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What are some tips/tricks to garage door lubrication?

Are there any gotchas to garage door lubrication? I have found the Prime Flo product on Home Depot's website. Can I lubricate the large spring at the top of the garage door? What about the garage ...
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5answers
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What is the best way to shorten legs on a table and chairs?

A few years ago we bought a "bar height" kitchen table and chairs. It seemed like a good idea at the time but we hate it now. It's terrible to have to sit with your feet not touching the floor for ...
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3answers
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What are ways to clean glass top ranges undergoing heavy use?

We are avid cooks and our cooktop witnesses almost daily use. To that effect, does this picture of suggest permanent wear, or can it be cleaned? Either case, any way of cleaning or mitigating the ...
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How do I handle a transition from concrete to dirt underneath a flagstone patio?

I had a pool installed a few years ago and the builder threw in a narrow concrete patio around it. See fuzzy picture below (sorry about that. Google earth must be a little tipsy tonight). So now ...
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How was this subfloor cleaned?

I'm replacing the floor in my bathroom, which was previously a vinyl sheet. Prior to that (and I think original to the house, built in early 70's) it was some peel and stick-type tiles, except they're ...
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3answers
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Connecting a P-trap to a female drain connector in the wall

I am replacing a bathroom vanity and while I'm doing that, I'm also replacing the p-trap for the sink (mostly because I want one with a drain, but also because I have to raise the height a couple ...
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1answer
4k views

Can you paint linseed oil putty with water based paint?

The putty is sealing a window and has has spent three weeks drying. I've heard that you can use water based paint over linseed oil putty, but I want to check. It was a Selleys linseed oil glaziers ...
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4answers
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Is there a way to adjust the bathtub handle tension?

Is there a way to adjust the tension on a stem for a posti-temp valve? I've taken off the handle and trim, and I don't see any way to adjust the tension. I have a single turn handle on my bath tub. ...
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2answers
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GFCI buzzing on same circuit as dimmer

Ok, is please bear with a little explanation: My girlfriend had the master bath in her condo remodeled, and asked her contractor to install a new (GFCI) outlet. He apparently pulled it from the ...
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3answers
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Is it normal for the A/C to be dripping from top pvc that's coming from attic?

I thought I remember being told that water should drip (condensation) from the bottom pvc that comes out of the house but it should never drip from the top pvc. I thought he told me that if it ...
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3answers
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What is this pipe thread compound on my LP regulator fitting?

I'm replacing a faulty regulator on my gas grill. When removing the old regulator, I noticed there appears to be some sort of compound on the threads. Here is a picture of the threads with the old ...
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1answer
937 views

How to turn on a ballofix / ball valve?

When I turned the valve off, it was as if it made a small click, as if it had reached a locking position. Now I can't turn it on again. I have one other just like this one, and that one can I turn ...
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1answer
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How do I keep my shower handle's entire stem from spinning?

I unscrewed the knob and pulled it off, then took of the escutcheon, then removed the entire valve body. The stem screws in and out of the valve body which is what controls the water flow. The valve ...
4
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1answer
598 views

How should I wire up a yurt?

This yurt 30 ft. diameter; area is 700 sq. ft. ; circumference is 90 ft. The walls are lath lattice covered with canvas. There's no interior wall space to run Romex like a regular house. You can't ...
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4answers
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When to use holes instead of side terminals to wire an outlet

This question comes from Shirlock's comment on this GFCI wiring question. When and why should you use the holes on the back of an outlet rather than the side terminals? I always assumed the holes on ...
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1answer
1k views

Proper wiring for GFCI given switched circuit

So I've added the 3-prong plug to my garbage disposal, and now I'm on to the GFCI outlet installation. The breaker was not GFCI protected, nor is there a GFCI outlet on the loop. I've gotten to the ...
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1answer
3k views

How do I find someone to install a utility pole?

I am in need of a fairly tall utility wooden pole installed on my property, which I'm sure requires special know how and equipment to do safely. I've been doing a lot of Googling and found a few ...
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1answer
398 views

How necessary is it to put sealer on a painted dresser?

I sanded and painted a wooden dresser. The rep at Lowe's said I don't need a separate sealer, but that sounds fishy to me. Should I put sealer on it too?
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2answers
505 views

How do I install a fire extinguisher on the side of a cabinet?

I want to hang my fire extinguisher on the cabinet next to my sink. Below are pictures of the fire extinguisher bracket and the location where I want to put it. Should I use a bolt with a nut - or ...
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5answers
14k views

What is an alternative to a vacuum cleaner for cleaning carpets?

There are reasons we are not interested in a vacuum cleaner at the moment. I'm sure the same applies for other people. Is there an alternative that can get rid of dirt as well as pick up bigger ...
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2answers
3k views

How can I reduce heat transfer around my window unit air conditioners?

I have three old window units in my house and they function as my A/C. I am concerned about the amount of heat seeping into the house and cool air leaking out around the A/C units themselves. They're ...
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3answers
1k views

What's the best way to label a double gang box with two circuits

I'm installing some lights in my basement, and will be replacing the single gang box in the hall (currently only for hall light) with a double gang box. The idea is to accommodate the hall light ...
4
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2answers
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How do I patch rusty spots in bathtub?

One of the tubs in our new home has a few spots where the enamel is chipped away and the metal underneath has started rusting. I don't want to replace the tub yet, so how can I clean and patch the tub?...
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3answers
6k views

How can I improve the wiring under the sink for a garbage disposal?

My vegetable sprayer line broke yesterday, which led me underneath my sink. It wasn't until I was kneeling in a large puddle of water with the line draining on me and the floor that I realized how bad ...
5
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2answers
470 views

Is there an adhesive I can use with anchors to keep them from pulling out?

I am mounting shelves using plastic anchors in masonry. I once saw a contractor use an adhesive on the anchors to prevent them from pulling out. I realize that by design this should not be necessary. ...
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13answers
10k views

Is there a technique to make a shower mirror fog-free?

We want to install a permanent mirror in a new shower, but hope to find a permanent way to prevent it from fogging up. I have seen gooseneck mirrors that hook up to the showerhead itself so as to run ...
6
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3answers
5k views

Why does using a dimmer with this ceiling fan and lights cause energy saving bulbs to flicker?

At a hotel I manage we purchased 34 ceiling fans with two integrated light sockets that operate on a dimmer all controlled by a remote control. Obviously using a dimmer with fluorescent bulbs won't ...
2
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1answer
13k views

How do I install a wireless remote for a ceiling light without a fan?

I have a fan with lights in my ceiling. There is no wall switch, only a wireless remote. I'd like to avoid installing a wall switch if possible. I purchased a chandelier assuming that I could just ...
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5answers
63k views

Why will my pilot light on the gas water heater not stay lit for more than 15 minutes?

The pilot light went out on my gas water heater. I followed the instructions and had it lit three times now for about 15 minutes each time but it wont stay lit. Not sure what to do at this point?
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1answer
8k views

How do I repair cracks in a plaster ceiling?

I have a bungalow house built in the early 1930's. It is in remarkable condition and has been well maintained. In the last few weeks a few cracks have shown up in the ceiling. There is an upstairs ...
6
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3answers
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What is the best way to fill a hole in a concrete basement floor?

My basement floor has a hole cut where the water line enters the house. This hole is around 2ft square, and digging down a little I hit dirt and small roots. I'd like to seal this hole as I believe it ...
3
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1answer
251 views

How do I dismantle a faucet assembly to replace a leaky valve?

A bit embarrassed asking this, but... I'm trying to replace a leaking valve off my faucet assembly, but am unable to unscrew the faucet cap. Here is the faucet assembly - Taboret® widespread lavatory ...
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2answers
1k views

What resources can teach me to draw floor plans by hand?

Are there any simple books or websites that can teach me how to draw floor plans? It seems most planning is done with CAD software. I like the idea of being able to sketch out ideas down on paper.
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3answers
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What failure modes are there for electric water heater elements?

What would be the cause of the elements to go out in my electric water heater? My wife is convinced that it's because the water heater hasn't been drained/flushed in the past 3 years. I was also ...
4
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1answer
182 views

Can I retrofit a wind-power system for my home?

I live in a VERY windy place. My neighborhood is a new development of your typical suburban single family homes. There isn't really room for a full windmill, nor would it look very well. But there has ...
2
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2answers
661 views

How do I prepare wooden kitchen units for painting with eggshell?

We have some old IKEA kitchen units that we want to paint in eggshell. I wanted advice on the best preparation for the doors. My only experience with painting wood has been re-glossing doors etc. ...
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1answer
417 views

Where can I buy a concrete gate post in the style of this 1930’s gate post?

We are about to get a wall rebuilt and it would be great if we could have gate posts that where in the same style as the rest of the road. As I don't know the same of the style I have nothing to ...
4
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1answer
201 views

How do I match this brick?

I am trying to find a good match for some 1930 bricks (North West England). Any ideals on makes and model of bricks that will match well.
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3answers
605 views

Shading windows from outside (awnings, shutters, etc) to keep house from overheating in summer

The back of my house faces west, and during July and August, the sun hits it directly in the afternoon through evening. On a warm day, this can cause the house to heat up quite a bit, so I'm making ...
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1answer
3k views

How do I properly renovate the concrete floor of my balcony?

I live in an apartment that can be characterized as an old soviet-era, 5-story, multi-apartment, concrete block-based building. That means, everything was built by "stroybat" a soviet-time army ...
3
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2answers
1k views

How to repair cracks in concrete overhang over entrance

I have a slab of concrete over the front entrance of my house with some serious cracks in it. I don't actually know what the proper name for it is, which makes this difficult to Google - so I've ...
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2answers
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How to fix a leaking cold/hot water faucet

Our hot water faucet has been leaking (on its own, and also when the cold water faucet is turned on). Our building technician diagnosed a problem with the valves and recommended that we replace both ...
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1answer
2k views

Pool skimmer drain suction

I have 15k gallon pool with a 1.5hp pump, 1 skimmer and 1 drain. I have a Float valve assembly over the skimmer. If the skimmer is fully open does that mean there is no suction in the drain? I don't ...
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8answers
320k views

What humidity should I set my dehumidifier to?

I just bought a 50 pint dehumidifier for my basement. What humidity level should I aim for? This time of year the outside humidity is very high (over 80%) and we do not have central air. Right now ...
2
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4answers
287 views

Are there any major differences between a smaller table band saw and a larger stand up band saw?

I'm considering buying a small table sized 9" band saw because it's much cheaper than buying a full sized stand up band saw. Are there any major differences in terms of what kind of materials I can ...
7
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2answers
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New Vanity: Sink Won't Drain Completely

My wife and I just replaced the vanity in our bathroom. To fit the new sink, we had to cut some new PVC. Here's a picture. All the plumbing works, without leaks, except that it will not drain ...
8
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4answers
3k views

Floor joists connection to eaves

Apologies if this is a duplicate. I'm attempting to floor my loft space. It currently has 47mm x 75mm ceiling joists, not enough for a floor. I am going to add something like 47mm x 200mm along ...
2
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1answer
246 views

Should a leak repair take effect immediately?

I had a repair job earlier to fix a leaking hot water cylinder and the guy who repaired it replaced the valves. The cylinder continued leaking for a while but eventually stopped after a few hours &...
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4answers
5k views

What is the best way to dissolve tape that won't peel off?

Scotch tape? Duct tape? What about other types of tape (like the tape they put on supermarket labels?)
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1answer
645 views

At what temperature will it be better to close the windows than to open them (if you want to keep your home cool in the heat)? [closed]

Say that you've already covered up all the windows (although heat will still be transferred through heating the windowshades).

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