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How to correct the inclination of an old chair

I have an old easy chair, which I'm thinking to polish and use it. The chair is made of teakwood and has nut and bolts at the joints. As it is decades old and was unused for a long time, the holes at ...
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How do I prevent mold in drywall mud pail?

I just opened my pail of drywall mud and discovered mold on the sides. It has been a few months since I last opened it. This happened to me a few years ago. I tried using the mud anyway, but the bad ...
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Want to know if we can make the window size of a bay window larger?

I'm not sure if enough of the framing has been exposed in these photos to answer this question, but thought I would give it a try. I have more photos I can add, but I can only seem to put one in? We ...
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Unplugging vs running an empty refrigerator

We have a community Pea Patch that has 2 older refrigerators that are empty 5 days a week and used to store produce on 2 of those days. Does it take less energy to leave them running for those 5 ...
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Can I overtigthen the screws on my pool's skimmer basket

I have an in ground pool which has been losing water too fast recently (about an inch a day). The water level will drop until it is below the skimmer basket, and then it's a more reasonable loss rate ...
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Help peeling painted cabinets

I live in a house that was built in the 1950's. It has wooden kitchen cabinets that have been painted from the looks of them alot of times. I know I have painted them twice. Every time I paint them ...
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What can be used to fill holes on top of a lamp fixture?

I'm trying to provide a solution for a restaurant I frequent. They always seem to get flies inside their light fixtures. We discovered after examining the fixture that there are 3 or 4 small holes on ...
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Can the adjusting screw and nut for a water pressure reducing valve be replaced?

The adjusting screw of a water pressure reducing valve appears to be corroded, so can it be replaced?
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89 views

How to build a sauna? [closed]

I would build my own DIY sauna, but I can't seem to find extensive information about it. Nor I can find plans to build one. How can I build one? My father has a lot of home building knowledge, but ...
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Main breaker on load center won't open

I was in the process of connecting a Reliance generator trow over switch , although the job was completed , I was trying to shut off power to the entire house by opening the main breaker but would not ...
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Digital TV pixelation of picture at Manchester using Winter Hill

I believe our closest transmitter is Winter Hill. Lately, our digital TV has been playing with severe pixelation and sound cracking up. Now, our so called "qualified" electrician fitted the socket ...
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Test gas cooktop without a gas line?

I've found a great deal on a used cooktop. We're eventually going to remodel the kitchen so have been collecting things as we go along. The catch is that this cooktop is for natural gas, and we have ...
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How to insulate this portion of split AC Pipe?

I bought a new Hitachi split AC lately which isn't cooling as much I was expecting. I checked for leaks/bad installation and found this. (This is connection point of external pipe and pipe which ...
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Voltage fluctuations and GFCI tripping drivng me crazy

Voltage at a GFCI pug in the bathroom goes down 20 volts when I plug in a 1800 watt hair dryer from 120 to around 100. At the same time when I measure the voltage at a plug in the kitchen it goes up ...
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A/C Runs non-stop and shuts down without reaching desired temp

I have had a repair man out 4 times and he says he can't find anything wrong with the unit. I cannot even feel air coming out of the diffusers unless I climb on a chair and put my hand right next to ...
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“Top layer” plywood subfloor fastened to decking

I just tore out a ton of particle board subfloor that was previously used for carpeting. The entire house has decking (2x6 planks) running on a 45 degree angle over joists with 3/8" plywood over the ...
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How to finish cedar deck chairs

I'm building Adirondack chairs out of cedar that I'll use on my front porch. I want to keep the natural cedar color, but also protect them from the elements and prevent them from getting gray and ...
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Can I use my wet-vac to shampoo my carpets?

I have an old Rainbow brand dry/wet vacuum that my mom got at a yard sale, similar to this model. My family grew up with this kind of vacuum at home, and it was useful not only for typical carpet ...
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How to frame a door in a passageway?

I'd like to add a door into the entrance of a passageway which leads into the bedrooms. The entrance dimensions are 87 1/4 X 39 3/4 and is drywall. it seems the standard door widths are 36 X 80, so it ...
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What is the best covering for a redwood deck to keep the wood's character?

I am installing a new 2000 sqft deck, in an urban home. It will get intense sun, need low maintenance. The builder wants to cover all 6 sides of each board. Is this realistic or even cost effective ...
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Can I break up the floor of a raised floor basement bathroom without damaging the plumbing?

I have an interesting remodel project. I have an existing basement bathroom - which has a raised concrete floor. The toilet sits on the slab. I am remodeling this to create a bigger bathroom for ...
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400 views

How should I support a large gate in a vinyl fence?

I'm adding a new gate in my vinyl fence; a full width (6') gate. I'm concerned about support. The fence posts are decently moored, but there is still some wiggle. Would it be better to dig out and ...
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143 views

How can I stop my doors from leaking at each corner?

We have a new addition with one metal door with no glass, and French doors with glass. I have had 3 different people try and fix them but they still leak. It used to leak the length of the floor from ...
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221 views

How can I repair a broken bathroom sink drain?

My bathroom underneath is leaking at the joint point. The pipe seems to be okay. And the surface of the sink, the ring was broken. When I hold the pipe underneath, it can be moved up and down and ...
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276 views

Replacing floor boards, then sanding and varnishing etc

We've recently bought our first house (yay!) and are looking to have exposed floorboards throughout. However I realise it's a big job and due to work etc I'll probably have to tackle this one room at ...
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How can I replace piano hinge

I have an old shelf with doors supported on piano (klavir) hinges, which are rusty and crooked. Most of the screws on the hinge are barely holding on, so for now I am ruling out the option to replace ...
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218 views

What should I do about a recessed light without a housing?

I looked into my attic today and found one recessed light mounted directly in the ceiling (sheetrock) without a can/fixture. Isn't it dangerous (in terms of fire hazard) to have so. What do you guy ...
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329 views

What are the differences between a thermoformed vinyl coating and melamine?

I'm about to purchase a set of kit set kitchen units, and I have a question about the difference between thermoformed vinyl coating on the cupboard doors etc, vs melamine coating. The difference in ...
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526 views

How can I install a fence on top of this wall?

I'd like to install a fence (180cm x 90cm) above a small wall (shown in photos below). Initially I wanted to screw C-shaped metal clips like 20cm below the top edge of the wall then vertically along ...
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Are router bit imperfections normal?

I just got my first router and purchased some Freud bits for it. However, I noticed that a few of them have pitting at the base where the cutter joins the shank. Is this normal for router bits, or is ...
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389 views

Why is my new high efficiency furnace blowing cold air sometimes?

Why does my new furnace high efficient Payne furnace blow cold air,not constantly but at least 3 different times in a day, my thermastat is set on auto but when the weather is cold outside it will ...
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303 views

How do I seal an unused washing machine drain?

I have an unused washing machine drain in part of my house and it's started to smell because (I assume) the water in the u-pipe has dried up. My objective is to stop the smell and I guess the only way ...
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How can I lift glued carpet without destroying it?

I'm in the UK (in case that helps). I've just bought a late 1800s terrace house that has had a great renovation. The problem I've come across is that the carpet seems to be glued to the floorboards. ...
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570 views

How can I patch a concrete porch that separated from the house?

I have a concrete slab as a front porch on a property I recently acquired. This was put in when the house was built. At some point since it was put in, front sunk/settled and the slab separated ...
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How can I remove the paint from and point a stone wall

I'd like to point this old stone wall but would love to remove the paint first. Is that possible? If not will the new mortar stick to the painted surfaces? What type of mortar mix should I use?
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Can I plug my 40 ampere stove into a 30 ampere receptacle?

The new stove requires at least 40 amps, our breaker is 40 amp. The outlet says 30 amps on it, and the holes are shaped a little different then the plug, but the plug still fits into the outlet and ...
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149 views

How to keep a block wall from blowing out at the bottom

I am hiring block masons to build me a 24' x 44' block building, and I want to know how to keep the lower courses of blocks from bowing under pressure of 3 feet of dirt backfill or weight from the ...
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86 views

Ventilating a shed

I've just bought a house and inherited a shed with power, insulation and opening windows. I intend to use it as a home office. I'd like to store computer equipment in there, but I'm concerned about ...
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Are large temperature variation in a water heater normal?

I live in an apartment with a water tank and heater in the laundry room. About a month ago I had the heater replaced because it was leaking on my floor. Right after it was installed I noticed the ...
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basement bathroom flooring options in old 1929 house

I have an old house built in 1929 in Minneapolis, Mn. I need to replace water damaged rotted basement bathroom floor(toilet and shower leak another story). Current floor is 2" by 4" sleepers set on ...
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How wide does a 6x6 concrete post footing needs to be?

Need to attach 6x6x8 posts for a free-standing pergola - I'll use Strong-Tie anchors attached to the concrete footing. The hole for the footing will reach well below the freezing line, but how wide ...
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How can I fix flexible stucco?

Around the outside of the house, the concrete base is covered with a layer of styrofoam and a layer of this flexible stucco material. I'm not really sure what exactly is. This sheet looks like stucco ...
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How to repaint white latex wallpaper?

We just moved to a new home, one of the room has white wallpaper, without textures, which was painted with water based painting, so it was easy to repaint. The other rooms also have white wallpapers ...
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103 views

How can I secure loose gutters?

Along the back of my house there is a gutter approximately 20' long. The lower end is coming away from the house. A couple of years ago I replaced several of the old gutter nails with gutter screws. ...
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99 views

How to fix my ceiling lights? [closed]

I have a bunch of ceiling lights that don't work when I replace the bulbs. Electricians are too expensive but although I don't have experience in this area I'm willing to learn and do it myself if ...
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2answers
236 views

Should I be concerned about wearing out the clutch when driving screws with my drill/driver?

The clutch on a drill/driver is used to limit the amount of torque applied when driving screws. However, as the clutch is a mechanical part subject to wear especially when it slips, I'm concerned ...
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1answer
106 views

Type of insulation between exhaust flue and chimney flue?

We converted a wood stove to a propane fireplace. It's a direct vent but we're only using the exhaust insert. The intake air will come from the interior. Anyways, as such, we have a gap around the ...
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276 views

How to build deck starting in yard, ending on concrete slab?

Here are some photos of my backyard with rough dimensions. Needing help with how to end a deck from cemented posts in yard (at rear of house), to my back door. My trouble area is above the concrete. ...
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Can I upgrade existing T12 fluorescent fixtures to T8 just by replacing the ballast and bulbs?

I was going to replace the fluorescent T12 fixtures around my house with T8 fixtures, but I noticed that the T8 bulbs seem to fit just fine into the T12 fixtures. It seems like I could save myself a ...
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117 views

How can I repair a bathtub that is peeling?

My bathtub surface paint is peeling but I don know how and what the material is I never seen a bath with this kind of surface before so what can I do or use to fix the problem?

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