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Can I use 2-1/2“ metal studs to hang 1/2” drywall?

I am in the process of remodeling my basement, & it's ready for studs; the basement is small, so to maximize as much space as possible I was thinking of using 2-1/2" metal studs opposed to the 3-5/...
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How can I insulate the floor of a room above a porch?

I've been searching around for an answer or pointers on this for a while, it's possible I'm using the wrong phrases when searching! I have a UK 1930's built semi-detached house, Streetview pic before ...
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3answers
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How can I avoid cold rooms due to combustion air intake?

I have a newer split level house (2006) with unfinished basement. The natural gas furnace is on the lower level in a utility room that is also laundry and bathroom. There's an enormous 8 or 10" pipe ...
2
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1answer
261 views

How can I identify my bathroom tub faucet pressure valve?

I am looking for a replacement trim valve kit and I am having trouble finding the right one that will fit my current pressure valve. It appears to me to be a model from American Standard. Click ...
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1answer
538 views

How can I repair damaged epoxy grout in a shower?

I have a small opening in my shower tile floor that is grouted with epoxy grout. It is collecting water. I've dried all the water that has made it in the opening but want to know if I need to use ...
2
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2answers
449 views

How can I frame a ceiling tray in my dining room?

We have a 12x14 dining room and are looking to add a shallow 6"h x 15"w tray border around the outside. One of the longer sides will not hit any ceiling joists, so I will be using toggle bolts to keep ...
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0answers
687 views

How do I finish an outside corner where plaster meets exposed brick?

I have an outside corner where plaster on one side meets exposed brick on the other. It all used to be plaster but I stripped off the side where it's now brick. The line is pretty straight cause I cut ...
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5answers
7k views

How can I wire an exhaust fan to turn on from multiple locations?

I just bought a Panasonic FV-20NLF1 inline bath exhaust fan that I planned to used to exhaust 2 different bathrooms. I want each bathroom light switch to control the fan, so when the lighting turns ...
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1answer
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Will a non-dimmable LED work if the dimmer switch is on full?

If a dimmer switch is fitted for the room but we get non-dimmable LED lamps (GU10), I know there may be flickering problems with dimming, but will they work fine if the dimmer is turned to max?
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1answer
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Why are my clothes hot after washing them?

My new LG frontload washer leaves my clothes HOT after each cycle. The hot water valve has been turned off and it is still leaving them hot. Any suggestions?
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4answers
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How to wire MR16 LED lights?

I am building a wall cabinet with downlights in the shelves, for which I would like to use MR16 LEDs. However, my first attempt was obviously deficient, since two of the LEDs blew. I'd appreciate some ...
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2answers
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How do I wire 3 way switches where the power comes in at the light?

Have a 3 way switch question about a garage I'm helping a local homeless shelter fix up. They have already installed some 3 way switches, wiring and places for 2 lights, but they aren't sure how to ...
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2answers
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What type of connector is this and how do I remove it?

I was trying to install a ceiling fan in my apartment and came across these connectors when removing the light. What is this and how do I take it off?
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1answer
237 views

How soundproof is roxul / acoustical putty?

I want to put Roxul and acoustical putty in the interior walls of the home my wife and I are renovating. She is worried that she won't be able to hear the kids (ages 5, 3, 0) in the next bedroom over ...
3
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1answer
951 views

How to shape the zone a radar motion sensor detects?

The light in my bathroom is controlled by a radar motion sensor. The idea was that radar based sensors can be hidden inside the lamp itself and thus be invisible (so no sensor, no switch, only the ...
4
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1answer
1k views

How should I connect my light fixture?

I'm installing a ceiling light to a fixture that was previously unused. However I'm having trouble because there are 2 groups of white wires. Which white wire should I connect with the white wire of ...
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1answer
306 views

How can I replace a 4-wire manual thermostat with a programmable thermostat?

I"m replacing a 4-wire manual baseboard thermostat with a programmable SBFT2W thermostat. After connecting the wires, there are two lead wires from the old stat that are still unconnected. They are ...
6
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1answer
742 views

Is it reasonable to create a 30amp branch circuit for the purpose of feeding the panel from a generator?

I recently purchased an 8kW generator (Briggs and Stratton). It has a 4-wire twist lock outlet that can handle 30 amps. Suppose I were to: Run a 10/3 NM cable from the panel in the basement out to ...
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3answers
29k views

What is the difference between equivalent watts and lumens?

I have two lamps 6W LED(OSRAM 50R): equiv 40W or 170 lm 15W WW827 Tornado Philips, equiv 85W or 950 lumen Why the 2x power difference and 6x luminosity difference?
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2answers
1k views

What can I use as a guide for my circular saw if I need to rip an 8' segment out of a sheet of plywood?

I need to cut some plywood down to size and it will require that I take it down from a 4'-wide sheet to 30" wide. This means I will need to find a saw guide that will support a steady, 8' rip from ...
3
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1answer
26k views

How can I stop exhaust fan vent condensation problems?

So, our bathroom fan leaks when it is cold. In the attic, the PVC pipe connected to the exhaust is uninsulated, and frosted -- shock! So, my question is, what is the best way to fix this? Do I cut ...
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2answers
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Should light bulbs above showers be “steam proof”?

In replacing the lighting in my apartment with LED bulbs, I noticed that the recessed can lighting above the shower (to be fair, the light is centered on the shower curtain) does not appear to be ...
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0answers
1k views

How do I install child-proof drawer latches on bottom drawers?

Installing child safety latches for cabinet doors is relatively easy (here's a video) Similarly for the top drawer (pull-out) (video) But is it possible to do this for the bottom drawers? The ...
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1answer
73 views

How do I replace a damaged valve on a water heater?

Near the bottom of my hot water tank there is a plastic valve that looks like it is used for draining the water out of it. It has developed a hairline fracture along the length of it and small jets of ...
4
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3answers
18k views

How do I properly cut pre-existing kitchen backsplash tile for new low voltage wall plates?

I'm doing a little bit of kitchen remodeling, overflow from my home theater remodeling. I'm adding some RCA input ports to a pre-existing low voltage wall plate that previously hosted just Cat5 and ...
5
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1answer
879 views

Should I use glue or o-ring joints on a buried PVC waste pipe?

What are the advantages and disadvantages of both systems of joints for "non-pressure" pipes that are buried? O-ring joints are more expensive, but easier to do on buried pipes. Glue on the other ...
3
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1answer
397 views

Are four gang plastic boxes stackable in a wall?

I would even be willing to go side by side but I would like to stay with the four gang sizes. I am hoping this would pass code and would prefer to stack so if there is someone that knows if it is ...
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0answers
594 views

How to remove faux fireplace?

I am interested in removing the faux fireplace in my living room and replacing it with one more in the right style for my house. I didn't own the house when it was installed, so I'm not sure if it's ...
1
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0answers
395 views

Is there something wrong with this 3-way lamp switch?

We have a floor lamp with a three-way combined switch and socket. I noticed arcing sounds when rotating the switch, so I disconnected it. Later I found that the "low" and "high" settings worked fine, ...
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2answers
10k views

What could be causing my bedroom to be so cold, and how can I make it warmer?

I live in a two story townhouse with a basement. This summer, they replaced the furnace and air conditioning unit. Last winter I put 3M film over the windows to help with drafts and it worked great, I ...
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3answers
6k views

What size rubber grommet will a 3/4" PVC pipe fit (water tight) through?

What size rubber grommet do I need for a water-tight seal on a 3/4" PVC pipe? For example, would this rubber grommet fit a 3/4" PVC Pipe?
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2answers
2k views

Is there a name for a duplex outlet that takes eight wires, plus ground?

In my home (built around 1970), I found a bizarre outlet when replacing the dated old ones. The front is your standard duplex, but on the back there are holes for 8 wires (4 hot, 4 neutral) plus the ...
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3answers
3k views

Will insulating pipes shorten the time it takes for hot water to reach the faucet?

Ok, so I took a few weekends and totally insulated all hot water pipes I could get access to from the water heater. Now, I still wait approx 90 seconds for hot water to reach the farthest faucet from ...
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1answer
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What are “concretors' nippers” for?

I came across this tool called "concretors' nippers" I guess they are for some operations with concrete reinforcement, but can't find any details. What operations is this tool for specifically? ...
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3answers
2k views

How to choose between chrome-coated and oxidation-treated tools?

How do I choose between a chrome-coated (nice and shiny) and an oxidation-treated (dark oxidized surface) tool, all else being equal - same steel, same design, same handles, just one has its metal ...
6
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4answers
602 views

How can I prevent a screw from slipping on a slippery veneer surface when I try to screw it in?

When using a screwdriver this can be difficult as the screw tends to slip. Once the screw passes the veneer it is easy to finish screwing in... I'm looking for an easy way to get the screw past the ...
2
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1answer
3k views

How can I cover water stains on this wall

During sandy storm I had some water leakage in my home. The damage isn't much in the sense that the drywall is still hard. It just has water stains that I'd like to get rid of. Here is a pic of what ...
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2answers
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Why would my garage remote stop working after replacing the battery?

My garage remote recently stopped working. I recently replaced the remotes battery, and it did not fix the problem. I ran out of ideas how to troubleshoot this and would appreciate any advice with ...
3
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1answer
780 views

How do I raise my garage ceiling after spray foaming?

I'm starting to add central vac to my house, which mostly involves pipes in the garage. I cut a hole in the garage ceiling (drywalled) to check things out, and found there's an 18" up to the bottom of ...
3
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5answers
3k views

Can I use 2x4s to extend studs so I can mount my TV?

I need to mount my 55" TV to the left of the studs. Can I do this simply by running a couple 2x4s off the studs, and then connecting the mount to the 2x4s? While I imagine this can be done for lighter ...
2
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5answers
3k views

How do I reduce the number of screw pops in my drywall?

Background: I'm gluing and screwing 5/8 in drywall on the ceiling in my own home. I'm attaching it with screws and construction adhesive directly to the attic joists -- which are 16 in OC. I'm ...
3
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3answers
3k views

How do I fix the cracks in my brick foundation?

I have some cracks in the foundation of the house I am about to buy. The house is 100 years old, there doesn't seem to be water leaks. The cracks don't look to be offset. Attached is the picture (...
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1answer
439 views

How do I replace a triple dimmer switch to a much smaller conventional switch?

Our kitchen lights are playing up, they're halogen spotlights controlled by a dimmer switch, and one by one they're either refusing to switch on, coming on if the dimmer is halfway on but off when it'...
0
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1answer
210 views

how to find out my primer color

I have some scratches on the drywall which was primer'ed dry wall from moving furniture. I'd like to just apply a coat of primer on the spots where the scratches are. I don't plan on painting just yet....
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2answers
382 views

Do I need a ground for a new 240 volt 20 amp circuit?

I ran a new 240 volt circuit to operate some motorized equipment. The equipment has a 3 prong grounded 240 volt plug. My source however doesn't have a grounding strip. Would it be better to not ...
2
votes
2answers
373 views

What type of window is this and how can I remove it with minimal damage to the wall?

I want to replace some old metal windows in my house but I'm confused on how they're attached/installed. I'm more accustomed to vinyl windows that have "fins" extending out the edges with trim. These ...
0
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1answer
1k views

How to fix garbage disposal leaking black sludge under sink?

My garbage disposal is leaking water and black sludge under the sink and it makes the whole house smell horrible. Can I easily fix it? Edit: Here's a picture of it: the leaked water/sludge is ...
5
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3answers
2k views

Will neodymium magnets harm my power drill battery?

I glued some magnets onto my power drill battery to use for storing drill bits on - but will the magnets affect the battery life?
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2answers
7k views

How to remove a doorknob with no visible screws?

I have an exterior lock set with a knob on the inside. I can't get the interior doorknob off. It does not have a hole in the shaft of the knob in which you press a clip down to remove it. It's one of ...
2
votes
1answer
2k views

Which primer to use on an old drywall?

I have a dry wall in the kitchen that has some stains on it. I would just like to put a new coat of white primer on that dry wall so it doesn't look stained. My questions are: Should I sand the ...

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