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How to know what color of paint was used on the walls?

We've recently moved into our new house and we don't know which color the previous owner used to paint the interior walls. We've been trying to get hold of the previous owner but since he was only the ...
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1answer
633 views

How would I ground an internal ethernet surge protector?

I have a Cat-6 cable running to an external PoE security camera that I'd like to have surge protected, but I'm unsure how to ground the protector. It has a prong coming off that I assume is the ground ...
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1answer
247 views

How do I remove an unknown stain from my carpet?

I just moved into a place and underneath my bed there's a weird spill. I'm Not sure what it is: it's dark red and thick and dry. Is there any way to clean it or if not cover it up so it doesn't spread ...
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1answer
2k views

Why won't the fan run independently of the air conditioner?

I have central air and heat, with a Nest thermostat. My system has Y, G, R, C and W wires coming out of it: which are wired into my Nest like so: In between, there is a splice where the C wire is ...
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3answers
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Shall I undercut the drywall to let the baseboard cover the hardwood floor expansion gap?

I am going to replace my carpet with Engineered hardwood floor(the choice would be Kahrs floating installed floor). The problem I am facing is my baseboard is thin. It's not able to cover the ...
4
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1answer
340 views

Will spilling a little liquid (beer, say) on untreated plywood for very little time damage or warp it?

Okay, this one's a tad silly, but I really need to know: If plywood sheets are being used as a temporary surface, and have roughly 20 ounces of a liquid spilled on them, can you assume that no damage ...
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What type of primer should be used on moisture resistant drywall?

What type of primer should I use my basement bathroom walls? New moisture resistant drywall has been installed, taped and sanded, and is now ready to be primed.
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2answers
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Should I add a vapor barrier when re-siding?

I am removing the siding on my house in Montana, which was built in 1964. From inside out I have sheetrock, 4" studs with R-11 paper backed fiberglass insulation and gypsum board sheathing. I want ...
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1answer
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How can I add a programmable timer to a circuit breaker so that I can force specific circuits on/off at specific times?

My father-in-law suffers from dementia. His doctor wants him to go to bed at 11 PM, but he often refuses and stays up way later than he should watching TV. We have him set up with a separate suite ...
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2answers
3k views

What is the maintenance schedule for a concrete driveway?

I have a concrete driveway that I'd like to keep looking good, and in good working order. What needs to be done to maintain the driveway, and how often should it be done?
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5k views

What options are available for controlling electrical devices over WiFi? [closed]

I've been looking on how to control power outlets through wifi and I've only found Belkin's WeMo. Are there any alternatives?
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956 views

What is difference between Home Appliance , Personal Appliance and White goods? [closed]

please provide the difference between Home Appliance , Personal Appliance and White goods ? there are other confusion with consumer electronics and electronics...please define!
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1answer
2k views

What kinds of wood are suitable for laser cutting?

I want to know what kind of wood material should be used for a 60W laser cutter? I would want to cut and engrave woods for my project. Looking for effects like these
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2answers
2k views

How can I prevent an above-ground pool underlayment from failing due to erosion at one location?

I have had an above ground pool since 2008. The pool was installed professionally. I have had to replace the liner 3 times, professionally installed as well. We have talked with the pool installer, he ...
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2answers
889 views

What type of rubber pipe is used for this particular installation of hydronic radiant in-floor heating, and is it reliable?

I'm looking at a home built in the 80's with hydronic radiant in-floor heating embedded in concrete slab. I've never seen this type of hydronic tubing before. I'm pretty sure that the attached photo ...
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1answer
1k views

What is the purpose of a vapor barrier?

I live in southern Brazil and I don't really know if I need a vapor barrier, mainly because I'm still confused about its purpose. The house in question have brick exterior walls and interior drywall. ...
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2answers
3k views

Can I send audio through coax cables?

I'd like to be able to pipe some audio from a computer in my basement to some speakers upstairs. When thinking about the best way to do this, I realized that my house is already wired with coax cable, ...
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3answers
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What could cause my oven not to light?

I have a Kenmore Oven (gas, slide in) which has decided not to light - somewhat erratically. Model # 362 73424200 When I turn the oven on, I can see the glow plug is getting hot, and I occasionally ...
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1answer
125 views

What can I put on these bricks that are sticking up to get them flush again?

The house I just moved into has bricks laid in a pattern of stright columns the bricks are sitting tight but 1 inch is sticking up. Everyone stubs their toe on them. The area is about 7 feet long and ...
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1answer
1k views

What should I expect when using electrical equipment rated for 100V/120V at 110V

I have a number of electrical home appliances that are designed for 100V, 50Hz 120V, 60Hz 230V, 50Hz I have a converter 100V <=> 220V-240V (according to the description). My power outlet has (...
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2answers
179 views

How much power can a house with 3 x 25amps electricity supply?

Please excuse the poorly phrased header - I am (hopefully not for long thanks to you) electrically dumb. I'm looking at moving to a house in the countryside to live a more DIY lifestyle. ...
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7answers
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Should galvanized steel pipe be used as a tub spout?

I have a 90 degree fitting coming down from my shower valve. Also have a screw on tub spout trim. Right now there is a 6" galvanized pipe that connects the 90 to the tub spout trim. Is the ...
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3answers
653 views

How can I build an automated water valve for a coffee maker? [closed]

Our home has a remodeled kitchen and we have yet to install a backsplash. Before we do I was wondering if I couldn't add some functionality. We currently have a simple coffee maker sitting on our ...
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5answers
2k views

Can I use flexible LED strips to get better lighting in my kitchen?

My wife and I really hate how the lights in our kitchen are central and overhead, making it so that when we cut vegetables or work on the counters, our shadow blocks the light from being able to see ...
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1answer
3k views

How do I paint over a textured ceiling without removing the texture?

A painter I had at one time painted the textured drywall mud ceiling (off white color) in a different part of the house. He had to change to a sprayer because he said the drywall texture was coming ...
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4answers
6k views

Why is my Central Heating taking so long to heat up?

I'm in the UK with a small modern, well insulated, double glazed home heated by a traditional gas boiler. My heating had been achieving room stat temperature within 30 minutes but is now taking at ...
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2answers
837 views

How to change halogen bulbs at 18 feet height ceiling?

How can I change the halogen bulbs above 18 feet high ceiling? How can I change the light bulbs around 20 feet height in tennis court?
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2answers
224 views

Can/Should I Move These Pipes?

I need to fix a broken ball valve (luckily the valve doesn't leak until I turn it on) that runs to an outside faucet. Also, all of these pipes are CPVC. When I looked at replacing it, they seemed to ...
3
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2answers
696 views

Why does the breaker keep tripping on a circuit with two rooms' lights and a sewer pump?

I have a circuit-breaker that is connected to lights in two rooms, and to a sewer pump in the basement. I had the sewer cleaned out and the pump inspected, and no problems were detected. I then had ...
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1answer
11k views

Why would my kitchen ceiling fixture not have any current?

Last weekend, my kitchen ceiling fixture stopped working. It's a fluorescent fixture, and since the house is about 20 years old, I figured that ballast had gone bad. I went to the nearest home ...
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1answer
246 views

How can I insulate my attic conversion, without pulling down the plasterboard?

I recently purchased a house, and it has an attic conversion. Once winter came along we found out that there is no insulation between the roof and the plasterboard. Does anyone know of a way I can ...
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1answer
451 views

How should I mount external hardware to a Greenboard/EPS exterior wall?

The external cladding of my house is rendered NRG Greenboard (an EPS product). What is the best way to mount simple external hardware (specifcally, a hose reel) to this material? The reel itself just ...
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3answers
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What is the process for power washing and staining a deck?

I am planning to power wash my deck and stain it afterwards. But I am not quite sure the correct procedure for this process. After power washing the deck, can I stain the deck immediately or should I ...
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4answers
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How do I get these toilet shut off valve out?

As title says I am trying to figure out how to remove the old shut off valve from the pipe. I've been watching lot of videos, reading up on articles and all seem to deal with compression fit type but ...
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3answers
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How do I know if my windows are energy efficient?

Hope this is a known one. New double glazing should be labelled, shouldn't it? But rather than getting new windows, are my uPVC windows fine? What checks? To elaborate - what should I look at on the ...
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2answers
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Why is the top step of a stair a different thickness than the other treads?

I'm a little confused about the finished floor (at the top of the stairs) and the thickness of the treads. The treads I'm looking at are around an inch thick. The finishing (hardwood, as seen at my ...
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3answers
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How do I calculate the takeoff for a 45 degree elbow joint?

I'm trying to install a 45° elbow joint in PVC. I've found several suggestions online, but frankly, they are incomprehensible to me and seem contradictory of one another: http://wiki.answers.com/Q/...
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2answers
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Are flexible PVC couplings rated for direct burial?

I need to repair a severed 1 1/2" PVC drain line. I have a Fernco flexible PVC coupling laying around, and I figured it will be much easier to use the flexible coupling instead of a rigid coupling....
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1answer
510 views

Is pressure grouting of a wall-crack, a good or potential solution?

Some of the walls in my house, have developed cracks, which are 2 to 4mm wide. One crack, runs diagonally, from floor level to about 80% of the wall height, and other cracks run along the window ...
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5answers
2k views

How can I add insulation to my roof?

I have an old 1930's house, the upstairs of which is in the pitched roof space. I've just checked and it has no insulation what-so-ever up there, so it is very much the same temperature as a loft at ...
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2answers
6k views

Can I build a 28" retaining wall using blocks with no lip?

I am building a wall that is 10.5' long and 28" high. There will also be side walls sloping down from both corners to enclose a patio. I would like to use blocks that are 15" wide, 5" tall and 8" deep,...
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2answers
326 views

What type of aluminum are squares and 72" straight-edge rulers made of?

I love the super-rigidity found in aluminum squares and straight-edge rules. I've purchased cold rolled steel flat bars that flex far easier. In fact, when applying force against the thin edge of ...
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1answer
2k views

How do I cut a new crawlspace access in a brick foundation?

When my house was built, the crawlspace access was put on the high side of the property, which I'm sure gave the subcontractors the easiest access for HVAC, wiring, etc. But there is very little ...
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1answer
215 views

What is the difference between a conservatory and an orangery?

I will shortly move into a new home in Abergavenny in Wales, which I have already asked my wife about extending. I am more curious at the moment, but the plan is to build the extension in the next ...
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1answer
554 views

Exhaust venting into air return?

In the condo (2 story semi-detached townhouse built in 2004) I rent, the main bathroom has an interesting vent system. When turned on, 2 fans are activated. One is a booster of some type and ...
1
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3answers
616 views

Is it safe to cut throught a 70mm spruce beam with a Metabo jigsaw?

I have this jigsaw: Metabo Ste 90 SCS (610 watts). So far, I'm using it to cut 1cm to 2cm thick wood, and it's a great tool. I know that the right tool to cut this beam would probably be a miter ...
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3answers
1k views

How to choose floor insulation?

My question is about insulating the ground floor. I have a crawlspace under the floor which is vented and therefore quite cold (average temp in the winter is 4 °C and in the summer 13 °C plus ...
5
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4answers
14k views

Why does my circuit breaker trip with any small load, even after replacing the breaker?

I have a 20A 240V GFCI breaker in my main breaker box going to a conduit to another breaker box outside. All worked well last summer. Now, when I put any load (weed-eater, light, etc.) on an outlet ...
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5answers
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How can I mount a desk on a wall with L-brackets?

I'm currently planning a new wall-mounted computer desk and intend to use something similar to this as the top: However, my end goal is for a wall-mounted desk, using L-Bracket mounts. I've never ...
3
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2answers
2k views

How can I replace the roller mechanism on this door?

I have a cupboard in my kitchen that has a roller front door. A few months ago the roller mechanism broke. I need an inexpensive solution for replacing it. I have looked around but can't find a ...

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