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How can I patch a large hole in a metal bathtub?

My tub is rotting from the top and I'm not yet ready to replace it. Water collects along one of the short sides of the tub (not the end with the faucet, the opposite end) and that is rotting and now ...
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Can I use a paint & primer combo on new wood?

I'm currently painting a window and door that are both new. Although I initially bought primer which I used on the window (but haven't painted over yet), when doing the door, I just used my ...
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How can I clear out limescale from inside a bath's pipes?

I have a bath which has accumulated limescale inside the piping system; it manifests itself as a very-slow running tap with a weak stream. The tap itself is removable, and I suspect the limescale is ...
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1answer
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What can I do about a toilet drain pipe that is too high above the floor?

My toilet drain pipe protrudes about 1/3" above the floor, and makes the toilet wobbly. What can I do to fix this?
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Is super insulating exterior walls with rigid foam board insulation possible?

2" rigid foam-board insulation can have an R-value of up to R-10, layering 4 boards would create a R-40 value, right? However that creates an 8" foam wall above the actual wall. What would be a ...
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What size ceiling joists and rafters should I use for a 14' span?

I'm going to build a single story addition to my home with a width of 14ft. I plan on using ceiling joists every 16" but I'm not sure which size to get. The roof will be asphalt shingles and the attic ...
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1answer
171 views

How can I figure out where this water is coming from?

I have the situation where my shower piping is leaking underneath a tiled floor. This only occurs when the shower is running, suggesting a drainage issue. The pipe passes from the shower faucet ...
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Is there any problem building a wall under floor joists at mid span?

I need to add a wall in a basement room. The wall would be placed mid span going across 7 trusses. Is there any problem placing a wall under a floor truss at mid span? The truss was not designed ...
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Could this cracked drywall be caused by a shifting house?

We are in southern Illinois and last Sunday my wife noticed a crack above the kitchen cabinets. We started looking around and have found cracks all over the house in different areas that were not ...
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How do I repair a wooden door's hinge binding?

In a rented flat, I saw the that a door wasn't closing properly, and noticed that the hinge screws were loose and not centered. So I decided to unscrew them, and set them back in properly. Sadly, by ...
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How to install invisible pet fence in frozen ground?

I recently adopted a dog on short notice, and can't afford traditional fencing. I looked into wireless invisible fences, but the layout of my property does not work well for a circular radius. So, my ...
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What should I do about this load bearing wall that is only supported by a joist floor?

My floors pitch in the same spots as they do on the 1st and 2nd floors. My home was built in the 1890's. I have some soft spots in the basement joists and added 4x4" posts to each side of the main ...
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Should I use 3 wire or 4 wire for a range?

I am trying to do a little work and have an electrician check it. I have a range that is a 3 prong 50amp 125/250 (looks like the 10-50R). List of materials purchased: 50 amp Siemens Circuit ...
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How do I rewire this circuit controlling several lights and receptacles?

The wiring is suspended on the ceiling inside a metal tube that connects to each light socket and set of outlets at independent metal junction boxes. The first light in the chain finally stopped ...
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718 views

Why is an AFCI tripping when a particular light on a different circuit is turned on?

I have 4 GE AFCIs in a GE subpanel in my basement. Occasionally, when I turn on a bank of dimmable CFL lights via a CFL-rated dimmer switch, I get a trip in a particular AFCI breaker that's on the ...
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2answers
552 views

How do I add fire protection to a common (shared) wall?

I own a condo, built in 1961. I've started remodeling and in tearing out my kitchen I discovered the wall between me and my neighbors is only that: a wall. No fire protection just drywall, regular ...
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How can I hang a closet rod where there are no studs?

I'm planning on using 1.25" copper piping to create 3 closet rods that extend from one wall of my closet to the other. On one wall, the stud is in the right place. On the other wall however, the stud ...
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2answers
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How can I neatly install temperature probes in my ductwork?

I'm planning to install several temperature sensors in my hot-air furnace's ductwork, specifically in the return duct and in the supply plenum of each of our two furnaces. The sensors I plan to use ...
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2answers
547 views

How do I cover nail holes in composite trim in a wet location?

We put up some composite trim using an 18 gauge air nailer, however, some of the nails did not go in all the way, mostly due to operator inexperience. What's the best way to cover up/remove the nails ...
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858 views

What could cause my tankless water heater to make a knocking sound?

I recently replaced my water heater with a tankless unit (Rheem). After installation I noticed that whenever I turned on the hot water; or when my central heating unit would turn on, the tankless unit ...
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1answer
489 views

How can I repair my bathroom cabinet?

I've got a Medium-density fibreboard (MDF) sink cabinet that is at least 30, if not 50 years old. The bottom has gotten wet a few hundred times from a shower that was near it, and it is flaking apart ...
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1answer
472 views

How do I add a new exterior door to a room?

I have a room where I would like to add a door to the outside. The house siding is cedar shingles and the room is not insulated (which I am going to add). I believe it should be relatively simple to ...
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1answer
912 views

Can I replace a single light switch with a 3-way switch that can individually control 2 lights in a fixture?

I have a ceiling light fixture with 2 bulb sockets. Right now it's controlled by a single 2-way switch (on/off). My idea was to install a 3-way (or possible 4 but not necessary) switch that can ...
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1answer
718 views

Is it a good idea to have an Infrared scan and/or air quality test done during a home inspection?

I'm looking to purchase a home that is only 10 years old, but has a finished basement. There's various home inspection "packages" that are offered with the companies I've looked into. The mid-line ...
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1answer
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What could cause a ceiling fan to lose rotation speed?

I have two identical ceiling fans in my house that were installed around 4 years ago. One no longer rotates as fast as it used to at top speed. At a guess I would say it has lost 30 or 40% of its ...
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1answer
434 views

How can I repair or replace this rusty leaking bathroom sink handle?

Here's what it looks like: Should I replace the whole thing or just something inside the metal part? How do I take it apart? If I buy a whole new handle unit how do I know what size to buy?
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Do I need a vent on this emergency drain?

Code allows the use of a wet vent for the bathroom group which in my case is a sink, toilet, and shower drain. About 10-15 feet down stream of this group I have a washing machine drain with its own ...
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2answers
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Can polyethylene backer rod be used to caulk (silicone) a ceramic tile shower wall to an acrylic base

I have to use some backing in order to caulk between tile walls and a shower base where the gap to be filled is 5/8 inch wide and 1 inch deep. Is polyethylene backer rod appropriate for use in a ...
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1answer
657 views

What are possibilities of balancing 3-phase consumption?

A lot of homes have a 3-phase electric connection. Each of the phases has some appliances connected to it. That implies power consumption in any moment on each phase is different, we have an ...
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1answer
760 views

Why won't my toilet flush right? Did our plumbers not put something back right?

We've had issues in the past about having the sewage line get backed up. We just had the plumber here almost a week ago to replace the water line. Now our toilet won't flush right. It flushes all ...
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2answers
334 views

Can I replace an old closet light with multiple electrical outlets?

I have asked a family member to replace an old light fixture in a large walk in closet with an actual electrical strip. The house is an 101 year old craftsman. There aren't any electrical outlets in ...
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2answers
882 views

How effective are DIN 985 self-locking nuts?

They're DIN 985 self-locking nuts that have a plastic ring inside that is meant to cause extra friction and prevent self-loosening of the nut. How effective are they against self-loosening?
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1answer
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Is it bad that my cordless drill is smoking?

I was using my cordless drill today. I was trying to drive a bolt that was stuck with my drill in low gear and it wasn't really budging. I tried a few times and then noticed that smoke was coming ...
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1answer
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How can I install this programmable switch where a neutral is not present?

I'm trying install this programmable switch but the instructions do not match reality. The instructions refer to the existence of a black (load) cable and a white (neutral) cable supposedly coming out ...
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3answers
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How do I insulate the ceiling in my crawlspace?

I'm desperately looking for some advice on how to properly insulate the crawl space. I live in eastern Massachusetts where it has recently been in the teens and 20s for low temps in winter. I have a ...
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3answers
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Is it OK to have ground wire connected to breaker box wall instead of neutral bus?

After having issues with lights flickering, I noticed the main 100A breaker was warm and arcing slightly. Instead of just replacing the breaker, I decided to call in a electrician to install a larger ...
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1answer
111 views

How come my refrigerator doesn't leak if I removed the ice maker?

I have a Maytag MZD2766GEQ refrigerator and my ice maker broke. I removed the assembly and everything seems fine. What I don't understand is why isn't it leaking? I did not disconnect any water ...
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1answer
143 views

What do you call the piece that holds a router bit's guide wheel in place?

In the pic below, there's a black ring that holds the bearing guide wheel in place against the router bit. I need another one of those so I can position the guide wheel higher up on the shank. ...
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203 views

What could cause a drumming noise in my house?

What would cause a drumming/xylophone noise heard all throughout the house? It will last for about 1 minute and sounds like a fast drumming with the same pattern of 4 distinct low xylophone notes ...
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2answers
472 views

Can I convert a LH inswing door into a RH inswing?

I have a prehung exterior door that is a LH inswing (brand new not installed yet). Can I somehow switch it to make it a RH inswing? Would it work if I installed it as an outswing?
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1answer
780 views

Is it code compliant to vent my bathroom exhaust through the turbine vent in our attic?

My contractor wants to vent our bathroom exhaust fan by connecting tubing to our attic turbine vent (aka whirly bird) to exhaust it to the outside instead of plumbing it to the outside through the ...
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1answer
117 views

What is the best way to wash away a bleach cleanser in the shower?

When I spray a bleach spray into my shower to destroy mildew growing on my shower tiles, I always have a hard time trying to rinse the cleanser solution off. My shower doesn't have a hose - the nozzle ...
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0answers
270 views

How can I replace a ceiling fan with a regular light fixture?

I live in Canada, and I have taken down a ceiling fan light fixture and then hooked up a regular light fixture. I found the light remains on and does not work with the switch. I have never had this ...
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1answer
526 views

How can I cut regularly spaced 45 degree grooves in a piece of wood?

I'm making a coat rack to hang behind a door, but there isn't room room for a hanger between the door and the wall when the door is opened so it's parallel to the wall. My solution to this is to have ...
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1answer
225 views

How can I install this automatic transfer switch?

I currently have a Gentran 3028 subpanel connected to a 12,000 watt generator over a 30 AMP branch and the utility/main panel over a 60 AMP branch. I want to replace the Gentran with a APC UTS10BI. ...
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1answer
2k views

How to drill the perfect hole in a kitchen cabinet drawer for a handle?

I am having new Mid-Continent kitchen cabinets installed. The vendor has attempted to drill holes in the cabinets drawer faces for the "Pull Handles" that we selected. I would think that this would ...
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1answer
818 views

How can I install this programmable switch?

I just had our house re-wired (by a professional, not myself). I'm looking into replacing a light switch with a fancy programmable version (Honeywell Econoswitch RPLS740B). The location for the ...
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2answers
785 views

How can I install 3 way switches that cut power to several 2 way switches?

I'm rewiring my unfinished basement. It has two entrances - a cellar door to the outside and the normal staircase in the house. Even though it is unfinished, the basement is kind of divided into ...
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3answers
1k views

How to prevent incandescent light bulbs from heating up the room, safely?

Currently I have ten 60W incandescent light bulbs heating up my room, very little ventilation, and no ideas on how to stop them from making the room so very hot. If I had other lighting option, I ...
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1answer
152 views

What materials could be used instead of cement for a water-tight trench

I'm trying to create a water obstacle to walk horses through - maybe even deep enough for them to swim through. I'm having trouble coming up with an idea for what to use to keep water in and have ...

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