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How do I remove these screws from an IKEA Micke table?

I have assembled a Table Micke for the 1st time ... but I have some screws I want to remove. or didn't fit well (shld have tighten all screws more), 110126, 103430, 110630 the look like below ...
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How do I connect two 220V devices each with 12/2 wire to a 220V 12/3 feed?

I have a two devices I need to connect to a 220V feed on 12/3 wire. Previously there was/is 1 device connected but the connections from the feed to the 12/2 wire was done inside a ball of tape buried ...
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What is the difference between various wood sealers?

I've recently become aware of the existence of various seals for wood. I'm lead to believe that they are necessary, but I am unclear on the differences between the types of sealers you can find: ...
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7answers
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How do I rehang a wooden door with worn screw holes?

I have a wood door in one of my rooms where the top screws no longer hold the hinge to the wall because the screw holes have worn loose. I have tried slightly larger screws and filling with wood ...
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5answers
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Should I buy a drill or an electric screwdriver?

I wanted to buy a drill, but some friends suggest I buy an electric screwdriver instead. They say you can use an electric screwdriver more than a drill, but I'm still unsure which to buy. I think a ...
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1answer
473 views

Mystery copper pipe in basement

In recent flooding I started excavating our (cracked, failing) concrete basement floor. (it's just a thin layer over a dirt floor--old house) I stopped when I found a 1/4" copper line buried in the ...
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503 views

How can I get my sprinkler / home irrigation system to not ruin my car with water spots? [closed]

I have a sprinkler system (i.e. irrigation system) at home. Occasionally I park my car too close and it gets hit with the water. This causes horrible water spots. I've seen that some do-it-yourself ...
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What type of tile should I install in a bath/shower surround?

I am about to remodel our bathroom. Currently the tub/shower is all tiled but the backing is not secure/stable so there is cracking in the grout and I know water is getting behind. I prefer the look ...
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How much drainage pipe should I bury for a new downspout?

I've installed a new downspout to drain a section of gutter that was getting overloaded during heavy storms. The rest of the downspouts all terminate in corrugated black tubing that's buried in the ...
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1answer
240 views

Basement Bath floor

I'm putting Platon drain board on the slab of my basement because I'm concerned with humidity and moisture. Then I top it with laminate. What should I do with the bathroom? Can tile be put on top ...
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1answer
728 views

Solar powered charger for laptop

How do I build a solar powered charger for a laptop with dc rating 19v, 3.42A? I'd also prefer to use some other batteries to store the electricity? How can I accomplish this?
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How do I cheaply paint walls that duct tape stripped and ruined?

I recently made the mistake of using duct tape to attach pictures and posters on my dorm room walls. When I took the pictures down today, the tape took some of the paint off the walls along with it. ...
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3answers
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Is it possible to buy just the fins or the copper pipe with fins for baseboard radiator?

I have a project to build and I want to use finned tubing (like in baseboard radiators) but I am unable to find the tubing without buying the enclosure as well. (This is for a hobby project - I want ...
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2answers
606 views

How can I get rid of springtails?

I don't exactly know how or why, but seems my house is starting to get more of these things - springtails. I've checked all over the internet, and it says there is too much moisture, however, they ...
2
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1answer
501 views

What to do with a leaking ceiling

I live in New York with 45 degree temperatures, and after heavy rain last night I have leaking ceilings all over my house. Water is just seeping through the ceiling, drops and stops. The water dries ...
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3answers
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Is it “OK” to have my pool heater and pump share a circuit?

I replaced a rusted out millivolt natural gas pool heater with a new model, but forgot to note that it needs an electrical connection as well (for vent,etc). I have a 240V line run out there for the ...
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2answers
586 views

Suggestion for bedroom furniture for a small home?

I have a very small home ( about 50 m2 ). Currently in my bedroom I have 2 desks and 3 bookshelves, but there is no space for a bed ( my wife wants to kill me :D ). The bedroom size is about 12 m2 ...
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Do I need to sand this unfinished table?

I've gathered that the step immediately before staining a table is to sand it. However, I wonder how to tell when the table is smooth enough? Can I skip the sanding step? In my case I bought an ...
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1answer
693 views

Best method to ensure scratch coat (render) adheres to brickwork

I am a plasterer by trade and we have an exterior rendering job coming. The exterior face of the house is red brick and has to be scratched, then dry dashed over it. I have heard some horror stories ...
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1answer
875 views

Reducing Attic Fire Risk

When I had my house built, it got cold and so we called the local power co-op energy savings expert to give us advice. One of the things he said was that we had the wrong kind of insulation in the ...
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2answers
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How do I properly jack up one side of my house?

As I write this, I have a slight lean as I walk on my floor in some parts of my house, and it's even worse on the upper floor. In some parts upstairs, it feels almost like you have to grab something. ...
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2answers
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Mount an LCD TV to 30 year old masonry fireplace

Power and HDMI are no issue. I'm worried about messing with the mortar. Any advice? Will this be an issue, more trouble than it's worth, etc? I have some alternatives. Leave my TV on the mantle or ...
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2answers
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Can I run computer network wiring next to the furnace exhaust?

I am in Ontario and I want to run computer networking wire from the basement to the second floor. The most direct route is inside the box that carries the furnace exhaust to the chimney on the roof. ...
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1answer
886 views

Alternatives to wood joists

I have a brick(3 wythe) building and starting to plan a kitchen remodel. The floor in the kitchen is pretty slanted and the wood joists don't look too good. So I will need some way to level the floor. ...
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1answer
237 views

How do I eliminate and prevent future stink bug infestations?

Throughout the winter we tended to have 1-2 stink bugs buzzing around the house on any given day. We'd either vacuum them up or put them in the disposal. The humidity picked up for a bit and yesterday ...
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3answers
1k views

Why is my dishwasher causing the dishes to have an odor?

I have a GE Profile Triton XL dishwasher and the dishes come out clean but have an odor to them, it's a metallic/sour smell. Any idea on the proper way to clean it? There is no built in clean cycle. ...
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1answer
441 views

Does a fridge thermostat need a ground connection?

I've recently replaced the thermostat in my fridge with a new unit with a much higher temperature range (this unit specifically). The unit I took out had a ground connector & the original wiring ...
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3answers
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How do I build a sound dampening box for a pool filter?

I have a pool filter next to my house in the 1.5m between my house and the boundary. I'd like to build a box around it to dampen the sound a bit. I will still need periodic access to the filter for ...
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1answer
147 views

Design and Build Sprinkler Head

How would you go about fabricating a sprinkler head for a general use sprinkler system? I'm talking about the sort in your front yard. The basics of what I'm looking for: Design which can be ...
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3answers
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What is the right way to connect 7 conductors in an electrical box?

What is the "right" way to join 7 different wires in a single electrical box? Here's the situation. I opened up a four-gang light switch. There were four switches controlling five lights. As ...
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2answers
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Do I need an egress bedroom window if I have a walk-out exterior door?

I have a basement with three hopper windows and a walk-out door. There's also a staircase that connects the basement with the upper (main) floor of the house. If I build a bedroom, do I need an ...
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4answers
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What should the ratio of crushed rock and sand for a paver patio be?

In effort to find a good answer I've been all over the internet looking for an answer to exactly how thick of a layer of crushed rock and how thick of a layer of sand to use for a patio. Or at the ...
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2answers
915 views

Best way to tear up half a concrete parking pad?

I have a concrete parking pad in my back yard (butts up to an alley) that is substantially larger than I need, and I'd like to reclaim some of that space for my yard. To that end I'd like to tear up ...
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1answer
2k views

Toilet Supply Line and Valve Leaking

I had an issue with my bathroom flooding, so I emptied out the toilet (turned off the valve and flushed until it was empty). Then after 2-3 days, the toilet backed up. Yech. Anyway, I re-opened the ...
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2answers
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Why should I not use standard “house” bricks for a patio?

I'm looking to put in a brick patio and have been really wanting to do it with reclaimed road bricks. The problem here is sourcing enough to do an entire 18x18 patio and not spending a months salary ...
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2answers
706 views

How can I fix a not-quite-hole in my carpet?

The actual strands of my carpet have been pulled up in a half-dollar-sized area, but the base weave that holds it all together is still intact. Is there any way I can repair this without doing a ...
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4answers
1k views

What is the best way to seal this old fireplace vent?

I am doing some minor renovations to my basement with the drop ceiling and found that one of the geniuses that owned the house before me, used fibreglass ceiling tiles to seal off an old vent for a ...
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3answers
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How to prep existing floor for installation of self-adhesive vinyl flooring?

Some quick background to preempt some discussion about quality, longevity, rental issues, etc.: I'm in a rental that is literally "anything goes". It's a long story, but suffice it to say if it does ...
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1answer
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What is the best way to seal a French drain board due to high levels of radon?

The Radon level in my crawl space is above the threshold (~5.5) and the level in my basement is around 4. I'd like to install a radon mitigation fan that sucks air from the sump pump of a French ...
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2answers
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How do I install a 2 gang low voltage bracket?

Purchased varying 1 gang and 2 gang low voltage screw-in type brackets as seen here. Upon inspection they appeared to simply sit in the wall with the the screws being screwed into the side of the dry ...
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15answers
2k views

What is your top tip for painting?

Simple really - add your best tips for painting (a room, that is). Ideally one tip per answer for ease of voting.
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2answers
228 views

Door Repair - 2x6 bolted together

I am purchasing a log cabin built in 1915 with an entry door that appears to be 2x6 boards assembled together. It does have three lights, so I expect it was professionally made, not a homemade item. ...
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4answers
820 views

What is an appropriate sealer for a Papercrete bench?

I've built a bench out of tires and papercrete two years ago. i've sealed it with lime plaster. in the past two years it held up against 500 m"m of rain in the winter and Mediterranean sun 7 month ...
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2answers
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Need help with broken plastic pipe in the yard, constant stream of water

Within the past few months I've noticed a steady stream of water from the middle of my yard trickle down to the sidewalk. My House is on a hill, and my yard is sloped downward, so all water goes to ...
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1answer
487 views

How to fix a leaky toilet flapper valve over brass outpipe

I have a 1950's toilet that leaks into the bowl through the flapper. It differs from modern toilets (this question) in that the outlet pipe is made of brass. I am not inclined to replace the toilet ...
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1answer
978 views

Exterior entry door repair

I have a 20 year old flat wood entry door (without mouldings or embellishment). I was going to sand and paint it, but when I sanded, I realized that the wood must have been just a veneer (plywood, ...
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1answer
568 views

Activating chair's gas lift? [closed]

I've ordered a chair from Argos, however, after assembly, the gas lift fails to elevate the chair -in fact, pulling the lever on the side seems to have no effect at all (it just swings back & ...
3
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3answers
4k views

What should I do with abandoned cinder blocks?

I recently moved to my first home (with a modest yard). The previous owners left behind about 20 cinder blocks. I'd like to build something constructive with them in lieu of discarding them. Any ...
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2answers
2k views

Concrete slab at a brick wall

I want to build a concrete slab (upon which a deck will be build later) at the foot of a brick wall (by foot I don't mean the foundation foot, I just mean where the brick meets the grade level). I ...
4
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1answer
4k views

How do I properly seal slate tile?

We recently installed slate tile in our renovated bathroom. We have sealed it with a penetrating water-based sealant. Water still seams to soak in to the tile and little water spots on the tile are ...

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