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How do I fix a sticking toilet refill float?

After flushing, my toilet doesn't sense that it needs to refill. See the below image. If I so much as gently touch the gray piece, the toilet starts to refill. Any easy fixes?
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1answer
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Should I use acoustical insulation or acoustical drywall for interior walls?

We are getting ready to begin a multi-room renovation project and are thinking about sound deadening. We want to either add sound deadening insulation or acoustical drywall to the interior walls but ...
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2answers
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Can I paint frosted glass panels?

I have a folding bathroom door with two ugly frosted glass panels. My other half would prefer them opaque. I wondering what quick wins I can do here. Will some sort of glass paint work?
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How do I set up drains for a flat roof?

In the house I'm building, I will be using a flat roof with a parapet around it. The total area will be around 120 sq meter and the roof will be a concrete slab (at least 8 cm). What is the best way ...
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1answer
588 views

What type of screws and rawl plugs should I use?

I have a a framed canvas picture that I need to hang on a the wall. It is about 3 foot in height and 2 foot wide. The wall is made of solid brick but has been boarded over with plasterboard and then ...
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3answers
1k views

Is it possible to boost an electrical circuit for more current draw?

In my attic I have a relatively decent electrical circuit that runs a family room with a modest entertainment system, a home office with a monster PC, and a couple of ceiling lights. I've never had ...
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7answers
332 views

Projects to Pursue while Studs are Bare?

I'm stripping my small 950 sq. ft. 1950's-era home to the studs -- walls and ceiling -- so that I can install a vapor barrier and insulation in the walls and ceiling. While I have the studs available ...
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1k views

What could cause my Pennco 15045-vf cast iron furnace to not run?

My boiler is shutting down into lock out mode, but I don't know what's causing it? It will start on reset but shut down after a few minutes, but as of now it wont kick on at all. I checked the pilot ...
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2answers
887 views

How to I “set out” the holes for hinges?

I am thinking of building some cupboards with inset doors and solid sides (e.g not a face frame). Are there any “trick” to how I measure the location of the holes for the hinge screws and bore? I ...
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2answers
119 views

Was my shed repaired properly?

There was a leak in our utility shed area about 8' x 6'. The construction of the shed is plywood with stucco covering. The handyman that repaired the rotten wood installed plywood over the rotten wood ...
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Can I make cabinet doors out of mdf?

I have just read “Can I make cabinet doors out of plywood?”, I was thinking of making some doors out of mdf with mdf strips glued to the front so they look like they have a frame. Am I going to get ...
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2answers
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How do I troubleshoot my Kenmore dryer that doesn't heat up?

I have a Kenmore 110.64642400 that has just started acting up. It spins fine, using the timed dry function the timer knob advances (although not in the auto dry function), but it never heats up. ...
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2answers
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Where is the best place to store cardboard?

Having recently moved, a thrifty state of mind, and plenty of room for storage, taking into account mice, mold, and structural breakdown: Would it be better to storage collapsed moving boxes in the ...
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2answers
447 views

How can I get my shower tiles really clean?

My shower tiles in my apartment are kind of nasty, and I've tried spraying them with Clorox Bleach Foamer and also Tilex:Mold & Mildew and then scrubbing with a magic eraser thing. I can try ...
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2answers
1k views

Can't seem to find solution for vinyl tube to copper tube connection

Its been 6 months and I can't quite seem to find the parts I need for this. I Need to attach a 1/2" OD (5/8" ID) tube to a 3/4" Copper Hydronic Baseboard Element. One end the Element is enlarged to ...
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3answers
517 views

What's a nifty way to restrict my dog run without re-installing it?

We have a "dog run" in our back yard that we hook our dogs to when they need to go out. Their harnesses hook to a lead, and then lead in turn hooks to the wheel you see in the picture below. The wheel ...
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1answer
75 views

How can I adjust my dimmers to work the way I want?

I have SmartLabs dimmers #2476d in my house and some will turn on all the way on a single tap while other turn half way and then when tap second time they go all the way. Any idea how I can ...
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1answer
4k views

When making kitchen cabinet doors out of plywood, what details will impact the final product?

I really want to replace our overwrought, baroque cabinet doors with flat panel doors. I want them to look good but I actually like the look of plywood. It seems from what I've read like I have to ...
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5answers
4k views

When hanging two layers of drywall, can the first layer be hung with the facing to the studs?

I am hanging a double layer of 5/8" type-x drywall with Green Glue, a soundproofing compound, sandwiched in the middle. If I hang the first layer with the face facing outward like normal and then ...
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3answers
82k views

Whats the easiest way to fix sticky painted furniture so that it's no longer sticky?

I sanded and painted a dresser with several coats of 100% acrylic paint, namely, these paints: The paint job turned out good, with one issue. After 4-6 weeks of drying, the paint is still ...
4
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1answer
419 views

Is heavier weight carpet padding a waste of money?

I'm looking to replace the carpet in a living room that was left in a state of considerable filthiness by the previous owners of the house. I went to a local carpet dealer who also does installation ...
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2answers
221 views

Can anyone identify this heating timer?

So, It's getting quite cold now and my central heating is just going on and off randomly. There is what seems to be an unbranded heating timer below the combi-boiler (Baxi). However I have no idea how ...
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4answers
1k views

How to add another network cable?

I am buying a house and it has cat-5 cable going to all the rooms. However, it has an RJ-11 plug on it. I'd like to leave that in place and run an additional one or two cat-6 cables. How can I do this ...
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4answers
5k views

How do I make a Liquid-level-indicator for an overhead sintex water tank

I have a 5000 ltr overhead tank atop a 20 meter tower. I wish to make a liquid level indicator, mechanical type, which would indicate to me the liquid level therein the tank, as the tank is made of ...
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1answer
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How do I trace a water leak inside a stud wall?

There is (maybe was) a slow water leak in the wall behind our shower. While tracking down an issue with the floor, I removed the frout panel from under the shower tray and noticed it was very wet ...
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2answers
3k views

When repairing a split table top, should I use dowels, biscuits, or something else?

We bought a 5' diameter table many years ago from a Macy's warehouse sale. It's a 1" thick wood table top screwed to a cast iron leg/ base. When we bought it, it had a slight warp about 2/3s from ...
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2answers
4k views

How can I repair scratches on door molding?

I live in an apartment with my cat. Through the use of a water bottle, I've gotten him to stop, but he's left quite a few deep scratches and gouges in the molding around some of the internal doors. ...
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2answers
5k views

Should I cover a skylight well from the inside?

I made the mistake of having a Velux skylight installed in my bedroom. The installation was done by pros, both inside and out, and it has never leaked through 2 hurricanes. The installation was done ...
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1answer
2k views

Should I install floating solid bamboo flooring?

I have been looking at flooring choices for my new home. The house currently has carpeting on the upper story and a cheap laminate floor on the ground floor. I'm planning on replacing both. I've been ...
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2answers
2k views

What could cause my toilets to bubble and clear water to come out of the clean out pipe?

Manufactured home installed 1996 but septic tank is from 1973. I live on a hill and have had no septic back ups. Two weeks ago my toilets started bubbling and it appeared they were sucking air. I ...
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4answers
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Lights lowering in the kitchen when turning on microwave oven: symptom of an unstable electric environment?

Is it normal for my kitchen lights to lower their intensity for a second when I'm starting my microwave oven? Is it a symptom of a bad/particularly unstable power environment? The reason I am asking ...
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1answer
159 views

How can I remove the caulk from this window?

The caulk is cracked around the exterior window (see picture). It leads to some funky leaks... I bought new caulk and know how to apply it but what I don't know is how to remove it. It doesn't feel ...
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2answers
567 views

What should I consider when buying a USB inspection camera? [closed]

I have a slow leak in a stud wall; I know it is coming from 1 of 3 pipes. I can replace any of the pipes without breaking into the wall; however I need a way to find out which pipe is leaking. I ...
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1answer
521 views

Why did my tub drain start running slowly after going unused for a little while?

I recently moved into a new apartment and quickly found that the tub drain ran pretty slowly. I wasn't able to fix it myself, so eventually a plumber came in and fixed things up — the drain ran great ...
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2answers
354 views

How can I move a very heavy top window

I live in a very old school (as in it was a high school) building turned condo. I have four windows in the standard top pane, bottom pane double sash configuration. Each pane is about 3 feet wide, 4 ...
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1answer
761 views

How can I replace these light switches?

I am trying to change a couple of switches which are in the same junction box. They control the light on my deck and the flood lights on the corners of the house. I took out the first switch - it ...
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0answers
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How to re-insert a single-hung window into the frame over the guide rods?

UPDATE: window is fixed! The solution is here: youtube.com/watch?v=-TAjm4X8ubI I have a single-hung Madison window. The moving part has come loose and disassembled and I can't get it back in. ...
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3answers
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When does an under the sink P-Trap assembly need venting?

In the realm of second homeowner woes, I had a P-Trap assembly under the bathroom sink. It was a strait connection to the pipe connected to the main sewer line. (least I think that was the case) ...
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3answers
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Why does my radiator leak if it's not fully opened or closed?

I have a hot water (or steam?) radiator that leaks water unless it's completely open or closed. The side has a valve that can be turned to open or shut the connecting pipe. The other side has a steam ...
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1answer
477 views

Why do I have a large PVC pipe venting warm air outside intermittently?

There is a large PVC pipe (3 actually) which vent air intermittently. I started noticing I could see steam rising over my deck in the morning and then I found that these pipes vent air at least a ...
2
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1answer
543 views

How secure is a live bamboo fence compare to chain link or barbed wire fences?

We're about to start working on securing our house. One thing we know we need on the back part of our property is a fence of some sort. I'm trying to keep costs down but security up. I know that any ...
4
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1answer
3k views

What is the code approved way to cut and patch fire rated drywall hung on the ceiling of a basement?

My new house is still under construction, and for code reasons the builder is required to hang fire rated drywall on the ceiling of the basement. I am sure the situation will arise eventually where I ...
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1answer
285 views

How do I make sure that a new washing machine doesn't overflow?

My house suffers from a chronic lack of planning on the part of the designer. For example: the piping to my washing machine is both too small, and angled so that the water has to run uphill. This ...
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1answer
9k views

How do I ensure my wood screws have a minimum of 120 lbs pull out or shear strength?

Some assembly instructions for a project I am doing requires that I use fasteners (screws) with a minimum of 120 lbs pull out or shear strength. What I plan to use is #8 2 1/2" coarse thread wood ...
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1answer
838 views

14 day skipper not advancing on Intermatic sprinkler timer

I am trying to troubleshoot my sprinkler timer. There is a 14-day skipper wheel that has silver pins that you pull out on the days you want to water or push down on the days that you do not want to ...
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3answers
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How should I apply brick to an interior wall?

I don't want to use veneer, I want to use real brick. Is it as easy as using tie-ins to the studs and setting the brick as one would normally? The existing wall is drywall, So I was thinking of ...
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1answer
233 views

Should windows be sealed from the outside before the capping is done?

If a regular vinyl window is replaced, and the foam is applied from the inside around the window, should it be also sealed / caulked from the outside before the capping is done?
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1answer
92 views

Can holey metal furring channels be reused?

I have some 10'- and 6'-long 25 gauge metal furring channels (hat channels) that have been used to hang drywall. I want to reuse them instead of getting new ones. There are about 10 screw holes per ...
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10answers
65k views

Why is my hot water baseboard heater not heating?

I have classic cast iron radiators in my house and then one "modern" one pictured below. It was installed in the 80s from what I know. It doesn't seem to produce much heat at all. It is properly ...
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3answers
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Should I nail, and glue my hardwood flooring?

Well since I'm waiting for an answer on my first hardwood floor question I might as well throw my second question out there too. I’m face nailing my new hardwood flooring (Tasmanian Blackwood 19mm x ...

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