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In this scenario is my electrician giving good advice?

So I asked Why does my ceiling lights require some other outlet in the room to be turned on and off again before it works? a while ago, and the consensus was that my electrics were arcing and that I ...
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How do I mount TV through 3 layers of drywall and into studs?

I have a 65lb 46" LCD television and a Sanus "flush" style wall mount. The mount instructions suggest that it shouldn't be mounted anywhere where there is more than the thickness of a single sheet of ...
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How can I replace a light switch with strange wiring?

Here's what we have in the box: (2) Black wires (1) Yellow wire (1) Capped cluster of white wires. Here's how it was wired: As stated above, the three white wires were capped. One black wire was ...
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1answer
514 views

What important factors should I consider when building a dog house?

I've never actually done this before, and I know that there's more to it than just slapping some pieces of wood together. I live in a place that gets pretty much all the extremes of weather, ...
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1answer
627 views

Why is this ceiling light fixture wired this way?

I'm trying to replace the hanging light below and I've gotten a little confused. Shouldn't the brown wire on the left be connected to the live (red) wires rather than the neutral? I understand that ...
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3answers
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How can I figure out what mystery wall switches might do?

I have a two-story house with blown-in insulation in the attic. There are at least four wall switches in my house (some on the ground floor, some upstairs) that seem to serve no discernible function. ...
4
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1answer
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What are the relative merits of stainless steel vs. granite composite sinks?

I am about to begin a project to install a bar sink. I am debating between granite composite, such as the Blanco, and a conventional stainless steel sink. In either case, the sink will be mounted ...
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2answers
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How can I convert Cat5e wired sockets to Ethernet?

I recently moved to a new home and I noticed that the phone jacks (RJ-11) were connected using Cat5e cable. I'm thinking I can replace the RJ-11 plugs with RJ-45 and use Ethernet over the existing ...
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What's the best way to keep my garage from freezing?

I live in Colorado. My 1950s house has a one-car attached garage that was built in the 2000s. The walls that are not shared with the house are not insulated: the studs and sheathing are visible from ...
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1answer
917 views

Does the smell of paint linger or penetrate other materials?

My girlfriend is away for the weekend, I and I want to suprise her by doing some painting and some shelfmaking. The wall I want to paint is a in a rather small room, with a lot of old screw holes ...
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2answers
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What type of subflooring should I use for a basement?

My basement has wall-to-wall carpet in the two bedrooms and living area. The carpet was probably from the 70's when the house was built and we decided to remove it. After removing the carpet from ...
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2answers
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Can I have underfloor heating with solid oak floor?

I've seen that many underfloor heating mats (the electric ones) specify the need for tile or stone floor and I'm wondering if it will work as efficiently under a solid oak floor? (or any wood floor ...
4
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1answer
876 views

What to watch out for when using lithium grease?

I've only used machine oil compounds for lubrication previously, lithium grease is new to me. What do I watch out for? I mean when using machine oil and similar stuff it should not be applied to ...
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2answers
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How do I replace this dimmer switch to a conventional switch?

I want to replace the dimmer switch in my kitchen with a conventional light switch. However I could use a little guidance. I understand the two black wires are the hot wires, and the green is ground....
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1answer
5k views

What could cause excessive condensation drainage from my heat pump?

I have a one-year-old heat pump in my attic that is producing substantially more condensate this summer than it did last summer (and last summer was hotter!). There is a drain pan that is often full ...
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2answers
1k views

How can I take apart this kind of tap to replace the washer?

I need to replace the washer on this tap as it keeps leaking. The tap design seems quite similar to the one described here, but it seems the middle section cannot be turned (it's completely round, ...
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1answer
949 views

What power and type of in-line bathroom extractor fans should I be looking for?

We had some mould appear in our bathroom and I suspected that our inline extractor fan was underpowered. As it happens the extractor just stopped working, so I'm in the market for a replacement. I ...
3
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1answer
23k views

What are the primary differences between air paint sprayers and airless paint sprayers?

I have an upcoming project where I'm going to need to be painting 7 interior doors and a few hundred feet of trim. Next summer I'm likely going to also have to start restaining the exterior of the ...
3
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2answers
201 views

How do I trade the lights that these two light switches control with each other?

I have two light switches in my bathroom. I'd like to swap the lights that they operate with each other. I have no experience with this kind of thing, but I'm hoping the proximity of the two ...
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2answers
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How should I configure my plumbing with PEX?

I have a house built in 1940, which has a mix of copper, PVC and galvanized pipe for its plumbing at present. I am going to be gutting the upstairs bathroom in the near future, and have access to ...
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5answers
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Is this plastic pipe connecting city water to the main line dangerous?

I bought a whole house water filter to hook up to the main water line. The plumber who came in said that he won't be able to install it because the pipe that comes from the ground hooked up to the ...
4
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1answer
253 views

Can I wire a secondary 240V breaker box for lab equipment from Europe?

I have a dental lab in Europe and might want to move it to the USA. Some of the equipment rates as high as 4kW, and the the total maximum draw is 15kW for the whole lab. Can I wire a secondary breaker ...
4
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2answers
883 views

How do I prepare this porous interior wall for paint?

In one of the rooms in my house the walls are wallpapered. Underneath the wall is rough and porous (see picture). My plan is to strip the wall paper and eventually paint it, but research seems to ...
2
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4answers
2k views

Alternative equipment(s) to drill a few holes on a 0.5 cm plastic beside using a small drill

Are there other alternatives beside a small drill (shown below) to drill a few holes on a 0.5 cm plastic? (Looking for something that is inexpensive, save energy, portable and can drill a decent hole ...
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2answers
8k views

What kind of tool is used to stir paint in a can?

The paint(3+ months old) in my can has separated but I'm not sure what kind of tool to use to stir it. It is latex paint used for indoor purposes. Does anyone has any recommendation on what tool to ...
2
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1answer
635 views

Can I use a spray sealer and primer over a patched drywall followed by painting over it?

I have patched one of my wall from a few holes(5) where each is about a finger big. Since it is not a big surface area, can I use a spray stain sealer and primer, and then apply paint over the entire ...
2
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2answers
969 views

Using a solar system with a condensing boiler for the central heating instead of tap-water?

According to the manual of my AWB ThermoMaster 2HR 28.02WT Condensing boiler, it is compatible with a pre-heating solar system for tap-water only. It even has extra facilities to ensure that the ...
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2answers
6k views

Can I move the range hood but not the roof vent (angled “flue” pipe)?

I have a typical 30" stove installed in the center of a 20' wall with a standard overhead hood that looks a lot like this. I want to redesign my kitchen with new cabinets so the stove becomes ...
2
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1answer
179 views

How do I get the shine back on the bottom of my acrylic shower stall?

How do I get the shine back on the bottom of my acrylic shower stall?
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3answers
2k views

Can an external light fixture and an external receptacle share a circuit?

I have to get power to provide an outlet for an awning at high level. The nearest power source is an external light fixture. Can I wire into this? If so is there anything special I should know?
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1answer
43k views

Troubleshooting a leaking exterior door

I have an exterior door that leaks water into the house when rain is blown against it. The floor on the inside of the house is unfinished, meaning it is just the raw subfloor. I don't want to put the ...
3
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2answers
5k views

How do you access the Rainsoft water softener “advanced” settings, such as hardness?

The user manual says that this setting is setup "by your Rainsoft dealer" when the softener is installed. Well, I bought mine off of Craigslist and I don't know how to verify if the settings are ...
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5answers
120k views

What's the standard height for an outlet?

I am installing outlets in my patio room. What is the standard height recommended above the ground for these to be installed?
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4answers
6k views

How should I insulate the walls and ceilings of this 1920's semi-detached brick house?

I'm renovating a 1920's semi-detached house. The plaster on the walls was slapped straight on the wall about an inch thick, and the ceilings were lath and plaster which had been overboarded. Most of ...
2
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2answers
990 views

Is it possible to detect from the power outlet if there would be current that needs grounding?

In my house we have 2 outlet power sockets (no earth) and whenever I charge my laptop I would get electric shock from the laptop when I am touching ground like if I hold laptop on my lap and touch the ...
2
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2answers
9k views

How can I tell if stains are caused by a ceiling that is drying out, or if there is still a leak?

Historically we've had a leak from our shower in our bathroom which has leaked into the neighbour below's bathroom and kitchen (this has gone though the bathroom wall to the kitchen which is adjacent)....
2
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1answer
552 views

What is involved in sizing and designing ducts and ductwork?

I have a one-story house, and it looks like it would be easy to run new ducts myself in the attic. What should I know before trying to design a duct system myself? I have seen ductwork that's metal ...
2
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2answers
1k views

How can I build an insert on a desk that adjusts the height of a sewing machine?

I'd like to take my executive desk ( now sewing table) and cut out a piece of it to use as a support for my sewing machine. I want the sewing machine support able to lower the machine to table height, ...
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2answers
3k views

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
373 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
33k views

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
12k 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
247 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. ...
10
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1answer
16k views

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. ...
6
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2answers
13k views

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 ...
4
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4answers
13k views

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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10answers
68k views

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. Now,...
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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", ...
6
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1answer
200 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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