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2answers
114 views

How can I inspect and repair a roof with moss and other greenery on it?

I have a pantry on my house, its attached to the kitchen but has its own slated roof and an outside wall. I have has issues with it getting damp, I have replaced the outside door as that was leaky, ...
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1answer
229 views

How can I run plumbing from house to a nearby new office 1.5m away?

I am building a new office next to the house; it is about 1.5m away. I need to run, from the house's upstairs bathroom, 1 hot, 1 cold, and radiator with return (all of which I believe are 28mm to ...
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7answers
656 views

How many Amps in a Garage. AND how to maintain consistent lighting from an outlet (no flickering)

I have two questions that hopefully someone more experienced than me can answer. Background: I am doing a claymation in a garage and need to set up a lighting system that requires (a.) lots of ...
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4answers
176 views

How can I repair staining on a parquetry floor?

My friend spilled water without noticing on my parquetry floor and it had some time (12h) to stain the wood. I wonder, how can I improve the look, remove those dark staining at the edges of each bar. ...
3
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2answers
6k views

How do I fix interior and exterior doors that do not close properly?

I have a couple doors in my house that are having problems. I know that I likely have foundation problems, but I can't afford the $6000 - $10000 to have that fixed at the moment. I need an interim ...
2
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0answers
540 views

How do I troubleshoot an intermittent problem with a ceiling light/fan?

We have a ceiling fan that includes a light fixture. One day the light went off several minutes after turning it on. I checked the panel, and found that the breakers were ok. Room receptacles from ...
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0answers
81 views

How do I troubleshoot my central A/C?

It's 79 outside right now. It's been running for hours and it's remaining 79 inside. I'm in a brand new 2 story home in Monroe, OH. It has rained a lot recently but I just feel like it should be ...
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3answers
2k views

Do I have to bury PVC pipe if used outdoors?

I will be installing a hose spigot in a lower patio area that, till now, has had to have several lengths of hose to provide water for some potted plants. There is an existing spigot on a 3/4" copper ...
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1answer
426 views

What are my options when replacing all house trim / molding / baseboards?

When we bought our house in 2008, we opted for the cheapest oak trim. Around doors, windows, baseboards, cabinets, behind the clothes dryer, fireplace surround and mantel, absolutely everywhere. ...
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2answers
11k views

What causes tub drain to gurgle when toilet flushed?

Recently, the drain in my second floor tub makes a gurgling sound when I flush the toilet, which is located right next to the tub. They are obviously on the same drain line. I know that there is a ...
1
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1answer
284 views

What license/certifications are appropriate for mold remediation firms?

I am looking for someone to clean up mold in my attic, and I have been advised to find someone who is licensed in the area of mold. I’ve checked HomeAdvisor and BBB, but it’s not clear to me who ...
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0answers
249 views

How do I flush and pressure-test a PEX system?

I have all the information on how to install the PEX plumbing system, but nothing on how to flush it or how to pressure test the PEX system. Can someone help?
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2answers
723 views

Why does my GFCI trip when I plug things into load side receptacles?

I installed a new outdoor circuit. The line comes out of the house and into the LINE side of the GFCI outlet. I connected a wire to the LOAD side and ran it to two standard outlets downstream. My ...
1
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1answer
176 views

Will my new adhesive-backed cork tiles adhere to my existing sheet vinyl?

I have a vinyl floor, not tiles one full piece, over concrete, in my bathroom. The vinyl is solid and perfectly fitting to all the walls and runs beneath the bath, shower, toilet, sink and fitted wall ...
3
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1answer
856 views

How do I wire a GFCI to provide continuous power to a dishwasher and switched power to a garbage disposal? [duplicate]

I am replacing a regular three pronged outlet with a GFCI for my disposer and dishwasher. There is a white, black, red and ground. How do I install it so as to keep constant power to the dishwasher, ...
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3answers
1k views

Are plywood dovetails a good solution to building something that needs to be dismantled?

Are hand cut, plywood dove tails feasible? Assuming you can get "good" plywood, i.e. not the brittle splinter-fest I've seen around, is dovetailing feasible? I'd like to avoid using glue for the ...
1
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2answers
246 views

What type of flooring will match my existing Brazilian Cherry engineered flooring?

I cannot find these engineered wood pieces for the 9'*5" gap in my living room that I need to fill. Since the ones out of the box would anyways be much lighter than what I have on the floor already, ...
3
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2answers
313 views

How can I clamp two 325 mm planks while gluing them together?

I have a base that is 650mm deep. I'm going to have to glue several planks together to get this depth and, eventually, the last two to make the 650mm base. The problem is, I don't have (and can't ...
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2answers
18k views

What would cause air bubbles in the toilet when I'm showering?

My basement bathroom has recently been remodeled, everything was working fine for a few weeks, but now all of a sudden I am hearing bubbles in the toilet when I shower, at which point the shower drain ...
3
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1answer
309 views

How can I remove a closet shelf & keep it intact?

How do I remove a closet shelf that is flush against the closet wall with just a brace in the middle? The brace is not a problem, but the shelf looks like it's glued in. It has a 2 X 1(maybe) X 72 ...
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6answers
2k views

Why is there a beaded tie on new fire extinguishers?

When I see fire extinguishers these days they seem to have some form of the yellow beaded tie as shown in this photo. What purpose does this serve? It looks to me like it prevents the pin from ...
2
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2answers
92 views

How can I clean powder of dry paint on carpet?

I removed old paint from the wall with a steamer. Now I have a lot of this old paint in the form of powder or very small pieces all over my carpet. It's OK because I plan to replace this carpet soon, ...
2
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1answer
647 views

Is it possible to control the speed of the fan on my central A/C unit?

I have one of those medium sized AC-units (don't know the model name at the moment) and a very basic Honeywell thermostat that the installers put in when the house was built. However, there doesn't ...
1
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1answer
1k views

How can I get my fluorescent light fixtures to work with an occupancy sensor?

I have a Leviton PR150-1LI occupancy sensor in my garage. I have two 4 foot T8 fluorescent fixtures (each has 2 bulbs). Neither fixture originally had rapid magnetic start ballasts. At this time, the ...
3
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2answers
2k views

How much seam allowance should I have for drywall joints?

When hanging drywall, how much distance should I allow for seams? Do pieces fit flush against each other, or do I leave a gap? This is for USA construction, in case there is some code for such ...
3
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2answers
1k views

Do I need to replace soaking wet insulation resulting from a plugged A/C drain?

I had a company install an A/C evaporator unit on my existing heating system. A plugged drain caused the plastic pan inside the evaporator to overflow with water, which then ran out through the metal ...
2
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3answers
123 views

How do I stretch carpet during reinstallation after replacing padding?

I pulled up some carpet that is in front of a door way in order to replace the padding underneath, but when I laid it back down there was a slight gap and now if you step right on it you can feel the ...
1
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1answer
183 views

How to remove an old wood stove brick chimney?

I need to remove what is left of an old wood stove chimney that was partially removed from the top at roof level (one story) and the opening roofed over. What is the best way to break out the bricks? ...
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1answer
215 views

How do I remove the cover from my light fixture? [closed]

I need to replace burned-out light bulbs in a ceiling fixture. I tried to remove the cover of the light fixture and it does not move. After much trying, the whole thing came down. Meaning the fixture ...
4
votes
4answers
432 views

Can I reduce static pressure in one room by adding a vent to an adjoining room?

Our return vent for our hvac is right outside the master bedroom. The master bedroom gets very little airflow with the door shut. It was recommended that we add secondary return duct in the master ...
2
votes
2answers
2k views

Why would the electricity intermittently trip out when turning on a light switch?

I live in the UK and recently had some building work done (replastering, new light fixtures, new switches, laminate flooring, etc). During the work the builders discovered a lot of dodgy electrical ...
2
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2answers
286 views

How do I interpret the American Wood Council's Design for Code Acceptance table of cantilevered joists?

In designing a deck I've been looking at this Deck Construction Guide (PDF) Table 2 lists the max joist spans (Lj) for joists that are cantilevered by a maximum of Lj/4. How do I calculate Lj/4? For ...
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2answers
194 views

How can I figure out the surround sound system left behind by the previous owners?

I have a basement with what appears to be surround-sound infrastructure. At 4 points in the ceiling (let's call them locations C0...C3), there are a pair of speaker wires. At one location near the ...
6
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3answers
1k views

Is it okay to run a switched and unswitched hot on the same neutral?

I have a room where I need to toggle the lights by a switch and the outlets in the room to not be affected by the switch. As they are on the same circuit, am I able to run a 3 wire cable from the ...
3
votes
2answers
299 views

What - if any - annual maintenance is required for grout/caulk in a shower?

I'm a new home owner who has been living in house that was built last year. Upon moving in the builder mentioned that grout needed yearly maintenance--would he referring to re-sealing the grout? Are ...
4
votes
1answer
3k views

How is a floating desk top supported against the wall?

Example of a floating desk top (courtesy of Phil Curtis): With increased height, it'd be one of simplest standing desk designs, and I am planning to do this at home. But, I am not sure how ...
2
votes
2answers
3k views

What is the best way to lay brick pavers on concrete porch

I have a concrete porch which I would is covered and does not get wet during rain/snow. It does not have any drain issues. We don't like the way it looks so we would like to beautify it by laying ...
3
votes
3answers
515 views

How do I bend a wooden edging for a tile counter top?

I'm about to build a tile counter top (or bench top as we call it here) for a new kitchen. I'm going to be using large porcelain floor tiles on top and thought I'd finish the edges with a nice native ...
4
votes
2answers
832 views

What killed my kitchen faucet pressure?

I have a one-handle "Marielle" model Pfister kitchen faucet diagrammed here. It leaked, so I replaced the cartridge, which solved the problem. A few weeks later, I happened to drain my hot water ...
3
votes
2answers
265 views

Are directTV dishes energized in some way?

Are directTV dishes usually energized in some way? I was recently at my grandmothers house installing an over the air digital tv antenna. I decided to use the same coax cable that originally ran to ...
2
votes
1answer
328 views

What could be damaged if I shorted the R wire to the C wire at my thermostat?

OK... so in trying to install a thermostat (and testing to see if the old thermostat was bad) I inadvertently jumped the R and C... (I actually jumped the R and G terminals but the G terminal was ...
2
votes
1answer
404 views

How do I reattach a door handle lever with a concealed screw

A door handle to one of the rooms in my apartment has come loose. I cannot find an exact match online but it is similar in construction to this door handle. The issue is that the lever part has come ...
3
votes
1answer
2k views

What is a bus bar in an electrical switch board?

I am doing some research in electrical wiring and mains switch boards and was wondering what a bus bar is and what it does?
5
votes
1answer
4k views

How do I troubleshoot my pool filtration system?

What are the basics for Diagnanimous Earth Pool Maintenance? This is all new to me. Everything was working fine until today when I noticed that I'm not getting any pressure rating on the filtration ...
0
votes
1answer
600 views

How can I connect a 120V compressor to a 3 phase WYE 208 electrical system?

I have 4 cables from a power supply which are 3 phase WYE 208 volt. so if I measure between neutral and hot I get 120V. The problem is that I need to hook up a compressor for 110V single phase (just ...
3
votes
3answers
5k views

How can I refresh the finish on my kitchen cabinets?

I am getting ready to put my house on the market and I would like to clean \ "restore" my kitchen cabinets. They are an oak cabinet that aren't painted, they are stained. I don't know exactly what ...
4
votes
2answers
2k views

What is used to seal around glass in fireplace doors?

The glass in my fireplace doors have felt-like strips layered in between the glass and the metal framing of the doors. I recently had to have a piece of glass replaced and they lost the strips. Now ...
2
votes
1answer
173 views

How often should I backwash my pool filter?

I have a pressure gauge on top of my DE filer: Recently the pool guy came out when the Zodiac wasn't pulling strong enough to climb the sides and showed me that the pressure was 35 and that the ...
3
votes
2answers
3k views

Is there a length limit on grounding conductor to ground rod?

My service panel is over a concrete patio, it was improperly grounded in the crawlspace. I cannot drive a proper ground rod in the crawlspace so I would like to drive one into the earth on the side ...
1
vote
1answer
832 views

How do I diagnose and fix an electric water heater leak?

I have an Electric Water Heater, seemingly leaking from the top of the tank. The "wells" on top are filling up with water. There are no noticeable leaks from the pipes above. Each water attachment ...

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