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Maintaining a Thatched Roof

Is there anything I can do to prolong the life of my thatched roof? Should I attempt to remove moss etc?
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1answer
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Mortar (or something) falling out of basement brick wall

In my basement, there is a powdery, bright white substance between some of the bricks. It looks like it was something applied on top of the mortar joint. I scraped a couple places where it was falling ...
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2answers
715 views

Why didn't homeowners get electrocuted when appliances were grounded through the neutral?

I read that appliance at certain times in the U.S. (for example stoves) were grounded through the neutral wire. Since the neutral wire carries current does this means the case of the stove itself is ...
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1answer
81 views

Testing generator output

I'm having trouble getting a 6kw generator to power a sub panel that was installed by a licensed electrician. I would like to be able to test the generator's output. How do I do that?
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2answers
542 views

Will this replacement induction cooktop fit in the cutout for the old cooktop?

My induction cooktop died recently, and needs replacing. As it is under warrenty, and there are no replacements currently available, we have been offered store credit at the place we bought it from. ...
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4answers
434 views

Repairing a boom lamp that keeps falling

I have a boom lamp from CB2 that's about two years old in my living room. The angle between the arm and the stand is adjustable. Unfortunately, the mechanism that holds the lamp up (I'm afraid I don't ...
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2answers
3k views

What could be causing my hot water pipe to rattle?

We have 3/4" CPVC running into our addition that when the hot water turns on it takes a long to heat up (granted it has to travel fairly far), and as it heats up the pipe rattles (sounds a little ...
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2answers
610 views

How should I shim a foundation vent?

I bought some new foundation vents that attach with tension screws instead of mortar. I chiseled out my old vent and with the new vent in place, there is a large gap. How do you recommend I fill the ...
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1answer
627 views

Should we use plasterboard, MDF or wood when blocking up a window in our pantry?

We have a window in our pantry and we have been advised that we might need planning permission to remove it. Instead it would be easier to put plaster board over it. I was just curious whether ...
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2answers
4k views

How should I protect the metal of a power rack that's kept outdoors?

I plan on building a power rack for my home gym and was wondering what kind of metal/coating I should use when building it since it will be stored outdoors. Most commercial power racks are built using ...
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0answers
495 views

How can I clean behind the electric grill element in my electric oven?

I can clean the whole of the inside of my oven but how can I clean the roof of my oven behind the electric grill element (which won't move)?
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1answer
601 views

How to install this ceiling lamp

I bought this ceiling lamp on Amazon and I am trying to fit it. Usually the wires coming from the ceiling are connected to the base of the bulb through some sort of connecting block, where each wire ...
2
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2answers
118 views

1971 D615MH Coleman Furnace,

I have a Coleman D615MH furnace. It will not kick off. I have to turn both breakers off. I just replaced the thermostat, thinking that was it. I turned the breakers on & it was still running. ...
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0answers
404 views

Is it possible to insulate existing ducts without removing drywall?

My second story is always warmer in the summer and cooler in the winter than the ground floor. I've had the ducts cleaned and sealed and I've also adjusted the blower motor speed. It occurs to me that ...
2
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1answer
235 views

How to level concrete floor that is chipped and has left over thinset

I removed some tile from a 10' by 15' section of my basement floor. As I was removing the tile, much of the concrete chipped away leaving low areas. Other areas have thin set remaining in the shape ...
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3answers
14k views

How do I work around a tree in my fence line?

I have a fence that was built about 4 years ago. There was a large oak tree that I wish to keep on the fence line. The fence was built around the tree; it not only removed the tree from my yard, but ...
2
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3answers
827 views

Soft crumbling walls, electrical mounting box

I wonder if anyone can help. I'm having my kitchen refurbished including the electrics but when my partner tried to insert and secure the mounting boxes into the wall the plaster around it has ...
0
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2answers
39k views

What size breaker and wire do I need for central air conditioning?

I am getting ready to hang drywall in my basement but before I do that, I need to run wire from the main panel upstairs to the future location of the central AC furnace through the basement ceiling ...
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3answers
3k views

What tool do I need to cut groove along edge of floorboard

Very simple question really - I have a floating wooden floor and a raised stone hearth in front of the fireplace. I want to run some cables along the edge of the hearth and I need to lift the floor ...
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1answer
348 views

Water supply valve to closed radiant heat system on or off?

I have a closed radiant heat system, meaning a boiler with a pump, radiators and piping. After the intake valve, there is a pressure reducer and a backflow stopper (both bell shaped). Yesterday, ...
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2answers
9k views

What is the best way to hang a heavy dynamic weight from a flat ceiling with joists?

I want to hang something like http://www.skychairs.com/ or similar in my living room. If the joists were exposed I would mount a beam between two of them and hang over or through that. However, when ...
1
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1answer
52 views

Will different sized bullet crimps fit together?

Will a male crimp bullet fit into a female crimp bullet if the male bullet is 14/16 AWG and the female bullet is 10/12 AWG. In other words, is the bullet portion of the bullet crimps the same ...
2
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1answer
583 views

How can I route the cables for my TV in a basement with a “half wall”?

I would like to hang my new television on the wall in the basement, and run the cables through the wall to the entertainment center. My issue, is that the wall is a "half wall" because I have a split ...
4
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3answers
19k views

Draughty PVC window

Some of the PVC windows in my house lets wind and cold in, so I need to adjust them to cut off the draught. I have no experience in adjusting them, so I need to find out how I can achieve this. Any ...
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1answer
3k views

Why does one light blink after installing new three way switches in my hall?

I installed the new switches with the wires in the same location the new switch this is a lighted one. the hall way light blinks on one of the bulbs in the off position. Do i have a bad switch or ...
3
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2answers
8k views

how to remove this faucet aerator? it just slips

I have the following type of faucet aerator: I tried to "unscrew" this one, but it seems not screwed at all; it just spins. Is there any way to remove this? As it is a separate part, there must be ...
2
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2answers
605 views

How can I rebuild/repair/replace this garden faucet

I recently bought a house that was built in 1978, and it has a couple of garden faucets. These are not frost-free faucets, and that's not a huge concern for me because the house is located just south ...
4
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2answers
6k views

How to wire in my replacement fluorescent light fixture?

The electrician installed a new wall switch in the kitchen, so that when I replace the fluorescent light, it can be turned on and off at the wall switch. I am ready to install the new light. In the ...
6
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1answer
2k views

Do tub drains of the same diameter ever have different thread-per-inch counts?

My tub's drain flange has had the little cross piece inside it broken out, which means I cannot screw a grid drain into it. Right now, it's totally open and an invitation for my toddler to drop stuff ...
5
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1answer
14k views

In what orientation should this L-bracket be when hanging shelves?

I have a few L-brackets for hanging shelves. The brackets are asymmetric, where one L arm is longer than the other, just like a real "L" (similar to this). Is there a preferred or recommended way ...
4
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1answer
134 views

What areas of 1st floor sheetrock sould be replaced subsequnet to a major 2nd floor water leak?

In our apartment, the ceiling began leaking in 2 places. One of the places, the water was brownish and had multiple droplets, the other the water was clear. We called maintenance at 8 am and no one ...
2
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1answer
597 views

What can I use to lubricate electrical contacts?

I've been replacing lots of 2 pin MR-16 halogen bulbs and have been having a very difficult time inserting them into the sockets. I've also lost few pins removing the old bulbs. Is there anything I ...
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0answers
48 views

How can I clean compacted critter nest from my gas fireplace flue louvers?

When the flue is open you can't see anything, but I could feel it on the louver (with gloves on!). The cap has been off for several years, and I had chimney monsters nesting this past spring, and ...
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1answer
746 views

How do I hook up a new “pull-type” light switch in my basement utility room?

The old pull-switch was installed when we bought the house, and it was of a different type than the new one I bought. I went to replace it, and found out I couldn't just swap the wires, since the old ...
0
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1answer
196 views

Spilled teak oil in sink, now it's dry

I teak-oiled my table, and put the teak oil can in my sink. There's now a can-shaped ring of dried teak oil in my stainless steel sink. Also some on my granite counter top. Question: what should I do? ...
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2answers
599 views

Is it ok to trim a header to make a door fit?

I want to install a closet door under my stairway in my basement. The stairway is in the center of the basement and the main support beam is split. There is neither a support beam nor a header ...
0
votes
1answer
276 views

Corner Bead With Stucco Over Mesh

I have a small wooden box closing the gap between the entry door and the original opening that I prepped with tar paper and mesh to apply stucco to so that it fits with the rest around. Should I put ...
2
votes
1answer
208 views

Why does one light on a new chandelier light up after the others?

One lamp socket in a newly installed chandelier lights up the bulb a split second after the others. I changed bulbs to make sure that wasn't the problem. Why is this happening and should the ...
0
votes
0answers
547 views

How do I build a white board stand?

I'm looking to create a wood stand for a white board. I have never built anything before and am looking for both insight on what to do and possible schematic ideas. I took basic construction classes ...
2
votes
2answers
5k views

How do I design the circuit for baseboard heaters?

I am designing the circuit(s) for my basement apartment (cca. 800 sq ft) baseboard heating solution. I am planning to buy Berko HBB Series heaters and distribute them as shown in the below table. ...
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13answers
4k views

How do I prepare my home for a power outage?

With several storms in the Northeast United States and more storms predicted this week, there have been lots of extended power outages. What are things to do to prepare your house for a power outage ...
4
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3answers
67k views

Should tile floors be cleaned with vinegar only? Is the advice against using other solutions a myth?

After we had ceramic tile installed at our house, the company said we should just clean with vinegar and water mixture. However, I haven't been able to find anywhere online that says that using ...
2
votes
1answer
220 views

What structure is required for my neighbors adjoining fence?

My next door neighbor has a drive way and the council workers have put a gate up (looks like 6ft fence panels). The post that is next to my fence has simply been drilled through my fence and into a ...
2
votes
1answer
2k views

How do I replace the water supply line that appears to be built in to the shutoff valve?

We're preparing to replace our bathroom faucet. We were able to easily disconnect the cold water supply line from the shutoff valve to the faucet by simply loosening the nuts holding it in place. ...
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vote
0answers
616 views

what would cause the ceiling fan light to blink or shut off in a fan that's over 30 years old without any problems til now

The ceiling fan is over 30 years old worked flawlessly until now, light either blinks or shuts off altogether. But, when you turn the wall switch off then back on it lights up no problem for days, ...
0
votes
2answers
419 views

Can water siphon backwards through the main pressure regulator?

Can water siphon backwards through the house pressure regulator? My house is above the main water line in the street. If the main line pressure goes to zero, will the house water siphon backwards ...
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1answer
219 views

is there anything I can do if I overheat electric stovetop burner

I must have overheated the burner. Nothing spilled and the mark will not go away with cleaning. Is there anything that I can do about the mark on the surface?
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2answers
431 views

How do I close this hole in the HVAC vent?

What's the best way to close up this hole in the venting leaving the hvac? Would foil tape be sufficient? Right now it bleeds out hot air into the basement in the winter, and cold air in the summer. ...
3
votes
1answer
1k views

How can I patch a hole in this brick wall?

I just pulled out the washing machine the old owners "kindly" left us to find a hole where the wall meets the floor. It's approximately 80mm x 50mm and goes down approx 100mm - below ground level - ...
1
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1answer
446 views

Can a conical form for pouring shorter concrete footers be used for fence posts?

The frost line is 1.2m deep in my area. That seems like a lot of concrete to pour for a fence post. I'm wondering if a better way is to make a shorter footer following the suggestion that's used in ...

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