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Will an old oak tree close to my house cause problems?

I'm considering buying a 45 year old house. The house is in good condition, and has a big old oak tree 15 or 20 feet from the back of the house. It's a beautiful tree, clearly as old as the house, but ...
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circuit breaker issue

I'm trying to figure out why my circuit breaker keeps tripping. This is for the garage door opener. It is the only thing that is on the breaker. I have lights in the garage but they are rarely on. ...
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How can I create an “invisible” transition between different flooring types?

I am looking for a flooring transition for tile to hardwood, tile to laminate, and laminate to hardwood. I really do not like the transitions that are raised above the rest of the floor. All of the ...
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490 views

What do you call a widget that holds the side of a curtain against a wall?

I moved into a house and found these handy widgets screwed into a bedroom wall. These widgets each consist of a hook-shaped piece of metal with a small clip that fastens a window curtain to the hook. ...
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64 views

Cutting back a carpet edge.

I have a tile entrance at my walk in basement door that I want to make larger. If I cut back the carpet a couple feet will I have to restretch the carpet?
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54 views

What type of pen do I need for my rabbit?

I have a simple question. I need a "fence" for for home-use, to put in safe my small pet (bunny) when I'm not at home. I would let him go free in his room but I want to protect him (and furnishings ...
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310 views

What type of paint to recoat a ceramic tile hearth?

The hearth in front of my newly retiled fireplace (which was described in a DIY blog) needs repainting to complete the job. The hearth is made up of 6x6 ceramic tiles that have a well adhered coat of ...
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367 views

What's the best way to seal unused flue?

Our chimney has two flues, one we use the other must have been for a woodstove in the basement but has since been covered up with a finished basement. When we burn in the fireplace we can smell the ...
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How to wire light with a switch in the middle of a circuit

I am attempting to reinstall a switch in a room in my house. Within the box there are two cables. The cable on the left has a black and white wire. The cable on the right has three wires a black, a ...
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Home made powered foundation vents? Computer fans and solar power?

So I have a bit of a moisture issue in my crawl space. I've considered closing up the crawl space completely but I think that sounds like to much work and this idea below sounds more fun. I was going ...
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Is it ok by code to enclose a residentail breaker box in a finished basement as long as there is an access door and what are the requirements? [duplicate]

I am finishing a basement and want to enclose the 200a service box and wiring with a framed cabinet of some sort. Is there any requirements for clearances and what you can enclose it with? I am in ...
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159 views

How to clean settled grease from kitchen cabinets?

I like to fry a lot (I am not fat though :)) so there is quite a lot of grease and oil fume buildup on my kitchen cabinets. I tried spraying and wiping, to no avail. Any idea how I can clean settled ...
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117 views

Do I need builders risk insurance for a kitchen remodel

I am managing my own kitchen remodel which involves the following work: Level subfloor New porcelain tile floor Replace load bearing wall with post and beam (under the direction and plans of a ...
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2answers
604 views

How can I safely cut the cable on a broken garage door?

Late last summer, a tree fell on our garage. The garage being made of corrugated aluminum, it was pretty well crumpled. Before winter hit, we were able to get everything off the frame but the garage ...
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1answer
54 views

How to and how much to clean the HEPA filter?

I'm trying to clean this HEPA filter from my vacuum cleaner by washing* it and even though I've managed to get most of the dirtiness out, there's still some left sticking to the corners between each ...
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1answer
316 views

What adhesive would mate PLA and PVC?

I have two fixtures, a PVC pipe and a (3D Printed) socket made out of PLA that I would like to mate. I made a trip to the hardware store and was intimidated by the selection the fact that most ...
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2answers
146 views

How to identify the type of plastic

I'm wondering if there's a practical method of recognizing what kind of plastic a given thing is made of. This is a recurring issue I face when trying to fix/glue/work-with plastic stuff around the ...
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3answers
506 views

How do you remove a wire from a push-in fitting when there is no release opening?

How do you remove a wire from a push-in fitting when there is no release opening? Note: “What could cause two of my receptacles to stop working?” is my post. Note: My home is a 1980 manufactured ...
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2answers
232 views

Is it OK to liquid nail drywall in a hard-to-reach corner?

I need to drywall around an 8" air spiral pipe coming out of a wall at a 45 deg angle and there is very little room on the side between it and the wall the pipe runs parallel to. So it is very very ...
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1answer
453 views

How to keep pine needles out of a gutter?

The gutters on my house have screens over them to keep out leaves which seems to work but I have pine trees close enough to my house that I get pine needles all over my roof and the screens do nothing ...
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2answers
105 views

Removing a cast iron tub

I need to remove a 45 yo cast iron tub for a remodeling job and don't want to damage the surrounding walls etc too much. How were these things attached? And how do I unhook the plumbing etc to remove ...
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1answer
218 views

Single phase vs three phase commercial air-conditioning

I have a building in which I am going to replace 9 3ton units. There is 3 phase in now but my tech suggests single phase. My clients pay for their own electricity. These machines have been in service ...
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1answer
51 views

kitchen falcet over pressurized when you turn on

When turn on water it comes out at first with so much force it will knock cup out of your hand then its normal after using but let it not be used for awhile and happens all over again
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Electrical turning off on its own

I have a 1938 home which was rewired with cloth covered wires. We have changed all outlets and switches but one circuit will shut off sometimes repeatedly and sometimes will stay on for 6 hours. ...
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1answer
138 views

I need some type of ceiling in the downstairs bathroom that will allow me access to the pipes.

What would be the best way to go about this? It must be able to withstand moisture. I have seen vinyl ceiling tiles for a drop ceiling but there is not really a lot of head room (90"). The over all ...
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198 views

Can my garage ceiling handle this much weight?

I am looking to mount a shop light reel and an air hose reel on the ceiling in my garage and am worried that it might be too much weight. Here are the approximate weights: Light reel: 10 lbs Air ...
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0answers
59 views

Basement subfloor using p.t. sleepers and plywood?

I am a contractor in the Boston area. I need to install a subfloor over a concrete basement floor. I am thinking of using p.t. sleepers and 3/4" plywood. Is this an efficient and cost effective method ...
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193 views

Why do I have multiple voltages, power spikes, and other issues with my electric service?

I'm in an old house that has been mostly rewired in the last 15 years. I am in the USA so the power should be 110V, 220V but that is not the case. All day and night the power surges from 110V to 140V ...
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1answer
189 views

Previous owner filled in fireplace shelves with incorrect brick. Can I chisel them out?

My wife and I recently moved into a ranch house built in 1956. If you look closely you can see where the previous own filled in what I assume to be two little nook shelves with regular old brick and ...
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4answers
2k views

How do I even out a pair of bookcases on an uneven floor?

So, I have a couple Ikea Billy bookcases, normal. I got them with doors, so with the forward weighting, I'm a bit extra paranoid about tipping. I put them together; all fine. Then I try to place ...
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1answer
657 views

What could cause two of my receptacles to stop working?

Problem: No power in two receptacles. Note: Both receptacles on same circuit. What I have done: Checked the 15 amps circuit breakers with a volt tester. Each breaker reads 125 volts. Bought a ...
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1answer
288 views

What is 'hardware cloth' sold as in the UK?

Some instructions I am following from an American site call for 'hardware cloth'. It's a kind of square wire mesh, that can take weight. I can't find this on any UK sites (the closest I could find is ...
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599 views

How can I repair a towel bar with one end ripped out of the wall?

I'm in desperate need of assistance. I'm a tenant living in a rented apartment and one end of the towel bar just fell out of its socket! Can anyone tell me how, if possible, I can fix it myself ...
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133 views

Copper tubing for refrigerator

My copper tubing for the water line to my refrigerator became slightly bent while I was installing it is it a big deal should I buy new copper tubing?
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1answer
143 views

Painting Prefinished baseboard

I'm looking at purchasing some prefinished baseboard to save me some time. My plan is just to paint it white. Am I correct in my thinking that since it is prefinished, I should just be able to paint ...
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272 views

How to get experience handling power outlets without electrocution?

I want to start connecting electronics (micro controllers) to run/manage power outlets, but everyone always states to leave it alone unless you have experience. Well, how does one get started without ...
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1answer
82 views

how do I build a 7 to 9 inch high water dam?

how do I build a 7 to 9 inch high water dam? In wet weather, water gets into my house. I need to create a berm of earth that will be grass covered, and it should also have a water barrier to keep the ...
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2answers
132 views

What tool should I use to remove a screw from cramped spaces?

I don't tackle many DIY projects. But when I do, the most frustrating thing is knowing that I'm doing things inefficiently. I watch a YouTube video where the guy says it should take 5 minutes to ...
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2answers
1k views

Best Technique to Achieve Perfect Cut-Outs in a 2x4

I am building a ladder similar to the one pictured. I want to cut hand-hold holes like the ones in the image. I am horrible with a jig-saw, and I don't think I could ever get them looking as nice as ...
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2answers
76 views

Will a spike protector work in reverse?

Will a spike protector work in reverse? Protect the circuit from an appliance? My attic lights' blubs blow 10x faster than any other bulbs in the house. I think it's because everything in the attic ...
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1answer
113 views

Hooks for floating shelves

I'm planning on drilling into my wall and putting screws into hang a floating shelf I got from Ikea. It's fairly small (about 30cm x 30cm) but I would like to leave about 10 text books on it. ...
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2answers
280 views

What are my insulation options around a shower?

I'm remodeling my bathroom and shower and I'll be replacing the insulation on the external wall. This wall is the "back" of the shower (opposite from where the water supply lines are). With this in ...
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1answer
55 views

Worth it to add footing insulation if there's already a thermal break?

I've been considering insulating the outside perimeter footings of my 1972 ranch house in northern New Mexico. The slab-on-grade it's built on (that constitutes the subfloor) reaches a temperature ...
1
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1answer
151 views

what if I used sour paint on my walls?

I used sour smelling paint on my walls in my spare bedroom about 2 months ago and the smell is still there even after I used fresh paint and put two more coats of the fresh paint. What should I do.? ...
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2answers
62 views

How to choose from options from house painting company?

I recently had someone from a painting company visit my house to give an estimate. He gave me three options: (1) the cheapest paint, six year warranty, $3000 (2) a thicker paint, nine year ...
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3answers
767 views

What would cause lack of Oxygen in cellar

Question Update: We now know that the problem is Carbon Dioxide; any suggestions on what could be consuming oxygen and producing Carbon Dioxide would be great! We rent an old farm house that has ...
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1answer
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Is insulation blockinng airflow of my vented soffit?

I have insulation shoved in front of my vented soffit's should the insulation Be there It was already there when we moved I didn't think much of an till I started doing some research after I blew in ...
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2answers
411 views

How can I find the square footage of an irregular driveway?

I need to know the square footage of a long, curving private road with two irregularly shaped adjoining driveways. I've printed out a bird's eye view of the property with Google, used the exact known ...
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0answers
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What steps are required to convert R-22 Freon to a new R-410A Puron system?

I am house hunting in Houston. Every 2000-2004 house we've seen so far uses old A/C Unit and coils for R-22 Freon and not the newer R-410A Puron. Reference: ...
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1answer
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LED Bulb Blinks on One Setting

I replaced the 40W R14 bulbs in my china closet with LED 40W R14 bulbs. The china closet lighting is touch activated and has three settings. The new LED bulbs work fine on the first and second ...

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