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What tool should I use to cut memory foam?

I need to cut 2x2 ft square pieces from a sheet of memory foam. Not sure what tool is best for this. Any ideas? In the future I'd like to cut circles and eventually sculpt irregular shapes, I don't ...
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1answer
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Adding ventilation and insulation with limited soffits

I’m hoping to add some insulation and ventilation to our attic. It’s a 1954 with a 1991 addition. The second floor is warmer in the summer, the original part much warmer than the addition. Current ...
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1answer
2k views

How can I repair water-damaged hardwood countertops?

Me and my housemate are complete novices when it comes to home improvement/DIY/etc. so when we moved into a recently renovated house with solid wood worktops, we were oblivious to what care they might ...
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3answers
47 views

How to put polyurethane on wood, one side at a time

I am working on an acrylic-painted game board and am starting to put polyurethane on it to get a high gloss finish. But being that it is a game board, I think it needs to be put on one layer at a time ...
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1answer
57 views

How can I figure out which valves should be open?

Just had my DE filter replaced with a cartridge filter. The pipes going to the motor have three valves. Since the replacement I am losing water and can't remember which of the valves should be open ...
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0answers
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What periodically stops the hot water from coming on in bath sink?

I noticed that the hot water in bath faucet sometimes doesn't come on in the evening. This also effects the tub. If the hot is not working in the bath sink, no water in the tub unless the valve is ...
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3answers
2k views

What could cause water hammer after changing a valve cartridge?

I fixed my delta 1400 series shower faucet the other day by replacing the valve cartridge with a non-delta brand. Everything went well, until I turned it on, now the shower pipe is hammering. The ...
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5answers
190 views

Is it possible to make my own solar water heater?

After blowing (what I consider) a lot of money on 2 residential solar water heaters, over the last 6 years, dealing with 3 set of rather expensive inner-tank replacements, evacuation pipe changes I am ...
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2answers
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Post-less combination window & door system

We are planning a remodel and are considering a post-less combination folding window & door system similar to what is shown at: http://www.nanawall.com/applications/belvedere-kitchen ...
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0answers
45 views

How to know that new appliance won't trip the circuit?

I'm buying new appliances and want to make sure I won't trip the circuit. MW/convection is 950 W, 1750 W and 900W for three different functions. There is 20 Amp circuit for that. the new stove ...
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2answers
44 views

Is it okay to drill a ground rod through pavement?

All the sides of my house are paved, and I need to drive a new ground rod for an antenna. Would it be against code (NEC) to drill a hole in the concrete to pound in a ground rod? Bonus question: How ...
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1answer
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Merge 2 water line to increase pressure

We have 2 water meters on our property; one for the main house and another for the guest house. We sometimes experience a drop in pressure if we use both showers plus any other fixtures at the same ...
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2answers
38 views

How can I minimise damage to a moldy patch of plywood?

I removed a waterproof camping bag in my student appartment today that's been filled with stuff to find that it has left a moldy spot on the untreated plywood it stood on. It's been parked up right ...
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3answers
23k views

What's the standard height for an outlet?

I am installing outlets in my patio room. What is the standard height recommended above the ground for these to be installed?
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2answers
1k views

Line voltage thermostat to shut off attic fan when outside temp is close to inside?

I have an attic fan with a thermostat, but with the high heat these past weeks, the outdoor temperature is often above the thermostat setting. Thus, I'm just replacing all the air in the attic with ...
3
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5answers
731 views

Why is my bathroom floor raised up very high?

I know that it needs to be raised a little bit so that the floor can slope towards the drain. But on my floor the slant towards the drain is shallow, but the floor of the bathroom is much higher ...
0
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1answer
66 views

How long does it take to charge a Mastercraft 7.2v Cordless drill?

I dont have the booklet that came with this Craftmaster 7.2v cordless drill. I am not sure of time to charge the battery but I assume it should be at least 3 hours or more. Is this correct?
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4answers
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Should wood be treated or sealed before tiling?

Building two service shelves next to a BBQ shack, that's exposed to Oregon weather. I intend to use HB over the wood. Should the wood be sealed first before using the HB, then apply the tile?
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1answer
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How do I stop the second floor of my house from being so hot in the summer and so cold in the winter

I have a window AC upstairs in the summer but it is not enough I can fell the heat coming off of the ceiling in the summer and in the winter it is way to cold that my kids have to sleep downstairs ...
4
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1answer
646 views

How can I remove this piece of metal from my garbage disposal?

Our garbage disposal was turned on with something that shouldn't be in it in there. It all got destroyed and ground up except for this metal piece, which got wedged under the "teeth" of the disposal. ...
1
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2answers
42 views

Why use AFCI receptacles rather than AFCI breakers?

Is there any reason to use an AFCI receptacle rather than replacing the breaker with an AFCI type? It seems that providing protection on the whole circuit makes much more sense than to just one ...
2
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5answers
12k views

How do I replace a wooden fence post that was set in concrete?

I need to replace a wooden fence post that was set into concrete. The post has snapped through rot at the base and the rot has set in so far that the post snapped about 2 inches beneath the surface. ...
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1answer
29 views

Create opening in existing wall [on hold]

I have a wall that is over the stairs and on the one side is a family room and on the wall where I want to cut out a large section is a dining room. Due to the configuration when I create the ...
0
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1answer
22 views

Old recessed radiators with reflector foil

I just bought a home built in 1960. It has old recessed radiators. I've noticed that behind the radiators is some sort of reflector foil which I'm guessing is backed with insulation. Should I replace ...
0
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1answer
63 views

What are the advantages and disadvantages of elastomeric coatings versus shingles?

I'm ready to reroof my house and want to consider an elastomeric coating rather than replacing the existing shingles. I'd use a local contractor either way
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2answers
54 views

Can I do anything to make my gas oven better?

I am trying to bake bread, and the recipe calls for heating the oven at 500 degrees, but my oven can only reached 450- 460, can i do anything to make it reach higher temperatures ?
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2answers
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Addressing irregular water pressure

Some time ago I posted about issues with my tankless water heater, concerned about the water going cold mid shower. Recently I found the issue isn't in the water heater - there are times when all ...
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2answers
29 views

How can I secure a post to a conversion ball for a shower faucet?

I have a Delta single-handle faucet. I installed a conversion kit about half a year ago to update its trim from a knob to a lever. It's been great until yesterday when my wife complained that no ...
1
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2answers
72 views

Nail through ceiling

We live in Northern Illinois. Five or six years ago we had the roof replaced on our detached, single family house. The job seemed to be well done and we had no complaints. This afternoon, however, as ...
3
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2answers
123 views

What is the best way to repair a large crumbling block on a corner of the house wall?

Today I have removed a dead vine root that has caused some damage to the brick work on one corner of my house. As you can see from the picture below, along with the root a fair depth of stone has come ...
1
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1answer
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two shower faucets in one water supply line

If I add a second shower faucet ( his & her) in the same shower will reduce the water pressure in both faucet, How do I maintain the same water pressure in both faucets when they both operate the ...
0
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1answer
63 views

Which thermal circuit breaker should I buy?

I live in a small house in Argentina where we use 220 volts. I have a thermal circuit breaker that do squeak noises when the iron starts or the fridge starts. I adjusted the four screws of the breaker ...
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1answer
325 views

Why does my toilet not leave enough water in the bowl after flushing?

A little while ago I started having trouble with my toilet when flushing. It's flushing too much water, leaving little left in the bowl. It also makes loud noises at the end of the flush. There's ...
2
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1answer
83 views

How do I get rid of white lines in wall corners showing up after painting?

I'm painting the interior of our house. One room I started with the previous owner had painted it a light mushroom color. I'm painting it with a color that's a little lighter. I'm using Behr paint. I ...
0
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1answer
17 views

aluminum or vinyl for replacement glass sliding door?

I'm replacing an aluminum glass sliding door. Should I replace it with another aluminum door or go with vinyl?
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2answers
88 views

Installing Honeywell WiFi Thermostat

I am trying to upgrade to a programmable thermostat. I bought the Honeywell RTH9580 with WiFi. I can get power to the new thermostat and get the fan running. However, it will not work when the fan ...
4
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3answers
4k views

Convert One 3-Way Light Switch to Belkin WeMo Light Switch (Single Pole)

Our foyer chandelier has three outlets that control it. I want to control it with a Belkin WeMo light switch, which specifically states is not compatible with 3-way switches/fixtures, sadly. Well, if ...
0
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1answer
38 views

Beeping light fixture

I have been renting a house for a week. The light/fan woke me up beeping every 30 seconds. It continues if the light/fan is switched off. Its the middle of the night, and I am not handy. What should I ...
0
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1answer
38 views

T&P valve draining - expansion tank issues?

I am having issues with my Water Heater. It's a slantfin tankless boiler (TR-30 PT). It's running on a 4 zone setup. I typically only use one of the zones though. We've been in the home for a year and ...
6
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7answers
27k views

How do I prevent water from collecting against side of house?

Our house has a concrete patio (I'd say about 12' x 10') in the back that is very slightly angled in so that rainfall can cause water to collect where the patio meets the back wall of the house. What ...
2
votes
1answer
112 views

What is the best method for short-term repair of composite wood siding?

My vertical composite siding is starting to pillow outwards on the bottoms. See LP siding. How can I seal it for a few years until I replace it with vinyl siding? Here is a photo from the web.
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2answers
838 views

What is causing the vibrations through my water pipes after flushing the toilet?

I am getting vibration through my pipes after flushing, it is also very slow & I am finding cement pellets at the bottom of the pan
2
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4answers
84 views

How can I convert a closed stringer staircase to an open stringer staircase?

Currently I have a closed stringer staircase against a wall in my home, and my plan is to convert it into an open stringer staircase. I have looked underneath the staircase and there is no central ...
4
votes
2answers
149 views

How to repair a microwave door with a broken spot weld

My microwave door slacks down and I have to lift it up a bit before shutting it. I sent this picture to Frigidaire and asked what I should do: Their support emailed me back saying: I'm sorry, ...
3
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3answers
191 views

Can I install a Sharkbite shut off valve with only a half of an inch of copper to connect to?

Will a Sharkbite connector still work if I have only a half of an inch of copper that it will connect to instead of the recommended 1 inch?
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vote
3answers
58 views

Running a new kitchen light circuit from a receptacle with a “traveller.”

I'd like to power a set of three ceiling-mounted down-lights from an existing receptacle in a kitchen reno. A picture of the existing receptacle is attached. My confusion is it has a fourth wire ...
5
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6answers
23k views

How to fix stinky bathroom sink?

It smells like really musty water, but the water itself does not smell or taste bad at all. Only happens when I run the water, so it doesn't make the room smell, just when you fill something up or ...
1
vote
1answer
176 views

How do I fix a spot on my wood desk?

Some wood seal got removed on my desk. There is a noticible spot. Is there anyway to fix it without refinishing the whole thing?
7
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1answer
2k views

What's the proper method for installing new studs in existing frame?

FYI - This is similar to a question I asked last week, but is about something more specific. Expect to see this image yet again in another question I will be asking later today :). Here's my wall: ...
0
votes
1answer
282 views

No electricity going to thermostat

Our old thermostat is working but I want to change to a new one (nest thermostat). I have two exact HVAC unit at home. I change one it works but when I change the second one it doesn't work because ...

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