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What is the purpose of the “grounding” tab/wire on a 3-prong to 2-prong adapter?

We've probably all seen these guys... They come in handy when you need to plug something with three prongs, into something with two prongs. What I've never understood was, what the heck is the ...
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Bugs find their way into our Sunroom

This is the 5th year in this house in Minneapolis. There's a 3 season sunroom with glass windows and patio door, all closed tight. The walls are made of some sort of logs. During warm season, we have ...
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Should I put a moisture barrier under tile on a basement floor?

I bought porcelain tile for my basement.. Should I put Ditra down in order to prevent any moisture? Is there a cheaper way? I had tile put in the other room and there is white powder that comes up ...
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108 views

How should I insulate garage walls?

I am remodeling a one car garage in an old house. As part of the remodeling, I am taking all the insulation out (in the walls that have insulation). It is a combination of faced and unfaced ...
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How to Get PEX to Seal

I'm in the process of moving my laundry area. For the plumbing we decided to use PEX. Unfortunately I have been unable to properly seal the PEX tubing to the fittings on the final fixtures- they ...
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48 views

Weight rating for 2x4 shelving

What is the weight rating for a shelf made of 2x4 (2x4 are laying vertical not flat) that are 7'Length x 2' Deep
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Used paint with the wrong base, will painting with the correct base cover it?

We did my daughter's room with the color pink carnation semi-gloss . It was a light base. We had to go to store to buy a small can of that same color to use around her windows which holes were ...
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What could be causing low hot water pressure to a sink?

I have low hot water pressure at the kitchen sink. I installed a new two knob faucet and supply lines (aerator is clean), but no change. The shut off valve has a PEX fitting, so I don't know how to ...
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84 views

What could be causing these oddities when replacing a power socket?

Yesterday I replaced a power socket in my home. Before hand, I plugged a light into the socket, switched it on, then flipped the relevant switch in the fuse box and verified the light was out. When ...
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What considerations should I make for a fire ring?

I'm trying to build a fire ring in my yard. My thought is that for the base I will get a run-of-the-mill fire pit insert (maybe something simple, like this). My plan is to dig a hole about half its ...
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1answer
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Can I change a switch within a circuit from powering multiple lights to a single light?

I have a family room ceiling fan connected to a single pole light switch. However, that switch also controls a bathroom light, staircase light and a bedroom receptacle. There is only 1 cable coming ...
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Parents cable box caught fire, hour later half the house is out of power?

So, My dad was working on a leaking sink in a bathroom and my mom yells there is a fire. Their cable box caught fire, they put the fire out without a problem and mom called the cable company. While ...
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Lay floor tile on exixting adhesive

I just removed the floor tiles in the kitchen. Now I have tile adhesive on the hardboard floor which i am struggling to remove. Could i just lay new tiles with extra flexible adhesive on existing ...
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How do I trace a broken wire outside?

Recently, something happened to the wire running from my house to a lamp by the driveway. Unfortunately, the person who originally ran the wiring was not exactly the best at writing how these things ...
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Is it okay to not have a vapor barrier in lightweight tiny house type construction?

So, I have a bit of an odd project. It is a bit outside of the box, and I'm looking for alternative approaches that stick with the theme (if the plan outlined below doesn't work, that is). ...
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two sets of electrical wires to dishwasher

We un-installed a dishwasher put in around 1996 in our house so that we can wire in a new dishwasher. The old dishwasher had two sets (each with a black, white and ground copper wire set) wired to ...
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Gas dryer vent install, how close to wall?

I am installing a gas dryer, I understand all the requirements, but cannot find anything that addresses this question; my install comes out the back of the dryer and goes vertical about 4 ft, then ...
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69 views

Water Supply pressure

What size supply pipe must be used from a 5000 litre water tank to supply 4 bars of pressure to a house that is 20m below and 300m away from the tank?
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How can I add a C wire with this unusual installation?

I recently got a new Honeywell WiFi thermostat, which requires a C-wire. I have 5-wires going to my current thermostat, with only 4 being used. So I though adding the 5th as my C-wire was going to ...
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1answer
568 views

How do I connect my new faucet to my supply line?

I purchased a faucet with integral Flex Hoses. One of the hoses is not long enough to reach the supply line. The hose has a female thread swivel type fitting. Can I purchase a Male-Female extension ...
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1answer
48 views

Getting notified when things fail

There are a lot of things around the home which can be automated. For instance, at certain times during the day lights get turned on, sprinkler systems run, and so forth. Some of these operate based ...
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1answer
234 views

Fixing cracks in a cinder block wall

I have a wall that is cracking in a couple of places. Two important points: This wall is not part of a building, it's like a fence or property boundary wall, but it's made of blocks of some sort, ...
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139 views

Transfer Grille Baffle

I just finished building a new home and as part of the Energy Star rating transfer grilles were installed above each of the bedroom doors to allow air exchange when the doors are closed. The problem ...
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1answer
253 views

High pitched noise from Shower

I live in an 8 unit co-op. Recently had the bathroom totally redone. New pipes and bathtub/shower. My new shower seems fine. Not long after I got this done I have noticed someone is causing a high ...
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What's the most common cause of A/C refrigerant lines freezing?

I noticed my house wasn't getting under 75°F this weekend when I had the thermostat set for 70°F. Since I'd done a lot of drywall sanding inside recently, my first idea was to replace the filthy air ...
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0answers
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Daewoo frige/ freezer

I have a Deawoo refrigerator and freezer FRS2021 IAL (one part is the freezer and the other part is the refrigerator) The freezer part is not working but the fridge is... I live in Cambodia and parts ...
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Two lights one switch/fan only on one

I have two lights on one circuit. 2 Way I want to install a ceiling fan in the one but when I have the fan on I would like both lights to turn off. Is there any way to keep power to the fan while ...
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4answers
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Is there any benefit to upsizing to 3/4“ pipe off a 1/2” main supply?

I have a half inch main supply coming from the street (house built in 1954). Is there any benefit if I run 3/4 PEX from the water meter to the various feeds and then branch off 1/2" PEX to the ...
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1answer
233 views

How should I support a large gate in a vinyl fence?

I'm adding a new gate in my vinyl fence; a full width (6') gate. I'm concerned about support. The fence posts are decently moored, but there is still some wiggle. Would it be better to dig out and ...
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176 views

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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1answer
586 views

Can I replace just the plastic frame around the glass panes on my front door?

My dog chewed pieces of the frame molding around the glass panes on my front door in the house I am renting....can I just replace that plastic/fiberglass molding?
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how do I wire a condenser to a furnace without a 'y' & 'c' terminal [on hold]

Well I know I hook the yellow from my stat to one wire, but where do I connect my wire that would normally go to the common on the furnace board, when it doesn't have a spot for it? Do you run it off ...
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1answer
429 views

How would I disable my range oven's timer?

I have an old Magic Chef range oven that looks like this: When the range oven is plugged in, the timer starts at 1:59. The timer beeps when that length of time has elapsed. I fiddled with the timer ...
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Is there a service where post what you need to get done and then contractors bid on it? [on hold]

I've spent days trying to find a contractor to do something that didn't look like it would be a big deal. After contacting dozens of contractors, I only heard back from a few of them and only a couple ...
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What are those resin filled holes on outside walls

I was looking at a house and couldn't help but notice that literally all the external bricks were covered by small holes, most of them filled with what looks like a kind of resin: I'm new to the ...
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1answer
79 views

Can I use a chest freezer in an unconditioned garage which often gets very hot and humid?

Do I have to do anything special to use a chest freezer in a garage in Florida which often gets very hot and humid?
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1answer
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Which type of termite control is the most efficient in term of price in my case

Which type of termite control is the most efficient in term of price in my case? All the wood flooring and pillar had termite colony in my case...
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Is it common for a contractor to ask a 50% deposit prior to starting the job?

It's the first time i'm dealing with this kind of thing, so it's probably a basic question, but I would still like to double check. I found a contractor for a job in the house, but he's booked for ...
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2answers
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Water Meter and pipe size

We have a 1.5" water main line coming into our house (inside the house piping is 3/4" or less). We are on a small private water district and the administrator of the well district wants to put in a ...
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1answer
242 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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how can I check to see if a 4" slab of concrete was actually poured?

I had a driveway poured three years ago. After a crack in the walkway appeared and two more developed in the driveway itself, my husband began to get suspicious that I wasn't given a 4" slab. If we ...
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2answers
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How should I patch a large hole in brick?

I have an old vent, about 6-8 inches in diameter, in my ranch style brick home that used to be for my stove. We have done away with the stove and no longer need the vent. The hole and vent is ...
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3answers
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How can I repair my damaged kitchen counter?

I made a stupid mistake and placed a hot pan on the kitchen counter top directly, which made a small burn and a bigger bump filled with air that cracked after a little while. I don't know much about ...
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How can I fix a Groaning/bubbling toilet?

Our toilet "groans" when flushed- it makes a loud noise that does not appear to be correlated with anything I can see. Also, it randomly bubbles and leaves black pulpy residue inside the bowl. Is ...
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1answer
45 views

How do I plug a leak in my refrigerator's water fountain casing?

We seem to have developed a slow water leak at the bottom right edge of the casing for the water dispenser in the left door of our GE refrigerator. This is causing water to drip slowly along the front ...
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2answers
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What does it take (and how) to build on a 'land conservation' parcel? [on hold]

I came across a post on Craigslist that was selling x acres of land. It was titled as a Land Conservation. What does that mean exactly as far as what can and cannot be built on it? If it is possible ...
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1answer
63 views

How to mix a resurfacer/leveler with sand and cement?

Disclaimer: No, I can't buy ready made surface leveler, because in Brazil this doesn't exist. I need to use a resurface a dry pack levelling that my previous contractor made a lousy job (porous ...
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3answers
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Is insulation necessary under slab with hydronic radiant heat?

We are getting ready to pour a new concrete slab over top of an old slab where a house was demolished. The old slab is 4-6 inches thick, and the new slab will be 3-4 inches thick. We would like to run ...
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1answer
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Annual KWh usage of electric ignition on gas water heater

I'm shopping for a new gas water heater and looking at possibly purchasing a more efficient version with electric ignition. However, I'm curious as to whether some of the savings will be offset by ...
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1answer
84 views

Can I put a thermostat on my wood burning furnace?

I have a wood burning furnace with its own blower. I would like to control the blower with a thermostat. Is it possible? The unit has a limit switch.

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