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Plumber told me it's unsafe to drain my water heater — what should I do?

We are new homeowners. Our 11-year-old 2nd-floor water heater was leaking and the first plumber who came told us he would need to come back with a partner to take it away. I asked if I could drain ...
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What is the sandy substance underneath my old ceramic tiles and what preparation should I do before installing a new one?

We are removing old ceramic tile from a cement floor. There is a sandy substance underneath. Do I have to remove the cement or can I just sweep this substance off and continue installing ceramic ...
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How do I repaint old wooden doors?

I would like to repaint old wooden doors, which were painted in white many years ago. The paint starts to fall off, and underneath there comes out unpainted wood, but otherwise the paint still sticks ...
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Installing new soil pipe

I'm moving my bathroom to the adjacent corner in my house, and would like to know if I need to vent my soil pipe with my planed system, before it reaches the existing external soil stack, direct ...
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82 views

Leaking conservatory roof

When the wind comes from a certain direction my conservatory roof leaks. . Is there some substance I could use (similar to putty?) to stop the leak?
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1answer
101 views

Should a light tunnel be positioned facing east or west?

I want to install a light tunnel to increase the light in my kitchen. Above this room there is a roof with one side facing east and the other side facing west. Would I get more light from a light ...
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1answer
179 views

What tool should I use to cut through a wall to get to my attic?

I have a very small attic space above my bathroom, and there is no access to this space. The tube that goes from the exhaust fan to the roof is not attached, and I would like to attach it to get ...
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Why won't my toilet hold the refill water?

I know there are several posts on toilet fill valves and supply lines, but I'm afraid that my issue may be much worse. My toilet was draining slowly so I got a professional grade auger and ran it ...
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What kind of pipe should I install between my water meter and my house plumbing?

What kind of pipe is used to hook house water pipes up to the city water meter? I have a blue flexible hose between the meter and my 3/4 inch galvanized piping to the house. The blue flex hose is ...
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0answers
44 views

How can I trace my irrigation system without any sprinkler heads?

I just bought a home in Arizona that came with an irrigation system in the backyard. There are no sprinkler heads so I have no clue where the lines are. How can I get info on where to plant based on ...
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400 views

Why do I have a 3 wire/double pole breaker for kitchen receptacle?

I am switching my kitchen receptacle to a GFI; it has 3 wires. I'm pretty sure I have to break the bar between the two hot screws, thus making the top and bottom on a separate circuit. What is the ...
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1answer
69 views

Will oil stains on my driveway ruin my driveway sealer?

I just finished power washing my driveway after scrubbing it with Krud Kutter oil remover solvent. The stains are better, but they aren't all the way gone. Will the presence of these stains prevent ...
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2answers
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Why does my receptacle tester say open ground on my new outlet?

I replaced an outlet and the tester says open ground. I checked all the wires and they are secure including the ground wire. What could be wrong?
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358 views

What would cause my LED tape to flash when plugged in?

I just removed our new tape lighting and plugged it in. The brand name is Patriot Lighting 12 volt 16.4' flexible LED tape light. All it does is flash on and off. Any suggestions?
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1answer
176 views

Should I be concerned? Wires look burned

While replacing the ignitor on our ge profile gas range/ oven, we came across the wires that go to the top ignitor (for the broiler). I am concerned because they look burned/ melted. My husband is not ...
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3answers
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What do I need to replace after water damage during construction of a new home?

While setting our new T style modular ranch style home we had a large amount of rain come before they had the sections set and now have water laying in some sections of drywall in almost every room. I ...
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2answers
339 views

Can I use EPS concrete for a fire bowl?

I found this recipe for EPS concrete, and am thinking of using it to make a fire bowl (a decorative concrete bowl like the one described here, which holds a chafing dish gel fuel pack.) I would like ...
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2answers
1k views

How can I remove this piece of metal from my garbage disposal?

Our garbage disposal was turned on with something that shouldn't be in it in there. It all got destroyed and ground up except for this metal piece, which got wedged under the "teeth" of the disposal. ...
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2answers
1k views

How can I build deck stairs flush with the end of the deck?

I have a deck design where I want stairs coming down perpendicular to the joist starting at the end of the joist. You can see the picture as a generic not to scale drawing of what I mean. I had ...
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2answers
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Can I use these post brackets to attach railing posts on top of decking?

I found a Simpson strong tie product (BC40Z) 4x4 half post base, and it states its intended use is for attaching a 4x4 railing post securely on top of wooden decking. The following picture ...
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2answers
3k views

Water from bathroom faucet smells like rotten eggs

The sink is in the powder room on the main floor of our house. When I turn the water on it is fine for a few seconds then it smells horribly for about 3-4 more seconds then it is back to normal. It is ...
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3answers
150 views

What are some quantifiable metrics for comparing digital antennae?

I currently have an RCA Indoor digital flat amplified antenna (ANT1450BR), which doesn't work well. It seems as though the flap of a butterfly's wings in Brazil, causes my television signal in ...
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2answers
933 views

How can I drill to an exact depth with a hand drill?

I'm drilling holes in 4"x4"s in order to put magnets in them. The magnets are 1/8" deep and I'd like to install them to be flush with the surface of the wood. All I have is a Ryobi cordless drill and ...
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1answer
354 views

How can I repair this Ikea light fixture that seems to be missing parts?

We found this chandelier at IKEA in the as-is section (apparently formerly a floor model), and as it seemed to be in perfect condition, 50% off the retail price seemed like a good deal. Unfortunately, ...
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1answer
87 views

What is the white paneling under the vinyl on my house, and how can I fix it?

On the back of my house, the section between the vinyl siding and the ground is covered with some sort of white, textured material. What exactly is it? Is it stucco? Secondly, what would be the best ...
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4answers
118 views

How do I use hidden deck fasteners without compromising the integrity of the flashing?

I am using hidden deck fasteners which screw in to the joist and then hold the board via a notch in the side of the board, pretty standard I think. This fastener will sit on the ledger to hold the ...
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1answer
2k views

When wiring a switch loop, which wire is which?

If you're wiring up a lighting circuit, where the power enters at the lighting outlet. According to the National Electrical Code, which wire should be "hot" and which should be "switched hot"? ...
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1answer
84 views

How can I calculate the number of solar panels required to power a specific load? [closed]

I recently purchased a home in Maricopa AZ. With that said, I'd like for it to be most efficient. It has a forced air system for heat and cooling. I don't know the size of the cooling unit. How does ...
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2answers
565 views

What is this red powder under my carpets?

I bought an apartment and under the old carpets in one room there is this red powder. It is tiny granules, like sand. Here is a gallery of images of the red powder. I'm very worried now that I heard ...
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2answers
165 views

Are electrical subpanels safe in the bedroom?

If not, how do you correct it, or can it be moved without making too much work?
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2answers
135 views

Should I temporarily cover my exposed soffit during a rain storm?

We're currently getting our Soffits replaced by a contractor. Unfortunately he has not yet finished the job and they are quite exposed. I'm especially worried about mold growing underneath since I ...
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2answers
191 views

Is it code to have electrical wire going no where?

I have a wall open in the center of my house. I am going to run some 14-2 up it and and to about 5 feet from my panel, leaving plenty of extra wire to hook up in a few months. On the other end I am ...
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0answers
213 views

Cold water faucet now runs very warm, but not quite hot

I'm trying to figure out what's going on with my bathroom faucet. The hot water side runs hot like it should, but the cold water side no longer runs cold. It's very warm. None of the other ...
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1answer
224 views

Gable and Roof Vents Together?

I need to add some additional exhaust venting to my attics, along with some along the soffit as well. I need some knowledge on a few things as I can't seem to find answers for them on the interwebs: ...
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1answer
116 views

Is vinyl flashing as easy to work with as metal flashing?

I have seen a lot of vinyl flashing at the big box stores recently. Duraflash is a name brand that I have seen most. It seems they just come in long rolls just like unbent flashing does, and you ...
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1answer
309 views

When drilling a tiled wall, should I aim for the seams or avoid them?

I'm going to drill a couple of holes in a tiled wall in my bathroom. Is it best to drill through the seams or the tiles? Should I avoid vertical or horizontal seams, or does it really not matter? The ...
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4answers
3k views

What type of lag bolts should I use for a deck?

I am looking at galvanized lag bolts (for the ledger) and carriage bolts (for attaching the beam to the post) for a deck. I can't find "hot-dipped galvanized" bolts/lag screws only galvanized. Is ...
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1answer
115 views

How do I turn off my water heater drain?

I read that draining the water heater is general good practice. The problem is that I don't know how to turn off the draining plug. It kept draining water through the night. Here is a picture of the ...
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0answers
243 views

Can I reuse an abandoned roof vent?

I have a house that has an old 8-10 inch diameter vent that used to be used as stove/oven vent. I think that newer gas ovens don't require venting like a water heater needs (ie they don't have a ...
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3answers
1k views

Can a dryer receptacle be wired without a neutral?

In my apartment, I have a 4 wire 240V receptacle for a dryer where the neutral is not connected, only the 2 hots and ground. Is this configuration permitted for a dryer circuit? An electrician and ...
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2answers
137 views

Are SDS drills metric, standard or all the same?

Can I buy SDS drills (or à drill machine) in the USA and use it with an European bought machine (or drills)? Is the SDS "connection" the same in Europe as it is in the US? Sorry for the language, I ...
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2answers
1k views

Wiring a double light switch

Hoping for some help I am fitting a new double light switch were one of the switches is a 2 way light. The back of the light switch looks like this C C L1 L2 L1 L2 Now the problem ...
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6answers
340 views

How do I choose paint for exterior steel on carport?

Planning on painting the steel purlins of a carport, that is peeling. I assume the primer and old paint are "oil based" alkyd. I think we will have it sandblasted. What primer should I use on the ...
3
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3answers
1k views

How can I safely work around power lines?

I have to do some painting and repair work on the outside of the house near the incoming power line. The repair is pulling off molding and replacing it as well as painting the surrounding area. I am ...
3
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1answer
1k views

What would cause a well pump to suddenly be louder when operating?

We currently have an unknown (in terms of GPM) 3/4HP Franklin well pump, at an unknown depth (though our neighbor's well is at roughly 100'). Since we moved in, when the well pump is running, there ...
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1answer
96 views

How do I improve ventilation above my cathedral ceiling?

I live in San Bernardino County in southern California. Half of my house has a cathedral ceiling, and the other half is traditional attic. The attic has two gable vents, one at each end of the house; ...
5
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3answers
543 views

Can I temporarily connect a dishwasher with hoses running along the floor?

I currently live in an in-laws suite with my wife in the in-laws house. We love it and have plenty of room. Look at the attached picture for what we have for a space. My question is if I wanted to ...
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2answers
4k views

How to cut opening in double brick wall

The external wall of my house is a double-thickness solid brick wall (i.e. about 210mm thick consisting of 100mm brick, 10mm mortar down the middle, then another 100mm brick). I need to cut a new ...
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3answers
437 views

Is it possible to find 4“ x 8” lumber?

I'm putting in an end-grain floor in my house. The idea is that you cut normal dimensional lumber into 3/4' "bricks", then lay them like tile. What I'd like to find, however, is 4"x8" or even 4"x6", ...
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4answers
26k views

Do the breaker amp readings sum up to dictate my current panels total / possible amperage?

So I know practically nothing about houses having rented for many years, just bought a house and was told by my inspector the panel is only a 70 amp panel and will need to be upgraded before I go to ...

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