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What are the “must do” tasks before winter hits?

I've had my furnace serviced in time for winter, but what other things should I consider doing before the snow and the ice come?
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2answers
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remove protruding brick on LR chimney

In our living room over the firebox we would like to hand a flat screen TV. The design of the brick is a Running or Stretcher bond but it has 4 brick protruding from it. Specifically About one third ...
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1answer
142 views

How do I connect a C wire to an Utica PEG112CDE steam boiler?

I want to upgrade my old mercury thermostat that I currently have to a newer programmable thermostat. This little DIY project is for my first late 1920's home that I recently purchased. I currently ...
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3answers
374 views

Can I replace one of the units in a stackable washer/dryer combo?

We have two individual units and the washer needs to be replaced but not the dryer. One appliance store said I have to buy both washer and dryer/two new units. If the dimensions are the same or as ...
2
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1answer
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What steps do I take to painting a brick wall mural?

I'm about to paint a mural on a school playground wall. the wall is brick and has already been primed. I drew a sketch on paper and am considering the grids technique. I need to know how to outline ...
2
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1answer
476 views

How to shape the zone a radar motion sensor detects?

The light in my bathroom is controlled by a radar motion sensor. The idea was that radar based sensors can be hidden inside the lamp itself and thus be invisible (so no sensor, no switch, only the ...
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1answer
14 views

List of home automation systems? [on hold]

As @keshlam explained me in Comparison of various home-automation systems?, it is not possible to get up-to-date NPOV comparison of various home automation systems. What about a list of ...
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1answer
100 views

How to remove old plastic pool deck sleeves

How to remove old plastic pool deck sleeves. 1 1/4" hole in concrete. Sleeve is 4" deep. Broken at the top, no flange left on top.
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1answer
188 views

How can I vent my roof without removing drywall?

I have a finished attic, that needs to be updated. The pitched sides of the roof are sheetrocked & insulated, the ceiling is a suspended ceiling (will be sheetrocked) and the low knee walls are ...
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2answers
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Do acrylic glu-up tub surrounds require backer boards, waterproof membrane underneath?

I'd like to replace my aging PVC tub surround with an inexpensive acrylic 3-panel one. Assuming I am down to bare studs after removing the existing surround (perhaps the backing wall will be damaged), ...
2
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1answer
67 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 ...
1
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1answer
69 views

How can I reinforce a wall mounted ikea shelf?

I'm wanting to mount the long Hemnes shelf on an interior wall.I'm picking up 3-4 studs in the area that it would be, but they are really oddly spaced. Would it be preferable to buy separate mounting ...
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1answer
55 views

Can I use #16 duplex wire extension to a 2800 watt chop-off cutter?

Is it possible to use #16 wire as extension wire for 2800 watt cut-off machine?
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2answers
181 views

How can I avoid excessive junk on inside junction, when cementing PVC sprinkler pipe?

I'm cementing some schedule 40 PVC pipe using the best instructions I could find ( http://www.tchristy.net/pdf/ChristysTechManual_v5_English.pdf ). The outside of each joint looks fine, but inside ...
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1answer
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How to waterproof metalic electrical conduit entrance in concrete wall?

I have concrete garage inside the hill below house level. Electrical metal conduit runs underground and enters the garage at the top of concrete wall. It may 12"-15" below surface. See pictures. It's ...
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2answers
36 views

How do I fill the hole caused by removing a door plate on a metal door jamb?

I recently got new doors and need to move the door plate on a metal door jamb. I was hoping someone had the know how on how to fill the hole that will now be on the door jamb from where the previous ...
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4answers
115 views

Can I re-shim the strike side of my door jamb to make a 28" door fit?

My old door was 27 3/4 inches. The new doors are sold in a standard 28" size. Instead of trying to cut a 1/4 inch of the door (I don't have a saw guide) I thought it would be easier to pull the trim ...
2
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1answer
662 views

How can I install an overhead water tank and refill it for individual usage?

I live in a group apartment where there is severe water supply problem. We have a common sump in basement which can be filled with water from external supply sources like water tanker trucks on ...
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2answers
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Running irrigation pipes under a large concrete pad

I'm planning on redoing the irrigation system in the back yard and considering extending it to cover the front yard as well. My only problem, the house is completely surrounded by a concrete patio. ...
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1answer
63 views

How to wire 240 volts fluorescent lamps

How many 240 volt fluorescent (2 X 4 recessed, 4 tubes) fixtures can I connect to a 30 amp breaker using 4 mmsq cable?
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9answers
3k views

Are there fans for radiators to improve performance?

I lived all my life with forced air heating and cooling, but my house now has steam radiators. They perform ok, I suppose, but I know from trying that just letting the convection cause the airflow ...
2
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3answers
90 views

Old wires in kitchen ceiling seem wrong. Any thoughts?

Just bought a new replacement ceiling fan/light for kitchen in house we just bought, which was built in 1912 and has obviously had a wiring update, but many years ago. I switched the wall switch off ...
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1answer
39 views

Proper method to wire through different surfaces

I have added a 6" deep bump out with a TV and an electric fireplace in the center of a wall. There is a recepticle behind the feature wall which the tv and fireplace plug into. I am also creating a ...
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2answers
74 views

How can I determine why my lights flicker when the A/C is running?

My lights considerably flicker whenever a large load comes on in the house and it has been this way since we renovated five years ago. I am attempting to troubleshoot this now and have already ...
2
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2answers
52 views

Toilets not refilling after replacing main water line outside

We had to replace a section of the main water line where a tree root had caused a leak. After turning the water back on we had air and a little bit of dirt in the lines. After a little sputtering the ...
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2answers
46 views

Can I lay tile over drywall that has torn paper?

Can I lay tile over drywall that has had the paper torn from removing tile that was installed wrong when doing new home construction?
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1answer
19 views

water running but wont run hot through the kitchen only

we have hot water in all other parts of the house, but not in the kitchen? the water will come through cold and not become hot. If we turn the laundry hot water on, it will turn the kitchen hot water ...
2
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2answers
46 views

Rim Joist Insulation without a Sill Plate

I've seen a few similar questions but the answers don't add up... I would like to use some rigid foam insulation to insulate my rim joists. Here is the problem: everything I have seen shows putting ...
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2answers
47 views

Is it ok to use a shower that just has the backerboard installed and not yet tiled?

I'm trying to figure out the timing of redoing my shower. I'm looking at installing a new tub with a tile surround. I'd like to demo the current setup and install the tub and backerboard (and sealant) ...
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2answers
49 views

Hooking up a home theater system with both analog and digital devices? [on hold]

Last night I tried hooking up the new AV Receiver [Yamaha rx-v477] that I bought for my dad, but I had trouble getting a video signal from his old DVD player. This is the basic setup: Devices going ...
2
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2answers
114 views

Is it possible for me to convert my downlights to normal lights?

So just bought a house and it's one of those newer houses where every frigging room has got halogen downlights. Seriously I've probably got about 30-40 of them all over the house. Not sure what the ...
0
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1answer
177 views

Can I wiring LED light fixtures in parallel?

I have 4 120 v 20 watt LEDs. I want to put them over my desk. They are the Lusa Lighting Model #33000 (If you want to see the PDF). They come with plugs so you can plug them in separately. I want 1 ...
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0answers
24 views

Plastic sheet rigid at 1mm thickness [on hold]

Hello and sorry if this is the wrong place to ask about that, but in the pile of StackExchange's websites I didn't saw a more fitting place to ask. My question is relatively simple but I've trouble ...
2
votes
1answer
42 views

How can I determine the style, design, and manufacturer of this tile?

We are extending our kitchen and need to match the backsplash tiles that the previous owner put in. Can someone please give me some information about these tiles? Style/Design/Manufacturer?
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0answers
17 views

How do I clean a white cement Spanish-type tile roof?

I have a white cement Spanish type tile roof that is very dirty. What is the best way to clean it? Can I power wash it?
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3answers
48 views

Should I add wood sheathing to a metal roof car port?

I'm making a carport that is about 10 feet wide with 2x6's for the "roof frame" and 4x6 posts. I was going to use a medal roof using tin I think. Do I first need to put down wood sheathing? Or can I ...
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3answers
51 views

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 ...
1
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5answers
103 views

If walls and floors aren't exactly perpendicular, which side should I align tile with?

I'm getting ready to tile my bathroom floor and tub surround. Our house is older (about 45 years old) and the walls/floors aren't exactly perpendicular. With that in mind, I'm wondering if I should ...
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1answer
152 views

How to GFCI protect bathroom lighting circuit

I have an old house with 3 bathrooms all on the same circuit. Each has an light with a receptacle above the sink controlled by a wall switch. (See image below.) I want to GFCI protect the entire ...
3
votes
3answers
181 views

Can I run 3 feet of water pipe in the attic for a rain shower?

I have a shower that I totally gutted out. I plan to implement a regular shower head and another rain shower head. I already have the majority of the work done and have only one thing left: to run a ...
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0answers
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Washing machine standpipe overflows even after snaking/jetting every way to Sunday

I have lived in my house for 3 years now with the same washing machine..in the past month my washing machine drain pipe has started to over flow. I do live in the country and drain my kitchen sink and ...
1
vote
1answer
99 views

well pump keeps turning on and off every few seconds

I woke up this morning to find that the water feeding the toilets in the house was full of dirt/mud/silt. After taking a look at my well pump system I found that the pressure switch keeps turning the ...
2
votes
2answers
73 views

Does a broken TPR valve disable the water heater?

Would the pressure release valve going bad on a water heater cause the water heater to quit working?
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1answer
102 views

How do I remove/replace these window screens?

Description of window set, in case someone knows them by make: the lower pane is counterbalanced (weight? spring? I don't know) and the upper pane is fixed in place with a screen window underneath it. ...
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0answers
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can I tap a high pressure propane line to install a low pressure heater?

Currently I have a high-pressure regulator on a propane line to my (indoor) stove. My question is can I tap into this line and run a connection to a room heater that uses a low-pressure regulator.
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2answers
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Why is there increased dryer motor hum while powered by a generator?

We have an off grid home, solar powered 120v. While running the home on the backup generator (also charging batteries), the drum motor on the propane dryer has an increasing noise, then gets to a ...
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1answer
103 views

Where do I connect the C wire in my furnace?

I am upgrading my thermostat to a Nest, and would like to add a common wire. My current furnace controller doesn't have a C terminal, but the current thermostat wire has 2 unused wires (black and ...
4
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4answers
793 views

Plugs won't stay in wall receptacle

We bought a new house 25 years ago. The wall plug receptacles never from day one would hold a plug. Are they defective or are there springs missing that would keep them in place? Can they be adjusted ...
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1answer
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How can I determine what grade air filter is appropriate?

I'm trying to figure out what kind of air filter is appropriate for my house. My local home warehouse store stocks over a dozen options. The primary difference between them seems to be Microparticle ...
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2answers
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spotlight is always on and switch is not working

I have a spotlight outside all the wires are tracked and in working order but the light stays on constantly .even when connected to its switch. this one is a head scratcher. I replaced the light ...

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