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How can I prevent a wooden bed frame from creaking?

Our wooden bed frame is three years old. At first it was perfectly solid and silent. But lately it's started creaking whenever we get in or out of it, and it's become unbearably loud. The noise comes ...
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How can I determine what size main water meter is required?

The main water pipe into our house is only a 1" ID pipe, but the city decided to install a 2" water meter for us, which has a significantly higher monthly service charge than a 1" meter (over $1000 ...
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325 views

Is it okay to have a dryer vent in the wall cavity?

I'm redoing the wall of a utility room that, among other things, has the dryer vent embedded in the wall cavity with all kinds of stupid turns to go around the plumbing. Would it be a good idea to ...
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1answer
73 views

Computing force over a range

I'm building a murphy bed. I've build a box out of plywood that holds the mattress (the box is shaped like a sandbox. See image below). I plan on putting 5 different 25lb springs across the long side ...
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Why is the neutral wire the same size as hot wire in a 3C cable?

I thought that the wire size depends on the amperage that the current passes. However in a 3 conductor cable, the size of the neutral wire is the same as the hot wire; which puzzles me. If both hot ...
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2answers
77 views

Do I need an 100A or a 200A current transformer to measure total current draw at my home?

I would like to monitor total current draw at my home from my 200A electrical panel. I have L1, L2 & N (a typical three-wire single-phase distribution in an North American home). Assuming I have a ...
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2answers
683 views

How to deal with seasonal expansion and contraction of wood indoors?

Some doors in my apartment are subject to seasonal changes, similar to what is described here. I made adjustments: shimmed some hinges, shaved off some material here and there with a planer, and the ...
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5answers
416 views

removing snow from roof

How do I remove snow from my roof? How about 4" of snow covered with 1/2" of ice? How do I know when I should risk getting out there to try to remove it? We just received a notice from The New York ...
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2answers
102 views

Plugging large hole in bathroom floor

I've got a large hole behind my bathroom sink on the floor. Is there a easy but serious way to plug that hole, from which comes tremendous amounts of cold air?
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787 views

Dishwasher pump is crackling [video]; is it obstructed or does it need to be replaced?

My dishwasher (Frigidaire Model FDB2000RFC1) is making a loud clicking/cracking sound when the drain pump is active. Is it possible that there's just something in the pump that isn't being ejected ...
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273 views

Can I put the burner head in the oven during self cleaning?

My renter moved out an left a grimy mess. The filth on the stove top actually backed-up into the nooks and carnies of surface burner head, and seems almost impassible to clean. Since the surface ...
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2answers
112 views

Can I demolish in a home with asbestos while tenants are living there?

I have a situation here with asbestos. I have a residential home that I'm renting out. Because of water damage inside the drywall I called my homeowner's insurance company and made a claim to fix the ...
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0answers
61 views

How much gravel to remove to plant grass?

I'm removing tiny (1cm) landscaping gravel from my backyard in hopes of putting down topsoil and then grass seed. I'm having a hard time getting all the pebbles up. I'm going to be adding, at ...
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1answer
203 views

How can I prevent my furnace exhaust pipe from freezing?

My furnace keeps on turning off because my air intake freezes. The reason it freezes up is because my neighbors exhaust vent blows directly on it. What can I do to prevent this?
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1answer
72 views

Does embedding rebars along the face provide tensile strength to a load-bearing wall?

The house dates back a billion years. Some parts older than others, and added as either obvious/not-so-obvious extension. One such structure is a stand-alone room whose rear-wall (upto about 3 feet ...
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2answers
1k views

How can I protect a heat pump from heavy snow?

I have an Carrier air heat pump at the back of my house (installed 1 year ago). It is generally fine and stays defrosted with the smaller amounts of ice/snow. With a larger amount of snow, should I ...
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1answer
216 views

How can I remove laminate flooring from an oddly shaped hallway without destroying it?

I have a locking laminate floor that runs continuously through two large rooms and down a narrow hallway. The boards run length-wise down the hallway, and through the large room--the hallway "rows" ...
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0answers
49 views

Is tile primer suitable for plastering in bathroom?

I've plasterboarded using moisture resistant board and plan to title round the bath using Tile Adhesive Primer first. I was wondering whether this primer is also suitable for plastering the opposite ...
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1answer
392 views

How to fix or replace the arrow key of a laptop keyboard? [closed]

I have a laptop which right arrow key often gets unclipped. I believe the key is indeed broken (see right circle in the picture). I would like to fix it or replace it (with a similar "key"). The ...
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5answers
2k views

How can I locate and repair a break in a circuit?

After some effort, I have determined that there is a discontinuity between the wire from the breaker (hot wire) and the receptacle (socket). The breaker is okay because couple of other sockets in the ...
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2answers
2k views

How to keep my sink from coming loose?

How can I keep my faucet from twisting on it's center axis and becoming loose? I have a Glacier Bay Keelia 8 in. Single-Handle Pull-Out Sprayer Kitchen Faucet, as you can see in the below photo. In ...
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1answer
134 views

Matching new oak floor planks to old planks

For reasons not worth explaining I had to replace some oak floor planks. The new planks aren't quiet flat and are obviously the wrong color. I don't plan on refinishing the entire floor right now, ...
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1answer
889 views

Painting on drywall that has been stripped of wallpaper?

We stripped wallpaper off our bathroom wall and found that the builder did not size up the wall first, he papered directly onto the drywall. We have sanded the drywall best we could to try to smooth ...
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2answers
324 views

Can I use a pump to discharge kitchen sink waste water, rather than digging up the concrete?

We are installing a small kitchen in the basement. There is a full bathroom in the other corner of the area, same side as the planned kitchen. I could use some experienced recommendations for the ...
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2answers
106 views

Why is my hot water circulator causing there to be hot water in hot and cold pipes?

I have a Grundfos circulation pump. It is installed on top of the hot water heater and feeds directly into the hot water pipe feeding the entire house. It also has a timer that I use. When hot ...
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1answer
119 views

Should snakes be used on toilets?

An answerer on this question stated "remember to never use snakes on toilets." The internet, however, contains numerous tutorials on how to snake a toilet. Can and should toilets be snaked?
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1answer
205 views

What to do first in a house with poor thermal performance and high energy bills

I just moved into a house and am a little bit disappointed in its thermal performance so far. It's winter and cold outside, and the furnace heats the house up pretty quickly, but then the house gets ...
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1answer
149 views

Do I have to provide better support when hanging a range hood from soffit framing?

I recently purchased a house and am currently renovating my kitchen. I have gutted the kitchen and changed the wall between the kitchen and living room to a half wall. The design I have now is setup ...
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2answers
3k views

What type of wire should I use to feed a 70 ampere subpanel?

Finishing a basement and I need to add a subpanel. Main panel is outside. Subpanel will be in the basement. 70 Amp breaker in the main to feed the subpanel. I was thinking THHN but would this mean ...
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1answer
87 views

Meaning of Screen size in Inch [closed]

What does it mean that my laptop screen size is 15.4 Inch or IPad screen size is 9.7 inch? Is it the width, length, diameter or surface? Is the concept the same for the TVs, Monitors, tablets and ...
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0answers
37 views

Questions About Home Water Filter

My questions (pics below): How do these things work and does it actually make a difference? There is dirt inside of the water filter - does it need to be washed out? Do the white rocks inside of the ...
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4answers
945 views

How to repair a microwave door with a broken spot weld

My microwave door slacks down and I have to lift it up a bit before shutting it. I sent this picture to Frigidaire and asked what I should do: Their support emailed me back saying: I'm sorry, ...
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1answer
180 views

What do I need to do to split a washing machine hookup to allow adding a dishwasher?

In my new (1836— just moved in) house I have a washing machine in a, um, short hallway? cupboard? leading from a kitchen to a bathroom. Above it is a shelf. The plan is to move the washing machine up ...
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1answer
78 views

How can I access pipes in my cement shower in an old home?

My home was built in 1929 and I do not know when my "unwarranted" studio unit (1st floor/street level) SHOWER was added on. The entire 3 sides of the shower are cement. I know one of the hot/cold ...
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0answers
59 views

Is frost at the far edges of my attic a concern?

(I am a first time homeowner doing my first attic inspection.) The prolonged cold weather in my area gave me a good opportunity to look for problems in my attic yesterday. The only thing I found ...
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2answers
810 views

Does this ceiling joist layout look structurally sound?

I plan on talking with an architect soon, but wanted feedback from this community too. Please see the attached photo. I'm in Raleigh, NC and am using information from this site ...
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1answer
947 views

How can we repair cracked and broken concrete around a sewer stack in the basement floor?

Last summer we had a sewer smell and an epidemic of sewer flies in the basement. There was no backup of water or sewage to indicate a blockage - just an odor and a lot of pforish flies. We called a ...
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1answer
270 views

Why am I getting 60V between the leads of my dryer and the ground?

trouble shooting my dryer, i get 240 across the leads, and 120 from either lead to the neutral... but only 60 from either lead to the ground. is this normal?
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1answer
9k views

How to properly install tongue and groove plywood subfloor?

I'm doing a remodel and can't seem to find the proper method for installing the tongue and groove plywood subfloor over joists. I mean, I think I pretty much understand how to do it but there are a ...
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2answers
207 views

Partially frozen sewer line

I think the line running from my house to the municipal sewer system has partially frozen. It's been below freezing here for weeks on end, with no end in sight. I hadn't noticed any problems until I ...
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1answer
176 views

How to get my exterior door to close when the interior door is also shut? Air pressure problem.

We have a new porch and new composite front door which fits well and shuts without difficulty when the inner door is open. If the inner door is shut, the outer door will not close without great ...
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0answers
42 views

Water ingress through top of garden doors in bad storms

Water is coming in the top of my French windows - they are 5 years old and it has only started happening in the last 2 months while we are experiencing unusually strong storms in the UK and is only ...
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1answer
236 views

How to force installation of standard-width blinds for window with nonstandard dimensions?

I want to install blinds on a window that has a 27.5-inch width. But it looks as though 27.5inches is not a standard width; it's easy to find widths of 23, 27, 29, 30, I don't see 27.5 inch blinds ...
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1answer
120 views

What is this pipe - should I be worried?

We found it behind a wall, it is a bit more than 10 inches wide it has about an 3/4 inch of concrete between metal. It was jaggedly broke off on the bottom in the basement ceiling. It is also ...
2
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1answer
50 views

Shellac, Texture, and Smoke Damage

We have a 4-plex that started on fire. The sheetrock in a couple of units was saved. To lock in the smoke odor, we were told we need to use a shellac primer. However, we would like to texture the ...
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2answers
265 views

Dresser drawers getting stuck

I've got a dresser whose drawers get stuck and won't open. Nothing is blocking them, they just seem to get stuck on the runners. None of the runners seem loose or damaged, so I don't really know ...
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2answers
951 views

What's the part of a lampshade that the finial screws into called?

I inherited a floor lamp without a shade. It has a harp, but there is nothing on the top of the harp to attach the shade. If I have my terminology correct, I'm looking for the piece that that the ...
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2answers
944 views

What could cause my Kitchen tile flooring to come loose and start lifting?

My kitchen tile flooring was subject to water infusion when it was submerged in several inches of water for six hours, due to a leak in our plumbing. Now the 2' by 2' tile and mortared joints are ...
4
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2answers
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Can I use SCH 40 for buried and above ground feeder wire?

I'm running 2" PVC from my house to a detached garage to run a 60 amp feeder. Looking at the NEC, it looks like I need to put it in SCH 40 below-ground. However, it looks like I have to use SCH 80 ...
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0answers
105 views

How can I prevent my garage soffit vents from pulling in sewer vent smells?

My garage has a ceiling with fiberglass insulation over plastic air spacers leading to vents under the roof shingles. There is no plywood or drywall over the insulation. The walls are insulated and ...

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