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Proper wiring for GFCI given switched circuit

So I've added the 3-prong plug to my garbage disposal, and now I'm on to the GFCI outlet installation. The breaker was not GFCI protected, nor is there a GFCI outlet on the loop. I've gotten to the ...
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How do I find someone to install a utility pole?

I am in need of a fairly tall utility wooden pole installed on my property, which I'm sure requires special know how and equipment to do safely. I've been doing a lot of Googling and found a few ...
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How necessary is it to put sealer on a painted dresser?

I sanded and painted a wooden dresser. The rep at Lowe's said I don't need a separate sealer, but that sounds fishy to me. Should I put sealer on it too?
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How do I install a fire extinguisher on the side of a cabinet?

I want to hang my fire extinguisher on the cabinet next to my sink. Below are pictures of the fire extinguisher bracket and the location where I want to put it. Should I use a bolt with a nut - or ...
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What is an alternative to a vacuum cleaner for cleaning carpets?

There are reasons we are not interested in a vacuum cleaner at the moment. I'm sure the same applies for other people. Is there an alternative that can get rid of dirt as well as pick up bigger ...
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How can I reduce heat transfer around my window unit air conditioners?

I have three old window units in my house and they function as my A/C. I am concerned about the amount of heat seeping into the house and cool air leaking out around the A/C units themselves. They're ...
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What's the best way to label a double gang box with two circuits

I'm installing some lights in my basement, and will be replacing the single gang box in the hall (currently only for hall light) with a double gang box. The idea is to accommodate the hall light ...
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How do I patch rusty spots in bathtub?

One of the tubs in our new home has a few spots where the enamel is chipped away and the metal underneath has started rusting. I don't want to replace the tub yet, so how can I clean and patch the ...
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How can I improve the wiring under the sink for a garbage disposal?

My vegetable sprayer line broke yesterday, which led me underneath my sink. It wasn't until I was kneeling in a large puddle of water with the line draining on me and the floor that I realized how bad ...
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Is there an adhesive I can use with anchors to keep them from pulling out?

I am mounting shelves using plastic anchors in masonry. I once saw a contractor use an adhesive on the anchors to prevent them from pulling out. I realize that by design this should not be necessary. ...
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Is there a technique to make a shower mirror fog-free?

We want to install a permanent mirror in a new shower, but hope to find a permanent way to prevent it from fogging up. I have seen gooseneck mirrors that hook up to the showerhead itself so as to run ...
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Why does using a dimmer with this ceiling fan and lights cause energy saving bulbs to flicker?

At a hotel I manage we purchased 34 ceiling fans with two integrated light sockets that operate on a dimmer all controlled by a remote control. Obviously using a dimmer with fluorescent bulbs won't ...
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How do I install a wireless remote for a ceiling light without a fan?

I have a fan with lights in my ceiling. There is no wall switch, only a wireless remote. I'd like to avoid installing a wall switch if possible. I purchased a chandelier assuming that I could just ...
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Why will my pilot light on the gas water heater not stay lit for more than 15 minutes?

The pilot light went out on my gas water heater. I followed the instructions and had it lit three times now for about 15 minutes each time but it wont stay lit. Not sure what to do at this point?
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How do I repair cracks in a plaster ceiling?

I have a bungalow house built in the early 1930's. It is in remarkable condition and has been well maintained. In the last few weeks a few cracks have shown up in the ceiling. There is an upstairs ...
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What is the best way to fill a hole in a concrete basement floor?

My basement floor has a hole cut where the water line enters the house. This hole is around 2ft square, and digging down a little I hit dirt and small roots. I'd like to seal this hole as I believe it ...
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How do I dismantle a faucet assembly to replace a leaky valve?

A bit embarrassed asking this, but... I'm trying to replace a leaking valve off my faucet assembly, but am unable to unscrew the faucet cap. Here is the faucet assembly - Taboret® widespread lavatory ...
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What resources can teach me to draw floor plans by hand?

Are there any simple books or websites that can teach me how to draw floor plans? It seems most planning is done with CAD software. I like the idea of being able to sketch out ideas down on paper.
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What failure modes are there for electric water heater elements?

What would be the cause of the elements to go out in my electric water heater? My wife is convinced that it's because the water heater hasn't been drained/flushed in the past 3 years. I was also ...
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Can I retrofit a wind-power system for my home?

I live in a VERY windy place. My neighborhood is a new development of your typical suburban single family homes. There isn't really room for a full windmill, nor would it look very well. But there has ...
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How do I prepare wooden kitchen units for painting with eggshell?

We have some old IKEA kitchen units that we want to paint in eggshell. I wanted advice on the best preparation for the doors. My only experience with painting wood has been re-glossing doors etc. ...
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Where can I buy a concrete gate post in the style of this 1930’s gate post?

We are about to get a wall rebuilt and it would be great if we could have gate posts that where in the same style as the rest of the road. As I don't know the same of the style I have nothing to ...
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How do I match this brick?

I am trying to find a good match for some 1930 bricks (North West England). Any ideals on makes and model of bricks that will match well.
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Shading windows from outside (awnings, shutters, etc) to keep house from overheating in summer

The back of my house faces west, and during July and August, the sun hits it directly in the afternoon through evening. On a warm day, this can cause the house to heat up quite a bit, so I'm making ...
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How do I properly renovate the concrete floor of my balcony?

I live in an apartment that can be characterized as an old soviet-era, 5-story, multi-apartment, concrete block-based building. That means, everything was built by "stroybat" a soviet-time army ...
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How to repair cracks in concrete overhang over entrance

I have a slab of concrete over the front entrance of my house with some serious cracks in it. I don't actually know what the proper name for it is, which makes this difficult to Google - so I've ...
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How to fix a leaking cold/hot water faucet

Our hot water faucet has been leaking (on its own, and also when the cold water faucet is turned on). Our building technician diagnosed a problem with the valves and recommended that we replace both ...
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Pool skimmer drain suction

I have 15k gallon pool with a 1.5hp pump, 1 skimmer and 1 drain. I have a Float valve assembly over the skimmer. If the skimmer is fully open does that mean there is no suction in the drain? I don't ...
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What humidity should I set my dehumidifier to?

I just bought a 50 pint dehumidifier for my basement. What humidity level should I aim for? This time of year the outside humidity is very high (over 80%) and we do not have central air. Right now ...
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Are there any major differences between a smaller table band saw and a larger stand up band saw?

I'm considering buying a small table sized 9" band saw because it's much cheaper than buying a full sized stand up band saw. Are there any major differences in terms of what kind of materials I can ...
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New Vanity: Sink Won't Drain Completely

My wife and I just replaced the vanity in our bathroom. To fit the new sink, we had to cut some new PVC. Here's a picture. All the plumbing works, without leaks, except that it will not drain ...
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Floor joists connection to eaves

Apologies if this is a duplicate. I'm attempting to floor my loft space. It currently has 47mm x 75mm ceiling joists, not enough for a floor. I am going to add something like 47mm x 200mm along ...
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Should a leak repair take effect immediately?

I had a repair job earlier to fix a leaking hot water cylinder and the guy who repaired it replaced the valves. The cylinder continued leaking for a while but eventually stopped after a few hours ...
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What is the best way to dissolve tape that won't peel off?

Scotch tape? Duct tape? What about other types of tape (like the tape they put on supermarket labels?)
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At what temperature will it be better to close the windows than to open them (if you want to keep your home cool in the heat)? [closed]

Say that you've already covered up all the windows (although heat will still be transferred through heating the windowshades).
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Why is my brand new PEX clear tubing turning green near the water heater?

I just moved into my house with brand new PEX (uponor) plumbing. I used clear for the hot and cold instead of red and blue, because I bought everything myself and I thought it would prevent wasting ...
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Would replacing old mortar for new prevent water from seeping through brickwork?

Would replacing old mortar for new prevent water from seeping through brickwork? I have included photographs just in case this is a special case:
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How do I prepare a chipped, peeling, deeply cracked wall for painting?

I recently moved into a new apartment where it was understood I would handle the maintenance if they provided the materials. This was an attractive proposition. I am little excited to get my hands ...
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How do I fix a gap in my refrigerator door gasket seal?

Today I noticed that the gasket seal surrounding the refrigerator door has a bit of a gap along the lower quarter of the door. The photo below shows my refrigerator door - notice how the white gasket ...
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Which side of door should I install a threshold draft excluder?

I purchased this door bottom, MD Building Products 3 ft. x 1-3/4 in. x 1-5/8 in. Vinyl Door-Bottom Moulding, and the directions are straight forward except they don't indicate which side of the door ...
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Mold remediation in crawlspace

Just bought a 25 year old home that has improperly installed insulation in the crawlspace. The insulation is fiberglass rolls with a paper backing, and is installed with the paper facing down, toward ...
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Adding AC to forced air system

We have an old house that happens to have forced air. Unfortunately, according to an HVAC tech it looks like there aren't sufficient return vents to add a compressor to our furnace. I guess I'm ...
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How can I stop my shower turning too hot and too cold?

There's something wrong with the plumbing, because the shower temperature simply will not stay constant. It gradually changes to either scalding hot, or freezing cold while it's running. The ...
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Wiring needs for electrical devices

Device 1 (electrical fan) is 32W and 0,19AMP. Device 2 (lighting system) is 400W and 1,7AMP. Both run at 240Volts (Europe). When wiring these up, what kind of cables do I need? Can I use any ...
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What is the best way to get rid of plants growing in my walls?

In a rental unit my fiancée just leased, 2 weeks after she moved in, a vine-type weed sprouted from the baseboard in her kitchen. Upon further inspection, I was able to pull about a foot of vine ...
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Repair gouges in a particle board desk?

A few years back, I bought a $500 studio producer desk. It's made of particle board and has been through more than a few moves and has received a proper beating over the years: Is there any way for ...
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How do I ensure the bathroom door stays open unless someone is inside?

When my windows are open, the wind can slam the bathroom door shut. I don't want this to happen when my cat is in the doorway (dead cat), or inside the bathroom with no one home (locked in with ...
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Is it time to replace my 20 year old water heater?

My water heater (gas) shows a date of 1991 on it, although the house was built in 1993. There is nothing wrong with it. It is a little slow to heat the water up, sometimes taking almost 5 minutes to ...
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What are the pros/cons of Ondura for roofing?

I came across Ondura in Lowes this morning and had never heard of it. It looks pretty slick. Does anyone have experience with it to share? I found no matches when searching here and was sort of ...
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Do Victor Poison-Free Insect Magnet Traps actually work on spiders?

Victor Poison-Free Insect Traps I trapped a few in an old apartment. But I've had spiders running free in my own room - despite the presence of THREE traps.

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