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Can a wall hung toilet in a basement be tied into existing drain from upper level or does it require dedicated drain?

Can a wall hung toilet in a basement be tied into existing drain from upper level or does it require dedicated drain
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How can I determine why my lights flicker when the A/C is running?

My lights considerably flicker whenever a large load comes on in the house and it has been this way since we renovated five years ago. I am attempting to troubleshoot this now and have already ...
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25 views

How can I determine what grade air filter is appropriate?

I'm trying to figure out what kind of air filter is appropriate for my house. My local home warehouse store stocks over a dozen options. The primary difference between them seems to be Microparticle ...
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1answer
27 views

Simple & Cheap dance floor instead of carpet

I'm having a large group over for a party. Since my living room is carpeted, I'm trying to think of clever ways to create a nicer dance floor than the carpet. One thought was two 8x4 pieces of plywood ...
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1answer
169 views

Can I remove carpeting that covers a wooden floor?

Is it possible to undo the carpet flooring above wooden floor?
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can I use the same carpet carpet

I am moving but to the same exact type of flat on the ground floor. This room faces south the new room will face North, with two doors coming off the lounge. Can i take this carpet up and re use or ...
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25 views

Can I lay tile over drywall that has torn paper?

Can I lay tile over drywall that has had the paper torn from removing tile that was installed wrong when doing new home construction?
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1answer
21 views

How can I reinforce a wall mounted ikea shelf?

I'm wanting to mount the long Hemnes shelf on an interior wall.I'm picking up 3-4 studs in the area that it would be, but they are really oddly spaced. Would it be preferable to buy separate mounting ...
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1answer
40 views

What is best way to compact styrofoam and discard it?

Every time I install appliances or get something which is breakable, it's covered in styrofoam. Now what is the best/cleanest way to compact and get rid of styrofoam? I've known people who just put ...
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1answer
33 views

What could be the reason for the Microwave door to have burning spots and smell after use?

All of sudden my 9 year old microwave produced burning sound and smell just a minute or so into the operation, and after turning it off there are a couple of black spots (size of a penny) on the ...
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1answer
48 views

How should I mount relays in junction boxes?

If one had a typical AC relay (120/240VAC contacts, 120VAC or 24VAC coil, chassis mount), how would they mount it inside a junction box (assume a blank faceplate) and attach wires to it in a way ...
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2answers
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How can I get a flex-bit unstuck if the shank is stripped?

We have a flex-bit stuck in wood - tried to drill it through the ceiling and the shank (bottom part of the bit) stripped so now it can't be "locked" to the chuck of the drill. Is there any way to ...
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What is the best method for carrying a 4x8 by yourself over tough terrain?

I have to travel about a quarter mile through the wilderness, carrying a 4x8 each time to get to a remote building location. Some of the terrain can be tricky, otherwise I might fall in the water. Any ...
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1answer
33 views

How to wire 240 volts fluorescent lamps

How many 240 volt fluorescent (2 X 4 recessed, 4 tubes) fixtures can I connect to a 30 amp breaker using 4 mmsq cable?
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1answer
38 views

What could cause my water tank to leak only when I turn off the main water supply?

I travel quite a bit and so leave my water heater breaker off - as I travel for extended periods (months). In the past I used to leave the main water valve (near the meter) on - and would turn off ...
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0answers
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How best to add insulation under a rubber roof with an air gap?

I'm trying to find out if I can insulate my ceiling. Half the house has attic, half does not. Everywhere (from top down) I have rubber roof, 1" foam, wood planks, 2x8. Then, in the attic, that is ...
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6answers
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Furniture needs to be attached to the wall, but my tenancy agreement doesn't allow it

I've just rented an unfurnished apartment. Obviously I need some furniture. However, wherever I look (IKEA and similar websites), the instructions for any furniture I look at say that it has to be ...
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1answer
28 views

how to change furnace filter (bottom return) for Lennox G43UF

I have a Lennox G43UF furnace and I am not sure if I need to have both a filter for a side return and bottom return. If I do (which sounds logical), where would the location of the bottom return ...
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2answers
243 views

How to run electrical wire in concrete ceilng?

I live in a condo with popcorn (a.k.a California) ceilings. Next week I'm having them scraped, spackled, and painted smooth. I also want to hang a ceiling light fixture (the dining area desperately ...
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2answers
107 views

Where to attach the “C” wire to my furnace?

I am upgrading to a new thermostat which requires a "c" wire to power it. I have an unused blue wire running from my thermostat to my furnace that I plan to use as the common wire. However, I am ...
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0answers
43 views

Can I work on resetting pavers on my patio after a heavy rain?

This is about a pavers patio. If you are curious about the whole context please see my other questions. Last night it rained a lot. I have some problems due to water collecting near the wall of my ...
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3answers
698 views

What kind of floor is this?

I got different answers from different contractors and I am so confused now. Some said this is hardwood, and some said this is bamboo. If is it wood, is it possible to tell what kind of wood is this? ...
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3answers
95 views

How do I properly nail two 2x4's at a 90 degree angle?

Nail the horizontal 2x4 into the vertical 2x4 about 1/4 of the way down from the top of the vertical 2x4, so they are at a 90 degree angle. The way I've been nailing this scenario is to just nail ...
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0answers
10 views

Cheap micro module switch with feedback state [closed]

I'm looking for micro module switch, for home automation purpose, with feedback state, i've browsed Z Wave switches but they are not cheap, and i have seen some DI-O switch that cannot report current ...
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1answer
62 views

What could cause faucets to spit and sputter only in the fall/winter?

Except in summer, faucets sputter and spit. What could be letting air into the system? In this case the setup is in the Northeast USA, New York State, with a pressure bladder tank, and shallow well. ...
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499 views

Should my first power saw be a circular or jig saw?

I'm just beginning DIY projects, and do not own a power saw. The projects I plan to begin with will be simple, and I mostly plan to cut wood < 2" thick, PVC, and maybe some thin metal. I've read ...
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0answers
24 views

Load Bearing Interior wall help [duplicate]

I want to knock down the 2 walls (circle in red & yellow). The image on the left is the ground floor. The right image is the top floor. Can anyone help determine which one(s) is the load bearing ...
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2answers
49 views

How can I deal with non square walls when installing a countertop with backsplash?

I am converting the huge upstairs master suite in my house into a studio apartment. I have built a kitchenette in one of the dormers. Everything is coming along and looks great. But when the ...
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1answer
54 views

Do we need to re-install tiles if it was exposed to water for 20 minutes after installation?

The tile installers didn't shut off the shower valve when they left after installing tile work in our shower. We turned on the main water supply and 15 minutes later, we went to the bathroom to check ...
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1answer
68 views

What can I do about my kitchen sink that has clogged suddenly and completely?

I had no problem with my double kitchen sink ever since getting Nu-Flo in our 1970s pipes, and their installers told me the kitchen drain had been installed going up instead of down so it caused the ...
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0answers
27 views

How to fix leaking basement window in foundation

I am trying to fix leaks in a basement window. After running water to determine the spot it is leaking, it appears to be leaking in two places: 1) between the metal frame and the foundation under the ...
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1answer
87 views

What is the name of this old glass pattern?

We've accidentally managed to break the glass above our front door, by letting the door slam. I'd like to match the glass replacement, so it matches next door. I have no idea what the pattern is ...
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28 views

Amp size required [duplicate]

What amp rating is required for a wall recepticles. I thought 20 amp was required. Our new home has 15 amp protection on the wall recepticles. Is this code?
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0answers
44 views

What insulation should I use in my attached garage?

I'm currently tearing out the sheetrock and everything in my attached garage to do general repairs to other things. I quickly found that there wasn't a single bit of insulation (which explains a lot ...
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0answers
22 views

I have a bathtub with jets that need replaced [closed]

I got a older bathtub that has on jet that needs to be replaced.but I have no idea the make or brand .i have a jet out to try and match up but no idea where to get parts.
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1answer
24 views

How can I stop the humming produced by my water heater blower motor?

Plumber installed a new Bradford White 75 gallon cold water heater with power vent. The first blower motor started a high-pitched whine/squeal (bad bearing?) approx 6 months after install. Motor was ...
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1answer
19 views

Do I need a moisture barrier between sub floor wolmanit and engineered floating bamboo clip together flooring?

I'm using walmanite 3' by 5' by 1/4" over an original Pine slate floor my grandfather put in. do i NEED to put some type of barrier like tar paper between them? there has never been a barrier and no ...
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1answer
46 views

Why would the power only to the upstairs lights go off mysteriously?

The house was built in 1890 I came home tried to turn on light upstairs and thought the bulb blew. I replaced bulb but still didn't work. Then I realized that my computer was also off as was every ...
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3answers
56 views

Are entry door systems with lock release secure?

I am renovating my recently bought house. It currently has a entry door system with a lock release on the yale lock so that you can release the door from one of the handsets. something like this. I ...
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0answers
24 views

How do I change a Hunter thermostat from cooling to heating? [closed]

How do I change a Hunter thermostat from cooling to heating?
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1answer
234 views

Why do basement walls need less insulation than crawlspace walls?

I used this DoE calculator: http://web.ornl.gov/sci/roofs+walls/insulation/ins_16.html For Washington, DC, it recommended R25 for crawlspace walls and R11 for basement walls. Why would they be ...
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1answer
45 views

Can I add a 50 amp breaker for an arc welder?

If my service disconnect breaker is a 150 and my fuse box isn't maxed out, 3 slots still available would I be pushing the limits to add a 50 amp breaker for a arc welder? I haven't pulled the cover ...
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1answer
37 views

How can I replace an old dial thermostat on an oil furnace with Hydrostat 3250 Plus?

I recently bought a home with an oil fired Biasi furnace that has a Hydrostat 3250-Plus attached. It uses an old analog round dial thermostat, and I'd like to replace it with a new digital (wifi) ...
2
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3answers
168 views

Do receptacles require a 20 ampere breaker?

I thought wall recepticles required a 20 amp breaker. Am I wrong?
2
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1answer
26 views

How can I get replacement floorboards to match existing floorboards?

I've just moved into a 1930's house and have started work on restoring the original floorboards. I had to replace around one third in each room with new boards from a local timber yard. After sanding ...
2
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1answer
34 views

Can I use 1/4 inch cork to equalize floors before installing laminate flooring?

We are planning on installing laminate. We would like to install over top of the lino but there's a 1/4 inch difference between the kitchen and the living room flooring. I was wondering if using ...
2
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1answer
39 views

Can I use 1“ XPS and fiberglass batts instead of 2” XPS insulation in my basement?

I have read multiple sources on the internet suggesting use of 2" XPS foam boards to insulate basement foundation and then building a 2x4 wall in front of it. 2" foam board is very expensive when ...
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1answer
92 views

Can I use a traditional router bit on a small concrete slab? And if no what can I use?

Can I use a traditional router bit on a small concrete slab? And if no what can I use? I'm getting ready to make a coffee table. I know the trick where you put silicone in the corners to achieve a ...
1
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2answers
92 views

can you install LED floodlight in a regular ceiling fan?

I'm considering buying this LED bulb to replace a 60w incandescent bulb on a ceiling fan: http://www.amazon.com/Sylvania-78691-Reflector-Replacing-Incandescent/dp/B00K1AHQXS The ceiling fan actually ...
1
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1answer
40 views

How to move/remove the bracing from this desk?

So, I am the proud new owner of this new desk! I've never needed a desk before. Unfortunately, along the long side, I find myself leaning and writing. A lot. The brace at the bottom really gets in ...

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