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Why do I have a reduced flame in my natural gas fireplace when the furnace or water heater runs?

I have a natural gas fireplace, furnace, water heater and barbecue. This year I've noticed that my barbecue blows out occasionally when it's on low, even in the slightest wind. I figured the burner ...
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Why is my third floor hot water pressure so low?

The hot water pressure in our 3rd floor shower is very low. The 2nd floor shower however, has very good pressure. The problem is not the shower head, which actually produces great pressure when ...
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How do I seal a leaking plughole fitting?

The plughole in my bathroom basin is leaking. The leak is between the plughole and the basin (i.e. through the circular hole in the basin in which the metal plughole is fitted), and it seems to me as ...
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2answers
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What can I use to automatically turn off a bathroom heater after a fixed time?

I never want the heater in the bath to operate more than, say, one hour straight. I want a way to automatically turn it off after one hour of usage (in case I forget to turn that off), however, I ...
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How do I install a pre-hung door in a rough opening that's too wide?

I'm replacing an interior door -- including the original jamb -- in my house with a new 30" pre-hung door. With the jambs, the new door is 31 3/8" wide. However, the original rough opening is ...
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Will wrapping the stove pipes with copper pipes increase wood stove efficiency?

I've heard that wrapping my wood stove's chimney - the parts inside the house that go from the stove the the actual chimney - with copper pipes will increase the amount of heat generated. Has anyone ...
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4answers
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How do I unclog my dishwasher?

Our dishwasher, which is only about 5 years old, has been finishing its cycle with quite a bit of water in the bottom that doesn't drain. The water stays that way for several days or more. Is there ...
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2answers
650 views

How do I make a curtain rail on a curved bay window easy to use?

We have a bay window with a curved curtain rail that goes round the bay. At present it is very hard to pull the curtain along the rail, as the curtain hooks get stack often on the curve. Solutions ...
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Blue-collar / Foreman / Project Management Vernacular

I'm going to be installing something over and over again in many homes, and in order to help me keep track of what I need to do the job, I'm creating two parts lists for the three-hundred or so ...
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Should my water heater drip constantly?

My wife was home today during a follow-up visit from the sump pump replacement we had as a result of my sump pump issue. After solving the problem, the plumber opened a the release valve from the ...
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How do I work around a tree in my fence line?

I have a fence that was built about 4 years ago. There was a large oak tree that I wish to keep on the fence line. The fence was built around the tree; it not only removed the tree from my yard, but ...
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How do I build a deck that is easy to take apart?

I spent the day taking apart the platform for a yurt. It was a real pain, and I want to make it easier to take apart next time. Old deck construction details: Decking was 1 1/8" tongue-and-groove ...
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Should I shovel snow off my vinyl deck?

Will there be damage if I don't shovel the snow off (due to snow thaw/freeze/thaw)? Is it safe to use a metal shovel on vinyl decking? Is it ok to allow the stuff to melt naturally if I don't plan to ...
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1answer
106 views

How can I restore the springs in my storm door hinges?

I have a storm door that has springs in the hinges - in theory, they're supposed to close the door, and they worked OK for a couple of years. Lately, however, they no longer close the door properly. ...
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4answers
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Can I keep unused paint in the roller tray?

I've partway through a multi-weekend project involving turning two free-standing metal shelving units into a fully enclosed workshop-cupboard. The enclosing material is MDF and since this will be on ...
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2answers
275 views

How to fit vents in a roof

The home we have just brought has no vents in its tiled roof; therefore it is getting a lot of condensation in the loft. So how do I fit vents? Do the vent you fix from the inside (rather than ...
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How do I get leftover tape stickiness off of plastic surfaces?

Okay...there's kind of a long story behind it, but I have left-over stickiness on the front of my alarm clock because it was bright, and I didn't notice a switch on it. It's from scotch tape that's ...
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1answer
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What's wrong with my thermostat (fan / limit control)?

I previously asked about wiring the White-Rodgers fan/limit control on my wood stove. It's now wired and the wood stove is fired up. I ran the fan wires to the fan (hot) and I capped the limit ...
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1answer
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How do I work out the CH boiler size we should have?

How do I work out the boiler size we should have? (I have been told we need a 18KW boiler for our large 3 detached bedroom bungalow in the north of the UK, is this really powerful enough?)
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Why does my dishwasher back up into the sink, but running the disposal allows it to drain?

When my dishwasher runs the kitchen sink backs up. I have a two tub sink and only the side nearest the dishwasher with the garbage disposer backs up. Running the disposal for a few seconds causes the ...
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3answers
567 views

Do I need to do anything for my external spigots during a short hard freeze?

Like the questioner in Do I need to do anything to protect my pool during a rare freeze? I live in central florida and its going to be a hard freeze tonight. Do I need to let the spigots drip or cover ...
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Do I need to do anything to protect my pool during a rare freeze?

I have an small inground pool in the backyard. I live in central Florida, so it doesn't get too cold around here very often. However, tonight there is supposed to be a hard freeze (24°F for 4-7 hours) ...
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How do I remove (food) oil stain from a wood table?

Spilled some oily salad dressing on a wood table that was not varnished or sealed in any way. Not sure the type of wood - it almost looks like teak, but I don't believe it is. We used water on the ...
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What kind of drill bit can I use for a small hole on Silestone countertop?

I need to drill 2 small holes on the underside of my Silestone countertop to secure a new dishwasher. What kind of drill bit can I use? AFAIK Silestone is some kind of artificial quartz, but I wonder ...
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4answers
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Does lowering the blower speed of a forced-air furnace lower its efficiency?

My gas furnace has two options for the blower speed: MED, and MED-HI. It had been set on the higher speed, but that was too harsh, so I lowered it to the slower speed. Does that have any impact on the ...
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5answers
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How do I remove moss from an outdoor brick walkway?

I've got a brick walkway that has parts that are in shade most of the day. Our winters are wet and cloudy and during these times it's not uncommon for the shady parts of the walkway to grow a fair ...
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4answers
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What is the best way to get superglue off a Corian countertop?

My kids and I have spilled superglue onto a Corian countertop in our kitchen, I've heard you can buff out scratches and such from these, but I'd rather avoid scraping and buffing if possible. Is ...
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1answer
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Replace the Cord in Vertical Blinds

My cord in my vertical blinds is fraying and I am afraid it is going to break at any moment. Has anyone restrung their blinds? Where is the best place to get replacement cord and what do I need to ...
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3answers
334 views

Clamp for rope to make in a hoop?

Here's a bit of an odd one for you. I have a length of rope I need to put one end into a hoop to support the weight of a boxing bag. The hoop cannot be "tied" though. I somehow need something like ...
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1answer
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What tape should I use to seal leaks in forced air heating system?

I have some of this duct tape Nashua 557 Premium Grade Flex Duct Tape. Is this the correct stuff to use to seal leaks in a forced air heating system, or is there something else I should be using? ...
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5answers
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What is the best way to secure a set of folding attic stairs?

My company is opening a new office in an existing office building. While inspecting the office prior to move-in, I noticed that the attics between all suites in the building are open to each other. ...
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4answers
5k views

Can I connect an outdoor wood stove to my current HVAC system?

How to install a wood stove as an auxiliary heat source? (Main is electric furnace with forced air) I've read this question, it doesn't really answer what I need to know. What I would like to do is ...
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2answers
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How do I remove water marks / stains from a marble countertop?

Our marble bathroom countertop has a few problem areas - most are water stains, but a few are marks on the surface, and it's hard to determine the source. Looking for best tips/tricks to treat & ...
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2answers
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Is there a safe way to de-ice an unsealed driveway?

My girlfriend had a new driveway put in this fall, but the weather turned bad before she could get it sealed. I guess now it's too late... The driveway is incredibly slippery and has lots of ice at ...
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1answer
1k views

What are some options for a small electric water flow control valve?

I'm looking for an electric water valve for a DIY project. I need to be able to close it partially so as to control the water flow rate. The exact details of how to control it are not important; I'm ...
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2answers
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painting glass exterior door grilles?

I have some exterior doors with glass that his held in place by a sandwich of plastic(?) grilles. The grilles have turned yellow and look bad. What would be the best way to paint these to look and ...
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6answers
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How do I cover large gaps in drywall?

We've just completed our first drywall project and the outcome wasn't so great in places. There are a couple spots in particular that have 1/2-1/4" gaps. I was wondering, is there a nifty way to ...
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When installing hardwood floors, should I use rosin paper, roofing felt, or nothing underneath? Why?

I've installed hardwood floors, over top of OSB subfloor with a layer of roofing felt in between. I copied this from the hardwood floor contractor who did a kitchen in my home once. He'd been in ...
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2answers
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How do I install a wood stove as an auxiliary heat source?

I have a house with a forced air electric furnace. We've also got a wood-burning stove adjacent to the furnace. I didn't have it installed, and I want to understand if it's been done properly, and ...
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2answers
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How do I treat / maintain IKEA Platta wood patio tiles?

Over a year ago we put a good sized set of IKEA Platta deck tiles on our patio. After exposure to the elements, they are now dis-coloring and becoming a bit 'rough'. What exactly do I need to do to ...
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1answer
8k views

How should I wire this White-Rodgers fan and limit control? What about the thermostat?

I have a wood-burning stove, that is used as an auxiliary heat source in the house. There's a regular electric furnace, and adjacent to it is the stove. The warm air duct (out) from the stove ...
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1answer
434 views

Can someone explain this interface of frigidaire front load washing machine?

Can someone please explain this interface (the buttons, what do they do?) of front load washing machine from frigidaire?
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1answer
432 views

Extra insulation for panes of aging windows

The original windows on my 30-year-old house are insulated pretty well around the frames, but the panes themselves transmit a lot of cold air, especially when things drop down into the single digits, ...
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3answers
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Why does my toilet keeps blocking and then spill out of the drain outside?

Recently out toilet has started to repeatedly block. First thing we tried was the warm water method, which worked at first. When that stopped working, and problem came back, we used caustic soda. ...
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3answers
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How do I troubleshoot a water-heater?

Lately our hot water has been running out very quickly, a lot quicker than it used to. I have an Whirlpool electric water heater with 2 elements with the top element has a reset switch. I followed ...
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1answer
937 views

Is this insulation supposed to be there?

I was adding some insulation foam into our fireplace as a way of stopping drafts from the chimney. It's obvious that it's installed so we won't ever have it there when a fire is lit (we have not yet ...
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3answers
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How do I regrade the ground around my house?

When we purchased our house, the inspector recommended that we regrade all the ground that meets the house to ensure water is draining away properly. What do I need in order to do this (am I insane ...
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1answer
170 views

What steps should I take when cabling a drain?

We have a drain that backs up when a few gallons of water are put down it over time. The back pressure forces the water out through the toilet drain seal, leaving the water pouring into our basement. ...
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8answers
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How big a hole in drywall can be fixed by spackle alone?

How big of a hole in drywall can be fixed by spackle alone? The previous owners left numerous holes in the drywall. Each with the diameter of a coaxial cable, which I want to patch up. Can I use ...
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2answers
880 views

Is there a way to prevent sliding window from freezing?

I have a window that slides to the side, and each time temperature outside drops below 0*C it freezes and there is no way to open it (not that there is ice all over it, just moisture from the room ...

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