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How can I get rid of mosquitoes?

For indoor use, in living and bedroom. Search for 'wantrn 3 in 1 mosquito trap' should see something like Description says it uses CO2 - carbon dioxide. I know its harmless unless there is so much ...
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how do I measure the glass on a patio door (glass replacement)

to replace the glass on my patio door, how do I measure the glass for the contractors, do I measure just the glass portion of the door or do I measure the outside frame of the door?
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Is this swing beam safe?

Please help. I made a swing for my kids and now am wondering how safe it is. The swing beam is pressure treated yellow pine 4x6 and 16 feet long. The swing hangers are attached to the 4 inch side of ...
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Why does adding 2nd Wifi thermostat not work in 3 zone home?

Our home has 3 zones for forced air heating by oil and central AC. I replaced a Robert Shaw thermostat with a Honeywell Wifi unit and it worked fine. I then replaced another Robert Shaw thermostat ...
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Subwoofer in a 5.1 surround Possible with outputs?

I am collecting speakers for a 5.1 surround! Now I have found a subwoofer which looks nice it's an active subwoofer. But it has this connections: it has stereo input and output for speakers! My ...
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155 views

Information resources for Traditional Japanese Homes

My family and I are preparing to purchase a more or less traditional Japanese home in Hawaii. I am checking up on the claims that it was brought here from Japan and built in 1965. Interior ...
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1answer
565 views

Upgrading to LED Bulbs

So I've been doing a lot of research recently regarding LED lighting, and attempting to do an overhaul of our entire house. But I've run into a few issues, and I really don't want to go back and forth ...
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1answer
715 views

Why is my 12VDC LED flood light flashing when powered by a LED magnetic driver?

I just bought a new outdoor LED Flood lights which i plan to use on a field. However, when connected to a power source, the lights keep flashing and has a humming noise. The flood lights are 12vdc @ ...
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How do I glue glass top to a wooden base

I made a log table and now I'm trying to put a glass top as you can see in the picture. The issue is that the glass top is not sticking to the log. I tried various things such as clear adhesive ...
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How do I cut down a bathroom wall drain?

I am doing a minor renovation on our second bathroom, and I have run into a problem. I was able to remove the old vanity,mirror, etc., and repair the drywall. The water valves both leaked, so I ...
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What materials can be used for moving shower walls?

I am currently thinking about a good shower solution for a very small, very old flat. As it is so small and in the top floor (hence: problems with the pitch of the roof, like on this image) I cannot ...
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Can I use an anchor on a deck for the spindles?

I have metal spindles on my deck and I need to stain it. I would like to take the spindles off before I do this, but I know that I don't want to do this too much cause I could wear out the hole. So I ...
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1answer
257 views

Grout has gone hard and I have not finished can I add something to it to soften grout to finish the job

As title says need to soften up the grout to finish job
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2answers
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How do weather conditions affect pouring a concrete foundation?

I'd like to understand how weather conditions affect pouring a concrete foundation. Are there concerns about pouring a foundation during cold, snowy, rainy, or otherwise inclement weather? Is it ...
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1answer
238 views

how do I repair broken pipe under foundation

For a home built in 1965, with broken pipe under foundation, what is status of inserting a stent, perhaps under visualization?
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3answers
299 views

Sheet material that does not adhere to wood glue

I am looking for some sheet material (as in paper, cellophane etc.) that wood glue will not stick to to use as an insulator between glue drippage on one side and something on the other side to which I ...
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0answers
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chirping sound i cant figure out where from [duplicate]

I have a chirping sound in my house that I cant figure out... So first I changed all the smoke detector batteries, still had chirps, then bought 8 brand new smoke detectors wired them all in , still ...
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1answer
316 views

How to get the sunshine and sunlight in my house

I am living in house in which the sun is not overlooking through the window at all, Is there a way to make overlook at least partially inside the house.
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2answers
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thermostats for high desert climate

We live in Spokane, WA, a high-desert climate. We don't need a programmable thermostat, but we do need one to keep an constant ambient temperature range. This may mean A/C during the day, and heat at ...
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2answers
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Does the estimated cost of this plumbing repair seem excessive?

My home was built in 1965. Recently, a slowly draining bathroom sink was found (on rotor-rooting) to be obstructed by soft mud, leading our plumber to conclude that drain pipe under foundation was ...
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2answers
481 views

Replace the Threshold of an exterior door

Last winter the lower hinge side of back door (which faces west and gets lots of wind) was freezing cold during our Northern Illinois winter. So I wanted to fill it with spray foam to seal it up. When ...
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3answers
505 views

What is the proper order in framing the basement walls?

I am thinking of finishing my basement and am wondering what is the proper order of things for framing the walls. Do I put up perimeter walls first with electrical, insulation and vapor barrier, and ...
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1answer
240 views

How to give ventilation/exhaust to an inner toilet without exterior walls?

In our proposed home, there is a common toilet (powder room without bath) but it has no exterior wall. However, it shares a wall with another toilet. Can you please suggest a way to give ...
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2answers
98 views

Should I change all floors or only one?

I have two different type of flooring on my second floor. I have almost 30 sqm with dry pine flooring (four rooms), and 8 sqm with vinyl (one room). The pine planks are not nailed to the floor, I can ...
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Can I replace a ceiling light fixture with a higher wattage one?

I am planning to order replacement ceiling fixtures for my 2 foyer lights. i want to make sure they will work first. measurement wise, the dimensions seem to fit the space well. the ones in there ...
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4answers
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Is it safe to leave light socket without a light bulb?

We have several light sockets with light bulbs, controlled by a single light switch. I don't need that much light, so I want to remove a couple of light bulbs from their sockets. Is that safe ? In ...
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2answers
204 views

Should we use regular plywood or Lauan over fir strip sub-floor before laying vinyl?

We are preparing a rental kitchen floor for sheet vinyl or VCT tiles. We currently have exposed 3" wide fir strips as the sub-floor. We were told we needed to lay 3/8" plywood over the fir for ...
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1answer
404 views

What types of surfaces can I use ammonia or isopropyl alcohol for cleaning?

Consider just NH3 and C3H8O (isopropyl alcohol) for their cleaning ability, in liquid form, on common hard surfaces (glass, aluminum, stainless steel, finished wood, PETE, etc). The action is just ...
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1answer
3k views

How can I level my bed?

I have a very uneven floor in my bedroom, and a metal bed frame (non-leveling feet), soon to be a wooden bed frame. I'd like to level my bed. What are some good ways to do this? One approach is to ...
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2answers
678 views

How to attach a new sill to an existing concrete foundation

I have a foundation of block wall. To get it to the correct height I need to put 4" solid block top cap on it and my sill plate on top of the 4" solid top cap. I can fill in the voids in the block ...
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2answers
1k views

How to secure vinyl post caps?

I have a deck with vinyl posts, and 5"x5" vinyl caps on the posts. I'm looking at how I can affix them to the posts so they don't blow off. I found a "Vinyl Fence Glue" listed at both Home Depot and ...
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1answer
108 views

Strange smell in August only [closed]

I have a strange smell (somewhat like decomp but its not) that has presented its self every August since 2009 and stays for 14 days. It comes on strong the second day and stays the same smell level ...
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1answer
152 views

Can I drill holes in septic tank risers to off-gas hydrogen sulfide?

How about drilling a few small vent holes in the riser (assuming it is open air and not buried)? The septic guy says that doing so would vent the HS gas and significantly extend the life of the second ...
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3answers
389 views

Wiring electrical outlets from a single outlet

I'm building an entertainment center unit, and on the unit I want to embed wall outlets into it so I can plug things like my receiver, NAS, consoles etc in a clean method. I thought the entertainment ...
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1answer
2k views

What's the difference between a No.4 and No.5 hand plane

Background Most current and past hand-plane makers seem to follow the numbering system (and design details) popularized by Stanley (and invented by Leonard Bailey?). There are a bewildering number ...
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2answers
447 views

long span shelf wtih no center support

I need to build a shelf spanning 11'6" x 30". It is in front of a window so I can only attach it to the walls at either end. It will need to hold about 100lbs of speakers and audio/video gear, with ...
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2answers
575 views

How do I properly place devices in an electrical enclosure?

I have to put together an electrical enclosure that includes, some terminal blocks, fuses, a power supply (110-24V,3.2A) all of which will be used to provide power for a series of sensors and ...
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1answer
71 views

Sump is sealed for radon remediation and doesn't drain water. What can I do for water drainage?

Yesterday our 80 gallon water heater (less than 5 years old) ruptured - flooding our basement. Situated right next to the water heater is our sump - but it didn't do 1 ounce of its job, because it is ...
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0answers
29 views

Furnace acts like it is not getting power

Furnace Heil 7000 acts like it is not getting power, I know there is power to the furnace. There are no led lights flashing either.
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2answers
247 views

Can I route an irrigation main through my basement?

I received estimates on getting an irrigation system installed in my back yard. The majority of the cost is for digging down to the house's line in the front of the house (4 feet deep), splitting the ...
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7answers
4k views

Drill a large circular depression into a wood surface

I want to mount a Qi phone charger flush into my desk. So I need to put a circular hole into the desk that's about four inches across and a quarter-inch deep. What is the appropriate tool for this ...
2
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1answer
403 views

How do I determine/control which heat source is used (heat pump, oil)

I have a heat pump and an oil furnace for backup. How does the HVAC system know when to use the heat pump and when to use the oil furnace? Specifics: I have a Honeywell TH8320U1008 thermostat ...
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2answers
646 views

How do I fix a hole/gap between my shower tile and the dry wall next to it?

The dry wall immediately next to my shower tiles was damaged by being exposed to too much water over time. I let the wall dry out then removed the damaged section of drywall by pulling it out with my ...
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1answer
210 views

Can I use a toggle bolt if there's no space behind the drywall?

While trying to install a 14lb metal shelf to the wall, I had learned from a previous installation mishap to upgrade from plastic anchors to something stronger. I picked up a few toggle bots (3/16" w ...
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0answers
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Why is my A/C's breaker tripping all the others?

I noticed the A/C wasn't coming on - even the outside compressor - so I checked the breaker and the two switches that the A/C is on were tripped. At this point no other breaker was affected. I went to ...
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3answers
720 views

Why does my GFI keep going off? Is it dangerous?

I have a small condo with one bathroom. There is a GFI in the kitchen and bathroom. The GFI in the bathroom trips off on a regular basis. It started slowly (like 1/week) and now it happens multiple ...
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1answer
99 views

What should I look for in a battery backup sump pump?

I've got a pretty basic 1/3 hp sump pump that does the job quite well. However, i'm concerned about losing power and just the wrong time. Or worse the pump goes bad! What sort of features do you look ...
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0answers
69 views

how to cool your roof naturally?

I live in the multi floored gated community house in South India with the ceiling exposed to sun.On addition to this my windows are not exposed to open air. In summer it gets really hot as the hot ...
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5answers
3k views

Attractive way to hide screw heads in 8mm oak

I need to attach some oak trim (8mm x 60mm) to a recess in a plasterboard wall. The trim will affix to the metal c-stud on the verticals, and to wood noggins on the horizontal. Since I'm fixing ...
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1answer
876 views

Which terminal should be used for a “C” wire when none are labeled “C”? Older electric furnace/heat pump

I have an all electric air handler/furnace connected to a separate AC unit and it is also a heat pump. I've purchased the latest and greatest Honeywell WiFi "Smart" Thermostat and it needs a C wire. ...

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