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What are the potential hazards of converting to a saltwater pool?

We are thinking of converting our pool from chlorine to saltwater, but we've heard and read some things about possible issues with the lining or other things breaking down over time due to the salt. ...
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What translucent material can I use to cover the bulbs at the top of a medicine cabinet?

I am restoring a medicine cabinet that has light bulbs on the top but no covering. Should I try to cover that area with glass (I'd like something frosted or opaque) or is there some type of plastic ...
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Vent below window

I have a waste vent terminal that will be 2 m below a window (2 storey house). Can I leave this terminal there, or should I extend it above the windows (adding 3.5 m to it and having an ugly pipe on ...
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Are wall air vents a potential problem?

A house I'm looking at has A/C vents in the walls, rather than in the ceiling or floor. I've never lived in a house with air ducts in the walls. Can I expect to have problems? The house was built in ...
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How to prevent pressure from dropping from my water heater?

Until two weeks ago, my parents house used one water heater ( noted "1" on the picture) to provide two bathrooms and the kitchen with hot water. The bathroom on the first floor consists of a bathtub ...
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How would I replace this wall?

I have a house that was built in 1950, when it was built, the garage was built 10 feet away from it. At some point in the last 60 years, someone closed the space (side walk area) between the house and ...
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what do I need to do if the netural bar is hot in the panel box

In my panel box I have just discovered that the neutral bar is hot, it actually shot sparks. I was putting in a breaker for a new ceiling fan and light attached and went to put the neutral on the ...
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How to get my exterior door to close when the interior door is also shut? Air pressure problem.

We have a new porch and new composite front door which fits well and shuts without difficulty when the inner door is open. If the inner door is shut, the outer door will not close without great ...
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Circuit breaker does not trip - but produces no voltage under load

Some lights and outlets started going out intermittently in my home. Circuit breaker did not trip off but under inspection with a multi-meter, produced no voltage. I disconnected the load from the ...
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233 views

How should I attach a C wire on my chromalox boiler?

I have a chromalox canada boiler model EDB-2. Recently I purchased a wireless honeywell transponder and thermostat, and am trying to install them. I currently have W and R wires but am missing a ...
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About how much would replacing a septic tank cost me?

We recently had our septic inspected and were informed that the tanks themselves were shot and would need to be replaced. I'm in the process of getting estimates but in the meantime, I was wondering ...
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Why won't my ice maker eject ice?

I have a component-style ice maker, by which I mean it's not one of the modular kinds with holes for probe tests. It's similar to that style in that the water fills the mold, then the thermostat ...
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Graywater overflow plumbing… which design to choose?

I'm working on replumbing my utility room and I'm adding a graywater system. Local codes are remarkably permissive but require an overflow to the sewer/septic system in case of graywater blockage or ...
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When drilling a tiled wall, should I aim for the seams or avoid them?

I'm going to drill a couple of holes in a tiled wall in my bathroom. Is it best to drill through the seams or the tiles? Should I avoid vertical or horizontal seams, or does it really not matter? The ...
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Why is my Central Heating taking so long to heat up?

I'm in the UK with a small modern, well insulated, double glazed home heated by a traditional gas boiler. My heating had been achieving room stat temperature within 30 minutes but is now taking at ...
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1answer
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Attic Venting of Knee Wall in Cape Cod

I have a cape cod style home, pictured below. The second story living space on the back side of the home is created by having a lower pitched roof. So, the front and back sides of the roof have ...
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75 views

What is this implement called and where can I get one?

In my shower there are two bumps meant to receive a square rod. I drew a picture as I don't know what they would be called. I want to put a rod in there, but I don't know if there is a special name ...
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How can we measure the air quality index of our room?

My house is situated near a construction site and dust, particulates, etc gather in really quickly. My room is currently set up such that there are two different air filters running continuously ...
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1answer
51 views

How do I patch a large hole in plaster and lath?

I am having some plumbing repaired in my 1913 house that will result in a large access hole (2' x 16") on the first floor. The wall is currently plaster and lath and I'm trying to get a handle on the ...
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1answer
33 views

Heat pump vs gas efficiency and comfort

I'm looking for a house to buy in the South Carolina low country, where average lows in January get down to just under 40 deg F and highs in the summer get to just over 90 deg F. The houses in that ...
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When wiring outlets should I use pigtails or both sets of outlet screws?

I'm replacing the outlets in our house and pulled out one that had two black and two white cables. My first thought was that it was two circuits, one of them being switched, but then realized the tab ...
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3answers
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Can armored bx cable come into contact with other metal objects?

I am running armored 12/2 bx to wire 4 high hats, the armored cable is grounded. There is a heating duct which I must go over, but the AC will come in contact with it... Is this ok or do I need to ...
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2k views

How long should water come out of a radiator whilst I bleed it, if the radiator is isolated?

Trying to isolate a leaking radiator. I've closed the locksheild valve by turning it clockwise until it tightened and set the thermostatic valve to 0. I've just tried bleeding the radiator to check ...
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1answer
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CCTV connection to OTA feeding multiple TV sets

I have security cameras (CCTV) and I'm trying to connect to my TV's that are using an outside antenna. I've been successful in getting a SV-2G splitter (5/1000 MHz) installed on the OTA feed prior to ...
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1answer
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Why is the finish coming off while sanding between coats of polyurethane on glazed cabinets?

I am refinishing my kitchen cabinets. I have sanded them, painted two coats of paint and then glazed them. I have put one coat of polyurethane on them, and am trying to put a second coat on. When I ...
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3answers
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How do I remove a fish smell from my freezer?

Yesterday, the electricity was out for a while and I guess some of the fish in my freezer warmed up and juices started flowing out of its bag and into the vent. Now there is a fishy scent creeping up ...
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3answers
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How do I prepare this exterior concrete wall for paint?

I have a an exterior concrete wall that had some loose paint and started scraping away. The paint in some sections was so loose that I went all the way to the bare concrete, peeling away over 6 layers ...
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3answers
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What is the difference between equivalent watts and lumens?

I have two lamps 6W LED(OSRAM 50R): equiv 40W or 170 lm 15W WW827 Tornado Philips, equiv 85W or 950 lumen Why the 2x power difference and 6x luminosity difference?
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Correct adhesive to use over plywood and tile?

Putting a bathroom tile back-splash over a combination of plywood bordered by ceramic tile - Should I use Mastic or Thinset or some other adhesive material?
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1answer
19 views

Can forced central air be retrofitted with central humdifier?

Several homes I'm considering have central air conditioners, but radiators or baseboard heaters. Is it possible to use the A/C ductwork to provide humidity to the home? I assume most central ...
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2answers
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how do I connect a light object, a cup hook, flat washer or hex nut, to a steel lintel?

how do I connect a light object, a cup hook, flat washer or hex nut, to an exterior window's steel lintel? I don't want to drill the lintel but I do want the attachment to be permanent.
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1answer
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new plumbing, new HE washer, now wash over flows

After noticing a leak in my sewer drain pipe in my basement, I've decided to replace all plumbing, since a plumber pointed out to me last year when I bought my house (1950) that the drains were all ...
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1answer
29 views

Wiring ceiling light correctly

I have a ceiling light that decided to not to work. On inspection I found bare wires were sticking out under cover. I immediately turned off the light circuits at the switch board. What I found was ...
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5answers
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Why does my shower switch keep burning out?

I have a Mira Shower 10.8 kW. My switch is a 45A switch. I have a 50A fuse for the shower. The shower uses 10mm2 cable. 9 months ago the switch sparked and refused to turn off and the fuse ...
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2answers
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Is this 2 way light switch wired dangerously?

One of the switches in this 2 way setup has been acting up, I popped it off to replace it and it's wired like this: The only configuration I know of that is like this is the Carter system. Is this ...
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1answer
74 views

Can a problem with heater stack liner cause outside chimney mortar to crack and fall out

I had "high-efficiency" furnace installed in 2009. In 2011 chimney required full grind-out and repoint job, and chimney saver solution was applied to prevent water damage. Service lasted only 18 ...
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1answer
111 views

Is an electrical blank (or anything you have to screw off) an acceptable access panel?

Never installed an access panel that wasn't a lid or door. If we have to screw it off is it code for an access panel? See other question for example: What can I use for a very small access panel?
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1answer
64 views

How can I fix this entry door light?

I've got this going on. Can anyone take me through the steps on how to fix this situation? Edit: Alright I got up there with a ladder and took this video. Can anyone take a look at the video and give ...
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1answer
44 views

What should I use to repair plaster in a bathroom?

Our house was built in 1941, so all original walls are plaster (I'm assuming lath and plaster?). This is true for the bathroom in question. The walls in this bathroom are plaster, and are painted with ...
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2answers
41 views

2-part door for raised patio (horizontal and vertical) with tiles possible?

I have a patio that is raised on meter off the ground. On a side of it there are stairs that lead to a storage room. I would like to build a door for this opening from two parts a 1-meter high ...
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2answers
284 views

Is there a way to remove the mildew smell from under tile without damaging the tile?

We live in a rental. The toilet was leaking when we arrived. Landlord paid for a plumber to do a simple repair, but before that, there was definitely water pooling underneath the tile (and seeping ...
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0answers
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What whole-house water filter can I install to remove atrazine from my water?

I recently tested the water in my new(ly purchased) house for a variety of things and was (unpleasantly) surprised to find a positive result for atrazine (or perhaps simazine, apparently a more ...
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1answer
233 views

Dead Bolt Removal

I'm trying to remove a 16 yr. old Titan Dead Bolt. I have it disassembled but cannot get it out of the door. There is no strike plate on the door that I can remove. There is only a brass ring that the ...
0
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1answer
95 views

Why are my dimmer switches malfunctioning?

I have two dimmer switches that have started malfunctioning. They are in the same box with two other standard switches. Each controls a set of three small flood lights. There is no other way to ...
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1answer
289 views

How can I make my own fabric replacement slats for my blinds?

I need to replace the fabric slats on the vertical blinds in my house. I do not want vinyl ones in my house. My windows look out on a golf course from most of the rooms in my house. I have lived with ...
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2answers
61 views

IKEA table problem [closed]

I got this table and legs from IKEA, and I have no idea how to assemble them. The legs are like this: The table has screws on one side
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0answers
33 views

Using 1" black iron pipe as a hydronic radiator, how many feet of pipe would I need to heat a 500ft^3 room?

I guess industrial is hip these days. Or maybe it's just me. But I'm thinking of making a snaking heater/towel warmer for my bathroom remodel. How many feet would I need, and how is this calculated? ...
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1answer
64 views

How can I tell where water is leaking from?

I live in Wyoming and for the past few days we had below zero temperatures and tons of snow. Many people reported pipes breaking but we seemed to be fine. Today it also warmed up a bunch to around the ...
3
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2answers
68 views

How should I install 5" white oak hardwood?

I live in Chicago and had heard that 5" white oak hardwood flooring needed to be both glued and nailed but I was also told that due to our extreme weather it should not be glued because when season ...
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2answers
61 views

How do I fix a leaking connector between my garden hose and faucet?

I am trying to connect a garden hose with the faucet. After connecting and turning on the faucet, the water still squirted out. Please see the attached picture. I am not sure whether I need a wrench ...

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