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How to drill a hole in brick with precision?

I have bought old cabinets which I would like to hang on a brick wall. I have marked the spots on the wall, but I find it very difficult to drill precisely, because the drill bit follows a path of ...
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1answer
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How to secure aluminium window lock handle that keeps falling off?

The lock handle on my aluminium windows keeps falling off. The handle had previously fallen off when I first moved in a year ago and the landlord remounted it. Since then it has become loose a few ...
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1answer
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How can I install a ceiling fan where there is no ceiling box or wiring?

I want to install a ceiling fan with a light in a spare bedroom with no ceiling wiring. What size wire do I need to use to install with cord management channels and plug into an outlet controlled by a ...
2
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1answer
122 views

How do I start a cold gas heater?

The gas heater pilot light has been out for a couple of days, and I believe there is a safety mechanism that detects this, and shuts off the gas. Now, when I move the slider to the pilot light ...
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7answers
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How can I run a coaxial cable into an existing single gang electrical outlet?

The cable outlet in my girlfriend's living room is in a strange place. She wants to move her TV to a different wall but the landlord doesn't want any new holes in the wall or floor. If the wall was ...
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2answers
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Why would you hook up the heat output of a wood stove to the cold air return on an electric forced-air furnace?

I am installing a new wood add-on stove in the basement and want to hook it in to my forced air furnace duct work to help move the air in the house. I have heard it can be done, but I am confused as ...
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3answers
595 views

How to add draught to simple box stove?

I've designed and installed a small stove to burn wood scraps and bio-briquettes. The stove is really simple box-shaped stove as drawn here below. However the stove does not work properly: the fire ...
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1answer
2k views

Can I adjust my blinds for both ventilation and privacy?

I like fresh air so I usually open the window a little and keep the blinds to the angle that I think nobody can see me from outside. Today I feel very upset because I found out everybody can see me ...
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How can I determine the STC (Sound Transmission Class) rating for my condo walls and ceiling?

I work out of my condominium and generally like to have music playing throughout the day. A few nights every week I work late, sometimes until after midnight, so I'm thinking about soundproofing my ...
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1answer
572 views

How do I install an old work junction box around fire blocking?

I have an interior wall with a one-gang light switch; it contains a dual dimmer. I'm trying to change this to a single dimmer, and to add a new switch (to drive the other load) on the opposite side ...
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5answers
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Laying Tile Over Asbestos Floor Tile

In my laundry room, I've got asbestos floor tile. (The house was built in 1967.) The tile is laid on the concrete slab. Is it possible to lay ceramic penny tile over the asbestos tile if I put down ...
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3answers
528 views

furnace for central air heating, as what for central air cooling?

In my apartment, the heating and cooling seems to flow through the same central aid conditioning system. The device used to heat the air is called the furnace. I wonder what the name for the device ...
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2answers
2k views

How can I add a chain link fence on top of a cinder block wall?

I have a cinder block fence in my front yard that has two courses of cinder block and a row of cap blocks. It is about 24" high. It is set on a very nice, solid cement footer. I want to add a 48" ...
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1answer
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How do I install a bathroom exhaust fan?

I need to know how to wire a bathroom fan with a light and night light. The wiring has a black/white red/white blue/white and green. The bathroom has a light switch for the light fixture over the ...
0
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1answer
522 views

What should I consider when designing a simple bookcase that will be built without power tools?

I'd like to build a bookcase using pine (or meranti) planks of dimension 22mm/220mm/3m that my local hardware store stocks. They offer the service of cutting to length, but I have no power tools (well,...
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1answer
683 views

Can I connect a drain for my new washing machine to an existing toilet drain?

I would like to add a wash machine to the basement. Near the area of the basement where I'll be adding it is a 4 in drain coming from an upstairs toilet. Can I tap the new drain into the toilet ...
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4answers
1k views

What type of common materials can I use to detect water infiltration/leaks?

I am trying to find the source for a water leak in my car when it rains. The answer here should also be good for hard to find water leaks in a house. Is there a material I can use which tells me the ...
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4answers
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When should pipe dope vs thread tape be used?

For threaded plumbing connections, you typically use pipe dope or thread tape (aka teflon tape). Are there situations when one is preferred over another? Does the size of the pipe, type of pipe, part ...
2
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1answer
1k views

What could be causing water pressure to build up after changing my under sink filter?

After I did a routine under sink water filter change, I am getting a powerful burst of water when I turn on the water dispenser that goes through the filter. It lasts only a second or so then the ...
1
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1answer
3k views

How do I wire a new ceiling light with power to the ceiling and 3-way switches?

I'm trying to install a new light fixture in the front hall. Currently, the light is activated by 2 switches (on each end of hall). The NEW fixture has 1 black wire and 1 white wire. The ceiling wires ...
4
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1answer
851 views

How to fix a door that closes, but is still too close to the frame, causing the hinge to pull out

I installed a new door that closes, but the door is too close to the frame on the bottom hinge side. This causes the bottom hinge to close completely before the door is closed, which leads to the ...
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3answers
24k views

My toilet is filling very slowly with a Fluidmaster valve, how do I fix it?

My toilet is filling very slowly. Sometimes it sounds like it is filling up a drip at a time. What's wrong with it and how do I fix it?
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1answer
232 views

Is it possible to detect and repair a refrigerant leak in my HVAC system?

While replacing the blower motor in my HVAC's air handler, the technician mentioned that the refrigerant in the system was also low and that most likely there was a leak. Is the leak something that a ...
0
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0answers
159 views

How can I winterize an old solid concrete factory with a cargo elevator?

Looking to find the best methods using economical (low budget) materials. Note: "Green-friendly" is a plus. Also, I'm interested in hearing & learning about materials & methods that promote ...
5
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6answers
63k views

How much energy will continuously running a furnace fan use?

We have a bi-level (tri-level? There's a small entry way and utility room, then an upstairs living area and master bedroom and a downstairs living area with bedrooms) in mid-Michigan. The downstairs ...
2
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2answers
437 views

Am I missing some obvious way to change this lightbulb?

I thought I'd be able to lift the plastic shade and angle it out of the trim, but it doesn't lift at all. It slides side-to-side a bit, but the flanges are large enough to keep it firmly behind the ...
2
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2answers
9k views

Can I use flexible tube to replace a segment of copper pipe?

I am installing 1/2" copper pipes to supply water to my own new gas heater. The pipes need to pass around corners that are full of obstacles. I am not a professional plumber but know that I normally ...
4
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1answer
19k views

How to tell if a ceiling junction box is braced to hold the weight of a ceiling fan?

My new home is almost done being built, and one of the extras I asked for was for two of the rooms to have junction boxes in the ceiling suitable for hanging a ceiling fan in the future. The light ...
2
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1answer
1k views

Cheaper to run central heating sporadically high or constantly low?

My central heating has a thermostat dial ranging from 10 to 30 degrees Celcius. I'm wondering whether it's likely to be cheaper to crank it up to 30, and turn it on for, say, an hour, 3/4 times per ...
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1answer
1k views

How can I mend my metal tables broken arm?

Hi I have a Metal table with two Arms that protrude outwards and Up of which you can place a cup and small plate on or Similar (Great for keeping the main table clear) but one of the Kids fell and ...
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1answer
348 views

Why is this apartment's area reported much bigger than sum of its rooms' areas? [closed]

My calculation is roughly that the total area is two times the sum of the area of living room and the area of the bigger bedroom: (13*17+10.5*15)*2 = 757.0 (sq Ft). However it shows the apartment is ...
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2answers
14k views

How can I install a timer with three-way switches?

I currently have a set of lights controlled by two switches. I believe they are both three way switches, I know one of them is. I am trying to install a timer while keeping the three way switch ...
2
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6answers
16k views

What goes on threads first: tape or dope?

Should the dope be applied directly to the male threads or should the tape go on first?
5
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2answers
4k views

What could cause this rhythmic clicking/drumming sound in my bathroom sink pipe?

Why is my bathroom sink making a rhythmic drumming/clicking sound after I used a small plunger to help make water flow more quickly down the drain?
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1answer
2k views

What is this burnt cement floor treatment called?

In Brazil we have a floor finish named Burnt Cement (that doesn't involve burning). Here is a description of the process In summary, you use a mix of cement and pigment (sometimes marble powder too) ...
2
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1answer
594 views

Is it common for professional drywallers to tape narrow corners, but not mud over the tape if it's going to be covered with moulding?

Sorry to spam SE with questions relating to a job done by a company I hired to finish the project in my room, but some things seem very questionable to me. In the below pics you will see a narrow ...
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2answers
4k views

When to stop a backsplash? [closed]

We have a kitchen with a U shaped with a peninsula that divides the kitchen and the living room/dining room. If the end of the peninsula is against a black wall, how far up the wall do we stop the ...
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0answers
813 views

Do I need to add a protective layer to insulation for wall heater?

I am going to install a 4000 watt wall heater to an add on. It is the kind of wall heater that is seated in the wall. i also plan to install insulation in between my wall studs. there will be ...
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1answer
2k views

why won't my furnace turn off once it reaches the desired temperature

I have a moncrief furnace and replaced the thermostat but the furnace will not cut off once it reaches the desired temperature. What could be wrong?
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2answers
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Do you need to tape and 'mud' cement board corners in dry settings?

We're giving our wood stove surround a makeover. We're going to build out the front with steel studs and cement board, then tile over it. For the cement board, does one need to mesh tape the seams ...
0
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1answer
419 views

Why will my fluorescent light not come on when it is warm in the room?

My fluorescent light will not come on when the temperature in room is above 70 °F. When it is below 70 °F it works fine and comes on every time. When it is above 70 °F, it will not come on at first, ...
4
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1answer
6k views

Can I hang a bathroom cabinet on a single stud and drywall anchors?

I have a 15-20lb wood bathroom cabinet (24 inches wide, few feet tall) and I'll be looking to load it up with heavy bathroom supplies. Problem is there is only one stud available. Do you think one ...
10
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8answers
15k views

How do I remove blown in attic insulation?

I want to replace the drywall ceiling in my house. It's old and has been painted over a million times. Home was built in the 50s. How do I replace the ceiling without replacing the insulation? Or if I ...
1
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3answers
25k views

How do I measure a standard sliding glass door?

We are going to hire somebody to replace our sliding glass patio door. Its a standard sliding glass patio door, similar looking to this: I am going to buy the replacement door at auction, but ...
1
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1answer
129 views

What are these metal ducts/tubes going into the attic used for?

We live in a house that is approx. 1200 sq ft. and was most likely gutted and 'refactored' by the previous owner. In our laundry room, they built a 'closet' around the water heater and our HVAC unit. ...
2
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3answers
2k views

What to do with these tiny exposed wires?

We discovered a non-functional smoke detector that's hard-wired into the electrical system of the house we recently bought. I removed the smoke detector and am replacing it with a battery operated one....
5
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2answers
2k views

Why doesn't my freshly painted door fit back in the frame?

I took off a hollow core interior door to paint it. Very thin coats (this is only the second time it's been painted since contractors built house. I know they only sprayed 1 very thin coat). Now the ...
3
votes
1answer
579 views

Is it OK to strip a wire in the middle for attaching a fixture?

When swapping out a closet light fixture this morning, I found that they had attached it by stripping a small section of each of the black and white wires and bending them around the appropriate screw....
5
votes
3answers
24k views

Can a cheap angle grinder be used to cut concrete and ceramic tiles?

I am interested in the Black & Decker KG100 600W Angle Grinder because it is cheap enough. I will only use it occasionally for small scale do-it-yourself home improvement works. But, I really ...
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1answer
449 views

Can I use computer cooling fins to build a dehumidifier? [closed]

I am trying with humidity sensors and want to build a simple humidity circuit myself, I already got a USB humidifier dissembled, now I need a dehumidifier. Can I make a small DIY dehumidifier with ...

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