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How do I patch a 3'x3' hole in a ceiling made up of plaster, lath, and metal mesh?

I've fixed leaks above my plaster-and-lath-and-chicken-wire ceiling, and now I need to fix the ceiling below it. The ceiling is a sandwich of wood lath on top, then 1/4" of solid plaster, then ...
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818 views

What's the significance of orbit diameter in a random orbit sander?

I've been looking at random orbit sanders and noticed that they have different orbit diameters, and some models even offer settings for it. Does the orbit diameter affect material removal, or ...
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1answer
546 views

After repointing a fieldstone foundation, should I backfill with gravel?

I've repointed a fieldstone foundation wall, but now I'm not sure how to backfill around the wall. Everyone I've asked has said I should now backfill with 3/4 gravel, so water drains quickly down ...
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1answer
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How to open NM box knockouts?

I've found the knockouts in NM boxes hard to fully open. I've had trouble with both Carlon boxes and Madison Smart Boxes. The plastic molded to make the knockout is very resistant to actually being ...
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1answer
287 views

Under what circumstances can aluminum be in contact with steel?

I understand galvanic corrosion and the chemistry which causes the reaction. But under what circumstances can they be in contact? On first impression I would think they could in a dry environment... ...
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2answers
548 views

Do I need water protection over tile grout in my bathtub?

A handyman suggested to me that I might need to periodically apply water-sealant to the tile and grout on the tile wall of my bathtub. Is he correct? If so, what's a good sealant to use, how is it ...
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8k views

How do I clean ballpoint pen marks from an LED TV screen? [closed]

My kid was playing with a pen and she drew a few lines on the TV screen. I tried to remove it with water just after it happened, but it didn't work. Now the lines have been on the TV for a few days,...
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4answers
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How can I mount a TV when I can't find studs inside my wall?

WARNING: I'm not the greatest handyman. I bought a TV mount the other day, expecting to hang my heavy 40" TV above the fireplace. However, the instructions specifically say to first screw the mount ...
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2answers
474 views

Settlement crack - is this one?

Presently disagreeing with a letting agent responsible for a property I recently moved out of over a large wall crack. This crack was there (albeit smaller) when we took residence, and it has become ...
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2answers
3k views

How do I secure wooden balusters to an exterior stair railing?

I'm building an exterior railing for my front porch & stairs. I will be using pressure treated lumber. My balusters will be turned like these: To secure the baluster to the bottom rail I was ...
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1answer
3k views

How to fix a self-turning handle on a Price-Pfister single handled faucet

I have a Price-Pfister 533 Genesis single handled kitchen faucet that turns itself off. It is impossible to run water at a low volume because the moment your hand is off the handle it shuts off. ...
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0answers
601 views

Can I manually run the blower on my Lennox G12Q3 furnace?

I have a Lennox G12Q3-120-6 model furnace. Does anyone know if there's a way to manually run just the blower without heat? There are no switches on the outside that I can see (other than the power ...
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2answers
9k views

How effective are angle-grinder wood discs for removing material?

I'm working on an old house with 2x8 T&G subfloor planks. All of the structure is sound and has been reinforced but there are areas where the edges of subfloor planks are not level. This has ...
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3answers
1k views

How can I determine what is in my water?

My question is, how can I determine exactly what these "floaties" are that I see in my drinking water? I know that I sound crazy and more than a little obsessive-compulsive....my wife tells me this ...
4
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1answer
339 views

What kind of sealant can I use on my spray painted freezer?

I'm currently in the process of spray painting my freezer a matte black colour (I'm making a keezer). However, I would like to also apply a sealing coat on top of the black so that My fingers don't ...
5
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3answers
202 views

Is the ability to save pictures worth it in an inspection camera?

I am about to run a whole ton of communication cable in an existing two-story house, and so I am considering buying an inspection camera to help with this. As I started looking around, they range in ...
6
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2answers
445 views

Induction power source across 1/2" of wood?

I'm looking for a way to put a small lamp inside a piece of furniture through which I do not want to drill any holes or run wires along. Are there any premade induction power systems that can get a ...
4
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4answers
9k views

How can I trim veneer edging?

I've been applying some adhesive-backed veneer to some shop cabinets just to get some practice since I've never done it before. Didn't have much trouble getting it on, but trimming it has been another ...
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3answers
3k views

How to clean feet of wooden chairs to replace felt pads-

I am using and caring for a set of wooden chairs (hand-carved backs) belonging to a family member.I need to add new felt pads to the feet of most of these, as some have had old ones fall off (the ...
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1answer
1k views

Is my septic tank leaking?

I have a 1000 gal plastic septic tank about 25 ys old that drains into a seepage pit. When I am away for 3 weeks the water level drops about 6 inches below the output drain pipe. I fill it back up and ...
7
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1answer
3k views

When to replace respirator filters?

I've got a respirator like this one: I assume with the particulate filters (for dust) you just change them when they get hard to breathe through, but what about the organic vapor or chemical ...
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3answers
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What actions can I take to reduce moisture on basement floor?

In one corner of my basement, after a few heavy rains, I see a darkening of the concrete floor. To touch, the concrete feels damp-ish. I say damp-ish, because when I pull my hand away, I don't see ...
2
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2answers
962 views

Is a thick, unvented hot roof a good candidate for spray foam?

Upon removing some drywall from an unvented hot roof I noticed two serious issues: 1) The roof sheathing is not a taped or sealed ply but a 2x8 T&G 2) There is no vapor barrier and the cavity ...
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3answers
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Can teflon tape be used on a threaded joint behind a wall?

I'm remodeling my bathroom. Last night I took the cement board off the wall where the pipes run for the shower. One of the pipes that carries water to the shower was corroded. Upon further inspection, ...
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1answer
231 views

How to evaluate the suitability of an electric tankless water-heater

I'm trying to evaluate if an electric tankless water-heater would be suitable for my home. There are just too many variables to consider, and I wonder if there is a mathematical approach to it. I'm ...
2
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1answer
4k views

What type of motor do I need for my attic fan?

My attic fan motor appears to be on the fritz (makes a buzzing sound and the fan tries to turn but won't make it more than 1-2 revolutions without sticking). I'm trying to figure out what type of ...
3
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1answer
274 views

What type of centralized home control hardware is available?

I recently got excited about the idea of creating a web software to run locally for my home that could be accessed via computer, smart phone, or tablet, which would give me complete control over most ...
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4answers
4k views

Do I really need a small fan inside my fridge?

I have a three years old fridge without "no-frost" or anything similar to avoid ice build up. Yet there's a fan in the main compartment - about 90 millimeters in diameter and running simultaneously ...
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2answers
201 views

What could cause my newly installed disposal to not work?

I just replaced my garbage disposal. Completed install. Darned thing won't start. Checked the wire nuts two and three times. Nothing. Ideas?
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1answer
108 views

Will Modifying a Wardrobe Box for Temporary Use/Moving ruin its structural integrity?

I have some time between leases that I'll be living in a temporary location and I picked up a wardrobe box (a large box with a cross-bar for hanging clothes). I'd like to try to store most of my ...
6
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2answers
25k views

How can I get low water pressure in sprinkler system fixed?

I have a new house that is still under warranty. Compared to at least two of my neighbors whose houses were built by the same builder and have very similar sprinkler systems, my sprinklers put out ...
3
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2answers
2k views

How can I add an ice maker water line?

I have the following setup with a T with a valve to an above sink water filter. The line from the T has one steel braided 3/8” line and goes up to the sink as 3/8”. The other is a thin PVC line ...
3
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2answers
1k views

What kind of light can I install in a small, low-ceiling coat closet?

Our Northern California house has a small coat closet (really a hallway with 2 doors and hooks for coats) between our front entry-way and our basement. It's a tiny space: 3 feet wide, 5 feet deep, and ...
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4answers
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Why would a CFL bulb dim by itself after 60 seconds?

I have some GE Energy Smart CFL bulbs which are advertised as "Bright from the Start". This is true, except within 60 seconds after I turn the bulbs on, they will dramatically and immeidately become ...
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3answers
3k views

Is an ungrounded GFCI outlet safer than a plumbing-grounded non-GFCI outlet?

I'm in the United States. I have a handful of three-prong outlets that have been grounded to the underground water main just as it enters the crawlspace. All of the ground wires are home runs to the ...
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2answers
2k views

How can I prevent water pooling on a windowsill from getting behind wall tiles in a shower?

I have a windowsill in a shower which had regular 6" ceramic wall tiles over drywall. Some water had obviously pooled on this, got under the joint at the lip of the tiles and rotted the drywall. So I ...
3
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1answer
940 views

Is a bedframe necessary to keep a boxspring & mattress in good working order?

My wife and I managed to get a nice 'pit' in our mattress, after only 3 years of ownership. We've had it on a boxspring, directly on the carpeted floor. It's sagged enough that we can feel springs ...
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2answers
17k views

How do I repair drywall around a bathtub?

I have an area of drywall that is next to my bath tub that has gotten soft and crumbly. Mostly held together by paint & caulk now. I'm reasonably sure I understand why. We're getting some water ...
3
votes
4answers
6k views

GFCI not tripped, but no current downstream

I have an outside shed with a non-GFCI outlet and a light fixture. Only the light is controlled by a switch. The shed is wired off of an outside GCFI outlet. Everything, including the outlet, was ...
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3answers
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Do USB sockets draw power when not in use?

I would like to replace a couple of electrical outlets in my house with ones that have USB sockets. My concern is that they will continually draw power, even when I don't have a phone plugged in to ...
4
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2answers
3k views

Are there high flow floor heat registers available?

The weather has been pretty warm lately so we've been running our A/C. I noticed that it didn't seem like much air was coming out of the registers, so I checked to make sure the blades/louvers were ...
6
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2answers
26k views

How can I remove old paint from plaster walls?

I first stripped the wallpaper from my bedroom walls using a steam stripper and scraper. This revealed a lurid pink paint on the walls and a peculiar purple ceiling paint which came off in sheets like ...
5
votes
2answers
9k views

How can I replace multiple 3 way switches with motion sensors?

My tenants never turn the lights off in the stairwells of my 3 family house, so I'd like to replace all of the light switches with motion sensors. Here is a crude diagram of how this is set up now. ...
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2answers
762 views

Are CFLs available with mini candelabra bases? [closed]

Trying to replace a light bulb that has a mini candelabra base and want to replace this bulb with a CFL bulb but can't find any. Are CFLs available with mini candelabra bases?
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7answers
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Can I vent my dryer into the crawl space without creating mold and moisture problems?

We have a crawl space with a combination of sandy and clay soil in it. The crawl space is about 3' deep. To eliminate a long dryer vent run, I'd like to vent the dryer directly into the crawl space. ...
2
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3answers
1k views

Is it safe to use a former furnace flue to vent my dryer through the roof?

Our dryer is located in the center of our house. The current vent situation has tubing that makes several bends between the dryer and the crawl space before hitting metal duct that takes it about 25' ...
2
votes
1answer
4k views

Can air in pipes cause a faucet to catastrophically fail?

For about two weeks, I have been hearing a vibration and loud noise very time I turn on the kitchen faucet, mostly on the hot water side. If I turn to cold water it stops but periodicly when running ...
3
votes
4answers
3k views

How do I widen a hole in wood for flex tube?

I bought some 1" smurf tube so that I could run coax, ethernet, and speaker cable to various low voltage outlets in my house. I used a 1-1/4" speedbor bit to make a hole in the floor from my crawl ...
6
votes
4answers
11k views

How can I stop high water pressure from causing leaks at the connection to my washer?

First of all, I've tried searching the questions for this but I haven't found anything that matches, but if this is a duplicate, my apologies in advance. I've just moved into an apartment, and in ...
5
votes
1answer
836 views

Do I need to attach a wire fished through a ceiling?

I have a finished basement and am mounting a flat-screen TV on the wall and I want to put an electrical box behind the TV. The two existing outlets are both two joists over and each separated with a ...

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