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How can I fix floor cracks in bathtub (enamel?) coating?

We just moved into our new home (not a new build) and noticed flaking of the material in the bottom of one of the bathtubs. It appears as though the coating (enamel?) has flaked away in some places. ...
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oven repair, is it possible the gas line is clogged?

Mistaking a broiler for a storage drawer below the oven, my friend placed a single medium size piece of tupperware inside the broiler. Naturally it was lit on fire, and a lot of soot (and fire ...
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Would retiling a shower with larger tiles mitigate mould growth on the grout?

I am about to update my walk-in shower which has an electric shower, single sliding door and tiled walls with white grouting. I have never been happy by how frequently the grouting turns black and ...
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My dryer stopped turning but still shakes when on and I think gives out heat

My Dryer inexplicably stopped turning. I went last night to switch it on and it doesnt turn anymore. The machine still shakes and I believe gets hot but it doesnt spin. Someone mentioned something ...
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What is this type of lead called and how do I wire to it correctly?

I'm becoming more frustrated than I'd like to admit trying to wire this button up, and I often find the easier method it was designed for when I'm having this much trouble. Sorry for the poor man's ...
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What do I do with the ground wire?

I just bought a wall timer to replace a three-way switch. The wall timer comes with three wires, one for the common screw wire, and the other two are for the travelers, with no place for a ground ...
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How do I install baseboards behind bifold closet doors?

I'm remodeling a house and I pulled out the old baseboard and carpet and replaced with hardwood and now I'm putting on the baseboards. I have several closet openings with bifold doors (I haven't ...
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Blue stains from water

What would cause blue stains and a blue tint to our bathroom tub and sink have water purification system in use for aprox. 7 yrs. Does this need any maintence
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How do I connect a WiFi thermostat to my furnace's primary control?

I would like to install a Honeywell WiFi controlled thermostat to connect to a Honeywell R7184U primary control. My question concerns the "C" wire. The R7184 has the terminals labeled 1, 2, 3 and 4 ...
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How to get doorbell louder?

My mom has a Nutone wired doorbell but is finding it is not quite loud enough when she is in some parts of the house far away from the bell. I looked at the doorbell and it seems to be functioning ...
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How can I thaw a frozen washing machine pipe limited access semi-exterior wall?

The pipes for our washer have frozen. I believe they froze in the section that runs through the wall facing an enclosed, uninsulated porch. I currently have the heat cranked in the laundry room and ...
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What type of screws should I use?

I am going to build a set of shelves for my wall to hold my bead jars. The shelves are narrow 4" nominal and very close together 3" is the farthest apart they will be. I'm using quality pine ...
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1answer
112 views

Type of beadpanel to use for wainscoting in a bathroom

We're renovating our bathroom and we're planning to do wainscoting. I found some MDF beadboards whose moisture rating is "moisture-resistant". Can I trust that in a bathroom (assuming I use the ...
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Are T-8 lights and T-12 lights safely interchangeable?

I have a fixture that came with T-12 lights. Is it safe to use T-8 bulbs instead?
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Why is lots of water bad for septic, and how can I take long showers without hurting it?

I recently bought my first home that has septic, after 26 years of living with sewers. I've heard that putting lots of water down the septic all at one time is bad for the system, but I'm confused as ...
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Should the water heater be shut down if the water main has to be turned off?

I have a brand new AO Smith 50gal gas water heater. Today there was a burst pipe from the cold spell we're having currently, so I had to turn off the water main to the house until the plumbers get ...
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Is it possible to rekey an Andersen exterior door with Kwikset SmartKey?

I want to use the Kevo lock on my front door and have my back doors have the same physical key (even though they clearly will not have electronic keying). To do this, I need to replace the cylinder ...
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Trouble with twinned Bryant heating units

I have twinned heating units as w1 and w2. The first unit to come on needs to be replaced; but, until then I need to know how to get the system to heat better. The problem is the fan comes on on unit ...
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217 views

How much distance do I need to branch from water heater?

I moved my washer and dryer next to my electric water heater. I would like to know how close to the tank can I branch the hot and cold water lines. I would like to use a 3/4 to 1/2 inch reducer at the ...
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1answer
641 views

How do I disassemble this shower screen without damaging it?

I need to remove the shower screen so I can refit some tiles that have failed due to water getting behind them. As I did not put up the screen I do not know how it fits together, can anyone give me ...
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1answer
3k views

What should I use to fill drilled concrete holes that are not used anymore?

Just wanted to do some home repairs and found lots of old drilled holes. I've used putty to cover them up but it occurred to me that there would be air gaps for the holes as the putty cover over them ...
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Is there a way to thaw a frozen pipe, if you can't access the pipe?

Big freeze, new house. Just found out the add-on bathroom was plumbed by amateurs, and the cold water supply froze. I don't have access to the frozen section of pipe (without major demo), so I can't ...
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How do I prevent mobile home flexible water lines from freezing?

I have a 2009 mobile home. It has a flexible water feed line going to the toilet that freezes in very cold temps. I have been told these lines won't break if they freeze. They will just expand and ...
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1answer
128 views

How to do surface preparation of walls before painting them?

I am planning to paint my house but i don't know how to prepare a good surface before painting the walls. Please give me some ideas and suggestions?
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733 views

How will a granite countertop on a floating island affect the laminate floor it sits on?

We are looking at upgrading our countertops to granite. We have a floating laminate floor under a movable island that we don't wish to anchor. The island would have a 40"x50" top surface. How does ...
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1answer
153 views

What can I do to ensure my pool doesn't freeze?

I live about 8 miles north of the Gulf of Mexico. It will be in the low teens (below freezing) in the morning. It will be record setting, so I'm not sure what to expect. The pump and equipment is in a ...
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1answer
294 views

I just had a heat pump installed. I had central air already so the duct work was there already for a/c. Should my vents in the ceiling be changed?

One person told me I need to change my Registers on the first floor that are in the ceiling because the house was set up for air not heat. They say the Registers I have keep the cold air going a ...
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Newly installed ceiling fan, lights turn on and off on it's own - dimmer switch, breaker or light bulbs causing issue?

Help, I have a newly installed ceiling fan that is controlled by a remote control and the wall has a dimmer switch. (We had a smaller ceiling fan in place and replaced it with a larger fan to fit the ...
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1answer
485 views

Opening the cabinet on a Maytag Centennial Dryer

I need to replace the drum support rollers on a Maytag Centennial MGDC700VW0 dryer, but first I just need to get the cabinet open. Anyone know how to do this? This dryer has a toe panel, which may ...
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2answers
3k views

Do you have to mount the main electric panel on a piece of plywood?

Do main panels have to be mounted on a piece of plywood? Can it be mounted in between two studs then insulating fiberglass behind it?
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1answer
184 views

What does “roll” mean in the context of hardwood flooring?

I am trying to follow these instructions for hardwood flooring installation. I do not understand what they mean by "nail the rolls". I cannot think of anything related to hardwood flooring that ...
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2answers
1k views

Why does my shower goes cold when any other faucet is turned on?

My hot water goes off in front shower any time hot water is used anywhere else in house. It is a single handle delta. The same bathroom sink takes several minutes to get hot water to it, but it's a ...
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1answer
202 views

Need to cap a ceiling fan pull-chain switch hole

I recently installed ceiling fans along with a remote-control module to adjust speed. As a result, I do not need or want the pull-chains to control the speed of the fan or turn on/off the light. ...
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2answers
650 views

How much of a gap do I leave between the wall and the OSB I am putting down on the concrete for a subfloor?

I am putting down a product similar to the plastic used on the DriCore 2x2 sheets on the concrete for a vapor barrier. I have 3/4" tongue and groove Oriented strand board (OSB) I will be laying down ...
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1answer
158 views

How can I modify a flooring transition so that perfectly fits the two surfaces?

I have several instances where two different types of flooring are bordering one another and almost always they are not even (e.g. 1/4" offset, give or take). A typical example is commercial flooring ...
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1answer
220 views

How to identify circuit breaker to non-functioning built-in microwave oven?

I have a wall-mounted over-the-range microwave oven that is completely non-operational at the moment; from the user's point of view, it's as if it were unplugged, but it is. Unfortunately, access to ...
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2answers
2k views

Using PEX for baseboard run

I had a copper (baseboard heat) pipe freeze and burst, and need to replace a run of pipe that's exposed to that kind of cold when it gets below 0F outside. The pipe is below the floor on an exterior ...
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2answers
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If my wall has metal studs, is it better to anchor heavy objects through just drywall or also through the studs?

I live in an apartment that has that has metal studs. I'm considering hanging various things from the wall, including a coat rack that will span 5 or 6 studs. I've seen advice that says metal studs ...
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5answers
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What are the possible ways to prevent heating pipes in an entryway from freezing?

I live in Maine, and it can get cold in the winter. My house has baseboard hot water heating and three heating zones (basement, first floor, and second floor). We have a mudroom/entry room that I ...
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2answers
173 views

How did my water meter become loose?

This past summer, my vacant home was vandalized. Thieves stole the copper plumbing. Once the re-plumbing was done, the city came to install the water meter. The meter is female-threaded on either ...
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3answers
957 views

Installing wall shelves- Crumbling walls

My husband and I just moved into a new apartment and are trying to install our floating wall shelves. When we drill into the wall, the hole gets really big and the edges crumble. It takes a good bit ...
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1answer
100 views

Do I have to replace backerboard before tiling a floor?

We recently pulled up the vinyl in our bathroom to discover that there is backerboard underneath. It is in good shape but has a thin layer of glue on parts. The surface is completely smooth. Can I ...
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1answer
269 views

Is a PVC union air tight?

I have 1/2" PVC ran from my compressor to a hose real hanging on my ceiling. It works well, but I would like to add a PVC union around the last bend just before the reel. Would the union be tight ...
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1answer
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wonder why my cable have this split on? [closed]

a few day ago i notice that my computer got hack! so i have to reboot my computer and reinstall everything. then i when down stair and check on the cable and notic that there was a split. main cable ...
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3answers
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Bubbles in toilet, gurgling sound coming from kitchen sink

So, all of a sudden, I have big bubbles coming out from my toilet bowl when the washing machine is pushing water out. Thinking it might be a clogged toilet bowl, I took the plunger to the bowl. I ...
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4answers
3k views

How can I install a vanity over this unfortunate plumbing?

I have recently removed a vanity from my bathroom and am facing an unfortunate plumbing footprint when trying to put a new vanity in place. The cold water line runs right against a built in cabinet ...
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0answers
917 views

How do I replace the fireplace burner?

Our fireplace is about 7 years old and for the past couple of years, only the last opening in the burner has worked. I see the pipe's threading shortly where it comes out of the wall in the firepit, ...
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0answers
188 views

Leak at top of entry door jamb

So winter in Chicagoland is well upon us, and the snow at the top of the house is melting and we have a leak. The house entry point (well, the one we can see) is at the top of the jamb, between the ...
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2answers
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Will blown in insulation help in this situation?

I'm in the process of renovation of a 1945 house. Originally built with a flat roof, tar and gravel. At some point a gable roof was constructed over the original flat roof. Space between the ceilings ...
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2answers
8k views

Do I need to remove existing drywall before framing an interior wall?

Below is a rough diagram of the interior wall I'd like to build. The wall is in green, and the rooms are in white. The grey offset around the edges of the walls represents 3/8" drywall. My question ...

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