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How can I route an in wall dryer vent through double top plate?

I am looking to move the washer/dryer into the 1st floor walk in closet. Part of the process is putting in a dryer vent. I have seen some in wall vents for dyers and considering that as an option. ...
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Would enveloping an attic in insulation cause any problems?

My attic currently has batt insulation between the joists, and a second layer of batt insulation on top of that. In the summer, the second floor is quite a bit warmer than the first floor. I'm ...
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Painting new cedar shingles

I am in the process of shingling my house with cedar shingles, how long should I wait before priming and painting
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It is normal for glass-ceramic cooktop to be hot?

I just bought a stove with glass-ceramic cooktop and I'm frustrated because when I use one hot plate the whole cooktop is hot (even the metal corpus around it). Is this normal or the cooktop must be ...
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Attic Insulation (floor or ceiling?)

Is it better to insulate in between the slanted ceiling joist Or floor joists in the attic if you have a whole house attic fan? Or both? In long: Out of budget reasons I was thinking of leaving ...
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Installing a door threshold on concrete slab

I am trying to install the following door threshold on a concrete slab. The door leads outside and the old threshold was rotted from water penetration. The following pictures show the concrete ...
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593 views

upgrade to a 200 amp service, cable wiring sizes

The house currently has a 3/4 inch conduit to feed the main wires coming from the power company to the breaker box. This is very much inadequate. I plan to upgrade to a much bigger breaker box. My ...
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Refrigerator not cooling: told to unplug 24 hours

Our fridge hasn't been cooling for about a day. It makes no sounds at all and everything has been warming up. There is power because the internal light comes on. Our appliance guy told us to unplug ...
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Can I follow shellac with polyurethane (water-based or oil)?

I just finished building kitchen cabinets out of African mahogany. I am ready to finish the project and I would really like to not screw it up. I'm wanting to use an oil-base penetrating stain and ...
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Framing a window directly through a post in post-and-beam construction?

I have a single story home built on a concrete slab using post and beam construction. I have 4x4 posts spaced 5 feet apart along the exterior wall with 4x8 beams holding up a 4" tongue and groove roof ...
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sub panel in garage?

I have 200 amp service. I want a subpanel to handle my garage outlets hot tub and a small welder. besides normal power tools such as a miter saw table saw and ets. I have 3/4 inch pipe ran to my ...
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How do I wire a 1/2 switched receptacle?

I am changing receptacles and one of them is 1/2 switched. I have the red to the brass screw and the whites to the silver ones and it keeps tripping the breaker. I swapped the whites to make sure I ...
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How can I keep a door open wide enough for my cat to get through but not my big dog?

I need a 'safe room' for my cat to go in to use the litter box away from the dog, who thinks it contains treats. I need the door the stay open a few inches without my Labrador Retriever having the ...
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Max gap size for effective drywall joint compound

I am getting ready to mesh tape and apply joint compound to my drywall patch but I am wondering if my replacement piece is not snug enough. After doing a bunch of adjustments and trying to cut for my ...
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New shower pan over old lining?

We bought a house with cracked grout on a lumpy shower floor but no signs of leaking or mold. Six months later as I was removing the grout, tile came up. I removed the floor tile and thinset and ...
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What's this JML thing in my house?

I have seen these things in various walls around my house and I am just wondering what the heck they are??? reverse image search showed no useful results so now I here asking for the help of stack ...
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363 views

Why would a blower motor work with A/C, but burn out with furnace?

I've gone through 2 blower motors since I purchased the home 3 yrs ago. I never have an issue with the blower when the AC runs; but it keeps dying in the winter with the furnace. I've had 2 HVAC ...
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Roadblock installing 4-way switch

I've been trying to install a four way switch setup for a ceiling fan using a Leviton z-wave control switch and two matching remotes. I've attached a copy of the wiring as it is currently set up. I'm ...
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What and how many appliance can share a room?

Can a central air gas furnace, gas dryer, electric washing machine, gas water heater be in same room (12x8ft) in the basement? dryer has its own vent to outside, Gas water heater, seems to use the ...
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77 views

Can a recessed IC-rated housing be in contact with nonmetallic sheathed cable?

I have recently installed 8 of these 5 inch insulation contact rated remodler housings in my kitchen. Two of the holes I made were close to an existing nonmetallic sheathed cable (NM) running through ...
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How to keep door open or closed automatically?

Our bathroom door is not closing properly or people forget to close it, and then it makes noise when the wind moves it. I would like to implement something like in the Q&A "How can I make a door ...
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570 views

Why does AC unit need condensation drain trap?

I am modifying the drain pipe that drains my inside AC unit. When I purchased the home, there was an electric drain pump tied to the unit. Upon investigating why the unit needed one I found a pipe in ...
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How can you tell if your sink is compatible with a portable washer?

I'm looking to get a portable washer, but I'm not sure if I'll be able to attach the washer to the sink facet. Is there a standard that portable washers adhere to? If so, how do you tell you have a ...
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how install insulation to pitched ceiling with no measurable space between ceilng and roof

how can insulation be applied to pitched ceiling covered with dry wall so thin when new roof was installed nails came through the ceiling. once sprayed insulation is sprayed on can it be covered with ...
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128 views

water flow difference between 1/4 turn and multi turn shut off valve

I replace my multi turn toilet shutoff valve with a 1/4 turn shutoff valve, now the water flow is much slower is there a difference in the amount of water that flows through the 1/4 turn valve
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Is it safe or normal to close/cover junction boxes but use existing line to power new boxes just a few (6-12) inches away from the old ones?

We have 2 pendant lights hanging over a breakfast bar in the kitchen. The boxes are easily accessible in the attic. We'd like to move them back a few inches and then add additional wiring for a 3rd ...
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344 views

stuck screw now stripped when trying to remove outdoor faucet handle

My outdoor faucet is leaking. I was trying to remove the handle so I could replace the washers. I could not get the screw to budge. Now I have stripped the stuck screw. What do I do?
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Can I safely connect 10amp flexible/stranded wire to a 15amp connector which in turn is connected to 2.0mm solid house wiring?

My issue is that I have a home automation dimmer that has tiny, 1.0mm connectors. They're too small to use with the currently installed solid 2.0mm (sometimes 2.5) house lighting circuit wiring. The ...
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1answer
165 views

What kind of lock is this, and how can I replace it?

This is the lock barrel from one of my window handles - the key jammed in it and when I pulled the key out, the barrel came with it. You can see on the photo where a small metal lug has snapped off, ...
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How to solve blinking of my samsung plasma 3d tv when connected via hdmi with pc [closed]

I am facing blinking problem in my samsung plasma 3d tv. The model number is PA43H4900AR. My observation about the problem is like this. This blinking problem occurs only when the tv is used as 2nd ...
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Do LED lamps need a bulb?

I bought an LED light bulb on eBay, which unfortunately is too big for the lamp i want to put it in. If I would remove the glass bulb however, it would fit. My question is, does the lamp actually need ...
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Grounded outlet has ground wire attached to neutral post, neutral wire isolated and not connected

As the title says, I encountered an outlet yesterday in a house that has been rewired. I have re-set all the boxes in the house (they were out by about 1/2 inch as the owner was going to install ...
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Can I install a light switch on the end of a wall?

I just recently moved into a home and there is a 3 switch light switch at the end of the wall near where the fridge was. We have purchased a wider fridge and the switches would now be covered. I ...
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Should I caulk around this drain pipe?

I've got an interesting drain layout in the kitchen. Our water supply lines to the sink come up straight through the floor as is typical around here. However, the drain does not. It drops down and ...
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Shower starts v hot and powerful but gets colder quickly even though lots of hot water available

We have an amazing power shower in our new house in New Zealand. Only problem is the hot water is very hot for approx. 30 seconds and then gets colder and colder. Start with the mixer handle in the ...
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the deck is over the patio

2 storys. large deck wraps around front of the house at the upper level. underneath is conrete patio of the lower level. this great in the summer, the deck shades the patio and i great. however, in ...
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Concerned about the outcome of insulation fibers

I was working in an attic ,an exhaust fan was turned on I immiedetly breathed and was choked with the insulation to the point I couldn't breath ,I now feel it in my lungs as uncomfortable ,any idea if ...
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Garage Door - S3 Winder spring tensioner question

I am installing the new wood garage door I built this Sunday. I am replacing a 50 yo tilt up. I ordered all of the parts from DDM Garage Doors (free plug, they were very helpful) and the parts arrived ...
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138 views

Water pressure totally gone after turning off to repair

We turned our water main off and on repeatedlly and now all pressure is gone. Help please.
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4' double fluorescent lights fixture

I want to mount 4 feet double fluorescent light fixture in my room celling. The celling is made of drywall, my question : is it safe to use drywall anchor in celling which is rated for 75 lbs to mount ...
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15ft Deep Sump Pump Hole

So I had a home inspected this evening and noticed something I have never seen before. The hole is about 15ft deep! It looks like it was drilled out and then encased with concrete. The pump has a long ...
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What type of lubrication should I use on a squeaky swing set?

There's a bracket around the top tube with a hole in it. A bolt passes through the hole, to hold a doodad that the swing chain can be connected via an S bolt. When the swing swings, it makes an ...
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kitchen cabinet crown moldings

I want to attach crown molding to the top of my new kitchen cabinets. Since the crowns are angled I need to glue a strip of thin trimboard to the back of the front edge. When I attach the crown ...
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1answer
96 views

Patch and Paint a Desk Surface

I'd like to patch the chip in this desk surface and paint the entire surface. The chip is on the back, so I can afford it not being perfect, just something to level out that wont be noticeable under ...
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270 views

PVC piping for low-pressure air line?

I'm finding that I need more aeration for my aquaponics fish tanks than is practical to supply by buying small consumer-grade air pumps for each tank. Additionally, typical consumer pumps have issues ...
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1answer
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How can I fix a leaky A/C evaporator?

We just moved into our new place. So many new things need to learn. Just like the problematic AC. My apologizes if I do not know the correct terminology for some of the parts. I will try my best ...
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1answer
88 views

Woodflooring protection needed near fireplace?

Any ideas or concerns about solid 3/4" hardwood flooring near a fireplace? Currently I plan to have a nice piece of wood trim covering the gap between the fireplace and the floor. Underneath the ...
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2answers
334 views

Wood Species to replace small bed frame piece

Our bed has a piece that's at most 1 inch by 1 inch by about 6 inches. It's permanently screwed to the headboard and then the side rail gets screwed into it. On one side it's cracked. I want to pick ...
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problems with leaks at push to connect fittings under kitchen sink

We have a RO system that decided to quit working. All filters have been recently replaced. The pressure in the tank reads good. We replaced the membrane, since that has been a problem before. RO still ...
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1answer
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I broke the knockouts on the blue receptacle boxes while doing electrical rough in. Now what?

I haven't been inspected yet but most my rough in work is done. The problem is that I didn't realize until now that I wasn't supposed to remove or fully knockout the trap doors on the nonmetallic ...

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