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Do coal stoves lead to creosote buildup/chimney fire risk?

One of the reasons we put in a coal stove as an alternative heat source was because several sources said coal stoves don't have creosote buildup, reducing the risk of chimney fire. The instructions ...
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What is the proper way to clean a water heater?

I have heard many times that it is good to clean your water heater about once a year by flushing it. I went to look online to find the proper way to do so and found many people recommending different ...
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How do I finish my partially finished floor?

Ok here's the deal. I stained and poly'd the floor with 1 coat. I tried a floor buffer to sand after the first poly layer. Mistake.. the buffer was too strong. In a couple areas the buffer started ...
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777 views

What could cause a furnace to short cycle?

My Ducane MPGA100B4B furnace is shortcycling (2 minutes from fan on to fan off) The thermostat's Heat Anticipator setting doesn't seem to matter for the on-time, maybe the offtime changes The ...
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What's the minimum depth that an electrical box can recess into a finished wall? Does it have to be flush?

Do electrical boxes have to be flush to the finished surface? Can they recess any depth into the wall by as much as 1/8" or 1/4"? Edit: I appreciate everyone offering alternative solutions to ...
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I modified a nail-in electrical box to use screws instead of nails. Is there some code that prevents that?

Ever since I dove into the electrical side of things with my project, I've encountered a bunch of code restrictions. One thing that wouldn't surprise me if it was a violation of code is what I've ...
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What could cause dripping noises when I turn on my central heating?

When I put my central heating on and I sit in my living room there sounds to be something dripping coming from my ceiling. The drip sound can be slow then speed up a little, then it stops only to ...
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2answers
238 views

Do I Need New Kitchen Faucet Handles?

I just replaced faucet washers and after reassembly, the tap doesn't work. There is a crack in the handle. Is a replacement handle needed?
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Do I really have to fasten interior-wall electrical wire to a stud to keep it from moving?

I am fresh out of cable staples and would rather not go all the way to Lowe's just to get a box. What are the implications of not fastening loose electrical wires to a stud? It's not like there's ...
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Can I extend an electrical ground wire with a copper wire crimp?

I am working with an electrical socket and I need extra length on the ground wire. It doesn't seem unreasonable that I can attach an extra three inches to the existing one and attach it with a copper ...
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How can I prevent heat loss through heater/air conditioner wall units?

HVAC experts out there... I live in Wisconsin and it gets mighty cold here! I have a condo with 2 wall units that are used for both air conditioning and heat. My heat bill in the cold winter months ...
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Is it safe to install a sconce light box inside a return air space?

In my finished basement, the space between one section of studs is being used as a return air duct for my furnace and central air. Here is a picture, looking up from the vent at the floor level: ...
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How can I determine why my furnace is not blowing enough heat?

During a cold spell last week when temperatures got down to -23f (-31C) my furnace started showing issues with blowing enough air and the air was not very warm. Last winter it did not have any issues ...
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How do I repair crumbling wall plaster?

I found this in a closet behind something that a previous owner had nailed into a wall. It's inside a closet, so it doesn't have to look pretty, I just don't want it to keep crumbling. I was going ...
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1answer
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How to properly seal/cover an unused chimney?

We recently replaced an ancient chimney-vented boiler with a direct-vented one. This boiler was the only thing using our chimney. The chimney is brick and sits in the center of our 120-year-old house. ...
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3answers
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How can I replace pull switch lights with wireless remote receivers / switches?

does anyone have experience with the Lightning Switch or Illumra or recommend any other remote switches for replacing the pull switch light fixtures without having to rewire the house. The tech looks ...
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2answers
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How can I clean and dry a lambswool applicator quickly?

I'm refinishing my floor, sanding / stain / poly. One of the most frustrating things is clean up. In particular, the lambswool applicator. It cleans with mineral spirits but it takes forever to dry. ...
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How long can I leave a paint brush and roller sleeve submerged in water without damaging them?

I'm painting my fence (with water based paint) and have more to do tomorrow. How long can I leave the paint brush in water until it's likely to be damaged? I think it's a synthetic bristled one. ...
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Can I repair damage caused by a roof leak myself? [closed]

To fix the exterrior wall, inside the wall and interrior wall can I have friends who are builders help me or do I have to go with a contractor? Also do I need a building permit for this. I had my ...
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How do I fix a hole in drywall?

There is a hole in my drywall from a doorknob repeatedly hitting it, is there a straightforward way to fix it?
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1answer
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What should I do about standing water in my tiled shower?

I have standing water in my tiled shower. The side of my house sank a bit causing the floor to be uneven. The guy I use for home repairs is out of the country for a couple of months. Can I wait until ...
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1answer
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My water softener has a setting for KCl (Potassium) / NaCl (Sodium), what does it do exactly?

I'm having some trouble with a relatively new water softener (<2 years). It seems like it is cycling when it should as the salt level is definitely going down, but the water is still hard. While ...
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1answer
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Is IPS threading compatible with NPT threading?

I've attached two links to the fittings I'm looking to purchase online. But I don't know if they will work together. Chrome Plated Brass Pipe Fitting, Coupling , 1/2" NPT Female and Moen ...
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4answers
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What could cause my toilet to 'Gurgle'?

The last few days the toilets in the house (2 toilets) are making a gurgling noise. When I go and look, I can see the water is standing very low. When I then flush the toilet, the water either keeps ...
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1answer
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What is the proper method for rolling paint on a wall?

When rolling a wall with paint, is there an optimal or proper method of rolling? Usually I just go up and down and make sure the paint is rolled evenly. I've attached a picture showing some ...
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545 views

What sort of bit can I use to drill out a thin seized screw?

I have a piece of moulding on an appliance that is held on by a long, thin screw with a hex head. The screw is perhaps 5" long and perhaps 1/8" diameter (modestly heavier than a wire coat hanger). ...
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2answers
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Are there any types of tile with insulating properties?

Is it possible to buy insulating indoor wall tiles? I have just bought a house and am in the process of slowly renovating it. The bathroom is an extension that was added to the house approx 40 years ...
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2answers
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How to attach concrete to wood?

I'm planning a wooden table with concrete legs. I will use a U-shape or O-Shape for the legs. Should i use screws to attach the legs to the slab or is there a better way? I thought of placing a metal ...
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3answers
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What happens if I shave a little sliver off electrical wire with a utility knife?

I needed to replace an electrical wire with a longer one so I could move an electrical outlet. When I went to cut away the outer rubber cover of one of the wires with a utility knife (yes, dumb, I ...
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0answers
131 views

How can I repair damage to an engineered floor caused by cleaning products?

A product 'Mop & Glo' was used on my engineered floor. An employee of the company from whom I purchased my floor recommended that I use Armstrong Hardwood Floor cleaner to attempt to remove the ...
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1answer
698 views

Will a drill bit that came with a dremel be good enought to drill out a screw?

I have a dremel, and I want to know if the drill bits that came with it are good enough to drill out a screw in my shower faucet. The shower faucet handel is broken and the screw is stuck in the hole....
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1answer
310 views

Is it safe to put a gas furnace in the same room as an electric clothes dryer? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Can an electric dryer be next to the gas furnace? We are currently remodeling our house. Is it safe to put a gas furnace in the same room with an electric clothes dryer? ...
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What are some ways to find a leak in a pipe?

I have a leak somewhere under my sink in the kitchen. I have a number of junctions/pipe/hoses there (6 lines), and one of them has a leak. It doesn't happen all the time, only when there is back ...
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2answers
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Trying to wire a 240v line-voltage thermostat

I am trying to replace my old 240v line-voltage thermostat with a modern version. The problem is that after wiring the new version in like the old it doesn't work. I have (2) 12-2 wires coming out of ...
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3answers
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When buying an older home that has recently been renovated, what should I look for in the home inspection?

I'm in the process of buying a house built in the mid 80's. It was foreclosed about a year ago and has since undergone a large number of renovations (roof, HVAC, windows, doors, plumbing, etc). What ...
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Where can I get an air compressor that can blow air (not just inflate tires)?

I have been able to find this and this, but they don't come with the fitting/handle that allows you to blow air - for instance, if you want to blow dust from your keyboard, etc. Does anyone ...
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2answers
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Why won't this bed's feet touch the floor?

My wife and I just got a hand-me-down Queen-size bed after our old one broke. It was disassembled and brought to us by people unfamiliar with its previous assembled state. You might be able to tell ...
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How can I detect reverse polarity on an ungrounded receptacle?

Recently moved into a 1950s-built house and am swapping out some of the older receptacles. On one particular ungrounded circuit there are four receptacles. The first two are as expected - the two ...
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0answers
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My refrigerator is freezing vegetables in the crisper [closed]

Lately I've noticed that my refrigerator (Whirlpool side-by-side fridge/freezer, about 5 years old) is freezing vegetables located in the two crisper drawers in the bottom. Liquids, including plain ...
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1answer
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What would cause my furnace to only work with the filter removed?

My Carrier furnace works fine without the air filter in place on the return. With the filter in place it works for a while and then stops with a complaint about "limit, or flame rollout is open" (...
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2answers
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How can I fix my entry door that is not deep enough?

I had my front door replace, I got the right measurment and the door fit, but it was not deep enough. Now from the inside the edges of the door do not even out with the wall. Is there a way I can fix ...
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3answers
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Increase wood fireplace efficiency

We have a large fireplace and plenty of free or cheap wood and love having fires for warmth and entertainment. An open fireplace is not an ideal source of heat, but I wanted to know if there's a ...
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3answers
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Can I hang a bathroom shelf with command strips or something similar?

I'm currently living in an apartment that doesn't allow me to put anything larger than a finishing nail sized hole in the wall. I have a small bathroom shelf that I would like to put up that consists ...
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1answer
586 views

How can I restore ridged decking?

My in-laws have a deck out the back of the house. They're old and the deck hasn't been maintained in 10 years or more. Many of the boards have blackened and are lethally slippery if the weather is ...
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1answer
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Is urethane based grout worth the cost for bathroom tile?

We are beginning a project to tile the master bathroom. The local tile shop where we are purchasing the tile is recommending a urethane based grout (specifically Bostik TruColor Pre-Mixed Grout). I ...
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1answer
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What is permissible for a breaker box cover?

We're doing some remodeling in our kitchen and unfortunately the breaker box is right in the middle of a wall we are going to cover with tile. My current thought is to replace the existing metal ...
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2answers
954 views

How can I add a second light to a circuit?

I have recessed lights that are controlled by two switches. They used a black, red and white wire for each switch to a junction box then used a 14-2 wire to the recessed lights. My question is how do ...
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1answer
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Seebeck generator to run a fan on a radiator

I asked in this question if there was a heat powered fan for residential steam rads, to increase air flow over them since natural flow is pretty weak. Alas, looks like some wood stoves can use such a ...
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1answer
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How can I lengthen my vent stack and are there any negative effects in doing so?

I have observed that when we receive a lot of snow here in Ontario, at least one of the drain vents on my roof is covered by snow. While after one winter in the house I have not yet observed any ill-...
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1answer
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Wood heating - Problems with power failures. Need some advice

My sister uses wood heating in here house. Her heating system has temperature control but of course does not work without electricity. If electricity goes off the temperature can grow ...

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