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Why does my electric range lack fine temperature control?

We had a Stove at the cottage for which all of the range elements ran either hot hot or cold. This made it very difficult to cook pancakes etc! We bought a new stove for our house and moved the old ...
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What could be causing our air conditioner circuit breaker to keep tripping?

Our air conditioner circuit breaker marked "AC", is tripping frequently after the AC unit works for a while. Sometimes as long as an hour or more and, sometimes as short as few minutes. We were told ...
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How can I cut the tiles outside of the cabinet?

I want to replace the tiles in my kitchen but I don't want to redo all the cabinets. Some tiles are partially underneath the cabinets, so I suppose I need to cut the portion exposed outside of the ...
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What is the best way to install speakers to interior/exterior of house?

I want to install 4 interior speakers and one exterior speaker, as shown on the diagram below. (S indicates speaker, S (?) indicates 2 possible locations). There is dry wall between the rooms and ...
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How can I find a replacement screw/bolt?

I have a cast iron Christmas tree stand and I need to replace the screws/bolts. Where can I get them and/or how can I determine the thread so that I can check at a hardware store?
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How do I make a dog-leg corners in aluminium framing for fly-screens?

I have 20-odd rectangular aluminium (aluminum) windows that need fly-screens. Sounds easy enough to make my own, but along the bottom edge of each window is a window-winder (280 mm wide and 30mm ...
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What is the best way to run underground electrical and low voltage in the same trench?

I'm putting in a couple of new electrical lines for my back yard. I have a trench dug from point A, to B, to C, etc.. I then had a bright idea. Why don't I put speaker wires and CAT6 under ground ...
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Can I use THHN/THWN-2 within a lamp post?

Foreword: I've been using UF wire for about 10 years now, and I've really grown to hate it. It's hard to work with, hard to strip, and hard to pull through conduit. I prefer all my underground wire to ...
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How to shape this metal?

The metal below was a banding strap in its former life. It is magnetic but slightly rusted at spots, so probably galvanized steel? On the left you can see that I have started to shape the metal. ...
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How well does a single A\C unit provide 2 zone cooling?

My 2,900 square foot house currently has two separate AC systems (one upstairs, one downstairs). They're both very old and need to be replaced. One of the four HVAC salesman that provided quotes ...
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Is this vertical gap in the concrete block foundation something to worry about?

I'm looking at a home that has a vertical gap or crack running the height of the exposed concrete block foundation. The crack is near the center of the home, about a foot to the right of the concrete ...
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Will standing topped off tree trunks work for holding up a building structure?

If I cut four trees off about 15' above the ground, and they are approximately in a parallelogram, Can I use them to support a building structure (say, a large shed)? Would I have to treat against ...
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How do I remove this exterior Water Valve cap?

How do I remove this exterior water valve cap? Bonus points for a name! Update: I cleaned it a bit more: I attempted to pry it but, I haven't made much progress: I also noticed this bolt but I ...
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Filling deep gaps at corners of maple flooring

I have fairly new natural maple 3/4" [about 4" wide] flooring installed. The installer was sloppy and where the flooring butted against doorways (no doors, just open frames), he should have side cut ...
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How should I fill in a trench left by replacement of a sewer pipe?

I recently had my main sewer pipe that runs underground to the main pipe replaced, and I left it open for a few days to check everything is okay, and it seems to be. What is the best way to fill the ...
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Where do I attach the earth conductor on a plastic fixture?

I'm replacing some outdoor lights. The old ones were metal, and the earth wire was connected to a screw on the base. The new fixtures are plastic, and there's no earthing screw. Where should I connect ...
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Should I expect a level ceiling when my kitchen was completely gutted?

My contractor is giving me the runaround. I really like the guy, but I feel like this is unacceptable. My new cabinets look off because of it. What should I do?
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How to remove wires from doorbell

I was tasked with removing a broken doorbell from the outside of the building. I'm not sure what to do with the wires? If I pull on them they come out further but not a whole lot. I want to at least ...
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330 views

Can I repair this crack in my sprinkler backflow preventer?

I have a crack in one part of my sprinkler backflow preventer/vacuum breaker. It looks a lot like this: Can I re-seal this crack? Or do I have to buy a whole new assembly?
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674 views

Should I replace a receptacle with a small burn mark?

I have a window A/C in my room. I turned it on last night and power from that socket, the restroom lights, second bedroom and hallway lights are not working now. The plugs in the restroom do work. The ...
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74 views

How should I finish the area around the gas line for my range?

We are remodeling our kitchen and had a new gas line run for our range. What's the best way to finish the area around the valve? We'll obviously will need to access the valve and run flex pipe from ...
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Can sump pump drain pipes be installed without breaking concrete?

I am installing a sump pump well in basement. From the well i would like to drive into the earth horizontally a drain pipe to remove excess water under the concrete floor. Would a hard white PVC pipe ...
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Dealing with inaccessible carcass under pier and beam house

We recently had 3 days of rain which were accompanied by a terrible odor. After confirming that it wasn't a sewage problem, I've determined that something took advantage of my recent siding work to ...
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Have these cuts for a gas line structurally compromised my studs?

We are in the midst of a kitchen remodel and yesterday had someone come and run a new gas line as we are making the switch from an electric to a gas range. This fellow is a well rated pro but I'm ...
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What is the process for using a mold to make a concrete patio?

I have a concrete mold and I would like to know how I should prepare the part of my yard where I want the concrete pattern to go and after pouring the concrete over the mold how long should the mold ...
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What is the NEC-compliant way to add a conduit in this configuration?

I'm about to open the interior side of a kitchen wall. My breaker panel is on the exterior side of this wall. I'll be adding insulation, making future pulling of cable difficult, so I'd like to take ...
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683 views

How do I prep and plaster a bowed wall before tiling?

I'm about to tile a shower alcove. However, I put a straight edge against the walls and the rear wall bows out very badly. The wall is 950mm wide and putting a straight edge across shows a gap about ...
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Natural stone cladding on grog/chamotte shell around fireplace insert

I would like to clad my grog/chamotte brick-built fireplace shell with natural stone. I expect to cover bricks using flexible adhesive grout. But in order to compensate for temperature differences in ...
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Casting vermiculite boards and reinforcement

I would like to insulate and fireproof the back of my fireplace insert in my living room. As precast vermiculite boards are rather expensive compared to loose vermiculite granules I would like to cast ...
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Is it code-compliant to attach a patio to the roof like this?

I want to attach a patio cover to my house. Trouble is the clearance between the window and the roof rafters is too small for a ledger. I was considering the option of attaching to the roof top like ...
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How can I add decorative lines to my boundary walls?

I want to make three horizontal 2cm deep lines in my outer wall when it plastering by cement. Please see the attached photo (same like the lines in the dark color house wall). What these lines ...
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How much do I lose on Dremel power from a flex shaft

I would like to mount my Dremel 4000 so I can use it as a stationary tool, e.g. a self-made CNC. There are several pages on the web and many videos on youtube showing the Dremel fixed in a box-like ...
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How can I wire a GFCI combo switch so that the switch controls the receptacle?

I want to install a Cooper Combination Switch/Receptacle GFCI device. Everything I've seen shows the switch controlling a light or garbage disposal and the outlet always hot. I want the switch to ...
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Why can't I get hot water quickly at my vanity sink?

Whenever I turn on the hot water, it takes 3-4 min to get hot water at the vanity. It takes 1-2 min. for the shower. I have a gas heater. Can it be fixed or does it need to be replaced?
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What type of asbestos is this?

I have a 1960's dormer-bungalow (UK). I'm currently having a back extension which requires removal of the old soffits. The soffits are boarded with asbestos. (Photo below) By looking at this, is ...
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Can I wire a Bathroom Fan to two Switches in Parallel?

I want to control a bathroom exhaust fan with a wall timer, and a 24 vac relay. Basically both switches would be wired in parallel. Is this safe to do?
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What could cause my water to taste metallic after a water filter cartridge was changed?

About 20 years ago, we remodeled our home and had two water filters installed (downstairs and upstairs). They are stainless steel enclosures with carbon block filter cartridges inside. The brand is ...
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What is the standard height of a frameless shower door handle?

I'm having a frameless shower door installed and to me the handle height seems rather low, but it could be because I'm a tall person. The handle is centered at around 35" from the bottom of the door. ...
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Altering The Depth of a Kitchen Cabinet

The cabinets in our kitchen were installed just prior to us moving into the house. The cabinet above the fridge is deeper than the other cabinets so that it protrudes over the fridge. This would be ...
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Can sheetrock be put in for fire barrier over existing ductwork and plumbing in drive under garage?

I am in the process of buying a house and the home inspection brought up some interesting issues. The house is in the Atlanta area and was built in 1979 with a drive-under garage. The garage ceiling ...
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Is there an additive for Latex paint to flatten it? (remove gloss)

I have semi-gloss latex interior paint and would like to use it but need eggshell or flat. Is there a flattening agent that I can use? I've read that talcum powder can be used but I'm not interested ...
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Hardwood floors cupping even after replacement

Let me start off by saying that I am NOT a flooring expert or installer, I am a homeowner looking for answers. About 3 years ago, my home was built in southern Louisiana with reclaimed/antique pine ...
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Do I need to caulk the walls and around tub of my shower all at the same time?

I caulked two sides of my tub surround last night and waited a day to caulk the long wall, is this ok or was i supposed to caulk all sides and corners at the same time to ensure there is no leakage?
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How to calculate what wattage transformer to use for LED light strip

I am looking to purchase some LED light strips, and I have seen these: 7.5 Watt RGB LED Tape They are 7.5w, and have 150 LED lights over a span of 5m and the website states that they are 12V. But I ...
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Can I swap the positions of the toilet and bath tub?

We do not like where the toilet and bath tub are now located in the master bathroom. Can I place the toilet where the bath tub drain is now, and install a new bath tub where the toilet currently is? ...
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What could cause my recessed light to not work?

I replaced a flood light lightbulb in recessed light fixture, thinking the previous bulb had burned out, but that new bulb isn't working either. I've tried a regular lamp bulb to ensure my new ...
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How could a power drill trigger switch be damaged when used continuously in variable speed range?

I just acquired a DeWalt DCD790 cordless brushless drill/driver, and going through the manual, on page 10 under Speed Trigger Switch, I find the following: NOTE: Continuous use in variable speed ...
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Closet dome light, is the tinfoil necessary?

In taking the cover off my closet dome light to change a lightbulb, I noticed that behind the lightbulb there is peeling tinfoil which is revealing something that looks like insulation. The lightbulbs ...
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What is the maximum depth below grade for termite activity?

I'm endlessly revising my perimeter footing insulation project and need to know: how far below grade do subterranean termites tunnel? These would be normal subterraneans, not formosans. For some ...
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How can I correct a plywood cabinet door that bowed after painting?

A 14"x69" cabinet door I made from 3/4" birch plywood bowed AFTER painting the first side with water based paint. The door had been straight after simultaneously priming both sides with Kilz water ...

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