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How can I remove residue left from peel and stick tiles?

have old peel and stick vinyl tiles coming up off vinyl flooring. Want to keep floor underneath. What gets rid of glue residue but safe to use in house
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Water dripping from exhaust vent in basement

I have puddles of water on basement floor when we have no rain, but after we take showers in bathrooms. I do have cracked roofing tar around roof vent so some comes from outside moisture, but not ...
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How do I uninstall a velux blackout blind?

(A Velux blind is a brand of skylight/roof-window in the UK that's apparently quite popular). We have a couple of velux windows with blinds attached. We'd like to swap them for the black-out blind ...
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How to remove silicone from brick

I had my windows replaced earlier this week. The old windows had metal U brackets to guide the rolling shutters. The gap between them and the brick wall was closed using some kind of (grey) silicone. ...
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Is it possible to patch a crack in a toilet?

We have a medicine cabinet placed above the toilet. Not the best place but not a lot of choice. Anyway, while fumbling for some Sudafed in the dark, I managed to knock a cough mixture bottle out of ...
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How to remove silicone from a porous wall?

I recently removed a door bell and I got a sillicone stain in the wall. The wall is basically red brick. The brick individually are kind of irregular and present some superficial porosity. This ...
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I need a concrete footing to be 5 feet tall. What circumference and reinforcement do I need?

I am building a deck which will be 24 feet off the ground. In order to use shorter posts can I build footings that will be approx. 5 feet tall from the soil line? If so, how wide around ...
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Patching Fieldstone Foundaton?

This is partly an extension of a prior question I had: Field-stone Foundation on Top of Bedrock, Keep the Water Out? With grading and some tarps (which I plan on covering with gravel) I think I have ...
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How can we cover a carpet for the long term?

Are there any plastic covers (or protectors or films) available that are more for long term (like about a year) as opposed to the short-term ones that last only 30-60 days. We're about to rent a ...
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Is it safe to put a window a/c unit over kitchen sink window?

Pretty self explanatory. I have a small window unit that would fit right over my kitchen sink window. About 2.25' of clearance above the counter top. Just thinking being near a water source may be ...
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Is it safe to ground a portable generator using the house ground at the service panel?

I've bought a portable generator that I'll use when the power goes out. The instructions in the paperwork state that the generator needs to be grounded before use. Can I use the house ground at the ...
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1answer
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Device keeps tripping AFCI device

I have a BedJet device that I run at night that keeps tripping the ARC-fault breaker in my bedroom after about 30 minutes of running nearly 70% of time (other times it works just fine). I have tried ...
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2answers
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Finishing with boiled linseed oil

I'm currently working on an oak table and I'm finishing it with boiled linseed oil is this a stand alone finish? I normally use a clear varnish but fancied trying something different. Will the linseed ...
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1answer
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help with improving HVAC performance on the second floor of an old house

I'm hoping some of you can offer some advice on how best to add a second AC in our home -- or on whether we should look for a different solution. I should say upfront that I've done a lot of reading ...
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Intermittent Water Flow And Potentially Busted Pipe

We have a well that has been causing us some trouble. The pressure gauge/pressure switch assembly on our water tank is older and rusted due to the high calcium/mineral content in our water here. ...
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Electric Stove Smooth Heating Elements - How Should They Be Wired?

I have a question. My oven has just 2 heating elements (the other side grills or griddles). Whoever wired it did so with only 3 contacts. One contact is hooked to 2 wires with each one going to a ...
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0answers
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Finding stone for building walls and steps

I am having trouble finding stone for walls and steps. I found only a single ad in Craigslist for stone slabs and he did not return my email. Stone masons generally charge very high prices for their ...
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How to Connect 2 Busch Dimmers [duplicate]

[![2 dimmers in place[!]Have just moved to Germany, and have a room with a double-gang system, the lower is a rotary dimmer which controls the lights in the kitchen, the upper is a double rocker ...
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2answers
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TV cable box extension cord and surge protector

I moved into a new apartment complex and my fiancé wanted the tv in bedroom mounted. To make it look clean I ran a new extension cord tv plug and the cable wire through a wire mangament system that ...
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1answer
319 views

How can I stop my Geberit flushing system from hissing?

Our toilet will often go into a mood and start hissing. This will go on until I manually operate the filling mechanism to fill the tank higher. I suspect that it is somehow not filling enough and ...
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1answer
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Water coming in through weep holes during hard rain?

One room in the front of our house leaks during a hard driving rain storms. The leaks are at the top of the window and at the floor -- both locations which seem to correspond to locations of weep ...
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1answer
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Rotten eggs smell in house

We bought a 3rd floor apartment in Italy (highest floor) a few years ago and use it as a holiday home. We've had no issues for about 3 years and suddenly we started getting the smell of rotten eggs at ...
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1answer
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Replace insulation in a Trane HVAC? (TWE030C140B0)

I found a little mold on the foil covering the insulation in my TWE030C140B0 air handler/ AC/Heater. I am 95% sure I have the moisture problem resolved and now I need to replace the insulation. Does ...
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1answer
38 views

Which approach is more efficient and fast for warming up the room with a fan heater?

Let's imagine we would like to design a fan heater to warm a room as fast as possible and efficient of course. Two possible approaches are: if the heater starts to work with the maximum power, and ...
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What could be causing a rumbling noise in our house?

We bought our home in Dec. 2014, ten year old house. It started making a rumbling noises, as though it was thundering outside, and it seems to happen in the evening. However, sometimes during the day. ...
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1answer
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Stove Temperature Control broken

I have a (Simpson Mercury) electric stove - and 2 of the 4 elements do not work properly. They heat up, but it is not possible to set the appropriate temperature for them - they are either on or off. ...
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1answer
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Why might a central heating programmer no longer override a room thermostat?

My central heating and hot water is governed by a Danfoss FP715 Si. Using this I can set the time each day when the central heating and the hot water come on and off. When the central heating is on it ...
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1answer
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How can I connect a WIFI thermostat to a Honeywell R845A switching relay?

I'm trying to install a wifi thermostat and it won't power up. The old thermo was battery operated 2 wire but there were spare wires. At the R845A relay, red and white whites connect to terminals 5 ...
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0answers
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Cleaning of TempStar air conditioning parts

It's been 6 years since I bought the Tempstar 4 ton a/c. So far, it is running okay. But when the need arises, I want to be BOLO and do the repairs myself. So, how do I clean a TempStar a/c ...
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1answer
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How to patch wood subfloor surrounded by gypsum/gypcrete?

I have a 1'x 2' of wood subfloor in a bathroom corner that is rotted as seen in the picture. It's 3/4" thick. Below it is around 22" of space and the neighbor downstair. I know that much, but I don't ...
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1answer
378 views

Double water inlet from kitchen sink (to install a dishwasher)

There is only one water inlet in my kitchen — well, 2, one for hot water and one for cold, but they are both connected to my sink. I have no idea of how to hack one of those to allow for a dishwasher ...
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3answers
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Sewer odor from basement floor drain

I'm experiencing strong "sewer odors" coming from one of the basement drains. This is an old house (meaning the basement floor drains don't have an elbow bend and instead run straight down / there is ...
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how do i attach an onyx ball to a newel post?

we just finished installing our railing and newel post and we have purchased an onyx ball to mount on the top of the post - we knew there must be a way to drill or glue and thought someone might know ...
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1answer
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rubber seals in unheated shed over winter have broken down,

I hooked up my hose for the first time this spring, intending to water some of my garden. The first nozzle was a wand style and was leaking horrendously at trigger area. I then switched to a gun style ...
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How can I fix a Moen faucet that is still leaking after replacing cartridge?

I had a leaky Moen faucet (Moen 4600) so I removed the old cartridge and replaced it with a new brass replacement cartridge (model 1200.) Since replacing the cartridge I now have a leak from the valve ...
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2answers
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3 zone boiler heat, one zone is too hot

I have a 3 zone boiler heat system, one t-stat for each floor. It's worked fine for years except twice in the past few months. The first time I was out of town and my wife called and said the upstairs ...
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0answers
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What are the steps or phases to prepare a basement for finishing?

I've got a small house with an old finished basement, and want to refinish it. I've removed most of what's there (carpet, panel walls, old ceiling tiles, floor tile, etc) and am at a point where I ...
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1answer
226 views

How to determine if a Water Pressure Reducing Valve (PRV) is working properly

I've been trying to track down water pressure/flow issues throughout the plumbing in my entire house, but haven't found anything which made any significant difference. For example, I discovered that ...
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3answers
607 views

What is required to connect solar panels to my home without connecting to the grid?

My household has a base power consumption of approx. 200W-300W. I am considering if it was possible to get a reasonably sized solar panel to cover its needs when the sun is up, with a seamless ...
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1answer
300 views

Water management and shed base for two sheds built against the houses on adjacent properties

This is a follow up for this question where I was asking for help on cutting in half and relocating a shed. The job is done and the result looks like this I have take the shed out of there in order ...
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0answers
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How would a foreclosure affect homeowners with a solar lease? [on hold]

Not sure if this is the correct site to post this. We have the deed to our home, and are in appeals court for the umpteenth time with Wells Fargo so they don't foreclose on our home. Out of ...
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1answer
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Several dead outlets, but breaker is fine

In my living room, when I first moved in, there was a dead outlet. Everything was tested by an electrician before I moved in, and there are a lot of outlets in the room, so I ignored it. Then some ...
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3answers
31 views

how can I fix a tripped breaker?

how do I fix a breaker that trips when the window ac is on? I have tried unplugging other appliances . The breaker box is an old one.
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2answers
314 views

Are LED's always necessary/desirable?

I don't need or find it aesthetically pleasing to have little green micro-energy leeches illuminating every outlet and switch in my home. are there any GFCI's/outlets/switches that are LED FREE for ...
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1answer
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Do I have to replace this entire valve or can it be fixed?

My bathtub/shower faucet has been constantly dripping and I took it apart to try and get it repaired. Here is what is on the inside: I would rather, for obvious reasons, avoid having to take ...
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1answer
2k views

How to repressurise a Baxi Duo Tec Combi 24 HE boiler

I'm currently having trouble trying to repressurise my boiler. Unfortunately, the YouTube tutorials and the manual look different to mine! I've also added photos below to help. Any help would be ...
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1answer
20 views

current usage of 5050 LED lighting

how many 5 metre strips of 5050 LED lighting will a 6 amp driver feed without overheating
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Is there a non-popcorn non mess ceiling cover?

I have a house built in the 60s. Bought it 10 years ago and finished doing most of the updates - it hadn't been touched at all since being built. However there is one thing left. Ceilings. I ...
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1answer
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Clearing out blocked weeping tile

My basement floods when it rains, because the weeping tile can't drain. I'm trying to figure out how to fix it without tearing up my finished basement. The 1968 home has recently installed (2000?) ...
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4answers
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Can I mix latex paint into concrete

would like to color concrete mix can I use outdoor latex paint to mix in with the concrete?

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