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low voltage from circuit - bad breaker?

Background: I'm doing some rewiring work in the kitchen. There were three circuits coming into a junction box that controlled the sink disposal, dishwasher, a few receptacles and a light. So I got ...
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Removing SuperGlue in-place [closed]

My girlfriend bought a cheap-but-chic watch (a Peugeot 705) that she likes a lot. Unfortunately, the crystal wasn't glued in place very well, and she suddenly noticed that the hands and face were ...
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Looking for alternatives to AutoCad to make floorplans and interior elevations for my kitchen

I am looking to remodel my kitchen. I want to start with floorplans and inside elevations of the 4 walls, cabinets, and major appliances. I've been using LibreCAD because it supports Autocad 2000 ...
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Easiest & Best way to make a box shelf

I'm not experienced in DIY beyond being able to paint stuff. However, recently I've been let down by a number of carpenters and I've decided to build myself some box shelves and want to get an idea ...
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Broken dryer duct

I noticed it was very humid in my laundry room. Mostly worried about ruining my wife's $400 duvet (don't get me started) I turned off the dryer. I noticed there was also a fair amount of lint kind of ...
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How to make a 6 inch hole through a brick wall for venting

I'd like to vent my range hood out through an exterior brick wall. How would I go about making a 6 inch hole for the vent? I'd guess I'd use a masonry chisel to chip out the mortar and then pull ...
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2answers
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How do I replace a condenser fan motor in a central air unit?

The condenser fan motor on my central air unit has seized up (tried like crazy to turn it it, but no go). I'm not sure how old the motor is but I'm guessing it's original, so about 12 years old. I ...
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1answer
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How close to plumb to deck posts need to be?

I'm building a deck as the floor of a 30' yurt. Construction is 4" x 6" joists on 4" x 4" posts, on pre-cast concrete pier blocks, on tamped gravel footings. Posts are 20" - 30" long. Lumber is ...
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1answer
763 views

How level should a new floor be?

How out-of-level or out-of-plane does a floor need to be before it is noticeable? Many of the houses I've lived in have floors that are out-of-level, visible to the naked eye. At what point does that ...
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Retiling a fireplace

I want to re-tile our fireplace. It is an old home built in 1935. I am able to find lots of information online on how to tile a brick fireplace but nothing on re-tiling. I assume I just take a hammer ...
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How do I install a portable air conditioning unit in a large sliding window?

I have a large sliding window that is 53 inches top to bottom and I want to install a portable air conditioning unit. The kind that don't sit in the windows but vent to the window. The window ...
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1answer
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Air deflectors on floor registers and cooling efficiency

I was once told by an HVAC technician to avoid using air deflectors on floor registers during the summer. The reason was that the last thing you want to do is to direct the heavier, colder air ...
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3answers
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Automatic garage door opener opens when it hits the floor

I have a garage door opener that has been working fine until the past month or so. Now, during a close cycle, once it hits the floor (where normally it would stop) it will switch back into an open ...
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1answer
162 views

Very small foundation pour

Going to have to pour a very small 3'x2' foundation. I know that I should go easy on the water to prevent spalling problems, etc., but I'm looking for something better than chicken wire for ...
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Is the open grate in the ceiling between my garage and attic necessary?

I have a plastic grate in the ceiling of my garage that simply provides airflow between the garage and the attic. Due to the layout of my garage, my workbench is almost directly beneath this grate. ...
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1answer
318 views

Sump with no pump!

A rainy month and water in the crawlspace: It's was an unusually wet April where I live. I went into my crawlspace last week to change the filter on the A/C and found water. The crawlspace is ...
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2answers
388 views

Ideas for levelling partial flooring for kitchen furniture

My kitchen flooring consists of a click-type wood floor laid on top of an old vinyl layer, which again rests on concrete. After tearing down the previous owner's kitchen, I learned that the cabinets, ...
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1answer
943 views

Replacing Halogen with LED bulbs

I've just purchased some 12V LED MR-16 bulbs, intending to use them to replace the existing 12V Halogen MR-16 bulbs in my bathroom. I have found, much to my chagrin, that the LED bulbs seem to have ...
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4answers
870 views

How to repel pigeons so that they don't loiter behind my windows?

I live in a apartment in a multistory building. Pigeons often sit onto edges of window openings behind my windows and leave excrements which is rather annoying. Is there some simple, preferably ...
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1answer
1k views

How should I re-caulk my butcher block counter top?

Last year I had my kitchen re-done. Everything thus far has held up well with the exception of the caulk between the counter top (butcher-block) and the back splash (tile). What would be the best ...
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5answers
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How do I get rid of birds living in an air vent?

On the outside of my house I have at least one bird living in an air vent. I would rather that they lived somewhere else. I was thinking I could put some sort of netting over the vent when the bird ...
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2answers
1k views

Building a Pond

I have a natural spring in the side of my yard (had the water tested, not sewage or city water, natural spring). I live on a hill and the spring is coming out above my house in relation to the ...
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1answer
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How do I replace a section of a 4" cast iron pipe with PVC?

I am working on our upstairs bathroom and plan on moving some of the fixtures around to a different side of the room. This means I need to make changes to where the drain comes into the stack (I want ...
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3answers
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How can I remove a broken plastic packing nut from a faucet?

I have a leaky exterior faucet where the plastic packing nut has broken and the threaded end is still inside the faucet. How can I remove the broken packing nut from the faucet?
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4answers
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Is there a recommended vent for new roof?

I am redoing my roof. I already decided to add sofit ventilation which I currently do not have. I have gable vents, and already decided to go with normal eyebrow vents Vs ridge ventilation. Question ...
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2answers
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Is there any significant difference between 5-56 and WD-40?

In Sweden, we mainly use 5-56 for "everything", but in the U.S. WD-40 seems to be the thing. Both seem to penetrate deeply, dissolve rust and do some slight lubrication. Just curious to the ...
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4answers
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Garage door opener installation - hardwired vs. outlet power?

I'm installing an opener for my garage door, and need to run some new wiring in order to get power to the unit. The unit can be hardwired or plugged into an outlet. I'm leaning toward the outlet ...
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2answers
485 views

Is it practical to have a wooden floor installed in an apt in India?

I own a house in India. It is on the 3rd floor of an apartment. The floor of the apartment is all concrete with tiles on it. Having lived in the US for a few years now, I have come to like the ...
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17answers
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When should I not use WD-40?

Looks like WD-40 can be used for lubricating just about any metal parts. Are there non-obvious cases where using WD-40 will be harmful to the stuff lubricated?
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6answers
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What wireless temperature monitoring systems should I look into? [closed]

I'd like to monitor and log temperature on few locations in my home. Wireless monitoring with normal consumer batteries etc would be preferable for the sensors. I have an Mac OSX server running at my ...
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1answer
382 views

Soundproofing a room cost effectively

I am looking to get the most bang for my buck when attempting to limit the noise coming in to our bedroom from the neighbours house. The cost of re-plastering the wall is out of the question. I have ...
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1answer
186 views

What is a propane burner with multiple torches called?

If you watch Mythbusters, you'll notice they have a propane burner with a bunch of nozzles at different angles. What is this called? I would like to make or purchase one for melting metal (in a ...
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What is the safe/correct way to work on gutters? From a ladder or from the roof?

I am very comfortable working on the gutters (usually just cleaning them) from one story up by just sitting on the roof. I do this on my own home over the garage and at my parents one-story home. I ...
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3answers
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How do I meet the 7 feet high ceiling requirement after finishing the basement?

My basement ceiling joists are exactly 7 feet above the concrete slab. The requirement for finished living space is 7 ft from the finished floor to the finished ceiling. Since I'll loose a couple of ...
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2answers
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Wet Room walls, is plasterboard (Gyproc or Drywall) OK to use?

Looking to build a new wet room style bathroom. Is it better to use cement sheeting for the walls that will be tiled, or will plasterboard (Gyproc) just as good to use? Obviously whichever surface is ...
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1answer
453 views

How to cover gap below garage back door

I have a 3/4" gap between my garage back door (see image. blueish color is outside evening light). Looking for a good way to cover this gap with two goals in mind: Stop rodents from coming in Help ...
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5answers
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What type of ethernet cable do I need for outdoor use?

I want to run about 100 meters of Ethernet cable out my attic and down a drainpipe. The cable will be exposed to the elements, and attached to a gigabit switch (indoors) at both ends. What kind of ...
4
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1answer
445 views

Hotpoint Dish Washer Not Draining

The model is AQUARIUS FDW60. For about a month it was leaving bits of food all over the dishes and then one day, it just wouldn't drain and now it won't work at all... Any suggestions?
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What is the best way to remove dried egg from a house?

Some troglodytes egg my house anywhere from every 1-6 months, and have been doing so for the last four years. They just did it again tonight, so I have a fresh supply of drying egg to now remove. My ...
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1answer
814 views

The mortar between my patio bricks is crumbling away

The bricks on my front porch have some sort of mortar that crumbles away more and more every time I pull a weed from it. You could pick this stuff away with an awl but it is not just sand that you ...
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6answers
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Why does my latch not retract when I push or swing the door shut, but will retract when the knob/lever is used?

This just started today. I have to turn the knob in order for the latch to retract. Before, I could just push to door shut and the latch would retract when it hit the plate on the door frame. But now ...
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1answer
1k views

“Attic stairs” equivelent in an attic “hatch” size hole?

The new place I'm moving into has a hatch size hole for the attic. It is roughly square and has no stairs or anything, its just a hatch that can be accessed by ladder. I'd really like to make more ...
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1answer
1k views

Is it OK to have a gas water heater in a bedroom closet?

I have a laundry room with a gas water heater in the closet. I was thinking about taking out the washer and dryer and renting the laundry room as a bedroom because there is a bathroom next to the ...
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2answers
94 views

Cut or split chain

Bought some chain to help make swing set accessories lower to the ground... but can't figure out what to do to make short pieces of chain from the one big long chain I got at the store. And when I do ...
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2answers
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Bathroom vent pipe going down instead of up? Is it OK?

I'm considering connecting the vents of two bathrooms to the same inline fan. See my previous question on inline bathroom fans. Does the fan and the exterior vent grille really need to be above the ...
2
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3answers
9k views

Two dryers connected to the same exhaust via a “Y”. Backdraft problems?

I have two dryers (one gas, one electric) and their exhaust pipes are merged with a "Y" to a common exterior exhaust. I'd like to keep it that way to minimize cuts through the wall (and eventually I ...
3
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1answer
212 views

How to fix a dripping part in toilet?

This part in my toilet slowly drips water: It's not a big problem but I still want to fix it. I already tried to screw the part as tightly as possible but it did not change.
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1answer
13k views

Replace two-wire thermostat

I'm replacing an old mercury thermostat with a digital one. The new unit has 7-8 connections (labeled w1,wh,r1,rh,y,c, etc.) and a bunch of instructions about how to connect similarly labeled ...
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5answers
396 views

What precautions should I take before moving my family into a pre-1978 (lead-paint-era) house?

I am about to sign a lease and move with my family, including a 3 mo old and 2 yr old, into a home that was built in 1944. The house is in good condition and has been repainted at least once in the ...
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2answers
618 views

Why only a few volts between the legs of a 240 V 3-wire dryer outlet?

I installed a new dryer in our house. It runs but won't heat. It has a 240V 3 wire connection. There is a 30 amp double pole breaker installed in the breaker box. (the box is very old) I've read ...

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