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Best approach for squeaky subfloor fix, with some water stains

We are replacing the carpet in our kids room and want to tackle the subfloor as it squeaks. There are two questions I have: 1 We plan on screwing down the existing subfloor, do I need to remove any ...
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Black and Decker 18V Battery

I put my 18V Black and Decker Battery on the charger yesterday and the red light is still blinking. Is this normal?
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Drywall,taping attic ceiling

I'm remodeling my attic in my bungalow, the way I want to do it is to leave the rafters exposed so I get a rustic loft look. What I done first was put wood strips up between the rafters then installed ...
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Eubanks 9 SEER air conditioning max circuit breaker size

Can a 50 amp breaker be used with a Eubanks 9 SEER air conditioning unit. We cannot read the plaque information. I bought the property and that is what is currently installed. It's an older unit ...
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Can a ceiling fan's speed be controlled with a light dimmer switch

I purchased a ceiling fan a while back which is one of those fancy ones that is operated with a remote control. However, for some reason, the remote broke, and the fan is stuck on maximum speed, I can ...
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Loose thread in standing lamp between base and rod

My wife just bought a lamp at Target, the kind you have to self assemble the rod from 4 hollow pipes and a base, where the electrical wire is already threaded through all of them. Each of the 4 ...
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How do I wire a new range to old wiring?

I am replacing an in-wall oven with a oven/stove. The wiring in the wall is a 2 wire #6, and a ground wire. One of the wires has red arrows on it, the other solid black. (obviously 220V) and I traced ...
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close an old hood vent

We are in the process is renovating our kitchen. One of the things we are doing is installing a more modern range hood instead of the older under cabinet hood. The new hood requires us to create a new ...
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Should one apply salt/antifreeze on the road right before it snows?

Or should one apply the salt/antifreeze after shoveling up the snow?
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On demand Hot water pump not working

I have this water pump which is supposed to work like the following: Turn hot water faucet on for a second then close That will tell the flow control (yellow thing on the pump image) to turn the ...
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Buffing marks left on floor

I'm in the process of finishing stained hardwood floors that I had previously sanded down to bare wood. After a coat of poly and letting it dry , I was buffing it for the second coat. While buffing , ...
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Should I insulate the garage in the home I'm having built?

I am an amateur woodworker and am having a new home built. My part-time workshop will be in the garage. Where I live (central Maryland), the winters are often cold (below freezing) and occasionally ...
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Frigidaire gas range - first use. Is it packing material?

Just got a Frigidaire gas range and the neighbor said when she used hers (same one) fire started because the packing material wasn't removed from the inside of the stove. I opened stove's door, ...
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Can you have a 90 degree elbow going upward on drain line?

I'm running a drain for a utility sink off of a stack in my basement. I wanted to know if it's ok to have a 90 degree elbow going up then out to the utility sink since when the water drains it's going ...
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How can I achieve a Quartz look using concrete for a bar top?

I want to make my own concrete bar top but I would like it to have a bit of a sparkle like quartz has. Any suggestions?
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Device to run bathroom fan based on the duration the lights were on [closed]

I would like to make the bathroom exhaust fan switch on after the light are turned off and then switch it off after a time proportional to the duration of the lights were on. My idea is that the ...
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Small bathroom - feasible layout?

With a tiny (5' by 6') bathroom we never have enough space. Current layout is like this: Is the following feasible? Particularly in terms of drainage from the shower? Currently the bath ...
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What is involved with a perk test?

We're looking at buying some land soon so we can build our little get away. I will have a perk test done at some point but was wondering what it involves? Is this something I could do on my own? I ...
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Tankless water heater requirements

I'm looking at the possibilities of replacing my water heater. Currently we have an electric, 2 element, 50 gallon tank heater that is 32 years old and almost ready to go. The water can sometimes come ...
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Any ideas why my Currys CID45B13 dishwasher won't let me select a wash cycle?

Any ideas why my dishwasher (model Currys CID45B13) won't let me select a wash cycle? All connected to the mains, all lights come on as normal, but none of the buttons work. Any ideas how I can fix ...
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What code requirements exist for low-sill, upper-floor windows?

I own a house in Texas (USA), built in 1885. I am renovating, enclosing the second floor back porch; it's essentially an addition, with a bathroom, a storage closet, and a hallway. The area will be ...
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How to mount handrail to drywall over concrete

Any help how to hang the railing back up on the stairway. It is townhouse wall with drywall and concrete behind it.
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Are these doors installed correctly, and are they secure as they are?

I hired a contractor to install 2 prehung fiberglass exterior doors in my home and I'm not sure if he measured incorrectly, but both doors have at least 1-1.25" of gap space on the sides between the ...
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replace remote control for ceiling fan with light to wall switches

How do I use existing double pole wall switch for ceiling fan with light kit when replacing with Casa Viejo Revue that only has remote control? I don't want the remote control feature but the fan does ...
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Will emergency heat hurt my heat pump during defrosting?

I am using my emergency heat during the defrosting stage of my heat pump. Is this all right? If not, what can I do while it's defrosting?
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Building code requiring rooms to have internal windows?

I am staying at the Radisson in Colorado Springs this evening and I notice that some of the rooms, in an extension built about 15-20 years ago, have large security windows facing into the hallway. The ...
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Can dishwasher lines be routed behind range?

My kitchen set up goes from left to right: Cabinets, range, 18" dishwasher, sink, more cabinets. We would really like to upgrade to a full size dishwasher. I want to hack into the cabinets to do this. ...
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I am trying to install a Pull-chain light and get the power from a 3 switch, wall switch box [closed]

I don't want any of the wall switches to operate that light. I want it only operable by the pull-chain whether the wall switches are on or off. What should I connect the white and black wire from the ...
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Should threaded pipe be torqued to spec?

Most, if not all threaded automotive fasteners have specified torque, which is ensured by using torque wrenches. But how about threaded pipe, galvanized steel for water or black pipe for gas, ...
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Thermostat has broke - need help with the wiringl

Im changing from wn old White-Rodgers mercury thermostat to a Honeywell digital thermst. And The directions for the digital one says I am to label the wires from the old one-then hook the wires into ...
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Fixing Animal Entry at the Roofline

After a raccoon finally left my attic, I had the roof repaired. The roofer pointed out a problem that has apparently existed since the house was constructed. As the first picture below shows, far back ...
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how to select the correct size bit for screws?

I am going to use this screw to join 2x4s together. How can I select the correct bit size for this screw? Product image from homedepot.com (linked above)
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Wood flooring and Heavy Wheel Chair

We are having a power chair friendly house built in the spring. Because carpet has to be glued to the sub-floor to prevent bumps and wrinkles, we would prefer wood floors. (We like them better ...
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Where to connect the c wire for a gas HW boiler (heat only) w/Wi-Fi Thermostat

I recently purchased a new Thermostat with Wi-Fi capabilites for use in one zone of a two zone baseboard hot water heating system. I pulled the existing thermostat (stat) to look at the wiring and ...
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Why does water in the toilet bowl empty?

Water in the toilet bowl is emptying after a minute. I just changed to a higher toilet (16.75) for an elderly resident. I have three other toilets without this problem. I have tried adjusting water in ...
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Code requirement for depth of Counter Flashing and material sealant?

Okay, I've got a recently-installed standing-seam metal roof. The roofers ground out the brick in my chimney to install counter-flashing. Recently there was a big leak around the area of the chimney. ...
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Drywall screws snap off when trying to fix squeaky subfloor

I am using 1 1/2 drywall screws from the top of the floor, to stop the squeak. Using screw gun and collated screws. The gun is snapping the heads off the screws, is this OK? And will it stop the ...
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Furnace fan starts slow and is getting slower

here is a sound clip, start at about :55 or listen to whole thing! https://clyp.it/3h54oe2q model is tg9s060b12mp11 luxaire, which comes up as York most places. Anyhow, what's the best way to ...
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Will electric in-floor heat be adequate in a converted barn?

I'm thinking of buying a single-level barn conversion. It doesn't have any gas supply & has electric underfloor heating installed without any other heat source. As far as I'm aware it's installed ...
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Where should I install skirt boards on my oak stairs?

I have had oak awaiting installation on my existing stairway for well over a year and will soon get to putting it in. The "experts" gave me (supposedly) all the necessary materials BUT I only have 1 ...
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Running a new 240v circuit for a dryer

I just bought a home with a gas hookup for the dryer, but I have a fairly recent, perfectly working electric dryer, so I've decided to run a 240v line instead of purchasing a new gas dryer. This is ...
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Is spinning a new paint can the same as mixing?

So I recently painted a section of my basement wall with a couple coats of Kilz oil-based stain-blocker primer (Product Page here). The walls are a bright, clean white now. However, there was a ...
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Does my hot water tank have a bad element?

I have an electric hot water tank. Recently I've been noticing that the supply of hot water has gone down drastically. It will only be really hot for a couple minutes, warm for another 10 minutes, ...
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Furnace Tries 2 or 3 times before staying on until reaching set temperature

I have noticed my furnace will cut the exhaust fan before lighting or sometimes start heating for a few minutes then stop. A few minutes later it tries again and will stay on until reaching the ...
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Cheap wood-ish replacement for glass panel in door

This question is similar to another one already on SE but this one focuses on the task as a repair issue rather than as a remodeling one. How can I cheaply and easily (I am a layperson) create a ...
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How to cut concrete block with a circular saw

I have some concrete blocks that are 4 inches by 6 inches. I need to cut them in half at a 45 degree angle. Can I do this with a circular saw and a masonry blade ? I would also make a jig to cut ...
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Noise coming from slop sink

A new, strange noise is coming from a slop sink that is located next to my washing machine in the basement. The washing machine exhausts into the slop sink and the slop sink drains rather well since ...
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Estimating max wattage

I live in an apartment in South Korea. The main circuit breaker in the apartment looks like it's 30a 220v, with four individual 20a switches running to different parts of apartment. All the outlets ...
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stem puller for shower

I've an old shower in my house that was leaking when I moved in 8 years ago. I removed the faucet and, for 7 years now, I've not been able to remove the stem. (yes, that's a long time, but kids got in ...
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ceiling surface mount fluorescent light question

I just picked up a great deal on some 4' fluorescent ceiling mount lights for my garage. Looking at the docs from the manufacturer, they state: MOUNTING Ceiling surface mount (HO and VHO units ...

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