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What is this small L shaped bracket thing called?

I have a drawer that broke because the screw which held this little plastic piece was tightened too far and cracked it. Could someone help me identify it so that I can order another one?
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Add a toilet to washing machine drain line

Are there any disadvantages to adding a toilet so that the toilet waste drains into the washing machine drain? We have a small home and it only has one toilet. There are four people who live here so ...
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Gap between sash frame and pane of single-hung window sash - DIY-able?

Short background: we have a single-hung window in our living room that opens sideways, and it is noticeably hard to open. I noticed recently that the lock side of the moving sash's frame seems to have ...
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DIY pool heater - best methods? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How can I efficiently heat a pool? I have an in-ground pool at around 20,000 gallons and I live in the northeast (Maine). My pool gets direct sunlight for about half ...
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Designed a floating corner table, unsure of its potential strength. Any ideas?

I pretty much want to attach some angle iron to the studs and some threaded rods to the angle iron. I'll rout out the profile of the angle iron into the butcher block so it sits flush and so that when ...
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Where could all these flies be coming from?

Now is the transition from spring to summer. The house I am now living has some strange things happening. In the daytime of one day last week, I found many flies gather on the inside face of the ...
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How do I restore boiler pressure through the filling tap?

I have a "Glow Worm" combi boiler that has been losing pressure slowly - from 1.0 bar to 0.6 bar over the course of a few months. The instructions simply say that to restore pressure, "slowly open ...
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How do I install uninsulated halogen can lights?

I have some halogen can lights that just have a metal shell around them. The instructions say something like they need 3 inches of clearance. What is the best way to install these lights?
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How can I color concrete?

I'm going to be using a mold to pour a concrete pathway and I was wondering about coloring options. I've done this previously with this quikrete product. It worked and turned out okay, but one bottle ...
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A/C system reports Limit Switch Stuck Open

Unit is a York GM9S080B12UP11G. When switching thermostat to cool, the system activates the compressor fan. Also, I can hear gases moving through the pipes running to the compressor. However, the ...
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How should I add a rail on a carpeted stairway that's open on one side?

I'm buying a house with carpeted stairs leading into the basement. Attached is a picture of it. I have very little skill when it comes to home improvement. What's the easiest and most economical ...
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Jury-Rigged Modification of 120v Circuit to 240v Circuit Using Steel-Armor of BX Cable as Neutral/Ground… [closed]

My house was constructed in 1980 in the City of New York. About twenty-five years ago, I installed a new 29,200 BTU Carrier A/C through the wall of the house. The unit was rated at 208v, drawing ...
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How do I treat crumbling lath and plaster in my bathroom?

I have lath and plaster in my bathroom. The west wall in the bathroom keeps crumbling into a powdery substance. My dad has fixed it a number of times but it keeps reappearing. The powdery area is ...
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How can I determine if my receptacles are grounded, and how can I fix it if they are not?

My upstairs office has 3-prong outlets, but according to my surge suppressor, they are not grounded. I took one of the sockets off to inspect how it was wired, and it seems to have a ground wire ...
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Do I need to install dry wall in my basement?

I have a concrete basement with concrete walls. I'm thinking about just painting the basement and not have to put up dry wall because I want to save money. Is that a good idea or should I really ...
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What is simplest strategy to map circuits to breakers in the panel?

My breaker box is very poorly labeled and I want to figure out which circuits may have overloaded (or close to it) and which could reasonably handle a little more. In the past I have just tried ...
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How do I improve Pergola Stability?

The deck is nearly finished but I have a small structural problem with the pergola. A left or right force near the top of the pergola (such a a tall person leaning on the post) leads to a bit of ...
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Sizing DHW expansion tank for tankless heater

I have a combined boiler for hydronic heating and DHW. Earlier in the winter, I started insulating as much of the pipes I can easily access. This has led to hot water coming out of the cold water ...
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Replacing chandelier, how many lights can it support?

I want to replace a chandelier that currently has 2 bulbs, and I want to replace it with one that has at least 5 bulbs if possible. We live in an older building (built in 1912), and a friend warned me ...
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Who to call about sinking porch and mud room?

I live in Massachusetts and have a porch and mud room that are sinking. I was stupid enough to think they had "settled" when I bought the house, but now I can see that they're still sinking, which is ...
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how to cut concrete beams/sleepers

I have long (60cm/23") concrete beams that I want to cut to size to build a small garden wall. They are 15cm/6" high. I know there exist heavy cutter tooling to cut through (concrete) tiles, but it ...
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What are my options for replacing or upgrading my window screens?

I've just bought a house that has older wooden-framed windows. The windows themselves appear to be fine, but the screens for these windows are simple aluminum frames that use the small spring-loaded ...
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1answer
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Do I have to use armored (MC) cable to connect to a pot (recessed) light fixture?

Most of the recessed lighting fixtures I see in stores have a metal junction box separate from the can. There is an armored cable running from the junction box to the can already. You connect your ...
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Do I need a separate moisture barrier for basement laminate flooring

I am going to install laminate flooring (without attached padding) on the concrete floor in my basement. Do I need a moisture barrier in addition to the underlayment padding or does the underlayment ...
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What is the best way to clean a brick paver patio?

Looking for ideas on how to best clean a brick paver patio. Background: I had a brick paver patio installed three years ago. The following year I had it sealed (not sure what product was used) with ...
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Troubleshooting a circular saw that quit working

I have a circular saw that quit working for no obvious reason. I cut a board and sat the saw down to get another board. When I tried to cut the next board, the saw wouldn't work. Pull the trigger ...
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How do I install a vanity that's higher than the mirror?

I'm doing a bath remodel. The existing wall mirror is resting on a Formica back-splash. The existing cabinet is wheelchair height. The remodel cabinet will be higher than the bottom of the wall ...
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How to attach a 2x beam to the side of a post?

I want to attach a 2x to the side of a vertical 4x4 post. I can think of several options: nails through bolts lag screws a cleat under the beam Sampson Deck-Joist Tie I know that notching the ...
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2answers
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Mudding over plaster walls with pre-mixed joint compound

I just read a blog stating that pre-mixed joint compound should not be put over pre-existing plaster walls. Why? What is the best product to use?
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1answer
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What debuzzing coil should I use to get rid of lamp hum?

I have two lamps which use these big 300W bulbs that I am dimming with Insteon LampLink modules. They buzz quite a bit, and I previously asked a question about reducing the buzz which led me to ...
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Do I need to increase my HVAC trunk line size?

I'm thinking of finishing my basement. I currently have a main trunk coming off my furnace that measures 20" wide by 6" tall. I'm trying to future proof my home in the event my current furnace can't ...
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How do you refinish a Corian countertop?

The title says it all. We have a Corian countertop. One of the selling points of this type of counter is that it is supposedly easy to fix minor flaws in it, but there seems to be little information ...
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Is it possible to collect rain water from a roof for drinking use?

For a re-roofing or new build, I was pondering the possibility of capturing and purifying water for drinking use. Are there good examples of this? What roofing materials should be used or avoided? ...
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sanding old plaster wall texture to prepare for mudding

Should I sand/grind old plaster texture before skim-coating? If so, what is the best tool to use? The goal is to prepare for new smooth walls.
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Can I run this sump drain underground?

I am wondering if I can extend this sump drain (about 4 foot long and ends 8-10 inches over the ground) through an underground PVC run about 30 feet (about a 4 foot drop from house to valley) to exit ...
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How do I drill a mortise and tenon joint so I can reinforce it with a dowel?

I want to make a mortise and tenon joint that will be held together with a dowel instead of glue. How can I drill the hole in the mortised stock and the tenon so that they line up accurately and ...
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Recommendations for portable/fold-up work surface?

Does anyone have any recommendations for portable/fold-up work benches? Growing up, my father had a Black and Decker Workmate, but from what I've been reading construction of those work tables is ...
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Why do my new dimmable CFL bulbs hum?

I just spent $100 upgrading our dining room lighting from regular incandescent bulbs with a dimmer switch to a CFL friendly dimmer switch with specifically marked dimming capable CFL bulbs. At full ...
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Can I install 6' 6x6 fence posts onto a cement driveway?

We would like to install a 6' privacy fence with 6x6 cedar posts, between our house and driveway, that would involve 3 posts on top of our cement driveway and 1 in the ground. My intention was to ...
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What drainage should I install under concrete slab in garage?

I have a concrete garage which is halfway inside the hill. Essentially the surface behind the garage is at garage's roof level. Garage's floor is concrete slab 3"-4" thick (at least it's best I could ...
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What's an alternative to shoe moldings?

My hardwood floors used to have carpet, so there are gaps beneath the "ranch"-style baseboards. Most of these gaps are covered with quarter-round molding, which probably draws more attention to the ...
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How can I convert from an E11 socket to an E26 socket? [closed]

Our church has halogen light fixtures with E11 sockets. We would like to convert these fixtures to accept E26 bulbs. I am unable to find a direct adapter, is there any other way I can convert these ...
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Can I install a security system myself?

I just bought a new home and it had it professionally pre-wired for a security system. There are cables for sensors on all entry doors. There are some cables for motion detectors as well on the main ...
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How do I insulate space in loft to create music studio

I have 3 DIY created rooms in my large live/work studio/artist loft. They are made with 2x4 and 2x6, framing with drywall walls and plywood ceiling. The apt has 14' 7" ceilings so we just have ...
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3answers
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How can I fix my kitchen sink cheaply?

We live in a condo. Our kitchen sink will gurgle a lot. From time to time, there will be bubbles and even an overflow of bubbles and some sediment coming up from the kitchen drain. Someone has ...
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How deep should I sink a gatepost for a 7' wide gate in my fence?

I am a first time fence builder, which will be 6ft cedar. I need a gate that is 7 to 8 ft wide. I live in Oregon and the frost line is only a foot deep. I was planning on a 7ft gate with a 6x6 post. ...
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How to fix cracks in lath and plaster?

I have an old house with lath and plaster walls. When I moved in a year ago I fixed dozens of cracks in the plaster with spackling, but many of them have opened back up again. What is the best way ...
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What could be causing this electrical issue?

The problem occurs within one particular unit of an apartment complex. All other units are fine. The problem has gradually gotten worse. All electricity within the house will flicker on and off. It is ...
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3answers
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What fire hazard considerations are there when creating a cable hole between rooms?

Can't believe this hasn't been asked before, but I can't seem to find anything so... I've currently got a very light, very thin 32" TV mounted on the bedroom wall. It's perfect - except for the fact ...
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What size is an ice maker connection?

The ice maker line to my refrigerator currently has no shutoff valve and I'd like to add one but I can't figure out what size the connector is. I purchased a 1/4 inch valve since the ice maker ...

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