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Removing A Stripped Light Fixture Dome

When removing dome light fixture, very tight. I did loosen it, but now it is stripped.(just keeps turning) , Short of taking a hammer to break the dome, how do you remove It is loose enough to pry ...
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Wall shelving: 2 or 3 brackets?

I am trying to build wall shelves in this little nook here. The space is 52 inches long. I'm using these wooden brackets from Ikea: But I am unsure whether to use 2 brackets, or 3. (2 would be ...
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Are receptacles protected when downstream from ungrounded GFCI?

I have an ungrounded circuit in my house with three-wire grounded receptacles. If I install a GFCI, will the downstream receptacles be protected even if the GFCI is ungrounded?
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240V power plug, only getting 120v, and 97v?

This is the plug/socket: Between one line and neutral, I get 120v. Between the other line and neutral, I get nothing. However, when I go between the line and the line, I get 97 volts. (I'm testing ...
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Cold water faucets plugged

We live at the end of the service line and all of our cold water faucets keep plugging off down to a trickle. How do we stop this and how do we fix it?
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Unable to hang things in certain walls

We just bought a house that was built in 1941. The bathroom doesn't have a toilet paper roll holder, so my husband tried to install one. In 4 different areas of the wall he hit something solid and our ...
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What kind of connection does this weird kitchen sprayer use?

This is the connection to my kitchen sink's sprayer attachment. What connection is this and where could I find a replacement. http://imgur.com/a/BPsiu Thank you!
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Help replacing the heating element for a yogurt maker [closed]

I'm trying to repair my mother's BEL yogurt maker (model B15) and although it would be easier, faster and probably cheaper to just buy a new one I know she really wants this one to work and thought it ...
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How can I stop a board from “leaking” sap?

I recently assembled a shed and one or two of the board on the wall are "leaking" sap: I thought it might stop after I removed the first batch but a few days later, it came back. Is there ...
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Identifying a Window Manufacturer

I need to replace the tilt latch on this window but can't find any indication of the name of the company that manufactured the window. I tried a local window shop and they did not recognize it, plus ...
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Name that hinge?

We recently acquired an antique dresser with a couple of broken hinges. We're hoping to be able to replace them, but can't figure out what they're called. We haven't been able to turn it up on ...
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How can I attach a metal soap dish to tile?

What is the best glue to use when you glue a metal soap dish to a tile in the bathroom.
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Should I use a particular type of filler to fill gaps in HDF skirting boards?

I have recently installed HDF skirting boards that have been primed and due to the inevitable differences in wall straightness and cuts in mitre joints, I am trying to work out what would be the best ...
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How can I plug a hole cut in a window pane for a portable A/C unit?

I just moved into a room where there is a portable A/C unit. To create a vent for the unit, a hole was cut in the glass of one of the window panes that spans about 13.5 cm. I was told that the unit ...
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Is Black & Decker's “Codes for Homeowners” (3rd edition, 2015) a useful resource? [closed]

Is the Black & Decker "Codes for Homeowners" worth buying as a home improvement reference work?
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Neutral sparking in panel

Why is my neutral (white) wire sparking in the panel? It's part of a circuit with five light boxes, one light connected to a switch box, one junction box. Lights one and two, the switch and outlet ...
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What kind of trim should I use for an aluminum backsplash behind a stove?

I would like to use metal trim for the aluminum backsplash behind the stove; the trim would go between the backsplash and the cabinet and tile. What kind of trim would you recommend and what is the ...
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led bulbs flash when turned on

I have a lamp designed for 6 12v g4 bulbs. I replaced all the bulbs with LED bulbs and the lamp only flashes on when I flip the switch. I replaced one of the LED bulbs with a halogen g4 and the entire ...
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Smaller Footprint of new Furnace Base Cabinet

Replaced downdraft furnace in 1950's ranch house built on slab. Base cabinet of new furnace has a smaller footprint than the original resulting in a 4in. gap between the edge of the cabinet and the ...
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What kind of trim should go under a deck patio door?

So an inspection on my brother's house revealed that it has been missing any kind of trim under the patio door that goes out to the deck -- possibly since it was built (he says he just never noticed ...
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How to finish wood stair treads?

I ordered the wood for my staircase and now I need to decide on which product to use. Some people recomened polyurethane or some water base resin, but I don't like that (I think it might crack and/or ...
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Laying Vinyl Flooring Over Uneven Poured Concrete

I am trying to give my basement floor an update, and I have purchased a click and lock vinyl floating floor. The existing poured concrete has some raised areas (where the concrete was clumpy and not ...
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Why mix cooking oil with epoxy to repair a toilet drain pipe?

Today we called a plumber to repair a leak in the seal of a toilet drain pipe. He used metal-filled epoxy putty to seal up the area around the leaking joint, as actually disassembling the joint looks ...
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Kitchen faucet has low water pressure but can't identify the faucet

I am having trouble with low water pressure in my kitchen faucet. It started happening gradually over timeIt is a single-handle, with a sprayer nozzle. From reading other posts here I'm pretty sure ...
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Wire shelving for laundry

I am purchasing wire shelving for an 8 foot wide concrete wall laundry. I will hang two 8 foot by 16 inches. Are 4 vertical wall brackets enough to support it? I understand I should space them every ...
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Replacing a thermal store - hot water cylinder?

Any help would be appreciated, I have done several minor diy plumbing jobs previously but nothing to this extent! I am replacing a PulsaCoil 3 thermal store that has a leak on the internal cylinder, ...
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How Much Weight Can My 1/2" Drywall Ceiling Take?

Okay, so, I'm doing a DIY home improvement project; I do not have access to the attic as my home is on the second floor of my building. The project: Installing a beaded ballchain/shimmerscreen ...
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Staggered block matrix

Could anyone provide advice on what would be an effective way of building something similar to the staggered block matrices as shown in the two photos below: Regarding materials, solid wood would ...
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Ceramics spots after placement

I renovated my apartment this month and hired some guys to place the ceramics in the bathroom. They used points of adhesive to glue pottery on the wall. In the evening I observed that few spots ...
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Temporary fix for bad contactor?

After doing some replacement for the ac, the contactor stopped working. It won't close when I turn the ac on. when I pushed it in, the compressor was able to start. I can't go out to find a new one ...
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How can I hide a sewer 'Candy Cane'?

I'm in the process of buying a newly built house and today the builder had work done on the sewer. When I saw the house I couldn't believe that they placed the 3-4" high 'Candy Cane' smack dab in the ...
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Connecting TV to receiver via HDMI

I just installed a new wall-mount tv. So far so good. I have a nice Onkyo receiver with 3 HDMI inputs and one HDMI out. I know that the "right" way to do it is to hook the TV to the receiver via the ...
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HVAC tripping breaker - things to check before replacing?

HVAC system (we're in Houston, it's still hot here) stopped working Tuesday. A/C guy came out, determined it was tripping breaker. Would trip immediately after resetting, but after a couple of ...
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run data cable for outlet inside box?

I'd like to run a data communication cable through all of the outlets, light fixtures and switches in a house. (I already have the walls open for other reasons.) Think something like a hardwired X10, ...
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How vent bathtub trap when drain is routed under tub, directly away from best vent location?

I am … very slowly … thinking about replacing the probably circa 1950's galvanized steel drain pipes in my basement with PVC. In particular, I would like to replace the drain line under ...
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mounting 60 inch TV with steel plates?

Mounting a 60 inch TV where studs are 22inches apart. Can I use 2 steel plates that are each 48 x 1 1/4 x 1/8 inch thick and then bolt them to my bracket and to the wall studs at each end and one ...
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Jigsaw cuts crooked when trying to rip enginered wood

Cack handed DIY amateur here.. I need to cut engineered wood planks lengthwise - they're 4mm oak on a 10mm MDF base. I'm having trouble getting a jigsaw to cut straight. With a "clean wood" blade the ...
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How Do I Connect 00 AWG Wire to a 100A breaker?

I'm hooking a 100A service panel to my meter pan. There is the 100A disconnect panel on the right side that feeds the little house, I'm installing another panel on the left side to service my barn, an ...
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hooking a timer up to honeywell led outdoor light

how can i set up dusk to dawn outdoor lighting ? I have a Honeywell led outdoor light that I want to hook up to a timer is this possible and if so how
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Can I drill smaller holes in granite?

Can I drill smaller holes in granite? I want to install aluminum shelves on a vertical backsplash behind the stove. I will need to drill 7 holes for screws and or mollies. If I can ascertain the studs ...
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Gas range has the wrong burner try to ignite

When I try to light the front right burner, on my Amana first edition range, the front left burner sparks. The gas turns on to the correct burner but it try to spark the wrong burner. This problem ...
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Rewiring a switch controlled receptacle to a ceiling fan

I am trying to rewire our bedroom so that a switch that currently turns on/off a receptacle will instead control a ceiling fan and leave the receptacle always hot. Receptacle: Has 3 cables coming ...
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What type of screw should I use to install a latch lock on a metal door?

I want to install a latch lock on a metal door. What is the best type of screw for that?
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Question regarding firewood drying time

After I cut up a live tree into firewood, what is the amount of drying time required before it is ready to be used? I heard that one year should do the trick
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Framing half-wall in basement to full wall over exterior wall

Debating on whether this is something I can do or if I need to call in an pro. I have a basement room I'm looking to use as a theater room, and I need to finish a wall to the ceiling so I can hang a ...
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Foundation sealer - Oil or Water based

I'm considering a couple of different products for dampproofing / hopefully waterproofing my foundation. One is waterbased, contains rubber and asphalt, does not have a solvent order and can be ...
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Why are ungrounded GFCIs required to be labeled?

I discovered in my new house that someone had incorrectly connected grounded outlets (without any ground connected) to the knob and tube wiring. I have read that the outlets can be made safe by ...
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how to extend electric line for LED table lamp

I have an LED table lamp that I plugged into a regular extension cord, cause the hot/cold outlet is not near enough to the lamp. it worked for a while, but then the LED lites started flickering. Is ...
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What if I can not connect the ground wire of my new light fixture to an old electrical connection?

I am replacing a bathroom medicine cabinet that has a light fixture attached. The old light fixture only had white and black wires. The new light fixture has white, black, and a copper wire. This is a ...
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Wiring multispeed PSC motor from ceiling fan

I disassembled a ceiling fan to replace seized bearings. Unfortunately the pics I took to aid re-assembly are no longer accessible and the fan is an '80s era no-brand which I can't find any info for ...

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