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What to do about a rotten top plate in the wall of old home addition?

This week's rainstorms brought a leak in my roof above a set of windows that are at the low end of a single-story addition with a shallow roof. Our search for the source of the leak (which turned out ...
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0answers
20 views

How can I repair a leaking shower?

We have a leaking shower. We have replaced the seat and stem on the water but it still leaks. Also the diverter does not shut off all the water.
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1answer
11 views

How to fix a minor leak in situ

I have an Intex swimming pool and there is a minor leak at the outlet/strainer grid as petroleum jelly was not applied during installation. The obvious solution is to drain, rectify and re-fill, but ...
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2answers
22 views

How do I install track for sliding closet door on laminate

How do I install track for sliding closet mirror doors on laminate floor
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1answer
28 views

What size cap do I need for this steam pipe?

I'd like to put a cap on this steam pipe, but the standard cap sizes don't seem to fit -- a 2" cap is way too big and a 1.5" cap is slightly too small: There is a very faint "1 1/4" engraved on the ...
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1answer
25 views

How can I tidy up a hole in drywall that has pipes coming through it?

We recently bought our first house and have discovered that the previous owners replaced a radiator with a heated towel rail that's plumbed into the house's central heating system. The issue is that a ...
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3answers
45 views

How to repair a crack along the grain in a solid block of wood from a single tree?

Approximately 3 years ago I purchased a slice of a log, approximately 50 cm (~1.5') wide at the widest place, approximately 2.5-3 meters (~9-10') long, and about 4-5cm thick (I don't have exact ...
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0answers
18 views

How can I shrink my own clothes? [on hold]

I have a couple of sweaters that are 60% cotton, 40% acrylic and I'd like to shrink them a bit on my own at home (without having to take to a seamstress to alter). Is there any way to accomplish this ...
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1answer
47 views

How do I connect a C wire to an Utica PEG112CDE steam boiler?

I want to upgrade my old mercury thermostat that I currently have to a newer programmable thermostat. This little DIY project is for my first late 1920's home that I recently purchased. I currently ...
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1answer
29 views

How can I determine the style, design, and manufacturer of this tile?

We are extending our kitchen and need to match the backsplash tiles that the previous owner put in. Can someone please give me some information about these tiles? Style/Design/Manufacturer?
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0answers
17 views

Why is the gas water heater pressure valve leaking after installing recirc pump & old radiator?

Kind of a complex situation. Using gas cold water heater as a boiler for an old cast iron radiator. In addition we added a recirc pump. Everything was working fine but then we had leaking from water ...
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1answer
32 views

What is the meaning of the letters on the top of a common hex bolt?

I recently drilled and tapped a 5/16"-18 in a piece of soft steel, then found that the 5/16"-18 bolt I had chosen wouldn't fit (the bolt was slightly too large). When I found that other 5/16"-18 ...
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0answers
5 views

What diameter of Metal Gate posts are needed for a 10' x 4' tubal gate

I want to install a 10' tubular gate using a steel or aluminum gate posts. My question is what diameter do I need to use to keep it from sagging? I guess I should purchase a 8' length for my 4' ...
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1answer
30 views

What is the unit dead load of concrete?

I have a question about what the unit dead load is. For structural concrete, the unit weight is 145 pounds per cubic food. Is the Unit Dead load 145 pounds?
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2answers
392 views

What is like a door, but with a groove and two holes?

I want to identify the following object left in the house from the previous owners. It looks like a door, but has a long groove, and two round holes. Furthermore, it has half-bullnose edge, and ...
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0answers
23 views

About overseeding? [migrated]

I am new for overseeding. I just spread the seed on the lawn then watering it. Is that okay? And:
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1answer
13 views

Where do I find a 3" threaded trap for shower base [on hold]

My shower pan has a 3" hole in it not a 3 1/4 as appears to be normal. Where can I find a 3" drain..lowes do no have and tell me there is nothing that will fit..help
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4answers
551 views

How can I determine what's behind a wall?

I live in a two story house build in the 60s. The lower floor(half buried) is only under half of the ground floor so I think there is a possibility that there is an extra room beside a wall in the ...
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1answer
15 views

Can a wall hung toilet in a basement be tied into existing drain from upper level or does it require dedicated drain?

Can a wall hung toilet in a basement be tied into existing drain from upper level or does it require dedicated drain
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2answers
52 views

How can I determine why my lights flicker when the A/C is running?

My lights considerably flicker whenever a large load comes on in the house and it has been this way since we renovated five years ago. I am attempting to troubleshoot this now and have already ...
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1answer
23 views

How can I determine what grade air filter is appropriate?

I'm trying to figure out what kind of air filter is appropriate for my house. My local home warehouse store stocks over a dozen options. The primary difference between them seems to be Microparticle ...
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1answer
26 views

Simple & Cheap dance floor instead of carpet

I'm having a large group over for a party. Since my living room is carpeted, I'm trying to think of clever ways to create a nicer dance floor than the carpet. One thought was two 8x4 pieces of plywood ...
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1answer
168 views

Can I remove carpeting that covers a wooden floor?

Is it possible to undo the carpet flooring above wooden floor?
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0answers
12 views

can I use the same carpet carpet

I am moving but to the same exact type of flat on the ground floor. This room faces south the new room will face North, with two doors coming off the lounge. Can i take this carpet up and re use or ...
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2answers
22 views

Can I lay tile over drywall that has torn paper?

Can I lay tile over drywall that has had the paper torn from removing tile that was installed wrong when doing new home construction?
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1answer
18 views

How can I reinforce a wall mounted ikea shelf?

I'm wanting to mount the long Hemnes shelf on an interior wall.I'm picking up 3-4 studs in the area that it would be, but they are really oddly spaced. Would it be preferable to buy separate mounting ...
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1answer
40 views

What is best way to compact styrofoam and discard it?

Every time I install appliances or get something which is breakable, it's covered in styrofoam. Now what is the best/cleanest way to compact and get rid of styrofoam? I've known people who just put ...
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1answer
33 views

What could be the reason for the Microwave door to have burning spots and smell after use?

All of sudden my 9 year old microwave produced burning sound and smell just a minute or so into the operation, and after turning it off there are a couple of black spots (size of a penny) on the ...
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1answer
46 views

How should I mount relays in junction boxes?

If one had a typical AC relay (120/240VAC contacts, 120VAC or 24VAC coil, chassis mount), how would they mount it inside a junction box (assume a blank faceplate) and attach wires to it in a way ...
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2answers
49 views

How can I get a flex-bit unstuck if the shank is stripped?

We have a flex-bit stuck in wood - tried to drill it through the ceiling and the shank (bottom part of the bit) stripped so now it can't be "locked" to the chuck of the drill. Is there any way to ...
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2answers
169 views

What is the best method for carrying a 4x8 by yourself over tough terrain?

I have to travel about a quarter mile through the wilderness, carrying a 4x8 each time to get to a remote building location. Some of the terrain can be tricky, otherwise I might fall in the water. Any ...
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1answer
33 views

How to wire 240 volts fluorescent lamps

How many 240 volt fluorescent (2 X 4 recessed, 4 tubes) fixtures can I connect to a 30 amp breaker using 4 mmsq cable?
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1answer
37 views

What could cause my water tank to leak only when I turn off the main water supply?

I travel quite a bit and so leave my water heater breaker off - as I travel for extended periods (months). In the past I used to leave the main water valve (near the meter) on - and would turn off ...
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0answers
16 views

How best to add insulation under a rubber roof with an air gap?

I'm trying to find out if I can insulate my ceiling. Half the house has attic, half does not. Everywhere (from top down) I have rubber roof, 1" foam, wood planks, 2x8. Then, in the attic, that is ...
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6answers
63 views

Furniture needs to be attached to the wall, but my tenancy agreement doesn't allow it

I've just rented an unfurnished apartment. Obviously I need some furniture. However, wherever I look (IKEA and similar websites), the instructions for any furniture I look at say that it has to be ...
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1answer
25 views

how to change furnace filter (bottom return) for Lennox G43UF

I have a Lennox G43UF furnace and I am not sure if I need to have both a filter for a side return and bottom return. If I do (which sounds logical), where would the location of the bottom return ...
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2answers
241 views

How to run electrical wire in concrete ceilng?

I live in a condo with popcorn (a.k.a California) ceilings. Next week I'm having them scraped, spackled, and painted smooth. I also want to hang a ceiling light fixture (the dining area desperately ...
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2answers
90 views

Where to attach the “C” wire to my furnace?

I am upgrading to a new thermostat which requires a "c" wire to power it. I have an unused blue wire running from my thermostat to my furnace that I plan to use as the common wire. However, I am ...
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0answers
42 views

Can I work on resetting pavers on my patio after a heavy rain?

This is about a pavers patio. If you are curious about the whole context please see my other questions. Last night it rained a lot. I have some problems due to water collecting near the wall of my ...
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3answers
696 views

What kind of floor is this?

I got different answers from different contractors and I am so confused now. Some said this is hardwood, and some said this is bamboo. If is it wood, is it possible to tell what kind of wood is this? ...
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3answers
86 views

How do I properly nail two 2x4's at a 90 degree angle?

Nail the horizontal 2x4 into the vertical 2x4 about 1/4 of the way down from the top of the vertical 2x4, so they are at a 90 degree angle. The way I've been nailing this scenario is to just nail ...
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0answers
10 views

Cheap micro module switch with feedback state [closed]

I'm looking for micro module switch, for home automation purpose, with feedback state, i've browsed Z Wave switches but they are not cheap, and i have seen some DI-O switch that cannot report current ...
3
votes
1answer
61 views

What could cause faucets to spit and sputter only in the fall/winter?

Except in summer, faucets sputter and spit. What could be letting air into the system? In this case the setup is in the Northeast USA, New York State, with a pressure bladder tank, and shallow well. ...
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5answers
494 views

Should my first power saw be a circular or jig saw?

I'm just beginning DIY projects, and do not own a power saw. The projects I plan to begin with will be simple, and I mostly plan to cut wood < 2" thick, PVC, and maybe some thin metal. I've read ...
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0answers
24 views

Load Bearing Interior wall help [duplicate]

I want to knock down the 2 walls (circle in red & yellow). The image on the left is the ground floor. The right image is the top floor. Can anyone help determine which one(s) is the load bearing ...
3
votes
2answers
49 views

How can I deal with non square walls when installing a countertop with backsplash?

I am converting the huge upstairs master suite in my house into a studio apartment. I have built a kitchenette in one of the dormers. Everything is coming along and looks great. But when the ...
2
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1answer
54 views

Do we need to re-install tiles if it was exposed to water for 20 minutes after installation?

The tile installers didn't shut off the shower valve when they left after installing tile work in our shower. We turned on the main water supply and 15 minutes later, we went to the bathroom to check ...
2
votes
1answer
66 views

What can I do about my kitchen sink that has clogged suddenly and completely?

I had no problem with my double kitchen sink ever since getting Nu-Flo in our 1970s pipes, and their installers told me the kitchen drain had been installed going up instead of down so it caused the ...
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0answers
27 views

How to fix leaking basement window in foundation

I am trying to fix leaks in a basement window. After running water to determine the spot it is leaking, it appears to be leaking in two places: 1) between the metal frame and the foundation under the ...
5
votes
1answer
87 views

What is the name of this old glass pattern?

We've accidentally managed to break the glass above our front door, by letting the door slam. I'd like to match the glass replacement, so it matches next door. I have no idea what the pattern is ...

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