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Is it OK to strip a wire in the middle for attaching a fixture?

When swapping out a closet light fixture this morning, I found that they had attached it by stripping a small section of each of the black and white wires and bending them around the appropriate ...
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Can a cheap angle grinder be used to cut concrete and ceramic tiles?

I am interested in the Black & Decker KG100 600W Angle Grinder because it is cheap enough. I will only use it occasionally for small scale do-it-yourself home improvement works. But, I really ...
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1answer
433 views

Can I use computer cooling fins to build a dehumidifier? [closed]

I am trying with humidity sensors and want to build a simple humidity circuit myself, I already got a USB humidifier dissembled, now I need a dehumidifier. Can I make a small DIY dehumidifier with ...
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1answer
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Is there a mechanism to prevent a door from closing violently?

The door is heavy and people usually put a lot of force to close it, resulting in a violent shock, and the noise that comes with it. Is there a way to prevent the shock, without having a door that is ...
3
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1answer
943 views

Can I use solvent based paint on waterborne primer?

I have some solvent based paint left (Sikkens Rubbol AZ), but the wood panel I want to paint with had been prepared with a waterborne primer (Sikkens Rubbol Primer BL). It doesn't have to last ...
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4answers
8k views

How do I choose more durable screwdriver bits?

I recently bought a $35 cordless screwdriver that came in a suitcase with screwdriver bits. I was in shock when the Pozidriv bit splintered after screwing only 3 1-inch screws in the leg of an ...
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2answers
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How to fix a leaking bath tub overflow drain?

My bath tub is over the kitchen on the second floor. It appears the bath tub overflow drain leaks a sizeable amount. At times the kids aren't paying attention and the water goes in. The water leaks ...
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1answer
3k views

How do I repair wood that's been damaged with mold and bleach

My kitchen tap is set into the wooden counter instead of the metal sink, so water has dripped into the wood around the tap and made it moldy. I put some bleach on it and it did remove the mold in one ...
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Can a ½ inch water pipe supply enough pressure for a shower head and body sprayers?

I have a ½" water supply feeding my shower currently. We're currently doing a remodel and would like to install a shower system (shower head and three body sprayers). Can I use the current supply to ...
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1answer
287 views

Why does my water heater stop after a few minutes?

I have a Junkers (European water heater) that works for a few minutes and then stops. Anyone have experience with this/know how I can troubleshoot? Or, would a regular plumber be able to fix it?
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5answers
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What are the proper materials and method to hang heavy-duty shelves in a garage for storage?

I am hoping this isn't too wide of a topic since garage storage can vary greatly from person to person depending on what's being stored. In my case, I will be storing power tools like my circular ...
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3answers
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How to fix broken toilet flange from over tightened bolt?

I broke my PVC toilet flange when I over-tightened the bolt used to secure the toilet to the flange. How do I fix this without replacing the entire PVC fitting? This PVC flange is glued to the drain ...
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3answers
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Can I substitute diesel for home heating oil?

I ran out of oil in my home, and a plumber friend said that I could add diesel from the gas station while I wait for my oil delivery. Is he right?
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How can I add a common wire to the existing furnace wiring?

My current furnace has Rh and W1 to the thermostat. I'd like to add a C for my new networked thermostat, but I'm not sure where to connect it. From my research it sounds like I should be able to just ...
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1answer
369 views

What could be causing this drop in water pressure?

I have a deep drilled well with supply lines split to feed the house and livestock watering respectively. The flow to the livestock line remains constant regardless of water usage in the house. But ...
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3answers
4k views

Is torn kraft paper vapor retarder in the attic a problem?

I'm adding additional insulation in my attic. Unfortunately, I tore the kraft paper vapor barrier of the existing fiberglass insulation in many places while air sealing. Is this a problem? Or is this ...
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2answers
3k views

Is it wise to cut a long trench in concrete slab foundation?

I've got a two-car garage (4-inch concrete slab on grade) that I'm turning into living space. I want to put a bathroom out there but I need to get plumbing through the floor. I didn't think it was ...
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2answers
3k views

can i paint my bathtub wall?

One of our bath walls is green Sheetrock with a white semi gloss paint finish. As you can see on the pictures attached, the paint has started to bubble and strip. What can we do now? shall/can ...
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1answer
830 views

How do I repair a burner on an electric stove that is on all the time even if turned off?

I have a free standing range electrical stove and one of the burners stays on all the time even if I turn it off. Can someone give me some ideas on how to fix this?
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4answers
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Would my Lighting diagram work?

Hi, i was just wanting some people to take a loot at this diagram i threw together to see if this system would work? and if so do i need to put each area that i tie the main 12/2 together in a box ...
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3answers
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Will low water use toilets clog more?

I need a toilet for the bathroom off a master bedroom that's being built in my house. Once when my Mother had a plumber in to fix something else, he told her to hang on to her old fashioned toilet as ...
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2answers
8k views

How can I purge air from a baseboard heating system with the spigots on the wrong side?

My (new) baseboard heating system is causing a racket, and I've been trying to figure out a way to properly purge the air from it. Following the flow of water through one zone of my four-zone system, ...
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3answers
5k views

Is krypton gas more energy-efficient that low-e argon?

This company I am about to buy windows from is giving me triple-pane windows with krypton gas for the same price as double-pane with low-e argon. The salesperson brought some window samples to my ...
3
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3answers
855 views

How can I counteract the effects of WD-40?

My landlord used WD-40 to free the UPVC windows and now when opened slightly the wind then catches them and blows them wide open (a real pain when woken at 4am with rain blowing through the room). How ...
4
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1answer
813 views

Is it against code to secure junction box using Liquid Nails?

I need to extend a 14/2 WG wire a few feet. To do this I want to add the extra wire using a junction box. The problem is that I can't get a good angle to nail the junction box down so I was wondering ...
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2answers
207 views

What kind of timer socket is this and how can I get it working?

This is on an outdoor power receptacle that looks like it should be some kind of timer for switching power on/off. I'd love to use this for Christmas lights, but I can't seem to get it's little ...
4
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3answers
206 views

What should I do to prevent mold from flooding?

Thanks to old plumbing, my upstairs toilet has flooded the bathroom -- and it's dripped all the way down to the downstairs bedroom, where it's soaked into the carpet there as well. I've got buckets ...
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3answers
8k views

What tools do I need to make a straight cut in laminated chipboard?

It's 38mm thick. Next week I will need to cut it along a straight line, and I would like the cut to be as straight and clean as possible. What tools do I need to do this ?
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1answer
551 views

What is the best way to install insulation batts in an attic?

As far as we can tell, the attic is laid out like so - first is the 2nd floor ceiling, then whatever material is right above that, then the attic joists, then there is plywood nailed to the joists, ...
2
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1answer
773 views

How to fit things to a Bungaroosh wall

The walls in my house are made of Bungaroosh which means that attaching anything to them is most likely to hit some issues. Recently I've been trying to fit a floating shelf to the wall, but no ...
3
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1answer
541 views

What should I keep in mind when extending downspouts?

I am considering extending/connecting the downspouts of my house to some pvc piping which I will run underground. What are things that I need to keep in mind? Specifically, I have the pvc piping but ...
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3answers
12k views

How do I fill holes around a newly fitted ceiling light socket?

I'm replacing a ceiling light that when fitted will leave gaps / holes in the ceiling where the existing socket hole is. The previous light was bigger and had a sensible amount of room for the wiring ...
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1answer
336 views

How do I replace a broken thermostat on a metal radiator?

The thermostat swivels round and has no effect on the temperature. The radiator is always very hot. How can I replace the thermostat?
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1answer
202 views

Is it safe to use a log burning stove in an old fireplace?

I'm renting a property which has a wood burning stove. Recently I've been investigating ways to make my house warmer (secondary glazing on sash windows etc) and started to wonder how much air could be ...
2
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1answer
828 views

How to determine if a faucet is plastic or metal?

On the first picture below I am pretty sure the grip is made of plastic because it feels very light, when I lift it. On the second I have no idea. Question How do I tell if the grip of a faucet is ...
3
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1answer
625 views

Is this old basement floor concrete, grout, or something else?

What is the likely construction/material of the basement floor shown below? It's not very flat, and the surface appears sandy. It's almost as if some kind of skim-coat was applied to the dirt floor. ...
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2answers
2k views

Is occasional puddling of water in an unfinished basement a problem that needs to be addressed?

In a early 20th century New England home of wood frame construction and foundation of fieldstone and brick with some CMU, we get some puddling of water in a few areas of the unfinished basement floor ...
2
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2answers
878 views

Furnace Draft Inducer Repair: is previously installed back plate necessary?

I'm replacing a non-functioning draft inducer on the Goodman furnace in my house (GMP075-3). The previous inducer was mounted with a sheet metal back plate between it and the wall of the furnace. ...
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2answers
221 views

Drilling a hole

I have a set of drill bits but no drill. I need to make a hole in a thin surface prone to splitting and don't have a hand drill or a power drill on hand ; what could I use to make that hole?
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1answer
1k views

How can I build a temporary support for rafters?

I have a hipped roof with 5.5 metre common rafters supported mid span by strutted purlins. The rafters, and below them the ceiling joists, are trimmed around a double flue chimney breast at the flank ...
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2answers
4k views

Why is my fuse board buzzing when I'm using the shower?

I have used an electric shower for years no problems, but all of a sudden my fuse board started buzzing when I use the shower. I replaced the shower with the same size unit and it still makes a ...
2
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1answer
5k views

Why do my pipes bang when running hot water in my kitchen?

After a minute or so of hot water running in my kitchen the pipes start to knock, and water doesn't come out in a stream. It is like there is air getting in. What is happening, and how can I fix it? ...
2
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1answer
602 views

How can I install an interior cat door to the basement and not have it kill me? (from increased radon)

I recently purchased and moved into a new house with an unfinished basement under part of house and crawl space under the rest. We have 2 indoor cats and I would prefer that their litter box be in ...
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1answer
1k views

Is there a way to know if the photocell is a switch or a dimmer?

I plan on installing three LED security lights to my home. I would like to have them turn on and off with a photocell. I am going to have a switch and then install the lights in parallel. I am not ...
3
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2answers
753 views

What type of wood should I use to resurface my table?

A club at uni has this great big old table. (about 1220mm by 2420mm). The club in question is the gaming club, so pen and paper RPGs, card games, boardgames, warhammer. fairly rarely models are ...
2
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1answer
544 views

Why does half the house go out when a single breaker trips?

The breaker box at my brother's house is well marked and balanced except when a breaker is tripped half the house goes out. I'm currently living on the third floor of his house. When I turned on a ...
144
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2answers
19k views

What is the purpose of these holes on my wire stripper?

I have been using this wire stripper for a while, but I have always wondered what was the purpose of those holes in the center and above LOOP, and those teeth on the handles.
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1answer
540 views

What to do about a stinky sump pump

My sump pump stinks up by basement. The sump pump works, but I think its the stagnant dirt water that sits in the sump pump over time that just stinks after a while. I have read suggestions to flush ...
1
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0answers
90 views

Is there a way to install a tub such that it can dry out if water gets behind it?

When you install a tub, you try to build the surround such that water can't get through to the wall. That's great. Nothing is perfect, and eventually small amounts of water will seep through. Then ...
4
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3answers
8k views

Is it typical for the metal of corner bead to be exposed after it is finished being mudded?

I hired a company to finish the drywall job in my room. One of the things that sticks out like a sore thumb is the exposed edges of corner bead. I have never seen corner bead exposed like this. ...

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