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Is sheathing required under a hybrid concrete tile roof?

We have hybrid concrete tile roof that has concrete tiles attached to a dense foam backing. The roofing was installed about 15 yrs ago. In looking in the attic, I noticed there is not plywood or ...
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Do wires need covering when plastering?

Many places say that you need to cover wires when plastering over them: theiet.org/forum In a zone or not I would still steel cap the cables even if they were only TV Aerial cables. and this ...
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Is this plastic container in my toilet tank necessary?

We have two toilets that don't flush well. You have to hold the handle down for the entire flush, and even so they don't flush enough water. Inside the tanks are plastic baffles that seem designed ...
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2 circuits connected in one box?

I'm swapping out outlets and this one has me stumped. This is in a room of switched outlets (top outlet is always hot, bottom is switched) so the red/black side tab on each outlet is broken off. The ...
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Why does my circuit breaker keep tripping?

Every time I switch on one specific circuit breaker, the residual-current device (RCD) switches off. I've disconnected every device that's on the group, and even took out all light bulbs, but the ...
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how to repair large, uneven crack in concrete floor

I have a really long (about 20') uneven crack in my cement garage floor. Not only is it jagged, but the sides of the crack range from flat to about 1/2" high. I want to level the sides of the crack, ...
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What should I use to seal around the perimeter of a tile floor?

I recently tiled our bathroom floor (nothing fancy - just a 7 x 5 room). In between the tiles, I've used a sanded grout and that's worked nicely but I'm confused on what to use around the perimeter ...
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Wainscoting a wall that has windows without casings. Is there a typical trim method?

We're redoing our front room in our house. We're thinking of going with a 'seaside cottage' feel and installing some wainscoting on the walls about 2/3rds the way up. The catch is that our house ...
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I am wondering can I add a new electrical connection for a gas range to this line? [duplicate]

I found the electrical line with only with one receptacle for a garbage disposal. I am wondering can I add a new electrical connection for a gas range to this line?
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What is correct vapour barrier method for bathroom ceiling in a bungalow in Canada

I am in the middle of a complete main floor bathroom gutting and re-finish job in my house in CANADA.. and WINTER IS COMING!!!! THE BACKGROUND (pics below): My bathroom is 5'x 13' in a bungalow with ...
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Can I connect 12ga to 10ga for gas range?

I am remodeling my kitchen right now Can I use existing 10ga line which already been built and used in my house for electrical range to hook up 14 ga or 12 ga wire for my new gas range? Thanks for ...
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How do I permantely plumb 5 tiki torches around my pool by placing a T on my buried propane tank which feed the pool/hot tub heater?

What is required to "T" off of my buried propane tank that feeds my pool/hot tub heater so I can permanently mount 5 tiki torches around my pool?
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Can I splice grounding wires together to reach an old outlet that needs a ground?

I have a two prong outlet in my house and there is a ground wire behind it, not connected. The ground wire ends in a junction box halfway to the breaker box. Only the neutral and hot wire continue ...
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Electric water heater leaks around the top, how do I fix it?

My water heater is leaking from the top around the copper fittings. It seems to be filled to capacity. Will adjusting my pressure relief valve stop my water heater from leaking? I turned the main ...
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Switching between 3 30a 120v loads

I have one 30a 120v single phase circuit and three 30a 120v single phase loads. How do I switch between the three: one on-two off?
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Does the pilot flame of a gas furnace stay on for the duration of a heating cycle?

I was looking at my furnace a couple of days ago and I notice one thing: there is something red hot there where the spark igniter and the thermocouple assembly is. I can hardly see it and I am not ...
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What is the neatest way to run power to Somfy motorized window blinds?

I have several Somfy RTS motorized window blinds installed. Right now they just have electric cables attached to them that could be tacked to the wall, but I'd rather have the cabling completely ...
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How should I prepare a plywood subfloor for floating vinyl plank flooring?

The floor of my laundry room was three layers of hideous vinyl flooring of various vintages, a layer of 3/4" plywood underlayment (to match the height of the vinyl to surrounding hardwood flooring) ...
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Double pole to two single poles [on hold]

I have a light switch in my garage that controls an outside garage light and foyer light. I also have another switch in my foyer that when turned on controls the outside foyer light and garage light. ...
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Gap between 6“ dia wall thimble & 6” hvac pipe

I bought a 6" dia aluminum wall thimble to vent my 6" dia hvac steel exhaust pipe through to the outside. However, the diameter of the 6" thimble is actually 6 3/4". How do I effectively insulate the ...
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Shower head releases water every time the toilet is flushed

I installed a new bathroom with a shower (no tub). The shower head releases water every time the toilet is flushed, even though he mixing valve for the shower is off. The bathroom area was an old ...
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Is it necessary to sand before the last coat of oil paint?

When I'm painting high-gloss oil-based on woodwork (architraves, skirtingboards, windows), I have been following the tin's advice and sanding between all coats. I don't resent sanding after the ...
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What could cause kerosene-like odor from a gas oven/range?

Suddenly my gas range/stove emits a kerosene-like odor when I operate the stove, and especially when I operate the oven -- but our service is natural gas. I called the local gas utility, and they ...
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Low-voltage lights turn on then start to flash

I've got a string of LV lights in my kitchen that over the last few weeks have started to behave oddly. They will turn on and the one farthest from the power supply are dimmer than the ones closest ...
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Should be concerned with water in water table?

I had a problem with my water table last week after getting an exceptional rainstorm and caused the water table to overflow in the room. The water is down again in the table although there is still ...
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Can you lay ceramic/porcelain tile over existing mastic without grinding the floor?

We had a basement flood, and consequently had to rip out the vinyl floor tiles in our basement. The tiles were not asbestos (we had them tested). But after the tiles came up we discovered that they ...
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Can I use two ladders to create a makeshift scaffold?

I have a really high stairwell to do walls around (cca 18 ft). Scaffolding is impractical. I had rigged a temporary platform that I used to hang drywall and it worked well but I had to remove it ...
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Will a rusty tool or bolt lying with other tools or bolts induce them to rust as well?

I have a toolbox with a bunch of tools in it. In addition, I have a large plastic box where I keep all my bolts and nails in a disarray. Some of the bolts are a little rusty, and some of my tools ...
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Should I install insulation between the rim joist and the top of foam insulation?

I am in the beginning phases of finishing my basement, newer house with poured cement foundation and engineered I-beam floor joists. No moisture issues in the basement. Rim joist currently has a batt ...
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What to fill the cut in quartz counter top with?

My wife an I had a new quartz counter top installed in July. In autumn the seam between two pieces expanded and if there was a sealant between the two pieces to also separated. With further weather ...
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How can I fix the guard on my mitre saw?

I've owned an Evolution Rage-3 mitre saw (http://www.evolutionpowertools.com/uk/build/rage3.php) for about fifteen months. About a week ago the guard that covers the blade started to stick, and now it ...
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Comparison of various home-automation systems? [on hold]

Could anyone provide a comparison (or just link) of home-automation systems (such as FS 20, HomeEasy, RSL, ...)? (Wikipedia contains just a short list and I am unable to find something something ...
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1answer
271 views

How can I repair leaky windows/doors?

I have a big window above the entrance double door. Whenever it rains against the window I find the leaks at the top of the window corner, at the bottom of the window and in my cold room which is ...
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was in attic for an hour without mask. could this cause issue?

my bathroom fan was dropping water so i went up to the attic and applied fiberglass insulation to the bare metal vent pipt from the fan out to the roof. i was up in the attic for an hour wearing ...
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No water pressure after new installation

We installed a new kitchen faucet and a new shower head and have no water pressure in either. All the plumbing in the house has been recently installed. We checked all the supply lines and ...
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NM cable next to hot water pipe

Edit: The answer below indicates that at least in some places inspectors consider it inacceptable to attach any wiring to pipes. However, I would still like to understand why it is a bad idea. ...
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Do I need a moisture barrier between sub floor wolmanit and engineered floating bamboo clip together flooring?

I'm using walmanite 3' by 5' by 1/4" over an original Pine slate floor my grandfather put in. do i NEED to put some type of barrier like tar paper between them? there has never been a barrier and no ...
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Is fiberglass mesh tape a good choice for drywall?

I'm going to be doing some drywalling shortly and was wondering what experiences other have had with the self adhesive fiberglass mesh tape. Is it a good choice or am I going to regret using it?
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Does one need to be certified in order to do residential electrical work?

I have a Bachelor in electrical engineering, a lot of hands-on experience with electrical work, and I'm very familiar with NEC 2011 and electrical codes. Can I do residential electrical work without ...
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How can I hang heavy objects on a wall, without leaving any marks?

Command Hooks don't hold very much weight wise and I would like to mount heavy objects - e.g. a whiteboard ... any ideas? (yes this is drywall - I cannot leave any marks in it ). context: college ...
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Can I install laminate next to tile without using T-moulding?

I'm installing laminate flooring in a bedroom next to a tiled hallway. I'm planning to have a standard expansion gap all the way around the room, but I'm stuck on how to do the doorway. I know the ...
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Any downsides to upside down shelves?

I want to put a row of bookshelves along a corridor, immediately above door frames - basically like this above the doors. Because of the gaps where the door themselves, and because I assume floating ...
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What is the best way to get superglue off a Corian countertop?

My kids and I have spilled superglue onto a Corian countertop in our kitchen, I've heard you can buff out scratches and such from these, but I'd rather avoid scraping and buffing if possible. Is ...
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Should I leave the drain open on my compressor for storage?

I just got a new air compressor for occasional finish nailing and tire inflation. I understand that I need to open the bottom drain to let out any condensation (i.e., this question) after each use. ...
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3answers
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Very low water pressure in house

I have a single stored house with an overhead tank and a one inch pipe running down. In bath rooms this one inch pipe is reduced to half inch as all our bath room fittings come with .5 inch gauge. I ...
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1answer
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Adding an on/off switch for my furnace fan

Here is my situation, I want to be able to run the blower on my furnace during the summer so that the cool basement air can be circulated thought the house. I live in an old house and the thermostat ...
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Is is safe to deal with wiring after only shutting off the room's fuse, but not the main switch?

I think the question title says it all: Given a distribution board in the house (220 VAC), is it enough to shut off only the room's fuses, or must one shut off the main switch for the board before ...
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1answer
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How can I replace an old dial thermostat on an oil furnace with Hydrostat 3250 Plus?

I recently bought a home with an oil fired Biasi furnace that has a Hydrostat 3250-Plus attached. It uses an old analog round dial thermostat, and I'd like to replace it with a new digital (wifi) ...
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2answers
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Wiring to shed with two 30 amp breakers

I recently purchased a house that has two 30 amp breakers going to a shed for lights and outlets. How would I go about doing that correctly? Can I tie the two 30 amp breakers to the shed together and ...
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1answer
333 views

Should I use silicone caulk on the side of a deck ledger?

I have a deck ledger attached to the rim joist (the vinyl siding was cut away), and some flashing above the ledger. On the side of the ledger there is a gap between the end of the 2x10, and the ...

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