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Is it time to replace my 20 year old water heater?

My water heater (gas) shows a date of 1991 on it, although the house was built in 1993. There is nothing wrong with it. It is a little slow to heat the water up, sometimes taking almost 5 minutes to ...
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What are the pros/cons of Ondura for roofing?

I came across Ondura in Lowes this morning and had never heard of it. It looks pretty slick. Does anyone have experience with it to share? I found no matches when searching here and was sort of ...
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Do Victor Poison-Free Insect Magnet Traps actually work on spiders?

Victor Poison-Free Insect Traps I trapped a few in an old apartment. But I've had spiders running free in my own room - despite the presence of THREE traps.
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How to determine what 3-way switch system was used?

How can I tell if an old Knob & Tube 3-way switch is still legal by the modern NEC? Specifically I am trying to tell if my switch is a "California 3-way" (or "Coast 3-way", "Hollywood 3-way", ...
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Turning off Air Conditioning when out of the house for extended time

Most people that live in cold climates know that you should not turn your heat off when you go away for an extended period of time. Just turn it down so the pipes don't freeze. What about the ...
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Is earthing required for a submersible water pump?

I have a submersible water pump with a power cable that ends with a three-pronged plug with a protective neutral contact. Having a matching outlet is problematic - there are only unearthed outlets at ...
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1answer
655 views

Waterproof seal between two submersed pipes

I have an odd problem. Essentially I am working on fabricating a connection between two fiberglass pipes that are intended to be submerged underwater (depth 30ft). No water should make it inside of ...
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Why is the small white box near my fridge's compressor making an incessant clicking sound?

I have a small Frigidaire (model FRT045GB) ~9 months old (but shockingly outside of warranty) which recently started clicking. Actually it almost sounds like a small water pump? I have been able to ...
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AC Coolant pipe has condensation and leaks inside wall

I've got an old AC unit (probably 13+ years old) that came with the house that I bought. This summer I noticed some water damage on the drywall in the basement, so I cut the damaged drywall away, and ...
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What Paint Finish (flat, satin, etc) Should I Use in a Rental Property?

What finish should I use (flat, eggshell, satin, etc) for the walls in a rental home? In the past I've used eggshell and even satin on walls on the theory that I would be able to clean them (as ...
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1answer
781 views

What to look for when choosing a new bathtub?

I am in the middle of a total bathroom renovation. Now I need to choose a new tub but there are so many choices and price points I don't know what to look for. My situation is that I have room for a ...
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When re-siding a house, where should I start?

My wife and I just bought our first house and it has some rather old aluminum siding. It's a smaller house (~ 1400 sq. ft.). We'd like to switch to wood siding, but we honestly have no idea where to ...
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Installing a new exterior door into a taller existing opening

We are remodeling our 1948 home, and the previous owner was quite tall. We are trying to replace our exterior door, and have come across a wonderful deal on a door. Here is the issue: How can I make ...
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How strong are copper refrigerator ice maker water lines?

How strong are the standard copper refrigerator water lines? I have a decent size coil of copper line behind my refrigerator and I am afraid to re-position/re-coil it because I have no idea of it's ...
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2answers
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Can I put a convection toaster oven over the range?

My over-the-range microwave died and I want to replace it with a convection toaster oven. I would love it to be put where the microwave was, over the stove. Can I do this? I have looked for ...
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1answer
601 views

how to clean up black paint that spilled on exterior bricks

My upstairs neighbor (well she said her cat did it) spilled black paint on her deck/patio last summer. It dripped for 10 minutes down the side of my exterior wall of my unit (outside). It's spilled ...
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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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1answer
341 views

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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4answers
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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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5answers
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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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2answers
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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
317 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
955 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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3answers
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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 ...
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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
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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
287 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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2answers
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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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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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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
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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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