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How do I know when to switch to a finer grit when polishing marble?

I am polishing a marble shelf with pads impregnated with a resin containing diamond powder (it has some advantages over sandpaper, but otherwise works in a similar way). I used grit 50 to remove ...
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Why do my pot lights flicker randomly when not at full brightness?

They're connected to a 1000W dimmer and I think (hope) it's that. In total there are 12 pot lights connection (600W total) and at full dim or at certain levels they're fine but between a certain range ...
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How can I retrofit this existing wall-heater with an external thermostat?

My house has several wall-mounted gas heaters. All but one of them have external, easily accessible thermostats. However, the one that happens to be the most used has no remotely mounted thermostat, ...
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What should I look for when diagnosing electrical circuit gremlins where load is much less than capacity?

We have an electrical circuit with these loads (all on different outlets): 15W aquarium pump, 250W LCD television, 35W cable box, 13W GoogleTV box, and a 100W ceiling fan (plus an integrated 50W ...
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Can I split a 3 wire circuit into 2 separate 2 wire circuits?

I currently have a 3 wire running from my panel, red is connected to a 15 amp breaker, black is connected to a separate 15 amp breaker. White is connected to the neutral bus. This is running to a ...
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Is it more effective to insulate the walls, or ceiling of an unheated basement?

We have a new house, well built, spray foam insulation, tight seals. My daughter's room is over an unfinished area of the basement and is COLD this winter. There are vents in the unfinished area, ...
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How do you remove stick on hooks?

I'm not sure of the name but you know those hooks that come with an adhesive strip that attachs to a wall and you put the hook over it? The hook part broke off but the adhesive strip and the plastic ...
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Why did I receive an electric shock from my microwave?

I was doing the washing up and the microwave is next to the place where I put the dishes and I went to put it down and my hand touched the side of the microwave and I got an electric shock for a bout ...
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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, ...
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My 5th (top) floor apartment is shaking; what might cause this?

I live in a developing country (so don't have much faith in building codes), and have been experiencing increasingly noticeable and frequent "shaking" in my top fifth floor apartment. I'm seriously ...
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494 views

Is it better to stain before or after assembly?

I'm going to build a wrapping-paper cart: it holds rolls of wrapping paper, ribbons, tissue, bows, scissors and tape, etc. It's going to be mostly made of 3/8" plywood, and will have a couple of ...
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How do I wire two lights with a switch?

How do you wire two ceiling lights on one switch? I have installed the switch, and the two lights, but only one light is working. It is the light that the power source enters. My setup is like ...
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How should I prepare drywall for wallpaper?

If I am posting wallpaper, is it still necessary to apply joint compound? I though that corner could be cut because the surface won't be exposed especially if i cut all the beveled edges off and ...
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2answers
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How can I repair water-damaged hardwood countertops?

Me and my housemate are complete novices when it comes to home improvement/DIY/etc. so when we moved into a recently renovated house with solid wood worktops, we were oblivious to what care they might ...
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Can I build storage in front of heaters?

We're in an NYC pre-war apartment building. Under every window, there's a built in radiator: Each has a knob that supposedly shuts the radiator off but it doesn't always work. Meaning you can ...
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How can I reduce the noise from a bathroom fan?

I would like to stop an extractor fan shaking my ceiling as it makes a lot of noise. What is the best way to dampen it? (foam, springs etc). Its an exhaust vent for bathroom and is inline with exhaust ...
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580 views

Is it a legal requirement / building regulation to have a stopcock within a property?

I recently moved into a property (in the UK) - it's a 1930's semi which was renovated about 2 years ago. I am wanting to have a water meter fitted - utilities company came to have a look and couldn't ...
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When finishing drywall, is it a common practice not to mud the bottom of horizontally-hung drywall?

I hung drywall horizontally in my bedroom and hired a company to mud and tape it so that I could prime and paint. As you know, drywall sheets are recessed along the edges in order to hold drywall ...
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1answer
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Why isn't my garage door opener button working on new installation?

I recently installed a garage door opener in my new home, it is wired as such per the installation instructions. The garage was prewired with 20AWG, insulated and drywalled, and I identified which ...
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2answers
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How to patch a hole in stained wood (oak) so that the patch material matches the wood as close as possible?

I drilled a 1/2" hole into a stained oak board and I want to fill it so that it's as minimally noticeable as possible. Here are the three options I've found so far: Wood putty. This means I'd have ...
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1answer
204 views

Do electric push activated screwdrivers exist? [closed]

I am looking for a screwdriver. I want it to be powered (electric, cordless). I want it to not be based on a trigger mechanism (in order to reduce repetitive motion strain). I want it to screw (or ...
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2answers
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Can I use the wiring from a disabled home security system to power wireless cameras?

My home has an old security system which has long been disabled. I'd like to be able to use the wiring for the sensors to possibly provide DC power to some wireless IP security cameras in various ...
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Why does my central heating system comes on on its own accord?

Can anyone tell me why my central heating comes on by itself: the radiators get hot and stay hot for around 1-3 minutes then the system turns back off again. This can happen any time throughout the ...
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1answer
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How can I disassemble this old bathroom faucet to fix a leak, without damaging the decorative chrome piece?

Update 4: Once I followed Michael's suggestion I was able to remove the cartridge. Closest match was a Moen 1224, 131222. Inlet and outlet were very different, and rotation of valve was much greater ...
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Does a whole house humidifier go on the intake or outlet of the furnace?

On what side of the furnace do I install the tank of the humidifier (the warm side or the return air side)?
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2answers
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Is a PTHP an HVAC option for a super or well insulated structure?

Is a Packaged Terminal Heat Pump a good HVAC system for a structure that is super insulated or passively insulated assuming the unit is sized and fitted to meet the needs of the structure. There is ...
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4answers
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How can plywood edges be finished to conceal the plies?

My cabinet doors are tired and have many coats of ugly paint. Rather than strip all the paint off, I'm considering just chucking the old doors and making new ones. I like the plain style of just a ...
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2answers
3k views

Why do my garage door opener remotes need to be reset frequently?

The remote for my garage door opener needs to be reset frequently. I have two different remotes and they both need to be reset frequently so the problem seems to be with the garage door opener. Is ...
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1answer
793 views

What size hole do I need in masonry for an anchor that takes a 1/2" thread?

I bought these ladder hangers from Home Depot today. I have used anchors before, but I tend to not make the right size hole. What is the ideal size hole for an anchor that takes a 1/2" thread? How ...
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1answer
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How do I clean up linseed oil?

One of the many things I loathe about our kitchen cabinets is that although they're stained to a mahogany tone dark brown, the undersides of the uppers (which are visible from our kitchen table) are ...
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4answers
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How can I add a piece of timber to my metal shed wall without creating a leak?

I have a garden shed with steel (powder coated) walls. I'd like to attach a piece of timber to the inside of the wall. I'll use the timber to attach hooks for hanging tools. I don't want the holes I ...
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2answers
2k views

How can I remove paint from slotted screw heads?

What techniques work to dig layers of paint out of small slotted screw heads, when the slot is so full of paint a screwdriver won't work? I've tried an awl, utility knife and screwdriver/hammer. ...
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Should I install an inline water heater for my bathroom?

It takes 3-4 minutes of the shower running before the hot water reaches my upstairs bathroom. I'd like to not have to waste all that water and time. My initial though was to install an inline water ...
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1answer
4k views

What units are the clutch settings on a drill?

I have tried looking around the internet for an answer - but I can only find articles that explain what the clutch on a drill does. I am very familiar not only with what they do but also with how ...
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1answer
889 views

What's with the different FHR ratings of these hot water tanks?

We're replacing our tank with a more efficient one and we can't go tankless given the cold input temperatures in Canada and the amount of output we need (for a triplex with 7 people). So I've been ...
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1answer
569 views

Is flashing required to attach a landing to the exterior of a house

I will have a landing running from the back door, then four or five steps to ground. Do I need to place metal flashing where the landing attaches to the house, or some other means of protecting the ...
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1answer
857 views

Can I use a polarized cord and plug to rewire a non-polarized clock?

I have a clock that has a pretty corroded plug. The clock plug is not polarized. You can plug it in any which way. I also have a spare electric cord that is wired with a polarized plug. I'd like to ...
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1answer
571 views

How to insulate sloped top of concrete block foundation?

I am planning to insulate the inside of my basement. I have a concrete block foundation. I am planning on going XPS board route, applied directly to wall with foam/tape on all the seams to make it ...
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1answer
2k views

Is there a required spacing between where high and low voltage lines attach to a house?

If both the high and low voltage lines are strung from the pole to the house, is there a minimum spacing required between where they anchor to the structure? The AC lines enter through the ...
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Should switches in a kitchen area have GFCI protection?

Do the switches on the wall and over the counter areas have to be on a GFCI protected circuit? As there is live power at the switch all the time, I would think this to be true, but I'm not sure.
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Can I install hardwood floors (not floating) on a concrete floor?

We have recently bought an old house, and the ground floor has a hard floor and is currently covered in tongue and groove laminate - which we hate. We'd like to put reclaimed floorboards down - is ...
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4answers
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How can I measure the r-value of a wall?

What is a reproducible test to measure the r-value of an exterior wall? Or even a specific spot on a specific wall? It needn't produce an absolutely certain result, but a good estimate with known ...
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1answer
899 views

How can I stop veggie garbage from coming out of my basement storm drain?

I keep getting onion and tomato peels coming out of my basement storm drain after doing any sizable cooking and putting it through the garbage disposal. The kitchen is on the 1st floor, the drain is ...
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2answers
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How do I remove cat spray smell from the exterior of the house?

My in-laws have a cat problem. The neighborhood cat is spraying the outside of their house and evidently it really stinks. How can they get rid of the smell?
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1answer
130 views

Where could this green residue that is clogging fixture screens be coming from?

I have a big problem with green residue clogging fixture screens. There has been no recent(for the last 2 years) plumbing work in the house so it is not flux/solder residue. I have two 50 gallon tanks ...
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3answers
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Is it normal to see nails coming through the roof decking after a new roof was installed?

Our home was built in 1954, and is a Florida ranch style home. We have about a two-foot overhanging soffit with trusses that show and with tongue and groove under whatever that’s called. Sorry, I ...
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How should I mount a TV to a wall that slants inwards 8 degrees?

I am going to attach a piece of plywood across 3 studs and then attach the mount to the plywood, as described in the answer to Studs not in right place for mounting TV. Can I use 2x4s to extend them?. ...
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What options are available for insulating interior walls myself with minimal damage to the wall?

United State | California I'd like to insulate the interior walls in my house using a minimally invasive method. My understanding that is that "blown-in insulation" requires specialized equipment ...
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2answers
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Is voltage too high in C wire going to thermostat?

I've managed to add a C wire to my thermostat. I then decided to check the voltage between the R and C wires, and find that it read as 27.8 volts, not the 24 volts it was supposed to be. Could this ...
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768 views

Will my wood platform support my generator?

I built a wood platform out of pressure treated lumber 6ft X 4ft 2x6 with beams every 16 inches and 2x6 deck. It is bolted into the house 2x10 on the 6 ft rear wall and carriage bolted to an existing ...

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