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How can I redirect the discharge of my forced air vent?

An AC/heating register on our kitchen ceiling blows air directly toward a gas cooktop causing the flames to flicker. Adjusting the register doesn't seem to make a difference. I've looked into air ...
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What type of wall construction is shown in these pictures?

These photos were taken through a small hole in the wall of a house. They are of the inside of the cavity. The hole they were taken through is at a height of about 60cm from the internal ground floor ...
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1answer
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alternative roof vents

Local building code requires a roof vent that is less than ten feet away from an operating skylight to extend a minimum of three feet above the skylight. Is there an alternative venting system, other ...
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Should I be worried if I missed the studs while mounting my TV?

I think I missed the studs based on how easily the drill moved through the drywall. My LCD only weighs 27lbs and the mount itself is 5lbs (rated to hold 165lbs, and uses 4 8mm lag bolts). I pulled as ...
2
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2answers
778 views

How can I protect wood and preserve its natural beauty?

I've had to repair a split in our dining table and, as part of that, decided to sand it all down to refinish. I'm not entirely sure of the species. It's a hardwood, and I'm guessing tropical. It has ...
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3answers
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How can I repair a flexible hot water supply hose that is leaking at the nut?

The hot water supply hose under my sink started leaking after I replaced the popup drain on the sink. Apparently I disturbed the hose in some way. It is leaking from just above the nut where it ...
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Is a Heat pump / AC unit considered more or less effecient in hot states?

Just learned a house we purchased has a heat pump vs a traditional heater. The heat pump / AC unit configuration outside, blower inside. We live in the phoenix AZ area, and an efficient AC unit is ...
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1answer
334 views

Will I lose much by buying a spray gun not suitable for water-based materials?

Looking around for a spray gun for my woodworking projects, I've found this one. This spray gun perfectly fits a couple of my requirements, so I'm seriously considering buying it. However, I'm in ...
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2answers
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Why is my A/C unit running when the heater runs?

So it finally got cold here in AZ. We switched our thermostat from A/C to Heat. Now for some reason when the electric heater runs, the A/C condenser unit outside kicks on too. This is our first winter ...
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1answer
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Should a kitchen sink S-trap be replaced?

Everything I see mentions P-traps. I seem to have instead an S-trap. What are the downsides of this, and is it something that should be fixed?
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Should second trap under kitchen sink S-trap be there?

My kitchen sink drains through an S-trap immediately below the sink to another trap (a P? a U?) in the basement below. The drain pipe then runs along the wall till it meets the main drain pipe shortly ...
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6answers
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How do I seal the sink basin opening?

I purchased a new bathroom sink and faucet and set everything up according to instructions. The faucet instructions told me to use silicone for the drain lip (the border thing around the stopper in ...
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1answer
217 views

Can someone help me identify this spiral staircase system?

I am thinking of buying this spiral staircase to use to get to our loft, but was curious if any of you could identify the type of staircase that it is. What is pictured is the section that sits on ...
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2answers
537 views

How can I relocate a receptacle that cannot be removed from the junction box?

We have an outlet recessed in a wood floor over a concrete subfloor. I want to build in a seating bench over that area, and extend the outlet to surface mount in the bench face. However, the outlet ...
2
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1answer
1k views

Should I use a centrifugal or axial fan for server room ventilation?

First of all I know this is a strange one. We have a server room which is small and a few servers in there. We have an AIR CON in there but we also have a ventilation duct which is a follows: 9 ...
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2answers
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What is the purpose of this Y shaped bit?

I have bought a bits set and there is this bit: It is a Y shaped bit, and there is a groove on the inside of the branches. The angle is approximatively 90˚ (a little more).
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3answers
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What is a “rigid surface”?

Can someone explain as detailed as possible what, exactly, a rigid surface is? The context in which I am inquiring is in regards to Green Glue. It requires application between two rigid surfaces. I ...
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2answers
429 views

Why does my fluorescent lighting only work when it's not hot outside?

We have fluorescent lights in our kitchen and when it's over 75°F outside the lights turn on real dim like there might be a problem with the ballasts, but when the outside temperature drops the ...
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2answers
3k views

How can I remove plaster board/drywall rawl plugs?

I have used red head metal plaster board rawl plugs. The kind that flare out flat when you screw the bolt in. I now need to remove them. Is there a trick to remove them so I can reuse them or take ...
2
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2answers
1k views

What are some good concrete and foundation books?

I've done all sorts of home repairs and projects, but never concrete work. I've been looking for a good book to help me learn how to build concrete foundations for a home, and how to pour and finish ...
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2answers
1k views

Where can I get a vented metal door for my furnace room?

I can't seem to find a vented metal door for my furnace room. The two vents at the top and bottom of the door are all rusted out and the door is in pretty bad shape too. Are these doors custom made or ...
5
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4answers
3k views

How can I locate and repair a leak?

We recently bought a 100 year old house that stood uninhabited for 18 months prior to our move. Everything had been properly winterized for the cold winter months (Temperatures can reach -40 C) and ...
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1answer
4k views

How should I insulate around pipe/cable holes in drywall?

Notice the gaps between the pipes and the drywall in the pictures above? These gaps appear in both the walls and the ceiling, and I feel like in at least one case, I've noticed a difference in air ...
4
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1answer
425 views

How to wire modern telephone extension?

A telephone extension cable has been pulled from its socket. How do you rewire such a socket?
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2answers
204 views

Why would a newly installed radiator only heat when on constant bleed?

We have changed a gas central heating radiator. It is the last radiator in the circuit. It will not communicate with the boiler and only brings hot water into the pipe leading to the thermostat when ...
4
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1answer
858 views

Should I use a carpet kicker or stretcher?

I recently retiled my master bathroom. Our bedroom has carpet and I need to stretch the lay the carpet adjacent to the marble transition. For this small space would it be best to use a kicker or ...
4
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1answer
2k views

Why is my primer peeling off like plastic, and what can I do to fix it?

I stripped the peeling paint off my wall. Its like grey concrete? plaster below. So I used universal primer on it. But as I was leaning against the wall today, the paint wrinkled beneath my hand and ...
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3answers
843 views

Do I need to plug my snow thrower to GFCI outlet?

I bought a snow thrower with 13.5A power. One area of my house is close to a GFCI outlet but the other side of the house is not. It's just a regular outlet. So I am not sure it can be safe to use with ...
8
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4answers
21k views

How do you screw in double-ended screws?

I have a flat pack shelving unit to put together. It has double ended screws. According to the instructions you just screw them in using your hands. This is impossible: the pre-drilled holes seem way ...
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5answers
55k views

How can I repair a towel rack that was ripped out of the wall?

The towel rod has been ripped out of the wall. It looks like it was attached to the wall by two dry wall anchors which were not attached to the stud. Basically a very junky installation in my ...
8
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1answer
1k views

My radon manometer has a red reading, what should I do?

We purchased a home a few years ago and it has a radon mitigation system. I just happened to go downstairs and look at it and noticed this reading. What should I check? Should I be alarmed? EDIT ...
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2answers
689 views

How can I get my ceiling fan lights working again?

After my light kit on my hunter type 2 fan stopped working I determined there is power entering this device (white wire) but none exiting it (pink wire). The pink wire runs to the pull chain for the ...
8
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1answer
13k views

How do I adjust a Delta bathroom faucet that has a scald guard?

I have a new Delta faucet but the water temperature is too low. The handle actually doesn't even turn all the way to "hot", there's something preventing it from turning the entire way. Is there a ...
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1answer
508 views

How to prep a peeling wall for paint [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Painting over wall with peeling paint I was going to paint the bathroom wall today, but i've realised the old eggshell paint is peely and cracked in places. I don't ...
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1answer
2k views

How do I repair my porcelain floor?

How can I repair chips in a white porcelain floor? The chips came from dropping heavy cans, and they are small, less than pencil eraser size.
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1answer
498 views

Can I get a smaller toilet installed? (picture included)

At the bottom is a picture of my toilet, where you can see the toilet pipe that enters the floor and that there is ~7 cm of space between the water container and the wall. Question Does there exist ...
4
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1answer
187 views

How do I replace a drain stack?

So I had just had a shower upstairs this past weekend and went downstairs to do the laundry and I discovered that the floor near the pipes was wet. See photo I immediately went and bought some GOOP ...
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2answers
117 views

How can I temporarily reconnect a fuel tank? [closed]

I am in the process of purchasing a home heated by propane..someone has removed the pigtail from the tank to the regulator..the tank fitting appears to be a quick disconnect type unfamiliar to me..the ...
6
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5answers
37k views

Is it possible to use a dryer vent as a heat source in the winter?

Is it possible to attach a diverter to an electric clothes dryer vent so it can help heat my house in the winter? Seems like such a waste to blow it all outside. I imagine you'd need some sort of ...
2
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3answers
3k views

How can I remove hair dye stains from a porcelain sink?

Anyone have any suggestions about how to do this? I've tried Comet, bleach and windex, all applied with plenty of elbow grease, but the stains aren't budging. Any other ideas?
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3answers
2k views

How do I get my fluorescent 4-tube under-cabinet lights to come on reliably?

How do I get my fluorescent 4-tube under-cabinet lights to come on reliably? When they have been on a while and just been turned off they will reliably come on again immediately with no flicker. ...
4
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2answers
653 views

How can I protect a wall from flames of a gas hob?

The flames of our gas hob scorches the wall behind it and the chipboard panel next to it. Is there any material I can affix to those sides to stop this potential fire hazard from happening?
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2answers
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What is the best way to seal my deck?

I Have an outside deck, it currently has a layer of varnish on it, I Think the wood type is Meranti. The deck is exposed to lots of rain and also harsh sun, and the varnish has started to peel. I ...
2
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2answers
2k views

How to tell for sure if paint is eggshell or gloss?

There is wood panneling in my bathroom on a cabinet and bath. I can't tell if the old paint is eggshell or gloss? Obv if its gloss i need to sand it before painting. So how can I tell for sure?
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2answers
784 views

Can you have different types of vents on a single roof?

The attic of my house has serious ventilation issue and the sheathing becomes rotten. The roofing contractor suggests me to replace the rotten sheathing and install some ridge vent. His plan will ...
2
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1answer
2k views

Under bathroom sink piping (exposed)

We are looking at setting up the piping for under our wall mounted sink (no vanity, ie, piping will be exposed). And after our contractor finished putting the wall we noticed that the hole from the ...
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4answers
2k views

How can I quiet my dryer vent from the outside?

I have a Whirlpool electric clothes dryer and it is under 5 years old. When it is drying it makes a "whirling sound" that is especially loud from the outside where it is vented. My neighbor is ...
0
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1answer
457 views

Why won't my new Craftsman garage door opener power on?

I installed a new Craftsman garage door opener by following the instruction booklet it came with, but after the installation was done and I plunged it in the outlet nothing will power up. Nothing lit ...
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2answers
2k views

Do I have to replace my expansion tank, or can it be drained?

I have no heating. My plumber tells me that my expansion tank has water in it and should not be hot and therefore needs replacing (expensive job). is this true. Can the water not be drained out? ...
3
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3answers
8k views

What paint do I use to paint wood in a bathroom?

I have a lot of wood in my bathroom, some in worse wear than others, its really ugly. So I want to paint it. My question is what paint do I use, do I need primer/ undercoat/ special bathroom paint? ...

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