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Trimming timber support to remove suspected mold

I am doing some plumbing work on a shower that has not been used for several years. It previously had a slow leak that caused a damp spot on the ceiling below. I noticed a small patch of black mold ...
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What should I use to repair plaster in a bathroom?

Our house was built in 1941, so all original walls are plaster (I'm assuming lath and plaster?). This is true for the bathroom in question. The walls in this bathroom are plaster, and are painted with ...
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Why are my dimmer switches malfunctioning?

I have two dimmer switches that have started malfunctioning. They are in the same box with two other standard switches. Each controls a set of three small flood lights. There is no other way to ...
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How can I tell where water is leaking from?

I live in Wyoming and for the past few days we had below zero temperatures and tons of snow. Many people reported pipes breaking but we seemed to be fine. Today it also warmed up a bunch to around the ...
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How can I level my concrete slab for patio door instalation

How do I use that self leveling stuff on a slab of concrete? I've seen floor companies use it for floor tiles. Maybe there is something else I need to buy? I have one area of concrete slab that I need ...
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Why does my fluorescent lighting only work when it's not hot outside?

We have fluorescent lights in our kitchen and when it's over 75°F outside the lights turn on real dim like there might be a problem with the ballasts, but when the outside temperature drops the ...
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316 views

How can I make my own fabric replacement slats for my blinds?

I need to replace the fabric slats on the vertical blinds in my house. I do not want vinyl ones in my house. My windows look out on a golf course from most of the rooms in my house. I have lived with ...
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Extremely confusing 48 v on neutral

I am actually a pretty good electrician, but am baffled by what I found today. During a remodel and adding a few new boxes for future lights, I received a shock from a neutral wire and a floating ...
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How do I keep this polyurethaned oak floor in good condition?

I rent a heritage home and the polyurethane has been lightly wrecked, but also the wood is drying out from the dry weather and curling up and separating. I am extremely confused about cleaning and ...
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Why does dirt kill saw blades?

What is it about dirt getting into a saw blade (as opposed to, say, sawdust, rock chips, etc (presuming the right blade is being used, of course)) that will kill a saw blade? I've seen it happen to ...
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How to get limestone out of water?

I moved into a new place, the tap water here is good except for massive amounts of limestone. Within a week every pot i have has formed a layer that takes half an hour of scrubbing to get off. It's ...
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How can I build a screen door?

I have a guesthouse with an unusual door, 32" x 76", and it needs a screen door. Home Depot has tons of cheap-o screen doors that could be cut down to maybe 32" x 78" safely, but an additional two ...
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How do I make a deck glossy?

I went to Home Depot and Sherwin Williams and I was unable to find a deck stain that looked like the shiny blondish color of the following image: At Sherwin Williams they said that their stains ...
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Do I need to sand my entire deck before staining?

I recently cleaned my deck using Behr deck cleaner and want to re-stain it before the winter. Do you recommend sanding the entire deck, or just the affected areas where the stain has come off? I was ...
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What is the process for power washing and staining a deck?

I am planning to power wash my deck and stain it afterwards. But I am not quite sure the correct procedure for this process. After power washing the deck, can I stain the deck immediately or should I ...
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How should I install 5" white oak hardwood?

I live in Chicago and had heard that 5" white oak hardwood flooring needed to be both glued and nailed but I was also told that due to our extreme weather it should not be glued because when season ...
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How do I keep my pool water clean without nasty chemicals?

Is there a chemical-free way to keep pool water safe and healthy, that is without chlorine or bromine? How about using UV radiation to sterilize the water?
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Am I using the correct concrete blocks for the base of my shed and how many do I need?

I'm building a Suncast Sutton storage shed, see here: http://www.homedepot.com/p/Suncast-Sutton-7-ft-3-in-x-7-ft-4-5-in-Resin-Storage-Shed-BMS7791/203702042. I followed the instructions ...
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How can I remove paint from a deck?

I bought my house 3 years ago. The deck surface and decorative fence around the edge are painted with a latex-based paint. After shoveling snow each winter, the deck surface is chipped with raw wood ...
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New pre hung interior door is 28" and the old area was 29 11/26 is this too big of an area to use this door? [duplicate]

My old door was 29. 11/16" and the new pre hung interior door is 28". Is this gap too big if an area to use this door. The other threads all have smaller gaps. Also should I butt up to one side or ...
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Is it OK to paint MDF only with primer?

I am working on a garage cabinet project and I used MDF as the material. I used a white primer for 2 coats and I like the result already. Can I leave it like this or I have to paint it with a proper ...
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Why won't my water heater blower shut off?

My water heater has a blower attachment that kicks on when the water heater begins to heat water and shuts off when it is done. I'm no water heater expert, but I believe that these actions are ...
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how can I fix my office chair that will go up, but not down? [on hold]

My office chair will go up, but not down. I have taken it apart, there is a thin rod within the metal tube that holds the seat, that should be the part to move it up and down, but the lever has no ...
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How deep do I need to sink a 6 x 6 post to support a 150 lb fire hydrant that will sit on top of it?

How deep do I need to sink a 6 x 6 post to support a 150 lb fire hydrant that will sit on top of it? Hi. I live Arlington VA and the frost line is 2 feet. I was able to obtain and old (no longer ...
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Leaving a hot wire in the wall or ceiling

I am redoing a ceiling fan with new wiring. I have the walls open at the switch box. There is an old knob & tube hot wire coming in and then it goes out to the ceiling fan. I have run new wiring ...
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What test can I do to my washer's gearbox to determine whether or not it is bad?

I have a Kenmore washing machine (model 110.92273100) that doesn't spin. I've taken the gearbox off, and when I spin the input shaft (motor coupler), it seems to act the way I would expect. When I ...
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Is my LL lying to me about my central air conditiong? [on hold]

I rented a house mainly because it had central air.After moving in of course I realized their is barely any air going upstairs.Its a very light flow that doesnt even bring the room temp down. It is an ...
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Rule of thumb for prefilling drywall vs. recutting a piece of new drywall

I had a leak in the roof of my garage in the corner. I called a professional to come and fix it, so the leak is now fixed. I was left with a hole in my ceiling inside the garage. I proceeded to ...
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What are the possible solutions for an uphill septic system in rocky area around lake

I'm looking to purchase a bank owned bungalow that had some really sketchy things going on with the septic system. I know that I will have to completely re-work the septic system if I purchase it and ...
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How long can I wait before staining a new deck?

I just moved into a new (well, old) house. The previous owners put in a deck probably about 1 year ago. It's treated lumber, but they hadn't yet stained it. Winter is approaching quickly here in ...
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Applied stain to deck and still not dry after a week, what can I do?

I decided to restain my deck last week since it was looking pretty worn after a New England winter. The deck is only 1 year old since we bought new construction. I contacted the builder and purchased ...
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What would be the ramifications of applying a semi-solid oil based stain on a virgin 4 yr old pressure treated pine deck?

We had our deck built of pressure-treated pine in 2009, and left it completely untreated up until a couple weeks ago. This is in south-eastern Minnesota. So far, I've power-washed (and a week later, ...
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Can I remove the insulation from flex duct

I am trying to fit a 7" flex duct between some floor joists and it would fit better without the insulation. Can I remove the insuluation and just use the plastic part?
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What do I do with a 1 11/16" gap when installing a new pre-hung door?

I am replacing a door with a pre-hung door including the jamb. The old door was 29 11/16" wide. The new pre-hung door is 28". Is this too big of a gap? Should I make it plumb on one side and make up ...
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Washer not spin on all cycles

Washer stopped being able to spin on regular and permanent press cycles, but works fine on Hand wash cycle. Its not due to unbalanced load. Maytag LAT8826AAE
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Can I attach vinyl siding to a concrete foundation with Tapcons?

I have a question about adding vinyl siding to my existing home. I live in a new home (< 1 year old) with a walkout basement. The house currently has siding on the first floor stopping at the ...
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How can I insulate a combo basement/crawspace?

I live in Louisville, Kentucky, so we have relatively cold winters (nighttime lows consistently below freezing) and relatively hot, humid summers (daytime highs consistently in the muggy 90s). My ...
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Finding and installing a carbon monoxide/natural gas detector

I am looking at installing a carbon monoxide and natural gas detector on the ceiling of my house. I cannot find one device that combines both types of detection and that is supposed to be mounted in ...
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Why does my dryer get too hot?

I've just moved houses and set up our dryer in the new house. It seems to get much hotter than it used to: hot to touch on the top surface, and my wife said it smelled like charcoal. The two things I ...
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some baseboard heaters not working while others are in same zone

I have three heating zones (forced hot water in baseboards) in my house. On the top floor, one zone controls all the baseboard heaters on that floor. None of the baseboards on one side of the house in ...
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How often should “self clean” and “allergen clean” functions be used in an air conditioner?

Some air conditioners, for example Mitsubishi heavy industries SRK20ZJ-S have "self clean" and "allergen clean" functions. First takes 2 hours to complete, latter 1.5 hours. How often should they be ...
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Why is my washing machine making this sound?

I have uploaded a short video of my washing machine's spin cycle. It sounds like there is something scraping and the drum isn't moving very fast. Any ideas as to what this could be? Would it be ...
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How can I locate an odor emanating from the kitchen/laundry area?

I live in South Florida. My home is a one level, 2400-sq ft, u-shaped with bedrooms on one side and kitchen/laundry on the other side. I have a consistent odor but it's not constant. It comes and ...
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wiring for wall sconces

I had someone connect some romex for some wall lights for me. I ran the wire, and just had him do the connections (they're inside junction boxes). This from a partially finished space into a finished ...
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How strong are bolts compared to welding and what qualities to look for in foundations?

I'm planning on building a home climbing wall, made from a mild steel subframe. It will probably be around 10 feet tall approx. I was thinking along the lines of using mild steel angle, cutting to ...
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What's best to use in a sawzall to cut steel pipe?

So our new place came with an old antiquated huge satellite dish in the yard. Getting it down wasn't much trouble, but I'm stuck trying to figure out how to get the big steel post it sat on out of the ...
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How far apart should temporary A braces be on 18ft side walls before permanent bracing?

I was wondering if anyone knew if there was a code for temporary bracing of a non-residential building before it is permanently braced with plywood? I was curious to know how far apart each "A" brace ...
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What is the right way to clear the drilled plug out of a hole saw?

I am building a project where I am using a hole saw. After drilling through 2, 1" thick boards I have to clear the scrap out of the saw. This is a really slow process and I suspect I am doing it ...
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How can I fix flickering and continuous-clicking with a UPS on an inverter-supplied circuit?

My whole house has been backed up by an inverter for a few months now. My computer is still connected to a UPS so that it gets clean power - I don't trust the inverter alone to provide ultra-stable ...
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What could have caused these cracks, and how can I repair them?

We have recently bought an old mid terraced house, early 1900s build, in the Salford, Manchester (NW England) area. We have two cracks as follows: Front upstairs bedroom: The crack runs diagonally ...

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