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How can I estimate the load capacity of a set of shelves?

I'm pricing and researching supplies for built-ins in my living room. The plan is cabinets on the bottom, a cubby for a TV and staggered shelves for several hundred HEAVY books above that. My ...
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217 views

Does my garden brickwork need mortar?

We recently redesigned the walkway through our garden to our back door. This involved lots of scaping of the land -- especially to change the waterflow away from the house. The new walkway ends with a ...
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166 views

Can I fit a smaller burner or burner cap on my Frigidaire gas stove?

On my Frigidaire gas stove, I have two burner sizes: one 2 3/4" in diameter and three 2 1/4." These burners seem to be interchangeable with all the orifices. I would like to have an even smaller ...
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Why is my toilet humming?

After one of my toilets is flushed, and it fills the bowl back up, I sometimes get a loud thrumming/humming noise. It is the flusher stacky thingy making the noise. I turned down the volume of ...
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3answers
477 views

What to do with this fire place?

We moved into a flat built in the 1940s and have been busy renovating since a month. In the living-room is a nice fireplace which was covered up. We got rid of that, filled the holes and repainted it ...
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4answers
1k views

Is it possible to patch concrete stairs?

At my church, there is an old set of stairs made of concrete. They've begun to crumble on the top to the point where the treads are no longer flat and smooth. I've not seen any material that has ...
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2answers
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How do you build a “wet room” style bathroom floor?

20 years ago I lived in Sweden, and remember that the bathroom was designed with floors that could tolerate a lot of water. There was a tub & shower head but no shower curtain. The floor sloped to ...
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1answer
2k views

What can I use to repair a crack in a plastic AC Condenser Drip pan?

I've currently got an oldish furnace (early '90s Lennox), with an A/C system. The blower motor burnt up on me last week, and I just had it replaced. It turns out that the reason for the motor going, ...
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1answer
548 views

How can I repair a particle-board dresser after sanding part of it?

I have a dresser that is painted white with water stains on one end. I sanded and found particle board underneath. I can not get the damage to smooth out over the water stained end. What can I do to ...
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2answers
464 views

Island under-the-counter refrigerator

We recently bought a house that has a free-standing wine fridge placed in a space in the kitchen island (I hesitate to say installed). We also bought this place knowing full well that unit did not ...
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2answers
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How to remove/clean black mold?

What is the best way to remove black mold from wood? Specifically, the mold on my back porch is black mold. Is the best option to use something like Kilz over it?
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How do I find replacement vinyl siding pieces?

I have the numbers off of the back of the siding, but the local Lowe's and the local Home Depot don't have a way to match them up. I'm trying to find a few replacement pieces to fix some holes I have ...
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4answers
248 views

Is there a easy way to procure muriatic acid to “faux antique” a mirror?

I've read that the best way to "antique" a mirror is to use hydrochloric/muriatic acid to burn away some of the metallic backing. According to different sources it can be found easily at hardware ...
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3answers
225 views

What is an effective way to attach this plastic filter to aluminum without drilling?

I have an aluminum angle that is housing an LED strip. I need to attach a UV filter to stop LEDs fading whatever it lights. I ordered a plexi angle that will work as a filter, I just need to figure ...
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1answer
605 views

How can I thicken Acid Stain myself?

I have been doing a lot of decorative concrete around my house, and I have yet to find a masking tape or caulking or anything that can hold the acid stain where I want it. I finally found something ...
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1answer
1k views

Is it a good idea to spraypaint my axe head?

I saw a YouTube video where someone restores an old axe. After removing the rust and piths, he spray paints the head with black primer. Is this advisable? While it protects the head from water and sap,...
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1answer
398 views

Is gun oil worth the cost for oiling an axe compared to alternatives?

I've done some research on axe maintenance and it seems gun oil is the best lubricant for axes. However at approximately $10 for a 4oz. bottle cost becomes an issue if you get a lot of use out of your ...
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3answers
2k views

Is polyurethane too slippery to use as a protective layer on a deck?

I am in the process of repainting my deck. I'd like to have a protective layer (like clearcoat on a car) that will allow easier cleanup, and would help to pretect the new paint. Is polyurethane ...
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2answers
2k views

How do I cut an access panel in an inside wall?

I have a home theatre and I need to run some cables from the floor through to the roof. My original plan was to drill from the roof down through the beams and then cut a small hole at the bottom ...
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2answers
674 views

Why doesn't my door close properly after an earthquake?

After the earthquake I noticed our back door has gotten really hard to close. You have to slam it and give it a booty bump in order to get it shut. To open it, I have to use all my weight to yank it ...
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2answers
3k views

Do I need to replace my hot water tank's pressure release valve?

Recently we had an extended water outage. When water came back, pressure in the lines was much higher. The hot water heater started leaking from the pressure release valve and after flipping it a ...
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1answer
6k views

How can I remove a fireplace insert without damaging the surrounding wall?

I have a fireplace (factory-built) that requires replacement. It is in an interial wall in the house. How do I detach the flue, detach the gas line and remove the existing fireplace? Is it possible to ...
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2answers
6k views

Why does my GFCI outlet trip as soon as the breaker is turned on?

I have an outlet feeding other outlets about 50 feet away. All the outlets are outdoor enclosed in a protective weather cover. Today I wanted to replace one of the receptacles with a GFCI so all the ...
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1answer
7k views

Why won't my water heater blower shut off?

My water heater has a blower attachment that kicks on when the water heater begins to heat water and shuts off when it is done. I'm no water heater expert, but I believe that these actions are ...
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1answer
177 views

How to easily clean up or refinish cheap top coat on hardwood?

I recently purchased a home, and it appears that the hardwood floors had a very thin and/or cheap top coat of finish applied to make them shiny with minimal effort. If I slide ANYTHING (even say a ...
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4answers
241k views

What's the most common cause of A/C refrigerant lines freezing?

I noticed my house wasn't getting under 75°F this weekend when I had the thermostat set for 70°F. Since I'd done a lot of drywall sanding inside recently, my first idea was to replace the filthy air ...
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4answers
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Is luxury vinyl tile cost effective?

I am about to tile my bathroom floor, and a friend pointed me to this Luxury Vinyl Tile Basically, I'm wondering if the money savings, and ease of installation will hurt me in the long run when I go ...
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1answer
5k views

How do I seal a painted deck?

The builders of my home painted my front and back porch. The railings are white, and the decking itself is the same color as the house. It looks great, but the paint has all peeled up. I'm in the ...
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3answers
2k views

What are some of the best books/resources on home inspection for first time home buyers?

I'm looking at buying my first home. Considering the amount of money involved, it seems logical to make sense the inspection is solid. (I've seen a few "Holmes Inspection"s to have the reinforced.) ...
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2answers
788 views

What is drawback of smaller diameter recessed lights?

I am looking into installing recessed lights in an existing house. Because we have insulation in the attic, I am looking at IC rated, remodel housings. Here in the US, I am finding that the 5" and 6" ...
2
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2answers
225 views

Would it be safe to leave charred wood on a deck until repairs can be made?

Had a small fire incident outside on our wood deck. There didn't appear to be any structural damage to any of the supporting material, just a few surface boards which need to be replaced. Can the ...
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4answers
333 views

How can I keep a bedroom warmer in summer?

The master bedroom in my parent's house tends to be the coolest room in the house, and my father complains it's too cold. The A/C register in the ceiling does have a flow adjustment lever, but it's ...
2
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2answers
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How do I hang curtain rods?

I'm not experienced, and I have poor tools, but it seems like I'm having more trouble than I should have. The last attempt was off-level despite an extra 30 minutes of working with a laser level; I ...
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1answer
114 views

How can I tell if my gas fire is fitted correctly?

In a correctly fitted gas fire should the ignition system be so visible, and the base so high? How could I find if this is a correct fitting for this fire, or if not how it should have been fitted? ...
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2answers
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Should I remove rust from my gas meter?

My home is about 8 years old. Despite being painted, my external gas meter has rust at every thread/joint location. The rusting is mainly on the pipe threads. I'm afraid this could eventually lead to ...
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3answers
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What is the extra pipe going into my sump pump pit?

My sump pump has been going off about every 3 minutes in the last 2 days. I need to open the pit to see why it is doing that. I'm unable to open the lid as I see another big pipe going into it. Please ...
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0answers
368 views

Why does power loss leave my split/ductless AC unit inoperable for hours or days? [closed]

I've got an LG Ductless 12000 BTU unit that does the most annoying thing.. It is wired into a semi-standard (one of the prongs is sideways) 15A or 20A (can't recall) GFCI outlet inside - and if the ...
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3answers
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Is running ethernet cable through an air return allowed under US code?

I'm looking to wire up the second floor of my house and the cold air return provides a convenient, straight run from the office to the utility room. Is it safe and within code to run ethernet cable in ...
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5answers
7k views

How can I block or fill out a letterbox hole in my door?

I have a letterbox in my front door that is never used, so I would like to remove it and fill the hole, preferably so it doesn't look like there was ever one there. Or insert something that fills the ...
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4answers
5k views

Is connecting a 16A plug to 10A sockets for an electric water heater a problem?

I had an electric water heater installed in my bathroom this morning. It uses a 16A plug but I only have 10A sockets in the bathroom (the only 16A in the apartment is high on the bedroom wall for an ...
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1answer
175 views

How do I cosmetically resurface a bathtub to get rid of a greenish / pinkish hue?

I have a bathtub that has over the past 2 years begun to show a greenish / pinkish hue. I use standard cleaning solutions (Scrub Free, Vim, etc.) to remove dirt (weekly), however while the tub gets ...
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4answers
2k views

Are 5" thick filters for furnace/Central AC still available?

My furnace/AC was installed about three years ago. It uses 16" X 25" X 5" filters. The problem is when I try to find a replacement at my local home center: at Lowe's, Home Depot, (you name it), I ...
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2answers
2k views

What's behind my plasterboard?

We've just moved house, and I've never had to deal with plasterboard before. I'm in the UK, and the house is about 10 years old. My understanding was that behind the plasterboard would be a gap (...
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4answers
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Why are my ceiling fan light bulbs burning out quickly?

My ceiling fan light bulbs burnout frequently. From what I can tell the fan is mounted well and does not oscillate more than I would expect it to. I use GE multi-use soft white 40 watt intermediate ...
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4answers
160 views

What concerns should I have installing a HVAC unit and ducts in a home that's never had it?

We're looking at a house in southern Alabama that has no central heating and air. I would like to put one in. The house was built in 1950. What should I be considering about the installation?
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6answers
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How do I approach new water stains on my ceiling?

I am a brand new home owner with almost no experience with DIY stuff. There was a few days of significant rain and now my wife noticed some stains on our 2nd floor ceiling that we are pretty sure ...
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3answers
6k views

How can I fix a toilet that flushes incompletely?

The toilet in one of our bathrooms routinely flushes incompletely. It does not clog or back up, but it takes several fill/flush cycles to get all the "material" to go down. It just seems to be weak ...
2
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1answer
701 views

What is causing discoloration on my bronze-finished lockset?

We bought a bronze finished lockset about five years ago, and now a lot of it is ashy looking and green in some places. It looks a little worse every year. It's on an exterior door facing west. ...
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1answer
726 views

Are 38mmx72mm roof trusses sufficient for a 6m span?

My roof truss timbers are 38mm x 72mm on 600mm centres with a 6m span. What's that in good old inches? It seems a little skimpy to me; is this normal for a modern house? I am trying to do a rough ...
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9answers
26k views

Does one need to be certified in order to do residential electrical work?

I have a Bachelor in electrical engineering, a lot of hands-on experience with electrical work, and I'm very familiar with NEC 2011 and electrical codes. Can I do residential electrical work without ...

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