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How can I fireproof a room?

I have a need to build a room that is resonably fire resistant. I have played around the thought of adding fire resistant panels underneath the dry wall, but if they heat up too much, they themselves ...
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1answer
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Should I replace nails in a plywood subfloor with screws to the joists?

As you may know I asked a few questions to this end already and just wanted to know if I should remove the nails and replace them with screws to hold the 1/2" plywood sub floor securely to the joists ...
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2answers
625 views

Suggestions for a kitchen layout for my house? [closed]

We have just started to renovate our newly bought apartment. It is part of a very nice old building located in the center of Granada Spain. The apartment is approx 120m2 and we are in the process ...
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8answers
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How do I secure a canvas garage?

I picked up one of those cheap canvas garages from Costco, to keep a few things out of the weather. It's 10' wide, 20' long, and maybe 11' high at the peak. Our area is a bit prone to windstorms. I'm ...
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3answers
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Why is my Lennox g40uh series furnace not turning on?

I have a Lennox g40uh series furnace and it just stopped working today. I can reset the furnace and can see that on the control board both LEDs (green and red) are blinking together which indicates ...
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3answers
195 views

Refrigerator Knocks

I have an older refrigerator (~10 years?) that came with the house I bought 2 years ago. It's always made occasional noises, which I chalked up to the motor and/or ice maker starting. Lately, the ...
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10answers
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How common are wet rooms in the US?

I have a half bath to which I'd like to add a shower. It is quite small; currently, the smallest shower pan I've found (32"x32") is too large to fit. I've considered turning the entire room into a ...
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6answers
778 views

How do I remake my floor using hardwood such that it will not squeak at all?

I have carpet in my bedroom that when you walk on certain spots makes lots of noise. I am tossing the carpet and putting down hardwood flooring. I am using 3/4 in prefinished oak in widths of 3 1/4 ...
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1answer
1k views

How do I pull up sheets of plywood from the floor?

I have ripped up the carpet in the master bedroom and found that between the sheets of plywood there is cold air blowing in because part of the floor is over the garage. I want to pull up the nailed ...
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13answers
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How do I prepare my home for a power outage?

With several storms in the Northeast United States and more storms predicted this week, there have been lots of extended power outages. What are things to do to prepare your house for a power outage ...
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2answers
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How can I tell if my counter top is silestone or granite?

I just bought a house, that came with granite counter tops. I was doing some research on it and noticed that Silestone looks exactly like granite. I don't know for sure if my counter tops are indeed ...
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1answer
4k views

How can I install crown cornice molding and trim on rounded outside corners?

We have rounded outside corners throughout our house what is the best approach to installing crown cornice molding? The baseboards that are currently installed just come to a 90˚ point and the gap ...
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4answers
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What maintenance can I perform on my GROHE 33 755 KD0 Ladylux Cafe Pull-Out kitchen faucet?

We moved into our house shortly after the previous owners installed this faucet: We've had it for about 5 years now and the water flow is severely limited. Also, it takes forever for the hot ...
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5answers
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Why is there so much metal-clad wiring in my house?

My house was built in 1893. I was recently doing some electrical work in the attic, adding some light fixtures. While doing that, I noticed that several of the upstairs outlets were wired with old, ...
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3answers
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How do you bend a sheet a drywall into a curve?

How do you bend a sheet a drywall into a curve? I tried wetting the back surface with a paint roller, letting it soak for 30 minutes, then scoring the back paper in parallel lines about an inch apart ...
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3answers
463 views

Should I pursue building my own wind turbine?

The area where I live suffers heavy power outages (in fact the whole country does!!) so I am considering building one of those wind turbines (with PVC pipes) but am not sure whether it's windy enough ...
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3answers
8k views

Combination boiler pressure zero after heating

I generally don't notice a performance problem with the boiler, but after I run the heat to the radiators and turn the boiler off, after cooling down the the pressure gauge shows zero. I can easily ...
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2answers
715 views

Chrome vinyl tape in the UK?

I am looking for something like chrome vinyl tape - adhesive, and with a silver, reflective surface: No matter how hard I look for this in the UK, only US suppliers are available. Could this tape ...
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2answers
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How do I repair/reattach downspout and gutter after snow/ice damage?

We've had a heavy dose of snow here in the Boston area it has taken a toll on our gutters and downspouts. The downspout at the rear of my house filled with ice and pulled away from the elbow that ...
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2answers
22k views

Why won't my heater turn off when it reaches my desired temperature?

My wife and I purchased our first home this past year and we did a bunch of repairs up-front via a rehab loan, and one of the things we replaced was a very old thermostat with a new digital one. I ...
5
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3answers
13k views

How do you choose when to use oil vs latex paint?

In what situations should oil paint be used, instead of latex paint?
3
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2answers
425 views

Rip old door in half?

I've got a 26.5"x79" rough opening for a storage space under my staircase. I'd like to install a double door where each door is about a foot wide an hinges out. A ball latch in the top casing could ...
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1answer
863 views

Potterton EP3000 programmer HW and CH buttons not working

I've got a Potterton EP3000 boiler and the programmer won't respond to me pressing the HW and CH buttons. It was working fine until I switched off the power to the plugs (to do some electrics). After ...
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1answer
2k views

Can I hang two inch blinds with only one inch of available window sill overhang?

I just had new windows installed in the house and they look great! It's definitely time now to put up some decent looking blinds. I love the look of the two-inch blinds (nothing fancy - most stuff at ...
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2answers
968 views

How do you remove a dummy knob with a screw that seems to spin and spin?

I recently purchased my first home and wanted to replace all of the door knobs to make it feel more like my place, rather than just some place I was renting again. Anyway, all of the privacy locking ...
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4answers
10k views

Should I agree to have more insulation added to my attic?

I have a 6 year old home with about 12 inches (R-30) of blown-in insulation in the attic. Recently door-to-door sales representatives for an insulation company offered a free inspection and quote to ...
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6answers
813 views

How should I deal with an animal in the attic?

My tenants tell me that they hear an animal (possibly a raccoon) in the attic. This is an old (1880s) three story row house with a flat roof and a pretty low (2 ft average, maybe) attic. The house ...
2
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1answer
272 views

HVAC electric thermostat panel “goes dead” and then live again all the time

I have this digital thermostat controlling my heater (gas). When I turn it on to lets say 66 deg, and the house is at 60, the HVAC will start working of course. Problem: After few minutes, the ...
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2answers
11k views

Is it OK to have heating registers and returns near the ceiling?

I've got a question about a new house - a friend of my mother's is buying a new place and when she did a walkthrough (before the drywall was up), she noticed that all the heating registers and returns ...
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2answers
4k views

How to get sink off of countertop?

We are getting new countertops, and we need to remove the sink before they install them. The sink is attached with a hardened glue. We can't seem to get the sink off without bending the metal. How ...
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2answers
13k views

Can I install an additional breaker bus bar on my main breaker panel?

I'm adding several new circuits to my main electrical panel as part of a kitchen remodel. The panel with accommodate the new circuit breakers, but it does not appear to have enough neutral and ground ...
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4answers
9k views

What is the proper wiring for a NEMA 14-30 240v receptacle?

We moved into a resale home, the previous owners had a Gas Dryer, we have an Electric. The laundry room has a NEMA 14-30 receptacle installed. I hooked up our brand new dryer and it didn't get power. ...
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2answers
514 views

Broken Dryer - won't start

So this morning I went to put my wash into the dryer, and it didn't start. First I checked the door switch, and it clicked on and off when pushed, so that seems to be ok. Next I checked the breaker ...
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3answers
8k views

What is the proper setback from the curb for a mailbox?

I seem to recall my mailbox having instructions on what the proper setback was from the curb for mounting it. Unfortunately, I was too lazy to re-set the post for the mounting hardware after the ...
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4answers
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How do I use 'surface shims' to level out a sloping floor?

Asked a question about leveling my floor here earlier this week, and one of the options suggested sounded appealing, but didn't contain enough detail for me (a not-too-handy, ...
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1answer
306 views

Is there quick setting “gap filling” adhesive?

I have used “grab” adhesive in the past, but had problem as they take a long time to set and the object need to be hold in place until they set. So is there a fast setting “gap filling” adhesive? ...
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3answers
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Does “No more nails” grip strongly enough to hold soffit vents in place while it is setting?

I need to fix some soffit vents to a UPVC soffit, due do the fitness of the UPVC soffit the vents tend to fall out. Will “No more nails” grip strongly enough to keep them in place until it sets?
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1answer
341 views

Is it safe to simply replace a heating element in an electric water heater?

The bottom element in my water heater burned up. I took the bottom panel off, and everything inside was scorched - the insulation, the plastic cover, the thermostat - even the edges of the panel. The ...
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2answers
408 views

How can I avoid marking up a toilet with a toilet auger?

For the sake of this question, assume that: There is a clogged toilet that cannot be unclogged with a plunger A toilet auger magically appears in the bathroom It seems that the auger could leave a ...
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1answer
3k views

Gas fire place main burner stays on low flame

I have a gas fire place. The pilot light stays on and the main burner comes on, but the flame is not even close to what it was when it was first put in. What is wrong?
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1answer
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How practical is it is use a 6 Terminals junction box to extend a ring main?

Logically I can use 2, 3 terminal junction boxes, or a single 6 terminal junction box to extend a ring main (inserting a loop to the new socket(s) I am installing). However are there any practical ...
4
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1answer
72 views

Prefab recommendations

I'm toying with the idea of completely knocking and rebuilding my house. Does anyone here have experience with prefabs? In my case I'd need a 2000ft2 modern but traditional-looking house (since my ...
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10answers
143k views

Why does significant condensation gather on my bedroom windows overnight?

When we wake up in the morning, we're observing a significant amount of condensation on the bedroom windows around the edges on the inside (inside the house not between the panes). We had new windows ...
2
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1answer
3k views

What kind of filter fabric should I use for the curtain drain in my crawlspace?

I'm having a hard time finding appropriate filter fabric for my curtain drain in the crawl space. HD had some stuff but that's for gardening and may not be suitable. Also since their gardening ...
4
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2answers
27k views

How do I frame a room inside a garage so that the room's ceiling will not touch the garage ceiling?

I am considering building a small 6 x 9 room inside my garage to use as an office. However, I do not want to remove the garage door opener unit nor the tracks the door slides on because we will want ...
5
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9answers
28k views

How should I add lighting to a low ceiling basement?

I have a basement ceiling that's around 6'6" high and currently the lights are standard bulb outlets that are attached to the beams so they sit down at eye level in the room. This means when you're ...
2
votes
2answers
407 views

How do I force glue into a hard to reach hollow?

I have a group of wall tiles coming off the wall. They don't separate from each other, just come off together - when I knock with a finger I hear dull sound meaning there's already a hollow behind the ...
5
votes
5answers
13k views

What kind of bulb should I use for a recessed can?

I just installed a Halo 5" IC remodel recessed can with the 5000P open trim. I installed a 15W R30 CFL bulb, and it hangs down about an inch below the trim. Not very recessed! I have the trim ...
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3answers
8k views

How can I determine the maximum wattage that I can hook up to a breaker?

All of my heating is on one breaker, 240V on a double pole breaker, each marked 20A (it's a small condo). I wonder how I can determine the maximum wattage I can hook up to that breaker.
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1answer
974 views

What wall material should be used behind the Kerdi system in a tub/shower?

I know from my previous question that in most cases a cement board of some kind needs to be used. However, when the Kerdi membrane system is being used behind the tile, is it still necessary to use a ...

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