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596 views

What is the purpose of this pole in my garage?

Why is there a three inch pipe filled with concrete sticking out of my garage floor? We've ruled out the obvious explanations: missle launcher, coffee table, NSA listening post, and Mario shortcut. ...
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1answer
313 views

How long can I run a joist without supporting it in the middle?

I am building a tree house with a bridge from one tree to another. What is the maximum distance I could run a joist for the bridge without supporting it in the middle?
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341 views

Porcelain vs ceramic tile for the whole house

I am in the process of installing new floor in my house. I have been told by a friend that porcelain tile is a lot harder and more durable than ceramic tile and therefore better. Another friend told ...
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1answer
9k views

What is the difference between 'planed square edge' timber and 'planed all round'?

I am buying timber to use a curtain batten, between the rail and the wall. So I want the edges to be flat. I see wood sold as 'planed all round' and 'planed square edge'. What's the difference? Which ...
4
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4answers
2k views

How many computer chargers can I put on 1 electrical outlet?

I am trying to create a computer charging station. I have many laptops and Android Tablets that I would like to charge at once. Assuming I wire it correctly, how many adapters can I put on 1 plug? ...
3
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2answers
343 views

Is it possible to use an older GE service panel as sub panel?

I'm upgrading my electrical service from 100A to 200A and am hoping to leave the existing panel as is and feed it from the new main as a sub panel. I know for a sub panel the neutral and ground bars ...
2
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1answer
23k views

How can I replace a single switch with two switches?

I have a single pole switch on a wall that turned on a ceiling light. I want to replace this ceiling lamp with a fan/light combo. I also want to replace the single switch to double switches (so I can ...
2
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1answer
531 views

How do I make a fire break around our chimney?

We've purchased an older house built in the 70's, and one of the two chimney's lacks a fire break, meaning that you can see direct from the basement up into the second floor. There's a gap of ...
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3answers
4k views

What is my dryer's fourth prong for?

We just moved and had to change plugs on the dryer from 3 prongs to 4. What is the fourth prong for? I know about positive, negative and ground, but I can't think of why a fourth would be needed.
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4answers
20k views

Why does my dryer get too hot?

I've just moved houses and set up our dryer in the new house. It seems to get much hotter than it used to: hot to touch on the top surface, and my wife said it smelled like charcoal. The two things I ...
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0answers
2k views

How should the gutters be installed on a huge gable dormer?

I have a situation similar to this photo (except my "dormer" is 24 feet long), focusing on the upper gutter: I think it makes the most sense to catch rain/debris from a roof valley in the main gable ...
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2answers
278 views

How to know whether fuse is sufficient for electrical device?

How can I find out from the information about an electrical device whether fuse and wiring is sufficient for that particular device? For example, we are considering buying a septic pump; from the ...
2
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2answers
801 views

When should I use caulk?

As a new goal, I am looking to pick up DIY projects around my house. I am new to DIY projects and am trying to make our food pantry look better. There are 1/10th to 1/4th in gaps between the shelves ...
3
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1answer
14k views

How do we waterproof a cement slab floor that has moisture coming up?

Our gymnasium was built over 35 yrs ago. They did not put any moisture barrier under the concrete slab floor. Moisture constantly comes through and times with a lot of rain, water even comes from ...
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2answers
64 views

Can I have a sub panel right below the attic access?

I'm rewiring an old house where I've already installed a 50 amp sub-panel. Now the carpenter decided to put his attic access in the ceiling right above the panel is this permissible.
3
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3answers
41k views

What will happen if I try to apply paint/stain to damp wood?

I'm 1000 miles away from home working on a deck for a family member who recently suffered a stroke. He's recovering, but for the time being he's very unsteady on his feet. The deck in question had a ...
6
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1answer
142 views

What kind of lock used to be here?

We're moving into a new place and have been told by the building's management that the top lock on our door is our own responsibility. It appears that the previous tenants had something in the top ...
4
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2answers
2k views

What's the next step in troubleshooting my electric water heater?

We have a SpaceSaver (Model number: SS012SEB15), single-element 120v/1500w hot water heater which worked great until one day it went completely cold. First thing was I tested the voltage to the ...
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1answer
256 views

What is the average life expectancy of heavy duty ratchet straps before they have to be replaced? [closed]

What is the average life expectancy of heavy duty ratchet strps before they have to be replaced.
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2answers
639 views

How can I prevent my clothes dryer door from fogging up?

When I turn the air conditioning on in my house, the inside of the window in the clothes dryer door fogs up. Also, if clothes are left in the dryer, they become slightly damp again. How can I prevent ...
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1answer
1k views

How can I find a sink that will fit where an old sink was?

We wish to rid ourselves of an 'American Standard Americast' kitchen sink and go with an over-the-counter sink. We have a granite counter top that cannot be changed and therein lays an issue as the ...
1
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0answers
219 views

Should I worry about plaster walls in bathroom?

I just moved in to a new house, which has plaster walls. I was told that the owners never took a shower, due to worry over the walls. There is tile all over the walls, but I still wonder if I should ...
4
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4answers
6k views

How do I attach skirting boards to a plaster wall?

I have ten feet or so of new skirting board to put up by my front door where we have just had the walls plastered [1]. Back when I was a kid I did a carpentry course so I know how to cut and mitre the ...
2
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1answer
959 views

Does a swing-slide frameless glass door mechanism exist?

I would like to have glass around my square-ish shower (90cm × 100cm) in bathroom corner. It should only consist of two pieces: the fixed wall (100cm wide) door (90cm) But instead of swinging ...
3
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2answers
337 views

How do I fix bumps in carpet that only appear when it's warm and humid?

We put all new carpeting in our church worship area in 2007. The church is on a floating slab and in the summer when the humdity comes, we get serious bumps in the carpet. Some can be as long as ...
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2answers
122 views

What could be causing cable signal to be lost? [duplicate]

One tv stopped working while all the others in the house work. Comcast guy claims the cable in my wall behind my fireplace went bad. They told me that before and were wrong. How can I check if ...
4
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3answers
4k views

Why is the upstairs a lot hotter in a 2 story duplex?

I've lived in my current duplex for about 5 years now and every summer, my upstairs portion of the duplex gets noticeably hotter than downstairs. I couldn't give an exact measurement but 10 degrees ...
2
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2answers
2k views

What kind of water filter do I need?

I have city water and here is St Louis it's pretty good (from what I hear). I do have some white calcium on faucets, etc. Now I'm in a process of renovating bathrooms and installing new piping and ...
3
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1answer
397 views

How can I prevent the water from my neighbor's leaky gutter from entering my basement?

There is some water leakage in my stone basement on my neighbor's side (which is otherwise, very dry for a stone basement). As you can see from picture, the side of our house is loose stone (may be ...
2
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1answer
1k views

What would cause the water to stop when I turn a faucet to hot?

When I turn the faucet to hot, the water stops running. Valves have been checked and I have hot water everywhere else.
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2answers
471 views

Will internal waterproofing solve my moisture problems?

We've been working on our water problem for awhile now. Here's the deal: There is black drain tile under the home (all the way around) tied into a sump crock. Water was only coming in one side. A ...
2
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1answer
3k views

Should I install a damper above my return air duct for better upstairs cooling?

I have a finished basement, ground floor, and upstairs. The ground floor and basement cool nicely with the AC. The upstairs doesn't cool very well. The returns are really just holes in the drywall- ...
2
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2answers
724 views

Can I make an improvised heating system that uses calcium carbide and water?

Its winter in Australia at the moment and i'm cold. Today i found a few kilo's of Calcium Carbide (CaC2) which, if you react it with water, produces a sizable quantity of acetylene gas. I use it with ...
2
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1answer
743 views

How can I prevent the receptacle in my yard from tripping the GFCI used to power my sprinklers?

I have a GFCI in garage that protects one receptacle in the garage and one in the yard. The GFCI receptacle itself feeds the sprinkler timer. The other receptacle in the garage is hardly used. The ...
4
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2answers
38k views

Is it okay to have an ungrounded light fixture?

I recently moved into an older home (built in 1968) and have been replacing some of the older light fixtures. We pulled down one of the lights and found that there is a ground running into the box but ...
3
votes
2answers
347 views

How can I figure out why this electrical receptacle is dead?

One of the rooms in my house has a 20A circuit. I plugged an 11A device to one of the receptacles in that room for the entire day. Walked away, came back and that device was powered down. I connected ...
2
votes
2answers
12k views

How can I fix my leaking shower?

I have a bathroom with a wooden floor - not floorboards, but solid sheets of water-treated chipboard. It's an old house, ~90yrs or so, and we're renovating it. A lot of the work has been done by ...
4
votes
3answers
1k views

Why doesn't duct tape work well on cables?

In the past, I've used duct tape on cables (e.g., Power, LAN). For instance, I taped cables to a wall, I taped cables together for storing etc. The taping often failed after some time: The taping ...
3
votes
1answer
148 views

What are these containers called?

I'm looking for a certain type of plastic container (around 2-3 gallons) that has a spigot on the bottom and allows you to drain liquid using gravity. I used to see them a lot in the Navy used for ...
0
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1answer
140 views

Why isn't my sump pump kicking on?

My sump pump is not kicking on and has water standing. The water also seems to have oil in it. Don't know what that is from but I don't want it to flood my basement. What should I do?
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votes
4answers
98k views

Which side of a two-wire cable should be used for “hot”?

I bought a custom length of a 16/2 cable (two 16-gauge stranded wires, individually insulated). The two wires have identical colors and insulation; the only thing to tell them apart is that along one,...
3
votes
1answer
3k views

Are there alternatives to Shutter-lok fasteners?

I have this kind of fastener on my shutters and it seems that every 3-5 years I am buying a new shutter because they break off and the shutter gets torn up in a storm or I am trying to liquid nail ...
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0answers
122 views

What is the effect of differences in flow and return rates in a traditional gas central heating system?

Would a smaller or lower differential in flow and return rates in a traditional gas boiler "Y" central heating system make the house take longer to heat up? Is there any way to adjust these flow ...
4
votes
4answers
19k views

How do I repair my cracked shower pan?

My shower pan, made of gel-coated fiber glass, has three cracks, as shown in the photo below. The cracks radiate fairly straight from the drain in the center at twelve, four, and eight o'clock. (All ...
3
votes
1answer
4k views

How do I determine if my basement leak is a foundation problem

I have a basement leak that happens every other year on average, after either a very heavy rainfall, or melting of a lot of snow. It occurs on only one wall of the basement, and I've detected water ...
2
votes
1answer
4k views

Can I use shorter screws to mount my blinds?

I've bought a pair of blinds that came with 1 1/4 inch screws; I'm unable to drill deep enough into the frame to fit the screws, the screws are sticking about 1/8 of a inch out . I end up hitting ...
3
votes
1answer
5k views

How can I paint/stain an interior concrete floor?

I have a very lovable aging bulldog who has peed on the wall-to-wall carpet enough that I'm ripping it out. It's over twenty years old anyway. The subfloor is a concrete slab. My goal is to make the ...
10
votes
4answers
121k views

What do I do if there are only two wires coming from my ceiling electrical box?

I'm about to install several Hunter ceiling fans. This will be the first time I've done anything electrical past changing a bulb. The instructions that came with the fan show three wires coming from ...
2
votes
1answer
291 views

Will cement used as mortar need to be replaced?

I had some cracked/spalling bricks on my home as a result of water getting in and freezing during the winter. I went ahead and replaced five bricks (three on top and two below) and accidentally used ...
6
votes
1answer
6k views

How can I avoid bubbles when applying an enormous sticker to plywood?

I'm working on a very important beer pong project. The top of the table will consist of two pieces of plywood that have been sealed and decorated with a massive 4X5 custom vinyl sticker. So, the ...

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