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Outlets On a Desk

Recently I have built a new desk in my office, made of pine and plywood. It is a build in, that is, it is permanently attached to the wall, etc. and can't be moved. I felt that it would be useful to ...
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Searching for a specific window lock

I recently moved into a new place and almost all the window locks are broken and these windows are single hung and are located on the ground level. I have looked numerous places but I cannot find a ...
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Why won't any light in my house turn on after a range hood was installed?

My contractor installed a range hood and after that no light in the house will come on. We have a breaker system, not sure of the load. What could be the possible problem?
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Freezer is cold but not freezing at all

After throwing a thermometer in my freezer, it is around 15-20 degrees Fahrenheit. Things that have been in there and frozen are staying frozen, but anything new that needs to freeze is not. For ...
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What is 'Cellular Core ABS' pipe?

At a big home store today, all the black drain pipe was 'cellular core ABS' in 'schedule 40'. What does the 'cellular' mean? The pipe was very inexpensive.
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Can I use a wood screen door to replace a sliding screen door on a french door

There was originally a sliding screen door but I have not been able to find a replacement that fits or works properly. I would like to use a regular screen door to replace rather than a slider but not ...
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Is my thermostat transformer voltage too low?

I measured the voltage at the thermostat Rc to G and Rc to Y terminals, and they read 16.2V and 16.34V respectively. Shouldn't I be measuring 24V+/-? I purchased a Nest thermostat and it will not ...
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How I can remove this Ingersoll window bolt?

I have a small window with security bolts which have become rusted and unusable. However, I can't see how to remove them without forcing them off and damaging the wood. Anyone seen these types before ...
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What maintenance does an 1890s brick-over-fieldstone foundation need?

I know that if when it comes time to repoint, I should get the current mortar analyzed to make sure its curing strength is compatible with the old bricks. I know that brick foundations in the time ...
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Connecting 14 AWG to 12 AWG for oven operation

I have a new wall oven to install. Both old and new oven are 30Amp units. Old wiring from local oven junction box is 14 AWG (pig tail - 6ft). New oven is 12 AWG, 3ft pig tail (will not reach ...
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Ways to Safely Repair 45 Degree Pitched Roof without Jacks?

What methods can a person use to safely repair a roof that is slanted at a 45 degree (or greater) angle without using Roof Jacks? Is there anyway it is possible for a person to safely walk on such a ...
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Wall furnace material - could it be asbestos?

Found it on a shelf in my wall furnace, hence the burnt look... looking for input on its origin. Thanks
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Is this ladder bookcase design strong enough to hold printers?

I have been looking for a shelf system to store my printers and other misc. items next to my desk. After looking around at various hardware stores, office supply stores, Ikea, Amazon, and even second ...
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Undersized AC - Options?

Background: Our two-story house is about 3,000 square feet. When we bought it last year, it had two separate AC units, a 2.5 ton and a 4 ton. They were both old and died last month. We had them ...
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4 Vertical Prong Plug Adapter

I just moved into a very old apartment. There is only one plug in the dining room and it is very strange. It takes four same-sized vertical prongs, similar to a 50 amp outlet except the bottom is ...
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Which wire is the C wire?

Model: Goodman AWB30-08C Electric AC/Heat I'm hoping someone can help me identify the 24V C wire. Fortunately the thermostat line has a spare wire already run, so I just need to find the C wire in ...
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hardwiring lights to a 20 amp circuit

I have a 20 amp circuit running in my barn. I wish to hook 3 or 4 fluorescent lights to the circuit if i can. Each of the lights has a much smaller wire to connect to. Can i put in a junction box ...
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How smooth should I sand a wall

I removed old paper from the wall and want to paint it new . Before doing it I guess I should sand the whole wall so that it's smoother and for that I'll use a dry-wall sander. The question is which ...
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How do I remove dried spray-can paint from glass?

I used a good quality name-brand spray can of 'Paint & Primer' to paint a glass lamp, but after the second coat an 'alligator' texture developed in some areas. I followed the instructions before ...
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cooking on a hot&humid day

I have 2 window air conditioners in my house. None of them seem to have a setting to bring in (a little bit of?) fresh air. When we cook, the house becomes a bit smokey. Also, the vapors of freshly ...
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Mild Electric Shocks in Bathroom

I have been subject to mild electric shocks in my bathroom for years. It's probably a good time to figure out the problem (I'm still here), so I have check the voltage across the shower valve and the ...
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1answer
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How to release this accuride drawer slide?

I have tried everything, and looked all over the web. This slide lacks release levers that I can find/see! Other than unscrewing the plate from the drawer, is there a way to get teh drawer out? I ...
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Why is one of my 2-way lights staying on all the time while the other isn't?

I wanted to change 2 of my lights in the living room, but now one is working well but the second is staying constantly on. It's a 2 way system. I have 1 blue wire coming out, 3 brown, 2 blue and 3 ...
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Repairing/patching concrete foundation of house

What's the best (or maybe easiest and most affordable would be more accurate) route to patch the concrete of our house foundation? It's kind of crumbling in places and needs a facelift. Ideas/options? ...
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14-2 Tap Branched From 12-2 Feed on 20amp Circuit…What To Do?

I have a switch by my front door that supplied power to a receptacle. I want to wire that switch to an existing ceiling fan/light combo in the same room. I've already made the outlet constantly hot. ...
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Purpose of Fill Valve Tube Going into Overflow Drain

I can easily understand the purpose of the overflow tube itself, but why is the little black hose that comes from the fill valve placed down into the overflow tube? On my toilet, there is a strong ...
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Fireplace switch: wiring length/gauge limitations?

We have a propane fireplace insert that can be wired up for a switch. Right now, there are two 6" 18g single-strand leads that when nutted together complete the circuit allowing the fireplace to turn ...
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450 views

Holes in basement floor

We have a couple holes in our basement floor that I assume drain to the sewer, but they're not covered. A guy installing our water heater recommended covering them so we don't get sewer gas or ...
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172 views

What is this electrical box with a button?

I have a small electrical box with a small button on it in the front of my house. I traced the wire as much as I could. One end is this box with a button. It leads to the front of my detached ...
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How do I dispose of the waste water after cleaning a brush or roller?

After using latex paint and cleaning the brush/roller with soapy water, how do I dispose of the paint/water mixture?
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352 views

On the number and shape of my swamp cooler motor cord terminals

As I understand it, most three prong electrical chords are have a hot wire, ground, and neutral terminals (for extra precautions). My swamp cooler motor cord has four prongs as shown here: What is ...
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97 views

Can I use duct tape instead of a draft hood?

I have a small opening between my vent and water heater. Instead of buying a draft hood, is there any harm in using duct tape?
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Should something be placed between engineered hardwood and a cement slab?

Just installed engineered hardwood floors on the lower level of our home. We have a cement slab. My question is the floors are very very hard. When installing the floors, should have been a pad ...
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Humidity causes Asko clothes washer to buzz and not start

I have an Asko 20004 Front Loading clothes washer. When the air is very humid (in the summer) it buzzes when I turn it on but the moter will not start. I've disassembled it and the buzzing seems to ...
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Toilet tank slow to refill (bowl refills normally)…bad overflow tube?

This is definitely a conundrum: not even our local hardware store could figure this one out! So, here goes: We have a fairly new one-piece toilet in our guest bathroom that now takes forever to ...
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How would you repair this exterior foundation insulation/wrap?

A home I purchased, which was built in 2005 located in the upper Minnesota/US (frigid winters, balmy summers) has the larger faces of the above-grade poured foundation covered in a strange insulation ...
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Building a dock ramp for a dog

I have the week off for the fourth and I'm in a beginner DIY mood. At my lake house, we have a floating dock which is too high above the water to easily pull the dog out and he can't get out by going ...
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Replacing old windows - how to make vapor barrier?

I'm replacing a couple windows in an 80 year old house. Not surprisingly, there is no house wrap or any kind of vapor barrier. It's 2x4 studs with 1/2" tongue and groove wood siding on the inside, ...
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Epoxy fumes won't leave our home. Help!

So my husband decided to paint our smurf blue tub and shower with an epoxy white paint. He used two cans that came with the kit and it didn't cover. When the nearest Lowes was without another spray ...
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Replacing G4 halogen bulbs with LEDs

We've got 12V halogen G4 fixtures mounted under our kitchen cabinets and would like to use LED's instead. I found some G4 LED bulbs on Amazon, and they fit in the fixtures just fine, but if I try to ...
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Ceiling joists job in a cinder block house

So I have a 25 x 30 square house made of cinder block. Roof is just a gable roof with gables on the ends of the 30ft length. My question is, I know in stick framed houses the ceiling joists act to ...
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Cleaning grout under caulk line (between tile and tub) before re-caulking?

I have a 1.5 year old condo and I recently pulled the old caulk job the builder put in, and found they grouted between the tub and tiles and just caulked over it. The grout is discoloured in places ...
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Preparation for laminate floor went south

So I've setup few laminate floors so far, and I'm no expert at this but this is what I like to do in my spare time. So I've got a condo in which there were carpets and I teared out those and all ...
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What could cause my Craftsman push mower to die after running for a few minutes?

I received a Craftsman push mower (Model 917.377543) from my sister. She had left it outside all winter in the snow/rain. I have got to the point where the mower will run for 15-20 minutes initially ...
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1answer
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How can I fix multiple layers of paint on window trim?

In our new house, we have discovered that the previous owner simply added a new layer of paint to the entire house whenever it began to peel. The paint job around the window sill and trim is ...
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2answers
123 views

Curcuit breaker not accesible

My dryer stopped working and I found out that the circuit breaker (fuse) had burnt out. I measured the voltage in the socket and it's none. I live in an older house in USA and the cable is inside the ...
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1answer
217 views

Adding ventilation and insulation with limited soffits

I’m hoping to add some insulation and ventilation to our attic. It’s a 1954 with a 1991 addition. The second floor is warmer in the summer, the original part much warmer than the addition. Current ...
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How can I prevent grease buildup on a dishwasher door?

I have noticed significant grease buildup on the bottom of my Whirlpool dishwasher's door. The dishwasher was purchased brand new in the early 2000s. I have heard that someone has already tried ...
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What's involved in an electrical inspection to obtain a Certificate of Occupancy?

In an 80 year old house with no original certificate of occupancy (C of O). I have to obtain a C of O, which requires an electrical inspection. What should the inspection involve?
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Tree trunk table--how to remove suckers from base?

We took down an old apple tree and left the stump at an appropriate table height. Am getting ready to install a brick patio around the base and am wondering how to get rid of the suckers--am trying ...

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