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Is it better to vent a bathroom fan out the soffit, the side of the house, or the roof?

Working on a friend's house, we're installing a bathroom fan. He had planned to vent the fan out the closest soffit, which is only a few feet away. I'm trying to persuade him to vent it out the roof ...
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How can I get a standby generator with GFI to work with a 2-pole transfer switch?

I have a home standby generator that is equipped with a GFI, and my original electrician (who has long since flaked out on me leaving me in a lurch with this) installed a standard 2-pole transfer ...
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What's a good way to support a freestanding chimney?

I'm working on adding a woodstove to a yurt. The chimney will go out a sidewall and then head up. There is not a good way to brace the chimney to the yurt itself. Here are some options I've read ...
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2answers
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When insulating with closed-cell Spray Foam, what ERV and HVAC resizing considerations should I bear in mind?

I am building a 2800 sqft, two-story brick home in Austin, TX. I have heard many good things about the benefits of insulating with closed-cell Spray Polyurethane Foam (ccSPF)1, and have requested ...
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What parts do I need to get this outdoor light working?

I'm sure I need a light bulb of some type, but I do not know what kind or what else I need. I just bought my first house and I am a DIY rookie.
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What is the difference between mold in air duct and mold that grows in crawl space?

Specifically, are they both dangerous to human health?
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How do I cut Semi-Rigid Aluminium Ducting?

I wish to cut the duct work without damaging my hands or my wife's kitchen scissors. So what tool should I be using? (Trying to get the ends squared using a freehand hacksaw does not look easy.)
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How do I cut plastic duct?

I need to cut a few bits of 6” plastic duct, is there an easy way to do this? (Trying to get the ends squared using a freehand hacksaw does not look easy.)
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1answer
128 views

Is zeolite effective for controlling room odor?

http://www.refreshinglyfree.com/Online-Catalog/Zeolite-Odor-and-Moisture-Control-Products says so, but I'm not entirely convinced.
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7answers
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How is it that two breaker switches control the same things?

Forewarning: I don't know that much about electrical terms, so please excuse any mistakes I've possibly made. I recently moved the TV in my living room and ran a new line for the electricity to the ...
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3answers
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How do I eliminate stagnant water caused by central A/C draining outside?

So I just moved into a new house in NC that I am renting. The house has central A/C which is great, but because there is no basement so there is no basement drain. So the A/C expels the water into the ...
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Is there a good rule of thumb for how many lights you need in a room?

I want to use ceiling recessed wall washers in a 13 ft by 24 ft room. Any advice on light spacing so I don't create dark spots? How far from the wall vs how far apart from each other should they be?
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Should I use steel or wood studs for basement exterior walls?

Related: When should you use metal studs? I'm planning on finishing my basement. (assuming all water issues are resolved) I'll be putting up a water barrier (tar paper) on all exterior walls, ...
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2answers
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How do I drill holes in Aluminum / Aluminium sheet?

I have some aluminum / aluminium strips that are about 3 mm thick and about 20 mm wide. I need to drill some holes in them. The holes will be 3.5 mm. What type of drill bit do I need? What speed ...
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2answers
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How do I realign copper water pipes after cutting?

I cut a 1/2" copper pipe to insert a tee fitting a which will eventually go to a Pex line for an outdoor tap. The copper pipe was vertical, and when I completed the cut I found that the pipe was ...
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3answers
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Is it safe to flush expired food down the toilet?

Let's not discuss the economics of this - the fact is that it sometimes does happen. I don't think food is physically that different from "poop" (especially certain types of it)
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Is there a safe way to splice multiple lamp fixtures on the same cord?

I'd like to hang a string of paper lanterns. One web site sells a lamp cord spliced for multiple bulb sockets: http://www.paperlanternstore.com/bldosocokitf.html It looks like SPT-2 lamp cord, ...
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3answers
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How can I repair screws in furniture with stripped holes?

I'm trying to repair a piece of furniture from which several screws have pulled out, stripping the wood. It's a lift top coffee table, such as this. (This is NOT the model in question, this just ...
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0answers
85 views

Some Free or Open Source Software To Design Rooms and Working Areas? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: What is an affordable 2D drafting software for amateurs? I need time-and-another organize places quickly for projects and I find that some software would be useful to do ...
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4answers
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Will gently hammering thumbtacks into my wall help them stay better?

So I'm thinking about fake-upholstering a wall in my bedroom in my apartment to create a focal wall without having to paint. I don't want to drill holes 'cause I'll be moving out of there in like 9 ...
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3answers
257 views

I need to get up on roof anyway, so what should I inspect while I'm up there?

I noticed a filthy tree rat (squirrel) poking its head out from a hole in my gutter leaf guards today. Gotta get up on the roof to clean and repair that mess. Since I'm two stories up already, what ...
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1answer
240 views

Is it normal for the concrete covering my interior perimeter drain to be damp?

I inherited an interior perimeter drain with a sump-pump as part of a basement waterproofing system when I purchased my new home two years ago. Since then I have noticed that along the seam of the ...
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3answers
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How can I cheaply refresh parquet in an apartment?

We've recently rented an apartment with seriously damaged parquet. Since the deal is "take it or leave it", we've decided to "mend" the parquet ourselves. Dictionary :) Sorry for my bad english, I ...
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2answers
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Is it better to waterproof a basement from the outside or the inside?

Is it better to waterproof a basement from the outside or the inside? I've heard different things about this. We have a home built in the 40's on a cinder-block foundation. One side of the house is ...
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1answer
162 views

How do I fix my crawlspace's mould problem given the floor is an improperly poured slab of concrete?

I have a 50 year old backsplit, with a minor mould problem in the crawlspace. There are a couple of wet spots that can be fixed with simple exterior grade changes, and one spot that will need to be ...
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6answers
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Is there an approved way of fixing a cracked Fiberglass Tub/Shower?

I noticed a crack in the bottom of my tub, and noticed that it flexed when I stepped near it. I called in 2 companies to give me an estimate on repair. The first, proposed a more or less ...
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7answers
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Can a wet vac be effectively used as a pump?

Can a wet vac effectively be used as a pump to move water? I figure if a basement floods, that this can serve as double duty.
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1answer
1k views

How can I protect the wall behind a closet from developing a mold problem?

I'm moving soon to a new two-story house, built from concrete and AAC blocks (Autoclaved aerated concrete). The walls have an acrylic paint over them. I'm planning on installing a wall closet in the ...
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1answer
551 views

What causes a glass block to crack? Does it cause any structural damage?

I just found that there is a crack in one of my glass blocks. I noticed that it seems to have water inside. What is the likely cause of this, and how can I repair it? Should I be worried about ...
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1answer
1k views

I'm getting orange peel spraying on oil in high temperatures with an HVLP conversion gun. What's the fix?

I'm not an experienced painter using my gravity-fed HVLP conversion gun yet, and I'm looking for any pros who can give me a few pointers. I'm spraying some cabinets at a friend's house and need to get ...
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3answers
9k views

How can I get rid of gnats and other flies all over my house?

We just moved to a new place and we're noticing that there is a lot of gnats and fruit fly type bugs all over the house! We've been killing 2 or 3 an hour and they keep coming back. We find them all ...
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5answers
8k views

How should I encapsulate a basement wall with chipping paint on a porous surface?

I have a basement wall with several layers of chipping paint. I can't say officially, but I'm pretty certain the bottom layer (dark green in the photos) is lead-based, while the upper layers are not. ...
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9answers
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How can I prevent or remedy “bio slime” accumulation in a sink drain?

The drain in the sink which we use for mouthwash consistently gets clogged by a very repugnant slime. I've tried all the common drain unclogging products (Drano, Liquid Plumber) as well as some ...
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1answer
521 views

Do I really need to wait a month before applying primer to plaster?

I've recently removed wallpaper and now I've gone through and plastered over some bad spots on the wall. I've already sanded it down and it's ready for primer. However, when reading the instructions ...
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2answers
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Is water from the bathroom sink any dirtier than water from the kitchen sink?

If it is, could it easily be cleaned through a water filter?
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0answers
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Is mold growing in my ductwork? [closed]

I am currently in a battle with my landlord over what I believe to be mold growing on the fiberglass liner of the ductwork in my apartment. He is having a specialist come to test it tomorrow, and I ...
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2answers
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How can I remove a musty smell from the basement?

We're currently setting up a basement to be used as an apartment, and are trying to see how we could get rid of a musty smell that seems to exist in that area. While we're thinking it might be due to ...
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1answer
136 views

What should I consider when boarding up windows for a storm?

What should be considered when boarding up windows for a storm (or for that manner, during construction, etc.)? What thickness plywood is required? Should it be sized to the size of the sash and ...
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5answers
8k views

Can I cut or cover a sewer cleanout pipe in front of my house?

I have a PVC pipe sticking up in front of my house, in a flower-bed area. It's 20 inches high and 5 inches in diameter. As I understand, it is a sewer clean-out pipe. It's rather unsightly and I've ...
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0answers
365 views

How do I replace an old-style (“wide screw posts”) garage T-lock handle?

My garage features an old-style T-handle very similar to Prime-Line GD 52169 or National Hardware V7643, except that the distance between the hole centers is 1-3/4". Unfortunately, I cannot seem ...
0
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1answer
616 views

Is blown-in insulation appropriate for on the foundation block in a crawlspace?

Our home has blown-in insulation on the foundation block in the crawlspace. I've never seen this before. The other homes in the area I've seen had foam board glued to the wall. There doesn't appear ...
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3answers
2k views

How can I mount a 2" mast to the side of a utility pole?

I need to mount a 2" diameter mast to the side of a utility/telephone pole and am having trouble locating a mounting solution/hardware that will work. My big problem is that I'm not sure what the ...
0
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2answers
1k views

How can I stop a stainless steel drinking water tank from leaking?

I have stainless steel drinking water tank that is leaking from the weldings (few pin holes). What is the best way to stop these leaks, without draining the tank? Welding could be option but I have ...
3
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2answers
549 views

Can I use the cutout for a drop-in sink to install an undermount sink?

My daughter has bought another home with granite counters and a drop in sink. Can a professional put in an under the counter sink in the existing hole with some modification by him or is this just ...
3
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2answers
161 views

Where can I find a 1/2" bit screwdriver?

I have a 3/8" bit screwdriver but the bolt I need to unscrew is even bigger than that and TIGHT, so using that screwdriver is starting to strip the screw a bit. I can't find a bigger one anywhere ...
5
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2answers
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How do I estimate how much drywall I'll need?

Is there a formula for estimating how much drywall is required for a job? perimeter = 140' area = 490sqft I'm guessing around 45 12x4 sheets, but I would like to confirm my guess before ordering.
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3answers
9k views

How do I remove a thick layer of paint from tiles?

One of the previous owners of our new flat thought it'd be a good idea to paint the tiles in the toilet -- twice! We've been using a paint scratcher to remove the paint The problem: This takes too ...
3
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1answer
128 views

What are some good ways to identify cracks that bedroom insects come from?

I know that there are some thermal sensors to detect where heat fluxes are highest (which could identify cracks). But are there other solutions too?
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3answers
66k views

Should tile floors be cleaned with vinegar only? Is the advice against using other solutions a myth?

After we had ceramic tile installed at our house, the company said we should just clean with vinegar and water mixture. However, I haven't been able to find anywhere online that says that using ...
2
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1answer
8k views

Can activated carbon eliminate odors in a bedroom?

http://www.ehow.com/how_5656042_use-activated-charcoal-odor-neutralizers.html says that it can eliminate odors, but it only recommends it for small spaces.

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