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What is the liquid in a Radon U-tube Manometer?

What is the liquid in a radon U-tube Manometer? I'm assuming that it's not water because of evaporation. Mine is clear in color, but I've been reading that it's normally blue or red. Is it a ...
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1answer
767 views

Can I install a garden chiminea in a wooden shed?

I want to install my iron garden chiminea into my wooden shed. Is this a really bad idea? If it's not, how should I go about installing a chimney flue?
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1answer
339 views

How can I cover the hole left by removing a kitchen wall fan?

We had an old exhaust fan that vented out through the kitchen wall. We removed it and drywalled over the hole, but are unsure how to cover the hole in the exterior siding. Is there a cover for this ...
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2answers
176 views

How can I fix this leaky water heater?

I have an electric Water heater and it is starting to leak from what I believe to be the pressure release valve. I just wanted some tips on how I can fix this before the leak becomes unmanageable. The ...
2
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4answers
742 views

How can I attach a 1/8" strip of steel to MDF so that it stays secure forever for eternity?

I have attached two 3/4" panels of MDF together, so the end result is a 1 1/2"-thick panel. I need to reinforce it so that it does not bow, so I thought of attaching a 1/8"x1 1/2"x6' strip of steel ...
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2answers
4k views

Why do the lights on my newly installed ceiling fan flick on and then off immediately?

We just installed our new ceiling fan with lights. The fan works fine but the light will flick on and then off again immediately. We took it back down and reinstalled it, ensuring that all wires were ...
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1answer
573 views

What type of paint should I use to paint a block foundation wall?

My house has an old well room that is off of the main foundation of the house. I want to clean this space up to use it for storage and part of this process is to repaint the cement block walls. The ...
2
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1answer
666 views

How do I determine the correct tile trim depth?

I'm installing some large format (406mm x 406mm) 12mm travertine tiles on some walls in a bathroom. I'd like to finish some exposed tile edges within some aluminium tile trim. However, I'm unsure ...
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1answer
4k views

How do I re-attach my kitchen cabinet's laminate?

Steam from my electric kettle has caused the veneer of one of my kitchen cabinets to separate from the doors and I need to stick it back on. What is the best method to use? Should I peel the veneer ...
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267 views

How would I disable my range oven's timer?

I have an old Magic Chef range oven that looks like this: When the range oven is plugged in, the timer starts at 1:59. The timer beeps when that length of time has elapsed. I fiddled with the timer ...
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4answers
99 views

What's a simple solution to have 2 NEMA 14-30 receptacles and switch power between them?

Currently I have a NEMA 14-30 receptacle for the dryer. I'm wondering is it possible to split one receptacle into 2 NEMA 14-30 receptacles and install a switch to select which receptacle to use when ...
2
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1answer
861 views

How can I replace cast iron sewer drain that goes through the basement wall?

I have a 4" cast iron sewer drain going through my basement wall. I want to replace all the cast iron drain to PVC pipe. If I would to cut the cast pipe pipe going through the basement wall flush with ...
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1answer
539 views

Why isn't my thermostat clicking on/off automatically?

My thermostat is not clicking on/off automatically, I have called my landlord and they replaced a very old one with a brand new one and it is still not clicking on off automatically, but will ...
4
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4answers
446 views

Is this a good drywall hole cutter?

Has anyone used this: Stanley Drywall Hole Cutter There are no reviews for it and I can't seem to find any on the web. I like the fact that it has two saws, though since I've never used a cutter ...
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3answers
3k views

How can I hide the gap at the base of the stairs and the door, when installing laminate flooring?

I am starting to plan a project to lay laminate flooring in my hallway. Already I can see two areas which are not as straightforward as the rest of the area. The first area which I can see me having ...
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0answers
115 views

Why don't the locks on the bottom of my uPVC windows lock into place?

I have a problem with the window handles on two of my uPVC windows: the handles turn up and down but the little locks at the bottom of the windows do not move or click into place properly, therefore ...
2
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1answer
729 views

How can I remove paint smears on my vinyl siding?

I have some paint (latex, exterior) smears on my vinyl siding. It's set in the tiny cracks and is thoroughly cooked by the sun. I want to remove that. I was recommended methyl hydrate, which gave me ...
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1answer
3k views

How to setup a shower timer to actually turn off the water?

My kids take very long showers and I can't always be there to rush them out. Is there a way to have a timer start once the shower starts and actively stop the water after 10-15 minutes? I've looked ...
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1answer
3k views

What's the difference between Husky brand and HDX brand?

At Home Depot I have noticed the advertising of HDX products lately that are really low price items including tools and other household things. As far as I knew Home Depot already had their own ...
2
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1answer
192 views

Why am I only getting 92V at receptacles?

There are about 5 or 6 receptacles in 2 rooms that all stopped working at once. We were getting a reading of about 92V and it's a 120V circuit. We changed out the receptacles but still the same ...
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2answers
927 views

How can I find an interior wall from the crawl space?

I want to run some component cables from one room to another by fishing down the wall into crawlspace and then back up the other wall. When I'm under the house there's no way to tell where the inside ...
2
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1answer
165 views

Can I install Delta-FL in only part of a basement?

I've been looking at finishing my basement and am leaning towards using 7/16" OSB over Delta-FL for the subfloor. I was also considering leaving some areas as bare cement (laundry room, utility room, ...
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1answer
1k views

How do I best display LED strips so the bulbs are hidden from sight?

I want to put this LED strip in my room, which is a box shaped room with white walls. I am sure I am supposed to hide the LED strip lighting, but I am at a loss on how to make a suitable coving or ...
2
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1answer
1k views

Do I need to add a vent when moving a toilet drain across the bathroom?

In working on finishing our basement, I've come to the bathroom. It was originally plumbed with the plan of having the fixtures share a common wall (vanity, toilet, then tub). so there is already a ...
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3answers
409 views

Why do some table saws have a direct and a reverse ruler on the fence?

For example, in the ruler, the bottom row goes from 0 to 31 cm from left to right and the upper row goes from 32 upwards from right to left? EDIT: Here is the manual for the tablesaw pictured ...
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1answer
570 views

How do I safely install a weight bearing fitness equipment system in an apartment?

I am looking to (semi) permanently install some fitness equipment in my apartment (the Lifeline Jungle G XT system if that helps). It requires installing a strap mounts into either two ceiling joist ...
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2answers
104 views

Is it practical to install a second water heater near my kitchen?

My bathroom and my kitchen are very far apart in my house. The original water heater is in the bathroom. Is it practical to install a second water heater (small) near the kitchen so that it runs (the ...
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1answer
123 views

How to read this floor map scale?

I'm not an interior designer, but I'm going to do the home design myself. I don't know how to read the scale of this floor plan. I'm going to put this into a floor planner website and design, but I ...
3
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1answer
241 views

Do shower water supply line covers need to be sealed or caulked?

I don't know what the proper name of the cover is that hides the hole that the water supply line comes through the wall, but does it need to be sealed to prevent moisture and steam from getting in to ...
3
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1answer
147 views

What maintenance is needed for subway tiles?

I see many kitchens with subway tiles on their backsplash in design magazines, but this isn't a popular design here in Singapore. It seems like most people consider it a durable option, but I have ...
4
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2answers
414 views

Are butcher-block countertops appropriate for a very hot and humid climate?

I am thinking of ideas for furnishing a kitchen - my first home - and I am thinking of using a butcher-block top for my counter. I have a few questions: I live in Singapore where it is very hot ...
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2answers
191 views

What is the best way to level a tree log?

I'm making an end table/floor lamp from a 3 ft cut log. What's going to be the easiest or best way to level the bottom and top of this piece? I thought about throwing it up on some saw horses and ...
2
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2answers
3k views

How can I level my bedroom floor?

I have a second floor bedroom that is 10' wide by 16' long. The floor is 3/8 to 3/4 then back to 3/8 lower, then 1/4 to the bedroom door. How can I even the floor? I can not raise the new floor ...
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1answer
634 views

How can I wire this dimmer switch?

I'm trying to put a light and a dimmer switch together for use in a chicken brooder. I have the switch and porcelain light socket but am a bit confused on the wiring diagram. My diagram looks exactly ...
3
votes
1answer
1k views

How do I remove this dimmer light switch cover so I can paint the wall?

I have a dimmer similar to this one. There are no screws visible from the front. Looking at it from the side there appears to be two face plates stacked on top of each other. I can fit my ...
1
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0answers
1k views

How do I size a wall sleeve for a through-the-wall air conditioner?

We are shopping for a through-the-wall air conditioner. We do not currently have a hole in the wall with a sleeve in it. We are trying to figure out what sleeve to buy. The air conditioner we like ...
1
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1answer
165 views

Can I insulate over 1/2 in. styrofoam?

We have a rec room (basement) from the 60's that we are redoing. Currently on the outside walls, they have 1 x 2 studding then 1/2 inch white styrofoam then vapour barrier. WE are wondering if we ...
2
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1answer
1k views

Should I install vapor barrier in my basement bathroom?

I have a brick house built in the 1920s. I'm installing a bathroom basement based on an existing layout, but I'm trying to keep the "wet" side (mechanical room with hot water heater, etc.) physically ...
3
votes
1answer
102 views

Does code require the gas line to be replaced when replacing a furnace?

I replaced my 45 year old (still working) original furnace with an American Standard furnace about 5 1/2 years ago. Now I have a gas leak; the Nicor technician sealed a connection in the gas pipe ...
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1answer
353 views

How can I immerse a light bulb in water? [closed]

I have a transparent wine glass which I want to be filled with colored water and then place a light bulb immersed in the water so that when I switch on the bulb the wine glass emits the color of the ...
4
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2answers
429 views

Is there any NEC code requirement for how far off the floor Category 5 wiring must be run?

I am currently running conduit for Cat5e cable in the home office I am finishing off. Are there any rules in the code for how far off the floor Category 5 wires in conduit must be run?
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3answers
390 views

Does such a door knob/handle exist that has the latch bolt installed on the outside of the door?

I am building a custom, soundproof door out of two layers of 3/4" MDF. It's not as rigid as I'd like it to be and has a bit of bow to it which will eventually compromise the neoprene seal that I will ...
9
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3answers
3k views

Can I use a UPS as a Voltage Stabilizer?

I need a voltage stabilizer for my refrigerator. Can I use a UPS for this? I own an APC Back-UPS marked "Output: 230V~, 2.6A, 50/60Hz...". The label on the fridge says "220V/50Hz". Can I use this UPS ...
6
votes
1answer
167 views

What would happen if I went over the wattage limit specified by my path lights?

I have a set of path lights that specify 5 watt maximum for replacement. What happens if I put a higher wattage bulb in there? Can it burn my system up or cause a fire?
2
votes
3answers
926 views

Is there a way to drill a 1“-diameter hole through 1/8”-thick steel using a standard cordless power drill?

I am trying to reinforce a custom door I am building. Because it's made only of two layers of MDF, it is not as rigid as I want it to be and shows signs of bowing. Since it's going to be a ...
2
votes
4answers
654 views

Should a concrete slab slope toward my house?

I am adding a room to my home, the contractor poured a concrete slab for the addition and it slopes toward the existing house and it is now raining and water is coming under my floors. Is the slope of ...
0
votes
1answer
352 views

Why isn't my thermostat working?

I have an old Lennox (gas heat only) thermostat. There are 3 wires coming from the wall. Black, yellow and a light blue color (could be a faded green or an old dirty white). The thermostat wouldn't ...
0
votes
1answer
195 views

How can I reproduce this painting effect?

I really like this photowallpaper, but it's quite impossible to import it: I think - based on my basic but quite good paining skills - I can reproduce it with painting. But.. which type of paint ...
3
votes
1answer
502 views

What should I do about paint flaking away from an area with moisture in the wall?

We have a very old cottage (built in 1650) that we have just completely refurbished from top to bottom. Because it is stone & brick and had a major problem with damp when we first purchased it, we ...
6
votes
2answers
6k views

What does that mean if my LED light bulb starts blinking when I turned it on?

I have an LED light bulb: Philips 60W incandescent equivalent I've owned it for about a year and have been very happy with it. This morning when I turned it on, it started blinking. Not flickering, ...

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