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Why is water heater making the water smell like sulfur?

I have an electric water heater that gives the water a sulfur smell. It is only from the hot water. I have heard that changing the anode in the unit can help. If this is the case, what material ...
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Which screw and anchor should I use to mount a projector screen?

I have a projector screen which weighs about 8 kg (~17.6 lbs) and to light it up a little for when I don't use it I decided to mount a LED strip behind it. I already bought matching strips of wood (24 ...
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Is a built-in oven easier to maintain than a standalone one?

What is the more suitable to buy, so that its maintenance is easier and less costly, a built-in oven and stove or a standalone oven? A built-in like this one: or a standalone oven like this one: ...
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1answer
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What are the codes for electrical wiring in attics?

What is the typical code for wiring in attics? I understand these vary but what's best practice? Can you just have electrical wires exposed with all the junctions, in junction boxes, provided all the ...
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1answer
505 views

Why is my furnace blowing hot air outside?

So I have been having trouble heating my home. I noticed today that there is a vent blowing hot air outside. It is not the return, chimney or venting. Any ideas other that the builder thought we ...
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257 views

Is this a scuff on my hardwood floor? How can I fix it?

We've tried using a whole bunch of wood cleaning products for this and similar marks on our floor, but nothing seems to work. What exactly am I dealing with here and how can I fix it?
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5answers
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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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2answers
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Can I re-use a roller tray liner?

I am wondering if re-using a roller tray liner is asking for trouble. The old paint was white primer; the new paint is very slightly different white. Even if I scrape out all the possible flakes and ...
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2answers
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How do I easily separate unglued PVC pipe from joints?

I've been retrofitting an existing PVC irrigation system around my house. Part of that work requires that I work in shallow holes adding T joints and elbows in places where there were none before. In ...
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4answers
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What is the correct use for linseed oil on outdoor wood?

I have doors, patio furniture and windows which all need constant attention in terms of varnish and wood sealers. I have recently found a good contact for raw linseed oil, and would like to use ...
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2answers
69k views

What is the minimum roof slope to accommodate rainwater drainage?

I have a patio with a 13ft(4m) by 26ft (8m) Roof, the slope runs vertically down the short (13ft) side.. and the height difference from the high point to the low point is only about 10in (25cm). ...
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1answer
352 views

Should I continue to remove the cement board, or just remove the tiles?

I'm in the middle of replacing the tile in my bathroom and started to take off the backer board but now I'm wondering if I should've just cleaned off the top of the boards and reused it. The backer ...
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4answers
2k views

How can I wire this three-way circuit between two buildings with only 3 conductors?

I am rewiring my entire house after a major malfunction of two antique knob and tube circuits. I'm up against a challenge with some outdoor lights. Here's the situation: I have a detached garage. It ...
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What cut of wood should I use for door stile & rails?

I'm starting a project to build a pair of bi-fold doors for a closet (its an odd size, and so there are no prebuilt doors of the required size). I've done research on building the doors, and think I ...
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1answer
193 views

Why is there a sewer gas smell coming from my door jamb?

I am at the tail end of tiling my basement floor and undercut the existing trim on the bathroom door. I started noticing a sewage smell and pinpointed it as being strongest at this point. This is ...
2
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1answer
5k views

Why is my electric hot water heater producing lukewarm/cold water?

Yesterday after returning home from work I discovered my hot water is not working. When you turn on the faucet (any in the house) just a little warm water comes out and then it turns cold. I checked ...
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1answer
5k views

How can I attach a light fixture to plasterboard?

After some water damage and a ceiling repair I cannot locate the joist to refix the light fitting. It is a circular fluorescent light weighing about 3 and a half pounds. Is it safe to fix all 3 ...
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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 ...
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0answers
249 views

Why isn't water running through our radiators?

We had a plumber in today to bleed our rads. He also changed the batteries on the thermostat and fiddled around with the boiler. Since he left the temperature has dropped dramatically and he's refused ...
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2answers
2k views

Can I change the color of the mortar in my brick wall?

We recently built our home and the mortar color between the bricks is dark gray, we did not pay attention to it and because of that the brick face is looking duller due to the standard gray mortar. ...
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0answers
131 views

Can I use the glass from a gas fireplace insert on wood fireplace?

Can I use the glass from a gas fireplace insert and convert it into a glass door for a wood burning fireplace? I visited Europe and observed that they had huge fireplaces with glass screens going up ...
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5answers
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Can different gauge wiring be used in the same circuit?

I am extending a lighting and outlet circuit in a basement. The current setup has the following characteristics 15 amp. circuit breaker (200 amp service) 4 existing lighting fixtures using CFL bulbs ...
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4answers
2k views

What material can I use for this custom corner desk?

I'm looking to make a custom desk. I'm trying to decide on a material for the desk's surface. I have a fair amount of tools and am familiar/experienced in cabinet making (though it's been awhile). I ...
6
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1answer
624 views

What is a good strategy to support this deck?

I am planning a potential DIY job for a new deck that I want to put on my house. This is roughly what I think we want The house is roughly 36' long and the garage roughly 22'. The door from the ...
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3answers
540 views

What's a reasonable expectation for efficiency in modern solar panels?

I recently had a solar array installed on my roof with four different sections connected to three inverters - the total array includes 56 panels for a total of 13.44 kW. However, I'm not seeing ...
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3answers
4k views

How do I remove the head off this Giacomini thermostatic radiator valve?

How do I remove the head off this Giacomini thermostatic radiator valve?: Click for larger view I was expecting part of the white bit to twist off easily, to reveal the inner pin on the valve. It ...
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2answers
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How do I find the water main entry point to my house?

My house has no apparent main water line shut off valve. Usually one would find a shut off valve right near where the water main entered the house structure. At my current house I have never been able ...
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2answers
327 views

How can I remove an energy gel stain from my carpet?

I appear to have a small solid 'clump' on my carpet. I'm guessing that it is from an energy gel, which is basically corn syrup mixed with water. Usually I'm pretty good on carpet stains (hey, I'm ...
2
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1answer
112 views

Can a thermocouple be partially bad?

My hot water tank pilot light would go out. I could relight it and the burner would come on and heat up the water tank, but then later on, I would find there was no hot water again and find that the ...
6
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3answers
63k views

What causes a water heaters relief valve to discharge water?

I have a Gas Reliance Water Heater 1212. I found recently (in winter) there is a water dip through the relief valve into a 5 gallon bucket. Sometimes, it can fill the whole bucket. Sometimes, it has ...
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0answers
193 views

How can I repair my leaky toilet?

Apparently my original toilet valves were cheap because they both had problems and I replaced both with fluidmaster valves some years ago. Two problems were apparent immediately which I solved: ...
3
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1answer
1k views

Is it normal for acrylic caulk to dissolve?

I didn't want to purchase a new shower door kit as we plan on remodeling the bathroom in the next five or so years, so I had to deal with the horrible old existing sliding doors and track. The bottom ...
3
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1answer
6k views

What is the proper way to dispose of used hydrochloric acid?

What is the proper way to dispose of used hydrochloric acid (e.g. Sureklean 600)? My municipal waste station does take toxic waste periodically but I was wondering if it can be safely flushed down ...
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157 views

Can municipal authorities get warrant to search suspected building site in U.S.? [closed]

Hypothetically, let's say you decide to do some indoor renovations but not get a permit and you know the work requires permit (e.g. electrical, framing, etc). Also, you lower the blinds on all ...
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1answer
1k views

How to drill and waterproof a hole in cinder block for PVC drain?

I have a new electric hybrid water heater that emits condensation from a drain tube (normal) which is a bit different than a traditional electric water heater. Right now I have a bucket under the ...
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1answer
352 views

Can I connect wall sconces to an existing switched circuit?

My den has four outlets tied to one wall switch (top receptacle at each outlet). I am looking to install four sconces (two per wall on two walls) and was wondering if I can tie these into the existing ...
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2answers
7k views

Where should I place nails when installing crown molding?

Is there any particular place on the crown molding where I should position a nail (middle, inside creases, top, bottom, multiple locations)?
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2answers
221 views

What future-proofing should I include when refurbishing an apartment?

I will soon be renovating my apartment, going to the bare bricks (removing the floor, electricity, plumbing). Would you have some advice on what not to miss, from the perspective of cabling and ...
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3answers
544 views

How to make a floor plan?

First, I'm not good with home improvement or anything too manual for that matter - I'm more of a computer geek. I am soon to move into a new empty apartment and I am going to go furniture/appliance ...
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1answer
769 views

How can I unbend a bent furnace filter slot?

I recently bought a new home. When going to change the furnace filter, I couldn't get the original furnace filter out of the slot at the last part of the filter (where the cardboard border is). Since ...
2
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2answers
548 views

Can I move my furnace room ventilation intake closer to my furnace?

I live in a 3 story townhouse with a garage in the basement. Off the side of the garage is our furnace room. The ventilation and exhaust for the furnace goes to the roof. For ventilation (air coming ...
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1answer
1k views

What happens if I don't replace my water treatment filter?

My house has Water Softener (Ionics IQ Series) installed by previous owner. We really haven't replaced the filter diligently, is there any consequence for this? I mean, will it make my drink water ...
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1answer
759 views

How can I cut this semi rigid aluminum duct for my dryer?

I want to cut a piece of semi rigid aluminum dryer vent duct - though in doing so I will be cutting one of the ends off that goes either into the dryer or the wall outlet for the hose - the "lip" will ...
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2answers
2k views

Why does pressure relief valve state 'Not for Use with Water Heaters'?

So I replaced my 6.5 year old electric hot water (installed with house built in 06') heater and used an identical plumbing setup as my previous install. My previous (and now current) install has a ...
1
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1answer
3k views

How can I attach an under-sink water filtration system to the water line?

I recently bought an under-the-sink drinking water filter, a model from GE, and I got stuck trying to hook it up to the cold water line. The package came with a simple plastic tee that had a 1/2 inch ...
2
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2answers
331 views

Where does the excess electricity from my solar panels go?

When my excess electricity goes back into the grid, where does it go after it has passed through my meter? Does it go to the next closest house needing power?
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1answer
896 views

Should I carpet the stairs or install hardwood flooring first?

I will have hardwood on my first floor and carpet on the stairs and 2nd floor. My question is: regarding the transition, is it better to carpet the stairs first and then do the hardwood (as to avoid ...
7
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3answers
2k views

How can I frame this multi-level deck?

I'm designing an addition onto my existing deck (the existing deck is not pictured below). The addition will be roughly 20' by 15', and I'm planning on making a portion of it a single step lower. ...
2
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2answers
6k views

Does turning the air conditioning on and skipping its “fan” setting damage the air conditioner?

Air conditioning units nowadays allow you to switch it from "off" to various levels of "cool" without requiring you to "fan" setting first. Is there any reason to use "fan" setting (such as for ...
1
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2answers
7k views

How can I finish and seal an interior exposed brick wall?

I have exposed a 100+ yr old brick wall inside, tuckpointed, cleaned with cup brushes on a grinder, and Sureklean 600. I don't have a picture right now but it looks beautiful. Two questions: I ...

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