3
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2answers
661 views

What can I use as a guide for my circular saw if I need to rip an 8' segment out of a sheet of plywood?

I need to cut some plywood down to size and it will require that I take it down from a 4'-wide sheet to 30" wide. This means I will need to find a saw guide that will support a steady, 8' rip from ...
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1answer
6k views

How can I stop exhaust fan vent condensation problems?

So, our bathroom fan leaks when it is cold. In the attic, the PVC pipe connected to the exhaust is uninsulated, and frosted -- shock! So, my question is, what is the best way to fix this? Do I cut ...
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2answers
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Should light bulbs above showers be “steam proof”?

In replacing the lighting in my apartment with LED bulbs, I noticed that the recessed can lighting above the shower (to be fair, the light is centered on the shower curtain) does not appear to be ...
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0answers
609 views

How do I install child-proof drawer latches on bottom drawers?

Installing child safety latches for cabinet doors is relatively easy (here's a video) Similarly for the top drawer (pull-out) (video) But is it possible to do this for the bottom drawers? The ...
1
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1answer
51 views

How do I replace a damaged valve on a water heater?

Near the bottom of my hot water tank there is a plastic valve that looks like it is used for draining the water out of it. It has developed a hairline fracture along the length of it and small jets of ...
4
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3answers
4k views

How do I properly cut pre-existing kitchen backsplash tile for new low voltage wall plates?

I'm doing a little bit of kitchen remodeling, overflow from my home theater remodeling. I'm adding some RCA input ports to a pre-existing low voltage wall plate that previously hosted just Cat5 and ...
5
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1answer
352 views

Should I use glue or o-ring joints on a buried PVC waste pipe?

What are the advantages and disadvantages of both systems of joints for "non-pressure" pipes that are buried? O-ring joints are more expensive, but easier to do on buried pipes. Glue on the other ...
3
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1answer
278 views

Are four gang plastic boxes stackable in a wall?

I would even be willing to go side by side but I would like to stay with the four gang sizes. I am hoping this would pass code and would prefer to stack so if there is someone that knows if it is ...
1
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0answers
235 views

How to remove faux fireplace?

I am interested in removing the faux fireplace in my living room and replacing it with one more in the right style for my house. I didn't own the house when it was installed, so I'm not sure if it's ...
1
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0answers
286 views

Is there something wrong with this 3-way lamp switch?

We have a floor lamp with a three-way combined switch and socket. I noticed arcing sounds when rotating the switch, so I disconnected it. Later I found that the "low" and "high" settings worked fine, ...
3
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2answers
2k views

What could be causing my bedroom to be so cold, and how can I make it warmer?

I live in a two story townhouse with a basement. This summer, they replaced the furnace and air conditioning unit. Last winter I put 3M film over the windows to help with drafts and it worked great, I ...
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3answers
2k views

What size rubber grommet will a 3/4" PVC pipe fit (water tight) through?

What size rubber grommet do I need for a water-tight seal on a 3/4" PVC pipe? For example, would this rubber grommet fit a 3/4" PVC Pipe?
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2answers
701 views

Is there a name for a duplex outlet that takes eight wires, plus ground?

In my home (built around 1970), I found a bizarre outlet when replacing the dated old ones. The front is your standard duplex, but on the back there are holes for 8 wires (4 hot, 4 neutral) plus the ...
2
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3answers
1k views

Will insulating pipes shorten the time it takes for hot water to reach the faucet?

Ok, so I took a few weekends and totally insulated all hot water pipes I could get access to from the water heater. Now, I still wait approx 90 seconds for hot water to reach the farthest faucet from ...
7
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1answer
638 views

What are “concretors' nippers” for?

I came across this tool called "concretors' nippers" I guess they are for some operations with concrete reinforcement, but can't find any details. What operations is this tool for specifically? ...
1
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3answers
380 views

How to choose between chrome-coated and oxidation-treated tools?

How do I choose between a chrome-coated (nice and shiny) and an oxidation-treated (dark oxidized surface) tool, all else being equal - same steel, same design, same handles, just one has its metal ...
6
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4answers
379 views

How can I prevent a screw from slipping on a slippery veneer surface when I try to screw it in?

When using a screwdriver this can be difficult as the screw tends to slip. Once the screw passes the veneer it is easy to finish screwing in... I'm looking for an easy way to get the screw past the ...
2
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1answer
1k views

How can I cover water stains on this wall

During sandy storm I had some water leakage in my home. The damage isn't much in the sense that the drywall is still hard. It just has water stains that I'd like to get rid of. Here is a pic of what ...
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2answers
2k views

Why would my garage remote stop working after replacing the battery?

My garage remote recently stopped working. I recently replaced the remotes battery, and it did not fix the problem. I ran out of ideas how to troubleshoot this and would appreciate any advice with ...
3
votes
1answer
500 views

How do I raise my garage ceiling after spray foaming?

I'm starting to add central vac to my house, which mostly involves pipes in the garage. I cut a hole in the garage ceiling (drywalled) to check things out, and found there's an 18" up to the bottom of ...
3
votes
4answers
1k views

Can I use 2x4s to extend studs so I can mount my TV?

I need to mount my 55" TV to the left of the studs. Can I do this simply by running a couple 2x4s off the studs, and then connecting the mount to the 2x4s? While I imagine this can be done for lighter ...
2
votes
3answers
774 views

How do I reduce the number of screw pops in my drywall?

Background: I'm gluing and screwing 5/8 in drywall on the ceiling in my own home. I'm attaching it with screws and construction adhesive directly to the attic joists -- which are 16 in OC. I'm ...
3
votes
3answers
2k views

How do I fix the cracks in my brick foundation?

I have some cracks in the foundation of the house I am about to buy. The house is 100 years old, there doesn't seem to be water leaks. The cracks don't look to be offset. Attached is the picture ...
0
votes
1answer
234 views

How do I replace a triple dimmer switch to a much smaller conventional switch?

Our kitchen lights are playing up, they're halogen spotlights controlled by a dimmer switch, and one by one they're either refusing to switch on, coming on if the dimmer is halfway on but off when ...
0
votes
1answer
98 views

how to find out my primer color

I have some scratches on the drywall which was primer'ed dry wall from moving furniture. I'd like to just apply a coat of primer on the spots where the scratches are. I don't plan on painting just ...
0
votes
2answers
195 views

Do I need a ground for a new 240 volt 20 amp circuit?

I ran a new 240 volt circuit to operate some motorized equipment. The equipment has a 3 prong grounded 240 volt plug. My source however doesn't have a grounding strip. Would it be better to not ...
2
votes
2answers
224 views

What type of window is this and how can I remove it with minimal damage to the wall?

I want to replace some old metal windows in my house but I'm confused on how they're attached/installed. I'm more accustomed to vinyl windows that have "fins" extending out the edges with trim. These ...
0
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1answer
743 views

How to fix garbage disposal leaking black sludge under sink?

My garbage disposal is leaking water and black sludge under the sink and it makes the whole house smell horrible. Can I easily fix it? Edit: Here's a picture of it: the leaked water/sludge is ...
4
votes
3answers
672 views

Will neodymium magnets harm my power drill battery?

I glued some magnets onto my power drill battery to use for storing drill bits on - but will the magnets affect the battery life?
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2answers
2k views

How to remove a doorknob with no visible screws

I have an exterior lock set with a knob on the inside. I can't get the interior doorknob off. It does not have a hole in the shaft of the knob in which you press a clip down to remove it. Its one of ...
2
votes
1answer
886 views

Which primer to use on an old drywall?

I have a dry wall in the kitchen that has some stains on it. I would just like to put a new coat of white primer on that dry wall so it doesn't look stained. My questions are: Should I sand the ...
0
votes
1answer
2k views

What could cause my gas oven not to ignite?

I have a Whirlpool gas oven Super Capacity 465. The four cook-top burners work ok. When I turn on the oven on broil, I hear gas hissing and igniters ticking. Within a second it ignites the top ...
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1answer
493 views

How do I set the clock on a Thermador CT227N or CT227NW oven? [closed]

The Thermador CT227N and CT227NW oven have a non-discoverable interface for setting the clock time, what is the hidden method to set the time?
4
votes
2answers
319 views

How to cover a window well seamlessly so I can project TV onto that wall?

Problem: I would like the projected image to cover the whole wall, but when I turn the projector on, the window is in the way. I bought a small screen (see the photographs) to try and cover that up, ...
0
votes
2answers
94 views

Is there any way to make a sink connected to a garborator drain faster?

In the kitchen there are two sinks side by side which share a common drain. One sink has a garborator. It drains ridiculously slowly. The other sink drains faster but I've been told it doesn't ...
3
votes
1answer
498 views

Does RedGard count as a rubber sealer in a shower?

In standard poured shower pan construction there is normally a rubber layer between the bottom flat layer, and the upper sloped layer. Today I came across the following "updated" method: (credit: ...
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votes
2answers
769 views

Should I have a break between rooms when installing laminate flooring?

I'm going to be putting in laminate flooring in my basement on top of a concrete slab. The basement consists of two rooms, the boards will be running perpendicular to the wall with the door between ...
5
votes
3answers
3k views

Does turning circuit breakers off cause wear?

A comment over on another SE got me thinking. With screw-in fuses, unscrewing it and then later screwing it back in causes negligible wear on either part of the installation. But what about modern ...
2
votes
1answer
477 views

What should I use as a base for my wall mounted PC case?

Here is an example of what I am trying to put together: What material could I use as a base onto which I can mount the motherboard, hard-disk and other wiring?
3
votes
2answers
3k views

How can I replace failing ballasts in recessed CFL housings if I don't have access to the attic?

I have a set of recessed CFL (4-pin) lights and a few of the ballasts are failing (CFLs fail to start randomly, even after replacing them with new sets). They are NHPSIC-626ELAT, CFL (4-pin) ...
3
votes
4answers
474 views

Is it expensive to switch from an 80% to a 90% efficient furnace, to comply with the new mandate?

I'm told by some HVAC companies via mail flyers and websites (example) that it may be very expensive to retrofit new PVC pipes to update an 80% efficient furnace to a 90% one. Therefore, the logic ...
8
votes
1answer
1k views

How do I build a form and pour a concrete pad?

I have a new safe that I want to put out in the garage. I'd like for it to be in a specific corner, but that corner has a few quirks. First, the slab is pretensioned. No cutting, drilling, coring, ...
8
votes
3answers
475 views

How can I stop interior doors from opening when exterior doors are opened?

In our church every time someone comes into the building through the main entrance, the interior main sanctuary doors come open and make it possible to hear noise from the hallway. Is there some ...
10
votes
1answer
3k views

What is the difference between a ball/pin detent and friction ring impact wrench?

I have been looking into getting an impact wrench for my car and I have noticed that any given model (at least the one I am looking at) has two versions. One version has a ball to keep the socket ...
1
vote
0answers
550 views

What new technology replacements are available for incandescent globe light bulbs for the bathroom vanity light?

I have a bathroom vanity light fixture with a row of exposed globe light bulbs. They had been burning up recently, and I was wondering if there are reliable CFL or LED globe bulbs available as a ...
1
vote
5answers
2k views

Where can I find very strong wall brackets capable of supporting a punch bag?

I'm looking for an alternative to brackets actually made for punch bags as those available to me are very expensive. I need a bracket capable of holding a ~35kg/77lb punch bag that would be swinging ...
4
votes
1answer
581 views

Is it frequent to use two Ethernet cables for one phone line?

I'm experiencing some noise on my phone when it is connected in the wall. There's no noise when connected right in the modem. So I decided to check things out and I noticed something that seems odd ...
4
votes
3answers
2k views

Why does the pilot light go out when the furnace is running?

Every time the furnace fires up, it blows out the pilot light. Sometimes it will run a full cycle and blow out when it shuts down, and sometimes it will blow out about a minute into the cycle. We ...
5
votes
2answers
4k views

What are the differences between hot and cold roof systems?

Can someone explain the differences, pros and cons of a hot roof vs a cold roof? I would like to vault a ceiling in an addition off of our family room, taking the drywall all the way up to the roof ...
4
votes
1answer
421 views

Can I use a magnetic air seal on an exterior door?

It occurred to me it may be a good idea to air seal an outdoor door using a similar magnetic seal as refrigerator doors. I can't find this product available today. Maybe because it would make opening ...

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