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Can the socket in my recessed light be replaced without replacing the entire framing kit?

I have recessed lighting in my living room. One of the bulbs went out. I tried replacing it with a fresh one, but no luck. There is electricity flowing to the socket, but the socket appears to have ...
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How can I modify this dryer vent cap to keep lint from getting trapped?

As mentioned in this question I installed this dryer vent cap on my roof As you can see, there is a gap between the flashing and the cap, presumably to let water out if it gets in. This is ...
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What are my options for hiding/removing service panels from the outside of a house?

I'm trying to improve my curb appeal and I have several utility panels on the side of my house in full view, including cables running up and down the outside wall. Those were installed before I ...
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What are my options for resurfacing or repainting my old concrete steps?

My front steps are very old. The paint was chipping off so I used a chemical paint stripper to remove it. I also used a pressure washer to get the rest of it off. I would like to stain the steps ...
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138 views

What DIY tests are available for the quality of stainless steel?

How can I test a stainless steel product such as a sink to see if it is truly 18g?
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When replacing a supply line to a house in Houston, TX, what is the best material to use?

A house in Houston, TX (southern "sun belt" climate, no frost, but flexible clay soils) has a Polybutalyne supply line running from the meter to the house. It's already burst once and been repaired, ...
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121 views

Is this a safe way to clean black mold in the attic? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How to remove/clean black mold? My dad says there's mold in the attic (that looks black), and he plans to spray it with a mixture of water and chlorine. Is this a safe ...
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How can I convert an exterior light junction box to an exterior duplex outlet?

I have two dedicated circuits that were supposed to be set up with exterior outlets, high up on the wall to run Christmas lights. What I got was two circuits terminated with wire nuts in junction ...
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small black flying insect/bug in the house all of a sudden [closed]

it has been raining like crazy recently in my area (Maryland) for the last month and a half. I noticed that i'm seeing a lot of small flying insects (the kind that is seen on a extremely ripe banana) ...
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How can I replace the seal on the bottom of my shower door?

I am trying to replace the seal on the bottom of my shower door. Any ideas what it is called and/or what I could replace it with? The "Shower Door Company" of Atlanta, Georgia made the door, which is ...
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How do I put up a travertine tile backsplash?

I'm trying to put up a tile backsplash in the kitchen (approx 25 sq ft) and I'm having trouble deciding between mastic and thinset for putting it on the drywall. For that matter, is it OK to put the ...
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How to mount hooks into concrete ceiling that must be able to support several times bodyweight?

I am on the top floor of a loft apartment that used to be a factory. I want to install several hooks or some other fixture into my concrete ceiling from which I can hang gymnastic rings, a punching ...
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Can someone review this garage loft design for structure and stability?

I'd like to build a loft above a 12'x16' portion of my garage. My plan is to lag screw ledger boards to the studs and attach 2x10 joists to the ledgers using joist hangers. Additional supports will be ...
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What is a durable, child-safe finish for a child's cot?

I recently purchased a flat packed cot for my soon to arrive baby. The wood is plain without any paint or varnish. How best should I finish off the wood on the cot in a way that is both durable and ...
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What is the safe/proper way to run non-metallic conduit between floors?

I need to run a CAT5 line and a 22/4 alarm wire from my 2 story attic to the first floor. I have access to the interior of the walls (I will re-dryboard). I'd like to run carlon ENT from the attic ...
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553 views

How do I repair a leaking toilet tank?

I replaced the flapper in my ceramic toilet tank and the leak from the tank into the bowl slowed, but it still leaks. What is the next step I should take to get rid of this leak?
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What should I do about a hardwood floor that's sagging between the joists?

I recent bought an older (1890) house. On the original floors, the wood flooring is sagging between the joists--you can feel the height difference as you walk, up and down, up and down. It's firm, ...
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How can I remove lichen and/or mold from plastic siding?

We have some kind of lichen or mold on the plastic siding on one side of the house. What's the best way to clean it off?
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Moving my washer and dryer will mean I'll need to move my dryer exhaust vent. How should I go about this?

I live in a two-story condo/townhouse. My dryer is downstairs in the kitchen and I'd like to move it upstairs. Right now, the exhaust vent runs up through the wall and under the upstairs bedroom ...
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Why are my smoke detectors going off when I cook?

Seems like every time we cook anything in the oven the fire alarms (in-home system, all connected) go berzerk. is there any way to make them "less sensitive"? We do blow/vaccuum them out gently here ...
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4answers
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What type of glue should I use to repair my hardwood floor?

I'm replacing the tongue and grove boards in a section of my hardwood floor that were water damaged. On some of the boards, I'll need to cut out the bottom edge of the female side. On a YouTube ...
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How do I design a shed to make optimal use of building materials?

I read Michael Pollan's A Place of My Own, in which he builds a small building to use as a writing studio. The architect's design called for wall studs to be cut to 8ft 1in (out of 10ft sticks), ...
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Is there anything a rotary tool can do that a oscillating multi-tool can't?

I've got a decent chunk of change to spend on tools, and after cleaning the corrosion off of 96 battery terminals with scouring pads last week, I couldn't help but to think that a rotary tool (e.g. a ...
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Why does the breaker trip occasionally after I installed a new light fixture?

We bought a house a couple of years ago with a covered light fixture box in the ceiling (a blank cover over a wired box and a blank cover over the switch box). I recently modified a plug-in pendant ...
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Do I really need to use primer when painting an unfinished concrete floor?

I'm turning a one car garage into an office and want to paint the floor. I bought some Behr concrete paint, and the guy at Home Depot insisted that I have to put down a layer of primer first. Do I ...
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Can I use a 23 W CFL in a fixture that's rated for a 60 W incandescent?

I have a lamp that is rated at 60 Watts for an incandescent bulb with a disclaimer to use a 13 Watt bulb instead when using a CFL replacement. Do I really need to respect that disclaimer? Would not a ...
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Can re-closing a circuit-breaker be dangerous?

I have a circuit breaker that keeps tripping. When i try to reset (close) it, it immediately jumps back to the open position with a noise that sounds a little scary. I have now stopped trying to do ...
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Is a radiant floor enough to heat the room?

I would like to know if an electric or hydronic radiant floor is enough to heat the room or if it's just to have a warm floor. And if yes, what is the efficiency (the time it take to warm the room, ...
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How high should the siding be above ground level?

To word the question another way, how much of the foundation wall needs to be exposed below the siding? My neighbor isn't the best at home projects and decided to install a brick pad so that the soil ...
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2answers
28k views

Why does my heating system only blow cold air?

My heating system only blows out cold air, not hot. I've left it on for a good 15 minutes to see if it will warm up, and I get nothing but cold air. I've even put it on Auto and waited some more, ...
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Why is my hot water running out quickly regardless of other household water usage?

I've noticed that my shower, which used to run hot water for what seemed like forever, now can only produce about 15 minutes of hot water. This doesn't appear to be related to other water usage in the ...
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What voltage/amperage garage circuits should I install for welding tools and an air compressor?

As a part of renovating my garage this fall, much of the wiring is being re-done. Since doing the work before putting up walls will be much easier now than adding circuits in the future, I'd like to ...
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1answer
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When waterproofing my basement, should I apply 11 mil plastic in addition to the dimple board?

I'm currently interviewing contractors for exterior basement waterproofing. The difference in price is not significant, but there is one major difference. The contractors will: Trench down below ...
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What tool and technique do I use to achieve this finish in plaster?

Our shed (in Switzerland) has an outdoor wall that is finished with plaster texture called crépi here which Google translates as roughcast. The plasterer here says it is impossible to replicate today. ...
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308 views

Is there a UL listed relay for a line voltage device?

I once saw a device with full UL listing that was effectively a relay that could switch on or off a line voltage device. It looked something like a short extension cord but then had a low voltage wire ...
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2answers
716 views

How do I keep drywall around a patch from crumbling?

While patching my kitchen ceiling, I cut the hole larger to get to the joists and install my drywall "normally". On one of my edges the old drywall keeps crumbling away. My plan is to make the hole ...
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Do I have to check if my floor is level before installing new linoleum (from a roll, not tiles)?

I just tore up my old linoleum flooring and will be installing new linoleum in the next few days. Some internet research has revealed that I need to make sure the floor is level and, if it is not ...
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How do I DIY a spinning CD/DVD storage rack?

I have an embarrassing number of dvd's and cd's; I think it's up to about 600 - 800 now... I have long ago started putting the majority in cd binders, but I have a really nice room dedicated as a ...
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Is a roof made out of glass viable?

I have thought about that if I am ever going to build a single floor house this is what I would do. I would make the whole roof out of glass (like a greenhouse). This glass roof would be made out of ...
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Why is my shower head pipe very loose when the company installed a new tub and surround?

I don't know what the pipe is technically called, but it's the one that you attach your shower head to. Well, after the guys finished the job and left yesterday, I noticed that this pipe is very ...
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What are effective ways to frame a return air duct?

Consider an in-floor return air duct that is 32" x 22". A standard air filter that closest fits the register is 30" x 20". What materials should I use to frame the duct so it will snugly hold the ...
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Does a (non-splitting) cable splitter degrade the signal?

I have cable and cable internet in my new apartment. The cable comes in to the water-heater closet from the roof and comes out an outlet in the wall of the closet, but there is a 4-way splitter in ...
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How do I know if my lightswitch is wired incorrectly?

I recently replaced a couple of the really old lightswitches in my house. Shortly afterwards I heard Shirlock Homes on the StackExchange podcast and he mentioned that you can shock yourself if you ...
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2answers
4k views

How do I install a chain lock on a steel door?

I'm tring to install a chain lock on the inside of my home. I've tried millions of things to get a hole in the steel door. Is a 12 volt drill not powerful enough?
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Would bullet proof glass help deter burglars? How does it compare to normal glass?

We consider buying an apartment, which has previously been used as a shop. Our only concern is that it has large windows (2,5 meters x 2,5 meters), which would function like an invitation to burglars. ...
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Is my dimmer switch failing or is it bad wiring?

A few days ago my wife mentioned that there was a "burning smell" near the kitchen, but it went away before I could investigate. Today I turned on the dimmer switch in my kitchen, and the lights began ...
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2answers
757 views

What are some DIY alternatives to drywall that I can carry up a narrow staircase?

I'm fixing up a house that's been cut into apartments, and needs a few wall and ceiling repairs due to some water damage. I'm planning on cutting out large sectons to check the extent of the water ...
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2answers
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How can I soundproof a bathroom door?

I'd like to make one of my bathrooms that one special place where a guest can go about their business in peace. Essentially, I am going to be soundproofing/insulating my entire bathroom, but the ...
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1answer
716 views

Do I need to do any maintenance for a wood retaining wall?

What do you do to protect your wood retaining wall to stand for extreme weather condition (hot and cold)? I just look at mine and thought that before winter arrive do I need to do something. Is it ...
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1answer
568 views

What is the best way to stop tiny ants from entering my home? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How can I prevent insects from entering my house? How can I find their entry point? I've got tiny ants coming in from the window above the sink in the kitchen. We are ...

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