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can you glue tile to plywood?

I have a contractor who covered my bathroom with marble tile. Now tiles are cracking, grout is breaking and water leaking... See image of a few he picked up that were making noise. Also note he ...
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Should water heater thermostats be set to the same temperature?

Should the top and bottom water heater thermostats be set to the same temperature? I did a quick google search and saw all kinds of differing opinions. for instance, this guy seems like he knows ...
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What are the requirements on buried propane lines?

I haven't been able to find online references to the rules, and I don't own a code book. We have a 300 gallon propane tank, with 5/8" copper line going to a standby generator and into the house for a ...
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762 views

Replacement key for an old sewing machine?

I'm having an old sewing machine with a simple lock, for which I can't find the key. What's the best way to: Find a good replacement key for it If it's not possible, pick the lock so that it'll be ...
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1answer
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What's wrong with my wiring?

I purchased a Hampton Bay remote for our bedroom fan this weekend. I have it installed and mostly working correctly, but there is one nuisance that still remains. We have two switches on the wall, ...
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Water coming in through the walls of an old concrete garage

I recent bought a house with a detached garage, made of old concrete (high aggregate content) reinforced with steel rods and set into a hill. Built in 1938 or so; no waterproofing. Now that Boston ...
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Building a mechanical Clock

this is probably off topic as it's not "home improvement", but still, it's DIY, so, here it goes: I want to build a mechanical clock. I've read technical things about how they work, this is not my ...
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How do I run ethernet cable through a wall cavity?

I want to install an ethernet jack in an interior wall of one room. I'd like to run the cable up through the wall cavity (so it is hidden) into the crawl space and back down another wall to another ...
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2answers
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Suggestions for a replacement garage door opener

My garage door opener has finally failed and I need to buy a replacement. I'm looking for suggestions on the pros and cons of different types of openers. Here are the details of the current setup: ...
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Low Pressure From Shower Head Troubleshooting

The water pressure from the shower head in one of my bathrooms is extremely low. The pressure coming out of the faucet of the bath is low as well. It has not always had this low pressure, it has ...
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1answer
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temporarily seal leaky pipe under sink?

Going to the hardware store right now to fix this leak (see crack in pvc in the photos). My main question is: what's the best product to get to temporarily fix this so we can use the sink until the ...
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Identify a washing machine part - the exit port

I'm trying to identify (= find the name for) a washing machine component. Unfortunately, I don't have this part - I gave it to my landlord who is looking for a replacement. It's basically the exit ...
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2answers
402 views

Stain vs paint maintenance

I am removing paint form a wood fence door (paint was not primed it seems). The paint was peeling and I wanted to get this door done. Very painful (process of removing paint). I thought stain is ...
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4answers
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Rain water collection barrel pump

I have a rain water collection barrel attached to a section of my gutter. I have a simple sediment filter attached to the barrel as the water is used inside a studio for a air chiller. I want to ...
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1answer
608 views

Need LED lighting suggestions for a hobby spray booth

I am writing the plans to build a small indoor hobby spray booth largely used for aerosol acrylics and acrylic airbrush but possibly some aerosol enamels at times. I am using a range hood which ...
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2answers
329 views

How to find the concrete beam in a sandy block ceiling?

I want to hang a ceiling fan at my apartment, where the ceiling is made mostly of a sandy material. How do I find the concrete beam going through it, assuming I do not have access to the blueprints of ...
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3answers
307 views

How to make water move in a square bed

Say I have something similar to the image below: Now, where you see the rocks, I want to put water that goes a little higher than the rocks, and I want the water to move in one direction all around ...
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1answer
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How to prevent odor in clay pots, resulting due to drinking water storage?

We use clay pots to store drinking water in summers. Clay pots keep the water cool. The water lasts for 2 days and then I wash the pot with soap and fill the water again. There is no tight lid for ...
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4answers
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Do they make a pull-chain type outlet adapter for garage door openers to plug in to?

I have constant power going to both my garage door openers. What I'm trying to do is come up with a way to easily cut power to them without having to get out and climb a small ladder to pull the power ...
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1answer
2k views

How do I solve my problems with a paper faced outside corner bead coming loose?

I'm doing drywall work around where the outside corner of my tray ceiling vertical meets the regular ceiling. I bought paper-faced metal corner beads and spray adhesive thinking it would be quicker ...
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3answers
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Is there any way to fix a hinge pulled out of particle board cabinet door?

I hit my head on the open door cabinet over the sink, yet again, and slammed the door shut in anger. Adding insult to injury, the whole hinge pulled out of the particle board and took a big chunk of ...
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2answers
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How to keep the house cool from inside by covering the window panes?

I am thinking of covering the window panes with 5 fold newspapers. What other inexpensive items/materials can be used to cover the window panes for keeping the house cool from inside?
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2answers
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Why does my house carry sound so much?

My home is a 1100sqft, single story home and it carries sound very far and clearly. It make the house 'loud'. When I sneeze loud I hear a high pitch echo. Voices seem to be amplified and with a ...
3
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1answer
327 views

Single outlet resettable breaker?

Basically I have an uninterrupted power supply (UPS) which has a 20amp plug and I know that the load on the UPS will NEVER exceed 15 amp (Bought it mainly because it can attach more battery units to ...
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4answers
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Does anyone find any problems with this method of running speaker wire under the carpet?

I am putting new carpet down and want to run my rear 5.1 speaker wire under the carpet. I know that I will want to replace it once a year (I am weird like that), so I thought I'd get a few of these: ...
2
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1answer
2k views

Covered or Locking Light Switch?

I have an attic fan that is operated by a regular old light (toggle) switch. The problem is that the switch was installed by the previous owner in the master walk-in closet, right where one would ...
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7answers
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How important is circuit breaker breaking capacity?

All else being equal circuit breakers can have different "breaking capacity" - it's the maximum current which the breaker can disconnect and it's typically several thousand amperes. The idea is that ...
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1answer
317 views

Used wood stain on a coffee table and it dried with spots?

I read the instructions on the can and it said to let it sit for at least 8 hours. I stained it last night and when I checked this morning it was looking great. But I just checked now and it appears ...
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2answers
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What information do I need to select a circuit breaker?

I am having 2 new lines run in my basement to power a workbench's tools and an unrelated computer station. I have room in my panel for additional breakers, and rather than tie into existing wiring, I ...
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3answers
2k views

ceiling mount shower curtain rod

I am currently (slowly) re-modeling a small bathroom (about 32 sq/ft) and I have small problem with the shower curtain rod. The space is small, and one of the walls that the shower curtain rod would ...
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4answers
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Using a window as a dry-erase surface

I'd like to put some kind of easily removed clear (or semi-translucent) material on my large windows so I can use them as a dry-erase surface without blocking out the light. Any suggestions on what to ...
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2answers
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Can cutting pressure treated wood harm my saw blade?

Should I take time to clean my circular saw blade after cutting pressure treated lumber? Since fasteners other than stainless steel or galvanized can corrode when used in pressure treated wood, is it ...
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5answers
423 views

Wallpaper removal: Should I use chemicals in addition to a steamer

I'm removing wallpaper that has a layer of paint underneath. Currently, I'm using a scoring tool then a steamer to remove the different layers. As you can imagine this is a slow process. Would it be ...
4
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1answer
3k views

Amp rating of ganged circuit-breakers

Backstory: I'm considering replacing my current tank water heater with a tankless whole-house unit. The units I see generally require a 120-amp breaker circuit. Currently, my panel has two ganged ...
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1answer
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Remounting an undermount sink in a manufactured stone benchtop

The undermount sink in our recently purchased house has started to pull down from the benchtop, so there is a ~5mm gap and the seal has broken. It's only pulled away from one side but I don't think it ...
3
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1answer
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Filling in gaps between pavers with a caulk-like material?

I was walking home the other day and came across a group of workers installing pavers for a driveway. The thing that caught my attention was one guy who was filling in the gaps (about 3/8 to 1/2 ...
3
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1answer
624 views

Service mast too short

I've read that the service mast on the roof should be 12-18 inches high. The one we have is a lot shorter than that. Does that pose any safety issues? We recently purchased the house, and the previous ...
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4answers
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Self Priming Aura paint vs Priming Then Painting

We've just finished an addition and had it skim-coated. Does anyone have an opinion on whether or not we should prime and then paint or use a so-called "self priming" paint, i.e., Benjamin Moore Aura ...
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1answer
2k views

Easiest/Cheapest way to improve insulation of a room

I have a home office, which has 2.5 walls that border the outside of the house, and a floor that is over the garage. It's a nasty combination. It gets quite hot during the part of the day where the ...
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6answers
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Need an apparently-discontinued moulding profile; where to look?

My wife and I recently bought a house, and one of her highest-priority projects was to strip some rather kitschy wallpaper and repaint the walls in our kitchen. This is nearing completion; however, ...
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2answers
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Bathroom vent terminates to attic not outside.

Bathroom vents terminates to attic. The Inspector recommended that it terminates to the outside. What is the best way to do this. Should I just place the bathroom vent next to the roof vent opening. ...
3
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5answers
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How to loosen a nut when bolt and nut move together?

I have a sofabed whose back is fixed to the bed by bolt and nut. When I try to loosen the nut by wrench, the bolt and nut move together. There are no rust. How shall I loosen the nut? Update: the ...
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6answers
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Carpet company wants to charge me for the waste they will have left over. Is this normal?

My floor measures out at 296 sq ft, but the carpet company wants to charge me for 330 sq ft. Their reasoning is that they are not charging me for the actual square feet of total area, but for the ...
5
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3answers
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How do I properly paint a wood floor made of plywood?

I have built a yurt platform, which is basically a deck with 1 1/8" tongue-and-groove plywood as the decking. Usually that stuff is used as a subfloor, but in this case it's the floor itself. Call it ...
7
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2answers
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What gauge speaker wire do I need?

I am looking to run some speaker cable through my unfinished basement. I will need 35 ft long cables for a couple of Technics SB-A10 speakers. What gauge of cable will I need? How is the gauge ...
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18answers
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Is there an easy way to measure the height of a tree?

I'm looking to get an antenna installed for Internet service that will need to clear some trees on my neighbor's property because it requires a clear line of sight to work. I really don't trust my ...
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2answers
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Removing Tuck Tape from an unfinished window frame

The builder taped the vapour barrier to the window frames in my basement. Is this normal? I attempted to peal it off but the glue residue is stuck to the wood. Any suggestions on how I can remove ...
1
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3answers
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How to prepare previously stained trim / baseboard for painting?

We have a few rooms of dark stained trim, casing, and baseboards that we would like to paint white. I am pretty sure it is oak, I have not seen it to be sure at this time. It has already been taken ...
3
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1answer
245 views

Identify type of switch

Can anyone identify the type of switch this is? There are 4 connectors at the bottom and 3 at the top. I've already purchased a 2 gang 2 way switch which turned out to be the wrong one (it only has ...
5
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2answers
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LCD TV mounting bracket does not “fit” the studs location in the drywall - how can I overcome that?

I would like to mount my 32" LCD TV to a wall using a swivelling bracket that I bought. The wall it needs to go to is plasterboard so I need to mount it on the studs. However, I've got a problem - the ...

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