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Differences between matt and silk paint

I have started to paint my new home in matt as i prefer the none reflective surface compared to silk. My Grandfather has said i should always paint walls with silk, but my outlaws say matt is just as ...
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How safe are flammables as indoor cleaners?

I just cleaned some range hood duct with Seafoam. I was wondering how long after initial application things like it or rubbing alcohol remain active on the surface to present a fire hazard. How do you ...
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Load capacity of 2x4s spaced 16"

We are trying to finish an above garage attic space as a playroom (since the ceiling will be slanted - 7' to 4' headroom). The "room" is 25' x 8' and currently has 2x4s that are 16" apart. My current ...
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Didn't stain my new fence this summer: do it while its cold or wait until next year?

I have a new fence built from pressure-treated wood. We did not get around to staining it this fall and the temperatures are now in the 40s. Is it better just to wait until next year or should I ...
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Cold bathroom that has exhaust

So I have started to notice the bathroom with an exhaust is starting to get really cold as the temperature is getting colder. Is there something I can do about this? Should it really be that much ...
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Need help replacing this super old shower handle!

Not really sure what kind of handle this is or how to replace it. It doesn't work anymore so no water comes out of the showerhead. There's some little pin in the base of the handle that broke and none ...
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How to light a Hearthmaster gas fireplace

I just moved into a new house I went to turn on the gas for the fireplace using the key yet I still can't light the fireplace. There's nothing showing me where to turn on the gas flow to the ...
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Do channels overlap in multiple remote controls for outlets?

My dad just bought remote controlled outlets, which operate at 433.92mhz. The remote has four channels that can be used to control different outlets. Now what happens if I myself, buy a second set? ...
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water will only dispense if i take out the filter

One day the water and ice stopped working. I replaced the filter, same symptom. If i take the filter out, water will dispense normally. With filter disengaged it will leak out the bottom though. ...
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Is this true about circuit breakers being out of phase in a house?

I just read this on another message board: If you know which breaker each outlet is on, it's easy. Breakers that are directly adjacent to each other (above/below or left/right) are on ...
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How to connect a phone line?

I'm trying to connect the phone lines in my new home. I have 2 lines given by my phone provider arriving downstairs in the apartment: Then I have 2 RJ11 cables plugged into to the connections shown ...
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How to connect a phone line? [duplicate]

I'm trying to connect the phone lines in my new home. I have 2 lines given by my phone provider arriving downstairs in the apartment: Then I have 2 RJ11 cables plugged into to the connections shown ...
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wiring a oven with 4 wires to home service with 3 wires

My new oven has 4 wires and my old oven had 4 wires but my home service only has 3. I found that the old oven had the white wire connected to the ground should i do the same hook up?
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Removing Caulk from Quartz bathroom countertop

My contractor used white silicon caulk on my quartz tri-colored brand new bathroom countertop, smearing it in a wide swath on all the seams where backsplash meets the countertop. My quartz countertop ...
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Mortar in my shower

Can I use muriatic acid to get mortar in my shower drain I got mortar in drain while doing my shower. Help me. Someone said that muriatic acid eats it up.???? Lol
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Where should the ground wire go at a light switch with no ground screw?

I am going through some basic electrical stuff in a house that had some pro and some amateur work done. Some of the things I've been working on (e.g. light switches) have been wired correctly (...
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Fixing a running toilet

I have a toilet that runs periodically, like maybe half the time after a flush. For what it's worth, it's not a constant run, but rather the water kicks on every 5 minutes or so to top off the tank. ...
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Can an electrical breaker panel be mounted on an exterior wall?

Can an electrical breaker panel be inserted on an exterior wall, inside the house, or is it required that it is on an interior wall, inside the house?
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How to determine (not estimate) starting amperage of a motor?

I want to buy an inverter-generator to run my Trane heating system in case of a power outage. The Trane is on a 20 amp circuit. The sticker says it needs a minimum of a 15.2 amp circuit. My question ...
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Utility of new smartphone-based thermal cameras in identifying cold spots in the home

Winter is coming up, and for those of us in the Midwest, that means that winterizing needs to be done. I'm moving into a house built in 1956 that may have some cold spots around doors, windows, and ...
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Testing 3-wire receptacles indicates no ground even though 12/2 w/ground wire is connected

I have an interesting question. I have a hundred-year-old house with electrical panel updated a few years ago by a professional electrician. I went around last week with a circuit tester just to make ...
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Installing a exterior light in existing vinyl siding

My house is a 50's cape which originally had clapboard siding. The previous owner put a layer of rigid foam over the clapboard, then vinyl siding. As far as I can tell, from looking at the wall ...
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How do I wire mutilple sections of lights with 3 way switches to same power source?

I want to wire four separate sections of lights for my basement from the same breaker. Three sections will be wired to 3 way switches, and one is a single pole. The previous set up was wired from ...
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How to repair hole that the chair leg screws into

My upholstered chair has one leg that will not screw into the chair base because the hole is too big and it looks as though the screw that was in the chair base is gone, making it impossible to screw ...
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coleman furnace model dgaa furnace heats up and shuts down berfore blower starts and flashes code 4

york DGAA will work fine until it gets close to hot enough for the blower to turn on. I said close to turning on because I think it should get hotter but I'm not sure just guessing. The upper limit ...
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What's the best way to get grade below foundation wall?

We just discovered that the cause of some water staining on the internal sill-plates on top of the basement foundation wall are due to the outside grade sitting ~2 inches above the foundation wall!! ...
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How do I keep water from getting under the garage door?

Our garage door, pictured below, is right on a sidewalk that slopes downward slightly as it moves past the garage. The result is that one side of the garage door is 4 inches below grade while the ...
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How do I remove or cut a sewer pipe at edge of our basement slab?

What's the best way to remove the unused sewer / storm-drain pipe in the attached picture? It's coming up through the edge of our basement slab where it meets the foundation wall? We want to remove ...
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Rotted Sheathing Above Fireplace

TL;DR - Is it possible to replace the rotted sheathing from the inside behind the brick fireplace and behind the header above the mantle So, my wife and I purchase a house about a month an a half ago ...
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Fitting glass lampshade given standard ceiling pendant

I have a standard British ceiling pendant room light in my hallway. I also have a glass lampshade (which is roughly a truncated cone in shape). I'd like to fit the lampshade on the pendant. The ...
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Low water pressure

Just replaced my main water valve that feeds the house. It's copper line and I used shark bite fittings. Kitchen sink, master shower and both toilets have very low pressure now. All other faucets are ...
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Should water heaters be turned off (for safety) when not in use?

Is there any safety concern regarding leaving water heaters on 24/7?
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Is it possible to have a reasonably soundproof sliding door to a bedroom?

We are planning a major house refurbishment, and in particular changing doors to two bedrooms. Our architect came up with this idea to put really wide sliding doors in, to get nice space after they ...
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Simple 3-way countdown timer switch

I've reached the end of my rope with family members who won't turn off lights. I'd like to replace several light switches in my house with switches that just turn the lights off after 30 or 60 minutes....
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Apartment Circuit breaker flips randomly

I'm not sure how to diagnose or fix this issue. I have seen it happen when nothing is on, when a few things are on, and when the heater is on. It does not appear to matter what the electrical ...
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What's this type of lamp light bulb socket called?

I want to buy a replacement, but don't know what to search for.
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Will using a Chimney Balloon to insulate my fireplace block the ventilation of my water heater and furnace?

My house was built in 1920 in Providence, RI. I'm not sure of the design of the entire chimney, but the water heater and furnace vent into the chimney. I am considering using a Chimney Balloon, but ...
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How do I connect this light switch?

I'm trying to replace my light switch, but I'm not sure what needs to connect to what. The first picture is the wires for from the new switch. The other pictures show the old switches and how it's ...
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What rock to use to fill behind a retain wall?

I've got a small retain wall I'm building to help fight some erosion in my backyard. I've got paver base, tamper, block, and cap to start the project but I was wondering if I needed additional rock ...
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Is having cloth touching a grounding wire ok?

In my basement, the ceiling of one of the closets is the copper grounding wire that runs from the breaker box to my water main. This wraps around the perimeter of the basement on the top of the rooms ...
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Electrical wiring does not work

Okay so I just got a new place it was built in the 80s. It is Also a mobile home. I am redoing all the light switches and outlets. I've done most of em and they have worked but with this particular ...
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How do I get my water and pressure back?

2 mobile home lots with a well house distributing water to each trailer separately with a hose connection. I turned off mine to replace the main line and to replace the frayed heat tape and now I ...
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Can outdoor receptacle go right over conduit leading to it?

Ideally, I would like to place an outdoor power outlet box right over this 1/2" PVC conduit leading to it so there is A) no conduit visible around the box and B) there isn't an extra 90° bend to make ...
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LED Strip connectors

my led RGB strip does not fit the connectors I have. The strip is waterproof and is covered in a fairly heavy plastic coating. This may sound stupid but does this plastic need removing or do I need ...
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DWV insert pipe into run

I would like to insert some short lengths of 3" copper into a DWV main line that is made of PVC. I will be wrapping soft copper around these short lengths and running the cold water feed for the ...
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How do sub-surface drains (e.g. French drains) work?

Do sub-surface drains (e.g. French drains, rubble drains, etc.) require a uniform rise in the water table in order to work? Or can they catch and convey localized sub-surface water? For instance, let'...
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Using 10 1/4 inch fiberglass insulation in a 6 inch space?

I need to insulate under a floor that has hydronic radiant heat. I am going to use fiberglass batts between the joists of the floor, with the kraft vapor barrier upward (toward the warmer area). The ...
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I want to wire in a single gang light switch for a lamp

I have a lamp with a weird switch on it so I want to attach a light switch to it and place it on the wall. I do not want to use an inline switch as they are often fiddly too. I have been trying all ...
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NEC Breaker Selection for Motor Loads

In the case of motor loads connected to a long branch circuit, why does NEC Table 430.52 limit selection of an over current protection device (OCPD) to a smaller size than the branch conductor will ...
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Is there a required spacing between waste vent line and chimney?

This question seeks answers with one of the following as supporting evidence: International standards, other standards widely recognized in multiple areas of the United States, or sound building and ...

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