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Can you touch up epoxy garage floor paint?

Not my garage, asking for a relative. Garage was previously painted with a 2 part epoxy floor paint. Shortly after painting something spilled and pooled around the tires and ate away the paint. Plus ...
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Why is one light staying on when the switch is off?

Can anyone help, I have a lighting/wiring problem, I have two lights in front room controlled by one dimmer switch, the problem is one stays on permanently and one switches on and off and dims. The ...
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Possible to flatten warped wood?

I have two sections of 3x12" wood that have been out in the weather for a few years and are now bowed across the 12" width of the wood. The dip is pretty severe, maybe 1/2 an inch? It seems like ...
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How can I cut aluminum angle stock without damaging my tools?

How can I cut aluminum angle stock without damaging my tools? I've done some looking around the interwebs and have not found anything definitive - basically there are warnings about cutting it with ...
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How to saw inground lumber

My townhouse has some outdoor stairs built out of 6" x 8" lumber. A couple of the steps are rotten and I need to change the lumber. There is also a perpendicular long piece of lumber that crosses ...
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129 views

How can I stop my shower doors from hitting one another and making an awful noise?

I have glass doors in the shower of my master bathroom and when I open and close the doors the screws hold the panes of glass to the runners are bumping into one another and making an awful noise. I ...
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173 views

How can I get this pump casing off the motor?

I have a Monarch MJC-50 shallow well jet pump (1/2 hp) and I want to tear the pump portion down to clean, inspect, and rebuild as it isn't delivering the pressure it used to (and I have ruled out all ...
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Can I remove this truss cross-bracing?

I am in the process of adding some plywood decking to the floor of part of my attic, which is built from webbing-style trusses. In the picture below, the cross-brace marked with yellow arrows is a ...
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Which way do you run hardwood flooring to make the room look bigger?

Our living room is 15 wide by 16 long, which way should we run the hardwood to make the room look bigger? I don't know if the colors matter but just in case it does, the walls are a beige color and ...
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How to protect against shock from exposed romex?

In my attic, the truss upright in the picture below is really the only hand-hold available when pulling oneself up the last few steps on the attic access stairs. It has always bothered me that I have ...
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How can I repair vinyl siding

The previous owner of my house hung a hose reel with screws through vinyl siding. The reel came down and the holes are so stripped that even a sizeable lag has nothing to grip. I think I have to move ...
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327 views

mesh net to help keep crawlspace insulation from sagging

Is it practical to install netting for crawlspace insulation to help keep loose insulation in place? If so how is it fastened to the floor joist and where can I find the netting?
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Wired vs Battery Impact Wrench

I was considering the purchase of a 1/2" electric impact wrench. The first application is to change out an anode rod for an electric water heater. I was looking at some online, and the torque given ...
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Grouting travertine tiles: grout bag or float?

I need to grout a travertine tile wall. Tiles are small, pattern of 2x2", 2x4" and 4x4" tiles. The gap is approximately 1/8". Tiles are tumbled, and there are quite a few imperfections, pits, ...
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How to control mosquito breeding in outdoor sump wells

What are proven ways to control mosquito breeding in outdoor sump wells? Any sort of screen presents a clogging problem. Each action of the pump may disturb any layer of cooking oil used, or dislodge ...
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1answer
177 views

Are buried footings required for a shed or other structure to withstand 90mph winds?

I want to build a small 10x10 shed in my backyard. My city code doesn't require building permits for structures under 120 sq. ft. and doesn't require footings that run down below the frost line for ...
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467 views

Why are furnace/central AC blowers so inefficient?

I can buy a ceiling fan from Home Depot capable of moving 5,000 CFM of air for about $50, and it uses a mere 50-60 watts while doing it. By contrast, most furnaces seem to have blowers that operate in ...
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1answer
66 views

A ground rod where a drain needs to go

My house sits on a hill, and the gutters don't properly drain. As a result, I'm digging a new drain along the side of the house to re-route the water. However, while digging the drain, I came upon a ...
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Will silicone spray lubricant cause bare dry wood to swell?

If wooden parts are binding, will silicone spray lubricant cause bare dry wood to swell? The wood is not maple or oak or birch. It is some type of softwood, maybe fir or pine. The bearing surfaces ...
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On demand water heater using a propane tank

I have a single wide trailer. (The main gas line blew out the back and is under code so $4,000.00 to fix it plus permits because the main need to be moved from under the Trailer). I would like to ...
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How do I fix sagging sofa back and seat cushions on a leather couch?

Around 18 months ago, I purchased a VRETA sofa bed - Mjuk black from IKEA for $1000. I have used this couch quite a bit either for watching TV, playing on my laptop or reading a book. As a result, ...
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75 views

Screen Door Replace

I have a screen door seen below that my cat is now jumping through (not good lol) Can anyone point me in the right direction as to what kind of screen I should get and where? I'm sure something could ...
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473 views

How do I reduce noise from the bolt hitting the strike plate on a door with an automatic closer?

In our office, the door at the entrance has a k2 door closer. Our problem is that when the door closes, it makes a very loud clicking noise. I believe this is the result of the latch bolt hitting the ...
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4answers
246 views

Tracing elctrical outlets that suddenly stopped working.

Last fall an outdoor outlet and an outlet in my garage worked just fine. However this spring neither of them work. Any thoughts on how I can go about researching or identifying the problem? I ...
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2answers
137 views

How do I drill through a shaped tube with a handheld drill?

I'm assembling a corrugated sheet metal fence and I have installed the posts and attached the pieces of shaped tube (rectangular cross section) horizontally and now I need to attach the metal sheets ...
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1answer
87 views

What's the risk of water/rain falling on a recently placed tilework that's not grouted yet

I'm currently working on renewing a concrete staircase going to the garden. The shape of the stairs make it a very time-consuming job, as every step needs several custom cuts. Currently I've 3 steps ...
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0answers
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Damp seeping up through Parquet floor

I have water leaking up through the center of the parquet floor in my ground floor living room. It seems to bleed through the gaps in the tiles. A damp proofing company has suggested that the course ...
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1answer
210 views

Insulate garage ceiling

I want to insulate the ceiling of my garage, to make the family room above it warmer. The problem is that the garage has a finished ceiling (no exposed beams), so how to I affix the insulation to the ...
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hot water tank pressure relief valve

Before leaving on vacation I set the thermostat on my hot water tank to VACATION setting. Having been gone for 1 month, upon my return I set the tank back to my normal setting...Medium hot. I just ...
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Do I need to install a sump pump?

The crawlspace under our house has a tendency to get a bit muddy when the rains are heavy and then dry up a few days later. When the rains are especially hard water will collect in a pit in the ...
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How to build plastic prototype? [closed]

I'm not sure if this is the place for this question but I couldn't find out any StackExchange website for this question so I'm posting it here. I always wondered how companies build the plastic ...
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1answer
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GFCI connection and trip

I have 1 GFCI in the bathroom On the 1st floor. The line side is sourced from the main board, and the load side has 3 standard duplexes in the 2 bathrooms on the 2nd floor. After moving in to test the ...
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I cannot unscrew my outdoor hose on an outdoor spigot

I don't know my own strength. It seems either the spigot or hose is stripped. Now the hose will not unscrew from this spigot.
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What's the best way to fix curling linoleum?

I've heard everything from nailing down the curling edge (which I'd be afraid would lead to cracking/breaking) to heating with an iron, bending back, gluing, and stacking piles of books on. What are ...
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HoneyWell Wifi Thermostat and C wire

I just bought the HoneyWell Wifi thermostat and so wanna use it. However my old Thermostat was battery powered and does not use the "C" wire. I opened up my panel and found that there were three ...
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Increase airflow central air

I have central air in my home and the majority of the house gets really cold with no problem. However, my master bedroom has a washer/dryer & I typically use my laptop for leisure. With that ...
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What are these two drains for?

I have an unfinished basement and do not have any experience with plumbing a bathroom. I assume the two pipes protruding from the floor are toilet (on the left) and either sink or shower (on the ...
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1answer
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How do you wire multiple outlets between three way switches?

I am trying to put my basement lights onto a three way circuit and can not find any examples of how to wire the circuit correctly. I have power (12/2) coming into a box with a three way switch, then ...
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Should I use self leveling concrete to repair settlement cracked concrete slabs?

I have a concrete slab in the breezeway of my house that has several settlement cracks in it. Can I use self-leveling concrete to repair this?
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1answer
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How to better isolate a floor with carpet?

I am going to put a carpet on a room. This room is on a ground floor and it's actualy cold (I can feel the cold on the ground). Is there some material that I can put between the carpet and the floor ...
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2answers
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What is the right way/tool to remove this tile and thinset from a concrete slab?

I'm finishing up my hardwood flooring project and realized I had enough material to replace a tile entry pad with hardwood. So I started removing the tile and thinset with my handy prybar. I'm finding ...
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1answer
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Why lamp is not working correctly?

I have a study lamp. It works sometimes, and sometimes it does not. I am using 220V power. On the lamp is written G23 PL-11W 230V/50W. What do you think what is the problem?
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How to remove bathtub faucet cartridge?

I have a leaky bathtub faucet, how do I remove this kind of cartridge?
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0answers
364 views

Closing refrigerator's door causes freezer's door to stay open

The problem with the freezer door is that when the refrigerator's door is pushed closed, the door of the freezer slightly opens and stays open without re-closing and sealing itself properly, leaving a ...
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3answers
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how should I prime my old walls?

We're in the process of stripping the old wallpaper from our walls. Once all the paper is off we're down to the plaster. This house was built in the late 1940's so the plaster is probably about that ...
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0answers
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What kind of transition would work for removing a wall but having different levels of flooring?

I'm removing load bearing wall and putting in an I beam above but I'm ready to change flooring in current space. This means that there's around a 1 inch (25mm) height difference in the floors. What ...
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3answers
104 views

What kind of damp do we have?

We have a damp problem in a 1920s semi-detached house we moved into 8 weeks ago. We are not sure if it's a condensation problem, or penetration from the outside, or even rising damp on the ground ...
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1answer
429 views

What is the easiest way to measure an irregular floor space?

I would like to order a comfort mat for the floor of a small kitchen. The company can make it to order but I have to provide exact dimensions. This is harder that it sounds though as the floor space ...
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1answer
267 views

Wiring a switch to an outlet to control Garbage disposal

I have a gfs outlet with the power coming to it.Can i install a swith next to it to go to a outlet under my sink to power the garbage disposal
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Should I install bracing behind drywall for upper cabinets?

I'm renovating our kitchen and we will be installing upper and lower cabinets. My question is, should I take the time to install a horizontal brace between the wall studs to make mounting the upper ...

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