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Do termites stay in the wall?

I feel a need to double check this. I found a couple mud tubes going into a wall along with some minor damage to some paneling inside. I removed the paneling, sprayed some termite killer in there and ...
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2answers
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How should I build a wooden gate?

I wish to build a gate across a 3.8m wide driveway. There is a concrete column on one side which I can fix the hinges to (a post into the ground is not an option) and a brick wall on the other side ...
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3answers
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What is the allowable span of 2 stacked 6x6's?

We made a swing set out of 6x6 posts. The horizontal is two 6x6s, bolted together one on top of the other spanning 12'. Is this strong enough for 3 large kids to swing at same time?
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3answers
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How can I “stain” wood white?

I am building a shelf similar to the one here, but mine is going to be against a dark wall. I think it would look nice if I could paint the wood white, but still allow the texture to show through. (I ...
2
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1answer
170 views

What could be causing our shower fixture to not work properly?

All of the sudden, we can't turn our Symmons shower fixture to 12 o'clock. It stops around 10 o'clock in it's off position now. We've noticed that when we turn the shower on lately it makes a really ...
3
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2answers
416 views

Should I use pressure-treated wood for a firewood shed?

Should I use treated wood or not? Is it preferred to use treated lumber for the studs and plywood for a firewood shed? Is there a reason not to use treated wood?
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1answer
465 views

I mounted a vinyl picture window sideways, can I drill small weeping holes into the frame?

I found a nice picture window on the cheap but its frame weeping holes are designed to drain in a horizontal orientation (one in each lower corner). I have mounted it vertically, so now there is a ...
3
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2answers
186 views

How can I prevent my dehumidifier drain line from freezing?

Is there a 120 Volt switch that would shut down power to a dehumidifier when the outside temperature goes down to 35°F to protect the drain line from freezing. A digital thermometer would need to ...
2
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2answers
591 views

How can I build and install kitchen cabinets?

I will be building the kitchen cabinets in my new house, I'm thinking on the following steps: Brick base (about 10-15 cms); Wood structure for cabinets and coutertops screwed to the base and the ...
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5answers
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How should I remove the texture from the ceiling *without* tearing it out?

We want to get rid of the texture on our ceiling. It's a very ugly stipple effect. However, there's a foot and a half of insulation over this ceiling. Knocking it down to install new drywall is ...
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1answer
206 views

How to clean PVC Window “inside”?

I believe that due to poor gluing of the rubber to the window and/or probably other reasons that I'm not aware, mold has started to "dance" inside the window and probably window frame as well..., at ...
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3answers
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How can I determine why my lights are flickering?

I have a child at home who has learning difficulties. Sometimes she jumps up and down on the floor. Recently this has caused the downstairs living room light to flicker. Upstairs under the ...
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3answers
1k views

How do I unstick a radiator valve?

Having moved house, we find one particular radiator doesn't heat up, despite the pipes that lead to it getting hot. One of the valves must be stuck, and I've worked out which one by feeling the pipes ...
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2answers
2k views

Scratched the paint off the wall. How to proceed?

I accidentally scratched the paint from the wall, chipping it and exposing the white paint below. The wall is slightly yellow and "bumpy", so to say. The scratched area is the size of a coin. I have ...
2
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2answers
4k views

Plywood, MDF or Chipboard for painted bookshelves?

I am starting to plan some built-in bookshelves that will be painted with mat or eggshell paint. The fronts of the shelves and upright will be moulded maybe with a router or softwood mouldings ...
3
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1answer
240 views

Two switches in same box, on different circuits

Is it acceptable by US NEC standards to have two switches in a double wall box that operate on entirely different circuits in a late 50's house?
3
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2answers
873 views

Are cheap electric brad nail guns worth it for fixing mouldings?

I am thinking of creating some doors out of MDF that will have moldings fixed to their fronts, these will be glued on. I could try to clamp them somehow until the glue sets, but that sounds like a ...
2
votes
1answer
470 views

Why can't the plumber fix my kitchen sink?

I had a professional plumber out today. He spent about 3 hours trying to unclog my kitchen sink. Finally he said there's something wrong with the drain because he can't get it fixed. So here I am with ...
3
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4answers
360 views

How does Underfloor Heating get the right temperature water via a Thermal Store?

I am considering my options for a renovation project which will require substantial changes to my central heating and domestic hot water system. I was considering going a thermal store with a biomass ...
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2answers
4k views

What can I do about high water pressure that is causing a leak?

One of our showers has an intermittent leak, and I've figured out that it happens when the hot water heater is on. There's no expansion tank on the cold supply side for our hot water tank, so I'm ...
7
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1answer
892 views

Why does a single radiator need regular bleeding?

Almost all of the radiators (forced water) in my house heat up fine. However, a single radiator needs regular bleeding (~1/day) in order to heat. Note, this radiator is not at the highest point in the ...
2
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2answers
114 views

How do I protect the walls next to a 24 foot tall red brick fireplace when painting it?

What is the easiest and best way to paint a very tall brick fireplace? It is 24 feet tall old Chicago (red) style brick. I would like to use a sprayer but am afraid of the over spray when spraying ...
3
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4answers
445 views

How could I flatten these warped sleepers layed on uneven concrete to an acceptable level?

The concrete in my basement is, as most concrete is, very uneven. I was building up my subfloor to match an existing floor, so I got about 200 board feet of PT 4x4 and ripped 1/2" off using a table ...
5
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3answers
2k views

Is GFCI protection required for a dedicated exhaust fan circuit?

I'm considering installing an exhaust fan in my bathroom which includes light and heat, and requires a dedicated 20 amp circuit. Would this circuit need GFCI protection? The instructions for the unit ...
2
votes
1answer
225 views

What is this rubber thing I found by the sink?

I found this rubber thing by the kitchen sink of my new place and I'm trying to figure out what it is. Any ideas? it looks like some kind of stopper but it doesn't seem to fit anything I see.
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2answers
1k views

How do I add veneer stone to an exterior painted wall?

I have an exterior painted wall and am interested in installing a stone veneer. I realize that I may have to install wire mesh to the areas but I'm wondering if there is a material that can be used to ...
0
votes
1answer
704 views

How do I put together an Avid Outdoor Gazebo / Sun Shade [closed]

I've lost the instructions to my Avid Outdoor Gazebo / Sun Shade, Model #1083. Avid has gone out of business, and the instructions are not available anywhere on the internet (though there are many ...
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1answer
175 views

Should I tie into the ERV or just vent outside to increase bathroom ventilation?

Our bathroom currently only has an intake connected to the Energy recovery ventilation (ERV) to remove humidity, and it's completely inadequate even for a quick shower. Should I install an exhaust fan ...
2
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2answers
3k views

Why does my toilet overflow during my washer's spin cycle?

Whenever I use my washer, the toilet makes a gurgling noise and then over overflows. I have to turn the washer off until the water in the toilet recedes. I have noticed this during the spin cycle. It ...
4
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2answers
3k views

How do I mount the new work electrical boxes with the nail-in flange?

I have to install several electrical boxes for outlets, switches, and fixtures before installing some drywall. The boxes I have look like this: The distance between the front of the mounting ...
4
votes
1answer
1k views

What is the proper preparation to re-apply silicone caulk?

We have a Swan Stone shower surround that consists of 3 solid surface panels caulked at the corners with a corner molding them applied and caulked. The previous owners weren't great at things like ...
2
votes
2answers
195 views

How can I rebuild/repair/replace this garden faucet

I recently bought a house that was built in 1978, and it has a couple of garden faucets. These are not frost-free faucets, and that's not a huge concern for me because the house is located just south ...
2
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2answers
971 views

How can I get a coat hanger out of a drain pipe?

I have a horizontal drain pipe running from my kitchen/laundry area, which I had been unclogging with a metal coat hanger. The end was screw fittings I could remove myself, but the part that the ...
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1answer
90 views

Current flowing in to a house [closed]

How can I find out the maximum current that can flow in to my house?
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vote
1answer
55 views

Is there a comparative study of self-sustained and ecological housing?

I am interested in building a self-sustained and ecologically integrated house. The Earthship model is an excellent example of what I am looking at building. However, before I proceed, I want to be ...
2
votes
3answers
447 views

Can I alter the 'timing' of my toilet flush?

I have a standard, normal flow toilet, with a problem. When the toilet is flushed, it seems to start refilling the bowl with water from the tank too soon, before the waste has had a chance to drain ...
3
votes
1answer
3k views

Why does the pilot light keep going out on my natural gas boiler?

The boiler lit and ran the other day, but now the pilot light was out. I could hear a hum at the control. I lit the pilot light, but when I no longer pressed on the valve, the pilot light went out ...
5
votes
2answers
1k views

How can I waterproof my mail box (post catcher)?

We have a basket to catch mail which comes through an outdoor security door, like this: There is an area behind the door which is open to the elements so the mail often gets wet. Does anyone know ...
0
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2answers
5k views

What does “DC pass” mean on a 4 way splitter?

I have a 4 way splitter which has DC pass written on arrows that point in different directions . Does this mean that the splitter isn't a just a passive splitter and it needs power?
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votes
1answer
3k views

How do I create a curved surface drain out of concrete?

I have a barn and a pump house (10x16) structure that are within 3 feet of each other, built in 1910. The barn's foundation is field-stone, mostly exposed on the side of the pump-house. There is a ...
4
votes
1answer
3k views

What can we use as a wireless switch for a ceiling light?

I removed a light/ceiling fan that had a pull string when we installed my son's bunk bed (we didn't want the fan blades knocking him in the head). We now want to install just a ceiling light. There ...
2
votes
2answers
277 views

What do I need for new home electrical service?

I am bring new power into a new building site. The power company requires that I install a meter pedestal with a disconnect. I can do this myself or hire an electrician. Since there is no live ...
8
votes
1answer
268 views

Should I relocate the HVAC unit in my attic?

I have had a couple of estimates to replace our HVAC system and one contractor says he would relocate the system to a more central location in the attic. One says there is no need to relocate. There ...
0
votes
2answers
1k views

How do I make built-in bookcases for the corners of a room?

I am planning some built in book shelves around a room. The issue I have is what to do at the corners of the room. That is, how not to waste space, but to make the space useful. The corner space ...
7
votes
2answers
3k views

Is it safe to drill small holes in load-bearing concrete beams for expansion bolts?

It seems to be very common to drill small holes in any kind of structural concrete for mounting fixtures without worrying too much about any kind of reduction in strength of the structure, but I ...
3
votes
1answer
392 views

Can a bathroom fan be vented just outside the bathroom?

I belong to a housing cooperative in the arctic and the temperature drops below -40 C. We are having problems with mold on the ceilings in the bathroom. The buildings were built in 1984 with an air ...
1
vote
1answer
221 views

Will grid-lines in textured ceilings show through paint?

We just finished texturing our ceilings with a knock-down texture, however the following day we noticed wide grid-lines in the ceiling everywhere we taped and mudded. We did not prime/seal the ...
2
votes
2answers
234 views

What should I consider when choosing a pocket door system?

I am considering installing a few pocket doors in our “inner hallway”, these will be behind built-in bookshelf’s. Ideally I wish to reuse our heaver weight 1930 doors, as they match the rest of the ...
5
votes
3answers
4k views

How do I fix a slow draining garbage disposal?

I put an avocado skin down my garbage disposal, and since then, the sink doesn't drain well. If I run water for 10+ seconds, it fills up the disposal a decent amount, and will drain if I turn on the ...
2
votes
2answers
1k views

How can I repair peeling finish on a faucet handle?

I've got a faucet in my bathroom that has a bit of the finish peeling off after what appears to be some kind of oxidation has built up underneath it. I'd like some suggestions as to how to repair this ...

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