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How to Level Concrete for Sliding Patio Doors?

I'm replacing an outdoor sliding patio door set with a new one that has almost the exact same dimensions - luckily the previous homeowner (family) did not go with custom-sized doors. The issue is ...
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Do vinyl doors and windows with a foam core promote mold growth?

I've had two companies give their sales pitch on vinyl windows and doors. One has a foam core inside the vinyl frame, the other does not. One says the foam core helps insulate, the other says the ...
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Can I build a pergola on an existing deck, without digging more footers?

A couple of years ago I built a deck onto my house. It is 32' x 14' I used a cantilever design at 12' with 2x8" floor joists, with 2x6" decking boards. The Cantilever beam was set on 6x6" posts that ...
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How do I clean gutters?

I am trying to clean the gutters of my house. Is there any special ladder that I need to use to do that? Do I also need some other tools? Any reference link or pictures will be highly appreciated. I ...
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How can I locate and deal with mold between floors?

About 9 months ago, my wife and I replaced a toilet that had a broken wax ring. We got some water leaking down to the ceiling on the first floor. Now I'm having what seem to be mold symptoms -- I ...
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What is the proper procedure for spray painting metal and plastic? [closed]

I've done a bit of studying around and I think I've grasped the basics, but if you could walk me through more nuances of spray painting, I'd greatly appreciate it. Objective: Spray paint on steel ...
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Why would there be a 50 amp plug on a 30 amp appliance?

I have an old conveyor dryer, which my office purchased used some time ago, just sitting in storage. The dryer is for silk screen t-shirts and has a large heating element and a variable speed conveyor ...
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Could space above a drop ceiling and below sound absorbing insulation increase echo in room?

Our builder has asked whether we have any objection to his laying sound insulation on top of the suspended ceiling he's going to install, rather than attaching it to the actual ceiling above. He ...
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How can I test network and coax jacks?

We bought new house and I need to test network (RJ45) and coax jacks to see which ones are working. How can I do that without actually connecting computers/cable boxes?
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What do I level a 2" slope in my concrete basement floor?

I want to finish a 12'x36' part of my basement. The trouble I am having is that it is sloped to a floor drain. I was told that DRIcore and shims would work but the drain is a 2" slope down from the ...
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How can I get the drain apparatus out of a pedestal wash basin?

I have successfully replaced two out of the three wash basin faucets in my house so far, but this one has me stumped: As you can see from the picture, it's a pretty run-of-the-mill pedestal wash ...
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When cleaning HVAC ducts, is treatment for fungi and bacteria routine and mandatory after 20 years? [closed]

Is treatment for fungi and bacteria routine and mandatory after 20 years? Or should we test for fungi or bacteria first? This would be in addition to air duct cleaning.
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How can I fix a loose door frame?

Every time I shut my door to go in or out of the house the door frame moves. Also where the door locks it wont completely shut all the way. Which is hard to go out places, without worrying someone ...
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My washing machine stopped working. Should I replace, repair or call a technician? [closed]

I have a Whirlpool front-loading washing machine (not sure about the model at this moment - I'm slacking off at work right now ;P). A month ago the torque transmitting belt went off. I put it back on ...
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What exactly is doorskin?

I've used it in a boat-building workshop, but I'm not clear on what "doorskin" is. Is it just plywood made of a single ply? What is its intended purpose? Is it sold at building supply stores that have ...
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What is the difference between an electronic and a magnetic ballast?

The ballast in my bathroom burned out (brand new bulb won't light up). Looking online, it seems that there are two different types of ballasts: electronic and magnetic. I recently replaced my ...
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Is there a better more flexible framing material for screens than aluminum kits?

Our windows are old and do not lend themselves to easy removal of the screens. In fact when I remove a screen I frequently bend it beyond repair. Is there a better more flexible framing material for ...
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What kind of connection is used to attach the legs to this table?

I (a beginner) would like to build a table of this form. Does anyone know what kind of corners are used to connect the legs, or any other construction tips.
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How much structural support does a Gazebo require?

We are having a gazebo built on the end of a new deck. The deck is about 4 feet off the ground at the point where the gazebo will go and the contractor wants to use 4x4 posts dug into the ground all ...
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How to clean sofas effectively? I have a toddler at home and he is allergic [closed]

What is the most effective way to clean dust from the sofa. I am from india we dont get the high quality vacuum cleaners in our country. Is there any other device I should be looking at.
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How can I insulate the floor to prevent sound from travelling through it?

I live in a top floor flat (apartment), and have a real problem with sound travelling from the flat beneath me. The worst sound is either bass from a TV, or voices. I paid a company a few years ago ...
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How do I finish off a silicone sealant like a professional?

I have patch a couple of places at the base of my shower with silicone rubber sealant using a caulking gun and it's worked well and water no longer escapes from the shower. However, where I have done ...
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Can I use Quikrete FastSet Repair Mortar to replace the mortar between stones in a fireplace hearth support?

My brick fireplace hearth is supported by large stones sticking out perpendicularly to my foundation wall in the basement. It forms a kind of shelf on top of which the hearth was laid. The stones ...
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How can I tile over a floor where hardwood is attached directly to joists?

My condo building in Boston was built in 1905, and converted from a hotel in the 1950's. Repairing some damaged hardwood in the livingroom the contractor found that the hardwood was nailed directly to ...
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How do I drain my sump pump in a semi-detached bungalow?

The previous owners of my house installed a sump pit in my semi-detached bungalow. The sump pit is located next to the inside wall (the wall I share with my neighbour), so I cannot drill a hole ...
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How can I restore balance to my pool if I added too much algaecide? [closed]

We recently opened our above ground salt water pool. It is 27' diameter with 52" walls. Approx. 17,300 gals. We had a green pool on opening so after adjusting pH, shocking and adding salt(we had to ...
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How do I know if a firewall and mortar contain asbestos?

I want to remove a rock wall behind my pellet stove that was put in in 1980. I have already removed some of the rock and cement that holds the rocks together where the pellet stove is sitting. Then ...
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What could cause water to not go into the gutters?

I recently installed vinyl gutters around the roof of my house, but after the first rain I discovered that the gutter doesn't seem to be catching a lot of the water. Much of the water seems to be ...
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Are either of these tools suitable for tightening the pipe union nut underneath a bath?

I'm having trouble tightening the pipe union nuts on some new bath taps I've fitted at my mum's house. I got everything out OK, and (because the previous plumber had put the hot tap on the right ...
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How can I improve hvac air flow to my attic?

Two years ago I converted the attic of my 1.5 story house into a livable space. It had no HVAC ducts going up, so I ran some coming from the basement where the furnace is. Air flow to the attic via ...
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How can I fix this moisture problem to stop mold growing?

Background and The Problem I am trying to solve the problem of mold growing on my bedroom ceiling. The house is a California Bulgalow built in about 1940. The house is single-brick with plaster ...
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After installing expansion tank, massive buildup of pressure then a trickle?

I am completely stumped. You guys helped me out a lot with my previous question here: New gas water heater dripping relief valve, have expansion tank, what gives? Turns out the expansion tank ...
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Can I use leveling compound between plywood and cement backer board?

I'd like to install slate tiles over a pre-existing plywood floor. The plywood floor is 3/4" and sits on joists. There's a dip about 3/8" deep by 2 feet wide by 5 feet long. My plan was to fill it ...
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how to unscrew faucet valve stem when it's stuck?

I'm trying to replace the valve stem of a 2-handle bathroom sink faucet. All the instructions I've found online say to unscrew the nut atop the valve stem. But my nut, when it turns, also turns the ...
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Should I turn off the cold water while replacing a hot water faucet stem?

When I'm fixing or replacing the hot-water valve stem in a 2-handle bathroom faucet, do I need to turn off the cold water as well as the hot water, or is turning off the hot water sufficient? I'm ...
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Ok to use 3 wire to wire pairs of lights, for pairs of dimmers?

I have a room with 9 pairs of halogen lights, currently all wired to one switch, and one circuit. So 18 total lights, with pairs sharing appropriate boxes. This might actually be more then is allowed ...
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How to fix broken brick staircase?

Short form question: Replacing bricks of a brick stair-case (leading to house), what kind of concrete to use? Full story: The staircase leading to my house (from outside) had some broken bricks. The ...
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Is it alright that I did not turn off the power while installing my thermostat?

I just installed the Nest thermostat, I forgot to turn the breaker off everything seems to be working fine. Is it safe to assume it is ok?
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Should I periodically air out the vapor barrier in my crawlspace?

I have a vapor barrier in my crawlspace which is made of multiple sheets of 6-mil plastic. One contractor suggested that in the dry months I should pull back the sheets of plastic and allow the dirt ...
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How long should I wait before painting new lumber?

I am building a fence. I just bought some treated 4x4s from the lumber yard and they are water logged from being out in the rain for an unknown amount of time. The weather has been cool and wet for ...
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How can I repair my concrete porch?

I have a concrete porch upfront which has 2 pillars supporting a roof. The concrete is showing cracks and spalling. To repair can I resurface this? A friend suggested tigercrete (concrete with ...
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Why are my cabinets peeling and how do I fix it?

I have a new apartment, but I noticed that my kitchen cabinets are suffering from what I can only call, "peeling". Here's an image to illustrate: Why are my cabinets peeling? And, how do I fix ...
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1answer
636 views

What could cause my boiler to ignite 3 times then goes off?

My boiler ignites 3 times then goes off but the boile people came round and said it was the switch but after they went we turned the switch on and it worked but it goed on for like a minute and goes ...
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Which type of paint would allow the easiest touch ups?

We rent out a flat and wish to be able to touch up the walls between tenants. I have used paint from the same tin to do the touch-ups but it is lighter then the paint that has been on the walls for ...
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Does polybutylene plumbing require lower pressure?

I've just purchased a new home (new to me; the house was built in 1994), and I've noticed that the water pressure is pretty low. Not low enough to be a serious impediment (it passed inspection), but ...
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What could cause the hot water not to work after replacing a water heater?

I replaced my hot water heater and now the hot water doesn't run in any of my faucets. What could be the problem? I did not have to replace any piping from old hot water heater and the water ran fine ...
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Why won't my new water valves turn on?

Alright I just replaced my bathroom sink and faucet had some problems but managed through. Turned my water back on and the went back to the bathroom sink to turn the valves on but they won't turn. ...
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Was my mold issue handled properly?

I hope we didn't screw this up. We're in a rental and there was mold (blackish/grayish spots but it didn't look fuzzy) on the bare sheetrock garage walls and near a dryer vented into the garage (fixed ...
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Is there a filter-reminder thermostat that uses run-time instead of total time?

My HVAC filter is in my crawlspace and is a hassle to change. I don't want to change it more than needed. "Change it every month" is bogus advice because in some months (like May) we don't have to run ...
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Is there a device that will allow a bathroom fan to run for 5 minutes after it is switched off?

There is one switch that controls the lights and fan in the bathroom. Users turn the light/fan on when they enter, and off when they leave. I'd like for the bathroom fan to run for a time after they ...

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