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Which side of a sink should I install a garbage disposal in?

I am about to purchase a garbage disposal to install myself. Our kitchen sink has a large, deep side, and a small, shallower side. Which side is more appropriate to install the disposal in?
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What is involved in fixing a break in a frost-free faucet?

I have an exterior frost-free faucet that has sprung a leak. You can see the hole on the bottom side of the copper pipe in the image below. I am trying to determine if this is a job I want to take on ...
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Can my floor support Kitchen Island?

I am installing a 5' x 3' kitchen island consisting of two base cabinets. Once I've installed the two base cabinets, SilestoneUSA will install a quartz counter top. My plan is to screw two ...
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How do I tape a joint between drywall and plaster?

I have old old plaster (on lath) bordering new drywall. Is it better to use mesh tape or just paper?
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346 views

What should be done when clothes wrinkle from being too long in a tumble dryer? [closed]

I'm new to the whole tumble dryer business, and I recognize that if the clothes aren't folded immediately they will wrinkle completely. My question is, what is the most effective way to get rid of the ...
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332 views

What happens when you test a smoke detector?

When you press the test button on a smoke detector it obviously beeps, but I'm assuming it doesn't just test the speaker. So, how does the test work? I can't see a practical way to release smoke ...
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1answer
119 views

Can I block a skylight during summer without condensation?

I have a small fixed skylight and figure that during winter it's no problem to block the tunnel at ceiling level as suggested by an answer to a similar diy.stackechange question. (The only difference ...
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How do I reattach pool tiles?

The following tiles: Have fallen off the side of the swimming pool here: Questions: What should I use to stick them back on? I notice that they appear to have grouting between them. Is that a ...
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2answers
636 views

How do I patch my wall with tile along the seam?

I just removed the top 6" of tile from my bathroom wall which is tiled from the floor to about 4 feet up. I just didn't like the pattern of tiles at the top. The tile seems to have been attached to ...
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1answer
2k views

How can I wire this replacement bathroom extractor fan?

My old bathroom extractor fan motor burned out, so I got a new one to replace it, I was trying to wire it up earlier and I've hit a bit of a snag... I don't seem to have enough cables. The old ...
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1answer
262 views

How do I determine the origin of a window's leak?

The drywall is water stained directly under the two lower corners of my window. So, I need to figure out where the leak is coming from. What steps should I take? -The home was built in 1967. The ...
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2answers
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Is it safe to shut off cold water entering water heater?

I have a pretty bad situation at my place. I have a leaky shower faucet which has gone from drips to a steady stream. I calculated the flow at .3 gallons per minute. My very old home has no private ...
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1answer
99 views

How can I replace an Armstrong Astro 20B pump?

Can I replace an existing Armstrong Astro 20B Pump with a new one by just replacing what bolts on to the body without changing the base? The pump has not worked for quite a while. I've been told it ...
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1answer
154 views

Why won't my propane boiler's pilot stay lit after replacing the thermocouple?

The pilot on my propane boiler won't stay lit for more than 30 minutes even after replacing the thermocouple and outside gas valves. The inside gas valve was replaced two years ago. Service people ...
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5answers
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How do I remove a drill bit that is stuck due to an overtightened chuck?

I recently bought a Bosch PSB 500 RE power drill and already I kinda screwed up the machine. The chuck is keyless, consisting of two parts which I'll refer to as the head and the base. You would ...
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2answers
547 views

Why do I only have 30V going to my light fixture

I just replaced a broken light fixture in my closet. (The switch in the light fixture broke when I pulled too hard on the chain.) When replacing the light fixture I noticed that there is only 30 V ...
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1answer
5k views

What type of glue sticks to tiles?

I have some hooks that has a glued surfaced attached to it. They look like this, Image Courtesy: www.dhgate.com I bought a lot of them. Like 50-60. I used them almost everywhere. Mostly in ...
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1answer
1k views

how do I increase natural gas pressure on outdoor fireplace

I just built an outdoor natural gas fireplace. After construction I found that the flame gave off hardly any heat. After checking the gas pressure I found that I have less that 1 pound of pressure ...
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1answer
295 views

Can I install a sink sprayer with a faucet not designed to support one?

Is there a way to connect a sink sprayer to a Moen faucet that doesn't have an outlet to accommodate a sprayer? Is there some kind of in line adapter I can use or do I need to buy a whole new faucet?
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1answer
238 views

Does clear silicone sealer damage stone?

I purchased some ice breaking mats. They are supposed to be attached to steps using clear silicone. I am worried that the clear silicone will damage the steps when removing the mats. The steps are ...
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1answer
108 views

What type of exterior floodlight will turn on slowly (or not at all) when it's cold out?

I have eight (8) floodlights on my tennis court. I didn't install these, they came with the court. Questions: Recently, in the evening when it was cold I switched them on and only 3 of the 8 came ...
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5answers
902 views

what is the easiest way too clean adhesive residue from glass?

Stickers have left residue on some windows and old glass jars. I have typically used acetone to clean the residue but is there a better / easier way?
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2answers
561 views

Why aren't my radiators heating up?

Two of the eight radiators in my house get only lukewarm. All eight radiators have been bled. The inlet pipes to the two dodgy radiators are red hot so the problem appears to be with the valves. I ...
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2answers
594 views

Will this moisture problem persist after drywall is installed?

we remodeled a trailer home recently, removed the aluminum siding, put up osb in place of the siding, then used the Lowes brand of house wrap. we installed new vinyl siding over that without using any ...
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2answers
266 views

How can I fix or stop moisture damage caused by the kitchen sink?

So we recently moved into a new place and it seems like the kitchen faucet use to leak at some stage and that the previous owners did fix this, but now behind the kitchen sink by the tiles, there is ...
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2answers
822 views

Why are cordless drill batteries so expensive? [closed]

I bought a combo drill & driver kit recently and I really love it, but it came with "XC" batteries that are 4Ah. I went to buy one of the slim packs because sometimes the large batteries are just ...
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3answers
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Can I vent my bathroom exhaust fan into a plumbing drain vent?

I installed a bathroom fan in the ceiling. My bathroom is in the room right next to the laundry room. The washing machine has the standard drain pipe vent of a pvc pipe venting to the outside ...
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1answer
221 views

Does my electric panel need replacing?

How can I tell if my electric panel needs replacing? Got up today and suddenly I lost power to a tandem breaker the breakers weren't tripped. Then realized I also lost my water pump. The water ...
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2answers
1k views

How do I fix my double tapped outside electric panel?

I recently had a 4 point inspection and the inspector detected an electric hazard. As shown on the picture the power line goes from the meter to the panel with the main switch and from there into the ...
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2answers
703 views

Should I have cavity wall insulation installed?

I have the option to get cavity wall insulation done for free in my home, but i'm not sure if its a good idea or not. I've heard people say it can cause issues with damp, its hard to get out if ...
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1answer
385 views

What could cause bubbling in the downstairs toilet of an urban condo?

About 2 weeks ago, I noticed that the toilet would bubble and, eventually, the water would back up into the shower in the basement of my duplex down condo. What started out as about 12-15 minutes of ...
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1answer
965 views

Why won't my shower fully heat up?

I have a thermostatic shower, but I can only get it to be luke warm. The aquastat is set at 60, boiler at 165. The tap water in wash hand basin beside shower is very warm. I have taken the cover off ...
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3answers
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How do I determine which wax ring to use under my toilet?

Other questions almost answer this question. What is the purpose of the flange on the wax ring? I can purchase a ring with or without the flange. How do I know whether to get the standard ring or ...
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0answers
146 views

Why would my lights take 10-20 seconds to turn on after installing a dimmer?

I have double-checked the connections. I am guessing next step is to replace the switch in case that was the problem. It is only running two wall sconces, each with one low wattage bulb. Anyone ...
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3answers
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Is there a type of cement that can be used to glue tiles to a wall?

My father told me there is a kind of cement which also acts as glue. This would be very useful for me to put back the tiles above my washbasin. Is there really a cement that can glue tiles to the ...
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1answer
180 views

Why did my dryer shut off in the middle of drying a load?

My 14-year old Kenmore Laundry Center Dryer, Model #417.98702891, shut off in mid-load the other day. Internet research led me to believe it could be the thermal fuse. I first checked the vent lines ...
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3answers
317 views

Is it a problem if the frame of my house extends 1 - 2" from the slab?

Is this a huge problem? The house frame is about 2" off the slab along the north side. On the other sides of the home it varies by 1", but not in as many places.
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3answers
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How could I use 40lb Propane tanks in a residential hook up?

I have two 100 gallon tanks from suburban propane but end up using so little, that I am charged approx $5.30 per gallon. I am reasonably sure that I could use two 40lb tanks and do the legwork myself ...
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0answers
384 views

What's causing my draft inducer to stay on?

I have a new, 3-year old, high-efficiency, gas furnace in my home. I recently realized that my draft inducer, which normally kicks on before the burners and before the main blower, is not stopping. ...
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2answers
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Do Wood Stove/Fireplace Inserts come in 'direct vent' configurations?

It appears that gas fireplace inserts are common in a direct vent configuration (where combustion air is brought in from the outside). Are there wood burning fireplaces that are direct vent? I'm not ...
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1answer
596 views

What should be on my pre-purchase house self-inspection checklist?

I’m looking at several homes and may purchase one, but realized that I’m probably missing important details when trying to identify potential money-pits. I have a simple checklist so I can save the ...
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1answer
235 views

Why is my GFCI/Switch combo working in such an odd way?

I recently moved into a new apartment, built around 1960. There was no outlet in the bathroom or within 10 feet, just a light switch. So I purchased a CFCI/Switch combo at Lowes. There were only ...
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3answers
566 views

How to make a Bevel Lap Splice joint, for connecting a portable floor?

I'm new to woodworking, and I've read that I could potentially create this joint using a table saw, jointer, or even a circular saw - but I do not want to rent/purchase one and find out that I can't. ...
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5answers
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How can I find an open neutral?

My lights and outlets went out in the half bath of my home and also the two recessed lights in my hall just outside the half bath. I believe there are two feeds, one to the hall lights and one to ...
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2answers
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What can I do to reduce cold infiltration by a direct-vent gas fire place?

My home has a direct-vent gas fire place on the ground floor, and each winter the area around the fire place inside the house becomes very cold (granite finish). On colder days, the carpeted floor ...
4
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3answers
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What's causing the rumbling sound when my furnace kicks on?

I have a new, 3-year old, high-efficiency furnace in my home. Last year it started making a slight whining noise that was audible during the very first stage, before the blower motor started. No ...
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3answers
3k views

Can a gas fireplace insert heat an entire house?

I have a single-story 1400 sq/ft house (4 bedroom). Here's a VERY rough sketch of the layout: The house has blown-in insulation on the exterior walls but no insulation on the interior walls. ...
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1answer
1k views

Why won't my washer spin even though it still agitates?

I have a Kenmore 80 series washer and it recently stopped spinning and agitating and I found out it was the coupler. So I changed that and it start to work again, normally. After a week or two it ...
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4answers
3k views

Can I float a tongue-and-grooved 1x12 pine floor over a concrete slab on grade?

I have bare concrete floor that was, until recently, covered with carpet. After recently seeing a friend of mine purchase raw pine, shape the tongue-and-groove himself, and seal it to achieve a ...
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0answers
148 views

How do you plug an unused hole as per the NEC for a liquid tight enclosure?

I have been looking for a way to seal a liquid tight product using Listed blanking plugs / Cap-offs or similar to comply with the NEC (US National Electrical Code). We wanted to use Conduit Entry ...

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