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How do you protect solar panels for storage during house rebuild?

I am in the process of preparing to demolish my house so I can rebuild. We are taking the solar panels off the roof and plan to put them back on to the new house. Does anyone know the best way to ...
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How can I make this stair rail less slippery?

I recently replaced the handrail on my staircase. I had just painted the moulding with a gloss white paint, and decided to paint the handrail the same color. It looks great! It's also very smooth ...
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How can I move a non load bearing wood frame wall?

I am remodeling my basement and want to move the location of a non-load bearing wall that is diving a section of my basement. Currently the wall is down to the bare wooden studs. The header was nailed ...
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How can I temporarily fix a cracked bathroom sink?

Last night I managed to drop something onto my bathroom sink, which now has a large crack in it and is obviously leaking when I turn the tap on. I know I will have to replace the sink, but I cant ...
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What is the max distance between top of gutter and the roof tiles?

I am about to replace my gutters, one guide I have read say the gutter should never be more then 30mm below the bottom of the roof tiles, another says 50mm. What is the reason for this? What is a ...
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What is the most effective way to destroy cockroach and centipede size pests? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: What are some at-home options for pest control? I know one way to kill cockroach but not centipedes would be to dip pieces of potato in boric acid put them around the house ...
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What can I use as a thread “tightener” compound for a free-running bolt?

(I'm familiar with thread "locking" compounds, purple, blue, and red, but that's not what I'm looking for here. They lock once and then upon breaking the joint, do nothing further.) I'm looking for ...
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Is there any way I can reclaim this space and still safely support the front steps?

In my garage I have a nearly useless room that's 6'x10' but has this ... strange shelf of sorts in there. When I went to bust up the drywall to see whats behind it I found out it's been there since ...
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1answer
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Why would I run out of water for a few seconds and then get full pressure back

When I turn the water on for a few minutes I get great pressure and then the water totally stops. After 2-30 seconds the water comes back on and seems fine for the duration. At first I thought it ...
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When wiring outlets should I use pigtails or both sets of outlet screws?

I'm replacing the outlets in our house and pulled out one that had two black and two white cables. My first thought was that it was two circuits, one of them being switched, but then realized the tab ...
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567 views

Can I use a shop-vac for dust collection in a workshop?

I have a small workshop with a palm sander and a table saw. Both have dust collection ports and I'd like to take advantage of that. I've only seen short glimpses of dust collection systems on ...
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1answer
594 views

What can I use to tunnel under a walkway or driveway?

I have seen Walkway Tunnel Kits being sold in the US, unfortunately I can't find a similar product in the UK. Are there alternative products or methods, that can be used when a product like this is ...
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1answer
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how to fix jammed integrated dishwasher door?

It seems something has happened to my dishwasher so I can now only open the door halfway, before it starts jamming. The wooden facia on the front of the door is unaligned by a centimeter or two, ...
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Why does my computer have a ground fault only when a peripheral is attached?

I have a weird problem regarding grounding: I have a computer, printer and a LCD screen connected to the electric outlet through a power strip. My computer is zapping me when I touch the body so I ...
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2answers
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In my sink pop-up stopper, the tip of the pivot rod is broken, how do I fix it?

In my bathroom, the tip of the pivot rod which is connected to the stopper is broken. When the stopper goes down, it has no rod to hook to. Is it possible to re-use and re-adjust the existing pivot ...
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1answer
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What could cause a clicking noise in an electric water heater?

I get clicking sound from our electric water heater as well. it lasts for a while, then stops...then starts again, etc. we recently had technician out who said it needed to be cut back on the setting ...
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How to determine the type of wall on which I'm putting up a shelf?

I'd like to put up a small shelf. I have never tackled any kind of DIY project before so this is a first (I don't even have the necessary tools yet!) and I have a rather newbie question: Having read a ...
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1answer
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What is the best tool to grind down a smaller metal rod?

I am building this workbench and I have decided to recess the nut and washer inside the top of the bench, so that I won't cut/scape myself while I'm leaning up against it. Now my issue is that the ...
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1answer
626 views

Best style of window for above grade basement windows?

My basement windows are roughly 2'x3' (h x w) and the exterior sill is 6 inches above grade, and 5 feet above the basement floor. I am not particularly concerned with security beyond frustrating the ...
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1answer
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How do I improve the drainage of this grass driveway?

I've got a long grass side-yard which doubles as a driveway for both my residence and the ally behind my house. After a few heavy rainstorms here in Southeastern North Carolina (read: business as ...
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1answer
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Is it OK to shut off the A/C at the breaker?

My A/C continues to run even after the thermostat says it should shut off. Can I shut off the A/C by tripping the circuit breaker until it can be looked at? Is there any safety issue with doing this?
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How to make 3“ concrete ”legs" via reusable casting structure?

I have a design for a (set of) planter(s) I'm trying to make, and to make the design I have in mind, I need an 18" long 3" OD leg with a bit of rebar in them. (let's say 100 of these bad boys in toto)...
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1answer
343 views

How can I seal an old wood finish on a 60-year-old wall that is off-gassing?

We just moved into a 60-year-old house and most of it was recently painted with low VOC paint, although one original wall is a medium-color wood finish which is putting out a strange smell. One of us ...
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2answers
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How can I extend a wall outlet?

I have a interior brick wall, with wall outlet in it, I am covering the wall with 1/2" sheet rock. But I am ancoring 1x2's on the brick so I can hang the sheetrock. How would I extend the wall outlet ...
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2answers
662 views

How can I fix this garage door opener?

My garage door opener (Craftsman 1/2 HP) stopped working some time ago (even lights didn't come on). I replaced the circuit board and now the lights are working and the board reacts to the remote (...
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4answers
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What could cause ceiling fan lights to flicker on with power and then go out immediately?

I have ceiling light fan. The fan works fine. The light used to work fine. All of a sudden one day the light started acting up. When I turn on the switch, the light flickers on for about a second ...
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5answers
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What are my options for multi-room audio?

Multi-Room Audio I've been tasked by the wife with setting up a multi-room audio system. We've broken the house down into the following zones: Kitchen (Stereo) Office (Stereo) Master Bed/Bath (...
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2answers
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How can I set up a removable stair railing?

I need to install a handrail on a set of interior stairs. I also need to be able to remove the handrail and balusters so that furniture can be taken up those stairs because of limited clearance. how ...
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5answers
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What is a good tutorial on the use of a multimeter?

I am ashamed to admit, that despite my many electrical (mis?)adventures.. I have no idea how to use a multimeter. I have installed automobile sound systems, central air air-conditioners, and every ...
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1answer
1k views

How can I get recessed lighting on a middle floor? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How do I install uninsulated halogen can lights? I would like to install some recessed lights in my living room. I've done this sort of job in houses with an attic directly ...
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1answer
452 views

How can I determine if the mildew on the bathroom ceiling comes from the upper floor?

I live in a flat on the second floor. The building in which I live is five levels high. How do I find out if the mildew on the bathroom ceiling comes from the upper floor? I removed the mildew just a ...
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Quick fix for a toilet that flushes water “under” material?

I've recently moved into a rented property with a dual-flush toilet. When flushing the "new" water seems to be sent directly "under" any paper/waste thats in the bowl, causing it to "roll" over the ...
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2answers
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How can I remove an electrical junction box that is attached to a stud, without damaging the surrounding wall?

I'm trying to pull the phone wire in my new house, and replace it with Cat6 cable for Ethernet. Upon removing the faceplate for the dual cable (coax) and phone jack, I found what I believe is this ...
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Are there any differences in the quality of products sold at contractor's supply store vs. big box hardware stores?

We are in the early stages of building a new house & went shopping for lighting fixtures yesterday. We get an allowance from the builder which we know will be used up very quickly after visiting ...
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1answer
1k views

How do I remove a wiffle ball from a pool vacuum pipe?

A wiffle ball with a wad of string attached to it is stuck in the skimmer vacuum pipe of the pool at my Dad's place... It is not completely clogged, but flow is restricted. At a guess, the ball ...
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1answer
385 views

Is it normal for air to be leaking from where the drain hose connects to the central A/C unit?

I'm trying to determine if I have a leak around my central AC unit. Basically when the unit is on, I feel cool air blowing outside the "furnace plenum" as I believe its called. If you look at this ...
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5answers
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How do I dig a 3 foot deep narrow trench in soft clay

I need to dig a 3 foot trench in soft clay to put in a new water pipe. If I use I drain spade to dig it about 16cm ( 6 inches) wide will I have enough space to do the digger? Is there a better ...
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What information do I need to size a sawn or hewn beam?

I have a load bearing wall in my house that a previous occupant decided to cut a hole in to make things feel more open. They did not add a header, much to my chagrin. I'm planning to put an exposed ...
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1answer
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How can I determine if there is asbestos in something?

I pulled up some old flooring. Underneath there is material that looks like paper, maybe fabric, that is glued to the hardwood below. I would like to refinish the hardwood. Is there an easy way to ...
2
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1answer
661 views

Can I have 2 45 degree angles in my wall from drain to vent?

Can I have 2 45 degree angles with a 8 inch piece of 2inch to my bathroom sink? The drain pipe is over to far to be in side my vanity. The the clean out and vent pipe will go strait up threw my roof ...
3
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1answer
589 views

What type of concrete sealer to use to prevent frost heaves in my driveway?

I am about to put concrete sealer on a driveway and inside a garage. What sealer should I apply, if I am specifically interested in preventing water from getting in cracks and causing frost heaves ...
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2answers
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What could cause low water pressure in tub and no water coming out of shower head?

Water pressure in tub has suddenly dropped and water will not come out of shower head at all. I can hear what sounds like water running up the pipe to the shower head when I have the tub faucets on, ...
2
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1answer
237 views

What is wrong with this GFCI outlet?

I have a GFCI outlet which is testing wierdly. On one of the plugs, one prong tests hot and the other does not (using a Voltaware). On the other plug, both prongs test hot. The other outlets on the ...
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1answer
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Is there any reason to not tape this vent over?

I just want to make sure this wont hurt anything. Right before I bought this house, it got a new AC and furnace but they did not replace much of the duct work. This vent is right above the AC unit ...
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2answers
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how to fix a poor spackle job?

I've never spackled before and I tried to fill in some space between the wall and the stairs after we took out our carpet. Suffice it to say I used way too much spackle and now I have an uneven mess. ...
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1answer
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How to stop a circular saw from locking?

I've been using my new circular saw for about a week. Today while making a plunge cut it just locked. It didn't get stuck on anything inside the board and it consistently locked every time I tried to ...
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1answer
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How do I replace insulation in the corner?

I'm re-insulating a room in my house, and have come to the corner. The studs are arranged like so: x| | | - - x = the space I'm talking about, | = studs of an interior wall, - = studs of an ...
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1answer
307 views

Should I vapour barrier an (inside) sistered wall when the exterior wall already has it?

I have a 8' x 8' garage wall w/vapor barrier on warm side attached to house. This wall has 2 vertical duct runs. It had 5/8x drywall with fire stops insulated with R13FG batts except on the 2 duct ...
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1answer
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Why does my interior paint absorb water and darken when splashed?

I am wondering if the paint contractors painted my new drywall appropriately. It is a flat latexand if even brushed with a damp towel it darkens. It seems to me that the drywall must not have been ...
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3answers
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How can I get rid of fleas in my crawlspace forever?

I have lived in my house since 2007. I have a large crawlspace (dirt floor, ranging in height) where I have a nice woodworking shop. In 2011 the shop became infested with fleas, but not the ...

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