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How can I fix a bathtub refinishing debacle?

OK. So I have an old cast iron white bathtub. And it was in really bad shape. Nicks, worn out, everything. So I go to HD looking for the Rust-Oleum tub & tile refinishing kit. Didn't have it, ...
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Which steel is stronger: Cold rolled, hot rolled, or stainless?

I need a 1/4" x 1 1/2" x 80" steel flat bar. I will omit the details of what I need it for because this question is basically asking which composition yields a stronger steel. www.discountsteel.com ...
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Which comes first - Flooring or Kitchen Remodel?

My wife and I are going to upgrade multiple parts of our house but we really want two key areas completed first, but we're not sure where to start or if we should do then at the same time, which is ...
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Can I use engineered I joists as studs in a wall?

Project: 3m by 6m weekend house, roof 3m high, walls 20cm insulation. Question: I want build it from lighter/thinner materials, and i want to calculate from how thick materials i can build this I ...
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228 views

Why did my ceiling light fixture stop working after adding an outlet on the same circuit?

I recently added a receptacle for hanging my TV on the wall. To do it I fished a wire through the wall and attached wires to an existing receptacle that's at a lower level on the same wall. This is ...
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484 views

I need a multiple-switch light switch which can't all be turned off at once

I have a 4 switch (I think it's called "4-gang"?) light switch on the wall. It's not connecting to lights though, but to AC vent doors. Now, these AC vents must never all be closed at once. Meaning, ...
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What should I do about a crack in the concrete slab in my living room?

We purchased the house about 2 years ago. The house is about 50 years old. Today we removed the carpet and the hardwood floors under the carpet. We found out the slab has an approximately 10ft long ...
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What type and rating of insulation should be used in a basement bathroom?

I need to replace the insulation on the back and side of the bathtub. The walls face the exterior of the house (poured foundation). What type and rating should I use? I can't tell what the ...
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What size lumber do I need for a mezzanine floor to support a 20,000 lbs load?

I am thinking of putting a mezzanine in my garage to support 20,000 lbs of load, not including the weight of the floor. On the floor the area is 20' deep X 32' wide; I was looking at 4" X 12" ...
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Does XPS+OSB subfloor need to be anchored?

Mike Holmes is a big fan of OSB/plywood over 1" XPS for basement floors, though his book leaves something to be desired in terms of details. His book says: ...on top of the foam, you want to have ...
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116 views

How can I repair a hole in the underside of a granite counter?

My granite counter problems started a few short years after installation. A crack appeared at each end of the sink where the pieces were joined. The cracks have since multiplied and now the underside ...
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994 views

How difficult is it to cut a big (flange) hole in brittle marble tile?

How difficult is it to cut a big (flange) hole in brittle marble tile? I am just asking this question here because, even though I will not be laying my tiles myself, my tile setter is currently ...
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240 views

How can I smooth a seam between cement board?

I have a joint between two sheets of cement board that forms a small ridge elevated maybe 1/8" relative to the centers of either board. I was wondering if extra thinset on both sides can be used to ...
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103 views

Will Polyurethane bond to a surface that was sanded with 320 grit?

I have some MDF that was sanded with a random orbital sander with 320grit Will polyurethane make a decent bond to this?
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How do I prepare a ceiling for restomping?

I had to cut access panels in the ceiling of a 7' x 11' room to make several plumbing repairs. The ceiling has the slapbrush/stomp texture: I have patched the drywall and I plan on restomping the ...
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1answer
87 views

Plug HRV (Constructo 2.0 ES) into power bar?

Would there be any issues if I plugged this HRV into a power bar? I have this unit (says 200 watts of power) which is in the closet of the master bedroom and plugged directly into a wall socket. I ...
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How to get rid of fleas in an apartment with carpeted floors?

Long story short...we came home after 5 days away with our 1.5 year old and noticed that the wherever the cat slept or lounged there was cat hair and little particles that looked like black pepper. A ...
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1k views

How should I attach the cable of a cable-supported shelf?

I'm planning to build a shelf in the garage, 22" deep and about 16' long. The back edge and one side will be supported by wall cleats, with 2x3s under the other edges. I'd like to support the front ...
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1answer
97 views

Can a non-expandable filter be used in place of an EZ flex furnace filter?

My Carrier furnace has the EZ flex filters (16x25x5). These come with the plastic end caps that fit on the expandable filters. Can a regular filter, non expandable, of the same dimensions be used as ...
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2answers
609 views

What can I do about this painted concrete?

The previous owners of my home decided to paint the sidewalk and porch surfaces. Not only are they painted but they are this horrible color. Do you have any suggestions on what to repaint them with ...
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1answer
446 views

Is this gas line not suitable for direct burial?

One of the homeowners (who is also a gas fireplace installer) in my subdivision sent an alarming email to everyone stating that the gas line between the meter and the house is not of the correct type ...
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What is a good PWM driver for LED lighting?

I am looking at lighting options for my new flat. I'm looking for any recommendations and suggestions for the components to power and control the LEDs. If we consider the main room (i.e. the open ...
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What could be causing low pressure in my new faucet, a Moen 87690SRS?

UPDATE: This ended up being a known issue with this model's diverter. They are sending a replacement part. I've a newly installed Moen 87690SRS faucet whose pressure is really low compared to the ...
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1answer
698 views

How can I build a brick mailbox?

I'm planning to build a wall block mailbox with the wall blocks that are 3.75" X 7.5" X 11.25". I've worked out the plans that allow for a particular mailbox to fit nicely in a space. However, it ...
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280 views

How can I block off a doorway with studwork on a brick wall?

I'm blocking up a doorway in a brick wall. I've decided to block it up using a stud wall as that should be a bit easier than bricking it up. I know that the bricks are 11cm depth plus approx 2cm ...
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How do I interpret my furnace clearance diagram?

My brother-in-law and I are going to be finishing my basement. We just got the permit from the building inspector. When they returned my plans there was a note that told me to make sure furnace and ...
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1answer
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Can I use two 2x4's to replace 4x4 posts in a loft bed?

I'm building a loft bed for a queen size bed. I planned to build a platform and support it with 4x4s, but I'm having trouble finding untreated 4x4s. I plan to loft the bed 5' or so. The platform will ...
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1answer
286 views

How do I water wood to open the grain?

Does anyone out there have experience with watering wood? Specifically a new piece of red oak furniture. I want to open the grain to get better color absorption/penetration with stain.
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What are good options for protecting expensive lawn equipment?

Question is self explanatory. We had a zero-turn stolen last year. We plan on buying another one this year, and I want to protect it. I've never looked into options available, but I'd like to tag my ...
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0answers
338 views

If I use (2) 3/4“ inlet PEX manifolds (hot/cold), do I need 1” PEX supply from the meter?

I am replacing all the plumbing in my house and to the meter. I will be using PEX. I have manifolds for hot and cold with 3/4" inlets and 1/2" outlets at the valves. Do I need to use 1" PEX tubing ...
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1answer
779 views

How to resolve a drainage issue with aerator lower than the original outlet

I have an issue with the drainage of a new kitchen sink I installed. The old sink outlet was higher up (it was a more shallow sink) and more to the right. The same aerator was attached and the ...
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How should I patch a popcorn ceiling?

I had to repair a corner joint between my kitchen and living ceiling (kitchen is ceiling lower than living room) by scraping the popcorn off of the kitchen ceiling and replacing a metal corner bead. ...
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Should I peel off the top layer of vinyl in preparation for tiling?

I'm preparing my kitchen floor for ceramic tile. Currently it's a sheet of vinyl(linoleum?). The plan was to sand off any gloss and tile over it. I was going around the edges picking off any loose ...
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What is this rectangular device on my apartment wall?

So on this particular wall in my apartment I have two fire detectors (one that's plugged in but seems to have some sort of internal battery and one that takes 9V batteries), a thermostat and... this: ...
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1answer
413 views

How can house hot water pressure be kept stable if more than one hot tap is open?

We have a Vaillant Ecotec combi boiler in the loft. When showering, hot water pressure is fine. But if someone opens any other hot tap in the house, it massively reduces the hot water coming into the ...
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517 views

How can I install a pendant light fixture on a cathedral ceiling with no attic space?

My house has an integrated ceiling/roof with exposed rafters... the ceiling/roof is sloped and surfaced with V-edged 2" redwood boards over 4x6 rafters 4' on center. I want to hang a pendant light ...
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How do I determine rough opening sizes for common closet door sizes?

At the hardware store I see bifold closet doors listed in sizes like 36x80, 48x80, 72x80. I'm not sure if these are nominal sizes or exactly which parts they're measuring from. How would I determine ...
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744 views

Why is my freezer making a very loud buzzing noise after being unplugged for a few days?

My freezer was unplugged for a few days and now when I plug it in it makes a very loud alert kind of buzzing noise. It isn't just the noise it makes regularly. It is a loud, almost alarm-like noise ...
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147 views

Is it possible to make a heliostat with no moving parts?

I want to place a couple of mirrors outside the house to direct some sunlight to the windows, which will make it easier to cope with the soul-crushing overcast winters here in Melbourne, Australia. ...
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1answer
217 views

Can a lack of oxygen cause septic tank deterioration?

After 2 years I had my 8 year old septic tank pumped out for the second time. When we looked inside we found that the area above the outlet had concrete deterioration. Whatever happened ate through ...
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190 views

What kind of wood is around this fireplace?

Take a look at this picture: Could any one tell me what kind of wood that is around the fireplace? Is that just skirting board, or Dado rail or what? I don't know what to look for. Judging by the ...
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252 views

Is it alright for an exhaust fan to vent into the loft? [duplicate]

I live in a rented property, when I moved in a new bathroom suite had been installed. We however have had chronic condensation problems in the property. when going into the loftspace I could not ...
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803 views

Can my drywall act as an air barrier?

I am preparing to improve a building in a cold climate zone. Since it does not seem to be properly insulated, I am reading a book about insulating and weatherizing. That teaches me that I should ...
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What should I consider when cutting/making window in concrete foundation?

I am thinking about putting in another window for my basement apartment. I would like to know what do I need to consider before trying to find a contractor to do this. I have uploaded a picture of ...
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292 views

How do I tighten a PVC fitting in a narrow space behind a sink?

I've recently replaced the tap and handles in an old bathroom sink. It turned out to be a bit of a pain because the bolts holding the sink in are rusted into the besser block wall - the bolt head just ...
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430 views

How do I get even water pressure from a bathtub mixer faucet?

I just bought my house and noticed there is a problem in the bathroom tub faucet and that is: the valve starts from the cold toward hot and as it goes toward the hot the water pressure increases and ...
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1answer
343 views

Will having a joint between concrete beams weaken a structure?

My house is currently being constructed. It is a 20x60 foot plot. The boundary walls on the left and right sides are 4 inches thick. The beam on the right side 4-inch wall has been constructed. Now ...
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309 views

How big should a gap be between a built-in oven and a shelf for mounting a microwave?

I want to put a microwave on a shelf above a built-in oven. What gap should I leave between the top of the oven and the shelf?
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Where can I connect the ground wire when replacing my oven heating element?

My old heating element finally burned out and had to be replaced. That element is not made anymore, but an appliance store gave me the part # for a replacement that works for that oven. I took out ...
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377 views

How should I tidy up loose speaker wires?

I have surround sound speakers with the speaker wires going up through the wall. The wire is fixed and doesn't slide in and out the wall. Now it's time to tidy it up! How much loose wire should I ...

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