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If my wall has metal studs, is it better to anchor heavy objects through just drywall or also through the studs?

I live in an apartment that has that has metal studs. I'm considering hanging various things from the wall, including a coat rack that will span 5 or 6 studs. I've seen advice that says metal studs ...
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5answers
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What are the possible ways to prevent heating pipes in an entryway from freezing?

I live in Maine, and it can get cold in the winter. My house has baseboard hot water heating and three heating zones (basement, first floor, and second floor). We have a mudroom/entry room that I ...
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2answers
174 views

How did my water meter become loose?

This past summer, my vacant home was vandalized. Thieves stole the copper plumbing. Once the re-plumbing was done, the city came to install the water meter. The meter is female-threaded on either ...
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3answers
957 views

Installing wall shelves- Crumbling walls

My husband and I just moved into a new apartment and are trying to install our floating wall shelves. When we drill into the wall, the hole gets really big and the edges crumble. It takes a good bit ...
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1answer
100 views

Do I have to replace backerboard before tiling a floor?

We recently pulled up the vinyl in our bathroom to discover that there is backerboard underneath. It is in good shape but has a thin layer of glue on parts. The surface is completely smooth. Can I ...
1
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1answer
269 views

Is a PVC union air tight?

I have 1/2" PVC ran from my compressor to a hose real hanging on my ceiling. It works well, but I would like to add a PVC union around the last bend just before the reel. Would the union be tight ...
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1answer
65 views

wonder why my cable have this split on? [closed]

a few day ago i notice that my computer got hack! so i have to reboot my computer and reinstall everything. then i when down stair and check on the cable and notic that there was a split. main cable ...
2
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3answers
1k views

Bubbles in toilet, gurgling sound coming from kitchen sink

So, all of a sudden, I have big bubbles coming out from my toilet bowl when the washing machine is pushing water out. Thinking it might be a clogged toilet bowl, I took the plunger to the bowl. I ...
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4answers
3k views

How can I install a vanity over this unfortunate plumbing?

I have recently removed a vanity from my bathroom and am facing an unfortunate plumbing footprint when trying to put a new vanity in place. The cold water line runs right against a built in cabinet ...
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0answers
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How do I replace the fireplace burner?

Our fireplace is about 7 years old and for the past couple of years, only the last opening in the burner has worked. I see the pipe's threading shortly where it comes out of the wall in the firepit, ...
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0answers
188 views

Leak at top of entry door jamb

So winter in Chicagoland is well upon us, and the snow at the top of the house is melting and we have a leak. The house entry point (well, the one we can see) is at the top of the jamb, between the ...
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2answers
98 views

Will blown in insulation help in this situation?

I'm in the process of renovation of a 1945 house. Originally built with a flat roof, tar and gravel. At some point a gable roof was constructed over the original flat roof. Space between the ceilings ...
3
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2answers
8k views

Do I need to remove existing drywall before framing an interior wall?

Below is a rough diagram of the interior wall I'd like to build. The wall is in green, and the rooms are in white. The grey offset around the edges of the walls represents 3/8" drywall. My question ...
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2answers
84 views

Temperature control when I can't affect either airflow or thermostat

Our apartment is heated by a natural gas burner (the burner itself is inside the unit) that vents in two directions: one vent into the bedroom and a second (about 3x the area) into the rest of the ...
2
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1answer
90 views

My toilet backed up with no water

I live in an old condo apartment. My toilet just backed up. It backed up several times before and I managed to unclog it every time, but it's nothing like I've seen before this time because I don't ...
1
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1answer
204 views

Notch rules or guidelines for steel studs (non-load bearing)

I'm trying to figure out what kind of notches (if any) are allowed in steel studs used for non-load bearing walls (for a finished room in a basement). IRC 2009 section 603 indicates that no notches ...
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1answer
303 views

I have voltage on my neutral wire for a 220 volt ac inverter and blew up some of my house appliances

Why does my white neutral conductor has voltage on it? Is a 220 VAC from a DC to AC Inverter circuit supply. The outlet is like a normal American 110 VAC socket but I requested it to be made as a 220 ...
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3answers
488 views

Why are my dimmer switches malfunctioning?

I have two dimmer switches that have started malfunctioning. They are in the same box with two other standard switches. Each controls a set of three small flood lights. There is no other way to ...
1
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1answer
130 views

Is it safe to replace a GFCI breaker with an arc fault breaker?

We recently had our electrical panel replaced/upgraded and I noticed that our GFCI breaker was replaced with an Arc Fault breaker. Is that safe? Are GFCI breakers obsolete now?
2
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1answer
71 views

Does this arc fault breaker manage one or two circuits?

I recently tested our breakers to see what was mapped to what. In the process of doing this, I noticed that our arc fault breaker is handling a LOT. Specifically: 4 bedrooms 2 bathrooms Family ...
1
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2answers
102 views

What's the minimum amount of electricity used by an appliance?

My Kill A Watt P4400 by P3 International shows 3 watts electricity usage if anything is plugged in. Do things plugged in, regardless of whether they are ON or OFF, really use a minimum of 3 watts or ...
1
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1answer
58 views

How does one fire short staples into hard wood?

I find myself caught in the middle here. My old electric staple gun will fire 1/4" staples but it's not capable of fully setting them because part of the target is some pretty hard wood. The ...
1
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2answers
215 views

Preventing a frozen pipe on an extreme weather night

Last week, we had a night that got down to -18F. In the middle of the night, the cold-water pipe going to the kitchen sink froze (but luckily did not burst). After some investigation, it turns out ...
1
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1answer
2k views

What are the steps to troubleshoot no hot water coming out of just one faucet?

Its been cold lately. Cold as its been at any time so far this winter. I came downstairs to turn on the kitchen sink and while cold water came out, when I turned on just hot water, no water came out. ...
1
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1answer
266 views

We have a Chromalox EDB-20-1 hot water furnace, and it sounds like a flowing stream whenever the water flows through the house

The pressure is fine (15 psi) and it heats the house fine. I would think the water needs topping up except for the fact the pressure is optimal. Any thoughts on what I can check/do? The sound is ...
3
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2answers
3k views

How do you access under a front loading washing machine drum to remove a trapped coin?

We had a coin trapped under our front loading washing machine drum (found out after it was removed). The washing machine engineer got it out by prising the lip of the inside of the drum upwards, ...
0
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0answers
89 views

Leaking roof/ceiling

We had a new roof put onto our kitchen extension because water marks were appearing on the ceiling. For a year, this seemed to stop any further water coming through. in the past week or so more ...
2
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1answer
158 views

What could cause a gas fireplace to stop working during operation?

The other day we had our gas fireplace on for over an hour. Once the logs get cranked up, we switch on the fan. The fan along with the flaming logs were burning steady for over an hour. Then out of ...
2
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3answers
306 views

Starting row of laminate flooring

Just wondering how to start the 1st row of laminate flooring. I have a door to deal with right off the bat. Wondering which is the better option (see diagram). This diagram is not to scale. The wall ...
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3answers
897 views

How do I fish a wire into an existing electrical box?

I have a 2-gang switch box that houses two light switches. I'm replacing one of the switches with a Honeywell Programmable Light Switch PLS751, which requires both an ungrounded (hot) and a grounded ...
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2answers
369 views

Heating issues with slab foundation 50 year old home

I put a new furnace in (97% efficiency) because this home is so cold on the floors that my feet are cold anywhere I walk. Now have heat vents in ceiling but not helping any. Always cold, especially ...
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2answers
2k views

Installing water softener outside or inside? Already have“Easy Water” device. Does that change water hardness grains entered into new water softener?

We live in Florida and have had white crusty buildup for years in our dishwasher and on our shower heads and faucets and in washing machine. 3 years ago we bought an "Easy Water" thing for $300 and it ...
2
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2answers
1k views

Furnace flashing 4 times (Ducane)

My Ducane furnace flashes 4 times, runs for 5 minutes, and then the burner goes off. When the limit switch is jumped it runs good. What needs to be changed here?
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2answers
160 views

Insulation to condition attic space

I have a two story 1916 foursquare home in Ohio with spacious attic and basement. Before I purchased it, the HVAC system was redone by installing two independent furnaces/blowers (one in the attic and ...
0
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1answer
2k views

Why does the cold water pipe rattle when my washing machine is set to hot?

When my washing machine is set to wash a load on hot, the cold water pipe rattles. The pipe is firmly anchored to the wall. The pipe makes a noise like a hose that is half-kinked, like theres an air ...
0
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1answer
4k views

How do I eliminate the cold drafts coming from my air conditioning vents during winter?

I have a forced hot water (baseboard) heating system in my home and added central air conditioning about 10 years ago. The cooling system's air handler is in my attic, and duct work was added for the ...
4
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1answer
95 views

LP for gas stove

I am trying to hook up a 40# LP tank to my house to supply my gas stove. I have the LP conversion kit installed and piping installed and inspected to the the exterior. Can I just use flexible piping ...
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3answers
999 views

Combi boiler doesn't realise it's already lit

I have an Ariston Eurocombi (A23). The problem is it doesn't realise the flame is lit. When I start it up and cause demand (run hot tap or turn on heating) it fires up the flame correctly, however, ...
0
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1answer
134 views

What can I do about a damaged finish of Bruce hardwood floors?

we recently contracted someone to help us remodel a home in Florida to fix and resell. As it ended up the contractor was not currently licensed. We should have known by the way he was working on ...
1
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1answer
391 views

new plumbing, new HE washer, now wash over flows

After noticing a leak in my sewer drain pipe in my basement, I've decided to replace all plumbing, since a plumber pointed out to me last year when I bought my house (1950) that the drains were all ...
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1answer
1k views

How to repair a basement ceiling's old school interlocking tiles?

I'd like to repair this hole, but I am running into trouble as I've tried rotating the fallen tiles every which way, but nothing seems to work. Don't know if I have to start from or work back to the ...
0
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2answers
517 views

Do I have to run an extra wire all the way to my new thermostat, or just to the “router”?

I've got an older home (plaster walls) and an older furnace, It's a Peerless. My current thermostat is located on my main floor and only has 2 wires to it, red and white. I should mention that my ...
3
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5answers
522 views

Is it okay to flush water heater onto the drip pan with drain hole?

Our water heater is on the second floor and we need to have it flushed. It has a drip pan with a hole that has a tube attached to it. Common sense tells me that I can flush the water heater directly ...
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3answers
17k views

How do I hang a shelf without drilling holes?

I'm currently living in a house in which we have clear instructions not to drill through the walls for danger of asbestos. I purchased a small projector and would like to mount a shelf to the wall, ...
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2answers
111 views

What do you do with a company who did a bad install who will not come out to inspect the job or return your calls? [closed]

I am hoping this doesn't fall into off-topic territory. If it does, I'll just have to find another website to ask it on. I am the president of an HOA and one of our unit owners is experiencing water ...
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3answers
2k views

What is a reasonably economical way to heat a basement bathroom?

I have a basement bathroom (roughly 8' x 4') that corners two outside walls, and has no heat vent. Months like this it's ice cold. I'd like to heat it up, just not sure how, outside of running a space ...
3
votes
3answers
356 views

What should I know before having bathroom fixtures installed?

I recently removed the old towel rack in the bathroom (which was badly installed because it left huge holes inside and the rack was hanging and I had to literally tug it out, which took me ages!) and ...
0
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3answers
110 views

plumbing in concrete floor

im building a new home in NY it will be slab on grade with radiant heat in floor, im going to run the domestic water supply (pex tube) to each bathroom, sinks, toilets etc in the concrete but inside ...
0
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1answer
89 views

carport to garage conversion

I have a garage that used to be a carport. Therefore the ceiling, clad with stucco, is not insulated. Do I need to pull down the stucco to properly have a vapour barrier when I insulate? or is the ...
2
votes
3answers
148 views

Is a porch just a deck with a roof?

I'm thinking about building a back porch but I've never had experience with such a big project. I'm finding plenty of books and documents on how to build a deck but very few about building a porch. Is ...

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