp circuit running in my barn. I wish to hook 3 or 4 fluorescent lights to the circuit if i can. Each of the lights has a much smaller wire to connect to. Can i put in a junction box ...

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