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Is there a better solution than a lint trap for venting a clothes dryer indoors?

My condo association does not allow installing a dryer vent to outdoors, so I am forced to vent my dryer into a lint trap. Unfortunately the trap I have does not catch all the dust, and the rooms ...
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What is the correct way to attach a receptacle to a metal face plate?

4" metal face plates and box are very common for exposed wiring. Receptacles connect to the face plate instead of to the box, which is different than in a house. The face plate comes with a few screws ...
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What's that dripping sound I hear in the attic whenever we turn on the water?

Obviously it has something to do with water, but I haven't been able to track it down. Basically, whenever someone turns on the water in my house, I hear a dripping sound coming from the ceiling ...
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My house is nearing 20 years, what will break soon?

Okay, I recently learned that most appliances/things start breaking once the house reaches around 20 years. I'm running 19 now. From what I have heard, roof (although mine is apparently a 30 year ...
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Why does my washing machine leak only during the spin cycle?

For the second time in a month, I found that my washing machine had flooded the kitchen floor (and part of the basement via the hole for the water line to the fridge). The first time, I only ...
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2answers
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What material can I use as a temporary window pane?

I may have a renter moving into a condo in a couple of weeks. I already ordered a full window replacement for the bedroom. Since a pane of glass (3' x 4') is missing, I'm thinking to put on a plastic ...
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Do I need to pre-drill holes in particle board for screws?

I'm set to buy a bunch of IKEA furniture, which is notoriously all particle board. (Ah, particle board.) I'd like to strengthen some of the beams of the HOPEN bed with L-brackets from the big-box ...
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1answer
435 views

Can hurricane shutters be installed horizontally?

Looking at the photos at this site, it appears that they are able to be installed horizontally. Do you have to use a track or can you drill into the shutters and then Tapcon them to the masonry? I ...
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How do I remove a fence post from a Wedge Grip support?

I'm in the process of replacing my back fence. One of the existing posts was damaged (crushed) during a tree fall. After finally digging this out, I discovered one of these in it. What I can't ...
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0answers
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How do I remove mold and mildew from subfloor of a house with crawl space? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Mold remediation in crawlspace House with crawl space has mold and mildew on the sub-floor. I've determined the cause is no vapor barrier and a leaky pipe and there is no ...
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5answers
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How can I find the source of a mysterious bad smell?

We have recently moved home, and all is fine appart from a mystery smell which I'm unable to track down. It's driving me crazy (actually, my wife thinks I am crazy as she can't smell it). I'm hoping ...
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1answer
746 views

How do I repair a faucet that is leaking into the vanity cabinet underneath? [closed]

When I turn on the hot or cold faucet the water spout on the basin appears to leak water into the cabinet. The water drips from the T-bar assembly underneath. What is the best way of tackling this ...
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1answer
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What are the tabs on this face-plate for?

The Steel City RS-6 4" face plate has metal tabs that break-off easily. What is their purpose? (click for full-size) As you can see, they are cut and bent to leave a gap/slot.
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2answers
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What kind of paint should be used on an outdoor concrete walkway?

I have an outdoor walkway that was freshly painted just before I bought my house two years ago. Two winters have worn down the paint and now it needs another coat or the exposed concrete will crumble. ...
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2answers
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Can I build a dry room in a moist garage?

I have a garage that lies in sloped terrain with the back wall almost fully below ground level. The garage is very moist, probably because of water seeping through the walls and floor. I would like ...
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1answer
475 views

What type of fill to use to raise grade in back yard

There is a small section of my back yard that is adjacent to my house and slopes towards it. The yard itself is predominately graded away from the house, so I just need to raise the grade in this ...
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2answers
715 views

Triple switch plate size issue

I have a plate of 3 light switches that's just taking up too much real-estate. See picture below: As you can see, I've got a bookcase right next to it, and I could use a little more room there. The ...
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1answer
4k views

How to make a cut-out on an acrylic sheet?

What is the right tool and method to make a small rectangular cut-out (about 9"x5") on an clear acrylic sheet (0.093" thick)? I want to use the sheet as a kind of kitchen back splash protector behind ...
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3answers
514 views

How should I approach my landlord about doing basic repairs on their house? [closed]

I have a good relationship with my landlords, and there are some small improvements that I would be willing to do to the house in exchange for, depending on the situation, either permission ...
2
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1answer
448 views

Why do old toggle switch leads read 40VAC?

Tonight I removed an old switch from one of the walls in my living room. We recently bought our house, and there were two holes in the wall where the old thermostat and humidity controller were. I ...
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1answer
933 views

What is the standard distance between a table and a banquette?

We just moved into a new condo that has a small area (43"x120") off the kitchen that I am thinking of converting to a dining nook with a narrow table. Considering the dimensions, it seems ...
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4answers
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My wall outlet is making a hissing noise, should I be concerned?

My wife leaves her laptop charger plugged into a wall outlet. As soon as she connects the other end to the laptop (meaning AC is actively flowing through the plug to the laptop), it makes a strange ...
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1answer
411 views

Water damage in the kitchen

Today, we went out of the house for about an hour and when we came back the whole kitchen was flooded. Turned out the cold water soft connection for the kitchen sink had somehow disconnected (?). We ...
2
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1answer
735 views

Any tips for painting in high humidity?

There is a 2 inch square where the paint ripped off above the shower. Drywall underneath looks fine, so my plan is to scrape, prime, paint (just a patch job). It's the only shower in that house and ...
2
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1answer
665 views

What does the “lip” of a toilet bowl mean?

This is a question inspired by the term as used at http://www.quora.com/Why-does-urine-have-a-tendency-to-collect-at-the-base-of-the-toilet and at http://www.wikihow.com/Clean-a-Toilet I basically ...
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2answers
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Are electrical outlets usually positioned on studs?

I lack a studfinder at the moment, and I'm considering getting a wall lamp that I think is just too chic. However, I live in an apartment, meaning any holes that I drilled would need to be filled in. ...
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3answers
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When drywalling, do the pros cover electrical boxes, or work around them?

This may be a bit of a subjective question, but I was just thinking about it. I've seen many electrical boxes that are full of drywall compound, often to the point of having to dig the wires out of it ...
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5answers
8k views

How do I baby-proof open stairs?

I'm trying to baby-proof my staircase, but the stairs have no risers. (See image below.) I am in a rental, so I don't want to spend the money on cutting, staining, and nailing up plywood. I am ...
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2answers
2k views

I am replacing my countertop and sink. How do I choose a new sink that fits my existing plumbing?

I am going to replace my countertop and sink, but the installer wants me to buy the sink first and then he will make the appropriate cut outs for it. Then I will need a plumber to install it. How ...
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2answers
684 views

Where can I find legitimate wood shed designs?

Where is a good place to find good shed designs? Googling around just gives me a bunch of poorly designed websites that scam people into their site by advertising free designs and charging for them. ...
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3answers
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Under UK Building Codes are you allowed to add an additional stopcock?

I live in the UK and have recently moved into a new home. I've been told the stopcock is "under the floorboards in the dining area" (nothing more specific). I can't find any loose carpet that's easy ...
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1answer
494 views

How can I check for possible damage after water leaking into loft chimney?

I had a loose tile on the roof in front of the chimney breast and noticed that in the loft the internal chimney breast was a bit damp. Since then had it repaired (i.e. the tile tapped down and the ...
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2answers
5k views

How long do evaporator coils last in a home AC system?

I was going through my blog roll this morning when I saw that someone had asked this elsewhere. I figured it would be a good question to ask. In general, how long do evaporator coils last in a home ...
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4answers
3k views

When re-screening window solar screens, how do I avoid warping the frame?

I'm re-screening my solar screens. I have found that a very small one is easy but larger ones present some challenges (not surprisingly). I don't want the screen to be too loose and sag. However, ...
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2answers
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What do you call this old pipe to bath tap join and how do I remove it?

I'm trying to replace the bath taps. I'm at the point where i've removed one, but can't get the 2nd one off. They are connected differently (go figure). See attached image: As i'm new to plumbing i ...
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2answers
1k views

Does cedar turn gray if it's sealed?

I'm building a cedar fence and I want it to turn gray, but we also want it to be sealed so it will last longer. If I seal the cedar, will it age to the gray color? If not, how can we get a gray ...
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5answers
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What are the pros and cons of Owens Corning shingles vs. GAF shingles?

I am looking to get a new roof for my house. I have taken quotes from about 4 contractors and 3 of them are suggesting I should use GAF shingles. 1 suggests that Owens Corning is a better shingle and ...
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1answer
1k views

Which is least likely to crack due to high traffic, large or small tile?

Consider a kitchen on pier-beam flooring with two doors allowing traffic to flow through it. The floor is 10x10 feet. I plan to tile and would like to minimize risk of cracking. Which size tile would ...
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2answers
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In a cool damp climate, should I use hardwood or synthetic decking material for a deck that will be near a large tree?

We're building a 12x24 deck in our south-facing backyard in Seattle (aka rainy Pacific NW). There's a very large willow tree in our backyard that doesn't directly hang over the deck, but certainly ...
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2answers
2k views

Why does my fan switch sometimes turn the lights off?

I recently undertook a small project replacing a single toggle light switch with a Z-wave enabled dimmer switch, which is also wired to a fan toggle (a knob with 3 speed settings) in a 2-gang case. ...
7
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2answers
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Should a second layer of asphalt be placed over an older layer of asphalt?

I have an asphalt driveway. It has its fair share of cracks, etc. However, most troublesome is that "ruts" have formed from the weight of cars driving on it. This means there is a high spot in the ...
2
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1answer
4k views

What can I use to manage the wires when replacing a looped ceiling rose light fixture with one that just has loose wires?

I'm changing a looped ceiling rose (LCR) light for a light that only has 3 connections, Live, Neutral and Earth. The looped ceiling rose has 3 different metal parts that the wires go into, like this: ...
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3answers
135 views

Are there any good ways to manage all the different chargers?

My workbench is being invaded by chargers! I have 3 different battery chargers for different power tools, plus a couple of wall warts for simple stuff that plugs in directly. Some of the chargers ...
3
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1answer
15k views

Is 90mm x 45mm a metric 4x2?

This is similar to this question about metric measurements. In Australia, a common measurement is 90mm x 45mm for timber. A 4x2 would be (approx) 100mm x 50mm but, as I understand it, that is the ...
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70k views

How do I remove Great Stuff foam from my hands?

I should have worn gloves but sadly I didn't. Now I have yellow stuff all over my hands. I got most of the stickiness to go away by using WD-40. Is there anything that will get this off without giving ...
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2answers
996 views

How to level a tilted free-standing closet

I have a very tall free-standing wooden closet, similar to the one depicted here, but with glass doors. The floor it sits on slopes down to the right so I laid a long piece of wood down under that ...
3
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2answers
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What height should bathroom receptacle be off the ground?

I am doing the rough-in electrical in my bathroom gut. I want to put a few receptacles (outlets) above the vanity. Is there a standard height I should be installing the receptacle? I don't have a ...
2
votes
1answer
1k views

What flux should I use for copper that will be used for food prep?

I need to solder some copper tubing that will be used in food preparation. I have of course silver/lead-free solder, but I understand that I might need/want water soluble flux or another type of food-...
3
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1answer
685 views

Would building a partial raised wall for a pond in this way be strong enough?

I just read your answers about "Building a raised wall for a pond." Although quite detailed, I am not very physics minded and hope someone will give me a thumbs up or down. I have a pond that is ...
3
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1answer
405 views

What to look for in a home security system?

We're in the process of researching home security systems for a house. We're in the process of remodeling (door change, painting, etc), so I'd like to do that at the same time. Our contractor has a ...

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