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Can thinned water based polyurethane be used for blotch control?

And if so, what to use as a thinner (water?) and in what proportions and how to apply? My specific problem: I have some unfinished pine 1x4s (an aquarium stand) I need to stain for color and cover ...
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Low ceiling clearance non load-bearing door opening question

I'm finishing my basement, and am framing in a room. I have 81.5" of ceiling clearance to the ceiling joists, and am in the process of framing in a door for a bedroom. My question is, since this ...
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Replace toilet flange in a sanitary tee

I had a toilet that stank, pulled it to figure out what was going on. Looks like the flange had been broken in the past and repaired, subfloor all around the flange was rotten. Tried getting the old ...
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How do I connect a pull cord switch to a fluorescent light?

What is the wiring to connect a new pull cord switch ( with 4 unnamed terminal connections) between an unswitched live (Live, neutral and earth) to a fluorescent with (Live, neutral and earth)?
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New Whirlpool washing machine has locked door and non responsive buttons

I just installed a brand new Whirlpool front loading washing machine, Model number W10656476A. We put in our first load, pressed start, and realized we forgot to turn on the water supply lines. We ...
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702 views

Hoover windtunnel bagless vacuum stopped spinning only when it is not on upright position

when I push the foot lever to lower the handle, the brushes stop spinning on any carpet level setting. Once the vacuum is locked into an upright position, they spin perfectly. I checked the belt and ...
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New GFI receptacle will not reset after connecting load wires

I am replacing an old receptacle with a new GFI unit. There are a total of three outlets and a light fixture on this circuit. Everything was working beforehand, but I am putting a small refridgerator ...
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177 views

Help please!!! Screw won't loosen?

I have a screw that won't loosen completely it spins to the right and the left but ends up tightening again. I think it has a certain point where it'll just let go and be able to be pulled out but I ...
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314 views

Strange sink behavior — sink fills partially then drains at a normal pace

Our bathroom has two sinks of the type where the entire basin sits above the countertop level. For several months (at least) now, the sink I normally use has filled up to about 2/3rds or so of its ...
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Breaker box one 120 slot left but need one for a second 220 or 240 breaker.

My breaker box has only one breaker slot left for a 120 v breaker. I want to ad a 2nd 220 or 240 breaker to a new outlet to plug a heater into for my basement workshop. Is there any way I can do this ...
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how do i improve the temperature of my sons room?

i have a house in new york and i have insulation with paper backing in the attic. My room which has the thermostat is always 4 degrees warmer than his room which is situated over the living room can i ...
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Why the huge difference in cost for Tankless vs Traditional Tank water heater installation?

I recently had my 50 gallon traditional tank natural gas water heater fail on me. It cracked and flooded my garage. After the cleanup I called out my go to plumbing company to come give me an estimate ...
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384 views

How can I rewire a three-wire ceiling fan installation where there is a two-wire set up?

I installed a 3 speed ceiling fan with a dimmable light in the bedroom where a standard 2-wire light fixture used to be. After months of unsatisfied performance of these battery operated wall switches,...
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908 views

Can I use romex in my unfinished, detached garage or should I use MC?

I bought my house with an unfinished detached garage. I will never finish the walls. The previous owner has junction boxes with romex coming out of them and going to the fixtures. I've only seen MC ...
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997 views

Best way to air seal, vapor seal, and insulate exterior wall in old house?

I have a 90-year old house in Seattle. Exterior walls are constructed as follows: lath and plaster, uninsulated 2x4 stud bays, plank sheathing, cedar clapboard, 1" foil-faced styrofoam, vinyl siding. ...
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251 views

How do i clean porous natural stone tile?

I recently moved into an apartment with porous natural stone tiles on the floor in the bathroom. After doing some re-grouting on the walls, I used a diluted solution of grout haze remover to clean ...
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Can I use #10 wire instead of #12 when wiring a new house?

I am wiring a new house. I bought a boat load of new Romex wire size 10, 12, and 14. I've used all my 12 and 14; is it alright to use the number 10 in place of number 12?
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Ceiling Fan and separate ceiling light fixtures

I just replaced my ceiling fan in the kitchen (has no lights). I also have a separate light fixture. Before replacing the ceiling fan, I would turn on one switch to turn the fan on or off, and the ...
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Toilet Water Shoots upwards When Flushed like a volcano erupting

This issue is with an American Standard single piece toilet. I just changed the 'fill valve' and since then the toilet water erupts shoot upwards, making a mess. The amount of water shooting upwards ...
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Replaced outlet, no power to that circuit

I am not electrician. I am a DIYer and have some experience with replacing breakers, doing basic electrical work, but nothing really "advanced". An outlet was recently cracked, and my roommate went ...
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What is break down of amps on household usages plugin,lights ect [closed]

Looking for information on how much amps are used for plug ins,light switches,ect
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1answer
416 views

Should smoke alarms be on AFCI circuit?

I'm migrating my smoke alarms from the main panel to a generator-backed-up subpanel so I'll have fire protection during a power outage. I'm simultaneously replacing the old smoke detectors. I read ...
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298 views

how can I drill a 1/2“ diameter, 1/2” deep hole in 3/4" particle board?

I need to drill a couple of holes in the bottom of a kitchen cabinet to fit it with IKEA Akurum legs. I thought of using a 1/2" spade drill bit but its' narrow end - the tip of the spear so to speak - ...
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Can I mount an over the range microwave in a cabinet?

I have a kitchen configuration with an existing countertop microwave built into a cabinet above an in wall oven. The microwave I'd like to replace it with (Whirlpool Gold) happens to be an over the ...
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Why does the pressure relief valve on my gas water heater open at only 115 °F?

I have a new gas water heater; it is doing the same thing as my old one. The pressure relief (T&P, safety) valve will open at 115 °F or after I take a shower when the water heater is heating ...
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1answer
146 views

Will a Broan 750 fit in the same cutout as a NuTone 8664RP?

I would like to replace a 'disappointing' bathroom ceiling exhaust fan with some other brand, but have the challenge of predicting what is compatible with the existing drywall cutout. Few online ...
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My dryer vent was setup to go thru the wall, up 2 stories, to my roof

My dryer vent was setup to go thru the wall, up 2 stories, to my roof..... I have a major problem with this type of setup, as every couple of months, my dryer starts taking forever to dry. When I open ...
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639 views

Is 6/2 Romex the correct wire gauge for a 100' run to a workshop?

I bought an old house that has a fuse box. The place has a milk barn that I want to convert to a workshop. Can I run 6/2 wire from the the two 120 volts wires coming from the fuse box? I want to ...
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Repairing concrete block on inner part of basement

I have had water seepage into my basement through concrete block for many years. The exterior part of the block is covered by a deck and patio and is not easy to get to. I've mitigated a lot of the ...
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97 views

Is it safe to combine Christmas miniature light sets of different amperage?

I have two sets of 8mm mini lights that specify 120V 5A on the plug and one set of 5mm mini lights that say 120V 2A. Is it safe to use them together without blowing/frying the 2A set?
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1answer
81 views

Why does my dishwasher back up my sink?

My dishwasher backs up my sink when the water is expelled during the washing. Eventually the water drains and I can use my sink no problem. What can I do to prevent my sink from filling up?
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176 views

How do you wire a 3 switch box in a bathroom?

I'm replacing an old outdated 3 switch unit with a newer one to match the rest of the bathroom. One switch controls a light, one controls the exhaust fan, and the third controls a heating element. ...
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1answer
71 views

Changing radiators to radiant wall heating

In my bedroom/study I have only a radiator as heating. The problem is that the water flow is controlled by the thermostat in the living. This means that around wintertime my room has a big change in ...
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1answer
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Is it a problem if the framing is 4" short of the edge of slab foundation?

Addition to house, added slab to 7.5' x 21' porch surrounded on 3 sides. Brick & siding exterior. I think the framers thought there was going to be continuous brick, because the framing is set ...
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Flood lights and Home Automation

I am trying to incorporate my outdoor flood lights with motions sensors into my home automation system. Specifically, I would like to sense when the lights come on to trigger other home automation ...
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1answer
424 views

Mount Pull-up bar from wall to wall

Walls are 7-feet apart. For the bar, I am using metal pipe about an inch two inches in diameter. What is the best way to mount an end of the bar to the face of the wall? (PS: Very similar question ...
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Typical general purpose sledge hammer weight?

What is the typical head weight (or weight range) for a general-purpose sledge hammer? Background: I've been shopping around online and have seen everything from a small 2 lb hammer to weights up to ...
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146 views

Which is the outlet test port on this valve (VR8204A)

I am being told that this gas valve has an outlet test port on the valve, 1/4" and can be accessed via an Allen wrench. Where is it? Apparently the gas pressure can be measured with one of these
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146 views

How do I eject a bit from a Wiha 38600 screwdriver?

I just bought this overpriced Wiha 386 screwdriver. It takes a 1/4 bit. It also has a "retaining ring." I put a bit in it, and everything went great. But.. how do I get the bit out of it? I know it ...
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Best way to remove textured wall (joint compound)?

What I'm working with: There's a lot to take down. I know skim coating is an option, but I don't think that will work well due to the nature of the texture (it's not knocked down).
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Reusing Old Gold Course Screws on a New Project

Learning from guys who had no power tools but were craftsman in the day my learning experience was not to re use nails or screws for many reasons. Got into a huge argument with a College Grad who ...
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1answer
259 views

Wiring a rocker switch with pilot light so light is on when switch is off

I have a single switch with a pilot light next to a two-function switch in a double gang box. They are both used to control a three function fan/light/night light in a bathroom. Everything is working ...
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2answers
202 views

Wiring a ceiling light fixture. Too many ceiling wires!

I have one bundle which includes 4 (old black wires) and one bundle which includes 3 (old black wires) and finally I have one wire by itself which appears fairly new. How do I identify my black/white ...
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239 views

Help me understand electricity - is the neutral always dangerous?

I've read the basics of modern domestic electrical systems, but I have a few questions about the very basic premise that I don't think was really explained. The analogy used in the book compares ...
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Was fitted carpet installed correctly?

I just had new carpet installed. I don't see any wrinkles or ripples, but you can pinch it and lift it quite easily. You can actually make the carpet clap on the pad underneath. Is this normal? The ...
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1answer
401 views

Hang a floating mantel

We recently replaced an existing fireplace mantel and my wife would like me to re-purpose the old mantle as a high mounted shelf in our soon to be occupied nursery. The original install was a 1x1 ...
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1answer
89 views

have power at outlets and lights, with only hot connected from panel..,, whats going on?

I was replacing only the supply wiring running from Electrical box to a existing circuit in my kitchen, which starts at an wall outlet and branches to lights and other outlets. I first connected the ...
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395 views

What could be causing my gas fireplace to shut off?

I have a gas fireplace that is 4 years old, that shuts off after a couple of minutes. The pilot lights ok, then the burners turn on and work fine for about 3 minutes. After that the entire fireplace ...
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362 views

Running a bilge pump from a wall outlet? [closed]

I bought a bilge pump for purposes of cooling off my computer, and to my surprise it came with bare wires (one black and one brown) that you're supposed to hook up to a boat. I don't own a boat, and ...
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Water main entry change from1/2" to bigger to change pressure

I change main entry from 1/2" to bigger and the rest of home piping still1/2 " will it change pressure or all piping has to be changed?

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