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Toilet water level lowers when other toilet flushes

I finally have 2 upstairs toilets working after a lengthy bathroom remodel. What I noticed is when one toilet is flushed, the other toilet water level goes down, almost all the way. The lower level ...
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Can I connect my generator transfer switch to a subpanel instead of to the main panel?

My house has a generator transfer switch (ProTran 30310B) attached to circuits in the main panel (see photo). I added an attached garage to the house. I want to add a subpanel in the garage, ...
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Best option to fix cracks in ceiling with radiant heat?

One of friends recently purchased a house with electric radiant heat in the ceiling. Several rooms have cracks in the ceiling. Currently they are redoing the kitchen which has a large crack which is ...
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How do I secure electrical wiring to a pocket door frame?

I recently installed 2 pocket door kits together from one room to an adjacent in my house. The building inspector said he saw no problem with me installing a light switch in a shallow electrical box ...
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Why is my downstairs shower pressure lower than upstairs?

My shower pressure in my upstairs bathroom is fantastic. However, the same cannot be said for the downstairs bathroom (ground floor). Given the fact that upstairs is disadvantaged, this does not make ...
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Why is my radiator hissing?

I've never had a radiator before, all central air for me, but I'm living in an apartment that has them now. All of the radiators in my apartment have been hissing, and pouring out steam from the "...
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102 views

How to attach shower door stripping to stone?

I have a shower stall with a hinged (not sliding) glass door. Where the door meets the stall there is a line of plastic stripping on the stall side. The adhesive on the original stripping failed, so I ...
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1answer
144 views

How do I prevent runoff from bar soap damaging the caulk in my shower?

I recaulked part of my shower about a year ago. After a couple of months, I noticed that the caulk had worn off just below my in-wall soap dish, where the extra soap runs down the wall. I recaulked, ...
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2answers
740 views

Should I be concerned about foundation seepage and what to do about it?

We recently bought a 20 yr old home next to a lake in NC.. within a couple thousand feet. It doesn't rain incredibly often here but we've noticed when it does rain it pours 2-3 times the amount we ...
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1answer
66 views

Puzzled on which Door Jamb to order

My existing door jamb is 5 9/16 i m ordering pre hung interior doors my cut choices are 5 1/2 ( 5 8/16 ) or 5 5/8 ( 5 10/16 ) What would you do and why or why not on ...
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78 views

Drill tool unable to work when face up

I got a drill tool when I press the handle and face the drill bit up, it does not functioning at all but if I face it down, it works. What is the possible problem?
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1answer
80 views

Will chained GFCIs malfunction?

What I'm asking is if a GFCI wired onto the load of another GFCI will function? Will it cause the upstream one to malfunction. Will it cause the downstream one to malfunction? It is against code? ...
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515 views

Safe to install Illumra wireless switch kit with 2-Pole wiring?

I have 2-pole wiring in an old house and the switch is in a weird place. The Illumra wireless switch kit looks easy, but didn't want to overload anything and was wondering if it's safe to wire? (Think ...
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Getting shocked by a neutral wire

I'm trying to figure out how I got a shock from a neutral wire. I didn't think it was possible until I read this article on being "in series with the neutral." Here's what happened: I was ...
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1answer
285 views

Bathroom, dryer and central vac - Can any of the exhausts be combined, and can any use the same penetration?

I have these three units within 5 feet of eachother. The place where the bathroom vents to is the only place within reach to have a penetration to outside. My options are to stack these three ...
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1answer
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Which way should furnace filter face?

I replaced my furnace filter (every 30 days) but upon Googling, I've found it has to go certain way. It's suppose to go the way where the arrow points for the airflow. But my filters have no arrows on ...
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1answer
863 views

What type of wire should I use to repair a toaster oven? [closed]

The connector from one of the leads from my toaster oven's power supply to the top heating element broke off. The wire is too short to just add a new connector, so I need to replace the wire. The ...
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How do I tighten/loosen this recessed nut and bolt?

My bed has a nut and bolt that are recessed into a piece of wood. The only tool I have that fits it is the tiny toy spanner that came with the bed. The spanner does not grip the nut tightly enough ...
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2answers
235 views

Crawl Space Encapsulation Question

I live in Georgia (around the Atlanta area) and recently discovered mold in the crawl space of my home (I plan to have the mold professionally removed). My crawl space is about 30' by 15' (4' to 15' ...
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1answer
67 views

Replaced toilet valve & tube, turning water back on rumbles

I replaced all the parts in my toilet, and now when I go to turn my water back on (not the main valve, but the toilet valve) the pipeline starts to rumble/shake a lot about halfway on. I then turn it ...
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3answers
1k views

Any ideas on hiding a TV in a coffee table?

With 1080p and now 4k Tvs its a waste of technology to watch it from 14'+ away. Sitting under 6' way from a 50+ inch HDTV is the only way to enjoy all the pixels. The only way I can think to have a ...
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2answers
446 views

How can I get paint to come off more evenly with a heat gun?

I'm stripping some paint from a very old door in my house - it's probably about 120 years old. Given the age, it's picked up several layers of paint over the years. I've already stripped the skirting ...
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0answers
589 views

How to determine depth of non-load bearing post when NOT using concrete?

I'm building a trellis/clothesline and using 4x4s as the end-poles. The load on these will be pretty small, and mostly bending moments (almost all) and not axial stress. I live in southern California —...
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Blue water and plastic pieces always stuck in the screen in faucets

Sometimes the water in the toilet and the faucets are blue and the screen in the sinks are always getting clogged with small plastic pieces....I do not know what is going on with that..and the water , ...
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1answer
2k views

Why does my hot cooktop indicator light stay on too long?

Why does my hot cooktop indicator light stay on after the cooktop is cool? The indicator light never turns off.
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Why is it so difficult to cut through cast iron?

Recently, I was observing someone cut through a cast iron pipe and a cast iron radiator and even using a very powerful reciprocating saw, the cut was very slow. I have also previously had discussions ...
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Why are some radiators hot when the system is off?

Yesterday I drained my heating system so I could cut the pipes on one radiator to raise it. After refitting, I filled and bled all the radiators and they were all working. When I got up during the ...
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1answer
69 views

is there a way to use a gas stove to supply hot water needs?

We've a 8kw gas stove which heats huge hallway very well. Wondering is there a way to use it to also heat our water needs (hot water tank very nearby). I'm not a diy type but jus trying to avoid ...
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3answers
786 views

How to measure heat in a Manhattan apartment?

Our 47-year old Mid-Manhattan hi-rise building is generally well maintained but whenever we complain to the super that we don't get enough heat, he sends a handyman with a "mercury" thermometer to ...
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0answers
50 views

Floor heating or radiant? [closed]

Living in a cold area what one is better? I think for a family where there are people that live in the house mostly of the day the floor-heating should be the best in term of quality and saving money,...
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0answers
63 views

What can I do about “cratering” in a hardwood floor?

My Armstrong engineered hand scraped hardwood floors have "cratering" that has just started showing up two years after being installed. What could be causing this and how can I rectify it? In ...
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1answer
2k views

How do I go about framing a half wall into a full wall?

My house has an second floor open loft area with a half wall that overlooks the foyer down below. I would like to enclose the half wall, add a closet and door to create a fourth bedroom. How do I go ...
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1answer
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Forced air system blowing cold air through bedroom vents, hot through the rest

I'm in a rental house for the next few months which hasn't been particularly well maintained. It does have a newish looking Goodman gas furnace, yet the gas bills seem outrageous to me ($250 per month ...
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1answer
2k views

How is garbage disposal installation different in a sink without an existing disposal?

I'm planning on buying a garbage disposal for a sink that does not currently have one. All of the installation instructions I have found assume that I would be replacing a garbage disposal rather than ...
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Did I use the ground wire right? (Light Fixture)

I took down an old ceiling fan in my home, and replaced it with a basic light fixture. When I took the fan down, I saw the normal white and black wires, but no ground coming out off the ceiling. The ...
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129 views

How do I wire new recessed lighting and a fan?

My home office has two wall switches (double gang switch box w/incoming power), one controls a half switched outlet on opposite wall, the other controls a ceiling fan (w/light kit; not independently ...
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1answer
502 views

How do I handle an extra black wire when replacing dimmer switches?

I am replacing 2 light switches that are in the same box each controlling a separate light, one was a dimmer switch and the other was a regular so now I want to replace both with new dimmer switches. ...
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2answers
27k views

Can I use these post brackets to attach railing posts on top of decking?

I found a Simpson strong tie product (BC40Z) 4x4 half post base, and it states its intended use is for attaching a 4x4 railing post securely on top of wooden decking. The following picture ...
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74 views

Can I use my forced air furnace to heat water for radiant heat too?

I moved from Europe to USA 4 years ago and I was wondering if it's possible to combine forced air heating with the heating that uses radiators. My idea is to use the furnace for forced air to heat up ...
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129 views

Why have I lost water in part of my house?

I've suddenly lost pressure only in 1 of 2 upstairs bathrooms. Both hot and cold are completely off. Both the sink and shower are affected. A second upstairs bathroom and the downstairs kitchen are ...
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3answers
144 views

How do I fix badly peeling and hairline fractures on indoor concrete walls?

How do I paint and fix peeling paint and hairline fractures on my indoor concrete (cinder block) walls? The popcorn ceiling is a mess too.
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202 views

How to add a new cable box to an existing stud wall

I need to wire in a new speaker volume adjuster and box into an existing stud wall. My worry is I am not sure if the speaker wire will be able to get to where I need it to go. This is because I am ...
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2answers
7k views

How can I make a wooden floor flat, without using self leveling product?

I am preparing to install laminate flooring in the hallway of our 30 yr. old house. The hall is just over 3 feet wide and 23 feet long. The support piers/beam run lengthwise in the center of the hall ...
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1answer
267 views

What type of adapter should I use to turn a cordless drill in to a corded drill?

I have old Bosch PSR12 driver/drill that all NiCA are dead. I've modified it successfully to work as Corded after removing batteries and connecting 12V 1.5A (220v) adapter. The drill works but when I ...
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1answer
147 views

How do I paint art onto a wall?

I'd like to paint art on a wall like the attached photos. I would like to know how painting art differs from normally painting a solid color. Specifically, Is it suggested to only paint on flat ...
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2answers
4k views

How do I add fire protection to a common (shared) wall?

I own a condo, built in 1961. I've started remodeling and in tearing out my kitchen I discovered the wall between me and my neighbors is only that: a wall. No fire protection just drywall, regular (...
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3answers
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Should I install a vapour barrier if I'm using rigid foam insulation?

I'm re-insulating a room in my house from the inside. I've read that polyisocyanurate (polyiso) rigid foam insulation is the best R-value, so I plan on using that. Details: The house was built in ...
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2answers
287 views

How do I find the source of a slow leak in a roof that has been repaired?

We have had a slow leak for 20 years. The roof has been replaced. We still have the leak, so how do we find the leak?
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199 views

Washing machine pauses by itself

I've just bought washing machine Electrolux EWM 1044 EDU. So, when I installed it, I ran it without clothes at program for cotton(90C degrees)(as was written in instructions). While working it stopped ...
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476 views

Is it dangerous if a fluorescent lamp ticks when off? [closed]

I installed fluorescent lamp in my bathroom. When the switch is off the lamp ticks at frequency of around 6-7Hz. That means there is a voltage when it is off. The switch has no backlight. First of ...

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