1
vote
4answers
11k views

Can/Should I seal laminate “wood” flooring?

I bought a house with "wood" laminate flooring, where the planks are pressed wood with a wood print veneer. My agent was telling me that spills and moisture in the seams will cause the planks to swell ...
1
vote
1answer
267 views

How can I remove iron from water?

Currently, the water smells very strong of Iron (Water softener is currently broke, going to be fixed shortly). The neighbors in the area said the softener will get some of the iron but they had to ...
2
votes
2answers
575 views

Can a laptop cause an AFCI to trip?

just stumbled onto this site and crossing my fingers that someone will be able to help. My problem is the tripping of an AFCI every 3/5 weeks when a 2nd TV is turned on. Sometimes soon afterwards, ...
0
votes
2answers
219 views

Can I change from a mortise lock without buying new doors?

I have two external mortise lock doors that will only open with skeleton key. After several years I'm ready to upgrade. Will I have to get a new door or can I upgrade these to modern locks. I've ...
0
votes
0answers
89 views

How much water should be on my pool cover?

I just covered my above ground pool, following the instructions supplied with the cover. Inflate pillow to about 50%. Install pillow in middle of pool using supplied leads. Drape cover over ...
0
votes
2answers
1k views

Using PEX for a water heating system

I am replacing my existing faucet plumbing with red / blue PEX all over the house. Everything that goes to the sink, dishwasher, washer, bathroom sink and so on will be color coded and installed ...
1
vote
2answers
2k views

Should I replace bathroom OSB subfloor with plywood?

Before we begin, English is not my first language so my terms could be a bit wrong. Considering I'm planning to install 1/4" concrete backer-board over the sub-floor before tiling it again, is OSB ...
1
vote
1answer
2k views

Can I build a 3 stage whole house water filter myself?

I wanted to get any thoughts and suggestions on setting up a 3 stage whole house filter for a well. The idea is to take the individual whole house filter and put 3 of them in series together. First, ...
4
votes
3answers
3k views

How can I prevent hanging sliding doors from coming off track?

We've got a closet with a pair of overlapping sliding doors that hang, by their wheels, on a top-mounted rack. There's a bottom guide screwed to the floor that keeps the doors lined up. But unless a ...
2
votes
2answers
191 views

Is it difficult to work around cellulose installation?

I am a new house owner since July of 2014. I bought a 50 year old house with good bones and a great opportunity to flip it. My attic has a pathetic R5 insulation at the moment. Being a young home ...
1
vote
2answers
2k views

Lights wont turn off after switching dimmer types and changed again

Previous owners installed two wall sconces - one dimmer. That dimmer control plate broke/cracked (a glyder type) I have an Ariadni toggle that I would prefer. The glider had by looking 3 wires (single ...
2
votes
1answer
81 views

How would I go about painting exterior brick?

We have a house from the 1920's that someone decided to paint the brick white for whatever reason. A later owner decided to cover that up by wrapping the entire house with siding and then painting ...
1
vote
2answers
454 views

Pool pump plug trips when GFCI outlet receives power

I have a GFCI outlet out by my pool. I have a timer switch inside that sends power to that outlet. My pool pump has a plug that is GFCI (I assume that is what a plug is called it has a test and reset ...
1
vote
0answers
25 views

why do my led lights stay on, even when the switch is off, and what does that cost to my bill [duplicate]

I'd like to know what the cost implication there is in continual use of my led fitting that remains partially on even when the switch in off
2
votes
2answers
878 views

Is it safe to run the oven without insulation around it?

My oven had mice in it and made a nest. So I took all the insulation out of it too look for the mouse. This was because it smelled like a dead animal every time I turned on the oven so I cleaned it ...
1
vote
2answers
301 views

Installing a Bathtub that does not have a flange

We are in the process of doing a bathroom remodel and we noticed that the bathtub we ordered does not have a flange. The bathtub will be installed in an alcove setup (surrounded by 3 walls) and will ...
1
vote
0answers
41 views

How do we frost-proof an outdoor faucet in a home with no crawl space or basement?

How do we frost-proof an outdoor faucet in our brick home that's on a slab?
0
votes
2answers
402 views

Can wireless ceiling fan controls work without a direct wire to a wall switch?

Is there a wireless controller that can control fan without the direct wire from switch to fan? There is direct power at fan, and direct power at switch but they are not connected together. Looking ...
2
votes
2answers
131 views

How do I silence or muffle creaky floorboards?

My house was built in 1920 and we live in Western NY. The floorboards on the stairs and the whole second story of the house creak very loudly with every step we take. It's not only annoying, but it's ...
1
vote
2answers
658 views

How can I support a desk without legs or brackets

I plan to build a floating desk with the following dimensions: 75"-79" long and 22"-24" deep. I plan to mount it to concrete wall(see Image). My Preferred material is MDF. The desk intended for use ...
1
vote
1answer
2k views

Replacing sill (bottom plate) of wall

I need to replace the sill of an exterior wall (load bearing wall that faces the outside the home). I ripped the sheet rock off and noticed some very old termite which was apparently treated years ago ...
2
votes
2answers
3k views

Do I need a vapor barrier in an exterior basement wall if I use purple drywall?

I purchased some purple drywall (mold and moisture resistant)for installing in a finished basement bedroom. One wall is an exterior wall. Do I need to install a vapor barrier between the drywall and ...
0
votes
3answers
3k views

How can I get warm water from my garden hose?

I'm trying to rig something up so I can get cold, warmish, or downright hot water in my garden hose, depending on need. I'm looking for some kind of fitting to mix cold and hot supply lines, and for ...
3
votes
2answers
949 views

How should I replace a 6 wire, 12 gauge electrical outlet?

I am trying to replace a 15A electrical outlet. The existing one is attached to 12 gauge copper wire. There is a ground connection, one set of wire on the bottom screws, two sets of wire going into ...
1
vote
2answers
162 views

GFCI with no loads attached and no downstream outlets trips with power restoration

I have recently (purchased 9/18/14) installed several GFCI outlets - Pass & Seymour Legrand - with LED indicating light. I installed three of these - all on separate and dedicated circuits. Upon ...
5
votes
3answers
1k views

Can a freestanding bathtub drain be damaged by regular use?

I recently moved out of a house with a freestanding bathtub. During our tenancy there, the floor developed cracks which I reported and 2 months before we left, we would find water on the floor every ...
2
votes
1answer
55 views

Can I use the area above my garage for an extra room?

I want to use a 8 x 20 space above garage for an extra room (Load Bearing). It has two 2 x 10’s sister’d together spanning of 20 feet and 16 inches apart with no center support. Can I make this set ...
2
votes
2answers
1k views

How can I calculate the rotational force and motor HP needed to lift a 5lb sheet from a horizontal position to a vertical position from one end?

Essentially, I need to know the following: How do I calculate the rotation force along a fulcrum? Is there an equation? What is the weight of a 5 lb object at the fulcrum if the fulcrum is located ...
1
vote
0answers
21 views

Does driveway sealer have a curing time?

Should it be done at a time of year when temperatures will stay warm for a period of months, or is all well after 2-3 days?
2
votes
1answer
262 views

How do I ground a TV antenna on my shed with the cable running underground to my house?

I want to mount a TV antenna on my shed in my back yard and run the wire underground to my house. The shed is about 60 to 70 feet from the house. There is electrical service in the shed, but there is ...
2
votes
2answers
287 views

Should I worry about these white marks on my exterior wall?

Below is a picture of one of the corners of my house You can notice the white mineral efflorescence that formed on the wall The patio starts just off that wall, quite a large one, rectangular shape ...
0
votes
1answer
91 views

Add water pump to outdoor fountain

Right now the question is how to run power to the pump. I have an outdoor fountain about 10 to 15 feet away from an outdoor outlet. In between the outlet and the fountain is a brick patio. The ...
1
vote
2answers
277 views

How do you install the plastic/nylon toggle anchors?

I recently bought a shelf that included these types of wall anchors, and for the life of me, I could not figure out how to install them. What's the trick with them? ...
3
votes
2answers
311 views

How can I mount heavy stuff on wooden studs?

I want to replace my kitchen cabinets (shoddy DIY stuff, very rough) with some nice floating shelves. I tried to find information on how to mount heavy stuff to wooden studs but all I found were ...
1
vote
4answers
3k views

How can I remove a stud from a load bearing wall?

I want to remove a stud from a load bearing wall in order to recess my fridge another 3-4 inches. In doing so I will be removing the bottom plate, one stud from bottom plate up to height of the fridge ...
1
vote
1answer
80 views

Where to attach a storm window?

We have two very leaky, single pane windows that we need to insulate. Because interior shrinkwrap storms are impractical for several reasons, we're looking at exterior storms instead. Home Depot has ...
1
vote
1answer
119 views

What could be wrong with my dryer timer?

Mom's dryer timer quit working a while ago and I told her not to leave it with time on, but she did anyways ("If you turn it to zero it will never turn back on!") Now, if the timer is turned to any ...
0
votes
1answer
73 views

How can I fill wall screw holes so I can reposition the screws?

I live in an old 1920's apartment building with thick solid walls and installed an ikea dignitet curtain wire. One side I've realized I've put in wrong and need to redrill two holes in a different ...
3
votes
1answer
398 views

How deep do the footings have to be for a gazebo?

I am building a free-standing hexagon gazebo around an existing circular concrete pad, so the gazebo will not have a wooden floor. The only weight that the footings will support is the weight of the ...
2
votes
3answers
7k views

What can I do about slow running water in my Whirlpool refrigerator?

We have a Whirlpool refrigerator that's 2 years old which has always had slow running water since new. I noticed that when we remove the water filter water runs nice and fast, but with a filter ...
2
votes
2answers
160 views

Why won't my dryer tumble?

I have a GE dryer (MODEL #DSXH43EF0WW) and it stopped working this morning. The light still comes on when I open the door and the dryer will make a humming sound when I press the start button, but it ...
3
votes
5answers
230 views

How can I get rid of mosquitoes?

For indoor use, in living and bedroom. Search for 'wantrn 3 in 1 mosquito trap' should see something like Description says it uses CO2 - carbon dioxide. I know its harmless unless there is so much ...
1
vote
1answer
40 views

how do I measure the glass on a patio door (glass replacement)

to replace the glass on my patio door, how do I measure the glass for the contractors, do I measure just the glass portion of the door or do I measure the outside frame of the door?
1
vote
1answer
1k views

Is this swing beam safe?

Please help. I made a swing for my kids and now am wondering how safe it is. The swing beam is pressure treated yellow pine 4x6 and 16 feet long. The swing hangers are attached to the 4 inch side of ...
0
votes
0answers
13 views

How can I stop sound travelling? [duplicate]

I live in a Block of flats, and keep having neighbors complaining about the sound/bass. I have tried putting my sub in a stand, and putting layers of wood under it, but it still seems to get a ...
0
votes
0answers
26 views

Why does adding 2nd Wifi thermostat not work in 3 zone home?

Our home has 3 zones for forced air heating by oil and central AC. I replaced a Robert Shaw thermostat with a Honeywell Wifi unit and it worked fine. I then replaced another Robert Shaw thermostat ...
0
votes
1answer
58 views

Subwoofer in a 5.1 surround Possible with outputs?

I am collecting speakers for a 5.1 surround! Now I have found a subwoofer which looks nice it's an active subwoofer. But it has this connections: it has stereo input and output for speakers! My ...
1
vote
0answers
76 views

Information resources for Traditional Japanese Homes

My family and I are preparing to purchase a more or less traditional Japanese home in Hawaii. I am checking up on the claims that it was brought here from Japan and built in 1965. Interior ...
0
votes
1answer
289 views

Upgrading to LED Bulbs

So I've been doing a lot of research recently regarding LED lighting, and attempting to do an overhaul of our entire house. But I've run into a few issues, and I really don't want to go back and forth ...
1
vote
1answer
357 views

Why is my 12VDC LED flood light flashing when powered by a LED magnetic driver?

I just bought a new outdoor LED Flood lights which i plan to use on a field. However, when connected to a power source, the lights keep flashing and has a humming noise. The flood lights are 12vdc @ ...

15 30 50 per page