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How can I avoid overflowing the water pan while defrosting my fridge? [closed]

I have a Samsung manual defrost refrigerator. Usually after a month's running ice builds up a lot. So I just defrost, but after doing so the water pan overflows a lot. Is there any way in which the ...
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Do I have to do anything different to use compression fittings on chrome pipe?

I have a radiator sitting on a concrete floor in my bathroom. I'm connecting it up to the central heating with chrome pipes and chrome compression fittings - the piping is all visible above floor due ...
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How would you add baseboard trim to an angled wall?

We have a set of stairs that lead to our basement. I've made the space underneath in to a small closet. It's been enclosed with drywall. The floor is a continuation of tile from the laundry room. ...
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Is there an alternative to the pvc/plastic garage weatherstripping (stop molding)?

Our garage has plastic weatherstripping with attached rubber around the perimeter of the garage. It butts up against the actual metal garage wrap. We noticed it is starting to buckle. Are there ...
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Is there a standard length on the PVC furnace pipes coming outside the exterior?

We have a high-efficiency furnace. Two pipes are coming outside the house as expected. However, right now, there is at least 2 feet or more of extra PVC on the exterior showing. Is there any ...
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How do I secure a steel rod inside a blind hole of a silumin part?

A part of my hacksaw responsible for keeping the blade tensioned broke apart. One of the parts is a piece of silumin which has a blind hole 4 millimeters in diameter and about 15 millimeters deep. A ...
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Would the “Nest” thermostat work outside US?

Looking at this Nest question reminded me that I'd really want one of these for my future house. The Nest website says that it's currently only available in the US but I'm wondering whether that is ...
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Patching a cracked concrete/brick walkway

A smallish part of the concrete/brick walkway leading up to my front door has broken off. The cracked piece is about six inches long by two inches wide. How do I go about repairing this? Is this ...
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Understanding Model numbers of GE Appliances [closed]

GE makes a lot of different models of each appliance (just look at any website selling washers/driers or refrigerators). Models of the same type may have subtle differences in model number, e.g. two ...
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Reviews on Nest Thermostat - That Learns [closed]

I am just wondering if anyone has used Nest | The Learning Thermostat. At $200 it is very expensive, and I wanted to know if it is worth the price!? Is it practicle, is it actually smart? How precise ...
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Should building a new house include considerations about radon?

By chance I saw that there are a lot of radon questions here and it got me thinking: Do I need to concern myself with potential radon levels when planning to build a new house? My question is based ...
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How can I get the pneumatic brace on my screen door to release?

I have a screen door that has a pneumatic brace that keeps the door open. It is currently stuck open and I'm trying to press the release mechanism, but I can't get it to release. Any ideas on how to ...
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How to disable this timer?

Is there a way to completely turn off this timer?
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How do I patch sections of polyurethane coating on a hardwood floor?

Sections of the floor in our dining room have worn sections, where the polyurethane coating has worn through to the bare wood. Having the room emptied and properly refinished isn't really an option at ...
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1answer
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When choosing lighting fixtures for new construction, should I go integrated or non-integrated CFL?

I do facilities maintenance for a company in Boston, and one of our newer buildings (built in 2006) has non-integrated CFL fixtures. I was really surprised when I went to HomeDepot to buy some new ...
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How far to put a prehung door in a rough opening?

I've put in a prehung door before but the last one had a brick-mold on the exterior part of the frame and I just pushed it in until it was against the house. The prehung door I have to install now ...
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Is it ok for my doors rough opening to not be square if I'm installing a prehung door?

I have a door rough opening and it isn't square but the sides are level and the top is almost level. I am installing a prehung door and it fits inside the rough opening but it doesn't have an even gap ...
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Best practice for oily rag safety?

Most everyone's heard about piles of oily/greasy rags igniting. Linseed oil seems to be a popular culprit for it, but I've also recently heard claims of common automotive oil being involved. I've ...
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How can I calculate the load capacity of a platform?

I'm planning to build a very basic bed frame, but I'm not sure what size lumber to use. I was thinking of building the entire thing from 2x4s (legs would be 4x4), but I'm not sure if this will be ...
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How do I attach a carpet runner down a staircase with a turn in it?

I need to install a carpet runner down a staircase. This is a typical installation with the brass bars in the corner between the tread and riser to hold it down. The difficulty is that the staircase ...
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1answer
501 views

Does concrete sealant slow the growth of moss?

Does sealant like Thompson's WaterSeal slow the growth of moss on concrete? I live in the rainy Pacific Northwest and moss and mold are regular problems.
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Why did a gate post rot after just 6 years?

My friend put a 4 inch treated wood gate post in the ground and we filled the hole with concrete. A neighbor built a fence around the same time, using similar-looking posts. Six years later, the ...
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1answer
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Cheaply repair burnt / melted vinyl floor

I left a pot on the stove too long, and it melted the aluminum drip pan. When I removed the hot pan from the stove, the liquified aluminum dripped onto the vinyl floor, melting it in several spots ...
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How to protect plumbing to an outbuilding from freezing?

I'm planning plumbing to an outbuilding. When I splice in to the water line, I'm thinking I should insert a shutoff valve with a weep hole ("stop and waste"). Then, if I leave for the winter, I can ...
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Decent Brand Names for Beginner Carpentry

I have done a few small projects but nothing too extravagant without a table saw. I would like to get more into woodworking but the one tool I don't have right now it's a table saw. All the rest of ...
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Do I need a rain\snow cover on this furnace vent?

Just bought a house that had a new furnace installed this summer. Vent number 1 in the image is for the furnace (2 is the water heater and 3 is sump). As you can see in the image, 2 and 3 both would ...
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Electric requirements for gas stove

I am buying a new house (new construction) and it currently has an electric stove. One of the changes we've put in the contract it to 'remove the electric stove and adapt the stove cavity for a gas ...
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1answer
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Wood Fence Designs

I plan on building a wooden fence out of pressure treated lumber this spring. I like the idea of 4x4's as posts and 2x2's for spindles. My wife and I do not like privacy fences. The function of this ...
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Power company's neutral cause surges and brownouts?

My electric company recently made a repair that involved digging up underground wires near my house that I'm trying to understand. The symptoms that caused them to initiate the repair were very ...
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1answer
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Punching bag mounted on ceiling in flat

I would like to mount a punching bag on the ceiling as there are not really any good boxing gyms here in Madrid. Key Facts I am on the Ground Floor known as "Bajo" in Spanish The weight on the ...
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Fixing a large (1/8"-wide) crack in a wood exterior door panel

This is a follow-up to my previous question: How can I fix a hairline crack in a thin wood panel of an exterior door? While getting ready to apply wood glue (actually a mixture of wood glue and ...
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1answer
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Damaged connection when replacing oven element

Our fan oven stopped getting hot the other day so I guessed that it is likely to be the element. Removed the cover and element so I could test it with a multimeter. Unfortunately on one of the ...
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What heat resistant plastic should I use for a lightbox?

I'm making a lightbox to house a strip light behind a large photographic print. I'd like to use relatively thin (i.e. light) plastic. I looked into using foam PVC, but it's not very heat resistant and ...
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158 views

Troubleshooting a UHF (HDTV) aerial [closed]

My grandmother has moved into a new house, and the aerial connection for her tv is not working. Are there any troubleshooting methods I can use to check and perhaps fix it before calling in a ...
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How do I attach a shelf to a plaster wall invisibly?

Following this question: How can I attach two pieces of wood in an invisible way? I have another - what would be a good way to attach a shelf to a plaster wall, if it is completely supported (i.e. ...
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Paint got ripped off when trying to remove double-sided foam tape

I was trying to remove a picture frame which was adhered to the wall with some double-sided foam tape. Unfortunately, the foam tape was so sticky and ripped some of the paint off the wall (see ...
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Should pegboard be part of the workbench or attached to the wall behind the workbench?

Is it better to buy a workbench with the pegboard back included or to buy an inexpensive workbench and install the pegboard back on the wall?
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Can I split the direct wire to dishwasher to handle a garbage disposal as well?

I've just plumbed in a new garbage disposal unit under my sink. The plumbing appears to be fine - nothing is leaking so far. Now I need to wire it in. It's next to a dishwasher, but the dish-washer ...
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How to re-anchor banister to plaster wall?

So the banister holders are in plaster, and it's pretty crumbly. We removed the wooden rail, but the anchors are in no way attached to the wall soundly. How can I make this secure again?
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Can a toilet on concrete slab be moved about 4 1/2 inches?

My toilet is situated such that it doesn't allow much room to get in and out of the shower. I'd like to move it back to the wall as close as possible, to allow more space. The toilet is on concrete ...
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What is the cheapest way to brighten a basement workshop?

I have a bare concrete block unfinished basement. I have zero moisture problems (it's a 2007 construction with exterior waterproofing applied to the concrete along with a buried perimeter drain). ...
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2answers
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When building drywalls with suspended ceiling do I need wall height to actual ceiling?

I'm building classrooms in the large basement of our home; we're in Spain and have an English school we're expanding. Room to room sound insulation and resonance are the major concerns I have to ...
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2answers
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Does anyone recognize this door part?

We put up two old french doors, and at the top they each have a spring loaded metal ball that supposedly keeps the doors shut. I believe they are supposed to slide up against something when they are ...
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How do I change an AC outlet into a switched outlet using wireless technology?

I have an outlet that's live, and I want to make it switched without having to get an electrician. Suggestions?
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1answer
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Low water pressure in house

My inside water pressure is very low. My outside pressure is good. I did disconnect an old water softener and just connected the input and output pipes from the softener together. I would like to ...
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2answers
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Running electrical cable within dry wall

First of all, I'm a beginner. Secondly, I've a renovation started in the basement (see picture here), so I need some help. So in the bedroom, there's actually a socket already present just as you ...
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616 views

Diagnosing noisy power lines

We have a number of devices in our house that communicate via power lines (such as power line networking devices and some solar/electric metering equipment), and we've had persistent problems getting ...
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How long should I let caulking dry before exposing to water?

I am redoing my bathroom and going from a tub with shower to just a shower base and walls. The walls are fiberglass and caulking is being used to seal everything up. How long should I let everything ...
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1answer
348 views

Why might a weld be weaker than a bolt? [closed]

I've heard that bolts should be used for connections that must be secure, rather than welds. To me this seems odd; I was under the impression that the whole idea of a weld was to make the two pieces ...
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1answer
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How do I remove a stair tread under linoleum without damaging the linoleum?

I'm replacing some old 1970s railing in between my kitchen and family room (there's a step down into my family room.) I ripped that out and exposed what looks like a stair tread that was ripped down ...

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