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How can I fix a sink drain stop which won't hold water?

I have a bathroom sink & fixture which are about a year old. The drain has worked fine, until about a month ago. Recently, any water I try to hold in the sink slowly leaks out. This is mildly ...
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What's the procedure for stripping wires with pliers?

In this answer to this question on stripping wires pliers are mentioned as a tool suitable for that job. I guess it can be done, but I feel quite paranoid about damaging the conductor which is made of ...
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Where should I install a wall heater?

I have a house with no wall heater, and would like to install one. What criteria should I use to help me determine the best place for the heater? Is it better, for instance, to be on an inside wall? ...
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Why are “Wire Nuts” not used in the UK?

I have never seen a wire nut used in the UK, but they seem to be very common in the USA, why?
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Soundproofing a floor: How about cement backer board w/ Green Glue and mass-loaded vinyl?

I've been researching soundproof underlayments for floors, but the selection seems to be very paltry. It appears that you're pretty much stuck with mass-loaded vinyl (MLV), QuietWood, and a few other ...
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How reliable are connector strips with plug-in terminals and how do I select and use them properly?

Here's a close-up photo of a connector strip with plug-in terminals It's used for connecting 220 volt mains wires – you can see a bare metal wire coming in – that's 4mm2 aluminum wire. Each of the ...
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When installing new stud in existing frame, does the stud have to be the *exact* height of the inside of the frame?

I am about to install two new studs into my wall's frame. I noticed that the studs are about 1/16th of an inch shorter than the inner height of the frame. That doesn't appear to be a lot to a layman ...
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Is this wall board made of dangerous material?

There's a room in my house that has walls made of a material that I've always thought was weird. It's not like normal drywall. Recently, I pulled up the base boards I got a better look at the bottom ...
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Securing furniture to prevent tipping due to earthquakes and babies

I'm a new resident in the Bay Area, and with small children in the house, I'm looking at our furniture with some unease. What's the best and easiest way to secure and fasten tall bookshelves in case ...
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Installing a swing set between two brick walls?

My neighbors and I are considering putting up a swing set in the alleyway between our houses. The space is about 10' wide, and the house walls on both sides are brick (about 4" thick). Which of the ...
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How do I install transition molding between my new hardwood and existing tile floors?

I have ripped out some old carpet and am preparing to install a new solid hardwood floor myself. In several places, the floor transitions to an existing tile floor. The hardwood floor guys told me ...
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How can I add a single pole switch next to a 3-way switch?

I currently have a 3-way circuit in the family room. I would like to install a 2 gang box @ one of the switch locations and add a single pole switch to control an exterior light. Can I wire the single ...
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Can wind force rain into the soffits?

There is 1 and only 1 leak (thank God) that is driving me crazy. When the wind blows from the south and hits the house from that side, there is a drip that develops and comes from above the top of the ...
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How does a water-heater know when to turn on?

Now that it is getting colder, we have noticed that when we get home from work, our water is not that hot. It was warm at best after a four-day trip. The water heater is in an unheated basement, ...
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Is there a required ceiling height for a garage door opener?

I recently bought a bank-owned house. They converted the garage into a living space and I would like to take it back to being a garage. I was hoping to install a garage door opener for the new door, ...
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What can I do to make my new bathroom vanity more stable?

Note: Feel free to edit the title of this question if you know of a better way to put it. I got a new bathroom vanity (cabinet and sink top). In spite of its high price, the quality is not so good. ...
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1answer
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Does lack of zone control delay hurt heat pump?

I had a new HVAC single heat-pump system installed with dual zone controls: 2 thermostats and 2 dampers for separate zones. The system works, but the zone control board does not have any time ...
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Can I safely use a switch rated for “1A at 125V” with 240V, assuming I stay below 125W?

I recently purchased a foot switch for a standing lamp. The switch is rated for 1A at 125V. I would like to use this switch with a low energy lamp (typically 10W or below) but with a 240V supply. Is ...
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What's the proper method for installing new studs in existing frame?

FYI - This is similar to a question I asked last week, but is about something more specific. Expect to see this image yet again in another question I will be asking later today :). Here's my wall: ...
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Wiring gas hob with electric ignition to mains

We are currently in the process of moving into our newly renovated house. The electrician has completely rewired the house, and the plastering has been done. Only when we went to install the oven and ...
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What is this 110/24V 60Hz transformer in the breaker room for?

My friend sent me a photograph of this transformer, which is installed above the main breaker panel, with leads running from the panel into the transformer. The stamped labels read PRI. Volts: 110 ...
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1answer
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What are the requirements for wiring an unfinished garage with lights and outlets?

I found this DIY article online which suggests that running Romex along the center faces of studs and rafters was code compliant for unfinished garages. How to Wire a Garage The article is dated ...
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Why isn't water coming out of a radiator in my freshly pressurized system?

I live in an old Victorian with three stories, plus a basement and an attic. I tried to bleed the radiators in preparation for turning the heat on, but was unable to get any water out of the radiators ...
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Replacing chandelier with new, No ground wire in old chandelier

I am replacing a chandelier with new one, No ground wire in old chandelier and my vaulted ceiling is at least 30 feet high. Can I just not connect the ground wire and coil it up so it is out of the ...
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How do I change the time on a Potterton EP 3000 clock?

I turned the power off and when I turned it back on again, the clock of my Potterton EP3000 was reset, and now the heating comes on at the wrong time. I dont have a manual for it, so I was wondering ...
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How do I wire a GFCI/Switch Combo?

I'm replacing an old GFCI/Switch combo. In the old one there are two wires coming into the line side, a hot wire and a neutral. On the load side there is one wire leading up to the lighting fixture. ...
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Hanging a new wall with Genie Clips and need to install a few studs. Will this affect the installation?

Here's what the bare frame looks like: If you don't already know how a wall is hung with Genie Clips, here's the video. Skip to 2:45 to see how they're spacing the clips. ...
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Problem with toilet fill valve

My toilet has started acting funny lately and I am not 100% the cause. Basically after flushing water does not come back in through the fill valve. You can hear the water running but it is not going ...
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1answer
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Drilling Holes in Cinderblock Garage?

So I'm just getting started on basic home improvement type tasks, as I am now in a situation where I'm permitted to actually drill holes and stuff ;) I've got a bicycle rack that is supposed to be ...
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2answers
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Should I use caulk or wood putty and paint to fill nail holes on trim?

I'm installing painted MDF crown molding, and I wasnt sure which method for covering nail holes is technically correct. Is using caulk considered a shortcut? Or is filling in the holes with wood putty ...
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How can I correct the slope of a marble shower sill?

Our master shower is tiled in marble; it's almost perfect except... the sill has a slight slope running out of the shower instead of into it. As a result, every time we take a shower, a small amount ...
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How to connect primer tubing to non-laundry faucet?

The previous owner of my house didn't know what the trap primer tubing was when he installed an expensive kitchen faucet and stainless sink in the laundry room, so left the tubing dangling. Is there a ...
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Are cripple studs necessary for framing a door in a “decorative wall”

With a rather large living room in my 1bd appartment, I'm building a semi-permanent partition to split off a second smaller bedroom. The partition will be a standard framed wall and put in place ...
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1answer
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How do I decide between a “Power Drain Snake” and a drain cleaning jet kit?

I have some slow flowing drains that back up when it rains that I need to clear out. As there are no manholes or rodding points, I can only access them via the P-trap connected to an outside hopper. ...
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How do I build a firewall around my furnace/water heater?

I'm in the planning stage of finishing my basement. I'd like to section off the furnace and water heater, and am assuming that I should fireproof that section of the build. What's the best way to go ...
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How to build a quick-and-easy wood ladder?

I have a pair of long 4x4 posts holding my chimney, and I'd like to build a ladder in to the posts for maintenance. In some ways this could be safer than using an extension ladder, as the posts are ...
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What would cause a Varathane EZV sander to rip the sandpaper?

I have recently been appointed FSA at a Lowes store in Allen Park Michigan. I was ask if i could find out why the Varathane EZV sander was ripping the sand paper. My knowledge on the subject is ...
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1answer
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How can I get my Self-Destruct switches to do something?

In my house, there were some confusing panels of that had lots of switches on them, so I bought a labeling machine and put labels over all the switches in the house. There are two blank switches next ...
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2answers
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Using an induction hob through a wooden surface

I'm going to be getting a couple of induction hobs, but I am wanting them mounted underneath a thin (approx 5mm) piece of wood. Is this possible from the safety point of view and would I have a major ...
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1answer
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Can I move my bathroom sink's drain pipe about 6 inches to the right?

I found the vanity I wanted for my bathroom, but it doesn't fit due to the position of the drain pipe. It needs to move about 6 inces to the right. I assume there is some sort of adapter or ...
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How can I quietly tear down drywall?

Is there a way to remove drywall without exerting brute force? Being that I live in a condo, I don't want to go all happy with a hammer to my wall and disturb my neighbors. It seems there would be a ...
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2answers
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Is a lip necessary on an HVAC ceiling register boot for use with flexible ducting?

I've installed some new ceiling register boots to use with flexible ducting and realized after install that they have a smooth connection with no lip. I'm assuming they are made for metal ducting, as ...
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1answer
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A boiler and a hot water tank … what is this configuration? (UK)

I'm a west-coast American living in London. I've mostly known homes with electric baseboard and central forced air heating, and a single hot water tank for showers and taps. In the UK hot water fed ...
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1answer
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How do you finish a polyurethane coat?

I'm building a table and finishing it with a high-gloss polyurethane. I've seen how to apply the poly and what to do between coats, but what do you do after that last coat? Is it done? Do you wet ...
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1answer
587 views

How can I install heat tape on a hard to reach PVC drain pipe?

I need to install heat tape on the INSIDE of a 6" PVC drain pipe. The challenge is that it must be inserted from the bottom and pushed up about 4'. I'll also need a thermostat. How should I go about ...
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164 views

What do I need to know before selecting and installing a cat/pet door in a door?

We want to (finally) install a pet door for our cat. It will most likely be a model that will install in the laundry room door, the optimal location for it in our house. This brings me to my first ...
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1answer
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How should I store between 30 and 50 sheets of QuietRock ES?

I will spare the details of why I am buying this much QuietRock. For now, let's just assume it makes sense and move on to my question. As I said, I am buying a large quantity of QuietRock ES to ...
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1answer
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How should I get my ejector pump out of the sump?

Forgive my story format: I have this 1/2 HP Sewage Package System and it is busted. At first, it was tripping the circuit it was connected to. I enabled the circuit and when the float switch fired ...
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2answers
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How do I lower a cold air return from the ceiling for a basement rental?

I am living in the basement level of a rental unit with forced air heat. There are 9 heating vents and one cold air return, all of which are in the ceiling. The air isn't mixing very well resulting ...
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Can you rout plywood?

I have some applewood 13 ply 3/4" plywood that I'm using for a desk top. I was wondering if I took a router to the edges if it would turnout ok.

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