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How can I build a temporary support for rafters?

I have a hipped roof with 5.5 metre common rafters supported mid span by strutted purlins. The rafters, and below them the ceiling joists, are trimmed around a double flue chimney breast at the flank ...
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Why is my fuse board buzzing when I'm using the shower?

I have used an electric shower for years no problems, but all of a sudden my fuse board started buzzing when I use the shower. I replaced the shower with the same size unit and it still makes a ...
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1answer
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Why do my pipes bang when running hot water in my kitchen?

After a minute or so of hot water running in my kitchen the pipes start to knock, and water doesn't come out in a stream. It is like there is air getting in. What is happening, and how can I fix it?
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1answer
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How can I install an interior cat door to the basement and not have it kill me? (from increased radon)

I recently purchased and moved into a new house with an unfinished basement under part of house and crawl space under the rest. We have 2 indoor cats and I would prefer that their litter box be in ...
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1answer
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Is there a way to know if the photocell is a switch or a dimmer?

I plan on installing three LED security lights to my home. I would like to have them turn on and off with a photocell. I am going to have a switch and then install the lights in parallel. I am not ...
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2answers
774 views

What type of wood should I use to resurface my table?

A club at uni has this great big old table. (about 1220mm by 2420mm). The club in question is the gaming club, so pen and paper RPGs, card games, boardgames, warhammer. fairly rarely models are ...
2
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1answer
594 views

Why does half the house go out when a single breaker trips?

The breaker box at my brother's house is well marked and balanced except when a breaker is tripped half the house goes out. I'm currently living on the third floor of his house. When I turned on a ...
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2answers
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What is the purpose of these holes on my wire stripper?

I have been using this wire stripper for a while, but I have always wondered what was the purpose of those holes in the center and above LOOP, and those teeth on the handles.
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1answer
553 views

What to do about a stinky sump pump

My sump pump stinks up by basement. The sump pump works, but I think its the stagnant dirt water that sits in the sump pump over time that just stinks after a while. I have read suggestions to flush ...
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0answers
91 views

Is there a way to install a tub such that it can dry out if water gets behind it?

When you install a tub, you try to build the surround such that water can't get through to the wall. That's great. Nothing is perfect, and eventually small amounts of water will seep through. Then ...
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3answers
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Is it typical for the metal of corner bead to be exposed after it is finished being mudded?

I hired a company to finish the drywall job in my room. One of the things that sticks out like a sore thumb is the exposed edges of corner bead. I have never seen corner bead exposed like this. Isn'...
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4answers
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Can I safely ground a light fixture if the ceiling box has two hot and one neutral wire (no ground wire)

Checking for dupes, I saw this question, but the situation appears different as my box is metal, among other things. I'm fairly new to electrical projects, so bear with me. I recently installed a new ...
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1answer
2k views

How can I fix a ceiling fan with 4 lights where only 1 light works?

I bought a used ceiling fan from Craigslist and just installed it. It's a Hampton Bay fixture that takes intermediate size light bulbs. Only one of the four lights works. The weird thing is, if I take ...
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3answers
9k views

Can I support a granite countertop overhang with embedded steel bars?

I have read that you can support a granite overhang (such as a bar) using 1/4" steel bars below or embedded in the rough top. The purpose of this is to support the 16" overhang without using corbels ...
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4answers
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How can I seal around this pipe on my roof?

I have a PVC furnace exhaust pipe coming out through my roof. Unfortunately, the guy who installed it used the wrong size flange. So instead of the rubber rising upwards against the pipe, it is sunken ...
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1answer
874 views

What could have caused CFL bulbs to glow during a power outage?

Recently during a storm, I lost power to my whole house. For ~30-60 seconds after losing power, 3-4 CFL bulbs continued to glow faintly. The bulbs were on different circuits, and legs of the 120/...
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3answers
18k views

How do I prepare this exterior concrete wall for paint?

I have a an exterior concrete wall that had some loose paint and started scraping away. The paint in some sections was so loose that I went all the way to the bare concrete, peeling away over 6 layers ...
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2answers
1k views

Can anything interesting be done with Kidde's interconnect wires?

In our newly-renovated house the Kidde's CO2- and CO-detectors are everywhere. They are also all interconnected, which means there is a wire running throughout the house already. The detectors came ...
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3answers
430 views

Can I use the tabs to chain 15A outlets on a 20A circuit?

When wiring 15A-rated outlet receptacles on a 20A circuit, is it acceptable to use the tabs & screws to chain the circuit from one outlet to the next? My instinct to overengineer says to use ...
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3answers
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How can I replace a 4-way mechanical switch with occupancy sensor(s)?

There is a stairwell in our house, which is currently lit by a fixture controlled by three switches: a 4-way and two 3-ways. The wiring was done very recently and, I'm certain, in accordance to modern ...
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2answers
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Are these drywall screws properly driven/countersunk?

Related to this question. Even though I might be cluttering up SE with questions about driving drywall screws, I feel they will ultimately be helpful since I have been unsuccessful in finding images ...
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5answers
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How can I remove a key that has broken off in a lock?

I broke a key off in the lock of a desk drawer. The lock doesn't look easily replaceable, so how can I remove it? I've tried tweezers but they can't get enough of a grip to pull it out.
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1answer
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Should I primer my walls/ceiling before I spray on texture?

I have removed a wall and upper cabinet, replacing some sheetrock. I have skim coated and sanded the existing walls and removed the "popcorn" ceiling. My question is: do I need to primer the walls &...
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3answers
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Is an exhaust fan over a gas range required?

Are we required to have one in a standard kitchen with a gas range in a residential home? The big question is not how many CFM or ducted or not, just whether there is a requirement in the building ...
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1answer
1k views

Can I add unfaced insulation on top of faced insulation which is on top of cellulose?

I want to roll out some additional fiberglass insulation in my attic. Currently there is loose cellulose with faced fiberglass batts placed on top of the cellulose. The facing is facing out as in ...
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1answer
195 views

Why are my concrete water tanks not retaining water?

I have concrete water tanks, where I grow ornamental fish. Recently on draining the tanks to clean, I observed that they do not retain the water. The tanks drain over time, ...
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2answers
482 views

Does anybody have a source for epoxy putty (for plastics) in black color? [closed]

I need to seal a broken plastic ring, but it needs to stay black - all the epoxy putties I find are grey or white. Thanx!
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4answers
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What would cause the water pressure to be too high for just a second?

Lately when I turn on any faucet in my house the water comes rushing out at about twice the normal pressure for about half a second and then drops to normal pressure. I am worried the pressure is ...
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6answers
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Why does my shower head drip when the tub faucet is on?

I just installed a new tub fixture set: There are two controls - one for temperature and one for volume. The large handle is volume. When the diverter valve is engaged the shower sprays properly ...
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2answers
811 views

How can I drill my wall if it contains flint?

I live in an old victorian house. Some of the walls seem to have pebbles inside then you get so far and there is flint, the drill won't go any further. Its a nightmare putting anything on the wall! ...
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4answers
14k views

What is the best way to insulate a room with glass window for winter?

Winter is approaching and I have heard that some people insulate glass windows and balcony doors during winter to preserve heat. What materials can I use to do this? I am living in a rented apartment, ...
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5answers
7k views

What to do with a cold corner?

I live in an apartment on the 4th floor. My bedroom has the misfortune of being in the very corner of the building - it has two outer walls. On top of that, the corner between these two walls is ...
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1answer
74 views

Is it legal in a multi-unit building to draw air for ventilation from the attic? [closed]

I live (own) in a condo and the tenants above me are smokers and their cigarette smoke is encroaching in my living space. I contacted the landlord and HOA numerous times and nothing has been done to ...
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3answers
9k views

Is it OK to have a 20 Amp receptacle on a circuit with 12 AWG wiring and a 15 Amp breaker?

I have a hypothetical question: If you have a 15 Amp breaker connected to a 20 Amp T type outlet with (20 Amp) 12 AWG wire, is it within code, below code, or above code, where code means the National ...
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1answer
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How can I tile the raised edges in my basement?

I'm looking to tile a basement floor that was dug out about 6", so there is a roughly 6" tall x 4" wide raised concrete border around the whole room, as they didn't dig out the edges. This border is ...
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2answers
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What's an efficient way to soundproof the space between my door frame and wall frame?

I am going to be creating my first soundproof door assembly. I have my idea down for the frame and door itself, but the problem is going to be that empty space between the door assembly and framing ...
3
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3answers
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Should I use a hammer or a mallet when driving a chisel?

I'm planning to install a lock into a wooden door and I'll need to cut various holes for the lock body using a chisel. I'll need to use something like a hammer or a mallet to drive the chisel and I'm ...
2
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3answers
18k views

Why will my toilet not flush after it rains or when ground is wet

I live in a house with a septic system. When the winter/spring rains come, the toilet on the ground level master bedroom does not flush. We have another toilet on the ground floor that does flush. ...
2
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2answers
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How to properly close a chimney hole in the basement

I recently removed the old unused wood stove in my basement. I now want to properly condemn the chimney. I found this question which answers what to do with the chimney outside, but I am still unsure ...
2
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1answer
2k views

How can I repair a radiator bleed valve that fell out?

I over-tightened the bleed valve on the radiator and it fell out! It seems to look like a screw but I can't seem to get it re-attached, luckily it's locked so not leaking. I can't see well enough to ...
11
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1answer
3k views

Are these drywall screws driven too deep into the sheet?

First off, I apologize for the asking and deleting my previous question about this. I thought it was more of a dupe of this question that I asked a while back. I'll be more central to the actual ...
2
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3answers
2k views

What model circuit breaker is this?

I live in an old 50 + year old house and it still has the original circuit breakers. I am trying to search for one that died, but don't know the model or even if they make these anymore. If any ...
11
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7answers
207k views

What is the proper procedure to apply multiple coats of Polyurethane?

Polyurethane is confusing me. ;) I'm finishing a table top with polyurethane. I've sanded down the original finish to bare wood down to 220 grit paper. I vacuumed and wiped it all down, then did a ...
3
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3answers
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How to wire multiple thermostats

I would like to have two thermostats controlling a single furnace. However I'm not 100% sure how I would need to wire everything to achieve the correct effect. Assuming a thermostat simply acts like ...
11
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4answers
107k views

How do I remove a flush mounted ceiling light fixture dome?

My bedroom has a very nice looking flush mounted ceiling light with a glass dome. However, all the bulbs have gone out and I cannot get the glass out to replace them. I'm 5'4" and standing on the ...
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1answer
917 views

What is the life expectancy of a ratchet strap?

During my house move I used ratchet straps to secure a book-shelf on a roof of my car. That was well secured and worked out perfect. But the second time I have tried using the same straps, they did ...
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3answers
1k views

How can I redirect the discharge of my forced air vent?

An AC/heating register on our kitchen ceiling blows air directly toward a gas cooktop causing the flames to flicker. Adjusting the register doesn't seem to make a difference. I've looked into air ...
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2answers
465 views

What type of wall construction is shown in these pictures?

These photos were taken through a small hole in the wall of a house. They are of the inside of the cavity. The hole they were taken through is at a height of about 60cm from the internal ground floor ...
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1answer
202 views

alternative roof vents

Local building code requires a roof vent that is less than ten feet away from an operating skylight to extend a minimum of three feet above the skylight. Is there an alternative venting system, other ...
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4answers
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Should I be worried if I missed the studs while mounting my TV?

I think I missed the studs based on how easily the drill moved through the drywall. My LCD only weighs 27lbs and the mount itself is 5lbs (rated to hold 165lbs, and uses 4 8mm lag bolts). I pulled as ...

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