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How do I replace a flange installed with primer?

I had a leaky toilet and had to replace the subflooring in the bathroom. The flange is also rusty and a little warped and must be replaced. I've seen plenty of videos telling me to score the flange ...
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Maximum PSI for cleaning outside vinyl siding?

I am looking to buy a pressure washer to keep various outdoor surfaces clean. What is the maximum safe pressure the vinyl siding can withstand to prevent damaging surface etching? Also, will vinyl ...
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How can I repair a hole in my subfloor?

I found this hole a while back when removing my old carpet: It was filled with a bunch of nice razor blades and nails, you know, the kind of stuff you just want to roll around in. I need to find a ...
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3answers
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How do I corner bead around two layers of 5/8" drywall?

Here it is: I still have yet to shave down the rough edges from when I scored and snapped it, but, after that, what can I use for corner bead? It's entirely possible that I will end up putting up ...
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0answers
398 views

should labor charge include waste percentage? [closed]

The carpet company is charging so much per yard for the carpet, and labor included. A 10% waste factor is added on. That means I'm paying 10% more for the labor, right? Is that normal? I'm told by ...
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Water heater overflow outside drain pipe

My water heater's overflow outside drain pipe has been running hot water out of it non-stop. I turned the inflow water valve to the water heater off and the water stopped running. But what is ...
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1answer
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How can I replace a light fixture?

I need someone to sort out this wiring question for me. I'm trying to hang a flourenscent light in the garage, however, when I took the old garage light out (one of those round, single light fixtures,...
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1answer
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How can I patch a hole in a painted wood paneling (or plywood wall)?

We just moved into a ranch house that's well over 100 years. Unfortunately our family made some unusual improvements to it while the last five generations were living there (during various decades). ...
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5answers
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Is this an adequate junction box wire job using a standard electric box? (pic included)

I needed to splice a wire to repair nicked wire insulation, but I didn't feel like running to Lowe's just for a junction box. Instead, I used a regular electrical box. The wire comes up from the ...
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5answers
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When I turn on my light switch, there is a delay before the light comes on

We have a ceiling fan light. One swith controls the fan, the other the light. When I turn on the light switch, there is a noticable delay (like a full second) before the light comes on. Is it a ...
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2answers
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GFI reset is behind refrigerator, need to remove refrigerator from circuit and relocate GFI

I am looking at purchasing a home in Florida, built in 2005. Our home inspector was not the smartest cookie in the jar, but accidently discovered some strange things. So far, this is what I have ...
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Is there a minimum, NEC-compliant distance that an electrical outlet can be off the floor in my home?

If I am able to lower an electrical box by a few inches, I will have enough wire to avoid having to use a junction box to splice a nick I made in the insulation of the neutral wire. It's only a three-...
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2answers
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How to choose a kitchen faucet compatible with old sink and new counter top?

I need to replace my kitchen faucet which just broke. However, we're already planning to have a new counter top installed in about 3 months (I was hoping the old faucet would last). I want to buy a ...
3
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2answers
797 views

Could stepping down from 220V/50Hz to 110V/60Hz cause issues with household electronics? [closed]

I have a USA market Yamaha stereo receiver RX-V563 which is 110V/60Hz. I have moved to China and have a 220V/110V stepdown transformer but I can not get my receiver to work. The lights come on but I ...
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4answers
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Why does the main circuit breaker trip but not the smaller branch circuit breakers?

We have one circuit breaker (40 ampere) in entry point of electricity line in our house, than we divided it into two separate line in two levels and put one circuit breaker( 32 ampere) in level one ...
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1answer
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What would cause my door to not close even though it fits in the frame?

I installed a new door on an old frame. However, when I attached the hinges the door doesn't want to close even though I still have plenty of room on the door handle side for it to close. How do I ...
2
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1answer
4k views

How can I prevent sudden increases in shower water temperature

I assume, but am not sure, that this is caused by someone else in the house competing with the shower for cold water. I'm guessing an anti-scald valve might be necessary but perhaps there is a way to ...
2
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2answers
4k views

Fluorescent Light In Garage - Mounting Issues

In our garage, I'm trying to mount a flourencent light fixture that is 4 foot long. The problem is, I don't know how to mount it. I'm assuming that I would want to drill the screws into the ceiling ...
3
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1answer
238 views

Pocket door variation

Remodeling the bathroom. I want to put in a pocket door, centered, in a 60" opening. Is there a split door product available, that will work similar in principle to draw drapes? To put the door in ...
3
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1answer
7k views

Why won't my ice maker eject ice?

I have a component-style ice maker, by which I mean it's not one of the modular kinds with holes for probe tests. It's similar to that style in that the water fills the mold, then the thermostat ...
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2answers
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How should I fill a hole in an exterior wall?

I noticed a good sized hole in an exterior wall that allows wires and things to go from my AC unit into my basement. The problem is that the hole is a good deal larger than it needs to be and there ...
3
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1answer
795 views

How do I install this fire screen?

I bought this house with a gas fireplace we've never used. While cleaning up the attic, I found these doors. I'd like to install it as a deterrent to keep pets and children out of the firebox. My ...
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2answers
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How to insulate a concrete slab foundation in an older house?

What are some ways to insulate a concrete slab type foundation in an older home built in the 1950's? As far as I can tell, the slab is not insulated at all and results in a very cold floor and living ...
3
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3answers
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How can I remove this valve?

I am trying to replace the valve connecting the water line to the sink in my bathroom. The piping and sink were installed in 1975. I'm stuck trying to remove the valve under the sink (see picture ...
7
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1answer
4k views

How can I catch more lint in my dryer?

In the 3 story townhouse I'm currently in, the contractor originally built the (stackable) dryer vent to go straight up from it's location (top floor), then when it gets above the ceiling, it angles ...
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2answers
2k views

How can I route an unknown amount of wires through an outside wall?

I'd love to figure out the best way to make a reusable junction through an outside wall for routing cables through it. (Specifically, ham-radio coax cables). It would be fairly simple if I was going ...
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2answers
41k views

How can I repair a leaking water tank?

I have a leaking water tank here in Bombay, India. I'm looking for suggestions on how to repair it.The tank is a plastic Sintex water tank. There are cracks around a water pipe running into the side ...
4
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2answers
280 views

Where can I purchase push button electrical switches?

Our old house has push button light switches. I would like to find some modern replica switches and face plates for use in some electrical improvements. I have checked at our local home improvement ...
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4answers
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Do I need to glue down linoleum flooring?

I am installing a new linoleum floor in a small bathroom (approx. 6' X 6'). This is a replacement for an old linoleum floor. The replacement will be a single piece. Talking with the local big box ...
5
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1answer
1k views

How to install linoleum floor under carpet?

I am replacing an old linoleum floor in my bathroom (replacing it with just another linoleum floor). It looks like the current linoleum floor was installed prior to the carpeting and the edge by the ...
4
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2answers
9k views

What should I do about an overflowing septic system?

I noticed a small puddle in the backyard that remained even when it's dry out, and recently realized that it's probably the septic system overflowing. The tank was pumped 2 years ago and I don't think ...
8
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3answers
2k views

Can I replace an electric smoke detector with a combo smoke and carbon monoxide detector?

My house has electric smoke detectors wired into an ADT alarm system. I'm not using the alarm system but the smoke detectors seem to work anyway. I'd like to have carbon monoxide detectors too. Can ...
5
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1answer
2k views

How should I convert a double sink to a single sink?

We are going to remodel our bathroom which currently has two sinks (and not that much cabinet/drawer storage) to a single sink with larger (and more) drawers for storage. Under the current double ...
3
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2answers
610 views

Is it worth updating my insulation?

I have a 1969 Cape Cod 2,300 square feet, brick and vinyl sided home with cathedral ceilings that I want to update insulation in. I have the original R-7 fiberglass in the walls and R-12 in the ...
6
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4answers
2k views

What is the best way to patch 3" holes in plaster

I have a number of ~3" holes in my plaster from where my walls were filled with insulation. (Why did they drill a 3" hole? I have no idea). Obviously I would like to fill these holes in, but they ...
5
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1answer
439 views

Is it possible to recover waste heat from a boiler?

I did a google search and came back with industrial products, but no residential prosucts. I have a System 2000 boiler and hot water tank. When the furnace is firing, the temp of the exhaust through ...
3
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1answer
279 views

Can I add two motion lights to an existing circuit?

Can I use an exsisting line that feeds an outlet, and can I cut that line from the attic and use a junction box to feed power to new lights. I will be placing the ligts about 30 feet from each other.
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2answers
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What is causing/caused these brown circular stains in my cabinetry?

Recently moved into a 1950s-built home and have unearthed a number of brown, circular stains on the wood inside various closets. These rings don't appear on the plaster walls, but rather on the wood ...
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2answers
10k views

Can I convert a radiator to radiant floor heating in a room?

I am purchasing a new home, and designing some renovations to several rooms. The house has a gas boiler and radiators throughout the house. For the kitchen and upstairs bathroom, I will be putting ...
5
votes
2answers
6k views

Can a low voltage light switch be located in a closet as opposed to outside the closet?

Okay you guys I have next question. And like all good questions this one begins with a story. I was reading the post about a nick in a wire and read a couple of you mention that light switch in a ...
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1answer
514 views

Where can I find replacement door knobs?

In the apartment that I am renting, the bedroom door knob does not have a lock on it. I am looking to replace the door knob with one that has one. However, the door seems to have a knob mounting ...
1
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0answers
632 views

Wood chipper/shredder engine won't start [closed]

I recently replaced the fuel tank, fuel line, and carburetor on a 8HP wood chipper/shredder. The first time I tried to pull start it after completing the work, it started right up. A few weeks later ...
3
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1answer
1k views

How can I repair damaged wood lacquer?

I've ruined a wooden, varnished table by putting a hot mug of tea down on it. In case that’s relevant, the cup was also slightly wet (only water). Now at the place where the mug stood is a milky-...
3
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2answers
4k views

How can I remove hard water build up from a washing machine?

What is the best way to remove any sediment build up from having hard water from a washing machine?
8
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4answers
4k views

Should I create my own faucet aerator?

I installed some new "fancy" faucet, and am quite happy with it, except it lacks an aerator, and water easily splashes out of the sink. Obviously, this faucet is calling for an aerator. Unfortunately, ...
15
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6answers
10k views

Which tools should not be operated while wearing gloves?

Does anyone know of any safety organization like OSHA that gives a list of tools that should not be operated while wearing gloves? It has always been my understanding that a person should not wear ...
5
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2answers
4k views

Is there a low cost way of reducing humidity?

I'm currently living in a very humid room and so am looking for a cheap way of getting rid of some of that humidity, without having to purchase an expensive dehumidifier. Are there any plants, objects,...
9
votes
7answers
29k views

Is there an NEC-compliant method of repairing minor damage to electrical wire insulation without a junction box?

While trying to pry loose a stubborn cable staple that fastens a 14-gauge electrical cable to a stud, I accidentally tore a very small hole through both the outer jacket and the insulation around the ...
2
votes
0answers
231 views

Where can I find unsanded epoxy grout? [closed]

I have a concrete counter that is a bit unusual in that the surface layer is just concrete dye. It looks awesome, very earthy mix of colors, but unfortunantly it cracks, pulls up a bit. I tried ...
4
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2answers
1k views

Is the drain cover in my shower sufficient?

I bought a new house about a month ago. In the apartment that I moved from, I had a cheap rubber drain cover that seemed to work very well at preventing hair from getting into the drain, similar to ...

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