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has anyone tried wambam no dig fence

I need to replace 3 fence panels and posts and i can't find any contractor, i am guessing because it is a small job. The only contractor i was able to find wants $1500 without staning or hauling away ...
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1answer
63 views

Should I remove moulding before adding a plaster ceiling?

We have an 85-year old house with textured ceilings. We had a plasterer advise us to install new plastered ceilings over the old ceiling; if we do so, without removing moulding, the new ceiling will ...
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90 views

What is this landing/wrap-around feature on porch steps called.

What is this style or feature called? If it has a name...!
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645 views

Must Electrical Adapters Be Inside Gang Boxes?

I'm replacing a wall sconce light with a bluetooth speaker so I have AC wires coming into the spot where the speaker will be but I'll be removing the circular gang box that the sconce light connected ...
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1answer
182 views

What circuit does the samsung NE58H9970WS induction range need?

I tried looking through samsungs install manuals. The manually helpfully says the oven should only plug into the circuit with the correct amps - however it doesn't say what those amps should be. I ...
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1answer
83 views

Repair power cord with heat shrink tubing without cutting or disconnecting cord [closed]

Is anyone aware of any heat shrink tubing that is large enough to go over a three-prong plug but will still shrink enough to fit a power cord (size of an outdoor extension cord)? The cord is damaged ...
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4answers
370 views

Is it okay for one curtain hanging bracket to be screwed into drywall with no anchors?

I'm trying to hang curtains from near the ceiling. I have 5 brackets. 4 of them have successfully been screwed into wood, at least with the top screw (the bottom screw was as a wall anchor into ...
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1answer
47 views

Single handle shower faucet from the 80s making loud noises

In my guest bathroom, there is a single handle shower faucet, likely an early Delta or American Standard scald-free ('monitor') that occasionally screams/whistles when being operated. It doesn't leak,...
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1answer
41 views

Ceiling Fan is hot 6' down, but lights nor fan comes on

I've hooked up my hunter ceiling fan with black/blue wire connected to the black(hot) wire and my white to white(neutral) and green to ground wire. My sniffer says that I'm hot not only at the ceiling ...
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412 views

High Water Bill - No Leaks

Four months ago I moved into a house built about 10-11 years ago. With our first water bill, billed semi-monthly, we were billed a usage of 3750 gallons. Our next bill showed a usage of 9100 gallons. ...
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1answer
95 views

What to call a store that sells end mills? [closed]

I need to pick up an end mill, today. Mail order isn't an option. I've been googling for over an hour now, looking for a place in my area that sells end mills. Every search term I've tried leads back ...
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2answers
390 views

How can I place treads on these stairs around a corner?

I have built the start of these stairs. It's a difficult concept for me to build stairs around a corner so I cut part of the deck so it wasn't an abrupt 90 degrees going into the stairs (which wouldn'...
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342 views

how to handle baseboard/trim transition

I've done a lot of reading on baseboard/casing installation but one area no one seems to talk about are transitions. I have a few that I've been wondering how to handle, like in the bathroom where it ...
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2answers
122 views

Do asphalt contractors throw away unused sealant at end of season?

Background I just had a guy knock on my door to pitch me a quote to reseal my driveway. I need to get it resealed, so I listed to his pitch. He said he wouldn't charge me for materials because he is ...
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1answer
53 views

ive been told i have low results of asbestos in my ceiling

Ive been told there are a diffrent results of asbestos ie low medium or high , ive been living with a huge hole on my sitting room ceiling for seven weeks with parts of it falling daily as a result ...
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2answers
36 views

How do I seperate three lights from 1 switch?

I have one light switch that controls 3 lights - how do I separate that switch to two individual switches?
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300 views

Can I use a ground instead of a dedicated C wire for a thermostat

My new wi-fi thermostat requires a common wire coming from the 24 volt transformer. Rather than running an additional wire can I ground the common side of the transformer to the building steel ( this ...
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0answers
18 views

Ill fitting glass door

My sliding glass door is smaller than the frame and the builder put plastic blocks around the edges to make it fit and there is a 2" space of raw dirt in one corner of frame. Is this acceptable?
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1answer
50 views

Can I vent a portable airco exhaust in the wall cavity?

I'm renting an appartment in a small appartment block, which got very hot last summer, and very moist in winter when hanging our laundry. The obvious solution would be to place a protable airco unit,...
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1answer
51 views

How does my Boiler work with my Baseboard and thermostat

In the apartment I am at I am just wondering how the boiler system works between all the units. Apparently its one water pipe going the whole perimeter of the floor but each apartment has it's own ...
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Zoned heating problem

I have a 2 zoned Trane forced hot air gas heater with a Honeywell control board,2 thermostats. One in the basement one upstairs. It's a rancher. When heat or air is called for upstairs it goes on ...
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1answer
133 views

How to resolve a rusting uPVC window fixing torx screw?

The window in this property has been fitted with steel screws, all of which have rusted as the window is often open and inevitably moisture has reached the screw heads. My goal is to replace them all ...
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2answers
213 views

240v Lights on a 12v Circuit?

Is it possible to run 240v lights on a 12v circuit using 12v bulbs? I have 6 240v lights for the garden and here in the UK unless you are qualified electrician and use Armoured cable dug to a depth ...
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3answers
191 views

What size conduit should I use for Coaxial and Ethernet?

I'm looking at feeding both a coaxial and an Ethernet(probable cat6A) cable too multiple locations in my house shortly. I was wondering what size conduit should I use?
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1answer
195 views

Sorting out the 3-gang box for smart switches

first time question here so grateful for any help. I am trying to install some "smart" switches (GE Quirky). Switches which live by themselves in the box are really easy (just follow the ...
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2answers
90 views

Is this a faulty GFCI receptacle?

Need some advice on an electrical issue I'm having in my new condo. My bathroom has a GFCI receptacle (similar to this one). I noticed one morning that the LED indicator was out, so I figured ...
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2answers
80 views

Recessed lighting in existing concrete light fixture

I have some light fixtures that are currently used and covered with blind plates in the corners of a concrete ceiling room. I was wonder if there was anyway to convert those existing light boxes to ...
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1answer
129 views

Replacing water shut off valve

I'm looking to replace a stop and waste valve in my basement. I watched a video on this old house (my bible, at this point) and I found a quick shut off valve to replace it, with compression seals (to ...
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1answer
62 views

How do i remove this bulb from my bathroom fixture?

My bathroom fixture has one of these and I can seem to remove it. Any ideas?
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95 views

Is sanding the best option to remove peeling wall paint?

I have purchased a house and it seems that the previous occupiers used incredibly cheap paint which is just peeling off and bitty, almost the texture of dry PVA glue. It has been suggested that I ...
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1answer
209 views

How to drill a hole safely?

A friend of mine rented a new apartment and asked me to help with some shelves. We will need to drill some holes for screwing the shelves. One of the places has a electrical socket near by and the ...
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1answer
78 views

Moist sandy gravel between frost-proof monolithic slab and insulation. Is it going to freeze and expand?

I’m planning on pouring a monolithic slab with insulation beneath to prevent frost heave of the ground below. It’s a somewhat common technique, there’s just not many folks I can find in Massachusetts ...
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1answer
69 views

why using self-tapping screws?

I am just wondering what the advantage of self-tapping screws would be as compared to normal screws. Does it fasten more strongly? I know, with most self-tapping screws, pre-drilling can be skipped. ...
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0answers
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Microwave with Hood stopped working

I have the over the range microwave with fan / light listed below. The other day it quit while the fan was auto engaged due to us cooking several large items below it. Now there is no power to the ...
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1answer
28 views

closing cold water inlet valve to propane water while away for 2 months

I have a 16 year old State Industries 40 gal propane water heater. It currently works fine (only issue I've ever had was to replace the thermocouple a couple of years ago). However, I'll be away for ...
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3answers
690 views

How to prevent half wall (drywall, steel studs) from wobbling

I want to make a half wall beside a staircase (on the edge of the upper floor). One end will be attached to a concrete column, but the other will be (so far) unsuported. Something like the picture ...
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1answer
514 views

Max pressure I can set my well to?

I am new to having a well and the pressure in our house is OK, but not incredible. The well sits about 100 ft. from the house. We have 2 20 Gallon pressure tanks next to the pump. The pressure switch ...
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2answers
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Fix Vent Pipe leak?

This is the exhaust vent from a gas fired heating system. That drip, right at the joint, started a year ago. I'm assuming it's from condensation, and would otherwise drain back into the heater, ...
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2answers
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Replacement Strip of Siding

When I purchased my house I noticed a strip of siding assumingly blew off the garage. In the garage was a strip of siding that was the correct length to replace it. I tried going up there and ...
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1answer
109 views

What to do with white neutral wire?

I am installing an electric cooktop that has black and red conductor wires (plus the ground wire). However, the circuit line has black, red and white wires. Since there isn't a matching white wire ...
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1answer
40 views

Is their some kind of device that can take a picture to locate where these leaks are located?

Our house is a 4 level split model and within the guest room which is on the 2nd level (level above the basement) I hear a drips somewhere above the ceiling. These drip sounds are located in 2 ...
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1answer
69 views

Drywall Repair in Ceiling

My contractor replaced a section of a ceiling with a new section of drywall (about 2' x 3'), he then built a floor to ceiling closet which covered most of the repaired area. The entire section was ...
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0answers
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Is there a purpose for the concrete border at base of this house?

My wife and I are in negotiations to purchase a house that is located in the Southeastern US. The home inspector was a bit baffled by the concrete border (first image) that runs along the back and ...
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5answers
578 views

Unusual tub leak

OK, this one has been driving me nuts for a while now. I have a shower/tub on the second floor that leaks down on to the first floor. It only happens with showers, not baths. It takes about 5-10 ...
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1answer
36 views

PERGO Locking Hardwood Flooring in wet areas? [duplicate]

Can I install PERGO Locking Hardwood Flooring in wet areas?
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2answers
232 views

Minimum setback for retaining wall

Is there a minimum distance needed between a retaining wall and a home? I've seen many homes with a sloped back yard, such that there is a 6' high above ground retaining wall between the backyard and ...
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1answer
78 views

Home Air Conditioner Problem

I have an air conditioning unit that was here when I bought the house. It was in the 70's here today, but I have an old house and windows don't open so the house was hot. I decided to turn on the ac ...
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1answer
39 views

If water level is rising on its own on oil heating unit instead of going down, could I have a leak? Or something worse?

If water level is rising instead of lowering on oil heater unit, is there a leak? Could something worse happen. Oil man had to drain water to lower water, and said to watch it to make sure it doesn't ...
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2answers
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Wobbly Ceiling Fan

I've installed a 52" Hampton Fan with light, (w/out remote) in my bedroom. When it is set on low the fan appears very stable. At high speed the ceiling fan shakes and does so to a lessor extent on ...
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1answer
74 views

Is there such a thing as lightweight window glass?

I have a cool wood screen door which my wife wants to turn into a storm door. I think its suitability is marginal. As in, it would probably work but I'd prefer a little more structure. I'll consider ...

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