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How can I attach cabinets and shelves to an Insulating Concrete Form wall?

So my house and garage have been built with Insulating Concrete Forms (Perform wall to be exact) and I want to attach shelves and cabinets in my garage. Pictures and other lighter stuff have been ...
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Plastic or metal pipes? what do you recommend? [closed]

I need to install piping for hot and cold water, do you suggest plastic or metal pipes?
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How do I remove a bolt that's stuck in a ceiling junction box?

I cannot get the bolt off the screw in a ceiling junction box. The junction box is damaged and I need to replace it to be able to put in a new one so I can rehang the ceiling fan. It's time for summer ...
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Do 240V receptacle use the same connectors as 120V receptacles for the same amperage?

I feel like I'm missing something obvious. I know different plug styles are used based on a circuit's amperage (in the US) but is the same style of plug used for both 110V and 220V outlets of the same ...
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How do I widen an existing asphalt driveway with crushed gravel?

I've got an existing asphalt driveway that's around 20 feet long. It's in fair shape. I want to widen it by about 5 feet. The ground is level, I'm in the soggy Willamette Valley, Oregon so frost ...
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How should I prepare a plywood subfloor for floating vinyl plank flooring?

The floor of my laundry room was three layers of hideous vinyl flooring of various vintages, a layer of 3/4" plywood underlayment (to match the height of the vinyl to surrounding hardwood flooring) ...
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Is it a problem that my toilet flange is 3/8" below the surrounding tile?

My tile setter had to elevate the tiles around the toilet hole in order to make up for some unevennesses. As a result, the toilet flange is approx. 3/8" below the surrounding tile. Can that be ...
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How can I tighten a bolt in a circular hole?

I've assembled a set of swings, and am trying to tighten the nuts at the top. The trouble is that they are embedded deep inside a circular hole and I can't get to them with a regular spanner. What ...
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How do I remove carpet tape from a painted wall?

How to remove carpet tape from painted wall without damaging the paint? This article suggests using warm cooking oil, but I am afraid the oil will irreversibly damage the paint. Should I try some ...
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Where do I attach the grounding conductor to my bedroom light fixture?

I have a problem, I broke the center piece that holds the glass part on my light fixture in my room. I purchased a replacement and removed the two screws holding my fixture on to the ceiling. Now I ...
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What economical ways exist to dampen floor vibration on top floor apartment?

I live in a top floor apartment which is above the garage (open air, really just a lot). The unit is at the end of the building; the apartment is held up by columns. The building was built around the ...
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Is there a way to fix a leak in the pressurized side of a pool system without digging it up?

I have a pool that has a pretty bad leak on the pressurized side, and it's not in the backwash line nor in any line that is above ground. Right now I don't know which pipe has the leak in it, but I ...
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What grout to use on this glass mosaic tile

I am curious as to what grout should I use for this [glass mosaic tile][1]? Do I use a sanded or unsanded grout? Has anyone used the Bostik Dimension grout from My Tile Backsplash?
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Why am I getting 20V from a light socket after changing the bulb?

I had a bulb burn out, and when I went to replace it, the new bulb didn't work. I put a multimeter on the socket to test it and I'm getting 20V instead of 120V. There are no other electrical problems ...
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How do I wire a 3 gang switch in my new bath?

I am putting a basement bath in and I need help. I will be adding a new 20 amp circuit for the single pole outlet. Also, a 20 amp line for a 3 switch box. Switch #1 is for the vanity light, #2 is for ...
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What is the official name for wiring hole stops/plugs and where can I buy them?

We have several holes in our house (floor and external wall) that are used for cables (coax and cat5e). The holes are bigger than the cable that goes through them so we'd like to minimize the excess ...
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1answer
115 views

How do you disconnect a TV cable that runs all along the walls throughout the house?

Is it dangerous to disconnect it by myself, or is the standard protective gloves and shears sufficient? The cable was installed by Time Warner Cable company, and now we no longer have their service.
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Can brick patio and walk edging be removed without damaging the edging?

The original installed patio and walk plastic edging around my brick pavers has become dislodged and is above the lawn line in some places. Can those places or all of the edging be removed and will ...
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1answer
112 views

Is a single ductless HVAC system more efficient than two smaller ductless systems?

I have an 809 sq ft stand-alone room with concrete slab and block walls that needs to have AC and heat. We have windows on all sides, 8' ceilings, and live in Florida. The room will be used as a dog ...
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1answer
689 views

How much movement is normal after mounting a TV on partition wall?

I have a wall that's made of plasterboards mounted on metal studs. I have mounted two DVD cabinets (each 22kg) and an LCD TV (40kg). To mount all this, I installed 6mm thick MDF panels across 5 of ...
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279 views

Can you make your own epoxy grout?

I've been using it but it's very expensive. The grout powder appears to be normal grout... could I just combine it with some sort of epoxy mix?
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Should I use primer alone first, or can I use paint+primer on renovated/patched walls?

I have a number of walls that have a mix of old lath+plaster and new drywall (parts of walls are plaster, other parts new drywall). The old plaster walls have paint on them but they have not been ...
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How do I transition between tile and drywall in a tub surround?

I'm working on a tub surround, which is about to be tiled. And the last piece I need to figure out, is how to transition between finished tile and adjacent wall. This is how my wall looks right now. ...
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What are these holes in my concrete wall and how can I mount things to them?

I have several 2.3" holes in my concrete walls. I think they were likely used as part of the construction or assembly process. They're maybe an inch to an inch and a half deep, and they look like ...
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Why is water collecting in the base of my furnace?

I changed my filter the other day and noticed a pool of water in the bottom of the furnace, below the filter. The humidifier has been off so that's not the issue. I removed the furnace panels and see ...
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Can I safely make a door frame taller?

UPDATE: April 22 What I ended up doing was removing the trim non-destructively. Above the door frame, it was clearly not load bearing, so I continued and was not so non-destructive. The end-result ...
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How do I patch a hole in the slab under a kitchen island?

This is one step further than How do I remove musty smell in coat closet?. There was a sewage backflow under my kitchen island :( I fixed that problem, but now there's a musty smell in one of the ...
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How can I make a smooth transition from granite to drywall?

I had solid sheets of granite installed for shower. Looks good except for the adjoining areas. First shower does not run width of room - so there is a support wall for the right hand side of ...
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3answers
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How can I tell if a ceiling box will support a real light fixture?

I removed a fluorescent light fixture from kitchen but I'm not sure the work box will support a real light fixture. The work box is round and plastic. The fluorescent light wasn't even held up by the ...
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2answers
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Can I use a drywall anchor in a stud to hang a shower curtain rod?

I am hanging a curved shower curtain rod to replace a spring loaded/standard curtain rod. The rod came with drywall anchors (3 each side) and I started drilling the holes for the anchors. First hole, ...
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1answer
486 views

How can I electrically test an RJ45 plug?

I live in a dorm and there's a RJ45 connector on the wall, which is connected to a router somewhere in the building (which I do not have access to). Supposing I do not know the exact hardware ...
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Why does it take a second for water to come out of the kitchen faucet?

Starting about a week ago, our kitchen faucet has exhibited some odd behavior. When you lift the handle for it, nothing comes out for a second. You can hear air or water flowing, but nothing comes ...
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233 views

How can I create low-cost, fire resistant, hidden in-wall storage?

I've taken all the sheetrock off of an interior wall for some renovations we're doing. What I would like to do is use a section of that wall to create a fire resistant hidden storage compartment. It's ...
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1answer
259 views

How do I clean a root cellar under my porch to make it suitable for food storage?

I have a root cellar under my porch. How should I clean loose stones on the floor and get rid of a musty smell so I can use the space as a safe food storage area. Small field mice entered and some of ...
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1answer
103 views

Does it matter how the chuck on a drill is set when it is stored?

When I put away my drill for storage, should I be concerned about whether the chuck is fully open, fully closed, or somewhere in between?
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191 views

What structure is required for my neighbors adjoining fence?

My next door neighbor has a drive way and the council workers have put a gate up (looks like 6ft fence panels). The post that is next to my fence has simply been drilled through my fence and into a ...
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2answers
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Does cork flooring underlayment have to be glued down?

I'm finally getting around to installing an engineered floating floor in our living room. It's 1/2" thick. I am looking at using 1/4" cork underlayment underneath such as this from Home Depot. It ...
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1answer
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What advanced features are available for sprinkler systems?

I'm making a sprinkler system for my house before summer gets here. So far I'm thinking of an embedded microcontroller with light and temp sensors, so when the sun goes down and it starts to cool your ...
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1answer
643 views

What should I do to level an uneven floor with a potential load bearing wall above?

I'm trying to level the first floor in my 90 year old house. The floor joists are held up by a wooden beam composed of 5 2x8s, which is held up by two steel columns. In the middle of the wooden ...
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754 views

How should I ground two switches in a handy box that were previously ungrounded?

I am replacing two light switches in my bathroom. One controls the light above the sink and the other controls the fan in the ceiling. When I took the old switches out, I saw that the three neutrals ...
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493 views

What NEC requirements apply to installing receptacle next to a tree?

I will install a receptacle next to a tree. I know it must be protected by a GFCI and weatherproof. But my concern is about how to support it and how high it should be from the ground. Where in ...
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Why does water and gunk back up through the overflow hole in the bathroom sink?

When I run the water in my bathroom faucet it sometimes (but not all the time) slowly starts to creep up the overflow hole and pour back into the sink. Included with the water is black and grey gunk. ...
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1answer
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Do you really *have* to mortise for hinges and other door hardware?

I am wondering if it's entirely necessary to mortise a door and jamb for hinges and other miscellaneous door hardware. The only thing I can think of is that, in addition to being screwed in, the ...
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1answer
343 views

How do I string a low voltage wire between two buildings?

I need to get Cat6A to an outbuilding for network communication; underground is not an option. I think I have an idea on the method: grounded pillars with a guyline and the outdoor cable. What NEC ...
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1answer
186 views

Switching from multiple thermostats to a single one

I have a heating system that has a separate "smart" heater in each room, each controlled with a separate thermostat (a simple one, like Honeywell T410A1013). What I would like to do is to convert to a ...
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2answers
615 views

How to open ceiling light cover to replace bulb

I don't understand how to open it so that bulb can be replaced. It has no screws. Tried to move white dome anti-clockwise but does move at all.
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What protection is needed to access the crawlspace under the house?

We have a crawlspace about 2 feet tall under the house. (Scary!) Looks like it has a black plastic barrier on the ground (which I believe is just dirt). How should one dress to crawl under there, and ...
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1answer
118 views

What is the best way to build a box to elevate my bathroom fan above joists?

I want to create a register/ return air type box about 4" high so my bathroom fan's exhaust will be above the joists so that the duct can have the shortest and most direct run to a gable vent. Is ...
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186 views

Can CFL bulbs in a fixture with a dimmer switch damage old wiring?

Our wiring is not functioning now after using a CFL bulb in a dimmable light fixture. Is it possible that use of the CFL bulb could affect our old wiring? We may have to replace the wire leading to ...
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What alternate ways are there to get into a garage when you don't have the opener? [duplicate]

I am locked out of the garage without a remote opener. There are no windows and no doors to get in. What are some ways to open the garage door without breaking down the door?

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