3
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1answer
638 views

What could cause my sump pump to cycle on and off rapidly?

I have a new condition with my sump pump. It runs for a few minutes (like normal) and then it stops for a few seconds and runs for a few seconds over and over (maybe 10 times). This happens every ...
6
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2answers
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What's the right connector for connecting #12 solid copper to #14 stranded?

Still working on installing my exhaust fan. It required a dedicated 20A circuit so I ran #12 copper. The wiring from the unit appears to be #14 stranded. It's also silver colored but I don't know if ...
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2answers
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My house was hit by lightning. What should I do?

A huge thunderstorm passed by the other night and lightning hit the condo building I live in. The fire department came out and inspected the attic, and removed the antenna that was hit. Inside the ...
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1answer
145 views

Why is it that every DIY plumbing job requires two extra trips to the hardware store? [closed]

You plan. You measure. You re-measure. You plan some more. You write it all down. You go to the hardware store and buy EVERYTHING you could possibly need, plus extra. You come home, you go to ...
2
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3answers
752 views

Do I need to cut into my drywall to install a switch?

I'm looking to put a light in outside my house. The light is going to be positioned directly behind the outlet I have pictured below where the wires are sticking out. I want the switch to control ...
1
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2answers
311 views

Can I use blind rivets in concrete?

Somebody told me about using blind rivets (5mm) to attach drywall steel tracks on concrete floor and ceiling. Do that really works? How good is this compared with bushing and screw?
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7answers
3k views

Can I hang a heavy weight from a concrete ceiling if I reinforce it with fiberglass?

I'm investigating the possibility of hanging a pull-up bar/ rock-climbing training board from the concrete ceiling in my apartment. The slab is 180mm (7inches) thick and the (static) weight which I ...
5
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3answers
775 views

Can I bore my own hinge holes?

I'm scheming to reface my kitchen cabinets with sustainable lumber (looking for FSC certified or salvage) and trying to figure out what my options are. Our existing hinges aren't much different from ...
8
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4answers
3k views

Is “don't mix data and power cables” and “don't loop power cables” still valid nowadays?

There are two sayings I keep hearing when talking about wiring e.g. home cinema or computer hardware; Don't wrap data/network cables and power cables up in the same loop because the power cables ...
3
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2answers
490 views

How do I paint the steel crossbeam on a colorbond fence?

I have a colorbond fence. If you don't have colorbond in your area, it's painted steel panelling that can be used for fences or roofs. My fence looks like this: But what you can't see is the back ...
4
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2answers
889 views

How can I replace garage door opener remotes?

I have a working garage door opener, and at least the button on the receiver works too (the thing inside the garage with the button on it) but I have no remote clickers to it and it's pretty old ...
3
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3answers
2k views

How do you navigate an unfinished attic?

My attic only has plywood around our HVAC. The rest is just covered with cellulose insulation. How do people get around their unfinished attics? I've been up with a flashlight trying to judge where ...
5
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2answers
279 views

How can I trim off the corner of this stud?

As I was preparing to install a 3-gang old-work box I discovered a random cripple stud whose only purpose for existing is screwing up this project for me: In the bottom right is the corner of a 2x6 ...
8
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2answers
2k views

What kind of electrical outlet is this, and how do I replace it?

I have an electrical outlet which hasn't been reliable (the bottom one doesn't always have power unless you jiggle the plug), so I want to change it. I've changed a few plain outlets, but I found ...
4
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2answers
4k views

How do I determine the ideal height stool for a given height surface (table, counter, bar, etc.)?

My immediate need is to ensure that I'm matching the right height stools to a kitchen island, but I assume there's a standard difference that's ideal for an eating seat to be from the eating surface? ...
3
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2answers
366 views

How do I increase the volume of air going into my lawn sprinkler zones to blow out water for the winter?

I have a 13 Gallon tank in my compressor. I can get the pressure up to over 100 PSI, but when I allow air to flow into individual sprinkler zones, the pressure at my manifold reads only about 10-15 ...
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1answer
1k views

What is the proper deck footing depth in Connecticut?

I'm moving a deck footing for an existing deck, the current one is in the wrong location and it's too small. What is the proper depth in Connecticut in order to ensure that it doesn't suffer from ...
2
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2answers
771 views

Can I store unused hardwood floor and base trim in a shed (or garage)?

I have installed engineered hardwood all throughout my house, in addition wood base trim (which comes pre-primed). Now that my projects are done, I dont want to throw away the wood, incase I can use ...
3
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2answers
681 views

Should a ceiling fan on a long rod move when using the pull chain?

I installed a 52" ceiling fan in our family room on a 2 foot long downrod. It has a very slight wobble, but nothing of concern since I assumed there would be some wobble due to the length of the rod. ...
5
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1answer
406 views

How can I replace ceiling gypsum board and loose fill insulation at the same time?

I lost most of a ceiling panel due to water saturation and collapse. It was removed along with insulation residue and a temporary fiber board panel tacked in in its place. Now I would like to install ...
5
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2answers
5k views

What could cause clothes to come out of the dryer with tiny burn or scorch marks?

I have a fairly standard Hotpoint vented electric tumble dryer, which normally works as you would expect, drying clothes, venting the humid air out the side wall, and with a lint trap I empty every ...
5
votes
1answer
226 views

Can I replace a spiral window balance with a constant force balance?

I have old vinyl windows from '79 that currently have 24" long 5/8" diameter spiral balances. They have the red tip. Can I replace these with constant force balances?
2
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1answer
115 views

How can I repair the carpet around a new shower?

I just had a new shower put in, and the existing carpet doesn't quite go close enough to the bottom of the shower. It looks uneven. Is there something I can buy to make it flush?
6
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2answers
379 views

How much ventilation do I need on a small roof?

This small building has a footprint of 10' x 12' with a gable roof (sideways, so the gables are 10' apart). Slope is 4:12, so the peak is only 2' above the walls. My ridge isn't vented, so I'll be ...
2
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1answer
541 views

Where can I store outdoor patio or deck furniture over the winter?

I have a variety of plastic / wood / metal patio furniture that I am looking to store over the winter. Unfortunately, I don't have space inside to store it. We usually see temperatures of about 10 ...
3
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2answers
429 views

Is it a good idea to put 1/4" XPS under engineered floors?

We're pulling out the carpet in a room next to a room with hardwood floors. After removing the carpet and putting down the engineered floor, we'll be 1/4" short of the hardwood. Options: Use ...
2
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3answers
513 views

How to address mold/moss on newer roof?

I have an old house with a new(er) installed roof shingle that's about 5 years old. In removing leaves from the gutter today, I noticed green moss? mold? around some of the areas close to the house. A ...
2
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4answers
2k views

Door replacement - will door still be solid after cutting?

I need to replace/repair a door in my rented apartment. During a rather rowdy party one of my guests managed to put a hole in my bathroom door. I don't think that there is probably anyway to ...
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3answers
5k views

Why does water surge out of the shower head after being turned off?

This can happen 30 minutes later or even many hours later after a shower is taken. The new shower fixture installed didn't solve the problem. Can anything be done to correct this and prevent this ...
3
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1answer
302 views

Methods of bug-proofing outdoor lights

I just attempted to replace an outdoor light fixture on my porch. When I unscrewed it, a couple of spiders and gnats ran/flew away from under the light fixture. I'm very new to home repair, so I ...
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0answers
1k views

Adjusting a Mixer Tap Hot/Cold Mix

I have a Twyford mixer tap on my bathroom washbasin (Exact model here). As it stands the Hot/Cold mix I can get out of it is either very hot or very cold, with a tiny area in the middle giving a ...
0
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1answer
1k views

how does temperature influence spray paint usage?

I've got 3 pieces of plywood, all 120x30x1 cm, that I want to spray paint matte black. Ideally, I will be doing this outside next weekend. The weather should be a high of around 10C, partly cloudy, ...
2
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8answers
24k views

How to prevent wall-mounted TV above fireplace from getting hot?

The place I just moved in to has a wall-mounted TV above the fireplace. However, I'm not sure how the previous residents dealt with the fact that the bottom of the TV gets very hot. Maybe the TV ...
4
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1answer
192 views

What should I build a bench out of?

I want to build a bench with a 450mm overhang from the legs (long story why I need the overhang, and I already have the legs which are heavy duty steel monsters). The bench will not hold anything ...
3
votes
2answers
987 views

Motion sensing light triggered by fan on the same circuit

I have an inexpensive motion sensing light on the outside of my house, which is on the same circuit as a 120V thermostatically controlled duct fan that pulls warm house air into the space (it's an ...
3
votes
2answers
4k views

What to block a hole with to stop mice getting in?

I have heard rustling sounds coming from my exterior walls, which I am assuming is mice (or some other rodent) scurrying around in the hollow wall. I have found a hole about 2 inches in diameter in ...
5
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3answers
574 views

How can I replace a kitchen cabinet hinge with no visible screws?

My kitchen cabinet hinge is broken. I want to replace it, but not really sure how because it is attached to the cabinet door without any screw (1). Anyone know a proper way to detach the hinge?
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1answer
193 views

Where can I purchase exhaust blowers for custom island range hood and how do I install it?

I want to purchase a custom copper island range hood that I believe doesn't come with the fan itself. Where can I purchase the parts for the fan and light system and how do I install something like ...
3
votes
2answers
192 views

What limits the number of skylights you can put in a room?

I am thinking of putting skylights in my kitchen between the trusses in the attic. Let's say my kitchen is below 5 trusses, giving me 4 spaces where I can put a skylight. Is there any structural ...
1
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3answers
233 views

Can I shave the bottom of a metal casement window to get it to close fully?

I have a Casement Window installed that, as the new building has begun to settle, now has to be forced closed. It is on the verge of breaking the crank off now because it is so difficult. While wood ...
0
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1answer
139 views

Are there any issues with having a garage and a washer on the same circuit?

Background My project this weekend is to get my garage repowered so my tenant will be able to plug his car in during the winter months. When I bought my house it was recently renovated by house ...
1
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3answers
578 views

Should I be worried about this gap in electrical conduit?

Background My project this weekend is to get my garage repowered so my tenant will be able to plug his car in during the winter months. When I bought my house it was recently renovated by house ...
2
votes
2answers
464 views

Why does my dusk to dawn light go off when the furnace kicks in?

My dusk to dawn light goes off whenever my furnace kicks in throughout the night. It obviously comes back on right away, but it takes a minute or so to be fully restored. What is the reason behind ...
1
vote
1answer
666 views

Wood trim and new gutters: Gutters first or paint first?

I feel that its time for my house to get new gutters. The current ones leak, don't drain completely, need very frequent cleaning, and the damn tree rats chewed through the leaf guards in many places. ...
3
votes
2answers
1k views

How do I match an old molding pattern? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Need an apparently-discontinued moulding profile; where to look? I added a closet added to a room. There was no crown molding that matched at HD or Lowes. Is there ...
1
vote
1answer
2k views

How to convert a door into a window

My home has an old exterior door that used to be the front entrance. An addition has made it obsolete and we never use it anymore. I want to convert it into a window. How can I do this in a way that ...
4
votes
1answer
153 views

How can I repair my floors' finish?

We had our Victorian boards (throughout house and staircase) sanded and varnished a while back. We have recently had builders and painters in our house for a month and they are looking a little worse ...
3
votes
1answer
1k views

What could cause my showers hot water to not work well after water main work?

We had some work done on the mains cold water feed into the house. At first everything worked just fine but after about a day when the top floor shower is now switched on there's a rapid banging noise ...
6
votes
2answers
5k views

How do I remove a chimney?

I've got a chimney in my 50's-era house that doesn't do anything. It's a regular brick and mortar chimney but it used to be used to vent the old oil heater (it's been converted to natural gas since). ...
4
votes
2answers
671 views

Do joints in adjustable duct elbows need to be taped?

Do the joints in adjustable duct elbows need to be taped as well once they're adjusted or are they considered air-tight?

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