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How can I determine what is causing a newly creaking ceiling?

There's an area of my ceiling that has rather suddenly (in the last week) started creaking when the wind blows. It's at a juncture with a wall, right below the attic, and it is very localized (at ...
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1answer
383 views

What's the best option for cutting cement siding?

I bought some of James Hardie Trim made of fiber cement and I'm wondering what the best option is for cutting it is. Home Depot refuses to cut it because it ruins their saw blades. Scoring this stuff ...
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6answers
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What is the best method of hanging drywall on ceiling?

I am hanging more drywall and will be doing a basement ceiling. I generally start in a corner and work my way out. I use glue on the joists and then drywall screws. Is the glue needed? I learned ...
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2answers
200 views

How can I recess an electrical outlet that protrudes from a glass mosaic tile wall?

The electrical outlet in my newly installed glass mosaic tile backsplash protrudes. How can I recess it without damaging the glass tile? It is a wall switch that runs to my disposal.
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2answers
691 views

How do I make skirting boards removable?

I have been thinking about how to make a room easy to repaint, if I could remove the skirting boards with ease, then paint them away from the carpet and paint the walls without having to mask the ...
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1answer
69 views

How can I find out if I can add a bedroom to my home without violating any rules/ordinances?

I think I heard somewhere when I bought my home that we weren't allowed to add any permanent (concrete foundation) fixtures on my property, such as a shed on a concrete foundation. Well, adding a ...
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2answers
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Should I pour a footing and pier at the same time?

I am pouring concrete for deck footings. I need an 18in diameter footing to carry the weight, and I will also use a 8 in diameter pier to bring it to an inch above ground. The footing must be 30 in ...
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1answer
201 views

How can I lighten plywood to a finish that resembles pine?

I need ideas for making some plywood attractive. Ideally I want to lighten it and then varnish it, so it ends up with a pine finish. Is this possible? Alternatively I might stain it with a diluted ...
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1answer
175 views

Should I reorganize the main service panel when adding a subpanel?

I am currently in need of a new 240V circuit for a welder in the garage but my main breaker is full. Adding a subpanel seems to be the only solution that would be to code, but I have a couple ...
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2answers
1k views

How do I repair a marble floor corroded by acid?

I recently got some contractors over to repair a section of my house and they unknowingly spilt a small amount of acid on my marble floor. They did not attend to it immediately and the acid corroded ...
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0answers
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How can I paint an area without color-matching after treating mold?

Is there a clear paint that I can use after I have treated an area for mold in the bathroom? I don't want to try and match the color.
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3answers
555 views

How do I remove paint from a wood floor?

I have a coat of non-transparent paint (not sure what type, it was painted about 20 years ago) on my floor. I'd like to see the wood grain. So I am trying to figure out a simple DIY way to remove the ...
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1answer
386 views

How does a two-piece water softener work and what maintenance does it require?

I've read that there are single units and conditioners with reservoirs. I've gathered that they both need to be replenished with conditioning salt. I have a two piece (below) unit and am wondering how ...
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2answers
804 views

What is the minimum size conduit/mast required for a 100 amp overhead service?

What is the minimum size conduit/mast required for a 100 amp single phase 240 volt overhead electrical service?
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3answers
632 views

How soon can we stain a freshly-sanded deck after it got drenched in the rain?

My family and I are refinishing our deck. We live in area with wild weather so, even though it called for a week of sun, immediately after finishing sanding our deck (to a very beautiful underneath) ...
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1answer
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How can I replace the plywood under my air handler?

Sunday morning I walked out into my garage to find two huge water spots in the ceiling. The condensate drain line that comes out of my air handler in the attic had clogged up, and it turns out the ...
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1answer
201 views

How do I convert an old model propane fireplace to natural gas?

I installed a propane direct vent fireplace bought from Security Chimney International about 12 years ago. I now want to convert it to natural gas. I have phoned the company and they told me that ...
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2answers
4k views

How can I connect a 120V washer to a 240V circuit?

So we got a new washing machine to go in a house built in the late 50s. When the appliance installer came to deliver the appliance, we ran into a snag with connecting the washer...the washer appears ...
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2answers
258 views

Are there door knobs specifically meant for outdoors?

I recently moved to a new home and need to replace a door knob that will be exposed to the outdoors. Does it matter what kind of door knob I get if it will be exposed to the outdoors? If it doesn't ...
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1answer
420 views

How can I wire a single gang 3-way fan control and dimmer?

My client's new fan is installed on a 3-way switch above stairs. The switches are located top and bottom, on separate breakers. The fan and light are operated simultaneously. The light attachment has ...
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1answer
1k views

What could be causing a new 20 amp dedicated circuit supported by a GFCI breaker to trip?

I installed a dedicated 20amp circuit home run to support a single duplex outlet in a bathroom. The GFCI breaker is wired correctly. However, When I plug in a load such as a light a the breaker ...
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2answers
556 views

How can I locate a short in a 24V central A/C circuit?

My A/C is not working. I checked the panel and the LED light code told me that there was a fuse blown or a short in the circuit. I checked and confirmed that the fuse had blown. If the fuse blows ...
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0answers
107 views

How can I repair blown plaster on walls?

I live in a very old cottage (1747) some of the plaster mainly on exterior walls has blown/blistered with a powdery residue. We have hacked off the plaster - treated the walls and re-plastered but ...
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2answers
903 views

Why won't my hose bib handle turn either way?

The handle on my outdoor hose bib won't turn at all. The faucet is currently partially on and the handle will not turn either way. How can I fix it so it will work properly?
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1answer
327 views

Should I cap off my clogged kitchen pipe at the wall or after the p-trap?

A member of my household thought our garbage disposal was a magic ray gun that obliterated anything poured down its black hole. The plumber cleared a glue-like substance from the pipes underneath the ...
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3answers
3k views

Do I need more than just Drylok to insulate concrete basement walls before framing out some walls?

I have a large unfinished basement. Concrete blocks walls. French drain. All but the top 18 inches or so are underground. It's got great potential to be finished (9 foot ceilings). The basement has ...
2
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2answers
1k views

What is the difference between MSS SP-80 Type 1 and Type 2?

I have a bronze gate valve whose spec sheet says it conforms to MSS SP-80 Type 2. However, the project standards specify that the gate valve must be MSS SP-80 Type 1. What is the difference between ...
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0answers
203 views

How do you build a window seat bed?

I'm new to this so just wondering besides wood, what other materials & tools will I need to build a window seat bed? I also need it to hold 300-500 lbs. It will be used with a Twin mattress and ...
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1answer
78 views

How do I make this paint match?

I'm painting drywall. The paint I purchased was said (by the developer) to be the paint used on this wall. The paint however doesn't match as you can see in the picture. I'm just shaking the can, and ...
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1answer
2k views

How can I loosen a tight sink handle?

I recently replaced the pivot rod in my bathroom sink drain. Over the course of the 3 days it took me to finally come to a resolution for it, the cold water handle has gotten tight. The hot water ...
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1answer
1k views

Rewiring A Ceiling Fan - Add Wall Switch

I have ceiling fans in four rooms all with lights. The fans are hardwired to the breaker box, but the lights are on switches. I'd like to add another switch to control the fan, either on/off, or a ...
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2answers
325 views

What does it mean when our window screens are loose and the windows are hard to lock?

We just finished building our new house and we feel like the Simonton windows might have some issues. I'm not sure if what I'm seeing is normal or not so I thought I'd post my issues here and see ...
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2answers
4k views

Is it OK to leave window opened and air conditioner ON (cooling) at night?

At night temperature outside is usually lower than temperature set on AC. So looks like conditioned air should not leak outside (if it does, it is replaced with even colder air) and it is fine to ...
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1answer
397 views

How can I repair a crumbling shed base?

I think I know the answer to this already but its worth a punt. I laid a 4mx3m shed floor (clearly badly), with about 10 cm of hardcore and 7.5cm of cement, that whilst in the middle appears fine, on ...
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2answers
589 views

How long can a refrigerator be stored without being used?

I purchased a refrigerator 8 months ago, but it will not be used right away. It came directly from the showroom. Must I use it now, or I can wait longer before using it?
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0answers
307 views

How long should I wait for plaster to dry/cure between coats?

Even though I am in the U.S., my city row house is old and the brick walls attaching to neighbors on each side have an inch thick plaster. During the recent demolition/renovation, I had to tear some ...
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1answer
98 views

Which lumber to use to rip my own molding?

I need to rip some custom sized molding on my table saw. Which is the best kind of lumber to use? I imagine plain 1x Spruce-pine-fir (SPF) is not the best choice.
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2answers
224 views

How to prevent small birds from getting trapped inside open double-hung windows?

I have a double-hung window which has an AC unit, meaning it is always open. Occasionally, like just now, small birds get trapped in between the panels and they can't get out because it is narrow and ...
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1answer
409 views

Should we use plasterboard, MDF or wood when blocking up a window in our pantry?

We have a window in our pantry and we have been advised that we might need planning permission to remove it. Instead it would be easier to put plaster board over it. I was just curious whether ...
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1answer
2k views

How do I replace part of my bathroom ceiling?

I had a leak in the roof above my bathroom. I had a contractor investigate. He looked at the roof carefully, and he examined the ceiling with an infrared scanner while it was actually leaking. He ...
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1answer
295 views

How can I patch my slab around a rough-in pipe in a difficult to access location?

I've got a situation similar to this one (slab finishing/patching around roughed-in plumbing remodel), but in my situation the finishing job poses a couple extra problems: 1) The trench routes under ...
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1answer
2k views

What are some cheap ideas to smoothen the surface of a papier mache? [closed]

I did a papier mache sculpture and I want to smoothen it. The end result of my paper mache has creases in it. I want an end result to be finished like it was done in wood, plastic or any solid smooth ...
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1answer
4k views

What type of adhesive do I use to bond metal & glass?

I need some strong adhesive for a table. The glass panel fell off and I have no idea what type I need. It needs to be clear and very strong. Pics here:
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1answer
1k views

Can I safely bypass the door switch on my dryer?

The door switch on my dryer is broken (the rocker part of the switch just hangs loose) and the dryer won't start. I have the part number, but I won't be able to get one for several days. Is this ...
3
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1answer
1k views

DIY solution for open ground wiring where electronics need to be plugged in?

Although many of the original two-prong outlets in a rental property (built around 1958) have been replaced with three-prong ones almost none of them are actually grounded (the couple that are ...
2
votes
1answer
343 views

What kind of sand should I use for a sandbox?

What type of Sand is normally used for Sandboxes? I've heard some people love Masonry sand because it clean of small pebbles. Other like Concrete sand because it packs well.
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2answers
1k views

How can I cut/route a small, straight slot through a piece of wood?

While I'd like to keep this question as generic as possible, I specifically want to cut a slot that's 1/2" long x 3/16" wide all the way through a piece of 3/8"-thick oak. My primary options are ...
2
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1answer
370 views

How do I get better looking results with Sandstone texture paint?

I am painting a small bathroom with Sandstone paint that I bought in Lowe's (for non-US users, this is big chain of home improvement/remodeling stores). The result is just terrible. First, it ...
3
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3answers
330 views

Should I remove a broken piece of the pivot rod from the trap in my bathroom pedestal sink?

I have a pedestal sink in my bathroom and my horizontal pivot rod for the pop-up stopper broke. I was going to simply swap out the pivot rod, however, the short end that broke off fell down the drain ...
3
votes
2answers
463 views

How do I make exposed wood stairs less squeaky?

I was wondering if it is possible to make exposed wood stairs less squeaky with a layer of foamy/rubbery material between the stringers/frame and stair treads. Or is there a different solution?

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