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What could be causing an A/C blower motor to turn off randomly?

The Blower motor on my AC unit turns off at random times while the outside unit continues to run which is causing the coil to freeze up. The blower won't come on for 30-45 minutes after the AC has ...
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4answers
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How can I stop mortar plugs from popping out of slab holes?

Our termite people plugged their dozens of chemical insertion holes using a regular grout and a putty knife. Needless to say the plugs are popping out left and right. (They tell me that is normal, ...
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2answers
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Should I apply waterproofer on the subfloor beneath a shower pan?

I'm going to be using the Kerdi shower pan and membrane to seal a steam shower. I understand the process of installing the membrane, deck and preparing the wall and ceiling substrate. This question ...
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1answer
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Is there a correct orientation for hurricane clips?

When installing hurricane clips to joists where it crosses a beam, is there a preference to mounting the clips on the inside or the outside of the beam? And should the ears on the clips point inward ...
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2answers
9k views

How to fix small holes in a wall caused by throwing darts?

I can think of a few ways of fixing these marks on the wall but I don't want to try anything without first getting some advice. I have a dart board on a painted wall and as is inevitable with darts, ...
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4answers
12k views

How can I replace a missing IKEA drawer slide?

I am missing one part of the drawer runner on one of my pieces of ikea furniture. It's the leftmost one in this picture, the part of the runner that attaches to the drawer itself: Are drawer ...
6
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2answers
2k views

Can a stud have a power line IN it?

I have an edge to edge stud finder with a power line detector. It found the stud but at the same the power detector lighted up. Is it safe to drill that stud. I'm installing a wall mount for a 39" ...
2
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2answers
863 views

How can I remove the side glass pane from a patio sliding glass door?

I just bought a pet door insert for a sliding glass door. I'm assuming that it must be installed against the wall, but I cannot figure out how to remove the side panel of the sliding glass door. ...
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2answers
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Do I need to prime/seal new drywall behind cabinets?

If I were doing it, I would usually prime and paint before installing the cabinets. My painter for this project says he'd prefer that I install everything before he paints. Do I need to use a sealing ...
5
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4answers
6k views

How to keep my air conditioner from freezing when it is cool outside?

My bedroom is the hottest room in the house, and even with all the windows open and fans in them doesn't cool off as much as I would like when it's an acceptable temperature outside. And I prefer to ...
3
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1answer
4k views

How can I stop a draft from an attic hatch lid?

During the colder months there is a cold draft at the bottom of the stairs and I had a new drop down loft hatch installed 18 months ago as I was convinced that was the cause. It had become warped. But ...
3
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1answer
1k views

How to seam new stucco to old stucco when patching large areas

Our city inspector wants us to break out the edge of old stucco to expose the wire then tie that back into the new mesh. But when we did that, it became obvious to everyone (inspector included) that ...
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2answers
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How to snake a bathtub with no overflow drain?

Our upstairs bath tub has been taking longer and longer to drain and my wife has finally tasked me to fix it. Yesterday I literally emptied an entire bottle of Liquid Plumber down the drain (...
5
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2answers
7k views

How do I wire a switch to control a GFCI Receptacle?

I want to switch a GFI outlet. It will be on a single 20 Amp circuit breaker with no other outlets or devices in the circuit or downstream from the outlet. It will be used to switch a dust ...
3
votes
2answers
829 views

What is the most efficient way to dig a hole in a slope?

I need to dig a rectangular box hole for a rainwater cistern. The dimensions are 4m x 3m x 2m (13ft x 10ft x 6ft). There is a slope of about 10 degrees, and the dirt will be used at a point of lower ...
7
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2answers
427 views

Are these brick walls properly constructed?

I'm looking into buying an apartment and I'm visiting some locations. During one of my visits I saw this exterior wall of a future apartment building: I'm not an expert but it does not look good ...
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2answers
8k views

How can I patch holes in the roof left by satellite dish removal?

My house came with 2 satellite dishes mounted to the roof around the same place. I've never used them. Recently, wind managed to push them down so that one came down completely and the other was ...
5
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1answer
1k views

How Can I Fill Screw Holes In Beam So I Can Move Screws Slightly?

I had a contractor replace a 4x10 beam and two 4x4 posts that supports my deck. He also replaced and enlarged the concrete patio below the deck. I am in the process of replacing the deck floor so it ...
4
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5answers
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Is there any harm in using shorter shelf brackets with a deeper shelf?

I'm planning on installing Ikea shelves mounted on wall brackets (using the Antonius system). Until recently there were Antonius shelves 14 3/8 inches deep, but now they've disappeared, leaving only ...
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0answers
110 views

Can I use a small pond with a water source heat pump? [closed]

I want to use a water source reverse cycle heat pump AC for a 8000m2 aged care facility. Location has moderate summer (22 deg C max) and cold winter (<0 deg c). On site pond is only 400m3. I ...
2
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9answers
97k views

Why won't my A/C turn on after I replaced the thermostat batteries?

Our thermostat died yesterday, but after replacing the dead batteries with fresh batteries, and confirming the LCD screen was operable, our AC no longer turns on. I have attempted a factory reset on ...
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3answers
3k views

Why does it seem all new faucets are using braided hose instead of stainless steel?

I have been looking for a new kitchen faucet recently at all the box stores, and noticed that pretty much all pull-out/pull-down faucets are now using a black braided hose instead of a more rigid ...
3
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2answers
2k views

What should I do about this possible mold I found under paint?

I live in Austin, Texas, which is important in that we don't receive much rain, and it's not very humid. I was peeling paint off of the old drywall, and found what appears to be mold on the bottom of ...
4
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1answer
3k views

How do I install carpet tiles in a below grade room?

A few years ago, I saw an advertisement for carpet tiles that had a jagged edge so there would be less movement in the interlock between tiles, and prevented the need for glue. (would like to find ...
5
votes
1answer
495 views

How do I fix my kitchen ceiling?

How do I fix my kitchen ceiling? I have the ceiling covering peeling off. It has exposed cracks where water has possibly come through from the tiles above. So, how do I fix my kitchen ceiling?
4
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3answers
781 views

Water from refrigerator tastes bad after 5 day power outage

The water from refrigerator tastes very bad after 5 day power outage. Everything rotted in the fridge and we had to clean it out after the power came back on. The fridge is fine now, but the water ...
8
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7answers
92k views

How can I fix a stripped hole in an aluminum piece?

I have a tripod head that is made of aluminum. In the head there is a small hole that houses a small screw that secures a quick-release plate. After some time the hole stripped and the screw no longer ...
3
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1answer
1k views

What exactly is magnetic drilling equipment?

What puzzles me is a term "magnetic" in the context of Magnetic Drilling Machines by Euroboor (for example).
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2answers
12k views

Blown fuse replaced, still no power

Yesterday a contractor was doing work in our bedroom. At one point he plugged in a hammering drill and when he used it it blew the fuse. We confirmed the 15amp fuse was dead but I didn't have a ...
4
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3answers
3k views

Can I use landscaping lava rock as a concrete slab base?

The side of our house if continually overrun with weeds. I'm thinking of fencing it in and laying some concrete to prevent the weeds and provide some storage area. Currently there is red lava rock ...
7
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2answers
9k views

Can I use a drain auger on a toilet clog?

A little too eager I bought a drain auger in order to clear out a constantly / randomly backing up toilet. After I got it home I thought I should then do research and I realized there is a completely ...
5
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2answers
488 views

Is a cork floor pet friendly/durable?

We have some pet rabbits. (don't ask... ;) They're pretty good with the litter box...maybe batting .900 but it's that other 10% of the time that wreaks havoc on the carpet. Rabbit pee is pretty nasty ...
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1answer
10k views

How difficult is it to repair or replace a preserved wood foundation?

I am looking at buying a house that has a PWF (Preserved Wood Foundation) foundation. Though there are some benefits to having one there seems to be varying opinions on such a foundation. I'm ...
3
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2answers
478 views

Where should I position a recessed contact sensor in a door?

Is there a recommended location on a door to install a recessed contact sensor? I see many installing on the top of the door. Any reason it can't be installed in the bottom corner?
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6answers
4k views

What to do with leaky sink?

Our kitchen sink has been slowly leaking for several months, and as of yesterday, it is finally leaking so bad we can't use it until it's fixed. I'm generally handy, but when it comes to plumbing of ...
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4answers
12k views

What benefit do plasterboard/drywall screws have?

I have some plasterboard screws like this: However, without a drill I have a job getting them into the wall. Am I safe to use normal screws on hangings that aren't going to be taking a great deal ...
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vote
6answers
9k views

How do I uninstall a velux blackout blind?

(A Velux blind is a brand of skylight/roof-window in the UK that's apparently quite popular). We have a couple of velux windows with blinds attached. We'd like to swap them for the black-out blind ...
2
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1answer
465 views

Can I run electrical cable in old unused heating ducts? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Does the NEC allow electrical wiring to run next to a ventilation duct? My house has recently been converted to 200-amp electrical service, and I would love to run some new ...
5
votes
1answer
9k views

What advantages do ridge cap shingles have over modified 3-tab shingles?

I'm preparing to re shingle my roof. I'm not sure if I should use ridge cap shingles, or simply cut up 3-tab shingles for the ridge cap. Do ridge cap shingles have any advantages over ...
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3answers
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How do I finish a ridge cap?

I've installed the ridge cap, using modified 3 tab shingles. I've installed the ridge cap all the way to the other end of the ridge, but I'm not quite sure what to do now. The next shingle will ...
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2answers
6k views

How to fill gap between brick and drywall?

Where my ceiling drywall meets a brick wall there is a gap. This is smaller at the brick itself (maybe 3/16") and then larger where the mortar is struck. This seems too large to fill with caulking......
2
votes
2answers
972 views

How to avoid window sticking to paint?

Our house has several sliding windows that have a strip of rubber weatherstripping where the movable part of the window meets the frame when closed. The most recent paint (a semi-gloss latex) is ...
6
votes
2answers
6k views

Do I need exterior grade cables or conduit to run wire in an enclosed soffit?

I'm looking to add some lights on motion detectors (un-switched) and security cameras under the eaves of our house. I know standard romex is often used in attics, but the soffits seem like they might ...
4
votes
4answers
2k views

Why won't the bulbs light up brightly in my European chandelier?

I bought a European chandelier not knowing there were light bulb size differences. I ordered 12 European to Candelabra Reducers (E14 to E12). I was so happy when I received them, and couldn't wait to ...
7
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1answer
4k views

Does it do any good to use fiberglass insulation if you're not going to drywall?

My attached garage is not insulated. When I look up, I see the roof sheathing. I was thinking of adding insulation to the garage. The problem is there is no attic space, so I shouldn't drywall it ...
3
votes
4answers
11k views

How can I remove water-based emulsion paint from paving slabs?

On painting the bedrooms in our new house, we've gotten some (mainly) water-based paint on some of the paving slabs on the patio. A little of it may be oil-based gloss we used for skirting boards, but ...
7
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3answers
11k views

What could cause water hammer after changing a valve cartridge?

I fixed my delta 1400 series shower faucet the other day by replacing the valve cartridge with a non-delta brand. Everything went well, until I turned it on, now the shower pipe is hammering. The ...
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votes
1answer
245 views

What could cause this ceiling fan and light issue?

I have a ceiling fan with a switch that has both a dimmer for the light in the fan and a speed adjuster for the fan itself. Only the light dimmer side works and when I turn it on both the fan and the ...
4
votes
4answers
5k views

Can I run electrical cable and sound cable in the same conduit?

In my house, I only have an underground conduit for electrical cable. I have a home theater system, but there is no separate underground conduit for home theater wiring. I want surround sound with ...
3
votes
1answer
1k views

Is it safe to remove a plug, and wire a light fitting into the wall?

I've moved into a house, and am fitting a series of 5 halogen downlights beneath a shelving unit. The wall on which I am fitting it previously had an uplighter. I removed this so now have exposed live,...

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