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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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756 views

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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929 views

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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485 views

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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297 views

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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466 views

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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1answer
546 views

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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797 views

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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1answer
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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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267 views

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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1answer
913 views

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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How do I install electrical through existing stucco (e.g. “old work”)

Is there such a thing as an "old work" stucco junction box? Rather than cutting and flashing a 4" hole for a new junction box, can I cut a 1/2 hole for the non-metallic cable, and attach some sort of ...
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How do I determine which phone line goes where, without any special tools?

I have six (6) phone lines running from my rooms into the basement. They are not terminated as this is a new build. I need to determine which line corresponds to which room. Is there a way to do this ...
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How should I pump water throughout a house from holding tanks in the basement?

I have an infrequently used, small cabin that needs a pumping system installed. Currently, there is no pressure tank or pump installed. There was one many years ago but that's long gone. The water ...
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1answer
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Will drywall mud stick to shellac-based primer?

We are preparing to prime interior walls using a shellac-based primer, followed with a setting compound mud. Will the mud stick adequately to the shellac-based product or do we need to use another ...
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How can I determine why my A/C runs all day?

I have a Bryant AC/Furnace unit. My house is 10 years old. A heat wave hit this weekend & temps got up to 95°F outside. I had my thermostat set to 75°, and it ran all day. The ...
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With mechanical room ventilation is it necessary to have air supply in addition to extraction?

We are building three sound insulated classrooms which will be fairly well sealed. There will be no open windows so we're to use mechanical ventilation. I live in a warm country so heating isn't a ...
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1answer
3k views

Best solution for file folders of custom wooden desk drawer?

A few months ago, I bought a wooden desk. I want to put file folders in one of the drawers. I bought this file folder frame set (the kind you build) for file folders from Office Depot, but they don'...
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What does the 16“ in ”16-Inch Full Ext Drawer" refer to?

I'm building a project that involves sliding drawers. I'm shopping for drawer slides and I'm not sure what the 16" in the title below refers to? Does it mean the drawer hardware is 16 inches closed? ...
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How can I confirm the building code limitations for adding a small cabin/cottage/office in my county? [closed]

Aptos, CA (Santa Cruz County - California - US). Hi all, I'm considering building an outdoor shed primarily for a multi-purpose home office. I'd like to know to what codes I'll come up against but ...
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How to drill a hole in a space too small to fit a standard manual or electric drill?

I have a very narrow kitchen cupboard I'd like to make some changes to (add shelves maybe). Almost any change will require drilling holes though, and there's not enough room for a standard electric or ...
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1answer
310 views

What tool should be used to mud the inside corners of a diagonal ceiling?

We are preparing to tape and mud the 'inside corners' of a diagonal attic ceiling, where the short walls meet the ceiling. What is the best way to achieve a straight line? Is there a special tool we ...
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What could be causing the delay in the start up of my air conditioner?

I have an air conditioner that is probably 15 years old now. The problem is when I turn it on after it has been off for a long period of time (several hours) it takes a long time for the outdoor unit ...
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2answers
2k views

Can I use an airless paint sprayer to paint kitchen cabinets?

Is an airless paint sprayer recommended for painting kitchen cabinets, boxes and doors?
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267 views

What type of air conditioner to look for

I'm looking for a portable air conditioner that can be moved from room to room. But the key thing I want is one that does not use a condensation tank. I know they exist because I have seen one. It ...
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8answers
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How can I coil up a rope so that it doesn't get tangled?

When I get stuff for DIY projects, I regularly use rope to tie it all down to my trailer. When I coil up a rope for storage I wind it around my palm and elbow (on the same arm) then use the last ...
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1answer
728 views

What is the labeling scheme on these outlets?

This is in a hotel, where there are obviously many, many circuits to manage. Can we tell what information is encoded in these labels?
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1answer
376 views

What is this plumbing fitting?

Today I saw this water hookup in at the site of a farmer's market. What am I looking at? Is this a shutoff? Is it frost-free?
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1answer
206 views

How much should brick “give” when pushing against it?

My wife and I are having a home built by a local contractor. The house is wood framed construction with a brick exterior. The home is nearly complete -- just interior trim and paint work remains. ...
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1answer
357 views

How do I size this wall to make tiles look right?

I am expanding my entryway by building a new half-wall, and then I will be tiling (which I have never done before). What I'm looking for is some advice on the best way to size the wall so that the ...
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1k views

How much drywall should I cut to re-route some wires?

I am just looking for advice on how much drywall to cut to move some wires. There's a wire in the ceiling that has incoming power, and a switched leg for the light in the entry way, and another ...
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1answer
836 views

How can I restore the waterproofing behind a shower/bath mixer/diverter?

After install a new shower/bath mixer, I am proceeding to restore waterproofing behind the mixer follow by the tiles. Originally between the water pipes and the tiles there is a layer of gyprock (...
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1answer
975 views

Is there anything special needed to cut out a section of carpet?

I am cutting out a section of carpet as I expand my entryway, and I want to ensure it's held down properly. I am putting a 4' high wall up where the double red line is, and cutting out that section ...
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2answers
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Is underlayment necessary in a room over a garage?

It is my understanding that underlayment beneath laminate flooring reduces sound between floors, i.e. for the room below. Is there a functional purpose beyond reducing noise in the room below? I'm ...
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3answers
682 views

Space heater efficiency and light bulb efficiency in winter

New here, so apologies for the basic question. My undergraduate-level physics understanding of efficiency is it is the % of energy input that is turned into useful work as opposed to heat. At the ...
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3answers
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How do I determine if adding an air conditioner will overload a circuit?

I'm going to take advantage of some Memorial Day sales and pull the trigger on a portable AC unit for my "basement-ish" (bottom of windowsill is mid chest, rather than head height) apartment. Before ...
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3answers
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How can I find out where a door is sticking? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Doors are sticky and noisy when opened? We have several old doors in our house, with possibly a great deal of paint build up on them. As a result they are very difficult ...

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