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How do I rewire this ceiling fan?

Hi someone was cleaning the dust off a ceiling fan in my house today and the screw broke off from the ceiling so we had to take it apart to fix it. Now we are trying to figure out the wiring the ...
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Why does my oil-furnace's on-demand water heater go tepid and then return to full heat?

We have an issue with the hot water from a 2004 Peerless oil furnace with on-demand hot water. The shower starts at full temp, but quickly goes tepid (too cool for a bath/shower, but not ice-cold) and ...
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How do I rewire this box?

In an '80s Canadian house I took out a wall switch and now I can't figure out how to rewire it. The box has three cables coming into it. They all come off the same panel breaker. Two of the cables ...
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Why would my Maytag FG6RC high efficiency furnace restart in the middle of a heating cycle?

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 ...
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Why is my recessed light not working?

I have a single recessed light that does not work. It's at the entrance to highlight a mirror. The bulb works and the switch is good. The problem is that there is no power to the fixture. I took the ...
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How do I repair a door jamb that has soft and split wood at the hinge in my 100 year old house?

We have an old house (100+ years) with original door frames. The top hinge on one door has come away from the door frame - the wood is split and soft, so the screws have no bite. I'm thinking the ...
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Why won't my furnace turn off after replacing the igniter?

My igniter on my Frigidaire furnace went out. before replacing it I reset a limit switch that set off. I changed the ignitor and everything works, however now the thermostat is not shutting it down at ...
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How do I replace two split receptacles with GFCI receptacles?

I need to replace two receptacles in my kitchen with GFCI outlets. On each receptacle, the top and bottom outlet are on different breakers. I've replaced standard outlets before, but this seems a bit ...
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How should I wire a Trane air handler & heat strips?

Looking for validation or correction on my understanding of requirements for wiring 5 ton Trane air handler with 20kw heat strips. Of course, I read the label and identified that there are (2) 240v ...
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Why is there no hot water from sink tap unless shower or bath has been run?

We have just had a new boiler and new bathroom fitted. Shower and bath work fine - takes a minute or so for water to heat up, its a combi boiler and the boiler is on another floor to bathroom. ...
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Why am I failing to connect this simple kitchen sink pipe?

Hi all I'm having trouble reconnecting this L shaped pipe to the main pipes under the sink. No matter how I arrange or push or connect the slip nuts, they seemed to get jammed by the washer/band ...
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How can I move hot air from a cathedral ceiling to colder bedrooms?

My main living room has a 25 foot cathedral ceiling with a ceiling fan including a staircase going to the second story bedrooms. The thermostat is situated in this space. There is space to install a ...
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48 views

How can I replace patio cover columns?

My patio cover has wood columns (that support the over hang) that actually go into the ground and are rotten. I really need to fix this but not sure how to go about it. It has 4 columns. I'm ...
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Is there anything I can use to remove gorilla glue from hardwood?

I have a very thin layer and some thicker blotchy spots on some steps and was curious how or what I could use to remove it?
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Silicone caulk for shower and tub?

I am about to seal the gap between my tub and the wall tile with caulk (it was originally grout which cracked so I chiseled out what I could). I was planning to use silicone caulk (GE II), but a ...
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What could be causing my new GFCI receptacle to keep tripping?

An electrician installed an outlet on a circuit inside my garage that is connected to an exterior spotlight. The spotlight has a sensor that automatically turns it on at dusk and off at dawn. There is ...
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46 views

How to cut a 1 inch thick 12x48 plank in half (thickness)?

I was wondering how you would go about doing this. I have a 48x12x1 Bamboo blank. I'd like to cut the thickness in half so I have 2 planks. Perfect 0.5 width (with blade) does not matter as long as ...
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Can I insulate flat roof using this method?

I just wonder if I can insulate my flat roof in northern India by following steps as under: Apply a cover of Bitumen Cover it with polythene (for water proofing) Lay used cement bags on polythene ...
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Sink is coming off the wall (visible separation). What material do I need to “glue” it back?

As you can see in the picture, my sink is "tilting", or coming off the wall. It is still in place but if pressure were to be applied, it would fall down completely I reckon. I can push it towards ...
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How can I use lights purchased in Australia in the US?

I purchased lights from Australia and need to know how to make them work here in the U.S. CAn we put a plug on the cord?
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Good replacement actuator?

I have 2 Belimo actuators that control dampers for A/C ducts in my house that the motor has gone bad on. I can't find much info about the model "LM24-T US" so I think it has been discontinued. I ...
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How to tidily restore a sandstone fireplace

I would really appreciate some advice in regards to the best solution to restore a stone fireplace that was previously covered by plasterboard. I am looking to fit a log burning stove into the hole, ...
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Replace one of the 3way switch to sensor switch in the hallway

I have TWO 3-way switch in my hallway for light fixtures and I tried to replace one of the them to be a motion sensor switch. Both are working before the replacement, I can turn on and off with both ...
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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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937 views

How can I install a washing machine in the kitchen?

i am looking to install only a washing machine (no drier) in my condo under the counter in the kitchen. my brother tried to install it for me but some plumbers advised him not to just hook it up ...
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167 views

How do I insulate a strip foundation from below?

While building a strip foundation (a concrete wall starting several feet below ground) I have to insulate it from moisture because otherwise moisture will get into the foundation and into the ...
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Should I bother to flip basement ceiling insulation that's on backwards?

the rolled faced insulation on the ceiling of my unfinshed unheated basement is on backwards(vapor barrier facing down instead of up towards the 1st floor),1st floor is uncovered hardwood. Insulation ...
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If my new faucet hoses don't fit on the shutoff valve should I replace the valve or use an adapter?

I'm replacing my kitchen faucet and the new faucet has 3/8" fittings on the hot/cold hoses, but the shutoff valves have 1/2" openings. Would it be better to replace the shutoff valves, or find an ...
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What is the method to seal a concrete roof?

We are staying in a home which has a concrete roof. Now we are facing leakage in the roof during rainy seasons. What do we have to do? How do we protect the roof from leaks?
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234 views

How can I move a tub drain plunger, if the linkage chain is missing?

The broken linkage chain was removed from our tub a couple of years ago. All has been good until now the plunger has fallen shut and the water drains v e r y, v e r y s l o w l y. any suggestions how ...
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Floor joist attachment improvements in presence of existing ledger?

TL;DR: AFAIK there are no joist hangers that can be retrofit in a location where there's an existing ledger board without removing said ledger, right? Is there anything I should think about aside ...
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What should I know before plastering a concrete pool?

These two videos do not make it seem extremely difficult to replaster the pool for, say me and a friend: Swimming Pool Plastering Process (YouTube) Marble Dusting A Pool Also Known As Pool ...
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Can I install insulation on the ceiling of an old unfinished basement?

Can I install insulation on the ceiling of an old unfinished basement? I have a bungalow home with hardwood floors.
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4answers
235 views

How should I run power wiring and Cat-5 to the perimeter of my huge yard?

I have a house that sits on about 4 acres of land. There is a very large front yard and an even bigger one in the back. I want to get both power and Ethernet (for security cameras) located at various ...
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2answers
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One shower runs out of water in 7min.. Other stays hot forever!

I live in an apartment complex where the rooms/bathrooms are identical, and there is one gas water heater for each unit. My shower will stay hot as long as I want it to, but my roommate has to rush ...
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1answer
91 views

Is it possible to relocate my water heater?

I'm planning a complete refit of my bathroom, hopefully converting to a wet room, and I just wanted to get some idea of my options. The bathroom is (sadly) very small, around 1.7m x 2.3m. This is not ...
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No hot water in all washrooms

The faucets in the laundry (basement) and kitchen (main floor above the laundry) has hot water, however, all other faucets including shower on the main floor and 2nd floor have no hot water. When you ...
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1answer
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Why does my washing machine leak only during the tumble dry cycle?

My Bosch Washer/Dryer WVF2402GB/01 Has started leaking a lot of water when tumble drying. If dryer is left off it works normally. Any ideas?
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Could our electric baseboard heaters be causing soot damage in our kitchen?

We have electric baseboard heat that's about 30-35 years old. Each room has its own unit. We normally keep each unit on 60-62 °F. We only use 3 units: kitchen, living room, and master bedroom. ...
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Insulated radiator foil

I'm concerned that the insulation/ cardboard foil that's behind my recessed radiator is asbestos. My house was built in 1960. Does anyone know if they made that stuff with asbestos? Before purchasing ...
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3answers
632 views

What is an appropriate sealer for a Papercrete bench?

I've built a bench out of tires and papercrete two years ago. i've sealed it with lime plaster. in the past two years it held up against 500 m"m of rain in the winter and Mediterranean sun 7 month ...
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1answer
143 views

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
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Header needed for door opening in load bearing concrete wall

I a walkout basement with a covered front porch 4'x 9' so the space under the porch is surrounded with concrete 9" walls. I want to cut a door in the basement in the concrete wall, empty the gravel ...
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1answer
244 views

Condensation running down pipe connecting furnace thru ceiling to chimney

I had a new downflow 80% efficient furnace installed in 2006. I don't use it regularly as I normally heat my home with my woodstove (separate chimney). But I have used this new furnace many times ...
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What is this kind bracket called?

I am looking for a bracket that will attach a 2x2 support to the underside of a bed. The support needs to be attached to the headboard and footboard with this bracket at each end. What is this called ...
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Should we use carpet tape or tack strips?

We want to install commercial carpet in a basement that currently has damaged linoleum/vinyl tiles over concrete. Can we use carpet tape around the parameter or do we need to install tack strips? We ...
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2answers
82 views

What can I do about water leaking behind the shower tray?

Background: I've moved into a house 3 months ago that I have been renovating for a while. I have done a lot of the work myself but I left my builder to do the plumbing and tiling while I was away for ...
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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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I am having trouble removing the bathroom fan and motor [on hold]

the exhaust fan in the bathroom has gotten noisy. I would like to replace just the fan and motor but having trouble removing them.
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How do I get a plastic bag logo stain off my finished wood table?

The bag in the photo below stained my wood table (see the photos). The bag had held some heavy books an was laid face-down on the table. I don't know if this happened through basic time and ...

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