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How to hide AC lines up against brick siding

I had this AC system installed, and didn't realize when asked about what location i'd prefer the compressor that it would look so ugly having it off the corner of the building instead of in the middle ...
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Can I put 42W CFL bulbs into a fixture marked as “R20 Halogen bulbs up to 50W max”?

Both the fixture and the bulbs are E26 standard medium socket; so they definitely fit. And I'm pretty sure the wattage is fine (42w < 50w). I'm just worried about causing a safety hazard... Would ...
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Spray Foam Insulation Health Concerns - Alternative Spray Foam Products

I am looking to gather facts (although I am sure there will be a fair amount of opinions) about spray foam insulation and the health concerns associated with the install and everyday living. I mainly ...
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Looking to add a bath fan

I have a light that has power to it and then from there goes to a switch. So neutral is hot back to light so you can turn it off and on. Behind the switch in the box the power is split to 3 outlets. ...
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How do I quiet noisy drain pipes?

I recently replaced cast iron drain pipes from my second story bathroom with pvc, and I've noticed the new pipes are much much louder when the bathroom is used. The pipes run down through a wall right ...
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How do I waterproof a wood door?

I'm replacing a shed door. Nothing fancy and I didn't want to spend a lot, so I didn't invest a lot on an exterior door. Instead, I have a hollow core wood door blank to which I've applied two coats ...
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How do I make ground connections at my receptacle boxes?

I searched for my question but could not find the answers. I had the inspector out for my rough in on electrical inspection. He said I did a very nice job but I need to make all my grounds at all my ...
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How can I round the edges of a piece of wood?

I need a piece of wood to place above a window, to which I'm going to attach a curtain rail. I'd like it to match an existing piece of wood above another window, which has quarter-round edges all ...
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Does getting live/neutral the right way round actually matter? [duplicate]

I was replacing an electrical socket in my (UK) house, and I noticed that the previous occupant had wired live and neutral backwards. However, I've used a variety of appliances and devices on that ...
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A-Frame for a hoist?

I need to move a heavy-ish piece of concrete, a part of a garden sculpture, weighing about 300lbs, to about chest height. I'd like a hoist, but don't know the equipment I'd need to assemble an ...
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Need replacement part for Baldwin Reserve “Columbus” handleset model COLXELL.TRR.OO3

The mechanism that opens the latch on our front door has broken. This is not as serious as it sounds because the main lock is a deadbolt (which is working fine). After some disassembly (OK, a lot of ...
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Bathtub shower leaks in wall only when turned off

Our upstairs bathtub has a small leak inside the wall that over time softened the ceiling sheetrock below. After removing the sheetrock we tested the shower, and it's weird -- it leaks about 1/4 cup ...
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Electric 220 stove wiring

I am replacing my electric slide in range with a stand alone model. The original was hard wired and the new is with a cord. There are 3 wires and a bare copper wire coming from the wall. What ...
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Smart Thermostat - No C-Wire - No Controller Board

This one seems to be a little different from previous questions on the subject. Here is the dilemma, I don't see a transformer. I have included a few pics. There are Three wire bundles. For ease ...
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How can I attach a curtain rail to a lath and plaster wall?

I need to attach a curtain pole (for a heavy curtain) above a window. To be consistent with another window in the same room, I'll need to affix a 4-inch wide strip of wood to the wall, and attach the ...
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How can I cut a floorboard while it's still nailed down?

I have a 130 year old house with original floorboards made of 1+1/4 inch thick pitch pine (much, much tougher than today's cheap pine - it's like steel). There's a section of floorboard that's been ...
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Why is my short circuit miniature circuit breaker not tripping?

I have two three-phase consumer units in a bakery. One is the latest Wylex that's recently been installed. It serves ovens and fridges etc. The other one is an old installation Crabtree with brown ...
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Is there a safe alternative to electrical grounding for computers in Argentina?

I came across this APC product page for Microsol Isolator Modules, which purportedly provide "safe power in places with poor or nonexistent grounding." The unit is meant for Brazil, so it won't work ...
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How to properly ventilate a Mansard Roof?

I recently purchased a home with a Mansard roof, I had some roofers come to give quotes to replace the top (it is finished) and they all recommend adding ventilation (known issue with Mansard's). ...
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Old double glaze: steam doesn't go

I'm renting, bedroom has some big old double glazed window. The steam showed in pictures below formed a few months ago. It's still there and apparently will never go! As a result the view is totally ...
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Changing plugs on Kenmore dryers

I have a Kenmore dryer with a 3 wire slanted plug. I was given a much newer Kenmore dryer but it has a 4 wire plug, with 2 straaight, 1 90 degree, and 1 round. Can I change it and put the 3 wire plug ...
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Use in repairing wires [closed]

Can these connectors be used for a splice inside of a wall in order to fix a damaged wire? If you have a damaged wire inside a wall - not a box - will these type connectors meet code as a permanent ...
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Can i paint over self-leveling compound

I would like to know if possible to paint over self-leveling compound. I was told to use a primer first or possibly epoxy?
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Replacing receptacle, ground and neutral are connected

My house was built in 1974. I have doubts the wiring has changed since then (aluminum everywhere) and have already noticed some bad things (downstairs potlights on same breaker as upstairs living ...
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Home Front Door loud popping noise

My front door is on the side of the house that gets tremendous amounts of sunlight in the afternoon. I am in NJ where seasonal temperatures vary. Lately, any time there is sun, in the afternoons the ...
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What could this blue ring on my ceiling be and what are my options?

Today I noticed that there was this brightish blue ring emanating from a crack from my ceiling. I hadn't noticed this before. Earlier this week my cat broke a full glass of water directly above it. I ...
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What are the options to increase doorway height in load-bearing portion of foundation wall?

Question: What are the potential options for increasing doorway height in a load-bearing portion of a cinder block foundation wall? Background: I am considering finishing my basement, but there is an ...
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What is the Best mixture ratio of Portland cement Quartz sand and bonding agent for under water application

I'm installing a ceramic mosaic in the bottom of my concrete pool and wondering what is the best mixture of white Portland cement Quartz sand and a bonding agent to apply this mosaic. Can I just use ...
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Levelling newly opened area between rooms

We removed a wall to make a kitchen bigger - to use as an eating area. The kitchen has vinyl flooring, which we are now changing to porcelain tiles. The way it is now, there is about 1/2 inch rise ...
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kitchen sink and trap

Our kitchen sink is about 3' away from drain pipe. The drain pipe from double sink runs about 3' 2' up, then it comes down to the drain pipe with p trap. Is that configuration allowed, code?
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What is nesting in my closet?

Something is leaving droppings and some sort of wood pulp stuck to the walls and shelves in my closet. I think whatever it is might be coming out of the ceiling. There's a foot or so of empty space ...
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What can I do about a Rough opening that is REALLY out of square?

The house I am living in has a rather interesting problem. Due to what I suspect was Jack Daniels building inspections in this town in the 80's, the footing wall under the second floor dining room ...
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Feedback on why constantly draining. It's starting to flood backyard

There's no leakage near/ around water heater. No slime or build up of any kind. But there's constant hot water drainage coming out through pipe in backyard. It's starting to flood back porch area. ...
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Kitchen remodel to studs, infilling a window, no insulation, no building wrap!

looking for some urgent feedback. My Husband and I are remodeling our kitchen. We're down to the studs, and two of the walls are exterior. The house is a 1920's bungalow. We're actually making our ...
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Is the PF error on my microwave caused by the home or electric company?

I'm asking this about my rental property. We've had several lightening storms in the past week and 1/2...one this morning that caused the electric to go out in the area of the rental property. Last ...
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Is it OK to use old (30+ years) heating oil in my central heating furnace?

I found old steel jerrycans holding ~50 gallons (~200 liters) of heating oil. They were stored in a place where temperature can go below -5°C. Is it safe to use it for heating? If so, should I mix ...
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Rebuilding porch stairs - what size for treads?

I need to replace the stair treads and landings on two sets of porch steps outside my house. The originals are about 25yrs old and rotten. They appear to have used the same type of stair tread that ...
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How to remove a Ge dryer front panel

I need to acess the gas valve so I can install a lp conversion kit. It appears the front panel must come off. I have looked at various repair sites, but no help. This a stackable 7 cf dryer. Model # ...
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Bugs find their way into our Sunroom

This is the 5th year in this house in Minneapolis. There's a 3 season sunroom with glass windows and patio door, all closed tight. The walls are made of some sort of logs. During warm season, we have ...
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Can I move the electric breaker panel a little, and put in smaller closet?

I have a 1950s ranch with open plan, on concrete foundation. One side of the galley kitchen is freestanding (walls don't go to ceiling), and at the end of it is a "closet" containing a sub-panel. This ...
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How to Get PEX to Seal

I'm in the process of moving my laundry area. For the plumbing we decided to use PEX. Unfortunately I have been unable to properly seal the PEX tubing to the fittings on the final fixtures- they ...
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Lay floor tile on exixting adhesive

I just removed the floor tiles in the kitchen. Now I have tile adhesive on the hardboard floor which i am struggling to remove. Could i just lay new tiles with extra flexible adhesive on existing ...
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How do I trace a broken wire outside?

Recently, something happened to the wire running from my house to a lamp by the driveway. Unfortunately, the person who originally ran the wiring was not exactly the best at writing how these things ...
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What considerations should I make for a fire ring?

I'm trying to build a fire ring in my yard. My thought is that for the base I will get a run-of-the-mill fire pit insert (maybe something simple, like this). My plan is to dig a hole about half its ...
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two sets of electrical wires to dishwasher

We un-installed a dishwasher put in around 1996 in our house so that we can wire in a new dishwasher. The old dishwasher had two sets (each with a black, white and ground copper wire set) wired to ...
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Gas dryer vent install, how close to wall?

I am installing a gas dryer, I understand all the requirements, but cannot find anything that addresses this question; my install comes out the back of the dryer and goes vertical about 4 ft, then ...
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Water Supply pressure

What size supply pipe must be used from a 5000 litre water tank to supply 4 bars of pressure to a house that is 20m below and 300m away from the tank?
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Used paint with the wrong base, will painting with the correct base cover it?

We did my daughter's room with the color pink carnation semi-gloss. It was a light base. We had to buy a small can of that same color to use around her windows after holes were patched. We got the ...
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Daewoo frige/ freezer

I have a Deawoo refrigerator and freezer model FRS2021 IAL (one part is the freezer and the other part is the refrigerator). The freezer part is not working but the fridge is. I can't find a ...
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How can I add a C wire with this unusual installation?

I recently got a new Honeywell WiFi thermostat, which requires a C-wire. I have 5-wires going to my current thermostat, with only 4 being used. So I thought adding the 5th as my C-wire was going to ...

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