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Is wolmanized wood different that just treated wood?

The title says it all, is wolmanized wood different that just treated wood?
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How can I improve air flow in my basement?

I have a pretty odd two floor duplex apartment with one of the rooms practically being a basement. I have previously had problems with mold, and in general the air isn't great in the basement. So I ...
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How can I fill this gap between the plasterboard and window architrave?

The framing on my house is warped in such a way that I have several places where I have large gaps between the window/door architraves and the frame and the plasterboard just flaps around. I also get ...
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How to determine if paint is sandable?

I'm about to embark on some painting projects. I'll be painting (priming) bare wood (fir) jambs/doors, a vanity and some drywall. My understanding is most flat paints are sand-able, while glossy ...
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How to level a section of raised concrete floor?

I had a plumber move a toilet drain on cement slab. The new concrete he poured is about 1/8" higher than the rest of the floor. I need the floor to be level for tile installation. The new concrete is ...
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Are home warranties worth it? [closed]

As someone who is very busy, and not very handy, I like the idea of getting a warranty so that I know that all I have to do is call someone when something breaks, and I know in advance how much it ...
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1answer
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Decking fastening schedule?

I'm screwing down a deck of 5/4 x 4" cedar, over joists 16" O.C. It's a covered deck, so it won't get very wet. Is 1 screw per joist/plank intersection enough? Or 2?
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Understanding Screw Sizes

I'm going to be building a workbench, so I've been 'screw shopping.' I need some explanation on the sizing of screws when they are advertised as (example) 6 x 3/4". I know that 3/4" is the length of ...
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Who to call to fix electric oven?

My electric oven stopped heating. The range works fine. The digital controls work fine. The oven light works fine. But neither the element at the bottom of the oven nor the one at the top heat up at ...
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Do refrigerators struggle with too warm a temperature setting?

My apartment's fridge just stopped working (the light didn't even come on), after showing some signs of struggling in the last day or two (vibrating in sync with light flickering). The landlady asked ...
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How to repair botched, colored concrete?

We have a back patio with colored concrete that was poured last year. When the concrete was poured, it looked like the color was only picked up by the first half of the pour. The contractor poured the ...
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Risk from installing a “Nest” thermometer without shutting off home power?

I'm trying to install a new Nest-brand thermometer in my parents' house (unscrewing a thermometer from the wall and screwing on the new one. The first instruction in the manual is to shut off power ...
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Brass screws stripping and snapping, what am I doing wrong?

I am hanging a new door and was told to use brass screws to attach the hinges. When I drive the screw with a mechanical driver, the brass screws sometimes snap (head snaps off the shank), or strip. ...
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Can I use plastic as moisture barrier under fiber cement siding?

I want to attach fiber cement siding planks to furring strips over concrete wall. My understanding is that I need some moisture barrier to prevent water from getting to the wood. So can I staple 6mil ...
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I have a leaky shower. Builder thinks a total renovation to bathroom is needed to waterproof whole bathroom [closed]

So the builder I got in thinks I should remove shower, vanity and toilet. Basically a renovation of the whole bathroom upstairs to waterproof the bathroom. The leak is obvious that it is from the ...
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How to take the sandpaper off of a Makita palm sander

I need to know how to take the old sandpaper off a palm sander (Makita model B04553). It is not mine so I am unsure, but there are four latches that I have lifted, thinking that it will loosen and ...
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3answers
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What are these large pieces of plexiglass?

I found these large, heavy pieces of plexiglass while cleaning the shed on the property of a house that I just bought. I have no idea what they are or what they are used for. They are about the size ...
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2answers
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Is there any corelation between housing and lamp data?

Is there any method, table, equation, mathematical procedure, computer algorithm, or data base to convert lamp data such as a Philips PAR30L flood lamp or LED Par38L flood lamp to minimum housing size?...
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When did it become illegal to use lead solder in residential plumbing?

I'm looking for a citation on when the requirements to use lead-free solder in residential plumbing took effect. Why? On 06/09/2009 a local plumbing company re-plumbed the house I live in. Today we ...
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What should I do with leftover sulfuric acid from a sump pump battery backup?

In our new house, we found that a previous owner installed a sump pump battery backup unit, which is nice. The battery in the system is like a car battery, but it's the kind where you initially add ...
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2answers
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How can I tell what electrical service I have?

I hired an electrician to do some work on my house and he said that they did a check with the city and there was no permit for 100amp service issued so I must be on 60amp. I think this may be a load ...
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Why is there an extra plastic container in my toilet tank?

I recently bought an older house, and the toilet tank is leaking. In exploring the issue and googling around for toilet repair, I saw no mention of one of the parts that is in my toilet tank. Within ...
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Is it safe to run a USB cable inside a wall?

I need to extend a USB device from a corner of my room to the above the fireplace. Since I'm already going to be installing some HDMI and audio cables through the wall, I'd like to have my USB device ...
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How do I repair a chain link fence?

A wind storm took down one of the trees on our property and it landed across a chain link fence Given the height of the tree, the overall damage was fairly limited. I have attached pictures with ...
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WR outlets; is it trying to tell you which way is up?

I know about this question (I posted an answer to it), but this one's a little more specific. Consider a weather-resistant outlet, like the ones below: Notice the first picture has the plug in ...
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How can I protect A/C condenser wires?

I bought a replacement condenser fan motor for my outdoor A/C unit. The old unit was CW direction only. This one is CW/CCW and has 4 wires stick out of the side that change direction depending on how ...
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3answers
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How to deal with Mice coming into the Baby's Room [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How can I get rid of a mouse in my house? Our first child is due any day now, and we've got a mouse infestation. We noticed it for the first time at my girlfriend's baby ...
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2answers
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Why use a screwdriver when we have drill/drivers now?

I'm wondering when should we choose a screwdriver. Can it be used to put screws in wood, concrete or metal without drilling a hole? If we need to drill a pilot hole anyway, why don't we just use ...
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How much is a good estimate for a pro to add a railing to stairs? [closed]

Earlier I asked a question about how to add a railing to one side of a stairway: How should I add a rail on a carpeted stairway that's open on one side? One of the comments mentioned that I ...
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2answers
570 views

Common kitchen/bathroom countertop devices that use 120V20A

I currently have a 110V20A GFCI outlet in my guest bathroom. It's the older type, with red and black buttons, and I'm planning to replace it with a new TR/WR GFCI receptacle as part of a general ...
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Is it possible to fix a leak in PP-R piping by injecting some type of substance?

I have a central heating system based on PP-R piping and radiators. The PP-R piping goes under the floor. The problem is that the pressure is droping 0.2 atm / week and I am sure there's a leak ...
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2answers
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How do I reduce door shut noise?

I live in a 3 bedroom shared house and want to reduce the noise that the bathroom door makes when it closes. I tried to find a photo of the door. It's basically a old mansion block of apartments in ...
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What are the basic differences between a mesh and regular/iron pool fence?

I'm about to move into a house and need to fence the pool before I move the family in. In searching the web I find that pool fences seem to fall into two categories: mesh or iron. What are the ...
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2answers
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Is a multi wire shared neutral circuit a 220 volt circuit

I am wondering if a multi wire shared neutral circuit is considered a 240v circuit. I ask because in the code it says that AFCI breakers are not required on 240v circuits. A 240 20amp breaker costs ...
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1answer
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What is this small L shaped bracket thing called?

I have a drawer that broke because the screw which held this little plastic piece was tightened too far and cracked it. Could someone help me identify it so that I can order another one?
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Add a toilet to washing machine drain line

Are there any disadvantages to adding a toilet so that the toilet waste drains into the washing machine drain? We have a small home and it only has one toilet. There are four people who live here so ...
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1answer
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Gap between sash frame and pane of single-hung window sash - DIY-able?

Short background: we have a single-hung window in our living room that opens sideways, and it is noticeably hard to open. I noticed recently that the lock side of the moving sash's frame seems to have ...
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2answers
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DIY pool heater - best methods? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How can I efficiently heat a pool? I have an in-ground pool at around 20,000 gallons and I live in the northeast (Maine). My pool gets direct sunlight for about half the ...
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1answer
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Designed a floating corner table, unsure of its potential strength. Any ideas?

I pretty much want to attach some angle iron to the studs and some threaded rods to the angle iron. I'll rout out the profile of the angle iron into the butcher block so it sits flush and so that when ...
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Where could all these flies be coming from?

Now is the transition from spring to summer. The house I am now living has some strange things happening. In the daytime of one day last week, I found many flies gather on the inside face of the ...
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1answer
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How do I restore boiler pressure through the filling tap?

I have a "Glow Worm" combi boiler that has been losing pressure slowly - from 1.0 bar to 0.6 bar over the course of a few months. The instructions simply say that to restore pressure, "slowly open ...
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1answer
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How do I install uninsulated halogen can lights?

I have some halogen can lights that just have a metal shell around them. The instructions say something like they need 3 inches of clearance. What is the best way to install these lights?
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How can I color concrete?

I'm going to be using a mold to pour a concrete pathway and I was wondering about coloring options. I've done this previously with this quikrete product. It worked and turned out okay, but one bottle ...
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A/C system reports Limit Switch Stuck Open

Unit is a York GM9S080B12UP11G. When switching thermostat to cool, the system activates the compressor fan. Also, I can hear gases moving through the pipes running to the compressor. However, the ...
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1answer
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How should I add a rail on a carpeted stairway that's open on one side?

I'm buying a house with carpeted stairs leading into the basement. Attached is a picture of it. I have very little skill when it comes to home improvement. What's the easiest and most economical ...
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Jury-Rigged Modification of 120v Circuit to 240v Circuit Using Steel-Armor of BX Cable as Neutral/Ground… [closed]

My house was constructed in 1980 in the City of New York. About twenty-five years ago, I installed a new 29,200 BTU Carrier A/C through the wall of the house. The unit was rated at 208v, drawing 15....
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1answer
655 views

How do I treat crumbling lath and plaster in my bathroom?

I have lath and plaster in my bathroom. The west wall in the bathroom keeps crumbling into a powdery substance. My dad has fixed it a number of times but it keeps reappearing. The powdery area is ...
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1answer
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How can I determine if my receptacles are grounded, and how can I fix it if they are not?

My upstairs office has 3-prong outlets, but according to my surge suppressor, they are not grounded. I took one of the sockets off to inspect how it was wired, and it seems to have a ground wire ...
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1answer
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Do I need to install dry wall in my basement?

I have a concrete basement with concrete walls. I'm thinking about just painting the basement and not have to put up dry wall because I want to save money. Is that a good idea or should I really ...
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What is simplest strategy to map circuits to breakers in the panel?

My breaker box is very poorly labeled and I want to figure out which circuits may have overloaded (or close to it) and which could reasonably handle a little more. In the past I have just tried ...

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