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How can I prevent these steel poles from rusting?

I have a pole home on a hill, and the steel poles keep getting covered with dirt when it rains, so they've started to rust. I am desperate to do something. I was thinking of embedding the poles in ...
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Does a bathroom exhaust fan have to vent to the outside?

Is it normal and/or code compliant to have a bathroom exhaust fan venting to the attic? I've seen this a couple times now, and the first time I saw this I thought it was very odd. But I mentioned ...
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Why did my hot water stop?

I have a Rinnai RL94 tankless water heater. Today something went wrong and now I have no more hot water. The machine is not showing any kind of error code like it has in the past when things went ...
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Can the drain pipe in my bathroom vanity be turned to the side?

Can the drain pipe in my bathroom vanity be turned to the side so that the middle of the sink can be further to the right. I don't want ot have to move the hole in the wall. I currently have a 30" ...
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What could cause a chainsaw chain to stop moving?

I have a 40cc Craftsman 18" chainsaw, and was cutting and the chain stopped moving. Earlier it would rotate freely when I started it, even without pulling the trigger. Now it does not move at all. ...
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How can I modify telephone Cat5 cables and jacks into Ethernet ports?

We just moved into a new house and I found out they used Cat5 to run the telephone network in the house. I found the junction where all the network/phone lines come together and disconnected all the ...
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Possible to screw machine screw in wall?

Background I would like to build picture frames, where there on the back is a hole with 18mm in diameter and 7mm in depth. In the hole will I glue a 2mm metal plate. On the wall would I like to ...
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How can I remove brown coloring/stains from logs?

The outer walls in a log cabin are solid logs. I had a slight leakage problem through fittings between some of them which left brown stains on the logs. The leakage problem is long gone but the ...
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4answers
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How can I move a toilet sewer drain in a concrete floor?

The toilet in one of my bathrooms is too close to the shower. I have room and would like to move it about 2 feet. It is also a 14" rough-in and it's hard to find toilets in that size, that are not ...
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How can I cut through brick to add a window?

I'm redoing a bathroom and would like to add a window (36x12) in the shower. This involves cutting through brick. A contractor I spoke with said he could cut it with a angle grinder (diamond blade?), ...
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233 views

Can I rescue leaning concrete forms?

I'm adding to my deck. I marked off 6 holes, and dug them about 30" deep. Then I set tubes in, letting them extend about 8" above ground. I put a couple inches of rock in the bottom. I made sure the ...
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Identify part underneath chest

I am trying to find the name for the following part. This is underneath a chest that permits it to be moved effortlessly. I am trying to find this part to replace as they are pretty worn.
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What is eating my drywall?

Something is leaving scars in my drywall and deposits on the outside that I presume to be wood. These deposits are flat, stick out from the wall, an inch or more square, with a gap between the top and ...
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Mould on the inside of a bitumen corrugated sheet

Attached to the end of our house is a small shed. It has four (newly built) brick walls and a bitumen corrugated sheet roof. The shed was finished about eight months ago and is fairly waterproof. ...
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Is there any danger in pulling a washing machine forward?

Our washing machine broke, specifically it stopped draining water. The water has been in there for a few days now and has started to smell. I researched this problem a bit and all possible solutions ...
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1answer
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Does anything need to be done to prep the ground before building a low height deck?

Previously I asked about How to add on to a concrete patio? I am still considering my options and am now considering making a wood deck instead of a concrete patio. The deck would be about 14 feet by ...
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Removed sink, now what?

We've decided to replace the sink (which was way too small) with one from Ikea. This is how it looks after the removal: Now for the problems: The sink that was there before was a free-hanging ...
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2answers
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Can I vent a basement bathroom into a semi-enclosed crawlspace under an attachment?

I'm refinishing my basement bathroom and installing a vent. I can easily vent out to this wall, but the thing I'm worried about is it's semi-enclosed. In the winter we put up tarps and store wood ...
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4answers
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How do I determine if the energy savings are worth replacing windows for?

I have a house with an east-facing wall which is mostly windows. In the winter, during the day I almost never have to run the furnace because of how much the sunlight warms my house. During the summer ...
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4answers
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Is it possible to refinish floors one room at a time?

I live in a small townhouse and would like to refinish the floors in the upstairs of my home. It is very difficult to do all of the rooms at once, but a friend suggested that unless I do this, the ...
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1answer
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How to unclog a toilet? (solid object obstruction)

I just accidentally flushed my toothbrush down the toilet. (Bathroom multitasking: bad idea.) The toilet still flushes, but it's draining more slowly. What should I do? EDIT Phew! After 15 ...
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Are tamper resistant outlets required in a cabinet with child proof latches?

Like many people, I have a dishwasher and a disposer, which are plugged into an outlet in the cabinet under the kitchen sink. Also like many, this is where I keep a whole host of cleaning products and ...
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1answer
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Are there locations in a residence where a non tamper resistant receptacle can still be used?

Assume for a second that my jurisdiction has adopted 2011 NEC code as legally binding without significant amendment. This code requires (406.11) that 120V 15/20A outlets in all areas defined in NEC ...
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4answers
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How to make a swing swing straight?

I don't know if this is "home improvement" since it is about an item in my garden but it is not about "gardening and landscaping" either so I am going to ask it here in the hope that, since it I think ...
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4answers
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What is causing my gas water heater to squeal?

I have a gas water heater. Starting yesterday, when the flame is on, the unit makes a squealing noise of moderate volume. The noise stops immediately when the flame turns off. This means it is not ...
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4answers
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Is it safe to touch the ground contact?

When plugging in a device in the dark, or behind furniture, it's hard to get the contacts aligned. It's tempting to put a finger on the end of a contact, use that finger to find the slot in the recep, ...
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5answers
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Why is the water in my toilets orange?

My wife and I just moved in to a brand new house and have started to notice that the water in the toilets is an orange color, and is starting to leave stains in the bowl. After looking online briefly, ...
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2answers
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Was this basement window installed properly?

Here's a few photos of a window that I installed last year. I used the mixed knowledge of a few different online articles and did it to my best ability, but I'm kinda worried that it may have been ...
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2answers
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How can I fix this persistently leaky shower faucet?

Several weeks ago water began slowly dripping from the shower head in our master bath. Also, the underside of the hot water faucet is wet long after the water has been turned off and the shower has ...
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1answer
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Is the 60T blade that came with my Dewalt DWS780 miter good for general purpose cutting?

I recently bought a Dewalt DSW780 12" sliding compound miter saw, along with 60T and 96T diablo blades. My question is, should I keep the blades? Is the 60T blade that came with the saw good enough? ...
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Which should be first, pressure reducer or backflow preventer?

Question pretty much says it all. I'm installing a sprinkler system in the yard, and discovered the pressure is too high (valves were leaking when on, and kick when turned on/off). I can see ...
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How “freely” should a central A/C condenser fan spin

Last year my home's central air condenser fan motor stopped working. When I noticed the house wasn't cooling down I went outside to investigate and found there was a humming sound coming from the ...
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1answer
456 views

Should I be concerned about rusty nails just inside an outer wall?

Last year I nailed down the linoleum in my pantry with small brads because it was curling badly. This year during spring cleaning I noticed that the nails on the edge near the outer wall of the house ...
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1answer
227 views

How can I replace an integrated security light with a solar powered version?

Above our front door, we have (for want of a better word) a security light. This light can only be controlled by a switch near the front door. The light switch for the is just one of three on the same ...
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3answers
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Convert Light Switch to Light Switch + Outlet Combination

I have a serious lack of outlets in my garage and that is a problem for a beginner carpenter. I have a light switch by my workbench and was curious if I could change it to a combination outlet + ...
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1answer
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If the iron levels in our home's water are too high, how do we adjust them?

Although I haven't tested the actual water quality in our house, we often get orange colored stains in toilets and around drains where water has evaporated - which I would assume are from high iron ...
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2answers
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How should I test my home's humidity?

We have recently replaced the windows in our home and insulated the basement, making the house much more airtight. This combined with the fact that our dryer currently vents into the basement, we ...
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3answers
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At a 6' span, how much can an SPF 2x4 turned on 3.5" end support?

The ends are secured, so how much load can a 6' span of SPF 2x4 support when turned on 3.5"?
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1answer
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Should siding be replaced or can it be repaired?

we are considering purchasing a 32 year old home that has regular wood siding on much of the second story. It has been patched in places but from the eye looks nice. It was painted most recently 8 - ...
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2answers
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Ways to reduce noise in a home near railroad tracks?

My soon-to-be home is approximately 75 to 100 feet away from a semi-busy railroad track with trains that carry coal and other cargo. They do not travel very fast but the rumble/horn is still an issue. ...
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1answer
894 views

How can I remove soap and toothbrush holders?

What is the safest and least damaging way to remove existing soap and toothbrush holders from drywall? We would like to remove these holders because we do not use them. It seems the previous owner ...
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1answer
1k views

How to stack and store old pressure treated fence boards

I acquired some used pressure treated 1x10 fence boards from a privacy fence teardown. Some of the boards do show some wood beetle signs where they were in contact with the ground. However, they are ...
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2answers
2k views

How can I remove a burn mark on finished wood without replacing the piece entirely?

Our new home has a wooden bathroom vanity with an obvious blackened burn mark on it below the mirror, perhaps from a candle burning too close for too long. What are some ways I can remove the mark? I ...
3
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1answer
415 views

How can I frame a bookshelf like this?

Looking through the Houzz iPad app this weekend, I came across this I want this. Got the wife's approval and I'm thinking about starting it this weekend (gutting the old fireplace / bookshelves and ...
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1answer
1k views

What should I use to prime an old plaster wall before skim-coating with new plaster?

Should I use oil-based primer on an old plaster wall (as a bonding agent) before skim-coating new plaster over it?
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3answers
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The main water valve won't open fully after I closed it. How do I shut off the water to replace it?

Basically the title says it all. I turned the water for the house off to replace some leaking washing machine shutoff valves, and install stop-cock valves for a laundry sink. When I tried to turn ...
3
votes
1answer
541 views

How do I repair a chipped bathtub? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How do I patch rusty spots in bathtub? I have a tub upstairs with a chip in it. Is there an easy way to sand the porcelain down and redo the tub? What would be the most ...
3
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1answer
371 views

How to secure apartment windows with external fire esscape

Recently, a burglar attempted to break in to my apartment by coming up the fire escape and pry open the window. Lucky I heard him and he was scared away when I turn on the light. My apartment is on ...
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3answers
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What could cause bubbling toilet when the shower or sink is running?

One of the two toilets in my rental house is bubbling when the shower or sink in that master bath area are on. In the past, about 6 months ago, I have had plumbers and rotoruter out and they could ...
3
votes
1answer
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How should I build a skid foundation for my shed?

I am planning a 14 x 20 shed, going to build on a 4x4 skid foundation, I can only get 16ft 4x4, what is the best method for the 4 feet left? Should I make all the joints at one end or use 2, 10 ft ...

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