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How do I make my room stop smelling so bad?

My parents keep on complaining about the smell, but I don't smell anything at all. I've put in two odor-maskers, but they're not helping at all. I also try to ventilate, but it's almost always way ...
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Metal gate in hot weather

Is it possible that our metal gate could be expanding in the hot summer weather? It has been well over 100 degrees daily on average for a month or so, and for some reason a metal gate we have had for ...
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Can a ceiling light shade be replaced? Where can I find a replacement?

The shade of a ceiling light in my apartment cracked and fell on the floor. I started looking around on the web to see if I can buy a replacement but I'm having difficulty finding anything. Can this ...
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Remove plastic film from the outside of a metal door?

I forgot to remove the plastic protective film from the outside of a metal door. The door is white prime/painted. I was able to remove the film from the inside of the door, but the outside is baked on ...
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1answer
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How to seal and paint a rough plaster and brick wall?

This weekend I took down some old cabinets and the support boards that were nailed into the wall. This took down some of the plaster (old water damage took care of the rest). The surface on the photo ...
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What is a good source for older Crestline window locks? [closed]

I've been looking for two replacement locks for a Crestline window sash. The window was purchased from Menard's in 1993. I contacted Crestline about where to find the replacement locks and they gave ...
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Painting over old plaster

We have just peeled off some old paintwork from our walls. The wall is dry and the plaster looks in good shape for the most part but it is old and "dusty" - i.e. you can rub your hand over it and it ...
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2answers
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Can I fix a possible gas leak on a valve for a hot water system myself with Thread Seal Tape?

Is a leaking gas fitting something a non-professional should even attempt to fix? Symptoms: There is a slight off odor around the hot water system, after some experimentation of turning the gas off ...
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2answers
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How to replace facia boards?

What are the essential steps to replacing facia boards without destroying the existing shingle roofing?
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1answer
371 views

Can I use a small propane instant hot water heater for a clothes washer?

I would like to set up a clothes washer in a location that has only cold water. (It will be in a makeshift shed of some kind, with a hose and an extension cord.) I could just wash everything in cold ...
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2answers
314 views

How can I protect a hose and wire in a high-traffic area?

It's about 20' from my RV to the water supply and electric receptacle. This is a high-traffic area, and having foot (and car!) traffic on the hose and wire seem like a bad idea. Ideally, I'd run ...
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1answer
951 views

How to rig up temporary steps?

My yurt is up, but I need some steps. The deck is 32" above grade. Eventually I'll build a landing / small deck, but I'm too busy with other projects right now (like closing in the yurt wall canvas!) ...
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1answer
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How to replace bathtub pull-up drain stopper with screen/mesh for hair?

I have a bathtub which also is a shower, and it has a twist-and-pull type drain. Currently I never actually use the bathtub for taking a bath, only showers. Unfortunately it keeps getting clogged with ...
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How to plan for the future when installing a new roof?

We're hiring a contractor to take off the existing roof, repair/replace any rotted sheathing and rafters, and install a new roof. We've also asked that they add a new plumbing vent stack for a new ...
5
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1answer
159 views

Flush a gas powered water heater, not sure if it's ever been done in 15 years. Will it survive a flush?

I'm concerned that there might be seals that are bad, or corrosion keeping things waterproof. It looks great on the outside, But I don't know how efficiently it is working - I've never owned a home ...
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3answers
7k views

How to improve the acoustics in my living room?

I've just gotten a brand new TV and put it in my living room. The room is, however, extremely echoey. It has a linoleum floor and bare walls, a couch, two chairs, a glass coffee table, and a glass ...
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1answer
285 views

Preparing a deck & playset for re-staining

The question asked here is pretty much similar to mine except that there are few splinters and chipped wood on the deck. How to smooth those out? Also there is a kid's play structure (with steps and a ...
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3answers
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How to select a good Triangle (Speed square?)

My father is now retired and has returned to his hobby of being a woodworker. He's been helping me build a standing desk for my office and happened to mention while we was working that he wished he ...
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1answer
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Is it within code to branch an exterior outlet off an interior outlet in the middle of a circuit?

My city adheres to the 2008 NEC. I've got a run of outlets around a basement room on one circuit. On an exterior wall I've got a weatherproof outlet that's on a different circuit and somewhere in ...
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1answer
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Periodic surging sound from plumbing

There is a surging sound coming from the plumbing between the water main and hot water tank in my house. It has a beat, with a period of about 1 second. It sounds sort of like the lines are ...
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2answers
373 views

How do easements work? Who can use them?

For the sake of clarifying the question, I'll offer this hypothetical. Assume I had a neighbor down the street and I wanted to run a cable between our homes. There is an existing utility easement ...
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0answers
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How do I find out what's wrong with a uPVC window where the handle turns but it doesn't open?

How do I find out what's wrong with a uPVC window where the handle turns but it doesn't open? It seems like one of the hidden latches along the edge isn't undoing because one side of the window moves ...
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1answer
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Generator carburetor problem, is it the float?

Hopefully this is an appropriate place to post: I had to use my generator today and it ran fine for about an hour but when I went outside to check on it, I noticed it was dripping gas from the ...
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1answer
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Tub Faucet Sticks Out From Wall. How do I fix it?

My bathtub faucet sticks out from the wall so far that you can see the hole in the tile where the pipe comes out. I am a bit perplexed on how to fix this issue. I have an access hole on the other ...
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1answer
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What to know before installing cabinet and drawer dampers?

I want to install dampers on my new cabinet doors in my kitchen. When the contractor gave me the price to add these, the cost was over $30 per door. So I decided not to install them. But since then, I ...
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Why is it so difficult to cut through cast iron?

Recently, I was observing someone cut through a cast iron pipe and a cast iron radiator and even using a very powerful reciprocating saw, the cut was very slow. I have also previously had discussions ...
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2answers
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What should be cleaned or examined after an air conditioner drain pipe leak?

The other day, we found some water on the floor in our utility room. After some research and investigation, we discovered that the drain pipe from the central air unit was blocked. We were able to use ...
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1answer
1k views

Add-on electronic ignition for gas stove?

Is it possible to retrofit electronic ignition into a natural gas stove? Does such a kit exist commercially?
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1answer
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How to install Kitchen Cabinets on a Drywall?

I have 2 Kitchen cabinets, each 50 CM on 80 CM, they weigh about 10 KG (maybe more? not sure). I wanted to hang them on the wall but just discovered it's a drywall, and seems pretty thin. It is a ...
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0answers
297 views

opening water pipe/tap has hissing noise throughout the house [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How to eliminate the “whooshing” sound of water running though pipes. I have a 3 story townhouse. Any time when I open a tap, even very slowly that water is ...
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6answers
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Extension cord and power strip safety

I've heard that there are some safety and building code issues involved with using extension cords or power strips (surge protectors) for anything other than temporary use. What are the issues, and ...
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3answers
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Would running a band saw or cnc machine in my basement be safe?

I'd like to get a band saw and drill press but I don't have room in my garage so I'd like to put it in my basement. The problem is I don't have any ventilation to remove sawdust so would having it in ...
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1answer
874 views

When will drilling through wall members affect structural integrity?

When can you freely drill medium to large sized holes in studs or door jambs, and when do you need to be concerned about damaging the structural integrity of the structure?
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1answer
391 views

How do I fix a vinyl covering that is coming away from the outside deck support beam?

I live in a townhouse with a deck over the garage. I noticed that under the deck, along the board that is on the outer edge, some of the vinyl covering is popping out of place and hanging down a ...
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2answers
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Line voltage thermostat to shut off attic fan when outside temp is close to inside?

I have an attic fan with a thermostat, but with the high heat these past weeks, the outdoor temperature is often above the thermostat setting. Thus, I'm just replacing all the air in the attic with ...
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2answers
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Mitre Circular Saw blades for cutting Oak floorboards

I have two different blades (which are almost new) for my mitre saw. One has 24 teeth, the other has 48 teeth. Which blade should I be using to cut oak floor boards?
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1answer
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Is there a benefit to cutting a 2x4 in two passes of a mitre saw?

So I was just watching Holmes on Homes, and they were showing a quick close-up of cutting a 2x4, making two passes, cutting the top half first, then finishing it off: I've never seen (or at least ...
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1answer
871 views

Local “point of use” hot water heater

This question is a follow-up to It takes a minute or more for the water to become hot from any of the faucets in my house -- how can I speed this up?. I have a tankless water heater, and it takes ...
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3answers
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What is this technique for matching cabinet veneers called?

Check out this picture of a kitchen cabinet: Notice how the veneers of the cabinets match up perfectly! What's this technique called? My architect said we should just specify "book-matched veneers" ...
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3answers
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Troubleshooting bandsaw cutting at an angle (through aluminum)

I occasionally use (or abuse) a small tabletop band saw to rough cut aluminum plate. I generally having a lot of success and have been able to cut half inch thick plate without any problem using 6 to ...
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5answers
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What's the best way to account for saw blade width (kerf) when cutting boards?

In theory, to cut a 350mm piece out of a longer board, I would have to mark the line at 350mm + half of blade width. So if I have a 2mm hand saw, the line would be drawn at 351mm. How does that work ...
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3answers
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How to stop fridge water line without stopping everything else?

So. My old fridge finally went and I will be getting a new one delivered. The company that I am buying the new fridge from is going to haul away my old one. I noticed that I don't have any type of ...
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1answer
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How should I connect electrical wires to a cooktop (platetop)?

I'm having some problems understanding how to connect some electric wires for a platetop. The wire colors normally mean, blue=N, brown=L, and yellow/green=PE. My problem is, the platetop has L1 ...
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2answers
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How can I clean a very dirty concrete basement floor?

My basement floor has been made amazingly gross (thank you, cats) and I'd like to get it really clean. Is there an option other than scrubbing on hands and knees? Are there cleaning solutions that ...
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2answers
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Can I hone Silestone from a glossy finish to a matte finish?

I would like to hone (make the glossy finish matte) my Silestone kitchen countertops. Is this possible either through an acid wash, sanding or other? Sanding works on samples but will be difficult ...
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1answer
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AC issues / Insulation of vaulted ceiling

Issue: If it's hot outside, ~90F, house temperature can't get below 79F. Background: 6 year old house, vaulted ceiling with 1 ceiling fan in family room where thermostat is (also 3 large windows, ...
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1answer
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Sourcing and installing a stainless steel backsplash

I recently replaced an over-the-range microwave with a hood. Since the hood is about half the height of the microwave, this left a ~15" gap between the preexisting tile backsplash and the start of ...
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2answers
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Bowed laminate flooring on slab: How to proceed?

I recently bought a house with laminate flooring in a partially-below-grade room that sits on a concrete slab. The owners ripped out carpeting in the room and installed the laminate prior to putting ...
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1answer
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Water being dumped into street from basement?

(in western new york) We have a sump pump, something called a bubbler which is a sealed 2-3 inch pvc pipe coming out in the landscaping (sealed with a twist on cap) and a 2-3 inch pvc pipe coming out ...
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4answers
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Does building insulation wear out and have to be replaced?

First, a little back-story. I've been having trouble with the air-conditioning system in my south-Texas apartment home for almost two months so far this summer. The apartment manager has been ...

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