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Can I restore a bathroom sink with automotive filler and spray on enamel?

I have a bathroom sink in my old house that looks authentic for the time period, but is very old and chipped. I thought this might be a good way to give it a new lease on life: Patch up the chips ...
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How do I wire a single pole and a 3-way switch in the same box?

I have a 4 gang switch box with one 3-way switch and three single pole switches. When the 3-way is flipped on, all the other switches can turn their lights on and off. But when the 3-way is flipped ...
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Can I install a new outlet here?

I saw a blank faceplate at our new place, decided to open it up, and found two black cables going straight through the box (see picture). This would be a great spot for a new outlet, so I wanted to ...
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How to plug hole in foundation?

Here is the front of my house. As you can see it is a 2-story dwelling on the left with a garage on the right that is connected to the main house by a "sunroom" (porch/breezeway/whatever). The main ...
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LG Dishwasher, no power at all

So I have a relatively new dishwasher that just completely stopped working the other day. It's still under warranty but before going though all the hassle I want to check if there is nothing simple it ...
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Is using the light switch screw OK to ground a wire?

My house was built in 1950 and several light switches do not have ground wires. I believe there is no ground wire since I cannot find a wire that's bare - they are all coated. I want to install a ...
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White thinset on a light marble tile - tile turned dark - will it lighten?

I tiled my shower niche last night, this is my first step tiling the bathroom, today I'll move on to walls etc. I used white thinset, and some portions of the tile turned dark after installation. I ...
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Gas furnace kicks on then off frequently

A few times in the past week I will wake up to my furnace turning on, hearing a click when it tries to ignite, then turn off. This will happen for a couple minutes before the furnace quits trying. ...
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Which end of an Allen Wrench should I be using?

When using Allen Wrenches (Hex Keys), I've always held onto the long end because I figured it gave me better leverage and torque. Sometimes, in hard to reach places, I would hold the short end. Then ...
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Can I use particle board over wood plank flooring to smooth it out for laminate flooring?

I need some help! I live in a prewar building, I am looking for a cheap and easy way to install a 10mm floating laminate floor. I ripped up the old carpet to find 1inch wood plank subfloor. The floor ...
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Furnace installation

I have new 2 carrier infinity CNPVP high efficiency direct vent furnaces in my basement for my 3500 sf house. The air intakes for both units are not plumbed outside but instead are drawing air from ...
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How do i get 120v @60Hz 400VA?

So I'm in Australia and unfortunately we run on 240v @2A 50Hz. I've recently purchased a neon sign transformer but just realised that its got the below Doh! Wrong input. I'm wondering if there's ...
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Are extension cords safe for permanent use?

I recently learned (via a rant from an electrician's son and some internet research) that the standard buy-anywhere cheapo extension cords are a big cause of electrical fires and are not recommended ...
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151 views

my tv goes black for a second when my fridge goes off [duplicate]

I know this may sound strange but it does happen not every time the fridge turns off only some times the tv and fridge are on different circuits should I get a filter of some kind or trash the tv or ...
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Clamp meter with armored cable

I am considering a purchase of a clap meter but its initial purpose would be to test a circuit branch that is an ancient armored cable without ground, aluminum wire, cloth insulated (the house was ...
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Can I use a 40 lb propane tank just for my central heating?

I want to know if I can use a 40 lb propane tank for my central heating. I have not tried anything. I don't want to put natural gas in, just want the propane gas. If someone can answer that, I want ...
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Why would a portable heater set off a carbon monoxide alarm?

I've got a small portable heater purchased from Target for about $10. When you first turn it on, it always has that burning smell from the element heating up. It clears up after about 10 min. ...
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HVAC air handler with a built-in humidifier

I am in the process of choosing an air handler to use only for AC. I plan to keep radiant heat. However, in the winter, I would like to use the AC system to blow humidified air to compensate for the ...
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extra thermostat, electric dampers and 1 furnace [duplicate]

I have a problem similar to others that have posted: balancing heating/cooling throughout the house. I have already played with adjusting the vent's air flow as well as the manual dampers in the ...
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Testing AC ductwork

I am about to bring in a contractor to install central AC in my house. I am in the final stage of a rather comprehensive remodeling effort, all of which was done either by me directly (cca. 85%) or ...
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Can I wire a refrigerator and dishwasher on the same circuit?

Can I wire a refrigerator and dishwasher on the same 20 amp circuit?
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1answer
148 views

Is there any additional sealing operation required after grouting for the bath shower

For re-grouting the bath shower, is there any additional sealing operation (like using sealant) after applying un-sanded grout on it?
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280 views

What is this noise coming from my gas furnace?

Whenever I change my air filters in my furnace, I hear a boom noise. The last time I called DEER and they came out and fixed the problem (I can't remember what the part was called that was needed). It ...
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How do I prevent runoff from bar soap damaging the caulk in my shower?

I recaulked part of my shower about a year ago. After a couple of months, I noticed that the caulk had worn off just below my in-wall soap dish, where the extra soap runs down the wall. I recaulked, ...
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What can I use as dog kennel roofing?

I have a 10' x 10' chain link kennel (standard round tube). I'm looking at roofing options, and all of the kennel covers that I've found so far are tarps. I have concerns over the durability and snow ...
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Why does my central heating unit continue to run after reaching its set temperature?

Why will the central heating unit continue to run after reaching the set temperature? It does not read that it is reaching a higher temperature, it just continues to run at the reached temperature ...
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Overhead lights in apartmenet units flicker and eventually goes off…what is the cause and fix?

I live in an apartment building with 4 units. All units are experiencing this weird problem. Two nights ago the overhead lights started to flicker and then eventually went off. The outlets in all ...
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How do I ground my replacement outside porch light?

I am attempting to replace an outside porch light. After removing the old light, I found the metal electrial box had the ground supply attached to a screw. The new light has a green ground wire and I ...
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Primer scraping off

We primed our kitchen cabinets after washing them with regular cleaning supplies. We did not sand. The primer will peel off if we scrape it with our fingernails. What should be our next step?
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297 views

furnace not staying on for heater!

I have a.Lennox furnace not sure of the model it was installed in the basement in 2008 also.has. a/c connected . but I noticed my house was getting a lil cold so I messed with the thermostat and it ...
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819 views

How do I replace this switch with a dimmer?

I'm trying to install a dimmer switch (single pole) in a 4 gang box. In the current set up, I have two black wires attached to the SAME screw (one of those wires is from the back of the box, while ...
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1answer
924 views

Why does my dishwasher detergent get stuck?

My dishwasher isn't working like it's supposed to. Everything seems to be working fine, but then after the machine stops, I open the door and see that my glasses and plates are suspiciously grimy. ...
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Can I blow dryer exhaust into a pillow case or sheet?

Go ahead and laugh. It's okay. Before you do, though, hear me out. My dryer has been drying less and less lately. Today, it stopped drying. Now I have a full load of wet laundry and it's all the ...
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259 views

Why am I reading low AC voltage on my garage opener light?

The light on my BuildMark opener won't come on. The door works well, and both the light button and the safety sensors trip the relay for the light. A check with the AC voltmeter shows 15 VAC when the ...
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Can I terminate a ground wire to the neutral bus if the ground bus is full?

I have a Crouse-Hinds main load center. The ground bus is at the top left of panel and the neutral bus is at the bottom right of the panel. I want to add a 15 amp circuit for two outlets in my ...
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224 views

How can I make the radiator heat my room more efficiently?

In my room at Uni my radiator gets really, really hot, yet the room stays pretty cold. Is there anything I can do to make it more efficient without losing my deposit?
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spray foam personal protection

I have a closet in the master bedroom of my home that is on an exterior wall. Unfortunately there's no insulation on the back wall of the closet and so a lot of heat escapes. We keep the closet door ...
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Porch lamp outside house not working, and changing bulb trips the RCD

I'm so bad at DIY that I can't even change a light bulb properly. The porch lamp outside my house isn't work. I tried changing the bulb, but it tripped the RCD. I double checked the fixture (ES, max ...
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158 views

Can I use an air to air heat exchanger to fix a radon problem?

I tested my basement for radon, and found that it was twice the allowable level (8 pCi/L). Can I use an air-to-air heat exchanger to reduce the radon level, and to pump fresh clean air into my ...
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181 views

Combining multiple electrical runs into a single wire

I have a warehouse-type space with 14' ceilings, and am updating the electrical for my workshop. Right now, I've got four workbenches that I move and reconfigure depending on what I'm working on for a ...
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Can I mix 12 gauge and 14 gauge wire in the same 15 amp circuit?

I have 12/3 wire from a switch to 3 light fixtures; can I feed the switch with 14/2 wire from a 15 amp breaker?
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How can I stick bathroom tiles back down?

Some water got under the tiles and now they move around as you stand on them. How can I fix this, is there a way to stick them back down?
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Water seeping out of grout in exterior corner of tiled shower curb

I have a two year old tiled shower with glass enclosure. The grout is sanded grout. The exterior corner of the shower curb is leaking a small bit of water after every shower. Over time it has ...
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What to mask space between panel floor and balcony with?

We have put the floors on our own. They're not perfect and we have left too much space between the floor and the window. And a standard finishing element like this: is too small. Here are ...
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915 views

Why does my bathroom door make a cracking sound when opening it?

My bathroom door makes a cracking sound whenever I open it. When the screws are tight against the hinges, it makes the cracking sound when I open the door. But when I loosen each screw, the cracking ...
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1answer
325 views

Should I frame a wall before or after installing the subfloor?

I just ripped out the subfloor in my bathroom to make plumbing easier since I am changing the layout of my bathroom. I also want to increase the size of the bathroom and eat into the walk-in closet ...
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2answers
175 views

Why do garbage disposal companies suggest using cold water with their products?

Why do garbage disposal companies suggest using cold water with their products?
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1answer
150 views

Difficulty/Cost to repair drywall from tv mount?

So I have wall mounted a very large TV and my wall currently has a 1 foot x 1 foot hole that I used to install an outlet for power, there are like 8 holes in the wall, and then a 6" x 6" hole toward ...
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2answers
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Fixing vintage glass doorknobs with loose glass to brass connection

I have a number of 1930's glass doorknobs which are loose, not at the set screw, but between the glass knob and the brass holder. Nearly every knob in the entire house has the same problem. They all ...
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How do I stop my in-cabinet lights from falling out?

I bought a house three months ago and I'm slowly getting around to different projects. We have beautiful halogen in-cabinet lights above our kitchen sink but the light fixtures seem to fall out every ...

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