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How can I install a washing machine in the kitchen?

i am looking to install only a washing machine (no drier) in my condo under the counter in the kitchen. my brother tried to install it for me but some plumbers advised him not to just hook it up ...
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9answers
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Would bullet proof glass help deter burglars? How does it compare to normal glass?

We consider buying an apartment, which has previously been used as a shop. Our only concern is that it has large windows (2,5 meters x 2,5 meters), which would function like an invitation to burglars. ...
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Recommended screw fastener length

Is there an industry standard for recommended screw lengths to fasten to pieces of material together? For instance, if I need to fasten a piece of 3/4" plywood to a vertical brick wall, how long ...
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What size cable should i run for my split system air con unit [on hold]

I wish to run a cable ready for my split system before I gyprock What size cable should I run from the switch board to the outdoor unit to make it ready.
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Can I replace the main breaker in an electrical panel with a smaller one?

I have an older 60amp fuse box in a rental property that is wired as a sub panel off my main 100amp service. I would like to upgrade to a new circuit breaker panel so tenants can not pull out the ...
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2answers
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How do you determine the slope of a floor?

What are some methods for figuring out the slope of a floor? I've always heard the slope referenced as, eg: "1/2inch over 6ft." - is this the normal way, and/or are there other common ways to say ...
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1answer
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How can I intentionally make my toilet make this noise?

For Halloween I want to haunt my toilets and have them make the noise heard here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6S0zewtkqso How can I do that? I think I would just need to cut a slit in a rubber ...
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1answer
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Should I add a grease trap to a long drain run from the kitchen?

My 1955 house has a 25 foot drain run from my kitchen to my main stack (~7 feet of bends, then ~18 feet straight along a back wall). It has clogged several times in various places, and I have had it ...
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If I use a waterproof membrane, do I have to use tile?

if I use Aqua Defense or Redguard to waterproof my shower can I just paint a natural color on the floor, or do I have to put tile down. What kind of paint could I use that would not peel up
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1answer
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Searching for a specific window lock

I recently moved into a new place and almost all the window locks are broken and these windows are single hung and are located on the ground level. I have looked numerous places but I cannot find a ...
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2answers
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How would a professional flash this?

I could really use some professional advise here. I removed a piece of rotten trim I found while cleaning the gutters. The problem is pretty apparent in the photos with the gutter removed. Water ...
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1answer
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Can I run a toilet drain on the exterior of my house?

I want to install a toilet in my upstairs bedroom. I was told that I cannot connect to the 3" vent line for the downstairs toilets. the main reason being that a vacuum will be created when we flush ...
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When ordering crushed stone for path, how much should be ordered to allow for compaction?

I'm putting in a stepping stone path. The stones will be on top of 4" of packed, 3/4"- (three quarter minus) stone - which packs to a nice, solid base. My question is, if I know that the volume of ...
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5answers
17k views

How do I pressure test a natural gas line and what do the valve pressure ratings mean?

I'm planning to add an appliance to my house, and will want to do a pressure test of the newly installed gas lines. My main shutoff says 175 PSI, but most of the appliance valves say either 1/2 or 5 ...
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1answer
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Can I install T&G Bamboo floor over a sagging subfloor?

The subfloor dips about an inch on one axis across the middle of the room. Structurally, I think this is due to old and rectified foundation issues. Since the dip is just 1-dimensional, can I install ...
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2answers
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Where's the C terminal on my boiler control?

The new thermostat I purchased doesn't run on batteries, and needs 24 volt power. I have only a red and a white wire connected between the boiler and the thermostat, but there is also a third, unused ...
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3answers
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When taping cement board do I need to tape at the walls?

I am preparing to put down cement board for a bathroom tile install. I understand, I need to tape at the seams. Should I tape the edges where the cement board meets the drywall or the tub as well? ...
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1answer
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Can I use a cantilever TV mount the other way around?

I'd like to mount my TV above my fireplace, but I think it will be too high for prolonged watching. So, I thought - could I use a cantilevered mount, but in the other orientation, so that the screen ...
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2answers
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Can I use Murphy's oil soap to remove pine sap from composite decking?

Does anyone know of anyway to remove pine sap from composite decking? I saw some posts that recommended using Murphy's Oil Soap for removing it from wood decks. How to Remove Tree Sap from a Wood ...
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2answers
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How do I wire a bath fan?

I installed a new bathroom fan. I ran a wire to the light switch, but when I opened the box, there were only two wires inside. How do I wire it so I have a switch for fan and light?
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4answers
9k views

Can I accelerate caulk drying by using a fan or heater on it?

From what I've found online, caulking takes 24-48 hours to dry. For my purposes, I need to apply caulking to my kitchen sink. However, I am in a time crunch, so I would like to know how caulking ...
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Why does significant condensation gather on my bedroom windows overnight?

When we wake up in the morning, we're observing a significant amount of condensation on the bedroom windows around the edges on the inside (inside the house not between the panes). We had new windows ...
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1answer
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Can I add a booster fan to increase pressure?

How can I increase cfm in an area that is 3550 x 4288 x 2800 mm. There is already a 700 cfm air handling unit working, but this is not sufficient.
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Deactivate thermostat [on hold]

I have a roommate that constantly turns the thermostat down to 65 during the winter months. Is there a way I can deactivate it, while maintaining a comfortable 72?
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Installing cardboard deflectors (baffles) in attic

Goal I need to install 75 cardboard deflectors (baffles) in my attic. I need to do this so that the cellulose does not go into my soffits. Current Setup I brought myself up three sheets of 2x10 ...
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Do under cabinet electrical outlets meet code and be passed by NEC in new construction?

I would like to have the quartz back splash be clear of outlets and have them in a strip at the back under side of my kitchen cabinets. The electrician currently is telling me that these strips will ...
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What is a line to neutral load?

I'm looking at the electrical code and it states "Multiwire branch circuits shall supply only line-to-neutral loads." Could someone explain what line-to-neutral loads are?
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3answers
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Should I use self-leveling concrete or mortar to level a patched area of concrete prior to tiling it?

I had to repair cast iron pipe in the basement. This left me with a 2ft x 3ft hole in my tiled basement floor. We cut along the grout lines, so I just need to replace the tile and concrete. Well, ...
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Does this washing machine drum look good?

I'm trying to find the source of a bad leak on my washing machine. i have no experience with those. I tuned it on it's side hopping that it would be a pump hose loose. as it leaks during rinsing, and ...
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How to apply varnish of a different color on a varnished wood shed?

We have a wood shed that's only 1 year old or so. After the wood shed was assembled, we applied a varnish called mahogany. That day, I was at work. When I came home, the varnish has already been ...
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Can a second floor exterior egress stairway go past a window on first floor on way down?

The insurance company says I need a second means of egress, so I'm trying to design one, but can not find the answer to this question.
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Need help tracking down possible open neutral

OK, moved into 1974 mobile home two months ago, everything was working. Had an incident much like a breaker tripping, but none were. One day of flickering devices, then back to normal except none of ...
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How to install an electronic door lock?

How can I install an electronic door lock ? Can an electronic door lock be installed on any door ? I am fixing to purchase an apartment in Australia and it will come with a "Solid Core door with ...
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What are the connections on this German TV socket?

I live in Germany. I have zero knowledge in TVs. I found a TV socket in the wall but I have no idea what it means. My questions is: can you please explain to me what does each port in the socket ...
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How do I unscrew a broken aerator?

My bathroom faucet was spewing water at odd angles. The aerator was obviously old and plagued with mineral deposits. So I attempted to remove the aerator to clean/replace it. With WD-40 and vice ...
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How can I make an exterior door?

I have a solid wood entry door installed by the previous owner of the house. However, it doesn't match the mid-century style of the house and it doesn't have any windows; making the front entryway ...
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What pump for a pond where sediment keeps restricting flow?

We have a pond with a fountain fed by a closed centrifugal pump. The fountain looks great... for 30 minutes. When its turned on, the pump sucks up sediment suspended in the water, and deposits it ...
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Does voltage play any role in choosing the appropriate wire gauge?

Online, most household wiring guides suggest 14 gauge wire for 15 amp circuits, 12 for 20 amps, and 10 for 30 amps. Do these assume the voltage is 120, or does voltage not come into play when choosing ...
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What could cause two of my receptacles to stop working?

Problem: No power in two receptacles. Note: Both receptacles on same circuit. What I have done: Checked the 15 amps circuit breakers with a volt tester. Each breaker reads 125 volts. Bought a ...
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How to best patch cracked and hollow plaster

In our victorian terrace the plaster in many places is very old and uneven. Under one windowsill the plaster has quite a large crack which is also a patch where the plaster is loose. If I tap the wall ...
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What could cause a Trane furnace to not start heating?

I have a newer (2007?) Trane XL90 (model: tdx2b080a9422aa)forced air gas furnace. The problem I am having is the burner and fan will not start. The thermostat is set at 67 degrees and shows it is ...
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How do I stop my toilet from backing up?

My toilet clogs, I plunge it and nothing happens, I come back a couple hours later and it flushes. It makes a gurgle sound after the flush and and air bubble come up. What can I do to make the ...
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What should I know before having bathroom fixtures installed?

I recently removed the old towel rack in the bathroom (which was badly installed because it left huge holes inside and the rack was hanging and I had to literally tug it out, which took me ages!) and ...
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Where to attach the “C” wire to my furnace?

I am upgrading to a new thermostat which requires a "c" wire to power it. I have an unused blue wire running from my thermostat to my furnace that I plan to use as the common wire. However, I am ...
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I need some type of ceiling in the downstairs bathroom that will allow me access to the pipes.

What would be the best way to go about this? It must be able to withstand moisture. I have seen vinyl ceiling tiles for a drop ceiling but there is not really a lot of head room (90"). The over all ...
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What could cause my washing machine to stop before the rinse cycle?

My washing machine will get stuck right before the rinse cycle. The washing machine will be full of water. The way to "fix it" is to twist the knob right after the "rinse" line, find the sweet spot, ...
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Do I need to install aerial wall outlets or is there a wireless solution?

Just bought a new house and realized that everything is great but there's only one aerial socket (rooftop antenna coax connector) and it's on the opposite side of the living room where I want the TV. ...
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What problems could occur if I plugged a 3-prong plug into a receptacle labeled “No Equipment Ground”?

I have several old, ungrounded outlets in my house which are protected with GFCI, which is allowed per code as the GFCI will protect a person in the event of a ground-fault. These outlets are ...
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Why does my hot water smell like wood smoke?

We live in MN, in a house built in 2008 (and our water heater, installed in the basement, is about that vintage). For the past few weeks, I'm detecting a smoky smell from the hot water out of a ...
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Removing old mortar

I found parge coating falling away from my fieldstone foundation(1906). I used a hammer to tap on the remaining parge of the first section I am going to repair. Some of the coating sounds very solid ...

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