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What is this plumbing fitting?

Today I saw this water hookup in at the site of a farmer's market. What am I looking at? Is this a shutoff? Is it frost-free?
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How much should brick “give” when pushing against it?

My wife and I are having a home built by a local contractor. The house is wood framed construction with a brick exterior. The home is nearly complete -- just interior trim and paint work remains. ...
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How do I size this wall to make tiles look right?

I am expanding my entryway by building a new half-wall, and then I will be tiling (which I have never done before). What I'm looking for is some advice on the best way to size the wall so that the ...
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527 views

How much drywall should I cut to re-route some wires?

I am just looking for advice on how much drywall to cut to move some wires. There's a wire in the ceiling that has incoming power, and a switched leg for the light in the entry way, and another ...
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447 views

How can I restore the waterproofing behind a shower/bath mixer/diverter?

After install a new shower/bath mixer, I am proceeding to restore waterproofing behind the mixer follow by the tiles. Originally between the water pipes and the tiles there is a layer of gyprock ...
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1answer
262 views

Is there anything special needed to cut out a section of carpet?

I am cutting out a section of carpet as I expand my entryway, and I want to ensure it's held down properly. I am putting a 4' high wall up where the double red line is, and cutting out that section ...
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549 views

Is underlayment necessary in a room over a garage?

It is my understanding that underlayment beneath laminate flooring reduces sound between floors, i.e. for the room below. Is there a functional purpose beyond reducing noise in the room below? I'm ...
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Space heater efficiency and light bulb efficiency in winter

New here, so apologies for the basic question. My undergraduate-level physics understanding of efficiency is it is the % of energy input that is turned into useful work as opposed to heat. At the ...
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502 views

How do I determine if adding an air conditioner will overload a circuit?

I'm going to take advantage of some Memorial Day sales and pull the trigger on a portable AC unit for my "basement-ish" (bottom of windowsill is mid chest, rather than head height) apartment. Before ...
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3answers
343 views

How can I find out where a door is sticking? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Doors are sticky and noisy when opened? We have several old doors in our house, with possibly a great deal of paint build up on them. As a result they are very ...
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What kind of bracket am I looking for?

I am trying to Support a little 8x12 pre-existing roof with 4x4's. there are 2x4 plates where I am trying to support, the 4" side down. I would rather not just toenail the 4x4 to the plate, and I know ...
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2answers
509 views

How to repair (and is it worth the trouble to) a rusty dishwasher rack?

I've seen a couple of solutions: Dishwasher paint, like Uber Goop Silicon Vinyl paint But some reviews of some of the "paint" products say it doesn't last long. If this is only a temporary repair ...
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1answer
448 views

Why was the speaker wire installed this way for a media room?

I recently moved into a relatively new home. The home was never occupied and has a media room. The media room has the following (see picture for locations, speaker wire is in blue, speaker wire has ...
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How do I connect a dryer with a four prong plug to a three prong socket?

I've just moved house and my clothes dryer has a four prong plug but on the wall there's a three prong socket. Do adapters exist for this? Or do I need to get a new cord for my dryer? Or is there ...
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2answers
487 views

How can I enlarge a hole in a brick wall without drilling?

I currently have a small hole in my brick wall that is bringing a cable for my satellite dish into my house. I now want to install outdoor speakers in my backyard and I would like to feed the speaker ...
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How can I locate the entrance of a wasp nest, and prevent wasps from entering?

While I was out gardening, I saw a wasp fly through a small hole beside my basement window and into my basement. Then later, I saw five more enter through two other holes (two in part of my AC, three ...
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1answer
177 views

How to check the heater element of an Electrolux ESI 6160 dishwasher?

I have an Electrolux dishwasher, that occasionally does not heat the water. I suspect that the heating element is somewhat badly connected. How can I check that. Especially, does someone have ...
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1answer
281 views

Help identify this electric clothes dryer part from an Asko T701 dryer?

I just replaced the drum rollers on my Asko T701 electric clothes dryer. As I was removing the front frame to access the rollers, this metal part fell out (the Sharpie is just there for scale): I ...
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573 views

Is it advisible to block a bathroom vent due to cigarette?

I live in an apartment, and there's cigarette smell coming from the bathroom vent (probably from a neighbour who smokes). I'm wondering is it advisable to block the bathroom vent to block the smoke ...
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1answer
145 views

How do I properly size an air conditioner for a very sunny room?

I'm trying to size a window air conditioner for a room, but having trouble deciding if the usual guidelines are a good fit. The room in question is about 230 sq. feet, and does not have full 8 foot ...
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Do two 5k BTU air conditioners produce the same cooling power as one 10k BTU unit?

Could you interchange 10k BTU air conditioner with 2 5k BTU air conditioner and get the same result? Or is there a reason why buying one 10k BTU air conditioner is better than having 2 5k BTU air ...
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3answers
525 views

Easiest way to cut, shave, or chisel bottom 8" of posts to fit footings

I got some 6x6's and deck post brackets that are similar to the picture below, except they're 8" high: Come to find out, the 6x6 is slightly too large to fit inside this bracket. Now I see how ...
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1answer
179 views

What is the best way to wire a Cooper E-Z Wire recptacle?

I'm looking at replacing a few outlets that are old and loosely hold in plugs now. They are 15a 125v as is the wiring and breakers. I bought several Cooper E-Z Wire outlets and I am now trying to ...
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2answers
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What's the best way to lay tile in a straight line

I'm about to lay porcelain tile over backerboard in my kitchen. There are several entrances in the kitchen, and several points of visual reference that will cause even a slightly skewed line to be ...
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What type of paint and how many coats should be used to paint a radiator?

We've moved into a new house with a fairly incompatible sense of interior design. To illustrate one room in particular, the walls are orange, the floor to ceiling shelves are orange, the fireplace ...
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1answer
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What does blocking refer to in relation to floor joists?

This question was triggered by the following line in a home inspection: Blocking is not installed for I joists above beams in basement. I have found pictures of blocking at ...
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1answer
731 views

How can I remove small paint specks from a wooden floor?

The painters I had hired (and quickly fired) to repaint my apartment spilled some paint (little specks and spots) on the wooden floors and let it dry off without cleaning it. The paint was "glycéro", ...
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4answers
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Is it possible to anchor a cabinet to a wall without damaging it?

I have purchased an approx 2m high by 35cm deep dispay cabinet seated on a carpet floor. This is not fully stable (the cabinet rocks a bit when you exert force on the doors to open them), and it was ...
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3answers
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Did the plumber hook up my water heater backwards?

I just had a plumber install a new 50 gallon water heater, but the cold water pipe is installed to the hot side (the left pipe when facing the front of the heater) and the hot water pipe is installed ...
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2answers
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How can I identify the manufacturer of my windows?

So, the seals on one of the double pane windows in my parent's home have failed (moisture and mold between panes). I want to contact the manufacturer to see if there is a possibility of warranty ...
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2answers
2k views

What's the most economical way to remove a wood stove?

I just bought a new house and my insurance company is upset that I have a wood stove in the dining area. They insist that it be 3 feet from all walls and a foot and a half above the floor. ...
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1answer
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Can a yurt be a dwelling?

Yurts are beautiful, charming, quirky, easy to build, portable, and cheap. I bought a 30' yurt from Pacific Yurts. It includes the insulation kit. Can I use it as a dwelling?
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278 views

Why does my oven temperature keep rising?

I have an old gas oven that is having a temperature problem. When it's turned on, the temperature keeps rising and rising, not stopping at the set temperature. It gets up to 500+ degrees. This ...
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1answer
344 views

Do primer + paint products work well?

Are primer + paint products as effective as using separate primer and paint
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574 views

Will this drill bit work on concrete?

I'm very new at drilling stuff and I have never drilled a hole in my life before. I need to drill through concrete (I don't know what kind of concrete it is), and I'm wondering if the following drill ...
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1answer
745 views

Does this 3 prong 250V outlet in the Philippines have two hots and a neutral or hot/neutral/ground?

The plug claims to be 12A 250V, so I think its a NEMA 6-15R or 6-30R which handle 15 or 30 volts respectively. Here is a picture of the outlet:
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What is involved in installing a free-standing electric oven range?

My current oven just plugs into a big outlet in the wall. It's a giant three-pronged outlet. But all I need to do to get the oven to work (when it works) is to plug it into the outlet. I am now ...
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1answer
696 views

Can I use the white from one switch, but the black from another?

Some terminology, because I don't know any better: light-fixture - An existing, separate, light fixture...currently with dedicated 14/2 vent-unit - A new vent just installed, has three ...
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2answers
473 views

Is there a way to prevent mildew/mold from forming on vinyl siding?

The back side of my garage is shadowed by branches from neighbors trees, which causes mold/mildew to grow on the vinyl siding. Since removing the trees/branches is out of the question, is there some ...
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1answer
462 views

Potential wall socket fault

I'm remodeling a room and sorting up a rat's nest of questionable electrical practices... boxes hiding in the wall, wall fixtures being used to branch circuits, etc. At this point, all of the hard ...
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3answers
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How do I install an air conditioner on a horizontal sliding window?

There isn't a great amount of literature on this subject it seems. I have an air conditioner, the manual assumes that you have a vertical sliding window, but I have one that slides horizontal, so how ...
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2answers
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Faulty grade and pest infestation

My house has a faulty grade (the top of the foundation if at or below the ground level in many places). It's a very old house (1920 built). The foundation concrete is not steel-reinforced. The ...
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0answers
256 views

Running Shower Faucet After Hot Water Heater's Off

I was awoke by a chemical smell from my electric hot water heater. The past two weeks I noticed my shower was not getting/staying very hot during my 10 minute showers. Thinking not too much about it, ...
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1answer
191 views

I have two unconnected drain lines in the kitchen. If I start using one, can I just put a stopper on the other?

There is a 3/8" drain line by my refrigerator. I hooked up a reverse osmosis filter to the refrigerator which drains through the 3/8" line. Lo and behold, as soon as it started draining, I discovered ...
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2answers
850 views

How do I install a generator pass through?

I bought a generator for when the commercial power goes out. Rather than run an extension cord from the generator, and through my window into the house; I want to connect an extension cord from the ...
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2answers
712 views

How much room does a fridge coil need to dissipate heat?

I want to put a small bar fridge in the (rather large) kitchen cupboard under my sink to ultimately be used as a kegerator. The fridge will be a custom free-standing insulated box (similar to this ...
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1answer
163 views

How could I fix up some old plaster

I'm in a house where the plaster was done in an old style. Not lath-and-plaster as one of the tags suggests but simply plaster mixed in with hay or something fibrous on top of brick. With the ...
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2answers
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What are the differences between wood and composite shoe molding?

I'm about to install shoe molding all over my house. I'm deciding between composite (I think it's PVC) and wood. They are quite similar in price. How do these 2 materials compare in terms of: ...
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2answers
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Should I sand each layer of mud when joining drywall?

I'm plastering my first drywall and have been given advice from a friend who as done it a few times before. He believes I should not sand down the mud (a.k.a. jointing compound) between coats, but I ...
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4answers
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Can I use drywall screws to stop floor squeaks?

I've got an old squeaky hardwood floor with access to from below. I can feel the hardwood boards moving under my feet when they squeak so I just plan to drill up through the subfloor into the ...

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