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How do I stop the black sludge coming from our bathroom faucets?

I have a black looking sludge dripping from our bathroom faucets. What can be done to stop this?
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Carpet cleaner keeps tripping outlet

I have a carpet cleaner. The first time I turn it on, I can use it for about 5 minutes before it trips an outlet's breaker which disconnects the power to the used outlet. I then reset the outlet ...
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Baseboard heater and thermostat trouble!

My baseboard heater in a bedroom quit working. I tried to replace it and the thermostat at the same time (both are 120v). Neither would work, so I tested my wires and this is what I got: ground to ...
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toilet flushes then water stained again after a few minutes

my toilet flushes and the water comes through and is clear. However, five minutes later the water is yellow again as if waste has trickled back again?
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Cutting back a carpet edge.

I have a tile entrance at my walk in basement door that I want to make larger. If I cut back the carpet a couple feet will I have to restretch the carpet?
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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 ...
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Why is hot water coming out of the faucet but the shower is ice cold? (Diverter not on spout)

My shower has 3 knobs & the spout. The diverter (that turns from spout to shower) is in center of shower wall between hot & cold knobs. I've checked to ensure the diverter knob is fully turned ...
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Replacing a 3 way switch that is connected directly to the house wiring

I am trying to install a dimmer switch on my three way circuit in the kitchen. When I removed the existing switch, the traveler wires look to be hooked directly into the wiring of the house from the ...
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How do I get acceptable water pressure when using two faucets on my 1/2" water main?

I have a 1/2" water main entry, and if I open water in 2-3 places in the house, the water pressure is very low. How can I fix this?
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Spa/hot tub A/C pump hums, but does not run

When I turn on the power to my hot tub at the breaker, I can hear the relays closing and the pump hums for a short while, but it doesn't turn. I recently drained and filled my hot tub. After ...
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What kind of toilet tank is this?

This is the toilet tank in my apartment. A few days ago I started noticing brown residue in the water. Upon investigation, I encountered a toilet tank I'm not familiar with... there's an "outer" tank, ...
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How can I fix a patio with drainage problems?

I would like to fix the problems that are show in the picture below. Basically when it rains the water pools near the corner of my house in the two areas circled in this picture. The result is that ...
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Open Ground on Grounded Outlet

I have a room that has six outlets. Two of which are healthy with ground and ~120V coming through. The other four report open ground with one of the four not working at all (no juice). I've checked ...
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Flood lights and Home Automation

I am trying to incorporate my outdoor flood lights with motions sensors into my home automation system. Specifically, I would like to sense when the lights come on to trigger other home automation ...
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How to remove narrow metal soffit

Our 1954 home has very narrow soffits, with metal over them. The best solution I've come up with for adding soffit vents is 2 inch hockey puck style. I did a few several years ago and stopped. See ...
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Problems with GFI outlets recently installed

I had 3 GFI outlets installed recently in my home in by a contractor and now have some lights that do not work at all. The contractor put one in my kitchen, one in my 2nd floor bathroom and one in ...
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Does installing electric heated floors require dedicated electrical?

I would like to install electric heated floors throughout a home built in 2008 (In BC, Canada) to replace a forced air furnace system. I am wondering if this project will require running a new set of ...
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How can I turn off this water valve?

(tl;dr - check the bolded questions and look at the pictures) Earlier this week I had a frozen (and burst) pipe. It's on the way to the outside spigots and not particularly important in the winter, ...
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How do I get leftover tape stickiness off of plastic surfaces?

Okay...there's kind of a long story behind it, but I have left-over stickiness on the front of my alarm clock because it was bright, and I didn't notice a switch on it. It's from scotch tape that's ...
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How do you wire a 3 switch box in a bathroom?

I'm replacing an old outdated 3 switch unit with a newer one to match the rest of the bathroom. One switch controls a light, one controls the exhaust fan, and the third controls a heating element. ...
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How can I locate the water main entry point to my house?

I live in a single story all side brick ranch home in Austin, TX built in 1997. I am planning to put a whole house water filter to the the main water supply line coming into the house from the water ...
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1answer
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Amana Furnace 90% eff. need help

Furnace will run for half a day to a day producing heat, then it will stop producing heat but the furnace will try to run still blowing air. Also, if I flip the switch off and then back on 10 seconds ...
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How do I reduce the noise from my forced air furnace?

We recently had a new forced air furnace and return installed. The unit works great, but the return (which is in an adjacent closet to the furnace closet) is quite loud. What are some solutions I can ...
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Solar charge controller wiring

I have the proper polarities connected from the panel and battery to the controller. Above is a photo of the HQRP charge controller wired to a 30watt 24v solar panel and this 24v battery: I ...
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German tile roof installed using dowels

During a trip to Germany many years ago, I saw workers replacing broken red tiles. I was surprised to see them turn some sort of crank, and the whole line of roof tiles, hooked to some sort of dowel, ...
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How can I attach to drywall with aluminum studs?

First, how can I find the studs? My normal and good stud finders are mostly baffled. Second, what should I use to anchor into them? I'm thinking some sort of self-expanding toggle bolt?
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What is the best position for a French drain between a wall and a patio?

Below is the layout of my patio and the context The patio settled and now moisture collects at the base of the wall causing efflorescence on it and small cracks in the cement coating at the base of ...
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120 v to 12 v puck light conversion

I have 7 hardwired under cabinet puck lights which are 10 year old halogen type . All 7 or powered as 120 from one wall switch . Limited access to each light other than removing old puck and pulling ...
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536 views

How do I remove a pole that's rusted into a sleeve in the ground?

I have a square metal pole (probably 3x3 inches) that sits in the ground in a metal sleeve. It's been there for a long time and I want to pull it out. In order to prep for this I've been soaking ...
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641 views

What should I do about my rendering & damp-proof course?

I have a house that was built around 1890 and is of brick construction with a rendered band running around the base which also forms square edged columns around the front door. Until recently the ...
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Need some help removing a kitchen sink drain

I'm trying to remove the drain/flange from a kitchen sink so that I can install a garbage disposal unit. I can not get the wide nut on the underside of the sink to turn. I'm assuming it's glued or ...
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2answers
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How to avoid air bubble under the floor ceramic-tile?

My house is an Indian style apartment. I have laid floor ceramic-tile with no other covering over it. There are of air bubbles developing under the ceramic-tiles which eventually leads to breaking of ...
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What materials to use replacing a water damaged bathroom ceiling?

I had a leaky roof that caused half the bathroom ceiling to come down. The roof is now fixed. I know I have to remove the rest of the ceiling as well, and dry it out before replacing, and possibly do ...
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Partially frozen sewer line

I think the line running from my house to the municipal sewer system has partially frozen. It's been below freezing here for weeks on end, with no end in sight. I hadn't noticed any problems until I ...
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Is there something I can do after not putting a moisture barrier between grade and concrete of a garage?

I built a 3 car garage 7 years ago. I forgot (didn't know at the time) that I needed a vapor barrier between grade and concrete? Is there something I can do from the floor being wet on a regular ...
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1answer
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How do I eject a bit from a Wiha 38600 screwdriver?

I just bought this overpriced Wiha 386 screwdriver. It takes a 1/4 bit. It also has a "retaining ring." I put a bit in it, and everything went great. But.. how do I get the bit out of it? I know it ...
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plug conversion from 6.20p to 10-50R

Is there a way to plug a 6-20p 208/220/250v plug into a 10-30r receptacle? I can't seem to find an adapter for this. I bought a 220v fahrenheat heater and want to be able to plug it into a range or ...
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What are my options for making up for a narrower replacement door jamb?

We just replaced an old sliding glass door in our house, but the new unit has a jamb that is about 1.5 inches narrower then the old jamb. We've decided to do a decorative tile strip for the floor, but ...
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I have had several washers that leak from the bottom i think its a drain problem because we have had three of them do the same thing

We have gotten 2 newish washing machines and usually after the first or second load they start leaking. We are on our 3rd one and the same thing happened is that a drain problem and how do i fix it ? ...
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Is using a thermal camera an effective method to locate mold & moisture behind finished walls in a basement?

My basement is finished and there are signs that I have leaks or some mold. The smell is not very strong but I can feel it for the first few seconds when I enter the basement, after that it instantly ...
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Fan coil wiring problem with new thermostat

I'm trying to upgrade to a new line voltage thermostat. The new thermostat has many more connections, including three fan speeds. My current system has a manual fan switch on the wall so all I need ...
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1answer
68 views

Does adding a disconnect box below the meter mean that my service panel is now a subpanel?

I don't understand the bonding at my main disconnect. My problem is that my main panel in the house was wired OK with the neutral bonded to ground. The power company added a disconnect box below the ...
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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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Problem with a Maytag FG6RC high efficiency furnace

My furnace is probably 7-8 years old and this heating season the furnace has developed a strange problem. The furnace starts normally but before the temperature reaches the thermostat setting the gas ...
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1answer
155 views

How do I install a Rubbermaid closet organizer in a paneled mobile home?

I have a Rubbermaid Configurations closet organizer and have no confidence in the enclosed hardware. I have a mobile home and the walls are all paneled - the studs very difficult to find as well as ...
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Why does the plaster crack beneath the window sill?

Sorry if this is an obvious question. Can anyone tell me why the dry lined plaster in our house so frequently cracks beneath the edge of the windows? At first I thought it may be relating to the ...
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2answers
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What are the possible reasons I am not getting cold air from my air conditioner?

my heat pump outside is working but my central air conditioning/heating unit in the garage makes a hissing sound or faint sound of water running. There is air coming from the vents. The very last time ...
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How do I measure how hard my water is?

Following on from How can I remove calcium deposits from a drain it looks like my water softener may not be working. How do I measure how hard my water is?
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Why does a wall plug show only 20V instead of 120V?

I have two outlets that test at 20V, or sometimes 60V. They should be 120V.
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Attic Venting of Knee Wall in Cape Cod

I have a cape cod style home, pictured below. The second story living space on the back side of the home is created by having a lower pitched roof. So, the front and back sides of the roof have ...

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