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How can I cover water stains on this wall

During sandy storm I had some water leakage in my home. The damage isn't much in the sense that the drywall is still hard. It just has water stains that I'd like to get rid of. Here is a pic of what ...
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GFCI Problem wiht Three-Way Switch WAS Two Switches Neutrals Only, Switched Hots Not Used

I replaced an old two-prong receptable with a three-prong GFCI (no ground) yesterday. It won't reset. I found out that "downstream" there is a light on the next level down that is controlled by two ...
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How do I seal this grating when it rains?

I use this 6x10' grating for sunlight and aeration but its a menace when it rains. I have used multiple plastic sheets and tarpaulins. They do block the rainwater but start leaking or tearing apart ...
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How to fix a huge gap between tub faucet and tile

We just moved into an old house and two of the tub faucets have huge gaps from the tile as pictured below. This is something that I feel needs to be addressed right away to prevent shower water from ...
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What type and size plywood is appropriate to reinforce a box spring for 425 lb user?

My boxspring is crumpled in pretty bad in one section and its causing back issues but i can't afford a new bed. i was told by the physical therapist to get plywood to stick between the mattress and ...
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Attaching Air Compressor To Junction Box

I have a 4 inch metal junction box with a 3/4" mud ring attached and recessed into the drywall in my garage. I want to connect an air compressor to this junction box directly without using a plug. ...
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Is it safe to shut off cold water entering water heater?

I have a pretty bad situation at my place. I have a leaky shower faucet which has gone from drips to a steady stream. I calculated the flow at .3 gallons per minute. My very old home has no private ...
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Trane furnace pilot wont stay lit

I have a 1983 Trane gas furnace, Model BLU108E936B1, the pilot light went out, I could get it to relight but wont stay on> Changed the thermocouple, same results, Pilot light doesn't look right as I ...
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Are BTU's only calculated using square feet?

I'm building a 16'x20' storage building with a barn roof, so it's pretty much a 2 story area. Will I calculate the BTU's using 320 sq.ft. for my window unit?
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Honeywell VR8300A3500 Single Stage Heat Gas Valve to Ecobee3 with C wire

Hey everyone have a quick question regarding a honeywell VR8300A3500 Single Stage Heat Gas Valve and the introduction of a Ecobee3 wifi enabled thermostat with a "C" wire. just want to make sure i am ...
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Zoned thermostat in every bedroom

I am getting a new AC and coils new use old one died This is for second floor where we have 4 bedrooms Question Is it possible to have thermostat in every bedroom Is it allowed under code ? What ...
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Fan coil wiring problem with new thermostat

I'm trying to upgrade to a new line voltage thermostat. The new thermostat has many more connections, including three fan speeds. My current system has a manual fan switch on the wall so all I need ...
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How well do AFCI breakers protect against electrical fires? [on hold]

I'm hoping to get a sense of how dangerous old knob and tube wiring is once it is protected by an AFCI. a. Do AFCI breakers prevent all dangerous arcs? b. Besides abnormal arcing, are there other ...
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How to install a house number plaque on vinyl siding?

I need to install house numbers on my house. I have obtained an aluminium plaque with the numbers and I'm now wondering the best way to install it onto the house. The house has vinyl siding, and ...
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Cheapest way of adapting G1/4 sensor to 1/2" NPT

I'm in the research stage of building an RO system for an RV, relatively cheaply. I live in the U.S. The membrane housing has 1/2" FNPT for water intake, and I would like to connect a pressure sensor ...
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Can a surface mount Spa Panel be recess mounted in drywall and 2x4 wall?

My city uses 2011 NEC. I would like to install a 125 Amp rated Spa Panel as a subpanel directly below my 200 Amp main circuit breaker panel to be able to use two 50 Amp GFI circuits. I already have ...
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Kenmore washer spin cycle drains but doesn't rotate

My Kenmore washer is Kenmore Elite 110.22952102 (Top Load washer). In the perm press cycle at the end the clothes are wet. Below is my troubleshooting observation on the unit, based on it, could you ...
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I am using tongue and groove planks for a desk. What's the best substrate to use?

I am using tongue and groove planks for a desk. What's the best substrate to use?
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Doorbell Push Button [on hold]

My door bell button broke. I am trying to find a replacement. Where can I find a 4.25"h X 1.25"w X .75"d surface mount door bell push button?
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Letter's found at new construction sites

I realized that for along while when arriving at new construction sites, mostly residential, I see the same 3 capitalized letters spray painted on the road directly in front of the work zone. What do ...
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Kitchen faucet sometimes water comes out sometimes noise…I replaced aerator still have issue.Does anyone have a suggestion?

Kitchen faucet sometimes water comes out and then sometimes it trickles out or nothing comes out at all. Took off aerator and water came out without any noise.Put in new aerator and now have same ...
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How to secure a top heavy tall iron headboard

I have an iron headboard that is 80 inches tall in the center. It's very top heavy - and just plain heavy too. If it's just mounted to the bed frame would that be enough to keep it from falling ...
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L1 comes on my waves 1 ton ac nd ac stop working [on hold]

I switch on my ac its working but after some time l1 comes on screen indoor and out door both stop working and after while both switched off automatically plz answer me whats the problm some time e5 ...
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How do I keep my outdoor trash cans from blowing away in the wind?

I have two trash cans that sit on the side of my house. What can I do to keep them from blowing away due to the wind, when they are empty? I've tried bungee cording them together but they then just ...
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Attaching ceiling ground wire when fixture socket does not have the green screw for attaching grnd wire

Ceiling ground wire is available, but fixture socket does not have the ground wire screw for attaching same. Is there a way to "fake" it?
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Mounting bookshelf in Closet

I have looked at closet organizers and just decided on a nice bookshelf to put rods on a 10' closet. Given the width of the bookshelf I am thinking of mounting it to the wall to give it the height ...
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Hot water and cold water switched in shower

I recently bought a house and in the master bathroom the hot and cold water seem to be reversed. When I turn the dial left, the hot water comes out first with very little pressure. As you continue ...
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Can I run a heated floor thermostat on a 30 amp sub panel with a 20 amp GFCI breaker?

Want to install a heated floor in bathroom. I would like to know if I can run it ona 30 amp subpanel wiht a 20 amp GFCI breaker.
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Open ground or Reverse ground on one circuit of 3 wire bx cable [duplicate]

Our open/reverse ground since the lightening strike has still not been resolved, but we're getting closer. The wire coming out of the panel is a 3-wire bx. The circuit that the black wire feeds is ...
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What should I do after mistakenly using moldy paint on drywall?

I was painting my basement and used a six year old five gallon bucket of paint. It had about 4 gallons of paint in it. The surface was black, but it didn't smell bad. I thought it was the dye ...
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Best way to remove sani-tred paint from basement walls

About ten years ago I used sani-tred to waterproof my basement walls they were new construction bare cinder block at the time. I have had some water filtration over the years not a lot but enough to ...
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HVAC System Just Installed Yesterday and AC condenser outside is blowing cold ir

HI my just installed ac condenser is blowing cold air out side . when I put my hand over it and move it around most of the air is hot but a portion of it is cold. Is this right ?
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Troy Bilt Weedeater idles and runs but will not run full speed

I have a Troy Bilt straight shaft trimmer that's about 3 years old. This week I have replaced: Carb (not cleaned, a brand new one) Fuel line Primer line Spark plug Air filter I also took off the ...
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How to properly support 2-3 with ground nm-b cable from floor joists

I bought a house where the previous homeowner hung 2-3 with ground nm-b (cable) with metallic conduit hangers from wall studs below the floor joists. It looks like the hangers are cutting through ...
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What is this thing on my garage wall?

I just bought a house last year and there's this thing with what looks like string in the middle of the electrical system. The two pictures show said thing from a distance and close up. What is this ...
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Connected C-Wire to new Smart Thermostat and Furnace board and still no power

I need help. I've been surfing the internet and have had no luck finding answers to my situation so am hoping for some guidance. I've seen other questions here answered but none that suit my issue so ...
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Should I use remodel or new construction recessed fixtures when installing a new ceiling?

We have a stomped ceiling on the first floor in our new home (built in 1969) that we want to get rid of. Every contractor we've talked to says that scraping it off isn't an option because it's been ...
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Why have cordless tools changed the battery style?

I was looking for replacement batteries for my cordless tools (drill, light, sander) and have been unable to find any. My current battery is the style with a neck that inserts into the tool, but all ...
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Applied stain to deck and still not dry after a week, what can I do?

I decided to restain my deck last week since it was looking pretty worn after a New England winter. The deck is only 1 year old since we bought new construction. I contacted the builder and purchased ...
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Water Supply Noise due to Thermal Expansion?

I have a plumbing issue that I'm looking for suggestions on. After using a substantial amount of hot water (say, a long shower + washing laundry) I will hear a loud rumbling / vibrating sound ...
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Mold on drywall. Should I clean-up or replace?

Apartment next door got flooded and some water sipped underneath the wall. The floor buckled and had to be replaced. After removing floor trim I discovered some mold under the baseboard. I cut out a ...
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Why won't my thermostat control the HVAC anymore after trying to switch thermostats?

I bought a new Nest thermostat which is supposed to be compatible but needs a professional installation (advice that should have been heeded by non-professional electrician me). This is to replace an ...
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Whirlpool washing machine won't start, need help replacing fuse

My Whirlpool washing machine died today. The control panel lights are unresponsive, so it looks like there's a problem with its electricals. The socket works, and the troubleshooting manual mentions ...
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Do I need anything over the wall board around wood trimmed garage door openings?

I am replacing all the wood trim around my garage door openings. The trim butts to vinyl siding with j-channel. The siding at the top of the doors had no flashing or trim cap and that is where the ...
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1answer
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Pull Up All Laminate Boards Or Cut One Board in Doorway and Start From There

Now that I have installed Pergo XP laminate flooring I've discovered that there is a soft spot from the doorway which transitions from the kitchen into the dining room. When walking into the dining ...
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How to remove clumps of algae from pool after using algicide

So, we have a 1700 gallon pool that was stricken with algae, and our neighbors have one about twice that size that got hit at the same time. We both shocked our pools and used an algicide that drew ...
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I need help supporting and jacking up my attached, wood front porch

I live in Ohio in a home built in 1926. I do not believe the front porch is that old. The porch is L shape, wrapping around the house and is 24 X 8' in the front extending another 14' back, with ...
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Why does the overflow pipe on a water heater open to the floor?

See here, in a standard home water heater, how there's an overflow pipe which would just dump the extra water on the floor if activated. Why is this? Why does it not go the same way as the drain on a ...
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How can I remove or level grooves in thinset mortar from a concrete slab?

I'm redoing my bonus room, it's close to 300 sq ft and the floor is all concrete. Most of the room had carpet which came off easy but about 130 sq ft had ceramic tile that left a lot of thinset ...
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Recessed Light Placement

Im a DIYrs when it homes to simple home remodelling. Am doing a kitchen upgrade all around. Bought this house and lot of stuff has gone wrong, so on, not going into much details. Only thing now is ...

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