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Do I need to sand this unfinished table?

I've gathered that the step immediately before staining a table is to sand it. However, I wonder how to tell when the table is smooth enough? Can I skip the sanding step? In my case I bought an ...
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Best method to ensure scratch coat (render) adheres to brickwork

I am a plasterer by trade and we have an exterior rendering job coming. The exterior face of the house is red brick and has to be scratched, then dry dashed over it. I have heard some horror stories ...
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Reducing Attic Fire Risk

When I had my house built, it got cold and so we called the local power co-op energy savings expert to give us advice. One of the things he said was that we had the wrong kind of insulation in the ...
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How do I properly jack up one side of my house?

As I write this, I have a slight lean as I walk on my floor in some parts of my house, and it's even worse on the upper floor. In some parts upstairs, it feels almost like you have to grab something. ...
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Mount an LCD TV to 30 year old masonry fireplace

Power and HDMI are no issue. I'm worried about messing with the mortar. Any advice? Will this be an issue, more trouble than it's worth, etc? I have some alternatives. Leave my TV on the mantle or ...
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Can I run computer network wiring next to the furnace exhaust?

I am in Ontario and I want to run computer networking wire from the basement to the second floor. The most direct route is inside the box that carries the furnace exhaust to the chimney on the roof. ...
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Alternatives to wood joists

I have a brick(3 wythe) building and starting to plan a kitchen remodel. The floor in the kitchen is pretty slanted and the wood joists don't look too good. So I will need some way to level the floor. ...
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How do I eliminate and prevent future stink bug infestations?

Throughout the winter we tended to have 1-2 stink bugs buzzing around the house on any given day. We'd either vacuum them up or put them in the disposal. The humidity picked up for a bit and yesterday ...
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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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1answer
441 views

Does a fridge thermostat need a ground connection?

I've recently replaced the thermostat in my fridge with a new unit with a much higher temperature range (this unit specifically). The unit I took out had a ground connector & the original wiring ...
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How do I build a sound dampening box for a pool filter?

I have a pool filter next to my house in the 1.5m between my house and the boundary. I'd like to build a box around it to dampen the sound a bit. I will still need periodic access to the filter for ...
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Design and Build Sprinkler Head

How would you go about fabricating a sprinkler head for a general use sprinkler system? I'm talking about the sort in your front yard. The basics of what I'm looking for: Design which can be ...
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What is the right way to connect 7 conductors in an electrical box?

What is the "right" way to join 7 different wires in a single electrical box? Here's the situation. I opened up a four-gang light switch. There were four switches controlling five lights. As ...
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Do I need an egress bedroom window if I have a walk-out exterior door?

I have a basement with three hopper windows and a walk-out door. There's also a staircase that connects the basement with the upper (main) floor of the house. If I build a bedroom, do I need an ...
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What should the ratio of crushed rock and sand for a paver patio be?

In effort to find a good answer I've been all over the internet looking for an answer to exactly how thick of a layer of crushed rock and how thick of a layer of sand to use for a patio. Or at the ...
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Best way to tear up half a concrete parking pad?

I have a concrete parking pad in my back yard (butts up to an alley) that is substantially larger than I need, and I'd like to reclaim some of that space for my yard. To that end I'd like to tear up ...
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Toilet Supply Line and Valve Leaking

I had an issue with my bathroom flooding, so I emptied out the toilet (turned off the valve and flushed until it was empty). Then after 2-3 days, the toilet backed up. Yech. Anyway, I re-opened the ...
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Why should I not use standard “house” bricks for a patio?

I'm looking to put in a brick patio and have been really wanting to do it with reclaimed road bricks. The problem here is sourcing enough to do an entire 18x18 patio and not spending a months salary ...
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2answers
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How can I fix a not-quite-hole in my carpet?

The actual strands of my carpet have been pulled up in a half-dollar-sized area, but the base weave that holds it all together is still intact. Is there any way I can repair this without doing a ...
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What is the best way to seal this old fireplace vent?

I am doing some minor renovations to my basement with the drop ceiling and found that one of the geniuses that owned the house before me, used fibreglass ceiling tiles to seal off an old vent for a ...
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3answers
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How to prep existing floor for installation of self-adhesive vinyl flooring?

Some quick background to preempt some discussion about quality, longevity, rental issues, etc.: I'm in a rental that is literally "anything goes". It's a long story, but suffice it to say if it does ...
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1answer
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What is the best way to seal a French drain board due to high levels of radon?

The Radon level in my crawl space is above the threshold (~5.5) and the level in my basement is around 4. I'd like to install a radon mitigation fan that sucks air from the sump pump of a French ...
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How do I install a 2 gang low voltage bracket?

Purchased varying 1 gang and 2 gang low voltage screw-in type brackets as seen here. Upon inspection they appeared to simply sit in the wall with the the screws being screwed into the side of the dry ...
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What is your top tip for painting?

Simple really - add your best tips for painting (a room, that is). Ideally one tip per answer for ease of voting.
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2answers
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Door Repair - 2x6 bolted together

I am purchasing a log cabin built in 1915 with an entry door that appears to be 2x6 boards assembled together. It does have three lights, so I expect it was professionally made, not a homemade item. ...
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4answers
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What is an appropriate sealer for a Papercrete bench?

I've built a bench out of tires and papercrete two years ago. i've sealed it with lime plaster. in the past two years it held up against 500 m"m of rain in the winter and Mediterranean sun 7 month ...
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Need help with broken plastic pipe in the yard, constant stream of water

Within the past few months I've noticed a steady stream of water from the middle of my yard trickle down to the sidewalk. My House is on a hill, and my yard is sloped downward, so all water goes to ...
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1answer
489 views

How to fix a leaky toilet flapper valve over brass outpipe

I have a 1950's toilet that leaks into the bowl through the flapper. It differs from modern toilets (this question) in that the outlet pipe is made of brass. I am not inclined to replace the toilet ...
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1answer
980 views

Exterior entry door repair

I have a 20 year old flat wood entry door (without mouldings or embellishment). I was going to sand and paint it, but when I sanded, I realized that the wood must have been just a veneer (plywood, ...
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1answer
571 views

Activating chair's gas lift? [closed]

I've ordered a chair from Argos, however, after assembly, the gas lift fails to elevate the chair -in fact, pulling the lever on the side seems to have no effect at all (it just swings back & ...
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3answers
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What should I do with abandoned cinder blocks?

I recently moved to my first home (with a modest yard). The previous owners left behind about 20 cinder blocks. I'd like to build something constructive with them in lieu of discarding them. Any ...
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2answers
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Concrete slab at a brick wall

I want to build a concrete slab (upon which a deck will be build later) at the foot of a brick wall (by foot I don't mean the foundation foot, I just mean where the brick meets the grade level). I ...
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1answer
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How do I properly seal slate tile?

We recently installed slate tile in our renovated bathroom. We have sealed it with a penetrating water-based sealant. Water still seams to soak in to the tile and little water spots on the tile are ...
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1answer
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Protecting a finished wood exterior door

I have a solid wood exterior door, that I had stained and finished by the maker. I was looking for a way to prolong and protect the finish. I thought about waxing the door (especially the exterior ...
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2answers
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What's the best way to adjust a leaning gate post?

I recently built a large double wood gate using 6x6x8 posts. Each post was set with concrete in a 26" hole. After some settling, one of the posts is now leaning about 1/4 inch toward the middle. ...
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3answers
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Clothes dryer exhaust duct touching PVC pipe

I'm running exhaust duct for a new electric dryer. There's 10cm(4in) space between a 5cm PVC drain pipe and the wall where I wanna run the rigid duct. My concern is that the heat from the dryer might ...
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How do steel and enforced concrete posts compare?

From what I observe in my region posts in both municipal and private construction - mostly fence posts and lighting posts - are gradually replaced from enforced concrete to steel pipes. Is it just my ...
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1answer
173 views

Does covering a mattress with sheets prevent dust mites and their allergens?

Does covering a mattress with sheets prevent dust mites and their allergens?
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1answer
955 views

How to fix a retaining wall that is difficult to access behind the house?

My retaining wall needs to be fixed/rebuilt since it's leaning, but I can't get any machines back there because house doesn't have much side or rear setback(maybe 5ft on each side) and behind the ...
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2answers
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How do I stain a pressure treated pine fence?

I am putting up a pine PT post fence in front of my home. The fencing is new and green and I would like to stain it a natural wood color.I don't want to put it up green or wait for it to dry or turn a ...
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What is electrical code for number of wires in a breaker?

US, Georgia I am adding some new ciruits to add some additional outlets. The closest place is to run a wire to the main panel box. My question is, can I connect more than one wire to a breaker and ...
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1answer
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What is causing the loud, electrical humming noise in my walls?

I have a loud electrical sounding humming noise that is vibrating through my house, and appears to be coming through the adjoining wall of my neighbour's house. It starts and stops at any time of day ...
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2answers
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How often do I need to drain Boiler Expansion Tank?

I have an old style (without a bladder) expansion tank installed on my heating system. Recently i noticed that the water pressure fluctuates a lot in the system and wonder if that maybe because the ...
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2answers
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Can PEX be used for the trunk

Currently I have a length of galvanized steel pipe (3/4") from the water meter, which is feeding the main trunk (3/4" copper). The water pressure in the house is very low, and I suspect it is due to ...
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4answers
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Should I seal my granite countertop?

I recently redid my kitchen and brought new granite countertops. The company that did the installation was crappy and I had to put in my own supports and other odds and ends that I thought was ...
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2answers
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How to make a second story floor fire proof?

I have a few bench burners on my second story house. While the dry wall has been replaced with a double layer of Type X 5/8 drywall with off-set sockets I worry the floor. Due to the layout of the ...
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2answers
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What is this clunking noise in my water pipe?

Earlier today, I noticed a strange, repetitive clunking noise from the vicinity of my water heater. After some investigation, it seems to come from the cold water supply to the water heater. Here's ...
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7answers
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How do I reduce how much the sun heats up a front room of my house?

My office room is in the front of the house and facing south. It gets hot very fast during hot days (even in spring). It is a fairly small room and I have computers there attributing to heat. There's ...
3
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2answers
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What size posts do I need to use to build a wooden driveway gate?

I have just built a 6 foot fence all the way around my property. To finish it offI need to build a driveway gate. The gate will be 15 feet wide and have two swing gate sections. I have used 4x4x8 foot ...
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2answers
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How do I run a wire underground to an outdoor post lamp?

I live in Geauga county Ohio. My question is three part. First what type of wire do I need to run from the house underground to a post lamp 100 feet away? Second,does it need to be in conduit and ...

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