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Why did polyurethane make wood feel coarse?

I have a piece of pine I want to use for shelving. I added some finish and then added a thin layer Minwax Fast-drying Polyurethane (clear semi-gloss) with a foam brush. It looks great, but the wood ...
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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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electric water heater wiring [duplicate]

Main panel has one 100 double breaker and two 60 amp double breakers. There are extra slots for more breakers. Can I install a 30 am double breaker in on of the extra slots to wire up a 30 amp ...
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kenmore washer clothes wet

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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120 V between Ground and Neutral?

I had a new cooktop installed but it does not work. The unit replaced an old one and was simply plugged into the existing outlet. After checking the basics (no tripped breakers, etc), I whipped out ...
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wiring breaker box

My second question is, there is a main panel with a 100 amp double breaker and two 60 am double breakers. Prior owners run a line off the 60 amp double breaker to the wash room washer and dryer. Can ...
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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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Is there a functional electrical difference in a wire splice vs a second line

The three wire connections as shown. A splice O-rings bolted Double slide-on I can understand why there may be connection type diferences for ease of construction. Are there any ...
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I have to reset switch in basement if I don't turn off space heater when I use the blow dryer [on hold]

My husband says I have too much plugged into my side of the bedroom- 1) lamp 2) laptop 3) cell charger 4) a blow dryer. All are plugged into a Phillips box that plugs into an outlet. I am no ...
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When bolting down a porcelain toilet, how tight is “too tight”?

Tightening bolts on the base of a toilet is the one thing about toilet installation that has me the most nervous. They say not to over-tighten, but how tight is too tight before the porcelain is ...
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How can I straighten twisted studs?

I have a bunch of 2x4s that are twisted and warped. Is there a way to salvage them?
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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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What to do with cinder block holes made for electrical boxes?

The previous owners (flippers) left a surprise behind the drywall in my basement, and it was not just the absence of insulation. What is the best way to work with these holes? I want to replace the ...
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What are my options to replace my porch railing?

My front porch has an existing railing that was clearly put up in a hurry. Since the wood was not properly treated, the top and bottom railing pieces are warping and the balusters are starting to fall ...
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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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Can I tile over existing tile (on drywall) to improve waterproofing?

I bought a renovated house; the shower is drop in tub, the tile wall are directly set on dry wall, no cement backer board behind the tiles. can I pay someone to tile over the existing tile , since ...
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cutting glass tiles with a miter saw

Lowes sells 10" square mirror tiles that I need to cut down to a smaller size (about 6" across). I am struggling with a handheld glass cutting tool (about the size of a pen) getting straight ...
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I would like to view answers and answer questions [migrated]

I would like to view answers (and answer) questions. I have years of experience in construction and HVAC, but little experience with computers. How can I get a few reputation points to do above?
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Why won't the brake release the drum (tub) in my Simpson 950 Eziset?

When a full cycle is first started there is no "click" and the tub no longer turns as the machine does its "little bit of water here and a little bit there" routine before commencing the wash cycle. ...
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Water Heater electrical installation to breaker box

I installed my water heater 10 gauge wiring to the breaker box 30 am breaker. The breaker only has a white common, black hot and ground.The second breaker box has all 30 am breakers with only red hot ...
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Light switch with one red and two black wires. Dont think it's a three way

I've been steadily replacing switches in my house with zwave ones. The other day I opened this guy up and found a red wire wired to the top of the switch, a black wire at the bottom and another ...
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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 ...
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Can I use metal brackets to install a wood fence across an existing concrete driveway?

We want to install a wood fence on top of a 4", 3000 psi wire meshed concrete driveway. I want to hold the 4" posts up using base plates that are made of approximately 1/4" or thicker steel. The ...
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Hole for the receptacle is too big

The holes for some of the receptacles in my house are a bit too big: So when I screw them to the box they are wobbling. Any easy way to fix it?
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Wall switch no longer used, how to cover it

I have replaced a ceiling fan in my home that had a separate hot wire for a light. The new fan has a remote control for the light & fan motor. The old fan was controlled from a 5-gang wall ...
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What is the danger of a bootleg ground on a 110 outlet wired from a 3 wire 240 circuit?

This is not a question about whether it is in code, or safe to wire a 110 outlet with its neutral to the ground of a 240 circuit. I accept that it is unsafe, and it's certainly not up to code, I'm ...
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washing machine stops during cycle

My whirlpool ultimate care ii washer stops with water in the tub. It WILL drain if I can get the timer to start again. I can usually get it to start again by moving the dial back around, and sometimes ...
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How would I resurface a brick fireplace with tile?

I am looking to change the outer appearance of a fireplace (from a brick fireplace to tiled) and am looking on advice on how to go about to do this (complete newbie here). The current fireplace ...
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1answer
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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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1answer
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Microwave door switch comparison

I have a built in Viking microwave that works but does not heat. I took it apart and tested the door switches and sure enough one of them is no good. My question is the following: the part listed ...
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how to adhere a stainless steel backsplash to painted drywall surface

I have a 30" x 21" 22 ga. stainless steel backsplash with 4 (3/16") mounting holes 3/4" from edges. Since I will be using 4 screws to put it up, can I use removable (not permanent) double sided tape, ...
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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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Primer on drywall for one year without paint

I just bought a condo that is one year old. There's primer on the wall without paint for one year. Should I do some light sanding and then paint it? Or should I just clean and wipe down dust on the ...
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Hydronic PEX: OK to use clamps and tubing from two different brands?

I have an old 1900 house in Pittsburgh that I'm replacing the radiators with new Runtal rads. I have been replacing the old black iron feeds and returns with Zurn Performa PEX with Sharkbite brand ...
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Is is safe to only use a gfci with no ground wires downstream?

If you use a gfci outlet and the rest of the outlets downstream don't have a ground wire attached, are they still considered grounded and are they safe?
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Leaning cinder block fence caused by tree, what's the best way to fix this?

There's a cinder block fence with my neighbor that is leaning into their property. A tree stump and its roots are the probably causes. The tree roots are probably making the wall lean. The tree stump ...
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2answers
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How long and tall does a shower wall need to be to protect against overspray?

We're designing a curbless shower right now and would like it to be doorless. The design would have the showerhead on the West wall, and the entry along the East side of the North wall. This general ...
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1answer
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How do I best take up carpet & remove glue from concrete floor

Would someone give a good list of the equipment, tools, supplies, etc., I would need to take up carpet and padding that is glued to the concrete floor. Thank you.
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Wall light switch in pantry, moving to cabinet side

I have a pantry enclosed on two sides by standard partition walls faced with cabinet wood, then two short sides open to the kitchen on the outside made from cabinet wood, then the door is mounted at ...
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When drywalling, do the pros cover electrical boxes, or work around them?

This may be a bit of a subjective question, but I was just thinking about it. I've seen many electrical boxes that are full of drywall compound, often to the point of having to dig the wires out of it ...
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Recommend HP and capacity Air Compressor for tools [on hold]

I am planning to use MAKITA AF504Z, a nailgun and use it as well for spray paint furniture, as an air blow gun & pressure washer would this be enough 2HP 2 cylinder 1 phase 115 PSI 88 liter ...
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Do I really have to cut my wood flooring to a 1 inch width?

So my flooring in almost done, I have about 99% of it installed. The only problem is that the gap between the last board and the wall is only 1 1/2 inches. Is my only option really to cut down these ...
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Wiring a light fixture in bathroom attached to a switch and GFCI

I am replacing all the components in my bathroom during a remodel. I have a box that has a light switch and a GFCI, the switch controls the vanity light. When i removed the old fixture I neglected to ...
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Plumbing two sinks on opposite sides of a wall

I had a small bathroom remodel done after flooding last month. I found out I had a contractor in over his head too late. My situation now is I have a bathroom sink on one side of the wall and the ...
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Our hot water heater is gas, and it only has low med. and high temperature settings. Which setting is the safest to use for our home?

Our hot water tank is gas, and only has high, med, and low temperature settings. Which one is the safest setting for our single home?
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How many CAT6 cables can fit in 3/4 conduit?

I was planning to get 3/4" conduit (Carlon ENT/Smurftube) to run network cables through the house. Just how many CAT6 cables can safely fit into 3/4" conduit?
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Who is responsible (and in what proportion) for a fence that spans multiple properties at unequal lengths? [on hold]

I'm looking into having a boundary fence rebuilt because the existing one has posts that were not installed properly, and they are now tipping over - the fence has been tied up several times. This ...
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1answer
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Installing and connecting an outside generator power inlet box

I want to install an outside power inlet receptacle for my portable generator, to be used in case of a power failure. In my house I have two breaker boxes, one is the main breaker box and, a second ...
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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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Turn on one light, when another is turned off

I just bought a bathroom fan which needs a seperate wire to control the fan, light, nighlight and humidity control. Each one is designed to be wired to a separate switch, not an ideal design. I'm ...

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