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The tube drain pipe is in bad shape

Okay, two months or so ago I had the drains in the house snaked because of slow draining at almost all of the fixture sites. After the plumber was done, everything was great, but two days ago I walked ...
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White Smoke coming out of Briggs and Stratton engine

The Issue: I recently purchased a 9 kilowatt generator running on a 17hp Briggs and Stratton engine which ran pretty well when I first bought it except for a little white smoke. I replaced the ...
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1answer
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How do I separate these wires?

My ceiling fan stopped working and I want to remove the light box from the fan so that I can replace an in-line fuse holder. In order to separate the light box from the fan rotation device, I need to ...
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Repair fridge door shelves

Our fridge has two white plastic shelves on the door. Both are cracked in the bottom - one just around the center, and one where almost the entire bottom has cracked along the front. I'm not ...
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Can a dryer exhaust through PVC in a slab?

I have a single story home in California, with a concrete slab foundation and a laundry room located in the hallway. The dryer vent connection is just a PVC pipe running down into the slab, and then ...
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Grounding wires

For a light fixture, if I ground the wire to the light fixture and the wire in the box is also grounded, do I need to connect the two grounded wires? The cooper wire within the box is extremely short,...
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How do I wire 2 switches to control a ceiling light?

I recently bought our house in Australia, and one light wasn't working, so I took a look at it. The wiring was not connected to the light. There were lots of wires coming from the ceiling for the ...
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Dropped Item in hot water heater

When I was redoing the plumbing to my hot water heater I accidentally dropped a pen cap down the vent stack/flu. Will this cause any problems? Like melting or catching on fire? Its going to take a ...
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Angle grinder 4 1/2" diamond blade with 7/8 in. with 5/8 in. insert included -what is the insert for?

I have a 4 1/2" angle grinder and I bought this blade because I need to cut some concrete bricks for my patio. With the blade I received a small disk that fits in the hole of the diamond disk and it ...
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Can't find correct size outdoor spigot handle

I have ordered several faucet handles but every one has been too large, or the wrong shape (square). Home Depot and Lowe's have handles but all too large or the wrong shape. Universal Outdoor Faucet ...
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Should I seal real brick installed on interior basement wall?

We recently installed 100+ year old brick on one of our basement walls and was wondering if it is recommended to seal it. If so, what would be a product to use?
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Can I caulk over cracked grout (shower floor) as a temporary fix?

We have an older shower, with 1x1 tiles on the floor. Some of these, the grout has started to crack, and we want to prevent water damage. However, we've exhausted our renovation budget for the year, ...
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Broken Miele Novotronic door latch

The latch on our tumble dryer door has broken. I've looked inside where the door clips in and I can see the following It is my belief that the plastic has actually snapped where shown (although I ...
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Can I paint over this?

Can I paint over Dulux Kitchens and bathrooms moisture resistant soft sheen emulusion with Dulux kitchen+ grease and stain protection Matt ?
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Repair a table after an accident with a candle

We had a little accident with a candle on our table, so I have to fix the following problems: Burned hole about 5x5 centimeters (top left in the photo) Scratch, about 1 millimeter deep, and one ...
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578 views

Best way to attach a steel t-beam to a wall?

In my new flat I will build a huge platform into one of the rooms. It will be very much like a loft bed, but wider. I'm in a very early planning phase. The room is about 3m across (no plan or exact ...
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Fix localized wooden parquet floor scratches

I just noticed that there are some scratches on our wooden parquet floor. They are very localized and the remaining of the floor is in very good condition. Is there a way to make these invisible? They ...
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Plywood plate for mounting to wall

I would like to attach a projector arm to my drywall, but the mounting plate of the arm is a bit wider than a wall stud. http://www.amazon.com/Pyle-PRJWM8-Universal-Telescoping-Adjustment/dp/...
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New Construction Home - Basement

My family is building a new home and the weather hasn't been cooperating. We have two big concerns that we have brought to the builder. We are looking for some advice regarding these concerns. ...
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Is it acceptable to install a pool tile mosaic without any thinset or mortar?

Is it acceptable practice to install pool tile mosaic without any thinset or mortar securing the mosaic tiles to the pool surface?? My pool contractor did this with a large turtle mosaic and now the ...
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Moved thermostat now ac wont turn on

So i was moving my thermostat to another room. I cut the wire to splice a new wire in. I got zapped first then spliced the wire. Now my thermostat is good to go but when it calls for the ac to kick on ...
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How can I wire my WIFI thermostat to control my millivolt fireplace?

I have a gas fireplace that has an millivolt on/off switch on my wall (and a remote that includes flame on/off, a countdown timer and a thermostatic flame control). I want to be able to program ...
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Greek-Symbol Theta on Stainless-Steel Nut?

I am trying to understand everything I can about some stainless-steel nuts that I have come across. I have already researched and found information on the characters at the bottom of each nut, but I ...
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Framing new wall/door

I have a dining room that I want to convert into a home office. There are two openings that I would like to close up and put doors in. Here is a rendering of both locations: I made an attempt at ...
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How heavy is too heavy? mounting heavy window planter boxes

I want to mount some heavy planter boxes on an outside wall under windows. The boxes are 52” wide and will go below nylon window frames that are a little more than 48” wide. I have a frame house ...
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Ok to paint Kilz on wooding flooring with faced insulation beneath?

My livingroom carpeted floor has some pet odors and cigarette smoke smell from a previous tenant. I'm replacing the flooring with laminate and the installer recommended painting Kilz on the floor ...
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Do they still make attachments for this track lighting?

. This light fixture is a track to which things attach. It came with spots; I've been asked to see if I can't 'shed more light,' so I'd like to go see if I can acquire alternative things. Can anyone ...
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How do I tell if my house is brick or brick veneer?

I live in a brick house, and am interested in understanding whether it is brick or brick veneer, as a way to understand what kind of risks it (and we) may face during an earthquake. I hear that brick ...
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What are some relatively cheap options for finishing a room in a barn to be used as a workshop/garage?

I am looking at setting up a wood shop in a room in an old barn and am trying to come up with some good options for finishing/minimizing moisture. The exterior barn walls are concrete and the interior ...
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Do I seal just the grout or the tiles and grout?

I just tiled the bathtub alcove and it came out great. Now I need to seal the grout. My question is, do i seal just the grout lines or do I apply the seal on the tiles and the grout? Thank you.
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connecting into 24v on HVAC transformer [duplicate]

I've located available 24v to tap into on my transformer but what's the physical procedure to add my tstat wire for C?
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What type of light deck stain would be durable in a New England climate?

The house I bought last year came with a deck around the above ground pool, but it was never maintained. It's about 11 years old now and starting to show signs of cracking and cupping. It hasn't ...
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Air Admittance Valve Testing Equipment For Inspection

I have an Oatey air admittance valve (AAV) installed in my home as part of an improvement project. Today the inspector came and said that the AAV would have to be tested with an air admittance valve ...
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switching out a heat/cool only thermostat to one with “auto” feature

I have a Honeywell deluxe programmable thermostat with a sub-base... Sub-base: 32207415-011/0008 Model: T8602D2000 The terminals that are used currently are: R W Y G (RC and O are not used) My ...
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Is a leveled wood frame for a basement floor a good idea?

Just bought an old house. One half of the basement has a nice headroom. The floor is painted concrete, and is pretty uneven and ultimately slopes towards a floor drain. I'd like a nice floor. Can I ...
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Dimmer switch replacement

Have new dimmer switch . Tried wiring it . Not working . Have two black wires and one white and green from wall . I have tried each wire in every spot . To no avail . One way keeps lights on all time ...
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1answer
549 views

Water Noise When Radon Fan is On

I've got a radon fan installed in my basement, but no sump pump. Starting a few days ago, I've started hearing a constant gurgling or bubbling sound from a basement wall that is 15 feet from where ...
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291 views

Can an isolation valve be used to reduce pressure?

The pipes going to the shower unit from the boiler both have isolation valves on them, which look like this: Can these valves be closed slightly to reduce pressure going through the pipes, or is it ...
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What is this part on the receptacle of the stove called and what is it for?

We have an older Whirlpool electric stove. (Model # RS6750XVN) One of the burners isn't working and when I lifted the top off I found a different type of receptacle. Three of the receptacles look ...
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539 views

What size pool jets am I supposed to purchase for 1.5 inch pipes?

In my pool, I have two white PVC pipes that push water out, where jets are supposed to fit to increase flow rate. The diameter of these pipes is 1.5 inches. I purchased a 5-pack of "Pool and Spa ...
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What is the purpose of a window well for a window that is above grade?

Recently my neighbour installed window wells around all of his basement windows, but they all sit with the bottom edge about 2 inches above the ground. Do window wells serve a purpose if your window ...
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1answer
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How bad is it to attach a gas water heater to a gas furnace electrical circuit?

I'm looking to replace my existing water heater with a more efficient model. One of the things that makes better models more efficient is the replacement of the thermocouple / pilot control system ...
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Do I need to level the outdoor AC cooling unit?

I've read somewhere that the outdoor AC unit needs to be leveled. My outdoor unit is a bit slanted due to the floor not being completely flat (pic below). However, I don't see any obvious structural ...
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471 views

How to hang a canvas wall art with wooden frame?

My wife bought a canvas wall art with wooden frame online (pic below), and it was shipped without any metal string or hooks for hanging. How do I hang it? What accessories do I need to buy to do so?
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Sealing threaded PVC pipe

What is recommended for Connecting 1" Schedule 80 PVC threaded fittings to prevent leaks. I have tried pipe dope, but leaks developed between nipples and elbows. Do you have any suggestions.
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Do I need to replace the thermal expansion tank when replacing a water heater?

I'm considering replacing my water heater. My existing heater has an expansion tank attached to the top; should I look into replacing that at the same time or is the life expectancy on those longer?
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289 views

Dimmer switch gets very warm - almost hot

I recently had a Z-wave dimmer switch installed. It is working fine and controls the recessed lighting in my family room. The lights are six 65-watt BR40 bulbs. When the cover was off the switch (we ...
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How much extra wire should I have in my electrical panel?

Question: What are some rules of thumb for leaving extra wire within an electrical panel (if any) and routing the extra wire (e.g. create a single loop from the extra wire) to maintain balance ...
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Strength of steel tube

What is the minimum size rectangle steel tube needed to lift 500 lbs with the fulcrum in the middle of a seven foot tube? Assume a minimum of 1.5 inches outside dimensions, long side vertical. E.g:...
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installing electrical boxes for out door light fixtures

want to install light fixtures on each side of my garage door if I use weather proof boxes should any type of light fixture fit over them?

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