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painting process for outside wrought iron

I have just purchased new wrought iron rockers for my front porch. They will get morning sun so sun probably is not an issue. I want to add color to the rockers. What do you suggest? I'm sure ...
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Adding rebar to deck footings and piers?

I've heard a few people mention adding rebar to deck footings and piers to make them stronger, but I haven't been able to find any details on how exactly to do this. Is it sufficient to just hammer ...
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What could be causing my generator to not work?

Can anyone please give me some advice, we purchased a generator from our local Lidl it's a Parkside brand, I have followed the instructions to the letter and also watched a youtube presentation but ...
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What is a suitable treatment for an outdoor table?

I have a new outdoor table made from pallets. What is the best treatment for this wood? Note: It will be in full sun.
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How do you get rid of flies that like to hang out on the side of my house in the sun?

Each year as it gets nicer outside, I begin to find flies congregating in the sun on the side of the house just outside our patio door. It tends to be a nice sunny place for them. I do not have a ...
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Cutting Ceramic Glass Glazed Tile

I have some glass glazed ceramic mosaic tile that I will soon install as our new kitchen backsplash. The tiles are 4" x 4", with pre-scoring into 1" x 1" mosaics with a grout line of 1/16". They are ...
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Why did I have to change the wiring to use a smart WiFi thermostat?

I just installed a Emerson Sensi wifi thermostat.It works, and I ran a separate C wire. I had a 24 volt 5 wire Robertshaw programable thermostat that ran my boiler, air handler and AC. It is all ...
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moving an outlet and switching it to a GFI

I have an existing outlet that is connected and works fine but it needs to be moved because I am adding kitchen cabinets. My question is this the outlet has 3 white wires and two black wires connected ...
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How can I fix a leaking sprinkler valve?

My sprinkler valve leaks water as soon it shuts off. By checking online and going to Home Depot first I installed new inside parts, that didn't solve the problem. then I was told that I had to replace ...
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60 amp single phase sub-panal from 3phase panel without Neutral

ThreePhaseEel has asked me a couple of questions. First, I want to thank him for the answer. As to the color of the 3 phase wires from the pole, all are green. I don't see any white either. The high ...
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How to get rid of fleas in an apartment with carpeted floors?

Long story short...we came home after 5 days away with our 1.5 year old and noticed that the wherever the cat slept or lounged there was cat hair and little particles that looked like black pepper. A ...
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How do I determine my breaker panel's maximum wattage?

I'm trying to figure out the maximum wattage my breaker panel can supply. If I look at the breaker panel I see 2 large breakers, one with 40A and one with 50A (plus the test button, etc). I'm going to ...
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Can you use a hopper gun to spray finishing plaster?

I'm intrigued by spray plastering. It seems that most people use machines like this, costing thousands, to spray finish plaster: ...
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Electric range spark and house fuse blown multiple times

I have this electric kitchen range for 3 years. Yesterday, when cooking, there was a spark in the back and the home's fuse was blown. On turning things back, it worked for a few hours, and again a ...
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How can/should I mount this porch light?

I want to mount a porch light on my outdoor shed/office. I recently had an electrician place interior wiring however I elected to do the fixtures myself. Uh oh. Here's what the back of the porch ...
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Electrical box - What are all these wires?

I want to install a light fixture on a box that's in the ceiling. I opened it up and I saw WAY MORE wires than I expected. I expected just a green, black and yellow wire. Here are two photos of the ...
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ring main/RCD max amps - confused (UK)

I've split my question up into two parts: Part 1 After investigating my consumer unit (after I first started to wonder about things in part 2 below) I'm confused regarding the AMPS my RCDs are rated ...
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Need guidance for venting a new rough-in for basement bathroom

I'm currently finishing my basement, and I wanted to rough-in plumbing fixtures for a future basement. I've already got the layout, but I just need to figure out the venting for the drawing for my ...
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How deep do I set metal post?

How deep should I set a 14' steel pole in concrete that will have a wood roof attached. I am building a carport that is 36' long by 12' wide by 14' tall. There will be 8 poles.
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How can I fix a stripped hole in an aluminum piece?

I have a tripod head that is made of aluminum. In the head there is a small hole that houses a small screw that secures a quick-release plate. After some time the hole stripped and the screw no longer ...
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What could be causing vibration in my furnace?

I have a vibraton in furnace only when flame is lit. Blower motor seems fine. Is this vibration normal? Recently replaced inducer motor. Heat exchanger has been replaced once. Does not appear to be ...
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Rim Joist Insulation without a Sill Plate

I've seen a few similar questions but the answers don't add up... I would like to use some rigid foam insulation to insulate my rim joists. Here is the problem: everything I have seen shows putting ...
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Can I install a dimmer switch on a 2 way circuit?

I have a 6 lights controlled by 2 normal switches (2 Way Circuit). I want to replace one of the normal switches with a dimmer switch. Is this possible?
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What direction should laminate flooring be placed in?

I'm thinking of installing laminate flooring and have a question: If I'm installing laminate throughout the house, should ALL of it be going in the same direction? Say for example, let's say I have ...
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My apartment has a bouncy floor, but it's the only one

While we're waiting for an official inspection, I wanted to get some Internet experts' opinions. I live in the 3rd-floor apartment of a building with two other units below me, all with virtually the ...
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Bathroom vent installation

What kind of contractor do I call to have a bathroom vent installed? I also need a vent put in above my stove. Thanks
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What could cause the blower in my furnace to come on?

Ok my blower just turned on, my propane furnace and it's not in operation due it being summer. My thermostat is set at 65 and the room temp is 78. The heater never actually fired it was only the ...
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Question on finding studs

I'm trying to find studs along my wall and have been successful except for the wall corners which have me confused. I am using a magnet to find the studs which is working well. However, along the wall ...
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How much water do water softeners waste?

I'm considering buying a water softener, but I heard that they waste a lot of water, and I don't really want my water bill to skyrocket. I haven't been able to find any clear indication of how much ...
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Is this water stain from rust or (other) minerals

I have a 2nd floor hot-mopped deck with grouted slate tile placed on top of it. During rain, water comes out between the hot mop and tile layers and runs down the side of my home, leaving stains on ...
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Question about end caps on Pex lines for Washer in new house

I just purchased a new home and the washer and dryer are in the basement, I plan to learn how to run pex soon although only know a little about it now. I went to go hookup my washer today and there ...
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What is this bathroom basin tap connection and can I replace it myself?

A few months back I had a problem with the cold tap in my upstairs bathroom — no water would come out after turning it on. I also noticed that the flexible tap hose underneath the basin was damp and ...
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Exchanging air in basement

Live in nepa, have goodman 4 ton heat pump w/propane back up. Foam insulated about 1200 square feet that I want to heat. I am at the end and ready to put up the dividing wall.I have 2 returns and 3 ...
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What is the maximum angle I can set my window AC unit?

We know an AC unit must be angled to allow runoff. But what is the maximum angle and what is the issue with having to large of an angle? I've seen people say the angle is "5/16" or "3/16" but this is ...
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Confused on what AC Unit to purchase and install?

I am replacing a 30 year old AC unit and I have had 4 estimates. 2 of the 4 people did not even take any measurements and the other two took a lot of measurements. I am leaning towards the ones that ...
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DIY Deck Stripper Formula

I'm stripping latex off my second story deck (8x38). I've stripped approximately a 12x8' section using 2 gal of Jomax Stain & Finish Deck Stripper. (This should have been enough to do 200 sqft ...
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Building Patio - Pavers against siding solution?

I used crushed gravel as a base for patio. I'd like the patio to get as close as possible to the house but am realizing that it may not be good to put the pavers right up against the siding. The ...
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Electrical Wire

I ordered guage 8 wire for residential electrical connection from the watt meter to the circuit breaker box. I received guage 8 wire with very fine (hair-like) strands,not solid as I expected. Can ...
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Newly framed bathroom wall not square, how bad will the tile look?

I'm in the middle of a new bathroom install and have hit a bit of a snag with a bathroom wall being out of square. This bathroom was just framed from scratch, and as you can see from the attached ...
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how to remove a stuck shower handle?

I have a shower faucet "mixet" temperature handle that I can't remove. I have have the screw out but the knob won't come off. How do I get it off with out breaking, or pulling apart the pipes? If it ...
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Waterproofing wood paneling in a shower

In my (cheap!) apartment there was only a bathtub. It has wood paneling (the super-thin stuff that's in every cheap place) all around. My landlord put in a shower by replacing the tub spout with a ...
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Hanging DIY Shelves - Screw Selection

My wife wanted to have thse DIY shelves hung. http://7thhouseontheleft.com/2014/01/diy-restoration-hardware-inspired-shelving/#.VbqLZ_lVhBc In our haste to match everything, we purchased the ...
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How can you stop dual pocket doors so they close in the center and do not come off the track

New pocket doors installed, but if you close the doors and maybe one is beyond the center, it comes off the track. What can be done to stop the doors in the center?
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Will silicone spray lubricant cause bare dry wood to swell?

If wooden parts are binding, will silicone spray lubricant cause bare dry wood to swell? The wood is not maple or oak or birch. It is some type of softwood, maybe fir or pine. The bearing surfaces ...
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How to properly remove water and debris from basement window well?

I was recently washing my house and noticed that a significant amount of water has collected in two of my basement window wells. Unfortunately I cannot simply pump this water out as it is mixed with ...
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Why do I have to start my furnace manually every morning?

The oil furnace works fine all day and evening, then overnight I have the programmable thermostat lower the temperature at 11pm. But every morning at 5am when the thermostat tries to turn the ...
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AC fan not turning on. It's silent

Replaced the capacitor 2 weeks ago because AC (Lennox) outside fan was not running, blowing in warm air. And the unit started working. Then again yesterday (95F outside) same thing. Replaced the ...
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Replacing a few boards in a hardwood floor: sanding and refinishing?

I'm replacing a half dozen board ends in a hardwood floor due to water and carpenter ant damage. Each is about 4-6" long. I have the old boards cut and removed, and in fact I can slide the new boards ...
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Can I split my electrical mains in two so I can have an independent meter in my outhouse?

Can I have my electricity supply split into two, so that I can have an independent meter in my outhouse, from my existing supply?
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How will concrete fill in?

So I am pouring some footings for a deck I am building and my current plan is to dig a hole that is 18" wide and 18" deep. I'm then going to suspend a sonotube about 6 inches above the bottom (using ...

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