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How can I efficiently dig small footing holes?

I am trying to dig holes that are 18" square, and 12"+ deep. The site is mostly undisturbed soil, although there is a thin layer of topsoil or fill in some areas. The soil is glacial till, so a mix ...
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What could cause the water from melting snow off a roof to be yellow?

I noticed today that there is a nice long yellow line of snow below my eaves. It stretches for several yards, and seems to have been caused by the melt coming from our roof. Aside from thousands of ...
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Fire Extinguisher In Unheated Garage & Shed

We are talking about getting fire extinguishers for the various areas of our house. One place where it seems a fire extinguisher would be a good idea is the garage. I also plan on adding a shed to ...
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2answers
535 views

Plastic repair - welding?

I have an expensive trash can whose plastic hinge cracked. Is there any way to restore it to its former strength? In my experience, epoxies do not stand the test of time for this sort of thing, ...
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188 views

I want a cheap solution for water heating, maybe even something I can build myself, please give me some ideas

I have a little problem, over summer we choose to run a wetback for our hot water, on some days over summer this is unbearable, please provide some helpful suggestions, things like solar ovens, solar ...
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1answer
382 views

Better life span for halogen bulbs in ceiling lighting?

The halogen bulbs for our recessed ceiling spotlights have to be replaced quite often. Could we be using the wrong transformer/bulb combinations? How would I find out? Does the number of bulbs ...
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1answer
459 views

new mini CFLs don't seem to fit/work in fixtures?

In our bathroom we have a 6 light bar over the sink, it has 6 standard edison style screw in sockets in brass plated cups, and no shades, just bare bulbs. It's very similar to this light. Not long ...
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862 views

Alternative to electric heaters in bedrooms?

I would like this system serviceable, cost effective & relatively maintenance free. I just don't know the best way to go about it. I am sick of using a oil filled heater over winter. My original ...
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3answers
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Why should I use advanced nails instead of wood screws for strength?

Recently I found that there're some superior nails for constructing hurricane-resistant houses - with very clever design for preventing pulling the nails out and tearing the boards off when the ...
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747 views

Fix a Leaky Faucet?

I have a Moen single handle kitchen faucet. When you lift the handle to start the water flow, water also flows out almost as fast from underneath the handle and floods my counter. I cannot figure ...
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How do I connect a dryer to a dryer vent?

I just moved my dryer (gas) a couple feet to a better location in the basement. It is actually now closer to the existing dryer vent to the outside of the house. The previous owner has it connected ...
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6answers
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How do I hang shelves on poor quality brick/concrete walls?

I'm trying to install some shelves in my apartment (brick/concrete) but when I drill holes the walls almost seem like they're made of sand. I'm not able to securely fix the screws (I'm using wall ...
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472 views

Why are progressively larger drywall knives used after each mudding pass?

I've been researching drywall finishing techniques and have noticed that when a first coat of mud compound is used, a smaller 6 inch taping knife is used... then on the second mud application, a ...
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Can I plug a workbench mounted double gang outlet into a single gang wall outlet?

I'm thinking about building a workbench on one side of my garage, but I need more outlets for all of my tools. I'm not planning on running everything at once, I just don't want to keep unplugging ...
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1answer
446 views

Can Laminate flooring be installed on Steps?

Can Laminate flooring be installed on steps? I've seen that many laminate flooring manufacturers offer stair nose pieces like this. It would seem that you would fasten (with finish nails) the thick ...
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2answers
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Darker areas on paint where I previously applied filler

Recently I painted walls in bathroom with latex water-dispersion paint. The walls were quite even, except some minor defects and a few major ones. I applied "acrylate" filler (that's what the can ...
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2answers
122 views

What easily obtained material would work best to protect my LCD screen?

I've got 18 month and 2 1/2 year old boys. I'm considering purchasing a TV, and I'm concerned about the occasional lapse in judgement. (e.g.: The odd toy being thrown at the screen in a fit of ...
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2answers
1k views

How do I fix a leaking ceramic mono sink mixer?

We have a kitchen mixer tap something like the one below. It's white and has 1/4 turn ceramic taps (so not like the taps in the one below in that respect). The taps are not leaking, the mixer is ...
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1answer
777 views

Potterton EP3000 programmer HW and CH buttons not working

I've got a Potterton EP3000 boiler and the programmer won't respond to me pressing the HW and CH buttons. It was working fine until I switched off the power to the plugs (to do some electrics). After ...
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1answer
99 views

Combined wood and aluminium windows

We would like to have wooden windows in our newly bought apartment which we are renovating at the moment. The apartment is old and we feel that alu-windows does not fit the "soul" of the apartment. ...
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1answer
282 views

When to use different fire suppression systems?

I know a fire suppression systems is a good thing to have in one's home if you have anything that heats up, ie... a kiln. Question is thus, what type of suppression system is best for each type of ...
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2answers
158 views

Solar panel: Current-related question

I found a solar panel rated 9v, 70mA. I want to use it to create a power backup for a 9v, 1A router. Is this possible?
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1answer
1k views

Should I worry about sagging joists?

I have a two story house and some of the joists between the floors are sagging about an inch or two. When I walk around upstairs I can feel the level difference and downstairs you can slightly see the ...
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1answer
241 views

Buzz in the phone

Why do I get a loud buzz in my telephone when the overhead fluorescent lights are on in my kitchen and can it be fixed?
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2answers
3k views

How do I determine what supplies to buy to insulate an attic?

I would like to add more insulation to an attic. What measurements and points do I need to look at to decide what materials to buy? How do I determine if I need airflow baffles? How do I determine ...
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3answers
1k views

Solar power backup for router

I want to use solar panels to create a power backup for a router(9V, 1A). I'm aware I'll require solar panels and batteries but am not sure how to choose suitable ones. Please help suggest me on ...
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3answers
188 views

best way to install a flat wall fixture on a sightly curved wall

In our rental property, the kitchen walls are all ever so slightly curved (as are a lot of walls in our house) We want to put up a knife magnet. Obviously we are keen for this not to be wobbly in any ...
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1answer
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What to do when sewer backs up

What should I do when a (house's main) sewer backs up? How can I make it not back up, or at least stop it from backing up more once it has already started backing up?
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2answers
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Are mounting anchors necessary for plaster walls?

I have a bathroom utility organizer I need to hang on a plaster wall. The organizer is lightweight aluminum, weighs about 5 pounds, and will be holding fairly light items such as toothbrush holders ...
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3answers
696 views

How many “zones” should my underfloor heating system have?

We're putting underfloor heating in our new apartment. On top will be a wooden floor for most of the apartment, stone/tiles in bathrooms and probably also in part of kitchen. The constructor said ...
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3answers
5k views

What to do with an apartment with only 2-pronged outlets

I just rented an apartment (Colorado, for what it's worth RE code) that has 2-pronged outlets throughout the place except for two GFCI's, one in the bathroom and one in the kitchen. I bought the ...
2
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1answer
3k views

How do I fix a condensate drain line that froze in my split electric system with heat pump?

I have a split electric system with a heat pump. It looks like my condensate drain line is frozen. I switched to supplemental heat which does not use the heat pump. Is this enough for now? Our ...
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2answers
4k views

How can I tell what kind of heating system I have?

Seems like a simple question, but I've had a very hard time finding a definitive answer to this. I went to the hardware store to buy a replacement for a faulty thermostat and when I arrived and ...
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1answer
145 views

When is a 5x40mm confirmat screw appropriate compared to the slightly larger 7x50mm screw?

I'm thinking about getting some confirmat screws for 3/4" material. Should I get the 40mm or the 50mm variety?
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2answers
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How do I secure a shower curtain rod?

In my bathroom I have one of those spring-loaded shower curtain rods that you twist to get tight. When any real weight is on it, it moves, and if it moves enough, the whole thing comes crashing down. ...
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1answer
291 views

My brand new fridge has a dirty mark and silver tape near the compressor, should I send it back?

I have just unboxed a new larder fridge and noticed that there was a dirty black mark on the back, just above the compressor, which then has had a piece of silver tape put over it. The fridge is ...
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1answer
245 views

How important is carpet warranty when determining which to pick?

I have a quote, one from a big name national store and one from a local carpet store, the specs i.e. face weight, thread twist, density, etc are exactly the same, both are made from nylon, etc. ...
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How bad is it to have wet insulation?

With this recent blizzard we recently saw our ceiling lighting fixture leaking water (slow, about 1 drop every 5 minutes) I got up in the attic and saw that some snow had been apparently blown into ...
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1answer
626 views

Sealing a small crack in poured concrete foundation

I have a small crack in my foundation that started seeping water when there was ice on the ground. The water is flowing along the foundation under my fireplace bump out. The cause of the problem ...
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2answers
2k views

How do I prepare the trim and casing around a new door for paint?

I just installed a new exterior door. I put the original, painted interior-side casing back on, but to make it line up properly I put some new, unpainted 1/4" trim strips (not sure what they're ...
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2answers
184 views

Building custom cigar box - is there a MAYA or 3DSM to wooden cutout service

I am looking to build a custom cigar box, and was wondering if I were to design it in MAYA or 3D Studio Max and the figure out all the different pieces I would need. Is there a metal, plastic, or ...
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1answer
189 views

How long can a fireplace go without cleaning/inspection if it's never used?

I have a gas fireplace that I have never used, nor planned to use. Then we lost power on the coldest day I've ever seen here (gas furnace - check, electric blower - oops) and I'm kicking myself for ...
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3answers
533 views

How do you insulate your pipes to protect against freezing?

So, my pipes froze in my house today, and it made me realize that I should better insulate them for the rare days that it gets in the teens here... What should I do to insulate them?
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1answer
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How can I fix a bayonet light socket without replacing it?

I have a bayonet light socket, in which I have managed to snap off the "teeth" that hold the globe in place. I'm not comfortable with doing electrical work, so is there something I can do to "fix" it ...
6
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3answers
6k views

What do I do with a leaky roof in the middle of January?

I removed the ceiling Sheetrock and insulation during a bathroom remodel in my master bathroom on the 2nd floor of my house. I have snow on the roof that is melting and I found two small drips coming ...
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1answer
582 views

What is the life expectancy / MTBF of a 60 gal. water heater?

Specs: Capacity: 60 gal. Power: 4500W Voltage: 240V Warranty: 6 years
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2answers
289 views

How to unjam garbage disposal

Garbage disposal stopped today after I tossed some coffee grounds into it. It makes a nice hum when you turn the power on of the motor trying to run, but nothing spins. I've tried the reset button ...
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2answers
1k views

Is there an easy way to strip twin and earth cable?

It seems whatever method I use I sometimes damage the wire and have to hope I have enough cable to have a 2nd try. Is there a method that works 100% of the time for someone that is not doing it every ...
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1answer
656 views

What type of mortar would I use to seal cracks in our chimney?

We've got a brick chimney that's ~25 years old and it's got a quite a few cracks in the mortar (some hairline, some as thick is a quarter). What's the best way to seal all those cracks? I assume ...
5
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1answer
2k views

Should I replace nails in a plywood subfloor with screws to the joists?

As you may know I asked a few questions to this end already and just wanted to know if I should remove the nails and replace them with screws to hold the 1/2" plywood sub floor securely to the joists ...

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