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What thickness of closed cell spray foam should I use on my basement walls?

I'm finishing my basement in southeastern Wisconsin. This is a poured full basement below grade. We are ready to insulate the walls and are going to use closed cell spray foam. I've had two ...
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What can I do about my odd sized heating vents?

Two related questions: I have a problem section of heating vent that is 2.5" x 12". I thought I'd be able to find this size in Lowes or Home Depot, but nothing is even close (I see 3.5" x 10"). ...
4
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1answer
797 views

How do I fix a loose door frame?

I'm attempting to repair an interior door that is sticking. I first thought the problem was with the door but I soon discovered that the door frame is loose at the base. (see image) I guess I have ...
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6answers
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Why are bulbs burning out quickly in newly installed light fixtures?

I installed five incandescent, recessed light fixtures in the cathedral ceiling of my living room. The fixtures are wired in parallel series (A connects to B connects to C ...). All the wiring is done ...
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1answer
283 views

How can I build a shuffleboard surface that is movable?

My friends and I are planning on building a shuffleboard this weekend. However shuffleboards are pretty long (~16 feet) and moving the full board is going to be a pain. How can we build it so that ...
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2answers
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How do I troubleshoot my generator and transfer switch installation?

I recently mounted a 10 circuit Transfer switch and attached about half of the wires to the electrical panel. After I start and plug in the generator, some of the circuits work fine (well pump, which ...
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3answers
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Where do I buy a weather proof combination padlock?

I have a shed that I use a padlock to secure. The last lock I had lasted a year before failing. It cost about $40. My wife prefers combination so she won't need her keys just to work in the yard. I ...
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1answer
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Is the carpet in my condo one solid continuous piece?

I ask this question more to satisfy my curiosity than to tend to a pressing need. But looking at the carpet in my condo (two bedroom) I don't notice any cuts in it. Was it installed as one continuous ...
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0answers
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Why won't my condenser turn on when I run my heat pump?

I have a York Affinity condenser. When I run my heat pump, I expect it to turn on somewhere in the cycle but it doesn't. It generally does this once a year. The usual fix is to cycle the power of the ...
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4answers
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Why does my kitchen faucet have low pressure after the water heater was replaced?

I recently replaced my water heater, and since then, the water pressure for my kitchen faucet is really, really, low. None of my other faucets seem to be affected (bathroom, shower, etc.). I can't ...
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4answers
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How do I remove and reinstall baseboards (Skirting Board) without damaging them?

I need to temporarily remove the baseboards in a couple rooms. I am interested in some suggestions for removing the baseboards without damaging them so they can later be reinstalled. Suggestions may ...
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1answer
956 views

How do I prevent my stove hood from sucking heat out of my kitchen?

The hood over my stove is sucking the heat out of my kitchen. Is there a cover I can put on and take off to stop this loss of heat?
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2answers
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Should we replace shingles that are curling and losing the asphalt coating before winter hits?

I don't know how long ago this roof was shingled, but we've noticed that the asphalt shingles, in two patches, have begun to curl and lose their grit. Even after a late summer of fierce rain, at ...
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1answer
535 views

What does the Plumbing Code say about securing a bathtub faucet to the studs?

My son is renting an apartment. It looks as if the bathtub faucet (spout and valvehandle) are only secured by the grout of the tile and haven't been properly secured at all to the studs. I know that ...
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3answers
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What materials do I need to install pantry shelving?

I'm installing shelving in my 5x5 kitchen pantry. My plan is to run 1x2 strapping on the back edge and left/right sides of each shelf, then use 1x12 boards as shelves. I'm considering poplar for the ...
3
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1answer
588 views

How should I go about fixing a holey laundry room?

When I removed some old elevated cabinetry in my laundry room, I discovered two holes in the wall. The first I documented here, How do I close and seal an old external vent? and the second can be ...
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1answer
2k views

How do I wire these dimmer switches? The current wiring is crazy

I've installed light switches in other parts of our house, but there is one pair of dimmers that mystifies me. One is a normal dimmer and one is supposed to be a three way dimmer, but the latter is ...
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3answers
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How do I repair laminate damage on a kitchen drawer?

The heat from our oven has caused significant damage to the laminate coating on a drawer and a cupboard door, is there a way to repair this type of damage or do i just have to replace it?
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2answers
601 views

Can drywall harden or become brittle over time? Or, am I dealing with plaster?

I was in the process if hanging curtains and when I was putting the drywall mounts into the wall the drywall was extremely hard and just crumbled. Once the drywall mount hit a certain depth it just ...
3
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1answer
297 views

Are there alternatives to sinktop backsplashes and sidesplashes?

I just got a new vanity with a counter top that I am having a hard time finding splashes for. It's a very nice counter top as is and looks really good just nestled in the corner without any splash at ...
8
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2answers
1k views

Are easy-rekey locks reliable?

I want to replace an old deadbolt and handle on my front door, and most of the replacement sets at big-box home improvement stores are the easy-rekey kind. Kwikset's SmartKey seems better executed ...
4
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1answer
1k views

Can I use a socket conversion unit to split a washing machine socket in order to add a dishwasher?

Is it ok to use a socket conversion unit to split a washing machine socket into 2, so that we can use it for a dishwasher? The socket conversion unit is 13Amp and the switch above the kitchen worktop ...
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3answers
540 views

How can I turn glossy finish matte?

I've just decorated my front room, but the skirting boards and cabinets are too glossy and I'm looking for a way to turn them matte. Is there a product or method which I can use to remove the shine?
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2answers
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Which soffit vent should I install (size and angle)?

Two part question: big or small vent size, and parallel or perpendicular to house? I'm going to install almost 40 of these soffit vents around my house. All the vents at my Home Depot are 16" wide, ...
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2answers
250 views

Simple construction for trunk-or-treat [closed]

I'm sorry this is slightly off-topic, but I was hoping this might be a fun brainstorm for some folks who are more construction-minded than I am. Our church is taking part in a "Trunk-or-Treat", where ...
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1answer
1k views

How do I heat my basement using a wood stove on the ground floor?

I just bought a new home and the living room has a wood stove with a fan. It heats the 1st and 2nd floor great, however since heat doesn't sink, what do I do about the basement? I live in NE Mass and ...
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0answers
207 views

How do I know if my high limit and low limit are set correctly on my aquastat?

I have a boiler that is only providing heat for my forced hot water baseboard system (4 zones). I've always thought that the high limit on the aquastat was too low (the temperature on the boiler ...
3
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2answers
715 views

Which flat roofing system requires the least maintenance?

I am a board member of my townhouse homeowners association and our townhomes are unfortunately very tall (need a lift or 60 ft ladder to access the roofs) and also the builder made the roof one single ...
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1answer
8k views

Why can't SharkBite plumbing connectors be sold in CA and VT?

I've spent the last couple of weeks replacing my copper hydronic heat in the house. I'm now a convert to PEX and SharkBite connectors. I had to run out tonight to Home Depot to pick up one more ...
3
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1answer
901 views

How do I replace an A/C diffuser attached to flex duct?

Our house has central air, with the air distributed via flex ducts around the house. On the second floor, the diffusers have baffles behind them that can be closed when the system is not in use, but ...
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1answer
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What wire gauge should I use with a 30 amp breaker for a 220V welder?

I am installing an outlet in my garage for a 220v mig welder. The welder specs call for 30A breaker. The outlet for the welder is only 2 feet from the garage sub panel. The wiring refernece charts ...
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1answer
4k views

Should I powerwash and waterseal a pressure treated deck?

Is there any maintenance that I should be doing such as yearly power-washing and water-sealing for a pressure treated deck?
3
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1answer
162 views

How can I achieve a randomized cedar shake shingle placement?

Other than the obvious (just eyeballing as you go, shingle by shingle), what is a good way to achieve a random-looking shingle placement on a cedar shake roof? (This particular project happens to be a ...
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1answer
584 views

How do I fit a joist in this small space?

This is a follow on question from here: Floor joists connection to eaves Since this question, I have been told I need 8" joists for my span and I have exposed my eaves area to see what space I've ...
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4answers
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Why is this box constantly tripping?

After some heavy rain in Cornwall electricity does not work in the barns. This trip box seems at fault, though it costs 100+GBP to replace it I'm told. Can anyone give me more information on what ...
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2answers
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Can I run heating duct work through the attic?

Problem... (in Buffalo NY) We just about finished remodeling our master bedroom. Everything insulated, drywalled and we're living in it. Now that the winter is upon us, we're already finding this ...
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1answer
947 views

What are my options for venting my oil boiler?

I have a small New Yorker AP-U (480?) boiler that is currently vented to a large flu in my house's chimney. I want to install a wood stove in my house and I'd like to use the chimney to vent it, which ...
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1answer
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What's the normal duty cycle of a refrigerator compressor?

I recently bought a house and it came with a fridge. It's a GE model GSH25JSXSS side by side. I think it's fairly new because the seller's agent told the seller to replace her appliances with ...
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2answers
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Where can I find a Time Restricted Keypad Lock?

I'm looking for a keypad to use in the external door of an small business office to open said door. The plan is to give every employee (around 20) a PIN that they input into the keypad for the door to ...
3
votes
1answer
155 views

How to find this particular hot water heat pump?

I have this pump pictured attached to my furnace. I actually have two of them. This one, however, is on a circuit that has been empty for a few years and is now rusted shut and needs replacing. I have ...
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2answers
7k views

How do I replace an axe handle?

I have an axe with a damaged handle that needs replacing, but I don't know how to do it. What tools and techniques should I use to get the job done?
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4answers
787 views

Is plunging a toilet without a plunger a good tip or a horrible idea?

Read this elsewhere and personally, I thought it was a bad bad bad idea, but I wanted to put this out there to see if I might be mistaken: I learned a quick tip from a handyman on how to create a ...
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3answers
2k views

Why do I have a cold draft from a return air vent?

I have a draft occurring in my 2 story home, usually on windy days. The main floor is fine, but in the master bedroom on the second floor, there is cold air entering the room from the air return vent. ...
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7answers
9k views

What open source home automation software exists? What are the differences between them?

I just bought my first apartment and I am now looking to setup a cheap home automation system. I would like to control : light electric shutter heater thermostat other stuff in the future I am ...
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1answer
2k views

Is it okay to store laminate flooring in a dry garage for a couple weeks?

I have purchased some flooring that I won't be able to install for a couple weeks. I live in Canada and the winter is on its way, so the temperature is beginning to reach freezing. Is it okay to ...
3
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1answer
4k views

Why won't the bulbs light even when the fixture is has power?

We thought the bulb went out only to find that a new one did not work either. When i got out my tester, the fixture seemed to worked fine in relation to the switch...on/hot, off/not. But no matter ...
8
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1answer
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How can I override a motion detector light?

I am going to be installing one or two motion detector lights to cover my backyard. I would like the ability to "override" the motion detector. What I mean by this is that I would like to be able to ...
6
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2answers
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After I soundproof my bedroom wall with QuietRock, will I need to somehow soundproof the floor?

I am planning to put up a layer of QuietRock on top of existing drywall, potentially with Green Glue between the layers for good measure. I am doing this because the wall in question is against my ...
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2answers
187 views

What is the minimum drill voltage/power required for a plumbing snake bit?

In particular this one Cobra Products 25Ft Power Drain Snake. Will a 12-volt cordless be strong enough?
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2answers
388 views

Are there any simple electronic door locks available?

I have an office door I need to keep locked but allow easy access. It doesn't have to be super secure, it has a proper deadlock for when we are closed, it just has to stop people casually walking in. ...

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