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Troubleshooting a circular saw that quit working

I have a circular saw that quit working for no obvious reason. I cut a board and sat the saw down to get another board. When I tried to cut the next board, the saw wouldn't work. Pull the trigger ...
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5answers
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How can I raise my bed frame cheaply?

If the bed were a few inches higher, I would be able to store my suitcase beneath it. Is there anyway to raise it and still be able to support a person lying down? I may be looking for something like ...
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4answers
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What is causing my gas water heater to squeal?

I have a gas water heater. Starting yesterday, when the flame is on, the unit makes a squealing noise of moderate volume. The noise stops immediately when the flame turns off. This means it is not ...
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1answer
30 views

Why does my shower keep alternating between freezing and boiling by itself?

A little while ago our totally fine bath/shower tap unit broke in our bath. Our landlord's plumber installed a new one and since then we've had big problems. Steps to reproduce: We get in the shower, ...
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3answers
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Is a ground required when replacing an old single pole single throw switch?

I need to replace a switch that controls a single light source in a bathroom. The switch has two wires connected to it. I bought a replacement switch that has two screws (one for each wire), and a ...
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3answers
5k views

How can I install the drain for my reverse osmosis water filter?

I have purchased a Whirpool Reverse Osmosis Water Filter which installs under the sink. I am trying to install it and have run into an issue with the drain: the revers osmosis filter has a red tube ...
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3answers
884 views

In what way does varnish protect wood?

When researching wood finishes, I often see that varnish is attributed with the ability to "protect" wood. In what way does varnish protect wood? From scratching? From fading? From moisture? From ...
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Any suggestions for 3 1/4 base moulding when installing laminate? Should I remove and replace or install quarter round?

I want to install laminate over my existing tile floor. The problem is that I have small 3 1/4 baseboards. If I don't remove the base moldings and install quarter rounds I think it will look ...
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2answers
3k views

How can I prevent the hose in the toilet tank from popping out of the tubing?

Unfortunately, I do not know the appropriate terminology but, there is a small hose that fits into a tube within a cylindrical container in the toilet tank. When this occurs, I can see initially hear ...
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2answers
364 views

What is a good PWM driver for LED lighting?

I am looking at lighting options for my new flat. I'm looking for any recommendations and suggestions for the components to power and control the LEDs. If we consider the main room (i.e. the open ...
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1answer
24 views

How can I repair crumbling tile sealant?

About a year ago, we hired a worker to tile my kitchen : I don't know how he worked, I wasn't there. The result seemed good enough. However, today, in some places, the sealant seems to be crumbling : ...
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1answer
240 views

How do I determine what max 3 way bulb will be safe in my lamp?

I bought a lamp that has a metal shade. The sticker says max 60 watt but it clicks 3 times like a 3-way with the light coming on on the second click. How do I determine what max 3 way bulb will be ...
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1answer
38 views

If I move my sink, how should I route the vent?

I want to relocate my kitchen sink to an inside wall from the outside wall. The vent pipe is currently in the outside wall. Can I run the vent pipe across the ceiling between the rafters ,the rafters ...
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1answer
32 views

How can I get my entry door to stay closed?

Our entry door opens and closes fine but it won't engage the latch when it's closed. It almost seems like it's too small for the frame. The wind just howls through the opening and the strike plate on ...
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2answers
41 views

How can I repair cracked stones around a drain in a wet room?

We've had two plumbers trying to fix this problem but the leakage to downstairs is still happening. The second plumber recommended that we contact a wet room specialist to have a look at this. He ...
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1answer
98 views

Is fixing these stairs as simple as just replacing the stairs and supports?

It looks to me like it's just a support piece nailed into the wall with a 2x4 running across as a step. They go down to our unfinished basement and a few of them are starting to fail. Anything I ...
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0answers
30 views

How can I move a drain line?

Currently my toilet drain configuration comes down out of floor about 7" goes into a 90 then travels 2 feet into a 45 and immediately into a Y and then in to soil line. My question is can I put two 45 ...
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1answer
30 views

How can I soundproof my room to reduce street noise?

My bedroom is facing a busy street, with many bars/restaurants. People are shouting and cabs are honking. The 2 windows are double-pane, and the wall is the exterior wall, so solid brick. There are ...
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1answer
36 views

Is it okay to store bamboo flooring in the garage before installation?

I just purchased some Cali Bamboo strand bamboo from a local installer that arrived yesterday. The installer was here to receive it (I was at work) and stacked it in the garage, boxes unopened. The ...
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1answer
37 views

How should holes in a crawlspace liner be fixed?

I had a company encapsulate my crawlspace with 20 mil liner. The liner installed has 3 dime size holes as well as a 4-5 inch gash they covered with tape. They now would like to cover the holes with ...
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1answer
27 views

Why do my upstairs toilets run randomly?

Two upstairs toilets will run randomly. If I run water in the sink briefly it stops, then often the adjacent bathroom will start to run. Same thing happens when I run water in the sink there. The ...
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0answers
9 views

How do you remove the blower motor from a Lennox G40UH-48B-090-02?

I have a Lennox G40UH-48B-090-02 blower motor which sounds like it needs to replaced (Excessive noise and vibration). It is mounted horizontally so that when I remove the front panels, the inlet and ...
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1answer
66 views

What did I do wrong when wiring a new light fixture?

I'm replacing a single overhead light in a bedroom with recessed lights. In the junction box for the light were other junctions that fed electricity to the outlets in the room. The wire that came ...
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2answers
63 views

How should I insulate garage walls?

I am remodeling a one car garage in an old house. As part of the remodeling, I am taking all the insulation out (in the walls that have insulation). It is a combination of faced and unfaced ...
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1answer
36 views

Why doesn't my shower work when it's below below 0?

We had an addition put on in 2012. There are two bathrooms - one upper and one lower. Last winter the hot water in the upstairs bathroom quit working when it dipped below zero. This year, it worked ...
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0answers
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Can I use floating luxury vinyl tile for an indoor/outdoor basement in Michigan?

We are looking to update our walk out into an indoor / outdoor area particularly for Michigan summers. Several questions have discussed flooring particularly floating luxury vinyl tile (LVT) like ...
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2answers
168 views

Replacing moen moentrol shower trim

I have two showers that are back to back, making accessing the valves extraordinarily difficult (no closet or access behind them). So, I don't really want to get into the business of replacing the ...
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2answers
64 views

Easiest way for non-diy people to link a square wooden post to a wood board?

I might take 3 square wooden posts, about 1.5 meters high, and I need to link them to one or more boards on the bottom, if you propose screws, keep in mind that it has to sit level so they have to be ...
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1answer
21 views

De-airing / venting central heating

(Bear with me, I'm a non-native English speaker from a non-English speaking country, so my terms may be a bit off. If anything is unclear, please inform me of this and I'll attempt to clarify.) I've ...
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1answer
2k views

How can I prevent heat loss through heater/air conditioner wall units?

HVAC experts out there... I live in Wisconsin and it gets mighty cold here! I have a condo with 2 wall units that are used for both air conditioning and heat. My heat bill in the cold winter months ...
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0answers
27 views

How can I prevent my furnace vent from icing up and shutting off the furnace?

How do I keep my exhaust vent from icing up in the winter. We are in a new house with a HE Furnace in a pretty cold zone. It has iced up two times now and we are only in our 1st winter. Anything I can ...
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0answers
35 views

Can a cheater vent be installed in a vanity drain that maybe running into a roof vented drain?

Can a "cheater vent" be installed in a vanity drain that MAY be running into a roof vented drain? All p-trap , tail piece is new and drain line has been cleaned with a drum auger netting no major ...
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3answers
49 views

How can I remove the stopper from my sink?

As you can see in the picture, in my infinite wisdom, I managed to block the kitchen sink with the stopper by placing it upside down in the sink, now I can't take the stopper out... Oops. Any ...
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2answers
88 views

Should I use Kerdi membrane or cement backerboard?

I have to redo my tub surround due to moisture leaks and failing grout. One of the company says they are going to apply kerdi membrane on the drywall, then tiles onto the kerdi membrane, and as such ...
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2answers
30 views

How should I paint over a large patched area on a wall?

I have a wall with a approx 20 by 20 cm patched wall. Quite large. I primed the patch then painted over the entire wall (with the patch) 3 times and the patch is still visible. What can I do next that ...
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0answers
25 views

How can I determine why my GE water dispenser is very slow?

I have started realizing the water flow is slow from the dispenser. I changed the filter a few times, and It is still slow. Yesterday, I checked the water connection and here is what I found: The ...
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3answers
54 views

Is it okay to not have a vapor barrier in lightweight tiny house type construction?

So, I have a bit of an odd project. It is a bit outside of the box, and I'm looking for alternative approaches that stick with the theme (if the plan outlined below doesn't work, that is). ...
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1answer
43 views

how do I switch on the water supply to my dishwasher?

I don't know how to turn on the water supply to our dishwasher. There is a blue tap on the pipe which I am not able to move. I am afraid to break something if I use too much force
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0answers
28 views

What should I do about a stubborn screw on the middle of a dryer cord connection?

I am attaching a 3 prong dryer cord to a dryer. The middle connection is being stubborn. The screw gets to a certain point and is stuck. It will not tighten and the connection is very loose. Can I ...
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6answers
55 views

What can I burn in fireplace to minimize smoke

I had my fireplace checked and was told that the flue is too small for the fireplace (historic home, botched renovation by prior owner). As a result, a normal fire sends smoke billowing into the ...
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0answers
23 views

What could be causing a high pitch noise in the floor when water is turned on?

I have a 2 story 2500 sq ft house. There is a high pitched noise coming from the floor of the 2nd bathroom on the 2nd floor whenever I flush any of the toilets in the house (1st or 2nd floor) or when ...
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1answer
17 views

What could be causing low hot water pressure to a sink?

I have low hot water pressure at the kitchen sink. I installed a new two knob faucet and supply lines (aerator is clean), but no change. The shut off valve has a PEX fitting, so I don't know how to ...
2
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3answers
85 views

What could be causing cracks in the drywall of a newly renovated home?

We bought an older home and completely renovated it about 18 months ago. Now I am starting to see small cracks in the drywall in the ceiling and walls. What could be causing this?
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0answers
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Why is there no water during the rinse cycle of my Avanti portable washer?

I have a AVANTI portable washer model twl30w. I just brought it. After the wash cycle it spins out and get ready for the rinse cycle. However the water does not go in. It is still on and I guess ...
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1answer
25 views

Why is there no water in the kitchen?

There is no water flow hot or cold in kitchen. It works everywhere else in the house. The temperature has been between 0-20 in Northern VA.
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2answers
26 views

Should I put a moisture barrier under tile on a basement floor?

I bought porcelain tile for my basement.. Should I put Ditra down in order to prevent any moisture? Is there a cheaper way? I had tile put in the other room and there is white powder that comes up ...
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1answer
26 views

Is it safe to have a furnaces exhaust pipe facing to the side instead of down?

We have had an issue with our furnace this winter, were snow/ ice gets in our cold air intake and prevents the furnace from Working. My husband turned the exhaust pipe to the side, instead of facing ...
2
votes
3answers
738 views

Why is my dishwasher causing the dishes to have an odor?

I have a GE Profile Triton XL dishwasher and the dishes come out clean but have an odor to them, it's a metallic/sour smell. Any idea on the proper way to clean it? There is no built in clean cycle. ...
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0answers
20 views

What could cause my main floor bathroom sink taps to stop working altogether?

I am in a townhouse (not an end unit) my bathroom is not on an outside wall but the taps stopped working no water whatsoever comes out hot or cold? The toilet does work though. Any ideas why this ...
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0answers
18 views

Gas oven went out, now also gas burners go out after a few minutes. What do I do?

My gas oven went out; now also my gas burners on the stove are going out after a few minutes being on.

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