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How much water do water softeners waste?

I'm considering buying a water softener, but I heard that they waste a lot of water, and I don't really want my water bill to skyrocket. I haven't been able to find any clear indication of how much ...
2
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2answers
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How do I use this H/L/V Wiring?

I am replacing an OLD h/l/v with a BROAN 100HFL I DO NOT have a 12/2 and a 12/3 coming from the 3 switches on the wall. I DO have this, two 12/2 coming from the 3 switches AND another 12/2 that ran ...
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1answer
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OHM reading for dryer element? Bad thermal cutoff fuse indication of element overheating?

So I've read that I should get about 10-50 ohm reading on my dryer element. I do get a reading of around 10(jumps around alot) on my element, but this is with the multimeter set to 200(the lowest ...
4
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2answers
1k views

We have a light switch in the kitchen that is wired to the central ac?

We bought our house 2 years ago and thought this was just an unused switch, it doesn't turn anything on that we can see. Then the other day my husband was putting up a ceiling fan in the kitchen and ...
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9answers
75k views

Is using 15 amp components on a 20 amp breaker against code?

I have noticed in a few different houses in Oklahoma that 20 amp breakers are used, but all of the outlets and switches only seem to be rated for 15 amps. This goes against everything I know to be ...
3
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1answer
630 views

What types of materials should I consider when designing a bench?

I am building a dividing half-wall/shelving unit to separate my living room from entrance door. I am planning to put a bench on the side closer to the door (so me and my guests can sit down while ...
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2answers
189 views

How can I prevent multiple socket from being damaged?

I have the following setup at home: one PC (300 W PSU) two 22 " TFT monitors a speaker system one external hard disk with separate PSU - all of the devices are plugged into a multiple socket ...
2
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1answer
945 views

Where to find drawer box components?

My kitchen cabinets need an overhaul. The cabinets, doors, and drawer fronts are in decent enough shape that I can clean, sand, and stain or paint. The drawer boxes themselves however are not ...
2
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0answers
362 views

How do I adjust this balcony door so that it doesn't let cold air in?

A PVC balcony door that separates the room from the outdoors (which is currently −20 Celsius) is about six feet tall and about two feet wide. It is attached with two hinges - the upper one and the ...
5
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3answers
455 views

Can I make an existing dog door bigger for our new larger dog?

We have an existing dog door that we had installed in the wall for our beagle. We have since acquired a larger dog and she has out grown the door. I'm worried about injuries, so any advice will be ...
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3answers
3k views

Could a power outlet be ruining hair straighteners?

I'm not sure if this is the right place to ask this. We've gone through 3 hair straighteners in the past 2 months. 3 different models, 2 different brands. The outlet is a normal outlet (No GFI) and ...
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2answers
2k views

How can I prevent mineral build-up from my water?

I'm not sure whether my house receives really hard water, or water that has a lot of junk or sediment in it, but I am constantly having to soak my faucet spreaders and shower heads. Recently, I ...
2
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1answer
1k views

How can I make my bed non-box-spring frame stop squeaking?

I have a foam mattress which rests ontop of a wooden frame (no box springs, just wooden framing). I have had it for over 6 months and now, even the slightest movement causes the wood to squeak. Is ...
7
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1answer
798 views

While building a bed frame, at what point should I start worring about cross beams?

So, I've made this bedframe that's rather tall, the frame is 32" off the ground, and the legs are each bolted on with two 3/8" bolts running perpendicular, and horizontally. Having not actually used ...
3
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1answer
14k views

How can I replace a 3-way light switch with a motion sensor?

I'm trying to replace one of the three-way light switches in my garage with a motion sensor. But I'm confused by the wires on the existing switch. I thought the hot wire goes to the black screw ...
7
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2answers
25k views

What type of tape is used to seal vapor barrier seams?

If I was installing vapor barrier in Canada, I'd use Tuck® Contractors Sheathing Tape. However, after a trip to the local Home Depot (USA), I came up empty in my search for Tuck Tape. I did find ...
2
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1answer
2k views

What should I do about partially tacky urethane finish?

so I've been refinishing an interior bench. The bench had a very old polyurethane/resin finish which I sanded completely off, there was nothing other than bare wood when I stained it. I stained the ...
7
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2answers
4k views

Cutting a Custom Threshold: Best Tool for the Job?

I am in the process of creating a custom threshold to go from a tiled surface down to a carpeted surface. The tile is about an inch above the carpeted floor, so I decided to make a custom threshold in ...
2
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6answers
15k views

My fridge runs way too much - is this because it doesn't seem to be level?

My refrigerator runs way too much - is this because it doesn't seem to be level? It doesn't seem to be any other reason.
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2answers
213 views

Storage racks - plastic vs Bronze inside room

I am thinking of putting storage racks in one of my carpeted room. I looked at the bronze one, big and heavy at costo and I thought they would not be suitable for placing on carpet because They are ...
8
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2answers
4k views

How do you protect romex at the end of an EMT run?

Sometimes you need to run a circuit through both protected & unprotected space. For example, you might put a recep in workshop (unfinished walls = unprotected) over a crawlspace (protected). To ...
2
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1answer
360 views

Leaky newly installed PVC drainage pipe

I am pretty bad doing handy work. Anyways, I decided to add a water drainage to my concrete flat roof. I had mocked up all the pipes and finally waited for a sunny day to remove it all and glue all ...
6
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2answers
16k views

What is the weight capacity of your typical 2 1/2“ drywall screw when driven 1 1/2” into a stud?

Update 11/3/2012: In spite of being informed by multiple sources (here on SE, a guy at the Genie Clip Canada office, someone at the SE physics site, and even my own personal test) that I should be ...
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3answers
22k views

Driveway expansion joints are rotting wood: What to replace the wood?

My driveway was poured in sections with lengths of 2x4 which remained between the slabs as expansion joints. Due to heaving and moisture many of these are in poor shape. I replaced one once by ...
5
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2answers
6k views

How do I prevent my screen door from opening too far?

Just bought a new house and I've noticed that when the front screen door opens too wide it knocks into a light fixture hung on the other side of the door. the fixture has started to loosen so ...
4
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2answers
1k views

How to deal with a dishwasher height issue without tearing out cabinetry when installing flooring?

The house I purchased has nice new cabinetry and counter tops but cheap flooring. We plan to install 3/4" wood flooring (already purchased) but learned that installing the flooring would make it so ...
7
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2answers
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Can I install recessed lighting in vaulted ceiling with 6" rafters?

I would like to install recessed lighting in my vaulted ceiling. One contractor I spoke with suggested not doing that because the rafters are shallow (only 6 inches), which does not leave much room ...
2
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2answers
527 views

How do I change lights bulbs that are 20 feet off the ground and pointing up (in a vanity fixture)?

How do I change light bulbs that are 20 feet off the ground and pointing up (in a vanity fixture)? Does anyone know of a bulb changing kit that has some kind of arm attachment that will allow me to ...
2
votes
1answer
247 views

Is Kitchen cooktop venting required?

I'm replacing an electric cooktop with downdraft ventilation. Does building code require that I keep this ventilation, or can it be removed?
5
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4answers
4k views

How can I protect my hardwood floors from water damage?

I just bought a home with hardwood floors everywhere, including the bathrooms. While this is nice, I worry that they will be damaged by constant exposure to water. Is there anything I can do to ...
5
votes
3answers
902 views

What should I consider when burying cable?

What should I consider when burying standard coaxial cable between the local pole and my house?
3
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1answer
627 views

What does “1/4 turn waterless ceramic disc valve” mean — will the handle only turn 1/4 way?

I am purchasing a replacement faucet/spout a for very old (1940s) kitchen sink with a curved backsplash. The backsplash limits the turn space of the faucet handles -- they may bump into the back at a ...
4
votes
3answers
10k views

Why do I need 4-conductor cable to my generator?

Why do I need all 4 wires in my generator twistlock? The generator neutral and ground are bonded. I have installed a Siemens 3-pole transfer switch, but would prefer to use 3 wire extension from the ...
8
votes
1answer
3k views

Table with 45 degree corner groove

I'm not a carpenter, so forgive me if this is obvious. Also, I'm Brazilian so forgive my English. I want to build a table with only 3 MDF plates, but I want the corners to have "45 degree grooves", ...
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2answers
32k views

How to configure my modern Tv to pick up broadcast channels? [closed]

I have a Samsung T260HD TV that in the past I've used only with cable/xbox/computer. I have gotten rid of cable for all the obvious reasons but would still like to get the broadcast channels. Here I ...
3
votes
3answers
14k views

What should I do about my toilet flapper sticking open?

The flapper valve in the toilet in my apartment was recently replaced, since it had a small leak. The new one has a perfectly good seal, but sometimes just gets stuck open. It looks like it's just ...
6
votes
6answers
69k views

How can I stop my lights dimming when my Air Conditioning turns on?

I have no noticeable problems with my house's electricity, but when my Air Conditioner kicks in (and here in Central Texas, it kicks in year round) my lights dim for a second or so and then run ...
2
votes
1answer
270 views

How do I replace a flange installed with primer?

I had a leaky toilet and had to replace the subflooring in the bathroom. The flange is also rusty and a little warped and must be replaced. I've seen plenty of videos telling me to score the flange ...
3
votes
2answers
6k views

Maximum PSI for cleaning outside vinyl siding?

I am looking to buy a pressure washer to keep various outdoor surfaces clean. What is the maximum safe pressure the vinyl siding can withstand to prevent damaging surface etching? Also, will vinyl ...
6
votes
2answers
5k views

How can I repair a hole in my subfloor?

I found this hole a while back when removing my old carpet: It was filled with a bunch of nice razor blades and nails, you know, the kind of stuff you just want to roll around in. I need to find a ...
7
votes
4answers
2k views

How do I corner bead around two layers of 5/8" drywall?

Here it is: I still have yet to shave down the rough edges from when I scored and snapped it, but, after that, what can I use for corner bead? It's entirely possible that I will end up putting up ...
2
votes
0answers
408 views

should labor charge include waste percentage? [closed]

The carpet company is charging so much per yard for the carpet, and labor included. A 10% waste factor is added on. That means I'm paying 10% more for the labor, right? Is that normal? I'm told by ...
3
votes
2answers
10k views

Water heater overflow outside drain pipe

My water heater's overflow outside drain pipe has been running hot water out of it non-stop. I turned the inflow water valve to the water heater off and the water stopped running. But what is ...
6
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1answer
2k views

How can I replace a light fixture?

I need someone to sort out this wiring question for me. I'm trying to hang a flourenscent light in the garage, however, when I took the old garage light out (one of those round, single light fixtures,...
3
votes
1answer
15k views

How can I patch a hole in a painted wood paneling (or plywood wall)?

We just moved into a ranch house that's well over 100 years. Unfortunately our family made some unusual improvements to it while the last five generations were living there (during various decades). ...
5
votes
5answers
16k views

Is this an adequate junction box wire job using a standard electric box? (pic included)

I needed to splice a wire to repair nicked wire insulation, but I didn't feel like running to Lowe's just for a junction box. Instead, I used a regular electrical box. The wire comes up from the ...
1
vote
5answers
8k views

When I turn on my light switch, there is a delay before the light comes on

We have a ceiling fan light. One swith controls the fan, the other the light. When I turn on the light switch, there is a noticable delay (like a full second) before the light comes on. Is it a ...
4
votes
2answers
840 views

GFI reset is behind refrigerator, need to remove refrigerator from circuit and relocate GFI

I am looking at purchasing a home in Florida, built in 2005. Our home inspector was not the smartest cookie in the jar, but accidently discovered some strange things. So far, this is what I have ...
9
votes
2answers
4k views

Is there a minimum, NEC-compliant distance that an electrical outlet can be off the floor in my home?

If I am able to lower an electrical box by a few inches, I will have enough wire to avoid having to use a junction box to splice a nick I made in the insulation of the neutral wire. It's only a three-...
1
vote
2answers
2k views

How to choose a kitchen faucet compatible with old sink and new counter top?

I need to replace my kitchen faucet which just broke. However, we're already planning to have a new counter top installed in about 3 months (I was hoping the old faucet would last). I want to buy a ...

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