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What fastener should I use to attach an aluminium bracket to a wall?

Is it OK to use a regular zinc plated screw when fastening an aluminum bracket to a wall? It might seem like a silly question but I have heard that mixing metals in fastening applications can result ...
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How can I fix my leaky bathtub faucet with minimal damage to the wall? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How to fix a bathtub faucet that leaks only when the shower runs? Our bathtub faucet leaks a steady stream of water. Sometimes this will temporarily slow to a drip if I am ...
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What wire gauge is required for a 220V air compressor?

I just bought a new stationary 5HP air compressor, and I need to know what wire gauge I should use for it. Relevant compressor details: 40 Amp draw Magnetic starter Length of run from power box to ...
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Can disconnected knob-and-tube wiring be left in place?

The house I recently bought (over 100 years old) has had almost all of its wiring replaced with a new elctrical board. However, in two cases the new wiring has been connected to existing knob-and-tube ...
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1answer
659 views

Cleaning film out of plastic drain pipe

The drain pipe and trap on my bathroom sink are made of plastic, and every four to six months I find that it slows down. When I disassemble it, the pipe walls are coated with maybe 1/8" of disgusting ...
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Are radiator reflectors as effective as claimed?

I recently completed a survey to determine the energy efficiency of my home. The results weren't great but got me thinking about the quick and affordable things I could do to improve things and ...
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2answers
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AC Unit Blow Warm Air Indoor But Colder Air Outdoor

I have two AC Units. One for upstairs and one for downstairs. The upstairs one works just fine but not the downstairs. So, i did a test by turning both units on and went outside to compare the two ...
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Can I use alcohol for cleaning tables?

For some reason, an unpleasant scent wafted into my room on Sunday, and coincidentally, it was a rainy day that day. As a result, the scent is now stuck to my table, and anything that I put on the ...
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Are both legs of a home's power supply equally used?

This is basically just to satisfy my curiosity. Please correct me if I'm wrong about any of this: I believe power supply to a home's main panel usually consists of: A neutral wire A hot wire 120 ...
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1answer
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What is the correct way to wire a 4 prong oven receptacle?

I think I wired this the right way but I can't find an online reference that I trust enough to flip the breaker back on. This is how I wired it. Is this correct?
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How can I repair this ceiling mounted cloth drying rack? [closed]

I have a cloth drying stand (or cloth drying rack) which is of ceiling mounted type. What happen was that one of the edge fall off and another edge was like hanging up there, waiting to fall off ...
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1answer
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Cooker and gas hob both controlled by 13 amp switched sockets under worktop and behind cooker

I have a new Bosche oven and existing gas hob. The original cooker and hob ignition are both connected under the worktop behind the oven with a double gang Sw/Skt and plug heads. They both plug into ...
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1answer
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Which type of vertical window shades are the most durable? [closed]

I am looking into purchasing vertical window shades. I hear vinyl will warp with heat, but I also hear fabric isn't as durable as vinyl. Not sure why fabric is much more expensive than vinyl though. ...
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What could cause my garage door opener to stop working?

My garage door opener will not work. I can hear an audible click like a relay but the door will not go up or down. Also the the lights will not work. Again by using the control console I can hear a ...
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1answer
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Is there an issue using a stainless steel bolt with a hot-dip galvanized nut and washer?

Question says it all. Will there be a problem using a stainless steel bolt with a hot-dip galvanized nut and washer? This will not be a load-bearing application, will be exposed to outdoor conditions ...
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1answer
152 views

When I set the thermostat to X degrees, is that the temperature at which air is pushed out through the vents?

My hunch is that most ac units aren't that sophisticated, and they just pump air that is "cold enough" or "hot enough" and pump it until temperature rises to the specified value. Is that right?
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1answer
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What is the best method for painting a door

I'm planning to repaint a closet door to match a newly painted room. Would it be better to use spray paint or just use a brush and the same paint I'm using on the walls?
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876 views

Is white paint the same color regardless of the company?

I'm painting and have run out of the particular white paint I was using. I have some leftover white from a different room. Is there a way to tell if the white will be the same and match? Here are the ...
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Home A/C Repair/Replacement quotes are very different. Which one to go with?

I recently have been having issues with my A/C unit on my Condo which was built in 1986. This unit might very well be the original A/C unit. It has two components, the fan outside and the air handler ...
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1answer
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Is it normal for A/C performance to improve when vent covers are removed?

I recently moved my office to the second floor of our home and I haven't been able to get the temperature below about 78 even though the thermostat is on 72. My son's bedroom had been the same way ...
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Will an existing 10-3 w/ground electrical wire handle a 50 amp 220 volt welder?

I am wondering if my current electric service wiring can handle a welder. The welder documentation recommends a 50 amp breaker on a 220 v line. Currently I have a 60 amp breaker on a 220 line going ...
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1answer
736 views

Why does some polyurethane need to be wiped off, and what happens if I don't?

So, I stupidly applied some polyurethane to my project without reading the instructions on the can. After it was dry several hours later, I finally read the instructions, and to my horror, I saw it ...
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1answer
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Why do we need multiple coatings of polyurethane?

I just finished my first wood-working project ever, and applied the first layer of polyurethane last night. This morning, it looks beautiful. So I have a few questions: Do I need a second (or more) ...
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2answers
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Building a Work Area in the Basement - Requesting Feedback

I am a new homeowner of about 2 months now. I have not done much in the way of home repair before now, but I do find that I am quite capable so far. My largest project so far was the re-tiling of my ...
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1answer
335 views

How can I remove this sliding door?

I have a sliding glass door. It sticks horribly. The track is just filthy, so my assumption is the two sets of wheels on the bottom of the door are gunked up and need replaced. I remove the top ...
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5answers
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Which way should a door between the garage and basement swing?

Looked everywhere for proper answer. We have a 2 car garage attached to the basement. This house is old, built in 1968, we purchased this 2 years ago and were renovating here/there. We just ...
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1answer
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Why is my hot water tank randomly emptying through the overflow pipe?

The other night I woke up thinking it was raining really heavily. I looked out the window to see clear skies, so I popped outside to investigate. Along the side of our house I found a stream of water ...
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1answer
356 views

How should I attach laminate foil dryer transition duct?

I've got a laminate foil dryer duct coming up from the crawlspace. I need to attach my dryer transition duct to the exhaust duct, but these really don't like to go inside one another since they're ...
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2answers
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What could cause a new pressure release valve to drip water?

Installed a new pressure release valve on electric water heater because old valve was dripping water on floor. New valve also dripping water. Any ideas? Suggestions? Water temp set at 110F, so it's ...
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2answers
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How much do I need to sand before painting?

I want to paint my home's varnished window sills. How do I know when I have sanded them enough?
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2answers
333 views

Need to allow swivelling/rotating fitting for steel wire

I have a swing-hammock that's hanging from the ceiling (through an I-beam) with some steel wire. Everything is swell except the positioning of the hammock means it should be able to swivel. This can't ...
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2answers
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How do I drywall over a partial cement wall?

I have 9' walls and the bottom foot or so is cement on one wall. What's the best method to drywall over this wall so no moisture seeps in? As you can see, there was moisture seeping in down at the ...
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877 views

Options for fixing outside cement staircase?

We have a below-grade basement and a exit door. There are concrete steps to the door, parallel to the house (so on your right is the house) and on the left is a brick wall. The steps appear to have ...
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What should I consider regarding LAN wiring before building a house?

I am planning a small house (4 rooms, 2 floors, no basement, no attic, 120 sq.meters) and I want to run a lot of LAN cables throughout because of poor WiFi experiences in my apartment. Because the ...
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1answer
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How to fix drawer runners

I have a set of drawers (custom made) that have draw runners which are attached to the bottom of each drawer on both sides. Unfortunately, the small plastic wheels on part that attaches to the housing ...
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4answers
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What is the proper, safe, and effective way to apply diatomaceous earth?

We are looking at using diatomaceous earth against bed bugs. However, we're having trouble finding any reliable information on how to use it properly. Our questions are: how should it be applied? ...
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3answers
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How can I add a closet to an existing room?

So I am looking to add a closet to an existing room. I want this to be a built-in because where I live real estate listings do not count a bedroom with a free standing closet. However I can't ever ...
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1answer
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How do I repair a small chip in a laminate floor?

I had a company come in and clean my carpets recently, and while they were in the house they managed to chip a part of my laminate flooring. I went down to the local home improvement megamart, ...
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1answer
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What could be causing AFCI breakers to keep tripping?

I recently had my basement remodeled by a general contractor. This included a bathroom, family room, wet bar, and home theater. The electrician added 4 circuits in total, all of them using arc fault ...
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2answers
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What could cause banging in the hot water tap?

I have erratic hot water from my tap in the bathroom sink, when I turn on the hot water it runs for about 30 seconds and then bangs and the water stops. After a few seconds the water returns with a ...
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What is a good plastic to use for lite milling?

I want to do some lite milling with a drill press and XY vice using plastic. I am looking for a cheap easy to machine plastic. I have dealt with these guys for aluminum, but not plastics. I don't know ...
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4answers
1k views

How to make my room sound proof

I want to convert my room into sound proof room, as I watch movie on my PC. I want to have a theater like effect so that I can watch at high volume.
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3answers
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What could be causing GFCI breakers and receptacles to trip?

I have a two wire system and after installing GFCI outlet in kitchen I realized there is a problem with some type of inconsistancy causing the GFCI to trip as soon as power is sent to it. Thinking the ...
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3answers
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How do I remove THIN layer of carpet glue from concrete?

The folks who owned this house before us were the cheapest people around. They glued carpet to our concrete floor with a very thin layer of glue. Now, I'm having a terrible time scraping it off. I ...
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4answers
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How should I attach crown molding to cabinets with limited space?

I am putting up some crown molding on top of some existing cabinets, but I only have about 12 inches of clearance. In the past when I have done projects like this, I have used a finishing nailer or ...
2
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1answer
179 views

Where can I find replacement double action hinges for an old, heavy door?

I live in a Victorian-era house in Philadelphia. We have a double hung door into the kitchen and one of the hinges has completely given way. I need to find replacements but I'm having some problems ...
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1answer
944 views

How can I strengthen shelves?

I have shelves that stick straight out from the walls and want to add decorative ropes or such to make the the shelves stronger, What can I use? I would like to be able to stack many hard cover books ...
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2answers
3k views

What could cause dishwasher waste water to back up into the bathtub?

A friend of mine says when they run the dishwaser at her father's house it backs up into the BATHTUB. What could be causing that?
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2answers
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How do I remove construction glue from brick?

I just removed glued-on paneling from an interior brick wall. Now, I have the task of removing the glue from said brick. What is the best method of doing so? I know there's no getting around the use ...
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3answers
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How can I safely collect and store water for extended periods of time?

Am from a place where the summer heats up to temperatures of 38 C to 44 C and water is a major problem. I thought of building a tank so that water collected from rainy season can be purified and later ...

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