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How can I stop birds from hitting my sunroom windows?

Over the last three days, I have probably had over a dozen birds try to fly through my sunroom, only to be stopped by the 72"X52" sliding windows; three of the birds have died. What can I do so that ...
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1answer
259 views

What type of arbor should I use to fix this holesaw?

Where can I buy the arbor for this type of holesaw. The ones I've found are hex shaped. Could you recommend a n arbour that would fix this hole saw
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1answer
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Are there advantages / uses to having disk and belt sander surfaces?

On a tool like a Delta 31-300, what is the advantage of having a disk sanding surface as well as a belt sanding surface? When would you decide to use one or the other?
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1answer
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How should I troubleshoot and unclog an outdoor drain?

Our back concrete patio directs water to a nearby outdoor drain. The drain consists of what seems to be a 5 Inch green PVC pipe with a plastic grate cover that sticks out of the ground a few inches. ...
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2answers
408 views

How do I troubleshoot a dishwasher that runs normally until wash cycle begins, then doesn't wash?

My dishwasher stopped working correctly a couple of weeks ago. After loading dishes and starting it, it successfully fills with water, rinses the dishes, drains, and then switches to the actual ...
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1answer
246 views

What is the best removable insulation material?

There is a crack in a wall that I would like to fill with some removable insulation. It must be removable, as such it should just be a temporary solution. I know of rockwool and glasswool, but don't ...
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3answers
17k views

How do I safely get glue off of wood that's to be stained?

I'm building a closet and I've just made doors for it. It's red oak wood with a rail & stile construction and raised panels. I was a little careless and some of the wood glue (Titebond) escaped ...
3
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1answer
526 views

Should I run two gas water heaters if I don't need to?

We purchased a house recently that has two water heaters(configured in series). I just realized that the first one hasn't been running as the thermocouple was defective. For 6 months we had no problem ...
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1answer
16k views

How can I clean hard water buildup from pipes?

I've basically confirmed that my overall plumbing problems are down to hard water buildup. My softener has been out of action for about a month or two (waiting on a part), so I have at least that much ...
2
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4answers
719 views

Can a hole cutter be used with a dremel?

My dremel has an adjustable speed switch, which makes it a lot easier to control the speed than with a drill. Is there an adapter I can buy so I can attach this hole cutter (which has a shank that is ...
3
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1answer
634 views

How can I fix a broken shower elbow?

The shower elbow in the shower broke off at the copper pipe in the wall, leaving some of the plastic inside the copper pipe's threading. There seems to be some sort of sealant. How might you go about ...
2
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1answer
200 views

What tools would I need to have/borrow/buy to build a table? [closed]

What are the types of tools that I would need to have access to in order to build something like a table from wood?
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2answers
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Should washer hoses be replaced regularly or only as necessary?

I caught an episode of "This Old House" a couple weeks back and it was mentioned that washing machine hoses should be replaced every couple of years. I'd never heard this and don't know of anyone ...
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2answers
529 views

How realistic is DIY sharpening of scissors on a stone?

I have scissors with moderately dull blades and a middle grain (looks like 120) sharpening stone. Is it realistic to sharpen scissors on a stone or do I just get over the idea? How is sharpening ...
5
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5answers
83k views

How do I remove excess wood stain that dried before I could wipe it off?

While staining some wood, we had an emergency and had to leave. The stain has now dried and I'm not sure how to remove the excess; it's normally wiped off before it dries. When I get home I'm going ...
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2answers
6k views

How do I use precision screwdrivers?

I am talking about those small and narrow screwdrivers with a thin handle. I can't get a tight enough grip on the handle to generate enough torque to remove a small screw. Do I have to use something ...
4
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2answers
448 views

Is there a dust-free alternative to gravel for an indoor Petanque Court?

We are considering constructing a Pétanque court in our office. The typical finished playing surface is sand, gravel, small pebbles or sometimes shell. We need a dust-free material so that when ...
3
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1answer
171 views

Can Hi-rib cementing be used to level a second story floor?

Is it advisable to use the hi rib cementing style to correct the whole un level wooden second floor area? It is not level from between 1 to 2 and 3/4 inches in certain areas.
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4answers
1k views

Is there a special low temperature thermostat?

I have a gas ceiling mounted furnace for my garage. I want to set my garage at 35-40° F (1-4° C). Is there a special thermostat to control furnace at that low temp? (I've seen one works as low as ...
14
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2answers
385 views

Are these sloppy cuts and gaps normal around roof vents?

Got a new roof last fall in southeastern Idaho. I didn't notice until this week that the shingles are cut sloppily around most of the vents (see pictures). Should I coat the bad seams with a can of ...
3
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1answer
6k views

How do I fix slow water flow in my refrigerator door dispenser?

It's an 11 year old Frigidaire FRS26ZPH side-by-side, and this year the water flow started slowing down. It has gotten slower and slower over time, to the point where it's taking over a minute to fill ...
3
votes
2answers
6k views

How can I insulate a sash window?

I just moved into an old flat which has old and weathered down sash windows which let a lot of cold air in. As Scotland does get very cold at times I would like to insulate them in a cheap and ...
1
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1answer
308 views

How can I locate the 2x8 boards beneath subfloor, backer board, mortar, and ceramic tile?

My floor is getting a little creaky in my bathroom. Unfortunately, it has ceramic tile over it (along with mortar and backer board). What I need to do is drill a clearance hole through the grout and ...
9
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1answer
11k views

What should I look for during a deficiency walkthrough?

I'll be taking possession of a brand new town house next month and we'll be doing a deficiency walkthrough to catch any issues before we move in. This is not a home inspection, but our ability to get ...
2
votes
1answer
1k views

Why am I getting condensation on the first floor joists of my new build?

We're building a new house in New Hampshire. We insulated the 1st floor joists with batting last winter so the minimal amount of heat we had in the basement to prevent the foundation from cracking ...
7
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4answers
20k views

How can I fill small holes in drywall without painting?

I am taking down several items hung on our walls; this will leave about two dozen holes ranging from small nail holes to anchor holes about 3/8" in diameter. I am looking for a way to fill these holes ...
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10answers
19k views

What are the most important things to check/do after buying a home?

We are in the process of purchasing a home that is over 20 years old. What are some of the most important things we should check/patch/do right away to make sure the home is running correctly and ...
2
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2answers
1k views

What is the difference between GU-4 and G-4 bulbs?

I plugged a G-4 bulb into a GU-4 slot and it burned up the unit yesterday. What does that U mean?
2
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1answer
1k views

How do I use an air speed meter to measure air flow volume?

I can buy a Vane Anemometer cheaply but a Air Flow meter (with a cone) costs a lot more. Can I just make my own cone? What issues should I expect if I add a cone to a Vane Anemometer? How do I ...
6
votes
3answers
895 views

What is the proper and accurate way to measure space for window screens?

One of our metal windows is missing a screen and I'd like to replace it. I don't have other windows of the same size so I can't easily copy the screen dimensions. How should I measure the window ...
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4answers
3k views

Would running a new subpanel in parallel meet NEC requirements? If not, what should I do?

Background U.S.A. Voltages/power present. My house has a 125A Power Mains breaker at the street. A buried line runs from the street breaker to my main panel on exterior wall outside of house. The ...
3
votes
3answers
12k views

How do I replace a broken bathtub drain?

I am trying to replace my bathtub drain however the cross bars have broken off so I am unable to unscrew it from the tub. How can I unscrew it? EDIT: This is approximately the product I am trying ...
6
votes
1answer
2k views

Our vinyl floor install will need to be redone — will new vinyl need to be used, or can the existing vinyl be reused?

I had a company (whose name will not be mentioned unless they refuse to fix the job) install a new vinyl floor. I'll spare all the ugly details except the one that's relevant to this question which is ...
8
votes
2answers
457 views

What should I look for in a ladder?

I am a new homeowner, and I am looking to buy a ladder so that I can clean my gutters. There seems to be a wide price range and a lot of different features. What should I look for in a ladder? ...
5
votes
1answer
865 views

How do I mitigate moisture problems when putting up drywall over stucco with torn tar paper?

I'd like to finish my 56-year old garage with drywall but I have concerns about moisture. The wall construction looks like stucco over tar paper with metal wire support, then the frame. My main ...
5
votes
2answers
4k views

My artesian well just ran dry. Do I just wait for it to fill up?

I have been living in my current house for about 8 months now, and this is the first time I have been without water(besides power outages). I noticed that the water was a bit brown so I let the hose ...
3
votes
1answer
363 views

Can I stop the water in my basement?

I'm digging out my basement and am seeing water flow in because the water table is very high right now. My thoughts are that once I cemented the basement and created a sealed box so to speak the water ...
8
votes
4answers
9k views

Why do I have to hold the handle down to flush the toilet?

I have to hold the handle down to flush my toilet completely. I took a look inside and I am wondering if it has something to do with the chain or the flapper. I am noticing that the flapper does not ...
2
votes
2answers
896 views

Our tiler put Grout Boost on after laying grout, thinking it was grout sealer. What should we do?

Our tiler made an error and put Grout Boost on after laying the grout, thinking it was grout sealer. What should we do? Will Grout Boost act as sealer when applied after grout is put down and dry? ...
4
votes
1answer
964 views

How do I get a yellow stain out of a marble sink?

I saw a similar question but it didn't give me an answer that helped. I recently began to replace the faucets and spout in one of out bathroom sinks. The marble that was covered by the previous chrome ...
4
votes
2answers
3k views

How do I fix a leaky spigot on a rain barrel?

I created a rain barrel using an old plastic 55 gallon barrel and a brass spigot. I drilled a half-inch hole in the side of the barrel for the spigot, wrapped some plumbers tape around the threads, ...
4
votes
4answers
1k views

Does a device exist that can help find the source of a leak in a flat roof?

My Dad has a flat roof over his garage. It's covered with tar and felt. We had an unusually hard and cold winter last year (Republic of Ireland) and since then the roof has developed a leak. We've ...
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4answers
15k views

When bolting down a porcelain toilet, how tight is “too tight”?

Tightening bolts on the base of a toilet is the one thing about toilet installation that has me the most nervous. They say not to over-tighten, but how tight is too tight before the porcelain is ...
3
votes
3answers
1k views

Is there a way to mark/label a special use switch?

I'm going to be rewiring my front porch light, and in the process I've decided to pull cable for a switched receptacle for Christmas lights. I'm going to install a 2 gang box for both switches ...
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vote
1answer
1k views

Why does my GFCI periodically trip, especially after a few days' rain?

I have a GFCI in my living room bath that controls a couple of lights in the basement and bedroom upstairs (weird, thats what it seems to control). Now, every 2 or 3 weeks or so, it seems to trip and ...
1
vote
2answers
3k views

How do I make a pull out drawer?

I am in the process of making some drawers for one of my cabinets. I have a rough idea of how I will do it, but if someone who has made this kind of drawer could tell me what all I will need it would ...
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vote
2answers
1k views

Who makes this shower faucet handle (logo identification)?

Who makes this shower faucet handle? It's slightly broken, I'd like to get a replacement part, but I have no idea what company this is. Does anyone recognize this logo, or know how I might go ...
4
votes
1answer
433 views

What do you call the rubber strip attached to cupboard door?

My bathroom has a white cabinet, where one of the doors has an adhesive rubber strip running down the inside of the door. This is so when both doors are closed, you cant see a big black gap in the ...
4
votes
1answer
4k views

How do I anchor an acrylic claw foot tub?

I have been working on remodeling my bathroom. As part of the renovations we have decided to replace our old tub with an acrylic claw foot tub. The tub is extremely light weight. I am assuming that ...
5
votes
2answers
2k views

What is the best way to cut metal siding for soffit vents accurately?

I need to add a bunch of soffit vents to my eves, and I have (decorative?) metal siding such as in the picture. I need to do this quickly in the next few weeks before winter. What's the best way to ...

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