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Help on Vinyl floors

I had a new vinyl floor put around 8 months ago. There is a square in the middle where it has damaged the floor. It is in the middle of the kitchen floor. Is there anything I can do to make this look ...
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Why does the shower get cold when I flush, and how can I prevent it?

When the shower is running and someone flushes a toilet, why does the shower get cold (or sometimes hot) in some houses, but not others? More importantly, would fixing that require replacing the ...
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2answers
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removal of subfloor for exterior wall

This wall is an exterior wall and has 2 layers of flooring, with the wall sitting on top of the floor. I want to remove the flooring and install advantack t&G.I would like to leave the bottom ...
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0answers
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Why is my knob grinding down? [on hold]

The initial problem with the knob was that the turning of the knob was under strain, so the plastic around it cracked. When this happened it made it slack, and so the knob could not turn. The last ...
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2answers
39 views

How do we fit a pedestal sink top onto a vanity base?

We want to put a rectangular pedestal sink top onto a wooden vanity (yet to be built). We won't be using a solid surface or laminate product on top, but instead want the sink to slightly overhang the ...
1
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1answer
47 views

How do you hard wire a garbage disposal?

I do not have a dishwasher. There was no existing garbage disposal and there is no plug under the sink. I'm trying to hard wire a garbage disposal there. I want to create a light switch off an ...
3
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3answers
2k views

How can I find places to nail/screw into walls of ICF (insulated concrete form) home?

The home I bought has exterior walls made of ICF (insulated concrete form). I don't know the brand or type, I just know that somehow the builders attached the drywall to the styrofoam/concrete. I'm ...
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1answer
102 views

What type of tool do I need to remove this screw?

As the title says. I need to remove this type of screw, but don't know what tool to use. Does anyone know where can I get the screwdriver for this?
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1answer
28 views

What connector should I use to connect LED light / driver to mains?

I've just got some LED spots to go in a small cloakroom. What connector should I use to connect them to the mains? The mains wires to the driver are tiny (about 20AWG). Is there are recommended ...
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1answer
47 views

Are pull chains available for wall switches?

I have a regular wall switch for a ceiling lamp. After floor renovation it became so high that we can not reach it. The idea is to install a pull chain switch so chain will hang on the reachable ...
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3answers
151 views

Should I wrap home in Tyvek when re-siding?

My house was built in the 60s and doesn't have normal plywood sheathing. It has that old sheet-rock-like sheathing (it's black, I think it is exterior gypsum). Basically the walls (right now) go, ...
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3answers
1k views

How can I determine the maximum wattage that I can hook up to a breaker?

All of my heating is on one breaker, 240V on a double pole breaker, each marked 20A (it's a small condo). I wonder how I can determine the maximum wattage I can hook up to that breaker.
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3answers
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How do I prepare patched drywall to be painted over?

I am in the process of painting my room. I have some big patches on the drywall. I am yet to begin painting that wall. Before i start i wanted to take advice. Is there anything i need to do with those ...
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3answers
58 views

Most bang for buck approach to insulating home

My home is a bit over 100 years old, wood frame aluminum siding house, that was not very well kept up by the previous (30+ year) owner. We've lived in it for two years, and are looking to improve the ...
0
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1answer
23 views

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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1answer
36 views

Can I install tandem breakers in this panel, and would one 20 ampere circuit be enough for a garage?

I'm a home owner searching for information before hiring an electrician to come and do work on my home. What I want: Have a separate breaker\s to service a single car garage. 3 receptacles each ...
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1answer
402 views

Hot water doesn't come out of faucet right away and makes banging noise when it does

This happens on every faucet in the house. Sometimes, when you first turn on the hot water, it comes out (just the pressure in the line) and then it runs slow and stops. Then, a banging noise happens ...
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1answer
90 views

How do I identify this square light fitting so I can replace the globe

I'd like to know of this light fitting is a standard type of light fitting (and if so, what is it called), and whether or not I'd be likely to find an existing globe / cover that mounts over the ...
3
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2answers
164 views

What is the weight limit on pergo flooring?

We currently have pergo installed in our kitchen/dining room and have had it for a number of years - no complaints. We are now faced with the issue of pulling up carpet in the living room/hall as it ...
1
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2answers
87 views

What factors are important when selecting a rotary tool?

I'm fairly new to the DIY scene, so to say that my working knowledge of any power tool is minimal is an understatement! I'm currently embarking on a DIY project that requires cutting acrylic boards, ...
0
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4answers
35 views

Do I really need a redundant sump pump? [on hold]

So I'm getting my dirt basement encapsulated, and the contractor is installing an interior perimeter drain and sump pit/pump. They offer either a single good quality pump, a redundant system with just ...
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2answers
39 views

Is AutoCAD knowledge all I needed to be a good designer of electrical drawing [on hold]

Is AutoCAD knowledge all I needed to be a good designer of electrical drawing or do I needed to add other training to equip myself?
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1answer
125 views

What do I do with the neutral and ground when wiring a transfer switch?

I know there are a lot of questions about wiring a generator to a home electrical panel, but I can't find the answer to the questions that I have. I would like to wire a generator that has the ...
6
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2answers
10k views

What type of tape is used to seal vapor barrier seams?

If I was installing vapor barrier in Canada, I'd use Tuck® Contractors Sheathing Tape. However, after a trip to the local Home Depot (USA), I came up empty in my search for Tuck Tape. I did find ...
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1answer
26 views

What is the importance of “breathable” home exteriors?

I have heard many people say that it's important for a building's exterior materials to be able to "breathe." In particular, materials like brick are desirable because of their breathe-ability, ...
2
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3answers
53 views

Can I branch off of a 2 pole 30 amp 10-3 wire found abandoned in a junction box?

Hello I was doing some remodeling in my kitchen and found a 2 pole 30amp 10-3 wire abandoned in a junction box under my kitchen island. its wired to my panel but the breaker was turned off and not ...
2
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6answers
3k views

After replaceing water filter for GE Refrigerator water from dispenser is slow

At one of rental properties we have a GE GSH25JFXN WW Refrigerator. Our tenant changed out the water filter because of the recommended time to change it. He said that before he changed the filter ...
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3answers
270 views

Does my crawl space need venting

I have a crawl space under my main entrance of the house. It's about 3' tall. I added a heat duct because the floor at the entrance was always cold. So my question is do I need to vent the crawl space ...
7
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5answers
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What exactly is a PAR type LED lamp, how does it differ from R/BR type LED & CFL lamps?

I am in the process of replacing my incandescent bulbs with more efficient alternatives. My home is about 14 years old, I've owned it for a little over three years. It seems most of the bulbs that it ...
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1answer
25 views

How to restore power after tripping a surge protection device?

What happened A new electric kettle apparently caused a loss of power in a circuit. The circuit is one of two 120V/20A lines protected by an Intermatic PanelGuard model IG1240R surge protection ...
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1answer
208 views

Where do I connect my C wire from my thermostat when there are two transformers?

I have a Laars gas boiler that has 3 heating zones. I want to replace the old mercury honeywell tstat on the 1st floor (heat only) with a newer honeywell RTH9580 wifi model. I've taken pictures of my ...
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1answer
12 views

Circulator (grundfos or willo) vs water pump

Can a circulator that is usually used in hydronic heating systems be used to improve free water flow, coming from a tank? Can it replace a pump. Pressure on the outlet of the pump is not important, ...
3
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4answers
94 views

How far down should sheetrock come in a shower tub installation?

How far down should sheetrock come in a shower/ tub installation?
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1answer
164 views

What does breaking the tab on the neutral side do to the outlet as a whole?

I know that breaking it on the hot (copper) side allows the one receptacle to be controlled via switch while keeping the other always hot. Are there scenarios where you would ONLY cut the neutral ...
0
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1answer
47 views

How can I install a Honeywell RTH65800WF Wifi thermostat?

I am having some difficulty figuring out the correct wiring for my new wifi thermostat. Before I bring out the A/C technician, I was wondering if anyone here might be able to help? Searched other ...
37
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14answers
93k views

Should I set fence posts in dirt, gravel, crushed rock, or concrete?

I have received conflicting advice about how to set wooden fence posts. Many web sites suggest setting them in a concrete cylinder. Someone at the local hardware store had seen posts set in concrete ...
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2answers
39 views

What's involved in moving a hot water tank to the garage

After a recent electric hot water tank leak on the second floor - I've decided to relocate the tank to the garage. On the other side of the block wall in the garage - I have the laundry room - so we ...
1
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1answer
19 views

How should I caulk aluminum capping where it meets brick?

We recently bought a 16 year old house that has aluminum capping over the trim around the garage doors. The gap between the aluminum and the brickwork (and the wood behind the aluminum) is large ...
2
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2answers
41 views

Where should the main stack vent go?

Where does my primary stack vent go? Does it have to be at the end of the run? I have a pretty simple plumbing system. From the highest point to where the drain enters the house (lowest) I have Tub, ...
8
votes
4answers
5k views

How to prevent batteries leaking out in devices?

Is there a common method of preventing batteries from leaking out and destroying the device? Why does this happen in the first place? I have laid another head lamp to waste because it was sitting in ...
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1answer
349 views

How can I add a C-wire to a Venstar T5800 thermostat?

I am trying to replace my existing thermostat. My old thermostat has: Rh, W (coming from the heating unit). Rc, Y, G (coming from the AC unit). On the Venstar T5800, I can map as follows: Rh+Rc ...
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1answer
23 views

How can a ventless (gas) fire box be put in a wall safely?

It (ventless fireplace) is currently sitting on the floor, taking up needed floor space and I would like to have it placed inside the wall? I need to know any and everything that would need to be done ...
2
votes
1answer
52 views

How do I fix a broken brass drawer pull?

This drawer pull comes from an antique dresser; it mates with a threaded screw that goes inside the drawer. The collar on the drawer pull has gradually become thinner and cracked, and no longer ...
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3answers
496 views

How do I wire a ceiling fan?

I recently purchased a ceiling fan - Harbor Breeze Tilghman WITHOUT a light - to replace a ceiling fan WITH a light. The wires coming from the (old)ceiling are red, black, white, green, and copper. ...
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1answer
67 views

Is it ok to run CAT-6, Coaxal, and HDMI near hot water pipes

I am running CAT6, HDMI and Coax in my basement. I have pipes that contain hot water from my heater, and to supply my radiators. Can I just use foam insulation on the pipes at the intersection points ...
0
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1answer
89 views

Is there a way to change this circuit so that the receptacles are not controlled by switches?

I have this one outlet in my house that, when exposed, has three wires protruding from it (while there are two wrapped in a nut). As far as I can test, two are feeding power and one is acting as a ...
6
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2answers
619 views

How do I run a 3 Phase/1hp TEFC motor off of a regular household outlet?

I recently bought a brand new TECO-Westinghouse Electric motor . 3 phase HP: 1 Volts : 208-230/460 RPM: 1750 HZ: 60 Fr: 56 Cat no: ZA.0014TE2/56 Type : AEFAZA Enclosure : TEFC I would like to run ...
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3answers
38k views

What are the pros and cons of medium-density fibreboard (MDF)?

I heard mixed opinions about making cupboards and beds from MDF. Some said it doesn't matter, MDF is as durable as whole tree or sandwich boards. Some said that MDF is weak, and will not last for ...
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1answer
72 views

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 ...
14
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7answers
5k views

Lubricant for squeaky doors

I'm looking for a long term solution to my squeaky doors. Our home is fitted with brass hinges on all doors and lately they have all been starting to squeak. I've tried several silicone based ...

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