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What material to use to close a too wide wire tunnel?

During the cold days I noticed a little draft coming from the light switch next to my house door. Removing the switch revealed that the tunnel for the cables was widened to fit the cables for the ...
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How do I repair a warped sliding glass door track?

I have a sliding glass door that barely opens and often jumps off the track. The track under the door is bent and chipped. Is this normal wear and tear? Would raising the wheels fix it? Do I need ...
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1answer
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How can I mount an 12V transformer for LED lighting inside a wall?

The stairs to my basement has one light fixture at the bottom, and that casts a shadow on the rest of the stairs. I want to run a strip of LED lights up the crown molding or on top of the upstairs ...
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1answer
250 views

How can I reduce the sound of water moving through a pipe?

Introduction I am re-purposing a room from a kitchen to bedroom. The room has a concrete-block built wall through which cast iron water pipes pass. Here is the approximate schematic neighbor | p | ...
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2answers
287 views

How do I know if an asphalt surface needs planing or not?

Outside my house and my neighbours houses (UK) is a stretch of about 35m x 7m of private road. I'm talking to various companies about them resurfacing the road. They are split into two groups: Some ...
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1answer
575 views

What's the best way to fill in some uneven cracks in my garage and level it out so that I can paint over it?

I have a big crack on my garage floor. I need to fill it and level it out so that I can paint over it using that garage floor epoxy paint. Basically, I'm selling the house and I want to make the ...
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2answers
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How do I insulate interior basement walls that are not against the exterior walls?

I'm in the process of building an office and family room in my basement and need some help with the walls and insulation. There is a perimeter drain in the slab around the exterior walls that ...
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3k views

How do I determine how much weight an indoor hammock mounting kit can bear?

I'm looking to mount hammock indoors using an indoor hammock hanging kit, and was wondering how I'd determine how much weight the wall studs or ceiling I attach this mounting kit into can bear. The ...
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4answers
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Why does the circuit breaker for my bedroom continue to trip without any visible event after a power loss?

The 20A breaker for my bedroom will trip whenever we have a power outage at my house. If you reset it, it will trip again after an interval, say 5~10 seconds. The longer you wait to reset it, the ...
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2answers
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Which is the bare wire in a 12-3 gauge cable?

What purpose does the bare wire in a 12-3 gauge cable serve?
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1answer
158 views

Can I pipe roof and sump water into an unused shallow well?

My building has some issues in the basement with water coming in through the walls. In order to improve drainage, can I pipe roof run-off and my sump pump into an unused shallow well? My lot is fairly ...
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How can I replace this unusual kitchen sink drain pipe?

I'm trying to replace a broken 1-1/2 inch L-shaped brass pipe under my kitchen sink, as in this picture: At one end, it's connected to the sink drain, which if I'm understanding the terminology ...
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1answer
547 views

What is the name for this round metal drain cover?

Rainwater drains from an acre uphill from us into an underground system that has been in place for 50 years. It works fine, except that the 16-inch round metal cover for the drain has rusted through. ...
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3answers
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Will rubber pavers hold up against Wisconsin winters?

I'm planning on redoing all of my walkways as well as a small patio in the back yard. I'm trying to decide between concrete with exposed aggregate or rubber pavers. The whole market for rubber ...
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3answers
413 views

Suggested materials for monitor stand?

I have a 27" iMac and a second 30" display, and since I'm fairly tall I need them raised off the desk by about 20cm / 8". What is a good building material/design to build such a stand? I'm looking ...
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2answers
143 views

What could I use as a metal body for my DIY wind turbine?

I'm building a Ametek wind turbine, similar to the one in this YouTube video. I'm having trouble figuring out what I could use for the metal body, preferably something I could buy from Home Depot or ...
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2answers
1k views

How is a high altitude natural gas burner different?

What is the difference between high altitude natural gas burner and conventional low altitude gas burner and why high altitude natural gas burner are needed?
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0answers
79 views

What are these fixation claws called?

The balcony of our rented flat is based on metal pillars with indents. The balustrade is fixed to the pillars with kind of claws that stick into the indents. I'd like to use the same indents to fix a ...
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3answers
9k views

Why isn't there hot water in the shower, when there is hot water in the rest of the condo?

I moved into a condo two days ago, and found that while the rest of the plumbing in the house has hot water, the shower when turned to hot just has a cool trickle emanating from the tap. The cold ...
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2answers
3k views

Do I need crushed rock under a rarely used rock paver walkway?

I am installing a rock paver walkway in my backyard. It won't be walked on frequently except by my dog. Approximate dimensions will be 9 x 4 feet. A base of about 4 inches of sand will be needed based ...
3
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1answer
11k views

Why did my surge suppressor make a “pop” sound when I plugged something in?

I bought a surge-protecting power bar yesterday. It's a seven-outlet model, made by American Power Conversion Corp.; I found it at the thrift store for $4 second-hand. It appeared to be in decent ...
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1answer
704 views

What framing is needed for swinging closet doors?

How do you frame an existing, finished opening for double swinging closet doors to be installed?
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1answer
1k views

How do I determine the correct rise of a step for a concrete footing on a slope?

Going to be building a retaining wall in the front yard on a slope. I'm going to be using King size residential bricks to make a 2 wythe wall. Because of the slope I'll need to have 3-4 steps in the ...
4
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1answer
477 views

What is the sheathing underneath my brick exterior walls?

I am trying to figure out what is inside of my exterior plaster wall that the brick is attached to. The house was built in 1946, has no insulation in the walls, and (oddly enough to me), has drywall ...
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2answers
300 views

Are most contractors capable of building any home?

I know very little about building homes. However, I have a vision of what I want my next home to be like. But when I look at the websites of local builders and contractors, it looks like they only ...
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2answers
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Does it matter if I mix neutrals and grounds in the main panel?

Code question here. I do a lot of electrical and like to follow code exactly. I have done pretty much everything but hook up lines to main box. Taking a stab at it this time. First I see that I ...
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0answers
211 views

Can I convert my front intermediate light (with only 1 wire) to a junction box with live, neutral and ground wires?

I want to change my entire front light housing because it is old and uses an intermediate-base light bulb. The new one I have purchased has black, white and copper wires. The old one only has a wire ...
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2answers
3k views

What is the best way to build a simple desk capable of supporting several hundred lbs.?

I'm in the middle of designing a desk that will have to support several hundred lbs., but I'm unsure of what would be the simplest method of bracing to carry a significant amount of weight. All my ...
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2answers
349 views

Does it make sense to add an upstairs dormer in two phases?

We are planning to add an upstairs dormer to our 900-square-foot ranch (adding about 500 additional square feet). The entire project for us is very daunting and we don't yet have enough money to ...
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2answers
8k views

Is it better to leave the door open or run the fan while showering?

I want my bathroom door open while showering, and I don't want to have to turn on the fan. My husband wants the door closed and the fan on. Our bathroom seems to accumulate mold regardless of which ...
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2answers
127 views

How should I landscape my yard to make my home more efficient?

At some point in the future, I plan on owning a home and I would like to use landscaping to improve both the appearance and energy efficiency of the property. I have heard that the right landscaping ...
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2answers
2k views

How do I fix this leaking tub faucet?

I have an old tub/shower with 3 handles in it (hot/cold/shower on) that are all twist knobs. The hot or cold can not fully disengage because they are a bit older and have some sediment built up in ...
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2answers
461 views

How do I paint old brass fireplace doors?

Have old brass fireplace doors. Would like them black or some other color. Can I paint these? If so do I need to take the glass out? And with what paint?
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1answer
140 views

Can I mix joint compounds with different setting times to get a custom setting time?

I'm currently skim coating some really bad looking walls and my 45 minute joint compound is setting too fast for me to get a nice finish. Can I mix the remainder of my 45 minute Joint Compound with ...
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3answers
2k views

How do I prepare doors to be hung?

Changing out interior doors in house. All of them. Going from brown crap to white 6 panel. I have two hinges on each door. Would like to buy new door with predrilled knob hole, cut it down ...
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0answers
488 views

How can I attach cabinets and shelves to an Insulating Concrete Form wall?

So my house and garage have been built with Insulating Concrete Forms (Perform wall to be exact) and I want to attach shelves and cabinets in my garage. Pictures and other lighter stuff have been ...
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2answers
829 views

Plastic or metal pipes? what do you recommend? [closed]

I need to install piping for hot and cold water, do you suggest plastic or metal pipes?
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3answers
1k views

How do I remove a bolt that's stuck in a ceiling junction box?

I cannot get the bolt off the screw in a ceiling junction box. The junction box is damaged and I need to replace it to be able to put in a new one so I can rehang the ceiling fan. It's time for summer ...
2
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2answers
2k views

Do 240V receptacle use the same connectors as 120V receptacles for the same amperage?

I feel like I'm missing something obvious. I know different plug styles are used based on a circuit's amperage (in the US) but is the same style of plug used for both 110V and 220V outlets of the same ...
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1answer
5k views

How do I widen an existing asphalt driveway with crushed gravel?

I've got an existing asphalt driveway that's around 20 feet long. It's in fair shape. I want to widen it by about 5 feet. The ground is level, I'm in the soggy Willamette Valley, Oregon so frost ...
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5answers
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How should I prepare a plywood subfloor for floating vinyl plank flooring?

The floor of my laundry room was three layers of hideous vinyl flooring of various vintages, a layer of 3/4" plywood underlayment (to match the height of the vinyl to surrounding hardwood flooring) ...
5
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3answers
2k views

Is it a problem that my toilet flange is 3/8" below the surrounding tile?

My tile setter had to elevate the tiles around the toilet hole in order to make up for some unevennesses. As a result, the toilet flange is approx. 3/8" below the surrounding tile. Can that be ...
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2answers
2k views

How can I tighten a bolt in a circular hole?

I've assembled a set of swings, and am trying to tighten the nuts at the top. The trouble is that they are embedded deep inside a circular hole and I can't get to them with a regular spanner. What ...
3
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1answer
661 views

How do I remove carpet tape from a painted wall?

How to remove carpet tape from painted wall without damaging the paint? This article suggests using warm cooking oil, but I am afraid the oil will irreversibly damage the paint. Should I try some ...
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1answer
21k views

Where do I attach the grounding conductor to my bedroom light fixture?

I have a problem, I broke the center piece that holds the glass part on my light fixture in my room. I purchased a replacement and removed the two screws holding my fixture on to the ceiling. Now I ...
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1answer
4k views

What economical ways exist to dampen floor vibration on top floor apartment?

I live in a top floor apartment which is above the garage (open air, really just a lot). The unit is at the end of the building; the apartment is held up by columns. The building was built around the ...
2
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1answer
92 views

Is there a way to fix a leak in the pressurized side of a pool system without digging it up?

I have a pool that has a pretty bad leak on the pressurized side, and it's not in the backwash line nor in any line that is above ground. Right now I don't know which pipe has the leak in it, but I ...
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2answers
2k views

What grout to use on this glass mosaic tile

I am curious as to what grout should I use for this [glass mosaic tile][1]? Do I use a sanded or unsanded grout? Has anyone used the Bostik Dimension grout from My Tile Backsplash?
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2answers
2k views

Why am I getting 20V from a light socket after changing the bulb?

I had a bulb burn out, and when I went to replace it, the new bulb didn't work. I put a multimeter on the socket to test it and I'm getting 20V instead of 120V. There are no other electrical problems ...
2
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1answer
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How do I wire a 3 gang switch in my new bath?

I am putting a basement bath in and I need help. I will be adding a new 20 amp circuit for the single pole outlet. Also, a 20 amp line for a 3 switch box. Switch #1 is for the vanity light, #2 is for ...

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