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What could cause water to come up from the bottom (upwards) through the tundish?

I have an oil-powered boiler along with a water cylinder which has been installed in our home for a number of years by some previous owner. We've been here a couple of years without a hitch. Just the ...
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What tools and techniques are required for moving & re-sloping a cement slab walkway?

My next "shape up" project for my house is moving and re-sloping the concrete slab walkway that goes around my house. I am wondering what tools would be handy for this job. I'll need to get a pry ...
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Can we use both caulk and Durabond to fill in hairline cracks in old plaster walls?

Our end goal is to mud over the existing plaster walls/texture to create a smooth finish. Before this we want to repair several hairline cracks to prevent them from recurring. After scraping open the ...
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Is the permeability of normal shellac (flakes dissolved in spirits) the same as Zinsser B-I-N sealer?

I've made a whole batch of clear shellac for sealing ceiling and concrete floors in a heavily nicotine damaged apartment. But I'm worried now that there may be some differences between them, such as ...
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How do I connect my kitchen sink sprayer

I just bought a house, and the first thing to break is the spray hose for my kitchen sink. It was added recently, and I'm unable to find any brand listed to help me understand the parts, or even what ...
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How should one size ductwork for a new air return duct?

I recently had a contractor build a wall which split one room into two. The new room is an office with two computers, and four monitors. It gets very, very hot, until the air conditioning turns on, ...
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Is an LED light strip safe to use under a bed?

I see a lot of RGB LED light strips being sold on sites like Amazon etc. The lights appear to be of decent quality, run off of 12V but do need up to 5-6 Amps to power. This is a lot of current, so I'...
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How to reattach a tub overflow pipe that is offset from the tub

I recently discovered that the overflow drain that is supposed to be connected to the overflow outlet on my bathtub is...well, not. Taking off the cover of the overflow outlet, I see the pipe ...
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How to remove a tub insert

We're looking at the effort and time for a bathroom renovation, and the biggest item on the list is replacing an old fiberglass tub insert/surround with a standing shower insert/surround. Looking at ...
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Is there a way to trace water pipes through walls?

I recently purchased my house and I am trying to find my internal valve to turn on my external faucet. Unfortunately the previous owner put in a bathroom in over where the water line enters the house ...
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Is it possible to retrofit an external kitchen fan in an existing house?

I have a 2-storey half duplex that was built in 2008. The kitchen (1st floor) has a range hood fan that exhausts to the side of the house through 8" aluminum duct. The outside vent is not directly ...
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Does an air return duct do anything when the air conditioning or furnace is not running?

I recently had a contractor create a new wall which cut me off from the rest of the house. There is one AC/Heating vent in the room and when the door is closed it gets very, very hot. As soon as the ...
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What's the best way to measure for crown moulding and trim

I've been putting up a lot of trim lately (baseboards, quarter-round, chair rail, crown moulding, etc). The problem I'm having is getting precise measurements that each piece should be cut to. I'm ...
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How can I damp proof this wall?

I have stripped plaster from our dining room walls to reveal the brickwork in preparation for plasterboard and skimming. The room features one main exterior wall and an adjoining wall. Prior to ...
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616 views

What can you do to secure a shed door?

Any advice on the best ways to secure a shed door from intruders? I'm considering interlocking hinges, and a bolt-cutter "proof" hasp lock. Anything else I should consider?
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What kind of gloves do I need for working around electrical wires?

What kind of gloves could I wear before manipulating electric wires if I really want to be safe even after having turned off house electricity? And where to buy them?
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What is a good depth for putting bark around a playset?

What is a good depth for putting bark in a playset? Here's a link to a picture of the project so far:
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What is this yellow fluid in my sump pump?

I was cleaning out a clogged sump pump for my first time (is been cleaned before but not by me). During this I opened the top of the pump and saw what looked like a yellow solid but it turned out to ...
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How do I remove stickers and residue from a wooden door?

When I was a kid I put a ton of stickers all over my wooden door. In addition, I also taped on posters and pictures. I tried removing the stickers and with some of them having been there for more ...
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How can I patch 1“- 2” gaps between coved plaster ceilings and new sheetrock walls?

We had to replace some old lath/plaster walls with new sheetrock. We left the coved portion of the plastered ceiling in place, but where the sheetrock meets the coved ceiling there is a 1" - 2" gap (...
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Can salt be used to create a slip resistance surface in concrete?

Is it true that salt can be used to put a slip resistant surface in fresh concrete?
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What is the recommended way to destroy mold?

Back in the day I've heard that bleach is a good way to kill mold. The other day a home inspector suggested that Dawn dish soap actually works much better than bleach. I've heard from another home ...
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How do I vertically connect two 4x4s on a deck to build a roof?

I have a deck I am going to put a roof over. It has 4x4s for vertical supports that I need to extend upward to attach my trusses to. What is the best way to connect two vertical 4x4s?
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Should I apply rigid insulation between existing basement framing?

I'm replacing wood paneling in my basement with drywall. There are 1x furring strips attached to the cinder block and covered with tar paper, and the wood paneling was attached to those strips. ...
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What should I do about a receptacle with 2 circuits going through it where white wires are hot?

I have a receptacle that has 3 white wires and 1 black. The black wire is hot and 2 of the white wires are hot but on a separate circuit than the black one (2 bedroom's outlets on separate circuits ...
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Is there a through-the-wall A/C that works with external thermostats?

Our two-story A-frame house only has duct-work downstairs in the crawl-space, with vents in the floor. It gets quite hot upstairs during the summer, but because the square footage of the upper floor ...
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How to adjust a pressure regulator, that doesn't have a screw/bolt?

The pressure in my house seems to have dropped, so I called my City Water department. They came out and tested it, and said my regulator must be bad. So I dug it up, and found it's one I've never seen....
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Can a poor application of driveway sealer be corrected?

Our contractor put one very thick coat of sealer down instead of applying it in multiple thin coats. It looks like patchwork and very unsightly. Is there any way to correct this?
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How can I attach modern fixture to knob & tube wiring?

I have a modern external light fixture that needs to be attached to an existing exterior electrical 'box'. The older parts of the house have knob & tube wiring and there is evidence of gas ...
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How can I repair my damaged kitchen counter?

I made a stupid mistake and placed a hot pan on the kitchen counter top directly, which made a small burn and a bigger bump filled with air that cracked after a little while. I don't know much about ...
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How can I mount a projector to a concrete ceiling?

I am in a dorm room and I am attempting to mount my projector and screen in my ceiling... As far as I can tell from just tapping the ceiling it is made of cinderblocks if that sounds right or ...
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How to get rid of a few mosquitoes/gnats that constantly sneak in?

I live in an older house, a duplex. I constantly see a few mosquitoes or gnats sneaking in and biting me at night. It's really annoying. It is mainly on the bottom floor, where the A/C vents go to the ...
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How do I attach storage shelving/rack to the floor?

This is perfect for holding our computer servers. MUST be these measurements (60x24x84) We need it to bolt/attach to the floor so it won't tip over no matter what. What is a way to do that with ...
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What is a good wood to use to build a base for a heavy antique table top?

So my gf has a really sweet antique baker's table top. It has what I believe is a porcelain but may be ceramic finish. I've never tried lifting it (it was here before I was) but she tells me it ...
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How can I convert wall lights to under-shelf lighting?

I have a home office, which currently has a couple of wall lights (controlled by switches on the wall, so part of the normal lighting circuit). I'd like to install some wall-supported shelving, and ...
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How much less power does a three-phase air conditioning unit use than a one phase unit?

I'm planning to install a 5 ton central AC. I'm deciding between a condensing unit that runs on 220V and a costlier unit that runs on 207Y three-phase. My understanding is that three-phase motors use ...
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How much current should I expect this motor to draw when it's running steadily?

This fan lists its "Max. Amperage" as 3.2. I assume the motor draws that much when it's first turning on, then settles down to some lower current. How much current should I expect it to draw when it'...
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How can I install a dishwasher under a 23 inch deep counter space?

We want to install a dishwasher in our kitchen, however the cabinet box is only 23" deep and dishwashers are usually 24 inches deep (as I understand). This would pose a problem when opening a bank of ...
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Should I use nails or screws to refasten my subfloor to the joists?

My subfloor is squeaky, and there's a small window of opportunity I'll have to fasten it down before/during my carpet being replaced. I have available to me a nice corded drill, and an air-powered ...
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How can I install a window air conditioner in a metal window frame?

I'm trying to install a window unit air conditioner, but most of the installation instructions don't seem to work with this window configuration. A little bit about the setup: The apartment is the ...
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What is best product for stripping paint from wood?

We want to strip previously painted trim and baseboards. We have tried the Jasco paint stripper but it gums up and is not very successful, especially since the trim has a fairly detailed profile. Is ...
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Should I replace my septic tank if I don't need to?

Our house is 40-50 years old, and we've recently discovered that our drain field is shot. We're getting that replaced, and figured we may as well replace the tank while we're at it. Are there any ...
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Can I increase air volume by adding more fans?

I have a straight 25 foot rectangular duct that is 0.9 sqft in cross-sectional area (11" by 12"). There are openings on either end, and nowhere in the middle. I wish to move about 1000 CFM through the ...
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How can I change the bulb in this light fixture?

I would like to change the light bulb in the room because the bulb died on me. Trouble is, it is fixed to the ceiling and I cannot take the bulb out. I am attaching two pictures here. On one of the ...
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Would this be an effective method to remove painted popcorn ceiling?

Sand off tops of "popcorn bumps" with rotary sander or multi tool (like bosch multi-x). Spray with vinegar and water. Use elbow grease and a scraper.
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Could there be asbestos in the thick brown paper / card backing above my popcorn ceiling?

I have sent away the popcorn ceiling samples for testing, but didn't tear out any of the brown paperish backing above it. Should I have? Here is an image:
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Is my Kenmore HE4T Washer repairable for a reasonable price?

Kenmore HE4T Washer Is this repairable? Here are a couple of videos I took of it happening... http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nfog6-36fdg&feature=youtube_gdata_player http://www.youtube.com/watch?...
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What type of adapter do I need to connect my water supply lines?

My last faucet started to leak, so I just bought a new Moen one. I just about got it installed, but when I tried to hook up the water lines, I have two female connectors that don't seem to like each ...
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How can I remove a stuck tub spigot?

While trying to remove the child safety cover from my tub spigot I managed to shear off the plug mechanism that activates the shower. The guy at the hardware store sold me a new spigot and now I ...
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How can I loosen a faucet cartridge that is stuck due to limescale buildup?

The cartridge faucet in my bathroom has developed a pretty steady dripping so I decided to give it a shot and replace it. I managed to remove the handle, but the screw ring that keeps the cartridge in ...

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