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How do I find and dispose of the dead body in my ceiling?

We're trying to track the origin of a very putrid smell in our condominium. We have a loft type home, which means two floors with a drywall ceiling between the first and second floor. I first noticed ...
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1answer
765 views

How can I remove an anti vandal tap head?

I have almost identical problem this one except that it's a shower tap... How can I remove stuck anti-vandal rings in tap head? The drama is that the shower won't turn off all the way as the washer ...
2
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1answer
68 views

Where can I find good resources on solar thermal backup options?

The 'what if the sun don't shine' problem is the difficult issue in solar thermal. Where can I find good solid test-based resources on the options for backup and their downsides? For example: ...
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1answer
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How can I remove the tile from this wall?

Doing a tile removal on our master tub/shower. I'm pretty sure the tile is original to the house, which is 34 years old (1978). It's a 4 1/4 inch tile, that has been backed by dry wall. When I was ...
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1answer
1k views

Is it possible to install flush mount floor vents in a laminate wood floor?

My laminate flooring doesn't come with floor vents so I may have to find some and stain them. I was told I need to get the drop in floor vents that sit above the flooring, but is there an easy way to ...
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4answers
6k views

What should I use to protect and cover my floors during construction?

We are building a new house and I'm installing the laminate wood flooring. The builder suggested I cover the flooring after I'm done to protect it during the last few weeks of construction and with ...
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2answers
233 views

How can I use this timer?

At my home I have this timer and I am not sure how to use it. Model seems to be TM8IM-24. I have found a company that sells it but cannot find instructions. Does anyone knows how to use it or where I ...
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3answers
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How can I prepare uneven concrete basement floor for vinyl planks?

I have roughly 600 sq ft of basement that needs new flooring after some unfortunate flooding this past summer. We had carpet over concrete and are now looking to lay vinyl planks down. There is about ...
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1answer
1k views

How do I mount this non-standard wall plate to a completed drywall wall?

I have this But it only has what you see in that pic. I was told I needed the box thing to go behind it to mount it to in the wall. There is no hole in the wall right now, so how do I get this to ...
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1answer
104 views

What are the elements of this apartment map?

I was wondering what the elements from this map indicated with an arrow are? The apartment has no kitchen, and it is supposed to be unfurnished, but some elements are there (like a fridge?).
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2answers
804 views

Can you crimp a tubular lug without a crimper plier?

I want to use these lugs on my electrical installation, but I can only find pliers for up to 16 mm2 cables and the mains cables are 25 mm2. I found one store that carried pliers able to do up to 50 ...
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2answers
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How can I replace a ceiling fan light pull chain?

I have removed the light assembly from beneath the fan. In doing so, the lights (three with pull chain ) fell and I failed to catch it before it pulled out some wires. The wires coming from the ...
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2answers
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Why does my ceiling fan turn itself on at night?

We have a ceiling fan with three lights that came with the house, and that is operated by an electronic switch driven by a 9V battery and with 5 buttons: Hi, Med, Lo, Off (for the fan) and Light (a ...
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3answers
3k views

How can I repair this door and deadlock?

Some time ago I closed my front door (rather forcefully) while the deadbolt was sticking out partially. This loosened the deadbolt, and the top screw no longer held. In addition, it cracked the door ...
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1answer
1k views

What type of replacement windows can I use on my log home?

I'm stumped as to what style of window to pick for my log home (replacement). The current windows are aluminum frame, and are trimmed flush on both sides with wood, so all you see is a very thin strip ...
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5answers
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Who is the right professional to call for drainage issues?

I've got some concerns about the drainage on our property and want to consult with a professional about. The problems, I'm not sure what kind of professional to call. To provide some context, ...
2
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1answer
4k views

What factors need to be considered to get the most powerful shower possible?

I'm getting a new shower installed in my house, to replace the existing mixer shower. I am going to stick with a mixer shower, not least because I don't have a water tank. So, this means I have a ...
3
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2answers
3k views

Can I put acoustical putty *inside* the electrical box rather than around the outside?

For soundproofing applications, they make acoustical putty that you put around the electrical box. However, what if you can't get behind the electrical box? In my case, I have a wall floating on hat ...
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2answers
1k views

How can I stop my garage door from hanging up on the door frame?

I have a 7 year old, 4-section automatic garage door that has been working fine until recently. When I open it, the second section (the one beneath the uppermost section) is catching on the upper ...
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1answer
4k views

How long will it be before my hot water heater blows up without a thermal expansion tank?

the county where I live put in the "check valve" or backflow device. Not sure, but I know they said you need to get a thermal expansion tank or the pressure could blow up the water heater. I spoke ...
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8answers
92k views

When would one use an impact driver versus a regular drill?

Or vice-versa. As best as I can tell, the impact driver is very good for most any type of screw going through wood. When would you use a drill (with screw bit) instead?
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7answers
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What exactly is a PAR type LED lamp, how does it differ from R/BR type LED & CFL lamps?

I am in the process of replacing my incandescent bulbs with more efficient alternatives. My home is about 14 years old, I've owned it for a little over three years. It seems most of the bulbs that it ...
4
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1answer
356 views

Are these walls prepared properly for tile?

My sister and I are doing our bathrooms in our condos. I am seeing her job and am concerned they aren't doing right. They used the concrete sheetrock for her shower but it didn't go to the top. So ...
4
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2answers
169 views

Could I use a UPS to power my humidifier on an underrated breaker with a little trickery

I recently bought a house with really nice hardwood floors, but the builder didn't put any thought into installing a humidifier system. I'm now looking into my options and steam humidifiers seem to ...
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2answers
5k views

Can I modify 3 ampere table lamps to work on 5 ampere round pin plugs?

I have moved to a property with 5amp round sockets around the room. I want to remove the standard 3 pin plugs from my table lamps and re-wire them with the 5amp round pin plugs I have bought. This ...
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0answers
33 views

How to replicate holes in a wooden cabinet? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How do I drill additional holes for adjustable-height shelving? I would like to modify the vertical position of a shelf inside a wood cabinet. The dowel pins are glued ...
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2answers
668 views

Why does the pressure, attached to a submersible well, keep increasing?

I have changed the pressure gauge, a Square D switch, and checked the pressure (from 40 psi) to 28 psi. Within 3 to 4 days the pressure increased back to 40 psi. I called a plumber who lowered the ...
4
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12answers
88k views

What could cause my washing machine to stop before the rinse cycle?

My washing machine will get stuck right before the rinse cycle. The washing machine will be full of water. The way to "fix it" is to twist the knob right after the "rinse" line, find the sweet spot, ...
2
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2answers
3k views

How to drill a hole in brick with precision?

I have bought old cabinets which I would like to hang on a brick wall. I have marked the spots on the wall, but I find it very difficult to drill precisely, because the drill bit follows a path of ...
3
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1answer
2k views

How to secure aluminium window lock handle that keeps falling off?

The lock handle on my aluminium windows keeps falling off. The handle had previously fallen off when I first moved in a year ago and the landlord remounted it. Since then it has become loose a few ...
5
votes
1answer
6k views

How can I install a ceiling fan where there is no ceiling box or wiring?

I want to install a ceiling fan with a light in a spare bedroom with no ceiling wiring. What size wire do I need to use to install with cord management channels and plug into an outlet controlled by a ...
2
votes
1answer
120 views

How do I start a cold gas heater?

The gas heater pilot light has been out for a couple of days, and I believe there is a safety mechanism that detects this, and shuts off the gas. Now, when I move the slider to the pilot light ...
2
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7answers
12k views

How can I run a coaxial cable into an existing single gang electrical outlet?

The cable outlet in my girlfriend's living room is in a strange place. She wants to move her TV to a different wall but the landlord doesn't want any new holes in the wall or floor. If the wall was ...
0
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2answers
8k views

Why would you hook up the heat output of a wood stove to the cold air return on an electric forced-air furnace?

I am installing a new wood add-on stove in the basement and want to hook it in to my forced air furnace duct work to help move the air in the house. I have heard it can be done, but I am confused as ...
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3answers
574 views

How to add draught to simple box stove?

I've designed and installed a small stove to burn wood scraps and bio-briquettes. The stove is really simple box-shaped stove as drawn here below. However the stove does not work properly: the fire ...
0
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1answer
2k views

Can I adjust my blinds for both ventilation and privacy?

I like fresh air so I usually open the window a little and keep the blinds to the angle that I think nobody can see me from outside. Today I feel very upset because I found out everybody can see me ...
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3answers
2k views

How can I determine the STC (Sound Transmission Class) rating for my condo walls and ceiling?

I work out of my condominium and generally like to have music playing throughout the day. A few nights every week I work late, sometimes until after midnight, so I'm thinking about soundproofing my ...
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1answer
556 views

How do I install an old work junction box around fire blocking?

I have an interior wall with a one-gang light switch; it contains a dual dimmer. I'm trying to change this to a single dimmer, and to add a new switch (to drive the other load) on the opposite side ...
2
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5answers
2k views

Laying Tile Over Asbestos Floor Tile

In my laundry room, I've got asbestos floor tile. (The house was built in 1967.) The tile is laid on the concrete slab. Is it possible to lay ceramic penny tile over the asbestos tile if I put down ...
0
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3answers
509 views

furnace for central air heating, as what for central air cooling?

In my apartment, the heating and cooling seems to flow through the same central aid conditioning system. The device used to heat the air is called the furnace. I wonder what the name for the device ...
3
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2answers
2k views

How can I add a chain link fence on top of a cinder block wall?

I have a cinder block fence in my front yard that has two courses of cinder block and a row of cap blocks. It is about 24" high. It is set on a very nice, solid cement footer. I want to add a 48" ...
2
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1answer
5k views

How do I install a bathroom exhaust fan?

I need to know how to wire a bathroom fan with a light and night light. The wiring has a black/white red/white blue/white and green. The bathroom has a light switch for the light fixture over the ...
0
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1answer
516 views

What should I consider when designing a simple bookcase that will be built without power tools?

I'd like to build a bookcase using pine (or meranti) planks of dimension 22mm/220mm/3m that my local hardware store stocks. They offer the service of cutting to length, but I have no power tools ...
4
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1answer
662 views

Can I connect a drain for my new washing machine to an existing toilet drain?

I would like to add a wash machine to the basement. Near the area of the basement where I'll be adding it is a 4 in drain coming from an upstairs toilet. Can I tap the new drain into the toilet ...
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4answers
996 views

What type of common materials can I use to detect water infiltration/leaks?

I am trying to find the source for a water leak in my car when it rains. The answer here should also be good for hard to find water leaks in a house. Is there a material I can use which tells me the ...
8
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4answers
105k views

When should pipe dope vs thread tape be used?

For threaded plumbing connections, you typically use pipe dope or thread tape (aka teflon tape). Are there situations when one is preferred over another? Does the size of the pipe, type of pipe, part ...
2
votes
1answer
1k views

What could be causing water pressure to build up after changing my under sink filter?

After I did a routine under sink water filter change, I am getting a powerful burst of water when I turn on the water dispenser that goes through the filter. It lasts only a second or so then the ...
1
vote
1answer
3k views

How do I wire a new ceiling light with power to the ceiling and 3-way switches?

I'm trying to install a new light fixture in the front hall. Currently, the light is activated by 2 switches (on each end of hall). The NEW fixture has 1 black wire and 1 white wire. The ceiling wires ...
4
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1answer
805 views

How to fix a door that closes, but is still too close to the frame, causing the hinge to pull out

I installed a new door that closes, but the door is too close to the frame on the bottom hinge side. This causes the bottom hinge to close completely before the door is closed, which leads to the ...
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3answers
23k views

My toilet is filling very slowly with a Fluidmaster valve, how do I fix it?

My toilet is filling very slowly. Sometimes it sounds like it is filling up a drip at a time. What's wrong with it and how do I fix it?

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