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Can I install an additional breaker bus bar on my main breaker panel?

I'm adding several new circuits to my main electrical panel as part of a kitchen remodel. The panel with accommodate the new circuit breakers, but it does not appear to have enough neutral and ground ...
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4answers
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What is the proper wiring for a NEMA 14-30 240v receptacle?

We moved into a resale home, the previous owners had a Gas Dryer, we have an Electric. The laundry room has a NEMA 14-30 receptacle installed. I hooked up our brand new dryer and it didn't get power. ...
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2answers
503 views

Broken Dryer - won't start

So this morning I went to put my wash into the dryer, and it didn't start. First I checked the door switch, and it clicked on and off when pushed, so that seems to be ok. Next I checked the breaker ...
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3answers
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What is the proper setback from the curb for a mailbox?

I seem to recall my mailbox having instructions on what the proper setback was from the curb for mounting it. Unfortunately, I was too lazy to re-set the post for the mounting hardware after the ...
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4answers
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How do I use 'surface shims' to level out a sloping floor?

Asked a question about leveling my floor here earlier this week, and one of the options suggested sounded appealing, but didn't contain enough detail for me (a not-too-handy, ...
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1answer
304 views

Is there quick setting “gap filling” adhesive?

I have used “grab” adhesive in the past, but had problem as they take a long time to set and the object need to be hold in place until they set. So is there a fast setting “gap filling” adhesive? ...
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3answers
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Does “No more nails” grip strongly enough to hold soffit vents in place while it is setting?

I need to fix some soffit vents to a UPVC soffit, due do the fitness of the UPVC soffit the vents tend to fall out. Will “No more nails” grip strongly enough to keep them in place until it sets?
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1answer
327 views

Is it safe to simply replace a heating element in an electric water heater?

The bottom element in my water heater burned up. I took the bottom panel off, and everything inside was scorched - the insulation, the plastic cover, the thermostat - even the edges of the panel. The ...
3
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2answers
389 views

How can I avoid marking up a toilet with a toilet auger?

For the sake of this question, assume that: There is a clogged toilet that cannot be unclogged with a plunger A toilet auger magically appears in the bathroom It seems that the auger could leave a ...
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1answer
3k views

Gas fire place main burner stays on low flame

I have a gas fire place. The pilot light stays on and the main burner comes on, but the flame is not even close to what it was when it was first put in. What is wrong?
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1answer
971 views

How practical is it is use a 6 Terminals junction box to extend a ring main?

Logically I can use 2, 3 terminal junction boxes, or a single 6 terminal junction box to extend a ring main (inserting a loop to the new socket(s) I am installing). However are there any practical ...
4
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1answer
70 views

Prefab recommendations

I'm toying with the idea of completely knocking and rebuilding my house. Does anyone here have experience with prefabs? In my case I'd need a 2000ft2 modern but traditional-looking house (since my ...
7
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10answers
139k views

Why does significant condensation gather on my bedroom windows overnight?

When we wake up in the morning, we're observing a significant amount of condensation on the bedroom windows around the edges on the inside (inside the house not between the panes). We had new windows ...
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3answers
3k views

Should I extend my house upward or knock down and build from scratch?

I want to expand my house upwards by adding another 1000ft2 level. I'm told that knocking the house down and build from scratch would be easier than dealing with all the issues. In my area I've been ...
2
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1answer
3k views

What kind of filter fabric should I use for the curtain drain in my crawlspace?

I'm having a hard time finding appropriate filter fabric for my curtain drain in the crawl space. HD had some stuff but that's for gardening and may not be suitable. Also since their gardening ...
4
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2answers
25k views

How do I frame a room inside a garage so that the room's ceiling will not touch the garage ceiling?

I am considering building a small 6 x 9 room inside my garage to use as an office. However, I do not want to remove the garage door opener unit nor the tracks the door slides on because we will want ...
5
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9answers
26k views

How should I add lighting to a low ceiling basement?

I have a basement ceiling that's around 6'6" high and currently the lights are standard bulb outlets that are attached to the beams so they sit down at eye level in the room. This means when you're ...
2
votes
2answers
382 views

How do I force glue into a hard to reach hollow?

I have a group of wall tiles coming off the wall. They don't separate from each other, just come off together - when I knock with a finger I hear dull sound meaning there's already a hollow behind the ...
5
votes
5answers
12k views

What kind of bulb should I use for a recessed can?

I just installed a Halo 5" IC remodel recessed can with the 5000P open trim. I installed a 15W R30 CFL bulb, and it hangs down about an inch below the trim. Not very recessed! I have the trim ...
10
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3answers
6k views

How can I determine the maximum wattage that I can hook up to a breaker?

All of my heating is on one breaker, 240V on a double pole breaker, each marked 20A (it's a small condo). I wonder how I can determine the maximum wattage I can hook up to that breaker.
4
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1answer
944 views

What wall material should be used behind the Kerdi system in a tub/shower?

I know from my previous question that in most cases a cement board of some kind needs to be used. However, when the Kerdi membrane system is being used behind the tile, is it still necessary to use a ...
10
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1answer
3k views

What is this drill guide/template used when fixing electrical sockets called and where do I buy one?

My dad used to have one, you use it as a drill guide/template when fixing electrical sockets, but I cannot find anywhere that sells them, and as I don't know the name Google is not much help! ...
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1answer
633 views

Washer / spacer for round surface

I would like to bolt a bracket to a steel pipe (1.5 inch diameter), with the nut located inside the pipe. Since the application needs to support a considerable amount of weight, I need some kind of ...
8
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7answers
1k views

What software should I use to visualize a major renovation?

We are going to make major changes in our new apartment (remove walls, construct new walls, new windows, new doors, new kitchen, new bathrooms, paint, fake ceiling, new furniture etc.). Where do I ...
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2answers
2k views

Is there an easy way to strip twin and earth cable?

It seems whatever method I use I sometimes damage the wire and have to hope I have enough cable to have a 2nd try. Is there a method that works 100% of the time for someone that is not doing it every ...
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5answers
5k views

How can I protect my hands when using power tools?

When doing many DIY projects there's a strong need to protect hands against cutting by sharp part edges. Gloves seem a natural solution. However recently I was mounting a countertop and wearing ...
3
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1answer
2k views

How do I roughly cut linoleum to room width?

So far I had to replace linoleum twice and each time it was a room of something like slightly-more-than 3 meters by slightly-less-than 3 meters. Linoleum is usually cut to length at a shop and then ...
6
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3answers
2k views

Is there an easy way to make a square hole in plaster/brick to put an electrical outlet box in?

I am about to fix a few new sockets, I can run the cables down the back of some built in cupboards, but would rather not use surface mounted sockets. I do not have a SDS drill, just a standard ...
4
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2answers
258 views

Curtain drain in the crawl space - Part 3

I've dug out a trench around the perimeter of my crawl space. Then I planned the next steps. I took a week off but I'd like to finish this project next weekend. I'm going to put a 4" perforated pipe. ...
5
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1answer
274 views

Glue crawl space rigid insulation

I've dug a trench around the perimeter of my crawl space. Then I planned the next steps. I took a week off but I'd like to finish this project next weekend. I am going to glue 2" R-10 FOAMULAR 250 ...
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2answers
3k views

How do I mount a ceiling box in 4" thick ceiling?

I'm trying to install a ceiling light in two rooms that didn't previously have hard-wired lighting. After cutting a 4" hole for a circular ceiling box (using a hole saw attached to my drill) I'm ...
3
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1answer
257 views

Tips for measuring a front door opening?

I'm getting ready to replace my front door with a brand new pre-hung door and have some questions regarding collecting measurements. Where exactly should I measure? I've heard people use the phrase ...
5
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4answers
16k views

Where should I start laying nail down hardwood flooring and how do I make it straight?

I'm planning to install tongue and groove hardwood flooring in my living room, dining room, kithcen, hallway, and powder room. The longest unbroken length of floor runs from the front bay of the house ...
4
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3answers
1k views

Is there hard-water deposits inside the pipes in my house?

I have a fairly new home, built in 2007, in Arizona. I noticed today that most of the faucets in our house are starting to get hard water deposits on them where the water is coming out. It got me ...
2
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2answers
956 views

What de-icing products can be used on a patterned concrete walkway / driveway? (Salt causes problems.)

I came across the following question here: Is there a safe way to de-ice an unsealed driveway? The accepted answer mentions rock salt being fine for such a driveway (asphalt), and the other answer ...
9
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1answer
51k views

How can I level a sloped floor?

I have a 10x13 first-floor room which used to be a porch but at some point was closed in by the previous owners, and sheet linoleum was glued down to the plywood subfloor. Unfortunately they didn't ...
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vote
2answers
379 views

Outside water pipe covered in ice

A month ago my house's sprinkler pipe formed a hole and exploded due to pressure. This was caused by the fact that I had forgotten to shut the water off to my sprinkler system before it got too cold. ...
5
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3answers
16k views

How should I level (flatten) ceiling joists for drywall?

My kitchen ceiling joists are old and at varying heights. I'm trying to make it level, or at least flat, in preparation for drywall installation. Would you suggest installing strips of wood to the ...
12
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8answers
41k views

What can I do about my drains constantly getting blocked?

The one thing I have tried to do about this is use those foaming and non-foaming drain unblockers regularly. That has just been money down the drain, pardon the pun. I suspect that unblockers only ...
1
vote
1answer
98 views

Home-made joint for a top window

I have some sort of artisanal, metal, top oriented, window that essentially serves as a light well (but the room is almost completey dark, the main door is covered by a curtain because my girl friend ...
2
votes
1answer
179 views

How do I lower the temperature of an electric boiler in France/Europe?

My electric boiler is delivering VERY hot water: my hands are often burned when I forget to mix it with normal-tempered water. Do you think there is a way I can make the boiler heating the water ...
1
vote
1answer
431 views

Installing a switch for a water heater's lower element

I'd like to install a switch for the lower element of my water heater. I haven't even looked inside the water heater yet, but I'm a little confused about what the best way to go about doing this ...
5
votes
5answers
16k views

How should I tile under kitchen cabinets?

I currently have tile on the floor of the kitchen that just butts up to my cabinets. I plan to change the floors and also change the cabinets. Is is best to rip out all the cabinets and tile, and ...
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1answer
308 views

My brand new fridge has a dirty mark and silver tape near the compressor, should I send it back?

I have just unboxed a new larder fridge and noticed that there was a dirty black mark on the back, just above the compressor, which then has had a piece of silver tape put over it. The fridge is ...
9
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3answers
1k views

How can I protect my kids' toes from this evil grating in the floor?

The cold air return in this house is in the floor, in the most-trafficked part of the house. It has a heavy grating over it. My kids' toes are small enough to fit in the gaps, which is very painful ...
12
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6answers
3k views

How can I stop Lego bricks from falling in to a register?

My kids like to play with Lego bricks on the floor, and sometimes a small piece will fall in to a heating register. Sometimes I can pull them out, but usually they fall too far, and there are sharp ...
0
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2answers
164 views

Fixing metal grille on a wooden radiator enclosure

My kids tend to be rough when playing in the living room and have banged up the metal mesh grille on our wooden radiator enclosure. Does anyone have any tricks to bang out the dents? Or will it be ...
3
votes
2answers
564 views

Replacing a ceiling register cover

I was replacing an old ceiling register cover in my house but I found the screw hole on one side of the opening is kind of loose. Is there a way to patch up the mount point so the cover is fully ...
6
votes
1answer
1k views

Will my pocket door affect my installation of a tub surround?

My wife and I have decided to install a tub surround around our tub (best place to put it!). We are planning on removing the tile and the drywall behind the tub and installing one of the surrounds ...
6
votes
4answers
2k views

What products should I use to add sound insulation to a party wall?

My bedroom shares a wall with my neighbours bathroom and I would like to add some sound proofing to my side of the wall. Can anyone recommend any particular products? The wall is brick and does not ...

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