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Can I tap into the kitchen / dishwasher drain pipe with my washing machine?

I am moving my washing machine as a part of finishing my basement. Can I tap into a kitchen drain pipe (draining my sink and dishwasher) for my washing machine drain? How would this be done? I ...
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Foam insulation in interior walls

If I use foam insulation on the outside (2") and in the 2 x 6 walls (from 4 - 5"), do I need to fill in the leftover space on the inside with fiberglass or Roxul, or just put the vapor barrier over it ...
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Manifold all vent pipes in attic to have one pipe into roof

I'm building a new house, 2 1/2 baths, laundry room & kitchen. What size vent pipe would be needed to manifold all vents into one?
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One portable air conditioner - want to use it in two rooms

I have a Kenmore portable air conditioner model - 408.72012. this particular model can be housed on the outside of the building and the A/C air is vented into the inside space (normally through a ...
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How to remove glued down carpet pad?

Going to tear up the carpet/pad and put in hardwood. Carpet comes up easy. The pad however has been glued down and it isn't your normal pad. It's the same thickness (give or take) but more like ...
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What type of insulation should I use in a knee wall?

We have an unfinished bonus room over the garage on the second floor. A normal door goes to it and same height as rest of the 2nd floors and full sized windows and the house was zoned for the ...
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How to do I calculate how much sand and cement needed for bedding mortar

I need to make some bedding mortar for laying coping stones on a brick wall Ive calculated the volume of mortar needed 12m x 0.41m x 0.03m = 0.1476 m3 I buy cement and sand in 25 kg bags and would ...
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How can I determine the start up amps on a 3 phase 5 ton A/C unit?

I am trying to properly size a home generator and my concern is the start up amps on a 5 ton AC unit (15 years old R22 Goodwin type). My home power is unique because we have 3 phase (the AC is on 3 ...
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Water Damage on Ceiling of Shower

Today I noticed that a good little chunk of my ceiling in my bathroom had fallen into the bath tub. It appears to be some water damage, though the only thing above the ceiling is an attic that I'm ...
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How to fix this bathroom light?

This is my bathroom's light, which is both a light and a bathroom fan. The light is much dimmer now, so I guess that one of the fluorescents (or lightbulbs) is out. The fan seems to be working well. ...
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Is there such thing as a bowl shaped “ceiling bounce” lamp?

I'd like a lamp that acts like an IKEA floor lamp but without the long stick. Ideally it's bown shaped to not limit much of the light output to a tiny circle on the ceiling. I'd place a LIFX bulb in ...
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How should I apply silicone sealing to shower screen glass?

What's the best and easiest way to apply good quality silicone, which I'm told are never the water-based types, to freestanding glass and ceramic tiles in showers? Can I remove it with a razor blade ...
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How can I make a 3d box transparent display frame?

I wish to create a frame like this to present clothing for an exibition. I too wish to present an item of clothing with the frame outlined around it like so. Is this a D.I.Y job or is it possible to ...
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Why am I not getting enough gas pressure for a BBQ and generator?

The house we bought in Nov 2014 was plumbed in for LP gas. There is a 500 gal tank outside with a regulator connected to a 1" supply to the house. Once at the house there looks like what would be ...
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This hole in a concrete porch needs fixing

I might buy this house and have never lived there. The porch has an big air space of maybe 4 feet underneath the slab. Some of the rebar at the bottom edge of the slab is visible when peering in. The ...
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Odd odor that comes & goes in one bedroom

there is an odd odor in one of our bedrooms, its a double wide trailor, there was a small leak in the ceiling approx. 6 yrs ago. no more leak. but the odor seems to come when it has rained, no drips ...
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mesh with an older circuit

When extending an existing electrical circuit in an older home (comprised of 2 wire service (common and hot with no bare wire ground)) should one use 2 wire with a bare wire ground for the extended ...
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Lever for faucet

I have 1 bathroom faucet that is missing the lever and a kitchen faucet that is missing the screw the hold the lever. I am trying to hold hout on buying new faucets and would like to know if it is ...
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Will a short length of smaller size pipe affect flow rate or pressure?

Today a contractor installed a water line from the main to my house. During the tie in, the pipe continued to leak. The fitting thread was found to be defective, so the contractor placed 3/4 line ...
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1answer
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Two layers of underlayment for sheet vinyl?

I'm installing sheet vinyl flooring in the bathroom. Home Depot told me to get this hard plywood, just under 1/4" thick for underlayment. I'm concerned though because my sub floor is 10" or 12" wide ...
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Repurpose light switch to control surge protector?

I have a lone light switch lying around and thought it would be cool to use this switch to turn on/off a surge protector instead of the smaller switch on the surge protector. Can this be done? The ...
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How do I connect a garbage disposal into a single hot outlet?

We just moved into our new house. When putting in the new dishwasher I found that the old dishwasher was hardwired into the BLACK WHITE BARE black shielded wire going directly to the breaker box. The ...
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Does the security certification of a lock relates to both bolts?

I have a Vachette lock installed on a door with a internal doorknob and no doorknob outside (one needs the key to open it). The lock is certified, which means that it is supposed to "resist to ...
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Can I replace just the knob of this outside spigot to fix this leak?

This spigot leaks from the place where the handle attaches. Would I be lucky enough to be able to just need to replace the handle? Or would I need to also replace that brass piece it's connected to? ...
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Ideal Sill Plate width for new construction on 8" block

I've got an addition with a new 8" cinder block wall. I'm curious if it's better to have a 2x8 or 2x6 sill plate? It will be waterproofed on the outside and covered with 2" foam so there shouldn't ...
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How to make a Tall Retaining Wall

Recently, as in September [Final close date was 11/13/2015] this year, I bought a house. This house is on an extreme incline. I would like to level out this incline. The front first floor of the ...
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Can using a new evap coil on top of an older furnace cause problems?

I am getting quotes for a new R410A condenser unit/evaporator coil from several HVAC contractors. A salesperson refused to give me a quote unless I purchase a new furnace as well. He said that he has ...
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How can I stop the hose from the pump to the filter from leaking?

Replaced broken hose from above ground pool pump to filter. Slip on hose. Have clamped both ends as tight as possible but both ends still leak. Not a lot but enough to be annoying. What else can I ...
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How many CAT6 cables can fit in 3/4 conduit?

I was planning to get 3/4" conduit (Carlon ENT/Smurftube) to run network cables through the house. Just how many CAT6 cables can safely fit into 3/4" conduit?
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What underlayment should I use for stapled engineered floor?

What underlayment should I use for 3/8" engineered flooring stapled to plywood subfloor?
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Can this post support be used for a fence (especially for posts that support a gate)

Can this post support be used for a fence (especially for posts that support a gate) ( http://www.homedepot.ca/product/bolt-down-in-khaki-4-in-x-4-in/971849)
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Do you have to vent the space between wall and drywall for a finished basement?

The ceiling in my furnace room is open. I have been chasing the source of the bad smell in my basement for about a year when I finally realized that the smell is coming out of that room. Here is a ...
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Can I put a recessed light in a shower?

I am in Montgomery County, Maryland and I had a contractor tell me it's against code to put a recessed light in my shower. The shower is 3' X 3' X 7'1" (3 foot by 3 foot and the height is 7 feet 1 ...
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How do I go about finding the correct size hydronic baseboard radiator covers?

I replaced some drywall behind a hydronic baseboard radiator. The original covers were thrown out. The element size is 2.75x2.75. This is bigger than the covers sold at big box stores. I called a ...
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Fill/seal large gap around shower base

We just bought a new house and I noticed the shower is leaking. I went to reseal the shower with a silicon based sealant, but then noticed that the gaps are pretty large. Along one side, between ...
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How to wire a three phase machine to a single phase plug?

The machine has five wires, three of which are live. I want to wire into a single phase supply using a three prong plug. It powers a boiler and water pump (for an espresso machine: 220-240V, 50/60Hz, ...
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can I link a portable washer to 'conventional' laundry hook up?

seeing that my leasing agent is putting up my rent per month by over $50 and no option to move, I'm thinking of ways to cut cost - one thing is to stop renting a washer for $22.50 a month and just buy ...
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Adjusting the spacing between small (2“ x 2”) tiles

I'm laying 2" x 2" tiles over a raised concrete patio slab that is 11' 6" by 16' 1 1/4". The tiles come in 12" x 24" sheets with the individual tiles joined by little blobs of a rubbery substance. ...
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Is it a problem that PEX emerging from the walls is floppy

I'm working on a bathroom remodel (necessitated by a failing sub-floor, but that is neither here nor there), and PEX has been recommended either to completely replace the affected plumbing or at least ...
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Can I add an air gap to an existing drain pipe?

I am installing a water softener in my garage. There is already a place to connect into the water line (after the existing sediment filter), and there is an existing drain pipe (2 inch PVC that runs ...
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Can I expand a concrete slab by 3/4"?

I have an above ground exterior concrete slab that we'd like to surface with 2" x 2" porcelain tiles. The slab is just a little too small – about 3/4" in one dimension. I'm wondering if it would work ...
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What is a multiwire branch circuit?

What is a multiwire branch circuit? (also known as "multiwire circuit", "multiwire branch circuit", "split phase shared neutral", "two circuits fed from one 12-3 or 14-3 NM-B cable", "shared neutral ...
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2answers
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Connecting 2 GFCI Breakers to 2 Hot Leads and 1 Common

So I just bought my first house and in lieu of changing loads of outlets in the kitchen for GFCI outlets I went with two 20A GFCI breakers. Upon going to install the breakers I found that the cable ...
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Replacing Wood siding that extends over concrete block

I have an older home that has textured plywood siding. It looks great. The problem is a small addition was built and wood siding was installed to match the rest of the house. The bottom 12" of the ...
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1answer
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Can I reuse anchor bolt sleeves?

A bracket for mounting a TV was attached to my brick fireplace by the previous home owner. All that remains now are four little metal tubes, which I think are leftover parts of some kind of anchor ...
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Can the A/C temperature through a vent be significantly lower than in the air handler?

Can the A/C temperature coming out a vent be significantly lower than the temperature in the air handler above the evaporator coil? If so, how does the air get colder as it comes out the vent? Or ...
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Roof Decking: Plywood/OSB over skip sheathing (decking) or should I strip to the rafters?

I have a shake roof (looks like the original from 1952!) with skip sheathing. Then an asphalt shingle re-roof over that (that makes 2 roofs in 60 years, thanks previous owners!). I have repairs and ...
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What is the purpose of horizontal blocks on a bearing wall?

In my basement, the bearing wall has horizontal blocks between each stud, similar to what you see in this picture: . There is one place on the wall where one of the blocks was removed to place an ...
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1answer
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deck railings: alternatives to 4x4 posts?

I'm working on a deck with a lot of level changes. Using 4x4 posts for the railing is undesirable because it'll look rather clunky. I am wondering if there are any examples someone can point me to ...
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Can the fan be rewired so the fan works off the pull chain and the lights work off the switch?

I have an existing ceiling fan in a hallway on a 3 way switch. When I turn on the switch both the fan and the lights will come on. Can the fan be rewired so the fan works off the pull chain and the ...

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