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How do I fix a squeaky carpeted floor given that scored screws don't help?

My flooring--second story, carpeted--squeaks. I tried the scored screws solution answered in this question. I covered the entire room and adjacent hallway with scored screws on all the joists, every ...
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Is a hexagonal house feasible?

Recently I have been considering the economics and feasability of building a house versus buying a used one. In my design I settled on a hexagon as the logical shape for the frame, which I am ...
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How can I prevent racking on a large free standing wardrobe?

I have two free standing wardrobes, 2.8m by 2m (depth 70cm). Actually inside the wardrobe there is one internal 'wall', halfway 1m, so it divides each wardrobe into 2, but is no stronger than the side ...
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692 views

Should a water distribution manifold consist of a circular loop?

I'm replacing the copper in my house with PEX tubing and I'd like to set up my new utility room with hot water and cold water manifolds. Each connection on the manifold would then lead to either hot ...
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1answer
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Why did my electric range wiring burn out at the terminal block?

Turned on our 2 year old stove (Whirlpool Gold) and heard fizzing noises, then smelled electrical burning. Went downstairs and shut off the breaker (40 amp). That was the only way to get it to stop ...
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Hot water baseboard heater, one zone is cold

I have a hot water baseboard heating system. I have 4 zones controlled by 4 thermostats. The basement is cold. I installed a new zone valve for that area and it is still cold. I bled the zone of ...
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91 views

What is the best way to solve my unusual lighting and wiring challenge?

I moved into a home where the wiring is fairly modern (from the 1980s) but some unusual choices were made in the wiring. At some point, someone put in a lot of single pole switches that didn't work ...
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1answer
143 views

Would removing the back-board of cupboards help against mould/mold?

Would removing the back-board of cupboards help against mould/mold? In our new (to us) semi-basement flat we have a relatively small condensation problem, generally behind cupboards... kitchen ...
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Why do I have almost no water pressure after installing a new valve?

We had a leaky shut off valve under our master bathroom sink. The valve appeared to be original to the house. That would put it in the 40 year old range. I replaced the valve with a new “Shark ...
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1answer
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Boiler Temperature in oil system

Our complex winter-summer boiler control unit for an oil-fired forced water heating system frequently calls for a temperature that the boiler never achieves on a cold day. The burner will turn off ...
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Toilet water level lowers when other toilet flushes

I finally have 2 upstairs toilets working after a lengthy bathroom remodel. What I noticed is when one toilet is flushed, the other toilet water level goes down, almost all the way. The lower level ...
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1answer
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Can I run the cord for plugged ceiling lights through the attic?

I purchased 2 hanging lights from Ikea and they are wired with plugs. I was wondering if I could run the cords with the plugs through the attic and down the wall to the plug. Will the wire get to hot ...
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If neutral carries current back to the breaker panel, why doesn't it need to be connected to a switch?

I've got some limited field experience as an electrical helper, but no real classroom experience yet. (saving up for school) I am of the understanding that the neutral wire carries electricity back ...
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3answers
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How can I replace a long double vanity with two single vanities?

I have one long double vanity in my master bathroom. It is approx 122" with a 53" vanity on the left (butts up to soaker tub) and a 49" vanity on the right (butts up to wall when entering bathroom). ...
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4answers
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What do I need to know about LED strip lighting?

I've read a ton of various posts about different aspects of LED lamps, strips, comparisons with fluorescent and incandescent lamps, and I decided that I want to install LED strips to light my room. ...
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1answer
728 views

Making a timber frame cupboard door using an MDF insert to hold its shape

I have been working on a design for some cupboard doors. The requirements are: - Simple to build so that an low-skilled wood-worker (myself) can put it together. - Be strong enough that the door ...
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1answer
52 views

How to insulate slab that's been extended?

I bought a house built on a concrete slab on grade. It's an older house, so no part of the slab was insulated. At some point in the past, previous owners decided to pour concrete around the entire ...
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2answers
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I have this light and I don't know how to open it

I would like to replace the bulb and I don't know how to do it. I tried pulling the clips on the side out, but they don't budge. Then I tried to unscrew the clips off (hence the third picture), but ...
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0answers
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How to attach shower door stripping to stone?

I have a shower stall with a hinged (not sliding) glass door. Where the door meets the stall there is a line of plastic stripping on the stall side. The adhesive on the original stripping failed, so I ...
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3answers
251 views

Under Cabinet LIghts - Anything Exist That's Not Harsh White?

I'd like to replace the old fluorescent white tube lights under my cabinets. I hate that harsh white color and want something warmer. Does such a thing exist that could be hard-wired into the ...
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1answer
1k views

Can I connect my generator transfer switch to a subpanel instead of to the main panel?

My house has a generator transfer switch (ProTran 30310B) attached to circuits in the main panel (see photo). I added an attached garage to the house. I want to add a subpanel in the garage, ...
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4answers
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Should I replace my toilet's wax ring when I see moisture around the base?

I am noticing moisture around the bottom of the toilet, and can tell some moisture is staining the wood floor when viewed from the basement. The bolts holding the toilet are easily tightened. Will ...
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1answer
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Puzzled on which Door Jamb to order

My existing door jamb is 5 9/16 i m ordering pre hung interior doors my cut choices are 5 1/2 ( 5 8/16 ) or 5 5/8 ( 5 10/16 ) What would you do and why or why not on ...
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2answers
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What pipe diameter, for gravity drain of a given impermeable area?

How do I calculate a sufficient pipe diameter, for handling a given amount of impermeable pavement? A general answer is best. In my particular case I have approximately 675 square feet of tile ...
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1answer
544 views

Why is my downstairs shower pressure lower than upstairs?

My shower pressure in my upstairs bathroom is fantastic. However, the same cannot be said for the downstairs bathroom (ground floor). Given the fact that upstairs is disadvantaged, this does not make ...
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1answer
203 views

Safe to install Illumra wireless switch kit with 2-Pole wiring?

I have 2-pole wiring in an old house and the switch is in a weird place. The Illumra wireless switch kit looks easy, but didn't want to overload anything and was wondering if it's safe to wire? (Think ...
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1answer
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Getting shocked by a neutral wire

I'm trying to figure out how I got a shock from a neutral wire. I didn't think it was possible until I read this article on being "in series with the neutral." Here's what happened: I was ...
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1answer
287 views

Is an electronic dimmer integrated with fan controls compatible with dimmable LEDs? [closed]

I have a Harbor Breeze Ceiling Fan and Light unit shown below. The unit supports changing the fan speed and dimming the light electronically via a remote control shown below. I am considering ...
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263 views

What is this technique of joining wood called?

I'm hoping someone can tell me a couple things about how the clipboard pictured below was made. It appears to be three pieces of wood (the same kind of wood), each stained separately, and then joined ...
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1answer
454 views

Which way should furnace filter face?

I replaced my furnace filter (every 30 days) but upon Googling, I've found it has to go certain way. It's suppose to go the way where the arrow points for the airflow. But my filters have no arrows on ...
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1answer
267 views

What type of wire should I use to repair a toaster oven? [closed]

The connector from one of the leads from my toaster oven's power supply to the top heating element broke off. The wire is too short to just add a new connector, so I need to replace the wire. The ...
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280 views

Should I be concerned about foundation seepage and what to do about it?

We recently bought a 20 yr old home next to a lake in NC.. within a couple thousand feet. It doesn't rain incredibly often here but we've noticed when it does rain it pours 2-3 times the amount we ...
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Drill tool unable to work when face up

I got a drill tool when I press the handle and face the drill bit up, it does not functioning at all but if I face it down, it works. What is the possible problem?
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3answers
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How do I rewire LED security light to bypass motion detector - without burning out solid state board

I purchased a deluxe motion activated light for my porch. I assumed that there would be an override feature to bypass the motion sensor for manual operation; after a few days and nights of various ...
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1answer
52 views

Replaced toilet valve & tube, turning water back on rumbles

I replaced all the parts in my toilet, and now when I go to turn my water back on (not the main valve, but the toilet valve) the pipeline starts to rumble/shake a lot about halfway on. I then turn it ...
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1answer
108 views

How can I restore my carpet's pile after too much cleaning product was used?

I recently moved into my new place and have found that my carpet on my landing is completely flattened. I was told by a carpet cleaning company that it has been caused by too much cleaning product ...
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0answers
97 views

Blue water and plastic pieces always stuck in the screen in faucets

Sometimes the water in the toilet and the faucets are blue and the screen in the sinks are always getting clogged with small plastic pieces....I do not know what is going on with that..and the water , ...
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2answers
150 views

Crawl Space Encapsulation Question

I live in Georgia (around the Atlanta area) and recently discovered mold in the crawl space of my home (I plan to have the mold professionally removed). My crawl space is about 30' by 15' (4' to 15' ...
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0answers
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Why are some radiators hot when the system is off?

Yesterday I drained my heating system so I could cut the pipes on one radiator to raise it. After refitting, I filled and bled all the radiators and they were all working. When I got up during the ...
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2answers
2k views

How do I tighten/loosen this recessed nut and bolt?

My bed has a nut and bolt that are recessed into a piece of wood. The only tool I have that fits it is the tiny toy spanner that came with the bed. The spanner does not grip the nut tightly enough ...
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1answer
148 views

Bathroom, dryer and central vac - Can any of the exhausts be combined, and can any use the same penetration?

I have these three units within 5 feet of eachother. The place where the bathroom vents to is the only place within reach to have a penetration to outside. My options are to stack these three ...
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3answers
393 views

Any ideas on hiding a TV in a coffee table?

With 1080p and now 4k Tvs its a waste of technology to watch it from 14'+ away. Sitting under 6' way from a 50+ inch HDTV is the only way to enjoy all the pixels. The only way I can think to have a ...
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1answer
454 views

How is garbage disposal installation different in a sink without an existing disposal?

I'm planning on buying a garbage disposal for a sink that does not currently have one. All of the installation instructions I have found assume that I would be replacing a garbage disposal rather than ...
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0answers
46 views

What can I do about “cratering” in a hardwood floor?

My Armstrong engineered hand scraped hardwood floors have "cratering" that has just started showing up two years after being installed. What could be causing this and how can I rectify it? In ...
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1answer
6k views

Forced air system blowing cold air through bedroom vents, hot through the rest

I'm in a rental house for the next few months which hasn't been particularly well maintained. It does have a newish looking Goodman gas furnace, yet the gas bills seem outrageous to me ($250 per month ...
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1answer
365 views

When should I worry about icicles on my gutters?

I've lived in my house for 9.5 years, and originally had cheap mesh screens on the gutters. I would see maybe one or two icicles on the roof after a bad storm, but nothing serious. A few years ago ...
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2answers
97 views

Can I stack my boxed air conditioning units for storage?

I pulled out the AC units from the windows and have put them back in the original boxes that they came in. Can I stack them one on top of another for storage? I know not to stack the units normally, ...
3
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2answers
4k views

Can I use Rigid Foam Insulation instead of fiber insulation?

I have a question: Can I use Rigid Foam Insulation instead of fiber insulation on outside walls from the inside of the house?
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1answer
607 views

How do I go about framing a half wall into a full wall?

My house has an second floor open loft area with a half wall that overlooks the foyer down below. I would like to enclose the half wall, add a closet and door to create a fourth bedroom. How do I go ...
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0answers
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How do I wire new recessed lighting and a fan?

My home office has two wall switches (double gang switch box w/incoming power), one controls a half switched outlet on opposite wall, the other controls a ceiling fan (w/light kit; not independently ...

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