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removing old bolts from brick wall

I've got a rusty old downpipe on my external brick wall that needs replacing, however the bolts on the brackets don't seem to have useful heads. See photo: ...
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How can I repair damaged gloss of hardwood floor due to spilled scented oil?

I spilled scented oil on my glossy hardwood floor and left it unattended for a few hours. After I cleaned up the spill, the spot had turned white. I researched online and found that applying a mixture ...
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Cracks in asphalt driveway

I live in the Northeast, and we had a hard winter. Just a few small cracks in the asphalt. I went to home depot, but all they have are 5 gallon drums of sealer. To me, it looks like all I need is to ...
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139 views

How can I control this electronic door release with an Arduino?

I am planning on fitting this GK311-1224 ANSI Release to a door and using a simple switch and Arduino as triggers. Are there any examples of a typical installation for a lock like this.
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What do the “N” and “T” labels mean on junction box cable clamps?

This is a typical old-work junction box with integral NM cable clamps. They are each labeled with a tiny "N". I had assumed this stood for NM and didn't give the labels a second thought. But then I ...
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How can I safely put a plug on an old furnace motor that has just two wires

My Old furnace motor has just 2 wires, Black and white. How can I safely put a plug on it to use it? I want it to power a chicken plucker.
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463 views

How to use fiber optics to illuminate glass tiles?

Just a cool idea I've been kicking around for about an hour, I'm trying to figure out how it could work. I'm considering doing this with backslpash tiles and maybe even some shower tiles. Ideas: ...
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1answer
547 views

How can I repair this sewer cap?

My home was built in 1959. The clean out cap in the basement is 2.5" ID but it doesn't have threads. It has 2 nubs (now it only has one) opposite each other that fit into two notches in the pipe. ...
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Treating a crack in a concrete patio before resurfacing

I am resurfacing a covered outdoor concrete patio. The original slab has a crack in it due to some heave. I am not particularly worried about this crack, however. The soil below is hard clay, and the ...
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Hooking up a 50A hot tub breaker to a 60A subpanel

I am considering adding a hot tub to my backyard. Most of the ones I've seen require a 240v 50A breaker, presumably with #6 4-wire. It would be most convenient to run the line for this from my ...
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How can I create an air tight seal around pipes?

I live in an industrial loft. My downstairs neighbor is a factory. When they're running, fumes come up through my bathroom into my apartment. It's serious problem. The guy who lived here before me ...
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Is it against code to create a romex to thhn junction inside a conduit body?

I'm installing a 60A subpanel in my detached garage. I'll be running 2GA conductors, to leave the possibility of upgrading to 100A service in the future open. The Breaker I'll be using on the main ...
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1answer
71 views

What is this part of the heating system, and how can I stop it from leaking?

I bought a quite old house, and I found on the attic a thing that's part of the central heating, and it's leaking water. Not a lot, but enough to soak through to the floor below. Pictures: . I ...
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1answer
271 views

Would a chunky mantel allow me to mount my TV above a wood burner?

I would like a woodburner with a twin flue install to take the flue outside. If I put a chunky mantel above it, can I then safely mount my TV on the wall without heat killing it? When I say chunky I ...
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1answer
255 views

What is the junction that connects conduit to a structure called?

Drawing plans and writing a BOM and looking for what that part is called. I brought pictures! I don't know the proper term for that part.
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118 views

How can I bend skirting for a bay window?

We have a bay window in our living room with a fast approaching deadline for the carpet being fitted. We need to bend the skirting as it won't be as pleasing to the eye if we do it in chunks and our ...
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127 views

Can I change my standard thermostat to a Wifi one?

I have a (quite standard) TR-010X T6360A thermostat that looks like this: And this is the wiring diagram: Can I install the Heatmiser PRT-TS WiFi Touchscreen Programmable Thermostat? This is the ...
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How do I wire a switched outlet with the switch downstream?

Can I simply use the same switch loop technique as with a light? in combination with this: replacing the light with the final outlet?
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How do I remove a brass pipe that has been jammed into a larger iron pipe?

I was replacing the sink this afternoon when I noticed that the p-trap would not reach the drain pipe. No biggie, right? I'll just buy some extensions from the local big box and be on my way. I ...
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1answer
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What could cause washing machine drum to bang against housing during spin cycle after a repair?

I just replaced the agitator cam and cogs and drive block in my Whirlpool top loading washing machine. I put everything back together exactly according to directions and now the outer drum seems to ...
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3answers
317 views

What is the best way to drive the hard-cut nail into wooden baseboards to prevent splitting?

I am installing my baseboards, and there is a section that must be attached to brick. I know, by experience, that the best nail for my type of brick is the hard-cut masonry nail (and not the fluted ...
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How can I reduce the noise from an HE boiler vent?

I have a HE boiler that is direct vented out the side of my house on the neighbors side, they find the 'roar' of the exhaust to be very annoying. Have anyone tried troubleshooting these to ...
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How can I connect this washing machine outlet to the drain?

I have been given a washing machine and I've plumbed in the inlet no problems The problem I have is that the outlet hose coming from the machine is not compatible with the drainage plumbing in the ...
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How long does it take to charge a Mastercraft 7.2V cordless drill?

I don't have the booklet that came with this Craftmaster 7.2V cordless drill. I am not sure of time to charge the battery but I assume it should be at least 3 hours or more. Is this correct?
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What's the best way to remove Sharpie ink from a varnished bar top?

I need to remove some Sharpie ink that has somehow got into a varnished bar top. I've tried scrubbing at it with various cleaning products but nothing seems to work. What should I try next?
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How can I protect the soleplate when framing basement walls?

I plan on finishing my basement and I have a specific question about framing the walls and protecting the soleplate. I plan on framing and setting up the walls BEFORE laying the subfloor, but that ...
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Why do I have no power in two rooms after plugging something in?

I plugged something into an outlet, and heard a sort of a sizzle noise. Now I have no power in two rooms, but the breaker did not trip? Any ideas into what happened?
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How can I extend a surge protector's cable?

I want to buy surge protected socket however these products generally has 1.5-2 meters long cable but it isn't enough for me. On socket there is a warning: "Plug in this product directly to.wall plug ...
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Reusing screw holes in lumber

My townhouse has some outdoor stairs built out of 6" x 8" lumber (i.e., the first step is comprised of two pieces of lumber (with no "nosing")). A couple of the steps are rotten and I need to change ...
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What features do I need in a stud finder for use on plaster walls?

I have an old house built in the early 1930s. The conventional stud finders are useless on plaster. The more sophisticated ones are more expensive in the $50 range. What features would a stud finder ...
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289 views

How to remove nails from 6 x 8 lumber

My townhouse has some outdoor stairs built out of 6" x 8" lumber (i.e., the first step is comprised of two pieces of lumber (with no "nosing")). A couple of the steps are rotten and I need to change ...
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1answer
395 views

Why is foam coming out of the kitchen drain while washing dishes?

I am in Saudi Arabia using FAIRY liquid dish washer to clean my dishes after meals. Every time I observe that the foam is coming out of the drainage located at the kitchen floor during my cleaning of ...
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1answer
236 views

Electric pump motor wiring

I have a Franklin Electric motor, model no. 1313007142 1hp ph3 3450 rpm 230v/460hz, it has 9 black wires, numbered 1 to 9, inside the rear of motor all even number wires come out one side and all odds ...
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Should my furnace closet have this huge duct opening into the unconditioned vented attic?

So my interior furnace closet has a huge duct in it that connects the closet to the unconditioned vented attic right above it. Needless to say, this is a huge air leak into the conditioned part of the ...
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1answer
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crawlspace insulation

I have crawlspace with an earth floor. it is approx. 24" from the ground to the floor joist. I have 6 mil poly on the ground. I have vents that will be opened in the summer and closed during the ...
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1answer
320 views

What should I do about shingles that are stuck to the sheathing?

I'm so pleased to find this diy.stackexchange. I'm in the middle of replacing a small roof above an entry-way. It is an area of about 100 square feet (9.3 square meters). The top layer of shingles ...
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2answers
768 views

Attaching a ledger board - only partial rim joist

Last year I removed the rotting deck that was on the back of my house and this year I am replacing it. The previous ledger board was bolted directly against the shingles in the position indicated by ...
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1answer
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Gas hob without burner cover

Rather than having the gas spread out by the burner cover like this: I would like to have one central flame. Can I do this by removing both the burner cover and the burner itself leaving this: ...
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What could cause my washer to leak only on the last spin?

My washer is leaking only on the last spin cycle and I was wondering what could do that and if I could fix it by my self to avoid paying 100-200$ to get it repaired. I have an Inglis Washer. I ...
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How can I match the wall color after dent fixing?

I used to have a couple of small dents in one of my walls (the walls are plastered brick if that matters). I covered them and the wall is now smooth. However the main issue I have right now is the ...
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Edge considerations on mosaic staircase

I'm renewing our old outdoor concrete staircase going to the garden. I've decided to install glass mosaic as surface finishing. I've got advice from the specialized shop regarding water-proofness of ...
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1answer
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Best way to attach MDF Casing to

So I purchased some of This Here MDF Casing. And am trying to determine that best way to attach it to my raw lumber frame. The basic choices Glue, Nails, or Screws come to mind. I'd like to use ...
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1answer
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How can I figure out which valves should be open?

Just had my DE filter replaced with a cartridge filter. The pipes going to the motor have three valves. Since the replacement I am losing water and can't remember which of the valves should be open ...
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1answer
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Converting two-vent fireplace insert into one-vent: how much combustion air access does it need?

We recently took out a woodburning stove and are replacing it with a propane insert. The insert is set for a 2-pipe direct vent configuration (one for combustion air, one for exhaust). Our contractor ...
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2answers
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What is causing my kitchen drain to back up into my dishwasher?

I have tried vinegar and baking soda and a commercial cleaner. When I use the plunger the water in time will go down. What should I do first? Should I take my dishwasher apart or the attempt to clean ...
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1answer
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Bathroom fan intake location

I have a log home with no bathroom fans. In a low humidity climate this is not a mildew problem, but it would be a nice to vent the other unwanted gas. The easiest place to install one is in the tub ...
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1answer
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outlet bypass for multimeter

seeing that I (and i bet 99.9% of the people here) already have a nice multimeter, i find it kinda of silly to buy a kill-a-watt type of device. But, on the other hand, it is really impractical to ...
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1answer
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Is this likely to be asbestos in the ceiling above my bathroom?

The ceiling fan in my bathroom is playing up, so I removed it. Looking inside the roof above the hole I saw the following: It looked like a big clump of dust so I grabbed it and it felt quite ...
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1answer
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Would an Elmer's wood filler color match a Minwax wood finish color?

I recently stained some red oak using Minwax Wood Finish in Golden Oak colour. I need a hardening wood filler to close up the seams. Would Elmer's Wood Filler in Golden Oak complement this? Or, ...
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How to solve a miswiring of neutral and ground

An Outlet in the dining room which had a microwave plugged into it stopped working. I found 120+ volts from hot to ground and 96+ from hot to neutral. Also at one point my "three light tester" showed ...

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