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How to fix a hole in the wall of a plastic shower/bathtub?

I have a hole in the wall of my shower about 4 inches in diameter. I think there is fiberglass underneath. What is the best way to fix the wall and what kind of paint could I use to make it blend in ...
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How can I utilize a light switch for a specific outlet?

I just moved into a new apartment and in one of the bedrooms, there is a light switch that switches one of the outlets on and off. Unfortunately, this outlet is placed in the opposite side of the room ...
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How do I tell if my kitchen range space is set up for gas?

I have a gas line to my house for the furnace but need to know how to tell whether I can hook up a gas range in the kitchen without having a gas line installed to the spot where the range goes.
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How is this type of weather stripping replaced?

This weather stripping is about 20 years old, and obviously it's no longer doing anything. It seems like it's stuck between those pieces of wood, but I can't tell if it's glued in, or if there are ...
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Is it legal to connect a combi expansion pipe to a drainpipe?

Is it legal to install a combi boiler in a cupboard in a bedroom and connect the expansion pipe to a cast iron drainpipe? The person who has done it ownes one of the four flats in our house. Recently ...
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How do I maintain air quality in a newly finished basement of a 1925 home with no ductwork?

I just bought a house built in 1925 but it has just been professionally renovated, including finishing the basement as living space. The home has a boiler for radiator and baseboard heat. There is no ...
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Water heater builds up excessive pressure only when reheating the tank. What's going on?

The pressure release valve on my water heater will trip predictably after a significant amount of hot water has been used (e.g. dishwasher, laundry, long shower) releasing 16 oz or less of water. It ...
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What's the suggested standard gauge wire for a given current?

I'd like to see a reference to an US or EU standard that lists in a table the suggested wire gauges for AC/DC and volts / amps.
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How can I make low ceilings appear taller?

I am having my basement remodeled. The ceiling is about 6'6 recessed lighting has already been installed. I would like to know what I can do do make the ceiling appear taller.
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How are wires wired together and where can I find that point?

I previously asked this question about trouble shooting my receptacles. I have determined that the receptacles are wired correctly and that the issue is further up the line. The issue being that my ...
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How can I install a J-Trap for a bathroom sink with limited space?

Well, it was my first difficult handman project and I got this far... Below is a photo of my installation right now. Every single diagram I've seen has the J-Trap facing down. Is there any way ...
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Are new buildings warmer (when first built)?

My wife is a teacher in a new school that has just been built in the North East UK, and staff and pupils think it's too warm. They have been told that: "new buildings are warmer due to the curing /...
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How should I caulk between bathtub and drywall?

My tub sits in an alcove that is 6 inches wider than the width of the tub at the head, and sits against a full wall at the foot. I tiled the alcove but stopped at the front edge of the tub so that ...
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My neighbor keeps complaining about my music. How to soundproof my apartment?

I live in an old apartment building and the walls are thin. This is a problem because I love to listen to music -- sometimes at odd hours of the night. Yes, I can be an asshole in this way. But my ...
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How do I seal a cracked pipe using epoxy putty?

So, I have a broken pipe exactly on the L join on the wall. It's a huge crack but no big gap, just a curved crack along the pipe. At first I thought of replacing the pipe, but it means that I have to ...
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How do I find out if Air Admittance Valves (AAVs) are allowed in my municipality? [closed]

I saw Richard Trethewey of Ask This Old House install an AAV as part of a kitchen island sink system. I thought I might be able to use one for the water line for my washing machine. I'd like to ...
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1answer
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How do I make seams in vinyl flooring look good?

and thank you for all the help so far! This place is great! Can you help with this? I really blew it when I cut my vinyl floor in the kitchen. So to "fix" it I made cuts along the grout lines in ...
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1answer
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Surveillance System and Home Automation in Europe [closed]

Hi recently bought an independent house, and I was thinking on installing a couple of indoor/outdoor cameras, and some movement sensors connected to an alarm. I also want to monitor my house from the ...
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1answer
698 views

How can I extend this concrete pad?

So the wedge shaped concrete pad thats right up against the house; April 17th, we're having air conditioning installed before it gets to hot out. According to the installer, the unit will fit on the ...
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How can I remote control a switch for a pool pump?

I want to be able to start and stop two pool pumps by remote control, independently. Each one works at 220V, 1 kW (i.e. around 5A, expect a current spike when starting.) Do you know an off the shelf ...
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2answers
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Is this termite damage and if so how do I repair it?

I was moving a bolt storage rack in the basement, and when I took it off the wall, I noticed that the wall behind it was moldy. Then I noticed a ripple in the paint going all the way up, and when I ...
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2answers
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What could cause tap water to become smelly after a while?

I keep two glass bottles filled with tap water in a small fridge in my bedroom. The tap water smells fine out of the spout. A few days ago I noticed that the tap water begins to smell bad after ...
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How to install level wood header under sloping garage door opening

I am wood framing concrete garage door opening described with pictures in this question. Top concrete header is about 2" inches out of level across 9' opening length. I want to install 2x8 PT header ...
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2answers
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Can I use a stairwell ceiling fan to save energy?

We have a two story house, with a small ceiling fan mounted above the main stairway. The house has separate thermostats for heating/cooling the upstairs and downstairs. During the day, we spend 90% ...
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Is it possible to convert a truss attic into living space?

What are some options for converting a trussed roof into living space? My understanding (please correct me if I am wrong) is that the following needs to be taken into consideration: proper floor ...
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Natural ways to keep the ceiling cool during summer

I live in the single floor independent house in South India with the ceiling exposed to sun. In summer it gets really hot. I am not an expert but was wondering if there is a traditional/natural way ...
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2answers
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How to level my front porch?

My front porch, which is concrete, is leaning to one side. How can I fix it? I had a contractor look at it and he wanted to pour another porch on top of it, but I read somewhere that the preferred ...
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Will this 22“ drawer slide replace the slide mounted to my 18” drawer?

I have a kitchen cabinet with 18" drawers, with slides on the side. The internal depth of them is 23" as is the length of the part of the slide mounted to cabinet. The inside of my cabinet looks like ...
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1answer
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What would cause a ceiling fan to stop while the light still works?

Installed a new fan/light today. Wiring appeared to be identical to old fan we removed. green ground to green ground on mounting bracket. white to white. black and blue to black. Turned it ...
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How do I determine if I need attic insulation to keep cool in summer?

How can I determine if I need more attic insulation to keep cool in summer? I live in the desert of southern California so it can get pretty hot in the summer (110+ is not uncommon). I would like ...
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3answers
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What kind of screws for attaching an Ikea style coat hook of an internal door?

I have this Ikea coat hook, that I'd like to mount to a door. But I would like it to be rather sturdy to handle some bigger winter coats. What kind of screws are recommended for (what I think is a ...
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Can mindi wood be used outdoors?

Does anyone here have experience with mindi wood? For example furniture made from mindi wood? Is it also usable in outdoor scenarios, e.g. for garden furniture? What kind of finish is needed?
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Replacing subfloor in bath

Working on a bathroom remodel project and found rot and water damage to the plywood subfloor around the shower area. The shower is 36" x 36", and the joists are 24" apart and his part of the subfloor ...
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1answer
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Drywall Painting: Do I need to keep priming here?

I am painting a room where the previous paint job was not very good. You can see brush marks from a great distance, it got all over the trim, and the paint looked watered down (thanks builders). It ...
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1answer
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How to stop outside rainwater from coming in under the wall and through the concrete floor of my garage conversion?

I have got a problem with an attached garage converted den in a 1978 built brick home. The heavy spring rains are redirected to the two year old perforated drain system on the side of the house ...
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2answers
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Can you skin over an existing roof deck that is breaking down?

Working on reshingling my roof. The roof deck turned out to be 3/8" plywood which is starting to break down due to the number of times the roof has been replaced. The deck is not rotting out except ...
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What options are available for ventilation above a stove?

We are taking out our cabinets above our stove area, to create an open plan to the dinette area on other side of counter. Can we have a ceiling mounted fan above stove? (flush with the ceiling) What ...
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361 views

How do I determine where lead paint was used?

I just bought a new house. The inspector told me that the entry way paint is cracking because a previous owner painted over lead paint without using the proper primer. How do I find out which walls ...
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How do I tell if a contractor built my driveway to specification?

I am getting ready to close on a house that was just built, and I have noticed several places where the contractor did not appear to meet the specifications set forth in the contract. We have a gravel ...
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How can I tell if these pipes are gas lines or water lines?

I recently moved into an in-law unit of a large old house. In the kitchen, there are two pipes coming out of the wall (one protruding out a little more than the other). I had assumed they were gas ...
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1answer
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What fastener should I use to attach an aluminium bracket to a wall?

Is it OK to use a regular zinc plated screw when fastening an aluminum bracket to a wall? It might seem like a silly question but I have heard that mixing metals in fastening applications can result ...
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How can I fix my leaky bathtub faucet with minimal damage to the wall? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How to fix a bathtub faucet that leaks only when the shower runs? Our bathtub faucet leaks a steady stream of water. Sometimes this will temporarily slow to a drip if I am ...
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1answer
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What wire gauge is required for a 220V air compressor?

I just bought a new stationary 5HP air compressor, and I need to know what wire gauge I should use for it. Relevant compressor details: 40 Amp draw Magnetic starter Length of run from power box to ...
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Can disconnected knob-and-tube wiring be left in place?

The house I recently bought (over 100 years old) has had almost all of its wiring replaced with a new elctrical board. However, in two cases the new wiring has been connected to existing knob-and-tube ...
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1answer
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Cleaning film out of plastic drain pipe

The drain pipe and trap on my bathroom sink are made of plastic, and every four to six months I find that it slows down. When I disassemble it, the pipe walls are coated with maybe 1/8" of disgusting ...
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Are radiator reflectors as effective as claimed?

I recently completed a survey to determine the energy efficiency of my home. The results weren't great but got me thinking about the quick and affordable things I could do to improve things and ...
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2answers
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AC Unit Blow Warm Air Indoor But Colder Air Outdoor

I have two AC Units. One for upstairs and one for downstairs. The upstairs one works just fine but not the downstairs. So, i did a test by turning both units on and went outside to compare the two ...
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Can I use alcohol for cleaning tables?

For some reason, an unpleasant scent wafted into my room on Sunday, and coincidentally, it was a rainy day that day. As a result, the scent is now stuck to my table, and anything that I put on the ...
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Are both legs of a home's power supply equally used?

This is basically just to satisfy my curiosity. Please correct me if I'm wrong about any of this: I believe power supply to a home's main panel usually consists of: A neutral wire A hot wire 120 ...
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1answer
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What is the correct way to wire a 4 prong oven receptacle?

I think I wired this the right way but I can't find an online reference that I trust enough to flip the breaker back on. This is how I wired it. Is this correct?

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