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How can I open the front of my dryer?

Here is a site with exploded diagrams of the unit. If I need to oil the main bearing on the on the drum or one of the roller guide wheels of the drum, do I need to undo the back assembly, or can I ...
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909 views

How do you fire-block a fireplace?

An engineer (when I bought my house) said I should fire-block my fireplace. Does anyone know what this means and how to do it?
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How can I quiet down a clothes dryer?

Our clothes dryer is currently working; it gets up to and maintains heat, no shuddering, dries clothes, etc. However, it is louder than it used to be. It is an older unit (Whirlpool Dryer LER4624DQ0), ...
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What are the pros and cons of engineered hardwood?

Are there any downsides to engineered hardwood? I'm looking to install hardwood in dining room and kitchen areas.
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What should I consider with new electrical lines in an old house?

When I had our breaker box rewired, I had the electrician run a few extra lines (disconnected in the panel into the attic). I now need to run one of them downstairs through a wall. Two questions: 1) ...
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145 views

Maintaining a Thatched Roof

Is there anything I can do to prolong the life of my thatched roof? Should I attempt to remove moss etc?
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364 views

Prefinished hardwood floor uneven between head and butt

I have a contractor who installed prefinished hardwood flooring. When I slide my sock from side to side, it's very smooth. However, there are some spots when I slide my sock up and down that are ...
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What is the process for draft proofing windows

I need to try to prevent drafts coming through and around my double glazed window units as much as possible. How can I go about detecting and sealing any leaks that are letting air through the window? ...
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How do I cut a channel and plaster television cable work in a brick chimney?

I am buying a new TV, which I intend to mount on the wall. The wall is a brick chimney breast, early 1900's house. I have heard mentioned on a few sites the idea of cutting a channel, and plastering ...
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What are some tips for fixing gaps between door and jamb in an exterior door?

I have an exterior door that was apparently installed by unskilled monkeys. The gap between the jamb and door when it is closed goes from close to normal (1/4") at the top to large enough to see ...
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2answers
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Are there any rules of thumb for whether a concrete pad needs metal re-inforcement and if so, how much?

I may be doing some concrete work soon around the house and I'm somewhat of a novice at it. One thing that I am unsure about is when I need to reinforce the concrete with re-bar or other metal ...
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1answer
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Why is there water dripping from my ceiling AC vents?

I have a one story house with hot water heat. The house also has forced air AC ducts running from the attached garage, in the attic, down into the living room, bedrooms, and kitchen. At certain times ...
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How do I clean stainless steel?

We have just finished building a house and we have some small stains on a stainless steel door handle. I was wondering what was the best way to remove them? Unfortunately I'm not sure what's caused ...
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How to get rid of gophers in the back yard without poison?

We don't want to put out poisons, and we have tried most everything else with no success: vibrating pegs traps water in the holes pepper Its to the point where we're ready to pave over the lawn. ...
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Gas valve with on off indicator?

Is there such a thing as a gas valve with an on/off indicator light? I'm looking for something where it's blindingly obvious that somebody has left the gas on. ironically: I googled around but ...
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5answers
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How do I fix a sinkhole in my backyard?

I have a sinkhole in my backyard along the fence line which began expanding during the last few months. There's a slight depression in the ground about 6' in diameter centered around one of the fence ...
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0answers
674 views

What are good Relative Humidity and Temperature settings on an MHRV and are the settings related?

I need to configure the threshold Relative Humidity and Temperature settings on an whole house MHRV system. The way the system works is that if the RH threshold is exceeded the system increases the ...
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How do I test a furnace limit switch?

When my thermostat reaches the desired temperature, the furnace fan shuts off briefly, then cycles on and off a few times. Several internet posts pointed me to the limit switch, which seems to make ...
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3answers
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Is having a window in a room that is below grade a requirement?

This would be in Charlotte, NC, Mecklenburg County. I vaguely remember hearing somewhere that rooms that are below grade are required to have a full size window in them or they can't be considered ...
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1answer
246 views

Kee Klamp web shop?

I have to make a new railling around a stairwell and i would like it to be made of galvanized tubes connected by Kee Klamps. Does anybody know of any webshops in Europe where i can buy Kee Klamps?
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467 views

What kind of super strong bonding agent would be useful to repair a stiletto heel? [closed]

Fiancee broke her shoe I bought her. Gucci told me tough luck. Cobbler told me it's unfixable. Before I throw these way too expensive shoes in the trash, I figured I'd give it one shot to attempt a ...
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3answers
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How long will a treated post last in the ground?

The power company says I can put my permanent service entrance on a 6" x 6" pressure treated post. My friend suggested I consider a metal post sunk in concrete, for greater longevity. How long should ...
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2answers
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Where can I find fireproof caulk backer?

A while back I asked this question and got a lot of great responses. I've been able to locate fireblock caulk, but one thing I didn't think of is the backer. I need some kind of fireblock/fireproof ...
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3answers
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How do I keep my carpet edges from curling upwards?

A brand new rug that was put in under the coffee table has one corner that seems to keep lifting up and people keep stumbling on it. How do I fix this?
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Can I use a 6 foot long table as the base for a stand up desk?

I am looking to create my own cheap stand up desk. My current idea is to take one of the cheap $40 6 foot tables where the legs fold up and buy 4 plastic crates to put on the corners of the desk ...
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1answer
5k views

Is it generally safe to use a lower wattage bulb in a light fixture? (Specifically Halogen bulbs)

I just bought a light fixture that uses GU10 base Halogen bulbs and came with 50 watt bulbs that are way too bright for my purposes. The documentation lists the maximum wattage bulbs that can be used ...
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4answers
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How do I lubricate plastic rollers for sliding closet doors?

I just installed some new sliding closet doors, but unfortunately they're a bit squeaky/noisy when operating. They are "Reliabilt" doors from Lowes, the actual company that makes these is SGA. There's ...
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5answers
7k views

How do I rust-proof a metal pole?

I have a steel pole holding up part of my house. It is bolted to concrete footings. I am about to build a deck around but would like to rust-proof the bottom before I do this to prevent any future ...
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1answer
197 views

How to promote garden drainage?

I have just finished renovations that included excavating a fair amount of dirt from our back yard. This has left me with an area about 5m x 10m that I need to fill with dirt to the depth of about ...
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6answers
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How can I quiet a noisy downspout? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How do I stop the dripping noise from my gutters? I have metal downspouts that come down from by gutters. One of them happens to be right by my bedroom window. When ...
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4answers
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Are cracks on exterior walls serious and can I fix them myself?

I recently noticed some mostly-vertical cracks present on some exterior walls. In case it is relevant, this is a South Florida home built in the mid 50s. The downstairs walls are CBS (Concrete Block ...
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1answer
1k views

How to quickly fix botched latex paint area on exterior door?

I need some help here. We recently primed and painted an exterior wood door. The second coat of latex paint was still semi-wet and I accidentally touched an area of the door with my fingertips which ...
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6answers
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How can I safely get rid of fire ant mounds in my backyard?

I've got around 8-10 fire ant mounds in my backyard, and a puppy that has recently discovered a love for digging in them. We haven't let her out in the backyard unsupervised for the past week since ...
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2answers
624 views

What brand of faucet is this and how can I hook the sink sprayer up to it?

The sprayer for my faucet is not hooked up to anything, the rubber hose just dangles below the sink. I'd really like to get this wired up, as it would be very handy to have, but I have no idea how to ...
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1answer
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What are some tips for installing a roof cap?

I am adding bathroom exhaust fans. The roof caps I have attach directly to the duct (this is not the model I have, but it clearly shows how the duct attaches): I had a lot of trouble trying to get ...
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1answer
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How to properly vent attic in windy/snowy areas to avoid snow infiltration?

To ask the other part of question: How bad is it to have wet insulation? that didn't get asked... How do you deal with homes that are in high wind and snowy areas which are susceptible to snow ...
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How can I protect books in my study from rats/mice?

I've discovered that rats/mice are living in my home. At night they come into my study and chew any books they can find, so I had planned to exterminate them by placing rat poison in the study. ...
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2answers
243 views

OK to use fallen branch in garden without treatment?

Recently a large branch fell off of one of our trees (a gum tree, ie hard wood). The branch is about thigh thick and parts of it would make a good garden-bed liner or similar as it is quite straight ...
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2answers
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Alarm turns on after power failure

I have an alarm mounted at home, which I don't use (it was installed by previous owners). The annoying feature is that it turns on after every power failure (i.e. when the power comes back - its ...
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1answer
173 views

How bad is a leak-through?

I replaced a Fluidmaster in a toilet, and I suspect the fill valve was slightly loose because, after about 12 hours there was a small puddle in the bathroom and the ceiling below was damp. I turned ...
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2answers
779 views

Oiling/greasing a garage door

My garage door is very loud. I sprayed all of the metal-on-metal moving portions of the garage door (except the Genie screw drive track) with WD-40 as they all have some small degree of rust. This ...
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5answers
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Can a mix of receptacles and light fixtures be installed on a single circuit?

A while ago we had some renovations done in our house. After the electrician was done, we realized we now had one light switch in our kitchen that was no longer connected to anything. It is in a ...
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2answers
2k views

How do I remove window sill / apron overhang?

I'm planning on building a built-in window seat against a wall that has two windows with sills and an apron that extends from the wall about 3/4" to 1": What's the best strategy for removing this ...
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2answers
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What is the strongest way to join a deck joist to a corner joint?

I'm working on designing the support frame for a deck for my backyard. The basic shape of the deck: It's essentially a square with one corner chopped off. The red line is the joist in question, ...
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4answers
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Why can't I bleed my radiator?

I am living in an apartment in Belgium. My bedroom radiator is basically useless; it's about 1m long but only the left 10cm ever gets warm. I have been told to bleed the radiator by opening the valve ...
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14answers
92k views

What are cheap ways to build strong shelves with a large span?

I have removed several old and moisture damaged built in storage units from my house. I would like to replace them with shelving. There are a number of different sized gaps (width and depth to fill). ...
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3answers
454 views

What guidelines exist for the number of screws needed to attach two pieces of wood?

Are there any guidelines or rules of thumb for how many screws I should use when screwing two pieces of wood together? For example if I have a 2cm x 10cm plank I want to screw onto a 10cm x 10cm ...
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3answers
501 views

Good technique for squaring-up hardwood edges?

I'm building a small shelf for organising my desk, using sections of 42mm*19mm hardwood. I've cut the pieces to appropriate length using a hand saw, allowing some tolerance for the kerf. Now I'd like ...
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2answers
37k views

Why can I see roller marks after I painted?

I just painted a wall and now that it is dry I can see roller marks. Not ridge lines where I got to much paint but it looks like two different shades of the same color. What did I do to cause it and ...
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2answers
226 views

What latch would work best for a front/top opening chest?

I'm building a chest (about 3' wide, 2' deep, 2' tall) where the front folds up over the top (270 degrees), then the front/top fold again to the back (another 270 degrees). I need to know how best to ...

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