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Why is water only coming through the handheld hose?

I have a hose at my kitchen sink, installed alongside the cold water faucet. Every once in awhile when I press the hose trigger, it becomes stuck and will not return to the off position ...
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How does Thermal Release Device (TRD) work

Rheem hot water heaters have a device in the combustion chamber called Thermal Release Device (TRD). It contains a vial filled with liquid that seems to be mounted in a flex metal plate. It is a ...
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How do I install GFCI on multi wire branch cicuit? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How do I install a GFCI receptacle with two hot wires and common neutral? I am planning on changing the old large gauge/3 wire that fed my electric dryer into a multi ...
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1answer
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Should I lubricate the motor in my power drill?

I have a power drill that looks like the picture below. I've had it for years, but recently I noticed that it squeaks when I use it (I only really hear the squeaking while it's winding down, when it's ...
3
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1answer
746 views

How can I eliminate moisture dripping from my ceilings?

I have a 30 yr old bungalow. Last year we replaced every door and window in our house to make it more energy efficient. Our main heating source is an air-tight wood fireplace which runs all day ...
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What could be wrong with my furnace?

The furnace started blowing cold air so I checked the furnace and the burners weren't lit only the pilot was on. This happened last year and repairman said that if it got too hot would trip a sensor ...
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How do I restore paintbrushes ruined by dried latex paint?

I have had a couple of good natural bristle brushes for several years. I've been careful about cleaning them until now, but a couple months ago I left them in a jar with water "to get back to ...
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2answers
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How can I make a mixer shower more powerful?

The Mira mixer shower has variable temperate settings from 1 (cold) through 10 (hot), plus the extra bit for hot water only. I normally shower at 3 and was thinking there must be a way to let more ...
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How can I locate floor joists?

I want to use some stop squeak screws that pull the subfloor tight to the joists, then break off beneath the surface of the floor. I am having a difficult time locating the joists: my stud finder ...
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1answer
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How to screw the edge of a sheet of drywall where there is no stud directly behind it?

wall A old wall ________________ edge of frame new wall ________________| | | Wall B | I recently floated a ...
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How Do I Power A 220 Water Heater Off Two 110 Breakers

First off I know this is not the best idea. To start my 200 Amp Main has suffered a partial failure and as it is old (60s) and unusual it will be very hard or impossible to replace it. Since the main ...
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4answers
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What are some methods to get rid of and prevent pink mold in the bathroom?

I have some pink mold on the seam where the bathtub connects to my wall tiles. There's also some on the grout on some of my tiles. I've tried to clean them with ajax. It doesn't get it all off. I've ...
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2answers
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Why would an outdoor floodlight only work in test mode?

I have a new outdoor floodlight that works in test mode. Adjusting the range works. It turns on when you walk in front of it. But as soon as I switch it to 1 minute, 5 minutes, or 10 minutes... the ...
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1answer
988 views

How can I add a light switch to an existing lighting circuit?

I have a Light switch that runs four lights, I would like to add a switch to the last light. Is this possible and how could this be wired?
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0answers
99 views

Which electrical switch do I require? [closed]

I am confused at what to purchase to replace a 3 light switch and one of the lights is 2 way. It gives me the option of 2G 2 way, 3G 2 way or 4G 2way. Which do I need to purchase?
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1answer
741 views

How do I diagnose a hot water recirculation problem?

We have 2 ganged gas water heaters in a 10-year-old house. Professionals installed them last year to replace the 10-year-old pair. I'm pretty sure they are hooked up to a recirculating pump. This ...
5
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1answer
314 views

What type of underlayment should be used when installing engineered floors?

I'm going to install floating engineered wood floor in a 3rd floor condo. It has plywood subfloor. My biggest concern is the noise of walking on the floor that people below me will suffer. My ...
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2answers
672 views

How to restore marble and granite surfaces?

We have marble floors, walls and sink-top in our bathroom, and also granite counter tops in our kitchen. All of these look a little dull. How can we renew their shine?
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How do I relight the pilot light on my Magic Chef stove?

I have a Magic Chef stove (model: 31203KAW) which is not lighting/igniting. We're using a butane lighter to light the stove-top burners (the gas still flows) but I'm nervous about turning on the oven ...
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3answers
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Should I install hardwood flooring under my kitchen cabinets?

I'm doing a total kitchen renovation with solid hardwood flooring. Do I go hardwood all the way under the cabinets to the wall or stop just past the toe kick and finish the rest with ply of the same ...
5
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2answers
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How do I wire my wall-mounted HD TV?

This image wall-mount setup should give a good idea of the current TV set up on the wall. I wanted to use a SmartStrip to power my TV and all the other devices (receiver, BluRay player, Wii, cable ...
5
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2answers
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Why does voltage still exists when a circuit is broken by a 3-way switch?

My parents got a ceiling light for my parents for Christmas, which I was tasked with installing. I don't know why I bothered to check the voltage before putting the new fixture on (and after taking ...
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5answers
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How can I stop the icemaker on a GE fridge from overflowing water?

I have a French door stainless steel GE fridge made by Samsung. The water overflows or splashes out of the icemaker andd then freezes in the ice compartment under the bucket, making it impossible to ...
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3answers
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How do I crimp an F-connector onto RG-6 cable?

My current home project is putting RG-6 in the walls instead of through the cold-air returns and across the carpet between rooms. Thanks to some forethought during previous remodeling projects, laying ...
6
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3answers
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How to remove dry grout

How do you remove dry grout on tile. We have tried everything from vinegar to tile cleaner, but nothing is working. Any suggestions?
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1answer
128 views

Is there a remote switch I can use to replace a switch located in a wall being removed?

I am removing two walls that contain light switches for the dining, and kitchen ceiling lights. Is there a wireless switch I can use for control, without fishing wires into the existing walls?
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1answer
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What could cause a bad oil-like smell every time the heat is on?

The new gas system works great, heats quickly and seems very efficient. However, there is a strong smell that comes every time we turn up the heat. It smells like some kind of oil. Had the ...
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2answers
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How to tell if a house is equipped for a gas stove

I live in a townhouse. My electric range died, so I'm looking to replaec it with a gas stove. But how do I know if the house is already set up with the required pipes, etc.? I suspect that I do have ...
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3answers
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What should I look for when choosing a stud finder?

Stud finders are notoriously unreliable at finding studs; some will indicate a "rapidly shifting network of hundreds and hundreds of studs". Is there a way to determine before purchase that a ...
3
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1answer
922 views

Why would angle grinder cutting wheels of the same diameter have different thickness?

Cutting wheels for the same diameter angle grinder can have different thickness. For example, 125 millimeters wheels can be 0,8 or 1,0 or 1,2 or 2,5 or 3,0 millimeters thick. I've tried several ...
2
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1answer
907 views

How to properly caulk a plastic shower?

I have installed a 3 piece plastic shower wall liner and the two vertical seams require caulk. I've caulked them with GE Silicon II bath and shower caulk multiple times but it always pulls away from ...
8
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4answers
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Acceptable ground to neutral voltage?

First of all I'm pretty sure I know the theory behind the effect. I know about the inductive and capacitive coupling, about 3-phase balance problems and about ground bounce, so this question isn't ...
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3answers
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Why is my furnace blower noisy when it starts?

The blower of my furnace makes a loud noise every time it starts. I understand that a large fan and the movement of large amounts of air will produce some noise. What I am puzzled by is the noise that ...
4
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1answer
1k views

How can I repair my bench grinder?

Received a relatively old black and decker bench grinder from a relative. It works, mostly. About 50% of the time it powers up but doesn't spin - hand cranking gets it going, whether it starts fine or ...
2
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1answer
222 views

Should I Buy Cordless Drill/Driver From USA And Use It In My Country?

I want to purchase DeWalt 18V Cordless Drill/Driver from USA where electricity standard is 120V - 60Hz and use it in my country with transformer where standard is 220V-230V - 50Hz but there will be ...
2
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1answer
231 views

How do I get rid of this mould?

Can anyone tell me how I can get rid of this black mould? It has appeared in the corner of our window ledge, as well as all around the bathroom ceiling. There is no texture to it, it seems very flat ...
4
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4answers
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fixing stripped screw in soft-wood door frame? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How do I rehang a wooden door with worn screw holes? As you can see in the below image, the upper screw holding in the lock plate (name?) has stripped completely out of ...
12
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7answers
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What is the purpose of a bathroom exhaust fan?

Okay I actually do understand the purpose of the bathroom fan; it gets the steam out of the bathroom after a super hot shower, right? Well turns out I NEVER turn it on. I suppose I don't shower in ...
3
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2answers
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How to wire a lamp to a junction box?

In my bathroom, I had an old wall lamp hanging above the mirror, that was connected to a junction box. I dismounted the old lamp and didn't pay attention to which wires it was connected. Now I need to ...
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1answer
115 views

How to inspect an apartment before renting? [closed]

I've had several major problems with the apartment home I've lived in for the past year. During the summer time, the air-conditioner didn't work well. It was eventually fixed, but it took a ...
6
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3answers
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What should go between a wood plank sub floor and a hardwood strip floor

I am about to install a hardwood floor into a room in my 1905 farmhouse. The subfloor is 8-12" wide 1" thick planks. The floor I am installing is 2-1/4" prefinished solid hickory tongue and groove. ...
5
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1answer
4k views

What alternative methods exist to correct a belly in a clay sewer line?

In the first 18 months of living in my house, I've already had 4 sewage backups in my basement. Luckily the basement is not finished and I've caught the backup each time before it became a large ...
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3answers
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How do I remove a fish smell from my freezer?

Yesterday, the electricity was out for a while and I guess some of the fish in my freezer warmed up and juices started flowing out of its bag and into the vent. Now there is a fishy scent creeping up ...
0
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1answer
781 views

How to remove smell from new wooden cupboard?

There is a distinct "woody" sort of smell from newly purchased wooden cupboards. Is there a way to remove it such that when I open the cupboards, I will not smell this distinct sort of "woody" smell?
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4answers
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How to remove bad smell from rubbish chute?

When opening the rubbish chute, there is always a disgusting smell. Is there any way to remove it such that when I open to throw my rubbish, I will not smell it?
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1answer
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several outlets dont work on same circuit

I tested my outlet and only had 85 volts on the black side and 24 volts on the white side why? There are several outlets on the same circuit that don't work with the same readings.I checked power in ...
3
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2answers
5k views

1/2“ Chuck on 3/8” Cordless Drill?

I need to use a step bit with a 1/2" shank. I only have drills with 3/8" chucks. Is the arbor size on most drills a standard which would enable me to just replace one of the 3/8" chucks with a 1/2" ...
2
votes
1answer
787 views

Why is my Delta kitchen faucet dripping? How can I fix it?

I installed a Delta Ashton single pull faucet in my kitchen about a year ago. Recently, it has started leaking both at the pivot and at the spray selector on the wand (red areas circled in the image ...
6
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1answer
2k views

Is it OK to mount a smoke detector vertically?

In my basement I have several lolly columns attached to wooden beams that are supporting the floor joists. On one of these wooden beams I have attached a smoke detector vertically on the side of the ...
5
votes
3answers
186 views

Where can I find plans for building a chicken coop?

I was hoping to build a chicken coupe for 3-4 chickens. Does anyone know where I can find some plans (preferably free) for building a decent chicken coop? It doesn't have to be the Taj Mahal, but I ...

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