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Is it possible to make my own solar water heater?

After blowing (what I consider) a lot of money on 2 residential solar water heaters, over the last 6 years, dealing with 3 set of rather expensive inner-tank replacements, evacuation pipe changes I am ...
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2answers
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Post-less combination window & door system

We are planning a remodel and are considering a post-less combination folding window & door system similar to what is shown at: http://www.nanawall.com/applications/belvedere-kitchen ...
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1answer
23 views

How far does a ground rod need to be from the foundataion?

I need to ground an antenna strapped to my chimney, which requires hammering in a new ground rod. However, the entire side of my house is paved, meaning I can't dig it up to find the foundation ...
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0answers
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How to know that new appliance won't trip the circuit?

I'm buying new appliances and want to make sure I won't trip the circuit. MW/convection is 950 W, 1750 W and 900W for three different functions. There is 20 Amp circuit for that. the new stove ...
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2answers
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Is it okay to drill a ground rod through pavement?

All the sides of my house are paved, and I need to drive a new ground rod for an antenna. Would it be against code (NEC) to drill a hole in the concrete to pound in a ground rod? Bonus question: How ...
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1answer
28 views

Merge 2 water line to increase pressure

We have 2 water meters on our property; one for the main house and another for the guest house. We sometimes experience a drop in pressure if we use both showers plus any other fixtures at the same ...
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2answers
38 views

How can I minimise damage to a moldy patch of plywood?

I removed a waterproof camping bag in my student appartment today that's been filled with stuff to find that it has left a moldy spot on the untreated plywood it stood on. It's been parked up right ...
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3answers
23k views

What's the standard height for an outlet?

I am installing outlets in my patio room. What is the standard height recommended above the ground for these to be installed?
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2answers
1k views

Line voltage thermostat to shut off attic fan when outside temp is close to inside?

I have an attic fan with a thermostat, but with the high heat these past weeks, the outdoor temperature is often above the thermostat setting. Thus, I'm just replacing all the air in the attic with ...
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5answers
727 views

Why is my bathroom floor raised up very high?

I know that it needs to be raised a little bit so that the floor can slope towards the drain. But on my floor the slant towards the drain is shallow, but the floor of the bathroom is much higher ...
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1answer
66 views

How long does it take to charge a Mastercraft 7.2v Cordless drill?

I dont have the booklet that came with this Craftmaster 7.2v cordless drill. I am not sure of time to charge the battery but I assume it should be at least 3 hours or more. Is this correct?
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Should wood be treated or sealed before tiling?

Building two service shelves next to a BBQ shack, that's exposed to Oregon weather. I intend to use HB over the wood. Should the wood be sealed first before using the HB, then apply the tile?
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1answer
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How do I stop the second floor of my house from being so hot in the summer and so cold in the winter

I have a window AC upstairs in the summer but it is not enough I can fell the heat coming off of the ceiling in the summer and in the winter it is way to cold that my kids have to sleep downstairs ...
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1answer
646 views

How can I remove this piece of metal from my garbage disposal?

Our garbage disposal was turned on with something that shouldn't be in it in there. It all got destroyed and ground up except for this metal piece, which got wedged under the "teeth" of the disposal. ...
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2answers
38 views

Why use AFCI receptacles rather than AFCI breakers?

Is there any reason to use an AFCI receptacle rather than replacing the breaker with an AFCI type? It seems that providing protection on the whole circuit makes much more sense than to just one ...
2
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5answers
12k views

How do I replace a wooden fence post that was set in concrete?

I need to replace a wooden fence post that was set into concrete. The post has snapped through rot at the base and the rot has set in so far that the post snapped about 2 inches beneath the surface. ...
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1answer
27 views

Create opening in existing wall [on hold]

I have a wall that is over the stairs and on the one side is a family room and on the wall where I want to cut out a large section is a dining room. Due to the configuration when I create the ...
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1answer
20 views

Old recessed radiators with reflector foil

I just bought a home built in 1960. It has old recessed radiators. I've noticed that behind the radiators is some sort of reflector foil which I'm guessing is backed with insulation. Should I replace ...
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1answer
61 views

What are the advantages and disadvantages of elastomeric coatings versus shingles?

I'm ready to reroof my house and want to consider an elastomeric coating rather than replacing the existing shingles. I'd use a local contractor either way
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2answers
54 views

Can I do anything to make my gas oven better?

I am trying to bake bread, and the recipe calls for heating the oven at 500 degrees, but my oven can only reached 450- 460, can i do anything to make it reach higher temperatures ?
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2answers
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Addressing irregular water pressure

Some time ago I posted about issues with my tankless water heater, concerned about the water going cold mid shower. Recently I found the issue isn't in the water heater - there are times when all ...
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2answers
28 views

How can I secure a post to a conversion ball for a shower faucet?

I have a Delta single-handle faucet. I installed a conversion kit about half a year ago to update its trim from a knob to a lever. It's been great until yesterday when my wife complained that no ...
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2answers
69 views

Nail through ceiling

We live in Northern Illinois. Five or six years ago we had the roof replaced on our detached, single family house. The job seemed to be well done and we had no complaints. This afternoon, however, as ...
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2answers
99 views

What is the best way to repair a large crumbling block on a corner of the house wall?

Today I have removed a dead vine root that has caused some damage to the brick work on one corner of my house. As you can see from the picture below, along with the root a fair depth of stone has come ...
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1answer
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two shower faucets in one water supply line

If I add a second shower faucet ( his & her) in the same shower will reduce the water pressure in both faucet, How do I maintain the same water pressure in both faucets when they both operate the ...
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1answer
63 views

Which thermal circuit breaker should I buy?

I live in a small house in Argentina where we use 220 volts. I have a thermal circuit breaker that do squeak noises when the iron starts or the fridge starts. I adjusted the four screws of the breaker ...
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1answer
320 views

Why does my toilet not leave enough water in the bowl after flushing?

A little while ago I started having trouble with my toilet when flushing. It's flushing too much water, leaving little left in the bowl. It also makes loud noises at the end of the flush. There's ...
2
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1answer
80 views

How do I get rid of white lines in wall corners showing up after painting?

I'm painting the interior of our house. One room I started with the previous owner had painted it a light mushroom color. I'm painting it with a color that's a little lighter. I'm using Behr paint. I ...
0
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1answer
16 views

aluminum or vinyl for replacement glass sliding door?

I'm replacing an aluminum glass sliding door. Should I replace it with another aluminum door or go with vinyl?
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2answers
87 views

Installing Honeywell WiFi Thermostat

I am trying to upgrade to a programmable thermostat. I bought the Honeywell RTH9580 with WiFi. I can get power to the new thermostat and get the fan running. However, it will not work when the fan ...
4
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3answers
4k views

Convert One 3-Way Light Switch to Belkin WeMo Light Switch (Single Pole)

Our foyer chandelier has three outlets that control it. I want to control it with a Belkin WeMo light switch, which specifically states is not compatible with 3-way switches/fixtures, sadly. Well, if ...
0
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1answer
33 views

Beeping light fixture

I have been renting a house for a week. The light/fan woke me up beeping every 30 seconds. It continues if the light/fan is switched off. Its the middle of the night, and I am not handy. What should I ...
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1answer
38 views

T&P valve draining - expansion tank issues?

I am having issues with my Water Heater. It's a slantfin tankless boiler (TR-30 PT). It's running on a 4 zone setup. I typically only use one of the zones though. We've been in the home for a year and ...
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7answers
27k views

How do I prevent water from collecting against side of house?

Our house has a concrete patio (I'd say about 12' x 10') in the back that is very slightly angled in so that rainfall can cause water to collect where the patio meets the back wall of the house. What ...
2
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1answer
110 views

What is the best method for short-term repair of composite wood siding?

My vertical composite siding is starting to pillow outwards on the bottoms. See LP siding. How can I seal it for a few years until I replace it with vinyl siding? Here is a photo from the web.
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2answers
823 views

What is causing the vibrations through my water pipes after flushing the toilet?

I am getting vibration through my pipes after flushing, it is also very slow & I am finding cement pellets at the bottom of the pan
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4answers
70 views

How can I convert a closed stringer staircase to an open stringer staircase?

Currently I have a closed stringer staircase against a wall in my home, and my plan is to convert it into an open stringer staircase. I have looked underneath the staircase and there is no central ...
4
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2answers
146 views

How to repair a microwave door with a broken spot weld

My microwave door slacks down and I have to lift it up a bit before shutting it. I sent this picture to Frigidaire and asked what I should do: Their support emailed me back saying: I'm sorry, ...
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3answers
184 views

Can I install a Sharkbite shut off valve with only a half of an inch of copper to connect to?

Will a Sharkbite connector still work if I have only a half of an inch of copper that it will connect to instead of the recommended 1 inch?
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3answers
56 views

Running a new kitchen light circuit from a receptacle with a “traveller.”

I'd like to power a set of three ceiling-mounted down-lights from an existing receptacle in a kitchen reno. A picture of the existing receptacle is attached. My confusion is it has a fourth wire ...
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6answers
23k views

How to fix stinky bathroom sink?

It smells like really musty water, but the water itself does not smell or taste bad at all. Only happens when I run the water, so it doesn't make the room smell, just when you fill something up or ...
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1answer
176 views

How do I fix a spot on my wood desk?

Some wood seal got removed on my desk. There is a noticible spot. Is there anyway to fix it without refinishing the whole thing?
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1answer
2k views

What's the proper method for installing new studs in existing frame?

FYI - This is similar to a question I asked last week, but is about something more specific. Expect to see this image yet again in another question I will be asking later today :). Here's my wall: ...
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1answer
282 views

No electricity going to thermostat

Our old thermostat is working but I want to change to a new one (nest thermostat). I have two exact HVAC unit at home. I change one it works but when I change the second one it doesn't work because ...
0
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2answers
65 views

How much concrete is required to hold 125 lbs/sqft permanently?

I have an garage with asphalt floor and concrete footings. I plan to put a 500 lb safe in the corner, partially on the footing. That's about 125 lbs per square foot including contents, permanently. ...
4
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1answer
930 views

Hot Water Circulating System Problems

My hot water circulating system was installed in 2006. It has a dedicated return line from all faucets. I've been having trouble lately with the hot water, it turns cold at the faucet when the pump ...
2
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1answer
29 views

Tile cracks on a convex edge

I am a DIY newbie, and I need help with some damage that starts to appear in tiles along a convex edge. The corner of my bathroom looks like this (walls, floors and that "cube" are all tiled): The ...
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1answer
53 views

What tools and techniques do I need to recreate this piece of furniture? (pic in description)

I don't plan on making a chest of drawers but am interested in the techniques involved so I could apply them to other furniture. EDIT: close up picture
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2answers
575 views

Removable windows for the porch or sunroom

I have a potential project where there is a metal roof/awning/overhang supported by posts on the south side of the house. It is sort of like a car port, except there is no vehicular access to it ...
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1answer
53 views

Hanging a shelf on a difficult wall

My mother's very small bathroom has one wall she could use to put a small, 3 shelf unit (weight 10 pounds). But when we went to install it, we discovered that there is a sheet metal vent approximately ...

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