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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
4k views

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
900 views

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 ...
3
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3answers
7k views

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 ...
4
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3answers
22k views

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 ...
5
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1answer
582 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
2k views

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 ...
4
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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 ...
6
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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 ...
3
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3answers
6k views

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
14k views

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
8k views

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 ...
21
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8answers
55k views

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
votes
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
43k views

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.
0
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2answers
4k views

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.
3
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1answer
8k views

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 ...
1
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2answers
956 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
votes
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
3k views

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 ...
4
votes
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
votes
2answers
752 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
votes
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
votes
2answers
729 views

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
483 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 ...
1
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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
4k views

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 ...
2
votes
2answers
4k views

Is there software that can optimally determine how to cut sheets of plywood for a project?

I want to build some porch planters out of sheets of plywood, but I'm trying to minimize the number of sheets of plywood I buy. Is there software that will let me enter all my planter designs and ...
1
vote
1answer
1k views

Will installing an OSB floor in the attic create moisture problems?

I installed some new OSB flooring in my attic. The area it covers is about 160 sq. ft. The total area of the attic is about 750 sq. ft. There is just blown fiberglass up there, and there is no vapor ...
2
votes
1answer
144 views

How do I install roofing material on a roof with a ridge vent?

I am helping a friend repair his roof; his roof has a roof vent at the peak of the roof. I've done a few roofs, but never with a roof vent. So any help in how you roof with a roof vent? I assume ...
5
votes
1answer
266 views

Why is the caulk cracking and the toilet rocking?

We paid a lot of money to have our bathroom gutted and redone. After several problems with the contractor not returning calls to correct shoddy work, we are at a loss. I am not sure if the shower ...
4
votes
3answers
472 views

Determining the correct depth of a well

My wife and I are looking to buy our first home and have found some promising prospects. One of the homes we like is in what use to be a rural area. Since this house was in a rural area when it was ...
13
votes
5answers
11k views

Ethernet cable instead of Thermostat wire?

I need to pull new wire from my furnace to my thermostat and was wondering if there would be any problems in using an Ethernet cable instead of standard thermostat wiring. The reason being is I have ...
3
votes
2answers
453 views

Is there a good way to keep cats/animals from scratching on a door?

My girlfriend doesn't like sleeping with my two cats in the room at night, so I've started keeping the door to my bedroom closed. Unfortunately, however, they meow and scratch all night long. Is ...
4
votes
2answers
5k views

How do I remove mortar from bricks so I can re-use them?

I have about 500 bricks to cleanup so I can reuse them, the mortar is old and the bricks are soft clay. What is the best way to remove the mortar and how much time should I allow?
6
votes
1answer
7k views

GFCI outlet won't come on

I have a couple recently installed (By a professional licensed electrician) GFCI outlets outside a barn, both on their own circuit. Both have water trough heaters plugged into them - 1500 watts each. ...
1
vote
3answers
29k views

Why is my washing machine so loud during the spin cycle?

I have a top loading washing machine. It is sitting on the bottom of a rack. The dryer is sitting on the top shelf of a rack. (The rack was made to stack these two units on top of each other). During ...
9
votes
6answers
43k views

How to secure a doggy door from intruders?

I installed a doggy door so that our dog can go in/out when it has to go to the bathroom while we are at work/away. It lets him out into our fenced in backyard. The gates are deadlocked, but ...
6
votes
4answers
22k views

Can I apply water based polyurethane over oil based polyurethane and vice versa?

I can see brush strokes on a dining table from a previous application of polyurethane. I want to sand these and re-apply polyurethane. I do not know whether the previous application was a ...
6
votes
2answers
382 views

Is there a way to find out how often your furnace is running?

With winter finally setting in, and being the first year in our new house I would like to put some sort of measurement on how often the furnace is working, before I get the bill. Are there any known ...
2
votes
1answer
4k views

How can I fix this chandelier socket?

I have a nice chandelier that I'd like to keep, however the light sockets are deteriorating and the light bulbs don't always connect properly which causes flickering. Any ideas on how to replace ...
9
votes
4answers
17k views

How far apart should nails be when installing baseboards?

I am using a nail/brad gun to install baseboard. How far should I space the nails? I want to make sure I hit some of the studs, but don't want to take the time to find exactly where all the studs ...
6
votes
6answers
30k views

How can I remove graffiti from painted walls?

How do I remove graffiti (spray paint and permanent marker) from a wall previously painted with oil-base paint (or perhaps nitro paint - not sure) without damaging the original paint? I've seen a ...
2
votes
1answer
3k views

Are T12 fluorescent lamps still available?

My '70s house is chock full of fluorescent tubes. the T12s look the best with the architecture. those pansy T8s are way too small. Anybody have a lead on where to get 48" 32W T12? PS. can we add ...

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