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1answer
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Building brick moulding in cold weather

It's almost winter and I still have a pending brick moulding job I need to do. According to the weather forecast, the maximum temperature that I'll likely see in the coming few days is around 8 ...
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2answers
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Are storm windows necessary for homes in mild climates?

I feel silly asking this but I'm curious. =) When are storm windows necessary and under what conditions? I live in California (US) and we hardly ever get snow or freezing temperatures where I'm at. In ...
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4answers
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What are some scalable, affordable home automation options?

I've been looking to set up a home automation system in my house for a while now, but I'm having trouble committing to any one starting point. I'd like to set up an initial system that controls maybe ...
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2answers
690 views

How do I fix incorrect attic insulation?

I have loose fill attic insulation. It seems to have been moved around and become compact. Is it just as easy as getting in there with a broom and 'fluffing' it up and moving it around, or do I need ...
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3answers
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Can I move the main breaker and the electrical meter?

I feel this is a no-brainer (in that I should probably get someone more qualified in to do this) but I thought I'd ask some opinions. I've just moved into a new place and one of the rooms is just big ...
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1answer
167 views

Draining irrigation system for the winter

What's the best way to drain an outdoor irrigation system, which includes sprinklers and drip irrigation? I've drained them as well as I could by opening a faucet in the basement (a few feet below ...
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6answers
10k views

How do I fix a wobbly mailbox post?

This evening, I had the unfortunate luck of someone completely taking out my wooden mailbox with their side-view mirror, leaving only the post. It was a total accident, and he was quite apologetic, ...
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5answers
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How do I repair a curtain rod anchor that was ripped out of the wall?

My children managed to pull on the curtains hard enough to yank the bracket which attached the curtain rod to the wall out. What is the best way to repair this? Here's what it looks like:
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3answers
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Is there a problem in putting an oven over the microwave oven?

I have an electric oven and a microwave oven. I used to keep the microwave on top of the old refrigerator. Now I've got a taller new refrigerator, and I read it's not safe to keep the microwave oven ...
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10answers
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How long should I wait before plugging in a new refrigerator?

Today I received my new refrigerator, and I've been told not to plug it in until a couple of hours have gone by. Some people told me a couple of hours was enough, but others have told me up to 12 ...
5
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2answers
320 views

What maintenance does a cedar deck require?

We just moved into a house with a very nice 16'x16' cedar screened porch. The problem is I've never had a cedar deck and am not sure what maintenance to expect or how often to do it.
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5answers
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How should I drain fuel from my mower?

I have a Honda lawn mower (HRX217K2VKA) and I want to drain the fuel for winter. How should I do this? Three options spring to mind: Run the engine until the fuel is gone. Tip the mower to pour the ...
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2answers
887 views

Can old concrete fragments be cleaned and used as crushed stone?

Suppose I need to replace old concrete on a driveway or in any similar scenario. The usual way is to just gather all the old concrete and dispose it to a landfill, then buy cement, sand and crushed ...
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1answer
543 views

What is the proper way to frame in a room?

I'm looking to frame in this room (photo 2) to utilize the space for a 1st floor bathroom / 1st floor laundry room / storage. I think I have the process down having seen my uncles and brothers houses ...
5
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1answer
196 views

What is “mud-jacked”, and why is it not done in the UK?

I have seen of few questions/answers about "mud-jacked", but I have never come across it in the uk.
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2answers
4k views

Why does my central heating system get so much air in it?

We have an old system with a header tank in the loft. Over the last few days I have bled the radiators many times. However one section: Took a few hours until any water got to it, Its radiators ...
3
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3answers
330 views

What should I check for before turning on an OLD dish washer for the first time?

We recently purchased a house with a REALLY old dishwasher. The inspection report says that it "appears to be in working condition" but I'm paranoid of having a plumbing mess if we start using it. ...
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1answer
935 views

How to Repair my Dropped Refrigerator

I ordered a new hinge and brake for the fridge/freezer a friend dropped. The problem is the door hangs too low on the left side. My thinking was that the bottom of the door got pushed out to the ...
8
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2answers
176 views

Where do I find a good light fire extinguisher?

Just wondering if anyone has any advice/tips on a good small fire extinguisher to have at home? I'm not looking for something that's going to put out a blaze if half my house is on fire. Rather ...
3
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4answers
7k views

How do I close and seal an old external vent?

I was removing some ancient hanging cabinets in my small laundry room when I found an old vent of some kind. It had been completely hidden behind the old cabinetry. My dryer vents out through the roof ...
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2answers
925 views

Where can I buy Perspex sheets?

I've been working on a lighting project that requires some light diffusers and after searching around I keep seeing people recommend something called Perspex. My only problem is that I can't seem to ...
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8answers
4k views

What substances should you avoid contact with your bare hands?

I started thinking about this yesterday because I currently have a weird feeling second skin from the polyurethane adhesive I used to attach my kitchen backsplash on Sunday. I foolishly assumed since ...
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1answer
230 views

How do I know when concrete needs replacing rather than just mud-jacking?

I have a concrete driveway and path to my front door. Much of it has become unlevel and I'm contemplating having it mud-jacked. However, before I do, I wanted to know how I could easily tell when a ...
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1answer
395 views

Consistent way to sand and repaint doors?

I have several closet and bedroom doors that are currently varnished/stained, which I want to sand down and paint a semi-gloss white. Should I do something other than sanding to remove the varnish, ...
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12answers
5k views

What are the “must do” tasks before winter hits?

I've had my furnace serviced in time for winter, but what other things should I consider doing before the snow and the ice come?
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1answer
1k views

How do I fill nail holes in baseboards?

While installing a new floor in my living room I had to remove the baseboards (finished wood, not painted), now that the job is done and the baseboards have been replaced what is the best way to fill ...
7
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3answers
460 views

How to heat my workshop?

I want something that can warm it up fairly quickly. I may only be out there an hour or 2, but when I decide to work on a project I don't want to wait an hour or 2 for it to heat up. Right now I have ...
5
votes
1answer
451 views

What material to use to patch a hole near a heater?

The previous owner installed a base-board heater in the bathroom, but did a really poor job. Below the heater, there is a hole in the drywall where the wiring goes into the wall about the size of ...
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6answers
16k views

Am I having trouble finding studs because my walls are lath and plaster?

I picked a TV mount from Ikea. The TV itself is being mounted to some paneling which in turn is mounted to set of wooden draws. In addition, it gives you hardware to mount the panels to the walls. ...
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5answers
1k views

Why is there white crust on my dishes after they are washed in the dish washer? [closed]

Recently my dishes have been coming out of the dish-washer with a lot of white powdery-crust all over them. It's extremely hard to scrub off and often the only way to remove it is to soak them in ...
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1answer
2k views

Why is getting a chimney sleeved such a hassle … and expensive [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Installing a Chimney Liner a DIY project? This seems to be an ongoing theme, and quite annoying I might add. When I first went looking for this to be done, I found some ...
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4answers
4k views

Can I run a dehumidifier pump to a washer stand pipe?

I have a very humid basement, in which I run a dehumidifier often. To allow for a more constant run, I purchased a dehumidifier pump. It says to run the pump out through a window or to a sink. I ...
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2answers
1k views

How do I silence a creaking wooden spiral staircase?

We have a spiral staircase with 14 closed wooden steps. Most steps creak when you put your weight on them (or take it off). The noise intensity depends on where exactly on the step you stand. How ...
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3answers
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How do I build a French drain?

There's a shed near the side of the house with a roof that's pitched to shoot water at the house's foundation. That side of the house also has no gutters. There's a very slight grade to send water ...
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3answers
2k views

Can I extend my loft hatch opening?

I am hoping to extend the opening for my loft hatch using the following method. I want to move the cross piece from position Q to position P. I intend to screw a temporary support across the top of ...
7
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8answers
7k views

How do I remove an oil stain from my concrete driveway?

Anyone have tips for removing oil stains from a concrete unpaved driveway? The spill was from a leaking car, now fixed, and they are a few months old. There are so many products and spurious reviews ...
5
votes
6answers
2k views

What's a good general purpose light-use drill?

I was wondering if anyone had any suggestions for a decent general purpose light use drill for around the home? It's not going to get a whole lot of use. When it does get used most of the time it'll ...
2
votes
1answer
677 views

What should I do about a 72 inch door?

I've got a door on a shed outback that pretty much just fell apart this summer and I need to replace it before I get a drift of snow. The old door was a regular wooden door, but I was thinking of ...
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4answers
20k views

What is the best/cheapest solution for poorly plastered walls?

My house is about 50 years old and many of the walls are plaster. If done nicely I would consider this a plus but it looks like my house was plastered/painted by a a 2nd grade art class. I don't ...
8
votes
1answer
25k views

How can I make an outlet switched?

I thought all I had to do to make an outlet switched was to break off the tab between the hot wires. Needless to say when I did that, the fan previously controlled by the switch quit working all ...
5
votes
3answers
137 views

Composting “in-place”?

I have some bare patches under trees. I've taken some of the fall leaves and covered up the bare ground and exposed roots already. I would like to put some soil and shade tolerant plants in these ...
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votes
3answers
38k views

What kind of mortar should I use to point a fieldstone foundation?

What kind of mortar should I use to point a fieldstone foundation? The old mortar is crumbling, and sandy mortar is falling out onto the basement floor. I plan to remove the crumbling mortar (see ...
21
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4answers
71k views

How do I wrap pipe threads with teflon tape?

When wrapping pipe threads with teflon tape (thread seal tape), what is the direction and recommended number of times to wrap the tape around the threads? Any other recommendations or tip/tricks when ...
8
votes
4answers
325 views

What is this bit for with a hole in the end? [pic]

I just came across this bit in my toolbox, which I'm fairly sure came with an installers drill bit (54" long flexible bit, with a hole in the end for pulling wires back through). It's a standard ...
12
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1answer
229 views

How to make a house that tolerates condensation

Where I live, it's humid outside all fall, winter, and spring, and hovers around 45 deg F. Combined with indoor cooking, showering, etc., we always get a lot condensation on our windows. Rot & ...
3
votes
4answers
18k views

How do I finish the open end of a chair rail?

I helped a friend put up a chair rail in his house yesterday. It turned out great, except that neither of us knew what to do about where it met the window. Since the window didn't have trim around the ...
16
votes
5answers
108k views

What are the pros and cons of a whole house humidifier?

In the winter, my house (~2500 sqft) becomes unbearably dry. Last winter, my wife and I used a tiny humidifier for the master bedroom to keep us from completely drying out, but since then I have been ...
5
votes
2answers
2k views

How do I remove crumbling mortar from fieldstone foundation?

I have a fieldstone foundation. As with most such foundations, the mortar is crumbling, and the sandy mortar is falling out onto the basement floor. I have just read that I need to remove crumbling ...
4
votes
3answers
4k views

What sealant should I use for the base of a sink faucet?

I guess the title says it all. =) I'm planning to replace my kitchen sink faucet. What type of sealant should I use for the base of the new sink faucet?
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votes
3answers
6k views

How do I keep my pool water clean without nasty chemicals?

Is there a chemical-free way to keep pool water safe and healthy, that is without chlorine or bromine? How about using UV radiation to sterilize the water?

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