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Should I use Kerdi membrane or cement backerboard?

I have to redo my tub surround due to moisture leaks and failing grout. One of the company says they are going to apply kerdi membrane on the drywall, then tiles onto the kerdi membrane, and as such ...
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what is the keyword to search and buy a all waves, wireless interference device at amazon to stop all kinds of wireless communication [on hold]

what is the keyword to search and buy a all waves, wireless interference device at amazon to stop all kinds of wireless communication including microwaves, mobile phone and wireless router ...
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Trouble finding studs in garage

I have a new house, and the garage shares a wall with an interior wall... trying to hang a pull up bar on it, so I need to find the studs. I took pictures of the house as it was being built, but all ...
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converting my shop to 220v

Can I convert my shop to 220v? My shop has 110v ran to it with no sub panel. I would like to add a sub panel to my shop and run 220v from it for my air compressor and 110v for my lighting. Or what is ...
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What to do about toilet overflow tube higher than allowed level on new fill valve?

I'm trying to replace the fill valve of a toilet that's missing some parts and I've run into a snag. I bought a Fluidmaster universal fill valve, and the instructions say that the top of the overflow ...
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No heating but have hot water

My hot water is working fine, boiler fires up OK. The problem is that my heating won't switch on. I have a wireless thermostat which appears to send and receive the correct signal as the receiver ...
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Electrical problem

In my house we get a low voltage shock when you touch metal with wet hands. We had a electrician in who told us it was a problem outside our house. He said it had to do with the transformer that fed ...
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1answer
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Can I change an outlet circuit to 240V (NEMA 6)?

I'm in an American house sitting in a jurisdiction that applies NEC 2014 unaltered. I've got a home office room with all the outlets on one 20A circuit. It is legal to 2014 code in all respects. Who ...
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after power cut - fuses all on and no power? (to pool filter)

We had a power cut last night due to a thunderstrom and this morning our pool filter wouldn't turn on. I checked all fuses in the fuse box, and everything appears to be switched on. I have a ...
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Heat large pool with electric via solar panels?

Where might I go for help with this? Should I try to price it out myself or find a contractor? What type of contractor should I look for? My community of 60 families owns a pool. It is about 30' x ...
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How often should the air filter in the furnace be changed?

Does the period of change of this air filter have an affect on the longevity of the heating and a/c system? What is a good rule of thumb to require replacement?
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Gas Strut Placement on Murphy Bunkbed

hoping for some assistance on mounting the gas struts I purchased on a Murphy Style Bunk bed - The Gas Springs I have are 90 lbs. with 20" fully extended and a 8" stroke?
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2answers
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Can I attach a HEPA filter to the HVAC outlet?

I am currently living in China and want to improve the indoor air-quality. We have a Hitachi R410A HVAC. All the room in the house are controlled separately. Just to make it clear up front, I am not a ...
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Use both self-leveling compound and anti-cracking compound?

I have a home built in 1998 that had a carpeted basement (with kitchen and cabinets atop the carpet). The plan is to replace this with porcelain tile. In the concrete subfloor is a hydronic heating ...
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Dishwasher drain backing up into sink

Just a couple days ago my kitchen sink started to get clogged and now won't drain. My sink is divided into two sections; both will fill up with water. When I run the garbage disposal, the sink with ...
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Drywall Under Tongue and Groove?

We've removed damaged drywall on our bathroom walls, and would like the walls to be thin tongue-and-groove planks. Is anything material except the tongue and groove required on the studs?
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Is it possible to hook up a hose to my well pump?

I have a well pump that goes and pull water from an aquifer. I'd like to hook up a hose to it and water some plants that my sprinkler system cannot reach very well. Is it possible to do this? ...
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0answers
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Can I run a 110V extension cord through a wall-mounted cable hider/channel?

I have a ceiling mounted 110V outlet and I want to run an extension cord down to the floor. Is it up to US electrical code to mount those PVC cable hider channels on the outside of the wall and run ...
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2answers
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How accurate does a door rough-in need to be?

Having never installed a pre-hung door before, I am wondering how accurate does the door rough-in need to be? I am planning on installing a 28" bathroom door, which has a 30" rough in. After framing ...
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2answers
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What is this door hardware called?

Can someone help me out and let me know what these are called? I'm looking on a DIY site to order one but can't work out what these are called to be able to find them. As you can see in the picture,...
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Can you increase the speed of an ECM AC blower?

I have a Trane XV95_060 for furnace and Trane XR15-018 for AC I would like to know if the speed of the blower can be adjusted (increased) Before I had a 1ton AC and that was all right for the house ...
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Lowering wattage in an existing halogen system

I just moved into a house that has under-the-cabinet halogen G8 100 watt bulbs. There are 12 bulbs under 4 cabinets that all work off the same switch so it's lit up like a Christmas tree! I'd like ...
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2answers
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How to determine if a ceiling fan has a DC motor?

This question asks how to find ceiling fans that don't audibly hum: Do any ultra quiet ceiling fans that have no motor hum exist? It is something that annoys me too. I can't stand the hum a lot of ...
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1answer
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Removing 1 connected smoke detector ok?

We have a 2 story house that currently has the following interconnected Firex smoke detectors: Basement First Floor Second Floor Unfinished Attic We've been having issues with the one in the ...
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1answer
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What is the most important aspect of plumbing door frame

When installing the rough framing for a door frame, what is the most critical thing to get right? Since lumber is rarely a perfect, uniform, straight piece of wood, there are going to be all sorts of ...
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1answer
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Where can I find straps or hangers to secure/support FMC?

I am looking for products to secure FMC (flexible metal conduit). I am having trouble finding any straps or hangers larger than trade size 3/8" that are labeled for anything other than EMT (electric ...
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How do I source/eliminate the sour, spicey, musty odour in our living room?

We have a bad smell in our living room that is much worse in the morning when we open the door, presumably because it has been shut in overnight. The smell never seems to travel to the adjacent hall ...
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Installation of gutter guards

I will be installing gutter guards but Im kinda on the fence on which type I should by based on installation. Some guards are screwed into the front of the gutter as well as the back of the gutter ...
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Channel water off very steep staymat/small stones driveway

We have a very steep driveway made of stay mat/small stones. Every time it rains, the driveway gets washed out. We have tried so many things to stop this. We have dug trenches going across the ...
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2answers
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What is the minimum thickness of foam board when insulating a basement

What is the minimum thickness of the foamboard insulation that can be used when insulating a concrete basement wall when it comes to moisture control and temperature control? Obviously thicker is ...
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Understanding deck spans for beams.

I've been looking at various span charts for decks and I'm still not quite sure how to calculate it all when you take into account not just the joists, but the beams and posts as well. What we ...
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Bathroom Faucet Drain Problem

Got a new faucet for bathroom sink. The drain won't fit flush like the old one and a pool of water won't completely drain. What should I do to fix ?
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1answer
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Where is the ledger supposed to attach to the rim joist?

If you look at the pic there's a gap right under the door way, about 5 inches deep and high. The rim joist of the house is halfway behind the brick and the other half is exposed right under the door. ...
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1answer
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Why does my hot water smell like wood smoke?

We live in MN, in a house built in 2008 (and our water heater, installed in the basement, is about that vintage). For the past few weeks, I'm detecting a smoky smell from the hot water out of a 2nd-...
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1answer
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Clogged toilet(s)

Plumbing question and issue here that has me baffled. We have two toilets in our house and it seems that the guest bathroom seems to get clogged more often than not. This issue is normally resolved ...
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1answer
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Digging 4-foot drainage trench

I am contemplating digging a drainage trench to drain my gutters instead of just having them empty onto my lawn. My plan is to go down 4 feet which is the frost line here and then install perforated ...
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2answers
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how can i make a garage door opener run in one direction only [on hold]

I am using an old garage door opener for a school project but the motor must only run in one direction. How do I get the motor to run in one direction only?
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2answers
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My furnace has a vibration for about a second at the end of the heat cycle.

It runs fine for the approximately 15 minute heat cycle. It appears as though it happens as the thermostat is satisfied and the gas valve shuts off. The vibration is heard upstairs and throughout the ...
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1answer
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My master bedroom is hot! Should I install a return in my master bedroom?

Thanks for taking the time to read my question. I have a house where the master bedroom was added in during an expansion. The master sits half above unfinished basement and half above crawlspace and ...
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How to fix leaky plastic to metal adapter?

I have a drain pipe for my 2001 camper, that goes through the bottom of the camper. Attached to the bottom of the plastic hose is a threaded female adapter that rotates 360 degrees: There is a ...
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1answer
164 views

Under Deck Ceiling Using Barn Steel Roofing Panels

I priced underdeck ceilings at $12/sq ft installed. That is just way more than I am willing to pay, and I am just not that fussy, so I am going to do my own under deck ceiling using barn steel ...
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1answer
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What is involved in bleeding air from a multi residential hot water baseboard heating system installed in 1965?

Residents are complaining of banging in the hot water baseboard heating system in our multi-residential building built in 1965. How difficult/involved is it to bleed the pipes? Does it have to be done ...
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1answer
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AC tripping power breaker

My central AC is dripping power breaker What I have checked Filters are clean I cleaned outside unit with water I put in a new capacitor It cools fine it just trips middle of night like 4am
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1answer
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Pre-made rain cap for plumbing vent? (Preventing rust-through of galvanized pipe in the walls)

Are pre-made rain caps made for plumbing waste vents? My house was built 1938 with galvanized DWV pipes which have a series of elbows before reaching the roof. All such elbows retain a certain amount ...
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1answer
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Paint vs polyurethane durability

For an indoor project that is likely to get bumped, knocked, etc. (e.g., door or window casing, cabinets, built-in bookshelves, etc.), should one expect that a good quality paint will resist chipping ...
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1answer
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Solving active sump issues

We bought our 20 year old house in Fishers, IN (northeast Indy suburb) this past summer. Three days after moving in, we had the last of the bad summer storms. One of the pumps in our Triple Safe sump ...
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1answer
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Is connecting a 5 A PLUG into a 10/20 A socket for electronics pose a problem

Most of my electronic appliances are 5 A based, this includes my Desktop PC, external hard-drives, Laptop and TV but the socket I have are 10A/20 A one. Could there be a problem connecting the 5 A ...
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1answer
31 views

Wire in parallel thermostat and timer to an air extractor [duplicate]

as the title: i have a room with with a heat generation that i need to keep under a certain temperature. Anyhow, i want to grant a minimum of air circulation even if the temperature is not reached (...
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2answers
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What could cause flashing LED lights when other LED lights in a different room are turned on?

I have the same problem and I'm pretty certain it's NOT related to bad switches - let me explain. We have LUTRON switches through the house. All was fine. We then had a minor 2nd floor renovation ...
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1answer
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Input voltage drop to 190v after switching over load

We have an Online-UPS connected as per the diagram. The output is given to a change-over switch. So If we want to feed the computers direct AC we switch it to Source O (Top) for bypass and if we ...

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