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In slip joints, what's the difference between rubber and nylon washers?

I've put together a few different drain fittings, and usually seen nylon tapered washers that seal the slip joint. But this time, when I bought a sink tailpiece extension, it came with a square-cut ...
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How can I make a clothes rack from this pipe?

I found this piping in the shape of : I want to turn it into a clothes rack since I have NO closet space. I want it to be up right so the bottom pipe needs to be mounted to something to ...
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What is this stain on my brick?

My house has a pinky brown brick on the front. When we moved in 9 years ago it had a bit of a green tinge to it, but not bad. Over the years it has gotten worse. We have tried powerwashing, having a ...
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How to fix metal bulkhead holes caused by rust

At the top of my bulkhead in the center of the seam where the water drains, there are some holes caused by rust. Each about 1/2 inch in length, 1/4 in height. Since the rest of the structure is ok, ...
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How can I figure out why my water pressure is basically zero?

I took a shower last night before bed and the water pressure in our house was perfectly fine. This morning the water is drizzling out from all faucets, showers and fixtures. I've checked the water ...
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Can I remove my vent covers without disconnecting the duct?

I have an old house with flexible duct work in the ceiling. There is mold in at least one. Can I remove the vent covers to clean or will that disconnect the duct work in the attic from the vent ...
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How to avoid spinng sharkbite on moen spout? [closed]

What new spout did you get to avoid the sharkbite to moen connection?
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108 views

Are supports for spot lights required?

If I am planning to install this spot light on the ground (in dirt), are support beams or things like that required or can I just place this in the dirt and it would be fine?
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How do I fix this missing soffit?

After this past harsh winter I noticed this spot on our house where it looks like some soffit panels had fallen out. Honestly, I'm not sure what was in the space prior; I never found any panels on ...
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We hear a constant bass subwoofer like thumping noise every night from about midnight to 7 am

We live in a relatively quiet area. Since 2012, we hear a low bass rhythmic sound (music?) with slight vibrations in the front bedroom. We cannot hear it outside, only in the room and especially ...
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Running underground wire to a shed

I want to run an underground electric cable to a shed which is 200 feet from the house. I was wondering what the pros and cons were of using an existing overhead line and putting in conduit. Also ...
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Using replacement windows in new construction

A few years ago I replaced my old drafty windows with high-quality replacement windows. Now I am doing some renovations, which will require some windows to be relocated to a different position. The ...
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Is mold remediation effective in the long term?

Our home inspector just found serious mold problems in a home we are considering buying. The seller are willing to pay for remediation, but I'm very concerned about the possibility that mold would ...
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Economy 7 single element immersion heater

I just start renting a property which has electric heating. It runs on a type of economy 7 tariff. Just before I moved in the landlord fitted a new immersion heater replacing the old one. The ...
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Is sawdust really that bad for my vacuum cleaner?

My mother (who tends to be right about this stuff) says that using my non-shop-vac to cleanup sawdust will ruin the motor. I recently bought a new, fancy, expensive vacuum cleaner that was really ...
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1answer
770 views

What subpanel and number of circuit breakers should I install in a detached garage?

I no longer am dealing with my contractor. Long story. But he ran 2 10-3 wires out to my garage for power. I think he was planning on putting a 30 amp breaker on the panel in the house for each wire ...
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How can I stop this drain pipe from backing up?

In my basement laundry room is (to my knowledge) the only drain pipe in the whole basement, which hooks into the end of the main line as it exits the house and heads to the septic tank. When we moved ...
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What can I do if drain alignment doesn't allow enough space for p-trap?

I'm remodeling my bathroom. The sink drainage come up from the floor. The alignment between that and the drain coming from the sink doesn't have enough space for a p-trap to be installed so it just ...
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Stabilizing a gravel driveway with massive holes and steep inclination

I have inherited a 270 feet long driveway along a steep hill. It is part gravel/stone, and part concrete. It is in very bad condition. Every winter, rain threatens to wash away parts of it. Driving ...
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Is a little ice on the cooling coils ok?

This is our first summer in a new house which has central air. It was a bit hotter today than normal so the AC was running for a long time. After awhile we noticed the airflow stopped because the ...
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What exactly is this fiberboard-looking sheathing?

My house appears to be sheathed in some kind of fiberboard product with a black paper facing on the inside. That rock-looking thing poking through is stucco. The house was built in 1972. Anybody know ...
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183 views

What trim material can be used around a 6" circular permanent hole in drywall?

I need to make a 6" circular hole in a wall that goes between a room and a walk-in closet for a portable air conditioning pipe. It is in a basement and the pipe needs to be exposed spiral (like in a ...
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1answer
109 views

Attach drywall directly to framed soffit without plywood/osb

I have a really small soffit that I built for my kitchen to hide some HVAC. Is it ok to attach drywall directly to the 2x4 framed soffit or do I have to cover it in plywood or OSB first?
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Well (Water) Troubleshooting

I have a 20g Pressure Holding tank. When I turn on the outside faucet, I notice low pressure after a while. When I go to the control unit connected to the pressure tank, I see the pressure drop from ...
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761 views

Can i fix or run my 110V pedestal fan on 220V?

I have an old table-fan that I bought years ago and was rated for 110V. During the checkout process, it the option of choosing 110V or 220V and I made the mistake of choosing 110V. I haven't been able ...
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1answer
198 views

How can I paint over a bitumen floor?

I have a terrace that has been recently covered with a bitumen based product (This one, if you can read german). My problem is that is black and it get's very warm during the day, making it ...
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How can I trim my pegboard?

I really want to tidy up my tool closet, and step one is getting the pegboard hung back up. I'd like to mount the board on the inside of a closet door, but it is about 2" too wide for that. I've had ...
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How do I hook up a washing machine drain line to this box?

I had a plumber come out and install a drain line and hook up the supply water for a washing machine. This is the state he left the project: How am I supposed to hook up the waste line? Do I need to ...
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2answers
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How to cut out a rotted portion of exterior corner vertical trim?

I have a rotted hole in one of my exterior house vertical corner trim boards. The rot is about 3 feet up from the bottom of board. Rather than replace the whole 16' board, i just want to cut out a ...
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Should I set wooden porch pillars into, or on to concrete footings?

I'm building a wooden porch on the front of my house. I have six 4" wooden pillars supporting the structure. It's light, doesn't contain concrete, roof tiles, etc, and is made entirely of wood. I'm ...
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how can I reduce manganese, hardness, radon, and prescence of coliforms in well water?

I'm purchasing a home in NH and just received my comprehensive water test from the inspector. Here are the marks I'm most alarmed at. Hardness 264 (want it under 75) Manganese: .51 (want it under ...
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1answer
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What to do to prevent/get-rid of snakes?

This morning we found a snake in our front yard, this is the first time in 5-6 years that we've ever seen one in our yard. The next door neighbor did sell his home to someone who is rebuilding it. So ...
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Can floor tiles be installed on walls?

I am building a home and would like to install floor tiles on wall also, please let me know if it possible to install floor tiles on walls?
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How to reduce outside hall noise from inside [duplicate]

I may or may not have asked this before, but I'll assume I didn't. First off, I would like to be very clear what I'm asking. I'm asking about what I can do INSIDE to reduce outside NOISE (the hall). ...
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How can I reduce the humidity level in my basement?

I have an unfinished basement in my 1040 square foot ranch house. I just bought an energy star 30 pint dehumidifier to replace an old one that came with the house 1 year ago (I set it on the "driest" ...
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What could happen if I used 4 cycle fuel in a 2 cycle engine?

So apparently at Home Depot in my area, pre-mixed 2 cycle fuel is in a grey bottle and 4 cycle is in a green bottle. And at Lowe's, it's exactly the opposite. The last time I bought fuel, I bought at ...
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Is there a trick to getting round HVAC duct pieces to fit together

I have been doing some basic HVAC duct work as part of a remodeling project and I can never get the pieces to fit together without massive amounts of elbow grease and mangling the ends. Is there some ...
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How can I modify floors, walls, ceilings and furniture in a reversible way?

I am renting an apartment starting next month and I am not satisfied by some of its floors, walls and even ceilings. Also, both kitchen and bathroom are already set-up with basic furniture, i.e. ...
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What can I do about 2x4 wood expansion joints that are above the surface of the concrete?

I have a lot of concrete in my yard that has several 2x4 6-10 foot wood expansions. The 2x4's are now between a 1/2" and a full inch above my concrete. What can I do to fix this? I thought about a ...
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51 views

Water heater problem

I'm going out on a limb posting here, but I'm really at a loss. I live in an apartment, built roughly 30 years ago. In the last two weeks I've had to call maintenance as I've lost hot water. Each ...
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1answer
465 views

What could be causing water pressure drop with sprinklers?

My first issue is that when the sprinklers come on, there is a significant drop in water pressure in the sink, shower, etc. I checked the sprinkler lines and there are no obvious leaks (i.e. holes in ...
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Can insulation batts run on top of wall studs?

Our house has vaulted ceilings, and the attic space contains three walls that are shared with living space (bedroom and living room). The attic sides of these walls have batts of insulation on them, ...
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Can a “tired” tarboard roof be updated without replacing it altogether?

I have a cheaply built wooden cottage in an arid climate with occasional rain during the winter. The roof consists of planks with tarboard nailed on top. The planks appear to be in poor condition ...
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How can I protect the wall of a simple wooden cottage from rain?

I have newly moved to a property with a small cottage. It is located in a hot desert climate, close to the sea, with occasional rain during the winter. The cottage is made from relatively thin ...
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1answer
135 views

How do I replace a dimmer switch with a single switch?

I'm trying to replace a dimmer switch with a regular light switch. The same box also has another dimmer and fan control switch next to the one I want to replace. The dimmer has 2 wires, a pink and ...
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4answers
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Sink tailpiece doesn't line up with trap

After installing a new bathroom sink, the drain tailpiece doesn't line up with the trap coming out of the wall. I've seen flexible accordion hoses for this, but I think that violates code ...
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1answer
3k views

Use existing light switch to also power bathroom exhaust fan?

The builder of my house neglected to place an exhaust fan in my guest bathroom. When I brought that to their attention, they replied that code only requires fans in bathrooms that don't have ...
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How to identify location of intermittent water leak?

In the master-bath I have an over-sized tub and separate glass shower stall that are right next to each other, both on-top of sub-flooring / a crawl space. (Crawl space is because house is built into ...
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2answers
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Honeywell home ventilation system with no c wire for thermostat. How can I substitute the g for the c without blowing a fuse?

I'm hoping to get some help with my thermostat problem. We bought our home brand new and it came with a very basic thermostat (non programmable and runs on batteries). I want to upgrade it to a wifi ...
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1answer
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What could be causing my touch lamps to come on by themselves?

I am rewiring my house with major upgraded wire. I am installing #12 armorflex wiring and conforming to commercial code. Yes, I know most people use romex for houses, but I have seen plenty of attics ...

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