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Conflict with roofer [closed]

I hired a local roofer to redo my roof. One of the items in the contract is to "INSTALL 7/16” OSB SHEATHING OVER EXISTING ROOF BOARDS." The roof boards are rough sawn 3/4 inch thick pine, with a 1/2 - ...
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bathroom sink drain line

My bathroom sink drain was clogged. Since drain stop had been out, figured something fell down hole into p trap. Anyway, when I went under sink, learned P Trap piece was connected to pipe with ...
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Air testing for new plumbing in addition?

I have inspection in a few days for my new plumbing (3" SCH 40), 1 1/2" Drain lines. Inspector told me I am responsible for the test plugs, air guage and the whole set up. Im looking to set this up ...
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Should I be concerned that the sill plate is not lined up with the foundation?

I am in the process of building a one level home in PA. After the formed concrete walls were poured and the framing began, I noticed that on one side of the house that the sill plate was flush with ...
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Hose Bib still leaks even after replacing washer

I have fixed many leaky hose bib faucets over the years by removing the stem & replacing the bad washer. I just finished replacing the worn out washer for a leaky hose bib, but when I put the ...
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outlet extended without outlet box?

A contractor recently extended power from an outlet that is located behind my refrigerator. He was originally going to use a large outlet box to make the connections but then we realized that an ...
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Pipe seized to inaccessible coupling - how to attach a new pipe? [closed]

I have updated this question with additional detail - it is not a high-pressure steam environment; it only operates at 115 PSI. Apologies if this is off-topic here. It's less "home improvement", more ...
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How to safely install drywall anchors near wiring

I need to hang a rack on a pantry wall, the other side of which has a light-switch. The rack will be holding quite a bit of weight (well-distributed, and close to the wall, though), and I need to ...
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Insulation type to use on a hinged metal attic door

In this question, I asked about the best type of insulation to use on a hinged metal attic door, when one is also concerned about heat entering around the edges of the door when closed. The answer I ...
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How to use an older Sears Craftsman pad sander

I have a 1/2 sheet pad sander and I can't find the user manual online. Sears Craftsman Model p11616. I also can't figure out how to attach the sand paper. It us designed to use adhesive and ...
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Sidewall venting for natural gas appliance

My natural gas hot water tank still uses black (ABS) plastic vents. Due to a building code change, these need to be replaced with System 636 pipes. The current abs plastic pipes go to the roof. I ...
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Why do you need a Residual Current Device if you already have trip switches?

My electrician has suggested installing a RCD into the house. We already have trip switches so I am not sure what the point is (but then my knowledge of RCDs is limited to what the Wikipedia article ...
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Replacing a frost free faucet

The other day I went out to water my yard after seeding. When I was done, I turned the knob on faucet to shut the water off and felt a snap. Water started coming out of where knob goes on. I shut the ...
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Possible townhouse units shifting

I live in a 4 unit town home. The two end units are ranch homes built on a slab and have a north and south entrance. The two middle units are raised ranch units built mostly over the two end ranch ...
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Paint on wall smells rancid

I used old paint and now my place smells rancid. I've read about vinegar, and primer, and ripping out the dry wall. IS there any easy fix? I was thinking about just spraying down the walls with ...
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How do I attach a flat/gable verandah to an existing house?

I would to build a verandah similar to . It will be attached to the fascia at the back of my house. I'm building it using timber frame and zinc aluminium roof sheets. I initially wanted to do a flat ...
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How deep do I set metal post?

How deep should I set a 14' steel pole in concrete that will have a wood roof attached. I am building a carport that is 36' long by 12' wide by 14' tall. There will be 8 poles.
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How to attach a monkey-bar/playground structure to the ground in my backyard?

I would like to build a monkey-bar/playground structure in my backyard. It's not your standard monkeybars, but I made a 3D visualization at staktrace.com/pub/structure.html if that helps. I'm planning ...
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How can I remove paint from a wood deck so I can stain it?

We recently purchased this house and the deck was painted. It now needs to be repainted, but we want to stain it. We are in the mountains and can not use a pressure washer since we do not have ...
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1answer
195 views

How to fix a garbage disposal pipe leak?

I have a slowly dripping joint where the disposal meets the drain pipe. I want to fix it myself and thought to just seal it with some sealant. What sealant should I use and/or should I not seal it, ...
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Why is my power out? [closed]

We got our electric shut off so we played the bill called electric company they said to turn off main switch so we did. They turned power on so we switched it on and still no power. We took off main ...
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74 views

Proper wiring for dishwasher and GFCI

Can I connect a dishwasher to a GFCI outlet that is part of a 20amp circuit that has a total of 2 GFCI outlets?
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352 views

Finishing Attic Floor (Joists Blocking / Insulation)

I moved into a house built in the 1920's several months ago that has a finished attic where the former owner's two teenage boys were living. I want to go from the old ratty carpeting to nice floor ...
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TouchNGo opener failure to open

When opening my garage door from my car, I note that, only recently, the door opens and then closes a few inches, and then opens a few inches, and so on. How do I fix this?
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Maximum length for bathroom extractor/exhaust fan vent

Our bathroom extractor fans are vented into the attic of our ~70yr old house in Philadelphia. According to our home energy auditor this is pretty common here. We want to vent these to the outside ...
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Thin plastic floor covering

I have laminate flooring coming right up to the base of an external door. This door gets a lot of footfall, and has started to wear the top surface of the laminate where it meets the base of the door. ...
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What's the name for this very thin metal sanding disk for use in a drill?

I have a sanding disc that attaches to my drill, and i'm struggling to find a replacement. Does anyone know what it's officially called? I reckon it's about 180 grit. It's about 127mm external ...
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What is this small hollow metal cylinder?

I've bought a flat-pack bed second hand, and it has one part missing. There are two boards I need to join, and according to the instructions I should hammer a short (about 4 cm) hollow metal cylinder ...
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dripping sound in ceiling when central heating gets warm

I am a complete novice about plumbing so apologies in advance. Basically I have noticed that, when my central heating warms up I hear what sounds like a dripping noise in the ceiling. This seems to ...
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161 views

Should I be worried if my A/C ran with the cover on?

My wife accidentally switched on the "cool " mode and the a/c was activated, however the cover was still on the unit outside. Ran like this for about 2 hours. I noticed it and turned it off and went ...
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septic tank problem

We have a septic tank that had been pumped 3 months ago. The sewage backed up into bathtubs 3 months later. The ABS pipe at the entrance of the septic tank was found bent (?) and creating the problem. ...
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1answer
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What is the best type of insulation to use on a hinged metal attic door?

What is the best type of insulation to use on a hinged metal attic door (no integrated ladder)? Primarily concerned about heat entry through the door when closed. Also concerned about heat entry ...
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Rewiring bathroom

I added a Fan/Light and put in 3 Rocker Switch. I used 14/2 wiring, the line hot went to the Common screw and leg 1 to the light for the fan, leg 2 went to the fan and I wired leg 3 to a 5 bulb ...
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367 views

Long straight cracks in the ceiling

In several places in the ceiling of my 1986-built bungalow, there are long straight cracks running along the ceiling. What's causing them? Should I be concerned? How can I stop it from ...
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Extra unattached copper line under bathroom sink

So the bathroom sink has three lines underneath, all with shutoffs. Hot, cold, and another cold line. The second cold line is unused and older (it's copper, appears to be 3/8). Edit for ...
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What is the code for a refrigerator water line?

Appliance store says I need a shutoff valve behind the refrigerator. They want a valve box in the wall to attach their flexible water line. The plumber put in flexible copper tubing with the shutoff ...
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I run my hot water in the bathroom sink and the toilet next to it starts bubbling [duplicate]

I run my hot water in the bathroom sink and the toilet next to it starts bubbling. What could be causing this?
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Garbage disposal wiring

I've installed a new disposal on it's own 20A circuit with a wall switch, everything works fine... no problems. I was told it needs to be a GFCI receptacle. What say you?
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Wiring Combination Switch GFCI Outlet

I read some related questions, but can't find an answer given my wiring. I'm trying to wire a combination switch/GFCI outlet Pass & Seymour 1595SWTTRWCC4. I also checked the wiring diagrams, and ...
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I need a wiring solution for an unusual situation

I have two 20amp circuits in the kitchen. One is controlling receptacles to the left of the sink AND the dishwasher. The other is controlling receptacles to the right of the sink AND the fridge. The ...
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1answer
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Electrical conversion from European to USA

I am currently living in the US and have bought a house in Italy. I would like to take the many electrical devices i have so i do not have to re-buy them there. I have flat screen TV's, DVD's and ...
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237 views

C terminal / Wifi thermostat [duplicate]

I'm using a blue wire as a c-wire, however when I went to connect the blue wire at the furnace, it already had a white wire ( not from a thermostat) corrected to the c-terminal. Can / wires be ...
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1answer
165 views

Cut the skirting in around my new fireplace, scribing, fixing etc

I have just had a new fireplace installed. When the skirting was put in I had my carpenter cut me 2 pieces in preparation for the fireplace. I would love to improve my wood skills so a small project ...
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1answer
275 views

Can I paint the cement under the fireplace hearth?

I recently had a fireplace installed. The floor wasn't level so there is a wedge of cement exposed below. Click for larger view The installer says I should conceal it with wooden beading but ...
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1answer
142 views

Bad ceiling fan wiring?

I want to update my ceiling fan. I uninstalled the old fan. It was controlled by 2 switches. One controlled the light, the other the fan. There are only 3 wires coming out of the ceiling. Black, ...
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1answer
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electrical switch and outlet issue

I have a room in my house with both a dimmer switch and a flip switch. The flip switch controls the ceiling light and fan, and the dimmer controls the outlet by the entrance. It seems now we cannot ...
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1answer
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Six wires in outlet box, from 3 different circuits; 4 are hot?

I have been trying to install a new outlet in a room in my 1950s house, but I am really confused. When I opened it up, there were two black wires in under one screw and one under another. Ditto for ...
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1answer
339 views

Tire Swing Frame

I want to build a multi-use frame. Our plan is to take two 6x6x12 posts, sink them vertically 4 feet down with concrete and put a horizontal 6x6 post on top of the two. Question is, would that hold ...
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1answer
238 views

Deck Footing capacity with BigFoot base

I'm planning a new deck (completely replacing and enlarging an existing deck). The deck will be 25'x15' w/25 ft being attached to the house. I'm trying to determine what footings are required. ...
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Should I build a deck over my existing concrete patio or other?

I have a very challenging, small, north facing, graded back yard. The lowest portion of the yard is totally unusable. Attached to the house is a small concrete patio slab that at the highest point is ...

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