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How can I prevent animals from eating my wooden swingset?

I have a Rainbow swingset made of a Chinese wood called Cunninghamia. The squirrels and deer in my backyard have begun to chew the wood relentlessly. Is there anything I can do to prevent them from ...
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1answer
369 views

Can I attach drop ceiling molding to a brick chimney?

I have a drop ceiling in most areas of my basement. The previous owners did not complete the job over top of where the wood stove is, and around the brick chimney behind the stove. I don't think this ...
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6answers
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Did I break my Kwikset SmartKey lock by trying to rekey with a key that doesn't fit all the way?

I got a Kwikset deadbolt lock (has key hole on both sides instead of key hole externally with latch internally). This lock uses SmartKey technology so you can rekey the lock to use a new key rather ...
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6answers
11k views

How can I prevent water from pooling in the street in front of my house?

I have a problem with water pooling in front of my house. Between my Sprinklers and the rain there is always a puddle where my lawn meets the street. What do you think is the best way to stop this ...
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8answers
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How do I deal with a wasp nest?

I recently discovered a fairly large (a few hundred wasps, from the look of it) wasp-nest under the eaves on the side of my house. Anyways, I called a exterminator (Terminix, actually), and they ...
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0answers
246 views

What would cause water to flow around the toilet flange where the concrete is? [closed]

My toilet was leaking around the bottom so I assumed that it needed a wax ring. However when I removed the toilet, after emptying the water, I noticed that water keeps coming up around the flange. ...
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1answer
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How many wires is too many for an outlet?

I keep finding outlets in my house that are wired in ways I've never seen. Today's find is an outlet in a bedroom with 4 hots and 4 neutrals. All connected to one outlet using the push-in connectors. ...
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2answers
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Is it normal to find cracks in new concrete?

I'm having a house built and they just completed pouring the slab for the foundation a few days ago. When I inspected it today I noticed several narrow (but sometimes long; one or two do them appear ...
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4answers
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How can I air-condition a garage without modifying it?

So my apartment has an attached garage and I love having it, but I also live in Las Vegas where, today, it was over 100F outside. I have been considering air conditioning the garage, or even just a ...
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Do I have to remove the old thinset before installing new tile?

I will be installing some new 12x12 tiles in two bathrooms approx 25 sq/ft each. When I pulled up the old tiles, there was no thin set that had made contact with them so the removal was very easy. ...
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1answer
1k views

How do I fix an uneven cement floor prior to hard wood flooring install?

I have recently ripped up carpet and padding on a cement floor for a sixth floor condo unit. I plan on installing 3/4" Bella, 3' wide flooring on it. The problem is that there is a ridge, about 1/8", ...
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1answer
199 views

How can I restore this interior wooden siding?

I have a small entry way with wooden siding by my front door. It's not in great condition from the previous owners and I was hoping there would be a way to restore or just make it look better. Could ...
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2answers
278 views

Should I use concrete, or some other method to fix this entry area?

I have an entry walkway that's 9ft x 4ft by my front door that I need to fix so it is solid ground. I was thinking of putting concrete down and then laying tile on top of the concrete. I have some ...
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2answers
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What can I do about a hole for a dryer vent that was cut too big?

Our basement dryer vent was cut too big. There's a gap of approximately 2" all the way around. We want to fill it (crickets, and cold air in winter come in). I bought a can of spray insulation but am ...
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1answer
1k views

Are there any dangers to sistering a joist with oversize lumber?

I've done some research lately on joist sistering as a solution to bouncy floors. The logic seems to revolve around the following principles. The stress of carrying a load is at the center of the ...
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3answers
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How can I pass cables vertically through walls that contain fire blocking?

How can one pass (speaker) cables through walls from the floor to the ceiling. I am assuming that drilling a small hole at the top, dropping the cable I want to pass through and catching it at the ...
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3answers
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How do I fix a faucet that turns all the way around?

The hot water faucet in my bathroom sink turns in circles instead of stopping at the fully closed/open positions. It gives slight resistance at some points. This annoying as I can't tell where the ...
4
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1answer
223 views

How do I know when my wooden floor has fully dried out post-flood?

So I had a bit of a flood (tap overflowing) and the wooden floor in my house was under an inch of water for a few hours. It's drying out now, and is a bit warped but otherwise fine. I need to wait ...
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1answer
352 views

How can I convert from 2 sconce lights to one vanity bar light?

Help! My husband is legally blind and we need more light in our bathroom. The only light source we have comes from two sconce lights above the vanity (controlled by one switch). We'd like to know how ...
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3answers
3k views

How can I reinforce a piece of furniture to put an aquarium on it?

I'm planning to build an aquarium - 50 gallons. I estimate that it'll weight 550 pounds. It would be in the top of a cabinet... but the top of that cabinet is a suspended glass. It's similiar to this ...
6
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2answers
20k views

How to determine the correct capacity for a sub-panel for a shop?

I plan to install a sub-panel for my woodworking shop, and would like to determine the total capacity that should supply that sub-panel. These are the main items that will likely be running in the ...
3
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3answers
1k views

How can I get windshield wiper fluid stains out of my garage floor?

My car's windshield wiper fluid reservoir had a leak and quite a bit of it soaked into my garage floor (which is a light concrete). It happened over night, so it soaked quite a bit. Now the floor is ...
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1answer
461 views

How to make this electrical main safe

An older home has a strung electrical main. The main connects with exposed lugs on the roof above the deck. Not only is the height and location unsafe, while working on the roof today I noticed that ...
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1answer
111 views

Why is there no heating at all until we use hot water?

My boyfriend has a combi boiler and he's very confused as to why he has no heating at all through the radiators until he uses hot water. On the meter it says radiators shouldn't be working but they ...
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1answer
505 views

What is the technical term for this corner cupboard?

I am trying to learn what this small blue cupboard on the left side of the table is called? It's a corner cupboard but I am not sure what the technical term is:
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2answers
322 views

How to clean a light tan vinyl fence?

I had my back vinyl fence moved back a couple feet and some of the boards that were originally facing the back are now facing forward, so now there is this appearance that some boards are darker ...
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1answer
404 views

Type of firm/place to contact to have house features pre-finished?

I installed a new pre-hung interior door along with new trim. The door was maybe $50 and trim maybe another $100. Very affordable, and all pre-primed. Still, I spent hours and hours (and hours) ...
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1answer
997 views

Should cement board be glued and screwed to the studs?

I've seen some people recommend that cement board be glued and screwed to the stud framing for wall and ceiling application. I haven't seen this recommendation on any of the manufacturers install ...
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2answers
3k views

Is a special outlet or wiring needed when replacing an electrical outlet under a gas fireplace.?

The outlet under our gas fireplace that runs the blower fan has a short in it, and needs to be replaced. I have replaced a few standard wall outlets and was thinking of doing this one myself too, but ...
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2answers
1k views

How can I repair laminate floor boards with damaged edges?

I noticed that two panels of my laminate floor board have not joined well: there is a small gap between them. Now, it seems that constant wear is damaging the edges of the board. Is there any way ...
3
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6answers
42k views

What could be causing an A/C blower motor to turn off randomly?

The Blower motor on my AC unit turns off at random times while the outside unit continues to run which is causing the coil to freeze up. The blower won't come on for 30-45 minutes after the AC has ...
6
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4answers
938 views

How can I stop mortar plugs from popping out of slab holes?

Our termite people plugged their dozens of chemical insertion holes using a regular grout and a putty knife. Needless to say the plugs are popping out left and right. (They tell me that is normal, ...
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2answers
1k views

Should I apply waterproofer on the subfloor beneath a shower pan?

I'm going to be using the Kerdi shower pan and membrane to seal a steam shower. I understand the process of installing the membrane, deck and preparing the wall and ceiling substrate. This question ...
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1answer
3k views

Is there a correct orientation for hurricane clips?

When installing hurricane clips to joists where it crosses a beam, is there a preference to mounting the clips on the inside or the outside of the beam? And should the ears on the clips point inward ...
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2answers
8k views

How to fix small holes in a wall caused by throwing darts?

I can think of a few ways of fixing these marks on the wall but I don't want to try anything without first getting some advice. I have a dart board on a painted wall and as is inevitable with darts, ...
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4answers
11k views

How can I replace a missing IKEA drawer slide?

I am missing one part of the drawer runner on one of my pieces of ikea furniture. It's the leftmost one in this picture, the part of the runner that attaches to the drawer itself: Are drawer ...
6
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2answers
2k views

Can a stud have a power line IN it?

I have an edge to edge stud finder with a power line detector. It found the stud but at the same the power detector lighted up. Is it safe to drill that stud. I'm installing a wall mount for a 39" ...
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2answers
814 views

How can I remove the side glass pane from a patio sliding glass door?

I just bought a pet door insert for a sliding glass door. I'm assuming that it must be installed against the wall, but I cannot figure out how to remove the side panel of the sliding glass door. ...
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2answers
8k views

Do I need to prime/seal new drywall behind cabinets?

If I were doing it, I would usually prime and paint before installing the cabinets. My painter for this project says he'd prefer that I install everything before he paints. Do I need to use a sealing ...
5
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4answers
6k views

How to keep my air conditioner from freezing when it is cool outside?

My bedroom is the hottest room in the house, and even with all the windows open and fans in them doesn't cool off as much as I would like when it's an acceptable temperature outside. And I prefer to ...
3
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1answer
4k views

How can I stop a draft from an attic hatch lid?

During the colder months there is a cold draft at the bottom of the stairs and I had a new drop down loft hatch installed 18 months ago as I was convinced that was the cause. It had become warped. But ...
3
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1answer
1k views

How to seam new stucco to old stucco when patching large areas

Our city inspector wants us to break out the edge of old stucco to expose the wire then tie that back into the new mesh. But when we did that, it became obvious to everyone (inspector included) that ...
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2answers
7k views

How to snake a bathtub with no overflow drain?

Our upstairs bath tub has been taking longer and longer to drain and my wife has finally tasked me to fix it. Yesterday I literally emptied an entire bottle of Liquid Plumber down the drain ...
5
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2answers
6k views

How do I wire a switch to control a GFCI Receptacle?

I want to switch a GFI outlet. It will be on a single 20 Amp circuit breaker with no other outlets or devices in the circuit or downstream from the outlet. It will be used to switch a dust ...
3
votes
2answers
770 views

What is the most efficient way to dig a hole in a slope?

I need to dig a rectangular box hole for a rainwater cistern. The dimensions are 4m x 3m x 2m (13ft x 10ft x 6ft). There is a slope of about 10 degrees, and the dirt will be used at a point of lower ...
7
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2answers
419 views

Are these brick walls properly constructed?

I'm looking into buying an apartment and I'm visiting some locations. During one of my visits I saw this exterior wall of a future apartment building: I'm not an expert but it does not look good ...
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2answers
7k views

How can I patch holes in the roof left by satellite dish removal?

My house came with 2 satellite dishes mounted to the roof around the same place. I've never used them. Recently, wind managed to push them down so that one came down completely and the other was ...
5
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1answer
1k views

How Can I Fill Screw Holes In Beam So I Can Move Screws Slightly?

I had a contractor replace a 4x10 beam and two 4x4 posts that supports my deck. He also replaced and enlarged the concrete patio below the deck. I am in the process of replacing the deck floor so it ...
4
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5answers
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Is there any harm in using shorter shelf brackets with a deeper shelf?

I'm planning on installing Ikea shelves mounted on wall brackets (using the Antonius system). Until recently there were Antonius shelves 14 3/8 inches deep, but now they've disappeared, leaving only ...
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0answers
108 views

Can I use a small pond with a water source heat pump? [closed]

I want to use a water source reverse cycle heat pump AC for a 8000m2 aged care facility. Location has moderate summer (22 deg C max) and cold winter (<0 deg c). On site pond is only 400m3. I ...

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