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Could you explain this ceiling light wiring?

I'm changing an old pendant light into a ceiling light, but I have some difficulty in understanding the current wiring. It is controlled by 2 switches. I've checked typical rose wiring diagram, but it ...
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Could I have poisoned myself by using my gas fireplace with the flue closed?

Ive been using my vented gas fireplace for a couple weeks not knowing the flue was closed. How dangerous is this. I have myself & 3 dogs that were in my family room with me where the fireplace ...
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How can I repair or hide dings and scratches on polyurethaned trim?

I have lots of trim, ledges, and doors in my house that were covered with a dark stain and then polyurethaned. Looks great until the tiniest ding or scratch, at which point it turns white. Even minor ...
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20 views

How can I repair a leaking shower?

We have a leaking shower. We have replaced the seat and stem on the water but it still leaks. Also the diverter does not shut off all the water.
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1answer
455 views

How to shape the zone a radar motion sensor detects?

The light in my bathroom is controlled by a radar motion sensor. The idea was that radar based sensors can be hidden inside the lamp itself and thus be invisible (so no sensor, no switch, only the ...
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2answers
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How do I install track for sliding closet door on laminate

How do I install track for sliding closet mirror doors on laminate floor
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1answer
161 views

How can I vent my roof without removing drywall?

I have a finished attic, that needs to be updated. The pitched sides of the roof are sheetrocked & insulated, the ceiling is a suspended ceiling (will be sheetrocked) and the low knee walls are ...
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1answer
71 views

Electric Radiant heating Vs Hydronic - What can I get?

I have a carport that was closed in to become a 3rd bedroom in our house. It has a low ceiling of approx 8 or 9ft. I gutted the whole room so it's down to the slab right now. I'm in the process ...
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84 views

What is the name of this old glass pattern?

We've accidentally managed to break the glass above our front door, by letting the door slam. I'd like to match the glass replacement, so it matches next door. I have no idea what the pattern is ...
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1answer
54 views

What could cause faucets to spit and sputter only in the fall/winter?

Except in summer, faucets sputter and spit. What could be letting air into the system? In this case the setup is in the Northeast USA, New York State, with a pressure bladder tank, and shallow well. ...
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How can I avoid excessive junk on inside junction, when cementing PVC sprinkler pipe?

I'm cementing some schedule 40 PVC pipe using the best instructions I could find ( http://www.tchristy.net/pdf/ChristysTechManual_v5_English.pdf ). The outside of each joint looks fine, but inside ...
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1answer
41 views

Can I use a toggle bolt if there's no space behind the drywall?

While trying to install a 14lb metal shelf to the wall, I had learned from a previous installation mishap to upgrade from plastic anchors to something stronger. I picked up a few toggle bots (3/16" w ...
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44 views

How to repair a crack along the grain in a solid block of wood from a single tree?

Approximately 3 years ago I purchased a slice of a log, approximately 50 cm (~1.5') wide at the widest place, approximately 2.5-3 meters (~9-10') long, and about 4-5cm thick (I don't have exact ...
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1answer
88 views

How to remove old plastic pool deck sleeves

How to remove old plastic pool deck sleeves. 1 1/4" hole in concrete. Sleeve is 4" deep. Broken at the top, no flange left on top.
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1answer
32 views

How to wire 240 volts fluorescent lamps

How many 240 volt fluorescent (2 X 4 recessed, 4 tubes) fixtures can I connect to a 30 amp breaker using 4 mmsq cable?
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1answer
10 views

How to fix a minor leak in situ

I have an Intex swimming pool and there is a minor leak at the outlet/strainer grid as petroleum jelly was not applied during installation. The obvious solution is to drain, rectify and re-fill, but ...
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0answers
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Why are there yellow patches on yard? [migrated]

I am in California where we have a drought. Both my front and back yard seem to be holding with watering twice a week but both have odd yellow dead areas while the rest is green. The contrast with ...
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0answers
13 views

Where and how do we put salt in EC4 rainsoft watersoftener

Where and how to replace salt in EC4 rainsoft water softener?
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35 views

How can I install a kitchen drawer with only one side and no front beam?

I've got a set of IKEA cabinets that have a place for a drawer that's currently just a cover: I'd like to install a drawer here, but there's only a full cabinet wall on the right side. The left is ...
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7answers
9k views

How do I deal with a wasp nest?

I recently discovered a fairly large (a few hundred wasps, from the look of it) wasp-nest under the eaves on the side of my house. Anyways, I called a exterminator (Terminix, actually), and they ...
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1answer
25 views

How can I fill a gap between the exterior wall and trim?

I have a stucco-sided house that I am repairing/repainting. In the course of repairs, some of the caulk/weatherstripping between the trim and the house came off. The gap between the wall and the trim ...
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2answers
25 views

How can I fill a gap beneath windows?

Outside my house, there is a gap visible below some of my windows. I have attached pictures to make it clear, since I don't know the terminology. The gap is about the width of my thumb. I can see the ...
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1answer
26 views

What size cap do I need for this steam pipe?

I'd like to put a cap on this steam pipe, but the standard cap sizes don't seem to fit -- a 2" cap is way too big and a 1.5" cap is slightly too small: There is a very faint "1 1/4" engraved on the ...
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2answers
85 views

Is it possible for me to convert my downlights to normal lights?

So just bought a house and it's one of those newer houses where every frigging room has got halogen downlights. Seriously I've probably got about 30-40 of them all over the house. Not sure what the ...
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3answers
122 views

What to do about a rotten top plate in the wall of old home addition?

This week's rainstorms brought a leak in my roof above a set of windows that are at the low end of a single-story addition with a shallow roof. Our search for the source of the leak (which turned out ...
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1answer
601 views

How can I install an overhead water tank and refill it for individual usage?

I live in a group apartment where there is severe water supply problem. We have a common sump in basement which can be filled with water from external supply sources like water tanker trucks on ...
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1answer
21 views

Can I repaint and seal a window sill that has fungus growing out of it?

I have a long-neglected window sill that now has fungus (not mold) growing out of it. We are pretty sure that the wood is not rotten, as the wood feels firm to the touch. Can I still salvage the ...
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10answers
9k views

Would wrapping a wood fence post in plastic help protect it?

I'm geting ready to install a couple new wooden privacy fence gates on the sides of our house. One of my co-workers suggested to wrap the 4"x4" with plastic stretch wrap around the 2' part that will ...
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5answers
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Is there a way to remove the warp in plywood?

I just bought some 1/2" plywood from HD for a project, and the best piece I could find was still pretty warped. Is there a way to fix this? Currently, it's sitting flat on my garage floor with a sheet ...
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1answer
115 views

Can I wiring LED light fixtures in parallel?

I have 4 120 v 20 watt LEDs. I want to put them over my desk. They are the Lusa Lighting Model #33000 (If you want to see the PDF). They come with plugs so you can plug them in separately. I want 1 ...
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3answers
32 views

Can I replace a ceiling light fixture with a higher wattage one?

I am planning to order replacement ceiling fixtures for my 2 foyer lights. i want to make sure they will work first. measurement wise, the dimensions seem to fit the space well. the ones in there ...
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7answers
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What's the best way of replacing a plug or switch in a house with aluminum wiring?

My house has aluminum wiring, which from what I understand isn't recommended any more. How do I replace a plug or switch since the new unit only takes copper wiring?
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1answer
78 views

How do I remove/replace these window screens?

Description of window set, in case someone knows them by make: the lower pane is counterbalanced (weight? spring? I don't know) and the upper pane is fixed in place with a screen window underneath it. ...
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2answers
48 views

How can I get a flex-bit unstuck if the shank is stripped?

We have a flex-bit stuck in wood - tried to drill it through the ceiling and the shank (bottom part of the bit) stripped so now it can't be "locked" to the chuck of the drill. Is there any way to ...
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1answer
28 views

How can I determine the style, design, and manufacturer of this tile?

We are extending our kitchen and need to match the backsplash tiles that the previous owner put in. Can someone please give me some information about these tiles? Style/Design/Manufacturer?
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1answer
60 views

How to GFCI protect bathroom lighting circuit

I have an old house with 3 bathrooms all on the same circuit. Each has an light with a receptacle above the sink controlled by a wall switch. (See image below.) I want to GFCI protect the entire ...
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Why is the gas water heater pressure valve leaking after installing recirc pump & old radiator?

Kind of a complex situation. Using gas cold water heater as a boiler for an old cast iron radiator. In addition we added a recirc pump. Everything was working fine but then we had leaking from water ...
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1answer
14 views

Can a wall hung toilet in a basement be tied into existing drain from upper level or does it require dedicated drain?

Can a wall hung toilet in a basement be tied into existing drain from upper level or does it require dedicated drain
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2answers
51 views

How can I determine why my lights flicker when the A/C is running?

My lights considerably flicker whenever a large load comes on in the house and it has been this way since we renovated five years ago. I am attempting to troubleshoot this now and have already ...
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1answer
21 views

How can I determine what grade air filter is appropriate?

I'm trying to figure out what kind of air filter is appropriate for my house. My local home warehouse store stocks over a dozen options. The primary difference between them seems to be Microparticle ...
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2answers
21 views

Can I lay tile over drywall that has torn paper?

Can I lay tile over drywall that has had the paper torn from removing tile that was installed wrong when doing new home construction?
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1answer
18 views

How can I reinforce a wall mounted ikea shelf?

I'm wanting to mount the long Hemnes shelf on an interior wall.I'm picking up 3-4 studs in the area that it would be, but they are really oddly spaced. Would it be preferable to buy separate mounting ...
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1answer
45 views

How should I mount relays in junction boxes?

If one had a typical AC relay (120/240VAC contacts, 120VAC or 24VAC coil, chassis mount), how would they mount it inside a junction box (assume a blank faceplate) and attach wires to it in a way ...
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1answer
35 views

What could cause my water tank to leak only when I turn off the main water supply?

I travel quite a bit and so leave my water heater breaker off - as I travel for extended periods (months). In the past I used to leave the main water valve (near the meter) on - and would turn off ...
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1answer
39 views

What is best way to compact styrofoam and discard it?

Every time I install appliances or get something which is breakable, it's covered in styrofoam. Now what is the best/cleanest way to compact and get rid of styrofoam? I've known people who just put ...
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4answers
548 views

How can I determine what's behind a wall?

I live in a two story house build in the 60s. The lower floor(half buried) is only under half of the ground floor so I think there is a possibility that there is an extra room beside a wall in the ...
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1answer
29 views

What is the unit dead load of concrete?

I have a question about what the unit dead load is. For structural concrete, the unit weight is 145 pounds per cubic food. Is the Unit Dead load 145 pounds?
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1answer
73 views

How to clean spots/stains from marble?

No idea where this came from. Just noticed today. Can't tell what it is. I tried to scrub it semi-hard (don't wanna do too hard for fear of scratching) with a towel and water and did not succeed in ...
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1answer
24 views

How can I tidy up a hole in drywall that has pipes coming through it?

We recently bought our first house and have discovered that the previous owners replaced a radiator with a heated towel rail that's plumbed into the house's central heating system. The issue is that a ...
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1answer
60 views

GFCI to light not working

I put a gfci outlet in my front yard for use during christmas time for lights and such i ran it to on my front porch light so it only turns on when my front porch light is on i also added to the gfci ...

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