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Can I still use my bathrooms if my sump pump is broken?

My sump pump has gone out. We have a bathroom in the basement and our laundry room is downstairs. My question is will we be able to use the upstairs bathrooms until we can get the sump pump fixed? Or ...
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What should I do with the extra wire when intalling a new remote for my ceiling fan?

I am replacing a ceiling fan remote. the fan has 5 wires coming from it and the new receiver has 4 wires coming from it. The old receiver had: fan out, common out, neutral in, live in and light out. ...
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Walkway adjacent to the house -doesn't the bedding work like a french drain?

I was wondering if anybody can tell me what is wrong with this logic. Assume that you have a walkway that is adjacent to the house. When you install that you dug the recommended depth you add gravel ...
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2answers
260 views

Can I block a skylight during summer without condensation?

I have a small fixed skylight and figure that during winter it's no problem to block the tunnel at ceiling level as suggested by an answer to a similar diy.stackechange question. (The only difference ...
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2answers
561 views

Old solder joints are failing

Working on a small cottage by the Delaware Bay. Last year I had to repair the plumbing in the two bathrooms because the solder joints pulled apart. This year some pipes fell out under the house ...
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4answers
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How can I mount a TV when I can't find studs inside my wall?

WARNING: I'm not the greatest handyman. I bought a TV mount the other day, expecting to hang my heavy 40" TV above the fireplace. However, the instructions specifically say to first screw the mount ...
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235 views

Should a twisted copper pipe be replaced?

While replacing a hot water tank I foolishly twisted the out pipe by losing my grip on the wrench. The copper pipe twisted, so I twisted it back gently, but it now has a kink in it. Is this likely ...
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Polyurethane application flop

I applied polyurethane on my really nice formal table. I did not wait 24hours before resanding. I used steel wool the wipe and there are streaks, bumps, and is now looks terrible. How can I fix this?
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How to remove broken threaded water pipe

The pipe connecting my shower head to the wall has broken off. I removed the head and tried to remove the theaded pipe but the potruding metal broke off completely. Is there anyway to remove the part ...
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2answers
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Is my electric stove receptacle wired correctly?

When I test the four prong electric stove outlet by touching one of the prongs and the ground, one prong reads 120V and the other 220V. Is this normal or is it wired wrong?
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2answers
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How to install wardrobe flushed against the wall

I am installing Ikea Pax system of wardrobes and was wondering if I should or should not remove the baseboards in order to have it flushed against the wall.Husband's concerns if of the mold and ...
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1answer
47 views

baseboard heat noise

I have oil heat with cast iron baseboard heat. One of them has noise in it & last year I had to bleed it multiple times to get the air out of the line. The only problem with doing this was that ...
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How can I fix a stripped hole in an aluminum piece?

I have a tripod head that is made of aluminum. In the head there is a small hole that houses a small screw that secures a quick-release plate. After some time the hole stripped and the screw no longer ...
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1answer
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Did I ruin my griddle by overheating it?

So turns out the thermostat control on our griddle was broken. We ran it on full blast for about thirty minutes. Started to notice the adhesive bubbling on the sides then turned it off to investigate. ...
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1answer
72 views

what to do with tall, square fireplace opening?

I'd like to have 4-5 fires a winter, and the rest of the time have it closed off so the kids can't get hurt or dirty from it. The opening is really tall, almost square (35.25" w x 33.25" h), and the ...
2
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1answer
141 views

Replacing 10 amp breaker for 20 amp

I'll try to keep this short but there is a bit of background info that may be needed. Couple of days I rented a floor grinder to eliminate uneven concrete floor in the basement. The grinder kept ...
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1answer
26 views

lights tripping the electric

My electric keeps tripping. It's the upstairs lighting trip switch and the main trip that goes. Now obviously your automatic thought is maybe a bulb blowing or some such thing, however, it tripped a ...
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1answer
256 views

How do I increase the height of a sliding glass door lock?

I recently installed a dog door panel for my sliding patio glass door. The way the dog door was made I had to install it centered in the patio door channel vs flush with the sliding glass door. This ...
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1answer
36 views

When is a table top too heavy for just four legs?

I'm making a coffee table out of an old bowling alley lane and it's 4'x18". I wish I knew exactly what it weighed but it is heavy. It's too heavy for me to move without dragging it - although I'm ...
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156 views

Easiest way for non-diy people to link a square wooden post to a wood board?

I might take 3 square wooden posts, about 1.5 meters high, and I need to link them to one or more boards on the bottom, if you propose screws, keep in mind that it has to sit level so they have to be ...
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0answers
45 views

Can I eliminate a switch controlled receptacle, and use the switch to control a ceiling fan instead?

I'm planning on installing a new ceiling fan and was hoping to have a few questions answered before I dive into things. First some context: The existing wall switch controls half of the outlet on the ...
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1answer
40 views

How can I get my entry door to stay closed?

Our entry door opens and closes fine but it won't engage the latch when it's closed. It almost seems like it's too small for the frame. The wind just howls through the opening and the strike plate on ...
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2answers
509 views

Replacing moen moentrol shower trim

I have two showers that are back to back, making accessing the valves extraordinarily difficult (no closet or access behind them). So, I don't really want to get into the business of replacing the ...
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1answer
40 views

Does running a dehumidifier with an AC unit save money?

I've done as much research as i can an every site i hit seems to have a different story on my question: "Will a dehumidifier save energy while running your AC through the summer"? The ones that say ...
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0answers
28 views

UK to Latvian shower pipe converter

I bought an UK shower while doing my refurbishment of the flat in Latvia. Unfortunately, only after the tiles and pipes were installed the plumber told us that the UK shower "doesn't fit". This is ...
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1answer
83 views

Is this a “Dumping pit” by the builder and who is resposible to pay for this house was built 1998

I have a large rectangular area in my back yard. Over a year now, the county told me that by the pictures that I sent them, that is was a "dump pit" that the builder used while building the ...
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18 views

make staircase molding esthetically pleasing

I have a split entry ranch-style home. The staircase molding to my main floor has a gap at the top where it meets the hallway. How can I fill in the gap to create a smooth transition between the ...
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1answer
85 views

When should I consider using Plastic Round Cap Roofing Nails?

I'm getting ready to shingle a roof for a shed/outdoor office and I'm confused on if/when I should use plastic round cap roofing nails: I haven't seen these used in any instructions (including the ...
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3answers
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Is the Zinsser BIN Shellac primer sandable?

We are preparing to prime kitchen cabinets that had past nicotine stains, and want to completely block any future bleed-through of those stains. We hesitate using the Shellac because we aren't sure ...
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1answer
18 views

Window upgrade questions

I decided that I want to replace my windows, and figured I'd start with a small bathroom window downstairs. I build wooden furniture as a hobby, but have very little experience doing ...
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2answers
103 views

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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4answers
16k views

What hardwood flooring is recommended for high traffic areas?

I am having a house built and the developer wanted to charge me $10/sq ft for the cheapest $3/sq ft Bruce Oak, and more for anything better quality. There was no charge for Vinyl so, I had them put ...
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4answers
29 views

Toilet problems

When it rains my toilet will act as if it is going to overflow when flushed. It goes down slowly. I live in the city and the main sewer line is in my front yard. My line connect to the main from my ...
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0answers
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Running power to outside workshop

I am taking power from my 200amp entrance panel to a separate building with woodworking tools. I'll start with 100amp breaker at the panel then travel 75' inside my basement before going out through 1 ...
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2answers
123 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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0answers
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DIY Deck Stripper Formula

I'm stripping latex off my second story deck (8x38). I've stripped approximately a 12x8' section using 2 gal of Jomax Stain & Finish Deck Stripper. (This should have been enough to do 200 sqft ...
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0answers
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How to repressurise a Baxi Duo Tec Combi 24 HE boiler

I'm currently having trouble trying to repressurise my boiler. Unfortunately, the YouTube tutorials and the manual look different to mine! I've also added photos below to help. Any help would be ...
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3answers
1k views

What is the best way to clean a dryer vent?

I posted this questions 6 months ago.. Why does it take my dryer 3 hours to dry a load of clothes? I checked the cycling thermostat and thermal fuse. They are operational. I have seen different ways ...
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1answer
60 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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2answers
58 views

Do separate pieces of EMT conduit qualify as “pull points”?

Question: Do two separate pieces of EMT conduit joined by a connector qualify as a "pull point"? Background: I need to make six 90 degree turns in 2" EMT conduit to route wire for a new sub-panel ...
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1answer
31 views

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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1answer
169 views

Why does my shower run out of hot water quickly?

My shower runs out of hot water quickly. Initially the water is perfectly hot, then it starts cooling after a minute or so and we need to adjust the lever to maintain the temperature. Somewhere around ...
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1answer
52 views

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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5answers
6k views

How do I get rid of mold from the bottom of a bath mat (where the suction cups are)?

We have a bathmat that we use to line the tub when we bathe our daughter. After the bath, we remove the mat and suction it to the shower wall (which is some sort of frosted glass) I've noticed black ...
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3answers
26 views

Paint bubbling and peeling on a steel door

I have a steel front door, behind a solid glass storm door. It gets so hot that paint bubbles and peels. Any suggestions?
2
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2answers
31 views

Adding a utility sink drain to the main to the main cast iron stack

I need to add a utility sink and the drain would connect directly into my main stack (see attached picture). Is it possible to add a connection to the main cast iron stack, without cutting out a ...
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3answers
137 views

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). ...
0
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1answer
12 views

Leaking shower tap

Recently, I had to replace a seized Moen shower cartridge. In removing the old one, the brass piece the cartridge sits in was scored by a drill. It now leaks cold water when I turn on the faucet. What ...
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1answer
135 views

Can I build an electrical pole structure to hold a power wire into my property?

The power pole to my house is at the back right corner of the property. However, it's a little outside my property line. I wanted to run a power line straight down along the pole and into the ground ...
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1answer
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Basement bottom plate has no vapour barrier, should I replace it?

I bought a new house last August and now I'm in the process of developing the basement. A few walls were already in when I bought the house, the walls under the staircase. You can clearly see they ...

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