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Can houseplants actually improve air quality?

I just moved to a new apartment. If I close the windows, the air gets heavy and stale very quickly and I get a headache. The place has laminate flooring (which looks pretty realistic, I thought it ...
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How do I frame this oddly spaced rough in

It's been a long time since I posted about this stupid rough in (dang kids), but I'm attempting to get back on it. The spacing for these pipes are driving me crazy. For a quick reference, the ...
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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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Drilling holes behind existing walls/ceilings

We are remodeling a 1914 house, and want to keep damage to the walls and ceiling to a minimum. We had to take a few walls down already, and as a result have the ability to drill new holes behind the ...
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Underfloor solar heating

My family has a property in Portugal with a broken old solar water heater mounted on the roof. We've been using the immersion heater instead of the solar panel for a while now, but rising energy costs ...
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Large gap between foundation wall and patio

What is the best way to full this gap which is between the foundation wall and front patio?
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Can a brown, loamy wall be whitened with lime paint?

We had a brown wall, consisting of some loam- or clay-like material. (When you touch it, it smells like in the pottery workshop.) We want to paint it white. We cleaned the wall and brushed it ...
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Soft touch for trim nailer

I have a cheap Harbor Freight brad nailer and it does a great job of fastening my window trim and baseboard molding/etc. The only thing I don't like about it is that the point of contact is metal. On ...
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Damp smell in basement

I have a gap between outside wall and pavement. Could this be the reason for damp smell in the cellar? If I poured bitumin down said gap, would this help prevent the dampness?
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What can we do about a separate drain from our washing machine to our septic system that has failed?

Our contractor put our washing machine drain in our yard separate from our septic system. However, it is plugged up and failed. We need a solution without putting in a whole new drain. What can we ...
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How do I join pieces of wood tiles, 12“ by 12” pieces, to make a larger slab?

I have a project to work on that requires me using larger pieces of planks than what I currently have. I have square planks all over the porch that would suffice if only I had a good way of fitting ...
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Why did oiling cause this crank to become dirty?

My house has exterior roller shutters operated by a manual crank inside (right pic). But operating it created a lot of squeaking noise from the crank handle so I used a few drops of fine-mechanic oil ...
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Pallets (without runners) breakdown [on hold]

I have a wrecking bar and a pallet tool pretty much exactly like this one http://www.instructables.com/id/Pallet-Breaker/ This helps me lose less boards to cracking whilst dismantling it. However i ...
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How to keep an attic over the garage cool?

The space over my garage is dominated by a large dormer, which I use as my office. On either side of this dormer, the remainder of the over-garage area is attic space. We have access panels into ...
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Efficient way to test smoke detectors

I just got done wiring boxes for my hardwired smoke detector system and am about to start installing detectors. When testing in the end, I heard they sell some test aerosol spray which is the ...
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2 circuits connected in one box?

I'm swapping out outlets and this one has me stumped. This is in a room of switched outlets (top outlet is always hot, bottom is switched) so the red/black side tab on each outlet is broken off. The ...
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No hot water even if heating elements work (solar/boiler combination)

I've got following setup for heating water: boiler solar panel on the roof The overall setup is simple - the cold water enters the system and goes first through the solar panel and then through ...
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What is a good technique for cutting in when painting?

I'm going to paint another room in my house this weekend, and I have most of the prep work completed (walls cleaned, holes spackled and sanded, covers/vents removed, a few odds and ends taped off). ...
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Zoned oil furnace and AC thermostat question

I recently moved into a new home and wanted to replace the old thermostats with digital Honeywell ones. From what I understand the home has a Rheem 10 Seer (1996) compressor and a Williams oil furnace ...
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Mold Remediation

So, we had a small leak in our roof that resulted in some water damage. I think the leak has been there for a while. There is one stud in the wall that was found to have been rotten and needs to be ...
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Truss Spacing and Sheathing Type

We are putting a new roof on our house (framing and all). The engineer sent me three prints with different truss spacing (16",19.2" and 24" OC). For obvious reasons, I would prefer to use the 24" ...
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Installing timber fence posts using fence spike

How do i install timber posts in to a metal fence spike with a wedge grip system. Is it as simple as hammering the spike in the ground and then hammering the post in to wedge grip? Thank you
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Covering an above ground pool indefinitely

We bought a house with an above ground pool 3 years ago and never opened the pool. We just opened it and the water is brown and about 1/3 full. There's dirt, leaves and just dirty/stained in general. ...
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Electrical problem - loss of power to fixture and outlet

Hot to ground and neutral to ground read 120 V. Hot to neutral 0 V. This is a portion of a circuit that appears to be at the end of the wiring. An overhead light/fan and one duplex outlet are not ...
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Do silent door latches exist?

Is there such a thing as a silent (or muffled) door latch? The doors inside my house make a very loud click when the latch snaps into the frame when closing the door.
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Raise cupboard floor (under stairs)

We have a 1930s terraced house in London (UK) with a small cupboard under the stairs, its floor space is about 80cm x 190cm. The floor of this area is around 80cm lower than that of the hall that runs ...
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2-wire switch loop controlling 2 outlets - replacing with 3-wire to fix?

I am in nearly this exact situation: Can I use a switch loop to power a ceiling fan? We are trying to install a fan, but instead of having a single duplex outlet on the same wall as the switch, we ...
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How do I interpret a central air conditioner label?

The label on my central air conditioner looks a lot like this one (photo below). What do the two numbers (separated by a slash) mean for voltage and the three amperage ratings?
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can you combine 2 circuits into 1?

Can I safely combine two 15 amp double pole circuits into a single 30 amp double pole circuit? I am trying to make space in my 200 amp box to put a 40 amp double pole breaker to support a water ...
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Can I replace Slater boxless receptacles with conventional ones?

Most of my receptacles have stopped working on one side. When I went to replace them, I found out that they are Slater Boxless Receptacles. Can I replace the Slater ones with conventional outlets?
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Running power to an external building

I'm thinking of running power to my garage, it's about 40 meters away (as the cable flies). I've been researching and already know the best way to do this would be to run a cable from the house ...
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How many circuits do I need? and can I bundle wires in the wall?

I'm looking into running new electrical circuits to my attic and second floor. The attic is two bedrooms + a small bathroom, the second floor is four bedrooms + another bathroom. I'd like some advice ...
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Is wood strength affected after weathering wood?

Lately I have been looking at tutorials for weathering some Maple wood with vinegar but I couldn't find any mention if it may cause any long term issues with the wood such as splitting, warping, etc. ...
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Gutted a basement and found a window, what should I do?

I recently gutted my basement in an early 1900s home that was finished in the mid-80s, and discovered a window! This window is directly under my front door, hidden by a deck that I've never really ...
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How do I change a switched outlet to a half-hot outlet?

I am trying to change a switched outlet to a half-hot outlet. If you can see the picture, the outlet currently only has a white, black, and ground wire coming to it. The switch is on the other side ...
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Countertop receptacle spacing issue

I am rewiring my kitchen and I have installed 28 inch wide windows. NEC states that there should be no space along the countertop that is more than 24 inches from the nearest outlet. With the window ...
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Central air conditioner grounding wire size difference

I disconnected the central air conditioner long ago during the initial phase of my home renovation. I am preparing to hook it up again and have a technician come out to look at it. The original wire ...
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What are the differences between Single Stage, Dual Stage and Reverse Osmosis Under Sink Water Filters?

I'm looking to buy and install an under sink water filter - How do Single Stage, Dual Stage and Reverse Osmosis types compare? Comparing: Taste/Odor Contaminants Removed Filter ...
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Planning for a Covered Deck in the UK

Do i need permission to build something like this in the UK? And do i need to follow any building regs? (I am not in a conservation area)
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Trying to understand how to lay cork underlayment mats with duck tape. based on discussions

In this answer, user user2264997 suggested. You can staple it down - not as messy and fairly quick. I've used something like this on a remodel. It was 3/8" cork over plywood subfloor, then bamboo ...
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Code compliance with 120/240v outlet

I am updating the electrical in my garage. Right now, it has two GFCI 120v outlets, one on the outdoor outlets circuit and the other on the garage opener circuit. I am looking to add locking 240v ...
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How can I match existing mortar?

I'm trying to find a good sand that matches the mortar that I have in our house right now. I live in Chicago. The house is 30+ years old and as I look at the existing mortar, I see that it has large ...
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Questions about DIY on cedar siding and maybe new windows

Admins, this might be too much for 1 post, but they're all related so if it needs broken up, just let me know. Also anyone reading this, please feel free to speak to just one part because it's a lot. ...
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Can rod iron or aluminum fence be re-used and secured with concrete?

Need to section an area off for dogs in the backyard. Have alot of rod iron or aluminum fence pieces leftover from the front-yard fence some, that were removed when someone crashed into the ...
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My electric oven runs 200C too hot. What can I do?

I have a fairly new (2011-ish) electric oven by Amica which has been running about 200 °C too hot. I can't find a thing in the manuals about re-calibration, though I have read in the past that ...
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What precautions need to be taken while installing a hardwood floor on a very old hardwood floor?

I am planning to install a new solid hardwood floor on an existing hardwood floor(some variant of pine) - on the second floor of the 2-floor house. Rights now, we are considering putting an ...
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what kind of electrical boxes and fashioning methods are best for metal framing?

What kind of electrical boxes and fastening methods are best for metal studs? Are there special boxes that are best to use?
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How to anchor (install) a 1/2" natural gas pipe in a sleeve through a 2X4 wall to the ouside for a gas grill

I'm trying to figure out how to correctly run a 1/2" foot long piece of pipe through a 2X4 wall to the outside for a gas grill. I would be tying into the existing fireplace supply line then exiting ...
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Salt free and low maintenance water softener

I want to install a water softener for my house.I am using a salt based softener now which requires me to change salt frequently.Is there any salt free and low maintenance softener exists ,is it ...
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Everything in my house vents into the ceiling cavity. Should I change this?

After reading this question: Does a bathroom exhaust fan have to vent to the outside? I realised that the house I live in now, and everywhere else I have ever lived, everything just vents into the ...

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