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How do I prepare aging cedar siding for staining/painting?

I have a home with old, somewhat damaged, cedar siding. I believe the siding was put on in the early 90s making it about 20 years old. On more than one side there are places were you can see the ...
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How do I loosen my bathroom stopper pivot nut

I'm trying to remove my bathroom sink stopper so that I can clean out the drain. I found these instructions for doing so but they talk about a pivot nut that can be loosened. Under my sink, in the ...
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What is the purpose of tape when taping and mudding drywall?

Sorry if this is a stupid question, but it doesn't seem immediately obvious how a thin strip of paper tape actually helps the mudding process in drywall installation except for perhaps reducing the ...
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What typically causes a toilet to leak?

So I have a leaking toilet and it's leaked through the ceiling drywall... is that typically caused by a leaking seal, or is it the toilet itself? It's been noticed today after we had a toilet ...
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Should I seal, waterproof a concrete basement floor before painting?

What is the best sealer/waterproofer to put on a basement floor that I just want to paint. New construction, no water problems, but washer & drier & water heater are in basement and add to ...
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How do I join two cables outside so that they're safe and kept dry?

I have a new pond with a pump but the cable on the pump is far too short. I have some similar cable which will do the job to extend the length. My only concern is the junction outside. I need to make ...
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What's the best lubricant for a refrigerator water dispenser switch?

The water dispenser on my refrigerator sticks when you press it in. Sometimes it pops right out, and sometimes it stays in for 10-15 seconds. I've taken it apart a couple of times, cleaned it out, and ...
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143 views

Best way to secure a cat enclosure to the ground?

I'd like to make a small outdoor cat enclosure for my cat. I shouldn't have any problems securing it on the tops and sides but i'm curious if anyone has suggestions for securing it to the ground? ...
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How do I fix a coarse paint job on interior doors?

It starts with one mistake and compounds to several other. Number one, the plan was to spray the interior doors and since we did not have a good inside place to do it, we had to do it outside. It ...
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Besides insulation and air conditioning unit, what else is there to check if my A/C isn't keeping me cool?

I live in an apartment home where the indoor temperature has risen to above 80 degrees Fahrenheit daily for the past two months. The outdoor temperature regularly reaches 100 degrees and the weather ...
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Why does my water pressure drop after using my water hose for a few minutes?

When I'm using my water hose, especially with the electric pressure washer, after about 15 minutes of use, the water pressure drops. I can disconnect the water hose from the pressure washer and ...
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Did the previous painter neglect to prime?

The paint on our house is peeling badly. It's yellow paint over wood siding (clapboard). When I scrape, I get pieces of paint that are yellow on both sides, and bare wood underneath. Does that mean ...
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How to replace just a few boards in hardwood floor

I want to replace a few boards in our pre-finished bamboo hardwood floor. After i take the damaged boards out and put the new boards in, how do i get the last board in? How do i get the existing floor ...
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How should I rewire a miswired 3-way switch?

I have a 3 way switch that was wired incorrectly when the switches were replaced with a different color switch. Is there a methodical way for me to identify which wires represent which piece of the ...
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1answer
577 views

What kind of fastener should I use to hang things on cabinets?

I have cabinets that hang down in the middle of my kitchen, above the island, and would like to mount things on the back of them (it's a metal rod from Ikea from which I'm going to hang pots and pans, ...
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10answers
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Which way is up? (electric outlet)

My house has electric outlets in both orientations. Which one is correct? Should the ground hole be at the bottom or the top? OR
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8answers
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What is the best way to calculate the angle at which crown moulding should be cut?

What is the best way to calculate the angle that crown moulding should be cut in the compound miter saw to fit an inside corner?
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2answers
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How do I treat mold and mildew in shower grout?

I have a tiled shower in an older house, and it's been a struggle to keep the grout clear of mold and mildew. I'm planning on installing a bathroom vent to prevent future buildup, but in the ...
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1answer
853 views

How can I fix my toilet valve so I can stop jiggling the handle after flushing? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Why does my toilet intermittently run continually? Clearly the valve plunger (?) isn't seating correctly, but I don't know what to do about it. If I flush, wait 2 ...
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Smell like fish oil coming from cupboard with hot water tank

Somebody has said there is a smell like fish oil coming from her hot press (not sure if the term 'hot press' is used worldwide: the airing cupboard / the cupboard with the hot water tank in). Her ...
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1answer
866 views

adding new power outlet, ceiling fan/switch kills the power to it when on

I'm adding a new power outlet for some electronics. I'm dropping a 12/2 wire from the attic where I'm attaching it to a junction box. The junction box has an existing wire, 12/2, and a 14/2 wire ...
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How fast does moisture seep out of the ground in a crawlspace?

I need to fix humidity in my crawlspace. I'm aware of the expensive option, i.e. conditioned and sealed crawlspace, but I hope that's a last resort. I'm wondering if I can get away with the ...
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3answers
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Where should I look to rent time on a router table?

I have a woodworking project which requires a CNC router table. It would need a decent sized table for the 36" x 28" panels. Somebody that spends thousands of dollars on one of these machines must ...
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1answer
399 views

Will Liquid Plumber Foaming Pipe Snake corrode the drain seal on my bathtub?

I just bought and used a bottle of Liquid Plumber but I was just worried about whether the stuff might be able to corrode the rubbery seal under and around the top of the bathtub drain. I live on a ...
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2answers
909 views

How can you paint tile?

Our bathroom is out of the 70's and the wife doesn't care for the colors. Remodeling is out of the question for now. Is there something I can use to paint over that ceramic tile so we can at least get ...
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2answers
249 views

What can I use to clean the walls in my bathroom before repainting?

The paint in our bathroom is starting to peal and there are strange "brown spots" guessing from a shampoo or something (definitely not mold). What can I use to clean that up before repainting ...
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1answer
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How should I add new joists and flooring to a loft space?

First off, basic floor plan of the loft: Hard lines are the walls on the first floor underneath, joists on the first floor landing run left to right so does that mean the central wall running front ...
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2answers
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Maximum run on drain?

I'm planning a reconfiguration of my basement and want to move both the powder room and w/d to new locations. The powder room would be close enough to the stack not to worry me, but I'm looking at ...
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2answers
632 views

Find and remove odd odor in new room

The set up: I enclosed the part of the garage to make an office/man cave. I had a Mr. Slim installed to control the temperature. The space is 10' X 20'. No carpet. There are three desks, three ...
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6answers
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What is the cheapest/easiest way to make bookshelves?

I own a lot of books, and would love to display them on a bookshelf that covers an entire wall. I love the look of wood, but it is so expensive at the moment. I'm also a bit short of spare time, so I ...
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4answers
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Buying a programmable thermostat to replace a manual one: any considerations?

I'm about to look for a programmable thermostat to replace a manual one. There are already a couple of good questions on thermostat replacement that make the task seem pretty straightforward for ...
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3answers
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Top Loading Washer Leaks from bottom of machine.. Usually Worth Repairing, or Time to Upgrade?

I have an old whirlpool top loading LA8800 (Maytag rebranding?) washer that leaks from the bottom.. is this usually a simple (and cheap) gasket type repair, or would now be a good time to get a more ...
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5answers
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What is the proper way to run Category 6 underground?

I'd like to run some Category 6 cabling underground, for a distance of about 120 ft, between a main home and a 2nd unit, for ethernet connectivity between the two homes. I've run Category 5 indoors ...
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1answer
450 views

Do I need to do more prep work on this cement floor before putting in new tile?

In my basement i have a poured concrete floor, and we're re-doing the bathroom down there. It used to have Vinyl flooring, and we ripped it all up. The top vinyl part came up easily, but it left a bit ...
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1answer
110 views

How do I find out who manufactured the plumbing in my home?

There is a nationwide class action lawsuit going on against defective manufactured copper piping in homes. I need to find out who manufactured my home's copper piping to determine if my piping ...
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1answer
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How to choose the right wall plug size?

I dislike drilling holes, as it irreversibly damages the wall. Therefore I am very careful not to make too much of them. And in the cases I think it is unavoidable, I like to make as tiny a hole as ...
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4answers
709 views

Would upgrading my basement with sandstone blocks be worthwhile?

Having a look at an old farmhouse that is for sale in the area, and as with most houses in the area of this age the foundation is built on red sandstone blocks, around five feet deep, with a dirt ...
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1answer
353 views

Is clorox outdoor + jomax safe on vinyl decking?

I used the recipe suggested in this question to successfully clean my vinyl siding. Its a combination of Jomax, Clorox outdoor, and water. I'm wondering if this solution will work fine on my vinyl ...
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2answers
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Why does my new replacement pull-out kitchen faucet sprayer leak?

I've had the same old sprayer attachment to my kitchen sink for a long time and last week I finally decided to get rid of it. The current sink hose (with sprayer detached) is shown here: And if ...
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1answer
948 views

Dealing with tar on old railway sleepers

In my garden there is a wall that was been constructed from old wooden railway sleepers. Several of these seem to be leaking tar which has then coated them, and in warm weather the tar becomes almost ...
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1answer
328 views

What height of insulation should I use between joists in an MDF floor?

Background I am starting my first serious DIY project - converting our garage into a playroom for the kids. The garage floor is concrete. My plan is to run timber (Sawn Kiln Dried Timber (L)3000 x ...
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1answer
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How far apart should timber joists be for an MDF floor?

Background I am starting my first serious DIY project - converting our garage into a playroom for the kids. The garage floor is concrete. My plan is to run timber (Sawn Kiln Dried Timber (L)3000 x ...
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1answer
796 views

Looking for color profile and tint information - Falu Red

I wish to mimic the traditional swedish summer house colour Falu Red for a DIY project at home but I cannot buy the traditional Falu or Falun Red paint - so does anyone know the colour or tint that ...
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1answer
1k views

What could cause condensation on a ceiling after painting with a roof sealer?

I am renting an apartment and the tenants recently complained about water droplets on the ceiling in one of the rooms. The apartment is on the first floor and surrounded by plants (we live in a ...
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1answer
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My stovetop is very hot - should I disable the pilot light?

I've just moved into a new place, and the pilot light on my oven seems to be on overdrive. The stovetop is very hot to the touch, enough to burn if you hold your hand on it. Besides that danger, it ...
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2answers
317 views

Is operating a 66' boom lift something that a non-construction type homeowner could likely manage?

I'm wanting to mount a radio receiver (for internet access) to a really tall tree in my yard. I don't have a death wish so climbing it with tools is a non-starter. So I've been thinking about renting ...
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8answers
78k views

How much load can a (wood) board support, if it is supported only at the ends?

How much load can a board support, if it is supported only at the ends? At the moment my specific problem is hanging a tire swing between two trees, and depending on which trees I choose they could ...
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3answers
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Can I use 4x4 posts as the primary support for a deck?

I have an old cedar deck, and most of the decking and vertical support posts are rotted out. I'd like to rebuild the deck as-is, just replacing the rotting pieces. The current design is as follows: ...
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3answers
999 views

Where can I find the RAS131 dust hood for a Skil 1817 router?

I have been searching for a dust-collection device for my Skil 1817 fixed-base router, and I can't seem to find anything. I keep coming upon the same press release that indicates it is compatible ...
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4answers
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Why is my desk still tacky two weeks after finishing it with a polyurethane clear coat?

I've recently built a standing desk out of sandply with a mahogany veneer. I have stained it, and two weeks ago added a polyurethane clear coat to protect the stain. However, after doing this, the ...

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