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How can I locate and remove a lingering odor? [closed]

My parents have a stench in their room and we can not identify it. It smells fishy. We have already tried changing the bed sheets, smelling the carpet, etc. They are clean I know that. What is the ...
8
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3answers
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How to connect multiple light fixtures to one switch?

I am remodeling my basement, currently I have 5 light fixtures and each one has its own switch. I would like to make it so when I turn on the switch at the bottom of the stairs all the lights turn ...
6
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2answers
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When to stop putting out mouse traps?

So last week my wife and I discovered some evidence of mice fooling around in our kitchen at night (e.g. shuffled cleaning supplies under the sink, hoarded dog food, and of course their droppings). ...
2
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1answer
450 views

Do tiles need to be cut to fit area between back wall and the edge of the bathtub?

I am in the process of remodeling a bathroom and I am putting in a new tub and plan to tile the walls. It seems most tubs are standard depths of 30 or 32 inches, ours is 32". Now the new tub is ...
2
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3answers
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Is there any reason not to use a radiant barrier in the attic?

i am considering putting up a radiant barrier in my attic, with a product like AtticFoil, to 1) reduce the attic temperatures as my A/C ducting is in the attic and 2) to reduce heat convection into my ...
4
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2answers
723 views

How do I repair this broken pipe?

We just bought a house and while digging in the yard using a pick axe, I broke a pipe. Per my research, I need to put a joint there. The broken part is right next to the joint, so not sure how can I ...
3
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2answers
1k views

Should I pre-built rafter units, or build them in-place?

I'm planning a small roof - 12' x 16', gable style. Almost all the rafters will identical. Should I build rafter units ahead of time? 2 rafters + a ceiling joist + plywood gussets. I'd make a simple ...
2
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1answer
327 views

Is this hole at the corner of the foundation major issue?

I am in the process of purchasing a home. I found the perfect home but of course, I found water stains in the basement walls (mostly close to the floor). I also noticed a small hole at the corner of ...
5
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2answers
809 views

How can I build a wall mounted adjustable height desk?

There has already been some excellent discussion here and elsewhere about adjustable height desks, but I think I'll bring a bit of a new twist to the question. I want to rebuild a bedroom into an ...
9
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2answers
8k views

How can I add a circuit breaker when there are no openings available in the neutral bus bar?

I'm trying to add a 20 amp circuit breaker into my existing main panel. The main panel has one vacant slot to put the breaker, but the neutral and ground bars have no more vacant slots. My question is ...
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0answers
50 views

How do I replace insulation in an electric stove that has been soiled by mice and smells when the oven is on? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How do I replace oven insulation that has been soiled by mice and smells bad? How do I replace insulation in an electric stove that has been soiled by mice and smells ...
3
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3answers
2k views

How can I filter iron out of kiddie pool water?

Our well water is high in iron. In the house, we put salt with an iron remover into our water softener. The outside bibs don't run through the water softener, however. The other day we filled up the ...
2
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1answer
493 views

Can I level floorboards with metal or rubber washers?

I am levelling some floorboards, with a view to painting them afterward and having a wooden floor. Previously there was a lot of scrap wood shims under there. Because these are only thin cheap wood ...
4
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3answers
4k views

Can you use plywood as roofing?

I've seen buildings where plywood was used as both wall sheathing and siding. T-111 is commonly used this way, for example. Would it work to do the same thing on a roof? I assume it wouldn't last ...
2
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1answer
559 views

Does anyone make a gfci switch/outlet combo that includes a nightlight?

Basically what the question asked above. I've been through three stores and the closest I came was a Pass and Seymour switch/outlet combo with a snap in LED light, but it wasn't a GFCI. I'm hoping to ...
5
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1answer
3k views

Why are some submersible well pumps wired with solid and others stranded?

I was helping a friend change his deep water well pump which is rated at 220 volts AC,3/4 H.P. Most of these I have seen are wired with three yellow wires that run from the pump to the pump switch on ...
2
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2answers
1k views

Installing a cleanout for 4" corrugated black pipe foundation drainage

10 years after installation of 4" corrugated black pipe (perforated) foundation drainage, I am experiencing clogging problems. I would like to install cleanouts to improve sewer auger access. What ...
1
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0answers
386 views

What size filter should I use in my pool? [closed]

My pool filter died (actually blew out the bottom - must have gotten some freeze damage). So I need to purchase a new filter - I prefer sand ( I had a DE filter prior, but due to the sheer amount of ...
2
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2answers
223 views

How can I repair a big gash in my kitchen floor?

How can I repair this big gash in kitchen floor (I can see wood) I was cleaning my kitchen floor, and moved the fridge out of the way. Problem is we have our microwave on it with a short cord. ...
3
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1answer
11k views

How can I repair cracked stairs treads?

I have a ~100 year old stairway that has a couple treads cracked down the middle. One of them has a little give to it when stepping on it. They would be difficult to replace entirely, and I am ...
2
votes
1answer
538 views

How can I stop cracking/squeaking sounds while leveling this floor?

I am reconditioning a wooden floor; I pulled up the carpet and am repairing, levelling and then painting the so-so boards I found. I already tried replacing the nails with screws but found that the ...
6
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1answer
6k views

Which exterior outlet cover is required by NEC?

There are two types of outlet covers used on external outlets. The first type is for damp locations that covers the outlet when it's not in use: And the second type is for wet locations that allow ...
1
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1answer
2k views

Can I turn a 4 X 4 deck post, eight feet high, into a 6 x 6 post by laminating a 2 X 6 and 2 X 4 to it?

My mother-in-law has a deck 8 feet off the ground that is is built with 4 X 4's for support, with only one notched 2 X 6 rim joist on the outerside of the deck which also supports the 2 X 6 joists ...
3
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3answers
12k views

How can I remove skunk smell from house?

I apologize in advance if this is off-topic but I'm in need of some help and not sure who to ask. Our dog got blasted by a skunk and went inside the house. We've got the dog under control but the ...
1
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2answers
720 views

How to find and fix a bad smell of moisture?

We just bought a 3-year old house and there is an odd smell of moisture in the master bedroom and attached bathroom. It smells like someone just took a shower although the house has not been used in ...
1
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0answers
129 views

How do I make a weight sensitive platform? [closed]

Cats and Dogs do get along, but keeping the dogs from eating the cat's food is impossible. lol Anyway, now that you know the subject. What I want to do is build a sort of stairway of platforms up ...
3
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1answer
1k views

What else should I check when troubleshooting a light fixture?

Yesterday the fiance was in the kitchen and complained that one of the lights (three separate single bulb lights on the same switch that hang over our island) stopped working. Had worked fine earlier ...
2
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1answer
2k views

How to remove a tub drain with no spokes?

I attempted to use my tub drain removal wrench to remove a bath tub drain. Unfortunately the spokes of the drain broke and the drain flange cracked. Not being terribly skilled at plumbing I am now ...
8
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4answers
29k views

How do I install an outdoor receptacle box on vinyl siding?

Any tips for adding an outdoor receptacle box onto a house with vinyl siding? Shouldn't the box be attached to a stud? How do I seal around it? J Channel? How can I accomplish this without tearing off ...
5
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1answer
1k views

What is this component that connects to the garbage disposal?

I am trying to install a new faucet with a soap dispenser. I removed my old facuet; however, where the soap dispenser is supposed to go, this is here: It has pipes that go to the sink erator under ...
0
votes
1answer
174 views

Small hinges for reusable domino rally [closed]

I am building a reusable domino rally. Each domino will be attached to a large board with a small hinge. Tilting the board to the side will then reset all the dominoes at once. The hinges need to ...
5
votes
4answers
9k views

How can I make outlet wall plates mount flush after removing wood paneling?

I recently removed some old wood panelling in my basement that was up against drywall. I refinished the walls and painted but now the outlet covers don't mount flush against the wall anymore because ...
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2answers
675 views

What is the easiest way for me to get a sliding keyboard for my desk? [closed]

I'm very inexperienced with furniture, so I'd prefer an option that can work for inexperienced people. Basically I'm wondering - is it easier to buy a desk first, and then buy a separate sliding ...
4
votes
2answers
2k views

How do I replace 4 GFCI receptacles on the same circuit?

The first GFCI has not worked in years. Today a hair dryer quit, and the remaining 3 GFCIs are not working. Replaced the first one and it seemed to be working properly. Went to the last in the series; ...
4
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6answers
2k views

What's a good way to sharpen a carpenter's pencil, without buying a special sharpener?

I have a carpenter's pencil that's getting pretty blunt and I've realised I don't know how to sharpen it. How can I sharpen it without buying a special dedicated tool for it?
0
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2answers
787 views

tiles getting spongy and water coming up between the cracks

I have press-on tiles in my bathroom. We noticed they are getting spongy near the cooling vent. When I press it with my foot, I can see little bit of water coming up between the cracks. Duct work is ...
2
votes
2answers
4k views

Can I attach vinyl siding to a concrete foundation with Tapcons?

I have a question about adding vinyl siding to my existing home. I live in a new home (< 1 year old) with a walkout basement. The house currently has siding on the first floor stopping at the ...
2
votes
1answer
787 views

How do I fix a broken nipple under my sprinkler head?

I removed a broken sprinkler from my front yard. Apparently, whoever installed (previous owner) it did not thread it properly; the threaded nipple snapped off. What do I need to do? How do I replace ...
4
votes
4answers
38k views

Can I share a 240V outlet between two devices?

I have a single 50 amp 240 volt outlet. However, I've been using both my dryer and a welder on this same outlet, both have 3-prong (10-50P) plugs. It can be difficult to plug and unplug cords from ...
6
votes
7answers
111k views

How to detect whether there is a signal on TV cable

I'm not receiving TV in my room and the cable guy has determined that there is no signal on my coax outlet in the wall. There is a signal in other rooms, so there must be a broken or disconnected ...
4
votes
4answers
5k views

Do you know any switches which turns on/off based on day light?

I am looking for having some sensor based switches which will turn on/off the lights based on the light conditions during the day (i.e. turn on when there is less light and turn off when there is more ...
5
votes
2answers
7k views

How to finish dirt floor in a basement?

The floor of the basement of our house is half a flat area with a concrete floor where the washing machine and so on are, and half a semi-flat, slightly sloping dirt area, with the dirt area being ...
4
votes
3answers
16k views

How to replace 12v halogen under cabinet lighting with LED lighting from scratch?

Somebody initially wired up six 12 vac 10 w halogen bulbs under my kitchen cabinet, wiring them in parallel. The 12 vac power supply was putting off a lot of heat, and within a day or two appeared to ...
11
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2answers
2k views

Can I use old abandoned iron pipe as electrical conduit?

I have an older house (1920) and I have been planning on doing some rewiring to get rid of some k + t stuff. Anyway, I just noticed today that there are some irons pipes that used to be part of the ...
3
votes
2answers
1k views

How to safely install a window AC unit?

I have a standard air conditioner. I have just dropped it into the window and slammed the window closed. I am just a bit concerned that If there were high winds or an earthquake the unit could drop ...
4
votes
3answers
4k views

Can I plug an air conditioner and a chest freezer into the same outlet?

I have a Gibson/Frigidaire through the wall AC unit plugged into a dedicated 3-prong outlet in my a room of my apartment. I'd like to put a chest freezer in my office for homebrewed beer. Is it safe ...
1
vote
2answers
403 views

How can I remove these screws from shutters?

I am trying to pull some wood shutters off vinyl siding. The screws are placed into what looks like a cylinder (I believe it is called an "anchor"), which itself looks attached to the siding. But when ...
1
vote
0answers
50 views

Do they make AC power meters that measures average, min and max watts used? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Is there a wall outlet power meter that I can interface with from a computer? Is anyone familiar with an AC power meter that I can get the min, max and average watts ...
0
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1answer
243 views

How to remove bird droppings from woven patio furniture?

We have a set of patio furniture with a steel frame, but a loosely woven cloth seating surface. Since we live in a very wooded area, a chair was recently dive-bombed. I have a bucket and scrub-brush - ...
3
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1answer
1k views

Is there a name for PVC pipe that's approx 1/2“ ID and 5/8” OD?

I have a PVC pipe that supplies water to a valve, and then goes to my toilet. It's approx 1/2" inner diameter, and 5/8" outer diameter; it's stamped on the outside of the pipe that it is 1/2". The ...

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