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1answer
170 views

How do I use plumber's tape on a pool float?

The auto-refill float broke off my pool filler recently. I bought a new unit and I was just going to switch out the float part but the guy at the shop said to unscrew it from the pipe and swap out the ...
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How do I disable a lock?

I have the following door handle / lock combination that leads out to my garage. The key for the door has long been lost and sometimes someone will turn the internal lock and the door cannot be opened ...
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3answers
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What could cause polyurethane to dry with excess gloss?

I'm having trouble with polyurethane (Helmsman semi-gloss) drying much glossier than it should - like an extra-gloss instead of a semi-gloss. I'm using it on stained wood moulding, and when I did the ...
4
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2answers
944 views

Are there pet friendly insecticides that kill only spiders?

Is there a insecticide that only kills spiders? I have a cat and a dog. So, I have to be careful what I use.
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1answer
2k views

How can I isolate my bedroom from refrigerator noise?

I want to close out noise from my fridge/freezer. The walls are very thick, but I have a a free passage which needs isolating. I'm thinking some isolating material perhaps that I can hang in direct ...
6
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2answers
4k views

How do I mount 20 lb speakers to drywall between studs?

I have a pair of 20 lbs speakers that I want to mount to the drywall which is between two studs. How do people recommend these speakers be mounted? I would like to swivel and tilt the speakers. The ...
4
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4answers
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Are there any dangers associated with rigid foam insulation?

Is there any danger of bad fumes/gasses being released from polyisocyanurate or polystyrene rigid foam insulation? I'm planning on insulating my bedroom from the inside (ie: putting the insulation ...
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1answer
695 views

Are there any special steps when installing drywall over vapour barrier?

I have a simple (I think) question about installing drywall overtop vapour barrier. Obviously the drywall screw will puncture the vapour barrier. What is typically done to prevent that puncture ...
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2answers
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Can I put rigid foam on studs to prevent thermal bridging?

I'm re-insulating an interior wall & putting up drywall to replace the old plaster walls. Rather than screwing the drywall directly into the studs, I'm toying with the idea of putting a 1/2 inch ...
2
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2answers
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How can I separate a light switch to power two different devices?

My house had an addition after it was built - a covered porch which includes a lit ceiling fan. I very recently screened in said porch and love it out there. When the initial addition was put on, ...
2
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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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1answer
1k views

What are our options for carpeting the basement of a split-level house?

The basement level of our house (1/2 below grade) is currently just vinyl tile on concrete slab. It's cold during the winter, so we would like to carpet it. We do not get water penetration through ...
9
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2answers
453 views

How can I remove a moisture mark from a wooden table?

I have a white mark on my wooden dining table that was caused by a potted plant sitting there for too long without a saucer. Attempts to clean it off have been futile because it seems not to be a ...
2
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1answer
285 views

How to move a garage opener switch and minimize damage to sheetrock

The garage opener was installed a couple feet away from the door which makes it awkward to trigger in enough situations that I finally just (temporarily) nailed it over next to the doorway. But I ...
6
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2answers
5k views

How can I fix a leaking outdoor faucet with broken threads?

We bought a house recently. The backyard has a faucet that is leaking (at the connection between pipe and faucet). looks like the previous owner tried to fix it too and in the process did the ...
4
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2answers
3k views

What are the current and voltage limits when determining low vs. high voltage wiring?

I'm trying to figure out what is considered a power line( for outlets) and data communication line. What are the qualifying factors here. I know outlets have 120V AC at 60Hz and data lines have ...
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4answers
9k views

Is it safe to re-use drill holes in a wall?

I've just mounted a 42" TV with a new wall mount that uses 3/16" bolts into some studs on the wall. I now want to use an articulating one, which means I'll need to replace the old mount. The new ...
5
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1answer
5k views

How can I prevent water from collecting near the blower fan blades of a portable air conditioner?

I have a GE portable Air Conditioner (APH10AA). It's about 10 years old (I guess; we got it used). It works good (blows cold air), but in the last year or two it's regularly been getting water ...
5
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1answer
419 views

What can I do about lead paint on fieldstone foundation walls?

I have an old field stone basement (1870's) that is crumbling but not just the mortar, the stone itself. We have tuck pointed the mortar areas with some success. Our problem is: the previous owner ...
8
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2answers
4k views

What can I use to lubricate screws?

I am re assembling a swing set made of pretty hard wood. My electric drill won't drive the screws in all the way and I have to try to use plain screwdriver. I don't want to strip the heads though. Is ...
17
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7answers
6k views

Is there a lifetime failure count for a breaker?

I have an external cutoff for my air conditioner that has two physical fuses (TR-50's, time delay 50 amps) outside. This is between the condenser unit and the main power panel, where it is protected ...
5
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1answer
2k views

How can I add 100 amp electrical service to a shop?

I am going to wire my shop and want ot run #2 copper to a 100amp breaker panel. I really do not have the space in the 200 amp panel in the house, my question - is there a way to pull this wire off the ...
6
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1answer
2k views

How do I “un-winterize” my sprinkler system?

I just moved into a house in which the sprinkler system has been winterized. I want to get it going again, but I'm not sure what to do about these four valves here. The previous owner told me that ...
9
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2answers
9k views

How can I reseal a shower drain on a pre-formed shower base?

The shower drain in my first-floor bathroom leaks. Based on looking from the basement below, it seems the leak is at the point where the drain assembly should clamp to the shower base (which is ...
4
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2answers
2k views

Did I just ruin the flange on our toilet?

The point where the elbow joint from our flushometer meets the toilet bowl has begun leaking (dripping, really) whenever we flush (so, whenever water passes through it). I jiggled it a bit and the ...
4
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1answer
3k views

Is this rotary hammer capable of driving a ground rod into hard soil?

I was thinking of purchasing this SDS Plus rotary hammer, and I'd like to drive ground rods with it. Unfortunately, almost all of the ground rod drivers are SDS Max, not SDS Plus. I'm going to be ...
2
votes
1answer
896 views

What could be causing my toilet to back up?

I live in a mobile home and my guest toilet continues to back up. When you flush it the water level will rise to the bowl rim and slowly go back to normal. I have taken the toilet off of the floor and ...
3
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1answer
1k views

How to install tub into non-square rough opening?

I am remodeling a bathroom and I am putting in a new tub and then tile the walls of the tub. My problem (right now) is that my rough opening is 60-3/4" at the back and 60-1/2" at the front. This ...
2
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1answer
478 views

How to attach plastic (vapor barrier) to the studs?

What's the best way to attach 4 mil plastic (vapor barrier) to the studs? I tried to use regular nails (sinkers 4d 1 - 3/8'') but the plastic sheet goes off the studs (through the head of the nails) ...
4
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3answers
3k views

Where am I losing heat from my house?

My house is about 5 years old and our local building codes required a 5-star energy rating (Melbourne, Australia). This means there's solar hot water and both the walls and ceiling are insulated. But ...
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1answer
3k views

Can I build a deck close to the ground? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Can I build a deck this low to the ground? Every set of instructions I've seen for building a deck requires me to put joists on top of beams attached to posts. But I ...
6
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5answers
5k views

How do outdoor mist-cooling A\C units fare in real-world usage?

I live in Phoenix where summer outdoor temperatures regularly exceed 110°F and humidity around 15% or lower is not uncommon. In this environment a mist system can easily pull the temperature down ...
5
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1answer
3k views

Can I connect two load lines to a GFCI receptacle?

I just bought a leviton GFCI and the instructions say if there are two load lines in the box, do not connect the GFCI in that box. I can't understand why this is a problem, especially since the ...
5
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4answers
17k views

How do I fix a hole in a hollow door?

My son sometimes has a temper, and has been known to hit his door when sent to his room. He has actually done so enough to punch a bit of a hole in it. I'm trying to figure out what might be doable to ...
2
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1answer
5k views

How can I add a “C” common wire to this system? [duplicate]

I would like to add a "C" / Common wire hookup to my hvac system and get a fancy new thermostat. I've read Options for adding "C" wire to thermostat and still have some questions. First of ...
5
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2answers
2k views

I removed this non-load bearing wall in the corner of my basement, now 2 doors upstairs rub on their frames. Why is this?

In the image below, notice where the small 1x1 bits are, running perpendicular to the ceiling joists. These was used by the previous homeowner to lower the ceiling in one room, so if you can imagine, ...
3
votes
2answers
450 views

Why do I have spots showing through on stained pine?

I had a chest of drawers made of pine that had crayon marks on it. I sanded it down really well and applied a coat of golden oak stain after puttying the holes. Now there are light and dark spots ...
1
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2answers
4k views

Is my window air conditioner cooling properly?

I am renting a place where the only air conditioner is a window unit mounted in the wall in the main living area. The space in that main room is about 325 sq ft, and it has a 9 ft ceiling on average. ...
2
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0answers
278 views

How many blades should a decorative windmill have? [closed]

I have decided that my next yard project is going to be a decorative windmill. I am NOT going to pump water or generate electricity with the windmill, I just want it to turn in the wind and look ...
4
votes
1answer
257 views

Which cutting style avionic snips do I choose if I have to choose just one?

Avionic snips (aka compound-action snips) come in three cutting styles - straight cutting, left cutting and right cutting. I plan to work with roofing corrugated steel and have no idea in advance what ...
2
votes
1answer
949 views

How can I attach cable clips to an outside wall?

I have plenty of cable clips that work great indoors, but I want to attach a cable to an outside pebbledash wall. The existing cable clips, which have broken, appear to have been nailed into some kind ...
5
votes
1answer
781 views

Is this fungus? What should I do about it?

I've pulled up the masonite and tiled floor in my laundry and there's cleary water damage in the floorboards, I just pushed a chisel all the way through the worst part. The adjacent two floorboards ...
1
vote
0answers
48 views

Looking for a Standing Table [closed]

I'm trying to find a standing table, on which to put my computer and whatnot. It would ideally have locking wheels to let me roll it around a little. And it would also have an adjustable table top, ...
1
vote
1answer
2k views

What should I have my dehumidifier set at to dry out my basement?

I have a 1600 sq ft home. The wellmate sprung a leak last Sat and soaked the basement. Im running fans down there and just got a 40 pint dehumidifier per the service guy. What setting should I set it. ...
3
votes
1answer
1k views

Which cheap plywood are suitable for use as siding-and-sheathing?

I know there are plywoods that are intended for this purpose, with an attractive face and often cut grooves to make it look like board-and-batten or other traditional vertical sidings. T1-11 is a ...
1
vote
1answer
166 views

Can my dryer exhaust crossing my HVAC duct be a fire hazard?

I have a dryer exhaust that crosses over a flexduct HVAC line, could the dryer vent cause a fire?
2
votes
1answer
5k views

What technique(s) is recommended for waterproofing exterior foundation walls?

I have a late 70's split-entry, so my basement foundation wall is roughly 4 feet under the ground. The basement is finished with wood framing, spray foam insulation, and sheetock. Recent heavy rains ...
1
vote
0answers
56 views

Turf - I want to buy 2,000 sq ft of turf. Recommendations? [closed]

I'd like to get some recommendations for decent quality artifical lawn, somewhere in the median price range. Any recommendations? What should I be on the look out for far as quality?
2
votes
1answer
7k views

How can I repair water damage under the kitchen sink?

I found out that our kitchen water connection had somehow loosened up and was leaking water on the floor underneath the sink. Now the particle board cabinet floor is warped quite a bit. I was thinking ...
4
votes
1answer
3k views

How to patch concrete as invisibly as possibe?

I had a plumbing repair done this week that required them to jackhammer a small hole through a concrete porch in front of my house. It is small enough that I’ll probably attempt the patch myself, but ...

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