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What type of flooring will match my existing Brazilian Cherry engineered flooring?

I cannot find these engineered wood pieces for the 9'*5" gap in my living room that I need to fill. Since the ones out of the box would anyways be much lighter than what I have on the floor already, ...
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How can I clamp two 325 mm planks while gluing them together?

I have a base that is 650mm deep. I'm going to have to glue several planks together to get this depth and, eventually, the last two to make the 650mm base. The problem is, I don't have (and can't ...
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What would cause air bubbles in the toilet when I'm showering?

My basement bathroom has recently been remodeled, everything was working fine for a few weeks, but now all of a sudden I am hearing bubbles in the toilet when I shower, at which point the shower drain ...
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1answer
359 views

How can I remove a closet shelf & keep it intact?

How do I remove a closet shelf that is flush against the closet wall with just a brace in the middle? The brace is not a problem, but the shelf looks like it's glued in. It has a 2 X 1(maybe) X 72 ...
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Why is there a beaded tie on new fire extinguishers?

When I see fire extinguishers these days they seem to have some form of the yellow beaded tie as shown in this photo. What purpose does this serve? It looks to me like it prevents the pin from ...
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2answers
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How can I clean powder of dry paint on carpet?

I removed old paint from the wall with a steamer. Now I have a lot of this old paint in the form of powder or very small pieces all over my carpet. It's OK because I plan to replace this carpet soon, ...
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1answer
699 views

Is it possible to control the speed of the fan on my central A/C unit?

I have one of those medium sized AC-units (don't know the model name at the moment) and a very basic Honeywell thermostat that the installers put in when the house was built. However, there doesn't ...
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1answer
2k views

How can I get my fluorescent light fixtures to work with an occupancy sensor?

I have a Leviton PR150-1LI occupancy sensor in my garage. I have two 4 foot T8 fluorescent fixtures (each has 2 bulbs). Neither fixture originally had rapid magnetic start ballasts. At this time, the ...
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How much seam allowance should I have for drywall joints?

When hanging drywall, how much distance should I allow for seams? Do pieces fit flush against each other, or do I leave a gap? This is for USA construction, in case there is some code for such ...
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2answers
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Do I need to replace soaking wet insulation resulting from a plugged A/C drain?

I had a company install an A/C evaporator unit on my existing heating system. A plugged drain caused the plastic pan inside the evaporator to overflow with water, which then ran out through the metal ...
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3answers
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How do I stretch carpet during reinstallation after replacing padding?

I pulled up some carpet that is in front of a door way in order to replace the padding underneath, but when I laid it back down there was a slight gap and now if you step right on it you can feel the ...
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1answer
191 views

How to remove an old wood stove brick chimney?

I need to remove what is left of an old wood stove chimney that was partially removed from the top at roof level (one story) and the opening roofed over. What is the best way to break out the bricks? ...
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283 views

How do I remove the cover from my light fixture? [closed]

I need to replace burned-out light bulbs in a ceiling fixture. I tried to remove the cover of the light fixture and it does not move. After much trying, the whole thing came down. Meaning the fixture ...
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4answers
522 views

Can I reduce static pressure in one room by adding a vent to an adjoining room?

Our return vent for our hvac is right outside the master bedroom. The master bedroom gets very little airflow with the door shut. It was recommended that we add secondary return duct in the master ...
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2answers
2k views

Why would the electricity intermittently trip out when turning on a light switch?

I live in the UK and recently had some building work done (replastering, new light fixtures, new switches, laminate flooring, etc). During the work the builders discovered a lot of dodgy electrical ...
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2answers
306 views

How do I interpret the American Wood Council's Design for Code Acceptance table of cantilevered joists?

In designing a deck I've been looking at this Deck Construction Guide (PDF) Table 2 lists the max joist spans (Lj) for joists that are cantilevered by a maximum of Lj/4. How do I calculate Lj/4? For ...
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236 views

How can I figure out the surround sound system left behind by the previous owners?

I have a basement with what appears to be surround-sound infrastructure. At 4 points in the ceiling (let's call them locations C0...C3), there are a pair of speaker wires. At one location near the ...
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Is it okay to run a switched and unswitched hot on the same neutral?

I have a room where I need to toggle the lights by a switch and the outlets in the room to not be affected by the switch. As they are on the same circuit, am I able to run a 3 wire cable from the ...
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2answers
336 views

What - if any - annual maintenance is required for grout/caulk in a shower?

I'm a new home owner who has been living in house that was built last year. Upon moving in the builder mentioned that grout needed yearly maintenance--would he referring to re-sealing the grout? Are ...
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1answer
3k views

How is a floating desk top supported against the wall?

Example of a floating desk top (courtesy of Phil Curtis): With increased height, it'd be one of simplest standing desk designs, and I am planning to do this at home. But, I am not sure how ...
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2answers
3k views

What is the best way to lay brick pavers on concrete porch

I have a concrete porch which I would is covered and does not get wet during rain/snow. It does not have any drain issues. We don't like the way it looks so we would like to beautify it by laying ...
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3answers
587 views

How do I bend a wooden edging for a tile counter top?

I'm about to build a tile counter top (or bench top as we call it here) for a new kitchen. I'm going to be using large porcelain floor tiles on top and thought I'd finish the edges with a nice native ...
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2answers
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What killed my kitchen faucet pressure?

I have a one-handle "Marielle" model Pfister kitchen faucet diagrammed here. It leaked, so I replaced the cartridge, which solved the problem. A few weeks later, I happened to drain my hot water ...
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2answers
299 views

Are directTV dishes energized in some way?

Are directTV dishes usually energized in some way? I was recently at my grandmothers house installing an over the air digital tv antenna. I decided to use the same coax cable that originally ran to ...
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1answer
442 views

What could be damaged if I shorted the R wire to the C wire at my thermostat?

OK... so in trying to install a thermostat (and testing to see if the old thermostat was bad) I inadvertently jumped the R and C... (I actually jumped the R and G terminals but the G terminal was ...
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1answer
452 views

How do I reattach a door handle lever with a concealed screw

A door handle to one of the rooms in my apartment has come loose. I cannot find an exact match online but it is similar in construction to this door handle. The issue is that the lever part has come ...
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1answer
2k views

What is a bus bar in an electrical switch board?

I am doing some research in electrical wiring and mains switch boards and was wondering what a bus bar is and what it does?
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1answer
5k views

How do I troubleshoot my pool filtration system?

What are the basics for Diagnanimous Earth Pool Maintenance? This is all new to me. Everything was working fine until today when I noticed that I'm not getting any pressure rating on the filtration ...
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1answer
752 views

How can I connect a 120V compressor to a 3 phase WYE 208 electrical system?

I have 4 cables from a power supply which are 3 phase WYE 208 volt. so if I measure between neutral and hot I get 120V. The problem is that I need to hook up a compressor for 110V single phase (just ...
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3answers
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How can I refresh the finish on my kitchen cabinets?

I am getting ready to put my house on the market and I would like to clean \ "restore" my kitchen cabinets. They are an oak cabinet that aren't painted, they are stained. I don't know exactly what ...
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2answers
2k views

What is used to seal around glass in fireplace doors?

The glass in my fireplace doors have felt-like strips layered in between the glass and the metal framing of the doors. I recently had to have a piece of glass replaced and they lost the strips. Now ...
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1answer
185 views

How often should I backwash my pool filter?

I have a pressure gauge on top of my DE filer: Recently the pool guy came out when the Zodiac wasn't pulling strong enough to climb the sides and showed me that the pressure was 35 and that the ...
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2answers
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Is there a length limit on grounding conductor to ground rod?

My service panel is over a concrete patio, it was improperly grounded in the crawlspace. I cannot drive a proper ground rod in the crawlspace so I would like to drive one into the earth on the side ...
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1answer
924 views

How do I diagnose and fix an electric water heater leak?

I have an Electric Water Heater, seemingly leaking from the top of the tank. The "wells" on top are filling up with water. There are no noticeable leaks from the pipes above. Each water attachment ...
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1answer
3k views

How many ground rods are required for panel and subpanel?

I have a main service panel with two breakers: the main service breaker and a single large breaker to another subpanel in the same structure. All other circuits are serviced from the subpanel. My ...
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1answer
303 views

How can I support a joist length of 9 meters without steel?

I want to convert my loft and need to span 9 meters unsupported. Can it be achieved without steel beams?
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218 views

How can I insulate and elevate an A/C line set on a flat rubber roof?

The Scenario An apartment building with a flat black rubber roof. The A/C condenser is on a platform on the roof with an air handler inside the unit. The line set runs across the roof for about 20 ...
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1answer
710 views

Should I add a second main branch to this water supply layout?

This image roughly represents the layout of a renovation house that I am working on. Due to a few layout changes and the plumbing nightmare that I inherited (a maze of piping, inaccessible shut-off ...
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2answers
2k views

How long can I store a bag of Quikrete?

I had planned to find a nook in the low-humidity house in which to shove it, but it would be interesting to know how long the bag will keep in various humidities. The main question is: How long can I ...
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1answer
317 views

How do I remove the mounting hardware of an intercom speaker, and then patch the hole?

I am looking to remove an old intercom speaker from my bedroom wall and patch over the hole. I removed the speaker to find a metal mount in the wall attached between two studs. More pictures ...
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1answer
329 views

What are the structural and health issues for a long-time slow-leaking toilet?

I recently discovered a very slow toilet leak (only when flushing), which has dampened the bathroom floor, and dripped onto the basement ceiling, where there is now a pretty mold spot. A restoration ...
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1answer
95 views

How do I remove the top sash of a medium size new double glazed window?

How do I remove the top sash of my new double glazed window to wash the outside (while remaining inside the house). I was able to lift the bottom and lean it inside the room and thoroughly clean it ...
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1answer
2k views

How do I determine the thickness of wood needed for a desk?

I would like to make some furniture. It'll hold my computer, some books and still need to be strong enough to hold the weight of me leaning on it etc. How to I calculate what thickness of wood is ...
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2answers
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Can I use the Simpson Strong Tie EB-TY product with ChoiceDek?

I want to use the Simpson Strong Tie EB-TY hidden deck fasteners with my ChoiceDek decking. The decking is 1 inch thick and has slots in both edges. I am looking at the EBTYLC product in particular ...
3
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2answers
3k views

Why does my window air conditioner cool but not dehumidify?

I have a brand-new 5000 BTU Frigidaire window air conditioner, and it seems to work fine except that it doesn't reduce the humidity in the room. I turned it on last night, and the temperature was 81 ...
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0answers
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Why would the input gas pressure fall when the central heating boiler calls for heat?

Since the annual service of my traditional gas boiler the house takes considerably longer to heat up. The boiler flame no longer seems as "fierce" as previously. I'm told the burner pressure and ...
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1answer
761 views

Can a built-in dishwasher be plugged into a receptacle?

We just bought a house in California. Can a built in dishwasher be plugged into an outlet or must it be hard wired?
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315 views

How can I build a lamp like the one I saw in the store?

My Fiance and I were walking through Target to find a lamp for the corner of our living room. We saw this one that we kind of liked But the price was way too high and the panels were too small. I ...
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1answer
592 views

How do I dig out a hole for fence posts in a concrete patio?

I'm installing a short fence to run from the side of my house to the external garage. It will run along a seam where my asphalt driveway meets my concrete patio. I'm fairly certain that the footers ...
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2answers
401 views

How do I fill a gap between my hearth and the hardwood frame around it?

What type of caulk or sealant should I use to fill a space on my fireplace hearth between the slate & the wood frame that surrounds it. The hardwood floor was refinished, but the wood framing ...

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