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How do I fix a hole in drywall?

There is a hole in my drywall from a doorknob repeatedly hitting it, is there a straightforward way to fix it?
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1answer
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What should I do about standing water in my tiled shower?

I have standing water in my tiled shower. The side of my house sank a bit causing the floor to be uneven. The guy I use for home repairs is out of the country for a couple of months. Can I wait until ...
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1answer
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My water softener has a setting for KCl (Potassium) / NaCl (Sodium), what does it do exactly?

I'm having some trouble with a relatively new water softener (<2 years). It seems like it is cycling when it should as the salt level is definitely going down, but the water is still hard. While ...
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1answer
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Is IPS threading compatible with NPT threading?

I've attached two links to the fittings I'm looking to purchase online. But I don't know if they will work together. Chrome Plated Brass Pipe Fitting, Coupling , 1/2" NPT Female and Moen ...
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4answers
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What could cause my toilet to 'Gurgle'?

The last few days the toilets in the house (2 toilets) are making a gurgling noise. When I go and look, I can see the water is standing very low. When I then flush the toilet, the water either keeps ...
6
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1answer
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What is the proper method for rolling paint on a wall?

When rolling a wall with paint, is there an optimal or proper method of rolling? Usually I just go up and down and make sure the paint is rolled evenly. I've attached a picture showing some ...
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4answers
539 views

What sort of bit can I use to drill out a thin seized screw?

I have a piece of moulding on an appliance that is held on by a long, thin screw with a hex head. The screw is perhaps 5" long and perhaps 1/8" diameter (modestly heavier than a wire coat hanger). ...
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2answers
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Are there any types of tile with insulating properties?

Is it possible to buy insulating indoor wall tiles? I have just bought a house and am in the process of slowly renovating it. The bathroom is an extension that was added to the house approx 40 years ...
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2answers
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How to attach concrete to wood?

I'm planning a wooden table with concrete legs. I will use a U-shape or O-Shape for the legs. Should i use screws to attach the legs to the slab or is there a better way? I thought of placing a metal ...
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3answers
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What happens if I shave a little sliver off electrical wire with a utility knife?

I needed to replace an electrical wire with a longer one so I could move an electrical outlet. When I went to cut away the outer rubber cover of one of the wires with a utility knife (yes, dumb, I ...
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How can I repair damage to an engineered floor caused by cleaning products?

A product 'Mop & Glo' was used on my engineered floor. An employee of the company from whom I purchased my floor recommended that I use Armstrong Hardwood Floor cleaner to attempt to remove the ...
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1answer
674 views

Will a drill bit that came with a dremel be good enought to drill out a screw?

I have a dremel, and I want to know if the drill bits that came with it are good enough to drill out a screw in my shower faucet. The shower faucet handel is broken and the screw is stuck in the ...
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1answer
306 views

Is it safe to put a gas furnace in the same room as an electric clothes dryer? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Can an electric dryer be next to the gas furnace? We are currently remodeling our house. Is it safe to put a gas furnace in the same room with an electric clothes dryer? ...
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2answers
732 views

What are some ways to find a leak in a pipe?

I have a leak somewhere under my sink in the kitchen. I have a number of junctions/pipe/hoses there (6 lines), and one of them has a leak. It doesn't happen all the time, only when there is back ...
3
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2answers
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Trying to wire a 240v line-voltage thermostat

I am trying to replace my old 240v line-voltage thermostat with a modern version. The problem is that after wiring the new version in like the old it doesn't work. I have (2) 12-2 wires coming out of ...
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3answers
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When buying an older home that has recently been renovated, what should I look for in the home inspection?

I'm in the process of buying a house built in the mid 80's. It was foreclosed about a year ago and has since undergone a large number of renovations (roof, HVAC, windows, doors, plumbing, etc). What ...
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2answers
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Why won't this bed's feet touch the floor?

My wife and I just got a hand-me-down Queen-size bed after our old one broke. It was disassembled and brought to us by people unfamiliar with its previous assembled state. You might be able to tell ...
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5answers
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How can I detect reverse polarity on an ungrounded receptacle?

Recently moved into a 1950s-built house and am swapping out some of the older receptacles. On one particular ungrounded circuit there are four receptacles. The first two are as expected - the two ...
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0answers
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My refrigerator is freezing vegetables in the crisper [closed]

Lately I've noticed that my refrigerator (Whirlpool side-by-side fridge/freezer, about 5 years old) is freezing vegetables located in the two crisper drawers in the bottom. Liquids, including plain ...
4
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1answer
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What would cause my furnace to only work with the filter removed?

My Carrier furnace works fine without the air filter in place on the return. With the filter in place it works for a while and then stops with a complaint about "limit, or flame rollout is open" ...
2
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2answers
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How can I fix my entry door that is not deep enough?

I had my front door replace, I got the right measurment and the door fit, but it was not deep enough. Now from the inside the edges of the door do not even out with the wall. Is there a way I can fix ...
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3answers
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Increase wood fireplace efficiency

We have a large fireplace and plenty of free or cheap wood and love having fires for warmth and entertainment. An open fireplace is not an ideal source of heat, but I wanted to know if there's a ...
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3answers
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Can I hang a bathroom shelf with command strips or something similar?

I'm currently living in an apartment that doesn't allow me to put anything larger than a finishing nail sized hole in the wall. I have a small bathroom shelf that I would like to put up that consists ...
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1answer
581 views

How can I restore ridged decking?

My in-laws have a deck out the back of the house. They're old and the deck hasn't been maintained in 10 years or more. Many of the boards have blackened and are lethally slippery if the weather is ...
4
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1answer
7k views

Is urethane based grout worth the cost for bathroom tile?

We are beginning a project to tile the master bathroom. The local tile shop where we are purchasing the tile is recommending a urethane based grout (specifically Bostik TruColor Pre-Mixed Grout). I ...
4
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1answer
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What is permissible for a breaker box cover?

We're doing some remodeling in our kitchen and unfortunately the breaker box is right in the middle of a wall we are going to cover with tile. My current thought is to replace the existing metal ...
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2answers
948 views

How can I add a second light to a circuit?

I have recessed lights that are controlled by two switches. They used a black, red and white wire for each switch to a junction box then used a 14-2 wire to the recessed lights. My question is how do ...
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1answer
1k views

Seebeck generator to run a fan on a radiator

I asked in this question if there was a heat powered fan for residential steam rads, to increase air flow over them since natural flow is pretty weak. Alas, looks like some wood stoves can use such a ...
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1answer
7k views

How can I lengthen my vent stack and are there any negative effects in doing so?

I have observed that when we receive a lot of snow here in Ontario, at least one of the drain vents on my roof is covered by snow. While after one winter in the house I have not yet observed any ...
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1answer
253 views

Wood heating - Problems with power failures. Need some advice

My sister uses wood heating in here house. Her heating system has temperature control but of course does not work without electricity. If electricity goes off the temperature can grow ...
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3answers
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How to finish wood in the winter?

If you want to stain and varnish indoor wood furniture during the winter, how do you do it? It's below freezing outdoors, but I don't want fumes to accumulate in the house.
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3answers
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Splitting a circuit breaker into multiple lines

I recently found out that several rooms in my house are apparently connected to one circuit breaker. Setup: My wife was in the bathroom drying her hair and I decided it was time to nuke lunch in the ...
0
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2answers
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Is there an online tool for designing kitchen layout?

I am looking at having my kitchen replaced. It is a tiny room no bigger than 6ft by 6ft. I would like to find an online tool that will let me drag and drop appliences and fittings into the room so I ...
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8answers
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Can I run CAT5/6 cables parallel to electrical cables?

I am building a new house and am planning to hardwire network cables into each room. Can I run CAT5/6 cables parallel to electrical wires without introducing any general safety issues or losing much ...
2
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2answers
18k views

How do I tighten a loose kitchen faucet?

I have a kitchen faucet that is starting to move around in the hole cut in the counter top. I would like to figure out how to tighten it, but due to the location of drain pipes and the disposal I ...
1
vote
1answer
123 views

Any methods to cover yourself when dealing with smell during repair

I was thinking of using a mask to cover my nose so that smell / smoke will not get into my nose while I am doing some repair work. Beside using mask, are there better alternative such that I can ...
4
votes
2answers
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What are the differences between SDS, SDS Plus, and SDS Max drills?

Basically I had to use a breaker last weekend, it was clear I did not need the “heavy duty” as I did not have 6” of solid concrete, but the descriptions of the other options confused me.
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2answers
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Humidity Level for Bamboo Flooring

What are appropriate humidity levels for bamboo flooring post-installation? I've heard that most hardwoods are good between 35-50% humidity but have been unable to locate anything specific to bamboo.
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1answer
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How to add GFCI to a box with one outlet controlled by a switch?

I'm pretty inexperienced when it comes to electrical work, though I do know my way around a circuit diagram, thanks to some EE courses in college. I think this is one I can do myself, I just would ...
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2answers
953 views

How do I fix a dishwasher leak and repair damage to surrounding cabinets?

I have a Whirlpool dishwasher bought in 2005 that evidently leaks steam from the side and has caused mold to build up on the cabinet door that is next to it. What could cause this to happen and how ...
0
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1answer
2k views

How do I fix a bathroom light Fixture that is falling off the wall?

The light fixture in my bath room is falling right off the wall . Can anyone tell me what I'll need to fix it and how to fix it?
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3answers
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Is it ever safe to have 14 gauge wire anywhere on a circuit protected by a 30 amp breaker?

I was doing some work in an old house I recently moved into, and found that my dishwasher and garbage disposal (and some outlets near them) are on a 30 amp breaker. However, some of the electrical ...
0
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1answer
185 views

What is a “Holders/Sujetadores de Sujecion”?

I bought a package of locking peg hooks at Home Depot, along with some pegboard and other assorted stuff. When I got home, I hung up the pegboard. It fit just fine. I then attempted to attach my new ...
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1answer
3k views

adhesive for gluing rubber to wood

I am replacing rubber tread covers on an old wooden staircase. As far as I can tell, the old ones were simply glued on. They lasted about ten years before they started slipping and cracking where they ...
3
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2answers
751 views

Bathroom air vent drip

I have a constant drip coming from the air vent in my downstairs bathroom. After one week it has filled a bucket full of water. There has been no snow or rain in my area. The air conditioning hasn't ...
2
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1answer
865 views

Gas fireplace will not come on or it goes off minutes after coming on

When we turn on our gas fireplace switch it will sometimes come on, but typically doesn't. When it does ignite, the flame wil only stay lit for several minutes and then goes out. The pilot light ...
4
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2answers
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How do I remove this shower sliding door?

I'm trying to remove the sliding doors of my shower to clean up the rails and also replace a broken "holder" (sorry I don't know the exact name of that part). Do you have an idea how to remove a ...
2
votes
2answers
481 views

Why do my toilet valves seem to have started running at the same time?

I had a bad toilet that started running last year. This was in a bathroom that is not used at all (guest bedroom). So, i just closed the valve to that toilet and decided to look into it later. I ...
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1answer
293 views

How to make my box liftable

I have this big wooden box in my garage: The current position makes it a bit cumbersome to park the car. Is there a way to make the box easily "liftable" or "raisable" up to the ceiling (or as high ...
3
votes
2answers
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How to remove an old KitchenAid dishwasher?

I am looking for any information that could help with removing a KitchenAid KDC-37 SST dishwasher. It appears to be part of an integrated sink-dishwasher-drainboard unit. The KitchenAid support site ...

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