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How long should I wait before painting or staining pressure-treated wood?

My husband is installing a new deck with pressure-treated lumber at our home in Tennessee. How long does he need to wait to paint, or should he stain the deck now?
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2answers
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How should I install flooring over fresh concrete?

I have fresh concrete poured in my basement. Planing to use Metrofloor Engage Select vinyl plank for most of the floor. Contemplating ceramic tile for the bathroom if vinyl is not good enough for ...
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4answers
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Are toilets supposed to be caulked to the floor?

I've heard that in some cases toilets are supposed to be caulked to the floor. I replaced both toilets in the condo I moved into last week, and one was calked to the floor, and one was not. One ...
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0answers
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How to handle vanity replacement when finish materials do not continue behind existing unit?

I had a plumbing leak under my bathroom sink that soaked the vanity before it was discovered and the water shut off. The vanity is cheap crap made out of particleboard that has swelled up like a ...
0
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1answer
16 views

What type of latch should I use for a sliding gate?

I need to build some safety gates at the top of my stairs to keep little ones contained. Because of the way that the landing is arranged, I am thinking about a sliding gate instead of a traditional ...
3
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2answers
311 views

Why isn't there hot water coming from my faucet after stem replacement?

I just completed the replacement of the hot and cold water stems form my bathtub faucets. The hot water was leaking so I went ahead and replaced both. They were probably original to the house circa ...
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0answers
9 views

How to cap or close thermostatic radiator valve

I need to remove a radiator from the wall. When I set the thermostatic radiator valve to it's zero position and disconnect the outlet of the valve I get a strong flow of water. The water is ...
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3answers
17k views

How do I properly feed coax through an outside wall?

I would like to add a new cable outlet to an outside wall and wanted to find out what kind of drill bit is needed to drill through and feed the coax cable as well as anything else to be mindful of. ...
0
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0answers
25 views

3 way switch wiring

I have a stairway with a light at the top and bottom. There is a plugin in between the switches that is not currently connected. The bottom switch has two wires that come into the box. They have red, ...
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1answer
1k views

Can I install insulation over the HVAC duct work and plywood?

Currently there is R19 faced insulation installed between the floor joists. I am adding R30 unfaced perpendicular to the currently installed R19. I have two questions: 1) There is an HVAC unit in ...
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1answer
285 views

Is a dryer vent tube being compressed like this up to code?

There's a 4" dryer pipe in my wall that is smashed slightly in order to get it to fit into the wall made with 2v4s. Is this OK?
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2answers
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What is that dripping noise I hear in the wall whenever cold water is used after sitting awhile?

I live in a condo...upstairs with another unit behind me with the plumbing in the shared wall between us. Whenever it's been awhile (say 45 minutes to an hour) since any cold water has been used, if ...
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1answer
26 views

How should I wire my pool heat pump?

I am wiring a new heat pump-- 50K btu, 208-230v ~60 hz. Plaque on side says 12a running current, minimum 20a circuit, max 30a. My breaker panel for the pump is a sub panel running off the main with ...
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0answers
27 views

Different circuit breakers keep tripping, some not re-setting

Background: South Carolina house built in 2009, assume all electrical systems, main panel and circuit breakers new at that time. I moved into the house in May having transferred from the UK. I brought ...
3
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3answers
280 views

Repair cracks in concrete block wall that's no longer moving

I'm fixing up my detached garage built in the early 1900's. At some point there was some movement in the walls (not the slab, the walls are built next to the slab). There doesn't seem to be any more ...
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1answer
67 views

What do I need to use a headboard?

I am hoping to get a headboard like this one. What do I actually need to use it? Is the common option to use a metal bed frame or is there some other type of bed structure that I should be using ...
2
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4answers
1k views

How to remove the “new carpet smell” (VOCs) from new carpet?

My wife is pregnant. We just had new carpet installed in the soon to be baby's room. We didn't realize until after it was installed that the "new carpet smell" is actually a bad thing. From what I've ...
0
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1answer
27 views

What could be causing my generator to not work?

Can anyone please give me some advice, we purchased a generator from our local Lidl it's a Parkside brand, I have followed the instructions to the letter and also watched a youtube presentation but ...
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2answers
50k views

What's the practical difference between “latex” and “acrylic” water dispersion paint?

I see lots of water dispersion paints in shops and they usually come in two flavors - "latex" and "acrylic". The application range and procedure seem the same, they are all relatively safe, don't emit ...
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0answers
10 views

GE Portable Dishwasher occasionally doesn't drain

I've got a portable GE dishwasher, about 3 years old. Every 6 or so runs it seems the machine does not completely drain between cycles. After it beeps to say it's done I open the door and the bottom ...
2
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3answers
2k views

What's behind my drywall?

I live in an apartment in NYC, built in 1973. I'm trying to mount something to the wall which requires two screws placed 5 inches apart vertically. I used a stud finder to find a vertical stud in ...
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1answer
134 views

Industrial strength velcro peeling off MDF

I bought some industrial strength low profile velcro in order to make wall mounting stations for a fan. The fan (about 8 lbs) slides onto hooks screwed into 24"x7" pieces of 1/2 inch thick MDF. The ...
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2answers
5k views

How can I remove the wires from this lamp holder?

The wire on my lamp is too short, so I'm trying to replace it. The fitting/fixture (what's the correct term?) however doesn't play nice: I can't see the correct way to remove the old wire (and still ...
0
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2answers
184 views

How to mount a pull-up bar to drywall on resilient channels?

I'm trying to mount a pull up bar on a drywall. The wall is shared with another unit though,so there are resilient channels behind the wall, and so the studs are offset from the dry wall sheet. What's ...
5
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4answers
160 views

1960s bomb shelter a safe place to wait out a tornado?

I have a 1960s 10x12x8 ft concrete room. It was built under our concrete kitchen floor which is at ground level in 1963. The concrete is 12" thick, except for the ceiling which would be about 24" ...
0
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1answer
323 views

Why did I have to change the wiring to use a smart WiFi thermostat?

I just installed a Emerson Sensi wifi thermostat.It works, and I ran a separate C wire. I had a 24 volt 5 wire Robertshaw programable thermostat that ran my boiler, air handler and AC. It is all ...
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0answers
22 views

dark ceiling spots

We are building a new house. Our ceilings are sheetrock. We primed and put 2 coats of flat ceiling white paint on them. There are very obvious roller & brush marks (dark spots) all over the ...
4
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3answers
35k views

Paint got ripped off when trying to remove double-sided foam tape

I was trying to remove a picture frame which was adhered to the wall with some double-sided foam tape. Unfortunately, the foam tape was so sticky and ripped some of the paint off the wall (see ...
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0answers
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Is there a way to have only two posts holding a 20ft wide main cross-beam of a pergola?

Thinking of building a pergola to hold my jasmine up, and to create a shaded area outside our newly built extension. The problem is the patio door opening is around 5m wide, so ideally I don't want ...
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0answers
29 views

Why would my Geyser/water flow change from hot to ice cold?

I have a problem with my geyser (I think) When I run the hot water it goes cold within a few minutes then after about 30seconds it goes hot again. This is an ongoing cycle while the hot water is ...
1
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3answers
71 views

Why would the receptacles in the kitchen not have power after replacing one of them?

I replaced a receptacle, and made sure the wires were in the same order they were originally in when I hooked them back up. I turned power back on and there was no power to the receptacle I changed, ...
1
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1answer
23 views

Can I install a backflow preventer for a frostless hydrant on well?

I notice when I turn my frostless hydrant off with the hose connected, it siphons most if not all water from the hose. I am worried of potential plastic chemicals in the hose after it sits out in the ...
2
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4answers
188 views

How can I hang a plywood sign by the edge?

I am remaking my road sign using a 3/4 sheet of HDO. (Not MDO) It 5' wide by 3' tall, and double sided. The old one had brackets that bolted through the face but they will not fit with the vinyl sign ...
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1answer
27 views

Can I connect my new oven to the existing circuit breaker?

I am replacing a 10 year old electric oven. There are actually two ovens I am replacing. There are four wires times two coming out of each conduit for each of the ovens. They lead to the circuit ...
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6answers
29k views

Should I remove old linoleum when replacing a linoleum floor?

I'm planning to replace the linoleum floor in my kitchen in the next few months. According to a friend, I do not need to remove the existing linoleum and can just lay down new flooring on top. ...
2
votes
1answer
24 views

How can I fix a leaking sprinkler valve?

My sprinkler valve leaks water as soon it shuts off. By checking online and going to Home Depot first I installed new inside parts, that didn't solve the problem. then I was told that I had to replace ...
0
votes
1answer
61 views

60 amp single phase sub-panal from 3phase panel without Neutral

ThreePhaseEel has asked me a couple of questions. First, I want to thank him for the answer. As to the color of the 3 phase wires from the pole, all are green. I don't see any white either. The high ...
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0answers
21 views

Getting R38 in roof with 2x8 rafters

I was planning to use foil faced 2" polyiso plus an air gap, plus 5 1/2 rock wool, to get 13+3+23, or r39. But this is all between the rafters below the roof deck, and the polyiso is impermeable. If ...
3
votes
1answer
34 views

How to get switched and constant power combo on an outlet

I have electricity coming into outlet box from two sources, one is coming via light switch and another one is coming from another outlet. So I want the top of the twin outlet to be controlled by the ...
1
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0answers
24 views

Window well filling up with water from the bottom up

I have 2 covered basement window wells on the side of my house. When it rains heavily, they fill up with water from the bottom up. There are 4 downspouts from the gutters on our roof. They run into ...
4
votes
1answer
154 views

Can you use a hopper gun to spray finishing plaster?

I'm intrigued by spray plastering. It seems that most people use machines like this, costing thousands, to spray finish plaster: ...
1
vote
0answers
9 views

Room gets hot via hot air from a duct window

My room window which opens in passageway of a double story building, remains cool and some cool air also comes from it. Unless other building members open there split ac,because all the outers ...
2
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2answers
137 views

Very effective sound-proof room

In my new apartment, I plan to very well isolate a room (phonetically). This is for general purpose ; to play music as well as gaming, watching films, or why not, just shouting out loud. You get the ...
3
votes
1answer
59 views

My child flushed a flashlight down the toilet, how do I get it out?

My 2 year old flushed flashlight down the toilet a couple weeks ago, and now its starting to clog. It worked fine at first, so I thought that maybe it went all the way down, but I've been having to ...
0
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2answers
21 views

sawing a heart-shape out of wainscoating that has been nailed together

I am in the process of trying to figure out how to cut out a heart shape from wainscoting that has been nailed together. I want to leave the nailed wainscoting in tact. What power tool should I use? ...
0
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1answer
13 views

ring main/RCD max amps - confused (UK)

I've split my question up into two parts: Part 1 After investigating my consumer unit (after I first started to wonder about things in part 2 below) I'm confused regarding the AMPS my RCDs are rated ...
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1answer
15 views

hanging top mount solid wood closet doors

I have 138F johnson bypass sliding closet door hardware. I bought two 30inch solid wood doors and they are top mount and comes with 4 #12 1-1/4 long screws per door. The door feels like it weighs ...
3
votes
1answer
227 views

Need guidance for venting a new rough-in for basement bathroom

I'm currently finishing my basement, and I wanted to rough-in plumbing fixtures for a future basement. I've already got the layout, but I just need to figure out the venting for the drawing for my ...
0
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3answers
88 views

Do I need a neutral wire when connecting a 240V device?

So this is still not very clear to me: I am trying to get 240V to an appliance that does not need a plug (direct wiring), I won't need a neutral wire, is this right? In fact there is nowhere to ...
1
vote
2answers
71 views

How deep do I set metal post?

How deep should I set a 14' steel pole in concrete that will have a wood roof attached. I am building a carport that is 36' long by 12' wide by 14' tall. There will be 8 poles.

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