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Handheld showerhead backflow preventer

Every year my rental house is inspected by the city. Last time the inspector told me to add a backflow preventer (one-way check valve) to the handheld showerhead in the bathroom. The showerhead is ...
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2answers
697 views

Is it possible to hang something on the wall surrounding my chimney?

My chimney runs up the center of the house from the basement. Where it passes through the kitchen, there is an obvious bulge in the wall where the wall basically wraps around the chimney. Based on the ...
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3answers
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What is up with this wall, and what is the right way to hang something on it?

I just moved in to a new apartment, in a very old house. The landlord mentioned that it is over 100 years old. The walls are plaster, which means (to the best of my knowledge) that there is lath ...
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2answers
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I over-fertilized my lawn. Now what do I do? [closed]

So, I screwed up, and put too much turf fertilizer on my lawn. It's not completely brown/dead, but there are some pretty significant patches. Is there any way to recover from this? Or is my only ...
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1answer
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Alternative to tongue and groove adhesive for hardwood floor

I'm installing an engineered hardwood product in my office, 5" Shaw Epic hardwood. It is tongue and groove, but not a click-lock type. For a floating installation, the tongues and grooves need to be ...
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4answers
413 views

Air conditioning on a shoestring budget

Without purchasing expensive air-con units, or solar panels - and the associated moutings and electrical paraphernalia, is it possible to create a temperature difference of 10-20 °C using materials ...
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1answer
122 views

A/C Emergency Cut-off Cleaning and Maintenance

I found my thermostat not working. After googling for a solution, I found that I may need to check my emergency cut-off. I know of a pipe that if tripped will turn-off the A/C, so I took the pipe ...
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5answers
968 views

How can I remove a stump?

I need to level a patch of ground in order to put in a shed, but there's a large stump right in the middle of where the shed will go. Since I'm in a suburban setting, dynamite is out, fires are ...
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2answers
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How to cut curved legs for a table

I'm planning to build a bed-side table and wish to build it with gently curved legs. I'm planning to recycle wood some old hardwood doors by cutting the blocks out with a circular saw, then cutting ...
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1answer
220 views

Heat causing concrete to heave

I mostly hear about this happening for roads on very hot days, but I'm wondering what about the heat causes the concrete to heave? Is there any concerns for foundations/garage floors/drive way heaving ...
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1answer
967 views

Parallel Fluorescent Wiring

I've got a few ceiling lighting 'boxes' that have one capacitor, two ballast, two starters, and two fluorescent lamps in each. Everything seems to be nicely wired up internally and I just need to ...
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4answers
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When wiring two circuits through the same conduit, what wire coloring is required?

Problem I am wiring a septic control/alarm box to a subpanel. They are on the same post, so the wire run is through a short stretch of 3/4" flex conduit. There are two circuits required: a 240V for ...
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2answers
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Can I use a paint pad to apply floor varnish?

I went looking in the shop for a lambswool pad to apply floor lacquer, but they didn't have one, so I bought an Anza paint pad. Can I use this to coat a floor? Should I try to find a proper lambswool ...
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2answers
173 views

Refinishing bathtub

We have a bathtub which is part of a bathroom with a 70's color scheme. Rather than replace the tub we were thinking about refinishing it. What are the pros and cons of refinishing a bathtub, either ...
2
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1answer
2k views

How to install a large mirror on drywall?

I need to reattach(*) a large, flat, frameless mirror (about 8'x6') to drywall, and a few long/thin beveled mirror pieces around it as a "frame". Two questions: What adhesive should I use? Epoxy ...
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3answers
744 views

Is translucent fiberglass roof cooler or hotter than opaque roof

We are building a roof over garden table: sort of like a pergola with roofing. We are using OSB panels for insulation and fiberglass roofing sheets for weather protection. We already chose translucent ...
2
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1answer
188 views

Is it safe to replace a switch with a dimmer on halogen spots?

I live in Europe (so we're on 220V), and in the house we've got two halogen spots (on a transformer) on a plain switch. Is it safe to replace the switch with a dimmer (like these)? Do the transformer ...
7
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1answer
777 views

Ceiling fan switch replacements

I have 2 ceiling fans that were in my house when I moved in. Both fans have recently had the pull strings torn out of the switch. I took the fans apart, and wrote down the information on the switch, ...
7
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1answer
461 views

Are there any issues with using deicing salt on sand stone paving?

We are thinking of getting some sand stone paving installed, however we have to be able to use lots of deicing salt in a bad winter. Will the salt stain the sand stone? Any other issues we should be ...
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11answers
3k views

What should we look for when buying a fixer-upper house?

My fiance and I are considering buying a fixer-upper house rather than an apartment when we get married. Obviously things like location, neighbors etc. are important, but; what should we be looking ...
2
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2answers
287 views

Using a boulder wall as an 8' retaining wall (Dallas area)

I've got an 8' retaining wall, runs about 120' across the back of my property (faces my house). It's railroad ties and has about run its life. I'm looking to replace with some kind of stone/block ...
2
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2answers
3k views

real dimensions of 2 by 4 in inches/centimeters [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Why are 2“x4”'s really 1.5“x3.5”? Just by looking at a 2 by 4 plank I can tell that it is neither 2in × 4in or 2cm × 4cm. What are its real ...
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1answer
536 views

What to do about a gas leak on my air conditioner?

I have an air conditioner that displays an error of gas leakage on the board. What should I do? Shall I turn it off? It is dangerous?
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1answer
449 views

Dealing with scratched floor tile

I have a kitchen with a tile floor. In one corner, there's been a pedestal style garbage bin. It seems that stepping on the foot pedal has caused the bin to shift slightly during each use, and over ...
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3answers
2k views

There's a difference between hot/neutral AC lines in a plug, but does it matter?

Saw the good answer to this question: Is there a difference between the two conductors in 120VAC wiring? But I'm wondering as a followup, since the two primary prongs in an AC mains plug are ...
3
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1answer
539 views

What do you call a DIY AC plug?

This may the dumbest question ever, but I'm trying to replace the AC plug on a small appliance (it's European but voltage-switchable and I'm using it in the US), and I don't know what to call those ...
3
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3answers
220 views

What are my options for framing a thicker than average piece of artwork?

I have a piece of signed TV artwork that is mounted in cardboard frame aprox 1cm deep, that i want to hang on the wall. I've had a look round and most of the frames i've found aren't deep enough to ...
4
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1answer
498 views

where can I buy a new trim for my bath plughole?

My bath plughole needs replacing. I don't need the whole unit for the overflow. The problem is that when I fill the bath, half the water has drained away within 15mins. I think the plug doesn't fit ...
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1answer
1k views

methods of detecting a copper pipe in concrete floor

We believe that our copper water line is embedded in the concrete (and rebar) basement floor. We would like to excavate a hole to install a sump pump. We don't want to hit the copper line which we ...
5
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1answer
627 views

How to close a doorway between two apartments?

I own two adjacent condo units and I opened a small doorway (24"x80") on the common wall for convenience. Now I've sold one of the units and need to close the doorway. I recall the wall was simply ...
5
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1answer
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Why is my refrigerator leaking?

The make of the unit is GE and below is a link to a picture of the label on the back. There aren't any other markings anywhere. I'm guessing this is an older model. Here's a close-up of the ceiling ...
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2answers
149 views

Safety about windows

The house which I rent and am living in has a kitchen on the first floor, where there is a window facing the yard with its lower half covered by security bar and screen, like this one . Is it safe ...
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2answers
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What should I do about this fixture brace?

I'm preparing to hang a ceiling fan fixture in a bedroom. I need to remove an old ceiling light's electrical box and brace first, however I don't see how I can remove them. The brace has limbs which ...
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4answers
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hammer drill not making any progress

Aiming to put some bike hooks into a plaster on brick wall - We've acquired a hammer drill and have been practicing on a spare brick and a backyard cement wall but the drill is just barely / not ...
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2answers
2k views

How do I stick paper on the wall in a stylish manner?

I want to stick some papers on my room wall, some paintings and notes .. but looking for a way that it looks fashion. Any ideas about that?
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2answers
566 views

What's the best/easiest way to install and wire a wall light?

I would like to add a wall light to a wall, but I'm not sure the best way to go about doing this. I'm thinking it will be easiest to wire it up to a ceiling light (directly above proposed placement ...
3
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2answers
900 views

Gusher Guard for Roof?

I do not have gutters but the water does gush off of the roof in front of my front door when it rains. Where can I find something like a gusher guard that I can attach to the roof?
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1answer
230 views

Charging Irrigation System, Can I Do This Myself?

Every spring some company comes out and "charges" our sprinkler system. Can someone explain what this is and whether or not this is something I can do? It basically seems like they come out, turn on ...
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5answers
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What's the best way to hang an unframed poster on a sloping wall without using something that will damage the poster?

What's the best way to hang unframed posters on a sloping wall without using tape or velcro or glue that would damage the poster? Thumb-tacks don't work too well because the poster ends up sagging ...
5
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1answer
453 views

Sediment in well water

I live in central Florida (by Orlando) and I have well water. The sediment filter is before the softener and after the pressure tank. I've lived in this house for a year and replaced the filter about ...
6
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3answers
2k views

Can I hang a 60 lbs TV on 1 inch drywall?

Can I use drywall screws with plastic contraption 3/8" diameter to put a TV on the drywall? What is the load limit for 1 inch drywall and how many screws and how close apart they can be put to carry ...
4
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3answers
1k views

Door jamb on a 2.5" thick wall

What approach can be used to fabricate and install a door jamb on a 2.5" thick wall? The wall is composed of 2x4 on side (1.5") and two sheets of 1/2" drywall. Edit: I have an old 5 panel door that ...
4
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1answer
2k views

Attic ventilation - intake:exhaust ratio vs total ventilation area?

I have decided to go ahead and install a ridge vent in my house. The only current attic ventilation is soffit venting on one side of the house. As part of this project, I am attempting to determine ...
7
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3answers
182 views

What's the best way to protect myself from a rental house?

I am in the market to rent a home, and am looking to compile a list of things to check both before and after taking possession. Before to make sure the house is in a condition I am aware of, like ...
3
votes
2answers
293 views

Should I run 2 regular circuits or a subpanel to my septic site?

We're installing a septic system on otherwise undeveloped land. Eventually there will be a house near the septic system, but that could easily be years away. The electric service entrance is on a post ...
5
votes
1answer
77 views

Choosing Hurricane Shutters

In Florida, it is now officially hurricane season. I am in the market for aluminum hurricane shutters. However, I do have some questions. Home Depot offers aluminum shutters that are either 48 inches ...
4
votes
1answer
144 views

Is it possible - setting thermostat based on a seperate thermometer

I'm looking into building a solar water heater, but I'm wondering, is it possible (and what products should I be looking for) to turn on a pump when the water in the solar heating device is hotter ...
3
votes
1answer
887 views

How can I remove odor that causes throat irritation and headache?

I had some work done on my house in January. In particular: A painter painted the walls, then another person glazed the window frames and finally another one clean the marble floor .. Now I ...
6
votes
1answer
3k views

How can I fix the sewer smell in my bathroom?

After several hours and no use, the bathroom accumulates some noticeable "sewer gas" smell, with kind of garlic. It is gone after a few minutes when the ventilating fan is turned on. The bathroom and ...
3
votes
1answer
322 views

Removing paint from wood: lattice

I have this gate wood door that was painted. Apparently, they didn't use primer. The paint started pealing, so I thought I will strip the paint easily and stain the door (that way I don't need to ...

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