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How do I remove plastic shelving molly clips?

I have some closet shelving clips I need to remove to paint a wall. The problem is that they are molly bolts. These are the exact clips/mollys. The question is similar to this one, but in my ...
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How to fix a window, keeping rain out but allowing wind in?

It's always raining heavily here at my place and I had to keep the room windows shut due to the electrical appliances near the window inside the room. However, the room quickly becomes ill-ventilated. ...
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61 views

Question about roof vent

In my roof attic I have a 2" kitchen vent just inside the attic on one side of the house, the main 3" stack which vents out through the roof is on the opposite side of the house. They are about 24 ...
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122 views

Exhaust fan leaking from elbow joint connected to the ceiling

I have a metal elbow joint that is leaking. It is connected to an exhaust fan in the bathroom and runs to the roof. What can I wrap the elbow with to stop the leak?
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254 views

Air admittance valves on waste pipe with extraction

Just move into a new apartment which is on the upper floor of three. The bathrooms of each apartment are directly above one another. I believe that the exhaust vents of the bathrooms in the apartments ...
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2answers
715 views

How do I replace this switch with a timer?

I was trying to wire in a timer switch for a vent fan. When I went to replace the switch (which I knew was a 3 pole) I was baffled by the way it was wire. 4 wires run into the box, two of the hot ...
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2answers
209 views

Should I suspend a shelf from the ceiling?

I have recently installed a new projector onto my back wall in my lounge. See attached photo. The problem I am having is weight - the main big board you can see in the picture is screwed into a ...
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3answers
491 views

How do you calculate the safe working load of chains?

Say for instance you have a chain that has a safe working load of 200 lbs. If I wanted to hang an item from 4 corners, each with its own chain would I be able to hang 800 lbs? Or is there some other ...
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How can I replace a tilt up garage door, with near zero clearance, low overhead?

I have a 'tilt up' garage door with an past-end-of-life track. I'm told by several local garage door companies that tilt up hardware is not made any more. Yet even the low clearance roll-up overhead ...
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3answers
204 views

How to measure air flow coming out of registers?

As my contractors finish installing ductwork and the air handler for my central AC system, I would like to have a measure of how many CFMs come out of each register, as a function of how the system is ...
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462 views

Multiple weak light bulbs vs one strong light bulb

I currently have a small room with a single CFL bulb at the center of its ceiling. The bulb lights up the whole room well enough. I encounter the problem though that when standing in front of the ...
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How should I widen a picture frame?

This is my first real woodworking project, so bear with me. I decided to create a picture frame (18x24) for a print I bought for my wife for Christmas. It's made out of 2" wide mitered pieces of ...
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How do I prevent harmonic resonance hum in PVC vent of newly installed hot water heater?

I just had a new power vented water heater installed (HTProducts Phoenix Light Duty) in our crawlspace. The contractor that put it in used part of the existing 3" concentric vent from the furnace we ...
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How do I repair a bedside Lamp? [closed]

My beloved bedside lamp fell down, on the carpet, so it wasn't a big hit, and stopped working. Now, I tried to replace the bulb, but it doesn't change anything. Since this had happened to me another ...
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1answer
93 views

How can I extend the wires inside a transfer panel?

I am installing a 200 amp transfer switch to implement in an emergency when needed. The feed wire from my 200 amp panel inside the house will reach inside the transfer box but not all the way to the ...
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2answers
117 views

What is this single pole switch to empty ceiling box blows breaker when switched on

I would appreciate some help thinking through what are the possible problems in the following situation? A newly wired circuit from breaker box ( 20 amp 12 AWG wire) to front of the house (longest ...
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1answer
185 views

How to replace bathroom supply line?

Question 1 - I am replacing my bathroom sink faucet. The supply line is 1/2" and the instructions for the new faucet states that a 1/4" supply line is needed. The current supply line is a grey solid ...
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1answer
281 views

I have a very humid room in the house, should I isolate it?

My house has a room very humid (85%) and susceptible to temperature changes. Even opening the windows I have mold issues sometimes. The other part of the house is well isolated and acceptable ...
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2answers
242 views

Replacing a spanned “beam” with a cantilevered beam

I have a support post in my attic that is holding up one side of a minor ridge beam. The post is sitting on two 2x6s on their backs, and which span 20 inches. Yes, these 2x6s are not on edge -- they ...
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2answers
98 views

Trying to understand clearance regulations on woodstove chimneys

I'm installing a wood stove. The regulations say that the chimney top should be at least 2 feet higher than any part of the roof within 10 feet horizontally . . . from what I've read, this seems to ...
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1answer
185 views

How do I prevent my gable vents from clogging with ice?

This is the first time I have seen this happen in my 6+ years of owning my home. It is an older home (45+ years), but has gable vents on both ends (facing east and west). It has always vented well in ...
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2answers
758 views

How should I fix incomplete insulation on a skylight shaft?

I recently bought a house and am looking at doing improvements and repairs, but unfortunately I don't have a lot of experience or knowledge in such things. We had a home inspector look over the place ...
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2answers
2k views

How should I install a thermostat for a baseboard heater?

How would I go about installing a thermostat for my bedroom's baseboard heater? I've seen lots of articles on how to replace an old thermostat but I'm installing a thermostat for the first time here. ...
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1answer
1k views

Should I install a vapor barrier on the bottom of my garage ceiling?

I have a house that has a garage below the main floor. The house is built into a hill, and so the entry way, the basement, and the garage are all on the same level, and the entry way has a stair case ...
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1answer
340 views

Can I use a heat gun to melt the Ice from the external part of split ductless system?

I've got a Mitsubishi Mr. Slim split ductless system in the "mother-in-law" suite of my house. There are 3 wall units connected to it, one in the front room, one in the bedroom, and one in the ...
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1answer
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Heat pump - outside unit fan not running

we recently had an ice storm in the DFW area. Our outside unit is in a shady area that hasn't completely thawed out yet. Therefore, we have significant ice around the unit (and even inside) that ...
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1answer
262 views

What should I use to fill a gap between oak trim and wall?

I have oak trim on my baseboard. What do you use to fill in the gaps between the trim and the wall? Do I use regular caulk and then paint it the color of the wall?
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1answer
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How do I paint over marble chip plaster?

I've moved into my new home, which has a marble chip plaster wall: Source Is it possible to paint over a wall like this, and how would I do that? I've been told that it requires special treatment, ...
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1answer
472 views

Can I fill sagging spots in my driveway with asphalt and hot tar?

We've had these sagging spots for about 10 years now. They're not getting any worse. Sure, we might get a new driveway in 10 years, but other than this, our driveway is in beautiful condition! They ...
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4answers
1k views

How can I efficiently heat a bonus room above a detached garage?

I'm planning a 20x20' detached garage which will have a bonus room built into the roof trusses. I'd like to use this bonus room as my home office — so, since I live in the cold North, it'll need a ...
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0answers
98 views

What is the proper name for these retaining wall blocks?

I started a retaining wall with rounded concrete blocks and am not able to find additional blocks to finish the job. I've looked extensively and cannot find a supplier. Having a more specific name for ...
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1answer
539 views

How far away from the wall should ceiling heat registers be?

I'm installing ceiling heating registers. Are they required to be a certain distance from the wall?
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1answer
219 views

How do I seal a vapor barrier on my basement walls if I have none from the floor above?

I am redoing my basement and was wondering how to seal the wall vapor barrier if there is no existing vapor barrier from the floor above. Or is it better off not using vapor barrier ? I am from ...
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2answers
2k views

How can I remove a granite countertop from a wooden vanity?

I recently purchased an inexpensive bath vanity from the Home Labyrinth. It included a low-end granite top that is not properly sized for my bathroom. Unexpectedly, out of the box, the granite is ...
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2answers
207 views

Is tape applied to drywall right after mud is applied or after it has dried?

I patched some foot square holes in the wall and would like to know when paper tape is applied: right after mud is applied after it has dried and is sanded with drywall patching.
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2answers
644 views

How can I prevent the intake vent for an on demand water heater from getting plugged?

We have a Navien on demand cold water heater. The intake and outlet vent pipes run out through the poured concrete foundation and have a plastic grill on the end. If the intake vent is blocked in any ...
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2answers
186 views

Can I sweep blown insulation to one side and replace with fiberglass batts?

I noticed my attic blown in insulation is rather thin on one side. Rather than buying enough to cover the whole area, I was thinking of just pushing or brooming the blown in insulation toward the ...
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1answer
275 views

Can I use a magnet to make a hinged mirror stick to the wall?

After installing my Ikea mirror which can open like a door (in order to install small hooks on the wall behind it and hang keys and stuff), I realize it touches the wall only if I apply pressure on ...
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2answers
648 views

How can I locate and eliminate mysterious water hammer related to humidifier?

In the morning, early, when my thermostat kicks back up, I hear a banging/rattle sound that I've determined is related to my humidifier. It only lasts about 10 seconds so by the time I get down to the ...
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3answers
292 views

What makes water condense on the interior of the windows at night when it's cold? [duplicate]

While staying with some relatives, I noticed that all their windows experience terrible interior condensation at night and am wondering about what they can do to prevent it. The house is kept to 70 ...
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2answers
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Should I use a roll or spray method to paint my textured ceiling?

I have fresh knockdown textured ceiling. I plan to give it a coat of primer and a coat of white ceiling paint. The whole house is undergoing complete remodeling. There is no furniture, and no ...
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2answers
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How do I mount a TV to cover a cubby hole above my fireplace?

I have an odd space above the mantle that my wife hates, and we tried covering it up with our TV, but I'm not very confident that the mantle is strong enough to hold the TV. I would like to do ...
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2answers
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Is primer required for fresh knockdown texture?

I have freshly sprayed knockdown textured ceilings. I can not figure out if priming is necessary before coating it with flat white ceiling paint. Some people say it is okay to just paint it, some say ...
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3answers
3k views

Should I use a 6 mil poly moisture barrier for engineered hardwood floor installed over concrete slab-on-grade?

I am planning to install an engineered hardwood floor over a slab-on-grade subfloor. The slab is bone dry but I understand it's wise to install a moisture barrier anyway. My plan right now is to ...
4
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2answers
375 views

When replacing a circuit breaker in the service panel, how can I determine which neutral is associated with the hot wire?

In my service panel I would like to upgrade two standard circuit breakers with AFCI breakers. AFCI circuit breakers differ from standard circuit breakers in that you attach the hot an neutral to the ...
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3answers
2k views

How do I mount a TV on a solid wood wall?

I have a 51.8lb Sharp Aquos LC46D85U that I'd like to mount above my fireplace. The problem is that there aren't any studs (at least none that I can find) behind my wood walls. My walls are not ...
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3answers
622 views

How can I waterproof walls that are not shower or basement walls?

Have a room, ~10x10 that I want walls to be waterproofed and durable. This room will have parrots in cages. Cages will be periodically hosed off (have concrete floors, floor drain). There wont be ...
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231 views

Would a failing igniter cause my furnace to blow cold air?

I noticed tonight my furnace was firing up, but not actually blowing out heat. I turned the thermostat down so it was no longer triggering it, let it sit for a couple of minutes, and then turned it ...
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1answer
285 views

Why does my garbage disposal blow “swamp gas” up the other sink?

I have a generic garbage disposal, and if I run it with water it runs fine (it spins fine). However once it spins through the water and starts spinning "air" something akin to swamp gas (looks like ...
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2answers
346 views

How to add door trim where there isn't enough room?

I'm adding molding to my living room, but have one entryway where there isn't enough room on the side to add the full width of the pilaster. What are my options? I do plan on having a 5" base ...

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