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How do I patch a gap between my bathtub and wall?

The wall of my bathtub was cut too short when installed and water leaks to downstairs when I take a shower if it gets into the space between the tub and the wall. My father has tried caulking and even ...
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Why would water be coming out of my shower when I turn on the bathroom sink?

The other day we finally installed a sink faucet and down pipe connecting the sink to the drain in the floor of our bathroom. Up until now we have been using the tub to wash our hands. We have been ...
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Can I use a paint+primer to fix a bad paint job?

We didn't prime walls the first time after putting up drywall and we painted it. We put two coats on it already and can still see drywall patches. Can we use paint with primer to fix this using same ...
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Why has my ceiling fan's speed become slower?

We have owned a Minka Aire ceiling fan for about 4 years and it has been great overall; running for 24hrs a day. It has 3 settings and when we initially purchased the fan; the speed was noticeable ...
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Air admittance valves on waste pipe with extraction

Just move into a new apartment which is on the upper floor of three. The bathrooms of each apartment are directly above one another. I believe that the exhaust vents of the bathrooms in the apartments ...
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How can I remove oil stains from a concrete floor?

I rented a home, and the garage floor is concrete. It looks like the previous owner had a small car that dripped more oil than it retained. It has been parked on multiple spots, so there are ...
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Prevent water seepage through concrete block foundation

Earlier this week we had a really warm day which was welcomed by many after such a long cold winter. That night I came home to find a small puddle forming on my basement floor. I followed the water ...
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How can I strengthen the floor above a crawl space in pier and beam construction?

what are the steps to strengthen pier and beam (sometimes called post and beam) foundation? i will be installing a 3-5 ton Rocket heated cob bench mass heater in a rambler home in the living room ...
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Who do I call to approve minor interior structural changes to my house?

I want to knock down an interior wall in my house and make a dropped ceiling flush with the remainder of the room. It should be a fairly straightforward home improvement project that I am quite sure I ...
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Soft touch for trim nailer

I have a cheap Harbor Freight brad nailer and it does a great job of fastening my window trim and baseboard molding/etc. The only thing I don't like about it is that the point of contact is metal. On ...
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Large gap between foundation wall and patio

What is the best way to full this gap which is between the foundation wall and front patio?
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Why did oiling cause this crank to become dirty?

My house has exterior roller shutters operated by a manual crank inside (right pic). But operating it created a lot of squeaking noise from the crank handle so I used a few drops of fine-mechanic oil ...
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How can I protect a heat pump from heavy snow?

I have an Carrier air heat pump at the back of my house (installed 1 year ago). It is generally fine and stays defrosted with the smaller amounts of ice/snow. With a larger amount of snow, should I ...
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Is there a glue which holds to glazed porcelain tiles?

My shower does not have a cabin, only a curtain. Said curtain tends to wave around while I am in the shower, clinging to my legs and letting water flow outside. My best idea for a low-cost solution ...
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Can a brown, loamy wall be whitened with lime paint?

We had a brown wall, consisting of some loam- or clay-like material. (When you touch it, it smells like in the pottery workshop.) We want to paint it white. We cleaned the wall and brushed it ...
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No hot water even if heating elements work (solar/boiler combination)

I've got following setup for heating water: boiler solar panel on the roof The overall setup is simple - the cold water enters the system and goes first through the solar panel and then through ...
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Power cycle needed for garage door to work

Garage door stops working, lights work fine. When opener is unplugged and plugged back in it starts working fine for a few days then stops working againg until power cycled.
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Efficient way to test smoke detectors

I just got done wiring boxes for my hardwired smoke detector system and am about to start installing detectors. When testing in the end, I heard they sell some test aerosol spray which is the ...
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Networking Phones Together in Building

I have a number siemens optipoint 500 economy phones. They have been used in an office environment in which the networking of the phones were managed by a third party. I would now like to use them in ...
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Subfloors and stairs

It seems to me that many people put subfloors in their basements (and other floors), but what do they do when it comes to the existing stairs? I'm code says that you can't have more than 3/8" ...
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How do I fix a squeaky floor below my carpet?

I have a squealy floor below my carpet on the 2nd floor of my house. It sounds like the subfloor under the carpet is moving up and down a little and makes this awful load squeak when I step down on ...
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How do I convert a 3-way circuit with two lights into two 3-way circuits that control each light separately?

I have two switches in my kitchen, one on each side, that each turn on two lights at the same time. What I want to do is change it around so each light is turned on separately but still from both ...
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How can I diagnose my fridge's evaporator fan?

How can I find out which part has failed in my fridge? The evaporator fan at the back of the freezer is not working, so the freezer is cold but the fridge is not. How can I figure out if it's the fan ...
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Why doesn't my motion sensor light work?

I want to install a simple motion sensor (Lutron Maestro MS-OPS2) on a single pole switch in my garage. When I installed it the light would not turn off. The instructions (PDF) that come with the ...
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What is a good technique for cutting in when painting?

I'm going to paint another room in my house this weekend, and I have most of the prep work completed (walls cleaned, holes spackled and sanded, covers/vents removed, a few odds and ends taped off). ...
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How to keep an attic over the garage cool?

The space over my garage is dominated by a large dormer, which I use as my office. On either side of this dormer, the remainder of the over-garage area is attic space. We have access panels into ...
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Why does my pilot light go out when I release the pilot light knob?

My furnace pilot light will not stay lit. I can light it and depress the pilot switch for 2 minutes. But, once I let go of the button, the pilot immediately goes out. Does my thermocouple need ...
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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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How do you install a solar light tube through an outside wall into the basement?

In renovating a basement, is it possible to install a solar-light-tube through the wall to the outside and still gather light?
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Are spindles strong enough on a balcony to keep a toddler safe?

How do I reinforce (or cover) the spindles on my balcony stairs) to prevent a toddler from pushing against them and possibly having them collapse? I also want to discourage swinging from top rail. ...
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Pallets (without runners) breakdown [on hold]

I have a wrecking bar and a pallet tool pretty much exactly like this one http://www.instructables.com/id/Pallet-Breaker/ This helps me lose less boards to cracking whilst dismantling it. However i ...
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Truss Spacing and Sheathing Type

We are putting a new roof on our house (framing and all). The engineer sent me three prints with different truss spacing (16",19.2" and 24" OC). For obvious reasons, I would prefer to use the 24" ...
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2-wire switch loop controlling 2 outlets - replacing with 3-wire to fix?

I am in nearly this exact situation: Can I use a switch loop to power a ceiling fan? We are trying to install a fan, but instead of having a single duplex outlet on the same wall as the switch, we ...
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Why do I have low water pressure with more than one fixture turned on?

What would cause low water pressure or flow when more than one fixture is turned on. It does not matter if it's hot or cold water.
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Covering an above ground pool indefinitely

We bought a house with an above ground pool 3 years ago and never opened the pool. We just opened it and the water is brown and about 1/3 full. There's dirt, leaves and just dirty/stained in general. ...
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How do I improve the insulation in a vaulted ceiling?

I live in a twenty year old Florida condo quadplex. The upstairs ceilings are two by four trusses of a mansard roof. I have replaced the ac, wall insulation, ducts. An IR thermometer shows huge heat ...
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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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How do I change a switched outlet to a half-hot outlet?

I am trying to change a switched outlet to a half-hot outlet. If you can see the picture, the outlet currently only has a white, black, and ground wire coming to it. The switch is on the other side ...
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Code compliance with 120/240v outlet

I am updating the electrical in my garage. Right now, it has two GFCI 120v outlets, one on the outdoor outlets circuit and the other on the garage opener circuit. I am looking to add locking 240v ...
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How do I interpret a central air conditioner label?

The label on my central air conditioner looks a lot like this one (photo below). What do the two numbers (separated by a slash) mean for voltage and the three amperage ratings?
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Can I replace Slater boxless receptacles with conventional ones?

Most of my receptacles have stopped working on one side. When I went to replace them, I found out that they are Slater Boxless Receptacles. Can I replace the Slater ones with conventional outlets?
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Why is my kitchen so humid?

My kitchen is an extension of the house. Most of its walls are outside walls. It's extremely cold in winter (down to 7 degrees celcius). Its unique window seems old too. The problem is it's very ...
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Mold Remediation

So, we had a small leak in our roof that resulted in some water damage. I think the leak has been there for a while. There is one stud in the wall that was found to have been rotten and needs to be ...
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Electrical problem - loss of power to fixture and outlet

Hot to ground and neutral to ground read 120 V. Hot to neutral 0 V. This is a portion of a circuit that appears to be at the end of the wiring. An overhead light/fan and one duplex outlet are not ...
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Connection for range hood from 8“ circular to 10”x3.5" rectangular

I am installing a new range hood for our kitchen. The duct exhaust at the top is 8" circular, but our old vent to outside is 10"x3.5" rectangular. I see what we could usually use a register boot but ...
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Installing timber fence posts using fence spike

How do i install timber posts in to a metal fence spike with a wedge grip system. Is it as simple as hammering the spike in the ground and then hammering the post in to wedge grip? Thank you
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Gutted a basement and found a window, what should I do?

I recently gutted my basement in an early 1900s home that was finished in the mid-80s, and discovered a window! This window is directly under my front door, hidden by a deck that I've never really ...
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Why is my two month old dishwasher exuding a terrible smell?

In July I purchased a new Whirlpool Gold Series dishwasher model WDF750SAYW1. The machine has done a great job cleaning dishes, but in recently has begun to emit a terrible smell. The stench is not ...
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What circuit should I use for a new outlet in my living room?

My house (built in 1953) has a number of electrical inconveniences, including the fact that the same circuit that powers the outlets in the living room also powers many other disjoint locations ...
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Do silent door latches exist?

Is there such a thing as a silent (or muffled) door latch? The doors inside my house make a very loud click when the latch snaps into the frame when closing the door.

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