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What kind of timer can I use to maintain 7 day timing on an old setup?

I inherited maintenance of an old building. To control the main lighting, it has momentary rocker switches and bank of relays that are wired to the actual light fixtures. So: - Controls (switches) ...
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Can you use drywall mud on hardiboard?

I am looking at painting hardiboard or mudding and then painting. Is that OK?
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How can I determine if a valve complies to MSS?

How to know if the valve complies to Manufacturers Standardization Society (MSS) or not? I want to approve a valve for an HVAC project, but I don't know how.
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4answers
999 views

How can I remove paper from glass?

I tried to remove glass-paper from a window in my house, but when I try it tears. How can I remove it without it tearing?
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2answers
859 views

Why do my appliances show two sets of power consumption ratings and which one applies to my house?

Aptos, CA, USA I'm trying to determine how much power my electric oven is using (as part of a larger project to possibly upgrade our electrical service (with help from a licensed electrician of ...
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How can I prevent water from entering through water heater/furnace exhaust vent?

I have an exhaust vent in my basement (Amerivent Type B) which takes the exhaust from my gas furnace and water heater goes out the basement wall, and up my chimney. A little bit water is coming in to ...
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How can I be sure there's a connection between the telephone line and the power line? (Answer: they should not be connected.)

I noticed there I can feel the electricity when I touch one of my telephone wires. I thought that we couldn't feel the 48 V that is usual for this kind of wire. Maybe one power line 127 V is ...
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Modular Cubby House (like large lego blocks) [closed]

Are there any popular modular kits around to build kid's cubby houses? I'm more interested in something kids can get involved with building and that can also be taken down and re-arranged easily. ...
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2answers
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How do I test a 5V doorbell transformer?

In this post, both the OP and responder discuss testing a transformer. I'd like to know exactly how the user tested the transformer. I have a 5V doorbell transformer which I would like to test. Is an ...
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1answer
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How do I keep my corner pergola from wobbling?

I am planning to build a corner pergola over my deck. Pergola is 8ft long from the corner on either side forming a triangle on the top. I have used four 4x4 posts (8 ft) attached to the deck headers ...
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9answers
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How can I improve the water pressure in my shower?

I recently purchased my first home. It has two bathrooms and the water pressure in both is less than ideal. What are some steps I can take to increase the pressure?
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How many computer chargers can I put on 1 electrical outlet?

I am trying to create a computer charging station. I have many laptops and Android Tablets that I would like to charge at once. Assuming I wire it correctly, how many adapters can I put on 1 plug? ...
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2answers
274 views

How can I remove a dado strip of wallpaper without damaging the wall?

I'm redoing my bedroom under a tight budget. I have a narrow strip of wallpaper circumscribing the room with a vomitous pattern that sucks the life out of the area. The drywall is painted underneath ...
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1answer
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What should I do about my concrete shower curb that I did not remove all the air bubbles from?

I'm building a concrete shower curb and pan. I built the curb and when I removed the 2x8 forms I notice that I didn't pack the cement all the way to the bottom in some parts: A bit crumbled and ...
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2answers
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What are the best practices for a low deck built half on a concrete slab?

In our current place, we moved the main access door from going into the kitchen, to entering an old laundry room converted to a mud room. In order to do so, the front door was moved over about 4', ...
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1answer
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What type of sander could be used for both sanding spackle and doors?

So I have two diy projects somewhere in my queue: 1) I did a poor spackle job on a wall that appeared to be slightly raised between two sheets of drywall. I put the spackle on and sanded using a ...
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1answer
2k views

How do I seal a 4+ mm gap between skirting board and slate tiles?

I have a slate kitchen floor and wooden skirting on the walls around (no beading). At some points around the wall there are gaps of around 4 mm or more. I was thinking of simply stuffing paper in ...
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2answers
346 views

Which material to use for filling those gaps?

After removing all the wallpaper and some wooden bars that were nailed at the corner of the walls and ceiling all around the room, I now have space that require to be filled at some points (ceiling - ...
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1answer
306 views

Replacing Oil Furnace with Heat Pump

My wife and I would like to remove the older oil heat from our home and replace it with a heat pump. We currently have an Amana central air conditioning unit (3 ton), and an oil furnace in the ...
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1answer
209 views

Why is my AC blowing from this pipe and freezing up periodically?

I looked under my mobile home and found a hose coming from the flooring. It is blowing cold air out, and it also looks like water has been dripping out. I think that this is normal, but why is all ...
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2answers
407 views

How do I get rid of these bees/wasps in my sunroom?

Found this in my sunroom this morning: It's hard to see (I didn't want too get too close) but the bees are really strange looking - very long almost like 2 bees connected in a row. I know there's ...
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0answers
96 views

How do I seal in/deal with shower drain in foundation?

How would I seal in this shower drain? here is the abs drain out and in and I'm wondering if: I even need to seal it concrete silicone?
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1answer
8k views

Central air conditioner electrical disconnect amperage

My HVAC guy is telling me I need a 25 amp breaker and a 25 amp disconnect for my soon-to-be-installed central air compressor. I've asked him for more details but he's less than forthcoming. My ...
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1answer
48 views

Duration of charge held by High Voltage Components

How long can a High Voltage Capacitor in a Electric Oven hold a charge after the oven has been unplugged?
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1answer
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How can I properly vent a basement toilet & shower using an AAV?

When we bought our house the plumbing drains for a basement bathroom were roughed in but they did not install any vent lines for them. We have the first floor plumbing draining into the main stack ...
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1answer
3k views

Seal basement floor before tiling

My basement is prone to getting water in it after big rains. I know that we definitely have a leak in the wall on one side of the basement so we're having a contractor come in and demo the whole ...
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3answers
2k views

How should I label and organize my home electrical circuits?

I am looking to make the wiring updates in my home extremely simple to understand while doing so in a code-approved manner. I cannot find anything against wrapping a thin band of colored electrical ...
2
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1answer
78 views

Can uneven ACQ treatment be corrected on decorative objects?

I bought some "pineapple" post caps made of treated pine. When they arrived, I was taken aback to see, rather than an overall greenish tinge, splotches and patches of green. As my plan has been to ...
2
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1answer
730 views

How do I prevent shadowed areas when installing recessed lighting in a vaulted ceiling?

I'm building a house, and it has a high vaulted ceiling in the kitchen. I already bought recessed lights, but I'm worried that with the inclination of the ceiling, the light over the sink area won't ...
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0answers
150 views

How should I waterproof a replacement shower floor?

I have to replace the tile floor in my shower because of mold. What should I use to waterproof the floor and turn up the wall?
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1answer
321 views

How do I diagnose and fix a toilet blockage

I have a toilet that makes a gurgling noise IF it flushes down. However, at times it will fill up when I flush the toilet and I will see something come up from the bathroom drain. I have tried putting ...
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1answer
1k views

Why did an HVAC installer add this PVC pipe?

We recently had a VERY old central heating furnace replaced and I noticed that the HVAC installer added the following PVC pipe shortly before the inspector arrived: The metal vents were already ...
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2answers
189 views

Redoing a hole on a entry way saddle

Our building entrance has a set of double doors, the door that is fixed is latched to the top frame and to the floor through a hole in a stone saddle. The hole in the saddle is too big for that latch ...
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0answers
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Uneven ACQ on Treated Pine Post Caps [duplicate]

I bought some "pineapple" post caps made of treated pine. When they arrived, I was taken aback to see, rather than an overall greenish tinge, splotches and patches of green. I tried to attach a photo ...
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1answer
460 views

How can I determine what is causing a newly creaking ceiling?

There's an area of my ceiling that has rather suddenly (in the last week) started creaking when the wind blows. It's at a juncture with a wall, right below the attic, and it is very localized (at ...
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1answer
1k views

Why does my Paloma tankless water heater turn off randomly without errors?

We have a Paloma Tankless water heater, model: PTG-74PVN that shuts down when in use for a few minutes. There is no code displayed on the screen, it just powers down. This started happening a few ...
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1answer
21k views

Can I move my washer and dryer 10 feet to the right?

My basement is being renovated, and I'd like to have my washer and dryer moved about 10 feet to the right of their current location. They would still be against the same wall, just further down. The ...
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0answers
172 views

h-brace corner posts in rocky ground

We live in Austin and are putting in a livestock fence with stretched woven wire and barb wire top and bottom with t-posts between corner braces, plus 300' of sold privacy fence in the front needing ...
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2answers
2k views

For Subflooring, what is the distance needed between screws?

I have 3/8 inch particle board which I am screwing and gluing down to 5/8 plywood. How close together should the screws be?
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6answers
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How do I stop the dripping noise from my gutters?

It has just recently started raining where I live, and I am new to this house. When the rain ceases and the water is dripping from the gutters through the drain, I can hear the dripping from inside ...
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7answers
1k views

How do I clean stainless steel?

We have just finished building a house and we have some small stains on a stainless steel door handle. I was wondering what was the best way to remove them? Unfortunately I'm not sure what's caused ...
2
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2answers
203 views

How do I reglaze my garage door windows?

My garage door is perfectly sound but will need re-painting. There is a small window at the top of the door and the putty is all cracked. How do I go about changing the putty? before I paint the ...
2
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1answer
210 views

Is there anything wrong with leaving toilet tank below waterline?

In troubleshooting a problem with recurring flushing (turned out to be a worn out flapper) I lowered the tank water level to about an inch below what the manufacturer marked as the waterline. Flushing ...
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1answer
149 views

Strange noise any relation to well pump failing?

I haven't used my well pump all Summer (since we've had to much rain I've not needed it). This last week or so things have really dried up and I decided I should water the grass. With sitting that ...
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0answers
128 views

Wax rings flange is to large for the floor drain?

When trying to install a new wax ring with the plastic flange, the plastic flange did not fit in the floor drain hole, is that normal? Should I use 1 or 2 wax rings with out the flange?
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4answers
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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, ...
2
votes
1answer
902 views

How do I flatten my uneven concrete floor?

We have an old Victorian house with a concrete floor throughout the ground floor. The ground floor is partitioned in two by a dividing wall and french doors. From the front of the house to the ...
6
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2answers
9k views

How do I seal a large gap between slabs to avoid freeze/thaw heaving?

I have a very large slab patio on the back of my home in Southern MN that has pulled away from the house about 6-8" due to freeze/thaw heaving. The previous owners have filled the gap with river ...
2
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2answers
456 views

How to fix this window on a stud wall?

We recently bought two of these windows on a garage sale of a local window provider. We were so happy to have found two windows of the same size with the right color on sale that we quickly bought ...
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3answers
99 views

How to find areas where heat/coolness are lost?

I live in a 2-story rental townhome (basically an apartment with 2 stories). Our central air/heat system isn't really the best at keeping the upstairs and downstairs the same temperature whether in ...

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