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Is standing water at bottom of dishwasher normal?

Is standing water at the bottom of dishwasher normal? Is this to keep up seal pressure? I want to make sure this is not unsafe.
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1answer
771 views

How do I safely install a pole/mast on our roof?

We are installing a pole/mast for wireless communication equipment on the roof of our commercial building. The pole will need to rise 2m above the roofline. Obviously we want the pole to be as ...
2
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1answer
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How can I build a vertical hinging stair safety rail/siding?

I live in a New York apartment and want to use the loft bedroom for 4 year old daughter. The stairs are wooden slats built into the wall but completely open on one side...there is no safety ...
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2answers
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Did I make a mistake with this fluorescent light installation?

I bought a fluorescent light fixture with 2 light bulbs. I wanted to test if the light bulbs where good before mounting the fixture to the ceiling. So I simply plugged the cable to a 120V outlet. I ...
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What mortar should I use for 8x10 and mosaic wall tile?

I will be tiling a tub/shower area using 8x10 ceramic tile with glass mosaic tile accent rows. I see about half a dozen varieties of thin-set on the market: Weights: - 25lb - 50lb Types: - ...
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3answers
922 views

Does water run through a kitchen faucet sprayer when the faucet is off?

I was attempting to replace my faucet sprayer and hose today and discovered that the hose I bought was not compatible with the faucet. I bought a hose that screws on, the one on the faucet has some ...
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3answers
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Is it OK to put hardwood flooring over 3/4“ particle board that's over 1/2” wood subfloor?

We want to install either laminate or hardwood flooring throughout most of our home. The home is about 35 years old. I pulled up all the carpet and found 3/4" particle board over 1/2" plywood board ...
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2answers
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How did I mess up this wiring?

I had to take down a ceiling light to remove an old wire while renovating. I eventually managed to wire everything up correctly, but I'm still puzzled by how I miswired it the first few times. I ...
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1answer
2k views

Should a curtain drain be covered/back filled?

I do some light maintenance and yard work in exchange for rent. The building had some problems with flooding. We have an extensive drain system, but it was a bit clogged. Even after the plumbers ...
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2answers
3k views

Should I be concerned about my house settling?

I bought my home about a year ago (September 2011). It's a split-level ranch built in the mid-70s. I have a couple of spots, especially on a wall going perpindicular through the center of the house ...
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What is this thing next to my sink? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: What is this component that connects to the garbage disposal? As I mentioned in a previous post, I recently moved to a new place and I'm still trying to figure out what ...
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5answers
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What is the pointed end of a spud or construction adjustable wrench used for?

I saw one of these at Lowe's the other day and was just wondering what the pointed end is used for. I have seen it called a "construction" wrench and a "spud" wrench.
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3answers
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How can I remove a stuck bath stopper assembly?

The drain in our tub is slow and I'd like to snake it. I was planning on going through the overflow / drain stopper toggle plate: But I can't remove the stopper and link from the overflow pipe. It ...
4
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2answers
8k views

How can I fix a toilet that is backing up with sink water?

I need help. I would like to avoid calling a plumber. The toilet in our downstairs bathroom keeps backing up. Here is what I have tried and/or observed: I tried using a good plunger. I cannot even ...
3
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2answers
3k views

Should I use solid concrete or cement block for an egress window well?

I am having some contractors build a window well for an egress window at my house. I have the option of doing solid concrete walls for the window well, or cement blocks (which he said he will fill ...
3
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9answers
53k views

How do I remove dried latex paint from carpet?

I dropped a brush while painting my office. We have brand new carpet and of course, I dropped the paint brush in a spot where there was no drop cloth >:( I thought since it's latex based paint I ...
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0answers
48 views

Multiple AFCI breakers tripping at same time [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: What could be causing AFCI breaker and GFCI receptacle nuisance tripping? I have a new house. During the last couple of months I will find that multiple breakers will ...
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4answers
6k views

What is this kind of security bolt head called, and how can I remove it?

A previous owner fitted the light fitting pictured above, and has not left me a tool to remove the bolt. The bulb has blown so I need to get in to the unit. The head diameter is about 12mm and the ...
4
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6answers
10k views

How do I repair laminate damage on a kitchen cabinet?

We have a kitchen cabinet that we accidentally attached a calendar to using tape. When removing the tape the surface came right off with it. My question is how to best repair this damage? It ...
2
votes
2answers
1k views

How do I hang a prehung door?

I want to put up a door in a spare room that is already 82" in height. If I want to put the door to one side of the wall are studs necessary on that side of the wall or can I nail the prehung door ...
4
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3answers
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How to use network patch panel in new house

I just moved in to a townhouse built in 2007 with a seemingly nice CAT5 and coaxial cabling. In fact, I found a patch panel in the closet! I opened it and found this: I also noticed some ...
2
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2answers
10k views

Is it safe to use a portable microwave in a confined shelfspace?

I have an 900 watt emerson microwave that looks similar to this one: It weighs about 30 pounds and the outside dimensions are about 19" (W) x 16" (D) x 12" (H). We normally have it sitting on the ...
4
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2answers
2k views

Is it safe to drill into the metal spacer between drywall and joist?

I am trying to install a bike hoist in the ceiling of my garage. I found the ceiling joist using the stud finder and when I tried making a pilot hole, I noticed that I am hitting metal. I don't have ...
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3answers
206 views

What could be wrong with this receptacle?

the power outlet where my tv was plugged in lost power all of a sudden. However, when I plug in a receptacle tester, the power goes back on but when I remove the receptacle tester, power goes off ...
2
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1answer
3k views

Duct and fan requirements for stove hood

I have a commercial range, 36x24" on which I do things like stirfrying for 30 people using a 24" wok. Our hood which advertises 900CFM is performing poorly. It uses a 6" duct which has to run up 3' ...
0
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2answers
5k views

How do I repair this leaking toilet supply nut?

I've got a leaky toilet that I'm trying to fix (and in the process making worse). The leak seems to be coming from the brass nut on the right of the photo here: This nut has a washer in it so ...
1
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3answers
32k views

How to run an interior gas (LP) line

I need to run a gas (LP) line from outside the house to a cooktop in the kitchen. Here's what I think I need to do: drill a hole in the exterior wall and the header (from the attic) of the same wall ...
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1answer
1k views

How do I slow further cracking in wood outdoors?

Ideally my wood steps and picnic table would have been treated properly in past years but they weren't. The answers to this question recommended oil-based approaches to protecting outdoor wood. But ...
1
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1answer
786 views

Puzzling leak in my 2nd floor tile shower

I am looking for help. I recently bought a home. During the home inspection the inspector plugged the shower drain, filled the shower to test the shower for leaks. Unfortunately, I believe he used ...
4
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5answers
17k views

Should I run laminate continuously through rooms, or separate with T moulding?

I am installing laminate flooring in an area that has two bedrooms and a living area. The bedrooms are about 150 sq ft each and the living space is around 250 sq ft. --------------- ...
5
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1answer
3k views

How can I get my third floor radiators working?

I have two radiators upstairs. One is slightly warm, and the other is not warm at all, leaving the room very cold. When I tried to bleed the radiators in the house, all of them released water and ...
1
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1answer
2k views

How to connect Nest in Europe

I found a question regarding the Nest thermostat here. But that is only a question "Will it work?". Thanks to that I know it WILL, the problem is...HOW. I know the wire naming conventions are ...
3
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2answers
234 views

how install a new ourdoor digital aerial

I have a problem with the tv aerial. I used a aerial splitter to split the aerial into 2 with one spare way. I'm not getting a signal in a room thats 50 foot away from the splitter. However the room ...
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 ...
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vote
0answers
136 views

Without having a pressure regulator or gauge, how would we determine what psi to set our new expansion tank to?

Without having a pressure regulator or gauge, how would we determine what psi to set our new expansion tank to? We just replaced the tank and hot water heater.Before replacing them, had an ok amount ...
5
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2answers
6k views

How do I repair this hole in my ceiling?

So I did something stupid and I screwed up my den ceiling: For scale, the hole itself is about 3-4 inches long, but the overall damaged area is about 9 inches in diameter. It's hard to see, but it ...
4
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1answer
3k views

How should I build an exterior door landing pad?

I've got a building with several exterior doors (all opening inward). The slab and walk-up is about 18+" from the ground. Code requires that I have a 36"x36" landing pad outside each exterior door. ...
4
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2answers
3k views

How can I strip & Refinish this window frame?

Take a look at the following close-up of one of my window frames. I'd like to strip all the white paint off of it, possibly stain the wood, and finish it with a varnish. I have the following ...
4
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3answers
23k views

How can I prevent water from getting behind the gutter?

A friend of mine is having a water problem; the water is coming down behind the gutter. It turns out the drip edge isn't covering up the gutter completely on the one side for a considerable length of ...
2
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1answer
4k views

How do I cover one side of a two-sided fireplace with bricks?

EDIT: 1/21/13 We hired a professional mason to convert the two-sided fireplace into a single-sided fireplace. We ended up interviewing about 5 people and getting bids from all of them. The guy we ...
5
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3answers
9k views

How can I install a frost-free outdoor faucet with very little space?

On one side of my house, the previous owner frequently forgot to shut off the outdoor water during the winter. Given that my house is in Minnesota, it gets cold during the winter, and he had to ...
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0answers
69 views

How to mount a flat screen TV above a fireplace? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How should I run wiring for my above-fireplace mounted TV? I have a flat screen TV on a wall mount that I'd like to move to the brick above the fireplace (which is only ...
2
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2answers
2k views

Should I install a hot water recirculating pump before or after the thermostatic mixing valve?

Per the attached picture, I'm going to install a Grundfos comfort pump next to the solar hot water system. Supposedly it's half price on amazon, and it gets pretty good reviews. My question is ...
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0answers
597 views

Should I spread lime in my crawlspace before laying moisture barrier?

The crawlspace is currently just earth. I'm going to be raking it, laying moisture barrier and then taping to seal. Should I spread lime onto the earth before laying the barrier?
5
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1answer
575 views

Can a single metal electrical box use two ground clips?

Inside a metal electrical box, can I use multiple ground clips (one for each conductor), or is it required that all ground conductors be twisted together and pigtailed into the same clip?
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1answer
2k views

What are the disadvantages of having electrical conduit penetrate my foundation below-grade?

I'm having an electrician wire a lamppost in the backyard. His initial proposal was to do something like this picture shows: (The diagram is from this article.) The conduit's rise from the ground ...
4
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3answers
2k views

Should I leave NiCad rechargeable batteries charging when not in use for long periods?

I've got an Black & Decker electric trimmer that gets used about 2 months out of the year. It uses a NiCd battery pack. For optimum battery life, should I leave it plugged in all year when not in ...
4
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4answers
5k views

How do I measure the leg positions for a three-legged table with a circular top?

I am creating a three-legged stand for a monitor (not really a table, but whatever) and am not sure how to conduct the measurements so that all three legs are accurately spaced in an equilateral ...
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1answer
1k views

Can I install a (probably ductless) range hood against brick?

I'm thinking about making an offer on a 1930's house that needs a few improvements. The gas stove/range isn't situated against an exterior wall. Rather, it's placed against the back side of the brick ...
0
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0answers
86 views

I have no furnace, only electric blowing heaters. How do I get ventilation?

I have a 100 years old building with a store on the main floor. Since the building was built over 100 years old there is no ducting whatsoever. There is also no furnace. In the summer we just hook ...

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