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Is it worth spending extra to get a nicer circular saw?

I'm doing some small projects such as building a workbench, and I don't have a saw to cut plywood with. I've got a 12" compound miter saw, so I don't currently need a circular saw for anything other ...
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1answer
172 views

Which mortise lock/brand I should get to replace this one?

I got the Marks Metro mortise from HomeDepot and thought it would match the current size (I thought mortise has a standard size). However, when I try to replace it, the old mortise is a bit bigger. I ...
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1answer
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What are the advantages and disadvantages of using a thinner thickness of hardwood for stairing/flooring?

What are the advantages and disadvantages of using a thinner thickness of hardwood for stairing/flooring? We are considering getting hardwood stairs as a replacement for carpet stairs and we found ...
2
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1answer
44 views

What's causing my carpet to squeak?

I had carpet installed just under year ago but have started to notice it's squeaking in certain places and was wondering what could be the cause. The original floor is tiled rather than wooden planks ...
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0answers
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How to increase pressure in bathrooms showers and panels in a four storey house water tank on roof [on hold]

I want to install a automatic pressure boosting pump with water tank to increase pressure of water in whole house and bathrooms. Please advise correct caliber and make of pump which can be fruitfull ...
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3answers
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Can a ½ inch water pipe supply enough pressure for a shower head and body sprayers?

I have a ½" water supply feeding my shower currently. We're currently doing a remodel and would like to install a shower system (shower head and three body sprayers). Can I use the current supply to ...
2
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3answers
2k views

Can I use brake fluid or steering fluid to stop a fan from squeaking?

Can I use braking fluid or steering fluid on my squeaking table fan? Are they safe? I'm just wondering if I can use anything that's already lying around the house.
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0answers
19 views

TV stand size/weight restrictions

My tv stand says up to 55" or 110lbs, my tv is 65" but only 52lbs, would that be ok?
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1answer
86 views

Using Power Curtailment Terminals on a Carrier Heat Pump to Shed Heatpump

I am considering installing a Generac 22Kw whole house generator and automatic transfer switch. The transfer switch is designed to shed the Carrier Infinity heat pump if the start up load is more ...
3
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3answers
309 views

What is the 2-inch layer of masonry under my bathroom tile?

My house is 1 story, but I have a basement so all the floors on the main level are "upstairs" and have a wooden subfloor. I ripped out the vanity in a bathroom I'm working on and starting taking out ...
3
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1answer
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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 ...
0
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1answer
14 views

Natural Gas Ventless Fireplace fittings in a fire pit and switch it to LP

I have an old Natural Gas ventless fireplace that I never used. I now want to build a fire pit and am wondering if I could take the working parts out of the fireplace unit and use those for fire pit. ...
2
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3answers
485 views

What size beam do I need, and can I build one from lumber and steel?

I want to support a 20 ft. span of my roof where two roofs come together. My house is was originally 46'by 20'. A 40'by 12' addition was added, making an L shape, and when they put the beam in they ...
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1answer
58 views

Hot water twin impeller pump wiring to my boiler

I have installed a new Stuart Turner Monsoon twin impeller pump to increase the hot water pressure in my house. The pluming side of things seems to have gone well, however, I am not receiving any ...
2
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3answers
4k views

How do I prevent older paint peeling off drywall when applying new paint?

We have moved into a house where the drywall walls were painted about 15 years ago. When I paint over these walls, the existing paint develops patches of bubbles and peeling. So, I don't know ...
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3answers
59 views

Paint and mold prevention

Which application produces the best results, with respect to mold prevention: An all-in-one paint with primer Apply plain primer, then regular paint Is using either process better for mold and ...
0
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0answers
10 views

Should I plug unused chimney ports in basement?

My house used to use the basement for gas heat and the water heater that were using these, 3.5" and 5" ports in the chimney stack. The whole chimney is no longer used but I want to keep the option ...
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5answers
3k views

What do I need to do to fix my door hinge?

The door to my basement broke. The bottom hinge has three screws; the top and bottom one turn endlessly. You can see the pictures here. I understand that there's a matchstick/toothpick trick, where ...
0
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1answer
61 views

Why does the bathtub hot water tap continually leak?

Even though the plumber has changed everything; including the seats, after a short while the hot tap starts to leak again. It has been changed three times in the past year. Still leaking again.
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1answer
42 views

Removing a wall to the ceiling / roof

Edit 2: I called an engineer and paid for his evaluation of the wall. It's not load bearing. Realized that I left out some basics about the house. This house is built on a raised foundation with ...
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4answers
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Hot water faucet handle stripped

Is there anything I can pack into my reproduction bathroom sink hot water faucet handle to stop it from slipping/spinning? The teeth are stripped and I'd really prefer to not have to replace it.
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2answers
179 views

Is this the source of my hot tub leak, or just a symptom?

Background: I have a Galbocca 2-person Plug and Play HotSpa (tm?) that I imagine is quite old. It came with the house I'm renting, so I have no idea exactly how old it is, but the company doesn't ...
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2answers
44 views

How to make dish drainer board from plywood shelf

I'm making a shelf above my kitchen sink with intention of putting glasses there to dry off. How can I treat plywood surface to make it into drainer board? The sink and the shelf are inside oblique ...
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0answers
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Furnace pilot goes out after furnace runs

I have a Cozy standup wall unit furnace CF553D-H. When the thermostat calls for heat it starts and will power up the ought both fan levels ... Then as it reaches temp and starts the cool down, the ...
2
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3answers
178 views

Distributing load in electrical panel

I am in the process of rewiring my house. The house was built in 1950 and even though the service panel was upgraded in the early 70's to a Square D 200 amp service, the system is ungrounded and will ...
2
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2answers
71 views

Geothermal dog bowl heater/cooler

I live near Denver, where we have winters cold enough to freeze an outdoor dog bowl, and summers hot enough to make the water warm (not hot enough to be a problem, but cold water always tastes better ...
4
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5answers
11k views

Why does my kitchen faucet cut out intermittently?

Sometimes when I'm running water from my kitchen faucet, it will cut out for no apparent reason. It doesn't seem to matter if I'm running hot or cold water (or a mixture), but does seem to happen ...
3
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4answers
4k views

Do under cabinet electrical outlets meet code and be passed by NEC in new construction?

I would like to have the quartz back splash be clear of outlets and have them in a strip at the back under side of my kitchen cabinets. The electrician currently is telling me that these strips will ...
0
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1answer
937 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. ...
0
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0answers
30 views

Failing foundation outside wall looks like it is buckling but it's not

My contractor poured a grey beam on the outside of the failing wall but it over time made it worse. I was wondering if I make a 3 plate beam out of 2 by 10 approx 20 feet long put it on the inside on ...
0
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1answer
45 views

Can I safely hang a 17KG TV on a drywall in the UK?

I was wondering if it's possible to hang a 50 inch TV on the wall behind my PC setup? It weighs a total of 17KG. Here's a link to the TV I'm talking about: Panasonic TX-50CS520B
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1answer
357 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 ...
1
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2answers
53 views

Reconnecting light to box fed by a 3-way switch

Running into my overhead light fixture from light switch 1 is red, White and neutral. From other switch is white and black. My new light has 2 wires. Which wires in box do I connect to what?
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0answers
28 views

North Carolina Code question for splicing 6x6 posts

I have a 48 X 10 second floor deck with 6X6 posts. I want to add a roof above about half of it. It is not feasible to replace the 6X6's with longer ones as I would basically end up replacing the ...
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4answers
90 views

Ontario kitchen reno: does a gas range require a 240V 50A receptacle?

I've been getting conflicting opinions from electricians on this issue... I'm doing a kitchen reno. I have removed the existing electric wall oven and gas cooktop. A new Gas Range (all gas, not ...
4
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6answers
38k views

How should I remove the texture from the ceiling *without* tearing it out?

We want to get rid of the texture on our ceiling. It's a very ugly stipple effect. However, there's a foot and a half of insulation over this ceiling. Knocking it down to install new drywall is ...
2
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1answer
40 views

Can I use flex duct for a range hood exhaust?

I am replacing an old range hood with a hood/microwave/convection oven. The vent from the old hood does not line up with the vent position on the new unit. I know how to remove the old vent and patch ...
1
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1answer
38 views

Is it typical that smoke detectors in adjacent apartments be linked?

I rent the downstairs apt of what used to be a garage. There is one other unit located on the second floor. My smoke alarm was going off frequently without my knowing why. Landlord finally told me ...
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2answers
105 views

Is it acceptable to install a pool tile mosaic without any thinset or mortar?

Is it acceptable practice to install pool tile mosaic without any thinset or mortar securing the mosaic tiles to the pool surface?? My pool contractor did this with a large turtle mosaic and now the ...
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2answers
50 views

Do you leave the heating cables for the roof/ gutter on 24 hrs?

Do you leave electric heating cables for the roof/gutter on 24 hrs?
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1answer
42 views

Can I install a sub-panel with no ground to the main panel?

I have an old 3-fuse subpanel (screw in fuses) that currently has two 15 amp fuses and one 20 amp fuse. I want to replace it with a new breaker panel. There is no ground, only hot and Neutral. I ...
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2answers
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Can I replace a 15 ampere circuit breaker with a 20 ampere breaker?

When I plug-in a conventional heating pad or a hair dryer into any bedroom duplex, the lights dim; and/or trips the circuit breaker. The home is of new construction-- placed in service 31 Dec 2013. My ...
0
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1answer
34 views

Do you need skirt boards on the stairs?

My stairs are flush with the drywall right now. Will this cause me issues down the road?
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1answer
107 views

Why is water still above elements after draining hot water tank?

Went to change "element" AFTER draining hot water tank using hose attached to drain nozzle at bottom of tank. Drained for almost an entire day. When I went to unscrew and changed existing element ...
0
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2answers
28 views

How do I design a home air filtration system?

I live in a city with bad air pollution and no central HVAC system. I have two air purifiers and an air quality monitor. Both air purifiers are effective in reducing the particulate matter count. But ...
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1answer
595 views

Oven Door allows too much heat to escape?

I recently bought a used, Amana gas range. It works, for the most part, quite well. The problem is that the oven door is not making a proper seal with the range body, which allows too much heat to ...
0
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0answers
9 views

Cabin Furnace WIFI hook up w/o AC [on hold]

I have a furnace at my cabin that doesn't have a C wire and I am trying to hook up a wifi thermostat. I do not have AC. Can I use any of the AC wires for the C wire?
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2answers
144 views

Does UF wire allow direct burial or require conduit?

I'm working with 6-3 UF-B wire in a wet location (under a deck). Does this wire need to be in conduit or buried? In other words, can the wire be exposed to the elements as is under the deck? If there ...
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2answers
458 views

Do the nails stick out at all when toe-nailing studs?

So I'm attempting to do the "stick framing" method of building a non-bearing wall. I've got pnumatic nailer and I'm toe-nailing nails on each side. The problem is, because of the angle the nail ...
1
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1answer
41 views

What might cause my dryer to trip the breaker labeled AC?

I've checked all the main components except the motor for continuity and they all check out fine. The AC breaker gets tripped and when flipped back on the dryer works. Dryer breaker has not tripped. ...

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