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How to strengthen a giant pole made out of seven 2m long 40mm diameter plumbing waste pipes?

The problem: I have a plant growing out of my chimney. Last year I had a chimney sweep go up on the roof and remove the plant and fit a cowl/ cap onto the chimney costing over £500 including cost of ...
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How to flatten an uneven plank subfloor when the existing planks can't be removed?

The upper-floor master bedroom in my c. 1700 house has a plank floor laid across the joists which is quite old, if not original. The planks were apparently once 1/2", but in some areas of the room ...
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light switch is apparently broke, but the light stays on

my light switch apparently broke with the light on. Now the light will not turn off. Is it safe to leave the light on overnight with the switch broken?
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Which batteries are compatible with the DeWalt DW9107?

I have a DeWalt battery charger model# DW9107. Which batteries can I charge in it? It says 14.4volts I have a DeWalt hammer drill model# DCD950B. Will the battery for it, DC9096 work with my ...
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1answer
121 views

Loose bathroom wall tiles

So after hosing down the bathroom, I started to hear some cracking. I looked at the tiles and they were bulging out from the center. I guess water got into the top and loosened the tiles. I ...
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Is transitioning to all electric heating smart?

I am in the process of overhauling my home heating and plumbing. I bought a 2600sq/ft 1980s Cape Cod in southern Maine on the coast. I've reinsulated the walls and roof and am continuing to make ...
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576 views

Replacing original 1950s exterior door with new prehung: threshold question

I'm about to replace the original 1950s era back door on my house with a pre-hung. I'm planning this as a DIY job and have watch plenty of videos, but one thing that hasn't been well addressed is what ...
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Installing tile outside

I have a cement patio that I would like to install some type of tile (likely a hardwood look tile) over. Is there any special consideration or installation methodology I should use to install it? Do I ...
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Why might I measure less than 240 volts on a 240V circuit? [duplicate]

I recently had an electric dryer fail and I have been unable to determine the reason. All of the obvious items within it to check for (as mentioned in many youtube videos on such appliance repairs) ...
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Is this cracking foundation under a jack post a problem that requires repair?

I am buying an already-built new home. I find this in the basement. The builder says it's okay, but I am really concerned. Is this really a big issue? What steps would be required to repair it? This ...
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97 views

Question about this DIY light fixture and grounding

http://www.mysimplysimple.com/lighting-diy-office/ I was looking into the above light fixture project, and I noticed that it has no ground wire. Most of the videos I have looked into about replacing ...
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2answers
200 views

Can I add thin brick veneer directly to interior plaster

I have an interior plaster over wood-lathe wall that I'd like to cover using thin brick veneer. The plaster wall is generally in good shape (though some patching will need to be done for some ...
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1answer
86 views

Sagging gate: tools to adjust anchor

I'm trying to fix our wooden gate, which isn't closing well as it is sagging. I'd like to fix it by pushing the anchor inwards, but I don't know which tools to help me do that. I tried hammering it, ...
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1answer
46 views

Dehumidifer level in basement

I own a raised range house and upstair with hard wood floor.I just bought a 70 pin dehumidifer and put it in my basement. My question is what is dehumidifier level need to set for best result for my ...
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1answer
50 views

Surface mount ceiling fan

I have a Tri-State home with a center beam extending from one gable end of the house to the other at the peak. The beam is completely exposed in the living room. I installed a ceiling fan with light ...
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469 views

What Size Screw Should I Use?

I want to fasten 1/2 " - 3/4" boards onto 2x2s. I'd like to scew them from the back so that they cannot be seen. What size screw should I use?
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Is this likely to be plasterboard and what to look out for when drilling a hole?

I'm fitting curtain tracks in a loft conversion in a Victorian townhouse (London). I was surprised to see the outside of the wall seems to be just a piece of wood i.e. no brick. The wall is hollow ...
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slab leak with main water supply

how do i find where the water line comes up in my house before the first drop ? I have a slab leak with the main supply line and want to bypass it and tie in with new pex? when I turn everything off ...
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1answer
64 views

Does the head of a pump depend on pipe diameter?

I understand that the head of a pump is the distance water can be moved upwards. This page mentions a few things the head depends on, but does not mention pipe diameter. So since it seems logical to ...
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Unknown armature in a kitchen

Can someone explain me the function of following armature in a kitchen? The valve is probably for the dish washer, but what is the purpose for the metal thing below? It does not seem modifiable and ...
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0answers
28 views

Whether to replace oil furnace with oil furnace and heat pump or convert to propane

I am in need of replacing my oil furnace and central A/C. My residence is in SW Wisconsin. I am confused as to whether or not to replace with an oil furnace and heat pump or to convert to propane ...
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39 views

Do I have to remove large rocks that were used as footings before pouring a new footing?

I am rebuilding the deck to the front porch of a 120 year old house. Upon removing the old porch and locating where the new footings will be I have come across large stones that were embedded and ...
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444 views

How do I find the valves on a toilet with hidden pipes?

I just came back from holiday to find that water was pouring constantly through my dual-flush toilet, as though it's on permanent flush. A little tinkering revealed the shut off valve is broken - so ...
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1answer
146 views

How can I tell if soda blasting was really done?

We're restoring a fire-damaged house and hired a subcontractor to do smoke remediation, after we'd stripped the house down to the studs. The contractor was supposed to soda-blast all surfaces, clean, ...
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1answer
160 views

Is it normal for MY lights to briefly dim when my NEIGHBOR is using a power saw?

I think that when my neighbor uses a contractor-grade miter saw, my overhead light in my office dims slightly for a brief amount of time (half a second) and then returns to normal brightness. Is this ...
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58 views

Electric service wire size

I have to put in a new service wire I was Given service wire that was told was ok. they said it was 4/0 aluminum. I looked at the jacket and it said, 3 cdr awg 2 compact al. aluminaflex. I am putting ...
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32 views

Lubricating ceiling fan bearings

I have a no-name ceiling fan that recently started making a faint but annoying grinding noise, like two dry pieces of metal rubbing together. The sound is continuous, not rhythmic. I'm assuming that ...
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0answers
13 views

What are the known problems with ozone pool sanitization systems?

For a concrete 35K pool that is traditionally setup/maintained: DE filter Chlorinator 1 Speed 1.5HP pump Shocking every week Back washing once in a while In case an ozone sanitization system is ...
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0answers
153 views

Replacing light timer using LED fixtures with slow flicker

Replacing exterior garage lights timer (connected to 2 lights) that stopped working with a new timer. When opening up the outlet with existing timer, there are three wires - one connected to white and ...
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1answer
35 views

Error F3C on Whirlpool convection microwave

My Whirlpool Microwave WMH76718AW-1 is giving me an F3C error when I try to use the convection oven feature. (All other functions OK.) I haven't located a tech sheet for this oven, and wonder if ...
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0answers
9 views

standing water with no run off [duplicate]

we had a walkway by the side of the house made of wood, after years of constant repairing the walkway because of decay wood we decided to do the walk way in concrete. Problem now is when it rains the ...
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1answer
143 views

How can I drain water from the area between a concrete walkway and the side of the house?

We had a walkway by the side of the house made of wood, after years of constant repairing the walkway because of decay wood we decided to do the walk way in concrete. Problem now is when it rains the ...
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1answer
155 views

Why would an LED stop flickering when connected in series with an incandescent?

I recently bought some LED replacements for G4 base under cabinet light which has 3 sockets. When I put the first bulb in I noticed it was very dim with a bad flicker. Adding the next two made the ...
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271 views

Where is the Main Shutoff my Cutler-Hammer Breaker Box?

Kind of confused where my main shutoff is. When I read and looked at breaker boxes for examples, most had a big shutoff right at the top. Where is the switch on mine? I'd like to remove a breaker, but ...
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1answer
80 views

Water leak from water hose or pump - OK to tip machine on side?

My LG WM3987HW (a front loading washer dryer combo) has developed a leak -- water comes out when the machine is pumping out the waste water. I've removed the top and back panels and can see the area ...
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1answer
463 views

Can you diagnose coolant leak in a refrigerator by blowing hot air on the back?

An "engineer" has recently investigated my 10+ (that's my estimation - we bought it together with our apartment) year old Smeg FB30 refrigerator and claimed that the coolant gas is leaking from the ...
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113 views

How do I remove carpet adhesive from concrete?

I have a 12x15' sun room that currently has carpet over concrete. I pulled a 3' section of carpet and the entire floor has adhesive. Can I remove this using a liquid chemical or do I need a machine? ...
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1answer
116 views

Extending Length of Air Conditioning Drain Pipe

I live in a multi apartment building. All the neighbors has AC. Many AC's has condensation drainage pipes which descent into the common garden and are cut at about two meters above ground. Others are ...
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67 views

How is it possible to have 1200TVL CCTV camera with PAL / NTSC? [closed]

I found many items on eBay etc, presenting CCTV cameras with 1200TVL. Simultaneously, these cameras have BNC output with PAL / NTSC signal in it. How is this possible if NTSC / PAL allows up to 800 ...
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2answers
485 views

Loose electrical box for ceiling light

I have a ceiling light which is held up by am electrical box. The box is hanging down at an angle. I opened the box and found that one side of it is secured to what I hope is a cross brace. The ...
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3answers
54 views

DIY machinist drilling problem

I have a metal part of a bandsaw that had a machine screw head break off. I drilled a hole and used an extraction bit and it also broke off. Due to poorly executed attempts to drill again (so I can ...
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1answer
33 views

Using solar to heat water

I am designing a compact home on a high elevation in Colorado. There will be a finished basement apartment on a concrete slab and I was thinking of spiraling PVC pipe through the slab to heat it. ...
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2answers
278 views

Why do microwaves run 3 extra seconds after timer ends?

So I think I know the answer to this but want to confirm and ask further questions. Whenever you run most microwaves in timer mode, it stops the microwave operation at 0 seconds, but continues to ...
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3answers
416 views

Bathroom fan with no outside vent

What's the purpose of a bathroom fan with no outside venting? One of my bathrooms is set up this way. I'm about to redo the ceiling, and I'd like to replace the fan unit with something better looking, ...
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1answer
678 views

Well pump pressure loss

We have owned the house for 5 years and not had any water pressure issues. The pressure gauge on the pipe to the pressure tank has been rusted since we bought the house. The pressure tank is blue and ...
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1answer
46 views

Leaking Supply Hose

So yesterday we discovered a leak under the sink, it was coming from the supply line into the valve, (suppose the seal broke after several years of use, there was no instigating incident to cause this)...
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4answers
556 views

How to deaden the noise that bounces from cinderblock wall in backyard?

I have a very large backyard surrounded by a tall cinderblock wall. Not only is it HOT in the summer (NM summers) but the noise that bounces around is bad. Someone walking on the sidewalk next to my ...
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1answer
202 views

Clear rubber hose purpose for pressure washer

I'm sorry if this is obvious to you guys but I'm really stumped. I recently purchased a Black & Decker PW1470TD It came with a short clear rubber hose and I can't figure out what it is for. I ...
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1answer
294 views

Another code question: can I take a 110V outlet off one leg of a 220V circuit?

Wiring the workshop, it'd be simplest to use the 220V circuit to also supply the shop's 110V outlets. I know some machines/appliances do that internally; can I expose it on the wall? (I'm never sure ...
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1answer
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Hunter Ceiling Fan No Longer Works

I hope you can give me a few suggestions with this one. We have a hunter ceiling fan that is wall switch connected for master power. This spring it started having a few issues. This fan is remote ...

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