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What's the best way to get rid of ants?

I have ants occasionally in the summer come through the cracks in my garage floor. What is the best way to eliminate them?
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What kind of glue can I use to attach a laminated poster to a wood frame?

I have a 50" x 36" laminated poster that has a propensity to curl. One copy of it curled so much that it bent the foamcore on which it was mounted. I decided to mount a different copy of it on a wood ...
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2answers
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How to repair this metal corner siding?

My dog run attaches to the back side of my house, and every time my dog sees or hears something in the front lawn worth chasing after, she goes tearing after it around the side of the house. When she ...
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3answers
466 views

Who manufactures this bath tub faucet?

I have a bath tub faucet that leaks and needs valve replacement. No one seems to know what kind of faucet it is. I have sent a picture of it to the major suppliers and no one seems to know. Maybe ...
2
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3answers
916 views

Can I install data wiring in a clothes closet?

I want to add network drops to several rooms in my house, and have them connect to one point, preferably inside an existing closet. I would like to put a cable modem and a WiFi router in this closet, ...
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2answers
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Can drywall with ripped paper be repaired?

I damaged some drywall when doing demo in a bathroom. Some of the paint peeled back and exposed the paper, which ripped off of the drywall. Can I do a thin coat and sand? please help, already ...
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3answers
7k views

Is a ground required when replacing an old single pole single throw switch?

I need to replace a switch that controls a single light source in a bathroom. The switch has two wires connected to it. I bought a replacement switch that has two screws (one for each wire), and a ...
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1answer
588 views

Wainscoting a wall that has windows without casings. Is there a typical trim method?

We're redoing our front room in our house. We're thinking of going with a 'seaside cottage' feel and installing some wainscoting on the walls about 2/3rds the way up. The catch is that our house ...
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1answer
5k views

Can I add a standard receptacle on a GFCI circuit

So, I want to add a receptacle in the bathroom (I tend to run out of batteries on my phone while crapping at the end of the day). There's a GFCI outlet on the other side of the crapper wall that ...
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4answers
2k views

What could I have done wrong while changing to LED bulbs in my recessed lighting?

I have six recessed lights in the kitchen. I bought six new LED bulbs to replace the old incandescents. I had to lower the socket an inch or two along the track in the recessed fixture in order to get ...
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2answers
2k views

How can I prepare this concrete floor for tile?

I'm looking to replace an old carpet in my finished basement with tile. I've removed the carpet and found a surface with some peeling paint, which I've read needs to be removed since the thinset for ...
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1answer
537 views

How can I figure out why my breakers are tripping?

A few years ago, I installed a solid wood "pocket" sliding door for my workshop. It's on an exterior wall, so I had to add some thick sealing strips that keep the cold air from Wisconsin winters ...
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0answers
26 views

How can I fix a single radiator that is not providing heat? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Why is my radiator not getting hot water or have air in it? All of my radiators are working, apart from one. There is heat in the pipe attached to it , but the radiator ...
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3answers
2k views

Can I lay new ceramic tile over old linoleum tile?

I want to re-tile my laundry room. The existing linoleum tile is glued directly to the concrete slab with some sort of black adhesive. I don't want to pull up the old tile. If I put down backerboard ...
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4answers
336 views

How do I to choose a new light fixture for the bathroom?

I've got a bathroom that has a single 75 watt bulb light fixture. It's wall mounted. Unfortunately, it's old and there isn't enough light. I'd like to replace it with a sconce that has 2 or 3 bulbs. ...
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2answers
127 views

How could I go about modifying (or building) a hand dryer to be more efficient? [closed]

I find myself spending a fair amount of time in my workshop as a result of some newly acquired hobbies (painting an building things), and a seemingly equal amount of time in the kitchen as a result of ...
13
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4answers
3k views

How do I keep my Christmas tree from falling over?

It never fails: I bring home a 9-foot pine, cut the trunk flat, remove the lower branches, and place our Christmas tree in the stand only to have it fall over a little later in the evening. How can I ...
2
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2answers
3k views

How to stop cold air from coming into the house

I have a door similar to this, but it is an external door. There is a lot of cold air coming in from the bottom of this door, and around the perimiter (betweent he door and the frame). This is a ...
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1answer
307 views

How do I quiet a noisy furnace condensate pump?

I have a mostly-finished basement, with the furnace in a utility room off the main room. I feel the condensate pump is noisy, but this is my first heater with one, so I'm not sure if its normal dB or ...
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1answer
1k views

How do I find and dispose of the dead body in my ceiling?

We're trying to track the origin of a very putrid smell in our condominium. We have a loft type home, which means two floors with a drywall ceiling between the first and second floor. I first noticed ...
3
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1answer
447 views

How can I remove an anti vandal tap head?

I have almost identical problem this one except that it's a shower tap... How can I remove stuck anti-vandal rings in tap head? The drama is that the shower won't turn off all the way as the washer ...
1
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1answer
53 views

Where can I find good resources on solar thermal backup options?

The 'what if the sun don't shine' problem is the difficult issue in solar thermal. Where can I find good solid test-based resources on the options for backup and their downsides? For example: ...
2
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1answer
4k views

How can I remove the tile from this wall?

Doing a tile removal on our master tub/shower. I'm pretty sure the tile is original to the house, which is 34 years old (1978). It's a 4 1/4 inch tile, that has been backed by dry wall. When I was ...
2
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1answer
468 views

Is it possible to install flush mount floor vents in a laminate wood floor?

My laminate flooring doesn't come with floor vents so I may have to find some and stain them. I was told I need to get the drop in floor vents that sit above the flooring, but is there an easy way to ...
3
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3answers
2k views

What should I use to protect and cover my floors during construction?

We are building a new house and I'm installing the laminate wood flooring. The builder suggested I cover the flooring after I'm done to protect it during the last few weeks of construction and with ...
1
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1answer
125 views

How can I use this timer?

At my home I have this timer and I am not sure how to use it. Model seems to be TM8IM-24. I have found a company that sells it but cannot find instructions. Does anyone knows how to use it or where I ...
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3answers
8k views

How can I prepare uneven concrete basement floor for vinyl planks?

I have roughly 600 sq ft of basement that needs new flooring after some unfortunate flooding this past summer. We had carpet over concrete and are now looking to lay vinyl planks down. There is about ...
5
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1answer
548 views

How do I mount this non-standard wall plate to a completed drywall wall?

I have this But it only has what you see in that pic. I was told I needed the box thing to go behind it to mount it to in the wall. There is no hole in the wall right now, so how do I get this to ...
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1answer
101 views

What are the elements of this apartment map?

I was wondering what the elements from this map indicated with an arrow are? The apartment has no kitchen, and it is supposed to be unfurnished, but some elements are there (like a fridge?).
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2answers
274 views

Can you crimp a tubular lug without a crimper plier?

I want to use these lugs on my electrical installation, but I can only find pliers for up to 16 mm2 cables and the mains cables are 25 mm2. I found one store that carried pliers able to do up to 50 ...
4
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2answers
2k views

How can I replace a ceiling fan light pull chain?

I have removed the light assembly from beneath the fan. In doing so, the lights (three with pull chain ) fell and I failed to catch it before it pulled out some wires. The wires coming from the ...
0
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1answer
2k views

Why does my ceiling fan turn itself on at night?

We have a ceiling fan with three lights that came with the house, and that is operated by an electronic switch driven by a 9V battery and with 5 buttons: Hi, Med, Lo, Off (for the fan) and Light (a ...
2
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3answers
1k views

How can I repair this door and deadlock?

Some time ago I closed my front door (rather forcefully) while the deadbolt was sticking out partially. This loosened the deadbolt, and the top screw no longer held. In addition, it cracked the door ...
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1answer
626 views

What type of replacement windows can I use on my log home?

I'm stumped as to what style of window to pick for my log home (replacement). The current windows are aluminum frame, and are trimmed flush on both sides with wood, so all you see is a very thin strip ...
10
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4answers
6k views

Who is the right professional to call for drainage issues?

I've got some concerns about the drainage on our property and want to consult with a professional about. The problems, I'm not sure what kind of professional to call. To provide some context, ...
2
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1answer
3k views

What factors need to be considered to get the most powerful shower possible?

I'm getting a new shower installed in my house, to replace the existing mixer shower. I am going to stick with a mixer shower, not least because I don't have a water tank. So, this means I have a ...
3
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2answers
1k views

Can I put acoustical putty *inside* the electrical box rather than around the outside?

For soundproofing applications, they make acoustical putty that you put around the electrical box. However, what if you can't get behind the electrical box? In my case, I have a wall floating on hat ...
4
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3answers
1k views

How can I create a radiant heat system for melting ice on wood steps?

Our house has wood stairs to descend from the front porch. On maybe 15 - 30 days out of the year a layer of ice forms on the stairs, posing a safety hazard. Even with our familiarity with the issue ...
2
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2answers
611 views

How can I stop my garage door from hanging up on the door frame?

I have a 7 year old, 4-section automatic garage door that has been working fine until recently. When I open it, the second section (the one beneath the uppermost section) is catching on the upper ...
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1answer
1k views

How long will it be before my hot water heater blows up without a thermal expansion tank?

the county where I live put in the "check valve" or backflow device. Not sure, but I know they said you need to get a thermal expansion tank or the pressure could blow up the water heater. I spoke ...
13
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6answers
22k views

When would one use an impact driver versus a regular drill?

Or vice-versa. As best as I can tell, the impact driver is very good for most any type of screw going through wood. When would you use a drill (with screw bit) instead?
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4answers
16k views

What exactly is a PAR type LED lamp, how does it differ from R/BR type LED & CFL lamps?

I am in the process of replacing my incandescent bulbs with more efficient alternatives. My home is about 14 years old, I've owned it for a little over three years. It seems most of the bulbs that it ...
4
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1answer
227 views

Are these walls prepared properly for tile?

My sister and I are doing our bathrooms in our condos. I am seeing her job and am concerned they aren't doing right. They used the concrete sheetrock for her shower but it didn't go to the top. So ...
4
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2answers
141 views

Could I use a UPS to power my humidifier on an underrated breaker with a little trickery

I recently bought a house with really nice hardwood floors, but the builder didn't put any thought into installing a humidifier system. I'm now looking into my options and steam humidifiers seem to ...
1
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2answers
2k views

Can I modify 3 ampere table lamps to work on 5 ampere round pin plugs?

I have moved to a property with 5amp round sockets around the room. I want to remove the standard 3 pin plugs from my table lamps and re-wire them with the 5amp round pin plugs I have bought. This ...
1
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0answers
32 views

How to replicate holes in a wooden cabinet? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How do I drill additional holes for adjustable-height shelving? I would like to modify the vertical position of a shelf inside a wood cabinet. The dowel pins are glued ...
0
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2answers
314 views

Why does the pressure, attached to a submersible well, keep increasing?

I have changed the pressure gauge, a Square D switch, and checked the pressure (from 40 psi) to 28 psi. Within 3 to 4 days the pressure increased back to 40 psi. I called a plumber who lowered the ...
1
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4answers
18k views

What could cause my washing machine to stop before the rinse cycle?

My washing machine will get stuck right before the rinse cycle. The washing machine will be full of water. The way to "fix it" is to twist the knob right after the "rinse" line, find the sweet spot, ...
2
votes
2answers
1k views

How to drill a hole in brick with precision?

I have bought old cabinets which I would like to hang on a brick wall. I have marked the spots on the wall, but I find it very difficult to drill precisely, because the drill bit follows a path of ...
3
votes
1answer
569 views

How to secure aluminium window lock handle that keeps falling off?

The lock handle on my aluminium windows keeps falling off. The handle had previously fallen off when I first moved in a year ago and the landlord remounted it. Since then it has become loose a few ...

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