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what is the best way to restore teak outdoor furniture?

What is the best way to restore outdoor teak furniture to the original or better looking color? Teak is so beautiful when it has not been weathered. But after a few years in the rain and sun, it ...
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When should I open a skylight vent?

I have a one-floor (plus basement) house with a large skylight in the living room. It has an openable vent. When is it proper to open the vent? Should I open it in midsummer with the AC on, on ...
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How do I stop backyard from flooding when it rains hard?

Every time it rains hard, my backyard floods. The house is 54 years old, but this didn't start happening until maybe the last 4-5 years or so. Who should I talk to about fixing this problem, and what ...
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Should I purchase single tools, or a tool set?

I now happen to need a wrench to make some changes to my bed. I also realize that sometimes I may need other tools in my life as well. I was wondering Which way to build one's own collection of ...
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Improperly installed or nonexistent brick ties in a wall

Is there as easy way to repair a brick wall that isn't properly attached to the wall behind it? There are no cracks inside the house but there is a large vertical gap between the corner brick - these ...
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How to properly insulate a garage?

I'm considering insulating (and drywalling) my garage, which already has insulated garage doors. My main goal is to keep it from getting much below freezing during the winter. This garage is located ...
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2answers
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How much compaction should I get from crushed rock?

I was in the middle of moving rock into the patio area till the wee hour of midnight last night when I realized I knew my 4" mark for the paver base depth. But I have no idea how much the base is ...
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1answer
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What is the size of light bulb for my ceiling fan, socket number E307185?

My ceiling fan has an unusual size fixture. It's larger than candelabra, but smaller than a standard medium. I suspect it might be intermediate, but I'm not quite willing to buy a converter with a ...
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Can a plumbing vent go “up” and then back “down” to the connection with the vent stack?

I am changing the location of all the fixtures in my bathroom. This move will put the toilet and sink on the opposite wall from the stack. I was originally planning on running a vent up the wall ...
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3answers
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How to clear an overgrown flower bed and prep for grass

I bought my house about two years ago, and some of the flower beds that the original owner had put in the garden are now completely overgrown with weeds. I would like to remove the weeds and the ...
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1answer
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Small chunks from brush in paint

So I took it upon myself to paint some wood endcaps (very small, about 8 inches long) from their sealed wood color to white. I sanded down the wood, wiped with a damp cloth, then applied a coat of ...
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When should I replace a circular saw blade?

Is there a rule of thumb for how often a circular saw blade should be replaced? Is visually inspecting the blade condition enough?
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1answer
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Which drywall screws to choose

1 1/4", 1 5/8", 2 1/2", bugle head, trim head, drill point, sharp point, coarse thread, fine thread... With so many different kinds of drywall screws available, how is anybody to know which type and ...
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Is it a good idea to paint during Winter?

I heard that interior painting is not a very good idea during winter. How accurate is this statement and why?
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Should I use nails or screws for hanging drywall on the ceiling?

I'm replacing water-damaged drywall on my ceiling and was considering using screws. Other than cost, is there any other reason I should use nails instead? Or am I too paranoid that nails won't have ...
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3answers
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Will colouring mortar weaken it?

My neighbour has recently had some work done to her roof. The old mortar was red and the new mortar is grey (uncoloured). So it looks a little silly with both colours present. She's not very happy ...
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1answer
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Which is better for deck flooring: 2x6 or 1x6 deck boards?

My current deck flooring is done with 2x6x10' boards, however they have degraded to the point now where they need to be replaced. I'm wondering if there are any specific pros or cons for using the ...
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How can I fix a garbage disposal with crushed glass in it?

I have a garbage disposal that had a shot glass fall in. It got ground up. The disposal got jammed; I unjammed it and now it makes a glass grinding noise because of the shards inside. How do I clear ...
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1answer
627 views

How do I take door hinges that have a pivot ending with two flat cylinders apart?

I found a door with a pair of hinges that look like most ordinary door hinges but don't let the door to be taken off the doorpost. They seem to have a pivot that passes through the whole height of a ...
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5answers
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Where can I find or make a remote wireless light switch?

I have a light switch in my garage that controls lights in front of my home. The switch is located in a corner of the garage where a large shelf has been stored. It is very difficult to the switch. ...
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4answers
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Latex paint dried and thickened, can I still use it for a touch up?

I was just about to do some touchup work in a room when I discovered upon opening the can that the remaining paint had thickened into a much thicker consistency. I think the lid may not have been on ...
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4answers
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Replacing a bathroom fan?

I have a bathroom fan that doesn't turn anymore. Flipping the switch doesn't do anything, but if I nudge it enough it might get going. I used to spray WD-40 on the bottom where I could see it turn ...
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2answers
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Electrical - How to power 12V LEDs from a 12V AC power supply

I have a 12V power supply that I am using to power some lights in my garden. I want to also power (in parallel) a set of 12V LED lights which (of course) require a 12V DC supply. Is there a simple ...
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1answer
419 views

What type of snake is this?

Not 100% this is the right place to ask, but... since I was working on my shed and found this little guy, figured it would fit best in Home Improvement... Anyways... I'm taking my shed apart (since ...
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3answers
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Replacing pool pump/plumbing etc. that is below the level of the pool

We need to rework some plumbing on a pool, and the level of the pool is 3-4' above the plumbing. Obviously we need to drain the pool, but the problem with that is that the valves aren't working, and ...
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1answer
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Can you use an Orbit Sprinkler Timer with Rainbird Valve

My house has Rainbird valves and I am thinking about buying an Orbit Timer/Controller. Can you use a Rainbird valve with the Orbit Controller.
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3answers
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How much more paint does a paint sprayer use than a roller?

I am going to be painting the inside of my 2-story home except for the bedrooms, so I have a fairly large area to cover. How much more paint would a paint sprayer use, compared to using paint ...
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2answers
2k views

Is it safe to charge a DeWALT 18v battery if the charger emits a whining noise

I have 1 DeWALT 18 volt NiCd batteries. One charges without incident. If I attempt to charge the other, a whining noise is emitted from the battery or charger. Is it safe to attempt to charge this ...
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4answers
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Can a stove be beneath a window

I'm upgrading my kitchen and after endless deliberating, feel that the kitchen is best laid out having the stove directly beneath a window (the window is about 8" above the stove). I was wondering ...
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4answers
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Re-oiling a wooden worktop

I've sanded down a wooden worktop and I'm attempting to re-coat it. I've done 5 thin coats of oil so far, a day between each, but it's still quite dull compared to previously. How many coats should I ...
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9answers
46k views

Can I use an LED bulb in a 3-Way fixture?

Is it possible to use an LED bulb in a 3-way light fixture? Will all three work?
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1answer
11k views

What types of tile require a wet tile saw?

I have tiled with all kind of tile in the past. When redoing my kitchen I custom ordered hand painted tiles to match the odd color of the granite. So I only had enough tiles for the project without ...
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3answers
567 views

What can soak up moisture from a closed space

I have a really weird problem. I have a bedroom wall where the paint kept bubbling and peeling off. I have re-textured and painted it several times. I finally ripped all the drywall off and ...
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4answers
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Why do my bulbs glow brighter when the microwave is running?

When I run the microwave oven in my rented apartment, the incandescent lights nearby glow much brighter. What sort of mis-wiring could cause this? EDIT: Suspecting a bad neutral connection, I ...
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1answer
210 views

Securing our roof against possums [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Animal in the attic (possibly a raccoon) We have just finished a major renovation of our house. Since complete, a possum has taken up residence in our roof. ...
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2answers
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Securing house numbers to stucco

We recently had our townhouse complex re-painted (beige stucco, reddish-brown trim.) We took the house numbers down ahead of time, of course, and now I need to put them back up. Previously they were ...
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3answers
384 views

Stink in Washroom - Possibilities?

I had a previous question about my toilet leaking in my washroom. For some strange reason, the washroom has a strong, persistent stink despite everything we do to remove it. What are the possibilities ...
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7answers
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What are the pros and cons of solatube vs velux solar tubes?

I want to install a solar tube to bring light to a room with no windows. There are sadly no standards to be able to compare products in the market. I would expect a "lumens" spec that lets you ...
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2answers
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Hampton Bay fan missing remote, replace with pull chain?

Moved into a new place and my master bedroom has a fairly nice Hampton Bay fan. However, the previous tenants "lost" the remote for it. The walls are plaster so the landlord opted against running a ...
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4answers
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How much water should I expect to be left in a dishwasher?

After every load there is always some water left in the bottom of the drain basket/filter. It's not up into the dishwasher itself, but when I reach into the filter to clean it, there's always water ...
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2answers
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Hot water stops flowing after clunking noise

When I turn the hot water on in the bathroom faucet, a clunking noise sounds, and the water stops flowing. If I open the faucet quickly, it happens immediately. If I open the faucet slowly, it takes ...
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1answer
103 views

Where to find folding stands for painting?

I'm looking for plastic folding stands for painting. The idea is to put e.g. plywood board at the top of those and paint furniture on it. Any idea where (e.g. web store) I can find these?
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2answers
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low voltage from circuit - bad breaker?

Background: I'm doing some rewiring work in the kitchen. There were three circuits coming into a junction box that controlled the sink disposal, dishwasher, a few receptacles and a light. So I got ...
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1answer
896 views

Removing SuperGlue in-place [closed]

My girlfriend bought a cheap-but-chic watch (a Peugeot 705) that she likes a lot. Unfortunately, the crystal wasn't glued in place very well, and she suddenly noticed that the hands and face were ...
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4answers
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Looking for alternatives to AutoCad to make floorplans and interior elevations for my kitchen

I am looking to remodel my kitchen. I want to start with floorplans and inside elevations of the 4 walls, cabinets, and major appliances. I've been using LibreCAD because it supports Autocad 2000 ...
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2answers
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Easiest & Best way to make a box shelf

I'm not experienced in DIY beyond being able to paint stuff. However, recently I've been let down by a number of carpenters and I've decided to build myself some box shelves and want to get an idea ...
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2answers
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Broken dryer duct

I noticed it was very humid in my laundry room. Mostly worried about ruining my wife's $400 duvet (don't get me started) I turned off the dryer. I noticed there was also a fair amount of lint kind of ...
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5answers
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How to make a 6 inch hole through a brick wall for venting

I'd like to vent my range hood out through an exterior brick wall. How would I go about making a 6 inch hole for the vent? I'd guess I'd use a masonry chisel to chip out the mortar and then pull ...
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2answers
8k views

How do I replace a condenser fan motor in a central air unit?

The condenser fan motor on my central air unit has seized up (tried like crazy to turn it it, but no go). I'm not sure how old the motor is but I'm guessing it's original, so about 12 years old. I ...
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1answer
1k views

How close to plumb to deck posts need to be?

I'm building a deck as the floor of a 30' yurt. Construction is 4" x 6" joists on 4" x 4" posts, on pre-cast concrete pier blocks, on tamped gravel footings. Posts are 20" - 30" long. Lumber is ...

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