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Where can I get a vented metal door for my furnace room?

I can't seem to find a vented metal door for my furnace room. The two vents at the top and bottom of the door are all rusted out and the door is in pretty bad shape too. Are these doors custom made or ...
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4answers
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How can I locate and repair a leak?

We recently bought a 100 year old house that stood uninhabited for 18 months prior to our move. Everything had been properly winterized for the cold winter months (Temperatures can reach -40 C) and ...
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1answer
2k views

How should I insulate around pipe/cable holes in drywall?

Notice the gaps between the pipes and the drywall in the pictures above? These gaps appear in both the walls and the ceiling, and I feel like in at least one case, I've noticed a difference in air ...
4
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1answer
327 views

How to wire modern telephone extension?

A telephone extension cable has been pulled from its socket. How do you rewire such a socket?
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1answer
161 views

Why would a newly installed radiator only heat when on constant bleed?

We have changed a gas central heating radiator. It is the last radiator in the circuit. It will not communicate with the boiler and only brings hot water into the pipe leading to the thermostat when ...
4
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1answer
374 views

Should I use a carpet kicker or stretcher?

I recently retiled my master bathroom. Our bedroom has carpet and I need to stretch the lay the carpet adjacent to the marble transition. For this small space would it be best to use a kicker or ...
4
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1answer
683 views

Why is my primer peeling off like plastic, and what can I do to fix it?

I stripped the peeling paint off my wall. Its like grey concrete? plaster below. So I used universal primer on it. But as I was leaning against the wall today, the paint wrinkled beneath my hand and ...
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3answers
411 views

Do I need to plug my snow thrower to GFCI outlet?

I bought a snow thrower with 13.5A power. One area of my house is close to a GFCI outlet but the other side of the house is not. It's just a regular outlet. So I am not sure it can be safe to use with ...
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3answers
6k views

How do you screw in double-ended screws?

I have a flat pack shelving unit to put together. It has double ended screws. According to the instructions you just screw them in using your hands. This is impossible: the pre-drilled holes seem way ...
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4answers
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How can I repair a towel rack that was ripped out of the wall?

The towel rod has been ripped out of the wall. It looks like it was attached to the wall by two dry wall anchors which were not attached to the stud. Basically a very junky installation in my ...
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1answer
768 views

My radon manometer has a red reading, what should I do?

We purchased a home a few years ago and it has a radon mitigation system. I just happened to go downstairs and look at it and noticed this reading. What should I check? Should I be alarmed? EDIT ...
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1answer
390 views

How can I get my ceiling fan lights working again?

After my light kit on my hunter type 2 fan stopped working I determined there is power entering this device (white wire) but none exiting it (pink wire). The pink wire runs to the pull chain for the ...
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1answer
4k views

How do I adjust a Delta bathroom faucet that has a scald guard?

I have a new Delta faucet but the water temperature is too low. The handle actually doesn't even turn all the way to "hot", there's something preventing it from turning the entire way. Is there a ...
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1answer
334 views

How to prep a peeling wall for paint [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Painting over wall with peeling paint I was going to paint the bathroom wall today, but i've realised the old eggshell paint is peely and cracked in places. I don't ...
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1answer
330 views

How do I repair my porcelain floor?

How can I repair chips in a white porcelain floor? The chips came from dropping heavy cans, and they are small, less than pencil eraser size.
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1answer
281 views

Can I get a smaller toilet installed? (picture included)

At the bottom is a picture of my toilet, where you can see the toilet pipe that enters the floor and that there is ~7 cm of space between the water container and the wall. Question Does there exist ...
4
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1answer
143 views

How do I replace a drain stack?

So I had just had a shower upstairs this past weekend and went downstairs to do the laundry and I discovered that the floor near the pipes was wet. See photo I immediately went and bought some GOOP ...
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2answers
97 views

How can I temporarily reconnect a fuel tank? [closed]

I am in the process of purchasing a home heated by propane..someone has removed the pigtail from the tank to the regulator..the tank fitting appears to be a quick disconnect type unfamiliar to me..the ...
6
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5answers
6k views

Is it possible to use a dryer vent as a heat source in the winter?

Is it possible to attach a diverter to an electric clothes dryer vent so it can help heat my house in the winter? Seems like such a waste to blow it all outside. I imagine you'd need some sort of ...
2
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3answers
1k views

How can I remove hair dye stains from a porcelain sink?

Anyone have any suggestions about how to do this? I've tried Comet, bleach and windex, all applied with plenty of elbow grease, but the stains aren't budging. Any other ideas?
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3answers
691 views

How do I get my fluorescent 4-tube under-cabinet lights to come on reliably?

How do I get my fluorescent 4-tube under-cabinet lights to come on reliably? When they have been on a while and just been turned off they will reliably come on again immediately with no flicker. ...
4
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2answers
323 views

How can I protect a wall from flames of a gas hob?

The flames of our gas hob scorches the wall behind it and the chipboard panel next to it. Is there any material I can affix to those sides to stop this potential fire hazard from happening?
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2answers
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What is the best way to seal my deck?

I Have an outside deck, it currently has a layer of varnish on it, I Think the wood type is Meranti. The deck is exposed to lots of rain and also harsh sun, and the varnish has started to peel. I ...
2
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2answers
677 views

How to tell for sure if paint is eggshell or gloss?

There is wood panneling in my bathroom on a cabinet and bath. I can't tell if the old paint is eggshell or gloss? Obv if its gloss i need to sand it before painting. So how can I tell for sure?
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2answers
514 views

Can you have different types of vents on a single roof?

The attic of my house has serious ventilation issue and the sheathing becomes rotten. The roofing contractor suggests me to replace the rotten sheathing and install some ridge vent. His plan will ...
2
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1answer
1k views

Under bathroom sink piping (exposed)

We are looking at setting up the piping for under our wall mounted sink (no vanity, ie, piping will be exposed). And after our contractor finished putting the wall we noticed that the hole from the ...
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4answers
604 views

How can I quiet my dryer vent from the outside?

I have a Whirlpool electric clothes dryer and it is under 5 years old. When it is drying it makes a "whirling sound" that is especially loud from the outside where it is vented. My neighbor is ...
0
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1answer
288 views

Why won't my new Craftsman garage door opener power on?

I installed a new Craftsman garage door opener by following the instruction booklet it came with, but after the installation was done and I plunged it in the outlet nothing will power up. Nothing lit ...
0
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2answers
896 views

Do I have to replace my expansion tank, or can it be drained?

I have no heating. My plumber tells me that my expansion tank has water in it and should not be hot and therefore needs replacing (expensive job). is this true. Can the water not be drained out? ...
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3answers
3k views

What paint do I use to paint wood in a bathroom?

I have a lot of wood in my bathroom, some in worse wear than others, its really ugly. So I want to paint it. My question is what paint do I use, do I need primer/ undercoat/ special bathroom paint? ...
3
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2answers
1k views

How can I hang a heavy bag from this beam in my garage?

I'm renting a house that was built about 10 years ago. The attached, finished garage is under the master bedroom. It has two large beams running across it, see picture. The larger one is 6.5" ...
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1answer
131 views

How can I repair a rusting dishwasher tray?

See the below image. Do I need to replace the entire tray, or is there some kind of fix I could do to the corroding area on the tray? If I need to replace the entire tray, is this something that has ...
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3answers
6k views

How do I fix a sticking toilet refill float?

After flushing, my toilet doesn't sense that it needs to refill. See the below image. If I so much as gently touch the gray piece, the toilet starts to refill. Any easy fixes?
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1answer
907 views

Should I use acoustical insulation or acoustical drywall for interior walls?

We are getting ready to begin a multi-room renovation project and are thinking about sound deadening. We want to either add sound deadening insulation or acoustical drywall to the interior walls but ...
3
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2answers
657 views

Can I paint frosted glass panels?

I have a folding bathroom door with two ugly frosted glass panels. My other half would prefer them opaque. I wondering what quick wins I can do here. Will some sort of glass paint work?
2
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3answers
1k views

How do I set up drains for a flat roof?

In the house I'm building, I will be using a flat roof with a parapet around it. The total area will be around 120 sq meter and the roof will be a concrete slab (at least 8 cm). What is the best way ...
0
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1answer
421 views

What type of screws and rawl plugs should I use?

I have a a framed canvas picture that I need to hang on a the wall. It is about 3 foot in height and 2 foot wide. The wall is made of solid brick but has been boarded over with plasterboard and then ...
2
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3answers
560 views

Is it possible to boost an electrical circuit for more current draw?

In my attic I have a relatively decent electrical circuit that runs a family room with a modest entertainment system, a home office with a monster PC, and a couple of ceiling lights. I've never had ...
6
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7answers
278 views

Projects to Pursue while Studs are Bare?

I'm stripping my small 950 sq. ft. 1950's-era home to the studs -- walls and ceiling -- so that I can install a vapor barrier and insulation in the walls and ceiling. While I have the studs available ...
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1answer
459 views

What could cause my Pennco 15045-vf cast iron furnace to not run?

My boiler is shutting down into lock out mode, but I don't know what's causing it? It will start on reset but shut down after a few minutes, but as of now it wont kick on at all. I checked the pilot ...
4
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2answers
409 views

How to I “set out” the holes for hinges?

I am thinking of building some cupboards with inset doors and solid sides (e.g not a face frame). Are there any “trick” to how I measure the location of the holes for the hinge screws and bore? I ...
2
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2answers
105 views

Was my shed repaired properly?

There was a leak in our utility shed area about 8' x 6'. The construction of the shed is plywood with stucco covering. The handyman that repaired the rotten wood installed plywood over the rotten wood ...
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2answers
841 views

Can I make cabinet doors out of mdf?

I have just read “Can I make cabinet doors out of plywood?”, I was thinking of making some doors out of mdf with mdf strips glued to the front so they look like they have a frame. Am I going to get ...
0
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2answers
4k views

How do I troubleshoot my Kenmore dryer that doesn't heat up?

I have a Kenmore 110.64642400 that has just started acting up. It spins fine, using the timed dry function the timer knob advances (although not in the auto dry function), but it never heats up. ...
0
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2answers
427 views

Where is the best place to store cardboard?

Having recently moved, a thrifty state of mind, and plenty of room for storage, taking into account mice, mold, and structural breakdown: Would it be better to storage collapsed moving boxes in the ...
0
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2answers
379 views

How can I get my shower tiles really clean?

My shower tiles in my apartment are kind of nasty, and I've tried spraying them with Clorox Bleach Foamer and also Tilex:Mold & Mildew and then scrubbing with a magic eraser thing. I can try ...
3
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2answers
603 views

Can't seem to find solution for vinyl tube to copper tube connection

Its been 6 months and I can't quite seem to find the parts I need for this. I Need to attach a 1/2" OD (5/8" ID) tube to a 3/4" Copper Hydronic Baseboard Element. One end the Element is enlarged to ...
4
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3answers
323 views

What's a nifty way to restrict my dog run without re-installing it?

We have a "dog run" in our back yard that we hook our dogs to when they need to go out. Their harnesses hook to a lead, and then lead in turn hooks to the wheel you see in the picture below. The wheel ...
0
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1answer
67 views

How can I adjust my dimmers to work the way I want?

I have SmartLabs dimmers #2476d in my house and some will turn on all the way on a single tap while other turn half way and then when tap second time they go all the way. Any idea how I can ...
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1answer
1k views

When making kitchen cabinet doors out of plywood, what details will impact the final product?

I really want to replace our overwrought, baroque cabinet doors with flat panel doors. I want them to look good but I actually like the look of plywood. It seems from what I've read like I have to ...

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