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Can I use self-levelling cement over different levels of plywood?

I want to put large format tiles in a 10 x 10' bathroom over ditra. I have a solid flooring substrate but it is sloped, losing 1 3/8" over 8 feet. I am concerned about the weight of this much SLC (and ...
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Change GFCI outlet/switch with regular switch

I have 2 switches in my bathroom: a fan (power comes into the fan and it's just a simple black/white to the switch) and a switch/outlet GFCI combo where the switch powers the lights but the outlet ...
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Attach new interior wall to ceiling drywall?

There was a similar question but I have a follow-up question. Remodeling shower. Shower base is in place(rectangle 58'x 32') Reinstalling long edge outer wall with no glass and no door creating a ...
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Why do my dimmer switches keep burning out?

I have a Lutron Maestro MACL-153MH (600W incandescent/halogen) controlling 5 x H1499ICAT (low-voltage, MR-16, 50W each) in my vacation house. So, that's a total of 250W. It burned out one day, so I ...
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how do you manually turn on the gas to your house?

During an account switch our gas got turned off. The account is straight now but national grid goes on coffee break from 12am sat till 7am monday and for us, enough is enough. 3 family 3 story ...
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light and fan. together but separate

Currently I have a switch that turns the light on and off, and a second switch that turns the fan on and off. I would like to make it so the fan can only turn on if the light is on as well. But if the ...
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ABS Glue = yellow or black?

I'm doing a bunch of ABS plumbing for the first time. I have everything cut and ready to assemble so do one last YouTube search for a few tutorials on glueing. Seems really simple. HOWEVER, all the ...
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How this compressor needs electrical power to work? (A/C compressor) [on hold]

I am looking to operate A/C compressor that used in mitsubishi car So how i know how much power of electric motor i need to operate this compressor at max. pressure ?
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Is it possible to install soffits from inside of the attic?

Is it possible to install soffits on the inside? I requested a quote from someone to unblock or install more soffit vents and on the quote he wrote " more vents install by soffit". He made no ...
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How do we polish an old damaged bathtub?

We have a circa 1940 porcelain bathtub in a rental that has mild pitting and moderate discoloration. Is there an effective way to buff and polish the surface to make it look significantly better? ...
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Tiling on slab or backer board

I have recently replaced the carpet in one room. I intentionally left part of the room uncarpeted that is in front of small vanity. I plan to tile it. Off to the side of the section is a bathroom ...
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Determining health risks associated with carpets

I've read about the health risks posed by molds, but how can one determine the risks posed by existing carpeting? Are there some testing kits for allergen and bacterial levels? This is not the ...
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Is it possible to fix bowed baseboards?

I have an old house which probably dates back to 1920s or so. Most walls are plaster and the outside walls are brick. Tenants in the 80s or 90s did not take good care of it. It was rehabbed, quickly ...
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1answer
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To which terminals do you connect a phone jack?

I just had my house phone connected and it's wired through conduit in the wall, so everything looks as professional as possible. Unfortunately the phone company here in Mexico does not connect phone ...
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1answer
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What is the right adhesive to use with PVC interior paneling and trim?

We purchased interior PVC paneling and baseboard for a project. We are unsure as to which adhesive is best to bond it to both a mortar and sheetrock surface. We received conflicting answers to our ...
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1answer
30 views

How to remove crayon off the wall?

I'm doing a project I have to make a spray that erases crayon off the wall without removing the original paint. How do I do that?
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1answer
49 views

What voltage adapter do I need for a 5 meter 5050 LED strip?

I have a 5050 5 meter LED strip and it requires an AC/DC adapter to run the full strip. I was told that I needed a 2A adapter, but I went to electronic store to buy an end adapter and they said this ...
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Will having an expansion tank on the hot water pipe cause any problems?

I want to replace my water expansion tank and I just found out that it is installed in the hot water pipe coming out from the water heater. From what I've read, it should be installed in the cold ...
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2answers
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How can I install Air condiitoning timer

want to install a timer on split air conditoning unit to accomadate my energy plan hours, too many people change the thermostat. could another thermostat be used at the pump, controlling one of the ...
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Freezing drain problem

I have a drain that has a catch basin that runs across the span of my driveway right in front of garage door. There is a slope so water can run down all the time. Problem is ice forms in the winter ...
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1answer
109 views

Cheap power tools for large number of cuts of aluminium profile lengths

I need to make some 200 cuts of aluminium profiles. Examples of what I'll be cutting: Hollow box profile, 40mm x 40mm x 3mm: 40 pieces of 400mm lengths 12 pieces of 1500mm lengths Hollow box ...
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1answer
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Half of my lights and oulets are not working after heavy winds?

We have solar panels and mains power. Last night was very windy; we heard quite a few bangs from outside and thought it might be the wires getting knocked together. Woke up this morning and we have ...
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Floor Makes Metal Clang When Walked On - One Room

We have a 3 bedroom, 2 bathroom house. The whole house has hard-wood flooring. One bedroom on the corner of the house has a floor that sounds hollow... When walked on it makes a loud clanging sound... ...
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1answer
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How to remove things from drywall?

How do I remove the little round plates that are back of a stud in drywall?
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1answer
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How do I replace two split receptacles with GFCI receptacles?

I need to replace two receptacles in my kitchen with GFCI outlets. On each receptacle, the top and bottom outlet are on different breakers. I've replaced standard outlets before, but this seems a bit ...
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1answer
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Goodman GM100 Failure to recycle

Our Goodman Furnace Model GM100 Serial# 9412063230 will start up and run but will not recycle after initially satisfying the thermostat. If you wiggle the gray,(ground), wire on the gas valve, it ...
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Goodman GM100 fails to recycle [duplicate]

Our Gm 100 Furnace fails occasionally to recycle after working fot a while. I have determined that something is becoming disconnected in the black terminal "box" on the gas valve. If I move the gray ...
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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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How should I wire a Trane air handler & heat strips?

Looking for validation or correction on my understanding of requirements for wiring 5 ton Trane air handler with 20kw heat strips. Of course, I read the label and identified that there are (2) 240v ...
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basement flooring

I would like to put a floor in my basement. my idea is to put 3&1/2 squares of 2x4 material on the concrete with 2x4 sleepers on top and all covered with plastic(vapor barrier) now I would put 5/8 ...
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1answer
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How to calculate steel beam and posts size to replace existing wood beam in terrace

I have a covered terrace that extends 10' out (West) from the house towards the yard/pool and has a width/span of 32'. The current beam is made up of (2) 2x6 in wood placed side-by-side functioning ...
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Second toilet runs after first one flushed?

When our one toilet is flushed, the other toilet will run for a short time? II have drained the tank and cleaned around the flap.
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Is it legal to wire a bath fan using load from top of GFI outlet?

Purchased a place and we are re-wiring the bathroom and putting in a standing shower. The bathroom is quite small so there is just enough room for this. There is a dedicated circuit, a round box above ...
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Does a drain pipe have to be in the floor/wall or can it run on top of floor underneath cabinets?

I'm renovating my kitchen on the second floor of my duplex, so there is a finished ceiling directly below it. The kitchen sink will be moved about 7 feet horizontally from where it is now. In the ...
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Good Intro Book for Home Improvement Projects [closed]

Buying our first house and we know there is some remodeling we would like to do to make the place "ours". Bathroom and kitchen mainly, and suggested book(s) that would be a good place for a beginner ...
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1answer
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Is there any way to reduce UV fading on a hardwood floor?

I've seen a lot of old hardwood floors where the owner moved a rug that had been there for years, and the wood under the rug was noticeably brighter, having been shielded from UV degradation. Is there ...
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1answer
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Coincidence? Basement flooded while replacing sump pump

The Setup Last June, we bought a 16 year old townhouse with a finished basement; the sump pump was broken at least since March, when we first saw the house, but I suspect it was broken for a much ...
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“Island” kitchen sink vent

I was told that I needed a 3" drain pipe to self vent the sink. I have searched all over to see how to plumb 1 1/2" drain pipe into a 3" pipe with no luck. a picture is worth a thousand words. ...
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1answer
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Is there an easy way to convert a regular railing to a banister one?

There's a pretty small hallway and I would like to make it a bit more visually spacious by trying to convert the regular solid railing into a banister one. I'm looking into reusing as much material as ...
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Should all Federal Pacific panels be replaced?

I understand that Federal Panel Stab Lok breakers have the potential for becoming stuck, overheating, and starting fires. My home has a Federal Pacific panel but no outward markings of being a Stab ...
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2answers
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Can stranded wire be used for pigtails in a junction box?

I replaced a fixture today that had a piece of 12Ga stranded (probably THHN) wire used as a pigtail. The building has some wiring in conduit (other wires in this box were solid), so I'm guessing ...
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Duct ends behind jacuzzi tub -verify and close or move?

I've wondered for years why our 1st floor bathroom is so hot. I got a temperature gun yesterday and checked, after the heat being on for 30 minutes the inside of the tub read 120. I had to figure it ...
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Fix sagging beam situation

We've got a beam that we replaced two years ago due to some damage. The beam is out front and is above all the other beams it supports, which makes the whole thing a bit strange. We made our own ...
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2answers
56 views

How can I use a WeMo controller on a non-standard outlet?

I have an older A/C unit that uses a 6-15p plug. I want to be able to remotely control the unit with a WeMo, but it uses a 5-15r receptacle and plug. The A/C unit says its rated for 208V, and I ...
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1answer
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my furnace fan stays on even when at temperature

I recently installed a 2nd generation NEST thermostat. I'm not home very often, but I was paying particularly close attention to the furnace after installing this thermostat and I noticed that the ...
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107 views

What PVC pipe can withstand hot water, sunlight and be used for drinking water?

What type of PVC pipe would be able to do that?
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1answer
37 views

Automatic sprinkler valve will not shut off

I have a 3/4 inch inline automatic sprinkler valve that will not shut off, whether it is turned on electrically or by unscrewing the solenoid. It drives a drip line with about 15 heads, so the flow ...
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1answer
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Fix Kitchen Faucet handle

The little handle came off. There is a loose piece inside the dome piece. Without it the handel doesn't stay in place. I don't know how to take it off and reattach it. The faucet doesn't leak. It ...
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Is there a way to convert regular sliding closet doors to mirror ones?

I have a regular sliding closet door, which I would like to replace with a mirror one. But I'm wondering whether there's a way to buy 'add-on' mirrors for the existing doors and just mount them. (And ...
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1answer
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What are my options on location of a bathroom fan vent in Wisconsin?

I just put in a new bathroom fan and notice the previous one was vented into the attic. I understand this can cause mold after awhile. I live in WI where we see a lot of snow. I was told the roof ...

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