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321 views

Does my electric panel need replacing?

How can I tell if my electric panel needs replacing? Got up today and suddenly I lost power to a tandem breaker the breakers weren't tripped. Then realized I also lost my water pump. The water ...
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2answers
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How do I fix my double tapped outside electric panel?

I recently had a 4 point inspection and the inspector detected an electric hazard. As shown on the picture the power line goes from the meter to the panel with the main switch and from there into the ...
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2answers
1k views

Should I have cavity wall insulation installed?

I have the option to get cavity wall insulation done for free in my home, but i'm not sure if its a good idea or not. I've heard people say it can cause issues with damp, its hard to get out if ...
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1answer
631 views

What could cause bubbling in the downstairs toilet of an urban condo?

About 2 weeks ago, I noticed that the toilet would bubble and, eventually, the water would back up into the shower in the basement of my duplex down condo. What started out as about 12-15 minutes of ...
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1answer
2k views

Why won't my shower fully heat up?

I have a thermostatic shower, but I can only get it to be luke warm. The aquastat is set at 60, boiler at 165. The tap water in wash hand basin beside shower is very warm. I have taken the cover off ...
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4answers
84k views

How do I determine which wax ring to use under my toilet?

Other questions almost answer this question. What is the purpose of the flange on the wax ring? I can purchase a ring with or without the flange. How do I know whether to get the standard ring or ...
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0answers
221 views

Why would my lights take 10-20 seconds to turn on after installing a dimmer?

I have double-checked the connections. I am guessing next step is to replace the switch in case that was the problem. It is only running two wall sconces, each with one low wattage bulb. Anyone ...
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3answers
12k views

Is there a type of cement that can be used to glue tiles to a wall?

My father told me there is a kind of cement which also acts as glue. This would be very useful for me to put back the tiles above my washbasin. Is there really a cement that can glue tiles to the ...
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1answer
292 views

Why did my dryer shut off in the middle of drying a load?

My 14-year old Kenmore Laundry Center Dryer, Model #417.98702891, shut off in mid-load the other day. Internet research led me to believe it could be the thermal fuse. I first checked the vent lines ...
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3answers
652 views

Is it a problem if the frame of my house extends 1 - 2" from the slab?

Is this a huge problem? The house frame is about 2" off the slab along the north side. On the other sides of the home it varies by 1", but not in as many places.
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How could I use 40lb Propane tanks in a residential hook up?

I have two 100 gallon tanks from suburban propane but end up using so little, that I am charged approx $5.30 per gallon. I am reasonably sure that I could use two 40lb tanks and do the legwork myself ...
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0answers
3k views

What's causing my draft inducer to stay on?

I have a new, 3-year old, high-efficiency, gas furnace in my home. I recently realized that my draft inducer, which normally kicks on before the burners and before the main blower, is not stopping. ...
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2answers
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Do Wood Stove/Fireplace Inserts come in 'direct vent' configurations?

It appears that gas fireplace inserts are common in a direct vent configuration (where combustion air is brought in from the outside). Are there wood burning fireplaces that are direct vent? I'm not ...
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1answer
1k views

What should be on my pre-purchase house self-inspection checklist?

I’m looking at several homes and may purchase one, but realized that I’m probably missing important details when trying to identify potential money-pits. I have a simple checklist so I can save the ...
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1answer
304 views

Why is my GFCI/Switch combo working in such an odd way?

I recently moved into a new apartment, built around 1960. There was no outlet in the bathroom or within 10 feet, just a light switch. So I purchased a CFCI/Switch combo at Lowes. There were only ...
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3answers
1k views

How to make a Bevel Lap Splice joint, for connecting a portable floor?

I'm new to woodworking, and I've read that I could potentially create this joint using a table saw, jointer, or even a circular saw - but I do not want to rent/purchase one and find out that I can't. ...
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11answers
65k views

How can I find an open neutral?

My lights and outlets went out in the half bath of my home and also the two recessed lights in my hall just outside the half bath. I believe there are two feeds, one to the hall lights and one to ...
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2answers
14k views

What can I do to reduce cold infiltration by a direct-vent gas fire place?

My home has a direct-vent gas fire place on the ground floor, and each winter the area around the fire place inside the house becomes very cold (granite finish). On colder days, the carpeted floor ...
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3answers
13k views

What's causing the rumbling sound when my furnace kicks on?

I have a new, 3-year old, high-efficiency furnace in my home. Last year it started making a slight whining noise that was audible during the very first stage, before the blower motor started. No ...
2
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5answers
9k views

Can a gas fireplace insert heat an entire house?

I have a single-story 1400 sq/ft house (4 bedroom). Here's a VERY rough sketch of the layout: The house has blown-in insulation on the exterior walls but no insulation on the interior walls. ...
2
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2answers
7k views

Why won't my washer spin even though it still agitates?

I have a Kenmore 80 series washer and it recently stopped spinning and agitating and I found out it was the coupler. So I changed that and it start to work again, normally. After a week or two it ...
2
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4answers
6k views

Can I float a tongue-and-grooved 1x12 pine floor over a concrete slab on grade?

I have bare concrete floor that was, until recently, covered with carpet. After recently seeing a friend of mine purchase raw pine, shape the tongue-and-groove himself, and seal it to achieve a ...
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0answers
190 views

How do you plug an unused hole as per the NEC for a liquid tight enclosure?

I have been looking for a way to seal a liquid tight product using Listed blanking plugs / Cap-offs or similar to comply with the NEC (US National Electrical Code). We wanted to use Conduit Entry ...
4
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1answer
386 views

Should a GFCI interrupt the entire circuit?

I moved into a new house and never heard of this before, so I thought it was strange. On 2 circuits I've had a GFCI trip, and when they do, they trip the entire circuit. I thought they were just for ...
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1answer
4k views

Where can I find strong magnetic strips? [closed]

How can I source strong magnetic strips? Preferably adhesive as well. Also, I need to be able to cut the strip into desirable lengths. If I could see the field strength rating that would be great, but ...
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10answers
213k views

Why does my toilet randomly start running?

Sometimes my toilet starts running for a few seconds at a time, like it's just finishing filling up the tank. Usually this happens when the bathtub is being drained, or when I turn on the facets in ...
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1answer
6k views

Can I move a drain without moving the vent too?

I want to move the kitchen sink to the other side of the kitchen (approx. 10 feet away). Can I just extend the pipe and rely on the existing vent?
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2answers
11k views

What wiring do I need for a fan/light/night-light fixture?

I am replacing a bath fan/light with a fan/light/night light combination fixture. I need a new wall switch with 3 controls. I currently have just a cable with hot, neutral and ground running through ...
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3answers
3k views

How do I get even temperatures in my two-story house?

There is only one A/C system in the house. I noticed there is at least several degrees difference between the two stories. How do I get both stories to have the same temperature?
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1answer
707 views

How can I fix a small puncture hole in vinyl flooring?

When I was installing mini blinds in my new house, a pair of needle nose pliers fell out of my tool belt and landed nose first into the vinyl floor below. It left a very small pin sized hole in the ...
2
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1answer
444 views

How should I neutralize restored plaster walls?

I have made half a dozen plaster patches within my home remodeling, each about 30-40 sq ft. The plaster goes over brick, so not lath. It was a hell of a job but still simpler than framing walls and ...
3
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2answers
2k views

Can I connect a combination heater/fan unit to the existing bathroom wiring?

I have a dedicated 15A circuit for a top-floor bathroom fan with heat lamps which draws much less than capacity. There is nothing else on this circuit. I know that code for a 15A 14ga circuit at 80% ...
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1answer
591 views

How can I make my own fabric replacement slats for my blinds?

I need to replace the fabric slats on the vertical blinds in my house. I do not want vinyl ones in my house. My windows look out on a golf course from most of the rooms in my house. I have lived with ...
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1answer
100 views

How to build a cheap adjustable stand [closed]

I want to build a stand (like mic stand, telescope tripod etc) which can be used parallel with camera stand(tripod) or by attaching it to the camera stand. So I can hold/attach ...
2
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3answers
1k views

Should I purchase a hand driller?

Can I use hand drill machine, which runs manually not by electricity, to drill in plastic pipes, bottles, and cement walls? The purpose of purchasing it is to get hands-on experience with some DIY ...
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0answers
159 views

What could be causing this washer to rattle very loud sometimes?

I've read online that this could be due to the bearings being worn out on the washer, but before I go ordering a replacement part I'd like to get a 2nd opinion. Does this look/sound like it's the ...
1
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2answers
318 views

How serious is mildew on the ceiling of the top floor of a house?

If a house had mildew (I'm assuming it's mildew, it's black and slowly spreading) on the ceiling of the top floor of my house, what could cause this and how serious could it potentially be? The ...
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0answers
363 views

What is the preparation before painting oil over waterborne alkyd paint?

We painted some cabinets with a single coat of a waterborne alkyd product, but now want to paint them over with a straight oil finish (for our own reasons). What is the preparation for doing this to ...
2
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2answers
962 views

How can I fix a table top that I spilled air freshener on?

I spilled air freshener on the top my dining table. It is a veneer top with urethane finish. The area is sticky to touch. How can I fix this?
3
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2answers
1k views

How do I know when to switch to a finer grit when polishing marble?

I am polishing a marble shelf with pads impregnated with a resin containing diamond powder (it has some advantages over sandpaper, but otherwise works in a similar way). I used grit 50 to remove ...
2
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1answer
4k views

Why do my pot lights flicker randomly when not at full brightness?

They're connected to a 1000W dimmer and I think (hope) it's that. In total there are 12 pot lights connection (600W total) and at full dim or at certain levels they're fine but between a certain range ...
2
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3answers
8k views

How can I retrofit this existing wall-heater with an external thermostat?

My house has several wall-mounted gas heaters. All but one of them have external, easily accessible thermostats. However, the one that happens to be the most used has no remotely mounted thermostat, ...
1
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3answers
1k views

What should I look for when diagnosing electrical circuit gremlins where load is much less than capacity?

We have an electrical circuit with these loads (all on different outlets): 15W aquarium pump, 250W LCD television, 35W cable box, 13W GoogleTV box, and a 100W ceiling fan (plus an integrated 50W ...
3
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5answers
3k views

Can I split a 3 wire circuit into 2 separate 2 wire circuits?

I currently have a 3 wire running from my panel, red is connected to a 15 amp breaker, black is connected to a separate 15 amp breaker. White is connected to the neutral bus. This is running to a ...
2
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2answers
6k views

Is it more effective to insulate the walls, or ceiling of an unheated basement?

We have a new house, well built, spray foam insulation, tight seals. My daughter's room is over an unfinished area of the basement and is COLD this winter. There are vents in the unfinished area, ...
1
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1answer
6k views

How do you remove stick on hooks?

I'm not sure of the name but you know those hooks that come with an adhesive strip that attachs to a wall and you put the hook over it? The hook part broke off but the adhesive strip and the plastic ...
5
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1answer
3k views

Why did I receive an electric shock from my microwave?

I was doing the washing up and the microwave is next to the place where I put the dishes and I went to put it down and my hand touched the side of the microwave and I got an electric shock for a bout ...
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4answers
4k views

How to mount ceramic tiles in a wrought iron frame?

I bought my wife some ceramic house numbers and a wrought iron frame for Christmas. I had assumed I could just pop the numbers into the frame, but that is not the case. The numbers are free floating, ...
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3answers
24k views

My 5th (top) floor apartment is shaking; what might cause this?

I live in a developing country (so don't have much faith in building codes), and have been experiencing increasingly noticeable and frequent "shaking" in my top fifth floor apartment. I'm seriously ...
1
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1answer
487 views

Is it better to stain before or after assembly?

I'm going to build a wrapping-paper cart: it holds rolls of wrapping paper, ribbons, tissue, bows, scissors and tape, etc. It's going to be mostly made of 3/8" plywood, and will have a couple of ...

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