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Best way to air seal, vapor seal, and insulate exterior wall in old house?

I have a 90-year old house in Seattle. Exterior walls are constructed as follows: lath and plaster, uninsulated 2x4 stud bays, plank sheathing, cedar clapboard, 1" foil-faced styrofoam, vinyl siding. ...
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Difference between 36 and 42db of noise isolation?

I do want to install various soundproofing improvements in an apartment, but when equipment and materials indicate the level of isolation, I really cannot judge at all the difference between them. I ...
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1answer
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Why is Green Glue used so much in the USA, but hardly used at all in the UK?

I have been looking at designed for sound proofed walls, it seems that Green Glue is part of a lot of USA design, but does not seem to be used much in the UK. Is there a reason for this?
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Fix a copper pipe leak

I have a copper T joint that is leaking on one side, what is the best way to repair this joint that does not involve cutting the joint out and starting over? -- Update -- The pipe in question is for ...
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0answers
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renewing a heated bathroom floor

I heard there is a material that works great for renewing a bathroom floor which has a heating system integrated. We would like to give a new shine to ours but we don't want to break everything. I've ...
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1answer
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Can I convert a roll up garage door to a side-hinged door?

Can an old up and over garage door be converted to a traditional hinged swing open door, my door is an up and over but does not give enough clearance for my needs now . in order to save a bit of money ...
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How can I reseal a shower drain on a pre-formed shower base?

The shower drain in my first-floor bathroom leaks. Based on looking from the basement below, it seems the leak is at the point where the drain assembly should clamp to the shower base (which is ...
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1answer
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Removing old mortar

I found parge coating falling away from my fieldstone foundation(1906). I used a hammer to tap on the remaining parge of the first section I am going to repair. Some of the coating sounds very solid ...
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2answers
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Can I use a three wire cable to feed a whirlpool tub?

If I'm required to add 2 dedicated GFCI circuits for a whirlpool tub and inline heater, can I run 3 wire cable (red,black,white,ground) or do I need 2-2 wire cables?
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1answer
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How do I make a remote controlled fan turn on with the light switch?

I have installed the fan, the remote works perfectly but when you turn the light switch on the fan does not light up you have to find the remote and use that to turn on the light Help???
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2answers
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Why is my A/C unit running when the heater runs?

So it finally got cold here in AZ. We switched our thermostat from A/C to Heat. Now for some reason when the electric heater runs, the A/C condenser unit outside kicks on too. This is our first winter ...
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1answer
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Wood Stove Chiminey Clearance

How much clearance do I need between a wood stove chiminey and the living room wall? I want to install an antique pot belly stove in the corner of my living room. I'm thinking of attaching concrete ...
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110v from high-leg delta drops voltage, what can be the cause? [on hold]

I am in a 3-phase industrial building with a box that I have identified as a high leg delta: between any two live wires I have 240V between one live "A" and neutral I have 208V between any of the ...
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1answer
61 views

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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0answers
28 views

laminated flooring vs OSB

I'm considering the option of using OSB(10mm+ thick) in stead of laminated flooring, the floor is currently just concrete, on top of which there's linoleum on top of which there's a carpet. What I'm ...
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0answers
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maytag washer leaking during the drain cycle

I have read the other posts and found some interesting facts but my situation is a bit different. On the drain cycle, the water is oozing from the wall where the drain hose is mounted. I thought it ...
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1answer
248 views

Unplugging Alarm System

The house I am had an alarm system put in when the house was being built. The previous owners of our house used it but we haven't and all its been is a pain in the butt. Before it would beep when ...
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0answers
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Ceiling fan lights flicker with fan off, but go to normal with fan on

Just bought an Allen Roth ceiling fan from Lowes the other day. The fan runs fine. When I have the just the lights on they flicker very rapidly. When I turn the fan and the lights on, the fan and ...
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2answers
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train xl 80 unit fires up then shuts right off

i have a train xl80 furnace. When it calls for heat the draft inducer fan turns on and then the burner fires up for a short time then shuts off then it starts all over again.I am thinking its the ...
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1answer
29 views

How do I remove mildew from walls and ceilings?

My bathroom has some mildew on the walls and ceilings, and I desperately want to get rid of it. How can I remove it?
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1answer
127 views

How do I install a new header in an exterior load-bearing wall?

I am replacing a 36-inch exterior door with a double door, 6 feet wide. It is going into a studded ground floor wall. There is another story above it. House is 24 feet wide. Assuming I am reading the ...
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0answers
37 views

How to prevent sudden changes in water temperature (shower)?

I have an apartment in an older building. The boiler apparently was recently replaced by the building manager in the past few years, but every time I take a shower, the temperature changes are pretty ...
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0answers
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How can I get rid of the old wood/furniture smell?

I've just bough a place, renovated it a bit. The kitchen looks to be in decent condition, but I get that smell of old wood/furniture. How do I get rid of that? I mean it's only for month or two, I ...
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0answers
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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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1answer
43 views

Why are LED bulbs in a cooker hood flashing when I put in the fourth bulb?

I replaced 4 bulbs on a cooker hood with LED bulbs. Three will work ok till I put in the fourth; then they flicker once when turned on but will not stay on.
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1answer
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My radon manometer has a red reading, what should I do?

We purchased a home a few years ago and it has a radon mitigation system. I just happened to go downstairs and look at it and noticed this reading. What should I check? Should I be alarmed? EDIT ...
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2answers
263 views

How can I repair a chewed-through power cable?

My puppy chewed the power plug off of my space heater, and I'd rather not buy a whole new space heater if I don't have to. I went to the hardware store and found a plug rated for 125V and 15A. The ...
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1answer
67 views

What could cause my outlets to not have enough power?

Four outlets won't work right unless a lamp is plugged in then everything works fine. Unplug lamp it's like not enough power. Plug lamp back in outlets work fine. Why is this happening?
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2answers
56 views

Can old ceiling fan with red, black, green wires be replaced with one that has light?

There's a very old ceiling fan (without light) that I would like to replace with a new ceiling fan that has a light. I took off the switchplate to see how many wires, and there are three (black, red, ...
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1answer
82 views

Water tank and timer (UK)

We recently moved into a small flat in the UK. For hot water we have an electric water tank with a main switch and electric timer: I made the following experiments: Main switch on / Timer on – ...
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0answers
28 views

Which type of weather stripping is best for keeping smoke out of my house?

I'm currently in process of figuring out what I can do to prevent my neighbor's cigarette smoke from entering my home (I'm open to any recommendations). One measure I am taking is weatherproofing my ...
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3answers
2k views

What amp breaker for 20 Amp electrical oven and 40 Amp electrical range on same circuit

What amp breaker should I use for a 20 Amp electrical oven and a 40 Amp range? Currently, I have a 6 gauge wire and a 50 Amp breaker, and my current electrical cooktop and electrical oven are both ...
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1answer
21 views

What causes a heater fan to keep running?

I have a regular gas air heater that heats the whole house. It is installed in a garage. When I use thermostat to turn on the heat it works as expected. When temperature reaches set value the gas ...
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1answer
58 views

How can I permanently fix a sagging floor?

I have a home I purchased roughly 18 months ago. The house is a traditional 2 story cape code (3BR 1BA) and is structurally very sound and extremely stable. However, on the primary floor of the ...
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1answer
48 views

Why is a new coat of polyurethane tacky?

I have an interior door that had stain and polyurethane on it from 10 years ago. I didn't sand it down i just applied a new coat of polyurethane and now I have tacky places that won't dry. How to I ...
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2answers
34 views

Is there any risk of running both the fan and furnace at the same time?

I am attempting to build my own thermostat using an arduino and a few relays and have been trying to map the appropriate wires so I don't damage my furnace/AC unit. This is a picture of my ...
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1answer
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Should my chimney cooker hood have a flue?

I have a chimney-style cooker hood over my hob. Today I removed the cover from the chimney, expecting there to be a flue behind it going outside the building, but there wasn't. Does this mean that ...
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6answers
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After replaceing water filter for GE Refrigerator water from dispenser is slow

At one of rental properties we have a GE GSH25JFXN WW Refrigerator. Our tenant changed out the water filter because of the recommended time to change it. He said that before he changed the filter ...
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2answers
167 views

How to fill crack in marble shower sill

Our shower has a has sill about 4" above floor level made from a single piece of marble, approximately 60" x 6" x 1". The shower surround runs down the center, and is well-sealed to it, with no ...
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1answer
254 views

How should I neutralize restored plaster walls?

I have made half a dozen plaster patches within my home remodeling, each about 30-40 sq ft. The plaster goes over brick, so not lath. It was a hell of a job but still simpler than framing walls and ...
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3answers
2k views

Solutions for a moist basement?

I live close to the water and there is a high water table around my house. Therefore a lot of water vapor passes through the basement walls. I would like to be able to store stuff in my basement and ...
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2answers
57 views

How much do accoustic tiles help?

We have a particularly small room, about 12ft by 8ft, we use it for boardgames and roleplaying games. As is typical for these games, discussion often gets heated, getting louder and louder. Someone ...
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2answers
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Drain clogged by grout

The contractor I hired to tile my basement bathroom dumped a bunch if grout sand down the drain. it is clogged solid now that the plumbers came back to do their water test. we have been trying to get ...
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1answer
27 views

What can be used to fill a wide gap on a curved hearth?

We just converted our fireplace back into a wood-burning one. When we discovered there was a matching hearth already under the carpet, it was suggested to us to cut it out and use it. Unfortunately, ...
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2answers
344 views

How much heat loss through bathroom fan vent?

My master bathroom did not previously have bathroom fan, but I installed one and have had wonderful results with keeping the steam from building up and exhausting the moist air. I am using both a fan ...
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1answer
6k views

what is the best way to restore teak outdoor furniture?

What is the best way to restore outdoor teak furniture to the original or better looking color? Teak is so beautiful when it has not been weathered. But after a few years in the rain and sun, it ...
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1answer
65 views

What are the two tubes connected to my refrigerator?

I bought a used whirlpool refrigerator, I don't know if something is missing or what. There are two plastic tubing lines coming out of the back of the refrigerator. Now I know one needs to connect to ...
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2answers
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Water under the vapour barrier in the attic

I noticed a small wet patch on my bathroom ceiling. So I climbed into the attic to see if the roof is leaking as the wet patch was close to the wall near where the eves trough runs. It was then that I ...
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4answers
6k views

Should my toilet flange sit on top of the backer board or the tile of the floor?

The bathroom model saga continues. The old toilet flange was rusting, and the subfloor was rotting, so I pulled up the subfloor around the toilet, and replaced the drain pipe with ABS, and an elbow. ...
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3answers
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How do I trouble shoot powerline issues to my home?

We moved into a new home about one year ago. Since then we have had several weird instances where several light bulbs within our home burn out at the same time. My wife has also had 2 high-end salon ...

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