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How do I level a 2x4 on a concrete basement floor with an irregular surface?

The original 2x4 that rested on the floor was removed in one piece with approx. 7" of the vertical studs attached to it. The sides of the studs rest against a concrete block wall. The removal was ...
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Fixing Incorrect Concrete Application

I have a 400 Square Foot garage that has a lot of gouges in the concrete floor. I purchased some primer and Concrete Leveler in order to fix the gouges. I made a mistake and accidently mixed 4 times ...
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how to hardwire an exterior rope light properly?

Update: As suggested in answer by Ecnerwal, I am changing the question a little bit. Instead of asking what type of rope light this is, I am now asking what would be the proper way to bring this "up ...
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What is the best way to close gaps between a chimney and roof from the inside?

From my attic I can see gaps to the outdoors along the outside corners of the chimney. Primarily this is a problem with both wasps and bats squeezing themselves into the attic. Also, a recent ...
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Can I add a 30 amp breaker to a sub panel being fed from a 50 amp breaker

I have 100 amp service panel that feeds a sub panel with a 50 amp breaker. In the sub panel, there are currently five 15 amp breakers that feed three rooms worth of lights and two outdoor outlets used ...
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Electrical circuit

I have a storage shed that I'd like to run power to. My source is a former air conditioning circuit that I was told was 20 Amps, however when I took off the cover to the box out side, I saw 2 black ...
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Freestanding deck - should I use joist hangers or bugle screws to attach joists to the bearers?

I'm planning a freestanding deck in the back yard, and I noticed that in this video they suggested that you could use bugle screws instead of joist hangers. Since I don't have a ledger board at either ...
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What is this kitchen cupboard arm?

Need to replace this arm as it is supposed to attach to a gas strut but the inside thread has been warn out, i just cant seem to find the name of it.
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1x decking wood [closed]

I have 3 porches. One is half decking wood, and the other two are just what I had laying around. I am looking for some 1x's to go over what I have. I am disabled and on a very low income so I am ...
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Replacing a water heater--the physical task, not the plumbing part of it

Once again it's time for a new water heater and I find myself dreading the task. The water heater sits on a pedestal that is approximately 18" high (required by code) and lifting a 50 gallon water ...
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2x4s in hall closet

I am sawing an opening in the side of my protruding hall closet because it's the only place in my apartment that has room for a wine fridge. My plan was to find out where the framing was after ...
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Seeking name of a small natural gas generator that will run in all weather

I want to run a small emergency generator on natural gas (NG). In the past few years, 3 fuel portable generators have become available. But the manuals say not to run them in the rain. "Whole house"...
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Is it possible to replace the lock on this door that has been painted on?

I have a very old door with a very old lock, pictured here: It doesn't close because the previous owner stuck some wood in the latch, and there doesn't seem to be any place for the lock. I'd like ...
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Benefit to running electric wires through walls vs attic/basement? 1-story house

We're planning on getting some updates to the electric wiring in our house. Installing more wall outlets, removing some knob & tube in the attic, installing GFCI outlets in required places, and ...
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How to install dryer ducting inside existing wall?

I'm thinking about installing a recessed dryer box like this. http://www.homedepot.com/p/Dundas-Jafine-Recessed-Dryer-Vent-Box-DRB4XZW/202449693 Apparently with 4" studs you have to compress the ...
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Can I use a rheostat as a potentiometer?

Is it possible to safely use a rheostat as a potentiometer to control an incandescent ceiling light? I have replaced a ceiling fan with a light fixture and would like to use the existing rheostat as a ...
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propane line installation

I have a cottage in Connecticut that is gutted and being re-built. It is on a slab. There are 2" x 4" studs (stringers) lying flat over plastic on the cement floor. I wanted to install conduit now, ...
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What could green covering on a radiator pipe be?

Recently I have discovered the pipe to my radiator is looking a bit weird. From what I can tell, it does not quite look like corrosion, neither like mold. I think I recall there was some green paint ...
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Can I hang over-the-door organizers from exposed drywall?

One of the walls in my laundry closet is open into the adjacent closet between the ceiling and the raw edge of the top of the drywall (about a foot gap). Is it safe to use over-the-door hooks to hang ...
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What is the right way to mount a support column to a deck and to a header?

Situation: I have an existing deck with a roof overhang. I'm in the process of planning a rebuild and need to detail how the columns will A: attach to the existing roof and B: to the deck. I can find ...
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Do DRIcore panels need to be flat?

I want to install carpet tile over DRIcore on my concrete basement floor. The floor is far from flat; I would guess at least an inch or two of overall variation. Do I need to ensure the floor is ...
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Bathtub Drain Leak near Concrete

After recently moving into a home (built in the mid 90's and apparently went through a remodel at some point), the guest bathroom tub started leaking. I noticed the leak in the room on the opposite ...
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How should I attach a desk to a wall on one end?

A bit new here and I hope I'm not asking this question again but I couldn't find anything like this. I'll give some context: I'm looking to set up new tables in my room in an L orientation with one ...
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Is this main box outdated and needs upgrade?

This house is 1970's built (UK) but not sure when the electrical wiring were done. The main box looks like in the attached picture. It seems it has only fuse boxes in it... and does not have any MCB, ...
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How do I fix a water pipe leak?

My dog has a leash that is by our back porch. About 3 feet over, there's a pipe that goes into the ground. One day she got her leash wrapped around it and started pulling at it. Ever since then, there'...
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How can I check if my boiler room thermostat is working?

I have an old Honeywell basic thermostat and I am not sure if it's working properly or not. I doubt it because the boiler stops burning after some time even when I set 30 °C on the thermostat and ...
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Lighting went out in half of house?

I was in my room today with my laptop and phone plugged in and the ceiling fan and light on when I heard a loud pop near the light and fan. All the power in my room went out, as well as the second ...
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How can I figure out why my undersink water filter system is clogged?

enter image description hereMy 3-year-old undersink water filter system stopped working (i.e., no water comes out). I changed the filters but still no water is flowing. Any suggestions on where to ...
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Running wire in wall between floors

I am running a wire from my attic, through second story wall, down to first story. I cut a small hole in the second story wall to drill through the floor but I am hitting something about 10 inches ...
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Badly Hung Door

When opening this door more than 90 degrees or so, it hits the floor, which I checked, it's level. It seems the doors was not hung properly. 2 choices, when open as far as it will go, just ...
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What to do if average gas usage increased by 30x but they say there is no leak?

Not sure if this is the right place, but figured you guys may have some answers/suggestion of what to do? My average hourly gas usage has increased by 30x suddenly and the company said they will send ...
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How do I check my upstairs bedroom for insulation in the ceiling?

I have a bungalow home in Michigan that has plaster ceiling. How do I check if the ceiling is insulated between ceiling and roof with no access point? The upstairs room was meant to be an attic but ...
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Repairing gaps between bamboo lock and click floor boards

There are several boards with gaps. Some of the boards are uneven. We want to pull the boards together to create one larger gap to put a shim into. When installed the boards were glued together. How ...
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Popup outlet on kitchen island - is it against building codes? California

I've seen these small round popup outlets. I spoke with a contractor we have doing a remodel of our kitchen and he said it would violate building codes. Didn't even give me a chance to show him what ...
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How do I reinstall a closed 6-step premade staircase?

These stairs lead from a finished floor at the top to a concrete floor at the bottom which continues into the basement. (This is a split-level house so it's only a half flight from one level to the ...
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How can I repair damaged vinyl flooring over sheet rock?

While moving a new washer and dryer through our bathroom and into the attach laundry room, the moving guys made several silver-dollar sized chunks of damage to the bathroom floor. The damage is ...
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Repairing 1000W wall heater: Burnt cable, serious issue?

European here. I'm repairing a simple 1000W wall heater (brand: BEHA) - about 10 years old. The heater itself is in good condition, but the thermostat panel (completely detachable) and its connections,...
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Slow electrical circuits

I have a three way light circuit in my hallway that is connected to three ceiling lights. When I switch it on the third light will hesitate before lighting up. Why? Also, I have a different issue with ...
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Replacing basement door and walls with a hatch

I'm trying to remove the structure that leads to the basement. (see sketch 1). Once removed, there will be an empty space like (see sketch 2) My aim is to build over it, a simple door (see sketch ...
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What makes a furnace pilot valve whistle?

I have a furnace that started whistling, recently. I have read that gas pressure changes can cause this. Others have remarked how seasonal gas changes can lead to a properly-adjusted furnace to ...
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Installing a Wifi Honeywell Thermostat with a C wire [duplicate]

can someone please help me out here. I'm installing a Honeywell Wi-Fi Thermostat and this Thermostat requires a "C" Wire. Can someone please tell me by looking at the pictures attached if I have a "C" ...
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141 views

Is a plug adapter considered an “extension cord” under the NEC?

Is an adapter from a plug (say a NEMA 14-50) to a different socket (say a NEMA 6-20 or L14-20, or even a NEMA 6-50 for that matter) considered an extension cord by the 2014 NEC? If it isn't, then what ...
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What leveling precautions should one take with plywood subfloor for engineered hardwood nail down installation?

I installed the nail down engineered hardwood downstairs and did an OK job as far as leveling the subfloor is concerned. I sanded a few high spots down and even used a planer on an especially stubborn ...
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cutting sheet metal on K3 board

I have about 16 school chalkboards 4 ft. by 8 ft. made of sheet metal laminated to 1/2" K3 board with a green paint for chalk. Want to use them to line my new workshop on the inside. Looking for a ...
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Two 3 way switches, only one works

I have 3 way switches at the top and bottom of the stairs operating two cans in the ceiling. For 20 years, they've never worked right. Either switch would turn the lights on or off, like a single ...
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How can I remove odor of spilled sewage under the sink?

My plumber did a really poor job when he replaced a pipe under my kitchen sink because he spilled the remaining sewage in the pipe all over the place. As a result it smells really bad under the sink (...
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Need Help with border for pavers, fence is too high!

I'm having to reset the pavers along the side yard of our house after putting in a french drain and sump pump. The issue I have is that after I dig out all of the dirt to allow for the 4" of gravel, 1"...
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How to troubleshoot “refrigerator power goes off occasionally but comes back on when I cycle power switch off and back on”?

Refrigerator power occasionally goes off (lightbulbs are off, and apparently everything else though I haven't tested with a multimeter or anything) but comes back on when I cycle power switch off and ...
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Ideas for 1" of ceiling/crown trim?

I'm drywalling around a window. The window has a 12" deep "frame", which I plan to drywall on the sides and the top, and then make a wooden sill on the bottom. The problem is that the top of the ...
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Clogged toilet(s)

Plumbing question and issue here that has me baffled. We have two toilets in our house and it seems that the guest bathroom seems to get clogged more often than not. This issue is normally resolved ...

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