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How can I cut cement sewer line to add cleanout?

I have a home built in 1950 with a cement sewer line. I have had to have the line cleared twice in the last two years. The last time they sent a camera down the line and the line seems root free with ...
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How can I determine whether the pictured bathtub faucet can be replaced without taking tiles out?

I have a malfunctioning diverter. Whether it's up or down, water comes out of both the faucet and the shower head. I will not try to fix the faucet. I'll just attempt to find an exact match in the ...
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Why are water heaters not lasting in my house?

I built my home 15 yrs ago. Since then I have gone through 5 gas water heaters. I put a water reducing valve in, and a water alarm because my finished basement was flooded twice. Had my water tested, ...
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What is involved when replacing wood paneling with drywall?

In a forty-something year old home, I would like to freshen up a couple of rooms that still have wood paneling (and get rid of that "this room used to look fashionable in the 1970s" look). I would ...
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Fixing bike rack to breezeblock (cinderblock) wall?

I plan to attach at least 2, possibly 4 bike racks like this one to my garage wall. The wall is an exterior one, mostly breezeblock but with 2 brick pillars. I'm unsure if the breezeblocks are the ...
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Are toilets supposed to be caulked to the floor?

I've heard that in some cases toilets are supposed to be caulked to the floor. I replaced both toilets in the condo I moved into last week, and one was calked to the floor, and one was not. One ...
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How can I level a part of a concrete floor in preparation for installing a washing machine?

Whoever installed the existing washing machine in the basement was unable to extend one of the legs long enough to adjust for the slope in the concrete floor. So they took a piece of wood and stuck ...
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Treatment for a cedar picnic table to prevent water damage and color fading?

I built my first picnic table with 2x6 cedar boards and planning to put a few coats of Thomason Water Seal to protect it from water damage and turning gray. But I just saw even it does a good job to ...
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Will spray paint bleed through paint on new plaster walls?

I had kids come on the construction site and spray paint my bare plaster walls with graffiti!!! If I paint the walls now will it bleed through the paint? Do I have to take off the plaster and start ...
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Stove Knob adapter 8mm to 6mm?

My stove takes 6mm stove knobs but I bought 8mm stove knobs. Is there an adapter or something to make the 6mm shaft work with 8mm knobs?
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How should I wire my pool heat pump?

I am wiring a new heat pump-- 50K btu, 208-230v ~60 hz. Plaque on side says 12a running current, minimum 20a circuit, max 30a. My breaker panel for the pump is a sub panel running off the main with ...
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How do I attach a new Rain Sensor to my ancient Hydrotek sprinkler timer?

I am attaching a Toro RainSensor which has 1 red and 1 black wire to an old Hydrotek system. I am not sure where to put the wires. In the photos, the wires coming into the box from the left go to my ...
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Maxi Pad flushed down the toilet

I accidently flushed a rolled up maxi pad down the toilet 14 days ago at a friend's house while on vacation. We stayed at their house for 7 days and it was clogged with the pad the first day we stayed ...
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How do I fix a light switch timer?

I have some auto-light switches in my home. The one in the image below has nothing in the LCD display and is non-operational. How do I fix that? Manual operation does not work either. Below the ...
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Can dryer vent touch ABS pipe?

I am installing a dryer vent (using rigid aluminum vent). The vent will be running along the same path as a 1.5" ABS pipe (which is used as drain vent, so no water flows through it). Would it be a ...
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Diagnosing loud pool pump motor

The other day I noticed the pump motor for the pop-ups on our pool was louder than usual. There wasn't anything I could attribute this to such as the motor overheating, and the onset wasn't gradual - ...
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What has caused a concrete slab under a towel rail to erode?

I am in the process of replacing floor tiles with engineered wood in the kitchen of the house we're moving in to. However, lifting the tiles under where a towel rail had been installed we found a ...
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Can I put a UK 3 pin plug or use an adapter on a dishwasher I brought in South Africa?

can I put a UK 3 pin plug on a dishwasher I brought over from South Africa, or use an adapter? Thankyou for your help. Kind regards
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Dryer plug problem

I just got a new electric clothes dryer to replace a gas dryer. Unfortunately, I don't have an outlet that will fit the plug that came with the dryer. Can I just buy a adapter for it that can go from ...
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What are these parts!

I have a generator with a briggs and stratton engine which kept dying on me. While trying to find out why, my neighbor helped me disassemble the carburetor. Finally, a week later a part arrived and I ...
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Question about electrical service for subpanel in pool house

I have a small existing pool house (built 1988) that has electrical service ran to it from the house distribution panel. Two breaker and two separate sets of wires go to the pool house, 240 single ...
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Anderson lock won't unlock

Installed a new Anderson storm door and the handle hardware was working fine until i went and put the face plate on the door jam. The door will now not unlock and i can't open the door at all. The ...
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Replacing 1.5 inch tread with 1 inch tread

I plan on replacing the 2x10 treads on my basement stairs with 1 inch thick hardwood. This will make a one half inch gap at the top of the stairs where it meets the first floor landing. This seems ...
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Can I terminate my dryer vent next to my gas meter?

Background I want to move my electric dryer. This involves moving the exhaust vent. This question is about where I can safely terminate the vent duct on the exterior of my home. I already understand ...
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How to remove a sliding screen door wheel

I'm trying to remove one of the sliding screen door wheels. It seems to one of those that is U shaped. I've looked at various videos and usually you can use a needle nose pliers and it'll come out. ...
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How to test appliances for energy used

My energy bill is twice (at least) as high as the neighbors with similar sized homes. Of course the hydro co. thinks their meters are perfect. I want to find out if an appliance is consuming much ...
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Selecting and Framing Prehung door into garage

I've got an actual opening of 35.5" in an opening between my basement and garage. I'd like to install a prehung door (first time), and am a bit confused about the width necessary for framing. My ...
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Where can I find these metal clips?

Some have fallen off my neighbour's balcony. Where would I be able to find replacements?
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Is Armored (BX) cable considered to be protected from damage?

I want to install an outlet on my unfinished basement wall. I am assuming that it would fall under NFPA 70 300.4 as needing protection from physical damage. Is Armored (BX) cable considered to be ...
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How to map out downstream outlets for GFCI install

I live in an older home with 2 prong plugs. I want to update these with 3 prong. My plan is to put a GFCI at the first outlet in the circuit and then regular 3 prong outlets downstream from there. I ...
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Gfci supplies a dock keeps tripping and can't be reset only replaced

I have educated myself about gfci's although I am a diy'er. My gfci has my dock plugged into it. About once a year it trips and can't be reset only replaced. All outlets on the dock are weather proof. ...
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Base of light bulb turning brown

One of my lightbulbs went out a few days ago and I was replacing it today. I found to my surprise that the base was yellowing for no apparent reason. I found this article online: ...
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Tailpiece too long for new chrome J-Bend in kitchen sink drain repair

The j-Bend of my kitchen sink drain pipe rusted through and started leaking. I bought a new 1.5" j-Bend at Home Depot. Only when I got it home did I notice that the top part of the J is different than ...
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LED Delay on 1 out of 3 lights on same switch

I helped a friend and installed 3 LED can lights in the kitchen. They are all on one switch. Per their report 2 of the 3 lights come on immediately but the third has a delay. What is the possible ...
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How to reduce toilet tank refill noise?

The refill tube that goes from the valve into the overflow tube in my toilet tank sprays water with quite a bit of pressure and makes a lot of noise when the tank refills. It's attached with a clip ...
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How do I hard wire a T8 fluorescent light fixture with grounded plug to a motion sensor?

I purchased a T8 fluorescent fixture with electronic ballast, which came with a wired three-prong plug. I also, purchased a infrared motion sensor. I want to hardwire the fixture into the motion ...
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What's the best way to ensure a wood fence is straight when the post stirrups are not level?

I am building a hardwood fence with 100mm posts. A contractor set 90mm post stirrups (don't ask) in concrete on the fence line as part of a spoon drain. The stirrups were level when placed, but have ...
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Spigot replaced with ball valve- now the water gets out like from a water cannon…why?

I just replaced an outdoor spigot with a ball valve. Now when I open the valve the water comes out with a huge pressure...do you know why ? When I had the spigot in place that one provided a much ...
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Which adhesive sealant for bathroom fixture escutcheons?

I'm installing some shower fixtures and the escutcheons need to be sealed and adhered properly but I'm not sure how to do this the right way. Here is a photo of all 4 fixtures/escutcheons. I'll refer ...
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Does caulk need to dry fully before putting trim on top?

We put tile in our kitchen and installed a bench along one wall. The tile wasn't cut perfectly, so there were large enough gaps that we wanted to caulk before putting the trim down. The caulk is one ...
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Supply register airflow deflectors for wooden registers [closed]

Where can I find floor deflectors for wooden registers? I can find plastic ones with magnets that hold on metal registers, but we have wooden floor registers.
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Is there anything else I should be concerned about while run low voltage landscaping cable through an exterior wall?

I'm hooking up a 300 watt toroidal magnetic transformer located in my garage; it's rated for inside and outside use, I'm using its plug into a GFI circuit, and I'm using 12/2 (12vac) power cable rated ...
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Is there a functional/performance difference between standard and self adhesive mesh drywall tape?

Its all in the title but I am preparing to do some drywall work and I plan to use a self adhesive mesh tape for the job as I have always had trouble getting standard tape to work (just don't do it ...
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Wall of smaller drywall sheet pieces - tape or replace?

I pulled off some original paneling on two walls, hoping to find decent drywall underneath. There is unfinished drywall, but it's not 4x8 sheets. It's pieced together with as many as three sheets from ...
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DMX underlayment or DRIcore?

I've seen some great reviews of the underlayment like the DMX one step, but I see a lot of people still using the padded OSB product like DRIcore. Is there any benefit to using the DRIcore type of ...
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how to remove plastic stuck inside core drill bit

I use a 1/4" diamond tip core drill bit to make holes in the bottom of bowls to use them as plant pots with drainage. I bought the diamond core drill bit to drill ceramic bowls, however I also used ...
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1answer
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How to anchor zipline to house

I want to add a zipline to my backyard. I'd like to anchor one end to the house itself. The other end will probably anchor to a tree in the back end of the yard. There is a lot of information for how ...
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No water on swimming pool slide

Our pool has a slide and it has water plumbed to it. Unfortunately we don t have water coming down the slide. There is a pipe (with 2 openings) in the pool that has shooting water out and when you ...
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Changing from 2 ton to 2.5 ton AC

Friend wants to give me their puron systems 13 sear 2.5 ton AC that they replaced. It was still working fine but 10 years old they wanted to change it out. I currently have a York 2 ton unit that ...
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How do I replace a ceiling fan controlled by 2 wall switches with a standard wall plug outlet?

I am ceiling mounting a projector in my home theater room and I need to mount it where there used to be a ceiling fan with light kit. The fan and light were controlled by two wall switches. I'm ...

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