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Can I connect a stabilizer to an inverter?

At my place the voltage in winter is around 140-160V where normally it should be above 200V. Now I have an inverter at home. The inverter during power shut down turns to batteries and supply 230V of ...
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Could bad grounding cause sparks and fire when connecting the cable box and TV?

I just moved into a home built in 1955. During inspection, it was noted that none of the outlets were grounded even though they had three prong outlets installed. Per our agreement, the owner ...
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Why did my third coat of polyurethane finish “buckle”?

I'm refinishing a table I built about 10 years ago. I put 2 layers of gloss polyurethane down and sanded between coats. All was fine at this point. I gave it another light sanding and put a third ...
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Can a condo interior room walls have steel studs that are paper thin?

I'm a bit puzzled about what's behind the drywall in my high rise condo built 3 years back. When drilling into an interior room wall supposedly where a stud should be(found by a stud detector and yes ...
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64 views

What is this moulding?

Contractor removed and threw away a 12' segment and now I don't have the right material!
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1answer
165 views

Why does my Thermo Pride oil furnace need constant restarts?

We have a Thermo Pride oil furnace that requires frequent restarts to run. We just purchased the house and had the annual service/safety check completed as it was neglected for several years. When the ...
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64 views

Installing tile over hardiboard

I'm using hardi backer board under my tile, over a wood subfloor, and I will be using thinset between the hardiboard and the subfloor; can I tile immediately after installing the hardiboard?
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Would connecting the downpipe to a gas boiler inlet save energy?

I have a condensing gas boiler for tap-water and central heating. Not very far from the inlet there is a downpipe outlet for the sewer. Since this smelly pipe is partially filled with the same ...
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Why does lint come into our bathroom when the dryer is running

Why does dryer lint come into my bathroom through the air vent? Is there a leak in the dryer vent pipe? We just got our dryer vent cleaned.
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How to (portably) mount warped plywood artwork on apartment drywall?

I have a 4' x 4' piece of plywood artwork (acrylic painting) that has become warped. It used to be mounted to drywall using velcro strips, but now the outward force of the warp is strong enough that ...
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Why is my new kitchen faucet banging?

Just had new kitchen faucet installed. When water is turned on I get an annoying banging noise and sprayer jumps around. Seems there is too much pressure in the sprayer - the pressure in the main ...
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1answer
311 views

Two Water Heaters - One off affecting the other?

We recently moved into a property with 2 water heaters installed. These were installed less than 3 years ago, so they are relatively new. Now, in an effort to conserve electricity (we are just 3 ...
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52 views

curious affect of led lamps

I have a chandelier with 12 led lamps lit by 1 way switch altogether.1 week ago I rewired it to split it into 2 circuits and also to be switched on and off from 2 sides {2 way circuit}.finally put the ...
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Minimum drop on washer drain?

I would like to add a diverter valve to my washer's drain line to facilitate a graywater system. I'm thinking of shortening the washer drain so I can relocate the P-trap higher up and add the diverter ...
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1answer
437 views

What do I need to do to replace this shower faucet handle?

I've had a surprising amount of difficulty finding the answer to this question via traditional means (vendor website, store clerks, etc). I recently moved into a house and I've been updating various ...
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2answers
78 views

Replacing the wiring to a socket in a home? [duplicate]

In my home, in one bedroom circuit, there are several receptacles. After first two receptacles, next socket has no power. After significant effort, it has been determined that the sockets are fine, ...
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Door newly out of plane - just winter weather or bad framing?

My front door is out of plane - the top left corner does not sit completely in the frame. The funny thing is this is brand new. We've lived in the house for two years and it just started this winter. ...
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Why does my furnace make sounds like a tuba when kicking on?

I have a 21 yr old Bryant furnace. Recently it started making a horrible noise when the heat first kicks on. It sounds like someone playing the tuba. It only lasts a few seconds, but it's loud ...
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1answer
73 views

Reduced flow from bathroom faucet but not anywhere else

I have a similar problem to the one mentioned here: How do I diagnose weak water flow from tub faucet and shower? The bathroom faucet in my rental apartment has a very slow flow even with both ...
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1answer
47 views

Can hydrochloric acid vapors corrode nearby metal items?

I have a room where I exposed a brick wall and redid the mortar by tuckpointing. It look beautiful but the whitish residue from the mortar needs to be cleaned and the best way to do it is using ...
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2answers
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Proper way to install double-layer of subfloor?

I am installing natural tile, so I've had to reinforce the joists a bit and I'm currently working on installing a new subfloor. The subfloor is 3/4" plywood with 1/2" plywood on top of it. The ...
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1answer
118 views

Questions about residential water pressure booster

We live on the top of a hill and thus have fairly low city water pressure (35psi) arriving at our house. I have a chance of saving quite a bit of money on my water bill by potentially reducing this ...
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2answers
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How can I prevent a wooden bed frame from creaking?

Our wooden bed frame is three years old. At first it was perfectly solid and silent. But lately it's started creaking whenever we get in or out of it, and it's become unbearably loud. The noise comes ...
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2answers
667 views

How can I determine what size main water meter is required?

The main water pipe into our house is only a 1" ID pipe, but the city decided to install a 2" water meter for us, which has a significantly higher monthly service charge than a 1" meter (over $1000 ...
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1answer
281 views

Is it okay to have a dryer vent in the wall cavity?

I'm redoing the wall of a utility room that, among other things, has the dryer vent embedded in the wall cavity with all kinds of stupid turns to go around the plumbing. Would it be a good idea to ...
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1answer
72 views

Computing force over a range

I'm building a murphy bed. I've build a box out of plywood that holds the mattress (the box is shaped like a sandbox. See image below). I plan on putting 5 different 25lb springs across the long side ...
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Why is the neutral wire the same size as hot wire in a 3C cable?

I thought that the wire size depends on the amperage that the current passes. However in a 3 conductor cable, the size of the neutral wire is the same as the hot wire; which puzzles me. If both hot ...
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2answers
74 views

Do I need an 100A or a 200A current transformer to measure total current draw at my home?

I would like to monitor total current draw at my home from my 200A electrical panel. I have L1, L2 & N (a typical three-wire single-phase distribution in an North American home). Assuming I have a ...
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2answers
589 views

How to deal with seasonal expansion and contraction of wood indoors?

Some doors in my apartment are subject to seasonal changes, similar to what is described here. I made adjustments: shimmed some hinges, shaved off some material here and there with a planer, and the ...
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5answers
387 views

removing snow from roof

How do I remove snow from my roof? How about 4" of snow covered with 1/2" of ice? How do I know when I should risk getting out there to try to remove it? We just received a notice from The New York ...
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2answers
99 views

Plugging large hole in bathroom floor

I've got a large hole behind my bathroom sink on the floor. Is there a easy but serious way to plug that hole, from which comes tremendous amounts of cold air?
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1answer
692 views

Dishwasher pump is crackling [video]; is it obstructed or does it need to be replaced?

My dishwasher (Frigidaire Model FDB2000RFC1) is making a loud clicking/cracking sound when the drain pump is active. Is it possible that there's just something in the pump that isn't being ejected ...
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2answers
228 views

Can I put the burner head in the oven during self cleaning?

My renter moved out an left a grimy mess. The filth on the stove top actually backed-up into the nooks and carnies of surface burner head, and seems almost impassible to clean. Since the surface ...
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2answers
104 views

Can I demolish in a home with asbestos while tenants are living there?

I have a situation here with asbestos. I have a residential home that I'm renting out. Because of water damage inside the drywall I called my homeowner's insurance company and made a claim to fix the ...
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How much gravel to remove to plant grass?

I'm removing tiny (1cm) landscaping gravel from my backyard in hopes of putting down topsoil and then grass seed. I'm having a hard time getting all the pebbles up. I'm going to be adding, at ...
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1answer
202 views

How can I prevent my furnace exhaust pipe from freezing?

My furnace keeps on turning off because my air intake freezes. The reason it freezes up is because my neighbors exhaust vent blows directly on it. What can I do to prevent this?
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1answer
69 views

Does embedding rebars along the face provide tensile strength to a load-bearing wall?

The house dates back a billion years. Some parts older than others, and added as either obvious/not-so-obvious extension. One such structure is a stand-alone room whose rear-wall (upto about 3 feet ...
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2answers
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How can I protect a heat pump from heavy snow?

I have an Carrier air heat pump at the back of my house (installed 1 year ago). It is generally fine and stays defrosted with the smaller amounts of ice/snow. With a larger amount of snow, should I ...
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1answer
199 views

How can I remove laminate flooring from an oddly shaped hallway without destroying it?

I have a locking laminate floor that runs continuously through two large rooms and down a narrow hallway. The boards run length-wise down the hallway, and through the large room--the hallway "rows" ...
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Is tile primer suitable for plastering in bathroom?

I've plasterboarded using moisture resistant board and plan to title round the bath using Tile Adhesive Primer first. I was wondering whether this primer is also suitable for plastering the opposite ...
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1answer
310 views

How to fix or replace the arrow key of a laptop keyboard? [closed]

I have a laptop which right arrow key often gets unclipped. I believe the key is indeed broken (see right circle in the picture). I would like to fix it or replace it (with a similar "key"). The ...
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5answers
1k views

How can I locate and repair a break in a circuit?

After some effort, I have determined that there is a discontinuity between the wire from the breaker (hot wire) and the receptacle (socket). The breaker is okay because couple of other sockets in the ...
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2answers
1k views

How to keep my sink from coming loose?

How can I keep my faucet from twisting on it's center axis and becoming loose? I have a Glacier Bay Keelia 8 in. Single-Handle Pull-Out Sprayer Kitchen Faucet, as you can see in the below photo. In ...
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1answer
122 views

Matching new oak floor planks to old planks

For reasons not worth explaining I had to replace some oak floor planks. The new planks aren't quiet flat and are obviously the wrong color. I don't plan on refinishing the entire floor right now, ...
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1answer
716 views

Painting on drywall that has been stripped of wallpaper?

We stripped wallpaper off our bathroom wall and found that the builder did not size up the wall first, he papered directly onto the drywall. We have sanded the drywall best we could to try to smooth ...
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2answers
294 views

Can I use a pump to discharge kitchen sink waste water, rather than digging up the concrete?

We are installing a small kitchen in the basement. There is a full bathroom in the other corner of the area, same side as the planned kitchen. I could use some experienced recommendations for the ...
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2answers
98 views

Why is my hot water circulator causing there to be hot water in hot and cold pipes?

I have a Grundfos circulation pump. It is installed on top of the hot water heater and feeds directly into the hot water pipe feeding the entire house. It also has a timer that I use. When hot ...
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1answer
118 views

Should snakes be used on toilets?

An answerer on this question stated "remember to never use snakes on toilets." The internet, however, contains numerous tutorials on how to snake a toilet. Can and should toilets be snaked?
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1answer
192 views

What to do first in a house with poor thermal performance and high energy bills

I just moved into a house and am a little bit disappointed in its thermal performance so far. It's winter and cold outside, and the furnace heats the house up pretty quickly, but then the house gets ...
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1answer
129 views

Do I have to provide better support when hanging a range hood from soffit framing?

I recently purchased a house and am currently renovating my kitchen. I have gutted the kitchen and changed the wall between the kitchen and living room to a half wall. The design I have now is setup ...

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