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Can I stain bleached bamboo back to natural color?

I picked up some outdoor bamboo shelving that's faded pale. I'd like to stain it a creamy-yellow "natural" color and bring it inside. After multiple attempts and vigorous sanding, I cannot get my ...
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Installing one piece stand alone shower

I am installing a shower, I ripped out all the previous sheet rock and cleaned up the wood then I put up hardie board my question now,is that my standalone shower is flush with the hardy board how do ...
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Gap between double doors

I recently had new double doors put in my home and there is a gap both at the top and bottom of the door. The contractor's fix for this way to put a small square piece of weather strip both at the ...
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Is it worth spending extra on R14 or R20 fiberglass insulation

I've put in 1" Type 1 polystyrene (estimated at R3.75) around the exterior walls and I'm deciding which insulation to use in the framing. The R12 works out to $.38 p/sqft The R14 works out to $.54 p/...
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Do I need a breaker in main pannel for sub pannel?

I have no breaker space in the main 200amp panel. I'd like to set a 100 amp sub panel with its own breaker. Can I connect the sub panel to the main entry lugs on the 200 amp panel?
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How do I wire a 4 prong plug into a an old receptacle with only red and black wires with metal conduit into metal box?

I am trying to wire for a 4 prong plug into a an old receptacle pre 1972 with only red and black wires with metal conduit into metal box. It has been used since 1964 hard wired 220B with metal ...
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Moisture in the bathroom is bubbling lead paint - how do I seal it?

I live in a home built in the 1930s. The bathroom has been poorly remodeled at least twice. At the last remodel, before I moved in, the work wasn't finished. Within the shower everything is fine, but ...
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What are my options to fix cold and drafty floors over a vented crawl space?

I have a 1950s bungalow that sits on a crawl space. The crawl space is vented and has moisture problems (which I should/will fix, but that's not the main point of this question). R19 insulation is ...
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Washing machine jumping around

I have a frontloader washing machine Whirlpool AWO 6445, about four years old, that runs about twice a week. It is sandwiched into a kitchen with not a single millimeter to spare left and right, but a ...
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is cork underlayment on a concrete basement floor a workable proposition?

Next up in my basement finish process are the floors. We've decided to go with vinyl for the bathroom (and under-stairs closet), and carpet everywhere else. I'm planning on putting in a 6mil plastic ...
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How to fill old downspout drains

My 1956 house had rainwater downspouts routed into below-surface drains. I assume these drains once lead to the house plumbing drain system. The drains are no longer used and the downspouts now empty ...
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HVAC breaker issue

My HVAC (Tempstar 5300XL) comes on automatically at the preset temperature. It may run cold for 45 minutes to an hour, then trips the breaker. What is the most logical problem, and solution?
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Can I run wire through a ceiling and insulation?

Would it be it alright to run electrical wire through bat insulation and solid insulation through walls and ceilings then drywall it over?
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What could have caused these step formation cracks in a plaster wall?

Trying to figure out what these cracks are from. house was built in 1929, has plaster walls throughout. Someone said its the house settling and firebreaks in the interior of the wall. Anyone see this ...
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How can I fix a turn and tilt window that also tilts when I turn it?

In my apartment there are tilt and turn windows installed. Something went wrong with one of them recently. I can open it in tilt mode, but when I try to close it, it got stuck, I need to lift it at ...
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Is wood flooring in bathroom a right decision?

We have decided to install wood flooring in bathroom. Is it a right decision??
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HVAC System Just Installed Yesterday and AC condenser outside is blowing cold ir

HI my just installed ac condenser is blowing cold air out side . when I put my hand over it and move it around most of the air is hot but a portion of it is cold. Is this right ?
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Shower 3 way diverter valve squeeks when turning

I have a shower with 3 shower heads. One of the knobs has started to squeak loudly and has become difficult to turn. From searching online I have learned it is the 3 way diverter valve. I was ...
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Flush valve piping, ok to go straight up instead of into wall?

I am thinking of replacing my upstairs toilet tanks with commercial-style flush valves. Normally the supply pipe to the valve goes into the wall and then upwards through the wall. In my situation it ...
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Why is blocking never placed “sideways”?

If you are blocking for structural strength (not fire protection or nailing surface), wouldn't it be better to put the 2x4s sideways, oriented the way they would be in a built-up header?
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Potential Home Grounding Issue - Illinois

I recently bought a new manufactured home. There are instances where people have touched the front door and received an electric shock. Using a non-contact voltage detector, I confirmed that there ...
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Multiple wall switch wiring issue

I am replacing wall switches and unfortunately did not label the wiring before removing. I also changed 2 outlets that were switched on the bottom and always live on top to always live. Wires 2W &...
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possible to have too much soffit intake venting for roof/attic?

Is it possible to have too much soffit intake? Currently my simple gable roof on a ranch home has 8 RVO38 vents but NO soffit intake vents (terrible!). Of course the attic space runs incredibly hot ...
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What is the maximum load for EACH of the standard US 120V electrical outlets?

I've searched the answer which seems to be 1800W (120V x 15a) but it's not clear to me whether the rating is for each of the two outlets or the pair together. So I would like to know: what is the ...
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Does anyone know what kind of rod to use with these brackets?

We have an old home (circa 1920). Our front door has windows on the side and above those windows are these curtain brackets. Unfortunately the remodelers didn't leave the curtain rods, and they are ...
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What could be causing cold water to enter my hot water tank?

I have cold water leaking into the hot water side of my hot water tank. In order to get hot water shower, I have to flush a toilet or turn cold water on at a different location. With the cold water ...
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Optimal number and spacing of supports for queen mattress? Or bad box spring? Or maybe a bad mattress?

First a little background - my wife and I have a large queen sleigh bed that was using 2 metal support bars to support the mattress and box springs. We had the supports position at the 1/3 and 2/3 ...
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617 views

How should I hang racks from the garage ceiling with trusses?

During installation of the 4' x 8' SafeRacks, I discovered that the ceiling joists in my garage are 2x4 trusses, instead of solid joists. Unfortunately, the product comes with 3" lag bolts, and after ...
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Why is my shallow well jet pump cycling on and off rapidly?

We have a Goulds ITT Jet+ Jet Pump pumping from a shallow well. The pump was always working fine until today when I replaced the previous hose going into the well with a new one and a new 1" ...
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458 views

does this look like an up to code support beam?

we had an entry way widened a bit which required them to install a longer support beam. I'm absolutely not a professional. But the 2x4's supporting the larger beam don't seem very substantial to me. ...
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What cable do I need to run from my main breaker in the house underground in schedule 40 conduit to my garage?

Well, we finally closed and moved in to our new home. I called around and the electrical contractors in my neck of the woods are ridiculously expensive. So Off to Lowes I went. I bought a Eaton 100 ...
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Craftsman 137.248760 tablesaw blade comes loose

I have a Craftsman 137.248760 table saw that has recently started giving me problems. When I run the saw, the blade appears to loosen and continues to spin freely on the arbor after I turn the saw off....
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How do I install an insteon light switch where wire colors don't match?

Electrical noob here. I know enough to turn off the breaker. I've read a couple of other answers and want to get a second opinion. I have three wires coming out of the existing switch socket, 2 ...
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If I'm attaching a freestanding deck to cement landing, is it ok to have it sloped and not perfectly level?

When I took the original measurements of the step height, I didn't take into consideration the sloping cement landing areas off the last step. So my deck height, plus the 1" decking board is about 1/2"...
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What should I use to reattach loose tile?

Two loose tiles in my bathroom. Is their any product that holds better than the rest?
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How can I power multiple raspberry pi around the house?

I am planning to power multiple Raspberry Pi's around the house. Some will be security cameras, one will be a media player connected to TV and another one will manage home network and maybe a website ...
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Should I be concerned about a green crust on the copper pipes on my boiler?

I have a boiler system, about 9 years old, with copper pipes. Many of those connections and handle faucets have a green crust. Is this a sign of something wrong? What do I do? Should I be concerned?
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whats the minimum water pressure for a shower/jet combo unit?

specifically, this unit http://www.houzz.com/photos/12411778/AKDY-Aluminum-Shower-Panel-Tower-with-Rainfall-Shower-Head-52-Mirror-Shower-modern-shower-panels-and-columns It says minimum is 28psi - is ...
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Does this look like asbestos?

I found some material (pictures below) that I'm concerned might be asbestos, while demolishing the ceiling of a house in the UK which was built in the 1920's. The material looks like concrete, but it ...
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Adding GFCI to box with 2 hot (black and red) and 1 neutral with one wire

I moved into an older home and i am trying to add a GFCI in a kitchen outlet by the sink. Its a two gang box with a switch and one outlet, it has 3 lines coming into the box, two go to the light ...
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When converting a pool to salt water, should the pool lights be replaced?

We are planning to convert our pool to a salt water pool. We have 3 quotes.. All 3 suggested different systems...Hayward, Pentair and Jandy. We want to know if the salt water filtration system will ...
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When running AC, Heat turns on once thermostat reaches desired temperature

I just recently installed a new wifi thermostat for my system. I went from a Trane to a Honeywell. I followed the instructions and put the wires in the right terminals (i believe) Everything is ...
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Interested in home will mold problem . Can mold be in carpeting? Howe do i remove

Interested in purchasing a home that has been empty for several years. Has a little mold on upstairs walls able to take care of that. One room has ceiling repairs with mold. Can the mold go up into ...
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Moving a wall and need to tie in an existing engineered hardwood

Anyone care to help out if I have a bigger space to splice in? My wife and I are are looking at moving a wall of a bathroom back to open up a hall space that has glued t&g engineered hardwood, ...
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Is it better to fill up the space between rafters with insulation, or put baffles on top and add soffit vents? (inland Los Angeles, cathedral ceiling)

I have 5.25" tall rafters, about 30" on center, with roof planks directly on top of them. I would like to keep the rafters visible, but add insulation between them. So I only have a few inches to work ...
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How do I change/paint the color of a closet door floor guide

I can only buy this from the store. I have made two pairs of Shoji doors, the frame is black, the screen is made of rice paper. I need the guides shown below to be black. Any idea what I need to do to ...
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What to do with the wires when removing baseboard heaters

I recently put in a forced-air whole house HVAC system in my old house. I'll be yanking the old electrical baseboard heaters from everywhere in the house soon. I'm wondering what all would be ...
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Sewer Smell in Sumps

I recently bought a house with two sump pumps in the basement. They do their job well despite running every hour or two due to the high clay table in the area. The property also has a septic system, ...
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Weird set screw on single handle bathroom faucet

I have a leak in my single handle bathroom faucet. I can't find any stamp or marking on it to indicate the manufacturer. Turning off the hot water fixes the problem short term. I have found some ...
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Water leaking when we are away for a few days

our water system at home works perfectly when we are at home, but when we leave for more than a couple of days the bathroom starts leaking water that goes dripping right on the kitchen that is ...

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