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How do I connect the common wire in a Carrier air handler?

I am trying to install a new wifi thermostat in my home and need to locate the common terminal for my air handler. I have a Carrier model FB4CNF030. It's a new construction home and I have the blue ...
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How do you level 1/2“ x 6” flooring planks?

We have a 1920's house with some 1/2" X 6" planks. Unfortunately the floor is in quite rough shape with finger wide gaps in some spots, I started to attempt to sand and flatten it but I think it will ...
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At what temperatures do pipe sleeves protect pipes from freezing?

Pipes start icing at 20ºF and below. Down to how many ºF do the foam sleeves protect the pipe? The foams I placed in my outdoor pipes had a 0.35" thick polyurethane foam surrounding them. This is a ...
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Why am I getting water scaling even with a softener installed?

I have a problem with higher levels of scaling around sinks and toilets and I'm wondering if someone can help. We recently purchased an older home (35 years old), which did not have a water softener ...
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2answers
882 views

How to install coat hooks securely when holes don't line up with studs (batten depth?, length of screws?)

I have a single piece set of coat hooks to install on the wall. By single piece I mean that they are 6 double hooks all attached to a single piece of metal as backing. There are 3 holes in the ...
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How do we remove tile spacers that are stuck in the mortar between the tiles?

When tiling the shower, we inadvertently left several tile spacers in too long and we subsequently could not remove the spacers entirely and some fragments remain stuck in the mortar and are visible. ...
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How do I repair a field stone foundation on 99 year old house? [duplicate]

The foundation on our 99 year old house is made up of field stone and cement. Some patch jobs were done with cementing over the field stone. However that is breaking away and some other places have ...
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Are there any reasons not to upgrade to 200A service?

A sub-panel is already installed on a second floor. It draws power from a 100 amp main panel downstairs. The sub-panel is feed by a 60 amp double pole breaker. The panel was installed for or by AC ...
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365 views

Can I hang a key hanger without attaching it to a stud?

I am trying to mount a key hanger on a wall, I drilled two holes in the dry wall, they went right through with little or no resistance, I'm guessing because there was no stud behind the wall. I stuck ...
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How can I install an exterior electrical box flush in stucco?

I want to install an exterior light. I have stucco. I read the article How to Install an Exterior Outlet Box in Stucco, but I am concerned with water getting inside ... Is caulking enough?
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How do I fix a sprinkler valve that leaks instead of popping up the sprinkler heads?

When this particular valve (Champion Classic 3/4" As Max PSI 150 466 Max Temp 110o) turns on, a lot of water starts coming out of the the bottom part of the valve which I've highlighted in the image. ...
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Why doesn't my A/C get power when using the alternate C-wire thermostat hook-up method?

I changed my old Honeywell thermostat for a new Honeywell WiFi thermostat. I installed it just as the directions stated. I used the alternate C-wire method as the old unit did not have one. ...
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1answer
986 views

Can I install junction boxes in a closet, and if so, what kind of box?

We are designing circuit runs for a ground floor of a house flooded by a hurricane and it is best to use a few junction boxes to run the circuit branches. One reason for the junction boxes is to keep ...
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1k views

Is venting a vertical waste line required?

I am putting a bathroom in a section of the house that has a crawlspace under it. The main drain is in the basement area of the house. The soil pipes will run horizontally in the crawlspace, then a ...
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4answers
544 views

How do I secure the shower valve without removing tile?

The plumber didn't secure the new valve to the frame, so the shower valve and head were left loose and it is wiggling. The new tile is completed and we do not want to redo it. What is the best way to ...
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1answer
914 views

How do I seal around a door to make the opening more sound-proof?

I live in an apartment condo. The noise from the very loud neighbour comes through the door spaces. I wish to seal off all of her noise. My walls are brick and are good. But the door going out to ...
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Can my garden furniture be saved?

I have some hand me down wooden furniture. Unfortunately, with multiple moves and births in the last few years, it has gone a unloved. The wood seems very weak, and is brittle when dry. One beam ...
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What methods exist for filtering air to alleviate allergies?

I've found out that I have an allergy, especially for the mold. I live in a very wet climate, so it's a problem. I was given advice to buy this AIRFREE E60 air purifier. But now I'm interested to ...
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1answer
641 views

How do I remove stuck-on stains from laminate flooring?

I recently bought a fixer-upper house that has light-colored laminate plank flooring. It would be really nice, if I could get it clean. It has stuck-on stains, like someone left melted ice cream on ...
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1k views

How do I repair a floor joist which has a hole drilled less than 2 inches from the bottom?

I have three floor joists that have approximately 1/2 inch hole in them less than 2 inches from the bottom. Is there a recommended fix or approved method to correct this to meet code? These joists ...
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3answers
160 views

Can I use a vent that was over an electric oven for a dryer instead?

I just bought an apartment built in 1980 and it does not have a washer and dryer. There is a vent above an electric oven. I am remodeling the kitchen and moving the oven to the other side of the ...
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2answers
370 views

How do I clean bleach marks off bluestone pavers?

I have bluestone tiles in an under cover outside area. I sprayed a household cleaner on sections of the pavers and used a high pressure washer to clean them. However upon drying they now have white ...
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550 views

Should I insulate the exterior foundation wall above grade or insulate the interior basement wall?

An existing basement wall is not insulated on either side. Humidity inside is causing significant sweating on the cold wall in the winter months. Outside, the top 4 feet of wall are exposed above the ...
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648 views

How can I stop a barbed coupler from leaking?

This seems to be a common issue (drip line barbed couplers leaking) and I can't find any answers about this online. I'm wondering how others have fixed leaks in the fittings that are supposed to just ...
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1answer
638 views

What can I do about joist framing in brick pockets that is uneven and loose?

A 100 year old house with solid cement then brick structure has old floor joists in brick pockets. The joists are 2 by 8 and 2 by 10 inches and spaced about 19 inches apart and not consistently so. ...
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546 views

How can I insulate brick exterior walls in a 100 year old house with wood beams in brick pocket floor supports

My sister has a 100 year old or older home over a wet and damp crawl space on an island which has high tide and rain water flooding of streets an crawl spaces. A sump pump runs all the time. The home ...
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699 views

Should I run cable through an always damp crawl space or a dry soffit in the living area?

You guys are one of the best electrical help web-communities, so thanks for your time and efforts! I am advising some homeowners who need to rewire their first floor on Long Beach Island, NJ after ...
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How do I go about making 1“ and 2” thick “boards” for concrete furniture?

I have designed a cement feeder for hogs, for my hobby sized farm. It is generally based around a professional one we already had. I have planned on different parts of it being 2 inch, 1.5 inch, and ...
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204 views

What would a circuit labeled “Heat Trace” be used for?

I have just purchased a brand new (just built) upmarket apartment and having been looking through the circuit board and have come across a circuit labeled 'Heat Trace' I do not understand what 'Heat ...
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How can I remove a stuck overhead light fixture?

I recently decided that it's time to install some less hideous lighting in my apartment. Since it's an apartment, my options are limited because I must be able to restore whatever is there now if I ...
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What should I do about a central air duct leaking above my ceiling?

My closet ceiling is leaking a brown liquid. Right above it is an air duct for my central air. I think the liquid is dirty or rusty water that has accumulated in the duct. I can hear it dripping ...
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How do I support a deck that spans a driveway? [closed]

I am planning to reinforce my deck, as it is has a lot of sway, and was built with 12' 4x4s, and not 6x6s. The deck spans my driveway, which is the width of a two car garage, so a fairly decent span. ...
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What are the drawbacks of not attaching deck to house?

I am planning on building a small deck on the side of my house where there is no door or window. The level of the deck is below the top of the basement, so I need to drill through the concrete for the ...
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1answer
229 views

How can I prevent aluminum window frames from heating up when they're in full sun?

There is a room that has a window, the frame of the window is made of aluminum. This window is subjected to direct sunlight a long time of the day, which makes the aluminum get really hot, and start ...
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What features should I look for in a full-house surge protector?

How does one select a surge protector for a typical home? We get surges and slight drops in line voltage. We are the last pole on a small town electric provider, three miles from town. Surge ...
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3answers
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How do I pre-treat and stain my hardwood floors a dark color?

I'm about to embark on my first floor-refinishing adventure and I'm jumping in the deep end — not just refinishing, but also staining. And not just staining, but staining a light wood pretty dang ...
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Why do I get water hammer after turning water supply back on?

I shut off the main water supply in the evening to replace the shower cartridge. I came back the next afternoon to finish the job. When I turned on the water main I started getting continuous water ...
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156 views

What post size should I use for a 20'x24' deck [closed]

My deck is 20' by 24'. Should we use 6x6 posts or 4x4 posts? Which will look better on such a large deck?
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How to install this cheap metal curtain rod?

I bought one of these cheap curtain rods for my home theatre blackout curtains: But it doesn't appear to have come with any instructions. I mean it appears that I'm supposed to just screw those ...
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461 views

How can I dress up a boring drop ceiling?

I don't like the look of the standard drop ceiling tiles in my finished basement. I'd like to replace them with something like the one picture below. However, the cost of these is prohibitive given ...
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1answer
171 views

How can I remove this flapper alternative?

I had good luck in the past using this product to replace a leaky flapper valve. However, this new toilet does not have a flapper hinge on the base of the flush valve. Instead, there is a ...
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1answer
227 views

How do I remove a small amount of water based concrete sealer from a painted floor?

I was using a water based concrete sealer on my painted concrete floors. I did something wrong, and one tiny section didn't dry clear. My question is, what can I use to remove a small portion ...
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222 views

How do I repair a leak in a ferrocrete overhead water tank?

I have a ferrocrete overhead water tank. It has developed a leak at the edge. How do I repair this leak?
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3answers
1k views

How can I remotely monitor a GFCI receptacle?

How can a sump pump in a crawl space only accessible by crawling down a hole in a closet have its GFCI protected outlet monitored from the living room? I am imagining the best way to run the pump is ...
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4answers
760 views

What can I use to stop drawers in an organizer from sliding out all the way?

I have purchased several of these small drawer units: However, when I open the drawers, they come straight out - there is no mechanism to ensure that the drawers stay in the slot. In the past, I ...
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3answers
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Is there a glue which holds to glazed porcelain tiles?

My shower does not have a cabin, only a curtain. Said curtain tends to wave around while I am in the shower, clinging to my legs and letting water flow outside. My best idea for a low-cost solution ...
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2answers
757 views

How should I connect 2x4 (or wood horizontal railing pieces) to exterior painted wood?

I'm planning to add a 10-foot railing to a patio that has a 6x6 wood post on one end and the exterior of the house on the other end of what will be the railing. I'm planning wood horizontal rails ...
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1answer
182 views

How should I mask when spraying trim?

I am getting ready to spray the trim in my house using a 211 tip. How much of each room needs to be masked or do I just need to mask everything (except the trim)?
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2k views

What underlay is used for installing pool tiles

Is it concrete? (i.e. cement and water) Is it some kind of special caulk? Is it something else?
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665 views

Can I convert a window A/C unit in to a pool-water cooled system?

I have an 18,000 BTU A/C unit that blew a compressor last year. Perfect for a small project. I however could not find a professional to help me out, so maybe it's DIYable. I know just about enough ...

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