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How can I change the hinge side on an LG LBN10551PV refrigerator?

I have an LG LBN10551PV apartment fridge. I ordered it with the door hinge on the wrong side (left) and would like to put it on the right. The instruction manual describes how to do this, and I've ...
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Diatomaceous earth use for bed bugs [closed]

I saw a post about using diatomaceous earth on here from 2013.... Did it ever work? Having issues that have me in tears here. Have tried bombs. .. sprays. .. feel like I am slowly killing us with ...
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155 views

How to properly attach copper pipe to steel framing?

What is a code-approved way to secure copper pipe to metal framing members which minimizes heat transfer and potential reactivity between the two different metals?
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Why doesn't my dishwasher power on?

I couple weeks ago, I had an electrician come in and remove two wires from two circuit breakers from the main panel. Those circuits power a sub panel across the basement. I found out that sub panel ...
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49 views

How to reinforce a flimsy settee?

we have a Settee that does not feel very sturdy. It is rated at 250 lbs and there is a slight wobble. What can I do to make it steadier and more load bearing? (e.g. 400lb) Here is the settee: ...
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How can I increase the effectiveness of the A/C in a hot 2nd floor converted attic master suite?

Just bought a 1940's masonry construction house. House has a finished basement (cold as a meat locker), first floor (comfortable) and 2nd floor (too hot). The 2nd floor is an attic that has been ...
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Will my french drain clog/erode my soil if the pipe has holes on top?

Yesterday, I bought some piping at Home Depot for my french drain project. The solid pipe looked good with the proper alignment of holes. However, I needed flexible piping due to the nature of my ...
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111 views

Buying an old house. What NOT to “modernize?”

I'm buying my first house. It's an old early 1900's Edwardian-style semi-detached. In its present form, It is "livable" (hvac is new, roof is still good). I have $50,000 to fix everything (hopefully, ...
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What could have caused the chock block terminal to melt?

I installed a new light fitting approximately a year ago, which had a long flex. I shortened the flex by cutting both wires, and rejoining them with chock blocks which are contained within the ceiling ...
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Do I need a neutral wire when connecting a 240V device?

So this is still not very clear to me: I am trying to get 240V to an appliance that does not need a plug (direct wiring), I won't need a neutral wire, is this right? In fact there is nowhere to ...
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No AC. I have a few HVAC troubleshooting questions

I'm having issues with my AC. Basically, the symptom is that I feel cold air coming out of the vent, but it has no pressure, almost like I have to put my hand IN THE VENT COVER to feel any cold air. ...
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Do bump outs on colonial homes typically have gutters?

I am going through a home inspection of a 100 year old home that was built in 1915. It is common to have a bump-out of 1-3 feet off the home. Do these bump out's generally have gutters or not? If so, ...
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How can I stop water from seeping into my garage?

Water is seeping through garage wall .People suggest dig and put French drain .I start to dig but can I put more concrete by the footer and support the wall instead of French drain? The water is ...
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615 views

Best way to weatherproof OSB

I am building a shed and I am trying to do it as cheaply as possible. I am going to use 1/2" OSB for the siding and I am wondering what the best paint/sealer is to weatherproof it. We live in central ...
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652 views

Why might my water (hot and cold) be discolored/brown

For a couple of months, we've been noticing that our water is brown or discolored. It comes from both faucets. This morning I had run nothing but cold water and noticed it had a brown tint to it. ...
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What is the purpose of this tile joint?

Noticed this in a public restroom today. Never seen anything like this in tile before. Is this just a flex joint? Or is it a patch job?
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139 views

Is there an easy way to track where switches go/do?

My Aunt's house is a Frankenstein's Monster. Her late Husband made a number of unique wiring modifications. previous post about the her house: Question on toilet mounting; No visible bolts? 1st, ...
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container liner for easy cleaning when mixing concrete

Whether its a wheelbarrow or a 5 gallon bucket, is it okay to use a liner? For example, put liner in container, mix concrete, pour concrete, pull out liner, dispose liner, squeaky clean ...
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254 views

How to install a shower curtain from wall to glass edge?

My walk in shower has a glass wall. I'd like to install a shower curtain but I can't find a shower rod that can be secured from a wall to a glass edge. Here's a picture of the problem. Is there a ...
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521 views

Is it okay to throw paper towels & rags with mineral spirits in the trash bin?

Newbie painter here. Is it okay to throw rags and paper towels that soaked mineral spirits into a plastic bag and then into the trash can?
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Bevelling skirting boards to match architraves

Have an issue and looking at skirting boards which are 18mm thick (wife wants the tall 138mm ones which come thicker unless get them custom made which is more than double the price) but architrave is ...
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1answer
702 views

ecobee3 Installation - Thermostat Y Terminal (yellow) Wire Connects to C Terminal Board

enter image description hereI'm attempting to install a new ecobee3 on an older Coleman Evcon gas furnace and AC HVAC system. The system is what I would consider typical residential as far as I can ...
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147 views

Old Wiring to New Light Fixture With Switch

I bought a new light fixture to replace an old outdated light-bar the bathroom of my apartment. The building was constructed in 1926 so everything is super old. When I took the old fixture down, I ...
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What could be causing my Whirlpool dishwasher to allow fresh water to leak in?

The washer has been installed and working fine for several years. It is slowly filling with fresh water, I believe as the water does not smell and is clear. I replaced the fill valve that did not ...
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886 views

Bathroom exhaust fan turn on with light or independent switch

I have two toggle switches, one for the bathroom light and one for the exhaust fan to operate independantly. Each has it's own 14-2 wire run to it from the switch. I want the fan to come on always ...
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My A/C Unit stopped working after replacing blower motor

Any idea what I may have done wrong here or how to check? I replaced my blower motor (it was 100% compatible and had the proper capactitor), and upon starting it up the blower did nothing and the ...
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Occupancy sensor immediately off after on

I attempted to install a Lutron 2 AMP occupancy sensor this weekend, replacing a simple single-pole switch. Installation seemed to be straightforward enough. However, when the time came to test it, ...
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95 views

How should I install a partition wall perpendicular to a finished exterior wall? [duplicate]

I wish to install a partition wall with a header made of 2x8s (7 feet long). The header will run perpendicular to ceiling joists. I know the no-nonsense approach is to cut channels in the ceiling ...
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How do I change a light bulb I can't grip?

We have two bulbs in our house that need replacing. They appear to be PAR38 bulbs. The bulbs are both in recessed sockets. There is not enough space between the bulb and the well to get fingers ...
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Why would the receptacles in the kitchen not have power after replacing one of them?

I replaced a receptacle, and made sure the wires were in the same order they were originally in when I hooked them back up. I turned power back on and there was no power to the receptacle I changed, ...
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Is caulk acceptable for filling nail holes in baseboard?

Several folks in this very helpful thread suggest using putty to fill nail holes during baseboard installation. I've got multiple contractors doing work on my remodel and one says caulk isn't a good ...
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Should I install a doorway fan or dehumidifier?

I have central air in a rancher (one floor), and the living room is on one end of the house. That room is on a slab, and has always been noticeably hotter in the summer and colder in the winter than ...
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Is there a way to have only two posts holding a 20ft wide main cross-beam of a pergola?

Thinking of building a pergola to hold my jasmine up, and to create a shaded area outside our newly built extension. The problem is the patio door opening is around 5m wide, so ideally I don't want ...
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Redguard - Waterproofing around penetrations / stub outs?

I'm getting ready to apply Redguard waterproofing membrane to my bathroom walls and floors. The room has been designed as a "wet room", so the entire thing needs to be "tanked" to be correctly ...
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Why is the water from my tankless water heater lukewarm?

My tankless water heater works but the water is lukewarm. We have a circulation pump . When we screw the top screw of the pump and cut on and off the cut off valve near pump, the hot water starts ...
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Most important features when selecting a tile saw?

I am looking to invest in a tile saw that will get a fair amount of daily use. Which features are something I should look for when selecting such a tool (i.e. blade size, cleanup, traveling distance ...
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Best way to run electrical wire behind built-in shelves, with the least patching afterwards?

My main living room wall has a fireplace, surrounded by built-in shelves on either side. The left built-in has a 2-gang outlet in its bottom cavity, which I outlined in red. I'm going to mount my TV ...
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51 views

How do GFCI breakers behave on two wire circuits?

Will a GFCI breaker nuisance-trip if a three prong outlet has a jumper between ground and neutral on an old two wire system?
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No voltage from breaker even though breaker is good

I’ve searched the forums quite a bit and can’t find any other question like this one. I recently moved into a new house and needed to remove a light fixture from a wall in a bathroom. So I needed to ...
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“Tomato cage” plastic connections — Design idea

I'm creating on AutoCAD a hydroponic tower garden. I would like to get some ideas about how to design the connections between the parts required to build a tomato cage. Here's a bird's eye view of ...
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1answer
107 views

Poured Cement wall repair and stucco

So I live in Ecuador and this house has been forgotten for 15 years. All of the walls are poured cement with stucco on them. This seems to work fine, except at times the water seeps in and ruins the ...
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water heater vent

In the water heater closet, the water heater is vented through the roof. There is a vent pipe that goes through the floor in the same closet. What would this vent pipe be for and can I cap it off as I ...
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building garage what is proper way to frame an 8 ft garage door

concrete base is 6" high and is 8 Ft wide. I am in the process of framing a 16 ft X 18 ft garage
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665 views

ring main/RCD max amps - confused (UK)

I've split my question up into two parts: Part 1 After investigating my consumer unit (after I first started to wonder about things in part 2 below) I'm confused regarding the AMPS my RCDs are rated ...
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Seeking outdoor 2-bulb light socket for wall sconces [closed]

We are seeking an apparently old-style 2-bulb light socket to mount on a wall through a wall sconce. I haven't been able to find this at hardware stores or on line. Here is a photo of what we need.
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Could someone help identify this bug?

My wife just found these bugs crawling all over a box in spare room. There were a bunch of them and they are tiny - almost invisible to the human eye. I can get some detail with my camera however. ...
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471 views

How can I hang a plywood sign by the edge?

I am remaking my road sign using a 3/4 sheet of HDO. (Not MDO) It 5' wide by 3' tall, and double sided. The old one had brackets that bolted through the face but they will not fit with the vinyl sign ...
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Cost-effective blackout roller blind with side-channels?

I want to fit a blackout blind with side channels into which the blind fits to eliminate light leakage around the edges of the blind. Here's an example of this kind of blind fitment: ...
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1answer
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Leaking whirlpool tub; in alcove, but no tile flange at bottom of walls

In brief: my alcove whirlpool tub has always leaked at the seam between the tub and tile wall, and it needs to be fixed. I just discovered that this tub has no tile flanges where it meets the walls; ...
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Effective alternative to water-resistant barrier behind siding?

First off, this question is a spin-off of this question which I asked recently. Summary: We have several buildings throughout our condo association that do not have WRB. As the answer in the linked ...

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